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    Coronavirus PSA

    CDog, It's not my option. I'm just the messenger. The recommendations for 3 grams/day vitamin C, 5,000 IU/day vitamin D3 and 50 mg/day zinc to strengthen the immune system and as a prophylaxis for viral infections, come from experts in Integrative medicine, immunologists and molecular biologists a heck of a lot smarter than me. I learned over 70 years ago you can lead a horse to water... and 8 years ago you can't make a CHer take the anti-inflammatory regimen to prevent their CH until they're ready. It's kind of binary. Don't take these three nutrients and take your chances with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 infection... or take all three knowing you're giving your immune system the nutrients it needs to help protect you from viral infections. This is something we can do at home today without waiting for an approval by the FDA or a prescription. The human immune system has been doing this for thousands of years... before the advent of modern medicine pharmaceuticals and vaccines... or we wouldn't be here. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    To All, The following might be of interest given the growing hysteria over the coronavirus. The coronavirus, enterovirus (colds and flu) and rihinovirus (colds) responsible for upper respiratory infections are all about the same size and shape with the same propensity and mechanism for spreading. Accordingly, for the CHers on the anti-inflammatoy regimen, adding a gram or two of vitamin C a day can help. For CHers and Supporters not taking this regimen, taking at least 5000 IU/day vitamin D3, 1000 mg/day Omega-3 fish oil and 1 to 2 grams/day vitamin C can help immune systems combat upper respiratory viral infections. For reference this combination of vitamins and minerals has an NNT of 2 in preventing viral infections. The NNT = The Number Needed to Treat to prevent one case of the viral infection. From CDC data, the best matched flu vaccine has an NNT of 12 to 40. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    BOF, There was a time when I would have sung that same song. That was when we had big home gardens, our own hen house and hogs, the supermarkets sold fresh produce, dairy products, meat, poultry and eggs from local farms and all the seafood was "Wild Caught". We had pantries full of our own or locally grown fresh canned fruits and veggies along with fresh frozen fish to eat during the winter months. Not so today with Big Agra farms, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) meats, poultry and eggs, farmed fish and shelfish from all over the world, and fresh produce shipped up from Mexico and South America. As a consequence, the produce, dairy products, meats, poultry and eggs look the same, but with no where near the original vitamin and mineral content during my childhood. Moreover, nearly everything including the grains that are fed to CAFO beef, hogs and poultry is tainted with glyphosate, the herbicide in RoundUp. This comes about when seeds were genetically modified (GMO) to be "RoundUp Ready" i.e., resistant to the herbicide glyphosate so crops could be sprayed directly with RoundUp and not kill them during growth and again for grains as a desiccant for shipment and storage. It's bad enough to hear RoundUp is a carcinogen, at least the courts think so, but the real killer is what glyphosate was engineered to be, a herbicide. The average person will say, "So What?" until you tell them those friendly colonies of bacteria and biota living in our GI tract called the microbiome are part of the plant kingdom and glyphosate kills them off almost as fast as a week to 10-day course of antibiotics. The human microbiome also plays a role in digestion liberating essential vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins from the food we eat making for a symbiotic relationship. Glyphosate destroys that symbiotic relationship and that insults our immune systems. Moreover, a glyphosate molecule mirrors the chemical structure of glycine, the smallest of 20 amino acids commonly found in protein. Consequently, the human body can be fooled into receiving glyphosate as a substitute for glycine and that is a major insult to our immune systems. As far as unregulated supplements go, that comment is not entirely correct. While the FDA does not regulate vitamins and minerals, nearly all name brand vitamins and minerals are tested for purity, strenght and their production facilities and processes are inspected by independent 3rd party organizations like the ConsumerLab.com, NSF International, and U.S. Pharmacopia (USP). And if you think Big Pharma pharmaceuticals are closely monitored by independent testing organizations for purity, strength as well as their production facilities checked for best practice processing and cleanliness, think again. The FDA and your tax dollars are responsible for that. In 2007 the FDA closed down the AM2PAT factory in North Carolina, but didn’t act in time to prevent a lot of 74,000 syringes of heparin contaminated with bacteria from getting to patients in at least five states. At least 4 deaths and more than 160 infections were linked to the syringes. Yes, I know, a drop in the bucket compared to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the problem involves the revolving door between Big Pharma and Big Government including the FDA. It's kind of like having Boeing test pilots conduct the FAA certification for air worthiness on the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Ya think there might be a conflict of interest? Getting back to balanced nutrition, you can get all the cutaneous vitamin D3 you need running around for at least 20 minutes a day, daily, in a bathing suit in the mid-day sun with no sun block this time of year... if you live in South Texas or South Florida. Otherwise, a good 5000 IU capsule a day of vitamin D3 is in order. If you think you get the 3 grams/day ascorbic acid (vitamin C) from oranges, think again. As the average medium sized orange contains 70 mg of ascorbic acid, you would need to eat 42 oranges a day to get the needed 3000 mg/day of vitamin C. It's much easier and far less expensive to pick up some Fruit-Fresh. You'll find it in the canning section of most supermarkets at eye level above the Ball canning jars. It cost ~$5 and contains 141 grams of ascorbic acid for a cost of 3.5 cents/gram. A dash in a small glass orange juice or water three times a day meets the requirement just fine. You can also go to Costco and pay 8 cents/1000 mg tablet of vitamin C. Zinc has a similar story except you only need to eat 2 to 3 medium sized oysters a day to get the needed 50 mg zinc. Having grown up in the heart of Puget Sound, a 