From eNewsletter 11/17/2021
DID YOU KNOW that being sedentary is connected to higher risk of depressive symptoms? According to a study in Frontiers in Psychiatry, the pandemic accelerated this because it caused more sedentary behavior. In the study, those who reduced their amount of exercise or increased their sedentary time (amount of time sitting) reported feeling more depressed, anxious and lonely. Not surprisingly, when those same subjects started to move more and sit less over an eight week span, their entire mood and outlook improved. A good school of thought is to at least stand up, stretch, or walk around every 20-30 minutes. Over time, your body and mind will thank you!
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Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away, as evidenced by its ever-mutating variants. 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.We highly recommend continuing your immune support. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky
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Steve: Travesties have occurred during the pandemic. One is the failure of leadership to encourage Americans to improve their lifestyle habits, especially dietary habits. Overweight and obesity is the number one risk factor for severe COVID-19 and death, so it is preposterous that public health messaging hasn't address this issue. It should come as no surprise that a new study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found positive changes to angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), the area that SARS-CoV-2 spike protein attacks, simply by adhering to better dietary habits that encourage weight loss. Moreover, decreases in adverse ACE2 expression during this weight loss dietary intervention was associated with improvements in metabolic health, fat mass, and markers of angiotensin peptide metabolism, hepatic and vascular injury, renal function, chronic inflammation, and oxidative stress in study participants. The science is undeniable, but discussing overweight and obesity is not a popular subject. According to a new study in BMJ, 28 million extra years of life has been lost during the pandemic, just in the 31 upper-middle and high-income countries the researchers analyzed. How many more COVID-19 infection waves, and lives lost, must we endure until this issue is taken seriously? Child Vaccine Update We've received many questions about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-olds. Our initial thoughts were elucidated in this newsletter issue and I encourage you to read it before going further. Some of you have mentioned that the TRIS buffering agent now used in the formula for kids 5 to 11, which is the same buffering agent used in the Moderna vaccine, has a long track record of safety. This is not true with vaccines, as it has only been used in three vaccines to date. Moreover, Moderna has shown to have many more side effects, especially in younger persons. The FDA has recently asked for more time to assess the side effects in 12 to 17 year-olds before considering emergency approval. Just last week, France and Germany have joined numerous other countries recommending against the Moderna vaccine in those 30 years old and younger. Pfizer tested their vaccine on 5 to 11 year-old subjects using the old buffering agent, not the new buffering agent. For concerned parents, know that FDA experts agree that at least 40 percent of children have been already exposed to COVID-19 and they believe that number to be higher. Antibody tests can show a portion of short-term immunity. So parents can test their children for short-term immunity and if they have it, could hold off on vaccinating at least until we can assess more data. COVID Antibodies in Lactating Mothers A new study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that antibodies, whether from natural infection or vaccination, produced a positive response when transferred to infants through lactation. Don't Mess With Texas If you question data coming from the CDC or FDA, there is data coming from all over the world, and Texas, regarding infections and deaths. Department of the State of Texas Health Services analyzed data from electronic lab reports, death certificates and the state immunization registry. Unvaccinated Texans were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated Texans. Unvaccinated Texans were 13 times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people. We have looked to Israel for much of the real-world data regarding vaccine efficacy during the pandemic. In their latest data study, The Israeli National Institute of Health Policy confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the population over 70 were 370 in fully vaccinated versus 5,120 without vaccinations. Hydroxychloroquine Fails in Study In an American Journal of Epidemiology study of hospitalized veterans who were given hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin in the first 48 hours of admittance, there was no survival benefit. Statins for COVID Protection? Don't Buy It. You may have seen some previously industry-funded research showing that statins may be protective against COVID-19. A study that was not industry funded, appearing in PLOS One, found statin use was not associated with mortality protection, but was associated with an 18% increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection. Intestinal Chip for Assessing Impact on Gut Health COVID-19 tends to wreak havoc at the weakest parts of our body. Many are most vulnerable in the gastrointestinal region. Scientists publishing in Frontiers in Pharmacology created a chip that can be easily applied into the gastrointestinal tract to study how COVID-19 affects the region. Moreover, they will be able to test different substances to see how devastation to this region may be prevented.