How to get a good night's sleep | DW Documentary

DW Documentary: "We spend around a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is absolutely essential - yet the average sleep per night is barely seven hours. That figure is lower than ever before.

We now know the decisive role sleep plays: During this time, the brain clears itself, making room for new thoughts.

Researchers have also been able to confirm that there are alternatives when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Among those considered effective are polyphasic sleep (consisting of short naps), light therapy (using blue daylight to synchronize the body’s internal clock) and lightly electrified helmets that stimulate the brain's hormonal activity. Companies are experimenting with light and using innovative office designs, including nap pods or bunks, which allow employees to take short daytime naps. These are just some of the approaches covered in this look at the "gentle sleep revolution."


A man spent a year eating fish at breakfast, lunch and dinner to improve his health, it didn't work (PBS documentary)

The Fish on My Plate (full documentary) | PBS FRONTLINE: "Best-selling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg spends a year eating fish at breakfast, lunch and dinner to help answer the question: “What fish should I eat that’s good for me and good for the planet?”

The Fish on My Plate chronicles Greenberg as he works on his book, The Omega Principle — and consumes over 700 fish meals in hopes of improving his health through a dramatic increase in his Omega-3 levels. As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean — and his own — Greenberg spends a year eating seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8wEMO9aZvw

21 Reason To Go Vegan in 2021

Dr. Neal Barnard shares his top 21 reasons to go vegan in 2021:

Among them is reason #2: "Have a heart. Americans eat one million animals every hour." References for this are below: 

https://animalclock.org 

https://awellfedworld.org/factory-farms/

Heart attacks could be predicted years in advance with a simple X-ray showing Abdominal Aortic Calcification (AAC)

Researchers evaluated the prognostic importance of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) viewed on noninvasive imaging modalities such as X-ray.

Electronic databases (MEDLINE and Embase) were searched until March 2018 and the analysis included 52 studies with a total of 36,000 patients.

However, only studies of patients with chronic kidney disease (57%) and older‐elderly (median age 68 years) had sufficient data to meta‐analyze.

People with any or more advanced AAC had higher risk of cardiovascular events (RR, 1.83), fatal cardiovascular events (RR, 1.85, and all‐cause mortality (RR, 1.98).

Higher‐risk populations, such as the elderly and those with chronic kidney disease with AAC have substantially greater risk of future cardiovascular events and poorer prognosis.

References:

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.120.017205 

https://www.studyfinds.org/heart-attacks-predicted-years-in-advance/

Sore arm and chills after the COVID vaccine? Will Tylenol or NSAIDs such as Motrin or Aleve lower vaccine efficacy?

This is a common question, "I have a sore arm and chills after the COVID vaccine? Will taking Tylenol or NSAIDs such as Motrin or Aleve lower vaccine efficacy?".

The short answer is, no. You can take antipyretic analgesics (Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as Motrin or Aleve), if needed, to control symptoms after a COVID immunization.

Ideally, do not take the medications before the vaccine. You can take them, if needed, after the vaccine.

The details are below.

Antipyretic analgesics (Tylenol, and NSAIDs such as Motrin, Aleve) are widely used to ameliorate vaccine adverse reactions.

Observational studies reporting on antipyretic use around the time of immunization concluded that their use did not affect antibody responses.

Only few randomized clinical trials demonstrated blunted antibody response of unknown clinical significance. This effect has only been noted following primary vaccination with novel antigens (first dose) and disappears following booster immunization (second dose).

As per the CDC, there were no significant differences in antibody levels to influenza vaccine in the children who received fever-reducing medicine vs. placebo. The results do not suggest any blunting of the immune response to vaccines when fever-reducing medicines are given to children shortly after vaccination.

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/cisa/studies.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5027726/