Telehealth, mHealth Make Nurses Pivotal Presence in Healthcare

Telehealth and mHealth technology have propelled the nurse from a note-taker and hand-holder to a controller and dispenser of information. And they’re using those skill to improve care management and coordination.

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Labor Dept. Makes Telehealth a Permanent Option for FMLA Requests

Federal officials have permanently extended an emergency order giving employees the option to use telehealth to meet with doctors to qualify for taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Landmark Publication on Vitamin C for COVID-19

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  • While health authorities and mainstream media have ignored, if not outright opposed, the use of vitamin C and other supplements in the treatment of COVID-19, citing lack of clinical evidence, a landmark review recommends the use of vitamin C as an adjunctive therapy for respiratory infections, sepsis and COVID-19
  • According to the authors, “Vitamin C’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating effects make it a potential therapeutic candidate, both for the prevention and amelioration of COVID-19 infection, and as an adjunctive therapy in the critical care of COVID-19”
  • Oral vitamin C at doses of 2 to 8 grams a day have been shown to reduce the incidence and duration of respiratory infections
  • Intravenous vitamin C at 6 to 24 grams a day has been shown to reduce mortality, ICU admission rates, hospital stays and time on mechanical ventilation in patients with severe respiratory infections
  • An international vitamin C campaign has been launched in response to the landmark review

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Diabetes, Magnesium, Bicarbonates & Hydrogen

Most of my writings in my diabetes book centered around the essential power of magnesium and bicarbonates working together to manage and even cure diabetes. Early in 2020, at the age of 67, after a lifetime of eating too much sugar, I was diagnosed with diabetes with a fasting level of 132. Fortunately for me, I knew what to do and blew off the diagnosis in two weeks by greatly increasing my magnesium intake. Continue reading

WSJ: Hospitals Return to Basics for COVID Treatment

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  • Doctors are moving away from the initial treatment protocols to protect health care workers and reverting to prepandemic guidelines for ventilator use, which has improved survival rates for patients
  • Over 50% of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients die, with some mortality rates as high as 97.2% depending on the person’s age. Inherent risks with ventilation include lung damage and long-term sedation
  • Home treatments to help prevent hospitalization that have been silenced are high-dose vitamin C, hydroxychloroquine and zinc; if hospitalized ask for the MATH+ protocol at the first sign of breathing problems to prevent ventilation

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HHS Expands COVID-19 Telehealth Capabilities in PREP Act Amendment

The Health and Human Services Secretary will allow healthcare providers to use telehealth across state lines to deliver “Covered Countermeasures” against the coronavirus.

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Artemisinin From Sweet Wormwood Inhibits SARS-CoV-2

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  • An antimalarial treatment made from the plant Artemisia annua (Sweet Wormwood) shows promise as a COVID-19 treatment
  • The drug artesunate — which contains two compounds found in Artemisia annua: artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin — is a first-line treatment for malaria
  • In a recent in vitro study, both pretreatment and treatment with artemisinin extracts, synthetic artemisinin and the drug artesunate were able to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, artesunate was the most potent in terms of treatment, and from a clinical perspective may be the only one worth pursuing
  • Artesunate’s mechanism of action against SARS-CoV-2 is as yet unknown, but artemisinin does have confirmed antiviral activity
  • The World Health Organization has come out in opposition to artemisinin-based products, warning their use can bolster drug-resistant strains of malaria parasites. For this reason, people living in malaria-prone areas should be cautious about using this plant remedy

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How Your Gut Health Impacts Your Disease Risk

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  • A significant proportion of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal tract. Harvard researchers have now identified the specific population of gut bacteria that modulate localized and systemic immune responses to ward off viral invaders
  • Bacteroides fragilis and other bacteria in the Bacteroides family initiate a signaling cascade that induces the release of interferon-beta, which protects against viral invasion by stimulating immune cells to attack the virus and causing virus-infected cells to self-destruct
  • Zonulin-mediated gut permeability plays a determining role in the pathogenesis of many chronic inflammatory diseases. Zonulin is produced in response to bad bacteria. It flushes the bacteria out by opening up the tight junctions
  • Aside from bacteria overgrowth, gluten is a powerful trigger of zonulin release as the zonulin pathway misinterprets gluten as a potential harmful component of a microorganism
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases associated with dysregulation of the zonulin pathway and leaky gut include autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, intestinal diseases, neuroinflammatory diseases and cancer of the brain and liver 

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Best Kept Secrets to Prevent, Halt, or Even Reverse Macular Degeneration

Have you ever felt your money was wasted on supplements? That even though you consistently followed the protocol from your health-care practitioner you were not getting the results others obtained with the same program? You may have been right! We’ve helped hundreds of patients with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) with these healing secrets designed to help “non-responders”; those for whom the average supplement and dietary protocol fails to work. Continue reading

It’s time you sweetened your diet with these five keto-friendly natural sweeteners

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Originally developed in the 1920s to help children with epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has recently increased in popularity as an effective diet for weight management.

Popular among athletes and the like, the ketogenic diet shares a lot of similarities with the Atkins diet, especially in the sense that it strictly monitors — if not entirely eliminates — carbohydrate intake. Continue reading

Brain Stimulation Via Earbuds: Unobtrusive Technology Could Treat a Variety of Diseases

The startup Nēsos emerges from stealth mode with early human trial data on arthritis

They look like regular earbuds, but these headphones don’t play music, or produce any kind of sound. Instead, they produce electrical fields designed to treat disease. Continue reading

Korean Superfood May Reduce Body Fat

Fermented foods such as kimchi may be one key to preventing obesity. A June 2020 study evaluated whether the Lactobacillus sakei bacteria derived from the Korean delicacy can cause weight loss in obese individuals, with promising results  Continue reading

How Long Will We Ignore the Truth About Vitamin D?

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  • A scientific review published in 2006 concluded that epidemic seasonal influenza is most likely related to the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency during winter months. Since then, other studies have confirmed this theory
  • A 2010 study found there’s an inverse relationship between UVB sun exposure — which is how your body synthesizes vitamin D naturally — and influenza deaths
  • Vitamin D protects against tuberculosis, a fatal lung disease that kills an estimated 1.8 million people around the world each year
  • According to recent research, 82.2% of COVID-19 patients tested were found to be deficient in vitamin D, and vitamin D status has been shown to influence your risk of testing positive for COVID-19, hospitalization rates and need for intensive care, as well as your risk of dying from the infection
  • Vitamin D can reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by reducing the survival and replication of viruses, reducing inflammatory cytokine production, maintaining endothelial integrity and increasing ACE2 concentrations, which helps lower COVID-19 severity 

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Researchers Discover Why Gum Disease Causes Heart Disease

Think skipping your nightly dental care routine is no big deal? The results of a recent study linking gum health to inflammatory diseases like heart disease may convince you to never skip oral hygiene again  Continue reading

Top 8 Health benefits of eating garlic

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Top 8 Health benefits of eating garlic

Garlic is a go-to natural medicine for a lot of people worldwide. It’s no secret that this pungent bulb vegetable boasts a number of potent and beneficial effects against all sorts of bacterial and viral infections. Continue reading