Government Cronyism Undermines COVID Prevention

April 15, 2020

Federal policies keep us from learning about the ability of natural medicine to offer protection from COVID-19. Action Alert!

As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, the health system has focused on finding a pharmaceutical treatment for the COVID-19 virus. Once found, this treatment will likely be expensive and carry dangerous side effects. Meanwhile, we’re told there’s little else we can do other than stay home and wash our hands. This is not bad advice, but of course ignores the role of low-cost, safe, and effective natural medicines that can be used to great effect. Government policies that throttle natural medicine are causing real harm right now by hampering our ability to take control of our own health during this pandemic.

Longstanding government policies privilege pharmaceutical drugs above natural products, ensuring that drug companies have a monopoly on the healthcare market. Free speech about natural products’ benefits is censored by the FDA and the FTC: only FDA-approved drugs can make claims to treat, prevent, mitigate, or diagnose a disease, even if good science supports a range of health benefits for supplements. What health claims natural products can make are then severely restricted by the federal government. The FDA is also directly threatening our supplement access through its “new dietary ingredient” (NDI) guidance we’ve written at length about.

These are not the policies of agencies truly dedicated to promoting public health, but of agencies dedicated to promoting Big Pharma profits.

The FDA and the CDC are surely aware of the millions of Americans who are not receiving the proper amount of micronutrients, and that these inadequacies have profound implications for long term health, including chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: two conditions that make us more susceptible to COVID-19 infection. This is our crony medical system at work. Government agencies don’t promote natural products to correct imbalances to prevent these chronic diseases when billions can be made for the drug industry in selling prescription drugs for chronic illnesses that patients will take for years on end.

The benefits of natural medicine go beyond preventing chronic disease. An excellent podcast featuring Jeffrey Bland, PhD, puts some of these issues into context. The conventional view of the current health crisis is that a single agent, the COVID-19 virus, is the only culprit. What’s missed is that, for the virus to be able to infect us, it needs to be able to bypass our body’s immune defenses. If the immune system is not resilient, the virus is able to do immense damage. Our environment, our diet, exercise, how much sleep we get, genetics, and many other factors help determine the strength of our body’s defense against viruses and other stressors.

There are also a host of natural medicines that can help rejuvenate our immune systems. You can visit our COVID-19 page to review some of the highlights of what some of the experts in the field of natural medicine are recommending to fortify our immune systems and offer protection from viral infection.

Note though that there are key differences in approaches to treatment as opposed to prevention. Prevention strategies are aimed at getting the immune system operating at optimal efficiency. The severe respiratory damage of advanced coronavirus cases, however, is due to an overactive immune system that produces a “cytokine storm.”  Some suggest immune-boosting strategies should therefore be used only for prevention, not treatment—you don’t want to stimulate an already overactive immune system at more advanced stages of infection. For treatment, the goal is to reduce inflammation and to down-regulate the NLRP3 inflammasome. Some nutrients that can be helpful may include resveratrol, curcumin, melatonin, andrographolides, luteolin, and thymoquinone (from black cumin seed). Silver also has its proponents as an anti-viral or to prevent follow up bacterial infections. Crucially, evidence has shown that silver hydrosol may be effective against certain strains of coronavirus like SARS.

Potassium appears to be one key nutrient implicated in COVID-19 cases. Preliminary data show that COVID-19 patients exhibit hypokalemia (low potassium in the blood) and that potassium supplementation assisted recovery. Note that a national survey of 16,444 Americans found that 100% were not getting the estimated average requirement (EAR) of potassium (EAR is the intake level for a nutrient at which the needs of 50 percent of the population will be met). This critical nutrient could be saving lives, but the government is too busy searching for pharmaceutical interventions that can make drug companies rich.

Many news reports have covered the clinical use and a few small trials of hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment. This drug has many serious potential side effects. News accounts rarely mention that in the clinical trials it has been combined with the mineral zinc and that the Chloroquine may be helping by getting more zinc into certain cells.  Some researchers believe that zinc in general is one of the most important things we can take both to avoid Covid-19 infection and to treat it.

In addition to the supplements that experts recommend, there are general lifestyle considerations to keep in mind to reduce our risk of contracting infection.

