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    Default No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s why.

    Cara Rosenbloom
    March 5, 2020

    Since news about the coronavirus broke, there is a good chance you have read or seen advice about how to “boost” your immune system — whether it is loading up on citrus fruit, sipping herbal or green tea, eating yogurt for the probiotics, or taking vitamin or zinc supplements. Unfortunately, there is no evidence any of these strategies will supercharge immunity. To understand why, let’s consider how the immune system works.

    Read it and weep: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...rainbow&wpmm=1
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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    I'll be back in a day or two to see whether anyone has challenged this... Meanwhile, ponder these.

    "Some physicians would stand by and see their patients die rather than use ascorbic acid. Vitamin C should be given to the patient while the doctors ponder the diagnosis." (Frederick R. Klenner, MD, chest specialist)

    "I have found the value of bolstering immune function with vitamin D to be incredibly powerful." (Dr. Jeffrey Allyn Ruterbusch, preventive medicine specialist)
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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    The writer is a dietician - the last person I would ask for advice on nutrition. Their studies are sponsored by the likes of Kellogg, Coca Cola etc. But she still says vitamin D is useful, which doesn't fit in with the rest of the advice. Unfortunately, more people will read WaPo than search for genuine health advice on trusted sites.

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    Of course a person can enhance one's immune system. This is such idiocy that it barely deserves a refutation.

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    I couldn't access the WP link as I don't (and won't) subscribe. But from what I gather, there seems to be no distinction between elevating someone's low immunity back to a normal level VS elevating one's immunity from low or "normal" to above and beyond normal, (raising the bar). The prior is certainly possible but the latter...???

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    I agree wholeheartedly with what everyone else said above. In addition to vit. C, vit. D3, and zinc, I've come across a couple reliable sources recommending elderberry as defense against coronavirus. Specifically, the research shows benefits from commercial versions of "elderberry extracts" (capsules, lozenges, liquids, gummies), rather than homemade remedies using the actual berries.

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    Thanks Maurya, I've been waiting for a report on the vit C treatment. This is great news! Now we need to spread it around.

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    Non-members come here daily, in the hundreds, traffic is still steady. They come with questions. They come in search of answers. If I post a horse puckey article like this in order to rebut it, it feels useless unless we follow through with a rebuttal. In fact, it makes me so angry that I proposed to attack it point by point.

    • in the first paragraph, the author says, "...there is no evidence any of these strategies will supercharge immunity." That is a flat-out lie. Entire books have been written on the ability of certain nutrients, specifically vitamin C and D and zinc, to support and reinforce immunity. A brief search of this site will turn up ample evidence of the above.

    • "A “boost” in that process would not be a good thing. Scientifically, it would mean your immune system was overactive..." Not at all. The fact is that most of us are woefully deficient in vitamin D. Because humans and guinea pigs are the only creatures that cannot make their own vitamin C, we tend to be significantly deficient in that nutrient as well. Forget orange juice, which is nothing but sugar and each brand's specific proprietary "flavor-pak." Start with a reliable brand of 500 mg vitamin C and take a couple a day. Build up to as many as 3-4 grams in divided doses. No, not from Walmart or Walgreen's. Shop in a local natural foods store or order online.

    • "...higher doses have not been shown to make the system function better." Again, this is simply not true. Commercial agriculture has stripped the country's soils of micronutrients, and commercial fertilizers of NPK will not replace them. Crops grown today, when tested, contain a mere fraction of the nutrients that they delivered 50 years ago. Ample evidence is out there.

    • "The medical profession still doesn’t know exactly how to influence the immune system..." What a slap in the face to the medical profession. It's true that the typical medical school graduate has had a mere three credits of nutrition courses. Your chiropractor probably knows more about human nutrition than your MD. That doesn't mean that researchers have not shown how bringing deficient levels up to optimal will return your immune system to normal, if not above normal, strength.

    • I won't even dignify the following paragraph with a response, it's that absurd. Any active member of this site could immediately rattle off a list of foods high in vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, omega-3's, fiber and so forth.

    • Tnere follow some commonsense recommendations, and then, this shallow statement: "If you consume a diet filled with adequate protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, you should not need any of the supplements being marketed around coronavirus." We just pointed out that today's produce lacks the traditional nutrient content of its ancestors 50 years ago, because our soil has simply been exhausted. Thus a normal "adequate" diet is flat-out in adequate. Optimal health requires supplementation. And ironically, having just denied it, the author adds that supplemental vitamin D is probably required.

    To sum: the evidence contradicting this article is vast and easily accessible. Why do respectable newspapers like the Washington Post publish articles that are so easily proven wrong? Keep in mind that six corporations — six — own all of the USA's current media, both print and broadcast. Pharmaceutical companies advertise heavily in these media. It is not smart to contradict what the pharmaceutical companies peddle. Literally billions of advertising dollars are at stake. Please keep these principles in mind as you consider who is financing your political candidates' campaigns for office. Corporate donations are IOUs.
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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

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    Cara Rosenbloom
    March 5, 2020

    Since news about the coronavirus broke, there is a good chance you have read or seen advice about how to “boost” your immune system — whether it is loading up on citrus fruit, sipping herbal or green tea, eating yogurt for the probiotics, or taking vitamin or zinc supplements. Unfortunately, there is no evidence any of these strategies will supercharge immunity. To understand why, let’s consider how the immune system works.

    Read it and weep: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...rainbow&wpmm=1
    Thanks for the article, I learned a good chunk of info to battle this virus.

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    Default Re: No, you probably can’t ‘boost’ your immune system to prevent coronavirus. Here’s

    Hello Havanana! Seems like the faster I run, the behinder I get. Welcome to Hawkes' Health! Please start a new thread in the New Members forum and tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you here.
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