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Breaking News: COVID-19 patients getting vitamin C therapy in N.Y. hospitals

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covid-19-emergency-care(NaturalHealth365) We are now rapidly approaching half a million confirmed cases of COVID-19, globally.  Doctors and health experts – around the world – are scrambling to find effective treatments that will help people suffering from the respiratory disease caused by the COVID-19 infection.  Diving headfirst into a flurry of clinical trials and experimental drugs are medical teams in New York, one of the hardest hit areas in the U.S.

One “therapy” out of New York City that doesn’t seem to be getting quite as much press coverage as it should – despite actually having years of research to back up its use – is higher than normal amounts of vitamin C.  Could something as simple as a nutrient be a potentially successful remedy in the fight against such an unknown (life-threatening) viral infection?

New York doctors express optimism over a vitamin therapy given to COVID-19 patients

Earlier reports out of China indicate that high amounts of vitamin C – delivered intravenously – have been effective in managing COVID-19 cases.  Critical care doctors from New York have taken note, and in some places are reportedly administering 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C – three to four times per day – to confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Healthcare providers reportedly have seen significant improvement in patients taking this vitamin C therapy compared to other patients who haven’t received high amounts of this potent antiviral and antioxidant nutrient.

How much vitamin C is enough?  Well, let’s say this: it’s way more than the “recommended dietary allowance” of 75 to 90 mg for adult women and men, respectively.  Basically, the report suggests that doctors are giving 1,500 mg of vitamin C – 4 times per day.

And, according to many vitamin C experts, the reason for any “vitamin C success” is due to its frequency of administration – throughout the day.  To overcome any intense bacterial or viral infection, it’s very important that critically ill patients receive consistent amounts of this lifesaving vitamin, on a regular basis until symptoms are gone.

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Doctors believe the “much higher-than-normal” amounts being administered are helping people who are requiring intensive care for coronavirus.  Keep in mind, levels of vitamin C tend to drop dramatically if and when a person gets sick.  Sepsis is a perfect example of the need for more vitamin C, when sick.

The reason is that sepsis launches a strong inflammatory response – which can affect nutrient levels, so aggressively replacing the levels may prove to be beneficial for helping the body fight off an infection.

Natural healthcare strategies to help you avoid the need for toxic “treatments”

For those curious about how to get vitamin C in your diet … you can aim to boost your own natural supplies by adding more vitamin-C rich food like, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, and citrus fruit.  If you want to boost your vitamin C levels via supplementation … we suggest you talk to your integrative healthcare provider about what’s best for you.

If you’d like to show your physician what another doctor thinks about vitamin C … check out this special report (with video) about Dr. Cheng and his amazing experience with treating COVID-19 patients in China.

Of course, when it comes to food … be sure to choose organic varieties to avoid unwanted chemicals in your diet that stress out your immune system.

Meanwhile, in a nearly unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already given the “green light” for New York doctors to begin clinical trials with various drugs for COVID-19 treatment.  As of the writing of this article, no drugs has been approved by the FDA for COVID-19.

But, medical providers are experimenting with the off-label use of drugs including hydroxycloroquine and azithromycin.  It’ll be interesting to see what kind of other treatments, natural or otherwise, come out of this pandemic response.

Stay tuned, as we at NaturalHealth365 continue to monitor coronavirus developments, as they unfold.

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Shocking admission: How the coronavirus is affecting our children

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(NaturalHealth365) People continue to worry about the effect the coronavirus will have on more vulnerable populations as it continues to spread in countries across the world. First detected in China, scientists continue to learn about this new strain of coronavirus.

When viruses hit, it’s often the youngest among us and the elderly who suffer the most. But recent news reports have noted that kids who are infected with the coronavirus seem to have very mild symptoms or even no symptoms at all. Recently, MSN reported a case of a newborn baby who was infected with the coronavirus and then recovered on her own without the need for medication – a promising insight into the virus that’s worried so many parents around the world.

What happened to a baby infected with the coronavirus?

Xiao Xiao, a baby girl in Wuhan, China is reportedly the youngest child to have contracted the disease at this point.  Her mother had coronavirus while pregnant, although it’s unclear whether the baby contracted this virus due to close proximity to the mother or by blood.

The baby was diagnosed with mild heart disease, and while they found that she was infected with the coronavirus, doctors decided not to treat the virus because she didn’t exhibit symptoms. She had no cough, no fever, and no obvious problems breathing.  Within two weeks, tests showed that the baby girl had recovered fully from the coronavirus and she was discharged from the hospital.

Earlier news reports have noted that babies and children who are infected with coronavirus seem to display milder symptoms than adults do, likely because the immune system begins to deteriorate with age. And it’s been aging adults who have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. However, while children may get a milder form of the virus, it’s still essential to take preventive measures and take steps to boost your child’s immune system to avoid the coronavirus.

Reduce the risk: Strategies to support a healthy immune system

When it comes to reducing the threat of bacterial or viral infections, you can take some simple steps to give your child’s immune system the support it deserves.  Check out these 5 simple tips:

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  • “Power up” by eating more fruits and vegetables: Adding more servings of fruits and veggies to your child’s diet will help to ensure they get all the vitamins and minerals they need.
  • Breastfeeding: If possible, breastfeed your baby.  Breast milk is packed with immunity-enhancing white blood cells and antibodies.
  • Add Probiotics: Make sure your kids are getting enough probiotics from fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso soup or a good quality supplement.  Remember, the strength of the immune system depends (largely) on a strong digestive system.
  • Vitamin C supplementation:  Vitamin C, particularly in higher amounts when feeling bad, has already proven to be useful in dealing with the coronavirus.
  • Zinc Supplementation: Zinc helps boost the production of white blood cells to kill viruses.  In some cases, it may be necessary to supplement your child’s diet with zinc – to help boost immunity.

Of course, we always suggest you consult with an integrative physician before making any changes to lifestyle habits.  But, let’s not forget – when it comes to reducing the risk of bacterial and viral infections – use common sense.

