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CoastLines: With No Coronavirus Vaccine, Is Diet the Next-Best Thing? – San Clemente Times

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

By Fred Swegles

Could a South Orange County voice instructor have discovered a way to preventor minimize the risks ofexposure to coronavirus?

ThomasAppell is convinced he has. A healthy diet.

In2004, he wrote a book, NeverGet Another Cold.

Hispremise is that our American diet is so laden with sugar that we lay out thewelcome mat for viruses.

Appell,65, used to suffer regularly from colds and the fluas did his voice students.So he went around asking people, How often do you get sick? He began queryinganyone who didnt. A common thread emerged.

People seemingly invulnerable to viruses avoided sugar, ate primarily a plant-based diet and drank lots of water. Appell provides a video testimonial, from a woman who hasnt had the flu in 55 years, at youtube/AeYapvCkosE.

Hesuggests that if people will just take a break from their typical diet duringthis coronavirus emergency, lives can be saved and people exposed can fare muchbetter.

OK,so were supposed to ditch pizza, pasta, hamburgers, alcohol, donuts, junkfood? Do we need to be perfect?

Strayinga little here or there isnt that bad, as long as you dont gorge on sugar,Appell says. If we get sugary foods off the table for the next month, werelikely going to see the whole corona threat become manageable.

Details are in an updated, illustrated coronavirus edition of his book, available in PDF for $9.95 at appellvoicestudio.com/product/never-get-another-cold/.

Its up to the individual to decide for themselves how safe they want to be. Zero tolerance is safest. However far you stray from a zerotolerance for sugar determines your risk level.

Appellalso has put together a COVID-19 Prevention Plan, appealing to President Trumpto allocate funding to let him assemble a task force seeking volunteers inthree groups:

Agree to cut out all sugar from their diet (includes soft drinks, energydrinks, candy, ice cream, desserts, etc.).

Agree to cut out all sugar and refined carbs (anything made with white flour orwhite rice) from their diet.

Agree to cut out all sugar and refined carbs, and drink at least two liters ofwater per day.

Itsmy belief, he says, that all groups will experience a dramatic decrease inthe number of coronavirus cases compared to the public at large.

Weasked him about it:

Whatled you to seek a solution?

Formy whole life, I had been plagued with the flu and colds. Starting in December2001, I had three terrible virus/flu/cold episodes in less than a year. Im avocal coach, and when Im sick, I cant sing. It became my mission in life tofind out how to stop my lifelong history of colds and flu.

Howdid you do it?

Ijust started asking everyone I met, When was the last time you had the flu ora cold? If they said anything more than a decade, I was all ears and startedasking questions.

Howdidyou test this?

OnceI knew what to do, I stopped getting sick. Then I tracked down the sickestsingers I coached and asked them to do it along with me. I ended up trackingthe results of six people. The group had 27 cold/flu episodes in the year priorto starting the diet. In the two years after starting out, only one personcaught a cold once. That translates to a 98-percent decrease in episodes. Then16 more years of seeing the same results, over and over.

Whatis the diet?

Eatalkaline foods and limit acidic foods. For flu prevention, the No. 1 thing todo is avoid any food that causes your blood glucose level to spike. Drinking aliter of water per day for every 50 pounds of body weight also really helps.

Somefoods to avoid?

Forperfect health, everyone has to nix or really limit anything with a high sugarcontent, or food that after digestion converts to sugar, like refined wheat.This includes soft drinks, candy, pizza, pasta and doughnuts. I have to reallywatch how much high-sugar fruit, like pineapple or peaches, I eat. A big fruitsalad can have just as much sugar as a 20-ounce Coke.

Whystop eating sugary foods?

TheInternational Diabetes Federation states, The Coronavirus may thrive in anenvironment of elevated blood glucose (sugar). This is exactly what Ive foundwith myself and all the people Ive worked with for 16 years.

Whatfoods should you eat?

Saladsare great. My first meal is a salad with avocados, spinach and cucumber, freshsqueezed lime juice and small amounts of low-sugar fruits like blueberries anda greenish banana to add some nice flavor. Most vegetables are greatraw orcooked, with the exception of corn, since corn has such a high sugar content.

Whatabout meat?

Idont eat meat, so I wont get heart disease. But small amounts of meat appearto not have much of a significant impact on catching a virus.

