“Unani System, one of the effective medications for Boosting overall Immunity during COVID-19” said by Prof. Dr. Asim Ali Khan, Director General – CCRUM, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India | Odisha Breaking News | Odisha News | Latest Odisha News

“Unani System, one of the effective medications for Boosting overall Immunity during COVID-19” said by Prof. Dr. Asim Ali Khan, Director General – CCRUM, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India | Odisha Breaking News | Odisha News | Latest Odisha News

  • January 22, 2021

New Delhi: AYUSH Committee, PHDCCI organized a Webinar on “Proven & Effective Unani System as Immunity Booster during COVID-19”. The webinar was graced with the presence of Padma Bhushan Vd. Devendera Triguna, President of AMAM, All India Ayurvedic Congress and Ayurveda Mahasammelan, Prof. Dr. Asim Ali Khan, Director General – CCRUM, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Dr. M.A. Qasmi, Joint Advisor (Unani), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Mr. Pradeep Multani, Sr. Vice President, PHDCCI, Mr. Arvind Varchaswi, Chair, AYUSH Committee, PHDCCI & Managing Director, Sri Sri Tattva, Mr. Jitender Sodhi, Co- Chair, AYUSH Committee, PHDCCI & Managing Director, AYUSH Herbs Pvt Ltd and today’s session moderator Mr. Vivek Seigell, Assistant Secretary General, PHDCCI.

The other eminent panellist present were Dr. Mohammad Akram, Associate Professor & Head, Deptt. Of Tahaffuziwa Samaji Tibb, Jamia Hamdard, Prof. Ashhar Qadeer, Dept. Of Kulliyat, Ajmal Khan Tibbia College, AMU Aligarh (U.P), Dr. Khursheed A. Ansari, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Dr. Aleemuddin Qaumri, Reader & Head of Dept. of Moalijat, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore, Dr. Santosh Joshi, Sr. General Manager, R&D, Hamdard Laboratories India, Mr. Sameer Kant Ahuja, Chief Manager (Regulatory) Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

While welcoming the Government dignitaries Mr. Pradeep Multani, Sr. Vice President, PHDCCI in his welcome remarks deliberated about Unani medicine and its increase in usage in India and abroad. The Unani System of Medicine offers treatment of diseases related to all the systems and organs of the human body. The Unani treatments for chronic ailments are highly effective and acceptable.

Mr. Multani emphasized that Immunity is a defense system within the body to protect the host from invading pathogens. The body can neutralize & eliminate the pathogenic micro-organism & their toxic products, thus protecting the individual. The most common problem of all sort of infections is tackled very successfully by the Unani system of medicine approach in strengthening the immune system which in turn eliminates infectious agents and exert least side effect.

Padma Bhushan Vd. Devendera Triguna, President of AMAM, All India Ayurvedic Congress and Ayurveda Mahasammelan thanked Ministry of AYUSH for their efforts for promoting all AYUSH system and said that Unani medicine has played a critical role in developing overall immunity and fighting against the pandemic.

Mr. Arvind Varchaswi, Chair, AYUSH Committee, PHDCCI & Managing Director, Sri Sri Tattva in his remarks gave an industry perspective and the importance of Unani System as Immunity Booster during COVID-19. He also highlighted that Unani System of Medicine offers treatment of diseases related to all the systems and organs of the human body. The treatments for chronic ailments and diseases of skin, liver, musculo-skeletal and reproductive systems, immunological and lifestyle disorders have been found to be highly effective and acceptable.

Prof. Dr. Asim Ali Khan, Director General – CCRUM, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India talked about Unani system has a global presence in India and various other countries. He said that Unani immunomodulators has played a significant role in building overall immunity of an individual.

Prof. Dr. Khan thanked Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India for their continuous support in promoting Unani system of medicine. He said, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) has done several clinical trials & research studies during COVID-19. The system has established Unani centers with a specialist for treating patients.He has also mentioned about National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) which has been developed as a model for post graduate, teaching, and research in Unani System of Medicine. He further mentioned that all system of AYUSH is working together for promoting AYUSH system in India.

Dr. M.A. Qasmi, Joint Advisor (Unani), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India while lauding the constant efforts of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and assured that we will be working together with the Industry to boost the Unani system.

Dr. Mohammad Akram, Associate Professor & Head, Deptt. Of Tahaffuziwa Samaji Tibb, Jamia Hamdard mentioned that prevention is the only cure in these current times. He further mentioned that COVID-19 will live longer than our expectations and there is no effective treatment in any system of medicines. He also mentioned that people need to focus on immunity-boosting and physical health well-being. Proper ventilation, healthy diet, constant exercise, proper sleep, retention, and elimination of body and less mental illness need to be focus areas for achieving good immunity.

Prof. Ashhar Qadeer, Dept. Of Kulliyat, Ajmal Khan Tibbia College, AMU Aligarh (U.P) talked about the concept of Tabiyat that systematically regulates the body. He mentioned that Covid-19 has its immunity and its power will change according to the immunity of the body. He emphasized that immunity-boosting is the only prevention of COVID-19.

Dr. Khursheed A. Ansari, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Anatomy, JamiaHamdard, New Delhi in his presentation on proven and effective Unani system as immunity booster during covid-19, highlighted that prevention is better than cure. He discussed the self-protection and prevention needed for the spread of the disease like wearing the mask, social distancing, sanitization, and many more. He talked about the general Unani Prophylaxis which included restriction of diet; have nonveg diet; eating citrus foods; have warm sips of water; have afternoon nap; don’t do heavy exercises; no alcohol consumption; steam inhalation; fumigation with sandal, camphor, and pomegranate rind and many more.

