Maintaining and Maximizing your Immune System  to Prevent COVID-19

Maintaining and Maximizing your Immune System to Prevent COVID-19

by Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT

You can either wait to see if you are going to be one of the up to 65% of Americans to be infected with COVID-19 or you can look for ways to minimize your susceptibility and maximize your immune system to prevent it.  I see taking personal responsibility for maintaining and maximizing your immune system is the most important job you can do at this point. Following the CDC recommendations of distancing and sanitizing is just the first step. There are many ways you can be responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of your immune system.

I have been contacting many massage therapists, nutritionists and health professionals on steps that can help your immune system defeat exposure to COVID-19. Below are many of the suggestions that can make a difference:
Lower your stress levels. Stress dramatically inhibits our body’s immune response, and anyone going through this period of time has a higher than normal stress level. This is the time to pay attention to your breathing and every time you are aware of not breathing in a normal pattern consciously take 10 deep relaxing breaths.  While breathing concentrate on releasing the stress with each exhale and expanding the restriction to breathing with each inhale.  The more often you tune in and are aware of your stress level the more often you can go ahead and lower it, so tune in and make relaxation part of your life.

Meditate. The benefits of meditation are extensive. Suffice it to say that relaxation, positive attitude and increased immune function are universal results of meditation. If you do not meditate and need a guided meditation there is my free Light Meditation on   that you can download from that site. This meditation is also specifically a healing meditation with a Light Meditation, a Chakra Balancing meditation, and a Pineal Gland Meditation. These will all help bring about a state of homeostasis. If you already have a meditation that you do regularly please meditate. 

Positive attitude. Fear and a negative attitude lead to negative results and a compromised immune system. It is hard not to be afraid when hearing about the effects of COVID-19. However, even the immune-compromised have a fatality rate of less than 5%. When thoughts that promote fear get stuck in your mind a very helpful action to take is to repeat the words “cancel-cancel” repeatedly until the thoughts and emotional fear diminish. This is a Silva Mind Control technique that Jose Silva said “if there is only one thing you get out of my training, learning to cancel your negative thoughts and feelings by using “cancel-cancel” will be worth the cost of the entire training. Once negative thoughts are canceled it is important to replace them with positive thoughts. Positive affirmations such as “I am healthy,” “I am loved,” “I am happy,” “I am successful,” “I am not the circumstances of my life,” “I am grateful for my life.”  These positive affirmations and others you may choose for yourself need to be repeated at least 10 times 3 times a day for maximum effectiveness. They may also be magnified in effectiveness when repeating them in the meditative state of the Light Meditation.

Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping 8 hours a day not only allows you to be rested but also allows your glymphatic system to detoxify your brain and bring your brain into homeostasis which is a huge step in maintaining homeostasis for your entire body. A toxic brain is slow to respond to initiating the immune system.

Stay hydrated. Your immune system cannot function well when you are not hydrated. Be sure to drink more than the minimum necessary for hydration. Stay away from alcohol, large amounts of coffee and tea, soft drinks, and even fruit drinks that have added sugar or high levels of fructose. Good old water is your best friend and should be chemical free.

Laughter is the best medicine. Bernie Siegel tells a story of sitting under the table with an 11 year old who had cancer and laughing with him by describing what was wrong with the shoes of the people at the table. This boy’s cancer showed a definitive decrease shortly thereafter. Tune in to the comedy channel, find some movies that are comedies, watch some feel good programs that have some humor and laughter, share funny stories with your loved ones.

Sunlight is your friend. We know your body creates vitamin D from sunlight. Did you know that viruses cannot exist in the high temperatures of sunlight found in Florida. Sherry Bell, a go-to holistic health practitioner, shared with me that 130 degrees will kill this virus and that our sunlight outside (not the air temperature) will help kill the virus around us and boost our immune system.  Jonathan Fuentes, a SET therapist and Ayurvedic  Practitioner, says spend as much time in the sun as you can to maximize your health.

Limit your sugar. Viruses feed on it. do not give the virus an opportune environment inside your body. Sugar can also deplete vitamins and weaken the immune system. Best case, eliminate sugar entirely from your diet. This includes alcohol, fructose, corn syrup, fast carbs, high sugar fruits, raw sugar, and any other form of sugar. The low glycemic index diet is a good source for identifying other areas where sugar is found in our diet.

Detoxify. A cleaner less toxic body has a higher immune response. Now is a great time to start using detoxifying herbs or supplements, juicing, and fasting to eliminate toxins from your body so your body’s immune system can operate at its highest level. (there will be more about detoxifying in specialty products and supplements in future installments).

