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Wheel of Health Immune Basics

Each piece contributes to health.

How many pieces are strong in your life?

   Strengthen HealthWeaken Health
ExerciseExercise 5-6 x per week, at least 30 minutes. Find activities that you like to do. Exercise to the level you are not exhausted immediately or hours after your activity.Sit all day without breaks.
SleepGo to bed at the same time nightly. Obtain 8 hours sleep/night
Strategies if sleep disturbance occurs.
Go to bed after midnight. Use electronics and screens in the bedroom.
DietEat colors of the rainbow in fruits/vegetables daily. Eat organic foods.   Drink clean, filtered water. Choose immune supportive foods. Identify and avoid food sensitivities.Fast foods food, processed foods. Colors, additives, preservatives. Partially hydrogenated oils. Sugary foods. Drink pop/cola, sugary drinks.
Social InteractionsSpend time with friends and loved ones.Continue toxic relationships. Isolate oneself.
Relaxation/SpiritFind quiet time daily such as with prayer, meditation, yoga, tai chi, etc. Mindful Breathing.   Find ways to minimize stress. [i]Fill the day with screens and external, busy, and loud influences.
DetoxificationReduce toxins in your homeAvoid Fragrance and other personal care toxins.. Make your home a healthy sanctuary. Avoid EMF exposure. Consider HEPA air filtration. Avoid pesticides inside and outside home. Consider a guided detoxification program.  Choose synthetic fragrance in personal care products, candle. Apply insecticides and herbicides in and around the home.    Wi-Fi in the home.
SupplementationChoose quality supplements. Choose targeted immune support supplements. Handout:  Staying Healthy during the Cold and Flu Season and Wet Sock technique.Caffeinated products.

[i] Morey, J et al. Curr Opin Psychol. 2015 Oct 1; 5: 13–17. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.03.007

Avoiding Covid: Strategies to Reduce Exposure to the SARS CoV2 (Covid-19) virus and variants.

Avoiding Covid means reducing physical exposure to the virus.   Other articles explore the Immune Strengthening Strategies to reduce getting sick once exposed to the virus.

3 main strategies have been shown to help reduce Covid exposure.

Avoiding Exposure to the virus.  Avoid crowds and unmasked individuals. Creating pods of friends who maintain good virus avoiding strategies.

Block the virus from getting into your sinuses and lungs. This includes a physical barrier over the ports of entry. A mask covering your nose (port of entry into your sinuses) and mouth (port of entry into your lungs) can greatly reduce virus particles from entering your body.  N95 masks or equivalent type of masks are significantly helpful to reduce viral exposure.

Cleaning the Air that may contain virus particles. A HEPA or ULPA HEPA air filter can trap viral particles.

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA will trap 99.97% of particles
0.3 microns and larger in diameter.

ULPA HEPA, (Ultra Low Particulate Air) will trap 99.99% of particles 0.12 microns and larger.

  • The SARS CoV2 virus is approximately 1 micron in size.  
  • Both HEPA and ULPA HEPA filters are good at removing small particles like viruses. Most viruses are carried on larger particles like vapor and will be stuck to the filter.  Electrostatic charge can also reduce viral loads in the environment.
  • A word on ozone emitting filters. Ozone can inflame the respiratory tract.  Avoid ozone emitting devices due to possible damage to the lungs.  (Medically prescribed ozone is used in a different mechanism than that generated by air filters.)  
  • A HEPA or ULPA HEPA air filter is also very handy during poor air quality days, such produced by fire smoke.

Antibody Super Boost

(Please note: This is a highly simplified explanation of one part of the complex immune system.)

Antibodies are one part of our adaptive immunity and are formed to combat specific pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, or parasites, including the Covid-19 virus. 

Antibody Creation

When exposed to a pathogen, the adaptive immune system starts figuring out what the pathogen is and makes an antibody to that specific pathogen.  These antibodies reduce the ability of a pathogen to function and present the pathogen to other immune cells that further inactivate or kill the pathogen.

