This article has been updated several times by Larry Cook (Admin) with new and / or additional COVID treatment information. Read the entire article for the latest on effective COVID treatments.
I’m a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and I want to say that it goes without saying that it takes time to collect enough patient data before medical practitioners can pronounce successful interventions for a novel virus. During this time, many people have become quite fearful of contracting a virus that could result in their death or the death of a loved one. It would be very reassuring if effective methods of protection and successful treatment were widely known and available. Unfortunately, this information is being intentionally censored from the public, so I want to share with you what I have discovered.
When the Covid-19 quarantine began, I was fortunate enough to participate in one of the most amazing medically collaborative efforts I have ever experienced. I was on calls and in virtual meetings with practitioners with a myriad of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Everyone was sharing information on what symptoms they were seeing and which interventions they were finding to be effective for both prevention and treatment. It was exhilarating to experience how different types of practitioners could collaborate and work toward the common goal of protecting our communities. Then, we were all told that we could not share any of this information publicly. This on-going censorship is becoming more obvious as conventional medical doctors continue their attempts at sharing reports of their successful treatments. Many of my colleagues have been scared into silence with threats of losing their medical license.
In Naturopathic, Holistic & Functional Medicine, there are numerous ways to support and strengthen the immune system as well as methods to specifically prevent and treat viral infections. With any newly discovered microbial infection, while it takes time to understand the specific mechanism of the infection and it takes time to establish clear treatment guidelines, this should not exclude the fundamentals of immunity and addressing the variables of susceptibility.
Many clinicians do not necessarily need to rely solely on new research studies to consider what could be deemed safe and effective treatments. One of the wonderful aspects of natural medicine is that many treatments can be used for the same symptoms even under different conditions. For example, nebulized NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) can be utilized to treat conditions ranging from cystic fibrosis to COPD to pneumonia. One of NAC’s benefits is its ability to thin or dissolve mucous in the lungs. When initial reports from China described Covid-19 as triggering thick stuck phlegm in the lungs and impeding breathing, nebulizing NAC was on my list of potential treatment options. This is particularly beneficial in the face of a novel virus when we do not have the luxury of time to wait for a large-scale study and we want to best serve the health of our communities. Knowing how we have addressed immune health and other viruses in the past, we have many treatment tools available to draw from, even when facing a new infection.
For people who are interested in actively taking responsibility for their health, there are two main ways to help prevent infections. One is the foundational component regarding what you eat and drink, how you sleep, exercise, the air you breathe, basic hygiene practices and sun light exposure. The second component addresses specific underlying imbalances to build up personal defenses and the use of additional immune boosting natural medicines.
Natural Medicine Examples:
One of the most common questions I have received since the pandemic started is if I recommend people take the mineral zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is utilized in at least 200 different pathways in the body: including immune and detox pathways. If someone does not have adequate levels of zinc in their body than supplementing it is highly likely to offer a substantial immune benefit. I have found several vitamins and minerals to be supportive at various doses for both prevention and treatment including but not limited to Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C. Accurately testing your vitamin and mineral levels is an excellent starting point to know what you would most benefit from and at which dose. Additional supplements commonly utilized include NAC, Glutathione, Colostrum, and Probiotics. In addition to supplements, other common prevention and treatment interventions include homeopathic remedies, herbal medicines, dietary modifications, stress reduction techniques, hydrotherapy techniques and sauna treatments.
Vitamin C orally and intravenously has been utilized for decades as an immune boosting, antioxidant, and anti-microbial nutrient. It has been used successfully in hospitals to treat sepsis and hard to treat viral infections, among its many benefits. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin which can allow people to consume large quantities with little risk of toxicity; particularly if they have the guidance of a doctor to suggest the safest form and dosages to use. For decades, research has continued to accrue to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Vitamin C therapy. If Vitamin C orally or intravenously is an inexpensive and effective intervention with a high safety profile, why is this not being utilized in every hospital across the country? Why did the FBI raid a clinic in Michigan that was offering free IV Vitamin C to front line workers? Did you know there was even a hospital-based study in both the US and China using IV Vitamin C for patients with covid-19? There was not a single mortality in that treatment group.
A Drug Approach:
In the prescription arena, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been evaluated singularly and in combination with Zinc and/or Azithromycin and/or Remdesivir for Covid-19. HCQ has been prescribed for decades predominantly for its use in treating auto-immune conditions due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-viral effects. This prescription medication has been researched for its use in similar circumstances and has a higher safety profile than similar medications. Physicians across the country have been trying to report their successful clinical outcomes with the use of this drug for patients with covid-19; particularly when combined with zinc. Now there’s also research to substantiate its use but the public is still being told it is not a reliable treatment. There is a rising number of physicians willing to speak out about their clinical success treating people with covid-19, only to be dismissed or vilified.
