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Dr. Quay speaks with Fox News about origin of COVID-19

Researcher traces origin of COVID-19

 

As we begin the near year, experts are still working hard to learn more about COVID-19 to learn how to fight it. We caught up with a lead researcher in Taiwan about new information he has discovered about the origin of the novel virus.

As COVID-19 has stumped researchers for a year, new information continues to surface daily about the highly contagious virus. At top of that research are drug makers trying to figure out how to successfully treat it.

“One of the things you need to do in developing COVID therapeutics, which Atossa Therapeutics is involved in, is identify the origin of a virus, what it looked like at the beginning, and then how it began to change as it infected humans. So in investigating that process, I found an unusual pattern in what’s called a genetic cluster. Four patients with literally the same virus or only a tiny number of changes and viruses that represent both the very first version that entered humans and the second are called Clad A and Clad B. These four patients were seen at the end of December and early January, at the PLA Hospital in Wuhan China. PLA is the military hospital there. That was really the first genetic cluster and they are so close together, it’s very clear that they were passing the infection among themselves. So there’s lots of questions that raises probably more questions than answers: were they on a military mission together to southern China, what is the relationship? Why were they at the military hospital at that time? And then the second point is 100 meters from that hospital is a subway station,” explains Dr. Quay.

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A Guide to Keeping Your Body and Mind Nourished During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Guest article from Stephanie Haywood

If the COVID-19 outbreak is preventing you from getting to the gym, yoga studio, meditation center, grocery store—or anywhere else you rely on to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally fit—you’ll be glad to know that your health and wellness goals don’t need to suffer during the pandemic. To assist you in staying true to these goals, we’ve compiled some resources on working out, eating nutritiously, and practicing self-care during COVID-19—all from the comfort of your home.

Healthy Eating for Greater Immunity

Even though you may not be shopping for groceries as often as you used to, you can still find ways to prepare nutritious meals.

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How to Shop Safely During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Where Does Costco Deliver? Costco Delivery Near Me
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Learn the Facts About Fasting

Home Workouts to Keep You Physically Fit

While the gym may be off limits, you can still engage in regular exercise.

The Best At-Home Workout Streaming Services to Try During COVID-19
The 9 Best YouTube Yoga Channels for Practicing Yoga at Home
51 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
Use a Smartwatch to Accurately Measure All Your Workouts

Self-Care Strategies for Less Stress and Anxiety

While exercising and eating healthy will keep you physically and mentally strong, look for ways to relax as well.

15 Ways to Practice Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
Checklist for Clearing Bad Energy from Your Home
Meditation for Anxiety: Try a Free Headspace Meditation
10 Self-Care Tips to Cope with Isolation and Stress
24 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help Ease Depression (and Ideas for Preparing Them!)
8 Things to Do at Home While Social Distancing to Keep Your Sanity

Great Alternatives to Face-to-Face Therapy

Most of us are under considerable strain during the pandemic, so look to mental health professionals for extra support.

Coronavirus Anxiety: Should I See My Therapist Face-to-Face?
Manage Anxiety & Stress During COVID-19
Distance Therapy: Understanding Phone and Internet Therapy
The 7 Best Mental Health Apps of 2020

As we adjust to this new normal, some aspects of our lives will become more of a challenge—especially if we’re used to practicing yoga in a studio or meeting face-to-face with a licensed psychotherapist. However, these tips and resources will help to keep our bodies and minds strong and healthy as we learn to distance ourselves from others and spend more of our free time from the comfort and safety of our homes.

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Does Intermittent Fasting Really Promote Weight Loss?

This is a post originally from Emily Monoco at Organic Authority.

Intermittent fasting has been touted high and low as the ideal anti-inflammatory diet; we even did a deep dive into the ins and outs of intermittent fasting (and busted a few intermittent fasting myths). While the practice exists in many forms, the basic principle never wavers: restricting eating to a small window to reap purported benefits including improved health, clearer skin, better sleep, and more. So when a recent study seemed to negate these benefits, the health and wellness world was all aflutter, with the New York Post claiming the “Much-hyped intermittent fasting diet” was “bunk.”

But reporters may have jumped the gun when slamming the practice entirely, according to some experts.

The Facts About Intermittent Fasting

The recently published study was led by researchers at UC San Francisco and was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. It examined one of the most popular forms of intermittent fasting: restricting eating to eight-hour windows separated by 16 hours of fasting.