Doyou really expect people to give up pizza, pasta and sugar?

Inthe past, no. In 2020, with the risk of death and an economic meltdown fromfear of contracting the coronavirus, yes. Zero tolerance for refined sugar issafest. But small amounts can be OK as long as you dont spike your bloodglucose level. This is why the virus is spreading so fast. Countries that havea diet that leads to elevated glucose levels are at high risk.

Isit hard adapting to your diet?

Itsnot a challenge at all. Its delicious. And you feel so good after getting ridof all of the sugary sweets.

Whatwould you say to our leaders?

We cant afford to shut down the country every time COVID-19 rears its ugly head. I believe I can save America a trillion dollars, but, more importantly, save many lives. Containment and quarantine are temporaryprevention is best. Prevention through diet is our silver bullet.

Howquickly does your diet take effect?

Results are nearly instantaneous. After a person stops eating the foods that causes a virus to thrive, they stop becoming a potential host.

THOMAS APPELL

Occupation:Owner of Appell Voice Studio, author of Can You Sing a High C Without Straining beforealso writing Never GetAnother Cold

Background:Lived in San Clemente from 1987-1999; a regular in the surf lineup at LowerTrestles; still in town 3-4 days a week to surf Lowers

Residence: Coto de Caza

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Fred Swegles is a longtime San Clemente resident with nearly five decades of reporting experience in the city. Fred can be reached at fswegles@picketfencemedia.com.

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‘Fat Fiction’ takes a critical look at what we’ve been taught about nutrition – KTVB.com

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

The new film by a Boise-based production team examines the guidelines that demonized fatty foods for decades.

BOISE, Idaho The Boise-based production team that's made its mark with breathtaking, Emmy-winning documentaries featuring Idaho's outdoors has turned its cameras inside -- as in what your body does with the food you put into it.

As you may gather from the title, the filmmakers and the experts they feature want you to forget everything you've been told about fat. Turn the "food pyramid" upside-down. Maybe not literally, but close.

About 2 1/2 years ago, the film's producer,.Jennifer Isenhart, decided to take a sugar detox class.

She said that what she learned over those five weeks blew her mind.

The very first day of class, Isenhart said, they told her to not only avoid sugar, but eat more fat!

Isenhart said everything she had learned regarding a "proper diet," and everything we had been taught growing up, she was being told was wrong.

"I went out and started doing my own research on the topic and finding all of this information about how the dietary guidelines were upside down and backwards," she said. "The idea that we should cut back on all fat and instead eat seven to 11 servings of carbohydrates a day - which is what we were told in 1980, the first (federal) dietary guidelines - it actually coincides with the launch of the obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemic in this country."

While "Fat Fiction" raises questions about the guidelines, it does not claim that they were part of some big, deliberate conspiracy.

"I think, at the time, the people that were making these recommendations thought they were doing the right thing," Isenhart said. "All the people we interview in the film agree on that point. People weren't intentionally trying to give bad advice, but they jumped ahead of the science at the time. At the time that we recommended the low-fat diet to the nation, there was no science to prove that it was a healthy way to eat."

One person in the film's trailer calls the decades-old high-carb, low-fat guidelines "genocide."

Isenhart said she has heard from some friends in the medical profession who disagree with the film's premise.

"I just kept going forward, because the physicians that I've interviewed and the patients that I've interviewed are reversing chronic disease: Type-2 diabetes, like, in a matter of weeks, and it's happening over and over again with a low-carb, high-fat diet. Not only are they reversing a chronic disease, but all of their markers improve, so it's kind of hard to argue with that kind of evidence."

One of the arguments against a low-carb, high-fat - or keto - diet has been that there's little evidence of the long-term effects.

"That's one of the frustrations in this whole story -- the counterargument against keto and low-carb is 'well, there's no science,'" Isenhart said. "That was part of the problem ... no scientific studies would be funded if they were low-carb. That was part of the control of the status quo of the dietary guidelines -- funding to look at low-carbohydrate diets, for decades. Now, finally, Silicon Valley money has come in and funded some studies. And we finally just in the last five years are getting clinical trial evidence that low-carb, ketogenic diets reverse type-2 diabetes."

Isenhart said she feels really good about putting out a project that people can learn from and use to improve their health, without gimmicks.

