Please read the two preceding Covid blog posts before reading this one and continue following Dr.Fauci’s recommendations. Since I last posted we have learned a few more things about COVID-19 and, as time passes and we learn from our experiences and those of others, more will be shared.
- Zinc – Loss of taste and loss of smell are also probable symptoms of the virus. Both these conditions are often associated with a deficiency of zinc. Zinc is critical for proper immune function and for proper utilization of vitamin A. Vitamin A is critical for lung health and immune function. Increasing intake of food sources of zinc is recommended. (You are already eating your orange vegies and dark leafy greens for your A, right?) Pumpkin seeds, beans and nuts are all good sources of zinc.
- Potassium – Potassium is critical for proper lung function, specifically for the abilitiy of the lungs to expand and contract. The Covid virus causes a specific type of pneumonia where this elasticity is lost. Broths are an excellent source of potassium and other nutrients. Consume them daily. If you have the clinic handbook there are recipes in the Appendix/Broths section. I am including a few below. I mention broths, and potato soup specifically because of the case of an elderly nursing home patient who was told she would not survive. She did. And her family credits the daily potato soup for saving her life. Below is a link to the CBS news story of that woman and her potato soup.
Through my years in practice I have always been amazed at how the difference between those patients who survived life threatening illness and those who did not were often simple, time proven remedies and actions. Consider increasing your intake of foods high in potassium – potatoes, avocados, prunes, etc. Also, my apologies to the potato-buying- folks of the last post – your instincts were right! Kudos to you! (Just don’t forget your onions, garlic, and orange vegies, too!)
3. Breathing exercises. These have already been recommended however, I have attached 2 videos for you. Wim Hof has been extensively studied by science. Do use common sense. Practice on an empty stomach only. If you have a preexisting lung condition or are weak, consult your health care provider, first. The Holotropic technique is similar. There are also gentler yoga breathing technique videos online.
4. Preventive herbs – The Covid-19 virus has over a 96% equivalency to the SARS virus. We know from the SARS epidemic that those health care workers who took herbs that strengthened the immune system did not become ill compared to those health care workers who did not take herbs (from a study of 16,000 health care workers). The same has been found to be the case in China with this virus. What did they take? They took a combination of herbs based around a common over the counter formula called Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San). As mentioned earlier, it is recommended that you do what you know works best for your body for strengthening it against upper respiratory infections.
All good medicine,