The Link Between Zinc and COVID-19

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One disturbing thing that I noticed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is the main focus on mitigation and finding the cure, whether through a vaccine, hydroxychloroquine, or convalescent plasma. To date, not too many doctors in the media are talking about natural ways of preventing or treating COVID-19 infections. In many cases, they tend to be disdainful of natural remedies, including Dr. Fauci, Director of the CDC. Not too surprisingly, Dr. Mercola has lots to say about this issue, with a number of common-sense recommendations.

The Science Behind Zinc

Let’s start with zinc, which is a common essential mineral that we see in our vitamin tablets. It turns to that it’s vital when it comes to fighting viral infections. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is one of the most respected evidence-based reviewers of medical literature. In 2013, they reviewed 18 studies combining 1781 subjects comparing zinc vs. placebo. They found that taking zinc reduces the average duration of the average cold in healthy individuals by up to 2 days, depending on how it was taken and total dosage. They also concluded that prophylactic supplementation can significantly lower rates of common viral infections, school absences, and need for antibiotic use. 

Zinc Helpers

Zinc is an important messenger for immune cells and free zinc inside the cells is needed for signaling. It’s also known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The problem is that zinc has a hard time passing through the cell’s wall which is made of fat. To help zinc pass through the cell wall, substances called zinc ionophores are needed. Quercitin and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG). Quercitin is is a flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plants, such as foods such as tomatoes, berries, leafy greens and broccoli. EGCG is found in green tea and various fruits and nuts. Both quercetin and EGCG have properties that inhibits the viral 3CL protease enzyme, which the SARS coronavirus  uses to infect cells. (Mercola 8-10). 

In 2010, researchers from Leiden, Netherlands and Chapel Hill, North Carolina showed that zinc plus and a zinc-ionophore (pyrithione) can effectively block viral replication, including polio, influenza, and SARS-corona viruses in cell cultures. The same researchers used MgEDTA (a zinc binding agent), to reverse the anti-viral effects of zinc + pyrithione.

How Hydroxychloroquine May Work

What else is a zinc ionophore? Hydroxychloroquine. Although still controversial for treating COVID-19, this anti-malaria drug has known zinc transporter properties, improving zinc uptake in your body’s cells. Although not verified, a NY physician claims to have successfully treated 699 COVID-19 positive patients with a cocktail of chloroquine, zinc, and azythromycin (an antibiotic).

I’m not recommending that everyone go …

The Fallacy of Test Results [Podcast 89]

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In this episode, Kathy and I will discuss an issue that everyone who sees a doctor will have to deal with. With any test, you have to take it with a grain of salt, and this episode will help you place test results in the right context.

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Show Notes:

  1. Sleep study
  2. Vitamin D – Gominak Interviews (2015 Part 1, 2015 Part 2, 2015 Part 3, 2018 Part 1, 2018 Part 2) Supplements podcast link
  3. Thyroid testing (TSH) Mary Shomon
  4. Ferritin Glyphosate podcast
  5. Hormones podcast
  6. Gluten/Celiac
  7. Radiology

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10 Ways to Combat Coronavirus [Podcast 88]

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During this coronavirus pandemic, Kathy and I will be discussing:

  1. Which vitamins and supplements everyone should be taking
  2. What is the easiest and best defense in fighting this infection?
  3. Which immune-boosting benefit most people are missing out on?

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Shownotes:

