President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a G20 meeting on Tuesday, as world leaders gathered in Indonesia to conduct the official business of managing world affairs.
However, the official explanation for Biden’s last minute drop-out has many wondering once again if something is seriously wrong with the president. Watch:
“Breaking news would be that President Biden is missing the G20 leaders dinner,” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy reported. “He is supposed to be at a supper right now, 8:10 in the evening here in Bali, Indonesia, with everybody that flew in. If you’re the U.S. president, you spent basically two days flying to get here for a dinner like this. You got MBS there, you got Trudeau there. Xi is also there, if anything was left on the table.”
“Yesterday we did hear President Biden tell us that he had a cold and he has tested negative for Covid, despite the Cambodian leader from our last stop being positive now, but we do not know exactly what is going on with the president,” Doocy added. “They called an early lid. So we will keep you posted on what exactly is going on with Biden.”
It was also reported that Biden canceled the leaders’ dinner and is heading back to his hotel.
“Biden skipped tonight’s gala dinner at the G-20 summit and returned to the hotel at 8 pm instead,” Disclose reported.
Biden had taken just four questions at a press conference.
Earlier in Indonesia, Biden was walking very stiffly next to Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, raising questions among observers.
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Heard of the phrase: range of motion? This term, which is often shortened to ROM, refers to how much joint and muscle movement you have.
How much flexibility you have in your joints will differ from person to person, with one study conducted by the CDC (opens in new tab) revealing that your ROM can be influenced by your gender, age and lifestyle. If you’re trying to improve your ROM, massages, stretching and using some of the best foam rollers can help you work towards increasing your overall flexibility.
Along with helping you complete daily tasks, like bending down to tie your shoe, your ROM can also help to reduce the feeling of joint stiffness, improve muscular function and help you live a better quality of life.
So, to discover how to increase your ROM we decoded the science and spoke to certified fitness trainer Nicole Thompson from the American Council on Exercise (opens in new tab) (ACE) and Helen O’Leary, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor at Complete Pilates (opens in new tab).
What does range of motion mean?
Thompson says: “Range of motion can be defined as ‘the number of degrees through which an articulation will allow one of its segments to move’.”
But to help understand this term a little more, Thompson recommends thinking about the meaning of flexibility, as the two concepts are closely related. “Flexibility is the ‘ability to move joints through their normal full ranges of motion’,” Thompson tells us. “So typically, the more flexible you are, the better your range of motion. Essentially, ROM is a reflection of flexibility.”
How do you know whether you have a good ROM? “There is an ideal length of muscle fiber in which the muscle will function optimally,” Thompson says. “However, if the fibers are too short (or sometimes too long) that can cause stiffness in the muscle and therefore limit the range of motion a joint will have. If the muscle fibers are at an optimal length and have enough elasticity, the muscles will allow the joint to move to optimal degrees.”
Nicole Thompson is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health Coach as well as an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She holds an M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology and studied Fitness Instruction/Exercise Science at the University of California, San Diego. Her love of health, fitness, and learning landed her at the American Council on Exercise in 2015 where she continues to cultivate those passions.
Why is range of motion important?
As we’ve seen, maintaining good flexibility is super important, especially as we age. And the best flexibility exercises can help you stay on top of your ROM.
As Thompson explains: “Range of motion is the result of flexibility. And flexibility is an essential component of fitness and one’s ability to perform activities of daily living. A flexibility routine can help improve ROM, reduce stiffness and injury, improve muscular function and can even improve your mood.”
But not staying on top of your flexibility can lead to health and wellbeing problems later down the line. Thompson tells us: “If there are muscle imbalances, as a result of altered muscles lengths/length-tension relationships around the joint, that alters the joint mechanics, which result in postural misalignments, faulty loading, and ultimately pain, injury, and/or compensation.”
How can you improve your range of motion?
1. Massage can help with your range of movement
If done consistently and by a professional, massages can help increase your ROM. Thompson says: “Massage can help relax muscles by increasing blood flow to muscles, decreasing knots (which are believed to be inflammation or microtrauma to muscle fibers that can restrict ROM), and can help fascia be more pliable. Fascia is a connective tissue that covers all the body’s compartments like a web.”
And research backs this point up. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science (opens in new tab) published a study which looked into the effect of massage therapy on the range of motion of the shoulder and concluded that massage therapy ‘significantly improved the shoulder range of motion, especially the flexion and abduction’. While a second review, published in Frontiers in Physiology (opens in new tab), concurred, stating that even with just 15 minutes of massage some increases in ROM were spotted.
2. Use of a foam roller
Foam rollers are a form of self-myofascial release technique and can be adopted as part of a warm up or recovery program.
According to one review published in Frontiers in Physiology (opens in new tab), foam rollers can also be used to ‘increase your ROM’ by performing simple back and forth movements over the roller to ‘exert mechanical pressures on soft tissues via the weight of the body (or the force of the upper limbs)’.
And Thompson agrees, adding: “Myofascial release, whether done by foam rolling or massage, attempts to relieve tension and thus improve flexibility.”
3. Drinking more water
We all know that drinking water is important to our overall health. But it’s believed that guzzling down some H2o can also work towards increasing your ROM.
“Since water is present and needed in tendons, ligaments, and muscles — proper hydration can help optimize muscle performance,” Thompson says. “Water can also help lubricate joints and tissues so they can be more elastic.”
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Human Kinetics (opens in new tab) revealed that collagen fibers are influenced by hydration levels and might be responsible for the cause of stiffness.
Thompson adds: “Conversely, it’s common to get muscle cramps (involuntary contracting/shortening of the muscle) when you are dehydrated. Muscle cramps usually indicate to endurance athletes that they need water and electrolytes. Which further supports the idea of water contributing to muscle pliability.”
Wondering where to start when it comes to your stretches? O’Leary recommends adding the below to your routine to hit different areas of your body.
Helen O’Leary is a chartered physiotherapist and Pilates instructor/director of Complete Pilates (opens in new tab) in London. She graduated from Birmingham University in 2008 and in 2010 completed her Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation course and began to teach both mat and equipment Pilates. At Complete, O’Leary works with clients before and immediately after surgery to optimize their recovery.
Bouncing roll down. This will help you touch your toes easier. O’Leary says: “Roll down towards the floor and let your arms hang, accepting that you probably aren’t touching the floor. Let one knee bend and keep the other straight to reach towards the floor. Lift your body up a little, switch knees and bounce back down again. Keep repeating 10 times before letting yourself hand and slowly coming back up. Try to keep the bounce smooth and not force anything.”
