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Preparing your Pandemic Protection
Immune support involves a number of proven strategies to maximise the performance of your protective system. These include four key minerals, three key vitamins, a couple of phytochemicals, and the use of probiotics to boost gut organisms.

There are four key minerals involved here and they include zinc, magnesium, selenium and iodine. Ironically, this “Big Four” are the minerals most lacking in most of us, so, if we are seeking to boost plague protection, it is urgently necessary to address these shortages.

The “Big Four” Protectors
Think Zinc
It is estimated that up to 79% of us are deficient in zinc and magnesium. Zinc is required by the thymus gland for the production of key immune cells. It is also the most important mineral for prostate health. In fact, a healthy prostate contains seven times more zinc than an enlarged or cancerous gland. Just a 10% deficiency of zinc has been shown to compromise immunity.

There are several reasons why we are so deficient in this mineral, including low zinc storage capacity in our bodies.

Zinc is deficient in most cereal growing soils, and uptake is impacted in many vegetable operations due to high phosphorus (a notorious zinc inhibitor). However, the largest contribution to our zinc shortage relates to our over consumption of cereal grains. We were not really designed to chomp our way through cereal and toast, followed by a mid-morning snack of biscuits and bread, followed by sandwiches for lunch and pasta or rice for dinner. Cereal grains contain a natural acid called phytic acid. This substance binds with zinc and forms an insoluble zinc phytate, which we then excrete.


Zinc is immeasurably important in the immunity equation, but we are not being advised of this fact. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the scientists found that those with acceptable blood zinc levels were about 50% less likely to develop pneumonia than those with low concentrations.

There have been multiple studies relative to the role of zinc in reducing the severity of childhood pneumonia. Interestingly, in several of those studies, the most profound protective response kicked in after three months of zinc supplementation at a rate of 20 mg per day.

At this point, it is important to note the differing dose rates for adults and children (and this applies to all supplements). 100 mg per day is the tolerable upper limit for adults for a short period, but 30 mg of zinc per day is a typical rate for longer-term supplementation.

5 to 10 mg of zinc is considered appropriate for children between 1 and 7 years old, while 15 mg is applicable for older children.

However, the most important zinc finding relates specifically to corona viruses. It is head scratching to wonder why these findings have not triggered global excitement and associated zinc supplementation directives.

It is a bit complicated, but essentially the virus invader hijacks your cells, and your own cell replication mechanics (involving DNA and RNA) are now sequestered for replication of the disease in your body. A critical part of this process involves an enzyme utilised by the virus, called RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP). This enzyme is absolutely essential for the replication and ongoing survival of the virus, so the inhibition of this enzyme is becoming a centrepiece of pharmaceutical research.

In a zinc literature review, I found a study demonstrating that zinc inhibits RdRP. Zinc deficiency is also commonly found in asthmatics and those with autoimmune disorders. My goodness! We know that the majority of us are deficient in this key immune-supporting mineral. Why wouldn’t we address this deficiency as a matter of urgency? What possible harm could it do? You might even save your prostate in the process!

Just search the internet for “zinc inhibits corona viruses”, and you will find the relevant studies. There is also a great video that explains the mechanics of zinc’s protective capacity. It comes from a site called MedCram.com, where complex medical science is made much more accessible.

One feature of the zinc inhibition study was the use of an uptake-enhancer to build the levels of zinc in the cells. If we are looking for the most effective form of supplementation to maximise cellular uptake of zinc, it is hard to go past liposomal zinc. There are over 54,000 published papers on liposomal delivery, some of which have shown delivery response equivalent to intravenous treatment. How does this delivery system work?

Liposomes are tiny bubbles. In fact, they are a thousand times smaller than the width of a human hair. These minute capsules are made from fats called phospholipids. This is the same fat that comprises our cell membranes, through which nutrients move into the cell. Herein lies the secret. Our cell membrane readily embraces its own kind, and when those fat bubbles have been pre-loaded with both water soluble and fat soluble nutrients, we have dramatically fast-tracked delivery.

If you are unable to source liposomal zinc in your region, then any form of chelated zinc will suffice, but there is a key timing strategy that will maximise uptake and storage.

The secret to zinc supplementation for adults is to take 30 mg of chelated zinc, directly before bed. This timing will help avoid those cereal-related losses, and your limited zinc storehouse can be restocked while you sleep. That bottle of zinc on your bedside cabinet should remain part of your daily supplementary regime for the rest of your life, and that life might just be longer, should you choose to heed this advice.

Magnesium – The Master Mineral
I always refer to magnesium as the “master mineral”, as it is linked to many more enzymes than any other mineral. Every breath you take, every move you make (to plagiarise Sting) is conducted by enzymes, and your immune system is also driven by these protein-based catalysts.

You might wonder why almost 8 out of 10 of us are missing this core mineral. A key driver of this deficiency is stress. The “fight-or-flight response” is generated by the stress and anxiety most of us experience on a regular basis. At this particular point in time, there has rarely been higher levels of stress in our lives. The anxiety-related fight-or-flight response involves many major metabolic changes, including the production of adrenalin. All of these changes are driven by magnesium, so in this manner, stress sucks our magnesium reserves.

Ironically, magnesium is the “cruise mineral” that makes us feel relaxed. Stress draws upon our magnesium reserves constantly, so we then feel more stressed, and suck more magnesium. The end result is either a stroke or adrenal collapse, neither of which is very pleasant. Every aspect of Coronary Heart Disease, our biggest killer, also has a magnesium link, and then there is the immune link to cancer and virus protection.

Here we are considering the immunity link, but the stress-reducing potential of magnesium may save as many as the virus takes. The stress-related collateral damage potential of this current crisis has yet to be assessed.

There are some important recent findings linking magnesium and immunity. There have now been several studies in relation to inflammation. Magnesium deficiency seems to increase the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and this may have profound significance relative to the cytokine storms that are often linked to Covid-19 deaths. I will explain this phenomenon in more depth a little later in this article.

Mg deficiency also appears to accelerate thymus involution. One of the most remarkable results, regarding effects of Mg deficiency on the organism, is the higher level of apoptosis (cell death) shown in thymuses from Mg-deficient rats as compared with controls (Malpuech-Brugère et al, 1999).

The thymus is the gland that produces killer T cells for distribution throughout the body. Thymus involution is often a feature of the aging process, where the thymus cells die, the gland shrinks and our immune capacity diminishes.

This seems like something we should be desperately trying to avoid when confronting this crisis, particularly when magnesium deficiency is so widespread amongst the community.

I guess you may be thinking about how to address your likely magnesium deficiency at this point. Oral supplementation may not be your best option. If you have been magnesium deficient for some time, then a side effect of that chronic deficiency is a reduced capacity to absorb magnesium through the gut lining and into your blood. You can fast-track correction with intramuscular injections (usually a jab in the bottom) or intravenous, direct inject (if you can find a doctor who will oblige). However, there is also a more user-friendly, DIY correction, called transdermal magnesium supplementation. That involves a recognition that the fastest way to get something into your body is via the skin. Here, there is no gut interface. The desired substance easily enters through the skin and goes straight into the blood delivery system.

Transdermal magnesium supplementation is ten times more efficient than oral supplementation. You could spray under your arms or on the highly absorbent soles of your feet, with the popular magnesium oil (magnesium chloride) products. Alternatively, you could adopt the age old strategy of bathing in Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). This is highly effective and can be really inexpensive, if you purchase a 20 kg bag of magnesium sulphate from a rural supply store. The recipe involves soaking for thirty minutes in a bathful of warm water, laced with two cups (500 grams) of magnesium sulphate. There are 40 baths in a bag, which equates to a cost of less than 50 cents per treatment. The kids could even share a bath.


The warm water opens the pores to increase the uptake of the magnesium. This super relaxing bath must happen just before bed, and you will sleep like a baby (a good baby!) You will certainly understand why magnesium is called the “relaxation mineral” when you experience the aftermath of this soothing soak.

In the next segment, I will highlight our need to address selenium and iodine in our immune boosting regime, and we will also consider the involvement of three key vitamins.

Stay safe and healthy my friends.

Warm regards,

Graeme

 

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Immune Enhancement - The Missing Covid-19 Essential (Part 2)

Graeme Sait
Author of hundreds of articles and a popular book, 'Nutrition Rules!'. Travels the world educating and inspiring growers and often consults at a government level. CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS).

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Graeme Sait
11 Apr 2020 • 11 min read
Immune Enhancement - The Missing Covid-19 Essential (Part 2)

