(Publisher note- Dr. Asbury, a regular in our magazine, sent this to us late last night, it is correspondence she sends to her patients, she gave us permission to publish. Dr. Asbury is based out of Dixon, NM but does phone consults, her contact information is provided at the end of this post.)
Karen Asbury, MD Internal Medicine, Functional, Environmental and Orthomolecular Medicine
About the coronavirus:
This information is provided so you can be as well prepared as possible. It is about staying safe. The complete nature and facts about this virus are yet to be determined. This novel coronavirus is a new strain not previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses related to illnesses such as the common cold, SARS and MERS.
“A recent study from scientists at a federal laboratory reported that SARS-CoV-2- the virus causing the current coronavirus pandemic – can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 72 hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on copper for 4 hours. This was how long the virus could survive in large enough amounts to be transmissible, according to the researchers.”
It is very easily transmitted and researchers at the NIH found that it can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours. The only way to stop this pandemic is to decrease person-to-person contact as much as possible. Therefore, the best protection from it is physical isolation from other people. Stay home, work from home and eliminate any travel, meetings or other gatherings as much as possible.
If you must go out, a mask may be beneficial. However, airborne particles from sneezes or coughs may get into the eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
It has been reported that we touch our faces approximately 90 times daily and most of the time we are not aware of it. The mask helps to prevent the hand-mouth infection.
When you return home, immediately take off your clothes and put them in the washer. Soap is fine – it will usually kill any virus that you may have come in contact with.
Wash hands frequently with soap. The soap breaks down the viral coat and kills it. Use of hand sanitizer is a lesser option but may still be effective.
If you are trying to blow this off or minimize it, look at the Chinese and Italians. In Italy cases went from 2000 to 18,000 in as little as 10 days with over 1000 deaths and their numbers are still climbing. The hospitals are overwhelmed, out of beds and unable to care for all who need help.
Prevention: Although there is no known direct treatment, there are many interventions you can do to optimize your general health and immune function. Prevention is paramount. The following steps and suggestions are helpful and it is important to have your immune system functioning at optimum.
Hydration: It is important to maintain adequate hydration. Amounts of water needed may vary on climate and level of activity. Generally, an average adult should be drinking between 32-64 ounces or more of water daily. This does not include coffee, tea or other beverages.
Sleep: Most adults need 7-9 hours daily. Your immune system cannot function optimally without good quality regular sleep.
Minimize stress: Stress is well known to decrease immune function. Minimize stress as much as possible. Meditation may be helpful. Studies have shown that anger or fear suppresses the immune system for about 6 hours. Laughter increases immune function for about 24 hours.
Diet: Maintain a healthy diet without processed foods as much as possible. Eliminate sugar and starches to prevent feeding the organisms.
How do you know if you have it?
Take a good deep breath upon awakening and hold it for 10 seconds. If you do not cough, it is unlikely you have it.
Major symptoms of this illness include fever (but not always), cough, and shortness of breath and will usually appear 2-14 days following exposure. If you have difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. First call your primary care physician or the local health department. They can give you information regarding testing. Do not go to the hospital without calling first. They may not have any beds available. You may contact me for phone consults as needed.
Supplements to optimize immune function:
Vitamin C: A good amount would be 1500 mg twice daily of a complete Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Avoid vitamin C from a corn source. If you become ill, increase it to 1500mg every 6 hours and add Vitamin B complex twice daily.
Vitamin D: Your level from lab testing should be between 60-100. Most people do well with 10,000u daily and that should include Vitamin K2 (100-200 mcg). It is important to take 10,000u of Vitamin A palmitate daily so as not to create a deficiency. If you become ill, increase Vitamin D to 50,000u daily for 5 days. Increase the Vitamin A to 40,000u for 3 days. Studies several years ago on patients in the ICU with regular flu showed that those that died all had Vitamin D deficiency.
Iodine: Iodine helps your immune system by increasing natural killer cells. Start with 12.5 mg daily, increase to 25 mg daily if you become ill.
Thymate: This is an extraordinary multi with factors to enhance the immune system. Take 3 twice daily and you may increase to 6 twice daily if needed. This will not be available in health food stores. You may call me order.
Adaptogens: These are herbs such as astragalus and ashwagandha that are known for their antiviral and immune-strengthening effects. They are generally available online, but may be in health food stores as well.
Lysine: This is an amino acid known to help suppress viruses. Take 1000-2000 mg twice daily on an empty stomach.
Colloidal Silver: Use as directed on the bottle, but you may increase if needed. It may also be helpful to spray the mask with colloidal silver for added protection.
If you would to review further, please schedule a phone consult on the website “KarenAsburyMD.com”. Office phone number is 972 479-9139 and you may leave a message or email at email@example.com. We do have some supplements available and a limited supply of surgical masks. Stay Happy (raises immunity), Stay Home and Rest!
I cannot stress enough that the only way to stop this virus is isolation. And those that contract it must optimize their immune systems.
Stay Isolated, Stay Healthy
Karen Asbury, MD