Natural Protocols To Strength The Immune System

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The battle to the Coronavirus continues, while almost all States are close to reopen.

Different trials on variety of antiviral drugs and to relieve symptoms of complications have been initiated and experimented since the begin.

The fight and concurrence for the vaccine continues and it seems to take still time to come to a conclusion, but most of naturopaths are against vaccines and some think that a vaccine for this type of virus would bring catastrophic results especially if made from viruses attenuated.

The use of convalescent serum made of antibodies, Ig G, coming from people healed from the virus and with immunity against also has been used in some hospitals with good results and based on the availability, but it looks not to give the same expectations for others.

News are coming on daily basis and changing and reversing some of the believes in regard of drugs or approaches that were believed to work well; this also depends from the population they are applied and personal medical history and underlying conditions, I believe; maybe for some people may be better a therapy than other, and I think that all the doctors in charge know what they do besides risking their life every day. God Bless all of them!

As we all know at this time the most important thing we can do is to reinforce the immune system, to work on the prevention and on social distance and personal hygiene and on being careful and taking care of ourselves with appropriate lifestyle.

There are variety of natural protocols to support the immune system, last emerging and most recommended from naturopaths are:

Vitamin C intravenous high doses for those in critical conditions, regular doses for prevention but many naturopaths normally take high doses also for prevention, liposomal vitamin C complexes are the most sold these last periods for their properties to release the vitamin directly to the cells through the cell coat being this a phospholipidic bilayer.

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Vitamin D as vitamin C is also very important in supporting the immune system and not simply this, it has variety of functions and beside modulating the activity of the innate and adaptive immune system also modulate the intestinal “tight junctions” of permeable intestines. Data from research recommend high doses of vitamin D3 especially for those with low levels, reduced by weeks; for those that want to use for prevention probably 1000-2000 IU per day should be okay, but normally are taken also 5000 IU. Vitamin A also important to support the mucous membranes as much as included in multivitamins, of course these last two vitamins being liposoluble can intoxicate the liver at excessive high dosed for there is to be careful.

Gut health is also particularly important, actually the most important as we very well know now, the health of microbiome and gastrointestinal health to recover from most of diseases. With an healthy and integer gastrointestinal wall and balanced microbiome also the immune system is stronger, products useful for these functions are zinc carnosine for healing the lining of stomach, and zinc sulfate under suggestion of Dr. Izabella Wentz, naturopath and pharmacist together DGL, or licorice deglycerolized and all other compounds in gastro complexes support. Dr. Wentz also recommends S.  Boulardii, a type of yeast that helps to get free of bad microorganisms besides regular probiotics.

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Gut Health Supplements

NAC, or N-acetylcysteine seems to be of help as well for regulating the mucus production and therefor for easing the briefing issues correlated to the complications of the virus, along with its major properties of detoxifier, and also NAC is a precursor of Glutathione at certain doses, and Glutathione as the best body antioxidant and detoxifier has also antiviral properties and is a good briefing support as much as NAC.

Here is the link for this type of products:

Detoxification Supplements

Variety of antiviral and immune supporting herbs like echinacea, elderberry, andrographis, scutellaria baicalensis, goldenseal, astragalus, epigallocatechin, or EGCG, licorice, propolis, garlic, oregano sage, thyme, olive leaf, reishi mushroom and more eventually are included in antiviral complexes besides vitamin C and zinc.

Antioxidants polyphenols and flavonoids as resveratrol, melatonin and quercetin also have been started in some trials in different countries, quercetin specifically seems to behave as ionophore, a substance that enhances the entrance of ions, in this case of zinc for its antiviral properties, inhibits the viral replication, but only works in form of ion; two of the doctors I follow, Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Peter D’Adamo have been giving detailed explanations in their articles in regard of quercetin antiviral properties, and the modality of its function as a ionophore.

Let’s do not forget of turmeric, the principle in curcumin and other best antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with its multiple applications approved and quoted from same traditional medicine.

Here the link for antioxidants products:

Antioxidant Supplements

Dr. Tom O’Brian also has been giving updates on Coronavirus through a serial of live webinars and talking about a variety of topics related, most important at the time the news in regard of the importance of vitamin D and the rate of mortality correlation found for the North of Italy population from a study appeared on the British Journal and coming from Italian researchers. He also was mentioning the Scandinavia Paradox, and the importance for preventing and healing of being exposed to the sun and to the light recalling what did already happen during the 1918 pandemic.

The Scandinavia Paradox refers to the fact that people of north of Europe  where sun is not so frequent have a much better level of vitamin D compared to the south of Europe eventually  because their food is fortified with vitamin D, or because their diet is based on foods richer in vitamin D, or because they take more as supplements.

For the most of naturopaths this is also a disease of lifestyle and it is absolutely necessary to follow among the social distance and extreme hygiene regulations roles, healthy prototypes to keep away the virus. More important to support the immune system hardly attacked from this virus for the cytokine storm that its capable to trigger activating the natural killer cells and all of the elements of the innate cellular immune system, as T-lymphocytes and their products. Besides the adjuvants listed it is of much importance the nutrition, healthy and organic rainbow diet, good amount of sleep and exercise and avoidance of stress and toxins, chemical and environmental.

Dr. Peter D’ Adamo has always given a certain importance to stress as the root cause of diseases besides his main concept based on lectins from food and intolerances or allergies to these and from here the consequences as “leaky gut” and all that derives from this.

His main science is based on blood groups differentiation and diseases correlated to these, but more than everything to foods intolerance based on blood groups so as for certain diseases.

It looks like to be a correlation among blood types and the coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 so as there is for the different groups and viruses of influenza and Dr. D’ Adamo gives all the explanations in his articles, science writings and books. He also has been giving updates on the virus through his personal blogs.

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My intent is to keep looking at new solutions and never giving up because there is the life of the whole world in risk and of people of any age, and if I think of elderly or children I cannot stop worrying about, but in the same time want to be optimist and confident for working solutions as we all want.

May God be with all the brilliant minds of the scientists of this world to address finding proper solutions and antagonists for this virus.

Thanks for reading

Mariarosaria M.

Scientists of Sources:

Dr. Michael T. Murray, N.D.    Dr. Peter J. D’ Adamo, N.D.

