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30 October 2020

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  • Enneagram Type and Exercise
    30 October 2020
    For the past two years I've been studying connections between Enneagram type and eating through The Enneagram & Eating Project. We've had over 650 people participate and I've discovered some fascinating connections. You can read some of those results with the Instagram hashtag #EnneagramandEating....
  • FNCE 2020: Translating the How in Eating Healthy
    30 October 2020
    My takeaways from the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo 2020 include:1) Own the Teaching KitchenEven if it means putting a blender in a conference room, find ways to translate the how in how to eat healthy. Start with healthy foods you prepare for yourself. Focus on skills. You don't need to...
  • Menopause and Weight Gain: 8 Tips to Keep in Mind
    30 October 2020
    Perhaps I’m the victim of a culture obsessed with the number on a scale or just a dietitian concerned with my health, but I do care about my weight. Like all my friends in their 40s and 50s, I’m staring down that hormonal highway known as menopause, a phase associated with weight gain that can...
  • Gifts for a Cancer Patient
    30 October 2020
    By: Jean LaMantia The post Gifts for a Cancer Patient appeared first on Jean LaMantia - Registered Dietitian in Toronto, ON.Copyright - Jean LaMantia - Registered Dietitian in Toronto, ON - Jean LaMantia
  • Yoghurt Cream â€" How To Get This In Your Life Right Now
    30 October 2020
    If I had to nominate five foods that I could not live without, yoghurt would be close to the top. Lets be clear that cheese would be at the actual top because it is the yummiest food in the world. I wrote about this a few years back in case you want to check that [...]The post Yoghurt Cream – How...
  • Can Intuitive Eating Cause Weight Loss?
    30 October 2020
    I get it. You want to have a better relationship with food, and/but ...
  • The Great Imitator of Modern Diseases?
    30 October 2020

    Cliff notes: Thiamine deficiency was not solved decades ago by enriching grains and is alive and well. The implications of this have a huge impact on modern day health and disease. It’s always been amazing to me that a country with an endless food supply and resources can coexist with so much disease. It’s almost...

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  • All nuts in moderation is okay, right?
    29 October 2020

    What are your thoughts on nuts? Confuses the hell out of me! Some are bad some are good..

    I just buy organic mixed nuts without oils and lightly salted and have 1 or 2 small to medium handfuls everyday.

    Concerned about overall health and longevity and not so much any specific weight loss or dietary goals.

    The mix contains- Cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia and sea salt.

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  • So, many foods contain digestive enzymes (for example, papaya, pineapple, avocado) but do any contain alpha-galactosidase (aids digestion of legumes)?
    29 October 2020

    Lipase, amylase etc are present in some foods which is handy as they aid in the digestion of fats, proteins and the likes but my research doesn't bring any foods up which contain naturally occuring Alpha-galactosidase. Is this the impossible dream for a vegan who struggles with bean gas?


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  • Is cheese unhealthy?
    29 October 2020

    It has a high saturated fat content but it’s also seen as healthy by many. What is it really? Unhealthy or no?

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  • How To Relieve Ureteral Stent Pain?
    30 October 2020

    PHDSC How To Relieve Ureteral Stent Pain?

    The ureter may develop some problems due to the treatment of kidney stones, and this can block the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder. In order to provide relief from this problem, ureteral stents are placed into the ureter.

    The stent is nothing but a small hollow tube that runs from the kidneys till the bladder. It is flexible and has curls at both ends to keep them firm in the bladder and kidney. Some stents may have a visible string that runs outside the body.

    Problems Caused By Ureteral Stents

    Even though placing ureteral stents helps in preventing the blockage of urine in the kidneys, it has some problems. Many patients feel a lot of discomfort during the process, and there is no other option but to bear the pain for a few days or weeks. In this regard, let us look into some of the common problems caused by ureteral stents.

    • Most people report some amount of blood in the urine. It is almost visible as the urine turns to pink-tinged color or red wine color. There is no need to worry as this is common when you have ureteral stents.
    • This can also lead to a burning sensation during urination. It is often known as dysuria, and the symptoms vary from mild to extreme depending on your food and lifestyle habits. You can expect some relief when you take sufficient fluid intake and medications to treat the problem.
    • Patients having ureteral stents have the urge to urinate frequently, and there will be a sense of urgency when such feelings arise in the body. In extreme cases, the frequency of urination may be many times in an hour.
    • Patients may develop spasms in the bladder or ureter region when they have stents. The pain is also seen in the lower abdominal region, and it can be contained with pain killer medication.
    • In some extreme cases, patients develop urinary retention during which they are not able to urinate properly. In such cases, your doctor will look into the issue and take suitable remedial measures.
    • If you notice severe pain and fever for a long duration, you should take it seriously as this is not a common problem and it needs emergency medical attention.
    • You should also be concerned if the dark colored urine does not reduce after consuming sufficient fluids. Apart from that, some patients may also notice thick clots in the urine.
    Simple tips to relieve pain while having ureteral stents

    Avoid touching the stent

    In some cases, your doctor may use a stent that is visible outside. You should avoid touching this stent as this can dislodge the stent inside the ureter and cause further complications.

    Such stents are often used for short term treatment, and they can be easily removed without complicated processes. However, you should avoid touching them and keep them clean and covered so that the thread inside the ureter does not get dislodged.

    Use painkillers

    You can get in touch with your doctor and use pain killers based on the recommendations given by your doctor. Make sure to use them in the right dosage to get the best results.

    You can expect pain relief immediately after using such medication. However, the pain may come back again after a few hours. For this reason, you may have to take pain killers many times a day based on the dosage instructions given by your doctor.

    Drink lots of water

    When you are having a ureteral stent, it makes a lot of sense to drink sufficient fluids to help your kidney. Even though this may increase the frequency of urination, it is worth doing this as it lessens the work of the kidney and you can get quick relief from pain. This also cuts down the risk of infection as the waste materials are easily flushed out of the kidney into the bladder in quick time.

    You should at least aim for drinking 2 litres of water every day as this will help the kidneys to remove any stones without causing too much pain. In the same way, it will help you to digest food easily and your body can throw waste materials without putting too much pressure on the kidneys.

