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

 

Whereas:

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

 

AS MENTIONED AT OTHER BLOG POSTS DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME BY YOURSELF

 

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.

Friday, December 17, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXVIII
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 17, 2021 update Part 28
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the last phase of the COVID-2019 Pandemic:

Here Comes the Wave

 

Hello and welcome. Here's another short piece to answer all the emails and phone calls from colleagues and patients. The news is scary right now. We are seeing a huge wave of ill patients, as we enter the last super pathological morphological stage of this pandemic, which will allow us to leave the pandemic behind. As mentioned before, I think we are over the pandemic by April, though originally, I thought May. I thought I should contextualize our current situation as things are becoming confusing! I want to highlight that the below is mostly about the Omicron variant, but that is not the case all over the world yet. I will discuss this more in the next post.

 

Transmission Change

One of the points I make in epidemics, here and about the Ebolavirus, is an understanding of transmission modes. Is the virus airborne or non airborne? Is it spread by contact or non contact? And from the start, what we see with this virus is that it is mostly not airborne, though there are some situations that can make it airborne. You can read about this topic here

 

What I have noticed is that with every mutation that stabilizes, here focusing on Omicron, the rate of ease of airborne transmission has increased. In other words, the 2 meters distance is going to matter less, as the virus will pass in non-contact form. I think this will be acknowledged within a month, as the rates of infection could only be explained by airborne transmission (as well as an easing of public health restrictions.) A prediction I think that will also come to be. 

 

In other words, as we have spoken about in our classes, it becomes highly likely that you or your loved ones are going to be exposed to the virus, during this entry to the last phase of the pandemic. By January this will mostly be the case. There are things you can do to mitigate this, mentioned below. Thus far, we are only talking about transmission and likelihood of infection.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXVII
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:

 

November 28, 2021 update Part 27
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the last phase of the COVID-2019 Pandemic:

A short piece

 

Hello and welcome. Here’s a short piece to answer all the emails and phone calls from colleagues and patients. The news is scary right now. As you are aware, a new more prominent variant, named Omicron was found, and has dozens of mutations. It seems to outcompete the Delta virus which has been the current dominant mutated variant. The news is daunting since countries are beginning to shut down from the news. WHO issued dire warnings and travels bans are in place. And added to this is the sad coincidence that there are numerous regions in the world with increased incidence of Delta COVID. In some places these are the worst outbreaks of the virus since the pandemic began. 

 

Let me start by saying, again, and perhaps sounding oddly, and pretty much opposite to what we are hearing today, that the pandemic will be over by sometime in April. Again, as written elsewhere, this does not mean that the virus is gone, it is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. Simply, the pandemic will be called off, and switched to more confined outbreaks, depending on local conditions. I know this flies in the face of everything you are hearing right now. We discussed most of this from the start. And I will describe it more fully when describing the fifth and final phase of the pandemic which we are almost entering (and I know how odd that sentence must sound, in the face of the news). A brief recap:

Monday, September 27, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXVI
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:

 

September 27, 2021 update Part 26
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 5 of 5)
A Recap

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stages of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are: 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. 
A piece on effective natural therapies
4. A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the last piece, a short recap.

As I write this, I think about last night, when Amy and I and some friends were making homemade pizza, outside on the deck, when one of them said that she felt so sad that her friend’s brother, in his early 60’s, suddenly, unexpectedly, was in the ICU, on a machine, unconscious, fighting for his life with this infection. At the same time, I thought about all the anxiety that exists, still, and the weariness, confusion, anger, and pretty much any difficult emotion you can think of. So, perhaps to cheer you up, or rather to shed some light on what the future holds, I wanted to start with a statement that I have been telling my patients. And even though it sometimes raises eyebrows, please hear me out here. I would like to describe a sort of framework for your consideration, that I think will help explain the news as it unfolds over the next months. 

 

The pandemic will be over sometime between middle December to early May! I say this with some confidence, so let me explain why. As we recognized from the start, this germ is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. This concept has not changed. But how do we go from where we are now to a more normal life when the pandemic designation will come to an end. I would like to describe how this is going to occur and what to expect. During this time frame, at some point we as a species will decide that the pandemic is over. Yes, there will be different justifications, here or there, but basically we are going to call it over. This means the mandates, rules, restrictions, as a species, will stop. This has to do with the numbers vaccinated, and the numbers who survived the infection and developed natural immunity. The more vaccinated, the closer we are to the December date. If we stop vaccinations completely, the date gets pushed to May. But basically, enough people will have enough immunity to the bug, in whatever mutation arrived at, we are going to stop calling this a pandemic. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19): Part XXV
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:

 

September 10-20, 2021 update Part 25
Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Herscu Laboratory 

 

Entering the third phase of this pandemic (Part 4 of 5)
A piece on drug therapies

 

Hello and welcome. It has been a while since I have written. We have just now arrived at the third phase, of my understanding of the 5 phase stages of this pandemic. I imagine many of you are feeling frightened, angry and frustrated, as well as simply confused. Things have not gone as well as they should have, as we are experiencing the next increase of incidence in the USA. The question is how to proceed from where we are. I am bombarded by questions from family, friends, patients and students. I would like to discuss several major aspects to help the general discourse. This is a difficult task as at this time as there are two paths, one for those who have been vaccinated and one for those who have not been vaccinated. As a result, I would like to break down the writing into 5 separate posts. They are:

 

1. A piece for those who have been vaccinated
2. A piece for those who have not been vaccinated
3. 
A piece on effective natural therapies
4.
A piece on other pharmaceuticals
5. A short recap

 

Herein, I begin with the fourth piece, a piece on pharmaceutical therapies:

As I start discussing this topic, I reflect that I am about to attend a funeral in a few hours, which will have many people in attendance. And tomorrow, a wedding with 8 people present. How completely opposite these two events are in my mind. As I think about it, if one is lucky they get to have a very long, productive, useful, joyous life. And by the time they pass, most of the people they know may have already passed. And so, the funerals are lightly attended. We know this, and expect this. But when a younger person passes, the funeral tends to be more heavily attended, as family, friends and colleagues are still around. 

 

And then there are the weddings. Where in the best of all worlds, it is the community that comes to celebrate that union. It does not really matter to me what the actual celebration is, but that there is  community, and it comes together to celebrate the future. Here, we expect many. So, you can see my reflection, of how completely opposite these events are, where people die all too young. And others celebrate great joys, but with only a few in attendance. It should not be this way. More on this period of time in the next post. For now, let’s begin.