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From eNewsletter 4/8/2020

DID YOU KNOW that taking supplemental zinc is especially critical for those with one or both mutations of the SLC30A gene?

Numerous studies show mutation(s) of the gene increases risk for the viral infections varicella (chicken pox), zoster (shingles), herpes, coronavirus (common cold), influenza, hepatitis, viral warts, stomach flu, HPV, and now COVID-19.

For those who have already taken their Pure Genomics genetic screening, you can check your results to see if yours is yellow or red (green means no mutation). Many of you are already taking zinc to protect and fight against COVID-19. Once the pandemic passes, you'll need to know your genetic result to see if you should continue with zinc.

There is also a rudimentary way to test your zinc status through a zinc sulfate solution. If it tastes like water, you need zinc. If it is metallic or creates cotton mouth, then your level is fine.

To follow up on Monday's eNewsletter explaining how hydroxychloroquine opens up the cells to better accept zinc, a Los Angeles doctor is treating COVID-19 patients by giving hydroxychloroquine WITH zinc. Here is the interview. The question should now be, why isn't every American taking zinc as a preventive?


Steve & Bonnie: Here's the latest information we thought you'd be interested in!  

POTASSIUM You may have read that it is not a good idea to overdo it on salt/sodium during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has to do with keeping potassium and sodium balanced. Simply, COVID induces potassium wasting, thus low intracellular potassium triggers the NLRP3 inflammasome, which creates the inflammatory storm found in patients with severe cases. Chinese doctors have found that patients admitted with low potassium levels fared worse and had more severe symptoms. After receiving potassium infusions, symptoms improved. Simply, we all need to be ingesting potassium-containing foods as a part of our COVID prevention protocol. With active COVID infection, some of us likely need supplementation, but only after discussion with your health professional. We are the only mammals to flip the intake of sodium and potassium; favoring much higher sodium. Thus, we are strongly recommending everyone think about dietary potassium as an essential COVID preventative. All of us can safely eat lots of potassium from foods. Vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, dark leafy greens (i.e. collards, kale, mustard greens, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, arugula), celery, green beans, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash. Fruits: Avocado, banana, cantaloupe, cherries, figs, green kiwi, prunes, and watermelon. Legumes: Lentils, lima beans, peas, pinto beans, white beans. Other: Cod, meat and poultry, buts, and potassium-based salt substitutes. CAN FOOD PACKAGES OR FOOD PRODUCTS HELP SPREAD THE VIRUS? FDA states currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Unlike foodborne gastrointestinal (GI) viruses like norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus that causes respiratory illness. Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission. CAN YOU GET SICK WITH COVID-19 FROM TOUCHING FOOD OR PACKAGING IF THE CORONAVIRUS WAS PRESENT ON IT? Dr. Ben Chapman, professor, food safety specialist, Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences, North Carolina State University, states there is no indication that food packaging material has a significant connection to virus transmission. If concerned, handling of food packaging can be followed with hand washing and/or using hand sanitizer. There is no need to disinfect your groceries since hand washing is sufficient to protect against transmission. HOW SHOULD PRODUCE BE HANDLED? Consider using hand sanitizer before and after selecting produce items. Avoid touching multiple produce items when making selections. Just before use, make sure you rinse your produce under running water. There is no need to wash packaged fruits and vegetables labeled "ready-to-eat," "washed" or "triple washed." Do not wash produce with soap, detergent, or chlorine as these products are not intended for consumption. THE PHILIPPINES ARE SUPPLYING VITAMIN C FOR THEIR SCHOOLCHILDREN. WHY NOT US? The country's Department of Health explained that this was a precautionary measure to boost the children's immune system against the COVID19 virus. The Philippines government has advocated the intake of vitamin C since the start of the outbreak, alongside the caution of mask-wearing and handwashing. ARE THOSE WITH LOW VITAMIN D3 LEVELS MORE SUSCEPTIBLE?  There is plenty of data showing that vitamin D3 supplementation prevents acute respiratory tract infections (most significantly in those correcting severe deficiency).  Not surprisingly, it looks like severe hypovitaminosis D may underscore the high impact of COVID in Italy. From March 20th BMJ rapid response: "Interestingly, epidemiological data report that Italy is one of the countries with the highest prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in Europe. A study from Isaia et al on 700 women aged 60-80 yrs in Italy found values of 25OH vitaminD lower than 5 ng/ml in 27% of the women and lower than 12 ng/ml in as many as 76%. Moreover, the same group found a very high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in elderly women with diabetes. Finally, another Italian study found a winter prevalence of hypovitaminosis D up to 32% of healthy postmenopausal women and to 82% in patients engaged in long-term rehabilitation programmes because of various neurological disorders." The US population as a whole has very low vitamin D levels, and being obese blunts the ability to utilize vitamin D3 as well as average weight individuals. POTENTIAL VACCINE AND DRUG? University of Pittsburgh researchers may be the first to find a successful vaccine against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, with a successful trial in mice. Now they will test it on humans. The best part is that the delivery system is a skin patch! Also, Canadian researchers found a drug that blocked early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissue.


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From eNewsletter 4/6/2020

DID YOU KNOW that being in isolation without access to gyms and sports clubs should not mean you should stop exercising, according to a new study from Exercise Immunology Review?

Keeping up regular, daily exercise at a time when much of the world is in isolation will play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy immune system. Do not fear that your immune system will be suppressed by exercise, provided that you are not going to extremes. If you need some ideas, try exercise snacks. How about learning Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Yoga, which cover both exercise and mindfulness!


