Covid-19 vaccine experiment vs quasi-experiment.

Let’s face it. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are a big market financially. The Covid-19 vaccine has drug manufacturers clamoring for approval from FDA and European Medical Agency. The problems of producing the best Covid-19 vaccine is limited, short clinical trials and new mutations of Covid-19 viruses that are even more contagious than one year ago. A Covid-19 vaccine being authorized right now FOR EMERGENCY USE is not really science at its best. With millions of doses released, emergency use means the clinical trial that manufacturers should have done pre-market. Scientific experiments have regressed to Quasi-experiments. What does that mean?

Having an availability of a Covid-19 vaccine is the first positive step toward mediating this pandemic but getting Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t necessarily mean a victorious cure. It’s an increment of many revisions. In many senses, we are participants in a clinical trial of vaccines that should have been tested over past 12 months. We will discover whether these vaccines are empirical science or quasi-science. To what degree are these Covid-19 vaccines true or fake?

The scientific method is based on theories. But in measuring and experimenting with that theory you have to be prepared to disprove the theory. Yet, the best funded, large sample, experiments are usually funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers. They want their product to be the best, or best accepted by doctors and the public. After nearly a year, dozens of companies have been seeking a vaccine for Covid-19. The winner gets many prizes. Are these experiments or quasi-experiments?

A quasi-experiment is an experiment that seems to read as science but is manipulated in one or more ways to come up with an answer, usually based on the sponsor’s goal. Experiments are expensive. With businesses granting funds for experimentations, some facts are compromised. A drug to reduce cholesterol may do it but it may kill your liver and muscles. Such is the problem of using a quasi-experiment to state what is a skewed fact.

In a true experiment, participants are randomly assigned to either the treatment or the control group, whereas they are not assigned randomly in a quasi-experiment. Quasi-experiment research designs do not randomly assign participants to treatment or control groups for comparison. Quasi-experiment research involves the manipulation of an independent variable without the random assignment of participants to conditions or orders of conditions. Among the important types are nonequivalent groups designs, pretest-posttest, and interrupted time-series designs. A quasi-experiment research is research that resembles experimental research but is not true experimental research. A quasi-experiment is designed to resemble the scientific method, at least, according to the experiment sponsor.

Quasi-experiments evolved as a term through a series of research studies in validity through early empirical psychology. It impacted social psychology. Donald Campbell privately distributed a paper in 1953 entitled “Designs for
Social Science Experiments.”

The special relationship of randomization to internal validity was given such prominence that the term experiment was taken to mean a randomized experiment unless otherwise noted. These )otherwise noted” developed as quasi-experiments or untraditional experiment models. This was a decade before modes of strict ethics impacted psychology experimentation, shifting to other sciences.

Today, ethical science experiments require test-retest under same conditions, with different randomized groups of people to check if similar or different results are found.

Quasi-experiments are most likely to be conducted in field settings in which random assignment is difficult or impossible. They are often conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment—perhaps a type of psychotherapy or an educational intervention. There are many different kinds of quasi-experiments:

Nonequivalent Groups Design, as indicated above.

Pretest-Posttest Design a dependent variable is measured once before the treatment is implemented and once after it is implemented. There is no test/retest or long trial experiment

Combination Designs -There is a treatment group that is given a pretest, receives a treatment, and then is given a posttest. But at the same time there is a control group that is given a pretest, does not receive the treatment, and then is given a posttest. The question, then, is not simply whether participants who receive the treatment improve but whether they improve more than participants who do not receive the treatment.

Then statistics might be skewed to have results favor the sponsor. An example happened over 20 years ago.

News reports flashed that eating grapes improved eye health. A research study showed that grapes are high in Lutein, which is known to improve eye health. As news spread, consumption of grapes, grape juice, and red wine was much higher, The study’s sponsor was Welch’s – a grape product distributor. That was a quasi-experiment.

Substantial amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin (30–50%) are also present in kiwi fruit, spinach, orange juice, zucchini (or vegetable marrow), and different kinds of squash. And grapes. Subsequent studies over the years prove that these lutein micronutrients are anti-inflammatory and is known to improve or even prevent age-related macular disease which is the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment, according to a 2018 study published 2018 by the USA National Institutes of Health.

Covid-19 is a monster beyond many proportions and a vaccine against it but there’s more to finding a Covid-19 vaccine than a quasi-experimental search will deliver. The values gained by Pfizer and Moderna are hopefully well. My fears are that these are placebos or worse. Some real empirical scientific studies need to be done. It could take another year. These Covid-19 vaccine variations may still be derived from philosophical and economic outlooks. The empirical experiment often takes more time.

