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Time-Restricted Feeding, Caloric Restriction

From eNewsletter 6/8/2020

DID YOU KNOW that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in grilled or smoked meat and fishery products are carcinogenic (cancer-causing)? According to a study in the July issue of issue of Food and Chemical Toxicity, there are ways to drastically limit your exposure to PAHs as we enter grilling season. The results showed that PAHs reduction strategies can be applied either before (or during) grilling or smoking or after grilling or smoking (removal methods). Before grilling or smoking, use of marinade, preheating of products, appropriate fuel (gas as opposed to charcoal or wood), filter, collection system of juice and fat (to avoid them dripping directly onto the flame) are the main strategies which can be applied. Also, never cook the products to char (the black charcoal looking stuff). After grilling or smoking, the methods consist of washing the surface of smoked or grilled products with hot water (140 degrees Fahrenheit). ZINC LOZENGES Over last few months, we've had myriad requests to carry zinc lozenges. We have procured a shipment of our preferred product, Nature's Way Organic Sambucus Elderberry Zinc Lozenges, and are available for purchase. 


Please indulge us if you already read this. There may be some who have not. 

While many states are well into the re-opening process, other states like Illinois are starting to re-open now. We feel an obligation to make sure you are able to withstand any viral insult as optimally as possible. Here are our suggestions:

  • Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. We don't know how virulent SARS-CoV-2 will be this summer and if there will be a second COVID wave during fall and winter. Besides, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There is influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. If you have not read Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0, please do.

  • When in public, take protective steps that make you feel comfortable, while still abiding by your state mandate. Some of you will do the bare minimum. Others will take extreme measures. Whatever you need to do to feel comfortable when you are out in public is most important. As there is still so much unknown about SARS-CoV-2, there is no right or wrong way. Being mentally comfortable is most important.

  • If you are immunosuppressed, diabetic, hypertensive, obese, have multiple comorbities (high risk conditions), smoke, or are older, take extra precautions when venturing in public. The overwhelming percentage of COVID-related deaths have occurred in these groups. When in doubt, stay at home, aside from getting your outdoor time/exercise of course.

Viruses reinvent themselves, always trying to stay a step ahead. Human genes are painfully slow to change. To think that there will be a miracle in the near future does not align with human history. Hence, the best way we can fight as a collective society against these ever-changing foes is to focus inward. The healthier we are, the better our ability to minimize the damage caused by viral insults.

We hope that you leading by example will allow those close to you become more accountable for their own wellness.

Finally, thank you for continuing to do your part. The positive actions that thousands of you have taken since this pandemic began is truly stunning. You have helped move the wellness needle further into positive territory.

Do not get complacent and continue to be vigilant!