Treating long COVID

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On Sunday, Focus on America hosted an event in Huntsville at the Jackson Center where several doctors and other professionals spoke on treating the long COVID phenomenon that many doctors are finding in their patients.

“It is the spike protein that causes long covid,” said Dr. David Calderwood. “It can last in the body for at least 15 months.”

“We all know that the spike protein can cause myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the heart muscle,” said Dr. Calderwood.

Blood clots are a problem in many long COVID patients,

“Much of long COVID is the result of this clotting – these little tiny clots that get in our blood vessels,” Calderwood continued. “Nattokinase has the ability to dissolve the blood clots as well as the spike proteins.”

Calderwood said that some research shows that the enzyme nattokinase may have other health benefits.

“One study shows that it is more effective at breaking down cholesterol than the statin drugs,” Calderwood added. “Be sure to take that on an empty stomach either an hour before eating or several hours after eating.”

Calderwood said that the spike protein can cause liver inflammation, lung inflammation, immune system inflammation, or harm through suppression of our immune system, leading to the reactivation of shingles and even hepatitis. It also impairs semen concentration in men and causes irregular menstrual cycles in women. CDC data shows that cancer has increased since 2021, and Defense Department data shows an increase in cancer diagnosis among servicemembers.

Dr. Calderwood is not a proponent of the COVID-19 vaccines.

“I, for one, do not want to have spike protein in my body,” Calderwood said.

Dr. David Williams said he has treated over 4,000 COVID patients.

“Ivermectin is one of my favorite substances on earth,” Dr. Williams said. “It is a gift of God, in my opinion. It has been used for over 50 years. Four billion doses have been administered.”

William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2015 for their work on the development of ivermectin,” Williams said.

Another treatment Dr. Williams recommends is low-dose naltrexone (LDN).

“I use it for a whole number of inflammatory diseases beyond COVID,” Williams said. “Most of my patients do real well with just ivermectin and LDN.”

Dr. Williams cautioned that, much like antibiotics, there is a danger of coming off the medication too quickly once you start to feel better and then having the illness come back and get more serious.

“You can’t go off it when you start feeling well,” Dr. Williams cautioned.

Other treatments that Dr. Williams uses include glutathione, nattokinase, and serrapeptase.

“These are proteolytic enzymes,” Williams said.

Williams explained that he uses the enzymes in an effort to deal with COVID-related blood clotting, “Those clots are very difficult to break down.”

Dr. Diane Counce is a neurologist.

“People with high blood pressure, diabetes, and dementia have a very hard time with COVID,” Dr. Counce explained.

Dr. Counce said patients suffering from long COVID complain of an “average of 56 symptoms.”

“Over 91% took 35 weeks or more to recover fully,” Counce said.

Counce said that for many people who have an adverse reaction from the vaccine can linger much like long COVID.

Counce compared the effects of COVID to a cup running over. Every time you get a dose of the spike protein from a vaccine booster or another exposure to COVID-19, the spike proteins build up in the system, and eventually, it will run over and cause problems.

Counce said that symptoms she commonly sees in her practice include fatigue, brain fog, poor sleep, decreased well-being, mast cell activation, increased inflammation, poor digestion, and microclotting.

Treatments that Dr. Counce has been using include NAC – (N-acetyl cysteine), ivermectin, nattokinase, and naprinol.

Counce listed Bell’s palsy as a condition she sees more frequently as a neurologist. Senator Katie Britt (R-Alabama) suffered from Bell’s palsy for about four weeks in August.

“A UK Biobank neuromacry study showed that even mild COVID can result in a shrinking of the brain equivalent to ten years of aging,” Counce said. “COVID-19 can induce multiple sclerosis.”

“I think it is up to health care providers to get on board and learn about this stuff,” Counce said.