Our Most Important Defense Against COVID-19: Finding Hope Through Scientific Evidence
T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, states, "Here is the hopeful – even revolutionary – idea. People can defend themselves against the worst effects of the COVID-19 infection, and help flatten the curve of hospitalizations, by strengthening their immune systems through their food choices."
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On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital in the Hubei province of China, messaged his fellow physicians, alerting them to the appearance of what he thought as SARS.Thirty-nine days later, after becoming infected with the very virus he tried to warn his colleagues about, he was dead at thirty-three.
Most respiratory tract infections (RTIs), including the common cold and flu (influenza) are caused by viruses. There are around 200 or more types and sub-types of virus that contribute. Further, viral DNA changes frequently. This makes preventing and treating RTIs quite difficult and helps explain why we tend to get many RTIs throughout our lives. RTIs can be very serious, especially in those with a weakened immune system such as the elderly.
In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, many people have taken a new interest in the relationship between nutrition and immunity—a welcome and encouraging development, despite the negative circumstances. Let’s stick to the evidence, starting with the most fundamental observation: Those most at risk of contracting respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19, are those with compromised or weakened immune responses.
62% of deaths male, 98% underlying illnesses
38% of deaths female, 99% underlying illnesses
As the impact of COVID-19 unfolds, Half Your Plate has put together a collection of food and nutrition resources to help keep you, your friends, and your family healthy. Whether you are looking for help on how to meal plan, grocery shop, handle fruits and veggies safely, store your produce properly, or involve your kids more in the kitchen, we have you covered!
Everything you need to know about what foods to eat can be found in a handy resource we have created called Your Daily Whole Food Plant-Based Diet Guide.
The Fab Four foods – greens, beans, berries, and seeds are at the center of the guide and may be your starting point. From there, you can start adding as many of the food categories as you can to create nutrient-dense meals.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading underlying condition for those who have died from COVID-19.
In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the virus, 52% of people who have died from COVID-19 had high blood pressure. In Louisiana, 66% had high blood pressure. African Americans, who are disproportionately dying from COVID-19, are at greater risk of hypertension. Compared to white Americans of the same ages, black Americans are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure.