COVID-19: Everything but the Kitchen Sink
From eNewsletter 8/11/2021
DID YOU KNOW that a recent study in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that two genes we screen for in our Pure Genomics profile are crucial for weight maintenance? The ADIPOQ and FTO genes were tested in women of reproductive age and were followed for six years. Women with one or both polymorphisms of these two genes had or developed higher body mass index (BMI) over that time period compared with those with no polymorphisms. The authors purport that monitoring women of reproductive age with ADIPOQ or FTO polymorphisms may be an important strategy to reduce maternal excess body weight and, consequently, the long-term public health burden of obesity.
Wellness First Aid Kit for College Students College students should have these on hand. These are general recommendations and should be individualized. For Every Day Use
Intestinal and Oral Probiotic (to balance gut and nasopharynx microflora)
Magnesium Glycinate (anxiety and stress)
Monolaurin 600 mg (infection preventive)
Vitamin D3 1000 - 5000IU (immune system support)
Vitamin C (with flavanoids optional)
Zinc (15-30 mg)
Take As Needed
Andrographis (to be taken at first hint of infection to limit severity and reduce duration of illness)
Grapefruit Seed Extract Throat Spray (soothe sore throat, respiratory issue)
Zinc Sulfate Solution (soothe sore throat, respiratory issue)
Melatonin 0.5 - 3 mg. (sleep support)
Alka Support (sour, upset stomach)
Rhodiola rosea (stress, mood support)
Steve's Niacinamide Review For those of you who like to read research reviews, Steve just finished reviewing the evidence for niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) for its efficacy as a treatment and preventive for certain types of skin cancer. Bottom line: niacinamide is effective. Here is the paper in its entirety Niacinamide is an Effective Chemopreventive.
Food Intolerance Test Blood Draw Update Next available Saturday blood draw date for the Biotrition food intolerance test is October 23rd.
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UPDATE - COVID-19 Vaccine Information We updated this document Monday, August 9th.
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.
COVID-19 Condition Monograph For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19 with over 250 references, this is our COVID-19 Condition Monograph.
Post-COVID Syndrome The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here, can bring measurable improvement.
Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky
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Steve and Bonnie: As usual, wonderful studies have been published suggesting diet and lifestyle attenuates COVID-19, but crickets from media and public officials. Vitamin C In a BMC Nutritional Journal study , 82% of critically ill COVID-19 patients had low vitamin C values. Given the potential role of vitamin C in sepsis and ARDS, supplementation could be beneficial for severe COVID-19. Vitamin D3 A 5000 IU daily oral vitamin D3 supplementation for 2 weeks reduces the time to recovery for cough and loss of smell among patients with sub-optimal vitamin D status and mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms, according to a study from Nutrients. Vitamin E A study from Medrxiv found that vitamin E impedes SARS-CoV-2 replication, making it an effective antiviral. Diet and Supplements The concluding comments from researchers in a new Medrxiv study is all that needs to said: "Our findings suggest that public health interventions to improve nutrition and poor metabolic health and address social determinant of health may be important for reducing the burden of the pandemic". A study in Advances in Nutrition states that nutritional strategies that implicate the use of polyphenols, probiotics, vitamin D3, and omega-3 fatty acids with a focus on the gut microbiome, are easily applicable to both vulnerable people with pre-existing metabolic comorbidities and the elderly, but also to the general population. Myocarditis in Young Men While the CDC and FDA acknowledged a heightened risk for myocarditis in young men receiving both doses of the mRNA vaccines, a study from Medrxiv found that young men who contracted COVID-19 infection were 6 times more at risk for myocarditis than those who were vaccinated. We still only recommend one vaccine dose for young men. French pediatricians agree as they are trying to convince French health ministers to adhere to it. mRNA Vaccine Anaphylaxis A recent study in Journal of Clinical Allergy and Immunology acknowledge a small risk of allergy anaphylaxis for both mRNA vaccines. Moreover, they indicate that PEG, the lipid nanoparticle that houses the mRNA, is the culprit. However, testing for PEG allergy from a skin prick test does not pick up the allergy in 2 of 3 patients. The authors suggest finding a better skin test, but for those who suspect allergy, get the vaccine in an environment where anaphylaxis can be treated immediately. COVID-19 Nasal Spray Enovid, a spray developed in Canada by SaNOtize and manufactured in Israel has been found to reduce viral loads in confirmed COVID-19 cases by 95% in 24 hours and 99% in 72 hours. The spray can be used up to five times a day after coming in contact with viruses. It's suitable for children as young as 12 years old. It started selling in Israel mid-July. COVID-19 Infection Can Reactivate Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) A study from Medrxiv demonstrated a possible association between COVID-19 infection and primary HSV reactivation. The COVID-19 direct nervous system effect in addition to COVID-19 related psychological stress, fever and immunological dysregulation could play a potential role. Current COVID-19 Treatments Fall Short Two studies, one from Medrxiv and one from JAMA, found no benefit for the use of the antibiotic Azithromycin for the management of COVID-19. A study from JAMA Network Open examining the antiviral Remdesivir found that compared with a matched group of veterans who did not receive the antiviral, Remdesivir did not significantly improve survival. Overweight and Obese According to The Obesity Society, those who are overweight or obese should get the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible if they have not already done so. The reasoning is that people who are overweight or obese who get COVID-19 are more likely to have severe disease, need to be admitted to the intensive care unit and put on a ventilator, and die from the disease. And if they recover, they are more likely to have long-lasting symptoms. Mask Study Retracted Several weeks ago, we cited a JAMA Network Open study about the adverse effects masks may have on young children. Since then, the study has been retracted. The authors suggest the retraction was political. Here is a quote from the lead author: "This is the first peer-reviewed study of carbon dioxide content under face masks in children in a short measurement set-up. The measurements, we contend, are valid and were conducted by individuals with high content expertise. If someone doubts our results, the way to go is not to claim they are wrong without proof, but to produce better and different results." Vaccine for Those Who Already Had COVID-19? A study in JAMA concludes that in those who had COVID-19 infection, there is some immunity to new variants such as the delta strain. However, subjects who had COVID-19 and at least one vaccine dose in the authors words, "became bulletproof." Male Infertility Another study, this from World Journal of Men's Health, links COVID-19 infection with male infertility and sexual dysfunction. We will spare the gory details of how they discovered this, but those who had COVID-19 showed much more risk for infertility and sexual dysfunction, whereas in COVID-19 vaccinated men, there was no risk found. Concluding Thoughts Is SARS-CoV-2 delta as contagious as chickenpox? Is SARS-CoV-2 one or two variants away from having the capability fo evade vaccine effectiveness? Will we need boosters? Everything but the kitchen sink is being thrown out by public health experts, who are simply just playing catch-up at this point. However, why isn't the kitchen sink (diet and lifestyle) being thrown out? Still frustratingly absent from the mouths of our public officials are the words "self-care" and "preparing your body to fight the virus with optimized diet and lifestyle".