Cat cow. This will stretch out your spine. O’Leary explains: “Get on all fours, tuck your tailbone under and allow your spine to arch towards the ceiling. Press into your hands to encourage your mid back to lift as well. From your tailbone, open your sit bones and let your spine go the other way into extension. try to keep pressing into your hands so that you don’t sag between them and lift your chest up and towards the ceiling. Keep your gaze somewhere in front of you so that you aren’t overextending your neck.
Banded dislocations. This stretch will tackle your shoulders and chest. O’Leary adds: “Hold onto the ends of a long band. The longer or lighter the band the easier the movement will be. Take your hands up in front of you, pull apart and then go towards the ceiling and back behind you. Reverse the movement bringing them back up towards the ceiling and down in front of you. The more you pull apart the more you are likely to get round so make sure you find a place that is a challenge but possible without you bending your elbows.”
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice.
Becks is a freelance journalist and writer writing for a range of titles including Stylist, The Independent and LiveScience covering lifestyle topics such as health and fitness, homes and food. She also ghostwrites for a number of Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her in the gym, learning new techniques and perfecting her form.
Audrey Noble, Freelance Writer By Audrey Noble Updated September 28, 2022
Getting strong, healthy nails—and getting them fast—is surprisingly simple.
The goal of getting strong and healthy nails is more attainable than you might think. If you’re experiencing slow nail growth or dealing with brittle, easily broken nails, learning how to grow them faster is likely important to you. As it turns out, there are things—some within our control, others not—that prevent speedy nail growth. Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology, says to consider the following factors when it comes to how fast (or slow) your nails are growing: physical stress on the body (such as an illness, virus, or surgery), dietary changes, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications are all part of the equation and could cause some sort of trauma to our nail beds, hindering quick nail growth.
“It is important to remember that nails grow slowly, about 3 millimeters per month,” says Dr. Garshick. “[It] can take up to six months for a fingernail to grow in.”
Luckily, there are easy ways to combat slow nail growth. Dr. Garshick and Jeannette Graf, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, break down how to grow nails faster.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Both Dr. Garshick and Dr. Graf agree that eating a well-balanced diet is key to getting nails to grow faster. Dr. Garshick says that eating a healthy diet ensures your body gets the proper amount of vitamins to maintain nail growth. These vitamins include zinc, biotin, folate, and protein. To get those vitamins and build that healthy diet, Dr. Graf says to include foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Stop Biting Your Nails
This an obvious—and we admit, difficult—habit to break, but if you want nails to grow faster, Dr. Garshick says you have to avoid biting them. She explains that trauma to cuticles with biting and other habits like picking, cutting, pushing, and trimming leads to frequent injury and sometimes inflammation. All of these factors slow down nail growth.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. The American Academy of Dermatology Association lists some ways to help you gradually wean off this habit. Some tips include applying bitter-tasting nail polish—a great option is Orly’s No Bite ($12.99, ulta.com)—and identifying triggers that cause you to bite your fingers in the first place.
Try a Biotin Supplement
Dr. Graf says taking biotin will help promote nail growth. Though limited, there are studies showing that biotin supplements promote overall nail health. If you’re interested in taking biotin, Dr. Garshick recommends seeing your doctor before taking any supplement; your primary care physician will best determine if you need any additional supplements or vitamins in your diet.
If you’re noticing changes to your nails that concern you, seek professional help. Dr. Garshick says nail changes can represent different conditions, so you want to be sure you’re treating it properly. For that reason, she says to go to a dermatologist if you’re worried. “[They] are trained in the different nail changes and can help identify what may be the root cause,” she says.
We all stub our toes or accidentally hit our thumbs with a hammer once in a while, which leads to bruising on our nails, which is normal.
But if you happen to notice something that looks like a black stripe on one of your toenails or fingernails, you should probably go see a health professional to get it looked at.
The reason you shouldn’t ignore these signs is that melanomas, which are cancerous tissues on the skin, can develop under our nails.
This type of cancer usually affects people of African descent, but it can happen to people of any race or gender, so it’s best to keep an eye out for it.
If this kind of melanoma is detected, removing the growth and the nail usually takes care of the problem, but if it is not looked into and dealt with, this kind of cancer can spread to other organs in the body.
While we don’t usually hear about this kind of cancer, it ends up costing about 1,000 people their lives every year.
If you notice a dark stripe on your nail that has blurred borders, you should get it checked out immediately. Also, if the stripe changes in any way, that’s another warning sign.
Take a look at this video from CBS New York for more information.
Denny Dalliance had long worried about what would happen if he fathered a child because his job as a truck driver keeps him away from home most of the week.
But after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the 31-year-old Independence, Missouri, man decided it was time to take action — and jumped at the chance to sign up for a free vasectomy.
“These are grim circumstances under which I made this decision,” he said as he drove a load of cardboard boxes through Kansas this week.
The vasectomy he is scheduled to get next month is part of an effort that involves Planned Parenthood and a physician with a mobile vasectomy clinic. Sixty vasectomies will be offered over three days in and outside Planned Parenthood clinics in St. Louis, Springfield and Joplin to uninsured patients during the first week of November amid what the clinics say is a surge in demand for the procedure.
Dr. Esgar Guarin then plans to take his mobile clinic — a vehicle decorated with large images of sperm that his friends have jokingly dubbed the “Nutcracker” — on the road the following week to offer 40 more free vasectomies in several towns across Iowa.
Denny Dalliance has long worried about what would happen if he became a father, because his job as a truck driver often keeps him away from home. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 31-year-old decided to sign up for a free vasectomy in Missouri. (Denny Dalliance via AP)
Guarin also plans to offer discounted vasectomies that month at his regular clinic in the Des Moines area.
The efforts are part of World Vasectomy Day, originally a single-day event that now includes a year-round focus and a host of activities in November.
“It’s a very particular moment in reproductive rights in the United States. And we need to we need to talk about it,” he said, adding that vasectomies are performed far less often than the tubal ligation method of female sterilization, even though they are cheaper, have a shorter recovery time and require local, rather than general, anesthesia.
Guarin, who serves on the medical advisory board for the World Vasectomy Day, helped offer vasectomies last year at the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis to raise awareness about the procedure. The effort was so popular that the decision was made to expand it to other cities even before the toppling of Roe sent demand soaring.
In July alone, the Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri performed 42 vasectomies, compared to 10 in the same month last year. Female sterilizations rose to 18 that month from just three in July 2021.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has been hearing similar reports from around the country that more patients are seeking tubal ligations. It is too early for any post-Roe national numbers on permanent sterilization, said Laura Lindberg, a professor at Rutgers University’s School of Public Health in New Jersey.
Planned Parenthood, for instance, doesn’t have national sterilization numbers available for this year yet. However, its national web page has seen a 53% increase in vasectomy information searches over the last 100 days, a spokesperson said.