For example, every time you get the flu or a cold, your body makes antibodies for that specific virus. Children get more colds than adults because they are being exposed to these viruses for the first time. Over time, the child builds a “library” of antibodies that they use to respond to pathogens quickly if re-exposed. Most adults have a large library of antibodies that reduce their risk of getting ill again.

The reason we have a cold for 7-10 days is because it takes time to mount a full immune response. It is hard to speed this process up.  Supplements, herbs, and a low inflammatory diet may reduce the severity of a disease, but the time it takes for the body to react to a virus is similar for everyone.  If one has the antibody to a virus in the library, the body may resolve the infection before a full immune response is needed.  

Covid-19: A Sneaky Genius

The sneaky genius of Covid-19 is two fold:

  1. The word ‘Novel’ when describing the Novel Corona Virus refers to its debut to the world’s population. As humans, we are all like children in that we are experiencing this Corona virus for the first time. Our immune reactions are like that of children: new.
  2. Covid-19 has an ability to inhibit the initial innate immune response, increasing significant inflammation, and potentially slowing or stopping the communication needed to build antibodies[i],[ii],[iii],[iv].  If you’ve had Covid-19, you created antibodies to the virus, but slowly.  

Out-Sneak Covid-19:   Use an Antibody Super Booster

The vaccines developed following Covid-19 epidemic allow the body to create antibodies before an infection occurs.  The vaccines have the blueprints from mRNA to help a cell manufacture a portion of the virus’ spike protein that is then presented to the immune system. (These mRNA blueprints do NOT integrate into your DNA and are destroyed by the body after 72 hours). The adaptive immune system does not know that this spike protein is not a real threat, it only knows that is it a foreign object and must be responded to.  Anti-covid-19 spike protein antibodies are then manufactured and are ready to quickly deploy the next time a spike protein enters the body, i.e., as the full virus.

The vaccination process allows the body to start fighting a Covid-19 infection from the moment of infection, compared to a delayed and inflammatory response if unvaccinated.

Type of Response to CovidInitial Antibody CreationCovid virus affect
Natural Response / UnvaccinatedSlowly – Antibodies need to be made from scratchCovid-19 suppresses immune response, increasing inflammation and slowing down antibody creation
Vaccinated ResponseQuickly – already in LibraryReduced – the antibodies are already in the library, ready to attack the virus.

Some vaccinated people may still get a Covid-19 infection, but their pre-manufactured antibodies allow them a fighting chance to clear the virus before the virus has a chance to rapidly grow and cause debilitating disease or death.

People who had an Covid-19 infection may benefit from vaccination as well but may only need one vaccination injection. [v],[vi]

Some may argue that the mRNA vaccines are not natural. An alternative argument is that these vaccines stimulate your strongest tools to super boost your natural adaptive immunity before you get exposed to this potentially deadly virus.  

Besides the Covid-19 vaccines, it is important to support your innate immunity by:

  • Eating an anti-inflammatory diet (reduce/avoid sugar, alcohol, and foods you know cause inflammation). Click here[vii] for more information.
  • Supplement your immune system. Click here[viii] for more information.
  • Develop and maintain healthy sleep habits. Click here[ix] for more information.
  • Exercise daily to the level of your capability.
  • Find ways to laugh and relax daily. Click here[x] for information on tools to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Avoid toxins in your daily life such as fragrance, chemical cleaners, or pesticides that may damage your immune system. Click here[xi] for more information.
  • Identify and avoid food sensitivities. Click here[xii] for more information.

If you are struggling with any of these issues, please seek care with your naturopathic physician who is trained to help you find balance.


