Fearfully and wonderfully made

'Fearfully and Wonderfully made': Participants in the Bushey Park Park Run. Exercise is the single most important thing you can do to boost your immune system.

‘Fearfully and Wonderfully made’: Participants in the Bushey Park Park Run. Exercise is the single most important thing you can do to boost your immune system.

Our leaders are in a panic over Covid-19. We have urged them to keep calm and carry on. Only today, a report covered by the BBC says accountants expect a fifth of small businesses to go bust within a month. They will simply run out of money. The Government lending packages have turned out to be meaningless.
Kirsty McGregor, founder of the Corporate Finance Network, told the BBC: ‘Small and medium-sized businesses employing less than 250 people employ most of the workforce – 23 million people.
‘We could lose up to a million of them in the next month or so. And it will be irreversible which will be catastrophic for the UK economy.’

No economic modelling

I have been drawing attention to the damage the UK Government is inflicting on jobs, businesses and the economy with their ‘lockdown’ measures. They had a sensible strategy but were spooked into lockdown by a scary report from Imperial College, London, projecting 500,000 deaths unless there was a lockdown. The same learned team predicted thousands of human deaths from BSE, ‘mad cow disease’ which would cross the species barrier. There were a few hundred.
Crucially, it is now clear Boris Johnson was afraid the NHS would not cope and that this would be blamed on the Conservatives. After all they have been in office one way and another since May 2010.
It is also becoming clear the Treasury did no economic modelling of the effects on jobs and businesses and the public purse of shutting down the entire hospitality sector, sports and the High Street. If I am right, that omission was irresponsible. The Government did not have full information without which it is impossible to make a rational decision.
Someone dreamed up the ‘Protect the NHS’ slogan, and all the political and media class fell for it. Long-term prosperity, in which we all have a stake, has been sacrificed for short-term expediency.
I have no doubt that with the extra staff, premises and equipment which the NHS is now sourcing, it would have coped.
Simple precautions like the much-promoted washing of hands, together with keeping a distance and protecting those with underlying health conditions, together with massive testing, could and would have done the job.

Taking care of yourself

Having said all that, even though half of all Covid-19 infections are asymptomatic, and given there is only a 0.2% death rate among all those (symptoms or not) who have contracted the infection, it makes sense to do all we can to stay healthy enough to resist the virus, or at least fight it off.
Covid-19 is a new disease, and the world population is currently without the antibodies we build up against flu. There will eventually, perhaps within a year, be a vaccine, but until then, we are on our own, so to speak
Although in one sense we are not alone. Thank God he created us in his wisdom with an immune system to fight disease:
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
The Lord Jesus told us to focus on the Kingdom:
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
So although we are not in fear, we shall be concerned and take precautions, praying for ourselves and our nations and for world trade to return to normal, to everyone’s benefit.

Hot honey and lemon

Many Christians identify big business, the deep state, the military-industrial complex, as elitist activities prophesied against in the Bible. However, our suspicion of ‘big pharma’ can leave us prone to fall for quack remedies. I hate to say it, but no scientist has found any health benefits from drinking colloidal silver. Furthermore, it could be dangerous. The suspension may well act as an antibacterial and antiseptic agent on external cuts, but so does tea tree ointment. Nor is there any evidence that chlorine dioxide is a ‘miracle mineral supplement’.
In short, there is no effective remedy against coronavirus. We are praying one is found and licensed quickly. That being said, honey, lemon and garlic with a bit of ginger in hot water three times a day seems to help against the common cold, and could act to alleviate coronavirus as well. The garlic and honey are antiseptic, the lemon contains vitamin C and the ginger is anti-inflammatory.

Boost immune system

There are also preventive measures we can take which can boost our immune system. These include vitamins and minerals. The afore-mentioned vitamin C is in citrus fruits. Between 100 and 200mg a day is recommended, and inexpensive tablets in shops like Wilkinson or Savers (the latter is now shut) come in those quantities.
Also available in the same outlets are zinc tablets, again in the recommended daily intake. Zinc is apparently the immune-system superhero, and is also found in red meat and poultry. Vitamin E is in nuts and vegetable oils. Vitamin D comes from sunlight, and is also present in oily fish, eggs, cheese and beef liver.

Daily exercise

Perhaps the best thing you do to boost your immune system is regular daily exercise. It is easily the best medicine. Your body is the temple of the holy spirit, so it makes sense to look after it.
The dear Apostle who wrote this under the ionspiration of the Holy Spirit was also an athletics fan and thought nothing of walking from Jerusalem to Damascus:
1Tim 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
And of course it should read: ‘for a little while’, in other words, for our time here on earth. Anyway, a thirty-minute swim or run, three or four times a week, will start to kick in with health benefits after three weeks. It is not the distance which is important, but the half-hour of demands on your cardio-vascular system.

