There is some new research (cited below) on how cholesterol is needed to fight viral infections and that or society of drug induced lowered cholesterol may be a factor in the spread of COVID-19. Simply put you need cholesterol that is why your body makes it. It has many functions not just immune support and the media campaign by the drug companies over the last 35 years to sell their statin drugs has convinced most MD’s and Americans that cholesterol is bad and needs to be lowered. Now we are paying the price for this misinformation and propaganda campaign by the Big Pharma.
In the study ( https://www.jbc.org/content/289/50/35015.short ), researchers found that, “cholesterol-conjugated antibodies bind to lipid raft domains on the membrane, and because of this enrichment, they show increased antiviral potency”. They concluded that, “cholesterol conjugation therefore appears to boost the potency of antiviral antibodies“. This next study ( https://www.pnas.org/content/106/14/5801.short ) looked at the viral peptide inhibitor C34 and found that, “C34 derivatized with cholesterol (C34-Chol) shows dramatically increased antiviral potency on a panel of primary isolates”. Their results made them conclude that this was “the most potent HIV fusion inhibitor to date”.
In this study, (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3234914/) they found that cholesterol conjugated peptides could halt the merging of a viral and cellular membrane. They stated that their results have “broad implications for antiviral development” and that “applicable targets include influenza A and B viruses as well as arenaviruses (Junin), human metapneumoviruses, filoviruses (Ebola), flavivirus, and coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndromes)“. Cholesterol is critical for helping those with the virus beat it. While it is not the case for everyone who gets the virus, there has been a clear connection between people who have some sort of metabolic derangement/insulin resistance (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease) and worse outcomes with the virus. This likely has something to do with the receptor the virus works through (the ACE-2 receptor), but given that people who have these pre-existing conditions are told to not eat saturated fat and cholesterol (which is advice I completely disagree with) and are likely given statins drugs or PCSK9 inhibitors depriving their body of cholesterol, I cannot help but wonder if this dietary advice and pharmacological intervention was their downfall.
Along with all the “physical” distancing (because we should still be social from afar) and other measures people are taking to prevent the spread of this, I would also like to suggest that we help our immune systems by eating cholesterol rich foods and encourage our patients to do so as well. Stay safe and healthy out there!
A great email from our Standard Process Rep on how supplements can help with stress.
Stress and the Immune System
Managing stress is crucial to maintaining our immune system. With schools closing, workers being asked to work from home, those who are not feeling well to self quarantine and all the uncertainties that come along with this. Managing our stress level is a vital part of keeping our immune system functioning. The following are ways you can assess and help your patients.
*Stress and Adrenal Support
Here is a great resource from MediHerb: Click Here – Supporting Neuroendocrine Health for your review. Here is an excerpt: “The HPAT axis is the major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls the body’s normal reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including those of digestion, immune system function, mood and emotions, reproduction and the cardiovascular system as well as energy storage and expenditure. The HPAT axis is also the primary mechanism for interactions that mediate the general adaptation syndrome (GAS).” Click on the above link for more information.
Adrenal & Immune Function Withania, licorice, rehmannia, and echinacea root are important herbs with a deep history of supporting adrenal and immune function. WholisticMatters has a great article on this topic… Withania – Ashwagandha Withania somnifera root has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for fatigue, general debility, nervous exhaustion, wasting in children, anemia, loss of memory and muscular energy, convalescence, insomnia, impotence, spermatorrhoea, inflammatory conditions; as an aphrodisiac and a nutrient and tonic for pregnant women and the elderly. Licorice It is well known in western herbal medicine as an expectorant for bronchitis and as a demulcent, useful for relieving irritation of mucous membranes.28 Rehmannia Rehmannia is regarded as an adrenal tonic, due mainly to the activity demonstrated in experimental models. Echinacea Root The roots of Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea are considered the most efficacious, particularly when known to contain a certain amount of the important constituents, alkylamides. To read the full article on WholisticMatters Click Here *Stress Assessment Tools Here are some tools to assess your patients’ stress levels. Stress Assessment Click Here – Stress Assessment
As more cases of the Coronavirus – COVID-19 are reported, the more requests we have received on how to naturally support our immune system before and during viral infections. You may have seen this before but it is worth repeating. Please note those who are not able to take Viranon may be able to substitute with St. John’s Wort.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It doesn’t matter the water temperature.Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) as an adjunct between washing your hands. Rub until fully absorbed. How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer. My personal favorite is On Guard from Doterra.