Data from Google Trends shows that searches about vasectomies briefly spiked after the leak of the draft majority opinion in the Dobbs case but then reached their highest level in the days after the court released its decision in late June.
Dr. Doug Stein, a urological surgeon in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, area, said patient registrations for his practice tripled immediately after the Dobbs decision, with many patients under the age of 30.
“I think everybody is busier since the Dobbs decision,” said Stein, who co-founded World Vasectomy Day.
Dr. Arnold Bullock, a St. Louis urologist who does about 35 vasectomies a month said that before the U.S. Supreme Court decision, patients waited about a month for the procedure while the wait now is two to three months.
In Texas, Dr. Koushik Shaw said his Austin Urology Institute saw a spike when Texas enacted a strict abortion law last year and another, larger one after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, so that it’s now doing 50% more procedures. He said many are for men who don’t want children and saw access to abortion as another option should birth control not work as planned.
“It really pushed family planning to the forefront of people’s thoughts,” he said of the loss of abortion access.
Lawmakers are responding to the growing demand. A California law that will take effect in 2024 will make vasectomies cheaper by allowing patients with private insurance plans to get the procedure at no additional cost other than what they pay for their monthly premiums.
Dr. Margaret Baum, the medical director of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, will be partnering with Guarin to provide the free vasectomies. She has been having lots of conversations with patients about permanent sterilization in recent months and said there is a sense of urgency.
“I think people are afraid, No. 1, about abortion not being accessible, which is a very real and legitimate fear and in the reality for a large part of folks in our country. And then I think people are also really afraid that what else might be next,” she said.
A vasectomy involves cutting and sealing the tube that carries sperm, preventing it from entering ejaculate fluid. Baum said she chats with patients to keep them calm, sometimes turning on a playlist that includes “Great Balls of Fire” and “The Nutcracker Suite.” Most patients are fully recovered in a couple of days.
Dalliance, the truck driver, said he didn’t want to thrust the responsibility of birth control on partners anymore, especially with abortions harder to get. His home state of Missouri was among the first in the country with a trigger law in effect to ban abortions at any point in pregnancy.
“I don’t want to come off as though I’m like unhappy to be doing this, but this is a situation where my hands kind of got forced with regards to the Roe v. Wade decision,” he said.
“I feel like that with the extreme cost involved with having a child in the United States, I kind of got priced out,” he said. “And so this is me cashing out my chips as it were. It’s the right ethical decision for me, but it’s not one that’s made lightly.”
FILE – President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Aug. 26, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden is confronting no shortage of difficult issues as he travels to New York this week for the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. The Russian war in Ukraine is at a critical juncture. European fears that a recession could be just around the corner are heightened. Administration concerns grow by the day that time is running short to revive the Iran nuclear deal and over China’s saber-rattling on Taiwan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
WASHINGTON (TND) — Political commentators, social media users and many others have been left confused by a remark made by President Joe Biden during a speech on Friday.
While speaking at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington D.C., President Biden pointed to a woman in the crowd.
You gotta say hi to me,” the president said to the woman, who he apparently recognized. “We go back a long way. She was 12, I was 30. But anyway, this woman helped me get an awful lot done.”
At the speech, the audience laughed at the remark, but it’s a comment that has attained a lot of social media attention, particularly in reference to the “She was 12, I was 30” part.
Conservative podcast host Monica Crowley suggested that dementia was a possible cause for the off-script remark.
“As dementia progresses, patients lose more of their filter and tend to blurt out the truth,” Crowley said in a tweet.
Becker News CEO Kyle Becker said the comment from President Biden was “just plain creepy,” a sentiment shared by Newsmax show host Benny Johnson, who said the remark was possibly the “most CREEPY thing [Biden] may [have] EVER said.”
Many online pointed to the age discrepancy in Biden’s remark. Some asked what a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl could even work together on, and others wondered what President Biden meant when he said the woman “helped me get an awful lot done.”
President Biden has faced criticism in the past for making several women and girls uncomfortable through unwanted physical contact, something he offered “a flimsy apology” for back in 2019, according to INSIDER.
President Biden’s Friday speech to teachers and union workers at the National Education Association headquarters comes just months before the contentious 2022 midterm elections, in which Democrats are reportedly expected not to fare well.
Gun violence is on the ballot,” Biden said in his Friday speech. “The idea that you start school this year and kids in many parts of the country are learning to duck and cover… rather than talking about reading, writing and arithmetic is a very different circumstance and it’s not right.
MAGA Republicans are the majority in conservative American political circles right now, President Biden claimed in his speech. The president also touched on the topic of abortion during his time at the National Education Association headquarters.
The woman who President Biden referred to during his Friday speech has not been identified as of yet.
This must go viral across all medias. Everyone who believes children must be allowed to be children, not sex objects by anyone needs to RT this and, those who know how, have it spread to all medias in this nation and around the world. MSM must help too or exposed for depravity. https://t.co/Wj4EysK8d3
Similar to canine parvovirus in symptoms, the illness first appeared in Otsego County in northern Michigan, but has spread further north, animal experts in the state say.
Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs that causes acute gastrointestinal illness in puppies, according to the Baker Institute for Animal Health. The disease, often fatal, most often strikes in pups between 6 and 20 weeks old, but older animals are sometimes also affected.
The new unidentified virus is suspected to have come from Louisiana. It kills dogs within days of symptoms, Hicks told the outlet.
How many dogs died? What symptoms did they have?
More than 30 dogs had died of the disease in Clare County alone as of Thursday, Hicks said. It’s not yet known how the virus spreads.
“It is a virus much like parvo, possibly a different strain” said Melissa FitzGerald, director of Otsego County Animal Shelter in Gaylord, Michigan, about 50 miles south of Mackinaw City.
Symptoms, she said, include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.
What dogs are affected by the virus?
The virus affects puppies and older dogs, and when the animals are tested by veterinarians, the initial test for parvo is negative, FitzGerald told USA TODAY.
Usually, the dogs die within three to five days.
As of Monday, FitzGerald said, no dogs at the Otsego County shelter, 70 miles north of Clare County, had contracted the virus.
Most of the dogs who have contracted the illness have been under the age of 2, the Otsego County Animal Shelter posted on Facebook, and some of the dogs were vaccinated.
FitzGerald said some of the dogs have been sent to The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for a necropsy.
“The necropsy does show parvo,” she said. “The State vets office is hoping to learn more and come up with a defense as we get more specimens (either necropsies or fecal matter).”
The shelter has been in close contact with veterinarians in Gaylord, Traverse City, Grayling, Mancelona and Indian River trying to find a solution, but there is currently no cure.
