Can We Combat COVID-19 With Nutrients?

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By Laraine Abbey-Katzev RN, MS, CNS


As a registered nurse with a master’s degree in biology/clinical nutrition and having been in private practice as an orthomolecular nurse-nutritionist, I am well familiar with successful nutrient treatment holistic protocols — now applied to rescuing COVID19 patients. This knowledge needs to be shared world-wide as such treatments benefit many health conditions including infectious diseases. But first, a brief disclaimer.

Always consult a physician or knowledgeable health practitioner before instituting any COVID-19 therapies. Individual situations vary greatly and there are no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatments. COVID-19 is a serious, potentially fatal, disease. Additionally, your symptoms may look like COVID while being something different. The protocols that follow are for general informational purposes. While your physician may be unaware or unskilled regarding them, you must explore them together as he or she will be best able to navigate their use in your particular situation. If your doctor is unwilling, you might consider finding another doctor.

Many physicians treat acute viral infections, with 4-days of very large daily doses of Vitamins A (100,000 IU) and D (50,000 IU), also using zinc along with Vitamin C, the latter of which should be continued indefinitely while symptomatic and for 36-48 hours after symptoms subside–as in the Cathcart bowel-tolerance dosing protocol.1 That treatment has also been used with COVID-19, and along with nebulized iodine and food grade peroxide diluted to 3.5% for lung symptoms. Other nutrients—including selenium and NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) are often used, as well as additional oxygen therapies of injectable ozone or delivered rectally or vaginally. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has also been reported as helpful.

Vitamin D3 has recently been identified as extremely important for infectious disease immunity, including SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).2

Very large dosing intravenously (IV) with vitamin C has also been used successfully around the world in the treatment of toxins and viruses.3 including COVID19. Note that there are various forms of vitamin C, such as acidic and non-acidic available in tablets or powders as well as lyposomal forms that some researchers tout as more effective than IV. The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service article “hot off the press” entitled Vitamin C Evidence for Treating Complications of COVID-19 and other Viral Infections serves as a reading guide for the most relevant sources on vitamin C and D for prevention and treatment of complications from COVID-19 and other viral infections.

I’ve added additional valuable Vitamin C reference links at the end of the article.

While no COVID protocols I am aware of are including natural source Vitamin E (d-alpha, not synthetic dl-alpha), I would strongly recommend 400-800 IU, as vitamin E reduces tissue requirements for oxygen (O2) and thus is O2 sparing. While also very beneficial in patients with congestive heart failure, it must be started slowly in heart failure patients at only 100 IU and increased gradually.

Videos of Dr. David Brownstein’s recovered COVID patients can be seen at his YouTube channel where most of these therapies are discussed.

His office has treated well over 100 such patients with ZERO deaths or hospitalizations…and yes, he treated really sick patients.

Del Bigtree, of the had an amazing interview with Dr. David Brownstein and his associate Dr. Richard Ng here:

We didn’t have to die or lose our economy to disease. If our population was in better shape nutritionally, we wouldn’t have all those chronic ailments that caused COVID-19 co-morbidity deaths.

Isn’t it time to shift away from the ‘drugs-to-treat-disease’ paradigm and embrace the ‘nutrients-to-build-health-and-immunity’ concept?

In my opinion, it’s nothing short of criminal that these treatments are not ‘standard of care’ in mainstream medicine.

On massive dosing with Vitamin C—

Published Research and Articles on Vitamin C as a Consideration for Pneumonia, Lung Infections, and the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)

Options for Preventing Virus Deaths NOW!

  2. Strong Associations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations With All-Cause, Cardiovascular, Cancer, and Respiratory Disease Mortality in a Large Cohort Study— DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.112.047712
  3. Curing the Incurable…Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins by Thomas E. Levy MD, JD

Also read the new study in the journal Nutrients: “Dietary Supplements Are Important Weapons for Fighting Off COVID-19”

Laraine C. Abbey-Katzev, is a Registered Nurse (emeritus) and Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with a Master’s-Degree in Biology/Clinical Nutrition who maintained a private practice, developed health and weight control programs, nutritional products, and was a featured newspaper columnist for health and nutrition articles. Formerly, a psychiatric Head Nurse, Laraine earned the Huxley Institute Certificate in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice and her successful Orthomolecular treatment of Agoraphobia/Panic Disorder through diet and nutrient supplements, was featured in many magazine articles and books. Laraine is a health activist and a member of the American College of Nutrition.


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