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Healing Powers of Ancient Herb Andrographis

Andrographis paniculata is a plant that grows throughout much of Asia. It has been traditionally used to treat infectious disease, liver complaints and fever. The adaptogenic herb1 has a bitter taste and is indigenous to China, India and Southeast Asia. It grows from 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) to 110 centimeters (3.6 feet) high and has a square stem and small white flowers.2

Adaptogens are plants that help your body to better handle physical and emotional stress. The plants have been used for hundreds of years in Eastern medicine to influence the body without overstimulating or inhibiting normal function.3

There are 26 formulations using Andrographis with other herbs in traditional Ayurvedic health. The common names are “king of bitters” and chiretta.4 The plant comes from the Acanthaceae family, which are mostly herbs and shrubs.5

Andrographis can be found in combination with other herbs in Kan Jang, Kold Kare, KalmCold and Paractin.6 The active components in Andrographis are diterpenoid lactones, which have anti-inflammatory effects by reducing both nitric oxide production and the expression of cyclooxygenase 2.

Researchers have found the plant exhibits multiple effects in humans. Dosing in clinical studies has ranged from 3 to 6 grams per day.7 Slightly higher doses were used in a trial with patients who had HIV, but it was discontinued when participants had adverse reactions.8

The Healing Strength of Andrographis

Bitter flavors are often the least appreciated and the least likely to be used in cooking. Yet, many of the bitter herbs and spices add valuable benefits to your overall health. According to the authors of a paper in the European Journal of Herbal Medicine:9

“With so many bitter herbs, most with a long history of medicinal use in multiple cultures, it is not surprising to read that ‘the urinary system seems to be the only system that does not derive direct benefit from the administration of bitters.’”

Typically, insects and mammals avoid bitter-tasting plants. One hypothesis is they have learned to correlate bitter taste with toxicity. Andrographis compounds and extract have been reported to have anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antimicrobial and hepato-renal protective properties.10

It may be among the more popular medicinal plants to treat a variety of diseases across Asia, America and the African continents. The bioactive ingredient is a diterpene, called andrographolide.11 There have been a number of studies conducted to evaluate the toxicity of Andrographis, but none has demonstrated acute toxicity in experiments involving animals.12

In much the same way that the bitter compounds can help protect plants from insects, they may also help your body by inhibiting microbial growth, inflammation and oxidation. These are some of the benefits researchers have discovered:

Antiviral — The herb has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to treat the common cold.13 A formulation that combines Andrographis and Siberian ginseng called Kan Jang has been studied in the treatment of colds,14 upper respiratory tract infections,15 sinusitis16 and flu.17 In each case the results were positive, showing effectiveness in treating the conditions.

The leaders of a randomized, double-blind study evaluated the efficacy of KalmCold, an extract of Andrographis paniculata in participants with an upper respiratory tract infection.18 The supplement was effective in reducing most symptoms of the infection, but not earaches.

In a systematic review of 33 randomized controlled trials with 7,175 patients, the evidence demonstrated Andrographis helped relieve the symptoms of acute upper respiratory tract infections.19 It shortened the time for cough and sore throat as well, and it shortened sick leave.

In another review of the literature, scholars found “strong evidence” that Andrographis was superior to a placebo in reducing the frequency and severity of coughs.20

Lowers Blood Sugar — People have been using traditional plant treatments with Type 2 diabetes for centuries. The authors of one study found 419 useful recipes with hypoglycemic potential. They isolated 74 from Angiospermic families, including Andrographis, which ranked in the top 14 with the most hypoglycemic activity.21

In one clinical trial, researchers used an extract mixture of Andrographis alongside metformin over an eight-week period.22 They measured fasting blood glucose, body weight, blood pressure and markers of liver and kidney damage, as well as other markers during the study.

They found there was a potential for beneficial effects with the extract when used as a complementary medicine with metformin in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

Inflammation and Cancer — Bioactive molecules from Andrographis have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities in laboratory and experimental animal models.23 Andrographolide also had anti-inflammatory effects on asthma, stroke and arthritis, and it reduced cytokines, chemokines and nitric oxide.