Today the key feature common to all experiments is still to deliberately vary something so as to discover what happens to something else later-to discover the effects of presumed causes. Covid-19 has many. Impatience or deadlines or increasing stock values aren’t experimental goals. My fear is that all vaccines against Covid-19 still remain to be philosophical than true science. For now, we are the participants and witnesses of a clinical trial that should have been tested and retested in empirical settings. Is a Covid-19 vaccine a reality or a dream? Answers lie in the future.

Benefits and consequences of COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is coming. But is it ready to be used?

There’s a great deal of optimism as Pfizer begins deliveries of their vaccine to USA. There are, however, some that believe there’s a bumpy road ahead about results and side-effects. They prefer to wait. How efficient is this vaccine? Does it cover only D614b (original form)? Does it cover all COVID-19 mutations?

The first people to be vaccinated are the guinea pigs of what may be a vast, ghastly experiment.

COVID-19 vaccine production spans only less than 1 year for testing, far less than average for many drugs. They may stop the world’s tragic COVID-19 pandemic but those benefits come with a barrel of consequential side-effects that may be worse to several people:

Shortness of breath.
Joint pain.
Muscle pain
Fast or pounding heartbeat
Loss of smell or taste
Memory, concentration or sleep problems
Rash or hair loss

According to CNBC, the FDA said that while side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are common, there are “no specific safety concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an EUA.” CNBC continues, the information shows it has benefits even after the first dose, with an effectiveness of more than 50 percent about a week later. Shots are given 3-weeks apart.

Does your health insurance cover that significant 2nd shot? It may or may not. You really need to contact carriers for written approval.

Among other issues, UK has observed allergic reactions that may have been caused by a component of Pfizer’s vaccine called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, which helps stabilize the shot and is not in other types of vaccines.

There are also more types of COVID-19 than 12 months ago. Researchers call the new strain G614 and the previous strain D614. One of the researchers who worked on the study told CNN that the new mutation is “now the dominant form infecting people.”

According to Medical News Today, ll viruses mutate, and the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is no exception. As an RNA virus, it is prone to mutations, partly because the replication enzymes of RNA viruses make more mistakes when copying genetic material from cells that it settles on. The G614 variant first piqued a study team’s (at Los Alamos Labs interest in April, when they noticed a repeated pattern across the globe.

An assumption that the D614 strain has a mean generation time of ~5 days, researchers calculated that the G614 strain has a reproduction number 31% times higher than the D614 strain. The estimate above is based on the number of confirmed cases, but if deaths are used instead, the result would be a 23% higher reproduction number.

The new strain of coronavirus, called D614G (G614), emerged in Europe and has become the most common in the world. Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the D614G strain replicates faster and is more transmissible than the virus, originating in China, that spread in the beginning of the pandemic.D614G is responsible for increasing spikes throughout the globe.

According to Bio-Pharma, a group of Australian scientists believe that effectiveness of D614 vaccines should also be effective with G614 mutations. The report was in October 2020, so it’s more theoretical.

The pandemic is serious by deaths, social isolation, and economic upheaval. Welcoming the Pfizer vaccine is the first glimmer of hope in this trying year. We’ve no idea of the incidence of side-effects and the duration of drug efficacy. Who knows? An H614 may be developing but we don’t know about it yet. I think better research is required.

Vitamin nutrients for immune system may thwart sickness

Whatever diet you follow, getting nutrients in sufficient quantity may help build your body’s immune system against many diseases.

Nutritional supplements, in USA, aren’t viewed as traditional treatments as insufficient science evidence hasn’t passed FDA standards. Nutrients may be health enhancers and are frequently discussed outside the USA. Most of the USA medical community has not been taught nutritional approaches to aid and reduce severity of certain sicknesses.

The USA hospital system works toward reducing symptomatic reactions to sickness. Using vitamins and nutrients routinely aim at supporting body wellness. It is alternate therapy as opposed to traditional therapy. Nonetheless, the USA National Institutes of Health cites research studies on how vitamins impact boosting immunity to viruses, fungi, and bacteria in the first place.

Examples of nutrients, according to Harvard Nutrition Center, that have been identified as critical for the growth and function of immune cells include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein (including the amino acid glutamine). They are found in a variety of plant and animal foods. You might also find Elderberry, Echinacea, Astragalus and Golden Seal in some immune support combination pills.

