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Coronavirus What to Do Naturally—Part 2

OPTIMISM.  Do you like the “I survived Corona Virus 2020” t-shirt in the photo? (You can buy one at this link – note, we are not affiliated with them.) Virtually everyone reading this blog will have soon earned the right to wear one because the odds of contracting the virus are very low and the chance of it being fatal are even lower. Be comforted knowing that because of incomplete and unreliable data, the guesses about the lethality of the disease are just that. Surely, the percentage is lower than what has been publicized because those who are seriously ill are being tested in much greater proportions.  The cruise ship Diamond Princess is not a great example because people were quarantined on board in huddled in their cabins (away from sunshine). The death rate there was 1%, but remember that the infected were almost all elderly folks with other health conditions. Some experts believe the death rate will ultimately turn out to be less than half of that and similar to the annual flu.

Another reason for optimism is that summer is coming soon and with it, we are told, RELIEF from the coronavirus.  By the way, you may have heard a rumor that you can protect or cure yourself by heating up your nose and sinuses with a hair dryer. I could find no science supporting that DIY idea, but I did find this debunking video.

I’ve been collecting tidbits to help us withother ways to keep the coronavirus at bay and more importantly get our immune systems up to the challenge of the times. You’ll see that I often quote Bill Sardi. He was well informed to begin with but has been very diligently researching these topics.

NEXT WEEK: I will provide a list of good resources and give details on several medications that require extra caution in a virus outbreak.

Vitamin D UPDATE. I discussed this crucial immune vitamin last week, but I didn’t mention fully that at the first sign of illness, we should take 50,000 IU of D, but also continue that level for 3-5 days.

Intravenous Vitamin C. This quote from Bill Sardi’s what to do article is exciting.  “In China, 50 cases of moderate to severe COVID-19 coronavirus infections were given intravenous vitamin C.  Hospital stays were shortened by 3-5 days.  There were no side effects with vitamin C therapy.  ALL PATIENTS IMPROVED – NO MORTALITY!” Also, there were no negative side effects. It is much harder to get good blood levels with oral supplements.

Oral Vitamin C – For prevention of the flu, the average person probably thinks first of vitamin C and he or she is on the right track. Most animals make their own vitamin C internally and are therefore less prone to infection. We should increase our daily supplements of vitamin C and Mr. Sardi advises “If ill, increase oral vitamin C to 3000 milligrams every 4 hours until improved.”

Vitamin B1 – Check out this interesting journal article: Is Parenteral Thiamin a Super Antibiotic? According to Bill Sardi wrote “Supplements of vitamin B1  an excellent but overlooked natural fever buster, germ-killer and lung crackle-sound. The superior forms of B1 in dietary supplements are benfotiamine or allithiamine which are preferred over thiamin hydrochloride.”  He went on to point out that refined sugar, alcohol, tea, coffee, carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cereal) deplete vitamin B1.

Diet. Of course, eating healthful foods prevents future disease, but it also helps right now build resistance to whatever is going around. Keeping it simple: vegetables and spices = good / sugar = bad. We might crave comfort foods but should remember that sugar suppresses immune function for hours.

Eggs. Mr. Sardi suggests “you might add eggs to your diet, and the diet of your kids.  An egg contains 100-150 milligrams of immunoglobulins – proteins in blood serum aka antibodies that bind to antigens such as bacteria and viruses, resulting in their destruction.  Egg yolks are actually an alternative to antibiotics.  Whereas specific monoclonal antibodies are what modern medicine relies upon, polyclonal antibodies in eggs provide broad protection against all strains of flu viruses and cold viruses, like coronavirus.  Egg yolk powder is also an alternative.  You can read about the history and application of egg immunoglobulins at Knowledgeofhealth.comEgg yolk powder is also widely available.”    

