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Coronavirus XII: There Is Good News

I was at Costco yesterday and did NOT enjoy my experience. The tension was palpable everywhere. (Note: This had nothing to do with Costco.) There were shoppers wearing N95 masks. That irritated me. The masks are in short supply for front-line health care workers and there is simply no reason to wear that at Costco. COVID is not passed that easily through the air.

 

Folks, the fear level out there is beyond reason. Unfortunately, my Governor and the rest of our lawmakers, including those in Washington, are making big decisions based on fear and not based on data. As I have been writing to you, the data is out there that COVID-19 is serious but only to a small percentage of our population—when all is said and done, less than 1%.

 

Could I be wrong? Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time. But, I have learned to do my own research and trust myself with the conclusions I come to. I utilize my research and my practical experience in order to make an appropriate decision about how to treat my patients or how to approach this COVID-19 pandemic.

 

I have been practicing medicine for over 25 years. During that time I have become a much better physician than I was at the beginning (at least I hope so). In medical school you learn far too many things that have no relevance in the real practice of medicine. Only when you get out in the real world does the real teaching begin. But, medical school did teach me important tools to become a competent physician.

 

One of the main things I was taught in medical school was to observe my patients. That was an important lesson. I observe how they look, walk, sound, and act. And, I observe recurring patterns with respect to diseases.

 

I have found it useful to observe disease patterns since many diseases consistently appear and disappear according to the calendar. One pattern that consistently repeats itself is that the flu season (for most) seems to start around the winter solstice (December 20-23) and ends around the spring equinox (March 19-21). This year the spring equinox was on March 20, 2020.

 

I have seen the reports that COVID-19 may be going on for up to 18 months. Some commentators are saying that we need to quarantine for at least six months to a year to get rid of it.

 

I SAY, HOGWASH!

 

Look at the following chart from the CDC that summarizes the peak month of flu activity from 1982-2018:

 

You can see the season starts in October and November with low numbers, peaks in January and February and begins to decline in March. The peak month of activity can change between the months of January, February and March. Keep in mind, this chart is an average of the activity between 1982-2018.

 

I have observed, on a yearly basis, that my patients begin to get less colds and other influenza-like illnesses around the spring eqionox. Some go into April and few go into May with viral infections, but they are usually fewer and fewer the further away from the spring solstice date. My four partners—Drs. Ng and Nusbaum, Jenny and Taylor all concur with this assessment. Between all of us, we have over 100 years of experience seeing this pattern.

 

So, what does this have to do with COVID-19? COVID-19 is more contagious than the common flu, but not that much more contagious. The ‘R naught’ (RO) is an estimate for how many other people one sick person is likely to infect. The RO for the common flu is 1.3 meaning one person can spread it 1.3 others. The RO for COVID-19 is 2-3.11 meaning one infected person can spread it to 2-3.1 others. For comparison, the RO for measles is 11-18. COVID-19 is more contagious than the common flu but much less contagious than measles. This should limit how long the illness lasts.

 

Coronaviruses do not like warm temperatures and higher humidity. As we warm in the spring, that should help. But, as previously stated, I have seen the spring equinox lower the incidence of flu-like illnesses for over 25 years. Some years, it takes a little while longer than others. However, I am only referring to a few weeks after the equinox.

 

Let me finally jump off my cliff here without a parachute. (BTW, I had an interesting parachuting experience when I was 18—that is for another time.) I predict that COVID-19 will be begin to recede in its lethality over the next 2-3 weeks. The number of cases may still rise during this time because we have a back-log of tests and are testing more. I also predict the number of cases will begin to decline in 3-4 weeks–regardless of what we do. We are coming to the end of the flu season and I see no reason why COVID-19 would behave differently than any other flu-like virus.

 

Could I be wrong? Yes. The virus could mutate to a more aggressive strain. But, it could also mutate to a less lethal strain as well. Most highly aggressive and lethal viral strains eventually fade out after a short time on their own.

 

Time will tell if I am right. Unless this virus is markedly different than the other 200 or so flu-like viruses, we should be in for much better times very soon.

 

Don’t let your fear rise when all the new cases are reported. They are being reported in increasing numbers because we are testing more. The death rate is continuing to decline, just as I predicted it would. As of this writing (3.22.20), there have been 349 deaths and 29,270 infected. That results in a death rate of 1.2%. Initially, the US COIVD-19 fatality rate was between 2-3% (though I can’t cite this, I am taking this from my memory). This rate continues to decline because there are many more who recover uneventfully from COVID-19. The media only sensationalizes the very ill and dying. The headline on MSN right now epitomizes the fear-based reporting by stating, “US Death Toll Rises…” It is a true headline as more have died over the last 24 hours. Perhaps a better headline could read, “Death rate for COVID-19 falls as more are tested.”

 

Folks, I know this is serious stuff. People have died and more will die. It is important to not let fear guide your decisions. Fear is guiding our Government right now and that is not going well for us. Take your supplements. See a holistic doctor. Eat well—avoid refined sugar! Maintain optimal hydration. These are some of the holistic steps you can take to avoid becoming a statistic in this crisis. We will overcome this, and I think better times are coming soon.

 

To All Our Health,

~DrB

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David Brownstein, M.D.

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    Sherwin

    In addition to your well reasoned and reassuring comments , I would like to mention another outstanding doctor who has written two extraordinary books that I believe everyone should get and read carefully in order to get an additional sense that the world is not coming to an end because of the corona virus. The two books are authored by Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD.
    The books are entitled, “Curing The Incurable” and “Primal Panacea”.

    A few days ago I picked up my copy of “Curing The Incurable” which I had not looked at in for about two years. As I did so, a page that I had previously bookmarked fell open and revealed a phrase marked in red that said in bold letters two very revealing words — ENTRENCHED MISCONCEPTIONS. Isn’t this exactly what we are battling today? The vast majority of the population have an unshakable conviction that vitamin C will not help in treating and curing the corona virus and consequently jeopardize their own life as well as those to whom they spread this false information.

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    Tracy

    Hi I have a question or questions. I was given your site by of all people the person I pay my house payment to. I am a high-risk person in this virus outbreak. I have suffered for 3 years severe anemia, and the last 4 months acute severe anema from blood loss, had 2 blood transfusions and just had a hysterectomy, yesterday was my 6 weeks recovery point. On top of that, i developed high blood pressure during the last 4 months and have reactive airways disease and catch every stinking bug that goes around and I suffer from high anxiety. I am self quarantining to the best of my ability. However I live with someone who is making light of the severity. How can I protect myself and what should I be taking? BTW I am not on blood pressure meds, because I had an issue with the meds she had me on, and have been unable to get further testing done on heart, arteries to determine what exactly is the issue due to everything going on in the world. So my question is how can I prevent myself from becoming a statistic? Currently I have some bug, sinus that started long before all this virus sprang up.

