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**Given the extreme demand for supplements such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D3 during the pandemic, counterfeiting is worse than ever.**


For a few years now, we have told you that supplements sold on Amazon were rife with counterfeiters. High quality brands such as Metagenics and Pure Encapsulations were originally top targets. Now it has spread to mass market supplements such as Procter & Gamble's probiotic Align. The issue must have gotten so bad that Amazon sent a letter out to customers about the fake supplements. Here is the Wired article if you want to the read details.


Consumer Reports just released a study finding some of Amazon's top sellers are tainted with with hidden drugs.


It is not just supplements. Read this CNBC piece on how Amazon is constantly shipping expired food, including baby formula.


Please make sure to purchase supplements from authorized retailers. This means the supplements are direct from the manufacturer and never encounter a third party. We are authorized retailers of all supplements that we dispense.


Counterfeit COVID-19 Products Rampant

A study in JMIR Public Health Surveillance concludes that counterfeit and misleading COVID-19 products and testing kits are rampant, especially on social media. The research team suggested that clinicians need to be armed with this information so that they can educate patients about the risks of shopping for COVID-19-related products promoted on social media. Where have you heard this before ;)


The authors suggest that patients and consumers need to understand that they shouldn't be using any products they find online without vetting these treatments or tests with a clinician or health professional. Moreover, your cookies files, platform algorithms and other tracking software often dictate what shows up on your social media feed and searches based on your preferences, and these are not prioritized based on veracity of information or quality.

From eNewsletter 1/27/2021

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new study from Journal of the American College of Nutrition, constant monitoring of ionized magnesium status with subsequent supplementation may be an effective strategy to positively influence disease contraction and progression of COVID-19? Magnesium is involved in more than 600 enzymatic reactions in the body, including those contributing to the exaggerated immune and inflammatory responses exhibited by COVID-19 patients. About 70 percent of the US population is purported to be deficient in magnesium. Important complementary mechanisms that may assist in neutralizing the effects of COVID-19 are magnesium's “calcium-channel blocking” effects that lead to suppression of the inflammatory agents nuclear factor-KB, interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, and other related endocrine disrupters; its role in regulating kidney potassium loss; and its ability to activate and enhance the functionality of vitamin D.

Double Sale! Starting today through February 1st, you can order sale items from February and January. See sale items in our newsletter or at our website.

Long Hauler Sufferers From COVID-19 If you had COVID-19 and are still feeling side effects such as fatigue, fogginess, and poor capacity for exercise, please text or email Steve. We are putting together a small cohort trial using targeted nutrients and lifestyle adjustments.

HSA and FSA We want to remind you that many of our products and services can be used with your HSA (Health Savings Accounts) or FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts). Providers have different rules so you should check first. However, if deemed medically necessary with a doctor's prescription, it is almost always permitted.

Text Us To better serve your needs, we now have the ability to accept text messages. Simply type in our main office # (847) 498-3422 and text away!

Food Intolerance Test Blood Draw The next date for the Biotrition Food Intolerance Test blood draw is Saturday, February 13th. Please text, email, or call us for more information.

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion We continually update this document as more data becomes available.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19 with over 250 references, this is our COVID-19 Condition Monograph.

Virus Prevention And Treatment Continue extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 Protocol.


COVID-19 UPDATE

Steve and Bonnie: The latest news and research you need to be aware of!


The New SARS-CoV-2 Variants

There is still much to learn about the new strains of coronavirus appearing in different parts of the world. One thing we know is that they can be 50 percent more infectious. According to the Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, the U.K. variant may be more deadly. Pfizer and Moderna think their vaccines will be effective, or at least partially effective against the new variants. This must be confirmed through research, however. One recent study from Medrxiv shows that plasma treatment against the new South African variant is not as effective.


One thing we are confident in is that eating well, eschewing sugar, getting proper sleep, managing stress, exercising consistently and intelligently, and taking targeted nutrients that have repelled viruses and their mutations for millennia, will help prevent or minimize the severity of any SARS-CoV-2 variant. We said early on in the pandemic that viruses mutate and SARS-CoV-2 would be no different. As long as you remember this and stay vigilant in adhering to the aforementioned ideals, it will be much easier to roll with whatever punches this pandemic throws at us.


How B-Vitamins Can Help

Researchers in a new study from Medrxiv found one inflammatory enzyme associated with increased vascular permeability was extremely elevated in severe COVID-19 patients. Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) is known to be very sensitive to methylation dysregulation. And what encourages optimal methylation: targeted B-vitamins.


