As of December 31, 2020, the world has been aware of the darned covid-19 pandemic for nearly a year (it was apparently spreading before that). And yet, it seems that we may still have more questions than answers. Note, the graphic above is something about world wide deaths, but I included it mainly because it looks so crazy like the times. The situation is still evolving, so I do not claim that the points below are definitive answers. They are simply the most up-to-date data-driven information, resources, and expert opinions that I could deliver. For your convenience as a reference, the topics are in alphabetical order (except for these first two sections which contain urgent action items.)
URGENT—WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME ILL WITH COVID-19. Obviously, stay home and away from people whom you might infect. Read HBNshow.com/articles/your-system-is-powerful/, for baseline diet and lifestyle factors that will improve immune function. Below are the most important supplements to take right away. (If you hesitant about the use of supplements, read the beginning of the section below titled, Natural Prevention & Remedies.)
- Vitamin D3 – take 50,000 IU per day for at least 3 days or until you feel better hopefully in a week or so. (A Spanish study gave what is equivalent to 100,000 IU the first day and that is safe.) Then taper back to 10,000 over a few days. Yes, these are large doses compared to government guidelines, but there is a lot of science showing that they are safe, and the plan works! For this short-term emergency use, any brand Vitamin D3 will work but 10,000 IU pills are more convenient. This authoritative article by a former Surgeon General and other experts cites a lot of compelling research, Don’t Let COVID-19 Patients Die With Vitamin D Deficiency – We can’t wait for perfect evidence.. (See below for prevention supplementation.)
- Zinc lozenges – Studies show that zinc in the lozenge form works best for respiratory infections. The total intake for the day should be 75 mg. There is one lozenge so intelligently designed that it contains an ingredient to help get zinc into infected cells where it can stop viral replication. LifespanNutrition.com (800-247-5731) has the only lozenge that does that.
- Vitamin C – C activates sluggish immune cells and protects the body from oxidative damage which can even occur when the immune system overreacts. There is growing scientific interest in C for viruses like covid. I take 500-1,000 mg every few hours. Check the label, e.g. the Emergen-C brand C powder may contain zinc, which when combined with the more important zinc lozenges, might send you over the recommended daily intake.
- Selenium and Resveratrol can help – These are well worth considering. Among many other benefits, Selenium keeps zinc from being bound up and thereby unavailable. Bill Sardi stated this, “selenium, a trace mineral, prevents viral mutations and has been demonstrated to improve the cure rate by 500%. Also, selenium deficiency is associated with covid-19 mortality. Resveratrol is amazing and in this case protects the lungs and heart. Read those linked articles in the HBNshow.com Library.
- Vitamin B1 – It appears that the stress and confinement of the pandemic have led people to drink more coffee, tea and alcohol as well as eat more sugary comfort foods. Those things deplete this vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine). Insufficiency of thiamine causes symptoms that mimic those of the virus and it can cause nerve and brain damage. Read more. I recommend Nerve Guardian. It is very effective and quite inexpensive.
For respiratory distress. Consider using hydrogen peroxide in a nebulizer. Get the protocol specifics and more ideas In an article by Tom Levy, MD, he discusses Covid cures including nebulizing hydrogen peroxide. This link is to a Mercola article on that topic.
VIRUS PROTECTION. Prevention is far better than trying to cure anything. In addition to (not instead of) the standard advice about distancing, masks and hand washing, these supplements will help:
- Vitamin D. Blood levels should routinely test at 70-100 ng/ml, not the pitiful 20-30 ng/ml usually shown as “normal” on test reports. Achieving optimum levels typically takes daily doses of D3 in the 8,000-10,000 range. For the long term, it is important to also take vitamin K2 . That is because D3 increases calcium uptake into circulation and the vitamin K gets the calcium into the bones rather than hanging around causing trouble in the blood vessels. Now Foods makes a spray combination balanced in D3 and K2, it is highly absorbed and easy to dose. Ask your natural food store to get it or you can find it online. Save money with powdered nutrients. If you want to try that, they are available on vitaspace.com.
- Zinc. It is good to take from 30-50 mg a day routinely. I think the best way to get 30 mg in an easy to absorb form is to take Molecular Multi from LifespanNutrition.com (800-247-5731) . (It 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 supports the thymus gland. (The thymus gland produces T–cells which provide long term immunity to covid-19 and other pathogens.) T-cell Zinc is available from Longevinex.com. 866-405-4000
- Vitamin C – Because vitamin C quickly washes out of the body, I think it is smart to take Formula 216 for routine daily use. This unique formula protects you with C around the clock and encourages the body to make more when there is a stress. This is based on new science and no other product does that. From Formula216.com, 833-848-2216.
