Help for Covid-19 Long Haulers: Dr. Bens’ Cellular Repair Program

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(Updated March 15, 2022)

In June of 2020, two super-athletes who know of my work contacted me to say that they were experiencing severe symptoms and had tested positive for COVID-19. I forwarded my COVID-19 repair protocol for their consideration. After putting the protocol into action, which involved ingestion of specific nutritional medicines, they both indicated that they began to feel better in less than two days and got progressively better over a two-week period.

At the end of two weeks, they both reported they felt completely recovered and were able to resume their athletic training programs at the highest level. The marathon runner reported that his training times had actually improved beyond his best previous times. Here is what he wrote to a doctor who was a fellow marathon runner and had told his story about being a COVID-19 “long hauler” to the Wall Street Journal.

Hello Dr. Weinstein. My name is Marc Wolff. I am from Sarasota, Florida and I read the article in the Wall Street Journal today. I’m not a doctor but I have run the New York City Marathon five times and I experienced COVID in June. After having it, I too am a believer that this virus is the real deal! I had lingering symptoms that quite honestly scared the heck out of me. Finally, I reached out to Dr. Charles Bens, my nutritionist of 20 years, who helped me with his “COVID repair protocol”. Feel free to disregard this email if you want, but at least I wanted to reach out to you and let you know and give you his email address. If you would like to contact him, mention my name.  I now feel 100% and fantastic. I have used Dr. Bens for 20 years and lived a very healthy life as an avid runner.  I wish you and all of your colleagues the best of luck and thank you for all you do.  ~ Marc Wolff, CEO, Southern Trust Financial

What follows is a therapeutic cellular repair program aimed at improved health recovery for patients who have experienced the COVID-19 virus. They are presented, more or less, in sequential order based on importance, although all are valuable components of a cellular repair program.

Several studies have now confirmed that people who become infected with the COVID-19 virus often experience some cellular damage, including people who are asymptomatic. This damage has been shown to occur in tissues in the lungs, the kidneys, the liver, the heart, the brain, the throat, the intestines and nerve cells.

This damage is sometimes noticeable due to difficulty smelling, tasting, headaches and difficulty breathing. However, in some cases this damage is not measurable or noticeable. Since the experience with this virus is so new in the world of viral infections, we cannot be certain about how much damage has been done or how long it may take the body to repair this damage by itself. Therefore, it is prudent to assume that damage has occurred and that precautions to repair this damage, with proven cellular repair protocols, should be used.

The following suggestions are offered based on the science of cellular repair from damage occurring in other situations such as athletic injuries, disease damage, toxin damage, stress and premature aging.

CoEnzyme Q10

This enzyme helps to improve energy production in the mitochondria of our cells and has a proven track record in the repair of cells in the kidneys, liver, heart and brain. It also helps to protect the nucleus of cells, which is one of the most vulnerable and important cellular repair areas in the body. Most chronic illness and premature aging is caused by damage to the DNA in the nucleus of our cells. (Possible dosage 100-200 mg/day as Ubiquinol in soft gel form).

Curcumin

It is very difficult to achieve effective cellular repair if there is inflammation in the body. Curcumin has major anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is also known to help in the repair of damaged tissue, such as cartilage. Curcumin also boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which has improved brain function in brain related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. (Possible dosage 500-750 mg/day in formula with BCM-95- in soft gel form).

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also helps to produce connective tissue in the body, such as collagen. Vitamin C also has a proven track record of helping cells to accelerate the healing process in diseases such as heart disease, cancer and viral infections, as well as helping to keep pathogens under control. Vitamin C helps to strengthen white blood cells, which are crucial to immune function in our body. (Possible dosage 2,000-4,000 mg/day taken 500 mg every three to four hours).

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is particularly effective in protecting cell membranes due to its strong anti-oxidant properties. It has a proven track record in the treatment of heart disease, vascular disease and fatty liver disease. By repairing damaged cell membranes vitamin E ensures that cellular repair inside the cells can be done effectively since the membrane regulates both the intake of nutrients and the removal of waste from every cell in the body. (200-400 IU/day as mixed tocopherols in soft gel form).

Zinc

Zinc has strong antioxidant properties, but this is just one of its many important functions in the cellular repair and replacement process. Zinc picolinate can repair a damaged stomach lining in 30 days. Zinc plays an important role in the cell replication process by also helping with the production of growth hormones and assisting the DNA synthesis process. (30-40 mg/day-ensure 15 to one ration zinc and copper).

Vitamin B

All of the B vitamins are important, but in terms of cellular repair and replacement a few of the B vitamins go to the top of the list. Vitamin B6, B12 and folate are methylators, which means they are needed to help convert amino acids into hormones, neurotransmitters and other important biochemicals.

Vitamin B1, in the form of benfothiamine, is able to help rebuild the myelin sheath (outer lining) of our nerves. As a co-factor in many cellular functions vitamin B is crucial to all of the cells in key organs such as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, blood vessels and intestines. As part of the cellular repair process it is important to consume a vitamin B complex and also take additional amounts of vitamin B1 as benfothiamine, B6, B12 and folate. (B-Complex plus extra B6, B12 and folate-look for a homocysteine formula and benfothiamine).

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 plays many roles in cellular health as an antioxidant and antiviral regulator. More importantly vitamin D3 is the body’s master genetic control agent. Vitamin D3 regulates hundreds of genetic on and off switches for the protection and repair of our cells.

The strength of vitamin D3 can be illustrated by the power it has to prevent cancer at the cellular level, as well as play a major role in the repair of cancer-damaged cells as part of cancer treatment programs. It is also vital to the development of healthy bones and teeth. Finally, vitamin D3 plays a major role in helping our cells to communicate with one another to improve our cellular protection and regeneration processes. (Possible dosage: Vitamin D3/K2 4,000-6,000 IU/day- in liquid or soft get form).

Molecular Hydrogen

Molecular hydrogen (H2) is the smallest molecule capable of easily penetrating every cell, including cells in the brain. This is very important because H2 helps to increase oxygen delivery to our cells and ensure a balance is maintained in the release of protective cytokines to fight infections.

Supplementation with H2 has been shown to improve cellular function in the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive system and the brain. (Possible dosage: 2 tablets daily in 10 ounces of water from Quicksilver or Allergy Research Group, drink quickly).

Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPM)

SPM is highly concentrated fish oil. Due to its high concentration of lipid mediators, 18-HEPE and 17-HDHA, SPM is able to remodel damaged tissue and return it to normal healthy function. This allows cells to return to a state of balance in order to carry out their functions and responsibilities.

SMP can also stimulate enzymatic reactions, which are important to the destruction and removal of pathogens, such as bacteria, fungus and viral infections. Due to these functions, SPM can reduce pain and inflammation as well as help to return cells to their normal healthy function. (Possible dosage two soft gel capsules daily in split doses).

Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD)

NAD is a molecule in the niacin (vitamin B3) family of nutrients that plays a key role in the cellular aging process. It functions as a coenzyme, or helper molecule, in many biological processes.

As our cells go through the normal cell-replacement process, there are a few checkpoints in this cycle where everything must be perfectly aligned to allow for a good new cell to be produced. NAD plays a key role in insuring that all cellular systems are working efficiently in this replacement cycle.

