Coronavirus and the Web of Intrigue. Did Health Authorities Get the Treatment and Diagnosis Wrong? Did We Need to Shut Down the World?

“We have to admit: the information being delivered is full of conflicting evidence.”

Before any task is performed it is best to have a reliable pathway towards completion: the saying “measure twice and cut once” is a sound advice. For COVID-19 it seems that we have been cutting and cutting without any measurable documentation in place without fully understanding the consequences of our actions. What if the health authorities got it wrong? Of course, in their defense, it can be said that this is a novel virus and we are doing our best in treating this viral attack, at least till we will have a vaccine to inoculate the world. We have to admit: the information being delivered is full of conflicting evidence starting with the ‘wear masks—don’t wear masks’ discussion, continuing with social distancing and airflow of water droplets, not to mention gloves which—instead of preventing contamination—turn into a Petri dish thanks to everything touched on multiple surfaces. What was necessary yesterday does not apply today, as for tomorrow? If your life depends on it, you may have better luck checking your horoscope.

The World Health Organization (WHO) first estimated that the death rate from Covid-19 would be 3.4% of those contracting the virus, and due to the high death rate it caused massive fear and panic and was the cause of the lockdowns. Now the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is admitting the numbers are much lower, under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26%. Officials estimate a 0.4% fatality rate among those who are symptomatic and project a 35% rate of asymptomatic cases among those infected, which drops the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) to just 0.26%. If we were to adjust for the 50% asymptomatic the rate would drop the fatality rate to 0.2% – less than the possibility of dying in a car accident and exactly the rate of fatality Dr. John Ionnidis of Stanford University projected.

One of the most important information implies that coronavirus may be other than a virus; it may also be a bacterium and blood issue, and we may have been treating it completely wrong from the beginning.

A lot of information is coming from all over the world, with researchers trying to find out what might be behind and beyond coronavirus. Some of them claim that there is no real threat out there. “In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the capital of the northern Lombardy region. “The swabs performed over the past 10 days have showed a viral load that is absolutely infinitesimal in quantitative terms compared to those carried out a month or two months ago. Someone has to take responsibility for terrorizing the country”. Another doctor from northern Italy also thinks that the virus is weaker now. “The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength that it has today,” said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital in the city of Genoa. “It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different.”

Others are doing their best to find out what the link between the coronavirus deaths and other health issues really is. “We need those tissues to determine what is killing patients affected by COVID-19,” says pathologist Roberto Salgado of the GZA-ZNA Hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. “Is it pneumonia? Is it blood clots? Why do they develop kidney failure? We have no clue.”

Based on the autopsy reports of those who died from COVID-19 in Italy, it seems that all had a blood disorder. Desiree Marshall, a pathologist at the University of Washington, says that “it’s often the cascading organ failure triggered by acute respiratory distress syndrome—or ARDS—that causes elderly people to die from influenza, and firefighters to die from smoke inhalation, and cancer patients to die from reactions to chemotherapy.” According to the Science Talk by W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky from April 23, 2020 Gibbs says that “the pressing question we need to answer for COVID-19 is whether it’s just ARDS that makes the disease deadly, or whether this new disease is different and even more complicated to treat than what doctors have seen before.”
These tie into the blood clots. “Jeffrey Laurence, a haematologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, and his colleagues examined lung and skin samples from three people infected with COVID-19 and found that the capillaries were clogged with clots. Other groups, including a team led by O’Donnell, have reported similar findings. “This is really very new.” This might help to explain why some people have critically low blood-oxygen readings, and why mechanical ventilation often doesn’t help. It’s a “double hit”, says O’Donnell. Pneumonia clogs the tiny sacs in the lungs with fluid or pus, and microclots restrict oxygenated blood from moving through them.”

The reason behind clotting is still unclear and so are other complications of COVID-19. Researchers are now working on their hypotheses behind the frequently occurring phenomena so we are gaining new information and perspective every day. But how does our future really looks like?

We have been told that the virus can’t survive on surfaces of heat and humidity, and with temperatures rising, the virus is slowing down. Though it sounds like the WHO has downplayed it, there is evidence for this in each and every flu season. Also Vitamin D helps kill the virus and speed recovery, and since it is “the sunshine vitamin” there may be some truth to the fact.

Despite the dropping numbers and the positive effects of the upcoming summer months mentioned above, there is still mostly fear that has been projected on us. Apparently, we should be expecting a second wave in September. But should we really? And mainly: do we have the right information about what’s going on? The answer is: most likely not.

References:
• New-antibody-study-strong-evidence-lockdown-strategy-wrong-course https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-new-antibody-study-strong-evidence-lockdown-strategy-wrong-course/
• Ledford, Heidi. 2020. Autopsy slowdown hinders quest to determine how coronavirus kills. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01355-z
• Balmer, Crispian. Fonte, Giuseppe. 2020. New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-virus/new-coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-doctor-says-idUSKBN2370OQ
• Gibbs, W. Wayt. Mirsky, Steve. 2020. COVID-19: What the Autopsies Reveal. Science Talk Podcast.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/covid-19-what-the-autopsies-reveal/
• Willyard, Cassandra. 2020. Coronavirus blood-clot mystery intensifies.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01403-8

Examining the Inconsistencies of Dealing with COVID-19. Can Their Word Still Be Trusted Even Through the Lies?

Does social distancing work or is it completely unnecessary? Can the World Health Organization or our governments be trusted that they are doing what is best for us? What is the situation with long-term care and seniors’ homes? And what is the real deal with the masks and ventilators—are they being overused or needed?

