Archive for February, 2021

Is AGE or location really the covid-19 problem?

The AARP magazine in December 2020 focused an article on the tragedy of coronavirus deaths in long-term care facilities. The author pointed out that while “fewer than 1% of Americans live in such facilities, 40% of covid-19 deaths have occurred there. Age alone is not the issue because only about 15% of the population is over age 65. What is going on here?

Let us put aside the important question of whether it was smart or humane to send New York’s senior covid-19 patients to ill-equipped rest homes instead of the empty hospital ship that had been made available. What is the fundamental reason that so many perish in long-term care facilities compared to other residential choices? For example, the statistics are less shocking with the elderly who receive help to stay in their own homes home or even in assisted-living type housing.

As people age, they do tend to collect “underlying conditions”, but there is more to it than that. Over 1 year ago, as early as February 1, 2020, Bill Sardi helped us understand the importance of vitamin D for protection against covid-19 for all age groups. Sardi, and later Jeff T. Bowles noted that too often, nursing home residents do not get to go out in the sunshine and that a high percentage ore likely deficient in vitamin D. Of course, that idea becomes less practical in the winter. (But, if you have ever tried to get rest home staff to give dietary supplements to a patient, you know that is not an easy answer either.)

The mineral zinc is also critical for immune function. Several studies show that residents in these long-term facilities are malnourished and suffer functional problems as a result. Here is one example.

Also, I remember that when I was researching my book, The Probiotic Cure, I read studies which showed that because of inadequate diets, rest home residents typically had unhealthful balances in their gut microorganisms (dysbiosis). Dysbiosis alone can lead to “leaky gut” which in turn can cause virtually any health problem you can imagine.

It is not just the building itself or the staff in rest homes that cause the problem. Lack of independence is also a major difference. If an old person needs some visiting help but can stay at home and still make their own meals, they will be better nourished. They can also remain more mobile, get some sunshine and stay more cheerful. Other than the financial cost, I am at a loss for why there hasn’t been a massive effort to assure better nutrition or at least strategic nutritional supplements for confined elderly folks. SAD.

Meanwhile, if you have a loved one considering a rest home, it would be ideal to evaluate insurance, Medicare and various professional companies to see if it is possible to have them assisted with essential services in their own home. Or the next best thing might be an assisted living facility that allows some independence. At the very least, see if doctors on duty can be persuaded either by family or the family doctor to arrange for daily supplements of at least some critical basics such as vitamin D (e.g. 6,000 to 8,000 IU), zinc (30 mg.) and B vitamins to help with mood, balance and memory (e.g. Nerve Guardian). Most doctors have not studied nutrition, but you can provide them with a wealth of studies on each of these basics. For example, look for links to studies contained in these Library articles—on vitamin D and zinc. Note: the facility might require a pharmacist or the staff to pack the nutrients in a special packaging for ease of dispensing, but it could well be a lifesaving request.

Bill Sardi Answers Our Questions

This is a review of topics covered during his 1/30/21 interview.

Bell’s Palsy? Bill says that this partial paralysis of the face is caused by a herpes type virus like the one that causes fever blisters, canker sores and shingles. The risk of those infections is increased by being low in vitamin D3. Eating nuts and chocolate also ups risk because those foods contain arginine, an amino acid that the virus thrives on. Sardi (and I) recommend l-lysine, another amino acid, but this one slows the virus.  He said to supplement a lot, e.g. 2,000-3,000 mg a day. Be sure to keep your vitamin D, zinc and vitamin C high as well to help immune function. Because a nerve is being attacked, Nerve Guardian would also be a great idea. [Note, I Bill talks mostly in generics, but I like to link to his products because they are so superior.]

How much vitamin B1 is needed? The listener wanted to know specifically how to prevent BeriBeri which is becoming increasingly common because of the covid-19 lockdown. Sardi said that ordinarily the need is low. The diet contains only about 1 mg. And, it is not well absorbed, so Sardi put 10 mg. of the more effective fat-soluble form in his bargain priced Nerve Guardian. Remember that alcohol, coffee and sugar greatly interfere with B1. So, for persons indulging a lot in those items (e.g. alcoholics), they might need a stronger product which will be much more expensive.

Foundational supplements for age 40 and beyond?   I suggested Molecular Multi (MM) as a good base, with extra vitamin D3, magnesium and vitamin C. Zinc is critical, but there is enough in MM. Women age faster after menopause because they lose estrogen. The signal to lose estrogen comes from iron. Iron signals loss of testosterone in men. It might be smart to reduce red meat which is an iron source. Calcium is also a cause of aging, and so he does not recommend calcium in supplement form. To remove excess calcium and iron, take substances that chelate (remove) them. Resveratrol (the red wine molecule), quercetin and fisetin remove the damaging and unneeded surplus iron and calcium. They are key ingredients in Longevinex. Also, read in the next section about an IP6 flush which we should do once a year to slow aging.

Liver cancer and enzymes. The listener’s husband had previously experienced great results with IP6 (a rice bran extract). However, he may be experiencing a return of trouble. Mr. Sardi said to clean the liver which would help any liver issue, use an IP6 flush for a couple of months. It pulls out the iron which is a stimulant to cancer and helps reduce fatty deposits. We can absorb only about 1600 mg a day which is a therapeutic dose. He said that because IP6 only liberates the excess iron, it should not take it from red blood cells. For extra caution, watch for signs of anemia…e.g. fatigue and cold fingers / toes. IP6 is available at most vitamin retailers and online. This article may be useful. Of course, for boosting immune competence for cancer, take extra vitamin D (it is stored in the liver) and vitamin C and zinc (which also helps control iron).

Estrogen question. It is needed for bone health, mood and more. Instead of or in addition to bioidentical hormones consider resveratrol (e.g. Longevinex) which acts as a safe plant estrogen.

Fasting and vitamins. It is okay to take them while fasting.

Cholesterol. Cholesterol can become elevated if we don’t get enough vitamin C (e.g., consuming less than 1,000 a day). Animals do not have a cholesterol problem because they make their own vitamin C. (Formula 216 helps you mimic that process.) IP6 is helpful with cholesterol as well because of the liver’s key role. Also, try  Garligest which helps keep bile thin and flowing, thereby carrying cholesterol out of the body.

Concerned about the rNA vaccines? Some experts (who are not part of the establishment pushing the government’s sunny narrative) worry about what may happen months after the vaccinations, especially the second one. They believe that the genetic messenger in the shot will prime the immune system to overreact when you encounter a coronavirus the next time. What they inject will tell all organs in the body to produce that “spike protein” associated with the covid-19 virus. Then, when alerted by a future exposure, the immune system will attack those organs because they contain the spike protein. Without long term testing as proof otherwise, there is no convincing defense against that argument. Read Bill Sardi’s powerful article about the genetics professor’s explanation. He noted that the vaccines are in two doses because they are too powerful to do in one. [I don’t like to tell people whether or not to get vaccinated. I just would feel horrible if the critics turn out to be right and I never covered that.]

What to take if you do take the shot? This is especially important for the elderly whose immune systems might be inclined to overreact with an autoimmune response…Vitamin A (2,500-5,000 IU), Vitamin D3 (5,000-10,000 IU), zinc (15-30 mg) and resveratrol (100-250 mg Longevinex has that and more).

Diabetic neuropathy. We didn’t have time for a final call about that and I said I’d address her email in this newsletter. I am so sorry—it turned out to be a more complicated question and answer than I can properly deal with today. I will have something on that next week.

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