Archives for April 2022

Covid-19 & Health Update: Brain Loss Begins 30 Years Before Symptoms

Hello again everyone: As you know from previous blogs, inflammation causes, perpetuates, or aggravates every known human chronic condition…from brain health to immune capabilities. Thus, it is important to consider that the early signs of Alzheimer’s can begin as early as 30 years before being diagnosed. Did you know that AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) has some estimating that it is the third leading cause of death…or that half of those that reach 85 will have dementia? If you are a baby boomer, your rates are expected to triple? AD is known to have a significant inflammatory component that has multiple drivers that at some point are mediated through the immune system. As you know, as of today there is no official treatment for AD. We know a lot about it, and the area that has the greatest success has been shown to be functional medicine approaches. These are comprehensive lifestyle ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Inflammatory Foods Increase Dementia Risk

Hello everyone:  As you know, I have consistently said that inflammation causes, perpetuates, or aggravates every known human ailment, and that includes dementias of all types. Previous blogs have directed you to lists of pro or anti-inflammatory foods, cookbooks, supplements and more to allow you to get in on the ground floor of this anti-inflammatory movement. Now we can add that as part of a comprehensive individualized protocol, the anti-inflammatory food plan is a definite must. Background and Objectives:                Aging is characterized by a functional shift of the immune system toward a proinflammatory phenotype. This derangement has been associated with cognitive decline and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of dementia. Diet can modulate systemic inflammation; thus, it may be a valuable tool to counteract the associated risk for cognitive ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Pesticides Prematurely Age Immune Function

Hello again: Here we share some information that chronic exposure to multiple low-level pesticides (which mimics real life) results in a prematurely aged, unbalanced and inefficient immune system. These articles acknowledge that “The general population is chronically exposed to multiple environmental contaminants such as pesticides. We have previously demonstrated that human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) exposed in vitro to low doses of a mixture of seven common pesticides showed a permanent phenotype modification with a specific induction of an oxidative stress-related senescence. (premature aging and thus immune-incompetent).” They went on to conclude: “Our results show common characteristics of an aged tissue induced by exposure to a mixture of pesticides, long culture and to some extent MSCs from aging donor, suggesting that accelerated cellular ... Read more

Covid-10 & Health Information: Updates on Sleep, Belly Fat and Alcohol

Hello everyone:  I got a lot of feedback regarding my last blogs on sleep and alcohol, so just to give some pushback to the pushback I received, I want to share these two articles with you. Here are the fundamentals: Even very light alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared with not drinking at all, and the risk increases exponentially as alcohol intake rises, even at moderate levels, a new study shows. A controlled study of sleep-deprived young adults has provided the first causal evidence linking the lack of sleep to abdominal obesity and harmful visceral, or ... Read more