To the editor:

An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of trouble.

We all have given up so much here lately in our lives. One thing we should not do is give up on ourselves and others.

Throughout our history, man has overcome whatever Mother Nature has thrown at us. We feared fire, but we watched it for many years. During these years, we learned its nature and what its Achilles heel was (H2O). With this knowledge, we had the upper hand on fire and made it work for our own needs.

Our lives can be full of trial and error, so we work through them with the help of others. This can also be done by every man and nation working together sharing knowledge. We will endure and overcome this coronavirus sweeping the world. By looking at our past triumphs over other such plagues, we can find the H2O to extinguish it.

I found an article back in 2015, which I keep a copy of in my files. It was titled “Anglo-Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” In reading this article, I learned something from our Anglo past.

We have achieved great advances in technology. In doing so, we have inadvertently eliminated some items that are key to our survival, one of which is copper, a metal man has also taken from our environment. Without copper, we could have been held back for thousands or more years. We learned how to shape it into many different items. Some items helped with everyday life, like making pots to cook food in, while other items, like making jewelry, only made us look good.

Being of simple knowledge at this time, man only know what he could see, taste, smell, hear and feel, but things began to change around 5,000 years ago. Man’s curiosity kept expanding, and he wanted to learn more about this world around him. He developed spoken language, then written language, so he could pass on this new knowledge learned. Every generation afterward expanded on the previous written knowledge, which helped man from repeating the same learning curves. Man was now able to build on what his past ancestors had already accomplished.

One thing they did not have was the ability to see things beyond those five basic senses. It would be thousands of years before curiosity, wondering and dreaming would lead to great advances in science. Man longed to see what was beyond what he could eye in the heavens above him.

At some point, man observed how natural quartz crystals manipulated light, and this may have started man’s experiment with crystals. This would eventually lead to the telescope and microscope used today. With these manmade items, we have opened a world that our forefathers knew nothing of.

What a great advancement to mankind’s future. We could now see things like viruses. This new insight to our previously unknown environment allows us to see what type of virus we are dealing with now. Being able to see the virus may not tell us how to kill it, but it gives us the sight to see it being killed.

For hundreds of years, man has used copper for many things, and now we are learning that it has had a greater impact on our lives than the world has ever known. A beneficial side effect to using copper in our everyday life is that it has microbial proprieties. That’s right, it kills virus on contact, and this can be seen through microscopes. Copper has been protecting mankind, and we were not aware of it.

But here do we find this copper interacting in our health now and in our future health? It has been removed through advancements in new materials that make our lives better (?). Gone are copper pipes, which our drinking water flowed through, and gone are copper cooking pots, etc. PVC pipes and Teflon cooking pots rule our homes now.

All I want to say is it will not kill you to keep a few ounces of copper pennies in your pocket or to cook something in a copper skillet. This is food for thought. By the way, does anyone know where mankind can find some toilet paper?

Written by a simple man with a world of knowledge at my fingertips.

Letcher Langston