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Persistent Defenses Against Wuhan

A brief guide to protecting yourself from the deadly Wuhan virus.

By Harald Philipp /

“Only the Paranoid Survive”

Book title, Andy Grove, founder of Intel, 1981

“If you know the enemy and know yourself,

you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'


In this brief article I will lay out in as simple terms as I can, how the Wuhan virus works, what Wuhan targets, how the body
reacts once infected, and why people die from it in such large numbers.

More importantly, I will describe my own personal strategies for dealing with Wuhan that I believe will dramatically reduce
my odds of catching it, and furthermore, if I do get it, reduce my symptoms and improve my odds of survival.

Like a Medieval castle, my defense system is layered:

A) Moat: An outer defense exterior to your body;

B) Castle walls: A defense layer on the surface of points where viruses typically enter into your body;
C) Infantry: Defenses inside the castle which can kill off virus particles that make it past the other defense layers.

The key to these layers is persistence, the ability of the defenses to keep working for hours or even days, so you don't have to
worry so much about forgetting to renew or apply a protection layer. I do not disregard basic existing professional health
care recommendations, in fact I embrace them. However, I also buttress these basic recommendations with methods
and treatments that make them far more effective, in ways that help to overcome natural human tendencies to forget
or to make a fatal mistake.

As an example, one common fatal mistake involves the use of masks. Masks are essential, but not risk-free mostly for
reasons we are not told about. There are no published cures for this defect in masks, but the cure is relatively easy to
implement and does not require much further thought or care in actual use.

By understanding how the virus works we can better comprehend it's weaknesses, and evolve methods for defending
ourselves that are radically more effective than the baseline recommendations.

Caveat: I am not a doctor. I am a seasoned electrical engineer and former entrepreneur! But, I've been studying this
subject for a good while now together with my wife, an actual MD, and we've figured out a set of engineering
solutions to this problem that we are convinced will work for almost everyone.

This is not to be considered medical advice! This document is for your 'academic interest' only, and I make no
professional recommendations herein. Do your own research, as I have done, and consult your medical practitioner
for actual health and medical advice as needed.

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The Wuhan Battle Plan

The Wuhan virus’ battle plan is very simple: To seek to make as many copies of itself as possible inside of you and to spread
large numbers of these copies by infecting as many other new hosts/people as it can, creating an exponentially growing chain
of contagion. The virus hits a wall only when there are insufficient person-to-person transmissions to new, uninfected
victims. The distribution method is mostly through your lungs and mucous. Coughing, sneezing, saliva and nasal slime are
wonderful means for viral particles to hitch a ride to other humans. Wuhan easily transits in air and can sit on common
surfaces for days, waiting like an unseen assassin to infect it’s next victim. We are just now learning that it can survive free-
floating in air for hours. We can imagine that aircraft are full of virus clouds from infected passengers, just looking to be
sucked into your sinus passages.

The Wuhan virus is just a clever piece of biological software – a dumb viral strand with no brain – that diabolically takes
over your body's cells and converts them into copying machines replicating more copies of itself. It does not care about the
collateral damage it inflicts upon an infected host. It does not care about politics and other human diversions except to the
extent they might lead to human behaviors conducive to accelerated viral spreading. It only concerns itself with sheer
replication in exponential numbers; the more the merrier. I highly recommend you look into the dynamics of exponential
growth if you want to understand the Wuhan’s steep case trajectory in places like Wuhan, Europe and Tehran.

The damage it inflicts can put you in ICU for several weeks, and/or kill you. But that is just a side effect of what the virus is
really programmed to do; like two mating elephants in a china shop which really don't care how many plates get broken, it
just wants to create offspring, massive numbers of offspring. The other code in the virus is for things that help it accomplish
the main goal, for example, coding for the viral envelope and surface proteins and coding that allows it to hijack a human
cell's internal replication machinery.

It's not in Wuhan's own interest to kill you per se, but if a modest percentage of people die, the Wuhan just carries on. If too
many people die and die quickly, the virus cannot replicate fast enough to keep up with the fatalities, and will fade out. The
best thing for any virus is a long drawn out infection with lots of continuous replication and opportunity to infect others.
Deceased people don't harbor active viral particles for long, and dead people don't sneeze. Truly vicious viruses with high
death rates like Ebola and MERS burn out fast which is why we don't see them much as a threat, other than during a brief
outbreak which inevitably burns out fast. In fact, many viruses which are initially lethal, mutate to less lethal forms, because
it's in the interest of the viral code to do so.

Which brings us to mutation: Wuhan is an RNA virus, and RNA viruses are unstable. If a mistake in the copy process
occurs, the mutated copy will usually not work, but if one or two mistakes out of millions results in an even more efficient
RNA code, that code, that strain, will start to replicate faster than the other existing strains and take over. Which means: If a
method of suppressing the virus actually works, like a vaccine, then mutations – bad copies – of the virus will just start to
work around it. This happens so fast, vaccine developers will be very hard pressed to keep up.

The Wuhan has a period of asymptomatic (undetected) infection while spreading prodigiously. It does this during the initial
stages of breakout in your body when you have not yet had an immune reaction; this period can last a few days or weeks. It
also does it at the end of an infection when you are on the mend or fully recovered; reports indicate that viral shedding
continues for up to several days after 'recovery'. Also, incredibly, the virus can even reinfect people previously infected and
recovered; a 14% reinfection rate was reported in one Chinese study. If this is true, it's quite depressing as it means the
world will be highly challenged to get rid of this thing any time soon.

People walking around town with no symptoms, believing they are 'clean' while in fact shedding the virus profusely, are
called 'super spreaders'. They are an epidemiologist's worst nightmare. One of the first of these was a businessman who
attended a conference in Singapore and contracted the virus there, then flew to a ski chalet in France, where he infected 5
others, then flew to London where he infected more people, 11 in total, all without showing symptoms. Anyone who insists
that you can't get infected from someone with no symptoms is either ignorant, lying, or disseminating propaganda.

Wuhan seems to have achieved an optimal trade off of replication aggression vs. death. The faster it replicates the more
copies there will be, its primary goal, but also the more deaths there will be. Too fast is not good, since with too many rapid
deaths the virus quickly runs out of hosts and the chain of transmission loses efficiency. Too slow and there are few deaths,
but the virus is not at maximum potential. There is a balance, and Wuhan, at least one strain spreading in Europe, appears to
have hit the balance point sweet spot.

Wuhan is diabolical because of its finely tuned balance of replication vs death rate. An under 10% death rate – e.g. 2-3% as

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reported for Wuhan – with a very high replication factor (R0) of around 4 – 6 (there is debate about this number too) seems to
work extremely well for Wuhan. Our problem as individuals and as a species is that a 2-3% death rate mixed with a
replication factor of around 4, is a species threatening bomb capable of spiking deaths even higher than 3% due to the ability
of the rate of increase to overwhelm health care systems. [Note: The 2-3% death rate is WITH universally available care in
an ICU; without such care, expect death rates to be well over 10% or more on a marginal basis, ie, those who require but
cannot get critical care.] This might explain steep fatalities in Wuhan City itself, and now Italy. So when you read about
death rates being 1%, take that with a grain of salt. Also, death rates have to be examined on a cleared-case basis, ie, number
of people who are 'cured' and who are dead. Those still sick should never enter into the equation for death rate; you have to
wait for the final outcome.

Expect death rates in countries with functioning healthcare systems (Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, S. Korea, Vietnam) to
be very low because they can still treat anyone who is sick, particularly the elderly and others with pre-existing health issues.
Expect countries with healthcare systems that have been overwhelmed (Iran, Italy) to have extremely high death rates.

