All of the world's best wisdom in fending off the tiny things trying to invade your lungs.
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Getting Straight to the Point
I'm not here to waste your time. So, let's get right into the regimen that I've developed to ensure that your immunity stays up and that you don't catch ANY kind of winter bug. Believe it or not, respiratory illness is completely preventable for the vast majority of people, and almost never has to be life-threatening; these strategies are especially important for the aged and immune-compromised, so don't hesitate to share these immunity hacks your loved ones who may not be out and about on the world wide web! All of these supplements are most definitely listed in order of importance, and also just so happen to be listed in the order I take them every day.
Yes, this is your number one respiratory defense! Why? Well, the simplest explanation is that with our typical, toxic American diets, we are suppressing our immune systems by feeding the bad bacteria in our guts, making it harder for our bodies to fend off, well, anything. Taking probiotics is like hitting "undo" on some of that damage, especially if your supplement contains "pre"-biotics, which is food for all of the good bacteria. I'll be writing a more in-depth post on probiotics soon!
Vitamin C & D
Fun fact: virtually everyone who is hospitalized in critical condition from COVID-19 has low levels of vitamins C and vitamin D. Intravenous vitamin C, administered early enough in the process, has even been shown to help at-risk persons to survive critical cases of covid. So, why not get in front of the curve, if it's that simple? If you can afford a basic vitamin D supplement and some Emergen-C to add to your daily regimen, it will work wonders for your immunity. This is nothing new, although many of us neglect to pay attention to this well-known wisdom. And, because these vitamins are both water-soluble, they don't accumulate in the body; in other words, you don't have to worry about taking "too much."
People in-the-know and wise mothers everywhere will offer you a handful of effective ways to get enough zinc, magnesium, and other key minerals that your body needs. These are important for not only fortifying your immunity, but keeping your overall health and well-being in balance; however, most of the time, this involves a long list of unpleasant habits that nobody really wants to start.
Now, taking a bath might not be something you find relaxing, or could be something you've never tried before. For me, it was Epsom salts that got me started - keeping my magnesium high was a great way to help ease the body aches that came with my iron-deficiency anemia; however, after spending more time and research, I realized that bathing with dead sea salts was actually a great way to supplement my health! And truly, it turned out to be a therapeutic way to relax at home, as well.
In the world's rare finds of one-and-done solutions, dead sea salts really do top the list.
Water, Sleep, and Hygiene
Now, you've probably heard all of your life that drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and taking the time to wash your hands, brush your teeth, and clean your house is going to help keep you safe from pathogens. You know - germ theory, and all that. It's the same with eating a nutrient-rich diet or taking adequate supplements. And, it's the same with removing excess stress from your life. We already know about these things.
So, protect yourself! It's the most straightforward thing you can do to protect others, because every pathogen is more potent and dangerous to those around us when we get sick (symptomatic), and sometimes, staying healthy really is as simple as being accountable to what we already know.
For those of you who need to hear this, it's time to stop fooling around and start taking care of yourself! Just do it.
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Medicines that Save Lives
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this blog is not a medical resource. If you need help finding one, or help finding more information on this in general, reach out to me. Like with all drugs, it's imperative that we follow the official medical guidelines for any given medicine, and I would never seek to persuade anyone to do otherwise.
Ivermectin has been shown to reduce onset, severity, critical development, and death of COVID-19, particularly when used early on; this is confirmed by several studies, and the drug has been adopted as part of early treatment for COVID-19 in 22 countries.
About the drug: Ivermectin was discovered and developed as an anti-parasitic drug for both animals and humans simultaneously over 40 years ago, and is considered to be a well-known "wonder" drug on par with penicillin. Just read this account of the drug's initial development. In fact, it is being used to effectively eradicate more than one human disease worldwide. Naturally, animal doses of the drug are going to be dangerous for human consumption, and in the US our lack of familiarity with the drug has led to confusion and bad outcomes. It's actually an incredibly safe drug, used all over the world without incident - even in the common absence of medical supervision.
The graph below shows that, of all the data we have on effectively treating COVID-19 in all stages, producing positive outcomes overall, Ivermectin performs the best. Those drugs that appear to out-perform Ivermectin are not well-studied enough to recommend. As you can see, Vitamins A & D, as well as Zinc, have proven to be over 40% effective (that is, each one, by itself, is over 40% effective).
Infographic by c19early.com
While not as multidimensionally helpful as Ivermectin, HCQ is the superior drug in terms of prevention/early treatment alone. It had already shown itself to be effective with regards to the previous SARS outbreak, so it would be a logical first choice in combating the ongoing SARS-2 outbreak that causes COVID-19. Given its reputation and success, it's a wonder that this has been kept on the down-low in favor of the alternatives.
About the drug: HCQ has been administered to members of the US Coast Guard for decades, routinely and mandatorily, in preventing infectious disease. It is considered to be an essential guarantee against getting sick for those who can't afford to take such a risk. (Source: this was shared with me in confidence by a veteran who took HCQ as directed every month for over two decades and had zero sick days.)
The graph below shows that, of all the data we have on preventative and early-treatment drugs in preventing mortality, HCQ performs the best. Those drugs that appear to out-perform HCQ are not well-studied enough to recommend (for all variants). As you can see, Ivermectin still ranks second-best here among oral medicines.
Infographic by c19early.com
"Vaccines and treatments are both valuable and complementary. All practical, effective, and safe means should be used. Elimination of COVID-19 is a race against viral evolution. No treatment, vaccine, or intervention is 100% available and effective for all current and future variants. Denying the efficacy of any method increases mortality, morbidity, collateral damage, and the risk of endemic status." (c19early.com)
And what is endemic status? Well, it's essentially when we start calling it the "covid-and-flu season" during these wintery, sniffley months, every year. It's when we know it's gonna stick around, and we try to move on with our lives in the midst of a new normal.
Uttar Pradesh, a state of 240 million people in India, did a massive collection of COVID-19 tests (going door-to-door, I think they tested literally everyone), and then distributed home-care kits ($2.65 each) that included Tylenol, Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Zinc, Vitamin D3, Ivermectin, and Doxycycline, in May 2021. The number of positive test results dropped by over 95% in the space of one month. What an incredible outcome!
Please, take care of you this winter.
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