HEALTH: Hydroxychloroquine One More Time, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is under attack for two reasons. One is that Trump recommended it based on Dr. Zelenko’s successful cures of his patients in New York. Consequently, Democrats and the presstitutes have allied with Big Pharma and demonized HCQ hoping to use the false claim that it causes heart attacks to discredit Trump and reduce his chance of reelection. The other is that Big Pharma and the public health organizations, such as NIH, CDC, and WHO which have revolving door relationships with Big Pharma and share in the revenues, are desperate to block an effective and inexpensive treatment when they can make billions of dollars on a mandated vaccine and an ineffectual treatment known as Remdesivir.

Source: Hydroxychloroquine One More Time, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

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Just follow the money and remember in November “Orange Man Bad”!

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HEALTH: The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier

https://nutritionfacts.org/2020/07/28/the-crowding-out-strategy-to-eating-healthier/

The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on July 28th, 2020

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In the United States, “if one-half of the U.S. population were to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by one serving each per day, an estimated 20,000 cancer cases might be avoided each year.” That’s 20,000 people who would not have gotten cancer had they been eating their fruits and veggies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends we “fill half [our] plate with colorful fruits and vegetables,” but less than 10 percent of Americans hit the recommended daily target. Given this sorry state of affairs, should we even bother telling people to strive for “5 a day,” or might just saying “get one more serving than you usually do” end up working better? Researchers thought that “the more realistic ‘just 1 more’ goal would be more effective than the very ambitious ‘5 a day’ goal,” but they were wrong.

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It seems that changing our diet to avoid cancer is “low hanging fruit”!

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HEALTH: Now “we” are beginning to peel back the “onion” of knowledge

https://news.yahoo.com/scientists-identify-six-different-types-185531392.html

Scientists identify six different types of coronavirus with increasing severity levels
Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph•July 17, 2020
 
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People most vulnerable to Covid-19 can now be given support and early interventions – AFP

Six distinct types of coronavirus have been identified by scientists in a breakthrough that promises to save lives by flagging the highest-risk patients.

Analysis of thousands of cases by artificial intelligence software has revealed different “clusters” of symptoms and ranked them in order of severity.

Headache and loss of smell are common to all six groupings, but the range of symptoms varies widely after that.

Scientists at King’s College London (KCL) found that patients with the sixth type of Covid-19 are nearly 10 times more likely to end up needing breathing support than patients in the first group.

This is significant because often patients only deteriorate to a critical stage several days after after showing symptoms. The new ranking system should flag up the highest-risk cases and give doctors the opportunity to intervene earlier.

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Not only that, but maybe “we” can differentiate between “cases” and “deaths” with something a little more granular and a lot less intrusive in daily life.

And, reopen the economy without “face diapering” diktats.

Like all other “one size fits all” diktats by Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats, this one is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

Let’s be safe … intelligently.

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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.” https://buff.ly/3cIBa1F

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

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HEALTH: The covid test maybe available thru regular channels

Tue, Apr 28, 9:44 PM (2 days ago) 

https://www.labcorp.com/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/patient-information/covid-19-testing-options?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20_patient_corp_COVID-19-test-options

>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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Cov-idiots!

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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HEALTH: Neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s?

2019-Feb-11

🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer’s grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The Case for Transmissible Alzheimer’s Grows
What separates a lethal prion from dementia-inducing amyloid plaque? Maybe not much
By Jennifer Frazer on February 7, 2019

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Alzheimer’s is not the only neurodegenerative disease in which aggregating misfolded host proteins – a class referred to as amyloid — seem to propagate and wreak havoc either. In Parkinson’s Disease, misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins spread through the brain, and in Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the misfolded, accumulating protein is TDP-43. We should investigate the transmission potential of these diseases as well.

The only thing that seemed to separate these conditions from classic prion diseases was transmissibility. But now that that barrier has been breached for at least one, I also wonder: What is the difference between amyloid and prions? Are they part of a spectrum? Are they one in the same? If not, what is the difference? Can what we’ve learned about the biology of prions help our efforts to fight amyloid dementias? Of course, since we still can’t cure prion diseases, it may not be much help even if so.

