While it’s not a COVID-19 cure, studies show a zinc deficiency test can help bring your body up to par to block the replication of coronavirus
During the COVID-19 confusion I wanted to share with you something every chiropractor could be doing to help patients.
It’s based on scientific research that’s now abundant on sites such as pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov and others, but which I’ve been using for decades as part of immune protocols. Interestingly, it got started by handling serious eating disorders — while handling them it “accidentally” reversed chronic immune deficiencies.
I’m talking about a key mineral for viral immune deficiencies: zinc.
It’s practically common knowledge that when people get “common colds” it can be very effective to have them suck on zinc lozenges, along with increased vitamin A and C, and for those in colder wintery climates, additional “sunshine” vitamin D.
But an increasing number of scientific publications have recently reported that zinc blocks the replication of coronaviruses (see references below). How? It’s pretty technical, but it blocks RNA polymerase activity, which is the mechanism used by the virus to replicate itself, once it gets inside the cells.
It’s this mechanism that makes the one drug that does seem to be helping seriously ill COVID patients – Hydroxychloroquine – effective. How does it work? This drug drives zinc into the cells, where it blocks replication of viruses. So it makes sense to ensure that your patients are not currently zinc deficient.
Zinc deficiency, the elderly and pre-existing conditions
Just about anyone with a history of long-term use of pharmaceuticals will be found to be zinc deficient. Why? These drugs apparently cause or contribute to zinc deficiency.
It would be no surprise then, to find that this deficiency is the hidden, main reason elderly people with pre-existing conditions have the highest COVID-19 fatality rate. “Pre-existing conditions” is code for “already on multiple pharmaceuticals.”
It’s these people who will benefit most from Hydroxychloroquine, but it will work even better if they are also supplemented with zinc, which per most recent reports is routinely being administered with the drug.
The zinc deficiency test
There is a tool I’ve used for many years: liquid zinc used as a “taste tester.”
The zinc deficiency test is something every patient can do at home. It’s easy, effective and safe to do. Google “zinc taste test” and see how simple the test is. It’s based on the clinically-observed fact that people who are zinc deficient will not taste anything when a zinc solution is in their mouths. Tasteless equals zinc deficiency. It means they need zinc. The standard amount used for taste testing is approximately 5 mgs of zinc sulfate in purified water.
You should do this on yourself and every member of your family. It will give you a good subjective reality, and possibly help you and them.
Of course, this is only my opinion and not anything approved by the FDA or any other authoritative body. And we would not make any claims that this mineral, or the test, could be used to diagnose or treat any disease.
I just know that this works, as I used it in the clinic for years — starting with teenage girls with severe eating disorders. In most cases this corrected the problem in a matter of weeks, after failing to be handled by modern psychiatry and its devastating drugs for depression and anxiety (the usual treatment). The side benefit was noting immune status improvement in these patients.
How to test for zinc
Have the patient “hold two teaspoonfuls (10 mL) of liquid Zinc Test (approx. 5 mgs of zinc sulfate) in the mouth for at least 10 seconds. A lack of taste or a delayed taste perception in the mouth may indicate a possible zinc insufficiency.
“If an immediate taste perception occurs, the zinc status may be adequate.” NB: They can swallow the liquid zinc after the test (unless they choose not to, which will only occur if they get a strong reaction to it and they don’t need it). But it would be harmless, nevertheless.
The taste perception that occurs when the person has abundant zinc in their body ranges from an extremely sour taste or a metallic taste to a fuzzy feeling and lingering taste.
Generally, if someone is zinc deficient, they start out insisting that it’s a tasteless liquid. Have them dose themselves at 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day. Slowly, they will begin to experience a mild taste. If they continue, it will reach a point where it’s quite strong, and voila: their zinc levels are now adequate to meet their needs. For now.
Getting your zinc
In ordinary times, I would use zinc liver chelate or another of the zinc tablets from other vendors to handle the deficiency. But in these times when a rapid improvement in zinc levels might make the difference in how well they can handle viral exposure, I would recommend the liquid product.
Of course, this is not the be-all and end-all of immune enhancement. We have a whole toolbox for that. It’s their lifestyle of refined high carb and processed foods which slowly decimated their health reserves in the first place. And interestingly, it’s this very same dietary habit that makes people more susceptible to toxic EMF radiation and other stressors.
Part of this systemic weakening effect is zinc (and other) deficiencies. This opens the door to chronic physical illness, which could lead to taking several pharmaceutical drugs that could possibly further the creation of deficiencies. So much so, that these are the people most susceptible to ordinary health challenges that younger, healthier bodies deal with more easily: flu viruses such as this 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The zinc deficiency test is something you can do for every patient who ever came to see you, as well as your new patients. It can be done via a telephonic consultation during this period of “stay at home” orders from governmental authorities.
Get them to do the zinc deficiency test. Start with yourself and your family.
And please don’t drop out the usual recommendations and treatments you do – just add this to your toolbox.
FREDDIE ULAN is the founder of Nutrition Response Testing®, a safe, non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. When these are corrected through safe, natural, nutritional means, the body can repair itself in order to attain and maintain more optimum health. Learn more Visit the website. © 2020 Freddie Ulan
1. Chloroquine Is a Zinc Ionophore, Xue J, Moyer A, Peng B, Wu J, Hannafon BN, et al. (2014) Chloroquine Is a Zinc Ionophore. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109180. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109180.
2. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as available weapons to fight COVID-19, Philippe Colson, Jean-Marc Rolain, Jean-Christophe Lagier, Philippe Brouqui, Didier Raoult, Aix-Marseille Université, Institut de Recherche pour leDéveloppement (IRD), International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, March, 2020.
3. Dietary catechins and procyanidins modulate zinc homeostasis in human HepG2 cells, Isabel M. Quesada, Mario Bustos, Mayte Blay, Gerard Pujadas, Anna Ardèvol, M. Josepa Salvadó, Cinta Bladé, Lluís Arola, Juan Fernández-Larrea, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Nutrigenomics Research Group, Received 3 September 2009; received in revised form 30 November 2009; accepted 24 December 2009, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 22 (2011) 153–163.