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Supplements Can Make Covid-19 Worse

In autoimmune, Cancer Coach, COVID-19, inflammation, Uncategorized on April 13, 2020 at 11:03 am

Supplements can be extremely helpful in preventing Covid-19 from replicating and making you sick. However, certain supplements should actually be avoided if you have symptoms of the virus. They could make Covid-19 worse.

With Covid-19, at first the immune system fails to respond effectively to the virus, then the immune response becomes too aggressive and floods the body with cytokines. Cytokines are inflammatory molecules that can spin out of control with Covid-19. The surge of cytokines damages blood vessels and allows fluids to seep into the lungs, filling them up, making it difficult for one to breathe.

The hyperactive immune response, often referred to as a cytokine storm, causes the lungs to stop delivering oxygen to the rest of the organs, leading to respiratory failure, and in some cases death.

Researchers are working hard at finding drugs that suppress the cytokine storm. Steroids have been used to treat patients, but with mixed results—they help some and increasing the risk of death in others.

Tocilizumab (Actemra), a rheumatoid arthritis drug, is also being studied.  Actemra is an IL-6 inhibitor that might help fend off the severe lung inflammation that hits some patients.  With $25 million in backing from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Swiss drug maker Roche will speed up Actemra’s phase 3 trial in COVID-19 patients.[i]

Meanwhile,  many natural substances can be helpful, but some can actually make the virus more symptomatic and deadly.

Natural Substances and Covid-19

For the healthy, asymptomatic individual the focus should be on increasing immune defense and inhibiting viral replication.  Some helpful supplements are curcumin, Pao pereira, vitamin C, quercetin, elderberry, and astragalus (may need to stop the latter two if symptomatic), which have been found to target inflammation while also reducing viral replication. Should symptoms develop, it might make sense to focus on anti-viral substances along with strategies to reduce inflammation. Supplements that you might want to avoid if symptomatic include vitamin D,  modified citrus pectin, certain mushroom extracts and possibly elderberry and astragalus. (Please know that there are many different opinions on this subject, so please use your best judgement). Read on for more detail.

Protective Supplements for Covid-19 (and optimal health)

It is important to understand that the recommendations listed are not intended to be medical advice and should not be considered as a replacement for medical treatment. However, they might beneficial for relieving minor symptoms and inhibiting the progression of Covid-19. By stimulating the immune system early on and keeping inflammation in check, it may be possible to control the virus before the cytokine storm and resulting inflammation renders a person critical. Further, natural antiviral substances may inhibit the ability of Covid-19 to replicate and strengthen the body’s defenses against the virus.

For example, grapeseed extract, a rich source of polyphenols, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties.[iii]  NAC helps to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes and lung tissue. CoQ10 is immunomodulator. Sulforaphane, colloidal silver, olive leaf extract, monolaurin, and lysine have anti-viral properties that may be helpful against Covid-19.

A good multivitamin, adequate vitamin D (discontinue if symptoms present), zinc, selenium, probiotics, mushroom extracts, beta glucans (discontinue if symptoms present), vitamin C, elderberry, and astragalus will help keep the immune system strong, helping to slow down the speed at which pathogens replicate and mutate.  Zinc and chaga mushroom inhibit the ability of viruses to reproduce and spread. Magnesium, fish or krill oil, vitamin E, and curcumin (turmeric) are natural anti-inflammatories.

Read more HERE: Fighting Covid-19 

If you have Covid-19, certain supplements could help inhibit the virus and calm the inflammatory cytokine storm. A product called Cytokine Supress offers both mung bean extract and EGCG that helps to control levels of inflammatory cytokines and balance the inflammatory response.

Substances that May Calm the Cytokine Storm:

  • PQQ
  • Curcumin
  • Resveratrol
  • Luteolin
  • Green Tea
  • Mung Bean Extract
  • Quercetin
  • Apigenin (found in parsley, celery and chamomile)
  • Boswellia (frankincense)
  • Pterostilbene
  • Reishi
  • Magnesium
  • Krill or fish oil (as well as other essential fatty acids such as evening primrose and flax seed oil
  • Cat’s claw
  • Vitamins C, E, and K
  • Broccoli Sprouts (sulphoraphane)
  • Oats
  • Astaxanthin
  • Beets (Betaine)
  • Anthocyanins
  • Ginger
  • Probiotics
  • NAC
  • Grapeseed extract
  • CoQ10

Supplements to Avoid if You Have Covid-19 Symptoms:

It is important to know that some supplements, while excellent for prevention, should be avoided if symptoms present. For example, according to Dr. Andrew Weill, Founder and Director of the Andrew Weill Center for Integrative Medicine, while vitamin D supports immune function, “it should be discontinued while symptoms are present and can be resumed upon return to health.”[ii] He says this because vitamin D can activate the inflammatory cascade which characterizes and contributes to acute symptomatic Covid-19 infection. IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Numerous new studies and actual usage has found vitamin D to be highly effective in preventing the progression of COVID19. 

