HEALTH: A vegan diet may have benefits for surprising reasons

“Strictly plant-based diets have gained acceptance as a dietary strategy for preventing and managing disease. Perhaps, in part, this is because of their rather unique gut flora, with less of the disease-causing bacteria and more of the protective species.”

I think it’s worth it to try to be a vegan!


HEALTH: The covid test maybe available thru regular channels

Tue, Apr 28, 9:44 PM (2 days ago)

>Why get tested if no symptoms ? 

Curiosity. Knowing.

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Labcorp sent a notice that they were offering the test for $100.

“Everyone” was ridiculing me for thinking about get it done.

With all the “information” floating around about the WuFlu:

  • The death count is either inflated (by hospitals to get Federal money) or undercounted (by ignoring deaths in nursing homes).
  • No one seems to understand it. (For example, how can the Roosevelt aircraft carrier (Link) have only a fraction of the crew infected if it’s so contagious?)
  • There seems to be some “interesting” (uneven) stratification in the impact.  Seems to impact the old and sick.  Seems to impact minorities disparately.  Seems to be spread by people that don’t have symptoms.
  • The politicians and bureaucrats have confused the issue with a delayed response and an over-reaction.
  • The “celebrities” are elbowing into the spotlight to improve their visibility and spouting uninformed opinions.
  • Some experts are opining outside their areas of expertise.  Stepping into “policy” from “findings” or “recommendations”.
  • No one seems to know who’s immune and why?
  • Seem to be two groups of doctors that seem to have conflicting diametrically opposed opinions about what the issues are?

So, if there is some sort of “immunity”, perhaps it is signaled by the antibodies in the testing.  

It might be nice to know if I have the antibodies which would indicate:

  1. I had a the mild version that people get with no symptoms;
  2. I will know I have immunity when and if the experts find that “immunity” is denoted by the antibodies;
  3. I will know by the absence of those antibodies would be a warning that I might still be at risk.

QED thinking about getting the test isn’t crazy.

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HEALTH: Urgent Questions About The Diamond Princess

This post appeared first on Daily Reckoning . “Failure to comply with this order will result in a $5,000 fine and up to one year in prison…” We woke this morning to this menacing threat. It came issuing from the loudspeaker of a prowling police cruiser.

Source: Urgent Questions

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The Case of the Diamond Princess

Dr. Ioannidis cites the case of the cruise ship Diamond Princess:

Projecting the Diamond Princess mortality rate onto the age structure of the U.S. population, the death rate among people infected with COVID-19 would be 0.125%. But since this estimate is based on extremely thin data — there were just seven deaths among the 700 infected passengers and crew — the real death rate could stretch from five times lower (0.025%) to five times higher (0.625%). It is also possible that some of the passengers who were infected might die later, and that tourists may have different frequencies of chronic diseases — a risk factor for worse outcomes with SARS-CoV-2 infection — than the general population. Adding these extra sources of uncertainty, reasonable estimates for the case fatality ratio in the general U.S. population vary from 0.05–1%.

That huge range markedly affects how severe the pandemic is and what should be done. A populationwide case fatality rate of 0.05% is lower than seasonal influenza. If that is the true rate, locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. It’s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies…

If we assume that case fatality rate among individuals infected by SARS-CoV-2 is 0.3% in the general population — a mid-range guess from my Diamond Princess analysis — and that 1% of the U.S. population gets infected (about 3.3 million people), this would translate to about 10,000 deaths. This sounds like a huge number, but it is buried within the noise of the estimate of deaths from “influenza-like illness.” If we had not known about a new virus out there and had not checked individuals with PCR tests, the number of total deaths due to “influenza-like illness” would not seem unusual this year.

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Perhaps “We, The Sheeple” are being herded to the pens for loading on the trains to the camps.

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HEALTH: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

And it’s been great to see people in other industries like entertainment being creative and thoughtful in trying to rally people’s spirits as millions of people sit at home worrying.

But sadly, I’ve also been repulsed by some of the outrageous, offensive and occasionally downright obscene conduct of a minority of people who have tried to exploit the crisis for personal gain, arrogantly ignored warnings to save lives, or brought a whole new meaning to tone-deafness.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Piers Morgan’s top 20 Cov-idiots so far | Daily Mail Online

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Hard to define the word better than what these people did, or are doing!!!

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HEALTH: Coronavirus crisis Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

Happily, New York state put together a protocol back in 2008 titled “Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster” (largely reaffirmed in 2015) designed for a moment like ours. Wisely, our state insists that age and health problems or disabilities unrelated to what is causing the epidemic shouldn’t serve as the basis for rationing. Prognosis for recovery is what matters.

A New York hospital could choose to give its last ventilator to the 72-year-old marathon runner rather than to the 57-year-old pack-a-day smoker. Again, based only on prognosis for recovery. The objectivity of the standard removes much of the physician’s subjective ideology from the picture.

