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Quercetin: A Fundamental Nutrient

Nov 15th 2020

Quercetin: A Fundamental Nutrient

Recently we’ve been writing about an antioxidant plant flavonoid called quercetin as an essential component of an immune defense arsenal.  But there are many other reasons to include quercetin, which has been used for centuries as a component of healing herbs like St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba, in your supplement program, whether you want to get well or just stay well. Quercetin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and it stimulates the body to produce a wide range of additional antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying chemicals. Quercetin has demonstrated anti-diabetic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.  It supports cardiovascular, urinary, and nervous system health, and has been shown to protect against stress, cataracts, osteoporosis, and heavy metal toxicity.   Quercetin helps shed excess weight, it increases and sustains a high level of energy and endurance, maximizes physical and mental performance, and helps to redu…

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Quercetin and COVID-19

Nov 9th 2020

Quercetin and COVID-19

A few months ago, we wrote about the five supplements we felt were the most important supplements to be taking at this time to support immune health.  They are: A high-quality multivitamin, like our Beyond Health Multi.   Vitamin C (either powdered or in tablets), 6 grams a day or to bowel tolerance, in divided doses.  Enough Vitamin D3 to achieve a high-normal level on a 25(OH)D blood test. Beyond Health Cell Repair Formula or Beyond Health Quercetin Pro, 2-4 tablets daily. Zinc.  Under age 40, 25 mg per day from Beyond Health’s Multi.  If over 40, an additional 25 mg from Beyond Health’s Zinc Formula for a total of 50 mg per day.  Most health-minded people today are aware that a multi, vitamins C and D, and zinc are good for the immune system.  But quercetin? Some people haven’t even heard of it.  So what is quercetin (pronounced kwer’-si-tin)?  And why do we believe it’s an essential component of…

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COVID-19 Prompts 80% to Become More Pro-active About Health

Nov 1st 2020

COVID-19 Prompts 80% to Become More Pro-active About Health

A recent Harris Poll commissioned by the Samueli Integrative Health Foundation found that 80% of the more than 2,000 representative adults surveyed in the U.S. say they intend to become more mindful about practicing self-care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It seems that COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for most Americans. For many years the medical-pharmaceutical establishment has cultivated an unhealthy dependency on doctors and their prescriptions or surgeries to get us well when we get sick.  What patients can do for themselves in terms of building health with good diet and healthy lifestyle is often minimized and even actively discouraged by doctors.  Thus, cancer patients are told it doesn’t matter what they eat—that they can eat sugar, and they’ll be fine as long as they get their chemotherapy or radiation.  Heart patients are told by their doctors to skip vitamins and rely instead on harmful medications.  But with COVID-19, we’re s…

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Vaping: Not Safe, Potentially Deadly

Oct 26th 2020

Vaping: Not Safe, Potentially Deadly

Last year in an article on vaping we concluded that although it might be a slight improvement over cigarette smoking, vaping was far from safe. Since then thousands of vapers have become ill with a serious disease called Evali (e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury), and a recent study found that vaping greatly increases the risk of contracting COVID-19.   All the more reason to “just say no” to vaping.   A New York Times article gave a harrowing description of 20-year-old Janan Moein’s experience of Evali. After vaping regularly with a cannabis-laced brand for 6 months, Mr. Moein found himself hospitalized with a collapsed lung and in a medically-induced coma. Diagnosed with Evali, he was given a 5% chance of survival. He lost nearly 50 pounds in 2 weeks and now recalls, “My lips were blue. They had to tape my eyes shut. I was hallucinating the entire time that the nurses were trying to kill me, that the walls were made of human skin.  It was a…

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Protection from Wildfire Air Pollution

Oct 21st 2020

Protection from Wildfire Air Pollution

It was an apocalyptic experience to wake up on the morning of September 9th in San Francisco, California, to a darkened sky with an eerie orange glow. And it became stranger still when by mid-afternoon the sky hadn’t changed, as if the day had never begun.  This was a San Franciscan’s eye view of the effects of the worst fire season the West Coast has experienced ever. The air was darkened for two days by a blanket of smoke that stretched all along the coast and more than 1,000 miles west over the Pacific Ocean as wildfires raged from Washington down to Southern California.  Even those who haven’t been in the direct path of the fires leading to loss of property and life have experienced some of the worst air pollution in the world, comparable, according to a study done in Berkeley, to smoking 25 cigarettes a day.  And it didn’t help to know that the consequent lung irritation and inflammation made us more prone to lung infections, like COVID-19. What c…

