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The ABCS of Health

Scary, different from anything we’ve ever been through. This virus is indiscriminate when it comes to who it infects. It has no preferences except it wants to live like the rest of us, and will replicate in anyone it can; old, young, rich, poor, democrat, republican, smart, dumb, human or tiger or even domestic animals. Ranging from no symptoms, to mild, to death, the consequences of contracting this thing through negligence, stupidity, or wishful thinking, is like playing Russia Roulette.

So you will not automatically get a mild case with no residuals but you might, or automatically a bad case with permanent lung damage but you could, or maybe a clotting disorder with amputation like that poor broadway 41 year old actor, but it could happen, and you may or may not get a bad case where you die.

It is just the way it is. Stick your head in the sand at your peril. It does NOT work; you get what you get and you and those who love you are stuck with your choices.

A dangerous invisible thing, the corona virus, is named for the spicules that look like a crown, sort of. The common cold is a corona virus too. If a vaccine is found to work for covid 19 I would hope we could at last get rid of the common cold as well, eventually.

Obviously this isn’t your common cold, but from what we know it is spread in a similar way. Now we must be concerned about micro droplets inside buildings, and here is what the latest recommendations (from a group of concerned scientists) published July 6 2020 by the IDSA. They say in a nutshell for you guys who hate to read, minimize micro droplet transmission. For those who DO like to read see the following:

“Provide sufficient and effective ventilation (supply clean outdoor air, minimize recirculating air) particularly in public buildings, workplace environments, schools, hospitals, and aged care homes.

Supplement general ventilation with airborne infection controls such as local exhaust, high efficiency air filtration, and germicidal ultraviolet lights.

Avoid overcrowding, particularly in public transport and public buildings.

Such measures are practical and often can be easily implemented; many are not costly. For example, simple steps such as opening both doors and windows can dramatically increase air flow rates in many buildings. “

This was from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and we have to assume they are infinitely more qualified than our current politicians in seeing red flags ahead of all others when it comes to your health. So you can believe what you want, but if I have to get on an airplane for instance, I’d like an actual pilot not a politician, and if I need advice about my health I’d be sure not to ask again, a politician.

We have the option to collectively ignore danger, or get proactive about this. You pick.

I’ll bet you’re wondering “what else can we do to protect ourselves Dr. Jo, Chiropractor?” Me too.

Well simmah down now, and I mean simmah down, really. I have been doing Applied Kinesiology muscle testing in my Chiropractic practice for 25 years, and love to show patients how negative thoughts impact their nervous systems, using that simple test. A previously strong muscle, on most people, will likely go weak when a patient is thinking a negative, rather than a positive thought. A direct impact on your nervous system, Nellie, and you’ve become the Nervous Nellie you always didn’t want to be, and have reduced your immune system's ability to work up to par. So gift yourself, good witch, by thinking pleasant thoughts. You may need to stop watching the news to do this; we all know why.

What else? Get moving up a hill if you’re not sick or injured, with your Doc’s permission of course, but you knew that.

Immune System Support

Vitamin D:

Ok I will admit that I wrote to Gov. Cuomo, because I was concerned that certain populations did not do well with regard to Covid: “what do people who are in nursing homes and African Americans have in common? Many have low levels of vitamin D.” I wrote to the wastebasket, but I had to do that for me. Not all have low vitamin D, but enough to wonder why it isn’t addressed.

Get your level checked. You want to balance more D with more K, a special type of long lasting K. More D means more calcium and you want to direct that calcium into the bones as much as possible using K. AND vitamin d also supports white blood cells and therefore immunity.


aka N acetyl L cysteine


* Promotes the thinning of mucus in the lungs, making it easier to clear
* Promotes optimal immune function
* Supports liver and kidney detoxification and aids in the clearance of heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium*
* Protects the liver and kidneys from toxic insults*
* Acts as a potent antioxidant

Here, from the NIH: “In some European countries, mucolytic (see below definition) drugs, particularly NAC may be used as an anti-inflammatory “drug” as well as an antioxidant (28 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5241507/#B28 ,29 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5241507/#B29 ). In these countries, it is believed that NAC can decrease the frequency of aggravations and improve symptoms in patients with chronic bronchitis. Recently, a comprehensive review in literature survey has concluded in the field of the effectiveness of any oral mucolytic drugs that a decline of aggravations, days of disability and days of antibiotic treatment was averagely determined in patients with chronic clogging pulmonary disease (30 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5241507/#B30 ).”

“Mucolytic” means it breaks up mucus, a good thing as we all know, unless you are fond of your mucus; then I can’t be of assistance. Covid is an upper respiratory illness that clogs the lungs and causes inflammation that kills, so I like this as support for that and so many other reasons.

NOTE: NAC can make urine smell like you just ate asparagus, without the fun of having eaten asparagus.

Zinc does wonders as a lozenge, and up to 50 mg/day but NO MORE is good immune system support. Over that amount and it has to be balanced with copper by someone who knows how to manage this. As an antiviral, it helps to stimulate production of white blood cells, natural killer cells and others. Your thymus using the hormone thymulin makes T killer cells among other cells. Thymulin is produced with the help of zinc.

None of the above are foolproof, or cures, but are well researched for immune system support, so stay away from each other, wear a mask on BOTH your nose and mouth, stay home if sick, and stay strong through this so we can all be healthy and safe.

PLEASE NOTE! The information provided in this article and all articles by Joanne Gjelsten, Doctor of Chiropractor, is for informational purposes only. You should consult with a healthcare professional, your Doctor, before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any or stopping any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. 845 358 2687. Offices in Nyack and Chestnut Ridge. By Appt. www.godrjo.com . For more articles .Face to face in office visit may NOT be necessary. Phone consults are available. Www.godrjo.com. 845 358 2687.

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