Tucker Carlson on Peter Strzok

—–Terran wrote on 5/3/2020 2:06 AM wrote:

Tucker on Fox commenting on Strzok, “what an oleaginous liar”…

LOL new vocabulary word for me… 

oleaginous adjective

ole·?ag·?i·?nous | \ ??-l?-?a-j?-n?s  \

Definition of oleaginous

1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : OILY

also : containing or producing oil

2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality

To: Terran
Subject: RE: Tucker Carlson
Date: May 3, 2020 at 12:49 PM
But for the predictable and reliable “natures”, “oleaginous” or other, of Strzok, Xi, the Singapore PM, Janet Yellen, Dudley, Fed Res, US Treasury, the TN Politician, those within the DOJ, US District Courts, US Marshal, Secret Service, MI6/MI5, local law enforcement/corrections, BOP, and mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny others around the globe… the hyperaccelerations would not have been possible.  

In complete Love, Gratitude, Heartitude, Joy, and Celebrations for All they were, no matter how it was/is perceived by others… I am aware and recognize.  

I will give them an icepack for any “bumps and bruises” their performances gained them. 🙂

—–Terran on 4/29/2020 6:21 PM wrote:

What are the odds you’d get arrested by the same corrupt crew in DC? 😉

To: Terran
Subject: RE: RE: General Flynn
Date: Apr 29, 2020 at 10:49 PM

lol…there were no “odds”, it took much planning, organizing (and in many instances, poking of the bear, thank you facebook for the assist, lol!) and courage by all…it was/is all perfect and perfectly done… 😉

love you all!!!!!!!!!

—–Terran on 4/26/2020 4:21 PM wrote:



Breaking News: sources tell me @GenFlynn will be completely exonerated this week. It was a total fraud. A Set up. More tomorrow @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness @FoxNews @SundayFutures

HEATHER ANN TUCCI-JARRAF on 4/29/2020 6:49:16 PM wrote:

lol…”Wait for it…wait for itttttttttttt….” ~[redacted child’s name] 😉

The Real Pandemic Is Insulin Resistance

According to a January 2019 update by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 122 million American adults have diabetes or prediabetes1 — conditions which have been shown to increase your chances of contracting and even dying from COVID-19.2,3,4,5,6,7 As noted in an April 16, 2020, report by The New York Times:8

“Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness, new studies say. It’s an alarming finding for the United States, which has one of the highest obesity rates in the world.”

Obesity Appears To Be Independent Risk Factor for COVID-19

After old age, obesity appears to be the most prominent risk factor for being hospitalized with COVID-19 — doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study9 — even if the individual has no other obesity-related health problems. A French study10,11 also found obese patients treated for COVID-19 were more likely to require mechanical ventilation.

Dr. Leora Horwitz, director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science at NYU Langone who co-wrote the paper12 “Factors Associated with Hospitalization and Critical Illness Among 4,103 Patients With Covid-19 Disease In New York City” — which has not yet been peer-reviewed — told The New York Times:13

“Obesity is more important for hospitalization than whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes, though these often go together, and it’s more important than coronary disease or cancer or kidney disease, or even pulmonary disease.”

Most COVID-19 Patients Have More Than One Comorbidity

While obesity may top the list of comorbidities — underlying conditions that make COVID-19 worse — investigations reveal most COVID-19 patients have more than one underlying health issue. A study14 looking at 5,700 New York City patients found 88% had more than one comorbidity. Only 6.3% had just one underlying health condition and 6.1% had none.

In this particular study,15 published in JAMA, high blood pressure at 53.1% beat obesity (41.7%) as the No. 1 most common comorbidity among hospitalized patients, followed by diabetes at 31.7% and coronary artery disease at 10.4%.