If nutrition, sleep, stress, toxins and exercise are all at optimal levels, then having good NAD levels provides the insurance for excellent cellular replacement. This replacement process also occurs when cells have been damaged as is the case with the cells of COVID-19 patients. (Possible dosage 5 mg/day).

Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP)

MCP plays a key role in tissue remodeling, which is vital to the repair of damaged tissues after a heart attack, a stroke or a COVID-19 viral infection. There are several benefits to the consumption of MCP in supplement form:

  • Removal of heavy metals from the body
  • Removal of harmful plaque in the articles.
  • Helps reverse cellular deterioration, which leads to cancer and heart disease.
  • Improves kidney function via the reduction of fibroids and inflammatory cells.
  • Inhibits the development and growth of cancer cells.

MCP generally helps to ensure that cellular assaults are reduced, thus allowing damaged cells to be repaired in a more timely and effective manner. (Possible dosage 10-15 grams daily, powder or chewable tablets, in split doses of 5 grams each).

Pycnogenol

This supplement comes from French Pine Bark and has been shown to have protective capabilities in several cellular functions including the repair of brain cells after a stroke. It has also been shown to improve kidney flow and function, along with helping to reduce blood clots as an anticoagulant. This is important for COVID-19 patients since blood clots have been found in many parts of the body even after symptoms have been resolved. (Possible dosage 50-100 mg/day).

Berberine

This supplement activates the GLUT-4 molecule within each cell to improve the energy production in the cells mitochondria. This increased energy allows cells to optimize the cellular repair process.

Berberine also plays a role in the DNA damage repair process. This has been shown to specifically improve damage control in the liver, the pancreas, the arteries and the heart. (Possible dosage 500 mg with the morning meal and 500 mg with the evening meal).

Magnesium

Magnesium is the transport agent that delivers glucose and oxygen into the cell to produce energy in the mitochondria. Deficiencies of magnesium have been known to contribute to heart attacks and a number of brain disorders, including depression, anxiety, ADD and ADHD.

Magnesium is found in many foods, especially green vegetables, however exercise and cellular repair processes increase the need for this mineral. There are many forms of magnesium and the following doses are recommended:

– Magnesium glycinate 400 mg with the morning meal. For body cells.

– Magnesium threonate 400 mg with the evening meal. For brain cells.

Probiotics

These beneficial bacteria are crucial to the development of most nutrients in the intestines. They help to control pathogens that come into the body and they break down food for the nutrients they contain. Probiotics also help to initiate the development of anti-inflammatory and immune function molecules.

These beneficial microbiotas can significantly influence molecular mechanisms and pathways that can influence both the prevention and resolution of numerous chronic illnesses, as well the epigenetic expressions that can determine our future health. (Possible dosage: 20 billion live bacteria in a variety of strains at least 10-15 strains; in the morning before breakfast with some yogurt and blueberries for better assimilation).

Olive Leaf Extract

The olive tree is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet which has been helping people to eat healthy for thousands of years. One of the primary functions of olive leaf extract is to prevent viral infections. However, it has also been shown to improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and protect organs such as the pancreas, liver and the kidneys.

Olive Leaf Extract has anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven to repair tissue damage related to kidney disease, upper respiratory illnesses, fatty liver disease and heart disease. (Possible dosage is 500-1,000 mg/day in split doses of 250 mg each dose).

Digestive Enzymes

As we age, our bodies make less of the digestive enzymes needed for the assimilation of food, metabolic functions, and the delivery of nutrients to our cells. By the time we are fifty years old, our bodies may be making up to 50% less digestive enzymes than when we were twenty years old. This is part of the body’s programmed aging process.

Most raw foods have sufficient enzymes to process the nutrients in them, however cooking foods destroys all enzymes. There are over 5,000 enzymes in the body responsible for many functions including the cellular repair and replacement process, as well as helping to kill germs, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. (Possible dosage: one capsule with each meal, especially cooked meals. Capsules should contain amylase, protease and lipase enzymes with a larger number of amylase because this is what comprises the majority of food being consumed).

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are primary anti-inflammatory nutrients with many proven benefits for the prevention and treatment of chronic illness. One of their main benefits is the ability of Omega-3 fatty acids to soften cell membranes, which helps to improve the entry of nutrients and the removal of waste from the cells. Clinical studies have shown benefits for improvement of the following chronic illnesses.

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer of the breast, colon and prostate.
  • Cognitive function including depression, ADHD, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Childhood allergies
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Arthritis
  • Macular degeneration

There are some cautions with the use of Omega-3 fatty acids including its impact on blood thinning medications. However, for the most part it is safe when used at appropriate dosages. (Possible dosages 900 mg/day of EPA and 600 mg/day of DHA. Double or triple this dosage has been effective in several clinical trials, but should be monitored by a qualified health professional).

Sequential Process to Repair COVID Long Hauler Cellular Damage

This is the recommended sequence for the use of the COVID-19 Repair Protocol. These six steps were used by the two athletes mentioned.

  1. Reduce the viral presence: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Olive Leaf Extract, Zinc and Molecular Hydrogen.
  2. Reduce the inflammation level: Fish oil, Curcumin, Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators.
  3. Increase cellular energy levels: Magnesium, Berberine and Co-Enzyme Q10.
  4. Enhance the body’s readiness for healing: Eat the Mediterranean Diet, chew food thoroughly, consume digestive enzymes before each meal, and take probiotics just before breakfast.
  5. Stimulate the tissue repair process: Vitamin E, Vitamin B, NAD Pycnogenol, Olive Leaf Extract and Modified Citrus Pectin.
  6. Sustained cellular replacement: Repeat this protocol for three to six months to ensure that all cells in every organ and system are replaced with healthy cells.

 Targeted Nutraceutical Therapeutics for COVID Recovery

General Nutritional Guideline

The optimum eating program for cellular repair and recovery is to eat according to the Mediterranean Diet. This has been proven by the Framingham Heart Study over 30 years with 125,000 participants.

This involves eating Omega-3 rich fish, organic poultry, 6 or 7 vegetables, two low-sugar fruits such as apples and blueberries, nuts, seeds, healthy oils such as olive oil, and plenty of pure spring water with a high level of silica such as Volvic or Fiji water.

Nutraceutical Guidelines (Dosages were provided earlier and recommended blood and urine ranges are on the next page)

BREAKFAST:

  • Probiotics
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Magnesium
  • Berberine
  • SPM
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin C
  • CoEnzyme Q10
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Modified Citrus Pectin

LUNCH:

  • Digestive enzymes
  • Vitamin C
  • Curcumin
  • Molecular Hydrogen water
  • NAD
  • Vitamin E
  • Modified Citrus Pectin
  • Olive leaf extract

DINNER:

  • Enzymes
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Magnesium threonate
  • Berberine
  • SPM
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • CoEnzyme Q10
  • Pycnogenol
  • Omega-3
  • Modified Citrus Pectin

The foods and the nutritional supplements included in this article allow the body to go through its normal cellular repair process. One of the key elements influencing the success of this approach to cellular healing, due to COVID cellular damage, is the timing of the introduction of this protocol. The sooner the repair program is initiated the sooner and more successful the repair and recovery process will be.

