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Health Bloggers’ Response to Coronavirus

In my last email, I talked about Coronavirus and why the threat is real and not hype.

So I’ve been following what health bloggers have been saying on the topic. In this article, I will start commenting on the videos and articles posted by some well-known health bloggers.

This is only the first part of a series of ezines. If you’d like to suggest anything, please comment on this post.

So here are a few comments and ratings on the info provided by health bloggers about COVID-19. I’m not referencing most articles because you can find them on the website of the author or their YouTube channels.

Dave Asprey
The author of the Bulletproof Diet, and for me the very definition of a supplement pusher and misinformer, wrote a confused article where he’s promoting random herbs, grass-fed butter and probiotics to “fight the infection.” It’s really not a surprise, coming from him. I would take all of his suggestions with a grain of salt, that I would then wash away with soap. Strangely enough, he’s recommending against fasting, although I would agree that it’s best not to fast until you get sick. But if you’re sick, fasting or naturally following your hunger is the way to go (I say that, not he).
Rating: 2/10

Chris Kresser
Chris Kresser is a well-known health writer. I personally don’t care much for his stuff, as he’s written too much misinformation on the plant-based diet before. However, I browsed the transcript of his webinar on COVID-19 and it seems like good information. Here’s a quote that I noticed and unfortunately agree with. “So I tend to think, at this point, that we’re going to follow a similar trajectory to Italy.” The quality of the webinar degenerated when he started talking about diet. Of course, as a believer in bone broth, he thinks it’s now “critical” to our immunity. But besides the diet stuff, overall good information.
Rating: 7/10

Fully Raw Christina
As a believer in the raw food diet, she posted a short article on boosting your immune system. Some of the recommendations are ok, the rest are nonsense (consume more probiotics, consume medicinal mushrooms, etc.)
Rating: 6/10

Michael Klaper
One of my favorite vegan doctors. He posted a quick video on the coronavirus, with good info, but a bit too much on the reassuring side.
Rating: 8/10

Durianrider
Durianrider, the famous vegan athlete, simply laughed at the issue, dressed as a doctor. In his video, he made a few jokes, suggested to stay hydrated, and gave his “cure-all” recommendation: consume more sugar. Overall, a complete joke and waste of time.
Rating: 0/10

John Mcdougall

Dr. McDougall released a very comprehensive video, as well as a Q&A answer, both available on YouTube. I think so far his info has been on point.
Rating: 9/10

Additional Misinformation

There’s even more misinformation out there about this epidemic. One of the most ridiculous statements I heard came from people who said that every time we’ve been scared about the flu before, or SARS, or EBOLA, the worst-case scenario from the CDC and the WHO never came close to happening.

This is by far the most absurd statement I have ever heard.

Of course, it’s very easy after-the-fact to say that. It’s like if someone in the Middle Ages had warned people about the Plague, steps were taken, and only a few thousands had died instead of millions — then after the survivors said: you warned us for nothing! See! Nothing happened! 

The truth is that if steps were not taken for these epidemics, the situation would have been much worse.

Steps to Take

In summary, the best steps to take are:

  • Isolate yourself from sick people. The so-called social isolation, and step up your efforts as this crisis progresses, until it dies out.
  • Take care of your health. I don’t think any specific advice is that important here. It’s the overall picture that matters. Don’t stupidly get drunk one evening and hangover the next day.
  • Don’t fall for the hype of anyone selling supplements, superfoods or medicinal herbs. We have no idea what actually works with this infection. So it’s best to rely on your body’s natural immunity for now.
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.