Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Many of you have been calling or writing me about how to protect yourselves and family members against the Coronavirus. I won't review commonly shared information, I assume you have it. Instead, I want to share some information that may be new to you.
As you know, with everything I teach, it's about reducing exposure to the stressor or pathogen and enhancing the capacity of the body and mind to respond effectively, if exposed. This is applied to everything we do: we reduce sugar intake but if we eat it, counteract its effects with B vitamins and chromium; reduce heavy metal exposure, but, since it's in the air we breathe and the fish we eat, it's about helping the body detox with loads of brown seaweeds and cilantro, at the same time as we help the liver work with bitter greens, garlic and olive oil and coffee enemas.
Addressing a virus is similar, reduce exposure with all the ways you have heard about: avoiding crowds, or the gym, washing hands, using alcohol swabs, and so on. I just returned from teaching a fantastic group of 70 clinicians in Seattle for my PESI course. Since Seattle is ground zero for the virus, I was washing and swabbing with alcohol in class, in the limo, on the plane, and in restaurants.
Swab with alcohol enough and your hands will dry out. You first step is to keep a small container of coconut oil, which is an emollient, or skin soother, close at hand to counteract those effects.
Soap breaks down the covering of the virus which makes it more effective than hand sanitizer. Buy a coconut soap infused with delicious smells which in turn will reduce stress. My favorite is Himalaya USA Lavender and Rosemary Soap.
Mindfulness and the Face
We hear a lot about not touching the face; the fact is we do this all the time and it's unconscious; Practice mindfulness and bring your breath and attention to your behavior each time you want to touch the face, nose, or mouth. Do this practice enough and you will make the unconscious, conscious.
Here is the protocol I use to protect against virus' and boost immune function.
• Eat the "Brainbow Diet": Choosing foods from all the colors of the "BrainBow" will enhance your immunity.
• Plenty of Sleep.
• Aerobic exercise once a day: reach 80% of your maximum heart rate for at least 10 minutes to raise the body temperature.
• Skin Brush daily to enhance immune function.
• Coffee Enemas (for the liver).
Nutrients and Herbs
• NAC*: 1500 mg a day
• Vitamin A: 40,000 units daily (I use Biotics research Vit, AE Mulsion forte)
• Vitamin D: 10- 15,000 units/day (I use Biotics Research Vit. D Mulsion Forte)
• Thymus Glandular: 500 mg 3 times a day (Both Biotics research and Allergy Research have excellent Thymus Glandular)
• Licorice root tea suppresses virus' and enhances the stress response (go easy on licorice if you have high blood pressure).
As always tailor these suggestions to your individual needs and work with a clinician to adjust doses as needed. If you need assistance accessing the resources above, drop me a note, and I can share where and how to obtain these "helpers and healers".
If you feel sick it is essential to seek medical care that will help guide you using the best of biomedical and naturopathic care: what I call "Integrative Medicine."
References and Notes:
• *N-acetylcysteine: an old drug with variable Anti-influenza properties - Tomas Casanova, Mutien Garigliany
• Thank you to Jonathan Wright, MD for suggesting the dosing protocol of Vitamin's A and D, and to Dr. Akex Vasquez for his review of NAC as an antiviral, mucolytic agent.
Medical Disclaimer: The content of this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Leslie Korn has lived and worked in Banderas Bay since 1973 conducting research in Traditional Medicine of Mexico. She is a Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health-educated clinician in clinical practice in Mental Health Nutrition, Integrative Medicine and the prevention of dementia and cognitive decline. She is the author of 8 books, including 'Natural Woman: Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life.' To learn more about her work, visit DrLeslieKorn.com. She can be reached at lekorn(at)cwis.org.
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