surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Pay attention to instructions. Some cleaners require 10 MINUTES of contact time for disinfection to occur.

Keep Your Immune System As Strong As Possible Keep your immune system stronger with the following nutri- tional supplements to give your body even more antiviral defense. The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. Minimum supplemental levels (when pro- vided) are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:

• Fish oil: Omega-3 essential fats have a host of immune benefits too long to list! The standard recommended dose is 1000-2000 mg daily, taken with food.

• Probiotics: One study showed a dramatic reduction in fever and upper respiratory symptoms in children who took a probi- otic with a specific combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobac- terium daily throughout the cold and flu season. This particular combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can be found in Metagenics MetaKids Chewable probiotic, Ultra Flora Synergy powder, and Ultra Flora Balance capsules. (xiv) The recom- mended dosage for children and adults is ¼ tsp 2x/day, 1 capsule 2x/day, or 1 chew 2x/day. Probiotics are why fermented foods pack such a punch, so if your child’s palate hasn’t expanded yet to include a lot of fermented foods, be sure to give him/her a probiotic supplement to keep his/her gut and immune system healthy!

• Vitamin C: 1,000 to 5,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in di- vided doses (two to six times a day) with or without food. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which kills viruses and increases our ability to ward off and deal with infection. Metagenics Ultra- Potent C (xv) is a great option because it has the added ingredients lysine and glutathione, which assist in fighting viruses. Note: 1000 mg three times daily is a LOW dose. Vitamin C is water soluble and easily enters all your cells, but it is also quickly eliminated through the kidneys over a few hours. So, it must be taken at least two to three times daily. Work up to higher doses. Increase if you get sick. Liposomal C is more expensive (xvi), but for those who get diarrhea at a very low dose of vitamin C it can be very helpful. One teaspoon twice daily on an empty stomach is 2000 mg total, but it is so well-absorbed that it is equivalent to 6000 mg of regular oral capsules or tablets daily. Dr. Thomas Levy (xvii) is a well-known proponent of IV and

high dose oral vitamin C; it maintains a lower Intracellular Oxida- tive Stress, (aka IOS), with the help of magnesium. This IV com- bination maintains cellular health. Intravenous vitamin C is now officially recognized by the government of Shanghai in their protocol published by the Chinese Medical Association for treat- ment of COVID-19 (xviii). IV vitamin C is now being used to treat the pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2 . At a recent online conference Dr. Levy suggested that every- one, as a baseline during this pandemic, be on magnesium, vita- min C, glutathione, vitamin D, and zinc.

• Vitamin D3: 2,000-5,000 International Units daily, taken with

food. To build up your system, start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000 IU/day. There is speculation that rates of illness increase over the winter because of the widespread deficiency of vitamin D. Studies have shown that people who supplement with adequate levels of vitamin D3 during the cold and flu season have significantly lower rates of infection. Vitamin D calms down the tendency for the body to over-react to infec- tions. Keep your blood D level in the high-normal range (i.e. between 80 and 100 ng/ml).

• Zinc: 20-50 mg daily, taken with food. Zinc is required for the normal functioning of white blood cells. Supplementing with just 15 mg of zinc per day in adults improves our immune cells’ abil- ity to ward off infection. Zinc is a critical nutrient in stopping our intracellular machinery from being overtaken by the RNA virus, SARS-CoV-2. Adequate levels of zinc inside the cell block the virus from using an enzyme called RNA polymerase, which uses our own RNA to make duplicate copies of the viral RNA! If you are low in zinc—and most people are—you get a more severe infection with SARS-CoV-2. For optimum absorption, make sure to choose a chelated formula like Zinc picolinate or glycinate. Cut back if you get a metallic taste in your mouth. And remember that Roundup®, which is in many foods, compromises your im- munity by binding zinc in your gut so that you never get to absorb it. In other words, it renders you zinc deficient so you can't fight off this or any virus!

• Magnesium: 400-800 mg daily with food in divided doses (two to four times daily). Start low and increase by one pill or capsule every two to three days. Cut back if you get diarrhea. If tolerated, it may be taken with or without food. Make sure your magnesium

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