Case Studies

Case #1: A male former Olympic swimmer, age 42, still in training every day – He pushed back the COVID-19 virus at initial infection with a combination of vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. Multiple symptoms returned after one month and he began my COVID-19 long-hauler formula with a cutback in swimming to allow nutrients to properly repair damaged tissue. (Chlorine gas can deplete levels of zinc and vitamin D3). Symptoms cleared in two weeks, but he continued use of protocol to allow full cellular recovery.

Case #2: A 53-year-old male with a poor diet, but good exercise patterns – Multiple symptoms of COVID-9 have continued for five months before he asked for help from my office. (Exercise without proper nutrition depletes many nutrients including vitamin C and magnesium.) In consultation with his doctor he began intravenous vitamin C and hydrogen peroxide in order to jumpstart the cellular recovery process. He begins the full long-hauler protocol. After three weeks his symptoms cleared, but he stayed on the improved diet and some of the COVID-19 supplements, continuing to be symptom free.

Case #3: A 32-year-old hairdresser and mother of two develops difficulty breathing for several weeks after initial COVID infection – Chemicals used in hair salons can endanger the lungs. This woman stopped working for four days and started a limited version of the COVID-19 long-hauler protocol, as well as nebulizing an essential oil respiratory formula. Improvement began, but not fast enough given her need to work in a challenging environment. Doses of vitamin C and Specialized Pro Resolving Mediators were increased considerably. Symptoms subsided and she continues on a management protocol with many of the protocol supplements and an improved diet.

COVID Long Haulers Repair Program  Measurement

Having a strong immune system is the number one factor in determining if someone will succumb to the coronavirus, cancer, or any chronic illness. Not experiencing frequent colds and flu is one possible measure of this strength, but there are better and more scientific ways to make this determination.

Getting the best blood, urine and cellular energy tests will provide a much more accurate measure of the strength of any person’s immune system. Here is a list of some of the best measurement tools for immune system analysis.

  1. Omega 3/6 ratio: This blood test measures the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids in the body. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory while omega 6 is inflammatory. Too much Omega 6 means the body is vulnerable to illnesses such as cancer, flu response and other chronic illnesses. Good ratio 2.1-3.1.
  2. Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 controls hundreds more genetic predispositions than any other nutrient or drug. High levels in the blood are proven to dramatically reduce the risk of cancer and viral infections, including the Coronavirus. Desired levels are 50-90 ng/mL.
  3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant with the proven ability to prevent and effectively treat many cancers, heart disease and many viruses, including the Coronavirus. Good blood levels are 400 micromol/L.
  4. Co-enzyme Q10: CoQ10 increases energy production in the mitochondria of our cells, and provides antioxidant protection for the nucleus of our cells, which contains our DNA. Energy levels are crucial for organs such as the liver, brain, intestines, pancreas, kidneys, lungs and the heart. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, cancer, kidney disease and heart disease have been effectively treated. Good level 0.8-1.5 vng/mL.
  5. C-reactive protein: CRP is a good measure of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is caused by the presence of toxins, too much fat in the body, poor nutrition and injuries. It is a warning sign for the development of heart disease, cancer, brain disease and much more. Good level is less than 1mg/L.
  6. 8-OHgD: This urine test measures the accumulated oxidative stress and DNA damage in our cells. DNA damage is caused by toxins, viruses and other pathogens. High 8-OHgD levels are an indication that the body is vulnerable to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Good levels for males 29.6+/-24.5 ng/mg and females 43.9+/- 42.1 ng/mg creatinine.
  7. GGT test:  The Gamma-Glutamyl Transpeptidase Test is a measure of how well the liver is functioning. The liver is the body’s primary detoxification organ. If it is not functioning properly something is wrong, and should be corrected. Normal levels are 0-30 IU/L.
  1. GlycoMark: Excess sugar is serious health issue for many Americans. The best measure of sugar’s presence and behavior in our body is the GlycoMark test. This test measures all aspects of sugar influence including after meal glucose spikes. A safe level is 10-31 ug/mL.
  2. Lymphocytes: Lymphocytes represent up to 40% of the white blood cells in the body, and are crucial to the immune system defense mechanism. Levels increase in the presence of infections, including viral infections. Blood cancer and autoimmune diseases also cause levels of lymphocytes to increase. Normal safe levels are 1000-3000/ml.
  3. Homocysteine: This test measures the levels of vitamin B6, B12 and folate in the body. These three nutrients are crucial to the development of hormones and neurotransmitters. Low levels lead to inflammation and the development of many chronic illnesses. Best range 5.0-7.0 mmol/L.
  4. RBC Magnesium: Approximately eighty percent of the adult population is deficient in magnesium. Most magnesium tests only consider about one percent of the serum magnesium levels in the body. The RBC Magnesium test is superior because it actually measures about 40% of the total magnesium in our body. The usual range is 4.2-6.8 mg/dL and the optimal level should be at least 6.0-6.5 mg/dL.
  5. Galectin 3: This molecule is found in our blood in small amounts. However, an elevation of this molecule can indicate the growing evidence of heart failure,  inflammation, and cancer. Galectin 3 is found to be over-expressed on the surface of cancer cells, and actually helps cancer cells to stick to one another. It also circulates in the blood, indicating that cancers are attempting to spread or metastasize. This is also a good test to determine the development of heart disease. Because it can indicate the possibility of multiple diseases, it should not be used alone to measure the presence or the spread of cancer or heart disease. The possible range is 3.2-94.6 ng/mL and ideal range is 11.7-17.8 ng/mL. Anything above 18 ng/mL should be considered a possible movement of cells in the direction of chronic illness, especially heart disease or cancer.
  6. Oxygen test– Circulating oxygen can be measured by a finger oxygen meter. Oxygen is crucial to the production of energy in the mitochondria when oxygen and glucose are combined. If oxygen levels are low, then the mitochondria do not produce enough energy and cells are not able to function properly. As the level of oxygen drops, the seriousness of the cellular challenge increases. Circulatory restriction is usually the primary cause of reduced oxygen levels. (Finger meters use a 100-point scale and the desired level is from 96 to 100).
  7. Zinc/copper ratio: The ratio of zinc to copper is more important than the serum concentration of either one of these minerals separately. One of the most common trace-metal imbalances is elevated copper and depressed zinc, which often leads to brain related challenges. When purchasing zinc in supplement form it is important to ensure a ratio of 15 mg of zinc to one mg of copper. (In terms of blood tests the desirable ratio is between 0.70-1.00).
  8. Curcumin- It is very difficult to achieve effective cellular repair if there is inflammation in the body. Curcumin has major anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is also known to help in the repair of damaged tissue. Curcumin also boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which has improved brain function in brain related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. (Blood test to use is the one for C-reactive protein that measures inflammation levels).
  9. Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD)- NAD is a molecule in the niacin (vitamin B3) family of nutrients that plays a key role in the cellular aging process. Its role is as a coenzyme or helper molecule in many biological processes. As our cells go through the normal cell replacement process, there are a few checkpoints in this cycle where everything must be perfectly aligned to allow for a health new cell to be produced. NAD plays a key role in insuring that all cellular systems are working efficiently in this replacement cycle. If nutrition, sleep, stress, toxins and exercise are all at optimal levels, then having good NAD levels provides the insurance for excellent cellular replacement. This replacement process also occurs when cells have been damaged as is the case with the cells of COVID-19 patients. (Possible blood plasma level of vitamin B3 are 0.50-8.45 ug/mL)

A Few Words about Exercise, Insulin Sensitivity, and Effects of Sugar on Immunity

Exercise plays a crucial role in the effective delivery of nutrients in the body, as well as the functional ability of cells to do their job. When people exercise, the insulin receptors on all cells increase in number and sensitivity. Insulin receptors are responsible for capturing the glucose and insulin travelling together in the bloodstream to be taken into cells for energy production.

