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By Dr. Miguel Cruz

Yancey CountyCOVID-19


COVID-19 has changed the way we look at our health.  In this article, I will take you on a journey to look at things a little differently from all the media hype you have probably been hearing. I do not want to bother with any statistics or confusing facts, as you are already hearing way too much of that. What I want to focus on is the host, your body.

In immunology, the host is what we call the body, in which the bacteria or virus (the bugs) are reproducing. If the bugs have a good environment in which to grow and reproduce, we call that a good host. If the environment is not so good and the bugs are not reproducing or are even dying, we call that a bad host.

So, the question I have for you is do you want to be a good host or a bad host to invading viruses and bacteria? I hope your answer is a bad host. You want your body to be a hostile environment to invading and unwanted bugs.

If you have been keeping up with the COVID-19 news, we are being told that the symptoms can be everything from that of a mild cold to death. What is the difference between these people? Why are they now telling us that the rate of infection can be 10x or more than what is being reported because the antibody testing is showing up a large number of people who apparently had it and did not know?

The answer is the difference between a good host and a bad host. On one extreme is the bad host. The body has an excellent immune system and capacity to recover, the important part here is the capacity to recover, we will talk more on that later. The strength of the immune system and capacity for recovery is dependent on many things. Some we can’t do anything about, but most factors can be controlled by us, such as the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and our environment. In this article, we don’t have room to get into specifics, that will be discussed in future articles and have been discussed in past articles. I believe that most of the people reading this already know if they are eating healthy or not and you already know if you are getting enough exercise or not.  You may not be all that sure about the air or the environment you are living in, that is for a future article.

Let us discuss the opposite extreme, the good host. In this example, the body may not have a good immune system, and the capacity to recover is limited. The bugs now have an environment that allows them to reproduce at will and take over. Here is where the immune system actually becomes part of the problem because as has been reported, most deaths actually caused by the coronavirus are because of the patient’s inability to breath and that is because of the immune response affecting the lungs.

I want to ask you a question, is your current lifestyle producing a bad host (bugs don’t survive) or a good host (bugs have a party). I think you probably already know. If you believe you are currently a good host, I encourage you to take a step today to make improvements, maybe it’s just to drink more water or go for a walk, perhaps make better food choices. It does not matter how you start, what matters is that you do. Think progress, not perfection.

If you feel you are already a bad host, meaning you exercise regularly, eat healthily, are conscious of your environment and stress, and make your health a priority, then congratulations. Keep up the good work.

If you are not sure, then look at your past health. Do you catch whatever is going around easily? When you get sick it takes weeks to get over it? You feel tired all the time? If you are answering yes to these then you are probably a good host and it’s time to take a serious look at what to do about it. Seek out a health care practitioner who is willing to take the time to give you good advice on what you can do to help yourself.

Hope this helps, as always you can send any questions or comments to

Laser therapy– our use of laser therapy is what sets us apart from other chiropractic offices. The laser has the following physiologic effects.

  • A potent anti-inflammatory effect which will reduce pain
  • Elevation of the immune response
  • Improved metabolism of individual cells (improved healing)
  • Increased production of endorphins (feel-good brain chemicals)
  • Regeneration of new cells
  • Restoring the normal structure and function of existing cells
  • Many other highly beneficial effects on the body
  • Immune Specific treatment: Just for this time and season Lesia has created an immune-boosting treatment which includes 6, 10-minute red lights using the laser with a focus on improving endorphins, those happy feel-good neurotransmitters, and 30-60-minute alpha stim. With your choice of essential oil. Ask about which essential oil is right for you.

Chiropractic: It has long been known and clinically proven that chiropractic adjustments stimulate your bodies to release endorphins which not only feels good but stimulates the immune response. Most of our long-time patients have seen this for themselves and will get extra adjustments when needed.

Alpha-Stim: Reduces cortisol and helps your body deal with stress. Stress is the #1 cause of disease. Benefits are relaxation, improved sleep, lowering your cortisol level naturally. This treatment can be done alone or as an add on. Units can also be rented weekly for home use. Ask for more details.

Functional Medicine/ Laboratory testing: Our approach to functional medicine is using labs and a thorough physical exam to determine the state of your health, then recommend an approach to recovery without the use of drugs or surgery.

Common conditions we see are type 2 diabetes, adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems (Hashimoto’s), auto-immune disorders, gut health, hormonal problems.

Additional services we are offering during these times:

Lesia offers phone consultations in the convenience of your own home on health coaching and options to keep you & your family healthy during this time. Ask for details.

Dr. Cruz is also available to answer questions and give whatever advice necessary.

Private appointments are available to be seen outside of normal business hours.

Our emphasis during this pandemic is on your health instead of the virus. Of all the news and supposed facts being passed around, one thing is certain, some people are dying from the virus while others did not even know they had it. Why is that?

The reason has to do with the health of the host (our body). If we are healthy, the virus does not have a good environment to live and the immune system quickly takes care of the problem. If we are unhealthy, the virus thrives, and the results are usually not good.

Our emphasis has always been on the overall health of our patients. Our goal is to provide the absolute best in natural health care solutions for your life.


Dr. Miguel Cruz is in practice along with his wife of 35 years, Lesia Cruz who is a certified Integrative Nutritionist. They own Cruz Life Center in Burnsville NC. Dr. Cruz is a licensed Chiropractor since 1981. When asked what he does for a living he explains that he helps people get out of pain and improve their overall health without the use of drugs or surgery. Something everyone seems to want but nobody seems to know how to get there. Dr. Cruz accepted Jesus Christ in the summer of 1979 while in chiropractic school. He has since dedicated his life to helping people grow in physical health and spiritual health. Read more from Dr. Cruz HERE.