COVID19- Knowledge Not Fear- Optimistic Honest- Vit. D

I decided to share Braden's presentation on my blog because he did such a great job explaining COVID19 without instilling fear. He presented facts with optimism, but yet, honestly.

I accidentally found a video about COVID19 by Gregg Braden, a scientist for about 35 years. He explains COVID19 (Strain of Corona, Virus, Disease discovered in 2019) in easy-to-understand and organized terms. 

COVID19 – Optimistic but yet Honest

Gregg Braden

I decided to share Braden’s presentation on my blog because he did such a great job explaining COVID19 without instilling fear. He presented facts with optimism, but yet, honestly.

Are you searching to understand true facts about what is happening in the world? Would you like to learn knowledge about the coronavirus that will help you to understand what to expect in the future? If so, you will want to watch Braden’s video.

In his video, he explains:

  • what COVID19 virus is (it is not a flu virus)
  • what this virus does in and outside of the physical body
  • shares the current mortality rate (this continues to change)  – flu virus mortality rate is 0.1% compared to (as of 3/19/2020) COVID-19 is 3.4% (this number changes daily)
  • symptoms
  • what we can do to protect ourselves – He is not a medical professional so he doesn’t give any medical advice
  • what to expect

“Truth and Fiction Coronavirus” COVID19 Video by Gregg Braden

This video is a little longer than I usually watch, but given the negative atmosphere of our world, it is well worth your time especially if it helps give you peace of mind as it did me. I don’t think Braden could adequately cover things that needed to be addressed about COVID19 in a shorter video.

Vitamin D3 – Will it help fight COVID19

My daughter mentioned that her health care professional told her to take vitamin D3 because it fights viruses and infections. This perked my curiosity so I did a bit of research to learn more about this vitamin.

Vitamin D

Here are some interesting things I learned about vitamin D…

  • Sinus mucosa can activate and then use vitamin D.
  • Production of cathelicidin (only antimicrobial protein humans make that kills viruses, bacteria, and fungi) is upregulated by vitamin D.
  • The preferred level of vitamin D is 40-60 nanograms per ml. Endocrinologists have learned this is the optimum level to keep the parathyroid functioning optimally.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is a global problem. 36% of the population of the United States is vitamin D deficient. Even in sunny areas like Florida, testing indicates a 39% deficiency. Northern countries like Mongolia have a high rate of vitamin D deficiency. In fact, 98% of the population in Mongolia is deficient.

Hydroxyvitamin D Total Test

If you are interested in finding out your level of vitamin D, ask your physician to give you the 25 hydroxyvitamin D TOTAL blood test. My level was alert low at 15 ng/ml.

The following have been associated with Vitamin D deficiency:
  • Periodontal disease
  • Ear infections
  • Nasal polyps
  • Respiratory infections
  • Sleep apnea
  • Large tonsil and adenoids
  • Head and neck cancer
Reliable studies report the following:

Newborns are 6 times more likely to get RSV when the vitamin D level is less than 20 ng/ml.

More die from influenza in the winter months when vitamin D levels are lower than summer months when people get more sunshine and have higher levels of vitamin D.

Those with higher levels of vitamin D get fewer incidences of influenza and upper respiratory infections.

Supplementation recommendation

COVID19 - I actually take 10,000 IU/day because my vitamin D levels are low, and at age 60, absorption often slows down.

Daily/weekly supplementation of Vitamin D3 is recommended for those with less than 20ng/ml. The daily recommendation of vitamin D3 varies somewhere between 800 IU/day and 4,000 IU/day depending on where you live.

I actually take 10,000 IU/day because my vitamin D levels are low, and at age 60, absorption is often sluggish. I like the NOW brand.

There are limited food sources containing vitamin D…

  • Milk and other related products are fortified with vitamin D.
  • Cod liver oil and other fatty fish are also a good source of vitamin D.

The best source of vitamin D is sensible sun exposure. Studies indicate those who spend more time outside in the sun have adequate and higher levels of vitamin D.

Some of those at risk for vitamin D deficiency…

  • African Americans
  • Obese 30 or more BMI
  • Elderly
  • Those with cystic fibrosis
  • Those who live in northern latitudes

For your reference, the information shared about vitamin D was shared in this video by Dr. Ryan Rehl, M.D.

Conclusion – COVID19

After learning the above information about vitamin D, it is my opinion, it is wise to supplement vitamin D3 for those with levels lower than 20 ng/ml to increase the odds of fighting infections and viruses such as COVID19.

Top Featured Photo by Jacalyn Beales 

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