Dosages? Supplements, derived naturally or through lab, are chemicals and routine dosage is an issue. I suggest contacting a registered nutritionist. Overdosing may induce digestive problems. Overdosing Vitamin D3 (more than 5,000 IU) every day may lead to intracranial pressure, according to American Journal of Medicine. Symptoms of increased intracranial pressure may include lethargy, vomiting, seizures, vision changes, and behavior changes. Signs of too much zinc include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. When people take too much zinc for a long time, they sometimes have problems such as low copper levels, lower immunity, and low levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).

So…although these immune elevation supplements may help reduce severity of COVID-19 symptoms (for example), overdosing these will deliver reversed and uncomfortable results.

This is why a local registered nutritionist should be consulted when taking large doses of supplements routinely. It is possible to have too much of a good thing. What is your proper dose?

Locked in a coronavirus-19 pandemic, these supplements are getting more exposure. With no prescriptions required, these are easily accessible. A medically trained doctor is unlikely to provide more than anecdotal advice. It is very valuable to connect with a registered nutritionist.

After all this, proper dieting and exercise is always advised by all.

Vitamin nutrients for immune system may thwart sickness when used reasonably. During the pandemic, it’s more protection in addition to masks, shields, and other protective gear. That is until a dependable vaccine comes along.

Is happiness and sadness genetic

Certain people seem predisposed to happiness and sadness. It may be a personal construct or attitude of life. Some say they’re sometimes happy and sometimes sad. Psychologists may see it as bipolar manic-depression. But that’s in uncontrollable phases. There are now some emerging studies that happiness and sadness may extend from genetics.

A scientist has discovered why happiness might very well be genetic. A human’s level of happiness is linked to their genetic makeup, according to a researcher who carried out groundbreaking work in the area—but it’s nearly impossible to modify genes to boost your contentment. Genetics may factor about 40%. 40% of happiness is determined by your actions, your attitude or optimism, and the way you handle situations. Some say that 10% might depend on circumstances.

A twin study of over 2,000 twins from the Minnesota Twin Registry found that approximately 50% of life satisfaction is due to genetics.

Of course, 2020 has kicked many into sadness and frustration, many find humor by creating memes that are posted on social media. Yes, some enjoy happiness and share happiness in the most challenging situations.

Does happiness factor into longer life? According to one study of those aged 65 or over, variants are mixed. Only 1.4% to about 8% happy people lived longer than average. Then again, there are thousands of things that may get you not to reach 65.

Everyone seeks happiness in different ways. It could be social. It could be games, puzzles, and physical activities. It could be food. It could be sex. It could also be marriage. Happiness is an outlook that’s within you.

People try to list happiness traits, such as:
Gratitude. Gratitude is essential for happiness.
Present Focus. Happy people tend to live in the moment.
Humor. Humor is also important, no matter who you are or where you work.
Self-Confidence. Confidence goes a long way.
Intangible Values.

But I believe there is much more. Is happiness genetically inherited? Is it a developed personality? Nature or nurture?

Published May 2020, during the height of the coronavirus-10 pandemic, Psychology Today studied personality and happiness. There were few conclusions but they correlated that happiness goes with well-being or general wellness.

Many associate a happiness personality with, what Karen Horney studies, extroversion, which could be nature or nurture. Studies on the Genetics of Wellbeing and Its Components Satisfaction with Life, Happiness, and Quality of Life crop up more frequently. More studies are needed.

I’d say that newborn babies are the best predictor of innate happiness. If they tend to smile and laugh, they may have the happy gene. If they smile and laugh while destroying their dolls, they may have a future as a doctor or a serial killer.

I have a happy outlook of life. Despite my mobility challenges, I have the traits of a happy personality. I think I was born with them.

VIP Syndrome health care for the few

Health care for chronic and acute illnesses in the USA is average, with a few spikes of genius. Most follow common methods and do not learn about supplemental wellness. Some are fortunate to access health affordable health care. As an inverted bell, the low extremes – poorest and wealthiest have some access. The moon may belong to everyone but the best things in life cost money and influence. The VIP-Syndrome deals with health care for the richest and more influential. Is that true?

A significant issue is health care for all. Yet, even in areas around the world where universal health care is available, a person’s status may receive better medical care. It is known as VIP-Syndrome. A “VIP-syndrome” has been recognized. It occurs when a very important person (VIP) is admitted to a health care facility and the status of that person affects decisions about medical care.

