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Ryan W shares her 2 month history of signs and symptoms, seeing multiple doctors, getting several diagnoses, and being prescribed many medications that included an antidepressant that was not needed.  Sinusitis is sometimes a missed diagnosis. It causes debilitating symptoms that can often be mistaken for flu-like, psychiatric, shortness of breath, vertigo, gastrointestinal, and other symptoms.

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CONTRACTING THE FLU AND MAINTAIN SINUS HYGIENE? Local governments should implement this FIVE STEP PLAN (several steps excerpted with permission)

by Charles B. Simone, M.D.:
Pocket size Manual, 48 pages
ISBN 0-9714574-1-7 (September 2001)

We do not diagnose disease or recommend a dietary supplement for the treatment of disease. You should share this information with your physician who can determine what nutrition and disease treatment regimen is best for you. 

ENHANCE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM to Decrease Your Risk of Infection 

Nutrition – Maintain an ideal weight. No four legged animals, shellfish, or dairy products unless they are skim or non-fat. Poultry cooked without the skin. Swimming fish. Fruits and vegetables.  Supplement your diet with certain nutrients in the proper doses, chemical form, and correct ratio of one to another. Take high doses of antioxidants (the carotenes, vitamins C and E, selenium, cysteine, copper, zinc, bioflavonoids), the B vitamins, and calcium with its enhancers: magnesium, potassium bicarbonate, boron, L-lysine, silicon, threonine.              

Simone Antioxidant – Nutrient Supplementation

Carotene               30 mg                    Selenium              200 mcg 

Lutein                    20 mcg                  Copper                  3 mg       

Lycopene              20 mcg                  Zinc                       30 mg

Vitamin A              5500 IU                  Iodine                     150 mcg

Vitamin D              400 IU                    Bioflavonoids       10 mg

Vitamin E             400 IU                    Chromium              125 mcg

Vitamin C             350 mg                   Manganese             2.5 mg

Folic Acid              400 mcg                Molybdenum         50 mg

All B Vitamins                                      L-Cysteine            20 mg

Tobacco – Do not smoke, chew, snuff, or inhale other people’s smoke

Alcohol – less than 2 drinks per week

Walking – briskly for 20 minutes four times a week.

Modify stress


WASH HANDS AND FACE often with soap. Droplets laden with viruses from people who speak to you travel at least three feet from their mouths. Keep your distance and don’t shake hands.  Soap and water is the best.  The next best recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and not an alcohol-free hand sanitizer that contains benzalkonium chloride because it may merely reduce the growth of germs rather than kill them.



Sneezing       40,000 Per sneeze

Bowel evacuation 20,000 Per event

Vomiting    1,000 Per event

Coughing    710 Per cough

Talking       36 Per 100 words

Coughing is more common than Sneezing

DECREASE MUCUS PRODUCTION AND MEMBRANE SWELLING by avoiding: Dairy products, citrus, dust mites, air flight, low pressure barometric pressure (rain, snow, overcast weather).  Pre-menses swell membranes. 

Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, rugs, window dressings, etc.  They wait for warm moist bodies – you – and come out by the hundreds of thousands on you, defecate and this causes the allergic reaction that swells sinus exit ports. Use hot water to wash.  Cover your mattress and pillows with dust mite covers.

BLEACH – Diluted bleach decontaminates skin and inanimate objects. Viruses generally die on inanimate objects after 12 hours.

Make diluted bleach solution (0.5%) to decontaminate skin from chemicals or biologicals. Even anthrax spores, the most stable of all biologicals, are killed by this solution.  Leave this diluted bleach on the skin for about 10-15 minutes.  Make this solution by mixing 1 part undiluted bleach from the bottle with 9 parts of water (bleach from the bottle is 5.25%).  Make a new solution every day you need it.  Avoid eye contact.

SINUS HYGIENE – Keep sinus exit ports open with:

Steam (10 min every 6 hours),

Oxymetazoline nasal spray that has antiviral effects (over-the-counter https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.2500/ajra.2010.24.3491),

Salt water nasal flushes have antiviral effects (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37703-3),



Flush your nose with a nasal saline spray to promote mucus flow so that viruses and bacteria can’t lodge.  Insert the spray tip in the nostrils perpendicular to the face and direct it toward the ears to get the spray to the exit ports to open them.

Using a syringe bulb, flushes with specific concentrations of over-the-counter Iodine (two teaspoons in 6 ounces of water), or Hydrogen Peroxide, or even very dilute Bleach (several drops in 6 ounces of water) can be used in the same manner as nasal saline. All these flushes are particularly useful if you have been in a crowd or in a high traffic and poorly ventilated public restroom.

