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From eNewsletter 12/30/2020

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new three month study in JAMA Psychiatry, yoga was efficacious for acute generalized anxiety disorder? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was even more efficacious, leading the authors to suggest CBT as a first line therapy and yoga as an complementary therapy.


YEAR-END SALE! From today until January 3rd, you can order sale items from December and January. These are the final days to take advantage of loyalty rewards as point totals will reset on January 1st.


NEW YEAR'S OFFICE HOURS Thursday, December 31st 9AM-2PM Friday, January 1st CLOSED Saturday, January 2nd 9AM-4PM


OUR COVID-19 VACCINE OPINION UPDATE

Our take on the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines can be found at this link.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update Steve just updated for the third time the most recent data for treating COVID-19 conventionally and through integrative means. The 253 reference monograph is free at this COVID-19 Condition Monograph link. Virus Prevention 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. United State Postal Service Delays With the pandemic, holidays, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please expect between a 2-8 business day delay in receiving your shipments for the foreseeable future. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is occurring with almost every distribution carrier at this time. LOYALTY REWARDS RESET TOMORROW Don't wait until 2021 or it will be too late. If you are close to your next loyalty reward, order before December 31st at 11:59PM. We will automatically check your loyalty rewards and apply the discount(s) if they qualify.


EMPATHY

Steve and Bonnie: As we embark on 2021 and leave behind one of the most trying years of our collective existence, one thing we can all try is empathy.

Telling a distressed friend or family member something as simple as "I understand why you feel that way" can go a long way toward helping loved ones feel better, according to new research from The Journal of Positive Psychology. Those who did not get empathy when telling about real-life incidents that made them upset exhibited strong declines in positive emotions in the study. But when they did get empathy, their positive emotions were protected and stayed the same. We underestimate the power of positive emotions. We spend so much time thinking about how to remedy negative emotions, but we don't spend much time thinking about how to harness and nurture positive emotions. It's really important to help those with their depression, anxiety and fear, but it's also important to help those tap into curiosity, love, flexibility and optimism. People can feel sad and overwhelmed, and also hopeful and curious, in the same general time frame. Empathy goes a long way for promoting positive emotions. We leave 2020 with a poem from John Greenleaf Whittier... A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year.


SOCIAL MEDIA'S EFFECT ON WELL-BEING

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From eNewsletter 12/28/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a study from this month's Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine investigated the association between regular consumption of glucosamine/chondroitin supplements and overall and cardiovascular (CVD) mortality in a national sample of almost 17,000 US adults? Regularly consumption of glucosamine/chondroitin seemed to be significantly associated with lower overall and cardiovascular mortality. Given the strength of the association, a 27% lower likelihood of overall mortality and a 58% lower likelihood of cardiovascular death, the authors recommend randomized trials. YEAR-END SALE! From Monday, December 28th until January 3rd, you can order sale items from December and January. This is the final week to take advantage of loyalty rewards as point totals will reset on January 1st. NEW YEAR'S HOURS Thursday, December 31st - 9AM-2PM Friday, January 1st - CLOSED Saturday, January 2nd - 9AM-4PM OUR COVID-19 VACCINE OPINION If you missed this in our eNewsletter, here is the link to the article. COVID-19 CONDITION MONOGRAPH UPDATE Steve just updated for the third time the most recent data for treating COVID-19 conventionally and through integrative means. The 253 reference monograph is free at this COVID-19 Condition Monograph link. 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.

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3 PILLARS OF MENTAL HEALTH

Steve and Bonnie:Getting good quality sleep, exercise, and eating more raw fruits and vegetables predicts better mental health and well-being in young adults, according to a study in Frontiers in Psychology.


More than 1100 young adults from New Zealand and the United States were surveyed about their sleep, physical activity, diet, and mental health. Interestingly, the research team found sleep quality, rather than sleep quantity, was the strongest predictor of mental health and well-being.


This is surprising because sleep recommendations predominantly focus on quantity rather than quality. While too little sleep and too much sleep were associated with higher depressive symptoms and lower well-being, sleep quality significantly outranked sleep quantity.


Along with quality sleep, exercising, and eating at least five raw fruits and vegetables daily were three modifiable behaviors which correlated with better mental health and well-being in young adults.