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Vitamin E and Immunity

Oct 18th 2020

Vitamin E and Immunity

When you think about immune-building nutrients, vitamin E probably isn’t among the first that come to mind.  But it should be.  Vitamin E is one of the most effective nutrients known for supporting immune function—especially when it comes to fighting off viral infections, and even a marginal deficiency will throw a monkey wrench into your immune system’s response to a challenge. Laboratory, animal and human studies have shown that vitamin E has a variety of effects on immune cell production, differentiation, proliferation and activity; that vitamin E insufficiency diminishes these effects; and that supplementing with vitamin E at higher than government recommended levels enhances them. Yet as we confront the current viral pandemic, approximately 90% of the US population isn’t getting enough vitamin E from their diets to meet even minimal government standards. The average American diet supplies less than half the government’s Recommended Dietary Intake (RD…

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Omega - Deficiency Linked with Anger and Violence

Oct 5th 2020

Omega - Deficiency Linked with Anger and Violence

In our polarized country, anger is common.  Not that there aren’t legitimate reasons why many people are angry or ways that anger can be used constructively to make positive change. But often you can sense in people a kind of aimless anger, an angry mood just looking for a target. What if a lot of this anger had to do with diet?  It probably does.  Just like depression (which is described as anger turned towards the self), anger can be a mood disorder, and the Standard American Diet (SAD) fosters mood disorders. Omega-3 fatty acids—lacking in the SAD—are key to mental health and a feeling of well-being. One of the brain’s major components is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fat, and the association between low DHA brain levels and depression, suicide and violence is well established.  Receptors in the brain for the “reward” and “feel-good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin are made from DHA. If DHA isn’t available, the body will use inferio…

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The Omega-3 Index: A Way to Measure Your Tissue Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sep 30th 2020

The Omega-3 Index: A Way to Measure Your Tissue Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

We’ve been writing recently about the importance of a particular family of fatty acids called the omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are found in flaxseeds and flax oil, green leafy vegetables, and non-farmed fatty fish, like salmon, anchovies, herring and sardines. Thousands of studies have shown that having high levels of omega-3s in your blood helps to prevent and reverse all kinds of chronic disease, including heart disease, cognitive decline and dementia, diabetes, cancer, depression and anxiety, eye problems like macular degeneration, arthritis, autoimmune disease, neurological disease and more.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much omega-3s you had in your tissues?  Well, now you can! Dr. William Harris is a research professor at the Sanford School of Medicine in South Dakota.  He has been studying fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids since the 1970s. With fifty years of research under his belt and over 80 published papers, he is an expert in the field.…

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Clearing Up Confusion about Fish Oil Studies

Sep 27th 2020

Clearing Up Confusion about Fish Oil Studies

Does fish oil work?  Test results have been inconsistent. So let’s look a little deeper. In the 1970s, scientists noted that Eskimos and other groups that ate a lot of fish, a rich source of key omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), rarely had heart disease. Later, studies using government data confirmed the value of omega-3s to heart health.  This led to an explosion of tens of thousands of studies that found that omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, were beneficial not only to the heart, but in a whole slew of diseases, from cognitive decline and dementia to diabetes, eye health, cancer, mental health, arthritis, autoimmune disease, neurological disease and more.  It was also discovered that the omega-3s and their partners, the omega-6 fatty acids (found especially in nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, and corn-fed livestock), formed messenger proteins in the body called eicosanoids that control inflammation: omega-6s genera…

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EPA, DHA, and Cytokine Storm

Sep 21st 2020

EPA, DHA, and Cytokine Storm

A recently published Opinion Article suggests that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may have an important role to play in preventing or at least managing the so-called “cytokine storm” that has caused the deaths of many COVID-19 patients. The authors say that supplementing with these two omega-3 fatty acids should be "considered as both a supportive therapy and a prevention strategy" in patients infected with the virus. Cytokines are protein messengers in the body that initiate and regulate the immune system’s response to an attack, including its inflammatory response. Inflammation is used to kill invading pathogens, but if it isn’t well-regulated, it can do serious damage to healthy cells and tissues as well. This is exactly what happens in “cytokine storm.”  Cytokine storm is like an out-of-control hurricane destroying everything in its path. Many COVID-19 patients have died not from the virus itself but from this out…

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Aspirin Alternatives for Thinning the Blood