3 minute walk to the nearest beach, I order at least a half dozen oysters on the half shell for an hors d'oeuvre and up to two dozen oysters as a main course depending on size. As far as shopping goes, if it doesn't have Non GMO and Organic on the label for packaged products, I don't buy it. I buy free range organic meats, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Veggies and fruits come from the Organic section. I get a bit wild fishing in Alaska every June so bring home on average, 75 lbs of fresh caught, vacuum sealed, frozen fillets of salmon, halibut, cod and 2 to 3 1lb bags of headed deep water 4-Spot shrimp pulled up from a depth of 450 feet. We don't talk about the actual price per pound of this awesome seafood. The thrill of landing a 30lb King Salmon, a 50 lb Halibut or pulling up a shrimp pot with enough shrimp to fill a 5 gal pail or more then eating some of it fresh within a few hours of being caught, more than makes up for all of it. I try all the supplements in the anti-inflammatory regimen before I suggest them. They all bear the USP or GMP logo and surprisingly, most are manufactured here in the US. The few that are manufactured off shore come from Myanmar and Vietnam, none from China. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    CDog, The Forbes article is yet another example of opposition research funded by Big Pharma and their acolytes to dissuade the use of nutritional medicine including vitamin C and vitamin D3 as treatments for viral infections. The Big Pharma will die a thousand deaths if it ever gets out that nutritional medicine including the use of vitamin C and vitamin D3 are just as effective if not more so in strengthening the immune system and treating medical problems without any adverse side effects for pennies a day without a prescription than their patented pharmaceuticals. There are two gold standard RCTs completed using high dose IV vitamin C (IVC) and Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine (HAT) Metabolic Resuscitation Therapy to treat Pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Sepsis, Septic Shock, Cytokine Storm and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) that concluded efficacy in terms of a significantly lower all cause mortality and fewer ICU days with no indication of harms. These are the same acute medical comorbid conditions associated with COVID-19 infections. As posted earlier in this thread, New York Hospitals are reporting successful treatment of patients suffering from COVID-19 infection with high dose IV vitamin C (IVC). See: https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/new-york-hospitals-treating-coronavirus-patients-with-vitamin-c/ Moreover, the following link will take you to a page titled Published Research and Articles on Vitamin C as a Consideration for Pneumonia, Lung Infections, and the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) with no less than 29 additional links to studies, papers and case reports related to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 infection and the use of high dose vitamin C. https://orthomolecular.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=0a09c8844ba8f0936c20bd791130d6b6.148&s=b6603c369765a26b8432c6fde3807447 Again, you'll note that since the COVID-19 Task Force began its daily briefings, we've been told to wait 18 months for a COVID-19 vaccine and lately that Hydroxychloroquine "might be" an effective treatment. That said, neither the CDC or the President's COVID-19 Task Force have made any mention of nutritional medicine or the use of vitamins and minerals people could take at home today without need of an FDA approval or prescription to help prevent COVID-19 infection. This hasn't been an oversight, but rather, as I contend, intentional. All you need do is click on the following link for HHS leadership in the COVID-19 Task Force and the CDC and tell me there's no potential for conflict of interest or bias in favor of Big Pharma solutions. Bio. That's the way I see it. Please argue me out of it. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    I love this forum and the people on it. Accordingly, here's a little something that just might bring a grin to a face or two. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZPW2oGNLVQ When you're done with that video, there's another that should make you think about our situation and one of the points I've been trying to get across. My reading of the tea leaves tells me there's a reason why the CDC and President Trumps COVID-19 Task Force are not telling the President or us anything about the effectiveness of vitamin C, vitamin D3 and zinc in preventing infection by the COVID-19 coronavirus. They have avoided nutritional medicine and taking vitamins like the 3rd rail on the CD Metro. Now why would the do this? My answer to this question is simple. Wait for it... The CDC, HHS and the rest of the COVID-19 Task Force want us to wait 18 months for the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine. And when it finally arrives, the CDC, HHS and the rest of the COVID-19 Task Force will urge the President to require everyone in the US be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to preclude another terribly costly, mandatory two month paid vacation like we're experiencing now. I can hear the red BS flags hitting the floor and that's okay. A healthy scepticism is always prudent. That said, if you think I'm blowing smoke, check out the mandatory vaccinations by state to attend public school kindergarten at the following link: https://vaccines.procon.org/state-by-state-vaccinations-required-for-public-school-kindergarten/ Just remember what I'm saying, then watch the following video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUbaUPOqGe8 Take care and remember to take your vitamin C, vitamin D3 and zinc. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

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    Coronavirus PSA

    CHfather, No need to depart the fix. I've seen the error of my ways. You'll hear nothing more of my pleas to remain calm with a healthy perspective in this crisis. In keeping with this promise... PUBLIC NOTICE DUE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GUIDANCE REGARDING SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE NAVY’S BLUE ANGEL FIGHT DEMONSTRATION TEAM HAS CANCELED ALL AIR SHOW PERFORMANCES DUE TO THE FACT THAT IN THE DIAMOND FORMATION, BLUE ANGEL PILOTS ARE LESS THAN 6 FEET APART. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRD AIR SHOWS WILL BE UNAFFECTED. Take care, Your old Navy fighter pilot V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Thanks! Ecstatic is more like it. I had five posts going out at the same time on this news item.
