More than two months of scientific researches have led us to a better understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that’s causing COVID-19, so it’s time to catch up.
Today we will focus mainly on the mechanisms of how SARS-CoV-2 infects people.
You probably wonder: I’m neither a doctor nor a scientist, why should I understand the mechanisms?
Because, only by knowing the mechanisms can we propose relevant strategies.
If you don’t understand the mechanisms, you cannot understand what the whole world is working on right now.
If you don’t understand enough, it’s easy to panic.
Therefore, while introducing the mechanisms, I will walk you through some of the vaccines/medications that the whole world is researching, and propose some treatment/prevention modalities that I found to have great potential.
Please remember, this is a very new virus, so NO treatment has been “proven” to be effective against it.
Proving requires time, but we don’t have time, especially when people are dying, so anything that’s reasonable and safe is worth trying.
I always remind myself to write in plain language and try to limit the words to less than 1000 per article (although I usually wrote up to 1500), so it’s easy to swallow and digest.
I also have that goal in mind while writing this article, but this one is much longer than the previous ones.
However, I included the most vital and practical information, so I think it will be worth your time.
In this era of true news and fake news being very hard to distinguish, it will be especially important to know the context of why specific recommendations are given, so you can use good judgement to analyze all kinds of information, then come to your own conclusions.
Now let’s begin:
Anti-Virus Medicine/Vaccine: Can We Make It?
SARS-CoV-2 has several mechanisms of infecting people, one of them is by its spike protein (S protein) to bind to the transmembrane enzyme called furin. Furin enzyme will activate the virus.
Yes, it’s ironic; the virus requires the processing of human cells to be activated.
SARS-CoV-2 was given the power to infect people and cause serious damage after being “trimmed” by the human furin enzyme.
The is important to know, because the SARS 2003 virus DOES NOT have this mechanism.
What other viruses have this mechanism?
The bacteria that causes anthrax (which are often used in bioterrorism), has this mechanism (1).
Unfortunately, the furin enzyme is often expressed throughout human body, including oral cavity, lung, intestines, brain, and liver.
From a drug development point of view, some people will want to block this furin thing.
What should we do then?
This is exactly what many biotechnology companies are striving to do:
That sounds simple enough right? But there is one major challenge in developing the vaccine:
The virus will mutate.
Do you know that we DID NOT invent any effective vaccine/drug for the SARS virus in 2003?
The S protein of coranavirus will constantly mutate.
We didn’t invent any effective drug/vaccine to specifically target the SARS virus from 2003, even though it mutated at a slower rate than the SARS-CoV-2 (19)
Therefore, I think it’s very hard for the drug/vaccine to develop in a speed that can catch up to the speed of virus mutation.
Even if there is one vaccine/drug launched on the market, I doubt how effective it can be.
Of course, I hope I am wrong about that. Let’s hope I underestimate the biotech companies, so the whole human race will soon be saved by drug/vaccine.
But after analyzing the available data now, I wouldn’t be too optimistic about this.
Besides, it will take much time to develop even if they succeed.
Well, if we can neither block the virus S protein nor block the human furin enzymes, then from a drug development point of view, it seems pretty hopeless?
Don’t be so pessimistic.
No matter they develop a drug/vaccine or not, eventually we will have to count on our immune system to function properly to keep ourselves healthy and away from diseases.
The Most Deadly Consequences of COVID-19: ARDS
Let’s take a break from the furin and S protein, and talk about why there is such high mortality rate of COVID-19.
Research showed that Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ARDS, is the leading cause for mortality (20).
What is ARDS？
It simply means that, when the immune system attacks the pathogen (ex. virus) too fiercely, our own cells are damaged seriously as well.
Every virus can interfere with the host immune system.
I said “interfere”, because most people would think that the viruses “weaken” your immune system, but actually they often “stimulate” your immune system and make you attack so hard, that you eventually die from your own immune system’s defensive mechanism.
Patients with ARDS will suffer from this kind of fierce attack in their lung; In other words, the lung will be seriously inflamed, and result is diffuse alveoli damage, pulmonary edema, lack of oxygen, and eventually respiratory failure, which requires intubation.