AVOID the danger of immune overreaction. In some cases, an immune system that is supersensitive can respond too strongly and cause big trouble. (Think of chasing a mosquito in the house with a flame thrower.) In one of Bill Sardi’s articles, he states “To normalize the immune response so that white blood cells called neutrophils don’t over-respond to produce inflammation themselves which then results in your lungs filling up with fluid [that in turn can lead to pneumonia], vitamin D and the red wine molecule resveratrol combined normalize the immune response.”

Resveratrol by itself is a potent anti-viral agent against coronavirus.  In a lab dish, resveratrol “completely blocked viral replication even at a low concentration.” 

Hydration. There are many health reasons to stay hydrated, but I’ve seen a suggestion that taking a few sips of water every 15 minutes will wash viruses down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid should kill all viruses—unless you are taking acid-blocking heartburn drugs. (Those meds have been shown to increase the risk of pneumonia.)

Strengthen your cell membranes. Sherry Rogers, MD told our radio audience that if the membranes of our cell are functioning properly, viruses cannot attach and get inside to replicate. Her advice: cod liver oil, phosphatidyl choline and the whole vitamin E family. See a recent blog for details such as brands and dosage.

Stem Cell Therapy.  Since stem cells support immune function, it stands to reason they would be helpful for prevention and even in case of dealing with infection. In the past, we’ve highlighted some remarkable results using human umbilical cord stem cells even with advanced cancer. I recently got stem cell therapy for general health. There are now at least 3 clinical trials underway in China studying stem cell therapy specifically for covid-19 pneumonia, Here is one example. Read more about stem cell therapy in my Library article.

Negative Ions. A listener asked me if a negative generator would be a good idea these days and suggested taking one to the hospital for a relative. I was a bit embarrassed that I hadn’t thought of that because I know that negative ions remove bacteria and allergens. In searching PubMed, I found that there has been a lot of research on negative ions as a way of reducing airborne transmission of viruses. Here is an example (and it lists 46 other studies in the notes). Ionbox is the brand I use.

Good sleep and exercise. Those along with a good diet are among the virus preventive recommendations of the Kotsanis Institute which is also preparing hydrogen peroxide mixtures for their patients to use at home in their nebulizers.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

  • “If you need 144 rolls of toilet paper for a 14-day covid-19 quarantine, shouldn’t you have been seeing a doctor long before this?”
  • Day 2 without sports: “Found a young lady on my couch. Apparently, she is my wife. She seems nice.”

Do you think it is insensitive to tell jokes during a pandemic? Well, consider this: the idea “Laughter is the best medicine” goes back at least as far as Henri de Mondeville, a professor of surgery in the 1300s. Many studies have demonstrated the health benefits of laughter. Laughing helps with pain, sleep loss, depression, stress, blood pressure, blood sugar and it protects the heart. More to the point for the times, laughter increases natural killer cell activity and in other ways improves our immune defense against respiratory infections.

HBN Coronavirus Tips and Review-PART 1

I am NOT happy that I need to write about this topic again. But, as you may have noticed, this pandemic is still spreading and there is currently no end in sight.

We get lots of advice from the usual news channels about how to slow the spread of the virus. (Here is an excellent short video explaining how pandemics occur and why the new rules are not an overreaction.) So far, I have not heard a peep about keeping our immune systems in good shape so that we don’t become one of the statistics.* Eventually, we will probably all be exposed to covid-19, so immune support is crucial and this blog seems needed. At the end, I have a joke because laughter is good medicine too (see today’s photo).

The main symptoms of this coronavirus are fever, tiredness, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Please forward this blog link to friends and family that are concerned about covid-19

Conventional advice that may make sense. Efforts to slow the spread of the virus are logical…for one thing, we want to avoid a surge in cases that could overwhelm hospitals. One common suggestion is to avoid people who are sick. That isn’t too hard. But it is trickier to stay away from virus “carriers” who are contagious, but who do not show symptoms (A clinic in China reported that 80% of infected individuals experienced NO symptoms whatsoever) or even know that they have been exposed. So far, young and healthy folks like college kids have shown little interest in protecting others by practicing “social distancing”—e.g. staying 6 feet (cough zone) away from others and avoiding crowds of all sizes. Recent news that there has been an increase in serious consequences of covid-19 among the young might get their attention.

