Tips to Make Travel With Crohn’s Disease Easier

SOURCES:

Stephanie Gish, Crohn’s advocate; founder, Crohn’s, Fitness, Food, and My Rocky Road to Health blog and Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast

Natalie Hayden, IBD patient advocate; founder, Lights, Camera, Crohn’s blog. 

Tina Aswani Omprakash, public health advocate; founder, Own Your Crohn’s blog.

Troy Parsons, Crohn’s advocate; founder, Flared Up Fitness blog.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada: “Travelling with IBD.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: “When to Take Stomach Pain and Other GI Symptoms Seriously,” “Traveling with IBD.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Living with Crohn’s Disease: Recognizing and Managing Flares.”

Bayer/Monsanto’s Horrors – Part 2

There was a recent article in
Natural News that exposed unbelievable Bayer/Monsatan devious nightmares that
they have to pay incredible fines. That being said, I would like to put the
Bayer/Monsatan fraud in its proper perspective.

I remember when I was growing up in
the 1940s my parents got into a new thing for them called smoking. By the 50s
and 60s the whole country was obsessed. Even the physicians did ads touting the
safety of smoking.

But there were activists and
protesters that said smoking was harmful and they were laughed at, demeaned,
and called disrespectful, all because they were against it.

But all the “respectful” people
like the politicians, the tobacco companies, and all the “hip” people blasted
them saying, “it was safe”, or “no tests found any negative effects.”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Only
this time smoking has become like GMOs.

Instead of tobacco companies, we
have the biotech companies like Bayer/Monsatan, Pioneer, DuPont, Syngenta, etc.
saying all the same things about GMOs that were said about smoking. The only
difference is they all rally behind the “we want to feed the world” propaganda.

In Hawaii, when a labeling bill
gets defeated, the biotech hookers give credit to our politicians for utilizing
common sense when defeating a bill. They further say that it makes common sense
to make the decision to “study” the potential consequences before passing
legislation that could increase our grocery bills, boost our taxes, and violate
the Constitution.

What’s funny is that when the
genetically modified Rainbow papayas were shipped to Japan, they must be
labeled. Interestingly enough, prices rose insignificantly.

Then they rant about how the
politicians are acting responsible and prudent in their decision making and
seeing the importance of the issue of the safety and availability of our food
supply, using, if you’ll pardon the expression, “reliable information to
understand a bill’s implications is the responsible way of achieving good
policy and protecting everyone.”

They, however, never talk about paying
off the politicians so they will not bite the hand that feeds them.

Say a politician is in office for
ten years and receives $500 every two years, when they re-run for office, from
the above mentioned corporate lobbyists. That $2,500 every 2 years equates to
$12,500 over 10 years. Now, multiply that by 20 or so politicians. So much for
a government of, for, and by the people.

They never say that the potential
consequences of passing a labeling bill will only interfere with their profits
and that the “reliable information” about GMOs only comes from the biotech
industry. All others are ignored even if the studies prove it’s disastrous to
one’s health. 

They say that mandatory labeling
creates the false impression that there are differences in our food where none
exists.

So what if a seed is created in a
laboratory and is only good for one planting?

So what if foreign genes are forced
into a plant’s DNA and those inserted genes come from bacteria and viruses that
have never been in the human food supply?

So what if the biotech industry
hides the toxic effects of their chemical products?

So what if the FDA scientists
affirmed that genetic engineering transfers genes across natural species
barriers, using imprecise laboratory techniques that are outdated as to how
genes and cells work and absolutely bear no resemblance to natural breeding?

They say that the federal
government requires labeling of any food if there is a health concern, but
there are none regarding GMOs.

I wonder if all the heads of the
FDA, USDA, EPA, and the US Dept. of Agriculture has anything to do with that,
as well as Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Kagen, who worked for Monsanto’s
law firm as did Hillary Clinton?

They say that no one has gotten ill
from GMOs, but how does one tell if GMOs are hidden and not disclosed. A friend
of mine that recently lost a political seat and tried an experiment after he
lost. For three months he ate nothing but GMOs. He gained 40 pounds. Imagine
that!

They say that spraying enormous
quantities of toxic pesticides and insecticides on crops by people wearing
HAZMAT uniforms will have no adverse health ramifications on those that eat
them or on the land that they continually poison. Do you really believe that? 

Regarding not getting ill from GM
crops, then why are they swimming in that big river in Egypt about the links to
thousands of toxic and allergic reactions and thousands of sick, sterile, and
dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab
animals?