In this second instalment, we will consider the other key immune-enhancing minerals, along with the most important supportive vitamins.
Selenium – The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory liver supporter
Australia and NZ are second only to the African continent, in terms of inherently low selenium levels in our soils. If we truly are what we eat, then low selenium food from selenium-deficient soils will inevitably create deficiencies in consumers. However, there is a second player here. In a toxic world, where our two-stage detoxification system is working in hyperdrive, there is an associated, “unnatural” drawdown of selenium, to constantly counter free radical damage and detoxify contaminants. Consequently, most of us require selenium supplementation.
Your liver is the centrepiece of your two-stage detoxification system, and the most important mineral for the liver is selenium. Enzymes are, once again, involved. This time, it is the powerhouse cleanup enzyme system, glutathione peroxidase. This protective essential is based upon a working partnership between a bond of three amino acids, called glutathione, and the missing mineral, selenium. The cheapest (and perhaps most effective) tool to boost glutathione, is whey protein concentrate, as it delivers luxury levels of the three amino acid building blocks for the body to create glutathione.
The liver is an integral part of your immune system. In fact, it is key frontline immune tissue, ideally positioned to identify and help counter pathogens entering the body, via the gut. There appears to be a strong gut connection to this new virus. Dynamic interactions between the numerous immune cells in the liver are critically important for optimised immune function. So let’s look a little more closely at selenium, relative to this function.
Several studies have demonstrated that good blood levels of selenium are linked to enhanced immune response. In fact, selenium deficiency has been shown to harm immune cell function. In one study entitled, “The influence of Selenium on Immune Responses”, the authors summarise a body of research relative to enhanced immunity in the elderly, and viral protection associated with this mineral. They cite an example involving a viral-based heart disease (Keshan Disease) found in China, which is directly related to selenium deficiency. In fact, the primary treatment for this killer disease is selenium supplementation.
In another study entitled, “Dietary Selenium in Adjuvant Therapy of Viral and Bacterial Infections”, there was a clear and powerful correlation reported between selenoproteins and protection (and recovery) from viral attack.
There are also studies relative to supplementation of selenium to improve lung function in asthmatics. This may suggest a benefit relative to the shortness of breath, which is a key Covid symptom.
So, what is the ideal dose rate for selenium supplementation, and what is the best form?
200 mcg of selenium per day is the required protective dose. However, if you would prefer to source your selenium from food, rather than a bottle, then the standout high-selenium food is the humble Brazil nut.
The Brazil nut contains around 25 mcg of selenium per nut, but it also contains the co-factors that increase selenium uptake. The most important of these uptake enhancers is vitamin E, which is found in luxury levels in this wonderful nut. The Brazil nut also features high levels of magnesium and zinc.
The best way to access the Brazil nut’s nutrition is to throw four nuts into your blender when making your green smoothie each morning. Most of us, myself included, do not adequately chew our food, and undigested Brazil nut pieces may turn up in your poo the next day. The micronising effect of the blender will ensure that you access and utilise the full spectrum of nutrients found in this, the healthiest of all nuts.
Iodine - Rescuing the Runt
Iodine is the fourth of the missing minerals that should be addressed to provide viral protection. The world became iodine-phobic several decades back, when misguided research suggested that iodine, then included in bread as a dough-softening agent, could create health problems. That now discredited research claimed that our overconsumption of bread, and the iodine it contained, had the potential to create hyperthyroidism. This unpleasant condition involves an overactive thyroid, producing bulging eyeballs, rapid heartbeat, anxiety and several other manic symptoms. Iodine was subsequently removed from the dough softener and replaced with bromide, but herein lies the problem.
Iodine is part of a group of interrelated minerals on the atomic table called the halogens. Other members of this group include chloride, fluoride and bromide. Iodine is like the runt of the litter, in the sense that it is seriously impacted by the other siblings. All three of these antagonists impact iodine uptake, but the biggest bully is bromide. Bromide is not just in our bread. It is a fire retardant chemical found in curtains, carpets, furniture and airline seats. Chloride and fluoride are in treated town water, and while you may have installed a carbon filter to isolate the chlorine in your drinking water, you are still sucking up both toxins via your skin when you shower. In fact, the hot water opens your pores to maximise that effect.
You may be wondering why your Iodine nutrition may need addressing. Iodine is the most important mineral for the health of your thyroid gland. It is required to ensure adequate production of thyroid hormones, and these hormones can directly impact multiple branches of the immune system.
These include, B cell proliferation, phagocytosis (immune cells engulfing invaders) and natural killer cytotoxicity. The thyroid also drives metabolism, which, in turn, helps energise the immune response.
Food-based iodine supplementation is best achieved with kelp supplements or with seaweed salads. A single sheet of dried kelp can provide over 1000 mcg of iodine.

One reason why kelp is such a popular livestock supplement relates to the potent link between iodine and reproductive efficiency, along with the iodine-based boost in animal resilience.
The other time-tested strategy for iodine correction involves five drops of Lugols Solution (available online from IHerbs or Piping Rock) in a glass of juice, for a minimum of three months. It is important, when supplementing anything, that you continue that supplementation for a minimum of three months. It usually takes several years to create a deficiency and it invariably takes several months to correct it.
The Fat Soluble Immune Enhancers
Perhaps the best researched of the immune enhancers is the fat soluble antioxidant, vitamin D3. Interestingly, we now know that this protective powerhouse is not actually a vitamin, but it is too late now to change the name. This substance, produced by our skin in the presence of sunlight, is actually a hormone with an intimate link to immunity. There are compelling statistics linking a shortage of vitamin D3 with significantly increased susceptibility to viral diseases, particularly those affecting the respiratory system. In a meta-analysis of 25 randomised, controlled trials, published in 2017, it was confirmed that vitamin D supplementation offers significant protection against acute respiratory infections. Studies have also shown there's an apparent association between low vitamin D levels and susceptibility to viral infections such as influenza.
Most of us would benefit from a D3 boost. A study in Queensland (the "Sunshine State"), found that the majority of Queenslanders were D3 deficient. It takes full body exposure for 11 minutes, seven days a week, during peak sunlight hours (10 am to 2 pm) to generate sufficient vitamin D. Most of us coat our bodies in sunscreen, or clothes, if we are fully exposed at these times, and this shuts out the good with the bad.
New research suggests that there is an important ratio between vitamin A and vitamin D that partially determines the protective performance of vitamin D.
The best supplement in relation to this ratio, comes from Nature (of course). Cod liver oil contains very high levels of both vitamin A and vitamin D3 in an optimum ratio. This oil also contains high levels of the anti-inflammatory workhorses, the omega-3 fatty acids. A teaspoon a day is good, but a tablespoon a day is the best protective rate.

