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How low can you go? Forgotten benefits of deep squats

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Exercise is a powerful health-building tool that greatly influences the development of chronic disease and your ability to live independently as you age. Squatting, when it's incorporated into a strength training regimen, is one of the best functional exercises. It requires no equipment, is relatively simple to perform and can be done just about anywhere.

Although they're often regarded as leg exercises, squats benefit your entire body, including your core. But what about when you incorporate squatting into your everyday routine?

In many developing nations, children and adults use the squatting position to rest or to work. Paradoxically, in Western nations, people equate sitting with resting. But, while squatting takes your hips and knees through a full range of motion, sitting for long periods can cause your hip flexors to shorten and become tight. This often leads to lower back pain and problems with posture.


'Pandemic stress' has reshaped the placenta of expectant moms - study

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© Scientific Reports (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-33343-4
Scientific Reports (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-33343-4"> Scientific Reports (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-33343-4"> Image segmentation of a representative placenta. (a) T2-weighted placenta image; (b) Manual segmentation of the placenta.
Elevated maternal stress during the COVID-19 pandemic changed the structure, texture and other qualities of the placenta in pregnant mothers — a critical connection between mothers and their unborn babies — according to new research from the Developing Brain Institute at Children's National Hospital.

Published in Scientific Reports, the findings spotlight the underappreciated link between the mental health of pregnant mothers and the health of the placenta — a critical organ that develops during pregnancy to nourish and protect babies. The long-term neurodevelopmental impact on their children is under investigation.

"During the pandemic, mothers were exposed to a litany of negative stressors including social distancing, fear of dying, financial insecurity and more," said Catherine Limperopoulos, Ph.D., chief and director of the Developing Brain Institute, which led the research.

Comment: Many were also unable to receive health and social care assistance because institutions had diverted all their resources to deal with a relatively harmless virus.

"We now know that this vital organ was changed for many mothers, and it's essential that we continue to investigate the impact this may have had on children who were born during this global public health crisis."

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UK charity sounds alarm on soaring blood clot deaths, calls on NHS to publish data it stopped collecting during lockdowns

UK NHS hospital
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Concerns have been raised over a lack of data on blood clot risk assessments since the start of the pandemic
A charity has warned that deaths are higher than expected as it called for more transparency over the work hospitals are doing to reduce risk.

Vital information gathered about a serious condition is still not being published three years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a charity has said.

Thrombosis UK has warned that deaths involving blood clots are higher than expected as it called for more transparency over the work hospitals are doing to reduce the risk for patients.

Before the pandemic hit, hospitals were regularly publishing data on the number of patients who had been risk assessed for blood clots.

Comment: Despite this being just one aspect of healthcare that the NHS sidelined to prioritise Covid, this area is particularly notable because it's well documented by this point that one of the harmful, and even deadly, side effects of the experimental covid injections is causing blood clots: Deaf, dumb and blind? 'Brits are dying in their tens of thousands - and we don't really have any idea why'

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Bear Grylls 'embarrassed' by his vegan advocacy and regrets cookbook

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Bear Grylls says he cannot stand to eat vegetables now
Bear Grylls has said he is "embarrassed" by his past support of veganism, and regrets writing a green cookbook in which he criticised meat eaters.

The adventurer, whose diet is now mostly composed of red meat and organs, has claimed he was wrong to think that eating a plant-based diet was good for the environment and his health.

"I was vegan quite a few years ago - in fact, I wrote a vegan cookbook - and I feel a bit embarrassed because I really promoted that," the 48-year-old said in an interview with PA.

"I thought that was good for the environment and I thought it was good for my health. And through time and experience and knowledge and study, I realised I was wrong on both counts."

The television star published a cookbook in 2015 called Fuel for Life, which promoted achieving "maximum health with amazing dairy, wheat and sugar-free recipes".

Comment: Indeed a game-changer, as meat is crucial for human health


Linoleic acid — the most destructive ingredient in your diet

Fats — which are water-insoluble biological molecules also known as lipids1 — are the primary building block of your cell membranes. This is one of the reasons why eating the right types of fat is so important for your health and longevity.

What distinguishes one fat from another is the specific combination of fatty acids it's composed of, and the properties of fats and fatty acids depend on their hydrogen saturation and the length of their molecules, also referred to as "chain length."

Fatty Acid Basics

There are two basic types of fatty acids, based on how many of their carbon bonds are paired with hydrogen:2

- Saturated fats are fully loaded with hydrogen atoms forming straight chains, and are typically solid at room temperature (examples include butter and coconut oil)

- Unsaturated fats have lost at least one of the pairs of hydrogen atoms from their carbon chain and come in two varieties:

◦ Monounsaturated fats, which are missing one pair of hydrogen atoms

◦ Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFAs), which are missing more than one pair of hydrogen atoms, hence the name "poly"

The loss of hydrogen results in molecules that kink or bend at each double bond. The more hydrogen pairs that are missing, the more bent the molecules, which causes the molecules to occupy more space. This is what makes the fat a liquid oil at room temperature.