It has also inhibited cancer cell proliferation, metastasis and angiogenesis, leading researchers to believe it is a “promising strategy for the development of a novel class of anti-inflammatory and anticancer drugs.”24

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties led researchers to evaluate Andrographis in individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. They were treated with an andrographolide-containing supplement every day for 84 days. Compared to those in the placebo group, they demonstrated a significant reduction in pain throughout the study and higher scores on quality-of-life assessments.25

Digestive disorders — Andrographis has demonstrated effectiveness against digestive disorders as well. When people with ulcerative colitis were treated with an extract, they were more likely to achieve a clinical response than people in the placebo group.26

In a study comparing Andrographis against mesalazine — a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat ulcerative colitis — the data showed that remission and response in the colon were nearly identical, causing the researchers to conclude it “may be an efficacious alternative to mesalazine in ulcerative colitis.”27

Hepatoprotective — Scientists using an extract of Andrographis in animal studies have shown that it has hepatoprotective activity. Andrographis was effective against induced liver damage in male mice.28

In a different study researchers found “Andrographolide was found to be more potent than silymarin, a standard hepatoprotective agent.”29 Andrographis has traditionally been used for liver disorders.

In yet another study, researchers used an animal model to evaluate a combination of Andrographis with two other herbal medications used in Ayurveda. They found that the extract offered significant protection, as demonstrated by serum indices of liver injury.30

Neurological system — Researchers interested in the use of adaptogenic herbs to reduce the effects of stress induced fatigue and impaired cognitive function in behavioral and age-related disorders used Andrographis paniculata and Withania somnifera in a six-week trial.31

They measured EEG frequency changes in 17 brain regions as well as an assessment of mood and sleep from standard questionnaires. The results showed that the supplement had calming and anti-anxiety effects.

The authors of another literature review evaluated the use of herbal medications in multiple sclerosis. This condition impacts an individual’s cognition, sensory abilities and mobility. They found that natural herbs, including Andrographis, were effective in treating memory performance, tremor, spasticity, fatigue and incontinence.32

Individuals with multiple sclerosis commonly struggle with fatigue. The leaders of one clinical trial evaluated the effectiveness of Andrographis on fatigue in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.33 Participants received the supplement for 12 months while also receiving interferon. While there were no observed differences for the relapse rate, those taking Andrographis had a significant reduction in fatigue as compared to those in the placebo group.

Bitters and Your Gastrointestinal Tract

The stimulating effect on your digestive system is caused by what’s known as the “bitter reflex.” When you eat something bitter, your body releases gastrin. This hormone supports and strengthens digestive function by stimulating the secretion of saliva, hydrochloric acid, pepsin and intrinsic factor.34 Intrinsic factor is required by your body for the absorption of vitamin B12.35

The reflex also triggers your appetite and prepares your body for eating by triggering contractions in your intestines. It stimulates the flow of bile, which improves digestion and helps prevent the accumulation of waste in your liver. It also stimulates cell repair in the pancreas and intestinal wall.

When the integrity of the intestinal wall is compromised, it allows leakage of substances such as undigested food, bacteria and metabolic waste to enter your bloodstream. This is called leaky gut syndrome, which increases the inflammatory process in your body.

The action from the bitter reflex begins when you taste bitter on your tongue. According to the European Journal of Herbal Medicine, bypassing your taste receptors by taking bitters in capsule form will “render it virtually useless.”36

How to Add Bitters to Your Routine

Historically, people used bitters approximately 30 minutes before mealtime to stimulate the appetite and get the gastrointestinal tract ready to eat. There are commercially available bitter tinctures that basically concentrate extracts in an alcohol base.

Another option is to add bitter greens to your salads and to eat your salad first. These may include chicory, dandelion, arugula, radicchio, endive and burdock. This helps take advantage of the bitter reflex during meals.