  1. Good quantity and quality sleep.
    1. Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired
    2. NKC lower 73% with sleep deprivation study
  2. Good nasal breathing
    1. Nitric Oxide from nose increased oxygen uptake in lungs by up to 18%
    2. Nitric oxide and antimicrobial properties
    3. Dr. Weil’s Relaxing Breath video
    4. Curb your sugar craving podcast
    5. Unstuff Your Stuffy Nose ebook
  3. Vitamin D
    1. Dr. John CannellVitamindsociety.org
    2. Vitamin D and disease reduction chart
    3. Vit D Dr. Gominak interviews
    4. School children taking Vit D – lower flu and asthma rates study
    5. Vitamin D and lower cancer risk study
    6. Vitamin D activates genes to activate natural killer cells
  4. Vitamin C
    1. Linus Pauling Institute
    2. Reduce rates of colds
    3. ICU sepsis death rates much lower with Vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine
  5. Vitamin K
    1. In Foods – Dr. Axe
    2. Fermented foods – Dr. Axe
  6. B complex vitamins
    1. B6  foods – Dr. Axe
    2. Folate (B9) foods – Dr. Axe
    3. B12 foods – Dr. Axe
  7. Environmental toxins
    1. Toxin podcast
    2. Honest Review of Branch Basics Cleaner
  8. Probiotics
    1. Fermented foods – Dr. Axe
    2. Probiotics – Dr. Axe
  9. Thymic Protein A (TPA)
  10. Wash your hands with soap and water.
    1. Alcohol based 60 to 80% range – Dr. Mercola
    2. Don’t touch eyes, nose or mouth
    3. College student touching face study
  11. Heat – Dr. Mercola

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5 Ways to Combat Coronavirus

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During this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many of my patients are asking me how to lower one’s risk of catching this virus, or optimizing your body’s defenses if you do catch this infection. Besides the standard list of basic recommended hygiene principles (frequent hand washing, using masks, social distancing, etc.), here are 5 additional simple things you can implement right away. These 5 tips will strengthen your immune system and prevent or minimize the effects of a coronavirus infection. 

  1. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. There are many studies showing that sleep deprivation lowers your body’s ability to fight infections. One study found that natural killer cells (NKC) are lowered by 72% compared to baseline after sleep deprivation. Here’s a good review article on sleep and immune function. If you have untreated obstructive sleep apnea, it’s important to address this condition ASAP.
  2. Make sure you’re breathing through your nose. The nose and sinuses make a gas called nitric oxide (NO), which has two important benefits. This substance helps to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. It’s been found to increase oxygen uptake by up to 18% in the lungs. Mouth breathing bypasses this important benefit. NO also has documented antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s not uncommon to see increased rates of upper respiratory infections in mouth breathers.
  3. Make sure your vitamin D levels are at healthy levels. The vast majority of people in the US are severely vitamin D deficient, mainly due to lack of sunlight exposure. There are countless studies showing significantly lower levels of illness when levels are higher than 40 to 60 ng/mL. Here’s a chart showing the various health benefits of having adequate vitamin D levels. Here’s another study showing that schoolchildren taking vitamin D had lower rates of contracting influenza A, as well as lower asthma rates.
  4. Doctors generally look down on taking vitamins, but there are numerous studies showing significant health benefits of high doses of vitamin C. Here’s one study showing that vitamin C reduced rates of catching the common cold as well as lowering severity and duration of symptoms. Patients with sepsis in the ICU were found to have much lower rates of death (8.5%) if given vitamin C, thiamine and hydrocortisone, versus the control group (40.4%). Search for vitamin C and colds or infections and you’ll find many other articles that support its use. Dr. Mercola has an excellent review of how to combat the coronavirus.
  5. Use this opportunity to re-evaluate what you eat, the water you drink, personal care products you use, and toxic exposures in your house and workplace. One slightly dangerous chemical (such as

A Tongue Pacemaker for Sleep Apnea: Hope or Hype?

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One of the most common questions I get asked by patients and my online community is, “What’s the newest or cutting edge option for treating obstructive sleep apnea?” Internally, I cringe at this question, since it’s like asking what’s the best way to get from your home to work? The answer is…it depends. You can walk, use a skateboard, cycle, drive a car, or even fly there by helicopter. Even the car answer can range from a basic Toyota subcompact to a Lamborghini. All these options have their pros and cons. Some are not very practical, such as flying by helicopter.

