Hello, everyone, we're living a time of extremes and that's what I want to talk to you about right now. You know a lot of people in our community have unplugged from the mainstream media and have unplugged from the sources of information that help us understand and make sense of what's happening in our world today, a lot of times that media can be misleading and I think that's the reason they've unplugged, so what I'd like to do?
I put together just a brief presentation to address so many of the concerns that are coming into my office. We are inundated, as you can imagine, with questions about what's happening and what's not happening is a lot of chaos, a lot of misinformation that is circulating a lot of this information that is circulating as well, trying to get people to support very specific kinds of agendas. And within the misinformation and the disinformation, there are sprinklings of facts and it's sometimes hard to know where one ends another begins. So I want to begin by saying I'm a scientist. I am NOT a life scientist, I'm an earth scientist, I'm a degree geologist with a very strong background in the life sciences, and I say that because that background helps me to sift through the very technical journals, the scientific papers, the peer-reviewed journals that are constantly being published to understand better what the new discoveries are telling us, what our scientists, real scientists that are working behind the scenes, not pop scientists.
What are they now discovering and what do their discoveries mean to us in our everyday lives and our experience? So I'm going to honor your time, I'm going to go directly into a presentation because I want you to see why don't you two see what this virus is all about? It means to us, and perhaps most importantly, what it is that we can do about this virus in our lives to help us in our families, as we navigate through this very intense time. What I want to tell you is, I am an optimist by nature, but I'm also a realist, and I think we have very real reasons to be optimistic if we honor, if we honor what the information is telling us.
So, let's take a look at this presentation. I'm going to begin the presentation by calling this virus the coronavirus, but by the end, I will be using its official name, and I think you'll understand why you know my experience is that when the facts are clear, our choices become obvious. When we don't understand what is this happening to us, that we become confused, we become very frightened, and there is a lot of fear in our world right now and I'm hoping that this presentation will alleviate some of that for you and your family and your friends that you choose to share this with so in this program, where I'm going to talk about the coronavirus.
What is it? What is this virus? We've got all kinds of questions. Some people don't understand. Even what it is. That's changing your lives in our world where'd it come from: how is it transmitted? What does it do to our bodies? What can we do to prevent it from wreaking havoc within our bodies, and what can we expect in our lives and in our world. So I'm gonna begin with the very beginning. What is this coronavirus? It is just that it is a virus, and for me, that is both one of the most mysterious, as well as fascinating parts of what's happening because of a virus by definition is something it's very simple, very, very small. It's very difficult to even see with a microscope, it's made of genetic material, DNA and RNA. It's just some DNA and RNA protected by a shell that is made of proteins and the reason I'm emphasizing this is because the question is: why can't we use antibiotics to take care of this as we would you know a common infection?
Is a virus even alive and it's a very good question, because, by definition I want you to see this. The definition, the scientific definition, biological definition of something that is alive, is fulfilling a number of criteria living things they're made of cells. They have a metabolism just like we have our metabolism, they use energy, they grow and develop over time. They have a definite finite lifespan, there's a time where they begin a time where they end they're, capable of reproducing their own species. Something that is alive is capable of reproducing his own species and it responds to external stimuli. A virus doesn't meet any of these criteria. It's not even a cell has no metabolism, no respiration doesn't grow and it doesn't develop. The lifespan is dependent upon the host that it finds itself in. This is what's really interesting, it doesn't even reproduce itself, it is essentially was called inert, so a virus can sit on a surface and is just sitting on the surface until it finds itself in the presence of another living cell.
It must have a living cell to attach to inject its genetic material, its DNA into the DNA of the cell, and then the virus's DNA actually becomes part of the DNA of that cell. You'll see that in just a moment. So here's the first question. Is it even alive there's a lot of controversy around this, but by this biological standard, the virus that is wreaking havoc on our world isn't even a life form, it's not even alive? So this is important because it's not a hunter. I've had people that are asking us, you know. Is this virus stalking me as a hunting me? Is it out to get me? The virus is not a hunter, it's not actively searching for us and that's going to be important when we begin talking about what we can do about this virus in our lives where's the virus look like. I want you to see this because it's also going to be important when we talk about what we can do to prevent this virus or ease the effects of the virus in our bodies in our lives.
