I am writing this article today from home where I have been isolated all week. Not because I have Covid, but because of the fear-based climate that is being stoked to a fever pitch in our community and society as a whole.  Every wayward cough, sneeze, or sniffle is met with suspicion if not open hostility. The fear of Covid has created a climate of germophobic, obsession in which Covid is the culprit and the common cold no longer exists. Likewise, allergies, upper respiratory and other virus’, asthma, bronchitis, RSV, and the flu; all have disappeared in the face of Covid.

Not so long ago, people went about their daily business sick or well, they worked, shopped, and lived their lives, because who could afford to be off work for a week with the sniffles? There was no money in sickness, until Covid came to town and common sense went out the window. Vaccination is now the vanguard of treatment and those who choose not to vaccinate are vilified in the media, being singled out, segregated, and sequestered, not for any valid reason, but simply because of an agenda, fueled by social media frenzy, misinformation intended to demonize the unvaccinated, and paint us as the next typhoid Mary.

How many of you have found yourselves, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose and immediately thinking “on no! Am I getting Covid?” And then being uncomfortable to be out in public? I’m beginning to get a real sense of how the people of Salem must have felt during the witch trails.

The purpose of this article was not to lament my lost freedom, but to put into words what I believe many of us have been feeling and to Segway into what we can do to be healthy before, during and after an event. Diet is very important at any time, however, never more so than when talking about being healthy. What you put into your body is exactly what your body then has to work with when it comes to helping you prevent sickness, as well as the ammunition to fight for you if you do succumb to a disease process. So, what kind of ammunition are you packing? Nutrient rich foods that feed and support the body and all it’s functions or over processed, packaged foods filled with preservatives that the body cannot digest and have no nutritional value. No matter how healthy our diet is there are some supplements that we should be adding to our daily routine to give additional support on a daily basis. Vitamin C has long been known to support the immune system and we should be taking it daily 1000-3000mg daily. Vitamin A plays a vital role in maintaining your body’s natural defenses. This includes the mucous barriers in your eyes, lungs, gut, and genitals which help trap bacteria and other infectious agents. It’s also involved in the production and function of white blood cells, which help capture and clear bacteria and other pathogens from your bloodstream. This means that a deficiency in vitamin A can increase your susceptibility to infections and delay your recovery when you get sick. *Caution needs to be taken when taking Vitamin A. It is a Fat-Soluble vitamin meaning it is stored longer in the body and can build up to toxic levels if overused. Take the recommended dosage as written on the bottle. Vitamin C isn’t the only nutrient that can be useful in helping to fight off colds. Zinc can actually be more useful to fight viruses and bacteria. Zinc has been proven to reduce the duration of cold-related symptoms and also to boost the strength of the immune system. This means that not only will it help you kick a cold faster, but it can prevent you from ever developing a cold in the first place. Vitamin D plays a large role in the health of our immune system as well. It helps regulate our natural immune cells and helps regulate immune responses in general. Selenium plays a key role in maintaining Thyroid hormone metabolism, protects the body from oxidative damage and infection. We have no naturally occurring Selenium sources west of the Rocky Mountains, so Selenium supplementation is something to look at.

So, you are doing all the right things, but you still become ill. What then? If you have respiratory symptoms accompanied by a fever call the office at (208) 476-3158 and schedule a phone consultation with Dr. Morris. He will evaluate your condition, exposure and other risk factors and he can prescribe Ivermectin if he deems it necessary. **Due to a temporary shortage of Ivermectin active Covid cases will take precedence over prophylactic (preventive) treatment until our pharmacies are fully stocked again. If you are seeking to fill your prescription at Glenwood Pharmacy you should be aware that “Sherry” is refusing to fill any Ivermectin prescriptions, “based on information she has read from the CDC and the Pharmacology board that labels Ivermectin as a dangerous drug.” This information comes directly from  Rod Arnzen whom I spoke with on Friday. I told him I would be sharing that information with our readers, and he was fine with that. Either Rod or Dave are happy to fill those prescriptions either here or they can be called in to Kamiah if they aren’t available to fill them in Orofino.