December 2020 heralded the release of the COVID19 vaccine. It was released at an unprecedented speed after a clinical trial demonstrated its efficacy. The vaccine was shown to be 95% effective in protecting humans against the COVID19 virus.
Many in the public are skeptical about this vaccine. I would like to offer some basic knowledge to assist in clarifying any confusion you might have about how this vaccine works to protect against the COVID19 virus.
First, a recap of the immune system and how vaccines work:
When a foreign protein (antigen) enters our body, our innate immune system is the first to respond. This part of our immune system consists of ‘foot soldiers’ on the front lines that see the enemy and run towards it to destroy it. These foot soldiers are billions of Natural Killer (NK) cells, whose job is to attack any foreign antigen that is considered a threat to the body. These are released into the bloodstream by the liver, which find and kill the foreign antigen through a process called phagocytosis. This antigen could be a virus, a bacteria or a cancer cell. After killing it, parts of the antigen are carried on the surface of these cells and presented to the adaptive immune system, where a type of B-cell called plasma cells to manufacture antibodies against the specific parts of the antigen presented to them. This takes a few days to occur after the antigen first enters the body. Another category of B-cells called memory cells, memorize the configuration of the antigen that the antibodies are made against, and lay waiting in case the same antigen invades again. If the antigen enters the body, the memory cells stimulate antibody production which destroys the antigen and protects the body from invasion. …
I am an internist in private practice in a community west of Milwaukee, and my commitment as a physician is to keep my patients and community safe and healthy. I have worked hard throughout the pandemic, to learn everything I can about COVID19, have helped my patients stay healthy, greatly reduced rates of COVID spread through preventive education, and cared for my patients who have become COVID positive, keeping them healthy enough to not need hospitalization. My practice has stayed open throughout the Pandemic, I’ve been diligent and tenacious through significant dips in patient volume and worked hard to meet payroll. …
“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~His Holiness, The Dalai Lama XIV
If there is anything I’ve learned this year, it is that life is full of uncertainty. Yet there are some certainties that we can all agree upon:
a) If we are born we will die;
b) Struggle cannot be escaped (no matter how hard we try);
c) Living from meaning is essential at any stage of life;
d) We belong to one another no matter how separated we feel.
e) Life is always propelling us towards healing and love.
f) The Unknown is always present, whether we acknowledge it or not. …
I woke up this morning with my patients in my heart who are in the process of moving towards their freedom. So many women are leaving dysfunctional relationships right now. The state of the world is amplifying our need to transform and align with our essence.
The majority are leaving their relationships with narcissists. It seems that narcissism is more prevalent now than ever before in the world, and speaking from personal experience, adapting to a narcissist moves us further and further away from our Authentic Self.
When we are adapting to abusive behaviors towards us, be it family of origin, marriage, job or any other relationship with the narcissistic pattern, we are living from a ‘survival’ mode. This is a vibrationally a lower level than what our Authentic Self resonates with. Our goal of getting through another day intact while being abused, replaces our ability to live from our heart. FEAR replaces LOVE. In fact we shut down parts of our heart to protect it from being shredded. When we do this, we lose access to its fullness for ourselves and others. In fact, we normalize abuse and become trapped our adaptations over time. We constantly second guess ourselves and our self worth, self esteem and self concept become eroded. In fact the measure of our worth becomes the voice of the narcissist who makes us believe we are not worthy and fills us with shame to be who we really are. …
Two months into the COVID pandemic, physicians on the front lines were referred to as ‘Heroes’. Are physicians actually heroes? I have a perspective on this that is different from popular culture.
Most physicians are born with an instinct to heal. We run into danger, without concern for our own safety, to save lives. Our intense and arduous training to become a physician has an alchemical effect on our instinct to heal. It in fact, amplifies and hones it. We train under conditions of intense pressure, diagnosing and treating patients with contagious diseases, unimaginable traumas and a myriad of illnesses that range from mild to devastating. We show up every day to take care of whomever walks in our door with whatever ailment and range of suffering, from superficial to life-altering. In fact, this instinct feeds our life-force and keeps us returning day after day, to help heal the wounded and sick. …
One of the reaons people are reacting this days, is due to the feeling of a ‘loss of control’. A pandemic for sure brings this to the fore. An invisible virus has paralyzed our world. This feeling of a ‘loss of control’ is at the heart of any conspiracy theory. When I see these theories pop up with millions of views and shares, I am reminded of this underlying cause. People who believe in these are looking for an outside reason for why they have ‘no control’.
The paradox is that we live with the illusion that we are ‘in control’ and our ego gets used to this illusion. It takes this way of feeling for granted, normalizes it and all of a sudden, we are entrained to think we can control life, death, illness and Nature. Our Medical System is based on this (and is failing miserably). …
A Physicians Life Review in Case of Death from the Coronavirus
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
What will we do with the time that is given us?
Now we have more time than we ever thought we needed.
I am a board certified internist who has practiced evidence based Medicine from my heart for nearly three decades. I left Corporate Medicine two decades ago, as I could not practice from what it had become. I struggled alone, seemingly in solitary confinement, from an inner place that was sacred to me. I am not famous or popular. I am merely a physician dedicated to my patients and to the art and science of Medicine. My focus is to prevent disease, and when it appears, to assist my patients in its reversal. Am I holistic? Not really. I am evidence based. I LOVE science, medicine, pathophysiology and how to transform the body back to health, it’s natural state. This has been my craft. …
We are hearing a lot about the immune system these days. COVID-19 has illuminated it’s importance.
This is not news to any of my patients!
EVERYTHING I teach about:
Food as Medicine
A healthy liver
A Whole Food Plant Based Diet
does just that — it boosts your immune system.
The liver is the first responder in immune defense. When a germ enters the body, the liver coats it and presents it to the immune system to kill it. This is done through proteins that coat the germs, which illuminate the germs so the immune system can see them. …
What is not brought to consciousness comes to us as fate
Twenty-one years ago, when I left corporate health care my inner guidance spoke these words, “THIS IS THE TITANIC, IT WILL SINK. GO BUILD A LIFE RAFT.” “THERE WILL BE A WAVE OF LOSS THAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR.”
At the time, my now ex-husband did not want me to leave corporate medicine. I was making six figures and supporting my family, and that was that. “I would rather live in a trailer home than go back there”, I said to him. …
Our world is no longer the same since the beginning of 2020. The wave of affected people around the world with COVID-19, a novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, whose first cases were revealed in December 2019 in Wuhan China, has created an unprecedented shake-up of every aspect of our reality. COVID-19 is highly infectious, contagious and transmissible. It lives on surfaces for days and can be transmitted through the oral and fecal oral route. In addition, if you carry the virus, even in the absence of symptoms, you can transmit it to another person. If you cough or sneeze, you can transmit it through droplets of saliva sprayed into your mouth or nasal passages if you are in close proximity to a carrier. …