However, since those under age 25 seem to feel that they are invincible, I’m not holding my breath. Husband Bill and I (like many of you I suspect) are in the statistical “high-risk age group” and so will continue staying away from crowds and work to improve our immune systems!

Sunshine. The news reports make it sound as though the virus itself is afraid of warm weather. It may actually be heat-sensitive and that makes one wonder if keeping the rumors about aiming a hairdryer up your nose is a good idea. (I could find no proof and It is apparently not useful or safe.). However, I agree with respected experts who believe that the more compelling reason such diseases wane in the summer is that because the earth has tilted the northern hemisphere (us) toward the sun again, there is more sunshine. Also, people are outdoors more often with fewer cloths and with increased sun exposure, make more vitamin D. (See next item).

Vitamin D. Because vitamin D is so crucial for immune function against viruses, please get sun exposure when you can and supplement vitamin D—more during the winter. If you’ve been tested and know what amount it takes to keep your blood levels at or above 75-80 ng/ml, great! If not, consider taking a 5,000 to 8,000 IU supplement per day. Also, at the first sign of illness, take a whopping dose of 50,000 IU for 3 days. Learn more about vitamin D. Some scientists estimate that if vitamin D deficiency was routinely treated, that could cut the covid-19 death rate in half!

Zinc. The trace mineral zinc is required to produce T-cells [one type of immune cells] which produce long-lasting immunity from exposure to a virus. We even need zinc to make vaccines effective! Because most Americans do not eat enough of the foods that are high in zinc and encounter zinc blockers like alcohol and copper, I recommend taking a zinc supplement. Molecular Multi is a great way to get 30 mg of zinc in a good form along with many other important nutrients.

Garlic. Garlic was found to be very protective during the bubonic plague (the “black death that devasted Europe in the 14th century). Bill Sardi formulated Garlinexto release antimicrobial allicin like what you’d get from eating fresh garlic. (Other garlic supplement brands that say they have allicin really do not.) Kyolic garlic does not claim to have allicin. Kyolic garlic is aged to increase potency, to create new therapeutic compounds and to eliminate odor. It does its fine work for the whole body in a more indirect long-term way which has been proven in hundreds of studies. Check out their immune supporting formulas.

Pamper your gut bacteria. Because something like 75% of our immune function is in the gut, we need to make sure our probiotic army is in full force. In addition to supplementing with unique Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics, please avoid killing off your good guys with chemicals. Drugs, especially antibiotics, are prime offenders—remember that antibiotics do NOT help with viruses. There are also probiotic-damaging chemicals in tap water (e.g. chlorine), processed food (think residues of pesticides and Roundup as well as added preservatives and traces of mercury which we now know can come from high fructose corn syrup). Essential Formulas, Inc. which brought us Dr. Ohhira’s, also offers a Bee Propolis product that is immune supportive.

NEXT WEEK, Part 2 will cover diet, lifestyle, medications and advice from some of our HBN experts including how to keep your immune system from overreacting…and I have another joke to lighten the mood which threatens to be somber.

* OOPS, I found an exception to the rule…According to the Washingtonian whose expert is the same Dr. Anthony Fauci (director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Trump spokesperson who you see constantly on TV) surprisingly said this: “Take vitamin C. It can enhance your body’s defense against microbes. I take 1,000 milligrams a day. Many people also do not get enough vitamin D, which affects a lot of body functions, so that would be helpful, too.” Too bad he didn’t say that on a bigger platform such as network news.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

Boredom. With sporting events canceled, and folks being warned away from movie theaters, restaurants, bars and parties, folks are bound to be looking for other activities. Just like as is the case with blackouts, we can like assume that 9 months from now there may be an increase in births. It has been suggested that just as millennials were named for the times, these kiddos might be called “Coronials”.