The best way to take your tablespoon of cod liver oil is to combine it with the juice of a lemon. That way, there is no fishy taste at all and also no subsequent fish-flavoured reflux! Lemons are also alkalising and they offer several other benefits, including vitamin C.
My great friend and mentor, the late Jerry Brunetti, shared some US research involving high-dose vitamin A as a potential flu vaccine effect. I trialed it some years back, when bird flu impacted everyone at NTS. I was the only one who supplemented with large amounts of vitamin A, and I was the only team member who did not succumb. However, it can be dangerous to take high doses of this nutrient, so I will share a safe strategy, involving carrot juice, later in this blog.
Vitamin C - Understanding the Workhorse
Linus Pauling was the only person to win two Nobel prizes single-handedly. His second success came later in life, when his health had become significantly compromised. He attributes his subsequent recovery, and ongoing vitality, to his discovery of the profound benefits of high-dose vitamin C.
The human body does not make vitamin C. It must come from food or supplements. Water soluble vitamin C is rapidly excreted, so it makes sense to top up on a daily basis. This is particularly important as we age. Several studies have revealed lower blood levels of this key defence vitamin, associated with the aging process. This is possibly related to an increasingly oxidative environment linked to more inflammation, and perhaps the accumulated toxicity associated with aging.
Vitamin C is the workhorse of your two-stage detoxification system and, in a world with 74,000 registered chemicals, this system often requires support. In fact, it could be strongly argued that you could peel oranges until your wrists seize, and still struggle to supply sufficient natural vitamin C, to counter this unnatural free radical stress.
I believe all of us should supplement vitamin C on a daily basis. Let’s look at the link to immunity.
Our immune capacity is based upon our inherited, innate immune system, which is the luck of the draw, and our adaptive system, developed in the first two decades of life. Both systems become less efficient in the absence of sufficient vitamin C. It is illuminating to look at the link between blood levels of vitamin C in healthy individuals vs the levels found in those suffering diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and pneumonia. The blood levels are typically 50% lower in the health-challenged. This could be related to the increased oxidative stress associated with these diseases, or it could be a major contributing factor to the onset of illness. Either way, it makes perfect sense to ensure you optimise your levels at all times.
Vitamin C offers critically important support for the cells that kill invaders and the cells that coordinate those attacks. It is equally important for the production of antibodies that fight known infections.
Aging involves immunosenescence (the aging of the immune system), and it has become abundantly clear, in this current pandemic, that the baby boomers are most at risk. As mentioned earlier, I consider it to be gross negligence that the modern medical machine is not advising well-researched immune-enhancing protective strategies at this time. I recently heard a UK professor claiming that high-dose vitamin C therapy lacked research. For goodness sake! How many published papers do you want, you ill-informed wanker! Sorry, but I get so angry about such stupidity in the face of this huge challenge.
The membranes of immune cells are fitted with specialised transporter molecules designed to pump this vitamin into the cell, whenever more is required. During times of inflammation and infection, those transporters ramp up their activity, to the extent that immune cells will contain up to 100-fold more vitamin C than your blood. That is why blood levels of vitamin C always drop when you are ill, and it is common sense that it is a highly productive strategy to top up at this point.
Immune cells vary in their content of vitamin C, but the hungriest of those protector cells are the phagocytes and the T-lymphocytes. Phagocytes engulf and destroy invading organisms, while the T-lymphocytes recruit, organise, and direct other immune cells.
There are multiple studies confirming the capacity of vitamin C to boost immunity, hence my annoyance at the unacceptable ignorance of the UK academic.
Here is a small collection of examples, relative to the use of vitamin C in treating and preventing respiratory symptoms. A review of vitamin C studies published in Military Medicine found a 45 – 91% reduction in the symptoms of common cold associated with supplementation. In this context, the more exciting finding from this meta-analysis was a 80 – 100% reduction in pneumonia.
Several other studies have shown that vitamin C can block the sepsis-induced process. This is the phenomenon where immune-mediated inflammatory molecules accumulate in the lungs and destroy lung function. This is a common outcome for those many souls succumbing to this disease.
It is this kind of research, along with many other studies that has prompted a new article published in the prestigious The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, where high-dose vitamin C is suggested as a rescue therapy for those with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), caused by Covid-19.
In China, a large scale study was initiated on February 14, and it will conclude on September 30. This study is called "Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia". This trial was inspired by the experiences of several Chinese physicians, who successfully used high-dose vitamin C in their treatment protocols for the pandemic.
Vitamin C Pointers
If you have now recognised the critical importance of this vitamin for immune support, then the next questions might relate to optimum dosage and the most effective forms of this key nutrient.
The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is just 90 mg per day, but this is woefully inadequate if we are seeking plague protection. It is now generally accepted that a minimum of 1000 mg (1 gram) per day is required to maintain immunity, but, if you are facing a specific challenge, then that rate can be increased to as much as 10,000 mg (10 grams) per day, in split oral doses. In fact, intravenous vitamin C as cancer treatment can involve as much as 25 grams per day.