Lastly avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes, ears and nose. Stay 3 – 6 feet away from others. Do not shake hands or hug others. Please stay at home if you are sick. Get plenty of rest and drinks lots of water. Eat a healthy and clean diet. Limited sugar and simple carbs. Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Immediately throw away the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands. Clean and disinfect commonly touched areas often. The virus can last in the air up to 3 hours and on hard surfaces up to 3 days. Here is a link to the CDC’s cleaning guide: CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations Here is the link to the CDC’s FAQ: CDC Coronavirus FAQ. Stay informed but don’t fixate on the news. If you are staying home, take this time to: Take care of some household items such as cleaning out the playroom, cleaning out the closets or organizing your home playing games with the kids. Reconnecting with friends and love ones by phone or Facetime is great!. Read that book you have been wanting to read put a puzzle together or do crossword or word search puzzles unless you are an allergy suffer, open up the windows and let the fresh air in if you are not ill, step outside and soak up some Vitamin D and remember, this to shall pass. *Acute Infections Cold & Flu Support
Andrographis Complex – A powerful herbal formula for acute infections and cold/flu support. Take immediately at onset of illness. 1 tablet 2-3x/day for children, 2 tablets 2-3x/day for adults. Take for 7 – 21 days. Note: Do not take if allergic to daisy family or pregnant. Andrographis Complex Congaplex – May help to breaks up congestion and stimulate the immune system. Take 3 capsules 3 – 4x/day for adults. Take for 7 – 14 Congaplex Chewable Congaplex 1 – 2 tablets 3x/day for children. Take 7 – 14 days. Congaplex Chewable Viranon– Broad-spectrum anti-viral herbal blend. An excellent choice for severe viral infection support. Take 1 tablet 3x/day.Caution: Do not use this product while taking any prescription drug(s) without the advice of your prescribing physician. Avoid excessive exposure to UV radiation (e.g. sunlight, tanning) when using this product. Contraindicated in high blood pressure, edema (water retention), congestive heart failure, low blood potassium, pregnancy and lactation. Best avoided in epilepsy. Viranon Viranon Or St. Johns’ Wort St. John’s Wort (Gluten-free) Anti-viral properties for enveloped-viruses. (Coronavirus is an enveloped-virus) This is good for those individuals who cannot take Viranon for the above contraindications. Take 2 tablets 2X/day Caution: Avoid excessive exposure to UV radiation (e.g. sunlight, tanning) when using this product.St. John’s Wort
All three can be taken in the case of a severe infection.
We all need to keep doing the CDC Social Distancing procedures and we will get through this.
The idea is to make our recovery quick and not as severe as other countries like Italy. By paying attention to simple disinfecting and simple soap and water hand washing (even regular non-antibacterial soap is effective) and not attending crowded places where a person could cough on you will limit the spread of COVID-19 very quickly. Also not stressing and being calm is important in keeping your immune system up to speed. Stress like cold weather tanks your immune system reactiveness! Remember over 60,000 people have gotten and recovered from Corona Virus (COVID-19). So the odds are in your favor even if you were to get sick.
Associated Press did a great article on this, here it is.
SEATTLE (AP) — Amid all the fears, quarantines and stockpiling of food, it has been easy to ignore the fact that more than 60,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus spreading around the globe.
The disease can cause varying degrees of illness and is especially troublesome for older adults and people with existing health problems, who are at risk of severe effects, including pneumonia. But for most of those affected, coronavirus creates only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, with the vast majority recovering from the virus.