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    Coronavirus PSA

    New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C THIS IS HUGE! https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/new-york-hospitals-treating-coronavirus-patients-with-vitamin-c/ This is fantastic news! I've passed it to Fox News and the White House portal. If Fox runs a segment on this news, it might just get President Trump to tell the US and the World about vitamin C infusions as a here and now, inexpensive treatment for COVID-19 patients that doesn't require FDA approval or CDC consent. No need to wait, supplies are readily available! The next step is getting President Trump to tell the public they can take vitamin C and vitamin D3 to help prevent COVID-19 coronavirus infection. This will be Awesome! This is also the risk mitigation factor President Trump needs to end the lock-down sooner and get our great Nation back to work. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    CHfather, I started this thread with one of the goals preventing exactly what you’re experiencing. Angst over the unknown and information overload are always problematic. If you go back to my first post, I started providing information about what was happening and things to do like taking vitamin C and vitamin D3. Why? Because none of us knew what would happen next with the COVID-19 coronavirus and that taking these two vitamins had a high probability of preventing infection, gave us something known to offset the unknown. Knowledge. Confidence. Then I tried to put what was happening into prospective. If I reported something disturbing, I backed it up by saying I wasn’t running around with my hair on fire. Perspective. For those of you who have never met me in person, I’ve a shiny pate, although I do cultivate under my nose what grows wild elsewhere. Humor. I related the fact that my wife and I have not had a single case of the flu and less than a handful of colds since starting the anti-inflammatory regimen with 10,000 IU/day vitamin D3 and cofactors in October of 2010. Confidence. In another life, I’ve gone through NBC training and sat through highly classified briefings on the after effects of NBC warfare that made what little hair on my head stand up and were so disturbing it did require a shopping cart stacked with bales of TP. Perspective, Facts and Humor. Regarding your quote of my words, I wouldn’t change a thing… That said, hind sight is always 20:20. I should have added, “take your vitamin C and vitamin D3, drink another beer…” Missed opportunity. Perspective. Reality. We’re all along for the ride during this pandemic as there’s little we can do to change the course of events, or the needless loss of lives, but we can try. Accordingly, I try not to get my tail in a knot or let my hair catch fire over something I can’t control, so I what I can do, then watch to see if things turn out like I expect. There are things to do. Last week, I took a week’s supply of vitamin C, vitamin D3, a couple gallon jugs of orange juice and a big bag of 3 oz paper cups to the local Fire and Rescue station’s Fire Fighters and EMTs. I also provided a paper on how to mix the vitamin C with fruit juice and two pages of study result graphics illustrating the safety and efficacy of these two vitamins in preventing viral infections like colds and flu. I didn’t say it would prevent COVID-19 corona virus infections, but they got the point, smiled and said “this should work just fine” and thanked me. I’ll do it again in a week as it appears it will be Easter before the lock-down ends and the end of April before this pandemic runs its course and fizzles out. Finally, regarding your comment “This ain't a COVID-19 website” Correctamundo! We’re inundated with pandemic news 7 X 24 daily. If my posts have increased the angst during this pandemic, then I’ve screwed the pooch. I'll come out of afterburner and throttle back. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Hey Rod, BOF, What we have here is a classic no $hit conundrum. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. I still say take the vitamin C and vitamin D3 as a hedge. At least we know they work to build a strong immune system and that helps prevent colds and flu. The following might alleviate some of the angst until the President makes a decision when and how to end the shelter in place and restart the economy. When that happens, people can go nuclear or... sit back, have another beer and watch what happens. Sorry if any find this offensive. Toilet humor is almost always therapeutic at times like this. Take care, V/R, Batch
  12. Pebblesthecorggi, Understand... However, as there is no down-side safety issue in taking 3 grams/day vitamin C or 5000 IU/day vitamin D3, and there is more than sufficient up-side potential based on substantial evidence in their efficacy in preventing and treating colds and flu, there's much to gain an nothing to lose at a cost of 12 cents/day. Nothing is 100% effective or certain save for death and taxes. Moreover, as none of us gets out of here alive, at 75, my goal is to maintain the best quality of life possible. I take far more vitamin C and vitamin D3 than listed above. Joyce and I have been taking the anti-inflammatory regimen since I developed it in October of 2010. Neither of us has had the flu since then and our incidence of colds is down to one every 3 to 4 years. We've also had school age grand kids and their friends running around the house dripping with cold and flu bugs several times a year so we don't live in a bubble. Take care, V/R, Batch
