Covid Longterm Effects

lingering Covid-19 consequences

The NIH has just received a one- billion-dollar grant to research the long-term Covid consequences or “Covid-resisting lingering illness”  – experienced by 19% of people after falling ill or being infected with either variant of the current virus causing havoc world-wide…

The virus causes damage to the lungs, heart and brain (kidney and liver), which increases the risk of long-term health problems; some people express symptoms from muscle pain, hair-loss, blood clogging, brain-fog, to general lack of energy, sleep disorders and even depression. This is reported in patient with no history of either of the beforementioned dilemmas. Add to it multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) aged 2-15, a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

Always gut-health, if you isolate the foremost culprit of all these indicators!

Most of the long-term after-effects of being exposed to this novel virus are not even clear to current science studies, since developing emergency vaccination and worldwide care response occupies research beyond needed to “discover” what and where all the lingering effects actually originate…

I wish someone would simply reach out to me and inquire why NONE of the people and friends in my care – after exposure and recovery – have neither of these symptoms. I embrace that true to science, we must study what might have been done correctly… Pardon my bragging, but sometimes the solution is just simple, yet ignored!

My first client out from 17 days under ICU intubation last March 2020 (Intubation is a medical procedure that involves inserting a flexible plastic tube down a person’s throat), has physically fully “recovered” after being placed on a super restricted food diet and strenuous exercise and life-style program. I wrote my first findings in April 2020 (blog below), explaining my approach of treating the Covid-19 experience on the human body, as foremost a blood disease. Although the medical community at that time still stuck in evaluating what the virus’ consequences are on the human lung. 

By June I had successfully coached five more people infected with Covid-19 and guided them to full recovery as well. I recommended then to use my Covid-TCM food suggestions as a preventative, since no vaccines had been available.

I outlined a substantial Food for Covid (blog) list of items to consume which is still accurate today – even more important for recovery – to counter underlying conditions that are caused by a virus emboldened by our poor food and lifestyle choices. 

For me, the long-term consequences of Covid damage are no mystery. I might lack the perspective of a virologist and that of certified medical professionals, but as with all infections our exposure to influenza virus, through Traditonal Chinese medicine are long documented.  We treat sick patients by balancing all organs. In TCM theory, influenza disease was classified as “YI Disease” and was first documented 2,200 years ago during the Warring States period (475-221 BC). The Han Dynasty scriptures – second imperial dynasty of China (202 BC – 220 AD)- show early understandings that the Exogenous Febrile Diseasesor Discourse on Cold-Damage Disorders needed to be treated. Later, during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the emergence of “Wen Yi Lun (Analysis of Epidemic Warm Diseases)” revealed that TCM had contributed enormously to the prevention and treatment of influenza for thousands of years. 

These early findings still guide today’s modern medicinal treatments and have shown effectivity in successfully squashing SARS, MERS and now Covid-19′ lingering symptoms. But, it requires to completely abandon bad food behavior that allows Covid variants to manifest or “hide” within our body and activate long-term health interruptions.

I concentrated my original diet plan on adding fresh food items that contained high amounts of berberine (Turmeric, Chilis and Berries) because it has been shown in laboratories that berberine suppressed viral replication in A549 cells in the lungs.  My daily menus were rich on herbs including Fish-Mint (Houttuynia cordata) since studies have shown that it might decrease the concentration of pulmonary proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines and the number of intestinal goblet cells; resulting in upregulation of sIgA and tight junction protein (ZO-1) in the intestine. Besides, these salad greens contain powerful diabetic balancing properties and are used in most modern influenza products sold in South East Asia.

I incorporated triterpenoids rich sources like basil, mint, garlic and birch rind (Chaga) which have inhibitory effects on the replication of influenza. Importantly, it has been confirmed that eating selected roots (sunchokes, radish, lili-root) and fresh brewed broth and home-made kimchi combinations effectively hindered viral attachment and penetration into host cell. Think Kampo!  Foods rich on anthocyanidins asin red onions, sweet potatoes and red cabbageaid by interfering with early viral replication.

I can’t list every detail of my diet choices; and true to TCM, each of us varies in how I  design a personalized “recovery-menu”-  but I’m steadfest in my quest that my vision, my study and choice of foods/cooking methods can help and could set a standard for treatment and prevention or even capable of expelling the Covid virus from your body… 

Why can’t we eat healthy even when in dire need of healing? It’s psychological and we are all addicted to processed foods and sugar!

TCMchef Raphael

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