Sunday, April 17, 2022

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXXI
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:


April 17, 2022 update Part 31
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 


The last phase of the COVID-2019 Pandemic:

The End of Science


Hello and welcome. This piece concludes any new discussions on Covid-19 pandemic, and follows update #30 from the end of December 2021, as well as the notice to public health officials on the last day of 2021, posted earlier.


First A Prelude Note:

For the people who do not think that this virus exists, or the people who think this virus exists but is harmless, or the people who do not think this virus was widespread, this blog is really not geared for you.


I have not written formally on this blog for 4 months because, oddly, or predictably, nothing new has occurred in regards to COVID-19. I know it sounded very odd when in the Fall of 2021 I mentioned that, while the virus remains, the pandemic will end by and large by May, then shortened it to April, and that most if not all large scale restrictions will end, and that only local ones will be in place. I know it sounded odd to folks since friends, colleagues, and strangers were mad at me for saying such foolishness. But in fact, it happened just as we described. Separately, we described the high likelihood that the Omicron variant would cause tremendous havoc in healthcare and society, yet have a fraction of the mortality, and that wound up being also how it played out. At the time we offered along with that prediction a way to prevent the clogging of the health care system but it was not widely implemented and thus we had the winter we had. If you go back to the news at the time in September, October, November, December you will see that there is nothing new from what we described would be the situation now, in April, 2022. So, I did not have a need to write. As the pandemic is now for all intents and purposes over, it is replaced by local, regional, and in some areas national epidemics and outbreaks. We talked about this before. (Think about how you live your life now as compared to October. A big change. Yes. But not unpredicted.) So, with that, this is going to be the last planned update on the pandemic, with Update #32 being a sort of time capsule for the future. And then I can rest.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

2022 Radiation Issues:

March 1, 2022 Part 3

Paul Herscu ND, MPH

Herscu Laboratory

What follows is a description of radiation that I wrote in 2012, related to one exposure, one event, but the issues are universal, so worthwhile reading.  


Electromagnetic Radiation - update #2

Harley-Davidson Makes One Solid Bike
May 2012

(For Part One from a year ago, please click here)

Paul Herscu, ND, MPH

Sometimes, the topic at hand is so serious that it is hard for me not to interject a little humor in the title, in order to break the tension. The effects of radiation is one such topic. Radiation, as a threat fits into that part of our psyche that also inhabits ghosts, goblins, and the supernatural. As highlighted previously, the main reason this topic is in a different category than, say, tornadoes or bears is that we do not have the sense organs to tell when radiation is around. It is invisible, tasteless, odorless, and makes no sound. The topic has a sort of ‘creepiness’ to it, making it uncomfortable to consider in a logical manner. This leads us to panic when the news is worrisome, and just as soon as the news is over, to bury the topic in our memory and agree to not think about it again, and carry on as if nothing was ever wrong. We psychically put the panic away, as it is too overwhelming to face to a daily basis.


2022 Radiation Issues:

March 1, 2022 Part 2

Paul Herscu ND, MPH

Herscu Laboratory

What follows is a description of radiation that I wrote in 2011, related to one exposure, one event, but the issues are universal, so worthwhile reading.

Topic: Radiation Issues from Japanese Tsunami Aftermath (2011/2012)

In light of occurrences in Japan 2011, we have received numerous questions on the topic of radiation.  Please find a primer on radiation in general in Update #1.  As information becomes available, Dr. Herscu will update recommendations through this format.  Please share this information with anyone that might be interested.

Electromagnetic Radiation - update #1

by Paul Herscu, ND MPH
April 5, 2011

In light of recent occurrences in Japan, we have received numerous questions on the topic of radiation. What seems in order is a quick primer on radiation in general.

This particular writing is designed to provide more complete information to those wanting to understand where the Japanese nuclear emergency fits into the larger topic of radiation. The first part represents a condensed overview describing radiation, both non-ionizing and ionizing. The second part begins the discussion on the Japan power plant crisis of 2011, first describing what happened, but more importantly, placing it in context.


2022 Radiation Issues:

March 1, 2022 Part 1

Paul Herscu ND, MPH

Herscu Laboratory

Hello and welcome.


Let me say that I hate to even bring this topic up. I really do.


It has been several months since the last time I wrote here. For me there has not been any real new news on the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, for the past three months. I know it sounded odd when described in the fall of 2021, but I think it is starting to be agreed by everyone at this point that the pandemic mandates will mostly cease to exist by April at the latest. I know, it seemed odd for me to say this almost half a year ago, but there you go. I am not writing about this virus here, now. I will do that soon.


This update is a short one, just related to the war in Europe just now. And just as a prudent cautionary suggestion. In my sleepless nights, and nightmare scenarios, as I am pacing the floor praying for some peace, I think about what are worst case scenarios, (as if war is not enough.) I do not think this will happen. But human error…Here I think about human errors and a simple mistake that escalates war to the use to radioactive munitions. Without any one actually planning it, human error could lead to some radiation escape. And while radiation escape from a bomb releases several elements and isotopes, much we could not do anything about, there is one that we could, that of iodine. In a very short description, when an explosion occurs, it releases amongst other things iodine that is radioactive. Our bodies need iodine, and we take it up readily. The radioactive iodine then travels to the thyroid causing problems, as in thyroid cancers. However, if your body was sort of full of iodine, then the receptor site is ‘taken up’ and the radioactive iodine is not taken by the thyroid. In other words, taking nonradioactive iodine into the body protects you from taking radioactive iodine into the body. It does nothing for the other radiation, but does protect against the iodine portion of it.

