I believe in the potential of medicinal plants–Coronavirus 19

An Essay by Korey J. Brownstein

I believe in the potential of medicinal plants.

As more of us stay-at-home because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are exposed, more than ever, to misinformation and fake health news on the Internet and other media sources. Health claims that state dietary supplements and natural medicines can prevent or treat COVID-19 are untrue. Vitamin C and chlorine dioxide (a bleach solution marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS) are two examples. We do not want is another 1918 flu pandemic where the case fatality rate increased due to medication misuse and overdose (Starko 2009).

Because I researched medicinal plants and am the founder of NatureClaim.com, people are asking me how they can prevent COVID-19. I am at a loss on answering this question. All I can recommend, like many researchers in the biological and health sciences, is to practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Since dietary supplements are natural, they are perceived as safe. For example, kratom and yohimbe are two supplements that can be deadly. Please do not drink bleach or colloidal silver. Their ability to prevent or treat coronavirus is unknown. But if you must take a supplement, take something that is safer such as Echinacea or elderberry. Research has shown that these herbs may stimulate the immune system. Eat foods rich in vitamin C and zinc instead of taking supplements. The body absorbs vitamins and minerals more readily from food.

We will get through this, but do not die trying like an Arizonan man after he saw President Donald Trump’s hydroxychloroquine tweet.

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Korey Brownstein, Ph.D., received a doctoral degree in Molecular Plant Sciences from Washington State University. His many achievements include the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program, NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology, Don and Mary Ann Parachini Scholarship in Entrepreneurship, NSF Innovation Corps Program, and others. He is the founder of NatureClaim, LLC and a researcher at The University of Chicago.

Apples

A Poem by Korey J. Brownstein

There is an apple in his hand,
a juicy apple, red delicious, and crisp.
Every time she reaches for his hand,
she feels the skin of an apple
firm, ripe, and inviting.

He always offers her the apple
and she always accepts it, and then
she reaches for his hand,
and he has another apple
and she reaches for his hand

and finds another apple.
How do I hold your hand? she asks.
I do not know, he answers.
An apple on his tongue, an apple
on his head, an apple in his hand.

The Advancement of Alternatives

A Short Piece by Korey Brownstein

The year is 2060.

I peer out of the small circular window and take an alternative drug containing ginger to calm my stomach. Home is so close. As we orbit the Earth, space was taking its toll on my health. My crewmembers and I had completed our mission on the moon weeks ago, but during lift-off parts of the shuttle’s exterior became detached. Nothing serious. What was supposed to be a three-week long research expedition to the moon and back was now a mission to make pre-entering repairs. Last week a pod delivered additional supplies and tools for the final repairs. It’s been over a month and I miss gravity. I can feel my joints and muscles hunger for it.

I tell my body, “One more week. I hope.”

“Hey…”

I turn.

“…you don’t look so well.”

“Yeah,” I reply weakly.

“You should take this alternative drug. It contains Rhodiola. Astronauts use it as an immune stimulant.”

“Thanks,” I smile and take the bottle in my hand.

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The Advancement of Alternatives

 

Aisle 60

A Poem by Korey Brownstein

Aisle 1: music plays a pas de deux
I miss my lady
Aisle 2: a gentleman’s Spoken Résumé
the internet dies
Aisle 3: divorce your family
where do I sign?
Aisle 5: a beau monde for gentlewomen
the cheddars gasp
Aisle 7: maps of megalopolises
where is ChiPitts?
Aisle 11: fresh Bhut Jolokia
have it on the rocks
Aisle 13: meat and poetry
I taste The Peacock
Aisle 17: the eunuch searches for his missing piece
that damn Shaunnigan
Aisle 19: cars dressed in dew from the past
let the sun wash it away
Aisle 23: a cure for borborygmus
the cwm without a crwth
Aisle 29: the widowed man paints a new coat
she is in love with the stain
Aisle 31: the lover of politicians
a virgin cloth collects her tears
Aisle 37: materials for a bien-pesant
society will provide a discount
Aisle 41: the sex-crazed Sarvajna
why is the woman I love hiding?
Aisle 43: the six-mile man runs into the arms of rejection
his talking shoes return laughing
Aisle 47: the dancing queens sing
“I like you just the way you are!”
Aisle 53: the imprisoned nametag
what sort of crimes did it commit?
Aisle 59: the city drains
another train drinks and flies away
Aisle 60: the hermetic place
no one shops here

Aisle 60

A Poem by Korey J. Brownstein

Aisle 1: music plays a pas de deux
I miss my lady
Aisle 2: a gentleman’s Spoken Résumé
the internet dies
Aisle 3: divorce your family
where do I sign?
Aisle 5: a beau monde for gentlewomen
the cheddars gasp
Aisle 7: maps of megalopolises
where is ChiPitts?
Aisle 11: fresh Bhut Jolokia
have it on the rocks
Aisle 13: meat and poetry
I taste The Peacock
Aisle 17: the eunuch searches for his missing piece
that damn Shaunnigan
Aisle 19: cars dressed in dew from the past
let the sun wash it away
Aisle 23: a cure for borborygmus
the cwm without a crwth
Aisle 29: the widowed man paints a new coat
she is in love with the stain
Aisle 31: the lover of politicians
a virgin cloth collects her tears
Aisle 37: materials for a bien-pesant
society will provide a discount
Aisle 41: the sex-crazed Sarvajna
why is the woman I love hiding?
Aisle 43: the six-mile man runs into the arms of rejection
his talking shoes return laughing
Aisle 47: the dancing queens sing
“I like you just the way you are!”
Aisle 53: the imprisoned nametag
what sort of crimes did it commit?
Aisle 59: the city drains
another train drinks and flies away
Aisle 60: the hermetic place
no one shops here

Apples

A Poem by Korey J. Brownstein

There is an apple in his hand,
a juicy apple, red delicious, and crisp.
Every time she reaches for his hand,
she feels the skin of an apple
firm, ripe, and inviting.

He always offers her the apple
and she always accepts it, and then
she reaches for his hand,
and he has another apple
and she reaches for his hand

and finds another apple.
How do I hold your hand? she asks.
I do not know, he answers.
An apple on his tongue, an apple
on his head, an apple in his hand.