UPDATE on COVID and listener Q&A

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Hi, this is Dr Biddle. Today is the 28th of April, 2020 and we are going to do a bit of an update on the COVID-19 situation with some questions and answers. And to help me out today, I have Robyn Paulete, who is our educational outreach coordinator. Hi Robyn.

>> “Hi Doctor Biddle. How are you? “

I’m very well and I want to point out that we did a bigger COVID-19 podcast on how to take care of yourself to prevent it and how to treat yourself if you get it about two or three weeks ago, so this is just supplemental to that episode.

A a couple of weeks before that, we also did a podcast on how to boost your immune system. So we’re not going to be covering all of that today. We’re going to go into specific things that we’ve learned since then.

So we’re taking this pandemic seriously at this point in time. 55,000 Americans for sure have died from this, which is about the same amount of Americans who died in the entire Vietnam war. And I saw an article just today from the Cleveland Clinic Journal Of Medicine that in the three weeks before April 4th there, there was at that point in time a little over 8,000 deaths attributable to COVID-19, but there was 15,000 extra deaths in the United States that were not directly diagnosed, but are not explained by other things compared to prior years, which means that for every death so far, the spread and recorded attributed to COVID-19, there’s at least one and possibly two more deaths that were caused by it, but not being named.

>> “Right. And I imagine those numbers are going to continue to grow as we learn more.”

Yes, which means at this point in time, we probably have 250,000 deaths in the United States from this and it grows daily. Now the curve for new cases is flattening, but the curve for total deaths of course is still adding on cause we’re still getting thousands a week. So. All right. So we have some questions from our listeners?

“Yes, and I want to let our listeners know that the two podcasts you mentioned earlier are available on the website, and I want to thank our listeners for chiming in with some specific questions that they had that they wanted to bring directly to you, Dr Biddle. Here’s the first one: For those of us who are at high risk, for instance with arrhythmia or COPD, what do you suggest?

Well, first of all, keep yourself safe and don’t get exposed as much as possible. So I’m not going to go into all the details of what that entails, because I think we already know, but don’t get COVID! That that’s the first thing. Now we may all get it eventually, but as time goes on these viruses tend to get less lethal and there’s a very easy biological explanation for that. The more lethal strains don’t get passed on because it kills the host, whereas the less lethal strains get passed on more because people are walking around asymptomatic.

>> “ I never really thought about it that way….but, yeh,  that’s a very smart virus!”

Yes! And I didn’t make that up. I read that in one of these journals, like the Cleveland Clinic or one of the others. The other thing you can do is to keep yourself in good health. And a lot of this we did on the immune boosting, but you need to get plenty of sleep. You need to continue to get exercise and sunlight. You need to eat well. Don’t be self-medicating with too much alcohol or other substances that are going to make your immune system weaker. Do your stress management and take your basic supplements. And then beyond that, the specific things I’d recommend is a lot of vitamin C, and I recommend vitamin C as powdered vitamin C, we have a wonderful one that’s about 1100 milligrams in a quarter teaspoon. And if you take it on an empty stomach, you get levels in your bloodstream of vitamin C almost pushing that of what you get from an IV vitamin C.

And you can absorb a lot more in the day without getting the bowel limitation. Because if you take too much vitamin C beyond your bowel tolerance, you get a gassy bloody diarrhea and you’ll know it. But if you spread this out and take about a thousand to 2000 milligrams, which is like a quarter to a half a teaspoon multiple times through the day, right before you eat it works really well. And I’m thinking, you know, three to six times a day, then you should not pass your bowel threshold and you should be able to get a lot in. And to me that’s a lot easier. I just keep that right next to my water filter, and every time I get a glass of water I put a little powdered vitamin C in it. This is so easy that I’ve taught my four year old to do it. We call it spicy water.

>>   “Very cute. Well, this leads into another question that we had from our listeners which is, Is there really any validity to taking high doses of vitamin C to help to kill or prevent viruses?

Right, so what I just talked about is the prevention. If you get this virus, I would recommend doing that same thing, but if you’re really sick doing it every 15 or 20 minutes if not doing it every 30 to 60 minutes. So a lot more vitamin C. So you’re gonna be talking about 20,000 milligrams a day of vitamin C probably.

>>  “So, what is it doing in the body? Is the vitamin C killing the virus? Or….”

