According to the latest (Jan, 2020) VA newsletter, "Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the 2019-nCoV infection and no medication to treat it."

The following information is collected from 36 years as a practicing chiropractic physician with advanced degrees in nutrition and experiences gathered from helping thousands of patients.

Prevention is always better than intervention.

To successfully prevent and fight viral infections, take charge of strengthening your immune system.

Diet

The coronavirus, and most other pathogens, thrive in acidic environments. Minimizing excess acidity is essential for preventing and recovering from viral infections.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is highly acid forming. It contains far too many simple sugars, simple carbohydrates (breads, pastas, etc.), trans-fat vegetable oils and processed foods. All promote acidic conditions in your body.

Remove or, at the very least, significantly minimize simple sugars and simple carbohydrates. In other words, avoid, as often as possible, anything made with sugar, sugar substitutes or flour such as breads, pastas, chips, desserts, etc. Whenever possible, replace these pre-packaged, “fast” foods with more nutritious, organically grown or raised, alternatives.

Take a look at best food choices for lots of variety. And, consider healthier eating habits for better meal scheduling ideas. Some of the best side effects of Keto diets, better food choices, intermittent fasting and vegetable smoothies (See Below) include weight loss, more energy, mental clarity and better sleep. A great online source for Keto-friendly food choices is Primal Kitchen. Use coupon code DOC10.

NOTE One of the best lifestyle-changing diet programs is available online: WildFit90. My wife and I participated in this program. We, and numerous patients, completed it with amazingly beneficial results.

To reduce acidity in your body even more effectively, consider replacing one meal every day with a vegetable smoothie.

Sample Veggie Smoothie Recipe

  1. 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
  2. 1 medium celery stalk
  3. 1 handful spinach
  4. 1 kale leaf )
  5. 1 chard leaf ) or substitute any other leafy vegies you may have
  6. 1 collard leaf )
  7. 1/2 medium avocado
  8. Squeeze of lemon or lime juice
  9. 4 oz bone broth. I use and recommend Bonafide brand unless you make your own bone broth.
  10. 4 oz pure water with no chlorine or fluorine (See Below)

Optional: Add a handful of frozen berries, especially strawberries or blueberries OR 1/2 small apple. Add a handful of "sprouted" seeds and/or nuts

Blend thoroughly in a NutriBullet, VitaMix or other type of high-speed blender. I use the NutriBullet Pro because it is powerful enough for any smoothie and easier to clean.

Water

Drink, and cook with pure water containing no chlorine or fluorine. Purchase a water filter capable of removing at least these two contaminants or arrange for home delivery of pure water. There are unlimited choices for water filters for kitchen faucets, under sinks, showers, whole house, etc. We use Earth2O for home and office.

Vitamin A (Beta carotene)

Vitamin A is essential for normal immune function and, as beta carotene, is one of the supplements I've found most helpful in clearing resistant coughs and congestion.

Since Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be stored in your body. Too much can become toxic with symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headaches, pain and even death. Getting too much from foods is extremely unlikely.

The vitamin A precursor, beta carotene, does not cause the same risks. It's converted to the active form of vitamin A in your body as it's needed.

For maintenance I recommend 25,000 iu beta carotene several times a week. This should be increased to daily during cold and flu seasons or whenever exposure risk is increased. When ill, consider 25,000 iu three to four, or more, times daily.

Some of the best food choices for vitamin A and Beta carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, tuna, butternut squash, spinach, lettuce, red bell peppers and broccoli.

Vitamin C (Buffered and Liposomal)

If you’re not already taking a vitamin C supplement, either purchase a buffered vitamin C complex or make your own liposomal vitamin C (absorbed best). Click on this Link for excellent directions for making liposomal vitamin C. Always use sodium ascorbate instead of ascorbic acid when making this recipe. It’s much less acidic.

Your required daily amount of vitamin C can vary greatly. More is needed for injuries and with increased exposure to illnesses. Too much can cause loose bowels. To find your maximum tolerated dosage, begin with about 500 mg for every fifty pounds of body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you might begin with three doses of 500 mg each spread throughout the day e.g. take 500 mg with each meal. If you need four doses, add one at bed time.

