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This Fat Impairs Immune System and Increases Risk of COVID

Posted by on Jul 5, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on This Fat Impairs Immune System and Increases Risk of COVID

In this interview, Dr. Chris Knobbe, an ophthalmologist, discusses some of the eye-opening information found in his book, “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration.”1 Knobbe is the founder and president of the Cure AMD Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the No. 1 cause of blindness among the elderly. His book is a comprehensive treatise on the historical progression of AMD and provides compelling evidence that this is a disease caused...

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Can UV Light Inactivate Airborne Human Coronavirus?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can UV Light Inactivate Airborne Human Coronavirus?

December 31, 2019, China reported a case of pneumonia from an unknown cause to the World Health Organization.1 It wasn’t long afterward that it became apparent that the “unknown cause” would create global havoc. Immediately, scientists began scrambling to find ways to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, treat the infection and develop public health policies to contain the spread. Historically, scientists identified coronaviruses responsible for human infection in the mid-1960s.2 By 2003 when SARS first appeared, researchers had only...

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Vitamin D in the Prevention of COVID-19

Posted by on Jul 4, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Vitamin D in the Prevention of COVID-19

As noted by retired nursing teacher John Campbell1 in the video above, vitamin D is “an important immunological molecule” that likely plays role in the COVID-19 pandemic. In his video commentary, Campbell reviews a number of recent papers stressing the importance of vitamin D, starting with a press release2 from the French National Academy of Medicine, dated May 22, 2020. The press release correctly points out that vitamin D is a prohormone, meaning it acts as an endocrine hormone. As such, it has wide-ranging influence on health....

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Low Levels of Vitamins B12 and D Linked to Depression

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Low Levels of Vitamins B12 and D Linked to Depression

Up to 2.5% of children and 8.3% of adolescents suffer from depression, a condition that’s associated with significant complications later in life, including an increased risk of suicide, substance abuse, physical diseases and problems with work, academic and psychosocial functioning.1 It’s believed that both genetic and environmental factors play a role in why some children develop depression, and increasing attention has been placed on the role of dietary factors and nutrients such as vitamin D, which is ideally obtained via sun...

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Fragmented Sleep Linked to Atherosclerosis and Inflammation

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Fragmented Sleep Linked to Atherosclerosis and Inflammation

The importance of good sleep — sleep that is not fragmented, disturbed or insufficient — is recognized as a cornerstone of wellbeing by almost all health professionals. Scientific studies have shown that fragmented sleep causes chronic inflammation and can contribute to mental health and neurological disorders such as major depression and Alzheimer’s disease, a Berkeley News release said.1 Lack of sleep also affects your immune system by decreasing protective cytokines, according to Mayo Clinic.2 Fragmented sleep is...

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GMO Mosquitoes To Be Released in Florida

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on GMO Mosquitoes To Be Released in Florida

In June 2020, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services gave the go-ahead to a plan to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this summer to fight mosquito-borne illnesses.1 The plan follows the EPA’s recent granting of an experimental use permit (EUP) for the GMO (genetically modified organism) mosquitoes so they can be released in Florida in 2020 and in Texas in 2021.2 The mosquitoes, engineered from the Aedes aegypti mosquito species,3 were created by the U.S.-owned, Britain-based...

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Is Nasal Irrigation More Important Than Hand-Washing?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Is Nasal Irrigation More Important Than Hand-Washing?

By now, you probably understand the importance of hand-washing to prevent the spread of infectious illness. But did you know flushing your sinuses might be an even better way to inhibit the progression of a viral illness such as COVID-19? In an April 20, 2020, article,1 MSN’s Best Life features the recommendations of Dr. Amy Baxter, a pediatric emergency medicine physician in Atlanta, Georgia. Nasal irrigation, she says, is a rarely discussed strategy that can help reduce the progression of illness in those who have tested positive for...

