Omicron Update: What We Know and Suggest
From eNewsletter 12/22/2021
DID YOU KNOW that overall dietary supplement intake has increased seven percentage points? 80% of Americans reported using supplements, the most in the 20-year history of the Council for Responsible Nutrition's 2021 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements. Americans are helping themselves despite no guidance from most public health officials. Not only are supplements efficacious, but safe, as evidenced by a new British Journal of Nutrition study, which found vitamin and minerals supplements to be safe and have very low potential for adverse effects.
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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.
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Steve: Say what you want about the Surgeon General of Florida, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, but we could hug him right now. Dr. Ladapo has issued a statewide public service announcement in support of commonsense COVID prevention strategies such as optimizing your vitamin D, staying active, eating nutrient-dense foods and boosting your immune system with supplements. The HealthierYouFL.org website now urges Floridians to “Talk to your health care provider about how certain supplements or foods containing vitamins and minerals might help boost your immune system, such as zinc, vitamin D, vitamin C and quercetin.” These are all well-known supplements that have been shown to have a positive impact on your COVID-19 risk. And still crickets from all other federal and state public health officials. Omicron Update - What We Know and What We Suggest Excitement is growing among coronavirus experts around the world as the new Omicron variant replaces the Delta variant. Experts are ecstatic because while the Omicron variant is much more contagious and than Delta, it is milder. This is a significant step in the pandemic's transition to becoming endemic, where we can live more regularly with the virus more similar to a cold or flu than what COVID-19 has looked like. Read Between the Headlines If you focus on what immunology experts are saying and what early research has shown, and not the sensationalist media, there is reason for optimism. Even government officials are telling you this. CDC director Rochelle Walensky said last week that most confirmed Omicron cases reported in the US have been mild, with symptoms like cough, congestion and fatigue. "I think we should reassure people that if they've been vaccinated with two doses or naturally infected, they're likely protected against serious illness," said Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatric infectious disease expert and director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In South Africa, where Omicron first spread widely, hospitalization rates are much lower than in previous waves of infection, and the people hospitalized are not as sick as those infected with the beta or delta variants, said Salim Abdool Karim, a South African epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist, and member of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness. "The clinical picture we are seeing is one of substantially less severe disease," he said. Would US health authorities be considering reducing the 10-day recommended quarantine period for Americans who test positive for COVID-19, as medical adviser Anthony Fauci said yesterday, if they thought Omicron was so deadly? The Omicron Variant Omicron has five distinct symptoms when causing infection: a scratchy throat (as opposed to a sore throat); dry cough; extreme tiredness; mild muscle aches; and night sweats. The Omicron variant likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus, possibly from the coronavirus that causes the common cold. By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look "more human," which would help it evade attack by the human immune system. Compared to the Delta variant, Omicron multiplies 70 times more quickly in tissues that line airway passages, which may facilitate person-to-person spread. It takes about 24 hours to spread in human airways following infection. But in lung tissues, omicron replicates 10 times more slowly than the original version of the coronavirus, which might contribute to less-severe illness. One of the earliest, peer-reviewed studies in Emerging Microbes & Infection looking into the Omicron variant suggests that people previously infected with COVID, and those vaccinated, have a stronger defense against it than if unvaccinated. And other exciting developments in COVID-19 research... Special Pro-Resolving Mediators (SPMs) Those who have read our COVID-19 protocol should be familiar with SPMs. This is our go to recommendation for resolving the chronic inflammatory state brought on by moderate to severe COVID infection. A new study from Medrxiv states that SPMs naturally spike during COVID infection because they are trying to mitigate inflammation, but not enough to make a difference in some cases. Because of this, the authors suggest supplementing with SPMs to bring more anti-inflammatory action to help overcome unresolved inflammation. Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Hospitalization This from one of the most prestigious endocrinology journals in the world, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism: "Vitamin D deficiency is associated with higher risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. Widespread measurement of serum 25(OH)D and treatment of insufficiency or deficiency may reduce this risk." More Evidence of a Lost Opportunity at Beginning of Pandemic The coronavirus infects fat cells and certain immune cells within body fat, creating an immune response that leads to major damage, according to a Biorxiv study. The finding helps explain why those who are overweight or obese face higher risks for severe illness and death from COVID-19. Imploring Americans early on in the pandemic to focus on wellness, including losing weight, was a missed opportunity that could have save lives. COVID-19 Super Immunity A study by Oregon Health & Science University researchers finds that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who have a breakthrough infection end up with what the authors call "super immunity." "The bottom line of the study is that vaccine provides you with foundational immunity for whatever comes next," said the lead professor of molecular microbiology and immunology. Subjects who were vaccinated and then got COVID-19 showed a substantial increase in antibody levels, up to a 1,000% increase and sometimes up to 2,000%, almost "super immunity." This is one of the first studies that shows a breakthrough infection following vaccination generates stronger immunity than prior infection or vaccination alone. Our Recommendations About J&J Shot Prove Prophetic A panel of vaccine experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of vaccines in the United States said the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines should be preferred over the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) shot for all adults because the J&J shot carries the risk for a rare but potentially fatal adverse effect that causes blood clots and bleeding in the brain. In an emergency meeting last Thursday, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously (15-0) to state a preference for the mRNA vaccines over those from J&J after hearing a safety update on cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome. This condition causes large clots that deplete the blood of platelets, resulting in uncontrolled bleeding.