Why did soy allergies skyrocket by
50% in the UK, soon after soy was introduced?

Why did hundreds of laborers in
India report allergic reactions just from handling Bt (Bt is a gene inserted
into cotton and corn DNA, where it secretes the insect-killing Bt-toxin in
every cell) cotton and their symptoms identical to those exposed to Bt spray?

Why did sheep graze on Bt cotton
and within a week 1 in 4 die? Why did about 24 US farmers report that Bt corn
caused widespread sterility in pigs and cows?

Why did the stomach lining of rats
fed GM potatoes show excessive cell growth that was a precursor condition to
cancer?

And why, unlike the safety
evaluations for drugs, were there no human clinical trials prior to the
introduction of GM foods, despite experiments verifying that genetic material
inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of intestinal bacteria and
continues to function long after we stop eating GM foods creating GM proteins
that live continuously inside us?

About 19 percent of GM crops
produce their own pesticide, where another 13 percent produce a pesticide and
are herbicide and pesticide tolerant.

They say they support Whole Foods
labeling agenda. What they did not say was that the natural foods market makes
up a small percentage of the buying public. And as long as the conventional
supermarkets do not label GMOs, their profits will not suffer greatly.

I could go on and on but by now I
think you get the point and see the deception.

Think about all the cases of cancer,
emphysema, and birth defects that arose years after smoking was deemed safe.
Well, here we are with the new tobacco, GMOs.

 If GM foods on the market are causing common
diseases or if their effects appear only after long-term exposure, like tobacco
we will not be able to identify the source of the problem for decades, if at
all. There is no monitoring of GMO-related problems and no long-term animal
studies. Why? Because the biotech corporations are gambling away the health of
our world for profit.

So, where do you come in? First you
must understand that the primary reason these companies genetically engineer
plants is to make them tolerant to their brand of herbicides and pesticides.
The four major GM plants, soy, corn, canola (even so-called organic, which is
the worst of the worst), and cotton, as well as sugar beets and alfalfa are
designed to survive an otherwise deadly dose of weed killer.

Once that is understood, you must
never buy anything containing soy, corn, canola, and cotton if it does not say
organic or non-GMO. If the sugar ingredient says cane sugar it is safe. If it
just says sugar, you could be in deep doo-doo.  

It’s better to spend a bit more now
and stay healthy rather than ignore what you buy and have to pay lots more on
medical and hospital bills later.

So, it is up to each and every one
of us to pressure government, be it local or federal, to label GMOs. We may
lose battles but ultimately we must win the war. Future generations depend upon
this.

The good news: the organic sulfur
crystals detox heavy metals, mercury, parasites, fluoride and toxins out of the
body. There is hope after all.

Oh yeah, the “they said” came from Fred Perlak, Monsatan’s vice president of research and business operations in Hawaii. I guess they laugh all the way to the bank!

Aloha!

Sources:

www.centerforfoodsafety.org

www.hotzehwc.com

Hesh Goldstein
When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30’s.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a “plastic” community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, ” let’s become vegetarians”. I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, “okay”! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, “The Little Kitchen”.

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to “The Little Kitchen”. Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, “Let’s make a deal. You do our tax return and we’ll feed you as well”. So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, “Hawaii”. Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called,” Mr. Natural’s”. I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at “Mr. Natural’s.” To make a long story short, that’s exactly what happened.

So, I’m working at “Mr. Natural’s” and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle – it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka’anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn’t really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that’s exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I’m asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn’t thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, “You expected anything less”? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, ‘enchilada’s at “Natural’s” tonight’. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That’s when they found out I was an accountant and “Down to Earth” was born. “Down to Earth” became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD’s that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii’s premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said,” If you want to be with me you’ve got to stop working on naked women”. So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a “chicken” or “egg” or “fish” or “pig” or “cow” was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

For more, please view www.healthtalkhawaii.com and www.asanediet.com.

Namaste!

