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Magnesium and K2 Optimize Your Vitamin D Supplementation

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

  • June 15, 2020
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  • If you take supplemental vitamin D3, you also need to be mindful of taking extra vitamin K2 and magnesium
  • It’s important to increase your vitamin K2 intake when taking high-dose supplemental vitamin D to avoid complications associated with excessive arterial calcification
  • You need 146% more vitamin D to achieve a blood level of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) if you do not take supplemental magnesium, compared to taking your vitamin D with at least 400 mg of magnesium per day
  • Vitamin D improves magnesium absorption, but taking large doses of vitamin D can deplete magnesium, as magnesium is required in the conversion of vitamin D into its active form
  • Combined intake of both supplemental magnesium and vitamin K2 has a greater effect on vitamin D levels than either individually. You need 244% more oral vitamin D if you’re not concomitantly taking magnesium and vitamin K2

Optimizing your vitamin D level is ideally done through sensible sun exposure. However, many simply are unable to obtain sufficient levels from the sun alone and need supplemental vitamin D. In this case, nutritional synergies become an important factor.

According to research by GrassrootsHealth,1 “combined intake of both supplemental magnesium and vitamin K2 has a greater effect on vitamin D levels than either individually,” and “those taking both supplemental magnesium and vitamin K2 have a higher vitamin D level for any given vitamin D intake amount than those taking either supplemental magnesium or vitamin K2 or neither.”

You Need 2.5 Times More D if Not Taking Magnesium and K2

GrassrootsHealth is a nonprofit, independent public health research institute that has been conducting large-scale population-based nutrient research since 2007.2 While a significant focus is on vitamin D, the organization has also branched into other nutrients.

Its D*action project includes a global cohort of over 10,000 self-subscribed individuals who, anonymously, provide information about their supplement use and overall health status.

GrassrootsHealth research shows blood levels in the range of 40 nanograms per milliliter to 60 ng/ml (100 nanomoles per liter to 150 nmol/L) are safe, effective and will lower overall disease incidence and health care costs.3

That said, other nutrients have been shown to work synergistically with vitamin D, and being deficient in them can significantly influence your vitamin D status as well. Importantly, data from nearly 3,000 individuals reveal you need 244% more oral vitamin D if you’re not also taking magnesium and vitamin K2. As reported by GrassrootsHealth:4

“… 244% more supplemental vitamin D was needed for 50% of the population to achieve 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) for those not taking supplemental magnesium or vitamin K2 compared to those who usually took both supplemental magnesium and vitamin K2.”

What this means in practical terms is that if you take all three supplements in combination, you need far less oral vitamin D in order to achieve a healthy vitamin D level.

Vitamin D Dose-Response

How Magnesium Affects Vitamin D

I’ve previously written about the importance of taking vitamin K2 when you’re taking high-dose supplemental vitamin D to avoid complications associated with excessive calcification in your arteries. In fact, relative vitamin K2 deficiency is typically what produces symptoms of “vitamin D toxicity.”

That said, magnesium is also a crucial part of the equation, as it is a component necessary for the activation of vitamin D. Without sufficient amounts of it, your body cannot properly utilize the vitamin D you’re taking.5,6,7,8

This actually helps explain why many need rather high doses of vitamin D to optimize their levels — it could be that they simply have insufficient amounts of magnesium in their system to activate the vitamin D. As noted by Mohammed Razzaque, professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania:9

“People are taking vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful. By consuming an optimal amount of magnesium, one may be able to lower the risks of vitamin D deficiency, and reduce the dependency on vitamin D supplements.”

According to a scientific review10,11 published in 2018, as many as 50% of Americans taking vitamin D supplements may not get significant benefit as the vitamin D simply gets stored in its inactive form, and the reason for this is because they have insufficient magnesium levels.

Research published in 2013 also highlighted this issue, concluding that higher magnesium intake helps reduce your risk of vitamin D deficiency by activating more of it. As noted by the authors:12

“High intake of total, dietary or supplemental magnesium was independently associated with significantly reduced risks of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency respectively.

Intake of magnesium significantly interacted with intake of vitamin D in relation to risk of both vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency … Our preliminary findings indicate it is possible that magnesium intake alone or its interaction with vitamin D intake may contribute to vitamin D status.” 

Similarly, GrassrootsHealth has found13 you need 146% more vitamin D to achieve a blood level of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) if you do not take supplemental magnesium, compared to taking your vitamin D with at least 400 mg of magnesium per day.

Vitamin D Dose-Response by Supplemental Magnesium Intake

The interplay between magnesium and vitamin D isn’t a one-way street, though. It goes both ways. Interestingly, while vitamin D improves magnesium absorption,14 taking large doses of vitamin D can also deplete magnesium.15 Again, the reason for that is because magnesium is required in the conversion of vitamin D into its active form.


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Vitamins D, B12 and Magnesium May Affect COVID-19 Outcomes

While vitamin D and magnesium are important for overall health year-round, they may be of particular importance right now, as we’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in many areas of the world, and a second wave is expected in the fall.

According to preliminary research,16,17 that is still undergoing peer review, older COVID-19 patients given a combination of vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin B12 fared significantly better than those who did not receive the supplements:

“Between 15 January and 15 April 2020, 43 consecutive COVID-19 patients aged ≥50 were identified. 17 patients received DMB [vitamin D, magnesium and B12] and 26 patients did not. Baseline demographic characteristics between the two groups were similar.

Significantly fewer DMB patients than controls required initiation of oxygen therapy subsequently throughout their hospitalization (17.6% vs 61.5%). DMB exposure was associated with odds ratios of 0.13 … and 0.15 … for oxygen therapy need and/or intensive care support on univariate and multivariate analyses respectively.

Conclusions: DMB combination in older COVID-19 patients was associated with a significant reduction in proportion of patients with clinical deterioration requiring oxygen support and/or intensive care support. This study supports further larger randomized control trials to ascertain the full benefit of DMB in ameliorating COVID-19 severity.”

