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I keep repeating it because it keeps being true -- how much better off would we have been if government had done nothing but 'mandate' an hour-long walk in the sunshine on days it was possible?

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Yes! Love this point. Contrarian that I seem to be, I lost 22 pounds during Covid using intermittent fasting. I love it (mostly 18 hour fast with six hour eating window, initially 16/8). Did NOT do Crossfit just walked my dog 20-30 minutes a day. Strength training (and other exercise) is really important for many reasons but not so much for weight loss. So now at age 62 I am back at high school weight and have been maintaining for months. Best of all? It's free! And you even save money on your food budget. Big Pharma and Big Ag (junk food) hate me. P.S. I still enjoy things like pizza, ice cream and chocolate, just in moderation.

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My ongoing timewasting with vax supremacists on local social media: I proposed a "fitness passport" for everyone who meets CDC-recommended weight and body fat, subject to recheck every six months. Everyone else would be prohibited from buying food, other than a small fixed ration for minimal nutrition while they lose weight.

"You have no RIGHT to enter a restaurant or store," they said about vax passports, so (a fortiori) they should be fine with this. Based on their pix, this would be a hardship for a lot of them, but I'm sure they're willing to make the sacrifice. We're all in this together, as I reminded them.

Surprisingly got zero bites (so to speak) on this proposal -- although that may be because the whole topic of vax passports didn't seem to interest people. That lack of interest may be a good sign.

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I suspect that multivariate analysis that includes age, race, and population density variables along with excess death and Obesity may actually eliminate some of the noise and give really clear signals. Interesting analysis, thanks.

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It'd be nice if we some way to check vitamin D levels so we could plot that against excess mortality.

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I found your articles about a week ago and subscribed immediately. What a breath of fresh air to see honest analysis that include questions for anyone to chime in. As a boriqua momma, your efforts make me proud. Especially in light of the tyrannical vax efforts going on in the Island. Keep up the great work!! Pa'lante!!

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I do diabetic education at our community health center…very frustrating. But tried to get our state senators and reps to make SNAP dollars for only healthy foods more like the WIC program and they essentially ignore the idea. Finally sent an email to our liberal Govenor and she literally said I needed to go through our senators and reps. She can shut our state down for covid but somehow has no control over SNAP dollars.🙄

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Have been shouting this (to deaf ears) over 18 months to friends and family. We never locked down- we continued with our runs/walks, swims (lake was open, fancy that!), and mountain bike/road bike rides. We made a non-air-conditioned gym in the garage (sweat lodge!) and we continued to shop for ourselves, eating lean meats and lots of fruits and veggies. We are in our mid/late 60s. Those I know who locked down, wore their masks outside,and had food delivered gained weight and aren't in a good place mentally. Listen to your intuition and find the truth-glad I found this awesome cat awhile ago!

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YYG did an extensive analysis on every variable he could find, expecting to find a correlation to masks and lockdowns (he's an obedient liberal)... but he didn't... he

was honest... he even said blue states did no better but their GDP was worse...

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1397230156301930497.html

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If you look at how nutrition "science" has been mythologized and credentialized in the past few decades, the official approaches to COVID should come as no surprise. That and extreme body positivity movements make all this more difficult than it should be.

Cultural comorbidities, if you will.

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P.P.S. Daughter stood her ground at work regarding vaccine, and put in paperwork for waivers and since she an important part of their workforce, they granted it! Whoot!

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P.S. Get all the "mask nazis" who don't have anything to do anymore (in my state at least) to monitor the grocery store isles-specifically the soda, chip and candy isle! If you have a roll around the middle..."NO SODA FOR YOU...1 year!"

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this looks like solid stats. Pretty good scatter plot analysis for a kitty

Would like to have a fair and balanced person who's for lockdowns challenge this. I cannot, but would like someone to steelman the lockdowns/masks position

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Did you get a new Twitter account? I saw they suspended you.....

From the chicken vaccine paper you recommended:

“Even if this evolution happens, you don’t want to be an unvaccinated chicken,”

Is this what current events are likely to all be about?

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It would be interesting to see the relationship between excess mortality and obesity rates (by state) for previous years. Is this just a COVID thing, or is it pretty standard?

And, for that matter, do we know anything about correlation between influenza mortality and obesity rates?

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“Obesity is a major risk for essential hypertension, diabetes and other morbidity” from NIH library https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5038894/

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