There are many questions and way too many answers—mostly different ones. And, of course, there are inconsistencies, lies and at the end, even more questions.

When it comes to social distancing, there are both supporters and opponents and not just among the public but also within the experts. One of those who doubt the relevance of physical distancing is Josef Buttigieg from the University of Regina, who specializes in neurobiology and stem cell physiology. In his April 2 post on Facebook Buttigieg speaks about the importance of antibody tests mostly for the reason that “the outcome of this test is going to show that the vast majority of the population has already had the virus, meaning that social isolation is 1) not necessary and 2) didn’t work as well as we thought it would.” Meanwhile, other experts claim that herd immunity is not evidence based. According to a scientific brief the World Health Organization warned that the presence of coronavirus antibodies may not protect against future infections. “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” The question is then: how will a vaccine help?

It is not only the WHO that might appear questionable. Remember, Health Canada gave a time-limited approval of technical-grade ethanol (which contains acetaldehyde, a very possible carcinogen) to be used in hand sanitizers.

We can see clearly the mixed messages how our Canadian government passed a law without democratic process which is horrifying to the majority of Canadians. Prime Minister Trudeau previously said he admires China’s dictatorship. Does that mean he wants to be a dictator himself? As a leader of a democratic country how can he admire China with its human rights violations?
The problem of forcing self-isolation on the healthy, and leaving the elderly unprotected, remains. This practice continues, we are just starting to see an easing of restrictions. In the process they make the claim that if a rise will resurface, everything will be shut down. Statistics are revealing that 79% of COVID-19 deaths are in nursing homes and remainder mainly associated with pre-existing health conditions, healthy people are not dying. Based on the research, seniors are dying with flulike symptoms from pre-existing health conditions and not from COVID-19 as they would have you believe.

The question remains whether we need to wear masks or not. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization all originally agreed that healthy people did not need to wear masks, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams wants the CDC to re-evaluate this recommendation since research shows asymptomatic people can spread COVID-19. The advice posted on the CDC website: “If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask).” Wherever the truth might be, it is important to note that not every material is efficiently filtrating coronavirus-sized particles, neither are all materials equally breathable. According to Smart Air test, the top 3 materials for masks balancing breathability and filtration are: paper towel, denim (10oz) and 100% cotton bed sheets (80-120 thread). Paper towels…Go figure?

Besides the need of masks the shortage on ventilators is another popular subject. We hear time and time again that we need more ventilators to treat COVID-19, but do we? If we look at the most famous person to get the virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he ended up in ICU and had difficulty in breathing but he never went on a ventilator. Why is that, you might ask.
An April 22 study published in JAMA describing the outcomes for 5,700 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area reported that “mortality rates for those who received mechanical ventilation in the 18-to-65 and older-than-65 age groups were 76.4% and 97.2%, respectively. Mortality rates for those in the 18-to-65 and older-than-65 age groups who did not receive mechanical ventilation were 19.8% and 26.6%, respectively. There were no deaths in the younger-than-18 age group.”

According to Luciano Gattinoni, a world-renowned Italian intensive care specialist, COVID-19 patients, like those suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), have below-normal levels of oxygen in their blood, which leads to breathing problems. In ARDS cases the lungs lose their elasticity. But in many cases of COVID-19, the lungs remain elastic and people are able to continue breathing for some time despite the low oxygen levels.

This “remarkable combination is almost never seen in severe ARDS,” he writes, adding that patients with normal looking lungs but low oxygen are at risk of lung injury from the ventilators, where pressure from the air damages the thin air sacs that exchange oxygen with the blood. In Gattinoni’s study, only 20% to 30% of patients fully fit the severe ARDS criteria.

Confusion seems to be an underlying message, laced with touch of truth and contradicted by those in authority. Someone or some groups always benefit, the only question remains: at what cost? We should be able to navigate ourselves between all this information and yet the truth remains nebulous, there is so much at stake, who to believe? Well, at least we can discern whose motives we can question, while keeping in mind “that the greatest of lies is the one closest to the truth.”

References:
• Robertson, Paddy. 2020. The Ultimate Guide to Homemade Face Masks for Coronavirus. https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-diy-coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-covid/
• Williams, Megan. 2020. Ventilators are being overused on COVID-19 patients, world-renowned critical care specialist says. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ventilators-covid-overuse-1.5534097

The New World View; In Sickness and Health

“At this point each of us has a decision to make on how we live our lives and whether the outcome will be a long, healthy life or premature death.”

With the introduction of coronavirus it comes as no surprise we see each other differently now. We have become more focused on our health—which is a good thing—but we have also become aware of the concept of viral contamination and our vulnerability. Visa had a slogan “It is everywhere you want to be.” Now we are all thinking the same, and not with our credit cards but in terms of viruses: are you sick or are you healthy?

It took a novel virus with flu-like symptoms to stop the world’s economy. Never before have healthy people been told not to work and instead go into self-quarantine while seniors, our society’s most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, are left unprotected. This miscalculation of risks will be the lasting legacy of Covid-19 because of the media fear campaign being present everywhere to the point where nurses and health care workers responsible for feeding and caring for our seniors were in fear of their own lives and refused to do their job. This resulted in starvation and dehydration, many were left in unchanged dippers for days and since their family members were banned from visiting, they suffered in silence. This treatment is criminal and those responsible should be held accountable. I just shake my head in unbelief; this is a total reversal of common sense. The provincial and federal governments call this leadership—god help us all—are responsible for this unnecessary suffering.

