EXERCISE, MEDIATION, & WHATEVER WORKS
I believe the study I posted had no deaths, due to the restriction to those presenting with mild symptoms. Only five advanced to hospitalization, but four of them were in the control group (iirc).
Two of the other studies included more severe cases, and both had a lopsided fraction of deaths appearing in the control group. I didn't disect the studies -- just took a brief look at one, along with the site that aggregates results for all the studies.
The binding to the ace2 active site was from a computer simulation that calculates binding energy. I've played around with this sort of thing myself, in the context of designing short DNA strands that can be used to amplify a chemical signal (it was my wife's project, but I couldn't resist messing around with it). Not perfect, but still amazingly useful.
It's not hard to imagine how the current results could melt down, but I'd still bet that the next study reports statistically significant beneficial results.
The main thing that worries me is that almost all of the studies are coming out of the mid east. I looked at other studies touting other benefits of nigella sativa (e.g. memory, blood pressure, weight loss, etc), and almost all of them were were coming out of the mid east as well. Why might that be? Turns out the Quran claims the seeds to be a "cure all," so it's easy to image there are other motives present. Also, if you're from Saudi Arabia, how willing will you be to publish a result claiming zero or negative benefit?
@jay Other people unfamiliar with this discussion could use a subject there. Thanks for moving the discussion over here.
Has anyone used Dr. Kirk Parsley's sleep remedy? Or, a Magnesium supplement for sleep? I've used melatonin off and on with mixed results. In my healthier 2022 quest, I'm trying to figure out good sleep support, if there's any to be had 🙂
@melinda I started taking magnesium a few years ago for headaches but I've read taking Mg before bedtime also helps with sleep. I haven't noticed a huge difference, but it could be helping as far as I know. I say try it and see if it helps.
@melinda Melatonin always works at first for me, but the effects wear off so it's good for about three days for me and by the end of a week, not doing anything much in terms of sleep.
I have never heard of Dr. Kirk Parsley.
I have taken calcium magnesium supplements but not for sleep, for cramps. Calcium/magnesium really helps for cramps (menstrual cramps, not leg cramps or such). Calcium/magnesium are iron blockers though so don't take them all the time if you tend toward iron deficiency and definitely alternate with iron supplements they cancel iron supplements out.
I have been keeping a gratitude journal. Nothing big. Just in the morning when I wake up I jot down things that make me happy or peaceful or safe or what is going well on a journal page. It's way easy to absorb and spin out on scary stuff in the world. The journal puts all that at bay and grounds me in the morning with things that are good.