From eNewsletter 7/5/2021
DID YOU KNOW while we've been pleasantly surprised by the increased transparency the CDC and FDA have shown regarding mRNA vaccines (granted the bar was very low), we think they've made a major misstep. Steve listened to the entire Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting in late June about the cases of pericarditis and myocarditis in young males after second dose mRNA vaccine administration. Steve was hoping that the committee would consider reducing their vaccine recommendation for this age group to one dose instead of the current two. The FDA did add a warning, but because "the issue is so rare," they are still recommending two doses for young males. Highlights from the meeting:
Pericarditis/Myocarditis were not in top 10 of adverse events, like injection pain and fatigue;
Pericarditis/Myocarditis happens almost always within first week;
Physical activity must be restricted in these cases for 3-6 months after diagnosis;
Almost all cases occurred after the second dose;
Occurs mostly in young males;
No information yet on any link between vigorous exercise immediately after mRNA vaccine administration and onset myocarditis/pericarditis;
12-17 male age group: 128 cases per 2,039,871 doses or 66.7/million;
18-24 male age group: 219 cases per 4,337,287 doses or 20.4/million;
Prior COVID infection before vaccine administration was not significant;
Proposed CDC recommendation language will still recommend the second dose after pericarditis resolution! The CDC will not recommend a second dose after myocarditis.
Proposed CDC language: "benefits of mRNA vaccines outweigh the pericarditis/myocarditis risk".
In an otherwise historic example of doing things right with vaccines for the first time, they got this one wrong. We think, and will continue to think, that young persons, especially young males 12-24, should get one dose of mRNA vaccine instead of two.
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FOCUSING ON GLYCEMIC INDEX Steve and Bonnie: As if you needed more incentive to eat less sugar and lower your high glycemic food intake, a major study from New England Journal of Medicine states that people who mostly ate foods with a low glycemic index had a lower likelihood of premature death and major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events compared with those whose diet included food with a high glycemic index.
The results from the global PURE study, of nearly 120,000 people from 20 countries and five continents, provide evidence that helps cement glycemic index (and glycemic load) as a key measure of dietary health.
Specifically, people with a diet in the highest segment of glycemic index had a 25% higher rate of combined total deaths and major CVD events during a follow-up of nearly 10 years, compared with those with a diet in the lowest glycemic index segment. The link was even stronger among people with an established history of CVD at study entry, with a 51% higher rate of total death and major CVD events.
The dietary recommendations are pretty straight forward: eat real, better quality food, and most importantly eat fruit and vegetables. Those who prefer a more detailed approach can refer to the comprehensive glycemic index and glycemic load tables in our Blood Sugar Balance Action Plan.
Moreover, another study from Nature Communications shows that fructose, commonly found in sugary drinks, sweets and processed foods and is used widely in food production, causes the immune system to become inflamed, thus producing more reactive molecules which are associated with inflammation of organs and body systems that could lead to disease.