From eNewsletter 5/12/2021
DID YOU KNOW that in a recent study in Nutrients, 69% of participant children under 10 showed lower than recommended zinc intake, thus risking deficiency? This is important for all ages, but especially children because zinc is an essential trace element for normal growth and development, not to mention immune system function.
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PFIZER UPDATE - COVID-19 Vaccine Information We updated our opinion at this link Monday May 11th.
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.
COVID-19 Condition Monograph For those interested in conventional and integrative treatments for COVID-19 with over 250 references, this is our COVID-19 Condition Monograph.
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 here, can bring measurable improvement.
COVID-19 UPDATE Steve and Bonnie: There was much discussion last week about an article in The New York Times suggesting "herd immunity" would be unlikely. This conclusion should come as no surprise to you.
Even before it was considered a pandemic, we told you that SARS-CoV-2 would always be with us. The goal was to minimize its virulence by achieving enough natural infections and immunizations to a degree that it would only affect us like other coronaviruses and influenza do. We are cautiously optimistic that in the United States we may achieve this goal. Although, the research regarding the strain of SARS-CoV-2 currently ravaging India does give us pause. The Indian strain is up to more contagious and virulent than any strain discovered to date.
Simply, there is a possibility that too many Americans will not have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or gotten the vaccine before the Indian strain circulates widely here. Just last week, two Iowans were the first Americans to test positive for the Indian strain. As we have learned from this pandemic, once positive tests for a new strain are discovered, it is likely to have been spreading for at least a few weeks and will be hard to contain.
As we go back to our first point, herd immunity will not happen. But the goal now is to stave off another surge of severe infections and deaths that will overwhelm our hospitals. This can be achieved through continued vigilance in adhering to optimal diet, exercise, stress management, and supplemental nutrients, as well as assisting your immune system to neutralize severe infection and death through mRNA vaccination in those who qualify (see Our COVID Vaccine Opinion).
Other interesting developments we feel may be of interest to you:
Intestinal Microbiome Balance
A study from Molecular Systems Biology confirms the potential for COVID-19 infection to be harbored in our intestines. Another study from Biorxiv found that lack of gut microbial diversity and dysbiosis led to more severe infection indicated by higher C-reactive protein levels. Thus, as a new Frontiers of Nutrition study indicates, varied supplemental probiotics, especially those that contain lactobacillus and bifidus strains, can assist in mitigating dysbiosis and promote more varied microbiota, helping to stave off severe infection via gut microbial harmony.
Vitamin C Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication
According to a study in Biorxiv, the crystal structure of the vitamin C may inhibit not just SARS-CoV-2, but all coronavirus's main action of replication. When replication is reduced, infection is less severe and transmission is less likely. Since vitamin C is readily available as an over-the-counter vitamin supplement, the authors state their results exhibit the potential for development of a global and inexpensive antiviral treatment.
Young Adults With Mild COVID Could Have Lasting Effects
More than anything, COVID-19 is a blood vessel disease. This, according to researchers in Experimental Physiology, concerns public health experts about the future. In a cohort of young persons who will be followed for years, increased stiffness of arteries was found as early as six months after infection. This means that young, healthy adults with mild COVID-19 symptoms may increase their risk of cardiovascular complications, and may continue for some time after COVID-19 infection. It is the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that devastates blood vessels. mRNA vaccines specifically teach the immune system to neutralize spike proteins.
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