From eNewsletter 9/29/2021
DID YOU KNOW that the vast majority of U.S. adults fail to meet adequate-intake guidelines for dietary fiber on a daily basis? As you know, dietary fiber plays an important role in cardiovascular health, body weight regulation and gastrointestinal health. Based on findings presented at Nutrition 2021, a virtual conference hosted by the American Society for Nutrition, fewer than 1 in 10 U.S. adults meet their daily recommendations for fiber intake. What's the easiest way to add fiber to your diet? Eat your fruit and vegetables of course.
Food Intolerance Test Blood Draw Update Next available Saturday blood draw date for the Biotrition food intolerance test is October 23rd.
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UPDATE - COVID-19 Vaccine Information We updated this document Monday, September 27th.
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.
Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky
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Steve and Bonnie: As expected, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:
individuals 65 years of age and older;
individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19;
and individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.
The CDC mirrored the FDA guidelines, but the language was a little different:
Adults ages 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities;
Adults ages 50 to 64 who have an underlying medical condition that may increase their risk from a COVID infection;
Adults ages 18 to 49 who may be at increased risk from a COVID-19 infection because of an underlying medical condition, if that person feels like they need one based on a consideration of their individual benefit and risks.
If you missed our thoughts and recommendations about the booster, here is the link to last week's issue. Vitamin D Does it Again New research from Scientific Reports has examined the association between vitamin D and COVID-19, and found that ambient ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation (which is key for vitamin D production in the skin) at an individual's place of residence in the weeks before COVID-19 infection, was strongly protective against severe disease and death. Natural Immunity in Recovered COVID-19 Persons Versus Fully Vaccinated A review of all the existing evidence comparing immunity in recovered COVID-19 persons versus fully vaccinated persons was published in Medrxiv. While vaccinations were highly effective at protecting against infection and severe COVID-19 disease, the review demonstrates that natural immunity in COVID-recovered individuals is, at least, equivalent to the protection afforded by full vaccination. There was a modest and incremental relative benefit to vaccination in COVID-recovered individuals as well. Extend the Time Between Doses, Please! Another study, this one from Medrxiv, has found strong vaccine-elicited humoral immune responses with an extended interval Pfizer vaccination in individuals who have not had COVID-19. The time between doses was 16 weeks! We have been recommending between 8-12 weeks between doses to our clients. COVID-19 Has Brought Families Together More people are finally slowing down and enjoying their family meals. Dinnertime now lasts 15 minutes longer in the typical American household than it did before the pandemic began, according to a recent study of 2,000 people. Overall, the average family meal has gone from 70 minutes to 85 minutes now, nearly a 20 percent increase in length overall. The survey also shows that almost six in 10 (57%) respondents say their family gets together for meals more frequently than they did at the start of 2020. Potential Downside to Monoclonal Antibody Therapy You may have heard about monoclonal antibody therapy, which has been made famous because it was part of President Trump's COVID-19 cocktail and in Florida where they have set up monoclonal antibody clinics. While this therapy has shown the most promise of all treatments hospitals have at their disposal for preventing severe COVID-19 in those who are already positive and symptomatic, there is a downside. Similar to how viruses can mutate to evade vaccine effectiveness, it appears SARS-CoV-2 is doing the same to monoclonal antibody therapy. The first study of its kind, published in Medrxiv, discovered several monoclonal antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 strains. This ominous development is now being tracked, so stay tuned.