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About the Author

When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30’s. Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis. After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a “plastic” community would be an understatement. Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado. I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, ” let’s become vegetarians”. I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, “okay”! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy. So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, “The Little Kitchen”. Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting. I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute. But right now, back to “The Little Kitchen”. Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant. The owner said to me, “Let’s make a deal. You do our tax return and we’ll feed you as well”. So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could. But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, “Hawaii”. Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called,” Mr. Natural’s”. I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at “Mr. Natural’s.” To make a long story short, that’s exactly what happened. So, I’m working at “Mr. Natural’s” and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle – it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka’anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner. Since I was the new guy, and didn’t really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that’s exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water. I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal. Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I’m asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn’t thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, “You expected anything less”? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, ‘enchilada’s at “Natural’s” tonight’. I never had to cook anything else. A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That’s when they found out I was an accountant and “Down to Earth” was born. “Down to Earth” became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years. In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD’s that would call in asking for my credentials. My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes. I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii’s premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said,” If you want to be with me you’ve got to stop working on naked women”. So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years. Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a “chicken” or “egg” or “fish” or “pig” or “cow” was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness. The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well. Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business. For more, please view www.healthtalkhawaii.com and www.asanediet.com. Namaste!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: NOLA HESBY

Name: Nola Hesby 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 
Department: PBCE 
Role at UNH: Alumni 
Year Graduated from UNH: 2020

How does getting this vaccine make you feel?

I feel excited and lucky that I got to receive the vaccine. I mean, in a physical sense my arm is pretty sore and I feel groggy, which means my immune system is working. But there’s hope for the future!

What does getting this vaccine mean to you?  

Currently I work in an assisted care facility, and they have very limited movement in terms of seeing their family and stuff, especially during the pandemic. I’m lucky that I am young and healthy, so I feel like I can help them make more steps towards seeing their loved ones if I get vaccinated for them.  

What would you say to someone who feels hesitant about getting the vaccine? 

It’s a personal choice, and you have every right to feel hesitant. At the same time, I think I would rather get the vaccine and feel kind of crappy for one day than get COVID. Definitely do some research, but it’s ultimately up to you… you know what is right for you and your body better than anyone. 

What have been some of your favorite ways to stay physically active during the pandemic?  

Ahhh I like to go on walks… I like to get outside, this summer/fall I did some hiking, swimming, surfing… Or even just an at home workout session gets your endorphins pumping, and endorphins make you happy. 

How have you been taking care of your emotional wellbeing during the pandemic?  

Definitely talking it out with my friends and family. Exercise and having a routine helps a lot. Or just crying it out and feeling better 2 minutes later…or watching America’s Next Top Model.  

How do you stay connected with others?  

Social media/Facetime for sure…. I play some video games with my sister and friends and we voice chat a ton. Also, I’m lucky I have a couple roommates who are my good friends, and we have a lot of laughs together.  

Now that you have received the first dose of the vaccine, what is the next thing that you will be holding onto for hope?  

Ahhh… probably the second dose so I can get it over with!  

Do you have any positive words of encouragement for members of our audience who are feeling completely drained and burnt out from this pandemic?  

I feel you! You’re doing amazing for such crazy circumstances. Keep talking to your friends.. listen to your favorite songs.. take the pressure off yourself. Take care of yourself.  

 

Influencer Marketing for Pharma: A Webinar & Guide to Getting it Right

Influencer Marketing for Pharmaceutical Brands: A Guide to Getting it Right

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Nasal Spray Vaccine for COVID-19 in Early Trials

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A spritz instead of a shot to ward off COVID-19? Researchers report that a nasal spray vaccine against the new coronavirus shows promise in animal testing.

Rodents that were given two doses of the vaccine had antibody and T-cell responses that were strong enough to suppress SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The vaccine also reduced lung damage, inflammation and disease severity in the rodents, according to scientists from Lancaster University in England and Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.

“We found that administering this vaccine through a nasal spray completely protected the animals from shedding the virus which causes transmission of the virus. This means the immunization of the upper respiratory tract through a nasal spray can prevent individuals from spreading the virus and developing infections elsewhere in the body,” said study author Muhammad Munir, a Lancaster University virologist.

“Though the vaccine showed promising safety and efficacy in this animal model, human trials are still required to determine its applicability and to obtain regulatory approvals,” Munir added in a university news release.

The nasal spray vaccine is based on a common poultry virus called the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV), which can replicate in humans but is harmless. The research team engineered NDV to produce the spike proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to prime the body’s immune system to attack the coronavirus.

Their findings were published recently on BioRxiv, a preprint server for research that hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed.

There are a number of advantages to a nasal spray vaccine, including it being noninvasive, triggering local immunity, and being an alternative for people who are afraid of needles or have blood clotting disorders, according to the researchers.

They noted that there’s already a nasal spray vaccine for seasonal flu, so this type of vaccination has been proven to be effective.

A nasal spray vaccine for COVID-19 could provide a low-cost alternative for the developing world, because it could be produced using existing worldwide infrastructure for seasonal flu virus vaccines, the researchers suggested.

