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Probiotics vs. Prebiotics: The Differences & Why You Need Both

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Probiotics vs. Prebiotics: The Differences & Why You Need Both

Aug. 19, 2020 Dr. Bill Rawls

Probiotics and prebiotics are essential for immunity, microbiome balance, and gut health. Dr. Bill Rawls of Vital Plan explains the difference between the two and how they work, plus shares the best natural sources. Learn more about prebiotics and probiotics, and how they aid gut health, here: https://vitalplan.com/blog/do-prebiot…

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For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/?s=probiotics  Within this link are numerous articles about the benefits of taking probiotics – a must if you are a Lyme/MSIDS patient.  A Cochrane review found that probiotics reduced C-diff by 70% in high risk patients (that would be us).

 

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The Low Mold Diet: What It Is and How to Follow It

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The Low Mold Diet: What It Is and How to Follow It

Jill C. Carnahan, MD
Founder, Medical Director, Flatiron Functional Medicine
If you or someone you love has been struggling with the challenging and often life-altering side effects that come with toxic mold exposure, you know the journey to recovery can be long and tedious.

But fortunately, you have a powerful weapon that can help your body detox from mold-related illness and begin healing. What exactly is this secret weapon? Your diet – or more specifically, the low mold diet.

Today we’re going to dive into exactly what the low-mold diet is and how you can implement it to start healing from mold illness.

What Exactly Is Mold Illness?

Mold exposure is a tricky, deceptive, and sometimes devastating illness. We’ve learned through scientific studies that mold illness is one of the primary triggers of many diseases and health conditions, such as:1,2

  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infections
  • Brain inflammation
  • Mood and sleep disorders
  • Mast Cell Activation Disorder
  • Autoimmunity
  • Cancer
  • And even death!

Mold-related illness can be particularly challenging to diagnose and treat because symptoms can seem vague and unrelated at first. Symptoms can range from coughing or wheezing to chronic headaches to persistent rashes.

If you have unrelenting and unexplained symptoms or suspect your symptoms could be from mold illness, it might be time to consult with a reputable Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner.

So, How Is Mold Illness Treated?

Treating mold illness requires a comprehensive approach that is two-pronged. The first step is removing yourself from sources of exposure. I’ve written extensively about dealing with environmental mold exposure. You can learn more about it by checking out the following articles:

The second step in treating mold illness is giving your body the support it needs to heal and start detoxing. And one of the most powerful ways to help your body detox from mold is by following a low-mold diet.

Why Follow a Low-Mold Diet?

The low mold diet is designed to support your body in healing from mold illness in three ways:

  1. It prevents mycotoxins from accumulating in your body by limiting your exposure to potentially contaminated food sources.
  2. It focuses on restoring nutrient deficiencies and imbalances that are caused by mold exposure.
  3. It boosts your body’s immune function and ability to repair itself by minimizing inflammatory foods that suppress your immune system.
  4. It reduces exposure to refined carbohydrates that feed candida and yeast.

So let’s dive into exactly what it looks like to follow a low-mold diet.

What Foods Should I Avoid on the Low-Mold Diet?

When it comes to following a low-mold diet, you’ll want to strictly avoid foods that are chock-full of sugars and additives. These fuel fungal growth and could exacerbate your symptoms. You’ll also want to avoid foods that are notorious for being contaminated with mold. To make it simple, I like to break these down into the following three categories:

Sugar-Laden Foods

Sugars are one of the primary sources of fuel for candida or mold. Sugar, in particular, can be sneaky because it can go by many different names and may be hidden in places you wouldn’t expect – even in foods you might consider “healthy”.

When following the low-mold diet, you should avoid:

  • Table sugar
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Fructose
  • Mannitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Candy
  • Baked goods

Certain fruits also have a notoriously high sugar content and should be avoided when detoxing from mold. These include:

  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Dried fruits and fruit juices

While sugar is typically the biggest dietary culprit that contributes to fungal growth, fast-absorbing carbohydrates and man-made additives can also promote mold growth – which leads us to our next category of foods to avoid.

Packaged and Processed Foods

Processed and pre-packaged foods almost always contain sugars, simple carbs, and/or additives that will fuel fungal growth in the body.

