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    IV High-Dose Vitamin C Saves Critically Ill COVID-19 Patient
    by Dr. Joseph Mercola
    August 28, 2020
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...&rid=951139942

    "STORY AT-A-GLANCE
    Vitamin C is an essential component of immune cell function, it has potent anti-inflammatory effects and at high doses even works as an antiviral
    Vitamin C is a foundational component of two distinct and highly effective treatment protocols developed by Dr. Paul Marik — one for sepsis and another, called MATH+, specifically for COVID-19
    According to a recent case history, high-dose IV vitamin C was successfully used to save the life of an elderly patient with critical COVID-19 infection, sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome
    According to the doctors who reported the case, she was the first patient to successfully discontinue mechanical ventilation early at that hospital. The median duration of mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 patients is 10 days, whereas this patient was able to get off it in five
    Previous research found IV vitamin C at a dose of 50 mg per kilo every six hours for 96 hours significantly reduced mortality and shortened ICU stays among patients with sepsis and ARDS
    While U.S. media and self-appointed “fact checkers” claim the use of vitamin C against COVID-19 is nothing but fake news and dangerous nonsense, the Chinese have been hard at work looking at vitamin C against this pandemic illness.

    One source where you can find pertinent research material is the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service website,1 which has published more than a dozen reports on this topic.

    Earlier this year I interviewed Dr. Andrew Saul, editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, about vitamin C against viral illnesses such as COVID-19, in which he reviewed some of its established benefits. Importantly, vitamin C is an essential component of immune cell function, it has potent anti-inflammatory effects and at high doses even works as an antiviral.

    Vitamin C is a foundational component of two distinct and highly effective treatment protocols developed by Dr. Paul Marik — one for sepsis and another, called MATH+, specifically for COVID-19. I’ve reviewed both protocols in previous articles.

    COVID-19 Patient Brought From Brink of Death by Vitamin C
    An August 10, 2020, MedPage Today article2 highlights a recent case3 history in which high-dose IV vitamin C was successfully used to save the life of an elderly patient.

    A 74-year-old woman was admitted to a Flint, Michigan, hospital after suffering with low-grade fever, dry cough and shortness of breath for two days. She’d recently undergone a knee replacement procedure, and her knee is now red, swollen and painful, suggesting infection has set in.

    Over the next 24 hours, her condition continued to worsen, despite treatment with oxygen, antibiotics and other drugs. Her RT-PCR test also came back positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. As reported by MedPage Today:4

    “Clinicians start treatment with oral hydroxychloroquine 400 mg once and then 200 mg twice a day, along with intravenous azithromycin 500 mg once a day, zinc sulfate 220 mg three times a day, and oral vitamin C 1 g twice a day.

    When blood and sputum cultures are negative for any organisms, broad-spectrum antibiotics are discontinued. The patient's dyspnea rapidly worsens, and oxygen requirements increase to 15 liters. She is drowsy, in moderate distress, and her airways remain unprotected …

    By day 6 … Bilateral alveolar infiltrates are evident on chest x-ray, due to pneumonia and interstitial edema, consistent with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Given her rapid deterioration, the patient is intubated on an emergent basis and started on pressure-regulated volume-controlled mechanical ventilation.”

    By day 7, the woman’s family requested she be placed on high-dose IV vitamin C, and over the next 24 hours, she received 11 grams total. Two days later, her condition began to gradually improve, and on day 10, a second chest x-ray revealed considerable improvement of both the pneumonia and interstitial edema, at which point she was extubated. The patient’s breathing continued improving over the following five days.

    “On day 16, she shows significant recovery, with oxygen saturation of 92% while breathing ambient air, and chest radiography reveals almost complete resolution of the infiltrates,” MedPage Today reports.5

    “During her hospitalization, the patient received a total of 5 days of treatment with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin along with 4 days of colchicine. Treatment with high-dose vitamin C infusion and oral zinc sulfate were continued for a total of 10 days.”Take-Home Message: Fight for the Treatment You Want
    Remarkably, while suffering from severe COVID-19 infection, septic shock and ARDS — and being on mechanical ventilation — this elderly woman made a full recovery.

    According to the doctors who reported the case, she was the first patient to successfully discontinue mechanical ventilation early at that hospital. The median duration of mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 patients is 10 days, whereas this patient was able to get off it in five.

    Vitamin C has been recognized as an essential component of immune cell function with a critical role in numerous immune system mechanisms. Severe vitamin C deficiency is also known to increase the risk for … pneumonia and other infections.
    A key take-home message from this story is that the IV infusion of vitamin C was done at the insistence of her family. It’s an excellent example demonstrating that when things are going sideways, you need to step in and push for the care you want. You have that right.

    It’s also an example of why it’s so important to have an advocate to speak up for you when you’re admitted to the hospital. This woman was placed on mechanical ventilation, which means she was sedated and was in no position to make any of her own decisions. Fortunately, her family knew about the potential benefits of vitamin C and insisted it be tried. In doing so, they saved her life. As noted by MedPage Today:6

    “Vitamin C in­fusion is not approved as a standard treatment for SARS-CoV-2 and thus was not part of the hospital's COVID-19 treatment regimen.

    Nevertheless, the case authors point out that for decades, vitamin C has been recognized as an essential component of immune cell function with a critical role in numerous immune system mechanisms. Severe vitamin C deficiency is also known to increase the risk for … pneumonia and other infections.

    Vitamin C enhances neutrophil motility, phagocytosis, microbial killing by activating reactive oxygen species, and apoptosis, and prevents oxidative damage by its antioxidant properties.

    It also promotes the proliferation of B and T lymphocytes and antibody production. More recent research suggests that vitamin C also prevents the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin-6, a component of the cytokine release syndrome associated with severe COVID-19 that results in lung injury and leads to ARDS.”

    Yes, Doctors Are Using Vitamin C Against COVID-19
    While the U.S. media continues to censor claims that vitamin C can be useful against COVID-19, many practicing physicians and medical researchers are taking it seriously, primarily based on previous studies showing benefit against sepsis, viral illnesses and ARDS.

    For example, in one 2019 trial7 involving 167 ICU patients with sepsis and ARDS, IV vitamin C at a dose of 50 mg per kilo every six hours for 96 hours significantly reduced mortality and shortened ICU stays.

    At day 28, mortality was 46.3% in the placebo group compared to 29.8% in the vitamin C group, and the number of ICU-free days was 7.7 in the placebo group compared to 10.7 in the vitamin C group. The mean difference in ICU stay was 3.2 days.

    Back in March 2020, Northwell Health, the largest hospital system in New York, also reported that vitamin C was being “widely used” against COVID-19 within its 23 hospitals, in conjunction with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (an antibiotic). As reported by the New York Post, March 24, 2020:8

    “Seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York state’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C … Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.

    Identical amounts of the powerful antioxidant are then re-administered three or four times a day, he said … The regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to people with the coronavirus in Shanghai, China …

    ‘The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,’ he said. ‘It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug’ …

    Weber … said vitamin C levels in coronavirus patients drop dramatically when they suffer sepsis, an inflammatory response that occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection. ‘It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C,’ he said.”

    COVID-19 Studies Underway
    In China, improvements among COVID-19 patients receiving vitamin C have been so consistently observed that they’re actually looking into it as a stand-alone treatment.9 The trial,10 which began in February 2020, is expected to have results by the end of September 2020. As detailed in the clinical trial description:

    “Vitamin C … has antioxidant properties. When sepsis happens, the cytokine surge caused by sepsis is activated, and neutrophils in the lungs accumulate in the lungs, destroying alveolar capillaries. Early clinical studies have shown that vitamin C can effectively prevent this process.

    In addition, vitamin C can help to eliminate alveolar fluid by preventing the activation and accumulation of neutrophils, and reducing alveolar epithelial water channel damage. At the same time, vitamin C can prevent the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps, which is a biological event of vascular injury caused by neutrophil activation.”

    Research is also underway at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida.11 Here, they will investigate whether newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients are less likely to require hospitalization when given vitamin C and zinc. They’ll also assess whether the combo might reduce disease severity and duration. The goal is to enroll 520 patients and start them on the supplements within two days of diagnosis.

    Vitamin C Recommendations and Guidance
    For the actual treatment of sepsis and/or COVID-19, the dosages needed generally require IV administration. That said, Dr. Robert Rowen, whom I’ve interviewed about the use of vitamin C and ozone therapy for COVID-19, suggests taking upward of 6 grams (6,000 mg) per hour for acute illness, to simulate intravenous administration levels.