"You don't have to buy anything. It explains how the metabolism in our bodies works, and it explains how you can reverse many chronic diseases by eating real, whole food."

One of the conditions considered "high-risk" in the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is type-2 diabetes -- the others mentioned by name are asthma and cardiovascular disease.

"Fat Fiction" is available on Amazon Video.

A special premiere showing will stream at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Fan Force TV, with a live chat and question-and-answer session with the experts from the film.

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Food to include in the diet of growing children – Onmanorama

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

With a young child, meals can be an everyday hassle, especially when you want to introduce new food, and motivate children to make healthy food choices.

Children starting their school years have several nutritional requirements that need to be met, and at the same, are at an age which shapes their lifetime food habits.

"School-going children are still growing and are physically active which plays a significant role in determining a child's nutritional requirements. Genetic history, gender, body size, and built are various other factors. The nutrients or foods needed by children are the same needed by adults, but the quantities vary," nutritionist and wellness coach Avni Kaul said.

She adds, "In the growing years, foods that provide protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins are vital for their growth and development. Without them, their growth may get stunted and, in serious cases, it can affect the development of their mental and motor skills. These nutrients are available in major food groups - grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein foods."

Here are five foods that should be included in the diet of a growing child:

Berries

Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, gooseberries are very high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and phytochemicals. They protect healthy cells from damage and helps in boosting the immune system. You can add them in yogurt, or serve them raw to your children.

Eggs

Eggs are quite popular. Eggs are a great source of protein and vitamins. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline, an important nutrient that supports brain development. You can serve them either as boiled, scrambled, fry or prepare omelettes.

Peanut butter

High in monounsaturated fats, peanut butter provides energy and protein to children. However, certain brands contain added salt, sugar, palm oil and partially hydrogenated fats, which reduces nutritional quality. So, look out for the label carefully.

Whole-grain foods

Fibre present in these foods maintains digestive health and prevents constipation. Amaranth, Barley, Maize, Ragi are one of the finest options. If your child is not fond of them then you can give them in the form of biscuits and wholegrain bread.

Bright-coloured vegetables and fruits

Include carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, cherries, tomatoes and papaya. They are high in beta carotene and other carotenoids that are changed into active vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is vital for good skin and vision, growth and repair of body tissues.

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Coronavirus lockdown: 8 tips to make your diet healthier and improve your health – Times Now

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

Coronavirus lockdown: 8 tips to make your diet healthier and improve your health  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: As we practice social distancing and stay at home to avoid the spread or contraction of the novel coronavirus infection, most of us are engulfed with the fear of the virus and mentally not prepared to focus on our existing health concerns. Perhaps, stress triggered by the COVID-19 might bring your worst eating habits to the surface. But, remember, this is the time to stay as healthy as possible.

Good nutrition will help boost your immunity and prevent any medical emergencies. Making healthier food choices and adding other sensible habits to your routine can keep the body and mind well during these unprecedented times. Limited access to fresh produce may make it difficult for you to continue eating a healthy diet. But, with some tricks, you can still stick to healthy eating even with a few ingredients.

One of the most important things all of us can do is eating a balanced diet, which will boost our immune system and help us stay healthy. Edwina Raj, Senior Dietitian, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, shares a few tips for boosting your immunity power and staying healthy during this lockdown season of COVID-19.

Additionally, do not skip your exercise regime. Regular physical activity enhances ones immune competency and regulation to fight against viral or bacterial infection. It also helps you manage weight, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. It helps to de-stress and calm your mind while you are stressed about following the news related to COVID-19.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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Dietary supplements likely not the answer to warding off coronavirus – The News Star

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

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BATON ROUGE, La. In Louisiana and around the world, many people are looking to dietary supplements as a potential way to improve health and keep the coronavirus at bay.

Among the most talked about are vitamins D and C, zinc elderberry, echinacea and garlic, said LSU AgCenter nutrition specialistElizabeth Gollub.

Online and in my neighborhood, Ive been asked if these items can help prevent infection with the new coronavirus, she said. The short answer is probably not. Vitamins, minerals and a variety of plant compounds can help strengthen your immune system. But that is not the same as warding off COVID-19.

