How I Used Opposites to Get Rid of Uvulitis and the Sinus Infection That Resisted All Treatment During a Bout of Long COVID
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One of the most frustrating symptoms of Long COVID is a sinus infection and a swollen uvula that lingers indefinitely. This was one of the final symptoms of Long COVID that dogged me for weeks. I worked with Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS) and Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) doing gargles every morning and every evening and at first this seemed to help. My uvulitis definitely responded to the CDS and DMSO. But then, eventually, I stopped making forward progress.
My upper palate was swollen and irritated and I theorized that I had a colony of Candida albicans living up there. It was an area that was hard to reach, but I did the best I could to kill the colony. I was reluctant to stop taking the CDS and DMSO since it had helped initially, but one morning, I decided to go ahead and use Methylene Blue in a nebulizer followed by Red Light Therapy inside my mouth. Though I hadn’t consciously intended to do the same protocol with this sinus infection that I’d recommended for Long COVID in general, the oscillation between CDS/DMSO and Methylene Blue/Red Light therapy, once again seemed to push me forward on the path toward healing.
Chlorine Dioxide and Methylene Blue cancel each other out. For all intents and purposes (and to keep this discussion simple), CDS and Methylene Blue are opposites.
Long COVID Dry Mouth: The Cascade of Problems That Can Be Solved with Saliva
So while switching to nebulizing the Methylene Blue and Red Light Therapy for a few days did help, I could still tell that I had a problem on my upper palate. My uvulitis was gone by this time and I was grateful for that, but I wasn’t willing to ignore whatever it was that was living on my upper palate. Indeed, I suspected that at night, whatever it was that was living up there would occasionally drip down my esophagus leaving me with a queasy stomach when I woke in the morning.
Here in Mexico, I live in an area that produces a plant called Chilcuague or Heliopsis longipes, a type of sunflower that people will spray in the throat to treat a variety of problems including Candida albicans infection, dental problems, dry mouth (xerostomia), jaw pain, and more. My husband suggested that I use some Chilcuague spray to keep my mouth wet overnight, which seemed to be the time of day when I had the most problems with my upper palate/sinuses. So I did this and I also added 1-2 tablespoons of sea water to my drinking water throughout the day to further hydrate my whole body.
The chilcuague really did the trick! When you spray it in your mouth, your salivary glands immediately release saliva. It’s an odd feeling, but it causes your mouth to stay more hydrated throughout the day. If you’re looking for a treatment for Long COVID dry mouth, seek out a product called Gold Root in the U.S., which contains Heliopsis longipes, the sunflower plant that helps the mouth release saliva.
Humidity vs. Dry Air
The Candida albicans that had infected my upper palate was sensitive to humidity and dry air. It seemed that the dry air here in the mountains where I live, made it so the Candida was able to go dormant or somehow remain untouched by medicines that I tried to use to treat it. My husband and I bought several humidifiers and boiled water on the stove for several days to keep the air more humid and that made a big difference in terms of how both of us felt. It seemed that the humidity helped keep things flowing during this stage of the illness.
I’ve asked other people about their perception of humid vs. dry air during Long COVID and a lot of people report that they’re sensitive to either humidity or dry air. It has been my experience that both humid and dry air may be valuable in overcoming Long COVID and that oscillating back and forth between humid and dry environments every 3 to 4 days may be beneficial for some people.
There’s a fever that many people have described to me and that I’ve experienced myself. It’s a hot and dry fever that involves burning eyes and a diffuse feeling of heat. The fever seems to occur along the gallbladder meridian and it affects/involves the sinuses at the front and back of the head. Adding to the humidity of the air during a fever like this can make the fever less uncomfortable.
Hot vs. Cold
During Long COVID and also, apparently, during the Post Vaccine Syndrome, people often report that they have trouble regulating their body temperature. During the winter, this may motivate some people to super-heat themselves. But be careful with overheating. There are certain pathogens like Candida albicans that prefer a warmer environment and they may propagate out of control if you super-heat yourself.