Dr. Tom O’ Brian, DC, CCN, DACBN.   Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP




Updates for COVID-19 From Trusted Naturopathic Sources

Dr. Michael Murray is one of the most trusted sources in the naturopathic field, he is defined as “The Natural Voice” .

One of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine, Dr. Murray has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. (

He also has appeared in many shows on public television and continues his activity and research informing on regular basis about current and hot topics through his articles and webinars and organization of national and world summits.

Here is a direct report from one of Dr. Murray’s webinars in regard of the  SARS-CoV-2  Coronavirus, analysis of facts and natural resources to fight and to cope with it.


Thanks for watching

Mariarosaria M.

Exhaustion. How Adrenal Stress Can Affect Thyroid Function and The Methylation Balance

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The pandemic with all its explosion and consequences has made the most of us more stressed out and exhausted besides “scared” “worried” “demoralized” “sad” “incredulous” etc.….

There are no more words to comment and to describe all of this, we all perfectly know  what is happening, and we all are hoping in miraculous solutions as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, is still taking lives and making sick hundred of thousand of people around the world as much as different therapies and solutions have been experimented and are coming up or being revaluated day by day.

In some country the curve has reached the plateau and the epidemy has been decreasing with hopes of reopening and going back to a sort of regular life, and many are, but till what point can be normal, we don’t know; it’s not safe and many of us are wondering how we are going to do unless we do test for antibodies in serum and discover that we have IgG to the virus, the immunoglobulins of the chronic infections, those that show that an infection took place and the immune system developed antibodies and so immunity against it.

In the meantime we wait and we continue this atypical life that we are living from few months now; for many of us it has been not so difficult to stay home, but for the most has been tough, and especially in those places where regulations have been much more drastic.

The problem is not to stay home as long as we can go out for a sunshine walk and a fresh air of brief, the problem is not to find things to do, there are always plenty of things to do at home, the problem is for how long! Here is where people have started to become impatient and humanly this has been and still is a big challenge, but more than everything is to hear everyday about new cases and death, unbelievable and unacceptable in a modern society like this.

We all struggle to hear about this tragic reality and think about the people involved and we all would like to do something to help and support, and we all are trying to do our way of possibilities, but it is never enough compared to the heroes of the situation, those who are fighting on the first lines from months to help the poor victims to fight against this horrible virus, we can only pray for them and for all those involved.

This is the major stress that all of us are living and most of the people can handle stress well, and so even if there are difficult moments and more challenges, they take a pause and try to slow down and then they keep going, but unfortunately as much as they do and believe they do, the stress hit without they even realize.

With thyroid stress is pretty much involved, people get stressed easily if the thyroid function is not balanced, otherwise they are pretty regular.

The cycle is a vicious cycle, if one gets stress then go out of balance, and if not in balance become more stressed out; of course, in situations like this pandemic there are variety of reasons for being stressed out.

The problem is when stress turns in exhaustion, here is when it becomes more serious and remedies are necessary.

So, what is adrenal stress and what are remedies for exhaustion.

Adrenal stress for my interpretation, and the experts forgive me if I am wrong, is a type of stress caused by the imbalance in the cycle of normal stress. With regular stress the fight neurotransmitters or catecholamines like epinephrine or adrenaline and norepinephrine are activated; when under stress the involuntary nervous system, the sympathetic, stimulates the productions of  these neurotransmitters which activate the adrenal gland with the variety of body functions and put the systems in alert; in normal situations things go back to normality thanks to the action of the parasympathetic system which is the one that controls the relaxation of body functions and provides calm and serenity.

When stress becomes chronic, or during period of intense and drastic stress due to situations like catastrophes, or accidents and death the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic is lost and the emotional status influence the activation of the Hypothalamus-Hypophysis, or Pituitary Gland Axis, the HPA or HTPA Axis. The Hypothalamus produce CRH, Corticotropin Releasing Hormones, this stimulates the Adenohypophysis or anterior lobe of the Hypophysis to produce ACTH, or Adrenocorticotropic hormone that activate the Adrenal cortex to produce Glucocorticoids hormones like Cortisol.

There is a negative feedback in this cycle of neuroendocrine hormones and neurotransmitters so as with the thyroid hormones and which under normal circumstances inhibits the production of CRH by the Hypothalamus to interrupt the activation, but if the system is under constant activation as during these times also due to the immune system activation, there will be not inhibition and mainly the adrenal glands will continue producing cortisol activating all the body functions and disrupting the sleeping cycle. Normally cortisol is high in the morning and low at evening when melatonin instead raises, in these periods cortisol is constantly high keeping people tense and not capable to sleep unless they take remedies.

Remedies are various and besides the deep briefing, relaxing music and techniques like, massages, meditation, and yoga, or a walk by the sun, and by nature, the most important for everything, there are variety of herbs and supplements for the occasion and of course diet.

As with all diets, it is necessary a diet that eliminates all foods that may cause anxiety and replacing with plenty of antioxidants and relaxing foods.

Oatmeal as a complex fiber helps with healthy intestinal functions and microbial flora so as yogurts and therefore with replacement of good bacteria that also regulate brain functions; in addition oat as a carb is precursor of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of calm and happiness.

Berries, dark chocolate and teas are good for mood thanks to the presence of elements similar to mood regulators, spinach and nuts for their content in magnesium for its relaxing properties and more, and spinach of folates too, important for the methylation cycle and for lowering depression, dark chocolate for its properties in lowering cortisol and for stimulating the production of serotonin, all foods rich in omega’s 3 fatty acids antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, just to give some examples; proteins are important as well especially if crashed.

The most of supplements for stress are based on adaptogens. Adaptogens, as of the Wikipedia definition are: “substances that can increase resistance to stress”, herbs  that promotes healing like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Bacopa Manneri, Panax Ginseng, Holy Basil, Licorice, Ginger, Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, Astragalus, Schisandra, Cordyceps, and more.

Of course, relaxing elements and herbs that can promote calm and serenity and restoring sleep as GABA, L-Theanine and Melatonin, or also 5-HTP, normally in complex for sleep aid or for relax, together magnesium and calcium for their muscle relaxing properties in low doses. Magnesium is also well used itself for its calming effects mainly in form of glycinate or oxide, so as the Epsom salts and lavender massage oils in addition to relaxing and calming herbs like, Chamomile, Valerian, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Lavender.

