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From eNewsletter 11/4/2020

DID YOU KNOW that it would be a perfect day to dial back your digital device use?  Let's call it a Digital Detox! This election cycle has been particularly brutal with a pandemic hanging over everything. Regardless of the outcome, give yourself a break today by just being. Unless you have essential work or family needs, do the following today:

  • Silence your mobile device except for emergencies.

  • Step away from the computer for the day.

  • Don't check Facebook, Twitter, or other social media apps you frequently use.

  • Instead of streaming or watching television, read paper books or magazines.

  • Weather permitting, go outside and spend quality time experiencing nature. Be in the moment by paying special attention to every detail during your experience. If nature is not accessible, take a nice leisurely walk and still take note of everything you see. Being in the moment may allow you to notice details about your surroundings that you've never noticed before.

  • Prepare, cook, and savor your meals at a leisurely pace.

  • Exercise lightly and pay strict attention to every movement you make.Try to do your movement as perfectly and deliberately as possible.

  • Find time to meditate or breathe deeply.

  • Write, paint, color, play a board game, or find another enjoyable creative activity.

  • Take a short nap.

  • Get to sleep at a decent hour.

Don't rush anything you do. Simply be in the moment as much as you can. You'll be amazed at how much your stress will melt away. If you cannot do this today or during the week, pick a day on a weekend. If you have a significant other, family, roommate, or friend, have them join you! Except for a comfort food recipe below for our paid NCI Well Connect Members and an article by Dr. Schuster, the Digital Detox is the only thing we want you thinking about from us today :) "Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." -Ralph Waldo Emerson COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update For those interested in getting into the "nitty gritty" of COVID-19, Steve has updated his COVID-19 Condition Monograph. Updates include research on risk for pregnant and nursing women, new inflammatory hypotheses, whey protein, and myriad new references (197 and counting) for the nutrients you know and love! NEXT BIOTRITION FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST DAY - 11/14 If you would like to get your blood drawn for the Biotrition Food Intolerance Test, the next scheduled date is Saturday, November 14th. Unless Bonnie has already given you authorization, you need to email her first for permission to get the test.   COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon. 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 is our must-read protocol.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie


DIGITAL DEVICE DETOX RECIPES

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From eNewsletter 11/2/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a study from Molecular Metabolism found that vitamin A plays an important role in the function of adipose (fat) tissue and affects global energy metabolism? You've heard that cold temperatures can increase energy consumption by turning white fat into brown fat, which generates heat. The researchers discovered that increased vitamin A levels leads to this transformation. Thus, vitamin A is critical for helping convert "bad" white adipose tissue into "good" brown adipose tissue to stimulate fat burning and heat generation. That said, nobody should run out and start taking megadoses of vitamin A. Understanding how well you genetically convert beta carotene into vitamin A is priority number one. Once understood, we can then assess if, and how much, vitamin A you require. VIRUS PREVENTION Continue with extra immune support until at least summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 knows no boundaries and does not discriminate. Besides, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There is influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol. For detailed advice about conventional, as well as integrative treatments, read Steve Minsky's COVID-19 Condition Monograph.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie



CO-ENZYME Q10'S CENTRAL ROLE

Steve and Bonnie: Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supplementation may be behind improvements in symptoms seen in disorders like heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, according to a review in Nutrients.


Researchers indicate the molecule's ability to influence fatty acid metabolism, as well as mediating gene expression, including those involved in inflammation. CoQ10 has a central role in the metabolism of all cells, and a CoQ10 deficiency is linked to the pathogenesis of a range of disorders. Brain, muscle and kidney tissues are particularly susceptible to the metabolic consequences of a deficit in the status of CoQ10. Early identification of such primary CoQ10 deficiencies is essential, since some may show remarkable clinical improvement following CoQ10 supplementation when administered at an early stage of disease. CoQ10 is not a vitamin, since it is produced by various tissues within the human body serving to protect cellular membranes and both mitochondrial and extra-mitochondrial structures from free radical induced oxidative stress. CoQ10 is also involved in vitamin C and E regeneration and has a role as a mediator of inflammation and cholesterol metabolism. A small amount of CoQ10 (approximately 5 mg) is obtained from animal protein, with most of the daily requirement being synthesized within the body mainly in the kidney, heart, skeletal muscle and liver. Recent CoQ10 studies include the Q-SYMBIO 2 trial that found cardiac-related deaths and deaths from all causes fell by 43% and 42% respectively among patients taking 300mg of CoQ10 daily day along with their conventional medication over a two-year period. Type 2 diabetes patients also benefit from CoQ10 supplementation as patients supplementing with 200mg of CoQ10 per day for three months were found to have significantly reduced levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C). Another study which saw type 2 diabetics taking 150mg of CoQ10 a day found significantly improved blood glucose and HbA1C levels after three months. Quality is paramount for supplemental CoQ10 because in the absence of crystal dispersion in supplemental CoQ10 formulations, bioavailability could be reduced by 75 percent. Providing the proper method for creating bioavailable CoQ10 is why high quality CoQ10 can be expensive.



