Weight Loss, Covid-19 Update and Pregnancy Info

Health Tip of the Week:  In the last 3-4 years, advances in the study of nutrition and weight loss have blasted off like a rocket into outer space.  Old methods and theories are being disproved at an amazing rate.  Conventional weight loss recommendations have been shown to not only contribute to fluctuations in weight, but actual weight gain and ill health.  One of the newest applications has to do with how often we eat and the timing of when you eat your food.  Intermittent fasting is another important factor in helping to optimize your weight. According to doctors who have researched intermittent fasting, our ancient ancestors did not have access to food 24/7, so our genetics are optimized to having food at variable intervals, not every few hours. When you eat every few hours for months, years, or decades, never missing a meal, your body forgets how to burn fat as a fuel.  According to Zoe Harcombe, the author of The Obesity Epidemic, It becomes very inefficient at it. So, even though you've got 10, 30, 50, or 100 pounds of fat on your body, you can't burn it off.  One of the basic, fundamental principles is that — with few exceptions — you cannot burn body fat if you have other fuel available.  "In the vast majority of the circumstances, if you've got carbohydrate available, either readily available – because you've just eaten carbohydrates – in the blood stream, or readily available in glycogen, of which we can store about 1,500 calories' worth; as long as you've got that, your body has absolutely no need to break down body fat whatsoever," she says, adding:  "I mapped out a scenario in a presentation that I did recently, looking at somebody who's consumed predominantly carbohydrate calories and somebody who's consumed predominantly fat, protein, meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, and seeds (what we call good calories). Your body can use the good calories, because the fat and protein are also used for basal metabolic needs, cell repair, fighting infection, and building bone density."  As long as you're getting enough healthy fat, you don't need carbohydrates to cover your energy needs. In fact, in order to use up the energy provided by a 55 percent carb diet you'd have to be a triathlete or someone who exercises vigorously for hours every day.

Thought for the Week:  Skip the carbs (foods that contain or breakdown into sugar), eat lots of veggies, nuts and protein.  Use healthy oils (olive, walnut, coconut, fish) liberally. Limit fruit to special occasions such as a treat when you have a sweet craving.  If you do this, your body will burn fat and become healthier.

Chiropractic Thought for the Week:  One of the best analogies in chiropractic is that of the garden hose and irrigation.  Water flows through the hose and waters the garden.  With an ample supply of water, the garden flourishes and is healthy.  Cut off the water and the plants wither, dry-up and eventually die.  The same can be said of your nervous system.  Nerve impulses flow through the spinal nerves from the brain and spinal cord and control and co-ordinate the function of every system in your body.  Decrease the nerve flow and the body does not work as well as it should and eventually symptoms and ill health occur.  Cut off the nerve flow entirely and the body ceases to live.  Spinal bone misalignment obstructs nerve flow to the body and can lead to ill health.  Chiropractors correct the alignment of the spine, eliminating nerve pressure so that the body can function as nature intended.

Pregnancy / Prenatal Chiropractic Care:  New research points to the importance of prebiotics and probiotics during pregnancy.  Research shows that the pregnant mother’s beneficial gut bacteria can be passed onto the uterus and can influence the immune system development of the fetus.  For more pregnancy information and prenatal chiropractic care, check my YouTube Channel, Doc J Zimmerman and our Pregnancy Prenatal Chiropractic Care playlist.

Covid-19 Update:  Two recent Israeli studies shed light on Covid-19 infection and vaccination.  One study of over 2.5 million people found that fully vaccinated people were 7 times more likely to suffer Covid-19 reinfection than people who acquired covid-19 and had natural immunity.  In addition, an Israeli study of over 700,000 people published this past August found that people who had natural covid-19 immunity had 27% less chance of developing a 2nd Covid-19 infection then people who were fully vaccinated.  An April 2021 study posted on medRxiv1 reported “the overall estimated level of protection from prior natural Covid-19 infection is 94.8%; hospitalization 94.1%; and severe illness 96·4%. Our results question the need to vaccinate previously-infected individuals.”  An October 2021 study by the Yale School of Public Health that was published in The Lancet Microbe reported that unvaccinated people may have immunity against reinfection for up to 5 years after they get COVID-19.

Atlantic County, NJ and Covid-19:  Atlantic County has 876 new cases of Covid-19 over the last two week period, down from 1,056 cases the prior 2 weeks. Our 7 day average cases reported 56 cases per day.  Atlantic County has had 21 deaths in the last two week period.    On 10/24/2021, there were a total of 1137 people admitted in all of New Jersey’s hospitals for care of Covid-19 infections, up from 897 a week ago.  In the USA, 413 million doses of the vaccine have been given out.  189 million people are fully vaccinated. 44.9 million people have contracted the Covid-19 virus in the USA.

Vaccine Informed Consent Information:   Informed consent means that the person to be vaccinated has to be informed about all the risks, the risk benefit ratios, the potential dangers and what is known about side effects. For example, informed consent takes place in all drug advertising.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded one-year supplemental grants totaling $1.67 million to five institutions to explore potential links between COVID vaccines and menstrual changes, after thousands of women reported menstrual irregularities after vaccination. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System data released 10/24/21 by the CDC showed a total of 818,044 reports of adverse reactions from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 17,128 deaths. Serious injuries reported in this time period totaled 122,833 between Dec. 14, 2020 and 10/24/2021. According to the CDC, as of October 24th 2021,   This week’s data for 12- to 17-year-olds show 21,921 total adverse events, including 1,325 rated as serious and 25 reported deaths among 12- to 17-year-olds.  57 cases of anaphylaxis, 535 reports of myocarditis and 119 reports of blood clotting disorders in the 12-17 year old age group. “CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks,” the agency said in a health alert.  This week’s data for pregnancy /prenatal vaccination shows pregnant women had over 4,000 adverse events reported including 1,969 reports of miscarriage or premature birth.  VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database contains information on unverified reports of adverse events following immunization. Reports are accepted from anyone and can be submitted electronically.

Author
Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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