CDC Vows Partnership with Black Press on Vaccination Awareness
Like most of the world, Dr. Rochelle Walenksy, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, watched with nervous anticipation the jury verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
And, like many others, Dr. Walensky was relieved with the guilty verdicts that brought a measure of justice to the family of George Floyd and, by extension, African Americans and people of color everywhere.
“I was on a Zoom in my office with Dr. [Anthony] Fauci when the verdicts came in,” Dr. Walensky recalled during a special live interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) “Let It Be Known” breaking news program.
“We were all relieved,” Dr. Walensky assured. “This is just a single moment. What we face as a nation is generations of racism and discrimination, and barriers for Black people. We can’t erase 400 years in one single verdict, but this is one huge step forward, and we have to make many more huge steps forward.”
During the 30-minute interview, Dr. Walensky said the CDC is taking more steps to shift from looking at just markers of health and equity to looking at the drivers of health and equity.
“They are inextricably linked with race and require us to evaluate the structural barriers that exist for so many Black Americans, so many Latino Americans and Native Americans,” Dr. Walenksy offered.
“So, our work as a nation must be to address these drivers to make everyone safer and to make our streets safer and education more accessible.”
In the CDC’s efforts to reclaim the public’s trust – particularly among individuals of color, Dr. Walensky said it was imperative to announce that racism is a public health crisis publicly.
She pledged that the CDC would partner with the Black Press of America to get critical messaging to minority communities.
“One striking thing is that the [pandemic] started in this country among the wealthy and moved rapidly to communities that didn’t have resources,” Dr. Walensky said.
“It was clear to me that the health of our nation was not going to be better until we addressed the fact that everybody in the nation had to be better. Not just pockets, we needed to reach all communities.”
Dr. Walensky reiterated that she and the CDC enjoy the full support of the Biden-Harris Administration in its racism and health initiatives.
“We welcome [the Black Press] partnership, and I recognize that people who are not confident in the vaccine are those we need to meet where they are,” Dr. Walensky continued.
“Some people don’t know where to get the vaccine, and for some, it’s not convenient. Some are worried that the science isn’t complete, and some have listened to misinformation.
“The real question is as we address concerns and questions, we need to have the person conveying the information to be a trusted messenger. I may not be a trusted messenger, but you [The Black Press] are, and I would like to work with you and create that partnership so that we can provide that information and package it as your viewers and readers want it and delivered by people they trust.”
More than 100 million people have received the covid vaccine after over 100,000 enrolled in clinical trials to ensure efficacy, Dr. Walensky stated.
She noted that the CDC has safety monitoring in place and hasn’t seen anything troubling.
A third booster shot is being discussed by scientists and the administration only as extra protection and not out of fear or information that the vaccines would wear off, Dr. Walensky assured.
Dr. Walensky noted that none were involved in clinical trials, but early results in about 700 baby deliveries have revealed good news for pregnant women.
“There is early data to suggest that if pregnant and you receive the vaccine, you can pass the antibodies to your babies, so there’s some potential that the baby might be protected as well,” Dr. Walensky said.
Here’s How Eating Too Much Sugar Affects Your Mental Health
It’s not a new revelation that sugar is bad for our mental health.
High sugar intake leads to high BMI, obesity, a decline in oral hygiene, and diabetes. However, what’s not often discussed is the significant impact of a high sugar diet on mental health.There is conclusive research on the negative impact it can have on mood, comprehension, and the way people view life.
More importantly, research shows that a diet filled with too many sweet-based foods can have a negative impact on mental well-being.
Here we’ve listed 3 ways a high sugar diet can affect mental health, along with some ideas to help make changes now!
1. Depression & Schizophrenia
The rapid fluctuation of blood sugar can exacerbate mood disorders.
Researchers have found that high sugar can lead to an increased susceptibility to depression and worsen outcomes in schizophrenia patients.
Interestingly, countries with high sugar intake correlate to high depression rates.
Although sugar does not directly cause anxiety, it can make already existing symptoms worse and weaken the body’s ability to respond to stress.
By minimizing sugar intake, there is a chance of decreasing the risk of anxiety symptoms, improving mood, and improving the body’s stress-coping capabilities.
3. Learning Comprehension
Sugar can affect how we learn, how much we learn, and how much we retain.
Our bodies and minds were not designed to take in such large amounts of sugar, which have become an integral part of American society.
Through new studies, we are more aware of the intricate link between the way we eat and the way we think.
Steps to take now:
1. Remove Foods with Added Sugar
Most processed foods have added sugar to them. Read the labels carefully. Many foods that you wouldn’t suspect to be sweetened also have added sugar, such as pasta sauces, salad dressings, and condiment sauces.