In addition, it’s always a good idea to be more aware of our surroundings and be vigilant about maintaining healthy personal hygiene habits.  Stay well hydrated, get an adequate amount of sleep and stay physically active.  All of these tips will prove to be invaluable in maintaining great health.

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New Study Sheds Light on Stroke Recovery

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Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola     
March 05, 2020

Coronavirus solution: Shanghai government recommends vitamin C for COVID-19

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shanghai-government-news(NaturalHealth365) Remember the other day, we reported on three clinical trials being done in China to see how vitamin C would affect coronavirus patients?  Well, it’s official: the government of Shanghai, China is openly admitting that vitamin C is helping to reduce the symptoms experienced by coronavirus patients. Naturally, we all know that pharmaceutical interests – here in the United States – will never popularize this “action step” in the face of a growing (viral) health crisis.  They would rather focus on the possibility of greater restrictions on personal freedom, quarantines, and (of course) the need for vaccine development. Fear mongering and maintaining a strong support of (toxic) drug usage seems to be the only areas of interest for conventionally-trained sick care “professionals.”

But, today, we release an official announcement from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service that we hope will be shared far and wide.

Shanghai Government Officially Recommends Vitamin C for COVID-19

Written by Andrew W. Saul

(OMNS Mar 3, 2020) The government of Shanghai, China has announced its official recommendation that COVID-19 should be treated with high amounts of intravenous vitamin C. (1) Dosage recommendations vary with severity of illness, from 50 to 200 milligrams per kilogram body weight per day to as much as 200 mg/kg/day.

These dosages are approximately 4,000 to 16,000 mg for an adult, administered by IV.  This specific method of administration is important, says intravenous therapy expert Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD, because vitamin C’s effect is at least ten times more powerful by IV than if taken orally. Dr. Yanagisawa is president of the Tokyo-based Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. He says, “Intravenous vitamin C is a safe, effective, and broad-spectrum antiviral.”

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Richard Z. Cheng, MD, PhD, a Chinese-American specialist physician, has been working closely with medical and governmental authorities throughout China. He has been instrumental in facilitating at least three Chinese clinical IV vitamin C studies now underway. Dr. Cheng is presently in Shanghai continuing his efforts to encourage still more Chinese hospitals to implement vitamin C therapy incorporating high oral doses as well as C by IV.

Dr. Cheng and Dr. Yanagisawa both recommend oral vitamin C for prevention of COVID-19 infection.

An official statement from Xi’an Jiaotong University Second Hospital (2) reads:

“On the afternoon of February 20, 2020, another 4 patients with severe new coronaviral pneumonia recovered from the C10 West Ward of Tongji Hospital. In the past 8 patients have been discharged from hospital. . . [H]igh-dose vitamin C achieved good results in clinical applications. We believe that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission. . .[E]arly application of large doses of vitamin C can have a strong antioxidant effect, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve endothelial function. . . Numerous studies have shown that the dose of vitamin C has a lot to do with the effect of treatment. . . [H]gh-dose vitamin C can not only improve antiviral levels, but more importantly, can prevent and treat acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress (ARDS).”

Why do U.S. media outlets continue to ignore the positive effects of vitamin C?

The answer is obvious.  Time and again, whenever a safe and effective (natural) remedy is presented for a particular illness or condition – it’s immediately marginalized or “discredited.”  And, we’re always reminded to “follow the (drug) advice” of our doctors.  This is all about pharmaceutical industry control over our sick care system.

But, instead of getting angry, we – at NaturalHealth365 – strongly encourage all of our readers to seek out more information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your own health.

By the way, I (personally) do not routinely get IV vitamin C treatments.  But, if I were infected with the coronavirus – I would immediately get it done.

My “normal” routine is to mix vitamin C powder with water or my greens drink – every morning and some more C throughout the day, depending on how I feel.  In addition, as an added immune system boost, I take 1 – 2 teaspoons of liposomal vitamin C for increased absorption into my cells.

Please note: this is just my personal routine.  Everyone has a unique situation and, if you’re not feeling well, you should always seek out the guidance of a well-trained, experienced (integrative) healthcare provider.

Don’t forget, a strong immune system is the ultimate defense against any dis-ease – especially the threat of bacterial or viral infections.  Stay well hydrated, get a good amount of rest, keep physically active, eat well (organic fresh food, as much as possible) and be sure to take plenty of vitamin C – every day.

Stay tuned to NaturalHealth365 for more updates on the coronavirus, as more information becomes available.

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Three Intravenous Vitamin C Research Studies Approved for Treating COVID-19

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Posted on: Wednesday, February 26th 2020 at 3:00 pm

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by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

Intravenous vitamin C is already being employed in China against COVID-19 coronavirus. I am receiving regular updates because I am part of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board to the International Intravenous Vitamin C China Epidemic Medical Support Team. Its director is Richard Z. Cheng, MD, PhD; associate director is Hong Zhang, PhD. Among other team members are Qi Chen, PhD (Associate Professor, Kansas University Medical School); Jeanne Drisko, MD (Professor, University of Kansas Medical School); Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD; and Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD. (Professor, Kyorin University, Tokyo). To read the treatment protocol information in English: (Protocol in Chinese at


Direct report from China

OMNS Chinese edition editor Dr. Richard Cheng is reporting from China about the first approved study of 12,000 to 24,000 mg/day of vitamin C by IV. The doctor also specifically calls for immediate use of vitamin C for prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19).

A second clinical trial of intravenous vitamin C was announced in China on Feb. 13th. In this second study, says Dr. Cheng, “They plan to give 6,000 mg/day and 12,000 mg/day per day for moderate and severe cases. We are also communicating with other hospitals about starting more intravenous vitamin C clinical studies. We would like to see oral vitamin C included in these studies, as the oral forms can be applied to more patients and at home.” Additional information at

And on Feb 21, 2020, announcement has been made of a third research trial now approved for intravenous vitamin C for COVID-19.

Dr. Cheng, who is a US board-certified specialist in anti-aging medicine, adds: “Vitamin C is very promising for prevention, and especially important to treat dying patients when there is no better treatment. Over 2,000 people have died of the COIV-19 outbreak and yet I have not seen or heard large dose intravenous vitamin C being used in any of the cases. The current sole focus on vaccine and specific antiviral drugs for epidemics is misplaced.”

