Is Functional Medicine Going the Wrong Direction on Long Covid?

Why are we listening to ‘interpretations’ by non-covid experts when a real expert like this was available?

In April 2020, while functional medicine speakers and doctors were talking about vitamins there is a doctor out there who had already performed a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in health personnel, a 40 person post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) trial in contacts, led a team to treat all stage COVID publishing cases studies from their first 36 successful April 2020 [!] cases including all high risk groups with the first full treatment scheme for covid, then long covid having already completed a 33 person trial in long covid by mid 2020 and a 390 person long covid trial by mid 2021 on long covid patients in his own medical practice, that is, not counting all those he’d been helping [for free] online via educating doctors directly and answering anyone who asked him questions…

So in the last 16 months his impressive resume now extends to multiple studies and trials and successes, the stats showing long covid responds to eradicating the virus – he is getting 100% resolution inside two weeks in long haul with his protocol that is focused on firstly reducing the viral load but also importantly dealing with the microenvironment of the clotting, in addition to his 3rd line of action which is immune and increased requirement for micronutrients.

Functional Medicine speakers are stuck on inflammation and missing the virus and bioclots…as such, they are not treating COVID or Long COVID [which is the same disease] but doing the ‘same old same old’

I have shared the work and protocols of Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang with practitioners and licensed professionals, those who took the microenvironment and virus seriously are seeing great results in long covid and vaccine injury.

I am disappointed that platforms like FMU are still running speakers like Dr Silverman, who was the speaker last year talking about vitamins when Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang was publishing full treatment and prophylaxis protocols showing as early as April/May 2020 how to avoid long covid, treat all stage COVID in all risk groups and avoid and treat long covid – while Silverman returns a year later to again tell us ‘the research on covid’ and that putting his mum in her 90s on keto for covid didn’t work [surprise, surprise!] ‘because covid is so bad’ [no actually Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang showed 86 year olds bouncing back by going after the virus and not fad diets while Silverman was still telling us about vitamins April 2020], the message seems to be lost on both Silverman and FMU that they did not grasp the  SARS CoV-2 virus at all, and are still going the wrong way – bad enough -but to be still pumping out those lectures in Oct 2021 to new incoming practitioners is an insult to the very notion of training and quite dangerous – but, it’s not just FMU, it’s the entire health niche at the moment. If they aren’t in denial of the fact we have a sars virus on our hands, all platforms without exception seem to be chasing the wrong end of the stick, with zero idea that the virus persists as a stealth infection and does not magically disappear day 12, Infectious Disease 101.

The past few weeks FMU ran another speaker [Vreeland] who also missed the mark on covid and long covid, he was not a covid doctor either. I’d informed the person who is FMU, chiropractor Dr Ron Grisanti [and Silverman], from the beginning that Dr Aguirre Chang is the one to watch and that he is available but somehow that and all my updates on that through the year have been ignored and we are just seeing a clique of the same personalities and speakers pontificate on all subjects ‘educating’ us on their understanding with their bias and agenda – Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has updated his protocols to show all the things that work in his three lines of action, so if you do not want to use one thing you will find another, whether that is a prescription medication or a herb or supplement – but it’s not an interpretation of the research, it is the research. And it is not based on patients online or paitents dealt with after the pandemic or at the end of the pandemic having hid under a proverbial rock – like most of the doctors now offering us advice – I’m appalled to see what’s landing in my inbox from other functional medicine doctors AFTER the pandemic on the basis of their theories having hid under a rock all year or on the basis of a handful of [easy] clients they got exposed to in a year – this is a real covid doctor and top academic, and we should not have to deal with middle men or ‘doctorpreneurs’ educating us when the source and top scientists are always on hand and finding it impossible to be heard. Nor should you be sucked into any of the expensive ‘inflammation’ courses on covid and long covid at the moment across functional medicine circles.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has now published over 80 articles in two languages, English and Spanish and sometimes others, as he continuously updated us directly via researchgate and other platforms for free on covid all stages and long covid and continuously saw success with his original protocol as he tweaked it with his team of doctors through the variants – from 4 days after the research was published on the ability of Ivermectin to reduce viral load, this team in Lima, Peru, graduates from the San Fernando Faculty of Medicine of the National University of San Marcos, had swung into action with Ivermectin though they had already been using other things. They soon had published the first full treatment scheme for all stage covid and through the pandemic many other outstanding papers, they still are, including the most recent on bioclots as one key to their success is dealing with the microenvironment of the virus, clots. And as I said, they use the full spectrum of therapeutics.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has also developed the Therapeutic Test for long covid, partly because as he stated, the entire science community was going the wrong direction not recognising viral persistence – something his team were dealing with since April 2020, the fact the virus has a tendency to persist and needs eradicating.