Gollub offered the following information on popular supplements:

Gollub also provided this advice for making sure you remain as healthy as possible:

This could involve making a few small changes to your daily routine, Gollub said, but there is no time like the present.

Fact check: Could taking vitamin C cure or prevent COVID-19?

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The harmful diet of Scarlett Johansson that has lost 5 kilos in a week – Mash Viral

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:44 am

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Fame can be a double-edged sword. In the common investigation is only built about the gains of getting a attractiveness without the need of restrictions, even so, the high degree of exposure can guide artists to acquire risky actions to look great.

Scarlett Johansson it is, devoid of a question, the actresses of the minute, just after so a lot work and have to combat in opposition to quite a few obstacles in the marketplace, is at last wherever he desires to. This reality to be an case in point to comply with for lots of persons, as nicely as a middle of criticism in some cases, motivated her to make a harmful diet program.

If we speak about magnificence, there is very little to examine about Scarlett, nonetheless, introduced the challenge of his bodily kind, everything alterations. A shorter time in the past ended up leaked images of the actress on the beach, in which you could see on your ideal body weight. This created quite a few comments in opposition to it.

In their lookup to be claimed in entrance of the community, Johansson went to the professional Johnson, who for Womens Wellbeingtold what is the mechanism that retains the sensitive diet program.

The diet of Scarlett Johansson

The fundamental basic principle is a 12-hour quick suggested in the stage of snooze, so that the system really feel considerably less the detrimental affect.

Johnson discovered: Rotates amongst times the place you take in as well lots of carbs and very small fat and other folks that do not take carbs and of course body fat, usually hold proteins. He also extra: sometimes lengthen a minor more the fasting up to 14 or 15 hours, in accordance to its schedules of shooting.

With the appointed food plan, Scarlett Johansson came to drop up to 5 lbs . in a week. An quantity that set your health and fitness at hazard by the radical transform for the company. In spite of the risk, is not the only 1 who utilized, as personalities like Jennifer Aniston and Elsa Pataky have also carried out in their routines.

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Love will find a way: From bushfires to coronavirus – Bay Post/Moruya Examiner

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:43 am

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From bushfires to coronavirus, so many people have had cherished plans put on hold in 2020. Madison Sternbeck-Rutter copped a double "doozy" - first when bushfires surrounded her Bodalla wedding venue in January, then when COVID-19 locked down her alternative venue in another state. Ms Sternbeck-Rutter grew up in Lilli Pilli but lives in Brisbane with her South Coast fiance. The couple wanted to be married at home on January 18. As fires bore down on the coast, fate separated them. Ms Sternbeck-Rutter's fiance had come home to see family, while she remained in Brisbane. "He flew down there for his dad's birthday and was stuck there over New Year's," she said. The coast had no power or mobile reception and Ms Sternbeck-Rutter could not contact him or her family. "I was so worried; I had no way to get in touch." Ms Sternbeck-Rutter is grateful her family evacuated safely and their home survived, unlike the 501 shire homes lost. Her family still hoped the wedding would proceed. "Some family and friends wanted it to go ahead; after all the disaster it was something to look forward to with everyone coming together," she said. "But there wasn't any confirmation of ongoing power, or roads staying open." As bushfires continued to rage, the wedding was cancelled. "The owners of the venue at Trunketabella Gardens evacuated to Canberra," she said. READ MORE: News relating to the coronavirus pandemic Ms Sternbeck-Rutter searched for a new venue and booked Brisbane's Walkabout Creek for July 3, only for coronavirus to cause another roadblock. "It has been a bit of a doozy," she said. "It's not as bad, because it's the same venue, same everything - we are just postponing," she said. Family are still prepared to travel from overseas and interstate for the couple's third attempt in December. "Everyone has been so great," she said. Ms Sternbeck-Rutter did not wallow in a "pity party" - she's learned a lot about mental health in her young life and shares her story in the hope of helping others. Coping with change has been a challenge for Madison Sternbeck-Rutter. After moving from Canberra to Brisbane last year "I fell in a ditch," the former Lilli Pilli resident said. She missed her friends and routine, but planning her wedding kept her on track - including planning to be a healthy weight. That meant gaining weight. Ms Sternbeck-Rutter suffered from anorexia nervosa as a teen. Anorexia occurs in about 0.5 percent of girls and young women and has the highest death rate of all mental illnesses. As a teen, Ms Sternbeck-Rutter ran competitively. Exercise was her outlet, but it became unhealthy. "I run to get rid of anxiety and stress; but when I run, I get very controlling with what I eat," she said. "It would result in extreme weight loss. With the weight loss, would come an increased level of obsessiveness - it's a downward spiral. "When there's something to deal with I go straight to that pattern of thinking." She was hospitalised at 14, and again last year "because the doctor said I could drop dead". "There are certain medical markers: my blood count was low, my heart rate was 32 and my liver was failing. It was bad ... and it's silent." It has been a rocky road to recovery, but to pick herself up she set a goal to reach a healthy weight and fit her wedding dress: "I worked really hard from a mental and physical perspective." READ MORE: Vulnerable coast families at risk before fires, COVID-19 When fire cancelled her January wedding, she felt crushed. "All the psych sessions, dietitian visits, times I was feeling sick and not running - was it worth it?" she said. "I just have to keep going, and remind myself 'yes, it is'." The dream of starting a family and the support of her fiance are her keys to health. "I want a family with him and that life - but you can't when you're unwell," she said. "It hasn't been an easy ride for him either. "The strongest motivator is what it does to people around you. It isn't worth it - the stress and strain it puts on your family and your friends." Ms Sternbeck-Rutter sees girls who are unwell: "You can just tell." She wants to "hug them" and say "get better, you will be okay", but she knows they must "find that intrinsic motivation". If you or someone you know requires support, help is available. To visit the Beyond Blue website, CLICK HERE, or call 1300 22 4636.