The realization that the peptides involved in some of the most common and feared dementias on Earth may be transmissible under even limited conditions is a sobering and humbling reminder of how very little we still understand about them. Given what we know about prions, I think we would be wise not to underestimate their abilities.

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This is really scary stuff to this old fart.  It isn’t the Walking Dead where a bite turns you into a zombie, but a “sticky infectious prion” can wipe out your mind, life, and wallet.  Hope a lot of someones are researching this.  If I was a neurosurgeon, I be really concerned.

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HEALTH: Plant-Based Diets for Diabetics

https://nutritionfacts.org/2018/04/12/plant-based-diets-put-to-the-test-for-diabetes/

Plant-Based Diets Put to the Test for Diabetes
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on April 12th, 2018

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The bottom line is that the more plant-based diet “led to a greater improvement in quality of life and mood. Patients consuming a vegetarian diet also felt less constrained than those consuming the conventional diet.” People actually felt the conventional diabetic diet was more restrictive than the plant-based diet. Disinhibition decreased with a vegetarian diet, meaning those eating vegetarian were less likely to binge, and the subjects in the vegetarian group tended to feel less hungry. All of this helps with sustainability in the long term, which is, of course, critical for any dietary change. So, not only do plant-based diets appear to work better, but they may be easier to stick to. And, with the improvement in mood, patients may exhibit desired improvements not only in physical, but also in mental, health.

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I’d wish I had know this back in 1970.

Would it have made a difference, who can say?

But, upon reflection, I’d hope I’d have been smart enough to try it.

Argh!

Add it to my list of failures.

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HEALTH: What is the impact on health of cell phones?

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-cell-phones-lower-sperm-counts/

Do Cell Phones Lower Sperm Counts?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  February 28th, 2018  Volume 40

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What is the effect of cell phone radiation on sperm motility and DNA damage?

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“Are men talking their reproductive health away?” There have been “unexplained declines in semen quality reported in several countries.” Might cell phones be playing a role, as “[r]adio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from these devices could potentially affect sperm development and function.” The cell phone industry bristles at the “r-word,” radiation, preferring the more innocuous sounding “RF-EMF”s. They do have a point, though, about it being used by snake-oil hucksters of “radiation protection” gadgets. Radiation need not be atomic-bomb gamma rays, but just the warm glow of sunshine on your face; that’s radiation, too. The question is: does the specific type of radiation emitted by cell phones affect male fertility?

After the “World Health Organization…declared that cell phones [could possibly] cause brain cancer,” many folks were like, no problem, I’ll just keep it in my pants and use Bluetooth or something. Away from the brain, but “close to the gonads.” Put all the studies together, including nearly 1,500 semen samples and: “Exposure to mobile phones was associated with reduced sperm motility…and viability…,” though not necessarily sperm concentration.”

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Ignoring the “cell phone” accidents where the User falls into a fountain or walks into a pole, which are funny. And ignoring the “cell phone” fatalities from their use in cars. What are the “health implications” of using them?

Anytime I’ve seen a woman stuff her cell phone in her bra, I’ve mused about that and breast cancer. I’ve nagged my fiancé about it so much, she doesn’t do it around me.

WRT to men, is it the radiation or the heat that causes the damage? And, what if you use a lap desk — does that provide a sufficient space or barrier to EMF?

And does the wifi cause other problems (i.e., pancreatic or liver cancer)?

Questions beget more and better questions?

I no longer sleep with my cellphone anywhere near my head and it’s usually at least yard away.

In the absence of “fact”, caution is warranted?