  13. Hey Microdosing, Great question and you're OK! There's a very simple reason why the nostril on the hit side gets the gush and stuffy during a CH. The pain and neruogenic inflammation during an active CH hit triggers the eye on the hit side to water. This starts happening between Kip-5 and Kip-7 pain levels for most CHers and the flow increases as the pain goes up. The tearing caused by CH hits ≥ kip 5 drains down the nasolacrimal ducts at the inside corner of the eye next to the nose on the hit side. The saline tear fluid exits these ducts into the nasal cavity, as its name implies. That means tears from the eye start running out the nose. The lining of the nasal cavity on the hit side reacts by swelling and this gives us the stuffy feeling. So much for today's lesson on anatomy and pathophysiology of a CH. There is a solution to this problem... For the CHers who know what I'm about to say... Wait for it... I would start taking the anti-inflammatory regimen. You can download the posted version of this CH and MH preventative treatment protocol at the following vitaminDwiki.com link. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=7708 For reference, readers of my webpage at vitaminDwiki.com have downloaded 47,321 copies of this CH and MH preventative treatment protocol since 21 Jan, 2017. That's an average of 40 downloads a day. Word on the efficacy of this regimen is getting out. Even if you're not ready to start this regimen or you're satisfied mm are controlling your CH effectively, taking 3 grams/day vitamin C and at least 5000 IU/day vitamin D3 can help build a strong immune system. MM can't do that. Vitamin C supports your immune system. Vitamin C helps to kill viruses and reduces the symptoms of infection. It's not a COVID-19 "cure," but nothing is. It might just save your life, though, and will definitely reduce the severity of the infection. If someone tells you it's not proven, consider two things: 1. Nothing is proven to work against COVID-19, because it is a new virus First identified and named by the WHO 11 Feb Its genome first sequenced on 25 Feb, No RCTs of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been completed, but a lot have started. 2. Vitamin C has worked against every single virus including influenzas, pneumonia, and even poliomyelitis. See the following link for details. https://orthomolecular.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=a5e00132373a7031000fd987a3c9f87b.150&s=b6603c369765a26b8432c6fde3807447 Take care and take vitamin C, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Sunday 22 March 10:19 PDT To All, You will get a better understanding of the dynamics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic if you read through the following link. It's lengthy but very informative. https://zerohedge.whotrades.com/blog/43910127594 Bottom line, the pandemic will be over by the end of April no matter what we do. Accordingly, we need to stop social distancing, send kids back to school and reopen the economy within a week to 10 days or the flattening the curve actions will result in irrecoverable damage to our economy. In short, the cure is worse than the infection. Take care and please take at least 3 grams/day vitamin C and 5000 IU/day vitamin D3. Kids under 100 lbs body weight can take 50 IU vitamin D3 per pound of body weight per day. For a weely dose, its 350 IU vitamin D3 per pound of body weight per week. These doses are well within the RDAs. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Hey Rod, Spot on about getting plenty of good sleep. At 75, I need a good 7 hours sleep then back that up with a short nap after eating. There are some fascinating studies on sleep. One such study centered on the brain's lymphatic vascular system that was only discovered in 2015. This study suggested the brain's lymphatic vascular system (Glymphatic system or or glymphatic clearance pathway) provided another means of flushing the byproducts of metabolism from the brain during sleep and was likely responsible for the refreshed feeling we have after a night of quality sleep. Sleep also helps our immune system get ready for the coming day. Our immune system is also the first line of defense against foreign antigens including virus. Take care and please take vitamin C and vitamin D3. They help our immune system fight off viral infections like colds and flu. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    My thoughts for the day... 3 grams/day vitamin C costs 9 cents/day. 50,000 IU/week vitamin D3 (7100 IU/day) costs 3 cents/day. Hmmm... Taking these two vitamins at a cost of 12 cents/day appears to be a far more healthy thing to do than watch my 401k disintegrate down to a 301k and likely lower as measures to "Flatten the Curve" continue to multiply. Moreover, my hair is still intact even after it appears the Big Pharma influence in the President's COVID-19 Task Force managed to convince the President to tell the public about Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) as a potential treatment for COVID-19 infection yet still say nothing about vitamin C and vitamin D3 which do not require FDA approval for use. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Hey BOF, I know and it's sad. We live near Bremerton, 21 miles West from the Nation's epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection in Kirkland Washington in the greater Seattle area with 909 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection and 48 deaths. The TP and paper towel shelves at Safeway, a mile from our home were bare as were shelves with the cleaning supplies and sanitizer sprays were bare by Saturday morning and all were still bare around 5 pm this afternoon. I went to Costco Saturday and watched a stock clerk roll a pallet of TP onto the shopping area on a pallet jack. The TP on that pallet was gone in less than 30 seconds. People are frightened and panic buying is a clear indication. They need to know there is something else they can do to prevent infection with this virus besides the CDC litany of washing hands, coughing in a hanky, not touching face or mouth, self imposed quarantine and now mandated social distancing with closed bars and restaurants. That's as frightening as the fear of infection by this virus. Our every day routine has changed dramatically. What the CDC and HHS are not telling us is we can strengthen our immune systems by taking vitamin C and vitamin D3. Unfortunately, the CDC and HHS are not advising President Trump or Vice President Pence about this either. They are not doing this for the simple reason that most of the leadership in these organization came through the revolving door from Big Pharma. It's no secret that Big Pharma does not want people to know how effective vitamin C and vitamin D3 can be in fighting viral infections. If peeople did know this and started taking vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, it would hurt the Big Pharma bottom line. HHS Secretary Alex Azar is a classic example. From 2007 through January 2017, Azar was a senior executive