NEW YEAR'S COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

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From eNewsletter 12/23/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a huge study in JAMA Neurology linked stress-related disorders with neurological disorders, specifically Alzheimer's disease? As if you needed another reason to do so, PLEASE deep breathe, visualize, meditate, practice yoga, Qi gong, Tai chi, or whatever technique helps you to lower stress.

OUR COVID-19 VACCINE OPINION UPDATE

We have information about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which has since been approved for emergency use. Read about this and more at our update here.

COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update Steve just updated for the third time the most recent data for treating COVID-19 conventionally and through integrative means. The 253 reference monograph is free at this COVID-19 Condition Monograph link. HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS Thursday, December 24th 9AM-2PM Friday, December 25th CLOSED Saturday, December 26th 9AM-4PM 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. HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS Many of you have already done this, but a COVID prevention/care package for family, friends, and coworkers is a great holiday gift idea. Whether just four or five essential nutrients, or the whole "kit and kaboodle," we couldn't think of a more wonderful gift to help keep your loved ones optimally healthy.

United State Postal Service Delays With the pandemic, holidays, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please expect between a 2-8 business day delay in receiving your shipments for the foreseeable future. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is occurring with almost every distribution carrier at this time. LOYALTY REWARDS RESET ON DECEMBER 31, 2020 Don't wait until 2021 or it will be too late. If you are close to your next loyalty reward, order before December 31st at 11:59PM. We will automatically check your loyalty rewards and apply the discount(s) if they qualify.



COVID-19 UPDATE

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


Vitamin D3 Deficiency Quadrupled Mortality Vitamin D deficiency on admission to hospital was associated with a 3.7-fold increase in the odds of dying from COVID-19, according to an observational study looking back at data from the first wave of the pandemic. Nearly 60% of patients with COVID-19 were vitamin D deficient upon hospitalization, with men in the advanced stages of COVID-19 pneumonia showing the greatest deficit. Importantly, the results were independent of comorbidities known to be affected by vitamin D deficiency, according to the study in American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Why COVID-19 is Less Severe in Children Authors of a study in American Journal of Physiology-Lung, Cellular, and Molecular Physiology state children's lungs don't make a lot of the protein ACE2. This protein, which appears in much higher amounts in adult lungs, is exploited by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to infect cells. Less ACE2 means less cells with viruses inside. Children also have more T-cells in their lungs - the cells that fight viruses. These cells come with IL-10 proteins, which makes sure inflammation doesn't get out of control and damage other cells. However, not all children's response to COVID-19 is less severe. In a study from Blood Advances, children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 are being diagnosed with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). TMA leads to clots in small blood vessels and has been linked to severe COVID symptoms among adult patients. More on COVID-19 Reinfection According to a study published last week in Biorxiv, it seems likely that immune evasion may occur regardless of whether the spike protein was encountered in the form of infectious virus, or as the immunogen in a vaccine. Therefore, it also likely that reinfection with a mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 may occur among people who recover from Covid-19, and that vaccines with the ability to generate antibodies against multiple variant forms of the spike protein will be necessary to protect against mutated forms of SARS-CoV-2 that are already circulating in the human population. This finding goes against what many experts are saying, which is the current vaccine will be able to handle mutated SARS-CoV-2 strains. Stay tuned! Is COVID an Autoimmune Disease? A lot of people infected by the coronavirus develop myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that can cause lasting damage and death. Even among people who have mild Covid-19 or who are asymptomatic, experts have found evidence of heart inflammation. A study in JAMA Cardiology found that 60% of coronavirus patients had active myocarditis two months after their initial infection. This is considered an autoimmune condition. Remarkably, the study found that this inflammation was as common among people who recovered at home as it was among those who required hospitalization. Myocarditis can often go undetected; its symptoms can be subtle and include shortness of breath, chest pain, and a fluttering heart. FDA-Approved At-Home COVID-19 Tests

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And while not yet FDA-approved, take a look at what University of Illinois engineers are up to! Long COVID Symptoms According to the Mayo Clinic, patients with long haul COVID-19 may take over a year to recover. According to a study from Medrxiv, it may be warranted to use pulmonary rehabilitation, especially if the diaphragm muscle structure and function has been affected. For Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)-like symptoms, magnesium glycinate and Alka Support is critical to take on a daily basis. Look at food intolerance may be beneficial. It is possible that food intolerances become more acute when one's immune system has been compromised. Of course, we also recommend an individualized multivitamin with the right B-vitamins and a good amount of zinc. Much more on this to come over the next few months.


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