    Take adequate rest

    If you are involved in strenuous activities, it is better to avoid them while having stents. This can put a lot of pressure on the ureter and kidneys and cause severe pain.

    While it is normal to have small pain, working too much physically can lead to severe pain. Take sufficient rest and sit in a comfortable position that does not put pressure on the lower abdominal region.

    Eat a healthy diet

    It is important to have a healthy diet as this will help your body to get enough nutrition, and you can easily recover from kidney problems in quick time.

    Make sure that your food contains a lot of fiber as this will ease the job of your kidneys in eliminating the waste materials from the body. Avoid alcohol as this can put pressure on the kidneys and also increase the chances of inflammation in the affected area. You will also suffer from painful urination symptoms when you consume excess alcohol.

    Avoid sex

    It is not a good idea to not indulge in sexual activities when you are having ureteral stents. This can increase the chances of infection when you have unprotected sex.

    Apart from that, some people develop pain in the penis when they have sex in this situation. You can wait for a few days till your stents are removed and then continue with your sexual activities in a normal way.

    When you follow these simple tips, you can easily get relief from ureteral stents pain. Keep in touch with your doctor and get suitable medication whenever needed to handle the symptoms.

    Remember that it is common to experience mild discomfort while having ureteral stents and you need not worry about such symptoms. You should be concerned only when you have too much pain and when it lasts for a long duration.

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  • Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe
    30 October 2020
    Research on fossil canine genomes is expanding and producing some surprises about the lives of dogs and humans in prehistoric times.
  • How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing
    30 October 2020
    Here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time.
  • An opportunity to address inequalities: learning from the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic
    30 October 2020

    Recent articles by Kawachi and by Bambra and colleagues remind us that striking inequality has been a marked feature of past pandemics. No surprise then that it is the disadvantaged poor that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 in the UK, as they have all over the world. As Kawachi points out, it is as if people inhabited alternate realities, with some worried about their next haircut and others worried about their next meal.

    Back in June, a PHE report revealed how the early impact of COVID-19 replicated existing health inequalities and, in some cases, increased them. National and international research has continued to add more data and evidence since. As rising numbers of cases in the UK start to feed through to hospital admissions and deaths, it is important to reflect on what we have learned from the first months of the pandemic, especially about the effects of COVID-19 on health inequalities and what can be done to mitigate them.

    By health inequalities we mean systematic, avoidable and unjust differences in health and wellbeing between different groups of people. They arise because of the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and become older, which influence our opportunities for good health and how we think, feel and act. These conditions shape our mental health, physical health and wellbeing. They also influence our exposure and vulnerability to SARS-CoV-2 infection, our ability to manage the consequences of the disease, and how the control measures affect us. Poor living and working conditions in parts of Leicester, for example, no doubt contributed to the expansion of its epidemic in June.

    An important background to the current global pandemic is the rising burden of ill health due to non-communicable disease internationally and a general global failure to address the metabolic and behavioural risks driving this trend. We also know that in the UK important risks and outcomes such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are unequally distributed. Recent studies from the UK Biobank and general practice databases have confirmed that these illnesses and their underlying causes are associated with increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.

    The current pandemic is therefore best described as a syndemic – the accumulation and adverse interaction between two or more conditions in a population, often resulting from the social context in which that population lives - with COVID-19 layered on top of existing epidemics of other conditions and all strongly influenced by adverse social determinants of health.

    To reduce health inequalities, action needs to be taken to address all the factors that contribute to these inequalities – reducing differences in risk of exposure, in vulnerability and in the consequences of the disease and of the control measures. Although there is a specific role for health and care services, much of the action required will be outside the health sector and both national and local government need to play a strong leadership role in mobilising formal and informal resources needed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

    What can be done to reduce health inequalities?

    Differences in exposure risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection are best reduced by ensuring everyone has the same opportunity to protect themselves from exposure to the virus. The government’s “Everybody In” policy is a great example of that – local authorities provided people who were experiencing rough sleeping access to emergency accommodation, and health services provided wraparound support including primary care and drug and alcohol treatment services during the “peak” of the pandemic, resulting in some of the most vulnerable people in our society being protected and preventing what could have been a catastrophic outcome for their health.

    In terms of vulnerability, PHE has reported a clear link between obesity and deaths from coronavirus and the government subsequently announced a new strategy on obesity. Published in July, it included a marketing campaign, additional weight management services and consultation on a range of measures to restrict promotion and advertising of unhealthy foods. These measures will take time to have an effect but are still highly worthwhile.

    When someone has COVID-19, the disease will affect them differently depending on what resources they have. For some a period of self-isolation may be an inconvenience, but for others it causes catastrophic loss of income. Local support services during these periods of financial stress are critical for some individuals and families. Wider COVID-19 control measures also affect people differently, depending on factors such as a person’s job and available support. The economic consequences of both the pandemic and the response measures need to be mitigated by targeted relief measures, otherwise existing health inequalities are bound to be further exacerbated.

    What is being done now to protect and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable?

    NHS England has outlined a series of actions in a letter urging NHS providers to work collaboratively with local communities and partners to take eight urgent actions to increase the scale and pace of progress of reducing health inequalities. Actions include protecting the most vulnerable, restoring NHS services inclusively, strengthening leadership and accountability and ensuring completeness of datasets, particularly with regards to ethnicity data.

    Many other organisations are also taking action at local level to protect the most vulnerable and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities. Doctors of the World UK, for example, have complemented the suite of translated resources developed by the government by regularly publishing and updating translated resources into more than 60 languages, effectively making government guidance more widely available to vulnerable people who otherwise might rely on inaccurate information.

    Local Authorities, advised by and working through their public health teams, have also done a great deal to address health inequalities during the pandemic by standing up new local targeted interventions but also by maintaining equitable access to existing core services during the pandemic under often very challenging circumstances.

    What is PHE doing?

