peaks. We can use this treatment to help save lives and protect others from becom- ing infected. Or we can wait several weeks and risk discovering we didn’t do everything we could do in this pandemic as quickly as possible.

• A review from this country by Todaro, J. & Rigano, G., et al (xxix), in consulta- tion with Stanford University School of Medicine, reported that:

Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that [CQ] is an effective antiviral therapeutic treatment against [SARS-CoV-2]. Use of [CQ] (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hos- pital stay. US CDC research shows that [CQ] also has strong potential as a pro- phylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab… [Since we do not have a vaccine yet, CQ] is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoim- mune, and various other conditions.

Since CQ is not available in Korea, doctors there are using hydroxychloro- quine 200 mg twice daily, as the drug is widely available. “Treatment is suitable for 7 to 10 days, which can be shortened or extended depending on clinical prog- ress.” (I suggest that treatment with drugs AND/OR supplements in high enough doses to treat the infection be continued for 14 days. Dr. Klinghardt reported that the virus will continue to replicate for this period, so that “healed or cured” or con- valescing patients may still be carriers of the disease.)

NOTE: These pharmaceuticals must be prescribed and taken under the direction of a physician who is familiar with these drugs.

Why is this Pandemic Even Happening? Yes, it’s a new virus and it’s dangerous. But, could it also be that the world in which we live has changed and so we are—all of us—at increased risk? Environmental doctors always look at

the total body burden or total load that patients have: “Why did this person, in this family, get Lyme Disease when everyone got tick bites?” “Why did this woman get breast cancer or that man get prostate

cancer?” We live in a very different world than

the one in which our parents grew up, and it has a profound impact on our health. Let’s put this coronavirus pandemic in

perspective: SARS-CoV-2 is just one of many epi- demics that we are now facing because our world is changing rapidly. There are more people with autoimmune disease, more people with neurodegenerative or infec- tious disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkin- son’s, and Alzheimer’s in adults and ADHD, Autism, and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (aka PANS) in children. We have ongoing epidemics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, predia- betes and obesity, and more chronic infec- tions like Lyme, Bartonella, and mold. Is this all being caused just by bad luck and an aging population? Let’s look at how our lifetime exposures have changed:

• Increased numbers of vaccinations in early childhood. There were only eight in the early 1990s; now there are over 45. Most children will do okay with these, but some will not. Their immune systems may get turned on in ways that compromise their ability to fight SARS- CoV-2.

• Too much processed food. In a recent web conference Jill Carnahan, MD (xxx), a Functional Medicine practitioner, re- cently suggested that if you’re eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) your health is compromised—too much sugar, too many bad fats, too many calories, too

many preservatives and food additives in processed food.

• Food that is lacking nutrients and contains toxins. Many food products today are made of, or contaminated with, Genetically Modified (GM) foods that are drenched with Roundup® or other chemical toxins that bind up minerals and damage our gut microbiome and the lining of our gut. As mentioned before, Roundup® also binds up zinc so our bodies can’t absorb it.

• The introduction of Xenobiotics. Dr. Carnahan went on to discuss Xenobiot- ics—substances that are foreign to the body or to an ecological system. Exam- ples of xenobiotics are toxins that we are exposed to on a regular basis: pesticides in our homes to keep termites and ants out of our space, formaldehyde in new houses and wrinkle-free sheets and cloth- ing, and other volatile organic chemicals, including fabric softeners, air fresheners like Febreze, and scented candles. All these items can have a toxic effect on our bodies.

• She also discussed exposure from electromagnetic frequency (EMF), Wi-Fi, cell phones and smart meters. 5G will only make this worse. Not everyone will be affected by it, but a lot of people will, and it will compromise their immune system, brain and/or cardiac functions.

• Heavy metals—like mercury from big fish and dental fillings and lead from

Christen Duke, ANP-C Christen Duke, ANP-C

Christen Duke, ANP is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years experience in adult medicine. Using a natural, holistic approach, she encourages and assists people to maximize their health through optimal nu- trition, supplementation, and bio- identical hormone replacement. She continues to expand her mas- tery of other integrative issues. Christen’s goal for her patients is for them to live healthy lives feel- ing their best.

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