UPDATE May 11th, 2020
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It’s my goal to bring you updates on how to stay healthy by strengthening your immune system, as sheltering at home continues. Some of the recommendations are repeats and have staying power, and there are a few newer insights. I believe that our whole culture is becoming more aware of their immune systems and how to remain healthy. I hope you feel empowered by the many ways you can stay strong during this pandemic, and personally, I am proud to be in a profession with so many tools to offer!
What The Latest Research Shows
While the medication trials have failed so far, there may be promise in using a combination of the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin. It seems the effect of these drugs is more potent when combined with Vita C.
Intravenous Vita C is being added as a treatment in some hospitals around the world and now finally in NYC as well. Seriously ill patients in NYC hospitals are getting 1500 mg of antiviral Vita C, 3-4 times daily in conjunction with other treatments. This regimen is based on what became standard protocol in China and Shanghai.
Another nutrition-based therapy being used in US hospitals is inhaled NAC, to thin mucous trapped in the bronchioles. Orally, NAC thins mucous and also strengthens the bronchioles. I recommend it for everyone right now, but especially if you have a history of lung based infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia or are a smoker or worse yet, a vaper.
The use of Vita D for prevention is also getting attention in mainstream medicine to overcome this pandemic. Although Vita D doesn’t kill viruses, it does strengthen the immune system. Almost half the population has genetic mutations whereby they cannot effectively store Vita D. If you have ever been tested and your vita D was found to be less than 30 ng/ml, you can assume you are one of those people and should be taking between 2000-5000 ius Vita D each day. If you are living north of the Mason-Dixon line (the Pennsylvania-Maryland border) or spend most of your days indoors, you can also assume you are low in Vita D.
The Potential Of Botanicals
I am puzzled that no one in the media is talking about the virus-busting immune-supporting cornucopia of botanicals that we have at our fingertips, thanks to Mother Nature. One of the most important aspects of using herbs is that many of them are multifactorial, meaning they have several mechanisms of action. For example, one herb can be antiviral AND anti-inflammatory at the same time. What a bargain f