    One of PHE’s key contributions throughout the pandemic has been the reporting of inequalities. Careful accumulation, management and reporting of relevant data provides the vital intelligence needed to guide management of the pandemic, including work to address inequalities. The coronavirus dashboard provides daily detailed information on the spread of the virus down to small area level, highlighting stark geographical inequality across the country. Weekly surveillance reports provide further information and breakdown by age and ethnicity , and our excess mortality reports show the differential impact of the pandemic by age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation.

    Other PHE publications include the Wider Impacts of COVID-19 on Health (WICH) monitoring tool, to understand the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population’s health and wellbeing and on inequalities. COVID-19 and the restrictions in place have an impact on many factors related to health, such as access to healthcare, what food we buy and how active we are.

    PHE also produced guidance to help protect some of the most vulnerable, including for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping, for prisons and places of detention, as well as translating key guidance in multiple languages. Other existing PHE resources can support health professionals and local partners in addressing health inequalities, such as the Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) , the place-based approaches to inequalities and guidance on community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.

    In response to PHE’s review of disparities in risks and outcomes, the government committed to taking action to improve the evidence base on disparities and to protecting those at greatest risk across the UK. In October the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch MP, published the first quarterly report on progress to understand and tackle COVID-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background. This was accompanied by the announcement of a new ‘Community Champions’ scheme that will ‘provide funding to enhance existing communication strategies in the most at risk places, and fund work with grassroots advocates from impacted communities’.

    Where are we now?

    Sadly, it seems likely that the current increase in illness due to coronavirus will continue to affect disadvantaged groups disproportionately. The latest report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) shows that the proportion of patients in intensive care in England from the most deprived quintile rose from 26.0% before August 30th to 37.9% by end of September , as numbers of COVID-19 cases increased. Equally, while excess deaths seem to be higher than the expected baseline for most ethnic groups, the difference is higher for both men and women of Black and Asian ethnic groups that in White ethnic groups in the last week of available data.

    We must keep in mind that health inequalities, although long standing and widespread, are potentially avoidable. We are much better placed now to tackle inequality due to the pandemic and to provide the advice, protection, treatment and support required to reduce its effect. Recognising the impact that COVID-19 has had on health inequalities and acting on this knowledge decisively is a high priority for the next phase of the pandemic response. It will however require determined and co-ordinated action by multiple agencies at national and local level if we are to successfully tackle what is a complex and multi-faceted problem.

  • Make your Halloween tastier with these delicious pumpkin recipes
    30 October 2020

    Halloween is here and so are all the pumpkins. If you're in need to some Halloween inspiration look no further than these two delicious pumpkin recipes

    The post Make your Halloween tastier with these delicious pumpkin recipes appeared first on Healthista.

  • The Oncology Care Model is dead. Long Live the Oncology Care First Model.
    30 October 2020

    The Oncology Care Model is slated to end soon. Specifically, the last set of six-month episodes would initiate no later than December 31, 2020 and thus all episodes will be completed in June 30, 2021. Nevertheless, CMS is proposing a successor to the Oncology Care Model called the Oncology Care First (OCF) Model. CMS describes the revised approach as follows:

    …the payment mechanisms for the potential OCF Model would include: (1) A prospective, monthly population payment (MPP) for an OCF participant’s assigned population of Medicare FFS beneficiaries with cancer or a cancer-related diagnosis that would include payment for Evaluation and Management (E&M) services, “Enhanced Services” required under the terms of the model participation agreement, and drug administration services; and, (2) Total cost of care accountability for Medicare costs, including drug costs, incurred during a six-month episode of care triggered by a Medicare beneficiary’s receipt of a Part B or D chemotherapy drug, 6 with the opportunity to achieve a performance-based payment (PBP) or owe a repayment to CMS (PBP recoupment), depending on quality performance and costs relative to benchmark and target amounts

    What are the differences between OCM and OCF? AJMC reports some key differences:

    * CMS wants to shift some of the FFS payment to capitation, which “will pose challenges for OCF participants.” Evaluation and management (E/M) services and drug administration fees, which were previously outside the monthly practice transformation fee, would be folded inside it.
    * Improved performance-based-payment formulas would do a better job of accommodating rapidly rising drug costs and protect oncologists from being held responsible for events that are beyond their control.
    * New requirements may be added to require practices to gather patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

    A Health Affairs commentary by de Brantes and co-authors is skeptical that OCF will be a significant improvement over OCM.

    …today’s OCM are completely unpredictable because the actual expenses may vary from baseline depending on the specific nature of each cancer treated. Moreover, in OCF as in OCM, the treating physician is at risk for total costs of care, including services having nothing to do with cancer, like care after a car accident or for brittle diabetes. Adequately risk adjusting for each cancer type and stage across all possible cancers, including underlying patient-specific characteristics, seems all but impossible.

    Research by my colleagues Jim Baumgardner and colleagues (Baumgardner et al. 2018) quantifies some of the variation in cost types across OCM episodes.

    Implementation of OCF, however, has been pushed back due to COVID-19. The presence of a pandemic makes implementing payment reform problematic. As Lucio Gordan, MD–president and managing physician at Florida Cancer Specialists–mentions at AJMC:

    But during COVID-19, it’s really a bad time to do new models and experimenting or pushing the envelope too quick, too hard, because we are under a tremendous amount of stress, and none of us wants to fail and not deliver and have consequences in terms of 2-sided risk for our practices that could impact access to care to our patients.
    For Oncology Care First, I’m happy that they pushed back 12 months for 2022. We may need more time, but we’ll see how this plays out.

  • Fauci's Treacherous Ties to China and Globalists
    30 October 2020

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, this year rose to national prominence as the leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. By the time everything is said and done, he may end up wishing he’d gained less public exposure.

    In the October 19, 2020, report1 “Dr. Fauci’s COVID-19 Treachery,” Dr. Peter Breggin reveals Fauci’s “chilling ties” to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its military.

    A second, legal, report2 by Breggin titled “COVID-19 & Public Health Totalitarianism: Untoward Effects on Individuals, Institutions and Society,” was filed in a federal court in Ohio, August 31, 2020, as part of a lawsuit and injunction to put an end to the state’s pandemic measures.

    According to Breggin, Fauci “has been the major force” behind research activities that enabled the CCP to manufacture lethal SARS coronaviruses, which in turn led to the release — whether accidental or not — of SARS-CoV-2 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in Wuhan, China.

