Like most of you, I have also been keeping my ears and eyes open and keeping track of the updates on CORONA Virus. Initially when we heard of the outbreak in China, we felt it was far away and may not affect us. Nature has yet once again humbled us that a small virus that is barely 120 nm in diameter and about 27 to 34 kilobases in genome size, which is the largest amongst known RNA viruses , can indeed the entire world!! This is not the first time that we have seen this virus. We saw its cousins way back as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- SARS-CoV) in 2003 in Hong Kong and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome MERS-CoV) in 2012, 2015 and 2018- transmitted from animals to humans via cats in SARS and camel in MERS then but this time it is not clearly known which animal was it from. This new strain is different and has not been seen in the past referred to as novel COVID-19. And now it has crossed oceans and continents and is right here in North America.
My intention is not to create fear, but to support you in this time as to what to do about this problem that is staring at us right in the eyes. As all that the government or CDC is saying is to isolate yourself, wear masks (the virus is smaller than the pore in the mask!), sanitize your hands by alcohol wiping and don’t shake hands.
Having practiced medicine for years in hospitals and managing patients in the ICU, I can’t help but reflect that whenever we admitted a very sick patient we definitely gave it our best. After giving all the possible medicines like broad spectrum antibiotics and supportive drips, we really sat and waited for the human body to respond. Minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day. Hoping desperately that whatever we have given to the patient-works. How helpless we felt. How humbling!
What was that element that was the answer to your hopeful wishes? What was that unknown factor? What dictated that response? It was none but our Immune System. Our Immune System is the gate keeper of our body that decides who should be let in and who should be zapped. The army of cells that mount a response to the invaders in terms of cytokines and immunoglobulins to protect us and to contain the invasion. Our entire mucosal lining of the Respiratory Tract and Gastrointestinal Tract is lined with Secretory IgA -the policemen- who patrol the alleys and streets of our body. So, it does not serve us to fear a virus, but to really fear ourselves, who may have indulged in lifestyle factors and choices that could sabotage our immune system which is designed to fight off this infectious agent. If you are guilty of having sabotaged your wellbeing in good times then, prepare to make your exit! No! I’m just kidding! Let us do some damage control and look at some factors briefly that can help you in the short run immediately.
The solution to pollution is dilution. You have all heard it right. Become a plum not a prune. Dehydration causes a lot of issues. It changes the pH of the blood, makes you more acidic. It causes stress in the entire body including your cardiovascular system and especially your immune system. Less fluid means less flow and less flow means stagnation and stagnation means breeding ground for all kinds of things to grow on. And you become the perfect environment for micro organisms to breed in.
Water is the source of all life form. A drink that gives life to the entire lifeform should be intuitively our first rescue agent. That is the first thing we typically start a patient on in our rescue efforts to preserve life in hospitals too. So, drink water to flush your system.
Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water per day.
Go for quality, not quantity. Eat vegetables and fruits. Make sure that you follow the dirty dozen and clean fifteen list https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ and also eat alkaline foods https://www.drrusselljaffe.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/dr.-russell-jaffe-alkaline-chart.png Foods high in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals support the proper functioning of a healthy immune system. Avoid refined sugars, processed foods and refined oils. Avoid pro inflammatory foods in the diet- Gluten, dairy, caffeine and sugar. A diet high in sugar can deplete important immune-supportive nutrients such as Vitamin C and Zinc. Vitamin C and Glucose both require insulin to enter the cell so they compete with each other. So, whichever element is higher in concentration will win. If glucose wins then you deplete yourself of Vitamin C which is a potent anti-oxidant.
Another important element especially in terms of corona virus as it has been seen in studies to inhibit the replicase RNA dependent RNA polymerase enzyme that multiplies the corona virus inside the cell cytoplasm. Zinc is an ion. Zinc cannot get through the cell membrane unless a transporter allows it inside cell. Ionophores are compounds that allow zinc to get inside the cell. Chloroquine is an ionophore which has been shown in studies to open the ion-gates and increase the intracellular concentration of Zinc. This has been objectively studied in the SARS virus epidemic. Chloroquine is a prescription drug but natural quinine and quinine derivatives have been used for two hundred years, and the bark from which it is extracted for far longer. Their safe usage and potential side effects are well established. Chloroquine was used in Korea and China in the beginning of the pandemic with promising results. At present medicines like Ivermectin IV are showing a lot of promise in the pre-exposure/post-exposure/incubation period as well as symptomatic phase as well as Pulmonary/Inflammatory phase. Vitamin D has also been shown to have an extremely beneficial effect.
We are designed for starvation. Fasting reduces insulin resistance, reduces inflammation, lowers lipids, improves memory, prevents neurodegeneration, may aid in cancer prevention and increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy, delays aging and increases longevity. Most of all fasting promotes autophagy– a process by which the body repairs itself. A fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components. Autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning “self”, and phagein, meaning “to eat” denoting “self-eating”. Autophagy is designed to regulate the balance of protein composition in a cell, prevent the buildup of toxic waste products, maintain cellular organelle function, remove invading pathogens (hint, hint-Corona Virus), and sustain cells during periods of low energy input due to fasting or starvation. This phenomenon won Yoshinori Ohsumi the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of the mechanisms for autophagy.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” said Benjamin Franklin.