[i] Azkur AK, Akdis M, Azkur D, et al. Immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and mechanisms of immunopathological changes in COVID-19. Allergy. 2020;75(7):1564-1581. doi:10.1111/all.14364

[iii] Chowdhury MA, Hossain N, Kashem MA, Shahid MA, Alam A. Immune response in COVID-19: A review. J Infect Public Health. 2020;13(11):1619-1629. doi:10.1016/j.jiph.2020.07.001

[iv] https://www.immunopaedia.org.za/breaking-news/how-does-sars-cov-2-evade-the-immune-defences/

[v] https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/immune-response-vaccination-after-covid-19

[vi] Ebinger JE, Fert-Bober J, Printsev I, et al. Antibody responses to the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine in individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2. Nat Med. 2021;27(6):981-984. doi:10.1038/s41591-021-01325-6

[vii] https://www.idnatmed.com/are-these-foods-in-your-kitchen

[viii] https://www.idnatmed.com/immune-supportive-nutrients

[ix] https://www.idnatmed.com/not-sleeping-well

[x] https://www.idnatmed.com/managing-fear-during-a-crisis

[xi] https://www.idnatmed.com/easy-ways-to-maintain-a-healthy-home-and-reduce-your-exposure-to-chemicals

[xii] https://www.idnatmed.com/got-food-sensitivities

Hormone Support for Immune Health

Hormone balance can greatly affect immune function.  3 hormones are very important in this process.

Dr. Rodgers provides the following tests for her patients.

Thyroid hormones.
When the thyroid system is not functioning properly, the innate immune system may not function optimally[i]. Innate immunity is the part of the immune system that is always functioning to reduce infection. Innate immune cells include natural killer cells (NK cells), white blood cells, macrophages, and other immune cells such as dendritic cells.

  • Testing thyroid hormone: TSH, Free 3, Free T4, Reverse T3.

Cortisol
Cortisol is an important stress hormone produced in the Adrenal glands.  Cortisol reacts to stress by raising blood sugars, activating the immune system, and triggering the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (inflammatory signaling molecules). Chronic stress can dampen the feedback system that helps to reduce cortisol production.[ii] Chronic cortisol release may lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in a reduced immune response when needed.

  • Testing cortisol levels:  A diurnal rhythm test of cortisol and cortisone (cortisol’s storage form) can be helpful to determine the daily total amount of cortisol and if there are high and low points of cortisol release during the day.  A diurnal rhythm test is usually collected from urine or saliva samples.
  • AM Cortisol. If a diurnal test is not available, an early morning blood draw can be helpful. Obtain the blood sample as early in the morning as possible,  before 8 AM.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D has a significant role in supporting immunity.  Vitamin D helps to regulate innate immunity. Vitamin D influences the immune system in the digestive tract, the location of majority of immune cells.  Vitamin D may also be a key nutrient to reduce inflammatory cytokines.[iii]

  • Testing Vitamin D levels:  A simple blood test can determine Vitamin D levels.
  • Retesting.  Testing 3 times a year for several years may be helpful to determine your levels during high and low sun exposure months. 
  • Test results low:  If you have low Vitamin D levels. Please ask your prescriber how much Vitamin D you need to raise your Vitamin D levels. Also ask for a re-test of Vitamin D 6 weeks after you start supplementing. A re-test will determine if the therapy was successful.

[i] Montesinos MDM, Pellizas CG. Thyroid Hormone Action on Innate Immunity [published correction appears in Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2019 Jul 19;10:486]. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2019;10:350. Published 2019 Jun 4. doi:10.3389/fendo.2019.00350

[ii] Morey JN, Boggero IA, Scott AB, Segerstrom SC. Current Directions in Stress and Human Immune Function. Curr Opin Psychol. 2015;5:13-17. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.03.007

[iii] Sassi F, Tamone C, D’Amelio P. Vitamin D: Nutrient, Hormone, and Immunomodulator. Nutrients. 2018;10(11):1656. Published 2018 Nov 3. doi:10.3390/nu10111656

The Rainbow Diet and other simple diet suggestions

Eat colors of the rainbow daily. Colors found in foods help reduce inflammation and facilitate tissue repair.

7 colors are seen in Rainbows: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. 

