18th March 2020

I thought I should say something about the coronavirus for readers of this blog. I need to state that the situation is fast moving, facts are changing, and I am not asking anyone to go against any current medical advice.

Here, I am simply providing advice that I believe, currently, may be of benefit to people out there. I am acutely aware that there is controversy swirling about, but I will not promote anything that can cause any significant harm – but may cause significant good.

I have tended to look back a few years in time for some evidence, because current, emerging evidence is subject to massive bias and controversy, with various vested interests getting involved. The ‘older’ evidence has not been done in a rush and is therefore more measured.

1: Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)

COVID-19 appears to impact the lungs more than any other organ and COVID-19 can be thought of as a ‘viral’ community acquired pneumonia. There has been evidence for several years that anti-inflammatory agents e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen (NSAIDs) may worsen community acquired pneumonia. As highlighted in this 2017 paper:

‘Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs may Worsen the Course of Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Cohort Study:


Our findings suggest that NSAIDs, often taken by young and healthy patients, may worsen the course of CAP with delayed therapy and a higher rate of pleuropulmonary complications.’ 1

There is now anecdotal evidence, particularly from France, that patients who take NSAIDs do considerably worse. It has been suggested they may lead to an increased death rate.

ADVICE: Avoid NSAIDs if possible

2: Vitamin C

Vitamins always cause massive controversy, and the mainstream medical community tends to be highly critical of the use of vitamins. However, vitamin C has been found to have many, many, positive impacts on the immune system. It also protects the endothelium lining blood vessels – thus preventing/delaying passage of pathogens from the bloodstream.

I include the full abstract from the 2017 paper ‘Vitamin C and Immune Function.’ It contains a great deal of medical jargon, but I have highlighted the most important parts.

Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Vitamin C supports epithelial barrier function against pathogens and promotes the oxidant scavenging activity of the skin, thereby potentially protecting against environmental oxidative stress.

Vitamin C accumulates in phagocytic cells, such as neutrophils, and can enhance chemotaxis, phagocytosis, generation of reactive oxygen species, and ultimately microbial killing. It is also needed for apoptosis and clearance of the spent neutrophils from sites of infection by macrophages, thereby decreasing necrosis/NETosis and potential tissue damage.

The role of vitamin C in lymphocytes is less clear, but it has been shown to enhance differentiation and proliferation of B- and T-cells, likely due to its gene regulating effects. Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections. In turn, infections significantly impact on vitamin C levels due to enhanced inflammation and metabolic requirements.

Furthermore, supplementation with vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Prophylactic prevention of infection requires dietary vitamin C intakes that provide at least adequate, if not saturating plasma levels (i.e., 100–200 mg/day), which optimize cell and tissue levels. In contrast, treatment of established infections requires significantly higher (gram) doses of the vitamin to compensate for the increased inflammatory response and metabolic demand.’ 2

In short, Vitamin C can help prevent respiratory infections. It can also help to treat established infections, although much higher doses are required. This seems to fit with emerging Chinese data which appears to be showing considerable success with high dose intravenous Vitamin C in treating coronavirus.

It is unlikely that anyone working in the medical system in the West will agree to using high dose Vitamin C as part of any management plan. However, if your loved one is extremely ill in hospital I would recommend speaking to the doctors and asking if this can be added.

Whilst it is possible that vitamin C may prove ineffective, it also does no harm. Those who are currently attacking the use of Vitamin C and attacking those who believe vitamin C may be beneficial are, I believe, mainly concerned with their personal reputations.

ADVICE: Take at least 2g of Vitamin daily C to ‘prevent’ infection, probably more like 5g. Increase the dose to at least 10g if you are suffering symptoms.

3: ACE-inhibitors/ARBs

COVID-19 appears to enter the body using the ACE2 receptor (found on the surface of many cells, particularly in the lungs. Also found in high concentrations in the heart and kidneys.

Because of its affinity to ACE2 receptors (and the more widespread Renin Aldosterone Angiotensin System or “RAAS”) COVID-19 is causing upset with the whole system – in complex ways. The system itself is complex.

To remind those of a more technical bent, here is the system:


I wished to make it clear that if COVID-19 impact on the RAAS system, trying to work out the resultant abnormalities, is not easy.

There are two main drugs that are designed to lower blood pressure by ‘interfering’ with the RAAS system. ACE-inhibitors (angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers). They are very widely prescribed.

Some people have suggested that these drugs should be stopped. Others have suggested that they should be continued. You may be able to see why the advice is contradictory, given all the possible interactions.

However, it does seem the COVID-19 creates hypokalaemia (a low blood potassium level). A rising potassium level indicates recovery from the virus. This is probably due to interference with the hormone Aldosterone due to degradation of many ACE-receptors in the body.

ADVICE – currently not enough information to provide any advice on ACE-inhibitors and ARBs. However, increased consumption of potassium, if symptomatic, can be advised. Dose?

People who eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables tend to have a high potassium intake of approximately 8000 to 11,000 mg/d,’ 3

So, up to Ig a day appears perfectly safe, and if more is being lost through the kidneys with COVD-19, there appears to be little danger of overdosage.

4: Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine

These drugs normally used to treat/prevent malaria (and are also used to treat various ‘immune’ disease). However, they have been found to be effective in treating other viruses and seem to have been highly effective against COVID-19 4. These drugs will only be available as part of medical management. They cannot be bought over the counter (in any country, as far as I know).

If you, or a loved one, is seriously ill, I would urge you to ask for – one or the other – to be used. Hydroxychloroquine has fewer side effects (drug related adverse effects)

ADVICE – Ask for one of these drugs if you, or a loved one, is seriously ill with COVID-19.

5: Vitamin D

This one is simple. Vitamin D has important effects on the immune system 5. A low vitamin D level in the winter is almost certainly why flu epidemics occur in the winter months. [Vitamin D is synthesized in the sun by the action of sunlight].

ADVICE – take at least 2000iu vitamin (preferably D3) daily.

I hope some people have found this useful. If anything I have written here proves to be wrong, or dangerous, I will change it. However, I am working on the basis here of ‘first, do no harm.’ The worse thing that any of this advice can do, I believe, is to NOT work.






519 thoughts on “CORONAVIRUS [COVID-19]

    1. Joe

      If we had not known about a new virus out there, and had not checked individuals with PCR tests, the number of total deaths due to “influenza-like illness” would not seem unusual this year. At most, we might have casually noted that flu this season seems to be a bit worse than average. The media coverage would have been less than for an NBA game between the two most indifferent teams.

      A population-wide case fatality rate of 0.05% is lower than seasonal influenza. If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. It’s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies.

      1. Natasha

        I am working in the NHS right now and I can promise you this illness looks nothing like ‘flu’ for a significant proportion of people. Even with the small numbers of cases at the start doctors noted that this was a much more severe respiratory illness than usually seen in winter flu epidemics. It would have been spotted as different without a doubt. A high proportion are getting severe pneumonia , needing very high concentrations of oxygen and those who need critical care are requiring very long stays and extremely high intensity treatment. This is not like flu – for every person dying there are enormous numbers needing hospital care. My sense if that flu deaths are often in those who would have died at some point in the next year or two flu or not – covid is killing people who would have lived happy independent lives for many years.

      2. Joe

        To Natasha:

        The vast majority of deaths are of older people (mostly men), and all of them seem to have serious underlying health conditions, the very kind of patient you’re describing, and most prone to acute respiratory symptoms, pneumonia, etc. And not just caused by the flu virus, but by many other viruses and pathogens too..

        And neither test for Sars-2-Cov-2 tests for the actual presence of live,active virus. And they aren’t very reliable. Also, some of the treatments (e.g. ribavirin) being used to treat this disease are toxic, especially to patients with heart conditions, and which can actually kill them without the presence of any virus..Other retrovirals are similarly toxic.

        Without autopsies, there is almost no way to know what the actual CAUSE of each death is.. No matter what it looks like the cause is..

      3. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

        Influenza killed fifty million after WW1. COVID-19 is not going to get anywhere near that, in a world with four times as many people in it. I fail to understand what point you are trying to make?

      4. crisscross767

        Breathe! Don’t Succumb to the Pathological Hysteria from the Coronavirus Madness

        Gabriela Segura, M.D

        “……………Regardless of how many people on the planet are actively aware of it, the truth is that tens of millions of people drop like flies from illness, depression and self-destruction every single day. And that’s a trend that has been ongoing for, well, a very long time.

        According to the WHO assessment of deaths by cause for the years 2000-2016, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. And those who have been paying attention will know that, in the past few years, the generalized state of the public’s mental health has not improved………………..

        ………………..In Perspective

        As you can imagine, family medicine doctors deal with so many REAL tragedies on a daily basis that we can’t really get worked up by the flu, which has been pretty bad in the last few years, collapsing hospitals with patients piled up in the hallway, and with no protective mask for us poor doctors! Many vulnerable people die during the flu season, yet it is never propagandized, except when it’s time for the flu vaccine. For the most part, we move on and people eventually forget all about it. It’s like that each season. But despite the fact that this corona virus shows all the signs of being no more contagious – and possibly even less lethal than the seasonal flu – we are being encouraged, nay REQUIRED, to freak out about it.

        At the clinic where I practice, the ‘red carpet’ in terms of lab and hospital support is being rolled out for patients with this “new virus”. But what about my other patients who have a neurological condition and have to wait for 9 months to see a neurologist because the specialty is completely booked up? Maybe neurological issues should be recategorized as “new virus”, and maybe then patients will get the priority evaluation they need and deserve.

        Over this past winter, while on duty at my clinic, I’ve seen upwards of 40 people each morning with either a cold or the flu. That has been a pretty standard scenario for most of this season. My afternoons have been mostly spent dealing with the usual tragedies that no one seems to pay much attention to.

        We literally see people dying every day, in one way or another, and it’s not coronavirus that’s taking them out. Nevertheless, the death rate from the coronavirus is nowhere near as high as that of the average seasonal virus. In case you didn’t know, most people are not doing as well as they tell you when you greet them. Cases of heart failure, COPD, cancer and other ‘modern illnesses’ have already reached real pandemic levels, but again, no one is getting hysterical about those. So never mind the coronavirus, in fact, the odds are very good that you’ll survive it if you catch it. And don’t be surprised if you probably already had it. It just wasn’t an issue until you were told it was.

        Above All, Don’t Succumb to The Pathological Hysteria

        Don’t let stress take its toll on you. Stress leads to inflammation which leads to disease. …………….

        Read on –

      5. AhNotepad

        Seven words, and I fail to understand the point you are trying to make. Would you like to clarify?

      6. jbarnesbaker

        The Spanish Flu killed up to 100 million worldwide in 1918. This one has not been that bad so far because we have had respirators, anti viral meds, and hospitals to treat the sickest patients, at least in most countries. That may not be the case in the USA for much longer. The Spanish flu and the coronavirus are cyclical and natural plagues that are a kind of natural population control. Small pox wiped out 90% of the native Americans when the Europeans brought it to the New World. The Black Plague killed an estimated 1/3 of the population of Europe. When you have a huge population and a new virus that most people have never been exposed to, you need to be prepared for the worst.

      7. AhNotepad

        Jbarnesbaker, I think shooting all the buffalo, thus removing the food supply may have had a significant effect. Spanish flu figures seemed to have jumped from 20million to 100million, and I have just seen 199million. Today, according to, the total CCP deaths are less than 50,000, and we know the figures are not recording the cause of death, but in some cases (Italy and US at least) CCP virus is stated as cause of death, even if people died, without symptoms, and then a PCR test showed the results to have something connected with CCP. The PCR test is known to give unreliable results. CCP or even flu or any similar pathogen is not doing much for population control as the population is increasing annually at over 80million, or 1600 times the death rate quoted for CCP.

      1. andy

        Hi John M: re Chinese Handbook, I like the term “medical damage”.
        What happened to the 40 t of vitamin C, very skimpy on prevention?

      2. andy

        John, it’s me again. Alibaba is a sponsor of the study, I doubt that they have any interest in vit C or anything else that promotes health. Had a quick look at antiviral properties of garlic, looks promising. WHO is not a believer in healing properties of garlic for coronavirus, labels it as false news.

  1. Isabel Hemmings

    Thanks very much Malcom, really helpful. Just wanted to point out that I think the numbers in para 6 of Vitamin C section should reference weight, and say 100/200 mg per kg per day

  2. sunnydays2017

    Thanks very much Malcolm, that’s really helpful.
    Can I just check, I think that the figures you quote in 6th para of Vit C section may need ref to weight – I think it should say 100-200 mg/kg per day?

  3. Lucas

    Dr Kendrick, I am a big fan. Please check the information below and let me know your thoughts. Thanks


    Things to Limit Or Avoid
    ● Don’t take high doses of vitamins A or D: Limit vitamin A from animal sources to
    3,000 IU per day (from one serving of liver per week or a half teaspoon to a teaspoon
    per day of cod liver oil or a combination of eggs, dairy, and cod liver oil.) If you use a
    multivitamin and it has vitamin A as retinol or retinyl palmitate, make sure to count that
    vitamin A toward this number. Don’t worry about your intake of richly colored red,
    orange, yellow, and green veggies; just eat them normally. If you’re vegan, only
    supplement with retinyl palmitate if you have dry eyes, poor night vision, or any skin
    problems that fall into the category of hyperkeratosis, and limit it to 3,000 IU per day.
    Don’t supplement with vitamin D at all.
    ● Limit Calcium and Don’t Use Calcium Supplements That Aren’t Balanced by
    Phosphorus: Unless advised otherwise by your doctor for medical treatment, limit your
    total calcium intake from foods and supplements to 1000 milligrams per day (the amount
    in about three servings of dairy or three servings of canned sardines with the edible
    bones). Don’t use any calcium supplement besides bone meal. If you have a reason not
    to use bone meal (for example, you are vegan), make sure you balance any calcium
    supplement you take by supplementing with an equal amount of phosphorus.
    ● Don’t Use Monolaurin: This has the risk of hurting our immune system as much as it
    hurts the virus.
    ● Don’t Use High-Dose Vitamin C, Pelargonium Sidoides (Umcka), or Bee Propolis:
    These all carry the risk of making the lung damage worse if you get infected.

    “Supporting the Immune System” Can Backfire
    One way to approach this that doesn’t work is to eat foods or take supplements simply because they support our immune system. While this seems to make sense, it has a huge potential to backfire. Viruses often hijack things
    in our body that ordinarily make us healthy to find their way into our cells. The sneakiest viruses
    may then undermine our immune system and stop it from working, or, worse yet, hijack it and
    use it against us to make us get even sicker.
    For example, the coronavirus gets into our cells by hijacking a substance known as “ACE2”
    whose normal role is to keep our blood pressure from getting too high and to keep our lungs
    and heart healthy. Vitamins A and D are normally incredibly important to our immune systems.
    They help us make antibodies and other virus-busting weaponry. And they support our blood
    pressure and the health of our lungs and heart by helping us make more ACE2. Vitamins A and D are good for our lungs, good for our heart, and they support our immune system. Yet, by
    increasing the amount of ACE2 that the coronavirus can hijack in order to get inside our cells,
    supplementing with them may actually make us more vulnerable to infection.
    As a second example, vitamin A, vitamin C, and an herbal remedy known as pelargonium
    sidoides and marketed as “Umcka,” can all help us destroy viruses by making an
    immune-boosting, virus-busting superweapon known as interferon. Unfortunately, when it
    comes to interferon, the coronavirus most likely behaves just like its evil twin, SARS, which did
    its worst harm back in 2003. SARS stands for “severe acute respiratory syndrome.” The virus
    that causes it first poisons our ability to make interferon so that it can rapidly reproduce to
    achieve massive levels in our lungs. Then, once it’s taken over, it causes us to make crazy
    amounts of interferon that vastly exceed what we would normally make in response to the virus.
    The excess interferon causes such a storm of inflammation that it leads to the lung damage and
    death that this nasty virus became famous for.
    In the early stage of infection, when the virus is poisoning the interferon system, it’s not clear
    whether vitamin A, vitamin C, or Umcka would be effective. The virus may well undermine their
    interferon-boosting abilities completely. In the later stage of infection, when the virus is hijacking
    interferon to cause lung damage and death, interferon-boosting supplements could have the
    potential to make things worse.
    So, when deciding how to protect ourselves from the coronavirus, “supporting the immune
    system,” doesn’t cut it. We need a smarter approach.

    Copying What We Do for Colds and Flu Doesn’t Work
    As with supporting the immune system, we can’t just copy and paste whatever we usually do for
    colds and flu.
    Sometimes this will work. For example, certain types of zinc lozenges can stop a cold dead in its
    tracks, and everything we know so far suggests that zinc offers strong protection against the
    coronavirus too. Elderberry is very effective against the flu, and it’s probably just as effective
    against the coronavirus.
    Yet, other times this doesn’t work at all. For example, vitamins A and D prevent colds from ever
    happening in the first place, but they have a strong chance of making us more likely to get the
    coronavirus. Umcka makes colds less severe, but has a good chance of making the lung
    damage from the coronavirus more severe.
    There’s simply no relationship between whether something works for colds and flu and whether
    it is likely to work for the coronavirus.

    1. Robert Dyson

      “Yet, by increasing the amount of ACE2 that the coronavirus can hijack in order to get inside our cells, supplementing with them may actually make us more vulnerable to infection.” I am not sure the conclusion follows. Does having more windows make you more likely to be burgled? One window will do. I think we would need experimental evidence that increasing ACE2 receptor expression make a cell significantly more vulnerable. It could be that the virus blocking ACE2 receptors increases lung damage. Multiple viruses in a cell would be competing for the cell machinery for replication in any case. A & D are not medications but crucial components of our biochemistry, so I think the question is open.

      1. Marc Harding

        But with infections, bacterial or viral, the mechanism involves “swarms” of microbes, not just a single burglar. A better analogy would be a medieval horde swarming a castle, in which case more windows would allow more attackers simultaneous entry into the castle.

      2. MarcTheDuck

        But with infections, bacterial or viral, the mechanism involves “swarms” of microbes, not just a single burglar. A better analogy would be a medieval horde swarming a castle, in which case more windows would allow more attackers simultaneous entry into the castle.

    2. Chancery Stone

      “vitamins A and D prevent colds from ever happening in the first place” And that’s where I stopped reading – unfortunately right at the end. But seriously…………..?

      1. Michael

        I believe the Covid-19 reaction was discovered by the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at Melbourne. Regarding the two sources cited about Vit C and Interferon, I cannot come to the conclusion that Vit C causes interferon “hijacking”. The first source indicates Vit C promotes an immune response (including interferon), and the second indicates a delayed interferon response can worsen the outcome (with SARS). That is not “hijacking”. Furthermore, there is a study now in Wuhan University using IV-VitC to assist Covid-19 patients. No results yet, but some unofficial quotes show result are “promising”.

      2. AhNotepad

        Yes, with all this half information going about it’s enough to drive you bats. I’ve had enough of being badgered, I just don’t understand what their beef is. As Bluebottle (of the Goons) would call them, “you rotten swine”.

    3. Drifter

      I have a lot of respect for Chris, however I don’t think his reasoning here is confirmed by other data. If Vitamin D itself was a problem, then we should see more aggressive outbreaks in the southern hemisphere, but we don’t. Also, there is a metabolite of Vitamin D (LL-37) that apparently has actions that counter coronaviruses, so even if it creates a problem with cell entry it may outweigh it with other actions. Also, if his concerns are valid then we in the northern hemisphere should have major outbreaks of similar viruses in the summer but I have not heard that we do. (In fairness, he said not to supplement, so may D in pill form has different results than D from our skin.) Also, high dose Vitamin C has apparently been used in China during the current outbreak with moderate benefit (this is apparently is process to be published) so again, perhaps it is a timing issue, but it doesn’t appear to be a net problem and if it was, I would think it would have caused widely reported problems with all the people who supplement with high dose C (like me.)

    4. That woman

      Elderberry – read Stephen Harrod Buhner on this, he says no. Elder leaf and bark tincture he advises yes.

    1. Chancery Stone

      That article is a VERY longwinded way of saying “This virus is not real. It might be something else. No idea what, but it’s not a virus. Probably.” Also stunningly unhelpful for anyone trying to deal with it.

    2. Marjorie Daw

      What the heck is going on?
      A conversation between Sayer Ji of Green Med Info and Thomas Cowan MD —WATCH THIS VIDEO!

    3. Alan Hughes

      thanks Brian; when the “consensus” is we should just believe what the authorities tell us: (after all, they know best); it is disappointing that some insist on questioning orthodoxy: and that just makes it very hard for folks in other circumstances, such as Professor Rory Collins, who after all, knows what is best for us; how appalling to question the views of such eminent folks. They know best; we should just wholeheartedly believe what they say, and do what they tell us to do. That should apply in all circumstances.

      Here for example are sources where folks question the official line


      this last is particularly pernicious: he suggests “There is no proof that a virus is being detected by the test and there is absolutely no concern about whether there are a significant number of false positives on the test. ” how appalling

      “The coronavirus panic is just that, an irrational panic, based on an unproven RNA test, that has never been connected to a virus. And which won’t be connected to a virus unless the virus is purified.” trying to reason with us, and provoking us to think, and check facts; this will not do.

      1. Harry de Boer

        It seems that indeed the Koch postulate has not been satisfied.
        What else to make of it, I’m not sure…

      2. AhNotepad

        Rachel, this is sad to hear. One way of becoming susceptible to diseases that are going around is to work to exhaustion. That weakens the immune system. Managers should be taking responsibility for this.

  4. vlermon

    thank you so much….there seems to be so much advice going around.   I am encouraged to continue with those amounts of vit C and D amongst others.I hope  you stay well Valerie lermon 

  5. Mr Chris

    This is great stuff. You have underlined the need for vitamin C vitamin D and potassium over the years. I have followed your advice and am therefore very optimistic. Since wäre 80!

  6. Brenda Wyse

    Thank you, Dr Kendrick for this clear and very helpful advice. This might also be the time to thank you for the years of support you have given me and so many others with health issues. I have followed your blog since the outset and you have helped me to get blood glucose and other issues under control and to take more responsibility for my own health in general. You have never charged anyone a single penny for any of this great work. You have been brave enough to put your own professional status at risk through standing up to “Big Pharma” and the rest. Your amazing books have taught us to think and evaluate medical issues for ourselves without being cowed by establishment “wisdom”. Sadly, your achievements are unlikely to receive any of the rewards they so much deserve. So I hope you have intense personal satisfaction from the knowledge that your generosity and hard work has helped a great many people to better health. I am not prone to sentimental outpourings but did not want this moment in time to pass without having recorded my sincere and deepest gratitude to you. May you and your family keep safe and well (and I hope they are all very proud of you – they should be!!!)
    A thousand thanks.
    Bren Wyse.

    1. Mr Chris

      Itotally agree with all you say in your comment. Looking back I would say two things I have learnt here. One a continual flow of clear concise information. Two, I have learnt to be responsible for my own health,.
      And of course the community of intelligent people
      Thank you

      1. Adam

        I agree Chris, the Doctoring data book scared the hell out of me! it was that book that made me realise how much we all cede responsibility to other people, since then I have kept an open mind and read up on anything that impacts me and my family, that enables me to have a discussion with the experts. it has stood us well as my partner has a very rare condition and out of 5 Consultants from the same hospital we got 5 totally different opinions!

      1. mmec7

        I totally echo your remarks robertL – Brenda Wyse sums up how we all of feel – Hugely grateful to Dr Kendrick for his knowledge, wisdom, integrity, humour and sanity, and, unbounded empathy. Thank you Dr Kendrick.

