Three reasons I want worldwide nutritional supplementation for immune system health - especially vitamin D
1 - I want everyone to be healthy.
2 - Immune system health has always been important, but this is
especially so now that most people will probably be exposed to COVID-19
in the coming months and year or so. COVID-19 severe symptoms
only occur due to a weakened and/or dysregulated (overly aggressive,
hyper-inflammatory, self-destructive) immune responses. Low
vitamin D levels are the most important, easily correctable, cause of
3 - My wife Tina and I - and likewise our family and friends - cannot
regain our freedom of movement as long as governments restrict it with
lockdowns, travel bans etc. They will continue to do this until
the great majority of their populations are no longer at risk from
COVID-19 severe symptoms.
That's it in a nutshell. Read on for a more detailed exposition.
Robin Whittle firstname.lastname@example.org
. 2020-08-08 Last update 2020-08-08 15:00 UTC
To the main COVID-19 page of this site: http://aminotheory.com/cv19/,
concerning nutritional supplements - especially vitamin D -
for all adults and children ASAP,
To the ../d3/ page with vitamin D3
supplementation guidelines according to body weight and the desired
blood levels according to the best research.
The updates/ page lists all the significant updates to these cv19 pages.
Links such as [W] are to the relevant Wikipedia page.
Links such as [DW] are to Henry Lahore's remarkable Vitamin D Wiki.
Be sure to read the Disclaimer!
I am not a doctor, and even if I was, I have not examined you.
Doctors can bring vast experience and knowledge to bear on your
particular situation. It is a very high level skill of immense
potential value to you. However many doctors don't know as much
as they should about nutrition and immunity.
There's a general reason I am concerned about your health: it would
make me happy if everyone was healthy and happy
people are inadequately nourished, even with the best available food -
and almost all of us eat too much salt.
The details of these nutritional deficiencies - and a few excesses -
are complex and the subject of ongoing research and debate.
Likewise proposals to eliminate these deficiencies at the scale of
individual people with access to doctors, pathology labs etc., larger
groups of people without such support and ideally all humans.
However, the principle is simple: The human body requires certain
inputs, similar to the voltage and current capacity of battery or the
supply of uncontaminated petrol/gasoline to a motor car
engine. If the supply is too low, we will generally
survive, but we need a certain supply level to be really healthy.
As you can read in the other pages from ../cv19/
. Inadequate vitamin D
is the best researched, and most fervently argued, nutritional
deficiency in general - especially regarding immune system
health. Despite this, many doctors remain largely ignorant of the
benefits of supplementation and how this would greatly reduce the
burden of numerous acute and chronic diseases.
The importance of omega 3 fatty acids
(fish or algae oil) for general health and especially immune system
health is well researched, but less known to doctors and the general
immune system health is becoming better recognised. ICU patients
suffering from sepsis,
lung infections and now COVID-19 severe symptoms are highly deficient
in vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Robust oral and intravenous
supplements really help them recover and survive. ../icu/#Marik-protocol
is not know by most
doctors to be a nutrient for humans. Its precise mechanisms of
action are yet to be determined. However, research in recent
decades shows clearly that easily correctable boron deficiency improves
immune system regulation, improves bone strength and reduces the
incidence of kidney stones.
Boron - such as its sodium-oxygen salt, the naturally occurring mineral
borax - is widely and incorrectly thought of as poisonous. (The
official standard is that 20mg/a day boron is the level above which
problem.) Boron supplementation is best known for helping with
arthritis and bone density. 1 or more mg of boron, as borax, is
now appearing in a some mass-market multivitamins capsules in
Australia. Boron research is substantial but little known
to doctors and other researchers. The boron section of these web
is an early start on my
large task for the future: making a cohesive, public, constantly
updated annotated bibliography of boron nutrition research.
the 2 to 3 gram a day quantities many people require, is possible, but
hardly anyone recognises it. See the ../kna/
page for more information.
