Category: Health and safety

health and safety

Irrational Covid Fears

…Fortunately, it is also curable. The vaccines have nearly eliminated death, hospitalization and other serious Covid illness among people who have received shots. The vaccines have also radically reduced the chances that people contract even a mild version of Covid or can pass it on to others.

Yet many vaccinated people continue to obsess over the risks from Covid — because they are so new and salient….NYTIMES

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

Researcher Valter Longo at work…Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but it also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells. Longo likens the effect to lightening a plane of excess cargo.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells..more:usc.edu

The New York Times: Caution vs. optimism

Good morning. Cases are rising again in the U.S., even as the vaccine campaign accelerates. We explain why. The news about the state of the pandemic in the U.S. has been largely positive in the past few months. The vaccines…

Colorado Shooting: Talking Points and Thinking Points

…As Muslims we stand for justice and we should not be silent, whether the perpetrator is a Muslim or not
Our sympathies lie with the victims and their families.
Easy gun access is the problem. Gun control advocates strongly suggest adopting waiting periods that allow a window of a few days between the purchase of a gun and taking possession of it.
Research suggest that waiting periods for buying guns may help bring down firearm suicide rates by up to 11 percent and gun homicides by about 17 percent.
Media outlets are trying to link the Boulder killings to how “foreign” Alissa is (see this report making a reference to how long Alissa has lived in the United States). Point out how this was not discussed at all when it came to Robert Aaron Long, the white man in custody for killing eight in Atlanta last week…more:soundvision

Theguardian: Dexamethasone hailed as lifesaver for up to a million Covid patients worldwide

An ampoule of dexamethasoneDexamethasone – the inexpensive steroid that quickly emerged as a highly effective Covid therapy thanks to a large drug testing programme pioneered by UK scientists – has so far saved the lives of an estimated million people globally, including 22,000 in the UK, according to NHS England.
Called Recovery, the world’s largest randomised Covid-19 drug trial commenced in March 2020 to evaluate…more:theguardian

Spooky Health Effects of a Good Scare

An intense scare can do more than elicit a good scream; it can physically affect the body as the neurological system releases intense chemicals in response to a threat. For most the response to a fright is more or less…