This is an electron photograph of the coronavirus. This is called coded 19 you'll understand why, in just a this was from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the organization adhering so much of if you are watching any of the mainstream media. But I want to show you another one of the early pictures of this virus. It's a black-and-white image you're, seeing on your screen and what I want to call your attention to is the little spikes that are on the periphery of each of these. Each of the on the virus – you can see there, you can see where the arrows are pointing to those little spikes. I'm going to show you an artist's conception of the coronavirus. On the left-hand side of your screen, you can see those spikes much better. These spikes are going to be really important in just a moment, because if those spikes are not there or if some, how they are impaired, it's impossible for that virus to infect ourselves.
And that is precisely an opportunity that we have through some of the herbal supplements. Some of the other supplements that nature provides for us. I'm going to talk to you about antiviral supplements. I'm going to talk to you about those toward the end of this presentation. So where does this come from? Where does this Coved 19 even come from? I'm gonna be very honest with you. The truth is that now we don't know for sure there are a lot of stories out there. Mainstream media is telling us that it has originated in another form of life, a bat perhaps that it jumped species, and there are some journals that are saying that there are other journals that are saying some other things.
I want to tell you where I am with this right now we're dealing with is wherever it came from it's with us. It's present we've got to get through this. I think when it's over the research is going to pinpoint precisely where and how this virus originated. For me, right now, I'm more focused on you, your family, your health me, my family, my health and what we can do to get through this. So that's what I'm gonna say about where it has come from. We have been receiving it. When I say we it's, my office we've been receiving emails and questions people ask. Are there multiple viruses out there? Why are there so many different names for this virus that we're concerned with? Well, there is one virus and it has gone through an evolution in terms of the names. I'm just gonna, be very honest with you. You know how can we deal with what life brings to our doorstep unless we're honest about what life brings to our doorstep and that's what I feel about this right now.
This originally was called the Wuhan virus, because the first reported case was in the city of Wuhan in China. The World Health Organization and CDC have worked over recent years, not to identify a virus with any animal or any location, because the stigma that comes with that you know, we've got the swine flu, and so people were afraid of pigs and we've got the bird flu and people are afraid of birds if you name it after a city that city has a stigma forever so very quickly. We have now evolved, it's no longer called the Wuhan virus. Technically the scientific name – and I want to share this with you because the scientists will identify a virus by one name and then the condition that the virus causes by another name and that's precise, what's happening here.
So technically the name for this virus that is wreaking havoc on our planet right now is SARS. Cove SARS CoV. That virus is creating a condition that is now technically called Covid 19. So this is the name that I'm going to use in a presentation. This is the name you're seeing in the media Covid 19 because it was discovered in the year. Nineteen d means it's a disease, the eye means it's a virus and the co is the type of virus. It is a strain of coronavirus. Coronaviruses have been around for a very long time; you've probably all had them before and in other common colds and flues. This is a very unique kind of coronavirus. So now you know the secret code for the designation cos, coronavirus VI is a virus, d means disease, and nineteen is the first year was in the fall of nineteen winters it was recognized. We've seen this before HIV, for example, is the virus that is responsible for the condition that we know as AIDS. Rubella is the virus that is responsible for the condition we know is measles. So this is a convention, and I want you to see why this works. The way it works so the restless' program, it's coded 19, the director of the World Health Organization, is very clear about what this is and is not. It is definitely not the flu and many people are writing to us saying well, what's the big deal, isn't this just the flu? Don't we treat this, you know like we treat the flu?
I want you to see why it is not the flu and it's the distinction that separates Covid 19 from the flu that makes it so important to you and me, and it's the reason that the world is shutting down right now. So this is a quote from the director of the World Health Organization. He said quote: this virus is not SARS. Sars was the severe acute respiratory syndrome discovered a few years ago. It's not MERS. The Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome is discovered a few years ago, and it is not influenza. It is not the common flu now it may have some of the common symptoms of the flu, but you're going to see in just a moment. What is it sets us apart? So the seasonal flu, for example, the flu can happen, is a result of a number of different strains of virus Covid 19. It's a result of only one virus, the virus that we just identified and according to the director of the World Health Organization, it's much more severe than the seasonal flu, and this actually makes sense. If you think about it, the common flu has been on earth for at least 2,000 years that we are aware of through some of the archaeological discoveries and some of the technological advances we can determine that the common flu has been with us for over 2,000 years, that means our bodies had 2,000 years to develop antibodies and to understand how to deal with the common flu.