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HEALTH: Healthy eating has the potential to not only prevent, but reverse some of our leading causes of death

https://youtu.be/xnKaOL2IBPY

Food as Medicine | Michael Greger, M.D. | TEDxSedona
Published on Feb 28, 2018

According to the Global Burden of Disease study (the largest study of disease risk factors in history; funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) the #1 cause of both death and disability in the United States is our diet. Cigarettes now only kill about a half million Americans every year, whereas our diet appears to kill hundreds of thousands more. The good news is that means we have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity. Healthy eating has the potential to not only prevent, but reverse some of our leading causes of death including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Why, then, is nutrition not the #1 thing taught in medical school? American physician, author, and speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan and the creator of NutritionFacts.org. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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I follow Doc Greger’s advice as best I can. It’s very hard to retain yourself after a lifetime of bad eating. Hopefully, the readers will save themselves a lot of pain and heartache (literally) and try it.

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HEALTH: A salad a day keeps dementia away?

http://www.newsweek.com/eating-salad-every-day-keeps-brains-11-years-younger-and-prevents-dementia-754256

EATING SALAD EVERY DAY KEEPS BRAINS 11 YEARS YOUNGER AND PREVENTS DEMENTIA, STUDY SHOWS
BY MELISSA MATTHEWS ON 12/20/17 AT 4:33 PM

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The study included 960 people, all between 58 and 99 years old and all without dementia. Everyone enrolled in the study was part of the Memory and Aging Project, which has been ongoing since 1979 at the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University. As part of their involvement in that project, participants completed questionnaires about their dietary habits over the course of nearly five years. Questions included assessments of how often people consumed spinach, salad, and kale, collards, or other greens. Participants also took yearly thinking and memory skill tests to gauge cognitive ability.

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That’s a prescription that’s easy to follow. Cheap insurance. And if their wrong, no side effects! My kind of medicine.

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HEALTH: Berries and nuts to reverse aging?

http://www.impactlab.net/2017/11/16/breakthrough-scientists-reverse-aging-in-human-cells/

November 16th, 2017 at 1:30 am
Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

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Seniors may soon be able to live disease-free for their entire lives.

New research published in the journal BMC Cell Biology shows that old human cells can be rejuvenated using chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is a substance found in red wine and dark chocolate.

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Resveratrol is a compound found in peanuts, grapes, red wine, dark chocolate, and some berries.

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Easy enough to add these to one’s diet.

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HEALTH: I have to give up trans fats!

https://nutritionfacts.org/audio/the-skinny-on-trans-fats/

OCTOBER 12TH, 2017
The Skinny on Trans Fats
Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, founder of NutritionFacts.org 

A lot of junk food comes loaded with trans fats which may raise our bad “LDL” cholesterol when consumed in nearly any quantity. In today’s episode, I talk about trans fat oil bans, as well as our primary sources of this substance.

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I’ve given up putting sugar in my coffee after listening to Doc Greger.

Now I have to do the same for trans fats. That’s going to be much harder.

The death toll is very scary; all those lives could be saved.

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HEALTH: Dementia is NOW an Epidemic

2017-Oct-10

Dementia and Alzheimer’s is Now an Epidemic in America
Posted on Sep 25, 2017, 4 p.m.

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  • One in 8 over 65 years old in the USA has Alzheimer’s
  • In 2014, an estimated 5.2 million in the USA have Alzheimer’s
  • Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men
  • 1 in 6 Women will develop Alzheimer’s
  • Just 5 years ago in 2012 the United States alone spent $200 Billion with Medicare, Medicaid and Out of Pocket Expense for Alzheimer’s and other Dementia care not including Private Health Insurance. This number is projected to go to $1 Trillion.
  • Alzheimer’s can start as early as the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

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“Remember this if you still can, as most of the population starts to age we have to be prepared for what is rapidly going to be one of our biggest healthcare problems, if not the biggest healthcare problem, Dementia in all its forms. We have to start trying as many preventative measures as possible to curb or try and cure all forms of dementia before they take hold. We now know that 1/3 of our aging population will die with a form of Dementia and 1/6 of all woman will die with the most commonly known form of Dementia —Alzheimer’s,” stated Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the A4M, Sept. 25, 2017.