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From bushfires to coronavirus, so many people have had cherished plans put on hold in 2020.

Madison Sternbeck-Rutter copped a double "doozy" - first when bushfires surrounded her Bodalla wedding venue in January, then when COVID-19 locked down her alternative venue in another state.

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter grew up in Lilli Pilli but lives in Brisbane with her South Coast fiance. The couple wanted to be married at home on January 18.

LOOKING AHEAD: Madison Sternbeck-Rutter at her bridal shower in November. Having two wedding dates stymied was tough, but she knows how to dig deep.

As fires bore down on the coast, fate separated them. Ms Sternbeck-Rutter's fiance had come home to see family, while she remained in Brisbane.

"He flew down there for his dad's birthday and was stuck there over New Year's," she said.

The coast had no power or mobile reception and Ms Sternbeck-Rutter could not contact him or her family.

"I was so worried; I had no way to get in touch."

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter is grateful her family evacuated safely and their home survived, unlike the 501 shire homes lost. Her family still hoped the wedding would proceed.

A rooftop view of a Grandfathers Gully property at Lilli Pilli during the New Year's Eve bushfires. Picture: Georgie Rowley.

"Some family and friends wanted it to go ahead; after all the disaster it was something to look forward to with everyone coming together," she said.

"But there wasn't any confirmation of ongoing power, or roads staying open."

As bushfires continued to rage, the wedding was cancelled.

"The owners of the venue at Trunketabella Gardens evacuated to Canberra," she said.

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter searched for a new venue and booked Brisbane's Walkabout Creek for July 3, only for coronavirus to cause another roadblock.

"It has been a bit of a doozy," she said. "It's not as bad, because it's the same venue, same everything - we are just postponing," she said.

Family are still prepared to travel from overseas and interstate for the couple's third attempt in December. "Everyone has been so great," she said.

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter did not wallow in a "pity party" - she's learned a lot about mental health in her young life and shares her story in the hope of helping others.

Coping with change has been a challenge for Madison Sternbeck-Rutter.

After moving from Canberra to Brisbane last year "I fell in a ditch," the former Lilli Pilli resident said.

She missed her friends and routine, but planning her wedding kept her on track - including planning to be a healthy weight. That meant gaining weight.

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter suffered from anorexia nervosa as a teen.

Anorexia occurs in about 0.5 percent of girls and young women and has the highest death rate of all mental illnesses.

As a teen, Ms Sternbeck-Rutter ran competitively. Exercise was her outlet, but it became unhealthy.

"I run to get rid of anxiety and stress; but when I run, I get very controlling with what I eat," she said.

"It would result in extreme weight loss. With the weight loss, would come an increased level of obsessiveness - it's a downward spiral.