Park Run

In those first three weeks, of course, you will not feel great at all. The first time I went for a run was from my late mother’s house in Sutton, Surrey, twelve or thirteen years ago. I ran around the block, a distance of a mile. Half-way around I was shattered and had to lean on a gate. But I staggered on and made it back. I persevered and then I discovered ParkRun. That weekly competitive effort transformed my running – and my fitness. For most people, a 5k run takes around 30 minutes. The immune system boost makes the body better able to resist and to fight off infections. ParkRun is now on hold, naturally.
But since the Government are allowing us of their grace and mercy to go outside for a daily run or other exercise during the lockdown (no, you can’t go swimming), now would be a great time to start.
Over the New Year, Judy and I had a couple of weeks of feeling unwell, with fatigue, runny noses and, yes, a persistent dry cough. (One can have that symptom with normal flu as well.) Significantly, I had not been out running for weeks. I have since put that right. Covid-19 will not be our portion.

Do the little things

The phrase ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’ – ‘Do the little things’ – is well-known here in Wales. It comes from the death-bed advice of St David, Dewi Sant. I believe when we do the little things that only we can do, we can trust the Lord to do the miraculous, the clever stuff which only he can do.
And then we can start praying those great psalms of protection. There are too many to count , but here is the one set in the Lamplight Bible Reading Plan coincidentally for today:
Psalm 43:1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Also see our previous articles:
Protect the NHS
Lock-down ‘putting lives at risk’
Coronavirus: No fear of ‘the pestilence’
Covid-19: Fear on every side

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  1. Good advice, Stephen.
    Alex P-A

  2. Thank you Stephen for this advice. Indeed building up our natural immunity plays a big role in the fight against disease.

    At the moment, I am concerned that we are not hearing much in the UK media or from the Government about progress made in drug trials or how the NHS is treating patients apart from the use of ventilators. The US FDA announced recently that it approved the use of anti-malarials in treating Covid-19 in emergency situations ONLY (see https://www.fda.gov/media/136534/download). Although, no clinical trial is yet conclusive, it does make sense to use it if it is the last hope for a dying patient.

    Other news have mentioned a combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin (see time section 17.40 – 22.00 on https://www1.cbn.com/video/700club/2020/03/30/the-700-club-march-30-2020?show=700club)

  3. I wonder if vegans and vegetarians will find it more difficult to fight the virus. I agree that a healthy lifestyle and exercise are key to helping your immune system fight the virus. Unhealthy activities such as smoking or vaping are clearly go to do the opposite.

  4. Thank you, Stephen, for your very helpful advice, and I am taking much note of what you say. I am disabled and ill, so cannot exercise, but just manage a few stretches. How I wish I could even “go for a walk” but not been able to do that since about 1985., when I kept collapsing. It was a polio vaccine given as a schoolgirl that I later discovered was contaminated, so really have been ill all my life, so you can imagine that I am against all vaccines, but understand that you needed to save your animals at that time. I know of so many sisters in the Lord who have also been so ill all their lives after having had vaccines when young. I am very concerned now that the powers that be, not of God, are going to push this vaccine a.s.a.p. before they will even entertain any freedom for us. As one person said “Why do the people who tell us that the world is overpopulated, want to save us all with the Vaccine? Think about that! Do you believe the Lord’s coming is very near? Is this the Great Tribulation? Matthew 24 1-15 is very relevant, is it not? Of course, my husband and I, are isolating and confined to home, but it is hardly any difference for me. We are fighting a spiritual battle, and need to put on the whole armour of God every day. Love in Christ, Rose and George Fenton

    1. Thanks Rose. It seems that contamination of polio vaccines by simian virus 40 (SV40) from the monkey kidney cells used to grow the polio vaccine is now well-documented. It was a scandal at the time (1950s – early 1960s), not that this helps you now.

      SV40 was supposed to be eliminated from vaccines from 1963. However, it persisted in the Soviet bloc. This astonishing report in New Scientist says: ‘The (contaminated) vaccine was almost certainly used throughout the Soviet bloc and probably exported to China, Japan and several countries in Africa. That means hundreds of millions could have been exposed to SV40 after 1963.’ Only in the 1980s was SV40 eliminated from all vaccines.

      These kind of concerns are why having a vaccine should be voluntary. It is another scandal IMHO that Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccines are lumped together in a catch-all MMR. Why are parents not allowed in the UK to ask for them separately? I suspect it’s money again. I was all for the Covid-19 vaccine, but I won’t be having it now, on principle! I’ll keep my immune system boosted up with exercise, vitamins C&D and Zinc and trust the Lord:

      Psalm 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

      Every blessing to you both.

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