“We all know healthcare isn’t perfect. If we don’t start addressing Dementia now, which is now a United States epidemic, caring for those“We all know healthcare isn’t perfect. If we don’t start addressing Dementia now, which is now a United States epidemic, caring for those effected with Dementia will soon become the single biggest cost of our healthcare system and become an unimaginable burden on the family, and loved ones that have to take care of the afflicted. We will all suffer along with our parents, our older brothers, sisters, colleagues, and friends as their minds decay. This is a problem bigger than Aids of the 80’s and just as serious as Cancer, and Diabetes. As over 10,000 people a day, projected to go to 15,000 people a day, turn 65 in the United States, Dementia will soon be the #1 Health Risk, age related or not. Dementia is quickly the disease that will affect everyone in America, directly or indirectly. It’s an Epidemic we really need to look at stronger, harder, and take as many preventative medicine type measures to try and halt, cure, or eradicate the Age  Disease. Dementia is not just affecting a segment of the US population. It is attacking Seniors the fasted growing segment of the American population at alarming rates,” added Dr. Ronald Klatz.

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This has to be addressed by all the politicians and bureaucrats who are “redesigning” the America “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else as yet to be identified.

Personally, I am very concerned about this. My family is “crazy” and maybe that inoculates me from the “disease”? 

I do follow a doctor who advocates for a plant based diet as a preventative to all sorts of diseases and health malfunctions. One of them is Alzheimer’s.

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/alzheimers-disease-grain-brain-or-meathead/

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Well, the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is “significantly lower” for Africans in Nigeria “than for African Americans…in Indianapolis,” for example—up to five times lower.

Alzheimer’s rates for Japanese-Americans living in the U.S. are closer to that of Americans than to Japanese. So, “when people of one ethnic group move…from their homeland to the United States,…Alzheimer’s rates [can increase] dramatically.”

“Therefore, when Africans or [Asians] live in the [U.S.] and adopt a Western diet, their [increase in] Alzheimer’s [risk suggests] that [it’s] not the genetics.”

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It’s hard for me to go vegan. I’ve been non-vegan for SEVEN decades. I am too lazy to exercise and diet. But I am making some “some” progress on these fronts. 

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), articles like “re-motivates” me.

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HEALTHCARE: Did Obamacare Really Save Lives? NO!

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/robert-p-murphy/obamacare-save-lives/

Did Obamacare Really Save Lives?
By Robert P. Murphy
Mises.org
July 1, 2017

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Conclusion

Although I personally do not yet have a theory on the specific mechanism that may be responsible, I am confident in saying that the actual data do not support the breathless claims that rolling back ObamaCare will literally kill many thousands of Americans. Fans of the Austrian school should not be shocked, though, to discover that having the federal government get more heavily involved in the health sector has apparently made things worse.

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I put this in the class of “District of Corruption speak” — like Brave New World’s Newspeak. You know where: “draconian cuts” don’t reduce the baseline spending, “The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick”, and “Does that mean that someone’s 13-year old daughter could walk into a sex clinic, have a pregnancy test done, be taken away to the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, have their abortion, be back, and go home on the school bus that night? Mom and dad are never the wiser.”

So overtime any of the politicians and bureaucrats — or their flunkies in the media — make ANY claim, I dismiss it out of hand. If they were to claim “the sun will come up tomorrow”, I’d wait and confirm it.

That goes for their predictions on everything.

When listening to “pitches”, ask who’s getting paid off and what’s the pitcher’s track record.

Why believe any to them?

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HEALTH: DVT prevention; your responsiblity — not the airlines or the Gooferment

http://www.popsci.com/legroom-blood-clots

Health
How to prevent blood clots as airlines squeeze you into tighter spaces
THE POTENTIALLY FATAL CONDITION IS LIKELY TO INCREASE AS LEGROOM DECREASES
—BUT IT’S TOTALLY PREVENTABLE
By Claire Maldarelli

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The bottom line, Stewart says, is that as long as people continue to practice unhealthy plane habits, the rates of DVT will either remain the same or increase—but with a little knowledge (and movement), the condition could be completely prevented.

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It’s a systemic problem we have the airplanes, their design, and the Gooferment. No one is responsible for the result —  crippled and even dead people!

Argh!