Vitamins that are usually included in complexes for adrenal stress are vitamin C and Bs as, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B6 or pyridoxine and B5 or pantothenic acid, or pantetheine, B-complexes are also highly effective for stress in general, especially when there is crash and it is necessary energy boost, and vitamin D as well for its properties on mood.

The specialist of Adrenal Stress is with no doubt Dr. Alan Christianson; I have been talking about his program and book in previous blogs and of course of his diet, “The Adrenal Reset Diet” based mainly on shakes and light meals arranged for eating carbs (restricted carbs) mainly at evening time while proteins during the day.

He does have variety of complexes for the different stage of stress, he defines three stages of adrenal stress, the stressed out, the wired and tired, and the crashed, each of this stage requires certain elements and herbs and amino acids.

Dr. Ben Lynch’s suggestions for adrenal stress are mainly based on regular and restoring sleep cycle and avoidance of stressors of all type, detoxification and support of methylations and mood functions. One of the herbs suggested from his company is the Ashwagandha or Withania Somnifera, as from the name we can understand its properties, but this herb has much more benefits, it is sold as single complex and included in multi-complex with more elements in formula for adrenal stress but also in a formula for sleep aid, so important to relax the body function and to detoxify, but his complexes include other herbs as well.

Here are the links for his products:

Adrenal Support Supplements

Sleep Support Supplements

Mineral Supplements

Mood Enhancing Supplements

With stress thyroid can either hypo function than hyper function with the relative consequences, in the first case the metabolism is very low with fatigue, including brain and eyes fatigue, joints and muscles are painful, and so on, with hyper function, there is hyperactivity with all the body functions and anxiety and the worse are heart palpitations and tremors.

But when people get exhausted it’s more than hypo or hyper function, it’s almost matter of both and results are pretty serious, there is extreme fatigue and mental exhaustion simple for little things, but in the same time it can be anxiety too with all its consequences.

This change in thyroid function are also correlated with methylations mutations, and the MTHFR gene for these mutations.

If thyroid is hypo-functioning there is deficit of methylations, for the body needs more support, as methyl donors like methyl-folates, and methyl vitamin B12, vitamin B2 and B6 and Magnesium and phosphatidylcholine, these among the most important but more elements are within this cycle.

If instead hyper– functioning there is overmethylation and so more anxiety and high level of homocysteine eventually, the methyl groups gets in trap because the receptors are blocked by folic acid from diet and accumulate in the system causing variety of reactions and disturbs like high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, anxiety and more.

Methylation is a complex and vital process and there are many factors that contribute to that and mainly life style, stress and environment for the most as more times mentioned; these are the same factors for a proper thyroid function and not simply this, this is why all is connected and related. My simple assumptions, the last ones in regard of hypo and hyper function and methylation correlation, something that can be affecting many people at these times.

Thanks for reading.

Mariarosaria M.

























Coronavirus e Sistema Immunitario Protocolli Naturali

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Il mondo naturopatico chiaramente si propone di affrontare il coronavirus in maniera differente. I protocolli sono vari e fondati soprattutto sulla fortificazione del sistema immunitario che risulta il target primario dell’attacco virale, attivazione dei linfociti T, storm delle cytokine, TNFa ed interleukine, attivazione dei macrofagi e di tutta la serie bianca del sistema immune cellulare, mentre gli anticorpi subentrano in una fase secondaria e sono il prodotto dei linfociti B.

I piu’ propogono  dosi elevate di vitamina C anche intravenosa o miscele di questa ed erbe adatte a supportare il sistema immunitario, tra le piu’ suggerite, l’Astragalo e l’Echinacea ed Eleuterococco, gia’ componenti di molti multivitaminici, e varie altre erbe; altri componenti che supportano il sistema immunitario sono l’ allicina dell’aglio e le foglie di olivo, integratori a base di funghi tipo Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, ampiamente suggeriti anche come adiuvanti per le terapie contro il cancro, o terapie basate su colostro ed immunoglobuline, specie per tutti quelli con immunodeficienze ma anche con malattie autoimmuni che depletano il sistema immunitario per il costante attacco  del sistema contro l’organismo stesso,  il Dr. Tom O’Brian, naturopata famoso ed abbastanza seguito in USA, per esempio, produce una gamma di prodotti del genere.

Altre vitamine suggerite per supportare il sistema immunitario sono la vitamina D e la vitamina A anche a dosi piuttosto elevate. In USA normalmente ci sono complessi D di 5000 IU e molti le usano giornaliere, altri invece raccomandano tra le 1000-2000 IU al giorno, per la A anche 10.000 IU al giorno( consultare gli appositi RDA per le dose giornaliere in Italia).

Entrambe queste vitamine liposolubili possono casusare danni al fegato se a dosi elevate ed intossicazioni, certamente bisogna raggiungere valori estremi; per chi puo’ testare questa e’ la cosa migliore, in questo periodo  forse meglio evitare, quindi io suggerirei dosi moderate cosi ‘come ho sempre considerato per me stessa .

Circa la vitamina D, dati recenti appresi dallo stesso Dr.O’Brian, sono abbastanza confortanti da una prospettiva eventualmente preventiva, di sicuro in Italia  si e’ gia’ al corrente.

Da un articolo del “British Journal” e’ venuto fuori  dagli stessi ricercatori italiani che la maggior percentuale di italiani del nord abbia basse dosi di vitamina D e cosi’ in genere la maggior parte degli italiani compresi quelli che vivono al sud dove c’e’ piu’ sole. Un paradosso con le popolazioni scandinavie che nonostante vivono ancora piu’ a nord non hanno livelli cosi bassi; questo pare sia dovuto al fatto che i cibi in Italia non sono fortificati con vitamina D, mentre in altri paesei europei lo sono.

