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This story is re-published as a summary and extract of a story on Dr Mercola's website, written by Dr Mercola, published March 9, 2020.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 are still on the rise worldwide. By far, the majority of these deaths so far are in the Hubei Province in and around Wuhan City.

COVID-19 — An Escaped Bioweapon? 

According to bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, whom I recently interviewed on this topic, the evidence suggests COVID-19 is a weaponized coronavirus originating from the Biosafety Level 4 facility in Wuhan City. It's the first BSL-4 facility in China, and was set up specifically to research coronavirus and SARS.

He describes COVID-19 as a chimera consisting of SARS (an already weaponized coronavirus), HIV genetic material and influenza virus, designed with so-called "gain of function" properties that allow it to spread a greater distance than normal.

COVID-19 can travel 6 to 7 feet through the air, and some reports suggest the virus can shed that distance from contaminated human feces as well. Others have suggested COVID-19 may involve Prevotella, a bacterium known to cause respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, and that this may explain some of the observed symptoms and how it can spread through feces.

The Bacteriophage Hypothesis

Bacteriophages — viruses that infect and reproduce inside bacteria, like a parasite — have been implicated "in the progression and maintenance of at least some pathologies, including those associated with protein misfolding," according to one 2018 paper, which further notes:8

"Here, for the first time, we propose the concept of bacteriophages as human pathogens. We suggest that bacterial viruses have different ways to directly and indirectly interact with eukaryotic cells and proteins, leading to human diseases."

In a February 2020 paper,9 Sandeep Chakraborty, a bioinformatics core member at UC Davis,10 notes that Prevotella "is present (sometimes in huge amounts) in patients from two studies in China and one in Hong Kong."

He goes on to cite RNA sequencing data11 from Wuhan, China, published January 25, 2020, showing "millions of reads of Prevotella proteins" amid a few thousand COVID-19 viruses. Yet the researchers make no mention of the Prevotella in their paper. Prevotella bacteria was also found in six COVID-19 patients from the same family in Hong Kong.12

"These are the three studies I could find," Chakraborty writes.13 "But the clinching evidence is the presence of the same integration point of nCov and Prevotella in Study 1 and Study 2.

Moreover, detection of the nCoV can be made very spec[f]ic by looking for a 500bp in the spike protein, which would be a good candidate for vaccine development, protein-inhibition and diagnosis (which was non-specific for SARS in many cases, including the CDC test). And, since this is now DNA, the standard detection tests using RT-PCR, which looks for RNA is having large false negatives."

While this connection needs further verification and validation, it's an interesting finding that could be significant if true. From a treatment standpoint, it could indicate that antibiotic drugs might be useful, and for prevention, probiotics, prebiotics and/or sporebiotics might play an important role.

There's still a lot we don't know about COVID-19, and if it did escape from Wuhan City's BSL-4 facility, they're not giving out any details about it that might help health care workers figure out an effective treatment plan.

While vitamin C treatment is one avenue under investigation, and wearing medical-grade face masks is the route many have taken to avoid infection, taking steps to strengthen your immune function is likely one of your most important prevention strategies. I review several of these strategies below.

Vitamin C Treatment for Coronavirus Under Investigation

February 4, 2020, researchers at Zhongnan Hospital in China announced they will investigate the effectiveness of vitamin C infusion for the treatment of severe COVID-19 infected pneumonia.14

Many of the deaths associated with this viral pneumonia appear to be due to septic shock,15 and studies suggest high-dose vitamin C infusions can improve outcomes in cases of sepsis16 and respiratory infections.17 As noted in the Zhongnan Hospital's study description:18

"Viral pneumonia is a dangerous condition with a poor clinical prognosis … Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has antioxidant properties. When sepsis happens, the cytokine surge caused by sepsis is activated, and neutrophils in the lungs accumulate in the lungs, destroying alveolar capillaries.

Early clinical studies have shown that vitamin C can effectively prevent this process. In addition, vitamin C can help to eliminate alveolar fluid by preventing the activation and accumulation of neutrophils, and reducing alveolar epithelial water channel damage.

At the same time, vitamin C can prevent the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps, which is a biological event of vascular injury caused by neutrophil activation."

