Some Good News and
Clearer Perspectives on COVID-19
The COVID-19 Coronavirus question, on one level, is getting more complicated, as a certain amount of disinformation and exaggeration contradicting the basic data is emerging. Some say it's an internet hoax; others say it’s not that serious; and others are saying it needs to be taken seriously. Even though some are saying, "No problem - It's a minor threat", it is a major mistake not to take the proper personal and social hygiene and anti-viral nutritional protocol precautions and start the immune system building protocol as outlined in my Coronavirus Protection Protocol. There's an old Sufi saying, "Love everybody (hoax or not), but tie up your camel (follow the prevention protocol)." This means we must act preventatively. My position, as a former lieutenant commander in the Public Health Service, is to give advice that will at least make people healthier (if I'm wrong) and save lives (if I'm right).
Part of the good news is that several successful treatment protocols, which have emerged have become public. In China, some reports are suggesting as of March 26
, 2020, after 2 months of hard work, COVID-19 has been brought under control. Great Britain has downgraded status of COVID-19 as no longer a high consequence disease. According to some reports, South Korea Taiwan, Singapore, Japan are gaining some control. Although one cannot fully trust what is being reported in the media, there is a suggestion of a positive turning.
One of the most exciting trends is that in three different areas of the world, where they are treating COVID-19 with a mix of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin or are using anti-HIV medications along with the hydroxychloroquine, there is a suggestion of treatment success.
One of the most exciting studies is one recently done in France, which they describe as an “open label non-randomized clinical trial”. Research reported by
Gautret et al (2020) - Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin as a Treatment for COVID-19
was accepted to the
Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
in March 17
, 2020. A team of international researchers put together this program. Their protocol was 200 mg of hydroxychloroquine sulphate orally three times daily. Twenty received the hydroxychloroquine treatment, and 16 were controls. The proportion of asymptomatic patients was 16.7%. Those with upper respiratory symptoms were 61.1%, and those with lower respiratory symptoms were 22.2%. All those with lower respiratory symptoms had confirmed pneumonia. The average age of people being treated was 51.2 years old, and the average age of those in the control group was 37.3 years old. Six of the people received 500 mg of azithromycin on day one, followed by 250 mg of azithromycin per day for the next 4 days. On day six, 70% of the hydroxychloroquine-only patients were virus free compared with 12.5% in the control group. With the treatment of hydroxychloroquine plus the azithromycin, 100% of the patients given this combination were virus free at 6 days, compared to 57.1% of those treated with the hydroxychloroquine alone and 12.5% in the control group. The conclusion was that hydroxychloroquine was efficient in clearing viral, nasal, and pharyngeal areas of the SARS, COVID-2, and COVID-19 patients in 3-6 days in most patients. Clearly the combination of the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin was better and more powerful. This significant study was supported by the French government as well. In summary, there was a 100% cure rate in 6 days using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19. While we can’t claim at this point that there is a cure with such a small trial, it is a strong, positive indication of a potential treatment with an extremely high cure rate. One of the researchers, Didier Raoult, MD, PhD, makes the point that this is a well-controlled peer reviewed study. He states, “In fact, to be able to cure a virus said to be mathematically impossible was rather significant.”
A second study, reported in the Daily Wire, was done by an Australian team at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. “University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes,”
reported Monday. The two medications Paterson referred to are chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and HIV-suppressing combination lopinavir/ritonavir. Paterson told the outlet that it seemed reasonable to call the drugs “a treatment or a cure … It’s a potentially effective treatment. Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy.”
The third validation of this highly successful treatment approach, released in March of 2020 by a New York medical doctor, Vladimir Zelenko, who had a total number of 500 people, which he treated with 200 mg of hydroxychloroquine 2 times daily for 5 days, 500 mg of azithromycin once daily for 5 days, and 220 milligrams of zinc sulfate once daily for 5 days. This clinical experimental coronavirus treatment program being run by a Hasidic doctor who claimed he had kept more than 500 Covid-19 symptomatic patients out of the hospital was temporarily shut down after he announced his clinical findings, but by the afternoon the next day, after intervention from the White House, it was up and running again.
