You may be wondering, do I have Coronavirus or the flu? We are seeing an influx of patients who have shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches but their COVID-19 tests are negative. In addition, we are hearing of people in the community who are testing positive with NO symptoms. “Maybe I have a mild case of COVID-19 but a false-negative test!” Yes, maybe you do! And what do you do since the symptoms can last for weeks and even months?
This is straight from the CDC website: “Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms.” They go on further to list the similarities between the flu and COVID-19:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle pain or body aches
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
They go on to state that the flu also has gastrointestinal symptoms and what is important to know is that, ‘not everyone with the flu has a fever’. However, we also know that not everyone with COVID-19 has symptoms, so therefore not everyone with COVID-19 has a fever. In conclusion, the flu and COVID-19 share the same symptoms and the same degrees of severity from asymptomatic, to severe, to life threatening.
What do you do if you feel shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, body aches and you do NOT have Coronavirus and your doctor has no treatment for you?
- Stay home until you know your test is negative and you are fever free
- Wear a mask!
- Avoid those around you that are high risk (Men>women, over 60 years old, overweight, underlying health conditions, weakened immune systems, pregnant women and infants, those with asthma or lung conditions)
- Wash, wash, wash your hands
- Do not pick your nose or bite your nails!
- Keep moving! The lungs need exercise even if it means standing outside and raising your arms, swinging your arms, doing breathing exercises, or walking around the yard. If there is smog from fire smoke, then only exercise outside if you can see for five miles.
Your Natural Medicine Cabinet
Everyone should have the following remedies in their first aid kit for the shoulder seasons when we are more prone to get sick from viruses and bacteria:
- Vitamin C: I prefer the buffered vitamin C and one that has black pepper extract in it to optimize absorption. Doses vary but typically any naturopathic doctor will tell you that dose Vitamin C ‘to bowel tolerance’. Oral doses of about 5,000 mg can cause loose stool, so start low and work your way to find what works for you.
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC): This amino acid is the direct precursor to Glutathione in the body. Glutathione supports lung health. NAC can be helpful in improving blood glucose regulation and supporting liver and kidneys.
- Elderberry (Sambucus) Extract is a powerful antiviral and supports the lungs.
- Zinc is important for the immune system. Zinc deficiency has been shown to be associated with an increased incidence of infectious diseases.
- Licorice: Not the Red Vines, but black licorice or Glycyrrhiza, possesses antiviral properties. It is also wonderful for the adrenal glands. However, Glycyrrhiza also has estrogenic effects, so women, be sure to check with your naturopathic doctor before using this. It also increases blood pressure and is contra-indicated in Hypertension.
Naturopathic Medicine Offers More Options to Get Well Soon
Although in most cases, the alternative medicine works, it is often given up on by the patient due to the demands of life and lifestyle. We all want to get well as fast as possible and get back to our lives. In the case of viral infections, mainstream medicine really does not have a lot of solutions other than symptomatic relief. This is where alternative medicine excels! In addition to the remedies discussed above, patients can achieve greater benefit from intravenous nutritional therapy.
Intravenous therapy for immune support and recovery from illness originating from a viral infection or bacterial infection has a great impact on recovery. The benefit of IV therapy is that larger doses of vitamins, minerals and herbs can raise blood levels to a degree that is not achieved by oral dosing. With oral dosing the absorption in the gut is the rate-limiting step. With IV therapy, these nutrients go right into the blood and then on into cells for a powerful treatment. Common antiviral, immune supportive IV ingredients include and are not limited to:
- Vitamin C
- B vitamins
- Amino Acids
- Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
What is interesting is that most of the nutrients that are so beneficial for supporting the immune system and combating viral and bacterial infections were studied a great deal in the 1930’s. This time was the pre-antibiotic era in medicine. Antibiotics were not widely used until the 1940’s. Once antibiotics were developed, there was much money to be made and very little financial interest in the use of natural substances in IV form such as Vitamin C, HCL, etc.
However, let it be known that there are books and volumes of case studies and early papers on the effectiveness of IV Vitamin C and IV HCL for immune stimulation, antiviral and antimicrobial applications. There is tremendous data out now about the benefits of IV Vitamin C being used for these purposes. One of the benefits of IV Vitamin C is that the dosing can be exponentially more than that which is tolerated orally because it bypasses the gut and goes right into the bloodstream with no diarrhea!
Hydrochloric Acid: Infection Fighting Nutrient
The lesser known powerful immune stimulant and infection fighting nutrient is hydrochloric acid (HCL). Intravenous HCL has been used since the 1930’s in mainstream medicine. Due to the rise in MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) and other resistant strains, HCL is becoming a more popular treatment. Dr. Ferguson first documented its usefulness in stimulating WBC and anti-infective in 1927. He saw increases in neutrophils within hours of treating patients and considered a low-grade fever from the treatment as a sign it was working. He worked with other physicians in the US and published several articles in the medical journal, The Medical World. In addition, these articles and case studies were compiled into a book titled, Three Years of HCL Therapy.
At NatureMed we utilize these well-documented treatments to ensure positive outcomes for our patients. We are well-versed in IV therapy. Our patients most favored IV treatment for immune support, or if they are wondering, ‘Do I have a mild version of the flu?’ is a Myers IV with an HCL push at the end.
Our clinic is observing very strict COVID-19 safety protocols and patients have their own rooms in which to receive treatments. Additionally, all patients are screened before entry. Please call the office for more information and to get started on the Vitamin C and HCL push treatments!
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