The video starts with a title screen. A maroon and orange gradient aura shifts in the upper right corner of the screen as words appear. They read “Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Robert Rountree answer questions about COVID-19 and give some practical advice” and appear over two short resume blurbs about the two doctors. The blurbs read: “Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D., Functional Medicine Doctor, New York Times Best Seller” and “Dr. Robert Rountree, M.D., Functional Medicine Physician, Chief Medical Officer for Thorne.
After a few seconds the words pan up the screen as a question fades in from below. The question reads: “What is your advice for your patients as we continue to navigate the pandemic?”
Dr. Frank Lipman:
Yeah. I mean, I think a lot of it is out of our control and you've got to be aware of that, but there are lots of things you can control and your reaction to the situation is the most important. So dealing with the anxiety and the stress and moving your body, taking sleep seriously. What a great time to learn to sleep properly.
As Dr. Lipman talks, words appear on the right side of the screen emphasizing his points. The text only serves to clarify what is being said and does not add any new information that isn’t already present in what Dr. Lipman has to say.
Dr. Frank Lipman:
So all these healthy habits that we've been recommending for years, good sleep, moving your body, dealing with the stress, whether it's meditation or yoga or whatever you use, eating well, all becomes a little bit more urgent now. The problem we're seeing in America in particular in the Black and Latino communities and the poorer communities are they unfortunately eat the ultra processed foods because the food industry makes it so cheap and that's what they can afford.
So I'm hoping this is a time in the culture to look at all these issues and why this is happening. What foods are people eating? What is the food industry feeding us? Seeing what's important in life, getting your priorities right. I mean, I think this is a real good time to reassess not only your own life, but what's going on in the culture and how we can change things moving forward. Because I am a 100% sure this is not the last virus we're going to have to deal with. These are going to be coming, whether it's next year, in five years time. We don't know, but this is going to be happening. So we need to be able to be strong enough and strengthen ourselves in a way that we're going to have to deal with it.
This is just the new reality. We're all going to have to deal with it, and hopefully what Bob and I have been teaching for years permeates the culture a little bit more. Hopefully, the food industry changes, [inaudible 00:02:28]. Hopefully, people's priorities about what's important in life changes. I mean, these are all more philosophical concepts, but I think this is a good time to start thinking about it.
Dr. Robert Rountree:
We've got to do something different. This situation is forcing us to look at our values and that's what I want every patient to really think about. Okay, the world is going to be different. We don't know what it's going to look... There will be another side. We're going to come out the other side of this. There's no question that either we'll get enough herd immunity, we'll come up with a vaccine, something's going to change. This not going to last forever. The Spanish Flu I think lasted two years and then died down. Hopefully, this won't last that long. It is a finite phenomena but what's not finite is what happens to our society on the other side. And so we all need to be thinking about what that's going to look like and how we're going to live together as a civilization. We need to reevaluate the entire planetary civilization. We don't have any choice but to do that.
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