02 Jun LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN – PREVENT, CONTROL & DEFEAT COVID-19
As governments relax lockdown rules worldwide, many people are filled with anxiety and uncertainty, including doctors and health workers who have been on the front lines. I have been in and out of the frontline, distributing food, drinks, PPE, masks, herbal teas, and bringing patients from one city to another. I know how it feels to be out there. I can say that I am healthy, and I know how to take care of myself: no pre-existing illness, I take an anti-viral homeopathic remedy at bedtime, maintain a daily intake of herbs, vitamins C and D, eat a pure plant-based diet, do steam inhalation with essential oils, and other immune-boosting practices. Still, there are times when I wonder if I will get the virus and die from it, like several doctors that I knew.
Our fight is not yet over. Life will not be the same after the lockdown and COVID-19, maybe for a long time. Even after millions of people under lockdown will be able to resume their lives, we will not be able to freely enjoy the supply chains of the world so easily. Sustainability, solidarity, and healthcare will finally take center stage. There will be changes at every level of our lives, prioritizing what is more essential.
I hope I can help ease worries about life after lockdown and Covid-19. Some, if not most, people are afraid of life going back to normal. There are those describing their emotions as feeling symptoms of agoraphobia (a disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety such as panic attacks in situations where the person perceives their environment to be unsafe with no easy way to escape. These situations can include open spaces, public transit, shopping centers, or simply being outside their home). Others anxious about life after lockdown are not concerned about having panic attacks, but are mostly frightened of getting infected with the virus.
Filipinos are resilient, and we can expect that most of the of us who are anxious right now will recover in the weeks, perhaps months, after lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Meanwhile, let us continue to maintain the routine that we started during lockdown: eating healthy home-made meals, exercise or movement, and prayer, as our world changes again. This time, hopefully we will have a sense of a new direction in life. There are other important things that we can do to help cope with readjustment after the restrictions are lifted, including continuing our action plan of basic hygiene and health practices.
REVIEW ACTION PLAN II
PREVENT, CONTROL AND DEFEAT COVID-19
- PERSONAL HYGIENE IS CRITICAL: WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY
- AVOID FACE TOUCHING WEAR A FACEMASK
- OOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM with A HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS DIET
- GET PHYSICAL with EXERCISE and MOVEMENT
- AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS and CONGESTED PLACES
- LET THE SUNSHINE IN FOR VITAMIN D3
- MAKE TIME FOR SILENCE, PRAYER, and MEDITATION
- BE NOT AFRAID! WHAT
- THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE
- BE CALM, VERIFY NEWS, and GET PERSPECTIVE
- HARNESS THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS
- HERBAL THERAPY
- GET YOUR ZZZ’s
- IF YOU SMOKE, QUIT SMOKING NOW
Review action plan III
PREVENT, CONTROL, DEFEAT COVID-19
- FOOD AS MEDICINE
- HERBS AS MEDICINE
- VITAMIN INFUSED WATER
I would like to share a powerful organic herbal supplements that I and colleagues use to prevent from getting the virus or a flu and keeping our immune systems strong. Other doctors in the US like Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PhD., Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine use these herbs as anti-CoVid 19 prevention and/or control.
ING # 1 – ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA
Its bioactive exhibits pharmacological activities such as those that are immunostimulatory, antiviral, and antibacterial. Its major active constituent andrographolide exhibits a broad range of biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antitumor, antidiabetic, antimalarial, and hepatoprotective.
Andrographis, with its immune system-enhancing actions, has been shown to reduce the severity of the common cold and prevent the onset of a cold in healthy people. A trial of isolated andrographolides, found in andrographis, showed that they decreased viral load and increased CD4 lymphocyte levels in people with HIV infection. It prevents viruses from entering cells, stops the division of viruses in cells, increases immunity against viruses, and decreases lung inflammation from viral infections.
There are three big studies on Andrographis. What is consistent in the studies is when you have people with respiratory failure that looks exactly like those described in COVID-19 patients, Andrographis has been an absolute miracle remedy. It is very effective for RNA viruses and is promising to be very effective for the coronaviruses.
ING # 2 – ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS
Arthrospira platensis increases the body’s interferon type 1 response in the fight against RNA viruses. These include the flu and the coronavirus. Its bioactive, phycocyanobilin mimics bilirubin, allowing it to “mimic the NAPDH oxidase inhibiting activity”. This means that it blocks the key physiological mechanism that RNA viruses use to reproduce in the human body.
It is widely known for enhancing immunity, increasing red blood cell count, anti-inflammatory properties, protecting the liver, reducing the toxicity in the kidneys, controlling bronchial asthma, and enhancing the supply of antioxidants. It is rich in nutrients: protein, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements regarded as one of the highest sources of protein,18 out of the 22 amino acids that the human body needs. It is also a good source of vital micronutrients: beta-carotene and minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.
ING # 3 – PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA
A natural immune booster as they contain a powerful cocktail of vitamins C and A, polyphenols, alkaloids, and flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol. According to a study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Phyllanthus emblica has potent antibacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Immunity is our body’s natural defense against disease-causing bacteria and virus. It can considerably reduce the odds of getting sick. It is only due to the weak immunity that people are getting affected with the widespread coronavirus and other such pandemics.