In contrast, being cool or at least not HOT can be beneficial when you’re recovering from Long COVID. Don’t take showers or baths that are super-hot and avoid overheating yourself artificially with a heater or electric blanket. While it’s fine to heat a room, don’t aim the heater at yourself if you’re struggling to overcome Long COVID. Use the coolness of winter to your advantage to tone your sympathetic nervous system. If you allow your body to remain comfortably cool, your nervous system and immune system will be better equipped to overcome Candida and other opportunistic pathogens that can prolong the experience of Long Haul COVID.
The heat causes blood to flow to the periphery of the body (toward the skin) while cold air causes the blood to flow inward toward the organs. When you expose your body to plenty of both warm and cool air, you tone your autonomic nervous system, which is the part of the nervous system that is imbalanced during Long COVID ad Post-Vaccine Syndrome.
Why Oscillations Between Opposites Works to Cure Long COVID
Overcoming Long COVID and Post-Vaccine Syndrome is not just about how conventional western medicine conceptualizes healing. In other words, overcoming Long COVID involves systems of the body that are often broadly ignored by conventional medicine. The autonomic nervous system plays a significant role, for example, in the cyclical nature of symptoms. The sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system balance each other in important ways and when these two nervous systems become imbalanced, people feel like they’ve completely lost control over their bodies.
But the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) can be balanced in a variety of ways that are FREE (no cost) and that are NATURAL because these systems are built to respond to NATURE.
One way to think about the use of opposites to cure Long COVID or Post-Vaccine Syndrome is that the treatment involves reconnecting with rhythms in nature.
Inhaling vs. Exhaling: Using Breath to Cure Long COVID
As someone who has recently overcome Long COVID, I do breathwork every morning for about 10 minutes upon waking. Then, I go brush my teeth and I take a tepid bath. Normally, I like HOT baths and I don’t like to linger in bed doing breathwork, but I’m aware that I need to keep my sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems balanced and toned. So this is my routine and I’m very grateful for it. Breathwork is a quick meditation that I use to start my day and the tepid bath gives me energy that I otherwise wouldn’t have!
The people of the world have been relatively isolated from each other for the past 2 years and Long COVID is, in part, a manifestation of that social isolation. We are not built to be isolated from each other. Humans are wired to be social. When we don’t have regular opportunities to socialize, our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems get slack. The parasympathetic nervous system has become dominant in some individuals who feel tired, lethargic, foggy-headed, and sick to their stomachs every day of their lives. Though many Long COVID sufferers have felt dizzy when they stand up or they’ve awakened in the middle of the night with a pounding heart that signifies parasympathetic dominance, many can attest to feelings of anxiety or chronic pain when these awful symptoms disappear. Anxiety and chronic pain take shape when the sympathetic nervous system tries to take the spotlight away from the parasympathetic rest-and-digest system.
One of the easiest ways to balance and tone the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems is to do Wim Hof breathing. Wim Hof’s system of breathwork is easy to learn and it’s free to all.
When you first start doing Wim Hof breathing to cure Long COVID, you may notice that your mouth is very dry (xerostomia). Dry mouth is a common symptom of Long COVID and it can cause a cascade of issues from digestive upsets to headaches, jaw pain, or even dry eyes (if the lacrimal glands are involved). Using Chilcuague (Heliopsis longpipes — marketed as “Gold Root” in the U.S.) can help retrain your salivary glands to release saliva. A couple of sprays of Chilcuague in the nose or the throat can help prevent a coughing fit while doing Wim Hof breathing. The Gold Root will also kill Candida albicans in the sinuses and throat.
