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A tale of bugs and barns

My staff and I have been taking calls from home over the past week during the COVID-19 crisis. I have volunteered to help at the South Shore Hospital but because of my age they will wait and probably only call if they run out of younger doctors. In addition to answering calls and filling prescriptions, I’m trying to get a few “small“ projects done around the house like tearing down an old barn. More on that later. We are also playing music and singing in the evening as well as trying out new recipes.

There are a few things I would like you all to consider during this crisis. If you are diabetic, obese, have heart disease, lung disease or anything that might compromise your immune system, do not go out and do not receive visitors. As it turns out, 1/4 of people who get the virus have no symptoms and they can give it to you by touching something you touch or by breathing the air you breathe.

All of us should be taking at least 2000 mg of vitamin C daily, liposomal if you can find it, 5000 international units of vitamin D a day and a supplement called Quercetin, 500 mg daily. If you cannot obtain these supplements, please let me know and I can try to order them for you if you are a patient of mine. Quercetin has been shown to have antiviral effects and it has been studied with very positive effects against Ebola. There are a few small studies showing promise with COVID-19 but these are early on. My opinion is that this cannot hurt you at 500 mg a day and may very well protect you.

Please be safe, wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based disinfectants. Dilute bleach works as well. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, including how to tear down a barn.

Dr. Mike

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