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All About Hypothyroidism

All About Hypothyroidism

When your thyroid is underperforming, this is known as hypothyroidism. This can create symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, hair loss and more.

What Is Brain Fog? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 517

What Is Brain Fog? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 517

If you’re feeling like you can’t focus or that your mind is fuzzy, you may be suffering from brain fog. Here’s what you need to know.

What to Know About the COVID-19 Pill – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 451

What to Know About the COVID-19 Pill – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 451


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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Very soon, there may be a pill on the market for treating COVID-19. In other words, if you pick up the infection, you get a prescription for this pill, you take it and, according to the manufacturer Merck, it keeps you out of the hospital and it keeps you around. It could be a real game changer.†  

How does this pill work in the body?

This pill is named after Thor’s hammer, mjolnir, because it hammers the virus. It’s called molnupiravir. Merck has submitted this pill for emergency approval based on interim analysis from data from about 800 patients. These patients had mild to moderate COVID-19. What the drug was doing was preventing the virus from replicating. If the virus can’t multiply, then it dies out. It’s as simple and straightforward as that. According to this early analysis, the drug reduced the risk of being hospitalized by about 50% and reduced the risk of dying by about 50%, which is all great news.†


The thing is that this could be a real game changer because it worked on all of the variants. It worked on the delta variant equally as well as other variants. It even worked in people with all of the risk factors for developing really serious COVID-19 infections and winding up in intensive care units. This includes people with severe diabetes and severe obesity.†  

The added value is that it also seems to prevent the virus from shedding. Shedding means spreading the virus from one person to another. In other words, this particular drug may help prevent the virus from hurting someone, as well as them spreading the virus to other people they know.†

Nutrients to help protect from COVID-19

Even though we’re talking about this COVID-19 pill, I also want to talk about some natural supplements that have helped people who are hospitalized with COVID-19. It’s really worth mentioning this.†

One is curcumin from the turmeric plant. A study looked at Sabinsa’s curcumin, which also includes the black pepper fruit, also known as piperine, to it, which improves absorption. People who took this when they were in the hospital did a lot better. This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trial in 140 COVID-19 patients. They found that the patients who got the curcumin twice a day for two weeks had their symptoms subside much quicker. They recovered from trouble breathing, a cough, a fever, a sore throat and aches and pains quicker. They also maintained their oxygen saturation more easily. This type of easily absorbed curcumin is found in Dr. Pressman’s Curcumin Blend.†  


Other nutrients that have been shown to help COVID-19 patients include black cumin seed, honey and glutathione. Black seed is very helpful for lung health, which is important because COVID-19 tends to get vicious in the lungs. Glutathione is a master antioxidant in the body that has been shown to help respiratory health. I also recommend that everyone gets some zinc, Vitamin D and Vitamin C in the winter. All three of these are needed in the immune system and levels begin to drop in the body around October.†

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses recent research on a pill that may be able to treat COVID-19. He explains why this could be a groundbreaking discovery and also provides recommendations for nutrients that can help the body fight the COVID-19 infection.†

Key Topics:

  • Some safety data on this pill
  • What is oxygen saturation?
  • Research on black cumin seed and honey

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Mountain Climber’s Lungs Damaged By COVID-19 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 418

Mountain Climber’s Lungs Damaged By COVID-19 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 418

COVID-19 can impact even the most active of people. Tune into this episode of the InVite Health Podcast to hear Jerry Hickey, Ph. tell the story of a woman who went from hiking in the Himalayas to battling COVID-induced damage in her body.

Quick Tips for Seasonal Allergies – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 412

Quick Tips for Seasonal Allergies – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 412

If you’re someone who deals with seasonal allergies year after year, it’s time to learn about nutrients that can help you bolster your immune system and fend off allergens.

