Want to know what I’m learning about the Coronavirus?

By Tracy Gowler 4 years ago
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I’ve been capturing more and more information on the Coronavirus from the experts over the last couple of days and feel it is important to share it with you.  I’m going to try to organize it as best I can.

This is a long one because there is so much good information that I am learning.

I do want to reiterate that I am not a doctor.  I am passing along information that I am getting through the Functional Medicine community for your education only.

This information comes from Kiran Kirshnan, one of the owners of Microbiome Labs and Dr. Tom O’Bryan.  Both of these men are doing amazing work in the Functional Medicine community.

Let me just start by reiterating that we all play a role in this because we are the reservoirs for this virus. It is growing in scale in most countries except for China, Japan, Taiwan.  They have been at it a little longer and have been able to get it to more of a managed state.  Italy was struck hard because of the elderly population and high percentage of smokers.

The US is growing at a faster rate than most countries because of how toxic we are here in Western Society. 

We have a huge percentage of the population with chronic illness, about 40%.  The number of cases is doubling every 2 days.

It is important to realize that every single person plays a role. You can be a carrier for up to 2 weeks.

If we look at the numbers.  Each person would statistically infect 3 people.  Those 3 people infect 3 people so now we are at 9.  Etc, etc.  That one person can create the infection of several hundred people in just a few weeks.

More data is showing that people from 18-50 are being more impacted than we thought.  40-50% of people infected in Italy and France are under the age of 50.  So, it’s hitting everyone.

With regards to the virus, it is not a particularly deadly virus.

It isn’t like SARs, but it is incredibly contagious.  It is more contagious than the flu with a 10x higher mortality rate and a 10x higher hospitalization rate.  This is why the hospitals are getting inundated with cases right now.

How does the virus work?

The virus uses an Ace2 receptor to get into the cell.  Using Ace inhibitor medication can actually increase your risk because most of these types of medications are Ace1 inhibitors, not Ace2 inhibitors. They actually increase the expression of Ace2 receptors in the body giving you more targets for the virus.  People that have chronic illness, or heart disease or are older have a larger expression of Ace2 as well.  The body increases Ace2 as part of the repair and protection process naturally.

So, the virus is very smart in this way.  It has chosen a target that is more prevalent in the weakest of us in society.  The more inflamed you are, the more you have chronic illnesses, the more targets you have for the virus meaning the Ace2 receptors.

Inflammation is a risk factor for this virus. 

It makes sense to get your inflammation down at this time.

It is important to note that none of these are a cure.

Things that can help you reduce the inflammation in your body.

Fish Oil

Vitamin C    5000-1000 IU’s per day


Elderberry has the ability to upregulate the part of your immune system that fights viruses.

Vitamin D.   Really important with the anti-viral battle 5000-10000 IU’s per day



Vitamin C   4000 mg per day

Probiotics   The best probiotics out there are not found in the grocery store.

Biocidin is an antibacterial, antipathogenic, antifungal and antiviral product but it hasn’t been tested for the Coronavirus.  However, you don’t want coinfections right now taking away from your bodies ability to fight the virus.  If you are using it to help control other colds and flu, they are you are benefiting your body by helping it function normally.

It is important to understand that none of this is a treatment for COVID-19. 

It is about improving your health to stay resilient. 

I have put together a recommendation on my supplement site if you are interested in getting your hands on some of the best supplements out there.  You can email me at clientcare@yourhealthmadesimple.com and I can forward the recommendation to you.

The probiotic is purchased separately, and I can also forward you instructions for ordering the product as well. 

And I will provide you with instructions for taking the products.  It isn’t a good idea to begin taking them all at once. 

What else can you do? 

The virus is what is known as an envelope virus.  It has a fatty acid coating and this type of virus is generally weak.  They are not very robust and that makes them easier to kill.

Washing your hands will kill it.  The virus transfers by getting it on your hands and then rubbing your nose or mouth or eyes.  It loves when you do that.  But any soap will work to kill the virus, even the natural soaps. 

If the soap foams and you get bubbles from the soap, it will work to clean your hands of the virus. 

Vinegar does not kill the virus. 

The virus can last in the air for 3 hours in the lab, not a real-world scenario but can last in the air for some time.  And it lasts on surfaces much longer.  Can last on glass up to 72 hours and on cardboard for 24 hours.

You want to be careful of packages that are coming in with the risk being that the outer package could have traces of virus.  And the Inside of the package could also have some virus.

Be overly cautious. 

Don’t bring them too far into the house without treating them.  Better yet, keep them in the garage for a couple of days if you can before opening.  Or treat your packages.

How do you do that? 

70% Isopropyl alcohol will kill everything including Ebola.  It is recommended that you spray your packages with Sprayed with 70% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit for 10 sec.  If you can only find 100% solution, even in the make up aisles, just dilute it. The make-up solution is called brush cleaner.

You can also dilute your beach with water and use it to disinfect.  Ammonium chloride will also work, and it is in most household cleaners.  Lysol is toxic to cats so be careful.

Recreational alcohol doesn’t have a high enough concentration to be effective quickly so probably not a good choice.

Make sure whatever you are doing, you let it sit for 10-15 seconds. 

Other things you can do to help your body stay healthy

Change your diet.  I have a diet cheat sheet I am willing to send to you if you are interested in learning what you need to do.  Starting this week, I will be sharing recipes to help you make the transition to healthy eating.  And I will be cooking on FB live shortly to walk through the process with you.  If I can do it, so can you.

Raising core body temp helps to stay healthy.  Elevated body temp for part of the day is beneficial and you can do this by doing some of the following.

  • Use of a sauna for 15-20 min
  • Hot showers breathe in the steam.
  • Exercise also good for your system.

What if you do get sick?

Fever is really important.  It is the bodies natural defense against the pathogen.  It helps your body develop the antibodies that are needed.  Your body does this by increasing your internal temperature.  The virus doesn’t actually do this.  The virus is heat sensitive.

If your fever is 103 or under, you should be ok.  Just tough it out.

If your fever is over 103, it might be time to consult your doctor to get their advice on what to do.

So, if you are taking products to help lower your fever like ibuprogen, you might be shutting down your body’s natural defenses.  I wish I knew that years ago.

Apparently, Tylenol doesn’t seem to shut down the body’s natural defenses.  It is better to use Tylenol if you need some relief.  But I would get your doctor’s recommendation if you are struggling with your fever.

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