"When there's something to deal with I go straight to that pattern of thinking."

She was hospitalised at 14, and again last year "because the doctor said I could drop dead".

"There are certain medical markers: my blood count was low, my heart rate was 32 and my liver was failing. It was bad ... and it's silent."

The strongest motivator is what it does to people around you ...

It has been a rocky road to recovery, but to pick herself up she set a goal to reach a healthy weight and fit her wedding dress: "I worked really hard from a mental and physical perspective."

When fire cancelled her January wedding, she felt crushed.

"All the psych sessions, dietitian visits, times I was feeling sick and not running - was it worth it?" she said.

"I just have to keep going, and remind myself 'yes, it is'."

Madison Sternbeck-Rutter with her pet pal George who is always up for a cuddle when her fiance is away.

The dream of starting a family and the support of her fiance are her keys to health.

"I want a family with him and that life - but you can't when you're unwell," she said.

"It hasn't been an easy ride for him either.

"The strongest motivator is what it does to people around you. It isn't worth it - the stress and strain it puts on your family and your friends."

Ms Sternbeck-Rutter sees girls who are unwell: "You can just tell."

She wants to "hug them" and say "get better, you will be okay", but she knows they must "find that intrinsic motivation".

If you or someone you know requires support, help is available. To visit the Beyond Blue website, CLICK HERE, or call 1300 22 4636.

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Experts Talk About Hormone Replacement Therapies On "In Depth" With Laurence Fishburne – Benzinga

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:42 am

The educational program seeks to enlighten viewers on the advancements in hormone replacement.

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Best known for his parts in various films like "Boyz in the Hood", "Deep Cover", "Contagion", and in his inimitable portrayal of Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne is the host of the show "In Depth". The educational program dives into a wide array of topics that affect people living around the globe today. An impending episode will shift to the world of medicine and will interview medical professionals about hormone replacement therapies.

It is no question that modern medicine helps save numerous lives and aids people to manage the pains and symptoms associated with getting older. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a development in medicine that has been aiding women for several decades. HRT is used to help maintain the balance of estrogen and progesterone in women who are experiencing perimenopause or menopause.

Menopause is an unavoidable part of life for women, and the symptoms associated can be bothersome. This type of hormone therapy can help reduce the symptoms related to the natural process, such as hot flashes, sweating, and mood swings. Also, HRT can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Some forms of HRT utilize both estrogen and progesterone, while others use only estrogen or testosterone. HRT may also help in maintaining the skin's youthful appearance, but it cannot delay aging.

The show will provide more education about available hormone replacement therapies in the new episode of "In Depth" with Laurence Fishburne.

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A Dermatologist Is Creating Unnecessary Panic Around Spironolactone and COVID-19 – VICE

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:42 am

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

If you follow enough trans women on Twitter, you might have seen a panic break out earlier this week over concerns that spironolactone, a testosterone blocker that many of us take as part of hormone replacement therapy that is also widely prescribed to the general population to treat hormonal acne, increases ones risk for developing COVID-19. Thankfully, according to the medical experts VICE spoke with, there is absolutely no cause for concern.

The mess, like many before it, all began on Instagram. Ellen Marmur, a New York City dermatologist, posted a video to her feed on March 21 in which she recommends that her patients stop taking spironolactone, also called spiro. The potassium-sparing diuretic was initially developed in 1957 to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure.

I would stop spironolactone, Marmur says in the video. It is not medically necessary for acne. I am only talking about my acne patients. I would stop the spironolactone until we know further.

As Marmur explains in the video, her recommendation is based on her own research into spironolactones effect on angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors, which appear to serve as one possible entry point for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that can cause COVID-19. This is not a recommendation shared by the American Academy of Dermatology, she notes at the top of the clip; she merely speaks for herself. A number of outlets ran with the recommendation shortly after Marmur posted the video to her Instagram account, which has nearly 16,000 followers at press time. Pop Sugar and RealSelf told readers that they might want to stop taking spiro as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Neither site makes note of the key role spiro plays in trans healthcare, nor does Marmur in her Instagram video.

