Most Wuhan COVID Survivors Still Have Health Issues

By Ernie Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Concerns about “long-haul” symptoms in COVID-19 survivors may be reignited by a new study: It finds that 3 out of 4 patients from Wuhan, China — where the pandemic originated — were still suffering at least one lingering health problem six months later.

The study from China involved more than 1,700 patients first diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan between January and May, and then followed to June and September.

Researchers report that 76% of these patients had at least one symptom six months after symptoms began.

The most common symptoms were fatigue or muscle weakness (63%) along with trouble sleeping (26%) and anxiety or depression (23%).

“Because COVID-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients’ health,” said researcher Dr. Bin Cao, from the National Center for Respiratory Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and Capital Medical University, both in Beijing. His team published the findings in The Lancet journal Jan. 8.

“Our analysis indicates that most patients continue to live with at least some of the effects of the virus after leaving the hospital, and highlights a need for post-discharge care, particularly for those who experience severe infections,” Cao said in a journal news release. “Our work also underscores the importance of conducting longer follow-up studies in larger populations in order to understand the full spectrum of effects that COVID-19 can have on people.”

People who had been severely ill with COVID-19 more often had impaired lung function, as well as abnormalities seen in chest X-rays, which could indicate organ damage, six months after symptoms began, the Chinese researchers said.

Kidneys were also often affected. Based on lab tests, about 13% of patients who’d had normal kidney function while they’d been hospitalized showed reduced kidney function after they’d recovered from COVID-19, the researchers said.

One U.S. expert said post-COVID-19 “recovery” remains an ongoing, unfolding story.

“‘Long COVID’ is an evolving syndrome. Although the constellation of earlier associated symptoms is fairly well described, little is known about long-term outcomes,” said Dr. Thomas Gut, associate chair of medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. And he’s seen similar issues among patients at his hospital.


“As noted in this study, the vast majority of patients seen at our Post-COVID Recovery Center are for complaints of fatigue or brain fog, which both have overlap features with the complaints seen in this study,” Gut said.

“Many of our patients report either new onset symptoms since COVID, or significantly worsened symptoms,” he noted. “Most of our patients are seeing gradual improvement in symptoms as time passes, but some are still experiencing lingering effects nearly a year after infection. For many patients, there is little clear explanation for their persistent symptoms even after extensive testing and even less clear treatment options at this point.”

Another expert believes health care centers need to be prepared for a wave of long COVID patients.

“There will be a wave of patients with long COVID entering our medical systems that will require continuing care and rehabilitation,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “We must not only plan for this, by developing centers of excellence, but allocate the necessary federal funds for research and care of these patients.”

Beyond the physical issues experienced post-COVID, there’s a “psychological toll on recovery, which directly impacts how people are able to resume their lives,” Glatter added. “Having appropriate resources in place is essential for aiding recovery in the painful and long months after acute infection.”

The Wuhan study also tried to track survivors’ longer-term immunity against COVID-19. It found that levels of neutralizing antibodies against the new coronavirus fell by more than half (52.5%) after six months in 94 patients whose immune response was tested at the peak of the infection.

That finding increased concern about the possibility of survivors being reinfected by the virus. “At this time, the duration of immunity after COVID-19 infection is unclear,” Glatter said.

However, he pointed to another study released Thursday in the journal Science that “indicates that natural immunity to COVID-19 may last up to eight months, making the potential for reinfection less likely. It’s a complex response involving antibodies, memory B-cells, and different types of T-cells.” But all of this means vaccination is still imperative, even for people who already had COVID-19, Glatter said.

“We still don’t know the full picture of longer-term immunity, making vaccination an essential part of the public health approach to this pandemic,” he said. “The vaccine is safe and effective and represents the most effective way to reach herd immunity.”

Herd immunity occurs when enough people (about 70%) in a population have gained immunity against a virus, effectively stopping its further spread.

More information

For more on COVID-19, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Thomas Gut, DO, associate chair, medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City; Robert Glatter, MD, emergency physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; The Lancet, news release, Jan. 8, 2021

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Herd Immunity

What it Means for Disease

Since the start of the pandemic, we have all heard the term “herd immunity” more times than we can count. But some are not exactly sure what it means. Does it mean the disease goes away forever? Are we all safe? The list of questions goes on and on.

There are many answers to those questions, but starting with the basics; Photo herd immunity simply means that the majority of the population is immune to a disease. So no, this does not mean that the disease is going away, it just means that it is going to be difficult to transmit between people because most are immune to it. The tricky part though, is that different diseases require different levels of herd immunity to slow transmission. The more infectious (or more likely to spread) a disease is, the higher the percentage of herd immunity is. For example, measles is a highly infectious disease which means that approximately 95% of the population needs to be immune to it. This is why almost all public schools require a measles vaccine before you can attend.

