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Is Herd Immunity Even Possible with Coronavirus?

We’ve been hearing talk about herd immunity quite a lot recently. Is this our light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel or just more media hype? In this post, I attempt to get a more realistic picture of what’s it actually means to achieve herd immunity, and what it takes to achieve it. What is Herd Immunity? Herd immunity occurs when a certain percentage of a population has become immune to infection by a given pathogen, in this case SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Once the threshold has been reached, the chain of infection is disrupted enough that even individuals who are not immune to infection enjoy a reduced risk of catching the disease[ Disease ] In a living thing, an abnormal condition that is not the direct result of physical injury. Diseases are structural or functional disorders. Medically, they may be classified as infectious (communicable and non-communicable), genetic, physiological deficiency-related. More. In practical terms, it is the point at which community spread has dropping enough that we can stop wearing masks in public. Immunity comes from the presence of antibodies[ antibody, immunoglobulin ] A protein produced mainly by plasma cells that is used by the immune system …

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An assortment of nutritional supplements

The COVID-19 Cocktail

In light of the lack of vaccine or any other “cure” for COVID-19, a lot of focus on preventing the virus from getting a foot-hold and on supporting your immune system to fight the virus. Here is a “cheat sheet” of things you can do right now to help fight the virus.

COVID-19: How to protect yourself and your family — Dr. David Price

Warning! This video was originally posted on March 22, 2020. New research suggests that, contrary to Dr. Price’s advice, we should all be wearing masks, in addition to physical distancing. This video has already been viral for weeks (no pun intended) and some will say I’m late sharing this, but I keep getting asked about it, so here it is. If you prefer to watch the original Vimeo-hosted video, click here. “new research suggest that we need to be more concerned about aerosol transmission of the virus. In a nutshell, we should all be wearing masks, in addition to physical distancing, hand sanitising and avoiding facial contact.” When this video was recorded on March 22, 2020 New York had only reported 117 deaths related to COVID-19. As of this writing, the death count is around 7000 and is project to rise to over 13,000 by the end of this month. I still share Dr. Price’s optimism that we are going to win this battle, but new research suggest that we need to be more concerned about aerosol transmission of the virus. In a nutshell, we should all be wearing masks, in addition to physical distancing, hand sanitising and avoiding facial …

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COVID-19 Live update stream

COVID-19: Live Stats

I have no idea how long this will stay live but I do find it interesting to compare the COVID-19 cases geographically in near realtime. It also show a countdown timer whenever one region is about to surpass another (such as when the US approached the total case counts of Italy).

COVID-19: Ridiculously Simple, Yet Ridiculously Hard

The good news is that preventing infection by COVID-19 is actually very simple: keep your hands clean/sanitised don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth wear a mask practise social distancing cough or sneeze into your elbow We already have a lot of empirical data to back up these recommendations and, if we all practised these recommendations 52 weeks a year, there would be a much lower incidences of seasonal flus and colds. To understand these recommendations, we need to look at the epidemiology[ Epidemiology ] A branch of medicine studies the incidence, distribution of disease conditions. It also looks for patterns that could lead to methods of disease prevention, disease control and improvements in health. More of the disease[ Disease ] In a living thing, an abnormal condition that is not the direct result of physical injury. Diseases are structural or functional disorders. Medically, they may be classified as infectious (communicable and non-communicable), genetic, physiological deficiency-related. More; specifically, how COVID-19 spreads from person to person. The bad news is that many of us are finding if difficult to stick to the advice or are just doing it wrong! Alas, there are still some people who are in outright denial or …

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Yet Another Fad Diet?

What kind of diet is the Post-Modern Diet? Is it keto? Is it vegan? Is it Palaeo? Is it another fad diet?

These are some of the common questions I get asked. The short answer is that the Post-Modern Diet is not a particular regimen. I think of it as the sum of the useful knowledge that I have accumulated in the last 20 years and the application of that knowledge.

Insulin hypodermic and blood sugar tester

Isn’t it Time We Abandoned Glycemic Index?

Glycemic index (GI[ Glycaemic Index, Glycemic Index, GI ] A numerical value associated assigned to specific foods that indicates its effect on blood sugar, measured two hours after consumption. The glycaemic index is relative to the consumption of pure glucose which is More) has seen wide popularity among weight-loss dieters. Originally intended to be used by diabetics, it is a method of rating foods according to how much they impact a rise in blood glucose[ Glucose, D-glucose, Dextrose ] A monosaccharide with the molecular formula C6H12O6. The principle isomer of glucose is D-glucose (dextrose). It is the product of photosynthesis and the building block of a number of important carbohydrate polymers, including cellulose. In More levels. Prior to the GI all that existed was the “Exchange System”, or “Exchange Lists” system of classifying foods. Developed in the 1950s, its purpose was to raise awareness about the nutritional[ Nutrient ] A substance that provides nourishment essential to life. Nutrients may either be organic, as in carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins, or inorganic, as in minerals, oxygen and water. They are derived from the environment, typically food, and More equivalency of foods in terms of macronutrients[ Macronutrient ] A nutrient that is …

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Club Sandwich and Fries

Carbohydrates Without Guilt?

Are all carbohydrates[ Carbohydrate, Carb, Saccharide ] A group of organic compounds occurring in living tissues, comprising of sugars, starches, and cellulose. Carbohydrates can be divided into four chemical groups: monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. Shorter-chain carbohydrates (monosaccharides and disaccharides) are generally More alike or is there some substance to the good-carb-bad-carb arguments? A Google search suggests that even researchers, doctors and nutritionists can’t agree. However, if you can filter out everything with political, self-promotional or other commercial motives, all that remains is biochemistry[ Biochemistry ] The chemical processes relating to living organisms. The branch of science which studies these chemical processes. More. The challenge, then, is to distill what’s left into something more approachable. That’s the goal, anyway, so let’s get started. So exactly what are Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are a group of biochemical[ Biochemistry ] The chemical processes relating to living organisms. The branch of science which studies these chemical processes. More compounds called saccharides[ Carbohydrate, Carb, Saccharide ] A group of organic compounds occurring in living tissues, comprising of sugars, starches, and cellulose. Carbohydrates can be divided into four chemical groups: monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. Shorter-chain carbohydrates (monosaccharides and disaccharides) are generally More, which comes from the …

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