He adds that: “Early and sufficiently large doses of intravenous vitamin C are critical. Vitamin C is not only a prototypical antioxidant, but also involved in virus killing and prevention of viral replication. The significance of large dose intravenous vitamin C is not just at antiviral level. It is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) that kills most people from coronaviral pandemics (SARS, MERS and now NCP). ARDS is a common final pathway leading to death.

“We therefore call for a worldwide discussion and debate on this topic.”

News of vitamin C research for COVID-19 is being actively suppressed

Anyone saying that vitamin therapy can stop coronavirus is already being labeled as “promoting false information” and promulgating “fake news.” Even the sharing of verifiable news, and direct quotes from credentialed medical professionals, is being restricted or blocked on social media. You can see sequential examples of this phenomenon at my Facebook page .

Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has, literally, met with Google and Facebook and other media giants to stop the spread of what they declare to be wrong information.

Physician-directed, hospital-based administration of intravenous vitamin C has been marginalized or discredited. Scientific debate over COVID-19 appears to not be allowed.

Ironically, Facebook, blocking any significant users’ sharing of the news of approved vitamin therapy research, is itself blocked in China by the Chinese government. As for the internet, yes, China has it. And yes, it is censored. But, significantly, the Chinese government has not blocked this real news on how intravenous vitamin C will save lives in the COVID-19 epidemic. Here is the protocol as published in Chinese:

Medical orthodoxy obsessively focuses on searching for a vaccine and/or drug for coronavirus COVID-19). While they are looking for what would be fabulously profitable approaches, we have with vitamin C an existing, plausible, clinically demonstrated method to treat what coronavirus patients die from: severe acute respiratory syndrome, or pneumonia.

And it is available right now.

To read all Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Reports on COVID coronavirus and intravenous vitamin C:

Vol. 16, No. 04 January 26, 2020 Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus
Vol. 16, No. 06 January 30, 2020 Nutritional Treatment of Coronavirus
Vol. 16, No. 07 February 2, 2020 Hospital-based Intravenous Vitamin C Treatment for Coronavirus and Related Illnesses
Vol. 16, No. 09 February 10, 2020 VITAMIN C AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE TREATMENT OF nCoV CORONAVIRUS: How Vitamin C Reduces Severity and Deaths from Serious Viral Respiratory Diseases
Vol. 16, No. 10 February 13, 2020 Coronavirus Patients in China to be Treated with High-Dose Vitamin C
Vol. 16, No. 11 February 16, 2020 Early Large Dose Intravenous Vitamin C is the Treatment of Choice for 2019-nCov Pneumonia

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Coronavirus vitamin solution NOT revealed by the mainstream media or government health agencies

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(NaturalHealth365) As you may know, NaturalHealth365 has been a proponent of vitamin C for a wide variety of infectious diseases.  Naturally, many of our readers have been quite concerned about the most recent news about the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Well, today, I have some very good news – about a way to protect yourself naturally – coming from our friends over at the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS).  The editor, Andrew W. Saul, PhD has outlined a scientifically valid way to keep your immune system strong.  Enjoy the read!!

Press Release: 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.

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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?

Read the full press release at


  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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OMNS (2007) Vitamin C: a highly effective treatment for colds.

OMNS (2009) Vitamin C as an antiviral

Taylor T (2017) Vitamin C material: where to start, what to watch. OMNS

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.

  1. 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.

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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.

  1. Magnesium:

Dean C (2017) Magnesium. OMNS

Dean C. (2017) The Magnesium Miracle. 2nd Ed., Ballantine Books. ISBN-13: 978-0399594441.

Levy TE (2019) Magnesium: Reversing Disease. Medfox Pub. ISBN-13: 978-0998312408

  1. 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.

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

  1. 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.

  1. Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J South Med Surg 1949, 111:210-214.
  2. 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.

Breaking NEWS: Vaccine-like injection touted as better than statins for “preventing” heart disease

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heart-disease-shot(NaturalHealth365) We’ve reported on the dangers of statins many times on NaturalHealth365.  From mood dysfunction to memory loss, the world’s top-selling drug – prescribed to lower blood cholesterol in the hopes of managing or preventing heart disease – comes with many questionable side effects. Now, doctors in the United Kingdom are rushing to test a new cholesterol-lowering drug – only this one is a pricey injection.The new “heart jab” is supposed to work like a vaccine. It contains a drug called inclisiran, and the National Health Service (NHS) of Britain seems extremely hopeful about its potential impact on patients’ heart health. But is it safe long-term?

So-called “wonder jab” alleged to slash cholesterol levels is expensive and lacks support from long-term data

Inclisiran is from a class of drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors. PCSK9 inhibitors – including alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) – are very new to the British health market. They allegedly work by blocking the action of an enzyme called PCSK9; by inhibiting this enzyme, the liver can remove “lousy” LDL cholesterol from the blood more quickly.

Unlike alirocumab and evolocumab, however – which require a once or bi-monthly injection – inclisiran reportedly only needs to be injected once or twice per year. The drug works by turning off genes which normally make the PCSK9 enzyme. Reported side effects include back pain, aching muscles, diarrhea, headache, and fatigue.

Prior research on the drug revealed that inclisiran can decrease cholesterol by as much as 50 percent. Now, researchers, drug manufacturers, and the NHS seem so excited about this “wonder jab” that the NHS gave the green light for a new trial in Britain involving 40,000 middle-aged men and women who are taking statins and still have high cholesterol.

The very hopeful researchers claim that rolling out this drug onto the market could prevent as many as 55,000 heart attacks and strokes in the coming decade. Unfortunately, there are several valid points of contention with this new drug, and with the new trial that’s been shuttled so quickly down the pipeline:

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  • No one knows whether inclisiran and the other PCSK9 inhibitors are safe long-term.
  • Inclisiran is about 100 times as expensive as statin drugs.
  • The PCSK9 enzyme is involved in multiple bodily processes – and nobody yet knows what kind of widespread consequences there will be, if any, of shutting the enzyme down.
  • Inclisiran does appear to reduce cholesterol levels – but there’s no proof it reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • It’s not entirely clear that improving your cholesterol levels is the key to improving heart health anyway! Several recent papers provide evidence which challenges the long-held belief that high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. In fact, the true culprit appears to be chronic inflammation – which is something that inclisiran doesn’t influence.