When people do not exercise on a regular basis, these insulin receptors go to sleep and are not able to bring the glucose and insulin into cells. As a result, cells cannot do their jobs well enough and become stressed and weakened. This makes them vulnerable to pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. This also causes sugar to continue circulating in the body causing oxidative stress and damage to blood vessels and key organs.

As a final insult, this circulating sugar can enter the white blood cells, which are a key component of the  immune system. This can happen because the white blood cells need vitamin C in them to be strong and do their job at fighting infections. If there is not enough vitamin C in the body, sugar can  take its place because sugar and vitamin C have similar molecular structures. If this unfortunate exchange happens, the immune system can be weakened by as much as 75%. The bottom-line message is to ensure everyone gets 30-45 minutes of exercise every day and eat as little sugar as possible. 

Summary

Over 50 scientists and medical doctors have now reviewed the protocol and have endorsed it because the science makes sense to them. Sometimes that is the best way when we are facing an emergency. Long drawn out double-blind placebo controlled studies are too expensive and time consuming in situations such as this. Overall, the risks associated with this cellular repair protocol are low, and the potential benefits are high.

PEER REVIEWS

“One of the best science-based COVID protocols based on Functional Medicine I have seen. The ability to personalize COVID care for our patients based on diagnostic testing is ideal, and Charles Bens’ COVID protocol offers this ability. Working with an experienced practitioner to oversee care in light of an individual’s clinical history is advised, but this offers a science-based approach to reduce associated inflammation and assist organ repair, energy metabolism, and immunity to help individuals who want to prevent COVID, reduce damage due to COVID, and/or restore health after COVID. ” ~ Ruth Lininger M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Integrative Path, Chapel Hill, NC

“Dr. Bens has developed an excellent cellular repair and recovery protocol for a vast majority of COVID long hauler patients. This science-based strategy may need to be upgraded for patients with a very weak immune system such as the cancer patients that I see every day. For these patient’s I would recommend adding hydrogen oxygen inhalation, repurposed prescription medications, customized-compounded flavonoids and injectable peptides. These  science-based components add additional organ repair capabilities in highly immune compromised patients”. ~ Daniel Thomas, DO, MSc, Integrative Oncologist, Mt. Dora, Fl.   

“I received it (Dr. Bens’ article- An Emerging Crisis Exposed by the COVID Pandemic”) and it’s a great article. I do endorse everything you wrote! I don’t think I could add anything that would make it better”. Dr. Rona has written several books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of chronic illnesses and is recognized as the leading authority in Canada for the promotion of functional and integrative medicine.~ Zoltan Rona, M.D., MSc, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada  

(Caution: This article does not replace the advice of your own doctor. Please consult your healthcare practitioner regarding the use of any nutritional supplements to ensure they are safe and appropriate for your use.)

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Charles Bens, PhD, is an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant specializing in the fields of organizational improvement, workplace wellness and functional medicine. His creative publications and presentations have garnered praise in the form of Man of the Year recognition in the U.S. and Canada, commendation from the President of the United States and speaking engagements worldwide. He is one of the top-rated speakers for Vistage the largest CEO organization in the world. Dr. Bens has written 9 books and over 200 articles. He has written three university courses and has been named the Vail Visiting Professor by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. He has a wellness consulting company, Healthy At Work, in Sarasota, Florida. Please tune in to Dr. Bens’ RadioMD program Healing Trends with Doctor Bens” every Wednesday at 2 PM Eastern Time. The program describes how to find chronic illness five to ten years before it begins, and then how to prevent it. Programs can be accessed in the RadioMD library 24/7. This same type of information is available in Dr. Bens' mini book Health in Your Pocket available on his web site at drcharlesbens.com.

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    January 28, 11:48 Paul F Beatty

    Agree with ALMOST everything Dr. Bens recommends with ONE BIG CORRECTION! First and foremost (since many cannot afford all these supplements ongoing) tell people what to STOP eating -Processed Food ! Get off sugar,processed carbs,Adulterated vegetable oils,trans fats. In other words only clean fresh food -no exceptions. Next -his ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 should be in range of 2.5 to 1. Key is the Omega 6 and 3s MUST be in CIS form because persistent viruses impair delta 6 desaturase enzyme. It is the depletion of EFA derivatives (especially GLA,DGLA,AA) from “inflammatory storm)” that has caused depletion of substrates leading to deficiency in signaling of PGE1,PGI2. Furthermore there is inhibition of 15(OH) DGLA to prevent free AA release.(feed back loop). Focus on PGE1 (including co-factors all mention here plus pacing and people will recover sooooo much faster. Omega 6 unadulterated replacing adulterated veg oils in diet is key to manipulating the eicosanoids back into balance.

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    January 29, 18:43 Dr. Charles Bens

    Response to Paul F. Beatty. First and foremost thanks for taking the time to read the article and for your general agreement with the protocol. I did mention eating the Mediterranean Diet and cutting out sugar and alcohol, even too much sugar from fruit. Supplements may be expensive , but they are the only way to increase nutrients to the therapeutic levels necessary to achieve cellular repair and recovery levels. Omega 3/6 ratio can be at a lower level such as 2.5 to 1, however they were not intended to be the primary control factor for the inflammatory storm. SPM and H2 play a more dominant role in my protocol in this regard. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments.

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    March 12, 23:54 Patrick

    Greetings Dr Bens,
    I’m glad I found this article as it gives me something to try to aid in my recovery and your explanation for each item and the role it plays in the protocol was very informative.
    Has there been any more case studies since the release of this article ? If so, how do the numbers look in terms of people improving ?

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    March 15, 13:05 Dr. Charles Bens

    Hi Patrick,
    Thanks for your question. Since this is not a controlled trial results come in on a random basis. Several people have used the protocol since July 2020 and all who stayed on the protocol, as recommended, have fully recovered. Also, 50 doctors have reviewed the protocol for scientific validity as part of a peer review, and all agreed it was an appropriate treatment. Hundreds could have used it, but did not report the results. No one has said that it did not work. I hope this helps. Two caveats; the protocol works better if it is followed as written, and maintained for 3 to 5 months after symptoms stop. Thanks again for your questions. Best regards, Dr. Bens

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      March 27, 15:44 Patrick

      Hello Dr Bens,
      Thank you very much for the reply. One more question as I am close to acquiring all items. The sequential order of vitamins vs list given for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Are supposed to take the items from the sequential list and consume them at the proper meal time ? If so, how long should each phase be implemented for before moving to the next ?
      Or do we just take everything and consume them at proper meal times ?

      Thank you.

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        March 29, 13:23 Dr. Charles Bens

        Hello Patrick,
        Thanks for your question. The supplements are best taken with meals as shown. Some are repeated during the day to ensure optimal dosage and synergy. FYI, people who are long haulers beyond 2 months can benefit from IV treatments such as hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C and glutathione to help jump start the immune response and bush back the virus. The protocol can usually be continued during the IV treatments. Always check with your doctor because everyone has different epigenetics and existing conditions. Hope this is helpful.
        Best regards. Dr. B.

