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Important COVID-19 Updates from The Hormone Zone

COVID-19 is serious business. And we are taking it very serious at The Hormone Zone. At this point, it is already a cliche to state the obvious that the world is being affected by this. We understand! We are here for you!! We are a group of healthcare professionals you can rely on and we our standing strong and at the ready, for you.

Special Protective Measures Taken at The Hormone Zone

We are responsibly open and available for our patients. As medical professionals, we clearly understand the importance of minimizing risk while still providing the necessary medical care.

Social distancing:

  • We keep our entire office at nine (9) total people or less at any one time.
  • We ensure that our patient appointments are more staggered than usual.
  • We have allowed certain staff members to work from home when possible.
  • We have allowed for certain medical appointments to be done remotely.
  • If any patient exhibits symptoms of a cold or flu, they will not be brought into the office, but advised remotely to either stay within quarantine or go to the hospital as needed.

Staff Protocols:

  • All staff maintains social distancing with patients when possible.
  • We have temporarily eliminated or drastically reduced certain in office testing to reduce direct contact.
  • All staff wears protective masks and gloves when in direct contact with patients.
  • Intensive cleaning protocols in all areas of the office have been implemented.

We Remain Hopeful

As healthcare professionals, we believe that things will get better, eventually. No one knows exactly when, but it will, eventually, get better. There is a lot of negative information out there and we want to provide you with some positive UPDATES and accurate information including our medical and science-based and a hopeful perspective.

At The Hormone Zone, we believe in Better Health and Better Living. We know that things will get better. We invite you to come to this page to get reasonable UPDATES as they develop, helping you to see the promise and that we will, as a community, as a country, and as a world, get through this. #StayPositiveStayDiligent

COVID-19 Testing Now Available

We are now offering in-office Antibody Testing for COVID-19. This rapid test is a simple finger stick blood analysis that delivers results in about 10 minutes. Antibody Testing gives information on who was infected in the past and who has recovered. With this test, one can learn if they have been exposed to the virus and produced protective antibodies that fought off the infection, which in turn can provide functional immunity for those who recovered. For more information regarding our COVID-19 Antibody Test, please click here.


Updated 6.19.20

Based on the Mayor of the City of Scottsdale’s emergency proclamation effective on June 19, 2020, it is suggested that all patients wear a face covering until July 20, 2020 unless the proclamation is further extended in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our staff will also be wearing face coverings to ensure the safety of everyone in the office.

To read the full emergency proclamation, visit this link:

Updated 5.27.20

COVID-19 patients testing positive for second infection not contagious, study shows

“Researchers in Korea found evidence that patients who test positive for COVID-19 a second time are NOT capable of infecting others, and may have neutralizing antibodies that protect them from getting sick again.”

“Researchers studied 285 patients who had survived COVID-19, but subsequently tested positive after multiple negative tests showed they had supposedly recovered. The scientists found a total of 790 contacts, none of whom tested positive as a result of being exposed to the “reinfected” patients.”

“In addition, virus samples collected from the reinfected patients couldn’t be grown in culture, meaning the patients were “shedding” dead virus particles.”


Updated 5.26.20

A Study on Infectivity of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Carriers

“It is debatable whether asymptomatic  [having NO symptoms] COVID-19 virus carriers are contagious. We report here a case of the asymptomatic patient and present clinical characteristics of 455 contacts.”

“All the 455 contacts were excluded from SARS-CoV-2 infection [did NOT get infected] and we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak.”


Updated 5.21.20

Perspectives on the Pandemic | The Bakersfield Doctors | Episode 6:

Perspectives on the Pandemic – Episode 6: When Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi held a press conference on April 22nd about the results of testing they conducted at their urgent care facilities around Bakersfield, California, the video, uploaded by a local ABC news affiliate, went viral. After reaching five million views, YouTube took it down on the grounds that it “violated community standards.” We followed up with the doctors to determine what was so dangerous about their message. What we discovered were reasonable and well-meaning professionals whose voices should be heard.

The Hormone Zone has ensured that you can view the original video of their banned Press Conference below at our 4.27.20 Update, part 3.

Updated 5.21.20

CDC: Coronavirus mainly spreads through person-to-person contact and ‘does not spread easily’ on contaminated surfaces

“While touching infected surfaces has always been part of the messaging on how the virus spreads, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shifted its stance online. The CDC now says that COVID-19 spreads from person to person contact, and then lists touching infected surfaces under a section titled, “The virus does not spread easily in other ways.” The CDC adds: “This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.” The language is a subtle change from the organization’s warning in early March, when it wrote simply that it “may be possible” to spread the virus through contaminated surfaces.”



