|A Strong Offense is the Best Defense
Posted on 1/28/2021 by Foundation for Airway Health
|A Strong Offense is the Best Defense
In the world of military thinking, having a strong, trained and prepared armed forces will not only protect from attack but will even prevent attack. George Washington knew and said, “Make them believe, that offensive operations, often times, are the surest, if not the only (in some cases) means of defence.”
We all have our own internal armed force - our immune system. Is yours strong, trained and prepared? The attack we are all facing requires a strong offense.
We are now a year into the pandemic with 100,000,000 cases and over 2 million deaths world-wide. The United States has 25% of the cases and 20% of the deaths. COVID has shown what was already known. We spend more money on healthcare, yet we become more unhealthy.
The tentacles of the pandemic have spread to all parts of our world economies and every corner of society. In one year, we are living in a different world. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty have become constant companions replacing neighbors, colleagues and friends. We are more isolated and divided. Survival has become the goal. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We can turn this crisis into opportunity. We have done it before. In 1941 we were unaware, isolated, and unprepared. After the attack on Pearl Harbor we became united like no other time in our history. In months we were producing tanks, ships and planes for ourselves and for our allies - a clear example of what can be done together, when we are united and involved.
Many are waiting for the vaccine to protect and free them from their isolation. Yet, we will still need to mask, distance, and hand sanitize for many months as we wait to see how protective the vaccine will be.
This is a wonderful opportunity to take charge of your health - to build a strong and prepared immune system: an immune system with well-trained troops ready to act with a measured response to any threat that comes along; an immune system not damaged by chronic inflammation, chronic stress, insufficient nutrition or an inadequate structural and functioning airway.
We can reverse the declining health of our society and offer our children a better future. Together we can achieve better health for ourselves, our families, our community, our country and our world.
During this past year, in spite of the pandemic, the Foundation for Airway Health has grown and has expanded the reach of its mission and message. Working alongside the AAPMD, The Breathe Institute and other organizations, we are building a community of collaboration and caring. Yes, we are focused on airway - it is the priority that keeps us alive. How we breathe is how we live. For most of us we are not aware of how we breathe - but we are aware of how we are living. A well-functioning airway is essential to our health and the growth, development and learning of our children. The health of our Airway cannot be isolated from nutrition, movement, stress, and inflammation. That is why the Foundation is working with physicians, dentists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, myofunctional therapists, functional medicine doctors, and the most important member of our collaborative team, you, the public.
In this time of threat, take a deep breath moment. Learn more! Understand the connections! Airway unites us all. We all need a good airway to breathe, to live, to learn, to grow and to realize our potential. Let’s start with this one unifying factor.
Whether you are a practitioner or member of the public, you all have something to learn and something to teach. Make a commitment to yourself to use the information for yourself and others. You must be involved. Share your stories. Host a virtual meeting in your community, your school, your social group - or - make a donation to the Foundation.
Some give by doing; others do by giving.
Remember - Never give up. Get started on doing what you need to do- no matter how tough the journey is going to be. Look to us, your allies - you have many in our growing community. We all have to breathe. We are all impacted by poor airway structure and function, children the most. Let’s all work together to start giving them back their future. We can do it.