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Obesity and COVID 19 Should We Replace Temp Checks with Grocery Cart Checks

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Note: Here is an unpopular opinion challenging my thinking on how pro-vaxxers think of "us." They can't understand how many of us do not vaccinate in an effort to protect ourselves and/or our families. It shocks them. And then they tell us that we are putting OTHERS at risk by our decisions. And we're punished. So what is the difference when COVID-19 has ravaged Americans and Europeans whose underlying conditions are often a function of diet? Feel free to agree or disagree. If you do not actively attend to your diet as actively as you are willing to wear a mask or stay at home, are you putting everyone around you in danger of contracting COVID? Do you risk your families' well being because you are far more likely to die from COVID?  I'm Italian American, I know how important food is in our lives. And in our cultures.  My plate on Sundays growing up in Massachusetts looked very different from an African American child's plate in Mississippi, or White Anglo Saxon Protestant child's plate in DesMoines Iowa. Changing your diet is really hard. Food is love. Comfort. Food is a function of economics for many. Cheap fast food costs next to nothing compared to healthier choices. Stretching a dollar often means an ever stretching waistband. Habits and lifestyles are deeply ingrained. Weight Watchers has been around for decades, and never put itself out of business. The Western diet is hard to break - and we've been taught by pharma that a pill can take the place of personal responsibility and action. A pill for every ill.

Read this recent study and ask yourself if instead of temperature checks, we should be checking grocery carts TO PROTECT THE HERD.

COVID-19 and metabolic syndrome: could diet be the key?

Demasi M
COVID-19 and metabolic syndrome: could diet be the key?

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments mandate social distancing and good hand hygiene, but little attention is paid to the potential impact of diet on health outcomes. Poor diet is the most significant contributor to the burden of chronic, lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.1 As of 30 May 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that among COVID-19 cases, the two most common underlying health conditions were cardiovascular disease (32%) and diabetes (30%).2 Hospitalisations were six times higher among patients with a reported underlying condition (45.4%) than those without reported underlying conditions (7.6%). Deaths were 12 times higher among patients with reported underlying conditions (19.5%) compared to those without reported underlying conditions (1.6%).2 Two-thirds of people in the UK who have fallen seriously ill with COVID-19 were overweight or obese and 99% of deaths in Italy have been in patients with pre-existing conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.3 These conditions, collectively known as metabolic syndrome, are linked to impaired immune function,4 and more severe symptoms and complications from COVID-19.5

A major factor that drives the pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance,6 defined as an impaired biological response to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. The dysregulation of blood glucose levels plays an important role in inflammation and respiratory disease. A study of patients with COVID-19 with pre-existing type 2 diabetes showed that those with better regulated blood glucose control fared better than those with poor blood glucose control.7 Specifically, well-controlled blood glucose (glycaemic variability within 3.9–10.0 mmol/L) was associated with reduced medical interventions, major organ injuries and all-cause mortality during hospitalisation, compared with individuals with poorly controlled blood glucose (glycaemic variability exceeding 10.0 mmol/L). Another study showed hospitalised patients with hyperglycaemia treated with insulin infusion had a lower risk of death from COVID-19 than patients without insulin infusion, likely due to reduced inflammatory mediators.8

The most significant factor that determines blood glucose levels is the consumption of dietary carbohydrate, that is, refined carbs, starches and simple sugars. However, the official dietary recommendations of most Western countries advocate for a reduced (low) fat, high-carbohydrate diet, which can exaccerbate hyperglycaemia. These dietary guidelines form the basis of menus in nursing homes and hospital wards where people with COVID-19 and pre-existing metabolic syndrome are undergoing recovery and respite.

The problem is not only confined to nursing homes and hospitals. As people self-isolate at home, many are stockpiling non-perishable staple foods that are cheap such as (carbohydrate-rich) pasta, bread, rice and cereal.9 Our food supply is dominated by highly processed, packaged foods; 71% of available food in the USA is classified as ‘ultra-processed’.10 Food and beverages such as pizza, doughnuts and fruit juices and other sugary drinks are likely to drive hyperinsulinaemia and inflammation, especially in those with metabolic syndrome.  

https://ebm.bmj.com/content/early/2020/07/09/bmjebm-2020-111451https://ebm.bmj.com/content/early/2020/07/09/bmjebm-2020-111451

Comments

Grace Green

Benedetta,
I agree that the illness people have, allegedly, died from following a bout of the 2019 variant of the common cold, is probably vaccine induced. Many of the symptoms described are similar to those of ME, which usually follows a viral infection, but is actually only triggered by that, having it's original cause in a history of vaccine poisoning. However i do think a healthy diet might predispose people to such a reaction to vaccines, and it certainly is an important part of recovery after the event. I'm slightly encouraged by this article because at least the mainstream medics are starting to realize that diet does play a part, although they still have a long way to go in their understanding. They don't seem to understand the difference between carbohydrate and starch, or that refined carbs are not just sugar, but also white bread, pasta, rice etc. I encourage you to cut out sugar completely. We have found it hugely beneficial, and I've developed my own sugar-free deserts and cakes (using only the same amount of dessert fruit that you would normally be allowed). Also, good news, pizza is perfectly healthy if made with wholemeal flour - but you have to make it yourself as I haven't found it for sale. Happy cooking!

Maureen Fischer

While I believe that we should follow social distancing and wear masks in public, when I hear people say that if a vaccine is developed, we should all be forced to take it, I ask them if people should be force fed a vegan diet. They don't see a connection. I see it as I should have control over what goes into the body of my children and myself. If this is not a right then how can we say we live in a land of the FREE or the BRAVE?

