Although conventional medicine suggests there is no known cure for viral infections, there are steps you can take to support your body's immune system as it fights a virus.
Antibiotics aren't effective against viruses since they only work against bacteria. Bacteria are microorganisms made up of a single cell while viruses, which are even tinier, are parasitic and can't replicate independently. Viruses must insert themselves into your normal cells, where they use your cell function to multiply.
- A history of gastrointestinal surgery
- Digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease
- A vegetarian lifestyle, since the meat they lack is a good source of zinc, and because the beans they eat to substitute for protein hinder zinc absorption in the body
- An alcohol-use disorder, as alcohol reduces the amount of zinc the body absorbs
- Sickle cell disease
Low Zinc Linked to Higher Risk of COVID-19 DeathData presented at the 2020 European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases on Coronavirus Disease suggest that people who have lower levels of plasma zinc also have lower rates of survival and poor patient outcomes when hospitalized with COVID-19.
There were 21 patients (8 percent) who died, whose baseline levels were 43 mcg/dl. The baseline of the survivors was 63.1 mcg/dl. Using computer modeling and statistical analyses, the researchers found that low zinc levels, measuring 50 mcg/dl and below, were linked with a 2.3-fold increased risk of death while hospitalized.
"We have submitted a paper with this work and some in vitro studies that demonstrate that zinc has some clinical implications in virus control. I believe that if these results are confirmed, further studies with zinc supplementation could be done.
Moreover, some studies have already been done with zinc and respiratory infections. Probably those patients with lower levels are the ones that would benefit the most."
The authors go on to say that “zinc meets all the above described criteria.”
Zinc Stops Viral Replication Inside the CellThe reason zinc is such a powerful strategy against viral replication is because of how it works inside the cell to stop the virus.
When the coronavirus enters the cytoplasm of the cell, it has the same head and tail as your body's RNA. When the ribosomes read that RNA, they don't produce a productive protein but, rather, RNA dependent RNA polymerase. This enzyme then reads the RNA of the virus and replicates it.
Since it makes more of the virus, the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase is also known as “replicase.” Within the cytosol, zinc shuts off replicase so the virus can't duplicate.
Treatment With a Zinc Ionophore Boosts Patient OutcomeUsing zinc to fight a viral infection isn't as simple as taking a zinc supplement since the ion requires a transporter. In 2014, a team of researchers investigated chloroquine for its anticancer activity and discovered it increased zinc uptake, resulting in a concentration of zinc in the lysosomes of the cells.
“Chloroquine can induce the uptake of zinc into the cytosol of the cell, which is capable of inhibiting RNA-dependent RNA polymerase and ultimately halting the replication of coronavirus in the host cell.
Currently, there are several clinical trials that are currently underway in several countries of the world to assess the efficacy of chloroquine as an anti-coronavirus agent. Since chloroquine has been widely prescribed for use as an anti-malarial, its safety is not in doubt.”
Quercetin, EGCG Are Natural Zinc IonophoresThe good news is that while these two drugs are generally well-tolerated, there are other zinc ionophore options you may consider at home that don't require a prescription. In 2014, a comparative study was published looking at quercetin and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) as zinc ionophores. EGCG is a polyphenol found in green tea.
Nebulized Hydrogen Peroxide Is Highly EffectiveI believe one of the most effective treatment options you can use at home is nebulized hydrogen peroxide. I recommend everyone become familiar with the process. You can see a demonstration on Mercola.com. In many cases it can improve symptoms within hours.
While quercetin and zinc are highly effective in the early stages, nebulized hydrogen peroxide is particularly effective when an individual is experiencing shortness of breath.
It's important to get the equipment and peroxide before you need it, since the sooner you start the treatment the better the results will be.
However, it isn't necessary and not recommended to use this to treat yourself preventively. Instead, use it only if you're sick or you've been exposed to someone who is sick with an upper respiratory tract infection. While I recommend a 0.1 percent dilution of food-grade hydrogen peroxide in normal saline, Brownstein uses an even lower concentration of 0.04 percent.
Neither Brownstein nor I recommend you use commercial grade 3 percent hydrogen peroxide since it has toxic chemical stabilizers to extend the shelf life of the product. For optimal benefits, use food-grade peroxide and refrigerate it to extend the shelf-life, as it doesn't have stabilizers.
As I discussed in the video, use the treatment every hour for the first several hours if you have shortness of breath, fever, and coughing. Typically, within the first several treatments, you’ll start to feel better. You can then take the treatment every 4 to 6 hours until you’re completely well.