At Home Cold & Flu Survival Kit: Zinc, Iodine, Red-Light to Regain Smell and Taste

by Mike Mutzel


The cold seems to be circulating this time of year, here's a few highly underrated tools to consider for you and your family.




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Episode Time Stamps:

0:22 The cold is going around

1:13 Vitamin D and A are important, it’s tacitly implied you’re taking these nutrients

1:52 Iodine is helpful, for pre and post exposure prophylaxis

3:12 A liquid iodine solution that doesn’t stain

3:49 NeilMed nasal rinse is amazing, so many applications

5:15 Zinc, the olfactory bulb and loss of smell and taste

5:40 Loss of smell, taste and APOE4 genotype

6:49 Physiology of smell loss and infection

8:35 Great interview about cognitive decline and olfactory dysfunction w/ Lew Lim, PhD

10:00 Loss of smell: a warning of future cognitive decline?

10:58 Zinc and sense of smell study

12:18 Zinc Glycinate and Zinc Taste Test

13:35 How Zinc gets depleted with exercise and sauna therapy

14:37 Light Therapy and smell

15:23 Portable Red Light Therapy device

16:23 Intranasal red light applications

Related Video: How to Perform the Nasal Rinse w/ the NeilMed Sinugator

NeilMed Nasal Rinse NeilMed Sinugator Cordless Pulsating Nasal Wash Kit with One Irrigator, 30 Premixed Packets and 3 AA Batteries


Related:Olfactory Bulb and Cognitive Decline interview with Lew Lim, PhD


Abdelmaksoud, A. A. et al. Olfactory Disturbances as Presenting Manifestation Among Egyptian Patients with COVID-19: Possible Role of Zinc. Biol Trace Elem Res 199, 4101–4108 (2021).


Kramer, A. et al. Virucidal gargling and virucidal nasal spray. Gms Hyg Infect Control 16, Doc02.


Blakemore, L. J. & Trombley, P. Q. Zinc as a Neuromodulator in the Central Nervous System with a Focus on the Olfactory Bulb. Front Cell Neurosci 11, 297 (2017).


Pelletier, J. S. et al. Efficacy of Povidone-Iodine Nasal and Oral Antiseptic Preparations Against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Ear Nose Throat J 100, 192S-196S (2020).


Eggers, M. Infectious Disease Management and Control with Povidone Iodine. Infect Dis Ther 8, 581–593 (2019).


Manzo, C., Serra-Mestres, J., Isetta, M., & Castagna, A. (2021). Could COVID-19 anosmia and olfactory dysfunction trigger an increased risk of future dementia in patients with ApoE4? Medical Hypotheses, 147, 110479.


Soares, L. E. S., Guirado, M. M. G., Berlingieri, G., Ramires, M. C. C. H., de Oliveira P Lyra, L. A., Teixeira, I. S., et al. (2021). Intranasal photobiomodulation therapy for COVID-19-related olfactory dysfunction: A Brazilian multicenter case series. Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, 36, 102574.

  1. Hi Mike
    Where can I purchase the LEDlight wand that goes up the nose used in the research?
    Also can I please have the link for APOE4 link.

  2. This is so interesting. Nearly everyone at a festival I attended over NYE has come down with a “cold,” but I haven’t. I had been irrigating my nose prophylactically with salt & povidine iodine and gargling with cetylpyridinium chloride
    as well as taking supplements recommended by FLCCC. Funnily enough I also have this that I use for 5 minutes twice a day for my skin. I wonder if this could help my friends whose sense of smell has been effected (angled up nose)?

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