With the fast, worldwide reach of the media, it seems like every year we hear about a new illness outbreak looming on the horizon. In 2001 it was anthrax, 2002 was West Nile virus, 2003 was SARS, and in the following years it has been H1N1 infulenza, Ebola, and Zika viruses, among others. And now in 2020, we have a new coronavirus emerging.
Coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. They can spread much like cold viruses. Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous, but some are. Those that cause Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can be deadly.
The World Health Organization has now declared the coronavirus outbreak centered in Wuhan, China, a “public health emergency of international concern,” with cases diagnosed as far as Europe, Thailand, Japan, and the US. This currently rivals the SARS coronavirus outbreak as far as total numbers, but the relative good news is that the fatality rate is much lower at 2 percent right now. Unfortunately, the media coverage and medical system response is enough to create panic for anyone.
Fortunately, all viruses share the same fundamental weaknesses, and there is so much we can do to safely, easily, and naturally exploit these weaknesses to boost our immune system and protect ourselves from getting sick. Supplemental enzymes (specifically proteolytic enzymes) have been shown to regulate and stimulate the immune system.
A foreign organism such as a bacteria or virus will have several exposed molecules on its surface, referred to as antigenic molecules or antigenic determinants. One of the mechanisms used by the body to defend itself is the production of antibodies, i.e., protein molecules that are made by the body with the specific ability to fit with and bind to the antigen (foreign molecule) in order to “flag” it for removal by the immune cells and the complement system. These antibodies, once produced, circulate via the blood and lymph and combine with the antigen molecules to which they were specifically synthesized to work against.
The interaction of the antibody to the antigen molecule constitutes and Antigen-Antibody complex. The more antigen is in the system, the more antibody is produced by the body. As a result there will be increased interactions between antigen and antibody molecules, and the formation of what is referred to as immune complexes (IC). These immunes complexes circulate throughout the body and, as their number increases and persists, they ultimately overwhelm the immune calls and the complementary system that is supposed to remove them through the degradation of the antigenic molecules. The immune complexes will ultimately induce inflammation, infections, clot, and fibrin deposits, and the inhibition of the immune system.
Any treatment or dietary supplement that alleviates that formation of large and numerous immune complexes in the body will ultimately aid in preventing and/or treating the diseases. One of the most effective non-drug treatments to control and remove immune complexes from the circulation in systemic supplementation with oral enzymes including proteases and amylase. By removing the immune complexes, oral enzymes enhance and stimulate the immune system, optimizing the complement system and the phagocytotic cells. Anytime you administer enzymes that have hydrolytic/ digestive and systemic function, you will support the immune system in fighting infection, improving blood rheology, scavenging free radicals, and cleaning up toxicity which will result in overall wellness.
- Take 2 caps Digest before meals to help ensure proper digestion and bio-availability of all nutrients, supporting cellular integrity and a strong immune system.
- Take 2 caps Protease four times daily between meals to promote optimal blood and lymphatic flow, supporting delivery of nutrients and removal of toxins. Proteases also help manage inflammation and support the immune system.
- Take 2 caps Probiotic at bed to further support digestion and the immune system while maintaining a healthy gut environment.
It is also important to maintain optimal levels of nutrients, particularly vitamins A, C, and D. These nutrients have antiviral abilities and are able to support the immune system when it is under attack.
- If you are not ill, take 3-5,000 mg a day of vitamin C. At the first sign of an illness, take 1,000 mg/hour until diarrhea develops, then back off for a time period.
- For vitamin A, use 5,000 units a day in the form of cod liver oil, not beta carotene, if you are not sick and 100,000 units a day for 4 days at the first sign of an illness.
- *NOTE: Pregnant women cannot take these doses.
- Also, vitamin D is very important for fighting infections. At the onset of an illness, take 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for 4 days to titrate to 10,000 IU for prevention and maintenance.
Taking supplemental enzymes with these specific viral-fighting nutrients will also help to improve their effectiveness in the body.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.