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A lot of it seems to be really tied into the nervous system. So, uh, from the continuing education I've done and looking at the data and the research, my approach to treatment is really trying to stabilize the oxidative stress pathway. It seems like for the most part it comes down to an oxidative stress problem.
For people who have Long Covid, it actually has been documented that there are oxidative stress capacity. The antioxidant response element, to be specific is depleted. They'll have lower levels of a compound called NRF2, which is that master regulator of your endogenous antioxidant system. Also a lot of these patients have low glutathione levels. So one of the first things that we started doing, and I continue to include my protocol has morphed over these last couple of years, but GLUTATHIONE is one of the core supplements that I use for patients with Long Covid and I've seen that really turn people around really quickly. I managed to turn around people with BRAIN FOG, or LOSS OF TASTE (with smell intact) in six weeks. Glutathione is a fast acting and powerful antioxidant. It's going to deplete those reactive oxygen species- those free radicals.
Meanwhile, to assess why someone gets infected or is having Long Haul, supplements and dietary ingredients incorporated in their treatment that are enhancing their ability to control oxidative stress. At its core, if you have low NRF2, a lot of those patients are either not eating a good diet to begin with so they don't have a lot of antioxidants. Also, you can intervene with some of the other more classic antioxidants, like curcumin, quercetin, green tea extract (like A G C G). A lot of those are really helpful when it comes to treating Long Covid.
Epstein Bar virus is something that I will test for in Long Covid patients. There are quite a few papers that came out about reactivation of Long Covid and many patients of the Epstein bar virus can get reactivated from high levels of oxidative stress. But if you actually detect a reactivated Epstein bar virus which you can do from simple lab testing, then I would use antivirals and use things like MONOLAURIN to help that virus to go latent again.
A multinational Delphi consensus to end the COVID-19 public health threat
"I SHOW NO SYMPTOMS... AM I CONTAGIOUS?"
According to a 2020 report from our first Infection Prevention advisor (Megan Meller of Gundersen Health), There has been a lot of news coverage about how COVID-19 is spread. Someone who is asymptomatic has the infection but no symptoms and will not develop them later. Someone who is pre-symptomatic has the infection but don't have any symptoms yet. Both groups can spread the infection. COVID-19 spreads easily and we believe that's because it spreads by those who don't know they're infected. We suspect that individuals who are pre-symptomatic are infectious for two to three days before having symptoms. (see complete article: "WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASYMPTOMATIC AND PRE-SYMPTOMATIC?" @ GundersenHealth.org)
In August of 2021, David (last name withheld) got hit with the Delta Variant, knocking him completely off his feet! With flu-like symptoms, he saw stars for most of his recuperation period while taste and smell were completely shut down. For 1 week, David quarantined in his office - armed with every super-food, every kind of soup and immune booster his support team could find. Being fully vaccinated only meant he had a better chance of NOT DYING, but as the world was only a year into the data collection, there was still so much left to understand about the recuperation period as well as its long standing effects.
Now it's fall of 2022. Life goes on and regular rapid (home) testing says David was negative every time. Having studied the medical news reports, the idea of lingering symptoms is in the back of everyone's- especially those who got hit at least once with the virus. But HOW or WHERE in the body is it? To over-think this does not make one a hypochondriac- only someone surrendered to the realities of our times, meaning 'if it doesn't kill you, the viral load may have the tendency to linger, causing potential organ damage, failure or dysfunction.
If "it is (in fact) what it is", David expressed his disbelief that the CDC or the WHO are pressing to come up with Long Haul therapies. "There's still so much to go with perfecting the vaccination to control the global surge. We can choose to fight the erosion in our brain with mind optimizers, exercises, better sleep and every protocol to improve brain performance. But this very insidious aftermath of the virus that buried itself into my brain is now aging me, starting with my memory, my processing speed and if the data (possibly next) my cognitive functions."
* Special thanks to Dr. Sonia Villapol for the use of the enclosed diagram on the Long Term Effects of Covid-19
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