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Probiotics for Plastics

From eNewsletter 7/24/2023

DID YOU KNOW that probiotics may partially shield us from an ongoing public health hazard that is almost impossible to avoid?

Ingestion of nanoplastics and microplastics can be toxic to humans. These ubiquitous substances are often introduced into the gastrointestinal tract, where they lead to adverse effects, including disturbances in intestinal flora, mutagenicity, cytotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, and exacerbated oxidative stress.

A new study from Frontiers in Nutrition shows probiotics may overcome the toxicity of nanoplastics and microplastics by preventing gut dysbiosis and intestinal leakage, thus reducing inflammatory biomarkers and avoiding unnecessary activation of the immune system.


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Steve Minsky MS, HWC

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Infection Section


Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

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New Cholesterol Drug Hype

Steve: You may have seen a media blitz regarding a new cholesterol drug hailed as a replacement for those who cannot handle statins for lowering cholesterol.

Bempedoic acid (Nexletol) converts to its active metabolite by very-long-chain acyl-CoA synthetase which is present mostly in the liver and absent in skeletal muscles. This purportedly limits the risk of myalgia and myopathy, which has plagued statin drugs.

The acknowledgement that statin medication causes myalgia and myopathy is refreshing because many studies have dismissed this, as well as many health professionals. That said, when you look at the pre-market studies done for bempedoic acid, there are still causes for concern.

Bempedoic acid can increase uric acid and thus, gout. In one study, muscle spasms, myalgia, pain in extremity, arthralgia, and dizziness lead to the discontinuation of treatment in 7.8% of patients. In another study, there was a very minor incidence of tendon rupture.

The manufacturer suggests bempedoic acid targets lipid and glucose metabolism, as well as inflammation. Thus, decreased cholesterol, triglycerides, C-reactive protein, apolipoprotein B, lipoprotein(a), fibrinogen, interleukin-6, improved insulin sensitivity, glucose metabolism, and metabolic syndrome are possible.

In my opinion, you should wait on trying this medication for at least two years to see if the post-market studies and side effects matches pre-market. If well tolerated, it would be an option to explore if diet and lifestyle modification do not do enough, as well as for those with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.


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