The researchers intend to treat patients with 24 grams of IV vitamin C per day for seven days at a speed of 7 milliliters per hour. The placebo group will receive an IV of normal saline.

The primary outcome measure will be the number of days without ventilation support during 28 days of hospitalization. Secondary outcome measures will include mortality, ICU length of stay, the rate of CPR required, vasopressor use, respiratory function, sepsis-related organ failure and more.

Dr. Marik's Sepsis Treatment Protocol may be a Good Option

Time will tell what the outcome of that Zhongnan Hospital study will be. Chances are vitamin C will impart some benefit, although Dr. Paul Marik's sepsis treatment protocol might be an even better option.

One initial retrospective before-after clinical study19,20 showed giving patients 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours for two days reduced sepsis mortality from 40% to 8.5%.

Research,21,22 published online January 9, 2020, found Marik's intravenous sepsis protocol lowered mortality in pediatric patients as well. The study was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and as noted by Science Daily,23 the preliminary data from this study "supports the promising outcomes seen in adults."

Between January 2014 and February 2019, 557 pediatric patients with septic shock met the criteria for inclusion in the study. Forty-three received Marik's vitamin C-B1-hydrocortisone protocol, 181 received hydrocortisone-only therapy, and 333 received neither of these treatments. The 43 patients receiving the vitamin C treatment were matched based on clinical status with 43 untreated controls and 43 hydrocortisone-only patients.

At the 30-day mark, controls and the hydrocortisone-only groups had a
mortality rate of 28% while the treatment group had a mortality rate
of just 9%. At 90 days, 35% of the controls and 33% of those receiving
hydrocortisone-only had died, compared to just 14% of the treatment
group.24

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- Sources and References

This story is re-published as a summary and extract of a story on Dr Mercola’s website, written by Dr Mercola and published on March 9, 2020.

As COVID-19 continues to take its toll, taking measures to strengthen your immune system would be a wise strategy as a strong immune system is your No. 1 defense against all types of infections, both viral and bacterial, and the nutraceuticals discussed in this article can all aid you in that effort.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected thousands worldwide, raising fear and anxiety among the general population. There’s still an air of mystery surrounding this illness, but one thing’s for sure — like other viral infections, practicing proper hygiene and bolstering your immune system are essential to safeguard your health.

As for prevention, nutrition plays a crucial role and several nutrients are known for their immune-boosting properties and ability to ward against viral infections. As reported in a February 24, 2020 press release:25,26

“In a compelling article27 in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases … Mark McCarty of the Catalytic Longevity Foundation, San Diego, CA, USA, and James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, propose that certain nutraceuticals may help provide relief to people infected with encapsulated RNA viruses such as influenza and coronavirus …

COVID-19 is around 30 to 60 times more lethal than the typical annual flu. Both influenza and coronavirus cause an inflammatory storm in the lungs and it is this inflammatory storm that leads to acute respiratory distress, organ failure, and death.

Certain nutraceuticals may help to reduce the inflammation in the lungs from RNA viruses and others may also help boost type 1 interferon response to these viruses, which is the body’s primary way to help create antiviral antibodies to fight off viral infections.”

McCarty and DiNicolantonio list several nutrients available in supplement form that may be of particular benefit against COVID-19, including the following (below). For more details about each, see the full-text paper28 published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases:

