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From eNewsletter 1/13/2021

DID YOU KNOW that for years we've been telling you that colonoscopies as first-line therapies are unnecessary? It seems experts are finally listening. Some of the largest healthcare systems in the country, such as Kaiser Permanente and the federal Veterans Health Administration, are now sending their patients yearly home stool sample kits such as fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and Cologuard to screen for colon cancer. Research has shown that only five to six percent of these patients test positive, which triggers a colonoscopy. We're not anti-colonoscopy. We simply prefer any preventive health option that is more economical and less invasive, especially when you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Later this year, expect the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce to change their guidelines to echo this.

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!

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.


YOU ARE INFLUENCED BY THE GENES OF YOUR PARTNER

Steve and Bonnie: A fascinating study in Nature Human Behavior suggests that your health and lifestyle are influenced by the genes of your partners. Using data from more than 80,000 couples, researchers identified multiple correlations between individuals’ traits and their partners’ genomes.

So the next time your partner says their behaviors do not effect on you, we now know that is untrue about one quarter of the time.

Unlike direct genetic effects, indirect genetic effects are a form of environmental influence, driven by the genetic traits of people around you. In the simplest terms, a person who is genetically predisposed to smoking might raise their partner’s risk of lung cancer via exposure to cigarette smoke or by encouraging them to smoke more.

Researchers selected 105 complex genetic traits, influenced by variation in multiple genes such as height, smoking status, and susceptibility to mood swings, and looked for broad associations between each individual’s traits and their partner’s DNA. Around 25 percent of the associations involved at least some causation, that is, one person’s genotype was having a detectable effect on another person’s phenotype.

These associations included several dietary traits, time spent watching television, susceptibility to mood swings, and smoking habits, whereas height did not show evidence of a causal relationship using this analysis, increasing the researcher’s confidence in their method.

Such data on indirect genetic effects could one day have applications in public health. For example, it may be possible, as genomes become a routine part of a person’s medical record, to provide clinical guidance and risk management information to patients based on partner genotypes. For example, if your partner has an increased genetic risk for depression, it would be incumbent upon the health professional to suggest that you adhere to preventive behaviors at home to make sure your partner is in an environment that won't foment negative genetic expression. While the direct impact is on your partner, it also has a positive effect on your own wellbeing.

This is a wonderful reminder that your behaviors not just affect you, but your partner, and vice versa. Moreover, your combined behaviors have an effect on all who live with you.

It's all for one and one for all when adhering to positive lifestyle behaviors.


WHY YOU NEED TO AVOID SEVERE COVID-19

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From eNewsletter 1/11/2021

DID YOU KNOW that in times of great chaos, we can still put things in perspective? A pandemic and political unrest alone can push our coping mechanisms to the brink, without even taking into account the "mundane" stressors of daily life. Yet, when push comes to shove, there are several simple tenets you can adhere to during the darkest of times.

  1. Practice Simplicity. At life's craziest junctures, anything you can do to simplify your life will help. Even something as simple as pushing back a non-essential errand to allow more time to compartmentalize and relax is helpful.

  2. Control Only What You Control. We tell our kids this right? But it is easy to forget when things seem to be falling apart around us. Focus on the big picture, which is this: Be the best you can be. Help your significant others be the best they can be. Help your community be the best it can be. If you succeed with all three and want to take it to beyond that, we commend you.

  3. Breathe. During times such as these, we tend to shallow breathe, which makes us even more tense. Focus on breathing in and out of your diaphragm, such that you should see your stomach rise and fall slowly. This is real breathing. To lower stress, breathe in for five seconds, hold it for a moment, and slowly exhale. The simple act of breathing properly positively affects all organ systems and helps balance us.

Product Updates

  • Pure Encapsulations Multi t/d is back in stock.

  • Carlson Super Omega-3 Gems temporarily replaces Metagenics OmegaGenics EC 500, which is out until late February.

  • Pure Encapsulations Multi t/d (one capsule) temporarily replaces Carlson Mini Multi, which will return sometime in February.

  • Now Egg White Protein (EWP) Unflavored is temporarily replaced by either Earth Nutrition EWP, Bulk Supplements EWP, or Paleo Thin GF Paleo Protein

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!

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.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky



COVID-19 UPDATE

Steve and Bonnie: Here is the latest information you should be aware of.

UPDATE: PFIZER AND MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES

Centers for Disease Control published a study last week showing that people receiving either the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines experience anaphylaxis (severe allergy) at a rate ten times higher compared with the flu vaccine.

While still rare when compared with the number of those inoculated (11 for every 1 million), we stand by our opinion that anyone with a history of severe allergy or autoimmune disorder should wait until there is more safety data, and/or unless a medical recommendation is elucidated for how to minimize the vaccine's life-threatening potential.

Moreover, anyone receiving the vaccine should be aware that in the prescribing information for both vaccines, there is a warning that medical treatment and supervision should be readily available for someone “in case of a rare anaphylactic event following the administration of the vaccine.” Please prepare accordingly.

In addition, there is evidence of select inflammatory reactions in those with dermal fillers. The American Society for Dermatological Surgery provided guidance here.

HAIR SHEDDING

While certainly not life-threatening, hair shedding as a result of contracting COVID-19 has its own devastating effects on the psyche. A study from Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that hair shedding has increased exponentially during the pandemic, especially in Latino communities. While some of this is related to stress, for those who had COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, the main reason this occurs is two-fold: zinc deficiency and too little animal protein consumption. Luckily, this can be remedied by taking supplemental zinc and eating optimal amounts of protein recommended by a health professional.

WHY ARE MUTATED CORONAVIRUS STRAINS MORE CONTAGIOUS?

Simply, a study in Medrxiv discovered that these new SARS-CoV-2 strains replicate faster in the body. Contraction, and the severity, of COVID-19 is about how high the viral load you are exposed to or how much the virus replicates in your body. One of the few things that can limit your exposure to higher viral loads is a wearing a mask. Of course, having an arsenal of beneficial nutrients to fight viral load successfully is critical

SUPPLEMENT RESEARCH SHINES, ALBEIT UNDER THE RADAR

We have cited hundreds of studies showing the benefits of supplements to prevent or ameliorate the severity of COVID-19. Yet, supplementation is still not suggested in prevention protocols from medical experts.

A new study from Medrxiv found that subjects with confirmed COVID-19 infections who took quercetin, bromelain, zinc, and vitamin C daily for 3-5 days during infection prevented poor prognoses.

For a first-of-its-kind study, researchers in Medrxiv found that hospitalized COVID-19 patients with low vitamin K levels had a higher risk of mortality than those with normal levels.

Another Medrxiv study stated that prescribing vitamin D supplements to patients with COVID-19 infection seems to decrease the mortality rate, the severity of the disease, and serum levels of the inflammatory markers.

Finally, a study in Medrxiv found that a common pathogenic bacteria in mouth that leads to gingivitis can also make one more prone to COVID-19. The amount of this bacteria can be reduced by the oral probiotic Steptococcus salivarius. In the gut, the pathogenic bacteria Enterococcus faecalis also led to higher rates of COVID-19 in subjects screened. The authors suggests this can be reduced with better diet and targeted probiotics.

IVERMECTIN THERAPY

Cited several times in our COVID-19 Condition Monograph, it seems that the intravenous therapy ivermectin may be one of the most effective medicines for reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection in those with mild to moderate COVID-19. A study last week in Medrxiv showed positive results. Obviously, this medication requires a doctor's prescription and administered through a phlebotomist, but it is something to keep in mind if you need a medical therapy.


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