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      Tracy,
      Turn off the news and read my previous posts. I give recommendations in those articles.
      DrB

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    Penelope Miller

    Question Dr B, I started coming down with what I hope is a cold (runny nose, cough and headache) I upped my does of A,D an C for the 4 days I’m back down to maintenance level as of today. I’m not getting better. What can i do to get rid of this and when should I worry this is not a cold? As alway you are awesome Dr B

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      Penny-Lope,
      As my patient, I can give you medical advice. Take iodine along with it. At least 50 mg/day. Also, you can another round of the higher dosed vitamins for four days. Also, avoid sugar in the diet, keep hydrated and take a bath with Epsom salts twice per day or go in a sauna. Worrying does not help a thing. People still get colds! And, keep up with vitamin C. Keep me posted on how you are doing,
      DrB

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    Angela

    Dr. B…

    Would you please post directions for Lugol’s + saline in Neti pot, as well as when to use the Lugol’s vs straight saline for nasal rinse.

    How many times weekly for each?

    I recently switched to a Neil Med nasal flush – (the solution reaches a bit higher & is more sanitary (I switch out the bottle monthly).

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      Angela,
      For my patients, I recommend 1/4 teaspoon of unrefined salt and 1-2 drops of Lugol’s 5% solution in a nettipot. Drain the sinuses twice per day and more if sick.
      DrB

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    Dean DeWitt

    Thx Dr B for the information, where do I sign-up for more? If flu shots can make us more susceptible, is there any data on victims as to their immunization status? Additionally, if flu shots lead to more serious disease outcomes, are there more deaths in the vaccinated? Do the un-vaccinated contracting this have fewer and milder symtoms? That said, I’ve heard you on the VitC; I’m planning another outing and will look for ascorbic acid. I’m just home, eating garlic, D, and curcumin now but my 1000mg caps of C aren’t enough I hear; I can use more.

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      Dean,
      I have not seen anything about the flu vaccine status. We will have to wait for this mess to be over.
      DrB

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    Marco

    Ciao. Update from italy. After three weeks of quarantine i’m starting to be tired. And it’s frustrating to see on main medias (TVs..journals..) the “expert”, virologist…doctor…member of world health organization…attacks all the information about vitamin C, nutrients, homeophaty…always…. THEY ARE “FAKE NEWS”. it’S TIME, ALL OF YOU, doctor, to do something.
    https://worldhealth.net/news/new-york-hospitals-utilizing-vitamin-c/
    http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v16n20.shtml
    light at the end of the tunnel?
    Please, it’s time DO something, all of you, doctor.
    Quarantine….2020 our answer is quarantine!! Follow China please, after two months..they reopen…ahahahah…of course…Corona doesnt exists anymore. A study in UK prepare us for future cyclical quarantine!!! ahahahaha

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      Dr. Brownstein.
      Please comment on the two items below. The UK is saying they overdid their shutdown response, and tonight a local nurse is beggin for help and describing mayhem in Novi and Southfield.

      Heres Ferguson who was instrumental in pushing a UK shutdown, renegging on his former position saying they overdid it and worked from bad numbers(he tested covid positive…no sure if recovered already or what?)lp

      https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6649063034042019841-9CqB

      Meanwhile locally we’re getting posts from local nurses like this. Cant square the two. Watch

      http://acasignups.net/20/03/25/watch-read-heed-her-words

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        Jim,
        We simply do not have enough hospital beds for this. We have one of the lowest per capita number of hospital beds in the Western world. That is our major problem now. In a situation like this–pandemic–that does not bode well. As for the UK, they seem to have a slightly lower number of beds than the US. I cannot explain that.
        DrB

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    Suzzanne

    Dr. B I want to thank you for fitting me into your busy schedule mid-January.

    For three weeks prior to seeing you I had been on multiple flights between DTW and FAY. On the first flight I was in the row in front of the Flu Family. The mom made no bones about everyone having the flu as she said they caught it on the holiday flights to DTW. All four were making sick noises.

    Our son-in-law had been deployed so I went down to help our daughter and 4-1/2 mo grandson. When I arrived they both had a nasty virus. I began the regime of cooking good food and pulling out my supply of Dr. B vitamins. My daughter and I finally made a joke about how many times I talked about tending to the micro biome. That virus took 3 weeks to settle down.

    The night after a flight home for a 2 day break I had fever chills and you took me in. I wasn’t sure if it was the stress, virus, flu or a UTI I was battling but your treatment of ozone, hydrogen peroxide, Super C and a shot did something. I felt great the next morning and was on the plane back down to FAY for another 3 weeks. This time I got to sit next to Typhoid Tom who sniffed the same snot over and over for 2 hours, didn’t cover his cough.

    Continued with the routine of vitamins and good food. Everyone was feeling great when I left for Florida on March 5. We’ve been staying at a resort where Spring Break families are coming and going. We’re practicing the social distancing. I have a full kitchen and we’re eating very well. Hubby has added some of your vitamins to his daily gummies. We’ve been reading your virus updates and I’ve passed them on to friends.

    So what does the management of a resort do to placate guests who have to endure such hardships as curtailed activities? They give away free s’mores, pass out blue Margaritas. (All at the owner’s expense even though most of them don’t know it). I had a chit chat with one of the higher managers today about how they aren’t helping guests at all and may be compromising immune systems during a pandemic. Was I right?

    Hot tubs are closed. Occupancy is less than 1/2 what is normal for this season. Pools are still open and we are encouraged to keep our distance.

    What do you think about the pools? Water temp. high 80’s. Air temp. high 80’s.

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      Suzanne,
      I think exercise would be a good tonic for this situation, in fact it is helpful for any condition.
      DrB

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    Pauline Schwedt

    Question Dr. B, a co-workers wife just tested positive for Covid19, I haven’t had contact with him in a week, should I as a precaution up my A,C,D and iodine?. I have no sympotms just my normal seasonal allergies, also Fred, should he as well and should we “self quarentene” . I’m more worried about exposing my 94 yr old mother inlaw and Fred, not to mention the people we drive on public transit. Thanks Dr. B your awesome

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      HI Patient Pauline,
      I would take the supplements at the higher doses for 4 days, then lower them down to maintenance again.
      DrB

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      Cheryl

      Thanks so much for your continued updates on COVID-19. I refuse to give in to the hype, hoarding and hysteria surrounding this virus as I too feel it will resolve itself like most other viruses. It would be interesting to know if “they” are tracking the number of infected people that received the flu vaccine. I’m curious to know if there could possibly be any vaccine interference with the more severe cases.

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      C.
      This is a very serious infection that kills. I have been clear about that. However, I have also been clear that the vast majority who get it–probably over 99% do not die and will not need mechanical ventilation support.
      DrB

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      Priscilla Pillsbury

      The novel Coronavirus, Covid19, is not similar to the ordinary “flu”. This virus is a RETROvirus, meaning it begins as an
      RNA virus, but it sequence morphs in to a variant of a DNA Virus. This happens during the shedding process where
      vast proteins break open to reveal the nucleic core of the virus, them massively duplicates itself.
      Aids ( HIV ) was our last pandemic retrovirus. Was that simple to eradicate?
      to cure. Your very DNA is altered.
      In addition to that, scientists do not yet have a handle on the protease involved, and the exact engineering mechanisms
      which means we can not AT ALL anticipate how this thing will play out. How and when it will morph. Also, to suggest that if you get this thing once you will have permanent immunity is false. China is already experiencing boomerang whiplash in re contagion.
      This thing is closer in nature to SARS and HIV than a common flu, which is why the “cures” will be variants on the drugs
      that were employed for those viruses.
      Does this mean we should not immerse ourselves in natural healing methods. No. Now more than ever we need to arm ourselves and create strong shields. There are many natural protocols that are effective from Astragulus to Curcumin.
      Immunity is key….. But AVOIDANCE is far and away #1….again, we con not predict the future. And viruses are stealth bombs.
      Like Chicken Pox which can reemerge years later as shingles, we may catch this now and experience mild symptoms,
      but viruses go deep, hide and re emerge. Into what we don’t know. I am happy and proud to shelter in place.