La vitamina D da tempo e’ menzionata  per la sua importanza nell’ambito del sistema immunitario e per altre benefiche proprieta’, puo’ intossicare il fegato a dosi elevate, ma a dosi regolari e’ perfettamente tollerata; inoltre sembra avere anche una positiva attivita’ sulle “thight junctions” che sono i punti di giunzione delle pareti intestinali contribuendo quindi al riparo di intestini permeabili e quindi di “leaky gut”, una delle maggiori cause delle patologie moderne e disfunzioni intestinali ecco perche’ vengono anche suggeriti complessi  che supportano la funzionalita’ gastro-intestinale generalmente a base di glutammina, zinco carnosina e licorice deglicerinizzata, o DGL, liquirizia che viene deprivata della parte che aumenta la pressione sanguigna, altri componenti sono presenti.

Chiaramente non mancano i probiotici, principali protagonisti della salute e bilancio del del microbiota e quindi dell’intestino e di tutto l’organismo, tra alcuni piu’ specifici per combattere le infezioni virali a Lactobacillus Plantarum-20 (Dr. M.Murray)che sembra esplicare attivita’ modulatoria sulle natural killer cells e linfociti T-1 che sono parte dei linfociti helper che collaborano all’attacco iniziale contro gli invasori.

Altro da menzionare il Saccaromyces  Boulardii, (Dr. Izabella Wentz, naturopata e specialista della tiroide), un lievito che normalmente viene prescritto per la malattia di Hashimoto’s capace di distruggere i vari “bad microbes” che possono attechire l’intestino di persone con problemi autoimmuni in quanto affetti da problemi intestinali e disbiosi e che sembra indurre la produzione di immunoglobuline A, i principali anticorpi di difesa di tutte le mucose protettive, questa naturopata suggerisce anche lo zinco solfato come tipo di zinco.

L’ N-acethyl cysteina, o NAC, componente  sulfurico presente nei cruciferi,  verdure come broccoli e verzo per lo piu’, e’ anche abbastanza menzionata sempre a certe dosi sufficienti per generare glutatione, la principale molecola antiossidante dell’organismo e potente antivirale, il selenio e’ anche importante per la produzione di glutatione e per il supporto immunitario come stimolante delle cellule bianche. NAC inoltre viene usata per disintossicazioni da acetaminofene corrispondente alla molecola di paracetamolo e come anti-mucolitico, quindi ecco perche’ in questi casi per cercare di contrastare la produzione di muco supportando la funzione respiratoria.

Un recente articolo del Dr. Michael Murray, altro famoso ed apprezzato naturopata in USA analizza vari punti chiave in risposta a domande varie relative alla virulenza del virus e fattori che possono contrastarlo. Una sua osservazione riguarda i recettori di entrata del virus e le possibili terapie di contrasto. Il virus come ben risaputo  contiene proteine di superficie che si legano ai recettori per l’enzima che converte l’angiotesina, ACE2, e che sono i recettori a cui si legano alcuni farmaci anti-ipertensivi, gli ACE inibitori.

Una delle ipotesi e’ stata quindi che tutti quelli che prendono gli inibitori dell’ACE2 sarebbero parzilamente protetti dal virus, ma anche a tale riguardo ci sono i vari punti di vista ed osservazioni, questo dottore per esempio crede che questi farmaci invece attivano i recettori ACE2 incrementandone il  numero per cui ci sarebbero piu’ vie di entrata.

Diversi articoli tratti da istituzioni nazionali del governo in USA come la NIH testimoniano la prima ipotesi e segnalano di studi attuali su volontari positivi al virus a cui vengono somministrati farmaci ACE-inibitori. Questi recettori inoltre si trovano non solo sui vasi sanguigni ma lungo tutto il tratto respiratorio e polmoni ed anche lungo il tratto gastrointestinale, ecco il perche’ delle varie vie di entrata del virus.

Altro fattore importante e’la carica virale come del resto accade per tutte le infezioni, piu contatti avvengono col virus piu sono le probabilita’ di ammalarsi ecco perche’ l’isolamento e la distanza sociale sono stati e sono necessari. Il virus in aggiunta usa proteasi della cellula ospite per degradare le proteine delle membrane  virali e della cellula ospite per fonderle insieme e formare un ponte che gli consente di entrare nelle cellule( Dr. M. Murray) unitamente alle proprie neuroaminidasi (N)ed emoagglutinine (H), enzimi virali che degradano i componenti delle membrane cellulari e che aggregano i gobuli rossi.

Droghe antivirali che sono inibitori di queste proteasi si stanno mostrando promettenti contro il coronanvirus, SARS-CoV-2 bloccando l’entrata del virus nelle cellule, supplementi che contegono proteasi, enzimi digestivi delle proteine come “serratia mucolitica peptidase”, (Dr. M.Murray) per esempio, o bromelina, e proteasi dei funghi, esplicano un significante beneficio nelle vie alte respiratorie migliorando la composizione dello strato protettivo mucoso, in aggiunta  possono anche degradare le proteine virali lungo il tratto intestinale.

Le droga antimalarica cloroquinina selezionata in USA come possible trattamento funziona come zinco ionoforo, uno ionoforo e’ una speciale membrana cellulare che permette l’entrata di ioni nella cellula. Nello stato ionico lo zinco e’ noto come inibitore della replicasi virale, cio’ non significa che lo zinco come supplemento puo’ bloccare la replicazione del virus, ma che il livello dello zinco ionico deve aumentare al’interno delle cellule e questo puo’ avvenire grazie alla azione coadiuvante di polifenoli e flavonoidi, pigmenti naturali presenti in frutta e verdure,  i polifenoli in aggiunta sono componenti dell’olio di oliva e del cioccolato fondente;  la quercitina, e invece’ un potente flavonoide ma non e ‘ben assorbita, ecco perche’ in USA alcune compagnie come quella di questo naturopata usano delle formule che aumentano l’assorbimento dette phytosome, come zinco ionoforo la quercitina puo’ svolgere la stessa funzione della cloroquinina e senza effetti collaterali, altro ionoforo pare essere l’EGCG, elemento presente nel green tea.(Dr. M. Murray)

Questo e’ quanto i naturopati dichiarano, chiaramente bisogna avere fede in questa scienza e questi suggerimenti per molti possono valere in misura preventiva, o coadiuvante, e’ chiaro che nei momenti critici bisogna sempre ricorrere ai propri medici e nei casi piu’ drastici consultare gli appositi numeri di emergenza.