This is something new. Our bodies have not seen this before, and it's going to take a season, or at least a season for our bodies to understand and reprogram our immune systems so that we can adapt to this virus and we can – and we do, our our bodies are actually very good at this and I'll talk to you about that more at the end as well. The mortality rate for seasonal flu is typically very low. For these reasons, it's been around for a long time. We know what to do with it less than one percent right now. The mortality rate is believed to be around 3.4 percent and those numbers keep changing, but this again it comes from the World Health Organization. So let me show you what this means. This is a chart from CDC Center for Disease Control and it is showing the relative ages that are succumbing to this virus that are dying from the virus and what you're, seeing? What you're seeing is that the higher death rates, the higher mortality czar in older citizens, and typically you see this with influenza as well and the thinking and I'm not saying I agree with this – I agree that where I'm going to say could be possible for some people it doesn't have to be possible.
The thinking is that our immune response declines as we increase in chronological age as we get older, we lose our immunity. That certainly can happen. My experiences doesn't have to happen and it depends a lot on the choices we make of all the things. Lifestyle, diet, exercise, nutrition, other things, so you know we're going to talk about that, but, typically – and this is what they're showing typically, this is what's happening. Interestingly, there have been as of this, this talk is of my sharing sign with you right now. No one under the age of nine has died from this. That makes sense because young people have very strong immune systems and where you see, are the 60 to 69 age group. This is the age group that we were looking at a moment ago. We were looking at just a moment ago. Here you can see on the right-hand side is Covid 19. On the left-hand side is the typical flu and what you see is for that 65 plus age group point eight three percent: you see when you're looking at the Covid 19 you're, seeing that it is that 60 to 69 is 3.6 percent. According to this chart, so I said we got different numbers, so what I want you to see here is that this flu is this: not this flu, where I want you to see here, is that this condition has a much higher mortality rate than typical flu, and this is one of the reasons there's so much concern about.
What's happening, it's new, a body's, don't know what to do with it and it does have a higher mortality rate. Why does it have a higher mortality rate well to answer that you have to understand what it does to us, so I'm just going to go through a little scenario very quickly right here, the image you're, seeing on screen the large sphere on the right is a human cell kind of pinkish, coloreds fear and the little spiky things that you're seeing some of those are red. Some are orange, some are blue. These are viruses relative to the cell, and we saw these a few minutes ago here, I'm going to bring up another image, those little spikes or what makes all the difference in the world because those spikes are looking for places on the cell that will receive and accept the virus. They're called receptors in this particular virus apparently has characteristics that make it more accessible or allow more receptors to be accessible to these spikes. In other words, it has a greater opportunity to attach to the cell, then some others do, but when it does, here's what's happening. What you're, seeing on your screen right now, the upper part of the quarter of a circle, if you will on the upper part of the screen, that is the virus, the red that is dangling down is the spike on the virus, just like you're, seeing those red spikes on the one to the left, the blue at the bottom, is the receptor that is sitting on top of the human cell beneath that.
So what's happening, are these spikes, the proteins, those red proteins? They are finding more opportunities to bind to the blue. The enzymes on the human cells than we've seen in some of the other viruses, so it makes it we become more susceptible from that perspective, once that binding happens, here's what then happens looks like biology 101 in high school, a high school biology class, but I'm going to go ahead. I know this is redundant for some people and for others this is going to be important. It helps us to understand what we can do about it. The virus wants to attach itself to the cell. It begins to share its genetic information with the DNA inside the cell number two. You can see the genes become incorporated, so the virus of genes acts we become part of ourselves DNA. They hijack that DNA. This is the term that's used and then because our cell is reproducing and it begins to replicate with that virus information. The viral information is now in our cells, DNA and it does that to the point where it will actually destroy the cell.
