It started as a dry cough. Because we had guests coming in for a long weekend, I just ignored it. But as the weekend wore on, I became more and more tired; worse, I was short of breath, with pain in my lungs. I also lost my sense of smell and let the bacon burn in the oven several times.
When the guests left, I fell into bed and slept for three days. Never had I felt such overwhelming fatigue. I used a fingertip pulse oximeter to measure my blood oxygen level—it was in the high eighties, when it should be ninety-five or above—and my pulse was uncharacteristically high. Breathing was painful. But the worst symptom was a kind of depression, like a black cloud hovering over me. A full recovery took about four weeks, getting only a little better every day.
This was not the flu; it was a case of Covid-19. With the flu, you are achy, stuffy and feverish; miserable for a day or two, followed by a quick recovery. Covid is a cold illness, slow to resolve, with none of the usual symptoms. I had a dry cough but no sore throat. At a gathering I attended after my recovery, half the people I talked to said they had been sick and described similar symptoms: dry cough, loss of sense of smell, painful breathing and extreme fatigue. Some also had nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms; on the other hand, one friend of mine went through several weeks of just feeling very tired, with no other symptoms.
How do we contract Covid-19? In my case, I believe it was a trip taken the week before, with one-stop flights both going and coming—meaning lots of time in airports and a lot of exposure to highly saturated Wi-Fi, now installed in most airports, both large and small. Covid can happen after exposure to 5G emitters on the street (5G does not penetrate into your house) or exposure to 5G installed inside certain places of work, like warehouses and meat processing plants. People often get sick after “super-spreader” events—concerts or sports events with lots of people together, everyone with cell phones, and possibly 5G inside the building or outside (for outdoor events). Or it could just be overexposure to Wi-Fi in your own house—typically not 5G, but “on” at all times—or overuse of a cell phone. Remember, too, that 5G is now coming from space—which explains cases happening in rural areas.
Probably everyone will contract Covid at some point, and that may not be a bad thing. Ilana Nurpi, the Italian physician who wrote the article “Questioning Covid” (Wise Traditions, Summer, 2021)1 believes that our bodies can adjust to a certain amount of microwave radiation—just like we have adjusted to radio waves—possibly by adding new receptors to our cells. This is likely a process that calls on a lot of nutrients and energy—hence the overwhelming fatigue that most people experience when they get Covid.
This doesn’t mean that getting Covid once will protect you against getting it again, but a bout with the illness may provide some resistance in the future.
Dietary Strategies: Raw Milk
During the period of the worst fatigue, there was only one food I wanted to consume: raw milk. I drank about a half-gallon each day and ate nothing else. It’s an excellent choice because raw milk (or raw cultured milk) is not only highly digestible but also our best source of glutathione, Nature’s most powerful detoxifying compound. The milk needs to be raw—heating denatures this important compound.2 Note that there’s no glutathione in cheese because it’s only found in the whey portion of milk.
Raw milk provides protection in a toxic world, so it’s good to drink it every day—but it’s especially important when you’re sick with an illness like Covid. According to a 2020 paper, “The hypothesis that glutathione deficiency is the most plausible explanation for serious manifestation and death in COVID-19 patients was proposed on the basis of an exhaustive literature analysis and observations.”3 Many practitioners are treating Covid with glutathione pills, but these can’t hold a candle to the benefits provided by raw milk.
Gelatinous Bone Broth
We make bone broth in large batches and keep it frozen in the freezer, so it was easy to add bone broth to my diet once I was feeling a little better. Bone broth contains glycine, which helps detoxify and also regulates dopamine levels for an optimistic mood.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil provides vitamins A and D—key fat-soluble vitamins for protection and recovery from disease. The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends only cod liver oil that contains its original natural content of vitamins A and D. (Most cod liver oil manufacturers employ a heat-intensive process called molecular distillation, which destroys the natural vitamins; what you read on the label are synthetic vitamins added back in.) For recommended brands, consult our Shopping Guide or visit our Cod Liver Oil Basics webpage.4
I take cod liver oil every morning, but during the illness, I took a second dose in the afternoon. I could actually feel that black cloud lift after taking it, although in the early days of the illness, that effect was only temporary.
Exposure to any kind of toxin calls on our reserves of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays many roles in the body, one of which is the support of lung function. Vitamin A also supports the production of hormones for the sympathetic nervous system, which seem to be suppressed in Covid.1 Thus, a good source of vitamin A is a must for recovery from Covid, and cod liver oil provides plenty.