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

The idea that vitamin D might play a role in COVID-19 severity makes sense considering its importance in infections, including viral infections, in general. Vitamin D helps regulate your immune function, and deficiency is associated with more frequent infections and inflammation-related illnesses of all types. Other common signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:18

  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Bone and joint pain, as well as fractures
  • Depression
  • Impaired cognition and headaches
  • Slow wound healing

Long-term deficiency can also contribute to more chronic health problems, including rickets, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disease.19 Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Rarely spending time outdoors and/or always wearing sunscreen
  • Having darker skin
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Obesity
  • Having gastrointestinal problems

Optimize Your Vitamin D Before Fall

Aside from age and comorbidities such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, vitamin D deficiency has also been identified as an underlying factor that significantly impacts COVID-19 severity and mortality. I discuss this in “Vitamin D Is Directly Correlated to COVID-19 Outcome.”

The following graph is from a May 18, 2020, letter20 to the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, from retired biochemist Bernd Glauner and Lorenz Borsche, in which they highlight studies21 showing a clear correlation between COVID-19 mortality and vitamin D levels.

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It’s important to note that experts are already warning SARS-CoV-2 may reemerge in the fall when temperatures and humidity levels drop, thereby increasing the virus’ transmissibility.

To improve your immune function and lower your risk of viral infections, you’ll want to raise your vitamin D to a level between 60 ng/mL and 80 ng/mL by fall. In Europe, the measurements you’re looking for are 150 nmol/L and 200 nmol/L. Optimizing your vitamin D is particularly important if you are older or have darker skin.

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of measuring your vitamin D level is to participate in the GrassrootsHealth’s personalized nutrition project, which includes a vitamin D testing kit, either alone or in combination with the omega-3 test. This is done in the convenience of your home.

To make sure your vitamin D level and immune system function are optimized, follow these three steps:

1.First, measure your vitamin D level — Once you know what your blood level is, you can assess the dose needed to maintain or improve your level. The easiest way to raise your level is by getting regular, safe sun exposure, but if you’re very dark-skinned, you may need to spend about 1.5 hours a day in the sun to have any noticeable effect.

Those with very light skin may need only 15 minutes a day, which is far easier to achieve. Still, they too will typically struggle to maintain ideal levels during the winter. So, depending on your situation, you may need to use an oral vitamin D3 supplement. The next question then becomes, how much do you need?

2.Assess your individualized vitamin D dosage — To do that, you can either use the chart below, or use GrassrootsHealth’s Vitamin D*calculator. To convert ng/mL into the European measurement (nmol/L), simply multiply the ng/mL measurement by 2.5. To calculate how much vitamin D you may be getting from regular sun exposure in addition to your supplemental intake, consider using the DMinder app.22

Vitamin D - Serum Level

3.Retest in three to six months — Lastly, you’ll need to remeasure your vitamin D level in three to six months, to evaluate how your sun exposure and/or supplement dose is working for you.

Not only will optimizing your vitamin D be an important strategy for you and your family, but it would be really helpful to start thinking about your community as well.

If you can, speak to pastors in churches with large congregations of people of color and help them start a program getting their congregation on vitamin D, and if you have a family member or know anyone who is in an assisted living facility, meet with the director of the program and encourage them to get everyone tested or at least start them on vitamin D.

I am currently in the process of writing a comprehensive resource book to help you in this effort. We really need an army of people to make a difference and build up the immune resiliency of the population before the next wave hits in the fall. This will work FAR better than any unsafe and untested vaccine that will most likely never be ready by the fall anyway.

Why take glutathione and vitamin C together?

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by:  | June 13, 2020

glutathione-and-vitamin-c(NaturalHealth365) According to the National Health Council, a troubling 50 percent of American adults suffer greatly with their health.  Thankfully, recent research has shown that a pair of natural substances – glutathione and vitamin C – can help to increase the body’s natural antioxidant defense system.  This, in turn, helps to reduce the risk of excess oxidative stress – which leads to a diminished quality of life.

Researchers have found that these natural compounds work in concert, with each helping to replenish and recycle the other. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits that are obtained by taking these two natural substances together.

Glutathione and vitamin C: Two “superstar” antioxidants join forces

Glutathione – one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body – is also its premier detoxifying molecule, working to neutralize pathogens, environmental toxins and carcinogens.  In addition, it boosts the immune system, increases strength and endurance and encourages the body to form lean muscle rather than fat.

In fact, so strongly tied is glutathione to health and well-being that scientists can use glutathione levels to predict longevity – quite a testament to its influence in the body!

Unfortunately, glutathione levels can be threatened by toxic drugs, environmental toxins and chronic stress – as well as by normal aging.  Unsurprisingly, healthy young people have the highest levels of glutathione, while elderly, hospitalized patients have the very lowest.

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Like glutathione, vitamin C can help to boost immune system function.  In fact, studies have shown that vitamin C increases production of life protective antibodies and promotes the function of phagocytes, the body’s scavenger cells.

In addition, vitamin C – which has potent antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties – can protect fragile cell membranes and prevent damage to cell DNA, as well as to important proteins and enzymes (including glutathione).  It is also a cofactor in the production of collagen – which is essential to arterial and heart health.

So, it’s clear to see: insufficient stores of glutathione and vitamin C can cause serious health issues.

Stronger together: Glutathione and vitamin C empower each other

Together, these two antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals.  This is important, because free radicals cause the unhealthy peroxidation of cell membrane lipids, leading to eventual cell death and increased likelihood of sickness.

Noted functional physician and author Dr. Mark Hyman uses the “hot potato” analogy to explain the antioxidant actions of glutathione and vitamin C.  Free radicals get bounced like a “hot potato” from one antioxidant to another, shuttling from vitamin C to vitamin E – then on to lipoic acid, and finally, glutathione.

Glutathione “cools off” the free radicals while recycling the other antioxidants, sacrificing itself in the process. However, the process ends with the regeneration of more glutathione.  In other words, glutathione and vitamin C function as a “buddy act,” in which each has the other’s back.

Vitamin C also helps to protect glutathione in the tissues, while glutathione coverts worn-out vitamin C (dehydroascorbic acid) back into its active form.  In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that glutathione can actually alleviate vitamin C deficiency.