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MindMatters: "It Was Always Illegal": Grant Smith on Army Mandates, Resisting the Machine & Exercise for Health

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Grant Smith is a US Army Physical Therapist and author of the "H2F Man" and "Radical American Mind" blogs. He also co-hosts the 5th Gen Leadership and Tonic Seven podcasts. Today we discuss his experiences during plague times - the hypocrisy and delusion he saw in the armed services' policies and actions, and how he successfully resisted the pressures and managed to keep his job - why he joined the Army in the first place, and how he found a place within it that aligned with his values and goals. In the last segment we get into the research and methods of fitness and exercise and Grant shares some central principles to follow in order to optimally train your tissues, whatever your current health status.

Running Time: 01:50:21

Download: MP3 — 152 MB


The scam that spins '95% vaccine efficacy' from a placebo

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We have provided numerous explanations (see here, and here) and videos (see here and here) explaining why a vaccine that is actually merely a placebo will inevitably appear to have high efficacy if there is a time delay after vaccination during which the participant is classified as 'unvaccinated'.

Some people have claimed that the examples - using hypothetical data - are unrealistic and that, with different assumptions about the underlying infection rate, the illusion would not happen. Not true.

This example simulates a vaccine roll-out and efficacy evaluation which is essentially how all the 2021 observational studies of the Covid vaccines were conducted.

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After years-long pandemic mandates, German Health Ministry admit they have no idea whether or to what degree masks prevent SARS-2 infection at all

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October 2020: Berlin riot police drag away Corona protestors, citing in part their failure to adhere to mask mandates. Today, the German Health Ministry admits they have no clue whether community masking is effective against Covid at all. Maybe somebody should apologise to all the people who have been arrested, fined, assaulted and hassled by agents of the pandemic regime.
As on several prior occasions, liberal Bundestag vice-president Wolfgang Kubicki has used his parliamentary prerogatives to put a question to the German Health Ministry, and compel an answer. He asked what study results the Ministry could cite to demonstrate the efficacy of face masks. Lauterbach's crack team of virus understanders responded that, uh, it is a very complicated problem, and, in truth, well, actually, nobody really knows what effect masks really have. This is because "the effectiveness of individual measures ... cannot be examined in isolation, but only in conjunction with the other measures in place at any given time."

In other words: they got nothing. After years of making kids mask for hours on end in school, and imposing arbitrary but quite obnoxious mandates on airplanes and public transit and clinics, they have no idea whether it did anything, and no plans even to find out whether it did anything. Suddenly all that manic masking enthusiasm has just evaporated.

The response comes several weeks after Anthony Fauci's statement to the New York Times that "at the population level, masks work at the margins, maybe 10 percent." This is itself a baseless claim, but it's another important walk-back of the insane doctrines that medical bureaucrats have been spinning about masks since 2020.

You have to think of propaganda like a big machine. Somebody has to plug it in and it draws a lot of electricity, but with the right inputs it can dazzle a lot of people. The problem is that sooner or later the deception isn't worth anybody's time or energy anymore, and so somebody must also shut it off. It looks like nobody bothered with any kind of messaging exit strategy, and so we've entered a very weird period, wherein the public health leviathan has ceased rehearsing its crazy pandemic myths, leaving the ever-shrinking minority of deranged Covidians to their own devices.

Now and again the fact-checkers still throw them a bone, so there's that.


US approves 1st vaccine for RSV after decades of attempts, Pfizer wants to inject pregnant women to 'protect' newborns

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This electron microscope image provided by the National Institutes of Health shows humanvirions, colorized blue, and anti-RSV F protein/gold antibodies, colorized yellow, shedding from the surface of human lung cells. The U.S. approved the first vaccine for RSV on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 shots to protect older adults against a respiratory virus that's most notorious for attacking babies but endangers their grandparents, too.
The U.S. approved the first vaccine for RSV on Wednesday, shots to protect older adults against a respiratory virus that's most notorious for attacking babies but endangers their grandparents, too.

The Food and Drug Administration decision makes GSK's shot, called Arexvy, the first of several potential vaccines in the pipeline for RSV to be licensed anywhere.

The move sets the stage for adults 60 and older to get vaccinated this fall — but first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide if every senior really needs RSV protection or only those considered at high risk from the respiratory syncytial virus. CDC's advisers will debate that question in June.

Comment: It seems like the 'speed of science' is back with a vengeance: The US is stocking vaccines for a hypothetical smallpox bio-attack


Meat is crucial for human health, scientists warn

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Meat is crucial for human health, scientists have warned, as they called for an end to the "zealotry" pushing vegetarian and vegan diets.

Dozens of experts were asked to look into the science behind claims that meat eating causes disease and is harmful for the planet in a special issue of Animal Frontiers.

They warned that it is difficult to replace the nutritional content of meat, arguing that poorer communities with low meat intake often suffer from stunting, wasting and anaemia driven by a lack of vital nutrients and protein.

In recent years, there has been a widespread societal push towards plant-based diets, with schemes such as Veganuary and meat-free Mondays encouraging the public away from meat.

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