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Sherry Rogers, MD – Interview Review

Over the past few months, Dr. Rogers has spent 4-6 hours a day digesting all the scientific studies that relate to covid-19. I believe that we should listen to Dr. Rogers–not just because of her impressive credentials and stellar history, but also because, at age 77, she plays tennis two hours a day and is as mentally sharp as ever!

Dr. Rogers brings new ideas because she objectively investigates many prestigious journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Shockingly, she discovered that when autopsies are done on patients who died from covid-19, the lung tissue cells seemed to have suffered from a unique fast-growing type of cancer. The May 16, 2020 interview was very dense with important information (you can listen to it again in the archives at that link), but regrettably, I cannot make this review blog short.

Dr. Rogers reminded us that the US fares worse with covid-19 because we are #43 in world in health. (Let that sink in…never mind we spend twice as much on sickness care, 42 other countries are healthier!)  Unfortunately, we are probably #1 in the prevalence of “underlying conditions” (e.g. high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, etc.) that make people at much higher risk of a serious covid-19 outcome. In her opinion, two of the reasons for our poor standing in the world is that the medical system hasn’t trained docs to dig for and fix the root causes of disease. She also points to the problem that every part of the body is treated by a different specialist and they cannot see the big patterns that link issues.

Back to covid-19. Dr. Rogers lists these stages:

  1. Virus attaches to the outside of our cells. Coronavirus cannot attach if the cell is healthy and has adequate cytokines. It is most fundamental to general health and maintaining protective cytokines to get rid of the 7 Toxic M’s.
  2. Virus enters the cells. A strong, effective cell membrane is the barrier to entry as well as to normal cell function. (Nutrients can get in and wastes can get out). For more on that, we talked about cell membranes and covid-19 during Rogers’ March 7, 2020 interview. She recommends cod liver oil (in glass bottle), Phosphatidyl Choline Powder, vitamin E complex with all 8 forms and Phosphatidyl Serine. (Her newsletters give more details, but, in general, I would say to take those per label instructions.)

Dr. Rogers said the viruses get inside the cell through ACE2 doorways. If a person is taking blood pressure medicines, statin cholesterol drugs, medications for a-fib or heart failure, or many other meds, their cells create 2, 3 or even 4 times more of these ACE2 doorways!  That effect of the very common medications is an often-overlooked reason that people with “underlying conditions” are at higher risk for covid-19. (CAUTION: don’t create a cardio problem by getting off the drugs without first solving that problem with safer natural remedies for most of those conditions.) Vitamin D closes those ACE2 doorways! Dr. Rogers warned that vitamin D Blood Test Result forms incorrectly list 32 ng/ml as “normal”, but it is much safer to be in the ideal 80-100 ng/ml range.

  1. Virus Reproduces (i.e. it uses our cell machinery to replicate itself and spread) That replication is stopped by zinc. (Zinc is in 200+ enzymes. Signs of its deficiency can mimic any) Incidentally, the much-debated drug, hydroxychloroquine works by helping zinc get into cells. That is why President Trump has said several times that he is taking zinc. Bill Sardi taught us that the herbal extract, quercetin, naturally found in onions and apple peel does the same thing but without the side effects of hydroxychloroquine . (Will someone please tell President Trump about quercetin?)
  2. Virus Hides (hibernates). Like many other viruses, it hangs out in the nooks and crannies of the intestinal tract. There it is not detected by the immune system, has a steady food supply and its wastes can be removed. Dr. Rogers pointed out that half of the body’s detox system is in the gut and repeated what I often mention that three fourths of the immune system is also there. When the gut becomes too toxic, it is no longer a useful place for the virus to stay and it comes out of hiding in big numbers.
  3. When it does come out of hiding, the virus can cause “leaky lungs” (she coined that term) and blood clots which is the body trying to repair the damage. It is similar to “leaky gut” and “leaky blood brain barrier” that we have discussed on the show.

Grapeseed extract. Dr. Rogers says that if you were going to take just one thing to keep the virus from multiplying in the gut and causing leaky gut (and it helps insulin resistance and reduces heavy metals), take Grapeseed extract. Mix ¼ tsp powder in a little water and put the cup on the nightstand to take when you wake up during the night. (She suggested you have extra water handy to chase its icky taste.)