Co-author Karina Davidson, senior vice president for the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research told Time magazine:16

“Having serious comorbidities increases your risk … We want patients with serious chronic disease to take a special precaution and to seek medical attention early, should they start showing signs and symptoms of being infected …”

Obesity Lowers Immune Function

According to The New York Times,17 one hypothesis for why obesity is worsening COVID-19 has to do with the fact that obesity causes chronic inflammation. Having more pro-inflammatory cytokines in circulation increases your risk of experiencing a cytokine storm. Obesity also makes you more vulnerable to infectious diseases by lowering your immune function.18,19,20,21,22,23

As noted in one such study,24 “there is a positive feedback loop between local inflammation in adipose tissue and altered immune response in obesity.” Yet another scientific review25 pointed out “There is strong evidence indicating that excess adiposity negatively impacts immune function and host defense in obese individuals.” A 2018 review article further explained:26

“Adipose tissue is now considered an extremely active endocrine organ that secretes cytokine-like hormones, called adipokines, either pro- or anti-inflammatory factors bridging metabolism to the immune system.

Leptin is historically one of most relevant adipokines, with important physiological roles in the central control of energy metabolism and in the regulation of metabolism-immune system interplay, being a cornerstone of the emerging field of immunometabolism.

Indeed, leptin receptor is expressed throughout the immune system and leptin has been shown to regulate both innate and adaptive immune responses.”

Glucose Metabolism Influences Cytokine Storms

An April 15, 2020, article27 in The Scientist also reviews new evidence28,29 that sheds further light on why obesity and diabetes are such potent risk factors for severe COVID-19 infection.

In a nutshell, higher blood glucose levels appear to play a significant role in viral replication and the development of cytokine storms. While the research in question looked at influenza A-induced cytokine storms, these findings may well be applicable in COVID-19 as well.

Cytokines are released by your immune system in response to foreign invaders. They, in turn, act as messengers that instruct other immune cells to fight the pathogen. In some cases, this immune response goes into overdrive, resulting in what’s known as a “cytokine storm” that can cause severe tissue damage and lead to death.

A cytokine storm response is typically the reason why people die from infections, be it the seasonal flu, Ebola, urinary tract infection or COVID-19. A critical player in cytokine production is the transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5). In mice, genetically eliminating IRF5 protects them from influenza-induced cytokine storms.30

Interestingly, “the inflammatory response to influenza infections is also known to drive up glucose metabolism,” The Scientist reports,31 “in part so that immune cells have the necessary energy to mount a strong response, and also because the virus needs the sugar to replicate.”

According to researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Virology at Wuhan University, the hexosamine biosynthesis pathway — a glucose metabolism pathway — is responsible for activating IRF5-induced cytokine production in cells and mice. The same pathway is also responsible for viral replication, they say.32,33,34 As reported by The Scientist:35

“Hexosamine biosynthesis starts with glucose and results in an end product called uridine diphosphate N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) … Liu’s team now shows that O-GlcNAcylation of IRF5 is necessary for the transcription factor’s cytokine-producing activity …

The team also showed that patients infected with influenza have higher blood glucose levels and more O-GlcNacylation of IRF5 than healthy controls. Furthermore, blood glucose levels correlated tightly with levels of inflammatory cytokines.

The results show that ‘there is a connection [between] influenza virus infection, enhanced glucose metabolism and cytokine storm, all linked through O-GlcNAcylation of IFR-5,’ Mengji Lu, a virologist at the University Hospital Essen and a coauthor of the study, writes in an email to The Scientist …”

In a Science Advances press release, co-author Shi Liu states:36

“We believe that glucose metabolism contributes to various COVID-19 outcomes since both influenza and COVID-19 can induce a cytokine storm, and since COVID-19 patients with diabetes have shown higher mortality.”

influenza virus

Insulin Resistance Is the Real Pandemic

So, to summarize, the real pandemic here appears to be dysregulated glucose metabolism; in other words, insulin resistance, which is exceedingly prevalent in the U.S.37,38 Insulin resistance, in turn, is a diet-induced condition.

Specifically, processed foods — which are loaded with added sugars, processed grains and industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils — are the primary culprits causing insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, and according to FoodNavigator.com,39 doctors are finally starting to talk about the food industry’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A cardiologist has blamed the food industry for ‘normalizing’ ultra-processed junk food as more evidence emerges suggesting poor diet is the root cause behind increased mortality from COVID-19,” FoodNavigator states, adding:40

“In light of the mounting evidence that obesity and poor diet increases the risk of a severe response to COVID-19 infection, medical professionals now want the public health message urgently updated. And this, they warn, means the food industry bracing itself for regulation, such as bans on advertising and taxes …

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, told the BBC that a Government and Public Health England failure to tell the public to change its diet would represent an act of ‘negligence and ignorance’ … For him, the pandemic highlighted that it was in the interest of everybody, including those in the food industry, to make sure the population was as healthy as possible.”