The doctor, Vladimir Zelenko, M.D., is directing perhaps the world’s most extensive, unsanctioned medical experiment related to coronavirus — the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19. It is important to know that the drug chloroquine has been used very safely since at least the 1970’s, when I and my family took it for over a year in India as a preventative to malaria. I actually recommended it to many mediation students and observed no side effects.
Previous research in 2005 found that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine were effective in treating SARS, another even more deadly coronavirus, and COV-2. It is interesting that a study conducted in 2005 was not taken as a big hint by the CDC to research it as a possible treatment for Covid-19 and have much hydroxychloroquine available. In specific this published research showed that the use of hydroxychloroquine was effective against SARS [
Vincent, MJ et al – Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. Virology Journal 2005;2:69. Published 2005
Trump’s top medical adviser from the NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has cautioned against use of the drug to treat the virus, calling evidence of its effectiveness “anecdotal.” On Monday evening, New York banned off-label use of the drug outside state-approved clinical trials, which is also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. But on Tuesday afternoon Vice President Mike Pence
announced on Fox News
that the Food and Drug Administration was approving off-label use of the drug “right now.” “Doctors can now prescribe chloroquine for that off-label purpose of dealing with the symptoms of coronavirus,” Pence said. Off-label use of very safe drugs is a common practice, especially with such life-saving potential consequences.
"I’m not claiming any miracle cures,” Dr. Zelenko said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning. “I’m creative, and I think out of the box. We have an unprecedented health crisis — it requires unique thinking.” He acknowledged that his regimen as a treatment for COVID-19 was new and untested, (as basically all treatments for this new virus are) and that it was too soon to assess its long-term effectiveness. But he said he thinks the rewards of implementing his treatment method on an outpatient basis for patients at higher risk of dying from the virus are much greater than the risks of waiting to verify its efficacy. He insisted that he is seeing only positive results from using hydroxychloroquine in combination with two other drugs, Dr. Zelenko said the idea behind his approach is to treat the spread of the virus in the body before it damages the lungs beyond repair. Once the lungs of a Covid-19 patient exhibit what’s called acute respiratory distress syndrome, according to WHO, the patient’s likelihood of death
is about 50%, according to early estimates.
Dr. Zelenko said that his method, despite being untested in double blind clinical studies, is necessary, as health officials predict more than 1 million deaths across the United States. “It’s a no brainer — in the right subset of patients,” he said.
As a fellow physician whose main concern is protecting the lives of people in this emergency his position is both natural and straightforward. Many people are even asking the obvious question, with a drug with over one-half century of proven safety, why would we even consider blocking people’s access to the hydroxychloroquine? Dr. Zelenko pointed out that there were no deaths and no hospitalizations in all the 500 hundred patients he gave his treatment protocol to. Apparently other countries public health officials agree with Dr. Zelenko. Already, public health officials in
are considering to use this very quickly. Some doctors in the U.S. are
using the drug
in their private practice to treat the disease, as well as
using it themselves
to stave off infection as they treat coronavirus patients. Dr. Zelenko said that his regimen is also being studied by medical officials in Israel and Brazil.
Dr. Fauci, a high level doctor at the National Institutes of Health, somehow professionally untouched by the life threatening emergency of the situation in the US and the fifty years safety of this drug in long term clinical use, suggested that he would only make the drug available under the auspices of a controlled clinical trial. Aside from Dr. Fauci, there have been some other interesting pockets of resistance to using this known to be clinically safe drug for over at least 50 years, especially for such a short time as five or six days. On Monday evening after Dr. Zelenko’s report, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an executive order that effectively ended pharmacists’ ability to prescribe hydroxychloroquine for use in treating Covid-19 and prohibited any experimental use of the drug outside of state-approved clinical trials. However, on Tuesday morning, at a press conference, after President Trump had encouraged him to try hydroxychloroquine on patients already admitted to hospitals, he said in a rapid reversal from the day before that New York hospitals would begin using the drug that day. Another area of resistance came from the Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer from the Michigan Directorate who has threatened license revocation for any doctor or pharmacist who would attempt to prescribe chloroquine to treat their patients suffering from coronavirus. Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has warned that prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine from treatment of COVID-19 ‘without further proof of efficacy” may be investigated for administrative action.
