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  • Plaquenil and other treatments for COVID 19

    Bottom line? It is an excellent idea!

    Although the studies have been small, they were well done and the treatment is very safe and effective. And costs ~$10/person

    Why the debate on it? Academic medicine defines “proven” as having repeated large placebo-controlled studies that normally take years to run. For new treatments that have high risk and cost, and other alternative treatment options, this is reasonable.

    But being trapped by that old mindset here runs the known risk of millions of deaths. Our current situation requires a more reasoned approach.

    Instead, as we already have two well done studies, it is reasonable to begin with what we know:

    1. Taking the Plaquenil for six days resulted in only 25 percent of the treatment group still being contagious by day six, versus 100 percent of the untreated group.
    2. The treated group had milder illness.

    So the potential and likely benefit is very very high. The next two things to look at are cost and risk:

    1. Cost- Under $10/person versus as much as $1000+ for other much less proven and more toxic treatments.
    2. Safety- used for decades in millions of people. Main (uncommon, transient and benign) side effects are nausea, headache, or itching. This medication is VERY safe. The risks of eye and heart problems are only in those using it for over five years. They simply are NOT seen with these shorter courses.

    Running this equation shows that it is both good science and common sense to use this medication. Now!

    The problem—media misinformation—even from usually reliable sources. I like Dr. Fauci. But I strongly disagree with him here. To say this treatment is “unproven” is misleading. He is using the regulatory definition of “unproven” and not using the scientific combined with common sense approach needed for this situation.

    The other problem? Pharmacies are sold out. We need to focus on increased production (easy and low cost) and getting it to the public. Health care workers should be on the medication now, and stay on it till the pandemic passes.

    Each person over 20 years of age should have the medication, taking two 200 mg tabs twice a day the first day, then one twice a day for five days. I begin it at first sign of infection. It is best absorbed if taken with food. The medicine then stays in the body, offering protection, for months.

    As a physician, this is my perspective on what a substantial body of effectiveness and safety research is showing. Of course, this decision is between you and your physician.

    Also important? Optimizing your immune function with Zinc 15–50 mg a day for one to two months. Then 15 mg a day. Also get vitamin C 500 mg a day, and 1000+ units daily of vitamin D*. The zinc is especially crucial.

    Hoping this is helpful, as we all weather this storm together.

    TotalHealth Note: It is very important to have your vitamin D levels tested in order to establish a health protective level of vitamin D. We are providing you with links to the research performed by or analyzed by GrassrootsHealth. GrassrootsHealth is a nonprofit public health research organization dedicated to moving public health messages regarding vitamin D from research into practice. It has a panel of 48 senior vitamin D researchers from around the world contributing to its operations. GrassrootsHealth is currently running the D*action field trial to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic worldwide. Under the D*action umbrella, there are also targeted programs for breast cancer prevention and a ‘Protect Our Children NOW!’ program to stop vitamin D deficiency where it starts, in utero.

    Vitamin D Helps Fight COVID-19: Part 1

    Vitamin D Helps Fight COVID-19: Part 2

    Review Suggests Ensuring Adequate Zinc, Selenium and Vitamin D May Protect Against SARS-CoV-2

  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome the April 2020 issue of TotalHealth Magazine.

    Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, presents, Plaquenil And Other Treatments for COVID 19. Plaquenil is Hydroxychloroquine and has been in the news daily. Read this article for a quick and easy understanding of how this drug can be extremely helpful for a cost of approximately ten dollars, compared to other treatments that can cost over a thousand dollars.

    This month we include a media review of the book Overdose, by Benjamin Perrin. The book provides the reader with a look at the often, gut-wrenching world of opioid overdose. Unfortunately, this problem may impact many of us directing or indirectly at some point in our lifetime.

    Many people have food sensitivities that force them to live on a restricted diet. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD delves into Fibromyalgia and Food Sensitivities this month.

    Athletic Recovery: Too Much Pain, No Gain, is the topic this month for Professor Gene Bruno, MS, MHS. He discusses that prevention is superior to treatment. And suggests that brutalizing your body is not the best prescription for a healthy body.

    Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, brings us the next segment of Smart Recipes. This month she offers us Smart Fat Soups. After checking out staples like Gazpacho and Borscht; be sure to try the wonderful variations of Sweet and Zesty Carrot, Thai Chicken, and Roasted Chestnut soups.