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HEALTH: Nutritions role in reducing suffering and needless death

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/physicians-may-be-missing-their-most-important-tool

Physicians May Be Missing their Most Important Tool
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM June 1st, 2015 Volume 24

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Yes, there’s still much to learn about the optimal diet, but we don’t need a single study more to take nutrition education seriously—immediately. It is the low-hanging fruit of health care. We have had the knowledge we need for some time; what we need now is the will to put it into practice. By emphasizing the powerful role of nutrition, we could dramatically reduce suffering and needless death.

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All by eating a plant-based diet?

Seems too simple but you can’t argue with the evidence.

Yeah, it requires retraining our tastes and our brain (i.e., memes), but look at what it avoids: heart attack, strokes, and type 2 diabetes. 

I’m “trying”. Oh, how I hate that word. “NO! … Try not! … Do or do not… there is no try.” (To do it justice, you must say the word try with all the revulsion and disgust you can put on it. Like you were talking about a rapist, a child murderer, or a politician!) — Yoda (Fictional character from George Lucas’s “Star Wars” movie)

“Try” to save your own life and extend your useful years.

But, like smoking, it’s hard to change the paradigms and memes of a lifetime.

But you and I have to “try”.

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HEALTH: Science moves from 10K to 15K; some say 21k?

https://lifehacker.com/15-000-steps-is-the-new-10-000-1793576452

15,000 Steps Is the New 10,000
Patrick Allan
Thursday 1:00pm
Filed to: HEALTH

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We’ve all heard the “walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy” pitch, but new research says that, while 10,000 is better than nothing, it might not quite be enough.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, looked at postal workers in Glasgow, Scotland, including office workers and carriers who primarily deliver mail by foot. Each participant wore an activity tracker and had their body mass index, waist size, blood sugar level, and cholesterol profile measured throughout the study. All of which, of course, are risk factors for heart disease.

Unsurprisingly, those who sat most of the day had higher BMIs, larger waistlines, poor blood sugar control, and less than ideal cholesterol profiles when compared to those who moved around more. In fact, for every hour of sitting during the day beyond five hours, participants had a .2% increased likelihood of developing heart disease in their lifetime based on the researchers’ model.

But those who walked a lot throughout each day were the picture of health. Workers who walked 15,000 steps or more each day (which is roughly seven miles), or were standing upright for seven hours or more, had normal BMIs, average waistlines, and had no features of metabolic syndrome. Overall, their risk of heart disease was very low when compared to those who walked fewer than 15,000 steps, assuming they weren’t already at high risk for hereditary reasons. This research suggests that our current estimate of 10,000 steps per day may be too conservative, and that 15,000 steps is the mark we should be aiming for if we want to stave off life-threatening cardiac conditions.

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Argh!

I haven’t gotten to 10k on any kind of consistent basis. Let alone 15 or 21!

Argh!

Argh!

So I guess I have to rethink my commitment to steal back all my social security losses due to their Ponzi theft. By my rough calculation, I probably have to life to 120 to steal it back. 240, if you add in the Time Value Of Money. Argh!

So I better get moving.

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HEALTH: Eat your veggies and ONLY veggies

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dont-wait-until-your-doctor-kicks-the-habit

Don’t Wait Until Your Doctor Kicks the Habit | NutritionFacts.org

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Just like most doctors smoked in the 1950s, most physicians today continue to consume foods that are contributing to our epidemics of dietary disease.

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Strong words for good advice.

But it does require all us autodydactics to reprogram our eating habits.

As hard as that is, we should take that doc’s quote: “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want it to be my fault.”  — Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  March 10th, 2017 

Many a true word is said in a joke.

So sad that patients have to die because of their doctors’ stupidity, ignorance, and (I hope not) avarice.

Of course, the Gooferment has a big role in this continuing stupidity.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

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HEALTH: Smallpox And Columbian Exchange

http://listverse.com/2016/12/06/10-weird-ways-disease-altered-the-world/

Smallpox And Columbian Exchange

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Smallpox can be spread by bodily fluids or objects that have been contaminated. To date, it is the only disease that has been eradicated.

