With all of the attention on the Coronavirus the last couple of weeks, it motivated me to reach out to all of you and let you know that while this virus has captured world wide attention and drastic action, it is not likely in your neck of the woods. Just don’t go to China for a little while. Hopefully the aggressive quarantine efforts will keep it contained to the region where it started, and it will soon wind itself down. Nevertheless, this is such an important reminder to keep your immune system supported with the following:
- Vitamin D 5000 ius per day or more
- Vitamin C 2000 mg per day or more
- Avoidance of sugar
- Sufficient sleep
- Healthy diet – fresh fruits and vegetables
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water
- Stay home from school or work if you are having symptoms of any illness
Influenza A and B
The flu season is still in full swing so continue to take these precautions for general immune boosting, as the vaccine for Influenza this year does not appear to have enough specificity for Influenza B, which is the more dominant strain this year seen not only in our community but across the nation. Typically, the Influenza A strain is more prevalent in the early part of the flu season (October to April), but this year the Influenza B strain has been more common even in the early part of the flu season.
The symptoms are very similar so you may not be able tell the difference, but the B strain is more challenging for children. If you’ve got the flu, you probably won’t be able to tell which strain caused it. The symptoms may be a little milder for the B strain, but overall, they don’t differ much: a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes fever. Additionally, if you have had the flu this season, give yourself a full month to recover as relapses are common and fatigue can persist for a long time after the infection.
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C
The key to staying well is to treat symptoms the minute you feel them coming on. Viruses spread by replication, and if you can decrease this, it limits the infection. The best thing to do if you expect that you have the flu is to get an IV of Vitamin C immediately. Vitamin C is anti-viral and in high doses will knock a viral infection out within a day or two. The closer to the onset of the virus that you get the IV, the shorter the duration and severity of your illness. This goes also for any common cold or other illness.
In fact, this week, I learned that China is conducting a clinical trial involving a high-dose vitamin C infusion in search of a coronavirus cure. According to the reports, participants will receive IV vitamin C for seven days straight at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. (Read a Description of the Study) I was so excited to hear this news, as I literally was telling my staff a couple days ago that I would love to bring Vitamin C IV to all the patients who have been quarantined and see what happens.
Stay on Top of your Health
It is fascinating to follow this Coronavirus and watch the reaction from health care professionals around the world because centuries ago we would not have been able to share information with other countries to halt the spread of this very aggressive virus. So, while you might not be going to China and your exposure to the Coronavirus will likely be extremely low, there are flu and gastrointestinal viruses circulating as we speak—don’t let your guard down.
Stay on top of your immune system support and reach out to us if you have a fever or suspect you have the flu. We can test you for Influenza and give you an IV to halt its course.
“I had a fever and body aches and felt like I was going to die. I literally couldn’t move without pain all over my body. After a big dose of Vitamin C in an IV,I was back on my feet by the next day. All of my colleagues were in bed for 12 days” – Frances 45 y.o.