2020 Health Stories: Year in Review

December 28, 2020 | Dr. Linda J. Dobberstein, DC, Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition

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 2020 Health Stories: Year in Review
2020 will go undoubtedly go down as a year for the record books far into the future. At the top of everyone’s list for most notable events will be the global pandemic and COVID-19 that has turned lives and normalcy as we knew it upside down. The pandemic dynamics and concerns extend not only into health and potentially serious life-threatening illness, but also job status, church, family, social, and sports activities, freedom of movement and the bewildering toilet paper shortage.

The most common concern that I encountered in talking with thousands of individuals over this past year was fear, anxiety and stress with concerns for immune health. Frustration, depression, and worry were just as common. In an age where we are bombarded daily with statistics, signs everywhere of masks and 6-foot social distance required, it is no wonder that these emotions run rampant.

I commonly heard “We are in a time like no other in history.” Yes, that is true. We have a global pandemic amidst numerous other challenges to heights that may not have been seen before. But humans have resiliently pressed on and have survived plagues, natural disasters, riots and wars across the millennia.

Benjamin Franklin said that the only things that are certain are death and taxes. I would add that change is also certain and with it comes choices. Everyone is faced with choices and encounters change and the pandemic has brought its share of choices.

The choices you make with thoughts, behaviors and actions influences and directs your path despite circumstances. With health, every one of us can make positive choices and teach others to do the same. You can learn to make quality choices in your day to day lives. You can press on and be proactive about your health. You can do this as an individual and we as a nation must collectively work at improving our health status.

Despite spending unfathomable amounts of money on health care/disease care, our country continues to lag behind other countries on the list of healthiest countries. Bloomberg’s Global Health Index for 2020 ranks the United States at #35. The primary reason for this low rank is obesity. Other factors like sedentary lifestyle, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and hypertension contribute to poor health with obesity. These factors have absolutely contributed to the risk, severity, and loss of life from COVID-19.

Generations before us did not have the same plethora of food choices with giant supermarkets along with fast food, junk foods, genetically modified, antibiotic, pesticide/herbicide treated foods that traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to reach the dinner table. The U.S. population generally does not suffer from lack of calories and food like third world countries. Rather there is abundance of calorie-rich nutrient-poor foods in the American diet that fail to truly nourish.

In this time of quick choices, we must go back to the basics and fundamentals with healthy foods and choices. You can choose to raise a tabletop or backyard garden. You can choose to not walk down the junk food aisle. You can choose whole, real foods. You can choose. Make this your New Year’s resolution.

Likewise, we live in a time when xenobiotics and xenoestrogens are ubiquitous with millions of exposures in the course of a lifetime. Plastics and microplastics, petroleum chemicals, pesticides, etc. surround us. These contribute to the total body burden, substantially affecting metabolism and immune health. Choose to reduce or avoid use of plastics and other chemicals as much as you can.

Physical activity and exercise help relieve stress and support immune health and gut flora. You can choose to engage in physical activity. It may be simple isometrics to start with such as squeezing your glute/butt muscles when you sit at a stoplight or are working or playing games on the computer.

Or it may be more intense exercise with a 20-mile hike or 100-mile bike ride. Climb the stairs instead of the elevator. Rake the lawn or sweep the driveway rather than using a power blower. Start with something, set goals and keep doing it. Think about how you help change the health trend of this country. It starts with you making daily choices.

The social distance and shutdown with self-isolation will continue into 2021. As I wrote in the September article Social Isolation and Stress Management, the hidden negative effects challenge health and may even be more oppressive to the society as a whole compared to other concerns.

Drug overdose, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns, abusive behaviors along with delays in other types of care have been adversely affected with the pandemic. Reach out in whatever way you can to connect and help others by phone, text, email, or even a hug from a distance. Choose to connect with someone. It makes a difference.

As 2021 approaches, I and the team at Wellness Resources will continue to help and provide educational resources and nutraceutical quality nutritional supplements to help you be proactive about your health so you can make informed choices. Schools and medical systems are not often equipped at all to educate individuals about nutrition and how it impacts the structure and function of the human body.

Our online library provides an enormous amount of information about how you can take charge of your health. I hope you continue to learn and benefit from this information to make healthy choices in this time of certain uncertainty. Please share this information with others! It can help change lives.

Here is a list of 2020’s articles. I wish you a blessed Christmas season and a healthy 2021!


A Game Plan for Optimizing Immune Function

Zinc – Essential for Immunity, Sense of Smell and More

Vitamin A – An Essential Nutrient for Immune, Respiratory, and Gut Health

Improve Your Sleep – Wake Rhythms for Immune Health 

Astaxanthin: Antiaging, Immune Support, Mitochondria, and Mold Protector

Stress, Panic and Self Care 

7 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System Daily

Diabetes and Covid-19 

Vitamin D and Your Immune System – Are You Getting Enough?

Arabinogalactan Supports NK Cell Activity for Healthy Immunity 

Glutamine: Critical for Gut, Immune System, and Muscles During Stress and Aging 

Social Isolation and Stress Management 

Glutathione Antioxidant for Cell Life and Vitality 

Glutathione and Vitamin D: A Powerful Essential Connection


Stevia – The Dark Side of This Natural Sweetener 

Skipping Breakfast Impacts Weight, Blood Sugar, and Cardiovascular Health  


Thyroid Health Depends on Balanced Methylation 

Keep Your Thyroid Nourished 

Is Sluggish Thyroid Function Stressing Your Mood? 


Mosquitoes Bugging You? Nutrition Can Help

Sunscreen Dangers Continue to be Exposed 

Diesel Exhaust Causes Strain on Heart, Brain, Liver, Lungs, and Pancreas 

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Minerals Needed for Quality Sleep 

Disrupted Circadian Rhythm and Methylation Increases Cancer Risk 


Your Sweet Tooth Adversely Impacts Gut and Brain Health 


Hearing Loss – What’s Missing From Your Diet Can Hurt

Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and Obesity Affects Hearing Status  


Oat Beta Glucan – Nature’s Heart Healthy Wonder 

Health Clues and Tips for Your Heart and Weight Part I 

Taking Statins? Protect Your Muscles and Mitochondria 

Health Clues and Tips for Your Heart and Weight Part II 


Alpha GPC- A Smart Nutrient for Brain Health and More 

New Optimized Curcumin for Brain Health  

Cinnamon Supports Blood Sugar Health, Fat Burning and Immune Defense 

Vitamin B12 Essential to Energy, Mood and Overall Health 

Protect Your Cell Membranes and Health with Calcium AEP  

Introducing Vital UT with Cranberry, D-Mannose, Mangosteen, and Friendly Flora 

MSM Sulfur – Nature’s Beauty Mineral Inside and Out 

Breakthrough Tumeric Extract Optimized for Absorption and Health Benefits

Magnesium Depleted by Numerous Drugs

Adaptogen Rhodiola Helps Stress Resilience, Cognitive Function and Mood 

Glutamine: Surprise Benefits for Heart, Bones, and Blood Sugar 

Fiber and Your Gut Mucosal Lining  

I3C+DIM Provide Powerful Cell Protection and Xenobiotic Detoxification 


5 Ways to Manage Histamine

Women’s Health

Birth Control Pills Deplete Critical Nutrients 

Birth Control Pills (Part II): Additional Risks 

Natural Support for Menstrual Discomfort 


Top 10 Health Stories of 2019

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