Though this all may seem fairly straight forward, it is also crucial to consider the scale of the community. Let’s say that 2 years from now, 80% of the population of the United States has either had the COVID-19 vaccine or the disease itself. Regardless, 80% of the population has acquired immunity one way or another. This means that as a whole, the country has reached herd immunity. But there could still be small outbreaks here and there. This is because even though 80% of all people have received the vaccine, there still may be much smaller communities (such as counties, towns, and school districts) that have a small vaccine adherence rate. Maybe even as low as 0-10%. This similar scenario is why we are also starting to see increases in measles outbreaks every year. Even though the majority of the country has been vaccinated against it, due to personal or religious beliefs, there are small communities that do not have a high vaccination rate which makes it very easy for diseases to re-emerge and spread through a community like measles.

This same scenario described above about measles can also be applied to COVID-19. So to answer a question posed in the beginning, no, the disease itself will most likely not go away, but through vaccines and herd immunity at each community level; we can eventually put an end to all of this. Whether you decide to get the new vaccine or not once it is available to you, it is important to do your research. Get information from credible and reputable sources such as the CDC, direct publications from pharmaceutical companies, and highly respected medical professionals like Dr. Anthony Fauci; and then make the best decision for yourself and those around you.

As you are reading this article, someone out there is getting a COVID-19 vaccine. And although you are not going to wake up to a world tomorrow where there is no pandemic; you are going to wake up to a world that is literally one day closer to the end of the pandemic. We have reached the beginning of the end. As always, stay safe and be well.

U.S. Hits 20 Million Cases as COVID Variant Spreads

Jan. 1, 2021 — The United States started 2021 they way it ended 2020: Setting new records amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The country passed the 20 million mark for coronavirus cases on Friday, setting the mark sometime around noon, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker. The total is nearly twice as many as the next worst country – India, which has 10.28 million cases.

Along with the case county, more than 346,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That is 77% more fatalities than Brazil, which ranks second globally with 194,949 deaths.

More than 125,370 coronavirus patients were hospitalized on Thursday, the fourth record-setting day in a row, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Going by official tallies, it took 292 days for the US to reach its first 10 million cases, and just 54 more days to double it, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, 12.41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed in the U.S. as of Wednesday, according to the CDC. Yet only 2.8 million people have received the first of a two-shot regimen.

The slower-than-hoped for rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines comes as a new variant of the coronavirus has emerged in a third state. Florida officials announced a confirmed case of the new variant – believed to have originated in the United Kingdom — in Martin County in southeast Florida.

The state health department said on Twitter that the patient is a man in his 20s with no history of travel. The department said it is working with the CDC to investigate.

The variant has also been confirmed in cases in Colorado and California. It is believed to be more contagious. The BBC reported that the new variant increases the reproduction or “R number” by 0.4 and 0.7. The UK’s most recent R number has been estimated at 1.1 to 1.3, meaning anyone who has the coronavirus could be assumed to spread it to up to 1.3 people.

The R number needs to be below 1.0 for the spread of the virus to fall.

“There is a huge difference in how easily the variant virus spreads,” Professor Axel Gandy of London’s Imperial College told BBC News. “This is the most serious change in the virus since the epidemic began,” he added.

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Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With the Corona virus shutting down many countries in 2020, individuals with health challenges have chosen to limit social contacts and shutter in. Health organizations have focused prevention on social distancing, hand washing and face mask wearing.

We have an immune system which has successfully fought off illnesses throughout history. The famous germ theory versus terrain debate is what divides integrative medicine from more conventionally practiced medicine. Those in the terrain health camp know the immune system is the key to fighting all viruses and illness, including the most recent covid-19 virus.

While washing hands, limiting contact with sick individuals and quarantine of ill persons has been successfully used historically, what also makes sense is building one’s immune system. There are many steps one can take to do so. These include sunbathing, outdoors activity, exercise, good sleep, earthing, positive outlooks, healthy diets, and taking targeted nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbs.

By increasing one’s self care protocol, you can take charge of your health and feel safer when venturing out during the current pandemic. There are also steps one can take if symptoms of illness arise like sore throats, runny nose and coughing for extra boosting and healing.

Benefits of Sun

The benefits of sunshine to health are well established. Only recently have individuals been warned to limit sun exposure. Sun is now well known to help create vitamin D, but natural light has many more health benefits, including increasing immune function, improving eye sight, increasing mitochondria and creating healing. Sunbathing for a minimum of 20 minutes daily is recommended during warmer months, but exposure of eyes and skin throughout the year is beneficial.


Excersing is another way to boost one’s immune system and mood. Exercise is a well established activity that improves sleep, mood, heart and lung health. Every organ of one’s body benefits from movement.  Both cardiovascular and strength training activities are beneficial. Interval training exercise for just 12 minutes daily create tremendous health benefits.  Dr. Al Sears has done tremendous research documenting the health benefits of interval training exercise for 12 minutes.