You’ll want to stay away from:

  • Canned foods: Baked beans, soups, ready-made sauces
  • Pre-packaged meals: Ready-made meals, breakfast cereals, frozen foods
  • Processed drinks: Soft drinks, fruit juices, flavored water, energy drinks
  • Bottled condiments: Vinegar, mayonnaise, pickles, soy sauce, mustard, relish

Try getting in the habit of reading the ingredient list of any product before you buy it. If it has more than five ingredients or is full of things you don’t recognize – it’s probably best to avoid it while on the low-mold diet.

Mold and Yeast Containing Foods

If you’re trying to prevent mold from entering your body or kill off what you’ve already been exposed to, you should always stay away from products that have a reputation for being contaminated with mold or fungal growth.

Some examples are:

  • Cheese and sour milk products: Buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, aged cheese, sliced or block cheese
  • Nuts: Peanuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts
  • Dried fruit: Raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc.
  • Grains: Wheat, rice, oats
  • Packaged and smoked meats: Sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, smoked fish, ham, bacon
  • Edible fungi: Mushrooms, truffles
  • Alcoholic beverages: Beer, wine, cider, liqueur, whiskey, gin, rum, tequila, etc.
  • Fermented foods should be avoiding in those patients with histamine intolerance. You can read more about Boosting DAO to break down histamine here.

While this list may seem restrictive, the good news is, there are still plenty of delicious foods allowed on the low-mold diet.

So, What Foods Are Allowed on the Low-Mold Diet?

Following the low mold-diet is not so black and white. There are some foods you should avoid entirely, some you can have in moderation, and some you can eat freely. We’ve already covered the foods to avoid, so let’s look at what you can eat on the low mold diet.

Foods to Eat in Moderation:

Foods you can incorporate into the low-mold diet in moderation include:

  • Gluten-free grains: Brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, certified gluten-free oats
  • Starchy vegetables and legumes: Sweet corn, potatoes, beans, peas, lentils, sweet potatoes, squashes, turnips, parsnips
  • Low-sugar fruits: Berries, apples, pears, peaches, avocadoes

It’s ok to incorporate these foods into your diet on occasion, but try building the majority of your meals around the foods in the next category.

Foods to Eat Freely:

When it comes to the food you consume while following a low-mold diet, quality matters – a lot! When purchasing meat, opt for organic, pasture-raised, and grass-fed options. When it comes to fish and seafood, wild-caught is always a superior option. And when it comes to any kind of produce, always look for organic.

Now let’s dive into the list of foods you are free to indulge in as much as you’d like while on a low-mold diet:

  • Poultry (pasture-raised, organic only): Chicken, eggs, turkey, quail, pheasant
  • Fish (wild-caught only): Salmon, tuna, anchovy, sardines, flounder, catfish, caviar
  • Other meats (grass-fed only): Beef, goat, lamb, buffalo, wild game, rabbit
  • Raw nuts and seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds, pecans, sesame seeds
  • Leafy greens: Romaine, kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, green and red cabbage
  • Root vegetables: Carrots, onions, radishes, garlic
  • Gourd vegetables: pumpkins, squash, eggplants, zucchini
  • Other vegetables: Cucumbers, brussel sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers
  • Spices: Pure vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, pink Himalayan salt, wasabi, horseradish
  • Herbs: Parsley, cilantro, basil, chives, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon, etc.
  • Healthy fats: Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, ghee, organic butter
  • Beverages: Filtered water, mineral water, non-fruity herbal teas, fresh vegetable juice

Building your meals around these nutrient-dense, whole foods will equip your body with the nutrients it needs to properly heal and detox.

Getting Rid of Moldy Foods

If you’ve been suffering from the symptoms of toxic mold exposure, chances are you’re chomping at the bit to implement strategies to help alleviate your symptoms. But before you head to the fridge or grocery store and start whipping up a meal, it’s important to assess any food you’re planning on using.

If you do happen to discover mold on any of your foods, immediately discard it and make sure to follow these guidelines:3

  • Do not sniff the item. This can cause respiratory issues.
  • If it’s covered and unsalvageable, wrap it up in plastic and discard it in a covered trash can.
  • Thoroughly clean the area where the moldy food was.
  • Check the nearby food items to see if the mold has spread. Remember, it can spread quickly in fruits and vegetables.