If necessary, continue adding 500 mg doses at different times during the day until you find your optimal daily amount. If you’re exposed to an illness, add extra doses until your bowels become looser. Then, delete one or more doses until you resume normal daily bowel movements.

Some of the best food sources include organically certified bell peppers, broccoli, kale, snow peas and strawberries.

Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols)

Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble vitamins. It helps prevent oxidative stress (See Antioxidants Belos) which occurs any time your immune system is working to protect you. Too much vitamin E from supplements can lead to excessive bleeding. Like vitamin A, it's extremely unlikely to get too much vitamin E from your diet.

The only vitamin E supplement I recommend is A. C. Grace Company's Unique E. Maintenance dosage is 1 capsule daily. During times of exposure or infection, increase to three or four times daily. After recovery, reduce to once daily.

Some of the best food sources include "sprouted" nuts and seeds, avocado, asparagus, spinach, broccoli and organic oils like avocado, coconut and olive.

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)

According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin D toxicity is rare. However, to make sure you’re not taking too much, test your levels with saliva or urine home test kits. Ask for the 25-hydroxy (25(OH)D)) vitamin D test. Ideally, your results should be between 60 and 70 ng/ml.

Usual Vitamin D3 supplement doses are 1,000 to 5,000 IU (International Units). Higher doses may be required for protection from virus-type infections. The highest dose D3 supplement I’ve found (50,000 IU) is sold by Biotech. They also have other Vitamin D3 products combined with Vitamin K2 (See Below).

If you’re in a favorable climate, 30-minutes of sun exposure, over as much of your body as possible, will give you about 20,000 IU of D3. Begin with 5 minutes daily, especially between 11 am and 1 pm, and increase gradually without burning.

Some of the best food sources include cod liver oil, mackerel, wild-caught Alaskan and sockeye salmon, sardines and tuna.

Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone-7)

Vitamin D3 works best with vitamin K2. The Vitamin K2 supplement I recommend is MegaQuinone K2-7 by Microbiome Labs. Since they only sell to licensed physicians, you'll need this code (Doc5355) to order directly. A reasonable adult dosage would be about 160 micrograms twice a day. Use more if exposed to viruses or if ill.

Some of the best food sources include chicken, goose or chicken liver (pate), eggs, milk products from organically raised, free range, grass-fed, grass-finished animals (aged cheeses, cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, butter or ghee, etc.) and black bean natto.

Enzymes

Life happens because of enzymes. They are the construction workers of your body. Your food provides the building materials from proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Everything happening in your body requires enzymes to work properly. Every breath you take; every move you make; every thought you think requires enzymes.

Before cooking, food enzymes are present in everything you eat. Temperatures greater than about 115 degrees Fahrenheit begin to destroy them. This is why any food, even organic, in a can should be a last choice. All the naturally occurring enzymes have been destroyed. The more food is cooked, or canned or otherwise packaged, the fewer enzymes it contains and the harder your body has to work to digest it. With time, and poor dietary choices, enzyme potential declines and immune function suffers.

This is also one of the main reasons the green drink (See Above) is so healthy. It's full of naturally occurring food enzymes which insure complete digestion without requiring your body to use its own digestive enzymes.

Consider using digestive enzyme formulas at the beginning of all cooked meals, especially during cold and flu seasons. Also, taking a high protease enzyme formula between meals, to minimize the enzymes being used for digestion of proteins, allows the extra enzymes to enter your bloodstream and assist immune function.

The best enzyme formulas are made by Loomis Enzymes and are only available through licensed healthcare providers. To find a certified enzyme therapist near you, call 800-614-4400.

Glutathione (GSH)

is made in every cell. It’s your body’s most important enzyme for preventing and recovering from diseases. When it’s deficient, you’re more likely to die from infections. It attaches to and removes anything not belonging in your body, even mutated viruses. If you become infected, glutathione can be given intravenously, taken as a suppository or nebulized for breathing.