Research sheds light on the effects of glutathione and vitamin C on oxidative stress

In one study involving 200 healthy young adults and published in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, the team found that low dietary intake of vitamin C caused increased oxidative stress, while reducing levels of glutathione.

Even though the subjects were young and relatively healthy, only 38 percent of them had sufficient intake of vitamin C.  Significantly, the low intake group had higher levels of markers of oxidative stress, such as malondialdehyde, nitrites and nitrates. The higher-intake group had fewer markers of oxidative stress, and more life protective antioxidant capacity.

A separate study yielded evidence of the benefits of combining quercetin and vitamin C.

In a placebo-controlled study conducted in 2012, a group of healthy young men were given either 250 mg a day of vitamin C, 500 mg of quercetin, vitamin C and quercetin together, or a placebo for eight weeks.

And the results were eye-opening.

The researchers found that the most pronounced improvements to inflammation levels and cell health occurred in the group that took both supplements. Participants experienced a dramatic 50 percent decrease in levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein – compared to 35 percent in the vitamin C-only group and the quercetin-only group.

Other research has demonstrated vitamin C’s ability to promote the creation of glutathione in the body.

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that two weeks of supplementation with vitamin C, in amounts ranging from 500 mg to 2,000 mg, increased glutathione production by 50 percent – significantly more than increases conferred by high-dose N-acetyl-cysteine.

This is impressive, because NAC has such potent glutathione-restoring abilities that it is used in hospitals to replenish depleted glutathione in the liver resulting from acetaminophen overdose.

Boost glutathione and vitamin C with diet and proper supplementation

You can help your body increase its glutathione production by eating sulfur-rich foods, such as garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables including Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and arugula.

And, bioactive non-denatured whey protein is rich in cysteine, one of the “building blocks” of glutathione.  Supplements such as N-acetyl-cysteine, milk thistle and alpha-lipoic acid help the body produce, recycle and replenish glutathione.

When it comes to ramping up vitamin C intake, red bell peppers, kiwi fruit, strawberries and citrus fruits are among the best sources.

If you would like to take glutathione in supplementary form, many natural health experts advise liposomal glutathione as the most bioactive.  Integrative healthcare providers typically recommend between 250 mg and 500 mg of glutathione a day – but check first with your own doctor before making any changes to your supplement routine.

While the National Institutes of Health lists 65 to 90 mg per day of vitamin C as the recommended daily amount, most experienced healthcare providers will suggest much greater amounts to obtain true health protective results.  Your integrative doctor can help advise an amount that is right for you.

Bottom line: when it comes to protecting your health, glutathione and vitamin C are “on the job.” Maybe it’s time to put this dynamic duo to work for you?

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Eight Reasons to Consume Bee Propolis

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Bee propolis, a natural resin sourced from honeybees, hosts numerous health benefits thanks to its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we’ve outlined eight of the main benefits of consuming bee propolis

Bee propolis, a kind of “bee glue” or resinous substance used by bees to protect against fungus and seal holes or cracks in the hive, is garnering more attention in the health and wellness community thanks to a growing body of research highlighting its therapeutic benefits.[i],[ii]

Composed mainly of resin and wax, bee propolis is full of phenolic compounds, esters and 12 different kinds of flavonoids that contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties.[iii] If you’ve never tried bee propolis, here are eight excellent examples of why you should consider adding bee propolis products into your routine and diet:

1. Bee Propolis Protects Against the Common Cold

Research has shown that due to the antimicrobial properties of bee propolis, it may be useful in relieving symptoms and shortening the duration of the common cold.[iv] Additionally, parents may use propolis as a supplement for preventing colds and flu-like illnesses in children, as it has immune-activating properties and has been shown to reduce the likelihood of colds in children.[v],[vi],[vii]

2. Bee Propolis Fights Upper Respiratory Infections in Children and Adults

The antimicrobial effects of propolis have been shown to effectively fight several strains of bacteria in patients with upper respiratory infections.[viii] Researchers believe that bee propolis could be used as a natural antibacterial therapy to prevent upper respiratory infections in both children and adults.[ix]

3. Bee Propolis Has Antifungal Properties

Researchers have studied the antifungal effects of propolis on onychomycosis, a common nail infection caused by fungus that causes nails to weaken and become brittle or ragged.[x],[xi]

Conventional treatment methods for onychomycosis include medications that often cause severe side effects or interact with other medications, causing the patient to stop treatment.[xii] Because researchers have demonstrated the effective topical antifungal properties of bee propolis, many believe that it could be used as a less expensive remedy for onychomycosis without adverse effects.[xiii]

Researchers have also studied the effects of propolis against 40 yeast strains of the Candida fungus, demonstrating that propolis is effective in inhibiting the growth of these common fungi.[xiv] Common candida infections include oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections, both of which have been shown to benefit from propolis-based topical treatments.[xv],[xvi],[xvii]

4. Bee Propolis May Protect Against Cancer

Propolis contains a substance called caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), which activates DNA damage signaling in cancer cells, making it a potent antitumor therapy in the treatment and prevention of cancer.[xviii],[xix]

In fact, some researchers believe propolis may be as effective as chemotherapy or conventional chemopreventative drugs, without the adverse side effects associated with chemotherapy.[xx]

5. Antidiabetic Properties of Bee Propolis

A heterogeneous disease caused by insulin secretion or action defects, diabetes mellitus is one of the more common chronic diseases affecting Americans today.[xxi] In various studies, bee propolis extract effectively reduced hyperglycemic and oxidative stress associated with hyperglycemia and had ameliorating effects on cardiovascular health in diabetic subjects.[xxii],[xxiii]

Royal jelly, a healing secretion of bees intended for their nourishment, also has potent anti-diabetic qualities and significantly lowers blood sugar levels and oxidative stress caused by hyperglycemia.[xxiv]

6. Bee Propolis Offers Neuroprotective Benefits

Propolis has inhibitory effects against neuronal cell death, possibly preventing the onset of several neurodegenerative and ischemic disorders.[xxv] This may be due to propolis’ effects on oxidative stress, which is believed to be the underlying pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.[xxvi],[xxvii]

