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What Is The Noom Diet? An RD Reviews How The Weight-Loss App Works – Women’s Health

Aug, 10th 2020 6:55 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Oh, to be a celebrityfame, fortune, and the ability to have personal trainers and nutritionists on speed dial when you want to lose a few pounds. For mere mortals, however, weight loss isn't quite so easy. (Actually, that's generouslosing weight is hard AF.)

That's where Noom comes into playa fitness and weight-loss program. But, uh, what exactly is it? And what makes Noom any different than any other weight-loss program or app out there? Here's my personal take on Noom, as a registered dietitian. The short version: I see real potential with the Noom weight-loss app, and a few cons for some groups of peopleso read on.

So, Noom claims to be the "last weight-loss program you'll ever need," according to its website. Its like having a trainer, nutritionist, and health coach all in one place (e.g., your phone).

Where Noom differs from other apps, however, is its focus on making behavioral changes surrounding dieting and weight loss.

The app will show you, for example, the best foods to eat (it rates them on a scale from green to yellow to red). While I typically dont like to label certain foods as red or badI do think Noom does a good job of not instilling fear around certain foods, rather taking an educational approach to help its users understand how to make balanced choices and why they recommend certain foods over the others. The app also prompts you to read tidbits on healthy habits and rate your motivationand will quiz you after.

The app may sound kind of tedious (who has time to read and take quizzes throughout the day?), but it could be the key to successful, sustained weight loss. The education elements that the app includes, like how it teaches you about calorie reduction and carbohydrate intake, as well as how to increase physical activity, is really helpful and crucial information if you want to lose weight in a sustainable way.

It also has the ability to provide support and feedback from others doing the programall 45 million of them. And it's not just message boards or automated blurbs: You can actually talk to others in a group chat in real time.

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(It should be noted, too, that Noom provides users with "health and wellness coaches" that are approved by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coachesthough that doesn't necessarily mean they are trained professionals like registered dietitians or certified trainers.)

You can also receive rewards when you change your behaviors, plus you have access to social supportand positive reinforcement and accountability coaching have both been show to help with long-term goal success.

When you first download the free app, Noom asks how much weight youd like to lose, how fast youd like to lose it (on a scale from tortoise to hare), plus your age, height, and current weightall pretty standard diet-tracking stuff.

From there, the app asks for permission to access your smartphone's Health app. It automatically logs your exercise, but asks you to log everything you eat during the day (the app has a database of foods to choose from). Noom actually takes those calories and subtracts them from a daily calorie goal (depending on those factors you shared with it earlier) to show you how many calories you have left in the day.

Noom also tracks your actual weight loss. You enter your weight each week, and the app make a graph of your progress.

If you want to shell out, though, Noom also has paid versions (it's about $59 a month, but you can buy multiple months at the same time for less money). In the paid version, you fill out a more detailed questionnaire about your lifestyle and health goals, plus what might be holding you back from achieving your weight-loss goals.

But it's not all questions: Noom's paid app also relies heavily on an education componenthelping you realize, for example, that your salad is less calorie-dense and more nutrient-dense, instead of just telling you salad is a healthy option.

Basically, it's a diet app that wants you to learn why you want to lose weight and how to do it, instead of just helping you blindly drop pounds.

So, Noom doesn't exactly give you a daily menu or have a specific food program that you follow. Instead, it asks you to input everything you eat in daily food logs, and it uses traffic light colors (red, green, yellow) to help you understand how healthy you're eating.

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Green foods, like fruits and veggies, are the least calorie-dense and contain the highest concentration of healthy nutrients. Yellow foods have more calories but arent necessarily bad for youthink: meat and dairy. Red foods, like processed foods and desserts, are the most calorie-dense, and the least nutrient-dense.

Red foods aren't off-limits; the app just aims to make you aware that they're high in calories and less filling, so you can be aware of what that means for staying within your daily calorie goal.

It's definitely possible, but it really comes down to whether you'll actually use it consistently (more on that in a minute).

FWIW, according to a 2016 study in the journal Scientific Reports, Noom can help with weight loss. Researchers analyzed data from 35,921 Noom app users over the course of about nine months and found that 77.9 percent reported they lost weight. One interesting tidbit: Those who neglected recording their dinner in the app lost less weight than those who recorded their dinner regularly.

So while the app can definitely help you lose weightyou have to actually use it, as I mentioned. If you really take advantage of the app daily and put in data that's honest and truthful, the Noom program should help you lose weight. In other words, listen to the experts and follow the plan and youll squash some goals.

The ideal user is probably someone with a busy lifestyle (hi, almost everyone on the planet!). And those who enjoy virtual support from like-minded peeps (shout-out to millennials) may also benefit.

Personally, I like that the app is realistic about long-term results and doesnt try to get its users to conform to a restrictive or fad-diet style of eating (e.g. keto, gluten free, raw, etc.).

Noom also helps users bring a sense of awareness to what theyre eating throughout the day. That's usually the first step to sustained weight lossfocusing on what youre eatingwithout judgement or without labeling your eating habits good or bad. Then, once you have a sense of awareness, you can tackle the reason you might be eating when youre not hungry, or why you turn to food out of stress, and then make any adjustments as needed.

If you have an underlying medical condition that prevents you from shedding weight, well, the app wont know thatand that might leave you frustrated.

I would suggest speaking with your doc before you try it (as you should before jumping into any weight-loss program). Then youll know if you have an issue like insulin resistance, thyroid problems, or hormone imbalances, and you can address those first.

Another thing: It's also pretty pricey, at just about $50 per monthwhich makes it a little less than the most expensive Weight Watchers plan, for comparison, but definitely more expensive than just counting calories on your own.

Remember it is what it says it is, a weight-loss app. Therefore if you have struggled with obsessing over your weight in the past or have a history of eating disorders or disordered eating habits, it may be best to stick with one on one coaching with a registered dietitian.

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Alsoobvious alertbut the app isnt going to head to the grocery store and cook for you (or drive you to the gym), so you have to take some initiative to actually follow through with the healthy habits suggested.

Mary Leuthauser, 30, previously told WH that Noom is what finally kickstarted her weight-loss journey, and she lost 40 pounds using the app. "It taught me how to eat again, as silly as that may sound." Leuthauser also explained that the program taught her how to choose foods that "fueled my body instead of just filled me up."

But she really stuck to the app and took advantage of all the educational resources. "Once I finished my course with Noom, all of the habits I learned actually stuck."

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Siani Peterson, a pediatric nurse in San Antonio, Texas, also uses Noom. She shared with WH: "Noom works for me because it holds me accountable. I use the app, which has a calorie tracker and a step tracker. Im able to enter in what I eat, and the food log is honestly 90 percent of why I have lost weight. I also like to see how active I am, and it also has a weight tracker that tells me how much progress Ive made."

Peterson, who lost 50 pounds in seven months with the app, also added that while you have to hold yourself accountable, Noom was a great additional tool. "I used Noom to take all the guesswork out of eating."

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In the App Store, you can find mostly 5-star Noom reviews, of the diet and the app itself, though a few users didn't think the diet was realistic at all, that the program wasn't worth the price, and that the app could be improved. Here are some honest reviews of the Noom program you might want to consider, pulled from the App Store:

"I was skeptical when I first started the trial. Roughly a month into this program, I have lost almost 10 pounds without much inconvenience. The things I mark it down for are a limited data base when you go to scan in a food to add it to your daily intake.