  • Adequate sleep is key, as studies have shown that less sleep increased the risk of developing rhinovirus associated colds by 350%.
  • Psychological stress reduction is important, as this stress disrupts immune regulation and is associated with pro-inflammatory cytokines.
  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in flavonoids is also helpful, as many flavonoids have been found in vitro to down-regulate the NLRP3 inflammasome. Experts recommend at least 5-7 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit daily to deliver a daily repository of flavonoids in an anti-inflammatory diet.
  • Research has demonstrated that physical activity improves the body’s response to viral infections. A March 2020 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a greater number of daily steps was associated with lower all-cause morbidity.

Here are some excellent resources on this topic, in no particular order:

There are currently no drugs that can treat COVID-19 infection, but the science tells us that a number of nutrients can help us prevent and perhaps treat the virus. But companies are barred from telling you of such benefits. Worse, if the FDA completes its (NDI) guidance without significant changes, thousands of products will be swept off store shelves anyway.

It is irresponsible for health authorities not to inform people of natural ways of supporting immunity, especially in the absence of pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19. The FDA and the medical establishment willfully ignore the benefits of these natural products because they cannot make billions for the drug industry, on whose funding the FDA relies. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the real harm caused by these policies.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and Congress, urging them to stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products. Please send your message immediately.

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53 responses to “Government Cronyism Undermines COVID Prevention”

  1. Twyla M Meyer says:

    Please consider natural alternatives to treating Covid 19.

  2. Lucky Vang says:

    I agree 1000% percent about natural/holistic remedies. Our bodies are super biological miraculous systems neither man or science can begin to comprehend or work as well. You’ve got my name!

    Thank you for sharing!! I’ve been looking for something like this!

  3. Juliet Castille says:

    STOP blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products.

  4. Richard Prochowski says:

    Federal policies keep us from learning about the ability of natural medicine to offer protection from COVID-19.

  5. Sharon Griffin says:

    We are at war with Covid 19, and the casualties are astounding! We need every possible weapon to combat this deadly enemy! Please stop preventing Americans from learning about and accessing natural products!!

  6. Barbara Schindeldecker says:

    Natural supplementation, builds and supports a healthy
    Immune response.
    Do not block this important information

  7. Sue Cozens says:

    Great information!!! Thank you!

  8. I would love to sign the petition but I refuse to ut my phone number on any of these as I do not want my phone to blow up with calls from every organization that makes one’s phone number required. Leave the phone number as a choice and I will sign this petition. You have my email and that is all I am giving.

    • Ila Kimata says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for your support! Please understand that we do not sell or give your phone number to any outside organizations. We can’t change the requirement that a phone number is necessary to sign the petition though since that’s determined by Congress and the FDA. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience!

  9. Cheryl Weinberger says:

    My husband and I got into Functional Medicine 25 years ago when angioplasty then a year later quintule bypass failed. He had good checkups and didn’t have high cholesterol or high blood pressure and saw his “conventional doctor” yearly…so much for prevention! When bypass failed 2 weeks after it was done we IMMEDIATELY got into functional medicine and he continued to work another 19 years, dance, maintain house and yard another 19 years on “natural” treatments…food, vitamins and supplements! He never felt better! People are kept from knowing the value of exercise, healthy diet and vitamins and supplements! I think it is criminal that this is blocked in order to promote your money making drugs/surgeries. High dose IV C, D-3, selenium and zine and get all the junk food out of the stores that are contributing to obesity and chronic health issues…We are a MOST UNHEALTHY society. China is way ahead of us w/the Vit C IV! People need to be given a freedom of choice not controlled by the pharmaceuticals…for revenue…all started by Rockefeller and Carnegie! Stop the GREED…we need compassion for people and enlighten them! I am a very active 73 yr old without the benefit of “debilitating drugs”. We do not have a deficiency of drugs..we have a deficiency of nutrients! Dementia is on the rise…people of all ages are like zombies!

    • Alice D says:

      Cheryl, you hit the nail on the head! I’m glad you found alternatives to surgery and big pharma’s synthetic garbage. We have also, and are alive today because of it. I think a lot of people are realizing the corruption that’s happening in the manufactured food and pharmaceutical industries . I wish Trump would take them on. Would love to see that for my children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s sake.

  10. SchaOn Blodgett says:

    Also… there’s already a homeoprophylaxis for COVID-19… yet, no one is talking about it, or looking at is an option for today. We need to change that.