Chlorine Dioxide vs. Methylene Blue
Switching from one medicine to another medicine that does the opposite effects seems to be important to slowly take steps forward while recovering from Long COVID or Post-Vaccine Syndrome. Start with 3 to 4 days of Chlorine Dioxide Solution (ideally with Dimethylsulfoxide) and then switch to Methylene Blue for 3 to 4 days (combined with Red Light Therapy wherever you feel pain in the body). I returned to this protocol many times throughout my recovery from Long COVID (which took approximately 2.5 months). You may need to take time off from oscillating between Chlorine Dioxide and Methylene Blue for a period of time and that’s okay, but remember this protocol if you get stuck on a symptom that doesn’t seem to be responding to one or the other.
Methylene Blue is an MAOI so it works as an antidepressant and you may find that you need antidepressant effects for a period of time while recovering from Long Haul COVID. Don’t mix it with other types of antidepressants though because this can be dangerous. If you decide you want to take an antidepressant, choose between Methylene Blue or St. John’s Wort + 5-HTP. Don’t use both at the same time.
A Summary of Opposites: Red vs. Blue in Treating COVID, Post-Vaccine Syndrome, and Long COVID
One of the most interesting things that I learned through my own experience with Long COVID was the role of reds and blues in the treatment of this disease. For example, Methylene Blue is a histological stain and it is very blue. But I also drank a lot of Palo de Campeche (Haematoxylin campechianum) tea which is blood red and also a famous histological stain (that also cures cancer incidentally), but it stains things blue.
Blueberries are an excellent snack for Long COVID sufferers as they start to regain an appetite. Eat lots of blueberries. Blueberries contain antioxidants (so don’t eat them within 30 minutes of using Chlorine Dioxide), but they don’t contain a lot of sugar that might feed a Candida albicans infection. Eat up to 2 cups per day.
I have used Red Light Therapy in combination with Methylene Blue to do photodynamic therapy that kills infectious pathogens and also energizes human cells at the same time.
The deep reds and blues of my medicine for Long COVID have certainly not escaped my attention.
St. John’s Wort is an herb that produces a yellow flower that, in turn, produces a blood red colored fluid when the flowers are crushed. St. John’s Wort, also
known as Hypericum perforatum is a anti-cytokine storm medicine that has been shown through research to be able to protect pancreatic beta-cells against damage and death caused by a COVID cytokine storm. Both St. John’s Wort (the whole plant) and hyperforin (a component of the whole plant) are both able to potently counteract the inflammatory effects of cytokines which is a compelling reason to consider taking St. John’s Wort as a prophylactic against COVID-19 as long as you aren’t currently taking another prescription anti-depressant or a moderate/high dose of Methylene Blue (which is also an antidepressant medicine).
Not only does St. John’s Wort counteract the COVID cytokine storm, but it can also confer a long-lasting “cytokine resistance” to human cells. St. John’s Wort protects COVID sufferers from inflammation during an active infection to prevent multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and renal dysfunction while reducing lung fibrosis. This herb has an excellent safety profile. It is often used as an antidepressant that can be combined with 5-HTP or Mucuna pruriens to strengthen its effects as long as the patient isn’t already taking a prescription antidepressant.
St. John’s Wort dosage for Treating and Preventing COVID-19 Cytokine Storm
Experts recommend that patients take 1200-2400 mg per day of St. John’s Wort that contains at least 5% hyperforin to prevent or to treat a COVID cytokine storm (again, do not mix St. John’s Wort with other prescription antidepressants). For Long COVID sufferers, it may even be beneficial to take 100-400 mg per day of 5-HTP in tandem with St. John’s Wort to both potentiate it’s antidepressant effects and to modulate the immune system. Serotonin after all, plays a role not just in mood, but also in modulating and downregulating an overactive immune system.
5-HTP has been used to regulate systemic inflammation and meanwhile, it can also help clear up some of the neurological and psychological issues that Long COVID sufferers face during their recovery. Start with a low dose of 5-HTP at 100 mg (only if you aren’t taking other prescription antidepressants) in combination with St. John’s Wort. Increase the dose up to 400 mg per day if it seems like it is making you feel better.
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