By Dr. Glenn Wilcox, D.O.M., M.Sc.
This article is a companion to my last article in Truly Alive titled “Advanced Home and Clinical Tools for COVID-19.” It will present pragmatic information about how you can survive and thrive through the inevitable COVID-19 Second Wave. Medical experts agree it is likely there will be such a second wave. However, no one can predict when that will begin. Epidemiologist expect resurgent waves of infection that could last into 2022. Best be prepared!
The most significant factors that will interfere with your success are fear and ignorance about the facts of the disease, as they emerge, and your options for prevention and treatment, many of which are outside the expertise of conventional medicine. This article will explore these.
For a deeper exploration into what you can personally do to improve your survival, call me at Wise Medicine® and schedule an appointment. I provide essential health services. Many of my patients have significant compromised immune systems and depleted vitality. A majority of my patients have complex medical histories and health problems that other doctors have not been able to help them resolve. That’s when I shine. We are set up to provide in-clinic care and distance care by phone or video consultation. Call today to schedule a consultation.
The “shelter in place” strategy for the COVID-19 First Wave was certainly a dramatic experiment that prevented some infections immediately, while destroying the U.S. and global economy. Was it wise? Time will tell. Unfortunately, that strategy will have other significant consequences on global health and lives. The World Health Organization is predicting that hundreds of thousands of children will die as a result of the world COVID-19 related financial crises. I have not yet seen projections for adult deaths due to increased poverty, but they too will be significant since poverty is the biggest factor influencing health.
COVID-19 Compared to Seasonal Flu: Since the new coronavirus, commonly called COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 is the official name) was first discovered this year, many people have compared it with a more well-known disease commonly called seasonal flu. Both COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory illnesses. But COVID-19 is not the flu. Research so far indicates that COVID-19 spreads more easily and has a higher death rate than the flu. The higher death rate for COVID-19 is what makes this new disease so scary.
Death Rate: Before we explore the numbers, please keep the observations of two unique icons in mind. Dr. Timothy Leary advised us to “Think for yourself. Question Authority.” Mark Twain popularized the following. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Remember, models and studies are only as good as their assumptions. The opinions of expert authorities are only as good as the belief systems and financial incentives that influence them.
It is estimated that the death rate from seasonal flu is typically around 0.1% in the U.S. Though the death rate for COVID-19 is unclear, almost all credible research suggests it is much higher than that of the seasonal flu. It’s important to note that there is no one death rate for COVID-19; the rate can vary by location, age of person infected and the presence of underlying health conditions. Currently, among reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S., over 5% have died on average (and that varies widely from state to state, as it does from country to country). But this rate is limited and inaccurate for a few reasons. First, not everyone with COVID-19 is being diagnosed with the disease. This is because of testing limitations in the U.S. and the fact that people who experience mild or moderate symptoms may not be eligible for or seek out testing. For example, when I tried to get tested, I was refused because I had no fever. As the number of confirmed becomes more accurate, the fatality rate will likely decrease. Researchers from Columbia University recently estimated that only 1 in 12 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are documented. This would translate to an infection fatality rate of about 0.6%. But even this lower estimate is still at least six times higher than that of the flu, which is bad news. However, the good news is that most likely the death rate will prove to be much lower than we are seeing on the “sensational” news.
COVID-19 Symptoms: With COVID-19, doctors are still trying to understand the full picture of disease symptoms and severity. According to the CDC, reported symptoms in patients come on more gradually than those of the flu, vary from mild to severe, and can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
Who Dies from COVID-19?
- Older adults are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
- People with the following underlying medical conditions are at higher risk:
– Heart disease
– Lung disease
– High blood pressure
- Data is revealing that Blacks and Hispanics are being harder hit. Experts believe this is likely related to higher rates of health conditions, rooted in longstanding economic and health care inequalities, that make it harder for them to survive the infection.
- Men are more severely affected than women.
