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Shanghai government using high-dose IV Vitamin C to treat COVID-19: Initial results of clinical trials positive

Comment: Vitamin C really does boost the immune system, and not just with battling viruses. If IV infusions are beyond your reach at present, look up how to make your own liposomal vit C concoction. Your gut absorbs far more vit C that way...

Dr. Richard Cheng, MD, PhD, clinical trial IV Vitamin C

Dr. Richard Cheng claims high-dose Vitamin C has been officially included in the Shanghai Government Covid-19 treatment plan and that initial results from the IVC trial on Covid-19 is positive.
Does vitamin C cure Coronavirus? No? Can vitamin C treat Coronavirus? We can't say it does, but at the same time, we can't say it doesn't either. This is why multiple clinical trials are underway in China to investigate whether or not vitamin C infusion has any effect against Coronavirus and those infected with it. The idea that vitamin C may help in treating the Coronavirus, at least here in the west, seems to be dubbed as 'fake news,' which is odd given the fact that authorities should be mentioning that at this point it's inconclusive.

There remains to be a clear yes or no answer but researchers are hypothesizing that it might have a positive effect which is why in Shanghai, China, vitamin C is being named as part of their overall treatment plan, with official clinical trials underway.

Last month, the US National Library of Medicine posted the information about their clinical trials on their website. The title of one of the trials is "Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia." The sponsor is ZhiYong Peng, and the responsible party is Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan University (ZNWU).

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Study on Coronavirus patients in Wuhan suggests non-smokers are more likely to become infected

Comment: This won't surprise Sott.net readers, but we bet the doctors and scientists examining the clinical characteristics of this disease didn't expect the results they got...

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Great find by Joe L:
...new study ... claims that of the 1,099 Chinese people who contracted 2019-nCoV which were studied, 85.4% (927 people) were never-smokers, while only 12.6% (137 people) were current smokers and only 1.9% (21 people) were ex-smokers.
Here's a link to the pdf study. And here's part of Table 1 from the study (click to enlarge):

Comment: It's probably not as high a figure as that because the rate of smoking in China - across both sexes - is around 25%. It's certain that way more men than women smoke in China, but as we saw above, figures vary.

Using a different assumption then than the author used above, that just 25% of the population of Wuhan are smokers, then the sample of clinical data from this study suggests that non-smokers are nearly 3 times more likely than smokers and ex-smokers to become infected.

However, something else to be factored back into this is that the above clinical data from Wuhan shows that just 41.8% of the case studies in the study sample were female. It's early days, but if this outbreak plays out like MERS and SARS did, then it too will affect (that is, infect and make ill) more men than women.

Depending on the extent to which it does so, this sex difference would increase our assumption of the percentage of smokers in Wuhan and thus push the figure back up to 3 or >3 times more likely than smokers and ex-smokers to become infected.

By the way, an even more interesting study of clinical data from Wuhan - though from a much smaller sample of 140 patients - found that just 1.4% of people hospitalized by the virus were current smokers...

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Medicinal foods and beverages protect against coronavirus, research suggests

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While the world, at present, appears to be in an accelerating tailspin around the coronavirus outbreak, with very little if any hope provided through conventional medical approaches, the reality is that there are natural alternatives that already have been, and continue to be worth investigating.

The good news is that there have been a number of studies performed over the years on natural substances, which are relatively easy to access, are exceptionally affordable, have thousands of years of history among many cultures of safe use, and include culinary spices that may support your immunity while nourishing you deeply in these stressful times.

We've created a Coronavirus Disease Database on GreenMedInfo.com, which collates these studies and makes it easy to view the abstracts and share them with others. You can also see our report about this research here: Studies Find Natural Treatments for Coronavirus. This not the first time I have reported on this type of research for a "deadly virus." We also have SARS and Ebola virus sections, which includes a report I did on Natural Treatments for Ebola Virus Exist, Research Suggests, also including articles titled, Can Vitamin C Cure Ebola?, and Licorice Shown to Kill SARS and Other Lethal Viruses.

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Doctors claim second patient cured of HIV

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Adam Castillejo wants to be 'an ambassador of hope'
A man from London has become the second person in the world to be cured of HIV, doctors say. Adam Castillejo is still free of the virus more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy.