“The scalability and economical production make this vaccine candidate suitable for low- and middle-income countries,” said study author Mohammed Rohaim, also from Lancaster University.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on COVID-19 vaccines.

SOURCE: Lancaster University, news release, Jan. 13, 2021

Moving at Work

My Tips for Staying Active at Work 

So we’ve been doing this whole “live, play, and work at home” thing for a long time now, and I’m sure that if you’re anything like me; you’ve been spending a lot more time than you’d like to admit sitting in front of a screen. Whether it be a computer, tablet, or TV; sitting in front of a screen can take a serious toll on your physical health.  

At the beginning of the pandemic, I noticed that I was getting a lot of headaches, my eyes would burn from how dry they were, and my back and neck were always stiff. I just felt like my body was carrying so much tension. The stress from the pandemic was definitely contributing to some of this, but the biggest culprit was sitting at my desk in front of my computer. I went from taking 10,000+ steps a day going class to class, to sitting down in front of my computer for 4-6 hours at a time without any breaks. I had literally moved from one end of the spectrum to the other. 

To help relieve my headaches and back pain, I decided that I wanted to be more aware of how long I was sitting and staring at a screen and to take more breaks. I would make sure that I got up once every hour for at least 5 minutes to walk up and down the stairs or walk around the house. I would always make it a point to go outside and get the mail every morning (rain or shine) to get some fresh air. And around 3 p.m every day, I would go for a 20 minute walk. I used lots and lots of eye drops and would take every opportunity to print papers so I didn’t have to read them on a screen. Doing these small things added up very quickly and I felt so much better after the first day of doing this. As we are going into a new semester, and new year, most of us will be working or learning from home to some capacity. Challenge yourself to get up and move.  

Although these are just a few tips that worked best for me and my schedule, I encourage you to try something new that is going to get you up and away from the screens. To share some of your favorite tips to get up and away from the screens, email us at Healthy.UNH@unh.edu!  

Eat right and you stay healthy

When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30’s.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a “plastic” community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, ” let’s become vegetarians”. I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, “okay”! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, “The Little Kitchen”.

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I’ll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to “The Little Kitchen”. Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, “Let’s make a deal. You do our tax return and we’ll feed you as well”. So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, “Hawaii”. Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called,” Mr. Natural’s”. I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at “Mr. Natural’s.” To make a long story short, that’s exactly what happened.

So, I’m working at “Mr. Natural’s” and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle – it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka’anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn’t really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that’s exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I’m asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn’t thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, “You expected anything less”? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, ‘enchilada’s at “Natural’s” tonight’. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That’s when they found out I was an accountant and “Down to Earth” was born. “Down to Earth” became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD’s that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii’s premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She said,” If you want to be with me you’ve got to stop working on naked women”. So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a “chicken” or “egg” or “fish” or “pig” or “cow” was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

For more, please view www.healthtalkhawaii.com and www.asanediet.com.

Namaste!

Most Wuhan COVID Survivors Still Have Health Issues

By Ernie Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Concerns about “long-haul” symptoms in COVID-19 survivors may be reignited by a new study: It finds that 3 out of 4 patients from Wuhan, China — where the pandemic originated — were still suffering at least one lingering health problem six months later.

The study from China involved more than 1,700 patients first diagnosed with the virus in Wuhan between January and May, and then followed to June and September.

Researchers report that 76% of these patients had at least one symptom six months after symptoms began.

The most common symptoms were fatigue or muscle weakness (63%) along with trouble sleeping (26%) and anxiety or depression (23%).

“Because COVID-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients’ health,” said researcher Dr. Bin Cao, from the National Center for Respiratory Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and Capital Medical University, both in Beijing. His team published the findings in The Lancet journal Jan. 8.

“Our analysis indicates that most patients continue to live with at least some of the effects of the virus after leaving the hospital, and highlights a need for post-discharge care, particularly for those who experience severe infections,” Cao said in a journal news release. “Our work also underscores the importance of conducting longer follow-up studies in larger populations in order to understand the full spectrum of effects that COVID-19 can have on people.”

People who had been severely ill with COVID-19 more often had impaired lung function, as well as abnormalities seen in chest X-rays, which could indicate organ damage, six months after symptoms began, the Chinese researchers said.

Kidneys were also often affected. Based on lab tests, about 13% of patients who’d had normal kidney function while they’d been hospitalized showed reduced kidney function after they’d recovered from COVID-19, the researchers said.

One U.S. expert said post-COVID-19 “recovery” remains an ongoing, unfolding story.