"I'd have to say that these people are on your case 24/7 to help keep you on track. You also have access to multiple other people who are doing this at the same time you are. I think the message board could be organized in a better fashion, to be more user-friendly and allow you to have access to multiple threads at once without being confused.

"All in all, I'm going to stick with this because it fits into my life at this time. It addresses psychological issues as to why people choose to eat what they eat, and why they overeat the wrong things. you are given the tools, should you choose to use them, to deal with these situations that affect those of us who have always had a complicated relationship with food."

"I've had good success with the program. It took twice as long as predicted, but then again I didn't try very hard. In fact, I feel like I did very little and it still worked! The group stuff is great, the goal specialist is ok so long as you keep your expectations in check. The content is excellent. It would be better slowed down and stretched out a bit, so it's easier to retain. The red, yellow, green ratio for foods doesn't quite work for vegetarians."

"I had really high hopes for this app! You start off with a 2,000 calories budget and then it drops lower and lower. I feel as if Noom wants me to starve myself. I work outside, I am constantly sweating and walking around. I'm going to eat, and I shouldn't have to feel bad about going over 1,300 calories while eating healthy foods.

"Second of all, they list some foods that are high in nutrition like almonds/peanut butter and oatmeal as 'red foods.' This makes me feel like I can't eat anything, I only have so much time to make something quick and healthy that will fill me up until lunchtime. Overall, I'm really not please with this app!"

"What I liked: the motivation to weigh in, the weight chart, most of the content, and the ability to log exercise. What I thought was pretty good: the calorie-logging function. I have nothing to compare it to short of reading labels and writing on paper, so I don't know how it compares in simplicity and accuracy with other apps that might be out there. I thought it was pretty easy.

"What I didn't use [or] find helpful: The weekly check-in from my goal specialist and the group coaching. Once a week I would get asked a generic question by my specialist. They only communicate with you once a week. Also, group coaching on an app is just not for me. I don't want to be looking at my phone all day and reading other people's responses and trying to figure out what to say back. That is way too time-consuming. So after the first introduction I never went back to the group. I didn't have too much weight to lose, I signed up to give me some accountability for what I was eating. It was eye-opening.

"I liked Noom for tracking what I ate and making me think differently. I did it for two months and it helped, I took off the few pounds I wanted to lose and have maintained within a couple pounds. I have to say, when following the program, I was almost always hungry! Losing weight is no joke."

I would really evaluate if youre ready to make that commitment before downloading it so you dont start, find you dont have the time, and feel like you've failed, when in fact, it just may not have been the right plan for you and your lifestyle.

Also, just know that different folks respond to plans differently. Some people like having a clear outline of what to eat and why, some people like working face to face with a coach, and some people like doing it all through the convenience of their phoneit really comes down to the individual.

The bottom line: An app isnt the only way to lose weight or build healthy eating habits, so know yourself and find a plan that works for you.

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What Is The Noom Diet? An RD Reviews How The Weight-Loss App Works - Women's Health

What Is The Keto Diet? A Beginner’s Guide To Keto Foods, Side Effects – Women’s Health

Aug, 10th 2020 6:55 pm, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

This article was reviewed by Jes Harvey, RD. Harvey is a registered dietitian specializing in the ketogenic diet for children and adults. She is a certified specialist in pediatric nutrition and educates children with epilepsy on the ketogenic diet as an anti-seizure medication. Harvey also manages a private nutrition practice consulting adults on the ketogenic way of eating.

There's no denying that the keto diet still reigns as one of the most popularand highly researcheddiets out there right now. In fact, keto was one of the top 10 diets listed as part of Googles 2019 Year in Search report. And per Reddit's 2019 Year in Review, keto was the most-discussed diet trend of last year, plus the r/keto sub-Reddit was the number-two overall fitness/wellness community in 2019 and saw a 65 percent increase in subscribers from last year. Wowza.

But there are two clear sides to the keto debate: There are folks who are alllll for the high-fat lifestyle and those who, well, absolutely aren't.

Jenna Jameson, for example, is clearly a proponentas is Mama June, Halle Berry, and Savannah Guthrie. Jenna, for example, credits the keto diet with her more than 80-pound postpartum weight loss, while Halle swears that it helps her maintain her health (she has type 2 diabetes).

Then there are the people who don't love the diet: Tamra Judge, who was on the keto diet for about a month, decided to quit, saying it "doesn't do anything" and noting that it made her feel sick (#ketofluproblems). And Jillian Michaels told WH last year that people should "avoid the keto dietcommon sense. A balanced diet is key."

Amidst all the positive and negative reviews, though, you may still be a little hazy on the details of the keto dietlike what it is, how it works, and exactly how much butter and cheese you get to eat. Don't worry, I got you.

Short for ketogenic diet, this eating plan is all about minimizing your carbs and upping your fats to get your body to use fat as a form of energy, says Scott Keatley, RD, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

While everyone's body and needs are slightly different, that typically translates to:

That usually means eating no more than 50 grams of carbs a day (some strict keto dieters even opt for just 20 grams a day).

After about two to seven days of following the keto diet, you go into something called ketosis, or the state your body enters when it doesn't have enough carbs for your cells to use for energy. That's when you start making ketones, or organic compounds that your bod then uses in place of those missing carbs. At this point, your body also starts burning fat for more energy, says Beth Warren, RD, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living A Real Life With Real Food.

Believe it or not, the keto diet was originally designed to help people who suffer from seizure disordersnot to help people lose weight, says New York-based RD Jessica Cording. That's because both ketones and another chemical produced by the diet, called beta hydroxybutyrate, may help minimize seizures.

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But people who started following the keto diet noticed weight loss for a few reasons: When you eat carbs, your body retains fluid in order to store carbs for energy (you know, in case it needs it). But when youre not having much in the carb department, you lose this water weight, says Warren. Also, it's easy to go overboard on carbohydratesbut if you're loading up on fat, it may help curb cravings since it keeps you satisfied.

That, plus the fact that ketosis encourages your body to burn fat, means you can end up with pretty dramatic weight loss.

While its easy to think that the keto diet is one-size fits all, there are actually several different types of keto diets, and they all have different benefits, depending on what your nutritional goals are.

They all have the same gistsuper low-carb, high-fatbut they each have their own set of unique guidelines, says Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD, CDN. Below are the four most common variations of the keto diet.

The cyclic keto diet is similar to standard keto, with the exception of one to two days per week, explains Rissetto. Five to six days per week, a cyclic keto dieter will eat according to standard keto guidelines. Then, for one or two days, they will have a carb cyclealso commonly known as a carb refeed day. On this day, they will eat about 140 to 160 grams of carbohydrates.

This type of keto diet is often followed by athletes, since they require a carb refeed day to replenish glycogen stores in their muscles. High levels of athletic training drains nearly all glycogen from their muscle stores, so its necessary to replenish them, says Rissetto.

Its important to note, though, even if you choose to do this diet, that doesnt mean your days off should involve tons of processed foods and desserts. Instead, look to whole grains, starchy vegetables, and fruits for your carb intake.

On this diet, you follow all the guidelines of the standard keto diet, with one exceptionbefore intense workouts, you eat carbohydrates, explains Rissetto. Typically, targeted keto dieters will consume anywhere from 25 to 50 grams of carbohydrates about 30 minutes to an hour prior to working out. Dieters often find that this helps them feel stronger and more capable during workouts.

While this does take the body out of ketosis temporarily, it will resume within a few hours, depending on how many carbs you consumed. Essentially, the theory behind this diet is that since the additional carbs are immediately burned off, they wont get stored as body fat.