Some people use ROY G BIV to help remember these colors. 

Choosing colors can be an easy way to make healthy food decisions. 

(Please note, that artificial colors do NOT count such as FD&C colors or processed foods with added natural colors.)

Examples:

  • Red: tomato, raspberry, strawberry, red pepper, radish, beets
  • Orange: sweet potato, orange, mango
  • Yellow: yellow pepper, banana
  • Green: leafy green lettuce, broccoli, spinach, astragalus, been greens
  • Blue: purple potatoes, blue berry

Can you think of more colorful foods to choose?

Other healthy food suggestions.

  • IF eating grains, choose whole, non gluten grains such as brown rice, teff, amaranth, quinoa
  • Avoid “white” foods such as white rice, white bread
  • Avoid fast food
  • Avoid simple sugars such as cookies, cake, chips, etc.
  • Fats:
    • Choose organic sources of nut and seed oils (cold, expeller pressed, unrefined oils: canola, flax, olive, sunflower, or sesame) packaged in dark glass bottles.
    • Seed/Butters: Raw or home roasted sesame, pumpkin, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, squash
    • Fish from low mercury sources. See https://www.nrdc.org/stories/smart-seafood-buying-guide
    • Avoid products whose ingredients list partially hydrogenated oils

Resource:

Food News: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollen is an easy-to-read guide providing simple suggestions for choosing healthy food and staying away from junk food.

Reconnect your brain – Video with Dr. Spencer Zimmerman.

Patients with any brain dysfunction such as ADD, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Processing disorders, Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury, Vertigo/Dizziness, Chronic fatigue, or neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and Multiple sclerosis usually struggle on a daily basis.

Dr. Spencer Zimmerman of Idaho Brain and Body Institute discusses the treatments options he offers to help patients relieve suffering.

Dandelion – Weed or Free medication? And what about those protective effects against drowning?

 If you do not spray herbicides or pesticides on your lawn, you can harvest the numerous medicinal and nutritional benefits from the Dandelion plant.  In addition to widely known benefits of dandelion, two recently published scientific articles caught my eye about 1) its health benefits when combined with astragalus root and 2) the mysteries of not drowning.  See links at the end of this article to read more about dandelion’s beneficial nutrients and how to easily prepare dandelion root tea. For those not able to harvest their own dandelion, a discount code for the Vervain Collective’s apothecary is also provided at the end of the article.

Dandelion root (water extraction) + Astragalus root may help insulin resistance and diabetes. Diabetes is a growing epidemic worldwide that is prompting the need for an ever-expanding list of medications. What if some of that medication was freely growing outside your door? 

The first study [1] looked at insulin resistant cells when water extracted dandelion root was combined with astragalus root. The study’s results showed that 3-parts water extracted dandelion root to 1-part astragalus root (3:1 ratio) relieved insulin resistance in cells. Both Dandelion root and Astragalus root are already safely used for liver and kidney protection against oxidative damage, and adrenal and immune support, respectively, [2],[3],[4] all of which are important health benefits to diabetics.

The second article[5] is great for science teachers, engineers, or nerds who want to have a little fun distraction. Who knew the dandelion seed puff ball can demonstrate anti-drowning strategies? When submerged, the dandelion’s seed puff ball creates small pockets of air that protects the seeds from water saturation. More fascinating is that the puff ball’s shape returns in full when released from the water. The researchers hypothesize that the dandelion seed puff may be a model for a new type of life vest. Even if you don’t like to read scientific papers, the pictures of air being squeezed out of the puff balls are fun! Click HERE for the YouTube VIDEO. (Yes, I’m one of those nerds.)

This website provides some nutritional information about the dandelion plant. These websites teach how to prepare a water extraction of your dandelion root as a tea from fresh dandelion root or dried dandelion root. If you do have diabetes or other medical issues, please consult with Dr. Rodgers or your physician to make sure this herb is right for you before using.