According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe ailments may take three to six weeks to rebound. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed, but more than 58,000 already have recovered.
Because the difference in impact can be so great, global health authorities have the difficult task of alerting the public to the virus’ dangers without creating panic.
Already, the widespread consequences of the virus have been staggering, sending shock waves through the world’s financial markets. Global oil prices sustained their worst percentage losses since the the Gulf War in 1991, and new restrictions were imposed in Italy and in Israel as the Holy Week approached.
But even some of the most vulnerable patients can fight their way through the disease.
Charlie Campbell’s father, 89-year-old Eugene Campbell, has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Edmonds, Washington. Charlie Campbell said his father’s doctor is cautiously optimistic, adding, “Under normal circumstances, he would discharge my dad, but these aren’t normal circumstances.”
Eugene Campbell came to the hospital from Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland that has been linked to a large share of the state’s coronavirus deaths.
“We went and saw him yesterday and he looked pretty good,” Campbell said, noting that his father is breathing normally and his vital signs and heart rate are good. “He may be the oldest person to recover from coronavirus.”
In China, Tan Shiyun, a postgraduate student at a university in Wuhan, had traveled to her family home in Yichang over 180 miles away when she began to experience minor symptoms from the virus.
She went to the hospital, where she was given common cold medicine and sent home. It was only after her symptoms persisted and she visited the hospital a second time for an outpatient CT scan and received a call asking her to come back did she understand her symptoms came from something other than the common flu.
After many days and a number of tests, doctors eventually told her that the infection had spread to both of her lungs.
“After that, I felt a heavy head while walking, unable to breathe, and nauseous,” Tan said in a video blog post. But after over two weeks in the hospital, a CT scan showed her infection was disappearing and she was discharged.
For some who’ve been quarantined, anxiety and dread that they will become stigmatized by friends, neighbors and co-workers have made them reluctant to acknowledge even the most modest health impact. A few patients with the virus who were interviewed by The Associated Press — all of them passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that ended up quarantined off Japan — described symptoms that were no stronger than a regular cold or flu.
“It’s been a 2 on a scale of 10,” said Carl Goldman, hospitalized in Omaha, Nebraska, since Feb. 17, after developing a 103-degree fever on a chartered flight from Japan to the U.S.
Goldman is staying hydrated with Gatorade. He said he continued coughing more than two weeks after he first got sick, but would probably only have missed one day of work if he had been diagnosed with the cold or flu. He stays active by pacing in his room, trying to match his pre-sickness routine of 10,000 daily steps on the pedometer.
“I totally get this is where I need to be and I need to be cleared of this before I’m released,” he said.
American Greg Yerex, who was diagnosed along with his wife, Rose Yerex, on the Diamond Princess, said he had no symptoms and felt as healthy as he did on any other normal day.
“If I was home, I would be out doing everything I normally do,” he said in an interview conducted via Facebook calls when the couple were still hospitalized in Nagoya, Japan. Rose Yerex tested negative when she got to the hospital.
For Greg Yerex, it was the couple’s mental health that faced the biggest threat as they they spent days in quarantine, isolated from friends and family and deprived of any direct human contact.
“It’s like being a prisoner,” he said. “You pace, you worry, you fret, you imagine all sorts of things. You have no control.”
Greg Yerex said that he and his wife, who have since been released from the hospital, plan to go to counseling to work through the mental stress they experienced.
Fellow cruise passenger Rebecca Frasure knows how they feel.
“I don’t get to speak with anyone,” she said in a Facebook call while still hospitalized in Nagoya. “I have a little window in my room, but cannot leave. The only contact I have is through Facebook messenger. I would never wish this on anyone.”
Frasure said one of the things she found most frustrating was waiting for her test results to come back. Patients who have been diagnosed with the virus must have two consecutive negative tests before they can be released.
Frasure is now out of the hospital, but is worried about being stigmatized by her home community.
“Are they going to be afraid?” she wondered. “Are they going to criticize me for being home, thinking I brought virus back with me?”
