- EB02 – blood ozone therapy
- IV Vitamin C infusions
- IV NAD+ Infusion
- Statin drugs
- Low Dose Naltrexone
- Low Dose Ivermectin
- Intermittent Fasting & Water Fasting
- Intensive natural supplement therapy (Dr. Bens’ Cellular Repair Program)
- Low Histamine Diet
- Wim Hof Breathing
- Brain Retraining & Positive Thinking
Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is medical advice, it is just my own personal notes about my own personal experience! Your injury or illness could be different than mine. ALWAYS ask your doctor before trying any new treatment or supplements.
Post-vaccine Syndrome & Long Haul COVID = Vascular Inflammation
mRNA in the vaccine instructs your body’s cells to make spike proteins: functional replicas of the pointy, damaging “spears” on the outside of the COVID virus. This simulates a COVID viral attack. As your immune system activates, the spike protein gets broken down and “eaten up” by white blood cells called monocytes. Normally, monocytes die within a couple of weeks, max. According long COVID specialists Dr. Bruce Patterson and Dr. Ram Yogendra, in some unlucky COVID(vaccine)-exposed patients, they can live for up to 15 months and become Frankenstein-like cells called “non-classical monocytes.” These abnormal monocytes can create inflammation, micro blood clots, damage & havoc inside your blood vessels!
Dr. Patterson’s group treats long haul and post-vaccine syndrome with drugs like pravastatin, maraviroc, prednisone & aspirin.
- Statins keep the monocytes from adhering to the blood vessel walls and significantly hasten their demise. The downside is that statins weaken muscle and block the body’s natural synthesis of CoQ10.
- Marvaviroc supposedly “resets” the immune system by forcing the monocytes to present the spike protein fragments they are hiding. Dr. Patterson claims post-vaccine patients “universally” improve on it within 2 to 4 weeks. The downside is that it is expensive and comes with a black box warning that it can cause liver injury in some patients.
- Aspirin thins the blood but comes with a risk of internal bleeding.
- Prednisone powerfully drops inflammation but it also suppresses the immune system, which means it can cause some patients to get a re-activation of old viral infections (EBV, HHV, etc.)
Microscopic Blood Clots in Long COVID and Post-Vaccination Syndrome
Dr. Stephen Levy presents microscopic evidence that the COVID vaccine can cause micro blood clots in some patients. The “coin rolls” of blood platelets stick together. Inflammatory cytokines get trapped inside some of these clots and this wreaks havoc on vascular health and efficiency.
These blood clots can cause micro-circulation problems, where the blood cannot flow through tiny capillaries. This leaves tissues in the extremities poorly oxygenated and makes the heart work harder.
Dr. Bruce Patterson recommends treating Long Haul / post-vax syndrome with both anti-inflammatory and blood thinning interventions.
Relevant natural anti-inflammatories include: curcumin, fish oil, specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) & molecular hydrogen.
Natural blood thinners include curcumin, nattokinase, serrapeptase & pycnogenol.
mRNA vaccines can cause massive oxidative damage and cardiac distress such as myocarditis or vasculitis (artery inflammation). Therefore, post COVID-vaccine long haul can also respond well to antioxidant & ‘cardiovascular support’ supplements, such as:
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
- pomegranate extract
My Positive Experience with IV Vitamin C Infusions
Dr. Levy’s articles recommended high dose vitamin C infusions. About 40 days after my vaccine injury, I got a series of 3 vitamin C infusions, 45g each, spaced 3 to 4 days apart, each one “slow dripped” over 5 hours. The infusions cost $185 each at a local ‘vitamin lounge.’
After each infusion I felt a dramatic, yet temporary sense of relief. It felt like I had come back from a ‘Hawaiian vacation’ and I felt all refreshed and peaceful, after the AWFUL feelings of chronic inflammation I had endured on a daily basis since the Moderna vax.
If I could afford it, I would have done them once a week until I recovered. IV C was extremely helpful for me.
