How to win the cold war

Last week we had an amazing live webinar with Patrick Holford – it was a fascinating evening, and it was great to hear Patrick’s insights on immunity and health and Covid. Being able to ask him questions is always fascinating, he has an interesting scientific and evidence based approach to the immune system.

In case you missed the webinar, I thought I would share some of my takeaways, because as we heard last week, there are effective tools easily available to benefit health and help fight off viruses. If you want to know more, sign up to the Organico Newsletter and we will send you the link to the recorded webinar. 

Patrick recommends taking two grams a day of vitamin C, upping that to one gram an hour if you get a sore throat or the start of a cold. He advises that up to eight grams a day is a safe and effective way to help prevent sickness. 

Patrick’s advice for the onset of any cold or flu is the following, for an otherwise healthy adult: 

• 1 gram of vitamin C every hour (this equates to 18-20grams in 24 hours)

• 4 Doses of Elderberry a day

• Aged Garlic (Kyolic Garlic) 1000mg 2 x a day 

• Up to 60mg Zinc a day for the duration of the illness (though stop this if you have to start taking antibiotics)

And his recommendation for prevention of cold and flu’s during the winter is 

• 2 grams of vitamin C a day, ideally combined with Elderberry Extract, zinc and ginger

• 1 multivitamin including 400iu vitamin D 

• Plus an extra 1000iu vitamin D

If you have lung issues, you can add Quercetin to this regimen – quercetin comes from red onions, and helps heal lungs. 

 On the subject of acidic stomach from taking vitamin C, Patrick said “Notice that Nature puts Vitamin C in the most acidic fruits, fruits like lemons and limes, oranges and so on” and he suggested taking vitamin C in that case with some cider vinegar, to increase absorbency and ease stomach cramps. 

Another nutrient we have all heard about in terms of preventing serious viral infections, is Vitamin D. Patrick said “Vitamin D isn’t like vitamin C, you can’t just take a handful of it when you’ve got a cold and the cold goes away. What you need to do is get your blood level up, certainly above 75 nmls per liter and ideally 100 nmls per liter. What Patrick does is he takes a multivitamin containing 400iu of vitamin D and tops up all winter long with an extra 1000iu a day.

Patrick also mentioned red onions a few times – he eats a red onion every day (it can be cooked but preferably not fried till its brown) because red onions contain a very important nutrient called Quercetin. Quercetin carries Zinc into our cells, and it also helps to repair lungs. “If anyone’s been left with lung problems, vitamin C makes Collagen and Quercetin helps to repair lungs,” he said. 

He also talked about taking Elderberry extract for colds and flu’s, as it is key in helping us fight off viruses, and he advised taking a dose of the extract four times a day if you have symptoms. He also addressed the concerns about Elderberry causing a Cytokine Storm, which is an immune system overreaction.

This is only a taster of the Webinar – if you want more information, you can either watch the Webinar (message us if you’d like the link) and/or read Patrick’s latest book, called Flu Fighters. 

We are disappointed to have to postpone Patrick’s 7 Secrets Workshop till the Spring, we don’t have a date yet but sometime in April I hope to be welcoming him to Bantry again. Have a good October everyone. 

Hannah Dare

Hannah Dare co-runs Organico, the café, bakery and health shop in Bantry, West Cork.

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