In the balance of risk/benefit, it took 30 years to prove smoking causes lung cancer. In such a national emergency as we now have, it is unreasonable to wait until hydroxychloroquine’s clinical effectiveness as a treatment for Covid-19 is fully proven. Although the New York governor Cuomo ordered pharmacists not to prescribe hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, except outside of state-approved clinical trials, but after Trump encouraged him to try hydroxychloroquine, and Governor Cuomo said New York hospitals on Monday evening would use it on patients already admitted to hospitals.
Additional good news is that other potential treatments are also emerging. One of these is the use of ozone, which a holistic physician from California used in Liberia, during the highly lethal Ebola epidemic, which had 100% success with intravenous ozone with 5 patients. The implication is that IV ozone could treat other types of coronaviruses such as COVID-19. It appears that the ozone works on COVID-19 in particular ways. It helps to disorganize the coronavirus spike. Ozone researchers have also found that in 1 second the coronavirus was activated in vitro. They also found that ozone modulates the immune system and stimulates cellular immunity, which helps decrease the potential cytokine storm which killed so many people in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Dr. Rowan, who did this research, also said that the ozone alters the lipid glycoprotein of the viruses, and therefore decreases viral activity and viral replication. The electron configuration of the electron rich viruses and bonds are also disrupted by the ozone. Dr. Rowan also points out that the sulf hydro groups of the virus, that empower it to attack the cell wall and enter it, are disrupted by the ozone so that it cannot enter the cell. In other words, the ozone disrupts the virus’s ability to penetrate and attack the cell. The spikes on the coronavirus have a cysteine sulf hydro group, and it disrupts the spike. We have a mechanism of action in that regard.
A third potential treatment is with intravenous vitamin C daily being used in China with some success. A fourth potential treatment is another IV treatment mentioned by Dr. Joseph Mercola where intravenous vitamin C and vitamin B1 was used with success in treating coronavirus. This work was done by Dr. Paul Marik, in which he used intravenous vitamin C – 1500 mg of ascorbic acid every 6 hours – and 1500 mg of hydrocortisone every 6 hours, and 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours. With this treatment, he reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%.
A fourth prevention/treatment for COVID-19 is the use of heat. As most people know, a fever is the main mechanism used by our bodies to fight infection, and, therefore, by creating an artificial fever, by raising core temperature, as in a sauna or steam bath, we can actually kill these coronaviruses. One study involving 50 sauna users showed half the rate of common cold compared to non-users. Research also shows that using a sauna 2-3 times weekly reduces risk of pneumonia. Sauna has been shown to kill viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, and to boost the immune function by increasing white blood cell, lymphocyte, neutrophil, and basophil counts. By elevating your core temperature your body also releases heat shock proteins that help block the replication of influenza viruses. Like the influenza virus, coronaviruses (as a general group) incubate in your sinuses for about three days before moving down into your lungs. They appear to be destroyed by temperatures around 133 degrees F (56 degrees Celsius), which is easily achieved in a sauna. As reported by the World Health Organization during the 2003 SARS epidemic, "Heat at 56°C or 133 F kills the SARS coronavirus in about 15 minutes." Chances are COVID-19 may be equally susceptible at this temperature. Saunas bathing may reduce viral illness by increasing heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) and prostaglandins A1 (PGA1). A 2004 study in the Journal of Virology explains how Hsp70 and PGA1 block the replication of influenza viruses. Viral nucleoproteins are synthesized in the nucleus, forming a special complex that enables their export from the nucleus and allows them to form complete virions (i.e., active, infective viral forms) on the surface of the cell membrane. In the nucleus, Hsp70 interferes with the formation of that export complex, thereby trapping the viral nucleoproteins inside the nucleus. Since the viral nucleoprotein is trapped inside the nucleus, it doesn't have the chance to become active and infective. Sauna bathing has also been shown to improve respiratory function in those with asthma, bronchitis and obstructive pulmonary disease. It is estimated that 20 minutes in a sauna at 133 F will kill up to 90%.
