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COVID & This Are a Bad Combo

From eNewsletter 7/22/2020

DID YOU KNOW that on a gram for gram basis, animal proteins are more effective than plant proteins in supporting the maintenance of skeletal muscle mass with advancing age?

According to research presented last week at The Physiological Society's virtual conference Future Physiology 2020, a larger dose of plant proteins is required to achieve a comparable response of building muscles. Simply transitioning from an animal-based protein diet to a plant-based diet, without adjusting total protein intake, would to be detrimental to muscle health during aging. A more balanced and less extreme approach to changing dietary behavior, meaning eating both animal and plant-based proteins, is best. Moreover, as we have said for years, if you are blood type O, you will not thrive on a vegan diet. STAYING SAFE DURING RE-OPENING 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. NEW BIOTRITION FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST BLOOD DRAW DATE For those interested, Saturday, August 8th from 9AM-Noon has been solidified. Please contact us ASAP to reserve your time.


Steve & Bonnie: Here's the latest research you may find fascinating!

Poor Air Quality and COVID a Bad Combo Findings from the Institute of Labor Economics state that air quality makes the risk of severe COVID-19 greater. Areas with even slightly higher pollutant levels tended to have more cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Of course, it is very hard to remove yourself from air pollution, so besides filtering the air in your domicile and workplace, what else can you do? A study published last week in Neurology found that among older women who lived in areas with high levels of air pollution, those who had the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had more brain shrinkage than women who had the highest levels. Brain shrinkage is due to inflammation. Inflammation is what causes severe COVID-19. So make sure you are getting enough omega-3's! Asthma Medication Dr. Richard Bartlett of the Dallas, TX area has created a home-based protocol to stave off severe COVID symptoms, including the asthma medication Pulmicort, an antibiotic, low-dose aspirin, and zinc. Here are his case studies. Micronutrients According to a new study from Cellular Medicine and Natural Health Journal, optimum micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) intake is the only scientifically proven way to improve general immune resistance against infections, a fact documented in every leading textbook of biology. The authors state that both SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the current pandemic, and other coronaviruses, enter body cells via a specific receptor, the Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme 2 (ACE2). Based upon earlier research that specific micronutrients can block several mechanisms of viral infections, researchers tested the efficacy of natural compounds in suppressing the expression of the ACE2 receptor on human lung cells. The results showed that a micronutrient composition comprising vitamin C as well as certain amino acids, polyphenols, and trace elements is able to suppress this viral 'entry door' into the body under both normal and inflammatory conditions, which are associated with infections. Thus, according to the authors, vitamin-rich nutrition and micronutrient supplementation should be implemented as effective, safe and affordable public health strategies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and help prevent future outbreaks. Optimizing the micronutrient status of the entire population should form the basis for any global strategy to help prevent future pandemics across the world. Organic Foods Shining Brightly Many consumers are prioritizing nutrition as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. Sales of organic food and drinks surged 25% for the 17-week period ended June 27, according to Nielsen data. That's faster than the pace of total growth in any food segment. Pepcid to Treat COVID-19 This is yet another example of why we should not hoard treatments from a single study. When a small study came out a few months ago lauding the acid suppressing medicine famotidine (Pepcid), Americans rushed to gobble up all the supply. A study published last week in Medrxiv found no benefit for famotidine for fighting COVID-19. To be determined... Persistent COVID Symptoms A study in last week's JAMA stated that in patients who had recovered from COVID-19, 87.4% reported persistence of at least 1 symptom, particularly fatigue and dyspnea (labored breathing). This, along with the strong possibility of reinfection or relapse, is why we recommend continuing with your COVID diet and nutrient protocol well after recovery from COVID. Sleep Quality A study from last week's Medrxiv purports that during the pandemic, sleep improvement is related to the increased length of time spent outside. Surprisingly, older people's sleep quality is less affected than younger people by the COVID-19 lockdown. Ventilation A fascinating study in Medrxiv last week presented a compelling case for transmission of SARS-CoV2 indoors: ventilation. Researchers looked at all variables of passengers aboard a Diamond Princess Cruise ship and came to the conclusion that transmission of the coronavirus occurred through a shared ventilation system throughout the ship. The poor design of the air conditioning system allowed easy transmission from cabin to cabin. This is an important finding for businesses, hotels, and any other like location where a large population will be indoors. Proper filtering is key.


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