While your diet is one of the core pillars that support the foundation of detoxing from mold exposure, there are some additional steps you can take to effectively eliminate any mold that might be lurking in your body.

Are There Any Other Ways to Enhance Mold Detoxification?

When you’re fighting mold illness, the symptoms can feel overwhelming and your recovery time may or may not be quick. On top of following the low-mold diet, you can enhance your detoxification and significantly cut your recovery time down by using the following strategies.

Use Detox Binders:

Detox binders are designed to “bind” to toxins in your body so they can be safely eliminated. The most effective detox binders that I recommend include:

In addition to detox binders, there are a few more powerful supplements I recommend if you’re in the process of detoxing from mold.

Take Detox-Enhancing Supplements:

Using supplements, such as the ones listed below, can aid in facilitating detoxification:

Taking these binders and detox-enhancing supplements can help speed up your detox process.

So, How Long Does It Take to Get Mold Out of Your System?

The answer to that question is – it depends. Exactly how long it’ll take you to recover from mold illness depends on three main factors:4

1. Length of Exposure:

This is the single greatest factor in determining how long it will take for mold to get out of your system. If you’ve been exposed for long periods of time, such as years, you’re likely to have mold buildup in your body.

Typically, the longer the exposure, the longer the recovery time. This is why removing any sources of mold exposure is the very first step in recovering from mold illness. If you fail to remove the sources of mold exposure – whether environmental or through the foods you eat – you may never be able to fully heal.

2. Type of Exposure:

Nearly 90% of all molds don’t affect the majority of the population due to them being nonpoisonous. But for those with fungal allergies, even these “harmless” molds can cause big problems.

And, if you have fungal allergies and you’re unlucky enough to be exposed to the 10% of poisonous molds – your recovery is expected to take longer than most. This is thanks to the toxic metabolites produced by poisonous molds known as mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can accumulate in your body and cause damage over time.

So exactly how long it takes to recover from mold illness will depend on the types of mold you’ve been exposed to. If you want to learn more about mycotoxins, I’ve got some helpful resources on my blog that you can check out by clicking right here.

3. Your Level of Sensitivity:

The third factor in your recovery time is your degree of sensitivity to mold. This is important because some level of mold exposure is inevitable – we’re all exposed to mold on a daily basis. Every time you open the door, you’re breathing in new mold spores in the air and letting them into your home. And if you are in the 16-20% of the population that has a high level of mold sensitivity, this can impact your recovery time.

A Simple Solution to Detoxing From Mold

Dealing with mold illness can be challenging and discouraging – especially when it takes time to begin seeing improvements in your symptoms. In my practice, I’ve dedicated countless hours of research to finding answers and helping my patients recover from mold illness. Which is why I’m so excited to introduce a simple and powerfully effective solution to help my patients and their loved one’s detox and heal from mold illness.

I’ve teamed up with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Shade and the team at Quicksilver Scientific® to create a comprehensive kit specifically designed to help your body release and flush out mold toxins. The potent blend of supplements in my Miracle Mold Detox Box is scientifically proven to:

  • Enhance your natural detoxification cycle
  • Mobilize and increase the release of toxins
  • Promote energy production
  • Support cellular recovery and mitochondrial health
  • Aid in remineralization and electrolyte balance

If you or a loved one is suffering from mold illness, I highly recommend pairing the Miracle Mold Detox Box with a low-mold diet. This powerful combination is hands-down the most effective way to tackle mold illness and begin healing. You can learn more and order your own Miracle Mold Detox Box by clicking here.

Now it’s time to hear from you. Were you surprised at what is and isn’t allowed on the low-mold diet? What steps are you taking to protect yourself from the toxic effects of mold exposure? Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.

References

  1. https://sanitred.com/symptoms-of-toxic-black-mold-exposure/
  2. https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/CPSCStatementmoldmycotoxinhealtheffectsJuly2015.pdf
  3. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a87cdc2c-6ddd-49f0-bd1f-393086742e68/Molds_on_Food.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
  4. https://www.sinusitiswellness.com/how-long-will-my-recovery-take/

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is not intended to replace any recommendations or relationship with your physician. Please review references sited at end of article for scientific support of any claims made.

