|Over the past several weeks I’ve been bombarded with countless emails and calls from patients on steps they can take to prevent and if necessary, treat the Coronavirus that has recently reached the United States.|
In preparation for this month’s newsletter I’ve been doing as much research as I can on this virus and have found tons of misinformation out there so hopefully I can set the record straight. The media loves to hype these things and put everyone into a panic. The first part of this newsletter will discuss the facts about the virus presentation and I will go into steps that you can take to prevent infection and in the unfortunate event of acquiring it, how to treat it naturally.
Presentation of the Coronavirus:
There are 3 keynote symptoms of the Coronavirus: Fever, shortness of breath, and cough. With the flu, these symptoms can also be present but there will also be fatigue, and body and muscle aches. With the common cold we will typically see a low or no fever, a runny nose, and cough with phlegm. With the Coronavirus the cough tends to be drier and there is no runny nose. According to what I’ve read the Coronavirus starts with a sore throat lasting 3-4 days, and then moves to the lungs and can lead to pneumonia. With the pneumonia comes the high fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Prevention of the Coronavirus:
The first step in preventing any type of viral infection is to obviously wash your hands frequently, as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time. You can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
Patients have asked me about wearing a mask and my response is that it may be fine if someone already has the virus and doesn’t want to spread it by coughing or sneezing on people, but to protect you, they are less effective. Masks only cover the mouth and nose but viruses can enter through the eyes and if you have the virus on your hands and adjust that mask the virus can easily get into your mouth or nose.
After being out in crowds it’s important to change your clothes and wash them since viruses can survive on clothing for up to 12 hours, normal laundry detergent can kill it. Getting adequate sleep is also very important, try to shoot for at least 7 ½ hours per night at a minimum to insure your immune system is working at full strength. Proper nutrition is of utmost importance to keeping your immune system working optimally as well. As you all know, I’m a huge advocate of a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, higher fat diet. Excessive sugar and carbs in the diet can really slow down the immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.
Now let’s discuss some of the supplements that I recommend for prevention of not only this virus, but any other virus that may be going around:
The number one product that I am using for both prevention and for treatment is my Anti-VRL Complex.
This product contains 4 extremely powerful ingredients that can play important roles in combating the viral infection process and enhancing the immune system. Let’s discuss each ingredient:
Monolaurin is a compound made from lauric acid, which is found in coconut milk and breast milk. It is used for preventing and treating colds (the common cold), flu (influenza), swine flu, herpes, shingles, and other infections like the Coronavirus. Monolaurin works by binding to the lipid-protein envelope of the virus, thereby preventing it from attaching and entering host cells, preventing infection and replication. It also destroys the viral envelope, killing the virus.
Olive leaf Extract has been shown in the research to have strong anti-viral properties against many different viruses as well as bacteria species. An added benefit of this product is that it protects the cilia of the lungs that can become damaged by the Coronavirus which can prevent the expectoration of phlegm which can result in pneumonia associated with this viral infection.
Isatis is a broad spectrum antiviral that is directly virucidal and inhibits the replication and attachment of the virus to cells. It has very specific antiviral actions against all strains of the flu and the SARS group of viruses.
Scutellaria Baicalensis also known as Chinese Skullcap, like Isatis, is also a powerful broad spectrum antiviral. This herb blocks viral attachment in the lungs, regulates the inflammatory response in the body, and stimulate the body’s innate resistance to viral infections.
For prevention the dose is 2 capsules 1-2 times a day and for treatment the dose is increased to 3 capsules 2 times a day for the duration of the illness.
Organic Elderberry Extract
|The second product that I am using in my practice for both prevention and treatment is my Organic Elderberry Extract.|
Elderberry extract inhibits viral replication in the body and has been shown to bind to viruses specifically ones that infect the lungs. It is useful for both prevention and treatment of viral infections. Elderberry extract also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving effects) in the body.
For prevention I recommend 1-2 teaspoons a day and for treatment the dosage is increased to 2 teaspoons 3 times a day.
Enhanced Liposomal Vitamin C
| The third product that I am using in my practice for both prevention and treatment is my Enhanced Liposomal Vitamin C.|
Everyone knows that vitamin C is good for the immune system and it helps us get over colds and flues much faster when taken in higher dosages at the first sign of any issue; but not all vitamin C is created equal.
Most vitamin C products that are available over the counter contain simple ascorbic acid in a capsule or tablet form. The problem with this form is that at the dosages needed to achieve a therapeutic value with immune function and antiviral activity; high dosages (above 1000mg per day) are needed. When one takes above 1000mg of regular vitamin C per day, less than 50% is absorbed and the rest stays in the bowel leading to gas, bloating and loose stools. By using a liposomal form, vitamin C is absorbed like dietary fats. It is taken up by the lymphatic system with an estimated 98% efficiency.
For prevention I recommend 1 teaspoon a day and for treatment the dosage is increased to 1 teaspoons 3-4 times a day for the duration of the illness.
| The last product that I’m using in my practice for the prevention and treatment of the Coronavirus is my Vita-D3-Mulsion liquid vitamin D.|
Vitamin D enhances the body’s ability to fight off viral pathogens that enter into the body. It works by helping our immune cells make an enzyme that helps liquefy the pathogen once it’s been engulfed by these cells. One of the reasons why we are more prone to colds and flues in the winter is because of the lack of sunlight this time of the year, and with less sunlight our bodies produce less vitamin D leaving us more vulnerable.
I recommend that everyone get their vitamin D blood levels checked so they at least have a baseline. An ideal blood range for vitamin D this time of the year is between 65-75. I will routinely see patients with levels in the single digits which can make them very susceptible to infections.
For Prevention: Taking only 2-3 drops (4,000-6,000iu’s) of my Vita-D3-mulsion can substantially raise blood levels into this therapeutic range. Once you know your starting level through blood testing you can safely increase the dose under your doctor’s supervision to a higher dose to help fight off a virus if you were to get sick.
| Right now there is no direct conventional treatment available for the Coronavirus, only supportive treatments such as medications to open up the airways, IV fluids, and fever and pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen, but the four above products may be the perfect addition to everyone’s medicine cabinet to not only prevent the virus, but also help enhance the immune system’s ability to combat it naturally if it is acquired.|
So in summary: Stay calm, wash your hands, avoid crowds or sick people, get enough sleep, eat a healthy low carb diet, and start taking this month’s 4 highlighted products and you all should do perfectly fine.
March Featured Products
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Use the discount code at check out: VIRUS10
(Note: promotional code can only be used for online orders not for orders placed directly through the office. Also, HSA and FSA cards can NOT be used for online orders)