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Fungi, Cancer Connection

From eNewsletter 11/7/2022

DID YOU KNOW that melatonin has been shown to ameliorate brain inflammation?

Early in the pandemic, we suggested melatonin as a preventive from infection, as well as supportive when infected with SARS-CoV-2. Several post-pandemic studies have echoed this and a new study from Food and Chemical Toxicology may explain the mechanism.

Researchers using rat subjects discovered that melatonin alleviated acute and chronic stress-induced inflammatory response in the brain's hippocampus. Given that COVID-19 affects the brain when inflammation spikes and is not resolved, this is a significant discovery.

Melatonin is a hormone, so you should always discuss taking it with your health professional first.


Services Update

Pet Wellness

We now have a dietary supplement line for dogs and cats! ThorneVet has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly.

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

The clinician of the future is here now. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he analyzes and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

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Infection Section


COVID-19 is endemic, meaning it is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other endemic viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system year-round with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.


25 to 40% of COVID patients develop Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID". If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, schedule an appointment with Steve or purchase our self-help Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Action Plan 3.0 (password: discount2018).

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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: Cancer Update

  • Recipe du Jour: Early Thanksgiving Stuffing Idea

  • Genetics Update: B-Vites and Osteoarthritis?

  • Brand Buzz: We Found a Collagen

  • Tech for Wellness: Tinnitus Smartphone Treatment

  • Green Lifestyle: Old Toys: Proceed With Caution

  • Wild Card: SSRI Effectiveness Depends Upon...

  • eInspire: Susan Cheever

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • Fungi, Cancer Connection

  • November 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch - Serotonin the "Happy Hormone"

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Fungi, Cancer Connection

Steve: Whether inside or outside of our bodies, we have to manage our exposure to fungi (i.e. mold and yeast) for many reasons. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers in Cell have discovered that fungi are living in cancerous tumors.

The researchers, who systematically profiled fungal communities in more than 17,000 tissue and blood samples taken from patients with 35 different types of cancer, found that fungi can be detected in all of them. Fungi were mostly found “hiding” inside the cancer cells or in immune cells inside the tumors.

The authors implore us to better explore the potential effects of tumor fungi and to reexamine almost everything we know about cancer through a "microbiome lens". This means all addressing all microbiomes, including mouth and sinus, skin, lung, gastrointestinal, urinary, and vaginal.

This also should give public health educators more impetus to find methods to remediate mold and yeast exposure whether inside or outside of our bodies. Of course, we have intimate knowledge of this because we have been helping clients for decades.

New Guidance on Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga for Cancer Pain

On a more positive note, a Journal of Clinical Oncology study supports new guidelines for the role that integrative pain management techniques, such as massage, acupuncture, and music therapy, can play in relieving certain types of cancer pain in adults.

The joint effort between the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Integrative Oncology determined, for instance, that acupuncture should be offered for aromatase-related joint pain in patients with breast cancer and that it can be offered for general or musculoskeletal pain from cancer. They recommended reflexology or acupressure for pain experienced during systemic therapy for cancer. Hypnosis is an option for patients experiencing procedural pain in cancer treatment or diagnostic workups, and massage is an option for pain experienced during palliative or hospice care or following breast cancer treatment.


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