Motrin, aka ibuprofen or Advil; is a medicine cabinet go-to for pain and fever for a great deal of Americans. Concerns are surfacing about the safety of taking Motrin with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This concern can leave people who are sick or in pain wondering where to turn.
The WHO (World Health Organization) is advising against the administration of Motrin or other NSAIDs and steroids with COVID-19. This recommendation is based upon a theory that the mechanism of action of these medications could potentiate COVID-19. Motrin can increase angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). According to a letter published in The Lancet, “Human pathogenic coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus [SARS-CoV] and SARS-CoV-2) bind to their target cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is expressed by epithelial cells of the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.” The letter goes on to say “We, therefore, hypothesize that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal COVID-19.” (1)
Many media outlets and so-called U.S. health experts are counter recommending the WHO and making comments like “There is no good reason to avoid Motrin.” The argument against avoiding Motrin is that there’s not any scientific data backing this recommendation. (2)
I would counter that this strain of Coronavirus is too new for there to be such research conducted. What is scientifically documented about NSAIDs is that they can cause significant stress to the kidneys and cardiovascular system. What we do know about steroids is that they suppress the immune system. Since COVID-19 has proven to be highly infectious and in many causes organ damage, it stands to good reason that NSAIDs and steroids are not good choices in the face of this type of infection. Why risk it?
Favorite Supplements To Reduce Fever And Pain
What are people to do when COVID-19 causes individuals to spike high fevers and so many individuals are treating pain with NSAIDs? I have compiled a list of my favorite supplements that I recommend to naturally help reduce fever and pain.
Inflamma-Tone from Energetix
Calcium Lactate from Standard Process
Boswellia Complex from Mediherb or Boswelliazyme
Turmeric Forte from Mediherb (or other good
*If on medication, only use Inflamma-Tone and Calcium Lactate
Inflamma-Tone is a homeopathic supplement that is intended for fever, chills, redness, swelling, swollen glands, headaches, coughs, uncomfortable urination, and painful or stiff joints. This product has a pleasant taste and is safe and easy to administer to children. I have had great results in easing discomforts of fever and acute pain with this product.
Calcium Lactate is a highly soluble (which translates to well absorbed) form of calcium with a small amount of magnesium as well. Calcium in this form is great immune support and in higher doses can help with reducing fever and the aches and pains that accompany it.
Boswellia is a beautiful anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (fever), antioxidant, and joint support herb. The formulation of Boswellia Complex by Standard Process also contains other great anti-inflammatory herbs. The other constituents are celery seed extract, ginger, and turmeric. BoswelliaZyme by Energetix is designed to support normal immune response in the body. This formulation contains Boswellia and proteolytic enzymes, serrapeptase and pancreatin extract. The enzymes can also be helpful in combating a viral challenge. This formulation is phenomenal for joints health and inflammation, as well as great immune support. (3)
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Asian traditional medicine for a huge spectrum of maladies. There are bodies of research that support Turmeric as an effective anti-inflammatory agent as well as an anti-infective. Turmeric has actually been shown to be a powerful antiviral. The biggest limitation of Turmeric is that in many formulations it is poorly bioavailable. Turmeric Forte by Mediherb is formulated with fenugreek to create a high level of bioavailability. (4)
When it comes to viruses, conventional medicine has nothing to offer. Most anti-viral medications have underwhelming results with handling viral challenges and also come packaged with a long list of side effects and potential interactions. Even medical solutions for fever can create issues for your long term health.
The best solutions for resisting COVID-19 are herbs and nutrition!
Many herbs exhibit strong anti-viral properties and also help with fever and the discomforts that accompany it. Why risk Motrin or other chemicals? Nature has the best solutions.
As a Doctor of Pharmacy and an expert in nutrition and supplementation, I can say with confidence that here at The Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor, we can help. Whether you are sick or focusing on prevention, we can design a tailored plan for your health.