Walking and spending time outdoors

Walking outdoors is a safe activity most can engage in to help with mood and overall health. During these times of limited social activity, it is especially important to get outdoors and enjoy the healing benefits of sunshine, fresh air and the sounds of nature. Walking outdoors barefoot, with one’s feet touching the ground, is even healthier, because the earth’s electrons are anti-inflammatory and healing. Spending time in nature is also known to be calming and beneficial to health.


While sleeping our bodies heal and rejuvenate. Seven to nine hours is recommended and earlier is better if possible. Listening to your body and getting adequate sleep is essential for good health. Natural supplements which can help with sleep include GABA and L-tryptophan. If needed CBD oil is another safe supplement which can enhance sleep. Epsom salt baths, minimizing blue light exposure in the evening and developing  good sleep hygiene habits are important steps toward improving and maintaining good sleep.

Positive Attitude

Fear damages one’s immune system. The power of a positive attitude is well established to promote healing and boost one’s immune system. Using cognitive therapy strategies can help improve one’s thinking. David Burns MD has many excellent books and resources on the easy use of cognitive therapy strategies to improve one’s outlook.


The Weston Price Foundation is a powerhouse of information detailing nutrient dense foods that can boost the immune system. Dr. Weston Price studied endemic cultures for 10 years in the early 1930’s discovering that these people enjoyed superior mental, physical and dental health by eating unprocessed foods available to them, including raw foods and healthy animal fats. These cultures consumed 4 to 10 times more water and fat soluble vitamins compared to the average American diet at that time. They enjoyed a natural immunity to tuberculosis which was common then. They also had perfect teeth, with no cavities or need for orthodontia.

An easy way to remember these dietary principles is to eat foods the way your great grandparents ate them, before the advent of fake, highly processed and unhealthy non foods. Every culture has traditional, healthy and delicious foods for both daily eating and special occasions.

Eating sunny side up pastured eggs with true sourdough bread toast with raw butter for breakfast, along with some fruit is nutrient dense. Old fashioned chicken soup, made from simmering pastured chicken or chicken bones with added vegetables, is full of vitamins. Organic fruits and vegetables, raw whole organic milk, pastured butter, wild salmon, oat porridge, soaked grains and legumes, and pastured beef, chicken and liver are traditional health foods. Preparation can be easy. My site Holistic Health to Go has many easy, delicious and healthy recipes.

Best Supplements

A good multi vitamin is essential now because our soils are very depleted of nutrients. Cod liver oil and K2 are important immune boosters. Cod liver oil contains vitamins  A and D in a perfect ratio. For virus prevention, vitamin C is a true superpower. Liposomal vitamin C is best absorbed and 1-10 grams can be taken daily. Tremendous research shows vitamin D is essential for our health and protective for Covid. Zinc combined with quercetin are also good for viral protection. B complex vitamins help mood and immunity. Omega 3 fish oil is a good overall supplement. Iodine, magnesium, glutathione, berberine, goldenseal, echinacea, Reishi mushrooms, colloidal silver, Kaolic garlic, ginger and selenium are other immune boosters.

Important supplements to treat a viral infection

Vitamin C is magical and high dosages can greatly help the immune system fight the cytokine storm resulting from a viral infection. Zinc and Quercetin can also greatly reduce a viral load associated with an infection. Increasing or maintaining other immune boosters is also beneficial when fighting any type of viral infection. Taking up to 100mg zinc daily along with upwards of 1,000 mg quercetin daily are considered safe dosages. Elderberry is considered beneficial for treatment of viruses, along with colloidal silver and raw Manuka honey.

Take Charge of Your Health

Taking responsibility for one’s health is an empowering step.  We have always had an immune system which fights disease. At the end of the day, it is only our bodies’ immune systems which are capable of healing of any kind. For viral illnesses, along with other contagious diseases boosting our immune system with the above strategies will help empower us to face the world with less fear.

Disclaimer: If one it taking medications of any kind or has any special health considerations, it is recommended to consult a physician prior to taking any supplementation. The information in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your personal healthcare provider before making any healthcare decisions for yourself.

Sources for this article and further research:

Curing the Incurable by Thomas Levy, MD

Mood Cure by Julia Ross

The Immune Summit, 2020

Michelle Goldstein

Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go,


About the Author

Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic principles into her full time counseling practice. She is passionate about holistic nutrition, natural healing and food/ medical health freedoms. After immersing herself into alternative medicine, seeking answers to a family health crisis, she discovered that conventional healthcare recommendations often contribute to illness. She has written for Natural News, Vac Truth and other health news sites, beginning in February 2013. All of her articles and recipes to date can be found at her site Holistic Health to Go,


Corona Virus-Research the “experts” know but won’t tell you that could save your life

The fear is palpable. The Corona virus has divided and paralyzed the entire world. This has been such a sad and troubling realization to me. Despite the confusion and inconsistencies of the so-called “experts”—people continue to follow their every word. People have no faith in the innate, God given intelligent design of the human body that knows perfectly and exactly how to fight off disease.  And yes—this includes corona. Corona viruses are not new—just our perception of them.