While Andrographis is generally safe when it’s taken as directed, bitters should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, those with depressed metabolism, chronic respiratory congestion or a serious erosive or ulcerative condition in the gastrointestinal tract.37

In clinical trials, there have been few adverse reactions noted. However, side effects have been recorded using andrographolide, including headache, rash, diarrhea, pruritus and a lowered sex drive.38

Weekly Health Quiz: Autism, COVID and Panic

1 Which public figure recently contracted SARS-CoV-2 infection and was treated with two experimental drugs, Gilead’s remdesivir and Regeneron’s REGN-COV2?

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • President Donald J. Trump

    October 2, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. He received a variety of treatments, including both holistically-leaning alternatives and the experimental drugs remdesivir and REGN-COV2. Learn more.

  • First Lady Melania Trump
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

2 A September 2020 meta-analysis concluded there is a significant relationship between autism and which of the following?

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Mercury

    A September 2020 meta-analysis concludes there is a significant relationship between autism and concentrations of mercury in the body. According to the researchers, the mercury concentration can be listed as a pathogenic cause for autism. Learn more.

  • Iron

3 Mounting evidence suggest immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection among the global population may be around:

  • Below 10%
  • 25%
  • 50%
  • 80%

    German research shows that even among unexposed individuals, 81% were resistant or immune to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Mathematical modeling also suggests immunity against SARS-CoV-2, globally, might be as high as 80%. Learn more.

4 A pandemic may trigger panic buying and hoarding, in part, due to a:

  • Perception of scarcity

    There are some psychological explanations, including the fact that a perception of scarcity is linked with panic buying and hoarding, along with feelings of insecurity that trigger people’s desire to collect things. Learn more.

  • Inability to leave the house
  • Desire for something to do
  • Miscommunication about availability

5 Which of the following has been shown to have a direct antiviral effect on SARS-CoV-2, effectively blocking viral replication in vitro?

  • UVB light
  • Nitric oxide (NO)

    Recent research shows nitric oxide (NO) has a direct antiviral effect on SARS-CoV-2, effectively blocking viral replication in vitro. Learn more.

  • Nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Oxygen (O2)

6 Which of the following statements is true?

  • Australian citizens are suing the government for damages
  • The Swedish government is being sued by a coalition of nations for refusing to shut down businesses, putting the public at risk
  • An international network of lawyers is preparing a class-action lawsuit against those responsible for global lockdowns

    The German Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, founded by four trial attorneys, will investigate and prosecute those responsible for implementing lockdowns around the world and using fraudulent testing to engineer the appearance of a dangerous pandemic. They will be working with an international network of lawyers to argue the biggest tort case ever. Learn more.

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been indicted for manslaughter, resulting from his nursing home policy during the pandemic

7 The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed:

  • Healthier behaviors and practices
  • Improved social discourse
  • Greater trust in science
  • Massive wealth transfer to the rich

    The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a massive transfer of wealth to the rich. Learn more.

Melatonin — A Standard Treatment Adjunct for COVID-19?

According to a June 2020 research paper,1 melatonin2,3 may be an important adjunct to COVID-19 treatment. Incidentally, while not emphasized, melatonin is an optional addition to the highly effective MATH+ protocol promoted by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Working Group (FLCCC).4

President Trump’s COVID-19 treatment was also said to include melatonin supplementation. The authors note that melatonin attenuates several pathological features of the illness, including excessive inflammation, oxidation and an exaggerated immune response resulting in a cytokine storm and acute lung injury (ALI), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and, potentially, death.

“Melatonin, a well-known anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative molecule, is protective against ALI/ARDS caused by viral and other pathogens,” the researchers state,5 adding:

“Melatonin is effective in critical care patients by reducing vessel permeability, anxiety, sedation use, and improving sleeping quality, which might also be beneficial for better clinical outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

Notably, melatonin has a high safety profile. There is significant data showing that melatonin limits virus-related diseases and would also likely be beneficial in COVID-19 patients.”

One of the things that makes melatonin so effective is that it doesn’t just act as an antioxidant in and of itself; it also interacts with your body’s innate antioxidant system where it recharges glutathione.6

High-Dose Melatonin Successfully Treats COVID-19

A recent case series7 published in the journal Melatonin Research details how patients hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia who were given high-dose melatonin as an adjunct therapy to standard of care all improved within four to five days, and all survived.