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      Bonnie McDonald

      Dr. B, love your blog. Thanks for keeping us informed and updated. Are people with Hashimoto’s thyroid disease or hypothyroidism considered to be at any greater risk for Coronavirus? And, is there any difference in how the immune system functions when taking bioidentical thyroid hormone vs synthetic? Thank you.

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    Laurasindoni@yahoo.com

    Urgent! Are you supposed to take the vitamin dosing for first sign of illness all at one time? I have a sore throat. Do I take 100,000 mg vitamin A, 50,000 D3 and 10,000 vitamin C all at once or space it out during the day? Thank you.

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      L,
      I have my patients take it at the first sign of illness, for 4 days. All at once is ok, however, if possible, I tell my patients to space out the Vit. C a little bit.
      DrB

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        Laurasindoni@yahoo.com

        Lugols Iodine drop taste terrible even diluted with water. What can one do to tolerate the taste and upset stomach feeling?

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          Nicolette T Konas

          Hi, my cousin puts her Lugols in grape or cranberry juice. I put mine in tea. Or sometimes just snarf it down in water. Na zdrowie!!!

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          Dave

          I put 12 drops of 2% lugals in my coffee and I can’t taste it. I could with water however. If you don’t drink coffee, perhaps a strong tea would mask the taste.

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          FS

          I’ve got a friend that puts it in juice and says he can’t taste it.

          Personally, I mix my powdered buffered vitamin c powder with it and I cannot taste it.

          There’s also tablet form as well… Iodoral 12.5 mg tablets.

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        Laurasindoni@yahoo.com

        Dr, Brownstein, does the Iodine supplement change during signs of acute illness if you do not have a thyroid? Does it serve any other purpose when ill? Thank you.

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          Laura,
          Yes. I say double or triple the dose during an acute illness like COVID. Of course, check with our iodine-knowledgeable doc.
          DrB

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        Laurasindoni@yahoo.com

        Dr. Brownstein, I am on day 3 from my illness and doing the vitamin dosing and I feel so much better! Is that when it usually starts to help? Curious…

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            Laurasindoni@yahoo.com

            Great!!!! Going for a walk!

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    Your coronavirus articles have been outstanding and I’ve sent the links to many friends, especially the articles where you describe treatment protocols. You noted that your next blog post will be about not quarantining healthy people, and it seems that you have an ally in Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai of Massachusetts who has written President Trump a letter outlining a strategy for just that. As part of the letter he suggests a treatment protocol of vitamins A, C, D and Lugol’s iodine with dosages varying by current health status to get us all on the road to good health. His letter appears in a blog post at The New American at this link: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/35241-how-to-fight-coronavirus-without-causing-a-global-depression. My question for you is about the various types of vitamin A. You have recommended dosages of vitamin A derived from fish liver oil and not beta carotene. Many vitamin A supplements are from palmitate. Is vitamin A from fish liver oil preferable to palmitate as well, and if so, could you elaborate a little? Thank you very much for all you do and for the time you spend on your blog!

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      Emily,
      I think palmitate is a better choice for the large doses. However, fish oil can be used–but only for four days at these large doses.
      DrB

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        Greg Benskey

        Hi Dr. Brownstein! Hope you’re well amidst all of this chaos. Your insight about the Corona virus is really helpful. It definitely helps many of us stay grounded.

        I’m curious on your opinion regarding EMF exposure and immune function. Do you think there’s any credible link? Does long term exposure to wireless technology disrupt the endocrine and immune system as some theorize? Take care!

        Greg

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          Greg,
          EMFs are certainly problematic. As for causing COVID or a worsening situation? No one knows right now. COVID is occurring in Iran and Afghanistan. I doubt they have 5G in Iran and I highly doubt it is in Afghanistan.
          DrB

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    SS

    Dr. Brownstein–

    I am a patient of Taylor. I started seeing her a year ago for a myriad of issues, major chronic stress, recovering from malnutrition and extreme childhood abuse and the effect it all had on my immune and nervous system. My standard labs all looked so good and healthy. . . .but Angela helped me find out what was going on, and WOW- I was a major mess, especially a super high viral load, but I literally had problems in every of the 7 areas she tested! Taylor brilliantly treated me for these many issues and recently during my third consultation with Angela she told me that she wishes everybody’s bloodwork looked so good! I am feeling so much better in every area of my functioning, at my last office visit with Taylor I brought her a thank you card. . .but I wanted to THANK YOU too because without you Taylor would not be who she is and practice as she does. My husband has experienced a total health turn around as well, and we are just so grateful that we were able to experience such powerful health transformations just in time for this corona virus business. I was so compromised just last august. God Bless you and I am praying for you to experience powerful Grace during this time as you put your neck out and speak truth during all this chaos. I pray for your protection and for favor that your words would help many have the scales come off their eyes and by God’s grace we can recover from this disaster.

    Thank you so much,

    Shay

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      Annie tb

      i appreciate your common sense down to earth understanding of what’s going on in michigan. i saw dr neusbaum about 2 weeks ago and we spoke about the virus. your office’s readiness for oncoming illness, and sweet caring without hypersensationalizing the virus was normalizing and heartwarming. thank you for being a beacon of sanity in a very weird world right now. we need to remember, we will all get thru this thing together.

      warmly,
      annie tb

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    Jennifer Donoso

    Hi Dr. B,

    I’m interested in hearing your perspective on how this virus is affecting children. Could you please comment on that? Thank you !

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    Timnah

    Hi Dr. B!

    I love your blogs, super rational & reassuring.

    I’ve been mulling something over…from what I gather this virus is heat sensitive. Would using infrared heat (like a quality infrared heating pad) on the lung area for periods thorough out the day possibly have benefits? I know views of heat can seesaw because it also causes inflammation.

    Looking forward to your next post!

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      T,
      Infrared heat, if the temp is high enough, could kill the virus. The problem is getting the temperature high enough without harming the body.
      DrB

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      Julie

      This virus arrived in Australia at a time of soaring temperatures. It is still hot, and the number of cases is growing daily. A large number of countries affected have hot climates, so I don’t much trust in the theory that it will improve come summer.

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    George

    you propose large quantity of vitamin C but others mentions that Vitamin-C is an antioxidant and could certainly provide a boost to your immune system. But too much, could become pro-inflammatory and actually poke holes in your natural defenses to viruses and can have the opposite effect than what many believe. Is this true and how can we go about making sure we are using the right amount without the damage

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      George,
      You need both oxidants and antioxidants for the immune system to function optimally. Vitamin C and iodine stimulate both antioxidant and oxidant pathways.
      DrB

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    Dr. Paul Winkler

    In all your flu research, have you come across stats of all the people that have died from the (regular) flu, how many of them got the flu shot?

