Friends and Family,
Jenny and I are fortunate to have had a pretty normal and busy year, despite all of the changes this year. We have been well, and Jenny's big spinal surgery in July went well. Jenny is fully recovered and working daily at her school.
Holly (not Tommy), Amber, and Amber's husband, Philip all had COVID. They all took antivirals, and they are all doing well. We have all been taking 5000 units per day of vitamin-D this year. We hope that you also have, and still are.
Your own immune system is the miracle drug for this weird virus. Low vitamin-D weakens your immune system. Low and extremely low vitamin-D levels are the norm in our modern world, since people live and travel "indoors", and do not get hours of daily sun on their skins. There is good medical analysis that up to 87% of COVID deaths are directly linked to low vitamin-D.
People have a trained reflex; "don't take too much!" I'll tell you my experience and also a recent study that looked at getting vitamin-D levels up to normal quickly. The observational study used 60,000 units of vitamin D3 per day for 2-3 weeks. More than half of the participants got a mid-normal blood level by 2 weeks, but about a quarter of them still had a blood level below the target range of 50 or more, at the end of 3 weeks. Nobody had a higher than normal level. Normal is 30-100, and the target range here was 50-100.
60,000 Units per day is a big number, but it is 1.25 mg of vitamin-D, which sounds much smaller.
My experience is that people don't absorb all of a big dose, and absorb multiple smaller doses better.
People who take two pills of 5000 units per day (the largest dose our stores here sell) will usually get up into the low normal range in 2-3 months, but not always. It is ok to catch up missed doses when you remember.
I have given away over $500 of vitamin-D 5000 units this year. Another 200 bottles of 100 pills should come in today or tomorrow, for $670. It will also be given to patients, coworkers, friends, neighbors and family. I gave a bottle to a beggar I see on my bike ride, instead of the usual dollar bill, and a school crossing guard who waves at me. I explained the benefits and urged them to take it daily. They said they were on Friday when I saw them again. Jenny got $120 worth of Vitamin D at Costco and gave it to all of her coworkers when they had an outbreak at school last month. I treated three of her coworkers (including a husband with cancer) without seeing them in clinic.
Ivermectin is the core antiviral treatment that works very well at all stages of COVID, including prevention.
Vitamin-D should be taken as a baseline, and it should be added if someone who gets sick is not already taking it.
Zinc has long been known to disrupt corona viral reproduction.
Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance website keeps up with this, as do I at www.johndayblog.com, though I keep up with a lot of other things, too. We have entered a time of rapid and disorienting societal transformation
It is important, in my professional opinion, not to expose yourself to the risks of vaccines, which have not been through extended testing.
Coronavirus vaccines have a specific problem called "Pathogenic Priming", which means that when the vaccine works to produce antibodies, it also works to prime a fatal response for the host animal or person, when exposed to the coronavirus. This became apparent after SARS in the early 2000s. They tried repeatedly to make coronavirus vaccines, but too many lab animals always died. They never developed any coronavirus vaccine safe enough for human trials.
There are no animal trials this time, for any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Wait to see how this works out for people. Take 5000 units per day of vitamin D.
Share the I-Mask-Plus treatment protocol from the COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance with your doctor. https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/EVMS_Critical_Care_COVID-19_Protocol.pdf
Print it up and take it with you or mail it.
Ivermectin, zinc and doxycycline treatment packs are being sold in India, where they are using a LOT of them, to good effect.
Some of you who live nearby have gotten an orange tree seedling we grew and some Vitamin-D for Christmas.
Love and Best Wishes,
John and Jenny Day
(Pictured 6/29/20, our 35th wedding anniversary. Also one twin fawn born on our lawn this spring)
Happy christmas etc. I'm on vit D anyhow for something else and so far we have avoided the corona here For the moment anyhow.....never been more grateful to live where we do. Many thanks for your fascinating blog and commentsReplyDelete
viv in New Zealand
Happy Boxing Day, Viv. We bike toured around the South Island as a family in January/February 2006. People were very nice, and weather was mostly nice, with a few notable exceptions, "Windwhistle" being the most memorable.Delete
Thank you for the kind words.
If you went up Baldwin St in Dunedin (we still live here but closed the shop when my mum died) I think we would have had the shop open at that time :) The weather is nice with sudden showers at present...it's usually better February/March.Delete
Oh, I'm pretty poor at street names, and it's been about 15 years. I'm pretty poor remembering most things by now. We went through in January, heading south from Christchurch initially, so there was still some cold and wet Antarctic weather that caught us sometimes. By the time we were heading up the west side, going north, things were warming up more. By Nelson, people were complaining that it was "getting hot" when it was in the 80s (F). We didn't talk too much about what "hot" means in Texas, let alone India. We were just getting comfortable.Delete
Worlds steepest street :) I don't think I could survive your heat!!!Delete
Oh, we did think of riding that, but in the event, we were tired, the bikes were loaded, and it did not seem like we needed to engage that challenge. We had biked up to a youth hostel on the Rhine, in Germany, which we were informed could not be ascended with bicycles. We had low granny-gears. It was long and steep. They saved dinner for us, and were fairly impressed when we arrived with loaded bikes. Steve went down and pedaled his Mom's bike up the last bit.Delete
Some travellers on bikes have tried it but most park around our house which is just before the really steep bit and has a couple of handy lamp posts. We still have tourists at present but I was very glad to see the end of the crazy bus tour thing. Covid has its pluses and wall to wall tourists are no fun. It is now more like what it was when we first moved here. I hope it stays that way! (but without the virus)Delete
You sound a lot more intrepid than me :) I had to give up riding a few years back after a stroke affected my balance....but I still walk everywhere!
Walking is great. I've been up on 2 wheels since 1966, and I'm really working diligently to not have any more high speed crashes. The last one was 9 years ago.Delete
I do commute in traffic, still.
None of the 5 times I have been hit by a driver has been too bad on my body.
2 of the bikes didn't make it...
So have I (I think we must be about the same age) but I crashed into a fence post earlier this year and broke a rib...the bike (which was me trying a trike for balance reasons) was unharmed and is now re-homed! That is the only bone I've ever broken! The fence post I landed on was also unhurt. I do walk quite a bit on some of the local bike tracks which are wonderful and there is a fantastic selection of other tracks and beaches so I'm not hard done by at all. My husband still rides and commutes by bike although it is now a fancy electric job :)ReplyDelete
You are adaptive. It's a sign of life.Delete