That’s why once infected with SARS-CoV-2，ARDS is the thing we will want to try very hard to avoid.
By the way, most of the treatment modalities currently being researched, are used for ARDS, meaning after you are intubated.
That’s is important for sure, but that’s the realm of critical/intensive care.
Like we have been emphasizing from the very first beginning of this blog:
Hospital is the place to “save your life”, not for prevention.
Before ARDS, you will not be given medication and intubated.
Even if you are infected now, the hospital will have nothing to do but to give you “supportive care”, hoping that you will get better on your own.
When your health deteriorates, the will need to intubate you.
The Afternoon Health blog has always put the emphasis on prevention.
I would like to talk about how to PREVENT, instead of how to TREAT ARDS (which is the realm of life-saving medicine).
Because, even if the great critical/intensive care medicine can save my life eventually,
I will hope that me, and the people I love, NEVER progress to ARDS.
What should we do then?
Drugs are not suitable for prevention, but there are plenty of choices in Mother Nature.
In order to choose correctly, we will need to understand how SARS-CoV-2 triggers ARDS.
Mission: Stop the Inflammasome NLRP3 !
Besides infecting by the S protein, the SARS-CoV-2 has another weapon: Viroporin.
Coronavirus have two important viroporins that render their infectivity: E protein and ORF3a protein。
The names look weird, so I’ll just call them E protein and OR protein.
Studies showed that they are the main mechanism for virus to infect, and they are directly related to the replication and virulence. Without them, the pathogenicity of the coronavirus will greatly diminish (23) (24) (25).
The reason that it’s called viroporin, is because it can transmit ions.
What does that mean?
It means that the coronavirus will use the E protein and OR protein to fuse with the host cell membrane, and “pour” calcium into the host cell, thus increasing the intracellular oxidative stress, triggering the subsequent serious inflammations.
This, is the very first beginning of ARDS.
After the influx of calcium into the cell, they will activate one major inflammatory mechanism: the NLRP3 inflammasome.
They are called the inflammasome because they can cause inflammation.
In order to promote inflammation, the inflammasome will have to release some pro-inflammatory substances (cytokines).
Ok, now you can imagine that, from a drug development point of view, people will start to develop drugs to block IL-1β and IL-6.
Tocilizumab is the drug used to block IL-6.
The Wall Street Journal also reported this news on 2020/03/24:
Although you have to pay to see the full text, you can see the important points from the free content.
I sincerely hope Roche can make it with all my heart, that would give critical/intensive care medicine one more weapon to use, and they can also profit from it.
Many people think that if you are pro nutrition, you have to be against drugs. They are wrong.
I know very well that R&D is a long and difficult road.
Sometimes you invest huge money on some projects but cannot get the reasonable returns to cover the expenses, then the whole company will be in jeopardy and face bankruptcy and unemployment.
If one old drug can have a new indication, or some patented chemicals can have the chance to be turned into something valuable, that’s very good news for the scientists and the companies that spent years working on the research!
But back to our main topic.
This blog has always put more emphasis on prevention, instead of treatment.
Even if those drugs can be used, they can only be used when ARDS is about to happen.
In other words, you can only use these drugs when you are about to be intubated, or already intubated.
But nobody wants ARDS to happen even if we are capable of using new drugs, intubation, resuscitations…
We want to prevent ARDS from happening.
Then the question is: how can we prevent the NLRP3 inflammasome to trigger ARDS?
A few nutrients have the potential to do that.
That’s right, not patentable drugs that required high-tech development, but un-patentable nutrients that exist everywhere.
Maybe you’ve already figured out one of them. After all, I’ve only emphasized one nutrient with bold letter so far.
The Huge Potential of Magnesium in Preventive Medicine
SARS-CoV-2 can use E protein and OR protein to fuse with the host cell membrane, and “pour” calcium into the cell.
The influx of calcium will activate the main inflammation mechanism: NLRP3, to initiate the subsequent serious inflammations that lead to ARDS.
Stopping the calcium means stopping the ARDS.
There is one calcium antagonist in nature.
Have you figured out what that is?