My Positive Experience with ‘Dr. Bens’ Cellular Repair Program for Long Haulers’
At first, I didn’t want to take any drugs so I searched for natural protocols. I found comprehensive natural vaccine prophylaxis protocol by Dr. Russell Blaylock and the World Council for Health’s Spike Protein Detox Guide. But what really caught my eye was this >>> “Dr. Bens’ Cellular Repair Program for Long Haulers <<< by a Ph.D. nutritionist named Dr. Charles Bens.
Desperate to get well, I ordered about $500 worth of supplements from Amazon to get started on Dr. Bens. (It can be done cheaper with generic brands.)
After about 3 weeks on Dr. Bens, I was feeling REALLY GREAT and I was clearly improving. It really helped with the tissue repair but it didn’t seem to knock the spike protein out of my monocytes: after 6 weeks on his program I was still having lingering vascular inflammation / exercise issues.
I needed to recover ASAP in order to get back to work… so I decided to take a hybrid approach: natural supplements + pharmaceuticals prescribed by some of America’s leading Long COVID physicians.
My Positive Experience with Ivermectin as an Anti-Inflammatory
Despite sensational media reports branding ivermectin as a “horse dewormer,” Ivermectin is FDA approved for human use. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that last for up to 3 days. Something about the anti-inflammatory effects of ivermectin seem especially well matched to the ‘cytokine signature’ inflammation of COVID vaccines and long COVID. This is why a number of knowledgable long COVID physicians prescribe ivermectin to their post-vax patients.
I tried to avoid taking too much ivermectin. On a podcast, I heard Dr. Patterson suggest most patients without cytokine labs to take smaller amounts (perhaps, 6 to 12mg depending on body weight, once every 3 days).
I am sensitive to ivermectin and if I take too much, my liver feels sluggish the next day. I found that as little as 3 to 6mg, once every 3 days, would bring my inflammation down pretty reliably with no side effects. The day after taking ivermectin I would feel sunshine and smiles after weeks of thunderclouds and frowns. ☺?
My “Long Haul” Post-Vaccination Syndrome Supplement Regimen
I got a lot of inspiration from the cellular repair supplements recommended by Dr. Charles Bens, but made some additions of my own. I’ve included Amazon links to the particular brand or product I used.
- Pravastatin, 10mg per day. (Reduces vascular inflammation & helps kill inflammatory monocytes)
- Low dose ivermectin, 3 – 9mg, once every 3 days. (Anti-inflammatory)
- Low dose naltrexone, 4mg per day. (Anti-inflammatory)
(Note: fast for telehealth prescriptions in the USA, I recommend PushHealth.com)
- Endothelial Defense – 2 capsules per day. (Anti-“vascular inflammation”)
- Liposomal Vitamin C – 1000mg, 3 times a day. (Anti-toxin & immune support)
- Liposomal Vitamin D, 2 drops per day (Anti-inflammation & immune support)
- Pro Resolving Mediators by Life Extension, twice daily. (Anti-inflammatory)
- PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin, 1 scoop per day. (Cardiovascular repair)
- Vitamin K2 – needed with higher dose Vitamin D
- Nattokinase or Serrapeptase, or both. (Dissolves blood clots)
- Pycnogenol – 100mg per day. (Dissolve blood clots and improves vascular health, post-COVID)
- Longvida Curcumin – 500 – 1000mg per day. (Anti-inflammatory & anti-coagulant)
- H2 Elite molecular hydrogen – 2 tablets in 10oz of water, once daily. (Anti-inflammatory)
- Vitamin E – 400 IU. (Heart support)
- Methyl Charge+ – 2 squirts per day. (Lower homocysteine and supports tissue repair)
- Taurine – 1000mg, twice daily. (Heart & energy support)
- Berberine – 500mg, twice daily. (Heart support & energy)
- Super B Complex – (Supports tissue repair)
- Zinc – 30mg, once daily (Tissue repair & immune support)
- Ubiquinol – 50mg, twice daily (Energy & counteract the side effects of statins)
- NAD(3) – (Energy and cellular repair)
- Magnesium enema, once daily – (Heart support & energy production)
- Melatonin – at bedtime (Helps kill S1+ monocytes)
My Daily Supplement Schedule
I know it is a lot of supplements, and not cheap, but if you put them all in a pill organizer it is quite manageable. Here is my daily timing:
Low Dose Naltrexone
|Breakfast time||Vitamin C|
Life Extension Endothelial Defense
Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators
|Lunch time||Vitamin C |
Molecular hydrogen water
Modified Citrus Pectin
|Dinner time||Vitamin C|
Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators
My Success with Intermittent Fasting & Water Fasting
There is some scientific evidence to suggest that fasting can reduce the circulating pool of inflammatory monocytes. According to a 2019 study linked above, fasting for 19 hours a day and only having a 5 hour eating window (e.g., 1pm to 6pm) will reliably reduce the inflammatory monocytes in the blood, possibly sending them hiding in the bone marrow, without dampening your immune response capabilities.