Doctor Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi, from Accelerated Urgent Care facilities in Kern County, California, stated how self-isolation can actually compromise the immune system in otherwise healthy people. “Dr. Erickson explained that the immune system is actually built by exposure to pathogens. Coming in contact with viruses and bacteria in the environment fires the body’s system for fighting infection. Additionally, the normal flora, or good germs we have on and in us all the time, also drop when we isolate.”

In addition, the self-quarantine of entire healthy families for eight weeks and longer have triggered rage, anger, depression and domestic violence on a global scale. Under these trapped conditions mental illness develops in the same manner as when a new prisoner is placed in jail, referred to as going stir crazy. While most businesses have been closed and classified as nonessential, liquor stores are, strangely enough, classified as an essential service on the same level as grocery stores. Can you image the amount of violence if jails served unlimited alcohol to prisoners? And yet, our leaders didn’t connect the dots how imprisoning healthy people would react the same way. Marianne Hester, a Bristol University sociologist who studies abusive relationships explained that “domestic violence goes up whenever families spend more time together, such as the Christmas and summer vacations.” No wonder that with families in lockdown worldwide, hotlines are lighting up with abuse reports. The United Nations called for urgent action to combat the worldwide surge in domestic violence. “I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic,” Secretary General António Guterres wrote on Twitter.

Judith Lewis Herman, a renowned trauma expert at Harvard University Medical School, has found that the coercive methods domestic abusers use to control their partners and children “bear an uncanny resemblance” to those kidnappers use to control hostages and repressive regimes use to break the will of political prisoners. “The methods which enable one human being to control another are remarkably consistent,” she wrote in a widely cited 1992 journal article. Those who become violent do so because it is within them, an underlying nature and when the conditions present themselves they react and release what they are suppressing. Covid-19 can unite families or divide and under self-isolation it does not take long to discover the outcome.

With the corona diversion we have forgotten about society’s real killers. After old age, obesity appears to be the most prominent risk factor for being hospitalized with Covid-19—doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study—even if the individual has no other obesity-related health problems. 42% of American adults—nearly 80 million people—live with obesity in the U.S.A. According to Dr. Leora Horwitz, the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science at NYU Langone “obesity is more important for hospitalization than whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes, though these often go together, and it’s more important than coronary disease or cancer or kidney disease, or even pulmonary disease.”

Disease is spiraling out of control, and a very clear demarcation is growing in society today between those that seek to be healthy by preventative means and those that don’t. Covid-19 is a test of humanity, and the governments knew the outcome of human nature, the reaction was well planned. What do we do at this point, especially now that they are predicting a resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall and winter season? Those without critical thinking or those uneducated who place trust in the current system expect that the system in place is protecting its citizens. You will have to decide on your own: have the authorities acted in such a manner for betterment of human health? The media and governing bodies pacify society using avenues of trusted communication deemed worthy, such as the World Health Organization, a private organization, which is supported by medical doctors, and clinical trials funded by pharmaceutical companies. When the message is packaged and delivered through the media, it is accepted with total trust and without question. With this in mind, do you feel safe?

As a society we are getting to the point where healthy and unhealthy will be distinguished by observation alone, especially if you know what to look for. Without discrimination, could the health of society be judged clearly by observation? At this point each of us has a decision to make on how we live our lives and whether the outcome will be a long, healthy life or premature death. Or will society not look at what causes disease instead take everyone on the same level, the healthy and the sick, and demand everyone to be vaccinated for the greater good? I hope for clear thinking and a debate for the preservation of our sovereign rights on how we choose our health care in times of health and in times of sickness.

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References:

• Lennox, Stacey. 2020. California Docs Say Lockdown vs. Non-Lockdown ‘Did Not Produce a Statistically Different Number of Deaths’.
https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stacey-lennox/2020/04/25/watch-california-docs-say-lockdown-vs-non-lockdown-did-not-produce-a-statistically-different-number-of-deaths-n386005
• Taub, Amanda. 2020. A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/coronavirus-domestic-violence.html
• Rabin, Roni Caryn. 2020. Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients.
http://archive.is/rUYmq#selection-425.0-425.77

At Risk: Consequences of Using Hand Sanitizers with Technical Grade Ethanol

“Remember, there is a big difference in product quality and we need to be able to identify which products serve us and which don’t.”

You should feel protected when using hand sanitizers, do you? Have you checked the ingredients, did you know that technical grade ethanol is a toxic type of alcohol that might be among those that can do more harm than good. So what is the problem, really? Technical grade is also known as denaturized alcohol, or methylated spirit that might contain methanol, isopropyl alcohol, acetone, ketones, or other poisons.

You might ask why technical grade is being used and not hospital grade. Normally, hand sanitizers are made with pharmaceutical or food-grade ethanol. But because of the unexpected demand for hand sanitizer products during the current COVID-19 pandemic, global shortages of pharmaceutical and food-grade ethanol has been created. In response, Health Canada gave a time-limited approval of technical-grade ethanol to be used in hand sanitizers; I know sheer government brilliance!

