Respiratory viruses are prevalent all around the world. It’s impossible to live on this Earth and not get exposed to them.

However, your immune system can be used to protect yourself in many different ways, provided you take care of it.

And this can be done through the supplementation of specific nutrients and herbs.

But first…

What are respiratory viruses?

Respiratory viruses are tiny particles of fat that have a tiny amount of genetic material within and little protein spikes all over their surfaces, allowing them to attach to and invade your respiratory cells. Once they get in, they take over your cell’s ability to make genetic material, fats and proteins. Eventually, your cell bursts open from the pressure of thousands of new virus particles. The brand-new particles are then free to attach to and invade thousands of neighbouring cells. The infection is begun!

The common cold is usually caused by a Rhinovirus or one of the gentle coronaviruses. These virus particles like to attach to and infect the cells on mucous membranes of the sinuses; they can make us feel miserable but are generally not life-threatening.

Recently, we have been faced with viral infections that are more aggressive such as COVID 19 (Coronavirus Disease of 2019) caused by SARS-COV-2 virus, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as camel flu), and the first SARS (SARS-COV-1) (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which are all highly contagious, pandemic causing coronaviruses. All of these viruses prefer to initially attach to and infect respiratory cells such as those of the bronchioles and lungs. Once established, their behaviour differs tremendously between the different viruses.

These viruses can be life-threatening but only if an individual’s immune system cannot manage to stop the infection. Your immune system has the ability to:

  • Block viruses from attaching and infecting your healthy cells
  • Stimulate the production of your own natural interferon, a substance that strongly inhibits virus replication
  • Increase production of T Killer cells (CD8+ T cells) that recognize and kill your cells which have already been infected with a virus
  • Stimulate the production of B cells that make antibodies. Antibodies can then strongly attach to the virus particles, labelling them for destruction.
  • Stimulate and strengthen your immune system to work more efficiently and effectively

In the case of COVID 19, those who succumb to an infection either have weakened immune systems, a propensity to have overly active inflammatory reactions or are already suffering from another infection when they are attacked by COVID-19.

Most of us will experience some strain of respiratory viral infection in our lifetimes leaving us feeling congested and fatigued, sometimes for weeks.

What can you do?

Dr Sandy’s protocol offers simple guidance on how to boost your immune system fast! If you catch it early enough, you can stop the viral replication and avoid getting sick at all. If you have already gotten sick, you can still strengthen and support your immune system and produce noticeable energy while speeding up the healing process so you can avoid much of the suffering while you recover.

This program has worked for many people over and over with the flu and the common cold. Initial reports are coming in that it seems to be lessening symptoms in those with COVID-19 in a similar way as it does with the flu.

Remember, the trick is to catch the virus early enough in its replication process. If you hesitate, ignore the first symptoms, and give the virus a little room and sufficient time, it will gladly move in and take over as many of your cells as it can.


Consider consuming more than half your body weight in ounces of water, vegetable juice, herbal tea, broth, or soup.

For example, a 120lb person would consume more than 60oz of fluids to super-hydrate. This may sound old-fashioned and too simple to be important; however, it really works!

Protein intake

Eat protein-rich foods like nuts, seeds and legumes 3-4 times a day when you have no fever.

If you do have a fever, minimize dense protein foods and focus on super-hydration by drinking fresh vegetable juices, hot tea, soup, and clear broth for the best results.


It’s important to supplement yourself with a combination of strong antiviral, anti-bacterial, and powerful immune system building properties.

My go-to supplements include vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc and garlic! You can find far more extensive information regarding supplementation, products that I recommend, and advise on preparations and the amounts that work best in my eBook VIRUSES! – How to stop respiratory viral infections before you get sick.


Rest is incredibly important to staying well and to the healing process. Research tells us that if you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system’s ability to coordinate its actions falls and it’s production of Natural T killer cells decreases significantly.

You should be getting no less than 8-10 hours of sleep or other type of rest per 24 hours – this is the time your body requires to regenerate and recuperate.

If sleep is an issue for you, ensure that you are finding some other way to deeply rest your body and mind. Try meditation, prayer or just taking a moment for yourself to find some quiet. During the day, consider taking on practices that work best to relax your mind: yoga, arts and crafts, reading, writing, Qigong, TaiChi, gardening, preparing healthy meals, or walking in nature. 

Because sleep is an amazingly complex process, there are a wide variety of reasons why you may not be able to sleep well. In turn, there are a correspondingly wide variety of natural approaches to correcting sleep problems.

Each month I set aside a bit of time to answer questions and help those in need. If sleep is challenging for you, I may be able to help you out. Contact my office for a free, fifteen-minute consultation; when you schedule, let me know you are having trouble sleeping.

Take Extra Care

In times like these, there are steps that everyone should be taking but especially so if you are a vulnerable person and catch viral infections easily.

These include…

  • Washing your hands very frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Consider wearing a face mask, especially should you leave your home
  • If you have touched ANYTHING that anyone else has touched, avoid touching your own face until you wash your hands
  • If you have a weakened immune system, find out why and follow strategies to help bolster your defences

The protocols mentioned here will help prevent the virus but also if you already are sick, these will lighten your symptoms.

What next?

For far more in-depth information about how to boost your immune system, protect yourself from viral infections and how to lighten your symptoms if you have taken ill, take a look at my e-Book VIRUSES! – How to stop respiratory viral infections before you get sick.

You should also check out the following Dr Sandy audio downloads:

Again, if you have questions or require additional information, don’t hesitate to schedule a free, fifteen-minute consultation.