    2. LA_Bob

      What Brenda Wyse said. And,

      In a time when panic is taking hold and experts disagree on the proper courses of action, Dr Kendrick’s post is pitch perfect.

  7. stjermain


    Would it be wise to stop taking statins to maintain a high ldlc ? !

    Michael Steadman M.B., B.S..


    1. Sue Madden

      I was going to ask Malcolm what he thinks about all those on statins when studies have shown high LDL levels to be protective against infections. Mine are very high, have always been and I`ve never worried about it but have been pleased to discover that they are a GOOD THING. I think the body mostly knows what it is doing and I cd never see why it would put all this poisonous stuff in our blood!!!! Glad I guessed right

    2. robertL

      Unfortunately “our Doc” cannot respond on such a direct Statin question.
      Do your research and ask yourself why anybody should take statins ever?
      There is enough evidence to raise this question very loudly.

    3. Alan Wheatstone

      some would say that it is at all times helpful to stop statins; with an NTT of ?450 in primary prevention, some would question their effectiveness; and point out the many adverse effects; eg myalgia, parkinson’s, ALS and the increased death rate from cancer and infections. I am just mentioning what others would say; of course, I couldn’t possibly comment.

  8. Anne Blore

    Thank you so much for this. I am already taking optimal doses of both liposomal C & vit D, but find all your information useful and reassuring.

  9. Bill

    Liposomal vitamin C gives better blood circulating levels that standard less well absorbed oral, but still way below IV for a given dose: Do we have any idea what level determines vitamin C shifting its behaviour from anti to pro-oxidant in the bloodstream? Could frequent, even hourly dosing with liposomal C raise circulating levels significantly? Therapeutically?

    And do you have any thoughts on another inexpensive, unpatentable, supplement: flavanol anti-oxidant quercetin?

  10. Lynn Wright

    Rome, 13 March 19:12 – (Agenzia Nova) – There may be only two people who died from coronavirus in Italy, who did not present other pathologies. This is what emerges from the medical records examined so far by the Higher Institute of Health, according to what was reported by the President of the Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, during the press conference held today at the Civil Protection in Rome. “Positive deceased patients have an average of over 80 years – 80.3 to be exact – and are essentially predominantly male,” said Brusaferro. “Women are 25.8 percent. The average age of the deceased is significantly higher than the other positive ones. The age groups over 70, with a peak between 80 and 89 years. The majority of these people are carriers of chronic diseases. Only two people were not presently carriers of diseases “, but even in these two cases, the examination of the files is not concluded and therefore, causes of death different from Covid-19 could emerge. The president of the ISS specified that “a little over a hundred medical records” have so far come from hospitals throughout Italy.

    These are the first minimum detailed data provided so far by the Civil Protection on the causes of death of coronavirus patients. At present, in fact, the authorities are unable to distinguish those who died from the virus, from those who, on the other hand, are communicated daily to the public, but who were mostly carriers of other serious diseases and who therefore would not have died from Covid-19. In response to a question from “Agenzia Nova”, in fact, Brusaferro was unable to indicate the exact number of coronavirus deaths. However, the professor clarified that, according to the data analyzed, the great majority of the victims “had serious pathologies and in some cases the onset of an infection of the respiratory tract can lead more easily to death. To clarify this point , and provide real data, “as we acquire the folders we will go further. In any case, the populations most at risk are fragile, carriers of multiple pathologies “. (Rin) © Agenzia Nova – Reserved reproduction

    1. Robert Dyson

      Just my thoughts. When I read that for people over 80 the risk of death with this SARS2 is 18% I think we need this kind of more refined statisics. Is it just that last straw on the camels back for many of those people? Were they mostly be those who would be assessed as likely in the last year of life? My guess is that diabetes, in the sense of inability to have an insulin response that fine tunes serum glucose, be a major factor? This is much more likely in older people than younger (especially children). I guess I’ll find out if I become a case!

    1. Gary Ogden

      Phil Craddock: Good point about selenium. Only caveat is that too much selenium is not a good thing at all.

      1. Phil Craddock

        Gary: I’ve been eating brazil nuts daily now for 12 years, as part of a lower carb regime to help control T1 diabetes. How much selenium do you think is too much? I’ve read that just two brazils per day is sufficient to get the optimum selenium we need but I have to admit that I eat a lot more than 2 per day.

    2. Marlene Jenkin

      Brazil nuts only provide selenium if grown in Selenium rich soil – should say on the packet. I take 200ug Selenium daily and when the bottle empties I take a break for a few weeks.

  11. anglosvizzera

    On the Chinese sites they advise that pregnant women shouldn’t supplement with high-doses of vitamin C – any thoughts, as my step-daughter-in-law is pregnant?

    1. norahpower

      Did they say why?
      If she is afraid to try high doses of Vit C then better not, but instead, I think this would be a good time for her to give up all forms of sugar. Best wishes.

      1. anglosvizzera

        No, it didn’t say why pregnant women shouldn’t take what they call ‘high-dose’ vitamin C, but they were using extremely high doses. She is already aware of the effects of sugar on the immune system as her dad has bored her to tears about sugar and its harms for the past few years!

  12. silentwalker

    It could very well be that we should be keeping our vitamin D level up.

    But what should people do who are intolerant of taking vitamin D in any significant dose? Cannot take D2 or D3, in oil, as a tablet, even a capsule applied to the skin.

      1. silentwalker

        Yes – of course, the sun, if we eventually see any. But this person was a regular sit in the sun person and had brown as a berry arms, face, legs. Vitamin D improved but was still low.

        Forecast for Friday is good but then back to overcast and rain…

      2. Mr Chris

        I have an app on my phone which tells me the sun angle for where I am, and the hours of Vit D production. For where I live no availability before around mid March

      3. Frederica Huxley

        Unfortunately, here in the UK, we will not be able to access UVB rays – the ones which make vitamin D precursor- for a few weeks yet, when the sun is over the azimuth. Rule of thumb is you will only get UVB while your shadow is shorter than you.

      4. Gary Ogden

        Frederica Huxley: I use altitude rather than azimuth, 50 degrees above the horizon being the beginning of UVB penetration as far as I know. Here at 37 degrees north, this is between March 12th and September 30th. I get my information from the U.S. Naval Observatory, and it seems they have information for other cities outside the U.S., but I can’t access it this morning to see for certain. Here is the web address:

      5. Marlene Jenkin

        I lived in Greece for 15 years and tested insufficient for VitD after 4 years of being there. Swam a kilometer daily in summer – played tennis – so plenty of exposure. Some people do not metabolise VitD well it seems. I have Crohns and Hashimotos …

        Taking statins also a problem as the sun works with cholesterol to produce VitD – simply put !

      6. anglosvizzera

        Magnesium deficiency has an impact on levels of vitamin D in the body, that many people don’t realise. Maybe your diet was deficient in that?

      7. JDPatten

        You will not get vitamin D from the sun.
        Not if you observe typical hygiene.
        D is synthesized on your skin and will be washed away when you shower. It must be slowly absorbed through your skin to be of any benefit. It can take up to 48 hours for one sunbath to be fully absorbed.

      8. Sasha

        That’s very interesting. When I lived in Hawaii, I never wanted to shower after spending time at the beach. Not even after salty water. It always felt like something was being absorbed into the body.

      9. Gary Ogden

        JDPatten: Please provide a reference for this. It does not seem biologically plausible, but then so do a lot of other things.

      10. anglosvizzera

        I had heard about ‘washing off’ vitamin D before it’s been absorbed and had a long argument on Facebook with someone who told me it was rubbish (which is basically what Wikipedia says, surprise, surprise…) but it seems that there is some truth in it. Makes sense to me, which might explain why some people who do get seemingly enough sun exposure (and sufficient magnesium) still have low levels of vitamin D.

      11. Gary Ogden

        anglosvizzera: Thank you very much for this link! JDPatten: Does this put the issue to bed?

      12. LA_Bob

        Hi, JDPattern:

        With regard to sunning, showering, and vitamin D:

        This paper begs to differ with you.

        “…During exposure to sunlight solar radiation with wavelengths of 290–315 nm penetrate into the skin and are absorbed by proteins, DNA and RNA as well as 7-dehydrocholesterol.1,2 Most of this UVB radiation is absorbed in the epidermis and as a result when exposed to sunlight most of the vitamin D3 that is produced in the skin is made in the living cells in the epidermis. This is the reason why after exposure to sunlight vitamin D3 remains in the skin even when the skin is washed with soap and water immediately after the exposure to sunlight….”

        This article goes into much detail;

        Short youtube video:

        Hope that helps.

      13. JDPatten

        Ok, ok. Looks like I was taken in by a (probably) well intentioned notion put forward by Dr Cannell.
        (Did I take the idea on because it confirmed some bias of mine?? Hmm.)
        Having looked into this more carefully, I propose to meet Dr Cannell just halfway – with the two days idea.
        Washing off D doesn’t seem probable, though. Right.

        “(Vitamin D’s) precursor 7-dehydrocholesterol in the plasma membranes of both epidermal basal and suprabasal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts is converted to previtamin D3. Cutaneously synthesized vitamin D3 is released from the plasma membrane and enters the systemic circulation bound to vitamin D-binding protein (DBP) [15].

        Serum concentrations of vitamin D3 peak 24–48 h following exposure to UV radiation [13].

        Thereafter, vitamin D3 levels decline exponentially with a serum half-life ranging from 36 to 78 h [13], [14]. As a lipid-soluble molecule, vitamin D3 can be taken up by adipocytes and stored in subcutaneous or omental fat for later use [16]. The distribution of vitamin D3 into adipose tissue prolongs its total-body half-life to approximately two months as first detected on experiments on submarine personnel [17], [18], [19].

        This is a good demonstration of how to bide your time while staying away from friends, neighbors, and relations – get into trouble while keeping away from Trouble.

    1. anglosvizzera

      Magnesium deficiency may be why their D levels were still low – it’s needed to ‘activate’ D:

      Nutrients usually act in a coordinated manner in the body. Intestinal absorption and subsequent metabolism of a particular nutrient, to a certain extent, is dependent on the availability of other nutrients. Magnesium and vitamin D are 2 essential nutrients that are necessary for the physiologic functions of various organs. Magnesium assists in the activation of vitamin D, which helps regulate calcium and phosphate homeostasis to influence the growth and maintenance of bones. All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D seem to require magnesium, which acts as a cofactor in the enzymatic reactions in the liver and kidneys. Deficiency in either of these nutrients is reported to be associated with various disorders, such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome. It is therefore essential to ensure that the recommended amount of magnesium is consumed to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D.”

      1. anglosvizzera

        Yes, what I was trying to point out was that many people who appear to be deficient in ‘vitamin’ D may actually be deficient in magnesium.

        I wasn’t trying to defend supplementation per se, but I do wonder how people are meant to have optimal levels of ‘vitamin’ D at this time of year in our part of the world, especially those who find it difficult to expose themselves to the sun at the right time of the day during the summer months (at work, for example, with a short lunchbreak which seems to be the norm these days for many) and actually catching the sun out at the right time is often a gamble!

  13. Ivan Lowe

    Oral Vitamin C has to be taken frequently, to maintain therapeutic levels. Aim for 5-8 divided doses, which means 1000mg or more 5+ times a day.

    Vitamin C dissolved in water is acidic. You can neutalise it by using two parts Vit C to one part sodium bicabonate. Better still, use the pH neutral form, sodium ascorbate, which I also believe can be dissolved in hot water, or sprinkled on food.

    For more information, I consult

      1. Ivan Lowe

        Correct. pH of Vitamin C is safe for drinking, but, it does not taste good, and my experience is that it can irritate a sensitive oesophagus, a fact which is rarely mentioned.

      2. Harry de Boer

        That may be true, but my stomach doesn’t accept high doses of vitamin C for a prolonged period of time without it being buffered/neutralised with baking soda, almost 1:1 weight-wise.

      3. Gary Ogden

        Harry de Boer: Good idea. Bicarbonate is also good for us, just not near meals. I once combined the two inadvertently and found it perfectly palatable.

      4. Harry de Boer

        @Gary Ogden Two times now I’ve been taking an equivalent amount of 500 mg ascorbic acid, neutralized with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) every 6 minutes for a few hours when I had a fierce flu and after 2 of 3 hours symptoms became much more bearable (and ‘bowel intolerance’ got reached). I can recommend it to everybody, will do the same in the event of corona.

  14. synymyr

    Liposomal vitamin C raises circulating levels higher than less well absorbed standard oral supplementation, but nothing like the levels that can be achieved by IV application:
    Do we know what determines the level at which vitamin C in the bloodstream changes its behaviour from anti to pro-oxidant?
    Could frequent, even hourly dosing with liposomal C get circulating levels therapeutically closer to IV?

    And what are your thoughts on another inexpensive, unpatentable, anti-oxidant supplement: the flavonol quercetin?

  15. wdmeans

    Dr. Malcolm you are amazing! Free genuinely helpful medical advice from a doctor I absolutely trust—completely! I love reading all your blogs, and a lot of them I save, but this one I’m keeping in my inbox for the duration. Thank you, be well, and God bless!

  16. scrazyhorse

    Thank you for this timely advice.

    On Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 14:36 Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, wrote:

    > Dr. Malcolm Kendrick posted: “18th March 2020 I thought I should say > something about the coronavirus for readers of this blog. I need to state > that the situation is fast moving, facts are changing, and I am not asking > anyone to go against any current medical advice. Here, I am s” >

  17. Allan Young

    Thank you Malcolm, invaluable information as always.

    In looking for a Potassium supplement might a person be looking for Gluconate or Citrate?

    Theoretically, how might a person on lowish dose bisoprolol and ramipril respond to this information?

    1. Gary Ogden

      Allan Young: I would advise bicarbonate. For those of us on a therapeutic ketogenic diet, both citrate and gluconate (and malate for that matter) are out of the question. In any case, bicarbonate is good for us.

      1. Jeffrey Dun

        You could try Brazil nuts. The following article may interest you:

        The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 87, Issue 2, February 2008, Pages 379–384,

        I’m sorry, I don’t know how to make the above an active link. I copy the Abstract below for your information.


        Background: Brazil nuts provide a rich natural source of selenium, yet no studies have investigated the bioavailability of selenium in humans.

        Objective: We investigated the efficacy of Brazil nuts in increasing selenium status in comparison with selenomethionine.

        Design: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 59 New Zealand adults. Participants consumed 2 Brazil nuts thought to provide ≈100 μg Se, 100 μg Se as selenomethionine, or placebo daily for 12 wk. Actual intake from nuts averaged 53 μg Se/d (possible range: 20–84 μg Se). Plasma selenium and plasma and whole blood glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities were measured at baseline and at 2, 4, 8, and 12 wk, and effects of treatments were compared.

        Results: Plasma selenium increased by 64.2%, 61.0%, and 7.6%; plasma GPx by 8.3%, 3.4%, and −1.2%; and whole blood GPx by 13.2%, 5.3%, and 1.9% in the Brazil nut, selenomethionine, and placebo groups, respectively. Change over time at 12 wk in plasma selenium (P < 0.0001 for both groups) and plasma GPx activity in the Brazil nut (P < 0.001) and selenomethionine (P = 0.014) groups differed significantly from the placebo group but not from each other. The change in whole blood GPx activity was greater in the Brazil nut group than in the placebo (P = 0.002) and selenomethionine (P = 0.032) groups.

        Conclusion: Consumption of 2 Brazil nuts daily is as effective for increasing selenium status and enhancing GPx activity as 100 μg Se as selenomethionine. Inclusion of this high-selenium food in the diet could avoid the need for fortification or supplements to improve the selenium status of New Zealanders.

      2. anglosvizzera

        @Jeffrey Dun – I attended a webinar with Functional Medicine Doctor Sarah Myhill recently. I asked about Brazil nuts – she said a patient of hers was convinced they were something that would help, so Myhill sent some off to be analysed only to find that there was zero selenium in them. It seems that these days there’s no guarantee that Brazil nuts, even grown in previously selenium-rich soils, still have any appreciable selenium in them.

  18. Adam

    Hi Malcolm
    Thanks for todays blog, it is reassuring to know that
    all the time spent reading your posts over the last few years has
    put my health and my family’s into a much better place than 9 years ago.
    I have read over the last few weeks in different places all the information you have just posted
    it Is good to see your take on it all.

    I had stopped taking Vit D over Winter even though I normally get the Winter Blues without it.
    I had been feeling quite tired and under the weather when only three week ago (since the sunshine is not yet strong enough) I decided to start taking 8000iu to get my levels back up after winter. Within days my energy levels surged which took me by surprise, was it the Vit D?
    then a couple of weeks later I was reading a blog and it was suggested for max protection
    a daily dose of 10000iu would give us maximum benefit when we had limited exposure to the Sun.
    Good news, it appears cloud permitting we are just now at midday starting to get UVB in the UK well up here in Cumbria anyways.
    Thanks again for all your help
    I started eating yellow bell peppers, broccoli and Steak as it is all natural forms of what we need and more delicious than supplements 🙂 and defiantly not eating sugar, as it is antagonistic to Vit C and if you don’t eat sugar well your body can re-cycle Vit C…I wonder where I might have read that?

    1. Tom Welsh

      I have no medical qualifications, but I read widely.

      My understanding is that Vitamin D supplements cannot be considered in isolation. It is part of a group of nutrients that should be taken together.

      Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin K2, magnesium.

      Many sources say that apparent Vitamin A or Vitamin D toxicity is avoided when balanced doses of both are taken. That suggests they work together, and a deficiency of one can look like an excess of the other.

      Vitamin K2 is less known, but apparently vital to make sure minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. stay out of soft tissues and blood vessels, and go into bones where they belong. It works with Vitamin D.

      Magnesium is important, partly as an antagonist to calcium. Modern diets tend to include lots of calcium – meat, dairy, even greens – and not enough magnesium and potassium (mostly fruit and veg).

      I repeat that I have no medical qualifications and am merely trying to draw attention to what I have seen argued by scientists and doctors.

      1. Tom Welsh

        I forgot to say something very important: to avoid possible Vitamin A toxicity (one of the riskier nutrients in that regard), some authorities recommend avoiding supplements and, instead, eating 1/2 lb liver (any kind) once a week (not more). There are alternatives, such as dark chocolate, but I am not sure of the required amount to get the correct dosage of Vitamin A.

  19. The Wizard

    Thank you Dr K for highlighting the benefits of vitamin C. It is extraordinary that the mainstream media has not mentioned anything about its successful use in China, especially as it has been approved as a treatment in Shanghai.

    There is decades of solid data attesting to the usage of intravenous C in the treatment of a wide array of conditions. I thoroughly recommend reading the work of Dr Klenner below.

    Another excellent resource is the Orthomolecular News Organization.

    1. Jillm

      I contacted two local hospitals, (Queensland), asking about IV Vitamin C. The public hospital didn’t answer my enquiry. A few days later I asked again. Response: talk to your doctor. I am assuming that is a no. The private hospital replied promptly. No.

  20. Harry de Boer

    Dr. Seheult tells here that hidroxychloroquine is much more effective than chloroquine–in vitro.

    Also funny that in 1958 an article in the NEJM starts with: “Today, ascorbic acid is well recognized as having an important role in the pre-operative and post-operative nutrition of surgical patients.
    John H. Crandon et. al, Ascorbic acid economy in surgical patients as indicated by blood ascorbic acid levels, The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 258, Jan 16, 1958, page 105-113.

      1. mmec7

        My godfather was ‘hot’ on the use of Vit-C. He was a surgeon, and all hhis patients were so treated. Also my parents, also i medicine, were hot on Vit-C. We were all dosed every autumn and winter. Was brought up on the use of Vit-C and a good healthy diet. All food well sourced and home cooked. Am forever grateful for that. Think it has stood me in good stead.

  21. jbarnesbaker

    Thanks for weighing in on this. China is doing clinical trials on vitamin C now and the Philippines and Singapore are researching the antiviral effects of monolaurin from coconut oil. It takes an emergency before there is any interest in natural cures that have been known for many years but never tested. #coronavirus #antiviral #coconut

    1. mmec7

      Coconut oil…I use it in all my cooking that requires oil ! Used it copiously in India, on the body and hair, as well as of course for cooking. I always have a good jar of it in stock. Organic cold pressed, Coconut Oil. Good stuff – can recommend for frying eggs. Recipe : C’nut oil, turmeric, fresh ground black pepper, Himalayan salt, sprinkle over with Herbes de Provence. Yummy. Same for omelettes etc.

      1. Linda Thorpe

        I have read that coconut oil contains lauric acid which is said to become monolaurin when digested. Monolaurin kills lipid coated viruses by dissolving the fatty capsule that surrounds them. Coronavirus is a lipid-coated virus, so logically monolaurin might help reduce the viral load. However small that reduction might be, might it not help in the fight against this virus?

        However, I am not a medically trained person and there is so much inaccurate material on the Internet that I would not wish to mislead anyone, especially about such a serious matter. I have discovered that monolaurin is often added to animal feeds to keep down the rate of infection in livestock – this would suggest at least that it does have established anti-microbial effects.

        I have no idea whether the anti-viral effect is strong enough to make a real difference, but there is evidence that before effective drugs against HIV were developed, a group of HIV positive young men in California kept their viral load under control by consuming coconut oil daily. It did not eradicate the virus but regular consumption appears to have helped keep their viral load low enough to prevent their developing full-blown AIDS.

        You can buy it in supplement form, so obviously many people find it a credible anti-viral, but medical research on natural substances tends to be sparse. Does anyone know any more about this than I do?

    2. jbarnesbaker

      In today’s news! New York hospitals are using high dose vitamin C in a drug cocktail to treat coronavirus after hearing about its benefits from China. Validation!! But will they credit the cure to the drugs rather than the vitamin C? All of us at home who can’t get a bed in the hospital might want to try it (at least until Amazon runs out).

  22. Soul

    I say this light heartedly, I have my doubts that vitamin D capsules will help with preventing colds and the flu bug. And I have some vitamin D researchers backing me up! Earlier this week I finished reading the book Embrace and Sun.

    The premise of the book is the difference in benefits from taking vitamin supplements and benefits seen with sun exposure. The authors dedicate a chapter to the benefits seen with sun exposure and infectious diseases. Of course I’ve seen others writing that vitamin D helped them with fighting colds and flu bugs so it likely does not hurt.

    1. southparkbarn

      Not everyone makes Vitamin D from the sun. I was brought up in South Africa and spent the first twenty odd years of my life out in the sunshine every day. I am now in my late 60s and have been taking Vitamin D3 for the past seven years since testing low even in mid summer. I lead an outdoor life with 5 dogs in the countryside so no lack of exposure to the sun.

      1. JDPatten

        The D from the sun is on the surface of your skin. Don’t shower. Wait two days for it to absorb.

  23. The Wizard

    A point worth mentioning I think is that the health authorities are relying on s nucleic acid test. Data from China has shown a very high rate of false positives.

    This most likely means that the global infection numbers we are constantly being bombarded with cannot be relied upon.
    Until such time that an antibody blood test is developed, we won’t get an accurate picture.

  24. andy

    Dr K, appreciate your effort.
    Appears to me that whatever improves CVD will also improve COVID-19 survival. My crystal ball tells me that once a vaccine is developed and all healthy people are injected, then effort will be made to ramp down hysterical media coverage. COVID-19 then will be just another seasonal virus requiring an annual injection.

    1. Jerome Savage

      Re the 1976 Swine flu program and disturbing revelations in a searching and effective documentary from 1979. No real surprises.
      Its spoiled perhaps by a narrative in the concluding paragraphs that implicates banking establishments in some sort of plot to steal western wealth. But the documentary stands on it’s own 2 feet.