    Breggin claims Fauci has helped the CCP obtain “valuable U.S. patents,” and that he, in collaboration with the CCP and the World Health Organization, initially suppressed the truth about the origins and dangers of the pandemic, thereby enabling the spread of the virus from China to the rest of the world.

    Fauci has, and continues to, shield the CCP and himself, Breggin says, by “denying the origin of SARS-CoV-2” and “delaying and thwarting worldwide attempts to deal rationally with the pandemic.”

    Gain-of-Function Research Supported by Fauci

    In the executive summary of the report, Breggin documents 15 questionable activities that Fauci has been engaged in, starting with the fact that he funded dangerous gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses, both by individual Chinese researchers and the WIV in collaboration with American researchers. This research, Breggin says, allowed the CCP and its military to create their own bioweapons, including SARS-CoV-2.

    He points out that the American-Chinese collaboration was initially detailed in a paper written by two Chinese researchers, Botao Xiao (trained at Northwestern University and Harvard Medical School) and Lei Xiao back in February 2020. According to Breggin, the CCP forced them to recant and the paper was withdrawn.

    “The stated purpose [of gain-of-function research] is to learn to prevent and treat future outbreaks; but research labs are the most common source of outbreaks from dangerous pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, as well as two earlier accidental escapes by SARS viruses in 2004 from a research facility in Beijing,” Breggin writes.3

    As previously reported by Newsweek,4 the NIAID-funded gain-of-function research into bat coronaviruses was conducted in two parts. The first, which began in 2014 and ended in 2019,5 focused on “understanding the risk of bat coronavirus emergence.” Initial findings6 were published in Nature Medicine in 2015.

    The program, which had a budget of $3.7 million, was led by Wuhan virologist Shi Zheng-Li and sought to catalogue wild bat coronaviruses. It also involved U.S. scientists such as Ralph Barric from the University of North Carolina and Charles Lieber from Harvard.7

    The second phase that began in 2019 included additional surveillance of coronaviruses along with gain-of-function research to investigate how bat coronaviruses might mutate to affect humans. This second phase was run by the EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit research group led by Peter Daszak, an expert on disease ecology. According to Newsweek, the project proposal explained the research to be conducted as follows:8

    “’We will use S protein sequence data, infectious clone technology, in vitro and in vivo infection experiments and analysis of receptor binding to test the hypothesis that % divergence thresholds in S protein sequences predict spillover potential.’

    In layman's terms, ‘spillover potential’ refers to the ability of a virus to jump from animals to humans, which requires that the virus be able to attach to receptors in the cells of humans. SARS-CoV-2, for instance, is adept at binding to the ACE2 receptor in human lungs and other organs.

    According to Richard Ebright, an infectious disease expert at Rutgers University, the project description refers to experiments that would enhance the ability of bat coronavirus to infect human cells and laboratory animals using techniques of genetic engineering. In the wake of the pandemic, that is a noteworthy detail.”

    Why Did Fauci Continue Gain-of-Function Research?

    While President Trump canceled funding for dangerous gain-of-function research on viruses in April 2020 after the Chinese-American collaborations became publicly known, Fauci has since “unleashed a deluge of new funding that will almost certainly” benefit Chinese scientists with CCP ties who are still working in various U.S. universities and other research facilities.

    Part of the funding is again directed to the EcoHealth Alliance, which for years has outsourced its research projects to WIV and other Chinese researchers. That said, recent reports indicate the NIH is now demanding the organization produce records detailing its work with the Wuhan lab before the funding is released.9

    Fauci also continued outsourcing gain-of-function research to the WIV back in 2014, after then-President Obama ordered a stop to such research. At the time, he also continued to fund collaborations between U.S. and WIV researchers, led by Vineet Menachery, Ph.D., at the University of North Carolina.

    “In order to outsource dangerous viral research from the U.S. to China during the Obama moratorium, Fauci prematurely approved the Wuhan Institute as a highest level containment facility (known as BSL-4) capable of safely working with lethal viruses,” Breggin writes.10

    “He did this while knowing the Institute had a very poor safety record and while also knowing that all such facilities in China are overseen by the military as part of its biowarfare program. Thus, Fauci created two grave worldwide threats, the accidental release of a deadly coronavirus and/or its use as a military weapon.”

    Interestingly, while the original moratorium on gain-of-function research was a direct order by the President, when the moratorium was lifted at the end of 2017, it was done so by the National Institutes of Health and the NIAID.

    Fauci holds himself out as the ultimate source of objective scientific information and science-based conclusions. In reality, he works with and empowers globalist pharmaceutical firms and globalist organizations … These globalists gained power and influence as their policies and practices, including the shutdowns, continue to worsen conditions throughout the world. ~ Dr. Peter Breggin

    Fauci also defended and promoted gain-of-function research on bird flu viruses a decade ago, saying such research was worth the risk because it allows scientists to prepare for pandemics.11 However, as noted by Breggin, this kind of research does not appear to have improved governments’ pandemic responses one whit.

    Downplaying COVID-19 Risks

    Next, Breggin points out Fauci’s connections to and support of Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a member of a Marxist-Leninist Ethiopian political party whose corrupt past and terrorist ties have been highlighted ever since his controversial nomination.12,13,14 Incidentally, Tedros has also been accused of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia.

    “Together, they initially minimized the dangers of COVID-19. Fauci and Tedros also delayed worldwide preparations for the pandemic while allowing the Chinese to spread the virus with thousands of international passenger flights,” Breggin writes, adding:

    “Fauci publicly undermined the President’s criticism of Director-General Tedros and China. Instead, Fauci reassured the world that Tedros was a trustworthy and ‘outstanding’ man — implying that Tedros’s connections in China were similarly reliable and could be trusted.”

    Fauci’s Globalist Ties

    Interestingly, Fauci recently published a paper in which he again dismisses the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 was created in and released from the WIV, arguing instead for a natural mutation.

    “By persistently and unequivocally claiming that SARS-CoV-2 emerged from nature untouched by lab manipulations, Fauci continues to protect himself and China, and their relationship, to the endangerment of America and the rest of the world,” Breggin writes.

