PREVENTION & TREATMENT PROTOCOL
COVID-19 is a viral pathogen that causes severe morbidity and mortality.
To date, there is no approved or licensed vaccine or antiviral medicines that can be used to prevent infection, treat COVID-19 infected patients or be used for their aftercare. However, at LiYF, we believe that prevention is better than cure and have decided to share our findings in a document describing our prevention and treatment protocols.
The LiYF team have been working with task forces around the world to research and share some information which could benefit people during these concerning times. We have found several clinical studies and documents which confirm that natural remedies and personal habits can significantly improve your body’s immune system and also help your body to fight viruses.
NOTE: These prevention and treatment protocols are not a cure, vaccination or treatment for COVID-19.
PLEASE ALWAYS FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES
As stated there is no known cure, vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 and hence we ask the question “What can we do to protect ourselves and stay healthy?”
We believe there is more than enough compelling data supporting “alternative”, “complimentary” & “natural” supplements or personal habits, that can protect you and reduce the impact of Coronavirus on your body.
The main aim of this document is to empower people to live a longer, healthier life and that this information creates a positive influence on your wellbeing; especially during these unprecedented times where our health is of vital importance. Keep in mind:
We can all live a healthier lifestyle
Follow government guidelines on COVID-19
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Please look after yourself, your loved ones and those that are vulnerable or in need.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses made from RNA instead of DNA. There are many species that produce respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses in humans and animals. Four strains cause the common cold. The pandemic Coronavirus, SARS-CoV2, COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, has certain distinctive features, some of which are receiving attention in the media: Chinese data indicates that 80% of infected people have minimal symptoms and do not seek medical attention, whereas 15% become moderately to severely ill with a cough, shortness of breath and 5% require intensive care. About half the Chinese patients admitted to hospitals do not have a fever and a fifth failed to develop fever despite having pneumonia, so unlike influenza the presence or absence of fever is not a useful diagnostic aid.
COVID-19 appears to spread readily from person to person, usually as droplets from coughing or sneezing. A recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that droplets may remain airborne for 3-4 hours, but start losing infectivity rapidly. Within 66 minutes, the droplets have lost half their potency. COVID-19 is also shed in stools and persists in stools even after respiratory swabs have become negative, so food-borne or water-borne infection is possible but not yet demonstrated. Coronaviruses remain viable on surfaces for several days but the spread of infection from touching a contaminated surface has not yet been demonstrated.
The incubation period from exposure to illness is 2 to 14 days, with an average of 5 days. Unlike the flu, illness from COVID-19 appears to start gradually with fatigue, aches and pains and a sore throat. These symptoms typically last for 5 days and are followed by recovery. Loss of smell and taste has recently been reported to occur in about half of people with COVID-19. The milder illness is Phase One and for 80% of people, it is the only phase. For 20%, however, Phase Two starts after 5 days, with cough and shortness of breath, symptoms of pneumonia. Both groups will continue to shed the virus in secretions for several weeks and may still be contagious after symptoms end. A recent French study found that taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, significantly reduced the duration of viral shedding; adding the antibiotic azithromycin shortened it even further.
Because people who are infected but not sick are able to infect others, widespread dissemination is likely. For this reason, healthy young people need to take the same precautions their grandparents take if the pandemic is to be controlled. Infants and young children, even when heavily infected, are relatively resistant to sickness from this virus, which is the opposite of the flu. Young adults in the U.S., in contrast to China, are just as likely to require hospitalization as older adults, although mortality increases with age and is greater in people with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Unlike influenza, in which pneumonia is due to a secondary bacterial infection, Coronavirus pneumonia is viral and produces a characteristic pattern on chest X-ray or CAT scan. The mortality rate of COVID-19 varies with the population being studied. The clearest data for mortality among ambulatory, well-fed individuals comes from the Diamond Princess cruise ship because all of the 3500 people on board were tested. So far, 706 have tested positive for the virus and 7 have died, a case fatality rate of 1.0%, almost 10 times greater than the typical seasonal flu. In nursing homes or homeless shelters, the COVID-19 case fatality rate is likely to be much higher. Dr Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health puts the case fatality rate for COVID-19 in the U.S. at 1%.
It is not presently known whether recovery from infection with COVID-19 produces immunity to the virus. There are cases reported of apparent re-infection, but they might represent flare-up of an infection that had been suppressed and not cured. Without individual immunity, vaccines will not work and there will be no herd immunity.
The first step is to develop these habits: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating, touching your face, after being with other people and when you return home. A face wash is also a good idea. Soap is the ideal anti-coronavirus cleanser because it destroys the virus’s protective envelope. Do not use antibacterial soap; it will not kill viruses and will only damage your skin’s microbiome.