Universal health care may require long waits for appointments and therapeutic treatment. Care visits are brief. In European countries, people need to spend more for better health care. Yes, it’s best to be a VIP or is it really?

Every now and then, you read news articles of hospitals that have floors dispensing ordinary health care and other floors where wealthy people may get upscale health care. What distinguishes heath care quality? VIP-Syndrome! In wealthier countries, VIP medicine is a variety of the VIP-syndrome—the phenomenon of a perceived “VIP” (very important person) using his or her status to influence a given professional or institution to make unorthodox decisions under the pressure or presence of said VIP, that relates to the accessibility and quality of care. It is not a schism of mediocrity. VIP-Syndrome demonstrates that status has privileges to better health care.

Who might be a VIP? According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), VIP patients, often those who hold celebrity status, power, or perceived connections, engender awe and fear in those who care for them, even though they may be medical professionals and clinicians who have an intimate knowledge of medicine and the medical system. Is this patient-centered health care? Or is it Netflix type health care on demand for short term health over wellness?

VIP-Syndrome health care may not be better than ordinary health care. According to the ABIM Foundation, VIP-Syndrome (in certain circumstances) may be bad for the VIP. ABIM stands for American Board of Internal Medicine and works towards core values of medical professionalism. As a VIP receives health care, that individual can sign and dictate custom health care.

Coined around 1964, VIP-Syndrome came from the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrist Walter Weintraub described the syndrome in a 1964 article in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, noting that “the treatment of an influential man can be extremely hazardous for both patient and doctor.” Does patient influence (or appearance) influence neutrality within a therapeutic treatment? Since 1964, this VIP-Syndrome brought up assorted ethical questions that tightened and set restrictions of therapeutic modalities.

For example, since First Lady Betty Ford made it vogue, rehab centers cropped up to serve addiction therapies for VIP individuals. Though efficacy studies have been tried, even the costly VIP rehab centers tend to generate less than 10% long-term graduates. This helps demonstrate that VIP-Syndrome Rehab-on-Luxury Demand fares about as well as ordinary rehab modalities regarding addictive behaviors.

In 2020, VIP-Syndrome is most viable as a tool to condemn a pandemic during a pivotal pre-election war of ideas. Chiding health care for all, one VIP with VIP-Syndrome is manipulating his health to win sympathy and erase a vast disease from the minds of fans. VIP-Syndrome is when the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many. Being a VIP in health care and influence on medical caring may be hazardous to health.

VIP-Syndrome is not a condition to be taken lightly. But… if you have the bucks and brains, the doctors may have degrees and experience but VIP-Syndrome means you’re still the boss. But does that VIP accept responsibility if the guesses are wrong? Do the probabilities of side-effects outweigh going back too early? That’s why VIP-Syndrome sounds like a form of disease itself. Means justify the ends.

Power of dietary fiber

Wellness has a very close partnership with chi (energy) and how it flows routinely. It’s how energy flows. That’s how dietary fiber each day helps build immmunity from toxins. According to an article published by AARP:
“Soluble fiber changes immune cells from being pro-inflammatory warrior cells to anti-inflammatory peacekeeper cells,” says Gregory Freund, M.D., of the University of Illinois. Here’s why: Soluble fiber boosts production of the protein interleukin-4, which stimulates the body’s infection-fighting T-cells.

When you think of dietary fiber, it’s about flow. If you’re thinking about eliminating excess fats, including cholesterol, fiber helps create bathroom visits. Meat and fish have no dietary fiber. Your side of vegetables contains fiber. Yes, fiber is integral in many carbohydrates. Fiber also lowers blood sugar levels. Fiber helps aid flow to promote wellness.

The best and most fiber is delivered through “whole” foods. The most commonly recognized source of fiber in the adult diet comes from non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin which occurs naturally as part of the food consumed, such as from whole grains (oat, wheat, barley, rice, etc.), beans, fruits and vegetables. Fiber is also contained in breast milk in the form of galact-oligosaccharides. Normal pasteurized milk has no fiber.

How much dietary fiber is necessary? The American Heart Association Eating Plan suggests eating a variety of food fiber sources. Total dietary fiber intake should be 25 to 30 grams a day from food, not supplements. Currently, dietary fiber intakes among adults in the United States average about 15 grams a day. That’s about half the recommended amount. That’s because most people eat processed foods. Processing effectively reduces fiber to nothing. Most breakfast cereal only have about 3 grams of fiber per serving. White bread has virtually no fiber per slice.