    Gloria Gilbere, CDP, DAHom, PhD, brings us April Showers Bring May Flowers, for your food that is! It’s an elegant and fun twist to use edible flowers to garnish your food. The flowers many of us grow, are not just for beauty, but make a welcome and healthy addition to our meals. Beware when choosing these colorful delights that they have been grown organically or in your own garden with no pesticides. Also, check to be sure the flowers you choose are not toxic.

    This month Shawn Messonnier, DVM, finishes his series on Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Pets. He discusses the use of Probiotics to help reduce symptoms in your pets. Many pets will not eat yogurt, which is one of the simplest ways to ingest probiotics. However, supplements are available from your veterinarian that have proven successful in getting the organisms your pet needs, into their intestinal tract.

    Thank you to our authors, readers, and advertisers for making TotalHealth Online possible.

    Wishing you a happy and safe spring from all of us at TotalHealth.

    Best in health.

    TWIP—The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full April 2020 issue.

    Click here to read the full April 2020 issue.

  • What if the government found a product that provided protection against viruses like SARS and you weren't told about it?

    We got our hands on a document released under the Freedom of Information Act produced on the letterhead of Homeland Security that recommended SilverSol products be added to the national Push-pack stockpile in order to increase the safety and functionality of healthcare facilities in the event of a bio-terror attack or infectious disease outbreak. That product was proven to kill Anthrax, Bubonic Plague, Hospital Staph, and SARS. It needs to be tested on Covid-19. We subsequently were informed the CDC was recommending Silver Sol for the Bird Flu Influenza Virus in 2009 for protection. Forget toxic hand sanitizers when it comes to protection. Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and consider using Silver Biotics SilverSol products for hours of protection against viruses.

    Dr. Charles Bens joined me on TotalHealth TV to talk about this technology and other things you can do to not just protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus but prevent colds and flu. The show is just under an hour. We talk about the importance of maintaining a strong immune system, and how to do it, as that is your first line of defense against the flu. Most deaths from the coronavirus and influenza in general are in people with compromised immune systems.



    When I told the makers of SilverSol products, American Biotech Labs LLC, that TotalHealth magazine would include this story in the March issue they immediately offered our readers a fantastic discount* on all of their products.

    The discount code is totalhealth25 at:

    SilverBiotics.com

    *Disclaimer: TotalHealth Magazine nor TWIP receive any compensation for products purchased with the discount code. It is an unsolicited offer from the manufacturer to make sure more people can afford their products for protection.

    To learn more about Dr. Charles Bens, PhD visit his web-site:
    DrCharlesBens.com/

    Here are links to 3 of the 32 safety studies published on the Silver Biotics products. To my knowledge safety studies have not been done on other silver products.

    Internal Ingestion Study:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23811290
    P450 Drug Interaction Study:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=25137296
    No Platelet Aggregation Study:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23517080

    Keep in mind the FDA has also approved prescription only SilvrSTAT for physicians. It is a stronger version of the over-the-counter versions of Silver Biotics products.

    Further information: Excerpted from Swine Flu Influenza Type A/H1N1 Protection for Health Care Practitioners and Their Patients, by Gordon Pedersen PhD.:

    The Following Are Proven to Destroy the Influenza Virus (CDC, 2009)

    • Bleach
    • 70% ethanol
    • Aldehydes
    • Oxidizing agents
    • Quaternary ammonium compounds
    • Inactivated by heat (133¢X) for 60 minutes pH less than 2 (very acidic)
    • SilverSol (liquid and gel)

    Topical Disinfectants: Topical disinfectants are recommended by the CDC for use between each patient and can kill germs for 4-6 hours. Patients and health care professionals should use these four times a day or as needed. SilverSol gel demonstrates effectiveness against some of the worst pathogens including: MRSA, VRE, strep, and the other bacteria that cause pneumonia.

    SilverSol:Prescription drugs and vaccines treat and help prevent viral infection and disease but are not capable of totally controlling a dangerous new or novel virus.1 Nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, Echinacea, ginseng, probiotics and many others have the ability to help boost immune function and improve natural defenses which results in some defense against disease causing viruses and the associated secondary infections.

