417: Coronavirus and Natural Medicine
Welcome to the Learn True Health podcast. I’m your host, Ashley James. This is episode 417. Hello, true health seeker and welcome to another exciting episode of the Learn True Health podcast. In the light of the coronavirus, I've been in contact with several Naturopathic doctors and medical doctors who have their finger on the pulse of what's going on right now around the world and have been watching the studies that have been coming out of China and other places. Interesting studies. Korea and China have found some things that are working better than just waiting it out. They've been publishing these. The doctors that I've been talking to have been putting their finger on the pulse and really making sure that they are prepared, and they're letting all their patients know what they think they should do. I wanted to pass that information along to you.
Some people feel we're overreacting with the quarantine, the self-quarantine. I live in the state of Washington and we are self-quarantined. Some people feel were under-reacting. Whatever your position is, we are all affected. Borders are shutting down, restaurants and bars are shutting down. We're being asked to stay in our homes for the next few weeks. All the schools in Washington and several other states have shut down. Whatever your belief system is around the virus, whether you think it's a conspiracy, whether you believe the mainstream narrative. Let's err on the side of caution. Let's not give in to panic because that lowers the immune system. Don't allow fear to run your life because that lowers the immune system. Any virus can be potentially fatal depending on your health status.
We all have a family member or friend who is at risk, who's vulnerable. Whether it's a grandparent or a friend’s grandparent or a child with asthma, immunocompromised child. Maybe you're in total health but others around you, others that you could have contact with may not be. The best thing to do is to err on the side of caution. If you can, if your family is capable of doing it, if this doesn't affect the income of your family to self-quarantine, if you need to leave the house, obviously you're taking measures like washing your hands and face. Also, take your shoes off and leave them outside of your home. Take your clothing off the moment you get home and throw it in the wash and take a shower right away. There's certain things we can do to lower our exposure, but the fact is that this virus does live on surfaces up to I've heard nine days, I’ve heard 12 days. It can incubate in someone for up to 2 weeks. So you may have it right now and not know it for two weeks.
Again, giving in to fear will decrease our immune health. So what can we do? We can all take precautions. There are antiviral herbs. I'm going to give you a list of some herbs that you can add in your cooking, you can add in tea, you can take encapsulated form, you can take in tincture form or an essential oil form. You're going to want to do your own research as to how much of these herbs to take. It's best not to overdo anything. I'm also going to give you a list of some vitamins, some supplements that the Naturopathic doctors are telling their patients to take. There have been some studies that show that they help to give a positive outcome with the coronavirus.
The first is vitamin A. If anyone is experiencing upper respiratory problems you can take high-dose vitamin A. This is according to a Naturopathic doctor that's very experienced that I was talking to recently. He says for 3 days you can take 100,000 international units of vitamin A and that's not beta-carotene. You want to get high-dose vitamin A that is not beta-carotene. Then after that, you can take 25,000 international units a day. This is just for preventive measures during the flu season or during an outbreak.
Vitamin C. In China, they're doing high-dose vitamin C intravenously. They're showing that that has been creating positive outcomes with the coronavirus. For just a regular dose every day, take between 2,000 and 6,000 milligrams a day. You want to spread it out throughout the day so that you don't get diarrhea because high dose vitamin C does cause diarrhea. It’s best to get powder. That way you can dose it slowly throughout the day. If you can get between 2,000 and 6,000 milligrams of vitamin C in you every day during flu season that would be fantastic.
Vitamin D. If you have your levels tested every year and you know you're low like let's say your reading is below 40 for example, 40 or 30. Then you can easily take between 5,000 and 10,000 international units of vitamin D a day. These are all adult doses. You'd have to speak to your pediatrician about doses for children. My son, our pediatrician has him on 1,000 international units of vitamin D a day during the flu season.
Zinc. They have seen, there's been a study on the Covid-19 coronavirus where they found that zinc and a malaria drug combined, they did this in China and they did it in Korea, but they used a different drug. That you're using the drug in order to increase zinc's intake. It increases the uptake of zinc into the cell. They're finding that zinc stops the cell from producing RNA for the virus. That's very promising. I've talked to several health professionals about this. We want to take zinc every day. This would be just a great general practice during the flu season anyway. The Mayo Clinic says that between 8 milligrams and 11 milligrams is a good recommended daily dose, but that seems kind of low. The National Institutes of Health consider that 40 milligrams a day for adults is the upper limit dose. They recommend not going above 40 milligrams a day and that they say four milligrams a day for infants under the age of six months. That's the National Institute of Health.
Again, any supplementation for your children, I’d talk to a Naturopathic pediatrician, but there you have it with zinc, basically 40 milligrams or less a day. Taking any supplements in high doses can cause diarrhea or other symptoms. You want to start gradually, slowly, and increase to your bowel tolerance basically it says. It’s how they put it for vitamin C but also for zinc. High levels of zinc too can cause diarrhea as well as headaches and nausea.
