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    What's the Deal with COVID Now? Hard to know, isn't it? Wear a mask, don't wear a mask? Go to a restaurant, or drag out all those recipes that you collected in the heat of the epidemic and start cooking and eating in again? Do I just go ahead and buy tickets to the CU Christmas concert on December 5th this year (tickets on sale August 16th) even though who knows what might be happening by then? The Delta variant has us all dancing on hot coals.

    My patients ask me all the time about what to do, and, honestly, I DON'T KNOW! I am flying blindly like the rest of you, but here is what I am going to do in the office: I will not wear a mask in my office with my vaccinated patients, which is most of you. UNLESS, I quiz you and you tell me you have been to a big super-spreader event like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota or somehow are at risk for COVID. I will continue to take my antiseptic precautions, like running my air cleaner, my diffuser with Thieves in it, wiping my table down, washing my hands for 20 seconds, and I will open windows when it's feasible to open them.

    I became a little more concerned about breakthrough infections after I read some stats about Colorado published by the New York Times a couple of days ago: There have been 312 breakthrough hospitalizations and 52 deaths in Colorado as of August 10th.

    Even though the mRNA vaccines slash the risk of COVID infections by 91% (Science News, 7/7/21), call me silly, but I am not comfortable with the breakthrough stats quoted above, so in my personal life, I will probably not go to restaurants, or gatherings and will wear a mask when I am in a public place, like the grocery store and I am becoming more conscientious about taking my immune supplements. I have also purchased an H2O2 home nebulizer machine from Amazon which I will crank up when we are closer to the cold and flu season, maybe twice a week.

    Other than this, I will listen to Dr. Fauci and the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on the news, and follow their leads. I will then put all of the science-y information into my boiler of a brain and see what it spits out into my intuition and that will be my answer about how to proceed moment by moment in the latest Delta variant scare.

    The latest in the environmental poison category: Specifically, glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide otherwise known as Round-Up. It's in most oat based products, so maybe your daily bowl of oatmeal isn't such a good thing after all. Glyphosate is also found in almonds (Factoid: 2,100,000 pounds a year of glyphosate are used on 85% of the almond crops), corn, grapes, oranges, soy beans (just stop with the soy NOW, anyway; it was first grown in the 1920's to feed pigs. . . not you!) sugar beets (i.e. regular sugar), sunflower seeds, and our old adversary, wheat. (Factoid: 92% of the strawberries tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were tainted with glyphosate.)

    So, yuck, how do you avoid glyphosate? Luckily, if you buy organic you should be pretty safe, or look for the glyphosate-free label. Let me test you on glyphosate, as I have a product - glycine - that can help your body rid itself of this cancer-causing poison if I find that you test positive for glyphosate. You could also increase your consumption of eggs, the allium family, crucifers, seafood, nuts and seeds, dairy and legumes, and fermented foods. All organic, please.

    Six supplements and foods that are powerful for anti-aging: 1)Glutathione: Can clean your cells and mitochondria of unwanted chemicals (like glyphosate for example) and pollution (how about the smoke lately?). It's a "free-radical busting super power." (Dave Asprey.) You can get glutathione from grass-fed whey but make sure you are not sensitive to dairy first. 2) CoQ10: Here is another potent antioxidant, very good for older people as it charges up the heart mitochondria. You can take the supplement (100-300 iu's per day) and also get CoQ10 from organ meat and fatty fish like salmon.

    3)Vitamin C: Linus Pauling was way ahead of his time in the 1950's with his fervent take on the power of vitamin C. He took over 10,000 mgs of C his entire life and lived to be over 90. It's vital for collagen formation and neutralizes free radicals. (I have been making Dave Asprey's Bulletproof coffee lately - decaf coffee, collagen powder, MCT oil and grass-fed butter.) Broccoli, spinach and sweet potatoes can give you vitamin C. 4) Vitamin E: This is a fat soluble vitamin which can scour your fat cells for poisons and clean them up a bit. If you don't want to take a pill, you can get E from nuts, seeds and EVOO. I pour unconscionable amounts of EVOO on all of my vegetables; my broccoli and chard are swimming in a sea of good oil.

    5) Alpha Lipoic Acid: This is called the universal antioxidant, so it can help your body in 100's of ways. (As a sulfur based antioxidant, a good alpha lipoic supplement should make your urine smell like you just ate asparagus. . ). You really need a supplement for this one (300-600 mgs a day) unless you are willing to chow down on organ meats. 6) Astaxanthin: This is a fairly new darling in the supplement world and very powerful for your brain,eyes and skin. I would get this in supplement form and also eat extra fatty fish, too.

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