The vegan keto diet is for individuals who want to follow a high-fat, low-carb diet, but do not consume animal products, says Rissetto. This can be difficult to achieve, as many keto dieters rely on animal products for a large portion of their diet.

Common protein sources for vegan keto dieters include tofu, tempeh, nuts and nut butters, and beans and legumes in moderate amounts.

Though challenging, a vegan keto diet isnt impossibleit just takes a lot of advance planning.

When something is popular, its pretty much a guarantee that people are going to come up with new or easier ways of doing it. Enter the lazy keto and dirty keto diets. With lazy keto, people try to limit their carb intake to 20 to 50 grams a day but dont really track it; with dirty keto, people generally follow the same macronutrient breakdown as "regular" keto, but it doesn't matter where those macronutrients come from.

Keatley has somethoughts about those. Dirty keto is a waste of your time since good habits have not been developed and it is simply too easy to fall back into a high-calorie diet, he says. If youre trying to do a lazy keto diet, he recommends following the USDAs MyPlate instead and monitoring your meals based on proportions vs. macros. Its easier, more flexible, and has shown, when combined with moderate exercise, to be effective over the long term, he says.

Youve probably noticed that plenty of people rave about combining keto with fasting diets. Just in case youre not familiar with intermittent fasting, heres a quick primer: Intermittent fasting centers around a pattern of eating and fasting periods, i.e., times when you dont eat.

This can look different for everybody, but some popular forms of this are the 16:8 diet, where you fast for 16 hours (usually from dinnertime until a late breakfast) and eat all your food within an eight-hour span. Another is the 5:2 diet, where you eat less than 500 calories for two non-consecutive days a week and then eat normally for the rest of the week.

Plenty of people claim that doing keto along with intermittent fasting is awesome for weight loss, but its likely any results youd see with this would be short-lived. Meaning, when you start eating regularly again, youll probably gain the weight back.

Combining a super restrictive diet with long periods of non-eating is not good, says Keatley. The body will cannibalize its own muscle for energy if intake from food is too low but the body does not differentiate between something like a calf muscle or a heart muscle. Keep in mind all your important organs are made of smooth muscle and going on a diet like this may harm something like your bladder or lungs just as much as provide fat loss.

The science thus far on IF has been pretty clear that weight loss from intermittent fasting is due to calorie restriction, Keatley points out. And, research has shown, just eating less, or healthier in general, usually does the same thing.

You are literally starving on an intermittent fasting diet, Keatley says. Methods such as this are attractive as weight loss can go from one pound a week to four pounds, but this is mostly lean muscle which is essential to healthy functioning as you age and is very hard to get back once it is gone, he adds. Soits not really recommended that you try this unless you hash it out with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure it's a fit for you and your lifestyle.

Okay, so while there are different versions of keto, let's say you're thinking of following the standard keto diet, for the sake of convenience. Just because you're not eating all your fave carb-y foods, that doesn't mean you're going to go hungry. You'll be loading up on healthy fats (like olive oil and avocado), along with plenty of lean protein like grass-fed beef and chicken, and leafy greens or other non-starchy veggies. (Check out this printable keto diet grocery list, plus this additional comprehensive list of keto foods recommended by nutritionists, to get started.)

More good news: Snacks are totally allowed (and I'm not just talking about carrot sticks). There are plenty of packaged options out there designed for keto fans. FATBAR is one of them. These snack bars have 200 calories, 16 grams of fat, and four grams of net carbs. They're also plant-based and are made with almond or cashew butter, cocoa butter, coconut, pea protein, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds.

For coffee drinkers mourning the loss of their vanilla lattes, Bulletproof coffee's an option. This is your standard coffee but with grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil added to help give you a boost of healthy fats in the A.M.

If you're looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, keto fat bombs have a solid following. As the name implies, these are little snacks that are high in fat and low in carbs, so you can be on-point with your diet, even when you indulge.

And if you can't survive without your pasta, there are plenty of products out there like Explore Cuisine's organic black bean spaghetti that give you the pasta experience without the carbs. There are also tons of keto-friendly restaurantslike Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Texas Roadhousethat can allow you to treat yourself to a night out without coming out of ketosis.

Because you'll be focusing on fat and proteinand going easy on the carbsbig bowls of pasta (or any grain, really) definitely won't be on your menu. It also means that starchy vegetables like potatoes and carrots, as well as legumes like chickpeas, lentils, and black beans are off-limits, too.

Another thing you can't have: sweetsartificial or natural. Candy, cakes, and doughnuts are a no; and even many fruits aren't allowed (apples, bananas, pearsthey all have tons of sugar, which is definitely a carb).

Alcohol's another grey area on the keto dietmany beers and sugary cocktails are banned on the keto diet, as well as some sweeter wines.

Note: Because you'll be excluding some major food groups on the keto diet (grains, many fruits) you should definitely think about taking a multivitaminespecially one that contains folic acid, which helps your body make new cells and is often found in enriched breads, cereals, and other grain products, says Julie Upton, RD, cofounder of nutrition website Appetite for Health.

Tbh, a lot of keto meals sound pretty decadent and delicious, and it's easy to see how they could be super filling. Below, check out a weeks worth of meal options that all adhere to the standard keto diet guidelines, going low on the carbs, and heavy on fat and protein.

Green omeletteKeto biscuits with gravyKeto banana muffinsGo green smoothieHam and cheese breakfast boatsBaked egg avocado boatsKeto quiche

Avocado chicken saladEasy broccoli cheddar soupMason jar Greek salad with chickenShrimp salsa verde salad boatsChicken pesto tomato bitesGarlic herb grilled chicken breastEgg roll in a bowl

Keto cauliflower rice with chickenTuscan butter shrimpGarlic rosemary pork chopsTaco stuffed peppersKeto spinach artichoke chicken casseroleBroiled salmonPhilly cheesesteak stuffed portobello mushrooms

It usually takes three to four days for your body to go into ketosis because you have to use up your body's stores of glucose, i.e., sugar first, Keatley says. Any major diet change can give you some, uh, issues, and Keatley says he often sees patients who complain of IBS-like symptoms and feeling wiped out at the beginning of the diet. (The tiredness happens because you have less access to carbs, which give you quick energy, he explains.)

Those issues can be part of what's known as the keto flu, Warren says. Other side effects of the keto diet, all of which are tied to carb withdrawal, can include lightheadedness, nausea, mental fog, cramps, and headaches, in addition to tiredness. Luckily, the keto flu doesn't usually last more than a weekwhich is coincidentally about when people start to see the number on the scale go down, says Warren.

Aside from the typical keto flu complaints, diarrhea and "keto breath" are also common keto diet side effects.

While, yes, diarrhea can be another symptom of the keto flu, it may also be linked to how your body processes fat, specifically (and, as you know, the keto diet is full of fat). The reason: Some people simply don't digest fat as well as they should, Barbie Boules, RDN, previously told WH.

Keto breath, on the other hand, is less of a side-effect and more of a harmless inconvenience (your breath literally smells like nail polish remover). Basically, when your body breaks down all that extra fat on the keto diet, it produces ketonesone of which is the chemical acetone, Keatley previously told WH. (Yes, the same stuff that's in nail polish remover.)

Your body then gets rid of those chemicals through urination, defecation, and, yes, breathing. Keto breath should go away once your body acclimates to the dietin the meantime, pay special attention to your oral hygiene, said Keatley.