“‘Long COVID’ is an evolving syndrome. Although the constellation of earlier associated symptoms is fairly well described, little is known about long-term outcomes,” said Dr. Thomas Gut, associate chair of medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City. And he’s seen similar issues among patients at his hospital.

Continued

“As noted in this study, the vast majority of patients seen at our Post-COVID Recovery Center are for complaints of fatigue or brain fog, which both have overlap features with the complaints seen in this study,” Gut said.

“Many of our patients report either new onset symptoms since COVID, or significantly worsened symptoms,” he noted. “Most of our patients are seeing gradual improvement in symptoms as time passes, but some are still experiencing lingering effects nearly a year after infection. For many patients, there is little clear explanation for their persistent symptoms even after extensive testing and even less clear treatment options at this point.”

Another expert believes health care centers need to be prepared for a wave of long COVID patients.

“There will be a wave of patients with long COVID entering our medical systems that will require continuing care and rehabilitation,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “We must not only plan for this, by developing centers of excellence, but allocate the necessary federal funds for research and care of these patients.”

Beyond the physical issues experienced post-COVID, there’s a “psychological toll on recovery, which directly impacts how people are able to resume their lives,” Glatter added. “Having appropriate resources in place is essential for aiding recovery in the painful and long months after acute infection.”

The Wuhan study also tried to track survivors’ longer-term immunity against COVID-19. It found that levels of neutralizing antibodies against the new coronavirus fell by more than half (52.5%) after six months in 94 patients whose immune response was tested at the peak of the infection.

That finding increases concern about the possibility of survivors being reinfected by the virus.

“At this time, the duration of immunity after COVID-19 infection is unclear,” Glatter said.

However, he pointed to another study released Thursday in the journal Science that “indicates that natural immunity to COVID-19 may last up to eight months, making the potential for reinfection less likely. It’s a complex response involving antibodies, memory B-cells, and different types of T-cells.”

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But all of this means vaccination is still imperative, even for people who already had COVID-19, Glatter said.

“We still don’t know the full picture of longer-term immunity, making vaccination an essential part of the public health approach to this pandemic,” he said. “The vaccine is safe and effective and represents the most effective way to reach herd immunity.”

Herd immunity occurs when enough people (about 70%) in a population have gained immunity against a virus, effectively stopping its further spread.

More information

For more on COVID-19, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Thomas Gut, DO, associate chair, medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City; Robert Glatter, MD, emergency physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; The Lancet, news release, Jan. 8, 2021

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Cooking with Healthy UNH Interns

Sarah’s Easy Vegetarian Chili 

Check out this recipe for my easy Vegetarian Chili! I am always a fan of going the extra mile to make your own seasoning blend for chilis and other dishes; but I am also a fan of dishes that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. For this recipe (and for the sake of saving money and time) I decided to pick up a premade chili seasoning packet at the supermarket. I also went with a meat-alternative protein to make it vegetarian friendly. As a note, I did not drain the canned beans before adding them to the pot. This is just a personal preference, but feel free to do whatever your vibe is. Feel free to take this recipe though and use any protein you would like such as beef, turkey, chicken, or even venison! I hope you enjoy this perfect weeknight meal as much as I did, cheers!  

Ingredients:  

  • 1 packet of chili seasoning  
  • 1 pound of Gardein Groundless Beef (or tofu)  
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 1 green pepper 
  • 1 sweet onion  
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes  
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of light red kidney beans 
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of dark red kidney beans 
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans 
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of sweet corn  

Optional toppings: 

  • Shredded cheddar cheese 
  • Cilantro  
  • Sour Cream or dairy-free sour cream  
  • Jalapeno  

Directions:

  1. Rinse and chop the green pepper into bite-sized pieces. Then peel and chop the onion into bite-sized pieces. Set both aside in one bowl.  

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the green pepper and onion. Saute until tender. Then add your protein of choice and cook with the veggies until everything is browned.  

  1. Then add the two cans of tomatoes, cans of beans, and seasoning packet to the pot with the protein and veggies. I prefer my chili to be more of a soup consistency so here I took the empty tomato can, filled it with cold water, and added it to the pot. This is totally optional! Then mix everything together and bring to a boil. 

  1. Once the chili is starting to boil, bring the temperature down to a simmer. Simmer for 5-7 minutes and stir occasionally.  

  1. Drain the can of corn and add this to the chili, let simmer for 5 minutes.  

  1. Serve!  

This recipe was super easy to make and was so hearty! It is packed with fiber and will keep you full for the afternoon or evening. Enjoy!  

 

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