Can You Have Alcohol After the Covid Vaccine? – Anahad O’Connor – The New York Times

“After a long year and a lot of anticipation, getting the Covid-19 vaccine can be cause for celebration, which for some might mean pouring a drink and toasting to their new immunity. But can alcohol interfere with your immune response?

The short answer is that it depends on how much you drink.

There is no evidence that having a drink or two can render any of the current Covid vaccines less effective. Some studies have even found that over the longer term, small or moderate amounts of alcohol might actually benefit the immune system by reducing inflammation.

Heavy alcohol consumption, on the other hand, particularly over the long term, can suppress the immune system and potentially interfere with your vaccine response, experts say. Since it can take weeks after a Covid shot for the body to generate protective levels of antibodies against the novel coronavirus, anything that interferes with the immune response would be cause for concern.  . . . .”

David Lindsay Jr.

David Lindsay Jr. Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:

Thank you Anahad O’Connor, for an excellent wake up reminder, that we have to be vigilant, if we like our alchohol too much. I am disappointed by the NYT commenting blogosphere today, as so many attack you for being down or causing stress. Hark, perhaps you have struck a nerve. It is not just in Russia, that many people drink regularly, and sometimes to excess. I have to monitor my own behavior, as Professor Moody desccribed fighting Voldemort, “with constant vigilance.” Two terrific but alcoholic parents are clear indicators that I fall in that half of the US, and probably world population, that is very easily addicted to sugar based products, that include sweets, alcholic beverates, opiods and niccotine. There was an astonishly good book about this by a researcher, called “The Hidden Addiction,” by Dr. Janice Phelps and Dr. Alan Nourse. All these dangerous but popular products have a commen source of molecules, belonging to the sugar family. I’m so sorry that so many here attack you for presenting life-protecting information, as if you were out to take away the punch bowl just as the party got cooking. However, more often than not, that is what responsible people, reading the science, should do more often, and I thank you for the clarity of your reporting. I just measured 1.5 ounces, and it is easily half of what I thought it was. Your new fan, David. David Lindsay Jr is the author of the Tay Son Rebellion about 18th century Vietnam, and blogs at InconvenientNews.Net.

Opinion | The World’s Malnourished Kids Don’t Need a $295 Burger – By Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

By Nicholas Kristof

Opinion Columnist

A child at the Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children, in Antigua, Guatemala.CreditDaniele Volpe for The New York Times

“ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Raúl is a happy preschooler, tumbling around among 4- and 5-year-olds, but something is off.

It’s not his behavior, for it’s the same as that of the other little kids. Rather, it’s his face. The baby fat is gone, and although he’s only 3 feet 5 inches tall, the height of an average 5-year-old, an older face seems grafted on.

Sure enough, Raúl turns out to be 9. Malnutrition has left his body and mind badly stunted. He’s one of almost one-quarter of all children worldwide who are stunted from malnutrition.

Here in Guatemala, almost half of children are stunted. In some Mayan villages, it’s 70 percent.

In another world, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the restaurant Serendipity 3 offers a $295 hamburger. Alternatively, it sells a $214 grilled cheese sandwich and a $1,000 sundae.”


David Lindsay: Thank you Nicholas Kristoff.

I would like to see more foreign aid that connects food, education and family planning.
Sustainablity studies suggest we need negative population growth for our own survival.

Here is a comment I liked:


Many years ago, at the supper table, my Dad would remind us kids to only take what we could eat, and don’t leave anything on your plate when finished. And then it was, did you now right now there are millions in the world starving. That was in the 50’s. Mom and Dad were struck by the poverty of Native Americans when traveling out west during their retirement. So every year they made a strong donation to a reservation school for native children. Never stopped. Today our family follows the tradition of giving annually to charity or  other non-profit of our choice. My wife and I choose Doctors Without Borders and the Environmental Defense Fund. Thank you Nick, it’s individuals like you that reminds us of those in need. The sadness of it though is our Government is too busy yelling at one another about petty stuff, while the children suffer.

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Stopping Our Sugar & Flour Addictions—How I lost 75 lbs & Kept it Off. | elephant journal

“It is possible to stabilize your weight and not have to pay attention to the next hot “diet of the month.” This is not a gimmick or a sales pitch.

I’m just a girl who struggled with food addiction most of her life and I stumbled across a solution.

A solution that is so simple that it infuriated me that none of my doctors or eating disorder counselors told me about it.

My name is Jenny and I identify as a recovering food addict.

When I put sugar and or flour in my mouth, it sets up a powerful physical craving followed by a mental obsession. Like most addicts, I’ve lied, stole, and hid my using—but, there was no hiding the 75 extra pounds I was carrying around.”

My addiction began when I was about six and continued to progress until I landed in treatment when I was 21-years-old.

Source: Stopping Our Sugar & Flour Addictions—How I lost 75 lbs & Kept it Off. | elephant journal

How Many Grams of Protein Are in an Eight-Ounce Top Sirloin? | Healthy Eating | SF Gate

“Protein in Top Sirloin

Eight ounces of broiled, top sirloin steak with the excess fat trimmed off contains about 69 grams of protein. The Institute of Medicine reports that protein RDAs, which are minimum protein requirements, are 56 grams for men, 46 grams for women and 71 grams of protein daily during pregnancy and lactation. Top sirloin steak is also an excellent source of iron, zinc and vitamin B-12.