Magnesium is the “relaxing” mineral.
Most stress related symptoms can be alleviated by magnesium supplementation, including headache, muscle rigidity, insomnia, anxiety, palpitation, high blood pressure, asthma, and so on.
Magnesium can help relax by its calcium-antagonist effect!
Supplementing magnesium and antagonize the calcium action, and decrease the intracellular calcium level.
Magnesium is actually a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
You might have heard something called “inflammatory indicator” when you visited the hospital, the official name is CRP (C-Reactive Protein).
Besides, do you still remember the tocilizumab we mentioned above? The drug that was specifically designed to block the inflammatory cytokine IL-6?
Roche must think this is a very, very important mechanism, so they chose to conduct a clinical trial for it, right?
Guess what: Magnesium IV infusion can also lower IL-6 (43) !
We have to be clear about which comes first: Calcium influx => NLRP3 activated => IL-1β、IL-6 released
The drug developments all focus on blocking the downstream IL-1β、IL-6.
Why not block the origin of calcium influx by supplementing with magnesium?
That has the potential to stop the subsequent NLRP3 activation, preventing ARDS from happening.
It’s not too surprising for the clients of our clinic (Lypo-C IV Clinic) to know that magnesium is capable of lowering inflammation.
After all, we just gave a talk on 3/13 about why IV nutrients therapy with only vitamins/minerals can cure chronic pains that were deemed untreatable by hospitals; some even claimed the pain was part of “normal” aging.
On 3/28, we also gave another talk on why IV nutrients therapy with only vitamins/minerals can cure allergic rhinitis & asthma, without using steroids and anti-histamines.
To give you an example:
The histamine inside the smooth muscle cells beside the trachea will be activated and released by calcium influx, thus triggering asthma. Magnesium supplementation can stop that from happening, thus mitigating asthma symptoms (44).
But, even our old friends would be surprised to know that, magnesium has the potential to prevent COVID-19!
It’s even more interesting to know that some of the key research articles were published by researchers in Taiwan.
Their research found that magnesium supplementation can inhibit the NLRP3 inflammasome, thus preventing the much dreaded ALI/ARDS from happening.
Roche has recruited some of the best scientists in the world to develop patented drugs to block downstream cytokines like IL-1β、IL-6;
But supplementing magnesium can stop calcium influx from the origin, so none of the subsequent things will happen, including the activation of NLRP3, and the IL-1β、IL-6 that the big pharmas are trying so hard to block (45) (46) (47) (48) (49) (50).
One of them specified very clearly in the topic: Effects of MgSO4 on inhibiting Nod-like receptor protein 3 inflammasome involve decreasing intracellular calcium (47).
The other one also:
Magnesium Sulfate Mitigates Acute Lung Injury in Endotoxemia Rats (48).
Therefore, it’s reasonable to expect to use magnesium supplementation to lower intracellular calcium, so to stop the inflammasome from being activated and causing ARDS.
The authors did specifically remind us that, it’s best to supplement BEFORE the infection, to achieve the best clinical effects. If one supplements AFTER the infection and even sepsis, the clinical effects might not be as good.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
There are so many other relevant studies that support how magnesium can be useful in treating/preventing COVID-19.
Besides lowering inflammation, correcting hypomagnesemia has the potential to reduce ICU stays, lower the risks of mechanical ventilation (intubation) need, lower the risks of sepsis, and even lower all-cause-mortality (49) (50) (51) (52).
The clinical manifestation of COVID-19 is diverse. Besides hurting the respiratory system, it also hurts the cardiovascular systems frequently and cause death.
Some studies showed that if you give magnesium IV infusion to patients of AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction), their all-cause-mortality will be lowered, and this benefits will even last for 4.8-5.5 years (53) (54)！
Recently the President of the United States mentioned in the news that Chloroquine has the potential to treat COVID-19.
Some tragedies happened because of that: people tried to prevent COVID-19 by ingesting chloroquine, but ended up dying.
That’s why drugs are usually used to save you life.
It’s not so much of a good idea to use it as prevention method.