Updated 5.19.20

T cells found in COVID-19 patients ‘bode well’ for long-term immunity

Immune warriors known as T cells help us fight some viruses, but their importance for battling SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been unclear. Now, two studies reveal infected people harbor T cells that target the virus—and may help them recover. Both studies also found some people never infected with SARS-CoV-2 have these cellular defenses, most likely because they were previously infected with other coronaviruses.


Updated 5.18.20

So far, no spike in coronavirus in places reopening, U.S. health secretary says

U.S. authorities are not yet seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but it was still too early to determine such trends, health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.

“We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are, in fact, closed.”


Updated 5.15.20

Low Testosterone Levels in Men Relate to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 

Testosterone is a powerful hormone responsible for many things in the body, including sexual response, strength, stamina, memory and focus, increased motivation, improved metabolism and body composition, and many other benefits.

There are several key benefits of testosterone that are often overlooked, and relate directly towards improving and maintaining the immune system:

  1. Decreasing inflammation: Excessive inflammation hinders the immune system.
  2. Mitigating oxidative stress: All flu-like diseases, including COVID-19, cause oxidative damage.
  3. Regulating the cytokine response: “Cytokine Storm” is an overpowering immune response directly related to COVID-19 and a major reason people die from the disease.
  4. Decreases body fat: Obesity is a major risk factor for dying from COVID-19.
  5. Lowers the risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease: Also two major co-morbid diseases related to COVID-19 deaths.

In a new German study titled: “The majority of male patients with COVID-19 present low testosterone levels on admission to Intensive Care in Hamburg, Germany: a retrospective cohort study”, researchers have seen the correlations of low testosterone levels in men admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 infections. They show that critically ill male COVID-19 patients suffer from severe testosterone deficiency, which is required to mount antiviral immune responses to combat infection in males.

They conclude: “It seems that several conditions are combined in male COVID-19 patients that are associated with low testosterone levels (increasing age, obesity, type II diabetes, cytokine storm). Thus, these multiple testosterone-reducing hits eventually lead to severe deficiencies in testosterone and dihydrotestosterone levels in male COVID-19 patients preventing them to mount sufficient immune responses to combat the deadly infection. These findings might help to discuss personalized intervention strategies for male COVID-19 patients taking e.g. established protocols for the treatment of male hypogonadism into consideration.”

We agree with their conclusions and believe that improving your health by controlling your weight, lowering your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, improving your protective antioxidant status in your body, and optimizing your testosterone levels are all part of a healthy and robust immune system.

Get your testosterone levels checked today!


Updated 5.14.20

Coronavirus Cases in Georgia, Florida Continue to Decline Despite Business Openings

Georgia and Florida, which were projected to see a sharp rise in new cases, have not experienced major new outbreaks in the past week. The average number of new daily cases in Florida declined by 14 percent over the past week, and Georgia’s average new daily cases dropped by 12 percent during the same time period, according to an analysis by Axios.


Updated 5.14.20 Part 2

Maria Branyas: ‘Oldest woman in Spain’ beats coronavirus at 113

A 113-year-old woman – believed to be the oldest woman in Spain – has recovered from the coronavirus, officials have said.

Maria Branyas was diagnosed with Covid-19 after the country went into lockdown in March. But after weeks in isolation, Ms Branyas recovered, having suffered only mild symptoms.

It means she has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the coronavirus.


Updated 5.13.20

Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s:
Herd Immunity Is the Only Realistic Option—The Question Is How to Get There Safely


Also, see:

In Sweden, as of today, the number of recoveries are now above the death total.

Updated 5.8.20

The Possible Role of Vitamin D in Suppressing Cytokine Storm and Associated Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

A research team led by Northwestern University analyzed data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, had lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in countries that were not as severely affected, according to the study.


Updated 5.5.20

Experts cannot find a single child under 10 who has passed on coronavirus to an adult despite huge trawl of data raising hopes they pose no risk

  • Studies suggest children ‘don’t play significant role’ in passing on coronavirus
  • Evidence ‘demonstrates reduced infection and infectivity in the transmission chain’
  • Experts failed to uncover any cases of children under 10 transmitting the virus


Updated 5.4.20

Scientists conclude people cannot get coronavirus twice

“A number of reported cases of coronavirus patients relapsing after overcoming the disease were actually due to testing failures, South Korean scientists say.

Researchers at the South Korean centre for disease control and prevention (CDC) now say it is impossible for the COVID-19 virus to reactivate in human bodies.

The CDC added that unlike other viruses, such as HIV and chickenpox – which can break into the nucleus of human cells and stay latent for years before reactivating – the coronavirus stays outside of the host cell’s nucleus.

“This means it does not cause chronic infection or recurrence,” explained Dr Oh Myoung-don, the head of the CDC committee, meaning it is unlikely for patients to relapse in this fashion.

