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Shingles Shot in the Age of COVID

From eNewsletter 10/3/2022

DID YOU KNOW that daily breath training matches the effectiveness of medication for high blood pressure, according to a study from Journal of the American Heart Association?

If you've seen Steve for a consultation, you may remember him mentioning diaphragmatic breathing for a myriad of maladies, including anxiety, depression, stress, and blood pressure balance, among others.

Also called inspiratory-muscle strength training, the researchers of the study found it can increase blood vessel function by 45%. Subjects took 30 breaths per day for six weeks using a high resistance inspiratory muscle training device. Systolic blood pressure went down by 9mm.

Taking deep, resisted breaths generate same benefits of exercise and physical activity. This therapy is good for all age groups, and can even help athletic performance. Moreover, it is currently being used as a Long COVID therapy.

To all of our Floridian clients who are suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Ian, please know that we are thinking of you and hope that you get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.


Pet Supplements

We now have a dietary supplement line for dogs and cats! ThorneVet has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018).

All ThorneVet supplements we carry are 20% OFF today only!

Pet Support by Coach Care

Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly.

Steve Minsky MS, HWC

The clinician of the future is here now. Steve completed his Masters of Science (MS) with honors in Health and Wellness. As a Health and Wellness Counselor, he will continue to analyze and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More information on Steve's services.

US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Rate Increase

For the second consecutive year, the US Postal Service will be temporarily raising their shipping rates from October 2 until January 22, 2023. For the second consecutive year, we will NOT be temporarily increasing your holiday shipping rates. They will be staying at the current pricing :)

Text Us If It Is Convenient!

We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.

Virus Prevention and Support

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We recommend supporting your immune system year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

or "Long COVID" Action Plan 3.0

Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID" includes symptoms that can last for 12 weeks or more. If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, follow our Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Action Plan 3.0. It is available for purchase here (password: discount2018).

Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion

Warning: Counterfeit, Adulterated Supplements Online

On the internet, especially at Amazon, there is an epidemic of counterfeit, adulterated, and purposely mislabeled dietary supplements. A recent study from JAMA Network Open found that half of immune products analyzed from Amazon had labels that did not match the contents.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue

  • Paid Member Content

  • Well Connect Feature: Relaxation Techniques

  • Recipe du Jour: Rhubarb Apple Crisp

  • Menu Savvy: Stay Well Chicken Broth

  • Brand Buzz: Expanding Towels

  • Intelligently Active: Omega-3's and Football

  • Mental Minute: Histamine and Depression

  • eInspire: Luvvie Ajayi Jones

  • Free Member Content

  • Did You Know?

  • COVID-19 Update

  • October 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Pure Genomics

  • Watch - Tendons & Ligaments

  • Loyalty Program

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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COVID-19 Update

Steve: As it is still the dominant infection affecting our populace, it is incumbent upon me to share with you the latest concerning this insidious COVID-19 epidemic.

Paxlovid Antiviral

We still have serious reservations about you taking Paxlovid if you get COVID-19. Forgetting about the fact that some of our most visible politicians experienced a rebound effect, we have heard horror stories from a few clients who took Paxlovid, only to have COVID-19 come back much worse after stopping it. Moreover, new research from New England Journal of Medicine found no measurable benefit for ages 40-65.

Shingles or Other Live Vaccines

If you recently had COVID-19, or are experiencing lingering effects such as Long COVID, please postpone any live virus vaccinations such as shingles or chicken pox shots. We have several accounts of clients who after the shots, feel like they are relapsing with COVID-19. For those with Long COVID, they complain that their symptoms escalate immediately and insufferably.

COVID-19 Infection May Trigger IBS

This comes as no surprise to us because we have dealt with an inordinate number of new clients coming to us with digestive disorders after contracting COVID-19.

A new study from Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology estimates the prevalence of GI symptoms in COVID-19 patients can be as high as 60%.


Two new studies from Medrxiv laud the benefits of fish oil. One study found that study participants that had taken fish oil supplements habitually over for 12 years had a lower risk of hospital admission and mortality from COVID-19. The second study found that in subjects with the most optimal levels of omega-3 in their blood had a 21% reduced risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to subjects who had the lowest blood levels.


A recent study in Phytotherapy Research listed several phytonutrients that can help protect against severe COVID-19. A few substances cited were curcumin, quercetin, epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC from green tea), and nicotinamide (non-flush source of niacin). If considering one or more of these, please check first with your health professional.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Long COVID-19 patients who received pure oxygen treatments saw improvements to damaged brain tissues and their functional cognition compared to placebo, researchers state in Scientific Reports. Of the numerous benefits hyperbaric oxygen provides for Long COVID patients, “brain fog” is definitely one of them.


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