Thursday, December 30, 2021


Statement Urging Public Health Officials to Include Integrative Medicine Recommendations Related to COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation

Paul Anderson ND & Paul Herscu ND, MPH


December 30, 2021



1.     The Omicron variant transmission rate is very high, most likely due to increased airborne transmission, and

2.     The Omicron variant is a generally milder variant, and

3.     Given the fact that public health leadership, while not highlighting these points, is de facto allowing this form of transmission to occur, to allow natural immunity to arise with illness, in addition to vaccination, and

4.     Given that a large proportion of the population is going to be exposed to the virus in the next two months, whether vaccinated or not,


In addition to all current recommendations, it makes good sense for public health officials and government agencies to augment strategies shared with the public in order to potentially modify risk, should a person be exposed or fall ill with COVID-19. Though many cases are mild, many people will still fall gravely ill. Offering additional proactive steps to take to potentially help mitigate symptoms may help reduce the illness burden on both individuals and the health care system.


We urge the government to add additional strategies, including several therapies for which there is a great deal of evidence of efficacy for other viral infections, and some evidence of efficacy for the current COVID-19 infection. These include: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Quercetin, and Probiotics.

Sunday, December 26, 2021


2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXX
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:


December 26, 2021 update Part 30
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 


Entering the last phase of the COVID-2019 Pandemic:

The End of Numbers




Hello and welcome. This short piece answers many of the emails and phone calls from colleagues and patients. I want to focus strictly on what we need to know related to Omicron and the evolution of the pandemic. In my previous post, you can read about the changes related to homeopathic care.


Before I start, while I receive some comments that are full of vitriol, I receive many more comments that are extremely heartfelt and full of thanks. Many of them also ask where they might donate money to help us in our work. Wherever you live, there is a soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter, or a place for people escaping violence/sex work/human slavery, or a community mental health clinic. All our communities have these places. Donate there. And count yourself, as I do, as lucky. Thank you for your generosity in this area.


Omicron Variant

By way of introduction, on Christmas day, Amy and I are sitting at a church during Mass. We are Jewish, but we like to attend other religious ceremonies, and invite others to ours. The idea is the more we interact with each other, the more we understand each other, the less strife there might be in the world. On this particular day, on the drive there, we are in a heated discussion. I want to write something in this post but Amy thinks I should not. I want to argue for a shortening of isolation/quarantine in some individuals in some professions who have tested positive for COVID-19. There are two reasons. The primary one is that, as mentioned before, we are expecting a huge deluge of people contracting the virus, and testing positive. This will cause huge disruptions in society. My point is that if properly dressed and protected, for health care workers/airline staff/food handlers, the restrictions should be shortened, perhaps to 6 days. This is because the deluge of people testing positive will stifle the entire economy and social fabric. The second reason has to do with the fact that Omicron seems to have an earlier transmission than prior variants but that is another issue for another time. Amy says, do you have any data to support the need to change this public health recommendation. I say no, but nevertheless this is what has to happen. So, we debate the topic for a while, now we’re in the middle of mass. When we get home, we find that the CDC came to this conclusion, shortening isolation to 7 days for essential health care workers. Things are moving fast here. Public health recommendations are shifting as fast as we can keep track. With that in mind, I wanted to describe further thoughts related to Omicron which I also shared back on December 5th, 2021 with our current NESH 2 Year Course students.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021


2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXIX
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV (first named); COVID-2019 (later named disease); SARS-CoV-2 (final name of the virus causing COVID-2019), COVID-2019 Pandemic:


December 22, 2021 update Part 29
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 


Entering the last phase of the COVID-2019 Pandemic:

It Has Begun


Hello and welcome. Here’s another short piece to answer all the emails and phone calls from colleagues and patients. This one is primarily from the perspective of classical homeopathy and summarizes the in-depth presentation I made on December 5th 2021 to our current NESH 2 Year Course students. I discussed the most likely pathway for this pandemic to take and the changes in homeopathic presentations that are occurring. You may have already seen some of the videos of this over the past three weeks.


Change is Expected

Aside from the unfortunate, odd social media misinformation which purports that the Delta variant is not dangerous, that there are no emergencies, that there are no increased hospitalizations or deaths, and that the pandemic is blown out of proportion, my personal experience of treating more pneumonia and more ICU patients this past 18 months than in all my years put together, speaks to the opposite reality. There is other extensive evidence that proves this point. The main point I want to highlight is that the Delta variant of the SARS-Cov-2 virus still carries with it a high level of mortality and morbidity. As an example, when I gave this talk on December 5th 2021, the German medical system was crumbling, and our medical colleagues were so overwhelmed, that one of the German medical doctors taking the NESH class was seeing COVID patients every 3 minutes for days on end. A really horrific situation. Another colleague just survived COVID double pneumonia, and still trying to recover. That was with the Delta variant.


With that in mind...


If the Omicron variant is truly more transmissible than Delta, then this could be a very good thing for us. VERY GOOD THING FOR US!!! Let me explain.