Can Pandemics be Prevented?

 
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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Most of us are talking about what we’ll do when the world is safe again. It’s only natural, since we have been through such a change. So far governments have been working on temporary solutions that were perhaps necessary to lessen the load. More and more people are now talking about what we should consider –  the long-term solution.

Whenever we want to get rid of a problem we need to understand the cause of the problem and remove it. And we definitely cannot solve a problem from the same paradigm from which it was created. It’s clear that we cannot go back to the same life that we had before and expect our problems to go away.

Covid is not the first pandemic that has struck us, and it will not be the last. As long as we keep conditions suitable for pandemics to grow we are at risk as a species. Dr Michael Gregor has been warning against pandemics for over a decade now. He had already predicted the covid virus pandemic in 2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se9yqWNIG8A. Watch, also, this video Pandemics History & Prevention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_ppXSABYLY.

Although we have to cut the risk to lives right now what is more important is that we think long term so that a future is even possible. This newsletter lists some possibilities for long term repair.

SHARAN has a new Covid Desk to help people handle any fever or Covid like symptoms in an anxiety free manner at home.

 
 

Pandemics – Are We Fuelling Them?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08rg32d

Watch this short clip from Sir David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts – that was shown on the BBC to get a quick look at what’s happening.

Spaghetti Marinara with Vegan Meat Balls
 

Here is a delicious recipe that may convince you that the future of meat is vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet (450 g) cooked and drained whole wheat spaghetti

For the Marinara Sauce

  • 1 kg tomatoes, chopped, with juice reserved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Unrefined salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped oregano (or 2 tsp dried oregano flakes)
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup tomato puree

For the Vegan Meat Balls

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or less
  • 1 cup soy granules, soaked and drained
  • 1 tsp dried sweet basil flakes
  • 5 – 6 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ a red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup water

Method

For the Marinara Sauce

Fry garlic & onion without oil in a heavy saucepan, over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice, balsamic vinegar, pepper and salt to taste. Bring to a  boil. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to simmer on low heat, until the gravy thickens. Keep stirring occasionally. When well done, take off from heat.

For the Vegan Meat Balls

Combine soy granules, basil and garlic in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the wheat flour and water. Now, add the wheat flour and water, a little at a time and mix until the mixture is thick enough and binds well to make the balls. Form meatballs with a cookie scoop or with hands. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 35 minutes at 350 °F (175 °C), in a pre-heated oven. Place the meatballs on spaghetti and serve topped with the marinara sauce.

Serves 4

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Long Term Changes that are required to stop this Pandemic and Prevent Future Pandemics

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that we are all connected. If one patient does not isolate, it’s more likely to spread. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, and live on the same land. Covid-19 is not limited only to human beings, but has spread amongst animals in confinement too. Here are some of the changes that we can make to prevent future pandemics.

1. Close all wet markets

It’s possible that Covid-19  emerged from wild animals in a wet market in Wuhan. Live animal markets are found all over the world where animals are kept in confinement and are stressed. They are likely to get diseases and if the disease causing organism jumps species we are likely to get it. In order to control Covid-19, China had initially ordered the closure of all wet markets.

2. Close down factory farms

These farms, where stressed animals are kept in close confinement, can become focal points for an infection to spread. Examples of these are bird flu and swine flu. Factory farms are also a threat to the environment and pollute the air and water around, causing diseases.  Their existence is naturally questionable, especially since the food produced also causes lifestyle diseases in human beings. More 

3. Re evaluate slaughterhouses and meat packing units

Slaughterhouses  are focal points as well, and meatpackers all over the world faced challenges since Covid-19 spread more here than in other industries. A part of the reason is that killing animals is not a coveted job. Many of the workers are poorly paid, and live in squalid conditions. But a big part of the reason is close confinement and the resultant stress. Various state governments have ordered the closure of meat shops during lockdown days.  On the positive side more and more plant-based alternatives are available that can save both human and animal lives. Click here for Video

4. Re-evaluate and close down zoos

Zoos, too have seen the spread of Covid-19 amongst animals – animals in captivity are naturally stressed, have low immunity, and the population density, too, can be too high in zoos. Several zoos, the world over, shut down during the pandemic in an effort to contain the spread. The very necessity of zoos is questionable considering the ethics of keeping any animal in captivity.

5. Ban mink and fur farms

Mink farms around the world saw rises in Covid-19 since mink were susceptible to this disease. Like animals on factory farms these animals too are in close confinement, stressed and in large population. The ethics of exploiting animals for their skins is also questionable.

6. Contain environmental degradation

Habitat for wild animals has been decreasing, thanks to deforestation and development. As wild animals come closer to human habitat there are more chances of diseases jumping from animals to humans. It is well known that climate change, a result of environmental degradation, is a greater threat to our species than the pandemic.

7. Reduce population density

It’s no secret that densely populated areas have had more trouble containing the spread of this pandemic.  New York, Mumbai, and Delhi are just a few of the cities that are stark examples of this. We do have an obligation to control our population for a future to be possible for everyone. More and more couples choose to be child free not just to reduce population density but also since they recognise that the future remains uncertain with pandemics and climate change.

8. Build your immunity

The healthier we are, the less likely we are to succumb to any pandemic. This is why SHARAN focuses on building a culture of health through whole, plant-based and organic nutrition.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Deepa Ballal, a freelance writer based in Dubai.

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