7. Bee Propolis as a Potential Gastrointestinal Treatment

The cytotoxic and cytostatic effects of CAPE, an ester contained in bee propolis, make it an excellent potential therapy in the treatment and prevention of gastric cancers.[xxviii] Additional gastrointestinal benefits of propolis include treatment and prevention of ulcerative colitis, probably due to its antioxidant, antiulcer and anti-inflammatory properties.[xxix]

8. Bee Propolis for Dermatology and Skin Care

Bee propolis has been studied for its topical effects on a variety of skin conditions, including burn treatment, wound healing, insect bites, UV-induced photodamage, oral infections and sores, and the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature of bee propolis makes it a popular ingredient in many natural cosmetic products.[xxx],[xxxi],[xxxii],[xxxiii],[xxxiv]

Propolis has also been tested for its effects on acne. Conventional antibiotic treatments for this follicular skin disease have become less effective due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of Propionibacterium acnes, but researchers have demonstrated that natural antimicrobial extracts such as propolis seem to effectively reduce redness and lessen scarring.[xxxv]

Safety Concerns Associated With Bee Propolis

Oral or topical use of bee propolis can cause allergic reactions, especially in individuals allergic to honey bee or other bee stings or to asthmatic individuals, with allergies presenting as contact dermatitis or oral mucositis.[xxxvi],[xxxvii]

Nevertheless, researchers believe that while there is a chance for allergic reaction and the exact dosage of propolis has yet to be determined, there is vast potential for the use of this natural and promising substance for those without allergies.[xxxviii],[xxxix]

For more information and additional research studies, please visit the research database on bee propolis and other bee products such as honey and bee venom


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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

“Gag order” given to doctor over his advice to help improve immunity

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doctor-censored(NaturalHealth365) Wear a mask. Get a COVID-19 vaccine. Spray down your entire house with powerful disinfectants. Assume everyone you meet in public is infected with SARS-CoV-2.  It seems like our natural immunity to dis-ease is no match against this current pandemic.

These tips to slow the spread from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aren’t necessarily “intended” to inspire fear and paranoia, but it’s not hard to see how this is exactly what’s happening as a result.

So, one doctor tried to offer an “alternative” and got in trouble for it.

Of course, what we hear a lot less about from the mainstream media is arguably the most important thing you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy: strengthen your immune system.  Yet for some reason, doctors who promote natural ways to boost immune health are being censored by the government.

Is this simply a no-holds-barred attempt to protect Big Pharma’s profitable COVID-19 drugs and vaccines coming down the pipeline?

“The Crackdown” is here: Medical doctor attempting to share natural health benefits of immune boosting compounds silenced by government health agency

David Brownstein, MD is a popular holistic medicine practitioner who has been freely sharing information with his community about his success with natural remedies that can support immune health during COVID-19. These remedies include many that our NaturalHealth365 readers know about, but we’re not allowed to say, according to the Federal Trade Commission – including the use of a nebulizer.

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Sadly, censorship isn’t anything new, especially during a worldwide pandemic when those in power are likely tempted to take even more control. And on May 15, Dr. Brownstein was told by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to stay quiet. Backed by politicians such as Senator Chuck Schumer, the FTC sent a letter to Dr. Brownstein containing this warning:

“It is unlawful under the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C Sec. 41 et seq. to advertise that a product or service can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made. For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist for the products or services identified above. Thus, any Coronavirus-related prevention or treatment claims regarding such products or services are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. You must immediately cease making all such claims.”

Meanwhile, research is continuing to clarify the link between deficiencies in many vitamins and severe COVID-19 infections, with doctors and hospitals around the world trialing vitamin supplementation for many of their sickest patients.

Yet for some reason, a licensed doctor who is sharing his patients’ success stories with similar remedies is in the “wrong?” (what is this world coming to?!)

While we agree that no one should ever make a claim that they can “cure or prevent” COVID-19 without legitimate evidence, we think it’s wrong to deny people the right to explore alternative options that can boost their immune health. After all, relying on just cleaning supplies and medications to clean up the COVID-19 mess is just going to lead to a lot of unintended consequences.

Cleaning craze: Parents should be aware of the unexpected risks linked to excessive use of disinfectants

Popular home cleaning brand Lysol probably doesn’t mind the recent worldwide obsession with disinfecting everything. The company has enjoyed through-the-roof demand, although they have been tripped up by some supply chain problems. But just how far is too far when it comes to spraying all the surfaces inside your home?

Nobody is suggesting not to practice good hygiene and cleanliness – such basic life skills are necessary whether there’s a global pandemic or not. But health experts have long been wary of worrisome parents and caregivers trying to turn their homes into close approximations of sterile environments.

For example, depriving children of exposure to normal everyday microorganisms may lead to unintended health consequences, according to a 2014 study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  The study found that children who are raised in overly clean homes appear more likely to have health problems like asthma and allergies.

The evidence-based theory, also known as the hygiene hypothesis (alternative: the microbe deprivation hypothesis), says that some amount of exposure to bacteria and other organisms actually primes a developing child’s immune system and helps it become stronger. This doesn’t negate the need for cleanliness – but it should remind parents that dousing their home in disinfectants is not only unnecessary but potentially harmful, as well.

The takeaway is clear: In addition to reinforcing good hygiene habits within your family, remember to look for natural ways to stay healthier, including holistic methods to boost your immune system.  For much more detail: check out the Immune Defense Summit, hosted by Jonathan Landsman.

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Truth be told: How a low-carb diet prevented polio

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by:  | May 28, 2020
low-carb-diet(NaturalHealth365) Although COVID-19 may feel uniquely terrifying, the truth is: the novel coronavirus is only the latest in a series of pandemics and epidemics that have threatened human health.  Remember, in 1948, polio was raging across the United States, taking a particularly heavy toll in North Carolina and in the city of Asheville. Against the spread of this infectious illness stood Dr. Benjamin P. Sandler, a visionary physician who endorsed a low-carb diet to ward off infection.

While some of Dr. Sandler’s assertions remain controversial to this day, he was certainly “ahead of his time” in endorsing a high-protein, low-starch, low-sugar diet. To learn more about this forward-thinking physician – and how his nutritional regimen helped to combat a crippling pathogen –read on.