That will kill the cell and be the DNA that has been replicated containing the virus, then explodes and begins to share and spread that viral information into other cells, and that's what you can see in step number four there. So I was hesitating. I don't want to be too complex, but I want you to see exactly what it is happening now, the good news, the really good news is that your body knows exactly what to do when it sees these viruses. We've had viruses for thousands of years. Viruses are a big part of our body. In addition, due to the genome, we have what's called human viral. We always have viruses in our bodies. Not all of them are harmful. What we call harmful viruses, so we know very well what to do with these, and while the virus is attaching to those cells and injecting its DNA, look at what's happening. Our body is identifying that virus. It's sending out what are called leukocytes specialized cells to attach to the virus, so the virus can be destroyed. So this is the battle that happens when we are infected, what it does for us when that battle is happening, we may not know all that's going on.
Here's what we know these are symptoms of Covid 19 compared to other conditions that we commonly have so we're talking about. You know. Fever, dry, cough shortness of breath, headaches all those things with Covid 19. It's common to have a fever, and one of the reasons for that is because your body is fighting this off when your body elevates its core temperature, it makes the body less hospitable to the invader, and that's one of the reasons that we'll have a fever when we're having these experiences, it's also common to have the dry cough shortness of breath. You might have a headache, you might have aches and pains you might have a sore throat, you might have fatigue. Rarely are you going to see loose stool diarrhea wearily? Are you gonna, have a runny nose and that's important because people that believe you know they're not feeling well and they think? Well, maybe I've got the virus if they've got a runny nose. What the experts are telling us is it's a really good chance? It's not Covid 19, you might have a cold could be a flu, but it's probably not the Covid 19. You don't see sneezing.
Now I live in the high desert of northern New Mexico. My wife – and I do this happens to be allergy season here. The Jennifer pollen is all over: it's like dust blowing across the walks and the streets and our sidewalks, and, and so we are feeling the effects of that as well. This chart is very, very reassuring because a lot of us are sneezing every runny nose. This doesn't mean we've got that flu, so I wanted you to see this and I've left it up here intentionally for a couple of minutes. So if you're trying to write this down – or you want to capture this some way, you can do that big question. How is Covid 19 transmitted, it's still being studied and we are learning more. We as a society, we're learning more about this. I say we as a society, it's not like we like, I have a team that is doing this. We as a society are learning more about this all the time. What we know right now, I'm just going to show you what it has been accepted and this information is coming from Cold Spring Harbor laboratories, very respected laboratories, associate with major universities and peer-reviewed journals, so primarily it's from physical droplets that are being emitted from a person who's infected physical contact, so the physical contact can be droplets on our physical body. If we call for the sneeze and there are our hands, we touch our nose with our hands or our mouth. You know, I see people doing this. Unconsciously, all the time always plan you know with their mouth or nose or you know whatever shaking it in then we are very social beings. We touch people and other things a lot, and it is that contact. Obviously that can spread these airborne droplets, and this is where some of the new studies may be sharing something you may not be aware of, because not only is Covid 19 spread through coughing and sneezing. The study suggested is also shared through breathing, just being in the presence of someone who is breathing if you're within that distance, that puts you too close they're talking about socially acceptable distances, six feet or more. The droplets apparently can linger in the air for up to three hours.
This is why someone can cough or sneeze they're gone and two hours later, you're walking through that space, and you may be susceptible to this. This is one of the reasons they're emphasizing the social distancing. I'm going to talk about that in just a few minutes, also surface droplets. They are now finding it again. This is from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The droplets are viable for up to two to three days on surfaces of stainless steel and plastic, maybe longer on cardboard, and I don't have the peer-reviewed data on the cardboard. But this again is from the same Cold Spring Harbor lab to three days on stainless steel and plastic. What that means now you know what a virus is: you're all experts on the virus. Now it is the DNA the RNA inside that little protein cap. It means that protein is sitting on the surface. It's not looking for you, it's not looking for anything. It is just sitting there and the protein can hold up to the environment for about two to three days now.
