From Music Accessories to Medical Necessities: How an NYC Company Stepped Up to COVID-19

By Erik Goldman

During the early months of the pandemic, the D’Addario musical accessories company was among thousands of NYC-area “non-essential” businesses forced to shut down. The owners quickly realized that material used to make drum heads could be repurposed to make medical grade face shields.

The D’Addario musical accessories company has been through many ups and downs since its founder Carmine D’Addario (aka Charles) emigrated to Astoria, New York, in 1905, and began making sheep gut guitar strings in a shop behind his house. 

But in 4 generations, the company had never ceased operations completely. Then COVID-19 hit the US.

In April, D’Addario found itself among the thousands of “non-essential” metro New York City businesses that were ordered to shut down during the first phase of the pandemic.

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The Role of Micronutrients & Probiotics in Immune Health for Children

Written by Erik Goldman

The immune system is an elegant and complex set of cells, proteins, and tissues designed to protect our bodies from infections, both minor and life-threatening. Both the innate and acquired immune systems are dependent upon healthy nutrition, a healthy gut microbiome, adequate rest, and management of stress.

The transfer of maternal microbiota is very closely linked to a child’s immune system development. Therefore, maintenance of a healthy maternal microbiome is essential for the health of both the mother and child.

The use of strain-specific probiotics during pregnancy and infancy can reduce the risk of atopic sensitization, eczema and wheeze. Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the incidence and/or severity of colds, flu-like symptoms, acute infectious diarrhea, as well as antibiotic use in children.

A plant-rich, high fiber diet is beneficial to gut microbiota, and has been shown to reduce mortality from infectious and respiratory disease. Yet, many children fall short of the recommended intake for fiber. Micronutrients are essential for maintaining barrier function, for the growth and differentiation of B-cells and T-cells, limiting overproduction of pro-inflammatory cytokines, having direct antiviral and antibacterial activity, and much more.  

In this engaging and practical webinar, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog will share her need-to- know recommendations for the use of select micronutrients and strain-specific probiotics to support the immune health of children. 

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • The role of the gut microbiome in immune health
  • The role of strain-specific probiotics in pediatric respiratory and gastrointestinal health
  • Indicators that identify children at risk for specific micronutrient deficiencies
  • Appropriate micronutrient supplementation in children

In this engaging and practical webinar, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog will share her need-to- know recommendations for the use of select micronutrients and strain-specific probiotics to support the immune health of children. 

This webinar is sponsored by HOWARU® probiotics, a DuPont™ Danisco® ingredient brand. HOWARU® premium probiotic strains power probiotic brands that are focused on efficacy and quality. With more than 100 years of probiotic development and manufacturing experience, our scientists have studied thousands of strains, and selected strains with clinically demonstrated benefits to be designated as HOWARU®.

HOWARU® Single strains and pre-formulated blends have been studied under Good Clinical Practice guidelines to ensure the highest scientific and ethical standards and appear in leading peer-reviewed publications and evidence-based guidelines. When you recommend probiotics check to see if the brand you are recommending contains HOWARU® probiotic strains. Feel free to check out the website www.HOWARU.com/HCP to learn more about HOWARU® strain clinical data and commitment to quality. Check in periodically to review the latest scientific information on probiotics from the world leading manufacturers of probiotic strains.

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of dietary supplements, herbal medicine, women’s health, and integrative medicine. Her extensive career in natural medicine began more than 40 years ago, when she studied midwifery, massage therapy and herbal medicine. She became a highly respected herbalist, serving as presiden tof the American Herbalist Guild, and running a teaching clinic in Albuquerque, NM, before going on to obtain her MD degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Tieraona ran a successful integratige medical clinic in Albuquerque, befor joining the faculty of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she served as Fellowship Director from 2005-2014.

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