Don’t wait! Call the office to become a patient: 734-302-7575. We have a special “Immune Focus” New Patient phone consultation because of the current viral situation. We are also offering phone consultations for current patients
Your gut health is intimately connected with the health of your microbiota. Specifically, your gut is the tract that goes all the way from your mouth to your anus. The term “microbiota” refers to all the organisms living in AND on the human body. The microbiota is made up of a large variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Your microbiota live in a delicate ecosystem. These bugs keep each other in balance. When this microbial balance becomes disrupted, you develop “dysbiosis.” Dysbiosis refers to a microbial imbalance in which “bad” bugs opportunistically colonize OR bugs that are normally “good” in small amounts overgrow and become pathogenic. Correcting dysbiosis is how you restore your gut health.
How does gut health get disrupted?
There are many reasons why the microbiota gets disrupted. A common cause is the overuse of antibiotics. According to the CDC, 50% of antibiotics prescribed are either unnecessary or inappropriate. The damage in this scenario is two-fold; first, antibiotics indiscriminately kill many of the bugs in the gastrointestinal tract. Secondly, with the overuse of very broad-spectrum antibiotics, what are left behind are what have been referred to as “superbugs,” which are very treatment-resistant and make it very hard for the microbiota to correct itself.
Another issue surrounding antibiotics is that 80% of the antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are given to livestock. This means that even if you have managed to go your entire life without taking a prescription of antibiotics if you have ever eaten conventional meat and dairy, you have been exposed.
A factor that is just as important, if not more so, than antibiotic use, is DIET. Eating processed, high acidity foods treated with chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics as well as loaded in refined sugar makes up the majority of gut health issues. The good news is that this is the most controllable cause of dysbiosis.
Eating foods that you do not digest well can also create dysbiosis. When I tell patients they have a food sensitivity often they reply “But I’ve been eating that my whole life and it’s never been a problem!” The truth is, that may be the problem in and of itself. Eating a food that is not digested well may feel fine for days, months even many years. It often takes a long time for symptoms to manifest. Meanwhile, it is costing your body much of its precious reserves and energy to process and damaging the gut.
The fundamental issue of dysbiosis is the imbalance of microbes. There are “commensal” microbes (“good bugs”) that have a beneficial role in the gut and also “pathogenic (“bad bugs”), disease-causing microbes that are not a normal part of the gut ecosystem.
There are a multitude of ways infection can come into play. Scenario 1: dysbiosis exists and the commensal bugs get out of balance. Some “good bugs” become overgrown or out of balance while other “good bugs” are not at a high enough level for good health. 2. Dysbiosis is created due to an infection with a “bad bug” such as a parasite, mold/fungus/yeast, and/or bacteria that is NOT native to your body’s ecosystem.
Regardless of what scenario has occurred, the infection must be resolved to heal the gut.
A poor diet and antibiotic use are two very problematic factors that disrupt gut health; however, there are many other contributors. Toxic exposures, long term general medication use, exposures to pathogens foreign to your microbiota (overseas travel for instance), and being born from C-section and/or consuming baby formula as an infant are all contributors.
What does dysbiosis do to the body?
The gut is the hub for digestion, nutrient assimilation, creation of neurotransmitters and immune factor creation. As a result, dysbiosis symptoms and conditions can run the full gamut of physical as well as mental symptoms and conditions. The following list names many of the more common and or/well-established issues connected to dysbiosis.
Constipation AND/OR diarrhea
Unresolved skin rashes
Weak immune system/frequent illness
Especially B12, Iron and Folate
Frequent yeast infections
Chronic Conditions Connected with Dysbiosis:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
How To Heal Your Gut
“Let food be thy medicine.”
Food and Food Eliminations:
You can take the best supplements on the planet, but if your food choices are incorrect for your body, your gut will not heal and you are wasting a lot of money.
There are many ways to attack your diet. The most basic steps to take are to eliminate all processed, chemicalized and refined foods from your diet. A good rule of thumb is to shop primary the outer perimeter of the grocery store, leaving the center aisles alone. Eating grass-fed beef and other meats and eggs that are free of hormones and antibiotics is important. White sugar is out, completely.
As many pathogenic bugs proliferate on sugars, keeping even natural sugars to a minimum is important. Most people should be eating no more than 100-75 grams of carbohydrates a day for good gut health. Some individuals with difficulties losing weight, unresolved infection and inflammatory conditions should eat less than that.
Depending on your specific health profile, you may need to implement an Antifungal Diet, an elimination diet, or, in more extreme situations, the GAPS diet.
