130: Covid Guinuea Pigs: 7 Things Help You Survive It


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This podcast is the third part of the series of Covid-related podcasts. Today, we will be covering the list of supplements Dr. Goldkamp has been using while sick. He will talk about the general recommendations, where they came from, and why you might consider taking those supplements.

Before getting Covid, Dr. Goldkamp was already taking some supplements. Ordinarily, he takes very few because he tries to meet his nutritional needs with the food he eats.

Do supplements make your life healthier?

For Dr. Goldkamp, supplements only make his life healthier if he is exposing himself to something or if he has a deficiency. However, when the flu goes around, it is a good idea to ramp up on all the things that you know will support your immune system.


Dr. Goldkamp and his wife go and work out at the gym for an hour-and-a-half early in the morning, twice each week. Going in early minimizes their exposure, and they clean the equipment as they go. On the other days, they do HIT (High-Intensity Training) exercises at home, from a video.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 needs to get combined with vitamin K2. Taking magnesium will help with the absorption of vitamin D3.

5000 ius of vitamin D a day is a reasonable dose during periods of immune stress. Dr. Goldkamp usually takes vitamin D twice a week when he is well.

Vitamin C

For Covid, it is better to take ascorbic acid rather than a buffered vitamin C. If the ascorbic acid makes your stomach feel too uncomfortable, however, it is better to take a buffered vitamin C.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)

N-acetyl cysteine has a history that is more allopathic than naturopathic. It is a mucolytic agent, so it breaks up mucous, and it is a supplement that is currently pulled out of the supplement category and placed back in the medical category. It gets used by the body to build antioxidants, and when you have inflammation, your need for antioxidants goes up. Dr. Goldkamp takes NAC every day, only while he is sick, to keep himself dry and to help his sinuses.

The dose for NAC is ideally 600 mg, three times a day.


Hydroxychloroquine is a zinc-ionophore. That means that it opens up the immune cells in the body to allow the zinc cells to come in to support the immune system, and zinc has a way of killing viruses. Copper deficiency could cause vascular problems. To prevent that from happening, zinc needs to be taken together with copper in a 9:1 ratio. (Nine parts zinc to one part copper.)


Quercetin is a readily-available supplement that is similar to hydroxychloroquine. It is an extract of various herbs and plants, and it is also a zinc-ionophore, so it also acts as a buffer against viruses.


Melatonin is a natural hormone, a sleep-aid, and immune support. Take as small a dose as possible to help you sleep. One milligram before you go to bed should be enough.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is not fat-soluble, and it is possible to take too much of it. You get vitamin A from eating liver. The livers of some animals have such high levels of vitamin A that they could be toxic to humans if they get eaten. Vitamin A helps in overcoming infections. Multivitamins usually provide enough vitamin A for most Americans.


Thyme is an herb that is useful for steaming. You can put a few sprigs of fresh thyme in a pot of boiling water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam. It will break up your sinus congestion, and it also works as an anti-fungal.

Stay hydrated

You have to keep yourself hydrated when you are sick.

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