Fortunately, children are at a much lower risk. And so are the vast majority of Americans. When COVID-19 is behind us in a few years, over 99% of folks will have survived and thrived. Let’s explore how to improve your outcome!
Ventilators are Seriously Scary: Around 88% of patients with COVID-19 who were put on a ventilator in a New York hospital system died, according to a new study reported in LiveScience. Northwell Health is the largest health system in New York. Age made a difference. Around 76% of ventilated patients between the ages of 18 and 65 died, and 97%, of ventilated patients over the age of 65 died, according to the report. The researchers found that among the patients that were hospitalized, the most common underlying conditions were hypertension (around 56.6%), obesity (around 41.7%) and diabetes (around 33.8%). Senior author Karina Davidson who works at Northwell Health said, “patients who are put on ventilators typically have more severe disease. Mechanical ventilators are not dangerous, and in many cases, are life-saving machines.” Yes, but… Remember, “Think for yourself, question authority.” There are other options!
Testing: There are currently three tests for SARS-CoV-2.
- Nasal or throat swab antigen test for current viral infection.
- Blood IgM antibody test for a current viral infection that is at least 7 days old.
- Blood IgG antibody test for a prior viral infection that is at least 14 days old.
Be aware that a positive IgG test does not necessarily indicate you have immunity.
The Recommendations for Preventing COVID-19: The CDC recommends the following to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which include both COVID-19 and flu viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wear cloth face coverings in public. (Cough and sneeze into your elbow.)
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people.
Always cough and sneeze into your elbow, even if you don’t think you’re infected. Be considerate. Keep others safe!
Other Wise Choices: The medical conditions that put people at higher risk are clear. They are obesity, diabetes (and elevated blood sugar), high blood pressure, heart disease and lung disease. In a majority of cases, these are health problems related to lifestyle choices. We all know that making lifestyle changes can be very difficult. However, often there is an underlying medical condition driving the lifestyle choice. Here’s one dramatic example.
Intestinal Parasites! I have specialized in treating parasites and other intestinal “bugs” for four decades. As I’ve explained in many Truly Alive articles over the last few years, parasite infections are far more common in America than most people are aware of, including their doctors. My estimate is somewhere approaching half the population has some form of parasite infection. Here’s the surprise! The most common comment made by people after we have eliminated their intestinal parasites is “Doc, my craving for sugars and carbohydrates vanished!” The question becomes, how do you get those pounds off, and that high blood sugar under control with normal will power if those “bugs” are constantly driving you to eat more carbos? But wait (weight) there’s more. The other most common comment is “My bloating went away, and I lost a few inches around my waste in just a few days!”
The Biggest Negative for your Immune System (and therefore fighting COVID-19): Medical experts agree that over 70% of the human immune system comes from the intestines. Clearly, if your intestinal microbiome, the healthy, essential, good bacteria in your intestines is compromised by a parasite infection, your immune system is severely undermined. We can find those parasites. Every week, I send specimens to a world-class lab in Africa for my patients and those of other doctors across America.
Once I know what you have, eliminating it with EwejeTM Plant Juices is not very difficult. This protocol is the foundation to what I do and why I am able to help people when other doctors have not. You can call the clinic and request a specimen kit. Once we have your results, we will consult in person or by phone or video. Or, schedule a consult first and we can discuss the details of your concerns and devise a more personalized strategy.
Final Pearl: The food we are sold in America, and that we choose to buy and eat, is often questionable from an optimal health perspective. Be aware of, and avoid, the enemy fats in our food that help destroy our health and our immune system. Cate Shanahan, M.D. is an expert in fats and oils. Her opinion is that the “Hateful Eight Seed Oils” have a huge negative on our immune systems and consumption of them is a primary reason why people have bad outcomes with COVID-19. They are: Canola, corn, cottonseed, Soy, Sunflower, Safflower, Grapeseed and Ricebran. Check her out and be amazed.
At Wise Medicine®, I will guide you to better health. Call to schedule an appointment.