From eNewsletter 11/29/2021
DID YOU KNOW that there is more going on in public health than just the pandemic? Where else are you going to get such a complete account of everything you need to be aware of? Enjoy our special Cyber Monday special issue.
For free members only...
If you like our Cyber Monday Special, you'll get much more like it by being a paid member. Paid members get expanded eNewsletters on Monday and Wednesday that cover all aspects of wellness including diet, sleep, physical activity and exercise, supplements, stress management, preventive therapies for chronic disease, new food and beverages brands, and much more. You also have full access to our 46 title Action Plan library.
Buy One Year Paid Membership at 25% Off for $59.99 (from $79.99)* *To get past the Guest Area paywall use password: discount2018
Cyber Monday Special December, November sale items 20% off; NCI Well Connect Membership 25% off
Food Intolerance Blood Draw Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:
One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - 1/22/22 and 2/12/2
Tue, Wed, TH 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook
Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.
Text Us If It Is Convenient! We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.
UPDATE - Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document at this link was updated November 22nd.
Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but 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. We highly recommend continuing your immune support. See our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE
FOOD Diet, not Drugs for Anti-Aging Researchers in Cell Metabolism purport that good nutrition is the best anti-aging drug you can find. When comparing the benefits of drugs which promote healthy aging and good metabolic health, they found nothing beats eating a healthy diet for slow down the aging process. Eating in Front of Screens A study from Appetite found that 87.5% of children consume at least one meal or snack per day while using screens. Daily calories contributed by eating during screen use represents 34.7% in children and 42.3% in adolescents. Higher weekly screen viewing was associated with more sweets and desserts in children, and more sugar sweetened beverages in adolescents. Fast Food Fast food outlets in the United States contain chemicals called phthalates that are linked to a long list of serious health problems, according to a first-of-its-kind study in Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. Moreover, a study in Obesity Reviews found that ultra-processed foods were associated with a 22% increased risk for future depression, which took 2-10 years to develop. Unfortunately, according to a study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of ultra-processed foods has increased over the past two decades across nearly all segments of the U.S. population
HABITS Alcohol and Cannabis Use Teenagers who use cannabis frequently have children born preterm when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new study in Scientific Reports. Researchers presenting at European Society of Cardiology annual congress have discovered a link between alcohol consumption as a young adult and aging blood vessels, which stiffens the arteries of the heart. The more you drink, the greater the increase in arterial stiffness. Close the Lid Before Flushing Leaving toilet lids open after flushing can disperse contaminated droplets beyond a meter and remain in the air for 30 minutes. This is one of the findings revealed in a global review of the risks of bacterial and viral transmission in bathrooms in Science of the Total Environment. E-Cigarettes FDA allowed British American Tobacco Plc to market its Vuse Solo e-cigarettes and tobacco-flavored pods, making it the first-ever vapor product to get clearance. A bad look, considering a first-of-its-kind study in Chemical Research in Toxicology has found traces of hundreds of unknown chemicals in electronic cigarette vaping liquid and aerosols. The study details a huge array of unidentified chemicals, plus a handful of known and potentially harmful compounds. MEDICAL DEVICES Breast Implant Safety Update The FDA announced stronger safety requirements for breast implants, restricting sales of implants only to providers and health facilities that review potential risks of the devices with patients before surgery, via a "Patient Decision Checklist." The agency also placed a boxed warning stating that the devices do not last an entire lifetime; that over time the risk for complications increases; and that breast implants have been associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and also may be associated with systemic symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, and brain fog. FDA Approves Early Dementia Test FDA has given marketing clearance to CognICA, an artificial intelligence–powered integrated cognitive assessment for the early detection of dementia. The 5-minute, computerized cognitive assessment is completed using an iPad. The test offers several advantages over traditional pen-and-paper-based cognitive tests. MEDICATIONS Acid Suppressors A study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states older adults who use high doses of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are more likely to have indicators of vitamin B-12 deficiency. Case of ED in Young man from PPI An account in Journal of Medical Case Reports elucidates an abrupt-onset, profound case of erectile dysfunction (ED) in a healthy young man after initiating over-the-counter Omeprazole (Prilosec). The authors recommend this side effect be researched further. Side Effects Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics report significant associations with PPI use and fractures, kidney disease, infections, gastric cancer and gastrointestinal events (i.e., polyps). Aspirin Vindication New draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on the use of aspirin in older individuals states: "The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that initiating aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease events in adults age 60 years or older has no net benefit." Med-Induced Osteoporosis A study from Natural Medicine Journal states the following medications induce osteoporosis: glucocorticoids (oral steroids), acid blockers, antidepressants, aromatase inhibitors, and androgen-deprivation therapy. Statins Induce Diabetes Progression Statin use was associated with diabetes progression, including greater likelihood of insulin treatment initiation, significant hyperglycemia, acute glycemic complications, and an increased number of prescriptions for glucose-lowering medication classes, according a a sweeping study from JAMA Internal Medicine. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Why Exercise is Anti-inflammatory You've probably noticed that we talk a lot about how exercise acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. A study in Gut Microbes found several reasons. Exercise increases the body's own cannabis-like substances, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and could potentially help treat certain conditions such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease. In the study, exercise reduced pain in arthritis sufferers by lowering levels of inflammatory substances (called cytokines), but also increased levels of cannabis-like substances produced by our own bodies, called endocannabinoids. CBD works well for pain and inflammation because it activates endocannabinoids. Interestingly, the way exercise resulted in these changes was by altering the gut microbes. Exercise Doesn't Lead to Knee Osteoarthritis Investigators publishing in Arthritis & Rheumatology found no link between the amount and duration of physical activity with individuals’ risk of developing knee osteoarthritis after following 5,065 participants with and without knee osteoarthritis for 12 years. SLEEP Optimal Sleep Time Going to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 pm is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to earlier or later bedtimes, according to a study published in European Heart Journal. Our 24-hour internal clock, called circadian rhythm, helps regulate physical and mental functioning. The results suggest that early or late bedtimes may be more likely to disrupt the body clock, with adverse consequences for cardiovascular health. SUPPLEMENTS If These Were Drugs, They Would Be Miracle Cures Among 26,000 adults, 5 years of vitamin D supplementation was associated with a 22% reduction in risk for confirmed autoimmune diseases, and 5 years of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was associated with an 18% reduction in confirmed autoimmune diseases. As reported in a study presented at this month's annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, the lead authors tout, "the clinical importance of these results is very high, given that these are nontoxic, well-tolerated supplements, and that there are no other known effective therapies to reduce the incidence of autoimmune diseases." Why isn't this all over the news?! Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Consuming higher amounts of vitamin D may help protect against developing young-onset colorectal cancer or precancerous colon polyps, according to the first study to show such an association. The study from Gastroenterology suggests higher vitamin D intake as an inexpensive complement to screening tests as a colorectal cancer prevention strategy for adults younger than age 50. Fish Oil and Atrial Fibrillation Taking high-doses of marine omega-3 fatty acids, more than 1 gram daily, may raise the risk for atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a a study in Circulation. However, the risk appears to be relatively small. VACCINES Shingles Shot and Guillain-Barré Findings in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate a slightly increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome during the 42 days following singles vaccination in the Medicare population.