Other things that can change that disinfectants can change that uh heat sometimes can change, have to be very specific. Temperatures can change that, but eventually, that protein shell will break down and the virus is no longer viable so that to the three days the Journal of American Medical Association has published reports saying it's also found in feces. I know it's not a pleasant thing to think about, but this is important because it means when someone is in the restroom if they are not washing hands thoroughly, it's possible that they may have Covid 19 from feces, either direct contact or indirect contact and in the bathroom and that can be then transmitted as well, so it's really important. This is why washing our hands and disinfectant is so important. So the big question: what can we do about this? Well, there's a lot that we can do about it, and this is why I want to share this with you and I felt like I wanted to empower you with the previous information, the names where it comes from what it does.
So now what we're going to talk about can make more sense. Antibiotics will not work against viral infection. We're getting all kinds of you know email saying, what can we just take? Can we take oxacillin or can we take doxycycline or can we take erythromycin for upper respiratory? Those only work against bacteria, and now you know the reason why? Because bacteria are living things, the viruses, the lives, there's nothing to kill the antibiotics want to kill the bacteria. There is nothing to kill. That's why I said why said earlier, it's such a bizarre concept. What we're dealing with is not even alive. It's just a DNA code encapsulated in this protein. So what do we do? There are some very common-sense things here, wash your hands and you wash your hands after you touch surfaces. Now, I'm just going to give you a quick example. I was with a friend not long ago in a restaurant in the other country we were eating chips and salsa so and they were really good chips and salsa and my friend went to the bathroom to wash his hands came back, says: okay, I'm ready for chips and then he reached across the table and he picked up the salt shaker salted, the chips. Then he picked up the hot sauce in the plastic bottle and then he started to use the same hand, eat those chips. And I said, are you gonna wash your hands again and he says I just washed them, and I said yes and after you wash them, you touched two surfaces that are touched by hundreds, if not thousands, of people over periods of time. Who knows how often they are cleaned and even if they are cleaned every day, someone could have been here an hour ago that you don't even know about so for some people, it's overdoing it I'm just gonna leave this up to you.
We invite you to become very conscious, be aware of what your hands are touched before you use those hands to place something into your mouth. It's just a way of thinking. It's just discipline and I've learned to become very disciplined in my life. I apply this to myself as well, so you want to wash your hands after you're touching those surfaces always cover for a cough or sneeze. Now you know why, because of the droplets social dense distancing is, is a new buzzword and in our media now for a lot of people, it means different things, different people, a lot of people are thinking. It means that they need to be isolated. Well, physical isolation is one thing, but not social isolation and the truth is we need one another more than ever right now, the community is more important than ever. We need to talk to one another, to reassure one another, to share with one another to check things out with one another because we're social beings. So, fortunately, we are having this epidemic in our country, the pandemic in the world. In a technological age, where we have the ability to stay in touch now, I'm going to invite you to check in on your loved ones, especially elderly check. In with your friends, it's really important to stay in touch and – and I'm doing my very best to do this for myself right now – all right, I think, that's gonna be one of the big opportunities we're developing, even stronger communities as we're going through this.
