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2020 - Opinion: The US food system is killing Americans - L.A. Focus Newspaper

While much of the rationale has focused on our government's flat-footed response and poor public health infrastructure, this ignores a significant and underrecognized risk factor -- the exceedingly poor baseline health of our country's population.

Among the most significant risk factors for hospitalization and death in Covid-19 are the presence of diet-related chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease and obesity. America's starting point? Nearly three out of four American adults are overweight or obese.

And half of US adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. A 2018 study found that only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy, which is defined as having optimal levels of blood markers and pressures as well as waist circumference. Diet-related diseases are no longer the things you have to worry about down the road. In a pandemic environment, they could hasten death next week.

Poor metabolic health stems, in part, from poor-quality diets and poor nutrition. Just as baseline chronic disease portends a worse outcome for individuals with Covid-19, our food system is our country's pre-existing condition that leaves us all at greater risk. As doctors and chefs, we feel that now, more than ever, it is critical to address nutrition insecurity in America head on.

While food insecurity is about providing more food, nutrition insecurity is about providing the right food, so we and our children can build the metabolic heath we need to better survive this and future pandemics.

Most of our legacy food policies were born of national security concerns in the 1940s. They were conceptualized during a time of absolute caloric deprivation, when as many as 40% of military recruits were ineligible for service because of malnutrition and being underweight. Soon initiatives such as the National School Lunch Program, the modern food stamp program and other nutrition assistance programs followed.

In the private sector, subsidies enabled mass production and stockpiling of food in preparation for food scarcity during the next global conflict. The postwar industrialization of food led to a domestic food market rife with highly processed, carbohydrate-laden, shelf-stable and convenient foods.

Consumption of these cheap products increased, while consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables decreased. The American diet flipped from largely whole foods to highly processed foods requiring little time and cooking. The diet-related disease debacle we face today is one unintended outcome.

Programs born of good intent for reasons of national security and convenience no longer fit the bill. Instead of keeping our children and most vulnerable healthy and productive, we are now sicker than we were post-Depression. A 2018 report filed by Mission: Readiness, a council of retired admirals and generals who advocate for policies that help kids stay healthy, in school and out of trouble, stated that, "In the United States, 71 percent of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 do not qualify for mil

2020 - Ask Dr. Kevin: The Challenges of Diagnosing Hereditary ATTR-CM, a Rare Heart Disease – A Patient’s Journey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Following Randy’s diagnosis, he and his wife, Priscilla, quickly realized their daily lives would be changed drastically. Priscilla started to pick up even more responsibilities around the house, while also helping Randy manage his ATTR-CM. Priscilla shared, “When Randy was first diagnosed, I was surprised because he had always been very healthy. Overall, I would say my reaction was shock.”

2020 - FILM REVIEW: 'Sometimes Always Never' is touching film about sustaining within loss | BlackPressUSA

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Virtual Cinema experience was created to assist temporarily closed independent theaters. By purchasing a “ticket,” you will be directly supporting Music Box Theatre, as all revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor just as if you bought your ticket at the theater’s box office.

2020 - COVID-19 cases rise alarmingly by 44 - Stabroek News

Guyana yesterday saw an alarming rise in new coronavirus cases by 44 with 38 of these in Region Nine.

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2020 - Fake Pelosi video goes viral on Facebook - L.A. Focus Newspaper

A similarly false video of Pelosi went viral on Facebook in May 2019. At the time, Pelosi blasted Facebook for not removing the video. Facebook had instead applied a fact-check label to it.

Facebook did not remove the new video on Sunday either, meaning it can still be viewed on the platform but a warning label has been placed on it. Videos marked false are also promoted less by Facebook's algorithms, the company says. Facebook said it will also send a notification to people who shared the video to flag the fact check.

That the video was viewed so many times will likely prompt renewed scrutiny of policies on misinformation. The earlier manipulated Pelosi video prompted similar scrutiny.

The video was fact-checked by Facebook's fact-checking partner Lead Stories on Sunday.

The video is from a press conference Pelosi gave in May in which she was asked about false allegations President Donald Trump made about the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough.