If one does not have a sauna, a hair dryer can be very helpful in prevention. Turn it on and hold it about ten inches from one’s nose and take slow deep breathes for five minutes. Then repeat in one hour for another five minutes. For prevention one can do it two times per day and if infected do it five times per day. The COVID-19 grows in the nose and sinuses and is most vulnerable in these areas to the heat.
The point I’m making in citing these preliminary studies is that this is distinctly different than the message the CDC and other allopathic organizations have given us for the coronavirus, is that there is no cure for it. This mind-set sets us up for susceptibility to fear. The good news is that there are some potential cures we are seeing on 3 different continents that open the door for some hope.
We have limited data on COVID-19, except that we know that by early March the virus had infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and killed at least 3,000 – the majority of which were in China. We know that at this point, at least 97,000 people are infected and nearly 1,500 people are dead in the US. By comparison, which is important for the discussion, the common flu in the US has infected as many as 45 million people since October 2019 and the season will last through May 2020. This year’s flu has killed as many as 46,000 people in the US according to the CDC. That’s dramatically more than the highest possible estimates of COVID-19 deaths by magnitudes. This is an unbelievable 450 times more people infected with the flu in the US. Forty-six thousand deaths since October, divided by approximately 1,500 for 2 months times 3 (6 months projected, but not exponential) total is 10 times more people dying from the flu already this year than COVID-19 in the same amount of time. The obvious question many people are asking is… "If each year with the annual flu alone up to 60,000 people die and there are 10 times more people dying from the flu this year as compared to COVID-19, why have we not regularly or even ever shut the country down in recent times for the regular and more lethal yearly flu epidemic."
In terms of the world population, there are approximately 1 billion flu infections yearly with 3-5 million severe cases, but there have been no lockdowns as we’re seeing today. According to the
Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Journal
, 9% of the global population currently has the flu, with close to 1 billion infections, 4 million severe infections, and 100,000 deaths.
Let’s look at the number of deaths per season from the seasonal flu in the US since 2010. During the 2011/2012 flu season, 21 million people were infected, with 37,000 deaths in the US. During the 2012/2013 flu season, there were 34 million people infected and 43,000 deaths in the US. During the 2014/2015 flu season, there were 30 million people infected and 51,000 deaths in the US. The statistics show an average increase in overall deaths every other year. During the 2017/2018 flu season, there were 45 million people infected and 61,000 deaths in the US. Summarily, between 2010 and 2018, there was an increase from 21 million to 45 million people infected with each season and an increase from 37,000 to 61,000 deaths from the flu in the US. This is a significant statement when we look at the relative impact of COVID-19. The WHO said on March 3
, 2020, that the global case fatality rate for COVID-19 appears to be between 3.4%, which is higher than the 2.3% reported in China. A study published in the
New England Journal of Medicine
found the death rate in the US to be 1.4% among a group of 1,099 patients. As of Sunday afternoon (March 29
, 2020), there are 140,990 cases of COVID-19 in the US, and 720,217 cases of COVID-19 worldwide. There have been 2,457 deaths in the US, and 33,903 deaths worldwide (as of Sunday afternoon, March 29
, 2020). In comparison with the annual flu epidemic the CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2019, through March 21, 2020, in the United States there have been 34 million to 54 million flu illnesses and 24,000 to 62,000 flu deaths so far this flu season. That’s approximately 20 times more deaths from the current flu. The WHO estimates 3-5 million cases of influenza worldwide and 250 to 500,000 deaths from the flu for the season. The difference again is approximately ten times more people with the flu and dying from it. Again, the reasonable question is …why are so many nations going into panic and shutting down with a viral disease that has one tenth the mortality numbers of the annual flu epidemic?
