Hey beloveds –
Did I tell you that I may have gotten Covid last year? Probably not because there weren’t tests available back in Jan/Feb 2020, when I came down with a nasty, hallucinating fever and a terrible cough that truly scared me. It scared me so much, in fact, that I drove to see my IMT teacher in CT even though I wasn’t feeling well. She put her hands on me and said, “Hm. Weird. I’ve never felt anything like this before…” Then she did her magic and I was 90% improved by the next day.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. A patient called to let me know that she’d tested positive. I hadn’t been feeling well and had even spiked a mild fever and had a single bout of diarrhea. No sore throat, no cough. I’d thought maybe food poisoning. This time, though, the test came back positive.
One thing that seems to influence covid outcomes is gut health—people with a compromised intestinal biome seem to fare worse. My TCM colleagues are also noting that post-covid (and post-vaccine) signs and symptoms seem to correspond with what we might call ‘cold injury.’ This has led me to recommend eating kimchi as an immune tonic in these times. Enter Chi Kitchen and their FANTASTIC Napa Kimchee:
This stuff is so insanely good that I actually took time out of my busy day to look up who might be behind such genius. I was expecting some outfit from Santa Monica or Asheville, but am proud to report that the stuff is Rhode Island made. And like all good Rhode Islanders, it’s complex, spicy, and more than a little sarcastic. You can get it at Dave’s, Whole Foods, or order it for delivery, but apparently only plastic packs are shipped for home delivery, so I’ll probably purchase it in quantity in glass when I occasionally venture northward.
Little Rhody-first in Covid and first in kimchi!
Stella Osorojos Eisenstein, DAOM, IMT
Stella Osorojos Eisenstein, DAOM, IMT, is a writer and healthcare professional. Her book, Star Sister: How I Changed My Name, Grew Wings, and Learned to Trust Intuition was published in 2012 by North Atlantic Books.