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30 October 2020

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  • Keeping your family safe this Thanksgiving
    30 October 2020

    So much is different and hard during this pandemic — including planning for the holidays.

    It’s understandable to want to gather with friends and family. We are all so worn out by the COVID-19 pandemic, and need some cheering up. And most of us have friends and family that we haven’t been able to really spend time with — or haven’t seen at all — for months.

    But gathering with friends and family can bring real risks during the pandemic, especially with cases rising all over the country. All it takes is one sick person — who may not even realize that they are sick — to infect others and spread the virus even more.

    The best thing to do, honestly, is to celebrate the holiday with just the people you live with, and to skip in-person sporting (or other) events, or in-person Black Friday shopping. That’s truly the best way to keep everyone safe. Just hunker down, check in virtually, and make plans for next year, when things will hopefully be much better.

    Still planning to gather for Thanksgiving?

    While experts advise skipping gatherings this Thanksgiving, here are some recommendations to help limit risks for people who plan to celebrate the holiday with others.

    Plans to make beforehand

    • Travel safely if you are traveling. The safest way is by car with just the people you live with, but if that requires an overnight stay somewhere, a direct flight is likely safer. If you do fly, look for flights that space people apart, wear a mask, and bring hand sanitizer and wipes.
    • Keep the numbers low. This is just not the year for a big family gathering.
    • Keep the party short. This is not the year for a long family gathering either.
    • Agree on “no symptoms” and “no exposure.” Make sure that everyone understands that anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with the virus, cannot come. That needs to be non-negotiable.
    • Agree to socialize outside if possible. If you have to be inside, do everything you can to improve ventilation, like opening windows (but understand that this is not as safe as being outside).

    Seating and food

    • Arrange seating so that there is at least six feet between family members who don’t live together.
    • Be mindful of risks as you plan the meal:
      • Ideally, everyone should bring their own food and not share.
      • If some people will be cooking, ask them to wear gloves and masks. And limit the people involved in preparing shared food.
      • No buffets this year. Think pre-served plates of food that people can grab and bring to their seat.
      • If you are serving food, have one person wearing a mask and gloves do all the serving.
      • Try to use single servings of condiments (like packets of salt and pepper) so that people are not all touching the same container.
    • Use disposable plates, cutlery, and cooking ware, when possible.
    • Use touchless garbage cans or pails.

    Masks, physical contact, and sanitizing hands and surfaces

    • Wear masks when you aren’t eating and when you cannot be six feet apart. I know this feels weird and hard at a family gathering, but it’s crucial.
    • No hugs or other physical contact between people who don’t live together. Even elbow bumps are not a good idea. Not this year.
    • Everyone should wash their hands often. Have hand sanitizer available.
    • Wipe down surfaces regularly (keep wipes in the bathroom, for example).

    Finally, don’t go to any crowded sporting events or shopping venues. Again: not the year for that. It’s just not worth the risk.

    For more information on keeping your family safe this holiday season, visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Harvard Health Publishing Coronavirus Resource Center.

    Follow me on Twitter @drClaire

    The post Keeping your family safe this Thanksgiving appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

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  • Jaw-Dropping Surf Clips From This Week's Massive Nazaré Swell
    30 October 2020

    This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.

    The first time you watch the clip, it seems like your eyes deceive you. A white trail is streaking across a massive wall of water, but there’s no surfer to be seen. Watch it again, and again, and again––same result. The streak is Lucas Chumbo and the wave is one that Chumbo would later claim as the “bomb of my life.”

    Yep, that XXL swell at Nazaré is living up to expectations. Hurricane Epsilon sent liquid skyscrapers barreling towards Portugal this week, and it’s being described as one of the biggest swells in years. In addition to Chumbo, this week’s XXL chasers included Kai Lenny, Nic von Rupp, Pedro Scooby, Justine Dupont, Andrew “Cotty” Cotton, Sebastian Steudtner and more.

    To give you a sense of what’s going down in Portugal right now, we assembled a collection of the best clips from Instagram. Get ready for your jaw to hit the floor.

