by Dr. J. Renae Norton
For those of you who already know me, you know I am all about prevention.
The more naturally we can do that the better. You also know that I am a huge fan of oil of oregano, natural vitamin C and Manuka honey. Indeed I have a concoction that I use to treat… well just about every kind of infection, that is as follows:
1 tsp. Manuka honey
1tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
2 drops oil of oregano (food grade)
4 drops oil of lemon (food grade)
1 cup hot water
Enjoy this brew 2 to 3 times a day until you no longer have symptoms and then once a day for 3 more days. It works on strep, upper respiratory infection, pneumonia, ear infection, etc. (It is an excellent substitute for people who worry about taking antibiotics, as oil of oregano is a potent but natural antibiotic.)
So imagine my joy to find a study that demonstrated the potential of oregano oil as a natural food and surface sanitizer to control the human norovirus while another study demonstrated the antiviral potential of oregano oil against a human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV.)
Obviously, these are not the same as the coronavirus but they are very similar. Given the success of oregano with these two viruses we can only hope that it will be helpful with coronavirus as well.
Although coronavirus has become a global problem, there are plenty of steps you can take to help prevent it, right in your own home. Besides the oil of oregano also consider:
1. Vitamin C has long been known for defending against colds and viruses because of the manner in which it supports the immune system. The problem is that it is virtually impossible to obtain real vitamin C in the US. It is all made from corn and often GMO corn. An amazing substitute is Camu Camu powder, which has some of the most concentrated vitamin C available. Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a small orange-red fruit, similar in size to that of a large cherry, with a tart flavor. The camu camu tree grows primarily in the Amazon. The fruit contains exceptionally high amounts of vitamin C — anywhere from 1,882 to 2,280 milligrams per 100 grams of fresh fruit. I use it in my smoothie every day. It definitely keeps the doctor away!
2. Another vitamin C substitute is Kakadu Plum, also called green plum, salty plum, murunga or mador. It comes from a flowering plant in the family Combretaceae, native to Australia, widespread throughout the tropical woodlands from northwestern Australia to eastern Arnhem Land.
Like Camu Camu, it has a high concentration of vitamin C although Kakadu Plum offers even more benefits, i.e. concentrations have been recorded of 2300–3150 mg/100 g wet weight and occasionally as high as 5300 mg/100 g. That is a lot of vitamin C! Compare that to an orange with 50 mg/100 g. It is also an amazing antioxidant and provides a slew of phytonutrients that exceed those of the blueberry. It is known for the protection it offers against many immune system deficiencies. This is important, since Vitamin C is one of the first nutrients to go when the body is under attack. This makes the Kakadu Plum even more powerful when it comes to fighting disease.
It has a few other impressive benefits that do not have anything to do with fighting viruses that I will just mention briefly: it lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and it helps to fight Alzheimer’s.
Although the effects of vitamin C on COVID-19 have not been studied directly, a 2006 trial in Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism found that getting enough vitamin C in your diet could help decrease symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory infections in general.
Daily needs for vitamin C for prevention is 300 milligrams daily and to fight an infection, 1,000–3,000 milligrams daily so both the Camu Camu and the Kakadu will more than suffice
3. Another important vitamin is vitamin D3. If your levels are normal, you do not need to supplement. But many people are deficient in vitamin D3 because they do not eat grass-fed beef or eat grass-fed dairy and because they do not get sunlight on their skin when vitamin D3 is available. (In Ohio, vitamin D3 is now available for about an hour each day, when the sun is at solar noon.) Dosage recommendations vary from 400 to 800 IU per day to up to 5,000 IU. If you do not know your vitamin D3 levels, you should. So check them out and supplement if you cannot get natural vitamin D3 from sunlight.
4. Licorice root – Glycyrrhizin, is an active compound found in licorice root. It has also been shown to have excellent virus-fighting properties, especially for the virus SARS, which is in the same family as the COVID-19 (Novovirus.)
5. Grandma Was Right – Chicken Soup. She made hers with lots of garlic and a hint of ginger, both of which are good for supporting the lungs.
6. Near Infrared Sauna – As many of you who follow me know, I use a near-infrared sauna every day. My understanding is that for every degree you increase your body temperature, you rid yourself of bacteria that can cause infection. I cannot remember the last time I had a cold or an upper respiratory infection and I am exposed constantly. I’m just saying.
Other steps to take:
Wash your hands – often
Don’t put your fingers in your mouth, or your nose, or your eyes Practice cough etiquette
No kisses, or handshakes. Bump elbows for now
Stay away from people who are sick and people who have sick children
Use vinegar to disinfect kitchen and bathroom surfaces
Stay tuned for more info on the Coronavirus.
Dr. Renae Norton
Navitas makes an organic camu powder and it’s my favorite because it is great quality, easy to use and tastes great in a smoothie! Try some today to stay healthy tomorrow!
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