It’s important to balance vitamins A and D with vitamin K2. Vitamins A and D tell the cells to make certain proteins, and vitamin K2 activates these proteins after signaling by vitamins A and D. Dr. Weston Price found that giving cod liver oil worked much better if given along with a source of “Activator X,” which we now know to be vitamin K2. That’s why we recommend taking cod liver oil with high-vitamin butter oil or Australian emu oil, both good sources of vitamin K2. One-half teaspoon of either with one teaspoon cod liver oil will provide the nutrients you need to assimilate minerals, make hormones, generate energy in your cells and help you recover from illness, including the illness called Covid. Poultry liver (from chicken, duck, goose or turkey) provides a nice balance of A, D and K2. Once my appetite returned, I enjoyed eating chicken liver paté.
One symptom of severe Covid is “Covid toes”—red, swollen and sometimes itchy toes (and fingers) very similar to “pellagra toes,” caused by a lack of niacin (vitamin B3). The logical conclusion is that Covid uses up niacin, so more is necessary when we are sick. Deficiency of vitamin B1, called beriberi, may also predispose us to Covid-like illness, as a key symptom of B1 deficiency is shortness of breath.5 As with vitamin D (see sidebar), taking one or two B vitamins in isolation can lead to imbalances of the other B vitamins, so the best protection will come with a good B vitamin complex. I routinely take one-half teaspoon B complex, a liquid formulation,6 and although I didn’t have any problems with my toes or fingers, I doubled this amount while recuperating.
Vitamin C supports the healing process. Natural is always best, as synthetic ascorbic acid can deplete copper, among other nutrients. Amla-C, made from the ascorbate-rich fruit of the amalaki plant (commonly known as the Indian gooseberry) is a good choice. There are many brands—look for one that contains only dried amla, pressed into tablets, without other ingredients. The actual vitamin C dosage on the label may seem small, but I have learned from experience that just a few tablets of Amla-C are just as effective as a large dose of synthetic ascorbic acid. I take about six tablets daily and continued this dose during the illness. Another good source of vitamin C is desiccated rose hips.
Another key nutrient for Covid recovery is zinc, as zinc is an important co-factor for vitamin A. Zinc helps reactivate the central nervous system, which is depressed by exposure to 5G and intense Wi-Fi. There are many zinc supplements on the market, but I prefer to get my zinc from food. Best sources are oysters and red meat. If you don’t like oysters, desiccated oyster capsules are a good choice. Red meat in the form of steak tartare (raw hamburger mixed with egg yolks, chopped onions and salt) is a great food for recovery from any illness—especially an illness like Covid-19, which responds well to zinc supplementation in many cases. Oysters and red meat are also good sources of selenium, another nutrient that can be helpful in recovery from Covid.
Saturated fat supports hormone production, kidney function and especially lung function—the lungs cannot work without adequate saturated fat. Most importantly, saturated fats help build strong, robust cell membranes, which provide a hydrophilic surface for the water in our cells, which forms a structured exclusion zone (EZ) against these cell membranes. The EZ has a negative charge and fundamentally acts as a wire to carry electric charge.
Having smooth, robust cell membranes is like having well-insulated wiring throughout our body, providing good resistance to EMF insults like 5G. A diet high in polyunsaturates (also known as industrial seed oils or vegetable oils) will result in cell membranes that are “leaky” and “floppy” and make us more vulnerable to the invisible assaults of electromagnetic frequencies. Saturated fats like butter, lard, tallow and coconut oil should form the basis of any diet, especially a diet for recovery from Covid.
Liver and Egg Yolks
Our best sources of choline—liver and egg yolks—can help counteract the cholinesterase-inhibiting effects of 5G. As soon as the appetite returns, include scrambled eggs or egg yolk smoothies and liver or pȃté in your diet.
It would be foolish to think that once we have had Covid, we are immune from ever getting it again. We might be more resistant but never completely immune. So, it makes sense to take steps to protect ourselves. A nutrient-dense diet plus the supplements listed above constitute a first line defense, of course, but there are other strategies we should all implement.
Eat organic as much as possible, and especially organic grains, to lessen your exposure to glyphosate. More importantly, avoid biodiesel fumes from buses and other public transportation vehicles. As explained by Stephanie Seneff,9 biodiesel fumes contain glyphosate, which can suppress certain lung surfactants and compromise lung function.
Since 5G suppresses the sympathetic nervous system and inhibits cholinesterase,10 it makes sense to avoid pesticides that act as cholinesterase inhibitors. The number-one offender is non-organic citrus fruit and fruit juices (especially commercial orange juice), since citrus is heavily sprayed with cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides. To protect ourselves, we should eat foods containing plenty of choline, such as egg yolks and liver.
