Stephen Aust MarketCycle Wealth Management

Stephen Aust MarketCycle Wealth Management

Natural Supplements That May Fight COVID-19

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This is an EXTRA posting about natural supplements that might fight against COVID-19; no financial information.  People are easily upset when discussing COVID-19, so I apologize in advance.  Although I am still licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine (and others), I am NOT giving healthcare advice and NOT guaranteeing any success and you must follow the instructions of your doctor over anything presented here.  If you are not interested in this topic, then please just bypass this extra mid-month posting.

 

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute infectious disease caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).  Coronaviruses have been infecting mammals, including humans, for millennia.  The ‘common cold’ is caused by a coronavirus.

What makes this coronavirus different is its long sticky spikes (the crown of the coronavirus) which allows it to easily attach to mammal (human) cells.  This makes it both more successful and more easily transmitted and this causes the cases to be bunched together, which overwhelms hospitals.

Millions more people have contracted COVID-19 than are represented in the statistics; I believe that I had it back in February.  The global death rate is 0.004% of the total population, a small number that puts it in line with other contagious respiratory diseases, but that is of little solace to anyone who has lost a friend or family member, where one’s grief is 100%.

No virus wants to kill its host, it merely wants to enter a mammal cell, take control and then to survive long enough to reproduce.

So, what is killing people?  New research shows that it is not always COVID-19 directly.  Death is often coming from the person’s own immune system deliberately destroying lung tissue in an effort to also destroy the virus within the lung tissue.  This is death via an autoimmune response mediated by our innate and natural cytokines.  And this is why most ICU patients show other autoimmune symptoms such as a psoriasis like skin rash.  So, death by means of a ‘cytokine storm’ where lung tissue is overwhelmed and destroyed in a self-created autoimmune response.  The destruction of the lung tissue means that the person can’t breath and therefore cannot sustain life.  This is the same mechanism that resulted in loss of life during the H1N1, SARS, MERS, and 1918 flu epidemics… cytokine damage such as lung blood clots, leaking vessels in the lungs and depleted oxygen and resultant damage to heart, kidneys and liver.

The most up to date research is showing that COVID-19 is not directly killing the majority of people, in many cases it is our own immune system that is doing the dirty deed.

Cytokines are normally good, but in the presence of COVID-19, they can kill.  They are the body’s first line of defense against either invaders or injury and they arrive on the scene before any white blood cells and antibodies do.  They are produced mostly in fatty tissue, so obese people routinely make too many cytokines.  Obese people are the most likely to die with COVID-19 because they produce the most cytokines (and smoking and vaping obviously doesn’t help).  In the United States, 37% of people are overweight and 27% are obese.  Our spoon & fork are killing us in too many ways to discuss here.

So, what can be done when someone is actually experiencing the early symptoms of COVID-19?  Scientists are searching for a new wonder drug that doesn’t have the severe side effects of the popular anti-cytokine drug, Actemra (which has the side effect of destroying lung tissue and causing flu-like symptoms, which is obviously counterproductive for COVID-19 patients).  But there are already natural compounds that can shut down the cytokine response in COVID-19 patients.  We can assume that they are safer than Actemra because people take them on a daily basis all across the globe and they report no negative side effects at all.  We must remember that the words “natural compounds” makes them sound weak, but they are not.  Would anyone think that natural compounds such as digitalis, aspirin and morphine are weak compounds just because they originate from plants?

What natural and easy to obtain compounds can help to shut down this cytokine over-production in an emergency situation?  The short list of supplementation is shown below… a higher dosage is not better…  and your doctor must first okay their use against COVID-19 (but perhaps you should first ask your doctor if s/he even knows what they are).   My favorite supplement company is NOW Brand and it is carried by Amazon.  None of these supplements are expensive.  The combination of all 9 may create a powerful anti-cytokine ‘cocktail.’  The dosage is what someone of my age and muscle mass might take if any COVID-19 symptoms showed up (such as the total loss of smell and taste sensation)… and they would be taken for a total of a 4 week period ONLY if the symptoms progressed to obvious COVID-19 illness.  With any side effects, which would be rare, they should be stopped immediately.

If you are presenting with respiratory symptoms and are interested in a natural approach, write down the list of natural supplements below and ask your doctor if you can take them for a 4 week period and ask if s/he would also monitor the response for any negative reactions.  And please understand that no one can give any guarantee as to safety or effectiveness (have I given enough disclaimers yet?).