In the future it could be possible that the coronavirus mutates and infects people who have previously overcome it, similarly to the flu.”


Updated 5.4.20 Part 2

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr. John Ioannidis Update Interview | Episode 4

In this long-awaited follow-up to his interview in late March, [Posted on THIS website] Dr. John Ioannidis discusses the results of three preliminary studies, (including his latest, which shows a drastically reduced infection fatality rate); the worrisome effects of the lockdown; the Swedish approach; the Italian data; the ups and downs of testing; the feasibility of “contact tracing”, and much more.

Dr John P.A. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, as well as professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) at Stanford University.

Updated 5.4.20 Part 3

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski Update Interview | Episode 5

Dr. Robinson’s favorite!

​Perspectives on the Pandemic Episode 5: In this highly-charged follow-up interview, Knut Wittkowski says his initial claim has been vindicated: The lockdowns – always a dubious proposition for a respiratory virus – came too late in the U.S. and elsewhere, and were therefore even worse than useless. By turns emotional and darkly comic, Wittkowski ranges across all the essential topics of the crisis, and gives answers you are unlikely to see in the major media. Not to be missed.

As Dr. Wittkowski has been accused of misrepresenting previous affiliations and not disclosing potential conflicts of interest, he would like to declare that he (a) never was or claimed to have been a Professor at The Rockefeller University and (b) currently is the CEO of ASDERA LLC, a company that discovers novel interventions against complex diseases including one that could potentially be effective against virus (including coronavirus) diseases.

Updated 5.1.20

Good News on Remdesivir’s Power to Treat COVID-19

“Preliminary data from two clinical trials using the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients is encouraging, researchers report.

One trial is providing the drug to patients with moderate illness and the other focuses on patients with severe illness.

A number of the patients are now recovering and have been released from the hospital. While it’s too early to tell, the researchers said there are also indications that remdesivir can possibly stave off being put on a ventilator.

“Early results are promising, and that is important right now. Much of what we are learning about COVID-19 management is centered around preventing quick deterioration. Timing is everything. I can’t say for certain they [patients] would have been intubated otherwise, but it’s encouraging,” said Katherine Perez, an infectious diseases pharmacist who is co-leading the trials.”


Updated 4.29.30

The F.D.A. plans to announce the emergency use of a virus treatment after a trial showed shortened recovery time.

The F.D.A. plans to announce as early as Wednesday an emergency use authorization for remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug that is being tested in treating patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a senior administration official.


Updated 4.27.20

Antibody Studies by State or Country Showing Prevalence of COVID-19 

SARS-COV2 Pandemic Serosurvey and Blood Sampling 

This is a NEW study from the NIH that is currently recruiting patients.

The Hormone Zone will look for ongoing results of this study and report as it comes in.


New York 

Nearly 1 in 7 people in New York [STATE] who were randomly tested  for coronavirus antibodies turned out to have them, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today (April 23). In New York City, the number is even higher: About 1 in 5 people tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

In New York City, around 21% of randomly sampled people had antibodies against the coronavirus; on Long Island, about 16.7% had antibodies; in Westchester and Rockland around 11.7% had antibodies; and in the rest of the state 3.6% had antibodies, Cuomo said.



About 6 percent of Miami-Dade’s population — about 165,000 residents — have antibodies indicating a past infection by the novel coronavirus, dwarfing the state health department’s tally of about 10,600 cases, according to preliminary study results announced by University of Miami researchers Friday.




Stanford University Study

These prevalence estimates represent a range between 48,000 and 81,000 people infected in Santa Clara County by early April, 50 to 85 fold more than the number of confirmed cases.



University of Southern California

A collaborative scientific study that suggests infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread – and the fatality rate much lower — in L.A. County than previously thought.

Adjusting this estimate for statistical margin of error implies about 2.8% to 5.6% of the county’s adult population has antibody to the virus— which translates to approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults in the county who have had the infection. That estimate is 28 to 55 times higher than the 7,994 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the county by the time of the study in early April.



Germany Is Conducting Nationwide COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Germany is carrying out Europe’s first large-scale COVID-19 antibody testing to monitor infection rates and help prevent the spread of the virus.


4.27.20 Update Part 2

Physicians’ Risk From COVID-19: A Reassuring Statistic— But this is no reason to relax protective strategies

“Through April 10, there were 17 physician deaths in the United States. There are approximately 1.1 million physicians in the U.S.  Sixteen of the 17 deaths occurred among physicians aged 60 or older. The range in age was 37-92: the only death under age 65 was an oral surgery resident. 65% (11 of 17 deaths) occurred in physicians aged 65 or older and 47% where among those older than 70.”