On average, those given melatonin were discharged from the hospital after 7.3 days, compared to 13 days for those who did not get melatonin. This is far better than the expensive treatment remdesivir, which costs over $3,000 and doesn’t produce anywhere near this improvement.

However, the patients were given very large doses of melatonin, 36 mg to 72 mg per day in four divided doses. When used for sleep, you’d typically start with a dose of 0.25 mg and work your way up as needed.

Dr. Richard Neel and colleagues at Little Alsace and Uvalde Urgent Care clinics in Texas are also using high-dose melatonin in combination with vitamin C and vitamin D, and had as of the last week of July 2020 successfully treated more than 400 patients.8

“I knew that nothing would work for everyone, but it is working for the majority. It is amazing what melatonin is doing for most patients,” Neel told Kayleen Holder, editor of Devine News.9

Melatonin Inhibits COVID-19-Induced Cytokine Storm

Another paper,10 published in June 2020 in the journal Medical Drug Discoveries describes the mechanics by which melatonin inhibits the cytokine storm associated with critical SARS-CoV-2 infection. As explained by the authors:11

“A causative factor related to the hyper-inflammatory state of immune cells is their ability to dramatically change their metabolism. Similar to cancer cells … immune cells such as macrophages/monocytes under inflammatory conditions abandon mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation for ATP production in favor of cytosolic aerobic glycolysis (also known as the Warburg effect) …

The change to aerobic glycolysis allows immune cells to become highly phagocytic, accelerate ATP production, intensify their oxidative burst and to provide the abundant metabolic precursors required for enhanced cellular proliferation and increased synthesis and release of cytokines …

Because of melatonin’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it would normally reduce the highly proinflammatory cytokine storm and neutralize the generated free radicals thereby preserving cellular integrity and preventing lung damage.”

Melatonin Plays Important Roles in Mitochondrial Function

Importantly, the Medical Drug Discoveries paper points out that while melatonin was initially thought to be exclusively synthesized in the pineal gland, researchers have now demonstrated that it is actually synthesized in mitochondria, which means melatonin production occurs in most cells, including human lung monocytes and macrophages.

For those of you who might be familiar with melatonin, this is quite surprising as it has been commonly accepted for the past 50 years that the sole source of melatonin was the pineal gland. This is quite an amazing breakthrough to find out it is actually produced in the mitochondria, which are in every cell in your body except your red blood cells.

In healthy cells, melatonin synthesis in mitochondria occurs when the glucose metabolite pyruvate enters the mitochondria. Glucose is a six-carbon molecule and is divided into two three-carbon molecules of pyruvate. Once the pyruvate is inside the mitochondria, it is subsequently metabolized into acetyl-coenzyme A.

Presumably, a low-carb, high-fat diet that produces large amounts of ketones should provide similar benefits as the ketones are directly metabolized to acetyl-coenzyme A. As explained in the Medical Drug Discoveries paper:12

“In the absence of acetyl-coenzyme A, mitochondrial melatonin is no longer available to combat the inflammatory response or to neutralize the generated reactive oxygen species and the massive damage that occurs in the respiratory tree resulting in the primary signs of COVID-19 disease.

Importantly, endogenous melatonin production diminishes markedly with age especially in frail older individuals. This is consistent with the more serious nature of a COVID-19 infection in the elderly.”

Other research, including a Frontiers of Bioscience paper13 published in 2007, has pointed out that melatonin helps prevent mitochondrial impairment, energy failure and apoptosis (programmed cell death) in mitochondria damaged by oxidation.

Melatonin may even help regulate gene expression via certain enzymes,14 and helps regulate autophagy in certain pathological conditions.15 According to the authors, “Most of the beneficial consequences resulting from melatonin administration may depend on its effects on mitochondrial physiology.”16

Melatonin Protects Against Sepsis

Sepsis (blood poisoning) is another common outcome of an unhealthy immune response to infection, and melatonin may play an important role in preventing this as well. Evidence for this can be found in a Journal of Critical Care paper17 published in 2010. According to the authors:18

“Melatonin is an effective anti-inflammatory agent in various animal models of inflammation and sepsis, and its anti-inflammatory action has been attributed to inhibition of nitric oxide synthase with consequent reduction of peroxynitrite formation, to the stimulation of various antioxidant enzymes thus contributing to enhance the antioxidant defense, and to protective effects on mitochondrial function and in preventing apoptosis.

