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  https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2021/12/dont-be-surprised-when-you-get-omicron/359886/ The Pandemic of the Vaccinated is Here https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/12/fully-vaccinated-omicron-infections/620953/?utm_medium=offsite&utm_source=govexec&utm_campaign=govexec 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

Covid-19 & Health Update: Resolution Revolution Time Once Again

Hello again everyone:  Yes, it is once again that time of year when we consider what we can do to improve our life for the coming year. For many of us, that question may be easy to answer: we need to upgrade our food choices and improve our health. However, when we try to find out what the best food plan might be, we are confronted with a bewildering array of dietary programs all claiming to be THE answer, from WW to Jenny Craig to food delivered to the door ready to cook and on and on. What may surprise you is that there is a decent consensus of what constitutes the best all-around food plan and that is the plant-based approach. In my last newsletter and blog, I posted a link (it is also posted below again) where you can read what an army of food scientists have figured out: going plant-based will improve your health and save the planet too. If there was one upgrade to your ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Lifestyle vs. Life Expectancies in the U.S.

Hello everyone:  Merry Christmas to you and sincere best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2022. One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our loves ones, our friends, our community, and the planet (yes…even the planet) is to life a lifestyle that promotes health and wellbeing. The results of this conscious effort lead to improvements in mental and emotional, physical, spiritual, and planetary health. It is an old bit of wisdom that acknowledges the fact that to help others, we must first ourselves be healthy and that health comes from a lifestyle that optimizes multiple domains of life. It is simpler than it sounds. Take a look at this resource: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/epub/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.032047 “BACKGROUND: Americans have a shorter life expectancy ... Read more

Plant-Based vs. Covid…to the Rescue (Again)!

Hello everyone: Here is some new research on diet and Covid-19 outcomes, and once again food plans that are primarily plant-based show real world positive effects on our immune system functionality and outcomes directly related to Covid-19. In other words, this applies to you unless you are already primarily plant based. What this paper adds

  • In 2884 front-line healthcare workers from six countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, USA), individuals who reported following plant-based diets and plant-based diets or pescatarian diets that were higher in vegetables, legumes and nuts, and lower in poultry and red and processed meats, had 73% and 59% lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19, respectively.
  • Plant-based diets or pescatarian diets are healthy dietary patterns, which may be considered for protection against severe COVID-19.
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Multi-Vitamins and Minerals Bolster Brain & Immunity

Hello again everyone: Multi-Vitamins and Minerals are not generally thought of as being hot news, but now we have some science that this combination of nutrients not only slows age-related cognitive aging, but also significantly improves immune function. Check it out: “Taking a daily multivitamin for 3 years is associated with a 60% slowing of cognitive aging, with the effects especially pronounced in patients with cardiovascular (CVD) disease, new research suggests.  The findings "may have important public health implications, particularly for brain health, given the accessibility of multivitamins and minerals, and their low cost and safety," said study investigator Laura D. Baker, PhD, professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.” Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Does Zinc Really Work for Colds?

Hello everyone: I hope that you all have had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday. One thing that I am truly grateful for is information that helps me to live an optimal life, and I am also thankful that I can share this data so that you and your loved ones can also be your best. This especially applies during this pandemic. In case you ever wondered if there is any science behind using zinc as a part of your anti-viral protocols, the answer is a loud yes! “A new study published in BMJ Open adds to the evidence that zinc is effective against viral respiratory infections, such as colds. Use of zinc was also ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Plant Based Gratitude for the Holidays

Hello everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving:  We want to thank everyone for your trust and confidence in our services, plus, we want to express our sincere gratitude to those of you who are continually looking to optimize your health. One of the best ways, and indeed, a foundational approach is through the adoption of a plant-based food plan. More and more science is emerging making this a topic that even mainstream medical newsletters write about…it is finally being realized just how super important food is. Even though Hippocrates is noted to have said “Let food me thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, it has taken a while to catch on. Here is a great article to help get you jump started into a healthier you: The Benefits of Plant-Based Eating “As most health providers understand, nutrition plays a key role in health. In 2012 alone, Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Once Again Plastics In Our Food Makes News

Hey there everyone: Plastics in our foods continues to make news. Only about 10 years ago, those of us that tried to warn everyone about this risk were laughed at. Now, scientists are taking a second look and issuing warnings too. Take a look: “Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to a variety of health problems are abundant in fast foods sold in the United States, such as chicken nuggets, hamburgers, and cheese pizza, new research suggests. The first-of-its-kind study, which measured concentrations of chemicals such as phthalates in foods and gloves from US fast food chains, is also the first to detect the plasticizer DEHT in fast foods.  A class of chemicals used in food packaging and food processing equipment, phthalates such as DEHP and DnBP, can leach out of these items and interfere with hormone production, Edwards said. They are linked ... Read more