A sugar-free, low-carb diet may strengthen resistance to infections within a day

In a nutshell, Dr. Sandler believed that a high-sugar, high-starch diet set the stage for polio.  Keep in mind, “starch” is considered a carbohydrate.  This means that Dr. Sandler’s “low-carb” nutritional recommendations are consistent with the best advice given by nutritionists today.

His dietary regimen, which he confidently offered “without reservation,” was simple, safe and easily applicable: avoid foods containing sugar or starch.

Significantly, Dr. Sandler advocated for a diet rich in beneficial high-fiber vegetables and nourishing, high-quality protein – such as lean meat, dairy products and fish.  Noting the prevalence of polio in warm weather, Dr. Sandler also warned against the consumption of “cooling beverages.”

Why did Dr. Sandler object to these drinks?

Pointing out that polio epidemics occur only in countries with high per capita sugar consumption, Dr. Sandler realized that the popular beverages of the day were disastrously high in sugar.

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However, Dr. Sandler maintained the body could quickly recover from the damaging effects of sugar and starches.  In just 24 hours of following his nutritional recommendations, reported Dr. Sandler, the body could build up sufficient resistance to the polio virus to prevent infection.

Warning: Low blood sugar raises vulnerability to infectious diseases

According to Dr. Sandler, maintaining normal blood sugar was of paramount importance in avoiding polio.  In fact, consuming excessive sugar can cause a rise in production of insulin – which triggers the well-known “sugar crash.”

Medically known as hypoglycemia, this condition can cause headache, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nervousness, sweating, palpitations and fainting.  As Dr. Sandler intuited, another effect of hypoglycemia is poor resistance to infection -hence the increased susceptibility to polio, as well as to influenza and colds.

While blood sugar levels falling too low (from 55 to 75 mg/dL) could lead to polio, individuals with normal blood sugar would “never” contract the disease, Dr. Sandler explained.

“If blood sugar never fell below 80 mg, polio could never result,” declared Dr. Sandler.

Low-carb dietary habits helped to “flatten the curve” of polio

In 1948, Dr. Sandler – who had assisted the research staff at Willard Parker Hospital in New York City during the 1931 polio epidemic – was on staff as a nutritional expert at Oteen Veterans Hospital in Asheville.

Proponents say that his dietary recommendations had a “significant effect” on the number of polio cases in North Carolina – as well as in neighboring states.  In fact, the city of Asheville experienced a reduction in the number of polio cases between 1948 and 1949 – and many give Dr. Sandler the credit.

And, this occurred in spite of the fact that Asheville is located in North Carolina, which had the second highest case rate in the country in 1948.  At its height, the polio epidemic affected 58,000 American children.  Over 3,000 children eventually died from the disease, with an additional 20,000 left paralyzed.

In 1951, Dr. Sandler wrote his book “Diet Prevents Polio.” He also published six scientific papers on the relationship between diet and disease.

Insight from animals: Vulnerability to polio linked with low blood sugar

Dr. Sandler’s theory was supported by animal studies.  Researchers working at Columbia University and Cornell University had shown that the only laboratory animal that could contract polio by experimental inoculation was the rhesus monkey.

And they thought they knew why.  Like humans, monkeys sometimes experience subnormal blood sugar levels.

While blood sugar in monkeys could fall as low as 50 mg/dL, the levels of rabbits never seemed to fall below 100 mg/dL. As a result, rabbits are impervious to polio – until low blood sugar levels are experimentally induced.

In a groundbreaking study published in American Journal of Pathology, the team showed that rabbits could be infected with polio if their blood sugar levels were lowered with insulin.

Stabilize blood sugar levels with a low-carb diet

Dr. Sandler’s regimen called for the elimination of soft drinks, sugary fruit juices, baked goods, ice cream, cakes, pastries and candies.

These recommendations may have seemed drastic to some – yet we know now that they make good nutritional sense.  After all, baked goods and candies have been described as “nutritional disasters,” laden with refined sugar, preservatives, chemicals and trans fats.

Dr. Sandler also advised sharply reducing consumption of white bread, rolls, pancakes, potatoes, rice, corn, cereals and grits.  While some of these foods, particularly corn and potatoes, can offer certain benefits when properly prepared and eaten in moderation, Dr. Sandler correctly spoke out about over-reliance on carbohydrates.

In addition, Dr. Sandler recommended a technique of replacing “starchy” foods with nutritionally-superior choices, many of which are now recognized as “superfoods.”

He suggested antioxidant-rich fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, dark leafy greens (a treasure trove of cancer-fighting polyphenols) and onions (high in the beneficial flavonoid quercetin).

These foods are packed with healthy fiber, carotenoids and – perhaps most importantly – cancer-fighting sulforaphanes and isothiocyanates. These powerful plant chemicals, found in humble Brussels sprouts and un-glamorous cabbage, can be your best friends in maintaining optimal health and fighting infections and cancer.

Dr. Sandler also called for eating healthy amounts of “protein protective foods.”  Cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef and wild-caught cold-water fish are all good sources of high-quality protein.

While not all physicians agree that consumption of sweets was linked to the polio epidemic, there is no doubt that Dr. Sandler’s recommendations represent a far healthier way of eating.  Simply put, the contributions of this courageous scientist should not go unrecognized.

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COVID Warning: The importance of avoiding a zinc deficiency

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zinc-immunity-news(NaturalHealth365) As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across Europe and the United States, accompanied by more and more deaths, the need for optimal immune system defense has never been more urgent. Now, a new review in Advances in Nutrition highlights the ability of zinc to improve immune function, while acting against a wide variety of dangerous viruses including hepatitis C, HIV and more.

Editor’s note: Dr. Vladmir Zelenko, a New York physician has been using zinc – as part of a highly successful (inexpensive) treatment protocol.  Stay tuned … because I will be reporting on this more – in the near future.

Of course, scientists have long known that zinc can reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms. But now it appears zinc can act against more serious viral diseases as well.  So, today, let’s take a closer look at how this all works.

Zinc is antiviral on two different levels

Zinc, an essential mineral, is indispensable for cell division, growth and development. It also helps to produce hormones, break down carbohydrates from foods, and maintain the immune system.