COVID-19 remains viable on surfaces like plastic and stainless steel for 48 hours, on cardboard for about 24 hours and on copper for 4 hours. The infectivity of the virus declines with time. After 6-7 hours on steel or plastic, half the particles have lost viability. The viral half-life on copper is under one hour. Use caution with objects or surfaces that are possibly contaminated; avoid touching metal surfaces, doorknobs or elevator buttons with your hands.
Scientists have a hard time recovering coronavirus particles from cloth and porous fabrics. The number of viral particles picked up from cloth is 1% of the number of particles picked up from a hard surface. It is believed that natural fibres break up the droplets in which the virus is suspended, allowing the virus to dry out quickly and die.
The following cleansers will kill most viruses, including coronaviruses, on hard surfaces with 30 seconds of contact: 70% alcohol, 0.5 % hydrogen peroxide, 0.1 % bleach (hypochlorous acid). The studies have been done on hard nonporous surfaces, so alcohol, peroxide or bleach will work on countertops but may not work the same on your skin or other porous surfaces. If you choose to use bleach, make sure you do not mix it with ammonia, because the combination produces a deadly gas. Hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol might be an adequate substitute for soap, but remember that contact needs to be maintained for 30 seconds. Clean doorknobs, phones and keyboards daily or more often.
If you are sick, stay at home and wear a surgical mask around other people. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with your forearm (into your elbow) or with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in a closed container. Avoid shaking hands.
Social distancing prevents viral spread; Try staying six feet away from other people, especially if you are sick.
Various metals are being touted for their anti-viral effects. Do not fall for the hype. Copper and its alloys like bronze are the most potent of the anti-viral metals. However, several hours of copper exposure are needed to eliminate COVID-19, unlike cold viruses, which are killed in 60 seconds. Because the mechanisms by which different metals kill viruses tend to be similar, it is unlikely that metals like zinc or silver will be effective at killing COVID-19. Furthermore, the silver preparations tested in scientific studies are different from the colloidal silver that is sold in health food stores, so colloidal silver sprays cannot be relied upon for protection. High levels of zinc kill some coronaviruses but are less effective than copper. Although some doctors advocate the use of zinc lozenges to prevent COVID-19, zinc lozenges are unlikely to achieve time of contact or concentration needed to kill this virus. The main side effect of zinc is nausea, which would interfere with your ability to take more useful preventive treatments.
Gargling with most readily available mouthwashes (or a mix of toothpaste and water) can help kill the virus before it enters your system, as these contain surfactants (compounds that lower the surface tension). It is a good precautionary practice to do this several times a day especially when leaving or returning home should this be necessary.
Avoidance of exposure should be the number one strategy and has received the most attention. Methods of avoidance are described in the section above called ANTI-VIRAL HYGIENE. By avoiding infection, you help prevent spread to other people and benefit the entire community. Quarantines will delay the spread of infection and reduce the burden on the health care system, but most people are likely to be exposed to COVID-19 over the next year. If you are exposed, there are measures you can take, based on the biology of the virus, which may diminish the likelihood of severe illness. These are not treatments for disease; they are preventive strategies to place you among the 80% with mild to minimal illness who have the greatest chance of succeeding if they are implemented before you are exposed.
A good night’s sleep is necessary as this is the time when your body produces Melatonin which is anti-inflammatory and has potential use in adjuvant therapy for COVID-19. Your body makes melatonin in the dark, mostly between 2-3 AM. Children make much more melatonin than adults, which is one reason why they may be resistant to illness from COVID-19.
EXPOSURE TO The SUN
Exposure to the sun is the best way to produce Vitamin D naturally which is crucial for the body’s immune system. The University of Edinburgh team focused on how vitamin D affects a mechanism in the body’s immune system and researchers say the findings shed light on how vitamin D deficiency may regulate the immune system and influence susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. The World Health Organisation recommends 10-30 mins of sunlight per day.
The department of Psychology, Southeastern Louisiana University states that practising meditation has several benefits, including reducing the severity of psychological disorders and stress-related ailments, increasing immune function, and delaying the progression of various diseases. Rudolph Tanzi, who holds positions both at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, said in a statement. “Based on the results, the benefit we experience from meditation isn’t strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function,” and “Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. The prediction is that this would then lead to healthier ageing.”. Meditation is not new, but is a part of the Vedic tradition of India, stretching back several thousand years. It is the heart of the Yoga system, and an important part of Ayurveda (‘the ‘Science of Life’), the world’s most ancient system of natural healthcare and personal development.
Several clinical studies confirm that fasting improves the body’s immune system. Practising intermittent fasting followed by alternate-day fasting is recommended. The New England Journal of Medicine states that fasting can trigger a metabolic switch from glucose-based to ketone-based energy, with increased stress resistance, increased longevity, and a decreased incidence of diseases, including cancer and obesity.