In her “Questioning Covid” article, Ilana Nurpi notes that those on inhibitory drugs seem to be most vulnerable to Covid—drugs such as antipsychotics and cholesterol-lowering medications (statins), benzodiazepines, opioids, barbiturates, proton pump inhibitors, ACE inhibitors and other drugs to lower blood pressure.1 These drugs depress the central nervous system, as does microwave radiation; the combination of both makes for a poor outcome. You can come off statins cold turkey, but the other drugs, including blood pressure medications, require a gradual weaning. Inhibitory recreational drugs like marijuana and opium also make users vulnerable to the effects of microwave radiation and other types of EMF.
Above all, make your home environment as free from electromagnetic radiation as possible. That means using a computer rather than a tablet or cell phone. Have the computer wired in, and turn off the router. Your mouse, keyboard and printer should also be wired. An EMF meter held up to your computer should show a green light, indicating that it is safe to use.
Minimize use of cell phones and even cordless phones—use an old-fashioned corded landline—and never put a cell phone or cordless phone up to your ear. Don’t keep a cell phone in your bedroom while you sleep.
Increase your supplements before and after traveling, and do your best to avoid crowds where many people will have cell phones. Until the public learns about the dangers of microwave radiation and takes steps to minimize EMF in theaters, stadiums, airports and other public places, it’s the prudent thing to do.
Dangers of Vitamin D Supplementation
The Weston A. Price Foundation does not recommend vitamin D supplements—only vitamin D from food, such as cod liver oil, egg yolks, animal fats like lard and organ meats, where it is balanced by its co-factors vitamins A and K2. Vitamin D taken on its own can rapidly deplete vitamins A and K2. Taking large doses of vitamin D can also induce severe depletion of magnesium, as magnesium is essential to the metabolism of vitamin D.11 Vitamin D enhances mineral absorption and can lead to hypercalcemia (dangerously high levels of calcium in the blood), and higher levels of vitamin D also have been linked to enhanced absorption of toxic elements such as aluminum, cadmium, cobalt and lead.12 Unfortunately, during the Covid pandemic, many are taking very high doses of vitamin D from supplements, even up to 10,000 IU per day or more.
Symptoms of vitamin D overdose include vomiting, nausea, poor appetite, excessive thirst, excessive urine production, loss of weight, abdominal pain, dehydration, constipation, diarrhea, itchy skin, severe headache, irritability and nervousness. Heart rhythm irregularities, increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure as well as renal failure are also symptoms of vitamin D overdose.
As noted by Chris Masterjohn, kidney stones are another danger of excess vitamin D.13 Lifeguards in Israel14 have twenty times the rate of kidney stones as the general population. According to Masterjohn, “Kidney stones may be the most sensitive indicator of vitamin D toxicity and are a symptom of vitamin A and K2 deficiency.”15
One teaspoon of cod liver oil can supply about 1000 IU vitamin D; that plus vitamin D ingested from other foods, such as egg yolks, lard, seafood and organ meats, is plenty. Vitamin D supplements are unnecessary and can put us at risk.
There’s been a lot in the news about ivermectin, a drug used to treat heartworm in animals and parasite infestations in humans. Since using the drug to treat Covid is strongly opposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many have concluded that it must be okay!
But does it make sense to take a drug to treat parasites for an illness like Covid—which has no relationship with parasitic diseases—and especially a drug that has many side effects? Like hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin seems to interact with cholinesterase,16 but it also depresses the central nervous system.17
The package insert for Stromectol,18 a version of ivermectin, lists a host of negative effects including fatigue, abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, somnolence, vertigo, tremor, rash, hives, leukopenia and anemia. One study described abnormal sensation in the eyes, eyelid edema, anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, limbitis, keratitis, and chorioretinitis or choroiditis—all bad things for the eyes.
Also of concern is a study from Nigeria showing that males treated with ivermectin for onchocerciasis (river blindness, attributed to the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus) displayed significant reduction in sperm counts and sperm motility, with a significant increase in the number of abnormal sperm cells. This took the forms of sperm with two heads or double tails, white (albino) sperm and sperm with extraordinarily large heads.19
It makes sense to avoid ivermectin therapy—not because the CDC opposes it and not because alternative groups endorse it, but because it is a dangerous toxic drug with side effects that outweigh possible benefits for the Covid sufferer.
In addition to the above dietary strategies, I found the following remedies helpful as part of my “Covid Kit.” Items like quinine water, Lugol’s solution, turpentine, Vicks VapoRub and homeopathics are inexpensive and easily available. It makes sense to have these on hand in case Covid strikes!
TINCTURE OF QUININE: We’ve all heard about successful treatment with hydroxychloroquine, but the original, natural remedy is quinine. It turns out that chinchona bark extract (quinine) helps reactivate cholinesterase,7 which is inhibited by 5G. Many natural brands of quinine tincture are available on the Internet. Be careful not to overdo—concentrated quinine in pill form does have side effects. I took two dropperfuls in sparkling water twice daily during the illness and now take my “quinine cocktail” with just one dropperful of tincture once daily for maintenance.
