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Nutritional Prescription to help Avoid COVID-19

​SMLThere is a lot of concern about staying healthy and avoiding the Coronavirus. My nutritional prescription for you to boost your immunity this flu season is to take some preventative measures. Did you ever hear your mother say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure -Benjamin Franklin"?


  • 2 digestive enzymes right before each meal. (If you have been through our nutritional testing, you know which enzyme you need before meals. If not, I recommend our supplement called Digest, or if you are purchasing elsewhere, buy a plant-based enzyme formula.)

Also take these digestive enzymes:

  • 2 TRMA between meals on an empty stomach 3 times/day.

  • 2 VSCLR between meals on an empty stomach 3 times/day.

TRMA is a proteolytic enzyme formula and VSCLR is a lipolytic (breaks down fats) enzyme formula. Both are available for sale in our office. You may also find these in your local health food store.

Keep reading and I will explain why I am prescribing this regimen for you.

For the last 10+ years, the majority of my patients have been Diabetics, most of whom are over 50 years old. Diabetics and the elderly are most at risk for the Coronavirus. Even mild viruses can create some significant respiratory problems for those over age 65 and most yearly deaths related to the flu occur in this age group. This new Coronavirus is no different.

Where is your immune system? Your immune system resides in your bloodstream. Your white blood cells make up your immune system. These cells engulf invaders and digest them.

Did you ever hear that more than 90% of your immune system is in your gut? When you eat raw foods, all of the enzymes needed to digest them (all digestion is done as a result of enzymatic activity) are found in the raw food itself. When you eat cooked food, the enzymes you have available (and you have many fewer of these as you age) digest what they can and your white blood cells come in and finish the job.

Years ago, a researcher named Paul Kauchakov found that when certain foods that were heavily cooked were eaten, the number of white blood cells in circulation increased to levels that were only seen with leukemia. This indicated that these white blood cells left the area where they rest when they are not needed for immune functions and entered the bloodstream to aid in the digestion of these foods that were lacking enzymes. So, immune system cells were now being used to digest food and could no longer do their jobs fighting immunity.

How can this information be helpful to you? Enzymes drive our immune system’s response. They also play a major role in our inflammatory processes. Supplemental food enzymes that are not used in the digestive process have been shown to be absorbed across the gut wall into our bloodstream and absorbed by our white blood cells. So, they can significantly boost the function of your immune system.

People in their 20’s have two times as many enzymes in their cells as people age 65 and newborns have 100 times more enzymes than elderly people.

So, what can you do about it. At the very least, you should take your digestive enzymes with your meals. (If you have been doing this for a while, congratulations because you have likely significantly increased your immune system’s function.) If not, there is no time like the present to start.

Taking proteolytic and lipolytic enzymes (enzymes that break down proteins and fats) between meals can have an even more dramatic effect on immune function because proteolytic and lipolytic enzymes are the very things that “digest” viruses. (The word digest means break apart.)

Viruses have DNA. The DNA has a protective protein coating called a capsid and proteolytic enzymes “eat” this capsid. The capsid of the Covid 19 virus is also surrounded by an “envelope” made of fats and proteins. Our enzyme formula “VSCLR” is just right for this envelope because the proteolytic and lipolytic enzymes digest (eat) this envelope. This leaves the virus unprotected and it is also digested and dies.

And here is some good news about enzymes. There is no known toxicity from taking enzymes. This is not the case with any medications that you might take to help you at this time.

I believe that taking digestive enzymes with meals, and taking proteolytic and lipolytic enzymes between meals on an empty stomach are two of the best natural ways you can protect yourself from the potential devastating effects of this virus.

For my Diabetic patients, I also recommend that you take your Berberine-an herb that helps with your glucose levels and also is known to be helpful in fighting bacterial and viral problems.

We have a good supply of these nutrients on hand and can mail them to you or you can pick them up at our clinic. You can also order by phone and pick them up right outside the office door.

This blog is meant to help you do all you can to protect yourself. It is certainly no guarantee that you will not contract Covid 19, however it has been my experience that boosting your own immunity is your best defense in fighting potential illnesses. In my next blog to you, I will address how we can cooperate with our community in preventing and slowing the spread of this virus.

I hope that this information has been helpful. We are doing nutritional consultations over Skype, FaceTime, or just over the phone. We are here if you have any questions. Let us know how we can help you.

Stay safe, stay healthy,

Richard F. Gringeri, DC

The Human Engine Clinic

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