When counting carbohydrates, grams of fiber are subtracted from total carbs. If a can of beans (about 3 servings) has 75 grams of total carbohydrates. Dietary fiber may be up to 25 grams. This delivers net-carbohydrates of 50 grams per can. Strange? Not really…because fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body can’t digest, it does not affect your blood sugar levels. You should subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate.

Of course there are 2 fundamental dietary fiber types. They behave differently. There are two types – soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and includes plant pectin and gums. Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water. It includes plant cellulose and hemicellulose. Soluble fiber can help improve digestion and lower blood sugar, while insoluble fiber can soften stool, making it easier to pass.

Suprisingly, there’s more fiber in parts of foods you don’t eat. Like peanut shells (yech). Waste not. Some fibers, such as those from Psyllium Husks, are considered almost as a natural laxative. Psyllium husk, a natural dietary fiber originating from plantago ovata, has been the source of both soluble and insoluble fiber in Metamucil for 80 years. Studies suggest that the psyllium in Metamucil works differently. The psyllium fiber in Metamucil forms a viscous gel that traps some bile acids (made from cholesterol) and gently removes them from your body. This gel also traps some carbohydrates and sugars, allowing them to be more slowly absorbed by the body. This gelling property of psyllium also helps you feel less hungry between meals and promotes digestive health.

There’s no evidence that daily use of fiber supplements — such as psyllium (Metamucil, Konsyl, others) or methylcellulose (Citrucel) — is harmful. Fiber has a number of health benefits, including normalizing bowel function and preventing constipation. Psyllium Husks are also sold as supplements as ppwders or pills. Some early cholesterol drugs used psyllium husks that were sprinkled on foods. Yes, they can. But a rather acquired taste that offended many.

One study found that 5 grams of psyllium twice a day can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. A repeated test study showed that the amount of psyllium husks should be tailored to the individual.

As opposed to European medicine, USA doctors shy away from these supplements. They prescribe other bile-sequestrants. Psyllium Husks seem very beneficial but responsible dosing with a nutritionist recommendation may avoid some uncomfortable side-effects. Gas or stomach cramping may occur. Metamucil and some psyllium husk supplements may contain sugar, sodium, or phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, phenylketonuria (PKU), or if you are on a low-salt diet. Also vomiting is common.

Vomiting may be associated with NOT drinking at least 8-ounces of water after a dose. Inadequate water may result in husk thickening in throat.

I tend to support the American Heart Association’s approach of getting good fiber from whole foods. For those who are constipated, maybe Metamucil or a supplement may be helpful. Psyllium husk dosage varies. Start with a conservative approach. Take 1 teaspoon of finely ground psyllium husk once a day in the morning, mixed with at least 8 ounces of liquid and followed by an additional 8-ounce glass of water. You may feel full and even more bloated the first few days, but after a week your body should be used to the increased fiber.

According to the Mayo Clinic:
Benefits of a high-fiber diet may
Normalize bowel movements. Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it.
Helps maintain bowel health.
Lowers cholesterol levels.
Helps control blood sugar levels.
Aids in achieving healthy weight.

Might be worth trying? Add dietary fiber as a routine to your daily nutrition needs.

Starch and resistant starch carbohydrates and you

Carbohydrates are classified into three subtypes: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. They form key nutrients your body needs and your tongue craves. Excess dietary carbohydrates may lead to diabetes and weight gain. Sugar and starch are examples of many foods. The only foods without sugar or starch are meat and fish. All plants have carbohydrates. Both are pre-factors of energy fuel.

When people talk about carbohydrates, sugar comes to mind, normally sucrose, fructose, and glucose. They come from plants and a great source is sugar, derived from cane and many fruits.

Another carbohydrate is starch. Starches are long chains of the sugar glucose joined together. Starches (formerly known as complex carbohydrates) occur naturally in a large range of foods including nutrient-rich foods like root vegetables, legumes, cracked wheat, brown rice, pearl barley, quinoa and oats. As with sugar, there are many starches. There are essentially two types of starch -simple starch that are digested rapidly and resistant starch that metabolizes at a slower rate.

Resistant Starch is the subject of the latest health studies. Unlike other forms of starch, the small intestine does not digest resistant starch. Instead, it passes through and gets metabolized by the large intestine. Skipping the digestive process means that resistant starch gets turned into fuel. The fuel is then burned off quickly as energy, while some resistant starch remains to become prebiotics, food for the healthy bacteria that live in the gut.

