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Dwight LongeneckerWe are learning that people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. I was interested therefore when a friend sent me an excellent article on how our immune systems work and how to strengthen our immunity.

The article emphasized the common sense approach: eat a healthy diet. Cut those extra pounds. Don’t smoke. Take moderate exercise. Get a good night’s sleep and avoid stress. In other words, an overall healthy lifestyle is going to help you fight infections and disease when they come along.

Be Whole

The only problem with the article is that it was incomplete. Each one of us is are composed of body, mind and spirit. The article about strengthening the immune system dealt with the body and mind, but the author had nothing to say about the spirit. To be truly healthy is to be whole in body, mind and spirit.  ….

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