Since glutathione does not absorb well from, or is destroyed by, the digestive tract, the best way to use it is as a suppository. The strongest I’ve found is available at Oradix.com. One every week or every other week is recommended for maintenance. If you become ill, depending upon severity, you may need to use it more frequently, even daily.

Some of the best food sources include high sulfur foods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables like garlic, kale, mustard greens, onions, shallots and watercress; beef; fish; poultry; milk thistle and foods rich in selenium.

Selenium (Selenium citrate or Selenomethionine)

The more severe the illness, the more selenium you probably need. Easily recognizable symptoms of selenium toxicity can occur after months of very high doses and include discoloration of the fingernails, nausea and weakness. Reducing the dosage eliminates the symptoms.

One of the better selenium supplements is made by Pure Encapsulations. Another, tung Oil selenium supplies 500 micrograms of selenium in each drop. Their 1 ounce bottle provides 600 doses at about $0.17 per dose. They recommend one drop every other day for maintenance. If you become ill, you may need to take more.

Other best food sources include deep ocean fish, birds (chickens, turkeys, etc.), mushrooms, "sprouted" seeds and nuts and organically-raised, free-range, grass-fed, grass-finished beef.

Five “sprouted” Brazil nuts supply the same amount of selenium (500 micrograms) as one drop of tung oil selenium. As much as I love Brazil nuts, you'd need about 30 pounds (about $600) to provide as much selenium as 1 bottle of selenated tung oil ($100).

Iodine

kills bacteria, fungi, molds, protozoa, viruses and yeasts. The only types of iodine I use and recommend J. Crows 2% and J. Crows 5%. A simple test to see if you need extra iodine involves “painting” about a 2 to 3 inch square on your lower abdomen and timing how long it takes to disappear. If you can no longer see any sign of it within less than 6 hours, you likely need more. I often paint 5% squares to take iodine externally. Within a short period of time, as more is absorbed, you'll notice it takes longer to disappear. To take internally, squirt a dropperful in 4 to 8 ounces water.

Some of the best food sources include cod, eggs, sea vegetables (nori, hijicki, wakame, etc.), tuna and turkey breast.

Magnesium chloride

If you, unfortunately, develop symptoms of a viral infection, take 3 grams of magnesium chloride every 3 hours for 2 doses. Then every 8 hours until you notice improvement. At this point, continue with 3 grams every 12 hours until several days after complete recovery. Mixing 25 grams of magnesium chloride hexahidrate in 1 liter of water makes a 2.5% solution. Four to five ounces of this solution provides about 3 grams.

Another liquid source is magnesium bicarbonate. Because magnesium is so important for so many functions in your body, I prefer this to sodium bicarbonate. Follow these instructions for making your own magnesium bicarbonate water.

If you develop loose bowels from taking magnesium orally, try taking hot baths with a handful of Epsom salts added. The magnesium is absorbed through your skin (transdermally). Other products for providing it transdermally include magnesium creams, gels, ointments and sprays.

Some of the best food sources include deep ocean fish, avocados, green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables.

Cannabis

Cannabidiol (CBD) may help protect against bacteria, fungi and viruses. It’s also excellent for helping to control inflammation as well as flu-like aches and pains. And, it’s a great sleep aid. Since CBD from hemp is legal in all fifty states, you can order directly from Amazon. Organically grown is always best. If you're in a state where Cannabis products are legal, your local dispensary will have numerous options for you.

Thieves’ Oil

As the story goes, during the Middle Ages, while Bubonic plague swept through Europe, thieves in Marseilles, France robbed the infected dead while never catching the disease. Their “secret” protection was a cloth, soaked with a combination of several essential oils, wrapped over their noses. This combination, or variations of it, is now called Thieves’ Oil.

Place several drops of Thieves’ Oil in a diffuser or atomizer to clean and freshen the air. Moisten cotton balls with a drop or two and place in your vehicle or around your work place. You can also add drops to your hot bath with or without Epsom salts. And, of course, even if you do not plan to become a thief, you can keep adding drops to a protective face mask.

