Saturday, April 4, 2020

Strengthening Your Immune System

I ran across an article in Organic Consumers Association that I thought I’d share with you. It’s by Pat Thomas. Pat is editor at Natural Health News in the UK and author of “Complete Wellness and What Works, What Doesn’t – The Guide to Alternative Healthcare.”

What  Pat did was to give a great update on the latest COVID-19 conventional treatment news and alternative health options. It’s a good source for an overview picture of how you can help keep yourself health during this crisis.
Here’s the link: campaign=OB+657&utm_ content=OB+657

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Some Fun Today

I thought I’d share a couple of fun videos that I ran across to lighten the mood this week

Here are the links:

The first one is called: How To Pass The Salt While Maintaining Proper Social Distance

This one is called Till Death Do Us Part, and yes, it is funny.

Hope you enjoyed them.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Using Quercetin in the Fight Against Coronavirus

I want to share with you another substance you should consider in our fight against the Coronavirus.

When the SARS epidemic broke out in 2003, two Canadian researchers, Michel Chr├ętien and Majambu Mbikay, began investigating quercetin. They found it was very effective against the SARS virus.

In 2014, it was also found to be effective against Ebola. Similar results happened when it was tested against the highly pathogenic influenza virus H1Ni.

Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort and American elder.

Quercetin has already been approved for human consumption by the FDA. At this point, it’s recommended to not take it for longer than 12 weeks and the side effects are only headaches, numbness and tingling.

It’s mechanism of action is to do 3 things:
1. It Inhibits the virus' ability to infect cells
2. It Inhibits replication of already infected cells
3. It Reduces infected cells' resistance to treatment with antiviral medication

The most recent study published on the effect of quercetin was reported this month, March 2020, in the journal Microbial Pathogenesis. The researchers found quercetin "provides comprehensive protection against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection”. It is now being studied against the coronavirus.

With these kinds of results, your best course of action might be to start taking quercetin. I’ve started taking 500 mg once a day. I got it at The Vitamin Shoppe, and it is very reasonably priced. So…why wait for more studies to be done since the side effects and the cost of quercetin are very reasonable plus it might have a big pay-off – you stay healthy.
(Reported, March 16, 2020)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Another Natural Option for Fighting Coronavirus

With the poor response of the US government to fighting the coronavirus to this point, we need to know if there are steps we can take for ourselves to help us if we get infected. This has led me to share with you about glycyrrhizin, which sounds like a pretty fancy term. I know you’ve heard about this substance because it’s licorice.

This is the real licorice and not the candy you buy in the store. It turns out it’s one of most powerful antiviral compounds ever studied. A study on glycyrrhizin's inhibitory activity against SARS-associated coronavirus, which is similar to this current virus, was published in Lancet in June of 2003. The researchers found of all the compounds they tested with SARS patients that licorice worked the best.

Licorice also worked when pitted against the flu. In a study published in the journal Antibacterial Agents and Chemotherapy, the researchers infected mice with lethal injections of the influenza virus. The mice given the licorice ALL survived. The mice not given licorice only survived an average of 10.5 days, with no survivors by day 21.

Since you’ll need to figure out if licorice is right for you and how much to take, here’s the article I took this information from so you can decide for yourself what to do if you get coronavirus -

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The KETO Diet’s Effect on Dementia

The KETO Diet has become very popular. It’s where you’re eating mostly fats. Some recent research looked at how it impacts a person’s brain.

Your brain runs on sugar. When you get older, the brain can struggle to metabolize the sugar properly which can lead to cognitive decline. By fasting for 12 hours you shift your body towards producing ketones which the brain prefers.

Ketones can supply more than 60% of your brain’s energy. In this study, the researchers gave 19 people, who averaged 75 years old and had cognitive impairment, 2 drinks per day that contained what’s called a medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) like coconut oil. The body converted the MCTs into ketones.

After six months, the researchers found significant improvements in the subject’s language skills, processing speed, executive function and they even scored 54% higher on a test of visual memory.

So…if you or someone you now who is aging and having memory problems, is slowing down or struggling to find words, then ketones might be the way to go for the person.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Possible Options If You Get the Coronavirus

Dr Joseph Mercola had a blog post the other day entitled Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus? He talked about how there has been research showing that IV (intravenous) Vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine dramatically reduced deaths from sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition triggered by a systemic infection in the body.

A Dr. Paul Marik, who is located in Norfolk, VA, which is the next city from where I live in Virginia Beach, developed a treatment protocol that reduced sepsis mortality from 40% to 8.5% in people who had the flu. His protocol has also worked successfully with pediatric patients.

A 2009 study found that IV Vitamin C also worked to stop acute respiratory inflection better than a placebo.

Since Dr. Mercola had a lot more details in the article, here’s the link to the full article so you can see if you get Coronavirus that there may be options to protect yourself.
(Reported 2/24/2020)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Walking a Dog Keeps You Fit

You may be aware that government guidelines for keeping healthy are for you to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. One way to do that and do even more is to get a dog.

A study involving hundreds of British households found that dog owners are four times more likely than other people to meet this standard. They also found that most dog owners will far exceed this standard by the walking close to 300 minutes a week with their dogs.

When the researchers compared the dog walkers with non-dog walkers, the dog walkers had 200 more minutes a week that they were doing.

Personally, I’ve had 2 dogs in my life and my last one, Kan’e (a Bichon), was 16 when we had to put him down a month ago. I’ve made a commitment to continue walking without him. So…every afternoon and again late at night, I take myself for a walk in his honor and for my health!
(Reported The New York Times, Special Advertising Supplement, January 12, 2020)