Malhotra stresses these views in his April 16, 2020, article41 “COVID-19 and the Elephant in the Room,” published in European Scientist. “Obesity and chronic metabolic disease is killing COVID-19 patients: Now is the time to eat real food,” he says. Indeed, if our public health agencies really want to save lives, it’s time to get onboard with nutrition.

“If this is not the time for Britain to reverse its epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, which as a single condition has been the most costly to the NHS [National Health Service], then when is?” Malhotra writes.42

“Healthcare systems were already overstretched before COVID-19 because of decades of maldistribution of resources due to ‘too much medicine’ combined [with] our collective failure to implement policy changes to address the root cause of diet related disease — the unavoidable junk food environment.

The government public health message enhanced by the media to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives has been powerful and effective. Given the speed at which health markers for metabolic disease improve from dietary interventions, an equally strong if not more significant population health message should now be to ‘eat real food, protect the NHS and save lives.’

Such implementation backed by policy changes may not just save hundreds and potentially thousands of lives around the world in the coming months but given the high likelihood of another international viral pandemic in the next decade a healthier population and a subsequently more manageable health service will be much better equipped to handle what would then be a smaller mortality peak on the next occasion.”

Junk Food Industry Faces Increasing Pressure

This is timely, considering a Corporate Accountability report,43 announced44 April 21, 2020, highlights the “outsized role” of International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a junk food industry front group funded by Coca-Cola, plays in shaping nutritional policies around the globe. According to the Corporate Accountability press release:45

“Notable among the findings is that more than half of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee — the body that informs both national nutrition policy and how Americans eat and drink — has ties to ILSI …

The food and beverage industry’s role in stymying public health policy and propagating junk science is also taking on new dimensions during today’s pandemic. The surge of diet-related disease behind one in five deaths annually, is putting hundreds of millions of people at high risk of severe illness from COVID19.

‘For decades, Coke, its competitors, and its surrogates like ILSI have trafficked in junk science, co-opted public officials, and bullied advocates like myself …’ said Dr. Esperanza Ceron … ‘But we won’t be silenced. Too much is at stake’ …

‘It’s time for Coke to put something more on ice than its soft drinks,’ said Corporate Accountability Research Director Ashka Naik, a co-author of the report.

‘Coke is telling investors it cares about public health on the one hand, but funds ILSI to block public health safeguards on the other. Its misleading of investors and consumers is a liability that will only grow.’

A resolution … calls on Coke to come clean with its shareholders about its public health harms and liabilities. It would require a public, independent audit of how the corporation is contributing to the crisis of diet-related disease, whether through its products, its marketing, its political interference, or junk science.”

Data Show COVID-19 Isn’t a Significant Threat

In the featured Fundamental Health podcast above, Dr. Paul Saladino interviews Dr. Kirk Parsley about the lifestyle factors that are contributing to the high COVID-19 caseload in the U.S.

Saladino cites findings46 showing that of the roughly 4,800 crew on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, 660 had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. (As of April 23, when all of the crew had reportedly been tested, 840 tested positive.47) However, as noted by Saladino and reported by Business Insider,48 60% were asymptomatic, meaning they had no symptoms. Only one crewmember has died,49 and as of April 23, none were in intensive care.50

Similarly, among the 3,711 passengers and crew onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 712 (19.2%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and of these 46.5% were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Of those showing symptom, only 9.7% required intensive care and 1.3% died.51 

Military personnel, as you would expect, tend to be healthier than the general population. Still, the data from these two incidents reveal several important points to consider. First of all, it suggests that even when living in close, crowded quarters, the infection rate is rather low.

Only 17.5% of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew got infected — slightly lower than the 19.2% of those onboard the Diamond Princess, which had a greater ratio of older people.

Second, fit and healthy individuals are more likely to be asymptomatic than not — 60% of naval personnel compared to 46.5% of civilians onboard the Diamond Princess had no symptoms despite testing positive.

