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
- My report, Drugs that are Concerning Because of the Coronavirus
- Database with 99+ Abstracts regarding Coronavirus Disease Research (including herbal medicine)
- Fox News report from former CDC Chief Tom Frieden about vitamin D and the virus
- For those in Texas and surrounding states (phone consultations available). Thermography. The Thermography Center of Dallas is offering specials to make it easier to learn the details of any weaknesses your body might have and what it needs to be in proper immune balance. It is really the ultimate annual checkup. Their Oligoscan can give you a heads up on your zinc status as well as body burden of heavy metals.
- Centers for Disease Control pages on Prevention and on What to Do if You Think You are Sick
- The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus-Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents
- Mr Bill Sardi has written extensively about the pandemic on his website. His article on what to do is especially helpful.
- Consumer Reports Article on Coronavirus.
- An excellent short video demonstrating how jumps in the number of cases occur in a pandemic
- Animated Map cellphones in use showing the potential virus spread by Spring break beach goers when they go home.
- Shawn Messonnier, DVM on Coronavirus and Your Pet
- A funny video on “Skidmarks Disease”. A demonstration of the difference between natural medicine and the mainstream allopathic type.