Fasting for 16 to 20 hours a day is a powerful therapeutic option for Long Haulers who don’t have blood sugar disorders. You could only eat from 7am to 1pm, or from noon to 7pm – whatever ‘eating window’ works for you. During the fasting hours you can drink water / plain tea / black coffee. I ate only between the hours noon and 6 P.M. for about 3 months – with the occasional weekend ‘cheat’ day where my schedule was disrupted & I ate normally. My symptoms decreased dramatically once I got into the rhythm of intermittent fasting!
For even stronger relief, you can try water fasting, which is described in detail in the The Autophagy Protocol for Long COIVD.
I tried an 84 hour water fast where I ate nothing and took no supplements or meds, just water with electrolytes. It left me feeling weak for a day afterwards and then I felt a dramatic relief of symptoms. I did another 60 hour fast and a 48 hour water fast on subsequent weeks and felt those were easier on my body and less shocking. After each fast I would feel amazing for about 3 days and then I would feel my symptoms slowly creeping back, although lighter than before.
For a few weeks, I tried the Autophagy Protocol, which involves limited supplements and water fasting, but found that I felt better on the full stack of anti-inflammatories recommended by Dr. Bens.
My Breakthrough Healing with EBO2 Ozone Treatment and NAD+ infusion
I called local functional medicine clinics and asked what they suggested for post-vaccine patients. One recommended hyperbaric oxygen therapy and another recommended MAH (major auto hemotherapy) – an older type of blood ozone treatment. I researched blood ozonation and found that the most cutting-edge therapy was called EBO2 which stands for “extracorporeal blood ozonation & oxygenation.” Blood is siphoned out of your body with a pump, waste is removed through a fiber filter, the blood infused with ozone and then it is pumped back into your veins.
I found that EBO2 was offered by Dr. Joseph Purita at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL. I did a phone consultation with Dr. Purita about my vaccine injury and, while he is not a Long Haul / COVID specialist, I found him to be competent and well-versed in functional medicine. He said that the EBO2 treatment can lower inflammation via activation of the Nrf2 pathway & helps some patients – but he could not make any guarantees. This treatment is not cheap at $2299 per 45 minute session, but I was desperate to recover and was willing to do “whatever it takes.” I am really glad I did it, because it was worth the money! I would go so far as to say it was a ‘game changer’ and it dramatically improved my condition.
The experience of EBO2 was nearly painless and easy, and I was well taken care of a top-notch nursing & office support staff. Towards the end of the 45 minute infusion I felt a bit energized, and on the way home I felt a ‘cool and refreshed’ sensation. It was like the feeling of getting fresh air but much stronger. My body gently pulsed and vibrated with aliveness. That evening I went for a walk with zero fatigue and was amazed at how sharp and clear the night sky looked.
As I lie in my bed that night I felt a visceral sense of ‘healing and relief’ that was precious & priceless, like I was being held and soothed by angels. ? The next morning I woke up and it felt like I’d turned a corner.
The next afternoon, I went back to the Institute of Regenerative Medicine for a NAD+ infusion. Stress and illness can deplete NAD+, which is needed for energy synthesis and cellular repair. NAD+ is poorly absorbed orally so IV infusion was the best way to absorb it. The NAD+ infusion took about 4 hours and it felt slightly jittery and uncomfortable, but nothing major. The nurse finished me off with a push IV of Vitamin B6 and oral supplements designed to balance my methylation – which niacin / NAD+ can deplete in higher doses. When I left, I felt charged up, like I’d had too much coffee, for about 24 hours and then it leveled off and I felt normal energy levels.
