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IMMUNOLOGY 101: A SANE APPROACH TO COVID19

One thing that can be said about this whole “COVID19” ordeal, without a doubt, is the lack of knowledge so many people have of how our GOD-given immune system works, what keeps a person healthy, and the role of antigens within the body.

Sheer ignorance is something that we should be patient with because, obviously, no one knows everything. But when hateful belligerence becomes the response of the ignorant upon hearing the TRUTH, then we truly are dealing with a different sort of brain washing. This type of blind abandonment which favors fear and hatred is very concerning!

The following explanation, by Dr. Dan Erickson, deserves not only to be considered, but also to be highlighted. After all, REAL knowledge is self-empowering and (as we are seeing these days) trying to be snuffed out.

“The immune system is built by exposure to antigens… viruses, bacteria. When you’re a little child crawling on the ground, putting stuff in your mouth, viruses and bacteria come in, you form an antigen-antibody complex… you form IgG, IgM… This is how your immune system is built.

You don’t take a small child, put them in bubble wrap in a room and say, go have a healthy immune system. This is immunology, microbiology 101. This is the basis of what we’ve known for years. So what I’m seeing is when you take human beings and you say, go into your house, clean all your counters, Lysol them down… you’re going to kill 99% of viruses and bacteria, wear a mask, don’t go outside… What does that do to our immune system?

Our immune system is used to touching. We share bacteria, staphylococcal, streptococcal bacteria, viruses. We develop an immune response daily with this stuff. When you take that away from me, my immune system drops. As I shelter in place, my immune system drops. You keep me there for months, it drops more. And now I’m at home hand washing vigorously, washing the counters, worried about things that are, indeed, what I need to survive.

Let’s follow the science. This is immunology folks, this is microbiology. This is common sense immunology.If someone has a reduced immune system, you hide them away because they can’t build an immune system. If you have a normal functioning immune system, you need interaction.

When a child is in a womb, you’re in this protected environment. When you come out, you have almost no immune system. You develop that through touching your mouth, touching your eyes, virus, bacteria, virus, bacteria, immune response, IgG, IgM. This is how you build a strong immune system.”— Dan Erickson, MD, emergency medicine, Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California

It is my sincere hope that the TRUTH behind getting well, staying well, and living well will begin to GROW and that we will become a healthier people. Regardless of the world systems, the hateful, the fearful, and those who choose blatant ignorance – the TRUTH WILL COME FORTH for those who have ears to hear!

Shalom to you! —

WHO ARE YOU ARE LISTENING TO?

With a world-wide “pandemic” on the line (or during any sort of crisis) now is a great time to ask yourself:

WHO/WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY IN MY LIFE?

The Media?

The CDC?

A Doctor?

The President?

Your friend who works in a hospital?

World Leaders?

Some unknown person on Facebook who says they have witnessed this or that?

Your Pastor?

Your Mentor?

A Teacher?

An “apostle”?

A “prophet”?

Your Relatives?

The “Numbers”?

Your Horoscope?

Test Results?

The National Enquirer?

“Q”?

Someone who follows “Q”?

Me?

And the list could go on and on….

What I’m NOT Saying: I am NOT saying that the above mentioned are all liars who should be silenced. Maybe some are but that’s for each of us to decide. The opinions of people we trust, who’ve proven themselves to be consistently trustworthy and honest, should most certainly be considered.

What I AM Saying: Have you ever heard of that funny saying – “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”?

Our thought processes should be like that – not over until we hear from our ULTIMATE AUTHORITY – YHWH Himself. Once you hear what HE thinks about a matter, all other voices should become very faint. Some even become silent. Once you hear what HE thinks about a matter, your heart will align with His Will and purposes.

NEWSFLASH: THE VOICES YOU LISTEN TO ARE A DIRECT REFLECTION OF THE KINGDOM YOU LIVE IN AND UNDER!

It’s time to ask oneself: Why, oh why, do we silence the One Voice that makes the most difference?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

“To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.” – Psalm 68:33

During this season, and all seasons, I pray that you press into God like never before. May you learn to quiet all other voices, including your own, in order to receive true wisdom directly from the Father. May all the chicken littles of the world become faint.

May His voice always be the loudest, clearest voice you hear. May you glow in the confidence of knowing that you are His child. May you grow deeper in the knowledge of the fact that faith, hope, and love are your inheritance. May the Kingdom of God become your reality! You are so very loved – now and always.

Sabbath rest: take it easy

Whether freely chosen, or not, (thanks to “COVID19 and the imposed governmental self-quarantines) most of us have the divine opportunity to observe the Sabbath this weekend. Remember the 10 Commandments? Yeah, “Honor the Sabbath” is #4 but somehow it always gets skipped over (see Exodus 20:8).

I won’t be getting into that old argument of “grace vs. law”, or anything related to that, because frankly, it’s irrelevant. My personal walk with God is very holistic and I refuse to chop biblical truths up into doctrinal arguments. The truth is, obedience is God’s love language (see John 14:15). I’ll let you work the details out with God or perhaps attempt to expand more in a later post.

For now – the point is that honoring the Sabbath is a blessing! It is not a hassle or burden. It was established, by God, during the 7 days when He created the heavens and the earth …for rest.

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” – Genesis 2:1-3

Did God need to rest? No, I don’t think so. So why did He do it then? Well, perhaps as an example to us. Like the 6 days of work God did to create, we now have days of work and should also have at least 1 day of rest. There should be an ebb and flow to life but when we go, go, GO all the time – life becomes unbalanced.

Choosing to rest in God isn’t just about not doing any labor. It’s about placing your cares in Him and leaving them with Him. We can trust Him in all things and Sabbath is an excellent way to practice walking in His peace. It’s an excellent way to put your faith in action – in a tangible way.

How should one correctly observe the Sabbath? I don’t personally get into a bunch of do’s and don’ts.

But here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Spend time with your loved ones.

– Spend time with the Lord (praying, reading the Word, praising Him thru song, dance, etc)

– Take it easy.

– If you’re feeling really it, turn off your phone, computer, etc. for 24 hours) – I DARE YOU!

Honoring the Sabbath is like sending a love letter to God that says, “I love you and I trust you in ALL things.”

That’s it for now, guys! I pray that each one that purposefully dives into honoring the Sabbath, this weekend (and beyond), will receive an incredible blessing! May the love of God be upon you and your household. May the Sabbath peace, of Yeshua, fill your minds. May His Love fill your heart. And may His joy overflow within you.

Shabbat Shalom! – Dr. Karen Michelle “Shelly” Ricci #ShalomDoc

The Choice Is Yours

QUESTION: Why do some people, when exposed to a sick person, always walk away sick while other people walk away fine?

ANSWER: Immunity – weak vs.strong. Regardless of the extent of how communicable COVID19 may or may not be, it is still a “virus”. Viruses don’t go around jumping on folks and biting them willy nilly.

Simple immunology tells us that the difference between getting sick and staying well is the condition of your immune system. The real issue that we’re dealing with is a spiritual heart issue. How you choose to respond will reveal you to be weak or strong. #ShalomDoc