  11. Mary Bowling says:

    Shame on the FDA and Congress for blocking Americans from learning the benefits of natural products. You all must hate the people whom you serve! Come on Mr President, go after Big Pharma! Show them who’s boss, and take back our rights for us. YOU PROMISED!!

  12. Forest Frasieur says:

    Stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products.

    There are currently no drugs that can treat COVID-19 infection, but the science tells us that a number of nutrients can help us prevent and perhaps treat the virus. But companies are barred from telling people of such benefits. Worse, if the FDA completes its (NDI) guidance without significant changes, thousands of products will be swept off store shelves.

    It is irresponsible for health authorities not to inform people of natural ways of supporting immunity, especially in the absence of pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19. The FDA and the medical establishment willfully ignore the benefits of these natural products because they cannot make billions for the drug industry, on whose funding the FDA relies. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the real harm caused by these policies.

    The citizens of the United States need you to do your job supporting everybody and not just the lobbyists who put money in your back pockets.

  13. Marcia Linz says:

    You need to change your way of thinking about natural ways to help you now and down the road because it works.

  14. John A Hila says:

    As usual this corrupt Fed government tries to keep the Citizens from protecting ourselves and only serve to protect Their cronies $$$

  15. Carol Tao says:

    Stop blocking us from learning about the benefits of natural products.

  16. Robin Morton says:

    give people the truth about taking care of themselves naturally

  17. Jonathan says:

    I am truly getting tired of the FDA and Big Pharma cronyism which blocks knowledge of nutrients which are essential to good health merely because Big Pharma can’t make billions of dollars in profit from them, making everyone scramble to invent a “vaccine” so that they CAN profit!!!!!!

  18. Alan says:

    Stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products.

  19. Alice says:

    Keep us informed of natural Health measures for treatment.

  20. Actually, zinc is the main key nutrient in preventing cytokine storm, since hydro/chloroquine is a zinc ionophore.

  21. stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products.

  22. Tee Johnson says:

    Please stop lining your pockets with Pharmaceutical, including dangerous ones and the good ones. They do produce both but at such an alarming profit – which you profit from as well with trips and other SWAG. Please develop a conscious in your soul and think about what you are doing to this country. November is coming and we will not forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Rossen Vassilev Jr. says:

    stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products!

  24. Clifford Phillips says:

    Leadership, elected and appointed, talks incessantly and feelingly about improving the healthcare system. But the constant, knowing betrayal of the people goes on as leadership guards and maintains health care as a profit-making tool of the giant pharmaceutical companies and others.

    Natural health and bodily autonomy are not just ignored, but actively stigmatized by politicians and bureaucrats who have ready access to our ad-driven media. The system, and its practitioners, have become a risk to human health -about which they know or care little. The creed assumes the body can be run, like the dying planet, as a machine and object. The war on nature turns inward. Sad fools.

  25. Joyce Lee Fowler says:

    Congress and the FDA need to stop blocking Americans from learning the benefits of natural products. They are ignoring the benefits of natural products because these treatments cannot make billions for the drug industry on whose funding the FDA relies. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the real harm caused by these policies.

  26. J B says:

    1. President Pandemic should be escorted out of the White House in handcuffs.
    2. Republicans and Trump have undermined Healthcare since Pres. Regan; we are no paying for their misgivings.

  27. There are many natural nutrients that can prevent or treat the corona virus and this information should be available to everyone. Good nutrition and targeted supplements are very important in this fight against the novel corona virus. It is totally irresponsible for health authorities to ignore the importance of nutrition and natural supplements to fight this virus.
    People’s lives are in danger and anything that can help save lives is of ultimate importance!

  28. Crystal Mitchell says:

    Natural products are so much more healthy for people.

  29. Barbara Clark says:

    There are many natural methods Americans can do to HELP prevent COVID-19 by strengthening the immune system. It is VERY unfortunate these natural methods are NEVER mentioned or suggested in conventional medicine and the mainstream media. A clean diet, proper sleep, exercise and supplementing with Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea, among others can be extremely beneficial.
    PLEASE do not block Americans from this knowledge! We have lost too many lives already.

