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I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV or in the movies. I am, however, someone who can read, look things up, and understand numbers- and when it comes to the dreaded covid, numbers are all important. And, there’s something you need to understand right up front- your doctor isn’t responsible for your health. Your insurance company isn’t responsible for your health. The government- especially the government- not only isn’t responsible for your health but seems these days to be actively working against it. There is one and only one person responsible for your health- you. Awesome responsibility, isn’t it? Doesn’t apply to children- PARENTS, adults, are responsible for their health Not teachers, not school superintendents or school boards, parents or in some cases legal guardians. Now that that rant is over¼
What can you do to reduce your chances of getting gravely ill or dying from the dreaded covid? Well, let’s start with- what can you do you improve your health, period? Mild exercise, even just walking, stop smoking or using illegal drugs, moderate your alcohol use, and if you’re carrying excess weight- LOSE IT! Your doctor, public service announcements, school. Well, virtually everyone, has already told you that. So what else? Ah, now we get into studies and numbers. And proof the government doesn’t care about you. And there are lots of links you can follow and look to see for yourself.
What is your Vitamin D blood level? Odds are, you have no clue. It’s never been measured. When you get a routine physical, you get a CBC and a urine test, and maybe an A1C level. (You SHOULD get that even if the doctor sees no need. He or she may be wrong¼.) But you don’t get a Vitamin D blood level. From the link.
Unfortunately, about 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient with some populations having even higher levels of deficiency, including premenopausal women, those with poor nutrition habits, people over age 65, Caucasians who avoid even minimal sun exposure, and those who take prescription medication long term for heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation. Studies show people with darker skin, such as African Americans and Latinos, are also at risk for lower vitamin D levels because high amounts of melanin in skin reduce the body’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, certain chronic conditions—such as celiac disease, bariatric surgery, obesity, and chronic kidney or liver disease—can contribute to deficiency.
42% of the population deficient, and it’s not a routine part of physicals. As I said, and I repeat- only you are responsible for your health. If you live in a free state, you can walk into a lab or pharmacy and order up a test- they’re not that expensive. If you live in a dictatorship like NY, you have to beg your doctor for a test, then visit the doctor again because you’re too ignorant to interpret it on your own. But let’s get to numbers- what is a good number vs a bad number? Some controversy in that¼ Let’s go to the intro page of The Vitamin D Society https://www.vitamindsociety.org/ “The sun is meant to be our main source of vitamin D. Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D from the sun under the right circumstances, such as the time of year or day, amount of clothing or sunscreen we are wearing, and other conditions. Given the chance, the body produces enough vitamin D from sunshine to reach recommended levels of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).” 40-60 ng/ml- given the chance. Now, from our very own National Institute of Health https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
|Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health |
|<30||<12||Associated with vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults|
|30 to <50||12 to <20||Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals|
|³50||³20||Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals|
|>125||>50||Linked to potential adverse effects, particularly at >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)|
Wait- what’s this? They say over 50 ng/ml is potentially unhealthy! A few years back, for unexplained reasons, they lowered the level of potential Vitamin D intoxication from 100 ng/ml to 50 ng/ml. The rest of the world hasn’t. At 70 or so, there’s no clear dividing line, some people MAY start to experience signs of Vitamin D intoxication. Surprisingly enough, Vitamin D doesn’t work all by itself. It needs Vitamin K. And- in using Vitamin D, it uses Vitamin K, depleting it. Adding Vitamin K supplements will keep Vitamin D intoxication from showing up at lower levels. Now for some studies of Vitamin D and various things.
From 2015: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463890/ Adequate levels of Vitamin D is protective against influenza A in nursing home patients. And a quote: “Levels of 25(OH)D are quite low in nursing home residents, and supplementation with 2000 IU of vitamin D can bring levels to normal safely in most patients.” And if you have a loved one in a nursing home, have they ever measured their Vitamin D levels?
Quote: To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 IU/d of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to rapidly raise 25(OH)D concentrations, followed by 5000 IU/d. The goal should be to raise 25(OH)D concentrations above 40–60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) Wait a moment- that’s higher than 50 ng/ml! Seems the NIH doesn’t agree with itself¼.
February 16, 2017
University of Queen Mary London
Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study. The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health.
