COVID-wise, Labor Day weekend was pretty busy. I phoned in ten Paxlovid prescriptions, and obviously these were WholeHealth Chicago patients who had tested themselves and contacted me. Apparently, Immediate Care Centers are quite busy as well. Hospitalizations, still very low in comparison to pandemic days, are also on the rise. Interestingly, starting Paxlovid promptly, based on symptoms alone, is more important than having a positive COVID test. That’s right, if you’ve got:
- Mild to moderate COVID symptoms (fever, sore throat, loss of sense of smell/taste),
- You’ve had symptoms less than 5 days,
- You’re at risk of developing severe COVID (virtually any chronic health problem can worsen especially with long COVID).
Then, it’s perfectly reasonable to start Paxlovid, especially if you’ve just checked your own home test kit and found it expired last year. Although you can start Paxlovid without a positive test, it is a good idea to test yourself anyway. If you’re positive, then you’ll need to isolate yourself for five days. You should also test yourself when:
- You’ve been with someone who lets you know they’ve tested positive for COVID,
- You’re going to gather with a group of people, some of whom may be at risk for severe disease or are unvaccinated,
- So do remember to have a COVID test kit at home and periodically check the expiration date.
Prevention: It might be a good idea to start the supplement regimen we’ve recommended to ramp up your immune system. You probably have some of these in your medicine chest. Get them out and line them up on your kitchen countertop for daily use:
- Vitamin C 1,000 mg twice a day;
- Vitamin D 5,000 IU daily. Vitamin D is especially important. A recent study correlated low levels of Vitamin D with severity of COVID infection,
- Zinc picolinate 30 mg daily,
- Five Defenders (mushroom blend) OR Transfer Factor Multi-Immune twice a day.
Immune Boost IV
If you really want to be armed to the teeth, schedule our proprietary Immune Boost IV, which can be administered in less than 30 minutes at any of our WHC centers. You can now schedule this online without phoning us.
You’ll receive one liter of a balanced electrolyte fluid with a mega-dose of WholeHealth Chicago’s blend of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins, including vitamin C, zinc, and B vitamins.
It’s well accepted that the strength of your immune system is very much dependent on the state of your nutrition. Both vitamin C and zinc, for example, have direct immune-stimulating and antiviral effects. However, many of us are deficient in one or the other (or both) because we’re either inattentive to what we eat or the supplements we select aren’t being efficiently absorbed by our digestive tracts.
The Immune Boost IV provides doses of these important nutrients approximately 20 times more potent than versions you take by mouth. You couldn’t swallow enough tablets to equal the IV dose without upsetting your stomach. Additionally, IV-delivered supplements bypass the breakdown by stomach acid and enzymes (and also detoxification by your liver) to work directly at a cellular level.
I frequently measure both Vitamin D and zinc levels in my patients and am really surprised how many people have blood levels well below average.
The FDA is advising COVID boosters beginning in late September for people over age 65 and anyone with underlying chronic health conditions. The booster will protect you from “long” COVID. There is less evidence that having a COVID booster will provide additional protective benefit for a healthy individual under age 65 who has already been immunized. Recent research has shown that patients suffering “long” COVID actually improve after their booster.
The good news here is “probably not”. The COVID vaccine has so reduced the number of cases, the severity of illness, and the ease of contagiousness that mask precautions don’t appear on the horizon. They are “optional”.
David Edelberg, MD