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For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/13/lyme-mold-a-practical-guide-to-protecting-yourself-at-home/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/10/25/dealing-with-lyme-disease-and-mold-illness-at-the-same-time/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/14/got-mold/

 

What Lyme & Autism Have in Common Will Surprise You

https://dariningelsnd.com/lyme-and-autism/

July 6, 2020

By Dr. Darin Ingels N.D.

When speaking with children who are chronically ill, it can be difficult to understand what is causing their symptoms.

Children, naturally, might not know how to accurately describe their pains or illness. When there are multiple symptoms, it can be even more challenging as they grow and change so quickly.

For children with autism or other language disorder, they may be limited or unable to communicate why they feel the way they feel. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Lyme disease are examples of what seem to be entirely different diseases, but they share an overlap of symptoms.

While autism is usually seen as a developmental disorder and Lyme disease and infectious disease, the two have more in common than you might think. There are interesting connections between the two, especially when diagnosed in children.

Sad boy with symptoms of lyme disease

Symptoms shared by both Autism and Lyme:

  • Neurological symptoms that include difficulty with communication and confusion, disorientation, muscle twitching, sensitivity to light, brain fog, and delayed development.
  • Psychological problems that impact behaviors, obsessive-compulsive disorder, an increased sense of doom, anxiety and outbursts.
  • Physical health issues such as muscle weakness, arthritis, and rashes.
  • Gut health issues including food allergies, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

These symptoms are common features of autism and Lyme disease.

Coincidentally, many of these symptoms are also displayed in auto-immune disorders.

Tests for Lyme can be misleading, as they have a poor accuracy. A specialist is always needed in order to get a better sense of other treatment options because both autism and Lyme can have long-term issues.

However, there are treatments that benefit Lyme and autism alike. Focusing on gut health has been an important part of treatment for both conditions. This is because we are seeing the benefits of specific diets in patients with autism and/or Lyme.

Nutritional support strengthens the integrity of the intestinal membranes, balances the billions of bacteria in our gut and improves digestion and elimination.

All of this help support the immune function of the gut, which ultimately affects brain function.

An effective nutritional protocol would support the immune system, reduce symptoms, calm the nervous system and strengthen the body’s ability to fight infections.

Autoimmune conditions such as autism and Lyme disease benefit greatly from proper diet and lifestyle modifications.

Wheat

Removing casein, dairy, sugar, processed foods and gluten from the diet will allow the body to heal and aid in the detoxification process, naturally.

Reducing environmental factors like external and emotional stressors are extremely important for both Lyme and ASD.

Stress responses increase the load on the immune & nervous system, which can lead to exhaustion and further relapse into symptoms.

Identifying these triggers help you to work around them and eventually train your nervous system to create new patterns and get rid of the old ones. Autoimmune conditions have very unique impacts on the immune system, especially Lyme and autism.

Consider speaking to a specialist about your symptoms, especially if they mimic other autoimmune conditions. And never be afraid to get a second or even third opinion, as it may be necessary in order to get to the root of problem.

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For more:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/12/22/identification-evaluation-and-management-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/09/28/toxic-metal-pollution-linked-with-development-of-autism-spectrum-disorder/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/09/05/pans-autism-the-immune-system-an-interview-with-expert-neurologist-dr-richard-frye/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/10/26/clinical-trial-shows-most-kids-with-autism-are-not-born-with-it/

The Shunning of Nutritional Science and Self-Care in the Public COVID-19 Narrative

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/the-shunning-of-nutritional-science-and-self-care-in-the-public-covid-19-narrative/?

AUGUST 04, 2020

The Shunning of Nutritional Science and Self-Care in the Public COVID-19 Narrative

Editorial by Dr. Alan Palmer, Contributing Writer

[CHD Note: This is Part Three of a four-part series. In Parts One  and  Two I outline the case for the terrain being the most important consideration when it comes to outcomes from infectious diseases. The terrain represents the health of the individual, their nutritional status, their environmental exposures and surroundings, their access to clean water, personal and public hygiene, etc.]

