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Minimising Covid-19 pain

27 August 2020

2:00 PM

27 August 2020

2:00 PM

The current Covid-19 worldwide pandemic is causing a huge amount of pain.

In some countries only moderate pain, in others catastrophic pain. Can we do better, particularly in the worst affected countries and states? We most certainly can. It requires governments to make more intelligent decisions. Use brains rather than brawn.

When the infection arrives in a country, the first thing to do is a lockdown. Isolate people so that others cannot transmit the infection to them. The next thing is to realize that lockdowns are massively damaging, and should be a last resort after an initial brief lockdown. So what is better? Operate the lockdown for the least possible time. Use this time to build up people’s resistance to the virus so that when infected, it does minimal damage.

The medical industry will always recommend high-profit treatments in preference to low-profit treatments. Low-profit treatments are generally locked-out by medical regulators. Vitamin D, for example, will never be approved for treating COVID 19 because no one will waste millions of dollars getting an unpatentable low priced product approved. They are too scared to tell their patients because it is dangerous to recommend unapproved treatments. Hence the industry’s enthusiasm for vaccines. The problem with vaccines is that they are not currently available, they may be only partially effective (the virus mutates rapidly) and they may not be safe. They will not be cheap, with prices of about $A3,000 per person being suggested.

The problem is so severe that governments need to realize they cannot rely on conventional medical advice, they need to ignore regulations locking out unapproved treatments, and look at the evidence for all potential treatments.

Potential treatments for COVID 19 include the provision of vitamin D alone, vitamins C, D and zinc (the CDZee protocol), nebulized and/or intravenous hydrogen peroxide, and the drugs hydroxychloroquine with zinc, dexamethasone and butesonide taken orally or inhaled. Other possibilities include the interleukin 6 inhibitors Sarilumab and Toclilizumab, amongst others. 

A management plan for COVID 19 focused on providing the most effective medical treatment would not confine entire populations to their homes for months on end.  Instead, it would look like this: 

  1. If absolutely necessary start with a strict lockdown for a few weeks. Plan to never repeat the lockdown. 
  2. Protect front-line health personnel and high-risk people with current isolation practices and provide a regime of vitamin intake as outlined following.
  3. Implement high-quality treatment for sick patients. This will be based on high dose intravenous vitamin C (100-300 grams a day). And if needed an oxygen tent to improve oxygen take up. It may also include drugs such as dexamethasone, hydroxychloroquine with zinc, and athizromycin. People without breathing problems do not need to be in hospitals. 
  4. Advise all people over age 16 to at least boost their resistance by correcting their vitamin D deficiency.   This would be done by providing a vitamin D3 dose of 5,000 IU per day and vitamin A 10,000 IU per day taken with 30 ml olive oil.  Both vitamins A are fat-soluble.  Vitamin C 1,000 mg two to three times a day, increased to bowel tolerance as necessary.  Zinc picolinate or zinc citrate 30 mg per day,  Lugols iodine 5% 4 drops in water per day, and methylselenocysteine or selenomethionine 400-600 mcg per day.  Also, use an (asthma) nebulizer with 3 % hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the nasal passages after possible exposure. 
  5. Continue with reasonable isolation. A vaccine might be added if it is safe, effective and affordable.  All vaccines will show morbidity in a certain per cent of the population. 
  6. It may well be that we will all eventually get the disease. If so, the quality of our defences will be decisive. Sweden, after a poor start, now has minimal deaths. Presumably, their minimal lockdown of low-risk people has allowed the virus to travel through the community and people have acquired herd immunity.  

The future of current policies. Covid-19 forever?

Suppose we continue on the lockdown/social isolation path, and add vaccines when available. The vaccine might give us long term protection, and/or we might acquire herd immunity. But they might not. The virus might behave like another corona virus- influenza. The flu comes back every winter. Vaccination gives partial protection, but people still die. What would we do? Lockdown every winter, a few vaccine injections every year, continuing like this forever?. 

An appalling prospect. Melbourne is currently enduring lockdown 4.0.  Lockdown 5.0 or above is simply untenable. 

Dr Douglas Mitchell is a retired medical research scientist.  He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of London and worked as a research scientist at the New York State Department of Health in the areas of toxicology, chemistry, instrument design and statistics.  He has also conducted research on the treatment of metastatic cancer. From 2002  to 2005 he was the Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Dr Jake Ames is a practising pathologist.  He has treated thousands of patients with viral diseases such as the common cold, polio, Ebola, and corona viruses. 

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