Sep 16th 2020

Aspirin Alternatives for Thinning the Blood

As we age, our blood tends to become thicker, stickier and more viscous. When your blood is thick and flows more slowly, oxygen and other nutrients aren’t delivered as efficiently. But worse, viscous blood forms deadly clots more readily and has an abrasive quality that damages blood vessel linings, setting the stage for inflammation, plaque formation and eventual atherosclerosis. It also contributes to high blood pressure and is implicated in age-related cognitive decline and dementias like Alzheimer’s disease.  So keeping the blood thin (as in “blood thinners”) is a good idea, and to this end, doctors often recommend aspirin for its blood-thinning abilities. But aspirin has a big downside: by slowing tissue repair it increases the risk of internal bleeding—usually gastrointestinal bleeding, but also the kind of retinal bleeding or leaking that causes macular degeneration. Even the supposedly safer low doses have been found over time to do the same kind of se…

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Reduce Inflammation by Improving Your  Omega-3:Omega-6 Ratio

Sep 13th 2020

Reduce Inflammation by Improving Your Omega-3:Omega-6 Ratio

Inflammation is a major factor in pain and in all kinds of disease from arthritis to allergies, heart disease, obesity, neurodegenerative brain disease and more (see Inflammation: a Common Denominator of Disease).  And one of the primary causes of inflammation is an imbalance in the modern diet between two types of fats called omega-3s and omega-6s. These two fats are sometimes referred to together as the “essential fatty acids.” They are “essential” because our bodies can’t make them, so it’s essential that we get them from either food or supplements.  Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, while most omega-6s are pro-inflammatory. The typical modern diet provides far too few omega-3s and way too many inflammatory omega-6s.  To make matters worse, those omega-6s are usually from toxic, processed vegetable oils.  Processing these omega-6 oils damages them, often converting them into dangerous trans fats, while contaminating them with added toxins.  Om…

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Magnesium and Depression

Aug 31st 2020

Magnesium and Depression

. . . In my experience, depression is relatively easy to cure with diet, supplementation and detoxification. Common causes of depression include deficiencies of essential fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and vitamin D. Mercury toxicity and food allergies are two other common causes. Antidepressant drugs do not address these causes.  Raymond Francis, Beyond Health News, May-June 2007 Do you need to spend years on a psychiatrist’s couch to overcome anxiety or depression, or could you just pop a few magnesium tablets and save the time and money?  A 2006 paper reported reversing major, long-standing depression in four individuals in less than a week by supplementing with 125-300 milligrams of magnesium at each meal and at bedtime!  One of these subjects, who had been addicted to tobacco, alcohol and cocaine, announced that his cravings for all these substances had disappeared!  George and Karen Eby, the study’s authors, argue for the” ... poss…

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Magnesium and Weight Loss

Aug 26th 2020

Magnesium and Weight Loss

Widespread magnesium deficiency has been implicated in a host of chronic diseases, including obesity.  How would healthy levels of magnesium in our cells help us to attain and maintain a healthy weight, and how does magnesium deficiency sabotage those goals? Fatigue. The number one complaint patients bring to doctors is “feeling tired.” Being unable to lose weight probably ranks a close second.  The two concerns are related: It’s hard to eat less and exercise more when you’re already feeling tired all the time. Fatigue is one of the first signs of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium and the B vitamins are our main energy nutrients, involved in almost every step of energy creation in the cells’ energy factories, the mitochondria. Nutrient Deficiency.  Magnesium and the B's activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption and utilization of all three macronutrients—fats, proteins, and carbohydrates—making the vitamins and minerals they contain available for our…

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Magnesium and Diarrhea

Aug 23rd 2020

Magnesium and Diarrhea

Getting enough magnesium is a problem for most people in industrial societies, where soil depletion and food processing have stripped minerals, especially magnesium, from our food; and magnesium deficiency is showing up in all kinds of health problems, from heart disease to neurological and emotional problems, from chronic fatigue to diabetes, and more. But taking too much magnesium—or more specifically, taking more magnesium than you can absorb—can be a problem too. Magnesium that the body can’t absorb causes an osmotic pressure in the bowel that stimulates bowel movement, decreasing “transit time” (the time it takes food to travel from the mouth out through the anus) and causing loose stools and/or diarrhea. When food is rushed through the gut in this way, there isn’t enough time for the intestines to absorb nutrients adequately.  Such was the case for a chemistry professor who consulted renowned alternative health doctor Dr. Jonathan V. Wright due to low energy…

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Magnesium, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes

Aug 17th 2020

Magnesium, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes

Insulin resistance has become a major problem in our overweight, sedentary, stressed out, sleep-deprived, refined sugar-eating society, and is a probable co-morbid complication in COVID-19. What is insulin resistance, and how does it lead to diabetes?  Excessive sugar in the blood is a dangerous, inflammatory situation.  It is the hormone insulin’s job to keep blood sugar levels from getting too high by escorting sugar into the cells where it can be either burned to make energy or stored.  However when cells are constantly asked to take on excessive amounts of sugar they become “insulin resistant.”    The body responds by making more insulin, forcing more sugar into the unwilling cells. But over time, the cells become increasingly resistant. Eventually sugar builds up to unhealthy levels, a condition called pre-diabetes.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1/3 of our population has prediabetes. …