And even tuberculosis from 2010:
So there’s nothing new about lower levels of Vitamin D being bad for all URIs- which includes the dreaded covid. And 42% of the population is Vitamin D deficient. And yet- we’re not measuring Vitamin D blood levels routinely or seeing to it that the Vitamin D deficient get sufficient. Almost as I said before- the government isn’t looking out for your health. Even moreso:
100% of sailors deployed to a war zone had deficient Vitamin D blood levels! They’re still not checking. Admirals should be cashiered for this as they punish people for not masking¼
A study of French submariners- and guess what? When you’re under the ocean for extended periods- you have low Vitamin D blood levels! Actually, they really shouldn’t have needed a study to figure this out.
And remember – the government is actively working against your health- headline: “Tricare Ends Coverage of Routine Vitamin D Screenings”. 42% of the population is deficient¼. Why the end? Another quote: “This policy change was a result of recommendations from several professional medical associations, including USPSTF, the Endocrine Society, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all of which recommend against population level screening.” 42% of the population is low- but why screen? Medical professionals and medical associations do not care about your health! Remember that!\\
Low levels of Vitamin D among sailors, particularly submariners, has been known for a long time. Finding the older studies is the hard part- they’re not all online. But from 2014:
And then 2005:
So submariners are deficient in Vitamin D, have been known to be deficient for a long time- and yet, no admirals are being held accountable for ignoring the health of the men under their command.
So, bottom line, about Vitamin D and covid- you need to know your own Vitamin D blood level and take supplements as needed to get your level up to 40-60 ng/ml, and I’m also going to recommend you take a good Vitamin K supplement with all 3 K varieties.
And studies can be designed to fail There are 2 or 3 I know of that show Vitamin D is absolutely worthless against the dreaded covid. How could this be? Easy. All of them gave a single high dose, 70000-100000 IU D one time, after the patient already had covid, and in one study, were already in the ICU. Uh, the most ardent proponent of Vitamin D supplementation, for example, me, could tell that’s not going to work. Basically, those “studies” were medical research fraud to try and say your only hope is- THE VACCINE! A one time dose, especially when your body is fighting an infection, is going to do nothing for your Vitamin D blood level.
Next up- NAC, aka N-acetylcysteine. Is it an OTC supplement? Yes. Although in their effort to make your health worse the FDA pressured the largest seller- Amazon- to drop it. Reminder- the government is NOT responsible for your health- you are. So is NAC useful against covid? Yes. The NIH says so.
More than once
Lots of other articles. If you or a loved one is in a hospital- they’re not getting it, and the hospital will probably not allow you to bring it in. Because the standard USA treatment is- do nothing and wait to see if the patient lives or dies. Should you take it a prophylactic? Sure- absolutely no reason not to. All the studies I’ve looked at, including the 2 referenced, use 1200 mg a day. Warning- the stuff smells and tastes absolutely foul! If you cannot taste or smell it- you have covid, or some other real problem.
Vitamin C and covid. Should you take it and how much? And for what? Recommendations for Vitamin C are all over the map. I take 5-6 grams a day, 1 gram at a time, at least an hour apart. I’m simply going to recommend the Linus Pauling Institute.
I’m also going to say there are numerous studies showing intravenous Vitamin C is good for all kinds of things in a hospital setting. Likely to include the dreaded covid. You’re not going to get it. IMHO, gross medical malpractice. It should be standard for all IV hookups unless otherwise indicated
Quercetin- another OTC supplement. Yes, it is useful against covid.
Numerous other references online, but the one I found really interesting:
“Tripartite combination of potential pandemic mitigation agents: Vitamin D, Quercetin, and Estradiol manifest properties of candidate medicinal agents for mitigation of the severity of pandemic COVID-19 defined by genomics-guided tracing of SARS-CoV-2 targets in human cells.” Why in the world would anyone have thought of combining those 3? But- it seems to work. Again, in the USA- you’ll get nothing, and be happy with it.