Enter the spin zone

In the media coverage surrounding COVID-19, why are we hearing nothing about what each individual can do FOR THEMSELVES nutritionally in an effort to build their immune competency to resist and overcome infection? Why is the narrative all about how the pharmaceutical industry is going to “SAVE” us? Could it have something to do with the fact that the pharma-controlled media wants to convince us that we must spend billions of dollars and wait for big pharma to come to the rescue with new, expensive, proprietary and patented anti-viral drugs and a magical vaccine to rescue us from COVID-19 therefore “allowing” us to return to normal life?

I’m not even saying that it’s only nutritional options and natural alternatives that are being shunned. Even inexpensive, easy to access drugs like Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin with zinc are being played down, despite studies from around the world showing it’s efficacy.  And, with a history of use for over 60 years in millions of people, it has proven to have an excellent safety record as compared to many other pharmaceutical drugs. A course of treatment is under $30 compared to Remdesivir, which costs more than $3,000. You can be sure that the antiviral drugs being developed for COVID-19 will probably exceed that cost. Let’s be honest; inexpensive, safe drugs or natural alternatives like herbal or nutritional compounds won’t provide pharma with the big payday they are banking on from COVID-19. They are opportunists, and you can bet they are going to make the most out of this opportunity.

No investment and all profit served up in a liability free environment! Can you think of a better business model … ?

Opportunistic organisms in biology are those parasites, bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses that take advantage of a weak host that offers them a ripe terrain for infection. These pharma opportunists are getting our government to fund the development and production of these drugs and vaccines to the tune of billions of dollars….AND they will potentially reap hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from the sales (all underwritten by each of us taxpayers). No investment and all profit served up in a liability free environment! Can you think of a better business model and financial windfall scenario for them? In the meantime, as the powers that be, drag their feet on making these inexpensive treatments available to sick patients because they have something better on the horizon, thousands of people are dying. Many unnecessarily. And, since scientists have already said that the virus can and will mutate, the magical vaccine that we have all paid for and millions are relying on, will most likely be largely ineffective in a best-case scenario and outright deadly in a worst-case scenario. Another legitimate concern would be the vaccine’s role in the development of future long-term chronic disease.

A similar situation plays out every year with the flu vaccine and its miserable rate of effectiveness, because guessing which strains will be prevalent the next season to incorporate into the vaccine is a roll of the dice. Three decades of attempts to make a coronavirus vaccine have been a miserable failure, resulting in what is called “pathogenic priming” or sometimes referred to as “immune enhancement”, which is a paradoxical response. This is where a vaccinated person, after later being exposed to the same virus has the risk of acquiring an extremely exaggerated immune reaction. This is something many top scientists and doctors in the vaccine field are warning against. It is not a great scenario when they are bragging about how fast they can get these vaccines to market and taking shortcuts in the safety studies like animal safety studies, followed by long-term human trials to make it happen. Quick to market with a shell-shocked public waiting anxiously for your product. Jackpot!

… oxidative radicals wreak havoc on the body if glutathione is in short supply.

The scientific basis for nutritional effectiveness

There are thousands of studies published that demonstrate effectiveness of various natural compounds in preventing and treating viral infections. They do that in numerous ways, but the two overarching strategies is first to prime or boost the body’s own ability to attack and destroy the pathological microbes and second, to block key biochemical pathways that the virus needs to enter the cell and proliferate. In COVID-19’s case, these pathways into the cell are called the ACE-2 receptors. The cells lining the lungs and airways are particularly rich in these receptors making the lungs a receptive target for COVID-19. Nutritional compounds can also effectively manage the high levels of inflammation and collateral damage caused by the infection, which is one of the main reasons the COVID-19 infection can reach catastrophic levels and, in some cases becomes fatal. Many reports have discussed a phenomenon that can occur called a “cytokine storm”, which is an example of an out of control inflammatory immune reaction throughout the body. The oxidative stress from this reaction causes massive collateral tissue damage. Incidentally, the cytokine storm phenomenon is not new or unique to COVID-19. The literature is replete with studies discussing it in relationship to severe influenza as well.