Tocotrienols. This is a major component of the vitamin E family mentioned above regarding cell membranes and has many amazing benefits especially for heart disease and cancer. Dr. Rogers says it can be a good test when auditioning doctors. If he or she does not know what Tocotrienols are, you probably won’t be healed by that one.

Callers had more questions than we had time for. I said on air that I would ask her later. But she prefers to come back on the show to answer them. So, I’m making a list—let me know what you want me to ask. By the way, when you subscribe to Dr. Rogers 2020 newsletter you receive any issues that you missed earlier in 2020 (at least that is the case with the emailed version).

Stay safe!

Bill Sardi’s Covid-19 SUMMARY

The photo of the ceramic cat with the mask was taken at our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Norte in Plano. Son Andy Hopkins named it “Catvid-19”.

Investigative Health Journalist, Bill Sardi, has been relentlessly studying all aspects of the pandemic and has written many articles about it. For the convenience of his legions of followers, he produced a “Consolidated Report” reviewing the previous works. Click here to read the entire report which includes links to a lot of the health evidence he acquired. (It also has information and opinions about the politics, greed and power grabs that may be associated with the pandemic and lockdown.) In my blog, I’ve simply cherrypicked from his 21 page report some of the health action points that we can implement. [The brackets below are my comments.] I also added some bonus points of my own at the end.

  • “The virus is still there in summer but the immune system is primed to deal with it in summer when sunshine vitamin D activates the immune system to produce white blood cells like neutrophils that literally blow up infected cells and macrophages that engulf them.”
  • “…blacks who need 6-10 times more sunshine to produce the same amount of vitamin D as Caucasians because of their melanin skin pigment are at greater mortal risk.” [help spread the word about vitamin D supplements.]
  • “All this viral mayhem could be halted if just one hospital started to require vitamin D blood tests upon admission to serve as a public demonstration.” [Apparently not yet in the US, but at least internationally, attention is being paid to vitamin D and covid-19. Bottom line—make sure you have sufficient vitamin D year round.]
  • “The symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus infection match symptoms of zinc deficiency.” “…zinc being an essential mineral required for the thymus gland to produce T-cells and life-long antibodies.” [Sardi explains why zinc helps the very young and the elderly who do not respond well to vaccines. I found this study specifically on zinc and covid-19.]
  • “The widely touted hydrochloroquine drug that is being used to successfully quell coronavirus infections is a zinc “ionophore, meaning that it facilitates entry of zinc into virally-infected cells. The herbal extract quercetin, naturally found in onions and apple peel, mimics hydrochloroquine.“ [Once in the cells, zinc inhibits virus replication.]
  • “Be aware when selecting zinc supplements: zinc oxide is poorly absorbed. Antacids reduce zinc absorption.” [Any type of zinc but oxide is better. The acid-blocking heartburn drugs cause other potentially lethal problems. That is why I wrote a book about them.]
  • “The provision of selenium + zinc releases more zinc.” [besides benefits of its own, the mineral selenium unbinds zinc so it can be used.]
  • “Selenium halts viral mutations. It is yet another natural life saver that public health agencies ignore.  Selenium demonstrably reduces the lethality of COVID-19.”
  • “High carbohydrate foods (bread, rice, pasta, cereal) and refined sugars, as well as alcohol and polyphenols in tea and coffee, block absorption of vitamin B1 (thiamine), which acts as a super antibiotic, and a B1 deficiency can result in signs of lung disease seen in coronavirus infections.  The lack of B1 is associated with viral infections.“ [Vitamin B1 helps oxygen get into the blood and may help reduce the need for ventilators.]
  • “Some high-risk individuals take drugs that deplete the above-mentioned nutrients, such as ACE-inhibitors for blood pressure that deplete zinc, or aspirin and corticosteroids that deplete vitamin C. Vitamin C works like a fire extinguisher, pouring electrons on the flames of COVIC-19-induced inflammation.”  [A recent review of studies confirms that Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) effectively lowers blood pressure. The only AGE is Kyolic. I recommend Kyolic Formula #109 because it contains AGE and other nutrients that support healthy blood pressure.]
  • Licorice root extract completely eradicated the virus in a lab dish” [Unfortunately, they were not talking about the licorice candy. DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated) lozenges are good for cough or sore throat, but only take them when ill, not every day for prevention.]
  • “If you begin to experience shortness of breath, this means you must take immediate action. Call your doctor (do not run to the hospital as a third of the healthcare workers have active COVID-19 infection).” 
  • [One of the biggest risks from covid-19 is excess inflammation in the lungs caused by our own immune systems responding too strongly.] “Resveratrol, quercetin, vitamin D, vitamin A and zinc serve to normalize the immune response and therefore curb the inflammation in the lung; and the use of natural blood thinners (fish oil, resveratrol, garlic, vitamin E) to prevent diffuse blood clots and inositol supplementation to serve as a surfactant (lower surface tension) may be an early remedy for shortness of breath that could delay or avert having to be placed on a ventilator. Inositol…can be used when shortness of breath occurs. [Natural anti-clotting agents such as fish oil, resveratrol, garlic and vitamin E, can be taken without concern of over-thinning the blood even when all are consumed together.]
  • Review: “Dietary Supplements To Fight Viral Infections (typical daily doses): Vitamin A. 2500-5000 IU, Vitamin D 8000 IU, Vitamin C 500-1000 mg 3x/day; 1000 mg per hour if actively infected, Zinc: 15-30 mg, Selenium: 100-200 mcg, Vitamin B1 as benfotiamine, take as directed, Licorice root extract per label, Quercetin 250 mg, Resveratrol 250 mg, Inositol: 2000 mg.” [Don’t forget to account for the amount that is in your multivitamin or other combinations.]

