Posted Jan 05, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

As happened to many other Americans during the Christmas break, both my wife and I came down with COVID, marking the first time either of us contracted it. (I write this article on day 9, and we are on the mend, albeit slowly.)

Both of us have been far sicker at other times in our lives, and compared to how others have suffered over these last two years, our cases appear to be fairly mild. At the same time, this is the longest I have been sick since 2014 (when I made a radical lifestyle change), and there’s something about this virus that feels “demonic.” If you’ve had it yourself, you probably agree.

Here, then, are some practical thoughts and reflections.

As I write, a close family friend since the 1980s is fighting for his life (he is in his mid-50s, married with children). We are believing for a miracle on his behalf, with limited options remaining for the doctors.

But as I have issued prayer calls on social media, I have read some stirring reports – downright miraculous reports – with people literally raised up from their death beds after months in the hospital. That’s what we pray for on behalf our friend. May the Lord do it again!

Others, sadly, have already left us, including (in just the last week or two) a pastor in his mid-60s, the daughter of an old colleague (she was about 50), and a Christian musician (in his early 40s). The hemorrhaging continues. Have we seen anything like this in our lifetimes?

And having enjoyed such vibrant, personal health for these last 7+ years, my heart truly breaks for the many who suffer long-term, debilitating, painful, draining illnesses. I commend them for their courage, their faith, and their perseverance in the midst of such ongoing trials. May they find relief and healing and mercy! Their faith in the midst of suffering puts many of us to shame.

As for COVID specifically, one of the things that makes this condition so unique is the fear associated with it.

Again, speaking personally, I am one of the least fearful people you will ever meet, living with almost ridiculous optimism and overflowing expectation every day of my life.

Yet on the second night with COVID, after waking up from a nap, for some odd reason, I could not breathe for a split second. Immediately, a flood of thoughts hit my brain: “This is where it starts. This is how it happens. Next thing you’ll be in the hospital, fighting for your life. It’s going to get very dark very quickly!” How crazy is that?

In years past, I had bad colds that were far worse than this present sickness (in terms of severity of symptoms, not length), let alone some severe flus that were absolutely miserable. Yet no sooner did I come down with an apparently minor case of COVID then this wave of fearful thoughts flooded my mind.

Of course, the thoughts were gone as quickly as they came, and my oxygen levels have remained strong throughout. But it was just another reminder: COVID and fear go hand in hand, and that fear can lead to all kinds of irrational thinking.

On a more practical note, my personal doctor, Mark Stengler, who in October 2020 was given the “Doctor of the Decade” award by the International Association of Top Professionals, wanted me to have Ivermectin on hand in case I came down with COVID.

So, he wrote a prescription for me, but I could not get it filled in North Carolina. That’s because Dr. Stengler is a naturopathic doctor, and by law in NC, pharmacies do not fill prescriptions written by naturopaths. Talk about being behind the times.

As the International Association of Top Professionals noted, “Dr. Stengler’s impressive repertoire of roles have included his activities as a medical expert on several television shows as well as his own weekly television show. Dr. Stengler was the host of a PBS educational and fundraising show, ‘A to Z Guide to Healing Yourself.’ He was also the host of the highly successful ‘Beyond Chemo’ documentary. Dr. Stengler also served on a medical advisory committee for the Yale University Complementary Medicine Outcomes Research Project.”

Yet he cannot write a simple prescription in North Carolina. Wow.

He then had a traditional MD on his team write me the prescription, but none of the major pharmacies would fill it because it was Ivermectin. Instead, I had to go to a compounding pharmacy to get it filled. This is how politicized everything has become.

On another note, since I was too tired to do much of anything for the better part of a week, I watched a lot of football on TV. (It happened to be the time of the year for the college bowl games.)

And that means that I watched a lot of commercials too, including a seemingly endless stream of Pizza Hut commercials, featuring both their specialty pizzas and their decadent desserts.

This, in turn, made me wonder: What on earth are we doing? How can we possibly promote so much unhealthy food? In the words of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, whose nutritional guidelines helped transform my life, we are “digging our own graves with forks and knives.”

To be clear, as a lifelong chocoholic until the age of 59,  along with being an extreme consumer of pizza over those decades, I am not throwing stones or judging others. I know how hard it can be to break the stronghold of food.

But, in the midst of the longest sickness I have experienced since 2014, when I’m even more acutely aware of the importance of healthy eating and having a strong immune system, I am struck afresh at the depth of unhealthiness in our decadent culture.

I can assure you that the long-term, wonderful benefits of healthy eating infinitely outweigh the temporary pleasures of a decadent meal. I am living proof!

May we all learn to be even better stewards of our bodies in 2022.

May we live life to the full, recognizing just how fragile it can be.

May the politicizing of COVID (from all sides) finally come to an end.

And may we turn to the Lord as our only sure foundation as we leave 2021 behind and journey into 2022.

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SteveW posted a comment · Jan 11, 2022
Sorry, Dr Brown, but case not proven. How do you know you had Covid? Was it one of those dodgy tests that throw up so many false positives? It sounds like you just had a cold. On the Covid deaths you mention, also case not proven. Was it a dodgy Covid test that indicated they had Covid again? Did they have other comorbidities, had they taken the dangerous vaccines, were they placed on a ventillator and pumped full of Remdesivir (standard hospital practice)? Any one of these could have been the real cause of death rather than Covid. You did not consider any of these potential issues.
Deancooper posted a comment · Jan 09, 2022
I don't know if Dr Brown was vaccinated, or how many jabs he's gotten, or which kind, but why wasn't he (and all those other people he knows) taking Ivermectin as a prophylactic? Or at least have it on hand, as the sooner you take it, the better. Why wait until you're sick and it takes a while to get a hold of some -- if you even can? There are other things you can take too, like HCQ. And why in the world doesn't our government do real testing of any of these repurposed medicines to see just how well they work? They're spending billions and billions on the vaccines. How about millions to do real testing on cheap drugs that hundreds of doctors are convinced work?
OT posted a comment · Jan 09, 2022
Someone needs glasses or a better aim.... you just don’t ever hit the nail.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 08, 2022
9.4 Billion doses administered worldwide. Not exactly Orwell. https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations
OT posted a comment · Jan 08, 2022
Thank you Dr. Brown for always keeping it real !
OT posted a comment · Jan 08, 2022
This scripture is more relevant I think. ———————————— 2 Timothy 4:3-4 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. ___________________________ “In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Orwell.? ___________________________ Welcome to the Orwellian world of SKWH310- the master of universal deception, massive groupthink and overwhelming Doublespeak. “1984” where there are no lines just blurred realities of his her it’s own making. Where untested vaccine are what “It, He, She,” knows will save you! And if you die .... oh well a casualty in the name of science!
nabrin posted a comment · Jan 07, 2022
I love your encouragement to love good food. God said through the prophet Jeremiah, "Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce" (Jeremiah 29:5, 28).
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Seidensticker posted a comment · Jan 07, 2022
This would be an opportunity to encourage people to get vaxxed.
Swkh310 posted a comment · Jan 06, 2022
Thank God for the scientific advances that have given us life-saving vaccines. Wear masks, get the vaccines, wash your hands.
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rosco1733 posted a comment · Jan 06, 2022
Definitely something demonic about it; I went into the deepest, most despairing depression of my life a couple weeks after having COVID. Very strange. Eventually came out of it.
OT posted a comment · Jan 05, 2022
Dr. Brown glad and thankful you and your wife are on the mend. Thank you Lord.