Professional Resources for Immune Resilience

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ANA Resources

Personalized Nutrition & the COVID-19 Era: A Rapid Review for Health Professionals

by the Personalized Nutrition & COVID-19 Task Force of the American Nutrition Association
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An infographic Summarizing Pearls & Perspectives on Immune Resilience from the ANA Thought Leaders Conversation Series

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State & Federal Emergency Practice Laws

Considerations for practitioners about expanding virtual care beyond their home state.
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Personalized Nutrition & Immune Resilience: Epstein-Barr Virus

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Kasia Kines, DCN, MS, MA, CN, CNS | July 15, 2020

Thought Leader Conversation Series: Personalized Nutrition Pearls & Perspectives

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Corinne Bush, MS, CNS | May 25, 2020

Thought Leader Conversation Series: Feeding Families in Uncertain Times

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Victoria Behm, MS, CNS, LDN | May 20, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Families and children may be experiencing stress and scarcity in a variety of ways. Sensitivity to each family’s needs and circumstances is called for.
  • Victoria shares a variety of tips for engaging with children and families around food and nutrition in unique ways during the pandemic.
  • It’s never too late to shift families toward healthier eating. Take a gentle approach and bring everyone who is willing into the process in age-appropriate ways - from young children to grandparents!
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Will COVID-19 Affect our Food Supply?

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Selena Ahmed, PhD | May 14, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Dr. Ahmed gives a global view of critical concepts concerning food systems in the current pandemic
  • Achieving food security amidst the challenges of the pandemic may be one of the most pressing food system issues we face. 
  • Be mindful of decisions that impact the food system and its workers. Individuals and communities can make these decisions by considering what is within their resources and locus of control.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: 5 Essential Strategies to Stay Ahead (or get back on track) with Your Practice

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Jaclyn Chasse, ND | May 6, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • COVID has gotten people’s attention. Scientists and practitioners have a unique opportunity to offer actionable information and services to the public.
  • Dr. Chasse and Dr. Minich provide tips to balance self-care, sustainable practice, and service to others during the pandemic.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Swabbing NYC Transit: The Exposome & Immune Health

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Chris Mason, PhD | May 4, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Dr. Mason’s team is collecting COVID-19 patient samples in New York City and looking at the molecular data to understand how the virus disrupts immunological function.
  • A second wave is likely in the Fall. We can be proactive in understanding our genes and the nutrition and lifestyle changes we can make to support resilience.
  • Dr. Mason offers a message of hope: We’ve never had more tools at our disposal, more power to track a virus, and more collaboration in science and medicine. 
Thought Leader Conversation Series: On The Front Lines in Clinical Practice

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Kara Fitzgerald, ND & Romilly Hodges, CNS, CKNS, CDN | May 1, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Nutrition has the potential to be a very powerful factor in the COVID-19 crisis. Scientists are screening molecular compounds like flavonoids and phytoestrogens to identify interactions and synergies that may impede virtual function and proliferation.
  • Some of the best interventions are time-tested. Eat a wide variety of colorful plants! 
  • Small tweaks in our nutrition and lifestyle have a ripple effect. It’s a great time of opportunity for revisiting our personal and professional habits and practices.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Wearable Technology & Assessing Viral Infection During COVID-19

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Michael Snyder, PhD | April 28, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Continuous monitoring can give insights into subtle changes in heart rate and other real-time markers to predict and catch early signs of health changes, including infection.
  • Predicting personal trajectories through continuous monitoring may enable preclinical diagnosis and allow for quick course correction. 
  • Exposometers and air monitors can measure environmental exposures in the exposome. Dr. Snyder’s team is hoping to develop this technology to identify viruses in the environment.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Cardiovascular Disease & COVID-19

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS | April 24, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to address comorbidities that put individuals at higher risk of infection and severe outcomes. 
  • Controlling inflammation through nutrition can help to support the immune system and address cardiovascular comorbidities. Various aspects of the Mediterranean diet are discussed.
  • Exposure to adequate sunlight, activity, and even crying also help to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Phasing Clinical Approach: From Prevention Through Disease Progression

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Leo Galland, MD | April 20, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Obesity is the #1 risk factor for those needing critical care related to COVID-19 in the U.S.
  • Strategies should be differentiated based on the phase and severity of infection. Dr. Galland discusses the role of ACE2, furin, 3CL protease, and the NLRP3 inflammasome. 
  • When clinicians are looking at the literature on SARS-CoV-2, it’s important to go to primary sources in the literature.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Personalized Lifestyle Medicine’s Role in the COVID-19 Era

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Jeffrey Bland, PhD, CNS, FACB, FACN | April 17, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Coronavirus is like malware; eating foods rich in phytochemicals can change how our bodies handle the malware.
  • Immune resilience can be strengthened through lifestyle medicine including nutrition, psychosocial factors, exercise, and sleep. Having these factors in place can help us be optimally prepared to defend against insults like viruses.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Genomics & COVID-19

