From eNewsletter 4/15/2020
DID YOU KNOW that worry and anxiety are strongly linked to fluctuations in levels of inflammatory markers, which can compromise the immune system? According to new research to be presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 2020 annual meeting, investigators found that increases in levels of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) corresponded to increased levels of worrying. This can be specifically detrimental for many that have one or more mutations of the IL-6 gene (see your Pure Genomics report), as this complicates the ability for IL-6 activity to go back to normal (the inflammatory cascade we so often talk about). The positive is that after subjects did a 10-minute relaxation induction task that focused on deep breathing, there were significant reductions in levels of IL-6. The findings are further evidence of an important mind-body connection that is influenced by stress. How you respond to the social distancing, working from home, income lost because you may not be able to work from home, managing kids' schooling, and potential social isolation if you live alone can diminish the functioning of your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to COVID-19, as well as other viruses and bacteria. Especially during this unprecedented time, some level of anxiety and worry is completely normal. But it is critical to utilize your best mental health technique to keep worry, anxiety, and stress manageable.
PREVENT AND FIGHT: CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL ISSUE If you missed our newsletter last Wednesday, you won't want to miss the information at this link. WE ARE OPEN The Department of Homeland Security has deemed our business essential, so we are open. Our obligation is to serve your wellness needs so you can thrive through these difficult times. Appointments If you want to consult with us remotely, no problem. We are in the office as well. Supplements Order to ship or pickup. For pickup, call in your order, or from our website, use the office pickup option. We are leaving orders outside the front door to follow social distancing rules. Please do not come into the office without prior authorization.
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STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR OUR COVID-19 PROTOCOL Two COVID-19 protocols released this month by The American Nutrition Association (ANA), the foremost nutrition organization in the country, and The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), revered by integrative practitioners across the globe, both confirmed many of our preventive recommendations. Both organizations endorsed vitamin C and zinc, among many of our other suggestions. We were particularly thrilled to see the ANA endorse monolaurin. ALMOST 90% OF COVID-19 ADMISSIONS INVOLVE COMORBIDITIES The hospitalization rate for COVID-19 is 4.6 per 100,000 population, and almost 90% of hospitalized patients have some type of underlying condition, according to the CDC. The five conditions most associated with admittance are hypertension (the most common), obesity, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This should bring some clarity to the constant barrage of media coverage over hospitalizations. EVIDENCE FOR VITAMIN D FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION A study in this month's Nutrients elucidates several mechanisms for how vita