“We engaged a broad range of technical and scientific experts in the assessment of the potential risks to health posed by hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol with concentrations of up to 1000 ppm of acetaldehyde.[1] Based on the results of this assessment, we have determined that, when used as directed and for a limited period of time, the public health benefits of using hand sanitizer containing specific sources of technical-grade ethanol outweigh the risk.”[2]

A controversial decision that brings many health risks into play which, unfortunately, for the average consumer are definitely not obvious for the first sight. The need to understand product quality and not to assume everything is the same is essential, especially at a time like this. There are many products that appear to provide the same solution for a particular problem when in fact they don’t or, even worse, they cause harm.

What else does Health Canada’s Risk Assessment Summary Report say? It claims that “concerns remain about potential carcinogenicity due to an increase in acetaldehyde exposure, particularly if the hand sanitizer is used for a longer duration. The risk is considered a Type II health hazard, which means that the use of, or exposure to, a product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

It also includes the worst case scenario which does not sound reassuring at all. “Based on these factors, and using a worst case scenario of an acetaldehyde concentration of 1000 ppm (v/v), the increased cancer risk resulting from both dermal and inhalation exposures when applying hand sanitizers would not be considered negligible. However, this risk is considered to be tolerable for the short-term, under the current COVID-19 circumstances. By the way, front line workers, nurses working in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) applications could be as high as 109 exposures per day. Should the level of acetaldehyde decrease, the risk of cancer would decrease as well.”

Fortunately, there are options that are safe to use while providing the expected benefits. Our Earth Pure Hand Sanitizer contains 60% grain alcohol, colloidal silver, aloe vera, (organic), tea tree oil, oregano oil, eucalyptus, neem, lemongrass, peppermint, xanthan gum and carbomer. While keeping its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is also all natural, non-GMO, cruelty free and USP Grade, not technical grade.

Remember, there is a big difference in product quality and we need to be able to identify which products serve us and which don’t. This is not a time to gamble with our health; only evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is what is needed with the coronavirus.

 

References:

[1] Acetaldehyde is considered to be possibly carcinogenic to humans according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

[2] Health Canada. 2020.

Viruses and Drug-Resistant Superbugs – Covid-19 Is a Wakeup Call

“We need to change the way we do things, the use of antibiotics and chemicals because right now we are at risk for our health.”

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic but is it only Covid-19 or is there much more that we are not being told? What this virus has exposed is society’s weakness. This is not isolated in any means, the most vulnerable are our seniors, but even if we are lucky and have the privilege of becoming old one day, viral attacks affect everyone. In my estimation, a vaccine will provide at best a band aid for our weaken state, while our underlying core health issues are still of the gravest concern.

There are many active viruses other than the coronavirus being spread around the world: there is the African swine fever, “pig ebola”, which has already wiped out millions upon millions of pigs in China, 300 million to be exact and it has now spread to more than 40 other countries. Then there is the H1N1 swine flu that—unlike the African swine fever—can actually kill humans. The H5N1 bird flu is now experiencing a stunning resurgence: China is reportedly dealing with the outbreak of this deadly bird flu in chickens again in the Hunan province. The H5N8 bird flu is another bird flu—many believe it is even more frightening. It recently made an appearance in Germany killing 44 birds out of a flock of 69.

Mysterious and deadly infections are spanning the globe. A newly discovered germ, a fungus called Candida auris, threatens people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading from Venezuela through Spain, India to South Africa and recently New York. “The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat. Candida auris is so tenacious, in part, because it is impervious to major antifungal medications, making it a new example of one of the world’s most intractable health threats: the rise of drug-resistant infections.”[1]

Just like the Coronavirus, resistant germs or superbugs don’t typically kill everyone. They are most dangerous to people with immature or compromised immune systems (e.g. newborns, elderly, smokers, diabetics or people with autoimmune disorders), but scientists warn that in time risk will spread to healthier populations as well. I have my doubts that it will spread to healthy people for if really healthy your immune system should be able to kill the germs, although you may need to take specific nutrients to bolster your immunity.

You might ask how it is possible that such infections can spread so widely in our drug-centered age. Actually, our drug-centered age is the reason. In the US the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that 30% of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed at all, but instead of reducing the amounts, we have increased the use. That’s 47 million excess prescriptions. However, this doesn’t stop the industry since the antibiotics market is valued 40 billion dollars. The same goes with the rampant use of antifungals. Lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a more scary dimension to a phenomenon of drug resistant evolving defenses.

Another important fact that we need to be aware of is that 80% of antibiotics goes into agriculture, which means that our food carries our risk of disease. How sad is that? We feed the animals antibiotics so the food we eat carries drug-resistant bacteria while fungicides on crops are contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans. And in case we got sick from the food we eat, there is a high chance that we can’t even identify the origin of the meat that caused the sickness—unless you live in Japan, New Zealand or the EU, where meat ID is required. Since the bacteria work together so efficiently, the situation has to be handled globally.

Sadly, the information doesn’t flow in a way it should. It’s either being withheld—regarding the possible consequences like the origin of the coronavirus the antibiotic overuse—or it is misleading, since many people think there always will be a new drug that can beat the new generation of bacteria and viruses. The fact is that even if it’s true, it takes a lot of time and resources to bring a new drug to the market, and it must be first field tested for at least a year or more (watch and see the vaccine to treat the coronavirus: it will be fast tracked). On the other hand we need to mention that it can never solve the basic underlying problems: we need to change the way we farm, and the use of antibiotics and chemicals because right now we are at risk for our health. We need to ask ourselves how long we can dodge the bullet and endanger our life instead of improving the quality of it. The British Government commissioned a study which predicted a worst case scenario where by 2050 more people will die of infections caused by bacteria resistance than of cancer. I think these numbers are conservative at best and will happen much sooner unless we flatten the curve on their use.