    “Fauci holds himself out as the ultimate source of objective scientific information and science-based conclusions. In reality, he works with and empowers globalist pharmaceutical firms and globalist organizations such as WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … These globalists gained power and influence as their policies and practices, including the shutdowns, continue to worsen conditions throughout the world.”

    The globalist, technocratic agenda also shines through Fauci’s call for a political agenda that protects the population from pathogens by limiting or eliminating “aggressive” and manmade interventions into nature. Fauci’s paper, published in the journal Cell in September 2020, reads in part:15

    “The COVID-19 pandemic is yet another reminder … that in a human-dominated world, in which our human activities represent aggressive, damaging, and unbalanced interactions with nature, we will increasingly provoke new disease emergences.

    We remain at risk for the foreseeable future. COVID-19 is among the most vivid wake-up calls in over a century. It should force us to begin to think in earnest and collectively about living in more thoughtful and creative harmony with nature …”

    Indeed, this language is straight out of the technocratic handbook, now rebranded as “the Great Reset.” As noted by Breggin:

    “Fauci’s utopian scheme, which overlaps with the Green New Deal, would permanently suppress and disrupt the activities and lives of the 7.8 billion people on Earth in the vain hope of reducing future pandemics.

    Thus the American official most responsible for the creation of SARS-CoV-2 in a Chinese lab instead blames its origins on human interventions into the environment and nature, thereby completely exonerating himself while holding humanity responsible.

    Simultaneously, he is using the pretext of protecting us from viruses to impose a radical totalitarian agenda upon humanity. Indeed, the largest, most aggressive, and most dangerous human interventions into nature must include Fauci-funded gain-of-function research in which viruses are taken out of nature and engineered into pathogens.”

    Fauci Continues to Hype COVID-19 Risks

    In the main body of the report (Page 7 onward), Breggin goes on to detail Fauci’s role in the media fearmongering that has allowed pandemic measures to stretch from an initial call for a two-week lockdown to eight months and counting. “Most people have very unrealistic fears about the risk of dying from COVID-19,” Breggin notes, and “This is due in part to the CDC and to Dr. Anthony Fauci who inflate the risk of COVID-19 deaths.”

    According to data16 released by the CDC August 26, 2020, only 6% of the total COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. had COVID-19 listed as the sole cause of death on the death certificate. The remaining 94% had an average of 2.6 health conditions that contributed to their deaths.

    “Most people who die while being positive for SARS-CoV-2 are near to or past their average longevity. In addition to being old, the great majority are already ill with heart disease, cancer, or some other chronic illnesses that may in fact have caused them to die.

    But even using the CDC’s biased data, the risk of death for most people is too small to require them to sacrifice the quality of their lives as the government demands under the threat of catching COVID-19,” Breggin writes.

    COVID-19 Is Less Lethal Than the Flu for Most

    According to a September 2, 2020, article17 in Annals of Internal Medicine, the infection fatality ratio has been overestimated due to the fact that many who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 remain asymptomatic, which makes it difficult to estimate the true infection rate.

    The researchers found that, when excluding those residing in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, the infection fatality rate for the average person is as follows:

    • Overall (all ages) — 0.26%
    • People younger than 40 — 0.01%
    • People aged 60 or older — 1.71%

    The estimated infection fatality rate for seasonal influenza listed in this paper is 0.8%. Other sources put it a little higher. In either case, this means that if you’re under the age of 60, your chance of dying from the flu is greater than your chance of dying from COVID-19.

    Breggin cites CDC data, noting that the CDC is using inflated numbers, but even at that, the risk of death for people under the age of 70 is lower than that of the flu. According to CDC estimates, the infection fatality ratios are as follows:18

    • 0-19 years — 0.003% (3 in 100,000)
    • 20-49 years — 0.02%
    • 50-69 years — 0.5%
    • 70+ years — 5%

    As noted by Breggin, the risk to children and youths is exceedingly small, “Yet Dr. Fauci and other public health officials continue to act as if there is a grave risk of exposing children and young adults to SARS-CoV-2, when there is not,” Breggin writes.

    Breggin’s 55-page report19 is well worth reading in its entirety. It contains far more details than I’ve been able to provide in this overview, and is fully referenced.

    Fauci Continues to Dismiss Hydroxychloroquine

    Breggin’s legal report,20 “COVID-19 & Public Health Totalitarianism: Untoward Effects on Individuals, Institutions and Society,” is also worth reading. It addresses the totalitarian threat posed by the global response to the pandemic, and details the psychological operations behind the fearmongering and the underhanded methods used to discredit hydroxychloroquine, among other things.

    Included is an open letter to Fauci about his dismissal of hydroxychloroquine, signed by Drs. George C. Fareed, Michael M. Jacobs and Donald C. Pompan, which reads, in part:21

    “Dear Dr. Fauci:

    You were placed into the most high-profile role regarding America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Americans have relied on your medical expertise concerning the wearing of masks, resuming employment, returning to school, and of course medical treatment.

    You are largely unchallenged in terms of your medical opinions … This is unusual in the medical profession in which doctors’ opinions are challenged by other physicians in the form of exchanges between doctors at hospitals, medical conferences, as well as debate in medical journals.

    You render your opinions unchallenged, without formal public opposition from physicians who passionately disagree with you. It is incontestable that the public is best served when opinions and policy are based on the prevailing evidence and science, and able to withstand the scrutiny of medical professionals.

    As experience accrued in treating COVID-19 infections, physicians worldwide discovered that high-risk patients can be treated successfully as an outpatient, within the first five to seven days of the onset of symptoms, with a ‘cocktail’ consisting of hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin (or doxycycline). Multiple scholarly contributions to the literature detail the efficacy of the hydroxychloroquine-based combination treatment.