The study included 116 men and women with a BMI between 27 and 46. It found that those who were randomly assigned to follow the practice lost an average of 2 pounds per day, while those who did not follow the practice lost 1.5 pounds per day. Despite the discrepancy, the study found no significant difference between the two groups in total fat mass, lean mass, fasting insulin, or resting energy expenditure. Some even experienced negative effects of fasting, including lean muscle loss. The study concluded that this practice was not effective on its own as a means of losing weight or improving key metabolic markers.

Corresponding author Ethan J. Weiss, MD, who has been following the practice for years, notes that he was “very surprised” with the results, noting that “we did not see important changes in any circulating biomarkers.” Previous studies, mainly on mice, had promised benefits ranging from weight loss to longevity.

“I am not recommending [intermittent fasting] now,” he says, “but I am going to keep studying it.”

What This Means for Intermittent Fasting

But this study does not fully negate the benefits of the practice.

Firstly, some of the weight loss benefits of intermittent fasting stem from calorie restriction: fewer opportunities for eating during the day naturally contribute to a lower calorie intake overall. The study did not account for this, seeing both groups consume similar calorie intakes.

Secondly, weight loss is far from the only benefit of intermittent fasting. In fact, according to fasting fan health and fitness expert Drew Manning, author of “Fit2Fat2Fit,” “fasting is not the best tool for weight loss.” Instead, fasting proponents enjoy myriad secondary benefits, including reduced blood sugar, aid in cellular repair, improved digestion, and improved heart health.

“A large body of laboratory and clinical research shows that intermittent fasting, when combined with a healthy diet, can confer biochemical benefits that support our body’s health defenses,” explains William W. Li, MD, physician and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.” “These benefits have ranged from suppression of cancer development by cutting off the blood supply to tumors to regeneration of immune cells to improving the gut microbiome.”

Dr. Steven Quay, M.D., PhD., Head of Two COVID-19 Clinical Trials (HOPE Study and AT-301 Nasal Spray), agrees.

“Intermittent fasting has so many other benefits even when ideal weight is achieved, and weight loss is no longer happening,” he says. “Glucose homeostasis, insulin usage, immune stem cell activation, epigenetic changes to genes, etc. are all achieved with TRE [Time-Restricted Eating]. In almost any mammalian species studied, TRE leads to increased, disease-free longevity.”

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even showed that fasting can increase metabolic rate, contributing to sustained weight loss over the long term.

How to Fast Properly

Fasting alone is not enough to reap any benefits of the practice – weight loss or otherwise. And one thing that almost all of our experts noted was that the study did not examine what sorts of foods participants were eating in their feeding windows, something that is an essential piece of any intermittent fasting regime.

“Intermittent fasting is a useful tool to help the body regulate its health defenses,” says Li, “but it has to be combined with other factors such as eating healthy foods during feeding period and controlling the volume of food that is eaten.”

Manning recommends associating the practice with a keto diet, which will facilitate fasting, and embracing a whole food approach.

“Also be open to mixing up your routine so that your body is constantly adapting,” he says.

Tara Stiles, yoga expert and author of “Clean Mind, Clean Body: A 28-Day Plan for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Self-Care,” highlights another limitation of the study: the imposed eating window from 12pm to 8pm – a restriction purportedly imposed as it’s easier for people to skip breakfast than dinner.

“I’d be interested to see if the same study shifted the time window to include breakfast (with no other suggestions) might have a snowball effect of nudging folks to get to bed earlier, go out to big dinners less frequently, and prepare nourishing foods at home more frequently,” she says. “Any real, meaningful change requires a lifestyle shift, and it’s better when it comes from inspiration from a real desire to feel better which leads to stress reduction, than a diet out of fear causing more stress and ultimately failure.”

Ultimately, fasting is like any eating protocol: it works best in tandem with other healthy habits.

“It’s one tool in our tool belt,” says Manning. “It can be used effectively and I’ve had countless people lose weight and fat on this protocol as long as it’s done correctly.”

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FOX NEWS: Doctor suggests salt to help fight COVID-19

Now that we’re all wearing masks, what if you could enhance it to protect yourself even more from germs? We talked to a doctor who believes a simple, salty solution could make a big difference.

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FOX NEWS: Your COVID-19 manual: a doctor’s advice on how to treat at home

HOUSTON – A doctor wrote a book called the COVID-19 Survival Manual, hoping to help people treat themselves at home and stay out of the hospital, all while his company is trying to develop a nasal spray to help treat it.  

Dr. Steven Quay, President and CEO of Atossa Therapeutics, wants us to understand what he calls three phases of COVID-19. He says the first two phases can usually be treated at home, but the third means a trip to the hospital. The goal is to treat the first two phases at home to prevent your body from slipping into the third phase.

 
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