Benedetta

I saw a quick, short list on the TV a couple of days back of the types of illnesses that makes one venerable to the worse case outcomes of covid 19.

On the list was hypothyroidism.

You know most of this stuff is related to vaccine injuries, autoimmune problems that are associated with this virus. Even Kawasaki disease they were touting some months ago.

They have ruined our immune systems. We already have enough vaccines to make our immune system go hyper with out even taking the vaccine for Covid19 that promises more cytokine storm inflammation.

But diet might be our way out. I love those carbs. I am going to tell you guys; that my grown vaccine injuried son can't get birthday cake off is his mind. He is so excited when he thinks someone in the family is going to have a birthday. OCD there as well.

We are gluten free, milk free. That is a lot of carbs; but is a easier way out for us that low carb. Low carb is really difficult to follow all the time. It sets off craving in me for chocolate, and I never really thought much about chocolate at all till I got on a low carb diet.

It looks like more and more that glucose from Carbs does drive our immune system, and that is how it works.

One day on low carb after a serious PANDAS adult on set OCD that had been going on for months with my son and it helped a lot.

We might could have eaten cheap and gotten away with it, but for the vaccines.

Ronald N. Kostoff

Diet is only one aspect of the COVID-19 vulnerability problem. In a recent Editorial (https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijmm.2020.4640), we identified a degraded/dysfunctional immune system as increasing vulnerability to COVID-19. We identified those factors that contribute to a degraded/dysfunctional immune system as follows:
“The fourth, and least emphasized, approach is strengthening the immune system intrinsically. This is accomplished using two parallel approaches: 1) identifying those factors that contribute to weakening the immune system, then eliminating/reducing them as comprehensively, thoroughly, and rapidly as possible; 2) replacing the eliminated factors with immune-strengthening factors [28].
Eliminating factors that weaken immune system
Our group has recently examined thousands of article Abstracts identifying factors that weaken the immune system. We have identified hundreds of factors (depending on how they are aggregated) that contribute to weakening the immune system. The complete study showing all the factors identified will be posted online by 30 June 2020 [https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/62907].
Some of the factors in our study that have been shown repeatedly to weaken the immune system include:
-Lifestyle (e.g., smoking, excess alcohol, substance abuse, high-fat diet, protein-deficient diet, high-cholesterol diet, Western-style diets, chronic sleep restriction, etc);
-Iatrogenic (e.g., immunosuppressive drugs, gamma radiation treatments, nanomedicinal products, adjuvanted vaccines, acetaminophen, non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), surgical stress, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selected anasthetics, selected antibiotics, highly active antiretroviral therapy drugs, etc);
-Biotoxins/Biomaterials (e.g., aflatoxin, ochratoxin, T-2 toxin, anatoxin-A, mycotoxins, microcystin-LR, dietary toxic cyanobacteria, yessotoxin, scorpion venom; Streptomyces californicus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, etc);
-Occupational/Environmental (e.g., microplastics, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, nanoparticles, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), fine particulate matter, air pollution, acrylamide, aromatic halogenated disinfection byproducts, benzene, benzo(a)pyrene, crude oil, corexit, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, wireless radiation-cell phones/cell towers/WiFi, sodium fluoride, etc),
-PsychoSocial/SocioEconomic (e.g., depression, chronic stress, restraint stress, social isolation, stressful life events, childhood adversity, etc).
Eliminating/ameliorating these toxic exposures/behaviors will require a combination of individual motivations/efforts and government efforts, especially at the regulatory level.
Adding factors that strengthen the immune system
A number of studies have identified factors (especially related to diet, nutrition, exercise, and sleep) that can strengthen the immune system. A recent article summarized the dietary component as follows: “Evidence indicates that a diet that positively impacts immune function contains adequate amounts of protein, particularly including glutamine, arginine and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs); high omega-3 versus lower saturated, trans fat, and omega-6 fatty acids, low refined sugars, high fiber content such as whole grains, and micronutrients including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc, selenium and iron, as well as phytochemicals” [30]. Table 2 in this reference provides many examples of foods rich in these desirable immune-strengthening factors.
Other favorable factors for enhancing immune system performance can be found in the following references [31-43].
Summary
To summarize, first, there is no unanimity within the medical community for continuing the severe restrictions on activities of the vast majority of the total population that are mainly applicable to the most vulnerable, very small minority of the total population. Second, repurposed (mainly) antiviral treatments can only be expected to have very limited results in controlling SARS-CoV-2 viral load of the most severely impacted, based on trials conducted so far. Third, it is difficult to see how safe COVID-19 vaccines can be developed and fully tested on time scales of one or two years, as proposed presently.
Fourth, the only real protection against a future COVID-19 pandemic or any other viral pandemic is the one that was demonstrated to work in the SARS, MERS, COVID-19 and annual influenza pandemics: a healthy immune system capable of neutralizing incoming viruses as nature intended. We need an Operation Warp Speed (currently working to produce a vaccine in a record short time period in the USA) to identify and eliminate those factors that weaken the immune system as thoroughly, comprehensively, and rapidly as possible!”
We have a follow-on paper that will crystallize this issue further.

John Stone

It is not a very brilliant observation by Demasi that that those with poorer diets will have less resistance than those with good diets, but this not something which is easy to fix at the diet level - there are cultural and financial reasons, and the timescale is wrong. Perhaps more to the point is that virtually all the vulnerable groups to Covid are deficient in Vitamin D which our governments either ignore or explore only in a tentative fashion, while Gates and the pharmaceutical industry exploit their bungling.

https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m2475/rapid-responses

https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m2684/rr-1

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