While it is certainly possible to contract an acute respiratory infection while on the Marshall Protocol, many symptoms of immunopathology mimic those of an acute respiratory infection. Adjusting one's antibiotics or olmesartan (Benicar) can sometimes help a patient distinguish between the two. The MP tends to make no difference to the course of a common cold. Patients with acute respiratory infections can manage their infections with antiviral agents as well as medicines which palliate symptoms.
Viruses account for most upper respiratory infections, but physicians must be alert to signs of bacterial primary infection or superinfection, which may require targeted therapy.
While it is certainly possible to contract an acute infection while on the MP, many symptoms of immunopathology mimic those of an acute infection. These symptoms include a runny nose or stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, headache, cough, malaise, or vague feeling of illness, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and ear pain. Generally speaking, symptoms due to immunopathology are more variable and tend not to last while a cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. can generally linger a week or more. Whenever the cause of symptoms is in doubt, try one or both of the following:
If symptoms improve in either or both scenarios, it is an immune system reaction, not an acute infection.
Patients who remain unsure if they have an acute infection should consult their physician. A physician can diagnose most acute infections after a history and physical exam. In some cases, further tests may be ordered. For example, the back of the throat may be swabbed if strep throat is suspected. This swab test, called a throat culture, can check for the bacteria that cause this infection. A blood test called an antibody titer may be done if certain infections are suspected. A chest X-ray may be ordered to make sure pneumonia, a more serious infection deep in the lungs, is not present. Other tests may be ordered in certain cases.
The MP tends to make no difference to the course of a common cold. The Vitamin D Receptor, which is activated by the Marshall Protocol, transcribes at least several genes, which are important for fighting viruses.
If anything, the Marshall Protocol will allow the immune system a better chance to fight the virus.
Trevor Marshall, PhD
Patients who are at risk for symptoms of acute infection should take care of themselves by getting adequate rest, fluids and nutrition. This is especially important for patients who already have compromised respiratory function. It is okay to palliate symptoms with medications as necessary.