Dear Natural Medicine Journal readers,
We would like to take a moment and urge all integrative healthcare professionals to take the lead in helping to dispel the myths and misinformation circulating about Covid-19 and natural medicine. Specifically, it should be clearly communicated to others—patients, colleagues, manufacturers—that there are no vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutrients or other natural medicines that have been shown in human clinical trials to prevent or treat Covid-19.
While some natural medicines in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutrients can help enhance immunity, such measures should not replace social distancing, quarantining when necessary, or any other recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the novel coronavirus and Covid-19 infection.
Please remember that even if a patient’s immune system is strong, that patient may still carry and transmit the virus. While this pandemic is unfolding quickly, the prevalence of carriers in communities is currently not known.
Like you, our concern is for the safety of our communities. We created an updated podcast featuring immunologist Heather Zwickey, PhD, that provides further clarification of a variety of issues associated with Covid-19. We stand with you in this fight and we will do everything we can to be a trusted resource.
The Natural Medicine Journal team