They say you are what you eat, but we are often fed lies. The food we are served at restaurants and in grocery stores isn’t always what it claims to be. Sometimes it’s just a tiny forgery, like the green-tinted horseradish standing in for wasabi on your sushi platter or the gas-infused oil labeled “truffle” you pour all over your pizza. We go along with it because we can’t afford the hefty price tag of the real thing. No harm done.
I often think about pie. Not in terms of idioms, like that “shoot for the pie in the sky” nonsense or how something can taste as sweet as pie. I consider few people, save the odd toddler, to be cutie pies. And while I often wish jabbering idiots would just shut their pie holes, let’s face it–nothing is as easy as pie, because pie is really hard to make.
Last February, President Trump famously announced that the coronavirus was going to disappear. “One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Now, nearly eight months after that pronouncement, we are facing surging infection rates across the country, with cases rising nationally from 35,000 a day last September to more than 250,000 a day in January. It is time to face facts: This disease isn’t going anywhere. But the good news is that vaccinations are underway and we have been here before with infectious disease.
As an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor in private practice in Manhattan, I’ve been considering — as have other doctors and researchers — a way to fight Covid-19 that may have been sitting under our noses all along.
Having felt the fear in the hundreds of Covid-19 patients I have treated, I started reading every study possible to try and make sense of this disease. I’ve noticed a common thread that is only beginning to get attention.
Though it’s true we don’t have a cure or a surefire way to prevent people from getting the virus, I wonder if…