If you have cabin fever, or you feel like lashing out at a family member that you've seen more in the last few weeks than in the last few years, please know that you are a hero. By simply practicing sheltering at home and social distancing, you are helping to save lives by reducing the possibility of spreading COVID-19.

The fact that billions around the world are doing the same, for the greater good, shows that humanity can come together no matter our differences. This should put a smile on your face.

We are still open, have no plans on closing, and will continue to serve your wellness needs through this public health issue. All we ask is that you continue to be vigilant utilizing the wellness knowledge we gave you to stay as healthy as possible. Please tell your loved ones because one thing that is not being discussed enough by the media and our leadership is the ownership we must take for our own health, and that starts with food and nutrients.


Like most of you are doing already, please call ahead to pre-pay or use the office pickup option when ordering from our website. Then, whichever day you'd like to pick it up, we are placing orders outside the door in a bag with your name on it. We'd love to see you, but it is better that we social distance at this time.

Of course, we can ship to you as well.


Now it is of the utmost importance to stick with trusted dietary supplement brands because the FDA and USDA are relaxing their inspection visits, due to putting more resources towards COVID-19. Sticking with the brands who test, test, and retest for safety and quality is crucial at this juncture.


If you missed this, please familiarize yourself with the information at this link.


Bonnie and Steve: More tips for how to stay well during the coronavirus pandemic.

Humidify Your Domicile and Workplace

Respiratory illnesses have always been more prevalent during the winter months before largely fading away as temperatures increase. Many are hopeful that COVID-19 will follow a similar pattern. A new study in Annual Review of Virology finds that the environment indoors may be just as important as temperatures outside to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. SARS-CoV2, or the virus that causes COVID-19, is definitely more infectious during the winter, according to the study's authors. As temperatures and humidity rise in the spring it should be harder for the coronavirus to transmit itself through airborne particles in both outdoor and indoor locations. That being said, changes in relative humidity indoors during warmer months should also cut back the risk of transmission. "Relative humidity" refers to the difference between outdoor humidity and temperatures and indoor conditions. This is an issue that has not been discussed readily in the media or by public health experts. When cold, dry winter air is heated indoors, that air's relative humidity drops by roughly 20%. That even drier than before air is perfect path for airborne viral particles. Dry air is also known to diminish the ability of our cells to expel viral particles. Not to mention the fact that our immune systems aren't as effective in drier environments. This is why we have always recommended using humidifiers during the winter, whether at home or in the workplace. In the spring and summer coronavirus will have a much harder time spreading through the air, but everyone should still be extra vigilant about cleaning surface areas in their home and workplace. Viral fluctuations depending on humidity levels only apply to airborne transmission. The coronavirus is still going to be quite contagious all year long through people standing close to each other or touching infected surfaces. Will SARS-CoV-2 Virus Affect the Water Supply? Drinking water treatment systems have numerous treatment barriers to remove the most prevalent viruses and the most difficult-to-remove viruses, according to a new study in Environmental Science & Technology. Research on viruses similar to the SARS-CoV-2 virus suggests they are susceptible to these treatments, so there is no danger to our water supply. Coronavirus, Cold, Allergies, Strep or Flu? You have probably seen this somewhere already, but in case you haven't... Allergies Runny nose Sneezing Red, swollen eyes Itchy eyes Itchy nose Tickle in the throat Rarely a fever Cold Runny nose Sneezing Sore throat Aches and pains Mild dry cough Rarely a fever Strep Sore throat Painful swallowing Fever Flu Fever is common Dry cough Quick onset Headache Sore throat Fatigue Sometimes a runny nose Sometimes diarrhea Coronavirus - COVID-19 Shortness of breath Fever (above 100 degrees) Dry cough Gradual onset (two to 14 days after onset) Sometimes headache Sometimes aches and pains Mild sneezing Sometimes fatigue, but it's not predominate like the flu Diarrhea is rare Warning Regarding Those With Hypertension The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued new guidance for patients with hypertension during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AHA guidance, titled "What people with high blood pressure need to know about COVID-19," notes that individuals with raised blood pressure may face an increased risk for severe complications if they are infected with the virus. Data from the outbreak in Wuhan, China, shows a 10.5% death rate among people with COVID-19 who also have cardiovascular disease, 7.3% for those with diabetes, 6.3% for those with respiratory disease, 6% for those with high blood pressure, and 5.6% for those with cancer. The advisory reiterates previous recommendations that patients should not stop taking prescribed angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for hypertension, heart failure, or heart disease. You should speak with your doctor first before stopping any medication. Why the Apparent Success of Antimalaria Drug Chloroquine? You've heard the hoopla about the drug chloroquine. The FDA has allowed it to be used off-label for COVID-19. Some studies are starting to trickle out about it, for and against. However, there is chemical reasoning for its apparent success. In short, chloroquine is a zinc iophore. This means that the drug helps bring more zinc into the cell to kill pathogens. We know that zinc is a potent agent for killing all kinds of pathogenic bacteria, including viruses. Here is a study that explains the process well. This is why taking preventive supplemental zinc is essential right now. The side effects of chloroquine are horrendous, so you want to try to avoid taking it. Americans Emphasizing Health and Wellness It seems as though many Americans are getting the message that they need to keep themselves as healthy as possible through the pandemic. A BCG COVID-19 Consumer Sentiment Survey for Expenses for the Next 6 Months posted winners and losers when asked the following question: "How do you expect your spending to change over the next six months?" Winners Fresh and organic foods (+24%) Preventive health care (+23%) Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements (+15%) Losers Leisure travel (-26%) Tobacco (-33%) Gambling (-26%)


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