Prevent heart disease and improve your heart health with these 5 nutrients

Does the world really need another expensive drug, anyway? If you’re of the millions of people around the world diagnosed with or at risk for heart disease, then be sure you’re getting these five nutrients into your diet regularly:

As we’ve previously reported, these and other nutrients work synergistically to optimize heart health. Studies show that these nutrients (from both food and supplements) decrease many risk factors associated with heart disease, including systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, heart failure, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure.

So before asking your doctor about the latest and “greatest” drugs, try evaluating your plate, first – a move that many health experts are urging the public to do.

Sources for this article include:

Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus?

Reproduced from original article:
Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

February 24, 2020
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  • Sepsis is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide each year, killing 11 million out of 56 million people in 2017 alone. Sepsis is also one of the leading causes for influenza deaths
  • An IV protocol has been shown to dramatically improve chances of survival in septic patients. Giving adult patients 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%
  • Recent research has demonstrated the vitamin C-hydrocortisone-thiamine protocol lowers mortality in pediatric patients as well, from 28% to 9% in the first 30 days
  • In 2009, IV vitamin C was shown to be a potentially lifesaving treatment against severe swine flu. Even before that, many studies had demonstrated the usefulness of vitamin C against infections of various kinds
  • A randomized double-blind study published in 1994 found elderly patients given 200 milligrams of vitamin C per day while hospitalized for acute respiratory infection fared significantly better than those receiving a placebo

According to the most comprehensive global analysis1,2,3 done to date, sepsis is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide each year, killing 11 million out of 56 million people in 2017 alone. The researchers call the finding “alarming,” as their updated figures are double that of previous estimates.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered by a systemic infection that causes your body to overreact and launch an excessive and highly damaging immune response.

Unless promptly diagnosed and treated, it can rapidly progress to multiple-organ failure and death, so it’s crucial to be on the lookout for its signs and symptoms4,5,6 whenever you’re ill or in the hospital.

This includes cases of suspected influenza, as sepsis can mimic many of the signs and symptoms of flu. In fact, as discussed in “The Alarming Reason Some People Die From the Flu,” sepsis is one of the leading causes for influenza deaths.7

Vitamin C Protocol Lowers Sepsis Mortality

The good news is, a protocol of intravenous (IV) vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) has been shown to dramatically improve chances of survival.8

This sepsis treatment protocol was developed Dr. Paul Marik, a critical care doctor at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in East Virginia. His retrospective before-after clinical study9,10 showed giving patients 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%.

Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer, so there’s virtually no risk involved. More recent research,11,12 published online January 9, 2020, found Marik’s sepsis protocol lowered mortality in pediatric patients as well.

The study was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and as noted by Science Daily,13 the preliminary data from this study “supports the promising outcomes seen in adults.” Between January 2014 and February 2019, 557 pediatric patients with septic shock met the criteria for inclusion in the study.

Forty-three received Mariks’s vitamin C-B1-hydrocortisone protocol, 181 received hydrocortisone-only therapy, and 333 received neither of these treatments. The 43 patients receiving the vitamin C treatment were matched based on clinical status with 43 untreated controls and 43 hydrocortisone-only patients.

At the 30-day mark, controls and the hydrocortisone-only groups had a mortality rate of 28% while the treatment group had a mortality rate of just 9%. At 90 days, 35% of the controls and 33% of those receiving hydrocortisone-only had died, compared to just 14% of the treatment group.14

As noted by the authors, “Our results suggest that HAT [hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid and thiamine] therapy, when administered early in the clinical course, reduces mortality in children with septic shock.”


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Vitamin C Put to the Test Against Coronavirus

In 2009, IV vitamin C was shown to be a potentially lifesaving treatment against severe swine flu. Even before that, many studies had demonstrated the usefulness of vitamin C against infections of various kinds.

For example, a randomized double-blind study15 published in 1994 found elderly patients given 200 milligrams of vitamin C per day while hospitalized for acute respiratory infection fared significantly better than those receiving a placebo.

According to the authors, “This was particularly the case for those commencing the trial most severely ill, many of whom had very low plasma and white cell vitamin C concentrations on admission.”

Now, vitamin C will be put to the test against coronavirus as well. The study,16 “Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia” was posted to February 11, 2020, and has not yet started recruiting patients. According to the study description:17

“At the end of 2019, patients with unexplained pneumonia appeared in Wuhan, China … Subsequently, the World Health Organization officially named the new coronavirus that caused the pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan as 2019 new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and the pneumonia was named severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

Up to February 4, 2020, over 20,000 cases have been diagnosed in China, 406 of which have died, and 154 cases have been discovered in other countries around the world. Most of the deaths were elderly patients or patients with severe underlying diseases …

Statistics of the 41 patients with SARI published in JAMA initially showed that 13 patients were transferred into the ICU, of which 11 (85%) had ARDS and 3 (23%) had shock. Of these, 10 (77%) required mechanical ventilation support, and 2 (15%) required ECMO support. Of the above 13 patients, 5 (38%) eventually died and 7 (38%) were transferred out of the ICU.

Viral pneumonia is a dangerous condition with a poor clinical prognosis … Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has antioxidant properties. When sepsis happens, the cytokine surge caused by sepsis is activated, and neutrophils in the lungs accumulate in the lungs, destroying alveolar capillaries. Early clinical studies have shown that vitamin C can effectively prevent this process.

In addition, vitamin C can help to eliminate alveolar fluid by preventing the activation and accumulation of neutrophils, and reducing alveolar epithelial water channel damage. At the same time, vitamin C can prevent the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps, which is a biological event of vascular injury caused by neutrophil activation.”

