As of November 2020, the world has been dealing with the danged covid-19 pandemic for over 9 months. And yet, it seems that we may still have more questions than answers. I do not claim that the points below are definitive answers. They are simply the most up-to-date data-driven information, resources, and opinions that I could deliver. Not knowing what would be of the most interest to you, except for these first two sections, the topics are in alphabetical order.
URGENT, if you become ill:
- Vitamin D3 – take 50,000 IU per day for at least 3 days or until you feel better. Then taper back to 10,000 over the next few days. See below for ongoing supplementation. For this short term emergency use, any brand will work.
- Zinc lozenges – the studies show that the lozenge form works best for such infections. The total for the day should be 75 mg. There is one lozenge intelligently designed with an ingredient that gets the zinc into the infected cells where it can stop viral replication. It is the only one I know of that does that. LINK
- Vitamin C – Take 1,000 mg every few hours. Check the label, e.g. Emergen-C often contains zinc which might send you over the 75 mg level combined with the zinc lozenges.
Prevention Prevention is far better than trying to cure. In addition to the standard advice about distancing, masks and hand washing:
- Vitamin D. Blood levels should be at 70-100, not the pitiful 20-30 often shown as normal. Achieving those levels typically takes daily doses of D3 in the 8,000-10,000 range. It is best to take vitamin K2 because D increases calcium and the K gets it into the bones rather than causing mischief in the blood vessels. This spray is balanced and highly absorbed. It is a professional product and therefore hard to find elsewhere.
- Zinc. It is good to take from 30-50 mg a day routine. I think the best way to get that and in a useable form is to take Molecular Multi which also contains other nutrients we need and is the best multi I’ve ever found. If you are happy with your multi and need extra zinc, T-CELL ZINC™ is a unique form that especially helps the thymus gland produce the T–cells which is where the long term immunity to covid-19 comes from.
- Vitamin C – For routine use, I think it is smart to take Formula 216 because it protects with C around the clock and causes the body to make more when there is a challenge. Unique. No other product does that.
There are other steps under “Natural” below, but these are a good place to start.
Case #’s. There is much confusion about these numbers and other statistics because of inconsistencies and lags in reporting as well as variations in definitions. The chart at this link shows cases by country and lists USA as having over 9 million which is about 3% of our population. What those numbers do not reflect are the millions of people who were never tested because they had mild or no symptoms (up to 80% of infections) or who did not have access to testing. On the other hand, there is a high rate of false positive test results, As you will see under “testing” below. It also inflates case numbers (and deaths) when hospitals label any upper respiratory ailment (e.g. flu, pneumonia or Tuberculosis) as covid-19. (They have an incentive, because hospital are paid more for covid cases.)
Censorship. The establishment (i.e. US government agencies and vested interests like hospital associations and pharmaceutical trade groups) are committed to the drug approach. They have no interest in low-cost nutritional remedies. Sadly, they also seem to have no interest in prevention of covid-19…except for the use of vaccines and their mandates for social distancing, masks and hand washing. Because of the establishment’s enormous power (think FDA / FTC regulations) and deep pockets (think big pharma’s billions spent in marketing and lobbying), they have the ability to put a squeeze on information sources. For example, biased social media periodically shuts down posts that don’t suit their view of the world. Dr. Joseph Mercola’s popular website is one of many valuable information resources to receive a FDA warning letter.
Amazon has banned John T Bowles’ great book, 16 Fascinating Covid-19 & Spanish Flu Mysteries HOW TO EASILY PREVENT THE NEXT PANDEMIC. It is Amazon’s right to sell whatever they want, but in this case, they are in effect killing people by depriving customers of this life-saving information. The author, John T. Bowers has more integrity than that and is offering an e-book version that title at no charge at least until Amazon repents. Download it HERE.
Andrew Kaufman, MD a professor of psychiatry, molecular biologist, and expert witness spoke out in London about misleading information about covid-19 and his objection to the shutdown. YouTube took the video down, but it is still available AT THIS LINK.