According to Johns Hopkins Medical, Resistant starch is a carbohydrate that resist digestion in the small intestine and ferments in the large intestine. As the fibers ferment they act as a prebiotic and feed the good bacteria in the gut. There are several types of resistant starch. Food processing usually reduces the healthy effects resistant starches provide. Processing minimizes heart and body health benefits that resistant starch provides.

Foods that contain resistant starch include:
Plantains and green bananas (as a banana ripens the starch changes to a regular starch)
Beans, peas, and lentils (white beans and lentils are the highest in resistant starch)
Whole grains including oats and barley.
Cooked and cooled rice.
Seeds such as almonds, pistachios, and others that are not roasted.

There are two ways to add resistant starches to your diet — either get them from foods or take a supplement. Several commonly consumed foods are high in resistant starch. This includes raw potatoes, cooked and then cooled potatoes, green bananas, various legumes, cashews and raw oats, according to Healthline.

I don’t believe that eating resistant starch is a road to better health health. Using small portions of meats, fish, fruits complement nutritional holes and tastes as life fuels. These are the natural components for activity and endurance.

As the fuels of early civilization, grains could be dried for storage. Fruits were also dried by dehydration or preserves. Survivalists dried fish and dried meat to help make foods last longer for travel and activity. The jerky was popular for feeding soldiers centuries ago for nutrients, albeit sugars and salts at unhealthy levels.

With the absence of drinkable water, sea travelers knew to ferment grains to make whiskies and beer. They also fermented fruits into wine. These helped dilute the salty tastes of dried fish and meats.

Resistant starch foods deliver more than essentials for food if you have an active lifestyle. If you are inactive, then you can gain weight and develop sicknesses. Carbohydrate based diets are for movers and shakers but resistant starch is more enduring.

Barring pathogens from the air, preserving foods support healthy lifestyles in lock downs. Resistant starch foods may keep you healthy.

Here are resistant starch recipes to try.

South Atlantic anomaly and viruses

Long ago, a galaxy far away fell apart. Well…actually a solar system exploded as a star went to black. The frontier of space is not a void. Besides meteors and asteroids, space is filled with tiny fragments from destroyed planets, moons, and stars. Astronomers have discovered one of those particles that they call South Atlantic Anomaly or SAA.

According to and other sources the South Atlantic Anomaly is a weak spot in Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet from high doses of solar wind and cosmic radiation. This anomaly exists because the Earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt comes closest to the planet’s surface, causing an increased flux of energetic particles.

Earth’s magnetic field, also known as the geomagnetic field, is the magnetic field that extends from the Earth’s interior out into space, where it interacts with the solar wind, a stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun or elsewhere. Earth’s space station, satellites, and moon, as well as Earth itself have magnetic fields that helps keep keep our atmosphere in check, as well as weather patterns, and surfaces.

What would happen if Earth’s magnetic field disappeared tomorrow? A larger number of charged solar particles would bombard the planet, putting power grids and satellites on the fritz and increasing human exposure to higher levels of cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. According to the writers of Live Science, it would be the end of earth life as we know it. It is climate change at a horrific degree. And our satellites and Space Station will plummet down to our planet.

Many theories about climate change blame our planetary lifestyles that are changing Earth’s temperatures. Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rainforests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Livestock? Livestock eat grasses and plants that otherwise would contribute to our atmosphere via photosynthesis. During photosynthesis in green plants, light energy is captured and used to convert water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and energy-rich organic compounds.

Now the South Atlantic Anomaly is threatening to speed the process by damaging the magnetic field. NASA has been tracking the South Atlantic Anomalyand believes this particle has attached itself to Earth’s magnetic field…much like a virus to a cell. SAA is creating a dent in Earth’s magnetic field. Is it science fiction theory or fact?

Based on teachings in Astronomy, this anomaly exists because the Earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt comes closest to the planet’s surface, causing an increased flux of energetic particles. A belt is a zone of energetic charged particles, most of which originate from the solar wind, that are captured by and held around a planet by that planet’s magnetic field. Earth has two such belts and sometimes others may be temporarily created.

How does a dent in the magnetic field effect climate change? Earth revolves at an angle. This helps create seasons as the sun’s reflection moves from Tropic of Cancer to Equator and Tropic of Capricorn. North hemisphere winters are South hemisphere summers. 4 distinct seasons north and south. But this wasn’t always the case, according to scientists.