Milko reported from Jakarta, Indonesia. Associated Press video producer Olivia Zhang in Beijing contributed to this report.
The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
We are open and seeing patients and new patients as usual.
We are keeping tabs on the CDC and following all their recommendations for keeping our office as clean and secure as possible under these extreme times.
We have spread out patient visits to keep the reception area open and not crowded when possible seeing only one family or patient in the office at a time. We also have extended our hours to keep less people in the office at any given time.
We use disinfecting wipes to clean all tables between every person that uses them for there treatment. Download your Home Recipe for Hand Sanitizer here (just as effective as store bought).
We are wiping down the reception room chairs, door handles and counter top between each visit.
We are keeping our hands clean and “wiped down” in-between each patient we care for.
If you are one of our nutrition patients you are already on a Program and we can add immune support if indicated. If you are not one of our nutrition patients and want to learn how to have a customized nutrition program for you and your loved ones call to make an appointment now.
During the Spanish Flu of 1920 where 500,000 Americans died chiropractic patients had a 40X higher survival rate than the medical patients of that day. In other words only 25 people out of 10,000 chiropractic patients died of flu compared to 950 medical patients died who were only under medical care! That is a huge survival rate of chiropractic patients. The spinal adjustment seems to increase immune health but more research needs to be done to confirm the exact mechanism. But for now during the COVID-19 pandemic being seen by your chiropractor even when your back feels fine could be a good habit to take on. (Disclaimer: chiropractic does not diagnose or treat any specific disease or act as a “cure” for a sickness. It creates normal spinal nerve and joint function so the body can be as healthy as possible.)
And lastly we are diffusing On-Guard Essential Oil all day in the office (and our home) to keep the air as clean as possible naturally from microbial contaminants. It also has a great cinnamon aroma! We have it on hand but it is moving out quickly. Think about ordering it as Distributor from Doterra. Call or get your Wellness Advocate Account here, www.doterra.com/drdsays or email us to get your ordering account set up. 434-481-2012 or DrD@totalchiro.net
As of March 11, 2o20 over 50,000 people have recovered from the Corona Virus and are healthy with natural immunity now. So don’t panick you will most likely not catch it and if you do you will most likely get over it safely. The facts from the CDC and John’s Hopkin’s confirm these statistics. So far it seems that the symptomatic outbreak is about 3% of those that contract the virus have symptoms or “feel sick”. Compared to the flu which hits you hard in the first 3 days Corona is quiet for 11-12 days so you walk around unknowingly spreading it by coughing and touching people and then when symptoms hit you’re in bed for a few days. Granted if you are older, have heart or lung issues it can develop into something bad so get checked as soon as you think you are sick or have had contact with someone that is confirmed as having it. Compared to the flu Corona is 3x more virulent.
Public health officials and hospitals have been trying to make sense of patients who seem to have recovered from Covid-19 but who still test positive for the virus based in throat swabs and sputum samples. In some cases, people test positive for weeks after recovery, the World Health Organization has noted.1
Understanding what it takes to get “sick” is a crucial point here. Your body has defended you against millions of microbial attacks all your life, some you were aware of and most you were not. Keeping a healthy body and immune system is paramount especially now with the semi-hysteria over this thing.
Natural immune support is a must right now
Chiropractic adjustments 1-4 x month till further notice to keep the immune system stimulated and active. 70% of your white cells(antibodies) live in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord ready for action! Chiropractic adjusting stimulates their release.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and then wash or disinfect hands.
Wash hands frequently
Goldenseal, Echinacea, Astragalus are all good tonic herbs for immune function.
Elderberry extract too. I prefer the dried powder to the syrups as there is not sugar in the powder just dried fruit.
Use a mushroom complex supplement (Beta-glucans). We use Standard Process Epi-immune Complex and Reshi Max from Pharmanex.
Vit D3/K2-7 supplements.
High grade probiotics, we use MegaSpore and Standard Process Priobio but there are other quality probiotics. Do your research.