Dr. Aleemuddin Qaumri, Reader & Head of Deptt. of Moalijat, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore in his presentation deliberated about the immune system, types, and process. He further deliberated about the COVID-19 pandemic, its pathogenesis, and factor. He mentioned that immune response determines the host severity of symptoms like severe/moderate/mild. Talking about Unani medicines and immunity he discussed its principles and practices. He mentioned that the regimen has to be taking micro and macronutrients like vitamin C, D and minerals like Cu, Se, Zn, Fe, etc. he also mentioned that vitamin D3 is essential for boosting the immune system.

Dr. Aleemuddin Qaumri emphasized that a novel pandemic condition has no certain treatment. Vaccinations under trial phase and prevention are needed to be prioritized. The role of alternate systems of medicine emerged as an ‘immune booster’ rather than immunomodulators.

Dr. Santosh Joshi, Sr. General Manager, R&D, Hamdard Laboratories India mentioned that people have faith in Unani and, it has grown in a multi-fold manner. He discussed the concept and types of immunity. He also mentioned the programs and products of Hamdard which has helped in boosting immunity in the COVID-19 times.

Mr. Sameer Kant Ahuja, Chief Manager (Regulatory), Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd while giving a background about Unani medicines, their importance, history, and government regulations towards it discussed the common compound Unani formulations and common immunostimulant single drugs of Unani medicines for boosting immunity. He highlighted that the Unani system is one of the oldest forms of medication. He also urged the Industry to come forward and work together on R&D, so that it reaches more heights of success and meets the global demand.

Mr. Jitender Sodhi, Co-Chair, AYUSH Committee, PHDCCI gave a formal vote of thanked all the eminent dignitaries for joining today’s webinar. Mr. Sodhi also talked about the significance of Unani medicine in boosting overall immunity and use of herbal remedies, dietary practices, and alternative therapies which could help in combating the ongoing pandemic.

The webinar was sponsored by AYUSH Herbs Private Limited and Association of Manufacturers of Ayurvedic Medicine (AMAM) and attended by over 150 participants.


Support your gut and immune system this winter

Support your gut and immune system this winter

  • January 22, 2021

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Support your gut and immune system this winter

The gut microbiome is closely linked to immune function – so how can you keep it in tip top shape?

A healthy gut is key for overall health and affects so much more than just our digestion. With links to mental health, heart health, sleep, skin conditions and more, it’s no wonder the gut is often referred to as our ‘second brain’.

And did you know the health of your gut can also have a big impact on your immune function?

“Around 70% of your immune system is actually located in your gastrointestinal tract” says Corin Sadler, nutritionist at Higher Nature. “This means they are very closely linked and, in many ways, one in the same.

“So a healthy gut, filled with diverse bacteria, can be our best weapon in fighting off illnesses.”

So, what can you do to help keep your gut in good shape this winter?

Get more fibre in your diet
“A diet that’s high in fibre is key for good gut function,” explains Sadler. “Fibre helps with our digestion and supports a healthy gut microbiome, as it ‘feeds’ our good bacteria to help it thrive.”

In the UK, we generally don’t eat enough fibre, particularly if we’re consuming a lot of processed foods. The British Nutrition Foundation (nutrition.org.uk) says the average intake is 17.2g a day for women and 20.1g a day for men, falling short of the recommended average intake for adults of 30g per day.

To boost your fibre intake, Sadler recommends adding a diverse range of plant-based sources to your daily menu, such as different fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses, as well as healthy cereals, wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice. Keep things interesting and diverse by mixing up your high fibre foods each day. Look for foods containing high levels of prebiotic fibre too, such as leeks, asparagus and bananas.

Take live bacteria daily
Live bacteria is sometimes believed to help ‘restore’ the balance of good bacteria in your gut. “When there’s an imbalance of bad and good bacteria in our body, this can impact our overall health.” Sadler explains.

Live yoghurt, kefir and fermented foods and drinks are among popular options. There are also probiotic supplements (although supplements should always be secondary to a healthy, varied diet). Sadler recommends daily probiotics such as Higher Nature’s Pro-Intensive Extra (£21 for 30 capsules, highernature.com), and suggests looking for one that contains 20 billion live organisms per dose and a variety of bacteria strains that work harmoniously to support the natural environment of the gut.

Increase your step count

Getting regular exercise is also linked to better gut health. “We all know exercise is good for almost everything, and this includes our gut health” Sadler explains.

“A 2017 study found exercise is linked to increased diversity of gut bacteria, which is key for a healthy microbiome. And while more research is needed into this area to prove exactly why exercise is beneficial for the gut, the good news is that even gentle exercise, like walking and yoga, can help.”

Eat ginger
Ginger doesn’t just taste great when whizzed in a healthy green juice, it also packs some pretty impressive gut health benefits.

Formulate Health (formulatehealth.com) pharmacist Mina Khan explains: “Ginger reduces nausea caused by gut problems and stimulates the digestive system, which helps keep you regular and maintain a healthy gut.

“What’s more, ginger has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for sufferers of IBS. From ginger tea, to using it in stir-frys and curries, there are so many possibilities when it comes to this wonderful spice.”

Cut down on artificial sweeteners
“Artificial sweeteners found in soft drinks may be harmful to gut bacteria and ‘damage’ the health of our microbiome,” Sadler says. “This includes aspartame, which is found in diet soft drinks.

“While these diet soft drinks are often the preferred choice for the health conscious, research has found that toxins are released when gut bacteria is exposed to the sweeteners.