While we can, we need to regain our health and look for natural alternatives and a healthy diet. We need to boost our T-cells, as they regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens and diseases. The best daily supplement to our diet is the super vitamin, Next Generation B-Complex that is unlike anything else in the marketplace.

In addition, the perfect product for immune defense is Thymus Gland—it was designed for this purpose. What better way to boost your T-cells than to strengthen the gland that supplies them? The paradox of thymus gland is that it is one of the most important organs for boosting our immune system and yet virtually unknown. If it were known, it would be selling like vitamin C. Doctor’s Choice® offers true full gland thymus concentrates (not extracts) which are taken from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep without hormones or antibiotics. It also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and the most needed Zinc Picolinate. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland. No zinc, no immunity and today’s society is in dire need of zinc.

It is also important to mention that all disease begins in the gut and there is a need to help with antibiotic abuse like Laktokhan® probiotic complex does. Even if you are on antibiotics, taken the same day but at different intervals separated by at least 4 hours, it will help maintain your gastrointestinal immunity while the antibiotics do their thing.

In these uncertain times we have become paranoid of contacting an infection, and now with the coronavirus, things will never be the same. As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. A proper wholesome diet is a must with plenty of clean water and nutraceuticals that produce a therapeutic response. It is our best defence for remaining healthy.

References:

  • Goolsby, Julie. 2017. Dangers of a Deadly Fungus: The Candida auris ‘Superbug’. https://draxe.com/candida-auris/
  • Richtel,Matt and Jacobs, Andrew. 2019. A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/health/drug-resistant-candida-auris.html

[1] Richtel, Matt and Jacobs, Andrew. 2019.

Coronavirus: Mindful of Our Seniors, They Have Become the Victims

We must maintain our health and mental well-being, and to protect our most vulnerable.”

There is a great debate going on around the world concerning Covid-19. Is it real, is it man-made, is it a bio-weapon or is it just the flu? Is the global response an over-reach to gain global power to benefit the elite while plundering the world in financial ruin? The population is filled with fear and quarantined in self-isolation and the cities resemble ghost towns with the eerie feeling that once the sun sets, zombies may emerge and start dancing in the street.

When China detected the coronavirus in Wuhan, they locked down the city and in a few days the entire province of Hubei (sixty million people) in absolute quarantine, and also ordered stoppage of all businesses. The West blindly followed the East spending trillions of dollars to stop the spread, closing all non-essential businesses and schools, and forced the nation into self-isolation as they ramped up testing displaying the numbers case by case and comparing the numbers globally in a manner never seen before. Meanwhile, panic and fear griped the entire world. Had they had any insight and studied those who were most vulnerable, and to put all their resources in isolating and protecting those 60 years plus who had a compromised immunity or preexisting health conditions, the amount of deaths would be minimal and the economy would have continued. Those exposed who have a strong immunity would develop flu-like symptoms but in a matter of days most would be symptom free, just like it happens with the flu year after year. As you see from the chart below, those 60 years plus have the greatest risk of dying from the coronavirus. These are the ones in our society that we need to prioritize, not the young and healthy—unless, of course, they have another agenda.

Another thing I find particularly disturbing is the thought that these seniors are dying alone in complete isolation, not even their children at bedside to simply hold their hand and give them comfort when they need it most. When strong they lived their entire lives as providers and caregivers but when comforting is most needed it’s denied. There must be another humane way of protecting those not infected with the virus, even if one member was selected and used FaceTime for others, dying with dignity and surrounded by loved ones is the greatest farewell one could ask for, a little kindness goes a long way.

Vitamin C for Treating Coronavirus?

From the perspective of a naturopath it would appear they are not seeking a cure for the coronavirus but instead, they are pressing for a vaccine. There is no money in a cure. There are numerous reports and studies supporting intravenous vitamin C treatments for treating coronavirus—high doses of vitamin have worked for treating the flu, and the coronavirus is after all a form of the flu. It makes sense to try it out on coronavirus too since the symptoms are similar. Now New York doctors are treating critically ill coronavirus sufferers with vitamin C, and so do scientists in Wuhan, China.

“A 1994 randomised double-blind trial involving vitamin C/placebo supplementation was conducted on 57 elderly patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory infections (bronchitis and bronchopneumonia). Using a clinical scoring system based on major symptoms of the respiratory condition, patients supplemented with vitamin C fared significantly better than those on placebo. This was particularly the case for those commencing the trial most severely ill, many of whom had very low plasma and white cell vitamin C concentrations on admission.”[1] Even if Vitamin C is not the coronavirus cure, it can definitely be something that can reduce the severity of the infection.

Coronavirus and Zinc Deficiency

Numerous studies[2] are also pointing to the similarities of symptoms between the coronavirus and zinc deficiencies especially for those who are seventy plus years; it is almost a perfect match. “An abundance of evidence has accumulated over the past 50 y to demonstrate the antiviral activity of zinc against a variety of viruses, and via numerous mechanisms.”[3] We have been saying this for years no zinc, no immunity—it is especially true of the aging population, particularly males. Also those with pneumonia have a zinc deficiency, and again, it’s the elderly as they struggle to absorb zinc. Even if they eat a lot of meat (which is high in zinc) they still have low serum zinc levels. The intestinal barrier blocks the absorption of zinc and in order for it to pass through the barrier it must be bound to a transporter like picolinic acid—as it acts like a cloaking devise—so it passes through the barrier into the blood stream.