When we look at these percentages, like all the data on this event, there are wide variations. In examining these deaths, a Nobel Prize laureate professor, Dr. John PA Ioannidis, co-director and professor of medicine, from Stanford University, has stated that the coronavirus pandemic is “a fiasco in the making”. His position is that his data indicates we are severely overreacting to the coronavirus. It’s important to bring this into the discussion because we have so many different opinions, and this professor’s opinion seems significantly relevant. As he says, “We have woefully inadequate data. Due to the extremely limited testing, we are likely missing the vast majority of infections from COVID-19, thus making the reported fatality rates from the WHO meaningless.” He also points out that patients who’ve been tested for SARS COV are disproportionately those with severe symptoms and bad outcomes. Professor Ioannidis, MD focuses on one situation where there was in a sense a controlled environment – the Diamond Princess with an entirely closed population of mostly people 60 and older. He notes that the fatality rate was 1% for an at-risk population. He projected statistically that, given the age structure of the US population, the death rate would be 0.125% with a range of .025% - .625%. That’s an important statement. He points out that the real death rate could stretch from 5 times lower (.025%) to 5 times higher (.625%). His important point, however, is that there is a great deal of uncertainty about what’s happening. He states that reasonable estimates for the case fatality ratio in the general US population vary from 0.05% to 1%. That’s another perspective on this confusing situation.
Doctors Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya also professors at Stanford, published an article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?” that raises questions about the true number of coronavirus cases and the attendant death rates health officials are assuming will result from the virus as they recommend widespread shutdowns and other protective measures.
We need to understand that the research is difficult to quantify in a way that we can really grasp what’s going on. There was a study in the Journal of Science (March 17, 2020) showing that 86% of people in public settings could have “stealth cases” of COVID-19, showing no clinical cases, but infecting others. “It’s the undocumented infections which are driving the spread of the outbreak,” said co-author Jeffrey Shaman of Columbia University Mailman School,
according to GeekWire
. Using computer modeling, researchers tracked infections before and after the Chinese city of Wuhan’s travel ban. The findings indicated that these undocumented infections with no or mild symptoms — known as “stealth” cases — were behind two-thirds of the reported patients. This doesn’t mean we should panic – just the opposite. The statistics are showing that most cases are not life threatening, and compared to other viral infections (See chart below), we see that Marberg virus had a death rate of 80%, SARS had a mortality rate of 9.6%, Ebola had a death rate of 40.4%. We don’t yet know the fatality rate of COVID-19, as it may be anywhere from the estimated 3.4% to as low as 0.625%.
There’s another even more productive way to look at the COVID question which gives us something we can proactively do. It involves a discussion happening since the late 1880’s where we had two competing theories of disease. The “germ theory” promoted by Louis Pasteur versus the “terrain theory” promoted by Claude Bernard. Your terrain is your personal resistance to disease. On his death bed, Louis Pasteur confessed that Claude Bernard’s theory was correct – “The germ is nothing. The terrain is everything.” In looking at how to approach this without focusing on conflicting statistics, we’ll do best in making building and strengthening the terrain as our primary focus in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. In an Italian government study, 99% of their COVID-19 fatalities were already sick, and half were diagnosed with 3 or more diseases. Only 2% that died have had no previous medical conditions. Obviously, the terrain data is affected by age, location, and quality of health. However, 29% of those infected are between 20-44.
Regarding age considerations, currently 6% are under over 85 years old. Twenty-five percent of those infected are between 65-84. Eighteen percent of those infected are between 55-64 years old, and 18% are between 45-54. People of all ages are affected; however, only 1% of those infected are under the age of 19, but especially hitting children ages 0-4. Adults 18-49 years old were a higher risk group. At the moment, regarding location considerations, 56% of all cases in the US are coming out of NYC. Sixty percent of all new cases are occurring in NYC. New York City has the highest infection rates in the US.
