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Vitamin D and Opioid Addiction, Plus Covid19 Update

More good news concerning vitamin D.  Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is manufactured in our body with by exposure to sunlight.  Vitamin D  helps to strengthen bones and teeth.  Over the last decade or so, Vitamin D has been shown to have many immune system enhancing components, making the vitamin extremely important for helping the body to stay healthy from viruses and other germs.  As far as Covid-19 virus is concerned, studies around the word have shown a correlation to severe cases of coronavirus cases and low Vitamin D levels.  In addition, Vitamin D has anti-cancer properties and can help lower your risk of acquiring certain cancers.  New research on Vitamin D is now showing promise for opioid addiction.  Low levels of Vitamin D in lab animals have shown the animals crave and become addicted to opioids.  The cravings are curbed when Vitamin D levels are restored to normal.  The study suggests that the use of the inexpensive supplement, Vitamin D could be used in the fight against opioid addiction.


New information on eating a high fat, high sugar diet has shown that there is a large link connecting high fat and sugar intake to immune system impairment and gut infection and inflammatory diseases like irritable bowel syndrome.  The stomach and digestive tract produce healthy bacteria that boosts immune system function. A diet high in saturated fat (junky fried foods, processed foods) and high sugar intake destroys Paneth cells in the gut.  Paneth cells are immune system cells that fight inflammation.  Messing with the healthy gut bacteria and Paneth cells can lead to a host of digestive problems and lower immune system function, making you more susceptible to viruses.


How about an app that can help you eat healthier?  The new Food Trainer app ( FoodT) trains people to tap on images of healthy food and stop when junk food appears.  A new study conducted at Exeter and Helsinki Universities found that by using the app once a day for a month led to a reduction in junk food consumption.  Longer use of the app led to further reduction in eating unhealthy foods.  The study found using this brain training app created an association with unhealthy foods and the stopping of eating them.


Pregnancy and Prenatal Care News:  Everyone knows that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a no-no and harmful to the developing baby.  A new study has found that heavy drinking lessens your chances of conception and becoming pregnant. The study defines heavy drinking as 6 or more alcoholic drinks per week. The country song on the radio says that “Tequila makes her clothes fall off,”  according to this study, if it is the 6th one, it will not help if trying to get pregnant.  Also, the study goes on to say, please do not use alcohol as birth control. “The results in this study should not be construed to mean that drinking alcohol prevents pregnancy. In other words, alcohol is not birth control. Even if a woman drinks alcohol heavily, if she has unprotected intercourse, she can become pregnant."   Another pregnancy study suggests that a healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester lowered the pregnancy risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension, preeclampsia and preterm delivery. To me, this is the “Duh” study, as healthy eating in general, not just in pregnancy lowers the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.


Covid-19 Update:  The CDC announced that it will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the higher than normal amounts of myocarditis in young people after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. As of this writing over 500 cases of myocarditis have been reported in the teenage group.  At a recent FDA meeting,  FDA advisers were debating vaccine standards for vaccinating young children.  “Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC official, presented slides showing that half of the 528 cases reported in a safety database occurred in people 12 to 24 years old, even though they represent only 9 percent of vaccine recipients. He also showed that the cases in younger age groups are occurring more frequently than would normally be expected.

Some experts said that untangling whether there is a link between the vaccines and the myocarditis cases is necessary before making a vaccine more widely available to children.”  Health officials in Israel have decided that there is a probable link to the vaccine and the myocarditis with instances occurring 25 times more than the normal rate.  It has also been reported that health officials in Canada and Germany are noticing similar outcomes.


Covid-19 vaccination reaction update for your informed consent:  This week’s number of reported deaths among all age groups following COVID vaccines is 5,888, up 723 from last week, according to data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data comes directly from reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).  According to the site, 23% of the deaths occurred with in 48 hrs of vaccination, 16% within 24 hrs and 39% occurred in people who became ill within 48 hrs of the vaccination.

VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed.

Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Today’s data show that between Dec. 14, 2020 and June 11th, a total of 329,021 adverse reactions were reported to VAERS, including 5,888 deaths — an increase of 723 over the previous week. There were 28,441 serious injuries reported, up 3,082 compared with last week.  2,012 pregnant women have reported adverse reactions and there were 666 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.  0ver 96,000 adverse event reports were for anaphylactic shock, 3,211 reports of Bell’s Palsy and 5907 were cases of blood clots.

I report on the VAERS statistics so you are aware of any risk associated with the vaccine. The news in general does not report on vaccine risks. Statistically, compared to the 299 million vaccine doses given thus far, reactions are considered low. But as seen above, they do happen and it is important that people are aware and are not blindly vaccinated without being made aware of possible adverse reactions that can happen.

Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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