Many of my close friends and family members are teachers at local schools.
For years I heard stories from these frontline educators that the classrooms are festering pools of bacteria and viruses, and kids were always spreading germs and getting each other sick.
Believe it or not, that classroom environment (or any other environment where kids are in a community) is VITAL to building a robust and healthy immune system.
As children go off to learn their ABC’s and 123’s, their immune system, specifically the thymus gland, is also in an active state of learning.
According to medical science and our human biology, “The thymus gland is the body organ that took scientists the longest time to understand. It’s only active from when you’re born until you become a teenager. It plays a huge role in training your body to fight infections and even cancer for the rest of your life. It’s also vital to the body’s chemical messaging or endocrine system.”
The thymus is most active in our younger years.
As we grow into our human body and experience our new physical environment, the body is actively encountering viruses, antigens, and toxins for the first time. The immune system is developing simultaneously and learning to identify threats so it can protect us for a lifetime of wellness.
The hormone secreted by the thymus is thymosin that stimulates the development of T cells that are sent to the thymus for training and maturation.
“Throughout your childhood years, white blood cells called lymphocytes pass through the thymus, where they are transformed into T cells. Once T cells have fully matured in the thymus, they migrate to the lymph nodes (groups of immune system cells) throughout the body, where they aid the immune system in fighting disease…. Though the thymus gland is only active until puberty, its double-duty function as an endocrine and lymphatic gland plays a significant role in your long-term health.”
The human body is brilliantly designed to support us on our life’s journey on earth.
BUT, an interesting thing happened, and is continuing to happen, since the beginning of 2020.
We are NOT letting our children get exposed to each other, or to any viruses, including the current one that is circulating around the world.
And, in doing so, we are stunting the maturation of their immune system, and that could have a negative impact on these children for the rest of their lives as they grow into adulthood.
Before you jump down my throat about mortality rates and putting children at risk, and all of that other newsworthy nonsense being spewed far and wide around the globe, read the science about who is most vulnerable to this virus – it’s certainly not teenagers and young kids.
Younger people actually have an exceedingly small risk of death from this virus, or 0.001%. 
“There are several observations worth noting. First, as we have long known, people of college-age and younger are very unlikely to die. The 5-9 and 10-14 age groups are the least likely to die. (Note that an IFR of 0.001% means that one person in that age group will die for every 100,000 infected.) The 0-4 and 15-19 age groups are three times likelier to die than the 5-9 and 10-14 age groups, but the risk is still exceedingly small at 0.003% (or 3 deaths for every 100,000 infected).”
And, if you don’t believe the scientific data, read between the lines of your local news sources to notice when they accidentally drop a little truth into the pages.
For example, I read a NY Times article on 9/9/2021 sussing out the potential threat of the newest variant. And, right at the beginning of the article, there it was… a truth bomb exploded on the page.
It somehow sneaked past the editor’s eyes. See if you can catch it.
“Does it cause more severe illness than earlier versions of the C*ovid virus – or equally severe symptoms in the average infected person (while clearly being more contagious)? The question is especially relevant to children and to v*ccinated adults. In both groups, earlier versions of C*ovid were usually manageable. For the vast majority of people, the virus resembled a typical flu, rarely causing serious illness.”
I bolded the truth bomb so you can read it. If you need to, please read it again two, or three, or even four times if you need to.
This dangerous virus that caused the world to shut down, and kept our children out of school and away from each other, and then forced them to wear masks all day, and scared them (and their parents) into taking a medical injection, rarely causes serious illness and resembled a typical flu.
Here is something to ponder as we continue moving forward through this precarious time in human history…
What is going to be the impact on our children’s health and immunity as we move beyond this window in time?
- Are they going to be more susceptible to cancer as they age?
- Are they going to have a higher incidence of autoimmune conditions?
- Are their hormones going to be unable to regulate normally?
We don’t know.
We (humans) did our best to intentionally inhibit the thymus’ job during its most productive stage in the developing human body.
We won’t know the impact of this action for many years.
But we do know this…
As long as you are alive and breathing, you have the opportunity to make a different choice.
For the sake of your children, their immunity, and the health of future generations moving forward, choose wisely.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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