Author: Pat Smith

The immune system in a nutshell

The immune system in a nutshell

Imagine you have a $3M house smack in the middle of nowhere. Bad stuff goes on outside your perimeter. A tall concrete fence topped with barbed wire surrounds your property; strategically placed cameras provide 360 degree views of the periphery. The gate that can only 

Watching a diet and a pandemic

Watching a diet and a pandemic

What am I doing? Sitting in my comfy chair, feet propped up, watching TV. This requires no real investment on my part. I can consciously pay attention or doze off, which ever is most appealing. “Watching” seems to be a common thing. I’m always hearing 

The path to diabetes and beyond

My last post ended with guidance on how to test your blood sugar. Here is what I said. “Cook a medium potato without any additions. No butter, no sour cream, nothing but the potato. Test your blood sugar and write the number down. Eat the 

Start at the beginning

Start at the beginning

Repeating again the primary underlying health conditions that leave us susceptible to serious illness with COVID-19. These were introduced in my last post. “ Diabetes (results from failure to store glucose in body cells and too much glucose being created in the liver), obesity (too 

Is your immune system prepared for COVID-19?

Is your immune system prepared for COVID-19?

If you happen to live in Montgomery County, AR you probably noted that we had our second diagnosed COVID-19 case. Both cases have since recovered. We don’t know if this second case is a man or a woman. Let’s just call the person Doe for 

COVID-19 — Are you “susceptible”?

Susceptible – “likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.” Take note, it said “harmed.” Technically we already know that about 80% of the total population will not be harmed by COVID-19, that most will have no symptoms. Others will have 

COVID-19 — Afraid to go out?

In Arkansas beauty shops and barber shops open. Turtle Cover Spa opens. Restaurants open with limited inside seating. Tourists arrive. This is supposed to be good news, right? I mean our economy is a tourist economy so we need those tourists, don’t we? Heaven knows 

Just Roll With It!

Those of us in Arkansas have been waiting with bated breath for a haircut. I told my beauty operator (friend) that I was looking like the proverbial shaggy dog story. She felt really bad about it (as least she said she did) but warned me 

Okay, Let’s Talk Masks and Gloves

The best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is isolation – stay at home. That is, by every measure, an inconvenience which only seems right when you are old or have underlying health conditions, stuff like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart trouble, and autoimmune diseases. Tricky indeed 

How important is testing for COVID-19?

I am inclined, as you know, to talk about diet as it relates to chronic diseases. That is the topic of my book, It’s All about the Food. In the COVID-19 world these would be the “underlying health conditions” characteristic of people hospitalized and dying.