Other odds and ends.

  • One reason that obesity is a risk factor for a more severe case of the coronavirus is that the obese store vitamin D in their fat instead of the liver where it can be used.
  • If you take oil-based vitamin D capsules, for best absorption, take them with a meal that contains fat.
  • The nutrients recommended by Bill Sardi above fight the infamous “underlying conditions” as well as the virus.
  • Joseph Mercola discusses hydrogen peroxide as a virus therapy.

Taming Allergies

A listener’s question about allergies reminded me that it might be time to shift gears from covid-19 and talk about a different source of misery.

Spring is prime time for seasonal allergies. These are usually caused by sensitivity to pollen released from trees and weeds. A great many folks suffer stuffy noses, sinus pressure, coughing, sore throat and irritated eyes. The following is from a new Library page about allergies which also discusses food reactions.

REMEDIES for seasonal allergies:

  • Bee Pollen is a folk remedy that I have found very effective if used correctly: Buy LOCAL bee pollen as loose granules available from a health food store or farmer’s market. It is crucial to begin with only ONE single granule to make sure you aren’t super sensitive to pollen. The next day eat TWO granules. Then continue doubling the number of granules each day until you are taking a teaspoonful. (Note that the grains are different colors indicating different sources, so ideally take a variety) Besides imitating the gradual buildup of tolerance that we gain from allergy shots, pollen is quite nutritious.
  • Vitamin C has great antihistamine properties without the unpleasant rebound effect often seen with antihistamine drugs. Environmental medicine doctors keep intravenous Vitamin C handy to use as a powerful antihistamine in case a patient has a bad reaction during allergy testing. Vitamin C obviously has many other benefits like helping the immune system fend off opportunistic infections that can arise when there is a lot of mucous and inflammation. 500 mg seems to be a minimum daily dose. However, depending on a person’s chemistry and diet, the optimum dose might be 10 times that or even more—especially during illness or an allergy attack. If you experience a loose stool, reduce the dose.
  • Quercetin is well known for its help with allergies as well as balancing immune reaction in other ways.
  • Stinging Nettles is a plant that hurts if your skin brushes up against in the woods. But, as an herb, it has a long-held reputation for helping calm allergic reactions. Some modern science confirms how it works.
  • Combination. This product combines the 3 previous supplements and I found it useful in the past under its previous name, “Allergy Support”.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D is good for so many things, I’m not surprised to find that it has been shown to be useful for allergies.
  • Homeopathy. The homeopathic method is very effective because it is so specific. Dr. Frank King has wisely created seasonal allergy remedies based on the threat in the area where you live.
  • Negative ions. A negative ion generator causes pollen and other allergens to drop out of the air. Having one (especially in the bedroom) is helpful. This negative ion generator is what I use because it is small, effective and inexpensive.
  • Neti pot. Flushing out the mucous and along with it the irritants seems to help. Read more.

