Coronavirus Capsaicin Treatment Theory
This story here offers discussion for a personal theory I conceived in which I’m spreading the word of a simple, low cost, dietary-based option to possibly ward off COVID-19 that most people should be able to offer consideration to. In fact, a lot of people are already doing it and don’t even know it (assuming they don’t know my theory).
My personal theory suggests that this proposed option may both prevent and cure COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, by regularly ingesting capsaicin, the suggested “heat compound” found in hot chili peppers. In short, the basis of my theory is given in view of established and published clinical evidence to support that capsaicin possesses proven antimicrobial and anti-virulence properties; in other words, it’s been proven to both kill microbes and to also be effective against viruses.
Such established and published clinical evidence is attributed to known scientific research carried out, and/or published, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) back in 2015. A link to such published scientific documentation from the NIH is given below, instead of right here, because frankly I’m hoping you’ll finish reading the rest of my story before you read the NIH article. I just think you’ll get more out of it if you wait to read the article is all I’m suggesting. (So thank you for your patronage.)
Keeping in mind here that I’m just another guy on the Internet, and that I am neither a doctor, a nutritionist, nor am I employed in the healthcare industry in any capacity. My very brief history that I’ll offer to point out here is that I’m employed in a skilled trade as a blue-collar worker and that my education is otherwise limited to a high school graduation.
Please note that this theory is NOT being offered as a substitute for anything else you might already be doing to help protect yourself from infection of the novel coronavirus, nor to change anything you might be doing to help mitigate the spread of infection from you to others. Whether it’s washing your hands 2 to 3 times an hour or more, staying at home as much as possible, maintaining recommended social distancing standards for your area, or any other reasonable methodology you are now employing, please don’t stop doing anything you’ve already been doing to help protect yourself and others.
DISCLAIMER: In no way is this story intended to afford, or provide, medical advice, health advice, or dietary advice in any way. This is a personal theory I’m bringing forward here; and my story here additionally reflects a personal lifestyle choice that I’ve made. If you have any health-related questions to view the content of this story, then you should ask a doctor for his or her opinion.
While there is anecdotal evidence to support that my theory is correct, there is no highly specific clinical evidence to support that it is true; however, neither is there any such evidence to my knowledge to support that it is incorrect. There have simply been no clinical studies on this specific subject of capsaicin to my knowledge where it would involve any consideration made for COVID-19; and I’ve looked extensively for any published documentation to the contrary. (But if you happen to find something on your own, then please let me know in the comments if you would.)
CAPSAICIN is believed to provide numerous health benefits based on moderate, regular oral consumption of the substance in the form of hot chili peppers. Among those suggested benefits is that such consumption results in an overall healthier digestive system; that it may or does prevent some forms of cancer, as well as to potentially cure some cancers; that it boosts immune system function; that it increases blood flow and thereby results in a healthier vascular system; and that it promotes healthier nerve function.
And finally to reiterate, my personal theory here again suggests that moderate, regular oral consumption of capsaicin may both prevent and essentially cure this novel coronavirus strain.
After you click on the clinical study link below, you’ll note the exceptionally descriptive title of that study, which reads:
“Antimicrobial and Anti-Virulence Activity of Capsaicin Against Erythromycin-Resistant, Cell-Invasive Group A Streptococci”
And honestly, that title was all I personally needed to read in order to believe I may indeed be onto something here. So allow me to explain that part:
If you Google the search term, “streptococcus vs pneumococcal,” you should come upon an overview excerpt at or near the top of the search results that essentially offers to explain in terms how streptococcus pneumoniae AND pneumoccocus are indeed one and the same thing. In effect, the choice of terminology is yours to make whichever you want to call it and you’ll still be correct. You can also achieve this same search result showing the excerpt by alternately Googling the phrase, “streptococcus pneumoniae” if you prefer.
Okay, so now if you Google the search term, “pneumococcal disease,” you’ll come upon an excerpt in the search results from the WEBMD.COM website that reads as follows:
“Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae or pneumococcus.”