It’s understandable that people with obstructive sleep apnea are always looking for better ways of treating OSA, not having to use a pressurized mask (CPAP) for the rest of their lives. Others are reluctant to consider surgery, even when they are good candidates. There are also too many good dental options to choose from. All these mainstream treatment options work to various degrees with various pros and cons.

One recent option that’s been available to sleep apnea patients in the past few years is the tongue nerve pacemaker. The official term is called hypoglossal nerve stimulation, where a pacemaker-like device is implanted in the right upper chest wall, and an electrical cuff is placed around the nerve that protrudes your tongue (the hypoglossal nerve). A sensor lead is placed below the pacemaker device to detect breathing efforts. The device senses when you are making an effort to breathe, and creates an electrical signal to push your tongue forward, opening up your airway being the tongue and soft palate. Click here to see a graphic.

This sounds like a novel idea, but it was first described many years ago by Johns Hopkins researchers in the 1990s. It didn’t take hold for mass sleep apnea treatment until 3 start-up companies were created in the United States in 2006 years of 2007. ImThera is being used in Europe and is currently in clinical trials in the United States. Inspire and Apnex performed clinical studies in the early 2010s. I had the privilege of being involved in the early studies with Apnex. 

Inspire received FDA approval in 2014. In their landmark New England Journal of Medicine publication, they found that in the 126 patient study, the average AHI at 12 months dropped from 29.3 to 9.0, a 68% difference. The overall response rate (> 50% drop in AHI and final AHI < 20) was 66%. The Epworth Sleepiness Score dropped from 11.6 to 7 (< 10 is considered normal). Functional Outcome of Sleep Questionnaire (FOSQ) scores increased from 14.3 …

The Connection Between Cancer and Sleep Apnea [Podcast 87]

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It’s unavoidable that all of us will experience cancer at one time or another. If you have not experienced cancer, it’s likely that you know someone that has suffered or even died from cancer. 

In this episode, Kathy and I discuss the importance of good sleep as it relates to cancer. This is an important topic that everyone needs to hear if you want to significantly lower your risk of cancer.

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Show Notes:

Cancer statistics

OSA and cancer review article

Two cancer and OSA studies: Wisconsin cohort and Spanish Study

Intermittent hypoxia and cancer review article

Cancer VEGF

Hypoxia Induceable factor (HIF)

Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)

IL6 and OSA

Endothelial dysfunction and OSA 

Taiwanese study on cancer and parasomnias, OSA, insomnia

Shift work breast cancer, colon cancer

Estrogens podcast

Vitamin D podcast

Beta blocker and lower cancer

Love Medicine and Miracles book

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book

Pillar Implants for snoring and OSA

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Dirty Dozen foods on EWG

Relaxing breath video by Dr. Weil

5 steps to lower your risk of cancer:

  • Eat clean healthy organic foods
  • Don’t smoke and minimize toxin exposure
  • Optimal, regular sleep
  • Stress control
  • Optimize upper airway and jaw size, starting from pregnancy and childhood.

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The Estrogen Goldilocks Principle: Confusion and Controversy [Podcast 86]

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Estrogen imbalance is a problem not only for women. Men and children can be affected as well, leading to various health conditions including thyroid problems, early puberty in girls, the feminization of boys, poor sleep, weight gain, and higher cancer risk.

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Show Notes:

Post-menopausal women and progesterone study

Dr. John Lee

Dr. Christianne Northrup Wisdom of Menopause book

Sleep Interrupted

Thyroid health podcast

The Top 7 Toxins to Avoid for Better Sleep and Health podcast

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers book by Dr. Robert Sapolsky

Possible autism due to too much estrogen during pregnancy

Sicker Fatter Poorer book podcast

Estrogen enhances growth of cancer cells

Estrogen, obesity, and cancer

Increased estrogen in obese men

Estrogen and breast cancer risk 

Vitamin D Chart

Checklist:

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A Tongue Pacemaker for Sleep Apnea: High Tech Hope or Hype?

