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.”

Continued

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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COVID Stressing the Nation’s Stress Therapy System

Amy Cirbus, PhD, Talkspace, New York City.

Lucy McBride, MD, Foxhall Internists, Washington, DC.

LucyMcBride.com.

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Psychiatric Services: “Outcomes of 98,609 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs patients enrolled in telemental health services, 2006-2010.”

Alcoholics Anonymous: “Physically Distanced but Digitally Connected: The Alcoholics Anonymous Message Carries On Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “ADAA-Reviewed Mental Health Apps.”

American Psychological Association. “What You Need to Know Before Choosing Online Therapy.”

Goodtherapy.org: “Is There a Shortage of Mental Health Professionals in America?” “How Much Does Therapy Cost?”

Mental Health America: “Adults With AMI Reporting Unmet Need 2020.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “NAMI HelpLine.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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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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SPOTLIGHT ON: MONICA ROMAN

Name: Monica Roman 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 
Department: CHHS; HMP 
Role at UNH: Alumni 
Year Graduated from UNH: 2019

How does getting this vaccine make you feel?

Getting this vaccine was an incredibly personal decision and I feel really good about getting the vaccine! 

What does getting this vaccine mean to you?  

Working with the elderly and seeing firsthand how COVID-19 has affected the vulnerable made me extremely passionate about advocating and receiving the vaccine! 

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

No matter what is written in the media, whatever pressures you may be receiving – getting a vaccine is a personal choice! Do some research on the type of vaccine you’re getting (Pfizer, Moderna) and make sure they’re reputable sources before making your decision!  

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

I’ve become obsessed with home workouts. I use YouTube and found a really great HIIT channel called “The Body Project” and any Zumba videos!  

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

I downloaded the apps HeadSpace and Calm which really have helped keep me grounded. The pandemic is hard, life is tough right now and we need at least a few minutes just to ourselves!  

How do you stay connected with others?  

Social Media is obviously huge. But for family members I haven’t seen, I’ve been using Zoom and having dinner with them that way! It’s virtual, but it works!  

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

The second dose of the vaccine! I am so ready to get the second vaccine – kind of feels like a light at the end of the tunnel!  

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

From Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming!” Eventually we will get through this, but with your help and the help of those around you, it’ll come sooner than we think! 

What Does Hospital Price Transparency Mean for You?

“If I’m an employer, I’ll look at three hospitals in my area and say, ‘I’ll pay the price for the lowest one. If you want to go to one of the other two, you can pay the difference,’” said Anderson.

Will Price Transparency Reduce Overall Health Spending?

Revealing actual negotiated prices, as this rule requires, may push the more expensive hospitals in an area to reduce prices in future bargaining talks with insurers or employers, potentially lowering health spending in those regions.

It could also go the other way, with lower-cost hospitals demanding a raise, driving up spending.

Bottom line: Price transparency can help, but the market power of the various players might matter more.

In some places, where there may be one dominant hospital, even employers “who know they are getting ripped off” may not feel they can cut out a big, brand-name facility from their networks, no matter the price, said Anderson.

Is the Rule Change a Done Deal?

The hospital industry went to court, arguing that parts of the rule go too far, violating their First Amendment rights and also unfairly forcing hospitals to disclose trade secrets. That information, the industry said, can then be used against them in negotiations with insurers and employers.

But the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia disagreed with the hospitals and upheld the rule, prompting an appeal by the industry. On Dec. 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed that lower-court decision and did not block the rule.

In a written statement last week, the American Hospital Association’s general counsel cited “disappointment” with the ruling and said the organization is “reviewing the decision carefully to determine next steps.”

Apart from the litigation, the American Hospital Association plans to talk with the incoming Biden administration “to try to persuade them there are some elements to this rule and the insurer rule that are tricky,” said Tom Nickels, an executive vice president of the trade group. “We want to be of help to consumers, but is it really in people’s best interest to provide privately negotiated rates?”

Fisher thinks so: “Hospitals are fighting this because they want to keep their negotiated deals with insurers secret,” she said. “What these rules do is give the American consumer the power of being informed.”

Do This Before Going to Bed To Rebuild Your Gums

Dental health is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body. While we focus a lot on having shiny white teeth it is important not to forget the role our gums play. Unhealthy gums can lead to gingivitis and if left untreated can cause periodontitis.

There are long-term problems associated with this including receding gum lines that can ultimately cause loose teeth or even teeth loss. However, there are some easy ways you can prevent gum disease. 