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) Encourages glutathione production, thins mucus, lowers your chances of influenza infection and reduces your risk of developing severe bronchitis
Elderberry extract — Known to shorten influenza duration by two to four days and reduce the severity of the flu. According to the authors:29 “Given that elderberry is a very rich source of anthocyanins, there is reason to suspect that its impact on viruses might be mediated, at least in part, by ferulic acid, a prominent metabolite that appears in plasma following anthocyanin ingestion.”
Spirulina Reduces severity of influenza infection and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies. In a human trial, spirulina significantly lowered the viral load in patients with HIV infection
Beta-glucan — Reduces severity of influenza infection severity and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies
Glucosamine Upregulates mitochondrial antiviral-signaling protein (MAVS), reduces severity of influenza infection severity and lowers influenza mortality in animal studies
Selenium “Since selenium is an essential cofactor for certain peroxidases, and selenium deficiency has been endemic in certain regions of China and other parts of the world, insuring adequacy of selenium nutrition might also be appropriate in this context,” McCarty and DiNicolantonio note, adding:30 “Selenium deficiency also increases the rate at which viruses can mutate, promoting the evolution of strains that are more pathogenic and capable of evading immune surveillance.”
Zinc Supports “effective function and proliferation of various immune cells,” lowering mortality in the elderly by 27%
Lipoic acid — Helps boost type 1 interferon response. As explained in a 2014 paper:31 “Type I interferons (IFNs) activate intracellular antimicrobial programs and influence the development of innate and adaptive immune responses … (IFNs) are polypeptides that are secreted by infected cells and have three major functions. First, they induce cell-intrinsic antimicrobial states in infected and neighboring cells that limit the spread of infectious agents, particularly viral pathogens. Second, they modulate innate immune responses in a balanced manner that promotes antigen presentation and natural killer cell functions while restraining pro-inflammatory pathways and cytokine production. Third, they activate the adaptive immune system, thus promoting the development of high-affinity antigen-specific T and B cell responses and immunological memory. Type I IFNs are protective in acute viral infections but can have either protective or deleterious roles in bacterial infections and autoimmune diseases.”
Sulforaphane Helps boost type 1 interferon response

A 2005 study32 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases also found resveratrol has the power to inhibit the replication of influenza A virus, significantly improving survival in influenza-infected mice. According to the authors, resveratrol “acts by inhibiting a cellular, rather than a viral, function,” which suggests it “could be a particularly valuable anti-influenza drug.”

Suggested Daily Doses

The provisional daily dosage suggestions offered by McCarty and DiNicolantonio to help control RNA viruses, including influenza and coronavirus infection, are as follows:33

NutraceuticalDaily dosage
Ferulic acid500 to 1,000 milligrams (mg)
Lipoic acid1,200 to 1,800 mg (in place of ferulic acid)
Spirulina15 grams
NAC1,200 to 1,800 mg
Selenium50 to 100 micrograms (mcg)
Glucosamine3,000 mg or more
Zinc 30 to 50 mg
Yeast beta-glucan250 to 500 mg
Elderberry extract600 to 1,500 mg

The Importance of Vitamin D Optimization

Solar ultraviolet-B radiation and supplemental vitamin D have also been shown to reduce pandemic fatality rates, which makes sense considering how important vitamin D is for controlling infections and lowering your risk for influenza and the common cold.

As detailed in “Vitamin D Prevents Infections,” research shows high-dose vitamin D supplementation lowers the risk of respiratory illnesses and lung infections in the elderly by 40%. As noted by an author of that study, “Vitamin D can improve the immune system’s ability to fight infections because it bolsters the first line of defense of the immune system.”

Research34 published in 2009 pointed suggests fatality rates during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic were influenced by season, with greater numbers of people dying during the winter than the summer. According to the authors:35

“Deaths during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic have been linked to both the influenza virus and secondary bacterial lung infections. Case fatality rates and percentage of influenza cases complicated by pneumonia were available from survey data for twelve United States locations in the 1918–1919 pandemic.

This study analyzes case fatality rates and cases complicated by pneumonia with respect to estimated summertime and wintertime solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) doses as indicators of population mean vitamin D status.

Substantial correlations were found for associations of July UVB dose with case fatality rates and rates of pneumonia as a complication of influenza. Similar results were found for wintertime UVB. Vitamin D upregulates production of human cathelicidin, LL-37, which has both antimicrobial and antiendotoxin activities.

Vitamin D also reduces the production of proinflammatory cytokines, which could also explain some of the benefit of vitamin D since H1N1 infection gives rise to a cytokine storm.”

As a general guideline, get your vitamin D level tested twice a year, in the winter and summer, to make sure you’re in a healthy range of 60 ng/mL to 80 ng/mL year-round. (A compelling body of research suggests 40 ng/mL is the cutoff for sufficiency.)

Pre-, Pro- and Sporeboiotics may be Useful against Prevotella

Last but not least, should the inclusion of Prevotella bacteria in COVID-19 turn out to be accurate, prebiotics, probiotics and sporebiotics may be of significant use. A number of studies36 have shown Bifidobacterium bifidum strain probiotics can help reduce Prevotella, while Lactobacillus strains tend to increase it.

