This is a guest post by Jon D. Kaiser, MD a functional and integrative medicine doctor who has treated patients with viral conditions for the past three decades, including hundreds of patients suffering from brain fog and chronic fatigue.
What treatments did I use to treat my Covid-19 infection?
In early January, I traveled to Mexico to attend a music festival at a resort in Cancun. The entire resort was booked by the festival promoter, and they were extremely careful and diligent when it came to preventing a Covid-19 outbreak.
Everyone in attendance needed to provide proof of vaccination, in addition to having a negative coronavirus PCR test within 48 hours of arrival. Furthermore, a rapid antigen test was administered upon arrival, and this needed to be negative to enter the hotel grounds.
These were careful and important precautions to take, however the transmissibility of the Omicron variant should not be underestimated. This is the most infectious organism I have ever seen, and I’ve been treating infectious diseases for the past thirty years. Since Omicron causes less virulent disease in most vaccinated individuals, it may actually be accelerating our move toward generalized herd immunity.
While the above-mentioned precautions were science-based, they were not foolproof. Many of the performers and crew members tested positive upon arrival in Mexico. One of the musicians testing positive and not allowed to perform, was the guitarist John Mayer. The festival’s promoter had no choice but to cancel the music festival and, since they had good insurance, everyone was refunded their money and allowed to complete their weeklong stay at a very nice beach resort in Cancun.
After a week of relaxation, I was ready to return to the States pending one final step - a rapid antigen test the day before my departure, as required by the US government.
After a ten-minute wait, my antigen test came back negative. So far, so good.
I had brought my guitar to Mexico with the hope of finding some like-minded musicians to play music on the beach with. Since I had been busy having such a nice time, I hadn’t yet brought my guitar out to play.
Now that the crowds were thinning as everyone prepared to go home, I decided to take my guitar out and play some music. There was a really nice, glass-enclosed kiosk overlooking the beach near my room. Within a short time of starting to play in this space, I was joined by two other guitar players, a singer and several other people happy to finally hear some live music. Everyone had a great time, and after a couple of hours of playing, we decided to meet again after dinner on the hotel’s veranda to continue the concert. No one had been wearing masks since we were all vaccinated and had tested negative on admission to the resort…right?
The party continued for several hours after dinner, and everyone had a great time. I went back to my hotel room, finished packing and awoke the next morning feeling great and really happy that I had spent my first week since the beginning of the pandemic without being consumed by Covid-19 precautions, at least not while outdoors…but then there was singing in that glass-enclosed room.
While flying back to the States, I received a text from one of the musicians I played with that he had just tested positive and needed to stay in Mexico to isolate until he tested negative.
Great…I had just spent several hours singing in close quarters next to this person without a mask. I knew the risk I was taking, but I believed I was in a safe bubble. I was also lulled into lowering my guard by the beautiful surroundings and how great it felt to not worry about Covid for a little while.
My symptoms began the day after I arrived home. I initially felt like I had a combination of a flu and a really bad head cold. I could tell that a battle was raging in my nasal passages and sinuses, though thankfully I did not have a cough or any lung involvement.
My PCR test came back positive.
My symptoms included profound fatigue, a low-grade fever of 99.5 degrees, incessant sneezing and profound rhinorrhea (nasal discharge). I knew I had been infected with the Omicron variant because this infection had no interest in my lungs. This appears to be a major difference with this variant. It is highly attracted to the nasal passages and less attracted to lung tissue.
Though I was fully vaccinated and boosted, a Covid-19 infection is nothing to take lightly.
I isolated myself at home and began the treatment regimen listed below. After three days of symptoms, I was steadily improving. After one week, I was completely recovered. After ten days, I felt better than ever. The infection cleared and I have no residual symptoms.
This is the treatment program I would recommend to any of my patients who test positive for Covid-19:
- K-PAX Immune 4 tabs 2x/day – Contains zinc, vitamin C, B vitamins, and a clinically proven mitochondrial cocktail to support the immune system.
- Vitamin C 1,000mg 2x/day
- Vitamin D 5,000 units 2x/day
- Aspirin 325mg 1-2 tabs 2x/day – acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic and prevents blood clotting, which has been linked to long Covid symptoms.
- Allegra-D 12-hour antihistamine/decongestant 2x/day – keeping histamine suppressed lessens sneezing, rhinorrhea and swelling of the mucous membranes. Swollen nasal passages can play a role in loss of smell.
- Low dose steroids (equivalent to Prednisone 2mg) 2x/day –acts to suppress an overly aggressive inflammatory response and the collateral damage it can cause to your organs.
- Nebulizer treatments with diluted, medical grade hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes 2x/day – this treatment kills virus particles within the nasal passages and sinuses on contact, thereby lowering your overall viral burden. Check out my video on exactly how to do this at:
My experience with a Covid-19 infection left me with the following thoughts:
• The current mRNA vaccines are a medical miracle. I’m sure having a surplus of antibodies ready to spring into action helped a lot.
• Natural therapies work. Plain and simple.
• Ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies are not necessary to treat most Covid-19 infections.
• Fact #1 - unvaccinated individuals are 20 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than vaccinated individuals.
• Fact #2 – vaccinated and boosted individuals are 97 times less likely to die from Covid-19 than unvaccinated individuals.
If you are at high risk for complications due to your age or underlying medical condition, please contact your health care provider to discuss additional treatment options.
I hope my sharing this information with you about my recent personal experience with Covid-19 has been helpful.