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Author: Marina MacDonald, MS, PhD

In The News, Vitamins & Minerals

What Everyone Should Know about Vitamin D and COVID-19

Vitamin D insufficiency increases risk of illness The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, killing more than 4.5 million people as of this writing. The symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 infection range from mild (similar to a common cold) to more severe manifestations such as bronchitis, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, organ failure, and even…

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Immune Support

Lyme Disease and Biofilm

A cause of persistent infections Tick-borne diseases pose a significant threat to human health, with the number of cases rising threefold in the U.S. in recent years.[1] The most common tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. According to a recent estimate, approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year.[2] Lyme disease…

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GI Health

Can Probiotics Soothe IBS?

Evidence supports the use of probiotics for IBS and enhanced quality of life Constipation, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and other digestive problems are not fun, especially for people who suffer from them frequently. The results of a recent international survey of over 73,000 adults are striking: 40% of participants said they suffered from one or…

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GI Health, Immune Support

Vaccine Efficacy, Part 2 of 2: Can a Healthy Gut Microbiome Improve It?

The influence of probiotics on the immune response Vaccines are among the greatest successes of modern medicine, helping to protect entire populations against a wide range of infectious diseases.[1] However, there is considerable variation in the efficacy of vaccines amongst individuals.[2] The magnitude of antibody titers induced in individuals receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine,…

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GI Health, Immune Support, In The News

Vaccine Efficacy, Part 1 of 2: Can a Healthy Diet Improve It?

The influence of dietary fiber, prebiotics, beta-glucan, and fucoidan Vaccines are one of the greatest successes of modern medicine, helping to protect entire populations against a wide range of infectious diseases.[1] A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To do this, certain molecules (antigens)…

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