Coronovirus, explained.

I had to write this article, because there’s massive amounts of mis-information and HYPE / FEAR going on in the case of this virus. It’s driving me nuts. So I’m going to give you the facts and some tips… continued below.

Beware of where you get your information!

DON’T WATCH THE NEWS. The media is unreliable. Stick to CDC and WHO for the most accurate information.

BEWARE of internet click-bait articles, and people who are not doctors telling you their OPINIONS about the outbreak. Know your sources, people!

First of all, the virus is called “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019,” which is abbreviated “COVID-19” per

Let’s start with some basics:

  1.  We don’t know a lot about the virus – new information is being discovered every day.
  2.  There is no vaccine for the virus – Viruses’ replicate FAST and mutate often, which makes vaccines hard to make, and vaccines usually takes months to years of research to develop. (if you don’t know my opinions on the flu vaccine, take a look a few articles back in my blog)
  3.  The most “frequently reported signs and symptoms include fever (83–98%), cough (46%–82%), myalgia [muscle aches} or fatigue (11–44%), and shortness of breath (31%)” (
  4.  Corona virus is an upper respiratory infection, which if not taken care of, can progress to a lower respiratory infection (read more info below on this).
  5.   If you be come ill, your doctor can test for the corona virus to see if you have it – by looking for viral RNA (which is similar to our DNA) in body fluids. Right now the most reliable specimens seem to be upper and lower respiratory fluids; and it’s unknown whether stool, urine, and blood will be present with viral RNA and/or indicate infection.

How is it spread?

We think the virus spreads from close contact with other people (being within 6 feet) or being in contact with their body fluids (sputum, blood, respiratory droplets). BUT we aren’t 100% sure how it’s spread – this is only what’s been postulated based on other coronavirus family viruses that have been issues in the past. SARS and MERS were both viruses that were types of coronaviruses. It’s a common viral family. Postulating the origin is from bats. And the source of the virus was an open-air market in Wuhan, China, which means they think that it was animal-to-virus spread.

The incubation period (period of time the virus is in you without symptoms) is estimated to be about 5 days and could be as long or short as 2-14 days, and this is based on information regarding another virus that the coronavirus is like, which was MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.

Who is at risk?

In short, it’s older individuals, those with co-morbitidies (conditions that help you die faster) and those with already compromised immune systems. In fact, “most reported cases have occurred in adults (median age 59 years).” Common co-morbidities are diabetes, hypertension, lung diseases, and cardiovascular disease. has reported that “there are a limited number of reports that describe the clinical presentation of patients with confirmed COVID-19, and most are limited to hospitalized patients with pneumonia.” So again, we have limited data about who is getting sick and what symptoms they have when they are sick.

What do I do if I feel sick?

  1.  Stay home
  2.  REST
  3.  Wash your hands WITH REAL SOAP and warm water
  4.  Stay in one room of the house so you don’t infect other family members or pets
  5.  Keep pets out of the room
  6.  Sanitize surfaces in your home / car / workplace
  7.  Watch for progression of symptoms

The course of the virus is variable and ranges from mild/moderate to severe/fatal. Right now, the data we have shows that there is a possibility for Corona virus illnesses to turn more severe in the second week of illness, resulting in a lower respiratory infection.

Most mild/moderate cases can be safely rested/taken care of/quarantined at home, but if your symptoms are not improving or remaining stable by the end of week one… example: if by the start of week 2 you feel significantly worse. Go immediately to the doctor. But don’t go anywhere else. Call your doctors office before you go, and tell them that you suspect being sick from the Corona virus. This allows your office to take precautions so the virus isn’t spread other individuals.

Like the flu, or other viral illnesses, there’s no specific treatment for the Corona virus. You have to be sick, rest, and let your body heal and fight off the virus. The key is not letting the infection get worse. If it gets worse, you will need hospital level medical intervention and monitoring. Which is similar to if the flu gets worse.

Many people are going to their doctors asking for “preventative” Z-packs (antibiotic…. and corona virus is a VIRUS, people…), steroids, and more. The CDC recommends NOT using steroids, unless needed for other reasons…. why? Because steroids SUPPRESS your immune system and that will prolong viral replication and increase the duration of illness.

So what’s the best prevention?