“Cutting down on drinks with artificial sweeteners in exchange for naturally flavoured water, with fresh lemon, lime or cucumber where possible, is much better for our gut health,” she adds.

Take steps to manage stress
It’s a worrying time for lots of us right now, but being mindful of managing our stress levels can really make a difference.

“Stress can activate a negative chain reaction in the body, including the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can change the balance of good bacteria in the gut, affecting communication pathways between the gut and the brain,” says Sadler.

“Stress can also affect our digestion and the movement of food through the gut. For some people, it can speed digestion up and for others it can slow it right down, which can result in a host of different gut issues, from bloating and constipation to diarrhoea.”

There are loads of things that can help offset stress, exercise or moving our bodies being one of the biggest. Fresh air, watching a comedy, putting your phone on silent and cooking a nourishing meal, every little helps.

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  • January 21, 2021

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

The start of a new year is often coupled with self-reflection and the desire to adopt healthy lifestyle choices, but this year prioritizing health takes on greater meaning as people look to boost their immune system and prevent illnesses. Holistic health and immunity against common colds go hand in hand – according to U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, healthy individuals should make sure to maintain their immune system to lower the incidence of infection, lessen severity of symptoms, shorten duration of colds, which suggests that regular supplementation could be encouraged for preventing and treating their colds. Nicole Avena, Ph.D., nutrition expert and author of Why Diets Fail, provides recommendations to boost immunity through nutrition, lifestyle changes, and supplementation which can easily be incorporated into one’s daily health and wellness routine.

1. Go outside to enjoy Vitamin D. A quick walk during the day can do wonders for the body, especially when the sun is shining. Make sure to apply SPF and head outside for 10-30 minutes per day to take advantage of the sun’s natural form of Vitamin D as this vitamin helps protect against common colds and can decrease inflammation. Can’t go outside? Not too many foods contain vitamin D naturally, but salmon and white mushrooms are some options to try. Also, try to include Vitamin D-fortified food products in your diet, like milks, cheeses, and cereals.

2. Power up your Zinc intake. Zinc helps build the innate immune system and shorten the duration of colds. Macrophages and other white blood cells that attack pathogens need zinc to function at full capacity. vitafusion Gummy Vitamins makes an easy-to take and highly potent Zinc supplement that contains 15mg of Zinc and 270mg of Vitamin C.  

3. Magnesium does it all, especially when about 300mg is consumed per day. There’s evidence that magnesium plays a major role in brain function, sleep regulation, and emotional stability. The mineral contains calming properties while activating your parasympathetic nervous system and can be found naturally in leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and milk. vitafusion Gummy Vitamins fuses together this essential mineral with a tropical citrus flavor into a yummy gummy with 165mg of magnesium that can be supplemented into the diet.

Halberd Corp. Develops Medication to Boost Immune System Against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) - Press Release

Halberd Corp. Develops Medication to Boost Immune System Against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) – Press Release

  • January 14, 2021

JACKSON CENTER, PA / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / Halberd Corp. (OTC PINK:HALB) announced the filing of a provisional patent application on a proprietary combination of nutritional supplements (melatonin, zinc and Vitamin D) combined with low dose Naltrexone designed to reduce the severity of Covid-19 symptoms. This proprietary combination of supplements is based on numerous peer-reviewed publications (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) from major medical organizations indicating that each of the ingredients contributes to reduced Covid-19 symptomology. Halberd intends to make the proprietary nutritional supplement formula portion available as an over-the-counter product as soon as possible. The prescription-based medication with the addition of low dose Naltrexone would be available after FDA approval is obtained.

Halberd will have exclusive worldwide rights to the provisional patent application, “Medication For The Reduction Of Morbidity And Mortality In Persons Infected By Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19 Virus)”.

William A. Hartman, Chairman, President & CEO, stated, “Our scientists have formulated a specific combination of nutritional supplements which they believe, after reviewing numerous peer-reviewed medical articles and independent research, should provide a boost to the immune system to reduce the severity of Covid-19, when taken prior to contracting the disease or early in its onset. Each participating medical expert agrees that there would be no downside in the use of any of these ingredients.

We are excited about the prospects of securing immediate volume manufacturing and mass distribution sources for our products. A significant portion of the revenue from these initial products will be reinvested in expanding and accelerating our research programs and developing market readiness of follow-on products.”

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About Halberd Corporation.

Halberd Corporation. (OTC PINK:HALB), is a publicly traded company on the OTC Market, and is in full compliance with OTC Market reporting requirements. Halberd’s Articles of Incorporation prohibit the company from issuance of convertible debt which would result in dilution. See the company’s Articles of Incorporation here.

The company holds the exclusive rights to the COVID-19 extracorporeal treatment technology provisional patent applications: “Method for Treating and Curing Covid-19 Infection;” “Method for Treating COVID-19 Inflammatory Cytokine Storm for the Reduction of Morbidity and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients;” “Method for Treating and Curing COVID-19 Infection by Utilizing a Laser to Eradicate the Virus,” “Nasal Spray To Prevent The Transmission Of Covid-19 Between Humans,” “Nasal Spray to Prevent the Transmission of Covid-19,” and “Method For Treating And Curing Covid-19 Infection By Utilizing Radiofrequency Extracorporeally To Eradicate The Virus,” “Medication For The Reduction Of Morbidity And Mortality In Persons Infected By Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19 Virus).” Halberd also holds the exclusive rights to the underlying granted U.S. Patent 9,216,386 and U.S. Patent 8,758,287.