Sporebiotics may be particularly beneficial. As explained in “How Spore Probiotics Can Help You,” which features an interview with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, spore-based probiotics consist of the cell wall of bacillus spores — the protective shell around the DNA and the working mechanism of that DNA — not the whole, live bacterium.

Bacillus spores have been shown to dramatically increase immune tolerance, which means they help repair damage in your intestinal barrier. Since they’re not “live,” they’re also unaffected by antibiotics.

The bacillus very effectively modulates cytokines — anti-inflammatory cytokines are upregulated while inflammatory cytokines are downregulated, thereby restoring balance between the two.

Research has also shown that sporebiotics massively increase reproduction of acidophilus, bifidus and other microbes in your gut via the electromagnetic messages they send out. This is entirely unique. When you take a regular probiotic, they primarily take care of themselves. Bacillus spores, on the other hand, actually enhance many of the other beneficial microbes.

Bacillus spores also create 24 different substances that have strong antimicrobial properties. However, they do not kill indiscriminately like antibiotics do. They specifically suppress pathogens that do make a valuable contribution to the whole.

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COVID-19 let's take a look

As the number of people in Australia with coronavirus surges past the 200 mark, many people are asking the question – how do I know if I have coronavirus?

Right now there are some common flus going around because it’s the change of season so if you have flu symptoms – how do you know if you should test for coronavirus?

The best thing to do is to read this Australian government website page which is updated every day and check on your symptoms.

Or you can watch this video below which was made by the Australian Academy of Science to outline the differences and similarities between coronavirus and the flu:

COVID-19 versus the Flu – how can you tell the difference?

The Australian government site says the symptoms for coronavirus are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing

Some people who are infected with coronavirus will get very mild symptoms and it will be hard for them to distinguish if it is coronavirus or the flu. They will recover easily. While others will get stronger symptoms and may become very ill.

In addition to having similar symptoms, the coronavirus and the flu also spread similarly. Both are transmitted by coughing, sneezing or contact with hands or other contaminated surfaces.

If you believe you have the coronavirus then call your doctor in advance. If you’re a low-risk case you will be treated like a regular patient but if you are quite ill, you must give notice in order for the clinic to properly prepare.

The Australian government has set up an online fact sheet updated daily to keep people in the loop about the disease. A 24-hour hotline has also been established for people who believe they have the coronavirus: 1800 020 080.

Should you get tested?

If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, you should go to your doctors and seek medical attention. Your doctor will decide if you need testing, based on the following criteria:

  • If you have returned from overseas in the 14 days before you began to feel unwell.
  • If you have been a close or casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the 14 days before you began to feel unwell.
  • You have a fever or acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat) with or without fever.
  • You have a severe community-acquired pneumonia and no other cause of it is clear to your doctor, with or without recent international travel.
  • You are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact and have a fever (≥37.5) and an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).
coronavirus has now affected 3 more school children

09/03/2020: Three more high school students have been diagnosed with coronavirus among six new cases across NSW today. This was reported by Stephanie Bedo at www.news.com.au

A boy and girl from Year 10 at St Patrick’s Marist College in Dundas in Sydney’s west have been confirmed to have the virus and the other case is a Year 7 student at Willoughby Girls High School in the north.

The ABC has reported that up to 50 of the students at St Patrick’s Marist College could have had close contact with the two students who have the virus.

The Virus: An in-depth look at the coronavirus crisis | ABC News

There’s now 42 cases of coronavirus across NSW

There are now 42 cases of coronavirus across NSW. The virus is more deadly to those who are immune-impaired or very old.

If you’re worried about coronavirus, you can boost your immune system at the Ozone Clinic.

There are a number of treatments and therapies available at the Ozone Clinic offers which will boost your immune system. For example, you could have an intravenous Vitamin C injection and studies have shown this helps strengthen your immune system. (See this study here)

Ozone is also an effective way of boosting your immune system because it increases the level of oxygen in your blood and this leads to the strengthening of your immune system. (See this study here)

For more information on ozone therapy, read our story about it here.

Many people have found their immune system has benefited from Xenon Therapy as well so take a look at our information about this therapy here.