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Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone Is Now Active

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone Is Now Active

You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data — including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines — must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace. The technology behind such innovations, which many are calling a threat to civil liberties and privacy, is already available to the general public in the App Store and Google Play via Civic Technologies’ Civic Wallet....

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Hidden Funds Lead to Massive Layoffs at Health Department

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Hidden Funds Lead to Massive Layoffs at Health Department

A concerning proportion of scientists — so far 54 in all — have been fired or resigned due to an investigation by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is looking into the researchers’ undisclosed ties to foreign institutions.1 While Charles Lieber, the former head of Harvard’s chemistry department, is one of the highest profile names in the investigation, NIH has been investigating a total of 189 scientists from 87 institutions. Among them, 93% received undisclosed support from China, and many had active...

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Majority of People Are Already Resistant to SARS-CoV-2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Majority of People Are Already Resistant to SARS-CoV-2

According to research1 conducted in Switzerland, SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies are only found in the most severe cases — about 1 in 5. That suggests COVID-19 may in fact be five times more prevalent than suspected. It also means it may be five times less deadly than predicted. The study,2 “Systemic and Mucosal Antibody Secretion Specific to SARS-CoV-2 During Mild Versus Severe COVID-19,” was posted on the prepublication server bioRxiv, May 23, 2020. According to the authors: “When symptomatic, COVID-19 can range from...

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Have You Tried Box Breathing?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Have You Tried Box Breathing?

Breathing is universal, habitual and nearly always automatic. When you get stressed, your breathing pattern and rate change. This often results in more chest breathing in response to a “fight or flight” situation, a response triggered by the autonomic nervous system.1 In April 2019, a headline in The New York Times announced, “Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World …”2 This was slightly less than one year before the COVID-19 pandemic raised stress levels even further. Americans are no...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Pathogens, Molecules and Infections

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Weekly Health Quiz: Pathogens, Molecules and Infections

1 Which of the following groups are at greatest risk for both vitamin D deficiency and severe COVID-19 infection and death? Caucasians The elderly Both the elderly and people of color The elderly and people of color are the two groups that are at greatest risk for both vitamin D deficiency and severe COVID-19 infection and death. Compelling research shows vitamin D deficiency is driving COVID-19 mortality, so helping these populations optimize their vitamin D levels may prevent tens of thousands of deaths should a second wave of COVID-19...

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Milk Thistle: Multiple Benefits but Not a Good Garden Plant

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Milk Thistle: Multiple Benefits but Not a Good Garden Plant

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a member of the asteraceae family and has a large purple flower.1 It comes from the Mediterranean region, but after having been introduced to other parts of the world, it’s become naturalized in South America, North America and Southern Australia. The plants can grow up to 5 feet tall and are covered in spines. They have a long history of being used as an edible, medicinal plant. The earliest record of milk thistle was made by Dioscorides, who thought it helped snake bite.2 Pliny the Elder wrote about...

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Bold Action Required to Defeat Second Wave of COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Bold Action Required to Defeat Second Wave of COVID-19

As health officials continue to expect a second wave of COVID-19 this fall, spreading information about how to prevent it is becoming crucial. One of the most important strategies in this regard is to optimize your vitamin D level. Vitamin D not only helps regulate immune function and prevent respiratory illnesses in general, but mounting data analyses show clear parallels between vitamin D levels and the risk of infection, severity and mortality from COVID-19 as well. While U.S. authorities are still trying to debunk (and even instill fear)...

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Molecular Hydrogen — Is it the Best Antioxidant You Can Take?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2020 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Molecular Hydrogen — Is it the Best Antioxidant You Can Take?

Tyler W. LeBaron, founder of the science-based nonprofit Molecular Hydrogen Institute, is one of the most knowledgeable people about molecular hydrogen and its benefits. There are so many benefits we can learn from him and many other researchers from Universities around the world. For starters, H2 is a potent selective antioxidant. This is important, as many other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E are not selective, and when taken in excess, can be counterproductive. Hydrogen doesn’t have that downside, which is one of the reasons...

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