    While doses higher than 20 grams per day of oral non-liposomal vitamin C typically result in loose stools, you can take up to 100 grams (100,000 mg) of liposomal or IV vitamin C without encountering such problems.

    Prophylactically, it is not recommended to take such high doses, however. In fact, I discourage people from taking mega doses of vitamin C on a regular basis if they're not actually sick, because in high doses it is essentially a drug — or at least it works like one — and doing so could result in nutritional imbalances.

    For example, taking large doses of vitamin C on a regular basis lowers your level of copper, so if you are already deficient in copper and take high doses of vitamin C, you can actually compromise your immune system. So, instead of taking it all the time, simply start mega-dosing at the first sign of symptoms of illness, and continue until symptoms recede.

    Yet another alternative that I’m starting to think might be even better than vitamin C is nebulized hydrogen peroxide at 0.1% dilution. You can find more information about this in “Could Hydrogen Peroxide Treat Coronavirus?” I’ve recently come across examples of people with moderate to severe COVID-19 illness who rapidly recovered after this simple treatment. I’ll be discussing that in a future article.

    Contraindications
    The only contraindication to high-dose vitamin C treatment is if you are glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient, which is a genetic disorder.12 G6PD is required for your body to produce NADPH, which is necessary to transfer reductive potential to keep antioxidants, such as vitamin C, functional.

    Because your red blood cells do not contain any mitochondria, the only way it can provide reduced glutathione is through NADPH, and since G6PD eliminates this, it causes red blood cells to rupture due to inability to compensate for oxidative stress.

    Fortunately, G6PD deficiency is relatively uncommon, and can be tested for. People of Mediterranean and African decent are at greater risk of being G6PD deficient. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is thought to affect 400 million individuals, and in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males has it.13

    - Sources and References
    1 Orthomolecular Medicine News Service
    2, 4, 5, 6 MedPage Today August 10, 2020 (Archived)
    3 American Journal of Case Reports July 25, 2020; 21:e925521
    7 JAMA 2019 Oct 1; 322(13): 1261–1270
    8 New York Post March 24, 2020
    9 California Institute for Human Science March 20, 2020
    10 Clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT04264533
    11 MSN May 23, 2020
    12, 13 NIH.gov Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
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    Weird science: Covid-19 does NOT cause heart damage, as blockbuster study had basic calculation errors

    By Peter Andrews
    28 Aug, 2020 18:11
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    FILE PHOTO: Health officials check tomography datas displaying Covid-19 symptoms on lungs and the overall damage of the virus to the body received with radiological testing method at a state hospital in Moscow, Russia on May 22, 2020 © Getty Images / Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency

    A widely circulated scientific study reported that Covid-19 causes long-term heart problems. Its authors have been forced to issue major corrections after they wildly miscalculated the risk, but the damage has already been done.

    The scientific establishment wields a lot of power these days. The emergence of the novel coronavirus has elevated many career scientists and academics to positions of great influence, acting as advisors and commissars to governments on all things Covid-related. Which, it turns out, is everything. That is why it is so important that they conduct rational, unbiased research, and analyse all findings with great scepticism, taking nothing for granted.

    Weird science
    Alas, that was never going to happen. Unless you follow the right Twitter accounts (such as Alex Berenson who has been indefatigable in his criticism of shoddy Covid-19 ‘science’), you won’t read about this anywhere else. But what should be a pretty big scandal resulting in a major inquiry into publishing practices is currently underway in the field of cardiology.

    Just over a month ago, a paper from Germany entitled, ‘Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered From Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)’, was published in the journal JAMA Cardiology. It was based on 100 people recently recovered from Covid-19, who underwent MRI scans to find factors associated with damage to their hearts.

    The article quickly became a smash hit, going viral, inasmuch as academic research can. It racked up hundreds of thousands of interactions on its Altmetric score, a tool that tracks how much a piece of research is being clicked, shared and talked about online. No doubt, this was owing to the paper’s bombshell conclusions. If Covid-19 was strongly linked to long-lasting heart disease in a significant proportion of those who survive it, that would be a hugely important thing to know.

    A comedy of errors
    The only problem with the conclusion of the paper is that almost every piece of data given to support it was wrong. As more and more media breathlessly reported that Covid-19 will eventually kill everyone with heart attacks, the mathematically minded on Twitter – including Darrel Francis, a Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute – began to point out obvious miscalculations and mismatches in the results of the study.

    The authors appeared to confuse medians for means, and data points present in the graphs were absent elsewhere. In essence, the paper was riddled with remedial mistakes that the first few hundreds of thousands of people who read it (or scan the last few sentences) failed to notice.

    But Professor Francis is still not happy with the reissued article, launching another scathing attack on his Twitter account. He has more than the layman’s knowledge of statistics, but he lays out in no uncertain terms that the authors are still, even after their extraordinary climb down, fudging the numbers. He is adamant that the corrected figures show that while people who have recovered from Covid-19 do show markers of heart disease in their MRI scans, so do people of similar health profiles who have not had the virus. That is, Covid-19 had absolutely nothing to do with the heart damage seen in the people in the study.

    The authors of the study, meanwhile, have not taken kindly to the egg on their faces. They have lashed out at Twitter’s dismantling of their less-accredited math skills, (not sure people outside UK will know what these are) griping that a letter to the editor “would indeed be more appropriate.” It only took them a month to correct their substandard article, but by that point the damage was done. Just the other day I actually had someone casually inform me that “Covid causes heart damage.” Clearly the study’s reach has been wide. Whether its debunking will have as wide a reach remains to be seen.

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    Effect of bromhexine on clinical outcomes and mortality in COVID-19 patients: A randomized clinical trial:

    https://bi.tbzmed.ac.ir/Files/Inpress/bi-23240.pdf

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    I know of several people privately who have used oils with high levels of turpentine to flush various kinds of critters ( recall the so called Morgelloan’s disease of unknown origin causing extreme suffering to the victims ).

    Here in Himalayas the cedar oil is told to be very efficient against all classes of viruses ,bacteria as well as internal parasites.

    Australian Tea Tree Oil has similar properties,
    so does wild oregano oil mentioned by Bill Ryan
    in his first post.

    I have also found concentrated Tulsi oil ( occimum sanctum ) very efficient and it’s known to be a curative for congested lungs and bronchi.

    In case of uncommon pathogens or long lasting infections the dosage can be increased to 10-20 drops under tongue upto 30 drops a time provided some get spitted out and some swallowed followed by glass of water.

    This protocol can be used several times a day and as long as symptoms persist.


    Remember the first patient in the UK who arrived from Wuhan and was hospitalised for Covid 19 cured himself with two bottles of whiskey and refused to take antibiotic even.

    As alcohol or fasting can not be recommended to everybody due to their health condition,

    I still see the best way with all microbes: keep flushing them out. Don’t accumulate them by billions in your system.

    Keep flushing them out. It’s safer, cheaper and easier to go with in effect than probiotics and inoculations.


    I’m against transplanting one person to another and their pops.

    I think that God has created us clean and beautiful.


    We have dug to this Earth, dived to oceans, tunnelled through considerably opening the proverbial Pandora box. We have cut through the jungles and burned the jungles and the smoke has carried all the life out to the atmosphere well mixing with noble gases.

    There is no therapy than prevention in this case.

    And the decisions taken will be often on the ethical side and on inside. Some people now voluntarily give in to the mesh by millions.
    Some pass away since it was their due time.


    But what is really important, take steps ..prevention is also the therapy and cure is prevention to us and the Planet.

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    Quote Posted by Agape (here)
    I know of several people privately who have used oils with high levels of turpentine to flush various kinds of critters ( recall the so called Morgelloan’s disease of unknown origin causing extreme suffering to the victims ).

    Here in Himalayas the cedar oil is told to be very efficient against all classes of viruses ,bacteria as well as internal parasites.

    Australian Tea Tree Oil has similar properties,
    I'd be careful with taking Tea tree oil internally.

    https://www.teatreewonders.com/eatin...-tree-oil.html

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    Quote Posted by leavesoftrees (here)
    I'd be careful with taking Tea tree oil internally.

    https://www.teatreewonders.com/eatin...-tree-oil.html
    Yes, it's super-strong, and very probably way too strong to be safely taken internally. It can really burn.

    Much better for internal use (and really effective for any virus) is Oregano Oil, which can be taken in capsules, or simply up to 12 drops at a time in a spoonful of olive oil (or any oil). And if I ever get a little tickle in my throat, I apply one drop of Peppermint Oil right to the back of my throat, and that always works just fine.

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    Quote Posted by leavesoftrees (here)
    Quote Posted by Agape (here)
    I know of several people privately who have used oils with high levels of turpentine to flush various kinds of critters ( recall the so called Morgelloan’s disease of unknown origin causing extreme suffering to the victims ).