In a number of animal models of septic shock, as well as in patients with septic disease, melatonin reportedly exerts beneficial effects to arrest cellular damage and multiorgan failure …

Apart from action on the local sites of inflammation, melatonin also exerts its beneficial actions through a multifactorial pathway including its effects as immunomodulatory, antioxidant and antiapoptotic agent.”

In summary, melatonin appears to reverse septic shock symptoms by:19

  • Decreasing synthesis of proinflammatory cytokines
  • Preventing lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced oxidative damage, endotoxemia and metabolic alterations
  • Suppressing gene expression of the bad form of nitric oxide, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)
  • Preventing apoptosis (cell death)

More recently, a 2019 animal study20 in the journal Frontiers in Immunology details how melatonin can protect against polymicrobial sepsis, i.e., sepsis caused by more than one microbial organism. A hallmark of polymicrobial sepsis is severe loss of lymphocytes through apoptosis, resulting in a twofold higher lethality than unimicrobial sepsis (sepsis caused by a single microbe).21

In this case, melatonin appears to offer protection by having an antibacterial effect on white blood cells called neutrophils. A high neutrophil count is an indicator for infection. According to the authors of the 2019 study:22

“Melatonin treatment inhibited peripheral tissue inflammation and tissue damage … consequently reducing the mortality of the mice. We found that macrophages and neutrophils expressed melatonin receptors.

Upon depletion of neutrophils, melatonin-induced protection against polymicrobial infection failed in the mice, but melatonin treatment in macrophage-depleted mice attenuated the mice mortality resulting from polymicrobial sepsis …

The data from this study support previously unexplained antiseptic effects of melatonin during a polymicrobial infection and could be potentially useful for human patients with sepsis.”

Melatonin’s Antiviral Effects

The scientific review paper,23 “Melatonin Potentials Against Viral Infections Including COVID-19: Current Evidence and New Findings,” published October 2020 in the Virus Research journal, also summarizes the many potential mechanisms by which melatonin can protect against and ameliorate viral infections.

The authors review research looking at melatonin’s beneficial effects against a variety of viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, viral hepatitis, viral myocarditis, Ebola, West Nile virus and dengue virus. Based on these collective findings, they believe melatonin may offer similar protection against SARS-CoV-2.

One mechanistic basis for this relates to melatonin’s effects on p21-activated kinases (PAKs), a family of serine and threonine kinases. They explain:24

“In the last decade, PAKs have acquired great attention in medicine due to their contribution to a diversity of cellular functions. Among them, PAK1 is considered as a pathogenic enzyme and its unusual activation could be responsible for a broad range of pathologic conditions such as aging, inflammation, malaria, cancers immunopathology, viral infections, etc.

In a recent study conducted by Oh et.al. (2016), ‘Chloroquine’ (CQ) (an antimalarial drug used as an experimental medication in COVID-19 treatment protocol) was found to increase the expression of p21 that was downregulated by PAK1 in Th1 cells.

Furthermore, Lu and colleagues have shown that phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), a tumor-suppressing phosphatase, may prevent the coronavirus-induced Ag II-pathological vascular fibrosis through inactivation of PAK1.

Interestingly, melatonin exerts a spectrum of important anti-PAK1 properties in some abnormal conditions such as sleep disturbance, immune system effectiveness reduction, infectious disorders, inflammation, cancer, painful conditions, etc.

It has been proposed that coronaviruses could trigger CK2/RAS-PAK1-RAF-AP1 signaling pathway via binding to ACE2 receptor. Although it is not scientifically confirmed as yet, PAK1-inhibitors could theoretically exert as potential agents for the management of a recent outbreak of COVID-19 infection.

Indeed, Russel Reiter, a leading pioneer in melatonin research, has recently emphasized that melatonin may be incorporated into the treatment of COVID-19 as an alternative or adjuvant.”

