The New York Times Said What? "Self-Care for the Next Wave."
From eNewsletter 8/25/2021
DID YOU KNOW that vitamin D sufficiency in a large group of American military recruits significantly reduced their upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) burden during military training? Only 21% of the recruits had sufficient vitamin D levels, but their sufficiency was rewarded as they had 36% less risk of URTI.
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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.
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Steve and Bonnie: "We hope this period in history will lead to a new renaissance. One in which each of us will take better ownership of our wellness. There is no better time to discuss this with any loved one or friend who needs to be reminded of this." Those words appeared in our March 18, 2020 eNewsletter, right as the pandemic was taking hold. It has taken until now for the media to realize this...Hallelujah! We couldn't believe our eyes when we read the following headlines last week: "Self-Care for the Next Wave." - New York Times "Science Can't Keep Up With the Virus." - Bloomberg "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Simple Steps for Coexisting With the Coronavirus." - CNN Now, if we could get our health and political officials to follow suit, we'll really be on our way! No Clue How Many "Breakthrough" Infections There Are Breakthrough infection is a term used for fully vaccinated persons who contract COVID-19. On May 1st of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking COVID-19 in vaccinated people, unless the illness was severe enough to cause hospitalization or death. While vaccines still reduce risk of getting infection, albeit less so with the delta variant, more importantly they shield us against the worst outcomes. A Wall Street Journal article found that of the states they surveyed, only 0.1% of the more than 136 million fully vaccinated people in those states and the Washington D.C. had breakthrough infections that led to hospitalization or death. The total number of breakthrough cases is much higher, but we'll never know how many. Link Between "Long COVID" and Epstein-Barr Reactivation Two recently published studies from the National Institutes of Health indicate Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation may play a role both in the development of long COVID symptoms, as well as severe COVID-19 cases. They found over 73% of COVID-19 patients who were experiencing long Covid symptoms were also positive for EBV reactivation. Many do not even know they have EBV, a type of herpes virus that stays latent in the body until extreme forms of stress can reactivate it. Irrigate Nasal Passages With Saline A study from Medrxiv followed patients who initiated isotonic saline nasal irrigation after a positive COVID-19 PCR test and found they were 19 times less likely to be hospitalized than the national rate. Drugstores sell nasal saline irrigation sprays. Just make sure you purchase ones without thimerosal, which is a mercury ingredient. Why Testing for Immunity Makes No Sense Many clients have either tested for, or asked us about COVID-19 immunity tests. We have been, and continue to be, steadfast in saying that these tests currently have no value. Simply, until there is an approved test that can measure T-cell titers, and not just antibodies, true immunity cannot be accurately assessed. Here is more evidence to support our position. In a new study from Immunity, researchers analyzed the T-cell responses in healthy people who received two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccines. The findings showed that in people with a history of COVID-19, the T-cell response was already robust after the first vaccine dose, with no significant increase after the second dose. This has implications for potential future booster shots, which would not be needed for this group. Those with no history of COVID-19 infection showed much more robust T-cell response after the second dose. The findings underscore the fact that we need to look at T cells, not just antibodies, if we want a complete picture of the vaccine response for those who have not had COIVD-19 and for those who have recovered from the disease. Remdemisvir Fails Again A new study from Medrxiv found Remdesivir is not effective on the outcome of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The start time and duration of the antiviral treatment had no statistically significant association with mortality or ventilation among patients. Ivermectin An analysis from American Journal of Therapeutics based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID-19 have found statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance. Furthermore, results from numerous controlled prophylaxis trials report significantly reduced risks of contracting COVID-19 with the regular use of ivermectin. As we have said consistently, we believe in Ivermectin when prescribed by a medical doctor. We do not recommend using ivermectin purchased at feed stores meant for animals.