Vital Ways Institute Approach to Respiratory Infections

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We’re doing our at best at Vital Ways Institute to stay as current as possible with all aspects of this situation.

We see that it has gone from a health threat to be a highly politicized an polarizing topic. This is very unfortunate as this means that the news is even more agenda based, and untrustworthy than usual. We are focusing on providing the most effective strategies that we can to support our community.

What we do know:

Health Status, in particular, immune status is the most important criteria in determining if this will be a significant infection for anyone.

The mainstream media has two distinct tools that they are using right now to keep you from being empowered to take care of yourself and your loved ones-Fear and uncertainty. And then they use numerous misinformation tactics to convince the public to buy into their agenda.

At Vital Ways Institute, we believe that our health futures shouldn’t be dictated by for-profit medical groups who have a proven history of deception and deceit. If you want to begin to be able to read the news with a more critical eye, please see our Blog Here CRITICAL THINKING

One of the most powerful things that we can do for ourselves and our planet,

is develop a healthy immune system surrounded by a healthy body.

Failure of Germ Theory

Many practitioners from allopathic to herbal, reductionistic to alternative, are chasing the unicorn of an anti-covid-19 magic pill, herb, injection, incantation or pharmaceutical.

Yet few are considering resistance, resilience and response of our incredibly effective immune system.The Germ theory, the notion that germs cause disease, regardless of a person’s level of health, is not only inaccurate it was even retracted by its main proponent, Louis Pasteur. In many ways, its more accurate to think that a person get sick, and then the virus has ample space to come in and infect. History showcases many examples of this, including the 1918 Flu, which came at time when working conditions, stress and nutrition we’re all perfectly deteriorating our resistance.

This is similar to what we are experiencing now, as our entire global level of health continues to show a very disturbing worsening trend, we are getting more and more infections, including respiratory acute like Covid 19, SARs, swine flu etc., but also chronic infections like Lyme, Babesia, Chronic Epstein Barr and others.

If we continue to focus only on the germ, then we miss the bigger picture which is the overall health of the person and these infections will continue to show up, and cause further suffering. At Vital Ways Institute we don’t treat bugs, conditions, virion or diseases. We help people become healthier, more balanced, so they develop resistance, resilience, to have a healthy response to all infectious agents.

Our immune system, that brilliant collection of cells, chemicals and processes whose reach extends from our deepest insides to the very limits of our fleshy sac, is not an isolated system. It functions and takes direction from and gives direction to, every other part of us. So, in order to ensure that it is best able to do its important role, we’ll need to encourage it by giving it practice, and making sure it has the right environment, messages from other parts of our body, as well as the right co-factors including all the nutrients. With the right environment and nutrients, we can encourage it further if we want, with properly chosen herbs.

Its very hard to stimulate an immune system if the fundamental building blocks of us, the micronutrients are deficient, and if the environment of our entire body, meaning stress levels, inflammation levels, and more are not supportive. See the Vital 5 Below for more information on how to consider our entire bodies.

What’s your feeling on this?

Do you think that the best strategies are to target the virus with botanicals, and pharmaceuticals, or do you support doing this alongside strengthening our core resistance?

We feel that it is nothing short of criminal that evidence based natural techniques have been omitted from the conversation.

Below you’ll find the Vital Ways Essential Approach to Respiratory Immune Health.


None of this is intended as medical advice, nor to treat, cure or address any condition. Please do not take any of this as a recommendation for what you should do, and please consult your trusted healthcare provider before making any changes to your health regimen. This content is solely for educational purposes.

*If you happen to get any of the key symptoms that indicate a possible infection by this condition, please seek medical attention if necessary and avoid interactions with anyone in a vulnerable group.


If you’ve been eating a mostly micro-nutrient deficient, energy-rich diet, then the amounts below as supplements can catch you up rather quickly. if you’re eating a lot of nutrient dense foods regularly, then Vitamin D, C and Quercetin are the most important nutrients in the group below as they are largely not available in the amounts required.

We love getting all our nutrients from food-Sources are listed below. In some instances, supplements are faster and come with more compliance.

Vitamin C: Liposomal Is Best. 5grams per day, in divided doses. Foods/Herbs Sources: Amla, Rose Hips, Acerola Cherries are good sources.
Vitamin D: 10,000 IU per day, to reach 60ng/ml in the blood, which for most people we’ve worked with, this means just taking this much daily for 6-8 weeks, and then every other day. Few things will benefit you more than taking Vitamin D. It is challenging to get the proper amount from food, as this is a sunlight conversion factored photobioproduct and not truly a vitamin. Its available to us Oregonians, right now, from early April to Early October due to the angle of the sun.

Zinc gluconate: 15mg/d. Food Sources: Oysters are an amazing source of zinc. Sea vegetables are also a good source of trace minerals. Zinc fulfills several roles in immune function and many people are deficient.

Quercetin: 1500mg per day. Onions, Radicchio, and many other sources but challenging to get at this amount from food alone.


Herbalism and Immune system approaches need to be divided into 3 categories to most effectively construct a comprehensive formula.

The Deep Immune Tonics

These are mainly adaptogenic herbs that have been used for millennia by ancient healers to restore and support health especially when recovering from an illness or in older age or while enduring long working conditions. It wasn’t until soviet scientists eager to win the cold war, started researching them as specifically stress-busting herbs for coal miners and cosmonauts, that we pigeonholed them as stress-only remedies. The deep acting adaptogens, not all adaptogens, are remedies relied on for providing a comprehensive full-system restorative effect on the endocrine, metabolic, nervous, digestive and immune system. They were used as part of an extensive lifestyle, and nutrition approach that also included sleep, sunlight, fresh air, nourishing food, and stress reduction.

