What about COVID-19 and Miracle Mineral Solution (Sodium Chlorite) and Chlorine Dioxide Kits?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and Miracle Mineral Solution (Sodium Chlorite) and Chlorine Dioxide Kits: Miracle Mineral Solution (which contains 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water) and chlorine dioxide "kits" are not a solution for COVID-19 and are dangerous to drink. A number of websites and social media posts promote these products to combat coronavirus. F or example, on her website, marketer Kerri Rivera touts Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) as a "secret weapon" to fight coronavirus and keep the illness from progressing. (She was banned in the state of Illinois in 2015 from making any earlier claim that MMS can cure autism.) Ingesting these products has not been shown to prevent or treat coronavirus.  These products typically contain sodium chlorite solution…
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What about COVID-19 and NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and NAC (N-acetyl cysteine): NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) is a synthetically modified form of the amino acid cysteine (cysteine occurs naturally in foods, whereas NAC does not). In the body, NAC is converted to the antioxidant glutathione. There is very preliminary evidence that NAC may improve certain blood markers of immune system health but there is not sufficient evidence to suggest that NAC supplementation improves the immune system to the extent that it will reduce the occurrence of illness, nor prevent coronavirus infection. A clinical study using 600 mg of NAC taken twice daily during flu season found that it did not prevent infection but fewer infected people were symptomatic. Evidence is…
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What about COVID-19 and coconut oil?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and coconut oil: Two researchers have highlighted preliminary research on the anti-viral effects of lauric acid, found in coconut oil, and the metabolite of lauric acid — monolaurin. They have proposed a clinical trial using virgin coconut oil (3 tablespoons daily), monolaurin (800 mg daily), and/or monocaprin (800 mg daily) in patients with COVID-19. Their suggestion was published on the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines website. They note that coconut oil, lauric acid, and monolaurin have been used to help prevent viruses in farm animals, and two small trials in people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) given coconut oil showed some improvements in immune system blood cell counts. However, there is no…
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What about COVID-19 and vitamin D?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and vitamin D: Vitamin D supplements, taken daily in moderate doses, may help to reduce the risk of respiratory infections and viruses such as influenza A in children and adults who are deficient (< 20 ng/mL) or severely deficient (< 10 ng/mL) in vitamin D.  Although there is not currently any research suggesting vitamin D supplements decrease the risk of coronavirus infection specifically, maintaining an adequate blood level of vitamin D (25OH vitamin D, 20 to 30 ng/mL) by consuming vitamin D-fortified products (such as most milks, certain other dairy foods, and some plant-based milks), or taking a vitamin D supplement is a good, safe, preventative measure for protecting against respiratory…
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What about COVID-19 and garlic?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and garlic: Garlic has been shown in laboratory studies to inhibit certain flu and cold viruses, and one clinical trial suggests garlic supplements may help to prevent colds. However, there is no current evidence that eating garlic or taking a garlic supplement can help prevent or treat COVID-19, as noted on the World Health Organization's Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Myth busters website.  There are many garlic supplements on the market. ConsumerLab has tested many of these and has published its Top Picks in its Garlic Supplements & Spices Review, which contains additional information about using garlic, its benefits, dosing, and potential side effects.  Of course, the most important thing you can do to avoid infection with…
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What about COVID-19 and elderberry?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and elderberry: Elderberry extract has been shown in laboratory studies to inhibit the replication and hemagglutination of human flu viruses, including certain strains of Influenza A and B, and H1N1. Small, preliminary trials in people with the flu suggest that taken within the first day or so of experiencing symptoms, elderberry shortens the duration of the flu, but more studies are needed to corroborate this. There is no evidence that elderberry extract can prevent COVID-19 or reduce symptoms in people who have been infected.  Furthermore, concern has been raised on some websites about the potential for elderberry extract to cause a cytokine storm in reaction to a COVID-19 infection. A cytokine storm is…
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What about COVID-19 and echinacea?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and echinacea: Studies in laboratories (but not in people) have shown that certain species of echinacea may inhibit coronaviruses.  However, there is no evidence at this time that taking this or any other echinacea product can prevent or treat coronavirus infections in people. A laboratory study that has not yet been peer-reviewed or published found that a particular branded form of echinacea inhibited specific coronaviruses, including (HCoV) 229E, MERS- and SARS-CoVs, and the researchers suggested it could potentially have a similar effect on SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, although it was not tested. The study was funded by a distributor of the product and authored, in part, by an employee of the manufacturer. Clinical…
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The President Declared a National Day of Prayer for TODAY