CAUTION: Thieves’ Oil must be diluted for internal use. You can make a 10% dilution by placing 60 drops in a one ounce (600 drops) dropper bottle and add organic, extra-virgin olive oil (or other non-vegetable, organic oil of your choice) to fill the rest of the bottle. Shake well. Place 3 to 5 drops of this 10% oil under your tongue. If I feel I’ve been exposed to someone infectious, I’ll do this several times daily.

One of the most popular Thieves' Oil product is made with 5 therapeutic-grade oils. I add wild Oregano (certified minimum 86% carvacrols) to my 5 organic essential oils. The oregano inceases the overall effectiveness and improves the taste and smell. As with herbs (See Below), almost all my essential oils come from Mountain Rose Herbs.

There is so much more but so little space and time.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural substances produced in your body to help prevent free radicals from causing damage. Free radicals are essential for life. They're formed as your body turns air and food into energy. Free radicals become harmful, however, when they build up beyond your body's ability to neutralize and eliminate them. In excess, free radicals cause damage to cells, tissues and organs. Many believe too many free radicals negatively impact immune function and are the underlying cause for most chronic degenerative diseases as well as easier susceptibility to illnesses.

Colorful vegetables and fruits contain the best available and highest quantities of antioxidants. Other excellent food sources include herbs, spices, coffee and teas.

Organic Herbs: Some of the highest antioxidant herbs are dragon’s blood, triphalia, cascara, water hyssop, baobab fruit, grape seed, licorice root (use DGL licorice to avoid blood pressure problems), acai berries and rose hips. Herbs are available as capsules, teas, powders and very effective alcohol or glycerin extracts.

Organic Spices: Some of the highest antioxidant spices are cloves, oregano, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, turmeric (See Note Below), vanilla bean, sage and ginger (Ceylon variety only). I often blend organic cinnamon and ginger powders into my coffee or tea (See Below).

NOTE: Curcumin from turmeric is poorly absorbed. To increase absorption, it’s often combined with black pepper extract (BioPerine). Turmacin® is a water-soluble extract of turmeric. Combining Turmacin® with curcumin provides even better absorption and more benefits. The best one I've found is TurmaBoost by Wild Nutra.

Use spices freely in preparing tasty, healthy meals. Like herbs, many spices can also be made into very therapeutic teas.

Organic Coffee and Tea The only coffee I use and recommend to my patients is made by Purity Coffee. Independent laboratory testing substantiates their claim of having the highest antioxidant properties compared to other coffees tested. And, their subscription program is one of the most convenient and easiest to modify as your needs change.

My preferred organic tea is Tulsi-Green tea. I order 1 pound bulk bags from Organic India. There are numerous other teas with very high antioxidant properties. Choose organically grown, sustainably-farmed varieties whenever possible.

Mushrooms

According to the owners of Rainforest Mushrooms in Yachats, Oregon, not only do mushrooms have antioxidant properties but research proves they are excellent for boosting immune function. Their number 1 and number 2 immune-enhancing mushrooms are Maitake and Shiitake with some of their top wild mushroom recommendations being Turkey tail, Reishi and Chaga. Rainforest's web site is under construction but they say they'll have many different mushrooms, mushroom powders and ticntures available online soon.

Numerous other mushrooms such as Lion's mane, Oyster and Scallop make great additions to regular meal planning.

Exercise

Find any activity(ies) you enjoy doing on a regular basis, especially walking, swimming, biking, yoga, dancing, etc. Sensible exercise has been shown to boost immune function. If you're already sick, however, strenuous excercise can weaken immune responses.

One of the best, short (4 minutes) exercise video routine is by Dr. Zach Bush, MD. And, one of the best overall exercise programs is Foundation Training by Eric Goodman, DC.

Grounding

Frequently reconnect with Mother Earth (Grounding) by standing or walking barefoot on grass or on sand beside a creek, river, waterfall, lake or ocean. Walk in a wooded area. Hug, lean on or sit under a tree. Grounding helps relieve any type of stress, one of the major contributors to decreased immune function.

Some of the people and web sites (in no particular order) with blogs, forums and newsletters worth following:

Ben Greenfield
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
Dave Asprey
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Sayer Ji - Green Med Info
Dr. Mark Sircus

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