A strong anti-inflammatory agent, zinc is also antioxidant – meaning that it has the power to scavenge and neutralize disease-causing free radicals.  Research has shown that zinc fights viruses in two ways … by not only being a direct antiviral, but it stimulates antiviral activity.

A widespread nutritional problem among older Americans

According to Dr. Emily Ho, a professor at the College of Public Health and Human Services at Oregon State University, 12 percent of all Americans – a significant chunk of the population – fail to obtain adequate zinc.

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And, in those 65 and older – incidentally, the age group most susceptible to severe complications and poor outcomes from COVID-19 – the number vaults to a disturbing 40 percent!

Research has shown that zinc-deficient individuals are most at risk of developing viral infections. This is bad news at any time, of course – but is particularly dangerous in light of the current global coronavirus pandemic.

In a review published in Journal of Nutrition, researchers noted that zinc deficiency quickly diminishes cell-mediated responses, leading to increased opportunistic infections and mortality rates.  In fact, in one study, 30 days of suboptimal zinc intake led to losses of 30 to 80 percent in defense capacity, including tumor defense and antibody-mediated responses.

People most at risk for zinc deficiency include the elderly, and those with IBD, leaky gut, or other digestive disorders.  In addition, excessive alcohol use and certain medications – such as oral contraceptives – can deplete zinc levels as well.

Signs of zinc deficiency include frequent infections, fatigue, poor concentration, infertility and slow wound healing. Changes in sense of taste or smell, food cravings and hair loss can also be a warning sign.

Researchers discover a natural way to hinder viral replication

The good news: studies support the ability of zinc supplementation to boost immune status.  Short periods of zinc supplementation have been shown to substantially improve immune defense in individuals with HIV and chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

Even more impressive, however, is zinc’s activity against specific viruses – and its ability to interfere with viral replication cycle and genome transcription.  In other words, zinc inhibits the ability of viruses to reproduce and spread.

In an extensive review of studies published in Advances in Nutrition, the authors reported that zinc caused a reduction in viral load in cases of respiratory syncytial virus – and inhibited viral RNA and protein synthesis in a gastroenteritis virus.

This virus-fighting micronutrient was also shown in clinical trials to reduce the duration and severity of herpes simplex outbreaks, to decrease markers of inflammation in hepatitis C, and to reduce infection and increase CD4 T cell count in HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Clearly, zinc is effective against some viral “heavy hitters!”  By the way, zinc has also been shown to inhibit SARS, a virus closely related to COVID-19.

And, in trial after trial, zinc reduced the severity, frequency and duration of symptoms of the common cold.

In a landmark study published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, zinc gluconate lozenges were taken every two hours by participants suffering from the common cold. After a week, 86 percent of the 37 zinc-treated subjects were free of cold symptoms, compared with only 46 percent of the placebo-treated participants.

A powerful way to BOOST the immune defense of elderly people

While declining immune system strength is a consequence of advancing age, studies show that zinc supplementation may be able to help “recharge” the body’s defenses.  In one double-blind placebo-controlled trial, 53 participants over age 65 with low zinc status were given either 30 mg of zinc or a placebo containing only 5 mg of zinc for three months.

The team found that the group that received the 30-mg dosage of zinc displayed a significant increase in their levels of infection-fighting T cells.  The scientists concluded that “zinc supplementation could play an important role in improving immunity and preventing infectious diseases, such as pneumonia, in the elderly.”

Don’t forget how “optimal levels” can help you AVOID chronic illness

The Office of Dietary Supplements advises that men should get 11 mg of zinc a day, while women should get 8 mg.  You can boost your dietary intake of zinc with grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, organic chickpeas, cage-free eggs, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

Zinc is available as a supplement in lozenges, capsules, syrups, tablets or (even better) liposomal form.  Of course, we suggest you consult with your integrative healthcare provider before adding zinc to your daily routine.

Keep in mind: excessive amounts of zinc can cause unwanted side effects like nausea, diarrhea and a copper deficiency.

The bottom line: healthy levels of zinc are crucial for proper immune function – and for all-important defense against dangerous viral infections.  We just have to be smart about getting the right amount.

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Italian Government Study: 99% of their Coronavirus Fatalities Were Already Sick; Half Diagnosed with 3 or More Diseases

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Serious doubts about the accuracy of COVID-19 testing methods, results, mortality rates, and the supposedly unique and extreme lethality of this virus are starting to emerge, even within mainstream media and government reporting. A recent study released by Italy’s national health authority found that nearly everyone who was pronounced dead from COVID-19 was already struggling with serious chronic disease(s).

A recent article in Bloomberg titled, “99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says,” illustrates an overlooked point in the corona-panic taking the world by storm: the status of one’s immune system and overall health determines morbidity and mortality, and likely your susceptibility to infection in the first place.

The study found that, 

“More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”  


“The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions. More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.”

The Bloomberg article also pointed out that the primary threat is to the elderly (the average age of someone who died was 79.5) and that the fatality rate may have been significantly overblown: instead of 8%, the fatality rate may, in fact, be closer to the global average of about 2%.

“The median age of the infected is 63 but most of those who die are older.

The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.

While data released Tuesday points to a slowdown in the increase of cases, with a 12.6% rise, a separate study shows Italy could be underestimating the real number of cases by testing only patients presenting symptoms.

According to the GIMBE Foundation, about 100,000 Italians have contracted the virus, daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported. That would bring back the country’s death rate closer to the global average of about 2%.” 

This new report challenges much of the global reporting on the topic which presents a unilateral narrative that simply being exposed (within six feet) to someone who may have tested positive for the virus is life-threatening, independent of one’s health status and other precautions one might take, such as supporting one’s immune system.  Elderly people, already experiencing polypharmacy for multiple life-threatening diagnoses for chronic diseases, are highly susceptible to opportunistic infections due to their chronic conditions, the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals, and subsequently weakened immune systems.

Blaming a single virus for causing their deaths is not evidence-based, nor does it fulfill the basic postulates established by 19th-century German physician Robert Koch to ascertain whether a singular virus can cause a singular disease. There are a wide range of viruses that can cause the symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection, which include the several hundred different influenza viruses known to play a role in seasonal flu.  It’s also known that the Coronavirus family of viruses contain over a hundred different strains, seven of which cause the common cold. Some of these viruses exist naturally within the human virome, and never express themselves pathogenically, but will potentially cause false positives through the many different COVID-19 testing methods being used today.