I personally favour a protective dose rate of 3000 mg per day, equally divided in two doses – i.e., 1500 mg in the morning and 1500 mg at night.
A oral dosage rate of 10,000 mg per day should be split into three doses of 3,350 mg, taken with each meal.
There are two key factors to consider when choosing the most effective oral vitamin C supplement:
1) The supplement should always contain bioflavonoids, as vitamin C is much better absorbed in the presence of these antioxidants. It is no accident that bioflavonoids are present at high rates in fresh produce containing high levels of vitamin C.
2) Vitamin C supplements should also feature full buffering with a mineral complex, to try to mimic nature. Raw, high dose ascorbic acid can actually be quite harsh on beneficial gut organisms. In fact, it is often actually used as a stabiliser in commercial bread.
Liposomal vitamin C is expensive, but it is particularly well absorbed and utilised. I discussed the mechanics of liposomal delivery earlier in this article. This involves the delivery of the desired nutraceutical, embedded within tiny fat bubbles (phospholipids), that are rapidly embraced by our phospholipid-based cell membranes. It is a case of “like attracts like”. Liposomal vitamin C is much more readily available in the marketplace than liposomal zinc, However, as increasing numbers of people become aware of it’s protective potential, relative to the current crisis, it might be a little harder than normal to source.
In the final instalment of this blog, I will be taking an in-depth look at key plant-based players in an immune-enhancing regime. I will also describe my own daily practice to create optimal immune capacity, should it be required.
I wish you all a wonderful Easter, despite the limitations.
Stay happy and healthy.
Warm regards,
Graeme

 

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Immune Enhancement - The Missing Covid-19 Essential (Part 3)

Graeme Sait
Author of hundreds of articles and a popular book, 'Nutrition Rules!'. Travels the world educating and inspiring growers and often consults at a government level. CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS).

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Graeme Sait
12 Apr 2020 • 7 min read
Immune Enhancement - The Missing Covid-19 Essential (Part 3)