Chloroquine can cause “QT prolongation” of the heart（manifested on the EKG or the Electrocardiography）, raising risks for arrhythmia and sudden death.
You know which drug can also cause “QT prolongation”?
This is a very hot news a few days ago that French study showed that Chloroquine+Azithromycin can clear the virus in 5 days.
Chloroquine+Azithromycin are two important drugs for ICUs treating COVID-19 across the globe.
However, these two combined will increase the risk of “QT prolongation”, raise the risk of death of cardiovascular death.
But, by supplementing with magnesium, one can lower the risk of QT prolongation.
Supplementing with magnesium not only decreases your risks of getting ARDS from COVID-19, it also decreases your risk of arrhythmia if, unfortunately, you still have ARDS and doctors choose to use Chloroquine+Azithromycin.
One last good thing about magnesium:
Many people know the importance of Vitamin D in preventing COVID-19, because it can modulate your immune system, lower the risk of acute respiratory infection, but few people know that:
The activation of vitamin D is magnesium dependent (55)！
Without adequate magnesium, it might not be too useful supplementing with Vitamin D.
We explained in previous articles that close to 80% of the population didn’t even meet the RDA proposed by the government, which is the minimum amount you need to stay from serious disease.
And also it’s very important to know that stress will deplete your magnesium
COVID-19 has already made many people nervous and anxious even if they don’t have it; this major stress will increase the risk of magnesium insufficiency.
Furthermore, people with chronic diseases are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
Magnesium insufficiency is a very condition situation for diabetic patients, cardiovascular patients, and cancer patients. No only that, these patents with chronic diseases (including obese people) have elevated NLRP3 already (56) (57) (58) (59)！
Considering all of the above, it should be reasonable to supplement with magnesium, especially for people with chronic disease.
Hormone can prevent COVID-19 as well!?
I know you are probably tired by now, so I’ll speed up. If you can understand what we’ve been talking about so far in this article, it will only get easier.
The bottom line was: Magnesium and inhibit calcium from entering the cells. So, SARS-CoV-2 cannot use their viroporin: E protein and OR protein, to activate the NLRP3 inflammasome in the host cells, resulting in the serious inflammation of ALI/ARDS.
But there are other substances in Mother Nature that can do that.
One of them is a hormone:
This topic of the study says it clear:
Melatonin alleviates acute lung injury through inhibiting the NLRP3 inflammasome. (60)
So far, the mortality for children under 9-year-old is zero (64).
This is contradictory to our belief that elderly and children are the people who have the weakest immune system.
But that’s what we’ve observed so far.
If your lifestyle is at risk of not secreting enough melatonin, then you can consider supplementing with it.
By the way, supplementing magnesium can stimulate melatonin as well (67).
The Ace: Vitamin C
I talked about the potential of vitamin C previously, so I’ll not get into too many details here.
Please read this article if you are interested, although it’s in Chinese.
Some doctors worry that Vitamin C will stimulate the immune system so worsen ALI/ARDS.
But in fact, Vitamin C can also block the NLRP3, so it also has the potential to prevent ALI/ARDS (68).
Thanks to some great scientists and doctors, Vitamin C is one of the few nutrients that’s being studied in clinical trials.
China and Italy are the two most seriously affected countries, and they are using IVC to treat patients.
The news that Italy started the clinical trial was released on 3/26.
Here is one paragraph of what they say:
“Moreover, the vitamin C reduces the production of ROS (reactive oxygen species) that contribute to the activation of the inflammosomi and, in particular, the NLRP3 that affetcs the maturation and secretion of cytokines such as IL1beta and IL-18 that are involved in the inflammatory systemic syndrome that characterized sepsis.”
Do you understand this now?
Besides, the biggest hospital system in the state of New York, Northwell Health, has also started using IVC to treat COVID-19.
Unfortunately, this news was never valued by the mainstream media, and was even suppressed as “fake news”.
The reason is simple: because it sound too ordinary.
For people who don’t understand this, it sounds like dangerous folk remedy that only stupid people will believe, and should be criticized heavily.
Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said:
“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,”
“It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”
You think in times like this, the media will be more objective and report all the potential treatments?
