Coronavirus outbreak 2020

The so called Coronavirus is spreading fast in China right now. Apparently 15 cases are confirmed in the USA and travel warnings to the city of Wuhan, China are issued. According to the CDC the Coronaviruses are common throughout the world. They can infect people and animals. Five different coronaviruses can infect people and make them sick such as the SARS virus. Transmission of the virus from human to human is possible through the air by coughing.

The CDC lists the following prevention on their site:

“There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick…..”

As Treatments, they recommend to take pain killers and fever medication, use a room humidifier to help with the sore throat and cough, drink lots of liquids and stay at home and rest.1

Is this really all we can do when we are being warned at the same time that everyone with a compromised immune system can develop severe symptoms from a Coronavirus infection?

Since I haven’t seen any tips about prevention and health promoting measures that encompasses natural remedies, herbs, essential oils, and immune system stimulation I’m compelled to write this article.

My article just got viral on Twitter

The question I’m asking myself is

  • How can we develop and maintain a healthy immune system?
  • What natural remedies can we use to help our body recover from an initial Virus infection or prevent an infection?

Iodine

Iodine is a trace element and is found in foods such as fish, seaweed, dairy products, eggs, prunes, lima beans, apples, peas and bananas. The iodine content in crops is affected by the amount of iodine found in the soil it grew in.

The thyroid needs iodine for the production of thyroid hormones T4, T3.  The rest of the body needs iodine to combat bacteria, viruses and other pathogens.

Iodine kills bacteria and viruses, exhibits activity against mold and yeast. and I haven’t found any study that tells us that any bacteria became resistant to iodine. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but send me the link to the study that explains this. 2,3,4

Nascent Iodine is a consumable form of atomic iodine, comes in liquid form and can be easily titrated up drop by drop.

Please consult your physician if you would like to take iodine; he/she knows you best and if you have any thyroid issues that need to be considered prior to adding iodine.

Selenium

is an antioxidant and helps in the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 into T3 in the liver. Selenium as an antioxidant protects normal cell function and provides support for the immune system. Selenium supports healthy blood flow when certain prostaglandins are produced.

Vitamin D

Our body creates vitamin D in the skin. In order to do this our bar skin needs to be exposed to sunshine. From there it is transported to the liver and converted there into 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D[ which is also called calcidiol. It is important to note that vitamin D enhances the uptake of calcium from the diet in the stomach and gut. If you have low levels of magnesium, this imbalance can cause other issues such as blood sugar regulation issues.

Vitamin D is also important for bone health, and supports the immune system, modulating the innate and adaptive immune responses. 5

Deficieny of Vitamin D is common in the winter time. Vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D is a steroid hormone. As such it has profound effects on our immunity. Vitamin D is an immune system modulator. It helps prevent extreme inflammatory cytokines production and it increases the ‘oxidative burst’ potential of macrophages.7

Vitamin D can be found in Cod liver oil, Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Liver, Beef, and Eggs.

If you decide to supplement with vitamin D you need to consider taking a hair tissue mineral analysis to determine your calcium and magnesium status. Please work with a qualified health care professional in this regard.

Vitamin K2-7

Vitamin K2 is important to transport calcium to where it is needed, in the bones, teeth and not in the soft tissue. More information here, here, here

Zinc

supports the immune system. If you are low on copper you need to know that zinc reduces copper levels. Check with your physician or order a hair analysis to get accurate levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc and copper

Probiotics

that survive the harsh environment of the GI tract are spore based probiotics. You can find them in MegaSporeBiotics. (Please feel free to download the pdf “MegaSporeBiotic explained”.) The Bacillus probiotics in MegaSpore modulate and stimulate the immune system in the gut depending on what kind of bacteria they find there. Since spore based probiotics are transient, we need to replenish them almost every day. Our ancestors got their spores with the food they ate. Since we are very conscientious about avoiding bacteria to stay healthy we wash our food and therefore remove all beneficial spores as well. We can come to the conclusion that we are deprived of beneficial spore bacteria that the gut immune system needs to work properly.   

Prebiotics

feed the gut bacteria. Commercially sold prebiotics usually contain fibers that feed ALL bacteria in the gut, the beneficial as well as the pathogenic bacteria. MegaPrebiotic contains fibers that ONLY feed the beneficial Key Bacteria in the gut. Those key bacteria are important for the health of the immune system. You can find more information on this subject in my Youtube video here.  

Many foods like root vegetables, lettuce contain fiber. Eating a variety of foods that contains fiber will provide prebiotics that feed gut bacteria. If you have gut issues like IBS, leaky gut it will be very helpful to use the products I just listed in addition to eating a gluten free, casein free diet.

Mucosal lining

The gut has a mucosal lining which needs specific amino acids to function as a protective layer from the outside world. MegaMucosa provides those three amino acids. (By clicking on the MegaMucosa link you have the option to download the pdf MegaMucosa explained.)

Licorice

has been proven in studies to fight the Epstein – Barr Virus (EBV). It stimulates the TH1 pathway of the immune system. This pathway fights bacteria and viruses. 6

Licorice drops by BioMatrix (see link at bottom of page) is a simple way to add licorice to your regiment. Two pipettes of this tincture 2-3 times a day can be used as prophylaxis.