Jane Sykes, professor of medicine and epidemiology at University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, said that as of Monday she had not heard of any similar cases in California.
“However, there are outbreaks like this that occur periodically,” Sykes told USA TODAY. “Sometimes it is a new pathogen, sometimes a combination of pathogens together with stressors in shelter environments, sometimes it can relate to diagnostic test problems, or problems with vaccination protocols.”
How to keep your dog safe from a parvolike virus
In an effort to avoid the virus, FitzGerald said pet owners should get their pets vaccinated.
“If you don’t know if your dog is properly vaccinated or you don’t know what properly vaccinated is, contact a veterinarian,” FitzGerald said.
She also recommended keeping pets away from other dogs or areas where a lot of dogs have been, including dog parks.
As Skip likes to say, people send us stuff. Stuff about this or that, the other thing, or the other “other” thing. That includes links to stories about how the elites think we should be eating bugs, and I don’t mean the bunny. So, what about that? Eating Insects.
It’s all about saving the planet.
Insects will solve problems, they say. We’ll be able to feed more people, and it will be better for global communism everyone.
So, “What would happen to a person that developed asthma, inflammation, immunocompromisation, vitamin depletion, etc., from an insect heavy diet if they contracted COVID and/or received a spike protein-inducing injection?”
I got this: they’d die, and public health officials would blame the unvaccinated even though mRNA vaccines compromise the immune system.
The Jabbed are already at increased risk of illness or hospitalization and even death if they contract the flu. Add a known toxin that can induce inflammation, and you are asking for more trouble, not less.
Edible insects are an underestimated reservoir of human and animal parasites. Our research indicates the important role of these insects in the epidemiology of parasites pathogenic to vertebrates. Conducted parasitological examination suggests that edible insects may be the most important parasite vector for domestic insectivorous animals.
If bread made from powdered crickets isn’t gross enough for you, this article won’t help: A new study from Italy finds that breads made with powdered crickets may be loaded with potentially dangerous bacterial spores.
But brace yourself… there’s more. Crickets can introduce new diseases all by themselves. This from a 2021 study:
“Insects generally have high reproductive rates leading to rapid population growth and high local densities; ideal conditions for disease epidemics. The parasites and diseases that naturally regulate wild insect populations can also impact when these insects are produced commercially, on farms. While insects produced for human or animal consumption are often reared under high density conditions, very little is known about the microbes associated with these insects, particularly those with pathogenic potential…. his will become particularly relevant as-and-when cricket rearing facilities scale up and transform from producing insects for animal feed to producing insects for human consumption.”
You don’t build a strong civilization on a diet of insects, but you could probably undermine one with them. Especially if you also happen to be part of the depopulation cabal that pushed mandatory mRNA vaccines.
Blue Lizard is a sunscreen product of Crown Laboratories of Australia. It is highly recommended by dermatologists in Australia, where radical ultraviolet radiation makes sunscreen indispensable. The product has also been endorsed by users in the USA.
What are the ingredients in Blue Lizard sunscreen?
Blue Lizard sunscreens are available in various functional variants, such as Active, Sensitive, Baby, Sheer, Face, and Sport. These are offered in lotion, stick, and spray forms.
The ingredients vary for each variant. The mineral variants have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or both as active ingredients, while mineral-based variants have octisalate and/or octinoxate along with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients.
Some of the common inactive ingredients are Alumina, Aluminum Stearate, Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Oleate, and Methyl Glucose.
The ingredients are packed in groovy bottles and tubes that change color in extreme ultraviolet radiation to remind you to apply the sunscreen. This functionality is appropriate to the product name, which is analogous to a chameleon that changes color to protect itself.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen mineral-based?
Blue Lizard sunscreen comes in mineral and mineral-based versions. The mineral variants contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or both as active ingredients. On the other hand, mineral-based variants contain octisalate and/or octinoxate along with either or both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
The company faces a class-action lawsuit – filed in March 2021 in California – alleging that the labeling of its products as mineral-based is deceptive. The lawsuit contends that Blue Lizard mineral-based sunscreens contain either five percent of octisalate or 5.5 percent of octinoxate. These are in fact harmful chemicals that you don’t expect in a mineral sunscreen.
The lawsuit asserts that Blue Lizard has misrepresented its ingredients information to gain an edge in the competitive market.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen gluten-free?
No. Blue Lizard sunscreen does not contain gluten – the company website also confirms it. Gluten is used in some sunscreens as an emulsifier. It is used in topical application products and typically does not affect celiacs as it cannot be absorbed through the skin.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen have benzene?
The ingredients list does not indicate the presence of benzene. However, the sunscreen contains alkyl benzoate – a clear and soluble liquid that consists of benzoic acid esters. Strangely enough, the compound benzoic acid has a benzene ring core. So, it is indecisive to say if Blue Lizard sunscreen contains benzene or not.
Be that as it may, alkyl benzoate has been accepted as a safe compound for use in skincare products. Only care in using it is to avoid it from entering the eyes. Alkyl benzoate does not have any of the side effects of benzene.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen have avobenzone?
Blue Lizard sunscreen does not have avobenzone. Mineral-based sunscreens of the company however contain either octisalate or octinoxate – chemicals used to disperse ultraviolet radiation and make the sunscreen water-resistant.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen contain oxybenzone?
Blue Lizard sunscreen does not contain oxybenzone – which makes it reef friendly. Accordingly, the products have the “We Love the Reef” seal on them. Oxybenzone is a common ingredient in many sunscreens. The chemical is harmful to humans and the environment alike.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen have zinc oxide?
Yes, Blue Lizard sunscreen contains zinc oxide as an active ingredient in its mineral-based sunscreens. The product uses inorganic minerals to provide broad-spectrum sun protection. Zinc oxide is considered safe by both FDA and dermatologists and can be used by adults, children, and those with sensitive skin.
Serious allergic reactions to zinc oxide are not reported. The mineral may however cause skin dryness and damage human cells when exposed to sunlight for long hours. Further, sunscreens with zinc oxide are usually heavy, making it difficult for the skin to absorb them well; which is essentially why this is safer than chemical sunscreens.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen contain aluminum?
Blue Lizard contains aluminum in the form of alumina and aluminum stearate. Alumina is a chemical compound having aluminum and oxygen, while aluminum stearate is the aluminum salt of the fatty acid.
According to experts, use of pure aluminum could cause oxidative damage to the skin. However, it is usually used in the form of compounds – which is considered safe.
Alumina is used as a coating blend to keep the nano-sized mineral ingredients in the sunscreen together. It acts as an abrasive, absorbent, and bulking agent. The compound usually makes up about 25 percent of the sunscreen. However, even in this concentration, it is considered safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel and the FDA.
