When I was a kid in the 1960s, we tried to catch the chicken-pox from friends or family who had it because we could get it over with sooner than later.
Once we caught it – and we did – we had built a resistance to it. We were immune. We were free forever from catching chicken-pox again.
We gathered in the herd, but we used common sense. We didn’t overreact. We played it smart.
Immunity is a powerful thing.
Your Immune System
Immune. This is the adjective describing herd immunity according to Merriam-Webster.
Susceptible people are much less likely to come in contact with infected individuals when the herd stays together.
To some, this might defy logic, but history shows it works in most cases, especially when you’re young.
The definition of immune is:
- having a high degree of resistance to a disease;
- an immune response;
- having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen;
- marked by protection;
Sounds good to me.
Herd immunity reduces the likelihood of catching a specific infectious disease because most of the other people around you are already immune to it.
You are less likely to come in contact with an infected person, so susceptible people are less likely to contract the infection.
Herd immunity works primarily due to natural immunity, to vaccines, medications, or because you were already previously exposed. Think chicken-pox.
This provides some protection for the people who are not immune, and this typically results in a degree of protection when the larger percentage of the population has already become immune.
Vaccines can be life-saving, no doubt, but they are not always a silver bullet that exonerates YOUR personal responsibility to keep your immune system healthy.
No wonder herd immunity is also called herd protection.
When a new strain of infection appears, you need time to develop immunity. This means that if you are healthy with no pre-existing conditions, you can carefully stay in the herd to begin developing immunity.
When an infection is within your environment, I recommend boosting your immune system by:
- supplementing with essential nutrients
- getting plenty of rest
- drinking ample water
- getting vitamin D from 20 minutes of sunshine
- eating a healthy diet
- avoiding big cities and packed crowds
- remaining positive, diligent, and smart; don’t overreact
- staying out of fear.
There are special nutrients that you can take when avoiding an infection (especially a cold or flu virus), such as Alpha CF, extra ascorbic acid, zinc, or selenium. You should have a hair analysis done before you start taking extra nutrients that you typically don’t take, such as zinc. Once you know exactly what your nutrient levels are, you can supplement with exactly what you need to support an optimal immune system.
I’m not advocating being irresponsible, but enjoy your herd. Being together, outside and free, is important to your health.
Isolation is recommended for those with unique and special needs, but if you’re healthy, stay in your herd.
Go figure. History shows there’s protection in numbers.
You’ll be happier.
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Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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