Again, we don't want to overdo anything. We don't want to harm our body by freaking out and taking high doses of something that ends up causing other symptoms. The point is we just want to support the immune system. What's been proven to be supportive is vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc. There are herbs that have several studies, many studies that support the body in fighting off viruses in general. There aren't a lot of studies around Covid-19 specifically and herbs, but what we're seeing is that there's a lot of herbs out there that support the body. For example, basil.
There was a four-week study in 24 healthy adults were supplementing with 300 milligrams of holy basil extract significantly increased levels of helper T-cells and natural killer cells. They're both immune cells that help protect and defend your body from viral infections. Things like holy basil, that's something that you could eat every day in your food. You could put it in salads and soups or you could get an extract or an encapsulated form.
Lemon balm is a fantastic antiviral. It's great to make a tea out of it. A lot of these herbs, not all of them but a lot of them, you can mix together, buy in bulk. For example, mix together and just drink all day long as an herbal tea. So lemon balm, oregano, sage, fennel, garlic. Garlic is something I wouldn't necessarily make a tea out of, but you can eat it raw and you can eat it cooked. Peppermint, rosemary. Rosemary has an extract that has been proven to be quite antiviral. Oleanolic acid in rosemary has been displayed to be quite antiviral in several studies against several different kinds of viruses.
Echinacea both is antiviral and boosts the immune system. That's something again you can get in tea form. Herbal tea, if you take all these antiviral herbs and you mix it together and make a nice tea out of it, that's very gentle for the body to take it all day long, drink it all day long. If you take capsules or if you take an extract that's more concentrated and then you have to be careful with the dose. Whereas, it's easier to dilute. Just take a tablespoon of each dry herb and make a big thing of tea like 60 ounces of tea and then you just sip it all day long. That's more gentle and it's less likely that you would accidentally overdose. Tea is the most gentle form of taking herbs. Then the next would be encapsulated. Then the more concentrated extracts or essential oils the more careful you have to be with overdosing.
Elderberry, I'm sure you've heard of elderberry extract. There have been several studies on elderberry that's very exciting. It's known to suppress viral replication and it stimulates the immune system. Even in a recent study, it showed that elderberry helped to inhibit viruses from entering our cells. That's something that you can actually get your own elderberries and make your own elderberry syrup. Or you could just buy a bunch of elderberry syrup or you can buy a bunch of elderberries. Kids often love it because it is delicious. That's definitely something to have stocked up on.
Licorice has been known, it's been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. You have to be careful with licorice if you have high blood pressure. Licorice also is fantastic for depression and anxiety and for people who have lethargy. It has shown to be antiviral against several viruses including severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses.
Astragalus is another herb in traditional Chinese medicine that has shown to significantly enhance the immune system against viruses.
Ginger, and you know, I heard that there were stores that had completely sold out of ginger. I'm not surprised because you can make teas, you can cook with it, and you can make cough syrup with it. It has fantastic compounds that are antiviral, but that also help us throughout the flu season to mitigate several symptoms of the cold or flu.
Dandelion is wonderful to add to your herbal tea blends. It has many medicinal properties including a potent antiviral effect. Several studies showed that dandelion extract reduced or inhibited the replication of some viruses, but it also is wonderful for the liver and for our blood.
There are many different kinds of herbs that we can use. You can go on Google, find the herbs that you like and make a tea. You could buy them on Amazon or there are many co-ops online that will ship herbal blends to you. I say buy it in bulk. Pick a few that sound really delicious together like lemon balm, basil, sage, rosemary, echinacea. Get these loose-leaf basically and then mix them together and every day make a big tea. You don't even have to heat it. You can put it in a big thing of water overnight and then just drink it the next day. It makes a beautiful tea. You can drink cold or you can drink hot. That way, you're getting very gentle antiviral herbs into you and into your family and you're hydrating.
Learn True Health Podcast Episodes
Some episodes for you to listen to. Episode 315 of the Learn True Health podcast I share everything I've learned from Naturopaths for what to do when you have a cold or flu to boost the immune system and also to mitigate symptoms. You really want to listen to that episode. I talk about colloidal silver. I talk about specific essential oil blends for respiratory support. Use of the neti pot, use of hydrotherapy to boost the immune system and boost lymphatic flow. You'll want to listen to episode 315.
So to get to episode 15, you can't listen to it on iTunes because only the most recent 300 episodes are available. Because this is episode 417, there are 117 episodes that have been pushed off of iTunes. You have to go to learntruehealth.com, my website, or other podcast directories like Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Google Podcasts. There are lots of other podcast directories that you can find episode 15 on or you just go to learntruehealth.com and find episode 15.