Look at it this way: If 1,000 people desperately need an ICU bed, but the hospital has only 100 beds: 100 lucky people will
have a low death rate; perhaps only 1 will die (1%). The 900 sorry devils who don't get in will have an enormous death
rate, perhaps 20-30% or more, on a cleared-case basis. If you just count those who got a bed as your statistic, you are lying
to yourself and the world. But that's what's being said by many politicians and even top health care 'experts'. This is
outright, dangerous propaganda that makes people complacent and diverts them from making adequate and timely

Also ask yourself, 'why did the Chinese deem it necessary to weld shut the doors of apartment buildings in Hubei Province?'
To challenge a 1% death rate? I think not.

The virus is very sneaky; it will lay low for a good while in your body, breeding in nasal and throat tissues where the
immune system has a harder time detecting it, and then break into your blood stream after some days or weeks. Once it
breaks into circulation, the immune system tries to design and replicate enough killer T cells, antibodies and phagocytes
(google these) to counterattack, and the real war begins. Before that point, you will already be coughing and sneezing up
virus particles into the air for efficient distribution; you will be ignorant that the virus has already hijacked your body.

Once commenced, the battle is a race against the clock. The virus tries to replicate as fast as it can and your immune system
tries to destroy it as fast as it can. If your immune system is not up to the task (elderly people, those with weak immune
systems, or people with other diseases that the immune system is already stressed dealing with), then the virus can simply
'win' the tug of war, overwhelm the body, and replication becomes so uncontrolled that you expire.

The reason uncontrollable replication leads to death is simple: A human cell taken over by the virus will itself die, and,
millions of cells will get infected and they will die as well. Also, your own immune system is trying to attack your infected
cells as well, so cell death is coming from two directions – the virus via direct attack, plus your immune system. Enough cell
death, and your tissues become rotting flesh which the body's lymphatic system (essentially a biological garbage disposal
system) cannot clean up fast enough. All the dead tissue becomes inflamed, necrotic, and further infected with bacteria. The
bacteria can lead to bacterial pneumonia on top of all the other problems. Soon, you cannot breathe, the body becomes totally
overwhelmed, and you die by suffocation. This is why they try to save you with a mechanical ventilator and oxygen, and
often end up putting high powered antibiotics into your IV drip too.

There are CT scans you can google of patients with advanced Wuhan disease, where the lungs can be seen to be massively
filled with debris and fluid that cannot be cleared by the body or any machine. The term used for this is 'ground glass
opacity' due to the way it looks on a CT scan. Even if you recover, the chances of permanent lung damage (scarring) are very
high. You may make it to the 'Survived' statistical column, but you may also have to be sub-recorded in a 'Damaged Lung'

Sometimes the body is slow to ramp up a defense, but finally goes into overdrive and creates what is called a 'Cytokine
storm', which inflames and destroys enormous numbers of your own cells in a very short period. Your body overloads and
once again, you die. It's very hard to save someone having a cytokine storm. It takes a lot of intervention by doctors, and
when the shit hits the fan due to the Wuhan pandemic, those doctors will also be very busy trying to save a huge number of
other infected patients as well.

The Wuhan virus, like many other viral diseases, loves to live in sinus and lung tissue for the simple reason that this is an
efficient place for the virus to be expelled back out into the air. There are even special chemical bindings that Wuhan has

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called ACE-2 protein receptors which allow the virus to efficiently attach to cells which have ACE-2 proteins; using ACE-2
binding, they can penetrate the cell wall of specific cells. ACE-2 cell proteins are found in substantial quantity in lung tissue.
You can think of this mechanism as a kind of puzzle-piece fitting exercise. The virus has one piece of puzzle that locks on
only to an ACE-2 piece, and ACE-2 is found in many cell types but most importantly, lung cells. The virus ends up highly
concentrated in your lungs, where it has a good chance of causing a chain reaction leading to death.

It's not a good idea to be complacent or to pooh-pooh this contagion. It's not the flu, and it's far more serious than what
governments and the WHO, in particular, have been letting on. Governments seem more motivated to prevent riots and
alleviate political/economic consequences than they are motivated to prevent your death. At least in the first instance. The
only reason they are interested in saving lives is because if it gets really out of control, they will lose political power trying to
control a sea of chaos. Maybe leaders will also die, as they are dying in Iran. They will obfuscate, cover up the numbers,
fail to do testing, sweep as much as they can under the rug, blame someone else, and frankly just lie to your face. Anything
to prevent so called panics and riots. They have said that the panic is a greater danger than the virus itself.

First of all, it has been said that panic is in its rawest form, is a simple manifestation of the human survival instinct which has
served mankind well since time immemorial. It is the primitive early warning system of the human species.

Secondly, instead of constantly lecturing the public about how important it is to avoid a panic, our leaders, the so called
public health experts and the main stream media should have been treating the public as adults instead of children.

Explaining the Wuhan pandemic related risks in a calm but frank manner and further educating the public on effective
counter measures and the urgent, yes urgent, need to modify our personal behavior to meet the Wuhan challenge, on a
personal and collective level, is paramount in importance.

What follows is my humble attempt to contribute to the latter goal.

The Achilles Heel of Wuhan

The Wuhan virus shares basic traits in common with other corona viruses in that it is an RNA virus with a double-layer lipid
shell. More information can be found in Wikipedia and other sources. Lipids (a kind of fat) dissolve in soaps and solvents,
making them relatively easy to destroy with common household products. Once the shell is dissolved with soap or alcohol
for example, the RNA strand found inside denatures and breaks apart, 'killing' or deactivating it (there is an academic
discussion of whether viruses are living organisms or something else). No, it can't return to active virulence once neutralized
– viruses are not zombies, they don't resurrect themselves. At least, I've not heard of that!

One theory I have is that because the replication of Wuhan is so explosive in the body once it takes hold, you are better off
delaying the onset of mass replication so your immune system has time to make react, ie, by giving your immune system
time to ramp up. This is especially important if you are old, have another illness, diabetes, and so on. You need to buy your
system some lead time. There is much talk about 'flattening the curve' of the pandemic by slowing down new cases of

We should also be talking about flattening the rate of infection inside the body itself.

Think of the virus as an Olympic sprinter, ready at the blocks (your sinuses) to break out, and your immune system as a car.
There is no starting gun: the virus is coiling up getting ready to run like hell, but the car's engine is just idling and the driver
is checking his Twitter account, not even aware that the sprinter is there. The virus leaps into action at a moment of its
choosing. The driver looks up and sees the sprinter but it's too late – by the time the immune system shifts into first gear and
steps on the accelerator, the sprinter is already 20 meters down the track. Then the car accelerates, slowly at first while the
runner is still surging ahead, then faster and faster. In theory, the car can overtake the runner but it takes time, depending on
the state of the car's engine and the reaction time and skill of the driver.

In a good case, the runner is ahead for a while but is rapidly overtaken by the immune system car before the finish line.

But what if the car is not in such great shape? Maybe the engine is old and running on half its cylinders, and the fuel has
some water in it. The driver suffers from depression and is on drugs. You need a leg up, a little extra time. If you don't have

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that extra time to catch up, the sprinter wins, and you die.

If you failed to prevent the sprinter from getting to the race track in the first place (prevention – that's your job), you need to
slow him down at the starting line. Laying down some soft sand on the ground in front of the virus might just save your life.
Draining and refilling your gas tank would seem to be important. Replacing the spark plugs might restore those dead
cylinders. Taking away the phone from the driver so he can't be distracted might make for a faster reaction time. These all
seem like simple solutions, but how can we do that in practice, with an unseen yet fragile virus?

The ideas I have presented here are designed to:

a) help reduce the odds of any infection at all;

b) dramatically prolong the interval from when you are exposed to Wuhan to the point where it tries to explode in your body;

c) patch up the immune system so that it can race ahead faster to catch up. Even if these ideas don't stop you from getting
sick, they might at least reduce symptoms and illness duration, and keep you out of the hospital.