Who will give you permission to feel safe again? Your governor? The President? The CDC? Dr. Fauci? People who are most susceptible to this virus are the ones with comorbidities. This isn’t new. Viruses have been around longer than humans. On any given day—you harbor 380 trillion viruses; far more than your 6 trillion human cells.

Sadly, everything new is well forgotten old.

Fear is what motivated me to become a naturopath. I saw the absolute terror that the diagnosis of cancer can do to a person.  It did this to my husband. In 2001, he was told the treatment for his salivary gland cancer required surgery to remove his cheek, sew on a patch of skin from his back, sew his eye partially shut, and possibly go through radiation. I didn’t like that option. I had left that world behind long before. This journey is detailed in my book.

It’s a big leap of faith to trust anything outside the “norm” of western medicine. They have purposely indoctrinated us to believe that we are helpless victims of disease. This disempowers us. The fact is–we are overweight, and over medicated but hey it isn’t our fault–we just have bad genes. Thanks to our unhealthy lifestyles and reliance on the medical system to “fix” us, the US is ranked dead last in the world in terms of health outcomes. These are the people you trust to tell you when you’ll be safe? They can’t even save themselves.

Meanwhile McDonald’s is giving away free junk food to the first 100 people to get tested for Covid. Such irony. Get junk food and get tested!  While we remain isolated, sedentary and afraid, the junk food industry and the pharmaceutical companies make billions for their investors. 

Hook up the oxygen tank, grab the hover round, and let’s go snag a free Big Mac and get micro chipped!  Don’t forget to wear your mask!  We must be socially responsible!

It wasn’t until many years after my husband’s cancer that I learned that chemotherapy originated from a secret stash of mustard gas from a blown up WWII ship. In a “rush” to come up with a cure for cancer—Western medicine promoted an agent as a cancer treatment that destroyed human DNA and was designed to “kill our enemies.” Early chemotherapy treatment killed more people than it saved.   Never take my word in place of your own research. This information is right there on the American Cancer Society Website.

But I saw this first hand while working on an oncology floor in a hospital in the late1970’s. First hand knowledge from experience can’t be sanitized or erased.

The same “rush” to develop a treatment occurred with the AIDS epidemic. I was working as an RN at a VA Hospital. We were trained by “expert” MD’s on how the “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” affected the body and how to protect ourselves from AIDS. We were told at the time that the virus originated from a gay airline steward having sex with a monkey. We were told it was a “blood to blood” transmission disease that mostly affected gay men and IV drug users who shared needles. We even got these cool pamphlets with “Mr. Condom” on the front. Condoms were made available in public restrooms and sterile needles were given away at free clinics.

We later learned that there was no such single causative viral agent as AIDS.  It couldn’t/still can’t be cultured and does not meet the six laws of virology or Koch’s Postulates. Instead, the causes of HIV were overuse of toxic legally prescribed drugs like the failed cancer drug AZT –as well as illicit nitrite inhalant drugs (poppers) that enhance sexual performance. These drugs, combined with having multiple sexual partners, sharing needles, and contracting repeated venereal diseases–caused immune deficiency. The people who died from AIDS were the people whose lifestyle toxified their blood and destroyed their immune system. We’ve been hearing a lot about “comorbidity factors” these days.

In his book, “Inventing the AIDS virus, Dr. Peter Duesberg presents a massive amount of documentation showing that the CDC needed an epidemic to justify its continued existence, and by playing on the public fear surrounding HIV–ensured increased funding and power to come up with a vaccine. Those government safety organizations with three letters (CDC, NIH, etc.) had tried to push cancer as a virus so they could develop a vaccine for it. Vaccines get billions of dollars in funding.  Cancer isn’t a virus. Dr. Duesberg believed that the pharmaceutical companies cashed in on the epidemic by bringing back the highly toxic cancer drug AZT, as well as DDI and DDC—which destroyed the immune system and, as is often the case—actually caused the AIDS like symptoms.   Despite the fact that Dr. Fauci secured massive funding for these drugs to fight HIV —no vaccine is available.  In fact Fauci has held his job through six Presidential administrations–every epidemic since Reagan; and still there are no vaccines for AIDS, Ebola, SARS, or Zika.  The AIDS budget?  Seven billion dollars $$$.  

