Vitamin C: Stunning Discovery
From eNewsletter 9/2/2020
DID YOU KNOW that in addition to helping prevent/treat COVID-19, vitamin C could be a key to better muscle mass later in life? According to a study from The Journal of Nutrition, older people who had the consumed the most vitamin C foods and supplements, and who had optimal levels, had the best muscle mass. Loss of muscle mass, or sarcopenia, is one of the major maladies affecting older persons, leading to frailty. People over 50 lose up to one percent of their muscle mass each year, so having optimal vitamin C levels is essential. STEVE'S COVID-19 MONOGRAPH POSTED ON ANA'S WEBSITE! American Nutrition Association (ANA), the most prestigious nutrition organization in the United States because you need a minimum of a masters degree to be a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), posted Steve's COVID-19 Condition Monograph this week at this ANA Community Resources link. Congrats Steve!
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. For detailed advice about conventional, as well as integrative treatments, read Steve Minsky's COVID-19 Condition Monograph. WE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 LABOR DAY You can still place orders at our website, by email, or phone and we will fulfill them Tuesday, September 8th.
Steve and Bonnie: Here's the latest research since last week we thought you would be interested in!
Centenarian Sisters Beat Spanish Flu and COVID-19 107 year-old Anna Del Priore beat the Spanish Flu when she was just six years old. Now, more than 100 years later, she's successfully recovered from COVID-19. Turns out, good health may be in Del Priore's genes. Her younger sister, 105-year-old Helen Guzzone, also successfully beat both COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu! Humidity Tamps Down Outdoor and Indoor SARS-CoV-2 Transmission As many parts of the world enter the cold months, it means less humidity. One thing you want to prioritize for your domicile and workplace is to have a humidifier. Six recent studies have shown that humidity can slow down viruses, SARS-CoV-2 included. If you cannot install a whole-house/office humidifier, make sure you buy a humidifier for the room you spend the most time in during the day, and move it into your bedroom at night. Recent studies on the effect humidity has on neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 appeared in Geographical Analysis, Medrxiv, Biorxiv, and Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. Medication Effects on COVID-19 Severity Many of you have been wondering if your medications harm or help you with regards to COVID-19 severity. Until recently, we have not had many answers. At least where blood pressure medications are concerned, several studies have now shown they may be protective and lessen severity. This would make sense because blood pressure meds downregulate ACE2 activity. The studies appeared in Current Atherosclerosis Reports, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and Medxriv. Hydroxychloroquine or Remdemisvir? As more data comes out about these two medications that have dominated media coverage, the clearer the picture becomes. At this point, if used properly (which means prescribed with zinc), hydroxychloroquine seems effective at reducing hospital deaths. If used improperly, it has no effect and may cause more damage. Remdemisvir seems to help patients mildly, but has also exhibited major side effects. Studies for both medications appeared in JAMA Network Open, Medrxiv, and European Journal of Internal Medicine. Immunity Update What confusing messages we get from public health professionals and the media! Unfortunately, there is good reason for this, because how one responds to SARS-CoV-2 exposure varies widely, thus conferring different immune responses. The prevailing data still has only found that robust immunity lasts about three months, but this does not mean your immune system forgets everything it has learned from SARS-CoV-2. If you had COVID-19 in the past, if you've been exposed to a small amount of SARS-CoV-2, or if in the past, have had the common cold from coronavirus cousins of SARS-CoV-2, you will have a degree of immunity that allows you to better fight COVID-19 the next time. Eventually, we will fight SARS-CoV-2 like any common infection, but the impact of its severity is still dependent upon the very same things we have suggested for preventing any infection: stress management, optimal diet and exercise, adequate sleep, and nutrient supplementation. Studies for this segment came from The National Institutes of Health, Cell, and Medrxiv. Vitamin D and Endocrine System A study in Journal of the Endocrine Society, when referring to the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the endocrine system, states "Vitamin D deficiency appears to be associated with increased susceptibility or severity to SARS-CoV-2 infection, and replacement may improve outcomes." This is a very conservative journal that eschews anything considered integrative!
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