The researchers intend to treat patients with 24 grams of IV vitamin C per day for seven days at a speed of 7 milliliters per hour. The placebo group will receive an IV of normal saline.

The primary outcome measure will be the number of days without ventilation support during 28 days of hospitalization. Secondary outcome measures will include mortality, ICU length of stay, the rate of CPR required, vasopressor use, respiratory function, sepsis-related organ failure and more.

Time will tell what the outcome will be, but chances are it will be favorable. Back in 2003 during the SARS pandemic, a Finnish researcher called for an investigation into the use of vitamin C, stating:18

“Recently, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). In the absence of a specific treatment for SARS, the possibility that vitamin C may show nonspecific effects on several viral respiratory tract infections should be considered.

There are numerous reports indicating that vitamin C may affect the immune system, for example the function of phagocytes, transformation of T lymphocytes and production of interferon. In particular, vitamin C increased the resistance of chick embryo tracheal organ cultures to infection caused by an avian coronavirus.19

He goes on to cite research showing vitamin C also protects broiler chicks against avian coronavirus, cuts the duration and severity of common cold in humans and significantly lowers susceptibility to pneumonia. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though vitamin C was ever studied in relation to SARS, but it’s encouraging that China is now investigating its use against 2019-nCoV.

Health Benefits of Vitamin C Are Vastly Underappreciated

Vitamin C has two major functions that help explain its potent health benefits. First, it acts as a powerful antioxidant. It also acts as a cofactor for enzymatic processes. One of the most famous forerunners of high dose vitamin C treatment for colds and other disease was Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994), a biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954.

Despite that, many felt he was too far out of his field of expertise with his research into nutrition, and his advocacy for vitamin C was largely ignored or mocked by mainstream medicine and nutritional science — with medical bloggers leading the pack as self-appointed judges of Pauling’s findings.20

Others, however, have picked up on what Pauling was trying to point out, and are now trying to awaken the world to just how important vitamin C is for good health and vitality.21 As explained by the Linus Pauling Institute:22

“Vitamin C is the primary water-soluble, non-enzymatic antioxidant in plasma and tissues. Even in small amounts vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are generated during normal metabolism, by active immune cells, and through exposure to toxins and pollutants …”

According to Dr. Ronald Hunninghake, an internationally recognized expert on vitamin C who has personally supervised tens of thousands of IV vitamin C administrations, vitamin C is “definitely a very underutilized modality in infectious disease,” considering “it’s really a premiere treatment” for infections.

In my interview with him, Hunninghake suggested one of the reasons why conventional medicine has been so slow to recognize the importance of vitamin C has to do with the fact that they’ve been looking at it as a mere vitamin, when in fact it’s a potent oxidizing agent that can help eliminate pathogens when given in high doses.

There are also financial factors. In short, it’s too inexpensive. Conventional medicine, as a general rule, is notoriously uninterested in solutions that cannot produce significant profits.

However, considering sepsis is now the most expensive condition treated in the U.S., costing $23.6 billion annually,23,24 the need for an affordable solution is becoming critical. This is particularly true for lower income nations, where an estimated 85% of sepsis-related deaths occur.25 Global pandemics like the coronavirus also call for lower-cost treatments that actually work.

Recognize the Symptoms of Sepsis

When it comes to sepsis, which can result from just about any infection, time is of the essence. It’s really important to familiarize yourself with its signs and symptoms, and to take immediate action if you suspect sepsis.

While the signs can be subtle at first, sepsis typically produces the following signs and symptoms:26,27,28 Many of these symptoms may be confused with a bad cold or flu. However, they tend to develop quicker than you would normally expect.

A high fever with chills and shivering Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
Rapid breathing (tachypnea) Unusual level of sweating (diaphoresis)
Dizziness Confusion or disorientation
Slurred speech Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath Severe muscle pain
Low urine output Cold and clammy skin and/or skin rash

The Sepsis Alliance recommends using the acronym TIME to remember some of the more common symptoms:29

  • T — Temperature higher or lower than normal?
  • I — Have you now or recently had any signs of an infection?
  • M — Are there any changes in mental status, such as confusion or excessive sleepiness?
  • E — Are you experiencing any extreme pain or illness; do you have a “feeling you may die?”

Another acronym you could use to memorize the signs and symptoms is SEPSIS, described in the video above:

  • S — Shivering (fever, cold)
  • E — Extreme pain
  • P — Pale, clammy skin
  • S — Shortness of breath
  • I — “I feel like I might die”
  • S — Sleepy (confused)

Educational Resources for Your Doctor

Marik’s sepsis protocol can be a lifesaver, so you’d be wise to discuss it with your doctor any time you’re hospitalized. Remember, sepsis is often the result of a secondary infection contracted while in the hospital, so it’s prudent to be prepared.

This way, should you develop sepsis while you’re admitted, your medical team already knows your wishes and can act swiftly. According to Marik, the best results are obtained when the concoction is administered within the first six hours of presentation of symptoms.30 The longer you delay treatment, the less likely it will be successful.

If your doctor refuses to consider it offhand, convince him or her to review the studies cited here.31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39 While there are certain situations in which the hospital may still deny this treatment, if you are an adult who is sick, you will usually have the right to insist on it. I will actually be interviewing Marik shortly and hope to work with him on developing a process to make it easier for patients to implement this strategy in their local hospital.

In most cases, you’d probably just need to sign an “Against Medical Advice — Acknowledgment and Waiver” form (samples of which can be found in the references40), which states you’ve elected to not follow the standard of care recommended by your doctor.

Contraindication for IV Vitamin C Treatment

The only contraindication to high-dose vitamin C treatments such as Marik’s sepsis protocol is if you are glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient, which is a genetic disorder.41 G6PD is required for your body to produce NADPH, which is a cousin of NAD+ and necessary to transfer reductive potential to keep your antioxidants, like glutathione and vitamin C, functional.

Because your red blood cells do not contain any mitochondria, the only way it can provide reduced glutathione is through NADPH, and since G6PD eliminates this, it causes red blood cells to rupture due to inability to compensate for oxidative stress.

