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Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
September 2020 Newsletter

Operation Warp Speed

The fast-tracking of a COVID-19 vaccine to licensure and subsequent widespread use has been termed Operation Warp Speed. What we must remember here is that vaccine manufacturers are not liable for any damage their vaccines do. Since 2011, drug companies making and selling vaccines are even shielded from design defect lawsuits, which means they have absolutely no incentive for making vaccines less harmful.

What’s more, when a COVID-19 vaccine does come out, there likely will be little or no information about its side effects, particularly long-term side effects. Moderna, which is a top contender in the race to be the first to get a licensed COVID-19 vaccine on the market, began human trials of its experimental mRNA vaccine in March 2020.According to a May 18, 2020, press release,2 “After two doses, all participants evaluated to date across the 25 microgram and 100 mcg dose cohorts seroconverted with binding antibody levels at or above levels seen in convalescent sera.” The vaccine also “elicited neutralizing antibody titer levels in all eight initial participants ..."

The words are important here, as high-binding antibodies are associated with paradoxical immune enhancement.
As explained in “Fast-Tracked COVID-19 Vaccine — What Could Go Wrong?” previous attempts to create coronavirus vaccines have failed due to coronaviruses triggering production of two different types of antibodies: one that fights disease, and one that triggers paradoxical immune enhancement that often results in very serious disease and/or death when the vaccinated person is exposed to the wild coronavirus.

Based on the historical coronavirus vaccine failures, this could become one of the biggest public health disasters in history. It’s also important to realize that only healthy people are enrolled in these human trials, yet only 4 in 10 Americans are actually free of chronic disease.3 What’s more, according to recent NHANES data,4 87.8% of Americans are metabolically inflexible, which impairs their immune function.On top of that, vitamin D deficiency is rampant, yet public health authorities are not stressing the importance of optimizing your vitamin D levels to reduce your risk of infection. If you do nothing else, make sure you raise your vitamin D level above 40 nanograms per milliliter, at bare minimum, and ideally 60 ng/mL, before this fall, when another predicted “second” wave of COVID-19 may hit.
*This was copied from Mercola.com and the entire article is at the link below.* -CR (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/08/09/barbara-loe-fisher-vaccines-covid-19.aspx)

Dr. Gruhl’sHealthyRules
September 2020 Newsletter

Wow, it’s September already? It seems like just 16 years ago it was March. J
2020 has been one heck of an unending nightmare, er, I mean one heck of an interesting year, indeed.For the last few weeks, the skies of the Front Range have been filled with smoke from the forest fires throughout the state. At one point, you couldn’t see the foothills from Boulder or Denver, and the ever-present orange haze was like a post-apocalyptic scene out of one of those films we used to watch in movie theaters. Thanks to the hard work of our fire fighters and the blessed rain from above, the temps have cooled off, the air has cleared, and things are feeling a little more peaceful and hopeful.Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel.

But still, Stress. Let’s talk about it.
These fires are just the latest string of circumstances that seem to be testing our ability to handle ongoing, consistent stressful situations.How do we manage? One of my long-time mentors told me at the beginning of the pandemic, “Everyone will be able to look back at this experience 5 or 10 years from now and will be able to list off benefit after benefit that was a direct result of the pandemic taking place. Your goal is to not wait for hindsight in 5 or 10 years, but to look for them right now.When everyone else is seeing drawbacks, look for the benefits. They are there if you look for them.”So, that’s how I’ve been teaching people to deal with 2020 on the whole. We are all being tried, tested, and challengedin ways wenever imagined. And it’s in these times of challenge that we grow, both as individuals and as collectively as a community and a nation and a world.Constant Comfort = Slow Death. We need moments of discomfort, stress and challenge in order to grow and evolve into ever-greater human beings.
That being said, it’s also very unhealthy to be under a constant state of stress! In fact, some estimates show 70-90% of all chronic illness involves stress. A study from Carnegie Mellon University a few years back detailed how chronic stress & anxiety increase the likelihood of developing many diseases, including how much you’ll suffer from prostate disease, heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases like viruses:
The immune system's ability to regulate inflammation predicts who will develop a cold, but more importantly it provides an explanation of how stress can promote disease," Cohen said. "When under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease. Because inflammation plays a role in many diseases such as cardiovascular, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model suggests why stress impacts them as well." -Carnegie Mellon University. "How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 April 2012

We all need to have stress-reducing tools at our disposal, now and in the future. Here’s a list to explore (and there may be others you are already using- so share them with me next time you’re in the office!):

  • Breathwork
  • Meditation & Mindfulness Practices
  • Prayer & Spiritual Practices
  • Physical Activity & Exercise
  • Therapy & Counseling
  • Personal Development Courses, Books, Seminars, etc.
  • Apps like “Headspace”, “Stop, Breathe & Think”, “Calm”
  • Bodywork & Chiropractic (Removing physical stress changes your physiology as if you were removing mental or emotional stress. Your body can’t tell the difference between different types of stress because they all set off the exact same physiological response. That’s why you feel so good after an adjustment J )

Choose one or several of the above and practice it regularly. Your body & mind will thank you.
See you in the office! – JG                                                                                                                           www.drgruhl.com