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Embrace natural food and medicine

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

In a news item in The Gleaner of October 10, the World Health Organization said that there were over 350,000 new COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide in a single day.

Looking back at previous pandemics, like the bubonic plague in the 14th century and the Spanish flu in the 19th century, with mortality rates of 75 million and 50 million, respectively, during an era with less sophisticated record-keeping and reporting, we can give a sigh of relief that we will not go anywhere there, even though the world population is now over seven billion.

RECOMMENDATIONS

I would like to issue a challenge to do the following to mitigate the effects of the present upheaval:

1. Strengthen the worldwide education campaign to educate people on the protocols – wearing masks, washing and sanitisation of hands, and the observance of physical distancing and minimising the exposure of the elderly. This message should be made into a globalised song or jingle to be heard in all countries in all languages, emphasising the saving of lives.

2. Launch a global reaping of globulin antibodies of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 to inoculate all front-line workers, along with the relatives of those who have recovered from the disease.

3. Encourage the use of local herbs known to build immunity in all communities.

4. Encourage people to avoid cooking in and storing food and drinks in aluminium containers as well as Styrofoam boxes.

5. Use butter and coconut oil instead of hydrogenated vegetable oils, use sea salt instead of table salt, practise as far as possible consuming a balanced diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

6. Get fresh air, copious exercise and rest.

7. Practise regular detoxification of the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system.

All these practices will build individual immunity and considerably reduce severe infection and mortality, thus empowering the global economy to cope under the present inevitable scourge of COVID-19.

Dr J.D. WOOD

Director

Jamaica Foundation for Natural Medicine