In the days that followed, an increasing number of trans people started sharing the RealSelf and Pop Sugar articles on social media, anxiously wondering whether a medication that many consider to be life-saving may actually be putting their lives at risk. The concern is more than valid. Trans healthcare and its impact on actual trans people has been woefully under-researched since its inception, leading many trans individuals to trust anecdotal information from other community members as much as if not more than the recommendations they get directly from providers. Given our constantly evolving understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention spiros negative reputation in many pockets of the community, we would have every reason to worry after reading RealSelf or Pop Sugars alarming and, frankly, irresponsible reporting.

VICE spoke with medical providers who oversee trans healthcare and other services at two LGBTQ community health centers, both of whom agreed that there is no reason to believe that taking spiro will make any individual, trans or cis, any more susceptible to COVID-19. The data is still inconclusive regarding the role of ACE2 receptors and coronavirus susceptibility, said Julie Thompson, Medical Director of Trans Health at Fenway Health in Boston. Asa Radix, Senior Director of Research and Education at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, echoed Thompsons sentiments: I would not want someone to stop the medication based on no evidence.

The argument that spiro might make one more vulnerable to the virus may appear to be scientifically sound at first, with many credible citations to back it up. But in the words of Cher Horowitz, its a full-on Monet: From far away its OK, but up close? Its a big old mess. Marmurs claim likely draws on a study from 2005 about how spiro increases the activity and expression of your cells ACE2 receptors, which, as discussed earlier, are believed to be key to the novel coronavirus replication process. (Radix was skeptical about this study during our interview, noting that it only involved 10 patients.) Using a kind of transitive logic, the people making the case against spiro then connect that studys findings to current research into whether medications that affect ACE2 receptors might increase risk for COVID-19 infection. In other words, if A equals B and B equals C, then spiro might make you more susceptible to COVID-19.

The problem here is that no matter how scary that risk sounds, its still theoretical. Nobody has conclusively proven that taking spiro, or any other medication that affects our ACE2 receptors, will make us more likely to get infected. And given how long it would take to conduct a study and produce any credible evidence one way or the other, nobody will be able to conclusively prove it any time soon.

On March 17, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Failure Society of America released a joint statement addressing concerns about ACE2 receptor-interactant medications and COVID-19 risk, telling patients to continue taking ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) as prescribed. Radix of Callen-Lorde told VICE that trans people currently taking spiro should continue to do so, as well. Rather than worry about a theoretical risk, he recommended that we instead focus our attention on the very real health risks trans people will face in this pandemic.

Trans people have always had inadequate healthcare and are generally discriminated against in our systems, all of which will continue, he said. Imagine if you were a trans person whod had negative healthcare experiences, and you developed COVID-19. Youre probably sitting at home and worrying about whether you should even go to the emergency room. Those are the issues we should be concerned about: encouraging trans people to seek out healthcare if they need it.

Thats not theoretical. Thats real.

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16 Fighters Whove Found Themselves In Dana Whites Doghouse – TheThings

Posted: April 3, 2020 at 2:42 am

UFC president, Dana White is a polarizing figure. Hes done a tremendous amount for the UFC and the sport of MMA in general. Yet the way he conducts himself, some of his comments and antics, rubs people up the wrong way. But Dana White is Dana White and hes unapologetic about that fact. Hes achieved a great deal of success to date, so he isnt about to simmer down.

Cross Dana White at your peril. A lot of UFC fighters havent heeded this advice. It doesnt make any sense to bite the hand that feeds you. But some fighters think theyre entitled, think theyre the real deal, and take issue with some of Danas comments and practices. Whatever the reasons may be, these 16 fighters have come under fire from the UFC president, have felt Dana Whites wrath. Some are out of the doghouse, but others on this list have remained in Danas bad books. These are 16 fighters whove found themselves in Dana Whites doghouse.

The beef between these two supposedly started due to contractual issues. Randy announced hed be moving on from the UFC because he wanted a fight with Fedor Emelianenko. But Dana thought he had different motives, that he wanted to get involved with Hollywood and was meeting someone from the industry that Dana had issues with in the past.

Unsavoury things happen in the Octagon from time to time. But fighters still have to keep their cool, have got to maintain their professionalism. Paul Daley ended up in the doghouse after he sucker-punched an opponent way after the bell. Dana said that Paul was done, that he was finished with the UFC, and regardless of how good he was, he wasnt coming back.