Inflammation–“Adding insult to injury?” It seems that the more inflammation that you have in your body, the more the seasonal allergies will bother you. Therefore, eating a healthy anti-inflammatory diet may help. One example; omega-6 fats from vegetable oils like corn oil are in general pro-inflammatory and omega-3 fats such as from fish are anti-inflammatory.

Other airborne irritants. Reducing other insults may also make it easier for your body to cope with the seasonal attack. Smog and industrial chemicals in the air are toxic to everyone but some people are simply better able to handle them. Allergy to dust mites is very common. Mites are microscopic arthropods (a type of insect) that feast on flakes of human skin and so are at home in the bedroom. This site has a good list of ideas for getting rid of them.

Chronic sinus issues. If the sinuses are stuffy all year, the cause may be that yeast has taken up residence there. This short article has helpful ideas. Taking antibiotics will only make matters worse, but unfortunately, they are often prescribed. Consumption of dairy creates stuffiness for some people. I found this very surprising and free remedy for chronic sinus congestion—Strong humming!

BAD News vs GOOD News – Part 2

NOTE: In Part 1, we discussed the age connection with covid-19; gut health; research showing that the disease is less lethal than we’ve been told; mental health during confinement; and that pets and zoo animals can get the virus. We continue today…

Bad news. Some experts say that we may have a second wave of coronavirus next fall, likely at the same time the seasonal flu appears.

Good news! That gives us time to at least improve our immune function. Bill Sardi said, “Doctors aren’t familiar with nutrients that normalize the immune response, namely vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc and resveratrol. (Learn more about those from these Library articles on vitamin D, resveratrol and zinc.)  Then there are the now infamous “underlying conditions” (such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems) which increase the risk of a serious case of the covid-19 disease. We did not likely develop those conditions overnight, and so, it may take more than a few months to kick them completely. However, we can surely make significant progress in that direction which should help our resistance to viruses. Fortunately, there is a natural approach for each and a natural substitute for virtually any medication.)

Bad news. We’re #1 the world. Sadly, that record is not coveted because it is for the greatest number of cases of covid-19. We also have the greatest number of deaths from it.

Good news!  One reason for this unappealing record is that the US has a larger population than any of the other hotspots except China. (Many suspect that China’s reporting of cases has been inaccurate and is probably much higher.) We also rank higher in the # of cases because we have done more testing by far than any other country. (You count cases you did not look for.) Besides the greater size of the US, I think there are other reasons for the higher number of deaths.

  • We have apparently been calling nearly every death from a respiratory infection, “covid-19”. The death certificate form basically says to do that unless it has clearly been confirmed to be pneumonia, TB, COPD, etc. (If someone dies with covid-19, he or she is considered to have died from) Hospitals are incentivized with 3 time more money for putting coronavirus patients on ventilators (which some experts say damages lung tissue and increases death risk).
  • China used traditional Chinese Medicine (e.g. herbs) to improve outcomes and has been testing intravenous vitamin C, while the US uses just pharmaceutical drugs for symptoms.
  • Other countries have better diets and lower levels of underlying health conditions.
  • I’m guessing that we have more seniors exposed in crowded environments like nursing homes where in Europe for example, the elderly may still be in family homes.

Bad news. It is recommended that everyone wear masks while out of the house—e.g. going to the grocery.

Good news! If everyone is wearing them, we will not feel so silly. Since the N95 masks are still in short supply and are needed for healthcare workers, here is a link to instructions for making your own. Also, here is a good source of ready made comfortable Organic Cotton Masks.

