Androgens (T, DHT) highly protective against the flu

A gem of a study that throws a wrench in one of medicine’s core dogmas – i.e. androgens have detrimental effects on the immune system and males have evolved to live with a trade-off between high androgen levels (and as such high fertility) and higher risk of severe viral episodes that can be even deadly. … Read more

Aspirin may prevent and treat COVID-19

I may get banned from social media for making a post with such a title, but I am simply reporting on what the study discovered. Namely, even a low-dose aspirin used mostly for ischemic attack (heart or brain) prevention reduced risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection by almost 30%, while also shortening the duration of infection by … Read more

Nine out of ten COVID-19 deaths may be due to vitamin D deficiency

A remarkable claim in this study, but not really surprising to people who have been studying the vitamin D effects on the immune system. While the study was observational, as the authors explain, the correlation between vitamin D insufficiency and COVID-19 mortality was so high that the authors do not think any other explanation is … Read more

Cortisol may drive COVID-19 mortality

The reason I decided to do a post on this study is that over the last several months, various public health authority bodies around the world have adopted “treatment protocols” for COVID-19 hospitalized patients, and virtually all such protocols contain a potent synthetic glucocorticoid such as dexamethasone. If the findings of the study below are … Read more

Progesterone and allpregnanolone are protective against COVID-19

I think we will be seeing more studies on this topic, especially in light of the ongoing human studies administering progesterone or (gasp!) estrogen to men in the hopes of improving the course of their COVID-19 disease. The results from the estrogen trials are already – surprise, surprise – strongly negative, and the progesterone trials … Read more

Orange juice (OJ) as therapy for all coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2

If anybody needs a reason to convince themselves (or their family members) that drinking OJ is beneficial, maybe this new study in the context of COVID-19 will be good enough as evidence. It demonstrated that one of the main components of OJ – naringenin – is a powerful inhibitor of viral replication and it also … Read more

Face masks (at best) ineffective against SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 and flu

A series of studies, some of them covering viruses other than SARS-CoV-2, yet the findings of all of them are the same – no statistically significant protective effect of face masks, and, in some cases, possibly increased rates of infection (see first study below). “…A total of 3030 participants were randomly assigned to … Read more

Glycine has a universal anti-viral effect

While the study below does not go as far as to say that glycine would be an appropriate intervention for the current COVID-19 pandemic, it does describe an anti-viral mechanism for glycine that is (at least in theory) applicable to ALL viruses. Namely, glycine prevents for formation of capsids, without which viruses are unstable and … Read more

Obesity “paradox” strikes again – protection against COVID-19

I suspect this one will not go down will with the “lean is always good” crowd, which consists predominantly of members of the medical profession. Aside from all the health risks of obesity for pretty much any chronic disease, the news over the last 6 months have been replete with warning from all kinds of … Read more

Pre-existing COVID-19 immunity in 20%-50% of people – better than vaccines?

A fascinating article that is unfortunately not getting any coverage in mainstream media (MSM). The review is published in BMJ, which is both surprising and also gives it that much more weight. That may be a reason why it is not being covered by MSM – because it argues not only in favor of pre-existing … Read more