Although age and location are important considerations of terrain, younger people are also getting this disease. For example, in New York, 54% of COVID-19 cases are under the age of 50. Ninety-nine percent of active cases are mild and don’t require specific medical treatment. The 1% requiring treatment are indeed concentrated above the age of 60. Above the age of 70, the mortality rate is 3 times greater than age 60, and above the age of 80, the mortality risk is twice as much as those aged 70-79. Of those infected, 81% have a mild infection, 14% have a moderate infection, and 5% become critical and need hospitalization. In Italy, 50% of those admitted were younger than 60 years old, and 25% of the cases were amongst those ages 19-50 years old. In Spain, one-third were under 44 years of age. In general, two-thirds of those who have died are men, but in Italy 58% of those infected were men. 80% are older than 60 years, and 75% had underlying chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. As of March 28th, 2020, an estimated 585,000 people worldwide have been affected by COVID-19.
Compared to other lethal viruses, COVID-19 also has a lower mortality rate at this state of the pandemic. For example, according to WHO, the mortality rate for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is approximately 10% and for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), it is 30%. COVID-19’s mortality rate may be as low as 1%, but is probably, based on current statistics, at least 2-3.4%. As you can see, relatively speaking, on a global level, COVID-19 has a lower mortality rate than these other major viral infection threats, but generally a higher infectivity rate than all but the H1N1 epidemic of 2009/2010. The last SARS outbreak had more fatalities than the current COVID-19 currently has. Currently 110 countries have reported COVID-19 infections; second to the H1N1 outbreaks. In general, it seems, at this point, that the COVID-19 virus is less deadly than MERS or SARS, but neither have captured the headline attention that COVID-19 has received.
These statistics can lull us into not taking the COVID-19 as seriously as it deserves and can be a confusing level of disinformation. For this reason, I go back to the principle “If we’re wrong, we’ll get healthier by adopting the personal and social prevention protocols, and if we’re right, we’ll get extensive protection and minimize contracting or dying from the disease.” As of March 26
, 2020, the US has 81,321 infected people and less than 1,000 deaths daily, according to the New York Times.
COVID-19 differs from SARS and MERS in one critical way – symptoms are not visible initially. People can actually have walking pneumonia without a runny nose. It appears that all 3 virus variations can be caught in the same way – touch, breath, sneezing, and coughing. Airborne infections are also documented. It’s good for prevention, therefore, to avoid crowds and to wash regularly for 20 seconds per wash with disinfectant soap, use the aromatherapy essential oil spray Germs-Be-Gone, and wear a face mask when out in public, (a face mask is recommended in every other country except for the US). A good one protects you from both spreading the infection and also breathing it in.
There are levels of cognitive dissidence occurring, due to the many conflicting statements emerging.
- The statistical myth that the virus isn’t serious, and face masks and a full personal and social hygiene are unnecessary.
- The virus is natural from the environment, while Professor Francis Boyle, (who created the biowarfare act in 1989, voted and passed by both Senate and House of Representatives in 1989 and later by the UN) has clearly demonstrated in citing a variety of international studies, that it is weaponized and is a powerful bioweapon. It is a fact that the US and other countries such as China are active in creating bioweapons. It is no accident that DARPA recently spent millions on gene-editing bioweapon technology prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. There are presently 12 bioweapon laboratories in the US, and, at least, 10 bioweapon accidents have happened at these labs. It obviously would be best for the world to actually outlaw bioweapons and bioweapon laboratories. This needs to be a serious discussion, in which the public actively enforces the international law that has already outlawed bio-weapons laboratories and bioweapons in any country. The existence of the bioweapon laboratories is more morally, ethically, and spiritually unacceptable.
The Terrain is more important than the Germ, but we do need to consider both in our actions to protect our health. Focusing on building the Terrain is more important than focusing on the disease and death statistics and is what brings into the consciousness of health and wellbeing verses the consciousness of death.
There is different data for the Terrain that we do have that can provide insight into how to look at this and approach it for our best protection. Terrain data is affected by age and by quality of health. We know with age there is greater susceptibility and mortality. It is important to acknowledge the terrain as primary. This terrain is our own health.