    SilverSol provides proven prevention and treatment against viral and bacterial infections, while there is nothing else with such broad-spectrum benefits.2 In addition, SilverSol can be safely taken every day for prevention where it has been shown to provide protection against the very dangerous Bird flu H5N1. The combination of antibiotics with SilverSol has been shown to enhance antibiotic function by as much as tenfold due to the fact that SilverSol kills the residual pathogens that the antibiotics cannot.2 Results of the combination of 19 different prescription antibiotics and Silversol demonstrate safe additive and/or synergistic benefits across seven different pathogenic strains (staphylococcus, MRSA, E coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, salmonella and streptococcus). The results of this combination therapy result in significant pathogenic destruction while helping to reduce bacterial resistance.2 This can be attributed to the fact that SilverSol does not produce resistance, nor does it destroy the beneficial intestinal probiotic bacteria.2

    References

    1. Thompson WW, Shay DC, Weintraub E, Brammer L, Cox N, et al. Mortality associated with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in the United States. JAMA. 2003;289:179¡V86.
    2. De Souza. A., Mehta, D, Bactericidal activity of Combinations of Silver-Water Dispersion with 19 Antibiotics Against Seven Microbial Strains. Current Science, Vol 91, No 7,
    3. October 2006.
  • What if the government actually tested a product that worked to kill viruses in the SARS and Coronavirus family and you weren't told about it? How would that sit with you? What if we got our hands on a document released under the Freedom of Information Act produced on the letterhead of Homeland Security that recommended a product be added to the national Push-pack stockpile in order to increase the safety and functionality of healthcare facilities in the event of a bio-terror attack or infectious disease outbreak. And that product was proven to kill Anthrax, Bubonic Plague, Hospital Staph, and SARS. And why haven't they tested it on COVID-19? Or are they? Forget hand sanitizers when it comes to protection.

    Dr. Charles Bens joins me today on TotalHealth TV to talk about this technology and other things you can do to not just protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus but prevent colds and flu. The show is just under an hour. In addition to our main story we also cover cancer, vaccine support for parents who are forced to vaccinate their children, Alzheimer's, and much more.

    Enjoy this edition of TotalHealth Magazine. When I told American Biotech Labs LLC I was going to do this story they immediately offered us a fantastic discount* on all of their products. The discount code is totalhealth25 at:

    SilverBiotics.com/

    *TotalHealth Magazine nor TWIP receive any compensation for products purchased with the discount code. It is an unsolicited offer by the manufacturer to make sure more people can afford their products for protection.

    To learn more about Dr. Charles Bens work visit his website:

    DrCharlesBens.com/

    Here links to safety studies published on the Silver Biotics products. To my knowledge safety studies have not been done on any other silver product.

    Internal Ingestion Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23811290

    P450 Drug Interaction Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=25137296

    No Platelet Aggregation Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23517080

    Keep in mind the FDA has also approved SilvrStat for physicians. It is a stronger version of the over-the-counter versions of Silver Biotics products.

    Further information:

    Excerpted from Swine Flu Influenza Type A/H1N1 Protection for Health Care Practitioners and Their Patients By Gordon Pedersen PhD

    The Following Are Proven To Destroy the Influenza Virus (CDC, 2009)

    • Bleach
    • 70% ethanol
    • Aldehydes
    • Oxidizing agents
    • Quaternary amonium compounds
    • Inactivated by heat (133°) for 60 minutes
    • pH less than 2 (very acidic)
    • Silver Sol (liquid and gel)

    Topical Disinfectants: Topical disinfectants are recommended by the CDC for use between each patient and can kill germs for 4-6 hours. Patients and health care professionals should use these 4 times a day or as needed. SilverSol gel demonstrates effectiveness against some of the worst pathogens including: MRSA, VRE, Strep, and the other bacteria that cause pneumonia.

    SilverSol: Prescription drugs and vaccines treat and help prevent viral infection and disease but are not capable of totally controlling a dangerous new or novel virus (1). Nutritional supplements such as Vitamins, Minerals, Echinacea, Ginseng, Probiotics and many others have the ability to help boost immune function and improve natural defenses which results in some defense against disease causing viruses and the associated secondary infections.

    SilverSol provides proven prevention and treatment against viral and bacterial infections, while there is nothing else with such broad spectrum benefits (2). In addition, SilverSol can be safely taken every day for prevention where it has been shown to provide protection against the very dangerous Bird flu H5N1. The combination of antibiotics with Silver Sol has been shown to enhance antibiotic function by as much as ten fold due to the fact that SilverSol kills the residual pathogens that the antibiotics cannot (2). Results of the combination of 19 different prescription antibiotics and silver sol demonstrate safe additive and/or synergistic benefits across 7 different pathogenic strains (Staphyloccocus, MRSA, E coli, Pseudomonas arugenosa, Salmonella and Streptococcus). The results of this combination therapy result in significant pathogenic destruction while helping to reduce bacterial resistance (2). This can be attributed to the fact that SilverSol does not produce resistance, nor does it destroy the beneficial intestinal probiotic bacteria (2).