Common products, when used the correct way, can defend you from getting sick in the first instance. Nothing is foolproof,
but the odds of avoiding infection are proportional to the effort you make in defending yourself. You can defeat the virus by
preparing in advance for its arrival through a multi-layer defense. That defense necessarily includes your internal defenses,
your immune system. If you delay or procrastinate in boosting your immune system, the sprinter, the virus, will make you
into easy pickings and one day you will find yourself on a metal table with tubes sticking out of you.

All the public health recommendations about avoiding contact with others (maintaining minimum distances),
isolation, not touching public surfaces, washing hands and so on, are vital and necessary. The problem is, saying that
sounds great, but it's not always practical or possible. We all have to eat and make a living, so we do what we can. The
ingredients and methods described here do not supplant diligence and common sense, or a doctor's advice, especially a
doctor who has experience with SARS or similar viruses.

The worst thing is fatalism! Fatalism means passivity which means that your body is, by definition, an open door to the
Grim Reaper, or at least, a 3 week stint in a hospital, if you can get a bed. Panic, the other end of the emotional spectrum is
also bad, but only because it colors your decision making process and can lead to ill-informed, disastrous decisions based on
ignorance and fear.

This is not medical advice! This is just my own personal research. Consult your doctor, no matter what, or go online
and educate yourself. If you have any information that can augment or refute or otherwise constructively add to this
conversation, please let me know.

Being armed with knowledge, tools and personal behavior-modification is my personal preference, and I hope this is your
preference too.

Don't die in ignorance and lethargy. Learn to fight.

And with that, here is my 3-layer 'persistent' defense system.

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Persistent Defense Layer One: The Moat

I. The Hands

Protecting your hands from viral contamination is hugely important, but remarkably difficult. Viruses are on everything, and
you can't easily go about your day without touching things.

Sanitizer will probably kill most virus on your hands, but it is not persistent. A minute after using sanitizer, you can touch
something contaminated and get infected when you next touch your face. Not all sanitizers have enough alcohol to work well
on viruses, and some sanitizers have no other active agent. Read the ingredients before relying on a sanitizer’s claims.
Alcohol content should be at or above 70% to do any good at all, but higher is better. Many are only around 60%, and I'd not
take my chances with them. Ones containing benzalkonium chloride or chlorhexidine are a little better, but not much. You
are better off using straight 100% Isopropyl alcohol. Get it from a hardware store if your pharmacy doesn't carry it (often in
the paint supply or cleaning section).

Hand washing is cheap and effective, but some of the same comments above apply. It is recommended to wash hands
frequently, and I don't disagree. However, this does not really solve the problem entirely. Soap destroys the outer envelope of
a coronavirus with remarkable efficiency; anti-bacterial additives don't really add anything to the equation.

The problem is that hand washing is a transient destruction and rinsing off of virus; one minute later your hands can re-
contaminate, and if the virus makes its way to your mouth, nose, eyes, etc., you catch the bug. Wash, touch surface, touch
nose, get sick.

Gloves will protect your hands, but will themselves become contaminated. You have to remove them at some point, and if
you touch the contaminated surface of a glove, you risk infection on your hands and from there onto your face. Putting your
hand to your nose or eyes with a glove on will virtually guarantee infection if it's on there. Nice idea, but fatally flawed.

The Value of Persistence: Solutions you can easily implement

By all means, wash your hands with the hottest water you can tolerate using common soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds
(some recommend singing two rounds of Happy Birthday). But don't rely on this alone!

1) Use a Betadine solution to coat your hands.

Previously I recommended a 20% Betadine + water mix, but from now I'll be using a liquid comprised of:

10 parts Betadine,
9 parts brine (strong salt water),
1 part liquid dish or hand soap.

You can use a teaspoon or small measuring cup to measure out in the above proportions. To dissolve
the soap better, heat the mix gently on a stove (just warm it!) and stir rapidly for 3 or 4 minutes.
There should be no foaming action. In use, it's a little sticky for the first half hour or so, but I got
used to it already. This should be even more effective than my first formula because it has twice the
Betadine, and the brine and soap keep it a little moist on your skin at all times – it feels a little
slippery, even after an hour. The soap is a natural virucide, and both the soap and the salt are
humectants – they retain a little moisture from the air.

Dry virucides don't work nearly as well as damp or wet ones.

Tincture of iodine and Lugols can be used instead of Betadine. With 2% tincture, or 2% Lugols
solution, decrease the iodine component to 5 parts and increase the brine to 14 parts.

Coat your hands liberally with the solution before going out in public. Because iodine 'sublimates' (evaporates) slowly into

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air, you need to keep spraying your hands from time to time to replace the loss. Tincture of iodine and Lugols evaporate
much faster than Betadine so I'd be refreshing those every 30 minutes or so, while Betadine is good for an hour. Of course if
your hands get wet or you wash them, you need to replenish right away.

If I happen to touch something or shake someone's hand, I coat my hands again 'just in case'. If you do all this religiously,
you have implemented a good part of the moat defense! It makes it far less likely that you have a contaminated finger
touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Your hands will be self-sterilizing.

I use a small 30ml spray bottle (eyeglass cleaner bottle - pictured) of Betadine solution that I carry with me everywhere in a
little cloth sack. It stains like crazy, so be careful using it around your clothing. About 4 or 5 pumps in the palm of my hand
is enough to apply and rub on both sides my hands. I make sure I get my fingertips. I also cut my fingernails short, so there
is less chance of virus sticking under a nail.

Betadine is a huge part of my defense against the Wuhan virus! As I mentioned, tincture of iodine and Lugols are also
usable with the caveats I mention above in case you can't find Betadine (povidone iodine).

2) Persistent Gloves
Gloves are a terrific idea in theory, but unless there is an antiviral inside the material, they don't do you a lot of good. If you
use gloves, it's also still best to coat your hands with iodine solution just in case you have to take your gloves off for some

My personal decision has been to use cotton gloves soaked in a persistent virucide. Just using gloves alone does not really
protect you that much. What you really want are gloves that are always clearing themselves of active virus, in 'real time',
with high efficiency and speed.

Buy cotton gloves (thin cotton photography gloves for example) so that the solution actually sinks into the fibers, locking
them in. Polyester fibers are not as absorbent. Spray liberally, or soak them in either:

- Solution of Betadine: 10 parts Betadine, 9 parts brine (salt water), 1 part liquid dish or hand soap;
- Triple Metal Brew (TMB): Equal parts of 'brewed' colloidal silver, zinc, & copper for a 33/33/33ppm mix
(see below), which in turn is combined 20 parts TMB to 1 part liquid dish or hand soap.

Heat the mix to a warm temperature (not boiling! Just warm!) on a stove, briefly, and stir well to dissolve the soap
completely. Soak the gloves well, and let dry before using.

Betadine version: As I mentioned before, since Betadine evaporates off over a few hours depending on temperature, you
need to have a spray bottle of Betadine solution (see 1 above) with you that you need to use to 'renew' your gloves as the
iodine fades away. In fact, you might need to 'renew' the iodine with a brief spray again before first use, if the initial orange
color has already faded a bit. You can smell iodine too – and the smell will decline with time and temperature.

Once there is salt and soap in the gloves there is no need to renew the salt and soap parts unless you wash the gloves, so,
your 'renewal' solution can simply be a 1:1 ratio of Betadine to tap water.

Do not use iodine and metals together, they will cross-react and the resulting compounds might not be as effective.
Do not use metals and salt together, they will also cross-react, taking precious free metal out of solution.

