Here’s a review of the latest peer-reviewed and pre-print publications in regards to natural compounds that are showing promising anti-coronavirus activity.
Recently, we discussed the role of zinc in optimizing hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) antiviral benefit. We’ve also been talking about profound potassium (K+) deficiency (hypokalemia) apparently being caused by CoV-2 hijacking of ACE2 receptors.
A new Harvard-led analysis finds that COVID-19 patients that live in areas with higher air pollution, such as New York City, have experienced a higher death-rate from the infection than those who lived in areas with cleaner air.
Ketones (spefically beta-hydroxybutyrate) have shown to inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation, which is a key pathological mechanism in COVID-19.
For those physicians called to the hospital front lines, MedCram has a free video series on mechanical ventilation. From MedCram: “We understand that medical professionals (and students) that don’t have significant experience with mechanical ventilation may be called upon to help ventilator management teams in critical care settings. And clinicians with extensive ventilator experience may want a refresher or a tool to aid in teaching mechanical ventilation strategies to other clinicians.” They also have another class on ARDS. Also free.
Supplement quality is a hugely important issue. There have been many instances of supplements not containing what they claim to, containing contaminants they are not supposed to (including ones that can be harmful), cost-cutting with cheaper nutrient types, and overstating health impacts. Learn how to navigate your dietary supplement selection right here with advice from our Nutrition Team.
We do get many inquiries about vegan diets, for reasons that include ethical, health and environmental, including by many people who simply want to reduce their meat intake, aka ‘flexitarian.’ But are vegan diets really a good idea for all? Read on to find out.
Are you curious about the surge in popularity of plant-based burgers like the Impossible and Beyond Burgers? Wondering our thoughts on these new food products? This article provides insights and recommendations that will help you make the best decisions for your health and your principles.
Climate Change Series Part 2 – How FxMed Already Supports a Healthier Planet and How We Might Do Even Better
If you’re motivated – like we are – to preserve planetary health, you’ll hopefully be reassured to know that the Functional Medicine (FxMed) principles you’re likely already adopting are also helping you reduce your own climate impact.
Surprisingly, indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air. Particles from home heating and cooling systems, tobacco smoke, off-gassing from furniture and building materials, and mold spores can all contaminate indoor air. Of course, outdoor air pollution can also make its way indoors when windows are open – traffic pollution particles in built-up areas and next to roads, chemical pesticide sprays in agricultural areas, and even mercury and ozone that are carried by wind over long distances.