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        Sherman

        Its a complex question: deaths vs. injuries? life shortening events? few are aware about 10 -12 years ago, the CDC lumped all seasonal(?) upper respiratory conditions under the blanket heading of “flu”. Actual US annual influenza deaths are estimated well under 2k, most from pneumonia, whereas the CDC reports an annual lumped number around 20k. However, as vaccines are known to suppress the immune system, teasing out numbers affected may be near impossible. Reporting injury is voluntary! and many are unaware of side effects. Its becoming better known that the DOJ Vaccine Court has the largest number of payouts to flu shot injury, closely associated with G-B syndrome. You may want to check the NVIC website for more details, or links to the DOJ vaccine compensation annual payouts, in the public domain.

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        Nicolette T Konas

        Question: reading Jean’s comment about the vaccine Italians were introduced to …taking it a step further – is it possible the “regular” flu vaccine may have similar effect? I know it’s a crappy question and I’m sorry to suggest it, but if so, for example – besides segregation, what could the Italians have done differently? What a testimony to not screwing with vaccines.

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          Nicolette,
          In one of my posts, I wrote that the regular flu vaccine has been shown to increase the risk of coronavirus infection.
          DrB

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    Tonya

    Hello, Dr B. Have been following you for some time although quietly! I am confused about the calculations on the death rate. It seems we are taking the number of “confirmed” cases in calculating the death percentage. I belief this math is faulty and the website worldmeter confirms my thoughts in how they are calculating. Confirmed cases do not yet all have an outcome and a true death rate percentage can only be calculated using those cases that have had outcomes. For the remainder of the “confirmed” cases that have not yet “recovered” or died, we do not yet know their outcome. Correct percentages can only be obtained by looking at the cases that have either recovered or died, not total confirmed. So based on todays figures of recovered at 103,748 and deaths of 17,235. That is a total of 120,983 cases with definite outcome and a death percentage of 14%! The remaining 200,000 case of confirmed cases cannot be used in the percentage because we don’t yet know how may of these will recover or die. I am confused on the logic of using confirmed cases?? Thank you!

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      Tonya,
      Since this is ongoing, the death rate will change on a daily basis. Most cases recover uneventfully. If all the present case subjects die suddenly, the death rate will increase dramatically. However, that should not happen.
      Again, we shall see how this plays out. I hope I am right about the final death rate below 1%. Remember, there are lots of people sick who have recovered or are recovering at home who have never been tested.
      DrB

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    Mike

    Dr, B what would be dosages for kids for Vit A,C,E ie ages 2-6 to enhance immune system and protect against COVID and if any iodine and or selenium?

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    John

    Dr. Brownstein,
    Thank you for the great blog and refreshing views. This post is very hopeful and I hope you are right. Though on the timelines for the outbreak of SARS, swine flu, it looks like they started to ramp up around March and April and then didn’t make it through the summer. Why would this coronavirus outbreak play out differently?

    Also, I’m in a place where Lugol’s solution is not readily available. I have a bit of the 5% and I take a drop or two in water daily. So I’ve been gargling with povidone iodine. Does that make sense? Is there anything else I can do with this form of iodine?

    Best regards
    John

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    Barbara Hannum

    Dear Dr B,
    I am a patient of Dr Nusbaum – have been for years, and I appreciate your “cool heads prevail” mentality. Looking at the past to predict the future makes perfect sense to me! Thank you for helping us keep our heads in these trying times.
    God bless,
    Barbara Hannum

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    Don

    Dr. Brownstein,
    I have read that vitamin can be antagonistic to ozone. If you wanted to use both do you have suggestions for how to use them at different times of the day and if you think that is necessary. Also, if you have an ozone generator and you feel flu like symptoms can you suggest a protocol for using the ozone. Thanks so much.
    Don

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      Don,
      Vitamin C can enhance an ozone therapy. I see it in my practice on a daily basis.
      I have many of my patients use ozone rectally and vaginally with good success.
      DrB

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    B McColley

    Thank you so very Much Dr. Brownstein for you taking your own time, without pay to share and post these common sense updates/blogs. I have the Iodine, Thyroid, Salt, The Healthy Eating Guide Books and apply all of Dr. Brownstein ideas and information. The Iodine has had a very positive effect. I’m one of the lucky people who suffer with both a Hyper & Hypo thyroid symptoms. If only I could find a Doctor near me who would prescribe for me one of the natural Thyroid Hormones, I’m sure this would be so important since I already take the iodine and all the supplements. My family Doctor, allergist, and Arthritis Doctors only want to treat my symptoms. My Endo Doctor quit and went to general practice, did not get along with him anyway. My Doctors will not even consider my health issues are mostly due to my thyroid system not working properly, way back to when I was a Teen. I had to force myself to take mineral salt (Celtic) at first, slowly the benefits started to show, my sodium levels had been very low for years. In truth I hated white salt, be it kosher, or sea salt, and never used or bought the iodized kind. Who knew salt was so important. I’m a believer now, and enjoy eating and using the Celtic and Himalayan pink salt. I Totally disagree with this over Kill isolation with this Virus. I’m in the high risk category, age and health wise, still it’s crazy going to the store to find, shelves vacant, just nuts. I’ve not stock piled one single thing and don’t plan too. My states Governor plans to have police disperse any gathering or group of people over 3, this was announced today. I avoid all news cast that I possibly can, if they start to say Corona, I quickly change channels or better yet go to my computer and spend my time viewing or reading more common sense blogs and News such as this Blog. Thank you so very Much, for your truth and common sense Information.

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    Mirko

    Dear Dr.,
    In animal studies, vitamin D increased the expression of ACE2. Increasing ACE2 could theoretically make it easier for the coronavirus to hijack the protein and gain entry to the cell. What do you think about that?

    Thanks.

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      Mirko,
      A rat study found vit D did indeed increase ACE 2 receptors. However, when vitamin D was given with LPS (which causes cytokine storm in the lungs), vitamin D when given with LPS was found to result in a significantly lowered the negative effects in the lungs compared to the LPS group. That’s what I think.
      DrB

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    Mirko

    Dear Dr.,
    Thank you for being our lighthouse in this dark times 🙂

    I thought iodine is to strong to be nebulized in the lungs. When you say that you put 2 drops of 5% Lugol’s in 3cc normal saline for nebulizing, what do you mean in how much water you put 2 drops?
    Thanks

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    MICHAEL J LAFAVE

    Dr. David
    Mike LaFave from high school. Just left a message for you at your office today. Wanted to thank you personally for your level headed response. Keep up the good work.

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    Liv Stang-Lund

    Conserning Italy, dr B, I just heard someone living there saying, the generations often live together. Also, the population did not listen at first. Then you must keep in mind, Italy is a mess in peaceful times. It is run by the mafia and the church. Things just doesn’t work there. I get so much flack for saying the same things you do. There is a lot of anger out tgere now. This will be a disaster. So many will be without a livelihood. Oh my.