I'm looking into iodine and metal salts as a more stable alternative, but can't comment yet. I'm also looking into other metals
and compounds that could be more stable and effective if they can be obtained easily, for which there might be test data with

Colloidal metal version: Before there was Penicillin and other antibiotics, there were metals. Metals were used extensively
in the 1800's up to the mid 20th century to help cure all kinds of infections. Antibiotics were much better against bacterial
infections, and took over from metals, but that does not mean that metals don't have a valid, powerful place in preventing
viral infection. They are under-appreciated today. Silver in particular has a millenia-long history as a wound disinfectant,
going back to Roman times. In modern use, silver is still used in antimicrobial creams and medical implants to prevent

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infection. Silver nano particles and ions are also now being used extensively on metal surfaces such as hand rails and door
knobs as a sanitary coating, and embedded within plastics so that they cannot sustain microbial surface life. Copper and zinc
have also been used similarly.

Metals in particular are very persistent, so they will last many weeks without needing to be renewed, unless they are exposed
to other chemicals, or salts, resulting in reactions that deplete the metal. As mentioned above, iodine evaporates, so you do
need to re-spray the gloves a bit every hour or so while on the move with a spray bottle of Betadine and water, 50/50. I
suggest washing the gloves in hot soapy water periodically to remove dirt and general organic contamination; a good idea
would be to use a fresh pair of gloves daily. It's a judgment call, and depends on how much you use them. Of course, you
need to apply new solution to them if you wash them.

Colloidal metals can be purchased over eBay. On eBay you can buy 100ppm silver, zinc, and copper in 500mL and 1L sizes.
Simply combine the three 100ppm metal solutions in equal parts to achieve 33ppm values of each in the final liquid. The
total concentration of all three metals together in the final mix will obviously still be 100ppm. Spray on (soak them!) or
immerse the gloves in a tray or jar of solution and let dry. If you manage to get 200ppm or 500ppm metals, more power to
you! But in this case, you can just dilute the liquids down to 100ppm with distilled water to extend your stash. 100pm is
more than good enough for anti-viral purposes.

Triple Metal Brew (TMB): You can also make your own colloidal metal solutions in steam-distilled water. There are many
YouTube videos that show how to do this (most are insufferably long and badly done, but you'll get the basic idea). You can
also buy a colloidal silver kit, which is what I did; you can use the exact same kit to do the other metals too. You just need to
get two pieces of strip or wire made of zinc and copper. It all works the exact same way.

You can buy steam-distilled water, but I prefer to use my own steam distiller. A counter-top steam-distiller is a great
appliance to have, and I have one. A 4L version with glass carafe costs around US$300 and needs about 5 hours to make 4L.
It's all we drink now, it tastes great and has no fluoride or chlorine or organic pollutants in it. The residue in the bottom of
the pot when a batch is done looks disgusting and stinks like a chemical factory – I have no idea why Auckland water is so
bad, but it's horrible; I'm sure most treated municipal water is the same. Hard to believe people drink that, as I did, but we all
got used to it.

If you make TMB at home, use a 500ml glass container, and after about 4 hours of one metal, replace the metal with another
metal and keep 'brewing'. Do this with all three metals in the same water so that you do not self-dilute the metals in the
water by combining them later separately. Be sure to use a DC output power supply in the range of 24-36 volts; swap the
electrodes every 15 minutes or so to limit electrode oxidation, and/or wipe off the darkened electrodes periodically with a dry
cloth every half hour or so. For the power supply, you can use 3x 9-volt batteries in series, or use an old wall power supply
laying around, having an output voltage in the needed range.

The solution will turn color as the electrolysis progresses. There are meters you can buy to check silver content, but you can
also just go by color change or precipitation to know when to stop. If you start to see metal flakes in or on the water, the
solution is saturated, and you definitely should stop. I filter the water through a paper coffee filter to remove any coarse
particles that have accumulated, at around the 4 hour mark at 24 volts. Between metals, you should also filter the water, so
you should filter the water 3 times through the same filter. The result will be a solution of about 50/50/50ppm, which you can
use directly, or dilute down a bit to get to approximately 33/33/33ppm. I wish there was a way to measure the concentration
easily, but other than the silver meters you can buy (just primitive conductivity meters really) I am not aware of any reliable
way to measure it. This is a weakness of this method, as opposed to buying the solutions pre-made.

If I have further thoughts on the subject, I'll add them in a later revision of this guide. If you have any constructive
suggestions please let me know!

The metals are slower acting against viruses, but won't discolor gloves like iodine. Just don't combine the iodine and metals
in one solution, because that will create unwanted reaction products and take away the free metal particles.

What if you can't get all three metals? Any one of the metals is effective in itself. Any two are better, and three is my
personal optimum. Like triple antibiotic cream, my theory is that if one metal doesn't nail the virus, one of the other two
will. It's all about tilting the odds in your favor in the battle.

Why use a pistol when you can use a machine gun?

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There might be other compounds that are also persistent and more effective than iodine or colloidal metals; if you know of
any, please let me know and I'll incorporate it in my next version of this document if they look appropriate.

II. The Face

Your face is where the virus is trying to nail you, so it's really vital that you put a 'moat' around it too. The mouth, nose and
eyes are all susceptible to viral attack. There are two things you need in your defense system here:


A mask will prevent you from touching your face generally (except of course your eyes). It will also dramatically reduce the
shedding of the virus by you, if you are infected, into the air. Anything that reduces viral transmission to others – not just for
your own personal well being – is to be embraced. Reducing transmission reduces the societal replication factor R 0,
impeding contagion, and allowing the health care system to keep/catch up. This will also benefit you, if one day you become
sick with Wuhan; it means you might get an ICU bed.

Currently in many countries masks are almost impossible to obtain, for example in the USA and parts of Europe. If you need
to, make your own fabric mask. There are online instructions and YouTube videos. Some sewing is required. If I had to
make a mask from scratch, I'd be using vacuum cleaner bags, and somehow make use of the HEPA filter. I'd certainly infuse
it with metals or iodine (see below).

Very high quality reusable cloth masks are being made in Vietnam; I know, because we bought ours there on a recent trip.
Masks can be bought everywhere in Vietnam, at every kiosk or grocer. Several clothing factories in Vietnam voluntarily
converted to mask-making almost overnight, and there is a large supply of high grade N95 masks to be found on store

The idea that 'masks don't work' is complete rubbish, unless you believe in Magical Masks. Magical Masks are masks
that don't work for you, but do work for health care professionals.

Propaganda is detrimental to your survival. Disinformation for the purpose of aiding one group over another due to
scarce resource issues (masks) caused by poor planning on the part of the benefiting group (health carers and/or
politicians) is NOT in your best interest. A supply shortage of masks, does not justify statements asserting masks are not
necessary or ineffective. Push back or ignore. Raise bloody hell, and ask why your country cannot provide as many
masks as a Third World communist country like Vietnam can. Macau, as another example, went to rationing masks in
order to avoid hoarding and ensuring adequate supplies for medical staff. Macau did not tell its citizens that masks are
unnecessary. Quite the opposite. Macau’s active Wuhan case number is zero as of this writing.

Masks do have one fatal flaw – like gloves, they can infect you the moment you remove them, because the material becomes
infused with still-active viral particles. So, it's vitally important that you learn how to remove a mask only by the strings,
without touching the front surface. Throw it away immediately and don't reuse it, unless you find a way to sterilize it
(saturate with peroxide or bleach spray, by boiling, or simply machine wash with detergent). The exception to this is:

Persistent Masks: Masks are better if sprayed, inside and outside, with Betadine solution or Triple Metal Brew. Colloidal
metal – nano particles of metal – in particular gives the mask an anti-viral property that will persist for weeks; Betadine
slowly evaporates off and you have to respray the mask periodically, every hour or so depending on temperature. If using
colloidal metal, try to use a grand total concentration of 100ppm or above (33/33/33ppm, or 50/50ppm, or 100ppm). More is
better. See the section on Persistent Gloves (2), above for details. The principles are identical.