What do we currently know about Covid-19? What are the comorbidity or contributing factors to be aware of? Could your lifestyle choices put you more at risk than my choice not to wear a mask? Here are a couple clues. Do you have COPD? Do you take Statin drugs? Do you take ACE inhibitor drugs for blood pressure?  Did you get a flu shot last year? Based solely on those four cofactors alone—millions of Americans are sitting ducks.

We know that this virus, as well as the common cold and the more severe versions of it (SARS, MERS) bind to a receptor in the lung called ACE 2. Once the virus enters the body, it begins a rapid response process of replication, which causes massive endothelial cell membrane deterioration. Endothelial cells line your blood vessels. The blood can’t get into the pulmonary vein and into the tiny pulmonary capillaries to dump carbon dioxide and pick up oxygen and return back to the blood. The blood is coagulating and sticking together forming clots. When ACE 2 reduction or loss occurs, general inflammation in the body increases and vascular walls become more permeable—resulting in edema, leaking blood vessels and diminished lung function. This results in the symptoms of dry cough, fever, and inflammatory conditions due to oxygen depravation.

Ventilators are needed when oxygen saturation is low. But in order for a vent to work –blood vessels and lung alveoli must be intact. In the case of Covid—the integrity of the blood vessels is compromised and the inflammation causes excess fluid in the alveoli. You can’t push gas past fluid or the pressure will blow apart the fragile tissue of the alveoli.  Ventilators are not a good choice when the integrity of the lungs is compromised. You destroy the lungs and the person will most likely die. Ask any nurse anesthetist.  It’s the law of physics.

Imagine the terror of dying alone of oxygen depravation (hypoxia) and carbon dioxide build up. It’s very similar to High Altitude Sickness.

If you look at comorbidities that people are dying from, and their relationship to the ACE 2 receptor—it all makes sense at the cellular level. COPD is the only lung condition that puts you at increased risk of dying from COVID. COPD has very high ACE 2 expression, which means lots of channels in. All the other factors are vascular in nature, but only if you add two drugs: Statins and ACE 2 inhibitors.

Statin drugs block a very important enzyme called CoQ10. CoQ10 is a fatty molecule found in all cell membranes. It is responsible for ATP (energy) production and also functions as an antioxidant in cell membranes. When statins block CoQ10, all the cell membranes increase ACE 2 receptors. When you add an ACE 2 inhibitor like Lisinopril or Losartan—it also up-regulates ACE 2 receptors which give the virus more cellular doorways to gain entry.  The leading number one drug recommendation from western medicine if you have heart disease, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease is an ACE inhibitor.

So when these two drugs (statins and ACE inhibitors) increase ACE 2 receptors in the lungs—you change the balance of their reactivity to their environment. Many people develop a side effect of ACE inhibitors, which is a dry cough. So if they develop a dry cough–they are put on an ARB (Angiotensin receptor blocker) which –wait for it—increases ACE 2 receptors. Ace 2 inhibitors, statin drugs and ARB’s are now seen as a major risk factor in death from COVID. If you KNOW that this is the case, why not take your patient off statins and switch to a different blood pressure medication. Calcium channel blocker perhaps? How many people in the US take statin drugs?  40 million. How many take ACE inhibitors? Lisinopril alone in 2017: 104,779,319

So, if you truly had a medical system that cared—and they knew that this many people were prescribed meds that are putting them at risk of dying from COVID —why wouldn’t they change your meds? Teach you about healthy lifestyle choices?  If they would have done that alone—from the beginning (because they knew this years ago) imagine the potential deaths they could have prevented.

And they did know; “they” being the CDC and NIH—they’ve known for a long time that these drugs bind to and increase ACE 2 receptors because this knowledge is based upon research of the common cold, SARS and MERS. They also know that if you get a flu shot—your risk of getting corona and six other common respiratory viruses goes up the following year. The “experts” knew right from the beginning that this virus was not going to be a massively fatal event unless we mismanaged it. And they DID mismanage this. The mindset of physicians was that this is respiratory failure and we need to ventilate patients. This mindset was killing people. If you are in pathological coagulation, the ventilator will cause you to succumb to the disease because the problem is not the lung—it is the toxic blood. Hydroxycloroqine works because it raises the pH of the blood, which then provides more nascent oxygen, which in turn, breaks up the coagulation.  

We’ll have one more season of Corona in the environment. It takes two years for these viruses to exit—so next summer it will be gone. Will you take the time to get your lifestyle in order now or will you chose to get your Big Mac, untested vaccine, and microchip later?

My purpose is always, always to empower you to seek health beyond danger. Please do your research. The choice is yours.

Resources: *You may need to copy and paste these links

380 Viruses in my body?

HIV, Dr. Fauci, and the drugs used to treat it.