Ci sono stati di recente dibattiti circa l’Eldeberry,  o Sambucus Nigra, pare sia emerso da un vecchio articolo che questa potesse generare uno storm, o tempesta di citokine.

Per il Dr. Peter D’Adamo e la Dr. Suzy Cohen, anche essa famosa, naturopata e farmacista, l’eldeberry agisce da inibitore delle neuroaminidasi (N), ed emoagglutinine(H), la ragione per cui sta avendo successo contro le influenze da tempo, oltre questa attivita’ l’eldeberry regola anche la produzione di alcune citokine, interleuckine e TNFa che sono definite come pro-infiammatori, quindi ecco il  perche’ delle controversie, solo che i naturopati fanno osservare che l’infiammazione e’un processo necessario quando contenuto per rispondere ad ogni tipo di attacco dall’esterno; in conclusione, l’eldeberry per il mondo naturopatico sicuramente supporta le difese del sistema immunitario contro il virus.

Tipiche tips suggerite dalla maggiore dei naturopati sono: riposo, consistenti ore di sonno, idratazione, dieta organica a base di verdure e frutta e spezie naturali, la “rainbow diet”, con tutti i colori dell’arcobaleno, rilievo dello stress con meditazione, preghiera, attivita fisica, musica, cucina, coltivazione di un arte, etc.,qualsiasi pratica preferita che aiuta a distrasi ed a distaccarsi da questa realta’ assurda e catastrofica.

La speranza e’ che  questi elementi naturali possano veramente esplicare una azione valida e sufficiente a contrastare l’attacco di questo virus o almeno a ridurne le sintomatologie, complicazioni e pericolosita’ fino a quando qualcosa di concreto possa venire fuori o la virulenza stessa decadere o magari  che il virus subisca una mutazione che lo renda meno fatale cosi come e’ successo in passato con altri virus.

Auguriamoci il meglio!

Grazie ancora per la lettura.

Mariarosaria M.







COVID-19 Ed Alcune Considerazioni  



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Il mio report arriva parecchio in ritardo considerato lo sviluppo di questa terribile pandemia che ha colpito il mondo intero e soprattutto l’Italia che nel momento in cui riprendo questo articolo sembra avviarsi ad un traguardo migliore delle settimane scorse ed all’ appiattimento della curva.

Dati rilevanti  da vari luoghi del mondo sono giunti da qualche tempo e  sono stati sperimentati in molti ospedali, in aggiunta pare che si siano stati appurati anche trattamenti diversi, come per esempio, per quanto a mia conoscenza, l’uso del farmaco anti-artrite sperimentato negli ospedali di Napoli, ed un altro ancora piu’ recente sempre dagli ospedali di Napoli. La medicina Italiana come sempre, e specie la branca della Immunologia, Microbiologia e Malattie Infettive sono branche abbastanza specializzate ed i medici italiani fanno onore al paese.

La crisi scatenata dalla pandemia e’stata inflessibile ed ha colpito il nord dell’Italia in maniera da non credere. Perche’? In molti se lo saranno chiesto e tante le risposte, l’inquinamento dovuto alla maggiore tecnologia? L’immigrazione? L’aumentato turismo? La deficienza di Vitamina D o di quale altro  parametro importante ai fini di possedere un integro sistema immunitario per combattere l’infezione? O forse una questione di gruppo sanguigno o di differenza tra stato secretore e non-secretore?

Pare che il virus abbia una configurazione di tipo A, e che da uno studio fatto in Cina sia risultato che una maggiore percentuale dei pazienti gravi fossero di gruppo A. Fortunatamente per quelli di gruppo A, me compresa, non bisogna dare troppa importanza a questa ipotesi. Il  Dr. Peter D’Adamo, autore della dieta dei gruppi sanguigni ed uno degli scienziati che seguo da lungo tempo, afferma che ci sono differenti suscettibilita’ e reazioni a patologie varie basate sulla differenza dei gruppi sanguigni in quanto le molecule che definiscono questi gruppi possono avere delle similarita’ con antigeni vari che vengono in contatto con l’organismo, e contro cui vengono prodotti oppositi anticorpi; chiaramente il gruppo A non possiede anticorpi contro gli antigeni A, ma a questo punto anche con il gruppo AB in quanto anche questi non producono anticorpi anti-A possedendo entrambi gli antigeni A e B.

Aggiungerei una mia osservazione che parte sempre da studi derivanti da gruppi sanguigni provenienti dalla biblioteca del Dr. Peter D’Adamo, la distinzione tra secretori e non-secretori, e che comunque e’ una branca di studio della immunologia, la ragione forse perche’ le statistiche attribiscono la fatalita’ al 20% delle popolazioni mentre l’80% ha piu’ o meno un decorso normale, o magari cosi’ sarebbe dovuto essere in virtu’ di questa distinzione ma poi non e’ stato cosi. Onestamente non posso commentare queste statistiche e percentuali, ma spero che chi in competenza potra’ fare le sue deduzioni.

Per chi non lo sapesse, la popolazione e’ divisa tra due gruppi, secretori e non-secretori, I primi sono l’80% della popolazione e presentano antigeni del gruppo sanguigno nei secreti, (saliva e mucose), i secondi il 20%, non possegono questi antigeni e quindi hanno una minore difesa e protezione.

Il Dr. D’Adamo ritiene invece che  altri fattori influenzano questa interazione e che questa non e’ una regola assoluta, come sempre la comorbidita’ ha il suo maggiore contributo, nel senso di condizioni a rischio, o ancor piu’ la presenza o meno di un sano e robusto sistema immunitario, la ragione principale per combattere questo virus, ed il tipo di vita che si conduce, ovvero lo stile di vita, questo per per la maggiore dei naturopati.

Se gia’ intossicati dalla vita moderna, fumiamo troppo, magiamo cibi non salutari, dormiamo poco e siamo intensamente stressati, questi certo sono presupposti per essere piu’ deboli e suscettibili anche se non si hanno malattie croniche come il diabete, immunodeficienze, o  problemi cardiovascolari o respiratori, o cancro.

