Saturday, April 17, 2021

Does It Pay to Take Vitamins?

This is a question that can lead to some heated responses. There is so much influence by the pharmaceutical companies in what we see and hear that the answer to this question can become distorted.

A new study published in Nutrients casts some light on this issue, at least with older people. In this study, the researchers found that volunteers who were given a multivitamin, as well as zinc (10 mg per day) and Vitamin C (1,000 mg per day) over a 12-week period had their immune system improve when compared to a control group. 

The volunteers taking the supplement had fewer days of sickness, less severe symptoms when they were sick, and they also recovered faster from their illness.

The researchers did this as a double blind randomized controlled study with 92 older volunteers who were between 55 and 75 years old. They looked at older adults because around a third of older Americans are deficient in at least one micronutrient. This deficiency can lead to a decline in their having a healthy functioning immune system, which can lead to higher levels of inflammation and reduced T-cell functioning.

Over the years, I’ve been taking many supplements based on what I’ve discovered in my research, which I’ve reported on in these blogs. It’s unusual for me to get sick and on those rare occasions when I do, my recovery is usually within a day. 

During this time of COVID, I can report that I haven’t gotten sick since at least a year or so before the start of the pandemic. So, while I view me as an experiment of 1, I like to find studies like this one that are validating what I’m doing for myself. So…my answer to the question does it pay take vitamins, I would say absolutely yes!
(Reported Nutrients, Vol 12, Issue 8) 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Are You Aware of What’s on the Video Your Kids Are Watching on YouTube?

With all the craziness of the Pandemic, if you have kids, you may be using YouTube as a way to keep your kids occupied while you attempt to get all kinds of stuff done at home.  

There may be a problem with that approach that you might not be aware of and it involves your child’s health. 

Researchers at New York University decided to explore what’s on these videos that the kids are watching as it relates to the food and beverage promotions on these videos. 

They viewed 418 videos from five popular kid YouTube shows and discovered that almost half of these videos had food and beverage promotions on them. And now for the bad news – over 90% of those promotions were for either unhealthy or fast food options.

It’s the old adage that a child is susceptible to - if they’ve seen it on TV/cell phone/video screens, it must be true. 

How can you counteract this unwanted influence? First, you’ll need to watch with your kids as much as possible and you’ll need to talk with the child about what their favorite kid influencer is promoting and whether it fits into a healthy diet.

Next, you’ll need to explain to your child that the influencer is getting paid to say what they’re saying, and they might not even eat what they are promoting.

So…do you best to help your child make better food choices.
(Reported February 2021)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Using Coffee Waste To Create A Forest

This week we cleaned up our email list. Since you are getting this email, it means your subscription is still valid, so you don’t have to do anything to keep getting my weekly Blog!

Now to this week’s blog - Using Coffee Waste To Create A Forest

What if I told you there is a way to grow a forest in 2 years? You’d probably look at me like I was crazy. 

And what if I told you this can be done by just using a waste product from coffee production which is the coffee pulp? You’d probably think maybe I should unsubscribe from getting these weekly blogs.

Well, it turns out both statements are true!

A study reported in the Ecological Solutions and Evidence Journal found that spreading coffee pulp over degraded lands in Costa Rica helped them recover quickly. The researchers dumped 30 truckloads of coffee pulp on a small plot of degraded land and compared it to an untreated plot.

The researchers were amazed when a small forest had grown on the treated land in just two years! The control plot mostly had non-native pasture grasses growing in it.

In another study, researchers from ETH-Zurich and the University of Hawaii discovered that a coffee pulp treated plot grew 80 percent of a canopy cover, compared to the control plot, which only grew 20 percent. The canopy was also four times taller than the control area's growth.

People around the world drink a lot of coffee. Imagine the impact on the environment if coffee pulp in coffee growing regions was put on degraded soil. Since forests are a great way to take CO2 out of the air and lock it into the forest, this could have a great benefit in protecting the planet. Coffee pulp might even become an export crop for other countries to use on their depleted soils!

So…if this use of coffee pulp becomes the norm, think of how good you’ll feel drinking your morning coffee!
(Reported British Ecological Society)


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Updating My Email List & Preventing COVID

First, Updating My Email List

I’m going to be updating my email list this coming week. If you don’t receive my next blog post on Saturday, April 3, it means we accidently deleted you (apologizes for that!). This means you’ll need to resubscribe by filling out the form at:

Once again, sorry if you’re one of the people who will have to re-register.

Medical School Recommendations to Prevent Your Getting COVID

There’s a ton of information around about what to do to prevent your getting COVID-19. I thought it would be helpful to share with you what the medical school near me had to say. Eastern Virginia Medical School’s recommendations are actually in alignment with my thinking and the research I’ve done on preventing your getting COVID-19.