Happy “Hypoxia”

Chemotherapy and mustard gas

Flu Shot and Corona Virus

ACE 2 and corona virus connection

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Nausea & Vomiting: The exit route

Vomiting is the body’s way of getting rid of something it does not like. It is a natural, protective reflex. Nausea is the feeling right before the body does this release. This is an unpleasant feeling, but because vomiting is typically involuntary, it is the body’s warning system. Nausea and vomiting are not a sickness themselves, but are brought upon by an underlying cause. This can be from a virus, food poisoning, bacteria, parasites, or the norovirus. It can also be caused by pregnancy, motion sickness, or even stress.

Vomiting is controlled by the brain’s vomiting center, which is called the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ). It is called postrema. The CTZ is located outside of the blood-brain barrier which means that substances in the bloodstream can access it. There are certain parts of the body that stimulate the CTZ, communicating that that body needs to vomit. These include the inner ear (vestibular system), which is usually brought on by motion sickness. The cranial nerve that runs down the brain stem to the abdomen, called the vagus nerve, can trigger the gag reflex and vomiting. Stress activates the dopamine system which can lead to vomiting.

There are three phases of vomiting.

  1. Nausea, sweating, and salivation: The parasympathetic nervous system causes excess salivation which is the body’s way of protecting the tooth’s enamel from the stomach’s acid. This leads to sweating and the heart rate starts to increase.
  2. Retching: This is making the sound that you are going to throw up.
  3. Expulsion: The gastric contents come out of the mouth. The abdomen forcefully starts to contract and as pressure builds the lower esophagus’s sphincter opens to release this pressure.

This process is normal but there could be some causes for concern. Vomit that is strangely colored might mean it is time to see a doctor. Green vomit can be from bile which is caused by blockage to the digestive system. Red vomit might be from blood which could be from an ulcer. Intense pain while vomiting might be caused by appendicitis. Vomiting after an injury could be the sign of a concussion. Vomiting after waking up in the morning can be caused by a brain tumor.

Vomiting, even non-induced is technically bad for you. The body is not meant to regurgitate food, nor is the esophagus properly designed for this. There are not protections in place for the stomach acid that resurfaces passing through the esophagus, mouth, and teeth. Chronic vomiting can lead to dehydration and fluid imbalances.

One of the best natural remedies for nausea is ginger. Ginger is potent but can be drank as a tea. It can also be quickly taken freshly with about ½ teaspoon. No one likes the feeling of vomiting when it is happening, but sometimes the body needs the release to get rid of whatever is causing discomfort or trouble functioning. Our bodies are incredible and know what to do to protect us. For most people vomiting is a just an occasional, next to never problem, but at any sign of more than this, a doctor’s help should be sought out.


Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Are cancer patients at higher risk of COVID-19? What can we do?

It is incredible, to say the least, everything that is happening worldwide. Undoubtedly it is hard to believe that this is even real. Sometimes I think we are in a bad dream hoping to wake up soon. As a mother, the first thing that comes to mind is my family’s safety. Understanding and implementing every precaution possible to protect my children is my top priority. Of course, due to my personal journey and now as a wellness blogger and health advocate I can’t help to wonder how much of impact this COVID-19 disease may have on cancer patients.

We already know that cancer patients are immune-compromised, to begin with. Therefore, cancer patients automatically fall in the higher risk category. But what about those that are in the treatment and those that are in remission? According to a small study conducted in Wuhan, China, “Cancer patients show deteriorating conditions and poor outcomes from the COVID-19 infection,” the study, which was recently published in the Annals of Oncology, states. “It is recommended that cancer patients receiving anti-tumor treatments should have vigorous screening for COVID-19 infection and should avoid treatments causing immunosuppression or have their dosages decreased in case of COVID-19 co-infection.”

Furthermore, researchers found “more than half (53.6%) of the patients involved in the study developed severe events—defined by admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), mechanical ventilation, or death—with 28.6% of the patients dying. This is far higher than the general COVID-19-infected population, which has an average clinically critical status rate of 4.7%, and a mortality rate of 2.3%.”

Researchers also wrote, “Patients with lung cancer, with worse baseline lung function and endurance, are more likely to develop more severe anoxia and progress more rapidly with COVID-19”

I’m not a researcher but my common sense tells me that the conclusion found on this small study conducted ironically enough in Wuhan China makes a lot of sense. Of course, the outcome for cancer patients would be poor and more challenging if dealing with the COVID-19 in addition to cancer. This is why it is vital for patients to be proactive in their current treatment plan and implement a preventive plan not only to get tested but discuss with their medical/ oncology team the possibilities before continuing with immunosuppressing treatments, making themselves more vulnerable to COVID-19.

What Can We Do?