Sherry Rogers, MD Interview Notes

Dr. Rogers is the most brilliant and accomplished woman I have ever known. She is so far ahead of the pack that sometimes it is a little hard to keep up with her. This past Saturday’s show was one of those times. She discussed a fundamental reason that some people are more susceptible to the coronavirus and other diseases. These are my notes about that show:

  • Dr. Rogers claims to be no smarter than other docs (don’t believe that) and that she just followed a different path out of an urgent need to cure herself of several diseases. She ultimately learned that they had resulted from earlier diet and lifestyle missteps.
  • In fact, because her approach to healing is so very different from the mainstream, whenever she has had to take the required re-certification exams for her various specialties, she learned she had to take a week off from her practice to review her old textbooks. She prepared to give what she now knows are the wrong answers to avoid failing. I.e. conventional medicine thinks it is impossible to cure the diseases which Dr. Rogers routinely does such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. As I’m sure you know by now, the norm is to use drugs, devices and surgery to do little more than manage the symptoms of disease.
  • None of the medical specialties look for what Dr. Rogers says are the only two causes of disease—(1) nutrient levels go down and (2) toxicity levels go up. We’ve essentially said that for many years on HBN, but I now suspect I probably got that originally from her.
  • The mainstream medical approach is fantastic in a crisis, but ineffective for overall health. Although the US spends about double the $ that any other country does on sickness care, we rank just 43rd in the world in wellness because of our unprecedented levels of chronic disease!
  • Rogers said that the first thing to do in getting well or staying that way is to get rid of the 7 toxic M’s which she says are: Mercury (we now get it from corn syrup and sugar), Meds (she said statins guarantee Alzheimer’s), Mycotoxins (from yeast overgrowth), Mangled fats (like trans fats), Manufactured toxins (like Teflon), Managed Care and Monsanto (the chemical giant that brought us aspartame and now pushes GMO’s and the toxic herbicide glyphosate in Roundup® (Note, American’s blood levels of glyphosate are 7 times higher than those of Europeans!) These contribute to the unhealthy cell membranes covered next.
  • Step 2 is to fortify your cell membranes. The cells in every tissue and organ of our bodies are protected by cell membranes. The membranes keep pathogens out and prevent virus DNA from getting in and using our cells’ machinery to create more viruses. Membranes also make substances that fight cancer cells, allow nutrients into the cell, and flush the wastes out.
  • Now to her unique take on covid-19 and cell membranes: This part gets technical for me too, but I’m excited that Dr. Rogers broke this story on HBN even before it showed up yesterday in the online science NEWS. Cell membranes create receptors (docking sites or locks) for various molecules. Healthy cells do NOT make receptors for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). That is the “lock” for the spikes on the coronavirus which act as keys—opening up the cells so that the virus can enter. The fact that unhealthy folks cells will have made many of these ACE2 receptors explains why we hear that “those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk”. Dr. Rogers then discussed why (besides the 7 M’s above) the cells become unhealthy and therefore create the unwanted receptors.
  • Because of a change in the food supply and the American diet, the composition of our cell membranes has undergone a massive shift in recent decades. As a society, we now have an imbalance in fatty acids—20 times more pro-inflammatory omega 6 than the anti-inflammatory omega 3. They should be equal! The cause is excess use of cooking oils like soy, corn, canola and the need for more omega-3 as found in fish and cold weather plants. She recommends 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil (e.g. Carlson bottled in glass) per day. 
  • Cod liver oil needs to be anchored in the cell membranes by phosphatidyl choline. (Natural food stores carry supplements.)
  • Cell membranes also need protection provided by the 8 members of the vitamin E family. Example I like. (Note, if you have heard of negative results from vitamin E studies, it is because they used only one form instead of the 8.)
  • Disease can be caused by the lack of any single nutrient and we may have no idea we are low in it. That is why Dr. Rogers recommends the Cardio/ION “crystal ball test” and analyzes the results of it during her phone consultations. (She is the only one I would trust to properly interpret the test.)
  • Regarding vitamin D blood tests. She said not fall for the outdated idea that normal is a level of 30. You want to be above 80 for good health!