Effective, proven safe, COVID-19 vaccines may
arrive for most people on Earth late in 2021 at the earliest. In
the months (ideally, or year at most) we have to protect everyone from
COVID-19 severe symptoms, here are the practicalities. These may
somewhat reduce the chance of infection, but that is
inconsequential. All that matters is greatly reducing or ideally
eliminating the chance of severe symptoms.
- Vitamin D: We must
do this. The barriers are the need for improved medical
profession awareness and new vitamin D3 factories.
Without this, we could only be protected from COVID-19 by an impossibly
expensive, risky, and likely not very effective vaccination program -
which could be rendered useless if the COVID-19 spike protein evolves
so as not to be detected by the immunity provided by the
vaccine. Vaccines have none of the pervasive health
benefits of vitamin D repletion to 40 to 60ng/ml 25OHD blood levels.
- Omega 3s: We should
make the most of the limited global production of these. It would
take many years to increase production to meet the gram or two per day
requirements of 7.8 billion people.
- Vitamin C: Current
production limits make me think it is best reserved for when people
have probably or certainly become COVID-19 infected.
- Boron: Easy, safe,
cheap and plentiful. There's no research to indicate its likely
impact on COVID-19 symptom severity, but my guess is that it would be
substantial. The barrier is that most doctors have never heard of
- Potassium: It will take years to improve awareness and scale up production of potassium gluconate.
Reason 2 - the impact of COVID-19
There are two special reasons why I am concerned about your health
the health of every other human. Both special reasons arise from the coronavirus
pandemic in which we all are at high risk of being infected with the
SARS-CoV-2 virus, leading to the disease condition COVID-19.
Many people have no symptoms, or very mild symptoms. If this was
the case for everyone, COVID-19 would be just a nuisance.
The reason it is a worldwide health
crisis beyond any in living memory, and the reason why whole countries
are in lockdown, with social isolation, little or no productive work or
education, reduced access to health care, cancellation of all public
etc. is solely due to the fact that some
people suffer severe symptoms and lasting harm, and a subset of these
people are killed either directly by COVID-19, or in combination with
the impact of other illnesses.
The impact of these severe symptoms is disastrous. So are the
lockdown and other measures which are currently the only way
governments have of protecting their people from risk of harm and death.
People who think this is just like the flu are avoiding the harsh
reality of the lasting harm and deaths of people of all
ages. From babies, to adolescents, to young adults (with
COVID-19, anyone under 50 is young) to middle aged adults and
especially the elderly, death is a risk and the chance of lasting harm,
such as from organ damage due to micro-embolisms (tiny blood clots) is
Inadequate nutrition (of which inadequate vitamin D is the most
important, best researched and easiest to fix) is already the cause of
immense and arguably disastrous suffering from a long list of illnesses
and chronic conditions most people accept as normal. These
include many cancers (the rates of which would significantly reduced
with adequate vitamin D), most neurodegeneration (dementia, Alzheimer's
disease, Parkinson's disease etc.) and numerous auto-immune diseases
(asthma, MS, Crohn's disease etc. - subject to considerable genetic
We are already in a vitamin D pandemic with profound impacts of
suffering, harm, disability and early death.
The first of two COVID-19 specific - reasons
why I am concerned about your health and the health of every other human:
Most people have been bumbling along with 25OHD levels of 10 to
, depending on the season, and getting away with it - or so it
seems. Actually, many people's health suffers from this, but we
think of it as normal.
Some people might be fine with COVID-19 and these low vitamin D
levels. Others will not be - and so will suffer lasting harm or
death - when they would suffer no such problems if their levels were at
40ng/ml or higher
Still other people - those with one or more risk factors - have such
problems with weakened and dysregulated immune systems that 40ng/ml is
not enough to protect them from harm or death. There is no
evidence of a magic threshold, at least in the 40ng/ml region
, above which
is safe from COVID-19 severe symptoms. However, for most people, I believe this would be highly protective.