“If the data are accurate, physician deaths are about 75% lower than expected. And, the risk from exposure to sick patients may be an overestimate because in nearly half of cases the physicians appeared to have retired or reduced clinical practice.”


4.27.20 Update Part 3

WATCH this Video! This is the one video that is completely worth your time and focus to help you understand what is going on. We promise.

Our goal at The Hormone Zone over the past six plus weeks has been to provide accurate information and perspective about COVID-19. These two California ER Physicians have explained this crisis in a clear, honest, and data driven fashion. You will understand more than you have up to this point. Please watch.

They are ER doctors who have studied and taught medical level virology and immunology for decades.

They answer the following questions. These are questions that we have posed with our patients and have sought to answer:

1. What is happening to patients with other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic diseases? Are they being treated and cared for?
2. What is the actual death rate for COVID 19?
3. How does the death rate compare to the rest of the county and the world?
4. Should we open the economy? Is it safe? What do the facts about the disease suggest about this?
5. Is it scientific that large businesses are open but small businesses are not? Is it safer to be in a Costco or Home Depot, but not a smaller cafe or other small business that has people inside the establishment?
6. What is happening with other related social problems due to the shut down such as domestic violence, rape, child abuse and molestation, and suicide?
7. How does COVID death rates relate to flu death rates?
8. How does the immune system work?
9. Is your immune system stronger from staying home? Will your immune system be stronger when you come out of quarantine?
10. What happens to you when you don’t go outside? What happens to your Vitamin D levels? Is this good for your immune system?
11. What are the risks of social isolation?
12. When you wear masks and gloves, what happens to your good flora? Does this help or hinder your immune system?
13. What is happening with death certificates in hospital settings? Are hospital administrators influencing doctors to put COVID 19 as a cause of death?
14. What does fear do to the immune system?
15. Are other ER doctors across the country also seeing what these doctors are seeing?
16. What does “safe” mean?
17. Do people die from the flu? What are the numbers? Does this compare to COVID?
18. What percentage of patients die when put on a ventilator?
19. What is happening in Norway (with a lockdown) and Sweden (with NO lockdown)? Is there a statistically different number in deaths from COVID?
20. Who tells you when you are safe? How do you know if you are safe? Who informs you of this? You or the government?

A new study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association this week found that 94% of people hospitalized within the Northwell Health system, the same system housing the most patients in the country throughout the pandemic displayed one or more underlying health issues.

According to the study, 5700 patients (median age 63 years old) who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area, the most common co-morbidities were hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, and diabetes.

Drs. Bosch and Robinson: “It is repeatedly more and more clear that the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to improve your overall health. Healthy people are rarely succumbing to this virus.”


Updated 4.22.20

Sweden claims coronavirus success after keeping country open, says herd immunity imminent

Sweden’s unusual approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is starting to yield results, according to the country’s top epidemiologist. Anders Tegnell, the architect behind Sweden’s relatively relaxed response to Covid-19, told local media the latest figures on infection rates and fatalities indicate the situation is starting to stabilize.


Updated 4.21.20

Swedish Epidemiologist Johan Giesecke: Why Lockdowns Are The Wrong Policy

Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists, infectious disease physician, advisor to the Swedish Government (he hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy), the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director-general of the WHO.

Summary of the VIDEO:

  • UK policy on lockdown and other European countries are not evidence-based.
  • The correct policy is to protect the old and the frail only.
  • This will eventually lead to herd immunity as a “by-product.”
  • The initial UK response, before the “180 degrees U-turn”, was better.
  • The Imperial College paper was “not very good” and he has never seen an unpublished paper have so much policy impact.
  • The paper was very much too pessimistic.
  • Any such models are a dubious basis for public policy anyway.
  • The flattening of the curve is due to the most vulnerable dying first as much as the lockdown.
  • The results will eventually be similar in all countries.
  • COVID-19 is a “mild disease” and similar to the flu, and it was the novelty of the disease that scared people.
  • The actual fatality rate of COVID-19 is the region of 0.1%.
  • At least 50% of the population of both the UK and Sweden will be shown to have already had the disease when mass antibody testing becomes available.


Updated 4.20.20

Why a study showing that covid-19 is everywhere is good news: If millions of people were infected weeks ago without dying, the virus must be less deadly than official data suggest

“A new paper by Justin Silverman and Alex Washburne uses data on influenza-like illness (ili) to show that sars-cov-2 is now widespread in America.”

“Every week, 2,600 American clinicians report the share of their patients who have ili—a fever of at least 37.8°C (100°F) and a cough or sore throat, without a known non-flu reason. Unsurprisingly, ili is often caused by the flu. But many other ailments also produce ili, such as common colds, strep throat and, now, COVID-19. The authors assume that the share of these providers’ patients with ili who do have the flu matches the rate of flu tests that are positive in the same state and week. This lets them estimate how many people have ili seriously enough to call a doctor, but do not have the flu.”