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Assessing Magnesium Deficiency

Aug 12th 2020

Assessing Magnesium Deficiency

Do you have any of these health issues?  Allergies or Asthma Autoimmune Illness Heart Disease Irregular or rapid heartbeat  High blood pressure  Blood clots Congestive heart failure Chronic excessive muscle tension  Muscle spasms, tics, cramps or tremors (especially in hands, legs, feet or face) Clumsiness, lack of coordination  ADD/ADHD Alzheimer’s disease Autism Parkinson’s disease  Irritability, nervousness, anxiety, easily upset  Extreme sensitivity to noise and/or pain  Candida yeast infection Gut Disorders, including peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease, and colitis Chronic constipation  Eating disorder; cravings for sugar and/or chocolate Poor appetite  Depression, apathy  Confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems  No energy, weakness, exhaustion Chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia  Insomnia/restless sleep  Insul…

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The Magnesium Deficiency Crisis

Aug 9th 2020

The Magnesium Deficiency Crisis

While the world’s attention is riveted by COVID-19, pervasive magnesium deficiency has been an ongoing health crisis for at least sixty years, causing death, disease, and reduced quality of life. Magnesium plays many important roles in heart health, and a deficiency of this important mineral is a major risk factor for having a sudden, fatal heart attack! As one of the body’s most significant anti-inflammatory compounds, magnesium also helps to prevent the chronic diseases that plague our time, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other “co-morbidities” that increase chances of being hospitalized with and dying from COVID-19. In fact, virtually every known illness can be associated with magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium plays many essential roles in the immune system. It contributes significantly to anti-viral immunity, and has other properties that may make it especially useful for COVID-19. Meanwhile, low magnesium levels can seri…

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Certain Groups Need More Vitamin D!

Aug 3rd 2020

Certain Groups Need More Vitamin D!

Certain populations have borne the brunt of COVID-19 illness and deaths; and they all are especially likely to be deficiency in vitamin D.  Older folks don’t fare well with the virus. Adults over 65 years of age represent 80% of hospitalizations & have a 23-fold greater risk of death than younger people. The elderly are likely to be vitamin D deficient due to inadequate diet and also because as we age we become less able to manufacture vitamin D in our skin from sunshine. Almost everyone who has died of COVID disease had co-morbidities, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, high blood pressure, cancer, lung disease, neurological disease, kidney disease or obesity. Scientific studies have associated all of these conditions with vitamin D deficiency.  Now it has become apparent that significantly more people of color are contracting and dying from COVID-19 than their white counterparts.  Although black Americans repre…

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Raising Your Vitamin D Levels

Jul 29th 2020

Raising Your Vitamin D Levels

While many factors determine whether or not you will get a coronavirus infection, how bad the infection will be, and how long it will take to recover, there is one all-important factor—the state of your immunity.  Beyond Health’s protocol for building and maintaining a strong immune system includes having your vitamin D blood levels tested with a 25(OH)D test, and getting them up to 40-60 ng/mL (100-150 nmol/L) or more depending on your medical situation. Your immune system requires adequate amounts of vitamin D to function the way it’s supposed to. If you’re low on D, it’s like fighting the coronavirus with one hand tied behind your back. You can raise your vitamin D levels with sun, food and supplements. SUN Sunlight is an inexhaustible source of free vitamin D! The sun’s UVB rays convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D. However, since these same UVB rays cause sunburn, light-skinned people need to build up a protective tan gradually. The best approach is…

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CNN Raises Concern Over Vitamin D Overdosing

Jul 26th 2020

CNN Raises Concern Over Vitamin D Overdosing

Scientists from China to Great Britain are investigating the likelihood that vitamin D supplementation can dramatically reduce the severity of COVID-19 as well as its number of fatalities. We already know that adequate amounts of vitamin D are essential to immune function, and many Americans have begun proactively taking substantial doses.  In response, CNN is warning the public that taking too much of this essential nutrient can be dangerous.  But while the danger of getting too much vitamin D is negligible, the danger that we’re taking too little is huge! Too much of anything isn’t good for you—even water.  In a contest in which the contestants tried to drink as much water as they could as fast as they could, the “winner” reportedly died! In contrast, no one has ever died of a vitamin overdose, including vitamin D.  In enormous doses—many times more than the most enthusiastic vitamin D advocate would ever recommend—vitamin D can be harmful.  …

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