In the 1500s, during the Columbian Exchange between Europe and the New World, smallpox devastated Native inhabitants, killing up to 90 percent of the population. This disease was also used as a method for biological warfare by European explorers who were colonizing the Americas. Native populations had no built up immunity to the diseases that Europeans brought over and were torn apart by the virus. Entire civilizations were wiped out, taking with them cultures, forms of art, and languages that are now lost forever.

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I focused on the “only disease that has been eradicated”.

That’s an interesting assertion.

What about polio?

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HEALTH: Eat 1 ounce of nuts every day

http://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/10/benefits-of-nuts-for-stroke-prevention/ 

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Benefits of Nuts for Stroke Prevention
Written by: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on January 10th, 2017

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In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish “PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea,” a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a heart attack, about half were obese, diabetic and most had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but they had not yet had their first heart attack or stroke. A third were told to eat a Mediterranean diet and given a free quart of extra virgin olive oil every week. The second group were told to eat a Mediterranean diet and given a half pound of free nuts every week, and the last third were told to follow the American Heart Association guidelines and reduce their fat intake. No portion control or exercise advice was given, and they were followed for about five years. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Same with dying from a heart attack or stroke or from any cause—but, those in the olive oil and especially the nut group had significantly fewer strokes. All three groups were eating stroke-promoting diets; some people in all three groups had  strokes after eating these diets for years, and so ideally we’d choose diets that can stop or reverse the disease process, but the diet with added extra virgin olive oil caused about a third fewer strokes, and adding nuts seemed to cut their stroke risk nearly in half. If this worked as well in the general population, in the U.S. alone that would mean preventing 89,000 strokes a year. That’s would be like ten strokes an hour around the clock prevented simply by adding half an ounce of nuts to one’s daily diet.

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BOTTOM LINE: Eat 1 ounce of nuts every day.
 
Seems like a simple Rx.
 
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Same with dying from a heart attack or stroke or from any cause—but, those in the olive oil and especially the nut group had significantly fewer strokes. All three groups were eating stroke-promoting diets; some people in all three groups had  strokes after eating these diets for years, and so ideally we’d choose diets that can stop or reverse the disease process, but the diet with added extra virgin olive oil caused about a third fewer strokes, and adding nuts seemed to cut their stroke risk nearly in half. If this worked as well in the general population, in the U.S. alone that would mean preventing 89,000 strokes a year. That’s would be like ten strokes an hour around the clock prevented simply by adding half an ounce of nuts to one’s daily diet.

 

HEALTH: Colon Cancer — get your colonoscopy. NOW!

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/solving-a-colon-cancer-mystery.html

Solving a Colon Cancer Mystery
By: Dr. Michael Greger
August 26, 2016

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States after lung cancer. The rates of lung cancer around the world vary by a factor of 10. If there was nothing we could do to prevent lung cancer—if it just happened at random—we’d assume that the rates everywhere would be about the same. But since there’s such a huge variation in rates, it seems like there’s probably some external cause. Indeed, we now know smoking is responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer cases. If we don’t want to die of the number-one cancer killer, we can throw 90 percent of our risk out the window just by not smoking.

There’s an even bigger variation around the world for colon cancer. It appears colon cancer doesn’t just happen—something makes it happen. If our lungs can get filled with carcinogens from smoke, maybe our colons are getting filled with carcinogens from food. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Limpopo sought to answer the question, “Why do African Americans get more colon cancer than native Africans?” Because colon cancer is extremely rare in native African populations, more than 50 times lower than rates of Americans, white or black.

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My maternal grandmother died of colon cancer … painfully. My Mom had a near miss that required some surgical brilliance that gave her another 10 years of a pretty good life. I’ve recently had yet another colonoscopy that revealed some suspect tissue that has to come out. AND, I am following up aggressively.

Since it’s a “silent killer” that has no external symptoms until it’s too late, you have to be the Captain of your health are team. 

Yes, it is — without a doubt — the most disgusting test to prep for. I do mine without anesthesia by personal preference. (I like to limit the things that can go wrong.) It’s no more painful than a case of constipation!

AND eat your veggies.

Please don’t ignore this blog post.

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