at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. He may be a good guy and doing a great job at HHS with years of experience in leading large organizations, but he, more than likely still carries a bias when it comes to policy decisions to favor or protect Big Pharma. Viral infection outbreaks have been happening for thousands of years before there was any "modern" medicine with antivirals and vaccines. There are two things that stop a viral infection outbreak in nature now like they have for thousands of years prior to man-made pharmaceuticals (that don't work) and vaccines (that don't work either). Those two things are the innate immune system and the adaptive Immune system. Cells of the innate immune system are our first line of defense against invading virus. As these cells fight the virus, cells of the adaptive immune system remember the virus and encode instructions on how to build the antibodies needed to defend against it into DNA. That way as these cells divide, they carry this genetic code for these antibodies on to their offspring to fight this specific virus more effectively the next time it comes around. In short, this individual is now immune to this specific virus. Both parts of our immune system need vitamin C and vitamin D3 to function effectively. If our innate immune system is strong and functioning properly, it will fight off a viral infection. One of the defense mechanisms is increasing body temperature above 101º F to kill virus. Why am I saying all this and trying hard to help people gain greater awareness that vitamin C and vitamin D3 can help prevent COVID-19 infection? Simple. Remember the feeling you had when you discovered mm stopped or controlled your CH to the point you could live a normal life? Those of us taking vitamin D3 had that same Woo Hoo feeling. Imagine what it's going to be like when people realize vitamin C and vitamin D3 help prevent COVID-19 infection. Tuesday, 03:30 16 March. I watched a 3 minute segment of Fox Business News at 02:55 PDT with an American in Wuhan, China. He was upbeat saying the infection and death rate has dropped dramatically essentially saying people in Wuhan think the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course. That's Woo Hoo Good News! At 06:00 DOW futures were down 150 and heading South rapidly. 10 minutes later, the DOW was up 150. At 06:30 EDT the DOW was bouncing around at 200. As market analysts go over the infection rates and see this drop in Wuhan, I think the markets will continue to climb. If you take the news from Wuhan, China at face value, it was roughly 3 months from COVID-19 outbreak to fizzle. That means it appears we could see the COVID-19 infection rate drop here in the US by the end of May. All for now. Take care, take your vitamin C and vitamin D3 and hang in there. This too will pass. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Monday, 16 March 00:01 Well… that was the week that was, as they used to say on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In a comedy show that ran '67 – ’71. The markets had the wildest week in history with the DOW taking a 2,000-point (10%) loss (largest loss in history) on Thursday and 1,984-point gain on Friday in response to President Trump’s declaration of a National Emergency. This declaration gave President Trump authorization for another $50 Billion in aid, direct purchase of COVID-19 coronavirus RT-PCR test kits and testing equipment from Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche. The market futures are already down this morning with the DOW down by over 1000 points and I expect to see limit down halts during the day like on Thursday . The smart hedge fund traders are making a mint on swings like this. They are also the prime movers of market indexes. If you haven’t noticed, with the exception of Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. Surgeon General , the rest of the talking heads from HHS are no longer on stage with Vice President Pence or President Trump during pressers. That includes CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. and Secretary HHS, Alex M. Azar II. This is completely understandable as the law of unintended consequence went into effect with the CDC acquiring and shipping out COVID-19 coronavirus RT-PCR test kits and policy for their use has been a slow-motion train wreck in progress since the get-go in early February. That’s when 95 of the first 100 test kits shipped out by the CDC were found to be defective. Were I a betting person, I would look for a quiet shake-up in leadership at HHS and CDC when the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic dust settles. These people let down President Trump and all of us, big time. They also dropped the ball on residents at the Life Care Center of Kirkland. As of 00:01 this morning the US death toll climbed to 69 and of the 37 deaths reported in King County, (greater Seattle, WA) 29 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland. The COVID-19 coronavirus incubator. If you haven’t done the math, more than half the US deaths were from the greater Seattle area 21 miles due East of me. The US total COVID-19 coronavirus cases jumped by 737 on the 15th bringing the total of cases to 3,782. Expect the reported number of COVID-19 coronavirus case to jump even further this week as more drive-thru COVID-19 coronavirus testing locations open up. I'm afraid this "good idea" will fall victim to the law of unintended consequence due to the logistics involved. Test results will find their way back to the individuals going through the drive-thru locations but not back to their doctor or into their medical records so additional tests will be needed. I'm of the opinion, people experiencing a fever, dry cough and trouble breathing need to call their doctor. Doctors will cut a script and send it to the collection location at Quest Diagnostic or LabCorp nearest you. They know how to track these tests properly and relay results back to their doctors where they need to be. I’m also of the opinion the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic data coming from Switzerland is the most accurate. The Swiss have no shortage of COVID-19 coronavirus RT-PCR test equipment, they have an excellent national healthcare system with some of the finest hospitals in the world staffed