A growing number of studies are demonstrating that critically ill coronavirus patients are deficient in key vitamins and minerals. These deficiencies are known to be associated with an increased mortality risk. With research also showing that treatment with micronutrients significantly reduces mortality from the virus, the failure of politicians to acknowledge the existence of such studies is effectively sentencing patients to death. If public officials wish to avoid being held accountable, now is the time for them to speak out.
The finding that micronutrient deficiencies exist in critically ill coronavirus patients is consistent with Dr. Matthias Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept. Developed over more than two decades and supported by numerous studies carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, Cellular Medicine is based on the new scientific understanding that the primary cause of today’s most common diseases is a chronic deficiency of micronutrients. When applied to the field of infectious diseases, the implementation of this discovery makes it possible to strengthen the immunity of patients through resupply of the correct micronutrients.
A recent study carried out by researchers in the United States examined 21 critically ill coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Colorado. Levels of vitamins C and D were found to be low in most of these patients. Scientists in Spain have made similar findings, discovering that vitamin C levels in more than 90 percent of patients with coronavirus-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome were so low as to be undetectable.
Doctors in the Netherlands say there also appears to be a relationship between low levels of vitamin K and serious coronavirus complications. They found that patients who died from the virus or who had to go into intensive care have much lower levels of vitamin K than healthy people.
A recent study in Germany looked at levels of selenium in coronavirus patients. Examining 33 patients at the Public Hospital Klinikum Aschaffenburg-Alzenau, the researchers found that deficiency of this trace mineral was significantly associated with mortality risk. Deficiency was more severe in non-survivors compared to patients who survived the virus.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has similarly demonstrated a link between selenium levels and cure or death rates of coronavirus patients. Examining data from China, researchers found that patients from areas such as Enshi City, which has a high selenium intake, were more likely to recover from the virus. Conversely, Heilongjiang Province, a notoriously low-selenium region, had a much higher death rate than that of other Chinese provinces.
Other research shows that lower levels of zinc are associated with a poorer outcome in coronavirus infection. In a study carried out in Spain, researchers examined 249 coronavirus patients admitted to a hospital in Barcelona. They found that patients who died had significantly lower zinc levels than those who survived.
Studies carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have shown that specific combinations of micronutrients can block the interaction between the binding site of the coronavirus ‘spike’ and its specific cellular ‘entry door’ into human cells – the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor. The interaction targeted in this research is the first step in coronavirus infections and is exactly the same biological mechanism targeted by vaccines currently under development worldwide. The micronutrients employed in these Dr. Rath Research Institute studies include vitamin C; the amino acids lysine, proline, and arginine; green tea extract; the phytonutrients quercetin, resveratrol, and curcumin; cruciferous vegetable extracts; the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine; and the minerals selenium, copper, and manganese.
Other researchers similarly following a multi-nutrient approach have shown that daily doses of vitamin D3, magnesium, and vitamin B12 reduce disease severity in older coronavirus patients. They found that use of this micronutrient combination significantly reduced the proportion of patients suffering clinical deterioration who required oxygen and/or intensive care support.
The critical micronutrient for fighting the coronavirus pandemic is vitamin C. A recent randomized, placebo-controlled clinical intervention study carried out in Wuhan, China, with patients at advanced stages of the infection, has documented that high-dose vitamin C can cut the death rate almost in half. A multi-center clinical study, all of the patients who took part in this trial were severely ill and received standard medical treatment. In addition, one study group received daily doses of 24 grams of vitamin C, given intravenously, while the other group received a placebo. Administration of vitamin C not only cut the death rate by about half, it also resulted in patients achieving significantly better oxygenation of their blood.
Even prior to this Wuhan study, a medical team from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University in China had already reported the successful treatment of coronavirus patients with vitamin C. In a press release posted on the hospital website in February 2020, the team described how patients suffering from severe coronary pneumonia, a potentially fatal complication of coronavirus infection, recovered after being treated with high doses of the vitamin. The medical team recommend that for critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission to hospital. Notably, the Shanghai Medical Association now specifically recommends high-dose vitamin C for even light infection with the virus.
In view of the accumulating evidence it is clearly unacceptable that politicians and other public officials are failing to share lifesaving information about micronutrients. Through not being educated about the role of micronutrients in preventing and treating viral infections, patients are not just dying from the coronavirus itself. They are also dying from the withholding of scientific findings that might otherwise have saved their lives.
Responsible politicians urgently need to start speaking out about this travesty. When doing so they will be justly rewarded with the trust and respect of their citizens. But those politicians who continue to deny knowledge of nutrition and Cellular Medicine to their citizens could face a different judgement. When the pandemic is finally over, citizens may seek to hold them to account.