    Here in Himalayas the cedar oil is told to be very efficient against all classes of viruses ,bacteria as well as internal parasites.

    Australian Tea Tree Oil has similar properties,
    I'd be careful with taking Tea tree oil internally.

    https://www.teatreewonders.com/eatin...-tree-oil.html

    Yes it’s true, it’s very strong. But I confess that I did take Tea Tree Oil internally good few times in my life ( that’s before I ever read internet reviews).

    Well consider the bitterness of hydroxychloroquine before dismissing the option in case of emergency.


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    Maybe this was already published here, things have a way to come back in circles.

    Very interesting, cheap method to relieve flu symptoms in general:

    Attenuation of influenza-like symptomatology and improvement of cell-mediated immunity with long-term N-acetylcysteine treatment

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9230243/

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    Here I found one worthy article with links to particular clinical studies to Tea Tree Oil resourcing in 2018 after the WHO and global medical community already declared predictable state of emergency in the war with microbes as hospital cases of MRSA, sepsis in general and other pertinent viral and bacterial clans surged beyond our capacity to stop them and the stress on finding new types of antibiotics and antivirotics lead to rediscovery and testing of many traditional and untraditional herbal remedies.

    https://eatbeautiful.net/how-why-saf...il-internally/

    The article contains some more detailed information with regards to Tea Tree Oil and how to use it safely internally.

    They recommend wrapping one or two drops in gelatine capsule or a cream in order to avoid direct exposure to sensitive digestion systems,
    while it could be probably safely combined with sweet almond oil in my opinion which itself has excellent benefits.

    If I forgot to say that I would recommend drinking glass or two of water after ingesting small amount of Tea Tree or any kind of concentrated oil ( I’ve tried the same with Rosemary , Clove oil etc. - all by drops very carefully diluted in half glass water - on empty stomach preferably ) and then drinking as much water as required during that day.

    The principle of taking any reactive remedy works to our benefits only once it’s also pushed and flushed through the system.

    Prolonged or repeated use in high amounts has to be warned against ( but so is the truth with many other herbal remedies considered comparatively innocent) as it could cause liver toxicity and organ damage in predisposed individuals in case of overdose.


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    I hope this video hasn't been posted elsewhere. Australians tout new wonder drug as potential cure for Coronavirus (well at least the present "version").


    After doing a quick review of the last couple of pages of posts, I have noticed that this drug has already been mentioned.
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    Some more helpful links on the benefits of Tulsi ( occimum sanctum , holy basil ) with longest scriptural record and use here in India though I now suspect different kinds of basils were or can be used with beneficial effects on respiratory and digestion system and restoring metabolically and mental well being.

    26 amazing benefits of Tulsi:

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/paren...f-herbs/%3famp

    Frontline research on antimicrobial activity of Tulsi
    carried by Australian researchers jointly with California state labs in Santa Clara:

    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles...016.00681/full


    It can be obtained in natural form as tea leaves for infusion, powder, tablets, concentrated drops or water infusion, in India it can be also found in cough syrups, various Ayurvedic preparations and at places of worship.

    The fresher and purer the extract the more benefit it creates.


    I wonder it’s available in many countries now even transcontinentally

    but worth the effort

    https://www.srisritattva.com/product...asi-arka-30-ml



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    Thought I would clean up this article mentioned above by Agape and remove the adverts and images. It could have been written to indicate Tulsi supports these health issues rather than implying it can cure or solve them...

    Incredible Benefits and Uses Of Holy Basil

    26 amazing benefits of Tulsi:

    March 13, 2019

    Incredible Benefits and Uses Of Holy Basil (Tulsi) - Queen of Herbs

    In this Article

    What are the Benefits of Tulsi?
    How to Use Basil in Cooking?
    How to Consume Tulsi Leaves on a Daily Basis?

    FAQs
    There are three varieties of tulsi found in India – Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, and Vana Tulsi. The herb has been used for over 5000 years in treating various illnesses and falls under the mint family. Besides being delectable in taste, it’s a powerhouse of nutrients loaded with antioxidants and offers plenty of health benefits.

    What are the Benefits of Tulsi?

    If you’re wondering what a few fresh basil leaves can do for you every day, you’d be surprised. Here’s a list of the health benefits of tulsi leaves.

    1. Boosts Cardiovascular Health

    Basil is known to help people with hypertension and high blood cholesterol by preventing the formation of clots in your arteries. This lowers your risk of heart disease and there are various studies that show that it does help. Treats Respiratory Illnesses

    Did you know that the humble tulsi is a natural remedy for sore throat and various respiratory illnesses? Yes, just boil the leaves in water and drink up. You can gargle it too.


    3. Lowers Cortisol Levels

    The higher your cortisol levels are, the more stressed out you’ll be. Basil is known to bring your cortisol levels down and make you feel relaxed. It’s essentially an adaptogen and is loaded with antioxidants that calm you down. And it’s not just psychological stress that basil relieves, it safeguards your body from physiological, metabolic, and chemical stress too.


    4. Beats Cancer

    Basil extracts are known to possess radioactive properties which help fight off tumour cells. The eugenol in basil has been said to have the potential to beat different types of cancers according to various studies by researchers. Besides being able to prevent cancer when taken long-term, the leaves reduce tumorigenicity and are known to slow down or delay breast cancer development.


    5. Soothes Indigestion

    There’s a reason basil is popularly used in so many cuisines. It soothes your stomach and relieves indigestion issues. If you’ve been facing constipation or bloating, just add half a teaspoon of fresh basil leaves to your smoothies or meals and notice the difference.


    6. Controls Blood Glucose Levels

    Basil contains phytochemical compounds like saponins, triterpenes, and flavonoids, which produce a hypoglycaemic effect. This makes it beneficial for treating type 2 diabetes. According to studies, when people consumed this herb, their fasting blood glucose level and post-meal level became lower than usual.


    7. Improves Liver Function

    Fresh basil leaves give you hepatoprotective benefits. They stimulate the production of the Cytochrome P450 enzyme which helps with detoxification and removing metabolic wastes (and toxic chemicals) from the body. Thus, tulsi prevents liver damage.

    8. Helps with Weight Loss

    A study revealed the usage of tulsi in helping support weight loss. This is because of its cholesterol and blood glucose regulation effects, both of which end up influencing the BMI. In the study, patients who were supplemented with 250 mg of holy basil noted a reduction in their BMI and lipid profiles.

    9. Prevents Hair Loss

    Basil leaves pack a lot of nutrition and nourish your scalp. Besides supplying your hair follicles with the required nutrients, the paste has hydration properties too and moisturizes your hair. This eliminates itching and boosts blood circulation to the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth and leading to strong and shiny hair. If you add coconut oil to basil leaves and massage your scalp regularly, it’ll eliminate dandruff too.


    10. Prevents Greying of Hair

    The benefits of tulsi for skin and hair are evident. If you’re worried about your hair greying too fast, here’s a natural remedy that works like a charm – take a few fresh basil leaves and mix it with amla (Indian gooseberry) powder. Make the paste the night before and apply it in the morning before you wash your hair for good results.

    11. Improves Immunity

    If your immunity is low, you’ll are more likely to catch a common cold, flu, and various other infections or illnesses. During the cold or rainy days when you’re most likely to catch a fever, boiling a few fresh basil leaves and consuming them is a good way to protect yourself. A strong immune system also means that you’d be less likely to contract respiratory infections like bronchitis and lung infections since it liquifies phlegm. The extracts of this herb have also been medicinally used over the years to heal wounds faster and treat any infections post medical treatment and surgeries.


    12. Reduces Inflammation

    Pain in the joints, stiff knees, and longer recovery times after workouts are signs of inflammation in the body. Basil leaves beat inflammation as they have a compound known as eucalyptol which is popular for relieving inflammation. It boosts your blood circulation, stimulates the production of fluids in the joints and lubricates them making it a natural analgesic.


    13. Removes Plaque

    Plaque build-up in the arteries is one of the biggest causes of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. The antioxidant activity of basil leaves is known to dilate and contract your blood vessels, thus removing the plaque and lowering your risk of such lifestyle diseases. Research is still not conclusive in this regard and is still progressing currently.


    14. A Natural Mouth Freshener

    You’d be happy to know that basil leaves can remove oral plaque, according to studies conducted by researchers. This is due to the leaves having antibacterial properties, thus preventing the build-up of oral plaque. Unlike OTC antibacterial medications which come with side effects, basil effectively removes plaque naturally with zero complications.