Another option is to have Thymus Therapy which includes an injection of Thymus extract to boost your immune system. Read more about the benefits of Thymus Therapy under our Integrative Immune Therapies section here.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Dr Novak's Surgery

When Dr Edward Dulitisky from the Ozone Clinic in Sydney, gave his presentation at ILADS late last year (see here) on the use of ozone and xenon gas in the treatment for Lyme-like illnesses, a number of the doctors attending the conference were so interested in the treatment they said they’d like to come to Australia and train with him.

Last week, Dr James Novak, travelled from San Diego in California so he could work with Dr Dulitsky and learn more about how to use these noble gases as medical therapies. I spoke with Dr Novak and asked him what was it about Dr Dulitsky’s presentation at ILADS that inspired him to fly the long distance to Australia so he could learn more about this type of gas therapy?

Dr Novak answered: “I was so impressed with Dr Dulitsky’s presentation about Xenon and ozone therapy. Using noble gases in therapy is something we don’t do in the US and I think this type of therapy has a lot of applications for all of the chronic conditions we see in so many patients these days,” he added.

Noble gases – they’re inert and don’t cause side effects

When asked what aspect of the noble gas therapy was most interesting, Dr Novak answered: “It was the fact that because the noble gases are inert, they don’t cause side effects but at the same time, they have a profound and adaptogenic effect which returns the body to its normal state.”

“I’m always interested in treatments that don’t hurt the body and yet do something positive,” Dr Novak added.

Keen to treat other conditions as well as Lyme-like illnesses

Dr Novak said he has many patients with Lyme disease but he also has patients with a wide range of other chronic conditions which he feels could benefit from this type of therapy: “I have patients with chronic encephalitis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS and cancer patients – as well as people who’ve been exposed to mould and heavy metals.”

“The patients I see have usually exhausted all other treatments and tried many other options. I think the noble gases have a unique application and really, the first time I ever heard of using them was at ILADS when Dr Dulitsky gave his presentation,” Dr Novak said.

“The use of these gases in treatment is at its inception for the west. They’re use has never really been explored here,” he added.

Why are the treatments from Russia’s medical model different?

I asked Dr Novak did he feel there was a difference in the treatments which have evolved from the Russian medical model and if so, why did he think this is the case?

Dr Novak agreed there is a difference in these treatments: “It’s because these treatments have evolved out of a different business model. In the west, the medical model keeps people on medication and basically, keeps them unwell.”

“But in Russia, there’s a different medical model which endeavours to get people well using methods that they won’t become reliant on – and which won’t cause serious side effects,” he added.

Dr Novak said this is the reason he’s come out to Australia to learn more about these treatments.

As well, Dr Novak said he was “very impressed” with Dr Dulitsky’s diagnostic system (The Wellness Navigator). “It’s designed to achieve optimal wellness and Dr Dulitsky has gone through the whole system with me and it is very impressive,” he added.

Dr. James Novak is an integrative medical practitioner with more than 30 years of medical experience. He gained his Medical Degree from the Rush Medical College of Rush University in 1980 and completed his Internship for Medicine in 1981 at the University of California.

Corona Virus

There are now over 75,000 confirmed cases of worldwide and more than 2000 people have died. So far in Australia, we have 15 confirmed cases with 46 Australians on the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently being treated in Japan.

The statistics are changing on a daily basis and we know from everything we’ve read about this virus – it’s very contagious and it does prey on those whose immune systems are low or the elderly.

If you feel you fall into these categories and you want to boost your immune system, you can do this at the Ozone Clinic.

What treatments can I do?

There are a number of treatments and therapies available at the Ozone Clinic offers which will boost your immune system. For example, you could have an intravenous Vitamin C injection and studies have shown this helps strengthen your immune system. (See this study here)

Ozone is also an effective way of boosting your immune system because it increases the level of oxygen in your blood and this leads to the strengthening of your immune system. (See this study here)

For more information on ozone therapy, read our story about it here.

Many people have found their immune system has benefited from Xenon Therapy as well so take a look at our information about this therapy here.

Another option is to have Thymus Therapy which includes an injection of Thymus extract to boost your immune system. Read more about the benefits of Thymus Therapy under our Integrative Immune Therapies section here.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

 

If you want to be operating at optimum health, it makes sense to boost your immune system in every way you can. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered so you can read about the Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for Optimum Health!