      1. Sasha

        You can’t “steal western wealth”. The West prints its own wealth. As does any other country in control of its currency. Like Zimbabwe, for example. The problem for Zimbabwe was that no one believed in their currency.

  25. John Graham

    Very interesting post, thank you
    Would you advise taking vitamin K2 or eating K2-rich foods (natto, Brie, Gouda) to complement sunbathing and vitamin D supplementation?
    Should “sun” be ‘skin’ in – “[Vitamin D is synthesized in the sun by the action of sunlight]?” – John

    1. robertL

      John Graham
      to get calcium into the correct place – bones and teeth – (usually from your soft tissue: calcification of arteries etc. see a recent Dr K post) then you need sufficient of the following: Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin K2 (menaquinone 4 + 7): preferable natural food sources and Sun; else supplements when not available etc.

  26. Andrew Larwood

    Thank you Dr. Kendrick for providing such advice in these troubling times. It has also been reported that nitric oxide may inhibit the replication of coronavirus family, specifically SARS;

    Other references as follows: Nitric Oxide can inhibit the replication of other viruses that encode cysteine proteases, such as members of the Picornavirus family and the Coronavirus family (45, 56).

    Recently, data from many laboratories, using both RNA and DNA viruses in experimental systems, have implicated a role for Nitric Oxide in the immune response. The data do not indicate a magic bullet for all systems but suggest that Nitric Oxide may inhibit an early stage in viral replication and thus prevent viral spread, promoting viral clearance and recovery of the host.

    In combination with vitamins C and D3 one can help improve one’s chances in preventing the serious consequences of contracting this disease. As there is no known treatment specifically for Covid-19 yet, can one ignore such information and advice.

    I’m taking AF-8 from Salutem Supplements.

    1. robertL

      Andrew Larwood
      and older people 65+ or thereabouts do NOT easily produce good quantities of NO
      and older people are the primary deaths (probably a coincidence)

  27. Göran Sjöberg

    Thank you – This is exactly what I strongly believe in myself.

    With Linus Pauling I am currently on 15 g of vitamin C per day. 3 teaspoons in a glass of water sipped slowly during the night and the day.

  28. Trish Castle

    Thank you so much for this. I have been contemplating setting up a rule in my mailbox to filter out anything with coronavirus or Covid-19 in the subject line (I’m so sick of the bombardment) but I’m very glad I didn’t. If I had I would have missed out on this blog post and the very helpful comments that go with it.

    Kind regards Trish (New Zealand)


  29. Jillm

    Thank you Dr Kendrick. I saw a letter to the BMJ dated about 1898, yes over 100 years ago. A doctor wrote that he had great success with cinnamon. He said that people who worked in the cinnamon orchards in Ceylon didn’t get flu. Also, John N Ott spoke with a restaurant owner where the lighting contained UV lights. The employees were very healthy and didn’t get seasonal flu. I am wondering if we are all UV deficient. I get sensible sun exposure without spectacles or sun glasses. Thank you again.

    1. Sasha

      Cinnamon is energetically “hot” spice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (and probably Ayurveda). Most colds are energetically “cold”, hence they are colds. Being continually exposed to a “hot” substance like cinnamon protects against exogenous “cold” invasion like a flu. The`current coronavirus is classified as “cold damp” invasion in Chinese medicine. Kids don’t get it because they have lots of “yang” or “heat” Qi in them. That’s why they run around so much and you can never catch up to them. Older people have less and less Qi, they often run yang Qi deficient, lots of internal cold. When they get exposed to exogenous cold like coronavirus, they get sick and die.
      I think that’s the reason that doctor noticed that people working in cinnamon orchards don’t get colds. They probably were more prone to “heat” imbalances – allergies, etc. Would be an interesting demographic to study…

      1. mmec7

        Sasha – Yes. Cinnamon : sprinkle on Toast and Manuka honey – delicious. Need a good quality cinnamon. And, pref Manuka honey, otherwise organic, not boiled etc etc. *Never ordinary supermarket honey…which is all too often, fructose syrup and colouring and very little actual honey !!

      2. Mr Chris

        I put cinnamon on my morning porridge, have done for years. At the moment sipping „ the majors reserve“ a very basic single malt from Grants. Next up will beTheSingleton, followed by Mackmyra from Sweden

      3. Gary Ogden

        mmec7: Just make sure it is Ceylon cinnamon. I don’t know about France, but here in the U.S., most of what is sold as cinnamon is actually Cassia. It has a fine flavor, stronger than cinnamon, but also contains an anticoagulant compound. This has been previously discussed, but it never hurts to remind.

      4. anglosvizzera

        I discovered that the cinnamon sold in Lidl here in the UK is Ceylon cinnamon (at least it was last time I bought some!)

      5. Sasha

        Yes, it’s a shame what has been done to regular honey. Maybe that’s how we have so much of it.

  30. Annette Marslen

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! This is the best, clear information and “doable” advice I have heard to date! Thank you!

  31. patrick scully

    Hi Malcolm. Yes, foolish to not take vitamin C. Interestingly, the way white cells move is mechanical, using collagenous rods inside, contracting And relaxing….think of a bean bag. One molecule of ascorbate is required for each proline-hydroxyproline bond , needed for The functional tertiary structure of collagen. Likely one way in which ascorbate Boosts the immune system. One wee caveat……very large boluses of ascorbate may contribute to The production of oxalate stones. Dr P Scully GP, and MSc Nutritional Medicine

    Sent from my iPad


    1. AhNotepad

      Patrick, there is plenty of information which explains why oxylate stones do not and cannot happen with large doses of vitamin C. I would, however, be interested if you could provide a reference to a case of stones caused by vitamin C.

  32. AhNotepad

    Thank you Dr K. A more reasoned paper than that available from the so called “experts” we see on tv or elect to government. There the fearmongering continues.

    Lucas, the artcle you linked suggesting high dose vitamin C damages the lungs is tantamount to misinformation similar to the claims that it can cause kidney stones.

    There is an article by “MD” in Private Eye which is well worth reading.

    To add sme perspective to the impending death for vast numbers in the UK, the total registered deaths in 2018-19 in the UK was over 541,000. Total UK deaths this year claimed to be from corona virus is just over 100. You are more likely to die from falling down stairs.

    Read Lipinski’s article on selenium, and as John Bergman said use the off button on the TV remote control.

    1. Lucas

      Did you read the studies at all? Vitamin C may increase interferon, which causes death in mice infected by a virus similar to coronavirus. More research required on this. For now, perhaps be cautious.

      1. andy

        Hi Lucas: re mice and vit C, did not read the study
        Mice can be genetically engineered to produce desired outcomes. Laboratory mouse chow could also be a problem.

      2. Lucas

        Dr Kendrick,

        I think I was not clear. The study below indicates that vitamin C either increases or decreases the generation of interferon by human cells, not mice.

        As for the mice study, it indicates that an excess of interferon may exacerbate the COVID-19 problem and lead to devastating inflammation with quick death. Apparently this was seen in genetically modified mice that are more sensitive to interferon. Quote from the study: “These results demonstrate that IFN-I and IMM promote lethal SARS-CoV infection and identify IFN-I and IMMs as potential therapeutic targets in patients infected with pathogenic coronavirus and perhaps other respiratory viruses.”

        Kind regards,


      3. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

        I would simply re-iterate that mice are not people, and the the studies from China seem to provide very strong evidence of benefit. If you do not wish to take vitamin C I leave that decision entirely up to you. However, I see no need to change my recommendations based on the study of a mammal that can generate its own vitamin C. I think I would further add that genetically modified mice are not mice.

  33. John Barr

    Would agree with you completely Malcolm
    My wife and I, both GPs, are currently stranded in Corfu in Greece living in a campervan
    We have always put a lot of personal stress on supplements and proper nutrition as a first line against illness
    We started the handwashing and sanitisation
    routine months ago and have been taking increased doses of vitamin C and D along with magnesium and zinc
    Touch wood despite having been in Italy and now in Greece we’ve had no signs of any infection.
    We’re probably going to have to sit around here for at least another month until the furore dies down. At least the Greek authorities aren’t throwing us out of the country yet.
    It’s a hard life being stuck in the Greek islands

  34. anonymous

    Thank you very much for writing!

    I almost died as a child from bacterial pneumonia. Thank God for the antibiotics and the acetyl cysteine. Recovery was slow. Now I believe that recovery could have been faster if the doctors had also prescribed ascorbate. But they didn’t now. I do not hate doctors for not knowing that. But a long time has passed. They should know about vitamin c by now.

    There is not enough investigation about vitamin c. Some people say that is because there is no money to be made with that. But look at all the money that is lost when people die! There is a very noticeable misalignment of incentives in medical research.

    It’s like they don’t care about disease anymore, only prevention, which is clearly not enough.

    Medicine should concentrate in disease. Anyone can promote prevention and hygiene. That is the easier part of health care.

    1. AhNotepad

      anonymous, Klenner, Jungblut et al knew about vitamin C before WW2, but the allopathic faction held sway at the time. Klenner was frequently curing the incurable, but he said that doctors would rather watch their patients die than administer vitamin C. He also said “Give large doses of vitamin C while you ponder the diagnosis”.

      1. Jeffrey Dun

        “….he said that doctors would rather watch their patients die than administer vitamin C.”

        This reminds me of the rather famous account of an Auckland man who was admitted to hospital with H1N1 Swine flu (confirmed by tests) while on holiday overseas, and had developed what is known as ‘white out’ pneumonia. This refers to x-rays showing no air space in the lungs.

        After some time in ICU on life support it was suggested to the family that his treatment be discontinued and he be allowed to die. The family demanded that he be given large doses of IV Vitamin C. The doctors argued that it would be useless but, in the event, he immediately responded.

        On two occasions new treating physicians discontinued the Vitamin C and his condition deteriorated. The family were forced to threaten the hospital with legal action in order for the treatment to be continued.

        He ultimately recovered and the head of ICU when asked if the Vitamin C had worked said no, he thought it was a coincidence.

        You can read about here:

        The documentary of this case put me in mind of Warren Buffet’s saying about Fund Managers. I’ve adapted it to doctors generally:

        Many doctors would rather fail conventionally than succeed unconventionally.

    2. Jerome Savage

      The argument is constantly made that Western medicine with its focus on dealing with symptoms, is missing out on prevention.

    3. Tom Welsh

      I believe the main problem is one of motivation and reward. Nowadays the medical industry is inextricably joined with the insurance and pharmaceutical inductries. As a system, the main goal is to make money.

      Hence natural remedies and cures are under a cloud. Most hospitals and doctors much prefer prescribing a course of expensive synthetic drugs to advice on healthy diet and cheap supplements like Vitamin C, D, K2, etc.

    1. AhNotepad

      Indeed, an interesting video, but I take issue with some of the statements. He says “the virus has to change as it wants to make us sick, and if we have antibodies it can’t do that. “

      Sorry, but the virus does not have any capacity to “want” to make us sick. It changes because it has to make use of the host’s cells to live and replicate, this means it will always be changing, and usually getting weaker. Other changes occur which can bypass current defences, but that is not by some cunning thinking on the part of the virus.

      1. Sasha

        IMO, the only cunning thing in all of this is evolution. The virus evolves just like we do. Evolution is the overlord ruling over us all: viruses, humans, and everything in between.

      2. Gary Ogden

        Sasha: Right you are. We exist in a sea of microbes, and we evolved in a sea of microbes. Those which long ago colonized our digestive tract and our skin, and indeed our cells, in the form of mitochondria, keep us alive and healthy, and help keep at bay those which would harm us. They play an essential role in brain function. Attacking those which would harm us with drugs, vaccines, and draconian social-control measures is wrong-headed and counterproductive. Instead, we really should put our best efforts into making certain that all pregnant women, and the children who result, have access to the foods which provide optimal nutritional status, what Dr. Price discovered a century ago. Doing actual safety testing on all environmental chemicals. Reducing air pollution and smoking have done a world of good for human health.

      3. Harry de Boer

        First you say virusses can not ‘want’, but then you say ‘virusses have to make use of the host’, which is the same kind of error. The virus, through some kind of genetic ‘enhancement’ just acts like that and that caused it to survive and continue its existence, the lucky bastard.

    2. AhNotepad

      However, reading the transcript, one of the things I agree with is,

      “Something was woven around this. A network of information and opinions has been developed in certain expert groups. And the politicians turned to these expert groups, who initially started all this. And they really absorbed this network, moved within it. This lead to politicians who now are just resting on these arguments, while using these arguments to evaluate who has to be helped, to determine safety measures or what has to be permitted.

      All these decisions have just been derived from these arguments. This means that now it’s going to be very hard for critics to say “Stop. There is nothing going on.” And this reminds me of this fairytale about the king without clothes on. And just a small child was able to say “Hey, he is naked!”.

      So we have to endure social dislocation because of these politicians who cannot understand

      1. Jillm

        I am more afraid about what the politicians and the health industry are doing, than the virus.

      2. Anina

        In Denmark, politicians have distanced themselves from experts and are now making decisions based on ‘precautionary principles’. In an old democracy like the Danish, it is apparently a piece of political art conducted by a new prime minister, a woman acting out of humanly concern for all citizens. “There is not always enough time to wait for the scientists achieves consensus with each other on what to do and why” – she and the members of the government says.

        We saw just a few weeks ago that all the experts in the choir assured the community that there is no reason not to go skiing in Austria, and no reason for ‘rushed’ steps against domestic infection, nor any reason for to take ‘excessively’ precautions to inhibit a rapid increase in infection rates (health care overload). Only the gods know how many Danes can now thank precisely these experts for being infected themselves or their relatives, as a direct result of the experts constantly calling the people for ‘calm’ and ‘mastery’.

        The experts had also constantly called for patience until ‘scientific evidence’ was available. Then last week a unanimous parliament passed a series of special laws, which has transferred the responsibility and power from health authorities to parliament. These special laws will automatically expire on March 1 of next year and meanwhile decisions can be made as quickly as needed, while the almost always disagreeing experts, cannot find out what is ‘scientific’ enough to be launched.

      3. Harry de Boer

        @Anina Hopefully they will act the same regarding climate change. Ignore the ‘experts’ (i.e. the IPCC) and use their common sense. Oh, and listen to Ned Nikolov and their own Danish Henrik Svensman.
        Ok, sorry for going off-topic.

      4. Tom Welsh

        “So we have to endure social dislocation because of these politicians who cannot understand”.

        It’s worse. Not only can they not understand; but if thever do come to understand, they still cannot admit that they were wrong.

        That is true of almost all our “leaders”. In a sane world, such a characteristic would be an absolute bar to participating in politics at all.

    3. anglosvizzera

      Yes, very interesting video. I’m sure that things are not nearly as sinister as we’re being led to believe…

  35. SteveR

    Thank you for a timely post, it might save a few souls who were unaware of how beneficial C & D3 are.
    In view of the ACE2 issue and the dangerous working environment of many medical professionals, do you have any experience of the protease inhibitor Camostat Mesylate that inhibits TMPRSS2 blocking entry of SARS cov(1) to cells via the ACE2 receptor? German researchers consider that in use of ACE2, SARS cov(1) and SARS cov(2) are practically identical. The drug is oral and would be available off-label as it is available for another condition in Japan.
    The BMJ rr article is

  36. SteveR

    There is a caution to be added to the advice about Vitamin C.
    Some groups of people from Arica and Asia and parts of the med are deficient in G6PD (glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, this makes NADPH and ?prevents RBC damage (I think),

  37. David Bailey


    I have always remembered your advice (in connection with statins) that ‘lived saved’ is meaningless, and we should talk about ‘expected years of life saved’.

    Clearly this should also extend to ‘lives lost’. Thus we should be measuring ‘years of life lost to COVID-19’.

    This seems vital, because the people whose lives are predominantly at risk from COVID-19 are the very sick, who may only have weeks to live in any case. To me, this distorts our view of this problem completely. We will be imposing huge restrictions on young people, and reasonably healthy people my age (70) or beyond, for the sake of extending the lives of some very sick people, who may be being kept alive almost against their will in any case.

    I feel that this is an incredibly gross mistake, all caused by an inappropriate choice of units!

    1. James DownUnder

      David, COV-19’s silver lining for politicians is… it is especially dangerous for chronically unwell, OLDER people, and a higher mortality translates into reduced demand for Old Age Pensions. The demise of these …. people, would unlock money from their own assets, as well as reduce public health costings for them.
      As has been pointed out, COV-19 unlike the usual ‘flu, poses less danger to the young and middle-aged. Potential tax-payers and consumers of that ‘Just around the corner’ Vaccine…

      (off to hospital now, needs remove my impacted tongue from cheek….)

    2. Arthur Jones

      thanks; I agree with you. Well said. The idea of a compulsion that anyone over 70 remain housebound, till “the authorities” in their infinite wisdom deem it ok for them to leave; this extraordinary stereotyping of some arbitrary age “over 65s” or “over 70s” just seems to encourage martial law. A separate issue, that no-one seems to talk of: profound damage to the economy; China is getting going rapidly; the west may indulgently insist on continuing to irreparably damage its economies.

      1. AhNotepad

        I heard on BBC UK Radio 4 news today that Germany is imposing more strict social distancing, particularly in Bavaria. Even so, as the weather has become warmer, young people have taken action which should be applauded as being one of the most sensible things to happen in this hysterical situation. (Did I mean historical? Nope, I think hysterical is correct). What are they doing? They are having “corona parties” in the parks. Well done all you people with more sense than the controllers. 👏👏👏

    3. Tom Welsh

      Earlier in this thread someone stated that, of all the people recorded as having died of the virus in Italy, only 2 had no existing diseases.

      It occurred to me to imagine that, instead of the virus, the condition in the spotlight were “eating pineapple”. Then medical authorities would be solemnly telling us that thousands of people were dying because they ate pineapple; whereas in fact they died of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc., and merely happened to have eaten pineapple recently.

  38. annielaurie98524

    Thank you. It is disheartening to see many in the conventional medical community dispaarage Vitamin C, despite the success said medical community in China has had with it in regard to COVID-19.

  39. Bill In Oz

    Thanks Malcolm for your post on COVID 19 and the Corona 19 virus.
    Excellent advice as usual !
    But I see that already there are people campaigning against your informed medical advice with some denying it is even a pandemic health risk. The same has happened here in Australia on Jonova’s blog.

    As for me & mine, with my ladt working in an aged care home, the risks of COVID 19 were very apparent weeks ago. So we do dance tango and I have suspended my gym membership as well. The risks of one of us picking up this disease and then passing it on to those in the aged care home were far too high. The residents there would all be sitting ducks !

    Stay well & thanks !

    1. Jeffrey Dun

      Just how deadly is this virus Bill ?

      I don’t have an opinion, but I note that It is widely reported that death caused from the flu and associated respiratory complications is 0.1%, while death from covid19 is 3.4%, based on WHO advice. This comparison makes covid19 appear substantially more deadly. But this comparison is illegitimate – it is comparing apples with oranges.

      The 0.1% is the number of confirmed deaths from the flu compared with an estimate of the total number of people who contracted the flu, while the 3.4% of deaths is the number of confirmed deaths from covid19 compared with the number of confirmed cases of covid19.

      South Korea undertook extensive testing, including many people without symptoms and their death rate is 0.6%. Some have suggested that their treatment regimes were more effective. Maybe so, but it is also a fact that they have a much better idea of the extent of the infection in their country, hence the much lower death rate. However, they did not test the entire population. If they did the death rate would fall even further.

      Now I read in The Australian this morning that an article in a medical journal has just been published saying that in Wuhan before the lockdown, up to 86% of people infected with the virus were “undocumented”. In other words, they had no symptoms, or very mild symptoms.

      The journalist then drew the “shock/horror” conclusion that infection rates are much higher than we thought. But the journalist overlooked the other obvious implication that if so many more people had the virus than documented, then the death rate from the virus in Wuhan is significantly less than reported.

      I don’t know how deadly this virus is and I would prefer not to find out, so, for the time being, I’m not taking any chances.

      Good luck with the precautions you are taking.

      1. Alan Hughes

        thanks Jeffrey;

        fascinating that a “disease” of unprecedented lethality; unprecedented transmissibility; unprecedented infection rates seems to have meekly gone away;

        several possibilities: 1) the “experts” were right all along; and their outstanding measures have been magnificent; 2) there was a lot of bluster and it wasn’t how they said it was;

        It is important however that we continue to believe everything that we are told by “the authorities”: after all, they know best. If everyone just took their statins; and eat lots and lots of processed carbs; as the experts tell us to do, then everything would be just fine. You should not question them.

      2. Colin MacDonald

        We need a more scientific estimate of those infected, the denominator, to get a reasonable estimate of mortality. The only reasonable way to get this is through random testing, which so far has only been done in Iceland. I actually compared the Iceland and Korea numbers and conclude that the real number infected in Korea is likely twice those who tested positive, giving a mortality rate of 0.3%. Which also would agree more with the stats from the Diamond Princess. This is, however, for a particular population and Italy has a much more elderly population than Korea. I would consider it comparable to a bad flu year, certainly enough to justify additional hygiene measures but not a nationwide lockdown.
        As an aside pneumonia kills around 30,000 yearly in the UK, mainly in the same elderly cohort as covid 19.

    2. David Bailey


      I suppose you can include me among those campaigning against informed medical advice.

      Unfortunately, well informed people seem to be more at risk of taking their ideas out of context, and eschewing common sense.

      Clearly as testing expands, the percentage who die from coronavirus will fall, because so many have had this disease as a mild illness. Equally clearly, this virus is not going to be contained, however much people’s lives are messed up to resist it.

      If you look up norovirus on Wiki, you find that it is blamed for killing 200,000 people per year (presumably worldwide), but did society attempt to eradicate that disease by ‘self isolating’? I am sure that when norovirus enters a care home, it does cause serious problems – as does conventional flu (which people get whether or not they have taken a flu shot).

      I also think it is worth considering the likely consequences of the current lock down. Gyms and other places where people participate in sports (as opposed to just watch) are closing down, and goodness knows how many will ever re-open. That will impact on the health of youngsters. I used to participate at a very low level at an ice rink (up until June last year), and it was very uplifting to see how people young and old enjoyed skating – but no more. This sorry state of affairs must be being replicated all over the ‘civilised’ world. People will end up fatter, and less fit on a massive scale, more alcohol will be consumed, and more drugs consumed – out of sheer boredom..

      Another consequence I can see, is that small private cafes – which tend to sell fresher, less processed food – will go to the wall, and after the scare is over, the food chains will simply take over the business.

      Then those giving out ‘informed medical advice’, might like to think about just what children who are deprived of school and most of their other activities will get up to instead. I dare say there will be a death toll from that, but who will tally it up?

      Alternatively, perhaps the revolt against this idiocy will prevail – I don’t know.

      Bill, you mention a care home full of vulnerable people. It would be extremely interesting to know how many of the residents would approve of shutting down so much of life for the able-bodied for the sake of giving people like them a small increment of extra time in their care home.

      I think that what we are witnessing is yet another Science Lead Panic, like Global Warming,

      1. Alan Hughes

        You are so right; so well said; some call it a panic-edemic: you so well describe the adverse effects; the untoward consequences; it seems shocking that so many happily surrender all to “the authorities”: everyone should read your comments: so many small businesses will be destroyed: meanwhile the US Govt will give $60billion to Boeing: who took Airbus to the WHO, alleging they received subsidies! They also forced Bombardier to sell their plane division; the big will get bailed out, the small will lose out.