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Every few years, a revolutionary way of treating OSA comes out. Nineteen eighty (1981) was a pivotal year in sleep medicine when Dr. Colin Sullivan reported reversing a vacuum cleaner motor to provide positive pressure through a makeshift mask to treat severe obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Shiro Fujita also described a palatal operation to treat obstructive sleep apnea in 1981. Later on, oral appliances were also introduced. Over the years, advances were made with positive air pressure as well as with multi-level soft tissue and jaw procedures.

In 2014, the Inspire hypoglossal nerve stimulation procedure received FDA approval for patients in the United States. In their pivotal trial with results published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, they reported a 68% drop in the average apnea hypopnea index (AHI), 70% drop in the oxygen desaturation index (ODI), and with an overall “response” rate of 66% (more than 50% drop in the AHI and less than 20).

Having been involved years prior with similar technology through another company called Apnex, I was pleased to see that this technology had progressed to the point of being available to the general public. Due to the volatile nature of medical high-tech start-up companies, I was cautiously waiting to see how they would do and see what the results would show in the real world on a long term basis. In 2018, a  group of surgeons performing this procedure published their 5 year outcomes. One hundred and twenty six patients were followed for 5 years, and 97 were included in the study, with 71 available sleep studies. Comparing from baseline to 12, 36 and 60 months, improvements across all measurements remained stable. The pre-treatment AHI was 32, dropping to 15, 11 and 12, at 12, 36 and 60 months, respectively. The functional outcome of sleep questionnaire (FOSQ, a validated sleep quality of life tool) increased significantly from 14 to 17, 17 and 18. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale dropped from 11.6 to 7 at all follow-up periods. Now, this procedure is being performed at over 300 centers in the United States and more and more insurance carriers are covering it, usually after a preauthorization process.

Technically, the pacemaker is implanted under the skin beneath the right collarbone, as opposed to a heart pacemaker, which is implanted on the left side. It’s a similar sized container. A small incision is made under the right chin, and the nerve that supplies the tongue (hypoglossal nerve) is exposed. This technique is very similar to a common procedure we perform in our field to remove the submandibular gland for stones, infections, or cancer. …

Tripple Trouble: Sleep Problems Before, During, and After Pregnancy [Podcast 85]

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In this episode, Kathy and I will be discussing the importance of good health during all phases of pregnancy: before, during and after. Discover the following helpful tips:

  • What to do even before you think about conceiving
  • What to look for if you’re having pregnancy complications
  • An important thing to prepare for just after your delivery
  • A major reason why you’re having trouble breastfeeding
  • What to do for post-partum depression.

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Shownotes:

50% lower sperm counts in men

Fertility problems and obstructive sleep apnea 

Gestational Diabetes and OSA 

Gestational high blood pressure and sleep apnea

Pre-eclampaia and OSA

Prematurity and risk of OSA 

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Tongue Tied book interview with Dr. Richard Baxter

5 Best Korean Foods For Postpartum Recovery

Dr. Palmer and breast feeding podcast

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5 Surprising Facts About Your Thyroid And Sleep [Podcast 84]

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In this episode, Kathy and I will talk about thyroid diseases, a very common condition that’s not often addressed when you are seen for a sleep problem.

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Show Notes:

Hypothyroidism

Hyperthyroidism

Hashimotos thyroiditis

Graves disease

Autoimmune thyroiditis

The Thyroid Diet Revolution: Manage Your Master Gland of Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss by Mary Shomon

Sleep Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired

Thyroid and interaction with sleep

Ideal thyroid labs

TSH less than 2

Free T4 top 25%

Free T3 top 25%

Reverse T3, low end

Anti-thyroid antibodies as low as possible

Thyroid binding globulin

Vitamin D > 50

Ferritin > 60

Thyroid friendly foods

Health organic foods

Iodine in seafood and salt, as well other various foods

Selenium to help thyroid function

Vitamin D health chart

Omega-3

Zinc

Copper

Vitamin B Complex

Magnesium

Iodine

Ashwagandha

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