Houttuynia

Houttuynia cordata, a key traditional Chinese medicine. A study on H1N1 viirus infected mice was done to investigate what Houttuynia does to the intestinal barrier and microbiota.  “Oral administration of HCP alleviated lung injury and intestinal dysfunction caused by H1N1 infection. HCP may gain systemic treatment by local acting on intestine and microbiota. This study proved the high-value application of HCP.” 8

“HCP markedly decreased the concentration of pulmonary proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines and the number of intestinal goblet cells, and strengthened the intestinal physical and immune barrier, according to the increase of sIgA and tight junction protein (ZO-1) in intestine. At the same time, the inhibition of inflammation in lung and gut was related to the suppressing of the expression of TLR4 and p-NFκB p65 in lung.” 9

“Results showed that HC water extract could stimulate the proliferation of mouse splenic lymphocytes significantly and dose-dependently. By flow cytometry, it was revealed that HC increased the proportion of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells. Moreover, it caused a significant increase in the secretion of IL-2 and IL-10 by mouse splenic lymphocytes. In the anti-viral aspect, HC exhibited significant inhibitory effects on SARS-CoV 3C-like protease (3CL(pro)) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). On the other hand, oral acute toxicity test demonstrated that HC was non-toxic to laboratory animals following oral administration at 16 g/kg. ” 10

Vitamin C

is a water soluble vitamin therefore you need to take it throughout the day. Vitamin C can cause loose bowels which removes water from the body. If you experience diarrhea or loose stool reduce your vitamin C consumption.

Sleep

In addition to the list of natural remedies and healthy foods we need to make sure that we get adequate sleep. In this article I list helpful tips how to get quality sleep. I provide you with a downloadable pdf called “Lifestyle changes that help you sleep better”.

ElectroMagnetic Frequency (EMF) exposure

Nowadays we are bombarded with EMFs. You can find the evidence in my Youtube videos. Wherever I go, I usually take my Electrosmog meter with me and record my findings.

But we also can avoid EMF exposure or choose to keep our distance from a router or cellphone to protect us from high radiation.

Turning off the router at night time is the most important step you can take and you have control over. Our brain needs to be able to detoxify itself and it does this only during the night.

EMF exposure has been studied and found to reduce melatonin production. We need melatonin to have a restful, deep sleep.

Please look through my Blog under Wifi makes us sick Keeps us sick. One article in particular provides you with many helpful tips in regard to EMF exposure minimization here.

EMF mitigation products can be found here. Please contact me if you need any help. For tips how to get started check out my article Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

Glyphosate

and EMF in conjunction has been shown to damage our immune system in the gut. More on this subject here

In order to avoid Glyphosate we can eat organic food and hope that it is not contaminated with Glyphosate. Since Glyphosate is water soluble we need to filter our drinking water. The best water filtration system that removes Glyphosate to almost undetectable levels is the Berkey Filter.

Stress reduction

Removing external stressors such as toxins in our food and water is important in addition to becoming aware of stressful life situations such as:

  • Driving to and from work, working long hours, having deadlines, an unpleasant boss or coworker.
  • Family issues such as marriage problems, sick children, handicapped children, money problems.

We can’t change everything I listed here at once. Pick and choose one problem at a time and find out what you can change based on your environment and priorities. Consult your health care provider in regard to supplementation, especially if you are on any kind of medication.

Eat healthy foods, fresh vegetables, if possible organic. Fresh fruits high in vitamin C such as lemons. Grass fed beef and organic chicken which don’t contain hormones or antibiotics. If you can get some sunshine. You may not increase your vitamin D levels but being outside in nature can reduce stress. This is very important because stress causes a reduction in the immune systems capability to fight pathogens.

References:      
1  CDC website   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html 

2  Could iodine be effective in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus 
   and AIDS-associated opportunistic infections?  John C.L. Mamo*,  Mary Naissides  

3  Mechanisms of inactivation of poliovirus by chlorine dioxide and iodine.   
   Alvarez ME, O'Brien RT. 

4  Inactivation of SARS coronavirus by means of povidone-iodine, physical 
   conditions, and chemical reagents. Kariwa H1, Fujii N, Takashima I.  

5 Vitamin D and the immune system. Aranow C1. 

6 Mechanism of action of glycyrrhizic acid in inhibition of Epstein-Barr virus 
  replication in vitro.  Lin JC1.

7 Epidemic influenza and vitamin D
   J. J. CANNELL,1,* R. VIETH,2 J. C. UMHAU,3 and others

8 Houttuynia cordata polysaccharide alleviated intestinal injury and modulated
  intestinal microbiota in H1N1 virus infected mice Mei-YuCHENHongLI
  Xiao-XiaoLUaLi-JunLINGbHong-BoWENGaWeiSUNaDao-FengCHENb Yun-YiZHANGa 

9 Houttuynia cordata polysaccharides ameliorate pneumonia severity and intestinal
  injury in mice with influenza virus infection. Zhu H1, Lu X2, Ling L3, Li H2,
  Ou Y2, Shi X1, Lu Y3, Zhang Y4, Chen D5. 

10  Immunomodulatory and anti-SARS activities of Houttuynia cordata.
    Lau KM1, Lee KM, Koon CM, Cheung CS