Baby Girl Born From Embryo Frozen for 27 Years

A baby girl born in Tennessee from a 27-year frozen embryo broke the record for the longest-frozen embryo to result in a live birth, which was held by her older sister, Emma.

Molly Gibson was 6 pounds, 13 ounces when she was born in October to Tina Gibson and her husband, Ben, The New York Times reported.

Molly’s birth was the result of an embryo being frozen in October 1992 and thawed in February 2020. Both she and Emma, who was born in 2017, came from embryos donated by the same couple in 1992.

The Gibsons decided to use donated embryos because Ben has cystic fibrosis and Tina is a carrier, and they feared passing the disease on to their children, the Times reported.

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Flying During the Pandemic

How Safe is it?  

As the major holiday seasons are among us and COVID-19 outbreaks run rampant through communities across the country; many people find themselves rethinking their travel plans for the upcoming holidays. Rightfully so, I mean, we are hearing from the health experts that we shouldn’t be traveling, yet the major airlines are touting their hospital-grade air filtration systems and robust cleaning policies. So who should we listen to? And how safe is it to travel on airplanes?  

To get the first question out of the way, it should be made clear that the only COVID-related advice we should listen to, is that which is coming from the professionals. The people who have dedicated their lives to the fields of infectious disease and public health. Although it may be tempting to listen to what you see on social media, oftentimes, these “facts” and claims are debunked and are only spread to drive further division in the country. Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, has strongly encouraged that people stay in for the holidays, avoid large crowds, and to especially avoid traveling on airplanes, trains, buses, or anything in between. This is to minimize both risk of exposure and risk of spreading COVID-19 any further than it already has.  

But ivy league schools like Harvard University have teamed up with the Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct studies that simulate airplane environments with high-tech filtration systems to see how likely people actually are to contract COVID-19. As results of these studies have been released to the public, it appears that there is a minimal risk of contracting COVID-19 when all safety protocols are respected and filtration systems are working as they should. In fact, the DOD says that you would have to sit in your seat for up to 54 hours with your mask on and the filters running before you are at risk of contracting COVID-19!  

Don’t get too excited though.  

All of these results are completely valid, but we need to consider that these results were yielded under perfect travel conditions within the airplane. Only certain seats were open, flights were relatively short (less than 12 hours), all people wore masks appropriately at all times, there was minimal movement throughout the cabin, and all filtration systems were newly installed and running in tip-top shape. Even as airlines have begun to run their usual flights, there have been horror stories from flight attendants getting involved in (sometimes nasty) verbal altercations with passengers who refuse to wear a mask. Passengers have been put onto no-flight lists as they refuse to follow safety rules, and think of how tempting it is to keep off your mask for an extra 20 minutes while you eat your snacks. Unfortunately, given all of the factors and varying circumstances, the conditions of the airplanes in the studies are extremely difficult to reach.  

This is in no way telling you what you should or should not do for travel plans this holiday season. Like all blogs I write, the purpose of this blog is to simply breakdown results from research or higher-level information, into something that is more reader-friendly to the general public. If you were planning on traveling this holiday season, I sincerely hope that you read this blog and are still able to make the most informed decision that will be the best for not only yourself, but all of those who are around you as well.  

This holiday season is going to be one that is extremely difficult for a lot of people; but the things we do to stay safe now, ensure that there won’t be an empty seat at the celebrations next year and in the years to come. As always, stay safe and be well.  

Controversial Trump COVID Adviser Scott Atlas Resigns

President Donald Trump’s controversial science adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, has resigned.

Atlas, a Stanford University neuro-radiologist with no formal experience in public health or infectious diseases, challenged the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community and criticized stronger efforts, including the use of face masks, to control the spread of the new coronavirus, the Associated Press reported.

Stanford issued a statement distancing itself from Atlas, saying he “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic.”

Atlas resigned at the end of his temporary government appointment, the AP reported.

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Interaction between God and the Devil

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.