Fortunately, G6PD deficiency is relatively uncommon, and can be tested for. People of Mediterranean and African decent are at greater risk of being G6PD deficient. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is thought to affect 400 million individuals, and in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males has it. 42

– Sources and References

The Shingles Epidemic

Written by Brenton Wight, LeanMachine – Health Researcher
Updated 20th February 2020

In 1995, the Chicken Pox vaccine was approved, despite warnings from educated immunologists that this would cause an outbreak of shingles!
What happened?
There is now an epidemic of shingles as predicted.
Seniors are more likely to be affected if they have had the Chicken Pox vaccine, but the biggest increase is now seen in  children and young adults after having the Chicken Pox vaccine.
And everyone is now at a higher risk of Shingles, even if they have not had the vaccine, because of the large number of people who had the vaccine can now give Shingles to everyone they contact.
Of course, the CDC has attempted to bury this data because if the public knew the truth, they would no longer trust the very organisation who was entrusted to protect them.
Read more here.

What is Shingles?

People in the 80+ age group are in the highest risk for Shingles. Risk is significant at 60+ and increases every year as we age. Risk doubles by the time we are 70, and increases again in the 80’s.
Although at one time rare to occur in children and teens, Shingles can happen in any age group, but is now occurring more in the young.
Up to 30% of the population can expect an attack at some time in their life, but the risk can be substantially reduced to near zero by using these guidelines.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster (Chickenpox) virus, which is similar, but not quite the same as the herpes virus that causes cold sores and genital herpes, although the treatments listed here such as Lysine are effective against all of these.
People who had Chickenpox as a child are more likely to get Shingles.
The virus can lay dormant in the body for decades, usually sitting in the spinal cord or other nerves, appearing as Shingles often in the 60 to 90 age group after being triggered by a compromised immune system.
Typical triggers are stress, illness, a poor diet, lack of vitamin D3, antibiotic treatments.
The first sign is nerve pain such as burning or tingling sensations along affected nerves. Two to three days later, the virus reaches the skin, and red bumps or blisters develop above the affected nerves. More cases happen in Summer, so heat appears to be a contributing factor.


Nerve tingling or sensitivity is usually the first symptom, followed by painful red blisters along the nerve lines. Often an attack can be felt coming on by neuralgia around the scalp and/or along nerve lines.
Pain can be burning or stabbing, increasing as the condition progresses.
Blister patches can occur anywhere, but most often on the neck or upper trunk, usually only on one side of the torso, or face, arm, or leg. Often flu-like symptoms, chills, or headache accompany the condition.
The pain ranges from very annoying in mild cases, to unbearable in severe cases.
Pain is often reduced when atmospheric pressure is high, and worse when atmospheric pressure is low.

Is Shingles Contagious?

Yes, it can be transmitted by contact to others, even babies and newborns. It is much more likely to be transmitted to others who have never had Chickenpox or never had a vaccination. Regular washing of hands, sheets, pillow cases, towels, and disposal of dressings is essential.
While the risk is not as high as some other diseases, the results can be serious in some cases, so care is always required.


Some people recover well without any treatment in 3 weeks, others suffer for many months or even years. In very severe cases, damage to eyes or brain may develop, causing blindness or hearing loss, but this is very rare. Bell’s Palsy is another possible complication, where one side of the face can become paralyzed.
Usually the younger a patient, the faster the recovery and the milder the symptoms.
Recurrence is rare, but I would suggest permanent use of Lysine as a preventive measure, as this can be a very painful condition.

PHN or postherpetic neuralgia

This is the severe nerve pain associated with Shingles, coming on after the blisters have formed and when the disease is well established. It is much more severe than the original nerve pain when it starts. Pain may be burning, throbbing, or stabbing and can continue long after the blisters have healed.

Shingles Diet

The ratio between Lysine and Arginine is important. We need to increase Lysine and decrease Arginine to treat Shingles.
Arginine is another Amino acid.
Foods containing Lysine include meat, fish, yogurt, milk, eggs, cheese, apples, pears, avocados, apricots, pineapples, green beans, asparagus.
Avoid foods containing Arginine such as tomatoes, wheat germ, brussels sprouts, cashews, peanuts, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, pumpkin seeds, chocolate, sugar, anchovies, tuna, pine nuts and oats.
Just a handful of peanuts for example, contain enough Arginine to cause aggravation of Shingles.
Many weight-loss and body-building products contain arginine, so always check the ingredients.
Of course, many of these Arginine-containing foods are very good for our nutrition, and Arginine has some very beneficial properties, so this diet is only for those with Shingles.
When the Shingles symptoms are gone, we can safely return to a normal diet, as many of the foods listed containing arginine are very good for overall health.
However, I suggest that Lysine supplements be continued for several months, or longer if attacks reoccur.

Foods with Lysine
Foods with Arginine
All meats
Green beans
Wheat Germ
Brussels sprouts
Pumpkin Seeds


Two supplements are vital for prevention and recovery, and work well for both Shingles and Chicken pox.

Number one: L-Lysine, an essential amino acid.
L-Lysine (called simply Lysine hereafter) is essential because it must come from the diet or supplements, as the body cannot manufacture it from other components.
Take 1/4 teaspoon dissolved in a glass of water every day as a preventive measure. This product gives over 2 years supply.
To treat Shingles, increase the dose to 1 teaspoon a day until symptoms disappear, then go back to 1/4 teaspoon forever to help prevent a recurrence.
To treat the blisters topically, use Lysine Ointment to apply direct to the affected areas.

Number Two: Vitamin C, very important to build the immune system and reduce nerve pain.
This Vitamin C is pure pharmaceutical grade Ascorbic Acid powder, 453 gram tub. Avoid cheap vitamins made from Sodium Ascorbate which is not the same thing.
Preventive dose is 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) daily.
This can be increased to around 1.5 teaspoons for Shingles treatment, but more may cause loose stools.
See also the IV treatment below.