Saladino and Parsley go on to discuss current pandemic response efforts, such as the recommendation (and in some areas mandate) to wear a face mask when venturing outside. Both are convinced wearing a bandana across your face is completely useless, for the simple fact that the virus is so small it can easily slip through the fabric.

Parsley also reviews the statistics as of April 21, 2020, using Worldometer data,52 showing only 1.7% of American COVID-19 cases require hospitalization, and of those an even smaller ratio will actually die. Is it really reasonable to shut down the entire country and place everyone under house arrest over a 1.7% hospitalization rate?

So-called “COVID-19 cases,” by the way, simply means people who have tested positive using an RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test, which is used to diagnose an active infection by detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material.53

Mortality Rates Are Still Vastly Overestimated

The hospitalization is actually bound to be even lower than 1.7% in real life, seeing how few people have actually been tested. Preliminary findings54 published April 17, 2020, reveal the actual infection rate in Santa Clara County, California, is likely to be between 50- and 85fold higher than the number of confirmed cases.

This is based on seroprevalence data, meaning antibody testing. If you have antibodies against a particular pathogen, you’ve been exposed to it in the past, whether you developed symptoms or not, and you’re now immune to it.

Between April 3 and April 4, 3,330 Santa Clara county residents were tested for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 using a lateral flow immunoassay. In an effort to ensure results were as accurate as possible, they were adjusted for test performance characteristics using three estimates:

  1. Test manufacturer data
  2. A sample of 37 positive and 30 negative controls tested at Stanford
  3. A combination of both

According to the authors:55

“The unadjusted prevalence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in Santa Clara County was 1.5% … and the population-weighted prevalence was 2.81% … Under the three scenarios for test performance characteristics, the population prevalence of COVID-19 in Santa Clara ranged from 2.49% … to 4.16% …

These prevalence estimates represent a range between 48,000 and 81,000 people infected in Santa Clara County by early April, 50-85-fold more than the number of confirmed cases.

Conclusions: The population prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Santa Clara County implies that the infection is much more widespread than indicated by the number of confirmed cases. Population prevalence estimates can now be used to calibrate epidemic and mortality projections.”

Randomized antibody tests done in New York show that upward of 20% of the population in New York have been infected, suggesting that the virus had spread far more widely than known.56

This is also strong support for a lower fatality rate as previous inaccurate PCR tests were only done on sick people and there was no idea how many in the population had been infected. Since more people are infected, this increases the denominator in the calculation and lowers the mortality rate calculation.

Blood Pressure Drugs May Worsen COVID-19

Making matters worse, the drugs routinely used to treat lifestyle-induced afflictions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease may also be contributing to adverse outcomes in patients with COVID-19. According to Reuters:57

“A disproportionate number of patients hospitalized by COVID-19 … have high blood pressure. Theories about why the condition makes them more vulnerable … have sparked a fierce debate among scientists over the impact of widely prescribed blood-pressure drugs.

Researchers agree that the life-saving drugs affect the same pathways that the novel coronavirus takes to enter the lungs and heart. They differ on whether those drugs open the door to the virus or protect against it …

The drugs are known as ACE inhibitors and ARBs … In a recent interview with a medical journal, Anthony Fauci — the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert — cited a report showing similarly high rates of hypertension among COVID-19 patients who died in Italy and suggested the medicines, rather than the underlying condition, may act as an accelerant for the virus …

There is evidence that the drugs may increase the presence of an enzyme — ACE2 — that produces hormones that lower blood pressure by widening blood vessels. That’s normally a good thing.

But the coronavirus also targets ACE2 and has developed spikes that can latch on to the enzyme and penetrate cells … So more enzymes provide more targets for the virus, potentially increasing the chance of infection or making it more severe.

Other evidence, however, suggests the infection’s interference with ACE2 may lead to higher levels of a hormone that causes inflammation, which can result in acute respiratory distress syndrome, a dangerous build-up of fluid in the lungs. In that case, ARBs may be beneficial because they block some of the hormone’s damaging effects.”

This presents significant challenges for patients and doctors alike, as there’s currently no significant consensus on whether patients should discontinue the drugs. The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford in England recommends switching to alternative blood pressure medicines in patients who have only mildly elevated blood pressure and are at high risk for COVID-19.

