From tomorrow night we all go into lock down and although there will be some freedom to move around to buy medicine and food, we will have to come to grips with a new reality for the next several weeks….and maybe longer.
The stats are scary. The new infection rate of 30% per day boggles the mind when you do the math and realize on the 1st April that we might be looking at 3,344 cases and by the 8th April 20,986 cases. The only defence we have is to stay healthy and isolate….and forget about the toilet paper!
This is what I suggest (supported by research and current protocols dealing with Covid-19):
Yes, this virus is super contagious but it is a flu-like illness for most who get it. That must be kept in mind. And, eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can help dramatically. All that hippie advice about eating organic and taking your vitamins actually does help…maybe now people might actually start paying attention.
There are a lot of things you can do to boost your immune system and avoid Covid-19
Eat a healthy diet FREE OF REFINED SUGAR! It should also be free of all refined food sources including salt, flour, and oils. Remember, refined sugar paralyzes the ability of white blood cells to perform their duties for hours. If ever there was a time to start the battle against refined sugar, it is NOW!!
Stay hydrated with clean water. Two litres a day or more, but let’s try for 2L.
Take your vitamins. More hippy advice that actually works. All those doctors that say vitamins are junk, well maybe we should show up at their fancy houses and relieve them of their Vitamin C. For years medical doctors and the like have suggested that vitamins just makes expensive urine…..wonder what those idiots are saying now?! Fact: NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS will improve the immune system’s ability to fight off an infection and to help it kill an active infection.
Ibuprofen should be avoided as it may enhance the infectious capabilities of COVID-19. Ibuprofen also causes problems for the kidneys and the GI tract.
It is best to let the body utilize its innate abilities to fight an infection. The main way the body does this is by mounting a fever. The increased body temperature is a way to mobilize the immune system into action as well as to enhance the killing effect of a foreign invader. Fevers can often be managed by tepid baths, lots of hydration and rest. It is important to maintain electrolyte balance with any infection but particularly when there is fever involved. Supplementing with unrefined salt is crucial here. It can be added to each glass of water.
Vitamin A (NOT beta carotene)
Adults: 100,000 IU/day for four days for adults (not pregnant or breast-feeding women)
Children 12-22 kgs: 20,000 IU/day for four days
Children 23-45kgs: 50,000 IU/day for four days
Adults: 50,000 IU/day for four days
Children 12-22 kgs: 10,000 IU/day
Children: 23-45kgs: 25,000 IU/day
(Note: Both Vitamin A and D are fat-soluble vitamins. They can build up in the body. These doses are NOT meant to be taken for longer than four days at a time. If you need to repeat the doses, seek advice from your physician.)
Vitamin C: 5-10,000 mg/day. If you can take more, do it. If you get loose stools, lower it.
Iodine: 25-100 mg/day and more if ill. Children can take lower doses.
Children: A useful number is to use 0.17mg/kg.
COVID-19 is more contagious than the common flu, but not that much more contagious. The ‘R naught’ (RO) is an estimate for how many other people one sick person is likely to infect. The RO for the common flu is 1.3 meaning one person can spread it 1.3 others. The RO for COVID-19 is 2-3.11 meaning one infected person can spread it to 2-3.1 others. For comparison, the RO for measles is 11-18. COVID-19 is more contagious than the common flu but much less contagious than measles. This should limit how long the illness lasts.
Don’t let your fear rise when all the new cases are reported. They are being reported in increasing numbers because we are testing more. The media only sensationalizes the very ill and dying. The headline on MSN right now epitomizes the fear-based reporting by stating, “US Death Toll Rises…” It is a true headline as more have died over the last 24 hours. Perhaps a better headline could read, “Death rate for COVID-19 falls as more are tested.”
Take your supplements. See a holistic doctor. Eat well—avoid refined sugar and maintain optimal hydration. These are some of the holistic steps you can take to avoid becoming a statistic in this crisis.
Dr. Peter Solomon