  40. Rene Erhardt

    Great advice, as usual, thank you. As a practitioner, I do use high doses of vitamin C with great success. For the interested, there is a free webinar on the topic of treating COVID with vitamin C this Friday by the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine where a specialist talks about it and answers questions. Register through their website:

  41. anglosvizzera

    Here’s another interesting video about how to boost the immune system and also why vaccines are not as helpful as people are led to believe (based on a simplistic version of how the immune system works that is no longer valid). He also stresses the vital importance of vitamin A in resisting viruses, explaining why this is, and why many people (especially older members of society) are likely to be deficient:

    “Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, an MIT scientist with 4 PHD degrees and a researcher on the human immune system, is one the most respected experts who think the media and the “Deep State” are doing the world a disservice by exaggerating the impact of the virus. He said it’s time to stop scaring people and start talking about immune health.”

    He does get a little heated at times in the video!!

  42. nipperdoodles

    Dr Kendrick, you have given us clear advice in a time when many are experiencing confusion, subsequent panic and growing despair. Thank you so very much for this crisp, balanced and evidenced evaluation. I sincerely appreciate your care and humanity.

  43. Alan & Judith Turner

    Thankyou very much for providing this advice. Just the kind of evidence based thinking we need, as laymen in confusing situation. Please supply more when you can. Alan Turner

    On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 14:36, Dr. Malcolm Kendrick wrote:

    > Dr. Malcolm Kendrick posted: “18th March 2020 I thought I should say > something about the coronavirus for readers of this blog. I need to state > that the situation is fast moving, facts are changing, and I am not asking > anyone to go against any current medical advice. Here, I am s” >

  44. Lori Miller

    It will be interesting to see all cause mortality rates for 2020 for various places. I’m skeptical about how much good lockdowns are going to do in the long run, but still doing my part.

    1. Gary Ogden

      Lori Miler: These lockdowns are, and will become increasingly economically destructive, and on a worldwide scale. Could be worse than the 1930’s. This is worrisome, if we remember our history. We appear to have a novel pathogen which is dangerous for the elderly with compromised lung function, but not very dangerous for anyone else. The reaction of governments worldwide is a panic response, imitating the response of the CCP, rather than a reasonable public health response. My opinion, anyway.

    2. Sasha

      I wouldn’t be surprised if all cause mortality goes down because of lockdowns. I think one of Dr Kendrick’s books lists data from physicians’ strikes and how all cause mortality went down because people stopped going and getting silly procedures.

      1. andy

        Hi Sasha: re lockdown benefits
        Shutting down restaurants might force some to prepare their own meals which is good. Unfortunately takeouts and pizza deliveries are not covered. Obesity/diabetes is a risk factor.
        The biggest benefit could result from people being bored in isolation and stumble upon Dr K’s podcast. There has been increased traffic since the lockdown.

      2. Sasha

        Hi Andy: I might not have all the facts/numbers correct but here’s the story as I heard it:

        When Soviet Union was around, it cost them around $1 billion a day to keep the Cuban economy going. Then one day Soviet Union was no more and Cubans got a call and were told that there’s no more money. And American embargo was still in place. Overnight Cuba became a very, very poor country.

        A couple of Cuban epidemiologists looked at the numbers during that time of economic crisis in Cuba when people had to switch to simple food, had to walk to work, etc. They looked at CVD, diabetes, hypertension, etc. All the chronic things that kill people slowly. They found that all the numbers plunged during economic crisis. As Cuban economy began to recover, the numbers started going up again.

        It seems that simplicity and poverty (in moderation) are good for our health.

      3. Sasha

        I am aware of the stats for the Soviet Union after the break up, largely from your books, by the way. However, if you suggest that I look at the Soviet Union as a counter argument to my argument for simplicity, I believe the comparison between Cuba and the Soviet Union is invalid. It can never be valid because I would be comparing apples to oranges.

        Cuba is a small island nation that was a casino appendix to the United States until the revolution. What they achieved afterwards, in my opinion, was largely due to them taking a semi-independent course of development. Semi-independent because, in order to survive, they had to gravitate politically towards the Soviet Union but Soviet Union was never strong enough to project its power that far, especially when it was 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

        Look at the Cuban achievements in medicine, education, and sports. And compare apples to apples. Look at Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic, for example, and see how they square against Cuba. I am not saying that it was achieved easily. It was done at a great personal sacrifice and suffering for many Cubans. But it was done, nevertheless. And it wasn’t done in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. But Cuba was, and still is, a small island nation with easy-going people.

        Soviet Union, and the Slavs are as different as night and day from Cubans and I believe psychology plays a big part when you talk about CVD. Soviet Union was a superpower. The Russian Empire was a superpower before its break up in 1917, the Soviet Union became a superpower for the next 70 years of its existence, and the Russian Federation today is, to some extent, a superpower. Can’t be compared to China or the United States but Russia was always a country that punched above its weight.

        So, a superpower breaks up suddenly and it is populated by people who took an agrarian nation (the Russian Empire before 1917) and turned it into a military, industrial, and political powerhouse. A nation that played a huge part in defeating Hitler and before that defeated Napoleon. A nation that can never be compared to Cuba because it is incomparable. It is a huge psychological shock for them to loose a country that was so strong on so many fronts. Also, you have a population that was psychologically repressed and scared for all 70 years of Soviet existence. Add to it lots of vodka and aggressive behavior and you will get lots of CVD, accidents, etc, all of which reduce life expectancy.

        That’s why I believe a comparison between Cuba and the Soviet Union is not, and can never be, valid. Anyway, that’s my long-winded answer and it’s all my opinion, of course, so I welcome any criticism.

      4. Gary Ogden

        Sasha: Good analysis. What about Putin? He seems to have been very good for Russia in the economic sense, positioning her to weather cheap oil, while destroying the fracking industry here, outfoxing us, the Turks, and NATO in Syria and will still complete Nordstream. Despite his thuggery, he’s beginning to look more like a statesman than any of the knuckle-draggers in our State Department. Thomas Luongo has published some good analyses on these issues. Sorry, totally off-topic.

      5. Sasha

        Gary, I agree with your assessment of Putin. He has done a lot for Russia, in my opinion. But Russia is a tough country to change. I think Russians are anarchists by nature, much more so than people from the West or from the East. The only other nation that comes close to them in that trait are Indians, I think.

        The huge problem in Russia is corruption. It’s endemic. There was a famous Russian writer in the 19th century (he’s unknown in the West). He once said: “If I go to sleep for 100 years and then wake up and someone asks me: What Russians are doing? I will answer: They drink and they steal.”

        A bit harsh, perhaps, but has lots of truth to it. Things are changing for the better but it’s slow going.

      6. Gary Ogden

        Sasha: Thanks. I did not know that. Here in the U.S. it is mainly the banksters who steal.

      7. andy

        Dr K/Sasha: re effect of economic collapse
        Maybe Cubans reacted differently to hardships than people living in Russia and former soviet countries. Will be interesting to see what people die from in the COVID-19 era.
        The burden of disease in Russia from 1980 to 2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
        “In a widely cited retrospective case-control study25 in Russia (that was supported by a subsequent prospective observational study26), Zaridze and colleagues reported that, of those aged 15–54 years, 59% of deaths in men and 33% of deaths in women were attributable to alcohol.”

      8. Sasha

        Andy: precisely. In my opinion, Russians and Cubans are different people and Russia and Cuba are very different countries. The statistical median will be different.

    3. Alan Wheatstone

      our local medical centre is largely deserted: everyone staying away. We suspect this may cause a dramatic fall in mortality.

  45. Jennie Welch

    Here’s what this dr. thinks helps with viruses. He has a certain credibility with me cos he’s the anti-statins guy.

    I’ve just been talking with the people next-door who are Frogs. They say their rellies in France now need an actual paper permit to be anywhere other than home.

    1. mmec7

      In response to Jennie Welch : Correct. I live in France, and as from 12 midday Tues 17, France was put on virtual lockdown. We may exit our residence to go for a walk, to take a dog for a walk, light exercise in the vicinity of where one lives.
      To venture further afield one must car a paper, stating name, address and reasons for being away from one’s abode. The document must be carried at all times.
      One may go shopping, but must use one’s nearest supermarket etc etc. Supermarkets, tabacs, fuel outlets, pharmacy, surgeries, veterinary. For the moment public transport is not reduced.
      If you go back to Dr Kendrick’s blog, see the five links at the bottom of the text, #4 : The Connexion. Our English language monthly newspaper, you can read whole rafts on the matter.
      100,000 gendarmerie and military have been brought in to action to ‘police’ the neighbourhoods. Fines for contravention are E.37, which is likely to rise to E.167 and even possibly imprisonment…!
      Being in my 80s with a number of comorbidities, MS and COPD being but two of them, then I have to remain in lockdown, at least until the 15 April – when I hope us oldies (‘I’ am not frail ) get released !!
      Meantime, I take a many supplements, my suppliers BigVits UK are terrif at giving a swift turnaround. Wondrful friends are doing my shopping, and I keep myself busy by being plugged into m y long suffering laptop ! Should all else fail, then I shall have to have recourse to the dreaded knitting needles Though I do have a good selection of books to get stuck in to.
      Life in France. It’s good.

      1. mmec7

        P.S. Just a thought, my list might be of help. These are the supplements I am presently taking :-
        Vitamin D3 Oil : 2500 IU – 59ml : Vit-D3 : 5,000 IU (ultra potency) soft gels : Vit-K2-MK7 s. gels : 100 mcg : Vit-C : 1000 mg (high potency) capsules (no liposomal in stock) : Immune Renew TM (Lion’s Mane) : MagMind Magnesium L-Threonate, capsules : Magnesium Bis-Glycinate, veg. capsules :
        (note on magnesium : Magnesium Threonate for the brain. Magnesium Citrate for sleep. Magnesium Glycinate for magnesium) : L’Arginine : 500 mg, capsules : Omega 3 EPA-DHA Balance Fish Oil : 600 mg : Bioactive Complete B-Complex, veg capsules : Zinc – 15 mg veg capsules.

        I alternate the two Vit-D3s : oil and soft gels. There are yet a few more supplements to come. Then will take a review, and check what is missing…!!
        To come :-
        Vit-E – 1000 IU – 120 soft gels : (then, to support glaucomatous eyes) : Ayuvedics, Triphala Gold, 1000mg, Tabs : Brain Elevate (doppy name).

        Some of the brands they stock : NOW; Life Extension; Healthy Origins; Jarrow; Biovea; Solgar; Doctor’s Best – and there are other brands.
        Apart from eye drops, and Paracetamol / Codeine for any breakthrough pain, I take no other medications.
        Thank you Dr Kendrick, and hope putting this overly long list up is not too out of order.

  46. Alexander Ruhle

    more on Vitamin C
    Dr. Mao stated that his group treated ~50 cases of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 infection with high dose IVC. The IVC dosing was in the range of 10,000 mg – 20,000 mg a day for 7-10 days, with 10,000 mg for moderate cases and 20,000 for more severe cases, determined by pulmonary status (mostly the oxygenation index) and coagulation status. All patients who received IVC improved and there was no mortality. Compared to the average of a 30-day hospital stay for all Covid-19 patients, those patients who received high dose IVC had a hospital stay about 3-5 days shorter than the overall patients. Dr. Mao discussed one severe case in particular who was deteriorating rapidly. He gave a bolus of 50,000 mg IVC over a period of 4 hours. The patient’s pulmonary (oxygenation index) status stabilized and improved as the critical care team watched in real time. There were no side effects reported from any of the cases treated with high dose IVC.

  47. crisscross767

    Is this panic as a result of a flu or is it really just organised chaos brought about as part of the 2030 agenda?

    In September 2015, Agenda 21 Was Transformed Into The 2030 Agenda

    “If you didn’t like “Agenda 21, then you really are not going to like “The 2030 Agenda”. Next month, the United Nations is going to launch “The 2030 Agenda” at a major conference that will be held from September 25th to September 27th in New York City. The Pope is actually traveling to New York to deliver an address which will kick off this conference. Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see below, this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now.

    This new agenda is solidly rooted in a document known as “Agenda 21? that was originally adopted by the United Nations back in 1992. The following comes from Wikipedia…

    The full text of Agenda 21 was made public at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit), held in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 1992, where 178 governments voted to adopt the program. The final text was the result of drafting, consultation, and negotiation, beginning in 1989 and culminating at the two-week conference.

    Since that time, Agenda 21 has been modified and amended numerous times. Noteworthy changes occurred in 1997, 2002 and 2012.

    But now the UN’s sustainable development program is being given an entirely new name, and the scope of this agenda is being broadened dramatically. The following is what the official United Nations website has to say about it…….”

    “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order. ” – David Rockefeller.

    “Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful.”– Henry Kissinger

    As Kissinger implies, the new world order will not come in a third-world coup with the blatant imposition of military force. Instead, the circumstances are to be twisted so that the NWO appears to be the ‘saviour’ of humanity. It would be startling if any other approach had been accepted. It has always been the practice of the US establishment to bring public opinion enthusiastically onside to their global-scale projects…………….”

    Bill Gates’ TED Talk from 2015: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

    Bill Gates needs to be investigated immediately, not only for his connections to Epstein, but also his obvious role in the “coronavirus” craze.

    Description: In 2014, the world avoided a horrific global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers — plus, frankly, thanks to some very good luck. In hindsight, we know what we should have done better. So, now’s the time, Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training. As he says, “There’s no need to panic … but we need to get going.”

    Media Whipping Covid19 Panic to Unprecedented Heights

    “……………Anybody familiar with Event 201, a staged exercise focusing on a zoonotic form of a novel coronavirus, will have known it predicted a complete crash in the financial markets.

    Definition 0f pandemic redefined to suit low number of illness or deaths.

    ………….. WHO, “in cooperation with some big pharmaceutical companies and their scientists, re-defined pandemics”, removing the statement that “an enormous amount of people have contracted the illness or died” from its existing definition and replacing it by stating simply that there has to be a virus, spreading beyond borders and to which people have no immunity.

    Can We Trust The COVID-19 Test? What You May Not Know About the ELISA And RNA Tests

    This article reports that there are flaws in virus detection in multiple techniques from ELISA tests to RNA detection PCR tests. ELISA detects antibodies, and can give false positive results, and the test may also be influenced by inflammation-triggering substances. People have been diagnosed with HPV, HIV, Hepatitis C, West Nile Virus or herpes, but had actually received false positive results, and may have used dangerous anti-viral drugs or other treatments. The PCR test uses a blood sample to estimate how much of the virus is present in the bloodstream. Massive sums of money are being allocated to fight the virus, which sets the stage for greed and corruption by powerful people.

    Read on –

    1. Alan Wheatstone

      thanks crisscross767; very helpful; many would suspect you are right;

      at times like this, those of us who heard The Who remember the lines from “We won’t get fooled again ….”

      “pick up my guitar, and play; just like yesterday; then I get on my knees and pray; we don’t get fooled again …… No, no, no ……..”

      1. crisscross767

        An article well worth taking the time to read in full –
        As an Australian I wonder if our prime minister – Scott Morrison was at the pre Event meeting for the COVID-19 pandemonium?

        “………..The invite-only simulation exercise was held on Oct 18, 2019 from 8:45 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. It is VERY UNLIKELY that the high-level panel, having flown in from around the world, would have simply disbanded after the 3-hour exercise. It is VERY LIKELY that discussions continued from that point onward behind closed doors for the remainder of the day (if not subsequent days). As Ryan Morhard, World Economic Forum, is identified as IGWELS (the very top-tier closed meetings “restricted to the likes of prime ministers, foreign and finance ministers and central bank governors”) – this detail is worthy of exploration.

        Here it is important to note that also on March 11, 2020, the World Economic Forum announced a partnership with the WHO (a UN agency) to form the COVID-19 Action Platform – a task-force comprised of over 200 corporations at launch. This is in addition to the World Economic Forum partnership with the United Nations on June 13, 2019. The corporate world is capturing our real world, in real time………..”

      2. crisscross767

        Advanced knowledge? CDC started hiring QUARANTINE program managers last November to cover quarantine centers in Texas, California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts and more

        The CDC appears to have had advanced knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, as the agency which deliberately delayed testing kits in the USA for nearly a month was hiring quarantine program advisors in November of 2019, to cover Texas, New York, California, Washington, Florida and many other areas where the pandemic is now exploding.

        Job duties

        ………….Here’s a description of the job duties:

        “Assist in planning and implementing a program for preventing the importation of communicable diseases from abroad and spread of these diseases domestically.”, “Monitor disease trends and consults with senior leaders to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the introduction/spread of communicable diseases by travelers, etiologic agents or vectors.”, “Provide technical assistance, consultation and guidance to national, state and/or local agencies; health organizations; federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; airport and seaport activities; hospital networks, and other private entities.”, “Ensure appropriate communication networks, planning documents and emergency response protocols are in place, tested and regularly updated.”, “Develop and present training to various governmental agencies and local partners on emergency response protocols, communicable diseases and quarantine activities.”

        Advanced knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic that’s now leading to forced vaccinations for everyone

        ………..How did the CDC have advanced knowledge of the coronavirus pandemic before it was announced to the world? Well, we already know the CDC is a criminal front group for the vaccine industry, and we know the CDC had a hand in releasing measles at Disneyland in California in order to create mass media hysteria to push for the vaccine mandate law there, SB 277, which just happened to be pre-written by the pharmaceutical industry and ready to push through the California legislature.

        That’s why the CDC is characterized as, “an edifice of fraud” by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

        Although we have no direct proof, it would be entirely consistent for the CDC to be part of a globalist program to deliberately release a deadly pandemic virus in order to push for mandatory vaccines and funnel billions of dollars into the vaccine manufacturers (which has already begun). Former CDC head Julie Gerberding, you may already know, went to work as a top executive for Merck, and the CDC functions largely as a revolving door with Big Pharma. Part of her job was covering up vaccine fraud involving the mumps vaccine.

        What better way to enrich the criminal pharmaceutical companies than to watch as a global pandemic virus gets released, granting the CDC extraordinary new powers (and funding), leading directly to mandatory coronavirus vaccines (the kill switch for global depopulation).

        It also just happens that this coronavirus is the perfect excuse for a global financial reset that steals money from taxpayers by mass printing trillions of new dollars to bail out wealthy corporate executives, drug companies and industrial giants. Did you notice that the new family leave act which guarantees companies will pay employees for quarantine isolation time is exempting all companies with more than 500 employees?

        That’s because this planned pandemic is being used to achieve all the goals of globalists: Censorship, confiscation of wealth, mandatory vaccines, depopulation, medical tyranny, martial law, a cashless society and much more.

        And yes, the CDC had advanced knowledge of it all. The proof is right on their own website. Long before China even admitted to the existence of the coronavirus, the CDC was hiring quarantine managers in all the areas that are now being hit hardest by the coronavirus. There are no coincidences when it comes to such alignment of events.

        To learn more about how the coronavirus achieves all the top goals of the wicked globalists, listen to this podcast:

      3. Martin Back

        Part of the CDC’s job is to anticipate and plan for national emergencies. For instance, they published the book Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication dated October 2002.

        In Module 1 page 2 we find

        Types of Crises
        Table 1–1. Potential Crises
        Unknown Infectious Agent With Potential To Spread to the United States

        – Large-scale environmental crisis
        – War-related

        A conspiracy theorist might think that they published this in 2002 because they planned to spread a virus in 2003 but called it off for some reason, but I think it is part of their routine planning, as is their simulation exercise mentioned above.

  48. robertL

    Virus Economic Impacts

    Through the lack of / imperfect data, massaged data, dare I say it fake data, hysterical jabbering by the MSM, and point-scoring all around this normal annual health problem of a serious case of flu has been turned into a potential economic catastrophe.

    This disaster, that is the economic shut down of economies around the world, is likely to cause at at least 1 quarter recession, possibly more quarters, untold financial misery for many, many millions, and destruction of businesses. The downside may be that some economies do not recovery for many, many months. Then there is the huge / significant / excessive debt burden around the world which has just been yanked up into an even bigger economic financial burden.

    Those countries with large levels of populations with compromised immune system (mostly poor countries but also countries with high unemployment) are likely to suffer significant irrecoverable financial costs (over and above personal costs).Moreover, the damaging effect to pension / pension type savings that have just been destroyed. Pensioners and soon-to-be pensioners may be reduced to near penury. All of this to satisfy the propaganda, egos, and political ambitions of (dare I say it) largely socialist politicians.

    This whole episode will be recorded as a shameful period in the world’s history.

    1. Sasha

      All true but I don’t understand why people keep bringing up “excessive debt” as a problem. Debt is a chimera. It’s not like we owe vast sums of money to aliens who are going to come and take our planet away if we don’t pay up. There’s no debt problem. We print it and then we spend it. I think it’s that simple.

      1. robertL

        Debt is always repaid always.
        Usually by the borrower. Sometimes by the sale of borrower’s security (default). Sometimes by the lender (debt write off). Sometimes by shareholders (lender bankruptcy). Sometimes by society (lost deposits). Sometimes by governments. And sometimes by central banks. But it is always repaid always by somebody / somebodies

        If not repaid normally then there is some form of destruction of assets – somebody is the loser.
        Central banks think that they can inflate out of debt or “print money” but this just devalues the currency and every member of the population loses just a little bit = the greater fool syndrome

      2. Sasha

        Robert, to whom does the Federal Reserve repay the debt it creates? Because, so far, I have not been able to answer that question

  49. Frederica Huxley

    Thank you for this much needed advice. The other two supplements I have seen recommended are zinc and selenium. Your views?

  50. Peter Stevens

    Thank you for calm measured believable advice in a world wide sea of fear and panic

    Regards and good health

    Peter Stevens



  51. Jeff

    I think it is a massive beat up.
    There has never in recorded history been a mass death pandemic from a corona type virus.
    And new strains occur every few years,
    Yet just when they are now able to genetically sequence and name a strain before it spreads they claim this strain will cause a pandemic.
    The politicians and medical experts love this because if makes look and feel so important and the media is always desperate for a sensational story.
    They encourage they hysteria.
    There will actually be no change in the death rate even in the few countries that take no precautions.

    1. robertL

      Absolutely in my opinion based on all the research I have done.
      I do worry about the impact on my pension assets.
      Unpleasant for those families that are personally affected – close friend of mine has family in France – both infected and suffering. Praying all goes well.
      The local french doc basically said go home treat symptomatically – if it gets really bad go to the hospital.

    1. Alan Wheatstone

      thanks anamado; Dr Coleman suggests one hidden agenda is compulsory vaccination; for all. That would not surprise many; because a vaccine is produced, folks will believe it will reduce the incidence of the disease for which it is given; well, find us a trial that shows that. How could that be so, if it is “rushed out”, all for “urgency” and “to save lives”.

      It shocks some, the ease with which folks have surrendered their freedoms; martial law is not far away; and confining anyone over 70; for 4 months; seems to have been swallowed by all;

      We have gone from H1N1 in 2010 when such measures were not instituted; to 2020, when we see lockdown; what on earth will happen with the next panic-edemic in 2030? Don’t worry, Big Brother will be there to look after you.

  52. Dr. John H

    What is the difference between this Coronavirus, and all the other dire epidemics that were supposed to kill a bunch of us off (and didn’t)?

    “Why I’m taking the coronavirus hype with a pinch of salt:

    In 1997 we were told that bird flu could kill millions worldwide. Thankfully, it did not. In 1999 European Union scientists warned that BSE “could kill 500,000 people”. In total, 177 Britons died of vCJD. The first Sars outbreak of 2003 was reported by as having “a 25% chance of killings tens of millions” and being “worse than Aids”. In 2006, another bout of bird flu was declared “the first pandemic of the 21st century”, the scares in 2003, 2004 and 2005 having failed to meet their body counts.