     

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    Que dia! Adrenalina e disposição nas alturas, condições desafiadoras e ondas gigantes. Os big riders deram show nesta quarta, com muita gente matando as saudades do surfe na praia do Norte. Qual seria seu top-3 entre estas ondas? Comente! ⠀ What a day! The session was packed with adrenaline and thrill from the big riders, some of them who surfed here for the first time in the season. Nothing but a spectacular show! Rank your top 3 photos in the comments! ⠀ 1: @kai_lenny 2: @lucaschumbo 3: @nicvonrupp 4: @pedroscooby 5: @justinedupont33 6: @andrew_cotty ⠀ : @helio_antonio ⠀ #gigantesdenazare #gigantesdenazaré #nazare #nazareportugal #portugal #surf #surfing #surfer #bigwaves #bigwavesurfing #bigrider #ondasgigantes #adrenalina #esporte #radical #aventura #viagem #queroviajar

    A post shared by Gigantes De Nazaré (@gigantesdenazare) on Oct 28, 2020 at 2:53pm PDT

  • What Every Man Can Learn From the Navy SEALS About Grit
    30 October 2020

    For generations, the U.S. Navy SEALS (Sea, Air, and Land) have set the standard for military special operations. Relied on for the toughest missions, these men are as notorious as their training, which begins at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado off the coast of California. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, or BUD/S for short, is the crucible in which SEALs are made, but the 24-week course, the first that SEAL candidates must endure, is actually only a fifth of the nearly two and a half years it takes before a man goes on his first mission.

    The first phase, BUD/S, assesses candidates’ endurance and conditioning, water competency, camaraderie, and grit,culminating in “Hell Week.” The challenge has captivated men for years, and for good reason: Of an average 170-person class, around 30 make it to Week Five. Such severe attrition of some of the fittest men in the world is notable in its own right, but their day-to-day ordeals are something that has to be seen to be believed.

    Darren McBurnett, age 50, a 24-year SEAL veteran, knows it better than almost anyone, having survived his own BUD/S, then returning to document the experience as a photographer and instructor prior to his retirement in 2017. He witnessed firsthand what it takes to survive arguably the most extreme military service in the world. “Everyone wants to be a Navy SEAL at the bars on Friday,” McBurnett says. “Once you get in there and realize how hard it is, all that goes away.”

    McBurnett’s first book, Uncommon Grit, follows the first four weeks of Navy SEAL BUD/S training. Captured over 12 months and comprising more than 22,000 images, he was a man possessed—a camera in each hand, running behind, alongside, and in front of the most ambitious men in the military. Knocks came; he remembers being run over by boats, and at one point an expensive camera rig got swept from his hands and fell to the bottom of the sea. But he’s used to dealing with adversity, a story which he tells through images in Grit. He spoke with Men’s Journal to discuss what he learned along the way—and what you should know—about responding the the obstacles you’ll encounter in life.

    Darren McBurnett1. Cut the Excuses

    McBurnett saw a pattern while training and again while documenting candidates: “A lot made excuses,” he says. To leave the program, all candidates need to ring the bell and provide their reason for departure on their exit paperwork. â€œThe biggest one, the most common is, ‘This job isn’t for me.’ ”

    “Yes, this job is for you,” McBurnett says, “but you never got far enough in to see if you liked it or not.” What they were saying no to was the physical discomfort it takes to become a SEAL—the early-morning training, the cold water, the blisters so severe “chunks of skin are falling off.” In order to do all the “cool” stuff, like firing advanced weaponry and jumping out of airplanes, you had to deal with the short-term discomfort—and most can’t. “Most quit immediately when things get hard. That’s the kind of people we don’t want.” Lean into the discomfort. That persistence will always lead to greater things.

    Darren McBurnett2. Shatter Your Ceiling

    When other candidates see men quit, there’s an inward-looking, self-pitying look that spreads like poison. Once that seed is planted, it’s easy to go down the same route. McBurnett and other instructors’ jobs were to motivate by adding further suffering. It may seem counterintuitive, but by instigating a downward spiral, it can shock someone back to the team mentality. Remedial training, like doing thousands of pushups is not punishment per se. “It’s to let them know, ‘You still had the energy to keep going.” Ideally, it’s to demonstrate firsthand there’s always more left in the tank—an additional few reps, a faster lap. That fires them up, to see how much they can take. It’s what separates the men who are having a bad day—and everyone has a bad day, which is not a fatal condition—from those who don’t have the mental fortitude required to be a SEAL.

    Darren McBurnett3. Believe in Your Inner Grit

    “Every once in a while, you’ll have one of those unicorns show up,” McBurnett says. They’re the men who seem to get illogically stronger as they go through BUD/S. But they’re rare. It’s the guys who look like extras in 300—the ones who clock the fastest obstacle course laps, lead the runs, and swim laps around their peers—who drop out almost immediately upon reaching Hell Week. Take away warmth, sleep, cleanliness, and even air, and, to paraphrase a Johnny Cash song: ‘What’s all them muscles gonna do?’ The reality is, when the going gets tough, the true measure—the uncommon grit—of a man comes out. “It’s the mental war between the ears,” he says, that’s the most important characteristic of any SEAL candidate.

