Some Newsy Bits

  • Vegetarian low-fat diet lowers There seems to be no doubt that eating more plant foods is good for our health. And it makes sense to be prudent with the type of fats we eat. However, there is such a thing as overdoing it. A recent scientific study concluded that a low-fat vegetarian diet reduced men’s testosterone levels by up to 26%! That makes sense given that vegetarians often become low in some nutrients such as zinc and that hormones are made from cholesterol. An article in lay language explains the study and notes that testosterone, in addition to the commonly understood benefits (strength, energy, libido and decisiveness) also protects against heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Women need some testosterone.
  • Exercise Training Reduces Mortality. The report on the review of studies (a metanalysis published in the British Journal of Sports Med) reported that “30 to 40 minutes daily of moderate- to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) was associated with a statistically significant reduction in risk of death [from all causes] during the follow-up period.” It also noted, “The New York Times in reporting this study, said ‘people in the top third for sitting and bottom third for activity have about 260 percent more likelihood of premature death than the men and women who moved the most and sat the least.’ ” [Personally, I am running…but just running out of excuses.]
  • Flu shots do not help with covid-19. In fact, new data reveal that previously having had the seasonal flu vaccination makes you more likely to come down with some version of covid and increases the risk of dying from it. For more details, read this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
  • Adverse reactions to the covid vaccines. One reason for those adverse reactions is that some people are allergic to one or more of the additives. Apparently, one common allergy is to Polyethylene Glycol. That is a petroleum derivative used in many commercial and industrial applications. Here is how the CDC advises people who have concerns about allergy to one or more constituents of the vaccines.
  • Catching covid-19 from surfaces? In March of 2020, the NIH told us that “scientists found that coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” In April 2021, the CDC says that the risk is low because such small amounts of virus are acquired that way. The agency also said sanitizers are not necessary (except in the immediate area of infected patients) because soap and water is sufficient to clean surfaces. Of course, hand washing is still recommended.
  • Those who have survived covid may only need 1 vaccine shot. It is looking like having had the disease may be the equivalent of one of the two shot brand vaccines.Article.

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