  30. anon says:

    Thank you! I have been thinking all these thoughts and have the same wonder as to why we are NEVER told to keep the immune system strong. Also, why Zinc (and many other nutrients) are Never mentioned. It is very frightening that the main things mentioned are a NEW pharma drug (they don’t even want the malaria drug mentioned and banned in some states) AND of course a Vaccine. I fear forced vaccines

  31. Calvin Hayes says:

    It is not responsible accountability to fail to inform Americans of natural ways of supporting immunity in the face of the COVID19 pandemic.

  32. Shannon Nickelsen says:

    Thank you.

  33. Sarah C Ralph says:

    I urge the FDA and Congress to stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products. It is irresponsible for health authorities not to inform people of natural ways of supporting immunity, especially in the absence of pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19.

  34. dyan says:

    One does wonder IF the FDA & “our” government has OUR – the country’s interest … or do they listen to DRUG companies and say: Too Bad So Sad to The People? The FDA, if it follows the Drug Companies interest over public health is IMO: Corrupt.

  35. barking watchdog says:

    the California Bar Association’s website says that hastening of death is, legally, murder.
    It is time to hold our FDA members legally and morally accountable for their many crimes against humanity. And I am talking about strike felonies, that any reasonable court of law should uphold as such, wherever the free flow of information about healing is stifled and obstructed.

  36. Yvonne Fisher says:

    We need to have access to natural medicine. And natural medicine should not be regarded as a threat or something that can be harmful.
    Natural medicine is God’s medicine. Allopathic medicine has only been around for about 60 years yet it thinks it is is smarter than other medical systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy which have been around much longer.
    So please respect nature and do not prevent people from having access to God’s pharmacy.
    Thank you.

  37. George Baschiera says:

    There are currently no drugs that can treat COVID-19 infection, but the science tells us that a number of nutrients can help us prevent and perhaps treat the virus. But companies are barred from telling you of such benefits. Worse, if the FDA completes its (NDI) guidance without significant changes, thousands of products will be swept off store shelves anyway.

    It is irresponsible for health authorities not to inform people of natural ways of supporting immunity, especially in the absence of pharmaceutical treatments for COVID-19. The FDA and the medical establishment willfully ignore the benefits of these natural products because they cannot make billions for the drug industry, on whose funding the FDA relies. The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the real harm caused by these policies.

    I ureg the FDA and Congress, to stop blocking Americans from learning about the benefits of natural products.

    The monies wasted by CDC (useless test kits) and WHO (CCP mouthpiece) should be redirected to creating in the US Mfg lines, a 5 year supply (vacumn packed) of gloves, masks, gowns, face shields) since neither FEMA, Hospital CEO’s and State Gov’t can plan)

  38. Donna says:

    Please Please get your information to the White House. They need to hear expertise from other health professionals not just Dr. Fauci & others who keeps pushing for a vaccine.
    Thank you

  39. Ruth says:

    I am so glad that there are still real men who stand by the truth, expose lies and deception and pillory them. Thank you very much, that is very much encouraging. I read a lot of functionally medicine.

    Many many thanks

  40. Yvonne Aileen says:

    People should be informed about natural ways to boost their immune system and boost the body’s ability to avoid viral infection.

  41. Christopher E. Martini says:

    thanks for spreading the Truth Get Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai on your team

  42. Karen says:

    I would urge government agencies to please be part of helping rather than hindering our own bodies ability to heal and or improve our immune systems response to the corona virus.

  43. Judy says:

    COVID-19 cause CORONAVIRUS…Holistic Medicine Dr., Brownstein 1-248-851-1600 has had 85 patients who has COVID-19 his patients No Death and No HOSPITALIZATION!

    Black Seed Oil (allows the body to “Heal Itself”) Manna Bread aka “Miracle Bread” for people who are fighting LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES. mannaorganicbakery.com/

    Licorice Root for Lung Infections, Licorice Root Extract reduce SARS, MERS – CoV-2. Wild CHAGA Mushrooms protects cells and repels viruses.