Dr Aguirre Chang has posted full protocols for all stage covid and long covid in his research, his website is coming out soon. You can see all his advice and steps of action for free, from a real scientist, brilliant mind and successful doctor with covid for 16 months and counting. Whereas Dr Silverman updated us at one point to say he was treating his own mother in her 90s with keto for covid…pity he hadn’t listened to Dr Aguirre Chang on prophylaxis, but the wrong direction and stubbornly digging into the wrong direction is something we are seeing too often in functional medicine and it is time to go direct to the real scientists. Same thing happened with Tom O’Bryan and Alessio Fasano – Fasano was blue in the face trying to correct the misinformation and being misquoted all the time – why are you listening to a clique of speakers ‘expert’ on everything, we don’t need these intermediaries when the actual doctor experts are there waiting to speak to us and trying to be heard, directly.

This paper by Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang on early covid, Initial Stage treatment is groundbreaking, and it is from NOVEMBER 2020 [!], an update here is the PEP dosage in contacts is now 0.4 not 0.2, which he updated in later research. He has also produced updates for the variants since Dec/Jan which include Nifuroxazide along with Ivermectin in the first line of action, and the doses and duration of the treatment is higher and longer but still working effectively. Though his first line antiviral of choice is Ivermectin, he has included many subs for that for people who cannot access it, including artemisia and other plants and medicines, but he does not deal with just one line of action, as I explained, he uses a 3×3 strategy.

Importantly, he shows the steps involved to treat individuals, gauge response to treatment, viral load, classify disease severity, knows which stages are mild, moderate, severe, critical and the different steps needed for those. Same with long covid.

Early COVID ACUTE COVID-19: THERAPEUTIC PLAN IN THE INITIAL OR NASAL AND PHARYNGEAL STAGE. PART II. FARMACOLOGICAL MEASURES Part 1 on ResearchGate is his non-pharmacological measures, eg he finds gargling with salt and water reduces viral load and treatment time – from his extensive experience and desire to find things everyone can access, though he includes many other things can be done here too. The November paper is clinically imporant, some updates that have come out later for variants and additional therapeutics include COVID by Variants of SARS CoV2 Inclusion of Nifuroxazide in the First Line of Therapeutic Action

Long Covid THERAPEUTIC TEST and THERAPEUTIC PLAN FOR LONG COVID <– He’s already done two studies/trials on this over the past year and got continuous success, I’ve seen the reports myself from people who tried his simple process. It also helps doctors and practitioners establish who is covid and who has underlying conditions.

His protocols for Pre and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis are also available for free, his website will be released soon.

Review of Sleep Matters by Dr Robert Silverman

The Proposed Key Clinical Takeaways are as follows:

  1. Endotoxicity and oxidative stress effect on sleep.
  2. Nutritional protocols for concussion, Alzheimer’s, and brain health.
  3. The emerging area of innovative sleep tools.
  4. Review the physiology and neurobiology of sleep.
  5. A functional approach to improved sleep.
  6. The gut-brain axis effect on sleep.

While there is some very valuable information in this lecture about the importance and centrality of sleep for brain health and whole body health, including Dr Rob’s own whole body protocols and favorite supplements PLUS all the recent research showing which herbs are outperforming sleep meds, at the end of the lecture having spoken about the connection of sleep to detox and brain detox and alzheimer’s prevention he heads into Recode, Dr Dale Bredesen’s new reversing Alzheimer’s protocol and also Ketoflex his ‘anti-alzheimer’s diet. However some points to note on these:

The Problem with ‘Recode’

You don’t need keto or intermittent fasting for BDNF!

And he says keto is intermittent fasting here, used interchangeably, again I’ve seen David Jockers use these words interchangeably last week at his fasting summit but they are really two different things because you can go 12 hours from supper to breakfast like we used to do in the normal Irish way of life when I was growing up and still not be ‘fat adapted’ changing your metabolism over to burning fat instead of carbs is true keto so all this fluffy middle of the road stuff is confusing, at best, but on a deeper note is being just too casual with keto and I’m hearing many deaths and injuries associated with it.

BDNF brain derived neurotrophic factors do NOT require keto

What I’d like to draw your attention to here is that the very reason Dr Silverman gives for using the Bredesen Recode protocol has already been overturned by him in a previous lecture ie the production of BDNF is not exclusive to ketosism, there’s a long list of things will produce BDNF outside of keto!