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    March 18, 15:48 Larry

    What brand supplements are recommended? As a COVID long hauler I would like to try this. Are supplements from Swansons as effective as other brands? Is Qunol CoQ10 better then Natures Bounty? Should I worry about brand or just look for the most cost effective?

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      March 20, 11:36 Cadegan

      Hello Larry, Dr. Bens is based in the U.S. so the brands he uses would be American. If you are based in Canada, go to a good health food store and ask for their brand recommendations. We like Naka, AOR, and CanPrev brands as they are locally made and have a proven track record of quality.

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        March 29, 13:39 Dr. Charles Bens

        Hi Cadegan,
        Thanks for your suggestion to Larry. Please see mine as well. I’m not as familiar with the Canadian brands as I should be. I hope he finds his way to better health.
        All the best, Dr. Bens

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      March 29, 13:36 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hello Larry,
      Thanks for your question. Some brands are better than others. I tried to include some explanations on quality in the protocol. I have a dispensary on my website with Fullscript. Click on the Canadian flag for access. Sometimes quality comes with a higher price, but it’s usually worth it. For example, Metagenics is very high quality for their Ultra Potent Vitamin C Powder and other products like Specialized Proresolving Mediators. Pecta Sol is a good brand for Modified Citrus Pectin. If you have other specific questions I will try to respond at soon as I can. Please remember to check with your doctor as you go forward with the protocol. Hope this is helpful. All the best, Dr. B.

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      January 29, 08:37 Wendy S

      I find the supplements from Swanson to be effective I also take a lot of my supplements from Puritan’s Pride and my NAC I buy from Gridiron. what works the best for me is Liposomal Glutathione. After taking 2000 a day for 4 days then 500 mg for the rest of the 30 day supply and all of my long symptoms from March of 2020 to Nov 2020 all went away and they were severe and by continuing to take the Glutathione and adding Alpha Lopoic Acid I was able to stop using my prescription Anti-inflammatory drugs that I had taken every day for over 35 years And was even able to work in my garden for the first time in many years and my Dr was amazed! I had developed Granuloma Annulare and it is even clearing up, it had spread from my arm to my face.

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    April 15, 22:55 whisperingsage

    Well I am on pretty much all the protocol and most of it for years. optimal doses. But I just keep having to go back on oxygen. Can’t walk far, I lose my energy. Just depressed now.

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      September 03, 12:19 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi Whisperingsage,
      Somehow your message did not get forwarded to me. I am so sorry for that. Please let me know how you are and if I can help in anyway. We have learned a lot of about to fine tune this protocol to meet various patients special needs. if you send me an email I will try to help in any way that I can. Lungs for often the biggest long term challenge. I do have some things that have helped. My email address is bensck@gmail.com.

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    June 10, 17:42 Aaron Kempf

    Hello Dr. Ben,

    I am wondering if you have had anyone use this protocol for lingering symptoms post vaccine. I got the JJ vaccine in early April and have more or less gone through a rollercoaster the last couple months. I never tested positive for the virus through multiple PCR and the nucleocapsid antigen test, but I literally fell ill with all the long haul symptoms within a week of receiving the shot. In any case, it appears my gut was damaged as part of this ordeal and I have what appear to be multiple histamine/mast cell related responses to stress through exercise, food, environment. It manifests as head pressure (ocular and around my ears), tinnitus, myalgias (more pronounced on right half), mild fatigue, chest heaviness, shortness and breath, and autonomic dysfunction (heart palpitations/ insomnia). Before the vaccine I was a super athlete, always ate a whole foods organic diet and did not have any known medical issues or problems. All my bloodwork appears normal within the last couple months with the exception of low WBC and neutropenia. Have you seen this as a side effect of covid, the vaccine or something else? I really would like to tie together how I am feeling and a protocol to help speed up my recovery.

    Thanks,
    Aaron

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      June 11, 18:35 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi Aaron, Thanks for your input. Yes, there have been several post vaccine cases like this, both with and without previous infection. It is also possible you were infected but the test was inaccurate. Super athletes seem to be very vulnerable due to them having higher levels of ACE-2 receptors for higher amino acid production requirements. COVID uses ACE-2 receptors as their entry point. Your blood tests may be normal because the wrong things are being tested. See my immune test at http://www.drcharlesbens.com. The COVID long hauler protocol would definitely help you. In addition I would suggest nanoparticle colloidal silver liquid for the intestines, extra vitamin C for the histamine, astragalus-vitamin A-vitamin E- vitamin B6 to improve WBC production, and inhalers for the lungs and sinus area. Emuaid First Defense or Lignosus Inhaler. Please check with your doctor on all of this and feel free to email if necessary. Bensck@gmail.com.

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    July 17, 05:16 Mike

    I am post COVID for 7 months now and i was doing well for 2 months and exercising again. I crashed with insomnia, bad anxiety and heart racing and it seems like i have POTS that is getting worse and worse. Could covid wipe out all b vitamins and be deficient in b1? I tested my D and b12 with folic acid and they are in good range.

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      September 03, 12:03 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hello Mike,
      I’m so sorry for this late response. I really hope you are feeling better. If you email me I will immediately begin to help you as much as I can. I think the protocol in the article is the way to go initially. This is not uncommon as the virus can return any time it wants to. Looking forward to your email. bensck@gmail.com.

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    September 02, 10:30 Desperate wife

    I am trying to get LLC the victims together to start the program. I noticed you recommend to take zinc but you do t list when to take it. Can you tell me if Ia to take it breakfast lunch or dinner?

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      September 03, 12:12 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hello Desperate Wife,
      Sorry for the article oversight. Zinc can be taken any time, but the evening meal might be the best time. The body does its best repair while we sleep. Please let know how your patient is doing and I will try to help if I can. I have a new article to share called the Secrets of Full Long COVID recovery. It offers some advice on how to fine tune the protocol to meet personal needs. It mentions getting some IV’s to jump start the immune system. bensck@gmail.com.

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    October 06, 15:03 Brett

    Dr. Bens,

    I developed Long Haul Covid Syndrome (LCHS) after taking a Moderna COVID vaccine several weeks ago. My primary symptom is fatigue and exercise intolerance, possibly from some type of cardiovascular inflammation. I responded well to 3 high-dose vitamin C infusions and I was delighted and inspired to discover your protocol last night. I ordered everything on it this morning. I am extremely impressed with how thorough it is. I have have done nutritional research and it seems you really covered every conceivable angle. Yesterday I was in a dark place after seeing a physician who said I may not ever recover and believing physicians and prescriptions were my only hope at this point. Your program really gives me an alternative and I thank you, with gratitude.

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      October 10, 15:48 Dr. Bens

      Hello Brett,
      Thanks for message of support and hope for a speedy and full recovery. I will help you in any way that I can because each persons case can be a little different. Your quick action on the supplements is a good start.

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    November 02, 23:16 Bob

    I think your Zinc/Copper blood ratio might be wrong. You have 0.7-1.0. In other references I see 1.0-1.3. Please check this. Thanks.