“They find that non-flu ili has surged. Its rise has the same geographic pattern as COVID-19 cases: modest in states with few positive tests, like Kentucky, and steep in ones with big outbreaks, such as New Jersey. In total, estimated non-flu ili from March 8th to 28th exceeded a historical baseline by 23m cases—200 times the number of positive COVID-19 tests in that period. This may overstate the spread of covid-19 since non-flu ili has other causes. It could also be too low because people with asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 would not report non-flu ili.”

Updated 4.20.20

Israeli Professor Shows Virus Follows Fixed Pattern

Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University, who also serves on the research and development advisory board for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, plotted the rates of new coronavirus infections of the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Spain. The numbers told a shocking story: irrespective of whether the country quarantined like Israel, or went about business as usual like Swedencoronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way. In the exact, same, way. His graphs show that all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.

“The Wuhan Virus follows its own pattern, he told Mako, an Israeli news agency. It is a fixed pattern that is not dependent on freedom or quarantine. “There is a decline in the number of infections even [in countries] without closures, and it is similar to the countries with closures,” he wrote in his paper.”

“Is the coronavirus expansion exponential? The answer by the numbers is simple: no. Expansion begins exponentially but fades quickly after about eight weeks,” Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel concluded. The reason why coronavirus follows a fixed pattern is yet unknown. “I have no explanation,” he told Mako, “There are is kinds of speculation: maybe it’s climate-related, maybe the virus has its own life cycle.”

But what about Italy and their staggering 12% mortality rate? “The health system in Italy has its own problems. It has nothing to do with coronavirus. In 2017 it also collapsed because of the flu,” Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel told the news agency. Indeed, Italy’s exceptionally high coronavirus mortality rate is eerily reminiscent of their unusually high flu mortality rates. Supportive of this theory, Germany, has low flu infection and mortality rates and similarly low coronavirus rates.”


Updated 4.17.20

Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known

FROM THE ARTICLE: “The first large-scale community test of 3,300 people in Santa Clara County found that 2.5 to 4.2% of those tested were positive for antibodies — a number suggesting a far higher past infection rate than the official count. For the project, from just a finger prick, a drop of blood was used to reveal whether volunteers recruited through targeted ads online had protective antibodies in their blood left behind after the coronavirus.”

From Drs. Robinson and Bosch: “Research like this is starting to present the likelihood that many people have had contact with COVID-19, and either never were symptomatic but developed protective antibodies or had some type of symptoms and also recovered and developed protective antibodies. These numbers will begin to lower hospitalization and death rates than we are currently seeing. We believe that rapid antibody testing can help provide needed data and accurate perspective in the fight against COVID-19, which is why we offer the test at our office.”


Updated 4.17.20

COVID-19: Exercise may protect against deadly complication: May prevent or reduce the severity of acute respiratory distress syndrome

From the article: “Regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports. He is urging people to exercise based on his findings, which also suggest a potential treatment approach. A review by Zhen Yan, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, showed that medical research findings “strongly support” the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of ARDS, which affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID-19.”

Drs. Robinson and Bosch: Well, this may seem obvious. And that’s because it is. Or at least it should be. Exercise is extremely important for essentially everything. And this isn’t news. But what was interesting for us about this article was the focus on how exercise serves as an ANTI-OXIDANT and how “A decrease in the [exercise associated] antioxidant is seen in several diseases, including acute lung disease, ischemic heart disease, and kidney failure.” (All high-risk diseases associated with increased hospitalizations and death from COVID-19.) We have been revealing from the very beginning of the COVID-19 challenge that a lack of anti-oxidants increases your risk of succumbing to the disease if you get it or any type of viral infection for that matter.

MAIN POINT: Exercise and Increase your Anti-oxidants! And get it measured to ensure you are doing it. We have a test for this that scientifically demonstrates your antioxidant status in your body.


Updated 4.15.20

Vitamins D, A, C and IODINE for COVID-19?

We have been using and suggesting this simple protocol for years during cold and flu season. It is now proving to be effective in a clinical setting for COVID-19 with Dr. David Brownstein at his medical practice, the Center for Holistic Medicine. In our first book, The Hormone Zone, published in 2011, Dr. Brownstein was referenced about his expertise in the clinical application of iodine. In fact, we devoted an entire chapter to the historical uses and scientific and clinical benefits of iodine. It is a powerful antimicrobial when used in the proper medicinal doses, and in combination with the effective vitamins D, A, and C.

Dr. Brownstein has had 85 patients either diagnosed with COVID or suspected COVID recover completely with their illness without requiring hospitalization.


This does not “prove” that the protocol was the only thing that helped, but it highly suggests that it is helpful, particularly within the context of the historical use and known scientifically supported immune benefits of these nutrients.