He was not cured by the HIV drugs, however, but by a stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer he also had, The Lancet HIV journal reports.

The donors of those stem cells have an uncommon gene that gives them, and now Mr Castillejo, protection against HIV.

In 2011, Timothy Brown, the "Berlin Patient" became the first person reported as cured of HIV, three and half years after having similar treatment.

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Why irregular nap times may be bad for you

Everyone likes a good nap now and then, right? Whether you nod off during a boring movie, or rest your head on your desk at work for 20 minutes or so to fight the afternoon slump, naps can revitalize you in a major way.

One study even showed they can boost performance and memory regulation better than caffeine. This all sounds great in theory, but many people — myself included — find naps do the opposite.

I wake up from naps feeling like I'm in the throes of a New Year's Day-strength hangover. It takes me at least 20 minutes to recover from them, and I never end up seeing any of the benefits. Even when I timed my nap to be no more than 30 minutes — the nap length sleep experts claim is the most beneficial — I came out of it certain I was experiencing the early stages of the flu (I wasn't).

Naturally, I've always been a little jealous of the people who take naps and wake up feeling like a million bucks. I'm a healthy, youngish, childless woman who regularly sleeps seven to eight hours a night — why don't naps work for me?

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:The Health & Wellness Show: The Importance of Sleep


Study: Elderberries block flu virus from attaching to and entering human cells


New study explains how elderberries stop the flu virus dead in its tracks.

Scientists have identified a chemical compound in elderberries that immediately immobilizes the flu virus.

Previous studies have already shown elderberry extract can ease flu symptoms and cut the duration of the illness in half, but a new study explains exactly how the ancient remedy works.

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Eggs are not bad for your heart, thirty-year study finds

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Researchers say eating up to one egg every day is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) - which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Eggs will not increase your heart disease or stroke risk as previously feared, a thirty-year study has found.

Because of their cholesterol content, eggs have long been the subject of fierce debate around their role in causing heart problems.

But scientists say they have finally cracked the case - confirming that there is no link.

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How the method of birth can influence lifelong health

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Microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract form a highly intricate, living "fabric" that plays an integral part in your health, affecting everything from body weight and nutrition to chronic diseases of all kinds. And, as detailed in the featured documentary, "Microbirth," written, produced and directed by Alex Wakeford and Toni Harman, the groundwork for your gut microbiome laid at the time of birth.

The film highlights how events during childbirth have lifelong consequences, and reviews the current scientific views on how to best seed your baby's microbiome in order to build a robust immune system.

Importantly, a baby basically "inherits" the microbiome from its mother, which is why it's so important to address your gut health before, during and after pregnancy.

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The number of millennials with early-onset Alzheimer's disease is surging, report finds

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The number of Americans being diagnosed with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease at younger ages is surging, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Dementia and Alzheimer's disease traditionally have been considered a concern for older generations. But recent spikes in early onset of these conditions in Americans as young as 30 suggest a different story.

Between 2013 and 2017, early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's diagnoses increased by 83% among commercially insured Americans aged 30 to 44, according to a report released by the health care insurer. That age group includes the oldest millennials.

Overall, early-onset diagnoses increased by 200% among commercially insured Americans between ages 30 to 64. That included a 50% jump among those 45 to 54 and by 40% for those aged 55 to 64.

The average patient was diagnosed at age 49.

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Objective:Health - When Placebos Aren't Placebos

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The 'gold standard' in nutritional and medical studies is the random controlled trial (RTC) which relies on the fact that neither the experimenters nor the subjects are aware of which subjects are getting the actual intervention or are receiving a placebo (an inert preparation that is indistinguishable from the real substance being tested, be it a pill, an injection, etc.). The idea is that this will control for the bias of both the experimenters and the subjects so that their preconceived notions don't affect the results of the trial.

But a recent controversy has lead many to question the validity of many these studies. It turns out unscrupulous scientists have figured out a way to manipulate the results by using placebos that aren't actually inert substances. The ingredients of the placebos used in trials are often not disclosed (the information being carefully protected, as some researchers and reporters have discovered). It seems that placebo tampering is yet another way for some scientists to manipulate the data to show their drugs are more effective and have less side effects than they actually do.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we look into the implications of placebo tampering. Can we trust any science at all at this point?

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