From eNewsletter 10/28/2020
DID YOU KNOW that there are two promising new studies about zinc that appeared in The Journal of Nutrition and Nutritional Journal?
In the first study, zinc supplementation had a positive effect on lymphocytes (a white blood cell integral for fighting SARS-CoV-2) and eosinophils in children?
The second study showed zinc supplementation to have a beneficial effect on the frequency of migraine attacks. SPOOKY HALLOWEEN SALE 10/28-11/1
From today through November 1, you can order all sale items for October and November. Happy Halloween!
Pure Encapsulations PureNutrient Gummy replaces Hero Yummi Bears
Nature's Way Tart Cherry Ultra temporarily replaces Carlson Tart Cherry, which is out of stock indefinitely.
Pure Encapsulations Essential-C & Flavonoids is back in stock (used to be called Ester-C & Flavonoids)
Wisdom of the Ancients Organic Yerba Mate replaces Guayaki Yerba Mate
COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update
For those interested in getting into the "nitty gritty" of COVID-19, Steve has updated his COVID-19 Condition Monograph. Updates include research on risk for pregnant and nursing women, new inflammatory hypotheses, whey protein, and myriad new references (197 and counting) for the nutrients you know and love!
NEXT BIOTRITION FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST DAY - 11/14 If you would like to get your blood drawn for the Biotrition Food Intolerance Test, the next scheduled date is Saturday, November 14th. Unless Bonnie has already given you authorization, you need to email her first for permission to get the test.
COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon. 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. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol.
COVID-19 UPDATE Good Enough for the Swiss and EU, but Not the USA? A new white paper published by Swiss researchers, but the European Union is encouraging its members to follow, is called Nutritional Status in Supporting a Well-Functioning Immune System for Optimal Health. The white paper highlights vitamin D, vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and EPA/DHA as the most critical nutrients for priming your immune system to fight COVID-19 and other viruses. Here is the paper in full if you wish to read it. It would sure be nice to see something like this from the CDC or FDA. Lifestyle and Diet Factors Two new studies from Medxriv highlight the importance of good lifestyle habits to prevent severe COVID-19 illness. One study found BMI and smoking increase and physical activity decreases the risk of COVID-19 severe illness, highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The other study suggests that given the known impacts of all forms of malnutrition on the immune system, public health strategies to reduce micronutrient deficiencies and undernutrition remain of critical importance. In addition, prevention of obesity, and its consequent type-2 diabetes, will reduce the risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes. Israel Urges Citizens to Take Vitamin D In a recent statement, Israel's Health Ministry is encouraging Israelis to consume vitamin D supplements in light of numerous studies showing that low levels put people at increased risk of contracting and/or dying of COVID-19. High Dose Vitamin C in Critically Ill A new study in Pulmonology found that oxygenation levels improved in critically ill patients with COVID-19 when given high doses of intravenous vitamin C. Melatonin Melatonin exposure after intubation was significantly associated with a positive outcome in COVID-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation, according to a new study from Medxriv.
The Great Barrington Declaration
You should be aware that there are a large number of scientists and medical professionals that believe extended lockdown measures due to the pandemic will ultimately create more harm than the disease itself. Especially when the spread of the infection will eventually stabilize at a constant level so that it becomes present in communities at all times, possibly at a relatively low, sometimes predictable rate. This is what scientists mean when they say a disease is endemic (for example, the common cold and influenza).
If you are interested in reading about the lockdown opinion, here is the link.
The Sobering Truth About the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Researchers in NanoLetters explain how the novel coronavirus manages to persist in circumstances in which the flu virus fails. Respiratory droplets, the most common mode of transmission, don't obey our social distancing guidelines. Droplets travel longer distances (19.7 feet or more) and are particularly persistent even in cooler temperatures with humidity, remaining infectious from several minutes to longer than a day in various environments. At the opposite extreme, where it is hot and dry, respiratory droplets more easily evaporate. But what they leave behind are tiny virus fragments that join the other aerosolized virus particles that are shed as part of speaking, coughing, sneezing and breathing. They can suspend in the air for hours, so people can take in those particles by simply breathing. So in the summer, aerosol transmission may be more significant compared to droplet contact, while in winter, droplet contact may be more dangerous. This means that depending on the local environment, people may need to adopt different adaptive measures to prevent the transmission of this disease. This could mean, for example, greater social distancing if the room is cool and humid, or finer masks and air filters during hot, dry spells. FDA Approves First COVID-19 Treatment That WHO Found Ineffective Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients, Remdemisvir. It is odd timing given that earlier in the week, The World Health Organization found Remdesivir ineffective for minimizing critical illness in severe COVID-19 patients.
PANDEMIC HAIR LOSS
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