Contagiousness timing. As of Nov 1, 2020 from my research of authoritative sources, this appears to be the typical timing:
- Two days after exposure the person might be contagious or 1 to 2 days before symptoms appear
- Five days is the average time to appearance of symptoms.
- Five days is probably the best time to be tested.
- A person may remain contagious for 10 days (or longer if their immune system is weak and they have a serious case of the disease)
Death statistics. Of course, one death is too many. However, because statistics guide public policy, they should be accurate, not artificially jacked up. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reportedly told the healthcare network that if there is any doubt, deaths should be called covid-19—even if the patient was not tested. Motorcycle injuries, heart attacks, hip fracture complications and gunshot wounds are examples of deaths illogically labeled as “covid-19”. Such problems are common across the US, but those specific examples listed were reported by the CBS affiliate in Palm Beach County, Florida. Video (It is probably not a coincidence that, reports of deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer have dropped precipitously.)
Deaths from covid-19 as the single cause are very low, maybe just 1% of the total cases reported and even the CDC has said . Bill Sardi wrote about these statistics. A 9/26/20 Forbes article said, “For the overall non-institutionalized population in Indiana, the IFR [infection fatality rate] came out to be 0.26 percent. In other words, for every 1000 people in the community who had gotten infected, an estimated 2.6 ended up dying. The average age at death was 76.9 years. The calculated IFR increased with age. It was 0.01 percent for those 12 to 40 years old, 0.12 percent for those 40 to 59 years old, and 1.71 percent for those 60 years and older. Men had a higher IFR than women (0.28 percent versus 0.21 percent).
We know that a huge percentage of infected persons are never tested. So, experts looking at more realistic figures (e.g. deducting deaths that would normally have been expected from other conditions), they come up with a low mortality rate. Even the CDC says the rate is lower, i.e. less than 1%. As my mom used to say, “Statistics don’t lie but statisticians do” (…by selecting the figures and comparisons that support their theories). Other than making it sound worse than the flu and thereby justifying the lockdown, what is the advantage to the establishment of making the pandemic sound worse than it is? That is simple—power. “They” can make us hold still while they enact policies we don’t like and gain more control of our lives. Smart if a bit evil.
Distancing. Common sense says to stay away from sick people. However, since people who don’t have symptoms may not know that they are infected, it makes sense to avoid being close to people who are not in your household. Parties and crowded bars tend to be “superspreader events,” so avoid them.
Elderly. Although 80%+ of deaths from covid occur in the elderly, the problem is more their condition than their age. The obese and diabetics can die at younger ages from covid-19 and healthy persons well over age 100 have fully recovered. It is just that as we age, the odds increase that there will be underlying conditions.
Flu. Also known as “Influenza”, it is also a seasonal upper respiratory viral condition which may come in the fall/winter in large part because of less sunshine and vitamin D. Thousands die annually from the flu and it may be years before we can get an honest comparison of flu with covid-19 because of reporting overlap.
Meanwhile, most of the coronavirus prevention steps and natural remedies listed here help with flu and with colds. Note, colds are typically caused by mild varieties of coronavirus. For many more tips about prevention, treatment, and a remedy kit to have on hand, read this Library article. For questions about the flu vaccine, read this one.
Gloves. Gloves are necessary for healthcare works to keep from spreading contagions. It is important that they change them often—hopefully before going from one patient to the next. I’m unsure about their value for the general public. Too often, I have seen people touching their face while wearing them. That defeats the purpose. I just use a paper towel or sanitizing wipe to open doors or to touch handles at the beverage bar in a restaurant.
Lockdown. In the ideal situation, only sick people would be quarantined. However, with this disease, people who seemed well could spread it. We can hope that everyone now (including young folks who like to party) have gotten the message that it is important to stay away from indoor crowds and at a safe distance (even outside) away from people who are not in your household. That practice plus masks and hand washing may keep us from having another panic lockdown which has its own serious health risks like addiction, abuse and suicidal depression as well as spread of communicable diseases like TB in households.
