So the question today is, can zinc kill the coronavirus.
Some countries like South Kore, and China, are using a drug called chloroquine. This is a malaria drug.
And the way that this drug kills, off a virus which is not necessarily the typical way a drug would affect something.
This specific drug acts as a zinc ionophore, which means that it allows zinc to penetrate your cells, and once that zinc gets inside the cell, it stops the production of the copy machine that is reproducing.
So zinc blocks the replication of the virus.
There have been quite a few opposing viewpoints on this where people say well it’s just anecdotal evidence it hasn’t been tested to make sure that this is going to work before we attempt it.
Well, I want to read you something that I think you’ll find quite interesting on March 13, 2020, James Todaro, MD working in consultation with the researchers from the Stanford University Medical School the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine the National Academy of Sciences, presented a report entitled an effective treatment for coronavirus COVID19, and here’s the report summary recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that chloroquine is an effective antiviral treatment against the coronavirus disease 2019.
The use of chloroquine is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with coronavirus, including faster time to recovery in shorter hospital stays, u.s. CDC research shows that chloroquine also has, and this is in bold, strong potential as a prophylactic.
That means preventative measures against coronavirus in the lab while we wait for a vaccine to be developed.
Chloroquine is an inexpensive globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune, in various other conditions, for example, data from the clinical trials in China show that patients treated with chloroquine demonstrated a better drop in fever improvement in lung CT images and required a shorter time to recover compared to parallel groups. Chloroquine has so far shown no noticeable serious adverse reactions in more than a hundred participants in the trial.
And checks this out chloroquine was selected after several screening rounds of thousands of existing drugs and is undergoing further tests in more than ten hospitals throughout China.
one more dr. William grace an oncologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City had this to say everyone is using it now off-label he’s talking about chloroquine we have a surge of coronavirus 19 patients throughout the metropolitan area of New York and the problem is these patients are coming in quite sick, and when they get to a very difficult respiratory status doctors are using hydroxychloroquine.
That’s a derivative of chloroquine with or without antibiotics, and that’s showing tremendous activity, and we have not had a death in our Hospital.
we have probably close to a hundred patients and not had any deaths, and Dr.berg says: “I talked to my colleagues at other hospitals in New York and they are using hydroxychloroquine although the supplies are running low.”
so any supplements to those supplies would be much appreciated in the trenches we’re using it mainly for the desperately ill people
we’re not using it on everyone, but we’re using it on those people who show major respiratory compromise.
so some credible data shows the relationship between this drug allowing zinc to kill the virus or at least inactivate the virus.
But what I want to talk about is what zinc can do for the immune system, this goes beyond just killing the virus.
Zinc can fight the fever.
Zinc is a mitogen (it’s something that causes the immune system to grow and respond to a pathogen especially a virus) one of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is your thymus trophies the thymus gland is an essential immune gland and when you’re deficient in zinc guess what it shrinks if you’re deficient in zinc one of the symptoms of a zinc deficiency is lymphopenia.
What is that?
That is, decrease lymphocytes guess what the lymphocyte is part of your army. It’s the prominent soldier that defends your body against microbes and viruses.
Next to one an enlarged spleen is a symptom of a zinc deficiency, the spleen is another critical organ involved in the immune system also there’s a great importance of zinc for bone marrow, and this is one key location where you make white blood cells.
Zinc is also involved in supporting your lungs and protecting your lungs against pathogens there’s a very high percentage of people with pneumonia that are zinc deficient the more infectious someone is, the less think they have in the body because zinc is needed by your immune cells.
Zinc has another property of being an anti-inflammatory, so it has the potential of reducing inflammation, especially in the lungs zinc also decreases your susceptibility to viruses and other pathogens. It will decrease the duration of infections, and it also can act as a preventative measure.
So why would someone wait until you have a disease or a virus to take zinc when it can act to protect you against infections.
So the bottom line is you can see the importance of zinc in the immune system. It’s not just crucial in killing something off. It’s vitally important in a strong immune system, and when we’re dealing with the coronavirus were coping with it targeting someone’s weakened immune system.
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