Although you can exceed your daily protein needs by eating an 8-ounce portion of top sirloin, it’s generally best to eat smaller portions of protein-rich foods throughout the day instead of all in one meal. A review published in a 2011 edition of the “Journal of Sports Sciences” reports that spreading out protein intake among three to four meals each day can help maximize muscle synthesis in athletes. In addition, your body can only use up to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day, according to Brown University, and your body excretes excess protein.”

Source: How Many Grams of Protein Are in an Eight-Ounce Top Sirloin? | Healthy Eating | SF Gate

The Case for a Breakfast Feast – The New York Times

“Dr. Kahleova says the take-home message is like the old proverb, to eat “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” ”

Great article. I will give up dinner, tomorrow.

Here is a cogent comment by one who obviously agrees with the piece, but has little interest in a big breakfast.


NYC 22 hours ago

The message should be: eat one big meal and one medium meal during the day, depending on when you feel most hungry, and always eat a light dinner. Many traditional cultures, from Europe to Asia to Latin America, including people in the Blue Zones, eat medium breakfasts, large lunches, and small dinners, and they don’t snack. The key is to let your body rejuvenate while you’re sleeping; don’t make it digest food during this crucial period.

Strawberries | EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

I love my beautiful, inexpensive strawberries on granola, but this research means I have to forgo the daily poisoning.

Pesticides + Poison Gases = Cheap, Year-Round StrawberriesBy Bill Walker, Investigations Editor, and Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst

“Americans eat nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year – and with them, dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage, or that are banned in Europe.

Strawberries tested by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 and 2015 contained an average of 7.7 different pesticides per sample, compared to 2.3 pesticides per sample for all other produce, according to a new EWG analysis.What’s worse, strawberry growers use jaw-dropping volumes of poisonous gases – some developed for chemical warfare but now banned by the Geneva Conventions – to sterilize their fields before planting, killing every pest, weed and other living thing in the soil.

For these reasons, strawberries are again on the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list for 2017. USDA tests found that strawberries were the fresh produce items most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating.

If you want to avoid pesticides and don’t want strawberries grown in soil injected with nerve gases, EWG advises that you always buy organically grown berries. We make the same recommendation for other Dirty Dozen™ foods.”

Source: Strawberries | EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Dr. David Katz- Preventive Medicine: The politics of prevention

“Those of you who read this column routinely can reliably predict my vote, so no need for me to say what it will be. There are reasons, however, directly related to my purview here — preventive medicine — to say why it will be what it will be.

Prevention covers a broad clinical expanse, encompassing disease treatment as well as primary prevention, the work of keeping disease at bay. It also extends to health promotion, those efforts directed at helping people become and remain healthy in the first place.

Success across this expanse depends on two systems, only one of which is even close to fully functional in our culture. Those two systems are disease care and health care. The election has obvious and profound implications for both.”

Source: Dr. David Katz, Preventive Medicine: The politics of prevention

Dr. David Katz: Preventive Medicine: Dietitians and the power of unity

“While there is plenty of room for variation among the prioritized particulars any one of us might favor, the basic theme of eating well for longevity, vitality, and the sake of the planet is simply not negotiable. Experts know that, and can both help the public know it, and distinguish expertise from impersonations of it- by reaffirming it every chance we get.

I meet very few, if any, dietitians who don’t agree with the proposition that diets and health would improve (in the U.S. and other developed countries) with more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and water in the place of almost any other beverage almost all the time. Over the years, however, I have met many who tended to talk much more about some narrowly bounded, personal priority — than the expanse of common ground we share.”

Source: Dr. David Katz: Preventive Medicine: Dietitians and the power of unity

The Shady History of Big Sugar – The New York Times

“Charlottesville, Va. — On Monday, an article in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to publish a study blaming fat and cholesterol for coronary heart disease while largely exculpating sugar. This study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, helped set the agenda for decades of public health policy designed to steer Americans into low-fat foods, which increased carbohydrate consumption and exacerbated our obesity epidemic.This revelation rightly reminds us to view industry-funded nutrition science with skepticism and to continue to demand transparency in scientific research. But ending Big Sugar’s hold on the American diet will require a broader understanding of the various ways in which the industry, for 150 years, has shaped government policy in order to fuel our sugar addiction.

Today’s sugar industry is a product of the 19th century, when the key federal sugar policy was not a dietary guideline but a tariff on sugar imports. In the decades after the Civil War, Americans’ per capita consumption of sugar more than doubled, from 32 pounds in 1870 to 80 pounds in 1910. As a result, the government got hooked on sugar, too: By 1880, sugar accounted for a sixth of the federal budget.”

Source: The Shady History of Big Sugar – The New York Times

This article is important. The comments are helpful, such as:
Wendy Fleet Mountain View CA September 17, 2016

“Having fought (and lost) to get sugar in teaspoons on the new Nutrition Label, I have a keen sense of the power of FIC aka Food Industrial Complex. The Label COULD say 28g/7t, and you would then know at a glance that your adorable tiny strawberry yogurt has 7 teaspoons of sugar in it — an absurd & appalling amount YOU would never add yourself. Or that your Big Gulp has 23 teaspoons of sugar in One Drink you drink in 10 minutes. Or that your Fab Healthy Coconut Pomegranate Kiwi Healthy Healthy has 8 teaspoons of sugar in that single healthy healthy drink.

They would change ANYthing on that Label as long as they did not have to clarify/expose sugar. NO one in America gets grams at a glance, so they guzzle in peace — until they fall over dead or into a long grim illness. [Yes yes, I know a subset of seldom-shopping nerds does grok grams, but out of 300 people I asked, one person knew that there are 4 grams to 1 teaspoon.] The ‘Health’ Industry is entirely complicit. Sugar is the Unholy Grail.”