Longhaulers. We are not talking about truck drivers, although they could have this problem. It turns out that recovery from the acute phase of the virus may not be the end of the misery. Ronald Hoffman, MD says: “As a rule of thumb, I tell patients to expect they’ll be tired for a week after a cold, a month after a flu, and three months after pneumonia. But sometimes, symptoms don’t resolve according to a timetable.” His article discusses long term after effects of covid-19 that can even affect young people. He also reviews his treatment plan.
Masks. You can find respected experts, studies, and charts on both sides of the debate about the usefulness of masks. I discussed both pro and con in a recent blog, To Mask or Not to Mask, That is the Question. While Bill Sardi is more persuaded by the not useful and maybe harmful arguments, in an extremely rare occurrence, I disagree and come down on the wear masks side of the debate.
Good masks (This Duke University study ranks the effectiveness of various types) worn correctly over the nose and mouth do offer at least some benefit and I think the dangers have been exaggerated. A listener told me of a person who did not want to wear a mask for fear people might think that they were democrats. That seems a particularly stupid reason to avoid a mask. Speaking of dumb, wearing a mask plus a plastic face shield to protect the eyes is fine. Wearing a plastic face shield instead of a mask is pretty pointless.
Medications. So far, there is no surefire go-to drug to cure a serious case of covid-19, but studies are beginning to accumulate.
Hydroxychloroquine. The one most people have heard of is hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) because it has been so controversial. This website lists the negative and surprisingly large number of positive studies on the drug and its relationship to deaths. Based on worldwide experience, it seems clear that HQ is helpful if used early in the disease and especially in combination with zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin. (One action of HCQ is getting zinc into cells where it limits viral multiplication. That makes it an ionophore.) HCQ has been poo-pooed by the media seemingly just because President Trump mentioned it. (Again, I think political bias is a stupid basis on which to decide health matters.)
A review of 17 studies showed that steroids reduced mortality among severely ill covid-19 patients. (Note that many nutritional supplements are anti-inflammatory)
An early small study of Remdesivir showed a 68% clinical improvement in critically ill covid-19 patients. (The drug is extremely expensive and must be given intravenously.)
Plasma from donations from recovered patients is hoped to provide antibodies to fight the disease. However, it is still experimental because we don’t know how long the protection is active and there are potential side effects. Read what the Mayo Clinic advises.
Richard Bartlett, MD has had great clinical success with an existing asthma medicine a corticosteroid budesonide, when inhaled via a nebulizer. However, his efforts to tell the story keep getting censored because no double-blind studies have done on this purpose. Try this link.
Natural prevention & remedies. Let me start by pointing out that “not proven” is a vastly different thing than “disproven”. The FDA only considers a substance as “proven” if it is (a) a drug and (b) has gone through many years and hundreds of millions of dollars in testing. Since nutrients cannot be patented, what company would pay for those studies when competing companies would then be able sell it? Furthermore, the FDA will not allow the supplement company to even make claims of benefit that would promote sales.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of basic university science on how various nutrients help the immune system and fight viruses. I’m not saying that makes them “proven remedies for covid-19”. But, as Bill Sardi has coached us, there is much to gain and little to lose by becoming well nourished in vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc and selenium. Vitamin C activates sluggish immune cells and is even curative when given as an IV. Vitamin D aids immune function and helps prevent the inflammatory storm that causes most of the deaths. No mention yet in the news, but studies are slowly coming in. One study showed that persons with insufficient vitamin D blood levels were almost twice (1.77x) as likely to test positive for covid-19. Selenium keeps zinc more available (not bound up) and helps keep the virus from mutating. Quercetin helps zinc get into cells where it can keep viruses from replicating.(It is an ionophore like HCQ discussed above) Resveratrol protects delicate lung tissue. In a recent blog, Covid-19 Briefs, I talk more about natural remedies. Sherry Rogers, MD recently did a webinar on how to stop covid-19 at any stage of its progress. Click here for a link to that webinar. You may have heard about oleander but I’d forget that because it is way too toxic. In an article by Tom Levy, MD, he discusses Covid cures including nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. Also, here is a Mercola article on that topic.
