1918 vs Covid Pandemic Prevention
From eNewsletter 12/15/2021
DID YOU KNOW that riboflavin (vitamin B2) is essential for migraine prevention and treatment? Those of you who met with us to address migraines are aware of this. It is also mentioned in our Heal Your Headache Action Plan. A new study from Nutrients echoes this as well. Findings suggest that inflammation and oxidative stress are associated with migraine pathogenesis, and riboflavin has neuroprotective effects through its clinically useful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative stress properties. Moreover, riboflavin’s safety and efficacy suggests its usefulness in migraine prophylaxis.
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Steve: Care to guess how we've progressed with pandemic prevention since 1918? The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic lasted about two years. Even with the ability to mass produce and distribute vaccines, the coronavirus is officially nearing two years with no end in sight. In 1918, quinine was often recommended as a preventive/treatment for the H1N1 flu. Quinine and chloroquine perform similar actions, albeit with some side effects, especially quinine. The efficacy of face masks were debated in 1918, just as they have been during this pandemic. Disinfection of surfaces were heatedly debated in 1918, just as they were during this pandemic. Social distancing was also debated and not adhered to in many parts of the world in 1918. These were the recommendations made verbatim by the Torino, Italy public health department at the beginning of the 1918 pandemic. "Individual hygiene standards to be observed during the influenza epidemic. 1. Do not change your living standards. Do not take unnecessary drugs for preventive purposes. Do not use purgatives. Do not use the train if not strictly necessary. 2. Personal hygiene: wash your hands frequently with soap and do not use disinfectants. Keep your nails short. Brush your teeth and wash your mouth in the morning and in the evening. Do not bring your work clothes back home. 3. Clean and ventilate your house, especially the bathroom and the kitchen. Clean your shoes before entering the house. 4. Eat simple, well-cooked foods. Boil the milk. Wash well fruit and vegetables. 5. Avoid any dietary excess. 6. Do not visit sick or convalescent patients, or recently deceased patients, unless strictly necessary. Avoid gathering in the street, on public transport and in closed rooms. Do not visit convalescents. 7. Avoid strong drafts, especially if sweaty. 8. In a common workplace everyone must contribute to keep the premises well-cleaned and ventilated. Do not spit on the floors. 9. Don't waste money on unnecessary disinfectants. It is suggested that highly frequented spaces must be cleaned with a 0.5% [corrosive] sublimate solution. 10. Those who experience symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, joint pains, general malaise, and chills must not go to work and instead must go home and immediately call the doctor. The recently recovered patients must not leave the house during convalescence. 11. Ventilate patients' rooms. Used linen must be washed with 0.2% sublimate. In the room, there must be a 0.1% sublimate solution available to allow doctors and other caregivers to wash their hands with. Relatives and friends are not allowed to visit the patient. More severe cases are managed in the hospital. I especially enjoy #5 "avoid any dietary excess." As you can see, not much has changed after a century. Most of the prevention techniques are almost identical, albeit with technical improvements, or differing only slightly from those implemented at the time of the 1918 pandemic. The reason the 1918 pandemic killed 50 million and this pandemic has killed about 6 million is that we have testing to confirm illness, mass vaccination and distribution, and treatments to help the sickest patients, which were not available back then. The takeaway here is that preventatively we have progressed little, and in some ways regressed, since 1918. Certainly, "avoid any dietary excess" has not been addressed during this pandemic. If we do not work preventively on the health of the world's population, nothing will change when the next pandemic hits. And now for what's going on with COVID-19... Nutrition The conclusion of two important studies in Nutrients are as follows: "The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that nutrition education interventions, access to healthy food, as well as family nutrition counseling should be covered by pediatric services to prevent obesity, which worsens disease outcomes related to COVID-19 infection." "A 12 month, three-component healthy sleep, diet and physical activity intervention can elicit and sustain long-term improvements in body mass and blood pressure management, health behaviors, and perceived subjective health in airline pilots and support quality of life during an unprecedented global pandemic." Need I say more? Monoclonal Antibodies The FDA authorized a new COVID-19 antibody drug for people with serious health problems or allergies who can’t get adequate protection from vaccination. Antibody drugs have been a standard treatment for treating COVID-19 infections for over a year. But the AstraZeneca antibody drug Evusheld cleared by the FDA is intended for long-term prevention against COVID-19 infection, rather than a short-term treatment. People who could benefit from the antibody drug include cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and people taking immune-suppressing drugs for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, about 2% to 3% of the U.S. population. Another Reason to Avoid Severe COVID-19 Patients who survive a severe case of COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to die during the following year than those who have mild symptoms and those who haven’t been infected, according to a new study in Frontiers in Medicine. The increased risk was greater for patients under 65. Only 20% of the deaths from severe COVID-19 resulted from typical coronavirus complications, such as respiratory failure. That means serious coronavirus infections may significantly damage long-term health and lead to major life-threatening issues later.