Humidity helps your nose eliminate viruses

The nose and sinuses are designed to protect us from viruses using small, finger-like projections called cilia that literally beat back infections. Cilia love humidity; when your sinuses and nasal passages get too dry, the cilia have a hard time doing their job and microbes get stuck in there. This is why pediatricians love humidifiers…

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Younger adults are also impacted by COVID in the US

While older individuals and those with underlying health conditions are still most at risk from COVID-19, more than one-third of those who have contracted the virus are aged 44 years and below. This age group also accounts for 20 percent of all hospitalizations and 12 percent of ICU admissions. None of us can be complacent…

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COVID-19 *MAY* present with digestive symptoms

Digestive symptoms may be the first signs of COVID-19 infection, for some people. While a dry cough and fever are typically conveyed as the symptoms to watch out for, this new study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology reports that some individuals may also/predominantly experience loss of appetite, loose stool, vomiting, and abdominal discomfort, together…

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Why are we considering palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) for COVID19?

Why are we considering palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) for COVID19? We have been interested in this molecule for years and have used in our allergy patients (it has well-documented mast cell stabilizing properties), in our pain patients and as influenza treatment and prophylaxis. In this most recent COVID19 pandemic, I think PEA is worth considering, although we…

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COVID in Italy – One physician’s FxMed approach

Dr. Manuel Salvadori, Functional Medicine physician in Italy, is addressing those with COVID19 in his practice using the following protocol. To quote him directly in response to me asking how his patients were faring with what he’s prescribing: “It’s not possible to evaluate results on the CoVID-19, as you can’t really tell if people are…

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COVID-19 Pharma Treatment Shows Promise

Promising pharmaceutical treatment (a repurposed flu drug) for early-stage COVID-19 could be available as early as May. Testing in 340 patients in Japan appears to reduce the median duration of infection from 11 to 4 days. 91% of those treated showed improved lung condition compared to 62% without treatment. Early intervention may be key as…

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Peanut IgE+ B Cells Aren’t Just in Blood

The gut is a major site for IgE-producing B cells in peanut-allergic patients, defined for the first time by new research. The authors also found evidence suggesting that isotype switching can occur in GI tissue – including switching from IgA and IgG to IgE immunoglobulin types. This new understanding presents opportunities for future interventions to…

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Have You Heard of Experience Extinction?

Can we describe experiences as becoming extinct? How many of us are lacking the following: time spent in nature, and contact with biodiverse environments and microbes? Children especially, occupied by homework and screens, can miss out. Jeff Bland and Susan Prescott coauthored this new peer-reviewed paper that paints an expansive and remarkable view of the…

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Research and News February 2020

FDA Approves First Standardized Powder for Allergy Desensitization
Non-Stick Chemicals Found in Drinking Water Across US
Smoke-Damaged Cells Can Be Replaced – It’s Never Too Late To Quit
APOE4 Gene Carriers at Greater Risk for Memory Deficits from Soccer Headings
Antibodies Found in Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
Fish Oil May Improve Testicular Function

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Research and News January 2020

Unpicking Molecular Mechanisms Between Diet, Microbiome and Host – Focus on Ginger
Functional Medicine Needed to Help Solve Ever-Increasing BMIs
Novel Skin-Gut Axis Shows How Sunlight and Vitamin D Production May Modulate the Gut Microbiome
Vegan Diets – Popular But Are They Healthy?
Microbes in Natural Environments Play a Role in Immune Tolerance
Huge Increase in US Alcohol-Related Deaths
Tongue Fat and Other Causes of Macroglossia that Can Affect Sleep Apnea
Male Scientists’ Language Gets Them More Attention

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