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Coronavirus survivors may suffer from reduced lung function

Some patients who have recovered from the coronavirus have been left with a reduced lung capacity - and left gasping for air when walking briskly, according to a report.

The Hong Kong Hospital Authority announced the findings after studying the first wave of patients who had fully recovered from COVID-19, the South China Morning Post reported.

Three people have died of the illness in the former British colony, which has so far recorded 131 confirmed cases. Among them, 74 people have been discharged.

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Woman who survived coronavirus shares her early symptoms

Elizabeth Schneider
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Elizabeth Schneider survived coronavirus.
At last comes a measure of reassurance about the effects of the global pandemic: A woman who has fully recovered from coronavirus is a living, breathing beacon of hope.

Elizabeth Schneider, 37, had a relatively mild experience with the sometimes-deadly virus, for which she treated herself at her home in Seattle, Washington. So far, the Northwestern state has suffered the highest number of deaths — at least 30 — in the US from the disease.

Schneider, who has a doctorate in bioengineering, told the Agence France-Press she was sharing her story "to give people a little bit of hope." Her story is more common than one might think: US health authorities say 80% of cases have been mild. The remaining cases that needed hospitalization affected mainly citizens over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.

Comment: It's important to remember that the majority of people who come down with COVID-19 have a similar story. Their symptoms may be worse (or milder), but overall it's an illness that people get over without much fanfare, excluding people with pre-existing conditions. In other words, it's not much different from the flu in its effects.

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ICAN calls on CDC to remove misinformation about vaccines and autism from website

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Here's the brief summary of what happened:

Last summer, the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the CDC to provide all of the studies supporting its claim that "vaccines do not cause autism." Specifically, ICAN asked the CDC to produce all of the studies that demonstrated that the vaccines given in the first six months of life did not cause autism.

These vaccines are: DTap, HIB, HepB, Prevnar (PCV13), and the Polio vaccine (IPV).

Comment: The CDC is lying. This is hardly a shocker, but perhaps Bigtree and ICAN can actually hold them accountable in this latest legal action. We live in hope.

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Life Preserver

Breathe! Don't Succumb to the Pathological Hysteria from the Coronavirus Madness


Is this worth a lockdown?
I practice Family Medicine in Europe and as everybody knows by now, we're in the midst of Coronavirus madnessTM which we are told is now an official global pandemic. It's true that we're living through a critical, decisive and increasingly divisive era, but the real issue is something other than what the media and politicians would have us believe.

Let's review our society's problems for some much needed perspective.

Very Dark Statistics, Indeed

Regardless of how many people on the planet are actively aware of it, the truth is that tens of millions of people drop like flies from illness, depression and self-destruction every single day. And that's a trend that has been ongoing for, well, a very long time.

According to the WHO assessment of deaths by cause for the years 2000-2016, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. And those who have been paying attention will know that, in the past few years, the generalized state of the public's mental health has not improved.

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Could our gut microbiota protect us against harmful byproducts of food processing?

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Our gut microbiota provides us with many benefits; defending us against pathogens, tuning our immune systems, and aiding in the digestion of fiber. Now scientists have discovered yet another way that the bacteria in our guts could help by offering a potential way of protecting us from chemical modifications of food ingredients introduced by food processing.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis Missouri have discovered a species of gut bacteria that can transform the harmful byproducts of food processing into less harmful byproducts in mice and in vitro conditions. Specifically, scientists have found that the bacteria Collinsella intestinalis can metabolize the Maillard Reaction Product (MRP) e-fructoselysine (FL) to innocuous products.

Maillard reaction products form upon heat-induced reaction of amino acids with reducing sugars and are common in processed foods. The consumption of MRPs has dramatically increased in recent years due to the processing and "ultra-processing" of foods and are associated with negative health effects such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Comment: It makes sense that, given the right microbial balance, the microbiome would be able to help mitigate some of the over-consumption of toxic foods and pollutants we inundate it with in the modern age. One hopes that future research will uncover more microbial species that can metabolize even more of the toxic garbage we're exposed to regularly (glyphosate would be nice). This provides yet more evidence of the importance of keeping your gut microbiome in good condition.

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Artificial sweetener sucralose (found in Splenda), might be making you fatter and sicker, study finds

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A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism by a group of Yale researchers found that the consumption of the common artificial sweetener sucralose (found in Splenda, Zerocal, Sukrana, SucraPlus, and others) in combination with carbohydrates can actually raise blood sugar and increase weight.

Sucralose is found in thousands of baked goods, condiments, syrups, and other consumer packaged goods — almost all of them containing carbohydrates.

The finding, which researchers expressed has yet to be replicated in other studies, raises new questions about the use of artificial sweeteners and their effects on weight gain and overall health.

