• Dr. B

Protect the Herd

Updated: Oct 23

Let's talk herd immunity. Herd Immunity is the concept by which an infectious agent can no longer spread across a population because a sufficiently large percentage of individuals have immunity, either from a history of exposure to the wild-type (naturally occurring) version of the infectious agent, or due to acquired immunity from vaccination with a vaccine (man made) designed to protect against the wild-type. From an individual perspective, herd immunity can give protection to someone who is not immune therefore, it is sought in part due to concern over those who are immuno-compromised because they are more likely to contract a circulating pathogen in a population. Either through natural immunity or through vaccination, sufficient herd immunity can bring the rate of transmission of a pathogen to 0, with immune individuals collectively acting as a barrier to the spread until it "burns out" because if enough people are resistant, the bug has no where to go. That is the idea behind creating herd immunity anyways- the more people that create memory immune cells, the less chance an immuno-compromised person will contract a pathogen. Herd Immunity and COVID There is really no talk about natural immunity even though it can help establish herd immunity and protect those who can’t protect themselves. Recent studies have shown that naturally immunity protects others more so than the vaccines because the vaccine immunity wanes over a short period of time and isn’t protective against variants (they only trigger antibody and T cell activation to only the spike protein, which is the part that mutates quickly and easily). Where as naturally acquired immunity may last a lifetime and you have cross immunity that includes the variants as well (a B cell and T cell response is mounted to both the spike protein and nucleocapsid protein- the more stable part of the virus that doesn’t mutate quickly and easily- and other parts of the virus). I think that herd immunity is totally doable if everyone understood these things:

  1. Symptoms are not the problem. Symptoms like fevers and coughs are the eliminating parts of the immune response, not some inconvenient things in our lives. Don't get me wrong, they do affect our quality of life and yes that sucks when it happens, but for most people, this virus doesn't cause death (the death rate is still less than 0.2% or looking at it in a positive way, there is a 99.8% chance of survival) and 80% of the time, this virus doesn't even produce a single symptom (because those people are healthy). I don't know about you, but I would rather have a lingering cough that lasts a few days than be dead... just one way to look at it. Remember that your body can heal itself through your innate intelligence, provided you give it everything it needs to do so. So instead of being scared of symptoms, be empowered that your health is expressing itself because that is what symptoms mean; they are part of the normal way your body reacts to infectious agents. And even more normal than that is no symptoms at all from having a excellent first line of defense (your innate immunity). Side note: Even non COVID symptoms like low back pain and constipation are a good thing because they are your warning signals, similar to how the change oil light in your car signals that it's time to change the oil before your car blows up. They tell you that something isn't working right in your body, that your innate healing and adapting powers have broken down and are not functioning optimally, that you are not providing your body with the essential things it needs to stay healthy and feel good. I know this is a huge mindset shift for some of you but thinking this way does make any symptom time less sucky (it's all about the attitude).

  2. A strong immune system comes from the inside. Providing your body with the 5 things it needs to be healthy creates a strong immune system. To refresh your memory, The 5 Wellness Essentials= proper nerve supply, clean nutrition, oxygen and lean muscle, minimized toxin exposure, and a positive healing, unconditional love (for both self and others) mindset. A strong immune system means that you either don't have symptoms or get mild symptoms for a short period of time and there is less chance of death or severe and prolonged symptoms- which is what happens when the immune system is not so strong. It also means that you create memory cells better and faster if you do get exposed to the virus so you can participate in herd immunity to protect your loved ones better than a mask and social distancing could ever do on their own.

So this is where you come in... I hope you are taking action on what you learn in these articles; using it to help yourself and your family be healthy and sharing it with everyone you know. That is why I am here and do this for you after all; guidance, action, success is my tag line for a reason. And it has all been leading up to this: if we want a healthier body, a healthier family, a healthier community... if we want a healthier world... then we need to take action for ourselves. It's not enough to learn about it, you actually have to do something (not talking about wearing a mask here) to make it work and to make a difference. Not just for you and your own life but for everyone surrounding you. And it's not just about preventing sickness, spread love and joy that is within you as well. The world needs more of that!!

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