    Then, in 2009, pigs replaced birds. The BBC announced that swine flu “could really explode”. The chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, declared that “65,000 could die”. He spent £560m on a Tamiflu and Relenza stockpile, which soon deteriorated. The Council of Europe’s health committee chairman described the hyping of the 2009 pandemic as “one of the great medical scandals of the century”. These scenarios could have all come to pass of course – but they represent the direr end of the scale of predictions. Should public life really be conducted on a worst-case basis?”


    1. SteveR

      In a word ‘infectivity’.

      From the experience of Italy, it appears that we have asymptomatic carriers even after the 14 days isolation that is thought to clear the virus from those it infects. SARS(1) and MERS were far more serious in terms of fatalities but not very good at infectivity. If the nasty part of the virus was as good at killing people as MERS then we really would be in trouble.

      Take this as a wake-up call, the next virus may not be as mild (in its effects on healthy people) as MERS was, we need to have the procedures and medical infrastructure in place to deal with the next one.

      1. andy

        Hi SteveR: re more infectivity, why?
        Maybe nowadays more people have trashed immune systems due to obesity, diabetes, statins, Roundup, fructose, omega-6 seed oils, low quality foods, and bad dietary advice from experts. People with a compromised immune system will suffer more from any type of virus. Once infected it is up to the body to heal itself.

      2. Alan Wheatstone

        thanks SteveR; have a read of the report from Italy: 2 deaths so far can be attributed to corona; have a listen to Dr Vernon Coleman’s video above; it is very good: ideally, we would look at facts; numbers and reflect. Most hospitals run at 100%; if 99%, someone finds someone “in need”, so back to 100%; “we need to have the procedures and medical infrastructure in place” … honestly, that is very stirring stuff: the fire service has down-time: (estimates are they are out on jobs maybe 5% of theworking week? less?); hospitals always find something to keep themselves fully occupied; new need arises: less urgent tasks get shed. (So my medical friends tell me).

      3. robertL

        please include in your list; smoking, poor living conditions with open fires (Africa), illegal drugs that compromise the lungs, toxic environments (air quality like Beijing), AIDS suffers, TB past and present, all potentially at higher risk

    2. Martin Back

      “In 1997 we were told that bird flu could kill millions worldwide. Thankfully, it did not… etc etc”

      Dr. John,
      The scenarios you quote are worst-case scenarios. They reflect what COULD happen if no action was taken. Fortunately, people did react to minimise the damage, so the worst did not happen.

      It’s like the Y2K computer scare. Nothing much happened, so people claim it was a scam or fake scare. It was nothing of the sort. As a network administrator at the time, I can tell you that those in charge of systems and software were well aware of the issues and took action to circumvent them before they arose, that’s why nothing much happened.

      In the case of Covid-19, what would happen if the authorities did nothing? We know that infection rates would rise steeply, then start levelling off, then decline. How bad would it be at the peak? We don’t know. What we do know is that many young healthy people wold need medical attention to survive. Including medical personnel, who are most at risk. Would we get a cascading failure of the medical system? We don’t know, but it’s possible. Would we get a failure of power supplies to run the ventilators, or supplies of antibiotics, or food supplies? We don’t know, but it’s possible.

      In short, the worst-case scenario is very very bad indeed, basically a national catastrophe, if no action is taken. therefore the authorities must act. Whether they could have done better to minimise the damage is for history to judge.

  53. Topsygirl

    Firstly thank you so much Dr Kendrick for this timely important information. Vitamins are very low down on the lists of treatments here in Australia the phrase much heard is ‘ If you can afford to spend money to produce expensive urine then go ahead’.
    The next thing I am going to comment on is addressed to our little community please friends can we just take this in without putting forth negative comments, remember that people need hope in a time like this we should be only saying things that build up and encourage not passing information or our personal views that might put some off from trying to help themselves. Vitamin C is a very safe protocol it has and is being used by many doctors around the world to assist patients in many circumstances. Andrew Saul the editor of Orthomolecular News
    this is Andrew’s website

    has to date posted 4 articles on the trials in China which are very interesting and provided excellent information on the use of Vitamin C in the current circumstances. If further information is required regarding recommended dosage both orally and intravenously all those trials and information is readily available for free download and I have listened to him many times on Webinars the information Dr Kendrick has provided today agrees with those trials. People are crying out for help and not getting any, I have watched a plethora of medical experts trotted out on TV and none of them have really said or advised anything that we can do ourselves I personally have chosen to get some Vitamin C powder and am taking this at 3 grams per day in water, I do not worry about the acidic taste I work in a hospital I have been in ICU and seen folk on respirators anything that might prevent me from finding myself there I have to try, I have also upped my Vitamin D3 to 3000IU’s per day and take Magnesium and Zinc at the dosage recommended by the manufacturers none of these things will do me harm and might do me good, I contracted Community Acquired Pneumonia in November last year and I was very sick indeed, but I came through it did not need to be hospitalized, I only needed to be in hospital for 4 hours for fluids, temperature reduction and nausea and then went home and I put that down to my better immune system and basic good health, the young doctor (intern) said she was puzzled that at 74 yrs I did not have much wrong with me. Many folk are not that fortunate for them it is admission, transfer to ICU, intubation, a respirator, sepsis and organ failure and from that most don’t go home and that is why so many are really frightened so lets be determined to support out fellows as best we can. I believe that it is at that level that the trials in China are having an inroad in getting folk off the respirator.

    Take note Dr Kendrick has again stepped right out into the mine field with this one so let us all consider this in the spirit it is is given as a Doctor he wants to honor his oath and keep folk well.
    Thank you for your courage.

  54. Gary Ogden

    My wife tells me Trump is going to give every American a thousand bucks! Woohoo! The gubment doesn’t actually have that kind of money, but they own the printing presses, so that presents no obstacle.

    1. andy

      Gary Ogden, this pandemic has created a shortage of guns and ammunition in America, what is the connection?

      1. Gary Ogden

        andy: Turns out the Trump gift is only an idea that is being discussed. Rats. Wouldn’t be surprised if there were shortages of guns and ammunition (especially), but capitalism will soon come to the rescue. I went in for my periodic buy of tooth-brushing water, and the shelves were clean of the six-packs, but had vast amounts of larger sizes. Leave it to capitalism to save us from the hoarding morons!

      2. Sasha

        A friend send me a joke the other day:

        Doctor: I am sorry to tell you this but you have tested positive for coronavirus.
        Patient: But that’s impossible, I bought 200 rolls of toilet paper!

      3. Anna M

        I’ve been wondering that, too.
        I hope it is because they plan to shoot any govt goons coming to forcefully vaccinate them.

  55. Janet Love

    I’ve stocked up on a kg of Ascorbic acid and ‘non-GMO’ lecithin. That plus a bottle of vodka..and I’m good to make my own liposomal Vit C.

    – Why? Because the oral route results in around 20% cellular take-up, (which is the basis for “expensive pee” derisory stories on C taking.) whereas liposomal (oral) AND IV delivery are around 60 to 85%, depending on your source of info.

    Fantastic news re. Dr Cheng’s successful use of Vit. C, From the same source is this:-

    Maybe someone in their government watched that ’60 minutes’ program on Allan Smith in New Zealand, recovering from Swine Flu by means of IC Vit. C. And the battle his family had with doctors & hospital to initiate and continue the therapy.!

  56. Carlos

    In your opinion should older adults in treatment for coronary and hypertension start on a Prophylactic regimen of HydroxyCloroquine ?

    What are the known risks of this combination ?

    (why is western medicine stuck with this. Numbers from Korea, Japan and lately China speak for themselves. Are we trying to push a new antiretroviral?)

  57. Yossef Gofer

    Dear Dr. Kendrick,
    Would you comment also on the possibility of zinc supplementation as a potential measure? There is an ongoing controversy about Zn supplement and, mainly the common cold. Over the years there had been numerous studies with mixed conclusions. However, my take on it is not very different from supplementation of vitamin C. Might not be tremendously beneficial, but also not toxic.

    Citation: “Zn2+ Inhibits Coronavirus and Arterivirus RNA Polymerase Activity In Vitro and Zinc Ionophores Block the Replication of These Viruses in Cell Culture”
    Aartjan J. W. te Velthuis,, Sjoerd H. E. van den Worm, , Amy C. Sims, Ralph S. Baric, Eric J. Snijder., Martijn J. van Hemert;
    Published: November 4, 2010 PLOS Pathogens

      1. Tom Welsh

        According to the Jaminets (“Perfect Health Diet” and other sources, I think that both zinc and selenium can be very dangerous in excess. So it’s important to make sure you get a safe dose. (Unlike, say, Vitamin C which AFAIK has no documented ill effects except for loose bowels).

  58. robertL

    My original post seems to have disappeared: re-posting

    COVID-19’s Mortality Rate Isn’t As High As We Think
    1. Allow me to be the bearer of good news. These frightening numbers are unlikely to hold. The true case fatality rate, known as CFR, of this virus is likely to be far lower than current reports suggest. Even some lower estimates, such as the 1 percent death rate recently mentioned by the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, likely substantially overstate the case.

    2. But the most straightforward and compelling evidence that the true case fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 is well under 1 percent comes not from statistical trends and methodological massage, but from data from the Diamond Princess cruise outbreak and subsequent quarantine off the coast of Japan.

    3. A quarantined boat (Diamond Princess) is an ideal—if unfortunate—natural laboratory to study a virus. Many variables normally impossible to control are controlled. We know that all but one patient boarded the boat without the virus. We know that the other passengers were healthy enough to travel. We know their whereabouts and exposures. While the numbers coming out of China are scary, we don’t know how many of those patients were already ill for other reasons. How many were already hospitalized for another life- threatening illness and then caught the virus? How many were completely healthy, caught the virus, and developed a critical illness? In the real world, we just don’t know.

    Quotes (similar to another comment above)
    The Serious Problems With the COVID-19 Tests: Should We Really Panic?
    1. The majority of the dead were carriers of chronic diseases.
    “At present, in fact, the authorities are unable to distinguish those who died as a result of the virus, from those who were mostly carriers of other serious diseases and who, therefore, would not have died from Covid-19,” he said.
    The professor said that according to the data analyzed, the vast majority of the victims “had serious pathologies and in some cases the onset of an infection of the respiratory tract that could lead more easily to death. To clarify this point, and to provide real data, as we acquire the files we will go further to study them. However, the populations most at risk are the fragile ones, carriers of more pathologies.”
    So, in Italy, where the drama is about all the COVID-19 deaths, the reported deaths, in fact, could be caused by any number of other diseases because those who have died are fragile with other diseases.

    2. In other words, as Dr. Wodarg points out in the video above, there is no justification at this time to suggest that COVID-19 is a dramatically dangerous new virus.
    There appears to be manufactured panic.

    Source: -serious-problems-with-covid-19.html?m=1
    I find from my research the above and other apparently knowledgeable sources indicating a serious flu virus of a known family being blown out of all proportion.
    Largely those that are succumbing are those with compromised immune systems (that’s no surprise surely) and it is often difficult to be categorical which condition caused the death. Such as the elderly, smokers, obese, cancer suffers etc etc.

      1. robertL

        Jerome, The words of the quote.

        From my extensive reading – for the economic fall out – there does appear to be some support for this kind of view.
        Origin unknown.

        Ask yourself when was the last time that the markets (bond, equity, currency) have all been in such world-wide turmoil for a virus outbreak; appearing more and more like a normal annual virus (some worse some better; impact marginal to manageable; some serious personal grief)

      2. Jerome Savage

        I don’t disagree. Lynn Wright March 18, 2020 at 3:38 pm above seems to echo your comments.
        “Rome, 13 March 19:12 – (Agenzia Nova) – There may be only two people who died from coronavirus in Italy, who did not present other pathologies. This is what emerges from the medical records examined so far by the Higher Institute of Health, according to what was reported by the President of the Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, during the press conference held today at the Civil Protection in Rome”
        Is it fervour fever ?

  59. southparkbarn

    Thank you for an excellent and considered article. I had already been advised to take Vitamin C through the winter and also take Vit D3 with K2 and magnesium.

    Also, my GP/homeopath has warned against taking paracetamol and other temperature lowering drugs in case it disguises the fever of COVID19 and delays diagnosis.

    I take Serrapeptase as an anti-inflammatory for migraines and joint pain. Does anyone know if this has the same effect as NSAIDs and paracetamol and should I stop taking it?

  60. Jared Pitts

    I’ve read that Vitamin D supplementation can increase the amount of ACE2 on our cells and this could increase one’s risk of getting infected with the new coronavirus. Do you think you should change your recommendations based off this?

  61. Jared Pitts

    I’ve read that supplementing with vitamin D can increase ACE2 on our cells, which would make us more susceptible to the coronavirus. I believe you should change your recommendations because of this.

    1. SteveR

      I think that vitamin (DrK says it is more of a hormone) D3 does far more than just increase expression of ACE2 receptors.
      For the human population SARS cov(2) is a chronic condition (Pandemic) and this should be treated by widespread testing and quarantine until it burns itself out, but for individuals it can vary in severity from zilch to acute – and for those with acute injury there are options like IV Vit C and other drugs that, like Camostat Mesylate see , block the virus before it enters cells – unfortunately the medical consensus here is to wait for a vaccine which means many will die before they could have.

  62. Anne Mutch

    Dear Dr. Kendrick, thank you so much for a very informative and sensible article on COVID19. Such a welcome relief from all the nonsense in the media.

  63. anglosvizzera

    Vitamin D on its own may not be enough (even from sunlight) and trying to ramp up levels by increasing supplementation may not be effective or even desirable. The American Osteopathic Association says:

    “Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t high enough to prevent the complication.” (Full article in link below)

    1. anglosvizzera

      Plus – testing for magnesium deficiency is difficult. The blood serum test doesn’t help because the body will ensure blood magnesium levels are as optimal as possible by ‘robbing’ it from body stores such as bone and tissue.

      “CONCLUSION: Vitamin D screening assay is readily available, but the reported lower limit of the normal range is totally inadequate for disease prevention. Based on the epidemiologic studies, ∼75% of all adults worldwide have serum 25(OH)D levels of <30 ng/mL. Because of the recent increase in global awareness, vitamin D supplementation has become a common practice, but Mg deficiency still remains unaddressed. Screening for chronic magnesium deficiency is difficult because a normal serum level may still be associated with moderate to severe deficiency. To date, there is no simple and accurate laboratory test to determine the total body magnesium status in humans. Mg is essential in the metabolism of vitamin D, and taking large doses of vitamin D can induce severe depletion of Mg. Adequate magnesium supplementation should be considered as an important aspect of vitamin D therapy."

  64. Gary Ogden

    Phil Craddock: I once read on Mark’s Daily Apple that four Brazil nuts give the maximum daily dose, which is very small, on the order of micrograms. As I understand it, selenium deficiency generally occurs in regions with selenium-deficient soils. That is not the case where I live and my food grows (there is a map available online showing relative selenium content of soils worldwide), nevertheless, I eat one or two four or five days a week, and have for several years. I would caution about eating more than four on a daily basis.

    1. robertL

      The problem is; Brazil Nut trees also grow in selenium deficient soils. So, how do you (or anybody else) know (with I guess difficult testing) that your store bought BN’s have adequate selenium?

      1. Gary Ogden

        robertL: Good question. We really don’t know, short of having our Brazil nuts tested. Since the Brazil nut tree is an accumulator of selenium (as rice is an accumulator of arsenic), the nuts we buy are likely to have at least some, in any case. I think I’ll rely on faith.

      2. robertL

        for good measure besides consuming BN regularly, I also take an occasional Selenium supplement in winter – recognising that you can overdose (affects the brain)

      3. Gary Ogden

        robertL: I’ve also read that Astragalus tea is rich in selenium. That, too, would depend upon the selenium content of the soil in which it grew. Astragalus is a genus in the legume family which is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are toxic to cattle. I wonder of this is because of the selenium content.

  65. Lisa ONeill Wright

    Thanks for this – but I am confused by the recommendation for Vit C. Maybe I am misreading, but it seems like in your explanation, you say the preventative dose is 100-200 mg per day, with higher (gram) doses needed if you have symptoms. But then in your “Advice” you recommend 2-5grams daily and 10 if sick. Is the higher preventative rec adjusted upward because of coronavirus?

    Thanks, Lisa


      1. Don

        Thank you for not being afraid to speak truth on the subject of vitamin/mineral supplementation. I’m already taking them, so it was good to see you second the motion. I’m curious if you’ve heard of Dr. Lester Morrison and his work with chondroitin sulfate as it relates to heart disease?

    1. AhNotepad

      Lisa, search for, Andrew Saul and Robert Cathcart and vitamin C dose. The dose is dynamic, so it will vary from person to person AND day to day for each person.

  66. Jan

    Thanks Dr Malcolm for the info.
    Not sure I understand the reaction. What would have happened if some of the approx £500million loss to the economy per death so far had been spent on supporting isolation of the most vulnerable and letting the rest of us carry on as normal, have an albeit unpleasant, but from the stats largely recoverable from, infection. There may be more deaths as unintended consequences from the effects of efforts to control the virus than from the virus itself. My son has just lost his job, no compensation, will prob be evicted from his flat within 2 months. He’s one of the lucky ones as I can help. What about the rest of the world. Am I way off piste with thinking there may have been an alternative approach?

    1. Alan Wheatstone

      Hi Jan; very sorry to hear of your son’s job loss and all that may follow. I hear many people trying to express great concern at the damage western economies are doing to themselves; they don’t seem to be heard; by these extraordinary measures. 160 people die each day in the US over winter of “the flu”; no-one shuts economies over that. No-one looks at the consequences of all this stuff. If folks read this “There is no proof that a virus is being detected by the test and there is absolutely no concern about whether there are a significant number of false positives on the test. “

      1. Jan

        Thanks Alan for your response. My son lives in Tenerife his landlady has said she will accept half the rent so that’s looking a bit better. Thankfully or maybe not, working in health care I at least still have work. Pity the PPE not up to scratch. Check out Zoë Harcombe web page re analysis of covid testing.

    2. Anna M

      I agree, The insanity is beyond comprehension. It is difficult NOT to be a conspiracy theorist when the economic destruction looks so bad. Small businesses may not recover.

      1. Old fogey

        I agree. It seems obvious now in the U.S. that this has been an over-the-top test as to how compliant the population will be should it be told something is in the best interest of their health. And, of course, when the virus goes away naturally (if it is allowed to) come warmer weather we will be told that it was the actions taken by the powers-that-be that saved the day. What do they have in mind for the future? What is this all in aid of? I cannot imagine.

      2. ShirleyKate

        Old Fogey. Why do you think it will go away with the warmer weather? It’s warm in Australia right now but it hasn’t ‘gone away’. It’s hardly settled in yet!

  67. Tish

    A silver lining in all of this nonsense is that people might get used to operating more from home and in that way help the planet and with our traffic problems a bit. 🎵.Always look on the bright side of life 🎶

  68. Soul

    If it hasn’t been posted earlier, saw President Trump announce today that malaria drugs will be made available in larger quantities.

  69. Shaun

    Thanks, Dr Kendrick for all of your sterling efforts. Interestingly, if you look at a world map there are very few outbreaks in the Southern Hemisphere (as it is summer there), and so the vitamin D (and selenium) protocol simply (too simply?) does tie-in with high Northern Hemisphere outbreaks – as well as with the original outbreak from an evolutionary virology perspective. Anyway, I take both vitamins, and am also on a LCHF diet as well, and if I do get infected (I’m 69), I will (try) to take a vitamin C pill every daylight hour. However, I think I have pretty good natural levels of vitamin D as I play golf 3/4 times a week all year ’round. Moreover, as I understand it we can ‘store’ vitamin D for about 3-months (which would also figure from an evolutionary perspective). I also eat a lot of pork fat, but I’m unsure of its (sunlight charged) organic (vitamin D) origin.

    1. Gary Ogden

      Shaun: Typically, the flu season is in the colder months. The peak month in the Spring in the U.S. has never been later than March. Apparently viruses rapidly degrade in heat, so transmission would be reduced from Spring to Fall. Thus, I suspect the panic reaction may subside as Spring unfolds (in the Northern Hemisphere; in the Southern, things may get worse, as they are heading into the cold months). That said, I remain skeptical of virology. It simply makes no biological sense that there are microbes which are pathogenic in and of themselves. I suspect they all require a co-factor. Even in a naive population, such as with measles and smallpox in Native Americans at first contact, and Europeans with syphilis, not everyone becomes infected or succumbs.

    1. AhNotepad

      mrmhf, necessary? Rather pointless really, that’s just playing into the part required by the media hype. This “social distancing” and “self isolation” is already having a significant effect on how the country works, and for what? To show Bill Gates and event 201 it is possible to control the masses.

    1. Gary Ogden

      Dr. John H: Clearly the panic is nothing more than dangerous hype, whether this is more or less dangerous than we normally see in the influenza season. Difficult to know what is really happening, but, in China, the number of new cases (which may be an unreliable figure) seems to have stabilized or reduced, while the number recovered keeps climbing. The economic damage from the panic response will be irreparable for most. The banksters, of course, are getting vast piles of cash from the Fed, so they’ll be OK.

      1. Sasha

        Gary: it’s trickle down economics! It should trickle down to the rest of the people at some point. Or not…

      2. Tom Welsh

        Sasha, it is well understood that *something* does trickle down.

        The trouble is that it’s not money.

    2. Alan Hughes

      thanks Dr John H; many suspect it is all hype: a panic-edemic. Folks are running around talking about VitC and VitD and whatever. As the headlines to this article say “Is this new development in Wuhan even remotely possible? How could there be no new coronavirus cases so soon?” Is there a con-sensus? a con-? without sense?

    3. Jerome Savage

      I got this response from a resident who is obviously concerned, quote “all I know is that army trucks full of dead bodies like this in my home city of Bergamo have never been seen before in my lifetime.”
      The trucks referred to are engendering a sense of doom.

      1. Tom Welsh

        Hmmmm. According to the Coronavirus Worldometer, there have been 4,032 deaths from the virus in Italy. Over a month or so – about 130 per day.

        How many dead bodies can be loaded into an army truck? I would think at least 15. So 10 lorries per day should do the trick.

        Although a crematorium should be able to burn up 20-30 bodies in a day’s work.

        With about 60 million people, and a death rate of about 10.5 per thousand per year, Italy normally sees about 630,000 deaths per year. That’s about 52,500 deaths per month, or over 1,700 deaths per day. Surely Italians must be used to seeing a whole lot of BIG army trucks rushing to clear away all those dead bodies?

      2. Tom Welsh

        Incidentally, how on earth would Bergamo residents even know that army trucks are “full of dead bodies”? Are these open-top trucks piled with dead bodies in distorted poses, with blackened grinning faces, spilling out and falling onto the road?

        The reports described here sound ridiculously exaggerated. The RT article says there have been 93 deaths in Bergamo itself, yet I can count at least 9 big army lorries in the photograph. Each could easily hold 10 dead bodies, so the lorries visible in that picture could carry away ALL the dead bodies caused by coronavirus in Bergamo since the start of the outbreak.

        Someone is lying, on an ambitious scale.

      3. Sasha

        RT is far from impartial news organization.

        They did interview Prof. Goetzhe, though. I don’t think any major Western outlet has ever given him air time.