In this final instalment of a three-part offering, I will be discussing phytochemicals (plant-based medicine) and probiotics in relation to immune enhancement. I will also get personal and share details of my own protective program, for any of you who might be interested.
Phytonutrients to the Rescue
There are several immune-enhancing herbs and plant-derived nutrients that could be enlisted in our protective regime at this time, but the most important of these, in my opinion, is a flavonoid called quercetin.
Sometimes, as the Covid-19 infection runs its course, our response is not about a lack of immune response. In fact it can be almost the opposite. Our immune system is all about checks and balances, but if that system is dysfunctional, we can lose this critical self-balancing capacity. This loss of control can lead to a massive overreaction. The subsequent overproduction of immune cells and their signaling molecules can create a cytokine storm. In fact, this is a common outcome for those who succumb to this disease. Here, the immune system effectively turns on its host. The uncontrolled immune cells flood the lungs, which leads to the pneumonia that has proven so destructive.
Herein lies part of my enthusiasm for quercetin. Substantial research in China and Canada highlights the considerable potential of this plant-derived flavonoid to reduce the likelihood of these cytokine storms. It can apparently help dull these ravaging storms through inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Quercetin is also a powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral. My goodness, this certainly looks like a tailor-made component of a protective protocol.
Quercetin is one of the most abundant of over 8000 flavonoids found in food. It is actually termed a ‘flavonol’, one of the highest natural sources of which is red onions and spring onions. I remember coming across a fascinating study while researching my prostate book. In this research, it was reported that consumption of one spring onion a day reduced all forms of cancer by 71%. Now we have a second reason to include luxury amounts of spring onions in every salad! The highest levels of quercetin in a red onion are found in the outer layers, at the base of the onion.
500 – 1000 mg of quercetin per day, in divided doses, is the desired productive dose rate.
Red onion or spring onion in your salad is a great way to up your quercetin intakeThe Mighty Curcumin
No consideration of phytochemicals would be complete without factoring in the potential of curcumin, the powerhouse yellow pigment found in turmeric.
Curcumin has been described as ‘the most powerful anti-inflammatory ever researched’, and there has been no shortage of that research. There have been over 700 published papers singing the praises of this substance over the past nine years (check PubMed for details). It has now been linked to protection from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer.
However, there is a bigger picture involved here. Inflammation is a primary player in all degenerative and infectious disease, so the benefits are profound.
Covid-19 sponsors inflammation on a major scale, so there appears an obvious role for a natural anti-inflammatory in the protection equation. Ibuprofen has been the choice of many to quell the free radical fires driven by this new disease. Unfortunately, there has been some new research suggesting lower Covid recovery amongst those choosing Ibuprofen to relieve symptoms.
In India, there has been a massive run on turmeric powder, as Ayurvedic practitioners have touted its potential benefit in their war against the virus. This powdered option makes sense, as the dehydration process quadruples the concentration of curcumin.
It is important to understand that curcumin is poorly uptaken, so there is great benefit in assisting that uptake. The synergists that have been shown to be most effective for this purpose include black pepper (linked to an active ingredient called piperine), coconut oil, and full-fat milk (because curcumin is fat soluble).
There is an obvious place for turmeric lattes, golden milk, golden paste, or concentrated curcumin supplements as part of your defense regime.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatoryProbiotic Support
We are increasingly recognising the importance of our life within. In fact, our microbiome is intimately linked to every aspect of our health, including brain health. 80% of our immune system is located in our gut, learning from our gut organisms and constantly fine tuning our immune response. We have assaulted these creatures with a range of biocides, ranging from antibiotics to food stabilisers, prescription medicine and chlorinated water.
It is no accident that the longest living people on the planet are those that consume lacto- fermented food on a daily basis. It makes one wonder if the impressive Korean Covid-19 bounce-back could possibly be linked to their daily consumption of kimchi.
It is remarkably easy to make your own sauerkraut or kimchi. Similarly, anyone can source a jellyfish-like skoby (the “mother”) and feed it with black tea and sugar to create your own kombucha probiotic. Kefir also requires a mother starter, but this powerful probiotic simply involves combining the starter with milk, and harvesting the diverse probiotic you have created on a daily basis (leaving 20% as a starter for your next 24-hour batch). These can be great productive strategies to occupy both adults and children during what could be a lengthy period of social isolation.
There are multiple commercial probiotic formulas available, but try to seek those with the greatest diversity.
Kombucha with skobyWhat is my Personal Protective Program?
I am often asked about my personal immune-building strategies. I am certainly stepping up to the plate to ensure I reduce the odds of a bad outcome, if and when the insidious virus visits. It may seem like a lot of things to do, but it takes just a few minutes a day and I am confident it is a worthy investment.
I am very aware that I do not want to dilute this important information with product marketing. There is way too much Covid-19 opportunism happening out there, and I do not want to be part of that sad parade. In this personal program, I am obviously choosing to use some of the products I have developed, but there are many similar products you can source.
Here is my daily protective regime:
Graeme’s Daily Program
1) 30 mg of amino chelated zinc - Taken each evening, directly before bed (this can be sourced from most supermarkets or online supplement stores). I wash down this pill with a mouthful of Bio-Bubble™, my broad-spectrum probiotic drink, as the zinc response is magnified whenever you put the microbes behind the minerals.
2) MagSorb™ - I spray this transdermal magnesium concentrate under my arms and on the soles of my feet each morning.
3) Epsom salts baths - Once a week, I enjoy a hot bath before bed. I include 2 cups of Epsom salts and soak for 40 minutes.
4) Selenium and Brazil nuts - I take 200 mcg of selenium each day and I also include a couple of Brazil nuts with my green smoothies in the morning.
4) Iodine in fruit juice - I supplement with 5 drops of Lugol's Solution in a glass of pomegranate juice each evening.
5) Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A - I take 3000 iu of vitamin D3 each day, along with a tablespoon of cod liver oil, with the juice of a lemon. I also drink a glass of fresh carrot juice each day infused with two heaped teaspoons of chia seed. I leave this juice overnight to form an orange-coloured, drinkable gel. This practice actually initiates the sprouting process in the chia, and effectively doubles its antioxidant levels.
Chia seed is also the highest source of the powerful anti-inflammatory, omega-3 fatty acids. The carrot juice delivers high levels of carotenes, which become vitamin A. Vitamin A stores in your fat for three months and can deliver a vaccine-like effect during that period.
In one US research project, mentioned earlier, it was found that 400,000 iu of vitamin A outperformed the flu vaccines, over a 12-week period. There is 47,000 iu of vitamin A in a 250 mL glass of carrot juice, so ten glasses over ten days should do the trick!
After that, you just include carrots in a mixed juice, which might also include things like beetroot, celery, apples and ginger.
6) Vitamin C, magnesium, herbal support and curcumin - Every evening I combine the following in a glass of water: one heaped teaspoon of BioSpark™ (my fully buffered, vitamin C supplement with high levels of bioflavonoids), two heaped teaspoons of Curcu-Life™ (the powdered organic Turmeric concentrate from my own farms, which includes 9% organic pepper), one heaped teaspoon of Immuno-Drive™ (the immune-supporting powder I developed for our NTS Health range) and 600 mg of magnesium, in powdered form.
Here are the ingredients of Immuno-Drive™, if you want to to source something similar in your region.
Whey protein concentrate (as a source of glutathione), spirulina, broccoli sprout powder, MSM, aloe vera, dimethylglycine, probiotics, beetroot powder, beta sitosterol, maca root powder, lactoferrin, taurine, L-lysine, selenium yeast, biotin, chrysanthemum leaf, folic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, 1,3 1,6 glucan, fermented algae, turmeric, alfalfa, calcium ascorbate, magnesium aspartate and L-glutamate.
7) Quercetin - I supplement with 1000 mg of this antioxidant each day.
8) Probiotic drinks and food - I drink 100 mL per day of my Bio-Bubble™ probiotic, containing hundreds of different beneficial gut organisms. This dose delivers over 50 billion organisms to boost our protective life within. I also have a couple of tablespoons of homemade Bio-Bubble™ rainbow sauerkraut each evening, and I start the day with Bio-Bubble™ muesli. I am essentially populating my gut with the “good guys” that have been shown to strengthen our immunity.

