A hero’s unwelcome

There aren’t too many successes being reported in the COVID-19 saga, but every so often you come across a hero who is actually getting somewhere.

One of these heroes is Dr David Brownstein, a board-certified family physician, assistant professor, noted practitioner of holistic medicine and the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. 

To date he’s won two awards—from the American College for Advancement in Medicine and the American Academy of Integrative Medicine, the latter celebrating his work in “Advancement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.”

Brownstein treats a vast coterie of ailments holistically. So when the COVID crisis hit, he put himself on the front line. 

He and five doctors from other centers began treating COVID patients with an armament they collectively agreed might have the best chance of success, based on their own experience.

Almost all the patients received oral vitamins A, C, D and iodine. If that didn’t resolve symptoms, the patients were asked to come into the office and receive intravenous vitamin C and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), plus intramuscular injections of ozone. 

In addition, most patients also received a nebulizer (inhaler via a fine spray) containing saline (salt water) with a few milliliters of food-grade H2O2, magnesium sulfate and a drop of  Lugol’s iodine and told to inhale it hourly until symptoms improved.   

Most of their patients, with an average age of 57, had other conditions: thyroid or heart problems, asthma, chronic sinusitis, Lyme disease, diabetes and even cancer, placing them in the “high risk” category. In some cases, the patients were so ill that to protect his staff and other patients, Brownstein and his team gowned up and met the patients in their cars at the back of their building to administer IVs and intramuscular treatments. 

Of 107 patients treated, every last one, including those who were hospitalized, completely recovered, with first improvements showing up within three days, and virtually all of them well within a week.

Even the worst of the hospitalized patients, who was still having breathing problems on discharge, had his breathing return to normal in two days after using one of Brownstein’s nebulizers.

Brownstein chose to top up his treatments with iodine not only because it is a potent antimicrobial but because it has been shown to increase the ability of the immune system to kill infectious organisms. Published lab studies have shown that COVID-19 exposed to iodine as a nasal antiseptic formulation or oral rinse is quickly inactivated. 

He and his fellow doctors chose to use H2O2 because nebulized H2O2 has been shown to have antiviral activity and to activate the immune system’s lymphocytes, which are generally depleted in COVID patients.

H2O2 has also been shown to stimulate red blood cells, leading to improved oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues as well as blood vessel dilation. This all helps alleviate oxidative stress, a known effect of COVID and a possible cause of multi-organ failure.

As for ozone, research has shown that ozone is a potent virus killer that also boosts the immune system, reducing the potential for a cytokine storm. 

Brownstein was so excited by his results that he thought it important to tell the world. He and his colleagues wrote up their results as a report entitled “A Novel Approach to Treating COVID-19 using Nutritional and Oxidative Therapies,” and it was published in a peer-reviewed journal last July (Science, Public Health Policy and the Law, 2020; 2: 4-22).

The authors were careful to state that their study was a case series, not a blinded study, but they included 93 references to all the scientific evidence for each treatment they used, and noted that case series are a methodology long accepted as medical evidence. 

Before the article was published, Brownstein felt compelled to provide on his website detailed instructions about treatments he was offering to prevent and treat COVID, so that people reading his blogs and material might maximize their chances of preventing the virus or successfully fending it off.

A hero’s efforts, deserving of a hero’s welcome, you would have thought. But how did the US government respond to Brownstein’s breakthroughs? 

In May, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wrote him a warning letter claiming he was making “unsubstantiated claims for coronavirus prevention or treatment” and that it was “unlawful” to “advertise that a product or service can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence. . . For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist for the products or services identified above. You must immediately cease making all such claims.”

Now, the FTC doesn’t have the legislative teeth to stop Brownstein from using his therapies. Plus, the notice he received was sent before his study came out in print.

But the FTC has nailed Brownstein for what it calls “marketing,” effectively silencing him about a treatment of great promise.  Brownstein has had to pull all these pages from his website.

We’re not just dealing with a virus. We’re also dealing with an Establishment that is hell-bent on staunching any information about anything other than a multibillion-dollar solution.

That’s the problem with vitamin C, H2O2, iodine and ozone. They’re cheap and can’t be patented. They’re not good at making anybody rich. All they’re good for is making people better.

Dr Brownstein can’t publicize his protocol, but we can.