Long Haul or Acute Flu, Virus
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These ideas are not to be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your physician.
Long Haul Symptoms
“The list of long hauler symptoms is long, wide and inconsistent. For some people, the lasting (xxx) are nothing like the original symptoms when they were first infected with (xxx). The most common long hauler symptoms include:
- Ongoing fatigue, sometimes it can be debilitating
- Body aches
- Joint pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste and smell
- Difficulty sleeping
- Brain fog
“Brain fog is among the most confusing symptoms for long haulers. Patients report being unusually forgetful, confused or unable to concentrate even enough to watch TV. This can happen to people who were in an intensive care unit for a while, but it’s relatively rare. However, it is happening to a variety of patients, including those who weren’t hospitalized
Some people have reported feeling better for days or even weeks then relapsing. For others, it’s a case of just not feeling like themselves.”
Multiple Systems, Many Symptoms
In addition to the respiratory system, (xxx) strikes other systems, including the digestive, circulatory, urogenital, and even the central nervous system, as its receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is expressed in various organs, such as lungs, intestine, heart, esophagus, kidneys, bladder, testis, liver, and brain.
“Different mechanisms, in particular, massive virus replication, extensive apoptosis and necrosis of the lung-related epithelial and endothelial cells, vascular leakage, hyper-inflammatory responses, overproduction of pro-inflammatory mediators, cytokine storm, oxidative stress, downregulation of ACE2, and impairment of the renin-angiotensin system contribute to the (xxx) pathogenesis. [source]
“Cytokine storm is the exaggerated immune response often observed in viral infections. It is also intimately linked with the progression of (xxx) disease as well as associated complications and mortality. Therefore, targeting the cytokine storm might help in reducing (xxx)-associated health complications.
Spices and herbs are used in different traditional medicines, especially in countries such as India to treat various chronic diseases due to their potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
As spices are derived from Mother Nature and are inexpensive, they are relatively safer to consume. Therefore, their anti-inflammatory property can be exploited to combat the cytokine storm in (xxx) patients.
This review study focuses on the current knowledge on the role of spices for the treatment of (xxx) through suppression of inflammation-linked cytokine storm.” [source]
Ideas to help with symptoms – Acute or Long Haul
Here are several ideas, in no particular order. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, do what seems right for you. Some of these ideas are beneficial for active sickness. At the end of this post please see supplements specific for long haul.
Irrigate nasal passages with saline and essential oils
Learn how to prepare the solution for the Neti Pot here.
Use Essential Oils to support the Respiratory System
I recommend only Young Living essential oils to support the respiratory system: RC, Raven, Eucalyptus and Breathe Again. Use on the chest, in a diffuser and on the soles of the feet. UseThieves essential oil on feet, in the diffuser or in capsules.
Diffuse respiratory-supporting oils in the shower. Add respiratory oils to a dry cloth and hang it in the shower where it won’t get wet. While you take a steamy hot shower the essential oils will be diffusing.
Drink a Health promoting tonic with Ginger
“Ginger or its compounds exhibited strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative influences in numerous animal models. This review provides evidence regarding the potential effects of ginger against Covid infection and highlights its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and immunomodulatory impacts in an attempt to consider this plant as an alternative therapeutic agent for Covid treatment.” [source]
Make ginger tea
- 2 cups hot water
- add a chunk for fresh, peeled, grated ginger
- steep 15 minutes then strain. To the ginger tea add:
- Cayenne tincture (5 drops or more). Benefits: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is speculated to be good for blood circulation and have anti-clotting properties.
- Lemon (2 Tbs fresh lemon juice or several drops of YL Lemon essential oil) is beneficial for the immune system.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-2 Tbs
Make and drink bone broth
Make and drink 1-2 cups bone broth daily. Here’s my recipe.
Drinking warm fluids promotes sinus drainage and soothes the throat. Bone broth can help you feel better, but it has benefits for gut health and the immune system. It provides nutrients needed to rebuild stronger, healthier cells. It is a wonderful food to consume when healing from bacterial or viral infections. Bone broth promotes digestive health and liver health, allowing the body to detoxify more easily.
The only retail brand that I have found to be useful is Kettle Fire.
Eat raw garlic
Garlic has been reported to possess several biological properties including anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antidiabetic, kidney-protective, anti-atherosclerotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antihypertensive activities in traditional medicines.
It is one of the most efficient medicinal plants against the wide spectrum of viruses and bacteria. Organosulfur (e.g., allicin and alliin) and flavonoid (e.g., quercetin) compounds are responsible for the beneficial effects of garlic. The daily dietary intake of garlic may improve patients outcomes. [source]
Eat raw garlic several times a day by crushing a clove of garlic into a spoonful of raw honey. Add a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil.