The important thing about metal or iodine impregnated masks is that the antiviral agent is constantly killing virus in the
cloth, so that when you go to remove the mask and touch it, you won't get as much (or any) contamination from viruses
absorbed into the fabric. The argument against masks – that you will get the virus anyway just by removing the mask unless
you are incredibly careful – is overcome by the use of virucides in the mask material.

I'm not the first person to think of this. Vietnamese manufacturer VNG is one of a few companies in that country using

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metallic virucidal nano materials in mask cloth. Israeli company Argaman Technologies is another, using copper infused
nano material. The idea is a sound one, and anyone can infuse iodine or metal ions into a mask; it's not rocket science.

Regardless, when you remove a mask, it's still a good idea to not be careless: Respect the virus, as though it's lurking in a
corner of the mask that for some reason has no virucide. Remember also, that the viruses are not killed on contact! It takes
some minutes for that to happen. So, imagine it takes an hour to be safe, and behave accordingly. Touch only the straps of
the mask to put on and remove, and be sure to wash your hands and/or re-coat them with iodine solution after handling your

Don't do stupid stuff! Like touching a handrail without a treated glove or hand, and then pulling up your mask to pick your
nose. And don’t casually hang your mask under your chin. Guess what, you wind up spreading the viral particles to your
chin by doing so. Remove the mask to be safe. Be conscientious and think before you do anything involving any part of your

The methods I am describing here are NOT foolproof. There is always room for error and there could be situations I have
not thought of. Use common sense, diligence and intelligence, and respect your enemy. It's gunning for you, and all it takes
is a few particles to nail you. Always remember, Only the Paranoid Survive.

Eye Protection

Since the Wuhan virus can easily enter your eyes, goggles are important in public settings, especially indoors and in confined
spaces like airplanes. Closing off air circulation around the eyes is pretty easy; there are many high quality industrial
goggles used for dusty places that should work just fine. Ones with a rubber edge seal are the best.

Goggles also protect you from touching your own eyes. Most people
touch their eyes unconsciously a few times each hour. An
unprotected hand is all it takes to get a bad case of Wuhan.

Normal glasses are better than nothing, but not by much. Side
protectors (pictured) help a lot, for one thing by limiting your ability
to rub your eyes with your fingers, but also by limiting air circulation
around your eyes.

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Foot Protection

When we think of protection, why is it that we never think of our feet? Perhaps because it's not an entry point to our bodies
… But this is a huge mistake in thinking! Feet ARE entry points – to our homes! What is on the soles of your shoes is
absolutely revolting, yet still in many cultures, it's perfectly acceptable to walk into a house while wearing street shoes. The
crap on the soles of the shoes gets tracked everywhere. Just think of a dog walking in with muddy paws. That's obvious!
But the small viruses and bacteria from stepping in someone else's unseen spittle on the street will make it all across your
home, invisibly, just the same.

I don't have a persistent solution to this problem other than behavior modification! I take my shoes off before entering my
home. Up to now, I've taken them off just inside the door; I'm changing my behavior to take them off outside the door. I
don't even want my clogs in the house.

If you have a pet like a dog that needs to be walked daily, God help you because I can't think of an easy way to defend
against that. The Wuhan can live for 3 days or more on various surfaces, and it might live much longer in puddles of water.
People spit everywhere, and all that stuff is what you are walking on. Dogs roll around in everything and step in everything
and lick all kinds of disgusting things. They sometimes even go after animal feces. I had a dog once, so I know what goes
on. Do dogs get Wuhan? The issue is under contention in Hong Kong. But what's in the dog's fur once it's rolled around in
the grass in the public park and been petted by a total stranger, who had just a minute ago sneezed into his hand? Tough
conversation for people who love their pets more than their own family, isn't it.

General Hygiene

I'm not going to dwell on this subject much, because most of this is kind of obvious. When you come home from being
among other people and places, it's best if you throw your clothes in the laundry and take a hot shower, from top to bottom
with soap. Who knows what's in your hair. Wearing a cap may be a good idea.

Shower often, and insist that other family members also observe the same levels of cleanliness. If there is one high
probability path to getting infected, it's from another family member. At home your guard is down, and your defenses have
been removed. Perfect for Mr Wuhan to make his entrance.

At work and at home, clean the surfaces you interact with often. Your phone (mobile and fixed), keyboard, desk, chair and
so on. Again, not really a central part of what I am discussing here (just common sense anyway) but it's senseless to take all
the precautions I'm describing and then let your guard down on all the other things you do at home and work. There is a
limit to paranoia, but that doesn't mean you can't be vigilant and self-critical. It's all about improving your odds, so be

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Persistent Defense Layer Two: The Wall
The Wall is the part of your body that is the immediate barrier between the outside world and your blood, on the path of viral
entry. This means your throat, sinuses, eyes, lungs and so on. Whereas I covered hands and face masks and goggles and
such, I'd like to tell you what I am doing for my inner surfaces, ie my mucous membranes. The mask is great, but it can still
leak a little. Or, I might find myself unexpectedly in a position with someone where my mask is not on, and/or cannot be on
for any number of reasons. I'd like to have yet another defense barrier, should my first barrier – my moat – fail me or be

Protecting your Sinuses and Throat

It seems impossible to directly protect your sinuses and throat. You also have to breathe, eat and talk. It turns out that there
are some very significant things that can be done here, and if you read your way to this point you might already have a hunch
as to what I am doing for myself by way of prophylactics.

Persistent Solutions

1) Triple Metal Brew Nasal & Mouth Spray. As before, prepare in distilled water to about 33/33/33ppm, or use any one or
two metals that you can get. Before you leave the house spray both nostrils independently TWICE and suck it in as deep as
you can to line your sinuses all the way down to your throat. Spray the inside of your mouth deeply, 2-3 times, and don't
rinse. Keep spraying both mouth and nose once every half hour if you are in confined spaces with other people (airplanes,
restaurants etc). Try not to overdo it because neither you nor I am confident of possible side effects (see below), but don't
under-do it either. If you are not around people or stale confined or recirculated air, eg you are outdoors in the sunshine, don't
use this very often or not at all.

Caveat: The US FDA banned zinc gluconate spray after some reports that it caused loss of smell with prolonged use. For
this reason, I would not advise using zinc in the nose for very long. Silver and copper have no such negative reports, but it
serves to be careful and vigilant over any changes in your sinuses.


The report says that the loss of smell was accompanied by sharp pain in the nose after using the spray. If you get such a sharp
pain, it's wise to stop and try another solution without the zinc.

The data was correlative, not causative, so the study this recommendation was based on looks to me
like junk science. Also the claim that zinc nasal spray does not shorten the common cold may or may
not be true, but one has to do a personal risk vs reward assessment.

It is definitely true that zinc lozenges work to reduce the duration of sore throats and colds, so we
know for a fact that zinc is anti-viral and works on the surfaces of our throat. This could be true
because of zinc coating the throat, or because more zinc gets in the blood. Both could be true, and for
our purposes both should be tried simultaneously. From my own personal experience, I know that as
soon as I get a scratchy throat and that 'getting sick' feeling, 4 or 5 zinc lozenges in a row always stops
it dead in half a day. After 66 years I know my own body, and I know with high certainty – due to this
being a repeatable phenomenon – that something is going on.

We don't have time for double-blind experiments, and none will come in our lifetimes because there is
no money in it, but there's a very high probability that metals, at least zinc if not the others, will make you more resistant to
the initial stages of viral penetration of your throat and nasal linings; certainly, it is very logical to believe so.