Here is the protocol we suggest at The Hormone Zone every cold and flu season for our patients: (Be sure to check with your doctor before starting this protocol and have close monitoring through blood work and clinical management.)

  • Vitamin D: 5,000 to 10,000 IU daily and up to 1000 IU per pound of body weight for 3 to 5 days at the first sign of cold or flu. (Monitor blood levels of Vitamin D).
  • Vitamin A: 5,000 to 10,000 IU daily of true Vitamin A called retinol (not beta carotene).
  • Vitamin C: 1,000 to 10,000 mg daily in divided doses or up to “bowel tolerance”. Bowel tolerance means the maximum dose you can handle without causing diarrhea.
  • Iodine: 12.5 milligrams (not micrograms) daily and up to 25 mg to 50 mg daily for 3 to 5 days at the first sign of cold or flu. (Monitor thyroid function.)
  • Selenium: 200 mcg daily, taking to balance the Iodine.

Updated 4.14.20

NYU scientists: Largest US study of COVID-19 finds OBESITY the single biggest ‘chronic’ factor in New York City’s hospitalizations

The good news here is that there is something you can do about this NOW. Improving your health, making better decisions daily, is the key to protecting yourself. Obesity is often a result of hormonal imbalances and other health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, and cardiovascular disease. We can help you with all of these things.


Updated 4.13.20

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. coronavirus patients who have been hospitalized have underlying health problems, or comorbidities, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

According to the report, the Top 5 Underlying Health Conditions that led to COVID-19 related hospitalizations, in descending order:

  1. Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  2. Obesity (BMI > 30)
  3. Chronic Metabolic Disease (Includes Diabetes and Thyroid Dysfunction)
  4. Chronic Lung Disease (Includes Asthma and COPD)
  5. Cardiovascular Disease (Includes Coronary Artery Disease and Congestive Heart Failure, but does NOT include Hypertension)

What does this information mean to you and your family?

NOW is the time to get as healthy as possible! It is very rare for someone who does not have any underlying health conditions to require hospitalization from COVID-19.

The best way to protect yourself is to balance your hormones (the top 3 conditions are hormonally influenced) and improve your heart and lung health. 

At The Hormone Zone, we specialize in providing cutting-edge health solutions for ALL of these underlying health conditions.


Has Sweden Found the Right Solution to the Coronavirus? 

“Sweden has courageously decided not to endorse a harsh quarantine, and consequently it hasn’t forced its residents into lockdown. “The strategy in Sweden is to focus on social distancing among the known risk groups, like the elderly. We try to use evidence-based measurements,” Emma Frans, a doctor in epidemiology at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, told Euronews. “We try to adjust everyday life. The Swedish plan is to implement measurements that you can practice for a long time.””

“If social isolation worked, wouldn’t Sweden, a Nordic country of 10.1 million people, be seeing the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocket into the tens of thousands, blowing past the numbers in Italy or New York City?”

Current Death Count in Sweden:

“The really good news is that in Sweden’s ICU census, which is updated every 30 minutes nationwide, admissions to every ICU in the country are flat or declining, and they have been for a week. As of this writing (based on currently available data), most of Sweden’s ICU cases today are elderly, and 77 percent have underlying conditions such as heart disease, respiratory disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. Moreover, there hasn’t been a single pediatric ICU case or death in Sweden — so much for the benefits of shutting down schools everywhere else. There are only 25 COVID-19 ICU admissions among all Swedes under the age of 30.”


99-year-old war veteran survives COVID-19

Former prisoner in a war camp, Albert Chambers has been able to recover from coronavirus at the age of 99.


Updated 4.10.20

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Professor Knut Wittkowski

Professor Knut Wittkowski, for twenty years head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design, provides an interesting perspective on the COVID-19 problem.

Further, he offers data to show that China and South Korea had already reached their peak number of cases when they instituted their containment measures.  In other words, nature had already achieved, or nearly achieved, herd immunity.

New study investigates California’s possible herd immunity to COVID-19

The hypothesis that COVID-19 first started spreading in California in the fall of 2019 is one explanation for the state’s lower than expected case numbers.

As of Tuesday, the state had 374 reported COVID-19 fatalities in a state of 40 million people, compared to New York which has seen 14 times as many fatalities and has a population half that of California. Social distancing could be playing a role but New York’s stay-at-home order went into effect on March 22, three days after California implemented its order.

“Something is going on that we haven’t quite found out yet,” said Victor Davis Hanson a senior fellow with Stanford’s Hoover Institute.