- Vitamin B1 – Head off problems discussed above by taking vitamin B1 before you get ill.
There are other steps under “Natural” below, but those above are a good place to start. Click this link for a printable pdf document of those recommendations which you can then share with family, friends or even strangers.
Case #’s. It is obvious and logical, but seldom mentioned that the more tests are easy to get and more are performed, more cases will be identified. Because of inconsistencies and lags in reporting as well as variations in definitions, there is much confusion about case numbers and other statistics. The chart at this link shows statistics by country. What those numbers do not reflect are the millions of people who were never tested because they had mild or no symptoms (i.e. up to 80% of infections) or who did not have access to testing. On the flip side Dr. Mercola writes about the high rate of false positive test results. Even the FDA has warned about this problem. As you will see under “testing” and “deaths” below, it also inflates case numbers when hospitals label any upper respiratory ailment (e.g. flu, pneumonia or Tuberculosis) as covid-19. (They have a financial incentive to do that, because hospital are paid more for treating covid cases.)
Censorship. The establishment (i.e. US government agencies and vested interests like hospital associations and pharmaceutical companies and their 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 (e.g. FDA / FTC regulations) and deep pockets (think big pharma’s many 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 Jeff 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, Jeff T. Bowles has more integrity than Amazon and is offering an e-book version that title at no charge 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.
My chiropractor, Andrew Shepherd, DC, was spreading the truth about helping your immune system with vitamins, exercise, sleep, and an organic whole food diet. His YouTube and Facebook accounts were shut down.
It is very scary. How can we make informed decisions without all the information?
Contagiousness timing. This appears to be typical:
- According to a Harvard review, it might be 5 to 6 days after exposure before symptoms appear.
- However, they “may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms.”
- Five days is probably the best time to be tested.
- Persons who are infected but either never develop symptoms (about 45%) or just haven’t developed them yet can infect others. (That’s the reason for quarantine after exposure.)
- 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). Being without fever for 24 hours is a good additional precaution.
- It still seems a bit unclear if a recovered patient can pick up viruses and infect others. Masks are recommended.
- The new mutations of the virus found around the world seem to be more contagious and may not follow these timelines. Happily it does not seem to be more lethal which is typical of mutations–they usually weaken the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has this good resource page including information about re-infection 90 days after having been sick with covid.
Death statistics. Of course, one death is too many. Because statistics guide public policy, the numbers should be accurate…not artificially jacked up as seems to be the case. The CDC reportedly told the healthcare network that if there is any doubt, deaths should be called covid-19. Motorcycle injuries, heart attacks, hip fracture complications and gunshot wounds are examples of deaths illogically labeled as “covid-19”. Those folks died with coronavirus, not because of it. Such problems are common across the US, but those specific examples listed here were reported by the CBS TV affiliate in Palm Beach County, Florida. Watch the video Likewise, who can forget the gruesome video showing George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer? Because Mr. Floyd had tested positive for covid-19, he counts as a covid death.(Also, 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 less than 1% of the total cases reported and even the CDC has admitted that. 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), have 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!” (They do so by selecting the figures and comparisons that support their theories). Other than making it sound worse than the flu and thereby justifying the lockdown and mandatory vaccination, 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. That is smart…if a bit evil.
The following quote is from a Consumer Reports article: “A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of 2,681 people under age 65 who died with COVID-19 found that almost half of them also had diabetes.” It appears many died from the diabetes which the virus only worsened.
Distancing. Common sense says to stay away from sick people and if you have been exposed to isolate. 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 indoor bars tend to be “superspreader events,” so avoid them. Be outside when possible even if visiting with family.
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. We can reverse that trend.
Flu. Also known as “Influenza”, it is also a seasonal upper respiratory viral condition which may come in the fall/winter. That is 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 and those at highest risk would be quarantined. However, with this disease, people who seemed well can 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. Before the current crisis, many in officialdom was not in favor of lockdowns. Read what “they” said then.Thousands of infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists has gone on record in The Great Barrington Declaration as saying that the lockdowns have caused at least seven times more deaths than the disease. Others estimate the relative damage as much higher than that.
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. It seems that folks who follow the suggestions listed above for naturally improving immune function also reduce the risk of longer term damage. 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. Wear a good one properly.