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      November 05, 12:59 Dr. Bens

      Thanks for your inquiry. This range can go from 7 to one to 15 to one. It really depends of the foods eaten on a regular basis. That is why testing is so important. When blood tests show the ideal range of 7 to one on the zinc/copper ratio test they are considered to be balanced.

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    November 05, 10:01 Mark

    Thank you for the information provided in this article. I do have a question regarding the “sequential process”. Are you recommending that we take only the supplements in step 1 for a time and then move on to taking only the supplements in step 2, etc (i.e., don’t take all of the supplements listed in the article for the entire 3-6 months)? And if so, how long should I stay in each step before moving to the next one?

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      November 05, 13:03 Dr. Bens

      Hi Mark. The sequence is the pattern of biological use in the body. All supplements should be taken with food as suggested in the protocol. The body will figure out how to use them, and it will tell you with symptoms and blood tests if they are working. In every case so far the protocol is working very well.

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    November 09, 13:16 zkittles strain

    Thanks for sharing this. Now, when the pandemic is raging, it seems to me that this is the most acute problem that worries the whole world. It is good that we have already found the means to help you survive coronavirus disease with fewer problems. Unfortunately, I didn’t see this article when I got sick, but I was able to read it now. I would like to know if there is a way to restore taste buds? Maybe for this it is also worth drinking a few vitamins? Almost a year has passed, and the taste has not recovered. I would be grateful if you can help.

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      November 10, 09:37 Dr. Charles Bens

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear about your continuing taste challenge. I believe that taste and smell issues are related to CODIV-19 damage in the part of the brain that controls these senses, the gustatory cortex. Do you have any other unresolved symptoms? To begin with higher doses of vitamin C, quercetin and zinc would probably help. Astaxanthin and Specialized Pro Resolving Mediators might also be helpful. It would help to have more information to make a better analysis. Please feel free to email me to discuss.
      Best regards,
      Dr. Bens

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    November 30, 00:14 Jill

    Dr Bens,

    I was vaccinated with Pfizer in March, got Covid early August and suffered for 4 months with major fatigue and brain fog. Within 3 days of taking the vitamins you recommended, I started to feel a difference. It’s been 16 days now and I truly have so much more energy and my brain is working again. Yeah! I was losing hope and had actually considered I might be getting early onset demensia. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I want to make sure you know how much your appreciated.

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      December 02, 12:41 Dr. Bens

      Hi Jill,
      Thanks so much for your inspiring response. I really appreciate that you shared it with me, and I’m sure others will gain hope from it as well. May I suggest that you taper off of the protocol gradually because this virus is very resilient and can return under the right conditions. If you ever need any help with lingering health challenges please let me know and I will gladly help as much as I can.
      All the best, Dr. Bens

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      February 22, 23:42 jasper allen

      I am the same with the addition of major headaches every few weeks and the addition of shortness of breath and this constant feeling of hardness to breath and swallow. I was a really active person before my vaccine and now I am struggling post. its been 3 months already since getting my 2 dose of pfiyzer in Los Angeles. Thank you so much in giving people hope in recovery.

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        February 24, 12:39 Dr. Bens

        Hi Jasper,
        Thanks for adding your thoughts. Please let me know if I can help in any way as you navigate the protocol. On my site http://www.drcharlesbens.com there are all of the necessary supplements at good prices. Also, Vitality Magazine has another article of mine on the Secrets of Full Recovery from COVID long hauler syndrome. There are suggestions in it above breathing and swallowing. There is also another article just out about repairing cardiovascular damage. Please let me know if I can help in any way. All the best, Dr. Bens

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          February 27, 00:43 jasper allen

          Thank you so much, i am starting to feel much much better. I did a EPOO treatment here in Los Angeles which helped expedencially.

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    December 30, 08:15 Jack Herer

    I think that vitamins, the vaccine, and anything healthy will have a role to play in keeping us all safe. I had quite a bit of side-effects from the vaccine itself and it was vitamins and healthy living that got me through it quicker than my friend.

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    January 15, 12:59 Katie

    Can you make a recommendation for an alternative to SPM? I’m vegan and would like to see if there is a plant alternative even if it is less effective

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      January 17, 10:01 Dr. Charles Bens

      Katie,
      I think quercetin is your best choice in this case. About 200 mg is the usual dose. It is a strong anti-inflammatory with a proven track record. I selected SPM because it is stronger and addressed the two stages of resolving inflammation. Hope this helps.

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    January 26, 19:52 kim

    I ended up getting covid, but my symptoms were only a cough, and loss of taste/smell. I’ve treated the cough with OTC meds, but I have partial taste and smell. I’m also vegetarian (sometimes I’ll eat turkey if I want to). Would I have to take ALL of these supplements? Is there a simple way just to treat the loss of smell and taste?

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      January 29, 10:32 Dr. Bens

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for your email. You probably do not need to take all of the supplements. However, symptoms alone do not tell the story of all the cells damaged by COVID. Taste and smell are controlled in the brain so the primary nutrients are pycnogenol, molecular hydrogen, magnesium threonate, vitamin B, SPM and vitamin C. Each does something unique and should help you regain taste and smell within a month or two. Other cells in your body will also benefit. Hope this is helpful. Dr. Bens

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    January 29, 08:32 Wendy S

    Why no mention of Lipasomal Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid or NAC. After one months supply of L-Glutathione my long symptoms that lasted from March 2020 to November 2020 all went away and when I added the Alpha lipoic Acid I no longer needed my prescription anti-inflammatory that I had taken for over 35 years every day of my life.

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      February 14, 09:47 Dr. Bens

      Wendy,
      Really glad to hear about your success. Those are good products and could have been in the protocol. Our program started in July 2020 and has been used by many people with great success. We selected our nutraceuticals due to the superior scientific evidence behind them and need to repair damage in multiple organs and systems. Thanks again for your comments.

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      May 25, 12:32 Ed S.

      Great question. All 3 are critical in addressing Covid not only in treatment but as preventative measures.

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  19. K
    February 11, 19:00 Kort

    Dr. Bens,

    I think I have developed covid long haul 8 weeks after recovering from a mild case of covid. Have quite a few symptoms, have had a pretty extensive work up on my health. I’ve seen a cardiologist and had 48hr holter monitor, exercise stress test, echocardiogram all they say is it is fine. I have now been dealing with high blood pressure, chest pain, occasionally short of breath, dizzy/lightheaded, feeling of passing out, no appetite have lost 15lbs in 5 weeks. Is this something you think I would benefit from?

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      February 14, 09:55 Dr. Bens

      Hi Kort,
      The protocol featured in this article would definitely help. Also, I have a new article to be published soon, that concentrates on the cardiovascular system. If you email me I will send you an advance copy.

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        March 26, 17:24 Alex

        Hi Dr Bens,

        I seem to be in a similar situation as Kort. Please could you send me an email re. cardiovascular system.

        Many thanks

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    February 14, 10:00 Dr. Bens

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks so much for your kind words. The editor has reported that this is one of the most popular articles of all time. And, for your knowledge the success rate is about 100% for full recovery.

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    February 26, 18:45 Jon

    Hi Dr. Ben,

    I was wondering if you recommend doing this treatment as a prophylactic? Like if you have no long haul problems, would you still recommend getting on this protocol and would it decrease your chances of developing long haul if you were to be infected?