Speaking about aluminum stearate – it acts as a suspending and thickening agent. The FDA has approved it as safe for general or specific use.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen have carcinogens?
Blue Lizard does not list all the ingredients on its label. From the information that is available, we know that Blue Lizard sunscreen contains the following carcinogens:
Titanium Dioxide – certified as Group 2B carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and suggested to be used in the lowest possible level
Disodium EDTA – can cause tumors in mammary glands
Glycols – is an element that the FDA has cautioned manufacturers to be wary of as it is carcinogenic and mutagenic
Do note that these chemicals are only carcinogenic when inhaled or ingested in large quantities. As such, their risks are quite minimal when applied topically.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen have a scent?
Blue Lizard sunscreen is fragrance-free. It does not have a scent – however, has a slight chemical smell.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen safe?
Yes, indeed! Blue Lizard sunscreen is one of the most highly-rated sunscreen brands in the world. It meets the stringent regulations of the Australian government. Further, all Blue Lizard sunscreen products are FDA compliant. There are no negative reports against the products too.
Sunscreens could cause safety concerns due to the ingredients that make them. However, Blue Lizard sunscreens are free of harmful chemicals like oxybenzone, parabens, benzene, and fragrance.
Blue Lizard sunscreens are either mineral or mineral-based. Although titanium dioxide is shown to be carcinogenic, the FDA has certified it as safe in sunscreens.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen safe for babies?
Blue Lizard sunscreen variants for babies include only minerals as active ingredients. They are also free of harsh chemicals like oxybenzone, parabens, and benzene. Nevertheless, the company advises you to consult your pediatrician before using any sunscreen on babies younger than six months.
Blue Lizard also has a separate line of sunscreen products for older kids and children. These also contain minerals as active ingredients and are considered safe.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen safe during pregnancy?
Blue Lizard sunscreen is rated as one of the best for pregnant women by all leading websites.
Dermatologists and experts recommend mineral sunscreens for pregnant women. Therefore, if you are pregnant – then Blue Lizard should be your obvious choice as most of its sunscreen products are mineral ones with zinc oxide or titanium oxide as the active ingredient. The brand is also devoid of harsh chemicals and fragrances.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen safe for the face?
Yes, Blue Lizard sunscreen is safe for your face as it is broad-spectrum with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+ and 50+, providing protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Further, they are all mineral or mineral-based, antioxidant-rich, and fragrance-free. Blue Lizard Sensitive formulas are recommended if your skin is sensitive and susceptible to breakouts.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen leave white cast or stain clothes?
Yes to both. Sunscreens containing minerals like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are usually heavy, making it difficult for the skin to absorb them well. Consequently, Blue Lizard sunscreen that contains these minerals is most likely to leave a residue or white cast on your skin. However, this could work well for you as the residue would stay on the skin surface and protect your skin from sun damage.
The company has mentioned on its website that its sunscreens may stain your fabrics. However, several users state the contrary and recommend Blue Lizard to avoid sunscreen stains. Some users believe that the clothes could get stained if the ingredients in sunscreen react with hard water – but the stains can be easily removed with dish soap and white vinegar.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen cause cancer?
There are no reports suggesting that Blue Lizard sunscreen causes cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection and are water-resistant with an SPF of 30 or more do not cause cancer. Blue Lizard sunscreens satisfy these criteria. Further, they are free of carcinogens and harsh chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone, parabens, and benzene.
Some ingredients in Blue Lizard sunscreens – like titanium dioxide, disodium EDTA, and glycols are known to be carcinogens. It may be safer to avoid products with these ingredients and pick zinc oxide-based sunscreens instead.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen burn eyes?
Blue Lizard sunscreen is widely known for not causing burning or irritation of the eyes. Sunscreens that burn the eye usually contain harsh chemicals and fragrances. Since Blue Lizard sunscreen is mineral-based and is sans fragrances, you need not worry about burning your eyes. Nevertheless, the company warns you about keeping its products out of your eyes. It also suggests you spray the cream on your palms and then rub it on your face.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen good for tattoos?
The answer is yes! The ultraviolet rays could break down the ink on your skin and cause your tattoo to fade. It is therefore essential for you to use a trustable sunscreen product to keep your tattoos sharp and clean.
Blue Lizard sunscreen is again the recommended brand to keep your tattoos intact. The product is water-resistant and does not contain any chemical absorbers. It is also not greasy, while still acting as a primer on your tattoos. The SPF values of 30+ and 50+ also shield your art efficiently.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen good for eczema and rosacea?
Yes, Blue Lizard sunscreen is an excellent fit for eczema and rosacea too. The National Eczema Association recommends using a mineral or mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen for adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Further, Blue Lizard sunscreen does not contain chemical absorbers or fragrances that could flare up eczema and rosacea.
You can pick the variants with zinc oxide as it is highly non-comedogenic and has astringent properties. The element will not only protect your skin from sun damage but also help in the quick healing of the wounds. Meanwhile, you can stay put with the mineral variants and avoid the mineral-based ones as the octisalate and octinoxate chemicals in them may be harsh.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen reef-safe?
Blue Lizard sunscreens carry the “We Love the Reef” seal. The company claims that its products do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate – making them reef-friendly as per the Hawaiian legislation. While its sunscreens do not contain oxybenzone, the claim about the absence of octinoxate is not true. The company website itself notifies that its mineral-based sunscreens contain octinoxate, octisalate, or both. According to the Environment Working Group (EWG), octisalate is also not reef safe and may contribute to coral bleaching.
Since Blue Lizard is from Australia – which is home to the Great Barrier Reef – its claims about being reef safe are held high across the world. If you want to be kind to your environment, you can be extra cautious and avoid the mineral-based versions of Blue Lizard.
Is Blue Lizard sunscreen cruelty-free?
Yes. The products of Blue Lizard sunscreens are not tested on animals. Also, they are completely vegan – which means the products do not contain animal ingredients or animal-derived byproducts.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen test on animals?
Blue Lizard’s final products are not tested on animals. In addition, the company also follows a process to ensure that its suppliers do not test the raw materials on animals.
How long does Blue Lizard sunscreen last?
Blue Lizard sunscreen typically lasts for two hours on your skin. In fact, any sunscreen with SPF is effective only for two hours after application.
The company recommends reapplication of the sunscreen every two hours if your skin is dry, or after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.
Does Blue Lizard sunscreen expire?
As per the company website, sunscreens lose their efficacy two to three years after the manufacturing date. So, if your sunscreen has crossed this time limit, it would have lost its original quality. The company also advises you to store the product in a cool, dark place to preserve its quality.