How does exercise help? For one, physical activity helps to flush bacteria out of the lungs, decreasing your chances of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercise also reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Regular aerobic exercise is associated with improved ACE-2 function
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information
YOGA AND PRANAYAMA FOR BUILDING IMMUNITY
Yoga and Pranayama are the panacea that the world is gradually waking up to. Whether it is infection, psychosomatic diseases, or lifestyle disorders, yoga and pranayama work for everything.
Even in the case of coronavirus, people who have been practising yoga, meditation and pranayama have experienced a higher level of immunity and lung strength, making it difficult for the virus to affect their bodies. Let’s find out the different pranayamas and asanas that you can do in the comfort of your home to enhance your immunity levels.
Prana is the life force in our body. Pranayama means the exercise of increasing the life force in our body. Increasing Prana in our body can tackle many diseases and even prevent them. It can be increased by consuming fresh fruits, vegetarian food, taking proper rest, but mostly with pranayama. The following pranayamas should be practised on a daily basis to improve your lung strength and immunity levels.
Ujjayi Breathing: Ujjayi breaths are the full yogic breaths which are a common aspect of many pranayamas. In this, the focus is on taking breaths through the base of the throat, thereby instructing the lungs to increase the intake of oxygen.
Kapalbhati Pranayama: Kapalbhati is a popular pranayama that helps with weight loss. It also increases the level of oxygen in your body, thereby increasing its immunity against diseases.
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama: Nadi Shodhan or Alternate Nostril breathing technique is a simple pranayama which calms the mind and leads it into meditation. Just do it for a few minutes and then let your mind meditate for 10-15 minutes. This is simple to do and recharges your body and mind in minutes. You can couple it with any of the easy guided meditations available here.
Yoga asanas are a good way to improve your body’s physical fitness. But they don’t just work in improving your flexibility or helping you lose those extra kilos. There are specific yoga asanas that can help boost your immunity as well. Here are the top five yoga asanas you can do to increase your immunity levels.
Dan Brulé is a world-renown pioneer in the field of Breathwork. Most of us breathe in and out at least 23,000 times a day without skipping a beat or paying it any attention. Breath is life. Its is something we can do better.
Go for the triple whammy
Make a mental map of your body divided into three spaces. First is the lower section, stretching from your pubic bone to your belly button; next, the middle space is from the belly button to the nipples and finally, the upper space is from the nipples to the chin. Separate the spaces in your mind and try to fill from the bottom up in your breathing.
Don’t breathe back to front
There’s no reason why you can’t breathe out before inhaling. A simple change like this can reveal a lot to you about yourself. Instead of in then out, try out then in for a few minutes and see how you feel.
Breathe away that stress
Slow and low breathing will help rid you of stress and become calmer. Popular ways to do this include lengthening the pause between breathing in and exhaling or the other way around if that suits you better. Another method is stretching each inhale and exhale for several seconds.
This involves combining positive thinking or affirmations with a breathing ritual. When inhaling, tell yourself that you are relaxed, then on the exhale think you are peaceful. Other feel-good phrase pairs are ‘I am healthy and strong’ and ‘I am free and safe’ or make up your own phrases, but keep them positive.
Breathing and movement
Let your body feel your breathing and move to reflect what’s happening. Inhaling expands the chest, so let your body move in sync with your breathing. Techniques involve breathing in rhythm with steps as you walk or run; breathing and lifting as a single motion or arching your back and lifting your head when sitting, then reversing the movement with the next breath.
Breaking the silence
Try making a noise when you breathe – not a raucous outburst, but calm and soothing sounds, such as the wind blow through trees or the sea gently lapping the shore. Breathe in through the nose but out through pursed lips. You can change the shape of your mouth to change the sound.
Use your imagination
As your breathing progresses along with these steps, visualise you are sucking in love and light as you inhale. Love and light should flow around your body. “This light and love are nourishing, cleansing, renewing, soothing, and strengthening you. Imagine breathing this love and light through your heart and out to the world as you exhale. Imagine this light and love touching and blessing and uplifting everyone and everything in your life,”
Graduate to rebirth breathing – a technique with lots of alternate names, such as conscious energy breathing, connected breathing or circular breathing. The aim is to merge breathing in with breathing out in a continuous, unbroken movement without any pauses between the two.
A few natural products have shown anti-corona virus effects in laboratory studies, including results in animals. Some of these have a long history of human use for treating infections. Plant-based whole-food diets are associated with improved ACE-2 function.