Panic. Panic is typically not useful because it can cause us to rush into bad decisions. Cautious concern and getting educated is a better approach.
Sanitizer. Hand sanitizers are fine but keep them away from small children who can get alcohol poisoning. On that note, I want to mention something that drives me nuts when I hear it in the “news”, because it is not fair. I watched the TV pandemic briefing where it supposed happened and I swear that President Trump never said to drink or inject bleach or disinfectants. After hearing how quickly viruses can be inactivated by sanitizers on surfaces, he merely asked the doctors if there was something like that for internal use…just showing intellectual curiosity. He actually wasn’t far off. Most sanitizers are oxidants. So is ozone. Practitioners have been using ozone in many ways (including saunas and IV’s) to kill pathogens. Ultraviolet light works to sanitize surfaces—treating blood with it has been called “The Cure That Time Forgot”.
School. This sure is a tricky one. Children suffer greatly in many ways (educationally, nutritionally, abuse, emotional issues, etc.) from not being in the classroom and it is also a big problem if it keeps the parents from going to work. On the other hand, kids are not immune to coronavirus. Although they typically have stronger immune systems and do not usually get as sick, kiddos can at least theoretically bring the illness home or infect teachers and staff. So, the more the protections are in place, the better—especially improved ventilation systems and spacing.
Testing. Testing may be the most confusing aspect of the pandemic. The swab-way-up-your-nose may be the most accurate, but it is uncomfortable and, depending on how backed up the labs are, can take days to a week or more for results. By then, contact tracing is nearly useless. The quickie tests have yet to be really proven. Then there is just nonsense, like when people who filled out the form but didn’t get the test are called to say they are positive.
Trump administration’s go-to coronavirus expert, Anthony Fauci, MD, may have known since July that most Covid-19 “cases” are not what they are said to be. He explains that the US routinely uses a PCR testing standard of 42-45 cycles, but any positive test above 35 cycles is a false positive. There may be bits of virus material detected, but the patient does not have enough to be sick or contagious. Doesn’t that mean that much of the hoopla is misguided? Dr. Fauci discussed the issue in this interview video. There is more detail in this news article. Read what Harvard has to say about tests.
Vaccine. Interestingly, a study shows that many of us may have some immunity already from having had head colds caused by a related corona-virus. I gave a lot of information about the soon to be available covid-19 vaccine in this recent blog, . Vaccines in general are controversial, let alone one that was developed and tested in months rather than the usual years. Is it worrisome that the vaccines are tested on “healthy” people when most adults in the US don’t fit that description? Read more about that factor and side effects experienced during testing.
Just a thought, conventional wisdom warns us not to buy a car from the first batch when an automaker does a major revamp of a model. Likewise, most computer users resist being the first to try a new version of the Windows operating system. We like having some other guinea pigs help the companies get the bugs out.
Be aware that hospitals now have language in their routine consent forms allowing them to vaccinate you (e.g. for flu or pneumonia) without telling you. Remember that vaccines are more effective in people who have strong immune systems. Bill Sardi developed an educational and protective vaccine consent/rejection form. (All proceeds go to support health freedom.) Recent Sardi articles, “The Vaccine from Hell” and “In Case the Vaccines Don’t Work, Here is Plan B.”
Ventilators. Ventilators can save lives when a patient cannot breathe on their own. However, in many cases, covid-19 patients can breathe, they just aren’t absorbing oxygen well because of problems with the lung membranes. Since ventilators can damage lung tissue, hospitals are trying to limit their use. They are employing other methods of upping oxygen levels and have patients on their stomachs to help them breathe. (Unfortunately, this does not work as well with the obese.) Longevinex Advantage is great support for healthy lung tissue.