Paragon Healthy Living

As we navigate life amid tumultuous times including the global coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest, political tension on social media, and the tropical storm Cristobal and Mother Nature’s seasonal calamity, it is certainly an invitation to court misery which, of course, loves company. I feel that most people are like-minded and prefer to see the glass as half full as opposed to half empty. This is easier said than done when attempting to navigate family and wellness through these major setbacks. So how do we ease the pain of others and build enduring stamina on this journey called life?

Knowledge is power

Press on and embrace new ideas, philosophies and thoughtful historical examination to support the development of valuable societal behaviors. These can elevate a positive environment for human coexistence.

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.”— Helen Keller

Paragon Healthy Lifestyles is a distinct department to help inform, inspire and educate our readers. We want to provide a platform for healthful self-empowerment—especially during the current global health crisis. So let’s get to it.

Dr. Sherry Thomas

We retain a number of resources in our local communities including Westlake Village’s own Dr. Sherry Thomas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA and performs extensive research with five FDA (Food and Drug Administration) studies. Thomas says, “There are numerous COVID-19 registered clinical trials. Most of the trials are outside the United States in China, South Korea or Italy and are testing new medications, vaccines, antibodies/antigens and other treatment processes from Johns Hopkins University.”

Dr. Sherry Thomas

Tips

Thomas recommends these helpful lifestyle tips from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center:

•The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (RNA or DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat). When absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, it changes their genetic code (mutation), and converts them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

•Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

•The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT. Rubbing for 20 seconds or more makes a lot of foam. By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

•HEAT melts fat. This is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything else. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

•Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65 percent DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

•Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaking it down from the inside.

•NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive. For additional tips and information, please visitcoronavirus.jhu.edu.

Amy Genson

A massive area of concern is how we can best protect our senior population and others with vulnerable immune systems. Geriatric specialist Amy Genson launched 805Aging in 2013 and is a professional gerontologist with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the esteemed Davis School of Gerontology at USC. Genson has worked in the eld of aging since 1993 as a clinician and a licensed administrator. She is currently the managing director of the Thousand Oaks based company, 805Aging.

Older adults’ lifestyles

“I was drawn to gerontology because I was blessed to have had four healthy and active grandparents very involved in my life until my late teens. I grew up with a positive association with aging and developed a comfort level amongst older adults. Additionally, I provide oversight and management to our community-based older adults,” says Genson. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she notes, “I am definitely up-to-speed on the current recommendations for this age demographic. at said, I don’t have tremendous insight to share on how to boost an older adult’s immune system, however, I’ma strong proponent of not taking any risks to weaken it! I agree with many of the assisted living and memory care centers’ philosophies of contact isolation. Not exposing the older adult to highly contagious viruses (not limited only to our current battle against COVID-19) is essential, especially since approximately 85 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition. Of course, contact isolation can lead to social isolation, but thankfully technology is helping to bridge the gap!” For more valuable information and advice, please visit 805aging.com.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Geriatric specialist and founder of 805Aging, Amy Genson; contact and personal interaction is so important to older adults, but during these times, potentially dangerous; even when contact isolation is necessary to prevent contagious exposure, equally necessary is social distancing contact, whether through window visits or via technology.

 

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