What is COVID?

COVID is a SARS-CoV-2 corona virus that affects different people and different age groups in different ways. People with pre-existing heart, lung and systemic chronic issues are at higher risk for exhibiting great complications and can be affected with greater severity.

COVID is spread via droplets excreted from the respiratory tract of affected people.

Whether or not you believe in one or many conspiracy theories, COVID is here to say and we better just figure out how to protect ourselves and others. The virus has mutated numerous times since it was first identified and hopefully it will attenuate (weaken) with additional mutations.

The long-term side effects of COVID can be devastating. Long-term effects are defined as symptoms lasting longer than 8 weeks. https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-post/long-covid  People who are more likely to have long-term side effects include the elderly, women, obese people, asthmatics and people with underlying health conditions.

One of my clients lost her sense of smell over 4 months ago. It hasn’t returned. Another woman thought she had a heat stroke but that was 3 ½ months ago. She still doesn’t have enough energy to get out of a wheelchair to do anything around the house let alone cook a meal for her family. Minimizing symptoms and attenuating them when you can may determine whether or not you keep a job or career when you’re well enough to get back to work.

Symptoms show up 2-14 days after exposure, although the average time is 3-5 days.

Treatment Options for COVID:

Currently there is no cure for COVID but treating the symptoms early is helpful in diminishing the severity of symptoms. Prevention is key! In my own practice, I’ve noticed a few things these last months.

Often people are low in Zinc. I’ve been recommending Zinc Lozenges (Nature’s Way or some other good brand without the artificial sweetener fillers). Be sure to eat seeds/nuts on a daily basis to cover the copper and selenium areas of deficiency.

The exhaustion is caused by a diminished quality of hemoglobin in the red cells. It takes 4 months for the flat bones in the body to produce new cells which then mature and are released into the bloodstream fully mature. If you eat raw Parsley (capsules are a second best choice) and Blackstrap Molasses from the beginning of diagnosis, this helps in creating a better quality hemoglobin for the cells. Indeed, my clients have tested they need these two items every time COVID has come up.

Adding in live pre and probiotic foods insures gut health which can participate in immune function up to 40%. So. . .raw milk yogurt, live raw unprocessed sauerkraut, fermented cranberries in honey, raw local honey—all of these are so much better/effective than capsules of probiotics. Many people love Kiefer and kombucha but these don’t seem to be as effective at the other foods listed above for creating an optimal gut flora.

Stay Hydrated: Drink water mostly but add in raw juices and herbal teas. Coffee and alcohol are dehydrating.

Strengthening your immune system however you can do that can help you prevent being hospitalized. Getting enough sleep, decreasing stress in your life (like that’s going to happen right now!), eating healthy raw/live foods, meditating, exercising and decreasing the negativity in your life all help the immune system.

Eat for Your Blood Type: Studies are revealing that Blood Type O people are less likely to end up in the hospital with COVID so paying attention to those foods that cause inflammation for your blood type would be helpful. So stay away from corn, lentils and chicken if you are blood type B. Eat your animal-based protein if you are a Blood Type O. Go vegetarian if you are Blood Type A. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2020283

Overall, foods that cause inflammation for all blood types include: Sugar, alcohol, trans-fats (margarine), processed meat and refined carbohydrates: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-cause-inflammation#The-bottom-line

Elderberry products were thought by some to create a cytokine storm which is very dangerous, but the latest studies show that elderberry products can be used with COVID and do not react the same as the SARS virus from a decade ago. Reference:  https://www.gaiaherbs.com/blogs/seeds-of-knowledge/the-facts-on-black-elderberry-and-covid-19

Are Masks Effective for COVID Protection?

Viral particles are quite small and do pass through the materials of face masks. Masks are NOT effective if they do not cover both the nose and the mouth or when masks do not fit snugly on the face.

I feel wearing a mask protects other from your spit. Masks filters out pollens, dust, molds, irritating particulate matter, parasites and may even protect against bacterial infections.

I would never want a surgeon performing an operation on me without masking up! If we can decrease the load of all of these other things in our body, it leaves energy to fight off any COVID we are exposed to.

Wearing a mask tells people that you care, that you are concerned and that you are trying to distance yourself by protecting yourself and other from dis-ease.

Wearing a mask should not be a political statement.

Types of COVID Tests:

The nasal swab test should be done a few days after exposure so there are enough viral particles on the swab. If the testing is done too soon then you can receive a false negative result. This test takes up to several days for results.

A blood test (Antibody test) tests for exposure. If positive, you have been exposed and have most likely recovered.

Breath Tests: A new non-invasive breath test is expected to be release around May, 2021.

120 Symptoms of COVID:

Time and again I’ve heard people say they didn’t have COVID and thought they had other disease processes. They excused away the symptoms because—well—they are such common symptoms for all kinds of diseases! But when symptoms start to pile up, or last longer than they should, a COVID test is in order. I’ve been compiling this list since the beginning of COVID in the news. Here’s what I have so far. . .

