Weird blindness!

My Goodness! Talk about blindness at the highest levels!!!

Dr Campbell is no anti-vaxxer – quite the reverse. But since the first problems with the Covid Vaccines came to light he has been banging on about the erroneous way that the vaccines are being administered!

Here he presents new scientific evidence – and just watch his frustration at the government, the World Health Organisation and the Centre For Disease Control in the States – who all insist that there’s nothing wrong with the way the vaccines are being administered.

Now we have the evidence! How many lives could have been saved if the vaccine had been administered correctly? For over 30 years, Dr Campbell has taught nurses how to vaccinate! So he knows what he’s talking about!

Diet for a good immune response

New Covid variants are becoming increasingly infectious – with the Delta variant currently causing worrying surges. This is of particular concern in relation to those who have not yet received both vaccines. 

Vaccination helps – but even when we’ve been vaccinated we nevertheless need to be able to mount a strong immune response. So it’s no less important to support our immune systems, whether or not we’ve had our jabs. 

New research 

New research has recently revealed that consuming a diet high in fruit and vegetables helps reduce a person’s risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection.

Drawing on a study of more than 2,800 frontline doctors and nurses who were at high risk of infection from COVID-19 as a result of their job, the team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore Maryland studied their diets and their risk and severity of COVID-19 infection.

The study, “Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case-control study in six countries“, was published in the BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health journal.

In this new study, the researchers examined three diets:- 

  • plant-based – a diet that contained a higher proportion of vegetables than meat
  • pescatarian – a diet of fish with a high proportion of vegetables
  • low-carb, high-protein diet.

The study authors identified medical front-liners who were working in different countries such as Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Participants involved in the study faced extensive exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.

Researchers looked at the diet, medical history and occurrences of COVID-19 among the study participants. They included information on the participants’ personal background and their use of medications and lifestyle.

Among the participants involved in the study, 568 reported they had COVID-19 symptoms or were asymptomatic even though they tested positive for the virus. Another group of 2,316 individuals said they had not had any symptoms – or they had had a negative swab test result.

Of the 568 cases, 138 clinical practitioners reported they experienced moderate to severe COVID-19 infection while the remaining 430 said they experienced very mild to mild symptoms.

The researchers then factored in various variables which included age, medical specialty, ethnicity and lifestyle factors as well as levels of physical activity and smoking.

Conclusion

The researchers found that among those who took part in the survey, those who consumed a diet containing a high proportion of fruit and vegetables had substantially lower chances of COVID infection, compared to those eating a low-carb, high-protein diet – who had four times the chances of developing a moderate to severe COVID-19 infection.

The researchers suggest that a diet that includes a high proportion of vegetables is rich in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that are essential for a healthy immune system. 

These nutrient-dense foods are essential for mounting an adequate immune response – which in turn can affect vulnerability to COVID-19 infection. Such a diet increases protection from severe COVID-19 complications.

Food For Thought

I’ve been researching and writing on nutrition and health for over four decades. The more I look into the role of individual nutrients, the more astounded I become by nature’s provision for our well-being. Covid has dramatically highlighted the difference in health outcomes that a healthy diet can make – as this study demonstrates.

But a nutrient-dense diet can enhance – not just immunity – but every aspect of health, from the physical to the mental. I know – it’s been the story of my life for the past 45 years.

Read more here

Irish Government report on vitamin D

Every adult in Ireland should start taking vitamin D supplements due to alarming levels of deficiency, says an Irish government report, published 7th March 2021.

The report also suggests that people should be offered vitamin D supplements when attending Covid-19 test centres.

The report is based on the views of the Covit-D Consortium of doctors from Trinity College, St James’s Hospital, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, who met the committee on 23 February.

Dr John Faul works in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown and he contributed to the report.

I’ve gone to the ICUs, where, I can tell you, it’s very upsetting going to people who are on ventilators and telling their families they are really in trouble. Many have died.

We did massive profiling of these people, in terms of their immune systems and biologic situation. The only thing that was really sticking out was vitamin D deficiency.

