Recovery: Your Choice

1. Introduction: Staying Healthy. Practical, inexpensive remedies that can be used at home to prevent or recover from circulating infections are widely available. If a visit with a doctor is necessary, it makes sense to consult those with a record of patients who have recovered from covid or other infectious disease. These doctors publish patient guides based on their extensive experience of what works safely and effectively. Prescription drugs all have side effects, including some not known in advance. Each person must take responsibility for his or her own health, with proper medical advice, because each person will enjoy or suffer the consequences.

2. Clinical Judgment and Experience. The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, led by pioneering cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough, published the first practical Patient Guide to home and hospital treatment of covid, including links to doctors and pharmacies. Practitioners of integrative medicine, physicians who adopt a whole-body approach to health and disease, publish their treatment protocols, also with links to doctors and pharmacies. Dr Vladimir Zelenko, who has successfully treated thousands of covid patients, publishes his protocol.  The Fareed/Tyson protocol uses many of the same medicines.  A group of doctors in Italy, ippocrateorg (Hippocrates), lists similar medicines they have used to save patients’ lives. In addition, entrepreneur Steve Kirsch, who founded the Covid-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF), provides a useful compilation of remedies (with a tendency to ‘throw everything’ at the problem) and doctors.

When contacting doctors unfamiliar with these procedures, it may be useful to give them these references. Some doctors recommend only drugs warranted by large-scale multi-million-dollar clinical trials, while others rely on clinical judgment and experience in early treatment. Clinical judgment and experience, case studies, and the much-maligned ‘anecdotal evidence’ are valuable sources of new knowledge. If such knowledge saves lives, enables recovery from disease, and promotes good health, why not use it?

3. Two Kinds of Medical Knowledge. ‘Evidence-based medicine’ means different things to different people. ‘No issue in the history of medicine’, Dr Thomas E Levy notes, ‘has been as strident and polarized as that of the risk/benefit profiles of covid vaccines’. Many researchers commit the fundamental statistical error of inferring individual characteristics from aggregate averages. You can generalize from particulars, but you cannot particularize from generalities. This is easy to understand with racial groups: There is more variation among, for example, Black people than there is between Blacks and Whites of similar health status. It is the same with any other demographic or health risk category.

Yet when individuals assume their own risk is equivalent to the average risk of a demographic group they belong to, or when they are reassured by statistical aggregates like ‘95% effective’, they are falling for the same fundamental statistical error. Clinical evidence is knowledge about individual patients; statistical averages cumulate knowledge about aggregates. They are different types of knowledge, neither one a basis for denying the validity of the other.

Another common error comes from inaccuracies in the data underlying comparative risk assessments. The argument that you have a greater chance of dying, or having your health severely compromised for a long time, without this drug than with it, can only be convincing if the mortality and illness data are accurate. The statistical error of inferring particularities from aggregate averages is compounded here by over-reporting of covid-caused deaths and under-reporting (by a factor of 41X, according to one estimate) of drug-caused deaths. The clinical picture of covid, and of spike-protein effects, is actually quite similar, not surprisingly, because the spike protein mimics the virus, plus it has its own brand of toxicity. Thus the practical remedies summarized below safely counteract both virus and spike-protein effects.

4. Nutrition. Good nutrition strengthens the innate immune system, and supplies vitamins and elements essential for breathing, respiratory clearance, lung aeration, blood oxygenation, heart-pumping, oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange, digestion, liver-cleansing, kidney and bowel functioning, elimination, thinking, and all other bodily processes. Nutraceuticals are plant-based foods that also serve as medicines to repel viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens. They do this by stimulating antibodies including killer T-cells, binding to sites favored by pathogens, blocking enzymes required for pathogen binding, oxidizing free radicals to prevent inflammation, and myriad other ways. Many common vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms supply these requirements. Their benefits are enhanced by extraction methods enabling their use as teas, tinctures, inhalants, topical salves, and essential oils.

5. Prevention. Viruses and other pathogens always exist in the body and its environment. The SARS-CoV2 virus is unusual in that it is a deadly bio-weapon engineered by scientists specifically to attack human endothelial cells in arteries and lungs. As with other viruses, though, preventing disease means keeping viral load to a low enough level to ensure survival and health. Realizing that self-protection and safe effective counter-measures are possible keeps fear in check. Fear itself, especially when magnified by public health authorities and news media, impairs healthy responses to disease. In that sense, practical precautions accessible to everyone can themselves contribute to positive overall health, quite apart from their somatic effects.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), 1 to 3 grams/day, liposome-encapsulated, orally, works together with H2O2 to inactivate viruses before they cause debilitating disease. A curious genetic error eons ago left humans unable to synthesize Vitamin C, which is nevertheless essential for every bodily function and to neutralize pathogens. While dosage opinions differ, doctors generally agree on increasing it to ward off illness (for example, Dr Thomas Levy, Rapid Virus Recovery).