An important part of strengthening the terrain is developing spiritual health. Research has shown that people with a stronger connection to God have stronger immunity, according to a variety of studies. We know that prayer and meditation also improve immunity. Research has also shown that insufficient sleep compromises the immune system in as quickly as two days. In general, we know that contrary to meditation and prayer, stress compromises the immune system. We know that staying hydrated improves immunity. Associating with loving people, associated with congregations, supports immunity. Because this is a virus that attacks the upper and lower respiratory tracts, breathing exercises (such as pranayama) that increase the life-force, chi, or prana of the lungs are important to do daily.
Perhaps one of the most important things is eating a healthy diet. This is an opportunity for Americans and the world to move away from a junk food, fast food diet to whole organic fruits and vegetables, eating as much toward a plant-source diet as possible helps the immune system, including eating as much raw, uncooked plant food as possible. A 100% organic plant-based diet consisting of 80% live food is optimal. This diet is the most alkalinizing which is important because this virus grows best in an acidic body. The easiest way to check one’s overall pH is to do a midstream urine pH paper test with the first urination in the morning. Optimal pH is between 6.4 and 7.2. If people would simply stop eating junk food and fast food, that would be a huge step in the right direction. The research is clear that people who eat vegan and more live food are healthier along a variety of parameters. They also live longer. These are the basics to start with. This is called building the Terrain. It is good to remember that COVID 19 is most dangerous to the unhealthy at any age and the immune and health compromised individuals.
By putting our focus on building a healthy, viable, strong terrain rather than fearing and panicking about invisible microbes, we will do better in building an overall spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical healthy state, which makes our terrain far less susceptible to being infected. It is concerning that, as I document in my book
, 50% of children in the US already have compromised health and at least one chronic disease. Recent research has also shown that for all ages in the US, as compared to 16 other industrialized Western nations, we are highest in mortality rates, lowest in longevity rates, and highest in infant mortality, so building the terrain for people particularly in the US could be not only a good way to protect yourself from the virus, but also using this acute COVID-19 plague as an inspiration to improve our overall healthy lifestyle. As I mentioned earlier, we also need to have good physical and social hygiene.
Additional to living a healthier lifestyle, which builds the terrain, and developing mental peace, which also builds the terrain, we also have natural supplements and nutrients for terrain building. These are listed below for people to be informed about. When we combine all these together with an overview of living in this optimal healthy way involving all these things, we have the best approach for protecting and building our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual immune systems. These are an overview that can put this situation in perspective in terms of building the terrain to protect you against the high likelihood that we’ll be exposed to the virus. By building a healthy lifestyle we’ll minimize our potential for developing this infection.
The best offense is:
- Take antiviral nutraceuticals as noted in my protocol.
- Take immune system boosting nutraceuticals.
- Observe proper antiviral hygiene to be explained in the next section.
- Daily breathing exercises to build up lung power.
Our best defense against this is to care for ourselves preventably the best we can. This is why I've created this prevention and treatment protocol for optimal protection and treatment. Since it is highly likely we will all be exposed, this protocol is the key to dealing with this.
NO HANDSHAKING! Bowing to each other is a traditional way to show respectful greetings
Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
[Dr. Cousens recommends using Germs-Be-Gone aromatherapy essential oil spray on a clean cloth to do this.]
Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
[Germs-Be-Gone sprayed and rubbed on hands frequently and on face mask is an excellent protector. Also, can use a nano-silver spray several times per day on face mask to keep it disinfected.]
Keep a bottle of sanitizer [Germs-Be-Gone aromatherapy essential oil spray] available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.
If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
Good to stock in preparation for the pandemic spread
Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas. Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. All the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) but does infect the nose and sinus. The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. Some face masks that are not n=95 or sealed to our face will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth, but it is always good to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.
Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.
COVID-19 Wuhan Coronavirus
Building the Terrain
Let's use this situation to improve our overall health habits and wellbeing by:
2) Meditation and Prayer.
4) Minimizing stress.
6) Associating with loving people.
7) Exercising moderately.
10) Utilizing my Wuhan Coronavirus Protection Protocol.
The healthier you are and the more proactive steps you take, the more you minimize your chances of catching and/or dying from the coronavirus.
