Feature Article: October 2020 – Office Based Testing Modalities for COVID-19 Virus and the Use of Nutritional Supplements for Prevention and Treatment

Office Based Testing Modalities for COVID-19 Virus and the Use of Nutritional Supplements for Prevention and Treatment


Jeff Morris

Derrick DeSilva, Jr., M.D., believes there are four supplements that are critical when it comes to supporting immunity against viruses: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and probiotics.

Dr. DeSilva, who is an associate staff member at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ, as well as a member of the teaching faculty at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ and a long-time AMMG faculty member and presenter, says these four supplements each have antiviral properties, and each one has a different  method of action.

“The probiotic works because 70 percent of the immune system is in the intestines,” Dr. DeSilva notes. The other three work in varying ways, but the important thing is, all have been shown to be effective.

Dr. DeSilva points out that Vitamin D and immune support have over 4,500 citations on PubMed; Vitamin C and immune support, nearly 3,000 citations; probiotic and immune support, over 3,400 citations; and Zinc and immune support, nearly 6,000 citations.

These supplements have the effect of strengthening the immune system, and helping the body to fight off viruses—including COVID-19. That’s not just Dr. DeSilva’s belief; on September 9, the Centers for Disease Control put out a tweet saying that Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc may actually have a role in the treatment of COVID-19.

Dr. DeSilva will be conducting a free webinar to review the latest science behind the use of supplements and nutrients to help prevent and in some situations treat the COVID-19 virus, as shown in the latest medical literature. This webinar is not to be missed. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. Central time.

In his presentation, Dr. DeSilva will describe extensive research on the different functions of each supplement, the methods by which they work, and the many conditions they can help.

The webinar will also cover current testing modalities that can be used in an office setting and review the different cassettes that are available, along with presenting data on the sensitivity and specificity of these testing processes. Being able to offer patients a reliable, in-office COVID test will provide age management medicine practitioners with yet another tool to help keep patients safe and healthy.

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