END STAGE CANCER, COVID AND LONG COVID

CANCER METABOLISM/STARVATION RESPONSE?

By now we are all familiar with the panoply of symptoms that occur in those with Long COVID. Though confusing and their cause has been difficult to diagnose, the picture becomes much clearer if we review the symptoms experienced during the final months of cancer:

  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations that are not related to delirium often occur at the end of life.
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath – Being short of breath is common and may get worse
  • Cough
  • Constipation
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Myoclonic Jerking
  • Fever
  • Hemorrhage – Sudden hemorrhage (heavy bleeding) may occur in patients who have certain cancers or disorders.

After hearing from dozens of Long COVID sufferers, the most common complaint is one of “lingering death." I repeatedly hear that people feel as though they are about to expire. This is also how patients in the last stages of cancer feel. It is excatly how my mother felt during the last months of her life, she died of metatastic breast cancer.

This is not to say that the “cancer" of COVID is incurable. If the body’s proper metabolism can be restored, I believe everyone could make full recovery. The question is, how does one restore a broken metabolism?

HAS THE BODY BEEN “TRICKED" INTO BELIEVING IT IS WASTING AWAY?

The body begins feeding on itself. “The body starts to consume energy stores — carbohydrates, fats and then the protein parts of tissue,” says Maureen Gallagher, senior nutrition adviser to Action Against Hunger, a network of international humanitarian organizations focused on eliminating hunger. Metabolism slows, the body cannot regulate its temperature, kidney function is impaired and the immune system weakens.

When the body uses its reserves to provide basic energy needs, it can no longer supply necessary nutrients to vital organs and tissues. The heart, lungs, ovaries and testes shrink. Muscles shrink and people feel weak. Body temperature drops and people can feel chilled. People can become irritable, and it becomes difficult to concentrate.

Eventually, nothing is left for the body to scavenge except muscle. “Once protein stores start getting used, death is not far,” says Dr. Nancy Zucker, director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders at Duke University. “You’re consuming your own muscle, including the heart muscle.” In the late stages of starvation, people can experience  ) “Once protein stores start getting used, death is not far,” says Dr. Nancy Zucker, director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders at Duke University. “You’re consuming your own muscle, including the heart muscle.” In the late stages of starvation, people can experience )  hallucinations, convulsions and disruptions in heart rhythm. Finally, the heart stops.

Young bodies need much convincing to be told to die. Again, each infection of COVID-19 “ages" you 5-30 years.

Referenced/Related Papers

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/advanced-cancer/caregivers/planning/last-days-pdq

What Happens To The Body And Mind When Starvation Sets In?

https://wamu.org/story/16/01/20/what_happens_to_the_body_and_mind_when_starvation_sets_in/