    15. Improves Eye Health

    Poor eye health is due to numerous problems like conjunctivitis, irritation in the eyes, infections and inflammatory responses. Basil scavenges and protects the eyes from damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. It prevents macular degeneration too and plays a role in the treatment of cataracts and various vision disorders.


    16. Good for Headaches

    The use of tulsi in Ayurveda and other circles had been recognised centuries ago. The herb has been used to treat headaches and migraines too. To reap its benefits, you just have to consume it by boiling the leaves or by using the herbal powder in your meals and smoothies.


    17. Improves Gut Health

    The nutrients in basil feed the good bacteria in your gut, giving you better abdominal health. Good abdominal health means you won’t be prone to stomach aches, flatulence, and constipation. It’ll get rid of the gassiness too.


    18. Gets Rid of Acne

    Basil leaves are known to unclog the pores in your skin and hydrate them. They get rid of the dirt, grime, and flush out the toxins from your skin, thus cleansing and revitalizing your face. The result is no more acne and your face glows, giving you that flawless look you’ve always wanted. You can make a powder of tulsi leaves and leave it on for a few minutes every day. Adding turmeric and lime juice to the powder and rinsing with cold water makes it more effective too.


    19. Protects You From Insect Bites

    Fresh basil leaves protect you from stings and bites from bugs and other insects. Just chewing on these leaves and applying on the bitten areas helps reduce the pain and extracts the poison injected. In addition to insect bites, tulsi leaves can treat skin infections too which are caused by bacteria like B. anthracis and E. coli. Making a blend of grounded basil leaves with lime juice is known to help ringworm too.


    20. Helps Anti-Aging

    Basil leaves pack a lot of antioxidants which carry anti-ageing benefits. Eating basil leaves raw or using them in salads, smoothies, or using them in any dish can help you get its anti-aging benefits. Plus, the leaves have anti-microbial properties too which means your skin looks young and stays that way for a longer time too.


    How to Use Basil in Cooking?

    You can use fresh organic basil leaves in cooking in the following ways:

    You can use it as a garnish for dishes.
    You can add it to vegetable soup to ensure your child gets its benefits.
    Puree fresh basil leaves, olive oil and lemon to add to salmon as a sauce.
    Use it as a topping on pizzas.

    How to Consume Tulsi Leaves on a Daily Basis?

    You can consume fresh tulsi or holy basil leaves every day by boiling two to three of them early in the morning. Swallow the leaves after boiling by making a herbal tea out of them. If you’re eating basil raw, make sure it’s organic and chew them well. If you don’t want to chew or drink, your third option is to use a powdered version of this herb which is known to be more nutritionally dense too.

    FAQs

    Our readers asked us a bunch of questions last time. We’re answering them now below and debunking some of the myths and misconceptions about this herb. Yes, the benefits are true but there’s more to them as well.

    1. Are There Any Side Effects of Basil Leaves?

    Basil is okay when eaten directly in the form of leaves. However, it does pose some side effects when taken in the form of supplements.

    Basil supplements may lead to low blood sugar levels when taken in larger doses.
    Some supplements contain a chemical known as estragole which is known to cause liver cancer

    Besides supplements, taking too much basil oil is known to slow down blood clotting and cause more bleeding instead.

    2. How Can I Store Tulsi Leaves?

    Storing tulsi leaves for later use is easy. Here’s a simple way to do that:

    Pluck the leaves and wash them to get rid of the dust and dirt.
    Sun-dry them (you don’t have to keep them in shade necessarily).
    Wipe with a clean cloth and wait a week or so.
    After they get dehydrated, just store the leaves in an airtight container for later use.

    3. Is Basil Water Good for My Health?

    Yes, basil water is good for you. It contains a lot of antioxidants and delivers anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits too. When you infuse water with lime juice and fresh basil leaves, you get your daily dose of Vitamin C and give a boost to absorption of other nutrients too.

    4. Can Tulsi Be Taken With Milk?

    Yes, Tulsi can be taken with milk and works wonders. Take a few fresh basil leaves and boil them in a pan with milk. Drain this blend to a cup and drink early in the mornings on an empty stomach.

    5. Should I Chew Tulsi or Gulp It Down?

    If you’re eating the leaves raw, you should chew them. If you boil them, just gulp them down. Don’t gulp down the leaves if you’re planning to eat them raw though.

    6. Can I Give Tulsi Water to My Infant?

    Yes, you can give tulsi water to your infant but only after the first six months. Talk to your doctor for more information about this.

    7. Is Tulsi Safe to Consume During Pregnancy?

    No, tulsi is not safe to take during pregnancy. This is because the herb contains a compound known as estragol which is known to cause uterine contractions. This could lead to premature birth and cause other complications.

    Tulsi (holy basil) is indeed a wonder herb with numerous health benefits when taken in moderation every day. Give it a try and watch how your life changes for the better steadily.

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    I've been taking a small scoop of bee pollen along with my oatmeal I usually have for breakfast. Out of curiosity, I decided to find nutritional benefits of bee pollen. What I found was that among its many benefits, it can boost cardiovascular health. Blood clots in many areas of the body is one complication that Covid-19 can cause.

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    Bee pollen offers benefits for every facet of your health. Cardiovascular health is affected by this magical super-food. The reason for that is ruin – an essential antioxidant bioflavonoid. It makes blood vessels stronger and improves blood circulation. Not only that, but it also corrects existing health issues and helps you move on from them. It removes excess cholesterol and destroys even the smallest blood clots and blockages. It’s crucial to add bee pollen to your diet to ensure health even at an old age.

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    FDA Wants to Ban NAC Now That It Combats COVID-19
    by Dr. Joseph Mercola
    September 03, 2020
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...&rid=955799112


    "STORY AT-A-GLANCE
    N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has a long history of use as a first-aid remedy for acetaminophen poisoning. Compelling research suggests it may also be useful against COVID-19
    By raising glutathione, NAC combats oxidative stress, which is a main cause of the cytokine storm associated with COVID-19. NAC also inhibits hypercoagulation and breaks up blood clots, which is another complication seen in some COVID-19 cases
    NAC helps loosen thick mucus in the lungs and improves a variety of lung-related problems, including pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), both of which are common characteristics of COVID-19
    NAC has been shown to inhibit replication of influenza virus
    Aside from increasing glutathione, NAC may also prevent or improve COVID-19 infection by improving T cell response and modulating inflammation
    N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has a long history of use as a first-aid remedy for acetaminophen poisoning. Emergency room physicians will administer it in cases when you've taken an overdose of Tylenol or other acetaminophen products. The way it neutralizes the toxic effects of the drug is by recharging glutathione, thereby preventing liver damage.

    Interestingly, NAC may also be useful against COVID-19, as explained by pulmonologist Dr. Roger Seheult in the MedCram lecture above. By raising glutathione, it helps combat oxidative stress, which is a main factor in the cytokine storm associated with COVID-19.

    A recent literature analysis1 linked glutathione deficiency to COVID-19 disease severity, leading the author to conclude that NAC may be useful both for prevention and treatment. NAC may also combat the abnormal blood clotting seen in many cases, and helps loosen thick mucus in the lungs.

    FDA Cracks Down on NAC
    Interestingly, with COVID-19 treatment as a new indication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now suddenly cracking down on NAC, claiming it is excluded from the definition of a dietary supplement, as it was approved as a new drug in 1985.2 As such, NAC cannot be marketed as a supplement.

    You certainly would not suspect this looking at the supplement market. As reported by Natural Products Insider,3 there are no fewer than 1,170 NAC-containing products in the National Institutes of Health's Dietary Supplement Label Database.

    Be that as it may, July 29, 2020, FDA announced4 it has issued warning letters to seven companies that market NAC as a remedy for hangovers. According to the FDA:

    "A hangover can occur after alcohol intoxication. Alcohol intoxication, like all poisonings, causes dose-related dysfunction and damage, ranging from mild impairments to death … The products outlined in these letters, which are labeled as dietary supplements, are unapproved new drugs and have not been evaluated by the FDA to be safe and effective for their intended use."

    Members of the Council for Responsible Nutrition have expressed concern that the warning letters may indicate the FDA is considering targeting NAC more widely.

    While the FDA makes no mention of COVID-19 in its warning letter, the timing of its crackdown on NAC marketed for hangovers is interesting, seeing how news of its potential benefits against the viral infection have come into circulation, and research is now underway to assess whether it might be used in the treatment of COVID-19.

    At present, seven studies involving NAC for COVID-19 are listed on Clinicaltrials.gov.5 Time will tell whether the FDA ends up trying to block access to NAC supplements, similarly to the way hydroxychloroquine access has been stifled.