A paper in NEJM stressed the potential benefits of the drugs instead, saying patients should continue taking them. However, several of the scientists who wrote that paper have done “extensive, industry-supported research on antihypertensive drugs,” Reuters notes.

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, founder of the patient advocacy group Health Watch USA, believes it would be unwise to allow scientists funded by the drug industry to give clinical directions at this time. “Let others without a conflict of interest try to make a call,” he said.58

Restore Insulin Sensitivity for Long-Term Risk Mitigation

If we want people to survive the next pandemic, whatever that might be, then improving public health has got to be the No. 1 priority going forward. Waiting for a drug cure or vaccine is a fool’s game.

Health care really needs to start emphasizing strategies known to improve overall health rather than throwing drugs at symptoms that don’t address the underlying causes. Robust immune function is necessary to effectively combat COVID-19, and the same is true for all other infectious disease.

When it comes to improving health, addressing insulin resistance is truly key, seeing how it’s a factor in virtually all chronic diseases. And, to do that, we need to dramatically cut down on processed foods.

As noted by Dr. Sandra Weber, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, in The New York Times,59 “We know that if you do not have good glucose control, you’re at high risk for infection, including viruses and presumably this one [COVID-19] as well … [improving glucose control] would put you in a situation where you would have better immune function.”

For details on what and when to eat to reverse insulin resistance, see “Want to Defeat Coronavirus? Address Diabetes and Hypertension.” In that article, I also summarize several key strategies for getting and staying healthy and metabolically fit. For additional COVID-19 remedies and top tips, see my COVID-19 Resource Guide.

For those who desire more in-depth understanding of how you can become metabolically flexible and eliminate insulin resistance, consider picking up a copy of my book, “Fat for Fuel.” It goes into far greater detail, providing a comprehensive program that will help optimize your metabolic flexibility and strengthen your immune system — both of which are crucial components of health and disease prevention.

Weekly Health Quiz: Zinc, Diabetes and NewsGuard

1 Which of the following is a naturally occurring zinc ionophore (a molecule that facilitates entry of zinc through cellular membranes)?

  • Astaxanthin
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Quercetin

    Quercetin is a naturally occurring zinc ionophore. Taken with zinc, it may be helpful to prevent and potentially treat COVID-19. Research is currently underway to assess quercetin’s effectiveness against COVID-19. Learn more.

2 What is NewsGuard?

  • A self-proclaimed arbiter of “fake news” funded by PR companies that promote drugs, tobacco and junk food

    NewsGuard is a self-proclaimed arbiter of “fake news” and “misinformation” that is funded by PR companies that promote drugs, tobacco and junk food. Learn more.

  • A federally funded think-tank aimed at improving investigative journalism
  • A privately-owned, independent media company
  • An antivirus software

3 Which of the following is turning out to be a side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • A marked reduction in suicides
  • A marked increase in suicides

    As predicted, a side effect of shutting down the U.S. economy to combat COVID-19 is marked increases in suicides and calls to suicide prevention hotlines. Learn more.

  • An increase in people able to start a small business thanks to the coronavirus aid bill
  • Decreased unemployment due to large companies hiring laid off workers

4 Which of the following is a primary cause of Type 2 diabetes?

  • Genetics
  • Use of medications such as statins, which can cause diabetes as a side effect
  • Processed food diets high in sugar, grains and harmful vegetable oils

    Type 2 diabetes is a diet-derived condition. It’s rooted in insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling caused by processed food diets high in sugar, grains and harmful fats. As such, diabetes can be effectively treated and reversed through dietary and other lifestyle means. Learn more.

  • Vitamin D deficiency

5 Which of the following is created in and excreted from your muscles, and is thought to help prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome seen in those with severe COVID-19 disease?

  • Myostatin
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Endostatin
  • Extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD)

    Your muscles create and excrete an endogenous antioxidant called extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD), which protects tissues and prevents disease by eliminating harmful free radicals. Exercising regularly may help prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome, a lethal complication and major cause of death among patients with COVID-19, by increasing EcSOD. Learn more.