Other important supplements are:

  • Vitamin D3 to help build the immune system, also to strengthen bones and reduce risk of cancer and other diseases. This is a high dose of 10,000 IU so as a maintenance dose 1 to 3 times a week is fine, but to treat any disease, use daily for 2 to 4 weeks, taken with a meal containing some healthy fat
  • Zinc will also help the immune system
  • Active B12 helps prevent replication of the virus

Note that as we age, we tend to have less Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D3 and Zinc, which is obviously a contributing factor for higher risk of Shingles in seniors.

Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements can help many conditions, but unfortunately, there are few herbal supplements that have any significant effect on Shingles treatment, but herbs such as
Astragalus can help build the immune system and may help reduce risk of Shingles developing.

Standard Medical Treatment

The Shingles vaccine – Zostavax – Sould I get the jab?

When we start getting old, doctors tell us to get vaccinations for the Flu every year, the Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine, the Tetanus vaccine every 10 years, and now the Shingles vaccine.
Should we get them all? LeanMachine says no, but this is an individual choice for everyone.
Doctors can give a Shingles vaccine – Zostavax – for prevention, and works for 5 out of 10 people (so the drug manufacturers say), although 3 of every 1000 will get Shingles directly from the vaccination.
In Australia, this is free for the elderly, but will do nothing for an existing condition.
In the USA, the FDA recommends those over 50 get the jab, but the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) says only those over 60.
They all say that we need the jab, whether we have ever had Shingles or not, but this contradicts their own advice that a repeat occurrence is rare.
Zostavax is a live vaccine given in the upper arm as a single injection, and is said to last around five years.
Zostavax, made my Merck, is the same as the Chickenpox vaccine that is given to children, only fourteen times as strong!
Manufacturers claim that the vaccine may reduce the severity and duration of Shingles, but this is what they always say about the flu vaccine. We now know that a glass of water with lemon juice in the morning will also reduce the risk and the severity of the flu, equal to the vaccination in effectiveness. Add some Vitamin D3 and a few other supplements in my upcoming Immunity article, and say bye-bye to the flu.
The worst thing about the Chickenpox vaccination many of us had as children, is that it can cause Shingles, and the Shingles we get from the Chickenpox vaccination is actually far worse than Shingles from a previous Chickenpox infection.

Some side effects of the vaccination

  • Redness, pain, swelling, itching at the injected site
  • A rash similar to Chickenpox
  • Headaches
  • 3 in 1000 will get Shingles directly from the vaccination
  • The Shingles vaccine is only 50% effective at first, dropping to zero effectiveness after 5 years

The vaccine is NOT recommended if:

  • You are allergic to gelatin
  • You are allergic to the antibiotic Neomycin
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You have HIV/AIDS or any other immuno-supressive disease
  • You are on steroids, Adalimumab (Humira), Infliximab (Remicade), Etanercept (Enbrel)
  • You are on any other immune system suppressing drugs
  • You have received any transplants
  • You are receiving radiation or chemotherapy
  • You have a cancer such as Leukemia or Myeloma that affects the bone marrow
  • You have a cancer such as Lymphoma which affects the lymphatic system
  • You are pregnant or at risk of becoming pregnant

The Shingles Prevention Study

This trial of 39,000 people showed that around HALF the time, the vaccine did NOT protect people against Shingles, a 50% success rate. LeanMachine calls this a 50% failure rate.
That is in the first year.
Successive years had an even higher failure rate, and by year five, failure rate was 100% meaning the vaccine was completely ineffective.
This trial was also carried out by Merck, a drug company with a vested interest in the outcome. When such trials are conducted, results can be misleading. For example, many people drop out of a study, often due to unpleasant or even intolerable side-effects, but all drop-outs are excluded from the results because they did not complete the study. Some people died, and this may have been from cancer, heart attacks or other disease, but who is to know if the vaccine accelerated or delayed their death? No one will ever know as their results are never included because again, they could not complete the study. Many of the results are also distorted because of vaguely-worded questionnaires about side-effects which can be interpreted in different ways. Many drug companies, including Merck, have been taken to court and sued because of deliberate “doctoring” of study results.
However, the study, if we can believe it, showed that the vaccination helped reduce severity of Postherpetic neuralgia, which otherwise in 10% to 15% of patients, continues for some time after the rash disappears, sometimes months, even years. The benefit of vaccination for Postherpetic neuralgia is apparently a 66% or two-thirds success rate in helping to relieve painful symptoms and shortening recovery time. Still not an outstanding success rate (a one-third failure rate), helping tho thirds of about 1 in 8 people who are affected (8%), but for those who have a fear or intolerance of pain, they may consider the jab to be worth the risk, but for those with Shingles already, the vaccination has zero effect on nerve pain. We all know that Vitamin B group helps protect nerves, so this should be added to the Shingles prevention list. No studies have been carried out on Shingles nerve pain with vitamins, but this seems logical to me.

The LeanMachine Study

This is a two-person study (myself plus Mrs LeanMachine) from from early 2010 to 2020, ten years.
Sure, two people is not a significant study as far as the scientific community is concerned.
But for LeanMachine, the improvement in health, the weight loss, the lower blood pressure and triglycerides, the almost elimination of allergies, the extra strength, fitness, energy, and lack of all disease proves to me that no vaccinations are required for anything. Neither of us has had a cold, flu or any other sickness ever since the diet, supplements and lifestyle were all improved at age 63.
Now as I edit this article at age 73, I have still not had even a headache or an upset stomach, so I do not believe I will ever get Shingles, Flu, Tetanus, Pneumonia or anything else.
Check back here in another 27 years to see how I am going!

Alternatives to the Vaccination

As a preventive measure, L-Lysine may be at least just as effective, and possibly much more effective, without any side-effects. After all, Lysine is a natural food and an essential Amino acid which we all need for good health.
Lysine, when combined with Proline, another Amino acid, has been shown to destroy Pancreatic cancer cells, and may well offer some protection against other cancers, and also helps build strong bones.