SARS-CoV-2, responsabile della COVID-19 pandemia, e’stato definito  dalle organizzazioni mondiali della sanita’, OMS, e WHO come virus a singola catena di RNA positivo e con transcriptase inversa, enzima che trascrive DNA da RNA (normalmente l’ RNA viene copiato da uno stampo di DNA, questa e’ la tipica legge naturale), e tipica del virus dell’ HIV, ecco perche’ probabilmente sono state usate anche droghe che funzionano contro questo virus.

Apparteniene al genere Betacoronavirus, strettamente connesso a due coronavirus derivati da SARS coronavirus, bat-SL-CoVZC45 e bat-SL-CoVZXC21, entrambi originati in pipistrelli (bat) ma abbastanza distanti dai SARS-CoV responsabili dell’epidemie SARS e MERS-CoV entrambi cause altrettanto di sindromi respiratori gravi.

Le zoonosi consistono di malattie da virus che vengono trasferite da animali ad esseri umani, per esempio per virus responsabili di severe influenze come l’ influenza aviaria l’ ospite iniziale erano gli uccelli, per la pandemica causata dal sottotipo dell’influenza A, H1N1, l’ospite iniziale erano i maiali, per l’HIV/AIDS, invece gli ospiti iniziali erano le scimmie e successivamente questo virus si e’ trasferito all’uomo, il serbatoio invece del coronavirus responsabile della corrente pandemia come gia detto sono i pipistrelli.

Essendo questo virus un nuovo virus e contro cui tutti non possediamo anticorpi ecco dove il problema e’ sorto e da qui le epidemie fino ad arrivare alla pandemia che stiamo vivendo.

Il vaccino purtroppo non si puo’ sviluppare facilmente, le procedure richiedono tempo, valutazione, sperimentazione ed approvazione. Di recente  e’ cominciato un trial per la produzione di un vaccino in Seattle ( corrisponde al tempo in cui ho ripreso a scrivere e poi interrotto nuovamente per ragioni varie) a cui hanno partecipato 25 volontari, pare sia stata utilizzata una delle proteine del virus, la “spike protein” che deve funzionare da antigene per indurre la produzione di anticorpi verso il virus; chiaramente l’intero processo richiede tempo, intanto si stanno cercando disperate ed urgenti misure in tutto il mondo.

Le droghe antivirali sono tra le soluzioni piu’ recenti e funzionano in molti casi, ma pare che per questo virus gli antivirali comuni non funzionano  totalmente,  si stanno quindi sperimentando nuove droghe, o combinazioni di queste e di antibiotici che servono per le complicazioni polmonari, di recente il Presidente degli Stati Uniti ha approvato alcune di queste, tra cui droghe antimalaria, come la idrossicloroquinina; i rappresentanti delle organizzazioni della salute non condividono totalmente a causa degli effetti collaterali che possono derivare in pazienti gia’ debilitati dal virus.

Altre compagnie invece stanno ipotizzando l’uso di immunita’ passiva attraverso l’uso di sieri contenti gli anticorpi contro il virus ottenuti da malati convalescenti di COVID-19, sembra promettente e pare questo metodo sia stato gia’ usato con la pandemia spagnola del 1918 e le recenti epidemie di Ebola e SARS.

Finalmente in questi ultimi periodi anche i tests su siero sono cominciati ad essere attivi e praticati anche se un po’ contestati, i test iniziali e piu’ diffusi sono i tests effettuati con tamponi che ricercano il virus in loco e che vengono effettuati con tecniche che utilizzano la PCR, questi tests come ben risaputo sono rischiosi per coloro che li effettuano e piuttosto aggressivi. I tests sierologici invece ricercano gli anticorpi contro il virus nel siero, generalmente ricercano IgM, IgG ed IgA, le prime testimoniano un contatto recente, o fase acuta, le seconde il contatto avvenuto e la guarigione  e sono tipiche delle infezioni croniche, le IgA invece le immunoglobuline di difesa delle mucose.

Pare che non tutte le compagnie per questi tests ricercano le varie immunoglobuline, o addirittura gli anticorpi contro ciascun componente della struttura virale. In USA stanno sviluppando tests piu complessi che ricercano per piu’ antigeni del virus e non semplicemente per la spike protein, gli antigeni virali sono diversi e tutti parte dell’involucro virale, bisogna risultare negativi ad ognuno di questi antigeni per non essere infettati dal virus. Essenzialmente con questi tests si puo conoscere se l’infezione e’ in atto o se’e’ avvenuta e si sono sviluppati gli anticorpi, o se non c’e stato alcun contatto col virus, nel quale caso sia IgM che IgG risultano assenti, ed il test e’ negativo, le IgA indicano invece il grado di protezione delle mucose.

Altri tests stanno venendo fuori proprio agli ultimi momenti che ho ripreso l’articolo, si parla di tests sulla saliva che dovrebbero ridurre appunto i rischi dei tamponi nasali,  e preservare i materiali protettivi adoperati in quanto in questo caso i soggetti devono semplicemente provvedere saliva entro dei contenitori, pare siano stati sviluppati dalla Rutgers University, questi i dati in riguardo.

Ancora di questi ultimi giorni la notizia di probabilita’ di perdita di immunita’riscontrata in alcuni casi e quindi di reinfezione, mi auguro ci siano degli errori di valutazione e chiunque abbia dedotto questi dati abbia considerato le varie stages della risposta immunitaria.

Siamo ancora scioccati ed increduli, le notizie ci pervadono  giorno dopo giorno, e mentre alcuni dati sembrano confortanti per alcuni paesi altri invece no. Il mondo intero sta combattendo contro questo virus, gli scienziati dei vari paesi sono in connessione per aiutarsi a vicenda e scambiare informazioni, le autorita’ governative in allerta, stati di emergenze, quarantene, divieti e limitazioni che purtroppo si vanno estendendo sempre di piu mentre l’Italia ha gia raggiunto il picco e sembra stia finalmente decrescendo. Intanto i casi sono aumentati negli States ed anche qui sono  cominciati ad esserci problemi di mancanza di materiali sanitari e di posti in ospedali, ma fortunatamente anche qui si sta combattendo energicamente  ed adottando misure precauzionali piu’ rigorose da tempo con maggiori interventi e produzione di materiali e le “Task Force” governative in unione col Presidente lavorano interrottamente ogni giorno per informare, dirigere e procurare il necessario al paese.