6 Which of the following pandemics wiped out 2.7% of the global population in 1918?

  • The Spanish flu (swine flu)

    The Spanish flu (swine flu), which hit during World War I in 1918, infected 500 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 50 million, or 2.7% of the global population. Learn more.

  • The bubonic plague
  • Bird flu
  • SARS

7 To obtain an accurate account of COVID-19 prevalence, which type of testing would need to be widely administered?

  • RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) testing
  • Antibody testing

    RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) testing, currently used to diagnose active infection by detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material, overestimates infection rates. For an accurate account of COVID-19 prevalence, we need to test for antibodies. Learn more.

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel

Traditional Herb Has Antiviral Activity, Supports Health

Medicinal plants have been used for as long as we are aware, at least since the beginning of recorded history. There is evidence that medicinal plants can help against illnesses. Many pharmaceutical drugs have been developed following the results observed from the use of a range of medicinal plants.1

The progression of the pharmaceutical industry led to the development of more lab-based drugs, but an evolution of awareness of herbal medicine is staging a comeback. The World Health Organization reports 110 of 133 nations surveyed are currently using plant material to provide for health care needs.2

More than 53,000 species of plants have been identified with medicinal use. Unfortunately, over-use has created the threat of extinction for some. The practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy is becoming more popular, including the use of herbal medicines.

In a 2007 survey,3 40% of adults reported they used CAM therapies. Other studies show the use is correlated with a higher level of education and with younger patients seeking care.4,5 The resurgence of herbal medicine may also be driven by increasing rates of death from viruses, including influenza6 and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).7

Despite the fact that COVID-19 is acting like other SARS viruses and has a rate of severe illness close to that of flu, it is the uncertainty that many find fearful. Scientists have been studying the flu viruses for decades.

So, although the flu virus can also be deadly, we know more about what to expect each season. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke in a White House press conference in January, during which he said:8

“I can start off by putting it into perspective by telling you I often get asked — we have an influenza outbreak here. We have about 8,000 deaths already. We have about 100,000 hospitalizations. Why are we paying such attention? And why are we doing the kinds of things we’re doing here right now?

Well, the reason is, despite the morbidity and mortality with influenza, there’s a certainty, for example, of seasonal flu. I can tell you all, guaranteed, that as we get into March and April, the flu cases are going to go down. You could predict pretty accurately what the range of the mortality is and the hospitalizations, as we’ve done over the years. The issue now with this is that there’s a lot of unknowns.”

Popular Traditional Chinese Herb May Provide Viral Relief

Licorice was one of the first compounds researchers discovered was effective against the SARS-CoV in vitro.9 In China, licorice is called “gancao,” meaning sweet grass. As far back as 2100 BC, it was recorded as being used for medicinal purposes.

Licorice has remained a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of pain, elimination of phlegm and relief from coughing. Researchers are currently considering how licorice may play a role in the treatment of COVID-19.10

Studies have shown that licorice has pharmacological activities including antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumor.11 Of these, the antiviral and antimicrobial activities have been studied more. Scientists have identified more than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids in the licorice plant.

Among these is glycyrrhizin, known to be one of the active components in antiviral activities. Scientists have also found it has an effect against hepatitis C virus and may play a role in fighting human immunodeficiency virus. The authors of another study reported significant improvements in those with coxsackievirus B3, which suggests it may have a therapeutic effect against viral-induced myocarditis.

Findings from other studies have demonstrated licorice’s effectiveness against the influenza virus. In one animal study from the late 1990s,12 researchers found glycyrrhizin from the licorice plant was effective in protecting “mice exposed to a lethal amount of influenza virus through the stimulation of IFN-g production by T cells.”

Honeysuckle Is More Than a Pretty Flower

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is another traditional herbal medicine with antiviral activity demonstrated in the lab and in animal studies.13 The plant has been used for decades as an anti-inflammatory agent and for upper respiratory infections.14

Scientists are delving into the mechanism of action to find the compounds with the greatest antiviral capacity. However, as with other plant-based treatments, we may ultimately find it is the unique combination of compounds in the plant that offers the greatest relief.

Results from chemical analysis indicate the plant contains several triterpenoid saponins,15,16 complex compounds that have received more attention in recent years as technological improvements have led to an ability to isolate them from plants.