As mentioned, there are a few reasons why the keto diet usually equals weight-loss gold, says Keatley. For starters, people usually reduce their daily caloric intake to about 1,500 calories a day because healthy fats and lean proteins make you feel fuller soonerand for a longer period of time. And then theres the fact that it takes more energy to process and burn fat and protein than carbs, so you're burning slightly more calories than you did before. Over time, this can lead to weight loss.

Everyone is different, and how much you weigh when you start the diet matters, but you could safely lose around one to two pounds a week on keto, Keatley says. "It's sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the individual's caloric needs," he adds.

Worth noting: The keto diet isnt a miracle fat burner, says Keatley. The calories in fat are still calories, so working out and keeping total intake at a reasonable level is the only way it works, he says. Being on a keto diet but eating more calories than you need will still add fat to your frame.

Some keto devotees swear the keto diet offers multiple health benefitsfrom curing acne to improving the risk factors of heart diseasebut a lot of these claims are unproven, have weak science behind them, or are purely anecdotal, says Sonya Angelone, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Heres what we do know: The keto diet may be useful in treating symptoms of epilepsy, a seizure disorder. The use of keto in treating epilepsy has the most evidence, Angelone says. One study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine, for example, followed epileptic patients on the keto diet and found that 36 percent of them had a 50 percent reduction in seizures after three months on the diet, and 16 percent were seizure-free. However, experts aren't entirely sure why the keto diet has this affect, she adds.

Theres also some evidence that it might help with type 2 diabetes. An emerging body of research is finding that a keto plan may have some real benefits thanks to its ability to improve the bodys ability to use insulin and also help control appetite, which can result in easier weight loss, says Karen Ansel, RDN, co-author of Healthy in a Hurry. If you have diabetes, you'll want to check with your doc before starting a new diet, though.

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Beyond that, experts aren't convinced that the keto diet has any other scientifically proven health benefits. In fact, it may have some distinct downsides. If you follow the keto diet incorrectly, for example (like by eating lots of saturated fats, versus healthy unsaturated fats), you're at risk of raising your cholesterol levels.

The best strategy to keep your heart healthy is to get as much fat as possible from unsaturated sources such as olive, avocado and canola oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, and olives," says Ansel. For some people, it's possible to actually improve cholesterol if the fats in their diet are from varied and healthy sources, says Harvey.

Also, keep this in mind: This diet is not going to support good bones, a healthy brain, heart, colon, or gut microbiome," says Angelone, and it could lead to plaque in the arteries (which could cause a heart attack or stroke) later on.

The keto diet is not easyor necessarily healthyto follow over a long period of time (certain types of carbs are good for you!), say both Keatley and Warren.

Rissetto also cautions that several populations may not be suitable for the keto diet. The ketogenic diet is not appropriate for people with any stage of pre-existing kidney or liver disease, she stresses. The higher protein intake that is typical of the ketogenic diet can put a great deal of added stress on the kidneys. The emphasis on high-fat foods can potentially lead to, or exacerbate, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

You also shouldnt be on the diet if youre pregnant: Fetal growth depends heavily on glucose from carbohydrates, says Rissetto. So, a diet low in carbs will impact the growth of the baby.

It's also not advised that people with digestive disorders follow a ketogenic diet, says Rissetto. Fiber is an extremely important nutrient for digestive health, and it is common for keto dieters to under-consume this nutrient. Since whole grains and fibrous carb sources are omitted, its difficult to get the daily recommended amount25 to 35 gramsof fiber from non-starchy vegetables alone, as you'd have to consume a very large amount of them.

If you don't fall into any of those groups and youre interested in following keto for a short period of time, Cording says its important to set yourself up for success by making sure you have the right ingredients and tools to make it happen.

Good news for keto beginners: Because it's popular AF right now, there are tons of ways to get started.

21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge

Lots of apps and websites offer keto diet challengesbasically, a blueprint for the keto diet with a fixed starting and ending point (they typically last for a week to a month, though some may be longer). Speaking of apps, plenty of keto-centric ones are right at your fingertips (a.k.a., your smartphone), like the KetoDiet app, which can help you calculate your macros and track your keto diet effectively.

If you're looking for more of a DIY keto approach, there are recipes and cookbooks galore on the keto dietwhether you want to make keto recipes in your Instant Pot, or you're looking for more general recipes, snack options, or keto breakfasts that make waking up easier.

If you're interested in following the keto diet for medical reasons, Harvey recommends talking with a dietician about the best way to get started, and to continue being monitored by a professional.

The bottom line: Overall, if you want to go ahead and try the keto diet on for sizejust remember that it's not necessarily a diet you can or should stay on forever.

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Here’s what it’ll take to get a COVID-19 vaccine and how it’ll be made – MSN Money

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Novel coronavirus is likely going to be with us until a vaccine is developed. We know that COVID-19 attaches to your cells through your mouth and nose and works its way into your lungs where it can spread to other parts of your body. How do we stop it from doing that? With a vaccine. So what does it take to create one?

"A vaccine is a way for your immune system to identify a foreign invader and prepare for an attack even before you have an infection," said ABC7 News special correspondent Dr. Alok Patel.

A vaccine can stop a virus in its tracks, keeping you from getting sick.

"What scientists around the world are trying to do is create a vaccine that is going to teach your immune system what this coronavirus looks like so you are protected from a future infection," said Dr. Patel.

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Vaccines are actually made from part of a bacteria or virus that have lost their ability to replicate and infect a person.

"This could be the outer shell of a bacteria of virus, it could be genetic material, it could even be a weakened version of it," said Dr. Patel.

That weakened version of the coronavirus can be injected into the body and recognized as a foreign invader, called an antigen. That antigen would then let your body know to protect it from the virus.

"What this is basically going to do, is give your immune system an idea of what the virus or bacteria look like," said Dr. Patel.

Before the first person is ever injected with a vaccine, it has to be proven in a lab first.

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"Once they have that part down, and there's an idea that this type of vaccine could work, they then move on to phase one clinical trials," said Dr. Patel.

"Now phase one is going to use a very small amount of healthy adults, and make sure that the vaccine has no adverse side effects," said Dr. Patel. "You have to make sure that the vaccine is safe."

Phase two, would be to test the vaccine on hundreds of people.

At this point, researchers are looking at what the right dose is, and looking at how to scale up production of the vaccine to treat millions of people.

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In phase three, thousands of people would be involved in testing to make sure that vaccine is safe and works.

"Now this entire process, you guessed it, can take a couple of years," said Dr. Patel. "This is why, because after phase 3, all this work that these scientists have been doing gets reviewed by both the FDA and CDC."

The whole process typically takes 10 to 15 years before a vaccine can be licensed for use.

"So a lot of people now are saying, 'Whoa, 10 to 15 years that's a really long time,'" said Dr. Patel. "But everything changes when we are accelerating development because we are using previous research, and a lot more collaboration and a lot more funding. Which is why we are hopeful we could see a COVID-19 vaccine within 12 to 18 months."

With dozens of companies already testing out vaccines globally, researchers are hopeful the coronavirus may soon go the way of smallpox, malaria, and polio, and be part of "our" past.