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      Marco

      Ciao. Oh yes…Mafia…Church……(are you talking about USA? I’m joking) 5G….ahahah. I repeat: it’s a matter of time, for every nation… it can’t arrive here (from China)…ops it’s here, but no problem, we are not China, it’s only a flu…ops it spreads very fast…OMG!!!…hospitals are overwhemed!!! Panic, not enough slots…not enough personal…..and it run…runa very fast…every day.
      And see China, Korea, Singapore…after 3 months of quarantine…still new cases…..
      Doctor, try to find and spread solutions instead of comparing nation (ridicuolus)

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        Marco

        btw…search everywhere…every ranks….National health system….Italy is always in the high zone…and guess USA? I think you have to be more scared than us…but i repeat, it doesn’t matter, this virus is the same for everyone.

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    Kinabru

    Dr. B I know you highly recommend Vit. D, and i am taking it. I have been reading about ACE 2 receptors:

    Vit D increases ACE2 receptors in lungs-but has been shown to prevent damage by LPS (from bacteria), so it has that protective effect.
    BUT, C19 uses ACE2 receptor to enter and kill lung cells, so it could go either way.

    Any thoughts.

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      Kinabru,
      I find it hard to believe I have been using high doses of Vit. D for over 20 years and seeing positive effects with viral illnesses. I have seen the articles as well. The rats did better with vitamin D. My patients are not doing worse with it.
      DrB

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    Lisa

    I am taking vitamin C for corona virus protection but just read that ascorbic acid could be gmo and one should take camu camu or some other natural C. What do you think about this issue? Is synthetic C safe and effective? Do you have any specific corona prevention C recommendations? Great blogs by the way!

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    Sheva

    Mandatory vaccinations will breeze through legislation after this. Won’t be able to enter the country without proof of vaccination.

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    Dave

    I would like to propose an explanation as to why there is a obvious dramatic downward shift in cases of flu and colds around the Equinox. It marks a general time (perhaps it’s light or weather) when people start going outside the confines of homes more, and thus start breathing better air (at least in unpolluted places). I grew up in the extreme north country (Fairbanks Alaska 65 parallel) and those houses had to be pretty tight in order to keep – 50 degrees outside! Many, perhaps most had no good ventilation (no air to air heat exchangers), and those, people were always sick with colds etc. The more modern homes and office bldgs that have the modern ventilation systens are night and day different, with better quality air and as a result, all around better health. My take is that when people start to get outside, the virus, as a whole entity has a more difficult time with the Ro spread rate and the infection rates plummet. Hopefully people will start to get outdoors more in spite of the quarantine, which my thought ill only run in viruses favor. Let’s GET OUTSIDE!

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    Kim

    Thank you Dr. Brownstein, I limit my intake of information and watch their sources. I am grateful for you and to include your posts. Namaste kim

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    Linda

    Dr. Brown, I have a strong background in the health sciences and a daughter who has a strong knowledge background around trauma, anxiety, stress, and the immune system. One thing we are aware of is the threat of anxiety and fear to our immune system and the inflammatory response. I do feel that the biggest threat to the world is fear and stress not just of the virus but the increase vulnerability of the basic needs of life. Core needs of a living organism are oxygen (breathe work), water, food, movement, shelter, and belonging (love, protection, herd immunity, purpose…). I may have missed something. As a faith based person that to me connects me to something bigger as well. Thoughts?

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    Italy

    Do u read news about places other than your own country? I originally thought it was blown out of proportion but now I think the safest thing to do is treat this as a very serious threat and implement social distancing for at least a month. I know it hurts to admit you’re wrong but please try.

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      We are too late for social distancing. That boat left when we did not jump on this illness at the beginning. I never said COVID wasn’t a serious illness.
      You can admit you are wrong, it won’t hurt.
      DrB

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    Beth Muir

    Hi Dr. B,

    A group of friends, family and coworkers are all fairly confident we are in recovered status. I vaguely remember reading on your blog that you feel you saw several patients earlier in the winter. We would have likely had the virus between the end of Dec-Feb in this peer group. We referred to us as the “mystery illness” at the time and obviously doctors in our area weren’t looking for covid-19 and were just telling us it wasn’t flu or strep but just something viral going around. Does this seem to be on par for what you saw in your office? Also a blog or fb post to encourage people to reflect on their own health this winter and be encouraged that they’ve probably already survived covid-19 may help the masses. I completely relate to the tension yesterday and was tense and flustered myself by the time I got home but wasn’t fearful prior to that. Fear is contagious! Thank you for your important work!

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    Richard Metz

    Thank you Dr. B for your calm analysis. I take Actalin but want to try Iodoral. You warn against it’s use
    If you are on anti-hypertensive or anti-thyroid medications. I’m on both; please explain ? Keep your blogs
    Coming. They are very reassuring ! Thanks, Richard

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      Richard,
      Actalin helps the thyroid function better. If you are anti-thyroid medications, there is no reason to take it. I have my hypertensive patients take Actalin.

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    Liv Stang-Lund

    They have found 2 strains of corona now, in the Færø island, in the North Atlantic. They are only 50 000,so have followed every case. One strain does not even tranfer when kissing, the other is much more aggressive.

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    Elaine Ward

    Thanks Dr B for your common sense. I enjoy reading your positive blogs and I routinely take iodine and vitamin D. But I just wondered how you explain the virus toll in places like Malaysia, which is very hot and humid all year round? Thanks xx

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      Elaine,
      The flu viruses hit hot areas as well. As I said in this post, after the spring solstice, it should start to slow in a few weeks IF it behaves as other flu-like viruses have over the last 25 years.
      DrB

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    why don’t we report the total deaths of corona for the world population which is insignificant at 11000 deaths for 7.6 billion people. also how many rooms are available for all us hospitals and how many are in use for the virus?

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    Alias

    Thank you Doctor for your optimistic sound in this time.
    I have two questions.

    What do you mean by nebulized iodine? How do we do this?

    Another question
    My WBC always low between 2.2- 3.8 the number changes
    Did many test and more than one doctor said everything else is normal and I don’t get sick quickly?

    What can I do to prepare myself?
    Are they(WBC) the only part in the body who fights viruses?

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      Alias,
      It is best to find a holistic iodine-literate doc to help with nebulized products.
      Prepare yourself? Follow my previous recommendations!!
      DrB

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      Linda

      Dr. Brown, I have a strong background in the health sciences and a daughter who has a strong knowledge background around trauma, anxiety, stress, and the immune system. One thing we are aware of is the threat of anxiety and fear to our immune system and the inflammatory response. I do feel that the biggest threat to the world is fear and stress not just of the virus but the increase vulnerability of the basic needs of life. Core needs of a living organism are oxygen (breathe work), water, food, movement, shelter, and belonging (love, protection, herd immunity, purpose…). I may have missed something. As a faith based person that to me connects me to something bigger as well. Thoughts?

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        Linda,
        YOU GO! AGREE! The cure–quarantining for us all–may be worse than the disease. I have felt that from the beginning. We should quarantine the sick and let the healthy get back to work.
        DrB

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    Kathy

    I am working in a hospital setting that is quickly filling up with Covid patients. I am hopeful that Chloroquine may be an effective drug. I read that Quercitin and Epigallocatechin (plant based supplements) work in the same way. Any thoughts? Im considering having them on hand since I am definitely high risk.

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    Alan Starner

    Thanks for your persistence on COVID-19. I appreciate all you are doing to counter the fear narrative. I always enjoy your blog posts. One small point: In this article, you refer multiple times to Spring Solstice or simply “Solstice”, but I think you actually mean Spring Equinox. The Solstice happens on the shortest and longest days of the year, approx. Dec. 21 and June 21st. I know what you mean, but it might be confusing for some.