The diversity of the chemical structure made it challenging to isolate and test saponins in the past. The increased interest in triterpenoid saponins, the dominant saponin discovered, is related to the broad biological activity of the compound.17

The compound, known since at least 1999 to have antiviral activity,18 may be what honeysuckle uses to help fight viral infections. Another is chlorogenic acid, found naturally in the plant.19

Using computational chemistry and molecular docking, researchers looked at both chlorogenic acid and quercetin as viable options in the treatment of influenza A.20 In the search for treatments, the researchers acknowledged the “various subtypes of the virus made it difficult to develop drugs.”

The results showed both molecules had strong binding abilities against H1N1 flu and experiments in vitro and in vivo validated the effect both compounds had against the flu. In a later animal study21 scientists also evaluated the mechanism of action of chlorogenic acid, which:

“is used for viral upper respiratory tract infection treatment caused by influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, and respiratory syncytial virus, ect in China.”

The results revealed chlorogenic acid “inhibited influenza virus during the late stage of infectious cycle.” It also effectively reduced inflammation in the lungs and reduced viral titers during the study.

Phytonutrients in Honeysuckle Offer Additional Benefits

You can harvest berries from honeysuckle that are high in anthocyanin, a potent chemoprotective agent.22 There are many species of honeysuckle but the Lonicera japonica has historically been used in Chinese medicine. It has fragrant yellow to white flowers and produces black berries.23

The plants are heat-tolerant and require little care to produce beautiful flowers and bee-friendly nectar.24 During flu season and while sheltering in place to deal with COVID-19, consider adding honeysuckle essential oil to your routine for its antiviral and antibacterial benefits.

As I’ve written before, the combination of phytonutrients and compounds in the plant can be used in your beauty routines. The same germ-inhibiting and antioxidant-promoting properties researchers are evaluating for internal health, may also be enjoyed in skin and hair care.25

Skin — Honeysuckle oil helps improve skin irritations from poison oak, infections, cuts and abrasions. Its anti-inflammatory effects may also help soothe rosacea, while its antioxidants protect your skin from signs of aging.26 Consider adding some to your homemade soap.

Hair — Compounds in honeysuckle oil help improve dry hair and stop split ends. Add a couple of drops to your shampoo bottle to moisturize and improve the appearance of your locks.

If you don’t use shampoo, add two drops to one-half teaspoon of coconut oil and smooth it over your hair. Avoid the roots. If this makes your hair too oily, consider adding it to your hair about one hour before you shower.

Stress — If you need to destress, add four to five drops of honeysuckle essential oil to your bathwater. The antibacterial properties help remove harmful bacteria on your skin and the scent helps you relax.

Room freshener — If you’re looking for a room freshener that does double duty without the chemical toxins, then honeysuckle is what you want. Consider adding the essential oil to a diffuser; you can also use several drops as you’re making a soy candle or place a couple of drops on your dust rag. Add three drops to 6 ounces of water in a spray bottle and you have an instant room deodorizer.

Licorice Root Is Versatile in Correct Doses

In addition to the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties of licorice, it has a few more uses you may find helpful at home. While it has benefits, too much can lead to headaches, fatigue and even a heart attack.27

Expectorant — One of the most well-known uses is to ease congestion from coughs.28 Loosening and expelling phlegm buildup in viral illnesses helps reduce areas where bacteria may breed and trigger pneumonia. Licorice also has a soothing effect on irritated membranes.29

Digestive health — The antibacterial properties in licorice have been helpful in relieving stomach ulcers, many of which are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).30 Licorice extract was found to help symptoms of an upset stomach,31 and a combination of herbs could relieve indigestion and mild gastrointestinal complaints, including vomiting.32

Licorice promotes peristalsis (contractions in the colon that help move waste). The authors of one study showed in combination with other herbs, it significantly improved chronic constipation.33

Hormonal support — Licorice has been found to reduce the number and duration of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.34 Drinking licorice tea may help alleviate infertility in women triggered by hormone imbalances.35 It may normalize menstruation and restore ovulation.

