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Melissa DiMaggio~Certified Health & Wellness Coach
Discover your Mind~ Body~Spirit
CHC~AADP~IAH I am just an average gal with a HUGE passion in helping others rock their mind~body~spirit connection!

I love helping people succeed in all areas of their life. I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included

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Emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern evade humoral immune responses from infection and vaccination 09/08/2021

Emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern evade humoral immune responses from infection and vaccination

Thank you virologist, Dale Harrison! All of your work/explanations are so clear and informative.

IMMUNE PROTECTION FROM VACCINATION VS NATURAL INFECTION
A critical question regarding vaccination is how does it compare to immune protection after natural infection.
There are two general aspects to this question:
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1. How effective is the immune response?
2. How long does that immune response last?
Here, we're going to focus on just the 1st question. How good is the overall protection from vaccination vs natural infection?
A NEW STUDY
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A new study has just been published by a large Dutch research group that provides the best answers to date on the relative effectiveness of the strength of the immune response after vaccination vs. natural infection.
I've been closely following the research around this question and most of the work so far has been of poor quality with significant flaws in design or data analysis or significant confounding factors not addressed.
This paper is absolutely in a class by itself in terms of the thoroughness of the approach and the quality of the results. At least at this point...this paper is the Gold Standard on this question!
The paper is peer-reviewed and was just published Friday, September 2nd in the Journal Science...one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world.
What the Dutch Study got right:
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What makes the Dutch study different is that it attempts to address almost ALL of the weaknesses generally seen in these sorts of molecular studies.
The key aspect is that they're looking at the neutralization of actual viruses. Specifically, looking at how well does that full range of antibodies produced after either natural infection or vaccination work against actual attacking active viruses.
Again, you might have a high level of antibodies, but they're incapable of binding to the virus, then they confer NO immune protection.
These are difficult experiments and require access to at least a BLS-3 high-level bio-containment facility to carry out all the validation studies.
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The other issue that's been long suspected is that the level of effective neutralizing antibodies produced after natural infection is strongly tied to the severity of the infection.
There have been indications that mild or asymptomatic versions of Covid produce little or no persistent immune response and no effective durable immunity.
This is fairly typical behavior seen during mild infections of similar upper respiratory viruses. So no real surprise that SarsCoV2 would be the same.
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To look at this effect, the Dutch study separated patients into three categories:
1. Those recovered from severe illness that required full hospitalization.
2. Those will less severe illness requiring medical care, but who were able to recover at home.
3. Those who had never been infected and received the full 2-dose round of the Pfizer vaccine.
All patients in the study were sampled 6-weeks after full vaccination or full recovery from infection. This is when antibody levels would be at the absolute peak.
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The researchers used a metric called ED50 that measures the median effective dosage of recovered antibodies needed to completely neutralize active viruses.
In addition, they looked at how the full range of antibodies produced by each patient neutralized not just the original Wuhan variant, but three other variants:
• B.1.1.7 (the UK variant)
• B.1.351 (the South African variant)
• P.1 (the Manaus variant from Brazil)
STUDY FINDINGS:
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The findings were quite interesting!
• The highest level of effective neutralizing antibodies was found in those who experience the most severe levels of illness and had required full hospitalization.
• Those who had less severe "at-home Covid" produced the lowest levels of effective antibodies (20% of which had NO effective immune protection after recovery).
• Those who were vaccinated produced high levels of effective antibodies - generally 10x to 100x greater than those recovered from "at-home Covid"
On average, vaccine-induced immune protection was comparable to immune protection after severe hospitalization.
And significantly higher than that seen after mild to moderate illness following recovery at home from natural infection.
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In addition, these differences were magnified when looking at effectiveness at neutralizing more recent variants!
All patients experienced a drop in effectiveness against newer variants, but those who recovered from mild to moderate "at-home" illness had significantly reduced immune protection.
So the virus is learning to escape NOT JUST vaccine-induced immune protection but is even MORE effective at escaping immunity after prior natural infection.
Again, NO surprise!
DELTA VARIANT
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The study was completed before the Delta variant was widespread, although the South African variant (B.1.351) included in the study is closest to the Delta.
The study shows that vaccine effectiveness held up quite well against the B.1.1.7 variant seen through the Spring and early Summer. Although, natural immunity after at-home Covid dropped significantly against the B.1.1.7.
This would indicate that the increased rate of infections and hospitalizations seen in vaccinated individuals with Delta is at least partially driven by reduced antibody neutralization against the new variant and NOT just by waning antibody levels.
Meaning that you've got fewer antibodies to fight Delta...AND those antibodies left are less effective at fighting the variant.
A double whammy!!!
But those with natural immunity (specifically after at-home Covid) are likely seeing an even more dramatic drop in antibody effectiveness based on what was seen in the study against the B.1.351 South African variant.
CONCLUSION
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• Vaccine immune protection has uniformly high levels of effectiveness against neutralizing actual virus.
• Natural infection has comparable levels of effectiveness, but ONLY if you had severe illness requiring full hospitalization
• Immune protection after natural infection is chaotic and ranges from non-existent to mildly effective at best.
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• Those who were vaccinated and showed the LOWEST level of immune protection had BETTER immune protection than the BEST protected patients after recovering at-home Covid!
• Natural immune protection after at-home Covid has dramatically reduced effectiveness against new emergent variants.
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So if you want to be as well protected as possible from Covid, either get vaccinated or spend a couple of weeks in the ICU on a ventilator...both will confer similar levels of protection!
Every single person will catch Covid repeatedly whether vaccinated or previously infected.
The difference being that vaccination and boosters have a FAR higher guarantee of giving you a fighting chance against the virus.
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https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abj5365

Emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern evade humoral immune responses from infection and vaccination Antibodies of convalescent COVID-19 patients and vaccine recipients show reduced recognition of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.

Former Broncos nutrition guru says get vaccinated as he endures long hospital stay because of COVID-19 09/05/2021

Former Broncos nutrition guru says get vaccinated as he endures long hospital stay because of COVID-19

Another eye opener to me from this amazing health guru. I am so glad I made the decision to educate and listen to the virologist and get vaccinated. Thank you @liketransformation for sharing your covid19 journey and helping us to open so many eyes.

Former Broncos nutrition guru says get vaccinated as he endures long hospital stay because of COVID-19 Former Broncos fitness and nutrition guru Bill Phillips’ message for Coloradans is to the point: Get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Real Story About COVID Vaccines: What We Know, What We Don’t | Dr. Mark Hyman 08/13/2021

The Real Story About COVID Vaccines: What We Know, What We Don’t | Dr. Mark Hyman

This is a brilliant interview with Dr. Mark Hyman and virologist Dale Harrison.
https://drhyman.com/blog/2021/01/27/podcast-ep155/

The Real Story About COVID Vaccines: What We Know, What We Don’t | Dr. Mark Hyman Dale Harrison and I discuss what we do know about COVID-19 and vaccines, what the future might look like, and what we still need to learn

03/02/2021

Diets don't work! You're welcome!

It all comes down to Bio-Individuality my friends!

One of the major factors shaping bio-individuality is ancestry. Another aspect of bio-individuality is metabolism or the rate at which you convert food to energy. Metabolic theory proves that no one diet is right for all of us. One person's food can be another person's poison, and that is why fad diets don't work in the long run. Fortunately, you already have free, 24-hour access to the world's most sophisticated laboratory for testing how food effects your body and your health. Where is this lab? You're living in it! Your body is a sophisticated bio-computer. By learning to listen to your body and developing an understanding of what foods it needs and when it needs them you will discover what's best for YOU! Your body is highly intelligent. Your heart never misses a beat and your lungs are always breathing in and out. Just as a tree will always lean toward light, humans and animals know instinctively what is best for them. #intergrativenutrition #bioindividuality😄✌️🍆🍒🌽

Diets don't work! You're welcome!

It all comes down to Bio-Individuality my friends!

One of the major factors shaping bio-individuality is ancestry. Another aspect of bio-individuality is metabolism or the rate at which you convert food to energy. Metabolic theory proves that no one diet is right for all of us. One person's food can be another person's poison, and that is why fad diets don't work in the long run. Fortunately, you already have free, 24-hour access to the world's most sophisticated laboratory for testing how food effects your body and your health. Where is this lab? You're living in it! Your body is a sophisticated bio-computer. By learning to listen to your body and developing an understanding of what foods it needs and when it needs them you will discover what's best for YOU! Your body is highly intelligent. Your heart never misses a beat and your lungs are always breathing in and out. Just as a tree will always lean toward light, humans and animals know instinctively what is best for them. #intergrativenutrition #bioindividuality😄✌️🍆🍒🌽

02/28/2021

DYK? If you get less than 6 hours of sleep a night your insulin resistant increases substantially. This can bring on cravings, weight gain, mood swings and lack of focus just to mention a few of many symptoms.

DYK? If you get less than 6 hours of sleep a night your insulin resistant increases substantially. This can bring on cravings, weight gain, mood swings and lack of focus just to mention a few of many symptoms.

01/06/2021

the Jane Goodall Institute

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that progressive, holistic approaches like 'One Health' are our only chance to protect ourselves and the natural world.

Check out how we've been innovating in this space for years: https://news.janegoodall.org/2020/12/10/one-health-for-the-benefit-of-all/

12/31/2020

Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Traditional foods have a historic tie to a certain culture or region, often passed down from generation to generation. From Indian curry to Italian ragù, these meals hold strong connections to their places of origin with delicious flavors and spices! Traditional dishes are nutrient-dense and often free of processed ingredients, relying on whole foods such as grains, meat and poultry, fish, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/nFQS50CLj76

09/23/2020

Happy 1st day of Fall!

Fall is about harvesting Inner peace, harvesting your peaceful path, harvesting Inner love and grounding ourselves.