Metals have not, as far as I know, been tested as prophylactics. I'm betting they work, and in any case, the consequences of
being wrong are virtually nil, other than maybe for zinc messing with your nose. Metals are dirt cheap and require no
prescription. Maybe that's why the FDA is so opposed to the metals and has no real data; the FDA and pharma companies
comprise a revolving-door system, and something this cheap that actually works is a definite threat to the establishment.

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Incidentally, the bottle pictured was store-bought in Auckland; it contained 10ppm of colloidal silver. I discarded the silver
after I was able to make my own, much stronger brew. The original liquid was clear, mine was a bronze color. In New
Zealand, regulations prevent you from selling more than 10ppm. In the USA you can even buy 500ppm. People drink that,
but you won't catch me doing that. But as a mouth wash or nasal spray? Sure!

A side benefit of spraying your mouth with any of the metals is that other bacteria, for example that might be causing
gingivitis or tooth decay are also going to be killed off. It should give you better breath for the same reason. Not a substitute
for brushing, but not a bad side effect!

2) Iodine nasal spray. I don't know what iodine might do to your olfactory sense, but in general it's not a bad idea and may
be more effective than Triple Metal Brew. A 4:1 Betadine dilution ought to work just fine (4 parts water, 1 part Betadine).

An Australian startup, Firebrick Pharma, has developed exactly such a spray (Betadine based) and is making claims (and
filed a patent) that it is effective against coronaviruses like Wuhan. This tells me that someone else put their money on the
line and probably researched it for safety. Povidone iodine is generally pretty safe and not nearly as caustic as Tincture of
iodine, as povidone molecules bind up the iodine atoms, which in turn are slowly released over time. That's also why
Betadine lasts much longer on skin than tincture of iodine or Lugols.

4) Throat Wash / gargle. Throat gargles work by killing just about everything. Any antiseptic gargle is better than none,
but one is superior. Betadine makes a throat gargle based of course on povidone iodine. Having used it, I can tell you it's
not the most pleasant gargle to use, but it seems to work.

At the very first sign of a scratchy throat or a feeling of ill-ease, use it!! Not a minute's delay. Every second you wait, allows
a potential viral infection to work deeper and deeper into your tissues. If you are traveling, take a bottle with you. Gargle as
deep as you possibly can, to the point of gagging. If you swallow some, nothing bad will happen other than you getting a
little extra iodine in your blood, which in itself is not the worst thing.

If you can't get Betadine gargle locally, use regular Betadine diluted 9+1 (nine parts water, one part Betadine) to achieve the
same strength as Betadine gargle. Yes, you will gag, but you just might live.

Hydrogen peroxide (3%) also makes a good mouth wash & gargle; although it foams up a lot in your mouth, it kills most
everything there without killing you. It works by releasing pure oxygen on contact with organic surfaces, and this is very
reactive and lethal to pathogens like viruses.

The problem with peroxide is that it is transient, not persistent, whereas iodine gargle and zinc (below) form a coating that
keeps on working and penetrating membranes. I don't use peroxide, but on a bad sore throat I'd consider using it first
because it works immediately to sterilize the mouth and throat; I'd follow that up with an iodine gargle (see above), wait
maybe 10 minutes, then go on a string of zinc lozenges. Between all 3 therapies, anything in there that's reachable by any
one of them is going to be quite dead.

With Wuhan, you can't mess around. You haul out all your guns, and use them, without holding back.

5) Zinc lozenges. As I discussed above, zinc has long been known to be a very efficient throat disinfectant and anti-viral.
Many studies show that zinc reduces the duration of the common cold. Zinc is presumably prophylactic to the throat if taken
on a regular basis by lozenge; that's not a logical stretch. I related above my personal experience with zinc lozenges; they
definitely work if taken early and for long enough.

Consider taking zinc lozenges daily during this pandemic especially if you are in an exposed situation. I will be doing that.
Also, the zinc in the lozenge will go into your bloodstream, which is also not a bad idea to boost your immune system.

Zinc lozenges take an hour or more to dissolve in your mouth if you stick it by your cheek. Slower is better. Your saliva will
carry the zinc down your throat, sterilizing it against pathogens. This is a huge advantage over a throat spray or gargle.

The best zinc lozenges are made using zinc acetate. Zinc gluconate is better than nothing, but zinc acetate has been
researched as having a stronger effect. Amazon has them, and Life Extension online has a range of them.

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Protecting the Eyes with Silver

Aside from protective eye wear, the other thing I've done is to spray colloidal silver into my eyes when I felt there was a
threat, for example someone coughing near me. I'd whip out the little bottle and shoot some 50ppm silver solution straight
into each eye, then roll my eyes around to make sure the solution was being transported to the nether regions of my eye

I'm not blind! In fact, the spray seemed to clear up a minor eye infection while we were in Vietnam recently. After an hour
or so, my eyes felt hugely less stressed and irritated, and redness that I had disappeared.

So if your eye protection fails, or you are not wearing it, I do think that this idea has merit, and it's far better than doing
nothing at all.

Silver does have a long history of use in the eyes, so this is not a totally crazy idea. In fact babies commonly used to get
silver nitrate solution dropped in the eyes at birth to prevent infection from the mother's birth canal (STD's).

Colloidal silver, being composed of nano particles, will eventually get washed down the tear ducts and into the nasal
passages. This is another reason why spraying your eyes may be a fabulous idea: The passages that you can't get to with a
nasal spray get taken care of via the eyes.

I doubt that this is very persistent, because tears are always washing out your eye sockets. Maybe give it a 5 minute lifespan
before you need to reapply in a threatening situation. Certainly, use it immediately after being in threat zone.

While I used a nasal spray bottle, it would be a little better to just re-purpose and eyedropper bottle and keep in a pocket or
bag. There is no danger of the solution becoming contaminated with organisms, for the obvious reason that the silver kills

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Persistent Defense Layer Three: Infantry


There are simple things you can do to reinforce your immune system, although most of these ideas take time – weeks or
months – but as they say, today is the first day of the rest of your life. Doing nothing is not a good option, especially if you
are already in a poor immunological state. These ideas are mostly not new, but few people take heed and do anything about
it. These ideas are mostly persistent, because they work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you forget for a few days,
nothing bad will happen; your body stores most of these things and rations them out as needed. But when your immune
system kicks into overdrive – Wuhan overdrive – it suddenly needs resources in huge amounts to generate the needed
response; if you are deficient to begin with, the reserves will simply not be there to draw on.

Many docs don't much like vitamins, because it's not something they can prescribe and make money on. There is a serious
conflict of interest issue in the medical community and their regulators that is not going away any time soon. The days of 'Do
no harm' are long over, in case you did not notice. Much of what I have to say revolves around supplements – vitamins and

1) Vitamin D3: First of all, it's not a vitamin, it's a hormone. Or rather, technically, a pro-hormone, or hormone precursor
that is used both directly and to make other hormones.

Start taking 10,000 IU immediately, 5,000 IU if you live in a sunny place and keep working on a tan. This is one time I'm
going to put my foot down and tell you to ignore most medical advice on this, because most doctors are willfully ignorant on
the subject and would rather have you buy a prescription drug AFTER you get sick. Doctors are simply not educated on this
subject, and don't have any motivation to be. I've known only two doctors in my entire life that looked at the research and
agreed with me.

This is the time to be a rebel and defy government ministers, regulations, and doctors. The average use by D3 researchers is
5,000 IU per day. This should tell you all you need to know.

Some countries (eg New Zealand) deliberately limit the IU to 1,000 per pill, which is not helpful at all. In the USA you can
even buy 50,000 IU tablets. A good suntan on Copacabana will net you 20,000 IU in one day, and nobody had side effects
from a suntan except maybe a better sex life (the cancer scare about sunshine is mostly rubbish, people inevitably die of
melanoma on parts of their bodies that have had no sun exposure at all – every dermatologist in the world knows this, yet
still spouts the same bullshit against sunshine. Of course, nobody should get burned or tan irresponsibly, but the evidence is
clear that the anti-sunshine campaign is completely overdone).