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7242729/pdf/fmed-07-00226.pdf
  2. https://nypost.com/2020/12/29/scientists-study-melatonin-as-possible-covid-19-treatment/
  3. https://www.ijidonline.com/action/showPdf?pii=S1201-9712%2820%2930730-X
  4. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.01.20242313v1.full.pdf
  5. https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/01/09/low-vitamin-d-levels-may-affect-a-persons-chance-of-getting-covid-19/
  6. https://www.whio.com/news/local/studies-suggest-link-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-covid-19-infections/DHQQDQQZ3RBLJA3ARID7M7QCIE/
  7. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07391102.2020.1820379

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The SEC and Self-Regulatory Organizations are targeting public companies that claim to have products, treatment or other strategies with regard to COVID-19.

The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s operations is unknown and will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, new information may emerge concerning the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and any additional preventative and protective actions that governments, or the Company, may direct, which may result in an extended period of continued business disruption, reduced customer traffic and reduced operations. Any resulting financial impact cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.

We further caution investors that our primary focus and goal is to battle this pandemic for the good of the world. As such, it is possible that we may find it necessary to make disclosures which are consistent with that goal, but which may be adverse to the pecuniary interests of the Company and of its shareholders.

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Johnson & Johnson's One-Dose COVID Vaccine Promising in Early Trial - Consumer Health News

Johnson & Johnson’s One-Dose COVID Vaccine Promising in Early Trial – Consumer Health News

  • January 13, 2021

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2021 — A single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson has shown very strong results in early clinical trials, potentially providing a significant boost to U.S. vaccination efforts.

The vaccine produced an immune response of all 805 clinical trial participants within two months of inoculation, according to results published Jan. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The data “are encouraging in that they show robust generation of neutralizing antibody after a single dose in a younger population and in a population older than 65 years old, and because these responses persisted for at least 71 days,” said Dr. Andrew Badley, director of the Mayo Clinic’s HIV Immunology Laboratory in Rochester, Minn.

Efforts to distribute the two currently approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have run into logjams, partially because the vaccines require extreme refrigeration and people have to receive two doses to achieve immunity.

“It certainly would be very helpful, having one dose instead of two,” said Dr. Aaron Glatt, chair of the department of medicine and a hospital epidemiologist at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. “A lot of the logistical problems is getting that second dose, plus it takes a dose away from someone else. If you only have to give one dose, that would be great.”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine also would be hardier than either of the already approved vaccines because it relies on DNA technology rather than messenger RNA to prompt an immune system response.

The new vaccine is made up of a deactivated cold virus into which scientists cut-and-paste a genetic version of the “spike” protein used by the coronavirus to infect cells. The immune system recognizes the incomplete and harmless coronavirus protein as an invader and mounts a response, learning how to ward off any future infections from the actual coronavirus.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines rely on mRNA technology that works in much the same way, but delivers the genetic coding in an oily bubble that requires freezing temperatures and delicate handling.

The new vaccine remains stable for a time in the refrigerator. “Longer-term, this can be stored in just a regular freezer like you have in your kitchen, at that temperature,” Dr. Thaddeus Stappenbeck, chair of the Department of Inflammation and Immunity at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, said of the experimental vaccine. “But it’s actually fine for several days, for extended periods of time, refrigerated.”

The latest results from phase 1-2a trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine involved 805 participants in two groups, one featuring folks aged 18 to 55 and the other 65 and older.

More than 90% of participants mounted an immune response within a month, and all had levels of neutralizing antibodies by day 57.

A second dose of the vaccine more than doubled the amounts of neutralizing antibodies, the results showed.

It will be results from phase 3 clinical trials involving 45,000 participants that determine whether a single dose or two doses actually create lasting immune protection against COVID-19.

“It’s very possible that the single dose will work, but it’s not uncommon for vaccinations to require a booster,” Stappenbeck said. “If this is slightly better with a booster, it would be worth getting the second shot.”

Early results from the phase 3 trials are expected by the end of January, Johnson & Johnson has said.

“It will be essential to confirm these findings in phase 3 clinical trials, where efficacy of the vaccine against the virus can be determined,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore.

Stappenbeck expects if the phase 3 results “are as strong as the data they saw with the mRNA vaccines, then the goal would be to wrap it up quickly and apply for emergency use authorization. It could happen by the end of January. That’s what I’ve heard.”

The phase 1-2a results also showed a similar safety profile to the existing vaccines, researchers reported. Fever was the most frequent adverse response, as well as fatigue, headache and body aches.

“The safety looks great. It’s very much in line with what’s been seen with the mRNA vaccine,” Stappenbeck said.

Johnson & Johnson briefly paused its vaccine trial in October after a volunteer developed an unexplained neurological illness. A safety investigation determined that the illness was not related to the vaccine.

A similar COVID vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University that relies on coronavirus DNA delivered through an inactivated cold virus also suffered delays based on safety concerns. Britain and India have authorized the vaccine for use, according to The New York Times.

Although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would provide a needed third option, it’s not yet clear how quickly the company will be able to get doses into arms.

The pharmaceutical giant pledged in its $1 billion contract with the U.S. federal government to have 12 million doses of its vaccine ready by the end of February and ramp up to a total 100 million doses by the end of June, the Times reported Wednesday.

However, federal officials have been told the company is as far as two months behind its original production schedule, the Times added. It’s not expected to catch up until the end of April, by when it was to have delivered more than 60 million doses.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about viral vector COVID-19 vaccines.