If you don’t have any dandelions of your own and would like to try these herbs and other plant-medicine options, you can go to The Vervain Collective in Garden City. This apothecary is co-owned by one of my colleagues, Dr. Nicole Pierce, NMD. Use my discount code, DRRODGERS, for a 20% discount on your next purchase in their online store, in a bulk herb order, or in person at 3308 W. Chinden Blvd!


[1] Li J, Luo J, Chai Y, Guo Y, Tianzhi Y, Bao Y. Hypoglycemic effect of Taraxacum officinale root extract and its synergism with Radix Astragali extract. Food Sci Nutr. 2021 Feb 26;9(4):2075-2085. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.2176. PMID: 33841825; PMCID: PMC8020951.

[2] Protective Effects of Taraxacum officinale L. (Dandelion) Root Extract in Experimental Acute on Chronic Liver Failure.  Pfingstgraf, IO et al. Antioxidants (Basel). 2021 Mar 24;10(4):504.  doi: 10.3390/antiox10040504.

[3] Shahzad M, Shabbir A, Wojcikowski K, Wohlmuth H, Gobe GC. The Antioxidant Effects of Radix Astragali (Astragalus membranaceus and Related Species) in Protecting Tissues from Injury and Disease. Curr Drug Targets. 2016;17(12):1331-40. doi: 10.2174/1389450116666150907104742. PMID: 26343107.

[4] Liang W, Li H, Zhou H, Wang M, Zhao X, Sun X, Li C, Zhang X. Effects of Taraxacum and Astragalus extracts combined with probiotic Bacillus subtilis and Lactobacillus on Escherichia coli-infected broiler chickens. Poult Sci. 2021 Apr;100(4):101007. doi: 10.1016/j.psj.2021.01.030. Epub 2021 Jan 16. PMID: 33647724; PMCID: PMC7921871.

[5] Pugno MC, Misseroni D, Pugno NM. Air-encapsulating elastic mechanism of submerged Taraxacum blowballs. Mater Today Bio. 2021 Jan 28;9:100095. doi: 10.1016/j.mtbio.2021.100095. PMID: 33718857; PMCID: PMC7933492.

Covid-19 Vaccines

The National Institute of Health Vaccine Research Center has been working on a vaccine since the beginning of the epidemic. Read HERE to learn more about the vaccination development history.

These new RNA vaccines are different from traditional vaccines in that our own cellular machinery is used to produce the antigen (Covid’s spike protein) that your immune system can then respond to. After getting the vaccine, most people will have mild flu-like symptoms as they manufacture antibodies in response to the new antigen. They then will have the antibodies pre-made if exposed to the actual virus.

This excellent VIDEO answers a lot of the questions about the new vaccines.

A concerning issue with the Covid-19 vaccines is the risk of anaphylactic reaction. The new vaccines have relatively few ingredients, but do contain lipids and polyethylene glycol which may be the source of allergic reactions. See below for Moderna and Pfizer Covid Vaccine Ingredients.

If you have a history of allergy of anaphylaxis, these vaccines may not be a good choice. Additionally, health officials suggest waiting 15-20 minutes at the vaccination location center after obtaining a vaccine in case you have an adverse reaction.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about these vaccines. One unknown is if a vaccinated individual can transmit the virus to someone else. Because researchers are currently unable to answer this question, the use of a face mask continues to be suggested for everyone, regardless of vaccination history. Bummer.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine ingredient list:

  • mRNA
  • Lipids including:
    • (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
    • 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
    • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
    • cholesterol
  • potassium chloride
  • monobasic potassium phosphate
  • sodium chloride
  • dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
  • sucrose

The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine ingredient list.

  • mRNA
  • Lipids
    • SM-102
    • polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG]
    • cholesterol
    • 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC])
  • tromethamine
  • tromethamine hydrochloride
  • acetic acid
  • sodium acetate
  • sucrose

Reduce EMF exposure

Cell phones, tablets, computers, smart meters, smart appliances, and Wi-Fi are amazing technologies but they also pose health risks that we cannot see, hear, taste or smell.

