Coronavirus - Covid 19
A positive immune response is essential to staying healthy. As we all grow accustomed to life with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and while scientists work on antivirals and vaccines, many experts are suggesting the public take a holistic approach to strengthening their immune system to minimize the risks. Dr. Bill Code, Point of Return's medical advisor is a specialist in immune function with a focus on virology. Understanding what we can each do to improve our immune response is prudent during these uncertain times.
We believe in providing knowledge of the origin of the Coronavirus, how it is transmitted and how to improve our body's ability to fight the virus should we become exposed.
Why a Healthy Immune System is Critical to Help Fight the Coronavirus
Coronaviruses infect multiple organs, including the liver, respiratory tracts and the central nervous system. Strengthening the Immune System while reducing Stress (stress lowers immune health), are key components to fighting the Coronavirus.
Certain nutraceuticals may help to reduce the inflammation not only in the lungs from the RNA Coronavirus while boosting immunoglobulins to assist the immune system in fighting against the virus. Tapping into your body's primary means to create antiviral antibodies is critical.
Recommendations From Dr. Bill Code*
SUPPORT - Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant is a primary defense against infections. Glutathione has two functions in immune health: Protecting host immune cells while providing optimal functioning of lymphocytes and other
cells of the immune system. The precursors for Glutathione are the most effective way to build Glutathione levels and a bioactive medical grade whey such as SUPPORT is naturally high in immunoglobulins, serum albumin, lactoglubulin,
a-lactalbumin and lactoferrin, all building blocks of Glutathione that support immune health.*
RELAX - Stress is proven to lower our resistance to infection, and this includes acute infectious respiratory illnesses such as Coronavirus. Chronic anxiety suppresses the immune system and increases the risk of infection. RELAX assists with anxiousness, the management of stress, and sleep issues. RELAX is a virtually lactose-free natural protein containing a bioactive decapeptide that has clinically proven anti-stress properties to ease tension.* Read more.
SLEEP - Sleep is a natural immune booster and this is why sleep requirements increase when we are sick. Adequate sleep directly impacts your immune system and your body's ability to fight infection. A good night's sleep improves the immune system's response time and each sleep stage performs functions critical to your health. One function is the production of the protein Cytokine, which helps the immune system respond to harmful pathogens. SLEEP assists with issues of broken sleep patterns, the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Read more.
MOOD - Long chain omega-3 fatty acids may help to boost the immune system by enhancing how immune cells function with the DHA component enhancing the activity of white blood cells known as B cells . Read more.
VITAMIN D3 may help to reduce the risk of respiratory infections and can adapt immune responses. There are Vitamin D receptors and activating enzymes on the White Blood Cells, the first line of defense to fight viruses.*
VITAMIN C is vital to the function of the white blood cells that assist in fighting infections (Leukocytes) while supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system.*
ZINC is found in cells throughout the body and helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.*
SELENIUM helps lower oxidative stress, reduces inflammation and enhances immunity.*
BIFODABACTERIA is often found in probiotics and has shown to interact with human immune cells and modulating adaptive immune processes.*
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The Original Outbreak of Covid-19
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China, a city with a population of over 11 million. Physicians within Wuhan warned the government In November that the emerging pneumonia was
a highly contagious virus yet it was not until December 31, 2019 that the World Health Organization (WHO) heard the reports. What started as an epidemic in China has become a global pandemic with cases detected in 196 countries.
China waited several months to place Wuhan and nearby cities under quarantine and due to the Chinese New Year, millions of visitors were in Wuhan and proceeded to leave China, carrying the virus with them.
How Did Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Begin
There are mixed reports on the origin of the Coronavirus. Some believe that it originated from a Wuhan animal market where wild animals, incluing bats, birds, rabbits, snakes and marmots are traded illegally and consumed by the public. Coronaviruses
are known to jump from animals to humans so it was surmised that the first people infected with the disease were primarily made up of stallholders from the market who in turn transmitted the virus to the public.
However, a second theory is that the Coronavirus, being a virus encased with a bacteria strain escaped from a Stage 4 containment lab in Wuhan that was studying bat coronaviruses. The virus, being RNA versus a DHA genome suggests it was lab created versus naturally occurring. Steven Mosher, a social scientist and president of the Population Research Institute in Front Royal Virginia stated that the containment lab is less than 10 miles from the animal market and in 2003 the SARS outbreak virus also escaped from virology labs in China.
What is agreed upon is that the origin came from wildlife and the Wuhan Institute of Virology suggests the Coronavirus' genome is 96% similar to the virus found in bats.
How Infectious is the Virus
The Coronavirus is an infectious disease and easily transmitted. Approximately 80% of people infected will experience mild, moderate or no symptoms and recover without any treatment. However, approximately 20% which include the elderly and those with underlying medical issues (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer) are more likely to develop serious complications. The virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva (through sneezing, coughing or body fluids), which is why social distancing is essential to control the spread and minimize the load on our medical system.
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