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Sleep Disorders and Weighted Blankets: Can They Help?

WHY DOES SLEEP MATTER? Adequate sleep is critical to maintain homeostasis; sufficient and consistent sleep is necessary to maintain metabolic, cerebrovascular, and cardiovascular health in addition to mental health, mood, and cognitive function.1 Left unchecked, poor sleep can induce deleterious effects upon physical health, general well-being, and public safety.1(2115) Ultimately, fractured sleeping patterns have been…

Benefits of Instrument Assisted Self-Massage

WHAT IS SELF-MASSAGE? Self-massage is a technique, which often implements foam rollers, massage balls, and massage bars (otherwise known as instrument assisted self-massage, or IASM) to induce sweeping and direct pressure upon soft tissue (i.e., muscles); a process, which induces friction, and stretching.1 IASM techniques have gained popularity over time due to their ease of…

Constipation and Benefits of Fiber

WHAT IS CONSTIPATION? Constipation is generally understood as the infrequent passage of stool and/or difficulty passing stool.1 Said condition is often accompanied by incomplete evacuation, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.1(236) Specifically, Jani and Marsicano1(236) stated constipation can be diagnosed through Rome IV criteria as: fewer than 3 bowel movements per week manual help to aid defecation…

Time Restricted Feeding: A Potential Protocol for Managing Dementia

In past articles (please see links below), I have examined lifestyle, exercise, nutritional, and supplement interventions to support neurological conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Emerging evidence is suggesting the potential efficacy of an eating protocol known as time-restricted feeding (TRF) to help manage such conditions. As a means of appreciating TRF and its…

Sleep Deprivation and COVID-19 Severity: Get More Rest!

  Sleep quality and duration continues to pose challenges in Westernized societies. Such is largely influenced by shift work, sleep disorders (sleep apnea, insomnia), and poor sleep hygiene (i.e., inconsistent sleep times, sub-optimal bedroom temperatures, blue light from electronic devices).1 Left unchecked, inadequate and inconsistent sleep quality and duration can drive inflammatory events, increase oxidation,…

Oral/Nasal Cleanses, SARS-CoV-2, and Early Interventions

Risk factors for severe COVID-19 symptoms include 65+ years of age, obesity, metabolic syndrome (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, stroke), and weakened immune systems (i.e., recovery from chemotherapy, HIV).1 In previous articles, I covered SARS-CoV-2 viral pathophysiology and micronutrient/lifestyle interventions which interfered with replication, oxidation/inflammation, and thrombosis. Although said nutrients are helpful upon contact of the…

COVID-19, Vaccines, and Natural Immunity

  In several of my last posts, information was provided characterizing the virulence, infectivity, general pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2, and the ultimate manifestation of viral infection; COVID-19. Other posts have covered interventions to support the immune system including the utility of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, quercetin, zinc, vitamin C, and emerging uses of ivermectin. In…

Ivermectin: History and Emerging Uses

Ivermectin is a drug which has gained widespread attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, ivermectin has become a polarizing topic of discussion with respect to its formulations and uses. In the following sections, I would like to consider ivermectin’s discovery, history, well-understood uses, safety profile, and emerging utility/mechanisms for viral infections. HISTORY Ivermectin…

Metabolic Syndrome, COVID-19 Severity, and Interventions

In my last article, risk factors for COVID-19 disease virulence, and micronutrient recommendations to support the immune system, were explored. One of the major risk factors for disease severity, previously outlined, included metabolic syndrome (MS); a constellation of risk factors, that when combined, increase an individual’s chances of contracting conditions such as heart disease, stroke,…

COVID-19, Micronutrients, and Immune Support

Risk factors for severe COVID-19 symptoms include 65+ years of age, obesity, metabolic syndrome (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, stroke), and weakened immune systems (i.e., recovery from chemotherapy, HIV).1 Having previously considered SARS-CoV-2 viral entry and its potential for inducing strong oxidative/inflammatory effects and cellular damage, it is imperative to consider all interventions which support the…