Most of the commercial toothpaste and mouthwash available are full of chemical ingredients, artificial sweeteners, and fluoride. If you are like me and try to avoid chemicals and artificial ingredients shopping for dental care products can be challenging. Even the “natural” brands contain questionable ingredients.

After much searching, I discovered that it was easy to make my own products. Once I realized how little time and money were involved in the process, I wondered why it had taken me so long to make the switch. 

Natural Toothpaste

  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 10-15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

If your coconut oil is hard at room temperature, gently heat it in a double boiler until it is melted. Add the peppermint EO to the melted coconut oil. Mix the coconut oil and baking soda together until smooth and creamy. Store in a small mason jar. You will need a small spoon to scoop the toothpaste onto your brush.

Toothpaste isn’t the only thing that is full of artificial ingredients. Mouthwash is also full of artificial colors, flavors, and chemicals. I mean look at the color- that’s clearly not natural. But more disturbing are the anti-bacterial properties of mouthwash. Mouthwash is designed to kill the bacteria in your mouth but it has no way to single out just the harmful bacteria. Instead, it kills all the bacteria both good and bad. There are many beneficial bacteria in our mouths that help fight problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

In fact, studies have been shown that people who eat fermented foods high in pro-biotic lactic acid bacteria actually have healthier teeth with less tooth decay. Now, I’m not going to suggest you start washing your mouth out with pickle juice before bed but what you can do is to switch from commercial mouthwash to a natural mouth wash that provides more benefits to your dental health. Made with baking soda and salt, this mouthwash easy to make and costs way less than what you will find at the store, and helps improve your gum health. 

Natural Mouthwash

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 drops EO for flavor (Peppermint, cinnamon, and clove are good choices)

Dissolve the baking soda and salt into the water. Add the EO. Mix well. Store in a mason jar with a lid. Shake vigorously before use to ensure the ingredients are mixed well. Swish a mouthful for 30 seconds every evening before bed.  

Another option to improve gum health is to make a turmeric paste to apply to your gums. Turmeric is commonly used in many traditional Indian remedies. It is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. This turmeric paste can be rubbed into your gums at night before bed and again in the morning. It will help improve your gum health, stop bleeding gums, and remove plaque. 

Turmeric Gum Paste

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mustard oil

Combine the ingredients together and massage into your gums. 

It is easy to find natural solutions to help improve your dental hygiene. All you need to do is make simple changes to your current dental routine. Try making natural toothpaste, switching from an anti-bacterial mouthwash, or oil pulling. By following the small steps you can easily begin to rebuild your gums naturally.

Coconut Oil Pulling

You probably are already brushing and flossing before bed. Another solution to help repair gums is oil pulling.

An ancient Ayurvedic technique, oil pulling has been used in India for centuries. Oil pulling is said to “pull” harmful bacteria and toxins as well as clean your teeth, helping to improve gum health and the overall health of your body. Oil pulling is really quite simple. You simply swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth. Coconut and sesame oil are the most common oils used but you can also use olive oil as well.

Normally you swish for 15-20 minutes to achieve the maximum effects before you spit out the oil. It can be a bit difficult at first so if you can’t handle 15 minutes start with 5 minutes at a time and slowly work your way up to longer durations. You can do this in the evening before bed and it will help improve your gum health.

Clove application

Though more specific research is needed, several studies point to the potential of cloves to prevent plaque and reduce inflammation.

That’s because cloves have antiviral and antioxidant properties. They may also help to relieve pain.

To apply cloves topically:

  • Mince about 1 teaspoon of cloves
  • Dip a damp cotton ball into the minced cloves, getting as much as you can onto the cotton ball
  • Gently rub the clove-covered cotton ball onto your gums
  • Let the cloves sit on your gums for about a minute
  • Swish water around your mouth to collect all of the cloves
  • Spit the clove water out

You shouldn’t use cloves in large quantities or for long periods of time.

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The Clay Dragon – The Beast Is Here

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Hi friends,

China, wow, who would of thought, the Beast is rising. We are facing a nightmare that we can’t seem to wake up from. Those we thought were ours friends turned out to be our enemy. And they have near about got us. Seriously, somehow we like missed all the warning signs. In our horrifying dream, that is reality, we are faced with a dragon ready to devour us. That is really not cool.

It seems that this Beast has bought off most of our government and somehow is already munching on our vital organs without us even being aware we were prey. This thing is fixing to go in for the kill. This is really scary.