The Tito Ortiz- Dana White feud is perhaps one of the biggest involving the UFC president. Theyve had a longstanding rivalry and part of the reason for this is because Titos been very outspoken regarding the treatment of fighters by the UFC. He was in Danas doghouse, and Dana was even set to release him at one point because a fight between the two was on the cards!

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Lyoto ended up in the doghouse when he accepted a fight at short notice, then demanded more money because of it. This no-doubt angered Dana who refused to shell out the cash and adhere to Lyotos demands. Lyoto didnt get the cash and he didnt get the fight. Dana ended up going elsewhere.

Way back in 2002, Josh Barnett was a UFC Champion. But his career was soon over. Josh tested positive for performance enhancers three times. When giving interviews on the matter, he seemed very blas, refused to acknowledge what hed done and denied it every time. Dana White was incensed and soon let Josh Barnett go.

Former Pride 205 and 185-pound champion Dan Henderson landed up in Dana Whites doghouse for quite some time. Once upon a time there were talks of Dan resigning for the UFC. Dana White admits pushing him to sign for Strikeforce. In a way, he forced his hand. He just didnt want to be associated with Dan. But he later resigned and headlined at UFC 139 and seemingly, all was forgotten.

Michael Bispings ludicrous actions at UFC 127 landed him in Danas doghouse and in plenty of hot water. The guy just lost it, and Dana subsequently lost it with Michael, and rightly so. Michael performed an illegal move on Jorge Rivera and then proceeded to spit on his opponents team in their corner.

Quinton Rampage Jackson went on something of a rampage. Hes got a big personality, as has Dana, and they frequently clashed. But Dana found it hard to forgive him when he was involved in a hit-and-run and subsequently led police on a high-speed chase. In time, Quinton was let out of Danas doghouse.

Although he was a champion and one of the greatest MMA fighters around, that didnt stop him from finding a place in Dana Whites doghouse. The two have been involved in one seriously bitter rivalry. Theyve been engaged in a war of words for many years. Dana hates his guts, thinks hes just generally a bad person.

Dana White has a tremendous amount of love and respect for Anderson Silva. Hes achieved great things in the Octagon. But Dana hasnt always been enamored by Andersons fighting style. At UFC 112, Dana actually got up and left during the fight because he deemed it to be an absolute snooze-fest. It marked a period where Anderson had gone off the boil a tad. Dana actually apologized to the fans for having to witness such a dire showdown.

Dennis Hallman was deemed to be a decent fighter, hence he was contracted with the UFC. But he had a bit of a whacky mind, certainly a crazy dress sense. His choice of attire for his fight at UFC 133 landed him in Danas doghouse. He wore really short shorts, almost a speedo that left little to the imagination. Dennis ended up getting knocked out, and Dana was incredibly happy about that as it meant Dennis didnt spend much time on television.

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Brock Lesnars had his ups and downs, be it in wrestling or on the MMA scene. But hes a star performer, is always going to be the major attraction at any event. But that hasnt made him exempt from Danas doghouse. He found himself in there for a momentary period after bashing the UFCs sponsors. They had a whip the dog session, then moved on.

According to Dana White, dealing with Cris Cyborg has been a nightmare. He said theres always controversy surrounding Cris, just a build up of a lot of things. Dana isnt having to deal with Cris anymore though as she was recently let go and has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.

Nate Marquardt was once on a course of testosterone replacement therapy. Thats all well and good, its totally legal. But a fighters testosterone levels have got to return to normal before they fight. Nate and his team didnt ensure this happened. Dana was disgusted and had to cut him from his scheduled fight, and subsequently, from the UFC.

Jon Jones has found himself in Dana Whites doghouse time and time again. After his recent misdemeanors, he may not be let out. Whether hes a champion or not, regardless of whether hes one of the worlds greatest MMA competitors, Dana can only put up with so much, might just chain that doghouse and throw away the key.

Conor McGregors a big, bolshie character. Its partly why hes one of the biggest MMA fighters, certainly one of the most popular, on the planet. But this personality has gotten him into hot water with Dana White on a few occasions. Hes committed driving offenses, there was that incident at Bellator 187, and not forgetting the bus attack at UFC 223 Media Day.

Sources - MMA Fighting, MMA Mania, Bleacher Report

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