Vitamin D: A Top Priority for Protecting Your Patients This Winter

By Tom O'Bryan, DC, DACBN

Summary of the mechanisms by which vitamin D can act on the Renin-Angiotensin System to promote tissue protection from SARS-CoV-2 infection. ACE2 is the primary entry point into cells, and SARS-CoV-2 downregulates expression, promoting tissue injury (Image by American Society for Nutrition)

Back in March of 1918, the ‘Spanish flu’ was spreading rapidly across the globe, killing millions and terrifying a world already ravaged by the first world war. During that summer the pandemic died down, only to rear its ugly head the following winter, killing many more.

More than a century later, we are now into the third winter of the COVID-19 pandemic. By now, we should know what to expect: a surge of COVID cases, compounded by a spike in influenza as well.

The winter of 2020-21 was unique in that flu prevalence was far lower than historical norms. Some suggest that this was due to a misallocation of flu symptoms to SARS-CoV-2. Others credit physical distancing, masking, and curtailment of travel as people tried to protect themselves from COVID.

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SCNM’s Scalzo Institute Charts New Directions in Herbal Research

Written by Erik Goldman

With an ambitious mandate to study botanical medicine “at the cellular, molecular, and cultural level to create novel botanical solutions that support people, plants, and planet,” the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine aims to refine our understanding of herbs. The new Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art analytical equipment, […]

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Preventing COVID-19 with Nasal Sprays

Written by Leo Galland, MD, Contributing Writer

In my search for strategies that can limit Covid-19, I’ve discovered a potential role for non-toxic anti-viral nasal sprays. You may want to consider them for yourself and your patients, in situations in which you or they are potentially exposed to the virus, including work, travel, school or social encounters. The mucosal lining of the […]

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Bacillopeptidase F: Its Impact on Metabolic Syndrome Disorder

Written by Erik Goldman

Metabolic disorders, especially overweight and obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia are some of the most common illnesses all over the world, carrying a high burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

In this free webinar, renowned integrative physician Fred Pescatore, MD, will share the science on a soy-derived fibrinolytic enzyme called Bacillopeptidase F, which is shown to improve circulation and normalize biomarkers associated with metabolic disorders. 

These biomarkers include: Hemoglobin A1c, fibrinogen, hS-CRP, total Cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, LDL- cholesterol, triglycerides and more.

Isolated from natto, a traditional Japanese fermented soy food, Bacillopeptidase F Proprietary Blend (BFFB) is a fibrinolytic protease which can reduce plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1). When elevated, PAI-1 can impede normal blood circulation.

BFPB, available as a dietary supplement called Plasmanex1® from Daiwa Health Development, maintains healthy circulation by keeping plasmin and thrombin in balance. It improves circulation, but does not thin the blood or interfere with blood-thinning medications.

In this program, you will learn about:

  • Readily available cardiometabolic biomarkers for assess and follow-up of varied patient groups
  • The uses of BFPB in the clinical setting to optimize patient care
  • The potential impact of this unique soy-derived compound in clinical care

Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH, is a Manhattan-based conventionally trained internist who specializes in nutritional medicine. He is a globally renowned health, nutrition, and weight loss expert, as well as the author of 9 books including the New York Times bestsellers, The Hamptons Diet, and The A-List Diet. He is the former president of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists.

Following a residency at New York Medical College, Dr. Pescatores extraordinary journey in complementary medicine began in the early 1990s with Dr. Robert Atkins at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. He then opened his globally recognized medical center, Medicine 369, in New York City. His rapid expanding practice is credited as one of the most effective and successful integrative medical centers in the world, helping tens of thousands of people over in his thirty years of clinical experience. Dr. Pescatore has studied in America, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Africa, and Europe, and is sought after as one of the frontline educators and visionaries improving health care and human life.

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