The term “Electrosmog” has been coined for the radiofrequency and electromagnetic frequency radiation (RF EMF) produced by electronic devices. RF EMF’s may negatively affect numerous organ systems including reproductive organs, kidneys, the brain, the immune system and DNA. A list of biological effects from low-intensive exposure to radiofrequency radiation can be found HERE provided by Physicians for Safe Technology.

Below is a list of resources to help you learn about Electromagnetic Radiation, its sources, and how to reduce your exposure. Cathy Cooke’s tips to reduce EMF exposure lists these resources and more.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your EMF Exposure. By Cathy Cooke, Whole Home and Body Health

EMF Analysis

EMF Academy

Physicians for Safe Technology

The BabySafe Project

Human Radiation Effects Group

Dr. Magda Havas, PHD

Covid update: Chronic Covid Syndrome

[Please note, it is illegal for practitioners to provide product suggestions in public articles. Oregon and Idaho residents desiring individualized suggestions to support the immune system, can sign up for a time to consult Dr. Rodgers at www.idnatmed.com/appointment.]

The term “Long Haulers” is being used to describe patients who were infected by Covid-19 (SARS CoV-2), but never completely recovered. For many of these patients, they may not feel better for up to 5 months after initially infected.

No one yet understands why some people recover from the acute phase of a Covid-19 infection in 1-2 weeks, but others end up with chronic issues affecting multiple organs including the brain. Symptoms of Chronic Covid Syndrome (CCS), are significant.  Click HERE to see a list of CSS symptoms [1],[2]

 These symptoms may vary daily, making it hard to diagnose.

Some theories for the cause of Chronic Covid Syndrome include the level of initial infectious viral load, insufficient immune response that does not eradicate the virus completely, the presences of certain human histocompatibility antigens (HLA), low grade inflammation, and cellular degeneration.[3]  Other theories include re-triggering of underlying co-infections, chronic mycotoxin (mold) or toxic metal burdens, or NEW exposures to mold, metals, pathogens, or other toxins after a Covid-19 infection.[4],[5],[6],[7]

Until we completely understand how some people develop long term symptoms from Covid-19, here are some suggestions to support your immune system and reduce the risk of Chronic Covid Syndrome.

Prevention: Prevent yourself from getting sick: wear a mask and wash your hands. Wear a mask over both nose and mouth when in public or in the presence of someone not of your household. You may love them, but you do not know if they are unwittingly carrying the virus. Wash your hands after being in public or handling anything not from your household.

Improve your immune system. Nutrients such as Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin D have been shown to support a healthy response to viral infection.[8]   When taken together, the benefits of taking these nutrients may be synergistic in supporting the fight against this virus. Nutrient levels suggested compliments of Dr. Paul Anderson, ND[9]

  • Zinc has been shown to reduce viral replication, inhibit the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) which is responsible for viral entry into cells, and improve tissue integrity to reduce viral spread to other tissues. Doses suggested: 30—50 mg twice daily. If taken long term, copper should added at a ratio of 1 mg copper for every 15 mg of Zinc.  
  • Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and must be taken daily to have a beneficial affect. Vitamin C is important to tissue integrity, as an antioxidant protecting cells from free radicals generated from infection and toxins, helps to reduce the severity of pneumonia, and reduces the inflammatory molecules (cytokines) that lead to the severe inflammatory storms associated with Covid-19.  Since Vitamin C taken orally can cause diarrhea, the dose is dependent on what you can tolerate. Start with 1,000 mg and work up to a dose that does not cause diarrhea. Take in divided doses throughout the day. Increased doses will be needed during active infections.
  • Vitamin D’s role in the immune system is as a fat-soluble hormone. This hormone has receptors on all immune cells and may reduce inflammatory storms by modulating cytokines.  It also has receptors on lung cells and help improve an antiviral response. Like Vitamin C and Zinc, Vitamin D plays a role in maintaining good tissue barrier function, reducing the migration of unwanted pathogens. A simple blood test helps inform you of your Vitamin D levels. A loading dose of 25,000-50,000 IU for several days can be helpful if you don’t know your blood levels. Follow this by 1,000-5,000 IU daily.