    1. Thompson WW, Shay DC, Weintraub E, Brammer L, Cox N, et al. Mortality associated with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in the United States. JAMA. 2003;289:179–186.
    2. De Souza. A., Mehta, D, Bactericidal activity of Combinations of Silver-Water Dispersion with 19 Antibiotics Against Seven Microbial Strains. Current Science, Vol 91, No 7, October 2006.
  • Dear Readers,

    Welcome the March 2020 issue of TotalHealth Online Magazine.

    This month we have several articles on ways to possibly prevent and treat coronavirus. Many of the suggestions are inexpensive and proven to help with the flu. Simply washing hands regularly may not be enough to protect us, and our doctors have numerous suggestions that could go a long way in helping to treat and prevent the spread of this pandemic. Professor Gene Bruno, MS, MHS tells us about Nutraceutical Protection Against the Coronavirus and TotalHealth Editors jump on board with How to Prevent and Treat the Coronavirus.

    In CBD And Traumatic Brain Injury, Hyla Cass, MD, introduces us to the new modality of using CBD for brain injuries. In tests on mice, CBD improved cognitive function, motor function, and every parameter examined after a TBI event. Besides treating brain inflammation, and the secondary effects listed above, it also has been shown to improve memory, lift brain fog, and help PTSD.

    Got Fibromyalgia And Sensitive To Everything? If so, you’ll want to follow this series by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. This month he talks about the body’s “first responders” and ways to treat their Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. And in part 2 in April, he discusses the causes and differences between food sensitivities and food allergies. You’ll also be amazed to learn that autism has been shown to disappear using NAET. Read on to learn what NAET is.

    Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, brings us the next segment of Smart Recipes and Sauces. This month she offers us GuacoSalsa, Party Pâtè, Lemon Ginger Zoodles and the Perfect Pesto. Be sure to check out all this month’s recipes.

    Gloria Gilbere, CDP, DAHom, PhD, treats us to Gluten And Sugar-free Tiramisu. Unfortunately, many American restaurants serve us a soggy, over-sweetened mess. Real Tiramisu has layers of crunchy cookies or dense cake. Dr. Gilbere also adds cocoa powder and coffee liqueur to her delectable version.

    This month Shawn Messonnier, DVM, brings us part 3 in his series on Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Pets. This month he discusses the use of orthomolecular therapy (known as megavitamin therapy) and antioxidants. The use of plant enzymes has proven very helpful for pets with IBD. Be sure to consult with your vet first as mega-doses can be toxic.

    Charles K. Bens, PhD, shares with us what we should be expecting from our doctors, especially prior to recommending major surgery, and also from our hospitals in, Baldrige Award For Healthcare: An Overview Of Potential Improvements. For example, are you aware only one percent of users of statin drugs live longer than those who choose not to take them? Or that lung cancer survival rates increased by 47 percent with high doses of Vitamin D3. This is one article you won’t want to miss, and will want to share with family and friends.

    Thank you to our authors, readers ,and advertisers for making TotalHealth Online possible.

    Wishing you a warm and healthy March from all of us at TotalHealth.

    TWIP—The Wellness Imperative People

    Click here to read the full March 2020 issue.

    Click here to read the full March 2020 issue.

  • MIDDLE EAST RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS—OR JUST “CORONAVIRUS” AS IT HAS BEEN DUBBED IN THE MEDIA—IS AN EMERGING VIRAL PATHOGEN THAT CAUSES SEVERE MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, “THERE IS CURRENTLY NO VACCINE TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE.”1 TO PREVENT ITS TRANSMISSION, THE CDC RECOMMENDS EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ANY RESPIRATORY DISEASE:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    Naturally these are good recommendations, but shouldn’t there be something else we can do to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus? In my opinion, there is. Let’s start with resveratrol.

    Resveratrol and the coronavirus

    In 2006 an in-vitro study2 was undertaken in China to examine the effects of “stilbene derivatives” to inhibit coronavirus replication. What are stilbene derivatives? They are an important family of bioactive molecules that are normally associated with plants. Stilbenes are produced in response to injury or attack by pathogens.3,4 The most extensively studied stilbene is resveratrol. In any case, the 2006 study found that various stilbene compounds were able to inhibit coronavirus replication. This may have included resveratrol, but the study details made it somewhat difficult to determine.