I want you to know this beyond anything else. Your body is so smart. Your body is so intelligent. Your body is so sophisticated. You are a technologically advanced, highly sophisticated biological system. You are soft technology. Your body knows what to do with this. That's why we've been here as long as we have been if we give our body what it needs to do, what it was designed to do so, obviously, the first thing to do is is to be aware of the physical contact. That's your first barrier! If you should come in contact with a virus, it's not the end, because your body knows what to do. Your immune system is designed to deal with this, and you just saw how, when the the the leukocytes are attacking that virus, the key is to honor your body through all the ways that you know-how, so that you have an optimized immune system, strengthen your immune system relieve the stress that can deplete your immune system. I'm going to talk about all these good sleep is a big part of this. Movement is medicine. Good movement. You, let's go out, run a marathon just make a conscious effort to move anything yoga. You know floor exercises, a walk, walk in nature, if you can do that and still be socially distant. These are all things are good for our immune system, nutrition, and supplements. Nutrition is all about the food that we eat. That's beyond or what I can do well in this brief program, but I do want to talk to you about supplements vitamin C, a lot of misinformation about vitamin C. We can actually tolerate high doses of vitamin C if those doses are in the right form. What you see on a lot of grocery store shelves is not the right form if it's ascorbic acid if it is rose, hips those forms of vitamin C. Our bodies typically cannot tolerate. In high doses, what will happen is to become bloated to become gassy loose stools. There is a form of vitamin C that is called sodium ascorbate. It gives your body what it needs to create that vitamin C and you can tolerate much higher doses, dosages of that two to three thousand milligrams a day. I don't typically recommend a lot of products by name but the two that come to mind right now. Many of you are already familiar with little packets of what is called emergency Amer Gen and then the letter C and trace. Minerals also have a product of electrolytes emergency. A thousand milligrams of C per packet trace manual, trace minerals, 1200 milligrams per packet, along with the electrolytes that you need to keep your body strong and healthy. So those are examples of ascorbate kinds of minerals. Zinc. If you find that you are exposed or in a situation where you might be, or if you feel like you've, already got symptoms, that's the time to use the zinc. I don't do it. So much is preventive on a daily basis. Only if I'm maybe going to get onto an airplane or I'm going to be in the large public crowd, but there are different kinds of zinc, and I want you to see this here.
The acetate form your body can absorb. A hundred percent is, what's called ionic Zinc, the gluconate form – that's pretty good, but not quite as good. About 72 percent of the zinc is released as ionic zinc and there's a form that is called zinc. Gluconate glycine release releases a lower dosage of about 57 %. So a lot of the tablets that you will see the lozenges. If you look on the label, it will say zinc, acetate or zinc. Gluconate is the most common. It's pretty good, so I want you to know about the zinc black elderberry really stimulates the immune system. Well, there's a lot of peer-reviewed literature on the role of and the power therapeutic power of elderberry in our bodies, the recommended dosages. Now I'm not recommending. I cannot recommend these for you, I'm showing you I'm illustrating the kinds of dosages that typically are recommended in the literature about 158 milligrams, two times a day once in the morning, and once in the evening, but check with your health care provider, as you should. For all of these things to find out, what's right for you or if you have any conditions that may be contrary in the indicative of you doing something like these mushrooms, our indigenous ancestors discovered this a very long time ago and they've known about the power. The antiviral power of mushrooms for a very long time is from a peer-reviewed journal, called evidence-based, complementary and alternative medicine. This is a direct quote: indirect antiviral effects are the result of a mini-immune. The stimulating activity of what are called polysaccharides is the key. A lot of the plant kingdom has what are called polysaccharides and these complex molecules and they are what help us when it comes to viruses and here's the reason and I put the little picture up there – remember little spikes. I talked about early in this presentation. The polysaccharides can help to blunt and diminish the effectiveness of those spikes so that, although the virus may come in contact with a cell, if those little spikes aren't there if those proteins aren't there, they cannot penetrate the cell. So that's why I've got that little picture up. There's a reminder to you. There are a number of different kinds of mushrooms. One of them is a reishi mushroom, quote: Reishi mushrooms, I'm sorry, rishi components directly bind to the viruses interfering with the process in which virus is attached to and enter healthy body cells in order to create the infection.
I'm giving you some technical references here. So these are pretty much available. The dosage depends on the concentration of the reishi, how it's prepared, what the how it's standardized. So you have to really check with your healthcare provider. I can't give you a dosage, but I'm saying that the mushroom itself has these properties garcon mushroom is another mushroom. You hear a little bit less about look at this. As a quote: it's not only a strong, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Look at this. Its extracts have also demonstrated antiviral properties, there are technical references so that you can see exactly where this is again from the International Journal of medicinal mushrooms is partly where this comes from. So scientists have been researching these for a long time. We don't hear so much about it in the West, but you do in Chinese medicine, so traditional Chinese, medicine or TCM has a lot of other remedies, many more than I can go through in this brief presentation, but I want to share with you. This is a quote from the conclusion of a scientific study that was done again in the evidence-based, complementary and alternative medicine journal and this one which, from the Year 2015, so not that long ago, they studied a lot of Chinese herbs, including Yun, Chao, and Yun. Chao is very common, very accessible here in the United States and here in the West, some of the others may not be. But when they looked at these ingredients taken together, they tested ten traditional Chinese medicines and they showed broad-spectrum antiviral activities and their mechanisms may involve the activation of host immune responses. This is just what we're looking for in the time of a viral pandemic, so I just wanted to share these with you. There are others, and if I didn't list them, it doesn't mean they're valid.