Stiamo vivendo una realta’ apocalittica dei film di Hollywood e nessuno ancora riesce ad accettare o realizzare, quante vittime e quanta sofferenza e quanti sui fronti di combattimento, tanti si sono adoperati all’estremo per aiutare mentre gli operatori sanitari e personale medico continuano a rischiare la vita, e tutti quelli che sono in prima linea, e le stesse autorita’ governative cercando di trovare soluzioni alla catastrofe che stiamo vivendo.

Quando finira’ ce lo auguriamo tutti al piu presto, siamo tutti esausti e preoccupati, ci domandiamo come sara’ dopo, e forse tutti riusciamo a comprendere che non potremo ritornare ad una vita normale quanto prima, ma almeno qualche piccola speranza comincia ad affiorare considerata la realta’ attuale, purtroppo non per quelli che hanno pagato con la vita e con dolorose conseguenze e perdite di cari.

Dio sia con tutti e protegga tutti specie i piu’ deboli delle popolazioni, gli operatori sanitari e tutti quelli che sono in prima linea.

Continuiamo a collaborare tutti, come possiamo, ognuno con le proprie possibilita’ ed opportunita’, o semplicemente stando a casa ed osservando le regole.

Grazie per la lettura.

Mariarosaria M.























Bone Loss and Gut Health. Can Probiotics Slow Down Bone Loss?


This is the title of an article of Dr. Peter D’Adamo that gave me the inspiration to discuss about this subject and to review the article in the same time.

It looks like that there is a connection between bone loss and gut health, so as many other functions of our body are connected to gut health, as more investigated and underlined these days.

The importance of gut health and microbiome and how we nourish our body and our intestinal bacteria is becoming a daily talk, and panacea of mixtures and combinations are suggested each day by trusted professionals with extended explanations about recent discoveries and hidden toxins in foods, main cause of the most of the today’s discomforts and pathologies.

Dr. D’Adamo in this article gives the reasons why there is this specific connection between bones and gut health and suggests of course some of his products in regard.

We can all be confused among our choice, which product is better than other, has more or less elements, in regard of the dose, if it is too high or too low, and finally which company or scientists we trust better than another, and whose products would be the best choice for us.

For myself this choice has become very difficult lately because I know now many of these scientists, all deserve trust, and all are conscientious and responsible, and their companies for what I know use the purest elements on the market, and follow rigid standards of manufacturing.

Bone loss, typical of the aging process starts for some women with the menopause process, normally for the most of us begin during the  post-menopausal period and can be more or less severe, can start as osteopenia which is a moderate form of bone loss, or as osteoporosis which is more severe.

Regular therapy is based on vitamin D and calcium, and exercise, and doses vary based on the severity of the process and personal conditions, as we know calcium is not always recommended, especially if there are potential conditions for cardiovascular problems; calcium can deposit on the arterial walls and together the variety of debris and cholesterol plaques can cause strokes or heart attack depending if the obstruction is on the arterial that feeds the brain or the heart.

Today there are several therapies for this and mainly they suggest complexes with more than just calcium and vitamin D, more important are the minerals associate, and oligo-elements, which means that are in very low doses in body but with important functions, to mention some of these, strontium, for example, very important in the bone growth process, or boron, or silica or vanadium as trace bones minerals.

Bone Health Supplements

Calcium in these complexes is in low doses and in forms very well absorbed from the body and not dangerous, we need calcium, calcium is so important and with so many functions.

Going back to connection with gut health and Dr. D’Adamo’s article, what he enhances in this article is the importance of probiotics and prebiotics in the process.

To keep a healthy microbiota and so microbiome we must have the right probiotics, or better intestinal flora of microorganisms that will produce the appropriate molecules for important body’s functions and beneficial elements to support and nourishing those functions.

In case of bone loss one of these molecules is butyric acid, or butyrate, regular compound of butter, (but I guess that butter has other compounds not so healthy in addition to this good one) and ghee;  it looks like that we can find butyrate also in Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, dandelion greens, ripe bananas and kombucha, all typical  elements that support healthy microbiome and recommended from most of naturopaths.

The benefits of butyrate as short chain fatty acid, which are the healthy type of fatty acids, are many, and naturopaths keep reminding when they talk in regard of leaky gut or permeable intestine o any other problem connected with intestinal health, some of these are for example, protection against colon-rectal cancer, weight loss promoting, IBS and Chhorn’s disease managing, insulin resistance control, anti-inflammatory properties in general.

Butyrate is considered a prebiotic and so the foods just mentioned. Some of these elements are in Dr. D’Adamo’s formula probiotics from time, he was always including prebiotics as Jerusalem artichokes or same chicory root in his probiotic formula for blood type A, for example; in addition they both contain  inulin, very important prebiotic fiber for gut health, besides other elements and the specific lactobacillus which are the most present in our intestinal flora.

Each blood type has, of course a different composition in prebiotics and probiotics.

The doctor recommends three of his products for supporting bone loss and these are: the specific probiotic for specific blood type, a complex containing butyrate, and another complex with mix of minerals and herbs and vitamins A and D.

He explains the reasons why there is the connection. If a gut is unhealthy and with not the right microorganisms becomes inflamed, if inflamed its walls becomes permeable and leaked, the leaky gut process, in this case toxic molecules can go though this wall and get into the system and activate liver cells to travel to bone marrow and causing the breaking down of bone.

Butyrate is one of the elements that can heal the inflammation of the lining of the intestinal wall so that these molecules cannot reach body tissues and organs and cause damages; in addition, can directly stimulate the growth of bones.

One more case of the importance of combination of pre and probiotics, and of importance of food, what we eat and introduce in our body will feed the good bacteria or the bad ones; in the first case the result is of good health, but in case we feed the bad bacteria more cravings will come and the vicious cycle of unhealthy eating that will disrupt our good gut flora even more!

Thanks for reading

Mariarosaria M.







Acid reflux traditional therapy and naturopathic therapy, natural remedies, controversial in regard

Baking soda makes an excellent remedy for itchy skin. It can also be used to treat heartburn and acid indigestion. See 10 Home Remedies for Itching and 14 Home Remedies for Heartburn to learn more.