Homeopathic supplements for Upper Respiratory Drainage are also a good idea and necessary if actively fighting any infection.
Vitamin A (beta carotene) is also good immune support.
Low dose B complex
Low dose multi mineral with zinc and iodine
Getting your body physiology checked by a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner is also highly advised. You are under stress and need someone outside of “you” to accurately determine what exact supplements will work best for you and what things outside your body are stressing and weakening it. A Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner can do all these things and cut down the response time of your body so healing and stability occur as fast as possible. Also this stops you from spending money on supplements that your body doesn’t “like” and that don’t seem to work! Nutritional support is a tricky field. If you could know in advance that elderberry would work for your sister but not for you, that would be very beneficial. This is what a good nutrition person can do for you. Just winging it and taking a ton of supplements, even the ones I recommend above may not help you. Find a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner and do it right.
So what are you looking for to know if you should be checked? According to the CDC website:
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
Shortness of breath
Stay home except to get medical care
Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
Avoid public areas:Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often
Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
Household cleaners: Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
It is well documented that 20 million people died worldwide; 500,000 in the U.S. alone. At the same time of this epidemic, there was a new health field and rising science making its way onto the scene. Believe it or not, the flu epidemic helped put Chiropractic on the map!
These numbers will shock you:
In the state of Iowa, medical doctors treated 93,590 flu patients with 6,116 deaths; a loss of one patient out of every 15. Chiropractors saw 4,735 patients with the flu and only had 6 deaths. A loss of one patient out of every 789. National figures show that 1,142 Chiropractors treated 46,394 patients for influenza during 1918, with a loss of only 54 patients. (25 deaths per 10,000) Reports from New York City alone showed that 950 people died from the flu who sought out ONLY medical care out of every 10,000 cases treated.
Dr. D’s commentary…
Chiropractic’s recognition of being a legitimate healing profession earned the “DOCTOR” title and was granted state licensure began in most states because of these statistics not because we get great results for back and neck pain. They didn’t know how chiropractic adjusting helped the body but they figured 0ut it was different from medical approaches and needed by the American People.
Chiropractic has a statistical improvement on the body’s health and immune function. That’s why getting adjusted regularly for HEALTH REASONS is crucial to a top performing body.
Now back to Dr. Sullivan…
Chiropractic became less about improving immunity and visceral physiology and more about dealing with back pain when antibiotics were invented and introduced. Then along came vaccines and Chiropractic continued to take a back seat to the “scientific” breakthroughs in medicine.
But did human physiology change? Was there some sort of shift in human function that made chiropractic effective in the 1920‘s for increasing immunity and preventing infections but not effective in the 1940’s or after?
Dumb question? Good marketing is the answer! Marketing and promotion made the new “proven” and “accepted” drug therapy approach to increasing immunity and treating infection as the gold standard.
There are literally millions of testimonies each year from Chiropractors whose patients experience the same results from the flu and other infections as Chiropractic patients did in 1918. We have to accept the fact that our communities have not heard about this because of medicine’s marketing and promotion of drugs and surgeries…AND NOW WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
I could explain to you the results of the PhD Ron Pero study showing that people under Chiropractic care had 200% increased immunity compared to those not under care. Or I could show you the New England Journal of Medicine study from Aug. 23, 1991 showing that an increase in catecholamines suppress the immune system and had determined whether a person was more susceptible to colds and infections. And then I would combine that with the 2011 study showing how much a single spinal adjustment significantly reduces those catecholamines andincreases secretory IgA by 139%, making a patient less susceptible because of the boosted immunity. Or I could talk about the awesome 2004 study that showed 98% of asthma, allergy, and dermatitis (all immune system related) sufferers had vertebral misalignments as a common finding. And when they were adjusted had massive improvements compared to the control group who did not get adjusted. And so on and so on and so on….
But….I won’t bore you with loads of studies and statistics! The evidence is clear and we can now surely stand up and speak boldly and proud in the Power of Chiropractic and its effect on immunity!