Low zinc status: a new risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly?[4] Reviews the magnitude of the problem of pneumonia (its prevalence, morbidity, and mortality) in the elderly, pneumonia’s etiology, and the dysregulation of the immune system associated with increasing age.

The global society is in a difficult position and many things will change in a post coronavirus world. Many will face financial ruin, companies will downsize using the pandemic to cut back on workers and products deemed unnecessary. We must learn from this tragedy and become more proactive being more self-reliant as a nation and not dependant on others for our state of health. We must maintain our health and mental well-being, and to protect our most vulnerable. We must not use social distancing as an excuse for not being hospitable and caring for our fellow human beings, we must extend love to overcome the fear and we must think as a community as we are one of the many and we are stronger when united. The world will be changed and we need to think three steps ahead of the curve.

Doctor’s Choice Zinc Picolinate

References:

  • Player, Graham PhD. and col. 2020. Published Research and Articles on Vitamin C as a Consideration for Pneumonia, Lung Infections, and the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19). https://orthomolecular.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=a5e00132373a7031000fd987a3c9f87b.150&ref=facebook&sh=882a884dd7f416689cfe29c1e4b3320a&fbclid=IwAR0BKMapl9JVpUUWIYHj6EHbUastpOw53uo5OEdJ3rqEF91ukZj_69yrw5Q
  • te Velthuis AJ. 2010. Zn(2+) inhibits coronavirus and arterivirus RNA polymerase activity in vitro and zinc ionophores block the replication of these viruses in cell culture. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21079686
  • Barnett, Junaidah B and col. 2010. Low zinc status: a new risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2854541/
  • Read, Scott A and col. 2019. The Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity. https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/10/4/696/5476413

[1] Player, Graham PhD. and col. 2020.

[2] te Velthuis AJ. 2010.

[3] Read, Scott A and col. 2019.

[4] Barnett, Junaidah B and col. 2010.

The World on Edge with Coronavirus: Comparing Your Options for Remaining Healthy

“Evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is exactly what is needed now with the coronavirus.”

The need to understand product quality and not to assume everything is the same is essential, especially at a time like this. There are many products that appear to provide the same solution for a particular problem when in fact they don’t.

Let’s take for example hand sanitizers, one of the most important items in a time of an epidemic like COVID-19. But do you know what is in your hand sanitizer?

Here are the ingredients of one of the most popular hand sanitizers in Canada, Purell:

70% Ethanol Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum).

So what does this mean? It means that there are four different forms of alcohol:

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol),
  2. Caprylyl Glycol (an alcohol derived from caprylic acid),
  3. Isopropyl Myristate (an ester of isopropyl alcohol),
  4. Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (acrylate is a plastic chemical and Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a silicone, if inhaled, may cause upper respiratory tract infection).

Now compare this to Earth Pure hand sanitizer from Life Choice:

60% Grain Alcohol, Colloidal Silver, Aloe Vera, (organic), Tea Tree Oil, Oregano Oil, Eucalyptus, Neem, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Xanthan Gum and Carbomer.

Can you see the difference? A daily healthy hand sanitizer can be applied after a shower for all body parts exposed. I’m sure you know which one of the above you would use.

Of course, we are not talking about hand sanitizers only but many other commodities as well, like anti-inflammatory products. Ibuprofen, or any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not indicated thus far in the exacerbation of COVID-19 symptoms. Rather about 10% of people with asthma can exhibit a hypersensitivity to NSAIDs, resulting in bronchospasms, lower airway restriction, and more seriously asthma morbidity. People with this sensitivity appear to over produce biochemicals (in this case those related to the immune system) called leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are released into the airways by immune cells causing the symptoms of asthma. Over-production of leukotrienes in the case of a reaction to NSAIDs just makes it worse. As COVID-19 causes lower respiratory symptoms, those with asthma must stay away from Ibuprofen.

Some of you may do disciplined fitness trainings like Cross Fit and may reach for an Advil for pain relief instead I would suggest taking a sustained amount of Turmeric through the day or other suggestions such as DMSO Gel mixed with Sweet Relief Cream, or the amino acid DLPA for pain relief of the muscles and joints.

As for immunity, Colloidal Silver – (at the moment on back order), Zinc Picolinate – (at the moment on back order) and Thymus Gland are great options. Life Choice Thymus Gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland—no zinc, no immunity. Don’t forget your daily dosage of Vitamin C and probiotic complex such as Laktokhan either—since all diseases affect the gut[1]—and then take a good natural plant based multi-vitamin like Next Generation B Complex.

Another interesting discovery being used successfully for treating coronavirus is from China, barbaric as it may be they use bile derived from bears, bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. It contains high levels of an acid, which has been clinically proven in studies to help treat some forms of liver disease. According to Animals Asia, “Most farmed bears are starved, dehydrated and suffering from multiple diseases and malignant tumours that not only contaminate their bile but ultimately kill them.” They use the bile in a product called Tan Re Qing, and used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners as a drug to treat bronchitis and upper respiratory infections.

We at Life Choice are diametrically opposed to the mistreatment of wildlife and we condemn China for the way they are treating their animals. A perfectly safe alternative would be using ox bile derived from bovine as they are used in the food supply and the bile extraction is one of the parts used. The health benefits of using bile are its ability to help with digestion and why ox bile is included in our Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme.