Recently Dr Richard Bartlett has been trying to share his finding on the use of inhaled Budesonide. The NIH even agreed to study its use however, rather than study the treatment the way it was prescribed by Dr Bartlett at the onset of symptoms, they are waiting until a patient is in the ICU and put on a ventilator before prescribing it. This despite the extremely poor outcomes with the initiation of ventilators for covid-19 patients.
One might expect, in the face of a pandemic, that the agencies who claim to have the public’s best interest at heart, would be willing to utilize or accept the use of any treatments that are deemed safe and potentially effective. Instead, doctors have been discouraged from using many well studied treatments because they had not been studied for this specific virus. Neither mask wearing nor ventilators have shown benefit clinically and in studies for this specific virus and yet those interventions continue to be advocated. Even after a drug or natural treatment intervention has been validated for treating this virus, the information is still censored and not readily available for the public’s reassurance. Doctors are not just discouraged from speaking up but even threatened with disciplinary action and slandered for sharing a method to prevent or treat this infection. I find it deeply disturbing that the public has been inundated with fear mongering and specifically prevented from knowing about successful treatments that can be utilized regarding this infection. Additionally, the public is being told that immunity can only be established artificially – through toxic vaccination – without any data to support such an outlandish claim.
If this is all about protecting the public health, why are doctors blocked from speaking about treatments that have a high safety profile and a strong likelihood of offering a benefit? Why are those doctors who speak up or the treatments proposed immediately vilified? If this is all about protecting the public health, why are people being forced to comply with ineffective and potentially harmful interventions? And now that we have the data, why hasn’t the public been reassured that healthy asymptomatic people are not highly contagious?
Below are links to data on some of the treatment interventions specific to covid-19 or to illustrate the safety and efficacy of alternative approaches. In each instance only one treatment is evaluated. Just imagine the kind of results practitioners see when using a combined approach for healthcare. I have yet to encounter any research, beyond case studies, to illustrate the benefit of a combination approach for prevention or treatment of viral infections but in my experience, it is the most effective. If you know of anyone willing to fund such research, please let me know.
UPDATED INFORMATION BY LARRY COOK – 9-1-2020
Glutathione, HBOT, and Ozone are promising therapies for Covid-19.
Here are a few reasons why they might hold promise as the world desperately needs safe, affordable options to re-open.
Local Doctor Says Covid-19 Patients Saw Results with Glutathione https://bit.ly/3aLwW9n
Dr. Richard Horowitz, Medical Director of Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in New York State, administered glutathione to his Covid-19 patients. Web MD defines glutathione “as an important antioxidant found in your body” combatting free radicals that can damage your body’s cells. It also has detoxification and immune support benefits. Glutathione is not only known as the Master Anti-Oxidant, but is also known as a powerful Anti-Viral. Dr. Horowitz’ patients, shortness of breath improved, often in as little as one hour. Another small case study titled, “Efficacy of glutathione therapy in relieving dyspnea associated with COVID-19 pneumonia: A report of 2 cases” https://bit.ly/3iUZXm2 found potential for glutathione as therapy for Covid-19 symptoms.
A New York Post headline on May 9 read “New York mom with coronavirus saved by medical-student son’s quick thinking.” Dr. Horowitz had recommended glutathione for his sister’s Lyme disease. It saved this mom’s life. https://bit.ly/2Qfh7hY
PubMed is the government database search engine of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. A search on Pub Med of “glutathione” and “anti-viral” returns 5,239 results. There are compelling reasons and much research to consider glutathione as a potential therapy for Covid-19.
“Glutathione increase by the n‐butanoyl glutathione derivative (GSH‐C4) inhibits viral replication and induces a predominant Th1 immune profile in old mice infected with influenza virus” https://bit.ly/3j1A2sP
“Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the most likely cause of serious manifestations and death in Covid-19” https://bit.ly/34lkUCx
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – improvements, improvements, improvements!
Dr. Paul Harch, emergency medicine clinician and director of the University Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Department and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, looked at the results of using hyperbaric oxygen for Covid-19 pneumonia and respiratory failure. Within three days of therapy, lung fluid was greatly reduced and more normal lung tissue appeared. Blood oxygen levels elevated immediately following each session. https://bit.ly/2CSMmwd
A recent article in the Journal of Wound Care (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in preventing mechanical ventilation in COVID-19 patients: a retrospective case series) concluded: “This small sample of patients exhibited dramatic improvement with HBOT. Most importantly, HBOT potentially prevented the need for mechanical ventilation.” https://bit.ly/3goaO6b
A letter to the editor of Cell Stress and Chaperones, “Covid-19, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): cited no less than 35 studies in support of HBOT as a useful tool for improving conditions of Covid-19. https://bit.ly/3honRpH
Ozone Therapy (OT) – and more improvements!