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Adrenomyeloneuropathy Treatment Market Short Term and Long-Term Impact of Covid-19 On The Market-2020-2030 – Owned

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Mesenchymal Stem Cells Market is Awaited to Grow at a high CAGR over the forecast period 2020 and 2026 – 3rd Watch News

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Global Anti-Senescence Therapy Market 2020 Business Strategies, Product Sales and Growth Rate, Assessment to 2025 – 3rd Watch News

Jul, 9th 2020 10:45 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

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The global Anti-Senescence Therapy market was valued at $XX million in 2019, and MAResearch analysts predict the global market size will reach $XX million by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2019 and 2026.

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According to Research, the global Anti-Senescence Therapy market was valued at USD xxx million in 2019, and it is expected to reach a value of USD xxx million by 2026, at a CAGR of xx% over the forecast period 2021-2026. Correspondingly, the forecast analysis of Anti-Senescence Therapy industry comprises of Asia, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, Europe, with the sales and revenue data in each of the sub-segments.

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Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)

North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)

Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)

South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia)

Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Global Anti-Senescence Therapy market competition by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer, the top players including

Unity Biotechnology

Siwa Therapeutics

Calico LLC

AgeX Therapeutics

Numeric Biotech

Human Longevity

Cleara Biotech


Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Sierra Sciences

Proteostasis Therapeutics

Senolytic Therapeutics


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Gene Therapy



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Cardiovascular Diseases

Neural Degenerative Diseases

Ophthalmology Disorders


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Savannah Chrisley Bears Striking Resemblance to Father Todd in a New Barefaced Selfie – AmoMama

Jul, 9th 2020 10:44 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

TV personality Savannah Chrisley recently took to her Instagram page to share a post-workout selfie. In the picture, Savannah is the spitting image of her father, Todd.

Reality TV Star Savannah Chrisley keeps her stunning physique through an active workout routine, and despite the lockdown, the former beauty queen has kept up with her gym sessions.

Yesterday, July 6, Savannah posted an after-workout selfie on her Instagram page. The image has already attracted several reactions, with many of her fans impressed with her toned body.

In the picture, the 22-year-old TV star can be seen in the driver's seat with a marginal smile. She is wearing a black sports bra, which she pairs with a black face cap and a gold necklace. The "Chrisley Knows Best" star shared the photo accompanied by thecaption,

"Sweat and smile through it!"

Over the last few years, fans of the reality TV star have grown accustomed to herintense workout routines. In 2018, after returning from a vacation with her boyfriend NHL star Nic Kerdiles, Savannah hit the "training camp."

The blonde bombshell took to her Instagram to share a video of herself during an exhilarating gym session. In the video, she can be seen pushing a sled with some weights all over a mat.

Savannah has not always had a toned body and abs. The stunning blonde model had always struggled with her constantly fluctuating weight during her early years.

Savannah's constant body change caused her to be overly conscious about her physique, and in 2019, sheteamed upwith South Beach Diet in a bid to finally strike a balance. While speaking on her weight loss journey, shesaid:

"Being on TV since I was 15, you have all these people on the outside, giving you their opinions on what they think you look like or you need to eat..."

Savannah also revealed that while she was into pageantry, she employed some very unhealthy tactics to keep the scales down. She immediately gained weight when she stopped, and she felt a growing discontent.

The "South Beach Diet" ultimately helped her to be confident in herself by teaching her to cultivate a healthy lifestyle and dietary plan, which has resulted in excellent results.

Earlier in the year, while flaunting her toned body in a black swimsuit, Savannah explained that her new regimen has helped her seize control and progressively move towards her fitness goal.

Savannah Chrisley is very proud of what she has been able to achieve with her new plan, and you can catch her all-year-round, showing off her impressive body in her beautiful collection of swimsuits.

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A Pebble Beach family is determined to develop a project on the Pajaro River, despite opposition from voters. – Monterey County Weekly

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HERMAN GARCIA IS AN UNLIKELY ENVIRONMENTAL HERO.He grew up in Gilroy, hunting and fishing and playing in local rivers and streams for recreation, but the natural world grew distant for him during a 33-year career as a professional poker player. At 72, he is proud of his still-black hair and says he stays young thanks to a diet of mostly burgers and burritos (he doesnt cook).

He was competitive and athletic as a kid, then eventually turned that physical energy toward fighting. But he decided to fight on behalf of the state, stepping in to make over 2,000 citizens arrests and participating as a volunteer in drug busts.

In his gambling years, Garcia played under the moniker The California Kid, specializing in California stud poker a game upheld as legal by the California Supreme Court in 1962, thanks to Garcias dad, also a poker pro. He dropped out of Gavilan College to go into the family business, working at Garcias Club and pursuing a gambling career because he was enticed by the money.

They used to say at the poker table, if he cant beat you with his chips, hell beat you with his lips, Garcia says.

Hes still talkative, with a remarkable recall for details, rattling off dates and numbers easily. Some are from his earlier life. In making all those arrests, Garcia says he was shot twice, stabbed 24 times and got 17 concussions. (All of those concussions left him with positional vertigo, a neurological disability, so he avoids looking up or down quickly, as well as traveling by boats, planes and elevators. He views the world from straight on, like a giant flat-screen TV.)

Garcia knows his past sounds fantastical, so he keeps a binder of records and news clippings to prove it for example, a letter dated April 2, 1990 from President George H.W. Bush commending him for his crime-fighting efforts.

The more relevant numbers Garcia rattles off today have to do with cleaning up the Pajaro River watershed (1,300 square miles, 1,800 miles of streams, four subbasins, hell tell you) and steelhead restoration. On that topic, he also has fish counts off the top of his head for how many steelhead he rescued year over year in Uvas Creek, also in the watershed, reflecting 200-fold growth: 120 in 2006, followed 1,482 in 2007 then 23,512 in 2008.

In 2006, the Pajaro River was number one on nonprofit American Rivers annual list of the most endangered rivers. The Pajaro is designated as impaired under state clean water standards, and contributes the worst quality water of any river to the Monterey Bay [National Marine] Sanctuary, according to the report.

Now were on nobodys list, Garcia says. We reclaimed it.

A nonprofit called CHEER Coastal Habitat Education and Environmental Restoration became Garcias retirement project. He put down the cards and returned to Gilroy in 2001, and invested roughly $80,000 to get the organization started. It remains small; its most recent Form 990s, filed with the IRS by nonprofits in lieu of tax returns, show just $53,000 in annual revenue.

Suddenly, Garcia and his small nonprofit are at the center of a controversial and litigious battle for the future of the Highway 101 corridor in San Benito County, at a 112-acre property off Betabel Road along the confluence of the San Benito and Pajaro rivers.

He is also a supporter of a Pebble Beach family that wants to develop a shopping center and visitor center at the property, becoming the de facto spokesperson for their environmental bonafides, despite opposition from a local nonprofit group, and a pending lawsuit.

Herman Garcia has spent a year-and-a-half cleaning up the Betabel Road property. He travels with documents detailing his river cleanup efforts, which he says are inspired by his childhood in Gilroy: All we did as kids was go to the creek.

FOR THAT PEBBLE BEACH FAMILY, the story of the Betabel Road Project is tied to tragedy.

The eldest of Rider and Tori McDowells three sons, Errol, was 18 when he died in 2018 after a six-year battle with medulloblastoma, a pediatric brain cancer.

They talk about their late son largely in the context of music and art, describing him as a renaissance man with a spirited personality. He was larger than life, Tori says. He was like a lawyer, always negotiating.

He stayed positive through those six years, attending school when he could at All Saints Day School and then Carmel High, in between treatments including clinical trials, many of which came with nasty side effects. He was so courageous, Tori says. He underwent so many procedures, because he knew it might help other kids.

