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What's Your Post-Pandemic Plan?

From eNewsletter 6/7/2021

DID YOU KNOW it is never early or too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle? Two new studies in those 80 and older and those 3 and under prove it. A new study from PLOS Medicine in adults aged 80 years and older shows that starting to adhere to healthier lifestyle habits even at that advanced age or later is associated with a lower risk of cognitive impairment. A second study from Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that when health workers were trained to promote infant healthy feeding practices to pregnant women, their children consumed less fats and carbohydrates at 3 years of age and had lower measures of body fat at the age of 6. The study is the first to show that the roots for obesity start in the first year of life, after mothers stop breastfeeding.

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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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PREPPING FOR THE FUTURE

Steve and Bonnie: It is paramount that we implement plans for the future. Here are some goals to shoot for.

Short-term

It is critical that we implement dramatic public health preventive measures immediately. Aside from the devastation the pandemic created, there is also research showing that prior to the pandemic, compared to previous generations, members of Generation X and Generation Y showed poorer physical health, higher levels of unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol use and smoking, and more depression and anxiety. If we don't find a way to slow this trend, we are potentially going to see an expansion of morbidity and mortality rates in the United States as these generations get older. Not to mention that we will be even less prepared to fight off future pandemics, as witnessed by the fact that pandemic death rates were 10 times higher in overweight or obese countries like the United States.

COVID-19 also opened the door for us to address a problem that has vexed the medical community for decades: the overtreatment and unnecessary treatment of patients. On one hand, the pandemic caused non-COVID-19 patients who were forced to, or chose to, avoid tests and treatments for various illnesses. On the other hand, in cases in which no harm was done by delays or cancellations, medical experts should reevaluate whether those procedures are truly necessary. Numerous studies have shown that overtreatment causes unnecessary suffering and billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs. One example that has already shown its mettle is at-home colorectal screening versus colonoscopy: the at-home FIT or Cologuard colorectal tests are not only immensely cost-effective, but minimize thousands of side effect/injuries that occur every year from colonoscopies.

Medium-term

As much of America returns to its pre-pandemic ways, infectious-disease experts and an epidemiologists agree that a major surge of COVID-19 is possible this fall and winter. While we do not know for certain, this forecast is partly suspected as the seasonality of the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be the new norm. While cases and deaths will continue to fall in the United States over the summer, the infection rate may rise again in the fall and could be significantly higher by winter. Epidemiologists blame this on falling about 30% short of total vaccination target of 80-85% of the population. In our opinion, the real reason is that most Americans will still be woefully vitamin D deficient. Maintaining optimal vitamin D levels and sticking with your infection prevention protocol is recommended.

Long-term

The real question is how long does immunity last in those who are vaccinated and those who contracted COVID-19 infection? Most experts, including ourselves, agree that we're not going to be in a world free of COVID-19. But even if people don't have 100% or 95% protection against the variants that will probably spread around the world, the illness will not be as bad.