In this short video, Dr. Robert Rowen discussed ozone therapy for recovery during first treatment for Covid-19 patient. He found that most respiratory signs greatly diminished or were nonexistent by end of therapy. https://bit.ly/3l9e1dr
A research article published May 2020 in Antioxidant Journal, Potential Cytoprotective Activity of Ozone Therapy in SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, found a number of potential therapeutic actions of Ozone, including a cell protective effect and a blockage of viral replication. https://bit.ly/34sJfGC
This month’s American Journal of Case Reports article, “Potential Role of Oxygen-Ozone Therapy in Treatment of Covid-19 Pneumonia” provided further support for Ozone Therapy benefits such as decrease in inflammatory markers and avoiding usage of mechanical ventilation. https://bit.ly/3aPpKJu
What Mainstream Medicine and Media Don’t Want You to Know: Censored COVID-19 Treatments, Therapies and Immune System Boosting Therapies That May Help You!
Science has long known that the immune system is involved in the prevention and course of infectious diseases, so why aren’t we hearing how we can support the immune system?
We all know that being around a sick person is no guarantee of infection, and among those who do infect, symptoms can vary widely. Over the years we’ve learned that each person’s total health, including their genome, immune system, and gut microbiome strongly determines their likelihood of illness, yet where is this in the COVID19 conversation? The media-featured experts present NO discussion of preventives and offer little to treat if you do become ill. Dr. Fauci, along with government officials and the media, offer nothing but mask-mandating, handwashing, social distancing, and quarantine, followed by a “promise” of a vaccine to make it all go away.
Meanwhile, medical doctors and other health practitioners in the U.S. and around the world are reporting a variety of successful therapies and treatments for COVID-19, as well as supplements and nutrients that may help you resist infection. These much-needed protocols are suppressed, censored or vilified, as are those who want to share this information. We wanted to help break down those barriers and, while we cannot offer you medical advice, we can point you toward resources about these therapies. Read on to learn more!
1. COVID 411
The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA) details in their article titled “COVID 411” many specific nutrients that are among the most noteworthy preventives for boosting our immune systems before we get sick. https://bit.ly/2QMBh3d. Among the many nutrients discussed – most with links to supporting research – are: Vitamin D, Vitamin A, zinc, glutathione, selenium, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), melatonin, beta glucans, garlic, anti-viral herbs and others.
The article goes on to discuss therapies for those with symptomatic COVID19 infections as well, such as: zinc, quercetin, and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG), IV Vitamin C, Potassium, and the MATH+ protocol discussed in more detail below.
2. Zinc and Zinc Ionophores
Zinc is a cornerstone for immune system function and, in particular, zinc deficiency is related to susceptibility to respiratory infections: https://bit.ly/2EUeFLw. However, as with Vitamin D, most Americans are zinc-deficient. Zinc plays a key role in many of the COVID therapies reporting great success because, in our cells, zinc can inhibit viral replication. There’s a catch though, zinc is not fat-soluble and has difficulty crossing fat-based cell membranes in adequate quantities to slow or stop viral replication. That’s where zinc ionophores come in – they are fat soluble and can help move zinc in and out of cells, may also help zinc work more effectively in cells, and may have an effect in their own right. https://bit.ly/2ETk3hL. Therapies combining zinc and the following substances – many of which are ionophores – are showing great promise:
o Ivermectin: Ivermectin is a powerful anti-viral and a probable ionophore as well: https://bit.ly/3gSnnqS;https://bit.ly/3hU0GDM; https://bit.ly/32UOn45. Here’s a video discussing ivermectin, zinc, and docycycline used together:https://bit.ly/2YXrWtE
3. The MATH+ Protocol
For severely ill, hospitalized patients, the MATH+ protocol from the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance deserves more attention. An article about the protocol, which relies on IV Methylprednisolone, IV ascorbic acid, thiamine, and heparin was published in Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy and can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/3h0Hnrr. Scroll down for more info.