Melatonin Combats COVID-19 in Several Ways

In summary, “Melatonin Potentials Against Viral Infections Including COVID-19: Current Evidence and New Findings” and other research referenced in the list below suggests melatonin may play an important role in SARS-CoV-2 infection by:25

Regulating immune responses and preventing cytokine storms

Quelling inflammation and suppressing oxidative stress26

Combating viral and bacterial infections27

Regulating blood pressure (a risk factor for severe COVID-19)

Improving metabolic defects associated with diabetes and insulin resistance (risk factors for severe COVID-19) via inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS)

Protecting mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs, which have been shown to ameliorate severe SARS-CoV-2 infection) against injuries and improving their biological activities

Promoting both cell-mediated and humoral immunity

Promoting synthesis of progenitor cells for macrophages and granulocytes, natural killer (NK) cells and T-helper cells, specifically CD4+ cells

Inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasomes28

Melatonin — A Possible Vaccine Adjuvant?

Lastly, “Melatonin Potentials Against Viral Infections Including COVID-19: Current Evidence and New Findings” discusses the potential of using melatonin as a vaccine adjuvant, nothing that:29

“Even if [a COVID-19] vaccine would be established, vaccine efficacy is probably considered to be inferior for the elderly and other high-risk population groups compared to people who are healthy and young. The immune responses to vaccines have been shown to be limited in the aforementioned groups because of a weakened immune system.

Therefore, using immunomodulatory agents such as melatonin as an effective adjuvant besides vaccination may boost the vaccine’s effectiveness in patients with both compromised and healthy immune systems.

As above-mentioned, melatonin is capable of enhancing the count of natural killer and CD4+ cells and amplifying the production of cytokines needed for effective vaccine response. Furthermore, sleep deprivation weakens immune response to viral infection, and melatonin has been proved to be a critical factor in improving sleep quality.”

Melatonin Works Synergistically With Vitamin D

Interestingly, a paper30 published in the May 2020 issue of The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology stresses the synergistic effects between melatonin and vitamin D. Not only does melatonin enhance vitamin D signaling, the two molecules act synergistically to optimize your mitochondrial function.

I’ve written many articles detailing the importance of vitamin D optimization to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and more serious COVID-19 illness. The evidence for this is frankly overwhelming, and raising vitamin D levels among the general population may be one of the most important prevention strategies available to us. To learn more, please download my vitamin D report, available for free on stopcovidcold.com. According to the authors of this May 2020 paper:31

“A deficiency of these molecules has been associated with the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases, including arterial hypertension, neurodegenerative diseases, sleep disorders, kidney diseases, cancer, psychiatric disorders, bone diseases, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes, among others.

During aging, the intake and cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D, as well as the endogenous synthesis of melatonin are remarkably depleted, therefore, producing a state characterized by an increase of oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction …

Mitochondrial dysfunction has been related to the etiologies of many complex diseases where overactivation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), vitamin D deficiency and the reduction of melatonin synthesis converge.

In this sense, experimental and clinical evidence indicates that inflammation, oxidative stress, as in mitochondrial dysfunction, are consistent with low levels of melatonin and vitamin D, and also represent risk factors connected with development and maintenance of prevalent acute and chronic pathologies.”

Simple Ways to Optimize Your Melatonin and Vitamin D

While there are likely many benefits to supplementing with oral vitamin D3 and melatonin, it makes no sense to do so unless you also optimize your body’s own production.

The good news is it’s relatively simple and inexpensive to increase your melatonin and vitamin D levels. To optimize your vitamin D, I recommend getting sensible sun exposure on large portions of your body on a regular basis, ideally daily.

For further guidance, see “The Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure.” If for whatever reason you cannot get sufficient amounts of sun exposure, consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement (along with a little extra vitamin K2 to maintain a healthy ratio between these two nutrients, and magnesium to optimize vitamin D conversion).

I personally have not taken any oral vitamin D for well over 10 years and my levels are typically over 70 ng/mL, even in the winter, but I have started taking sublingual melatonin as I am now older than 65, even though I sleep in pitch dark and get bright sun exposure around 85% of the time during the day.