  1. Abdominal Pain
  2. Anemia
  3. Anxiety https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/many-covid-patients-diagnosed-with-psychiatric-disorders/ar-BB1aV4sn?li=BBnb7Kz
  4. Aphasia (Loss of Ability to Understand or Express Speech, Caused by Brain Damage)
  5. Back Pain, Lower
  6. Back Pain, Mid and at Base of Ribs
  7. Back Pain, Upper
  8. Blood Pressure, Increased
  9. Blood Pressure, Low
  10. Blood Pressure, Spikes
  11. Body Temperature, Abnormally Low
  12. Bones Ache-Especially in Extremities
  13. Brain, Delirium/Confusion/Hallucinations
  14. Brain, Inflammation
  15. Brain, Pressure
  16. Breath, Shortness of or Difficulty Breathing: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/what-coronavirus-does-to-the-lungs
  17. Breath, Shortness or Exhaustion from Bending Over
  18. Burning Sensations
  19. Calf Cramps
  20. Chest Pain, Persistent or Chest Pressure
  21. Chest Pain, Sharp or Sudden
  22. Chills but No Fever
  23. Confusion, Mental: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/coronavirus-unusual-symptoms/faq-20487367
  24. Costochondritis (Pain Where Ribs Attach to Spine or to Xyphoid Process)
  25. Cough
  26. COVID Toes: Can linger for months. https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-11-02/for-some-survivors-covid-toes-rashes-can-linger-for-months
  27. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (added 11/7/20) https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/doctors-examining-possible-link-between-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-covid-19/ar-BB1aN0sv
  28. Dandruff, Dry Scalp
  29. Diarrhea
  30. Dizziness
  31. Ears, Clogged
  32. Epstein Barr Syndrome https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7427003/
  33. Exercise, Inability to-Just No Energy
  34. Eyes, Bloodshot
  35. Eyes, Dry
  36. Eyes, Light Sensitivity
  37. Eyes, Pinkeye
  38. Eyes, Swollen eyelids
  39. Eyes, Sties or Infections
  40. Eyes, Watering
  41. Fainting
  42. Fatigue (the #1 Symptom)
  43. Feet/Hands Swollen
  44. Fever or Chills
  45. Focus/Concentration Difficult
  46. Foot, Itching Along with Rash
  47. Foot, Pain
  48. GERD With Excessive Salivation
  49. Goiter or Lump in Throat
  50. Hair Loss
  51. Head, Extreme Pressure Base of Head (Involves Occipital Nerve)
  52. Headache
  53. Hearing Loss
  54. Heart, Arrhythmia
  55. Heart, Palpitations
  56. Heart, Racing (Tachycardia)
  57. Heartburn or Reflux
  58. Heat Intolerance
  59. Herpes, More Apt for it to Come Out
  60. Hiccoughs
  61. Hormone Imbalances
  62. Hot Blood Rush Feeling
  63. Irritable Feelings
  64. Jaw Pain
  65. Joint Pain
  66. Kidney Issues
  67. Kidney Pain
  68. Lips Chapped, Cracked and Very Dry
  69. Lips, Blue (Considered an Emergency!)
  70. Loss of Smell, Partial or Complete
  71. Lungs, Cold, Burning Feeling
  72. Lymph Nodes, Swollen
  73. Memory Problems
  74. Mis-A (Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Adults) Dusky red blotched in palms/soles + very chapped skin https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/a-rare-covid-19-complication-was-reported-in-children-now-its-showing-up-in-adults/ar-BB1a5H2v?li=BBnb7Kz&fbclid=IwAR3oTIlNf1ryALcm7fAYkAfD2WmIeGY72OFF_UC1mhdG5s0JTuHz1ePXU1U
  75. Mis-C (Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) Read more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children/mis-c.html
  76. Mouth Sores/Sore Tongue
  77. Muscle Body Aches
  78. Muscle Twitching
  79. Nausea/Vomiting
  80. Neck Muscle Pain
  81. Neck, Both Sides Throbbing Around Lymph Node Areas
  82. Nerve Sensations
  83. Nerves, Neuropathy of Feet/Hands
  84. Nerves, Trigeminal Neuralgia
  85. Night Sweats
  86. Nose, Congested or Runny
  87. Nose, Phantom Smells
  88. Nose, Post-Nasal Drip
  89. Numbness of Arm, Face
  90. Oxygen, Low Blood
  91. Pain, Hands or Wrist
  92. Parosmia (things smell different than they should be) added 11/5/20 https://abscent.org/nosewell/parosmia
  93. Personality Changes, Drastic
  94. Phlegm in Back of Throat
  95. Sadness
  96. Scalp Painful
  97. Skin, Burning Sensation
  98. Skin, Dry and Peeling
  99. Skin, Palms and Feet Red Blotchy Rash
  100. Skin, Rashes (3 Types: Hives, Chicken Pox like, chilblains on fingers/toes) https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-post/skin-rash-covid
  101. Sleep, Difficult
  102. Sleep, Inability to Wake or Stay Awake
  103. Sleeping More Than Usual
  104. Smell, Loss (Anosmia)
  105. Symptoms Change
  106. Taste, Changed Sense of
  107. Taste, Food Tastes Like Paper or Cardboard
  108. Taste, Partial or Complete Loss of
  109. Thirst, Constant
  110. Throat, Dry
  111. Throat, Sore
  112. Thrush (Yeast Infection in the Mouth and in the Tongue)
  113. Thyroid, Elevated (Hyperthyroidism)
  114. Tinnitus in Ears
  115. Tremors or Shakiness
  116. Urinary Tract Infections
  117. Urine, Protein in
  118. Veins, Bulging
  119. Vision, Blurry
  120. Vision, Floaters or Flashes of Light in Visual Field
  121. Weight, Gain
  122. Weight, Loss

Helpful Links and References for COVID:

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