Phyllanthus emblica is also known to increase white cells in the body which are the main line of defense for the immune system. White blood cells attack and eliminate foreign toxins and substances into the bloodstream throughout the body.
Phyllanthus emblica is abundant in vitamin C and vitamin A. It also contains high levels of folic acid and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and magnesium. In addition it is also rich in protein, minerals, carbohydrates, and fiber. Their beneficial properties are mainly due to the potency of the antioxidants.
Phyllanthus emblica was traditionally used to increase vitality, enhance digestion, soothe asthma and cough, stimulate hair growth, and promote longevity.
Pentagalloylglucose (PGG), a compound found in Phyllanthus emblica, contains antiviral properties against the influenza A virus. Incubating the virus in PGG reduced the total level of the virus. People have traditionally used Phyllanthus emblica alone or with other herbs for respiratory and gut infections.
ING # 4 – CURCUMA LONGA
A powerful source of phytochemicals with different biological activities including antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It has been demonstrated that curcumin, Curcuma longa’s bioactive as a plant derivative has a wide range of antiviral activity against different viruses. Inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) enzyme due to rate-limiting activity in the de novo synthesis of guanine nucleotides is suggested as a therapeutic target for antiviral and anticancer compounds.
Among the 15 different polyphenols, curcumin through inhibitory activity against IMPDH effect in either noncompetitive or competitive manner is suggested as a potent antiviral compound. Numerous studies showed the anti-influenza activity of against variety of viruses including parainfluenza viruses PR8, H1N1, and H6N1. The results showed more than 90% reduction in virus yield in cell culture using curcumin. Additionally, unlike amantadine, viruses developed no resistance to curcumin. The methoxyl derivatives of curcumin also did not show noteworthy role in the haemagglutination These results proved the significant potential of curcumin for inhibition of influenza.
Curcuma longa helps the body to naturally cleanse the respiratory tract. It assists in building a stronger immune system to address upper respiratory tract conditions: bronchial asthma, congestion of nose and airway due to inflammation, cough, cold and occasionally, shortness of breath, affecting children, adults, and elderly population. Inflammation constricts the airways and makes it difficult to breathe.
This is often related to an exaggerated response by the immune system that leads to chronic inflammation and damage to lung tissue by free radicals. Curcumin inhibits inflammation, relieves congestion and pain and thus improves your breathing. Curcumin inhibits viral replication thus reduces the viral load.
ING # 5 APIUM GRAVEOLENS
Apium graveolens contains a plant compound called apigenin, which plays a role in traditional Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant agent. Its bioactive phthalides lowers the level of stress hormones in our body. The polyacetylenes, flavonoids, and phthalides that Apium graveolens contain are powerful antioxidants, detoxifying carcinogens and neutralizing free radicals.
It is nutrient dense and particularly rich in zinc, selenium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. They’re low in calories and provide relatively equal amounts of carbs, protein, and fat. This extract, which is already employed as an alternative, or in combination to NSAIDs for the treatment of chronic joint diseases in humans, is classified in the group of safe substances by the United States FDA (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations 182. 10 and 182.20) and is registered in Australia in the TGA (Australian Registrar of Therapeutic Goods-Nr: L55831).
For centuries, Apium graveolens has been a mainstay ingredient in Ayurveda medicine used for digestion, and as a detoxifier. A natural source of magnesium that increases the deepness and tranquility of our sleep. It also helps regulate lipid metabolism and reduce the risk of fatty liver, thus reducing liver enzyme levels.
ING # 6 TARAXACUM
Taxacum a powerful herb that detoxifies and prevents liver damage. It is rich in iron, vitamin A and calcium, all of which are key to liver health. It has long been used to treat inflammation of organs, joints, and swelling. Part of this herb’s effectiveness at combating inflammation has to do with the phytonutrients and essential fatty acid. Phytonutrients are antioxidants naturally contained in plants, which have been found to provide numerous health benefits. It boosts cardiovascular health. A good source of fiber and potassium which supports healthy blood pressure. It also keeps our digestive system healthy.
PLUS Proprietary blend of organic botanicals
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- For those who are on insulin or prescription drugs, please monitor your blood sugar daily. Andrographis, the main ingredient of Immune Aide Plus can potentiate the effects of your prescription medicine.
- Individuals who are on Intermittent Fasting (IF), please monitor your blood sugar.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
- COVID-19 fighting dose: 1-2 capsules 2-3 times a day for 3-5 days, depending on symptoms.
- Prevention dose: 1 capsule 2 times a day.
Most of us find change quite difficult. We all found it difficult to get into the routine of lockdown, so it stands to reason that we’ll find it difficult to get out of the routine of lockdown as well. As we start to leave our home more, we should be aware that it will be a physiological process as well as a mental one. When we go outside, we will experience a barrage of stimuli we are no longer accustomed to, and it can lead to a bit of sensory overload.
Let us encourage everyone to be gentle and kind with ourselves and others, not expecting to go from 0 to 100 in one day. Try not to be hard on yourself if you’re finding it difficult to get back into a routine. Change is hard — but we can win this. Let us work together, as individuals, groups, government and non-government sectors to make our homes, communities, and country COVID free.
With much love,