    Darren McBurnett4. Utilize Your Team

    Just making it to Hell Week, a misnomer for the five and a half days in the fourth week of BUD/S training, is an accomplishment. But to make it to its peak takes more than just being a pullup stud or part fish. “You need that sense of teamwork,” McBurnett says, which motivates you to push through your own pain and sleep-deprived haze to care about the men to your left and right. “That’s when you start to develop,” he adds. “You succeed as a team and you fail as a team.” More than conditioning, more than the possession of some of the most cutting-edge gear, it’s this characteristic that has both defined SEALs for generations and continues to fuel their successes. True, he says, there’s a long road of training ahead after Hell Week, but if you can make it past, you’ve demonstrated that you possess this critical tool in your toolset—and that’s a start.

  • How to Safely Camp and Recreate During Wildfire Season
    30 October 2020

    Wildland fires are nothing new, but their current impact is dramatic. So far, in 2020, about 8.5 million acres have burned across the U.S. The financial toll is mind-boggling. In 2018, estimates of wildfire damage were about $18 billion. So far this year, nearly 33,000 people have been involved in fighting wildfires and 12 are dead—not including civilians. Most of these fires were preventable; approximately 87 percent of wildfires are caused by people. Responsible recreation during wildfire season can make a difference.

    The vast majority of small fires are put out. But strong winds and critically dry fuels can turn a spark or neglected campfire into a “megafire,” which can have an extraordinary impact on local populations and the environment. Not only are forests and grasslands scorched, people lose homes, businesses and, tragically, their lives. Forest closures and hazardous air conditions devastate local economies. Fuels and forests have built up in the absence of natural wildfires over the past century, leading to a contagious tinderbox in many forestlands. Warmer, drier summers and increased human-caused ignitions have dramatically increased the length of the average fire season.

    A cyclist pauses to take a photograph as police officers direct motorists at a roadblock as nearby residents evacuate an Oct 17, 2020 wildland fire races through the mountains near Boulder, CO. David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock / Shutterstock

    Susan Prichard, fire ecologist at University of Washington, says that the balance of human- versus lightning-started fires varies from place to place, year to year. But it’s important to understand that since most camping takes place at the height of fire season, fire irresponsibility coincides with wind and dry forests. “Even though it seems like the West is burning up (historically, there have always been wildfires), there are still many places under a fire deficit,” explains Prichard. “There will always be fire danger, and, while we’re very good at extinguishing them in this country (97 to 98 percent of fire starts are put out, it’s only 2-3 percent that get away), any fire, even a small one, has the potential to explode.”

    Oddly enough, there’s evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling this season’s devastating blazes. Stacy Corless, Supervisor for Mono County, CA, reports that this summer, “our forests (like most others throughout the West, maybe the nation) saw big increases in visitation.” With many visitors new to camping and the outdoors, there was a likely gap in terms of understanding and following rules. “We saw some bad behavior—illegal campfires and camping, trash left behind, and lots of crowds,” Corless notes, “There seemed to be little awareness of wildfire danger, or the impact on the land.”

    “Due to COVID, we’re seeing a lot of people on public lands this year that don’t typically camp or hike,” adds Tina Boehle, information officer for NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center). “It’s a great opportunity for education and we hope people fall in love with their public lands, use them responsibly and protect them for future generations. Before heading out, take the time to learn about outdoor and campfire safety and how to recreate responsibly.”

    How can you be part of the solution? Most importantly, educate yourself on responsible recreation during wildfire season. Here are some expert tips:

    Check fire restrictions before heading into the backcountry. Go to the land management website for your intended destination, whether it’s the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, National Park Service or state or regional park. Note whether open fires, or even propane stoves, are prohibited. Websites like inciweb.nwcg.govalert you to active wildfires or wildfire closures.

    If conditions allow a campfire, stick to established fire rings in established campsites. Don’t create your own fire ring as you might be impacting organic soil. Organic soil is essentially decomposed plant matter and can smolder for weeks. If it ignites an underground root system, it can pop up elsewhere, far from the original blaze.

    A forest protection officer demonstrates how to rake duff down to mineral soil to mitigate the propane campfire ring of dispersed campers in August 2020 north of Big Bear Lake, CA. Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock / Shutterstock

    If you do have a campfire, have a shovel and plenty of water on hand to ensure the ashes are cold to the touch anytime the fire is not attended. If you can’t put your hand into the ashes, the fire is not out. During fire season, consider stargazing rather than staring at flames.

