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The Genetics of COVID-19, Part 1
April 30, 2020
There are many factors that determine who’s more prone to hospitalization or death from coronavirus infection. But among them—and now subject to intense research—are individual genetic predispositions. Certain genes can make you more susceptible to an inflammatory cascade—cytokine storm—that presages a bad outcome in COVID-19. Integrative physician Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen, MD, is co-founder of IntellxxDNA, a service that helps health professionals interpret their patients’ genetic profiles. She sheds light on how variations in gene expression can influence pathways integral to viral infection. These analyses, based on saliva samples, can yield critical insights about deployment of various nutraceutical treatments—including elderberry, andrographis, astragalus, vitamins A, C, and D, zinc, fish oil and specific pro-resolving mediators (SPMs), quercetin, melatonin, EGCG, and curcumin. Click HERE for part 2.



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The Role “Metabolic Fitness” Plays In Resistance to the Coronavirus, Part 1
April 21, 2020
In the wake of the largest study of its kind that demonstrates that obesity is the single biggest factor that lands people with Covid-19 in the hospital, we discuss the role that “metabolic fitness” plays in resistance to the coronavirus with Dr. Loren Marks, Functional Medicine chiropractor in New York City. Dr. Marks makes the case for the protective effects of certain nutrients: vitamins A, C, D, zinc and n-acetyl cysteine. Is there a potential for excessive immune stimulation resulting in cytokine storm? What’s Dr. Marks doing personally to maintain fitness during the lockdown? What’s the role of the microbiome in maintaining immune health? How does the “gut/lung axis” influence resistance to respiratory pathogens? What are some of the genetic determinants of susceptibility to Covid-19? Click HERE for part 2.



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The Applicability of Nutrients to Coronavirus, Part 1
April 16, 2020
Dr. Thomas Guilliams, author of "Supplementing Dietary Nutrients: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals" (www.pointinstitute.org) has been devoting considerable thought lately to the applicability of nutrients to the coronavirus pandemic; he shares advice about general nutritional support for immune defense, and then offers suggestions specific to COVID-19. Is there a danger of over-stimulating the immune system and risking ”cytokine storm”? What roles for A, C, D, zinc? What about melatonin, curcumin, NAC, alpha-lipoic acid, astragalus, Andrographis, mushroom extracts and beta-glucans products? As Vice President for Scientific Affairs for Ortho Molecular Products, he’s witnessing first hand some of the production bottlenecks and shortages the supplement industry is experiencing—there’s been a surge in demand for nutritional supplements, especially ones with immune-supportive caché. Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Radio Show for March 21, Part 2: Covid-19
March 23, 2020
10 percent of patients are infected by asymptomatic “silent spreaders”; How long does virus live on inanimate surfaces? A possible melatonin connection; Are we over-reacting and risking crashing the economy? The politicization of Coronavirus; Sunlight is the best disinfectant; IV vitamin C; Nutraceuticals for Coronavirus—vitamins A, C, and D, NAC, astragalus, oregano, elderberry, beta-glucans, medicinal mushrooms, probiotics. Can over-stimulating the immune system trigger “cytokine storm”? The ACE connection and blood pressure drugs; Plaquenil and Azithromycin combo—a possible cure? Is ibuprofen a non-no for fever control? Immune supplement shortage; The predicament of patients with OCD and anxiety disorders; The nitric oxide connection; Is vaping causing an unexpected spike in Millennials with serious Covid-19 symptoms? When will it end? Click HERE for part 1.



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Leyla Weighs In: How Much is Too Much Vitamin A?
June 1, 2018
Nutritionist Leyla Muedin answers these listener questions: How much vitamin A should I take? Is 5,000 IU enough, or too much?; Do you recommend the consumption of Black Seed Oil? If so, how much should I take?



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