In one of Silverman’s earlier lectures at FMU, The Impact of Concussion on the Gut-Brain Axis, Silverman gave us a list of 8+ things that will increase BDNF.

8 Things that wil increase BDNF outside of a ketogenic diet

And they include things like:

  • Turmeric
  • Walking/exercise <—not high impact for elderly!
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics, he entions Lactobacillus brevis and Bifidobacterium longum
  • DHA is what Silverman suggests but I’d go with Prof Basant Puri and EPA
  • Low level laser
  • Whole coffee extract <—new kid on the block, has it stood the test of time?
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Ketone bodies ie BHB betahydroxybutyrate powder <—only 1 out of 9 and a supplement potentially, not a diet!

In his previous lectures in the brain health series at FMU he mentioned the ketone BHB betahydroxybutyrate as increasing BDNF and that it can be got in powder form as a supplement. In no way is the ketone route to increasing BDNF superior to all the other ways to increase BDNF! So this list eliminates the need for keto altogether!

Keto being used for ‘compliance’ not out of necessity

In addition we have had a guest lecture by Dr. Mary Kay Ross who works with Dr Dale Bredesen and though she likes to put people with cognitive decline or any sort of dementia onto keto she actually admitted it wasn’t necessary but was being used for compliance!?! And yet the title of her lecture was ‘the functional medicine approach to reversing cognitive decline’, however it is not ‘the’ functional medicine route – there are varieties of opinion within functional medicine!

The Dangers of Keto – Not Enough Warnings

I personally object to lumbering people with an extreme keto lifestyle unnecessarily which many doctors and scientists are calling a fad that omits a major food group, puts the body into a survival alternative metabolism which is unnatural to sustain long term and causes all sorts of problems long term.

‘Doing it wrong’ myth, ‘Ancient Fasting’ myth, Deaths and Injury reality

In fact many deaths and injury are being reported with short term exposure to keto including Dr Michael Murray who said at his Healing Power of Food Summit that he had to pull the plug on keto he was losing muscle and all his biomarkers were going the wrong direction – and he was doing it properly. It’s a bit of a backpaddling myth out there at the moment that when things go wrong blame the person for doing it wrong, no, keto and the new type of fasting lifestyle currently trending does go wrong for many people who do it ‘right’. On that note, they do claim this fasting is ancient, but actually when you know the history of healing and original sources you see this ‘Intermittent fasting’ and keto is a completely new take on fasting at the moment that was never done before unless you were in an ancient monastery!

*Note Dr Murray despite dropping a clanger like that against at his summit was not standing up to keto at all, he had way too many keto speakers dominating the summit, with a handful of people against keto thrown in and some of them did not directly say so, you had to join the dots – it’s like people are afraid to speak out and there’s one big ecumenical hug, except for people like Naveen Jain or David Katz who will come straight out and say ‘keto is a fad’.

There is also a long list of people and conditions now beginning to be admitted to as not suitable for a ketogenic diet at all and these range from being on certain types of diabetic meds, any sort of thyroid issue – while last year they were saying huge percentages of people had undiagnosed thyroid issues and it wasn’t being measured properly either, where on earth do you go with that then if David Jockers will ‘occasionally’ say ‘get your thryoid tested first’ and Elle Russ says ‘keto will screw your thyroid if you do it wrong’ – also it’s been known to cause a long list of problems such as hormones, heart, blood sugar, and other things people report to me because they know I speak out against it.

The worst report I heard was from a nurse called by the ENTs to revive a comatose post partum woman who was emulating precisely what David Jockers said his wife did to get back in shape after pregnancy – I saw that coming as soon as I heard him suggest that to the masses – but back to my point that keto is being recommended unnecessarily and with high risk And most practitioners are not being warned about that in enough time.

death of post partum woman on keto

nurse speaks out on keto after death

Medical research student saved by her own studies AFTER being told to go into ketosis!

research shows keto dangerous

Fitness buff one day away from coma after keto fitness challenge

keto fitness challenge nearly killed

This man also explained that his blood normalized and looked great just like everyone is saying but then he was in hospital with an IV in his arm being told he had one more day left before they’d have been trying to revive him from a coma…and they don’t always revive!