Bad news. CDC guidelines have us washing our hands…constantly it seems.

Good news!We have at least learned the correct way to do it—i.e. standard soap (NOT anti-bacterial) is best and it takes 20 seconds of rubbing. If we develop a habit that lasts, in the future we will experience fewer cases of other infectious diseases and food-borne illness.

I am looking forward to soon writing a blog that is ONLY good news.

BAD News vs GOOD News – Part 1

Reading the front page of the newspaper and watching the evening news, with their “daily dose of depressing data”, can easily get a person down. Happily, Healthy by Nature routinely offers good news to balance all that and help keep you in the healthy section of the covid-19 graphs.

Bad news. The coronavirus seems to be very contagious and can be extremely dangerous especially among the vulnerable populations such as seniors and those with underlying conditions.

Good news! Covid-19 survivors include a US woman who is 104 years of age and one in Brazil age 97! The facts are that up to 80% of people who contract the virus experience either no symptoms at all or very mild ones. Folks in that 80% group are not simply lucky—they have more effective immune systems! On the radio show and in this blog, we talk about natural ways to improve immune function and to avoid those worrisome “underlying conditions”.

Another key statistic is that 70% or more of our immune function is in the gut—which means that our good bacteria (i.e. Probiotics) are critically important. Besides crowding out bad guy organisms, some probiotic strains directly attack them (e.g. TH10 strain in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics)  and other bacteria communicate with our immune cells (e.g. directing them to eliminate cells with viruses hidden inside). The good bacteria perform most of their magic via Postbiotics. Postbiotics, are a wide variety of crucial substances created by our friendly bacteria from the foods and even the herbs we consume. Probiotics and their postbiotic output provide many other benefits, including protecting us from leaky gut and its very scary counterpart, leaky brain barrier. Note: Alzheimer’s research is studying possible bacterial causes of the disease and are showing that the gut/brain connection is very strong indeed.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is fermented for at least 3 years so that their 12 carefully selected bacterial strains can make postbiotics from the wonderful diet of vegetables, herbs, seaweeds, etc. that they feed the organisms. I don’t know of any other probiotic supplement that contains postbiotics, and certainly not naturally-occurring ones. That is why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is so effective and works so quickly to restore a healthy balance.

Bad news? Stanford University tested 3,330 people that are representative of the population in Santa Clara County, CA. Their results suggest that actual cases of COVID-19 are as much as 43 times greater than the number of previously confirmed cases.

Good news! That is good news because, when you divide the number of deaths by a much higher number of cases, it means that the odds of a fatal outcome are dramatically lower than what has been publicized. If we want the death rate to go even lower (of course we do) we need to have more attention paid to natural methods such as these documented by the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Bad news? Because wearing masks over the mouth and nose has been shown to protect the wearer from contracting and spreading the coronavirus, we are encouraged or even mandated to wear them in public. The problem has been a shortage of the N-95 type mask.

Good news! It has been found that simpler cloth masks are also very helpful. Naturepedic Mattresses, past sponsor of our show, has been helping fill the gap in the supply chain. Click here to see their comfortable Organic Cotton Masks.

Bad news? Staying at home and social distancing can be boring and worse yet can be harmful to our emotional stability.

Good news! Check out this guest post on our website “How to stay mentally fit during the covid-19 quarantines.”

Bad news. This news report said, “orangutans [are] on lockdown to avoid catching covid-19 from humans”. The article also noted that “a tiger in captivity in New York tested positive for Covid-19.” (I find it interesting that they wrote that the tiger was “in captivity”…that clarifies the tiger wasn’t casually walking down 5th Ave.)

This news, reported by veterinarian, Shawn Messonnier, DVM, is of more immediate concern: “Yesterday, it was reported that the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats had occurred. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cats live in two separate areas of New York state” [Near the tiger?].

Good News: Both cats had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery. Dr. Shawn said “SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with COVID-19. He went on to say that pets, like people need to be kept healthy in general and protected from exposure to sick people.

 More good news to come next week.

