I hope and pray you are all doing well! In the past several weeks, everyone’s lives have been turned upside down. COVID-19 literally hit home when my daughter, Jessa, contracted the virus and experienced all the classic symptoms, including the rapidly progressing acute lung distress. Praise be to God; she has recovered as rapidly as her condition progressed. The onset of her condition forced me to gain as much knowledge as quickly as possible to decrease the rapidly developing “cytokine storm” that I saw coming on. As you may know this cytokine storm is the cause of the respiratory failure seen in so many people who have unfortunately succumbed to their illness. I spent the next several days immersed in books, webinars, podcasts, and internet searches and I wish to share the information I have learned with all of you.
How Does COVID-19 Affect the Body?
- The COVID-19 coronavirus binds to ACE-2 receptors on the cells, highest in the heart, lungs, kidneys, and vascular cells, lymph, and spleen.
- After binding the body’s immune response is to release inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. This process is upregulated leading to fever, body aches, but also a possible massive infiltrative process in the lungs. This could in some (not most) lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
- The level of “cytokine storm” is under the control of Inflammasomes. The more inflammation reaction, the greater the chance for cytokine storm and increased risk of death from coronavirus. The two cytokines that seem to be most upregulated are IL-1B, IC-6, IFN-y, TNF-a. One particular cytokine-like protein has been implicated in sepsis-induced cytokine storms: High mobility group Box 1 protein (HMGB1). The higher the cytokine level, the higher the HMGB1is. These HMGB1 levels at peak will last 18 hours before they begin to decline. When HMGB1 is expressed in lung tissue it causes massive neutrophil (white blood cell) into the lungs and acute lung injury. As the storm progresses respiratory failure (requiring mechanical ventilation), acute renal failure and systemic shock all occur.
Possible Coronavirus Intervention
A. Inhibit Inflammasomes that Initiate Cytokine Cascade
- Vitamin C Blocks Inflammasomes. Many have heard IV Vit C was highly effective in a Chinese study to halt coronavirus and is now being utilized in U.S. hospitals to treat acute coronavirus.
- Melatonin. Blocks inflammasomes and is highest in young people and lowest in older people. Electropollution from EMFs such as Wi-Fi, cell phones, iPads, computers, and all cell phone towers have been proven to interfere with pineal gland function and decreasing melatonin.
- Nitric oxide. Blocks inflammasomes. Your body makes its own nitric oxide, but it can be increased by taking beet powder and the amino acids arginine citrulline and ornithine. Additionally, vitamin C increases nitric oxide.
B. Inhibition of HMGB1 via Specific Herbs
- Salvia miltiorrhiza
- Angelica Sinensis
- Licorice-directly binds HMGB1 rendering it inactive
- Green and black tea (EGCG)
C. ACE-2 Herbal and Viral Docking Inhibitors
- Japanese Knotweed (resveratrol)
- Allicillin (garlic)
D. ACE-2 Expression Protection
- Salvia miltiorrhiza
- Ginkgo biloba
E. Reducing Cytokines Decrease IL-1B
- Japanese Knotweed (resveratrol)
- Hydrogen water
F. Decreasing IL-6-Cytokine
- ECCG – green and black tea
- Stinging Nettle
- Oregano, sage, bay leaf
- Vit D3, zinc, magnesium, Co-Q10 and PQQ
- Sulforaphane (broccoli sprouts)
- Hydrogen water
G. Protecting Lung Cells from hypoxia
- Rhodiola – prevents hypoxia-induced oxidative damage, increases intracellular oxygen diffusion and increased efficiency of oxygen utilization.
H. Lung Cilia Protective Herbs
- Olive oil
- Bidens Pilosa
I. Lymph and Spleen Protection
- Red root
- Poke root
J. Lung Immunity
- Cordyceps – stimulates dendritic cell maturation
- Licorice, red root, elderberry, and zinc stimulate T-cell counts
Some other herbs found specific for prior SARS coronavirus are Chinese Skullcap, houttuynia, isatis, licorice, artemisia annua (wormwood), eucalyptus, Gentiana, lonicera japonica, Japanese knotweed, and Panax ginseng Andrographis may be helpful for those infected with COVID-19.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Health and Wellness
Some estimates state that most of the population will be exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Currently, there is no vaccine and often testing is reserved for only the extremely ill. So, with this understood it behooves us to take a strong stance with general wellness and health to also bolster a strong immune defense. You may be asking, “What else can I do?”.
Here are some suggestions:
- Get plenty of sleep. Study after study suggests sleep boosts immunity via several mechanisms.
- Eat a healthy nutritious diet. Garbage in/garbage out. Your immunity will be garbage if you don’t eat well. One serving of sugar can decrease white blood cell function by 50% for 8 hours. Foods high in sulforaphane such as broccoli and brussels sprouts are a good choice because they help decrease IL-6 that contributes to the cytokine storm. Garlic and onions have antiviral activity. Fruit, foods high in anthocyanins and polyphenols such as blueberries, elderberry, cinnamon, and grapes help block viral docking on the ACE-2 receptor.
- Exercise. Daily exercise with some kind of movement has been proven over and over to help boost immunity. It also helps with proper lymphatic motion to prevent toxic stagnation.
- Check your Mental Health. These are very trying times for all, and anxiety and fear will weaken your immune system. Anxiety is fostered by an unknown future and certainly, we are all facing many unknowns. I take comfort in my faith knowing that I can control only what is in my control and the rest I leave for God. My own beliefs have encouraged me to “stay in peace” during times of trouble. Instead of focusing on your uncertainties, shift your consciousness to greater mankind and consider donating money or time and help one another in any way you can. Maybe this will be how the world will truly heal!
Basic Immune Supplemental Support “If you’re not sick with COVID-19.”
- Vitamin C – preferably buffered 4000 mg/day
- Vitamin D3 – preferably emulsified 4000 IU/day
- Elderberry syrup 1 tsp. 2x/day not with cytokine storm
- Glutathione – preferably liposomal 1 tsp/day
- Lauricidin (monolaurin) – 1 scoop/day
- Daily Probiotic
If you are a patient of Dr. Arne’s or Dr. Herzog’s and are interested in further information regarding this post, a telehealth conference with your chiropractor may be scheduled for further assistance with proper immune support for your specific health needs. God Bless, stay healthy, safe and stay in peace!
Dr. Robert Arne, DC, DABCI
The information in this posting is for informative purposes only and came from several different sources. The information provided has been obtained from sources that primarily had research on a prior coronavirus family of viruses including SARS and MERS. There is no research to state that those herbal treatments will specifically treat COVID-19 novel-coronavirus. The information provided in this posting is not intended to provide treatment specifically to COVID-19 and any attempt to use these herbal products without proper practitioner guidance could be harmful to your health. Dr. Arne is not intending to diagnose, treat, or cure anyone with the novel COVID-19 coronavirus with the information that has been provided in this post.
Brady, David. “Current Controversies In Natural Therapeutics of Immune Support”. 2020.
Buhner, Stephen Harrod. Herbal Antivirals. Storey Publishing, 2012.
Klinghardt Institute. Dr. Klinghardt’s Latest Discoveries On COVID-19. 2020. Accessed 31 Mar 2020.