  1. Get a minimum of 7 hours sleep on a regular basis: Your body needs at least 7 hours sleep each night so it has enough time to get to the deeper levels of sleep. Once at these deeper levels, a process of detoxification starts called autophagy which is essential if your body is to recover and repair from the day. It’s best if you go to bed by 10pm each night because experts have found the hours of sleep before midnight are worth as much as three times as the hours after midnight for repairing the cells of your brain and body. You should avoid bright lights as well such as TV, computer and mobile phone light for 90 minutes before you go to bed and this will greatly increase the quality of your sleep. Going to bed earlier also helps your circadian rhythm. If that’s not enough to inspire you, having enough sleep will even help you lose weight. Lack of sleep causes your levels of ghrelin (the ‘hunger hormone’) to rise and at the same time, it decreases your levels of leptin (the ‘stop eating hormone’). So lack of sleep can lead to over-eating and weight gain before you know it.
  2. Drink less alcohol: Excessive consumption of alcohol impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to many types of infections particularly pulmonary infections.
  3. Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds: This type of diet will provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs. A US study found when older adults were given a diet higher in fruit and vegetables, this improved their antibody response to a vaccine – which really showed they showed an improved immune function compared to the group who didn’t change their diet.
  4. Take time out to de-stress your life: Put some time into managing your stress levels because if you plan your life more, you can regulate the pace. You could add in a weekly massage because this will reduce your stress levels. Or take up meditation, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy or yoga. All of these will boost your immune system because stress increases your cortisol levels and higher and more prolonged levels of this hormone in your bloodstream have been shown to produce impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function and blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycaemia.
  5. Take probiotics: It’s been shown that simply by taking a probiotic each day, you can boost your immune system. A US study found taking probiotics reduced the duration and incidence of infections in elite rugby union players. In the study, infections included upper respiratory tract illness or gastrointestinal illness.
  6. Get out in the sunlight for some time each day: Especially here in Australia, we’ve become a bit too wary of sunlight and by continually sitting indoors, in the shade, wearing clothes and putting on sunscreen, we’re not allowing our skin to be exposed to enough sunlight to boost our immune system. When we’re exposed to sunlight, our skin produces more vitamin D. Of course, when the UV is high, you should keep your exposure to sunlight to 10 to 15 minutes a day but when the UV is low, try for at least 30 minutes a day. You can use the Sunsmart App to check the UV levels during the day. When you simply can’t get out in the sun, take some vitamin D supplements instead. A 2010 study in kids showed that taking 1200 IU a day of supplemental vitamin D reduced their risk of influenza. Other studies have shown taking a vitamin D supplement could reduce your risk for common colds and infections by 10%.
  7. Ensure you consume enough vitamin C, vitamin B group, magnesium and zinc: These vitamins and minerals have been shown to be important for your immune system function. You can take these as supplements – try liposomal versions which are absorbed even better. You can also get these vitamins and minerals from your food if you eat a healthy and varied diet. The exception to this is the minerals which are sometimes not found in high levels in food so continue to take supplements of these.
  8. Try herbs and spices to support your immune system: Consider taking immune-supportive herbs such as American ginseng, astragalus or echninacea tinctures. You can also add garlic to your food because it’s a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and an overall immune booster. Because heat deactivates the allicin and pyruvate in your garlic and these are two of the key active ingredients, it’s better to add garlic to your food just before serving or use garlic oil in your salad dressing.
  9. Eat mushrooms to boost your health: Mushrooms have always been linked with improving health – especially the Shittake and Maitake varieties. A recent study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer. Shittake mushrooms are a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin D and antioxidants. They have natural antiviral and immunity-boosting properties and help to lower cholesterol and support cardiovascular health. Shittake mushrooms are not commonly grown here in Australia but you can buy them at sites like the Mushroom Emporium.
  10. Avoid tobacco smoke and other pollutants including mould: Tobacco smoke undermines your basic immune defences and raises your risk of bronchitis and pneumonia. So if you’re a smoker, give up now and if you live with someone who smokes, ask them to smoke outside your home at all times. By the same token, limit your exposure to other environmental toxins including air pollution, water contamination and mould. If you live in a city close to major roads, use an air filter in your home. Likewise, filter your water or buy cleaner sources of water. If you find your home has any mould growing on walls, ceilings or cupboards (not including the bathroom) then you’ll need to clean this out completely. Studies have found mould in your home affects your immune system negatively and can give you respiratory problems including infections, allergies and asthma.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include extreme tiredness and poor quality sleep. Some people also find they can feel vague and confused at times. These sort of symptoms are common and they affect around 2-5% of the population in Australia, mainly young to middle-aged women.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia you may find it is better at times when you’re well rested and not stressed but it flares up when you’re under emotional or physical stress.