Indeed, assuming the original source point of this supposedly novel form of infection came from Wuhan, it doesn’t appear that the claimed singular causative agent — COVID-19 — was ever properly identified, purified, and characterized in multiple humans suffering from the disease (nor was its absence determined in healthy humans). This would be required, as we pointed out recently in Dr. Wodarg’s testimony, in order to fulfill step one of Koch’s four postulates, which would demonstrate scientifically that a singular microorganism like a bacteria or virus is the causative agent behind a disease (the most basic tenet of germ theory). Based on the testimony of Dr. Wodarg, the gold standard would have required the purification of the virus and characterizing it via electron microscope technology, as well as establishing an effective and independently verified virus testing method (which would have required using PCR-reverse transcriptase testing within multiple cases of those suffering from the identical disease) — two things, it appears, were never done; or at least not reproduced and therefore validated independently through other laboratories and medical institutions.

Nor were any of the remaining three Koch postulates fulfilled:

  1. The microorganism must be found in abundance in all organisms suffering from the disease, but should not be found in healthy organisms.

  2. The microorganism must be isolated from a diseased organism and grown in pure culture.

  3. The cultured microorganism should cause disease when introduced into a healthy organism.

  4. The microorganism must be reisolated from the inoculated, diseased experimental host and identified as being identical to the original specific causative agent.

Until an original singular causative agent can be identified through multiple cases, and that agent can be purified and proven to cause the same disease in animals, and then re-purified to establish it is indeed the cause in humans, much of what we are hearing are “confirmed cases” and “COVID-19 fatalities” may be inaccurate, and further fanning the flames of fear, panic, and global instability.

For more information on the problem of false positives and inaccurately inflated numbers of both “confirmed cases” and fatalities, read the following: 

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Can glutathione help combat fatty liver disease?

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glutathione-detox(NaturalHealth365) Glutathione – a powerful antioxidant that’s found within every cell of the body – is made up of amino acids. This antioxidant contributes to a variety of important bodily functions, including vitamin regeneration, breaking down free radicals, immune system support, helping the liver to handle fats, making DNA, and even the creation of sperm cells.  But, unlike many other antioxidants, the body is actually able to make this substance in your liver.

Researchers have previously found links between certain diseases and low glutathione levels.  Since the antioxidant plays an important role in the antioxidant and detoxification systems of cells, scientists hypothesized that glutathione supplementation would help combat fatty liver disease.  And in a fairly recent study, researchers investigated oral supplementation in individuals with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with positive results.

The proper amount of glutathione proves to be beneficial for people with fatty liver disease

The study involved 34 patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, all of whom had been diagnosed via ultrasonography. First, patients underwent lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise changes for a period of three months.

Then, patients were treated with 300 mg per day of glutathione. Clinical parameters like liver fat, liver fibrosis, and alanine aminotransferase (ALT – a blood test that checks for liver damage) levels were all checked both before and after treatment with glutathione.

Among the patients who finished this protocol, a significant decrease in ALT levels were seen after treatment with glutathione.  Patients also so decreases in ferritin, triglyceride, and non-esterified fatty acid levels.

Overall, the study demonstrated that oral supplementation of glutathione does offer some significant potential therapeutic effects for patients with fatty liver disease, although study authors note that larger-scale clinical trials should be done for verification.

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Powerful antioxidant offers additional health benefits

Beyond this new study showing the benefits of glutathione for individuals with liver disease, the powerful antioxidant offers a number of additional health benefits as well.

Benefits include:

  • Counteracting free radicals: As an antioxidant, it helps fight free radicals, protecting your body from their damaging and aging effects.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity: One study showed that individuals who have insulin resistance often have low glutathione levels.
  • Combating cancer: Some research shows glutathione may help prevent cancer progression as well.
  • Alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s: Research shows that maintaining healthy levels of glutathione may help alleviate or at least reduce symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Boosting the immune system: By protecting cell mitochondria and reducing inflammation, glutathione helps boost the immune system.

Although glutathione offers a number of proven health benefits, as you grow older, levels of glutathione decrease.  Injury, stress, and illness can all affect glutathione stores, as well.

Therefore, eating an organic diet, reducing or eliminating smoking and alcohol consumption, and avoiding exposure to environmental toxins can help prevent glutathione depletion.  Naturally, adding a glutathione supplement to your diet in the amount of 200 – 500 mg per day may also prove helpful, although you should always talk to your integrative physician before making any changes to your diet or supplement routine.

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Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus

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(OMNS January 26, 2020) The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and coronavirus in particular.

It is very important to maximize the body’s anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimize symptoms when a virus attacks the human body. The host environment is crucial. Preventing is obviously easier than treating severe illness. But treat serious illness seriously. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention. It is not an either-or choice. Vitamin C can be used right along with medicines when they are indicated.

“I have not seen any flu yet that was not cured or markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C.”

(Robert F. Cathcart, MD)

The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:

Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.

Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)

Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)

Zinc: 20 mg daily

Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily

Vitamin C [1], Vitamin D [2], magnesium [3], zinc [4], and selenium [5] have been shown to strengthen the immune system against viruses.

The basis for using high doses of vitamin C to prevent and combat virus-caused illness may be traced back to vitamin C’s early success against polio, first reported in the late 1940s.[6] Many people are unaware, even surprised, to learn this. Further clinical evidence built up over the decades, leading to an anti-virus protocol published in 1980.[7]

It is important to remember that preventing and treating respiratory infections with large amounts of vitamin C is well established. Those who believe that vitamin C generally has merit, but massive doses are ineffective or somehow harmful, will do well to read the original papers for themselves. To dismiss the work of these doctors simply because they had success so long ago sidesteps a more important question: Why has the benefit of their clinical experience not been presented to the public by responsible governmental authorities, especially in the face of a viral pandemic?