    NAC Inhibits Viral Replication
    The idea that NAC can be helpful against viral infections is not new. Previous studies have found it reduces viral replication of certain viruses, including the influenza virus. As reported by board-certified nutritionist Joseph Debé:6

    "NAC was tested in a 6-month human study7 of influenza. It was a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial involving 262 people. Half of the subjects received 600 mg of NAC, the other half received placebo, twice daily for 6 months.

    NAC was found to improve immune function and reduce the severity of influenza infections. Both groups had similar infection rates with A/H1N1 virus influenza. However, whereas 79% of placebo-treated people had symptomatic infections, only 25% of subjects treated with NAC were symptomatic!

    There were a total of 99 flu-like episodes (symptomatic periods) that occurred in 62 people in the placebo group over the 6 month study. 48% of these were classified as mild, 47% were moderate, and 6% were severe.

    In the NAC group, 46 flu-like episodes occurred in 37 subjects. 72% of these were mild, 26% were moderate and only 2% severe. There were many fewer days of being bedridden in the NAC group."

    It's worth noting that the number needed to treat (NNT) in the study8 cited by Debé is 0.5, which means for every two people treated with NAC, one will be protected against symptomatic influenza.

    That's significantly better than influenza vaccines, which have an NNV (number needed to vaccinate) of 71,9 meaning 71 people must be vaccinated to prevent a single case of confirmed influenza. It's even better than vitamin D, which has an NNT of 33.10 Even among those with severe vitamin D deficiency at baseline, taking vitamin D still had an NNT of 4.

    NAC Inhibits Proinflammatory Cytokines
    NAC has also been shown to inhibit the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in cells infected with highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus. According to the authors of such a study:11

    "The antiviral and anti-inflammatory mechanisms of NAC included inhibition of activation of oxidant sensitive pathways including transcription factor NF-kappaB and mitogen activated protein kinase p38 ...

    NAC inhibits H5N1 replication and H5N1-induced production of pro-inflammatory molecules. Therefore, antioxidants like NAC represent a potential additional treatment option that could be considered in the case of an influenza A virus pandemic."

    Proinflammatory cytokines play a crucial role in COVID-19 severity. Researchers have confirmed that in severe cases, cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL6), interleukin-10 (IL10) and TNF-ɑ are all elevated.12 Once they reach excessive levels, a so-called cytokine storm develops, causing significant tissue damage. NAC may be able to inhibit this damaging cascade.

    NAC — Potential Therapeutic Agent for SARS-CoV-2
    A paper13 published in the October 2020 issue of Medical Hypotheses reviews the potential therapeutic benefits of NAC in the battle against COVID-19 specifically. According to the authors:

    "COVID-19 … continues to spread across the globe. Predisposing factors such as age, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lowered immune function increase the risk of disease severity.

    T cell exhaustion, high viral load, and high levels of TNF-ɑ, IL1β, IL6, IL10 have been associated with severe SARS-CoV-2. Cytokine and antigen overstimulation are potentially responsible for poor humoral response to the virus.

    Lower cellular redox status, which leads to pro-inflammatory states mediated by TNF-ɑ is also potentially implicated. In vivo, in vitro, and human clinical trials have demonstrated N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as an effective method of improving redox status, especially when under oxidative stress.

    In human clinical trials, NAC has been used to replenish glutathione stores and increase the proliferative response of T cells. NAC has also been shown to inhibit the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway (IL1β and IL18) in vitro, and decrease plasma TNF-ɑ in human clinical trials.

    Mediation of the viral load could occur through NAC's ability to increase cellular redox status via maximizing the rate limiting step of glutathione synthesis, and thereby potentially decreasing the effects of virally induced oxidative stress and cell death.

    We hypothesize that NAC could act as a potential therapeutic agent in the treatment of COVID-19 through a variety of potential mechanisms, including increasing glutathione, improving T cell response, and modulating inflammation."

    A second report14 reviewing the evidence for using NAC in the treatment of COVID-19 was published April 14, 2020, by The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford.

    How NAC May Protect Against COVID-19
    To fully understand how NAC might protect against COVID-19, a short lesson in biochemistry is useful. Following is a summary of Seheult's presentation, featured in the video above.

    When you add an electron to an oxygen (O2) molecule, you get superoxide (O2), a reactive oxygen species (ROS). When you add another electron (for a total of two electrons), you get hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). An oxygen molecule with three electrons added becomes hydroxyl (O3), and oxygen with four electrons added becomes harmless water (H2O).

    Not only does superoxide play a crucial role in the oxidative stress associated with the comorbidities for COVID-19, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, but superoxide-driven oxidative stress is also at the heart of serious COVID-19 infection. Now, your body has built-in defenses against oxidative stress. These defenses include:

    •Superoxide dismutase (SOD), which converts damaging superoxide into hydrogen peroxide15

    •Catalase, which converts hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water

    •Glutathione peroxidase (GSHPX), which does two things simultaneously: While reducing hydrogen peroxide into water, it also converts the reduced form of glutathione (GSH) into glutathione disulfide (GSSG), the oxidized form of glutathione.

    In other words, as GSHPX turns hydrogen peroxide into harmless water, glutathione becomes oxidized. The oxidized GSSG is then "recharged" or regenerated by NADPH (the reduced form of NADP+), turning it back into GSH (the reduced form of glutathione). NADPH is also converted into NADP+ through an enzyme called GSH reductase

    As noted by Seheult, serious COVID-19 infection triggers a perfect storm of superoxide-driven oxidative stress, as SARS-CoV-2 attaches to the ACE2 receptor, triggering angiotensin 2 (AT-2), which stimulates superoxide. Simultaneously, there's a deficiency of AT-1,7, which inhibits superoxide. This deficiency allows superoxide to accumulate further.

    SARS-CoV-2 also attracts polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), a type of white blood cell, which also produces superoxide in its efforts to destroy pathogens. All of that superoxide is then converted into other ROS that destroy endothelial cells.

    This down-spiral can be inhibited by NAC, as it boosts GSSG. As illustrated in Seheult's graphic below, when you add two GSH molecules and hydrogen peroxide together, you end up with oxidized glutathione and harmless water, thereby alleviating the oxidative stress.



    NAC Reduces Lung Injury
    Previous studies have also shown NAC helps improve a variety of lung-related problems, including pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),16 both of which are common characteristics of COVID-19. It's also been shown to speed recovery, reduce intensive care unit (ICU) stays and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation among those with respiratory problems. Such studies include:

    A 2017 meta-analysis,17 which found a significant reduction in ICU stays among ARDS patients treated with NAC, even though there was no significant difference in short-term mortality risk.
    A 2007 study,18 which concluded that NAC improves ARDS by "increasing intracellular glutathione and extracellular thiol molecules" along with general antioxidant effects.
    Research19 published in 2018 found NAC reduces oxidative and inflammatory damage in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
    Another 2018 study20 found NAC improves post-operative lung function in patients undergoing liver transplantation.
    A 1994 study21 found NAC enhances recovery from acute lung injury, significantly regressing patients' lung injury score during the first 10 days of treatment, and significantly reducing the need for ventilation. After three days of treatment, only 17% of those receiving NAC needed ventilation, compared to 48% in the placebo group.

    NAC Protects Against Blood Clots Too

    In this MedCram video, Seheult reviews the abnormal blood clotting aspects of COVID-19. Interestingly, NAC addresses this problem too, as several studies22,23,24,25 have confirmed it counteracts hypercoagulation and reduces the risk of blood clots and stroke.

    As noted in one of these studies,26 "NAC has anticoagulant and platelet-inhibiting properties." It also has potent thrombolytic effects, meaning it breaks down blood clots that have already formed.27 According to another study,28 NAC protects against stroke in part by enhancing GSH and correcting antioxidant levels.

    NAC — which recharges glutathione — not only reduces superoxide (oxidative stress) but also appears to reduce von Willebrand factors that form blood clots.
    Seheult's hypothesis for why NAC may be useful against COVID-19 can be summarized as follows: SARS-CoV-2 attaches to and reduces the ACE2 receptor, which causes AT-2 to increase and AT-1,7 to decrease. This in turn increases damaging superoxide that causes oxidative stress and endothelial cell dysfunction.

    It is important to note that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disorder, but also a vascular disorder that causes blood clots, which impair the ability to exchange oxygen in the lungs.

    Fortunately, the sulfur in NAC (from cysteine) also reduces the intrachain disulfide bonds by von Willebrand factors that have polymerized by dissociating the sulfur bonds holding them together thus contributing to the clot. Once von Willebrand factor sulfur bonds are broken, the clots starts to dissolve and the blood vessels open up again allowing for exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

    Interestingly, NAC's mechanism of action does not appear to increase bleeding disorders like heparin or coumadin would, and appears to provide a safer alternative to these agents. This suggests that the "H" of heparin in the MATH+ protocol could simply be replaced with NAC.