**I get a lot of testimonies, this is just a snippet for you to sample.

Irresponsible proponents of keto slow to change

Certainly the main proponents of keto who are gaining extraordinary momentum in the digital marketing groups are NOT doing enough in terms of warning and precautions even right up to the latest summit on fasting last week by David Jockers and Health Talks Online which I refused to promote. I did sign up to it and was bombed with emails telling me I was about to be fast tracked onto keto, not one question as to my history or health, just get in and oh, pay an extra $59 discounted from the regular $97 to be even more fast tracked seeing as I had already ‘bought’ the summit – no, actually I got a refund.

And no, that’s not what functional medicine or healing is about, I’m surprised it has not been shut down by the FDA except to note that even conventional circles are seeing keto as a bit of a money spinner $$$

The Problems with Bredesen’s Ketoflex include the following:

  1. Not distinguishing between a healthy and a healing diet: Note this is an ‘anti-Alzheimer’s’ diet so therefore aimed at healthy people who want to prevent becoming ill – yet much of what is on this diet is what an ill person would be doing, and even then under particular individual needs must scenario only. So he has not differentiatd between a healing and healthy diet. I’ll give you an example of a preventative diet by someone in his 80’s now whose dad died from Alzheimer’s at the end of this paragraph.
  2. He equates keto with intermittent fasting but a 12 hour gap between supper and breakfast is not keto, you are not switching into a fat adapted metabolism away from carbs, you can still eat food without having to measure everything and without being afraid of apples, oats, white potatoes, carbs as this sort of break was natural to us growing up in Ireland and sometimes we’d take toast for supper, and we always had carbs during the day – not keto! Dr John R Christopher and the western Master Herbalist tradition would have done a sort of stint like that, not religiously and often had a fruit breakfast, even orange juice – carbs still being the main fuel and not fat, and not fear and they’ve gotten better healing results than anyone.
  3. Sparing on meat: He promotes Plant Based – well plant-high we can agree on but it’s been proved over and over that some people will only do well with meat in their diet and not pigeon portions either. And we’ve had Patrick Holford of Optimum Nutrition UK say he just had to include salmon in his diet, he couldn’t get his nutritional needs met as a vegan. We also have the Paleo Cardiologist Jack Wolfson in the guest lecture series at FMU for all you meat eaters, to see how he stays heart healthy safe with meat, maybe much higher meat than most peeps!
  4. Lack of Resistant Starch: He promotes non-starchy vegetables but we’ve just had Alan Christianson give an hour lecture at Murray’s HPOF summit on white potatoes being a ‘cure-all’ resistant starch, put some butter on there and you amp up the butyrate and you’ve got a diet we’ve been on in Ireland for hundreds of years and thriving on. Dr Max Gerson MD had white potatotes on his cancer therapy protocol over 100 years ago, to be eaten twice a day! And Dr Michael Murray has just added them to his diet at 60 years of age because ‘the research on them is pretty recent’ lol, what does that tell you about culture, the history of healing, and the ‘research’?! And also what does it suggest to be putting healthy people on it now to avoid Alzheimer’s? Illogical on all fronts! Theory on Bredesen’s part, and Silverman here unfortunately in his attempt to showcase him. Silverman is one of my favorite speakers but he has bought into this more than he needed to.
  5. Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load : He states foods with a GI under 35 but that falls into the glycemic index vs glycemic load fallacy- it’s the fiber that makes all the difference and ‘glycemic index’ is a total fallacy.
  6. Fear of Fruits, Veggies, Juices: This error then leads them further to not want to eat most fruits and many vegetables and bans fruit juices but this is jumping from one fallacy to another and tying again into the current low carb keto fad currently in fashion out there – a world where you have to be afraid of good real food really raises a red flag immediately as to the philosophy behind the diet, and yes they are philosophically based not nutritionally based eating. And look at the older schools of healing that had entire Incurables Programs based on fruit juices including the so-called ‘sweet’ ones eg Gerson therapy uses carrot and apple juice but with a proper juicer nothing less than a double masticating Greenstar to extract the nutrients and within a healing protocol; the Master Herbalists used all sorts of fruit and veg juicing again with a good juicer nothing less than a Champion single auger; and then Ann Wigmore cured her gangrene with a humongous amount of wheatgrass juice /yes false bio circulating about her out there at the mo, she cured gangrene not cancer. I personally used the latter 3 protocols on my healing journey and beat the odds to survive 14 years and counting, I wouldn’t have managed on keto and that’s why I’m so concerned to expose it and it’s lack of basis in our history of health and healing.
  7.  Dodgy meal replacements: You’d be better off on something like Vitalerbs or Jurassic greens and EPA than a keto shake or MCT powder, these latter things have not stood the test of time. Real food, even a soup blended would be better. There are other ways to make up protein shakes for ill people but remember he is still talking ‘prevention’ in healthy people here and their digestion should be working! And vanilla or chocolate flavored bone broth is not natural, don’t kid yourself, they shouldn’t even appear in the same sentence.

