From eNewsletter 3/31/2021
DID YOU KNOW that some doctors are finally coming around to the idea that LDL cholesterol is not the overriding factor in all-cause mortality and heart attack risk for those on statin medication? A study from Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows apolipoprotein B (apoB) and non-high-density-lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol - but not low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - are associated with increased risk for all-cause mortality and heart attacks in patients taking statins. "Many doctors are brainwashed into thinking the only thing they should look at, just to keep LDL cholesterol down," the lead author states. "Any patient that comes to a doctor for evaluation should look not only at LDL cholesterol but non-HDL cholesterol and apoB, if its available - that is the take-home message."
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Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away, as evidenced by its ever-mutating variants. 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.We highly recommend continuing your immune support. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
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Post-COVID Syndrome The official diagnosis for post-COVID syndrome (PCS) are symptoms that last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor is suffering from PCS, diligently following our Post-COVID Syndrome Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members, can bring measurable improvement.
COVID-19 UPDATE Steve and Bonnie: New data may help us determine how many Americans have been exposed to COVID during the pandemic.
According to the Red Cross, more than one in five, or 20%, of unvaccinated blood donors, had COVID-19 antibodies. This would be double the number of cases population-wide the CDC projects.
While a positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity, it indicates whether a person has been exposed to the coronavirus regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms.
This has a major bearing on numerous issues, none more important than how many Americans truly need two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as opposed to one.
A nutritional supplement containing sulforaphane, a phytochemical derived from the cruciferous vegetable family, was able to reduce viral load by impeding SAR-CoV-2 activity, according to a study from Biorxiv. Sulforaphane also worked synergistically with antiviral drug remdemisvir. Sulforaphane is unique to cruciferous, which includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and many more.
How Many Pounds Per Month During Lockdown?
In a jarring study from JAMA Network Open, Americans gained nearly 2 pounds per month under COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in 2020, suggesting that the average American could have gained 20 pounds during the last year. While it is a very small study that focused just on individuals using bluetooth-connected scales through a phone application, even if the average gain was half that, this will set us back.
Less Sleep, More Burnout Leads to Higher Risk of COVID
For each additional hour of sleep at night, according to a study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, risk for COVID-19 dropped by 12% in a study of 2844 frontline healthcare workers. Furthermore, those who reported experiencing work-related burnout every day were 2.6 times more likely to report having COVID-19, to report having COVID-19 for a longer time, and to experience COVID-19 of more severity. According to the lead author, this study underscores supporting a holistic approach to health, including optimal sleep and job stress reduction, to protect healthcare workers from this and future pandemics.
Researchers in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews published the first analysis of vitamin D prevalence with COVID-19 infections and mortalities across Asia, comprising 24 countries from Middle East to South East Asia. Vitamin D deficiency, obesity and diabetes were the three most common links to higher rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality.
So most countries in Europe concur, China concurs, and now much of Asia concurs, but no official stance taken on vitamin D by the United States?
A study from Biorxiv purports that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) from a simple green tea beverage effectively blocked infection of SARS-CoV-2 and more importantly, new variants by inhibiting spike binding to ACE2 receptors.
Another Study Points to Blood Type
Blood type A was associated with a greater risk of severe SARS-CoV-2 in one recent study and a higher risk of contracting the disease in another. The Blood Advances study adds support that blood group A may confer a higher risk, whereas the other study gives one possibility as to the 'how' part, suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain (RBD) directly interacts with respiratory cells through the blood group A antigen.
Of course, blood type is a non-modifiable risk factor, but if you are blood type A, you need to pay even closer attention to prevention.
Remission for Long Haulers After Getting the Vaccine?
While there have been no studies performed, the media has reported on cases of post-COVID syndrome remission after just one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Survivor Corps, which has a public Facebook group with 159,000 members, recently took a poll to see whether there was any substance to rumors that those with long COVID were feeling better after being vaccinated. Out of 400 people, 36% showed an improvement in symptoms, anywhere between a mild improvement to complete resolution of symptoms.
The vaccine is not going to cure the scarring of heart tissue or lungs, but it is possible that the persisting virus in post-COVID-19 may be at a low level, not enough to stimulate a potent immune response to clear the virus, but enough to cause symptoms. Activating the immune response via vaccine therefore is therapeutic in directing viral clearance.
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