Sardi Answers (#2) and More

In last week’s blog, I promised to finish up Bill Sardi’s answers to questions that came up in connection with his April 4th interview on the radio show. By the way, the photo above is just for fun. The restaurant has been a New York theater district landmark for 90 years and is not named for our guy. It was the answer in a recent NY Times crossword and therefore on my mind. Now, onto the mission of empowering you to beat covid-19 without creating more problems. [Note: Text formatted like this is my two cents.]

Debbie: “will we get lifetime immunity if we get the corona virus?”

SARDI:  Lifetime immunity usually emanates from fever.  Some people are infected but exhibit no symptoms, and hopefully still developed antibodies.  The US plans to distribute antibody tests, but probably as a pre-requirement for anybody wanting to get back to work prior to end of lockdown.  There is so far no hard data on how long immunity lasts.

Debbie: Or can we get it again?  E.g. does it stay dormant like Epstein Barr Virus or Varicella? will it reoccur??

  • “ Well, we can get ‘it’ again because like Bill Clinton said [in the context of his 1998 impeachment], ‘It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.’ ‘It’ can mean tuberculosis, which is a bacterial.  TB can remain in the body in a latent (dormant) form and erupt again.”  [note, there is a growing belief in some quarters that a lot of what has been assumed to be covid-19 is really TB which has similar symptoms.]

Judy: “Is there a test to see if a person has been exposed and built up an immunity to Covid-19?

[MW = As implied above, the immune system creates antibodies to go after a very specific threat. The type of test you asked about is called an “antibody” test. The tests exist and have been in the news, but so far are not entirely reliable or widely available in the U.S. We certainly hope they will be prevalent soon so that we can know much more accurately about how the virus has spread and the numbers of folks who have recovered…we can only hope that if we are able to show that we have long-lasting immunity to covid-19, we won’t be forced to get a vaccine.]

SARDI: “Britain skipped COVID-19 diagnostic tests (unreliable anyway) and instead tested for antibodies and found 68% of their population had already been exposed.  This means they don’t need future vaccination.  The US has issued a much lower estimate regarding antibody levels (titers).”

Sarah: “My question is about the virus going to the lungs. The mucus gets thick and makes it hard for people to breathe. Wouldn’t Mucinex help if people used it before it got too bad? 

SARDI: It is not mucin itself that is the problem. [The real problem is an overly aggressive immune process that fills the lungs with fluid. 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 producing inflammation which then results in your lungs filling up with fluid and risking pneumonia, vitamin D and the red wine molecule resveratrol combined normalize the immune response.”]

Sarah: “Also, isn’t NAC good for clearing the lungs? Isn’t that available through an IV? Has anyone tried that?”

SARDI: “For reasons beyond explanation here, I would NOT use NAC [N-Acetyl Cysteine].  A lab dish study showed that it produced a counter-effect. I would use inositol, orally.  I would supplement with coenzyme Q10 and magnesium to activate macrophage white blood cells to digest away the dead cells, or infected cells that macrophages destroy.   Magnesium and CoenzymeQ10 help produce ATP [the energy molecule] in healthy cells which is then shuttled outside the cell where most viruses run rampant.  ATP itself destroys viruses via macrophages.  This is a new understanding. This is a study in which inositol reduced ventilator use in preterm infants.”

Bill Sardi discussed Zinc in the news: “On April 8, President Donald Trump, speaking from the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in his daily press conference said: ‘You should add zinc” to any COVID-19 treatment regimen.  I want to throw that out there because that’s where they seem to have the best result,’ likely referring to Dr. Vladimir Zelenko’s online posting that the use of the medicine chloroquine plus zinc and an antibiotic remedied 100% of hundreds of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infections occurring in a [hard hit] village of Hasidic orthodox Jews in New York. The President added: ‘So, you add the zinc and the antibiotic, and it’s been – we’ve had a lot of good stories.’ [as you know, on the show and this site, we’ve repeatedly discussed the crucial nature of zinc for immune function. Click here for the rest of Bill’s story and scientific references that support our belief in zinc.]

Colostrum. I’ve been a fan of colostrum for immune health for a long time. Read my article for details. Very exciting for these times is this study that showed that colostrum is 3 times more effective for preventing influenza than vaccination.

