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Editorial Issue 273

by Sandra Goodman PhD(more info)

listed in editorial, originally published in issue 273 - September 2021

Positive Health PH Online Issue 273 is published live 9 September 2021. Amid international events including withdrawal of American and UK forces from Afghanistan, ferocious wild fires, floods and droughts apparently the result of climate-change, much of the world is still attempting to cope with COVID 19 – the  major focus of much of the media, with beyond complex and apparently unresolvable simple solutions. A few opinions beyond the mainstream media:

Positive Health PH Online has always espoused bringing together the best of main-stream medicine with natural / complementary / alternative medical treatment into an Integrative Medicine Treatment Approach, rather than adopting the current binary approach to COVID of either lockdowns or vaccines. Much clinical success has been in treating COVID by enhancing patients’ immune systems; some of this clinical research has been published herein throughout the pandemic: PH Online Letters to the Editor Issue 265;  Letters to the Editor Issue 266; Letters to the Editor Issue 268;  Letters to the Editor Issue 270;  Letters to the Editor Issue 271

As Michael Passwater MT(ASCP) SBB DLM CSSGB (ASQ) in his recent OMNS - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service article – Vitamin C Levels in Critically Ill Covid-19 Patients eloquently documents:

“From the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to learn about the critical importance of maintaining adequate levels of essential nutrients. When the body is under stress from an illness such as an infection, merely eating an excellent diet may not provide sufficient nutrients to support the immune system. To stave off a fast-moving infection may require higher levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C has an essential role in empowering the immune system. Its oxidized form can be recycled by red blood cells (erythrocytes), but a fast-moving illness can overpower this system, causing vitamin C levels to precipitously drop.

“SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus capable of causing systemic, life-threatening disease in humans. Severe disease is characterized by hyper-inflammation, hyper-coagulation, and hypoxia. The virus produces proteins that knockdown two major pillars of the innate immune system, interferon and selenoproteins. Selenoprotein knockdown impairs antioxidant capacity and haemostasis (anticoagulation and clotting). The virus also damages RBC structure, which combined with loss of antioxidant capacity, impairs management of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitric oxide throughout the body. Additionally, consumption of NAD by the virus depletes cells of a vital energy source.

“Restoring and maintaining healthy levels of ascorbic acid, selenocysteine, vitamin D, and NAD is critical in the battle against SARS-CoV-2. In treatment, as well as in research, it is important to remember that nutrients do not work optimally alone. Selenium, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K2 are interdependent. Vitamin C, selenium, and vitamin E are interdependent. Niacin and NAD are also dependent on adequate intracellular selenoproteins and vitamin C levels. Single nutrient studies and interventions will miss essential synergies and confounding variables regardless of the sample size….”

Articles published within PH Online Issue 273 offering a psychospiritual /mental / mind-oriented approach to optimal health include:

Editorial features offering political, scientific and educational enhancement of our understanding of health issues include:

Articles increasing our medical / clinical understanding of diverse health issues include:

Bodywork editorial features include:

I passionately present and unreservedly recommend the truly holistic and integrated approach to our mental, spiritual and physical healthcare as espoused within PH Online and wish all readers good health, happiness, peace and prosperity today and all through the year.


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About Sandra Goodman PhD

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder and Editor of Positive Health, trained as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology in Canada and the US, focusing upon health issues since the 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman was the lead author of the Consensus Document Nutritional and LifeStyle Guidelines for People with Cancer and compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in 1993. Dr Goodman is passionate about making available to all people, particularly those with cancer, clinical expertise in Nutrition and Complementary Therapies. Dr Goodman was recently featured as Doctor of the Fortnight in ThinkWellness360.

Dr Goodman and long-term partner Mike Howell seek individuals with vision, resources, and organization to continue and expand the Positive Health PH Online legacy beyond the first 30 years, with facilities for training, to fund alternative cancer research, and promote holistic organizations internationally. Read about Dr Goodman and purchase Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art.  She may be contacted privately for Research, Lectures and Editorial services via:   and

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