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) 3% nebulization (mist inhalation), 1 to 3 minutes daily, to oxidize and inactivate virus colonies in the respiratory tract, and break down the biofilm coatings that protect them. Omron and other companies make nebulizers that are available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Red wine and grape seed oil (extract) contain Resveratrol, a polyphenol anti-oxidant that is a ‘specific and selective inhibitor of SARS-CoV2‘, which also inhibits ‘three major steps of carcinogenesis’.

Magnesium chloride, 10 to 50 cc (depending on body weight) 2.5% magnesium chloride solution, 2X/day orally or nebulized, to relax respiratory airways.

Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol), 1,000 or more units/day, as needed to supplement sunlight which stimulates internal Vitamin D synthesis, to strengthen innate immune system. (See How Cod Saved the Vikings, linked above, the fascinating story of why the Vikings did not suffer from Vitamin-D insufficiency.) An immunomodulator, Vitamin D reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines that worsen the course of respiratory disease. Depleted levels of Vitamin D always cause poor outcomes.

Iodine, a common disinfectant, can be used (diluted 10:1) with a nasal swab to kill viruses before they have a chance to get into the respiratory tract or lungs. Iodine is NOT for ingestion — it should only be applied topically, not swallowed. The principle of usage is that airborne infectious pathogens passing through masks enter the body nasally.

Zinc (as picolinate or citrate), 50 to 75 mg/day for two weeks (for first-time use), then 25 mg/day, to prevent virus replication.

Ginger,2 oregano, lemon balm, and rosemary have well-known anti-viral effects. These can be consumed in teas or seasonings. Salt water mouthwash/gargle to alkalynize mouth and throat reduces new viral intake.

Sleep, as noted by Dr Roger Seheult, enhances the ability of the antigen-presenting cell to bind to the viral-infected cell.3

6. If Infected. At the first signs of covid infection, the goal of early treatment with anti-viral agents is to block virus from entering cells, and to halt viral replication in cells to which it has gained entry. The widely followed public health authorities’ advice to ‘wait and see’ is irresponsible and wrong, as is their condemnation of medicines that have been successfully used for early treatment.

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200 mg or Ivermectin (IVM) 6 – 24 mg (.6 mg/kg), together with zinc, as zinc citrate, gluconate, or sulfate, 220 mg. HCQ and IVM are ionophores (carriers) of zinc into cells where it impairs virus replication. Zinc, carried across the cell membrane by HCQ or IVM, prevents new binding of virus or spike protein to ACE2 receptors, especially in endothelial alveolar (oxygenating) tissues in lungs where ACE2 receptors are concentrated.

Antibiotics with antiviral properties may block pathogens in upper respiratory tract, preventing concurrent or secondary infection and may also reduce viral replication and cellular inflammation.

Vitamin C, 1,000 units/day, acts as a free-radical scavenger, activates  leukocytes and macrophages (antibodies), and supplies oxygen to blood and for numerous biochemical reactions where needed. Respiratory illness creates additional bodily demand for Vitamin C; deficiency causes poor outcomes.

Vitamin D, 10,000 units/day for six days accelerates recovery and reduces likelihood of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Iodine 1% solution mouthwash/gargle and nasal drops 3X/day starting on first symptoms. Dilute 10% solution down to 1%.

Aspirin 81 mg/day to reduce chances of endothelial injury and thrombosis which would otherwise lead to blood-oxygen desaturation.

7. If Lungs Are Involved. If virus or spike protein advances into lungs, causing breathing difficulties, the medical goal is to prevent damage to lungs and other critical organs. Quick-acting anti-inflammation medicines such as corticosteroids are then used (by prescription). Inflammation damages the airways and increases blood viscosity, impeding its flow through narrow capillaries from arteries to veins. This in turn interferes with normal oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange, reducing blood-oxygen levels. Forcing oxygen into the lungs is of little or no use when the oxygen-gathering cells of the lungs are already populated by virus or spike protein. The medical necessity then is to reduce inflammation.

Aspirin reduces inflammation and risk of blood clots.

8. Cytokine Storm. Pervasive infection of blood vessels and organs by virus or spike protein, typically two weeks after infection or vaccination, can take the form of a severe auto-immune reaction known as a cytokine storm where the body summons massive amounts of macrophages to attack its own cells, often accompanied by blood-clots leading to strokes, heart attacks, kidney shut-down, and death. The medical objective at this point is to prevent blood clots, with anti-coagulants.

Vitamin C improves blood-oxygen levels. The rationale for large amounts of Vitamin C in a life-threatening emergency such as a cytokine storm is set forth in the linked article.