Take Phytocillin for Lungs, bronchioles, sinus
- Herbal mixture used to fight respiratory problems due to bacteria, fungus or virus.
- It is fantastic to use at the beginning of an illness but can help those who are suffering a long time with an illness.
- Respiratory tissues including sinus, throat, lungs, bronchioles, respond positively to its use.
- Read more about Phytocillin here.
Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs for relieving congestion and soothing bronchitis.
Dr. Andrew Rubman, ND:
If you have a nagging cold, cough or bronchitis, place the castor oil pack on your chest for quick relief.
If you’d like to make your own castor oil pack, buy castor oil (available at pharmacies) and follow these simple instructions from Dr. Rubman:
Add the seasoning to food and take gel caps: Curcuma NF-kB: Turmeric Supreme (Wellevate, Item #: TUR20)
Nigella sativa Seeds and/or Oil
How to prepare and use the seeds: Lightly toast organic seeds for a few minutes in a warm pan. Grind in a coffee bean grinder and take 1/4 tsp in a smoothie or on food twice a day.
Black cumin, Nigella sativa, has been shown in science to have “antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, bronchodilatory, antihistaminic, antitussive activities related to causative organism and signs and symptoms of (xxx).” [source]
Black cumin “can establish a balanced inflammatory response by suppressing chronic inflammation and promoting healthy immune response. The essential oil and other preparations of N. sativa seed have substantial therapeutic outcomes against immune disturbance, autophagy dysfunction, oxidative stress, ischemia, inflammation, in several (xxx) comorbidities such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, Kawasaki‐like diseases, and many bacterial and viral infections. [source]
Nebulize a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide, Lugol’s Iodine (1-2 drops iodine in 3cc saline), and 1 tsp Colloidal Silver in separate treatments. Read more about nebulizing here. Some doctors will combine 2 drops of 2% of Lugol’s Iodine along with the prepared saline/hydrogen peroxide solution. Read how to nebulize hydrogen peroxide, Lugol’s Iodine or Colloidal Silver here.
Vitamin C Flush
Very beneficial and highly recommended. Perform a Vitamin C Flush protocol using Perque Potent C. (Wellevate Item #: PERQ4). Then take 75% of the flush amount on a daily basis. Read the details of the Flush Protocol here.
Cod Liver Oil, 2-3 tsp
Vitamin A helps resolve taste/smell issues. Carlson Cod Liver Oil, Item#: CODL3) Cod Liver Oil is rich in Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Cod Liver Oil is beneficial for the circulatory system, the brain and helps improve depression and anxiety. Take 2-3 tsp daily.
Organic Stinging Nettle Tea
Consume daily (1 Tbs herbs, steep 15 min in hot water, strain, drink)
Liver Support: Liver Detox supplement
- AVOID Tylenol and Ibuprofen
- Tylenol decreases Glutathione. Avoid.
- Avoid Ibuprofen, worsens condition.
Systemic enzymes may help reduce pain, inflammation, infection, swelling, and coughing
Veganzyme with Nattokinase is a Systemic Enzyme Blend
2 capsules 1-2x a day with water at least 2 hours before or after a meal. Take Veganzyme AWAY from food.
- VeganZyme is an advanced, full-spectrum blend of powerful enzymes that support digestion, the immune system, and functional balance throughout the entire body.
- It contains a robust blend of systemic enzymes that support the many processes in the body, and a comprehensive collection of digestive enzymes that help body break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Dr. Neha Shah from Pulmonary Fibrosis NOW and the VA Hospital said,
“It’s a combination of systemic enzyme supplements and probiotics. In my research looking for supplemental alternative treatments to treat patients with pulmonary fibrosis, which is a relatively rare progressive lung disease, with no cure, I came upon systemic enzymes, and I found a lot of historic anecdotal and some pre-clinical and clinical evidence showing the benefits in terms of reducing pain, inflammation, infection, swelling, and coughing.”
“Lactoferrin and enzymes such as lysozyme, catalase, bromelain and papain are known to function as immunomodulators as well as in combating oxidative stress. Serratiopeptidase is used for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity [source].
Take 1 softgel daily with a fat-containing meal,
- Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10 produced naturally within the body that plays a central role in cellular energy production.
- Ubiquinol is known for its powerful free radical neutralizing activity, which is important for the protection of biological membranes against oxidative stress, as well as for regenerating other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E.*
- Scientific studies indicate that Ubiquinol can help to support normal cardiovascular and neuronal functions.
- Ubiquinol has superior bioavailability to other forms of CoQ10, as shown in clinical trials
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