New Year’s resolutions to make 2022 the Year of Immunity
We’ve just been through two years of chaos and confusion, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. The novel coronavirus pandemic came as a surprise and changed our lives forever. Many people probably feel like they are experts on immune systems, infectious organisms, and previously unknown modes of transmission except in Hollywood movies. We all seem to live in a fictional world with new issues that we may never get over.
We believe we have experienced the more violent aspects of the storm, but there is always the possibility for more variants like the Omicron, which has spread across the country, and that there will be more deaths and suffering.
Considering everything I have said, we can make smart New Years Resolutions for the coming year to help keep us safe and healthy. Which of these goals will you follow as a personal goal?
Resolution 1: get vaccinated
Get the COVID-19 shot if you haven’t already, or get the booster if you’ve already received the first two injections of Pfizer or Moderna. Get a second photo if your choice was J&J. Get your flu shot for good measure.
As the New Year dawns, we face the very real possibility that COVID will be with us forever, and we may be reeling from spikes in infections from holiday gatherings. Let’s make sure to protect ourselves, our families and our friends. Even though new oral agents to inhibit viral replication enzymes or corrupted viral RNA with sophisticated biology are under development, the vaccine is still the centuries-old and proven method of protection and prevention, and this vaccine is super safe. and molecular for itself.
Resolution 2: Support immunization efforts
Become a vaccine advocate and promote the vaccine to members of your church, temple, mosque, family, or neighborhood community. Discover the science of three different vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson. Become a mini-expert.
Resolution 3: Support your immune system
Treat your body well by strengthening your own immune system or biological soul. Stop smoking, because that might be the only factor in your life losing years. Your immune system is like a complex and delicate piece of machinery, and it must be nourished and kept up to date with maintenance and repairs. Occasional alcohol consumption is okay, but daily alcohol is also a limiting factor that weakens your immune system.
Resolution 4: Exercise
Here’s one you could do each year before using your Peloton or treadmill as a coat rack. Exercise is the one thing I always recommend as a technique to slow the effects of aging and boost your immunity. I’m not talking about extreme exercise like a triathlon, but just a jog or a daily walk.
Act as if the religion of caring for your body is paramount for the rest of your life. Those who laugh at you or suggest otherwise will be sick long before you do if you follow this important resolution, especially now during COVID times when we are stuck at home for work or school.
Resolution 5: Pay attention to your microbiome
Pay attention to your diet, as your internal population of organisms is extremely important to your immune system. No vaccine will work if your inner microbiome is disrupted. Ingesting antibiotics, unnecessary drugs, and harmful drugs like alcohol will help reduce or even eliminate the organisms your microbiome depends on. Use prebiotics and probiotics regularly. A simple dish of yogurt a day should do the trick, but there are more sophisticated pre- and probiotics available at your local supermarket.
Resolution 6: Meditate
Learn to meditate. Relaxation recharges your inner battery and nothing helps the immune response more than learning to rest and relax. Yoga, tai chi, qigong, and other forms of inner peace can help fight illnesses and infections. As a doctor, I meditate every night before I go to sleep, especially when I am stressed.
Resolution 7: Cultivate Relationships
Build a relationship with a partner, be it your wife or husband, or just a close friend. Sex (and sexual activity) is good for your immune system in several ways. Even if you’re 80 or older, a robust sexual appetite can help you live longer.
If you can’t have sex at a later age, just cuddling a partner can raise hormones like oxytocin and help prevent disease. Every time you connect with someone, you will increase your resistance to infections. Think of sex as a form of exercise. Exercise of any kind improves sexual satisfaction, and sexual activity is best for immunity and overall longevity.
Resolution 8: Fight disinformation
Overcome misinformation about your immune system and vaccines. Avoid misinformation at all costs. Disinformation is a deliberate attack on scientific facts. There are people who say strange things. Don’t politicize the vaccine or the dangers of the virus.