ZINC: I completely forgot to include zinc-rich foods in my list of immune supports. Zinc plays a critical role in the immune system—it is zinc that gives white blood cells their white color. Zinc is also a co-factor for vitamin A. Raw milk is a pretty good source of highly absorbable zinc, but better sources are red meat and oysters. The admonition to eat lots of oysters for protection is very good advice. Don’t like oysters? Then I’d recommend a powdered oyster supplement, such as Oyster Max (enter the coupon code NT10 at checkout for a 10% discount). Oysters also supply vitamin B12, iodine and a host of minerals.
Speaking of zinc, a New York physician, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko claims a 100 percent success rate in treating seven hundred coronavirus patients using a combination of hydroxychloroquine sulfate (a type of malaria drug), azithromycin (a type of antibiotic, also called Z-Pak) and zinc sulfate. The treatment costs twenty dollars and takes about five days. According to Dr. Zelenko, the symptom of shortness of breath resolves in four to six hours. I don’t think the antibiotic is necessary for those on a Wise Traditions diet. I notice that both the hydroxychloroquine and the zinc are in sulfated forms and wonder whether the sulfur could have something to do with Dr, Zelenko’s success rate.
VITAMIN A: Chris Masterjohn, PhD, has published an article, “The Food and Supplement Guide for the Coronavirus,” which recommends no more than 3000 IU vitamin A per day. According to Masterjohn, the active metabolite of vitamin A, all-trans retinoic acid, has been shown to upregulate a hormone called ACE2, for which coronavirus may have an affinity. For this statement he provides four references. In all four studies the substance used was a pharmaceutical called atRA or tretinoin, a synthetic form of all-trans retinoic acid produced in China, and not a food like liver or cod liver oil, and not balanced by vitamin D or K2. AtRA or tretinoin is often used topically to treat acne, and it has many side effects, including depression, anger and suicide—symptoms which indicate a deficiency in vitamin A. These are hardly good studies to justify avoiding vitamin A-rich foods, known to support the production of everything from healthy mucus to vigorous antibodies.
VITAMIN C: I’ve received many questions about liposomal-C. This is ascorbic acid (not vitamin C complex) attached to a lipid molecule, which apparently makes it easier to absorb. I’m not a fan of any synthetic vitamin, as they can cause deficiencies in co-factors. For example, taking over one gram of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) daily decreases markers for copper, a vitamin C co-factor, lowering the activity of ceruloplasmin (a copper-dependent enzyme that regulates iron) and increasing blood pressure in young women during tests to assess blood pressure regulation.
Nevertheless, high doses of ascorbic acid can help in acute situations; in fact, some hospitals in New York are giving intravenous vitamin C to coronavirus patients with apparent success.
Still, for prevention and every day use, it’s best to stick to vitamin C-rich foods like sauerkraut. Don’t like sauerkraut or find you need more vitamin C to deal with environmental allergies? I’d recommend a powdered fruit rich in natural vitamin C complex, such as Alma-C from Radiant Life.
SATURATED FAT: In his book The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry advises against consuming saturated fats as part of the healing process for the body. Gundry gets so much wrong about fats that it is hard to take him seriously. He says that long-chain saturated fats cause inflammation when in fact they depress inflammation. He’s a big pusher for polyunsaturated oils, and too much of these liquid oils (whether expeller processed or not) will depress the immune system and cause inflammation. He does recommend the short-chain saturates, found in coconut oil (and also in butter), which have anti-viral properties, so he’s right about that.
TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS: I received several comments challenging my statement that there is no good test for coronavirus. Please read this excellent discussion by David Crowe, of the PCR test, used to determine the presence of coronavirus. To quote: “The coronavirus test is based on PCR, a DNA manufacturing technique. When used as a test it does not produce a positive/negative result, but simply the number of cycles required to detect sufficient material to beat the arbitrary cutoff between positive and negative. If positive means infected and negative means uninfected, then there are cases of people going from infected to uninfected and back to infected again in a couple of days.” In other words, lab technicians can get the result they want by setting the number of cycles they do in the test.