Povidone Iodine (PVP-I) Oro-Nasal Spray: An Effective Shield for COVID-19 Protection for Health Care Worker (HCW), for all  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8026810/
Effect of 1% Povidone Iodine Mouthwash/Gargle, Nasal
and Eye Drop in COVID-19 patient  file:///C:/Users/mail/Downloads/176-Article%20Text-335-2-10-20210102.pdf

The American Dental Association Council on Dental Therapeutics has designated 0.1% sodium hypochlorite a ‘mild antiseptic mouth rinse’ and suggested its use for direct application to mucous membranes. Dilute sodium hypochlorite has no contraindications. Its high degree of safety permits frequent and broad usage by both dentists and patients.

Effects of 0.05% sodium hypochlorite oral rinse on supragingival biofilm and gingival inflammation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020653920332937
Sodium hypochlorite (dilute chlorine bleach) oral rinse in patient self-care





Imagine yourself trying to swim up these or any other waterfalls. It is not possible.  So promote mucus flow so that viruses and bacteria can’t swim up and lodge in your sinuses.

Use steam with Eucalyptus oil – boil about an inch of water in a quart size pot, take it away from the stove, add about 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, and inhale over the pot with a towel over your head for about ten minutes four to five times a day. You may use an over-the-counter Oxymetazoline nasal spray (not a banned substance) as directed. You can add a prescription steroid nasal spray to keep inflammation down but this requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption approval during sports competitions. Insert the spray tip in the nostrils perpendicular to the face and direct it toward the ears to get the medicine to the exit ports to open them. Hydrate to keep the mucus thin and flowing.  

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE changes the structure of viruses and generates oxygen that kills viruses. Gargle for several minutes with hydrogen peroxide (right from the bottle) twice a day.

ZINC – weekly dose of 70 mg for all ages reduces mortality/morbidity from viruses and bacteria*.  Also, Zinc Lozenges.  

*1) Brooks WA, et al. Lancet. 2005. 366:999-1004. 2) Bhatnagar S. Lancet. 2007. 369:885-886. 3) Sazawal S et al. Lancet. 2007. 369:927-34.  4) Barnett J, Nutr Rev 2010 Jan 68(1):30-37

N-ACETYL CYSTEINE 600 mg twice a day.

VITAMIN C 2 to 4 gm & VITAMIN D 5000 IU per day.

QUERCETIN 500 mg twice per day (nutrient over-the-counter) – interferes with the virus binding onto your cells.

Quercetin possesses anti-influenza activity by inhibiting viral entry, viral-cell fusion, viral replication, viral load, and lung inflammation and airways hyper-responsiveness in vivo.  Quercetin has strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Wenjiao W, et al. Viruses. 2016. Jan. 8(1):6; Kinker et al. J Infectious Diseases & Preventive Med 2014 2.2. 

A reduction in total sick days and severity was noted in middle aged and older subjects ingesting 1000 mg quercetin per day for 12 weeks who rated themselves as physically fit (Heinz SA et al. Pharmacol Res. 2010 Sep;62(3):237-42).

Quercetin outperforms Tamiflu – A mouse study showed that quercetin reduced symptoms and gave higher survival rates.  Also, animals treated with Quercetin had half of the virus load in their lungs compared to animals treated with Tamiflu. (Choi HJ, et al. Phytother Res. 2012 Mar;26(3):462-4).

Tamiflu’s chemical structure is similar to Quercetin but different enough to allow it to be patented. Despite all the media attention about Tamiflu, here is what the makers of Tamiflu say in their insert (Nov ’09):

Adults felt better 30 percent faster (1.3 days) than flu patients who did not take TAMIFLU
Children felt better up to 26 percent faster (1.5 days) than flu patients who did not take TAMIFLU

JET PLANES should use only OUTSIDE AIR for cabin.

Ryan’s story is similar to the Elite runner, Mary Decker Slaney

The day after the Atlanta Olympic Games, she [age 38] flew to meet Dr Simone. He advised her to stop taking birth control pills and diagnosed she had sinusitis and exercise-induced asthma. Cardiac and pulmonary tests corroborated the diagnosis. She then set world records. National Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductee 2003.
“If Mary had listened to the doctors the past 2 1/2 years, she would never have gotten healthy; she’d be sitting in a psychiatric hospital on Prozac, both feet in casts, waiting for visiting hours,” says Richard Slaney, her husband.               Source: USA Today Feb 27, 1997. 

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