Here I wanted to share some that people are asking about, or maybe the mushrooms that you don't hear quite so much about so we've covered a lot of ground. I promise I wanted to keep this brief, but also I want you to have the information. What can we expect right now? The answer depends on us. It depends upon how we choose to respond as individuals and collectively, and I'm saying this because I'm receiving emails and I'm seeing there are a lot of people again may not be plugged into the media and I'm not saying that we need to be all the time, but in times like this, it's good to be aware. A lot of people are not taking this very seriously. They are trying to live life as usual, and this is where the struggle comes in they're trying to live life as if nothing were happening in the presence of a global pandemic that is wreaking havoc on our planet that we've never seen in our lifetime. It makes no sense the reason that this is happening and there is a term in psychology to help understand. This is called normalcy bias. We have a tendency to try to average out the extremes that upset our lives and try to discount and say: oh you know, life goes on as usual and like this and how we respond to what's happening right now, it's completely up to the way or is completely determining how long we're being impacted by what's happening, so I want to be very honest with you, I'm a very straight again. How can we deal with what life brings to our doorstep? If we're not honest about it, so in all honesty we have passed what is called the window of containment.
This is not going to be contained, the United States or Europe the way the Ebola virus was, or some of the other conditions that we've seen. We passed that window for a number of reasons. It makes no sense to talk about now because that time has passed. We are now in what is called the mitigation phase, the definition of mitigation. What does it mean? It is the action of reducing the severity. The seriousness of the painfulness of something, so it means we're in it we're going to experience it. It's sweeping across our nation right now and the experts are saying we're not going to stop it. So if we cannot stop it, all we can do is guide the way that it unfolds. I know many people now are seeing this chart. I'm going to be very clear about what it's showing on the left-hand side of your screen, you're, seeing a big, yellow mound and our red dashed line. It goes right through the middle of the screen, that red line is the capacity of our health care system to deal with an emergency like this. If we do not follow the mitigation procedures, the social distancing, the cancellation of conferences of events of gathering together in groups for exercise, you know yoga all of those things that have been normal in our lives. If we do not just chill for a period of time, this is the concern. Is that so many cases will evolve so quickly that we will overwhelm the health care system, as we have today we're seeing this happen in some parts of Europe?
That is where the big problem is it's where the highest numbers of mortality rates are so the idea is, if we can't stop it, let's mitigate how it unfolds, and this is what we're trying to do. It's called flattening the curve. If we can follow some of the guidelines voluntarily, then hopefully that curve will spread that mace lasts a little longer, but we're going to have fewer cases. The cases can be managed. That's what we're seeing on this chart right here now. I did a little research as a scientist. I am a researcher. I want to show you something. I think it's really interesting. This is a chart of epidemics in the 20th century for different conditions. This is not Covid 19. I'm going to move a little closer, so I can read the screen. Smallpox is the one on top rubella is next, mumps is next hepatitis A is next pertussis is at the bottom. All of these are viral infections, except pertussis. Pertussis is as a bacteria, but what I want you to see from this and you can see for yourself, do you see the pattern where the circles are darker and larger is where most of the cases appear, and there is a pattern most of the cases seem to appear in March April and May in the spring months, so you can very clearly see that and then they begin tapering out into June July and August with the exception of hepatitis, and there are reasons for that. But what we're seeing is typically the epidemic seasons. They fall into this window precisely where we are right now so now.