  44. Ron Coffman says:

    The main reason why so many people are not receiving proper amounts of micronutrients is not because they are not educated in the necessity for them, but because our farmers use man-made chemical fertilizers rather than natural fertilizers on their fields. Then they go and dump a lot of toxins that have been banned in Europe on those fields entirely for reasons of profit. Perhaps, rather than getting the FDA, EPA, and other government agencies to allow for better advertising of supplements, you should start testing all of our farm products for micronutrients as well as toxic herbicides and pesticides, and then just publish that information. If enough people find out about the real dangers associated with their food supplies, they might rise up and demand changes. Due to the First Amendment, no government agency can deny the publication of such information, as long as you are not selling anything to correct the problem.

  45. David Dranikoff says:

    I tried several times to send a note to my senators. I tried 5 times. maybe I am to stupid or your system is very poor.

    • Ila Kimata says:

      Hi David,

      We’re sorry for any issues you encountered while using our site. Please send an email to [email protected] with a detailed description of the different methods you used to try and send your petition. We will do our best to resolve this issue and make sure your opinion reaches your senator.

  46. Lisa O. says:

    Please add Dr. David Brownstein, from Michigan, to your list of integrative Dr.’s. He and his team are making huge strides in curing patients with his holistic therapies like Ozone and nebulizing iodine and hydrogen peroxide, not to mention Vit. C iv’s. He has 89 patients with covid and not one has even needed to go to the hospital!

  47. Drina Brooke says:

    It is time to sue the FDA class action. Immunity is a gag order, unconstitutional, and lawyers can find ways to override it in a court of law. I really want to see this happening. It is time for accountability and responsibility to the people, at last.

  48. Michael Edwards says:

    I put 50% of the blame for this current health fiasco on the American Medical Association. In my opinion, and as reported by others, since the AMA “took over” the healthcare system in the US, health has gone downhill. As a Certified Health Educator I’m SHOCKED that we still allow medical schools in the US NOT to BASE their curriculum on PREVENTION! The AMA schools are the exact opposite. A drug for every itch, bruse, blotch, ache, or temporary discomfort. Rather than teach your patients how to Stop or CURE the problem. they throw petro-chemicals at you to HIDE THE SYMPTOMS! The problems NEVER GO AWAY. This, in my opinion, is exactly why millions of people will die or have died in this easily manageable viral outbreak. The answer is NOT more drugs or MORE vaccinations…..it about REAL PREVENTION and CURES!

  49. Judith H says:

    Mullein Tea and Vitamin C reversed and lowered the severity of the Covid-19 flu to the degree of a minor inconvenience. Mullein Tea clears the lungs for ALL flu this one included. Vitamin C is not debated but 1000mg every 4 hours works exceptionally well with no side effects whatsoever. Add in some zinc and quercetin and you got yourself a happy, healthy day. You have not got the right to diminish or remove our freedom of speech or health.

  50. Samuel says:

    Vitamin C in the right quantities at the right moment is the main ingredient our immune system (mainly the macrophages) needs to be active enough. The late professor Linus Pauling suggested taking Vitamin C “up to bowel tolerance”. This value is individual and may change with the health condition of a person. This information can be found in the following books:
    Dr. Steve Hickey & Dr. Hilary Roberts “Ascorbate – The science of Vitamin C”.
    and/or
    Thomas E.Levy, M.D. J.D., “Curing the incurable, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins”
    What will not help at all is a vaccination, despite high expectations claimed by vaccination experts oder better fanatics: Why? Even with a vaccination we need an active immune system. But what is more severe: The proof, that a vaccination really helps is not so easy. Unethical experiments with monkey’s and other species can not give us a safe answer on whether a vaccination product is effective. Mostly viruses are mutated already and the vaccination strategy may have become ineffective.
    Additionally what is cumbersome as well and seldom discussed:
    All vaccination products are preserved with e.g. Thiomerosal (a mercury organic compound, that hydrolyses into ethyl-mercury cation, a severe nerve toxine) or 2-phenoxy-ethanol or phenole. Such compounds are know to be very dangerous (cf. the case of Karen Wetterhahn or the Minamata catastrophe, etc.).
    Some researchers payed by the WHO published information claiming that these organo-mercury compounds are safe. But the biochemical facts are very clear: These compounds do harm the well functioning of cells and their biochemistry catalytically and are not at all biochemically safe at any low concentration. Similar to the proton catalyses we have the ethyl-mercury cation catalyses which harms proteins.
    What we need is an active immune system and not a highly ineffective vaccination, that comes with preservatives that kill nerve cells and put an additional high stress on an already weakened body.

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