    Pack a collapsible bucket (we love the NRS Bail Pail). A packable pail won’t add much weight or bulk to your backcountry kit and simplifies dousing your campfire.

    Be fire conscious. Ways that forest visitors unintentionally start fires include dragging trailer hitch chains (they spark when they hit pavement), parking on dry grass (the hot components of a vehicle can start a fire), shooting exploding targets, setting off fireworks, smoking cigarettes, or burning toilet paper. Carry a fire extinguisher and a saw in your vehicle as part of your backcountry essentials. Remember, fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.

    When camping, be aware of alternative escape routes. Wildfires advance depending on fuel (vegetation), weather, and topography. A wind-driven fire can move very quickly, leaving little time between an evacuation order and the arrival of flames. Main roads or trails can be blocked. An evacuation plan can save precious minutes when it counts. Know where the closest body of water is located; you might need it in an emergency.

    Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Fires are unpredictable. A fire line can be breached by a single ember or falling tree. A spark can travel a mile in windy conditions to ignite dry fuel far from the original burn site.

    Often wildfires burn slowly on flat ground, and then race uphill. Your escape route may be thwarted by fallen logs. Just because you can’t see flames doesn’t mean you’re not in danger.

    Firefighting aircraft make drops over hotspots where firefighters work to contain the Sept. 2020 Glass Fire in Napa County, CA. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock / Shutterstock

    Never fly a drone near a wildfire. Not only is it against the law, it puts lives at risk and slows down the effort to save forests and property as they can be deadly if they interfere or, worst case, collide with firefighting aircraft. Drones are always prohibited in national parks.

    Sign up for reverse-911 emergency alerts. Make sure your phone allows your provider to push out messages with emergency information.

    Respect fire closures. They’re put in place early and left in place after the flames and smoke dissipate to keep you safe. Even a decade after a burn, hazards remain, especially in the form of dead trees. Before you set up a campsite in any historically burned area, look up, down and all round for trees that could fail and impact your safety.

    Fire closures protect not only the public, but firefighters too. Cruising forest roads during an emerging incident slows response times and can lead to a motor vehicle accident with crews, engines and heavy equipment.

    Colorado’s Cameron Peak Fire looms on Oct 16, 2020 over the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, also known as Rocky Mountain National Park Administration Building near Estes Park. CDT

    Recently burned areas are extremely dangerous places due to fire-weakened trees that can fall on people, cars, trails or roads. Newly scorched earth can hide undermined ground that can bury and burn anyone walking in the wrong place. Areas may remain closed because steep slopes that have burned are susceptible to rock and landslides.

    Jaimie Olle, acting Public Affairs Specialist for Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, says that there are two great ways to help fires. Donating to the Red Cross is a direct way to assist people who have been evacuated or have lost their homes. To support firefighters, donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, an organization that directly supports wildland firefighters and their families. After a wildfire, there is plenty of restoration and repair work needed. Reach out to your local land management agencies to support efforts.

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  • 7 Effective Yoga Asanas that will Help with Diabetes
    29 October 2020

    7 Effective Yoga Asanas that will Help with Diabetes HealthifyMe Blog HealthifyMe Blog - The definitive guide to weight loss, fitness and living a healthier life.

    Yoga is essential to keep you healthy both mentally and physically and you might already know that. But do you know, doing it without the right guidance may not bring about the results you expect? There are specific categories, and today we explore yoga for diabetes. Disease like diabetes should not be taken lightly. You have to take proper care of your body to combat diabetes, in terms of diet, lifestyle, and exercise. Therefore yoga is not just a type of workout, it is something your body requires for the advancement of your better living. So if your concern is how to do yoga for diabetes, here are 7effective yoga asanas.

    Table of Contents 7 Yoga Asanas That Will Help With Diabetes  #1 Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)

    While talking about yoga for diabetes, the first pose that is extremely beneficial for diabetic patients is sun salutations. It is a perfect way to get your heart rate up and stretch your entire body. Moreover, sun salutations are a favorable warm-up before you do any asana or just go for a walk. You can also find variations in sun salutations. Sun salutations improve blood sugar level, blood circulation, and straighten your body. It manages the insulin in your body. 