Other nutrients important to the immune system includi Vitamin A, B vitamins, and magnesium.[10]

Additional nutrients may be helpful to reduce inflammation, support the mitochondria, reduce blood-brain-barrier leakage, and provide neurological protection.

  • Natural anti-inflammatories such as fish oil or vegetarian algae oil.
  • Curcumin
  • Quercitin
  • Co-Q 10
  • N-acetyl cysteine
  • B vitamins, most importantly Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6.
  • Phytocannabinoids such as Cannabidiol (CBD) or cannabigerol (CBG).

Avoid toxins. Avoid common toxins. A simple guide can be found HERE to reduce your daily exposure. Choosing hand sanitizer without fragrance is equally important.

Avoid Molds. If you have any mold exposure, please seek guidance for cleaning up the mold safely and to check if you have any levels of mycotoxins.  If you have current mold growth in your home, please seek an experienced building biologist or certified mold evaluator for evaluation. Even if you feel OK, exposure to Covid-19 when you have an underlying or new infection can trigger a significant inflammatory response.

Hyperbaric oxygen may be helpful for more severe CCS patients.[11]

To address Chronic Covid Syndrome, it is important to treat each patient as an individual. The reason for this is that each patient has unique genetics, different underlying chronic medical conditions, varying toxin body burden levels from mold, toxic metals, or other co-infections. Each of these issues need to be addressed. Dr. Sara Rodgers, NMD is trained to manage chronic disease, including immune imbalance, mold infections, toxic metal evaluation/reduction, gastrointestinal imbalances, hormone imbalances, and more. If a naturopathic physician is not available in your area, look for a functional medicine provider who works with chronically ill patients.  


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects.html

[2] Lambert, N. J. & Survivor Corps.  COVID-19 “Long Hauler” Symptoms Survey Report.  Indiana University School of Medicine; 2020.

Carfi A et al. Persistent Symptoms in Patients After Acute COVID-19. JAMA. 2020 Aug 11;324(6):603-605.  doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.12603.

[3] Baig, AM.  Deleterious Outcomes in Long-Hauler COVID-19: The Effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the CNS in Chronic COVID Syndrome.  ACS Chem Neurosci.  2020 Dec. 16;11(24):4017-4020. https://doi.org/10.1021/acschemneuro.0c00725

[4] Proal,A and Marshall T. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Era of the Human Microbiome: Persistent Pathogens Drive Chronic Symptoms by Interfering With Host Metabolism, Gene Expression, and Immunity. Front. Pediatr., 04 December 2018  https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2018.00373

[5] Kritas s et al. Impact of mold on mast cell-cytokine immune response. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents . Jul-Aug 2018;32(4):763-768.

[6] Zhihua Lv et al. Clinical characteristics and co-infections of 354 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study. Microbes and Infection 22 (2020) 195e199. DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2020.05.007

[7] Chen, et.al Lancet. Volume 395, Issue 10223, 15–21 February 2020, Pages 507-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30211-7

[8] Name, JJ. et al. Zinc, Vitamin D and Vitamin C: Perspectives for COVID-19 With a Focus on Physical Tissue Barrier Integrity. Front. Nutr., 07 December 2020. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2020.606398

[9] https://www.consultdranderson.com/nutrients-and-covid-19/

[10] Gombart AF, Pierre A, Maggini S. A review of micronutrients and the immune system-working in harmony to reduce the risk of infection. Nutrients. (2020) 12:236. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12010236

[11] Kjellberg A et al. Can hyperbaric oxygen safely serve as an anti-inflammatory treatment for COVID-19?  Medical Hypotheses  Volume 144, November 2020, 110224.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2020.110224