It is true. Sleep repairs and rejuvenates the body. Sleep deprivation increases stress response, higher cortisol levels, poor glucose balance and hence reduced immune coordination. One should aim for at least 8 hours of good quality sleep per night. The body likes a routine so it’s best to sleep by 10 pm since your body makes the most melatonin from 10 pm to 2 am. So, it’s true when some wise sage in Elizabethan times called Thomas Dekker said, “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”
Movement can replace many drugs, but no drug can ever replace movement – Avicenna (Ibn Sina) Movement is life. Stagnation is death. Get up and move. Movement promotes circulation, stimulates lymphatic drainage, enhances tissue oxygenation, releases enkephalins and endorphins that enhances mood and mental clarity, reduces stress. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Let us take one step into movement.
Immersing yourself in nature is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of its’ health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. Did you hear Immune System? Yes! Get the immune system stronger by connecting with nature and its phenomenon.
A byproduct of this practice is sun exposure which gets you free Vitamin D. Vitamin D in high doses promotes a natural anti-microbial peptide that kills unfriendly microorganisms http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/712847. Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Many genes encoding proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are modulated in part by Vitamin D.
Gratitude is an attitude. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. A glass half empty turns into a glass half full! One negative thought will raise your inflammatory cytokine like IL6!! There is strong evidence of increased circulating concentrations of interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein in patients with major depressive disorder. So, stay away from negative thoughts consciously. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. It improves physical health. It improves psychological health. It enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people sleep better. It improves self-esteem.
The first principle of medicine is to do no harm. So, please don’t kill your friends. The ones that reside on your skin. Your skin microbiome is not your enemy. They are your commensals, your host friendly bacteria, your brethren and are meant to do good for you. The skin is an ecosystem that support a wide range of microorganisms. The primary role of the skin is to serve as a physical barrier, protecting our bodies from potential assault by foreign organisms or toxic substances. It is colonized by a diverse collection of microorganisms — including bacteria, fungi and viruses — as well as mites. Many of these microorganisms are harmless. Symbiotic microorganisms occupy a wide range of skin niches and protect against invasion by more pathogenic or harmful organisms. These microorganisms may also have a role in educating the billions of T cells that are found in the skin, priming them to respond to similarly marked pathogenic cousins. Wash your hands but don’t use alcohol incessantly which may kill these good guys unnecessarily and also dry up your hands causing irritation and dysbiosis of skin. Wash hands with soap and water before eating and after responding to the call of nature.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom.
Worrying about a potential future that has not happened as yet is a futile exercise. Don’t worry, be happy. Listen to the Happy song! Believe it or not Left Cervical VNS is an approved therapy for refractory epilepsy and for treatment resistant depression. Right Cervical VNS is effective for treating heart failure in preclinical studies and a phase II clinical trial. Regulate yourself. It’s complementary. Comes inbuilt prepackaged at birth. Stimulate your Vagus nerve that promotes a rest and digest state through parasympathetic stimulation at no cost by the following maneuvers.
- Gargling 3 times a day
- Humming 3 times a day
- Deep belly breathing 3 times a day
Heart Centered Breathing:
The qualities of the heart have become a scientifically proven source of intelligence. New science is mapping the influence of the heart on the brain and body and how the heart communicates an amazingly wide spectrum of information from health and wellness functions to higher qualities like wisdom and compassion. Here is a quick way to achieve coherence.
Step 1. Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual. Suggestion: Inhale 5 seconds, exhale 5 seconds (or whatever rhythm is comfortable)
Step 2. Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life. Suggestion: Try to re-experience the feeling you have for someone you love, a pet, a special place, an accomplishment etc., or focus on a feeling of calm or ease e.g. eye sight
Be hopeful. Every cloud has a silver lining. This shall pass too.
Keep your ears and eyes open for updates and follow the general precautions. I will not recommend common sense as it is a rare phenomenon these days! 😊
How to manage your symptoms?
The following medicines are taken as sublingual and not swallowed for adults. For little children you can add them to water only (no juice or milk) and have them sip on it the whole day and remake it fresh the next day.
Flu like symptoms:
Oscillococcinum – 1 vial – three times a day
Gelsemium 15C – 5 pellets – three times a day
Ferrum phosphorus 9C – 5 pellets – three times a day
to enhance the immune system:
Vitamin D Supreme
150K IU – daily for 5 days
Olive Leaf Extract
500 mg – three times a day
144 g powder – 2 gm – once a day
S-Acetyl Glutathione Synergy
200 mg – once a day
30 mg – once a day
Immune Support Packets
1 packet – once a day
One Immune Support Packet contains:
Immunitone Plus – 3 capsules
Vitamin D Complex – 1 capsule
Stellar C – 1 capsule
Zinc Supreme – 1 capsule
Tegricel® Colostrum – 1 capsule
N-Acetyl Cysteine – 1 capsule.