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COEXISTING WITH CORONAVIRUS !? – Guest Author Satish Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

Depending upon whom you listen to, the Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been now in the US air for a year. Like all other pandemics in world history, this too would peter out after one more year. At the same time, if this pandemic gives rise to a new economy over the dying embers of certain sections of the old economy, then it would be a world beyond my speculation. For the last 3-4 weeks, the powers-to-be in this global ‘pandemic industry’ have been carefully preparing the people to live with pandemics forever by strategically releasing information on the ‘births’/mutations of new strains of Covid 19  – from the UK, South Africa etc. China is over done now!

This collusion between pharmaceutical multinational giants (no national allegiance) and governments having communistic agendas even in the so-called democratic countries is most ominous for the masses. They will snuff out any other non-vaccine cure in a zillion manner of ways. People already believe that vaccines are the only remedies –  that defies logic. For family peace, I got the first dose of Moderna vaccine two weeks ago, and shall get the follow-up dose in a couple of weeks. Today,  I told my younger brother how 100 years ago, the powerful American Medical Association banished Homeopathy from the US by having it declared a quackery- whereas, it is thriving in India with its homeopathy colleges. The poor masses throng homeopathy clinics. 

Anyway, at the age of 81, I thought of sharing my Covid cautions in the sense of how, so far, I have been lucky, how I have thwarted it, or what I have learnt about it from others. Here is a list of my chores that are integrated into my scattered weekly regimen. Order is absolutely no-order – funny!

  • 21. Just a glass of red wine, a can of dark beer, or a 2oz. Scotch – 4 to 5 times a week. 
  • 20. Once a day, I drink warm herbal tea (non-caffeine) including cinnamon- without milk and sugar. 
  • 19. A spoonful of chyawanprash with milk before going to bed. 
  • 18. Daily 10-minute havan – consisting of 7-layer fire consignment making one ahuti (offering) and uni-mantra (Gayatri) inside a gazebo set in the backyard of our house. 
  • 17. Every  morning, I do Baba Ramdev’s basic pranayama and aasans for 40 minutes. 
  • 16. Superfast breathing for at least 30 seconds. 
  • 15. Holding breath with nostrils closed for at least 30 seconds. 
  • 14. Four speedy exhales from each nostril alternately for 60 seconds. 
  • 13. Applying oil/vaseline in each nostril before going to bed or going out in public places. 
  • 12. Walking at least for an hour 5-6 days a week. 
  • 11. In the evenings, I work with weights and dumbbells while lying on a horizontal bench for 10-15 minutes- pumping the rib cage; doing a breathing exercise while lying on the bench set inside the  gazebo.
  • 10. Eating raw garlic 4 times a week and lemoned onion with meals only.
  • 9. Taking turmeric 3 times a week with milk. 
  • 8. One fish oil capsule five times a week. 
  • 7. One spoonful of unfiltered and organic olive oil as the first thing in the morning. 
  • 6. Eat about 20 gin-soaked black raisins in the morning along with a big mug of tea. 
  • 5. 25 vertical jumps in the bathroom after the morning chores are done. 
  • 4. After every 1-2 hour of sitting and working on a PC, I get up from the chair after doing 25 chair push-ups and chair sit-ups. Then I do at least 25 verticals before starting to work on the chair again; feel oxygenated in three minutes.
  • 3. I go outside the house everyday – and wear a mask only in public places. 
  • 2. Total fast on Tuesday (has been going on for 35 years). 
  • 1. In the morning, drinking 4 glasses of water kept in a bronze lotta mixed with drops of Tulsi/basil juice. Later in the day, drinking water mixed with Quinine Hydrochloride as contained in tonic water.  

With the exception of the routine of daily havan, which I started on April 18, 2020, the rest have been next to my nature – each routine is a few years old. Still one has  to be lucky while crossing paths with Covid-19. Despite the fact, a thousand of them can sit on the tip of a needle!! 

What is your Covid story that is worth sharing?

Satish C. Bhatnagar, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154-4020.Tele: 702-895-0383 (O) and 702-895-4343 (FAX); Office – CDC- 1006Email:
Adjunct Professor, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (2019 –  )UNLV Faculty Senate (2018 – 2021)

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