Fear pandemic update 1 April 2020

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There is no reason to panic, read this very carefully, including advice below!

This is the personal opinion of Dr Fred Timmermans:

Covid-19  is a new potent flu strain, perhaps more infectious than the normal flu. Normal influenza is a complex mixture and has always some corona virus in it. Our bodies are host of a complex galaxy of microbes and viruses. Most probably we have ten times more viruses than bacteria in and on our body. We call this the microbiome. People who are healthy have a balanced microbiome. And if anything comes out of the data of this Covid virus, it is that healthy people are NOT affected. Even healthy aged people have a low risk. Two healthy 101-year-olds (one man in Rimini Italy and one woman in Sittard in the Netherlands) both born in the year of the Spanish flu, were tested positive and did not really get sick!

Here you can read the daily update from medical experts who find this media circus should stop:





I think the human race is much sturdier than most virus specialists think. Many times pandemics were predicted by these "specialists", with swine flu, avian flu, ebola, SARS, MERS and each time without much interference we survived easily. The World Health Organisation is not to be trusted. Here you can read how often we were fooled: https://www.wanttoknow.info/h/coronavirus-dangerous

The good: we all have more time to reflect on a new and better world after this is over. One that is not a police state as it is now with drones chasing people from walks... We should all open our eyes and see how we can learn how much the media, the WHO and our politicians are trying to fear us into sickness. Try to follow the dollar: fear sells for the media, fear creates power for politicians, fear creates profit for the medical industries selling tests and snake oil.

Replace fear by creativity and love!

Dr. Fred Timmermans advice for now:

Covid-19 behaves like influenza, and this seasonal flu seems to more severely affect the elderly and especially people who have other diseases or general health conditions that make them immuno-compromised. People with underlying medical conditions, such as liver disease, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes mellitus, obesity need to take more precautions to protect themselves against all infections, including influenza and COVID-19.

I have to follow the advice for dental practices to postpone non urgent treatment for patients out of the above category till LEVEL 4 is over. Imagine that dental clinic staff themselves are in the highest risk zone because both ultrasonic scalers and drills produce aerosols.  There is only one seperate room where we do urgent therapies and that room has negative air pressure. Which means that it has air that is not recirculated, but renewed every 5 minutes. So you will never be in the former patients aerosol. I myself have never had a bad flu in all my life and most of the time working without a mask.

Our advice for dental help and preventative help for the next 6 weeks:

1. Do your own oral hygiene even more religiously, you will reduce the need for our help

2. Eat more nutritious food, go paleo and fresh! Eat more fruit,  colourful veggies,  nuts and fish or mussels. Minimise wheat and sugar. Watch vitamin D, Zinc and Magnesium.

3. Take 3 times daily minimal 1000mg Vitamin C supplement, during meals

4. When in pain, call us and tell us your concerns, we will listen and help unconditionally

5. When you are healthy and not on any medication and under the age of 70, you could have emergency treatment if you choose so. Your risk is far bigger going into the supermarket where none of the surfaces is cleaned with alcohol after every client.

6. Patients with higher risk could best stay at home during the flu season, self isolate and live a hermit life, growing  food when possible (as emergency rations food is mostly junk). Please help the elderly in this category by shopping for them. Check your neighbors if you can help them. You can ask for self-help with dental emergencies by calling us.

7. We have installed hand disinfectant for our patients, please use this before touching anything.

8. We have extra tissues available, please sneeze and cough in a tissue or your shoulder

9. Switch off the mainstream, be creative, listen to music, meditate, read, walk, love and thrive!



Now sit down and relax, switch off the fear...


This beautiful poetry was sent to me by my dear friend Yashu. Poet Father Richard really made me smile:



Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.


They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.


They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.


Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting


All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.


So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.


Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,





- Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020



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