Wearing SPF is one of the most important things you can do every day—not only does it help to slow down the signs of aging by protecting against harmful UV rays, but it also helps prevent skin cancer.1 In fact, I think it’s pretty much a canon at this point that wearing sunscreen—summer or winter, rain or shine—is the best skincare tip out there. You think Cate Blanchette maintains her flawless complexion just by drinking hot water with lemon every morning? No. Guarantee she’s diligent about sunblock.
That said, not all sunscreens are created equal, and there are some pretty scary ingredients lurking in your tube of SPF. We did some digging to find the ingredients you should watch out for in your sunscreen, and the safer alternatives you should try instead.
This ingredient was banned in Hawaii because it has been shown to cause harm to coral reefs. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for something to be smeared all over your body. Aside from that, it’s a form of synthetic estrogen, according to the Environmental Working Group, and can cause a disruption in your hormones. The EWG actually considers oxybenzone to be the most troubling sunscreen ingredient.
Like the aforementioned oxybenzone, octinoxate is also banned in Hawaii for coral reef reasons. It’s been shown to cause skin allergies, and in animal studies, it had effects on the reproductive system and thyroid.2
While this ingredient hasn’t been found to cause hormone disruption like the others, according to the EWG, it causes high rates of irritation. And it’s not sun-stable, which means it has to be mixed with stabilizers, like Octisalate (which the EWG ranks as having moderate toxicity concerns) in order to be used in sunblock.
This is a form of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. We’re normally fans of these things in our routine—eating vitamin A-rich foods has been shown to be beneficial for our skin. But when retinyl palmitate meets your skin meets the sun, that’s when the problems begin. Animal studies have shown that, when exposed to the sun, it is potentially cancerous and forms free radicals, which is quite literally the opposite reason you want antioxidants.3
So What Should You Use?
The EWG rates mineral sunscreens higher than chemical sunscreens, because they claim there is little evidence that these go through the skin barrier and are absorbed by your body in the way that chemical sunscreens are. They recommend sunscreens made with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Below, our mineral sunscreen picks.
A tinted sunscreen formulated with 20% zinc oxide, plus good-for-skin botanicals like grape juice extract.
Astaxanthin is a red-colored pigment that belongs to the class of chemicals called carotenoids. It is an antioxidant, and can be applied directly to the skin to prevent sunburns, reduce wrinkles, and prevent other types of skin damage.4
Farmacy Green Screen Daily Environmental Protector Broad Spectrum MineralSunscreen SPF 30 With Echinacea GreenEnvy $36.00
The FDA has created resources for parents and caregivers to help explain some of the processes associated with, and results of, the agency’s efforts to help facilitate importing infant formula.
On May 16, 2022, FDA announced increased flexibilities for the importation of infant formula products, which have resulted in more than 520 million bottles worth of infant formula coming to the U.S.
Many of the imported products are, or will be soon, available through regular places to shop for infant formula, like major retailers, grocery stores and their online counterparts, as well as through company-specific websites.
Infant Formula Names to Know
Learn to recognize the labels of imported formula products you may shop for. Here are a few examples of imported infant formula you may be seeing.
Tips on Where to Find Products and Comparable Formulas
FDA has been working collectively with federal partners, manufacturers and retailers to ensure confidence in infant formula that is safe and nutritious, including product coming in from other countries, is on shelves nationwide.
Scientists discover that natural chemical can treat wounds twice as fast as antibiotics (WKRC File)
Scientists have tested a natural chemical that could heal wounds twice as fast.
The chemical, called Diindolylmethane or DIM, is made by the human body naturally, but it can also be found in broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables.
To test the chemical, several pigs had their wounds treated with DIM and antibiotics. The pigs treated with antibiotics recovered from their wounds in around 10 days while pigs treated with DIM recovered in only five days.
Scientists studying the chemical found that it prevents bacteria to function, which allows wounds to heal faster. Researchers found that DIM does not kill the bacteria, but blocks the signals that allow bacteria to communicate, which makes it more vulnerable to the immune system.
Antibiotics kill the bacteria on the wound, which allows new tissue to grow over the dead tissue and bacteria, which makes it take longer to heal.
Professor Ariel Kushmaro, one of the researchers in the experiment, says that the way DIM heals wounds is “a game-changer.”
Researchers are currently developing the chemical into an ointment for animals. They are also trying to determine if it could be used as a food additive for animals.
“The giant African land snail … is one of the most invasive pests on the planet, causing agricultural and environmental damage wherever it is found,” the report added. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection)
Did you know some snails can cause meningitis?
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is warning Pasco County to beware of the giant African land snail (GALS) that can carry a rare rat lungworm called Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which may cause meningitis in humans, according to the state’s recent “Pest Alert.”
After receiving notice of a “possible” population of the snail in New Port Richey, Pasco County on June 21, FDACS said a property survey confirmed the presence of a white form of the giant African land snail two days later.
“The phenotype in Pasco County has a creamy white flesh as opposed to the grey-ish brown flesh of the phenotype that was eradicated in the Miami area,” said Erin M. Moffet, FDACS’s communications director.
Moffet told Fox News that Mellon, a mollusk detector dog, is actively surveying for the pest.
The department said on their website that they will treat properties with a specific snail bait that is a metaldehyde-based molluscicide labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for residential use.
Metaldehyde is a pesticide used to control snails that’s approved for use in many crops, fruit trees, avocado and citrus orchards, berry plants, banana plants and in limited residential areas, the department said on their website.
After eating the metaldehyde, the GALS often seeks hiding places, then becomes inactive and begins to die within days, the department said.
“FDACS’s Division of Plant Industry has begun to survey the area, enacted a quarantine and will begin treatment for this detrimental pest on June 29, 2022,” the state department said.
“It is unlawful to move the giant African land snail or a regulated article, including but not limited to, plants, plants parts, plants in soil, soil, yard waste, debris, compost or building materials, within, through or from a quarantine area without a compliance agreement.”
The snail is popular in the pet trade in other countries, but it is a federally prohibited organism that cannot be legally sold or possessed in the United States, per the FDACS report.
The snail is popular in the pet trade in other countries, but it is a federally prohibited organism that cannot be legally sold or possessed in the United States, per the FDACS report. (U. S. Customs and Border Protection)
“The giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world and consumes at least 500 different types of plants. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas as they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments,” FDACS said on their website.
The state first eradicated the pest in 1975 after detecting it in 1969 and most recently eradicated the pest in 2021 after detecting it in 2011 in Miami-Dade County, per the FDACS website.
The snail can cause a disease called Angiostrongliasis, or rat lungworm disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“An infected rat coughs up worms from the lungs into the throat where they are then swallowed by the rat. The worms are now in the rat’s digestive system and eventually end up in the rat’s poop,” the CDC said.