It seems that this Beast has yummed up lots of our allies as
well. They are all in. Their governments drank the cool-aid as well, or at
least a lot of money to purchase plenty of cool-aid for their future.
Unfortunately, this happy feeling of security does not extend to “We the
people.” We the people were the things sold along with our private property and
families. I don’t even know what to say about this treachery.

Well, maybe there is one small thing to say about it. At
least we do know the end of the story. That is the good part. It’s just that the
middle part and the climax that are not very fun. This is one of those books
that would be best just to skip to the last chapter and be done. But alas,
sense this book is the book of His-story, we get to walk through it.

One blessing is that there is really a large amount of
information shared with us from scripture about this Beast. The first thing to
note is that there are actually seven kingdoms listed. China is only the fierce
one that tramples the whole earth. This end times collection of bad actors is
shown in two location in scripture. They are shown individually in one and
collectively in the second. A leader will rise to assume the rains of this
mess. There is a lot about this character as well. But that would be another
conversation. This discussion will just go over the nations as presented and
the possible understandings about them.

Before looking at the manifested beast in reality it is necessary to note who the real Dragon is pulling the strings behind-the-scenes. Of course this is the Devil, also known as Satan the adversary. He spends his time devouring individuals by tempting them to disobey God and then running to tattle on them to God when they mess up. One change that occurs in his job description, happens just before the nation Beasts manifest in our face. You see the Devil actually loses his ability to tattle on us. God chunks him out of heaven and will not let him back in. That part of the story is in Revelation chapter 12, in case you would like to read all the details. Anyway, this chunking out event makes the devil wrathful. This creates a problem for all of us here on earth. The dragon gets really busy trying to destroy everything with a special emphasis on Christians.

Now back to what we are watching happen. As I mentioned earlier, there are two visual allegory presentations of this coming governmental destruction machine. Let’s start with the one shown in Daniel chapter 7. Here’s the trick. It is indeed an allegory. That means we will have to guess at what the animals mean. And yes, that means it is actually just a guess. But, we can make an educated guess. So here goes. How I am going to look at this system is using the permanent members on the UN Security Council. That does not mean I am correct, it just fits really nicely.

Up first is a Lion
with Eagles wings
. This would be England and America. If this guess is
correct, then we are in for some action. I say this because the eagle’s wings
get plucked off the lion. I wonder if this might mean that we are somehow
removed from this governmental system.

Second is a Bear,
likely Russia. Its job is to devour much flesh. Sounds about correct to me, but
who knows.

Third is a Leopard
with four heads and wings
. This is likely France as a representative of the
EU. That is the reason for the multiple heads. Please remember this is just a
guess…

Finally there is the dreadful
horrible Beast
that has ten horns, possibly China. Somewhere in the process
a set of three of these horns are swapped out for a very mean little horn that
I personally think is the false prophet listed in Revelation.

One thing to note about this view collectively is that
because the leopard has four heads, if you add up the heads and horns in this
allegory you get seven heads and ten horns. That will match to allegory in
Revelation that we look at next.

So, here is Revelation Chapter 13, the second allegory. A beast rises up out of the sea having seven heads and tens horns, sound familiar… The beast is like a leopard, has feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. The Devil gives this thing its power. That is why all these world leaders have to do all this strange sacrificing junk of innocent people. Their god is literally the Devil. He has very nasty tastes.

There is also a false prophet that is added to this mess. He
shows up as a second beast with two horns. I do wonder if this is referencing
the small horn of the first allegory in Daniel. It’s a three for three thing,
but we’ll have to wait and see.

The ten horns are what give us a clue about China. You see,
in Chapter two of Daniel we are shown the ten horns represented as ten toes of
a statue. These toes are made of iron and clay. These substances represent
kingdoms. The Iron represents the old Roman Empire and but the mystery nation
is the clay.

Let me introduce you to the Terracotta clay soldiers. You
have probably never heard of them but if you do a search for “terracotta
soldiers” you will see that they were solders made of clay in 246 BCE. The pits in China that contained the terracotta clay soldiers
were discovered in 1974. Yes, Clay is associated with China. Surprise!
What if the Clay means that the ten horns could be an extension of the nation
of China?

That would explain what we are witnessing happening right
now. The Beast is rising.

There is one really big happy about these ten toes that are
partly iron and partly clay. If you look them up in Daniel chapter two you will
see that it is in the days of these ten king’s That a stone cut without hands
crashes into the statue and grinds it to powder. The stone then becomes a great
mountain and covers the whole earth. That would be Jesus setting up his kingdom
on earth. That is actually a really good thing.

Dean A.

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