Wrong. They don’t report something that doesn’t sound “sexy” enough. Dr. Weber also said:
“The vitamin C is administered in addition to such medicines as the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, various biologics and blood thinners”
The news of chloroquine and azithromycin was hot, even led someone to death by eating chloroquine. But have you ever heard or seen the news reporting Vitamin C? If they don’t say that’s fake news, that’s good enough.
You think chloroquine and azithromycin have more scientific evidences to support its use against COVID-19 because they are drugs?
Wrong. Nothing has adequate scientific evidences for this brand new virus.
The hospital in New York recommended chloroquine out of one reason: Compassionate use.
In other words, they are also not “proven” to be effective against COVID-19.
We just give the drug out of compassion and humanity considerations, we don’t want to just do nothing and let the patients die, so we picked a few medications that kind of made sense, and doctors have to be familiar with the drugs.
Most conventional doctors are much more familiar with drugs (chloroquine+azithromycin) than nutrients (vitamin C), so they will choose drugs over nutrients, even though they are obviously more risky options.
Besides, money, politics, and “sexy” or not, decides whether one thing gets attention.
But I want your life to be as less affected as possible by money, politics, and “sexy” or not.
No matter how “sexy” it is, you can not take chloroquine+azithromycin for preventing ARDS.
But you can safely supplement magnesium, Vitamin C, and other nutrients, bio-identical hormones, to try to prevent ARDS.
I don’t expect the mainstream media would be fair in covering vitamins.
And I don’t think you should expect that to happen soon.
It requires huge collective efforts to gain truly valuable informations in our time.
Back to our topic, I guess someone will freak out and say:
Vitamin C cause kidney stones!
I have to say again firmly: This is a myth.
And it’s probably one of the greatest myth in the history of nutritional medicine.
Almost all things in the world comes with risks, but the risk of nutrients are often exaggerated maliciously.
I cannot debunk these myths here, but if you are interested, please watch the video of me interviewed by Dr. 宋晏仁 on the show of 名醫On Call (though it’s in Chinese):
I can assure you that Vitamin C and magnesium are really safe to take, especially when you compare them to drugs.
However, I know some of the myths are so deeply rooted in people’s minds that it’s almost impossible to get them out.
But I don’t want you to miss the benefits of these good things.
So my suggestions is:
Please talk to doctors who are familiar with nutritional medicine before you make any decision to take anything.
Just like you have to consult an expert before taking the drugs, you also need to consult the experts for taking nutritional supplements.
Nutritional medicine is high individualized, everyone should supplement differently.
You should not see some fragmented informations on the internet then try by yourself, that DOES come with risk, especially when you are taking other supplements and drugs.
That’s why I will not talk too much about dosage and supplementing methods here, but I can indeed give some tips:
When you supplement with Vitamin C, remember to supplement with magnesium, and B6, the also take a lot of water.
Many people ask me why I add Vitamin C, magnesium, and Vitamin B6 together in IV. Now you know why.
Compared to using single nutrient, it’s much safer and more effective to use multiple nutrients that have synergistic effects.
Zinc v.s. Remdesivir: Which One Do You Want?
There is one more nutrient worth mentioning.
You know which drug of similar mechanism was made a huge star since the outbreak of COVID-19?
On 2020/1/31，the prestigious medical journal NEJM published ONE case report of treating COVID-19 with Remdesivir (82)。
You may not understand what NEJM means if you don’t study medicine, so I’ll explain it to you:
NEJM is the most impactful journal in medicine.
For many doctors, NEJM is like God (I’m not kidding).
No matter what NEJM says, it’s holy and unquestionable. If you are discussing any medical issue, as soon as NEJM publish one article, there’s no room for discussion any more.