“When a rat eats an infected slug or snail, the cycle begins again,” the CDC added.
Most cases of rat lungworm disease occur in parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands, but some have been in Caribbean, Africa and United States, like in Hawaii and Louisiana.
So why should humans worry about it?
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS will be holding a press conference on the recent GALS detection from FDACS’ Clearwater office, which will be livestreamed on the Department’s Facebook page. ( Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
People get the disease when they eat raw or undercooked snails that are infected with the worms as well as eating fruits or vegetables that have not been washed well that also contain the snails.
“People present with symptoms of bacterial meningitis, such as nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness, and headaches that are often global and severe,” the CDC said.
“Most infections of [Angiostrongylus cantonensis] resolve spontaneously over time without specific treatment because the parasite cannot survive for long in the human body. However, serious complications can rarely occur, leading to neurologic dysfunction or death.”
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS will be holding a press conference on the recent GALS detection from FDACS’ Clearwater office, which will be livestreamed on the department’s Facebook page.
An electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissue is seen in a 2002 image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Reuters/Elizabeth White/CDC/Handout via Reuters)
A listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 23 people across 10 states may be linked to Florida, the CDC said this week.
Of the 22 people who health officials have been able to track down, 20 of them reported living in Florida or traveling to the state in the month before they got sick, but the CDC noted that “the significance of this is still under investigation.”
Listeria, a foodborne illness, is usually caused by contaminated dairy, produce, deli meats, or smoked fish.
Symptoms, which include fever, fatigue, and muscle aches, typically start within one to four weeks of eating food contaminated with listeria.
In the current outbreak, 22 people have been hospitalized and one person has died. Five of those who got infected were pregnant at the time, with one person reporting the loss of the fetus.
Vials of raw sheep’s milk are seen with bottles of substances used to check the milk for strains of Listeria and Salmonella before the milk is developed into roquefort cheese. (Pascal Pavani/AFP via Getty Images)
The true number of illnesses is likely much higher, according to the CDC, as some people recover before seeking medical attention.
Health officials are still trying to identify the food that is the source of this outbreak.
A listeria outbreak stemming from deli meats sickened at least 10 people and killed one in 2020. Another outbreak caused by precooked chicken put three people in the hospital and killed one last year.
Paul Best is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Paul.email@example.com and on Twitter: @KincaidBest.
A UK government-backed project – FluMap – aims to help understand how bird flu is evolving and finding its way into poultry farms Environment 20 June 2022
Scientists have embarked on a one-year, £1.5 million research project to combat the highly pathogenic strain of bird flu wreaking havoc on UK seabirds and heaping pressure on poultry farming.
With reports last week of growing numbers of seabirds – from gannets and guillemots to razorbills and skuas – being found dead on UK beaches, the risk is growing of the disease spreading to and from poultry. A record 122 poultry cases have already been recorded in the UK last winter, up on 26 the winter before. Meanwhile, more than 1100 cases have been detected in wild birds, compared with about 300 the previous winter.
Ian Brown at the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency hopes the government-backed project, dubbed FluMap, will help researchers fill knowledge gaps about how the H5N1 influenza is evolving and precisely how it is finding its way into poultry farms.
It’s time to bring out the sunscreen. Warmer temperatures mean we are spending more time outside, having fun in the sun with our family and friends.
Consumer Reports tested sunscreens for the SPF, or “sun protection factor,” and the UVA protection. For an effective product, you need a broad-spectrum sunscreen to really protect your skin, which is a relatively new feature of sunscreens as most traditionally only blocked UVB rays.
Sunscreens protect against a broader swath of the UV spectrum, including UVA rays. The Food and Drug Administration requires that a sunscreen labeled as broad-spectrum protects against both UVB and UVA rays. It’s the UVA rays that penetrate deeply into the skin causing damage that can lead to skin cancer and skin aging.
“That’s really what makes a sunscreen better than another,” Consumer Reports health and food deputy editor Trisha Calvo said. “Does it have the SPF protection that you need? Does it have the UVA protection that is more than a pass-fail? The degree of UVA protection is very important, and that’s what we rate the sunscreens on.”
Here are some of Consumer Reports’ top-performing sunscreens in their tests.
Shelves of sunscreen for sale at Publix grocery store in Florida.
(Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group / Getty Images)
How sunscreens were tested
Volunteers came into their lab and had sunscreen applied to small areas of their backs. They were asked to soak in water for the amount of time that the sunscreen is supposed to be water-resistant. Small amounts of UV light were then applied to the sections of their backs where the sunscreen was applied, and then they soak in water again.
“They are sent home afterwards, and then the next day, a trained technician examines the skin for redness,” Calvo said. “And that’s how we test for SPF. For the UVA protection, it’s a lab test and a calculation.”
Getting adequate coverage
Any sunscreen is supposed to be reapplied every two hours you’re out in the sun or immediately after you’ve been in water or sweating heavily.
“It doesn’t matter what the SPF is,” Calvo said. “More frequent reapplication prevents the accumulation of the UV rays, and that happens over a lifetime.”
For years, sunscreen manufacturers slapped the words “waterproof” and “sweatproof” on their labels. But in 2011, the FDA put an end to such advertising, claiming that they were exaggerated.
Darly Ortega of New York, left, applies sunscreen on the face of her son Sabatian Ortega, 8, upon arriving to the beach in Hollywood, Florida, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.
Some sunscreen products today are dubbed “water-resistant,” meaning that they remain effective in the water for 40 minutes. Sunscreens that are called “very water-resistant” provide protection for twice that long in the water.
As for the differences in SPF numbers, there is a big difference between an SPF 15 and an SPF 30, according to Calvo.
Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) bill that threatens tens of thousands of products has officially been introduced. We need all hands on deck to oppose it. Action Alert!
Sen. Dick Durbin has launched his supplement attack by introducing his “Dietary Supplement Listing Act of 2022” with Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). This bill threatens your ability to access the supplements you rely on to stay healthy. We need to send a strong message to Congress that this is bad for consumers, bad for health, and bad for the economy.
The bill threatens fines and jailtime for companies that do not comply. If a company does not submit the proper information, in the correct form, by the proper date, the supplement is considered misbranded. For the first offense, violators can be imprisoned for one year and fined $1,000 dollars; for the second offense, violators can be imprisoned for three years and fined $10,000. Given the safety record of supplements that will be detailed below, the punishments here hardly seem to fit the crime.
This bill creates a lose-lose situation for consumers and supplement companies: if companies don’t comply, they face fines and jail time; if they do comply, companies are orchestrating their own demise by giving the FDA the list it needs to sweep the market of as many as 41,000 supplements that do not comply with the agency’s overreaching (and incomplete) “new supplement” guidance. Supplement companies lose, the economy suffers, and consumers lose access to critical health products.
