Vitamin D and the benefits it has for our immune system are now going mainstream. It has been known for quite some time that Vitamin D helps immune functions and is essential in fighting upper respiratory infections. Upper respiratory infections come from many different types of Coronaviruses including the common cold and the Flu. But confirming that vitamin D will help in combatting the coronavirus has gotten off to a slow start. Data has been released which confirms that individuals with vitamin D deficiency have a higher mortality rate.
It’s possible that many deaths could have been averted had this information had been shared liberally from the start. Most people living in northern latitudes are vitamin D deficient, and the darker your skin the more your skin filters the sun’s radiation and resulting in lower absorption of vitamin D. At midday you typically need 10-30 mins of sunlight exposure without sunscreen. The darker your skin the more time you need to spend in the sun to absorb the same amount of vitamin D. A study has revealed that 30 minutes of midday summer sun exposure in Oslo, Norway was equivalent to consuming 10,000–20,000 IU of vitamin D. We only need about 600 IU of Vitamin D per day. When it comes to Vitamin D absorption you can wear a hat and sunglasses and keep your face covered. But you want to keep as much of the rest of your skin exposed as possible.
One of the most disturbing headlines as of late is the higher frequency of which Black and Hispanic people are dying of the Coronavirus. It is well known that Black and Hispanic people are more deficient in vitamin D which may correlate in the higher statistical outcome in death rates due to the Coronavirus. As a Black male in America I have always noticed how Blacks and other minorities may avoid the sun to maintain a lighter skin tone, which came from centuries of racial trauma and mistreatment which in turn set having lighter skin as the beauty standard. But in the age of a deadly pandemic this mindset needs to be abolished and all shades of skin must step into the sun for our health and survival. We need Vitamin D like a plant that needs its Chlorophyll.
These are literally the best Alaskan King Crabs I have ever had. Also the first time I have ever cooked them. I made them for my mom on Mothers Day. I just thought to myself, how could I make these taste incredible. An idea came to my head, voila I’ll smoke them on the grill. I did the same with the shrimp and my life has never been the same. Take a look at the video below.
Tangier Island is a secluded piece of land in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a small quaint community whose survival is mostly based on fishing and crabbing. The median age of the Island is over 50 years old and the Island has no hospital or doctor who is ever-present. So people must go to the mainland to get treated. Currently no one on the Island has COVID19. If anyone on the island catches the virus and it spreads, this could be devastating. The community is close and intimate the population of under 500 extraordinarily vulnerable.
The only way to access the Tangier Island or by boat or plane. A few people go to and from the island but not many and not often. This level of isolation has certainly work to the existing population’s advantage when it comes to being COVID19 free. Tangier Island is also said to be slowly sinking beneath the Chesapeake bay due to rising waters caused by climate change. Tangier Island has two churches and one school, which are shuttered. Other than that life continues here in a way that America only knew weeks ago.
I would like to personally continue to monitor this small island during this pandemic to see how they fare. Right now Isolation is certainly working in their favor. But if they are not careful it can also be their major downfall. I wish them safety, good health, and prosperity.
We are home all day and indoors all night. Why don’t we cook something special in the pot then eat it with a fork and a knife? It’s delicious it’s amazing, it’s out of sight. The taste the seasoning, we got that sauce just right. Come join me on a chefs quest to cook up the perfect meat sauce.
Another episode of culinary mastery! Wild foods harvested from my very own yard and cooked up in my kitchen. With the proper identification and skill you can not go wrong when it comes to trying new things. Come on this adventure with me and learn something new. You are invited to take this ride with me.
I just recently encountered one of the most intriguing articles I have ever read concerning today’s situation. As many of you may already know unless you were just born or waking up from a coma, we have been experiencing a pandemic. Covid19 has swept the globe and caused tremendous upheavals the world over. To get to the point, every single civilization that came before us has collapsed. We would have to be naive to believe that our very own civilization will not one day meet its demise.
So the question that prevails is if our civilization was collapsing, to never rise again to its forgone glory days, would we indeed notice? Presumptively no! It is highly doubtful that the citizens living during the height of the Roman Empire, The Egyptians during the age of its great Pharaohs, and the Mayans had any idea that they were in its last days. Though they all have collapsed for totally different reasons.
Our Civilization bears a closer resemblance to the Romans and Egyptians. During their great fall there was a decline in literacy, and the passing around of homogeneous state unifying information. Similar to what we see happening today in America, as many fact-based sources of information lose funding, such as newspapers and scientific publishing.
The utter distrust and disdain for fact-based information may be our unraveling. The cohesion of the state is compromised because everyone has different information. Some of this diversity in information can be described as alternative facts. Alternative facts usually support beliefs that favor a party or an affiliation rather than any kind of supportive data.
Troy fell because of a Trojan Horse! When Donald Trump took office. One of the first things he did was disband the funding and research his predecessor former President Barrack Obama put into place to prevent the spread of current and future endemics and pandemics. From this point on, the United States was made vulnerable to a Trojan Horse. Four years later the Trojan Horse is now causing havoc within our borders.
Will this be the end before aware unaware eyes? The government has promised that the economy will reopen and things will get back to a new and pleasant normal. But has the Trojan horse already done to much irreparable damage, and will Americans get their jobs back? With the hundreds and maybe even thousands of business filing for bankruptcy in the near future, it just may be too late. And we just may be living through one of the greatest collapses of the greatest empires ever seen called the United States and thanks to one little virus COVID19 and the viral spread of misinformation in right-wing populist politics.
There is a new term that has arrived and its one of my favorites that I have ever heard. This term is called the Covidiot! I find this term to be very precise when describing someone who does not follow the rules or guidelines when it comes to our ongoing pandemic concerning COVID19. Covidiots do not like to social distance, they do not follow advice from doctors and disease experts and even their own government. Covidiots think everything is a conspiracy, and they would rather have the country open back up and people go back to work while people are still dying in mass numbers from COVID19.
As a covidiot you may not understand that social distancing and closures of businesses are essential to stopping community spread of the coronavirus. Flattening the curve is a concept that prevents the number of infections from accelerating too quickly and overwhelming our medical systems. Social distancing also protects the more vulnerable and those with comorbidities from dying in higher numbers from COVID19. The fact that we have seen those numbers come down means that the worst-case scenarios have been avoided due to social distancing and the business closures implemented by our government.
So why are covidiots protesting all over our country with a request to go on with life as usual in the middle of a pandemic? Ignorance runs deep and has a viral way of spreading. People prefer to hear from those who align with their belief systems rather than those who are masters on the topic with doctorates. These experts do active research and publish peer-reviewed studies that they themselves have conducted along with a team of professionals from around the globe.
So let’s say that you catch this virus and do not die, there are now recovered patients who are athletes such as divers and runners who have permanent lung damage. This permanent lung damage will forever prevent them from doing the sports that they love. In other words you do not want this virus even if you survive because you may never be the same. It’s like saying yeah you can survive being shot, but why get shot when you can avoid? Some may recover and be fine but others may suffer permanent damage, and at worst lose their lives.