    Process: 
    1. Stand straight at the front of your mat, keep your abdomin pulled in, and join your palms together. Inhale while raising your hands and stretch your hands to the backside. Exhale and go forward, lengthen your spine, and slowly go all the way down. Look down and relax your neck. 
    2. Inhale and take your right leg back with your right knee on the floor. Ensure that your left knee is at the 90° angle and your palms are flat on the floor. Look straight with your head. Hold your breath from this position and take your left leg back, and come to a plank position. 
    3. Keep your body in one straight line. Exhale and get your knees down, get your chest and chin down. And get your hips down slowly. Inhale and slowly raise your upper body, and look up with your head. Then, exhale when you lift. Get your body into the inverted V pose. Your heels and palms should be on the floor, and then, try to lengthen your spine. 
    4. Get your right leg forward while inhaling. Get your left leg in front of your body and  exhale. Bend down and touch your toes, then place your palms on the floor, and stretch. Inhale, raise your hands, stretch your back, exhale, and join your palms together. 
    5. Repeat with the left side.  

    Practice Sun Salutations for 4 to 8 rounds slowly. 

    #2 Lying Down Body Twist (Folded leg Lumbar stretch)

    The lying down body twist is the second favorite when it comes to yoga for diabetes. It mainly stresses massaging the internal organs and improving digestion. Though this pose forces on abdominal organs, it can help in lowering blood sugar levels.  

    Process: 
    1. Lay down flat on your back, extend your arms sideways by your palms facing down. 
    2. Bring your left knees up at the level of your chest and bend it over the right side. Try to bring your knee at the hip level. 
    3. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds and repeat with the opposite side. 
    #3 Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) 

    Bow pose is a cure to fatigue. It strengthens your abdominal muscles, reduces constipation, and helps in regulating the pancreas. It is high in recommendations to balance the blood sugar level. 

    Process: 
    1. Lie down on your stomach with your feet slightly apart, almost parallel to your hips, and place your arms on the side of your body.
    2. Slowly, fold your knees up and hold your ankles with your hands.
    3. Breathe in and lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and stretch it out. You should feel the stretch on your arms and thighs.
    4. Hold the pose for 12-15 seconds, paying attention to your breath as you take long, deep ones.
    5. Slowly bring your chest and legs back to the ground, release your hold on the ankles, and relax with your hands on the side. Repeat for a few sets.
    #4 Seated-forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

    If you want to practice a therapeutic approach in terms of yoga for diabetes, here is the one yoga asana for you. Seated forward bend is an excellent option for people with diabetes. It controls diabetes, reduces blood pressure, and balances insulin levels in your blood. People also love this pose because it helps in weight loss. Besides, it can relieve stress, fatigue, headache, and anxiety. 

    Process:  
    1. Sit down and extend your legs straight. 
    2. Inhale and pull your hands up. 
    3. Bring your hands down and try to touch your toes with your hands without bending your knees. 
    4. Touch your chin to your chest. 
    5. Remain in the pose for 60 seconds with normal breathing.    
    #5 Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)

    To stimulate your pancreas and get your internal organs together, legs up the wall makes a significant impact on your diabetes. It reduces stress, controls blood pressure, and lowers blood sugar levels. Additionally, it is an ideal pose for relaxation as it boosts circulation and energy levels.  

    Process: 
    1. Get a towel, fold it, and sit on it alongside the wall. 
    2. Lay on your back and bring your legs up, and create a 90° angle while touching the wall. 
    3. Relax your head, neck, throat, and chin.
    4. Stretch your arms and keep your palms facing upwards. 
    5. Stay in this pose for 5-10 minutes. 
    6. Post that, slide down your legs slowly.  

    Repeat on the other side. 

    #6 Bhujangasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)

    When your triceps brachii, spinal extensors, and quadriceps muscles work together, it enhances muscle strength. Then, it ultimately lowers blood pressure and blood sugar. It helps improve posture and is mild therapy for asthma patients. 

    Process: 
    1. Lie on your abdomen and keep your legs straight. 
    2. Keeping your forearms perpendicular to the floor, place your arm on the floor beside the last ribcage. 
    3. Press your arms to lift your body. 
    4. Create pressure on your feet and firmness in your hips. 
    5. Look straight and hold the position for 30-40 seconds with normal breathing.
    #7 Corpse Pose (Shavasana) 

    Corpse pose is the final step in yoga for diabetes. You may start with any yoga asana, but you must finish with a corpse pose. It has definite impacts on lowering blood sugar, balancing blood pressure, calming your body and mind. It will take your body to a meditative stage where you will no longer be able to feel stress. Moreover, it is a traditional way to finish your yoga session. 