It’s bad, but it may not even be the biggest threat to your supplements right now. Separately, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is independently moving forward with plans to attach a similar mandatory product registration provision for supplements to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that must pass by the end of September. Durbin’s policy, then, has twice the chance of success because it is moving forward on two distinct paths.
Why are more supplement regulations such a priority for these federal authorities? Supplements are overwhelmingly safe. According to the FDA, in 2021, the agency received 2,400 adverse event reports related to dietary supplements. To put this in context, according to the FDA’s adverse event database, in 2021 the FDA received a total of 2,333,453 adverse event reports. That means that dietary supplements make up 0.1% of the adverse event reports to the FDA. National reports consistently show zero deaths from dietary supplements; according to the FDA’s database, in 2021 alone drugs killed 187,750 Americans.
That supplements are the products getting federal attention speaks to the power of the drug industry lobby and the willingness of elected officials and FDA officials to do their bidding. We cannot let these forces succeed in undermining our ability to stay healthy, naturally.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and tell them to oppose mandatory product listing for supplements. Please send your message immediately
The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced the state’s first reported Powassan virus infection of the year this past Wednesday. Powassan virus is a rare disease spread by the same tick that causes Lyme disease, according to a recent press release.
“The identification of a Connecticut resident with Powassan virus associated illness emphasizes the need to take actions to prevent tick bites from now through the late fall,” said Dr. Manisha Juthani, who is the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Health.
“Using insect repellent, avoiding areas where ticks are likely, and checking carefully for ticks after being outside can reduce the chance of you or your children being infected with this virus.”
Powassan virus, first discovered in Powassan, Ontario in 1958, is usually spread through the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick, officially known as Ixodes scapularis, and can be transmitted in as little as 15 minutes after a tick bite, but it can take a week up to one month to develop symptoms, per the release.
This is in contrast to Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne disease in the United States, which is caused by a bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi and usually transmitted after 36-48 hours after the bite of usually the black-legged tick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Human infections secondary to the Powassan virus infections have been recognized in the United States, Canada, and Russia, with the cases mostly from northeastern states and the Great Lakes region in late spring, early summer and mid-fall when ticks are most active, per the CDC.
Between 2011-20, in addition to Connecticut, the following states have reported cases to the CDC: Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
Powassan cases are rare, with 20 reported in 2020 to the CDC, but the reported cases are increasing, whereas usually 30,00 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, but the true number is likely closer to 476,000 each year because of underreporting, per the agency.
People who work outdoors and engage in recreational activities in endemic areas for the virus are at increased risk of the infection.
The Connecticut patient who contracted Powassan virus is a male patient in his 50s who started to feel sick during the fourth week of March after a tick bite. He was later hospitalized with a central nervous system disease with laboratory confirmed evidence by the CDC of antibodies to the virus, but is now discharged and recovering at home, according to the health department’s release.
Most people infected with Powassan virus will develop mild flu-like symptoms or no symptoms at all, but some will experience severe illness affecting the central nervous system, which consists of the spinal cord and brain, per the health department.
Wood Tick on finger
Early symptoms of severe disease include headache, vomiting, fever and weakness that rapidly progresses to confusion, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking, or seizures. Treatment is supportive care, which means there is no specific medication directed against the disease, but instead targeted to symptoms.
Approximately one out of 10 cases of severe illness are fatal, with an estimated half of survivors experiencing long-term complications.
There were 12 cases of Powassan virus from 2017 to 2021 reported in Connecticut, including three in 2021 and two out the 12 that were fatal, the release said.
Connecticut is a state well-known for tick-bites, with the CDC categorizing it a high-incidence region for Lyme disease, as of 2019.
Lyme disease was first described in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975 by a researcher, Dr. William Burgdorfer, who connected puzzling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis-like symptoms with the bite of deer ticks, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
He discovered that a spiral shaped bacterium, known as a spirochete, carried by the ticks caused the condition now known as Lyme disease. The spirochete was named Borrelia burgdorferi in 1982 in his honor, per the NIH.
An early symptom of Lyme disease is a hallmark rash that looks like a “bulls-eye,” known as erythema migrans, but later can progress to joint pain and neurological issues, according to Mayo Clinic.
Blacklegged ticks not only can carry Lyme disease and Powassan virus, but also other tick-borne diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis, so it’s possible to get infected with more than one infection at the same time, called a co-infection, per the CDC.
Some tips to prevent tick bites include: avoiding grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, using CDC-recommended mosquito repellents, checking for ticks immediately after an outdoor activity and showering within two hours of coming indoors, per the release.
A pig virus may have contributed to the death of a man who was the first person to have received a heart transplant from a pig, though the evidence is inconclusive, researchers say.
David Bennett Sr., 57, of Maryland, died in March, just two months after the groundbreaking experimental transplant. University of Maryland doctors said Thursday they found viral DNA inside the pig heart. They did not find signs that this bug, called “porcine cytomegalovirus,” was causing an active infection.
In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team show the pig heart for transplant into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
The animal virus was first reported by MIT Technology Review, citing a scientific presentation from Dr. Bartley Griffith, the surgeon who performed Bennett’s transplant.
A major worry about animal-to-human transplants is the risk that it could introduce new kinds of infections to people. Griffith told The Associated Press that some viruses can be a “hitchhiker” because they lurk without causing diseases. Now, researchers are pursuing more tests to ensure they don’t miss these kinds of viruses.
Doctors have for decades tried using animal organs to save human lives without success. Bennett, who was dying and ineligible for a human heart transplant, underwent the last-ditch operation using a heart from a pig genetically modified to lower the risk that his immune system would rapidly reject such a foreign organ.
The Maryland team said the donor pig was healthy, had passed testing required by the Food and Drug Administration to check for infections, and was raised in a facility designed to prevent animals from spreading infections.
FILE: David Bennett Jr., right, stands next to his father’s hospital bed in Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 12, 2022, five days after doctors transplanted a pig heart into Bennett Sr., in a last-ditch effort to save his life. (University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)
Griffith said his patient, while very ill, had been recovering fairly well from the transplant when one morning he woke up worse, with symptoms similar to an infection. Doctors ran tests to try to understand the cause, and gave Bennett a variety of antibiotics, antiviral medication and an immune-boosting treatment. But the pig heart became swollen, filled with fluid and eventually quit functioning.
“What was the virus doing, if anything, that might have caused the swelling in his heart?” Griffith asked. “Honestly we don’t know.”
Meanwhile, doctors at other medical centers around the country have been experimenting with animal organs in donated human bodies and are anxious to attempt formal studies in living patients soon.
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