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I just heard about this and wanted to pass it on to those of you who might be interested. President Donald Trump on Saturday declared Sunday, March 15, a "National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts." “I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones,” Trump said in his statement announcing the day of prayer. In his statement, President Trump noted that because of the coronavirus pandemic many Americans would not be able to attend their place of worship this week. “As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches,…
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What about COVID-19 and colloidal silver?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and colloidal silver : Colloidal silver (a solution with silver particles) has antiseptic (disinfectant) activity on surfaces and has been promoted by several companies to prevent or treat coronavirus. However ingesting colloidal silver has NOT been shown to prevent or treat coronavirus, and there are serious potential risks.  On March 9, 2020, the FDA and FTC sent joint warning letters to companies selling colloidal silver and other products to treat coronavirus. The agencies emphasized, "There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."  Then, on March 12, 2020, the Missouri Attorney General announced that it sued the Jim Bakker Show for selling…
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What about COVID-19 and vitamin C?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and vitamin C: Vitamin C is vital to the function of leukocytes (white blood cells that help to fight infections) and overall immune system health. Vitamin C is also important for iron absorption, and being deficient in iron can make you more vulnerable to infections in general.  However, even for viruses like colds, the evidence that vitamin C supplements can help is modest at best: Taking high-dose vitamin C (e.g., 500 mg twice daily) before getting a cold may slightly reduce the severity and duration of a cold, but, there is inconclusive evidence as to whether taking vitamin C will help after cold symptoms develop. Note that the normal, recommended daily intake of vitamin C for…
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What about COVID-19 and zinc lozenges?

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Long-time readers know that my "go-to" sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted this about coronavirus and zinc. Zinc has become one of the most popular suggestions for reducing symptoms of coronavirus. Notably, an email written by a pathologist, Dr. James Robb, that recommends using zinc lozenges such as Cold-Eeze to ward off the virus, along with other tips, has gone viral.  Although there is no direct evidence at this time to suggest that using zinc lozenges can prevent or treat COVID-19 in people, zinc does have anti-viral properties and was shown in a laboratory study to inhibit the replication of coronaviruses in cells (te Velthuis, PLoS Pathog 2010).  Zinc lozenges or other orally dissolving zinc formulas containing certain forms of zinc have been…
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Coronavirus and Supplements – Part 1

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One of my best-selling books is Alternative Medicine: The options, the claims, the evidence, how to choose wisely. In that book, Dr. O'Mathúna and I discuss the evidence supporting and refuting various supplements for colds and flu. So, I've been received requests to comment on supplements to prevent or treat the pandemic novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Order Here Myriad Internet advertisements are hawking vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc products -- among others. Along with this are countless social media posts with false information that high doses of these nutrients may cure you or prevent you from getting this pandemic virus. In fact, as pointed out by Reuters, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent warning letters to seven companies that they say…
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Dr. Walt on Prayer Video for Cancer Patients

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I received this sweet note from Cecilia Tripp the folks at the 30 Days of Cancer Prayer event. I had been asked to do a short video prayer for cancer patients going through radiation. Hi Walt, I just wanted to extend our heartfelt thanks for participating in our 30 Days of Cancer Prayer event. We have already touched over 46,000 lives and the numbers are still growing! Can you believe it?!We wanted to make sure we sent you links to your prayer video for you to share if you needed. Below are links to your prayer video on Facebook and YouTube.Cecilia TrippCommunications Coordinator You can view the prayer here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cancercomp/videos/1835286636606839/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e5fpUykKzU I was honored to join NFL star Kurt Warner, actor Kirk Cameron, and Christian recording artist, Francesca Battistelli in this…
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Fit over 50 Update — Go Outside for Your Health

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology in 2019 found that “participants who sat in an urban park for just five minutes showed significant increases in positive emotions compared to participants who sat in a windowless laboratory room.” Study co-author, Katherine D. Arbuthnott, said, “When you need an emotional boost, the fastest and easiest way is to spend a few minutes with nature. Actually, being outside is the best, but even contemplating a picture of a natural scene will make a difference.”Fit over 50, XOXO, Tip 6: Get Outdoors, page 125-126 Order Fo50 Here Visiting a park boosts your happiness like Christmas morning, new research shows “According to a new study by researchers…
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Dr. Walt on Salvation Army podcast

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Captain Andy Miller for his "Captain’s Corner" podcast for the Tampa (Florida) Salvation Army. Below are a couple of links if you'd like to listen. It's about my newest book, "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You." You can listen to the interview at either of these links. https://www.buzzsprout.com/362981/2848102-captain-s-corner-dr-walt-larimorehttps://www.facebook.com/246737642131009/posts/1677245762413516/?d=n
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Fit over 50 Update — Protect your dental health!