2. Eat Fruit if You’re Craving a Sweet Snack
Cut down (or ideally eliminate) sodas or fruit juices from your diet.
Diet pop and artificial sweeteners are NOT a good alternative for sweets. Studies have shown that they hurt health in their own ways.
We hope this helps!
3 Steps To Get Through Alcohol Dependency
Are you dealing with alcohol dependency?
Alcoholism has been a perennial problem affecting American society for decades. It has taken a toll on families that is much to bear
To show us how this problem has worsened over the years, the Center for Disease Control says that about 25.1% of adults have at least one heavy drink per day. This, of course, includes those who go beyond five ounces of alcohol a day.
The approach to treating this problem has always been consistent. But there is a lot more to be done when the problem itself is deeply rooted.
Treating alcoholism should start with recognizing the factors that have led to alcohol dependence. Then, come up with the right treatment plans based on these factors.
Here’s a guide on how you can help someone you know to break free from the bottle and the risks it entails.
Intervene and lend a listening ear
Alcoholism often results from psychological conditions that either pre-existed or developed over time.
Trauma and depression are just some of the factors that push someone into getting drunk. This is also a form of self-harm.
When a person’s sole reason for drinking heavily stems from a desire for self-harm, it would be best to sit down and discuss the underlying issues that led to the drinking problem with a trained professional.
If you are listening to your friend or family member’s issues, you might want to give your take about the problem while providing solace.
Don’t be preachy as you do so. Empathy is the first and most important ingredient for helping someone overcome a drinking problem.
Help build a system to treat alcohol dependence
Going cold turkey is definitely not the safest way to treat alcohol dependence.
For some, this could actually make the condition worse than it already is. Just like any other psychological condition, alcoholism is best treated using processes that take months or even years to complete.
Getting rid of alcoholism is not something you can rush, but you can at least help someone who is going through it build an effective system.
This, no doubt, involves setting goals and coming up with rules that gradually limit the person’s intake of alcohol. Activities designed to diminish the effect of objects and situations that trigger the addiction can also play a huge role.
Other than these practical steps, the person suffering from alcoholism should also undergo reflective meditation. This approach reduces the effect of the addiction and enables the person to treat the problem head-on rather than accept it as an inescapable condition.
Consider rehab as a last resort to alcohol dependency
If nothing has helped rid the addiction, rehabilitation has to be considered.
When picking the right-center for someone you know, it is important to find a place that has the best facilities to meet their needs. It also helps to find a center that uses evidence-based interventions and detoxification procedures in its inpatient addiction treatment program.
A rehab center that’s complete with these facilities is definitely the right choice to consider, especially when you are dealing with a severe case of alcoholism.
Alcohol dependence continues to destroy individual health, families, and communities. But being vigilant and proactive in treating someone you know who is likely to suffer from this problem is already a big step forward.
Critical Care Specialist And ‘COVID Chaser’ Has Saved Countless COVID Patients With ‘Common Sense Medicine
New York, NY — Dr. Nik Hurt (aka Dr. KikI Hurt) is a Critical Care Specialist, Anesthesiologist and Internal Medicine Physician who has developed a simple method in treating his COVID patients. In early 2020, Dr. Nik became a “COVID chaser” and has been hired by numerous American hospitals because of their staff being overwhelmed with the virus and a shortage of medical staff and Intensivists.
The shortage was so great, that Dr. Nik even saw his friends like Dr. Sophia Gill (a renowned Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine) called in to assist with COVID patents.
In March of 2020, Dr. Nik arrived in New York City and was devastated to see rooms filled with body bags and freezer trucks outside the hospital filled with COVID casualties. During the next nine months Dr. Nik’s colleagues encouraged him to treat COVID patients with medications that the media and other doctors insisted were the cure, such as Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, and convalescent plasma therapy. After carefully monitoring the unsuccessful effects of these treatments, Dr. Nik discovered that many patients that were emitted into the ER were dying from causes that were unrelated to the coronavirus.
Patient’s died in the beginning but after a short time, Dr. Nik’s ICU patients were getting better and many transferred to step down units in the hospital. Dr. Nik calls his strategy DMNC (Dr. Nik’s Management of Coronavirus), which protects patient’s vital organs before the virus could get there.
“I realized quickly that some patients that were COVID-19 positive were being misdiagnosed with various diseases which were actually treatable.”, says Dr. Nik. “Many COVID patients are dying because the world is focusing too much on the virus!”
