If you’ve been a patient at my naturopathy, nutrition and hypnotherapy clinic, you’ll remember that I advised you to eat a plant-based diet.
Maybe you followed that advice or perhaps you thought I was a left-wing radical hippy with lots of letters after my name.
Let’s review what’s happening at the moment as the COVID-19 coronavirus is killing thousands of people throughout the world.
What has just been disclosed by the Chinese at the time of writing is that for some people once patients are cured, the virus has been seen to re-emerge in around 14% of people. In other words, we have never seen anything like this before.
COVID 19 is zoonotic (meaning it crossed over from animals) just like the following:
• H1N1 (swine flu)
• H5N1 (bird flu)
• Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (‘Mad Cow’ disease)
• Spanish flu (which is estimated to have claimed at least 50 million lives worldwide).
You don’t have to be a scientist to see the picture here.
The way in which many humans are farming and consuming food is making them and us sick.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the basic facts. There are five major diseases of old age and premature ageing:
• Alzheimer’s and senile dementia
• Coronary vascular disease
All these diseases are more prevalent in people who consume animal products.
Sure, there are other contributing factors such as environment, toxicity and genetics, but food either feeds you or kills you and what is important to remember is that it also has the ability to heal you in many cases.
Animals have developed evolutionary protective mechanisms. Snakes, toads and some fish sting you or have poisons that kill you if you eat them. They are protecting themselves and maybe even paralysing you so you can become their food.
Chickens and other birds carry a host of viruses, particularly when they are farmed.
Cows’ milk and other animal-based milk contains fats that block our vascular systems.
Pigs contain worms that can live in our brain.
When I look at your blood under a microscope, the blood in people who consume animals is stickier.
The erythrocytes (red blood cells) cling (rouleaux) to each other, whereas people who eat a plant-based diet absent of animal products generally have more fluid, flowing blood.
Sticky blood is an indication of inflammation because the human body sees the animal’s DNA as a foreign body and produces an immune inflammatory response that it does not do with the majority of plant food.
Also, the saturated fats from animal products flood the blood like glue, sticking the red blood cells together.
Red blood cells should never stick together because they absorb oxygen through their walls carrying that oxygen to the body.
Oxygen is the enemy of disease. When it is reduced in the blood, we get sick and stay sick. This is why hospitals use oxygen chambers to increase oxygen in the blood when people are ill. So, the yoga teachers were right – oxygen is the breath of life.
Sometimes in life we have to make radical changes.
As businesses close, schools shut down, people are confined to their homes, folks lose their jobs, people with COVID 19 over 70 are abandoned in some countries and left to die, boarders are closed, flights grounded and the stock markets crash, it’s time to redefine our relationship with animals.
The irony of all this is when I went to the supermarket yesterday, the meat counter was empty and people had left the fresh fruit and vegetables – the very foods that are most beneficial to health.
To redefine your relationship to stay well and get well with food, book your consultation now.
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and restrictions on travel, I am offering some private one-on-one consultations remotely via video by Skype, Facetime or Whatsapp), including a special package that also contains additional digital resources for you.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, is a qualified Naturopath & Nutritionist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor and PACFA Registered Mental Health Professional who is director of the Australian Health and Education Centre, Sydney. She was first involved in opening health clubs back in the UK in 1970, is passionate about extreme health and has helped tens of thousands of people improve their wellbeing.