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Many of our tips grow out of what I have called the Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine. Including: Protect Your Dental Health!Fit over 50, Essential #2, Preventive Care, page 30 Order Fo50 Here Now, two new studies confirm that gum disease is linked to arterial blockage and stroke risk In fact, patients with periodontal disease are twice as likely as those without to have a stroke and people with gingivitis are more likely than those without to have artery damage of the brain according to two studies scheduled presented at the American Stroke Association's conference. The findings suggested that treating gingivitis or periodontal disease along with other stroke risk factors might reduce…
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Monthly Family Update – March 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Would you consider helping me launch my next book?Recent podcast interviewRecent prayer video for people wrestling with cancerToday’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” columnAnswers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) Would you consider helping me launch my next book? I’m excited to tell you on October 6, 2020, I’ll be releasing a book about my practice days in Kissimmee (1985-2001), “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.” I’d love to have you consider joining a special team of folks who will help me tell their family and friends about it. Team members get to:  Read a free copy of my book before anyone else Be a part of a private Facebook page with meGet exclusive…
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Fit over 50 Update — Eat breakfast like a king …

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: As simple a choice as improving your nutrition can have substantial benefits. For example, I've always recommended what is called "The Royal Diet." Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and supper like a princess.Fit over 50, Preventive Care, page 28 Order Fo50 Here Now a new study confirms many others showing the value of breakfast. Body appears to be better at processing food in the morning regardless of calories consumed, research suggests Newsweek reported on research published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in which investigators “found that the body appears to be better at processing food in the morning, regardless of how many calories are consumed.” For the…
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Book Update – “The Best Medicine”

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My next book, which will be the first one I've written about my practice days in Kissimmee, Florida (1985-2001) with Dr. John Hartman is scheduled for release on October 6, 2020. Here's the cover: Coming October 6, 2020 Novelist and multi-#1 New York Times best-selling author, Jerry B. Jenkins, has agreed to write the Foreward for the book. He's the author of the perennial best selling "Left Behind" series. Wow! I've just submitted the manuscript for the first book, and a teaser (the first chapter for the second book). My editor wrote this to me, and I wanted to share it with you all. The teaser for the next (the second Kissimmee) book that you wrote … wowzers! That’ll get your attention! Readers are going to love it! The manuscript came…
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Fit over 50 Update — Want to live longer? With less heart disease and cancer?

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: Diets high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (and low in red and processed meats) have been linked with lower rates of cancer ... A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies. Fit over 50, page 28 and 166 Order Fo50 Here Study: Plant-based diet reduces heart disease Reuters reports a study suggests that “people who eat a healthy, mostly plant-based diet may be less likely to develop heart disease and…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Are”Impossible Burgers” healthy?

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Dear Dr. Walt, I keep reading articles about the fake meats that are popping up in many grocery stores and restaurants. Are they actually healthier than real meat for me and the environment? — Meat Eater in Minnesota Dear Carnivore, For my entire medical career, I have advocated whole healthy foods and encouraged people to eat less meat and choose plant-based proteins. The latest fad in the “vegetarian” and “healthy food” category involves a slew of so-called “plant-based fake meats” that proport to be healthier for people and the planet. Popular meatless hamburgers are sold under such brands as “Impossible Foods” and “Beyond Meat.” Other meatless fake-meat products are showing up all over the country. Qdoba pitches a trademarked “Impossible” protein product “made from plants.” White Castle serves a meatless…
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Fit over 50 Update — Who wants to be “frail”?

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: As simple a choice as improving your nutrition can have substantial benefits. According to one report, “A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies.” But, there's another amazing benefit.Fit over 50, Essential #2 -- Preventive Care, page 28 Order Fo50 Here NEW ST A poor diet increases risk for "frailty" Reuters reported a study suggests that “when older people eat a poor-quality diet, they may be increasing their odds of becoming…
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Fit over 50 Update — Start Moving, Live Longer!

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In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write: English cleric and theologian John Wesley (1703–1791), a cofounder of Methodism, wanted his family, friends, and followers to enjoy healthy lives. In 1747 he penned “Primitive Physick, or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases.” He defines physic as “the art of healing.” In this treatise he suggested 37 rules for living a balanced life and preventing disease—rules that involve all four wheels of health. These ia my favorite: A due degree of exercise is indispensably necessary to health and long life. Walking is the best exercise … The open air, when the weather is fair, contributes much to the benefit of exercise.Fit over 50, pages 21-22 Order Fo50 Here "But," you may…
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Monthly Family Update – February 2020

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Do You Want to on MY "SUPER BOWL" Team?Answers to last month’s prayersPrayer requests for this monthPast Issues 1) Do You Want to Be on My "SUPER BOWL" Team? I’m excited to tell you that I’m releasing the first of two books about my practice days in Kissimmee (1985-2001) in September 2020. And, I’m putting together a SUPER BOWL team of folks to tell their family and friends about it. Team members get to:  Read a free copy of my book well before anyone else Be a part of a private Facebook page with me as well as have exclusive access to ask me questionsView my exclusive interviews with some of the "characters" in the bookHelping me minister to readers  For more details,…
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