As an electronic technician, I think that for some
- especially those of advanced age, who are obese
and/or who have lung injury
, kidney damage
etc. - it will probably be better to
rather than 40ng/ml 25OHD blood levels. Maybe
for a few people 80ng/ml
would be better than 60ng/ml. This also applies to people
with genetic patterns which predispose them to severe COVID-19
symptoms. See: ../#haplotypes
. See further discussion in ../d3/
This is all because it would make me happy if no-one was harmed or
killed by their body's lousy immune response - to COVID-19, influenza,
or various other triggers, as in sepsis, which kills millions of
people, horribly and rapidly, the world over. These people
generally have have very low vitamin D. They probably would never
sepsis, pneumonia from influenza, or COVID-19 severe symptoms if their
vitamin D levels were good and high, such as the 46ng/ml average of
Maasai pastoralists and Hadzabe hunter gatherers - the best estimate we
have of the vitamin D levels of our ancestors, which our immune systems
evolved to work from.
Reason 3 - the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions
Reason 3 is more selfish.
As far as I know, everyone in the world has this reason for wanting
robust nutritional supplementation for most or all other people, in
order to protect them from COVID-19 severe symptoms - even if they
didn't actually care at all about other people being harmed and killed.
As far as I know, no-one in history has ever had reasons such as this -
to want everyone else in the world to be healthy, at least in respect
of a particular disease.
This reason is simple, and impossible to escape.
Our lives can never return to normal levels of social contact,
productivity, travel, group gatherings - even sitting in a cafe, or
going to the cinema, listening to live music, dancing (except two
people on their own) until COVID-19's threat to the health of the most
vulnerable people is very greatly diminished. It doesn't
have to be exactly zero, but it needs to be low enough that governments
do not enforce crippling restrictions on our freedoms, as they are now
SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. It may mutate to get more virulent
(harmful), but this is unlikely, since viruses spread faster if they
cause fewer symptoms. It might mutate to be even more infectious
- but it is already (excepting intolerable lockdowns) so infectious
that we will all get it in the months or year or so to come.
Current indications are that immunity either from infections or from
vaccines will be short lived. Maybe it will be months.
Maybe years. However it seems unlikely that immunity will
last decades. So everyone will be repeatedly infected unless, perhaps
there is a safe and reasonably effective vaccine which can be given to
everyone (in a country, or the world) every few years. This seems
unlikely, and it leaves people reliant on fading immunity to protect
them from a disease which can only harm or kill them due to easily
correctable nutritional deficiencies which cause immune system weakness
and dysregulation. So we would still be cowering in fear
I believe the only way we can live without continuing, disastrous harm and death is to get everyone's immune system to work much better
they do now. Maybe they worked well when all humans
were all hunter-gatherers living near the equator with little
clothing. Maybe "uncontacted" tribes in Brazil or the Andaman
Islands get enough vitamin D from sunlight, and enough vitamin D, omega
3s, boron and potassium that their immune systems are strong and well
regulated. (If, as seems likely, they have helminth infections,
that will also protect them from the over-inflammatory immune responses
which cause such trouble for helminth-free people ../#helminthsgone
We can't alter people's genes. We can't fix their lung
damage. We can't suddenly make all the overweight and obese
people into normal weight people (though good vitamin D levels will
help with this).
What we can do - the only thing we can do - is to fix up our
and try to curtail the excesses (salt), in
ways which will profoundly strengthen our immune systems AND enable the
system to properly regulate itself (at least within whatever genetic
limits there are due to the lack of helminthic downregulation).
In summary, even if I didn't care about anyone else, my wife and I, our
family, our friends and our musical instrument customers (and all the
people who want to dance in big gatherings to their music) . . . all
these people can only have the life we want, and had until early 2020,
after everyone in the world is properly nourished so that COVID-19 is
not a significant threat to their health.
Only then will governments relax their lockdown restrictions and lift travel restrictions.
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