More from Crowe: “Scientists are detecting novel RNA in multiple patients with influenza or pneumonia-like conditions, and are assuming that the detection of RNA (which is believed to be wrapped in proteins to form an RNA virus, as coronaviruses are believed to be) is equivalent to isolation of the [corona]virus. It is not, and one of the groups of scientists was honest enough to admit this: ‘we did not perform tests for detecting infectious virus in blood.’” To determine whether a person died from coronavirus, you need to detect the virus in the blood post mortem, and in general these tests are not being done.
And even if they were, the rate of false positives makes the testing meaningless. According to one published study, “In those close contact of COVID-19 patients, nearly half or even more the ‘asymptomatic infected individuals’ reported in the active nucleic acid test screening might be false positives.” (Please note that this study has since been “Retracted,” meaning it was not acceptable to health authorities.)
So, I am sticking to my statement. The tests for corona virus are not good; whatever we are reading in the papers or hearing on the news about coronavirus should be interpreted with this fact in mind and pretty much makes all the statistics meaningless.
IS CORONA VIRUS CONTAGIOUS? This is the assumption that drives all conventional medicine. But many experts, including virologists, hold a different view—that the viral material is not attacking the body to make it sick, but that sick bodies give off the viral material in efforts to detoxify. If this is the case, then quarantining and social distancing are not necessary, and even counterproductive, as such measures create fear and loneliness, certainly not conducive to good health and healing.
HOW BAD IS CORONAVIRUS? Is this a pandemic that is filling the hospitals? Here’s where it gets confusing. I’ve had first hand reports of overcrowding and chaotic conditions in some hospitals, but also reports of hospitals where everything is normal, with only two or three people in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or even completely empty. See this report on a hospital in Berlin.
We also need to know how many deaths attributed to corona virus are actually deaths from existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, all potentially exacerbated by panic. In Italy, more than 99 percent of fatalities attributed to coronavirus were in patients suffering from previous medical conditions.
I do not want to minimize the suffering of those who are sick—indeed it does seem that there is an outbreak of severe respiratory illness, at least in certain locations. But I do not believe that this justifies shutting down the world economy, removing our right to assemble or practice religion, and making it illegal to give folks a hug. When this is all over, I’d like to know the disease and death rate in areas where the restaurants have remained open and quarantining is not required, compared to those areas where governments are imposing draconian measures.
WHAT’S CAUSING THE CURRENT OUTBREAK OF RESPIRATORY ILLNESS? I think the best theory is the rollout of 5G, which at 60 gigahertz disrupts oxygen, including oxygen in your cells. 5G has a similar frequency to the scanning machines used in airports—and have you ever noticed that pregnant women and children are not put through these machines? And 5G bathes us in this frequency not for a few brief seconds, but 24/7. This explains the cases of people literally collapsing in the streets in Wuhan. Wuhan was the first Chinese city to roll out 5G. The Princess line boasts state-of-the-art Wi-Fi , presumably 5G, throughout the ship. Kirkland, Washington, where the first coronavirus cases appeared in the U.S. was an early 5G location and home of a number of IT companies boasting about getting 5G inside buildings. 5G blankets northern Italy and parts of Spain and is now installed in many U.S. cities.
If 5G is the precipitating cause, many other factors may make people susceptible to respiratory disease, such as vaccinations (including mass vaccination campaigns in China and a “novel” Italian influenza vaccine introduced in late 2019, known to increase susceptibility to coronavirus), exposure to toxins like diesel fumes from old vehicles (really a problem in many European cities) and jet fuel fumes (lots of cases in Brooklyn and the Bronx, near major NY airports), high intake of glyphosate in wheat and other foods, having metal in the body (from amalgam fillings, aluminum in vaccinations, pins, implants, etc.) smoking, taking statins or blood pressure medications–and the standard American diet.
The important thing is not to panic. Most people recover from this illness—it has a much lower death rate than the common flu. And this too shall pass–with many potential silver linings—including a wake up about the dangers of 5G. Meanwhile, a nutrient-dense diet including cod liver oil, liver, raw milk, oysters and meat, butter and eggs from grass-fed animals will provide protection against all these toxic influences as well as help in maintaining mental equanimity during these troubling times.
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