One clinical trial left him with hearing loss, particularly painful for a musician. He was a genius on piano, Rider adds.

The McDowells Pebble Beach home is full of artwork, with a nautical theme in the living room and portraits in the dining rooms, including one piece by Riders father, artist Sam McDowell, depicting Errol playing piano.

Theres also a rustic farm vibe, with a horse pasture out front and a chicken coop. They also have a farm in New Jersey, where Rider grew up. During shelter-in-place, theyve been home in Pebble Beach a lot, cooking with their 12-year-old twins, but plan to make a road trip to the East Coast farm this summer.

The McDowells have been remarkably successful in business. In the 1990s, Tori invented Airborne, an effervescent immune supplement. At the time, she was teaching second grade in Spreckels, and looking for a way to beat the constant colds; the product took off as the first of its kind to be successfully marketed mainstream, rather than just in health food stores. (In 2008, Airborne agreed to pay $23.3 million to consumers in a class-action settlement over claims of false advertising. The next year, the McDowells sold the company to New York-based private equity firm GF Capital Management and Advisors, LLC, for an undisclosed price, and the company was sold again in 2012 for $1.4 billion.)

Today, theyre kind of retired, Rider says, though he writes films and plays, and Tori has created a new immune supplement, called Victorias Family Formula with ingredients like garlic and oregano.

The McDowells also own Pine Brothers, a gummy throat drop product that originated in 1870 in Philadelphia. A few billboards along Highway 101 in Monterey and San Benito counties promote Pine Brothers drops, and the Betabel Road shopping center, naturally, would sell them.

Rider and Tori McDowell with Gritz, their adopted shepherd mix, were hopeful when their son Errols (right) brain cancer went into remission three times. We had hope, then no hope, then hopethen it got dashed, Rider says.

THE MCDOWELLS MADE NATIONAL NEWSwhen, in 2017, they offered $10 million to anyone who could procure what they believed would be a life-saving (but rare) drug for their son.

Errol himself started a nonprofit, Cancer-A-Go-Go, with the goal of raising $1 from every American, hoping to amass some $325 million to fund 28 pediatric cancer therapies. The McDowell Charitable Trust continues funding cancer research, and was one of the two dozen funders behind a promising breakthrough announced on May 18, when researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute published their findings inNature Neuroscience. They discovered that combining immunotherapy with a drug called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) eradicated a deadly type of pediatric brain tumor in mice, working to remove a so-called invisibility cloak and enable the immune system to recognize cancer cells.

The thing that killed our son we have on the ropes now, which is bittersweet, Rider says.

During Errols years of treatment, theyd drive back and forth to UC San Francisco along Highway 101. There was a junkyard next to Betabel Road in San Benito County, a spot that Errol envisioned buying and turning into something, Rider says. The familys McDowell Charitable Trust acquired the property before Errol died, but a development there is still in contention.

As if to prove Errols affection for the all-American road trip and roadside attractions, Rider pulls a half-dozen books on the topic off a shelf about Americana. Errol and I would dream up a road trip highway project, he says. It would inspire him to think about going to weird-ass places.

We have no interest in being developers he identified the spot, while we went up and down the highway twice a week. We are just trying to make Errols life matter.

To that end, the profits from the Betabel Road Project would go to the trust, which would then fund cancer research, like the findings in theNature Neurosciencepaper. In the McDowells telling, the Betabel Road Project would also be a living monument to Errol.

It would also permanently change the look and feel of the Highway 101 corridor in ways that some San Benito County activists oppose and that San Benito County voters already rejected. Despite that, Rider McDowell is determined to see his project through: Thisll fly, because Ill never give up.

IN SEPTEMBER OF 2019, THE SAN BENITO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSvoted unanimously to rezone four swaths of property, called nodes, to allow commercial development, in alignment with what was in their general plan, which designated 16 total commercial nodes. The county ordinance would have rezoned each of four nodes on Highway 101, up to 120 acres in total, to be developed with up to 100,000 square feet of commercial space, up to 125 hotel rooms and 30 residential units. Each node would have an established theme that would drive that nodes visual character and promote an aspect of the countys history or economy, according to an initial study prepared for the county in 2019. (For Betabel, it would be a mid-century roadside theme.)

The four property owners hired attorney Dan DeVries to advocate for rezoning to make their agricultural properties align with the countys general plan; DeVries was a planning commissioner in 2015 when that plan was approved, and he sees the zoning as a simple update to match that planning document.

San Benito County is hungry for economic development, especially coming out of Covid-19, DeVries says. We want a brighter future, not a bleaker one.

But a group of San Benito County residents saw a transformation of their rural county with sprawling growth and a series of schlocky developments, says Andy Hsia-Coron.

Hsia-Coron has lived in Aromas since 1986, and has long been a champion of progressive causes. A former teacher at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, he became an advocate for prison reform, and helped free a man wrongfully convicted of murder. He volunteered politically for progressives like John Laird and Bernie Sanders. And he became a successful organizer: In 2014, he helped lead the charge onMeasure J, San Benito Countys fracking ban the first of its kind in California and then got involved as a lead on neighboringMonterey Countys Measure Z, a fracking ban that passed in 2018.

When the San Benito County supervisors voted to rezone the four nodes, Hsia-Coron rallied neighbors to form nonprofit Preserve Our Rural Communities (PORC). The group is now working on an urban growth boundary for the city of Hollister and a policy that would make rezoning subject to voter approval.

But their most urgent initiative was to overturn the countys rezoning ordinance. In the March 3, 2020 election, they succeeded by voting downMeasure Kwith 60 percent of the vote.

With their grand rezoning plan sunk by a referendum, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors decided instead to take a more piecemeal approach. On April 7, they voted to rezone just one of the four nodes the Betabel Road property. (DeVries continues working with the other three property owners on alternative paths forward.)

PORC members wouldve again gone out to gather signatures in an effort to overturn the rezoning, but the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to go door-to-door. So the group sued the McDowells and San Benito County, asking a judge to block the zoning change, and for a temporary injunction to give them more time to collect signatures.

That temporary order was granted, but a judge then gave PORC 30 days to gather signatures starting on June 6, based on modified county health orders. Hsia-Coron says the pandemic still made it unsafe for volunteers, and well before their deadline of July 6 to submit 2,010 valid signatures for a referendum, theyd stopped with just a couple hundred.

Instead, the group hopes the other claim in their lawsuit stops the project.

Their claim is that because voters already sank the four-node rezoning plan with Measure K, the Betabel rezoning is a violation of election law. A court hearing is expected within a couple of months.

Hsia-Coron believes McDowell is leading the supervisors down an unwise path, promising growth. Hes a con man, Hsia-Coron says. Hes making San Benito County his next B-movie. Hes recruited actors our county supervisors and given them scripts that are just ridiculous.

Herman Garcia and CHEER volunteers removed thousands of pounds of trash from the river banks and the floodplain where the San Benito flows into the Pajaro River on the Betabel Road property, including more than 100 tires, two destroyed RVs, and electronics and home furnishings.

ON A RECENT THURSDAY MORNING,Herman Garcias truck is filled to the brim with junk a box spring, a grill, a tray of paint cans, a wooden table that he gathered from the side of the road the night before. Someone called him around 7pm to report the dumping in progress, and he rolled up to load it all. The truck was empty, so I scooted right over, he says. If I dont respond to the hot spots, its like graffiti.