    Dr. Harvey Risch, the renowned Yale epidemiologist, published an article in May 2020 in the American Journal of Epidemiology titled ‘Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to Pandemic Crisis’…

    Dr. Risch is an expert at evaluating research data and study designs, publishing over 300 articles. Dr. Risch’s assessment is that there is unequivocal evidence for the early and safe use of the ‘HCQ cocktail’ …

    Yet, you continue to reject the use of hydroxychloroquine, except in a hospital setting in the form of clinical trials, repeatedly emphasizing the lack of evidence supporting its use. Hydroxychloroquine, despite 65 years of use for malaria, and over 40 years for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, with a well-established safety profile, has been deemed by you and the FDA as unsafe for use in the treatment of symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

    Your opinions have influenced the thinking of physicians and their patients, medical boards, state and federal agencies, pharmacists, hospitals, and just about everyone involved in medical decision making.

    Indeed, your opinions impacted the health of Americans, and many aspects of our day-to-day lives including employment and school. Those of us who prescribe hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin/doxycycline believe fervently that early outpatient use would save tens of thousands of lives and enable our country to dramatically alter the response to COVID-19.

    We advocate for an approach that will reduce fear and allow Americans to get their lives back. We hope that our questions compel you to reconsider your current approach to COVID-19 infection.”

    Fauci — ‘An Extraordinarily Destructive Force’

    In Breggin’s estimation, Fauci “has been and continues to be an extraordinarily destructive force in the world.” Not only did he play a role in China’s ability to create SARS-CoV-2 and other potential biological weapons, he’s also covering up its origin, and initially tried to downplay the threat of the novel virus.

    To top it off, “he became the go-to scientist and management czar for the very pandemic that he helped to create, enormously increasing his power and influence, and the wealth of his institute and his global collaborators, including Bill Gates and the international pharmaceutical industry,” Breggin writes, adding, in conclusion:

    “In his rise to power, Fauci has done a great deal of additional damage … for example, by suppressing the most effective, safest, and least expensive medication treatment (hydroxychloroquine in varied combinations), while manipulating his clinical research to promote an ineffective, dangerous, and highly expensive drug (remdesivir).

    Fauci has also been supporting inflated COVID-19 case counts and reported deaths from the CDC, then using the inflated estimates to justify oppressive public health measures that have no precedent and little or no scientific basis, but add to his influence and power and to the wealth of his globalist associates …

    It is time to fire Fauci, to investigate this entire disaster, and to consider what needs to be done to protect the US and the world from future lab-generated pandemic disasters, whether accidental or intentional.”

  • Least Favored Veggies Are Top for Your Heart
    30 October 2020

    This likely isn’t the first time you’ve been advised to eat your vegetables, but I’m going to add a new declaration: Eat your vegetables, especially the ones you may not particularly like.

    If you’re not a vegetable eater, you technically may get your two to three servings per day by fitting in things like potatoes, carrots and corn (which isn’t actually a vegetable, by the way). But while those may be some of your most favorite veggies,1 they’re not the most nutritious options even though they do have some health benefits.

    Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts (one of America’s most hated vegetables), have a lot more to offer, including protection for your heart.

    In a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition,2 researchers looked at data from 684 older Western Australian women and found that those who ate more cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of extensive calcium buildup in their aortas, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart.

    The women in the study who ate more than 45 grams of cruciferous vegetables every day, such as a quarter cup of cooked broccoli or half a cup of raw cabbage, for example, were 46% less likely to have calcium buildup in their aortas compared to women who ate little to no cruciferous vegetables.

    This is significant because calcium buildup is one of the key markers for atherosclerosis and structural blood vessel disease. When calcium builds up in the arteries, it “hardens” the arteries, hinders blood flow and reduces the amount of blood that circulates around the body. This series of physiological changes is conventionally thought to be a primary underlying cause of heart attack or stroke.3

    On a side note, there are other working theories, however, that discount and refute the blocked artery notion. In his 2004 book, “The Etiopathogenesis of Coronary Heart Disease,”4 the late Dr. Giorgio Baroldi wrote that the largest study done on heart attack incidence revealed only 41% of people who have a heart attack actually have a blocked artery.

    And, of those, 50% of the blockages occur after the heart attack, not prior to it. This means at least 80% of heart attacks are not associated with blocked arteries at all.

    According to Dr. Thomas Cowan, a practicing physician, founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart,” three of the core, underlying issues that cause heart attacks are decreased parasympathetic tone followed by sympathetic nervous system activation, collateral circulation failure (lack of microcirculation to the heart) and lactic acid buildup in the heart muscle due to impaired mitochondrial function.

    You can learn more about Cowan and his thoughts on this in “A New Way of Looking at Heart Disease and Novel Treatment Options.”

    Cruciferous Vegetables Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women of all racial and ethnical groups in the U.S., killing one person every 37 seconds.5 Aside from all of the deaths attributed to heart disease, another 12.1% of Americans are living with some type of chronic heart condition.6

    You may think that a lot of this comes down to your genetics, but while you may be predisposed to certain conditions, the study confirms that the development of heart disease largely has to do with your diet. This study is groundbreaking because it shows an actual mechanism for how cruciferous vegetables help prevent heart disease.

    Lauren Blekkenhorst, Ph.D., one of the lead researchers on the study, explains that the high content of vitamin K in cruciferous vegetables helps inhibit calcification in the blood vessels.7 But there are other nutritional compounds that have a positive effect on your heart too.

    One of the most notable is sulforaphane, an isothiocyanate compound that gives cruciferous vegetables their signature odor. If you’ve ever cooked broccoli or Brussels sprouts, you know that smell I’m referring to. While these compounds can certainly clear a room, they are just as powerful when it comes to your health.

    Other than sulforaphane, the nutrients in cruciferous vegetables that have a positive effect on your heart health include:8

    • Selenium
    • Flavonoids
    • Anthocyanins
    • Polyphenols
    • Antioxidant enzymes
    Cruciferous Vegetables Can Help Prevent Cancer

    Cruciferous vegetables are also rich in sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates. When you chew or chop cruciferous vegetables, the glucosinolates come into contact with plant enzymes that speed up their breakdown and produce secondary compounds that help prevent cancer.9

    These compounds help eliminate carcinogens from your body so they don’t cause DNA damage that can result in cancer. They also prevent normal cells from developing into cancerous cells.

