Zachary Bidques was an accomplished French sailor, an adventurer who often tempted fate by sailing the largest of oceans in the smallest of boats using only the stars and his wits to stay alive.
Zack set sail in the early morning on a Sunday in 1977, sailed for 33 days, and encountered a midnight storm that ravaged his boat, left him severely injured and stranded on a raft with very little food and water and without any communication device.
He drifted. He nearly died at sea.
But he was miraculously saved by a group of fishermen after drifting for 21 days. He had no food for 14 days because his injuries prevented him from fishing. He had been without water for more than 7 days, and he was rescued barely alive, but incredibly, he arrived at the nearest hospital still breathing on his own and with the faintest glimmer of a pulse. Hope was alive for everyone who heard the story or witnessed the rescue!
Tragically, he died in the hospital while the doctors waited for guidance from the regulatory authorities.
“Treat the person, not the disease.”
— Hippocrates, paraphrased
The medical team had looked diligently for a double-blind, placebo-controlled study proving which treatments were best for this type of disease, but there weren’t any, and the Sailing Journals barely mentioned other stranded human or animal experiences. They scoured the research for established guidelines and found none. The new medicine, “Strandvere” had just begun phase 1 clinical trials but was not yet ready for emergency use. They made many phone calls to the directors of the largest and most prestigious medical centers, yet no one had ever heard of a similar case and no one had ever seen a published review of similar cases.
But I wonder…
- ….if treating the PERSON with a disease could be an effective way to help them get well, rather than waiting for a medicine to treat a disease that may be weeks, or months, or years too late?
- ….if looking at every precious human life as a unique individual provides clues about the specific causes contributing to their illness?
Zack’s story is surprisingly illustrative in the current pandemic, and his tragic death offers insight into other conditions where the situation may be similar…Situations, like Covid-19 and others, where there may be no regulator-approved treatment, no established guidelines, and seemingly no experience. In these instances particularly, and in most others, a simple paradigm for treating all complex illnesses is helpful.
- Deficiency—Everything I need that I don’t have
- Toxicity—Everything I Have that I don’t need
These 2 primary causes, for which there are billions of potential combinations of outcomes, express themselves differently in complex people with different genetic profiles and different environments, and often demand personalized, functional assessment and treatment….but there are some common themes that are safe and simple and can be very effective for certain illnesses, including things like viral infections.
A starving, dehydrated, injured person is clearly in NEED of many things, (food and water, for instance) and likely in need of REMOVING many other things that are in excess (perhaps shards of wood in his neck or infected, necrotic limbs). Safely optimizing as many of these factors as quickly as possible has proved to be an effective course of action in the most complex of patients, particularly when published evidence is lacking or established guidelines don’t exist.
I haven’t yet found a case where it wasn’t true.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
Zack’s story is strangely applicable and potentially memorable in the current pandemic, because viral infections, including Covid-19 as well as other infections, require an appropriate immune response, and there are several essential nutrients that are required for appropriate functioning of the immune system, and many of these are either believed to be helpful based on basic science or clinical experience, or have been scientifically found to be important in patients suffering from symptoms related to these infections.
Z.A.C.K. may help patients and family members remember to remove those things that are in excess (inflammation, viral particles) and replace those things that may be deficient…by providing things like:
E–Vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols)
There are many others, but that’s the guy’s name, and I didn’t want to add letters just to make my case!
If his name is too difficult to remember, perhaps a few other acronyms could help.
“(Z)ero (C)oronavirus (D)eaths” —this gets the major 3—Zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D3. Everyone should assure these are optimized.
Qu-I-C-K B-A-DD-A-ZZ-E-S —The double D, A and Z could help you remember the incredible need for Vitamins A, D and zinc — high doses of these nutrients for short time periods are very safe.
B-A-D Qu-I-C-K-E-Z-S— I’m forcing the issue here, and there, and everywhere else, but for goodness sake, REMEMBER to Replace what is missing (these nutrients, exercise, etc…) and remove what is in excess (things like sugar, alcohol, empty calories..) see here for more information.
By definition, and by looking at the science, we discover that people with severe infections are burdened with excess toxicity (inflammatory toxicity in the least) and are deficient in many or all of these nutrients. By replacing these essential nutrients, we give the immune system the fuel it needs to function appropriately, and perhaps help people get well.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”
— Hippocrates, speaking of the “terrain” factors that are essential to healing
Some will claim that there isn’t any “science” on these nutrients—see below:
I’d like to remind our readers that “Basic Science” is science. If a nutrient is required for a process, and the nutrient is absent or sub-optimal, then the process is unable to proceed optimally. Repeated observation is also science. It has always been and will always be science.
Educated doctors caring for unique individuals, using experience gleaned from both the wisdom of ages past and years of practice is the best way to help people get well…because people are complex, and they don’t always fit nicely into boxes of guidelines—especially when there aren’t any guidelines.
Remember the story of Zack Bidques…a fictional french sailor found drifting in an ocean of fear.
He and Hippocrates can help us reach toward the lofty goal of (Z)ero (C)oronavirus (D)eaths—one person at a time.
Nutrients in general for COVID
Low vitamin C in COVID
Cheng R. Can early and high intravenous dose of vitamin C prevent and treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Med Drug Discov. 2020;100028. 10.1016/j.medidd.2020.100028. [PMC free article] [PubMed]