Covid-19

Campaign to put the C into Covid

If you’re a human, gorilla, chimp, fruit bat or guinea pig (among the few species that have lost the ability to make vitamin C within the body), you live in the northern hemisphere, and you’re not taking vitamin C more than once a day, you’re likely to be putting yourself at unnecessary risk from respiratory infections. If you’re older, or you suffer from underlying conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or obesity, these could be life threatening. Covid-19 is…

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Using ozone therapy to treat COVID-19 in Europe

When we read the local headlines and stick to our own quarantine routines, it might be easy to forget that this virus is affecting the entire world. And as scary as that is, it also means we can collaborate with other countries to gain the best possible understanding of how to treat COVID-19. Since the spring, I’ve been reaching out to different doctors across the world to learn about their various COVID protocols. One of the most valuable contacts I’ve…

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Curcumin: a new treatment option

In late December 2019, the outbreak of respiratory illness emerged in Wuhan, China, and spreads worldwide. World Health Organization (WHO) named this disease severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) caused by a new member of beta coronaviruses. Several medications are prescribed to patients, and some clinical trials are underway. Scientists are trying to find a specific drug against this virus. In this review, we summarize the pathogenesis, clinical features, and current treatments of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19). Then, we…

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Light, obesity, and COVID-19: The melatonin connection

By Doris Loh, independent researcher The end of summer is approaching. Parents, schools and policy-makers are faced with the almost impossible task of weighing the benefits against risks of in-person education when virtual alternatives are available. What are the real risks facing children for attending in-person education? Evidence accumulated so far seems to indicate that COVID-19 presents relatively lower risks to school-aged children. Compared to adults, even when infected, children generally exhibit mild to no symptoms. Unfortunately, this observation is…

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Melatonin as a potential adjuvant treatment

This article summarizes the likely benefits of melatonin in the attenuation of COVID-19 based on its putative pathogenesis. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has become a pandemic with tens of thousands of infected patients. Based on clinical features, pathology, the pathogenesis of acute respiratory disorder induced by either highly homogenous coronaviruses or other pathogens, the evidence suggests that excessive inflammation, oxidation, and an exaggerated immune response very likely contribute to COVID-19 pathology. This leads to a cytokine storm and subsequent…

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Hand sanitisers: clearing up the confusion

It’s important to understand the difference between sanitising and disinfecting. Sanitising refers to cleaning one’s hands in order to reduce the number of potential pathogens that could be transmitted to others. Disinfecting refers to killing pathogens on surfaces, which may require chemicals harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Many manufacturers have confused the two concepts and produced hand sanitisers containing disinfecting chemicals that can dehydrate or irritate one’s skin, or cause even more serious effects. Health preservation depends on…

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The importance of daily vitamin D

In response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic, and the attendant impact on outdoor physical activity and leisure time, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), Endocrine Society, European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS), National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), and International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) remind individuals of the importance of obtaining the daily recommended dosage of vitamin D. The scientific evidence clearly supports the benefits that vitamin D, in combination with calcium intake, plays…

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Quercetin and Vitamin C: an experimental, synergistic therapy

By Ruben Manuel Luciano Colunga Biancatelli, Max Berrill, John D. Catravas and Paul E. Marik. Published 19 June 2020 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) represents an emergent global threat which is straining worldwide healthcare capacity. As of May 27th, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) has resulted in more than 340,000 deaths worldwide, with 100,000 deaths in the US alone. It is imperative to study and develop pharmacological treatments suitable for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Ascorbic acid…

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Proposal to government: nutrients for communities

The potential role of Vitamin D (25(OH)D), Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin C supplementation in reducing morbidity and mortality in susceptible communities during the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. An overview of evidence. Authors Dr. David M Nye (MB.ChB. [UCT], MFHom [UK], Dip Hom [CEDH]) Dr. Anamika Jithoo (Mb.ChB, [UKZN],MPH [UCT], PhD(Med) [UCT]) Dr. Erika Drewes (MB.ChB[UFS], MMed.Fam.Med [UKZN]) Dr. Rene Jeannes (MTechHom. [UJ]) Dr. Julienne Fenwick (MB.ChB, [US]) Dr. Maria Theologides (BDS, [Wits], BscHon, [US], PDD [US], Msc. [US]) Initiated…

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