Weill also advises against elderberry if Covid-19 symptomatic. “Elderberry extracts may help to prevent the early stage of corona virus infections, which includes COVID-19. Elderberry contains compounds which decrease the ability of viruses to infect cells…. However, as a part of its immune supportive actions, elderberry increases immune cell release of tiny chemicals called cytokines. Specifically, elderberry increases the release of a cytokine called IL-1B which is a part of the inflammatory reaction to COVID-19 that can result in acute respiratory distress. For this reason, to minimize the possibility that elderberry could aggravate the inflammatory “cytokine storm” associated with the more severe COVID-19 infections, it is recommended to stop elderberry at the first signs of infection (fever, cough, sore throat) and/or if you test positive for the virus.”

Mushroom extracts act as immunomodulators that appear to reduce inflammation and regulate the cytokine response. On the other hand, beta glucans, lentinan, and other isolated polysaccharides such as modified citrus pectin tend to increase the inflammatory cytokine response and virulence of Covid-19 and may need to be avoided during viral infection.

  • Elderberry and astragalus (mixed info on these two)
  • Beta Glucans (isolated polysaccharides)
  • Modified Citrus Pectin
  • Coriolis and Turkey Tail Mushroom
  • Any other supplements that activate the immune cell cytokine response

 In your everlasting good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make healthier, less-toxic choices for their healing. She emphasizes the importance of not just surviving cancer, but surviving well and reducing the risk of recurrence. Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show. To contact Elyn, visit http://www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in-person. Elyn does not provide online advice.

DISCLAIMER:
Elyn Jacobs does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment. This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice. I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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[i] https://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/roche-accelerates-another-actemra-trial-for-covid-19-25m-u-s-grant

[ii] https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/COVID19/FAQ.html

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24846452

Epstein-Barr Virus and it’s Connection to Cancer, Autoimmune, and other Chronic Diseases

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, autoimmune, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

Recently published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment was my article Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr VirusOver the past two years I have made Epstein-Barr (EBV) my pet-project, so to speak, as it is becoming all too clear of the role of viruses such EBV in the development and progression of cancer, autoimmune, and many other disorders.

Epstein-Barr Virus is a common herpetic virus and is one of the most common and prolific viral infections in humans. It can first present as chicken pox, mono, cold sores, or with no noticeable symptoms and can stay in the body forever. Over 95% of adults carry this virus, and most children are infected as well. Chronic disease is the clinical manifestation of primary infection with Epstein-Barr virus. Infection from EBV is often asymptomatic. Once the virus inserts itself into immune B cells, it reprograms them, effectively evading programmed cell death and escaping recognition and destruction by cytotoxic T cells. EBV can manifest in a range of pathologies including various cancers, Infectious Mononucleosis (IM), autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disease, Meiners disease, type 1 diabetes, Lyme disease, and numerous other conditions.

Deactivation of the virus is critical. New antiviral therapies and an effective EBV vaccine might protect against the wide range of pathologies generated from infection and reactivation, but could come with significant side effects. Dendritic cell therapy and ozone therapy may also be effective and have been used in many clinics. More research needs to be done in these areas, especially to make them available to the general population. However, natural strategies aimed at deactivating the virus and preventing re-activation must be emphasized and public awareness increased, particularly among those diagnosed with a chronic disease. Holistic solutions currently available are high dose vitamin C and D therapies as well as antiviral agents such as olive leaf extract, quercetin, licorice root, coconut, astragalus, bee propolis, lysine zinc, and many other substances. Herbs are powerful medicine and should not be taken without care and guidance. Importantly, EBV and other viruses are often triggered by emotional stress, so reducing day to day stress as well as resolving past traumas may be helpful.

EBV is not the only virus associated with cancer and other diseases. However, following an antiviral strategy is likely to be effective for many other viral conditions.

Note: EMF exposure from cell phones, laptops, hair dryers, baby monitors, and other devices is believed to trigger reactivation of EBV, perhaps because EMFs disrupt the way our cells function and clog detoxification pathways in the body. Please read my articles for suggestions on reducing risk.

The referenced journal article was published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment. Citation: Jacobs E (2018) Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus. J Cancer Biol Treat 5: 014.

In your good health,

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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What You Need to Know About EMFs and Cancer, Autoimmune, and Lyme Disease

In autoimmune, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Lyme Disease, Radiation, Uncategorized on June 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

shieldExtreme1Over the last few decades, there has been a significant rise in autoimmune diagnoses as well as an increase in many other disease conditions, such as cancer and Lyme disease. Many experts have linked EMF (electromagnetic field radiation) exposure to this rise in chronic illness and believe EMFs exacerbate and even cause a range of problems. Research has consistently shown that EMFs disrupt the way your cells function and can clog detoxification pathways in the body. Numerous studies have linked EMFs to cancers such as glioma, leukemia, breast cancer, and others.