To protect and enhance our natural immunity, here is my current Wuhan COVID-19 Protection Supplement Protocol:
Top Four Important Supplements
– work up to 20 drops in a glass of water 3 times daily (15 minutes or more away from food) (Iodine has been shown to destroy SARS and MRSA viruses and, in its atomic form [Illumodine] is probably the most powerful antiviral on the planet.)
- 1 teaspoon twice daily (Nano Silver has been shown to destroy SARS and MRSA viruses.)
- 2 capsules twice daily such as on waking and bedtime (away from food). Red algae is extremely anti-viral.
Zinc is important as it has been shown through hundreds of studies that it supports, rebuilds, and maintains many levels of immune system. It blocks viral replication. Zinc protects the cell wall from viral invasion and also protects the mitochondria from being invaded by the virus and being used for replicating the virus.
*Illumodine, Nano Silver, Zinc, and Red Algae are the top 4 antiviral protectors. *
- 4 capsules twice daily (for building and protecting the immune system)
- take as tea or tincture once daily (for lung protection)
- 2,000 IU daily (for building the immune system) has been shown to decrease respiratory infections by 40%-50%.
- 25,000 IU daily (for protecting our upper respiratory mucus membranes and lining)
Vitamin C complex
- as much as you can take before developing diarrhea
When flying or traveling I recommend 2 essential oil blends:
– to put on the tops of your feet before bed and upon waking. (Available only at DrCousensOnlineStore.com)
– to spray on surfaces (such as airplane seats and tables) (Available only at DrCousensOnlineStore.com)
Recommended Potential Homeopathics
(need to be individualized if infected):
Influenzinum 200c to 1M
Tuberculinum 200c to 1M
Include the following herbs and foods
in your diet to protect you from COVID-19:
The virus enters the cell via a vesicle called an endosome. Once inside, it releases its RNA into the cell cytoplasm and hijacks the cell machinery to produce more viral proteins and thus virus. It also releases an enzyme called 3CL (3-chymotripsin-like protease). This enzyme attacks and weakens the cell’s defense mechanism against these coronavirus attack molecules.
The following herbal remedies that are suggested destroy the coronavirus 3CL enzyme and thus protect the cell’s ability to protect itself against the coronavirus. The best nutraceuticals for destroying the 3CL enzyme are
which is found in
green tea extract
we carry (to add to other beverages). These anti-3CL substances are also found in:
Essential Oils to protect you from COVID-19:
The most important essential oils, which were key for prevention and healing during the bubonic plague and perhaps for now, according to Shanti are:
Immortal Immune – rub on tops of feet twice daily
Germs-Be-Gone – spray on all surfaces you may touch and also on any face mask you wear. Also spray on hands and rub on whenever you have to touch potentially contaminated surfaces like cash or on public transportation
Add these into your overall prevention system.
The key concept is prevention.
Rub on top of feet, wrists, and chest.
Whatever level things are happening on, the world has already changed in a major way. If we approach this crisis with love, compassion, and thoughtfulness, rather than fear, we have the opportunity to expand the global consciousness to a new level of positive awareness. We could be in the birth pangs of the creation of a New Heaven and New Earth This is an opportunity to go within to find ones meaning and life purpose; and in this waking up process, return to God.
No matter what, the best defense is a good offense which is to build and strengthen every level of one’s Terrain with a full holistic lifestyle upgrade. We now have an excuse to do this. Maintain an intense level of this protocol comprising of antiviral and immunity-building supplements and nutrients and maintain good personal antiviral hygiene. As the Sufis say, “Love everyone, and tie up your camel.” By following this approach there's no need to go into fear, as fear undermines the immune system. Being at peace and in a state of love builds the immune system.
We have choices, and may we be blessed to make the choices that protect ourselves, our families, the ethical, moral, and spiritual health of our local and world society and Global Brain. And in this process may we be blessed to be able to uplift the planetary consciousness and love of humanity.
Blessings to your health, wellbeing, and spirit.
Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), ND(hc), DD,
Dip. American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine, Dip. Ayurveda