GENERAL VIRUS PROTOCOL
Hi Dr. Aieta here, this month I'd like to highlight some of the products that I use exclusively in my practice with my patients for supporting the immune system’s ability to deal with viral infections. My plan can be very effective for dealing with a variety of different viral infections that people may encounter during the fall and into the wintertime.
For general prevention of viral infections, this is the protocol that I use in my practice with all of my patients.
The dosing is very individualized, so what I am recommending here are just what I most commonly use with my patients. None of this is medical advice, I just want to go through how I deal with viral infections in my patients and if some of this information is valuable to you, then you can go ahead and utilize some of it on your own. Always remember, anytime you're implementing a treatment plan, you always want to talk with your physician before using treatments such as dietary supplements, herbs and nutrients.
*Always remember, anytime you're implementing a treatment plan, you always want to talk with your physician before using treatments such as dietary supplements, herbs and nutrients.
General prevention of viral infections
The very first thing that I recommend for everyone across the board is to take a daily dosage of vitamin D. This can be used in either liquid, capsule or gummy form. The typical daily dosage that I use with most of my patients, after assessing their blood levels is around 5000iu’s. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin so it should always be taken along with some food that contains dietary fat to ensure proper absorption.
The next vitamin is also a fat-soluble vitamin called vitamin A, which once again needs to be taken along with a fattier meal. For vitamin A, the daily dosage is 25,000 IU’s and that's one capsule a day of my vitamin A product.
Zinc is a very good immune enhancing mineral. When you're deficient in zinc, you're more susceptible to colds, flus other viral infections. The product that I use in my practice is Zinc 20mg and most of my patients will take just one tablet a day, always with a complete meal.
In conjunction with zinc, I add in a product called Aller-Relief because it’s main ingredient is a highly absorbable form of a very powerful bioflavonoid called Quercetin Phytosone. Quercetin has a unique ability that enhances the body’s utilization of zinc at the cellular level. It works to allow zinc to enter into the cell and prevent viral replication and takeover of the cell. Quercetin also works to reduce overall inflammation and the release of histamine in the body. For one zinc tablet I always use 2 Aller-relief capsules along with it.
NAC is a sulfur containing amino acid derivative. It can aid in the body’s ability to fight off all types of viral infections and carries the added benefit of thinning out mucus in the lungs which can be a problem with viruses that affect the respiratory tract. NAC also has the ability to enhance the production of an intracellular antioxidant called glutathione which aids in the liver’s detoxification processes. For general prevention I recommend 2 capsules a day with food.
This product contains a variety of different herbs and nutrients that are designed to block viral replication and enhance the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses. It also contains some specific herbs that can aid in reducing inflammation that can result from viral infections. Most of my patients will take just 2 capsules a day with food during times of the year when they are more susceptible to viruses of all types.
Liposomal means that it's vitamin C molecules are encased something called a phospholipid which significantly increases the absorption into the bloodstream from the digestive tract. By enhancing its absorption, it prevents any type of loose stools or bowel issues associated with taking higher dosages of conventional vitamin C. Conventional vitamin C is only 25 to 30% absorbable based upon the quantity that you're taking at a time. For general prevention, most patients do well with taking 1 teaspoon a day which is 1000mg of vitamin C.
What should you do if you start to feel like you are coming down with some type of viral infection despite taking my prevention protocol?
If you are taking all of the products listed in my above viral prevention protocol and you still feel like you are coming down with something, no problem! At the first sign of symptoms like a sore throat, fatigue, cough or congestion we want to increase the dosages of the products for the duration of the illness and maybe add in a few more for additional acute support.
Product Dosing for Acute Viral Infections
For people that are taking vitamin D3 and vitamin A daily for prevention, at the first sign of a cold or flu or any type of viral infection, for the first four to five days, we will temporarily increase their dosages.
- Vitamin D will go from 5,000iu per day with food up to 50,000iu per day with food for 4-5 days
- Vitamin A will go from 25,000iu per day with food up to 100,000iu per day with food for 4-5 days
After those 4-5 days we can either take a break, especially if the patient has been taking vitamins D and A for long periods of time prior to the increase in dose, or they can return to their maintenance dose.
Since both vitamin A and D are both fat soluble, we need to be careful when using higher dosages for long periods of time so we don’t develop toxicity. Knowing your initial blood levels of both of these vitamins can be important before taking both in higher dosages. I am very cautious with my patients when using higher dosages of vitamin A since they contraindicated in pregnancy since it can have negative effects on the baby.
The Zinc dosage for maintenance is one tablet a day, for an active infection I have my patients go up to 3 times a day with meals, so we would go from 20mg up to 60mg. In conjunction we would increase the Aller-Relief with the Quercetin Phytosome to 2 capsule 3 times a day. Remember the Quercetin will help the zinc enter the cell and aid in halting the viral replication process leading to quicker recovery.
The NAC is 500 milligrams per capsule, the maintenance is just two capsules a day, we would bump that up to three times a day at the first sign or symptom of a cold or flu virus.
In the case of an active viral issue, we would increase up from two capsules a day as general maintenance to three capsules two times a day with food.
With this product we want to get really aggressive, with instead of just doing one teaspoon a day, which would yield 1000 milligrams of vitamin C, we would take one teaspoon every few waking hours. This can be continued for 2-3 days or for the duration of symptoms. After 2-3 days it’s not uncommon for my patients to have ingested 30,000mg of vitamin C. This is the absolute best way to administer high doses of vitamin c, short of using an intravenous version.
Viruses tend to promote an inflammatory response in the body once they enter the cells of the body and start to replicate. Inflammation is the body's reaction to the virus. It’s essential to calm down that Inflammation to prevent worsening of the illness. Similar to how when people get sick with colds or flus, they take things like ibuprofen or Tylonol, we're not going to do that, we're going to take something called Curcumazyme. Curcumazyme is a form of curcumin, that is liposomal, similar to my Liposomal Vitamin C which will enhance its absorption. Curcumin has very strong inflammation inhibiting properties. In my Curcumazyme product there is an enzyme added that will help thin the blood, and enhance the absorption and utilization of the curcumin. This high dose enzyme can also aid in the reduction of inflammation in the body when this product is consumed on an empty stomach.
We would do two capsules, three times a day on an empty stomach to inhinit the inflammation process and reduce an overactive immune response.
Melatonin is a supplement that is typically used for sleep but it's also a great one to use when someone's developing a viral infection due to it’s ability to reduce overall inflammation in the body as well as enhance the immune system. The dosing is one to two, 3mg lozenge(s) dissolved under the tongue right before bed.
For my higher risk patients that have some pre-existing conditions, and maybe more prone to pneumonias when they develop viral infections, I will add in an additional product called Canna-Boost powder. The Canna-Boost powder is a tasteless powder that can just be place on the tongue and washed down with a beverage. Dosing is a quarter of a rounded teaspoon three times a day. This product contains an ingredient called PEA. PEA is a naturally occurring fatty acid with strong inflammatory mitigating effects. It's also been shown to improve outcomes in acute respiratory diseases and influenza.
These are my natural supplements I formulated for viral support
~ Dr. Frank Aieta
NAC (N-acetyl Cysteine) Featured
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