A balanced diet plus the following food can help immunity & help in the prevention of COVID-19
Popularly known as the Indian Gooseberry, it is quite regularly used in the Indian tradition. Most houses consume it daily in the form of juice or chutney and it is also a major part of the supplement called Chyawanprash. Amla is an antioxidant and a rich source of Vitamin C, which is very important for boosting immunity. Since it is a fruit, amla can be eaten raw or taken in juice or even consumed as a part of health supplements • Guava • Orange
Also known as Giloy or Guduchi, Amruth is an immunity-enhancer. It is commonly available in the market as a herb and tablet form.
Asafoetida (Hing) – traditional Chinese herb which has been used by China in treatment for CV19 along with others.
Tulsi - Also known as basil, the Tulsi herb is very effective in treating upper respiratory and lower respiratory diseases such as cough, cold, and dyspnea. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties. You can consume Tulsi leaves directly or consume them in the form of a herbal tea.
Turmeric is a common ingredient in every Indian kitchen and is a part of most home-cooked meals. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and has the potential to prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart diseases. But the best thing about turmeric is that it gives a massive boost to your immune system. This is another thing that should be strictly consumed daily. You can buy turmeric powder and put it in milk and cooked food.
Black pepper is another spice when consumed with turmeric, that boosts immunity and prevents the body from contracting any form of cold and in effect, the coronavirus.
Panchagavya is said to be a system booster in Ayurveda and it increases the flow of energy in the body. A body with higher energy levels will not only get cured faster but it also helps in preventing the disease in the first place.
Reduce your sugar intake as sugar reduces your body’s immunity levels.
A flavonoid found in apples, onions and many spices
Grounded Flaxseed (herbacetin)
THE LUNG DAMAGE OF ADVANCED CORONA VIRUS PNEUMONIA IS DUE TO AN OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE.
THESE IMMUNE BOOSTING THERAPIES SHOULD BE USED FOR PREVENTION OR EARLY INFECTION ONLY.
NOT FOR SEVERE ILLNESS.
There are several supplements that may address the biology of COVID-19 and the human immune response.
THEY ARE NOT TREATMENTS FOR INFECTIONS OR DISEASE.
FOR KILLING THE VIRUS
Asafoetida (Hing) – tablets available with ayurvedic shops
FOR SUPPORTING ACE-2 in CV19
Curcumin 500 mg and resveratrol twice a day
Rosmarinic acid 140 mg twice a day with food
Alpha-lipoic acid 300 mg twice a day with food
FOR mTOR INHIBITION in CV19
Resveratrol as described above
Quercetin 300 mg twice a day with food.
FOR INHIBITION OF 3CL PROTEASE in CV19
There are many preparations and they work best if taken before exposure and during the early stages of infection. The dose will depend on the preparation you can find. Products should state flavonoid or anthocyanin content; the dose is 400 to 600 mg of flavonoids a day.
Stop elderberry if you are sick for more than 3-4 days.
Houttuynia cordata, the dose will depend on preparation.
Fresh ground flaxseed, 1 to 2 tsp a day
Elderberry extract as described above.
Vitamin D3, 1000 to 5000 IU/day with a large meal
Lactobacillus Plantarum (refrigerate) 1 capsule twice a day at the start of a meal
Prebiotics: beta-glucan + galactoligosaccharides, and /or arabinogalactan powder 1 teaspoon a day
Turkey tail mushroom supplying 800 mg of polysaccharides a day or as an organic powder ½ teaspoon a day.
ENHANCE INNATE IMMUNITY
Vitamin C – if not sufficient in the diet
Vitamin D3 – 1000-4000 IU daily
Curcumin – 500mg preferably with pepper or high bioavailability like BCM95
Vitamin C & D as above
RevitaLiYF UBQh-R is a synergistic blend of Ubiquinol & Resveratrol
Ubiquinol is the reduced and more bioavailable form of CO-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinone). Ubiquinol’s primary role is in the synthesis of energy in the form of ATP and as a protective antioxidant. It is considered as the strongest lipid-soluble antioxidant synthesized in the body, providing an active defence against oxidative damage to lipids, proteins and DNA.
Resveratrol, extracted from black grapes, is considered one of the best water-soluble antioxidant.
Antioxidants are generally classified into two broad categories, water-soluble (hydrophilic) and lipid-soluble (hydrophobic). Our body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging.
Water-soluble antioxidants - These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Resveratrol is considered one of the best water-based antioxidants.
Lipid-soluble antioxidants – These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation. Ubiquinol is considered one of the strongest lipid-based antioxidants.
The body needs both types of antioxidants to fight and help neutralize pesky free radicals. Your body needs both types of antioxidants. When taken together, the efficiency of water-soluble and lipid-soluble antioxidants is very effective in increasing the body’s natural energy.
We currently in contact with the MHRA & EMA regarding the positive effects of RevitaLiYF UBQh-R on COVID-19.
PLEASE ALWAYS FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES