Newly updated May 30, 2020, and now in Version 4.1.
Protecting ourselves, our families, our friends, and our community from the coronavirus is what is on all of our minds right now. And the most important way to do that is to follow public health recommendations on hygiene and social distancing.
However, many of us, including myself, want further protection. With a virus that could survive days on surfaces, there's no amount of hygiene or social distancing that can offer 100% protection against exposure to the virus.
How should we go about selecting foods, nutritional supplements, or herbal remedies to support our immune system and protect against infection?
One might think the best way is to just do what we usually do for colds and flu. After all, they're also viruses, they also spread through coughing, they spread through communities in waves, they also cause respiratory infections, and they also get beaten back by our immune system.
After spending one or two hundred hours researching this virus, however, my coronavirus protocol only overlaps with my standard cold season protocol by about 50%. We can't just "support the immune system" and we can't just copy and paste what we do for colds and flu.
Now, please keep in mind that no one, including me, knows exactly what will work for prevention. This virus just emerged out of nowhere, so there are no randomized controlled trials testing foods or supplements as prevention or treatment strategies.
However, we all need to eat. Many of us will wind up taking the supplements we think will work, one way or another.
I'm not trying to get you to buy a bag of supplements. I just want to bring the science to the table for people who are trying to do their best with decisions about foods and supplements.
None of this is made to replace the public health recommendations on hygiene and social distancing. These are the critical first line defense.
What I'm offering here is my science-grounded best guesses for what foods, nutrients, and herbal remedies offer the best second-line defense to layer on top of hygiene and social distancing.
Since there are no clinical trials testing nutritional or herbal prevention, I'm using my expertise in nutrition science and research, and my understanding of the biology underlying how the virus infects our cells and causes disease, to make logical decisions about how to approach the issue.
The Food and Supplement Guide for the Coronavirus is 52 pages long and has 134 references to the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Page 1 offers a brief introduction.
Pages 2-5 are a protocol that you can immediately put into action now.
Pages 6-19 offer an explanation for why I selected each component of the protocol, and how to implement the protocol, explained very simply.
Pages 20-36 offer an explanation for those of you with a science background. You only need this part if you're skeptical or scientifically curious enough to get into all the nitty gritty details.
Page 37 offers a concluding note.
Pages 38-52 are the references.
The guide costs $9.99. That's just a tiny slice of the money this might save you just by avoiding a pricey supplement that probably doesn't work.
Many people have asked why I am charging for this instead of giving it away for free, given that this is a time of crisis and people are in need.
Unfortunately, I have not been immune to the effects this virus has had on the economy. My revenue from my other offerings started falling in February, and by mid-March I had days where my revenue was zero. I have three people who work for me full-time, and I am doing everything I can to avoid laying any of them off. By mid-March I had depleted 75% of my emergency fund in order to avoid any layoffs, and without charging for this guide I would not have been able to hold out much longer.
Charging for this guide has allowed me to keep everyone working, replete some of my savings, and devote myself to researching COVID-19 full-time. As a result I now publish a daily COVID-19 Research Updates newsletter, am involved in the design of several clinical trials that are in the process of being submitted for registration now, and am able to continually update this guide for free whenever my research warrants it.
By purchasing this guide, you are enabling me to continue devoting my skills to the most important issue we now face. I am genuinely grateful for your contribution.
When you buy it, you will get free updates the research continues to emerge. The guide is currently in version 4.1 and was last updated on May 30, 2020.
By the way, you can also get the report for free if you pre-order a copy of my Vitamins and Minerals 101 book, in which case you'll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can discuss the report with me. But if you don't want to pre-order the book, you can order it here:
The format of the report is a downloadable PDF. As soon as you complete your order, you will also receive an email with your download.