They will suddenly be filled with conclusive confidence: “Ha! See? NEJM says so and so…”
That’s why, the ONE case report of NEJM, started a new wave of money and political craze: (For non-Chinese readers, I’m sorry, basically it just shows how the government and stock market were affected by the news)
2020/02/05 武漢肺炎》美研發新藥瑞德西韋 武漢病毒所卻搶先申請專利
2020/02/06 武漢肺炎有解？新藥運抵中國三期臨床試驗 全球股市鼓舞
2020/2/20 台合成藥物「瑞德西韋」 總統讚防疫進展－民視新聞
2020/03/17 瑞德西韋療法可能有安全性問題 腸胃道症狀、肝酶濃度上升
2020/03/26 戲劇性轉變! Gilead撤回瑞德西韋「孤兒藥資格」
From early Feb to late March, Remdesivir has gone though a lot of ups and downs.
In the same time, zinc, which possesses the similar mechanism like Remdesivir, lay quietly, and was hardly ever noticed
Why? Because it’s not scientific? Or it’s not “sexy” enough?
But even something as “Unsexy” as zinc, has gotten the attention it deserves.
Some critical care specialists are recommending Vitamin C, zinc, and even chloroquine to treat COVID-19.
Because, chloroquine seemed to “help” zinc get into the cells (81).
That’s right, for people who have relevant knowledges, zinc is the leading actor, chloroquine is the supporting actor.
Thus, it’s reasonable as well to use zinc to prevent COVID-19.
Please consult doctor before supplementing, even it’s nutrients.
Some earlier researches have also shown that by giving NAC (a precursor of glutathione, composed of 3 amino acids) through IV, the risk of ARDS (intubation) is lowered, so that would also be helpful (83) (84).
We introduced magnesium, melatonin, vitamin C, zinc, and NAC.
Except melatonin, other can be injected through IV.
We have talked about this topics several times, for those of you who are interested, please check out the previous articles:
Some doctors also place great value on Vitamin A and D; some recommends herbs like quercetin.
I think they have good reasons, but I will not go into details for those.
These “Unsexy”, natural substances, are potential stars destined to be ignored to “prove” themselves.
Lastly, let’s talk something practical:
Health-related informations are often confusing; it’s common that you don’t know what/how to do after reading one article.
It’s the same for nutritional/ anti-aging/preventive medicine.
That’s why I put great emphasis on managing health scientifically in Lypo-C IV Clinic.
The most important first step, is “Scientific Evaluation”.
If you are not sure whether to supplement or not, what to supplement, how to supplement, how long to supplement…, you should do scientific tests and clinical evaluation first. Our team will also do long term follow up and adjust your regimen accordingly.
I can say with confidence, that even drug-based services can hardly provide such delicate services.
Safe & Effective Modalities That Can Never Be “Proven”
Thank you for reading until now. If you find this article helpful, please do share it.
But I want to briefly talk about things that you will encounter in reality.
After you read or even share this article, please don’t be surprised that some mainstream (authority) voices will respond:
It’s fake news! There is no nutrient “proven” to treat/prevent COVID-19!
This is totally predictable. Nothing new here.
First, like what we said in the very first beginning, it’s very obvious that nothing is “proven” for this new virus.
We are all just searching for options with the most potential.
Next, let’s talk about what is “proven”.
To be recognized by conventional medicine as “proven”, one needs some large clinical trials.
The cost will be huge, and it’s almost impossible for nutrients to get resources like that, because they are un-patentable, so their profit will not cover the cost.
The will not be chosen by the judges before even entering the game.
This news said that Biotron owns a lot of patent chemicals, more than 30 of them have the potential to treat COVID-19.
The stock market went up to 20% because of the news. This will never happen to nutrients.
Is it because they don’t have the potential?
I hope you also agree by now that nutrients have HUGE potential regarding treating COVID-19
Like what we talked about, magnesium supplementation can lower intracellular calcium level, thus lowering the inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-1β (the main targets of Roche), and prevent ALI/ARDS.
Besides, it can also lower CRP, activate Vit. D, increase melatonin, prevent cardiovascular morbidities, prevent the side effectis of chloroquine and azithromycin, lower the risk of intubation, reduce ICU stays, and even lower your all-cause-mortality.
One drug usually has only one mechanism, one target. But it’s common for a nutrient to possess so many different functions.
Then why no body wants to further research the possibility of magnesium?
Because, it has medical potential, but no money, political potential.
No judge will give it a chance and turn around for it.
Now, the smartest people in the world are spending their time and energy researching and developing drug/vaccine to save your life.
