From eNewsletter 9/15/2021
DID YOU KNOW that B-vitamins play a role in preventing osteoporosis? Moreover, genetic polymorphisms (defects) affecting absorption of B-vitamins is critical to know at an early age when bone density formation is most important. A new study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms that genetic polymorphisms of the absorption gateways for vitamins B-12, B-6, and folate may adversely affect bone density if not addressed. How do you remedy this issue?
You must perform a genetic screening, such as our Pure Genomics screening. All genes cited in this study are screened for in our panel. Doing this at an early age is best, but is still very helpful for all age groups.
If there are one or multiple polymorphisms of B-12, B-6, and folate genes, there are supplemental sources that circumvent genetic defects to assure absorption.
To track how you are absorbing these B-vitamins throughout life, two serum tests should be performed whenever you get a physical: homocysteine and methylmalonic acid.
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 13th.
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.
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Steve and Bonnie: We encourage you to read this wonderful piece explaining why immunity from mRNA vaccines last longer than many think, and especially longer than what the media is portraying. Specifically, this makes the impending "boosters for all" look like bad advice. Probiotics Low bacterial diversity and depletion of Bifidobacterium either before or after infection led to reduced adverse immune function, thereby allowing SARS-CoV-2 infection to become symptomatic, according to a study from Medrxiv. This particular dysbiosis pattern may be a susceptibility marker for severe symptoms from SARS-CoV-2 infection and may be amenable to pre-, intra-, or post infection intervention. COVID-19 Risk for Fully Vaccinated How small are the chances of the average vaccinated American contracting COVID-19? Probably about one in 5,000 per day, and even lower for people who take precautions or live in a highly vaccinated community, according to statistics from three places that have reported detailed data on COVID-19 infections by vaccination status: Utah; Virginia; and King County, which includes Seattle, in Washington state. Why You Don't Want to Get Severe COVID-19 Compared with mild disease, researchers in Allergy observed strong perturbations of T cell homeostasis and function in severe COVID-19. Extensive T cell death was particularly evident with severe disease, which in turn was accompanied by impaired T cell responses to several other common viral antigens. So if you haven't had COVID-19 yet, the vaccine can prevent severe disease. In individuals who had severe COVID-19, one mRNA vaccine has shown to "reboot" T cell function, which is why many "long haulers' feel better almost immediately after getting the vaccine. Is A Simple T Cell Test Finally Here? T cells are a critical part of the immune response against SARS-CoV-2, but they are much harder to detect and measure. In a study from Journal of Clinical Investigation, the test, called Cytokine Release Assay (CRA), reliably identified and quantified specific T cells present in the blood of people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection. Repurposing this test to fast-track the evaluation of T-cell responses has been licensed to Hyris, an innovation-based biotechnology company, which will leverage its Hyris SystemTM to further develop this rapid SARS-CoV-2 T-cell test for clinical use globally. Anaphylaxis Allergy from mRNA Vaccine According to a study from JAMA Network Open, the rate of allergic reactions to the Pfizer vaccine is about 2% higher among patients with a history of high-risk allergies. The study suggests that these patients can be safely immunized by using an algorithm that can be implemented in different medical facilities and includes a referral center, a risk assessment questionnaire, and a setting for immunization under medical supervision of highly allergic patients. One Reason Why Kids Do Not Getting Severe COVID on Average Scientists have been scrambling to find out why children are far less susceptible to severe COVID-19. One reason may be that the MMR and Tdap vaccines lessen COVID-19 severity. According to two studies from Med and Nature Communications, it's possible that they elicit cross-reactive memory T cells capable of responding to protein targets called antigens that are present in other microbes that cause diseases, including the viral antigens in SARS-CoV-2. The concept is that pre-existing memory T cells generated by prior MMR or Tdap vaccination and activated by SARS-CoV-2 infection give the immune system a head start in responding to SARS-CoV-2, thereby lowering the risk of severe COVID-19. Miscarriage Risk From mRNA Vaccine In the first study to evaluate miscarriage from pregnant women who received the mRNA vaccine, researchers publishing in JAMA found no increased risk of miscarriage.