If you have a lot of reactions after eating foods, you should find out what your food sensitivities are. As food reactions are not always immune in nature, allergy tests alone may not be enough to find your trigger foods. For this reason, elimination diets have a lot of value. My favorite elimination type diet to use is the Whole30. Journaling your food intake along with your symptoms often helps you find the foods that are triggers, as well. Keep in mind that often a food can still launch a negative response for about 3 days after consumption.
Pages upon pages could be written to go over this what supplements should be given to help dysbiosis. I will only cover the supplements I see most broadly applicable.
Almost all gut issues require a good probiotic. There are many blends out there and many reasons why one might be superior to another. The following are some general guidelines:
Vaginal Health a) Primarily Lactobacillus Strains
Gut Health and Oral Health – Broader Spectrum a) My favorite: Flora 12 + from Energetix
Baby Health -B. bifidum and B. infantis a) Prenatal through 2 years
I find that if you have potential parasites, yeast issues, and thyroid problems, it’s good to make sure you have the S. boulardii strain in your probiotic. Prosynbiotic from Standard Process and Flora 12 + from Energetix contain this strain. There is also a stand-alone S. Boulardii from Physica I use if a patient needs to amp up another probiotic for those concerns or if they generally do not do well with supplementing probiotics (this can happen if a patient has Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth also know as SIBO). S. boulardii is actually a beneficial yeast that is not killed during most antibiotic therapy and has strong antiparasitic and anti-candida properties.
If you have taken many probiotics in the past with little results or do not feel well with probiotics, you may be a better candidate for a supplement called Ion*Gut Health (previously known as Restore). This supplement is not a probiotic but contains factors from soil that help to improve the health of the gut wall and to create an environment in the gut lining that can support a healthy microbiota.
If you have long term gut health issues that don’t resolve with the above interventions, you may need support for specific digestive organs (such as the gallbladder or intestines) or a leaky gut protocol. To find out what additional interventions you need, see one of our practitioners.
Preparing for cold and flu season is very important. There are many types of viruses. They all behave similarly and have similar characteristics. Many things that help with one viral strain help with others, too. You could have a cold or flu or a more serious viral infection like meningitis, Epstein Barr (mononucleosis), chickenpox, shingles, or HIV and still benefit from similar nutritional support. This article is not intended as a substitute for medical care, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Medical Doctor for questions about a medical condition before you start learning how to prepare for flu season naturally.
Viruses spread in different ways, depending on the virus. Hepatitis C, a liver disease, is spread through body fluid. Influenza can be spread by coming in contact with the virus that has been left behind on an object or through the air. Immune challenges like bacteria divide to grow. Fungi grow in the body by spreading spores. But, viruses replicate differently once they are in the body. They attach to cells and then penetrate the cell. Then, these cells are unable to function normally.
Many viruses like the liver and replicate there. They can also get stuck there as the body is going through normal detox and healing processes. Viruses also impact nerve lines. This is why people often have headaches when they have a virus. The pain with shingles is because the nerve is inflamed by the virus.
During the flu season and if you have a history of viruses keep your immune system strong with the following tools:
Keep your cells healthy with a whole food vitamin C supplement like Cyruta Plus or Cataplex C. If you keep the cell wall strong viruses can’t penetrate as easily.
Echinacea Premium is an excellent support product for the immune system. Kerry Bone, the manufacturer of it says: “it is like putting glasses on the immune system so it can work better.
Calcium Lactate helps with fever and helps mobilize white blood cells to better fight off illness.
Vitamin D helps the immune system and is good for the bones. It can also help circulation, brain, and helps with calcium absorption. Fall and winter (times when sun exposure is less) are a good time to consider Vitamin D supplementation.
L-Lysine can help suppress viral expression and also help with tissue healing.
Wash your hands frequently.
Some foods can flare viral load. The foods that are common triggers are high arginine foods: nuts and seeds, nut butter, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, brussel sprouts, oats, and onions. Avoiding these foods if you suspect a virus can help your immune system recover faster.
Hope some of these natural virus relief ideas help you on your path to wellness!
Yours in health, Kerry Cradit, B.S. Nutrition and Food Science
Alzheimer’s without a solution is scary—with this article I wish for you to understand that there is hope.