Listen to that show for more information she gave about blood pressure, glaucoma, potassium levels, a-fib and more, but this already seems to be a LOT to digest in a blog, so I’m calling it a day!

ACTIVE AGING–Sarcopenia’s Enemy!

This blog was submitted by Julio A. Salado, a previous guest on Healthy by Nature. He is a popular fitness trainer in the Boston area as well as an author and an educator. I thought the topic was very important. Sarcopenia is the muscle wasting condition that is all too common with aging. Who wants to become frail?

The human body is a marvel of nature and is designed to adapt and move. Our introduction to movement begins when we are born by first being able to hold our head up, then rolling over, sitting up, crawling, squatting, and finally walking! 

Throughout each developmental phase, we progressively develop muscular strength and conditioning specific to a movement pattern. For example, crawling requires strength in the upper body, lower body, core, and stimulates brain activity. Similarly, the deep squat is a total body functional exercise that requires lower body and postural muscles and necessitates joint mobility and flexibility. 

As we move on to adolescence, the act of play becomes a training ground for muscular and cognitive development. Hanging from monkey bars strengthens our upper body, jumping and sprinting contributes to building the cardiovascular system, joint integrity and bone density. We may also get introduced to competitive sports or group activities that challenges both our physical potential and mental acuity. 

What I have described above is based on the S.A.I.D. principle: Specific Adaptation on Imposed Demands. Whether the activity is dumbbell training, calisthenics, swimming, or cycling, the body will change on a physiological and neurological level to adapt to the activity. 

We are hardwired to move because it is rooted in our species’ history. To understand the importance of moving, look back at the prehistoric age and you will realize how our species would have become extinct if we did not get moving!

The transition from teenage years to adult life brings changes that may limit our physical activity; studying, commuting, family and work demands to name a few. For some us, we’ve had to postpone or limit our own workouts but may experience gentle reminders to initiate and commit to a fitness program. Some signs could be recurring low back pain from playing with the kids, getting winded taking the stairs at work, weight gain or having a family history of high blood pressure.

Thus, we experience the downside of inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle, namely the loss of muscle strength and muscle wasting also known as Sarcopenia. Over time, muscle loss may get progressively worse and affects quality of living, especially as we age.

The good news is that the body has an innate ability to rejuvenate!  

Sarcopenia can be addressed at any age through a safe and result driven strength regimen.  

Health related benefits of resistance training:

  • Increase metabolism. Yes, you can increase your metabolism by building muscle. You will also burn more calories at rest.
  • Injury prevention. Building muscle is conducive to bone density and joint integrity.
  • Fall prevention. As you strength train, you will develop motor skills and improve balance.
  • Brain plasticity. Exercising with weights stimulates brain activity.
  • Self-empowerment and confidence to resume or explore new activities.

You’ve heard the old saying, “Age is nothing but a number”. Your chronological age does not reflect your ability to work effectively towards building a stronger and fitter you. 

Whether you have previous experience in exercise or are new to fitness, just like when you were a baby, let’s take first steps toward your goal while developing skills and lifestyle changes conducive to long term results.

There is no better time than now to experience the benefits of strength training, the secret weapon for anti-ageing.

Need some inspiration? Here’s a twenty second video clip of 89 year old pulling a sled and using battle ropes!  YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/_yVybryHiWY

To get started with exercises, please visit my YouTube Channel. I have over 175+ exercise videos and Playlist for Over 40,50,60,70,80+ years of age!  Link: https://www.youtube.com/fitnessfoundry


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