In one of my most recent blog articles titled “How to fight the Coronavirus naturally” I share additional helpful tips to help you boost your immunity and take additional precautions as a preventive mechanism for you to be safe during this crisis. Let me provide you with a quick summary:

Practice the following to prevent and protect from the virus:

• Social distancing (2 meters minimum) because the secretions that are the ones that contaminate cannot move more than 2 meters due to the weight of the virus.
• Correct handwashing, for 20 seconds (both surfaces, anterior-posterior, interfaces, and fingertips) each time you come from outside or enter or leave any public space.
• Use of masks when traveling through crowded areas (supermarkets, banks, hospitals, etc.)
• Clean surfaces with disinfectant (especially those that may be in common and frequent contact)

Boost your Immune System

Keeping our immunity strong is most definitely the best form of prevention and our strongest defense when facing any sort of illness that threatens our lives. Here are some powerful and amazing tips to help you boost your immunity:

  • Take a good Probiotic
  • Take Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin C IV therapy
  • Take Camu Camu Powder
  • Take Beta Glucan
  • Eat Adaptogens like Maca
  • Follow a Plant-based Diet
  • Mild Exercise
  • Rebound
  • Infrared Sauna
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Water

If you like to learn more about each one of those recommendations read my article on “How to fight the Coronavirus Naturally.” I hope you find this blog article helpful and as always I welcome your comments and I really appreciate you sharing your experiences with me. Sending much love, blessings, peace and protection prayers for you and your families. Stay strong, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Karen Berrios

As I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in the summer of 2014, I stepped
into a journey of discovery. A journey of total healing shaped primarily by the power of natural medicine. It was then that my desire to find an alternative to Western medicine’s traditional approach to cancer treatment led me to explore what was, for me at the time, new ideas and new knowledge.

My journey began with much self-educating, looking for natural ways to
heal my body. This immersion into the world of natural medicine then led me to search for additional education. I wanted to provide myself with more tools and resources to support my healing process. So I went back to school for much more formal training on ways to use nature’s potent healing properties to apply natural health to support my own healing journey. I’ve discovered and learned the profound and therapeutic effects of natural medicine and how it can be used to prevent, treat and repair many health conditions. As I became a Certified Natural Health Professional, I learned much on how we can easily use God’s given nature to bring healing to ourselves and others.

I now live with a vision. It is my mission and calling to share my journey,
and all I have learned along the way, with others. My blog, Facebook page,
e-books and more are all part of this effort. To learn more about me and my journey please visit my website at

Thank you for reading.. Blessings!

Corona Virus–empower yourself with knowledge and stop feeling helpless. You’re not.

If you watch the news, you know that fears about the Corona virus are the top news story every night. How much of the information is actually useful though?  Do you have a mask yet? Are you freaking out because there’s no hand sanitizer to be found? Grocery stores and even large chain home improvement stores are selling out of both. Even Aloe Vera is difficult to find as panic gripped people try to make their own sanitizer.

The government uses these virus fear tactics to control populations. People trust that the government will protect them. People willingly give up their rights and freedom for
security and “protection”. Fear is paralyzing and proven to lower IQ to almost childlike status. That’s how they control you.  Most of those who die from these global virus events are people who are already immune system compromised with physical, chemical, or emotional stress before they are infected.

So wouldn’t logical thinking tell you to improve your own immune system to protect yourself?

A few years ago in 2015, the global fear was the mosquito spreading Zika virus to vulnerable pregnant women. Zika infection during pregnancy could result in a brain condition called microcephaly to the child.  Before that it was Ebola and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Are you aware that SARS first appeared in 2003 and is caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV)? (Resources) And yet, everyone reading this survived—or your parents did.

People recover. Humans have
survived plagues and viruses since the beginning of time. A virus is a virus. Your
body is equipped.

Understanding how a virus
replicates once inside your body is far more beneficial than buying a mask and
hand sanitizer to fight it. And hand sanitizer is so over rated. It contains
cancer-causing ingredients.  It actually
dries out your hands and destroys the natural Creator given protective flora
and oil glands on the largest organ of the body—your skin. This leads to
secondary infections. Studies have shown that hand sanitizer takes 4 minutes of
vigorous scrubbing to actually kill germs on your hands. (Resources below)
Meanwhile you are stripping your skin of the very bacterial defenders you need
to survive. Healthy skin is your first line of defense. Keep in mind, your body
knows perfectly and exactly how to prevent viruses from entering your body. Your
skin is comprised of millions of protective bacterial species. Unless you scrub
them off! Bacillus subtilis, for just one example, fights off other harmful
bacteria and was used to make the antibiotic ointment Bacitracin.

Sadly, most medical
intervention is counter intuitive. Take the idea of fogging the air with
alcohol and sanitizers.  This actually
weakens the immune system response and predisposes people to further infection.
Think of hospitals—the pillars of sterilized sanitized institutions. There are
hand sanitizers outside every room. Yet, 1.7 million Americans develop
hospital-acquired infections each year and 99,000 of them die.  (Resources)
Infections like MRSA and C-diff are frequently acquired after a hospital
or nursing home stay. These secondary infections can be deadly or difficult to
treat at best. If you can’t kill germs in a hospital setting without causing secondary
infections—maybe the germs aren’t the problem.

