Covid-19 Update: Reduce Your Comorbidities Easily

Hello again everyone:  Hope that your Thanksgiving holiday was restful and that you were able to connect with family in a safe way. I am sure that next year will be much more ‘normal’. And as you are all aware, it is our comorbidities that massively increase our risk for infections of all types, including SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, these comorbidities also up the risk for severity, developing long-hauler symptoms, as well as death. Comorbidities are defined as the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions. So, is there anything we can easily do that can significantly increase our health and reduce the severity of any comorbid conditions we might have? As it turns out, we know that one of the greatest comorbidities is the constellation of symptoms and disorders related to dysregulation of insulin, and this includes:

  • Being overweight, especially carrying ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Stay Vigilant

Hello everyone: Some good news this week about the potential for vaccines becoming available soon. While there are still a lot of unanswered questions about these vaccines and possible caveats, it often happens that when people hear of the positive vaccine news, many may let their guard down. This type of reaction seems normal, that is, it has been reported in the medical and psychologic literature before as it relates to situations like we are currently in. In reality, this is absolutely NOT the time to let your guard down. We will continue to need to focus on preventive and protective measures even if the vaccine arrived tomorrow. This is due to the nature of multiple factors:

  • It may take more than a year to get enough vaccine
  • It can take months to know how well the vaccine works.
  • Current studies are on healthy volunteers, we do not know how ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Tough Love Time

Hello everyone:  As this year progresses, the uncertainty, stress, economic burdens, election politics, civil unrest, social distancing, masks, lockdowns and all of the aspects of the pandemic have all added up to make 2020 a remarkably challenging year. In order to reduce this pervasive feeling of disaster all around us, there are steps we can take to at least reduce our risks related to Covid-19 illness. If you are wondering why the U.S. is breaking all world records for infections and death, then you should know that it is no secret that it is the comorbidities that are killing the most people who get Sars-CoV2 infection. Here is what the author of a recent research paper on Covid-19 mortality said: “We have the most comorbid country, probably, in the world, in the most contemporary time in the world. We have the most obese, the most comorbid, the most hospitalized, the most ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: 2nd Wave Preparations Review Summary

Hello friends: “We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.” Jon Kabat-Zinn  Because this pandemic continues to spread, and because we are all still at risk, it absolutely remains critically important that we take steps now to reduce our risk. As you all know, the major risk factor for how seriously ill you become from Sars-CoV-2 is related to your current health status. If you have one or more co-morbidities then your risk of serious illness, even death, as well as long-term organ, neurologic or systemic damage becomes significantly greater. Managing your risk factors could conceivably save your life. In reviewing the current literature, it becomes clear and evident that diet-related health factors are responsible for over 90% of all Covid-19 related mortality. As noted in a previous blog: “With COVID-19, we have not just been fighting a communicable ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Anxiety Solutions

Hello friends: During these incredible times of lockdowns, possible illness, political polarization, social distancing, masks, new rules every week, financial and economic stress…it is no wonder that many of us are suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. Here are some links to insights and self-help things you can do now to lower your stress and anxiety: https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/top-ten-covid-19-anxiety-reduction-strategies Read more

Covid-19 Update: Prepare for the 2nd Wave with Probiotics

Hello Friends: As it turns out, probiotics also have an important role in maintaining immune health. When you have adequate Vitamin D and Zinc, and add some probiotics, you are building a defense that is science backed. The authors provide evidence of how probiotics, along with adequate Vitamin D and Zinc, control viral infections: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7434852/ The authors state: “Currently, there is no vaccine or specific drug for COVID-19. Further, the development of new antiviral presents several challenges and requires a considerable length of time and effort for drug design and validation. Therefore, exploring the repurposing, the use of natural compounds can provide alternatives and can support therapy against COVID-19.” They also state: “Currently, no research ... Read more

COVID-19 Update: Reduce Your Risk for a Possible 2nd Wave 10.19.2020

Hello friends: More and more news is coming out of the scientific and medical community about what things are risky when it comes to this pandemic. The good news is that a major one is a risk that is super simple to lower, and that is once again about Vitamin D status. The main reason that I am going over this once again is that every day I find multiple people are deficient in Vitamin D. When I run labs, it seems that 9 of 10 are low and this is truly alarming given that having adequate Vitamin D status can reduce your risk and severity of contracting Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/88456 “Patients with "likely deficient" vitamin D status had nearly doubled risk of testing positive for COVID-19 versus those with "likely sufficient" ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Masks: It’s Just Not That Simple

Hello everyone:  Here is some good information on a legitimately confusing subject: do masks really work at all? Turns out that the answer is yes, they are useful and a part of what we all need to do during this pandemic. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02801-8?utm_campaign=Chris%20Kresser%20General%20News&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=97014059&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--HhYi8BRKZF3SDYQPsAnbKttt808Sd_dLc1rMn_ZNhFP2tRY4DiUi47l7rMqzq2yI2J2v0YLlaRw7ED-ixq7RY3fgqeg&utm_content=97014059&utm_source=hs_email A good summary of how confusing it is to pull the data ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Food as Medicine is Fundamental

Hello again one and all: In case you are not eating as good as you might be, or should be, here is some information from Harvard University on how food can impact our immune system: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2020/04/01/ask-the-expert-the-role-of-diet-and-nutritional-supplements-during-covid-19/  “We have known for a long time that nutrition is intricately linked to immunity and to the risk and severity of infections. Poorly nourished individuals are at a greater risk of various bacterial, viral, and other infections. Conversely, chronic or severe infections lead to nutritional disorders or ... Read more

Covid-19 Update: Time to Rethink Your Menu

Hello again to everyone: As you have read before in these blogs, food impacts our health and immune system dramatically and a healthy diet is a necessity to survive this pandemic as well as live an optimal and disease-free life. It is only just recently that the medical world is starting to pay a little attention to prevention, health and supportive strategies to reduce risk and/or severity of possible Sars-CoV-2 infection. One of my favorite physicians, Robert Lustig, MD and professor of pediatric endocrinology at U. of California, has some very accurate things to share: https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2020/04/22/Coronavirus-and-obesity-Doctors-take-aim-at-food-industry-over-poor-diets# "I've heard COVID-19 referred to as a beast, ... Read more