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Embracing Change

Shifting Your Mindset to Embrace Change

Although it has seemed like we have woken up to a new world every single day since March, there is no denying that the upcoming holiday season is going to be difficult for a lot of people. Almost all of us have experienced some form of loss at some point in the past 8 months. Some have been more fortunate than others, but this doesn’t make light of the different degrees of pain that people have been experiencing. On top of the pandemic, and the unprecedented election season; the upcoming holidays may only add to the daily negative emotions we are all feeling. I mean, things are probably going to look a lot different this year.

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Holidays During the Pandemic

An Opportunity for New Traditions 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, we have seen two major waves in different parts of the country. The first hitting the northeast in late spring, and the second hitting the south mid-summer. There is now a lot of speculation that we are approaching a third wave. Unfortunately, there is no specific region that is particularly hit the hardest in this wave; all of the regions are impacted. Cases are rising in almost every single state. Even worse, we are approaching a major holiday season. Whether you are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, or something else; you may be anticipating that these celebrations will look different from years past. We are facing a major dilemma too. Do we risk further spread of COVID-19 to celebrate or do we change how we celebrate at the expense of our emotional wellbeing? 

Recently, my family had this discussion. What are we going to do about the holidays? I’m going to be honest; it was incredibly difficult. It required us to be honest, patient, understanding, and vulnerable. We all had to share our truths and consider the wants and needs of others. There were even a few tears at times, and lots of compromise. The whole experience seemed so strange. I mean, we had to talk about the holidays and what we couldn’t do; what was unsafe; and what posed a risk to our most vulnerable family members. It was sad. 

And then something changed. 

Like a light bulb turning on, or the spark of matchstick, we realized that the upcoming holiday season wasn’t something to wallow in. It is an opportunity for new traditions. We shared ideas of how we can make the holidays exciting, memorable, and fun. And for the first time in what seems like a long time; I can say with confidence that I am actually looking forward to the holiday season.  

Now, I am fully aware that some people may not have a “traditional” family unit to reach out to this holiday season. But maybe this can be an opportunity to reach out to those in our inner circle – our people – and speak our truth. We can practice patience, kindness, empathy, honesty, compromise, and understanding. We can make our game plan, set expectations, and share ideas. Maybe having these difficult conversations can be an opportunity to heal and mend relationships. By shifting our mindset to view the upcoming holidays as an opportunity for new traditions, we can do a lot more to our emotional wellbeing than we think. We can build trust, hope, and resiliency.  

If you are struggling with holiday plans, I invite you to consider having these conversations with your people. Keep an open mind, and you may be surprised with the outcome. Stay safe, and be well.  

The Emotional Benefits of Community Service

Serving Others for Emotional Wellbeing in New England 

Volunteering or involving one’s self in community service has been widely researched for potential benefits to social and emotional wellbeing. Although it is already known that there is a great deal of benefit that is experienced by the recipient of the community service; there is a lot of evidence showing that the person who does the community service experiences improvements in social and emotional wellbeing. Some of these benefits include improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety, a greater self-worth, and an overall improved life satisfaction. Doing volunteer work also improves social wellbeing by allowing us to form strong social connections with others who have similar interests as us. Additionally, doing community service and volunteer work allows us to get out of the house and stay physically active.  

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the way we can engage in community service and volunteer work has changed. If you did regular community service before the start of the pandemic, I’m sure that there are just some things that you can’t do anymore due to COVID-19 protocols and physical distancing. But if you are looking to get involved again, or want to start a new habit of doing community service and live in New England, here is a list of a few community service activities in each state!  

Maine: Use this link to navigate to the United Way website of Maine. Here, you can find a list of all community service opportunities in Maine. Some of the biggest needs are for volunteers for Meals on Wheels across the state, and volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor.   

New Hampshire: Use this link to get to the VolunteerMatch website for New Hampshire. Here, you can filter your area and interests in the search and the website will bring you to a page with all of the current volunteer opportunities that would be best suited for you. They even have a page exclusively for virtual community service!  

Vermont: Use this link to get to the VolunteerMatch website for Vermont. Similar to the page for New Hampshire; you can filter your area and interests to find community service that you would be most interested in.  