Postbiotics. On the show last week, I said that today I’d discuss postbiotics, the important substances made by our friendly bacteria. However, this blog is already longer than you’d probably like or that husband Bill typically wants to proof. So, I’m calling an audible and moving it to next week where I can do a better job. Meanwhile, there is some information in this article in the Library.

Coronavirus—Bill Sardi Answers Listener Questions #1

One positive thing about the covid-19 crisis is that we’ve been forced to learn more about how our immune systems work and how nutrients protects us. That knowledge will be helpful next year for avoiding the seasonal flu. This year, the flu has reportedly claimed 24,000 American lives. (Why no official panic and quarantine about that you might ask?) Most of those are always from pneumonia and among elderly people with underlying conditions…exactly the type of problems we’ve been working to solve in the recent blogs, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Bill Sardi answered listener’s emailed questions on the show last Saturday. But, we didn’t have time to get to them all, and so he agreed to finish them up by email. I will cover more next week. If I answered the question, I’ve shown it this way [MW = in brackets].

Dave: [I asked this question at the very end of the show Saturday, but we just didn’t get to it]: “ordering take out at restaurants during the COVID-19 epoch-Can the virus (any virus/cold) be transmitted via food? Say an infected person touches the food and you eat it a half hour to an hour later. [MW = The CDC says, “Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”.]

SARDI: “The current insanity is to run and hide from the virus, which was obviously in circulation last year but erupted when the earth turned on its axis away from the sun (winter solstice).  The answer can’t be “never eat food again.”  We don’t eat sterile food.  Stomach acid is our last line of defense before germs get to the blood circulation and then the white blood cells take over.” [MW = Please remember that heartburn drugs block the stomach acid that is critical for this protection.]

How long is the virus contagious for?

SARDI: “Too long” [MW = the guidelines change. The most common current advice is to “ask the doctor if it is okay to go out in the community”.]

Trudy: “how to stay safe when someone in the house has it?”[MW = “the CDC lists prevention tips.”]

SARDI: We can wash and wash; disinfect and disinfect; go hide in the bathroom and let others shove your meals under the door.  This is almost useless when these viruses are highly transmissible and ubiquitous (everywhere).  The coronaviruses were contacting you in summer but because of your immunity, largely due to higher vitamin D levels, you never got ill.  The incidence of the flu is cited at 65% in winter and just 1.5% in summer.  Source: Vaccine, Volume 38, Issue 2, 2020.

And are there products for stopping the virus from giving you pneumonia?

[MW = “The best way to avoid pneumonia is to build your immune system’s ability to defeat the virus before things go that far. The nutrients we’ve discussed extensively in recent weeks are key—especially vitamin D, Vitamin C and zinc. Some are covered in this helpful Bill Sardi article (one of many on that site). I recommend Formula 216 for the vitamin C and Molecular Multi for routine zinc nutrition. (Also, Mr. Sardi has created a genius zinc formula which can be preordered.) As for vitamin D, the best source is sun exposure. My favorite supplement is the liposomal spray D/K2 product on this page. But, if taking capsules, at least take enough.”

Gayle: “I have been told the zinc supplements I take are blocked. What can I do to get the zinc to be used in my body?”

SARDI:  “Zinc is tightly controlled in the human body by binding to its protein metallothionein.  Taking the trace mineral selenium will knock off some zinc and make it more fully available.” [MW = I think the amount in Molecular Multi is enough for that purpose.]

Cathie: “If I am taking Longevinex and Molecular Multi (2 tablets) every day, do I need to get more quercetin during this time?” [MW = Those two products contain quercetin which among other benefits enables zinc to enter infected cells. That Hydroxychloroquine also does that and may actually be the reason the drug has some positive affect against the coronavirus.]

SARDI: Quercetin would be appropriate once you have a cold or flu.

Martie Whittekin asks: The drug Hydroxychloroquine is being touted as an experimental cure for covid-19. I made this page with its potential side effects. Also, more than one study shows that Z-Pack (Azithromycin) used in combination increases the risk of fatal heart attack among those already at risk. This is an example of a tough risk/benefit call because that drug does reduce deaths from pneumonia in the elderly. Is there a safer alternative we can ask [beg] doctors to give a patient who is in serious trouble?