ANOTHER REASON TO EAT ORGANIC

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From eNewsletter 10/28/2020

DID YOU KNOW that there are two promising new studies about zinc that appeared in The Journal of Nutrition and Nutritional Journal?


In the first study, zinc supplementation had a positive effect on lymphocytes (a white blood cell integral for fighting SARS-CoV-2) and eosinophils in children?


The second study showed zinc supplementation to have a beneficial effect on the frequency of migraine attacks. SPOOKY HALLOWEEN SALE 10/28-11/1

From today through November 1, you can order all sale items for October and November. Happy Halloween!

PRODUCT UPDATES

  • Pure Encapsulations PureNutrient Gummy replaces Hero Yummi Bears

  • Nature's Way Tart Cherry Ultra temporarily replaces Carlson Tart Cherry, which is out of stock indefinitely.

  • Pure Encapsulations Essential-C & Flavonoids is back in stock (used to be called Ester-C & Flavonoids)

  • Wisdom of the Ancients Organic Yerba Mate replaces Guayaki Yerba Mate


COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update

For those interested in getting into the "nitty gritty" of COVID-19, Steve has updated his COVID-19 Condition Monograph. Updates include research on risk for pregnant and nursing women, new inflammatory hypotheses, whey protein, and myriad new references (197 and counting) for the nutrients you know and love!

NEXT BIOTRITION FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST DAY - 11/14 If you would like to get your blood drawn for the Biotrition Food Intolerance Test, the next scheduled date is Saturday, November 14th. Unless Bonnie has already given you authorization, you need to email her first for permission to get the test.  

COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon. 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 is our must-read protocol.


COVID-19 UPDATE Good Enough for the Swiss and EU, but Not the USA? A new white paper published by Swiss researchers, but the European Union is encouraging its members to follow, is called Nutritional Status in Supporting a Well-Functioning Immune System for Optimal Health. The white paper highlights vitamin D, vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and EPA/DHA as the most critical nutrients for priming your immune system to fight COVID-19 and other viruses. Here is the paper in full if you wish to read it. It would sure be nice to see something like this from the CDC or FDA. Lifestyle and Diet Factors Two new studies from Medxriv highlight the importance of good lifestyle habits to prevent severe COVID-19 illness. One study found BMI and smoking increase and physical activity decreases the risk of COVID-19 severe illness, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The other study suggests that given the known impacts of all forms of malnutrition on the immune system, public health strategies to reduce micronutrient deficiencies and undernutrition remain of critical importance. In addition, prevention of obesity, and its consequent type-2 diabetes, will reduce the risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes. Israel Urges Citizens to Take Vitamin D In a recent statement, Israel's Health Ministry is encouraging Israelis to consume vitamin D supplements in light of numerous studies showing that low levels put people at increased risk of contracting and/or dying of COVID-19. High Dose Vitamin C in Critically Ill A new study in Pulmonology found that oxygenation levels improved in critically ill patients with COVID-19 when given high doses of intravenous vitamin C. Melatonin Melatonin exposure after intubation was significantly associated with a positive outcome in COVID-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation, according to a new study from Medxriv.

The Great Barrington Declaration

You should be aware that there are a large number of scientists and medical professionals that believe extended lockdown measures due to the pandemic will ultimately create more harm than the disease itself. Especially when the spread of the infection will eventually stabilize at a constant level so that it becomes present in communities at all times, possibly at a relatively low, sometimes predictable rate. This is what scientists mean when they say a disease is endemic (for example, the common cold and influenza).


If you are interested in reading about the lockdown opinion, here is the link.


The Sobering Truth About the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

Researchers in NanoLetters explain how the novel coronavirus manages to persist in circumstances in which the flu virus fails. Respiratory droplets, the most common mode of transmission, don't obey our social distancing guidelines. Droplets travel longer distances (19.7 feet or more) and are particularly persistent even in cooler temperatures with humidity, remaining infectious from several minutes to longer than a day in various environments. At the opposite extreme, where it is hot and dry, respiratory droplets more easily evaporate. But what they leave behind are tiny virus fragments that join the other aerosolized virus particles that are shed as part of speaking, coughing, sneezing and breathing. They can suspend in the air for hours, so people can take in those particles by simply breathing. So in the summer, aerosol transmission may be more significant compared to droplet contact, while in winter, droplet contact may be more dangerous. This means that depending on the local environment, people may need to adopt different adaptive measures to prevent the transmission of this disease. This could mean, for example, greater social distancing if the room is cool and humid, or finer masks and air filters during hot, dry spells. FDA Approves First COVID-19 Treatment That WHO Found Ineffective Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients, Remdemisvir. It is odd timing given that earlier in the week, The World Health Organization found Remdesivir ineffective for minimizing critical illness in severe COVID-19 patients.


PANDEMIC HAIR LOSS

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