Source: Coronavirus crisis: Deciding how to prioritize hospital patients

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Seems like a good way to ration if it has to be done.

Like the organ donor controversy, the Gooferment makes rules (i.e., you can sell a kidney but you can starve to death; you can’t sell a dead relative’s organs even if you’re dead broke; some rules don’t apply to the elite) and then says “there’s a shortage”.

When ever I hear that there is a “shortage” or “surplus”, I just know deep in my heart that the Gooferment has screwed something up.

Why did we ever put the Gooferment “in charge of health care”?  I can’t conceive of what “healthcare” would look like in a Libertarian USA but I’m sure it would be better that what a mess we have now.

The meaning of “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else is so muddled we can’t possible extract the Gooferment from it.  It’s like “who would build the roads”?  Do you think that WalMart, UPS, FedEx, and all the other carriers couldn’t figure it out without, as Tom Woods calls it, a guy with a bullhorn shouting out orders.  The truly Free Market would allow an efficient solution to evolve.

If health care was a “free market”, I am sure that Insurance Companies would have hospitals for their insured that would serve their Customers spectacularly.  By way of proof, i offer: health insurance, car insurance, and life insurance.  Notice the decreasing level of Gooferment “regulation”.  Notice, also, the decreasing level of cost and the increasing level of service.  Health insurance is a nightmare; life insurance is walk in the park.  Could there be a message in this example?  Ya think!

So now that the “China / Wuhan / Covid19 / whatever you want to call it” virus has drastically altered our society, let’s use it to create solutions with more freedom and liberty.

REMEMBER: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel  

So let’s use this opportunity to, for example, enshrine “distance learning” and close Gooferment Skrules.  Let’s create a national free market in “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else.  Let’s get the Gooferment out of “health rules & regulations” that prevented “telemedicine”, free exchange of medical records between doctors, terminate the CDC & FDA replacing them with a version of the Consumer Reports.  Let’s take the monopoly privileges from Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and the medical cartel forcing them to stand up for their failures — no bailouts or limitations of liability for mistakes.

We’ll all be better off.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. — Theodore Roosevelt

Let’s not do “nothing”!

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HEALTH: Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns | WIRED

Blue Shield expects that 250 to 500 newborns will be eligible for the whole genome sequencing each year, which represents about 10 percent of their insured babies treated in neonatal intensive care units in California. Company executive vice president Terry Gilliland said he will encourage other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans around the country to adopt a similar policy. “When you think about all the pain and suffering families go through with sick babies, this is going to be an enormous benefit,” he says.

Source: Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns | WIRED

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I can think back to TWO babies in my life who could have used this.  Maybe it could have prevented a one or both fatalities.  And, maybe all the associated heartbreak.

Don’t know how much it costs, but like all technology the cost will come down.

Maybe it can be done on ALL babies as well as in the womb.

God’s gift to humanity, if it becomes so!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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HEALTH: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

Exley’s conclusion deserves repeating: “No aluminum, no AD.” Without aluminum, Alzheimer’s doesn’t develop. That’s not fake news. This research provides conclusive evidence for concern, which means it would be foolish in the extreme to pretend that injecting infants and young children with aluminum-containing vaccines is harmless.

Source: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

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I always seem to be drawn into the vax / anti-vax controversy.

I understand that there is a non-scientific debate about vaccines.  Some “celebrities” take a position and I scoff at them.  (How does being the modern equivalent of the “Court Jester” entitle you to make pseudo scientific pronouncements?)

That being said the very existence of the Federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program puts the “vaccines are harmless” pronouncements in doubt.  (Remember Christie Todd Witman’s pronouncement that 9/11 air was safe?)

I have seen the ravages of polio that turned a happy healthy child into a virtual helpless babbling idiot who struggled to make himself understood. (I remember his post-illness goal of someday being a milkman. Yes, they still had such things. And it makes me sad to remember him so many years after his death.) That being said, my family liked up all the children for shots as soon as the vaccine was available. I understand that.

So today, when parents have good-faith concerns, I am sympathetic to their plight. I’d still vaccinate, but I would not have to pick up the “collateral damage” that could result. It may well be playing the odds, but as I always say, “someone wins the Lotto!”. In this case, it’s no prize to win.

I’m blogging about this again in hopes that “we” “We, The Sheeple” can have a reasonable discussion about the “safety issue”. I’d like to see the Gooferment reveal its dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) about vaccines in a very public manner. Then we’d know once and for all what the true odds of harm are. Is it 1/100, 1/10,000, or 1/1,000,000? Remember with 350M people in the USA, that means somewhere between 3½ million and 350 cases of harm. That’s too wide a variance for my comfort. Then, one has to drill down into some of the differentiating factors (i.e., sex, race, age, region, diet, left-handed versus right-handed). OK, maybe not the “handed-ness that I inserted to lighten up the rant.

I hope that this generates some light; not heat.

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