Optimizing your melatonin production starts with getting plenty of bright sunlight during the day, as this helps “set” your circadian clock. Then, as the evening wears on and the sun sets, you’ll want to avoid bright lighting.

Blue light from electronic screens and LED light bulbs is particularly problematic and inhibits melatonin the most. If you need lighting, opt for incandescent light bulbs, candles or salt lamps. The blue light from electronic screens can be counteracted by installing blue-blocking software such as Iris,32 or wearing blue-blocking glasses.

My decision to personally use melatonin supplementation makes even more sense now that we understand that melatonin is not only produced in the pineal gland (which would benefit from circadian optimization), but also in our mitochondria. So, it appears that additional melatonin could serve as a useful adjunct in modulating your immune response.

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More Tip of the Iceberg from Paul Turner

 By Anna Von Reitz

Many people are asking me — what’s going on with all these huge international law suits against the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health?  

Well, quite simply, the complaint against WHO is based on WHO selling bogus bonds and promoting a known scam to capitalize them, then using the proceeds as payola to guarantee that hospitals and governments would participate in the hoax in order to receive between $100,000 and $300,000 per “Covid 19” death.  This is otherwise called bond fraud and bribery, so they are being sued for damages.  The fact that WHO declared a “pandemic” based on 150 cases doesn’t help. 

Falsifying medical records is a lesser offense that all the participants are guilty of to one extent or another— and the proof that falsification has taken place is apparent from another fact: deaths attributed to plain old influenza have disappeared.  It’s a miracle. Call the Holy See.  Here’s a real opportunity for anyone wanting to claim sainthood…. 

The issues against the CDC and NIH are more about complicity in the fraud and non-disclosure of self-interest and hiding scientific data, such as the fact that the PCR test purportedly being used to test for Covid 19 was known to produce a very large percentage of false positive results and was never intended for use to screen for a virus.  The fact that millions upon millions of these PCR tests were ordered PRIOR to the release of the purported virus (I am not convinced that it even exists) for no known reason is also suspicious, don’t ya think?  

The fact that no such virus as “Covid 19” has been isolated, and more damningly, no isolation protocol has even been started to identify any actual virus six months into the purported pandemic doesn’t help. 

The fact that both the CDC and NIH are private organizations and both are involved in producing and selling vaccines for profit has been obscured, but there you are.  That puts a rather different spin on their pronouncements when they are urging the public to get vaccinated using their own vaccines.  

As you can see, it drops the whole level of the discussion from “scientific opinion” to snake oil sales, and is a fact that isn’t being disclosed, leaving the public relying upon scientific integrity and logic that doesn’t exist. 

With seven billion doses of vaccine and an undisclosed cost per dose on the table, you can see why.  Just sayin’. 

Grandma’s Shinola Sensor went off back in March and hasn’t quit going “Bwahh! Bwahh! Bwahh!” ever since. 

But don’t rely on me as the only one smelling rats — rely on the governments of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, and read Paul’s expose on WHO and their Pandemic Bonds — and enjoy his Understatement of the Year entry at the very end: 
—–the rest is from Paul Turner: 
Pandemic Insurance Bonds were the tool used to insure the compliance of nations declaring and prolonging this Plandemic>>>
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Pandemic Bonds began selling in 2017, which helped literally insure that other countries would comply with claiming pandemics>>>
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World Bank Launches First-Ever Pandemic Bonds to Support $500 Million Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) Washington, DC, June 28, 2017 https://www.worldbank.org/…/world-bank-launches-first…
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PS I had the Pandemic Bonds information posted before the Pandemics were declared.
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In our Restore Liability For The Vaccine Makers Group Files is a Rockefeller document from 2010 which is pretty much the playbook for what we see happening today. Scenarios for the Future ofTechnology and International Development.pdf, added February 12, 2020 is most worthwhile to check out>>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/restoreliability/files
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Clade X and event 201 were held last year by the Gates foundation, John Hopkins medical center, WHO, and the CDC. The scenarios that were role-played had strikingly familiar news directives that we saw this year. They talked about how they were going to control the information released to the population and how they would handle the economy. gates had teamed up with Harvard university to design an information tracker to keep up with the vaccine records. This is to be injected into the subject and it will communicate with the authorities. https://www.facebook.com/…/permalink/689908461922598/
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PANDEMIC EMERGENCY FINANCING FACILITY – PDF http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/.../PEF-Operations-Manual…
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Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility World Bank Website https://www.worldbank.org/…/pandemic-emergency…
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In summary>>> The bonds were set up as incentive for poor countries to go along with using the Plandemic planners doctored numbers for declaring pandemics and for keeping the illusion of pandemic going for agendas which do NOT have our good health as a goal.
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PS  One of the World Bank links doesn’t work.  The page has been removed. Go figure some more. 
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New York: The Example America Should Not Follow