SOURCES: Andrew Badley, MD, director, Mayo Clinic’s HIV Immunology Laboratory, Rochester, Minn.; Aaron Glatt, MD, chair, department of medicine, and hospital epidemiologist, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Oceanside, N.Y.; Thaddeus Stappenbeck, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Inflammation and Immunity, Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, Ohio; Amesh Adalja, MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Baltimore; New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 13, 2021; New York Times

People's 'Microbiomes' Might Influence COVID-19 Severity: Study - Consumer Health News

People’s ‘Microbiomes’ Might Influence COVID-19 Severity: Study – Consumer Health News

  • January 13, 2021

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The bacteria in your gut may play a role in the severity of COVID-19 infection and the strength of your immune system response, a new study suggests.

Not only that, imbalances in the microbiome may cause continued inflammatory symptoms, often called “long-haul” COVID, the researchers added.

“Imbalance in the microbiome contributes to the severity of COVID-19, and if it persists after viral clearance, could contribute to persistent symptoms and multi-system inflammation syndromes like long COVID syndrome,” said lead researcher Dr. Siew Ng, a professor from the Institute of Digestive Disease at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

“Restoration of the missing beneficial bacteria might boost our immunity against SARS-CoV2 virus and hasten recovery from the disease,” she said. “Managing COVID-19 should not only aim at clearing the virus, but also restoring the gut microbiota.”

The study, however, can’t prove that imbalances in the microbiome cause COVID-19 to be more severe, only that there appears to be an association between the virus and bacteria in the gut, Ng said.

But evidence is growing that gut bacteria are linked to inflammatory diseases, she noted.

For the study, the researchers studied blood and stool samples from 100 patients with COVID-19 and from 78 people without the infection who were part of a microbiome study before the pandemic began.

They found that in 274 stool samples the gut microbiome differed significantly between patients with and without COVID-19, regardless if they had been given drugs, including antibiotics.

For example, those with COVID-19 had fewer types of bacteria that can affect the immune system response than those without the infection. The reduced number of these bacteria was linked to the severity of the infection.

Moreover, the number of these bacteria remained low up to 30 days after infected patients had cleared the virus, the researchers found.

COVID-19 triggers the immune system to make inflammatory cytokines, and in some cases, this response can be excessive, causing widespread tissue damage, septic shock and organ failure.

Analysis of the blood samples found that the microbial imbalance in the COVID-19 patients was linked with high levels of inflammatory cytokines and blood markers of tissue damage, such as C-reactive protein.

One U.S. expert not part of the study pointed out that one’s microbiome reacts to all kinds of conditions that may or may not be related to COVID-19.

“It’s pretty clear that stool biodiversity does change in response to many things, including age, diet, underlying autoimmune disease and antibiotic exposures,” said Dr. Arun Swaminath, chief of the division of gastroenterology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

The critical question is whether these changes are unique to COVID-19 or are commonly seen in sick patients who may have been hospitalized for non-COVID related illnesses, he said.

“Some of the early published data among populations with altered gut microbiomes, such as patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are infected with COVID-19, do not experience worse outcomes compared to the general population, so the idea of having altered gut microbiome at baseline doesn’t seem to imply worse inflammation from COVID-19,” Swaminath said.

“However, Ng’s work may help us identify those who haven’t recovered from COVID-19 infection using stool biodiversity testing,” he added.

The report was published online Jan. 11 in the journal Gut.

More information

Harvard University has more on the microbiome.

SOURCES: Siew Ng, MD, PhD, professor, Institute of Digestive Disease, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Arun Swaminath, MD, chief, division of gastroenterology, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Gut, Jan. 11, 2021, online

To Be Healthier, Boost Immunity, Reduce Pain, Just Go Plant-Based

To Be Healthier, Boost Immunity, Reduce Pain, Just Go Plant-Based

  • January 13, 2021

Feeling young is great, but acting like an adult means taking care of your health

Mentally, 73 percent of Americans feel younger than they really are. So while they are feeling old physically they are young at heart, but perhaps this youthful spirit could be misleading them to believe they can eat and drink as they did in high school. It’s time to change our diets to reverse the clock, not replicate our happy days.

The top struggle of growing up is being responsible for their physical health, 4 in 10 people said, including making their own doctor’s appointments. The same proportion of respondents admitted to not buying nutritious food when grocery shopping.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Omega-3 supplement Kori Pure Antarctic Krill Oil, the survey found that more than half of respondents said they still struggle to consume the right amounts of nutrients – and 71 percent admit they couldn’t identify the right number of daily servings required from each food group. Omega-3 fatty acids are also available through plant-based foods. For the 7 best plant-based sources check out this guide.

Sixty-three percent of respondents say they feel much older than they expected to at their current age.

Nine out of ten respondents reported being concerned about their heart health.

  • Immune health (87 percent) and eye health (87 percent) were also top health areas that gave respondents pause.
  • Knowing how to eat balanced, nutritional meals proved challenging for a good proportion of respondents.
  • Fruits are missing: 26 percent rarely or never consumed fruits.
  • Nearly one-quarter of respondents rarely or never eat vegetables.
  • Nearly a third of respondents (31 percent) in this age group reported that they rarely or never consumed fish, which USDA recommends people eat two servings of per week.

“The survey data reveals that nutrition gaps are more than common among adults in this age group, but that’s not necessarily a surprise. For example, it’s understandable that busy adults don’t necessarily have time to cook the recommended servings of fish per week, even though it is an excellent source of Omega-3s that support heart and immune health,” said Dr. Taz Bhatia, Integrative Medicine Physician. (Note that the Mediterranean Diet includes fish while a plant-based diet gets Omega-3s from algae and plant-based sources.)

