Archives for February 2021

Cross Reactions Between Foods

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Histamine Food Triggers

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Intestinal Permeability

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Nightshade Food Tiggers

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Oxalate Food Triggers

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Salicylate Food Triggers

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Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome

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Covid-19 Update: How Are We to Live in a Climate of Fear? Seek the Truth if Possible.

Hello again: Recently, an article appeared in an online mainstream medical journal with the following title: “From A to Z, Supplements Fail for COVID-19: Neither vitamin C (a.k.a. ascorbic acid) nor zinc pan out in randomized trial”(1) Here is what the report says: “High-dose zinc and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) had no impact on the course of symptoms in patients with mild COVID-19, a randomized trial found. With 50% reduction in symptoms as the primary endpoint, there was no difference in the number of days to reach it whether patients received zinc gluconate, ascorbic acid, both supplements, or neither, reported Milind Desai, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues. All patients also received usual outpatient care. "Based on the current study, these supplements cannot be recommended to reduce symptom morbidity" in patients with mild COVID-19, ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Prevention Remains Essential Plus Summary of Strategies to Reduce Risk

Hello again everyone: There are several reasons why prevention remains an essential part of our lifestyle during this pandemic. One is that optimizing our immune system and lowering any co-morbidity status is thought to enhance the efficacy of the vaccine and possibly lessen the risk for any adverse reactions. The second reason is related to the nature of the vaccine itself. The clinical trials only looked at whether the vaccines will prevent severe disease, not infection, so a vaccinated person could unknowingly pass the virus to you and others. (1,2) That means the vaccine can lower your risk of getting Covid-19 or spreading it yet it is possible to still get Covid-19. It is for these reasons that prevention and optimizing your immune system is critical to the long-term success of our country’s fight to end this pandemic. Along with clean eating, adequate rest, stress reduction ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Zinc Important for Immune Function

Hello friends: As the research continues to pile up, here is some great news about zinc and immune health as it relates to SARS-CoV-2 infections. The authors state (1):

  • Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) had significantly low zinc levels in comparison to healthy controls.
  • Zinc deficient patients developed more complications (70.4% vs 30.0%,p = 0.009).
  • Zinc deficient COVID-19 patients had a prolonged hospital stay (7.9 vs 5.7 days,p = 0.048).
  • In vitro studies have shown that reduced zinc levels favor the interaction of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spike protein and likewise that increased zinc levels inhibit ACE2 expression resulting in reduced viral interaction.
Bottom Line: Make sure you are taking some zinc. In my ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: What You Need to Know About Vaccine Allergic Reactions

Hello again everyone:  I continue to get a lot of questions about the safety and efficacy of the current vaccines available, which are the Pfizer and Moderna offerings. There continue to be several questions that are unanswered because we are so early in the process of Emergency Use Authorization and we do not have the full data that normally arrives with full use authorization. But right now, a safety hazard that is known is that there can be allergic reactions to some component(s) of the vaccine and it seems that everyone acknowledges this fact and all parties are being transparent about it. So, what does that mean for us when it comes to receiving the vaccine? I would refer you to this document from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that they released December 14th, 2020 (1) regarding only the Pfizer vaccine, although it seems that the allergic issues may be ... Read more