    Overall, the more we learn about COVID-19, the more we come to find there may be simple and inexpensive ways to treat this perplexing illness. NAC in particular looks like a good candidate for consideration. An added boon is NAC's excellent safety profile. As noted by Seheult, many studies have shown there are no serious adverse effects associated with its use."

    Sources and References
    1 Researchgate, April 2020 [Preprint]
    2, 3 Natural Products Insider August 11, 2020
    4 FDA.gov July 29, 2020
    5 Clinicaltrials.gov
    6 Drdebe.com April 2, 2020
    7, 8 European Respiratory Journal 1997 Jul;10(7):1535-41
    9 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews March 13, 2014, Main Results
    10 BMJ 2017;356:i6583
    11 Biochemical Pharmacology 2010 Feb 1;79(3):413-20
    12, 13 Medical Hypotheses October 2020; 143: 109862
    14 CEBM April 14, 2020
    15 Alexandria Journal of Medicine December 2018; 54(4): 287-293
    16, 17 Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 2017 Oct; 14(4): 2863–2868
    18 Hum Exp Toxicol. 2007 Sep;26(9):697-703
    19 Medicine 2018 Nov; 97(45): e13087
    20 Bioscience Reports October 2018; 38(5): BSR20180858
    21 Chest Journal January 1994; 105(1): 190-194
    22 J Med Toxicol. 2013 Mar; 9(1): 49–53
    23, 28 Redox Biology 2018 Apr; 14: 218–228
    24, 26 Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2006 Jan;17(1):29-34
    25, 27 Circulation 2017 Aug 15;136(7):646-660

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    Maybe this was already published here, things have a way to come back in circles.

    Very interesting, cheap method to relieve flu symptoms in general:

    Attenuation of influenza-like symptomatology and improvement of cell-mediated immunity with long-term N-acetylcysteine treatment

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    Another breakthrough? New Russian drug means fewer Covid-19 patients need ventilators, has significantly reduced mortality

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    A new Russian medicine being used on Covid-19 patients has reduced the mortality rate by up to five times, according to its developer, Oleg Rosenberg, of Surfactant-BL. The drug is most commonly used to treat severe lung lesions.

    Speaking to Moscow newspaper Izvestia, Rosenberg noted that his creation has not only improved the chances of coronavirus patients staying alive, but it has also kept them off ventilators.
    “Patients who are treated with Surfactant are reliably less likely to be transferred to an intensive care unit for mechanical ventilation, and mortality among them is 3-5 times lower,” he said, being careful to clarify that data is still being collected. During the pandemic, 120 patients were treated with the drug.
    After speaking to various medical centers, Izvestia discovered that usage of Surfactant-BL has been a success. At Sechenov University in Moscow, 30 out of 32 patients with a severe form of Covid-19 managed to recover. At Tyumen Perinatal Center, all 16 pregnant and postpartum women with the illness survived.

    According to Andrey Bautin, the head of the anesthesiology and resuscitation lab at Saint Petersburg's Almazov Medical Center, the mortality rate of seriously ill patients reduced from about 80% to 14.3%.

    Surfactant-BL is formed from a natural substance, found in the lungs of cattle, which lines the inside of a cow's pulmonary alveoli. Developed initially to help premature babies with immature lungs, there are now around ten surfactant drugs globally.

    Sergey Avdeev, the country's chief pulmonologist, explained that a randomized trial of the drug has already begun, with a total of 90 patients due to be treated. If the test goes well, Surfactant-BL will be included in the Ministry of Health's official Covid-19 recommendations.
    “Foreign colleagues are going in the same direction as we are. But we are one step ahead,” Avdeev said.

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    How Nebulized Peroxide Helps Against Respiratory Infections
    by Dr. Joseph Mercola]
    September 13, 2020

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...&rid=963502808


    "Dr. David Brownstein, who has a clinic just outside of Detroit, has successfully treated over a hundred patients with what has become my favorite intervention for COVID-19 and other upper respiratory infections, namely nebulized hydrogen peroxide. He has published the results of his work in a study that you can download here.

    Since I first wrote about it at the beginning of April 2020, I've received impressive testimonials of its effectiveness from friends and acquaintances who got severely ill and used it.

    Brownstein is probably best known for his promotion of iodine and its supplementation. He was also an early adopter of vitamin D optimization and nebulized peroxide. He explains the background that led him to his current regimen:

    "The history goes back about 28 years when I began practicing holistic medicine. Of course, we would see people with influenza and influenza-like illnesses every fall and winter, so I started searching for things that would help people's immune systems …

    We initially started using vitamin C and vitamin D. I started to check vitamin D levels in 1992. What I found was the vast majority of my patients, well over 90%, were deficient in vitamin D, and those who had more chronic issues and were sicker in general, they usually had lower levels of vitamin D ...

    Then I came across vitamin A. I originally read the research on how vitamin A helped third world countries when they had measles infections and helped … [patients] recover uneventfully if they had enough vitamin A, so I quickly added vitamin A to the regimen.

    A few years later, I learned about iodine. Iodine has direct viricidal effects. It has immune system effects. It helps the white blood cells produce hydrogen peroxide to fight viral and bacterial infections, as well as thyroid effects. Iodine got added to the regimen, and so the original treatment of our patients was vitamins A, C, D and iodine at high doses for about four days.

    What we found was our patients did not develop pneumonia, did not get hospitalized, did not die from flu and other influenza-like illnesses at anywhere near the rates that they should have when you looked at the published rates of problems with these illnesses."

    Hydrogen Peroxide and Ozone
    While attending an oxidative medicine course, Brownstein learned about hydrogen peroxide. At that point, he and his staff started using nebulized hydrogen peroxide and intravenous (IV) hydrogen peroxide. That was back in the mid-1990s. So, he has been using nebulized peroxide clinically for 25 years now, which is longer than anyone I know of.

    With each revision of his original protocol, patients seemed to fare better. Fast-forward another couple of years, at another medical course, he learned about the benefits of ozone.

    "That was the latest addition to it. What we found over 28 years of using this therapy is that our patients did well. I never made a claim that this cured any influenza or influenza-like illness. What it does is it supports the immune system in multiple ways, and people get over it just like they've gotten over it for eons of time," Brownstein says.

    "If we didn't get over these viral illnesses, we wouldn't survive as a human species, so it certainly makes sense we'd want a strong immune system in place when we get exposed to these pathogenic organisms.

    When COVID-19 came around … we were warned that we're going to have millions of deaths, and this is going to be the biggest medical catastrophe in our lifetimes …

    Everyone was on edge, and I had a meeting with my staff at the end of a work week. It was the last Thursday in February. And I told the staff that the first 28 years of our holistic practice was truly practice for this pandemic … And I said, 'I think we've got this covered.'

    I said, 'I can't guarantee anyone anything, but we've treated coronavirus in past years' … Coronavirus is known to be part of the influenza-like illnesses … I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work for this illness as it has worked for the other viral/coronavirus illnesses that we've been treating.'"107 Patients — One Hospitalization, Zero Deaths
    Brownstein and the other physicians in his practice first started treating COVID patients in the middle of a Detroit winter under full social distancing and lockdown restrictions. As a result, he had to treat patients who were ill in a drive-through manner in his clinic parking lot. They'd stick their arm out their car window, and Brownstein and his colleagues would do an IV of hydrogen peroxide and vitamin C and intramuscular shots of ozone.

    "I vividly remember the snow coming down on my face mask as I'm shaking my head like a dog in order to clear my face shield, trying to put the IV in," he says. "At the end of the treatment, we would do ozone. We didn't want to do IV ozone outside because the elements weren't good, so we decided to do intramuscular ozone.

    People who were sick, who couldn't breathe, we'd meet them in the parking lot. At the end of the IVs, we'd open their car door and have them stick their rear end out the car door. We'd put ozone in each [butt] cheek and send them on their way.

    We got them hooked up on a nebulizer too, nebulizing hydrogen peroxide and iodine. After they started the therapies, usually after the first nebulized treatment, their airways would open up, and they could breathe again. We ended up treating 107 patients that I wrote about in the published, peer-reviewed [paper]. We had one hospitalization, no ventilators, no deaths."

    The case report,1 "A Novel Approach to Treating COVID-19 Using Nutritional and Oxidative Therapies," was published in Science, Public Health Policy, and The Law in July 2020. For a couple of months, Brownstein would post video interviews with his patients, in which they told their story.