The Fall is a time of renewal and a time for cleansing from what the body has accumulated over the Summer months. In Chinese Medicine & Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India, Fall is the perfect time to release the stored heat that the body has accumulated over the Summer months. In the fall we focus on the lungs and large Intestine.

Contact me to learn a whole new way of looking at why we have seasons and why when seasons change so should our food. #namaste🙏

09/19/2020

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08/06/2020

Whipping up a little dinner. Wild caught sesame crusted Ahi Tuna over baby chard, kale & spinach with navy beans 😋 #leanprotein #omega3

08/06/2020

Whipping up a little dinner. Wild caught sesame crusted Ahi Tuna over baby chard, kale & spinach with navy beans 😋 #leanprotein #omega3

07/20/2020

Gut Health 101- sauerkraut is a source of immune-boosting probiotics and nutrients. The bacteria that populate your gut can have a strong influence on your immune system. The probiotics found in sauerkraut may help improve the balance of bacteria in your gut which keeps your gut lining healthy. When making fermented foods use Himalayan pink salt. It’s purity and high mineral profile ensure a healthy fermentation environment. It is mined from deep in the Himalayan mountains and remains protected from modern day pollution impurities. #probiotics #guthealth

07/16/2020

Dr. John Douillard

Do the words burn-out, hot head, fired up, irritable, rage, anger, or rash spark familiarity in you?

All of these words reflect imbalances caused by excess heat in the body.

Ayurveda calls this heat pitta.

lifespa.com/pitta-ayurvedic-constitution

07/10/2020

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

https://www.facebook.com/drwaynedyer/videos/519059232290782/

Everything that happens in your life is a part of the dharma that you're here for - even the tough stuff. 💙 Join Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in his online course and learn how to align your life with your soul’s true purpose. Join now for FREE! https://bit.ly/2ul0NV0

07/09/2020

Reflecting

06/23/2020

Scientifically proven benefits: *supports the immune system
* supports a healthy lung function
* contributes to cardiovascular wellness
* helps maintain healthy DNA
* reduces oxidative stress
* supports healthy skin and gums
* reduces inflammation
#juiceplus #juicepluslifestyle🍓🍌🍒🍐🍍🍓💜💖🌟 #healthyfamily #healthylifestyle #takecareofyourself #juicepluschildrenshealthstudy

04/16/2020

The rash of Keratosis Pilaris is similar to eczema, dry skin or vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A helps to regulate cell production and prevent a build up of cells. Both these effects may benefit to minimise Keratosis Pilaris and to improve the skin's appearance.

In addition to taking Vitamin A also do the following protocol.

~Exfoliate skin with sea salt which helps with unplugging the hair follicles

~Try Dry Brushing

~Moisturize Daily

~Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Contact me to learn more and to sign up for a complimentary consultation @ [email protected]

03/25/2020

NowThis

Watch Rep. Katie Porter’s sister, who happens to be a doctor, explain exactly why staying home is saving lives

via NowThis Politics

03/12/2020

Our Spa

The origins of Halo Therapy date back to the medieval area. Halo Therapy helps to treat respiratory conditions, such as asthma chronic bronchitis, and allergies. It can also ease smoking related symptoms , such as cough, shortness of breath and wheezing. Halo Therapy helps to treat depression and anxiety. It also helps with skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.

03/11/2020

Our Spa

Not only does sports massage reduce pain from the the rigors and strain of athletic training, but it also improves muscle flexibility and range of motion. This helps the growing body and improves overall physical condition as well as athletic performance.

03/06/2020

Our Spa

March 6, 2020 is National Day of Unplugging!

Do you have multiple cell phones? Constantly Snapchatting every move and find it hard to get through a meaningful conversation without adding to your story? We increasingly miss out on the valuable moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our faces buried in our iPhones, documenting our every move through social media and shielding ourselves from the outside world, where real connections happen. If you notice these mannerisms in yourself – or your friends & family, it may be worth committing to the National Day of Unplugging. It is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown which starts on March 6. Take this day to carve out precious time to unplug, relax, reflect, be active, visit the outdoors, and connect with loved ones.

03/05/2020

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02/28/2020

Seacoast Church

2020 is an election year, and we know it will be divisive. There will be a lot of labels thrown around, and people will make judgments about other people that they do not know.

But you can create a different atmosphere. An atmosphere where you honor people and treat people well, whether or not they vote the same way you do.

Don’t be known for who you vote for. Be known for the way that you treat people with honor and respect, and love them the way Jesus commanded you to love them.

#seacoastchurch

01/31/2020

The Barton Hills Choir

Grateful Dead's 'Ripple' performed by the Barton Hills Choir. Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.

About Me

I am just an average gal with a HUGE passion in helping others rock their mind~body~spirit connection! I love helping people succeed in all areas of their life.

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program in New York City.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is partnered with Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY). I received my board accreditation as a Certified Health Coach (CHC) from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

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