One example of a nutritional superhero is glutathione. Glutathione the body’s “Master Antioxidant”, is essential for successfully fighting infection and mitigating the damaging effects of the production of oxidative free radicals that are released during infection. These oxidative radicals wreak havoc on the body if glutathione is in short supply. These oxidative free-radicals are now implicated in the cause of the cytokine storm that often results in the loss of life from COVID-19. Fortunately, there are ways that you can boost your own glutathione levels. Therefore, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress naturally not only decreases the severity of the infection and risk of death, but also the long-term health altering after-effects post infection.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine or N.A.C., is another important and related compound. Studies have also shown that taking N.A.C. will not only help boost glutathione levels but may also help to prevent the formation of what is called von Willebrand Factor, an agent that is responsible for the blood clotting problems that frequently develops in COVID-19 patients.

The incredible partnership between the miraculous human immune system and nature

The biochemistry of how the intelligence of the body operates is truly remarkable. And the immune system is a symphony of players that when all working properly and in concert, make beautiful music together. Beautiful unless you are a pathogen. When working in harmony, the different players in the immune system are truly a formidable force to be reckoned with. They seek, identify and destroy the intruder. Rather than using a drug that often has risks of side effects to “kill” the infection, this approach fortifies and builds the body’s own defenses and mechanisms to fight the offending microbe and then clean up the mess and debris afterwards. This includes upregulating white blood cells and immune regulatory players like macrophages, natural killer cells (NK cells), neutrophils and monocytes. As an example, vitamin C greatly increases numbers, activity and effectiveness of macrophages, NK cells, neutrophils and monocytes. Human beings can’t make our own, so we have to get it from diet and supplementation. Vitamin C demands increase substantially during times of stress, injury and infection. Therefore, it is essential to meet those demands with increased consumption when you want your immune system to work at it’s best.

A macrophage grabbing and engulfing a pathogen

Another example of key players during infection are cytokines. Cytokines are proteins that act as cell signaling agents. Some cytokines are pro-inflammatory, and some are anti-inflammatory in action. Some pro-inflammatory response is necessary and appropriate during infection, but it needs to be kept in check to prevent raging inflammation or even an autoimmune shift causing the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues. Various natural compounds are shown to regulate these processes and keep them in balance, preventing damaging downstream effects. Those compounds include fish oil, curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric), vitamin D, resveratrol and quercetin among others.

We will look further into the way the immune system combats infection and ways to optimize its function in the final segment of this four-part series.


Dr. Palmer’s free eBook 1200 Studies – Truth Will Prevail, now 730 pages long, includes over 1400 published studies – authored by thousands of scientists and researchers – that contradict what officials are telling the public about vaccine safety and efficacy. It has easy search and navigation features including links to article abstracts and studies on PubMed or the source journal that make it an invaluable research and reference tool.  Download it free at www.1200studies.com

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**Comment**

It’s actually worse than this article admits:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/16/government-agencies-coordinate-to-raid-clinics-and-threaten-doctors-who-help-patients-stay-healthy-during-coronavirus-pandemic/  Similarly to doctors who dare to treat Lyme/MSIDS with anything but the unscientific and antiquated CDC mono therapy (when research shows ticks and people are coinfected), doctors who dare to help patients stay healthy are raided, threatened, fined, and some have their licenses revoked.

For more:  

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/06/02/successful-covid-19-critical-care-stonewalled-by-cdc/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/07/why-you-may-need-more-vitamin-d-especially-now/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/06/15/the-functional-medicine-approach-to-covid-19-virus-specific-nutraceutical-botanical-agents/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/03/15/herbal-treatment-for-coronavirus-infections-buhner/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/08/natural-supplements-vs-coronaviruses/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/29/possible-role-for-ascorbic-acid-in-covid-19/?relatedposts_hit=1&relatedposts_origin=43366&relatedposts_position=2

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/07/10/food-as-medicine-a-possible-preventive-measure-against-covid-19/

I must admit the current attitude of our ‘authorities’ to just slap a face mask on really gets under my skin, when there are so many helpful, productive things people can do to strengthen their immune systems.  They are majoring on the minors and minoring on the majors.

The key to fighting illness has always been and will always be in making yourself a tough target.

For a video on this:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/04/16/viruses-immunity-dr-waters-fix-your-soil-and-the-seeds-cant-grow/