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Acute respiratory infections

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While it is certainly possible to contract an acute respiratory infection while on the Marshall ProtocolA curative medical treatment for chronic inflammatory disease. Based on the Marshall Pathogenesis., many symptoms of immunopathologyA temporary increase in disease symptoms experienced by Marshall Protocol patients that results from the release of cytokines and endotoxins as disease-causing bacteria are killed. mimic those of an acute respiratory infection. Adjusting one's antibiotics or olmesartan (Benicar)Medication taken regularly by patients on the Marshall Protocol for its ability to activate the Vitamin D Receptor. 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.

Distinguishing between acute infection and immunopathology

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:

  • increase olmesartan (Benicar) to every four hours around the clock, for up to 24 hours if no immediate result, to see if it dampens symptoms
  • adjust MP antibiotic(s) to see if the symptoms improve

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.

Managing an acute respiratory infection while on the Marshall Protocol

Certain treatments for acute infections can predispose to chronic disease

The MP tends to make no difference to the course of a common cold. The Vitamin D ReceptorA nuclear receptor located throughout the body that plays a key role in the innate immune response., 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


  • antiviral agents – Antiviral agents such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) can be used for the treatment and prevention of flu, but their use entails some risk.
  • antidiarrheal agents – unless diarrhea is due to food poisoning or other acute infection, it is not advisable to stop diarrhea unless it is causing dehydration or the cramping is intolerable
  • beta-lactam antibiotics – Patients who are candidates for penicillin may wish to ask their physician for an alternative to penicillin such as claforan (Cefotaxime).
  • guaifenesin – An expectorant drug usually taken orally to assist the bringing up (“expectoration”) of phlegm from the airways in acute respiratory tract infections. The use of guaifenesin is acceptable in limited amounts, although patients should know that the drug does have mild immunosuppressive activity.
  • pain medications – use as necessary to modulate intolerable symptoms

Other measures

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.

recent research

Our findings provide direct evidence that TFH play a critical role in vaccine-induced immunity in humans and suggest a novel strategy for promoting such cells by use of intranasal vaccines against respiratory infections. 1)

Members of the NOD-like receptor (NLR) family of pathogen recognition receptors have important roles in orchestrating this response (to invading pathogens) 2)

Read more

  • How not to fight colds – Why do children, the population with the most pristine health, get up to a dozen colds a year? This New York Times article argues that “susceptibility to cold symptoms is not a sign of a weakened immune system, but quite the opposite.”

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broken link

  • Cold Virus 'Manipulates' Genes - Sneezing, runny nose and chills? You might blame the human rhinovirus (HRV), which causes 30 to 50 percent of common colds. But in reality, it's not the virus itself but HRV's ability to manipulate your genes that is the true cause of some of the most annoying cold symptoms. For the first time, researchers have shown that HRV hijacks many of your genes and causes an overblown immune response that ends up with your nose being overblown.
Activation and Induction of Antigen-Specific T Follicular Helper Cells Play a Critical Role in Live-Attenuated Influenza Vaccine-Induced Human Mucosal Anti-influenza Antibody Response.
Aljurayyan A, Puksuriwong S, Ahmed M, Sharma R, Krishnan M, Sood S, Davies K, Rajashekar D, Leong S, McNamara PS, Gordon S, Zhang Q
J Virol92p(2018 Jun 1)
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