Dr. Jenna Jorgensen. She's a Naturopathic physician and she shares exactly what she has in her medicinal holistic first aid kit and what you should have in your medicine cabinet. All the natural remedies from homeopathy, essential oils, and some really interesting things that you should have in your home for helping you with cold and flu and other just general stuff that happens. If you want to have a Naturopathic kit, basically, a first aid kit, then listen to episode 15 with Dr. Jenna Jorgensen.
Colloidal silver is something that has been proven to be antiviral. You have to make sure that it's a high-quality colloidal silver. I was just talking to my Naturopath about this last week. She and I both like the brand that Sovereign Silver. You can take it orally, you can gargle with it, and you can use it topically. Some Naturopaths talk about nebulizing it, so inhaling the fine particles. Consult your Naturopathic physician or consult your doctor about that, about nebulizing. The lungs really aren't meant to have stuff in them. If you're going to nebulize colloidal silver be very careful because there's been evidence to suggest that it will accumulate, the colloidal silver would accumulate in the lungs. However, if you are fighting a viral infection, many Naturopaths talk about nebulizing colloidal silver and also nebulizing glutathione to support the lungs.
There are things that you can do to support the lungs using natural medicine, but again, talk to a Naturopathic physician about these specifically. I really want to err on the side of caution here. Don't just nebulize things randomly as a preventative because you could end up doing damage. We really want to be very careful.
There was several people that died recently in the Middle East because they read something on social media that some kind of rubbing alcohol if they drank it would be a cure for coronavirus. Of course, that killed them. I know you guys, my listeners, are so smart. You guys are smart. You guys wouldn't buy into a fake meme. I want us to also not overreact. I want us to not under-react, but I definitely don't want to overreact and an overdose on a natural substance. It's best to do this all in balance. Before you take anything, just do a little bit of digging and talk to a Naturopathic physician to create your perfect formula of natural immune supportive supplements that you could be taking.
Supplements are generally very, very safe. It is when we go into high doses for long periods of time that we can do damage. So stay within those parameters and just err on the side of caution. Start slow and work your way up like vitamin C. Start with 1000 milligrams and then slowly ramp it up to bowel tolerance. Those are things that are totally proven to be safe.
The best thing we can do is to decrease our stress levels is to err on the side of caution to stay at home as much as possible. You know what's really interesting? I bet we see a huge decrease in all infections. If you think about it, if we all stay at home as much as possible, we're probably going to see a huge decrease in all affections across the board. A huge decrease in the spread of all infections. If you can't stay at home, practice more self-care to decrease stress levels. I'm seeing so many people are so afraid right now. The best thing you can do for your immune system is to stay informed, stay calm. Maybe when you're drinking your antiviral tea every day, you can imagine that it is supportive of your body every time you sip it, you could imagine that you're supporting yourself, and your body is strong and healthy and then everyone you love is going to be healthy and safe.
We can just support each other by letting everyone know that we can take vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and elderberry and other herbs to support our body in the best way we can. Everything that I've shared today, I want to make it really clear, I'm not sharing a cure. I'm not saying that any of this will even prevent coronavirus, but what the studies are showing and what the doctors have told me is that these herbs and these supplements support the body. So they might help to mitigate symptoms. In China, several studies are showing that with the use of vitamin C and zinc and other nutrients that they're finding that those people have better outcomes with their infection. That they have a higher success rate of thriving and living when they used vitamin C when they used other nutrients and herbs versus nothing at all.
Of course, we want to do the best we can to support our body's ability to heal itself and stay healthy. Please, support yourself by not giving in to the overwhelm. By doing what you can daily to lower your stress levels. Get out in nature. Get out in sunlight. There are studies that show that sunlight is antiviral and getting out in fresh air, grounding yourself. Go stand out in your backyard with your feet in the ground or go lie down in the grass if you can. Go for nature walks. Read some books. Unplug from social media and do things that will decrease your stress. Now is a great time to pull out those board games and play with your family. Please, make an antiviral tea. Take these supplements to support your body's ability to stay as healthy as it can.
Join our Facebook group, the Learn True Health Facebook group. We have many health professionals in that Facebook group, and we're all sharing great information, staying up to date with what we can do to support our immune system and support each other. Please, come join the Learn True Health Facebook group. Although I just said stay off of social media, but it's a really positive place to be, the Learn True Health Facebook group. We're trying to keep it a very happy and positive place, but also supporting all of our health questions with great information. If you're looking for a good resource, come join the Learn True Health Facebook group. I'm going to have some great doctors on the show coming up soon to support us around this as well. Please, just keep focusing on decreasing your stress and self-care. I love you all. We're all going to get through this together. Have yourself a fantastic rest of your day.
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Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.
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