Covid-19 –– The Danger Behind Complacency
by Alan Marks, CEO, vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda on May 20, 2020

Dear vpk Family,

As our communities begin the process of reopening our nation there may be some confusion about our health and safety. The desire to bring the economy back online is a legitimate one, but with so many different criteria in each state and no cohesive message or safety criteria being delivered by our federal, state, or county governments, I wanted to share my perspective.

It is my desire, as I am sure is yours, that this disease naturally disappear and become a distant memory very soon. In the event that it does not fade, my perspective is simple. Do not let your guard down. If you are in one of the high-risk categories, over 60 or have existing underlying conditions, it is incumbent upon you to take the steps to protect yourself. Also, those not in the high risk groups have had very severe reactions to this disease, so taking precautions is always recommended. Even if you feel you are not at risk, then protect others by wearing a mask in public and engaging in appropriate social distancing. The reason behind wearing a mask is two-fold -- to protect yourself, and also as important, to protect others should you unknowingly be contagious. It may be hard for those not at risk to imagine that this is a dangerous illness, but no one would want to live with the knowledge that they were an asymptomatic spreader of this disease and could have been more cautious. This goes for every age group.

Now is the time to continue building up your health and immunity. There is a tendency, now that the initial fear-based, panic phase of this pandemic has passed, to become complacent or even apathetic, especially given the many mixed signals being sent to our communities. But don't let apathy settle in. Now is the time to act.

Continue to protect yourself and limit your exposure to others. (More on that below.)

Covid-19 has now been shown to not only affect the lungs, but also cause blood clots in the vascular system and various organs. Younger people as well as older individuals have been showing up with strokes, stroke complications, and mild to life-threatening blood clots. They have been found to test positive for Covid-19.

COVID is an Ayurveda case study for a balanced, healthy body. So staying healthy, being proactive, is in your best interest.

Hydration. Drink lots of fluids. Staying hydrated allows the blood to flow more easily, helps every system of the body to work more efficiently, including the lymph and elimination system (kidneys). Ayurveda recommends drinking warm water throughout the day.

Rest. Stay rested, get to bed around 10 pm, and wake with the sun, or around 6 am.

Exercise regularly. Take walks in nature. If you like cardio, do so in reasonable amounts. Practice yoga.

Weight. If you are overweight, take this opportunity to do whatever you can to bring your weight to a healthy, comfortable place. The blood-related nature of this disease makes those with weight issues and cardiovascular issues (the two go hand and hand) more susceptible to complications. Good cardiovascular health and respiratory health are always critical to staying healthy.

Emotional needs. Take the time to address your emotional needs. Stress has been shown to reduce our immune response. Meditating, taking long walks in nature, and cardio in reasonable amounts, are all great ways to relax. Yoga has been shown to stretch the marma, energy meridians in the body that bring it balance.

Social Interaction. If you are alone, call or video chat with friends and family often, even if for a minute or two. Personal connection is key. Recent studies have shown that one of the greatest indicators of longevity is having endearing, connected relationships. This makes sense. The survival of our species depends on social interaction, so it is not surprising that those that engage in productive social interactions are healthier and happier. It is literally part of our DNA.

Nature’s Intelligence. vpk has many formulas to augment your health without side effects. From direct immunity and respiratory products to formulas that balance emotions and your overall physiology. If you haven’t already, please read my letter on balance for immunity.

Consider our emotional balance products during these trying times. They are very effective.

No one will protect you and your family as well as you will, so remain vigilant and stay calm. Be patient with others. They may not share your views on the need for precautions. Remember that the message being sent by our governments and media sources is not consistent or clear, so they may not fully agree with or understand the risks. Do not blame them. It is not our responsibility to try and force them to change their opinions. Encourage love and compassion for others and, if necessary, just move out of their way physically and emotionally.

Again, don’t let these challenging times make you become complacent or apathetic. Lift yourself up for the challenge and be healthy and well. It is also good to remember that we take appropriate action to protect ourselves and those we love and care for, but at the end of the day, it is nature conducting the business of the universe. It may feel very personal, it may feel like we are driving the cart, but the reality is that we are all in the hands of higher intelligence. So don’t beat yourself up, don’t become overwhelmed with fear or worry, and try to remember as the founder of our company, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was fond of saying “Nature is the Charioteer.” Plan for the best, act for the best, and know you are in good hands.

Remain vigilant. Protect yourself and maintain good health and strong immunity. We are our own best medicine.

Wishing you great health, longevity, happiness, and prosperity,

Alan Marks

CEO, vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda

Tips to protect yourself and others:

  • If delivery is not available for your needs, plan your shopping efficiently.
  • Try to go out only once a week or every 10 days, or less if possible.
  • If you are a senior, check to see if senior citizen hours are available at your store.
  • Maintain social distancing in public places.
  • Wear a mask when out in public. Do not touch the outside of your mask.
  • Do not touch your face at any time during outings.
  • Wear disposable gloves when out in public. Pull the gloves off inside out and dispose of them when done. Do not reuse them if possible.
  • When you return home, remove your clothing and put in the dryer on high heat for ½ hour, or put through an entire wash cycle and dryer cycle.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly when done with the entire process and remember not to touch your face during this process.

Special Consideration for Packages:

  • Create a staging area for packages in your home.
  • When you receive a package, wipe it down with disinfecting wipes or a bleach solution of one-quart water mixed with 5-6 teaspoons of bleach in a spray bottle. Try not to inhale the bleach solution when using it.
  • Let your package sit for five minutes or more.
  • If the contents in the packages are several days since packing, it should be fine to open them immediately. If you have doubts, let them sit for a day or two prior to opening them as Covid-19 is likely not to live on these surfaces past one or two days.

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