Acid reflux or GERD can be a serious problems and many people are affected today, mainly due to lifestyle and stress, or as consequences of long term medications as NSAIDs anti-inflammatories, or to the presence of Helicobacter Pylori, an intestinal bacteria that for some is considered a commensal with beneficial properties but for the most a dangerous bacteria to get rid of and mainly cause of peptic ulcer and eventually stomach cancer, but there are other reasons and the major national medical organizations, internet webs and experts around give the list of all, causes, symptoms, therapies, side effects and so on.

Talking of controversial, this is one of the most debated within the naturopathic world against the conventional medicine methods and approaches.
Recently we all have been informed of the risks of taking anti-acids as Zantac for containing the molecule ranitidine, an histamine-receptor antagonist, but not mention in regard of the also commonly used proton pump inhibitors, as Nexium, for example, very much contested from naturopathic doctors for blocking the production of acids that instead is needed for digestion, and for manifesting a number of side effects.
For Dr. Joseph Pizzorno and Dr. Michael Murray, Bastyr University related and authors of the “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the use of antacids and acid blockers raise the stomach pH, and this inhibits the action of digestive enzymes like pepsin, very important for the digestion process. The change in pH also affects the intestinal microbial flora promoting the overgrowth of Helicobacter Pylori.

The first step for these doctors in treating this disorder involves eliminating or reducing the causes that promote it. For occasional heartburn antacids may be appropriate but not abused, the best choice is preparation including alginate, a soluble fiber that soothes and nourish the intestinal wall, there are studies with positive outcomes.
If heartburn becomes a chronic problem can be sign of a hiatal hernia. Under their suggestions the most effective treatment of chronic reflux esophagitis and symptomatic hiatal hernias is to utilize gravity, another is to use licorice deglycyrrhizinated, or DGL, (which is licorice without the part that raises blood pressure) to heal the esophagus, or limonene extract from citrus fruit peel which is thought to improve the coordination of normal peristalsis.

More common cause of indigestion for the doctors is hypochlorhydria, reduction of acid secretion, symptoms are many and so disease associate. The ability to secrete gastric acid decrease with the age and now this association, from their report, is thought to be the result of increased overgrowth of H. Pylori in the stomach more than the aging process. Older studies found low stomach acidity in over 50% of people over 60 years old.
Acid reflux for the major of thoughts in the naturopathic world is not due to stomach acid itself but better to the inflammation of the lining walls of the stomach and for many an element responsible of its healing is zinc, and a better form of in this case is zinc-carnosine. Zinc and zinc-carnosine are present in many naturopathic complexes for gastric support, besides these there are many other compounds and elements that helps with healing process of the stomach.

The other very important and that is prescribed for variety of stomach problems and mainly to regulate the acid production is the DGL, as already mentioned. I have personally tried many times and really works well and makes feel a good sensation after taking besides the pleasant flavor, other elements usually present in GI support complexes are: slippery elm, marshmallow, aloe vera, and in more complex glutamine, glucosamine and other nourishing elements or detoxifiers; it depends.
Glutamine was one of the first compound mentioned from the revolutionary summits and from all of the scientists that I follow. Glutamine has a very important role in the healing process of leaky gut besides the sulfuric molecules as chondroitin and glucosamine for releasing the sulfuric element necessary to heal the tight junction of the intestinal and gastro-intestinal wall.

You can find some specific Seeking Health products for gut health clicking at this sites:

Gut Health Supplements

Probiotic Supplements

Seeking Health besides the variety of probiotics and S. Boulardii offers a G.I. support with DGL and zinc carnosine among others and zinc carnosine itself for who does not want too many elements together.

We all in life might have problem with acid reflux or Gerd and especially if this problem can become critic the pump inhibitors are the best solution to contrast, probably for short term use and at low doses, but not for extended period, or even for the life as many people do.
It looks like that high doses and long-term use of proton pump inhibitors may increase risk of osteoporosis and relative fractures, reduce the absorption of vitamin B12 and levels of magnesium, increasing risk of heart attack, muscle and joint pain and weakness and so on.

In regard of Helicobacter eradicating therapy also there are controversies, the conventional therapy is based on strong and long term antibiotics therapy associate with pump inhibitors for stomach protection, the naturopathic therapy relays instead on DGL and/or GI support complexes and Saccharomyces Boulardii, a probiotic yeast, beneficial commensal, responsible of eliminating all bad microbes, or as mentioned from Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno, bismuth subcitrate. Bismuth is a natural mineral that act as antacid as well as against H. Pylori, the best-known preparation and widely used is bismuth subsalicylate known as Pepto Bismol, however, under their description, the subcitrate form has produced best results in the treatment of H. Pylori and of non-ulcer indigestion and peptic ulcer.

Overgrowth of H. Pylori has been linked to GERD, achlorhydria and hypochlorhydria, as well as peptic ulcer. The presence is determined by measuring the level of antibodies to H. Pylori in blood or saliva or by culturing material collected during an endoscopy or measuring the breath for urea, or by stool tests.
Protective factors against H. Pylori for Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno are maintaining a low pH and adequate level of antioxidants like vitamin C and E; H. Pylori damages stomach and intestinal mucosa by oxidation and from here ulcer can develop.

Natural remedies for stomach problems are a variety and day by day are underlined and suggested from specialists and writers all around the world.
Just to mention some of these, lemon in water, apple cider vinegar in water, aloe vera, ginger, sodium bicarbonate, chamomile, carrot juice, fennel, apple and more, mainly elements that can help with acid production if not enough or contrasting the acid if too much is present in stomach.

Suggestion tips in general also are:
Comfortable clothes, small and frequent meals, elevating upper body during sleep and generally avoidance of spicy foods, alcohol and coffee, mint and chocolate, grease and fried foods, dairy and all junk foods eventually.

In conclusion remedies for this problem are many, for some are better a combination than another, but in general the suggestions tips are the same for everyone.
It is based on the personal medical history and other pathologies or not associate probably the choice of one or another therapy or natural remedy.

Thanks for reading.

Mariarosaria M.


“The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” Michael T. Murray, N.D. & Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. Third Edition.