“If you can’t add more of these foods to your diet, one of the best ways to mitigate these nutrient gaps is with high-quality supplements,” she added. “Look at how the supplements are sourced, the quality and quantity of the ingredients, and any third-party testing.” Sixty-three percent of respondents said that as they’ve gotten older, the number of vitamins and supplements they take has increased. However, two-thirds still feel like they should be taking more than they currently do.

The biggest challenges of becoming an adult, according to the survey


TikTok dietitian shares five nutrients to add into your diet to help boost immunity | Connect FM | Local News Radio

  • January 12, 2021

By GMA Team, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — The past nearly one year of the coronavirus pandemic has taught us that health is more important now than ever, and that how we take care of our bodies goes beyond just weight loss and superficial reasons.

Eating well not only helps with sleep, stress and energy, but also helps boost the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic diseases, according to Steph Grasso, a Virginia-based registered dietitian who has nearly two million followers on TikTok.

The immune system is the network of cells and proteins in our bodies that keeps us alive by defending against infections from bacteria, viruses and more. Adding foods to your diet can help improve the strength of your immune system, according to Grasso.

“Many people believe that restricting foods or taking foods out of their diet is the only way to achieve their health goals,” she told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “What people don’t realize is that adding foods to your diet can actually help one reach their health goals without feeling deprived.”

“I like to ask myself, ‘What do I need to add to make this meal more balanced?”” she said.

Here are five important nutrients, and the foods that have them, to add to your meals to help boost immunity, according to Grasso:

1. Protein is the macronutrient that provides building blocks for immune cells to use to protect us from infections, according to Grasso.

Find it in meat, eggs, legumes, fish, tofu, seeds, yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts and nut butter.

2. Vitamin D activates and regulates immunity cells in the body and could help prevent autoimmunity, according to Grasso.

Find it in fatty fish, egg yolk, mushrooms, liver and vitamin D-fortified milk.

3. Vitamin C builds healthy tissue to resist the entry of bacteria and viruses into the body, according to Grasso.

Find it in bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, citrus, potatoes, dark leafy greens, strawberries, mangoes and tomatoes.

4. Zinc promotes cellular synthesis of new infection fighting molecules in immune cells and promotes wound healing, according to Grasso.

Find it in beans, eggs, whole grains, shellfish, wheat, peanut butter and animal products.

5. Vitamin E protects our cells from free radicals [unstable atoms that can damage cells and cause illness and aging] and helps adjust immune responses to infections, according to Grasso.

Find it in whole grains, leafy greens, egg yolks, legumes, nuts, sunflower seeds and vegetable oils.

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Chamber women's group to hear speaker

Chamber women’s group to hear speaker

  • January 12, 2021

The Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce’s new Women in Business networking group will welcome a guest speaker, nutritionist Tami Racaniello at its next virtual meeting, on Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30 p.m.

Racaniello is an experienced nutritionist and Long Island Food Council member. Since the mid-2000s she has grown her nutritional consulting company, It’s Time to Get Fit!, which is based in Huntington. The January 12 event will be held via Zoom. Meeting info and further details are available at the Chamber’s website, SyossetChamber.com

Racaniello will discuss “Setting a Healthy Mindset for the New Year.” Her presentation will accompany a networking and open discussion portion of the Women in Business meeting “Let’s Talk About Your Business In 2021.”

At the dawn of every new year personal health and new commitments to it are prioritized by many, but it’s an especially timely topic as the pandemic surges.

Tami will explain her journey in weight loss, share ideas from consulting her clients on food choices and nutrition, and offer some practical tips for living a healthier life.

“I tell clients to continue eating nutritious foods, find good quality produce and make the choices that will help them be as healthy as possible. Depending on seasonal items and sometimes vendors and stores’ supplies you must be somewhat flexible with the items to get. People can consider fresh peppers which are really high in Vitamin C. especially the red and yellow bell peppers, and also there’s a variety of berries that can provide nutrients,” Racaniello said.

If you’re out grocery shopping and fresh produce becomes difficult to select or stock is low, the frozen vegetables can often be a resource. Frozen is always a better option than canned because it’s often frozen right after the produce is picked ‘off the vine.’

Tami recommends using onions and garlic, which are complimentary pieces to healthy meals in building the immune system. She says the key is to allow them to sit out once they are cut for recipes, since at that point there’s a chemical reaction happening with the air. “They become anti-viral and much better for the immune system. Then when you cook them the properties stay,” she noted.

With any store-bought or grocery stand food it’s recommended to thoroughly wash every item, including anything coming in a can or carton such as soups and juices. “Definitely with any greens and salads brought home to prep, make sure to ‘give them a bath’ and immerse them in the water for a few seconds. Once they are rinsed, continue to wash with water as you can pull out anything you observe that is not good or starting to go bad,” Tami commented.

A lot of people are snacking on junk foods while the pandemic work-from-home schedules and convenience to snack are interwoven. Tami reminds people that sugar can cause negative effects on the immune system, and eating right should always go hand-in-hand with other good practices such as work/life balance and reducing stress. She advises clients to be proactive in talking with their peers and family members about what they are doing, as well as finding ways to go for walks during appropriate weather,

When she’s gone shopping at food stores Tami chooses to bring her own pocket-size hand sanitizers and antibacterial disinfecting wipes to cleanse both a cart and things in the produce section or containers that she’s shopping for. She highly recommends not using gloves to inspect items at the food store since that could only bring more germs onto different things you pick up or touch, and even worse that can translate to you reaching for your cellphone while out and putting bacteria on its surface which would then be held close to your face for a call or as you look at the phone. Racaniello says the added precaution goes a long way in protecting against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

“Good practices are to wash your hands often, wipe down every high-touch surface from phones to keyboards, eyeglasses, car keys, light switches and door handles. Sometimes we forget about that, but best to be safe,” she commented.