    Several studies have also confirmed that the isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables, including sulforaphane, have distinct anti-cancer activity. The isothiocyanates spark hundreds of genetic changes, activating some genes that fight cancer and switch off others that fuel tumors.

    In one study, sulforaphane was shown to reduce the incidence and rate of chemically induced mammary tumors in animals. It also inhibited the growth of cultured human breast cancer cells, leading to cell death.10 Lead author of the study, Olga Azarenko, said:11

    “Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower.”

    According to Azarenko, sulforaphane works in a similar fashion to the anticancer drugs taxol and vincristine, but without the toxic side effects. Other studies have confirmed the protective benefits of these vegetables for other types of cancer as well, such as:

    • Bladder cancer — Researchers found that the higher the intake of cruciferous vegetables, the lower the risk of bladder cancer12
    • Lung cancer — Researchers found that smokers with a high intake of cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of developing lung cancer13
    • Prostate cancer — This study, published in PLOS ONE in 2008, discovered that just a few additional portions of broccoli each week could protect men from prostate cancer14
    • Colon cancer — A review of epidemiological studies found a significant inverse relationship between intake of cruciferous vegetables and colon cancer risk.15 In other words, prospective studies show that eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables helps prevent the development of colon cancer
    Other Health Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables

    While heart disease and cancer prevention are big benefits of cruciferous vegetables, they have a lot more to offer too. Studies show that eating cruciferous vegetables can also:16

    Prevent metabolic disorders and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

    Help control weight and reduce your risk of obesity

    Prevent respiratory complications from human papilloma virus (HPV)

    Reduce and prevent inflammation associated with respiratory disorders

    Prevent oxidative stress, which can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

    Slow down cognitive decline in older age

    Exhibit antimicrobial effects against pathogenic bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter aerogenes, Salmonella serovar typhimurium, Escherichia coli and Shigella sonnei

    Prevent asthma

    Help boost your body’s natural detoxification pathways

    What Are Cruciferous Vegetables?

    I’ve already mentioned broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, some of the most common cruciferous vegetables, but there are others too. The cruciferous vegetables, and vegetables that belong to the cruciferous family, include:17


    Collard greens



    Mustard greens



    Bok choy

    Chinese cabbage






    How Many Cruciferous Vegetables Should You Eat?

    It’s currently recommended that adults eat between 2.5 and 3.5 cups of vegetables per day,18 which equals about three to seven servings. There currently is no USDA recommendation for cruciferous vegetables specifically, but adults should have one to three cups of vegetables, including cruciferous, each day, depending on your activity level.19

    The way that cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts are prepared matters too. A 2011 study showed that not only can Brussels sprouts produce enzymes to detoxify your body from cancer-inducing properties but steaming them also brings out the best combination of benefits.20

    Boiling, on the other hand, destroys the metabolic processes that release myrosinase and activate glucosinolates, which together generate metabolites.21 And, should you decide to eat them raw, then just the act of chewing can activate those glucosinolates, too.22

    At some point, you may have heard that cruciferous vegetables can negatively affect thyroid health or even cause thyroid cancer, rather than prevent it. That’s because the breakdown of glucosinolates can create a compound called goitrin, which can block thyroid hormone production and cause hypothyroidism, or a low functioning thyroid.

    The breakdown of glucosinolates also creates compounds that compete with iodine, and inadequate iodine can also lead to hypothyroidism. The cancer concern was raised in a study of Malaysian women who consumed large amounts of cruciferous vegetables.23,24 The women also had a low iodine intake and mild iodine deficiency, which researchers felt contributed to their cancer.

    While this is not something to ignore, it’s important to remember that a balanced diet always works best — in other words, make your cruciferous veggies part of your diet, but not your main part, and you won’t have to worry about negative effects on your thyroid gland.

  • Massey Cancer Center and VCUarts win Hamilton International Arts in Health Award
    30 October 2020
    Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 30 2020

    Last year, 12 patients in the Supportive Care Clinic at VCU Massey Cancer Center stepped inside a conference room, donned motion sensors and engaged in a facilitated life review, acting out various parts of their lives through a virtual avatar displayed on a projection screen.

    Recently, the unique collaboration between researchers at VCUarts and Massey’s Palliative Care Program was recognized with a tie for first place in the 2nd Annual Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards from the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH).

    The Hamilton Awards are open to artists working in all media or arts in health programs in community or clinical settings. Applicants must demonstrate measurable improvements in the health and well-being of the intended population.

    NOAH jurors highlighted the project’s innovative approach to transforming traditional life review therapy into a dynamic, digital experience, and they also commended its evaluation of participant outcomes.

    Details of the study, VoicingHan, were published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media in June and the Journal of Palliative Medicine in September.

    There is a Korean concept known as ‘Han’ that reflects a paradoxical state of being that combines extreme grief with a great hope for overcoming a seemingly impossible situation. Of all the people with whom I’ve discussed this concept, the palliative care team knew and understood it so deeply. It is exactly the scenario that their patients deal with every day. Han brought us together, instantly from the first meeting.”

    Semi Ryu, MFA, Associate Professor, Department of Kinetic Imaging at VCUarts and Department of Internal Medicine at VCU School of Medicine

    Han in the context of Korean healing rituals is what inspired Ryu to apply her expertise in interactive art to a health care setting. Previously, she facilitated similar avatar-based life reviews with residents at a local nursing home. When she mentioned her work to John E. Nestler, M.D., MACP, physician-scientist in residence at VCUarts, he quickly connected her with Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., director of Massey’s Palliative Care Program.

    “We’ve known for a long time that people’s physical and psychological well-being are deeply connected. Palliative care is about relieving and managing symptoms, and a lot of our research focuses on how to do that without overprescribing medications,” says Del Fabbro, who is also the Palliative Care Endowed Chair at VCU Massey Cancer Center and a professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at VCU School of Medicine.

    “Dr. Nestler and my team saw a lot of promise in translating Professor Ryu’s work to our patient population, so we applied for and received a pilot project grant from Massey to help fund the project.”

    Participants in the study completed several questionnaires assessing their symptoms and spiritual well-being prior to the study and again a month later. One test, the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-Being Scale (FACIT-Sp), showed overall improvements in scores while another, the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), showed improvement in six of 11 patients.