Why Black Seed is the Herbal Support You’ve Been Looking For

Why Black Seed is the Herbal Support You’ve Been Looking For

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Native to Southern Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia, Nigella sativa, or Black seed, has been used as a medicinal plant throughout the world, including the Middle East and South Europe. The seeds of N. sativa and their oil have been widely used in the treatment of various ailments and have been extensively studied for its biological activities and therapeutic potential in supporting respiratory health, according to a review published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine.

Antibacterial, Antioxidant & Antifungal Activity

Black seed is rich is B-vitamins and iron, displaying anti-aging benefits. In China, Black seed is widely used for its phytochemicals, rich antioxidants and antibacterial properties. A study by researchers conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College set out to determine how potent black seed oil was against several strains of bacteria and viruses and several antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin, Gatifloxacin and Tetracyclin. According to researchers, “Out of 144 strains tested, most of which were resistant to a number of antibiotics, 97 were inhibited by the oil.”

Publishes in the Egyptian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, researchers noticed a growing problem with yeasts and molds; individuals are growing antifungal-resistant. The scientists tested “thymol, TQ, and THQ against 30 human pathogens and discovered the each compound showed 100% inhibition for the 30 pathogens evaluated.”

Respiratory Health

Numerous clinical studies have shown Black seed to support respiratory health; specifically in the relaxation of the bronchi in those with asthma, allowing for easier breathing. Scientists at the Department of Physiology, Ghaem Medical Center studied this link.

Twenty-nine asthmatic adults were randomly divided into the non-supplemented control group (14 patients) and the supplemented group (15 patients) in this 3 month study. Asthma symptom score, asthma severity, frequency of symptoms per week, and wheezing were recorded in the beginning of the study (the first visit), 45 days after treatment started with Black Seed (second visit), and at the end of the study (third visit). Pulmonary function tests were also measured, and the drug regimen of the patients was evaluated at three different visits.

All asthma symptoms, frequency of asthma symptoms per week, chest wheezing, and pulmonary function test values in the study group receiving Black Seed significantly improved in the second and third visits compared with the first visit. In addition, further improvement of chest wheezing and severity of disease on the third visit were observed compared with the second visit in this group; asthma improved continuously. In the third visit all symptoms in the study group were significantly different (much milder) from those of the control group.

Inflammation & Immune Health

Each time your body reacts to an allergen it releases histamine. If your body is consistently producing histamine, it needs more histamine-breakdown enzymes to neutralize it. This is the reason why allergies can all of a sudden appear, even at 25, 45 or 75 years of age; your histamine load has been building. Growing clinical evidence is showing that individuals who develop food and environmental sensitivities to otherwise healthy foods have high histamine counts and may not break down histamine as fast as they produce it, causing a massive allergy burden.

Researchers at Humboldt University School of Medicine and the Institute for Transfusion Medicine at Charité University Hospital, both in Berlin state that Nigella sativa is an important medicinal herb. In many Arabian, Asian and African countries, black seed oil is used as a natural remedy for a wide range of ailments, including various allergies.

Four studies on the clinical efficacy of Nigella sativa in allergic diseases are presented. In these studies, a total of 152 patients with allergic diseases (allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, atopic eczema) were treated with Nigella sativa oil, given in capsules at a dose of 40 to 80 mg/kg/day. The patients scored the subjective severity of target symptoms using a predefined scale. The following laboratory parameters were investigated: IgE, eosinophil count, endogenous cortisol in plasma and urine, ACTH, triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol and lymphocyte sub-populations. The study review is published in the December 2003 issue of the journal Phytotherapy Research.

Digestive Health

Black seed has been used for centuries to improve digestive ailments. The seeds aid have been shown to aid in digestion, decreasing bloating, gas and stomach cramps. It has also been shown to have antispasmodic effects on the smooth muscle of the intestines. Published in the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, researchers found that Black seed lessened appetite, improved glucose levels and glucose absorption, which lead to weight loss, as well.

Questions about Black Seed? Leave a comment for Scientific Director and Pharmacist Jerry Hickey!