Tamp Down the Sweet Stuff
From eNewsletter 1/3/2022
DID YOU KNOW that right now would be a great time to stop consuming artificial sweeteners, and sugar for that matter? Here are the many reasons we gleaned from new research. Aspartame, sold under the brands Nutrasweet and Equal, accelerate cancer cell proliferation, according to a study from Food and Chemical Toxicology. Saccharin (Sweet'n Low), aspartame, and sucralose (Splenda) cause a “breakdown in communication” among gut bacteria, changing the microbiome and potentially increasing the risk of disease, according to a study from the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Sucralose actually causes the brain to experience more food cravings than normal sugary beverages, according to findings in a JAMA Network Open. A study from Molecular Nutrition & Food Research appear to corroborate a link between artificial sweeteners and impaired metabolism and oxidative stress, which can exacerbate cognitive decline. And if you thought plain old sugar was any better, let us temper that enthusiasm. A study from Frontiers in Neuroscience found that long-term overconsumption of sugar starting at adolescence produces persistent hyperactivity and neurocognitive deficits in adulthood. You know what does not cause any of the aforementioned? Organic stevia (not blended with anything else), inulin, and organic monk fruit (not blended with anything else).
Food Intolerance Blood Draw Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:
One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - 1/22/22 and 2/12/2
Tue, Wed, TH 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook
Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.
Text Us If It Is Convenient! We encourage text messages at (847) 498-3422.
UPDATE - Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document at this link was updated January 3rd.
Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. 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. See 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 2.0 (updated November 2021) 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 2.0 Action Plan for purchase, or free to paid members here, can bring measurable improvement.
Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky
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The best way we can achieve our goals for hope, optimism, stability, and the exciting things that are in store for the world post-pandemic, is to do as much as we can to stay mentally and physically optimal. Here's what we suggest: MENTAL WELL-BEING Getting between six and eight hours of sleep is a great place to start for optimum mental function. If you feel down mentally or anxiety-ridden, there are many ways to right this. One way to get out of your head is to ask yourself how you can contribute to the world. 40 years of research, culminated in a major study from Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, states that acts of willingly helping others can satisfy all three of the basic psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Autonomy means that you can engage in activities in which you feel true volition and find personal value. Competence means feeling effective and having a sense of accomplishment. Finally, relatedness means working with and feeling connected to others. The foremost psychology experts believe we should also be optimizing mental health instead of treating mental illness. Mental health problems are part of the human experience and exist on a spectrum. Psychoses benefit from medication, but for most people with mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, the psychosocial model is more appropriate than the biomedical model. This is why we do not recommend medication as your first-line therapy. There are other therapies that are good not just for mental health, but your overall health. These include genetic wellness screening, talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), meditation, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, spiritual or religious adherence, and targeted mental health nutraceuticals. Magnesium, which we fondly call "nature's valium," is essential for optimal mental health. Daily recommended value is 350 mg. for women and 400 mg. for men. PHYSICAL WELL-BEING If you have gained weight or stopped adhering to your optimal eating style, don't feel down about it. As a client, you already have the fundamentals we outlined for you to get back on track. If you need a refresh or helpful boost, we are here for you. You should still adhere to the immune support guidelines we outlined for you as far back as January 2020. These are critical for getting you through the darker times of winter and spring, as well as the recent COVID-19 infection spike. Even though many of our clients have one or more comorbidities that greatly increase their risk for severe COVID-19, there have been very few cases. Refer to our Prevent and Treat Coronavirus 2.0 for details. Finding and adhering to whichever method of physical activity works best for you is paramount. It is also important to stay within the confines of what your body can handle. Those starting exercise routines in the new year tend to overdo it, which can lead to injury, or overtly stress to your body, which causes your immune system to be depressed. At this time, there is no reason to be a weekend warrior or perform two hour workout routines every day unless you make a living doing it. By doing the aforementioned, you are contributing to yourself and the world in positive ways. And we are here for you if you need help achieving one or all of these.