D3 is the raw material for a whole cascade of other hormones generated by your endocrine system including many related to
immunology. But don't take my word for it, just look:


I've been on 5,000 IU for years, and have had my bloodwork done annually (it's great, and I'm 66!). I'm upping my D3 to
10,000 / day and don't have a concern in the world about doing so.

But I digress.

Virtually every cell in your body has D3 receptors, and researchers still to this day don't know but what a tiny fraction of
these receptors are for. But we do know that people insufficient in D3 get sick with viral and bacterial diseases faster and for
longer and with more extreme consequences. They also get more cancer. It's cheap, and has no known negative side-effects
up to at least 100,000 IU per day. In history there have been only a very small number of people who overdosed, in one case
because a bottle contained uncut D3 due to a factory mistake – the person ended up taking 250,000 IU a day, unwittingly.
Even then, his symptoms reversed once he stopped taking the pills.

Alternative: Get out in the sunshine and work on a nice tan. Won't hurt your personal life, either.

Normally here I'd say 'talk to your doctor first', but I'm afraid that in most cases your doc will try to dissuade you. The only

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exception I'd make to that is if you have some strange drug interaction or some medical condition that could get worse. So
sure, talk to your doctor, but listen closely for an evidence-less dissuasion speech.

2) Iodine. Iodine is not just about goiter and radiation-proofing your thyroid. Iodine is essential for making an array of
thyroid hormones, many of which are critical to the immune system. Iodine itself is toxic to microbes, although there is
probably not enough free-circulating iodine in blood to kill pathogens that way. Japanese are reputed to get an average of
12-13mg of iodine a day from seafood and seaweed, for all their lives, and have significantly lower cancer rates than most
other major countries despite having a reputation for smoking like chimneys. I have been taking a daily 6mg supplemental
for years, and my overall hormone levels – including thyroids – are superb.

In full disclosure, I saw an endocrinologist in Zurich last year, who, when I told him my daily iodine dose, told me to my
face that I was crazy and that 100% for sure I had hyperthyroidism. So he did an ultrasound of my thyroid and measured
my thyroid hormones. He just sort of glowered at me when he gave me the results, but could say nothing. My levels
(mostly) were like those of a man in his 20's. I think I taught him something he missed in med school.

No specific research I can point to about taking iodine as an anti-viral, but it's more about endocrine system function and
general health. A hormonally healthier person should by rights be able to fend off the Wuhan more efficiently. Iodine is one
of the more important elements that can make that happen.

I've upped my iodine supplementation to 12.5mg (Iodoral brand). My endocrinologist can go take a hike. Anyway, chances
are you are deficient – if you don't use iodized salt regularly, you probably have a problem.

If you can't get Iodoral, no problem. Lugols solution is the same basic thing in liquid form, and every pharmacist in the
world knows what that is; it's been around since 1829. There are different strengths of Lugols out there, but try to converge
on the 12.5mg daily equivalance.

Jumping from 0mg to 12.5mg iodine overnight can be unsettling, I tried that initially. You really have to ease into it so your
body gets adjusted to it. How long this process takes, I can't tell you, because I just stayed at half a tablet. If I were you, I'd
supplement with a daily half dose of Iodoral (you can split the pills by hand), wait at least a week, then go to the full 12.5mg
dose. If you start feeling weird, listen to your body and back off for a while. But your body can definitely tolerate large
amounts of iodine with no ill effects, unless of course you have some drug interaction or an existing thyroid problem.

For sure, talk to your doctor about contraindications. But like I did with my endocrinologist, look for evidence-less
dissuasion tactics and make up your own mind, and ease into it and listen to your body.

3) Zinc. There is strong research indicating that zinc has anti-viral properties in the body. It's absolutely needed in the body
anyway, and many people are deficient. It's almost impossible to overdose on zinc. Zinc definitely kills viruses, this is
known by a great many studies. It's not controversial. There is no downside to taking zinc, and potentially a big upside.

Zinc lozenges (zinc acetate preferred) give you a double-benefit. First by wiping out viruses on the membranes of your
mouth and throat, and then by boosting zinc levels in your blood. As a prophylactic, it doesn't get better than that.

How much is enough? I take my zinc in the form of ZMA, a combination pill of zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B6. There is
a lot of snake oil in the ZMA business, but that does not interest me. I just generally want more zinc and magnesium, and
ZMA is pretty cheap. The B6 is a bonus. I'm not expecting to magically grow a set of 6-packs and be able to start lifting
100kg weights. Taking 2 ZMA capsules, I am getting 60mg of zinc a day, but now I'm thinking it's wise to increase the zinc
part to 90-100mg during this pandemic. Excess zinc gets washed out in urine, and it's very hard to overdose, but if suddenly
my body needs a surge in zinc to manufacture antibodies, I want that supply of zinc to already be there. Besides, excess zinc
will help prevent UTI infections if it's getting washed out like that.

The official tolerable upper limit on zinc is 40mg per day, so I'm just saying what I am doing and not pushing a
recommendation on anyone. But I will say this: All these wonderful daily recommendations and upper limits are based on
normal healthy conditions. There are NO recommendations for limits when your immune system's engine is running past the
redline and about to self-destruct. You can bet your bottom dollar that very few of those people dying in Italy were taking
any supplements at all, let alone going 5x or 10x over recommended limits. We'll never know how things could have been
different with zinc supplementation, because there is not a doctor in the world who will do a scientific controlled study on
this during a pandemic, now or ever. It would be considered unethical.

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There are studies on zinc though. For example this one on children, showing massive supplementation improvements in
viral illnesses:


I'm also conscious that I'm getting zinc from time to time in lozenges and spray, but overall those are small contributors.

If you take a lot of zinc, you really need to increase your copper intake as well. You can google that.

4) Vitamin C. Yes, why not. I'm not convinced that C has much of an effect on corona viruses, but it won't hurt either. If you
do use it, you probably need a gram a day or more to do any good. I have no specific recommendation about C, but am open
to changing my mind if evidence presents. I know of no research that shows that C is antiviral, but then, maybe I did not
look hard enough. I do take 500mg of C a day, but for me that's just throwing something against the wall, hoping it will
stick. Sometimes, it does. There are a lot of wild claims about vitamin C. Some might even be true.

I believe that D3, iodine and zinc are the real heavy lifters for immune function, and my focus has been on them.

5) Echinacea etc – I don't think most herbal things work much or at all, but maybe they do, so why not try. The risks are
negligible. The only downside is if the herbal does not work, and meanwhile out of a false sense of security you are ignoring
things that DO work, then you are shortchanging your body. I've not seen any decent study that says Echinacea actually
works. But then, there are no good studies to say that zinc nasal spray works against Wuhan either (but logically, it should).
Sometimes, you go with your instinct.

6) Exercise. Anything you can do to increase your lung function now is very important. The Wuhan kills you by
overwhelming your lungs. Sedentary people are likely to get more distress from Wuhan than those who run marathons, or
even just jog for a few kilometers ever few days, or hike up a hill a couple times a week. Aside from which, there are no end
of studies that show that people who exercise regularly have better resistance to diseases than the sedentary.

My advice: Start today.

7) Smoking. Just stop. Now. See below.

8) Pollution. New Zealand has one of the lowest case loads of Wuhan in the world. I think that's because a) it's remote, and
takes longer to get here b) it's still warm and sunny c) there is almost no pollution d) few people in NZ smoke. Actually,
I've not seen one person smoking in recent memory, although from time to time I see an e-cigarette, but even that is rare.

