Archives for August 2021

Covid-19 & Health Update: Food, Inflammation & Chronic Disease Link

Hey everyone: Why do I keep giving you information about food? Perhaps you do not need it, however, at least 70% of our citizens do. So, please pass along this information and reduce the potential misery and suffering of your family, friends, community, and planet! “Chronic illnesses and health problems either wholly or partially attributable to diet account for the largest burden of chronic illnesses and health problems Worldwide. These diseases (e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia etc.) are epidemic in modern societies and typically afflict 50–65% of the adult population, yet they are rare or non-existent in hunter-gatherers and other less Westernized people.”  “What the World needs is an integrated and sustainable food policy that makes the best and most appropriate use of the technologies at our disposal to promote ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Inflammation Clock can Reveal Biological Age

Hey there everyone: As you know, inflammation causes, aggravates, or perpetuates virtually every human illness. On top of that, inflammation is primarily an immune event, i.e., the immune system controls, coordinates and regulates virtually all the inflammatory processes that occur within us. Scientists are beginning to look at our inflammatory burden as one of the primary drivers of aging that can be measured. The more our non-purposeful inflammation is under control and well managed, the healthier we are and the longer we live. Purposeful inflammation is part of the process that keeps us healthy, and it waxes and wanes as needed and does not linger. For example, if we get a cut on our hand, it will turn red, get warm, swell, and hurt…the classical signs of purposeful inflammation because inflammation is the first component of all healing and repair. This inflammation will usually ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: US Dietary Patterns Impair Immune Function

Hello once again everyone: We all know that alongside the pandemic of Covid-19, there is a pandemic of chronic disease that creates comorbidities, and it is this combination that is killing our country and other parts of the world. Here is a paper that outlines how the Standard American Diet (SAD) contributes to alterations in immune competence through changes in our gut immune system and gut microbiome. Here are some quotes from the two links below that are both about the same study: “Eating a Western diet impairs the immune system in the gut in ways that could increase risk of infection and inflammatory bowel disease, according to a study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Cleveland Clinic.  The study, in mice and people, showed that a diet high in sugar and fat causes damage to Paneth cells, immune cells in the ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Diet & Nutrition During the Pandemic

Hello again: Here is a paper detailing the known fact that an optimal immune response to any infectious insult is required to keep infections at bay. This is really straightforward information about a vital topic considering that diet is a primary contributor to overall health, future risk for disease, as well as adequate immune response and a lower inflammatory burden. Here are the basics from the abstract: “The coronavirus-disease 2019 (COVID-19) was announced as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Challenges arise concerning how to optimally support the immune system in the general population, especially under self-confinement. An optimal immune response depends on an adequate diet and nutrition in order to keep infection at bay. For example, sufficient ... Read more