Hany Farid, a visual forensic expert and professor at the University of California Berkeley, reviewed the video on Sunday and told CNN it had been edited and slowed down.

"This appears to be the same type of manipulation (of) the Speaker Pelosi that made the rounds last year," Farid said.

Farid said the video should be removed under Facebook's manipulated media policy. Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN Sunday night the video did not break its policies in a way that would warrant it being removed.

Stone told CNN, "Following an incident over a year ago with a previous video of Speaker Pelosi, we took a number of key steps, making it very clear to people on Facebook when a third-party fact-checker determines content to be false and updating our policy to make explicit the kind of manipulated media we will remove. And, as always, when a video is determined false, its distribution is dramatically reduced and people who see it, try to share it, or have already shared it, see warnings alerting them that it's false."

The video was posted by a Facebook user Thursday with the caption, "This is unbelievable, she is blowed out of her mind, I bet this gets taken down!"

The Facebook user used a copy of the video that was originally posted on TikTok, based on a graphic at the end of the video.

That TikTok video, which was posted in May, only had 37,000 views, however.

After CNN asked about the video Sunday, a TikTok spokesperson said the company had removed it for violating its "synthetic media policy."

"Our users value seeing authentic content on TikTok, and we do, too, which is why we remove harmful misleading and deceptive content as we become aware of it," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Copies of the video are also circulating on YouTube.

CNN has reached out to YouTube and Pelosi's office for comment.

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2020 - Ali sworn in as President - Stabroek News

Exactly five months after voters went to the polls and the rolling back of blatant efforts to rig the March 2nd general elections in favour of APNU+AFC, the PPP/C’s presidential candidate Irfaan Ali was dramatically sworn in yesterday as Guyana’s 9th President.

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2020 - Meet The Black Woman Creating A New Plant-Based Dessert Brand

[ad_1] Share0 Image via Dominic Edwards Vegan food and plant-based diets continue to gain traction within the U.S. as Americans move to become more and more health-conscious. As more people want to try plant-based substitutes to change their eating habits, one woman became inspired by her journey to lose weight and stumbled upon a new recipe to make a dessert that is both healthy and delicious. Emily D. Edwards is the owner of Paradise Snax, an organic vegan food brand serving sweet protein icings, dips, and snacks to maintain a healthy diet. Edwards took a chance to pivot to vegan foods and decided to sell her mental health business to start her company, Emily’s Foods, in 2018. “During this time I also went on a weight loss journey and soon discovered that it was hard to find snacks low in sugar and high in protein that satisfied my taste buds,” said Edwards in an email interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE. “As a native of Mississippi, I took what I’d learned from my mother and grandmother and developed my own protein muffins which were 100 calories or less using whey protein powder. I now had this burning desire to help others but from a food perspective.” After spending time developing her signature recipe, Edwards started to study more about natural ingredients to expand her product options. “I spent several months in my home kitchen developing a prototype,” added Edwards. “After finally developing the prototype, and acknowledging that I would need help to develop the prototype into a most viable product, I spent a year at Purdue University Department of Food Science Skidmore Lab located in Lafayette, Indiana. My work there consisted of research and product development. The first and most important information I received was regarding food safety. I also learned how icings and frostings are made, and how and why ingredients work together.” black women entrepreneurs window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB.init({ appId : '348280475330978', autoLogAppEvents : true, xfbml : true, version : 'v3.0' }); var penciCommentCallback = function ( response ) { jQuery.ajax( { type: 'GET', dataType: 'json', url: 'https://www.blackenterprise.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php', data: { action: 'penci_clear_fbcomments', post_id: '' } } ) }; FB.Event.subscribe( 'comment.create', penciCommentCallback ); FB.Event.subscribe( 'comment.remove', penciCommentCallback ); }; (function ( d, s, id ) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName( s )[0]; if ( d.getElementById( id ) ) { return; } js = d.createElement( s ); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0&appId=348280475330978&autoLogAppEvents=1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore( js, fjs ); window.fbAsyncInit = function () { FB.init( { appId: '348280475330978', autoLogAppEvents: true, xfbml: true, version: 'v3.0' } ); }; }( document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk' )); [ad_2] Source link