COVID-19: Stress-Induced Immune Dysregulation Is Real

Hello again everyone: Stress, especially chronic activation of the stress response system, has been shown to cause immune dysregulation and dysfunction to the point that it can suppress the wings of the immune system that fight off infections, and at the same time make things like allergies and autoimmune conditions worse. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan_Godbout2/publication/5806651_Stress-Induced_Immune_Dysregulation_Implications_for_Wound_Healing_Infectious_Disease_and_Cancer/links/5536a2470cf2058efdea9047.pdf Abstract: The communication between the central nervous system and the immune system occurs via a complex network of bidirectional ... Read more

COVID-19 Update: Its Not Over Until Its Over! e.g., Don’t Stop Now!

Hello everyone: This newsletter is a cautionary warning, and that is that this pandemic is likely to last for at least another 6 to 10 months, with some estimates of up to 2 years. This means that we all need to keep being vigilant with our health. In the last couple of newsletters/blogs that I have posted, I was speaking about the Elephant In The Room, which represents our pre-existing health status if/when we get ill. In that regard, the fact that our overall health is a major factor as to whether we get this virus, how serious it may be for each of us, and how well and fast we might recover, and if we have any long term residual health problems from such an illness…it becomes paramount to use this crisis as an opportunity to make steps to become optimally healthy. In other words, if you thought that it is too late to put efforts into upgrading your overall health, please think ... Read more

CΟVID-19 UPDATE: Nutrition and Immune Strength, More Evidence of Need

Hello again everyone: As this pandemic moves along, there are many people behind the scenes doing research on how to help us survive and thrive. Unfortunately, this does not make the evening news, even though it could make all the difference in how your system handles this virus. Read more

COVID-19 Update: What You Eat Could Make or Break Your Immune System

Hello everyone: As you know, we have been talking about the Elephant In The Room, and this means that the Elephant (how healthy and resilient we are) needs to be super strong if we are to avoid SARS-CoV-2 infection and/or keep the infection as mild as possible. In the medical literature, there are hundreds of papers on the role of nutrition/diet and optimal/excellent immune response and regulation or poor/inadequate immune function. Here is a great paper on the Standard American Diet (SAD) and immune function: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4074336/ Here are several highlights: “The Western diet is characterized by a high intake of saturated and omega-6 fatty acids, reduced omega-3 fat intake, an overuse of salt, and too much refined sugar [Read more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Importance of Keeping Vitamin D Optimized                    

Hello once again: I know that previously in my very first COVID-19 blog, I mentioned that Vitamin D was a crucial component of your supportive care routine during the rise and fall of this pandemic, and I want to re-emphasize this point. Why? In this article the authors review findings that showed that those with the lowest Vit. D levels had the worst outcomes and more serious COVID-19 infections. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/5/1359/htm Abstract: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with a clinical outcome ranging from mild to severe, including death. To date, it is unclear why some patients develop severe symptoms. Many authors have suggested the involvement of vitamin D in reducing the risk of infections; thus, we ... Read more

COVID-19 Update : Exercise as Medicine Addendum

Hello again to everyone: Last newsletter I started the conversation with these words: We talked about the elephant in the room, which is that everyone agrees that your pre-existing health status has everything to do with if you get COVID-19, how severe it may be, and how long it may last…yet no one talks about how to improve your health/pre-existing condition…unfortunately, no one is talking about how to increase resiliency and wellness as a component of prevention and recovery. Today, I found this paper that strongly re-enforces what I went over last time. In fact, this paper does it so well and so much better, that I thought it was important to share this with you. Read more

Face Coverings and the Governor’s Mandate

Hello again: Here is an update from the Virginia Chiropractic Association regarding face masks and the Governor's mandate you need to be aware of: "According to Ms. Tai Maynard of the Virginia Department of Health earlier today regarding Governor Northam’s Executive Order #63:

  • Doctors’ offices ARE included in what the governor refers to as 'public spaces.' It is expected that the doctor and employees will wear face coverings.
  • Patients are considered 'patrons' in the governor’s EO, so they are required to wear face coverings, too.
From the EO, the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to following: 1. While eating or drinking; 2. Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment; 3. Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without ... Read more

COVID-19 : Recovery & Prevention

Hello again everyone: Last week we talked about the elephant in the room, which is that everyone agrees that your pre-existing health status has everything to do with if you get COVID-19, how severe it may be, and how long it may last…yet no one talks about how to improve your health/pre-existing condition…unfortunately, no one is talking about how to increase resiliency and wellness as a component of prevention and recovery. Well, here is something you can do now to improve your immune health as well as your overall health: Read more

COVID-19 Update: The Elephant In The Room

Hello again everyone: The elephant in the room that very few seem to recognize is all about your health status before you get sick. Conditions such as asthma, allergies, smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, being overweight, diabetes and pre-diabetes, sedentary lifestyles, heart conditions, high blood pressure, liver disease, persistent high stress, lack of sleep, being older, living in nursing homes, poor nutritional status, etc. are all being mentioned as pre-existing conditions that can severely worsen your outcome if you become ill with COVID-19, or any other viral or bacterial illness for that matter. The CDC stated: “Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.” While all of this is being mentioned, no one seems to be ... Read more

COVID-19: More on Supportive/Adjuvant Treatments: Focus on Melatonin

Hello once again everyone: We all hope that you are doing well and living a supportive/preventive lifestyle while we all endure this pandemic crisis. Here is some more information that you can use to improve your immune and overall health. As you are probably aware, when a corona virus infected individual goes into a ‘cytokine storm’ is when things get life-threatening, so strategies that may possibly mitigate such an event are worthy of consideration. It is not a long article and worth the read, but here are some quotes from the article that seem the most pertinent: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7102583/ Selected quotes from this article: “This article summarizes the likely benefits of melatonin in the attenuation of COVID-19 based on its putative pathogenesis.” Melatonin, a ... Read more