From eNewsletter 10/14/2020
DID YOU KNOW that according to a recent survey of 1,000 Americans who were asked about the most stressful events in their life, researchers say moving was selected most often by respondents (45%)? Following close behind is getting divorced or going through a breakup (44%). Other top stressors include getting married (33%), having children (31%), starting one's first ever job (28%), and switching careers (27%). Rounding out the top ten: sending a child to college (26%), starting college themselves (22%), dating someone new (10%), and getting a pet (7%). So, if moving is so stressful, why do people still pack up and uproot their lives? Many (19%) did so for a new job, while others (16%) had to for a job relocation. Another 13% say they were motivated to move so they would be closer to their family. COVID-19 Condition Monograph Update For those interested in getting into the "nitty gritty" of COVID-19, Steve has updated his COVID-19 Condition Monograph. Updates include research on risk for pregnant and nursing women, new inflammatory hypotheses, whey protein, and myriad new references (197 and counting) for the nutrients you know and love! COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Continue with extra immune support until summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon. 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. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol.
Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
Steve and Bonnie: New research that you need to be aware of!
Zinc Deficiency New research presented at the 2020 ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease suggests that lower levels of plasma zinc are associated with poorer survival outcomes in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Having a plasma zinc level lower than 50mcg/dl at admission was associated with a 2.3 times increased risk of in-hospital death compared with the patients with a plasma zinc level of 50mcg/dl or higher. Higher zinc levels were associated with lower maximum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), an inflammatory cytokine, during the period of active infection. New Developments at the CDC Last week, the CDC stated that people who are merely overweight, not just obese, may be at high risk of serious disease from the coronavirus infection. After adding and removing the statement several times, the CDC stated that people with COVID-19 may infect others who are more than 6 feet away through what's called airborne transmission, small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. This is why indoor or enclosed spaces have such a higher rate of transmission. Low LDL Cholesterol and Mortality Risk A new study in Medrxiv found that those hospitalized with the lowest levels of LDL cholesterol had a higher risk of death due to increased inflammation. While this seems counterintuitive, metabolically it makes sense. We have said for a while now that very low cholesterol opens one up more to infection. This is why one must be careful with how much statin one is taking, so one's LDL does not get too low. Vitamin D's Effect on COVID Explained After another positive study about vitamin D appeared last week in Medrxiv, especially for certain minorities, we thought we would share an explanation from famous researcher, Dr. Gareth Davies of Imperial College in London: "If vitamin D levels are high, the innate immune system is st