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Infection Update

From eNewsletter 8/16/2023

DID YOU KNOW that a woman's diet during pregnancy can positively affect the brain health of her grandkids? A study in Nature Cell Biology found that foods rich in the lipid ursolic acid protects the breakdown of "communication cables" such as axons for the brain to work properly. So, mothers that consume these foods early in pregnancy, such as apples and spices like rosemary, sage and thyme do not just positively affect her children, but her grandchildren as well. This yet again shows how a mother's diet and lifestyle affects not just her offspring's wellbeing, but subsequent generations.


Services Update

Student Supplement First Aid Kit Whether going away to school or not, students need support for myriad viruses and bacteria, as well as options to minimize the damage if they develop an infection. Bold items taken daily, others as needed (if tolerated), based upon individual needs. Magnesium Glycinate (anxiety and stress) Monolaurin (viral preventive) Vitamin D3 1000-5000 IU (immune system support) Vitamin C 500-1000 mg (immune system support) Probiotic (one day per week to to balance microflora) Andrographis root (fight infection when it first appears) Elderberry Zinc Lozenges (soothe sore throat, respiratory issue) Zinc Sulfate Solution (soothe sore throat, respiratory issue) Melatonin 0.5 - 3 mg. (sleep support) Alka Support (sour, upset stomach) Steve Minsky MS, HWC As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

Text Us If Convenient at (847) 497-0902 Text is quickest way to get communicate with us. Type (847) 497-0902. Questions for Bonnie do not apply.

Pet Wellness Our dietary supplement line for dogs and cats, ThorneVet, has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. Carolyn Martinelli "Coach Care" can 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. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018). Online Gift Cards Giving the gift of wellness has never been easier. Order your gift cards here.

Upcoming Wellness Screenings

Food Intolerance Blood Draw Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:

  1. One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - next date September 9th

  2. MON-FRI 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.

Infection Support

Prevention or During Infection Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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  • Infection Update

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  • Case Report

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Infection Update

Steve: Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the latest research to prepare for an uptick in infections as kids go back to school. Supplements That Aid Prevention and Infection Support Probiotics A study from Medrxiv found the probiotic VSL#3® significantly reduced post-COVID fatigue as compared to placebo over 4 weeks. A second study from Frontiers in Nutrition purports probiotics could improve the overall symptoms, inflammatory reaction, and shorten hospital stay of patients with COVID-19. In addition, probiotics may improve gastrointestinal symptoms and further improve respiratory symptoms through the gut-lung axis. Quercetin Patients taking quercetin during early-stage COVID cleared the virus and experienced symptom resolution significantly earlier than those in a control group, according to a study from Frontiers in Pharmacology. Zinc A study from Clinical Nutrition found low plasma zinc levels were associated with higher anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG and IgA seropositivity. The results suggest that adequate zinc status through supplementation plays an important role in protecting the general population against SARS-CoV-2 infection. N-acetylcysteine N-acetylcysteine, the precursor to glutathione, has a role in reducing myocardial injury occurring in post-COVID-19 syndrome, according to a study in Biorxiv. Curcumin Supplementation with curcumin may reduce the duration of the common cold, according to a study from Journal of Dietary Supplements. Dietary Choices That Aid Prevention and Infection Support Fruit and Vegetables Beneficial effects of polyphenols and phytosterols from fruit and vegetables should be emphasized and these plant-based compounds should be regarded in the context of their utility as antiviral agents preventing influenza-type infections, as reported in Frontiers in Nutrition. Macronutrients Another study from Frontiers in Nutrition state that in in SARS-COV-2 patients, dietary proteins may boost pulmonary function. Omega-3 fatty acids may improve oxygenation, acidosis, and renal function. Dietary fiber may produce anti-inflammatory effects by reducing the level of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Interleukin (IL-6), and Tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α). Alcohol Key antiviral cytokines and growth factors were decreased with chronic alcohol consumption, thus lowering the participants ability to fight viral infection, as stated in a new Biorxiv study. COVID-Vaccine Research Bells Palsy A study from JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery found a higher incidence of Bells Palsy among SARS-CoV-2–vaccinated vs placebo groups. Immune Dysfunction A new study from BMC Infectious Diseases shows that people with long COVID respond differently to COVID vaccines and that the condition may be caused by a dysfunction of the immune system. Compared with the healthy group, the long COVID group showed a prolonged increased immune response that tried to fight the part of the virus related to how it replicates. Anaphylaxis Consistent with previous studies with PEGylated nano-liposomes, new data from a Biorxiv study show higher rates of anaphylaxis in COVID vaccines that contain the PEG adjuvant. Lifestyle Choices That Aid Prevention or Infection Support Handwashing Handwashing with soap can reduce acute respiratory infection and help to prevent the large burden of respiratory disease, as reported in The Lancet. House and Office Plants Researchgate reports evidence that filling a home or office with plants could help protect against a wide range of bacterial and viral infections, and they cleanse the air through a natural filtration system. Plants produce hydrogen peroxide during photosynthesis, which is released into the atmosphere and neutralizes viruses by safely disinfecting the air. Exercise Engaging in consistent cardiovascular exercise could decrease the risk of death from flu or pneumonia by 36 percent. The British Journal of Sports Medicine study also finds that incorporating two weekly muscle-strengthening sessions could reduce the risk of death nearly by half. Complementary and Alternative Therapies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy People with long COVID significantly reduced their fatigue after completing 17 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, compared to people with similar long COVID fatigue levels who didn't participate in therapy, a new study from Clinical Infectious Diseases showed. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy positively increased markers of heart function in a study of patients with long COVID that was presented at European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging 2023. Medication That Aid Prevention or Infection Support Metformin A phase 3 clinical trial from Medrxiv suggest Metformin may be repurposed as a COVID medication to significantly reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load. Naltrexone (low dose) Subjects who received low-dose naltrexone (LDN) off-label as a potential therapeutic intervention for long COVID showed improved clinical symptoms (fatigue, brain fog, post exertional malaise/PEM, unrefreshing sleep, sleep pattern, and headache), fewer number of symptoms, and better functional status, as reported in Medrxiv.


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