Archives for January 2022

Covid-19 & Health Update: Exercise, Inflammation, Immunity and Goldilocks

Hello again everyone: The title of this blog refers to the fact that just the right amount of exercise will boost the immune system and that too much exercise can be immune-suppressive. In other words, we need to get it right especially during this pandemic. There are many articles on this phenomenon so here are a few quotes from these two links: During exercise, no matter acute or chronic, there exists a marked difference in the circulating levels of immune cells and other factors that have immunomodulatory effects by influencing leukocyte (white blood cells) trafficking and functions. The effects of exercise on the normal functioning of the immune system have been widely agreed to be profound.  Data accumulated from preclinical experiments have demonstrated that exercise can directly regulate the immune system and has the potential to indirectly regulate ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Exercise as Medicine During the Pandemic

Hello again friends:  As I recover from Covid, I had some time to think about what I might have done differently regarding prevention and recovery strategies. As a normal part of my lifestyle, I routinely perform around 4 hours of yoga every week. After doing a bit of research, I think I will add a bit more exercise. Here is why I think that this information is critical for all of us, and especially those of us over 50 as this demographic was the hardest hit by Covid-19 and its variants: “Physical exercise is seen as the main ally for health promotion, preventing and protecting the organism from several diseases. Additionally, it is well-established that the practice of physical exercise is essential for well-being in the elderly population.   Recently, the world population started the confrontation against (COVID-19), which today is the most significant ... Read more

COVID-19 and Health Update : Food and Immune Health

Hey again: There is a growing body of literature that supports certain dietary patterns that will reduce inflammation and increase immune function. This is important because most conditions that kill or disable us are what are called ‘long-latency’ illnesses. This means that for most of us, it takes many years of poor eating to create diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, dementia, high blood pressure, overweight or obesity, etc. We also know that if you have these pre-existing conditions your risk of severe Covid is much higher due to the low-grade chronic inflammation burden that comes with these conditions. This inflammation has negative effects on immune function that then acts as one of the underlying co-morbidities that drives the pandemic. Here is some info from MD Anderson Cancer Center: “But there is one diet that is consistently proven, over more than Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Get Ready!!!

Hey everyone: Here is a sample of this week’s headlines: Don’t Be Surprised When You Get Omicron The Pandemic of the Vaccinated is Here New Omicron Studies Help Explain Why the Variant is Mild but Spreads Fast Read more

Covid-19 and Health Update: Health is True Wealth

Happy New Year everyone! As we head into this year, there is a sense of hope that things will finally begin to approach a much more normal routine. One of the things that is widely recognized as the major fuel to this pandemic is the state of health of our nation. Specifically, the experts are referring to the pre-existing lack of health that exists across the globe and in the U.S.A. that has made the pandemic so much worse. “But the elephant in the room is that the baseline general health in many western populations were already in a horrendous state to begin with. In the UK and USA more than 60% of adults are overweight or obese. How is this relevant to COVID-19? It is well known in the medical literature that excess body fat induces immune dysregulation and chronic inflammation which is directly linked to the cytokine storm that is responsible for Acute ... Read more