Tami noted the value of some herbal supplements including holy basil (tulsi), ashwagandha, astragalus, rhodiola and turmeric and in boosting immunity and in managing stress on the body and brain. Research has measured how such adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, and ease depression and anxiety, she said. Adaptogens are also noted to help indirectly with other health issues including pain, digestive concerns or insomnia.

“The adaptogens do help with stress and regulating hormones in the body; according to ayurvedic medicine these are a ‘holy trinity’ — ashwagandha, holy basil and rhodiola. They use them to help with the balance of the body and normalizing stress levels. Also people can supplement with Zinc and Vitamin C and it’s important to also make sure to maintain moderate Vitamin D levels, with less sunlight in winter — as a supplement, just for 1,000 to 2,000 IU (international units) per day. People are not getting outside as much. Always keep in mind for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day as a priority, with moderate outdoor walking being a perfect solution in many cases. Walk in your neighborhood or just continue to walk and move when and where you can,” Racaniello said in a 2020 interview.

Other important pieces of advice Racaniello conveys to clients are to try and manage sleep schedules and to utilize technology for positive health benefits with long-range implications, such as downloading meditation apps or fitness trackers. Good amounts of sleep and reducing sugar intake will help boost the immune system.

“I tell my clients to select varieties — pick fruits and vegetables that have much color, and to aim to have at least five different vegetables with each meal. If you want to have an omelette for breakfast that’s great if you can add in peppers and onions, with the onions cut and sitting out for 20 minutes prior to cooking. The vegetables are easy to put together, and with a pizza you can add these and more vegetables as toppings. Add on the broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, artichoke — any combination gets to at least five vegetables per meal. Mushrooms are great sources of beta glucans and they are high in Vitamin D which is also great for the immune system,” Tami said. The mushrooms that are the top immune boosters are the shitake, maitake and oyster varieties.

The Syosset Woodbury Chamber continues building momentum for business networking, opportunities for promotions, and new client introductions in 2021. Its first meeting of the year is set for the regular “third Thursday” evening — January 21, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom.

Local businesses and professionals are also able to submit information and payment online to become a new Chamber member for the year. Check the Chamber’s website, SyossetChamber.com, for more information, or email info@syossetchamber.com to receive news and notifications.

To Burn Fat Naturally and Power Up Immunity, Eat an Orange

To Burn Fat Naturally and Power Up Immunity, Eat an Orange

  • January 12, 2021

We all want that magic pill, the thing that will make it easy to lose weight, feel great, have energy, and help your body fight off disease. But so far, man has not invented such a thing. Mother Nature has, however, and she packaged it in a bright orange peel. It’s an orange. If you’re looking to be your healthiest and succeed at weight loss, boost your immunity, feel energized, and enjoy a more stable, upbeat outlook, just add an orange to your morning. (No disrespect to that other powerhouse, apples, but oranges truly keep the doctor away).

Here are 5 great reasons to eat an orange a day: Burn Fat, Boost Immunity, Fight Soreness, Reverse Aging and Regulate Mood

#1 Reason to Eat an Orange: Study Shows a Molecule in Oranges Helps Block fat

The molecular superstar in oranges that has been found in studies to be a powerful fat-blocker is nobiletin. Researchers at Western University are studying this molecule, which is found in sweet oranges and tangerines. Nobiletin has been shown to drastically reduce obesity in mice and reverse its negative side-effects, and the idea is that this could be a “fat blocker” so when you eat an orange it prevents the body from storing calories as fat. Oranges also contain most of your daily requirement for vitamin C, which gives you two reasons to start your day with a sliced orange right about now.

#2 Reason to Eat an Orange: They Are Immune Heroes that “Lend an Electron”

Oxidization is bad, we know, but vitamin C specifically negates it by adding negative charges to the positive ions that cause damage, aging, and illness. Oranges are nature’s way of taking your daily vitamins: An orange has 90% of the DV of vitamin C which has been shown in studies to help support your immune system. (Cara Cara oranges actually offer 100% of your daily C.) The amazing thing about vitamin C, studies show, is that it fights off pathogens, and “supports the immune system when it’s under siege by its ability to “donate electrons.” Think of this as the cavalry riding in to help support your warrior cells by not only fighting alongside the good guys but also throwing them some backup ammo to use when they run out. Vitamin C not only fights off invaders, pathogens, and microbial viruses that cause infection, but it also supports “cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system,” according to the research.

And vitamin C also makes your skin less vulnerable to oxidative stress, otherwise known as aging:  “Vitamin C supports epithelial barrier function against pathogens and promotes the oxidant scavenging activity of the skin, thereby potentially protecting against environmental oxidative stress,” such as pollution and the sun’s harmful rays.  Oranges may be the most overlooked miracle food: Studies show eating an orange daily can boost your immune system, help your energy levels, keep your mood steady and help spark your body’s natural fat-burning process.

#3 Reason to Eat an Orange: They Block Soreness After Working Out Too Hard

Along with blocking fat and reducing obesity, the same water-soluble nutrient “may reduce soreness and promote glycemic control while increasing the fat burning process in the body.” So the next time you go to a boot camp or overdo it on the jump squats, peel an orange and eat it after your workout as part of your recovery ritual.

#4 Reason to Eat an Orange: They Block Plaque From Building Up and Reverse Aging

The same molecule nobiletin, which is credited with helping your body go into fat-burning overdrive also appears to bind to the proteins responsible for keeping our circadian rhythm stable and our metabolism humming along. Plus the study showed that it was linked to less plaque buildup in the arteries when compared to those animals that did not have nobiletin in their diet.