LUGOL’S SOLUTION: Called “the magic bullet for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, in both a curative and preventive way,”8 iodine should be a part of any treatment for Covid-19. The safest way to take iodine is a small patch on the skin—the body will slowly absorb what it needs. I did a small patch every other day.
TURPENTINE: Breathing fumes of turpentine is an old folk remedy for the lungs, and I found that turpentine fumes gave relief to lung pain and made breathing easier. But do be careful, as too much turpentine can also be harmful to the lungs. Bring one quart of water, plus a few whole cloves, to a boil. Remove from heat and add just five drops of turpentine. Put a towel over your head and breathe in the fumes for several minutes.
VICKS VAPORUB: The 1899 Merck Manual listed turpentine as a cure and preferred treatment for a variety of diseases, and many medicinal products contained turpentine—primarily topical ointments for the treatment of rheumatic disorders and muscle pain. A gum derived from turpentine was used in traditional Chinese medicine for toothache. Today, only one medicinal product contains turpentine: Vicks VapoRub. I used this as a back and chest rub and found that it gave significant, although temporary, relief for lung pain.
HOMEOPATHIC ADRENAL: After about three weeks, my energy and sense of smell returned. The lung pain was better but not completely gone—I felt a mild but chronic ache in the middle of my chest. At the suggestion of Dr. Nurpi in Italy, I started to take homeopathic adrenal (Glandula Suprarenalis 6X), ten pellets in the morning and five in the evening. Within two days, the pain was gone, and I could take a deep breath and even walk up a hill without getting winded.
FINGER PULSE METER: An important device to have on hand is a finger pulse oximeter. A recent invention, easy to use and inexpensive, the pulse oximeter fits on a finger and measures both pulse and percentage of dissolved oxygen in the blood. Normal dissolved blood oxygen levels are 95 percent or above. An oxygen level below 88 percent for any length of time can be dangerous. If your oxygen level is below 85 percent, get thee to a practitioner who can give you oxygen, or even (as a last resort) to a hospital. An oxygen level of 80 percent and lower puts your vital organs in danger. What I found interesting is that as my fatigue abated, the levels of dissolved oxygen rose. When I got to 95 percent, I was feeling fine, and now a reading of 97-98 percent is typical. My pulse rate also gradually went down, from over 100 to my normal 72.
- Nurpi I. Questioning Covid. Wise Traditions, Summer 2021;22(2):14-23.
- Masterjohn C. The biochemical magic of raw milk and other raw foods: glutathione. Weston A. Price Foundation, Sep. 11, 2010. https://www.westonaprice.org/the-biochemical-magic-of-raw-milk-and-other-raw-foods-glutathione/
- Polonikov A. Endogenous deficiency of glutathione as the most likely cause of serious manifestations and death in COVID-19 patients. ACS Infect Dis. 2020;6(7):1558-1562.
- Fallon S, Enig MG. Cod liver oil basics and recommendations. Weston A. Price Foundation, Feb. 9, 2009. www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics-and-recommendations/
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- Max B-ND from Premier Research Labs. https://drtomcowan.com/products/max-b-nd
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- Obajuluwa AO, Akinyemi AJ, Afolabi OB, et al. Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic waves alters acetylcholinesterase gene expression, exploratory and motor coordination-linked behaviour in male rats. Toxicol Rep. 2017;4:530-534.
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- Masterjohn C. Is vitamin D safe? Still depends on vitamins A and K! Testimonials and a human study. Weston A. Price Foundation, Dec. 16, 2010. https://www.westonaprice.org/is-vitamin-d-safe-still-depends-on-vitamins-a-and-k-testimonials-and-a-human-study/
- Better OS, Shabtai M, Kedar S, et al. Increased incidence of nephrolithiasis (N) in lifeguards (LG) in Israel. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1980;128:467- 472.
- Masterjohn C. Update on vitamins A and D. Weston A. Price Foundation, June 24, 2010. https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/update-on-vitamins-a-and-d/
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- Stromectol. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/050742s026lbl.pdf
- Idonije OB, Asika EC, Okhiai O, Nweke LN. Effects of ivermectin therapy on the sperm functions of Nigerian onchocerciasis patients. Archives of Applied Science Research. 2011;3(3):533-543. https://www.scholarsresearchlibrary.com/articles/effects-of-ivermectin-therapy-on-the-sperm-functions-of-nigerian-onchocerciasis-patients.pdf
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2021🖨️ Print post