It is well known that radiation causes immunosuppression and inflammation, and this includes EMF sources. Radiation also causes myelosuppression, which means less blood cells are produced. White blood cells are needed for immunity, and a low count can make it harder to protect against illness. In those suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, autoimmune, and Lyme, there is typically an impaired immune system.  Through chronic exposure, the buildup of EMFs combined with an already weakened immune system can make it even more difficult for the body to fight infection. Research also shows that vitamin D receptor (VDR) pathways are susceptible to interference by EMFs. Functionality of the VDR is fundamental for immunomodulation, a process essential in autoimmune disorders, cancer, and more.

New research shows that EMFs may stimulate the onset and progression of autoimmune disorders.[i]  Studies have also shown that pathogenic microbes multiply more quickly and act more virulently in the presence of EMFs and that healthy, beneficial bacteria that the body needs to fight disease multiply more slowly.  According to renowned Lyme specialist Dr Dietrich Kinghardt, MD, research also implicates EMF exposure to the virulence of mold and mold toxins, and electromagnetic pollution drives the growth of microbes within the body.[ii]  If you have cancer, Lyme disease, autoimmune issues, or any other chronic illness this is important to understand as it means that your recovery can become compromised if you are living in a high-EMF environment.

Further, research shows that like other environmental toxins, EMFs could reactivate the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is a major trigger for cancer, autoimmune, and most other chronic diseases. (Please see my new page on EBV.)

Unfortunately, we are all engulfed in a constant state of dangerous EMFs generated by Wi-Fi, electricity, cell phones, and more. These EMFs come from environments all around us, every day. Many people don’t take EMFs seriously, perhaps because they are invisible and their effects upon the body are not always obvious.  Yet it is believed that EMFs are one of the foremost causes of disease today (especially cancer), and one of the factors that can hinder recovery from cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Most experts suggest that the link between EMF and chronic disease is significant, so you may wish to limit your exposure to EMFs as much as possible and take protective measures for when you cannot.

Some of the best ways to protect yourself from the negative impacts of EMFs are:

  • Reduce the time you are exposed to EMFs.
  • Create distance between you and your electrical devices—keep routers, especially, in another room.
  • Use speaker phones or radiation-free headset devices for listening privately.
  • Turn cell phones, tablets, and laptops on airplane mode whenever you can.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and use ethernet cables to wire your devices to the internet.
  • Eat a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants.
  • Eat iodine-rich foods such as watercress, kale, kelp, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. An iodine supplement can also be helpful.
  • Do not to put a cell phone directly to your head, in your bra, on your hip, or in your pocket. If you do store your cell phone against your body, try to limit how much time you do so or use protective devices, see below.  shieldExtreme2

As time goes on, there will likely be more and more conclusive studies emerge about the effects of devices such as headphones, laptops, cellphones, and WiFi upon human health. Meanwhile, the studies we have are conclusive –you don’t have to wait for the damage to be done to make changes.

Recommended Protective Devices:

extremeAires Shield series devices were designed to be used with small devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, tablets, and baby monitors.  Aires Defender product range includes devices that provide universal protection for the human body. These devices are designed as personal protectors, which are worn by the individual. Utilizing the full range of devices will help you reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation that are impacting your health today. Right now AiresTech has a 30% off sale going on. Once this sale is over, enter the code elyn10 to get get 10% off (photos above courtesy of AiresTech).

Energy Dots —The duo pack bioDOT-smartDOT  includes a self-adhesive bioDOT and a BIO-SMART-DUOself-adhesive smartDOT.  Wear the bioDOT to strengthen and support your energy (I have mine on the back of my watch). Stick the smartDOT to your mobile device, hairdryer, cordless phones, etc. to re-tune the toxic emissions.  Use the two to protect yourself from radiation and increase your energy levels. Use this link and the code energy10 for 10% off all products. (Right now you get 20% off for Father’s Day. Use code LOVEDAD.)

Vibes Up Earth Grounding, EMF Protection and Sleep Aids (they have an excellent selection of remedies for sleep and EMFs).

EMF Detector (There are more expensive versions, for my needs, this works great)

For more information on EMFs, please read Why EMF Exposure is a Big Deal and Groundbreaking Study Shows Shielding EMF Improves Autoimmune Disease.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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[i] https://journal.preventionandresearch.com/materiale_cic/766_3_2/6599_electroma/article.htm

[ii] https://www.prohealth.com/library/the-link-between-electromagnetic-pollution-and-lyme-disease-and-how-to-remediate-your-environment-for-a-faster-recovery-40822

[iii] http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/studies.asp