I wrote the Fall Guide in simpler times, back when a sore throat and stuffy nose were usually just signs of the common cold, and a fever perhaps an indication of a flu. Relatively benign, and importantly, self-limiting conditions. Back when I used to wear a mask on cross country flights and got funny looks for being one of "those crazy people."
Things are different in 2020, with a new coronavirus wreaking havoc in our country, presenting with a myriad of symptoms that mimic cold, flu and gut bug symptoms. A virus that is nearly asymptomatic in some people, yet manifests in others as a complex, dangerous, inflammatory disease involving multiple organ systems, including the heart, blood vessels and brain.
We take Covid-19 very seriously here at Farmacopia and stand by all the recommended precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing, hand washing and surface sanitizing. And we believe in being advocates and participants in our own physical and mental health. We face seasonal challenges in addition to Covid--fluctuating temperatures, wind, smoke (in the west), dryness dampness, stress and allergies like ragweed and mold which predominate in the fall. Keeping our "points of entry" protected and our mucuous membranes in tip-top shape may in fact help us to avoid contracting viral and bacterial infections, and reduce the impact of seasonal environmental irritants.
All the of the information in the guide is meant to empower wellness, not replace Covid precautions. For example, the information in the guide has helped countless people with the chronic ear, sinus and throat issues that they previously might have been saddled with all fall and winter. And, as I state in the guide, our immune systems are entirely nutrient-dependent! While there is interesting preliminary research indicating that nutrient status (including vitamins D and K, and the mineral zinc) may influence the outcome of Covid infection, it is too early to say anything definitively. I do believe in the power of nutrients, herbs and foods to keep us strong and healthy--I have experienced this truth firsthand.
I hope you enjoy the practices, information and recipes in this little book, and sincerely wish you and your families wellness.
With warmth and love,