The other obvious immune supporters are good sleep, reduced sugar, and try not to bombard your wonderful system with too much alcohol.
I guess you can chart the success or failure of this 8-part recipe by observing my progress, as I fall within the high-risk age group. If my blogs suddenly stop, you can assume it was a failure, hehe!
Graeme's daily protective program
Seriously though, I will take this opportunity to wish you all the very best health and protection in these difficult times. Please feel free to email me with any questions.
Stay safe,
Graeme

 

Wildwood

Senior Member
I'm currently doing about 90% of this protocol already. These three articles just reinforce my research for strengthening the immune system. The things in the articles that I'm not doing have been on my list to look into...thanks! I'm showing this to DH and sending my son a link. I've got DH doing some of it but it's hit and miss. I mainly try to get the liposomal C, D3 and zinc in him every day and the K if we take larger doses of D3. The lipisomal C gives us a burst of energy that ruins our sleep if we take it too close to bedtime.
 

China Connection

TB Fanatic
Covid-19 Research Updates: Chinese Study Reveals That Hypokalemia Present In Almost All Covid-19 Patients
NEWSCORONAVIRUS

Covid-19 Research Updates: Chinese Study Reveals That Hypokalemia Present In Almost All Covid-19 Patients
Source: Covid-19 Research Mar 09, 2020 1 month ago
Covid-19 Research: A new research study by researchers from Wenzhou Medical University in Zhejiang province lead by Dr Don Chen revealed that almost all Covid-19 patients exhibited hypokalemia and that supplementation with potassium ions was one of the many factors that assisted in their recovery.



Hypokalemia is best described as low level of potassium (K+) ions in the blood serum. Mild low potassium does not typically cause symptoms. Symptoms may include feeling tired, leg cramps, weakness, and constipation. Low potassium also increases the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, which is often too slow and can cause cardiac arrest.

It was found that as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus attacks human cells via the ACE2 (Angiotensin- converting enzyme-2) receptors, it also attacks the renin–angiotensin system (RAS), causing low electrolyte levels in particularly potassium ions.

The study involving 175 patients in collaboration with Wenzhou Hospital found that almost all patients exhibited hypokalemia and for those who already had hypokalemia, the situation even drastically worsened as the disease progressed.

However, it was found from the study that patients responded well to potassium ion supplements and had a better chance of recovery.

The researchers noted that the end of urine K+ loss indicates a good prognosis and may be a reliable as a sensitive biomarker directly reflecting the end of adverse effect on RAS system.

The study has yet to be peer reviewed and has been published in the open platform medRvix : (Hypokalemia and Clinical Implications in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19))

However, doctors at various hospitals in Wuhan, Shanghai and Guangdong have witnessed similar occurrences and also found that potassium ion supplementation helped patients towards recovery.

For the latest on Covid-19 research developments, keep checking at: Thailand Medical News

 

China Connection

TB Fanatic
Zappers

When you have a serious disease, zappers are absolutely worth their money. Especially because the most basic zappers are very cheap. They will kill a wide range of pathogenic microbes. They can eliminate them for a large percentage. I would say for about 90%, because pathogens have the tendency to hide in very inaccessible places. If you keep using a zapper on a regular basis, you can keep them at bay, and keep yourself symptom free.

The Zapper was originally made by and used by Hulda Clark, a Physiologist who used the Zapper to heal a wide variety of ailments and diseases. The Zapper is described in her book The Cure for All Diseases (isbn 1-890035-01-7). Her book contains lots of good advice and remedies to use along with the Zapper. One also needs to pay attention to one's life style and the origin of infections, diseases, his toxic environment and so on. In her book she gives complete and clear instructions on how to build a Zapper.

Many people are making zappers now, although they are not all the same, and their effectiveness varies. I took the time to compare the ones that are out there. A few people are really dedicated in building a high quality and effective zappers, and I have carefully read their explanations about how they are built and why their circuitry is more effective than most zappers.

The Hulda Clark Zapper

the Hulda Clark Zapper
I'll first talk about the Hulda Clark zapper. I have never bought one, so I don't have experience with this kind of zapper. But since all other zappers are based on the Hulda Clark zapper, I'll give her explanation about why the zapper works in eliminating microbes. After all you need to understand how it works.

It is a very simple electronic device that anyone can make himself for about $ 20-30. Basically one applies a very small electric current through the body by holding two copper electrodes. The output voltage on the electrodes is about 5 volts and the current is a couple of milliamperes. Because the skin puts up a resistance when electrical current is applied, the Zapper pulses the current, which makes the skin resistance go down. Hulda Clark's zapper is made with a frequency of about 30 Khz, but even very low frequencies, like 5 Hz works. One holds the electrodes for three times 7 minutes with 20-30 minutes of rest in between.
Viruses and bacteria disappear in 3 minutes, tapeworm stages, roundworms in 5 minutes and mites in 7 minutes. Isn't that fast? Also take into account that that the established medical industry does not have anything that can kill viruses! She also says that the current does not reach deep into the eyeball or testicle or bowel contents, nor into gallstones, or into living cells where Herpes virus lies latent or Candida fungus. That is why one needs to zap three times a day for a week or more to get those buggies to. Zapping does not affect good bacteria, and it might be good to take some acidophilus bacteria or yoghurt to fill up the space left by the dead bad bacteria in the intestines. One should also be aware that when all those microbes die in such a short period, the body has to carry them off, and thus one might feel fatigued. The kidneys also will have to work harder. Hulda Clark warns that people who have a pacemaker or are pregnant should not use the Zapper as the effects on these people haven't been explored yet.
The reason for the three 7 minute treatments, is that in the first treatment 'free floating' microbes were killed, but soon after new ones arose. Where did they come from? She concluded that during the first treatment, the parasites (which also died), like worms and mites, had themselves been carriers of microbes, which subsequently were released. To kill those a second treatment is necessary. Just to make sure, a third treatment is applied.


