Archives for September 2021

Covid-19 and Health Update: Vitamin D Remains Essential

Hello everyone: As the summer winds down, we will not be getting as much sun and our Vitamin D status will slowly erode. This is not a good scenario anytime but is especially not a good thing during a viral pandemic. A new study just released Aug. 31, 2021 reported that lower Vitamin D levels predisposed us to increased risk of developing severe Covid-19…here is what the authors conclude: Conclusion: Vitamin D status may play a significant role in developing severe COVID-19 infection. In this study low vitamin D status was associated with higher risk of all-cause mortality in COVID-19 positive patients. There is a plausible anti-inflammatory biological mechanism supporting the protective role of vitamin D in COVID-19 severity. Further research is needed in this area, in the form of randomized control trials, to determine whether there is a cause-effect relationship between low ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Exercise Improves Vaccination Results

Hello everyone: In this blog, I want to emphasize how exercise can improve our health during this pandemic and beyond. Exercise causes many effects, but I am focusing on how muscle impacts immune function. As we exercise and use our muscles, they secrete different chemicals, and some are called myokines. This class of chemical signaling agents trigger multiple beneficial effects throughout the body, and if our exercise is not chronically high intensity, it will lower inflammation. As you know, inflammation causes, aggravates, or perpetuates all human ailments. If we have a background chronic inflammatory burden, our immune function is impaired and creates a comorbidity that can possibly make viral infections more damaging. “Vaccination programs, although feted for success in reducing infectious disease morbidity and mortality, are limited by vaccine efficacy, which is ... Read more