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      Alan,
      Oy! You are correct!! I am embarrassed by that one. To Mr. Wolf, my physics teacher at Clarenceville High–oops. I learned that one from you a long time ago.
      Thanks, Alan.
      I will change that.
      DrB

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    Bonnie Camo MD

    FYI The Spring event is not a Solstice (when the sun stands still). It is the Spring or Vernal Equinox , when the day and night are of equal length. Thanks for your excellent work educating us.

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    Deanne

    I have come to the conclusion that part of the panic-over-reaction has to do with fear that one will unintentionally/unknowingly infect someone who is vulnerable and no one wants to be guilty of possibly causing someone’s illness or death. Because of the 24/7 media coverage and hype (which I don’t listen to ), people feel shamed into going about their lives normally, for fear of being thought of as irresponsible or inconsiderate of others’ health. So, it is a mad cycle of media-induced fear and fear of what others will think or fear of being blamed if someone exposes others… But it is interesting that THIS PARTICULAR illness is receiving so much attention while others are almost entirely ignored despite the higher fatalities. It is evidence of the power of the media and social media to whip people up into a frenzy. The huge influence of the media and the show of government force are of more concern to me than the flu.

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      Deanne,
      YOU GO!! Emergency powers??? Martial law? I don’t like any of it. Not good for our country.
      DrB

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    Cameron Bellestri

    What is your opinion on the data coming out of South Korea? They put strict social distancing rules in and they tested and traced patients right away in order to quarantine those who needed to be. Their numbers were lower and they headed in the right direction much faster the US, Italy etc. Thank you!

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      Cameron,
      I wrote about about this in a previous blog post. What has happened in the US is a disaster from the federal government. Heads should roll. November can’t come soon enough.
      DrB

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        Kinabru

        So Nov. comes you have Trump and a guy running who is almost 80 years old and can’t remember where he is (no thanks) In Jan. and Feb. you had the House consumed with impeaching the President instead of looking out for the country. Trump is the one who stopped the Chinese from coming into our country in Jan. Anthony Fauci, said that the Coronavirus is more lethal than the regular flu with a mortality rate of 10 times that of the classical flu.

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          Mary

          Kinabru– Agree. The other option is more stress causing than fear of this flu.

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        Despina

        Sorry, but are the anti-thyroid medications, referring to meds. like Tirosint, Synthroid etc.?

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    Viscuso

    Thank you so much for your blogs. They bring a sense of calm – much needed here in NY.
    I am not a big Facebook fan but I started sharing your blogs to help spread your words of wisdom

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    Jim Blair

    I believe flu n colds diminish in spring because people open windows n air out their house n car. They get in the sun n get free vitamin D. Outside were see flowers n plants coming to life improving our psyche.
    Unfortunately cases will greatly increase with this flu because we have never tested to the extent we will soon.
    Question. Any correlation with severity of sickness and those without an appendix or tonsils or adenoids? These were commonly taken out in 50s through 80s yet part of immune system

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      Jim,
      Our population is so sick from eating poor quality food, taking too many medications, and a lack of exercise amongst other things. We are all suffering.
      DrB

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    Mark Torregrossa

    Hi Doc,
    You make mention of the flu season ending around the spring equinox, plus or minus a few weeks. As a meteorologist I’d like to throw in that every year the weather pattern is different. Last winter the cold air hung on into April. So it’s not the equinox that ends the flu season, but rather just when the winter temperatures end and it warms up. If we look at the extended forecast the next two weeks, warmer than average air is expected, especially two weeks from now. This may be the most needed early spring ever! Thanks for all your good info.

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      Mark,
      Thanks for that. HOWEVER, I did not say the warmer weather was responsible for the lowered rate of flu-like illnesses. There is something about the equinox that changes this trajectory. I don’t know what it is–I often refer to it as an energetic shift of the earth. The warm weather will help, but flu-like illnesses come to warm weather areas as well, just as COVID-19 has done.
      DrB

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    Lawrence

    Hmm,..ok for you guys in Northern hemisphere, we in southern hemisphere, [NZ] are just heading into winter as this is hitting here.
    I have a OMRON Nebuliser on the way as I am 68 with prostate cancer, Graves disease, and compromised lungs. how does one use Iodine in a nebuliser?,..with Lugols?
    I am planning to investigate using seasalt, sodium ascorbate in nebuliser.
    Unfortunately we dont have any Health practioners up to speed with your work here in NZ as far as I know

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      Lawrence,
      Suzanne Humphries, MD is in New Zealand. She can help guide you. There has to be others–I hope!
      DrB

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    Cindy

    Hi Dr. B,

    Have been following your website for about 5 years now. I love your heart for people, medicine, and the truth.

    I keep hearing about inhaled hydrogen peroxide as a course of treatment if your lungs become affected. What is your take on this potential protocol? Is there a best way to administer this?

    Thanks so much,

    Cindy

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      Cindy,
      It is a great treatment for lung problems–a lot more effective and cheaper than what the hospitals are doing. It is best to work with a holistic doc on this one.
      DrB

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        Misu

        Is there a site/place that can teach step-by-step the nebulizer procedure (H2O2)?
        Many thanks – greetings from Germany/Nurnberg (do you happen to know any holistic docs here?)

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    Linda Addison

    thank you Dr B for your posts and for offering us a lifeline. You’ve helped me to calm down a lot and allowed me to hope for a future end in sight. i have also turned off the news for the most part which also helped. Just wanted to say that I appreciate you!

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    Jacob Bastomski

    At what concentration should 3% hydrogen peroxide be used and at what concentration should Lugol solution be used with respect to using these items in a nebulizer? And for how long and how often if one is first starting to express symptoms of a respiratory infection?

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      Jacob,
      This should be done with the guidance of a holistic doc.
      I have my patients put 2 drops of 5% Lugol’s in 3cc normal saline for nebulizing.
      The hydrogen peroxide we mix at the office. Don’t use over-the-counter H202 for this.
      DrB

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    Dawn

    Thank you for all your information. I have applied it to my family. I am convinced we want a quick fix, a pill or a vaccine, not diet, supplement or a lifestyle change. And if we don’t have a vaccine, we fear a disease very much. Sadly, like you, my daughters went out to shop for our family also, and they didn’t like it very much either. There was tension, and they even had elderly people glaring at them. As much as there is a danger to elderly people, young people do need to eat as well. We have had enough division over the last months and years, but to now have antagonism between seniors and young people is sad as well. I hope this blows over soon and have confidence that what you say is true, that this will subside fairly soon.

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      Dawn,
      Enough quarantining healthy people. Time to get back to work. That is my next post.
      DrB

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        Dawn

        I agree. I know my views are not popular, but when my young son was going through chemo for cancer and immunocompromised, I did not ask everyone in my community to stay home for the sake of my son. We stayed home. We also did not ask everyone to be vaccinated for the sake of our immunocompromised son. There are some children/people that are injured or die from vaccines. In my asking others to be vaccinated for my son, I am, in essence, saying my son is more important than others. And as much as I would like to be selfish and have the world center around my son/my family, I realize that’s not the right thing to do. I wrote to my governor and said, “We have a simple fix: The elderly and the immunocompromised stay home. Everyone else works.” This does two things: It protects those groups and preserves our economy. In our present scenario, we are saying the elderly and the immunocompromised are more important than anyone else.