Let’s examine the symptoms of fibromyalgia in a bit more detail:

  • Pain in many different muscles and bones, muscle weakness and cramps
  • Tenderness or stiffness in the muscles or bones which has been there for some time
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Some difficulty in sleeping, frequent waking during night, restless leg syndrome
  • Poor concentration and memory loss, inability to multi-task, slow to get going
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety and depression
  • Digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Some numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
  • Possibly cardiac arrhythmias, vertigo, temperature instability, respiratory disturbances, irritable bowel or bladder dysfunction, dysmenorrhea

Why do people get fibromyalgia?

The causative factors behind fibromyalgia are not fully understood yet. It’s thought to be linked to other syndromes such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities and irritable bowel syndrome and this has led people to think it may be one of those conditions more sensitive individuals get to various toxins in the environment.

There does seem to be a link with ME and CFS. FM affects between 2 and 10% of the population and like ME/CFS, is mostly women although men and adolescents do acquire it. It tends to develop during middle adulthood.

Before the onset of fibromyalgia, most people enjoyed an otherwise healthy active lifestyle. There is some evidence coming out that a physical trauma, such as a spinal injury or whiplash can trigger fibromyalgia in some people. Other associated physical traumas include surgery, repetitive strain, childbirth, viral infections and chemical exposures. Emotional stress may also trigger the illness.

Some people may be genetically predisposed to fibromyalgia especially when more than one family member is affected.

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

It can be hard to diagnose fibromyalgia because there’s no single test for it. If your doctor or naturopath feels you may have fibromyalgia they usually send you to have a range of blood tests and x-rays done to eliminate other possible causes of your muscle and bone pain. 

Once you’ve done this range of tests and x-rays, if nothing else has shown up then the diagnosis of fibromyalgia could be given.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

There’s no ‘cure’ for fibromyalgia at this stage but there are many ways to ease the symptoms and most people find they can get relief from their symptoms via medical or natural treatments.

If you think you may have fibromyalgia you will need to learn more about it and be active in what you do to find relief as a lot of your recovery will depend on what you do.

Here’s a list of the factors which are important for symptom relief:

  • Regular Exercise: If you partake in regular physical exercise this will reduce pain and tiredness and at the same time improve the quality of your sleep. But be careful because exercise should be introduced slowly and gradually. You may find hydrotherapy, tai chi, yoga and Pilates are all good places to start. But if you want to be certain, you could consult a physiotherapist for help in designing the right exercise program for you.
  • Increase the Quality of Your Sleep: Firstly, you should reduce or eliminate your tea, coffee and caffeine intake after lunch. As well, eliminate any foods which don’t agree with you as these will make it harder for you to sleep properly. Then you need to set aside more time in your life to prepare for your sleep than you normally would. If possible, you should be preparing for sleep as early as 9 to 10pm. Implementing a relaxing bed time preparation routine will help such as quiet reading, a sauna or massage just before bed. You should avoid bright lights as well such as TV, computer and mobile phone light for 90 minutes before you go to bed and this will greatly increase the quality of your sleep.
  • Taking Time Out to De-stress Can Also Help: It’s a good idea to put some time into managing your stress levels. You might want to plan your life more so you can regulate the pace. You could have a weekly massage for muscle relaxation and this will also decrease your stress levels. You can also take up meditation, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy or yoga. All of these could give you some relief as stress will always make symptoms feel much stronger if it isn’t handled.
  • Medication or Supplements: Usually common pain relievers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs are not helpful for fibromyalgia. Some people have found relief with medicines which are sometimes used to treat epilepsy or depression. But for long-term treatment, natural supplements for your vitamin and mineral intake as well as anti-inflammatory supplements such as Turmeric and Curcumin have helped people a great deal and seem to work more the longer you use them.

