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Call for Universal Vitamin D Screening

From eNewsletter 7/8/2020

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study in Nutrients, the relatively new molecule zinc-L-carnosine (ZnC) has been associated with multiple health benefits? ZnC boasts several studies that support it's benefits in restoring the gastric lining, healing other parts of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, improving taste disorders, improving GI disorders (such as H. Pylori), and enhancing skin and liver. ZnC is also approved in Japan for gastric ulcersand conditions of the upper GI. Finally, it may be particularly useful for oral mucositis, a common complication of cytotoxic radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. STAYING SAFE DURING RE-OPENING 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. PURE GENOMICS 2.0 Pure Genomics just launched a dynamic, interactive platform where you can access your genomic report 24-7. See details below.


Steve & Bonnie: The conundrum for public health experts is finding a balance between allowing young people to live their lives, where severe complications and death rates are minuscule, and protecting those over 60 and those with one or more comorbidities. But it is difficult to have a cogent plan when there is still so much uncertainty about the virus. For example, based upon autopsies of COVID-19 patients, scientists are considering labeling COVID-19 as a blood vessel, not respiratory, disease.  It does not help when new evidence suggests that herd immunity may be "unachievable," according to data from a new study in The Lancet. And with an immunity that is seemingly not long-lasting, would herd immunity even matter? It also adds to the confusion when our CDC director says that those infected may be 10 times higher than reported. Finally, it certainly does not help matters when a PLOS ONE survey from 27 countries published last week suggests that, despite their increased risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, older people are not more willing to isolate when asked to, and are not more compliant with several COVID-19 preventive measures. While we're sure that those surveyed do not include readers of this newsletter, it is concerning nonetheless for those who adhere to preventive measures. We harken back to what we said back in January when the possibility of a pandemic was evident. First and foremost, you must take care of yourself and your family with optimal foundational lifestyle measures: diet, exercise, dietary supplements, and stress management. These measures will outlast the pandemic. Allow Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 be your guide. Here's the latest COVID-related research we thought you might be interested in. Antibody Testing May Not Give a Complete Picture Scientists postulate there may be five ways that render antibody testing useless for some of the population. According to biophysicist Creon Levit, there is a group of people who have recovered from coronavirus, do not exhibit the antibody, but when presented with exposure again, can block it successfully without mounting an immune response. Some immunologists believe these are "denatured/barriered" individuals. There is also a segment of the population that have innately cleared the coronavirus even though they've never been exposed to the virus before but still may not show antibodies. T-Cells (immune cells) that have adapted to other coronaviruses like common colds similar to SARS-CoV-2 prevent infection but still do not show antibodies. T/B immune cells that are newly adapted can clear coronavirus from the body but may not mount the systems that the antibody tests for. Of course there are also the false negative antibody tests. If confirmed, these five ways would comprise almost 50% of the world's population. COVID-19 Clusters A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has complied a great graphic from a database showing COVID-19 case clusters by outdoor, outdoor/indoor, and indoor settings. The graphic exhibits what kind of events you may or may not want to attend. Old Drug Being Considered as COVID-19 Treatment In a new study from JAMA Network Open, researchers found that a 2,000-year-old medicine might offer hope against severe COVID-19. The medication, called colchicine, is an anti-inflammatory taken as a pill. It's long been prescribed for gout, a form of arthritis, and its history goes back centuries. While the study was small, it is intriguing because it is inexpensive, mostly well tolerated, and can be taken at home. Resilience, Not Loneliness According to a study published last week in American Psychologist, social distancing and stay-at-home orders have not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. In fact, in those surveyed, the overwhelming majority felt more supported by others than before the pandemic. Stress Management While the steroid cortisol is part of the body's stress response, a study from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests high concentrations, especially when chronically elevated, are associated with worse outcomes and increased mortality in those with COVID-19. This is why it is critical to have a stress management technique in place, as well as take the nutrients that allow cortisol spikes to be short-lived and controlled. Vitamin D Based upon the link between COVID-19 mortality and vitamin D deficiency, the authors of a new study from MedRxiv recommend universal screening for Vitamin D deficiency. Another study in the same journal purports that there would be 21% fewer COVID-19 related deaths on average if public health experts suggest people get sufficient sun exposure instead of recommending them not to leave their house.


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