  1.  Diet rich in VEGETABLES and some fruit, healthy fats and high quality protein. A diet that is rich in whole foods and not proceeded foods and sugars. Stop eating sugar now.
  2.  Eat lots of garlic and onions; include coconut products into your diet as they are naturally antiviral.
  3.  Washing your hands whenever you get a chance – my favorite thing to do is always wash my hands when I come home from anywhere – it’s the first thing I do when I walk into the house.
  4.  Stay away from sick people.
  5.  Get quality sleep, because without it your immune system suffers.
  6.  Consider supplementing with vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, elderberry syrup, medicinal mushrooms and more. If I am not your doctor, I can’t make recommendations for you.
  7.  If you meet any of the criterial for being “at risk” then avoid crowded areas. But you do not need to seclude yourself in your house. Your risk of getting corona virus (because it’s relative rarity in the US right now) is lower than getting the common flu, which is definitely going around in all parts of the country.

Face masks might help you, probably not. Hand sanitizer might help you, it might not, because it’s also killing off your good bacteria which we want on your skin – so wash with warm water and soap instead. If your immune health is poor, preventative measures will help, but you are at highest risk. If you are elderly or chronically ill, you are the most at risk.

Lastly… the CDC states that “for most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.”

Thank you for reading, and I hope this was educational for you, and helped to squash some fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

If you want more info on immune health – please click here to read my article on how to support your immune system naturally!

SOURCE – Most/all of this information can be found on – I just helped synthesize and explain it for you.


I like taurine because it has amazing affects in the body, but it’s incredibly under-rated.

Taurine is an amino acid-like compound that is made in your body from cysteine, (most commonly known as the sulfur containing amino acid that helps to make glutathione), that’s very very important for heart, muscle, brain, and eye health. I’m mostly going to talk about heart and brain health in this post.

If you want to keep your heart healthy, have a history of head trauma and/or concussions and haven’t been the same since, are experiencing some anxiety OR are concerned about the health of your nervous system — this nutrient is for you!

Let’s get a little nerdy.

Why taurine is important for the heart:

  • Stimulates the mitochondria in heart tissue, so that the heart can create energy better!
  • Reduces arrhythmias like PACs (premature atrial contractions) and PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) because it acts as an antioxidant and decreases lipid peroxidation, which are two things that contribute to heart damage from heart attacks and heart failure.

The heart isn’t the only place where taurine is a superstar – it’s super important for your nervous system too – because high levels of taurine in your nervous system helps to balance excitation and inhibition of neurons. Ideally you want a nice balance between neurons acting excited and neurons acting calm or becoming inhibited. Because of the role of taurine in protecting the nervous system, it is hugely useful for keeping the brain healthy.

Why taurine is important for your brain:

  • Taurine can even help repair damaged synapses – something that happens in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It crosses the blood brain barrier and exerts antioxidant functions in the brain tissue.
  • Taurine helps keep your brain calm because it:
    • helps prevent age-related loss of GABA receptors, and
    • counteracts the excitation caused by glutamate.
    • GABA is a inhibitory neurotransmitter that calms down neuro-excitation. Taurine also plays a role in forming the dopamine receptors in your brain. And you want to have appropriate dopamine levels – dopamine is what makes us feel good and seek pleasure!

Just like having leaky gut – you can also have leaky brain.

When your brain is inflamed, the excitatory amino acid glutamate tends to leak out of cells. This creates a very excitatory environment. When neurons are overly excited, they become damaged. Taurine helps to reduce brain inflammation— it forms an anti-inflammatory compound in the brain which inhibits nitric oxide and TNF-alpha, and having too much of both of those compounds is very inflammatory!

Overall, taurine is an extraordinary brain protector. Another mechanism WHY taurine is so awesome, is because it helps decrease microglial activation, which can happen after head injuries or other insults. Microglial activation is very inflammatory in the brain because, when activated, they release a variety of destructive compounds like various cytokines, prostaglandins and excitotoxins. Brain cells are very sensitive, and taurine helps to protect them against injury by making sure the nervous system does not get too excited.

Interestingly, taurine supplementation has been show to improve insulin sensitivity within tissues, and also positively affects the glucose transport in the brain – so your brain can get it’s fuel (glucose!) more effectively!

I use injectable taurine with my patients, because it can have direct action on the blood brain barrier with this route of administration, and we can by-pass absorption and/or breakdown in the gut.

Herbal Liver-love Salad

The ingredients in this chopped salad are great for supporting healthy liver function, blood flow, healthy blood vessels, increase minerals. This salad is nutrient DENSE.


Herbal Liver-love Salad

1 package organic cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 small red onion, diced (use less if you are not an onion fan)
1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
1 bunch flat italian parsley, roughly chopped
2 TBSP olive oil
pinch salt
pinch pepper
few dashes of hot sauce, I like Franks
juice of one small lemon


Prep all ingredients above, and combine in a large boxl. Stir until combined. Serve cold. Store in airtight container in the fridge. Eat within 3 days. Use this salad to top roasted white fish, to top salad greens, or as a side for burgers. You can also add diced cucumbers or beans to the salad, if desired. The addition of cucumbers decreases how long the salad will last in the fridge.