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    Deb W

    Good post, Dr. B. Thank you.

    It’s an excellent point you make regarding how you assess your patients. Holistically assessing a patient, or in my case, a “consumer,” how they look, move, behave, react, and sound is all part of the assessment process. Because of the current quarantine restraints, I cannot accurately assess them over the phone, and make note of the fact in my case notes that a visual assessment is unavailable because of COVID-19 social distancing protocol. I would like to know how the government can justify feeding fear-mongering. Thank you for your solid and sensible post.

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    Dave

    Dear Dr. B. I have been a great admirer of yours since about 5 years ago after reading your Iodine book and started using 50 MG of Lugals 2%. There were several health benefits I have experienced since, including the ability to swallow whole vitamin pills again, sleep without the aid of a cpap machine, sleep through the night without having to pee, and a sense of well-being as well. I have tried a couple times to cut back to 25 but am greeted with classic detox issues within the few days. I can go higher however, 75 MG or more but 50 works too. My question, for Corona, would there be a benefit to increasing iodine for a while until the infections start to fall away? I live in a small town in Alaska (we have no cases here yet) and don’t have access to a ND to consult with. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do!

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    JAY SANDERSON

    Dr. B, I watched you on Newsmax TV Friday. You seem to be the lone voice of reason out there. I wish you could go on Fox News or even CNN to wake people up.

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    Mindy Barrick

    Thank you for your level-headed assessment. What do you suppose the chances are that the government officials who have shut down their states will claim that their actions are what stopped the virus when its season naturally ends? I’m immunocompromised and yet find myself worried not over covid19, but rather the government reaction to it.

    My kids and I went for a hike with our ultra friendly kid-magnet shih-tzu and passed a young mother with a girl who was about four. The little girl politely asked if she could pet our dog and her mother got a look of complete horror and loudly shrieked “no!” She stuttered a lame excuse when the confused little girl asked why. Maybe she had an elderly grandparent or other at-risk person in her home, but her reaction was so far out of proportion to the danger that my kids and I were stunned. It is heartbreaking to see how traumatized people have become from listening to the media and government. There may be big changes in our society when this all settles.

    Wishing health and peace of mind to all.

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      Nicolette T Konas

      Mindy, I feel you! In re-posting Dr. B’s optimistic blogs, 99% of the readers are relieved and grateful for them. One person – however – actually lambasted me on FB for posting good news, telling me I’m irresponsible !!! My response was to immediately post another. Sheesh!

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    Sarah

    Hi Dr. B! Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts and research. I saw the comment from Nicolette and you regarding neutralizing iodine. Could you please provide some insight into how much iodine to use (and which iodine to use) and to what you add it to? Much appreciated!

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    Robert White

    Thank you, Dr. B. for your grounded and logical advice, and encouragement to avoid being sucked into the fear turbine. Referring to your CDC chart, being exclusively for the US? Most countries currently reporting active cases China, Korea, Italy, Spain, Canada, US, are all in the northern Hemisphere. As we approach spring, and come to the end of the above chart, what is the likelihood that if travel is reinstated, that we may have flare ups in Australia, South Africa and Argentina, as southern hemisphere countries approach their winter? In astronomical circles, March 21 is known as the Vernal Equinox. Thank you.

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    Nicole

    Thank you Dr. Brownstein for putting this disaster into perspective. The prospect of facing 3-18 months of life like this is scarier to me than a virus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has advised doctors to only test patients for the coronavirus if a positive result would actually impact their treatment. The department said in an official letter on Thursday that it was “shifting from a strategy of case containment to slowing disease transmission and averting excess morbidity and mortality.” We will never have an accurate understanding of what is really happening with this virus. I can wait 4 weeks to see how this plays out or burns out, but much longer than that and we are going to have some very serious problems!

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    Carol

    Thank you for being a voice of reason during this strange time. I do have two question, why so many deaths in Italy? They say that the numbers are rising there? And you have mentioned taking vitamin A but not from beta carotene. So what kind do you recommend? Thanks!

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      Carol,
      Italy was not prepared for this and started slowly–like we did. They also have a much older population. There may be another issue with Italy, but I am researching that now.
      Yes, vitamin A has the anti-viral effects, not beta carotene. Vitamin A from palmitate is my favorite choice.
      DrB

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        Italy has a lot of smokers. Smoking increases ACE -2 receptors which are the receptors coronavirus binds to.

        See: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/9/3/841/htm
        “ACE2 could be a novel adhesion molecule for SARS-CoV-2 causing Covid-19 and a potential therapeutic target for the prevention of fatal microbial infections, and therefore it should be fast tracked and prioritized for research and investigation. Data on smoking status should be collected on all identified cases of Covid-19.”

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        Jean Bixley

        Dr. B, I got a newsletter yesterday that said they rolled out a new vaccine in Italy in Sept 2019. It’s called VIQCC. The info came from Dr. Michael Murray. Since a report came out that getting the flu vaccine makes you more susceptible to getting this virus, maybe this is the problem.

        I have to ask….don’t you get angry about what is going on when we have treatments that would stop a lot of this? I’ve written to Trump and Fauci about intravenous vitamin C, and how oral vitamin C has kept me from getting a cold or the flu for over 20 years. No response. I have to stop watching the news because it makes my blood boil. I try to send people to your website or others for information on how they can take care of themselves. We need to stop relying on the government and pharma for our health care needs!

        Thank you for your calming blogs. I need them!
        Jean

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        Jean

        Got this from Dr. Michael Murray…….

        “Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy?

        In case you are not aware, the infection rate mortality rate in Italy to COVID-19 is dramatically higher. Why? Well the standard answers of an elderly population and the failure to implement social distancing soon enough just don’t explain what is happening. My colleague, Dr. Alex Vazquez, provided me with a valuable insight. In September 2019, Italy rolled out an entirely new type of influenza vaccine. This vaccine called VIQCC is different than others. Most available influenza vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs. VIQCC, however, is produced from cultured animal cells rather than eggs and has more of a “boost” to the immune system as a result. VIQCC also contains four types of viruses – 2 type A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and 2 type B viruses.2 It looks like this “super” vaccine impacted the immune system in such a way to increase coronavirus infection through virus interference that set the stage for what happened in Italy.”
        Jean

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    MVP

    Hi Dr B,
    Love your great info. It seems some in the medical community, and certainly the media, have simply lost their minds. Thanks for being a voice of reason and common sense, not to mention good science.

    Just wanna raise my hand and say I have a family member who is an organ donor recipient and immune compromised. He has to wear the N95 mask when doing necessary shopping right now. Although I’m sure most are – I think it’s important to remember not everyone is just freaking out.

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    Sharon starr

    what quantity should you take of a, c, and d3 on a daily basis.

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    Nancy Pattyn

    Thank you for your posts and information, most appreciated !