    He removed all of them after receiving a warning letter from the Federal Trade Commission, saying that because there's no established prevention, treatment or cure for COVID-19, any mention thereof falls in violation of FTC law.

    "In their first letter to me, they said, 'Because there's no human clinical studies documenting what you say works, you need to remove it.' So, after we published the [case review], my lawyer wife sent the FTC a letter saying, 'Here's a published study. We'd like to put my study on my website without comment.' And they said, 'No, it's not a randomized. We want a randomized controlled study.'

    So, we felt like we had punched the ball into the end zone, and then they moved the goal post back 30 yards, but that's where we stand right now with it. And we're still treating patients with it. The study was on 107 patients. We've probably treated 10 more patients since then, still with good success.

    I wrote in the article that the reason I didn't do a randomized study was it's unethical for me to withhold that treatment from people when I'm as certain as I can be that the therapy was going to work. There's no way I could sleep at night if I was randomizing people to get the therapy, and others to not get the therapy.

    COVID was a new illness. We had never seen it. Nobody had ever seen it. There were no randomized studies. There's no reason to. Too many people were dying. We've already had over 100,000 deaths. It's just tragic, and it's really going to be a stain on medicine when the final autopsy is written on this."

    Boosting Your Immune Function Is Imperative
    Interestingly, as explained by Brownstein, in addition to having direct viricidal effects, iodine also stimulates and supports the immune system. It increases the killing effect of hydrogen peroxide production in your white blood cells by improving white blood cell and thyroid function, which is one way our immune system works to kill pathogens. Vitamin C directly increases hydrogen peroxide production when used at high doses, he says, while vitamin A helps modulate your immune system.

    "Perhaps instead of just relying on masks and social isolation, we should be talking about the immune system," Brownstein says. "How do we support it? And I'd like to throw out the question: Since when did talking about supporting the immune system become illegal? Since when do you have to be quiet about it?

    Unfortunately, in this time and age, this is where we're at right now, and it's a sad time … I've been writing a book on a holistic approach to viruses. And in this book … I say that this illness is an example of what's wrong with our country.

    The health of our country is in such decline, we finish last or nearly last in every single health indicator when compared to other Western countries, and this is why we've got hit so hard with this. And nobody talks about our health. All they're talking about is masks, social isolation and wait for a vaccine.

    What about the next virus that comes around? What are they going to do about that one? And my comments on this warp speed vaccine to the world is, I hope it's safe and effective, but I don't think I'll be first in line getting this thing, not when it's bypassing all the safety studies …

    What I'd be first in line with is trying to figure out how I'm going to support my immune system, so when I'm confronted with these different viruses — because after this one, there's going to be the next one — you're not going to depend on another warp speed project. You're going to depend on yourself to get over these things. We can do it."

    How to Do Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide — The Basics
    Nebulized hydrogen peroxide is extremely safe. Brownstein has used it for 25 years with no ill effects being found. It's also incredibly inexpensive, and you can administer it at home, without a prescription. In my view, it is one of the absolute best therapies for viral infections like SARS-CoV-2 or even worse respiratory viruses that will likely be unleashed in the future.

    You need to buy a desktop nebulizer (it needs to produce a very fine mist and desktop versions are stronger than handheld battery operated models). The one I use is the Pari Trek S Compressor Aerosol System, which is available on Amazon or less expensively on eBay. The large battery option is unnecessary as you can simply plug in the device to run it when you need it.

    Please understand, though, that the Pari Trek S is designed to treat asthmatics and as such only comes with a mouthpiece. While this would get the peroxide in the lungs where it is needed, it does nothing to reach the sinuses, which are also likely infected. This is why it would be worth pick up some face masks on Amazon to use instead of the mouthpiece as they are only about $10.

    It is important to acquire this BEFORE you need it, as the sooner you treat the infection the better your results will be, although the testimonials are unbelievably impressive even in late stage illness. It is not necessary to treat yourself preventively, but only if you are sick or exposed to someone who is.

    While I've been using a 0.1% dilution, Brownstein uses an even lower concentration of just 0.04%. Neither Brownstein nor I recommend using commercial 3% hydrogen peroxide found in most grocery stores, however, as it has potentially toxic chemical stabilizers in it. Then take 3-5 ml and put that into the nebulizer and inhale the entire amount. You can do this every hour when you are sick until you start to notice improvement and then back down to every 4-6 hours and continue until you are over the illness.

    Since you are not using full strength 3% peroxide and diluting it by 30 to 50 times, it is unlikely the stabilizers will present a problem, but to be safe it is best to use FOOD-GRADE peroxide. Also remember not to dilute it with plain water as the lack of electrolytes in the water can damage your lungs if you nebulize that. You will need to use saline or add a small amount of salt to the water to eliminate this risk.



    Brownstein also dilutes the peroxide with sterile water and saline rather than distilled water. Using saline prevents the osmotic differential that can cause damage to lung cells. Brownstein dilutes the 35% food-grade peroxide as follows. When nebulizing, Brownstein also adds one drop of 5% Lugol's solution to the nebulizer as well.

    Dilute 35% food-grade peroxide down to 3% by mixing 1 part peroxide with 10 parts sterile water
    Take 3 cubic centimeters (CCs) of that 3% dilution and add it to a 250CC bag of normal saline. This brings it down to a .04% hydrogen peroxide concentration
    Sample Case History
    Brownstein relates the case of a 67-year-old male patient. The man developed COVID-19 symptoms, and after seven or eight days could not breathe and went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia. After two days of treatment, which included oxygen, he felt only slightly better, but was released from the hospital due to a shortage of beds.

    "They sent him home on oxygen and told him, 'Only come back if you can't breathe.' So he goes home, and he calls me on the phone, crying, 'I'm going to die. They sent me home to die.'

    I said to him, 'You're not going to die. Do you have a nebulizer?' And he said, 'No.' And I'm like, 'We need to start nebulizing right away … Send your wife over. We'll put a nebulizer in the car and tell you how to do it.' So, we mixed up the solution for him, and she brought the nebulizer home.

    I called him up at the end of the day. He had done three nebulizer treatments, and he said that after the second nebulizer treatment his lungs started to open up. He felt about 70% better and didn't feel like he was going to die at that point.

    He was still coughing and short of breath, but not like he was. After the third treatment, he said he was even better … So, this nebulizer thing really does work.

    The one thing I'd like your readers to know, the handheld nebulizers don't work as well. I had a handful of patients who were using a handheld nebulizer and trying it with the same solution.

    They were calling me back saying, 'It's not working.' When they got a desktop model, a little stronger model, it worked. So, I encourage people not to use a handheld nebulizer. Use a desktop model. It's a little bit stronger."

    Nebulized Peroxide Typically Improves Symptoms Within Hours
    This story echoes the experiences of personal acquaintances who have tried the treatment. After two treatments, they felt significantly better. After the third treatment, their breathing was restored and they were well on their way to a full recovery.

    You'd be hard-pressed to find another treatment that works within hours. Brownstein agrees that this scenario is consistent with what he has encountered among his own patients.

    "Usually, everything feels better within a couple of hours of starting nebulizing," he says. When asked about how others in the medical community have responded to his blog posts about the treatment, he replies:

    "In the middle of the crisis as I was posting … I started hearing from doctors all over the country, especially in New York and New Jersey. They were hospital physicians … They didn't know what to do. The therapies weren't working.

    No. 1, they want the therapy for their family, and No. 2, they want to help their patients. So, I was hearing from doctors. They were interested. I heard from a couple of local doctors who sent patients to us whom they couldn't help.

    They had nothing to offer them ... and [those patients] got better … It was really the first time I got a bunch of emails, messages and phone calls from doctors saying, 'Hey, tell me how it works. Tell me what you're doing.'"

    Hydrogen Peroxide Facts
    In my April 2020 article, "Could Hydrogen Peroxide Treat Coronavirus?" I reviewed some of the basic science of how hydrogen peroxide works, as well as some of the studies assessing its therapeutic potential.

    The most relevant study2 was published in March 2020 in the Journal of Hospital Infection. They studied 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, and found it killed human coronaviruses, including the coronaviruses responsible for SARS and MERS. Here are a few additional facts that explain how and why hydrogen peroxide works so well for respiratory infections:

    1.Hydrogen peroxide freely crosses cell membranes and does not readily oxidize biological molecules, including lipids and proteins.3 It does however react with iron. The presence of free, unbound iron in high concentrations in pathogens is what allows them to be selectively targeted by hydrogen peroxide.