At this time we must pay special attention to safety measures along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, they are important to keep you and your family healthy. Evidence based natural medicine with no side effects is also what is needed now for the prevention or treatment of the coronavirus.

References:

  • Spector, Tim. 2020. Coronavirus: how to keep your gut microbiome healthy to fight COVID-19.

http://theconversation.com/coronavirus-how-to-keep-your-gut-microbiome-healthy-to-fight-covid-19-134158

[1] Spector, Tim. 2020.

Coronavirus -The Collateral Damage and What Will the World Become

“Focus on the good and be mindful of others, for kindness and love is stronger than disease and together we are stronger, living in the state of community.”

In the western world we are just starting to see the impact of Covid-19 and learning from the limited news being released from China that we have several months to endure before some sense of normalcy will return to our daily lives. On one hand we have health concerns and the need to restrict the transmission of the virus—this means the closure of many small to medium businesses in the tourist and service industry, since they survive month to month depending on continued customer support, and for many their tips aid their families. Many are under self-quarantine working from home and taking care of their children who are home from school. With current community restrictions the places once seen as a possibility to escape to (like parks, zoos, museums, theatres, restaurants, gymnasiums and recreation centers) became unavailable for us. This is a test of endurance to spend every waking moment restricted to your home and property.

Most economists are saying the world will slip into recession and it could take several months and perhaps years to recover. And what are the health consequences after the virus is subdued? Mental health is where we are going to see the collateral damages experienced from the coronavirus. My heart goes out to our senior citizens, especially those in long term care homes, as they are the most vulnerable group to the virus. The waking hours are very long in nursing homes and their one ray of hope is the visitations from their loved ones. Because of their weakened state of health visitor restrictions are in place—so they remain protected from the virus—but have a greater risk of dying from a broken heart. We have witnessed the hoarding from toilet paper to comfort food like chips, pop and junk food with the attitude like “what the heck, may as well enjoy ourselves.” Many sit in front of their TV and feed on social media posts on the current plight of the world, and many have even lost hope.

What will life be after the virus has passed? According to a Guardian article[1] it may never return to the state of before the virus outbreak. We might continue implementing some of the changes we are currently forced to accept, and say goodbye to habits that we used to have before the outbreak. The next stages of coronavirus will change our life in many other ways than it has so far. “We may be entering a grim, involuntary social experiment revealing which everyday habits and practices we’d miss if they were gone, and which could be swept away surprisingly easily” says Gaby Hinsliff from the Guardian and she is probably right.

What we have learned from the virus is the importance of preparedness and prevention. During the crisis Doctor’s Choice sold out of Colloidal Silver, Thymus Gland, Adrenal Gland while Zinc Picolinate, Laktokhan Probiotics and Kava are quickly selling out too. The issue is that we must practice prevention in our daily lives for seeking a cure in a time of panic, because further stressing our emotions and our will just adds to the frustration.

The question on everyone’s mind is when it will happen again. We must admit that it will, especially in the time of global travel, the population’s weakened immunity and the ever evolving risk from communicable diseases in our Petri dish world. Focus on the good and be mindful of others, for kindness and love is stronger than disease and together we are stronger, living in the state of community.

The best of health.

 

References:

Hinsliff, Gaby. 2020. The coronavirus crisis will pass, but life may never be ‘normal’ again. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/13/coronavirus-school-exams-five-day-week-pandemic

 

[1] Hinsliff, Gaby. 2020.

Natural Medicine Supply and Demand, Going Beyond the Industry Standard

“The best assurance to achieve results is by using the highest possible pharmaceutical standards. Anything short of the very best will simply not work.”

Naturopathic medicine does not qualify for patents due to their excessive costs; the luxury of patents is reserved mainly to pharmaceutical drugs. Customer support is needed in order for natural medicine to be a viable alternative to prescription drugs, especially when they must compete within the marketplace where product quality standards are not required. Product innovation is also important and needs to be supported in order to succeed. Sadly, many great products cannot survive due to the hardships independent researchers face when designing and creating medicines.

This happened to our liquid SAMe and we are already getting feedback from our customers: “I have been giving my 14 year old dog your Life Choice SAMe Liquid for a couple of years now. He had very severe liver disease and this is the only thing that has brought his levels down by literally hundreds of points. I am now unable to get it and it is the only stuff that has helped. I need to get more and I no longer am able to get it from the usual place.”

It is a sad situation that is happening to products like the world’s first liquid SAMe which was stabilized for immediate cellular absorption for treating several disease conditions without side effects. Unfortunately, the industry did not see its importance and the product was discontinued due to a lack of sales.

Still, going above and beyond the industry standard is the only way for us. This is why we use unique branded, patented and USP grade[1] raw materials in order to produce natural nutraceutical medicines that are equal to allopathic pharmaceutical drugs without the side effects. Also contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) that operate quality systems to the rigorous standards should be selected the same way as in traditional pharma.