After the EBO2 and NAD+ treatments, the terrible mid-day fatigue I’d get after standing or being active for a few hours was gone!
I felt pretty much normal!
I was able to slowly start riding my bike and paddling on my SUP again. That felt amazing.
I could also tolerate sun exposure again, presumably because my inflammatory cytokines had dropped dramatically and NAD+ levels were boosted.
Recovery Tip: Learning How to Feel & Accept Everything
Long Haul COVID is rough because you feel all kinds of awful sensations like brain fog, neuropathy, fatigue, exhaustion & depression. These sensations have ‘real’ physical roots and are not imagined. You feel them a lot. But if you “think” about your suffering too much and get stuck in your head, your symptoms will increase. I tested this and it seems true. If I spent the day “feeling” I would feel fine, mostly, but once I started thinking or analyzing my situation excessively my fatigue would intensify.
I read two books during my recovery that really helped me understand the psychology of recovery from chronic illnesses. The Intelligent Body, by Kyle Davies, is a messy and difficult read but it has great info that really helped me. It has one bit of wisdom that was a game changer for me:
>>> “Everything you feel is OK“ <<<
If you freak out about every weird feeling or unpleasant state, you’ll go downhill fast. But if you just accept everything – “I’m exhausted and brain fogged and my arms are tingling, and that’s OK. I will rest and I don’t need to go anywhere tonight!” – and then you just feel your body rather than think about your symptoms – then your symptoms tend to dissipate.
Another great book is At Last a Life that explains how to get over anxiety, panic and chronic illness.
Decode Your Fatigue is another great book.
Some people recommend The Gupta Program and DNRS for brain re-wiring.
Boost Oxygen Levels & Calm Your Nerves with Wim Hof Breathing
I also felt a lot of relief by doing Wim Hof breathing exercises about 2 to 3 times per day! It raises oxygen levels and activates the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system. Whenever I felt depressed or fatigued this would pretty reliably stabilize my condition.
Recovery Tip: Eat a Low Histamine Diet & Keep a Consistent Daily Routine
If you are having extended fatigue after vaccination, it is important to try and lower your histamine levels. Some foods contain high histamine levels and/or cause your cells to release their own histamine. It is important to eat a low histamine diet to create an atmosphere where your body can heal. I have strictly been eating “boring” stuff like roasted green veggies, eggs, chicken, white rice and olive oil. It’s also important to get a good amount of sleep on a routine schedule – so set an early bedtime and stick with it.
Summary: What I Took To Get Over My Covid Vaccine Long-term Fatigue
- I resolved to stay positive & reduce stress by taking time off work. I kept busy by learning watercolor painting and solving jigsaw puzzles.
- I stayed active by gently walking 1 to 2 miles, as tolerated. I also did yoga, stretching and a few push ups here and there.
- I went on a strict low histamine diet ASAP and kept a regular routine, going to bed early each night. This creates an environment where healing can take place in the body.
- I got as many high dose IV vitamin C infusions as I could afford. At least once a week, until recovered.
- I did intermittent fasting where I only ate between noon & 6 P.M. for months to reduce inflammatory symptoms. If I needed more relief, I would do a 36 to 60 hour water-only fast.
- I took a well-rounded stack of natural supplements, from Dr. Bens’ Cellular repair program, 3x a day until recovered and for a few months after I recovered to maintain.
- I took low dose statins, low dose naltrexone and low dose ivermectin to cool down the inflammation.
- I did a single session of EBO2 followed by an NAD+ infusion.
- I deeply and profoundly accepted the entire illness, and all the negative sensations that came with it, as “OK” and exactly what my soul needed to experience – for whatever reason. I just accepted it.
- As I began to recover I did slightly more intense exercise like biking or SUP, always being cautious and gentle. Slow and steady wins the ‘long haul’ race!
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