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Not Today #COVID19

During the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, much research has been conducted and clinical and hospital experience has been compiled in order to find a better understanding of how this virus infects people and the best way to treat the condition. Another curious development is why do some people experience very few symptoms if at all and others find themselves struggling to survive and even make a full recovery post-infection. One of the emerging defining factors has to do with underlying chronic inflammation. The highest risk pool for severe complications and death seems to be older obese men with diabetes. Women, in general, seem to have a protective effect against the virus because of their higher levels of estrogen. This is thought because estrogen tends to suppress certain parts of the immune system that go unchecked when severe complications arise after infection of COVID-19. Another curious aspect of this virus is that the body can easily eradicate it. Even for those people who fall into high-risk categories. What patients end up succumbing to is the body's hijacked response to eliminate this foreign invader. The virus itself codes for certain proteins to be degraded that will keep the immune system in check. The virus is only able to get a foothold in the body when the immune system is already compromised in a way so it can cause further mayhem through dysregulation.

Many people have heard of the importance of Vitamin D in reducing inflammation and preventing the body from being susceptible to dysregulation by this virus. This is because vitamin D promotes a more robust regulatory control on managing an appropriate immune response. As we age, we do not make the active form of Vitamin D as efficiently. That is why supplementation is so important as a preventative measure especially in winter as we are more shielded from the sun during this time of year. Zinc has also been shown to help manage parts of the immune system that go rogue under the influence of this virus.

Although vitamins and minerals have been proven to be helpful, there is a powerhouse of a treatment that has not been widely publicized. Critical care physicians in this country have found that a very inexpensive and easily obtainable drug that can knock the socks off this virus and reign in the hijacked immune system. And it has been shown to be effective within 2 days of administration even for the most severely compromised patients who have been hospitalized. The drug is called Ivermectin and it is a powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drug. I will cite the link to the protocol here

This drug works like magic and can be taken before symptoms arise and can prevent hospitalization entirely. For some reason, the CDC and NIH are not promoting the usage of this drug. It has and will continue to save lives. I encourage everyone to learn more about this treatment regimen so you can use it for yourself or for your loved ones. Those who feel at risk can even take this drug as a precautionary measure. Inquire with your doctor about the best way it can help you in your situation. If you find your doctor does not know about this treatment, please pass this information on to them so they may learn for themselves. If you would like to have a more in-depth conversation about what I have presented in this post, please contact me to make an appointment.

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