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From eNewsletter 5/23/2022

DID YOU KNOW that a new study in Neurology found that subjects with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood were less likely to develop dementia? While this certainly does not come as a surprise to you and me, it is certainly a wonderful thing to see in a prestigious medical journal such as Neurology. Researchers found the most prominent antioxidants linked to lower dementia risk was our favorite phytonutrients for eye health: lutein and zeaxanthin. What we love about this study is that it involved 7,283 people who were at least 45 years old at the beginning of the study and were followed for an average of 16 years to see who developed dementia.

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Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document can be found at this link.

Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Moreover, it 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. Continue your immune support year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.

Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here (must use the password), can bring measurable improvement.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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Infection Fighting Star

Steve: Since the start of the pandemic, our "go to" for supplemental support when you are infected with COVID-19 is Andrographis. Our stance has only been emboldened. Called the “king of bitters” in Asia, andrographis contains a number of bitter constituents which appear to have both immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory activity. In short, the effect of Andrographis for immune support is impressive, and its effects on reducing joint inflammation and joint tenderness in arthritis sufferers is even more impressive. In Scandinavia, Andrographis has been extensively used for treating upper respiratory tract infections and common colds. Further studies indicate that Andrographis is indicated for different diseases ranging from bacterial dysentery, stomach and intestine disorders, tonsilitis, and pneumonia. Andrographis has potent anti-viral activity against diverse group of viruses belonging to different families, including influenza A virus (H1N1), Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), Chikungunaya virus (CHV), Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The research on the use of Andrographis in the treatment of the common cold virus is robust. In turn, because SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is a close cousin of coronaviruses that cause the common cold, it would make sense to use andrographis. Chinese herbal medicine used in clinics to treat COVID-19 infection and prevent pneumonia is primarily composed of Andrographis. Administration of the Chinese herbal medicine during the pandemic significantly reduced the time to cough relief, fever resolution and virus clearance. We have seen similar results in our clients taking andrographis during the pandemic. The number of days with symptoms and severity of COVID-19 infection were greatly reduced in many of our clients taking it. Whether for COVID-19 or any other bacterial/viral infection, andrographis is well tolerated, so can be a wonderful option to turn to when infection starts.

From eNewsletter 5/18/2022

DID YOU KNOW that listening to music really does relax us? A study recently published in PLoS ONE suggests treatments integrating music and auditory beat stimulation are particularly effective in reducing anxiety, even more than anti-anxiety medication. Auditory beat stimulation (ABS) involves combinations of tones, played in one or both ears, designed to trigger changes to brain activity. Subjects downloaded a special digital music therapy app on their mobile phones that played music only, ABS only, and music and ABS together. Subjects saw the greatest reductions in cognitive state anxiety, the aspect of anxiety related to thoughts and feelings, who listened to both music and ABS. Among people with high anxiety before the session, the music-only group had “significantly higher” reductions in anxiety compared to the ABS group.

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Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Moreover, it 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. Continue your immune support year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.

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.

Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here (must use the password), can bring measurable improvement.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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COVID-19 Update