The contrast between the control group and the mice that were given the compound was stark: When the mice were fed a high-calorie diet and given this nobiletin, they stayed slim, fitter, and heart healthier, even after 10 weeks of overstuffing the animals. The evidence suggests that to stay lean, even when you over-eat, start your day with an orange. Meanwhile, the mice that were fed excessively and not given nobiletin gained nearly twice their body weight and showed normal signs of aging and plaque buildup associated with obesity.

#5 Reason to Eat an Orange: They Keep Your Mood Stable and Your Sleep Sound

This miracle molecule nobiletin has also been linked to reversing the aging effects that are linked to diminished exercise endurance and poor sleep, both of which can lead to mood swings. When you are able to go out for your long runs, rides, or walks and then sleep better at night, your brain is also able to be resilient and better fight off anxiety and depression. So eat an orange a day to stay fit, strong, and upbeat. Eating an orange a day in the morning also reminds you that you are trying to take good care of yourself, adds Dr. Poonam Desai, an emergency medicine doctor and an expert in the link between happiness and health.

An emergency doctor explains the connection between oranges and health

We asked Dr. Poonam Desai is an emergency medicine doctor, who promotes healthy eating and lifestyle habits about the benefits of eating oranges this season and all year long. (Her TED Talk on the importance of happiness to health is a must-watch.) Eating an orange in the morning has an added benefit of reminding yourself that you are taking good care of yourself, she explains and is a great ritual to set that tone for the whole day ahead.

The Beet: How does eating fresh fruit make you feel like you’re taking care of yourself?

Dr. Desai: Eating fresh fruits has so many great benefits! Knowing I am doing good for my body makes me feel confident and in charge of my health.

The Beet: What is the vitamin C connection to health? Why is it so crucial now? What is better about natural sources like oranges vs. taking supplements?

Dr. Desai: Vitamin C has a long list of benefits including a positive role in immune function. Now more than ever we want to focus on our health and doing all the things we can to be healthy. There are two major points to make on this:

    • Our body does not make Vitamin C, so it is important we get it from our diet. I am a firm believer in doing our best to meet our nutritional needs primarily through whole foods, as they provide a mix of beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fiber that often cannot all be found in one supplement.
    • They are readily available all-year-round, with Navel and Cara Cara currently in peak season. A single orange can offer up to 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, depending on the varietal, plus they are also a good source of vitamin A, which also helps support our immune system, as well as dietary fiber, folate, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

    The Beet: What is the best time to get your C? In the am?

    Dr. Desai: It can be so hard to get all of our recommended fruits and vegetables in our day that I would say eat your oranges whenever you can! I would rather eat my vegetables and fruit whenever they’re handy than not eating them at all!

    The Beet: How do you start your day?

    Dr. Desai: I just had a baby, so this has really changed. I now start my day by first tending to my baby and then I tend to myself. It’s important that while we take care of our families and tend to our jobs, that we also tend to ourselves. After all, we need to be well and healthy to continue taking care of our families. My day for myself usually starts with coffee and a healthy meal which ALWAYS includes fresh fruits.

    The Beet: What do you eat in a day?

    Dr. Desai: I am a life-long vegetarian, so lots of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits! I recently have been getting fancy and cooking a lot. I love using different vegetables and fruits in creative, fun, delicious recipes.

    The Beet: How can we get more people to eat more fruit, vegetables, and legumes, or nuts and seeds?

    Dr. Desai: Gosh, this is so important!  We are what we eat, and unfortunately, the American diet is rich in calories but can be deficient in nutrients. Not surprisingly, a large percentage of the U.S. population does not consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.  [Less than 10 percent get the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day!] A healthy diet is one major way we can prevent serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. I believe continued education of adults and children can help encourage people to eat healthier.

    The Beet: Some people who follow a low-carb diet are freaked about sugar even in fruit, so how do you get them to shed that paranoia over the fructose or sugar that is naturally occurring in whole foods like an orange? 

    Dr. Desai: It is important to emphasize that added sugar is unhealthy for us. Added sugar is any sugar that is used in food to make it sweeter. This is what is unhealthy for us. It is important to differentiate this from whole food that has natural sugars. Whole foods, fruits and vegetables (food that do not need labeling) have natural sugars that are also packed with loads of vitamins, fiber, and minerals. This is not bad for us, in fact, quite the opposite. This is good for us!

    The Beet: What is your best way to eat an orange? Slices? Juice? On something or in something?

    Dr. Desai: I love eating California oranges as slices.  Occasionally I  will take out my juicer and make juice from an orange. I like to add this is very different than buying over-the-counter orange juice which for the most part has added sugar.

    The great thing about California oranges is that numerous parts of the fruit can be consumed, including the flesh, juice, zest and peel. A single piece of fruit can go a very long way in the kitchen. Now that I have taken up cooking, I love incorporating it into dishes like a fresh fruit and vegetable salad.

    The Beet: I watched your TED Talk about how being happy is an essential indicator of being healthy. How do you get people to make happiness a priority?

    What specifically about the happiness and health connection do you want people to focus on…That they should pursue happiness every day? That happiness is actually a legitimate health priority?

    Dr. Poonam Desai: Who does not want to be happier? We all do! No one has ever said, they do not want to be happier! There is quite a lot of research connecting happiness, positive emotions with better health and longevity.

    We have seen a connection between life satisfaction (happiness) and good physical health. We should all strive to be happier not only because it makes us feel good but because it is connected to many benefits including better physical health.

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