“The most pressing reason for nutrition/nutraceutical brands to expand the search radius of their CMO exploration is to consider the legacy pharma portfolio CMOs revolve around, quality control and assurance. There’s a “Quality by Design” aspect here and, as the nutrition industry has sometimes struggled with (usually undeserved) accusations of suspect quality control, why not seek out CMOs with pharma-grade QA/QC systems and relevant manufacturing equipment/lines?”[2]

 

Quality is key in order to protect both the consumer and the product. Sourcing the raw materials for our products isn’t easy. Our Neurotransmitter Support (NTS) e.g. is one of our most challenging products to make due to the limited global quantity of the branded raw materials as most is reserved for pharmaceutical applications. NTS is comprised of 21 ingredients that are all directed for brain health, coming from 5 separate manufacturers around the globe, and 10 of these ingredients are branded and reserved to Life Choice by contract to preserve the clinical science and integrity of the ingredients. For example, if we take the R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, the one we use is bio-enhanced which means it is produced from 100% R- Alpha Lipoic Acid and is completely absorbed to the cells. Others of the same name are only 50% natural sourced and 50% synthetic sourced and are not nearly as affective. It is one of the most expensive ingredients in the formula, but it is needed as it completely binds to the Acetyl-L-Carnitine so that it crosses the blood brain barrier. Others do not, and that is why they do not work.

To fully comprehend, the consumer must read the labels and compare with other brands. This is where it gets tricky as the raw materials may have the same name and yet sourced from China at a fraction of the cost. They are mainly produced from synthetic sources, feed grade, not USP pharmaceutical grade standards, and are chemically extracted from sewage sludge (the source for most amino acids). The sad thing is that only a small percentage absorbs to the cells, they are cheaply produced and in the end they do not work. This is a big injustice and stigma to natural health industry and especially for suppliers who are producing plant based therapeutic medicines that are backed by science with clinical studies and USP standards of excellence.

From our testimonies from clinics specializing in head trauma and neurological health, NTS has been successful in lessening the recovery time for treating concussions and those who have suffered strokes. As acknowledged by their attending physicians, their recovery time period was less than half the expected time. NTS has also restored memory for those suffering from memory lapse. One catatonic patient was given NTS for 3 weeks and because of the formulations therapeutic actions in improved neuronal activity—the person awakened and was fully cognitive.

These are just a few of the testimonies we have received and it does not mean that everyone will respond in the same manner. In reality there is not another product in the market that can compare to NTS for improved neuronal synaptic connections and increased brain function.

In order to achieve a therapeutic response the formulation must be designed to be effective, and the best assurance to achieve results is by using the highest possible pharmaceutical standards. Anything short of the very best will simply not work.

References:

  • Quality Matters. 2015. What Is a USP Standard?

https://qualitymatters.usp.org/what-usp-standard

  • Tran, Tu T. 2018. Why Nutritional Brands Should Consider Legacy Pharma CMOs. https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/issues/2018-09/view_features/why-nutritional-brands-should-consider-legacy-pharma-cmos/

[1] Quality Matters. 2015.

[2] Tran, Tu T. 2018.

Coronavirus – Where Are We Now? (A Different Approach)

It is a choice just like everything else. And the choice is ours alone.”

Information abundance is what we have everywhere we go. The problem is that most of the news is not reliable. It is hard to navigate what is the truth especially because everyone is blaming someone else or has an added agenda—this is why sticking to the facts is so important. Here are some ways to give you a different perspective from what you normally hear.

Economic Impact

Thanks to globalism shortage in production does not exist anymore. If we cannot produce something, someone else will. We have come to rely on production from the other side of the world—and this is true for the vast majority of the goods we consume or use on a day-to-day basis. This is why the current situation has an extreme impact on national economics, especially for countries that are highly dependent on imported goods. So when China shuts down, e.g. the US economy loses almost 20% of its supply chain. By adding Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam to the list, you can count with a loss of 30—35%. If we cut off the supply chain in Asia, retailers will lose almost ¾ of goods they sell.

Though many people argue that the spread of coronavirus can somehow clean the supply chain by cutting off all the unhealthy and unnecessary products coming from China, unfortunately our global markets are way too affected by cheap commodities and toxic plastic production. There is a possibility that the US economy will eventually shut down, even if the virus never spreads there—this is the best case scenario. So far the Western world is mostly unaffected by the virus itself but the economic supply chain suffers major setbacks. “The global economy, which was already crashing over the past year due to historic levels of corporate and consumer debt, not to mention faltering exports and freight, is finally tipped over the edge.”[1]

Our Role

What can we, as individuals, do? On one hand it is obvious that we cannot do much about the problems some industries already face. On the other, though, we can stay reasonable. And while playing the “whodunit” guessing game might sound interesting and as a good source for social conversations, we should not forget that all the information we receive is already filtered several times and is nothing more than an interpretation of an interpretation.

Finding those who are possibly responsible for the current state is crucial, mainly if we want to avoid similar situations in the future. Keep in mind this is not the job of people whose only source is the news and not the facts. Our job is to stay safe by implementing the best possible prevention to avoid infection, be it now or in the future, and not to take part in global hysteria instead staying calm and reasonable (this does not include ‘end of the world’ type of shopping and talking about coronavirus everywhere you go), and most importantly to start investing in yourself with a stronger immune system by consuming only clean products that support our overall health and well-being.

There are things in life we do not have control over and that is fine, with these we can only react we are not able to change them. However, there are aspects that we can control and these are the ones we should pay attention to. It is what we do and say and how we react and think these are the most critical for change. And while most of the people out there are plotting their own theories (whether true or not), we need to remember that we do not have to participate. It is a choice just like everything else. And the choice is ours alone.

References:

Smith, Brandon. 2020. Global Centralization Is The Cause Of Crisis – Not The Cure. https://www.activistpost.com/2020/02/global-centralization-is-the-cause-of-crisis-not-the-cure.html

Doctor’s Corner: COVID 19 – Reading Between the Lies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80aHI61jbEg

[1] Smith, Brandon. 2020.