  1. curcumin  (roughly 400 MG 3x per day with meals… extremely strong against cytokines)
  2. vitamin D3  (vegan source is from wool oil… 1000 IU 2x per day at breakfast and lunch; if you take it at dinner time, it will keep you awake… and most people are deficient in D3)
  3. vitamin C  (1000 IU 3x per day with meals)
  4. licorice extract drops  (12 drops in water first thing in morning… even the Chinese government uses this against COVID-19)
  5. taurine  (amino acid… 1000 MG at breakfast… all vegans need to routinely supplement with taurine, but at a lower dose)
  6. magnesium citrate  (100 MG 3x per day with meals… and most people are deficient in magnesium)
  7. zinc gluconate  (25 MG with breakfast only)
  8. melatonin  (5 MG time-released, taken just before bed because you will definitely fall asleep… must be time-released)

9. In addition, there is a natural compound that can only be ordered by doctors from ‘www. proenzol .com’ and the product is PhysioProtease.  It is likely the strongest natural anti-cytokine product available and it must be approved by and then monitored by your doctor, just like the other supplements.  It has to be taken on a totally empty stomach at least 30 minutes before breakfast and again at least 30 minutes before dinner for as long as symptoms of COVID-19 persist.  Studies show that this all natural PhysioProtease may be stronger than any of the prescription level anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

What common natural supplements should be avoided by everyone with COVID-19 because they can increase cytokines to dangerous or even deadly levels?

  1. elderberry
  2. echinacea
  3. colloidal silver
  4. chlorella
  5. spirulina

 

Thanks for reading!  Stay safe and stay healthy!!

 

A friend said to clarify that the following is a joke because someone out there is going to believe that it is true… which is equally funny.

 

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March Winds Bring May Flowers

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In this early May posting, I will briefly show the markets via a handful of charts.

The S&P-500 has recently gone through another prolonged sideways market; the market spends half of its time moving sideways and this is why investment accounts should always hold some interest and dividend generating assets.  The market has melted down and then melted up and then melted down during this most recent sideways market; another name for this is volatility.  As I keep repeating, extremes in one direction lead to extremes in the other direction.

 

In the near term, the S&P-500 naturally wants to head up toward 3125 where it might gyrate up and down in a narrow range for months, all while making a series of slow motion (bullish) higher-highs (see purple dashed line).  It is crucially important that the S&P-500 eventually gets above this ‘3125’ line that is shown below.  And longer term, the S&P may be in the process of creating a brand new trend channel (between the two dashed black lines) which could create a bullish path that might lead it higher for another 10 years.  We will eventually know if this scenario plays out.

 

As predicted, it appears that we got an unusual “V” shaped bottom to this bear market.

 

The all important breadth indicator, the S&P Advance-Decline Price Line, suggests that we remain in a long-term Secular Bull Market for stocks.  If this indicator (blue line) refuses to drop when the stock market itself drops (grey line), then higher prices are usually ahead regardless of any pullback.

 

Inflation (purple line below), which has been dropping for two years(!) is now trending higher again (see far right on chart) and this is because of the huge amount of recent ‘money printing’ by global governments and Central Banks.  This is a positive for the stock market and for commodity markets, but too-high inflation may be a major problem during the decade that begins in 2030… but that is not a worry for today.

 

And finally, Bitcoin is still stuck in its multi-year holding pattern, waiting for hints as to which further direction it must take, up or down.  It could resolve in either direction, but the path of least resistance is down and I personally would not buy at these prices… $5500 looks like a possible entry and that would be a 50% drop from today’s price.

 

SUMMARY:  The stock market normally leads the economy, both up and down, by many months because the stock market looks into the future and prices itself accordingly.  Economic data always looks at the past, what has just happened, because we always have to wait for the data from the prior month or quarter to be released.  Right now we are experiencing a continued bull market in stocks because stocks currently see better times ahead… and the economy itself may start to noticeably pick up during the third quarter.  Although the recent job losses may be even higher than reported, a full 90% of these unemployment cases are expected to be re-hired by this time next year.

3125?  MarketCycle re-evaluates everything on a daily basis, but when the S&P-500 hits 3125, I will be taking an extremely hard look in an attempt to see what might come next.  It is vitally important that the S&P-500 gets above this 3125-ish number (by that time, the number might actually be a bit higher, perhaps at 3140 since this important overhead resistance line is slightly sloping upward).

RETEST?  In my opinion (and despite the popular views on the subject) there will be no retest of the March lows.  In fact, I currently believe that we might not see those lows again during the remainder of my lifetime (and I plan to live a long time).  So… breath deep and relax.

 

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