Intravenous Vitamin C

The amount of Vitamin C that can be taken orally is limited. Most people can take up to around 9000mg (9 grams, or around 4 teaspoons) but higher doses may cause stomach upset. The doctor can organise a much higher dose of Vitamin C using IV (Intra-Venous) drip, typically 50,000mg (50 grams) or more.
The doctor can also prescribe an anti-viral medication such as Acyclovir or Valacyclovir, often (but not always) effective to reduce the time to recover from Shingles, generally more effective in the early stages (first 3 days).
The doctor can also inject a nerve-block anesthetic into the affected nerve to reduce pain, but this wears off after 10 days or so, and does not always work.

What the doctor should NOT do

  • Prescribe painkillers, especially opiates. Painkillers have shown little or no effect for Shingles
  • Prescribe Paracetamol (Acetaminophen or Tylenol in the USA), which destroys glutathione, the “master antioxidant” of the body, impacts liver function and reduces fever. Fever is the body’s mechanism for fighting viruses, so why reduce it?
  • Prescribe anti-depressants. Patients may feel depressed because of pain, but anti-depressant drugs can clobber the immune system, aggravating Shingles
  • Prescribe anti-seizure medication. Can also clobber the immune system, aggravating Shingles
  • Prescribe statin medication, again clobbering the immune system – see below
  • Prescribe antibiotics, which knock out good gut bacteria, our first line of defense for the immune system

If the patient is currently on statin medication (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Simvastatin, etc), they are invariably low on vitamin D3 and Co-Enzyme Q10 and after kicking the doc in the backside, (metaphorically speaking), quit the statins and get some Vitamin D3 and some Co-Enzyme Q10.

Other things to relieve symptoms

  • Take a bath in cool water
  • Use a towel soaked in cool water as a compress to affected areas, but do NOT use ice packs
  • A bath in cool to lukewarm water treated with starch or colloidal oatmeal may help relieve symptoms
  • A cloth soaked with apple cider vinegar applied to the affected areas can help reduce pain and itching
  • A teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar daily can help rebuild the gut bacteria and immune system
  • Calamine lotion on affected areas may help relieve symptoms
  • Capsaicin cream (or Red Cayenne Pepper) may help reduce pain when applied to affected areas (keep away from eyes!) but best applied before the blisters open
  • Mix a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and apply to affected areas and surrounds to help stop spreading. Works best if caught in early stages
  • Peppermint oil applied to the blisters may help
  • A paste made from Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) and water may help heal blisters
  • Drinking Celery Juice daily may help
  • Spinal manipulation, Reiki, Meditation, and acupuncture may help in some cases
  • Try spraying Colloidal Silver on affected areas. Science says there is no evidence it works, but anecdotal evidence claims it does work
  • To prevent spread or recurrence of infection, wash towels and sheets in the hottest water possible, or at least leave to dry in direct sunlight
  • Wash hands immediately in hot water after touching any affected areas, even more important if there are open blisters


LeanMachine is not a doctor, and everyone should consult with their own health professional before taking any product to ensure there is no conflict with existing prescription medication.
LeanMachine has been researching nutrition and health since 2010 and has completed many relevant studies.

3 superfood greens that are more nutritious than kale

Reproduced from original article:
Posted by Jonathan Landsman on 24th January 2020

For a long time now, we’ve all thought kale was the super food in terms of nutrient density – and it wasn’t that easy for a lot of us to make it past that bitter taste, unfortunately.

But did you know that kale actually ranks 15th in terms of nutrient density in a study recently published by the CDC titled Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables (PFV): A Nutrient Density Approach?  You can find a link to that report below, so that you can read all about the 41 fruits and vegetables that the CDC found to be nutrient powerhouses.

Let’s look at the top 3 “super food” greens that rank higher than kale.

Watercress (nutrient density score of 100) 

 Watercress might look like a more delicate smallish leaves, but watercress is actually a relative of horseradish and mustard greens and it tastes very peppery, indeed.

 Watercress is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, alongside nutritious vegetables like Brussel’s sprouts, kale, arugula, and broccoli. Plus, it’s packed with so much nutrition it might just qualify as the super food of the decade.

Ranking at 100 in terms of nutrient-density, just one cup of watercress gives you 106% of your vitamin K requirement, and around a fourth of your RDA for vitamins A and C.

Watercress is also a great source of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, and magnesium and it’s jam-packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect you against oxidative damage in the form of free radicals, which are associated with aging, cancer, and many other debilitating diseases like Alzhiemer’s.

Scientists have also found that eating watercress daily can reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be the hallmark event that triggers the development of cancer. The same study revealed that eating watercress daily improved blood levels of lutein (by 100%) and beta-carotene (by 33%) – 2 phytonutrients which are very protective of the eyes, preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.

 Try adding watercress to your salads, pairing it with mild but equally nutritious greens like green leaf lettuce or Bibb lettuce!

Chinese or Napa cabbage (nutrient density score of 91.99)

Napa cabbage is another cruciferous vegetable that is jam-packed with nutrition. Napa cabbage provides 85% of your RDA for vitamin K and over half your RDA for vitamin C.

It’s also rich in nutrients like folate, hard-to-get manganese, and vitamin B6 as well. Cabbage was voted one of two vegetables which can help prevent diabetes (the other being root vegetables). Being a cruciferous vegetable, it’s also proven to help reduce blood markers for inflammation.

Like watercress, Chinese or Napa cabbage is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients and is currently being researched for its cancer-fighting benefits. One study of Chinese women found that consumption of brassica vegetables like Chinese cabbage helped to significantly reduce breast cancer risk.

Swiss chard (nutrient density score of 89.27) 

 A nutrient-dense powerhouse, Swiss chard contains 44% of your RDA for vitamin A, 18% of your RDA or vitamin C, and a whopping 374% of your RDA for vitamin K.

Swiss chard is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, including a potent flavonoid called syringic acid, which aids the liver in detoxifying the body, and which helps lower liver enzymes and prevent liver degeneration as well.

Swiss chard is also rich in powerful antioxidants called betalains, which have powerful antioxidant and detoxification properties by supporting the phase II pathways of the liver.

Because it’s so packed with vitamin K, yielding over 3 times your RDA for this nutrient, Swiss chard can help lower blood cytokines, which raise your risk for inflammation and inflammation-based diseases, especially type 2 diabetes.

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