Do not make this salad if you are pregnant – parsley has few powerful compounds that are not good for baby. Eating parsley while pregnant is not contraindicated entirely, but large servings of fresh herb like this, I do not recommend.

Broccoli Crunch Salad

broccoli crunch

Broccoli Crunch Salad
makes several servings


4 large heads of organic broccoli, cut into single florets which are bite-sized
3/4 cup  organic salted roasted whole cashews
3/4 cup  organic flame raisins
1 package organic nitrate-free bacon, cooked + chopped
1/3rd red onion, sliced
1/2 cup high quality mayonaise
1 TBSP honey
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp black pepper


1) Lightly steam broccoli.
2) Whisk dressing together in a large bowl.
3) Add all ingredients into bowl and toss together.
4) Chill and serve.
5) Eat within 7 days.


Should I get the Flu Shot?

I’m giving this to you straight, because I know you guys just want the nitty gritty details, and I am not one to sugar-coat.

1) BOTTOM LINE: You don’t need the flu shot.  I get this question all the time, and the answer is no. I cannot think of any time that this vaccine in particular would be protective. Vaccines are tools, and this tool doesn’t work. I do recommend getting other vaccines, but that we can talk about another time.

2) The flu shot contains toxins ( thimerosol, allergens, preservatives, MSG! )

Here are just some versions of the flu shot you can recieve:



Influenza (Afluria) Trivalent & Quadrivalent sodium chloride, monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, ovalbumin, sucrose, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, beta-propiolactone, thimerosal (multi-dose vials)
Influenza (Fluad) squalene, polysorbate 80, sorbitan trioleate, sodium citrate dehydrate, citric acid monohydrate, neomycin, kanamycin, barium, egg proteins, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), formaldehyde
Influenza (Fluarix) Trivalent & Quadrivalent octoxynol-10 (TRITON X-100), α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, sodium phosphate-buffered isotonic sodium chloride
Influenza (Flublok) Trivalent & Quadrivalent sodium chloride, monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, polysorbate 20 (Tween 20), baculovirus and Spodoptera frugiperda cell proteins, baculovirus and cellular DNA, Triton X-100, lipids, vitamins, amino acids, mineral salts
Influenza (Flucelvax) Trivalent & Quadrivalent Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein, protein other than HA, MDCK cell DNA, polysorbate 80, cetyltrimethlyammonium bromide, and β-propiolactone
Influenza (Flulaval) Trivalent & Quadrivalent ovalbumin, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, thimerosal (multi-dose vials)
Influenza (Fluvirin) ovalbumin, polymyxin, neomycin, betapropiolactone, nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal
Influenza (Fluzone) Quadrivalent formaldehyde, egg protein, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate- buffered isotonic sodium chloride solution, thimerosal (multi-dose vials), sucrose

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention June 2018 Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 13th Edition

Influenza (Fluzone) High Dose egg protein, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate-buffered isotonic sodium chloride solution, formaldehyde, sucrose
Influenza (Fluzone) Intradermal formaldehyde, egg protein, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate- buffered isotonic sodium chloride solution, sucrose
Influenza (FluMist) Quadrivalent monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, ovalbumin, gentamicin sulfate, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)

In bold are some highlighted toxins that have been established by research to be deliterious to the brain, nervous system and also carcinogenic. I didn’t even choose to go in-depth into the other toxins in the vaccines that I’ve never heard about.

3) The flu shot does not protect you from the flu – this year (depending on your source) the vaccine looks to be about 10% effective. Vaccines are made several months before actual flu season, so each vaccine is based on last years strain. Strains change – it’s called antigenic drift – and we have no idea how much the flu is going to mutate each year. Scientists usually anticipate there is “mild” antigenic change, but the virus usually has different ideas.

4) The flu shot CAN give you the flu – I’ve heard many stories of patients become very ill after receiving the vaccine.

5) You, or your child, CAN have an adverse vaccine reaction, and that can involve mild reactions and illness, all the way up to nervous system disorders and death! This is not talked about, but it happens. I find that mainstream media suppresses this information, and often does not attribute medical issues after vaccines to being actually caused by the vaccine.

6) You can support your immune system hundreds of better ways than doing the flu shot – read about how you can support your immune system naturally!


Take care of yourself,

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