Steve: While I have been focusing less on COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 is still more pervasive than any other infectious pathogen, post-COVID syndrome is affecting more of the population than anticipated (some studies say as much as 30%, unfortunately more in women than men), and post-COVID-onset diabetes is becoming a thing. Hence, here is the latest you need to be aware of, especially regarding the efficacy of natural therapies. Natural Therapies Therapeutic doses of zinc should be included in the treatment strategies for COVID-19, especially to prevent or reduce diarrheal symptoms, according to a study in Nutrition Reviews. A balanced calcium to magnesium ratio is critical for COVID-19 prevention, according to a study in Nutrients. Specifically, calcium:magnesium should not exceed 2:1 if possible. This means that, for example, if you are taking 400 mg. of supplemental calcium, you should taking at least 200 mg. supplemental magnesium. A refreshing take from a study in Nutrients regarding prevention of COVID-19 in children: "Two ways to fight against COVID-19 disease exist: one with an antiviral response through immune system boosting and another with antioxidants with an anti-inflammatory effect. In the current pandemic situation, the intake of a varied and balanced diet, rich in micronutrients and bioactive compounds." In older patients hospitalized for COVID-19, it should not come as a surprise that there was a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, particularly regarding selenium, vitamin D, vitamin A, magnesium, and zinc, according to a study in Nutrients. Journal of Medical Case Reports published the first case of successfully treated long COVID symptoms with hyperbaric oxygen therapy with improvements in cognition and cardiopulmonary function. According to a study in Medrxiv, because post-COVID syndrome increases oxidative damage from free radical stress, antioxidant therapy through diet and supplements is critical for recovery. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of subjects with COIVD-19 taking a pre/probiotic capsule had an almost two-fold reduction in fatigue, a three-fold reduction in cough score, and more than a double improvement in overall well-being scores compared to those taking placebo. The study appeared in journal COVID. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine reports an online breathing and music-based program can improve the mental component of quality of life elements of breathlessness in people with persisting symptoms after COVID-19. Managing Stress Key A study in Medrxiv states that the high stress preceding an acute SARS-CoV-2 infection plays a key role in the development of long COVID, specifically in regard to problems involving cognition. This places even more emphasis on stress management, as well as finding ways to mitigate worries and experiences of adversities during pandemics. Pfizer Versus Moderna, and More Results from two new studies confirm why I recommended Pfizer over Moderna after they were authorized. A new study from Medrxiv found significant allergic reaction to polyethylene glycol (PEG), the active adjuvant, in the Moderna vaccine, whereas the Pfizer induced minimal, if any, allergic reaction. One of the largest studies to date on myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination, appearing in JAMA Cardiology, confirms an increased risk with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in young men, but the risk is much higher for Moderna. Finally, as predicted early on, there is a ninefold increase in COVID-19 antibody levels with a longer interval (about 10 weeks) between first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This means you get much better immunity the longer you wait between the first and second dose. The results were presented last month at the 32nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.

From eNewsletter 5/16/2022

DID YOU KNOW that a recent study in Nutrients examined the link between serum (blood) vitamin B-6 levels and all-cause mortality? Vitamin B6, and in particular, it's metabolite P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), is a critical nutrient for wellness professionals in detecting nutrition-related disorders such as malabsorption and food intolerance. Genetic predisposition for B6 absorption is often compromised and is something we look at closely. In the study, compared with sufficient vitamin B6, deficient and insufficient vitamin B6 levels were significantly associated with a higher risk for all-cause mortality. Subjects with higher levels of vitamin B6 had lower risk for all-cause mortality. The findings suggest maintaining a sufficient level of serum vitamin B6 by knowing your genetic predisposition, occasionally monitoring your serum vitamin B6 levels, and supplementing with an optimal source when necessary.

Announcements

Text Us If It Is Convenient! We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document can be found at this link.

Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Moreover, it 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. Continue your immune support year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.

Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome 2.0 Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here (must use the password), can bring measurable improvement.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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  • Menu Savvy: Protein Quality

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  • Wild Card: Hair Regrowth Treatment

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  • Healthy Mouth Environment

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Healthy Mouth Environment

Steve: More and more, researchers are understanding the importance of a healthy microbial mouth environment. We have cited numerous examples linking adverse periodontal health and myriad diseases, but not until recently did it become known that the imbalanced bacteria in your saliva may contribute. The pandemic has accelerated this understanding. An oral probiotic strain called streptococcus salivarius balances the oral microbiome, thus lowering dental plaque and improving immunity. One of the ways it does this, according to a study in Nutrients, is by reducing the amount of candida albicans, a pathogenic fungal strain best known for causing yeast infections. Another exciting development comes from a study in JCI Insight that accelerated the idea of the oral microbiome improving immune health. Specifically, researchers found they could predict who is most susceptible to long-COVID and duration of symptoms from the makeup of your oral microbiome. The presence of, or lack thereof, microbes associated with inflammation, pulmonary infections, and other infections such as COVID-19 were major indicators. As we've said, the most important areas to improve or maintain optimal immunity is in your largest microbiome, the gut, and in your second largest microbiome, the mouth. There are oral probiotic supplements in chewable form that contain the streptococcus salivarius strain, if interested.