From eNewsletter 11/25/2020
DID YOU KNOW that historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving? The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration.
Although turkey was plentiful in the region and a common food source, it's likely that it wasn't actually the star of the festivities and other "fowling" was served for the occasion. Instead, "ducks, geese, and swans" are believed to have been served to the English settlers and Native Americans.
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Steve and Bonnie: The most recent research you need to be aware of!
Questions Surrounding Immunity There was a highly publicized study last week in Biorxiv that got everyone excited about the possibility that immunity could last decades after getting COVID-19. However, one must delve a bit more into what the study is really saying. The researchers' findings state that we may be able to build up enough immunity to the point where when we are exposed to a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load, we may be able to avoid severe disease and hospitalization. This is very important and good news. Although, it does not mean that we would avoid symptoms similar to what occurs with other coronaviruses such as the common cold. We predicted from the beginning that this would be the likely scenario. We hope the data keeps trending in this direction. Vitamin C Transporter Gene If you've done our Pure Genomics screening, go to your account and check to see if you have a mutation of the Vitamin C gene SLC23A1 (rs33972313). If you have one or both mutations, you may need extra vitamin C as you do not transport it into the cell as well as someone without a mutation, which may predispose you to severe COVID-19, according to a new study from Aging and Disease. Melatonin Does It Again Results from a new Cleveland Clinic-led study suggest that usage of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is commonly used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, was associated with a nearly 30 percent reduced likelihood of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. According to the findings in PLoS Biology, the reduced likelihood of testing positive for the virus increased to 52 percent for African Americans. Vitamin D A study in this month's The Journal of Nutrition found that being male and vitamin D deficient (whether male or female) were significantly associated with COVID-19 severity and hospitalization. Humidity Two new studies in Medrxiv suggest the need for domicile humidity, especially for those living in cold weather winter climates. High SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load If you needed more impetus to keep masking up, a new study from Medrxiv found that the higher viral load you are exposed to, the worse COVID-19 outcome you may have. Masks blunt the effect of breathing in high viral loads. Mental Illness According to The Lancet, one in five survivors of severe COVID-19 appear to be at increased risk of psychiatric disorder. Add Vitamin K to D? One study from Medrxiv suggests adding vitamin K to supplemental vitamin D3 to enhance its action for preventing or reducing CVOID-19 symptoms. You can do this easily by just adding one more serving a day of leafy greens. Breastmilk Milk from lactating moms may hold potent antibodies to counter SARS-CoV-2 infections, according to a new study in iScience. All of the samples from women who had recovered from COVID-19 and who were breastfeeding babies at the time had antibodies reactive to the virus's spike protein. Monoclonal Antibody Treatment The FDA approved another COVID-19 treatment, the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric (12 years or older) patients. COVID Readmissions The Centers for Disease Control acknowledged that readmission after discharge from a COVID-19 hospital stay in more common than expected. If you have to spend time in the hospital due to COVID-19, you need to be hyper-vigilant about following an optimal lifestyle when you get home.
A study from Biorxiv found plant flavonoids such as quercetin were helpful in reducing the toxicity of not just SARS-CoV-2, but other viruses as well.
PANDEMIC WEIGHT GAIN
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COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
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. COVID-19 Condition Monograph For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19, Steve has written COVID-19 Condition Monograph.