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Mansoor Mohammed, PhD | April 13, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • There do not seem to be genetic variations in people that predict COVID-19 outcomes or infection rate at this time, however, several variations can give insight into how receptors function and how nutrients are utilized. More research will help us understand more.
  • We can be empowered by the fact that everything in nutrition needs to be individualized. We each have genetic predispositions that intimately affect the way our bodies respond to nutrients. 
  • Nutrients intimately affect the way our cells behave, including our immune function and anti-inflammatory capacity. These functions are key to how we fight off and deal with viral infections.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Mitigating Transmission in the Hospital & Community: Insights from Italy

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & Robert Beardall, MD, MPH | April 8, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • There is evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus. Masks that fit well will be most effective at blocking viral particles from entering the respiratory tract. Rooms should be well ventilated and air purifiers can be used to disperse viral particles.
  • Obesity is a major risk factor for severe cases of COVID-19. Obesity increases the production of a cytokine from adipose cells called leptin, which triggers low-grade inflammation the immune response.
Thought Leader Conversation Series: Mental Hijacking & COVID-19

with Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS & David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM | March 31, 2020

Key Takeaways:
  • Nutrition is a critical element in limiting excessive inflammation.
  • Too much screen time and poor sleep ramp up inflammation and cortisol, which have negative impacts on gut bacteria.


ANA Community Resources

Long Covid: Reviewing the Science and Assessing the Risk

Kings College London completed a COVID Symptom Study of 4 million individuals in the UK to understand more about COVID long-haulers, those with long-lasting post-viral symptoms.
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Switching Host Metabolism as an Approach to Dampen SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Nutritional factors have been implicated as some of the most important factors in ameliorating the severit of SARS-CoV2 infection. Here, the authors explore altering host metabolism as a method for impacting viral replication.
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Effect of calcifediol treatment and best available therapy versus best available therapy on intensive care unit admission and mortality among patients hospitalized for COVID-19: A pilot randomized clinical study

Parallel pilot randomized open label, double-masked clinical trial evaluating the effect of calcifediol treatment on ICU admission and mortality rate among Spanish patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Condition Monograph by Steve Minsky, Nutritional Concepts

A condition monograph with special emphasis on integrative and nutritional approaches.
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A Phased Approach to COVID-19 From Prevention Through Recovery

An evidence-based strategy for improving clinical outcomes in COVID-19. Recommendations are based on the phases of the disease: Prevention, Infection, Inflammation and Recovery.
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New England Journal of Medicine

COVID-19 Severity Associated with Specific Genotypes
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The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19

IFM research and clinical recommendations on SARS-CoV-2 through a Functional Medicine lens
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Natural Interventions for All Four Phases of the COVID Disease Lifecycle

Preprint of a publication by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and colleagues on a phased approach to COVID interventions.
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What COVID-19 Antibody Tests Can and Cannot Tell Us

Antibody testing detects prior infection by SARS-CoV-2. This article discusses the benefits and pitfalls of relying on antibody testing as of early May 2020.
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Post-COVID-19: 5 Changes We Will See in Health Care

Dr. Bland reflects on five aspects of health care that may change as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Stanford COVID-19 Wearables Data Study

Join a crowdsourced effort to analyze and predict potential COVID-19 cases by donating your wearables data.
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MedRxiv Abstract: Loss of smell & taste in COVID-19

Loss of taste and smell may be a strong predictor of having been infected by the COVID-19 virus.
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Elsevier COVID-19 healthcare hub

Clinical tools and resources to help front-line healthcare workers deliver care and information to patients.
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Dr. Mark Hyman's COVID-19 Webinar

Dr. Hyman hosts Elizabeth Boham, Dr. Todd LePine, and Dr. George Papanicolaou to discuss how COVID-19 impacts our bodies and minds.

Coronavirus Protection - Leo Galland, MD

A discussion for health professionals of the emerging picture of coronavirus function and potential protective measures through nutrition, natural products, and hygiene.
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Current Controversies in Natural Therapeutics of Immune Support

Conversation with experts Drs. David Brady, Tom LePine, and Peter D'Adamo regarding SARS-CoV-2 mechanism of action and potential interruptors.
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Potential Interventions for Novel Coronavirus in China: A Systematic Review

A nutrition-focused review of methods with the potential to control the spread of COVID-19.
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SARS-CoV-2 Airborne Transmission Considerations

Missive on SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventive health expert Dr. Robert Beardall, working from Northern Italy.
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Coronavirus Knowledge Hub

A trusted source for the latest science on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
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The COVID-19 Conversation:
Clearly Understanding The Reality and Risks of COVID-19

featuring Dr. Mansoor Mohammed
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Integrative Medicine COVID-19 Support Registry

National University of Natural Medicine & Helfgott Research Institute
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Coronavirus and the Microbiome

with Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM


Agency Resources

Practitioner Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

from the CDC
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