Ever hear of the OTC nasal spray Xlear? It’s on phase 3 studies for use against covid. Apparently, squirting xylitol up your nose kills 95% of covid- and other viruses- it comes in contact with. The antiviral aspects of xylitol are well studied. And, there’s another nasal spray in phase 3 studies- that contains nitric oxide. Same thing. Searching nasal spray and covid comes up with a lot. “New Jersey-based medical devices company Salvacion, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, is developing a nasal spray technology to prevent Covid-19 infection. The spray, COVIXYL-V, contains the active ingredient ethyl lauroyl arginate hydrochloride (ELAH) and creates a physical barrier that prevents the virus from attaching itself to the surface in the nasopharynx.” Just found this one searching- nasal spray and covid! And another one: “According to Amcyte Pharma, its NasitrolTM nasal spray was shown to be effective in reducing COVID-19 infections among intensive care unit (ICU) staff in an independent clinical trial.
Nasitrol is a patented nasal spray based on iota carrageenan, a sulfate polysaccharide synthesised by red algae, with demonstrated antiviral activity and clinical efficacy as a nasal spray in the treatment of the common cold. A previous study at the US’s University of Tennessee Health Science Center found that the formulation inhibits infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in vitro.” Wow. All kinds of nasal sprays, some recommend one, others another¼. No surprise. By the time you see this, there may be more. Use your favorite search engine- search nasal sprays and covid.
But let’s talk about xylitol for just a moment- and erythritol. Erythritol, another alcohol sugar, or if you prefer, artificial sweetener, also has several studies showing strong antiviral and antibacterial effects. And a very small number of studies find that if you combine them- they work even better! So, a personal recommendation, every night before bed, and every day after breakfast, or upon arising, whichever suits your lifestyle, fill a glass with warm water, and mix in a small amount of both xylitol and erythritol, and rinse your mouth and gargle with it. It will kill off all the viruses in the upper part of your throat. And in your mouth. Your dental tech will be very happy with you on your next visit- mine was. I’m going to skip my normal rant on nasal irrigation- if you’re already doing it- add both to your mix.
Next up- melatonin. That stuff that helps you sleep. Will it help against the dreaded covid. The NIH says- yes. So pop one each night before bed. Also pop a tryptophan. Less anti-covid evidence, but so what? You’re going to sleep better.
Resveratrol- does it help? Apparently, yes. Pretty much the same mechanism as quercetin.
Haven’t mentioned zinc yet. Zinc is needed for proper immune system functioning. From the NIH: “The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 8 mg/ day for women and 11 mg/day for men.” Many covid sites recommend 40-50 mg/day. I’m skeptical- unless you’re actually sick. Then your body is using up zinc rapidly. My multi has 10 mg zinc. Between that and my red meat consumption, I get enough. You’ll have to make your own judgement. Remember- too much zinc interferes with copper, which you need, and too much copper interferes with zinc. Metals in the body need to be balanced properly. One link for zinc:
The numbers speak for themselves.
Bromelain, a digestive aid, may have some effectiveness against covid. Apparently, a combination of bromelain, quercetin, vitamin C, and zinc is in phase 4 studies. Which means it’s gone through 3 phases and shown some success.
Actually, popping a few multi-enzyme digestive pills after each meal, with bromelain, papaya, and others, certainly isn’t going to hurt. It may or may not aid in fighting covid. It will do some good for your digestive system. So, why not?
Turmeric, circumin. Recommended by many, research says maybe, maybe not. Effects, either good or bad, likely minor from a quick search. If you already use them for seasoning, don’t stop. If you don’t, don’t start- unless you discover you like the flavor they impart.
Will taking all these supplements or using the nasal sprays or doing the gargling or nasal rinsing, will any of them keep you from getting covid? Probably no. But they lessen your chance of getting it, and if you do, they lessen the initial viral load, thus giving your body a better chance to fight off the virus before it sends you to the ICU. And maybe, you just won’t get it. I use many of the supplements. I nasal irrigate daily- with xylitol/erythritol, and gargle daily with it. I’ve met the CDC definition of close exposure to the dreaded covid twice. I haven’t gotten it. How do I know? 7 blood donations with no antibodies detected. They’ve stopped testing, darn it!
One last link for Vitamin D. The evidence continues to pile up:
It’s a study of numbers- since it’s all about numbers. The key takeaway: “ Regression suggested a theoretical point of zero mortality at approximately 50 ng/ml D3.” I do believe they haven’t actually found someone with that level of Vitamin entering the ICU and dying. Or even entering the ICU.
Note- nothing about prescription medicines here. They’re a whole other subject.