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This glimmer of hope for 2021 the vaccines promised seems to be narrowing, how do you feel?
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So Corona going away in the year 20002?



Anyone knows the ratio of Vit D3 to K2 that one must be taking? I have a large stock of Vit D3 5000 IU/125mcg. I need to buy Vit K2 to take with it, and I am not sure what dosage I should be buying to go with my Vit D3 stock. I have looked at the various Vit D3 + Vit K2 combined capsules and the ratio varies really widely!

For example:

D3 125msg + K2 25mcg
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D3 125msg + K2 50mcg
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D3 125msg + K2 100mcg
100mcg (of K2 MK7[1]) would be a good dose to start. There's some indication that at least 45mcg is needed to activate osteocalcin carboxylation. There are studies which show up to 400mcg daily is tolerable over the long term (one year).

I personally take 270 mcg (3 x 90mcg) per day with 5000 (7000 in winter) IU D3.

If you're taking 5000 IU daily, then take occasional breaks (say 1-2 days every 10 days and a week every couple of months) and get a test every year (you can get a simple finger-prick test from an online vendor).

[1] There's another version (MK4) which has a shorter serum half-life and is taken in larger doses (e.g. 1000mcg).
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Old 26.01.2021, 12:25
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I have to say I missed this at the time. Matt Hancock stood in the House of Commons and announced they were aware of a new virus coming from China, and that, following advice from their Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty- they were very well prepared

then came half term holidays and thousands travelled all over the world, totally oblivious- and even right up to right before Christmas, a few weeks ago, friends were going on holiday all over the EU and beyond, no test, and no instructions whatsoever at the airports, to isolate. No-one to welcome there at airport with info flyers and instructions, no electronic signage- NOTHING

The Matt Hancock announcement is in the middle.

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I have to say I missed this at the time. Matt Hancock stood in the House of Commons and announced they were aware of a new virus coming from China, and that, following advice from their Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty- they were very well prepared

then came half term holidays and thousands travelled all over the world, totally oblivious- and even right up to right before Christmas, friends were going on holiday all all the place, no test, and no instructions whatsoever at the airports, to isolate. No-one to welcome there at airport with info flyers and instructions, no electronic signage- NOTHING

The Matt Hancock announcement is in the middle.
I am intrigued how the UK could have had a test for a new & unknown virus.
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Old 26.01.2021, 12:39
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Only one data point, but:

I know a few people in the same boat. Itís not fear or hesitation that keeps them away, rather limited access.
Access is an issue. A family member requires blood work every six months to monitor medication levels and has been told, repeatedly, that the office isn't seeing patients that aren't actively ill. While I understand the prioritization, the DIY method of guess and adjust at home is risky.

What I really don't understand is why all physicians, pharmacists, etc. weren't prioritized in the first wave. Would help. methinks, by increasing access to medical care.
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Access is an issue. A family member requires blood work every six months to monitor medication levels and has been told, repeatedly, that the office isn't seeing patients that aren't actively ill. While I understand the prioritization, the DIY method of guess and adjust at home is risky.

What I really don't understand is why all physicians, pharmacists, etc. weren't prioritized in the first wave. Would help. methinks, by increasing access to medical care.
It seems bizarre. A doctor I spoke to yesterday said he was in the 2nd group due to lung disease (heís about 50, otherwise healthy), but his wife, same age in primary care but no health issues is farther down the list. Makes 0 sense.
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1884 cases
92 hospitalisations
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11% less than last week
9.5% positivity ratio
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Re: Coronavirus

My husband tested positive for the Covid antibodies in July last year. He made another test now, about 6 months later, and he is still positive -- this is great news. I have also tested and waiting for my results, hopefully will be positive as well.
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Old 26.01.2021, 16:13
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So Corona going away in the year 20002?



Anyone knows the ratio of Vit D3 to K2 that one must be taking? I have a large stock of Vit D3 5000 IU/125mcg. I need to buy Vit K2 to take with it, and I am not sure what dosage I should be buying to go with my Vit D3 stock. I have looked at the various Vit D3 + Vit K2 combined capsules and the ratio varies really widely!