Before the Betabel Road Project advanced very far, Garcia was the guy everyone wanted on their side. Both the developer and representatives of PORC asked him to join them long ago.

Garcia says members of PORC approached him at a political fundraiser for Assemblymember Robert Rivas, D-Hollister, and asked him to join them in opposition to the project.

He said he didnt have an opinion either way, that he didnt have enough information and there was no environmental impact report spelling out details.

He also remembers getting a call in early 2019 from McDowell inviting him to the property, followed immediately by a call from DeVries. He met them onsite and they asked for his support on the project. I said, I cant support you, I cant oppose you, because you have nothing to show me no architectural drawings, no soil samples, no EIR, Garcia recalls. Then Rider says, What can I do for you right now? I said, Well, Id really like access. Rider says, Sure, heres the combination.

Thus began a relationship between McDowell and Garcia, and between Garcia and the river.

Garcia started walking the property the next day, discovering tons of trash along the banks. What I discovered was just a nightmare, Garcia says. I told Rider, You bought a landfill, dude.

The McDowells trust and Graniterock chipped in to buy CHEER, Garcias nonprofit, a lift loader valued at more than $10,000; Garcia proceeded to haul tons of garbage from the lower half-mile of the San Benito River, where it runs into the Pajaro River on the Betabel Road property.

Theres still no EIR instead, the San Benito County Planning Department prepared supplemental documents to describe the effects of rezoning and project details remain conceptual for the Betabel Road Project. In a town hall meeting via Zoom on June 25, McDowell detailed a few components, including a visitor center shaped like a giant watering can. Thered be a restaurant, a market, a fruit stand, a gas station and a river walk. Its only nine acres out of 120, and its pretty and unobtrusive, McDowell says.

Garcia decided he didnt need an EIR to throw his support behind the project. Thanks to Rider McDowells support, he says hes been able to access the property and clean it up to the point that steelhead trout were seen in the San Benito River in May, for what he believes is the first time in over 50 years.

Garcia went back twice with a videographer after he first saw what he was sure were steelhead, to capture footage to share with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And sure enough, NOAA Fisheries biologist Joel Casagrande says they are juvenile steelhead, though he says its not clear this is a return one benefit of a group like CHEER is that volunteers are out monitoring in places government agencies dont regularly see but says its definitely good news. To find theyre using any part of the San Benito system is important, and its reassuring to know not all is lost, Casagrande says.

Garcia is dismissive of PORC and its members.Theyre not environmentalists, theyre just activists, Garcia says. Our success is that were the boots on the ground. Were the witness to the murder going on in our watershed, and were the ones out here doing the hard work.

ITS EASY TO SEEhow the property was recently a junkyard. Other than the locked chain-link fence and a billboard for Pine Brothers throat drops, theres nothing to see; the only stop off the highway exit is an RV park.

But the Betabel Road property is Steinbeck-country pretty. On a recent day, a couple of deer graze in a meadow just above the river. The confluence of the San Benito and Pajaro rivers is a thick forest of willows with fluffy pollen floating on the breeze and catching the light. The Pajaro River is deep and murky here, but the San Benito River runs clear, and a few three-inch fish, probably California suckers, swim in a shallow pool.

There are also bigger animals that inhabit this wildlife corridor, where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the Gabilan Mountains. In February, the Land Trust for Santa Cruz County acquired nearby Rocks Ranch, a 2,640-acre property south of Highway 101 that straddles Monterey and San Benito counties. In a 2019 study on the potential acquisition of that property, consultant Jodi McGraw wrote about the connectivity of that area, calling it a critical landscape linkage. (The Bingaman family, which owned Rocks Ranch for more than 70 years, sold most of it to the land trust, and kept a remaining 60 acres along the highway that had been zoned for development as a node with the theme of an old California village or small town, a designation which was then overturned by Measure K.)

To Garcia, the presence of steelhead here is a divine sign that McDowells project is meant to be. Its also a sign that Garcias hard work has made this old junkyard into something worth saving: We transformed it from a dead ecosystem, he says.

Without the signatures for a referendum, McDowell says hell submit building plans to the San Benito County Building Department: Now we move forward with our project.

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What if LeBron had dumped The Decision and joined the Bulls? – Yahoo Lifestyle

Jul, 9th 2020 10:44 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

LeBron Raymone James is my favorite basketball player of all time.

I speak in hyperbole a lot, but this isnt hyperbole. This is just a fact. There isnt an athlete who has ever done athlete things that Ive enjoyed watching more than him. I have argued with strangers online for years over his greatness. And even I, a LeBron stan, will admit that The Decision was, in fact, a bad decision.

Im not referring to him going to Miami the Heatles were a blast. Im referring to the production itself. It was unnecessarily drawn out and awkward, LeBron seemed uncomfortable and underprepared, and it came across as insensitive to drop that bomb on your home team while the entire universe watched him announce he would be taking his talents to South Beach.

So, on The Decisions 10-year anniversary, we want to rewind to the summer of 2010 and give everyone a chance to see what could have happened if LeBron had not only made a better decision about airing The Decision, but changed his decision entirely.

That summer LeBron took meetings with six teams; the clubs believed to have had a real shot outside of Miami were the Knicks, Cavs and Bulls. LeBron wanted to go somewhere he could win. The other two contenders were reportedly the Clippers and Nets, but if you added both of their rosters together you wouldnt have a playoff team. They were lucky to get in the room.

The Knicks were coached by Mike DAntoni and had the necessary cap space, but they won only 29 games the year before cute but not quite enough. LeBron had already given Cleveland the first seven years of his career with limited postseason success, so it was time to make a change.

That leaves us with the Bulls. Chicago had a squad with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and cap space to grab another star. Chicago was historically one of the best basketball cities in the country, and its the third-largest media market. In this scenario, LeBron decides to go to the Bulls and persuades his BFF Dwyane Wade to join him. He also decides to veto The Decision idea after having a prescient nightmare about the aftermath. So, he assembles a championship-ready team in the Windy City, but what happens to Chris Bosh?

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In real life, LeBron, Wade and Bosh vowed during the 2008 Olympics to make a joint decision regarding 2010 NBA free agency. In our alternative timeline, this pact is broken, and Bosh is pissed. Hes tired of paying the exorbitant taxes that come with playing in the NBAs lone Canadian outpost, and this was supposed to be his chance to win big. He refuses to wait any longer and is not only set on getting out of Toronto, he wants to exact revenge on his former buddies.

The Lakers were another desired destination of Boshs in 2010, but they didnt have the cap space. In our multiverse, the Raptors and Lakers agree to a sign-and-trade deal that swaps Bosh with Pau Gasol, who eventually gets to play alongside his brother, Marc.

We salivated over a possible Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron NBA Finals matchup in 2009 and 2010, but didnt see it due to the Cavs lack of firepower. In 2011, its ripped away from us again when the Mavericks win the Western Conference and eventually the title with the kid from Akron, Ohio, barfing all over himself under pressure.

In 2012, LeBron becomes a man and wreaks havoc on the league, but despises playing under coach Tom Thibodeau. So GM LeBron persuades DAntoni to push a buyout in New York and come to the Bulls, where he was reportedly interested in going before taking the Knicks job.

The Lakers make a move on Chris Paul, and agree to give up Andrew Bynum in a deal that also includes Lamar Odom and a draft pick. This gets Paul to Los Angeles, giving the Lakers what was rightfully theirs until David Stern nixed it in 2011. This brings the two biggest stars in the league on a most-certain collision course for not just one Finals series but a trilogy that spans from 2012-14. Chills.