Children With COVID-19

Lest anyone think that children do not have residual effects from COVID-19, a study out of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that appeared in Blood Advances have found in children with SARS-CoV-2 infection elevated levels of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), a biomarker related to blood vessel damage, even if the children had minimal or no symptoms of COVID-19. Another reason why children have to adhere to the same optimal lifestyle habits as adults do.


That said, in-person classes at K-12 schools don't appear to lead to more coronavirus outbreaks as compared with online-only learning, according to a new CDC study. At the beginning of December 2020, COVID-19 cases in counties with in-person schooling were similar to the rates in counties with only virtual classes, researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


The CDC recommends that K-12 schools be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed and the first to reopen when they can do so safely.


Ivermectin

While the National Institutes of Health has not taken a stand on this antiparasitic drug's effectiveness as a treatment for COVID-19, they are allowing its use because so many doctors have been clamoring for it. A recent review in Frontiers in Pharmacology demonstrates its effectiveness and highlights that it is an extremely economical option.


GERD/Reflux Increases Risk

A study in Gastroenterology suggests that those with GERD or acid reflux are at increased risk for contracting COVID-19 because these patients are usually on proton pump inhibitors, which block stomach acid and absorption of crucial nutrients. SARS-COV-2 viruses that travel on food into the stomach may survive if there is not adequate stomach acid.


College Students' Distress

About 85 percent of the students surveyed in a PLOS One have experienced high to moderate levels of distress during the pandemic, with women twice as likely to fall into the high group. About 45 percent were highly impacted and about 40 percent were moderately impacted. Not surprisingly, those who reported low levels of distress were more likely to spend two or more hours outdoors.


BETTER EATING IN THE NEW YEAR

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From eNewsletter 1/25/2021

DID YOU KNOW that daily Rhodiola rosea extract supplements may boost mental speed and improve mental resources, according to a new study in Phytotherapy Research? Rhodiola enhanced a range of brain functions in healthy adults, including alertness, orientation, and executive attention. We have lauded the benefits of Rhodiola many times before. The primary use of the root herb has been for stress, mental and physical fatigue, depression, and to boost energy. We recently reported that Rhodiola may improve the symptoms of "burnout". Because it is a root, Rhodiola has been very well tolerated in most clients.

Product Updates For those with a shellfish allergy, we now have a shellfish-free glucosamine and chondroitin complex: Pure Encapsulations Glucosamine HCL + Chondroitin

Updates to Members Only Archives Content

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  • Improve Your Mood Action Plan

  • Heart Health Action Plan

  • Sports Nutrition, Optimized Action Plan

Members Only Archives can be accessed here by paid newsletter members using the password: archives2018.

Food Intolerance Test Blood Draw

The next date for the Biotrition Food Intolerance Test blood draw is Saturday, February 13th. Please text, email, or call us for more information.

Long Hauler Sufferers From COVID-19

If you had COVID-19 and are still feeling side effects such as fatigue, fogginess, and poor capacity for exercise, please text or email Steve. We are putting together a small cohort trial using targeted nutrients and lifestyle adjustments.

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion

We updated this document on January 24th.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph

For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19 with over 250 references, this is our COVID-19 Condition Monograph.

Virus Prevention And Treatment

Continue extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 Protocol.


MAKE TIME FOR SELF CARE

Steve and Bonnie: For so many of us during the pandemic, taking care of family, and sometimes friends and coworkers, has left us with very little time to care for the person who often needs it the most - ourselves. Thankfully, a new survey finds more than seven in 10 Americans were more conscious of needing self-care in 2020. In fact, 70 percent plan to do more self-care in 2021 than they did in the previous year.


Conducted by OnePoll, three-quarters of Americans believe self-care can relieve stress and will try nearly anything to achieve this goal. Again, respondents cited relaxing activities like at-home spa rituals (40%) and exercising outdoors (28%) as the best stress relievers. Americans have also tried coloring books, cleaning, impromptu dance parties, and even laugh therapy to ease their 2020 tension.

Self-care does not all have to be stress related. It is just as important to make sure you carve out time for drinking enough fluid, taking your supplements, chew slowly during your meals, and breathe properly. All these are forms of self-care.


While self-care isn’t a new concept, the lessons learned over the past year emphasize the importance of prioritizing it. It seems Americans are getting the memo and are currently seeking wellness to feel happier and more productive.


ATTRIBUTE TO REDUCE RISKY BEHAVIOR

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