with excellent doctors and scientists. I’ve traveled to Switzerland on three separate occasions 2009 – 2010 to attend meetings with cluster headache experts, so know this first hand. Switzerland closed its border with Italy last month and has also restricted immigration more than any other country in Europe with the exception of Liechtenstein which neighbors Switzerland and Austria. It is Europe's fourth-smallest country located in the Alps with an area of just over 160 square kilometres (62 square miles) and a population of 38,557 according to Wikipedia. The national industry and largest employer in Liechtenstein is banking. Switzerland has 2,217 reported cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection and 14 deaths for a death rate of 0.63% Keeping all this in perspective is important. For example, so far this year, there have been 81 people shot and killed in Chicago and 352 shot and wounded, but the fake news media has said nothing about this. We are still at war with the COVID-19 coronavirus and I suspect it will take months until we take the high ground with ongoing efforts to reduce transmission to the point the rate of new cases and deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus start dropping. I am still concerned the CDC hasn’t given the public available information on the capacity of vitamin C and vitamin D3 to reduce viral infections like colds and flu. In the history of the FDAs Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS) that’s been running since 1991, there has yet to be a death attributed to either vitamin. We can’t say that for aspirin, Humira (adalimumab) or the Statins. That said, there were two bright spots last week in this area. Dr Oz came on Fox saying we should take vitamin C 250 mg/day and 1500 IU of vitamin D3 a day to help prepare our immune systems for the COVID-19 coronavirus. He said this sotu vocce and the doses are a bit low, but he did let the cat out of the bag on the need for vitamin D and vitamin D3. Another MD also came on Fox saying the same thing. In addition, there were two articles on higher doses of these two vitamins to prevent viral infections and in treating acute respiratory infections and pneumonia with them. The following from Dr. Brownstein, MD and Dr. Ron Hunninghake, MD at the Riordan Clinic are excellent advice and important need to know information to prepare for possible COVID-19 coronavirus infection and if this bug does hit. Most doctors and ICU staffs are not familiar with the Vitamin C IVC protocol for pneumonia, the leading cause of death from the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Sepsis from the cytokine storm caused by this virus. Accordingly, God forbid you do get this bug and have lung issues, should this happen, demand this Vitamin C IVC protocol and don't take "No" for an answer. You can find the vitamin C (IVC) protocol at the following link: https://riordanclinic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RiordanIVCprotocol_en.pdf https://www.drbrownstein.com/coronavirus-ix:-what-to-avoid–ibuprofen–and-what-to-take/?inf_contact_key=79621bb0dc61d7836e28eab039651898b7af0999dac2af6212784c39e05d2aef Coronavirus IX: What to Avoid–Ibuprofen–And What to Take March 14, 2020 Our misery continues! Today, I went to buy my mother toilet paper at 6am and the local grocery store shelves were emptied. Do not fear, as I found it later at a different store. Later today, mom tasked me with finding eggs. That took two different stores as well before I found them! But, this is a time NOT to panic. It is a time to pull together and support each other. Many are recovering uneventfully–we just don’t hear about it. I have seen numerous patients over the past month that may have had it. I couldn’t test them because of a lack of kits, but they all recovered. Of course some are very sick and dying. Overall, I believe we will come through this with a death rate similar or slightly higher than the rate for the common flu. But, we will never know the true numbers because of a lack of test kits. I do not think this crisis will persist into the summer months. As we begin to test more patients, we will see the mortality rate decline. Of course, those are only my predictions, as we know that viruses can mutate. This virus is very contagious but it is a flu-like illness for most who get it. That must be kept in mind. And, eating a healthy diet and maintaining optimal hydration can help dramatically. More about that later. We are in this mess due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If the CDC had done their job, COVID-19 would be contained and manageable. The Powers-That-Be at the CDC failed miserably compared to other countries. My recent blog post “Coronavirus VIII: Why Does S. Korea Have Lower Death Rate Compared to US?” was about the success in S. Korea at fighting COVID-19. Taiwan is another example for the US CDC to learn from. As of March 13, Taiwan has 50 COVID-19 cases and 1 death. (1) Keep in mind that Taiwan is 81 miles from mainland China and has 24 million citizens. A March 3, 2020 JAMA article detailed the rapid and complete response the Taiwanese health authorities implemented at the beginning of this crisis. December 31, 2019 was the day Chinese officials notified the WHO that Chinese citizens were suffering unusually severe cases of pneumonia. That same day Taiwan began monitoring all passengers who arrived from Wuhan. A few days later, they started monitoring all people who had travelled to Wuhan since December 20. They increased their surveillance and testing and the rest is history; 50 cases and 1 death as of March 13, 2020. I have discussed what our CDC did in previous blog posts. They refused test kits from the WHO, developed their own faulty kits and refused private labs from testing sick individuals. The postmortem on this story will be ugly for the CDC. We are in a mess now with COVID-19 spreading across the country. But, all is not lost. As I have detailed in other posts, there are many things you can do to improve your immune system and help you avoid COVID-19 problems: – Eat a healthy diet FREE OF REFINED SUGAR! It should also be free of all refined food sources including salt, flour, and oils. Remember, refined sugar paralyzes the ability of white blood cells to perform their duties for hours. – Make