Here’s what it does. Vitamin C…when you get high blood levels of it…turns into hydrogen peroxide inside our cells. And our cells have an enzyme called catalase, and catalase breaks down the hydrogen peroxide. It’s no problem. Now what all you’ve done for your own cells is do a little bit spring cleaning and detoxification with that temporary burst of hydrogen peroxide. It’s good for your own cells. But what happens to viruses and bacteria and cancer cells is they don’t have catalase. And so that hydrogen peroxide is like selective chemotherapy or selective antiviral antibiotic. So it really does help. And this is straight out of information published from the National Institute of Health.

>> “Yeah. And I know a lot of people have argued the difference of taking oral vitamin C versus IV vitamin C, and you’re mentioning taking oral vitamin C just throughout the day is fine and still quite effective.”

It is fine and effective. And you know, you can’t take an IV unless you happen to be a doctor or a nurse and have your own supply. You’re not going to be able to do it more than a few times a week. And what we’re wanting is constant high blood levels. Now, now in the intensive care units, they’re actually starting to give IV vitamin C and they’re giving you 1500 milligrams four to six times a day, which is still relatively small. I mean, we give 25,000 milligrams in a dose, so they’re giving less than a 10th of what we give, but still it’s showing great help. Even at those doses. The next things I would do is magnesium, and I keep a powdered magnesium right next to the powdered vitamin C and put a little bit of that in my water too.

That’s 365 milligrams in a teaspoon. Now magnesium is even more likely to cause bowel problems. It causes a surprising kind of slick diarrhea. The surprise that catches you off guard. You think you’re passing gas but instead you’re having an accident. So you want to be more cautious with the magnesium. So, especially when you’re talking about COPD and emphysema, there’s a lot of as asthma, there’s a lot of airway restriction and magnesium relaxes the smooth muscles. And there’s a lot of cardiac complications from the COVID-19, and magnesium relaxes the electrical conduction system of the heart.

Some of the medications that we give for the COVID-19, like the hydroxy chloroquine and the Zithromax cause a heart rhythm issue called long QT syndrome. It’s where on the EKG part, this part gets further apart. It starts to spread out. In other words, the conduction is getting slower and if that gets too bad, that can actually cause a cardiac arrhythmia and even death.  So the treatment for that is magnesium and potassium to help prevent that. So with potassium, you have to be even more careful if you have kidney disease. If you’re on certain medications, you have to be careful with potassium. But if you’re not, you cannot overdose on magnesium or potassium.

>> “Okay. Is there a particular powdered magnesium that people should look for?”

The one we have in the clinic is called Magna-Calm. It’s magnesium citrate. But you know, all of them can work. You just have to make sure you don’t violate your bowel tolerance.

>> “Right. And if you’re doing the vitamin C and the magnesium, it sounds like you’ll hit that faster than if you were just on vitamin C. “

Right. Then you need to back off. The next one that I would really want to use is vitamin D. Because people are financially strapped right now…they’re having to stay home from work…and vitamin D costs only pennies. It’s like a dollar a week to get good vitamin D levels. And almost everybody I know is deficient in vitamin D. Even people who I see from Florida! People are not hanging out in the sunshine long enough. They say, Oh, I’m outside all the time. And I’m like, well, are you gardening naked? No! You don’t have that much skin exposed. Your vitamin D level is still low.

>> ”Right! That’s really what it needs…to get it from the sun we need more skin exposure.”

Exactly. And what we want is a blood level of vitamin D around 50 to 80. And most people when I measure them, they’re in the twenties to thirties. And some, even in the teens, and what we know is about a thousand units a day of vitamin D will raise your blood test by about seven or eight points. So if I give you 5,000 a day, then a few weeks later your blood level would be 35 points higher than it is now. So yeah, for most people, that’s fine. As long as you’re not above a hundred, you’re fine….you’re not going to be in danger. And almost everybody can take 5,000. IU’s (International units) of vitamin D a day, and that’s one of the most important things, keeping your immune system going. Now when you get sick you can take much, much higher and I get 50,000 a day for the first three to five days of their illness.

You can’t do that long-term cause you will overdose, but you can do it short term and it really helps.

>>  “Amazing. Well unfortunately we are out of time for today but we encourage our listeners to continue to submit questions to you, Dr Biddle. If you have more questions on COVID19 we are still receiving them and we’ll do another episode of Q & A.

Thanks for listening to AIM For Health – Root Cause Conversations with Dr. James Biddle.

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