The reversal was dated to approximately 15 million years ago. In August 2018, researchers reported a reversal lasting only 200 years. But a 2019 paper estimated that the most recent reversal, 780,000 years ago, lasted 22,000 years. If areas of strength and weakness happens, sometimes the field even flip-flops, with north and south switching places. The current weakening of the Earth’s magnetic field could portend another one of these flip-flops, or it could simply be a temporary fluctuation.

For reasons not entirely understood but related to the planet’s interior dynamics, the magnetic field is currently undergoing a period of weakening. That’s why magnetic north is drifting. As of February 2019, magnetic north was located at 86.54 N 170.88 E, within the Arctic Ocean, according to the NCEI.

The fluctuating dent made by the South Atlantic Anomaly onto the world’s electromagnetic field may also influence virus behavior. The effects of pathogens are being potentiated by electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) in a dual manner. EMFs greatly impact our immune system, making us more susceptible to viruses, bacteria and biotoxins, and also potentiate the virulence of those pathogens. Can the coronavirus-19 pandemic have something to do with the South Atlantic Anomaly?

As Earth civilization explores new frontiers in space, there’s much to learn about the South Atlantic Anomaly as the dent may impact Earth. So far, the South Atlantic Anomaly dent can infect digital devices, including satellites and smart devices. As we view Mars, Venus, Jupiter and other seemingly lifeless planets near us, phenomena of unidentified space particles may have resulted in chaos. Until we can cruise at much faster than the speed of light, the South Atlantic Anomaly may thwart efforts now and for other generations.

So far, Earth’s atmosphere insulates us well from solar winds and particles. Tiny particles burn and are destroyed in the upper atmosphere. South Atlantic anomaly requires more observations to determine how it impacts our lifestyle now and the future.

Where have all other diseases gone in pandemic

The 2020 pandemic is altering many lifestyles but people are adapting 50% or so. Well…masks and social distancing aren’t taken seriously. Amidst this pandemic, a group of medical doctors did a review that there appears to be a trend that many diseases are significantly reduced. Is there real evidence to support this? Anyone know where those diseases went?

Flu attacks respiratory and circular weaknesses. Coronavirus-19 and its variants seem to do a very good job. Where have other deaths gone? Are they being overshadowed by the pandemic from CoVid-19?

A new study in Journal of American Medical Association (8/2/20), observed: in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina, decreases in emergency department visits ranged from 41.5% in Colorado to 63.5% in New York, with the most rapid rates of decrease in visits occurring in early March.

This notes significant trends that fewer patients are being attended for non-COVID as emergencies or as admissions during the pandemic over 5 months.

It is estimated that 5 – 20% of people in the United States and 10% of Europeans are infected with influenza each year during flu season; globally resulting in about 3-5 million severe cases and 250,000-500,000 deaths every year.

2020 is one of several pandemic crises. It’s just 103 years from one of the biggest after World War I. The horrific scale of the 1918 influenza pandemic—known as the “Spanish flu”—is hard to fathom. The virus infected 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims—that’s more than all of the soldiers and civilians killed during World War I combined. Some are covered in annual flu vaccines. Descendants of the 1918 influenza virus still circulate today, and current seasonal influenza vaccines provide some protection against the 1918 virus.

Coronavirus-19 is a flu that potentially attacks people with chronic respiratory diseases and vascular issues. A flu is contagious. This tiny virus is lingering and reproducing better versions to make a pandemic valid. In flu seasons, getting a flu is common. This coronavirus is a flu but seems more complex and frightening. It’s cause for biggest pandemic in history.

Where have all the diseases gone in this pandemic?

There are upper respiratory infections and lower respiratory infections. Viruses enjoy lingering and attaching to healthy cells. Common cold and digestive issues reveal body malfunctions. Organisms gain entry to the respiratory tract by inhalation of droplets and invade the mucosa. Epithelial destruction may ensue, along with redness, edema, hemorrhage and sometimes an exudate (a mass of cells and fluid that has seeped out of blood vessels or an organ, especially in inflammation). Like any body irregularity, inflammation partners, and exudation may mean good news or bad news.

Hard to determine. These States are very different with varying lifestyles and per-capita statistics. Studies are done to answer or refute questions.

Did patients have fewer heart attacks and strokes in this period due to lifestyle changes stemming from the pandemic? Or did rates stay constant, with more people suffering at home instead of coming into the emergency room because of the pandemic?

During the pandemic and lockdown measures, coronavirus-19 may have substituted for other chronic disease diagnoses. So people with bad cold symptoms might have been seen as susceptible to coronavirus flu.