Based on anything I’ve read on this subject, it’s not uncommon for most people to regularly be carrying around the Streptococcal bacterium in their throats day in and day out, but simply that most of the time people don’t become sick or ill because of it. So I gather that may mean the bacteria is just naturally present in humans. But there are also several types of pneumococcal disease that can be contracted due to the Streptococcal bacterium.
There is Meningitis, Sinusitis, and a few others. A common type of Streptococcal disease in children particularly is with so-called “strep throat,” technically known as streptococcal pharyngitis.
However, the most important pneumococcal disease being considered for the purposes of this story illustration I’m writing here is in fact “Pneumonia” itself, which is simply because of the fact where such a large number of coronavirus patients are known to be developing the more serious and often deadly suggested bilateral pneumonia (also called double pneumonia) where both lungs are severely affected with pneumonia instead of just one lung being affected.
So in offering to draw all these various bullet points together the way I’ve done here, the takeaway I’m proposing with respect to my theory amounts to a really rather simple observation whereby capsaicin is already proven to be effective at combating the aforementioned -- Group A streptococci. Therefore, as my theory suggests, it may also be effective at combating a much broader range of the pneumococcal disease spectrum to equally include that of the COVID-19 virus, which is seen to result in pneumococcal infection in the form of pneumonia.
The foregone actually being the last Google search phrase I’m suggesting here for you, which is pneumococcal infection… In entering that search phrase, it’s at or near the top of the search results where you’ll note an excerpt that offers to explain how pneumococcal infections are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, for which in turn these bacteria commonly cause pneumonia.
So that sums up my personal theory here in a nutshell, so to speak. From my vantage point anyway, really all of the dots seem to connect rather nicely, at least in theory of course.
And if I had to guess personally (which I do), then my first guess is that capsaicin should help protect against this coronovirus strain. I’m doing my best to look at all this information objectively; and frankly, I don’t see how it couldn’t help. Hopefully you will also be able to look at it objectively.
On a relevant side note here, an interesting article I came across (which I’ll also link to below) on March 22, is from “The Guardian” online publication where the real reason for that article being written in the first place was to address how the personal doctor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel had tested positive for coronavirus. HOWEVER, what I found very interesting is the last sentence to the second paragraph of that article where it states that — “Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine on Friday against pneumococcal infection.”
That’s GREAT!! I mean, it brought up the primary focal point of my whole personal theory here which revolves around — “pneumococcal infection.” I was very pleased to see that.
The only other question I’m curious to know the answer to NOW, though, is just exactly what is this so-called “precautionary vaccine” that Merkel received? That would be interesting to know, because as far as I have known up to this point anyway, there is NO VACCINE available to treat ANY aspect of coronavirus; and whether before or after its onset in a person, nor to have any regard for preventing one or more symptoms of the virus following its onset, such as with potentially preventing “pneumococcal infection” for example.
So maybe I’m missing something there, but admittedly the statement made by The Guardian was reasonably quite vague in terms, at least in my opinion. I did take particular note of the word “precautionary” being used in that tense, which — of course it’s going to be precautionary! I mean what else would it be called if not precautionary? You wouldn’t call it an EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE after all, would you? (No, you wouldn’t…)
Anyway, here’s those links below that I mentioned. A third link here is to a very informative YouTube video made by a doctor and published about 6 months before the first case of coronavirus was ever reported in China. The article discusses the doctor’s opinion for the absolute importance in maintaining adequate Vitamin-D levels in view of things like warding off respiratory tract infections, as well as otherwise maintaining an overall strong immune system. It’s easy enough to see how Vitamin-D, or a lack thereof, would tie in directly to considerations made for implications of the COVID-19 virus.
According to some statements made by the doctor in the video, apparently Vitamin-D does act as an “antiviral” compound, which I frankly didn’t know before watching it. Although it is reasonably long at 32 minutes, I definitely recommend watching the video even if you don’t watch another video in your life regarding the importance of Vitamin-D…
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