Still, the fear mongering
media doctors tell us of makeshift hospital like quarantine centers where one
person can infect large groups of people and actually spread the disease.  Fear and panic weaken the immune system faster
than the medications they give you to suppress the symptoms.  And they’re not going to serve you natural
antivirals like garlic and blueberries. Or healing immune system boosters like
Kombucha, Kefir, or raw fermented veggies. Since part of your immune system is
located in your gut—it makes sense to improve your immune system by improving
your microbial diversity.  The more
variety of beneficial bacteria, the healthier the immune system.

If the media docs really
wanted to scare you awake—maybe they’d tell you that you have a much better
chance of dying from risk factors that have little to nothing to do with
viruses and everything to do with factors that are completely under your own

The number of deaths by risk
factor in 2017 had 10.44 million people dying of high blood pressure and 6.53
million dying of high blood sugar. And despite all the research, all the money,
all the technological and medical advances—the number one and number two causes
of death have remained the same for decades: cardiovascular disease (17.79
million deaths in 2017) and cancer (9.56 million deaths in 2017). (Resources)  But keep taking those pills they give you
because your lifestyle has nothing to do with your dis-ease.

You can protect yourself from viruses by avoiding crowded public places like fitness gyms, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mass transit, sporting events, cruise ships, and daycare.  If you or your kids are sick, stay home! Avoid public quarantine.

If you have to use a public
restroom—wash your hands and then use a paper towel, a tissue, your elbow, or
foot to open the door. Teach your children to do the same! Kids love to touch
everything and then touch their face. Consider shopping online and pick up at
the grocery store.  At least for the near
future, be vigilant. But always wash your hands. And always be vigilant.

Your throat has a
sophisticated intelligence system located in the small pores lining the back of
it, that act like a switchboard to detect foreign invaders and neutralize them.
The tonsils and adenoids are lymph tissue that hold these invaders so they
can’t get into your lungs. Unless you’ve had them removed. Coughing clears the
lymph. Giving drugs like Tylenol for fever, or cough medicine to suppress symptoms
only drives the virus deeper!  Viruses
like to hide in the lower part of the lungs where they can remain undetected
and multiply. The Wim Hof Method teaches deep breathing. (Resource) Very few
people know the simple yet profound power of deep breathing.

Despite what the media
doctors and social media tell us—Vitamin C is being used very effectively to
treat the coronavirus in Wuhan China. There are other crucial nutrients like
zinc and selenium listed in the articles below. (See resources

Vitamin A and D3 work at the
cellular level to prevent the virus particles from entering the cell. The
particles must gain entrance to the DNA in your cells in order to multiply. The
longer they remain locked outside the cell—the easier time your immune system
has to recognize them and destroy them. (See Passover Protocol below)

Some other helpful things you
can do right now to boost your immunity:

  • Decrease stress—meditate, pray, listen to music, deep
    breathe, turn off the TV and quit yelling at the nightly news (wait, that’s
    just me)
  • Get plenty of rest. Turn off the TV; leave your phone
    outside the room.  Optimal 7-8 hours. Complete
    Darkness. Sleep is when your body digests food and performs repairs.
  • Eat clean—natural, local, organic and include warm
    bone broths, garlic, onions, kombucha, kefir, and raw fermented veggies. Eat
    within an 8-hour period every day. Try to fast for 12-16 hours before you break
    your fast. If your body has too much food to digest (no midnight snacks)—it
    can’t work on the immune system repairs and rebuilding. Rest and Digest.  Your gut—like your skin, has billions of
    protective and beneficial bacteria. Feed them.
  • Activated Charcoal or Bentonite Clay to draw out
  • Deep breathing—Wim Hof method
  • Far Infrared Sauna—sweat out those toxins!  Far infrared is safe for heart patients but
    check with your doctor just to be sure. (Resources)
  • Take a walk outside in fresh air and get some daily
    sunshine. If you can’t walk then sit outside in the sun and do some deep
    breathing. Spending time in nature is healing.

Please keep in mind (once again) that you were born with innate, Creator given protective mechanisms to ensure your survival. You were not born deficient in drugs to combat viruses. Educate and empower yourself with knowledge of how your body works.  Fear is paralyzing and incapacitating and leads to feelings of helplessness. But you are not helpless!

Focus on the things you can
control. You choose what public events you attend. You choose what you eat and
drink. You choose to feed the good bacteria that keep you alive every single
day. You choose to strengthen your immune system proactively and get plenty of
rest.  You choose to keep your family
safe. You choose not to be a victim.

“You had the power all along”
(Glinda, The Good Witch—The Wizard of Oz))