Adrenal support — Licorice is an adaptogenic herb, which means it helps your body deal with stress. It does this by helping to regulate the stress hormone cortisol, which takes a load off your adrenal glands.36

Prevent the Transmission of Viral Infections

Your best defense against infection is supporting your immune health. Your second step is to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and keep your hands away from your face. Your mouth, nose and eyes are often touched without even being aware of it, which is a primary method by which infectious diseases are spread.

The rapid spread of viral infections, including COVID-19, brings to light the importance and effectiveness of frequent handwashing. It’s important you also get in the habit of cleaning your cell phone, which may be contaminated by germs on everything you touch.

For information on how to clean your cell phone without damaging it, the right soap to use on your hands and the proper technique to use, see “Which Soap is Best for Preventing Outbreaks?” 

Techniques That Can Help You Release The Stress That’s Built Up & Stored In Your Body

It’s all about taking time to unlock the ‘Muscle of the Soul’

Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”.

It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life. We recently explored in depth just how much fear can inhibit our ability to think clearly thus creating an unhealthy perspective that can harm us and those around us. Now let’s look at where that fear might be stored in our body, and a few ways to release it.

In humans, the extremes of the two polarities might appropriately be described as LOVE (+) and FEAR (- ). Love fuels growth. In contrast, fear stunts growth. – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D

How Built Up Stress Makes Us Easy To Manipulate

Being in a state of fear allows us to be easily manipulated. Advertisers and politicians have learned to capitalize on this biological aspect of humans also known as the lizard brain. Unfortunatel,y our fast-paced lifestyles (mentally), combined with our relatively stagnate physical activity (driving, working at computer, etc.) causes our bodies to be ineffective at releasing built up stress which manifests in our thoughts as fear or anxiety.

Lizard brain refers to the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, responsible for primitive survival instincts such as aggression and fear (flight or fight) – Joseph Troncale M.D., Psychology Today

The effects of stress on the body.

Where Is A Majority of The Stress Stored?

It is often stored in one of the largest muscles in our body, the psoas. This muscle stretches from our lower trunk through our hips into the top of our thighs, it is used for core stability and the fight-flight reflex. Every time we see something that startles us (real or perceived threat) like an animal crossing the road while we drive, or a violent scene in a movie, our brain sends signals our body to respond by releasing epinephrine (adrenaline).

The muscle that is most central to our fight/flight response is the psoas. When we don’t respond, these stress hormones go unspent and become stored in the body. This can bring many health problems including insomnia, lowered immune system, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and living in a constant state of fear or alert.

Because the psoas is so intimately involved in such basic physical and emotional reactions, a chronically tightened psoas continually signals your body that you’re in danger, eventually exhausting the adrenal glands and depleting the immune system. As you learn to approach the world without this chronic tension, psoas awareness can open the door to a more sensitive attunement to your body’s inner signals about safety and danger, and to a greater sense of inner peace. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book

Therapeutic Approach

Since stress accumulates on an unconscious level, healing our bodies is a process that must happen consciously. There is no single way to do this, it requires gradual lifestyle changes and a daily practice. Craniosacral Therapy is powerful because it helps teach our body how to relax into a parasympathetic state which relaxes the nervous system. This gentle and non-invasive approach helps us bring awareness to and melt away the stress stored within us.

To work with the psoas is not to try to control the muscle, but to cultivate the awareness necessary for sensing its messages.  This involves making a conscious choice to become somatically aware. – Liz Koch, Author of The Psoas Book

Yoga and Personal Practice

The best doctor is already within you. There is no replacement for cultivating a practice that heals, replenishes, and relaxes you from the in-side, out. There are numerous yoga poses that can help you on your journey of releasing this stress, anxiety, and fear stored within your psoas. Yoga calls this “the muscle of the soul” so any focus here is sure to give great results to your overall well-being. Yoga International seems to have a comprehensive list of photos and descriptions of poses that can start you on your journey.

If you spend as much time stretching your psoas muscle every day as you just did reading this article, you will notice some big changes in your life. First you may begin catching a lot of attention on the dance floor, but more importantly you will loosen your mind from the grips of fear and anxiety. It comes down to a conscious choice to live in trust and love instead of fear and anxiety, and that choice has to be followed by real-world action. It all starts within!

H/T: Uplift Connect where I originally published this.