Eating a Balanced Diet: By giving yourself a high level of nutrition, you’ll provide your body with better energy levels and at the same time help to maintain your weight. You will need to check if you have any food intolerances. You can check your diet Please see our page on Nutrition And ME/CFS.

More information

You can get more information about fibromyalgia by talking with your doctor or you can visit the Arthritis Australia website.

  • Education – people with FM need to understand as much as is practicable about the condition in order to decide which management approach will help them. Keep yourself informed.
  • Medication – combined with other strategies, medication may be used to manage pain, reduce stress or promote sleep. Please also see our page on Sleep – including sleep hygiene.
  • Exercise – a gentle aerobic exercise program, such as walking, tai chi or water-based exercise, can help to manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue and sleep disturbance. Please see our page on Exercise (Graded Exercise Therapy).
  • Relaxation – stress may aggravate symptoms. Skills that can help manage stress include planning, relaxation, assertiveness and emotional management.
  • Pacing – balancing rest and activity, plan your activities to make the most of your energy by alternating periods of activity with rest. Break large jobs down into small achievable tasks so that you do not overdo things. Please see our page on Pacing.
  • Massage of one form or another – this can aid muscle relaxation and stress management.
  • Nutrition – eating a diet high in lean protein and fibre, with lower carbohydrates will help. A balanced diet can help provide you with better energy levels, help to maintain your weight, give you a greater sense of wellbeing, and give you a sense of control over your life. Identify any potential food intolerances and if you need more information see this article on Fibromyalgia and food.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness which affects your nervous system and so it’s sometimes referred to as a neurological illness. It’s a complex illness and we do not know its exact cause except that it can be triggered by a viral infection, toxic exposure or traumatic events. It can occur at any age and can affect children as well as adults.

As well as chronic fatigue syndrome, some people refer to this illness as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) which means pain in the muscles and inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. It’s been shown that both CFS and ME may develop slowly over time until people find they can’t operate normally. They often have to give up work or stop going to school until they find some respite from this illness.

About a quarter of those affected by CFS/ME have a mild form and are still able to attend school or work, either on a part-time or fulltime basis, while reducing their other activities. About half those with CFS/ME have a moderate to severe form of the illness and are not able to go to school or work. Another quarter of those affected will experience a severe form of the illness and they’ll need to stay at home or in bed.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

One of the main symptoms of CFS/ME is experiencing flu-like symptoms after exercising and not having enough energy for daily activities. They often experience a worsening of symptoms after any form of exertion and this response can be delayed as well.

Other symptoms of CFS/ME include: 

  • problems with thinking, concentrating, memory loss, vision, clumsiness, muscle twitching or tingling
  • poor quality sleep
  • pain or aches in the muscles, joints or head
  • a drop in blood pressure, feeling dizzy or pale
  • palpitations, increased heart rate or shortness of breath with exertion or on standing
  • allergies or sensitivities to light, smells, touch, sound, foods, chemicals and medications
  • gastrointestinal changes such as nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
  • urinary problems
  • sore throat, tender lymph nodes and a flu-like feeling
  • marked weight change – extreme loss or gain
  • inability to cope with temperature changes.

Someone with CFS/ME can experience symptoms which change and fluctuate over short periods of time, even from hour to hour.

Diagnosis and treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome

There’s no single test for CFS/ME. Often, if all other illnesses are tested for and they are all excluded and a patient still has the same symptoms for six months, the diagnosis of CFS/ME is sometimes given.

In traditional medicine, there’s no cure for CFS/ME but there are many alternative treatments which have been seen to be effective – even to the point where patients have made full recoveries.

These therapies include ozone and xenon treatments which can be carried out at The Ozone Clinic at Castle Hill in Sydney. Check our Ozone and Xenon treatments in our services tab here to learn more.

Other helpful treatments

At the same time, patients often find they often benefit from very low-impact exercise program, eating a balanced diet and some dietary supplements can be beneficial. For more information, see this study here.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

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