Comprehensive Approach to Building Resiliency: Support for Viral Illness

NATUROPATHIC

PREVENTION & PROTECTION

for Viral Illness

Naturopathic medicine has many therapies for the ‘cytokine release syndrome’ or ‘cytokine storm’ driving the respiratory failure mentioned in our Microbes and the Terrain article.  The release of these immunological molecules is the aberrant immunity on overdrive (again, related to the toxicants, but classical medicine rarely considers this). Autoimmunity, or self-directed immune assaults, didn’t exist prior to the plethora of dietary and allopathic assaults on the normal functioning immune system1. Cytokine storms are associated with autoimmunity and after reviewing hundreds of patients’ labs, we can verify that autoimmunity is an incredibly under-diagnosed phenomenon. 

Any concerned patient, elderly or immunocompromised person can protect oneself by avoiding all that would resonate with a virulent pest: dirty hands, sugar, junk food,  excessive carbohydrates and toxicants. Likewise, high fiber diets, lots of vegetables, lots of microbial immune support – as in my previous post. Finally, meditation, including centered, grounded, positive thinking prevents inflammatory responses, stress hormones and beneficial impacts on immunity2.

In addition, naturopathic supports for cytokine storms can be employed. The following is a list of natural agents that modulate the release of cytokines. As most natural agents have a broad range of actions, many also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, as well. Again, see the previous post for those that are also antiviral.

I suggest focusing on the items that are on both lists, but switch your focus to this list if COVID-19-like symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever) begin. This is an attempt to help you avoid the need for a hospital visit, should you be at risk for lung involvement given the predicted shortage of ventilators needed to support such patients. Of course, this is not a suggestion for you to not proceed to the hospital should your breathing become labored or severely compromised.

Also watch for our imminent article on homeopathic support for these common Coronavirus-19 symptoms.

Natural Supports to Mitigate Cytokine Release Syndrome:

Living in today’s world, bombarded with toxicants, we cannot make an assumption of health, but can choose to make a resumption of health. Undertaking thorough assessments, including comprehensive blood work (with alternate ranges from the references taken from the general, sick population) and other labwork that explore toxicant levels, molds, heavy metals and pesticides can being this process. Likewise, reviewing unprocessed emotional trauma can yield understanding the further promotes health. Looking more deeply into the relationships between emotional states and the manifestation of particular “infectious” diseases is also very rich domain for comprehensive resiliency. I will describe and explain this in future posts.

In summary, please consider that the “otherwise healthy” adults who are dying of the Coronavirus and other acute viral illnesses are surely not as healthy as they appear. 

This recognition can fortify us against capitulating to fear that this virus is somehow going to “get” just anyone. Some generalities can hold at this point, but so too, we can hold the value of a comprehensive review of your health and support for your microbiome terrain.  Those dying are not random; there is far more than meets the eye more going on here when we look, and such factors are all the things we look for in naturopathic medicine. Until you have a comprehensive review of your health-or “look under the hood”, as Dr. Nasha Winters would call it-the assumption of health is false.  

*Note that Elderberry, mentioned in the last post, serves as an antiviral has been shown to exacerbate cytokine release, so we suggest stopping elderberry if one should actually become ill with flu-like symptoms. Elderberry will not CREATE cytokine storm-it is just no longer indicated if you are in one. The greater concern is about autoantibodies-which many of us have and don’t even know about.

**This item must be ordered by calling the office as it is not available online.

REFERENCES:

[1] https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/landia/PIIS2213-8587(15)00032-7.pdf

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1948078/

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