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Some quick thoughts on Avoiding the Corona Virus

Something that I’ve been told for years is, “Ox…you’re not normal.” One example of that is that when I was a junior or senior in high school, while my classmates were writing papers on relatively tame topics, I wrote a term paper on how splicing Ebola and the flu and tweaking it so that the incubation period without symptoms was longer and doing DNA splicing with mosquito borne viruses to give it another vector for transmission would make it a much more effective weapon.

Like I said–not normal. That was the early 90s. I grew up on a farm (Thanks a lot, Bloomberg.) in a small farming town and my graduating class was about 40, but one of my best friends ended up becoming a genetic engineer who was on the team that created some of the most effective anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs in the world.

Like I said–not normal. That was the early 90s. I grew up on a farm (Thanks a lot, Bloomberg.) in a small farming town and my graduating class was about 40, but one of my best friends ended up becoming a genetic engineer who was on the team that created some of the most effective anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs in the world.

Occasionally, I’ve helped Pentagon war-planners with war gaming scenarios and solutions…including how an enemy might weaponize influenzas and other viruses against the US and effective defensive strategies. In short, viruses like COVID-19 are more than a passing interest. While they’ve never been my primary focus, and I’m not a credentialed expert by any means, viruses as weapons and defense against them has been top-of-mind for almost 30 years.

In case you’re wondering, SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19…kind of like HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. According to the World Health Organization, the only reason they’re not calling it SARS or SARS2 is because they think it will cause additional fear in parts of Asia where SARS was so bad in 2003. So, here are some things to consider…

-What we may end up seeing with COVID-19 is the difference between how people survive diseases under Communist rule vs. Capitalism.

-We may see the difference between how people survive diseases in 2nd & 3rd world areas and failed states vs. 1st world.

-There are a couple of big events that happen every year that spread viruses…Chinese New Year and Easter in Mexico. Both involve large numbers of people traveling and the timing coincides with low sun exposure and low vitamin D levels. (Correlation is not necessarily causation)

One of the best ways to make yourself harder to kill in a pandemic situation is to take simple steps to beef up your immune system. I’m going to share some incredibly simple and effective tips as well as telling you about some very advanced techniques. These first few tips are not incredibly shocking tips…but I include them because of the fact that each of these 5 factors are present for 30%, 50%, or more of the general population.

1.      Get SOLID sleep. Several studies have been done on the relationship between sleep and immune function. One in particular, “Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold,” showed that people who got less than 7 hours of sleep were 2.94 TIMES more likely to get sick than those who got more than 7 hours of sleep.  (This is especially true for “hard-chargers” who have too much to do to sleep because their speed of life and lack of recovery time will create other vulnerabilities in the body) Your body needs sleep, particularly slow-wave deep sleep, to improve the ability of your immune system to identify and effectively attack bad guys. A lack of sleep also results in the same range of inflammatory markers as individuals who are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Several studies have been done on emergency room visits and cardiac events on the days after the spring and fall time changes. What they consistently show is that the rate of cardiac events jumps 20-80% (depending on the study) with 1 hour more sleep vs. 1 hour less sleep. This shows the overall stress that a lack of sleep has on the body.

2.      Gut health. The healthier your gut, the healthier your immune system. In general, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics, flavor enhancers, some artificial colors, and over-processed foods are bad for good gut bacteria. Too much sugar, simple carbs & alcohol feeds bad gut bacteria and yeasts. For many people, passion about diet is close to passion about religion, so I’m not going to get preachy, but just know that what you put in your mouth will either make it more likely or less likely that you’ll be able to avoid sickness and your effectiveness at fighting off illness if you do get sick. As a general rule, I you have a slump in energy after eating lunch, there’s probably something that you’re eating that isn’t agreeing with your body that’s going to impact several systems besides just short term energy. Experiment until you find food options that don’t cause an afternoon slump in energy.

3.      Take your vitamins. With depleted soils and additional stressors that didn’t exist a few decades ago, it’s incredibly unlikely that anyone can get all of the nutrients they need from just food. If you think you’re the exception, get some blood work done and have it read by a competent healthcare professional who understands that there are different ranges of “normal” for just-keeping-a-body-alive and the “normal” ranges for an active person dealing with life stressors. Quality matters. If your urine looks like a crazy science experiment 30-60 minutes after you take your vitamins, it’s a good indication that you’re taking stuff in a form that your body can’t use and/or that your body is actively identifying as a threat and trying to purge.

4.      Get sun exposure. Several bodily systems are modulated or enhanced by daily exposure to the sun and the different ratios of wavelengths that occur throughout the day. In addition, some oral supplements are activated or enhanced by sun exposure. A few minutes per day can make a huge difference.

5.      Exercise. Exercise…even just 20 minutes of brisk walking per day, increases the effectiveness of the immune system, decreases inflammation, and may flush bacteria and viruses out of the respiratory system.
These are ridiculously simple things that you can do that have been shown in repeated studies to improve immune function.

If you want to go beyond this…WAY beyond this…you want to check out my new special report on preventing infection from Influenza A and the Coronavirus, as well as what our family has planned to survive if we do contract either one.

This report is not mentioned anywhere other than right here, but you can get instant access as a member of my Upgraded Shooter community by clicking >HERE<

The information in this report goes WAY beyond what you’ll find in mainstream and even specialized media, covering things that worked on killer viruses like Ebola and SARS (a Coronavirus) for only pennies per patient and includes links to dozens of scientific papers from around the globe so you can see the evidence first hand.

Look…this whole thing may be overblown and may amount to nothing. Or, it could be the real deal this time. We just don’t know. But the special report will show you things that you can do and put in place that will positively impact your life every day for the rest of your life…not just if a pandemic hits. I’ll tell you in advance…I’ve never seen or written a paper like this one.

Besides the information it contains, I used a completely different format than what is typical. I wrote it in a conversational tone…not like a scientific paper…so everyone could understand and benefit from it. And, like I said, I link to dozens of studies from the paper. Not at the end of the paper, but in-line, right next to the topic they apply to. So, you can read the report and get all of the high-level information quickly OR you can dig in to as much of the research as you want so that you can make better informed decisions and be more convincing with loved ones. Get it now by clicking >HERE

 There is no mention of the special report on the description page, but you’ll get instant access as soon as you sign up.

About the Author /

Mike Ox is an avid defensive and competitive shooter who has co-created several firearms training products, including Dry Fire Training Cards, Dry Fire Fit, 21 Day Alpha Shooter, and See Faster, Shoot Faster. His brain based training focuses on accelerated learning techniques for shooting as well as controlling brain state and brain chemistry for optimal performance in extreme stress situations. Learn more about dynamic dry fire training for defense and competition at

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