      4. Jerome Savage

        Tom Welsh. So there may be doubts about the impartiality of RT. OK. Then the Guardian. It would not generally be seen to have a corporate bias. The following is very emotive and many read such.
        On the other hand, the Telegraph would not generally be seen to have a public service/government ethos. But yet more epic scary stuff.
        Somebody put those army trucks there. If they dont in fact carry casualties of the “demic” be it pan or panicademic, then that will quickly be found out. The sight of these suggests the civic authorities are not able to manage for whatever reason. The local residents are satisfied they contain CVD19 casualties.

    4. Jerome Savage

      A comment on Wodarg’s thesis (not mine)
      His thesis “hinges on his claim that a test developed by a Berlin based group was rushed to China and produced a lot of false positives. This test uses well established mico-biology technolgy. So, it is extremely unlikely that this test is producing a high number of false positives due to the highly specific nature of the testing and the results of their validation steps.
      In any case the Berlin test was by no means the only test being used. The WHO lists a range of other diagnostic tests used around the world. Remember that for the claim in the question to be true not just the Berlin test but all others must also be misleading.
      Sorry but without expert review and validation Wordarg’s claims are just YouTube babble. When they’re propogated by non-experts as somehow representing an “alternative point of view” then it’s dangerous bullshit. There is no alternative view. There’s only the truth which must be backed up with hard evidence.”
      Just putting that out there. We are all anxious to get to the truth.

      1. Chad S

        Objective: As the prevention and control of COVID-19continues to advance, the active nucleic acid test screening in the close contacts of the patients has been carrying out in many parts of China. However, the false-positive rate of positive results in the screening has not been reported up to now. But to clearify the false-positive rate during screening is important in COVID-19 control and prevention.

        Methods: Point values and reasonable ranges of the indicators which impact the false-positive rate of positive results were estimated based on the information available to us at present. The false-positive rate of positive results in the active screening was deduced, and univariate and multivariate-probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed to understand the robustness of the findings.

        Results: When the infection rate of the close contacts and the sensitivity and specificity of reported results were taken as the point estimates, the positive predictive value of the active screening was only 19.67%, in contrast, the false-positive rate of positive results was 80.33%. The multivariate-probabilistic sensitivity analysis results supported the base-case findings, with a 75% probability for the false-positive rate of positive results over 47%.

        Conclusions: In the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, nearly half or even more of the ‘asymptomatic infected individuals’ reported in the active nucleic acid test screening might be false positives.

      2. Jerome Savage

        The sight of army trucks full of dead bodies in Bergamo is described by a former resident i hav been in contact with as “never been seen before in my lifetime.” It might suggest an accelerated death rate. (Does that imply a reduced death rate when the storm has passed ?)
        This Reuters report entertains an italian doomsday narrative,
        The diamond princess suggests a 1% plus fatality rate. The Belgamo trucks are emblematic of something much greater and very attractive to the scaremongering media. A spike in fatalities has produced an iconic image that will remain with us and will frighten many.

      3. Jerome Savage

        Dr John.H Agreed. Not your average blogger. Wodarg is a physician and SPD politician and former chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Health Committee.

  70. Lynne Daymon

    Great information, I started on 4000iu D3 every, 2nd day post blood results, also late 2011, my prognosis was Gradel 4 pharyngeal cancer. Not grand! Still, onward and I am a lot stronger now and take Levothyroxine daily due to my Thyroid gland no longer useful. I challenged some Dr’s on suggested dose of Levothyroxine which I believe was causing high blood pressure! I changed my Dr three times as I was not keen (haha) to take drugs for blood pressure, I always study the ingredients and am horrified.
    After three years, I was learning to recognise my body’s reaction to a) brands of Levothyroxine b) with or without BP meds and simultaneously taking avid BP readings at home.
    Finally, I came to the conclusion that I only needed a Thyroid pill 25mcg when my body told me, BP is now fairly normal. One very experienced Dr told me,’ Blood pressure is only dangerous when it stays high. ‘ My BP drops of which I have explained to younger Dr’s. All in all, the D3 vitamin has given me a real boost and 75mcg daily seems to balance my system well.
    I enjoy your forthright rendition of medical jargon and its great to view factual information. Thank you.

  71. tony

    Malcolm; you mention Chloroquinine and Hydroxychloroquinine being used for anti-viral (and immune) treatments and their effectiveness in other viruses.

    Artemisinin is also a powerful anti-viral medicine, freely available (treats Malaria etc) and is safe to use with very few (if any) side effects. (It is proving effective in treating some Cancers, particularly colon, and breast))

    Artemisinin is available in capsules (20-1 extract) from several suppliers.

  72. Bev

    I haven’t had time to read all the comments yet, but you mentioned in the post the renin-angiotensin system. When I was given telmisartan (Micardis) for high BP, I looked it all up. I agree, it is complex as the diagram shows. As I understand it, telmisartan, as an ACE inhibitor, blocks the conversion of angiotensin l to angiotensin ll by occupying the ACE2 cell receptor site. I recently read that the coronavirus can enter the body via this site and thought, aha! is there competition involved for the site and would taking telmisartan be a Good Thing? I Googled and found this from the BMJ :
    There are no other references I can find on the idea. I happened to see my GP yesterday and mentioned it. He knew about it and said it was ‘interesting’, but declined to comment further. Comments?

    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      All …sartans are Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs), not ACE-inhibitors. ACE-inhibtors block the conversion of angiotensin 1 to angiotensin II. Angiotensin II is the active form of angiotensin, that locks onto the Angiotensin II receptor, this triggers various actions that lower blood pressure. ACE-inhibitors and ARBs, block a different bit of the same pathways, but have pretty much the same effects.

      The issue with ARBs is that they can also up-regulate the production of new Angiotensin II receptors. [This is body attempting to bypass the blockade] As the virus enters the body through these receptors, it is theoretically possible that people taking ARBs may be more susceptible to infection. Maybe, maybe not.

      1. LA_Bob

        JD Pattern,
        Thanks for the link. Whew. Very interesting article, and it says a lot of work has been done on the hypertension / COVID issue with no clear answers so far. I think I get it.

        But this jumped out for me:

        “It is also not clear how hypertension was coded – we can speculate that it might be based on use of hypertension medications rather than actual BP measurement.”

        So, it’s not clear what it means that “having hypertension” — however defined — is a risk factor for severe COVID-19.

        And I suppose we can extrapolate that to “being diabetic” (or even “having metabolic syndrome”) or “having CVD”. And since all three conditions frequently go together…

  73. Don

    Hydroxychloroquine Is being used in the USA amd other countries (nothing new but not what Ingram on Fox or Trump would have you believe) but as a treatment for those in respiratory distress. So far it has worked very well with no fatalities so far in New York City (although a death certificate may indicate another cause). This doesn’t mean people will not die though.

  74. Soul

    There is another generic drug that could be helpful in fighting the China corona virus. It’s called low dose naltrexone (LDN). At least from what I’ve read many that take LDN report that he/she stopped developing colds/flu bugs.

    LDN does appear promising addition against the virus HIV/AIDS. At least in small studies done and observations LDN appears to be effective in ridding the body of HIV. As an example reported:

    “HIV/AIDS. As of September 2003, Dr. Bihari had been treating 350 AIDS patients using LDN in conjunction with accepted AIDS therapies. Over the prior 7 years over 85% of these patients showed no detectable levels of the HIV virus — a much higher success rate than most current AIDS treatments, and with no significant side effects. It is also worth noting that many HIV/AIDS patients have been living symptom-free for years taking only LDN with no other medications.”

    I haven’t watch this You Tube video but imagine it’s similar to what I’ve read on LDN:

    1. mmec7

      Ah. Yes indeed Soul. Was on it for years as is excellent for inflammatory conditions, it for AS – ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory spinal condition that usually, and can, show up with many comorbidities. Is also good for treating MS. Well, as I have both… dada, plus several comorbidities. LDN to the rescue. But, my wonderful pvt Dr. (UK) has recently retired, and now have to get my LDN through an alternative provider. Which ‘now’ means, a pvt prescription renewed every three months, which means pay for the prescription and all the rest. Proving expensive, so, am trying to see if depending on supplements alone will do the trick. Hmmmm. Not ideal ! As and when this situation has freed up, I shall discuss LDN with the neurologist – will prob be given the cold glare…but hope springs !
      Learnt of LDN through my fave AS support group, kickas(dot)org. Quite a few spondys on LDN, and still going strong on it. Good for Fibro; crohn’s; RA (a friend of mine is on it, for a few years now, is delighted, has kept him off the biologics !) LDN Research Trust for the full story.

  75. Peter Bishop

    Hi Malcolm

    Re vitamin C Is that 10x 1000mg tabs daily for infection treatment?

    Thanks again for all you do to illuminate the facts

    Best wishes



    1. shirley3349

      Peter Bishop
      I suggest you buy Ascorbic Acid or Sodium Ascorbate powder in bulk. Both are far cheaper than tablets, which are a rip off in normal times, so I dread to think what they cost now.

      1. Gary Ogden

        shirley3349: I’ve just found out my supplier is out of stock, so I’ll be forced to take the capsules (at least I don’t have to buy them!). Heaven only knows when it will be back in stock; how long this lunacy will last.

  76. Tish

    All this hyped reaction but worldwide relative complacency when there is a nuclear disaster. It is worrying that more or less the entire world seems to be governed by controlling fools.

      1. Anna M

        I’m getting the impression that colloidal silver is far more accepted in the US. Here, it is for sale in health food and even grocery stores. Very high quality, too. 20 years ago there were some lower quality products on the market. If you took a whole lot of it you might occasionally get a little blue tinge in the skin. But real harm? This I have never heard. At one point – and I admit it didn’t seem to work – I took about half a cup of it every day for several months.

      2. mmec7

        Have been using for about 18 years. Carry a spray bottle in my handbag, spray in to the back of my throat when the winter the buggles are in evidence. When in hospital, I use it to spray around hard surfaces. I do *not drink it – not a good idea ! There have been two ‘blue’ cases. One quite some time ago, an American with eczema used it every day for many years, would *drink a full glass full every day. Worked for his eczema, but her eventually turned quite blue… He died way in his 60s, heart attack. The other big ‘blue’ case, is another American, a teacher, whose mother used Colloidal Silver when the woman was a youngster, an 11 yr with a stuffed up nose – ‘eventually’ turned out to be polyps. Anyway. The woman continued to use it for years and years for the same problem. She turned blue – irreversible, by the way. There are photos of her on the internet. Rather grim.
        The problem is, that people go overboard. They don’t check, and then, it all goes to ratchet. Sigh. So yes, don’t use it.

    1. AhNotepad

      chapter18, that the breadwinner can no longer have an income which allow his children to attend school, rather knocks a hole in the Gates Foundation’s statement that educating people would lead to lower birth rates and so give some relief to the population growth. In my opinion it shows what a fraud this globalist propaganda is.

      1. Martin Back

        Ah, I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. The link between education and birth rate is well established. Women in particular seem to desire fewer children as their horizons broaden and they see possibilities for themselves beyond staying at home and having babies.

        Years ago I saw a survey of Kenyan women asking what they considered their ideal family size to be. Seven children was the answer. One hopes it is fewer now. No economy could support that rate of increase.

        Regarding Chapter 18, Compassion Quarantined, the writer seems to imply that only the poor suffer from the Coronavirus quarantine. But of course it hits all strata of society — the shopkeeper and publican with no customers but rents to pay; the hotels with no guests; the taxis, aircraft, and ships with no passengers; the promoters of cancelled concerts; the producers of commemorative gewgaws for events that are called off; the list goes on and on.

  77. Chad S

    At this point, assuming the data is decent, I would describe the covid-19 situation as mass hysteria.

    2019-2020 CDC flu stats from the U.S. using the averages:

    414,285 people infected a day with flu and 348 people a day died from flu during flu season

    Influenza infections (US): 36 million – 51 million
    Flu medical visits: 17 million – 24 million
    Flu hospitalizations: 370,000 – 670,000
    Flu deaths: 22,000 – 51,000
    Death rate: 0.06% – 0.10%

    Assuming that the average deaths from flu was 36,500. The flu season in normally 13 weeks long. But for argument’s sake, let’s say it was 15 weeks this year. That means that during flu season 348 people died a day.

    1. Martin Back

      The percentages don’t really matter. The important numbers are, how many people require medical attention, and are they more than the medical establishment can handle? If so, nasty decisions have to be made about who gets medical resources and who doesn’t.

      In the early days of Covid-19 there was enough slack to deal with the extra patients, but when it became clear that we were dealing with an exponentially increasing caseload which would overwhelm the system if it continued unchecked, it became necessary to impose drastic measures like entire cities and countries on lockdown.

      Whether the harm to the economy justifies the lives saved is a question they will be debating for the next hundred years, or until the next pandemic.

    2. The Wizard

      Agreed. As reported by Bloomberg News

      “More than 99% [!] of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”

      “The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities [so far, because it’s slow work], finding that just three victims [!!], or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology [disease]. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.”

      “More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.”

      “The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5 [!!!]. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.”

  78. Chad S

    The first confirmed case in China was traced back to November 17. Wuhan and other cities were put on lockdown January 23. In other words, the virus was circulating throughout China for 67 days, resulting in 80,000 infections and 3,000 deaths. If covid-19 is as infectious and deadly (1% mortality per CDC) as we are being told, then there should be many more dead in China.

    Germany is projecting a 77% infection rate. Let’s assume that the Chinese effort at quarantine resulted in only 20% of the population getting exposed over the 67 days the infection went unchecked. That means 280 million people in China would have gotten infected and there would be 2.8 million dead. There are only 3,000 unfortunate victims in China.

    1. Tom Welsh

      “That means 280 million people in China would have gotten infected and there would be 2.8 million dead. There are only 3,000 unfortunate victims in China”.

      In other words, the predictions were out by a factor of 1,000. Three whole orders of magnitude.

  79. Harry

    Vitamin D3 – Last year, my nephrologist convinced me to reduce the amount of D3 from 4000 units/day to every other day to avoid kidney stones. (I take K2 but I doubt that means anything to him.) I rarely get a cold and when I do, it is just barely noticeable. However, my level dropped from 60 ng/mL to 38 ng/mL, and I got a cold, not a bad one but much more than usual. I am now back to 4000 units/day. That’s what I am sticking to.

    1. Tom Welsh

      I have no medical qualifications.

      From what I have read, it seems that Vitamin D should be balanced by an equivalent intake of Vitamin A, as they work together. A lack of one can produce symptoms of an over-supply of the other. If both are taken, it seems quite high doses are OK and indeed healthy.

      Sources I have seen advise against Vitamin A supplementation, as it can be toxic in excess. So they generally recommend liver once a week, dark chocolate, almonds, etc.

      I repeat that I have no medical qualifications, so please take this as (at most) a helpful suggestion.

      1. Harry

        Thanks. I do get lots of dietary A. (Not liver. Have never managed to do that. And, yes, I have read the ways of getting it.)

  80. Randall

    Cytokine Storm, that’s basically a hyper-reaction of the immune system is a big problem with SARS-CoV-2 (the name of the virus) in my opinion. COVID-19 is the name of the disease. That is why anti-inflammatory agents can make it worse.

  81. kathie booth

    With respect to large doses of Vitamin C – what about people with hemochromatosis – a genetic condition that makes you absorb too much iron? Vitamin C increase iron absorption. As I understand it, hemochromatosis is very prevalent in Northern Europe, British Isles especially. So would large amounts of Vitamin C still be advised? Thanks.

  82. Anna M

    I currently take captopril, which I believe is an ACE inhibitor. I also take a baby aspirin 4 times a week as part of my cancer protocol. It makes sense to me that at the first sign of illness I would stop both.
    I know that the ACE topic has been presented as very complex. But I have noticed that the death rate reported in China included hypertension as a risk factor, and I found that odd. I can only assume that it is better not to be on certain hypertensive medications. It seems like common sense. If people with hypertension are at increased risk, obviously the meds are not helping them or they would be at decreased risk.
    It is very hard to get enough potassium in a pill because without a prescription you can only buy small doses. However, even that might be helpful, and I can make celery juice as well.

    1. Gary Ogden

      Anna M: Have you considered potassium bicarbonate? Easy to take in water (I take a bit over 1/2 tsp., half at breakfast and half at dinner, for about 1g total). I get it from Prescribed for Life. Much cheaper than pills. As for the cancer protocol, are you familiar with metabolic therapy (elegantly described in Travis Christofferson’s “Tripping over the Truth”? I had a cancerous tumor removed from my neck two months ago, so I’ve done a lot of research. My PCP refuses to assist me, and my surgeon, while a fine surgeon, and all around great guy, is also sold on the standard of care. I’ve refused radiation, but am having a hell of a time finding a practitioner who knows anything about metabolic therapy, although this is undeniably the therapy of the future. I could drive to Tijuana in about seven hours, but not with this madness going on. Another protocol includes 1 tbs. baking soda dissolved in 8 oz. of water, followed by 8 oz. of plain water, three times a day. I can do it once, but more than that I would be peeing all night.

      1. Anna M

        Hi Gary,

        I thought you were an Aussie. But driving to Tijuana from Australia would take longer than 7 hours…
        Not sure why you would go to Tijuana for metabolic therapy. That you can do at home. Where in your neck? Any cancer on the outside I would use black salve or possibly cannabis oil.
        Yes, I have read Travis’ book. I am weary. After three years of being good, no sugar, one year no dairy, sometimes little meat or dairy cuz that advice is so common, but also much time on keto – frankly, nothing I tried worked that I could see. I tried many, many things. Lately I just eat good food (always did) with very little sugar and more fish and less red meat.
        There’s a lot of things you could try, and you should. This is an important time to avoid recurrence. Surgery promotes recurrence.
        I will look into the potassium bicarb. I had not heard of it nor realized it was available.
        Actually, I was not much encouraged by metabolic therapy. It is obviously a step in the right direction but does not appear to be enough by itself. The book had a showcase woman who did well for some months but ultimately it was a starvation diet and she just tired of it.
        You might look into Jane McLelland’s book, How To Starve Cancer. And I got some of the meds in Mexico because you can get them over the counter and docs here won’t much cooperate, although some will.
        You might also look into a very cheap solution that works for many people – fenbendazole. Its a veterinary med you can buy at a local store or online. You can combine the above, and I do.
        If you want to talk more, you could send me your email.

      2. Gary Ogden

        Anna M: The first part of metabolic therapy is the ketogenic diet, which I’m doing. I was on a high-quality low carb diet, but now a very low carb. The second part is HBOT, which requires a referral from the primary care doctor. My doctor (whom I’ve only seen once) refuses to help me on this score, so I have to get a new one, and it must be one from the approved list. In this time of madness, I’m going to wait. The cancer was a squamous cell. My ENT is convinced it came from the squamous cell cancer on my nose. He said he got it all (he’s a really fine surgeon and all around great guy). All the margins were clear, as were the lymph nodes. Now I’m getting the other non-obvious skin cancers removed (there were six altogether, none obvious except the one on my nose). Before my doctor retired almost two years ago, I showed her a wound on my arm, thinking I should go to the dermatologist. She said it was just slow to heal because of my age. So I didn’t see the dermatologist or any doctor for about a year and a half. Big mistake. Thankfully that one is basal cell, the least dangerous of them all. Funny thing is, there is a wound care clinic which uses HBOT less than two miles from my house, but it might just as well be in Australia, for all the access I have to it.

      3. andy

        Gary Ogden/ Anna M: re skin cancers, viruses and plants
        Plants have dealt with viruses forever and have devised defense mechanisms against them. The cannabis/hemp plants are unique that they produce compounds that can interact with our endocannabioid receptors. If melanomas and other skin conditions have a viral component then CBD and THC might be effective. I grew some cannabis plants last summer and made an infusion with MTC oil. As an experiment the concoction was applied on a spot on my wrist that was darker and a bit raised than normal age spots. After about 4 weeks of daily application the skin returned to normal.
        Some interesting reading:
        The current state and future perspectives of cannabinoids in cancer biology
        The Tug-of-War between Plants and Viruses: Great Progress and Many Remaining Questions

      4. andy

        Sasha, I did spend a night in ER from consuming a bit too much of my special medical oil. It was like an out of body experience. I am an amateur scientist by nature.

      5. Sasha

        Andy: I am also trying to be an amateur scientist. A couple of months ago I collected in the forest and dried up some fly agaric. I then decocted it according to the methods on a youtube channel with a hilarious name. The woman leading it is very serious, though. There’s an in-depth analysis of proper decocting methods as outlined by Japanese scientists. With original graphs and everything. The Japanese have been studying mushrooms a lot, including fly agaric. It is also used a lot in Russian folk healing.

        I was trying to test the claim by some Russian mycologists that fly agaric decoction taken in the morning will act as an energizer and in the evening will be a sedative. I only got sedative effects. I can understand now why it’s used by people as an anti-depressant and a medicine for insomnia. Not really my cup of tea, that decoction, but I guess it can work for people with those problems.

        I hope your trip was worth what you were trying to accomplish… There’s a book by Michael Polan “How to Change Your Mind”. It’s about a reinaisance of using psychodelics in the treatment of psychological issues.

      6. andy

        Sasha, I purchase and use CBD oil for lowering IOP. In Canada we are allowed to grow a few cannabis plants for personal consumption. The overdose from my oil recipe was accidental but got me interested in reading how the mind can be altered. There are a lot of benefits, might work for bipolar or modulation of immune response. Magic mushrooms is also an interesting topic to read about.

      7. Sasha

        Andy: yes, that’s what Michael Polan’s book is basically about. There’s a revival of using these substances in clinical practice. What the West had started to study and then dropped in the 60’s. And what the indigenous cultures have been using for thousands of years.

      8. Gary Ogden

        andy: Thanks. Much to ponder here. I have taken CBD oil occasionally in my recovery from surgery, but not very much. Seems to help with headaches, which I rarely get, but I haven’t noticed much of an effect on anything else.

    2. anglosvizzera

      I too am wondering whether it’s hypertension per se that is a risk factor, or the medications? After all, if someone has a diagnosis of hypertension they are likely to be on meds for it, so would the experts know if anyone who became ill with Covid19 and not diagnosed with hypertension actually did have high blood pressure?

  83. FuzzYdicE

    There is a LOT of good discussion in this community. I like!

    Plenty of opportunities from the Caronavirus, I’ve explored some myself.

    We are all in this together.

    Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good discussions as well! (:

  84. andy

    Lesson learned from Italian experience with COVID19: elderly people with hypertension are the ones that do not survive. The explanation why this is happening forms the basis of the COVID19PASTA hypothesis.
    PASTA (carb) > hyperglycemia > increased angiotensin > hypertension > COVID19
    PRECOVID19 SYNDROME (essential): old age, hypertension, hyperglycemia, diabetes, polypharmacy, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, obesity, kidney disease, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, depression, poverty, pasta as main energy source

    Seasonal affective disorder might possibly be related to infection rate.

    1. andy

      robertL, thanks for comment. Items you mentioned: smoking. illegal drugs, air pollution, aids and TB are definitely part of PRECOVID19 SYNDROME. Suppose a value is assigned to each item, then any individual could self diagnose the probability of not surviving a COVID19 infection if sum exceeds a certain value. If an entire population of a country did the survey, the expected death rate would be accurately determined.

