*Much of this information was gathered and shared by my respected colleagues Peter D’Adamo, N.D. and Dr. David Brady, ND, DC, CCN
Severe Wuhan coronavirus cases can result in pneumonia, kidney failure and death. Deaths seem most associated with the elderly or infirmed with pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease that impaired their immune systems. But there is a bit of a silver lining here, as one thing you can't under-report are the total number of deaths, which is currently just over 200. This has led to an approximately 2% fatality rate, even as the number of confirmed cases grew to just under 10,000. However, if the number of unconfirmed cases is actually much higher, then the true mortality rate is probably actually much lower. On the down side, there is also the obviously a lag-time between contracting the virus and developing symptoms (5-16 days) so there is always a gap between what we can see and what actually is.
What to do:
Some basic behavioral and barrier strategies strategies are warranted, especially if you are traveling and have to be in the presence of a high density of people who may be from all over the globe (i.e., airports, train stations, etc.). The virus spreads by droplets, so if all else fails, sneeze into the crook of your arm at the elbow. Then follow up with some hand sanitizer, preferably the non-toxic chemical kinds that do not contain triclosan, like Silvercillin spray. A hand sanitizer is probably a smart thing to tuck into a pocket. The virus does not appear to last long outside of a living host (a few hours, apparently) but that is plenty of time to get it from your hands to your mouth, eyes, nose, etc. Masks are also a wise idea, perhaps for no other reason that they may help someone not get something from you (reasonable evidence), and may also prevent you from getting something from someone else (modest evidence). However, if enough people wear them the results are probably good. Despite protestations from the medical profession in 1918 during the Spanish influenza epidemic that they were useless, the epidemic began its decline in the US as soon as people started wearing them. Medical grade masks or N-95 rated masks are best. The virus can be transmitted via the conjunctiva of the eye, so if need be, take a vacation from the contact lenses and wear your glasses for a while.
Not having the option of avoiding the virus altogether, the next best strategy might be to try to engineer getting the mildest possible form of the infection, if you are to be infected. Under these circumstances, you are looking at a sore throat, a fever, muscle aches and maybe some mild respiratory symptoms. Stay home, push the fluids (with things like meat and vegetable stocks, simply cooked easily digestible fish and vegetables, cooked fruits and lots of water). Garlic is in a family of plants noted to contain a protein lectin that has been shown to inhibit coronavirus. Fresh-crushed garlic probably has some anti-infective effects in the mouth and throat, but also has really good action in the lungs. Onions and leeks also have this anti-viral protein. Elderberry has a long traditional use as an effective antiviral. As with garlic, some of its actions may be due to the lectin it contains. It actually contains five, and they are very interesting in that they adhere onto something called neuraminic acid on the outside of our cells. Neuraminic acid is often used as a point of attack by viruses to attach to the cell using an enzyme they make called neuramididase, which allows them to drill through the outer cell membrane and enter. Elderberry has been shown, like the drug Tamiflu, to block neuramidadase, but studies on coronavirus seem to indicate that they are not as susceptible to this as the influenza viruses. One additional well-studied medicinal herb that may play an important role in mitigating the severity of viral infection is Andrographis paniculata, which has an extensive research basis for symptomatic relief of acute respiratory tract infections in adults: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article
What am I, and my family, taking?
While what I am listing below is NOT an FDA-approved direct treatment for coronavirus, or any other virus, there is a long standing tradition of use and evidence for these in supporting the immune system in its ability to fight off viral infections and boost the immune system.
ImmunoBerry™ Liquid provides immune support in a pleasant tasting liquid. Research suggests that certain herbs, mushrooms and other natural compounds have the ability to support normal immune functions such as natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine synthesis and the T-cell and B-cell mediated responses. The ingredients such as Elderberry, Shiitake and Wild Cherry Bark are known for their beneficial effects for maintaining a healthy immune system. ImmunoBerry™ Liquid is sweetened with glycerine and tastes great, and is ideal for both children and adults.
Immunitone Plus™ is an herbal formula that is designed to support healthy immune system function during cold and flu season. It contains herbs that support normal natural killer (NK) cell activity and the balance of cytokines, which are the regulatory proteins released by immune cells as part of a normal immune system response.* The standardized herbs in this formula contain optimal and consistent amounts of the most active ingredients. Immunitone Plus™ is suitable for long term use and for all age groups.
Allicillin™ softgels contain Garlicillin®, a blend of garlic oil and parsley oil with specified levels of garlic sulfides and ajoene, the most bioactive compound formed from garlic. These softgels are enteric coated to reduce the strong garlic odor and repeating that may occur from supplementing with garlic.
Hope this information helps you understand all this a bit better.
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