Coronavirus Pandemic

We are living in a strange, and dangerous, time. The Coronavirus has spread throughout the world. But one subject is not being discussed: How can we protect ourselves if we come into contact with it. Yes, wearing masks might help (but probably not a lot). So will staying indoors (but one day we will have to come out again). These are ways of avoiding coming into contact with the virus but, almost inevitably, one day, we will all be exposed. These are ways of delaying the spread and hopefully a vaccination will be developed that will save us. But it won’t come quickly. However (thank God) most people who get the virus suffer very mild or moderate symptoms. So, in my search for natural cancer cures are there any substances that I have come across that may be helpful in protecting ourselves from the virus, or help us to be among those who only suffer mild symptoms. And the answer is YES. 

However, you ahould know that some of these approaches are being attacked as ‘quack’ cures. It comes down to a matter of risk versus benefit. I am not asking you to believe in these ‘cures’, I am merely suggesting them as potentially beneficial. And the truth is that no-one knows. The virus is a new virus (though it belongs to the same family of viruses that caused SARS and the common cold). As long as the suggestions are cheap then you can do one or more of these approaches on the basis that if they don’t work you are now worse off than before. They are all safe! I am doing most of them myself as I am 70 years old and have high blood pressure so I am in a high risk group.

Here is a list of the approaches that may help us to overcome this:

 

Vitamin C

 

A number of hospitals in China used intravenous (IV) vitamin C at relatively low doses of 20-30 grams (20,000-30,000 mgs) with good effect – none of the patients receiving vitamin C died and they were released from hospital several days earlier than those not receiving it. However, this was a small study. At least one US hospital is also doing this. I am personally taking 10 grams a day (orally) and while I don’t think this amount will entirely prevent me catching it, if I feel the symptoms of flu I will up my dose to 20-30-40-50 or more grams a day (orally). I have beaten normal flu twice with this approach and would expect to do so again if coronavirus comes knocking at my door – which is very possible.

Now, most people think in terms of oranges when I speak to them about vitamin C – but you would have to eat an impossible number of oranges to get these doses as one orange has about 50mg of vitamin C. Other people think of those fizzy orange lozenges that you get from the chemist. Again it would be a very gassy experience to attempt to get this amount of vitamin C you need in the form of these lozenges (not to mention all the additives and colouring agents you would be taking in at the same time). Still others would think of 1,000 mg capsules. This would be fine in the short term but quite expensive in the long term). The form of vitamin C I take is ascorbic acid and I buy it in powder form in kilo bags (Internet search: “buy vitamin C powder”). I pay less than 20 euros per bag including transport which makes this about ten times cheaper than capsules.

 

Vitamin D

 

Fox News (sorry!) has reported that Dr Tom Frieden, a former head of the CDC (Centre of Disease Control) has advocated taking Vitamin D – as usual he suggests lower doses than I currently take everyday (and have taken for many years). I take 5,000 i.u. a day. His thinking is that flu is more prevalent in the northern state of America during the winter but not in the warmer southern states. This may be because the virus ‘likes’ winter weather – or it may be because people are not getting enough vitamin D – which you get naturally from exposing yourself to the sun – being in the sun full exposure for half an hour at midday gives you about 10,000 iu. Being in the sun is good for you – without sun creams. If you need protection use organic coconut oil (and no – that won’t fry you – coconut oil only melts into a liquid at around 24 degrees C.). Dark skinned people need to spend longer in the sun to get the same benefits (So are African-Americans more susceptible to flu than non-hispanic white Americans – it seems so because they have higher incidences of asthma and diabetes, which are pre-disposing factors – see this analysis fro the CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/african_americans_qa.htm. And just possibly because their dark skin prevents then from getting the same amounts of vitamin D)

 

Turmeric and Black Pepper 

 

We know that coronavirus is a flu but what is killing people is that it causes pneumonia and serious respiratory problems: This is what the American Lung Association says about these two:

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of the lungs. The air sacs fill with pus and other liquid, blocking oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, the body’s cells cannot work properly, which can lead to death.

Influenza is a common cause of pneumonia, especially among younger children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with certain chronic health conditions or who live in a nursing home. Most cases of flu never lead to pneumonia, but those that do tend to be more severe and deadly. In fact, flu and pneumonia were the eighth leading cause of death in the United States in 2016.”

That is the normal flu it is discussing. The point to make is that flu is viral and pneumonia is inflammatory. Anything that is anti-viral or anti-inflammatory will therefore be helpful. 

  1. Curcumin: 

The Livestrong website has this to say of turmeric – which is high in curcumin – and flu:

“According to “Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices of Herbal Medicine,” curcumin displays powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin activates a gene that encodes for the synthesis of antioxidant proteins, which can protect against the deterioration of dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and the damage caused by viral infections.”

On the subject of curcumin and flus it says:

“Curcumin also possesses strong antiviral properties that have a direct effect on influenza infections, or their prevention. According to a study published in a 2009 edition of “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” curcumin can reduce viral replication by over 90 percent in laboratory cells infected with influenza varieties. Curcumin decreased viral replication in infected cells, but also seemed to protect other cells from becoming infected. The researchers suggest that curcumin-rich turmeric is a viable candidate for treating influenza naturally, as it can interfere with the replication process in viruses and other microbes.”

Black pepper:

The problem with curcumin is that it has low bioavailability. This is powerfully improved by adding freshly ground black pepper in the ratio of about one tsp (black pepper) to 4 tsp (turmeric)

 

Ginger (+garlic?): 

 

Contains gingerol which has shown signs of benefit against inflammation of the respiratory tract and the lungs. It is also a traditional remedy against colds and flus. The best way to use it is to cut fresh ginger into thin strips or slices and pour boiling water over it and let it steep a while. You can then drink it like a tea. You can add a clove or two of garlic to the ginger tea. Garlic’s main ingredient is allicin which has anti-inflammatory properties and is often used as a cold and flu remedy.

 

Probiotics

 

Our guts – and the bacteria that live there – are very important for our overall immunity. Until now the state of our intestinal bacteria has been largely ignored but it is now being found to have widespread benefits – even against leukaemia. If our diets are not good or if we have recently taken antibiotics our good gut bacteria may be compromised. To improve matters eat live yohurts or miso or take a probiotic. They have shown some benefit against colds and flus and upper respiratory tract infections.

This combination of approaches will give great benefits (of this I am certain) and help you survive this pandemic. For those of you with cancer, they will also help slow down disease progression. Good luck 

 

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