While across America and the world, many people are clamoring for a covid-19 vaccine so that they can 'get on with life and get back to normal', the title of this new story over at the National Post beginning "Why Making Anti-Viral Drugs Is So Hard" with a subtitle of "'We’re kind of with anti-virals now where antibiotics were in the 1950s,' said an infectious-disease expert" puts the chances of any 'successful' vaccine being developed into proper perspective.
And while the discovery of penicillin, the world's first antibiotic put into mass production, led to most bacterial diseases being 'curable', as their story pointed out, viruses are a totally different beast.
With the difficulty in developing a vaccine for viruses perfectly illustrated in the fact that they still haven't been able to develop a vaccine for the common cold, another 'parasitic' virus which is also a coronavirus like covid-19, the National Post story illustrates why anyone waiting for a vaccine for this coronavirus could be waiting a very, very long time, though there is no reason for us to hang our heads and give up. And who really wants to be injected by 'big pharma', anyways?
Because as we'll explore within this ANP story, while a vaccine or 'cure' for covid-19 may still be a very long ways away, covid-19 is still just 'a virus', even if a man-made one, and people have been finding all-natural ways to kill off viruses for a very long time and going back way beyond our modern medical history. As this story over at the NY Academy of Medicine reported, one of those all-natural products that people have used to kill off viruses, 'garlic', has been used as a medicine for well over 4,000 years and it's anti-viral properties are well known throughout history.
And while we're certainly not doctors nor are we prescribing medications nor offering any medical advice, we can absolutely share with you what has worked for us and offer examples of what has been used throughout history by others with great success to ward off viruses and other illnesses and thankfully, there are many options as this story over at Paleohacks also reports. (PLEASE HELP SUPPORT ANP: With Independent Media being censored on almost every internet platform, reader donations are what keeps websites like ANP up and running. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Stefan & Susan.)
Back on March 18th, Natural News published this story titled "9 Superfoods with powerful anti-viral properties"within which they broke down for us some of the top all-natural anti-viral foods so we'll take a look below at each of those below with descriptions of why they are anti-viral from Natural News. We've provided links to some of those products that we've found still available to purchase now.
Garlic: Garlic is a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. It fortifies the immune system against mild infections, like the common cold, by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Its anti-viral properties also allows garlic to help fight different viruses, such as the influenza viruses that cause the flu and the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold. (ANP: Both Susan Duclos and I can attest to garlic's anti-viral properties and we've both used this actual product to get rid of tooth infections and colds/flu.)
Shiitake mushroom:Shiitake mushroom can also boost the immune system because it contains high amounts of beta-glucans, which are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and algae. Beta-glucan supplements are commonly used to treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension and canker sores. However, recent studies have shown that beta-glucan also has anti-viral effects against influenza, swine flu and hepatitis.
Elderberry: Elderberries are commonly used to relieve symptoms of the flu. They also possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the immune system. Elderberries may also be effective against viral infections caused by the herpes simplex virus and HIV.
Sprouts: Many sprouts, like mung bean sprouts and broccoli sprouts, provide the body with high amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Mung bean sprouts, in particular, also possess powerful anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Meanwhile, broccoli sprouts have been shown to enhance anti-viral host defense responses, thanks to the activity of a compound called sulforaphane. (ANP: You can grow your own sprouts very quickly!)
Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits, limes and pineapples, contain high amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential to many body functions, including metabolism, bone development and cell repair. It also plays an important role in fortifying the immune system against diseases and viral infections. Many green, leafy vegetables contain vitamin C. These include chili peppers, thyme, parsley, spinach, kale and broccoli. (Related: Chinese doctors study vitamin C for treating coronavirus -
Yogurt: Plain, unsweetened yogurt is rich in probiotics that improve digestion and promote a healthy gut. Some strains of probiotics also possess anti-viral effects against respiratory viruses.
Herbs: Many herbs possess anti-viral properties that fortify the immune system against infections, such as:
Oregano – Oregano contains an anti-viral compound known as carvacrol. This compound is highly potent against the murine norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes stomach flu in humans.
Sage – Sage is an aromatic herb that may also be used to treat viral infections thanks to the naturally occurring chemical known as safficinolide.
Basil – Basil contains the plant compounds apigenin and ursolic acid, which are potent against the hepatitis B virus, the herpes simplex virus and enteroviruses.
Green tea: Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a unique plant compound found in green tea leaves that has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Green tea is known to be potent against HIV, the herpes simplex virus and the hepatitis B virus. Common kitchen herbs, spices and ingredients have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body from infections and diseases. Boost your immune system by including these foods in your recipes, drinks and snacks. (ANP: Matcha Green Teas are particularly high in EGCG.)
While the first video below takes a look at the potential of pure, virgin coconut oil being used to fight covid-19, the final two videos take a look at how some people are using traditional Chinese medicine and other herbs and all-natural products to fight against this pandemic.
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