From eNewsletter 2/15/2021
DID YOU KNOW that the 37th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from any vitamin? Moreover, the information provided in the most recent issue of journal Clinical Toxicology states that there were no fatalities from amino acids, blue-green algae, glucosamine, or chondroitin, homeopathic remedy, or herbs. Compared to prescription and OTC medication, dietary supplements are incredibly safe. That said, you should still never self-prescribe dietary supplements without guidance from a licensed health professional.
New & Improved Heart Health Action Plan To honor American Heart Month, we revamped our Heart Health Action Plan. The new Heart Health Action Plan includes all diagnostic test suggestions (many of which you will not get through your conventional cardiologist), targeted nutrients, medication information, lifestyle tips, sample menus, and pantry essentials. We have eliminated Blood Pressure Action Plan and added it to Heart Health Action Plan. For those who may be unaware, action plans are self-help guides for sale at our website. If you are a paid NCI Well Connect member, you have free, 24-hour access to our entire 46 title action plan library, which includes Heart Health Action Plan.
3 Ways to Get the Heart Health Action Plan
A la carte: purchase Heart Health Action Plan here for $9.95 (use the password: discount2018 to complete your purchase).
NCI Well Connect Membership can be purchased here for $79.99 and you will have to access to Heart Health Action Plan as well as our entire library (use the password: discount2018 to complete your purchase).
Paid NCI Well Connect Members access Heart Health Action Plan and our entire library free at this this page by entering the password.
Other New Action Plan Updates
Candida Action Plan
Cold and Flu Support Action Plan
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Newsletter Announcement Today's issue for paid members is truncated because of the President's Day holiday.
Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion We continually update this document as more data becomes available.
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.
Virus Prevention And Treatment Continue extra immune support until summer of 2021. 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. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 Protocol.
Steve and Bonnie: In a wonderful development from the American Heart Association (AHA), their new scientific statement urges healthcare professionals to consider psychological health in adults with or at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The statement, "Psychological Health, Well-Being, and the Mind–Heart–Body Connection," notes that psychological health can positively or negatively impact a person's health and risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
While this may seem elementary to us, it is a titanic step for the AHA. The AHA previously issued a scientific statement that dealt strictly with depression.
The group felt it was particularly important to do now given the COVID crisis and all the psychological stress people are under the past year.
But wait, there's more.
"It is clearly time that we recognize that we should strive to treat not only the disease, but the patient and the person as a whole," the lead author added.
The statement that appeared in Circulation sheds light on how depression, chronic stress, anxiety, anger, pessimism, and life dissatisfaction are all associated with potentially harmful biologic responses. These include irregularities of heart rate and rhythm; increased digestive complaints, blood pressure and inflammation; and reduced blood flow to the heart.
The statement notes the cumulative effect of daily stressors and exposure to traumatic events can also increase the risk for CVD. Patients' self-reports of general and work-related stress have been associated with an up to 40% increased risk of developing or dying from CVD.
The statement advises regular mental health screening for people with or at risk for CVD, and notes that psychological therapy and mind–body programs can lead to better heart health. Programs that improve psychological health include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, collaborative care management approaches, stress reduction therapy, and meditation.
We know that positive psychological health - including happiness, gratitude, sense of purpose, life satisfaction, and mindfulness - is associated with a lower risk for CVD and a greater likelihood of beneficial health behaviors. These include smoking cessation, increased physical activity, heart-healthy eating, and targeted supplementation, to name a few. People with better mental health also tend to have positive social relationships, support, and connections, which can facilitate healthier adaptation to life's challenges.
We do not say this very often, but bravo to the AHA!
HEART HEALTH UPDATE