DR. MIKE’S COVID RECOMMENDATIONS
By Michael J. Kellis, DO, FAOASM, Precision Orthopaedic Specialties, Inc.
Covid 19, also known as coronavirus, is a unique virus that causes an illness that affects multiple systems of the body. As the months pass, we are learning more about this radically distinct virus. Many in the medical community believe that it is a genetically modified virus, possibly manipulated in China. For this reason, the virus is foreign to the normal human environment altering it’s veritable homeostasis and causing the body to react violently against it.
There are many things that we can do to protect us from this virus as well as other viral infections. Most importantly, Don’t panic! Keep a positive attitude which releases endorphins and dopamine, both of which have been shown to increase our immune response. Prayer, according to a major Harvard study, also gives us a sense of well-being, releasing similar brain chemicals, which again stimulate our immunity.
Proper hydration is becoming a key to not only prevention but also treatment of viral diseases. Viruses do not flourish in a well- hydrated environment. The rule of thumb is one ounce of water per kilogram of body weight, but this and other recommendations that I present today should always be cleared by your family doctor.
Exercise stimulates our immunity. Get outside, socially distance yourself, remove your mask, and walk in the sunshine! The sun provides so many physical and psychological benefits that it should be included in the treatment of all viral diseases. All the commonsense prevention treatments should also be instituted such as proper hand-washing, cleaning of all surfaces at home including all the doorknobs, and wearing a mask if you are ill to prevent the spread of the disease.
There are numerous nutritional supplements that are also helpful in stimulating our ability to fight all viruses that are foreign to our bodies. These include: vitamin C, 1000 mg./day (Liposomal Vit.C is a well absorbed and safe form of the vitamin). Vitamin D3- 2000 IU/day, Zinc, 50mg. (with the proper amount of copper in it, usually a 1 to 8 ratio), Quercetin -500 mg./day, and garlic, which is nature’s most potent antiviral herb! (one clove of garlic per day, preferably raw, but if not tolerated, a good brand is Kyolic Immune supplement as prescribed on the bottle.
Hopefully, these practical and highly effective treatments will guide you and protect you through these turbulent and arduous life lessons. Always remember that we are STILL cradled in the hands of an ever- loving and patient God.