“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act,

and in that action are the seeds of new knowledge.” Albert Einstein.

SARS-CoV-2: Where are We Now? W

hile Einstein wasn’t a physician, I believe that today he would be urging physicians trained in environmental and nutritional medicine to speak up. Our ability to

survive and thrive during this viral attack of SARS-CoV-2 has more to do with our general health—our nutritional deficiencies, our total toxic load, our stress level, and our resilience—not just the virulence of the virus.

Wait... Don't You Mean COVID-19? Viruses, and the diseases they cause, often have different

names. For example, HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. People often know the name of a disease, such as measles, but not the name of the virus that causes it (rubeola). Viruses are named based on their genetic structure to facilitate the development of diag- nostic tests, vaccines and medicines. Virologists and the wider

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scientific community do this work, so viruses are named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Dis- eases are named to enable discussion on disease prevention, spread, transmissibility, severity and treatment. Human disease preparedness and response is the role of the World Health Orga- nization (WHO), so diseases are officially named by WHO in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). ICTV announced “severe acute respiratory syndrome coro-

navirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as the name of the new virus on Febru- ary 11, 2020. This name was chosen because the virus is geneti- cally related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003. While related, the two viruses are different. On the same day, WHO announced “COVID-19” as the name of this new disease, following guidelines previously developed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agricul- ture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

So, Let’s Fight Fear With Facts Remember, most people with SARS-CoV-2 appear to have

mild illness, especially children. Researchers are investigating what makes certain populations more vulnerable to severe illness. However, we know from other viral illnesses that there are ways to reduce our susceptibilities to serious illness. In the 1800s, Louis Pasteur discovered the cause of childbirth

fever. It was due to a specific bacterium—and the germ theory was born. And Antoine Béchamp advocated a conflicting theory from

the germ theory. Germs were everywhere and even existed inside of us in a symbiotic relationship. We now call these germs our microbiome. Béchamp determined that it was only when the tissues of the host were damaged or compromised that germs cause symptoms. To prevent illness, he advocated enhancing one’s health using

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diet, hygiene, and healthy lifestyle practices such as fresh air and exercise. The idea was that if a person had a strong immune sys- tem and good tissue quality (or “terrain” as Béchamp called it), germs would not cause disease, and the person would have good health.

True: the germ plays a part. Also true: so does our terrain. While everyone needs to follow current guidelines established

by the CDC, (i) if you are older or you have diabetes, pre-diabe- tes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, autoimmune disease, cancer (especially after chemotherapy), mold illness or

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