Massachusetts: Use this link to find the Massachusetts Service Alliance website. Here, you can use the map on the homepage to select your region to see all of the current community service opportunities in your area!  

Connecticut: Use this link to find the Volunteer Square website for Connecticut. There are nearly a dozen pages of different community services opportunities in all areas of Connecticut. You can also filter your search for projects in your area and area of interest.  

Rhode Island: Use this link to find the VolunteerMatch website for Rhode Island. Even though Rhode Island is the smallest state, the VolunteerMatch website shows that there is a current need for almost 4,000 volunteers across the state!  

If you find yourself living outside of New England or are unable to access some of the community service opportunities above, there are always small things that you can do on your own to serve your community! These are things such as donating blood, dropping off a can of food at the local food pantry, or even bringing those coats and hats from your younger days to your local public school department. Even though these things are all small, if we can all do something, they add up! Let us know what your favorite way to do community service is at!  

Reversing acidity is easy peasy

Acidity, or hypoglycemia, is probably one of the most
widespread disorders in America and the civilized nations today.

It is not a disease as such, but rather a symptom that
arises from a wide range of hormonal abnormalities and imbalances reflecting
the irregular function of many glands and organs, and especially a poor diet.

Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed and its
multitude of symptoms are frequently labeled as emotional or psychological in
origin. The symptoms are usually episodic, being related to the time and
content of the previous meal and are usually improved by eating correctly.

Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, emotional
problems, fatigue, depression, craving sweets, inability to concentrate, cold
sweats, shakes, palpitations, tingling of the skin and scalp, dizziness,
trembling, fainting, blurred vision, cold extremities, nausea, midmorning and
mid-to-late afternoon tiredness, anxiety, indecisiveness, crying spells,
allergies, convulsions, and hyperactivity, for openers.

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Hamel Recreation Center Group Fitness Review

Cardio Kickboxing with May-Win  

A few days ago, I signed up for a virtual fitness class with the Hamel Rec. Center (HRC). This was Cardio Kickboxing! I had never taken a kickboxing class before or a virtual group fitness class for that matter so needless to say; I was nervous. This class in particular is offered every Sunday from 5:45-6:45 and I registered for it on Sunday morning (about 6 hours before the start of the class). Registration for group classes opens 24 hours before the start time of the class and the entire process occurs on the HRC online portal. Even better, it takes less than a minute to register! To learn more about the basics of registering and how the general works of the virtual classes, check out this blog.  

After registering from the class, a Zoom link was sent directly to my student email account which made it super easy to find when it was time to log on. I decided to leave my camera off for the class as there was no pressure to turn it on, but I would periodically turn my mic on during breaks to interact with other people in the class. Besides the fact that I was doing this from home through a computer screen, I can definitely say that I got just as good of a workout. Actually, I think it was maybe even better that I got to do it in the comforts of my home. Because I was at home, I felt like I could push myself harder than if I were taking this class in-person.  

In terms of “content” of the class, there was the usual warm-up, workout, and cool down. May-Win (the instructor) did an amazing job keeping me engaged and going over moves in clear detail to prevent any injury. She was super upbeat and had such a positive demeanor; it didn’t even feel like an hour had gone by at the end of the class! As this was my first experience with kickboxing and the virtual group fitness classes through the HRC, I will definitely be doing this again next Sunday. I got a great workout and felt a small sense of normalcy for the first time in months. This really changed the whole mood of my day and was the perfect way to end the week.  

If you are a UNH community member and are interested in taking virtual Cardio Kickboxing with May-Win, sign up here! Be on the lookout for the next HRC virtual group fitness review; Vinyasa Yoga! 

Study Casts Doubt on Plasma as COVID Treatment

By Ernie Mundell

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who’d survived the disease might help boost outcomes.

But study findings released Nov. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, along with disappointing results from prior trials, suggest that those initial hopes may have been unfounded.

The new study was conducted by researchers in Argentina. It compared outcomes for 228 hospitalized COVID-19 patients who got an infusion of so-called “convalescent plasma” against those of 105 patients who did not (the “placebo group”). All were so sick as to have developed pneumonia.

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