For example:

D3 125msg + K2 25mcg
vs
D3 125msg + K2 50mcg
vs
D3 125msg + K2 100mcg
I recently bought this mix of vitamin D3 and K2 where the recommended one drop per day equals vitamin D3 1000IU and vitamin K2 50MCG. It received really good reviews. Looks like it's sold out now, though, but if you are interested, there are other brands available on amazon.de that are a mix of the two.

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B08...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you're on a blood thinner for any reason, be careful with vitamin K because it can cause your blood to clot more easily.
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Old 26.01.2021, 16:49
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I recently bought this mix of vitamin D3 and K2 where the recommended one drop per day equals vitamin D3 1000IU and vitamin K2 50MCG. It received really good reviews. Looks like it's sold out now, though, but if you are interested, there are other brands available on amazon.de that are a mix of the two.

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B08...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you're on a blood thinner for any reason, be careful with vitamin K because it can cause your blood to clot more easily.
No blood thinners Hmm but even if I am normal, I am not sure if I want my blood to clot very easily

I went with D3 125msg + K2 100mcg combination.

Btw I recently read somewhere that liquid form of Vit D3 should be avoided. I can't find the article though Your drops seem low dosage though.
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So the UK has topped by a very significant number the 'dreaduflly magical' number of 100.000. Just dreadful.
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Re: Coronavirus

A potentially important "breakthrough" by a research institute in TI.

Google EN translation of article from LeMatin (Swiss Romande newspaper) today.

"Ticino discovers a double weapon against the virus

An institute in Bellinzona has developed an antibody that not only protects against all variants of the coronavirus, but also prevents it from mutating. Great hopes are allowed.

This is a great success announced by the Biomedicine Research Institute (IRB) of Bellinzona (TI). The development of a second-generation double antibody, effective not only against all variants of the coronavirus, but which also prevents it from mutating further.

Immunotherapy is a technique that helps fight diseases by injecting the human body, for example, with antibodies. It has already proven itself against the coronavirus, but so far it has faced two major obstacles, the institute, which is affiliated with the University of Italian Switzerland, said in a statement. An antibody could be effective against a strain of the virus, but not necessarily against its variants. And the coronavirus has, like all viruses, a mechanism that allows it to mutate to precisely resist treatments that combat it.

Encouraging preclinical tests

The IRB found the solution by bringing together two natural antibodies (thus produced by the human body) into a single artificial molecule. This bispecific antibody, as it is called, therefore has a dual action, targeting two sites through which the virus infects the human body. According to preclinical tests carried out, it strongly neutralizes the coronavirus, even its recent British variant. And it prevents it from modifying its structure, therefore from mutating.

During these preclinical tests, a single injection of this bispecific antibody was enough to offer instant protection against Covid. It reduces the viral load in the lungs and reduces the inflammation typical of the disease.

The ideal candidate to protect us

For IRB, these promising results make this antibody "an ideal candidate for human clinical trials, with good potential for use" not only to treat the disease but also to prevent catching it. “Despite the limited resources compared to large pharmaceutical companies, we achieved our goals in just a few months,” says Davide Robbiani, IRB director.
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Doesn't sound good for the UK and second dose.

Where does this leave Switzerland?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...neca-shortfall

OH was told by GP he would probably get Moderna vaccine- is that the reason?
Classy move by the EU. Blame someone who can't fight back (a half Swedish company ran by a Frenchman no less) to try and cover up for a totally bungled rollout and their own gross incompetence.

It's clear that all the manufacturers are doing their best under extremely difficult circumstances and that unforeseen delays will happen. Bringing in contract law is just shitty behaviour. Threatening to ban exports just unbridled nationalism. They won't actually do it but they are just trying to bully the way to the front of queue. Hopefully AZ will slap them down.

Switzerland would probably be a net winner if the EU stopped exports as the tit for tat would be Switzerland wouldn't export any Moderna to the EU.
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Classy move by the EU. Blame someone who can't fight back (a half Swedish company ran by a Frenchman no less) to try and cover up for a totally bungled rollout and their own gross incompetence.