I had a patient with bad Alzheimer’s, bad enough that he would get lost going to the mailbox. He was living in an Alzheimer’s care center and his sister started bringing him to my office. He’d been a marathon runner and loved to run, and eventually, under my care, he got to the point where he was able to run a mile loop in the neighborhood around the care center! It wasn’t just me or the family seeing the improvement: one of the caregivers was in tears one day saying, “If only we had known Dr. Schmidt, maybe my husband would still be alive today.”
With this patient, we discovered three reasons he had developed Alzheimer’s:
His body had very little fat from running marathons
He was on a low-fat diet
He was on cholesterol-lowering drugs
These are all fat-deficiency causing practices.
The thing is, the body needs fat.
The brain and nervous system are made out of it!
All hormones are made out of fat.
The low-fat diet craze and the cholesterol-lowering drugs are missing the mark. He partook in those low-fat activities for 20 years and that’s how he got Alzheimer’s.
How does one maintain brain health with the attempt of reversing Alzheimer’s? We’ve outlined the correlation between Alzheimer’s Disease and nutrition.
Here Are The Five Steps:
1. Leaky Gut Repair
If your gut isn’t functioning optimally, the small intestine will let undigested food pass through its large (though microscopic) holes and into the body. Your immune system will see those large, undigested proteins as a foreign invader, and will start to attack. If those undigested proteins look like your brain, after a while, your immune system will start to attack your brain. If those large undigested proteins look like your joints, after a while, the immune system will start to attack your joints. And on and on it goes. Therefore, you want to repair the gut so that instead of large, undigested proteins moving into the body, you have small, very digested proteins.
2. Lots of Good Fats
Fish oil in capsules falls into this category, but better sources are fat from red meat, pork, chicken skin, chicken, eggs (eat the yolks!), butter, ghee, lard, tallow, suet. These are foods that used to be in our food supply but have been taken out systematically by conventional dietetics. The point: there are good fats and there are bad fats. The bad fats are man-made, including corn oil, safflower oil, margarine, Crisco; these are not found in Mother Nature and our bodies don’t know what to do with them. Go with the fats that you find in nature. For example, you could, hypothetically, go out, kill an animal, and eat the fat just like that. Our ancestors were hands-on in that way, and many other cultures around the world still are. You can’t, however, go out and press the seeds of the canola plant and get a cup of it and drink it—you would first need a factory and numerous chemicals to extract the oil, via many unnatural processes, before you could consume it.
I currently have an Alzheimer’s patient who has been eating high fat Keto for 3 years. She is maintaining.
3. Open Up the Arteries
How do we do this? At the office we use Cyruta. Cyruta is a supplement made by Standard Process, and it clears out the arteries.
The patient I mentioned above came into the office one day, and I told him to lay on his back on the table so I could do our testing procedure. He froze up. He stood there, looking back and forth—he didn’t know what to do. I had to help him by gently directing and pushing him down onto the table. During the visit, I found he needed cyruta. When his sister brought him back a month later, I said to him, “Lay on your back on the table,” and he went right down and laid on his back. He knew exactly where he was in space. He knew what to do based on what I had said. We’d opened up his arteries in four weeks and his brain was getting more nutrients that visit than it had been getting the month before.
4. Stop Sugar and White Junk
“Junk” meaning bread, pasta, and white rice. All the nutrients are taken out of those products when they’re processed. The sugar part of the equation is extremely important. I have a guy I know with early Alzheimer’s, and we struggled for about a year before I really got hard on him. I asked, “are you eating sugar?” And his wife said, “Well, he’ll only eat, like, a cookie a day.” And I said, “You’ve got to stop that sugar.” And I said, “Every time you come in here, I’m working for you 100%, and when you go home, you’re only working for yourself 90%. You have got to stop the cookie per day.” I know, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but once he stopped that cookie, things really started to improve. He was able to tackle puzzles and able to build a bookshelf. A year earlier he wouldn’t even start a project like that because his mind couldn’t get him through the whole process.
5. Brain Food
There are supplements that are specifically for the brain. Two examples are RNA, a nutritional supplement you’ll find at most health food stores, and Bacopa, an herb. There are many good brain supplements out there—you can find them online. These supplements are the last step for a reason, so once the first four steps are in progress and under control, the brain supplements start to work.