    Process: 
    1. Lay down straight, spread your feet a bit wider, and keep your arms in a rest position. 
    2. Create a Y shape with your body by aligning your torso in a straight line. 
    3. Feel your breath, hands, legs, feet, palms, abdomen, eyes, ears, and every part of your body. 
    4. Release the stress and relax. 
    5. Hold this position for 15-20 minutes.
    Summary

    Yoga can be a lifestyle for some people and a way to keep the body and mind healthy for others. Experts believe in yoga for diabetes management. If you are skeptical about it, do give it a try, and see the results for yourself. However, it demands complete commitment from your side and your lifestyle choices. If you are serious about keeping your health on top, follow this guide based on yoga for diabetes. 

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Q. Is yoga beneficial for diabetes patients?

    A. Yes, yoga can be extremely beneficial for diabetes patients. If you cannot do all the yoga poses, just pick any 4 out of those mentioned above. And keep practicing regularly.

    Q. Does yoga help in balancing blood sugar levels permanently?

    A. Yes, yoga can help you in balancing the blood sugar level permanently. Yet, it is imperative you practice yoga regularly. If you cannot give one hour to yoga, at least do it for 30 minutes daily.

    Q. What is the best pose of yoga for diabetes?

    A. The best yoga pose for diabetic patients is Sun Salutations. If you practice 10 to 12 rounds of Sun Salutations, it will gradually help you to fight diabetes along with regular Pranayama like Nadi suddhi pranayama & Bhramari Pranayama.

    Q. How does yoga affect diabetes?

    A. Yoga stretches your body, stresses your muscles, and relaxes your body. It gets your internal abdominal organs together that helps in maintaining the blood sugar level.

    Q. Can yoga cure type 2 diabetes?

    A. Yoga poses are a cure for type 1 diabetes. Whereas in the case of type 2 diabetes, it prevents the development of rejuvenating pancreatic cells. When yoga asanas stretches your pancreas, it helps in balancing the insulin production. And that eventually prevents type 2 diabetes. 

    The post 7 Effective Yoga Asanas that will Help with Diabetes appeared first on HealthifyMe Blog.

  • Trump Opens 9.3 Million Acres of Tongass National Forest to Logging
    29 October 2020

    Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is known as the “lungs of North America.”With 16.7 million acres of temperate rain forest, it offers an ecological oasis where wild salmon, brown bears, bald eagles, and a diverse range of other species flourish. Its old-growth stands of red and yellow cedar, Sitka spruce, and Western hemlock have stood tall for centuries––some trees for over 1,000 years. The Tongass also absorbs more carbon than any other national forest. Yet on Oct. 28, the Trump administration announced they would open up more than half of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to logging and other forms of development.

    More specifically, this move will exempt 9.3 million acres of Tongass National Forest from a 2001 “roadless rule” that prohibited road construction, road re-construction, and timber harvesting in designated areas of national forests. In addition to the exemption, the Trump administration will make an additional 188,000 acres available for timber harvest––most of which is old growth timber.

    The announcement has been met with strong opposition.

    During the U.S. Forest Service’s environmental review period, 96 percent of submitted comments opposed lifting the existing safeguards, while only one percent supported the move. Additionally, six southeast Alaskan tribes and six southeast Alaskan city councils submitted resolutions that opposed lifting protections.

    “The Tongass is America’s Amazon,” Adam Kolton, executive director of Alaska Wilderness League, said in a statement. “This presidentially directed move to gut roadless protections for our nation’s largest and most biologically rich national forest is a calamity for our climate, for wildlife and for the outdoor recreation economy of southeast Alaska.”

    Southeast Alaska has been hit hard by the pandemic and the loss of cruise ship tourism dealt a serious blow to the economy. On top of that, fisheries have been struggling after seafood prices took a hit due to the global economic crisis.

    Supporters of President Trump’s move argue it will provide a much needed boost for the struggling local economy. But while fishing and tourism account for 26 percent of regional employment, according to the Southeast Conference, timber only makes up one percent of local employment. Furthermore, a Taxpayer for Common Sense analysis found that the current Tongass timber program has cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $1.7 billion over the last 40 years.

    While the President recently touted his commitment to planting trees through the “One Trillion Trees Initiative,” repealing environmental protections has become a hallmark of the administration. However, legal battles have resulted in many of these orders being blocked, including a court ruling that struck down a proposed 1.8 million-acre timber sale on the Tongass’s Prince of Wales Island.

    Environmental groups have already announced they will challenge this latest repeal of protections in court, so stay tuned.

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