Originally Hulda Clark found that microbes are sending out radio frequencies between 170 and 690 kHz. The human body sends frequencies between 1,520 and 9,460 kHz. At first she tried to find the frequency of the microbes and treat herself with the specific frequencies of those microbes she found in her body. She was using a frequency generator that alternated between positive and negative voltage. But then her son came up with a battery operated frequency generator that killed all parasites at once. The frequency didn't seem to matter. It is the electricity that does the trick. So how does the Zapper actually work. Personally I think that the released electrons (from the Zapper) travel through the body and inactivate the microbes and parasites by interacting with their proteins. Anything that has a "free arm" sticking out like free radicals or chemical toxins, will grab onto our cells and cause damage. That is why ozone and hydrogen peroxide are such good disinfectants. Both products have an extra oxygen that reacts with that "free arm" of harmful substances or pathogens, and make that "free arm" totally inactive. Thus microbes die and toxins become harmless. In more technical terms, all parasites and diseased tissues are positively charged (=shortage of electrons). The zapper introduces negative electrons through the skin and into the body's living tissue, killing the parasites by reversing their polarity and also helping to heal the diseased tissue. Healthy tissue is negatively charged. The Zapper also seems to to inactivate toxins in our body.
Clark is not the only one who used electricity to heal ailments and diseases. In the beginning of the 1900's there were many, many inventions which used electricity in an attempt to improve one's health. Some were weird and bizarre, some were just limited experiments, but some people where able to heal many people with their device. Examples are Lakhovsky and Rife, whose devices are still used today. Information is available on the internet.

More information on Hulda Clark's website: Home - Dr. Clark Information Center

The only disadvantage of the Hulda Clark Zapper is that you have to hold to copper tube electrodes in both hands for about forty minutes. That means that you are chair-bound for that time.



The Ultimate Zapper

Over the years I have been looking around on the web for the kind of zappers that are being offered. There are many simple zappers around, all based on the Hulda Clark design, like the ones I mentioned on this webpage.

The Ultimate Zapper
In my opinion, there is one that sticks out above all the rest: the Ultimate Zapper. It is solely powered by a wall outlet transformer, so you are bound to sit down for the entire time that want to use it. It has two copper tube electrodes to hold onto, like the Hulda Clark zapper.
His inventor, Ken Presner, did a thorough investigation in how the zapper works, and made several improvements. It is basically an improved Hulda Clark zapper. He amped up the voltage to 10.5 volts what gives a deeper penetration. It uses 2500 Hz, which he considers the best frequency for zappers.

He used it to heal himself from serious diseases. His Ultimate Zapper is much more expensive, but in my opinion absolutely worthwhile. I definitely feels stronger. It cleared up the remains of my cold very quickly. It also allows to connect one electrode to footpads, and the other to handholds, thereby zapping a large part of the body.
I can definitely feel that the Ultimate Zapper is stronger. When holding the bare copper handholds, I can sometimes feel a little stinging sensation. Damp cloth around the handholds is better.
The Ultimate Zapper has definitely helped to get rid of viruses. It has cleared up several problems I was having. But it takes a little time, but improvement is fast. Hulda Clark recommends continuing the treatments in order to prevent re-infection, until the body has repaired the damage. This usually takes three months at the least.

One day we had a guest we introduced to the Ultimate Zapper. She said she had vaginal yeast, and also had a sore throat. We let her zap, three times seven minutes. A week later we ran into her in town, and she told us that both the vaginal yeast and the sore throat had disappeared.
Around the same time I woke up one morning with a pain low in my throat. The sign of a sore throat, but this time there was also sensitivity going up to my ear. I immediately zapped the entire area, almost every hour that day. The next day it was gone. For me that is remarkable, because sore throats always previously lasted at least a week, then going over into a cold (coughing) and/or a nose cold. All the herbs I used to take never did much to alleviate these symptoms.
We are also using the zapper to kill the microbes in our mouth, gums and teeth. Holding one electrode in one hand, the electrode we hold against the cheek. Although we didn't mention the zapper to the dentist, he was surprised that we have so little plaque on our teeth.

His website The Ultimate Zapper is very informative. He explains in detail why he built his zapper the way he did, and why it is more effective than the basic zappers.


 

Old Gray Mare

Has No Life - Lives on TB
A cite you might want to check out:
Flutrackers.com

It is a non-for-profit international Flu and emerging disease board. There is a ton of information on prep for contagious disease. A lot of the prep information was originally gathered for the H5N1 Bird Flu scare, so some of it is data.
 
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