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    Every participant in the study either agreed or strongly agreed that the experience was beneficial and helped them reflect on past, present and future hopes. Each responded that they would participate again and would recommend it to others.

    “The results from the pilot study were overwhelmingly positive,” said Ryu. “Our plans to continue the work have been interrupted by the pandemic; however, we hope to extend the study to more patients in Massey’s Palliative Care Program. We are also exploring working with children with mental health issues, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

    “I think VCU is at the forefront of integrating art in health care settings and showing that there can be positive impacts not only for our patients and their loved ones, but also for our providers and our medical students,” said Nestler, who is also a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and former chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at VCU School of Medicine.

    “The Hamilton Award from NOAH demonstrates the progress and commitment VCU has made in these types of interdisciplinary collaborations, and we are starting to stand out internationally for demonstrating our impact using rigorous scientific methods.”

    VoicingHan is one of many examples of the growing VCU Arts in Health program, a collaboration between VCU School of Medicine and VCUarts. Recognizing the innovative application of art for the benefit of cancer patients, the VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation nominated the project for the Hamilton International Arts in Health Award.

    Other VCU School of Medicine initiatives include the use of embodiment, a combination of virtual reality (VR) and weighted garments applied to various parts of the body, so medical students can empathize with the experiences of patients with physical limitations and the elderly; improvisational training for medical students and doctors to enhance communication skills and help facilitate difficult conversations; and utilizing VR for practicing surgical procedures.

    In addition, a committee from VCUarts is collaborating with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to make its new children’s tower inviting for pediatric patients.

    The VCU Health Arts in Healthcare program also maintains vibrant rotating art exhibits throughout VCU Health facilities, hosts a lunchtime concert series at VCU Medical Center and employs music therapists to bring harmony and healing to patients’ bedsides.

    “I’m honored by this award and thankful for my collaborators at Massey who helped make it possible and to VCUarts for their enthusiastic support,” said Ryu. “It’s exciting to be at an institution that supports special partnerships that nurture both art and health care, and to work with medical professionals who value the benefits that art can bring to the patient experience.”

    Source: | Medical News

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  • Armie Hammer says he’s had difficulties dealing with coronavirus pandemic lockdown
    30 October 2020

    Armie Hammer opened up about the restless early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and how he sought help.

    The 34-year-old actor, chatting with British GQ’s Heroes series, said he was not in a good place this past spring amid international shutdowns in response to the spread of COVID-19.

    ‘I think like everyone else on the planet, I felt like the rug was ripped from under my feet,’ said the Santa Monica, California native. ‘And I felt like I could feel it happening in slow-motion, like the rug was just being ripped from my feet and I was falling face-first and I was gonna smash my face on the ground.

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    The latest: Armie Hammer, 34, opened up to British GQ’s Heroes series about the restless early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and how he sought help amid the tough times

    ‘I felt like I was in a state of like, free fall almost, like it was just, it was really difficult.’

    The Call Me by Your Name leading man, who had spent the earlier part of the lockdown in the Cayman Islands, acknowledged his privileged lifestyle in saying his wealthy background did not diminish the mental anguish he was experiencing.

    ‘I know there are people that had it way harder than I did,’ he said, ‘but it’s all subjective, you can only deal with your own reality and mine was felt like it was falling apart.’

    He added: That’s a really kind of scary place but at the same time it’s a place of change in change is the only universal constant. Change is scary, but at the same time, change always precipitates growth and it was the time to grow.’

    The Santa Monica, California native said, ‘I felt like I was in a state of like, free fall almost, like it was just, it was really difficult’

    The Call Me by Your Name leading man acknowledged his privilege in saying his fame and wealth did not diminish the mental anguish he was experiencing

    The On the Basis of Sex actor said he felt the lockdown, which caused many to hunker down in their homes, presented either ‘a time to grow or a time to implode,’ and that ‘without paying attention,’ he ‘started down the path down completely imploding.’

    Hammer said he’d let his ‘mental health lapse’ in ‘allowing [himself] to end up in positions or situations that [he] knew were detrimental.’

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. actor said change came in the form of a wake up call he had, and that he finally reached out for help.

    ‘I had a very intense wake up call one day and I realize that I needed more help than I realized,’ he said. ‘So I called a friend of mine, Brendan, who works in mental health and I was like, “Dude, it’s not good. It’s not good for me,” and he goes, “I know, it’s not good for anyone,” and I go, “Yeah, but really not good for me, like I’m having a really hard time. I don’t know what the answer to this is.”‘

    The On the Basis of Sex actor said he felt the lockdown, which caused many to hunker down in their homes, presented either ‘a time to grow or a time to implode’

    Breakthrough: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. actor said change came in the form of a wake up call he had, and that he finally reached out for help

    Hammer said his friend ‘ended up getting [him] on the phone with a therapist who [he] started working with multiple times a week just to get me through sort of like the crisis aspect of what was going on.’

    Hammer gave a theory of why he and others have tended to be introspective amid the lockdown.

     Time of change: Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers announced they were splitting up this past July. They were snapped in Hollywood in 2018

    ‘I think that this has been a very interesting time where when we stripped away everything that society said, “Oh, you can distract yourself with going out to dinner, you can distract yourself with night clubs, you can distract yourself with pubs, you can distract yourself with whatever;” when that was stripped away, we were stuck dealing with ourselves.

    ‘And I think a lot of people realized that they didn’t like what themselves looked like. They didn’t like where they’d gotten to, and I was in that position as well and I decided to just take whatever steps I could to make a difference and to help myself.’

    Hammer and estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 38, split this past July after 10 years of marriage; he said that regular therapy has helped him become a better father to their kids, daughter Harper, five, and son Ford, three.

    ‘I can’t be the best father that I can be if I’m not the best version of myself,’ he said. ‘I can’t be the best friend, I can’t be the best actor, I can’t be any of that if I’m not actually a good, healthy, functioning version of myself.

    ‘And having the time to sit with myself in quarantine made it painfully clear that I’ve got some improvement to do and that’s the goal, that’s the journey.’

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