While the Coronavirus has taken its toll on communities across the globe, its impact has been most acute in high-density communities and minority communities where systemic failures contribute to disproportionate health risks and negative health outcomes. Witnessing the dire toll COVID-19 has had on friends, relatives, and neighbors, and frustrated by the lack of outreach to communities being hit hard by the virus, New Bedford community activist John G. “Buddy” Andrade contacted Liz Wiley, Executive Director of the Marion Institute, to discuss ways the activist and the organization might collaborate to bring information to communities. In partnership with Dr. Dick Thom, DDS, ND of the American Center for Biological Medicine and the BioMed Center New England, Buddy and the Marion Institute produced an informational video and additional infographics that offer guidance on routine immune system care. While proper hygiene and distancing can help reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus, the immune system is ultimately responsible for responding to COVID-19 and other pathogens in the body. When the immune system is in balance, it is able to mobilize the body’s mechanisms for defense to prevent catastrophic illness. To learn more about the everyday steps you can take to optimize your immune system and access the food and nutrients you require, check out the resources that resulted from our collaboration as well as additional resources provided by local partners below:
VIDEO: Balance Your Immune System – A Conversation About Your Health
This video was created by The Marion Institute, in partnership with New Bedford, MA Community Activist John G. Buddy Andrade and renowned biological medicine practitioner, Dr. Dick Thom, from The BioMed Center New England, in Providence, RI. It is intended to provide timely, evidence-based, actionable information to improve community health with a specific focus on developing balanced immune systems to fight against COVID-19. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES & ADDITIONAL LINKS
Click on each image below to download a PDF of the infographic in the language of your choice (4 available: English, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, and Spanish.)
Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
Click on each image below to download a PDF of the HIP flyer in the language of your choice (3 available: English, Portuguese, and Spanish.)