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. 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 she was a democrat. 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 to avoid someone spitting at you is okay, but not if it is instead of a mask to protect from airborne contamination is nearly 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. I know of no reason one cannot improve outcomes by using the nutritional remedies along with medication. It may take assertiveness to get the doctors onboard.
Anti-fever medications. Unless a fever gets really high, like over 102○ it might be smarter to avoid aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others). In addition to the drug side effects, fever is one way the body fights infection. It is also a trigger for forming antibodies to create an important immunity factor.
Remdesivir. This randomized placebo controlled study of 1062 patients showed that Remdesivir showed that the drug improved recovery from 15 days to 10 and reduced deaths from 11.9% to 6.7%. (The drug is extremely expensive and must be given intravenously usually only in the hospital.)
Monoclonal Antibodies. The FDA’s press release describes the ‘cocktail’ as “laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens such as viruses.” The testing results showed, “For patients at high risk for disease progression, hospitalizations and emergency room visits occurred in 3% of casirivimab and imdevimab-treated patients on average compared to 9% in placebo-treated patients. The effects on viral load, reduction in hospitalizations and ER visits were similar in patients receiving either of the two casirivimab and imdevimab doses…Possible side effects of casirivimab and imdevimab include: anaphylaxis and infusion-related reactions, fever, chills, hives, itching and flushing.” The FDA emergency use authorization was given to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Hydroxychloroquine. The drug most people have heard of is hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) because it became a political football. 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.)
Steroids. A review of 17 studies showed that steroids reduced mortality among severely ill covid-19 patients because they reduce runaway inflammation. (Note that many nutritional supplements are also anti-inflammatory) 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. Hopefully, this link will stay active.
Convalescent Plasma. This is from blood donations from recovered patients and 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 if there are potential side effects. Read what the Mayo Clinic advises.
Ivermectin. This is not a new drug. Originally used to kill various pathogens in animals, It is being studied for other purposes such as cancer, but there is some evidence for covid-19. You might share this paper with your doctor. It discusses the protocol. (Not an easy lay read)
Natural prevention & remedies. Although medications can save lives in a crisis, building your bodies ability to take care of itself will serve you well against long term covid effects and against mutations. I should point 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, (b) has gone through many years and hundreds of millions of dollars in testing and and (c) is not used as a natural alternative to one of their precious pharmaceuticals. 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 most 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 can even be curative when given as an IV. Vitamin D aids immune function and helps prevent the inflammatory storm that causes most of the covid deaths. There is 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. For a comprehensive discussion of how high dose vitamin D3 can protect you from Covid-19, LINK to a 1-hour YouTube discussion with Jeff Bowles and the National Health Federation.
Zinc is very important for preventing the multiplication of viruses. 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 the HCQ drug discussed above) Zinc also supports the thymus gland which makes immune cells. Read more about zinc and viruses as well as cancer. Resveratrol protects delicate lung tissue. In a recent blog, Covid-19 Briefs, I talk about other 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.A better herbal to consider is Andrographis which has some science supporting it. My colds and flu remedy kit article discusses the antiviral benefits of other plants.
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 do 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 supposedly 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”.
Seasonality. It should generate more interest in the media and among health professionals that flu cases peak at the same time that vitamin D blood levels hit bottom. This chart from a journal article paints the picture.
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 did not get the test and are still called to say they are positive. Current testing is looking for antibodies to the virus. However, antibodies are a short term protection. Long term immunity comes from T-cells made by the thymus, but those are hard to test for.
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 [whatever that is], 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. The mutations of the virus seem to react the same way to the vaccines. This eye-opening post by the Weston A. Price Foundation blows some holes in the hype surrounding the new covid-19 vaccines.That document says, “Vaccine manufacturers claim that Covid-19 vaccines are 95 percent ‘effective,’ but the FDA is allowing companies to define effectiveness as ‘prevention of mild symptoms’. The studies are not designed to detect a reduction in outcomes such as severe illness, hospitalization or death.” (That site links to citations.) Confusing. And, please be aware that after vaccination people still need to wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands frequently because the experts don’t know if vaccinated persons can still spread the disease. (Apparently the benefit to the community isn’t until something like 75% or 80% of the population has been vaccinated. confusing.)
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 is a brand new type 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 here about that factor and side effects experienced during testing. Also, note that in this linked article, Expert Robert F. Kennedy Jr. makes a strong case against getting the vaccine.
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.) Read 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. Some research shows better outcomes with home care via telehealth. 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.