SARDI: “Hydroxychloroquine is far less problematic than Chloroquine which is fraught with side effects.  While chloroquine has side effects, this drug is not for daily prophylaxis (prevention) but for treatment once shortness of breath and chronic cough have set in.  Not for long-term use without a doctor monitoring, but this drug is widely used in the 3rd world for malaria and is not considered unusually troublesome.  Chloroquine is a zinc ionophore (meaning that it helps zinc enter virally infected cells), so effectiveness is dependent upon the person having enough zinc.  Azithromycin antibiotic can be mimicked with cinnamon oil or oil of oregano.  I give this advice for home-based self-care recognizing there is no way government can provide enough medicine for all even if there is a cure.” 

Next week’s questions are about long-term immunity, antibody testing, NAC and more.

Coronavirus, What to Do Naturally—Part 3

First a brief list of natural approaches, then a list of great resources about covid-19. One resource noted below is a new article I wrote on drugs we should be careful of regarding the virus.

More on zinc. It has been demonstrated in the following link that the trace mineral zinc inhibits the replication of coronavirus in infected cells through zinc’s ability to block virus RNA synthesis. Coronaviruses are RNA type viruses. Zinc also plays a central role in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus because it is required by the thymus gland to make certain immune cells (T-cells) that fight respiratory viruses. Daily maintenance of zinc is important. 

Zinc as a remedy has recently “come out of the closet” as a last resort.  Yet it has been available for decades.  Research noted that only zinc acetate lozenges that deliver a given amount of zinc have been found effective at reducing the length and severity of upper respiratory infections such as colds once you have one.  Most zinc lozenges on the market do not deliver sufficient dosage to quell a viral infection.  About 75-92 milligrams a day has been shown to be effective when given in a slow-release lozenge.

Quercetin  and EGCG.  Quercetin, an extract from red apples, and EGCG from green tea improve zinc utilization and facilitate zinc entry into cells. Details in this journal article. That is also one of the actions of chloroquine, which is now being tested against coronavirus infections. 

CBD Oil. Stress hurts immune function. Watching the news or picking up a newspaper these days can be a major source of stress. Meanwhile, several anti-anxiety drugs are linked to increased pneumonia (the main concern with Covid-19). Hemp-derived CBD oil may be best known for helping pain and inflammation, but it has also been shown to relieve stress and even anxiety. We recommend PlusCBD because of its quality. (As a bonus, PlusCBD gives our listeners 20% off with the code: NATURE.)

Aloe vera. As Sherry Rogers, MD told us, disease comes from only two issues—reduced nutrient levels and/or increased toxicity. That rule applies to infectious diseases because those factors weaken the immune system. Studies show that Lily of the Desert aloe vera helps both elements of that health equation—it improves nutrient uptake and detoxification. Note: the page at that link also tells how to make your own hand sanitizer with Lily of the Desert Aloe Gelly! (It will be better for your hands than commercial products.)

More on vitamin D. Sunshine on our skin was the original plan for acquiring vitamin D. As you know, that isn’t as practical in the winter…hence we supplement. Some vitamin D supplements are better absorbed and utilized than others. Dr. Michael Einsohn introduced me to the vitamin D offered in the Thermography Center online store. (phone consultations available.) Besides being a sublingual spray, it is micellized. That makes the D more easily accepted into your bloodstream. Vitamin D is also balanced in that product with vitamin K2 that is so important for getting calcium into bones and keeping it out of arteries. This is the vitamin D our family uses…but if not this one, please take vitamin D. We previously wrote that 5,000-8,000 IU is typically needed to move blood tests into the healthy range. Read more.

Humidity. Studies show that coronaviruses do not like heat or humidity. That is one reason they usually wane in the spring. They don’t like indoor humidity either and that is something you can control. Think humidifiers, a pan of water on the stove, keeping water in the bathtub, etc.  Even a facemask helps keep your airways more humid. (Seems especially useful for the dry contaminated environment of an airplane.)

USEFUL CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

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”.


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