Imagine sitting in a comfy lounge chair arranged in the sunshine, along a patio in the high alps, breathing in crisp mountain air, wrapped in warm blanket, gazing over gorgeous vistas, while sipping a rich herbal broth. That’s the strategy employed at the end of the 1800s by nature cure institutes to restore health.

The herbs that are part of that protocol such as this are: Reishi Mushroom (and other medicinal mushrooms), Astragalus, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha and Licorice and for those who are severely depleted, Ginseng. These are each Deep Immune Tonic remedies. They are used to build and strengthen and nourish the entire system, which includes the immune system. These are often delivered as a rich, nourishing soup with other nourishing herbs and nutritious foods. These remedies are best used prior to an infection, after a period of debility, and/or at the beginning of an outbreak. Ginseng is contraindicated during infections historically but the remainders, we still use during infections.

Surface Immune Remedies

These remedies encourage a quick immune response, activating various members of our white blood cell army to quickly response and neutralize the invader. They are used either at the time an infection first begins, or when we suspect one is impending, such as right now. These remedies are not Tonics-They don’t build a deep resistance via the endocrine, nervous, GI and Immune system. These are strong stimulants to the immune system. In some cases, they will even aggravate certain inflammatory conditions so we should monitor for that in higher doses.

Both Elderberry and Echinacea have done that but have not ever nor are they likely to CAUSE OR WORSEN A CYTOKINE STORM . Our favorite remedies in this category are Echinacea, Boneset, Andrographis, Astragalus, Osha, Red Cedar (Thuja), and Garlic.

These two categories above, deep and surface immune remedies increase your physiological ability

to fight off an infection.

The next category, is the herb/supplement, etc, doing the work independent of your immune system.

Anti-Microbials: Chasing The Unicorn:

Things that kill bugs. For an anti-microbial herb to be effective, it needs to physically interrupt the pathogen’s life by coming into contact with it.

This approach, is logistically and practically much more challenging than strengthening the immune system. Our bodies innate abilities are more reliable and powerful at dispensing infection, particularly with a respiratory virus. But taking that as given, we still utilize anti-microbials and are continuing to research the latest leads and more prominent candidates from the group.

Two Issues With Anti-microbials:

1-Location: Considering that this virus infects the lungs, to use remedies that will contact the virus, we need to get them there. Steams with herbs will work, but maybe not in the amounts we need. Ingesting those that travel to the lungs in a more sound approach.

2- Efficacy: We don’t know what will kill this thing yet. We have lots of leads, and no winners in the unicorn race yet.

So we recommend our typical Corona Virus approach, with our more general respiratory anti-viral anti-microbials with the hopes of supporting the entire lung immune environment.

It’s possible that Quercetin, the flavonoid mentioned above may be one. Its being researched and used in both China, and Canada. And its possible that a few others may be useful, including our beloved Baikal Skullcap, also being used in China and one of my favorite all time herbs, and a few others that we’re keeping a close look at including Houtyynia, and Andrographis, and now Cichona, But we don’t know at this point.

Oregano, Garlic, and Thyme are standard respiratory remedies that can reduce infections. Quercetin, and Baikal Skullcap are more specific leads to effective approaches to this virus that are being research. We are hopeful but data are not in yet.

And Elderberry, of course, is wonderful for being an anti-flu remedy that as mentioned above is still a very significance issue.

We are looking at several others at present, and will update at the news develops.

The Prevention Of Respiratory Viral Infections: Broth, and Immune Tincture/Tea

This Formula Highlights Deep Immune Tonics, Surface Immune Herbs, Anti-Microbial Herbs, Lung Herbs and Nutrition! The Total Package for a Robust Immune System Having You!

Decoction or Broth Ingredients:

1.5oz each/gallon liquid

  • Reishi and/or other medicinal mushrooms
  • Astragalus
  • Echinacea
  • 1oz Ginger
  • .5 oz Licorice

Can add 1.5 oz total Respiratory Roots: Osha, Elecampane, Angelica at the first signs of respiratory illness.

*For those versed in herbalism, you can modify with demulcents, respiratory anti-spasmodics and relaxant or stimulant expectorants.


Surface Immune Tincture:

  • 35% Echinacea
  • 35% Astragalus
  • 20% Baikal Skullcap
  • 10% Licorice

1 Dropperful, 3x/d prior to infection
2 Dropperfuls 4x per day with infection

Download our Immune Essentials PDF which has this information and more.



Your Vital 5 Determine Your Health more than the absence or presence of a virus. By boosting your immunity you can be a part of the solution to this virus. The most powerful things you can do in addition to the nutrients and herbs above are based on the Vital 5.

Consider 1 or more upgrades for a 1-2 month period, as part of a great opportunity to support yourself going forward as you continue to be part of the solution by quickly developing immunity.

Sleep, Stress, And Movement– are three aspects of lifestyle that most people can identify as being essential to their health. Of these 3 which is most likely at this moment to be one that is not contributing to your health? This virus based on current projections, will probably remain an issue for a month or so, so why not plan for a 6-week challenge, in which you choose to be healthier in one of these ways for 6 weeks by changing your habit patterns.

Have questions about how you can these steps-Please feel free to reach out.

To healing, and health autonomy, according to nature,