Before we continue, I want to acknowledge Kobes real-life Achilles injury in 2013. He was fighting so hard that year trying to drag his squad into the playoffs. Having some help possibly prevents or at least delays the injury so we could have a chance to see Kobe stretch out his formidable years.

Its a similar case with Roses ACL injury in the 2012 playoffs. He probably doesnt win the 2011 MVP with LeBron on board Dwight Howard gets it that year but getting Thibs out of Chicago and the lightened workload would have almost certainly extended Roses prime, allowing for some incredible basketball.

Also, if youre wondering what happens to Bynum ... he falls in love with the music culture in New Orleans, leaves the game after a couple more seasons and pursues his newfound passion for the saxophone. His Christmas album ranks up there with Kenny Gs Miracles. Its his magnum opus.

When it comes to who wins, I lean toward the Bulls winning in 2012 and 2014, and the Lakers in 2013. LeBron had to make up for 2011, and he and Wade were way too dominant that year. Same goes for 2013, but its hard to imagine Bean losing two years in a row and missing out on a chance to tie Michael Jordans ring count against the Bulls. We saw him drop a 60-burger on the way out. Kobe almost always did Kobe stuff when it was time to do Kobe stuff, and we see something Herculean in 2013.

In 2014 Wade isnt as good, but Kobes older too and a LeBron-Rose tandem pulls it off. Unexpectedly, a late draft pick from 2011 named Jimmy Butler proves to be a big help that series as well.

Whats the fallout? How does the league look? Not much is different.

The Warriors dynasty still happens, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson change the game, but more importantly, LeBron goes back home, we still get that epic 2016 Finals and Cleveland gets its Larry OBrien Trophy. His years in Chicago crystallized the importance of bringing a chip to the home team. He understood regardless of his success, Chicago belonged to Jordan. It was paramount to make Cleveland his.

Whats most interesting is how we discuss these players. Kobe now has six rings, his last coming against LeBron. LeBron with two chips against a GOAT while playing in the house that Jordan built. Chris Paul now has a ring and maybe more if hes still there when LeBron comes in 2018.

How does this impact their legacies? Who knows? What I do know is those matchups would have been legendary. Almost as legendary as an Andrew Bynum Christmas album. Like I said, it was his magnum opus.

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COVID-19 And AerosolsHeres What We Know – Yahoo Lifestyle

Jul, 9th 2020 10:44 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

When we think of polio and measles and typhoid, it seems like all that happened in another world, doesnt it? We know that polio took lives and permanently disabled many others. We know that measles is terrifyingly contagious and can cause brain damage, hearing loss and long-term immune system issues. And we know that typhoid is a deadly bacterial infection caused by contaminated food and water.

We know all that now, and cannot imagine a time of not knowing it. But at one point, real people like you and me were living through outbreaks of these infectious diseases and learning new information every day. They were scared and had to adjust their lives regularly as new safety measures were introduced, because thats how science and medicine works.

We will never forget COVID-19. We will never forget the terror this virus raged on our world. And our grandkids will know all about ithow it was transmitted, how it was treated, and how to prevent it from happening again. But were the ones living in it right now, as so many have lived through novel viruses and diseases and pandemics before. We are learning new information every day that we must absorb and use to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy, even if it contradicts information we previously thought to be true.

One of the latest pieces of info, which is extremely relevant as states formulate plans to re-open schools, is about the longevity of this virus in air particles called aerosols. According to a New York Times article, research is now revealing that, while the virus does not travel far or remain viable for very long out in the open air, that it can stay aloft in the air for hours if contained indoors.

So what exactly is an aerosol? NPR reports that an aerosol is a microscopic virus-packed particle thats expelled from an infected persons mouth when breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing. Infected air droplets will fall to the floor within a few feet of the person who expelled them, but a smaller aerosol particle can remain suspended in the air for a long time.

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Imagine a crowded space like an indoor concert, or a bar or restaurant, or a political rally, for example. Imagine all the aerosols floating through the contaminated airspace, and how many people could potentially breathe this infected air in.

The New York Times warns, In a crowded indoor space, one infected person can release enough aerosolized virus over time to infect many people, perhaps seeding a superspreader event.

That means you can be a superspreader of COVID-19 by grabbing a drink with a friend at a bar. You dont know youre carrying this contagious virus, because maybe you dont have symptoms yet. By merely breathing out of your mouth, laughing, chatting about your kids or spouse, maybe letting out a cough or two or clearing your throat, youve possibly infected (and definitely exposed) the entire room.

Or, youre not carrying COVID-19, but you risk going out because youre tired of staying home. You attend a big get-together where 25 people are packed inside one house with no masks. You catch up with friends and family, move throughout the crowd, and inhale contaminated air. Now this virus is likely inside your body, which means you could become sick and/or spread it to even more people.

Or, you are more careful and social distance. You only go to work and even there, stay six feet from others. You dont wear a mask because its annoying, but its okay because youre not near anyone, right? You walk across the room to get something out of the printer and breathe in aerosols an infected coworker exhaled a half hour ago. Youre now infected.

Now picture a school. Suddenly that image seems a whole lot more terrifying, doesnt it? Hundreds of kids and teachers indoors, sitting at desks, or moving throughout hallways, breathing in microscopic infected particles of air. Particles that, researchers are saying, can stay contagious for up to three hours. Taking that air into their lungs, into their immune systems. And bringing it home to their moms and dads and grandparents and siblings. Imagine how easy it will be to have a superspreader inside school buildings this fall.

These aerosols will continue to float and follow the air streams in a room, says atmospheric chemist Kimberly Prather in an NPR article on COVID-19. We now know that the air around us can become contaminated, and we must address this risk as we make the safest choices for our families.

So what can we do? For one, we should be outdoors as much as possible if in public. That means if you really think its important to visit in person with a friend or relative, sit outside. And wear a mask anyway, even though youre in the open air. If you do need to be indoors, always wear a mask, try to stay 6 feet apart, and open windows if that is an option. Also, The New York Times recommends upgrading the filters in air conditioning systems or adjusting the settings to use more outdoor air than recirculated air.

Again, when we look at schools, what options will they have? Most buildings with central A/C, especially newer school buildings, do not have windows that open. Do school districts have the money to purchase different filters that allow more fresh air in? Well, since many districts around our country cannot buy teachers the basic school supplies they need, that seems highly unlikely.

We must acknowledge that aerosols are yet another route of transmissionone that cannot be stopped by hand washing or even social distancing. This is why we need to wear masks. This is why people are judging you if you have a party or hit a crowded club on Saturday night. And this is why having our kids return to a traditional school setting will be catastrophic.

More than 230 scientists have come together to sign a document imploring WHO to recognize aerosols as a method of COVID-19 transmission. Currently, WHO only recognizes air droplets (which are larger, and heavier than aerosols, and thus do not linger in the air) as a method of airborne transmission. But, as is the case with all diseases, researchers learn new information with each passing day, week, and month as more and more cases are studied.

The latest is this: the air around us is not safe until weve rid the world of COVID-19. The air inside buildings is extremely unsafe as infected, contagious aerosols linger in the air and can enter our air waves as we inhale. Face masks and better ventilation are crucial to slowing the spread. Merely social distancing is not enough.

Now that we know about aerosols floating and lingering in the air for hours, school districts might have to re-evaluate their plans for opening their doors this fall to hundreds of students and staff. Their students and facultys lives are at stake.

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