Hanson said he thinks it is possible COVID-19 has been spreading among Californians since the fall when doctors reported an early flu season in the state. During that same time, California was welcoming as many as 8,000 Chinese nationals daily into our airports. Some of those visitors even arriving on direct flights from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

“When you add it all up it would be naïve to think that California did not have some exposure,” said Hanson.



He accurately discusses the history of pandemics in the US and our current statistical models.

Updated 4.9.20

French researcher Dr. Didier Raoult has now treated 1000 coronavirus patient with 99.3% success rate [Update]

Dr. Raoult has now treated 1000 coronavirus patient with 99.3% success rate. Of the 1000 patients treatments, 20 patients went to the ICU and 7 patients died. Dr. Raoult said the side effects were trivial things like rash etc.


Updated 4.8.20



New York City Updates

  • 86% of patients deaths in NYC had underlying chronic disease.
  • The Leading Underlying disease is Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and followed by Diabetes. Others include Coronary Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, and Dementia.
  • Again, The Hormone Zone focuses treatment and prevention for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control.
  • How do you protect yourself from succumbing to COVID-19? Improve your health and improve your antioxidant status.


Updated 4.7.20

LA doctor seeing success with hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Cardillo said he has seen very promising results when prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely-ill COVID-19 patients.

“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo told Eyewitness News. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”

Updated 4.6.20

Perspectives on the Pandemic with John Ioannidis

This is reasonable, balanced, and cogent explanation of the pandemic as explained by John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, as well as professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) at Stanford University.

We have not found an analysis of the data as balanced and perfectly presented as this. It is worth listening to.

Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues

An international team led by University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Josef Penninger has found a trial drug that effectively blocks the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 uses to infect its hosts.


Updated 4.3.20

Novartis, Mylan and Teva to supply tens of millions of chloroquine tablets to fight COVID-19

Novartis has pledged a global donation of up to 130 million hydroxychloroquine tablets, pending regulatory approvals for COVID-19. Mylan is ramping up production at its West Virginia Facility with enough supplies to make 50 million tablets. Teva is donating 16 million tablets to hospitals around the U.S. On Friday afternoon, Amneal pledged to make 20 million tablets by mid-April.


Updated 4.2.20

Dr. On Malaria Drug: ‘Absolute Game Changer,’ ‘Beginning Of The End Of The Pandemic’

You have got to read/listen to this one. It is another supportive report on what we posted BELOW on 3.31.20 about the incredibly high success rates of using Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to treat COVID-19.

“It’s a game changer. It’s an absolute game changer. … I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. I’m very serious.”


Updated 4.2.20

A Medical Worker Contracted The Coronavirus. He Survived And Is Back To Treat Patients.

“Raeburn Fairweather, a 47-year-old father of five and respiratory therapist working with coronavirus patients in New York City contracted the virus himself in mid-March. After recovering, he’s now back to work helping others who are suffering.”

Here’s to the brave and courageous men and women in this fight.


Updated 4.1.20

Unique discovery in Erasmus MC: antibody against corona

What did you and your fellow researchers from the Department of Virology and Utrecht University find, exactly?

“We have published an article about an antibody that we had already isolated before the current pandemic and which cross-reacted (biological term for repelling a foreign substance, ed.) with various coronaviruses. The antibody prevents the virus from being able to infect and can also help in the detection of the virus.”


Updated 3.31.20

Over 90 % Effective Cure Rate of Herbal Medicine Formula Against COVID-19, Study

An interesting array of herbs prescribed in the traditional Chinese Medicine format. Note the study also mentions chloroquine and utilizing antibody rich blood plasma transfusions.


Disclaimer: This is NOT an approved treatment for COVID-19 in the USA. This is an information update about one study out of China in the fight against COVID-19.

Updated 3.31.20

Spread Appears To Be Slowing Down, 195 Total Deaths In First U.S. Coronavirus ‘Hotbed’ Seattle


Updated 3.29.30

France Officially Sanctions Drug After 78 Of 80 Patients Recover From COVID-19 Within Five Days

The French government has officially sanctioned prescriptions of chloroquine to treat certain coronavirus patients.


Dr. Didier Raoult announced new clinical results, that show 78 out of 80 patients treated with chloroquine recovered within five days.

We need an effective treatment to cure COVID-19 patients and to decrease the virus carriage duration. In 80 in-patients receiving a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin we noted a clinical improvement in all but one 86 year-old patient who died, and one 74 year- old patient still in intensive care unit. A rapid fall of nasopharyngeal viral load tested by qPCR was noted, with 83% negative at Day7, and 93% at Day8. Virus cultures from patient respiratory samples were negative in 97.5% patients at Day5. This allowed patients to rapidly de discharge from highly contagious wards with a mean length of stay of five days. We believe other teams should urgently evaluate this cost-effective therapeutic strategy, to both avoid the spread of the disease and treat patients as soon as possible before severe respiratory
irreversible complications take hold.