    High concentrations of iron result in a rapid breakdown of hydrogen peroxide into hydroxyl radicals and water. The hydroxyl radical, a potent oxidizing agent, kills any pathogens present. (Under normal, healthy circumstances, hydrogen peroxide merely breaks down into oxygen and water.)

    2.Peroxide is generated by activated phagocytes (pathogen-killing immune cells) at sites of inflammation.4 Phagocytes also contain high amounts of ascorbate (vitamin C), which directly donate electrons to peroxide to generate the pathogen-killing hydroxyl radical inside the infected cells. Vitamin C also helps generate increased amounts of extracellular hydrogen peroxide, which further boosts the elimination of pathogens.5

    3.Hydrogen peroxide is continually generated inside all cells in your body, including the epithelial lining of your lungs. (Hydrogen peroxide is present in the air exhaled by healthy human subjects, and when inflammation is present, more peroxide is found in the exhaled breath.6) The presence of excreted peroxide on these surface cells in the airways is part of a healthy, at-the-ready immune response.7

    4.Aside from its anti-pathogen properties, hydrogen peroxide is also recognized as an important signaling molecule, both intracellular and extracellular, influencing and modulating multiple metabolic processes.8

    In summary, hydrogen peroxide sits inside and outside your cells in low levels, ready and waiting to be generated in greater amounts as soon as a pathogen is detected by the immune system by NADPH Oxidase (NOX).

    Its presence in your human body (at varying amounts depending on whether infection is present), and the lack of toxic metabolites, are indicative of its safety and nontoxic nature.

    Similarly, as noted by Brownstein, hydrogen peroxide is extremely safe to use and nebulize at the diluted levels suggested. It's also effective. All pathogens studied to date have been found to succumb to hydrogen peroxide, albeit at varying concentrations and for different amounts of exposure.

    So, nebulizing hydrogen peroxide into the sinuses, throat and lungs is a simple, straightforward way to augment your body's natural expression of hydrogen peroxide to combat infection.

    "There are cheap and effective ways to treat patients suffering from [COVID-19], and we should be studying this. We should be allowed to report on it, and we should be allowed to study it. [If we were], we wouldn't have the travesty that's happened to our country." ~ Dr. Brownstein
    While individual sensitivities to inhaled peroxide vary, even very low concentrations (below 3%) have been shown to reliably kill most pathogens.9,10,11,12 Through trial and error, Brownstein found 0.04% was the lowest concentration at which patients report significant improvement, which is why he recommends that level of dilution.

    Summary of Treatment
    To summarize, here's how I would treat myself or a family member:

    At the very first signs of a respiratory infection, dilute food-grade hydrogen peroxide down to a 0.1% (my recommendation) or 0.04% solution (Dr. Brownstein's recommendation). If you want, you can add one drop of 5% Lugol's iodine solution, and nebulize using a desktop nebulizer.
    Start taking quercetin and zinc, as an adjunctive therapy as soon as you know you have an infection, as the earlier you start the better. This treatment is likely ineffective late in the course of the illness as it works to inhibit viral replication. If the virus has already reproduced, it is too late and the horse is out of the barn.
    The key is to have everything you need readily available. Have it in your possession before you need it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so procure the nebulizer, peroxide and iodine before you get ill.

    If you're exposed to someone who is sick, you can use the nebulized peroxide as a prophylactic, but if you're healthy, it's not recommended to nebulize daily. For prevention, also make sure your vitamin D level is above 40 ng/mL.

    In the later stages of disease, NAC may be really useful. The MATH+ protocol developed by Dr. Paul Marik uses methylprednisolone, vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1) and heparin. Heparin is administered because COVID-19 is a blood disorder too. There are clotting complications, and the heparin seems to improve that.

    NAC also prevents platelet aggregation and abnormal blood clotting. It also reduces oxidative stress and increases glutathione levels, both of which play important roles in this disease. In my view, quercetin, zinc, glutathione, vitamin D and nebulized peroxide is a home run.

    "There are cheap and effective ways to treat [COVID-19], and we should be studying this," Brownstein says. "We should be allowed to report on it, and we should be allowed to study it. [If we were], we wouldn't have the travesty that's happened to our country."

    - Sources and References
    1 Science, Public Health Policy, and The Law in July 2020; 2(4): 22 (PDF)
    2 J Hosp Infect. 2020 Mar;104(3):246-251
    3 FEBS Letters December 2000; 486(1): 10-13
    4 The Journal of Clinical Investigation May 1975;55(5):945-955
    5 Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy January 2019; 109:2119-2127
    6 Respiration 2012; 84:291-298
    7 The Israel Medical Association Journal May 2020; 22(5):278
    8 Neuroscientist May 12, 2012;17(4):389-406
    9 Infect Immun. 1983 Jan; 39(1): 456–459
    10 Appl Environ Microbiol. 1997 Oct; 63(10): 3916–3918
    11 Appl Microbiol. 2011 May;52(5):555-8
    12 Journal of Hospital Infection April 2014; 86(4): 255-259
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    Discovery: Autopsies Prove that COVID-19 is a Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Pulmonary Thrombosis)

    By Chinonyerem Emmanuella
    Published 5 months ago on May 1, 2020



    It is now clear that the whole world has been attacking the so-called Coronavirus Pandemic wrongly due to a serious pathophysiological diagnosis error.

    According to valuable information from Italian pathologists, ventilators and intensive care units were never needed.

    Autopsies performed by the Italian pathologists has shown that it is not pneumonia but it is Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Thrombosis) which ought to be fought with antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants.



    If this is true for all cases, that means the whole world is about to resolve this novel pandemic earlier than expected.

    However, protocols are currently being changed in Italy who have been adversely affected by this pandemic.

    The impressive case of a Mexican family in the United States who claimed they were cured with a home remedy was documented:
    three 500 mg aspirins dissolved in lemon juice boiled with honey, taken hot.
    The next day they woke up as if nothing had happened to them! Well, the scientific information that follows proves they are right!

    This information was released by a medical researcher from Italy:
    “Thanks to 50 autopsies performed on patients who died of COVID-19, Italian pathologists have discovered that IT IS NOT PNEUMONIA, strictly speaking, because the virus does not only kill pneumocytes of this type, but uses an inflammatory storm to create an endothelial vascular thrombosis.”
    In disseminated intravascular coagulation, the lung is the most affected because it is the most inflamed, but there is also a heart attack, stroke and many other thromboembolic diseases.



    In fact, the protocols left antiviral therapies useless and focused on anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting therapies. These therapies should be done immediately, even at home, in which the treatment of patients responds very well.

    If the Chinese had denounced it, they would have invested in home therapy, not intensive care! So, the way to fight it is with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants.

    An Italian pathologist reports that the hospital in Bergamo did a total of 50 autopsies and one in Milan, 20, that is, the Italian series is the highest in the world, the Chinese did only 3, which seems to fully confirm the information.

    In a nutshell, the disease is determined by a disseminated intravascular coagulation triggered by the virus; therefore, it is not pneumonia but pulmonary thrombosis, a major diagnostic error.

    Some world leaders doubled the number of resuscitation places in the ICU, with unnecessary exorbitant costs.

    According to the Italian pathologist, treatment in ICUs is useless if thromboembolism is not resolved first.
    “If we ventilate a lung where blood does not circulate, it is useless, in fact, nine (9) patients out of ten (10) will die because the problem is cardiovascular, not respiratory.”

    “It is venous microthrombosis, not pneumonia, that determines mortality.”
    According to the literature, inflammation induces thrombosis through a complex but well-known pathophysiological mechanism.

    Unfortunately, what the scientific literature said, especially Chinese, until mid-March was that anti-inflammatory drugs should not be used.

    Now, the therapy being used in Italy is with anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, as in influenza, and the number of hospitalized patients has been reduced.

    He also discovered that many deaths, even in their 40s, had a history of fever for 10 to 15 days, which were not treated properly.

    The inflammation does a great deal of tissue damage and creates ground for thrombus formation. However, the main problem is not the virus, but the immune hyperreaction that destroys the cell where the virus is installed.

    In fact, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have never needed to be admitted to the ICU because they are on corticosteroid therapy, which is a great anti-inflammatory.

    With this important discovery, it is possible to return to normal life and open closed deals due to the quarantine, though not immediately, but with time.

    Kindly share so that the health authorities of each country can make their respective analysis of this information, prevent further deaths and redirect investments appropriately; the vaccine may come later.
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    Quote In fact, patients with rheumatoid arthritis have never needed to be admitted to the ICU because they are on corticosteroid therapy, which is a great anti-inflammatory.
    RA patients can be treated with Hydoxychloroquine which might explain why they dont need ICU treatment

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