These recommendations were developed by Dr. Paul Marik, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

EVMS recommends the following to prevent you from getting COVID-19:
1. Vitamin C - 500 mg twice daily
2. Quercetin - 250 mg daily
3. Vitamin D3 – 1000 to 4000 IUs daily (I’d recommend getting a blood test to determine what your level is and attempt to aim for a level of 60 ng/ml. I would also add 100 of Vitamin K2 as it helps Vitamin D get to the right places in your body)
4. B-Complex Vitamin (I’d recommend a high potency one)
5. Zinc – 30 to 50 mg/day
6. Melatonin (slow-release version) - Begin with taking .3 mg a half hour before you go to bed and increase it as you can tolerate it to 2 mg at night
7. Ivermectin – if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, take 200 ug/kg on day 1, then day 3 and then once every 4 weeks)

If you do get COVID-19, EVMA has recommendations for what to do if you’re Mildly Symptomatic and are at home to Mildly Symptomatic in the hospital to a variety of steps to take if your symptoms are worsening.

To find out the latest info and to get the list of steps if you start moving into Mildly Symptomatic or worse, you can go to

Since there are many people who are reluctant to take one of the vaccines for a variety of reasons, this will give them options to still be able to keep themselves healthy.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease May Not Be Happening in Your Head

As we age, there’s a concern most of us have and that’s a fear of your getting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I got to personally experience that with my Mom and with several relatives. To say it’s not a pretty sight is an understatement.

Some new research is looking at this from a different angle and that is literally from down in your gut. The brain plaques, which collect in the brain, may actually be being triggered from bacteria in your gut.

The researchers scanned the brains of 89 people between 66 and 85 years old. Some of the volunteers were still mentally sharp and some had dementia or Alzheimer’s. They also measured inflammatory markers and proteins coming from their gut bacteria.

They discovered that those volunteers with the most brain plaques had the highest levels of inflammation as well as bacterial proteins in their bodies which originated in their guts.

One of the researchers was so confident in their results that she said that the results are indisputable!

One of the things you can do the help yourself is to avoid, as much as possible, taking antibiotic drugs because the drugs kill all the bacteria in your system which then allows the bad bacteria to flourish in your gut.

To combat the bad bacteria, you need to feed your gut health organic foods as much as you can and eat yogurt with live bacteria in it. You can also eat other fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir. Finally, taking a probiotic supplement that lists a diversity of bacteria on the label is a good way to protect and feed your gut’s good bacteria.
(Reported Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2020) 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

What To Do When Your Heart’s Aflutter

You may have heard the old expression that her heart was aflutter meaning that she was excited about something positive. In this context, it was usually applied to women.

Well, there’s another context and meaning that is dangerous for both women and men and that’s when you have an irregular heart rhythm which is called atrial fibrillation. This version of heart aflutter can lead to negative consequences, such as, irregular pulse, shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pains and dizziness. 

Atrial fibrillation is actually responsible for up to 30% of strokes while it doubles the risk for premature death. 

Doctors will usually treat this condition with powerful drugs or a pacemaker. 

There’s another and surprising option drugless option you can use to control AFib and that’s doing yoga and breathing exercises. A study validating the power of yoga and breathing was reported at the European Society of Cardiology Congress last August.

In the study there were 538 participants with heart problems. One group practiced yoga for 30 minutes every other day for four months. They were also encouraged to practice yoga at home.

During the weeks the group was doing yoga, they had around eight heart rhythm episodes while the non-yoga group averaged 15 episodes. 

While doing yoga and breathing was as effective as the drugs normally used to treat this condition, the yoga group reported other benefits that the drug group didn’t have: their blood pressure fell, they reported having higher energy levels, better moods and less anxiety and depression. 

Not bad for 30 minutes of yoga and doing breathing exercise every other day. So…yoga mat anyone?

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The Power of Vitamin D to Fight COVID

When Donald Trump went into the hospital to be treated for COVID-19, one of the things they gave him, besides a bunch of drugs, was Vitamin D (as well as other nutrition supplements). 

How important is Vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19?

It turns out it’s very important to the extent that 100 doc, scientists, and medical experts wrote a public letter calling for increasing the use of Vitamin D for COVID. 

I’ve written about Vitamin D before and I’m writing about it again to reinforce that the research is confirming its importance in the treatment of COVID-19.

These experts believe that the research shows that people who have higher levels of Vitamin D had lower rates of COVID infections, as well as, lower risks of severe cases leading to hospitalization, the need for ICU care, and even death.

They recommended that people maintain a Vitamin D level of between 30 and 75 ng/ml. If someone was below 30 ng/ml, they recommended that Vitamin D be added to the patient’s treatment protocol to boost their levels.

Where I live in Virginia, Eastern Virginia School of Medicine is nearby and has a protocol that will automatically put a patient hospitalized for COVID-19 onto a regiment of 20,000 to 60,000 units of Vitamin D.

A double-blind study published in December 2020 in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine found giving critically ill COVID-19 patients high doses of Vitamin D significantly reduced the number of days they had to spend in the ICU. These patients were also less likely to need ventilation. 

I’ve said it before that the only way to make sure you’re at the right level with Vitamin D is to get a blood test. Years ago, when I was originally tested for Vitamin D my level was at 13 – way too low. Over the years of taking supplemental D, I’ve kept my level in the 60 ng/ml range.

Make sure if you are taking a supplement that it’s Vitamin D3. You also want to take some Vitamin K in the form of MK-7 as it helps the D get to the right places in the body to do the best good.

So…Vitamin D3 anyone?

Reported March 5, 20210