On March 22nd, a 48-year old Brooklyn woman Josephine Bruzzese woke up with a fever, body aches, dry cough and trouble breathing. She had lost her ability to smell and taste. Her family rushed her to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in Sunset Park. At the time there were no coronavirus tests available and the hospital sent her home as a suspected case of Covid-19 with an antibiotic azithromycin, and the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine both of which helped, but she still had difficulty breathing. Luckily, her son James who was in his second year of a 7-year program to get a medical degree thought to call a well-known complementary physician Dr. Richard Horowitz who had treated his sister and asked him for advice. The advice was for his mother to take a large dose of 2000 milligrams of glutathione. Josephine said that within an hour she felt relief and after five days of this treatment she was better. Dr. Horowitz has written up this case and another similar case with a man in his 50’s in the journal “Respiratory Medicine Case Reports”. This story was reported in the New York Post on May 9th, 2020.
In response to an infection, our bodies produce inflammatory cytokines that could potentially escalate and overwhelm us and even kill us if not for the antioxidant capabilities of quenching this reaction. Probably the most important antidote for this is glutathione. Made up of three amino acids, (cysteine, glycine and glutamine) our bodies assemble these three amino acids into glutathione which can
It was barely six weeks ago on March 1st, that the CDC claimed that only 15 Americans were sick with the coronavirus. Clearly this was an illusion and the virus was already everywhere. Some estimates say that there were already 10,000 Americans that had been infected. Now here in mid-April and we just passed 600,000 cases of infection and close to 24,000 deaths here in the U.S. In these confusing times important questions about testing and statistical analysis should be paramount in understanding what is going on. New York seems to be the epicenter for infections in the U.S., but New York has also tested 13x more people on a per capita basis than any other state. California, with its large population base has completed fewer tests per capita than the country’s next five largest states. We can’t be getting clear data if smaller states such as Massachusetts and Washington are showing high outbreaks due to wider testing, and more populous states such as Texas and California show less of an outbreak with less testing. Clearly, testing is the heart of the problem regarding an analysis of what exactly our country has been dealing with and how we can move forward without fear.
The standard recommended testing utilizes a long nasal turbinate swab test to the nasopharyngeal area (the back of the nasal cavity) which is then tested for the virus’s RNA by a method called PCR (polymerase chain reaction) that can pick up genetic material of the virus. In most circumstances results come back within 8-24 hours. Abbott labs has a device that has a much quicker turnaround time. In as little as 5 minutes a positive can be determined and within 13 minutes a negative. No test is 100% accurate, the nasal turbinate test even when performed correctly by a medical professional has an accuracy rate like the Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests (RIDTs) which run about 50%-70% accurate. More than 70 companies have signed up to sell serology tests or “at home antibody tests” which typically use a finger-prick of blood on a test strip to identify people who either have the virus or have developed immunity to it. Rutgers University just got FDA approval for a simple saliva test they developed that can be done to see if you are infected or over your infection.
On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared that Covid-19 as a pandemic. In the three months since the newest Corona virus infection SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 (the name of the condition) appeared in Wuhan China about 120,000 people have been diagnosed with it and about 3,500 people have died. SARS stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome. As of this date, (March 12th, 2020), there have been about 1200 cases of Covid-19 with thirty-six people having died from Covid-19 in the U.S. There is growing concern about the pathogenicity of the virus, what risks this virus will have on our health, what implications it would have on our economy and on our way of life if it were to continue to infect mass amounts of people here within our borders.
As with any pandemic, these concerns are justified. Digesting the latest data on infection rates will help us understand the situation and give ourselves, and our society the opportunity to protect ourselves adequately. (click the headline to see the rest - cause and cure)
It’s been five years since the FDA banned the sale of baby bottles containing BPA, a chemical that mimics estrogen, and hence populate a category of toxins broadly called endocrine disruptors. Since then, bottles, food containers and products labeled BPA free have been popping up all over store shelves. However, new research is revealing that the compound which replaced BPA could be just as dangerous.
What is BPA?
BPA (bisphenol-A) is a carbon-based synthetic hardening agent that is added to many commercial products including:
Clear polycarbonate plastics
Carbonless credit card paper receipts
Computer and cell phone casings
Cell phone covers
Water and beverage bottles, plastic dinnerware
Epoxy resins inside cans
PVC water lines
What the research says
Studies from Japan found that women with recurrent miscarriages had about three times as much BPA in their blood as women with successful pregnancies. Another study from Vincent Memorial Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital found that women undergoing fertility treatments who had higher concentrations of BPA in their urine, produced fewer eggs and reduced a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. In men, it lowers production of testosterone. In 2003 to 2004 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) measured BPA in the urine of 2,517 participants...
We all have heard of the benefits of eating fish and taking fish oil capsules. It’s high
source of omega 3 fats, and DHA are good for our brain health, for problems such as
anxiety and depression, and help in controlling inflammation by controlling harmful
eicosanoids and cytokines. Fish oil can also help ADHD, reduce triglycerides, help
blood pressure and eye health. Seaweed unlike land plants has omega 3 fats and DHA
just like fish. They also contain a broad amino acid profile, antioxidants, are a good source of the mineral iodine. Iodine and the amino acid tyrosine are two components to help form thyroid hormone. Although seaweed also contains carbohydrates such as carrageenan, fucan, and galactose which are difficult for our bodies to digest, these carbohydrates are food for beneficial bacteria in our digestive system. Additionally, Asian countries who have a long history of regular consumption of seaweed have a lower rate of certain cancers such as breast cancer.
Fucoidan, Fucoxanthin, and Phlorotannins
It is believed one of the reasons for lowered risk of cancer is different species of brown seaweed such as kelp, wakame and bladderwrack, contain Fucoidan which is a sulfated polysaccharide. Research is ongoing, but a few studies show that Fucoidan can induce cell apoptosis (removal of old cells and cell parts), to modulate the immune
system, and to inhibit the formation of new vessels where tumor cells would receive
oxygen and nutrients. It also appears to activate sirtuin 6 and other sirtuins. Sirtuins
have been looked as antiaging compounds by slowing oxidative stress and diabetes. Fucoxanthin, a carotenoid like what is found in carrots and other vegetables appears to be a promising non-stimulatory fat loss agent that usually sees results in 5-16 weeks. It also reduces blood pressure. Phlorotannins are like tannins found in other plants and they have antimicrobial properties.