His method is to stop focusing on the virus and use “common sense medicine” and remarkably to date, Dr. Nik’s methods have decreased his COVID patient’s morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Nik is also a successful author and entertainment producer who has been featured in major media outlets such as The Huffington Post but today his main focus is to get the world’s attention and save the lives of all who will listen to his solution to end this worldwide pandemic.
6 Quick and Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety
Anxiety is a real thing that much of the population is dealing with especially during the current times. In this article we will look at 6 quick and easy ways to help reduce anxiety and talk yourself off a ledge.
Step # 1: Become aware of your current state and acknowledge “I don’t like the way I am feeling right now.”
Step # 2: Remind yourself “this is a feeling not a fact. I am feeling out of control and unsafe, but it is a fact that in this moment, I am in a safe place and in no immediate danger.” Remember, feelings are unfixed traits that can be changed in an instant.
Step # 3: Identify how you want to feel instead. For example, “I feel like something bad is going to happen. I am afraid and feel out of control. I know there is no evidence of danger in this moment. Therefore, I can experience calm, peace, and feel in control.”
Step # 4: Identify the best way to move into the desired feeling or experience. Perhaps it is going for a walk, taking a sip of water, or using a physical anchor like placing your hand over your heart ❤
Step # 5: If all else fails, try this breathing exercise. Take 6 to 10 deep breaths in and out saying the word that represents your desired feeling on the slow exhale of each breath. For example, take a deep breath in and breathe out while saying the word “calm”.
Step # 6: Go do something healthy that makes you feel good and reinforces that calm feeling and being in control. Things like meditation, playing a sport, stretching, listening to your favorite music, or talking to a great friend are highly effective.
Most importantly, work with a professional who is trained in anxiety relief, to help you get to the root of the anxiety. Quick Symptomatic techniques like the ones above, work well but the goal is to be anxiety free. Being completely free of anxiety can happen when the root cause is dealt with. Remember, the root of your pain is the root of your healing.
BLM Launches $3 Million ‘Survival Fund’ Amid Wait for Federal COVID-19 Relief
As Congress continues to drag its feet regarding the next COVID relief package, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation quietly launched a $3 million financial relief fund to help folks who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
The foundation, which branched out from the Black Lives Matter movement created nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most. The foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm.
If approved, the money is deposited directly into recipients’ bank accounts or made available on prepaid debit cards, the foundation said — no strings attached.
“This came from a collective conversation with BLM leadership that Black folks are being hurt the most financially during the pandemic,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors told The Associated Press.
Cullors, also the foundation’s executive director, said that so far the Survival Fund’s first recipients have included the families of people killed by police or who died while incarcerated, grassroots community organizers, people who identify as transgender, single parents and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Before Thursday, at least 300 people had been approved for grants. The fund is being administered through UpTogether, a project of the Family Independence Initiative, which works to disrupt the cycle of poverty through direct investment to low-income families and budding entrepreneurs.
Using CBD For Motion Sickness
Have you ever felt a queasy feeling in your stomach, maybe a little lightheaded, or perhaps you even vomited while riding in a vehicle? Most people have had some sort of bout with motion sickness, and some experience it more often and far worse than others. While there are prescription drugs for these issues, their side effects make them far from the safest substances to use. Cannabidiol (CBD) could possibly be a better, safer, healthier solution, and many people are trying CBD oil products to help cope with motion sickness.
Motion sickness most commonly occurs when your body is experiencing motion, but your eyes are not perceiving that motion. Sensory nerves in the inner ear send messages to the brain that motion is being sensed. Meanwhile, the eyes don’t perceive that motion, telling the brain that there is no motion happening.
The postrema area of the brain, where poisons are detected and is responsible for balance and vision, sends a signal to vomit because it believes the body has been poisoned. So, that nausea you feel from motion sickness is your brain being confused by the stimuli that it is receiving and issuing an emergency purge response as a result.
Nausea is the main symptom in motion sickness, and CBD and other cannabinoids have been shown to help with nausea. In fact, many cancer patients use CBD and medical cannabis to help subside their nausea from chemotherapy. Other symptoms are dizziness and feeling lightheaded. Despite a lack of scientific studies, many individuals have said to feel relief from these symptoms when using CBD.
Unfortunately, since there is not much scientific evidence the answer is still unknown. However, the overwhelming amount of research showing that CBD and other cannabinoids can help with nausea have to provide some insight. We also must take into account the number of people who feel relief from motion sickness, and although a placebo effect argument might be valid for some, it doesn’t mean that it’s improbable to consider CBD use for motion sickness.