4. Biological Therapies for Those With COVID19 or Other Respiratory Infections
In July 2020, David Brownstein, MD and his colleagues published a case report on the results of biological therapies used with COVID patients in their practice: A Novel Approach to Treating COVID-19 Using Nutritional and Oxidative Therapies: https://bit.ly/34Xz9xA. Out of 107 COVID19 patients treated in this practice, only one was hospitalized during treatment (two were hospitalized prior to seeking care from the practice) and there were no deaths. Patients received a variety of therapies and all patients recovered. Therapies included:
o Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and iodine, taken orally;
o IV Vitamin C;
o Intramuscular ozone;
o IV hydrogen peroxide; and
o Nebulized solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide/saline (diluted), with Lugol’s iodine.
As Dr. Joseph Mercola described: “Nebulized hydrogen peroxide is extremely safe. Brownstein has used it for 25 years with no ill effects being found. It’s also incredibly inexpensive, and you can administer it at home, without a prescription. In my view, it is one of the absolute best therapies for viral infections like SARS-CoV-2 or even worse respiratory viruses that will likely be unleashed in the future.” You can read more from Dr. Mercola and Dr. Brownstein here and watch videos about the powerful effects of nebulized hydrogen peroxide: https://bit.ly/3gQU6Ne.
MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol for COVID-19
Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance
Prophylaxis & Treatment Protocols for Covid-19
The MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol for COVID-19 is designed for hospitalized patients, to be initiated as soon as possible after they develop respiratory difficulty and require oxygen supplementation. The three core pathophysiologic processes that have been identified are severe hypoxemia, hyperinflammation, and hypercoagulability. This combination medication protocol is designed to counteract these processes either through the use of single agents or in synergistic actions. A unique insight into this disease made by members of our group is that the majority of patients initially present with an inflammatory reaction in the lungs called “organizing pneumonia,” which is the body’s reaction to injury and is profoundly responsive to corticosteroid therapy. If the organizing pneumonia response is left untreated or presents as a rapidly progressive sub-type, a condition called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) follows.
The two main therapies that can reverse and/or mitigate the extreme inflammation causing ARDS are the combination of the corticosteroid Methylprednisolone and the antioxidant Ascorbic acid, which is given intravenously and in high doses. Both of these medicines have multiple synergistic physiologic effects and have been shown in multiple randomized controlled trials to improve survival in ARDS, particularly when given early in the disease. Thiamine is given to optimize cellular oxygen utilization and energy consumption, protecting the heart, brain, and immune system. Given the numerous clinical and scientific investigations that have demonstrated consistent, reproducible, and excessive levels of hyper-coagulation, particularly in the severely ill, the anticoagulant Heparin is used to both prevent and help in dissolving blood clots that appear with a very high frequency. The “+” sign indicates several important co-interventions that have a combination of strong physiologic rationale with existing or emerging pre-clinical and clinical data to support their use in similar conditions or in COVID-19 itself, and all with a well-established safety profile. Such adjunctive therapies are continuously being evaluated and amended as the published medical evidence evolves.
RESOURCES & LINKS
Vitamin D: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32252338/
Zinc for RSV: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC353050/
Zinc for other viral infections: https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/10/4/696/5476413
Homeopathic/Isopathic immunization for Leptospirosis in Cuba: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20674839/
Homeopathic combination remedy for Covid-19 in Cuba: https://homeopathyplus.com/cuba-using-homeopathy-for-covid-19/
Homeopathic use for Covid-19 in India: https://homeopathyplus.com/covid-19-our-eyes-are-still-on-india/
Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41422-020-0282-0?fbclid=IwAR3c5iy9h65X1cnkrL6i6fJcWwi0ygN1LtI67SkcgREM4DyxxAcPauRuf5w
Research on HCQ for patients hospitalized with Covid-19: https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30534-8/fulltext
1. Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks against influenza: A systematic review and meta-analysis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32167245/
2. Masks for prevention of viral respiratory infections among health care workers and the public: PEER umbrella systematic review https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32675098/
3. Headaches associated with personal protective equipment- A cross sectional study among frontline healthcare workers during COVID-19
4. Hypercapnia Alters Expression of Immune Response, Nucleosome Assembly and Lipid Metabolism Genes in Differentiated Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells
5. A study on infectivity of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7219423/
Aviva D. Wertkin, N.D. graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed a two-year residency through NUNM. Prior to medical school, Dr. Wertkin performed clinical research at both the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
While practicing as a PCP and Natural Family Medicine specialist in Brattleboro VT, she was awarded Best Physician for 3 consecutive years until she closed that practice and relocated to Portland Maine. In addition to clinical practice, Dr Wertkin was an adjunct faculty at the University of Bridgeport, one of the founders of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute, is an advisor for the Energetic Health Institute and has been a regular speaker at several national conferences. Her website is www.naturaemedical.comRecommend0 recommendationsPublished in