Their average vitamin D levels were 27. This was the first wave. These people had never been sick before, they had never been to doctors. That is why we need public health messaging.”

Prof John Faul, with a unit for measuring lung function,
at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Dr Faul adds that during the second wave of the pandemic, he saw high numbers of people in ICU with vitamin D deficiency again. “Their levels were in their low 20s.

We thought the message had got out there, but clearly people are not taking enough of the supplements. Public health officials here agree that taking up to 4,000 internal units per day is safe.”

The vaccine and vitamin D

Vitamain D is necessary in order to mount a strong immune response to the Covid-19 vaccine.

Since April 2020 there have been a significant number of studies from around the world examining the possible association between vitamin D status and susceptibility to COVID-19 and its consequences.

Many are retrospective cohort analyses, and some are prospective studies involving sufficiently different patient populations, with varying degrees of severity of symptoms and prognoses.

Better outcomes

What has been emerging has been that a higher vitamin D status is generally associated with a lower susceptibility to COVID-19, and better morbidity and mortality outcomes. ***

But we still need vitamin D – even with the vaccine!

The aim of a vaccine is to provoke an immune response – and the role of vitamin D in supporting both innate and adaptive immunity is well recognised.

It would be a shame to have the vaccine – but not be able to get the most out of it – due to a vitamin D deficiency.

Ongoing ability

Adequate vitamin D is necessary – not only for the initial response to the vaccine – but also for the ongoing ability of the immune system to generate antibodies and T cells in the future.

So this would be a good time to check on your vitamin D status. It could be the best health investment you’ll ever make.

It’s worth remembering that almost one in five adults aged 19 – 65 years in the UK has a low serum vitamin D concentration according to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS).

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) reported that on average 30–40% of the UK population has concentrations below 25 nmol/l in winter compared to 2–13% in summer.

However, a substantial percentage of some population groups do not achieve a plasma concentration more than ≥25 nmol/l even in summer. And this level is much lower than that recommended for optimal immune function. An adequate level needs to be at least 50 nmol/l.

Medicines

It is also worth remembering that medicines strip our bodies of vital nutrients, especially vitamin D. The classes of medications that affect vitamin D status are significant and range from anticonvulsants to certain antihypertensive and diabetes drugs, as well as corticosteroids, and those used to treat gastric reflux, to name but a few.

Moreover, as many of these drugs are co-prescribed to treat multiple co-morbidities, especially in the elderly, their cumulative impact can further add to issues of vitamin D deficiencies. This will be the case for many older people – among whom vitamin D deficiency is even more widespread.

Level in the blood

Even if you’ve been taking vitamin D – it’s still worth getting tested. It’s not the amount of vitamin D you’re taking each day – but the level of vitamin D in the blood that counts. The only way to be sure of that is by testing.

If it turns out your vitamin D level is adequate – then you have the reassurance of knowing that. However, if it turns out you are deficient then you can do something about it. You can adjust the amount of your vitamin D supplement accordingly.

Roll on summer when we can get out in the sunshine and get our vitamin D that way!

Click here for details of testing

 

***    Click here to download a PDF of a study published in the Lancet on 22 Jan 2021. The study, conducted by the Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain demonstrated that calcifediol (the active form of vitamin D) reduced deaths by 60% in COVID-19 patients. (See online)

 

Have you had your first dose of the vaccine? What kind of immune response did you mount?  Read more here

 

Postscript

Well, well, well! Yesterday I posted about vitamin D, saying “Even if you’ve been taking vitamin D – it’s still worth getting tested. It’s not the amount of vitamin D you’re taking each day – but the level of vitamin D in the blood that counts. The only way to be sure of that is by testing.”

I’ve just watched a video by Dr Campbell, posted yesterday – about how amazed he was to find that his blood level of vitamin D is insufficient – despite having taken a vitamin D supplement all winter! He now plans to increase his vitamin D intake.

Like me he’s encouraging people to get tested – even if they already take vitamin D. As I keep on saying – this could be the best health investment you’ll ever make