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COVID-19: The Need For a Balanced Immune Response

Dear Doctor

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) enters the respiratory track primarily through the nose. (Dr. Martin S. Hirsch, senior physician, Infectious Diseases, Mass General Hospital).

Once inside the body, it begins its journey of destruction, first infecting the nasal sinus on its way to the respiratory tree. Covid-19 moves fast into the air sacs of the lungs causing pneumonia for the affected person, unless it is stopped by the host’s immune system.  Younger patients have a more vigorous immune response compared to older patients.  No matter how healthy and active you are, your risk for getting pneumonia increases with age, although we are learning that younger people can suffer as much as older people.

Bottom line, we need a balanced and competent immune system response no matter how old or young we are.  A capable immune system quickly identifies and kills this viral intruder. As important, the immune system also needs to effectively manage its inflammatory response, so that it doesn’t overwhelm the lungs with collateral damage from using too much of its inflammatory weaponry. Balancing our immune response is key in the healing process of this flu.

How do we balance the immune system so it is healthy and appropriately responds to any viral invaders?

First, we need to pay attention to building a healthy mucous barrier against pathogens.  70% of our immune system resides around the outer walls of our intestines in the gastro-intestinal lymphoid tissues (GALT). The mucous membrane of our sinuses, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract are all connected to the blood system which carries immune system cells (e.g., natural killer cells, lymphocytes etc).

Probiotic organisms convert undigested soluble fibers (e.g., inulin, beta glucan, and pectin) into short chain fatty acids like butyric acid to energize the colon’s lining to healthily regenerate its cells and tighten up the junction (space) between the cells with the membrane. That is one of our goals – achieving a smooth and healthy mucosal barrier.

When these junctions are too wide, the loose space between the cells allows particles to get through and cause a chronic immune response. And as we know, immune response of any kind causes inflammation, and a chronic ongoing reaction weakens the immune system.

Second, Probiotic organisms love plant polyphenols and break their molecular chains so the phenolic molecules can be absorbed into the systemic circulation and turn on the repair and regenerative power of our cells. That is our second goal – to turn on the repair mechanism in our bodies, lower inflammation, and bring our system into balance (homeostasis).

For a measured combination of polyphenols and probiotics we suggest the High ORAC Synbiotic

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And the No. 7 Systemic Booster

No.7 FTo add weaponry that is known as the Russian Penicillin due to its anti-microbial abilities, we suggest:   Garlic as a foundational supplements to support the immune system.

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If you are prone to respiratory conditions add the Fructo Borate Complex.

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To your health,

Seann

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