But they are motivated by money and politics.
Only those patentable drugs can be profitable in the long process of being “proven”.
I’m not saying I’m against this:
Good profits stimulate good research;
Good research makes good money, that’s is something worth celebrating!
If some pharmas make money out of this event, it’s totally justified.
God knows how much this virus has damaged our economy system! It’s good that someone can make money.
But what I want to say is:
You think it’s science that motivates medicine;
But in reality, science is also motivated by money and politics.
Money + Politics => Science => Medicine.
So in summary, medicine itself is promoted by money + politics.
Some people think science is supreme and pure.
But for me, science is just a tool.
A tool is neutral, so it depends totally on who is using the tool for what purposes.
If you think that in this time of crisis people should put money and politics aside, well, think again.
The truth is, whoever gets the most money and political resources will win in this business competition.
And I can predict with confidence, that nutrients will never get this level of resources.
I’m a doctor who practice nutritional medicine.
But as a entrepreneur, I will not spend money to do such large-scale clinical trials for nutrients.
It’s simply not feasible, because it’s not patentable, so it’s not profitable.
That’s why nutrients will never be recognized by conventional medicine.
No matter how potential it is, it doesn’t matter. Nutrients can never be “proven” under the frame of conventional medicine.
True News Or Fake News? It’s Not Just Making Money, It’s War.
I’ve seen/heard some conventional doctors saying things like these:
“Only drugs and vaccines can help your immune system, the rest are BS.”
“Knock it off, stop spreading news like this. All nutritional supplementations useless and a waste of money. They are a fraud.”
“If someone tells you about immune system balance or modulation, it’s fake science.”
Although these extreme voices are only a small part of people, with the exaggeration and distortion of mainstream media, anybody who question a little bit about vaccine/drug, and support nutrient/natural substances, will be labeled stupid moron.
Of course, I was also trained by conventional medicine, so I know these doctors probably saw too many poor people misled by some bad people into something not effective and even interfere with really effective standard treatments.
This happens a lot in the hospital, so many doctors just criticize non-pharmaceutical treatments habitually, and this becomes their reflexes.
They might have done it out of good intension, but in this time of so many confusing real news and fake news, I’m afraid some people will be influenced by this kind of voice and miss the chance to be healthy.
Money, politics, and the restraints of system, make so many doctors don’t want to say anything even though know about it; but people who don’t know anything about it criticize a lot.
The pioneers of vitamin therapy: Dr. Andrew Saul and Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa, shared somethings about the potential of vitamin C on Facebook, but was labeled as fake news, and Dr. Saul’s facebook was even temporarily shut down.
That means this huge and powerful social medias is also affected to some extent.
For those of you who are interested about the politics and money involved, please read this article:
(For non-Chinese readers, this just explains why Taiwan government needed to speed up the developing process of Remdesivir, not to cure diseases, but to show big pharma we are capable of doing it. This will be a leverage to bargain with big pharma in the future, if the drug is really needed.)
It’s not just for money.
Like I said, it’s money+politics.
Why I chose to talk about “mechanisms” today?
Like I said in the very first beginning, you can only understand what the world is doing by know the mechanisms.
It’s clear that the most intelligent people are trying to develop drugs that save lives, and that involves money and political reasons.
I really hope they can succeed!
However, don’t we all know the prevention is better than treatment?
Have you seen anyone studying how to prevent COVID-19 and the related ARDS?
I won’t expect that to happen. I don’t think you should expect that to happen, too.
To emphasize one more time: Conventional hospitals are places to save lives.
You need to be sick and dying for me to save you (with drugs).
But what we value is preventive medicine.
This is the fundamental difference.
I hope I explained this clearly through this chance.
Lastly, if you only want to take away one thing, take this:
In our imagination, the virus will crushes our cells/organs like Godzilla.
But instead, we are often not killed by virus, but by our crazy, chaotic immune system.
Think about that.
So the vital thing is to “balance” your immune system.
Not too strong, not too weak.
The key word is “balance”.
Wish everyone good health!
Dr. Charles Chung-En Hsu, M.D.