1. Vitamin C:

Case HS (2018) Vitamin C questions answered. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

Gonzalez MJ, Berdiel MJ, Duconge J (2018) High dose vitamin C and influenza: A case report. J Orthomol Med. June, 2018, 33(3).

Gorton HC, Jarvis K (1999) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. J Manip Physiol Ther, 22:8, 530-533.

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Yejin Kim, Hyemin Kim, Seyeon Bae et al. (2013) Vitamin C is an essential factor on the anti-viral immune responses through the production of interferon-α/β at the initial stage of influenza A virus (H3N2) infection. Immune Netw. 13:70-74.

2. Vitamin D:

Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Umhau JC et al. (2006) Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect. 134:1129-1140.

Cannell JJ, Zasloff M, Garland CF et al. (2008) On the epidemiology of influenza. Virol J. 5:29.

Ginde AA, Mansbach JM, Camargo CA Jr. (2009) Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Arch Intern Med. 169:384-390.

Martineau AR, Jolliffe DA, Hooper RL et al. (2017) Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data. BMJ. 356:i6583.

Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M et al. (2010) Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr. 91:1255-60.

von Essen MR, Kongsbak M, Schjerling P et al. (2010) Vitamin D controls T cell antigen receptor signaling and activation of human T cells. Nat Immunol. 11:344-349.

3. Magnesium:

Dean C (2017) Magnesium. OMNS

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4. Zinc:

Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T, Vollmer TL. (2000) The dynamic link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status. J Nutr. 130:1399S-406S.

Liu MJ, Bao S, Gálvez-Peralta M, et al. (2013) ZIP8 regulates host defense through zinc-mediated inhibition of NF-кB. Cell Rep. 3:386-400.

Mocchegiani E, Muzzioli M. (2000) Therapeutic application of zinc in human immunodeficiency virus against opportunistic infections. J Nutr. 130:1424S-1431S.

Shankar AH, Prasad AS. (1998) Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection. Am J Clin Nutr. 68:447S-463S.

5. Selenium:

Beck MA, Levander OA, Handy J. (2003) Selenium deficiency and viral infection. J Nutr. 133:1463S-1467S.

Hoffmann PR, Berry MJ. (2008) The influence of selenium on immune responses. Mol Nutr Food Res. 52:1273-1280.

Steinbrenner H, Al-Quraishy S, Dkhil MA et al. (2015) Dietary selenium in adjuvant therapy of viral and bacterial infections. Adv Nutr. 6:73-82.

6. Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J South Med Surg 1949, 111:210-214.

7. Cathcart RF. The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for treatment of diseases by titrating to bowel tolerance. Australian Nurses J 1980, 9(4):9-13.

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“Greater than SARS:” Death toll of coronavirus surges in China and the world is watching

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coronavirus-face-mask(NaturalHealth365) As promised, we’re doing our best over the coming weeks and months to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest news about the coronavirus epidemic.  Conventionally speaking, they will tell you that this virus originated from a live animal / seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province of central China.  But, many experts – including Dr. Francis Boyle, an international law professor at the University of Illinois (with 3 degrees from Harvard University) strongly believe that this virus is a byproduct of biological warfare weapon research.

Whatever you believe, there’s no doubt that the coronavirus has quickly spread across the globe, infecting individuals from at least 24 countries, including the United States.

In today’s article, we’re rounding up some of the latest news about the coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, and offering some practical tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe from harm.

WHO: Coronavirus now officially a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”

  • Following suit of the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has officially declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. The declaration is retroactive to January 27 of this year. The declaration affords state, tribal, and local departments the ability to re-allocate personnel and resources to fund measures like public health information campaigns. Azar’s declaration also greenlights HHS representatives to collaborate with research and pharmacology industries in order to develop vaccines and therapeutic interventions to fight against the spreading 2019-nCoV illness.
  • Public health officials are now ordering any U.S. citizens returning from the center of the epidemic in China to enter quarantine for two weeks “as a precaution.”  However, travel to and from areas of origin and outbreak is becoming increasingly prohibited, and an estimated 56 million people in China are essentially on lockdown.
  • Scientists are investigating genomic sequences of the virus sampled from more than 50 infected people in an attempt to figure out 2019-nCoV’s origins, its mode of mutation, and how it may be stopped. According to a February 2 article from Business Insider, a team of Thai doctors have allegedly been using a cocktail of seasonal flu and HIV drugs to combat the novel coronavirus.
  • Rumors have it that public health organizations and other groups such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation predicted that 65 million+ people would perish in the 2019-nCoV outbreak. 
  • As February 3, the WHO reports a total of 17,391 confirmed cases in 24 countries, with 2,838 new cases confirmed in just 24 hours (other resources are reporting as many as 19,700 cases). WHO also reports 362 deaths, all but one of them occurring China. The infection is reportedly more widespread than the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak which also originated in the major Asian country.
  • And according to a Feb. 3 news report from CBS, there are presently 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States: six in California, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, two in Illinois, and one in Massachusetts.

Travelers ALERT: Understanding the signs and symptoms of infection

It’s not totally clear what the incubation period for the new coronavirus is, but experts estimate that it could be as long as 14 days. This means that a person could be exposed to the coronavirus, infected by it, and then show no symptoms for as long as two weeks – but, still expose other people to the virus in the meantime.

It’s important to always be vigilant about signs and symptoms of flu and colds this time of year, but taking some extra notice right now is prudent. The fever, cough, chills, respiratory problems that can occur aren’t unique to this new strain of coronavirus, but if you notice these in yourself or your loved one, consider visiting with an integrative physician – especially if you or anyone you know has been traveling recently.

In addition, practice “common sense” when it comes to protecting yourself from infection: practice excellent hand hygiene, stay well-hydrated, and strengthen your immune system by maintaining adequate levels of vitamin C and D.

Do NOT ignore the health dangers linked to toxic indoor air.  These chemicals – the ‘off-gassing’ of paints, mattresses, carpets and other home/office building materials – increase your risk of headaches, dementia, heart disease and cancer.

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Keep in mind, minimizing your stress levels, maintaining a physically active lifestyle and getting plenty of good quality sleep are all essential ways to keep your immune system strong.  Remember, the key to avoiding dis-ease is lowering your toxic burden and consuming lots of antioxidants.

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