    Then, in 2017, another in-vitro study5 was conducted to specifically examine the antiviral effect of resveratrol against coronavirus. In this study, cells from coronavirus infected patients were given resveratrol. The results were that resveratrol significantly inhibited coronavirus infection and prolonged cellular survival after virus infection. In addition, resveratrol decreased the replication of nucleocapsid, a protein essential for coronavirus replication. Furthermore, resveratrol down-regulated apoptosis (i.e. cellular death) induced by coronavirus.

    This study clearly demonstrated that resveratrol is a potent anticoronavirus agent in-vitro. The study’s authors suggested that resveratrol can be a potential antiviral agent against coronavirus in the near future.

    Resveratrol and the immune system

    So why was resveratrol effective against coronavirus? Although we can’t say for certain, we do know that resveratrol can increase certain circulating immune cells known as gamma delta T cells. Human research6 was conducted to assess the effects of repeated doses of resveratrol (1000 mg/day for 28 days) on circulating immune cells in healthy individuals. The results were that resveratrol was safe and well tolerated and was associated with significant increases in the numbers of circulating gamma delta T cells (functioning as a first line of defense and a bridge between innate and adaptive responses) and regulatory T cells.

    Now consider that analyses of T cell repertoires in health care workers who survived coronavirus infection during the 2003 outbreak revealed that their gamma delta T cell populations were selectively expanded about 3 months after the onset of disease. The expansion of the gamma delta T cell population was associated with higher production of anti-coronavirus immunoglobulin G titers. In addition, in-vitro experiments demonstrated that stimulated gamma delta T cells display an interferon- gamma -dependent anti-coronavirus activity and are able to directly kill coronavirus-infected target cells. These findings suggest that gamma delta T cells play a protective role during coronavirus7—and resveratrol increases the numbers of circulating gamma delta T cells.

    So, pending human clinical trials on the effects of resveratrol against coronavirus, what is a good dose of resveratrol to be used for protective effects? My suggestion is to use 1,000 mg of resveratrol daily, which is consistent with the amount used in human clinical research in which delta T cells were effectively increased.

    Black elderberry protection
    In addition to resveratrol, black elderberry may also offer a degree of protection against coronavirus—although it has yet to be tested for this purpose. My rationale for this is based upon black elderberry’s success in treating influenza.

    The flu virus invades cells by puncturing their walls with tiny spikes called hemagglutinin that cover its surface. In-vitro research found that natural components of black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) actually disarm the spikes. It binds to them, thus preventing them from piercing the cell membrane. The viral spikes are covered with an enzyme called neuraminidase. This enzyme acts to break down the cell wall.

    To test how black elderberry would work in actual people with the flu, a team of Israeli scientists and physicians conducted placebo-controlled, double blind study on patients infected with the flu virus during an epidemic in Southern Israel. The results were that within twenty-four hours the symptoms— fever, cough, and muscle pain had significantly improved in twenty percent of the patients. After the second day, another seventy five percent were clearly much improved, and in three days a complete cure was achieved in over ninety percent of the patients studied. Among the control group only eight percent of patients showed an improvement after 24 hours, and for the remaining 92 percent, improvement was observed within six days or more. Tests were also conducted on patients to determine the presence of influenza antibodies. It was found that the level of antibodies was higher in patients receiving the black elderberry extract versus those receiving the placebo, indicating an enhanced defense response in those patients.8

    Other research9 has also shown that a black elderberry extract effectively treated and helped relieve symptoms of influenza when taken in doses of 175 mg four times daily.

    So, what’s the relationship to coronavirus? Just this: hemagglutinin is also found on the surface of coronavirus. In fact, coronavirus may have actually evolved from a certain type of influenza.10 Consequently, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that black elderberry may also have application against coronavirus. Pending human clinical trials on the effects of black elderberry against coronavirus, my suggestion is to use 175 mg of black elderberry extract daily, as a prophylactic dose rather than a treatment for actual coronavirus.

    Conclusion
    Currently there are no vaccines to prevent coronavirus. However, research suggests that 1000 mg of resveratrol daily, and 175 mg of black elderberry extract may have a protective effect against the coronavirus. Until such time as other proven prevention methods come to fruition, it seems prudent to consider the regular use of these nutraceuticals.