The Cuomo family's Wuhan virus experience is a window into a weird world

It's hard to take seriously the drama that CNN's Chris Cuomo has attached to his run-in with the Wuhan virus.  It's even harder after reading what his wife, Cristina, shared in a blog post about her own experiences with the illness.

Cuomo's reliability on the issue is shaky at best.  Thomas Lifson has described how CNN and Cuomo staged a bizarre "emergence from quarantine" for Cuomo.  It was a farce because we know he didn't take his quarantine seriously.

Neither, by the way, did George Stephanopoulos, who claimed just last week to have the Wuhan virus but blew his quarantine and walked around without a mask.  Facing outrage, Snuffleupagus now says he didn't test positive for the virus but just tested positive for the antibodies.  Yeah, sure.  But back to Cuomo...

Whatever Cuomo had, he gave to his family, for both his wife and his son have been sick.  His wife, Cristina, has shared her experience at her online publication, The Purist.  This blog is dedicated to her views about health, driven by to her "academic mind" and "exploratory soul":

The time is right for a good cleanse. I'm not just talking about a juice cleanse, I'm talking about mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, physically too. Our entire environment has become so toxic — from politics to pollution — people are looking for inspiration in their good health and good lives. It's time to arm oneself against the cacophony coming from disparate places.

Cristina understands that her approach to treating coronavirus might incur some criticism, so she proactively scolds people by quoting MLK Jr. and Governor Cuomo:

"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Said Martin Luther King Jr. And, as our trusted New York Gov said, "Love wins." 

I felt suitably chastened, but that's not going to stop me from sharing her health tips with you.  First, Cristina stocked up on vitamins, herbs, and minerals, including Glutathione powder, "two medicinal florals," and "Viracid from Orthomolecular."

Although Cristina is married to a man who is continually raining on the hydroxychloroquine cocktail solely because Trump was hopeful about it, her regimen included a homemade hydroxychloroquine cocktail with "3 OXO (nontoxic quinine)," zinc, and garlic, which is a natural antibacterial agent.  The garlic was part of a "cleanse":

I made a liver-cleansing beverage with one raw garlic clove, one orange, one lemon, a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, a spoonful of olive oil, a crunch of ginger and a piece of turmeric.

Cristina also had someone come to her Hampton home to give her a vitamin IV, filled with:

AC (a precursor to glutathione, said to be very helpful against COVID-19), vitamin C with lysine, proline, and B complex, folic acid, zinc, selenium, glutathione and caffeine (to combat the severe sinus headache). NAC is N-Acetyl-Cystine–an antioxidant amino acid (which is used for respiratory health) and replenished glutathione.

Who knows?  Some of those things may help.

Another therapy was a bath to "neutralize heavy metals":

I took a bath. I added a small amount — ½ cup ONLY — of Clorox to a full bath of warm water to combat the radiation and metals in my system and oxygenate it.

In other words, Cristina turned her bathtub into a mini public swimming pool.  But wait!  There's more:

I used a machine my friend lent me — a "Body Charger," which energy specialist Randy Oppitz suggested I borrow from a friend. It sent electrical frequencies through my body to oxygenate my blood and stimulate the healthy production of blood cells to fortify my immune system. It also rebalanced my energy, which was gravely off from the stress of caregiving (figuring out what helps), catching the virus, and the anxiety of my kids getting it.


Every day, Chris and I both ate an Ayurveda lunch from Corey de Rosa at Tapovana to-go in Bridgehampton; his menu treats food as medicine. Aside from improving digestion, Tapovana's dishes are also nourishing and cleansing. 

The whole New Age thing is rather sweet in its own crazy way.  And honestly, there's nothing wrong with a moneyed individual trying all sorts of things that, while they may not help, almost certainly won't hurt.

But remember that Cuomo's CNN is taking the lead in raining on the hydroxychloroquine parade because it hasn't been subject to two or three years of scientific testing.  Meanwhile, Cuomo's wife is promoting her decidedly unscientific, and expensive, New Age ideas to the rest of us.

Next time you hear Cuomo trying to sound as though he understands all the scientific issues he's discussing, whether about the Wuhan virus or climate change, think of his wife, and remember that these people believe in their own kind of New Age magic.