  85. Elsha De Jong

    Vitamin C keeps cropping up for good reason. My understanding and experience is that if you’re dealing with a health issue (colds/flu/pneumonias) high consistent doses are required to saturate your system. Saturate is the key here. Obviously you need to stock up in advance! Bulk Supplements in the USA sells quality powders and is reasonable. As soon as I feel a cold coming on or just unwell I consume as follows: 2 grams (half a teaspoon) every 10 minutes in approximately one third cup of water or less. Too much water will be extremely uncomfortable! Set a timer so you don’t end up skimping. Once your intestines begin to majorly rumble to the point of a looser stool begin to back off until you can take it comfortably. Continue with high doses until symptoms subside and then back off further. My few colds now last 2 days and then symptom free. Once again unless you saturate don’t bother taking. I also consume daily when well. Perhaps my 23 year old son wouldn’t have died of pneumonia in the ICU if I knew then what I practice now. Having said that are there even ICUs who agree to do this (IV vitamin C)?? Hard to find this information. Sad! This link (also referenced in another reply gives excellent info):

  86. Stephanie S

    Love your blogs Dr Kendrick,
    Looking at all the deaths of the elderly in Italy and the suggestion that many had underlying health issues makes me wonder if the majority were being treated with statins ( it seems like every country has been putting elderly people on statins as a matter of course) and whether the statins contributed to the high death rate.
    I suppose we’ll never know, as it’s highly unlikely the medical fraternity would admit to contributing to the high death rates.
    Keep up the good work Dr Kendrick you are a sane voice in a sea of madness!

  87. Göran Sjöberg

    In my eyes the present”Coronapanic” is a perfect “scam”.

    Corona is evidently a quiet “normal” influenza where elderly are “turned over” which actually happened with two of my own elderly (90+) relatives a couple of years ago without “too much fuzz”. As I understand death rates are not above 1% with the Corona which is similar to the “common flu”.

    So, what is this all about?

    To me it seems to be about the “control” over the whole world wide population through “scaring” (the most efficient means to achieve this goal by the way), and here we read the “globalist” agenda who wants to limit our national democracies. Pig Pharma to be an integral part of this scam of course!

    1. Martin Back

      Coronavrus death rate 1%. Normal flu death rate 0.1%. So the Coronavirus epidemic is like getting ten flu epidemics all at once. No wonder they are worried the hospitals will be overwhelmed.

    2. Old fogey

      Perfectly put, Goran! It is shocking how people have agreed not to visit their friends, not to go to a restaurant, and to stay indoors. When a friend told me that she was forced to stay 6 feet apart from her neighbors in a very expensive senior residence in California while they waited in line to pick up their dinners from the kitchen only to go back to their individual rooms and eat behind their own doors, alone, I found this impossible to imagine. Why would people willingly comply with such orders and why would anyone give them? These people all live in the same building. They are all symptom-free and they have spent the whole day in their rooms.

  88. crisscross767

    Italy coronavirus: new explosive information

    A very brief update. Read this carefully. Many people who were diagnosed as “coronavirus cases” in Italy, and then died, were almost certainly put on antiviral drugs. As you’ll see, below, a significant percentage of these people had prior heart conditions or high blood pressure. But at least one of the antiviral drugs, called ribavirin, carries this VERY RELEVANT warning, from cardiosmart[dot]org: “Ribavirin may decrease the number of red blood cells in your body. This is called anemia and it can be life-threatening in people who have heart disease or circulation problems.” High blood pressure is a circulatory problem. Understand? Get it? LIFE-THREATENING. So how many coronavirus patients have been killed by the administering of ribavirin?

    And with THAT, let’s jump in…because there’s more. Much more.

    For those people who have any belief in the coronavirus…

    Here’s the basic situation: the Italian health agencies are reporting escalating COV deaths—big fear-story out front…

    But in the background, other Italian government researchers are combing through patient records, to take a much closer look…to see whether people are dying from the virus or other more obvious causes.

    Are people dying coincidentally WITH the virus, or BECAUSE OF the virus? Is the virus a mere harmless passenger in the body, or is it the driving force?

    The Italian results are astonishing, to understate it by a mile.

    Bloomberg News has the story: 3/18, “99 percent of those whose died from virus had other illness, Italy says”:

    “More than 99% [!] of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”

    “The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities [so far, because it’s slow work], finding that just three victims [!!], or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology [disease]. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.”

    “More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.”

    “The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5 [!!!]. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.”


    Average age of those who’ve died: 79.5. Are you kidding? Lots of prior medical conditions, weakened immune systems, and what this emerging study isn’t saying: all these people had obviously been treated for those prior conditions with toxic medical drugs. Furthermore, once they’d been diagnosed with coronavirus, chances are many of them were put on highly toxic antiviral drugs. Thus delivering the final blow.

    Imagining the coronavirus was the CAUSE of death would be a ridiculous fantasy. But these people are counted as “coronavirus deaths” by the other Italian reporting agencies, who are jacking up the numbers.

    Does this remind you of any other reports I’ve been detailing? The elderly people with obvious prior diseases who died in Australia; and the elderly people who were diagnosed as coronavirus cases in the state of Washington—all living in a long-term-care nursing home?

    Getting the picture? This death-numbers con—aside from covering up the real causes of death, including MEDICAL—is the forward spear being used to justify locking down and wrecking economies all over the world right now, and that means attacking the people in any way connected to those economies who have to work to make a living.

    There are statistical vampires at work, using the elderly and sick and dying to feed numbers to health agencies around the planet. Those agencies tap their press contacts, and horror reports emerge, and the unsuspecting public, in economic lockdowns, sit in front of the tube and watch these reports, and inhale the cooked-up fear.

    Turn your mind to the highest setting, because nothing is riding on this whole deal except the immediate future of humanity.

    And again, cardiosmart[dot]org: “Ribavirin may decrease the number of red blood cells in your body. This is called anemia and it can be life-threatening in people who have heart disease or circulation problems.”

    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      As you know, I let full and frank discussion go on this blog, because I believe that people can read what they want, then make their own minds up about the situation. But I would ask you to wind back the language somewhat. I achieves nothing, and just serves to annoy people. Writing passages, such as ‘Understand? Get it? LIFE-THREATENING. So how many coronavirus patients have been killed by the administering of ribavirin,’ does nothing for any discussion. If people don’t understand, it is because you have not made your point clear. If you write ‘get it’ this is simply a command, a vague insult. If the reader does not understand, or get it, this does not make them stupid. They may just feel that your arguments are weak. In this debate we need facts, not pure speculation. For example, yes, ribavirin may decrease the number of red blood cells, but this happens quite slowly – if at all. People with COVID-19 are dying in days, so a slow and theoretical loss of RBCs is not going to make the slightest difference to them. And, if it turns out, that ribavarin works – and you have frightened people off taking it then… I don’t need to spell this out. As Abraham Lincoln said (sic) ‘Freedom of speech does not mean the right to shout fire in a crowded theatre.’

      1. Mr Chris

        Thank you for that, you I had been thinking how to say it and you did it better.
        Free speech is great but there is quite a lot of rubbish about at the moment even on here

      2. Anna M

        I believe the above article was a cut and paste, so I don’t think the one who posted it here is the author of those words and phrases.

  89. David Bailey

    Scanning down the comments, I find repeated references to ‘false positives’.

    This to me is the key. The more tests are done, the more cases of COVID-19 turn up – many of them without symptoms. In most others the symptoms overlap with those for common ailments.

    Many of Malcolm’s blogs here over the years have related to sloppy science, and I have a growing feeling that this horror is purely the result of a scientific mistake – using a test with a false positive rate for mass screening purposes. Basically everyone here knows that there is bad science regarding drug testing, quidelines for defining diseases such as high blood pressure, treatment regimes for people with T2D, etc etc.

    Put a slightly different way, Harry de Boer (above) points out that Koch’s postulates have not been satisfied!

    The world has tolerated sloppy science for too long, and this, I think, is the result.

    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      I am certain that there are many false positives. However, it is hard to dismiss the number of people dying in, for example, Italy as some some of statistical aberration. The virus exists, of that I am certain, it is considerably more deadly than the normal influenza. Because it causes a severe infection in the lungs, more ventilators are required than would normally be the case, and this is the main problem. Not enough oxygen, not enough ventilators, not enough staff who know how to manage ventilated patients. If this were not the case I think I would advise just ‘let it go’. Let as many people get infected as quickly as possible and burn this thing out of the population.

      1. andy

        Dr. Kendrick, a benefit of mandatory lockdown appears to be that people have time to reflect on this pandemic seeking cures and causes. Just looked up “covid-19 symptoms” and dry cough popped up. This gets me thinking – what causes dry cough?
        Cause 1- dry indoor air in winter
        Cause 2- dehydrated body
        Cause 4- smoking
        Cause 5- chemicals that disrupt mucus layer.
        Mucus is a vital part of the immune system for the lungs and the gut. This is only one part of the immune system.
        Next question is – what medications have dry cough as an adverse effect?

      2. Sasha

        Andy, this is not a response to your questions but here’s what happened to me. A couple of months ago I was in Moscow and developed, seemingly out of nowhere, dry cough. It lingered for a few days and then went straight into my lungs. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before. I rarely get sick, almost never cough when I get sick, and it never goes into my lungs. This time it did and it went there quickly.

        I kept coughing dry, unproductive cough for a couple of weeks and then I started drinking pear decoction. That’s a traditional Chinese remedy to moisten the lungs. The cough became productive and I began coughing up thick, green phlegm. And then I started feeling my left lung aching. Someone told me recently that you can’t feel your lungs. I don’t know if it’s true or not but I felt mine. It has never happened to me like that before.

        And it just kept going and going for weeks until I saw my friend in Maine who gave me 6 days of acupuncture and his wife gave me Chinese herbs. It cleared after that week in Maine.

        I don’t know what that was about but it was very different from anything I ever experienced before. I would have tested myself now for covid antibodies but in the US they will only do it if you have symptoms and you have a doctor’s referral.

      3. David Bailey

        I suppose the idea that nags in my mind is that if (say) they test everyone who comes to hospital with pneumonia in the final stages of disease, and every subsequent death is recorded as a COVID-19 death if the test is positive, then false positives could really bend the statistics.

        I thought discussions about lack of ventilators and oxygen applies at some time in the future rather than now? Also (perhaps?) normally people close to death for other reasons, are not put on respirators or given oxygen – I don’t know.

        After all I have read here over the years, I now find it hard to read any medical statistics and not wonder if they could not have arisen in some perverse way!

      4. Dr. John H


        Thank you for your insight! You are one of the few cool heads in the room, and I greatly value your viewpoint. Please continue to share your assessment of things!

      5. Göran Sjöberg

        Good points Malcolm!

        It is easy to get deadly scared when you are fed with pictures from ICUs.

        And be carried away!

        But how little we know!

        There are a number of issues that pop up. How large proportion of the population is infected is the first question. The next one is how the seriousness varies with the age and most importantly of the previous underlying health state of the patient. Thirdly, how important is the immune system “preparedness” for the outcome, e.g. vitamin C, D levels.

        To be frank we have a NHS that doesn’t give a d…n about the importance of vitamin C-levels while I myself is very concerned about this issue. Then, of course, the importance of keeping away from stuff known to degrade our immune system, e.g. sugar and PUFAs, must be important.

        My own experience is that I haven’t caught a cold or flu for 10 years now (with one single exception) when being on strict LCHF. Before my turn to this I didn’t miss a single one that was around for 60 years.

      6. Sasha

        Wow, thank you for this. I look forward to reading it. Always good to hear what Dr Ioannidis has to say

      7. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

        Yes, I’ve read it. Ioannidis is always worth listening to, and is worthy of respect. The World certainly has rushed headlong into a course of action without reliable data. The thinking is based on the tired and tested strategy of ‘better safe than sorry.’ But, of course, you may can up being extremely sorry that you were far too safe – but you are unlikely to get blamed for it ‘you did what you could’. My father once said something to me, many years ago, that I did not understand at the time. ‘You will always be blamed for errors of omission, never for errors of commission.’ Or, to put it another way we always react to the cry ‘Something must be done!’ [Those who shrug their shoulders will be buried under an avalanche of criticism]. Well, our glorious world leaders have certainly done something. My more general philosophy in response to wild activity is that, if you don’t know what you are doing, do nothing. I call this my ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ strategy. It never goes down very well, but I still quite like it.

      8. Gary Ogden

        Dr. Kendrick: Some of the best advice ever given. My Chinese History professor, a very bright guy, told us of an ancient Chinese proverb, “Accomplish everything by doing nothing.” If only the morons in charge had half that much sense.

      9. LA_Bob

        I have begun looking at this from a political office-holder’s perspective.

        Regardless of conscience (and most politicians have some conscience). the principal aim of a politician is to hold onto power.

        If he perceives that deaths are a threat to his hold on power, he will act — or try to appear to act — to prevent deaths.

        When measures taken to prevent deaths threaten the politician’s hold on power (and these lock-downs at some point will do that), he will back away from these measures.

        For the politician, the “sweet spot” is when the rate of deaths decline before the preventive measures tank the economy. Then he can claim credit for both reducing deaths and preventing pandemonium. This is regardless of whether the measures selected actually reduced deaths.

        It’s a tough calculation, and if the death rate doesn’t decline soon, we’ll see if our leaders don’t consider alternatives, such as isolating only the most vulnerable and letting everyone else get on with their lives. Lots of rationalizing to come, I suspect, unless we get lucky!

    1. AhNotepad

      Tish, you could see it as a balanced article, but the article starts with a modelling exercise by Imperial College. This reminds me of the farce of the last foot and mouth outbreak in the UK, where this belief led approach resulted in thousands of animals which had no foot and mouth, Tourism damaged, people forbidden to walk their dogs, the list goes on. Defra were making up the rules as they went. So I am reluctant to believe BBC reports without close examination.

  90. Helen Vells

    This is all very interesting. As an 81 year young senior, I’m a firm believer in the nutritional approach, rather then a medical approach, I’m sorry, that’s just me. I found an interesting forum where they are discussing this horrible virus. I personally take 5000mg of vitamins C along with 2000mg of turmeric daily and 2 fish oil pills and a multivitamin from Now. Us seniors have to look out for one another!

  91. mmec7

    COVD-19 Test Kits / Hydroxychloroquine

    Shakes head – 

    Talk about nutty – Produce the test kits, use em, get on with it.  Concentrate on those with underlying health issues, bolster their immune systems, decent food, rest, fresh air, some exercise and should they come down sick, then follow the Chinese who have effectively treated with high levels IV-C.  (God knows what lies are, and what lies in, in the full story !!) For the rest of the populace, don’t wait or them to ‘be’ sick, bolster their immune systems.  Everyone : Vit-C, Vit-D3, Magnesium Glutamate, Multi Vit-Bs, selenium, and throw in Vit-K2-MK7.  Bolstering the immune systems for *everyone, would be far, far cheaper than the present headlong suicidal dive in to utter chaos.  Bah.

    End the nonsense.  Then no crash of economies, world chaos, people who will be driven to hunger, possibly to an almost pre starvation state and, by loss of income certainly in danger of losing their homes.  Govt. assistance / loans, mebbe shorter term, but, longer, therein lies the rub, and, loans will need to be repaid, just indeed as countries themselves will have to repay their loans – and with no one earning, no taxes, so where lies the revenue for govt. spending ? What a crap shoot.  None of this need happen.Who gains from all this ?  Easy peasy :  pharma.  Who pull out of their endless toxic bag of tricks a ‘known’ drug with really toxic side effects – hydroxychloroquine,  far more toxic than the virus itself ! Pharma, who also have their eye on the main chance – Vaccines. World-wide mandatory vaccinations. People clamouring in hysteria, with arms outstretched…  

    In addition to its quin structure, problems with chloroquine include:

    * It can cause retinal toxicity and blindness.
    * Both chloroquine and ciprofloxacin are lysosomotropic drugs – from Denmark : this is a heavy one, (over to you guys) – “Lysosomal cell death at a glance ( ) ” 
    * Chloroquine inhibits thiamine uptake, and depleted thiamine is related to many chronic illnesses (you can read about the connections between thiamine, mitochondrial health, and chronic illness on ( ) 
    * Both fluoroquinolones and chloroquine can lead to serious cardiac problems, including arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy, both of which can lead to death.
    * Both fluoroquinolones and chloroquine can cause tinnitus, and tinnitus can be miserable. 
    As for being straight forward ‘Floxed’ – not fun.  Residual damage can be permanent, as mine is, incl. the tinnitus.
    Governments ?  Bought.  Govt. Advisers ?  Corruption and greed – check the revolving door.    As for most of the rest ? 
    Can the world step back to a bit of sanity, can we end the nonsense ?

      1. AhNotepad

        Vaccines give a TH2 response creating antibodies. AFAIK they do not give a TH1 response, which is needed for long term immunity. As they hyperstimulate the immune system, supply a quntity of a reactive neurotoxin (refer to Chris Exley’s work), contain various animal cells to carry the viral antigen, contain other toxic components, then I ain’t having one!

        I will take the immune system support approach I could be wrong, but the vaccine manufacturers have no liability for their product, so if the products are that good, why don’t they stand by them, instead of just standing by and pocketing the profits?

      2. Gary Ogden

        AhNotepad: In the U.S. both manufacturers and providers are fully indemnified against paying any damages for injuries or death caused by vaccines which are on the childhood vaccine schedule. There have been lawsuits filed for injury from Shingrix, an adult shingles vaccine. As far as I know that indemnity does not apply in the U.K., but John Stone would know much more about this issue.

      3. mmec7

        “I hope it doesn’t lead to worldwide mandatory vaccinations…”
        Looks where their focus is heading…
        As Ah Notepad points out : ” “Bill Gates Charity Paradox”. Read about it here” – (Start with Gates himself…) Then,continues :-
        I will take the immune system support
        approach I could be wrong, but the vaccine manufacturers have no liability for their product,
        Ah Notepad. The vaccine m/f have no liability – it was waved away by Reagan when pharma, on their knees with lawsuits and payouts, refused to make any vaccines unless and until the were given a ‘no liability’ clause. What a bummer. Though *why they now claim ‘No Side effects’ that everyone swallows and run screaming against those who don’t vaccinate, beats the whole damn band. Fear / flight, hysteria, animal instinct…go get their vaccinations, children injured for life, grieving families – Bought governments, corruption and greed.

      4. Anna M


        I am worried about mandatory vaccines as well. I have thought it was coming for a few years. The social pressure to get it will be very strong. The anti vax movement recently won a big case here and so this just happens to be a perfect antidote to that. I’m certainly concerned about the people in Italy but I can’t help being suspicious.
        AH says he ain’t getting one. Well, will you go to jail?
        If they require quarantine, I can do that, but my children and grandchildren can’t.

      5. AhNotepad

        Sending people to gaol will blow a bit of a hole in their isolation argument. They tried making a SARS vaccine. That was a failure, why will this one be any different? I believe in informed consent, not Nazi style forced medication by Bill Gates, Richard Pan, Paul Offit, and other people with politicians’ noses up their orifice.

      6. Sasha

        Anna, I have no answer for that either. If mandatory vaccinations come, it will be terrible for humanity, in my opinion. I normally don’t think of myself as a conspiracy theorist but what if there really is a conspiracy?

        I also believe that one can predict future battles and determine what’s going on behind the scenes by watching some Hollywood movies. Who knows maybe that’s a classical trait of conspiracy theorist. But I do believe it to be true.

        Ten or so years ago a movie “Contagion” came out. It looks like a playbook on what we are being told is happening now. Even back then, right after watching the movie, I thought of it as something written by a pharma ghost writer. A few days after I actually saw a news piece (in Washington Post, I believe) that said that a major PR firm was involved in making that movie. I tried to find that news piece later on but it seemed to have disappeared. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough…

        I think just like there are product placements in movies, there are also idea placements. And idea placements are much more powerful.

      7. Gary Ogden

        Sasha: I think you’re on to something here. Pharma is more powerful than even the defense industry, and they have no moral scruples whatsoever. All the major pharma companies have been convicted of fraud in recent years and paid many billions in fines. But, like the Wall Street crooks who caused the 2008 financial meltdown, or the government prosecutors who destroyed innocent people at Arthur Anderson in the Enron debacle (and other examples are legion, like the FBI targeting of the Trump campaign), not one has spent a day in jail. What is truly alarming is the few civil liberties we retained after 9/11 are vanishing at warp speed. And so many Americans are sheep, ripe for the herding.

      8. Sasha

        Gary: I used to see it in some movies and TV shows and at one point started wondering if I’m going crazy.

        In “Contagion”, for example, there is a detour into ADHD discussion which doesn’t jive with the plot at all. But the episode ends with: “ADHD is a treatable disease, talk to your doctor about it”. I felt like I’m watching a drug commercial.

        In an episode of “Dr House”, the good doctor gets a patient admitted to ER who is on the verge of death with blood coming out of most body orifices. No one can figure out what the problem is. Dr House does his usual heroic battery of tests to determine what’s going on. (In real life a couple of docs ran a calculation what it would cost to run all those tests that Dr House typically does on each difficult patient. The result – it would basically bankrupt a small hospital and of course would never be done). So he runs the tests and determines that the only course of action is steroids and lots of them. At which point the dying patient suddenly becomes conscious and starts arguing with Dr House about steroids. And Dr House goes into a five minute lecture about how steroids are the only thing that can save her life and “if you believe doctors, you have to believe in steroids”. (I’m fairly certain this is a direct quote from the episode).

        My question is: what kind of patient facing death would argue with their doctor about IV steroids. I think no one, really. I think that discussion was designed for regular watchers of the show, suffering from chronic diseases, some of whom are probably refusing steroids because of horrendous adverse effects.

        In “The Night Of” John Turturro suffers from a very bad case of eczema and nothing that he does (including steroids) helps. He then goes to a Chinese herbalist who gives him herbs and a few weeks later his skin clears up. At which point I rejoice – finally mass media is beginning to recognize the value of Chinese medicine. But no. He later goes through a period of stress, eczema returns and a good, knowledgeable, scientific ER doctor explains to clueless Turturro that these herbs are all a bunch of nonsense and he throws the bag out in a trash. And that’s how the episode ends.

        The thing is, Chinese medicine really does cure eczema and does it very well. And I’m sure those bastards know about it. That’s why they made that episode the way they made it. “It clears up for a while but really it’s all in your head, silly man. You just had no stress for a few weeks”.

        Gotta sell drugs, right?

        Anyway, sorry for a long rant.

      9. Gary Ogden

        Anna M: I’m planning to hide out in the woods, and we have plenty of those here. Never would I get a vaccine for anything. I consider it 18th Century quackery, which provides at best temporary immunity.

      1. Anna M

        Interesting, but doesn’t prove that the statins had anything to do with it. He was 80. Who knows. I am, however, very intrigued about hypertension being on the list of risk factors. I think in middle age half the populace has high blood pressure, and they aren’t necessarily unhealthy, so what gives? That is why if I get corona I will stop BP meds.

      2. Sasha

        Anna, I don’t think that number is correct. That half of middle-aged have high blood pressure. I think saying that creates more questions than it answers.

      3. andy

        Hi Anna M: mucus is good (but not too much), statin decreases production of mucus
        “Immunohistochemical staining showed that MUC5AC expression is significantly decreased in lung tissue, and real-time PCR analysis indicated that MUC5AC gene expression is significantly inhibited by lovastatin. We can conclude that lovastatin significantly inhibits airway mucus secretion, which may reduce suffocation and death in murine model of asthma.”

        Hypothesis is that people with mucusless lungs are prone for viral infections. Dry cough indicates lack of mucus. People who get COVID19 also exhibit dry cough. Is there a connection between statins and lung infections?

  92. andy

    Alternative to forced confinement: require everyone to eat raw garlic. People would keep a respectful distance from each other and it would be easy for police to monitor compliance. No need to close restaurants if all dishes mandated to incorporate raw garlic. Hand sanitizers could …
    “Fresh, raw garlic has proven itself since ancient times as an effective killer of bacteria and viruses.”