Researchers of the study took 60 healthy individuals who weren't overweight and separated them into three groups:


The smell of the rain reduces stress & 7 other benefits of walking in the rain

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People enjoy the sound of the pouring rain, many find it romantic and soothing, and others find its smell pleasant for the nerves. Walking in the rain can be a healing experience, as it calms the mind, and releases the suppressed thoughts and emotions.

The scent of the rain has a special name, Petrichor, so named by two Australian scientists in the 1960s.

The fragrance is a combination of chemicals released by soil-dwelling bacteria, oils released from plants during dry spells, and ozone created when lightning occurs.

The rainy days are ideal if you are a bit stressed, feel blue, or just need some time to relax and enjoy the present moment.


Demand for meat rising despite deluge of plant-based alternatives, report finds

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In the U.S., beef sales reached an all-time peak in 2019 and are only expected to keep increasing.
Impossible Burgers at Disney Parks. Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches at Starbucks. The proprietary Plantiful burger at Wendy's. Another day, another plant-based product rollout, or so it would seem. Add the frequency of cattle rancher counterattacks targeting labelling requirements and language into the mix, and you'd be forgiven for assuming meat was in trouble. But as recent analysis shows, demand for animal protein is rising.

Despite the plant-based boom, The Power of Meat 2020 reveals that the appetite for animal protein is strong. Sales in the U.S. exceeded $69 billion in 2019, according to the annual trend report conducted by The Food Industry Association (FMI), the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education, and the North American Meat Institute. Household spending on the whole is up, with beef and chicken propelling meat department sales, in value and volume.

In the face of mounting scientific evidence — including a recent University of Oxford examination of the environmental impact of 29 foods, which identified beef, lamb and mutton, and cheese as generating the most greenhouse gas emissions — the study found that nearly half of consumers (49 per cent) think animal agriculture doesn't harm the planet, "if done properly."

Comment: The almighty dollar speaks louder than ideology. People aren't buying the plant-based alternatives because they lack the nutrition, taste and satisfaction real meat provides. The only way you'll see fake meats take over is by force.

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Shanghai government using high-dose IV Vitamin C to treat COVID-19: Initial results of clinical trials positive

Comment: Vitamin C really does boost the immune system, and not just with battling viruses. If IV infusions are beyond your reach at present, look up how to make your own liposomal vit C concoction. Your gut absorbs far more vit C that way...

Dr. Richard Cheng, MD, PhD, clinical trial IV Vitamin C

Dr. Richard Cheng claims high-dose Vitamin C has been officially included in the Shanghai Government Covid-19 treatment plan and that initial results from the IVC trial on Covid-19 is positive.
Does vitamin C cure Coronavirus? No? Can vitamin C treat Coronavirus? We can't say it does, but at the same time, we can't say it doesn't either. This is why multiple clinical trials are underway in China to investigate whether or not vitamin C infusion has any effect against Coronavirus and those infected with it. The idea that vitamin C may help in treating the Coronavirus, at least here in the west, seems to be dubbed as 'fake news,' which is odd given the fact that authorities should be mentioning that at this point it's inconclusive.

There remains to be a clear yes or no answer but researchers are hypothesizing that it might have a positive effect which is why in Shanghai, China, vitamin C is being named as part of their overall treatment plan, with official clinical trials underway.

Last month, the US National Library of Medicine posted the information about their clinical trials on their website. The title of one of the trials is "Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia." The sponsor is ZhiYong Peng, and the responsible party is Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan University (ZNWU).

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Study on Coronavirus patients in Wuhan suggests non-smokers are more likely to become infected

Comment: This won't surprise Sott.net readers, but we bet the doctors and scientists examining the clinical characteristics of this disease didn't expect the results they got...

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Great find by Joe L:
...new study ... claims that of the 1,099 Chinese people who contracted 2019-nCoV which were studied, 85.4% (927 people) were never-smokers, while only 12.6% (137 people) were current smokers and only 1.9% (21 people) were ex-smokers.
Here's a link to the pdf study. And here's part of Table 1 from the study (click to enlarge):

Comment: It's probably not as high a figure as that because the rate of smoking in China - across both sexes - is around 25%. It's certain that way more men than women smoke in China, but as we saw above, figures vary.

Using a different assumption then than the author used above, that just 25% of the population of Wuhan are smokers, then the sample of clinical data from this study suggests that non-smokers are nearly 3 times more likely than smokers and ex-smokers to become infected.

However, something else to be factored back into this is that the above clinical data from Wuhan shows that just 41.8% of the case studies in the study sample were female. It's early days, but if this outbreak plays out like MERS and SARS did, then it too will affect (that is, infect and make ill) more men than women.

Depending on the extent to which it does so, this sex difference would increase our assumption of the percentage of smokers in Wuhan and thus push the figure back up to 3 or >3 times more likely than smokers and ex-smokers to become infected.

By the way, an even more interesting study of clinical data from Wuhan - though from a much smaller sample of 140 patients - found that just 1.4% of people hospitalized by the virus were current smokers...

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