sure you always STAY WELL HYDRATED with clean water. Take your weight in pounds, divide the number by 2 and the resultant number is the minimum amount of water in ounces to drink per day. – NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS can help to improve the immune system’s ability to fight off an infection and to help it kill an active infection. I have over 25 years of practicing holistic medicine to back that statement up. I have seen it work. My partners have seen it work. My patients have seen it work. We have used this approach successfully for many viral infections. I have no doubt it will work for COVID-19 as well. In my blog post “Coronavirus Part Vl: Why COVID-19 Is More Deadly to the Chinese” (3) I told you why COVID-19 was more deadly to younger Chinese males. Most Chinese men smoke cigarettes. Smoking increases ACE2 receptors in the lungs where COVID-19 has been shown to bind to. Similarly, ibuprofen has been shown to increase ACE 2 expression. (4) Ibuprofen should be avoided as it may enhance the infectious capabilities of COVID-19. Ibuprofen also causes problems for the kidneys and the GI tract. It is best to let the body utilize its innate abilities to fight an infection. One of the body’s main ways to do this is by mounting a fever. The increased body temperature is a way to mobilize the immune system into action as well as to enhance the killing effect of a foreign invader. Fevers can often be managed by tepid baths, lots of hydration and rest. It is important to maintain electrolyte balance with any infection but particularly when there is fever involved. Supplementing with unrefined salt is crucial here. It can be added to each glass of water. Again, it is best to work with a knowledgeable health care provider before doing any of the suggestions I have written about. Acetaminophen should also be avoided for fevers. It depletes a crucial antioxidant–glutathione. In fact, acetaminophen should be severely limited for any condition. It has a poor safety profile. Dr. B’s antiviral protocol for his patients during acute illness or exposure to someone ill: Vitamin A (NOT beta carotene) – Adults: 100,000 IU/day for four days for adults (not pregnant or breast-feeding women) – Children 25-50 pounds: 20,000 IU/day for four days – Children 50-100 pounds: 50,000 IU/day for four days Vitamin D3 – Adults: —50,000 IU/day for four days – Children 25-50 pounds: 10,000 IU/day – Children: 50-100 pounds: 25,000 IU/day (Note: Both Vitamin A and D are fat-soluble vitamins. They can build up in the body. These doses are NOT meant to be taken for longer than four days at time. If you need to repeat the doses, seek advice from your physician.) Vitamin C: 5-10,000 mg/day. If you can take more, do it. If you get loose stools, lower it. Iodine: 25-100 mg/day and more if ill. Kids can take lower doses. -Children: A useful number is to use 0.08mg/pound. Don’t forget intravenous nutrient therapies are essential for helping the immune system in a time of crises. A holistic doctor skilled in nutrient IV therapy can help guide you. I have found IV hydrogen peroxide, ozone, and vitamin C wonderful treatments for my patients. We would have a lot less death and misery from COVID-19 if these life-saving therapies were taught in medical schools and utilized in hospitals. Final Thoughts: This crises will pass. When it does, we need new leadership at CDC, FDA, and HHS. They have all failed us. You don’t have to wait for the Government to come to your rescue. You can take matters into your own hands. Find a holistic doctor who can help you achieve your optimal health. We are ready at the Center for Holistic Medicine to begin the journey with you. To All Our Health, ~DrB (1) https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-taiwan-case-study-rapid-response-containment-2020-3 (2) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762689?guestAccessKey=2a3c6994-9e10-4a0b-9f32-cc2fb55b61a5&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=030320 (3) https://www.drbrownstein.com/coronavirus-vi:-why-covid-19-is-more-deadly-to-the-chinese/ (4) www.thelancet.com/respiratory. Published online March 11, 2020. David Brownstein, M.D. I realize this is a lot to read. That said, if you’re home with the kids or just home as there’s no place to go that’s open, there is some good information here. There are two videos you need to watch. The first is "Battlefield Cell" by Curiosity and a second presentation by Dr. Linus Pauling titled "Preventing Illnesses and Diseases with Vitamin C." at the following two links. Linus Pauling won two individual Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace. He helped stop above ground nuclear bomb testing. If you have kids, have them watch these videos with you then discuss them. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x150im3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=7kGo0DfxQss All for now. More to follow as new information is breaking fast. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Influenza and CH

    Hey Bee, I strongly support the use of mm and the other things discussed at this site. I've seen them work effectively up close and personal, busting CH cycles when even vitamin D3 wasn't effective. I just don't have any expertise in this area so leave that to the experts here. I also spent a year helping Dr. John Halpern, MD, get the BOL used in his study into a "Fast Track" approval process at the FDA. As a 75-year-old retired Navy fighter pilot, the disciplines needed to fly fighters at 1,000 miles an hour, fight bad guys in high-G combat maneuvering and land on an aircraft carrier day and night demanded a complete avoidance of any substance that altered my neurological functions including memory and split-second reflex response. Those disciplines are still with me today. Accordingly, I rely on vitamin D3 and its cofactors to control and prevent CH and migraines as this combination carries no mind altering baggage. Moreover, in the 9 years I've been a member here at Clusterbusters, I've seen many cases where a combination of mm and vitamin D3 had a synergistic effect of busting cycles much faster than mm or vitamin D3 could do by themselves. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Hey Batch!!!

    Vitamin D3 stimulates the synthesis of melatonin naturally.