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    February 28, 09:57 Dr. Bens

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for your question. The COVID prevention and early treatment protocol is different. Supplements include quercetin, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D and Olive Leaf Complex taken daily at lower doses. At initial infection symptoms higher doses are recommended on a rotating basis, one item every hour until symptoms stop, and then continuing this rotation for another week every two or three hours. On days when human contact occurs we recommend a few sprays of colloidal silver in the nose (breath in deeply) and a few sprays in the throat. This kills most virus at the most likely point of entry. Hope this helps.
    Dr. Bens

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    March 04, 07:58 Barbara

    Hi Dr Ben. I was wondering if your long haul Covid protocol is available for purchase. I am suffering from severe anxiety which I believe to be Covid related. I tested positive in Dec. 2021 and the anxiety has been present for over 6 weeks. Any help would be much appreciated z

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      March 05, 09:56 Dr. Bens

      Hi Barbara,
      Sorry to hear about your anxiety challenge. If you have the article you have the program. The supplements can be purchased online, at a health food store or from my website at http://www.drcharlesbens.com. I can also offer some additional advice about anxiety if you email me at bensck@gmail.com. It usually takes several weeks to become symptom free and 100% again. Hope you recovery is a speedy one. Dr. Bens

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    March 04, 12:46 Suzanne

    Thank you for your amazing article.
    I have been dealing with post covid for nearly a year, and with the SOB, fatigue, heart racing, etc. I have had what seemed like gastroparesis, and now seems like SIBO also, I can eat a bit now, but nothing fresh, etc. Suggestions for this?
    Gastro drs. did scopes, etc., says it presents like gastroparesis, but doesn’t really fit all markers for anything, is caused by the virus, they are seeing it in a lot of people. Cannot tolerate enzymes or probiotics …
    Am working with a functional medicine dr who is wonderful, but would love any thoughts, ideas, etc. Thank you so much.

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      March 05, 10:14 Dr. Bens

      Hi Susanne,
      It sounds like the virus is in your intestinal system, which is not uncommon. I usually suggest a few teaspoons of colloidal silver along with lauricidin. Sometimes people also get relief with Intestin-ol from Ortho molecular Products. This can help control the virus in the gut, but then you will need to rebuild the gut lining. Two products I like for this are Gut Connect 365 or Gut-FX Formula. Your stomach lining may also be damaged. I like Nature’s Lining from Lane Labs to rebuild the stomach lining. Once your digestive system is doing better you can begin the COVID-19 protocol. One year has likely allowed for considerable damage throughout your body. It may take several months to repair all of this damage. However, everyone eventually returns of good health. If you or your doctor would like to speak with me I am available. 941-350-9193. Hope this is helpful. Dr. Bens

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    March 05, 21:55 uly

    Thank you so much for your research and willingness to help people by writing this! I’ve been athletic my whole life and at the age 30 I didn’t think covid would hit me to bad, but it was thee worst sickness I’ve had. 2 months later the worst part is the anxiety for me and digestion with breathing being hard at times. I will implement this as soon as possible again thank you very very much!! would it be best to talk to my doctor about this because I honestly feel like he will be against it.

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      March 09, 09:16 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hello Uly,
      Thanks for your message. Your doctor may not understand it because they do not get very much training in nutritional science. You can email me for help when you need it. bensck@gmail.com. After you are feeling better you can discuss it with him. Maybe he will want to learn more about it. You can do to my website at http://www.drcharlesbens.com and buy the supplements at the best prices for quality products. On the home page click on one of the product pictures and you will be taken to Fullscript. Email me in the next few days and I will give you some special help with the main issues you mentioned. You will be better soon. All the best, Dr. Bens

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    March 07, 13:54 Silver Fox

    Somewhere I thought you mentioned about having an essential oil recipe for a nebulizer. I would love to know what that is. I’ve been using a colloidal silver 6% solution. It seem to be working ok but I don’t know if it is the best way to go. I’ve also heard about 3% organic hydrogen peroxide which I haven’t tried yet. In your opinion, what would be the best way to go? I still suck wind when I exert myself. It’s been like this since after covid Jan. 2020. I’m 72 yrs. male, 5’10” @ 195lbs.

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      March 09, 09:24 Dr. Bens

      Hello Silver Fox,
      Have you tried the protocol mentioned in the article? It sounds like you need extra help with your lungs. Essential oils can help, but they can not deliver all of the nutrients needed to repair damage lungs. You will see items such as molecular hydrogen, Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators etc. that can provide these nutrients. If you email me I can get a better idea about what you are up against. bensck@gmail.com. I will explain essential oil options that can also help. Hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Dr. Bens

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  27. C
    March 11, 09:17 Catl8dy

    I know I need to exercise. I did every day before covid. It’s been 6 weeks since I was diagnosed and I can barely make it around the block now. I get dizzy and nauseous and am exhausted. So how can I exercise?

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    March 14, 12:55 Dr. Bens

    Hello Cat,
    This is a clear sign that you are not fully recovered from COVID-19 and need more targeted repair strategies. The usual unresolved damage is probably in the lungs, heart and brain. The primary repair elements include SPM, MCP, Molecular Hydrogen, Astaxanthin and vitamin C. However, it would probably be better in the long term to use the full protocol for at least a month to ensure a full recovery. Each element, as you can see, has a specific purpose in the repair and recovery process. Exercise should be limited to walking anly during this time and then building gradually as your body’s exercise tolerance increases. Hope this is helpful.

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    March 23, 19:21 JoshuaV

    For the last 6 months I’ve been dealing with extreme brainfog, fatigue, headaches, pressure on my eyes and forehead, vertigo and just a general ‘out of it’ feeling. 3 weeks ago I started taking Liposomal gluthatione with vit c and zinc as I had found out that it aided other people in long covid/neuropathology from vaccine (as my problems started after i took my 2nd dose).The combo made me feel normal again after after only 3 days! I restarted my normal life but sadly enough I relapsed pretty hard and am now slowly recovering once again. I I do have a few questions if u don’t mind me asking. Did u see any other patients with relapses like mine? I’ve also found succes with using antihistamines, have u discovered this with your patients aswel? And one more thing: I would very much like to follow the Mediterranean diet but I just can’t seem to eat anything high in histamine. (Am currently following a low-histamine diet). Is this also a thing? I’ll be following the protocol you are pushing forward as I truly believe this will make my body recover the fastest. Thank you so much for your help. It means the world to me and I bet a lot of other people who’s life has been taken over by these symptoms.

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      March 24, 11:42 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi Joshua,
      Yes, relapse is very common because the virus killing and cellular repair process was not completed. The best antihistamine is vitamin C, in my opinion. The low histamine diet is okay as long as all nutritional needs are being met. If you follow the protocol and continue it for at least 6 weeks after symptoms stop, you should be able to avoid future relapse. Best regards, Dr. Bens

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        April 19, 13:54 JoshuaV

        Hello dr Bens. My symptoms are still not under control. I’ve purchased and tried the supplements listed above, but taking them makes my symptoms skyrocket (burning sensations, extreme fatigue, pressure on my eyes and head, brainfog, etc…). It’s made me very hesitant to take them (mind u I also have problems with high histamine foods or exercising; anything histamine related really). Should i try to take all of the supplements or try some of them atleast?