Milan / Lombardy region (Italy) is one of the most polluted places in Europe and has been compared with another Wuhan
cluster, Teheran. China is hugely polluted. In Wuhan you could barely see the sun (that's changed!). Both places have large
numbers of people who smoke. Both places have had horrendous outbreaks. Lombardy was further complicated by a large
aged population, which did not help any.

Pollution impairs lung function and makes people more susceptible to Wuhan. If you live in a polluted air region, consider
moving. Smoking is the same as pollution – just another toxic cloud in your lungs.

If you are mostly at home in a polluted area, try to get an air purifier or two (or three!) and a bunch of replacement filters.
Philips makes some very good ones with HEPA filtration, so that's what I use.

9) Nutrition. It's hugely important to get your food intake right.

Suffice it to say that processed 'fake foods' really are junk that your immune system can't do anything with, in fact, many of
these things like seed-based oils, soya products (Fake meat! Fake milk! Fake cheese! Fake yogurt!), artificial sweeteners,
concentrated sugars (even fruit juice!), corn-fed beef and other meats, are not natural at all, have never been part of
humanity's historical diet, and act as impediments to proper immune function. Most of these fake foods promote
inflammation and hormonal imbalances that take a lot of time to repair. These things distract your immune system from
doing a good job for you when you get into a huge immunological conflict. Don't get me started on pesticide residues and
glyphosate, which appear in almost everything purchased in the grocery today.

It's not funny.

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When I think about how we got here historically, I have to conclude that humans (well, Americans mostly) spent the last 50
years in an orgy of food debauchery. It seems from what I read, that half of Americans have burned out endocrine systems,
and the good citizens of many other countries are not far behind. No wonder so many people are constantly sick and pharma
companies are having a great time.

Why can't anyone seem to connect the dots?

Behavioral Issues

Aside from persistent barriers, it helps to change our behavior towards safer ones. Most of these can be found on the internet
and I won't dwell on these too much, but here goes:

1) Use gloves or paper towel or tissue paper to open doors, or wait until some other person opens the door for you. Doors
handles are filthy, and viruses can live on aluminum, steel & chrome surfaces for 3 days, and I suspect that in cold dry
weather, it could be a week or longer.

2) Push buttons with an object, not your finger. Use a copper coin for example (pennies), a key tip on your keychain, the
corner of a credit card, pencil or pen etc. Copper is intrinsically antimicrobial, so a brass or bronze key or coin makes a good

A clever guy made a self-cleaning button pusher out of a cigarette lighter and paper-clip wire, so that after pushing a button
with the wire part, he ignites the lighter to burn any contamination off of the wire. Cool idea! You can probably find this on

3) Touch screens: this is a bit of a problem, because you can't use a pointy object usually. Some screens are not sensitive
enough to use with gloves on either. But you CAN use a tissue or piece of thin cloth on most screens, wrapped around your
finger. You can also bring along a thin piece of cloth soaked in iodine solution and wrap that around your finger.

Alternatively, just use your finger, then spray your fingertips with alcohol+iodine solution immediately afterwards. A
standard antimicrobial disinfectant wipe should also work fine, if it is of a type you are assured will also kill coronavirus. If
it's your personal screen, just wipe the whole screen with alcohol each time before using it, especially if you've let someone
else use it.

4) Shopping: Shopping is a whole issue fraught with risk. How many people have touched the shopping cart, the vegetables
and fruit, the packages of cereal, and so on? But, you have to eat. Still, there are things you can do:

a) Use persistent antibacterial gloves the whole time.

b) Wipe down the shopping cart handle with an antimicrobial. Alcohol+iodine again is the best of all, because the
iodine will keep killing viruses on your hands every time you touch the cart handle. Alcohol alone is good, but
Alcohol+iodine is a 10x better idea. Keep a small spray bottle of this solution on you wherever you go.

c) Keep spraying your hands with iodine solution liberally while you are shopping, every half hour or so, and certainly
just after you exit the shop.

“You must never, never despair, whatever the circumstances. To hope and to act, these are our duties in misfortune.
To do nothing and despair is to neglect our duty.”
--Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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Useful Things That Kill Coronaviruses - The List

Substance Details How it works

Alcohols Preferably 100% Isopropyl ↑ Dissolves the viral outer coating. Very fast acting.
alcohol, but at least 70%
↑ Wonderful as an instant skin and surface disinfectant.

↑ Cheap.

↓ When the alcohol evaporates (in seconds), all protection

is lost.

↓ External use only.

→ Vodka, gin etc won't work reliably, as they are too

Iodine All forms: ↑ Kills everything viral and bacterial, with no known
Nascent, ↑ Non-toxic in normal use: the body needs it anyway.
tincture of iodine, → Elemental iodine (everything except Betadine)
etc. evaporates. Lifetime on skin of normal elemental iodine is
about half an hour before needing to be refreshed.

↑ Betadine version of iodine does not easily evaporate, so

it maintains a long term persistence on surfaces (hours).

↓ Kills via iodination of lipids and oxidation of

cytoplasmic and membranes. This process is somewhat
slower than alcohol.

↑ Iodine combined with alcohol is a terrific combination

for speed and persistence.
Chlorine Liquid bleach ↑ Kills everything, fast.
(sodium hypochlorite)
↓ Toxic - not a good idea to use on or in your body.
Chlorinated compounds → Chlorine atoms released by the compound quickly
(sanitizers & antiseptics eg oxidize virtually anything not already oxidized, and that
Benzalkonium Chloride) includes viruses.

↓ Evaporates quickly (which is why you can smell it so

strongly), so chlorine bleach is useful as a disinfectant but
is not a persistent solution. Other chlorine compounds may
be better for persistence, but will not be as effective as
liquid bleach and should also not be used internally.
Metals Copper, Zinc, Silver ↑ Metals kill bacteria and viruses via the 'oligodynamic'
process (look it up); it is very difficult for viruses to adapt
30ppm ~ 100ppm and resist to this process.
concentration in water
recommended ↓ Takes longer to kill than peroxide or bleach.

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↓ Not as effective on dry surfaces: If the solution dries out,
lack of moisture limits migration of the metal particles into
the virus. Needs a humectant.

↑ Copper and zinc are used by the body anyway and so are
not toxic in modest amounts. Silver is generally non-toxic
and has a long history of medical use.

→ Silver has one known side effect: It can turn your skin
permanently blue, if you drink it in large quantities. But it
won't kill you or make you sick.
Hydrogen 3% solution in water. ↑ A powerful generator of oxygen on contact, which
Peroxide destroys viruses by oxidation of the coating and RNA
strand within.

↑ Use as a general disinfectant. If you get sick, consider

for use in inhalation therapy, if diluted down to 3% and
only in medical grade.

↓ It will irritate your tissues, but not so drastically that you

should strike it from your list. As an oral rinse, it has a
Soap Almost any bar or liquid soap ↑ Soap dissolves virus coatings quickly (seconds). Any
soap will do this, the same as alcohol; you don't need
antibacterial soap. Soap is probably a little slower than
alcohol, but 20 seconds in the hottest water you can
tolerate is the public recommendation.

↓ Obviously not a good idea for internal consumption.

Monolaurin Eg, Lauracidin brand → This is soap for your internal passages and blood.
Works the same as soap, but you can digest it and most of
it gets into your blood. How effective against Wuhan
specifically is not known, as no tests have been done.

→ Monolaurin is derived from coconut oil, and is perfectly

safe to digest. Lauric acid, a related compound is found in
mother's milk and is known to be a potent virucide.

→ I'm thinking that monolaurin can be a superb adjunct to

silver inhalation therapy, to aid silver penetration into the
virus' outer shell. Similarly, it could be very interesting
when combined with metals as a nasal and throat spray.
More research needed, but these ideas I think have merit.

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