    1. Sasha

      I remember my old acupuncture teacher about 20 years ago. At a certain point in his life, maybe once he passed 70, he started eating a few cloves of garlic daily. He just began smelling like garlic at all times! He was a very interesting and funny guy… Like a big kid. I miss him.

    2. Gary Ogden

      andy: Great idea! And it is so easy to grow, requires little space and has has few pests. Full sun a must, though. Plant once the soil cools down in the fall; harvest when the last few leaves are half brown, before the real heat of summer. Anyone who has even a tiny, sunny bit of soil can grow garlic. They say it keeps vampires away, too.

      1. AhNotepad

        andy, “Gary, apparently covid19 originated from bats so it makes sense to me.

        But did it? Could the bat be the innocent accused? China is not renowned for its sticking to the truth.

      2. Gary Ogden

        AhNotepad: There seems to be good evidence that this is a natural mutation of a coronavirus endemic in bats. How it jumped to humans is an open question. It may have escaped from a lab studying it, but I’m doubtful anything nefarious is involved. Could have been a member of the cleaning staff wishing to pad their income. Dr. James Lyons-Weiler has made several good posts, mainly about the protein structure of this novel virus. Worth a read.

      3. Martin Back

        It was predicted in October 2007 that bats could be the source of a new infection.

        Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as an Agent of Emerging and Reemerging Infection
        Coronaviruses are well known to undergo genetic recombination, which may lead to new genotypes and outbreaks. The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.

      4. Martin Back

        See also this article:

        The coronavirus did not escape from a lab. Here’s how we know.

        …That analysis showed that the “hook” part of the spike had evolved to target a receptor on the outside of human cells called ACE2, which is involved in blood pressure regulation. It is so effective at attaching to human cells that the researchers said the spike proteins were the result of natural selection and not genetic engineering.

        Here’s why: SARS-CoV-2 is very closely related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which fanned across the globe nearly 20 years ago. Scientists have studied how SARS-CoV differs from SARS-CoV-2 — with several key letter changes in the genetic code. Yet in computer simulations, the mutations in SARS-CoV-2 don’t seem to work very well at helping the virus bind to human cells. If scientists had deliberately engineered this virus, they wouldn’t have chosen mutations that computer models suggest won’t work. But it turns out, nature is smarter than scientists, and the novel coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better — and completely different— from anything scientists could have created, the study found.

      5. Gary Ogden

        Martin Back: Created in a lab and escaped from a lab are entirely different things, and the author of this article didn’t consider, or discounted the possibility of inadvertent escape. It seems most probable to me that this is a naturally-occurring mutation. Chinese scientists are indeed studying bat coronaviruses, which the author doesn’t seem to realize. But we don’t, and may never know how it jumped to humans.

      1. LA_Bob

        “Drops to a dangerous level?”

        Hi, Gary,

        I know two women, both epileptic, who suffer blood pressure drops with garlic consumption. One can get severe headaches, and the other can have seizures (petit mal, I think). I’m not sure what you would consider “dangerous”, but I would not call these “features”.

        The broader point is that not all “treatments” (medications, procedures, foods, etc) impact everyone in the same beneficial — or harmful — way.

  93. Anna M

    Gary Ogden,

    Oh, geez, they have potassium citrate, potassium bicarb, potassium carbonate, potassium iodide. What’s the difference?

    1. Gary Ogden

      Anna M: As far as I know, they are all good, but the only one suitable for a therapeutic ketogenic diet is the bicarbonate. The citrate metabolizes as extra carbs. I know nothing about the carbonate or iodide. You can call them on the phone when you make your order and ask them. I think it was Phil from Western PA who first wrote about this, and the company, in a blog long ago. Maybe he could weigh in. Potassium is really one of those supplements which has solid science behind it. In the Scottish Heart Study, it was the only factor which showed a benefit in both CVD risk, and all-cause mortality risk.

  94. Marti Vicars

    Thank you!! This is great info!! Would you be able to comment about the use elderberry with Covid-19 please? There are so many conflicting reports.

    Thank you!


  95. mmec7

    4,267 Israeli soldiers are in quarantine
    This has just come through – ( ) 18 March 2020

    Israeli security officials said on Tuesday that they expect the operational efficiency of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to decline with thousands of troops quarantined due to the coronavirus crisis, has reported.

    According to Wallah news website, 4,267 Israeli soldiers are in quarantine by order of the Ministry of Health.

    Hmmmmmm. Tell em about Vit-C and supplements.

  96. mmec7

    LarryCook333 –
    Bring Humanity To Its Knees For Vaccine, Testing and Tracking Compliance.
    “We’re all doomed, all doomed, I say !” – Courtesy Dad’s Army.
    No doubt right on the button as well.

  97. Gary Ogden

    ShirleyKate: On the other hand you folks in the Southern Hemisphere are at the beginning of the flu season, while we on top are at the end. In any case, viruses degrade fairly rapidly in heat, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we in the Northern Hemisphere see a reduction as the weather warms up. Also, with so much industry shut down in China, the air quality is bound to have improved. This is unquestionably a factor in the increased mortality from pneumonia. The three regions which have reported the most deaths: Wuhan, Lombardy, and Tehran all have high levels of air pollution.

      1. Martin Back

        Just remember, Matthias Rath is trying to sell you something. But unlike the pharmaceutical companies which have to go to the enormous expense of running trials to establish dosage and prove the efficacy of their products, he is not doing any tests himself, preferring to cherry-pick any data that supports his unproven assertions.

      2. AhNotepad

        I think a reference to “Doctoring Data” would be relevant if any claims are made which suggest manufacturers are giving honest information to support their products. Who mentioned statins for starters? It is certainly NOT the case for vaccines.

  98. Elizabeth Hart

    Malcolm, you say “Let as many people get infected as quickly as possible and burn this thing out of the population“. Natural herd immunity was the plan – “Coronavirus: 60% of UK population need to become infected so country can build ‘herd immunity’, government’s chief scientist says”:
    Who was behind quashing this plan – the vaccine industry?

    1. KidPsych

      I imagine Boris did the math and realized dead voters and their loved ones would be unlikely to vote for him next election. I think the real fear is obvious and is playing out in Italy – what happens when ERs are overwhelmed and can no longer respond to the volume of Covid cases? I think we’re past the theoretical stage.

      The vaccine industry will do fine in all conditions because of the resultant human and economic wreckage that will result from this outbreak. The herd immunity would seem to presume that one could not be infected again, which seems dubious to me. It also presumes (see above) that existing medical facilities can cope.

      While my brother is not an ER doc, he does have patients now who are infected and has to enter the hospital. I was super relieved when he went off call yesterday.

      1. andy

        Hi KidPsych: herd immunity is achieved when all the vulnerable people die after all people are immunized. The virus is is still present and some healthy people will become vulnerable again and die. Herd immunity is a temporary situation. Has herd immunity ever been achieved for a viral infection?
        Herd immunity and herd effect: new insights and definitions.
        “The term herd immunity has been used by various authors to conform to different definitions. Earlier this situation had been identified but not corrected. We propose that it should have precise meaning for which purpose a new definition is offered: “the proportion of subjects with immunity in a given population”.”

      2. AhNotepad

        Unfortunately the linked article tries to equate herd immunity with the use of vaccines. This is not herd immunity, since the action of a vaccine does not provide long term immunity, nor does it give even short term immunity in some cases. See pertussis in the US. For all the vaccination, most of the people who got the disease were vaccinated.

        “Dissolving Illusions” Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianik

    2. Anonymous

      Wait a second Elizabeth Hart. You write like a mischievious journalist. Provide full context!
      Doctor Kendrick wrote in response to David Bailey: “Because it causes a severe infection in the lungs, more ventilators are required than would normally be the case, and this is the main problem. Not enough oxygen, not enough ventilators, not enough staff who know how to manage ventilated patients. If this were not the case I think I would advise just ‘let it go’. Let as many people get infected as quickly as possible and burn this thing out of the population.”
      To go against the vaccine industry (or against any so called “industry”) you don’t need to put things out of context or to mislead anyone.
      You look like a shill that has just hatched.
      Besides, the vaccinologists have been pushing “herd immunity” for years in order. Which makes little sense if the immunisation grows fainter.

      1. AhNotepad

        Wait a second Elizabeth Hart. You write like a mischievious journalist.

        You look like a shill that has just hatched.

        Could you explain how this type of ad hominem attack makes your argument worth listening to?

      2. Anonymous

        First, do not white knight. It never ends up well.
        Second, not an ad hominem. Elizabeth was poisoning the well (a figure of speech) by quoting out of context. It may very well be that Elizabeth did not realise that she’d left out an important bit (“if this were not the case”). If it was a mistake, then a simple clarification would be enough. But this kind of “mistakes” are often found in “professional” journalistic writing. Don’t you agree?
        Third, what was Elizabeth’s argument? It was too vague. Perhaps I am overanalyzing, but the question “Who was behind quashing this plan – the vaccine industry?” seems to imply the following: that Johnson’s first strategy (I reckon it was a stupid strategy, btw) was the correct one and that big pharma companies were against it, and they forced UK’s Prime Minister to change course. That does not seem credible prima facie, because the people at the vaccine industry do actively promote the idea of herd immunity. Why should they be against it in this case?
        Had Elizabeth not left out the caveat by the blog author, the implication would have been moot, and I wouldn’t have raised the flag that this particular comment may have come from the enemy. Too much fakeness these days.
        If Elizabeth is a real person who just made a small mistake and a wrong inference, then I have nothing against her and I ecourage her to keep reading and searching for the truth. If “she” is a fake and is trying to mess around the comments, that’s another matter.
        This blog is a good place. Let’s keep it alive.

      3. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

        Let us remain friends. I (know) that Elizabeth has nothing but the best motives, and that she is a real person. I also know that the industry supports the idea of ‘herd immunity’ from vaccination, but does not (commercially) like the idea of immunity being gained from naturally spread infection (it voids the need for vaccination). Herd immunity is a non-scientific concept. However, I do not think there is any conspiracy at work here. I think the UK strategy was a good one, but the pressure came on from the media, the public, and the leaders of other countries to follow the ‘lockdown’ route. Everyone was shouting that more had to be done. So, more was done. At some point we will find out if the doing of those things turned out to be a good idea, or not. I do not envy world leaders having to navigate these stormy waters.

      4. AhNotepad

        Unfortunately you were quick to attack the person. Set out your case. The truth is everybody’s truth, not necessarily my truth, or your truth. None of us have all the information. People posting on this blog generally have an opinion, but as far as I can see they don’t wish to inflict their beliefs on others, but just put them up for discussion. There are those in positions of being able to inflict their beliefs who appear to think they can control everybody else, and set out to do so in collusion with others.

      5. Gary Ogden

        Anonymous: Elizabeth Hart is most certainly a real person. A good person and good journalist. Read her comments on Dr. Kendrick’s two vaccine blogs. The injuries from the vaccine program are far worse than the coronavirus, and many never recover any sense of a normal, productive life.

      6. Gary Ogden

        Anonymous: Herd immunity is a concept from the natural outbreak of infectious diseases, and is merely descriptive: Once a significant percentage of the population was infected the outbreak would come to a halt. This was commonly observed in measles outbreaks in the pre-vaccine era: outbreaks would cycle through communities every two or three years. In recent years vaccine promoters have hijacked this term for something entirely different, and wrongfully so. They now call for 95% or more of the population to be vaccinated to prevent outbreaks, but this has not prevented outbreaks of both measles and whooping cough in documented 100% vaccinated populations. You could argue that, since 5-7% of vaccinees are non-responders (showing no antibody production post-vaccination), herd immunity, the way vaccine promoters use the term, will never happen, and you would certainly be correct I can supply published references for the above if you are interested.

  99. Anna M

    Gary O,

    I looked up HBOT. So you want hyperbaric oxygen. I don’t know a lot about that. Is it an immersion? Is it expensive?
    I see that I am more alternative than you are. Although now I am doing both.

    1. Gary Ogden

      Anna M: HBOT is standard medical therapy for several conditions, such as decompression sickness (the bends) and wounds which are slow to heal (especially in diabetics), and others. A General was successfully treated for PTSD at Walter Reed Hospital with HBOT, a treatment unavailable to the ordinary soldier. The Mayo Clinic website says that HBOT has not been shown to improve survival in cancer patients, but I suspect this is mainly a function of the scarcity of data, since it isn’t the standard of care, and has thus been rarely used at this point. But both Travis Christofferson and Dr. Thomas Seyfreid are clear on this point, that it can put cancer cells over the edge which have been stressed by limiting fermentable fuels (which are glucose and glutamine). The glucose we can do ourselves, but the glutamine is tricky, as we produce plenty, so the protocol involves suppressing glutamine production under close medical supervision for a short period (we need it for many biological processes), followed by a recovery period, and cycling through this several times. Cancer (many of them, anyway, as cancer is many diseases, all of which seem to have in common defective mitochondria, which preferentially produce energy, even in the presence of oxygen, in the inefficient, but evolutionarily conserved, mechanism of fermentation, rather then oxidation), is a metabolic disease. The standard of care is like swatting a fly with a sledge hammer. The evidence we have, scarce as it is, is that metabolic therapy is more effective, cheaper, and less toxic. I don’t think HBOT is terribly expensive. Much simpler technology than much of modern medicine.

    1. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Post author

      Hmmmm. Death associated with COVID-19 also tends to be irreversible. You can, I was informed, buy it over the counter at Boots in the UK – and other pharmacies. This over the counter (OTC) labelling does not happen until a drug is deemed to be pretty safe.

      1. mmec7

        So far, the information rather points up that it is not that safe. OTC. Ibuprofen is available OTC, know what it and Motrin and the NSAIDs did to my AS gut ! If one were down with the COVD-19, insist on IV-C ? That should take care of the treatment arm, and, one will not be facing macula degeneration and also, Cardiac problems let alone anything else that might be on the side effect cards ! For myself, not even a Hobson’s choice. Have lost sight in one eye, would hate to lose the sight in the other eye…intolerable situation. I know that I could not cope.
        Apologies for being somewhat fierce about this. With huge respect. Take care.

  100. Charles Gale

    Vitamin D3 and washing

    I’ve just spotted the vitamin D3 and washing it off thread near the top of the comments.

    This rang a bell from Dr Holick’s FAQs on his site – the question is in the box entitled “vit D hormone and washing your skin”.

    Dr Holick’s answer:

    “This is a myth. When you’re exposed to sunlight you make vitamin d in the living cells in your epidermis and therefore cannot wash it off by bathing”.

    Here’s the link:

  101. Randall

    I think the closest vaccination shot for Sars cov2 is a pneumonia vaccination as it’s a lung disease I believe. I Got one last week. Felt is little off for a few days but now better.

  102. mmec7

    Anyone with good French ? Prof Henri Joyeux is holding a free webinar tomorrow :-
    Demain soir je tiendrai un webinaire gratuit sur un thème plus que jamais capital face au Coronavirus: Maintenir et stimuler
    vos défenses immunitaires. Vous pouvez vous inscrire ici

    Tomorrow night I will hold a free webinar on a theme more important than ever before: Maintain and stimulate your immune system.
    Might be worth listening to – but google won’t be able to help, as no transcript.

  103. mmec7

    We discussed pharma – vaccines – liability. This is bad news, but, sadly expected :-
    “… On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published in the Federal Register a “notice of declaration” conferring broad-based immunity from tort (including product liability) litigation for those engaging in “activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19. This declaration is now published at 85 Fed. Reg. 15198 (HHS March 17, 2020)

    HHS is conferring tort immunity pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §247d-6d (the Public Readiness & Emergency Preparedness Act) and 21 U.S.C. §§564A-B (the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act), and the immunity grant will be accompanied by a “compensation program.” 85 Fed. Reg. at 15198. The immunity extends to “any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures.” Id. (emphasis added). The immunity extends not only to COVID-19-fighting drugs, but also to “products or technologies intended to enhance the use or effect of a drug, biological product, or device used against the pandemic.” Id. The only exception is for “willful misconduct.”

    The immunity being conferred shoves other federal laws aside as well as preempting state law. (more…)

  104. Gary Ogden

    AhNotepad: I don’t have a clickable link, and nothing ready at hand for pertussis, but here are two articles concerning measles, one by the CDC, and the other published by two of the most prominent U.S. vaccine proponents:
    “Measles Outbreak Among Vaccinated High School Students-Illinois,” MMWR, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 22, 1984, p. 349.
    Gregory A. Poland, MD, and Robert M. Jacobson, MD, “Failure to Reach the Goal of Measles Elimination: Apparent Paradox of Measles Infection in Immunized Persons,” Archives of Internal Medicine, August 22, 1994, pp. 1816-1818.

  105. Fiona

    What are your thoughts on vitamin d upregulating ACE2 receptors and therefore possibly being contraindicated here?

  106. Leslie Dwyer

    Thank you for the fantastic information. Is there any evidence to show that Iodine will help us to fight off this virus? See:
    Iodine: the Forgotten Weapon against Influenza Viruses. David Derry, MD, PhD
    Many thanks. Leslie Dwyer.

  107. Gary Ogden

    Dr. Kendrick: Would it be correct to say:
    -that endogenous viruses are vital to the functioning of multicellular life forms, or at least plants and animals?
    -that while they can be infective in novel species and thrive at the body temperature of those so infected, they do not necessarily survive outside biological systems at higher temperatures?
    -that this could be the explanation for viral infectious diseases peaking in the cold months and declining in the warm months?

  108. Gary Ogden

    This, from the CDC, concerning PCR, which is apparently the test we’re using:
    “Positive results are indicative of active infection with 2019-CoV but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease.”
    It would be prudent to keep this in mind while evaluating data concerning the numbers of cases. Sounds like a whole lot of guesswork going on.

  109. Gary Ogden

    Absolutely essential reading: Today’s post at; “Unbreaking Science” Colossal failure by the CDC to begin testing.

  110. Bill Mance

    Thank you for the information. My brother is a pharmacist and advised on Vitamin D. He also advised on selenium. What information do you have regarding selenium?

  111. crisscross767

    Are old people locked up in care homes suffering and dying from a vitamin D deficiency which leaves them prone to any virus that comes along?

    Vitamin D is a star nutrient these days, as research links it to numerous health benefits. Studies suggest vitamin D may go beyond its well-established role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and more.

    What makes vitamin D unique is that it is a vitamin and also a hormone your body can make from the sun. Despite the ability to get vitamin D from food and the sun, an estimated 40%-75% of people are deficient.

    Why? Vitamin D is not abundant in our food choices and the sun is not a reliable source for everyone.

    Many factors affect the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D, including season, time of day, latitude, air pollution, cloud cover, sunscreen, body parts exposed, color, and age. Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen ( titanium dioxide, found in sun reflective paint ) and getting vitamin D from food and supplements rather than risk the harmful rays of the sun.

    1. anglosvizzera

      “Vitamin” D also needs adequate magnesium to be effective. Some people who don’t realise this take large doses of supplemental vitamin D but still find their levels are less than optimal. Magnesium defiiciency is considered to be common as well and the blood serum tests for magnesium are not helpful until the body stores are completely gone!

      Nutrients usually act in a coordinated manner in the body. Intestinal absorption and subsequent metabolism of a particular nutrient, to a certain extent, is dependent on the availability of other nutrients. Magnesium and vitamin D are 2 essential nutrients that are necessary for the physiologic functions of various organs. Magnesium assists in the activation of vitamin D, which helps regulate calcium and phosphate homeostasis to influence the growth and maintenance of bones. All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D seem to require magnesium, which acts as a cofactor in the enzymatic reactions in the liver and kidneys. Deficiency in either of these nutrients is reported to be associated with various disorders, such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome. It is therefore essential to ensure that the recommended amount of magnesium is consumed to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D.”

      “…the much larger exchangeable pool of magnesium is more often called upon to augment blood levels to maintain a narrow range preferentially, which is a key reason why blood measurements can easily mask deficiency [122,123].

      “The tight control of magnesium serum levels, representing only 0.8% of total body stores (see Section 2.4), therefore serves as a poor proxy for the 99.2% of magnesium in other tissues that constitutes the body’s true magnesium status. Furthermore, this narrow serum range feeds the common perception of clinicians that magnesium levels rarely fluctuate, and therefore, are not indicative of the condition for which the blood tests are ordered. Therefore, practitioners are apt to order blood tests for magnesium infrequently, if at all, and if a magnesium level is in the patient chart, it is more often as part of a blood test panel and not purposely ordered to determine the magnesium status [89,124,125,126]. This contributes significantly to magnesium deficiency not being recognized as a modifiable nutritional intervention, and magnesium in general, being the neglected mineral that it is.”

  112. andy

    And now a word from our sponsor:
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    1. JDPatten

      Hey, Wizard,
      Wrong, Wizard.
      Just sayin’.

      1. The Wizard

        Thank you. My reason for posting was to get feedback and perspective as I haven’t personally seen any reference to this on the news.

  113. angelinn

    Is the potassium recommendation correct, it says “1g” (actually the typo says Ig or lg) just under evidence that says high consumption of fruit and veg equates to 8-11 g/day ?

  114. Stanley Greenbaum MD

    Thank you for your excellent review.
    I am using A prophylactic or preventative regimen which I developed from published in vitro studies.
    Preventative regimen using dihydroxychloroquine 200 MG tablets:
    Two tablets twice daily six hours apart first day
    Two tablets once daily for four days
    Two tablets once weekly for duration of clinical exposure
    I am not aware of any dosage guidelines from other physicians for prophylactic use.I would appreciate your opinion on this schedule of the Dihydroxychloroquine for prevention

  115. S KulSzel

    Dr. Thank you for your input on different ways to keep healthy.
    It’s not often to surf the net but looking at COVID-19 ,good to read other information regarding the internet facts as well.

    1. mmec7

      Following the death of patients who were treated for the virus with the drug, the AFS has clamped down on the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating the COVID virus. Those COVID patients who died from its use, died from cardiac side effects that are a known side effect to the drug. It looks like Raoult has really shot himself in the foot with this one. “At the Bichat hospital, the raout on chloroquine affects us”
      INTERVIEW. For Professor Lescure, infectious disease specialist at the Bichat-Claude-Bernard hospital in Paris, Professor Raoult’s study “is a scientific shame”. (The controversy continues.)

  116. Madhu Yadav

    We look consider and compare the encounter of two countries like japan and Italy. please visit

  117. Prairie Rose

    Dr. Kendrick,
    I am glad to read your open-mindedness on the subject of vitamins and minerals for healing. What are your thoughts on the judicious and careful use of zinc supplementation as an adjunct treatment for Covid-19?

  118. Julie Pratt

    Hello everyone. I am praying for every single one of you during this trying time in history. The amount of cases is still baffling to me. We need to do whatever it takes to stop the spread of COVID-19. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

    Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water


    1. AhNotepad

      Julie, your words may be well intentioned, but if you are referring to this virus as “A FAR BIGGER ENEMY TO DESTROY” bigger than what?. For most people the symptoms are mild. We have an idea which factors make it worse, but with the number dying, there are big questions as to who dies of what, and if it is any worse than the diseases that go around all the time.

  119. Lynda Thomas

    Malcom have you seen posts on by Doris log about the use of Ascorbic acid and melatonin to possibly prevent cov19 and reduce their effects.seems to be along the same lines as your post.good luck and stay safe.

    Sent from my iPad


  120. anglosvizzera

    I am beginning to think that Dr Kendrick should’ve given Boris Johnson some advice about how to look after himself. This seems to be his preferred diet:

    And more recently, it hasn’t improved:

    Of course, we are all hoping that he pulls through but when we read of people dying “with no underlying health condition”, we are not told details like this…


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