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    Lorna

    Thank you Dr. Brownstein! I live in Canada and have been following you for years. Thank you for your sound advice. I don’t feel worried for my health. My only concern is the fall out from all of this hysteria. I feel like the whole world has been turned on its’ head. Please keep the blogs coming. I feel like without your emails I would be flying solo! Thank you again.
    Lorna

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    Kelcey R

    I agree! Last Saturday I was at the farmers’ market which is usually in a gym but they had moved it outside. Most people were wearing scarves over their faces; a few with masks. The 6′ rule was strictly adhered to. The farmers had rubber gloves and one would not even take money directly but had you put it in a bid which he slid back and forth (and he was young; if he was compromised he should’ve stayed home). Anyway, people were freaking out and apparently embracing the fear. I was amazed. Thank you for your message; glad I am not the only one who feels this way.

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      Lois

      What a joy to read your thoughts and counsel. especially since you are a Youngn . 86 yrs Great grammy 7 children ,26 grands , 5 greats……..exposed to years of germs.
      Walked every where 20 min to nearest transportation/ wash hung in sun. . There is no intent to criticize today’s living ,well only a little….
      Colds came and went treated by garlic cure ,mustard plaster and a slug of homemade houch.
      Children played outdoors .TV took 2yrs of combined savings to purchase and then the novelty wore off. Today it appears that fast solutions $$ spent on gym membership are a must and debt is everywhere ,which brings high tension. Every generation has ups and downs .Acceptance after prayer works wonders. Not many left who think this way however just maybe stay at home and enjoy the family and rationing might not be so detrimental. Thanks to you for letting me sound off. God bless He has the solution

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      Stephen Tovey

      Hello,

      READ ALL THIS AS IT INCLUDES “GOOD NEWS”.

      I have been following Dr Brownstein and a few other similar doctors for several years now.
      I have found their advise to be good and sensible.

      The new media love fear, doom and gloom.

      They ADMIT it is what sells their newspapers and drives online & TV viewing figures for news channels. However watching these for many years it is very very very rare for them to mention any good news stories or balanced news stories either. The exception may be a Royal Wedding or baby.

      I intend to spread GOOD NEWS and practical information.

      However I feel that the spreading of fear is much more dangerous than any virus. It causes depression, panic, anxiety and more. Here is what you can do to avoid being caught up in their promotion of fear & bad news only.

      1) If you want to watch or listen to the news or read it – restrict it to once per day / once per week and maybe give yourself a TIME RESTRICTION on how much TIME you spend focusing on it.

      Then you can re balance by focussing >95% of your time on other more important things in your life, your family, children, friends, hobbies to maintain your mental health. We can still connect over the internet, but phone or email even if we are not face to face.

      2) Remember you can also choose to not watch or listen to it as well – but in the times of the Cornavirus and changing government policies it may be sensible to listen/watch but on a much restricted basis so your phycological health is and your well being are better protected.

      I am planning to send out good news stories to people as the press don’t want anyone to have any of that.

      We need a balanced set of news to enable us NOT to live in fear but to instead have good quality information. We all need to make decisions sensibly and not based on fear and panic.

      We can all choose to live healthier lives and decide to see that the press only ever want to cause fear & spread bad news. So decide to LIMIT your exposure to it to protect your well being and mental health.

      Prevention is always better than cure any many many times cheaper and less costly.

      Dr Brownstein’s and his teams’ advice is of good quality.

      One of the risk factors with Cornavirus is a poor immune system – therefore it is sensible in most (but not all cases) to strengthen your own body’s immune system. Vitamin C is a strong antiviral and acts as a preventer and fighter of viruses etc. ( some circumstances may not be wise to use Vitamin C eg. if you are on immuno-suppression medication or if you have an over-active immune system or because of your medication. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions to see if Vitamin C is OK for you. For most people it is fine.

      I will let Dr. Brownstein comment on the suggested dosages of Vitamin C daily.

      Either way a stronger immune system will give a better chance of avoiding C-19 and a better chance of recovering from it.

      Good News:
      1) The vast majority of cases are MILD. ~ 1-2% of cases are serious.

      2) As of today >135000 people have recovered worldwide.

      But sensible things should be done to limit infection.

      Follow government advice.

      Keep a 2 m (6 feet) distance from others. Shop with disposable gloves and throw them in the bin after use. Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth with your hands whether or not you are using disposable gloves. Wash your hands regularly with warm water for at least 20 seconds.

      To avoid spreading viruses with money use a contactless card if possible if this is not possible or you have forgotten it and only have cash:

      I put a small amount of disinfectant in an empty & clean honey or jam jar and fill the rest up with water. Put all your coins you have been given in the jar. If you have plastic money notes (we do in the UK) you can put the plastic notes in. (Do not put paper notes in as they will fall apart & be unusable).

      Screw on the lid. Shake the jar so that the coins and notes are get covered properly – leave for 10-15+ mins. Then dry off. Then the coins & plastic notes will be clean and safe to touch. I do this daily it takes only a few minutes. I also tell the person in the store I have done this so they feel safer & it encourages others to do the same.

      Read & follow the instructions on the back of disinfectant bottles you don’t have to use much at all for it to be effective. There is no need to panic buy.

      You don’ t need much disinfectant as a cap full from a bottle can kill viruses and bacteria in a bucket of water.

      I hope this all helps!

      Best wishes to you all.

      REMEMBER its is bad news & fear that sells so we have to balance with good news!
      REBALANCE : don’t focus on this for more than 10-30 mins a day.
      Put the majority of your FOCUS on what is important for you and your family your happiness and your friends & community and not what is important for the media!

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    Charles

    Hi Dr B, thank you for these posts, they have helped me to remain calm and feel less anxious. Unfortunately this level of fear and stress will manifest in other stress related diseases for some.

    I had a similar experience at the supermarket yesterday, a lot of tension in the air. I hope it will be over soon and we can go back to some form of normalcy.

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    Nicolette T Konas

    Dr. B., you were an emergency room physician before you branched into integrative/holistic practice. You can cross swords with anyone.

    Question, please? Do you recommend nebulizing iodine for this virus? Also, how about a humidifier with the Thieves essential oil solution?

    Thank you. And to the nay-sayers out there who choose to cling to hysteria – well – choose what you will. Hey – optimism is better for your immune system. And an optimistic mindset gives one helluva lot more pleasant existence than what some have been pitching in these threads. If you are aiming for truth in numbers, that’s what Dr. B. and his partners give.

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      Hi NK,
      Yes, nebulized iodine should be very effective. I think Thieves in a humidifier is a great idea.
      DrB

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        Sarah

        Hi Dr. B,

        Can you please advise on what iodine to use in a nebulizer (type and amount) and to what it should be added to?

        Thanks!

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        Christina

        I agree with Charles. Went to the store Friday and besides a long line to check out there were a lot of masks being worn. People looked so uptight. It is craziness. I wish everybody could read your comments. Maybe they would all chill out.

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        Linda

        Hi Dr Brownstein: Thank you for your blog. If adding Iodine to a nebulizer what form of Iodine do you use? is SSKI okay to use? how much? is it okay to add to my glutathione nebulizer? thanks again for your input.

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          Linda,
          For my patients, I recommend using Lugol’s 5% for nebulizing. SSKI will not have a viricidal effect.
          I also have had patients nebulize glutathione.
          DrB

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      VLange

      Dr. Brownstein, thank you for the blog and for helping so many people. I really appreciate you taking time to write this blog as busy as you are.

      Stay well.

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