You have to read this one! And also listen to his video interview with Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Dr. Zelenko’s results include zero (0) deaths and zero (0) intubations, with only three (3) patients having pneumonia but no intubations. The whole treatment costs only $20 over a period of 5 days with 100% success.

Here’s his Treatment Protocol:
Hydroxychroloquine 200 mg twice daily x 5 days
Zithromax 500 mg, 1 daily x 5 days
Zinc 220 mg daily x 5 days

He also states clearly that “if you are young and healthy, you will be fine.”

We will get through this. #StayPositiveStayDiligent


FDA grants emergency approval for 15-minute coronavirus test

The test can deliver “results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes,” its developer, Abbott, said in a statement.


101-Year-Old Spanish Flu and World War 2 Survivor Has Now Beat COVID-19 As Well

“Everyone saw hope for the future” of the whole world in a-hundred-and-one-year-old person’s recovery.


Updated 3.28.20

While still preliminary and a very small sample size in the study, the use of Stem Cells for COVID-19 may show some promise.

Transplantation of ACE2 Mesenchymal Stem Cells Improves the Outcome of Patients with COVID-19 Pneumonia

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to possess a comprehensive powerful immunomodulatory function. Seven patients with COVID-19 pneumonia in Beijing YouAn Hospital, China, were treated from Jan 23, 2020 to Feb 16, 2020. The pulmonary function and symptoms of these seven patients were significantly improved in 2 days after MSC transplantation. After treatment, peripheral lymphocytes were increased, C-reactive protein decreased, and the overactivated cytokine-secreting immune cells disappeared in 3-6 days. The level of TNF-α was significantly decreased, while IL-10 increased in MSC treatment group compared to the placebo control group. Thus, the intravenous transplantation of MSCs was safe and effective for treatment in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, especially for the patients in critically severe condition.


Updated 3.26.20

99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says

We are beginning to see more data about which type of patient is dying from the coronavirus. What we see is that it is not the virus itself that is deadly, but the health status of the patient that is the largest determinant of the overall outcome.

The Italian study reveals: “More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”

“The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions. More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.”

The Bloomberg article sited below also pointed out that the primary threat is to the elderly (the average age of someone who died was 79.5) and that the fatality rate may be closer to the global average of about 2%.

It is important to continue to express that the key to handling the coronavirus personally, beyond the necessary reasonable social distancing and hygiene measures, is to ensure your body is as healthy as possible.

NOW is the time to:

  • Optimize your health
  • Improve your immunity
  • Lose excess fat weight
  • Gain muscle
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Control your blood sugar
  • Maximize your nutritional status
  • Improve your antioxidant status
  • Balance your entire endocrine and hormone systems
  • Reduce your dependency on unnecessary medications

We are here for you. We can guide you towards your best health when, you are ready.

Reference from Bloomberg:


Orginal report in Italian:


Updated 3.24.20

New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C

Seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York state’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C – based on promising reports that it’s helped people in hard-hit China, The Post has learned.

Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C. Identical amounts of the powerful antioxidant are then re-administered three or four times a day, he said.

Each dose is more than 16 times the National Institutes of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C, which is just 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 milligrams for adult women.

The regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to people with the coronavirus in Shanghai, China, Weber said.

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he said….


Updated 3.23.20

Home Test Kits from EverlyWell will go to the front line physicians and hospitals first. But they are still coming!


Updated 3.22.20

Florida man with coronavirus says drug touted by Trump saved his life

Interesting anecdotal story on a patient recovering rapidly after starting hydroxychloroquine.


Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: ‘We’re going to be fine’


Updated 3.20.20

China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital according to some publications with claims of not enough new cases to support them.

A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.


Updated 3.19.20

Tax Deadline EXTENDED to July 15th! (But if you are getting a REFUND…File!)


Trump Suggests Anti-Malarial Drug Chloroquine Is an Effective Treatment Against COVID-19: FDA is reportedly cutting red tape to give expanded access to COVID-19 patients.


Updated 3.18.20

Home Test Kits Are Coming by EverlyWell!

This will help to further contain the virus and have patients receive rapid treatment! This is an excellent update and a reflection of how the American people are stepping up to solve this problem quickly.

“We’re announcing that an at-home collection kit with telehealth diagnosis for COVID-19 will be available to consumers starting Monday, March 23. The test can be requested online by consumers experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Samples can be collected at home, preventing further exposure for themselves and the public. The test will be available for $135 at no profit to Everlywell, and will be covered by participating HSA and FSA providers.”


Updated 3.17.20

Kroger CEO: ‘There’s plenty of food in the supply chain’

Yes, there are concerns about food (and toilet paper!) being easily accessible. There are good things to report:


Updated 3.13.20




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