Here is a very interesting testimony from a man now in his 80’s who said when his dad died of Alzheimer’s 30 years back he had wanted to prevent it happening to himself in the future, and given it was in his family and he is now a very fit alert 82 year old travelling the country with his wife and starting a new business online learning websites – he is living proof how simple it is to lead an anti-Alzheimer’s diet with just fish oil! His total monthly supplement bill now in his 80’s and despite Alzheimer’s running in his family is around $12. Now THAT is prevention!

*I’ve learned in my own case and from the research of Prof Basant Puri way back in 2004 that fish oil won’t work for some people with CFS or ME or any active virus they may not even be aware of in the body, the virus prevents the breakdown of omega 3 to EPA so taking EPA directly in the form of a supplement he formulated called VegEPA at 4g a day reverses cognitive decline and that quantity can be reduced after 6 months. It works very fast in some people to halt that decline, it takes longer to restore what was lost. And other people will have more detective work to do for their cognitive decline.

Prof Puri insisted on EPA not DHA because it is more stable! And it converts to DHA in the body, I’ve never taken DHA at all and it worked for me. The American research now in 2019 is way behind that pre-2004 research in the UK and the supplement lines coming out really should focus on EPA!

I’ve Recovered from 3 types of Dementia without Keto

And I can add that I’ve recovered from 3 types of dementia as listed on the Bredesen scale, including the case study mold induced form in the Dr Ross guest lecture. I did so without keto and without Bredesen type protocols and with primarily 4g EPA as in vegEPA for the rapid cognitive decline while doing Gerson style high nutrition and juicing and detox and for the other types one was food sensitivity related and then the extreme prolonged mold exposure and I responded better to wheatgrass, herbs, garlic for that, and Master Herbalist herbs and detox which is Western Herbalism – systems based herbalism which now Jay Davidson is beginning to admit is core to his new detox protocols.

– there are many others getting results with different protocols out there but Bredesen happens to be in the limelight at the moment.

  • Prof Basant Puri of Imperial College London had the product vegEPA on the market at least as early as 2004 and was recommending 4g per day pure EPA without any DHA back then and getting fantastic results with that – that’s what I used to halt rapid cognitive decline and reverse it and I find it worked much faster than even Dr Michael Murray expects his current omega 3 formula to work, currently in the pipeline at his lab. Prof Puri was not functional medicine, if anything fmed should be improving on his results but to date I haven’t seen anything proposed that is better than that 4g EPA in these protocols.
  • There are also two other groups working on reversing dementia in the UK, mentioned by Patrick Holford last year.
  • And there is an ALS group in the US who have rejected keto in favor of AKG and AAKG type supplements and the body’s natural metabolism of protein, carbs and fats.
  • Take a look at what Naveen Jain of Viome has to say on the endothelial lining not doing well with keto. Also David Katz calling it a fad. Alan Christianson spending an hour talking about resistant starch and white potatoes being the new ‘cureall’ as they are so good for immunity and cancer prevention – not possible to eat them on keto! And then people like Joel Fuhrman and the iThrive docuseres reversing diabetes without keto.

Beyond Keto

We have some practitioners promoting keto within FMU, we’ve even had a series by Joe Mercola on how to do keto, but we also have those who do not use it – who use Mediterranean type diets, and then we also have those who go beyond keto, for example a recent guest lecture by Dr Michael Jurgelewicz of Designs for Health showed many other ways to upregulate everything in the body without having to use keto – look out for his lecture in the archives inside. He simply looks at what they are aiming for and knows there are other well known ways to achieve that, as well as new supplements. Natural or supplements or both – the education is there to go whichever route you choose but for sure ‘one’ route like keto is not for all or necessary.

Full Education – Covers ALL Opinions

That is what is missing on the Health Talks Online and other summits and docuseries, they invite their similarly minded friends, the summit is costing in excess fo $30k and they are getting more and more pumped towards selling their own products and creating their own inner membership circles, less actual clinical work with that, but I’m hearing it is just not working out for attendees longterm as regards resolving their health issues.

As you can see Functional Medicine University has ALL the opinions, all the different routes you can choose to take, all the different modalities too. And it’s focused on clinical practice where doctors and practitioners actually practice 😉

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