And I’ll say this: I have not known of a pharmaceutical drug that will reverse Alzheimer’s. There are claims that some drugs will stop the progression of the disease, but I don’t believe it. You have to do it the natural way. The body is made from Mother Nature, it’s not made from drugs. It’s made from stuff you find in the Earth, not the stuff you find at Merck or at Pfizer.
Know that it takes at least a year or two using this method to see significant changes. It’s best to catch it early if you can. I’ve seen patients with Late Stage Alzheimer’s—my sister used to work at a late-stage Alzheimer’s care center, and that’s where you’ll witness people who are curled up like a child, and there’s no communication. Get your brain healthy and your nervous system healthy before it gets to that point. However, even when it’s really bad, there’s still potential to reverse it. I want to encourage you to not give up and to not be afraid.
I hope you’ve learned something about the proper diet for Alzheimer’s that you can apply to help you or your family members.
Have you asked yourself, or your doctor, health practitioner, holistic doctor…. How many grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat should I eat?
How many calories should I eat per day?
What should I eat?
Doesn’t “everyone” need a probiotic, fish oil, calcium, etc?
The answer to all of these questions is really the same.
We all have a body with many variables; Gender, age, body composition, etc. We are each unique.
Different environments (current and growing up), different genes, different foods and water consumed, different toxic exposures, different immune systems, different metabolism. These differences make the needs of each person variable. Meaning not everyone is deficient in the same nutrients. Not everyone burns the same amount of calories per day. There is no one size fits all diet.
Here are some things we all need.
We all need nutrition. We all need some supplementation. We can’t get everything we need for health from the food we eat. We all require healthy fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals to survive. We all require clean, healthy water. But, the needs of each person are unique.
Come and see us or talk to us on the phone. Let us help you. Let us develop a nutritional program designed for you as an individual. See how you feel. If you feel better and symptoms improve we have another success for ourselves and you. No harm can come of feeding your body well.
Our testing methods and nutrition recommendations work because we are supplying foundational needs of the body with whole food supplements. We help you correct the function of the organs by supplying vitamin and mineral needs. We help you find the cause of the problems and symptoms you might be having. And, we help you correct the reason why they are happening.
The explanation I give to my patients about why they are having illness symptoms frequently involves a bucket analogy. At times a symptom can be traced back to a very specific event or toxic exposure or illness or stress that starts a downward spiral. If you think about when a symptom started you may be able to determine this for yourself. But, often, toxic exposure, viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic illness will build up over time and then in combination be the source of the problem.
That is the reason for my bucket analogy.
Your organs of elimination are like a bucket. Your liver/gall bladder, bowel, kidneys, bladder, and skin all work together to remove the stressors from your body. Toxins and immune challenges go in and should be emptied out in an efficient fashion. However, excess carbohydrate consumption (white refined sugar especially), stress, and high toxic exposure can all make these organs of elimination work less efficiently. This makes the bucket fill faster than it is emptying. As you come in contact with new chemicals, metals, and immune challenges the bucket keeps filling. If you are not actively encouraging the drainage of these pathways the problem keeps building. You may or may not have symptoms during this time.
At some point, the bucket is very close to overflowing. This is when random exposures to even small amounts of something toxic to your body will push you over the edge. A walk into a store that sprays perfume on everything will start a sneezing attack. Foods (even healthy ones) could produce allergic or bowel reactions. Dental work (even a cleaning) causes a headache. These are examples of the bucket overflowing. The organs of elimination can’t handle more. So, the crisis is more dramatic.
Eventually, the bucket is constantly overflowing, causing the symptoms to be chronic and lasting for longer and longer periods of time.
Some Symptoms of the Overload on the Organs of Elimination are:
Swollen tonsils/lymph nodes
The Solution: Empty the Bucket!
We have many ways of supporting these organs of elimination. We have several new supplements that have been very successful in supporting the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, and bowel and assisting with detoxification.
Ask your Practitioner what might be best for you. We now have a Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health in our office that can be used to help with moving toxins out of the body by sweating. Lymphatic massage or dry skin brushing, drinking an adequate amount of good quality water, keeping your bowels moving well, exercise, and eating healthy foods all help, too.
I hope this analogy helps you understand the why behind your symptom. I look forward to helping you on your path to diagnosing chronic symptoms and achieving better health.