Resveratrol (or grape seed extract), a more concentrated version of the polyphenol in red wine, is an anti-oxidant that also inhibits pre-cancerous growths. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses Qingfei Paidu decoction, derived from a widely used medicinal plant called Huzhang in Chinese and Japanese, knotweed in English. ‘Resveratrol was found to be a specific and selective inhibitor of SARS-CoV2.’ On this basis it may also be used for prevention of infection, in readily available forms such as red wine and grape seed extract.

9. Post-vaccination or Chronic Covid. Effects of both covid and vaccination can be diffuse, long-term, and characterized by a general feeling of malaise.

Hydrogen peroxide nebulization (mist inhalation), synergistic with vitamin C, clears out chronic pathogen colonization (CPC) of covid in the throat, in either chronic or acute infections, or post-vaccination.

Magnesium chloride relaxes respiratory airways.

Vitamin D reduces inflammation.

Zinc impairs viral replication.

Ivermectin might also competitively displace bound spike protein from the cell walls… [C]irculating spike protein may be bound up directly by Ivermectin, rendering it inactive and making it accessible for metabolic processing and excretion’. (Saha and Raihan, The binding mechanism of ivermectin and levosalbutamol with spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, Structural Chemistry Apr 12, 2021. PMID: 33867777.) See also.

10. Post-covid or Post-vaccination Recovery and Maintenance. Following recovery from covid or vaccination, the medical objective is to maintain good health and prevent other pathogens from exploiting spike-protein degradation of the innate immune system. If unvaccinated, the innate immune system prevents re-infection even with variants, via circulating and tissue-resident cellular memory. (Poon et al, SARS-CoV-2 infection generates tissue-localized immunological memory in humans)

The clinical pictures of chronic Covid and post-vaccine toxicity appear very similar,’ according to Dr Thomas levy, ‘and both are likely due to this continued presence, and body-wide dissemination, of the spike protein.’ The D-Dimer test shows micro-coagulations, precursors of polymer-like cross-linking leading to blood clots. Dark-field microscopy tests for rouleaux formation, where red blood cells stick to each other by stacking-up. Both of these forms of ‘stickiness’ impede the flow of blood, particularly through the small capillaries between arteries and veins. This in turn interferes with normal oxygen – carbon dioxide exchange, reducing blood-oxygen levels. At the same time, the spike protein lodged in endothelial cells may induce an auto-immune reaction, in extreme cases a cytokine storm.

Post-vaccine spike-protein damage may be mitigated by the same methods as those applied to covid itself: Vitamins C and D, nebulized hydrogen peroxide, Ivermectin or Hydroxylchloroquine with zinc, and corticosteroids. Over time, blood purifiers such as burdock root (gobo), dandelion root, mullein, parsley, and sarsaparilla may also help neutralize spike proteins.

Covid, and viruses in general, may persist for several months after clinical signs of disease are gone. Anti-virals ginger, oregano, lemon balm, echinacea and rosemary resist re-infection from residual virus in various ways, such as by blocking virus replication, and by activating macrophages, white blood cells that process antigens and present them to T-cells, increasing natural killer cell activity.

Anti-inflammatory herbs and foods can also assist in an integrated program of immune-system rebuilding and reduction of toxicity, following covid disease or vaccination. Onions have quercetin, an antioxidant flavonol which is also a zinc ionophore (carrier). White pine, tumeric, cinnamon, garlic, lemon balm, broccoli, green tea, berries, kale, and avocado also have anti-oxidant as well as other nutritional and medicinal qualities.

Mushrooms have emerged from underground in recent years in Western consciousness, though they have been used in Asia and parts of Europe for both food and medicine for thousands of years. Thanks to the work of Paul Stamets, Merlin Sheldrake2, and a growing industry of mycologist-experimenters, mushrooms are successfully treating a wide range of human diseases. Their modes of action differ from the chemical processes of pharmaceuticals, but their multiple inter-related benefits include scavenging dangerous free radicals (anti-oxidant), anti-inflammation, antibiotic, anti-viral, blood oxygenation, cholesterol reduction, and many others waiting to be discovered. Like plants, mycelial networks and fungi have been around for a long time, so it makes sense for humans to use what they have developed for their survival for our own health. The most widely used mushrooms for fighting disease and maintaining optimum health are chaga, reishi, lion’s mane, and turkey tail (yun zhi in China). All of them grow on rotting wood and can be foraged, or purchased in powder form from these suppliers, and others.

11. Afterword. The collective wisdom of doctors’ clinical experiences, research, and of herbal practitioners is summarized here to focus first on practical things everyone can do to take care of their own health, and if necessary, what medicines to request with professional medical consultation. To repeat: THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. Everyone must take responsibility, at their own risk, for their own health, in considering anything listed or not listed here.