As a Medical Doctor, I know that the SARS-CoV-2 is real.
For the avoidance of any doubt, I have been FULLY vaccinated along with my family and staff. I also strongly believe that the vaccine is our best way out of this pandemic!
Much like smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, mumps and rubella are diseases of the past due to our aggressive global vaccination programs, SARS-CoV-2 can be also among them.
Yes, the vaccine was rushed to production in record time as all the world scientists had one singular focus TO SAVE LIVES (imagine what we can accomplish when we put our collective minds together). Yes, it does not have 10 to 20 years of data to support its safety long term; equally, we can’t afford to have the world put on pause while countless people are dying while we wait 10 to 20 years either. In addition, COVID-19 is not the flu! I have patients who have long term medical complications as a result of have COVID-19, ie a 25-year-old young man who is having a nightmare walking around his house due to his shortness of breath. I have another patient who suffers from brain fog, headaches, chronic fatigue etc, who was otherwise fit and healthy. As for me and with most of you, we have no time for that, we all have things to do and we can not afford to be defeated or delayed by Covid-19! Thus, I had to trust the science, and the young Black female scientist Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett who is credited for inventing the vaccine technology.
Notwithstanding the fact that I feel the vaccine is our long-term solution out of this pandemic, we have to offer our patients something more than a ‘drink water, take a Tylenol, pray that you don’t die or should your survive you don’t suffer any long term complications’ response. This for me as a Holistic medical professional is an unacceptable risk, in these modern times when we have such advanced medicine. We as doctors MUST be able to give our best and offer our clients more.
Sometimes doctors and scientists get beyond themselves and think that as this is a new virus it’s going to require a new medication to fight it. Sometimes we overlook the basics of good medicine.
Simple things we could consider -
Wearing of mask and washing your hands, is the first and most basic of all steps. Vaccinated or not, this for me is a necessary requirement.
The virus enters the body primarily via the nose, so why not use products that block the virus from entering the nose in the first place. This brings me to the Vicks Nasal Spray called “Vicks First Defense”. This nasal spray coats the nasal passages and physically blocks the virus from being able to enter the cells and replicate.
Others may use colloidal silver, to cleanse their eyes and nasal passages. Nothing survives silver!
We often forget that a healthy immune system can fight disease better than any drug known to men! It’s a fact that if we give our bodies what it needs, it will do what it has to do. Thus, boosting the immune system with Vitamin C, D, Zinc, Melatonin, probiotics, and herbs such as elderberry, and echinacea just to name a few, are extremely effective. Equally eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, reducing stress, sugars, and increasing physical movement (exercise) also has beneficial effects.
We also must look at repurposing old drugs to fight this new disease. One of which is Ivermectin. Ivermectin has been around for almost 30 years and has been used to help fight parasites and scabies. There is emerging evidence of 52 trials of which 27 were randomized controlled trials showing that there was 81% improvement in early treatment and 76% improvement in mortality. This drug blocks the virus replication process and helps to speed up the elimination of the virus. This drug is relatively safe, and the results have been shown in clinical trials as well as anecdotally that it decreases hospitalization and mortality.
I have been using it on my patients and most notably my 93-year-old grandmother who was recently diagnosed with COVID pneumonia the most deadly of them all. At her age, she should have died as a result of this disease, yet she lives. Why, was it because the Ivermectin she received in addition to the standard of care, who really knows? She is alive today, while others who are just having the standard of care are finding themselves in the ICU and who are far younger and healthier.
After reading the research and most importantly understanding the side effect profile, I feel Ivermectin is surely worth a try, as there isn’t much else. It’s either do nothing, or try something that has been shown in the above trials to offer some benefit with an extremely safe side effect profile. I would leave you and your physician to decide what’s best for you! For my patients, this is what we have been discussing.
History has shown us the vaccines work; have you seen smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, and rubella? No, because most of us have been vaccinated against them and now they are diseases of the past.
In closing, I invite people to consider the above and consult your own physician and make an informed decision about your health!
Dr. Kyjuan H. Brown
NorthShore Medical Center