From eNewsletter 7/6/2020
DID YOU KNOW that according to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu vaccine was only 39% effective for the 2019-2020 flu season? Putrid effectiveness, yet the CDC offered no other preventive recommendations, such as correcting vitamin C deficiency, which a Nutrients study from May linked to much greater severity of pneumonia, the deadly disease that often follows influenza infection. FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING NOW AVAILABLE! The next blood draw for Biotrition food intolerance screenings is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th from 9AM-Noon. Contact us by phone or email to sign up. STAYING SAFE AMIDST A PANDEMIC
Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. We don't know how virulent SARS-CoV-2 will be this summer or if there will be a second COVID wave during fall and winter. 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.
CANNABIS, CBD, HEMP UPDATE
Steve and Bonnie: Here's the latest on cannabis, CBD oil, and hemp oil.
A study from Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal has found that recreational cannabis use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated by marijuana. In addition to chronic, heavy, recreational cannabis use being associated with poorer driving performance in non-intoxicated individuals compared to non-users, the researchers linked earlier onset of marijuana use (under age 16) to worse performance.
Teens and young adults who use cannabis are more likely to be hospitalized for heart attacks by early adulthood than their counterparts who don't use these drugs, a recent study from Journal of Adolescent Health suggests.
Headaches A study from The Journal of Pain purports that inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, the first to use big data from headache and migraine patients using cannabis in real time. There was, however, no significant difference in pain reduction among cannabis strains that were higher or lower in levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), two of the most commonly studied chemical constituents in cannabis, also known as cannabinoids. Since cannabis is made up of over 100 cannabinoids, this finding suggests that different cannabinoids or other constituents like terpenes may play the central role in headache and migraine relief.
A single dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), roughly the equivalent of one marijuana joint, can induce psychotic and other psychiatric symptoms in healthy adults with no history of a major mental illness, according to results of a Lancet Psychiatry review. Even if the symptoms are short-lived, people need to be aware of them because they can be distressing and affect decision-making and behavior.
A recent study in Scientific Reports reported that CBD was used to enhance the effect of the antibiotic bacitracin against resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria; a major human pathogen that frequently causes community- and hospital-acquired disease.