By Star Parker,

New York City is becoming an economic basket case.

“‘We’re at war’: New York City Faces a Financial Abyss,” screams a New York Times headline.

New York City’s unemployment rate stands at 16%, double the nation’s average.

Yet, even in the midst of a “financial abyss,” the animosity of New York’s liberal elite remains undeterred in its hostility toward free enterprise and entrepreneurship, the pillars of job creation and economic recovery.

In a latest example, commercial real estate development firms have pulled out of a proposed project, Industry City, that was estimated to bring 20,000 jobs and $100 million in tax revenue to New York City. After several years of fighting opposition to get approval for rezoning that would have made the project possible, they threw in the towel.

The project was slated to bring “a million square feet of commercial, retail, and community space,” according to Spectrum News NY1.

The Brooklyn neighborhood where the development would have been located, Sunset Park, has a poverty rate of 29%, per 2018 statistics.

But liberal disdain for capitalism far exceeds alleged concerns about poverty.

The City Council member who represents the district and led the fight against the project, Carlos Menchaca, celebrated the announcement of its demise.

“What the community wants is not a private developer with private money to come in and bail out a neighborhood,” he said. “They really want the city of New York to come in and say we’re gonna bring capital infrastructure funding to bring in the Green New Deal at a city level, to really bring jobs that are connected to our community and in the community’s vision.”

This while current deficit projections for New York state and New York City are $14.5 billion and $9 billion, respectively.

Neither Gov. Andrew Cuomo nor New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had a word in support of the project, while both turn to Washington looking for a bailout from U.S. taxpayers.

Democratic New York Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler, Yvette Clarke, and Hakeem Jeffries weighed in against the project.

Menchaca questioned the projections for the number of jobs that would be created.

One of the development firms behind the project, Jamestown, has an established track record of success. It developed Chelsea Market in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. According to reports, Chelsea Market attracts 500,000 locals and tourists every month. In 2018, Jamestown sold it to Google for $2.4 billion.

Appropriate comparisons are being made to the killing of Amazon’s initiative in 2019 to build a new headquarters in New York’s Long Island City. High-profile opposition from the left included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Like Menchaca, Ocasio-Cortez celebrated Amazon’s decision to kill the project and questioned Amazon’s projection of jobs that would have been created.

“People are saying 25,000 jobs at $125,000 average, which has never happened anywhere,” Ocasio-Cortez said then.

Just over recent weeks, Amazon announced it has 33,000 corporate and technology jobs open across the country offering “a total annual compensation of $150,000, including salary and stock awards,” as widely reported in the press.

The company also recently announced expansion of its workforce by 100,000, with pay beginning at $15 per hour, plus benefits.

Amazon hired 175,000 temporary workers earlier in the year, at the beginning of the pandemic, and in May announced that 70% would be retained permanently.

In contrast to New York, Detroit City Council member Roy McCalister Jr. writes exuberantly in Crain’s Detroit Business about Amazon’s plans to bring 1,200 jobs in a new development that will bring Detroit “$43 million in tax revenue in the 10 years following the opening of the facility.”

New York should be a poster child for the nation about what not to do, about the path we should not take.

Anyone who cares about the poor, who cares about our nation’s recovery and growth should fight to prevent the stifling of our system of free enterprise by confused, self-important political ideologues of the left.

 

Source: CREATORS.COM