The question is this Covid 19 that this pattern? The answer is, we don't know because we've never experienced this before if it does as other coronaviruses have. If it does fit this pattern, then what can we expect they're talking about a possible peak scenario about 45 days from where we are now, to put it right, around the middle, mid-May and then tapering out, as we saw on that chart into July, And August, if we follow those mitigation procedures, so this is an invitation for all of us to be respectful of not only ourselves but one another not to make this into something political, not to make this into something about power, as many people are trying to do through the emails and some of the social media we're seeing this is about a virus. It's here, it's with us we're not going to stop it and we have the opportunity to mold the way that it unfolds in our communities. So that is the invitation that we're all looking at right now there will be a time when this is behind us later this year, it's going to be in the rearview mirror and we're going to call this the coronavirus of 2020 and we're gonna say Wow, what was that?
What now what happens? Well, even though the virus will be in our rearview mirror. My sense is that we will never go back to the normal that we had before that virus. Just a few weeks ago, a new normal is emerging. It has to. We cannot go back to the world that we had before because so much of that world is unsustainable. Then, where you're going to see this play out, is you're gonna see shifts in our society in the way that society works. The way that society manages itself shifts in our economies – and I want to be clear when we talk about economies, a lot of people think about money. Economies can involve money, but they don't have to economies are about people and the way that people share vital resources that they need every day in their lives like food, water, energy, medicine, communications, all these kinds of things and we're gonna see a shift, probably into the more localized living, which is a more sustainable way of living. One of the reasons that the virus is wreaking havoc right now is because supply routes are down and the things that many of us need for everyday life, including medicines, including antibiotics, including certain kinds of food, including electronics. The supply chains are so global right now and so very fragile, and something like this cuts, those supply chains and all of a sudden, you can't get cell phones at your local kiosk, and you can't get the antibiotics from your doctor. If you do, you have to wait a couple of weeks until the next shipment comes in, and I think you're going to see that change as we go back to more localized ways of living with that mean localized food, localized economies, localized sources of energy, localized businesses,
I've talked more about this in other programs you're going to see shifts in lifestyle that reflect all of these, and I think it will go all the way from dating and the way that we interact in our everyday lives. You're going to see shifts to the generation that we have now, it may not seem so different, because this is what they know, but to those of us who know past generations. This is going to see very different for us. It's going to be an invitation for us to adapt to a new reality in our world and our lives as this virus is teaching us more about ourselves and our relationship to ourselves. So I think, ultimately, our choices that we make right now are determining what it is that happens next, what I want to say to you very, very clearly, and if you have been with me anytime in the last 34 years, this is my 34th year of doing. This work in one form or another you've heard me say this: this is what we're made for. We are made for times just like this. Our bodies are designed to adapt and thrive, not to survive that try to overcome and thrive what life brings to our doorstep. If we allow our bodies to do what they're designed to do – and that means to honor our bodies through healthy choices of nutrition, movement, lifestyle choices – and you know what those are – and you know where, if there is a place, you might be able to honor yourself. A little bit greater degree wow now is a perfect time to put that into motion.
Put your action plan together right now: cleaner, food, simpler diet, more exercise, stress the institute of heart math. That you've heard me refer to so many times the research organization, Northern California, that I have worked with and shared the stage with almost since their inception. In 1991, they have developed the breadth and focus techniques around the human heart that allow us to relieve stress in our bodies and ways that are validated through science, and they take about three minutes out of each day by harmonizing the heart in the brain and neurons. In the heart and the neurons in the brain, focusing the breath it's beyond the scope of what I can do well here, many of you are familiar with it. If you're not, please go to the Institute of HeartMath website, all kinds of information on there about relieving stress some that we're conscious of and some that we're not so. This is what I want to leave you with today. I hope you have a little bit better understanding about what's happening. I want to tell you much. I appreciate you sharing a part of your day with me. We've got at least another four to six weeks, where we're being asked just to chill and we'll invite you to do your best to do that, not to try to fill your days with diversions. Take this time really to go within to ask yourself. Do I trust my body? What can I do to love and support my body to the greatest degree possible to optimize this magnificent gift of my body and your answer that I think will determine how you experience what we're going through right now and here's the key for me. Well, I'll get through it, but what comes after is being determined by the way we respond right now. That's why I wanted to share this with you today we're going to get through this together, we're going to be better for it. Thank you so much for sharing this time with me and watch out for future videos. I'm going to talk about these topics more and more take good care.