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From BIOHM Health: Immune Health & COVID-19

Microorganisms live in the human digestive system and affect our health — scientists are trying to work out how

Source: NATURE

Mahmoud Ghannoum , PhD, MBA, FIDSA, is the Director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals.

He has been called “the leading microbiome researcher in the world” by the Washington Post and has published over 450 scientific papers on his research specialty: how bacteria and fungi impact our health.

With his son, Afif, Dr Ghannoum is the founder of BIOHM Health, the first company to create probiotics and microbiome tests that address bacteria and fungi in the gut. He is also the founder of where his team offers personalized coaching programs for optimizing your microbiome.

Dr Ghannoum lectures at major scientific institutions around the world, including the Institute Pasteur in Paris and the National Institutes of Health, which has extensively funded his research over the last three decades.

For more information on Dr Ghannoum, see Dr Ghannoum’s Story.

Source: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Below are a useful set of links to online resources and articles BIOHM Health sent yesterday (3/30/2020) as a BIOHM Science Report on the topic of Immune Health and COVID-19. “During these unusual times, the team at BIOHM wanted to share some useful information, articles, research and resources from across the globe about things you can do to keep our immune system healthy and strong!

“We are also sharing information from various resources as it relates to COVID-19 and immune health.” (BIOHM Science Report: Immune Health and COVID-19, 3/30/2020)

ONLINE RESOURCES Cleveland Clinic: Find Out Your COVID-19 Risk Concerned about whether you may have COVID-19, but not sure what’s the first step? Try our free screening tool to find out your risk level, based on your symptoms and travel, and get the most appropriate care recommendations. Cleveland Clinic – Start Your Screening Now JOHNS HOPKINS: CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTERJ Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives. Johns Hopkins – COVID-19 Resource Center ARTICLES IN THE NEWS How to Stay Healthy in the Time of COVID-19 Keeping ourselves and our family healthy is important especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philippines, the number of people infected with the virus is going up each day. With the country now declared in a State of Calamity and a Luzon-wide  “enhanced community quarantine” in effect, we need to level up our own defenses as well.  Continue Reading on Greenpeace’s Website The Science Behind Improving Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Pandemic The thought of impending sickness has a lot of people on edge. It brings on anxiety, and when you’re anxious, you want to do something to relieve it. That’s why you see stories of people stockpiling toilet paper, and disinfecting wipes, and stealing face masks. (None of those things are going to help them stay healthy by the way!) Learn More from Thrive Global THE GUT MICROBIOME AND IMMUNE HEALTH The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet Continue Reading at Johns Hopkins Coronavirus: How to Keep Your Gut Microbiome Healthy to Fight COVID-19 These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 (the illness caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Many countries have sealed their borders and put the population under voluntary or enforced lockdown. Cultural and sporting events have been cancelled or postponed – including Euro 2020 and the Glastonbury festival – pubs and restaurants are closing, and people are panic buying staples such as toilet paper and pasta. But although it can feel like the situation is out of control, there are still plenty of things you can do to protect your health and that of the people around you.First and foremost, follow national guidance for preventing COVID-19: avoid spreading the virus and cut your chances of catching it by regularly washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and reducing social contact. This is particularly important for protecting at-risk groups including people with existing health conditions, the elderly and pregnant women. Continue Reading on The Conversation COVID-19: How to Use Diet and Supplements to Maintain Immunity… and Sanity A dietitian and founder of a ‘good mood food’ startup has shared her tips for maintaining good mental health during the uncertain times of this COVID-19 pandemic. Continue Reading on Nutra Ingredients COVID-19 – Boosting Your Immunity: Is That Really Possible?

One of them being the ability to truly understand all the levels of interconnectedness and how to plug into that. There is no clear scientific evidence to date that clearly links lifestyle, food or vitamin supplements to a person’s immunity – a key to perfect immunity. Our immune system is quite efficient by itself, especially if you have the patience to let it function. It has the capabilities to manufacture its own antibiotics, but you need to wait it out. This is one of the prime reasons medical practitioners advise parents not to pump medications into babies for minor ailments. The building up of antibodies is what really boosts the immune system and that is a natural process. Nature cannot be rushed. Continue Reading on Gulf News This is a 3/19/2020 video of Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum and his son, Afif Ghannoum, co-founders of BIOHM Health, discussing the facts vs fiction around COVID-19 and immunity in general.

You can sign up to receive information from BIOHM Health and receive discounts on any of their products at the bottom of their FAQ page here. Bacteria “make up our microbiome, an integral internal ecosystem that benefits our gut health and the immune system.” (Axe, 2016)

Source: Dr Josh Axe

Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist. In 2008, he started a functional medicine center in Nashville, which grew to become one of the most renowned clinics in the world.

I’ve always found the information on his site,, to be well researched, clear and useful. You can subscribe to Dr Axe’s Newletters here.

Source: Asian Scientist Newsroom


Axe, J. (2020). See:

BIOHM Health. (2020). FAQ. See:

BIOHM Health. (2020). Dr Ghannoum’s Story. See:

BIOHM Health. (3/30/2020). Science Report: Immune Health and COVID-19. In an email sent to me. Bradstreet, C. (3/9/2020). The Science Behind Improving Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Here’s the science nobody’s talking about. Thrive Global. See:

Hancocks, N. (3/19/2020). COVID-19: How to use diet and supplements to maintain immunity … and sanity. Nutra Ingredients. See:

Kurian- Murshed, A. (3/23/2020). COVID-19 – Boosting your immunity: Is that really possible? Gulf News. See:—boosting-your-immunity-is-that-really-possible-1.1584978287353

Levy, J. (2016). The Human Microbiome: How It Works + a Diet for Gut Health. See:

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