We are getting loads of questions on testing (especially antibody tests). Who’s reliable, who isn’t? And the price points can vary WIDELY. As far as validation goes, there are two places to watch: The COVID-19 Testing Project This group is a a multidisciplinary team of researchers and physicians at UCSF, UC Berkeley, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub,…
Here’s a review of the latest peer-reviewed and pre-print publications in regards to natural compounds that are showing promising anti-coronavirus activity.
Join Dr Kara Fitzgerald and Dr Brent Dorval PhD, KBMO Diagnostic’s Chief Scientific Officer, to learn about KBMO’s new COVID-19 Antibody Test. Dr. Dorval previously served as an advisor on the WHO Vaccines and Diagnostics Committee.
Ketones (spefically beta-hydroxybutyrate) have shown to inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation, which is a key pathological mechanism in COVID-19.
In a study of 175 COVID-positive patients in collaboration with Wenzhou Hospital in China, nearly all were identified as having hypokalemia (low serum potassium), likely due to the mechanisms of COVID-19 on ACE2 receptors and the renin-angiotensin system.
There has been quite a bit of kerfuffle about the workhorse nutrient vitamin D. We are getting pinged daily on whether it should be used or avoided in the COVID19 pandemic. I believe this question was fueled by a recent write-up mentioning an in vitro study showing that D can up-regulate certain cytokines.
Zinc is needed to slow viral RNA replication and it also regulates inflammatory cytokines. Anosmia and ageusia, as reported in COVID-19 and also common symptoms of flu, are classic signs of zinc defficiency.
Coronavirus testing is providing a fundamental lesson for all of us about how medical lab testing works – there are no tests that are 100 percent accurate.
For those physicians called to the hospital front lines, MedCram has a free video series on mechanical ventilation. From MedCram: “We understand that medical professionals (and students) that don’t have significant experience with mechanical ventilation may be called upon to help ventilator management teams in critical care settings. And clinicians with extensive ventilator experience may want a refresher or a tool to aid in teaching mechanical ventilation strategies to other clinicians.” They also have another class on ARDS. Also free.
For those interested, here is the link to Nick Ortner’s page for free tapping meditations for anxiety, stress, and fears around the Coronavirus. You can also check out the science and research.