From eNewsletter 7/19/2021
DID YOU KNOW that a new study in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition suggests some women may be more vulnerable to breast cancer than others from endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)? The reason we cite this study is that it did not involve the well-known BRCA genes. The researchers only looked at genes related to estrogen metabolism. These are genes that can be manipulated positively or negatively depending upon diet and lifestyle choices. Estrogene-mimicking EDCs, also called xenoestrogens, comprise a broad range of pesticides, synthetic chemicals, phytoestrogens and mycotoxins (molds and fungi). Researchers found that phytoestrogens (from plants) exhibited a predominately positive effect on estrogen-metabolizing genes. All the other EDCs, such as mycotoxins (i.e. aflatoxin) pesticides (i.e. atrazine), plasticizers (i.e. phthalates) and other industrial (i.e. PCBs) and pharmaceutical chemicals (i.e oral contraceptives), had a negative impact on estrogen-metabolizing genes with polymorphisms (defects). We were thrilled that they mentioned the importance of CYP1A1, a gene responsible for estrogen metabolism that appears in our supplemental Pure Genomics report. Two other genes in our Pure Genomics report, COMT, and GSTP1 to a lesser degree, give us a idea how well you detoxify estrogen. We have numerous preventive diet and lifestyle choices to promote optimal metabolizing of not only xenoestrogens, but your own estrogens.
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Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document at this link was updated July 19th.
Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. 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. See our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
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COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT?
Steve and Bonnie: If you've been reading this newsletter since January 2020, weeks before the pandemic became official, we have stated numerous times that vaccines for COVID-19 would become like the yearly flu shot. We didn't expect the call to come just a mere six months after the initial vaccine rollout, the result of greater transmissibility and virulence of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant.
Should you get a booster shot if you've been fully vaccinated? No.
As of today, the CDC and FDA have not authorized a booster. No data exists for efficacy and safety. Until this happens, the discussion should be moot. Moreover, there is precedence for when getting more doses for the same virus, you actually have a muted immune response because of cell burnout from information overload.
With the likelihood that boosters will be offered at some point, we want you to consider the following.
For those who are fully vaccinated, we've done our duty as citizens to protect not only ourselves, but others, from severe illness and death. Unfortunately, there are simply not enough Americans vaccinated for booster shots to make an impact. Thus, until enough of us have either gotten the vaccine or natural infection to make SARS-CoV-2 less deadly, other variants like delta will arise, and regrettably, cause more severe illness and death.
That is, unless our political figureheads and health officials urge the public to also make better diet and lifestyle choices. Until this becomes part of the messaging, we should not even entertain the idea of booster shots.
We are fed up with public health officials failing to mention that those with overweight/obesity and blood sugar disorders are at highest risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. Failing to mention that the positive diet and lifestyle choices each individual makes are proven to improve their chances of surviving COVID-19, is unconscionable.
The time for sensitivity is over. There comes a time when personal accountability is required. Improving habits is not just a short-term fix. The benefits will be long lasting mentally, physically, and economically. There are myriad ways to incentivize positive habits.
Vaccines are not the only way to escape the vicious circle we're in. Optimal sleep, physical activity, mental health, diet, targeted supplements for immune support and deficiency, and testing vitamin D levels are what public officials should be suggesting and subsidizing, and each of us should be implementing, along with vaccines. If the majority can accomplish this, future pandemics will be a thing of the past.
**Israel is now offering a third mRNA vaccine dose to severely immunocompromised persons, but no evidence exists that this is efficacious.