It's clear that all the manufacturers are doing their best under extremely difficult circumstances and that unforeseen delays will happen. Bringing in contract law is just shitty behaviour. Threatening to ban exports just unbridled nationalism. They won't actually do it but they are just trying to bully the way to the front of queue. Hopefully AZ will slap them down.

Switzerland would probably be a net winner if the EU stopped exports as the tit for tat would be Switzerland wouldn't export any Moderna.
Except, isnít the Moderna vax completed in Spain?
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Except, isnít the Moderna vax completed in Spain?
Yes - which goes to show the shortsightedness of vaccine nationalism.

There would have to be an alternative way of filling it were the EU to put in place a strict embargo on exports as clearly Switzerland wouldn't export the vaccine to get no final product back.
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Even LBC's arch Brexiter, Ferrari- has quite clearly called out the UK for 'vaccine nationalism' - boasting about how Brexit has allowed them to approve the vaccine quicker than the EU, and getting orders in early- and boasted large and wide about how clever and amazing they have been about it. And now in the process of backfiring.
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Canton of Bern is saying they will vaccinate only half of who wants to be vaccinated by the end of the Summer...and I am wondering if that is even possible now that the AZ vaccine may prove to be far less effective than what was thought.

Read a story in the news about a Canadian millionaire who was caught taking a private jet to a remote community and lied about his origins - I wonder how many more of these stories will pop up?

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjpx...n-first-nation

This glimmer of hope for 2021 the vaccines promised seems to be narrowing, how do you feel?
I feel okay, Pfizer and Moderna will almost double the supply compared to initial claims this year (total 3bn vs. initial 1.5bn), so this will cover up for AZ s**t. Also some hopes for JnJ supply, although it won't be much better than AZ.
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Btw I recently read somewhere that liquid form of Vit D3 should be avoided. I can't find the article though Your drops seem low dosage though.
Interesting... I wonder why that would be (I'll look it up). My doctor always gives me liquid vitamin D drops (prescribed) when my vit D has been found to be too low. I guess the oil in it helps with absorption.
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Only one data point, but:

Iíve been waiting almost a year for a biopsy.

Surgery has been cancelled twice now, first in Feb 2020 due to the first wave shutdown. Tried to reschedule after the lockdown but due to backlogs and bureaucratic ... confusion... it took until October to get on the hospital schedule again. And then came the second wave, surgery was cancelled again.

I finally in December convinced the GP to refer me to another clinic, one that is still doing surgeries. First available appointment for a consultation is in February.

So thatís a year lost.

Getting through the gate keepers has been the most difficult part. My problem is that the biopsy is needed for diagnosis, but without a concrete diagnosis I am not a priority and so the biopsy keeps getting cancelled. Kind of a Teufelskreis.

I know a few people in the same boat. Itís not fear or hesitation that keeps them away, rather limited access.
I'm so sorry that you've had to go through this :-( I think you need to find a new doctor pronto.

I had a biopsy back in Feb 2020 and received my results during the lockdown. Thankfully, it was all clear, but I was asked to wait until the Corona was "gone" before considering having surgery to remove the tumour. Mind you, this was right at the beginning of the pandemic when no one knew how the whole thing would turn out.

I contacted the doctor again in late summer when the Corona numbers were really low. I ended up having a second biopsy, and surgery in November.

At no point was I made to feel that I couldn't proceed because of the Coronavirus. If anything, once I contacted my doctor after the summer, everything proceeded really quickly, even though waiting 1 week for results felt like torture to me. I can't imagine waiting a whole year just to have the biopsy!

Really - if things don't progress at your appointment in February, please find a new doctor. I have a friend who works in pharma and she says the next pandemic will be cancer - all the cases that went unnoticed during 2020 and now maybe 2021. I shudder at the thought :-(
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Interesting... I wonder why that would be (I'll look it up). My doctor always gives me liquid vitamin D drops (prescribed) when my vit D has been found to be too low. I guess the oil in it helps with absorption.
I get the same and it really works ... I take the full bottle at once every 3 weeks and I feel a lot better starting the next day. Tastes awful, but it gives you a nice buzz since it is pretty high proof alcohol.

My doctor said to take the Vitamin D with a meal that contains fat as that helps absorb the vitamin better into your body...
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