Full House, Fool’s Belly


I know a great joke about CoronaVirus

but you probably

would rather not get it.



There goes my empty nest celebration as the husband sets up two monitors to work from home and the young adults fill the garage and basement with their dorm stuff to finish the semester online.  I have only one question for all the universities Where’s my tuition refund?!!!  A son who is a 6’4” lump of inertia at home wondered out loud What’s so bad about this (enforced 24/7 togetherness)? Hmmm… Let’s see…Your mother might kill someone if the virus doesn’t?

An interesting fact from The Economist:  The Coronavirus kills not by destroying cells, but by overstimulating the immune system’s inflammatory response. While all this virus hoopla might pass soon enough, a more serious concern that won’t go away by itself is this: How do we unknowingly stress and overstimulate our immune system on a daily basis?  How can we give our bodies the best chance of weathering future storms?

Gluten, sugar and dairy cause inflammation that may not trigger the shrill bells and whistles of a pandemic. Their symptoms appear quietly and innocently enough as a variety of illnesses such as allergies, diabetes, celiac, autism, MS, Crohn’s, and depression. Most medical professionals resort to medication as the first response and when symptoms are suppressed (which are our body’s means of asking for help), we forget the need to understand the underlying causes. Symptom suppression is akin to saying to our body “Shut up!” when it’s begging for our attention to change something in our diet and lifestyle. Making a change gets doubly tricky because these foods are not only widely popular and convenient, they charm the tongue and comfort the psyche, triggering that corner of our brain which induces addiction.

Should you feel like locking yourself up in a closet to get away from everyone else at home in the long days ahead, one of these books might be good company:







Exercise outdoors, open windows as much as possible and keep breathing deeply. Like all of life’s troubles, this, too, shall pass. Click on “Leave a Comment” (top left) to share how you pay attention to what your body is saying.



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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Paterson
    Mar 19, 2020 @ 18:21:45

    Excellent insight into food groups that cause harm. More important than ever not to tax our immune systems.


  2. Mountain
    Mar 19, 2020 @ 22:54:46

    Happy first day of Spring!!! But watch out for the Powerful Goddess, her peaceful surroundings of music, books and quiet has been re-invaded by loved ones! 🙂

    Ok, I’m guilty of enjoying bread to much but the only depression would be triggered by not having a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese now and then. For now I’m going for my Corona–with lime but its ok because tomorrow I’ll have Quarantini and everything will be OK.;)

    I’ve been enjoying being outside in the fresh air gardening and even have been listening to rain at night and getting up, opening the window wide and breathing in the freshly cleaned air.

    Y’all take care and stay safe!



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