Next installment will be about supplements and specialty products to boost your immune system.

Tips on Sanitizing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips on Sanitizing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Taking Responsibility for Our Own Well-Being During The COVID-19 Crisis:

Yes, we all are in shock and we never expected to see this day. COVID-19 presents challenges to us on many levels, and much of it seems overwhelming. We are not helpless, and we need to take personal responsibility for our own well being after which we can start helping others.

I have been thinking of ways I can help, and being a conduit of information on how you can stay healthy and help yourself is a role I am taking.  I have been reaching out to people who have information that I might not have and asking them to share it with me so I can pass it on to you.  This will be the first of many communications on ways you can take care of yourself during this crisis.  I am doing this because I care for each of you and know that you can also disseminate this information to those close to you and even more so to your clients and contacts.  I have been sharing some of this with clients who are grateful to have something they can do that is proactive.   

  • It seems that the most important thing we can do right now is not to come in contact with someone who is infected.  This is a difficult task as we have no idea how many people are walking around or even coming to our offices who may be symptom-less carriers of the COVID-19. Taking responsibility to minimize our social contacts is necessary.  This will seem extreme at times, and will vastly interrupt our normal life activities, and our minds will want to dismiss the importance of staying distanced enough not to come in contact with the virus. It will be inconvenient, it will be contra to who we are, it will seem cold, it will seem uncaring, but if we do not personally limit our social contacts we will become part of the problem and put ourselves at risk.

  • Washing our hands has never been as important as it is now.  Every time we have touched a person or an object, we need to wash our hands before touching our face or food. Things that we often touch that tend to get ignored are our computers and cell phones, and they need to be sanitized regularly.

  • When purchasing things the terminals and pens that we touch are usually not sanitized and present the possibility of transmitting the virus. Be sure to sanitize the ones that you own and wash your hands after touching the ones you encounter.

  • Every time you hand a credit card to somebody it is being touched and is a potential carrier. Sanitize the credit cards in your wallet and whenever you use one that has been passed to someone sanitize afterwards.

  • Gas pumps hold potential danger and I recommend using nitrile gloves when pumping your gas.  If you don’t have a glove immediately sanitize your hands with a sanitizer followed up with washing as soon as possible.

  • Even your steering wheel can potentially transmit the virus if you touched it after touching a surface that was contaminated. Periodically sanitize your steering wheel and car door handles as these also can be touched before you have washed or sanitized your hands.

  • Every time you touch a doorknob you are being potentially exposed as you have no idea who has touched the knob before you. Sanitize the doorknobs in your office and home and be sure to sanitize or wash your hands whenever you have touched a doorknob.

  • One of the most important is not to touch your face or eyes or nose or mouth with your hands which you might find is an unconscious habit.

These are just a few areas from your day to day life that take more awareness than you are used to taking in order for you to protect yourself. There are many more than I have mentioned here.

According to the Wall Street Journal the COVIC-19 has a lyer of fat for protection of itself. Soap washes away and dissolves the layer of fat thus making it extremely effective in killing he virus. So, washing our hands is one of our best defenses.

Ann-Marie Lancaster, a SET therapist at the Biomed Center in RI, shared this information that they have on the practice of hand washing – 

  • “Even better than using hand-sanitizer (which is out of stock most places anyway), is this tried-and-true hand washing technique. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and with attention: lather front & back, between the fingers. Dry your hands completely – this is important. Moisturize with organic ingredients. The entire process should take a full minute.”

Here are some sanitizing and cleaning agents that are more holistic that do the job –

 IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE – when using essential oils ALWAYS check the essential oil guidelines for proper percentages of oil to water for your safety, and since there are different qualities of essential oils be sure you use only the high grade oils (not the cheap ones) in order to have the disinfecting qualities.

  • Thieves essential oil mixed with water to form a spray

  • OnGuard essential oil mixed with water to form a spray

  • Benefect Botanical Decon 30 Disinfectant (Thymol) which can be ordered from Amazon – I understand this is safe to be used on the body, too

  • Thieves and OnGuard foaming soaps

The high grade essential oils mixed with water can also be used to moisten paper towels and make wipes stored in a plastic bag that are convenient to keep in the car for disinfecting.

(REMEMBER, pay attention to % guidelines for essential oils as noted above!)

For more information on other disinfectants you can go to Dr. Mercola’s article “Clobber Coronavirus in 30 Seconds Flat.”  Here is the description from and the link:

My next installment will be about taking personal responsibility by maximizing your immune system.

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