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          April 20, 08:48 Dr. Charles Bens

          Hi Joshua,
          Sorry to hear about the sensitivity to some of the supplements. Perhaps the best thing to do is to stop everything and reintroduce them one at a time. Maybe you could start with SPM, H2. Vitamin D, Vitamin E etc. and save the most likely problem supplements for last such as Modified Citrus Pectin and Vitamin C. If you can’t find the problem, then perhaps I can recommend a substitute that might not offend your system. Please let me know how you are doing on this approach. If you need more immediate assistance you can email or call me directly 941-350-9193. You may want to stop exercising for a while also and just stay with walking. Higher levels of exercising can stress the immune system and reactivate the virus. I hope this is helpful.
          Best regards, Dr. Bens

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  30. K
    March 26, 14:09 KD

    Hello! I’m dealing with excessive hair loss post COVID. I’m taking Omega 3, Vit. A, homeopathy remedies (Thallium Metallicum, Phosphorus, Natrum muriaticum), and Lactoferrin in researching hair remedies protocols. Within 3 weeks, I’ve lost so much hair that I’m wearing scarves and I could easily outfit a doll with a whole head of hair!! I also take Vit. B, C, D, Zinc, quercetin, curcumin, digestive enzymes, etc. I’ve read that this is reversable, but it could take 6-12 months to end. I also have lost my sense of taste and smell as well.

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      March 27, 19:59 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi KD,
      Sorry to hear about your unique COVID symptoms. Obviously the virus is in your head causing damage wherever it can. You are already taking many of the supplements in the protocol. Please look and see which ones you are not taking. For example SPM actually resolves inflammation and returns tissue back to a healthy status. Other anti-inflammatories do not do this. Taste and smell seem to resolve more quickly when someone is eating the best diet and taking the current doses of all supplements. If you would like to discuss your case with me please email or call at bensck@gmail.com or 941-350-9193. Sometimes I can learn something that could turn you situation around. Best regards,
      Dr. Bens

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    April 01, 16:09 Alex

    Hello Dr Bens,

    Thank you for your article providing so much information for people who are suffering from long covid. I have now been struggling since December last year with various symptoms that seem to come and go. My main problems are chest pain and breathlessness which I have been told by my doctor is costochondritis. I also still cannot smell and some foods taste different to normal. I also occasionally get periods of dizziness/nausea. I am already taking a few of the supplements listed on here and I am looking in to adding the ones I am missing but I am struggling with SMP? I am in the UK, is there a brand you would recommend where I can order these from? Thank you!

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      April 03, 11:03 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hello Alex,
      When symptoms come and go it’s usually a sign that your immune system is working very hard to repair your cells. It sounds like your most serious challenges are focused on your brain, lungs and heart, which is very common. Following the protocol very carefully regarding quality and dosage of nutraceuticals is very important. Please try Metegenics for your SPM source. They have locations around the world. SPM is extremely important because it is the best anti-inflammatory by far. Please email if you need help with this and any other issues. bensck@gmail.com. Full recovery is absolutely possible. Best regards,
      Dr. Bens

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  32. M
    April 17, 13:19 Mark

    I’ve been on this protocol for 6 weeks now and the results are solid. I have my energy back, I’m back to mt. biking, my 2 and a half month long haul symptoms of headache, chronic fatigue, chest tightness, rapid heart rate, dizziness, anxiety, chest pain are almost completely gone. I can ride for an hour and a half with hills every other day. Starting feeling results after 10 days. Will continue the supplement regimen indefinitely as my overall health and mental state are much better. I did not do the Mediterranean diet portion of the protocol.

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      April 19, 09:29 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi Mark,
      I’m pleased that the protocol is working so well for you. I usually recommend staying on the protocol for a few more months to complete the cellular repair process. Would be interested to know why you did not decide to use the Mediterranean Diet. Thanks for your excellent feedback.
      All the best,
      Dr. Bens

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        May 25, 16:46 Mark

        Thank you for replying to my comment Dr. Bens. I didn’t use the Mediterranean diet because I live alone and it’s hard for me to change my dietary habits. Having said that, I do try and eat well with lots of fruits and veggies, and minimal processed grains and sugars.

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    May 10, 22:00 Stephanie

    Hi Dr. Bens,

    CONTEXT

    Day 1:
    I caught covid April 23, 2022 (= Day 1). However, I did not know I caught covid until my symptoms escalated on Day 4.

    Day 4:
    On Tuesday April 26, 2022 (= Day 4) after my usual weekly 5 km run, I got a fever. From Tues evening for the next 48 hours, I had high fever, cough, dry/runny nose, body aches, night cold sweats, very fatigued (in and out of being asleep for estimating 80% of those 48 hours), intense headache.

    I have had multiple unresolved head injuries that have made me go from being a person who could work 80 hours per work, down to 12 hours per week max at my peak recovery to date. So I suspect the intense headache part was heightened/linked to my existing head injury residual issues at the time of catching covid.

    Day 7:
    Friday April 29th (= Day 7), my rapid test tested positive for COVID. (I took 2 more rapid tests since on May 1st and May 4th, both still tested positive for COVID.)

    Day 7 – 16:
    After the 48 hours noted above passed, it was largely just a very flemmy cough, runny/congested nose, and my senses of taste and smell were highly affected, and residual fatigue. Everything smelled strong and chemical like and tastes of everything were very off.

    Day 17 (Mon May 9):
    I noticed my sense of smell and taste seem to have improved (not sure they’re 100% better but improved). Still more fatigued than pre-covid (takes me double to triple the time to do my usual daily 5 km walk – with lots of sitting breaks and slow pace – pre-covid a comfortable 5 km walk took 1 hour). Still also have a flemmy cough and congested/runny nose.

    QUESTION #1:
    I am in the process of gathering all the vitamins and supplements of your repair program. So far the cost for a portion of the necessary items has been $868.43 Canadian $ ($288.83+ $579.60). I need to order a couple more items from your list.

    Of note, given the descriptions of each item on your list, I am hopeful these may also finally help my longstanding head injury recovery too, which is one of the additional reasons I am hopefully about trying this regiment.

    Unfortunately, I lost my job and I will only be able to order this list this one time given the cost. Given the # of capsules in each item ordered, it looks like I will have 30 days complete supply of your entire list. After that, I will only have partial supply left.

    Option A: To get most absorption and benefit out of each capsule, I was wondering if instead of doing your regiment of all these items in 1 day, what if I did your Breakfast list as Day 1, your Lunch list as Day 2, and your Dinner list as Day 3. Option A1: I could make sure to take the pills at the aligned time in the day to your actual list (ex: I would take my Day 2 pills at Lunch time). Option A2: I could take them at the same time each day with food.

    OR

    Option B: If I can only afford 30 days of the complete list, would you still recommend I am best served to follow your exact timing for the 30 days, knowing after that I will no longer have access to the all/most of the listed items.

    Given my circumstance, do you recommend option A1, option A2, option B, or some other specific pacing you can outline for me?

    Of note: with my head injury, I already avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, and with my current diet, I already do not eat gluten.

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      May 11, 15:13 Dr. Charles Bens

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for you detailed enquiry. You have emailed and called me separately and I have suggested a new approach. I believe you can use our quick protocol to start since your infection is so recent. Then, after 3 or 4 days you can switch to the longer protocol. This every hour on the hour quick approach should help to push the virus back and kick start the cellular repair process. Good luck with this now approach.

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