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    Influenza and CH

    Hey Igdc, Good comments. My experience with CH that dates back to 1994 with my first bout with CH and I've been chronic since 2005. What I've found is the severity of this disorder is compounded by vitamin D3 and magnesium deficiencies and there's a clear inverse relationship between CH frequency and serum 25(OH)D3, the serum level metabolite of vitamin D3 that's measured by lab tests. Well over 2500 CHers are now taking the anti-inflammatory regimen with 10,000 IU/day vitamin D3 and cofactors to prevent their CH. The updated version of the supplements called for in this regimen are illustrated in the following photo of what my wife and I have taken daily since October of 2010. I suggest these supplements to CHers all over the world. If you add 3 grams/day vitamin C, t.i.d. (one gram 3 times a day), you'll have an effective preventative for colds and flu... and I'm confident the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as well. The last two graphics apply. On a related note, my niece has asthma and has been taking this regimen daily for the last 9 years through two pregnancies and breastfeeding. Results: two flawless pregnancies, deliveries and two exceptionally healthy babies with T-Rex immune systems. She's taken one of the Bio-Tech D3-50 50,000 IU capsules of water soluble vitamin D3 every 3 to 4 days for the last four years since she stopped all Rx meds for asthma, to keep her asthma in remission and that has proven to be very effective. Take care and please keep us posted. V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Hey Physmom, Great question. As far as vitamin C goes, kids eating solid food can take the vitamin C gummies. They're great so give them 3 gummies a day with meals. The bulk vitamin C powder is the least expensive at 3 cents/gram and easy to dose with a quarter to half teaspoon in a glass of orange or pineapple juice three times a day. There's no toxicity to vitamin C. There is however, bowel tolerance where too much vitamin C, usually in pill form will cause osmotic diarrhea, but we're talking over15 grams/day before that's a problem. If it does happens, just cut back on the dose. Vitamin D3 is also non-toxic at the doses we take for CH that can go as high as 40,000 IU/day. The suggested dosing for kids is 50 IU vitamin D3 per pound of body weight per day. That means a 20 lb infant can take 1000 IU/day or 7,000 IU once a week. Both dosing schedules are equally effective. For kids weighing 100 lbs or more, there's nothing wrong with the adult dose of 5000 to 10,000 IU/day as long as they also take a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral tablet a day. I like the Kirkland brand Adult 50+ Mature Multi as it contains nearly all the essential cofactors needed to metabolize vitamin D3. I've had all my grand kids on this vitamin D3 dosing schedule. The last three were bathed in maternal vitamin D3 from conception through breast feeding as their mothers were taking the same anti-inflammatory regimen I suggest to CHers with 10,000 IU/day vitamin D3. After breast feeding they all got vitamin D3 at a dose of 50 IU/lb of body weight/day. These kids are super healthy with T-Rex immune systems. They don't get sick. They have a remarkable rate of growth and neuromotor development. They're also all budding Einsteins in intellect. My granddaughter Fred, a.k.a., Winefred was speaking fluent Hochdeutsch at age two and attended pre-kindergarten in Heidleberg, Germany at age 4 where no English was spoken. I just completed my analysis of available information on the COVID-19 coronavirus and the bottom line is simple. As long as we're otherwise healthy, taking 3 grams/day vitamin C and at least 5000 IU/day vitamin D3, there's no reason why we cant go about routine daily activities as usual. The risk of infection from the COVID-19 coronavirus for us in this case will be very low and should it infect, the symptoms will be mild. I'll detail my thinking later this morning. Take care, V/R, Batch
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    Coronavirus PSA

    Thursday 12 March 2020 06:30 PDT The markets around the world are in full panic mode. US Markets were limit down yesterday (stopped trading for 15 minutes if the S&P goes down by 7%) and are already 6.5% down this morning at the opening bell. (That just happened at 06:36 PDT, 6 minutes after the markets opened. ) There are a couple interesting news items breaking that the lame stream media won't cover. The first centers on Italy where epidemiologists have found Italy Is second country with coronavirus outbreak preceded by a tuberculosis epidemic. China was the first... There are a couple implications here. In Italy, most of the deaths have occurred around areas heavily populated by a recent influx of immigrants. They've been testing with the RT-PCR COVID-19 test probes, but not for tuberculosis so it's unclear if these deaths were due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus or TB. In either case, the pneumonia caused by the coronavirus and TB are both treated with vitamin D3 and Vitamin C IV infusions. That means it isn't as bad as it appears here in the US. As of 14:40 yesterday PDT, 23 of the 30 deaths in Washington state and of the 38 deaths in the US, occurred among residents of the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, WA. That also means as the infection rate goes up, the death rate will not go up nearly as fast. Again, South Korea is the best indication of the death rate at 0.8% for the last three days as they have no shortage of the RT-PCR test kit probes for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus so their infection numbers are likely much closer to the actual. The other good news is Dr. Oz was on Fox news Wednesday and let the cat out of the bag by saying taking vitamin C and vitamin C3 can help prevent and also treat a COVID-19 novel coronavirus infection. He said it sotto voce and the dose was too low by our standards... but he said it on TV! Dr. Brownstein has an excellent article on being ready for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus that sounds very similar to what I've been saying. You decide. Coronavirus VII: We Are Ready and You Can Be Ready Too! All for now. And yes, my hair is doing just fine and the Dow is down 2,000 points and oil is at $30/bbl. Take care, V/R, Batch
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