From eNewsletter 3/11/2020
DID YOU KNOW that the image above is of a16 year-old vaper? Normal lungs should have no white imaging except for the skeleton. Please show this to anyone you love with the hope this image prevents them from vaping!
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE: 3/11/2020
As expected, the number of Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 has increased. There are universal precautions one can take to protect yourself and your immune system. Older persons with one or more health conditions should pay special attention.
These recommendations are not just applicable for COVID-19, but for preventing other viruses linked to the common cold, influenza, the stomach flu, and more.
Do not touch your face. If you do touch your face, make sure it is with clean hands.
Avoid or severely limit sugar. This includes added sugar, sweets, sugary beverages, or any other sugary product that is not naturally occurring (i.e., fruit is fine). Sugar weakens the immune system more than any foodstuff.
Limit stress. If you are stressing yourself out about COVID-19, this will compound the daily stress you already incur. If you're doing everything you can to optimize your diet, taking your supplements, and adhering to optimal lifestyle choices, you're doing all you can. Don't let the media perpetuate your anxiety!
Supplement assistance - We have received an inordinate number of requests to recommend natural substances geared towards virus overload prevention. Let us be clear: there is no miracle pill. However, our long-time "go-to's" for assisting the immune system are monolaurin, a naturally derived coconut ester, zinc (oral dose along with either lozenge or liquid for the throat and sinus area), and vitamin C. Before taking, always consult your health professional to assess your individual needs, as dosage and sources vary.
Detailed recommendations for viral overload prevention can be found in our Cold & Flu Action Plan. Here's what a client recently said about it: "I just want to thank you for preparing the 'Cold and Flu Support Action Plan'. Good information to follow and simple. I will be better prepared next time and hopefully won't have to scurry to gather the things I need after the fact. We sometimes become complacent in thinking that the flu will pass by our door. Thanks again!"
Make-your-own hand sanitizer - a client asked if we had a suggestion. Here it is. Unfortunately, you may have trouble finding rubbing alcohol these days :(
Add to 8 ounce spritz bottle:
8-10 drops grapefruit seed extract concentrate
2/3 71%-99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
1/3 aloe vera gel
Centers for Disease Control - Please don't refer to the media for direction. Continually check the CDC's website, which has an informative FAQ page, and is continually updated.
FISH OIL SUPPS SHINE
Steve & Bonnie: Last week, British Medical Journal published a study that examined the association of habitual fish oil supplementation with cardiovascular (CVD) outcomes and all cause mortality.
427,678 men and women aged between 40 and 69 who had no CVD or cancer were enrolled between 2006 and 2010 and followed up to the end of 2018. The main outcome measured were all cause mortality, CVD mortality, and CVD events.
Habitual users of fish oil versus non-users had significantly lower rates of all cause mortality, CVD mortality, and for incident CVD events.
Fish oil is a rich source of long chain omega 3 fatty acids, a group of polyunsaturated fats that primarily include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These compounds are recommended for daily omega 3 fatty acid supplementation for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by public health institutions in the United Kingdom. We wish our government would do the same!
The study has a number of strengths. Firstly, a major strength is its population based cohort, which shows the effectiveness of fish oil supplementation in a real-life setting. Secondly, it included nearly half a million of participants, which provided a large number of outcome events and adequate statistical power to explore important outcomes related to supplement intake over an 8 to 12 year follow-up period. Finally, detailed information was available on socioeconomic characteristics, lifestyle habits, disease prevalence, drug use, among others, enabling them to minimize confounding factors.
The funders had no role in the study. None of the authors had no conflict of interest.