Virus Death Toll Rises: What Can You Do to Prepare for the Coronavirus?
Unless you are a hermit you have heard about the coronavirus—a deadly new virus that is rapidly spreading worldwide. The first case was reported in Wuhan, China on December 21, 2019. As of February 10, 2020, mainland China has reported over 40,000 confirmed cases and nearly 1,000 deaths.
On January 21, 2020, the first US case was confirmed— a patient in Washington state who had recently visited Wuhan, China. A second case, in Illinois, was confirmed three days later. This patient had also recently returned from a visit to Wuhan. As of February 8, 2020, there were 12 confirmed cases in the US.
The corona virus has also been reported in at least 23 other countries, including Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. There have been hundreds of cases reported outside of China, and the numbers are rising. In just over one month the virus has spread worldwide and appears to be blooming into a worldwide pandemic. The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. The Chinese government has shut down all travel in and out of Wuhan — a city with a population of 11 million — and the surrounding area in an effort to contain the spread of the disease. Travelers returning home from recently visiting China are being quarantined for at least two weeks.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of RNA (ribonucleic acid) viruses. They are called coronaviruses because the virus particle exhibits a characteristic ‘corona’ (crown) of spiked proteins around its lipid envelope. CoV infections are common in animals and humans. Some strains of CoV are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted between animals and humans, but many strains are not.
In humans, CoV can cause symptoms range from those resembling the common cold to deadly, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (caused by MERS-CoV), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (caused by SARS-CoV). Patients infected with the new coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV), usually exhibit severe coughing, which may be accompanied by labored breathing. All cases show radiographic evidence of pneumonia.
Currently, there is no cure or effective medical intervention to treat the virus. The body must fight the infection on its own. Those with weak immune systems, generally the very young and the elderly or those who are in poor health, are most vulnerable. At some point there may be a vaccine developed for it, but that will be a long way off.
Take heart, you are not helpless against this new virus, there is a natural solution that may prove quite useful—coconut oil. The coronavirus is a lipid coated virus, meaning it is encased in a fatty envelope. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil, particularly lauric acid, have been shown to kill lipid coated viruses. Coconut oil consists of 63 percent medium chain fatty acids; nearly 50 percent of the oil is lauric acid.
The antiviral action is attributed to solubilizing the lipid envelope of the virus causing it to disintegrate, killing it. In addition, evidence also indicates that lauric acid may interfere with signal transduction in cell replication, preventing the virus from reproducing. All medium chain fatty acids have some antiviral properties; lauric acid is by far the most potent. It is important to note that while MCT oil is composed of 100 percent medium chain fatty acids, it contains no lauric acid, and therefore, would not provide the best protection against the coronavirus. At this time, the daily consumption of coconut oil, at approximately 3 tablespoons (45 ml) per day, might be your best defense.
Doctors Fabian Dayrit, PhD and Mary Newport, MD have co-authored an article on the coronavirus and how it may be possible to treat it using coconut oil and/or monolaurin. You can read the The Potential of Coconut Oil and its Derivatives as Effective and Safe Antiviral Agents Against the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV-2019)
Intranasal Light therapy reduces levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines
PBM reduces levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in activated inflammatory cells.
Intranasal Light Therapy works by reducing the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines caused by the coronavirus.
Coronaviruses can also cause problems in other systems of the body, due to the hyperactive immune response.
A 2014 study showed that 92 percent of patients with MERS had at least one manifestation of the coronavirus outside of the lungs. In fact, signs of a full body blitz have been witnessed with all three of the zoonotic coronaviruses: elevated liver enzymes, lower white blood cell and platelet count, and low blood pressure. In rare cases, patients have suffered from acute kidney injury and cardiac arrest.
But this isn’t necessarily a sign that the virus itself is spreading throughout the body, says Angela Rasmussen, a virologist and associate research scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. It might be a cytokine storm.
Cytokines are proteins used by the immune system as alarm beacons—they recruit immune cells to the site of infection. The immune cells then kill off the infected tissue in a bid to save the rest of the body.
Humans rely on our immune systems to keep their cool when facing a threat. But during a runaway coronavirus infection, when the immune system dumps cytokines into the lungs without any regulation, this culling becomes a free-for-all, Rasmussen says “Instead of shooting at a target with a gun, you’re using a missile launcher,” she says. That’s where the problem arises: Your body is not just targeting the infected cells. It is attacking healthy tissue too.
The implications extend outside the lungs. Cytokine storms create inflammation that weakens blood vessels in the lungs and causes fluid to seep through to the air sacs. “Basically you’re bleeding out of your blood vessels,” Rasmussen says. The storm spills into your circulatory system and creates systemic issues across multiple organs.
From there, things can take a sharp turn for the worse. In some of the most severe COVID-19 cases, the cytokine response—combined with a diminished capacity to pump oxygen to the rest of the body—can result in multi-organ failure. Scientists don’t know exactly why some patients experience complications outside of the lung, but it might be linked to underlying conditions like heart disease or diabetes.
“Even if the virus doesn’t get to kidneys and liver and spleen and other things, it can have clear downstream effects on all of those processes,” Frieman says. And that’s when things can get serious.
Credit: National Geographic article Here’s what coronavirus does to the body (From blood storms to honeycomb lungs) by Amy McKeever and Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of Photobiomodulation by Michael R Hamblin
LLLT acts as cAMP-elevating agent in acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been reported to actuate positively for relieving the late and early symptoms of airway and lung inflammation. See LLLT acts as cAMP-elevating agent in acute respiratory distress syndrome
Scientists have discovered that light energy (Qi) has positive modulating effects on red blood cells, optimizing their cellular structure and oxygenation capacity. Additionally, photobiomodulation may stimulate mitochondria within white blood cells, potentially leading to an enhanced immune system. Up-regulation of cytochrome c oxidase (CCO) by intranasal light therapy (ILT) can optimize the oxygenation of the blood of ill patients with COVID-19 whose lungs are affected reducing the oxygenation of their blood. ILT also triggers the release of nitric oxide (NO) that inhibits the replication cycle of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus.
Excerpts from page 84-86, The Cure & Cause of Cancer
"To prevent respiratory diseases caused by virus infections, the Qi deficient immune system has to be strengthened by acupuncture, Qigong, Qi-healing, and herbs. Wuji Qigong treats Qi deficiency effectively (with intranasal light therapy)." - page 78, Return to Oneness with the Tao
Coconut oil with 655 Prime intranasal light therapy and Eight Extraordinary Meridians Qigong are the best immune system boosters to ward off viruses in my international travels. – Ricardo B Serrano, page 62, Wei Qi Field in Medical Qigong, Oneness with Shiva
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