While there are health pandemics in the USA about every couple decades, none of those pandemics are as lifestyle redefining as coronavirus-19, without any durable vaccines that have been thoroughly tested under neutral empirical standards.

People tend to be glib about common colds that may include acute flu strains and viral infections. Testing was less relevant as symptoms faded within weeks. So colds could have been bacterial or viral. Masks, gloves, and distancing would have been wise choices to filter microbial transmission. Glib attitudes among doctors, people, employers, and affordable health care never were really sensitive to poossible repiratory infectons on-the-go.

According to the CDC,uncomplicated influenza signs and symptoms typically resolve after 3-7 days for the majority of people, although cough and malaise can persist for more than 2 weeks, especially in elderly people and those with chronic lung disease. People with flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Orthodox medicine suggests that masks, gloves, handwashing help reduce likeliness of getting the flu. Yet the coronavirus behind the 2020 pandemic is a new form of virus microbe that is also mutating to form newer variants. That means our bodies have not seen this virus before and we are unlikely to have any antibodies.

In common cold flu no tests are given by practice. Most doctors prescribe antibiotics. If a virus infection is the untested cause, antibiotics are abused. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. Antibiotics do not prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19), because COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

During this 2020 pandemic, moles become mountains. The length and the severity of the pandemic foster disobedience of not wearing masks and social distancing properly. CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season.

The limited scope of the JAMA trend analysis study basically diminishes other respiratory and congestive diseases to lower importance. Few die of artery and breathing diseases because coronavirus is dominant in thoughts and minds.

Older people are subjects to other diseases, contagious or not. Adding coronavirus to the series during a pandemic makes medicine and science more confusing. Where have all those diseases gone? They’re there. Hidden in deaths.

JAMA’s numbers are incorrect. The real numbers are accidentally hidden. Globally, for seasonal influenza, the WHO estimates the mortality rate is usually below 0.1%. However, the WHO also notes that mortality is “to a large extent determined by access to and quality of healthcare”. When this pandemic fades to memories, the numbers of hospital admissions will return to what they were before 2020. That is…until the next pandemic shows up. It’s likely.

New coronavirus mutation brings more cases to USA

Just as you thought this coronavirus pandemic ebbed and a glimmer of normalcy shined dimly, a new coronavirus mutation has been behind spikes of rising cases in Europe and the USA. Place masks on again!

According to Science Daily:

Research out today in the journal Cell shows that a specific change in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus virus genome, previously associated with increased viral transmission and the spread of COVID-19, is more infectious in cell culture. The variant in question, D614G, makes a small but effective change in the virus’s ‘Spike’ protein, which the virus uses to enter human cells.

Coronavirus 19 has been with us so long as to infect cells and lives. Viruses adapt very well to host cells and easily renovate our make-up. Symptoms or none, our cells spread like monsters. These disfigured zombie cells appear to be using those streaming filaments, or filopodia, to reach still-healthy neighboring cells. The protuberances appear to bore into the cells’ bodies and inject their viral venom directly into those cells’ genetic command centers — thus creating another zombie. Are we becoming the walking dead?

Symptoms of coronavirus may not appear or may be light. More than likely, coronavirus microbes have already entered your body. Quixotically, how many are required to show symptoms? Researchers found that when SARS-CoV-2 infects cells, it assumes control over a family of enzymes known as kinases. Under normal circumstances, kinases serve as master regulators of metabolism, growth, movement, repair and other important cellular functions. Kinases work by attaching tiny chemical tags to proteins through a process known as phosphorylation. Once attached, these tags act as switches that turn proteins on or off, which keeps the complex machinery of the cell running smoothly. According to warnings from Chinese researchers, individuals infected with the earlier SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains could be defenseless against the more aggressive European strains with the D614G mutations.

According to CNN report on coronavirus-19 mutation, finding reliable vaccines are confounded by old coronavirus 19 strains and the new ones. Coronavirus 19 has new brother that must be reckoned with. Research published on Medical-Xpress cites research that D814G may well be the dominant one.

D614G mutation cells mean higher rate of testing positive on COVID testing. No evidence was shown whether higher death rates are correlated.

With coronavirus variants and mutations, your responsibility is to use masks and social distancing. They are uncomfortable and against normal social moires. Even eating outdoors means mask removal. So more passersby should wear masks.

States are showing spikes in coronavirus cases in States that opened too soon. D614G may be factored into those statistics. It’s very clear. Coronavirus is adapting to us. It’s up for us to not ignore warnings as we do our part to help restrict spread.