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Theres so much going on in the markets, that its hard to know where to start and what to look for. On the red side of the ledger, its clear that the headwinds are gathering. House Democrats are still rejecting the $1.8 trillion coronavirus aid and stimulus package put forth by the White House, saying that President Trumps proposal does not go far enough. The House Dems are pushing their own $2.2 trillion stimulus. At the same time, both Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson have paused their coronavirus vaccine programs, after the latter company reported an adverse event in early trials. This has more than just investors worried, as most hopes for a return to normal hang on development of a working vaccine for the novel virus.And earnings season is kicking off. Over the next several weeks, well see Q3 results from every publicly traded company, and investors will watch those results eagerly. The consensus is, that earnings will be down year-over-year somewhere between 20% and 30%. With this in mind, weve used theTipRanks databaseto pull up three dividend stocks yielding 6% or more. Thats not all they offer, however. Each of these stocks has a Strong Buy rating, and considerable upside potential.Philip Morris (PM)First on the list is tobacco company Philip Morris. The sin stocks, makers of tobacco and alcohol products, have long been known for their good dividends. PM has taken a different tack in recent year, with a turn toward smokeless tobacco products, marketed as cleaner and less dangerous for users health.One sign of this is the companys partnership with Altria to launch and market iQOS, a heated smokeless tobacco product that will allow users to get nicotine without the pollutants from tobacco smoke. PM has plowed over $6 billion into the product. Given the regulatory challenges and PR surrounding vaping products, PM believes that smokeless heated tobacco will prove to be the stronger alternative, with greater potential for growth.No matter what, for the moment PMs core product remains Marlboro cigarettes. The iconic brand remains a best seller, despite the long-term trend of public opinion turning against cigarettes.As for the dividend, PM has been, and remains, a true champ. The company has raised its dividend payment every year since 2008, and has reliably paid out ever quarter. Even corona couldnt derail that; PM kept up its $1.17 quarterly payment through 2020, and its most recent dividend, paid out earlier this month, saw an increase to $1.20 per common share. This annualizes to $4.80, and gives a yield of 6%.Covering PM for Piper Sandler, analyst Michael Lavery likes the move to smokeless products, writing, We remain bullish on PM's strong long-term outlook, and we believe recent iQOS momentum throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been impressive. iQOS has had strong user growth and improving profitability, and store re-openings could further help drive adoption by new users.Lavery rates PM shares an Overweight (i.e. Buy), and his $98 price target implies a one-year upside of 24%. (To watch Laverys track record, click here)Overall, the Strong Buy consensus rating on PM is based on 9 reviews, breaking 8 to 1 in Buy versus Hold. The shares are priced at $79.10 and their $93.56 average price target suggests an 18% upside potential. (See PM stock analysis on TipRanks)Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son (NTB)Butterfield is a small-cap banking firm based in Bermuda and providing a full range of services to customers on the island and on the Caymans, the Bahamas, and the Channel Islands, as well as Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK. Butterfields services include personal and business loans, savings accounts and credit cards, mortgages, insurance, and wealth management.Butterfield saw revenues and earnings slide in the first half of this year, in line with the general pattern of banking services globally the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on business, and bankers felt the hit. Earnings in the last quarter of 2019 were 87 cents per share, and by 2Q20 were down to 67 cents. While a significant drop, that was still 21% better than the expectations. At the top line, revenues are down to $121 million. NTB reports Q3 earnings later this month, and the forecast is for 63 cents EPS. Along with beating earnings forecasts, Butterfield has been paying out a strong dividend this year. By the second quarter, the dividend payment was up to 44 cents per common share, making the yield a robust 7%. When the current low interest rate regime is considered the US Fed has set rates near zero, and Treasury bonds are yielding below 1% NTBs payment looks even better.Raymond James Donald Worthington, 4-star analyst with Raymond James, writes of Butterfield, robust capital levels [provide] more than sufficient loss absorption capacity in our view for whatever credit issues may arise. Its fee income stability has proven valuable given the impacts of declining rates on NII, where the bank has actively managed expenses to help support earnings. We continue to believe its dividend is safe for now given its low-risk loan portfolio, robust capital levels, and our forecast for a sub-100% dividend payout even under our stressed outlook.These comments support the analysts Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating, and his $29 price target suggests a 15% upside for the coming year. (To watch Worthingtons track record, click here)Overall, NTB has 4 recent reviews, which include 3 Buys and a single Hold, making the analyst consensus rating a Strong Buy. This stock has a $29 average price target, matching Worthingtons. (See NTB stock analysis on TipRanks)Enviva (EVA)Last on our list is an energy company, Enviva. This company holds an interesting niche in an essential sector, producing green energy. Specifically, Enviva is a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel, a wood pellet derivative sold to power generation plants. The fuel is cleaner burning than coal an important point in todays political climate and is made from recycled waste (woodchips and sawdust) from the lumber industry. The companys production facilities are located in the American Southeast, while its main customers are in the UK and mainland Europe.The economic shutdowns imposed during the corona pandemic reduced demand for power, and Envivas revenues fell in 1H20, mainly due to that reduced demand. Earnings remained positive, however, and the EPS outlook for Q3 predicts a surge back to 45 cents in line with the strong earnings seen in the second half of 2019.Enviva has shown a consistent commitment to paying out its dividend, and in last quarter the August payment the company raised the payment from 68 cents per common share to 77 cents. This brought the annualized value of the dividend to $3.08 per share, and makes the yield 7.3%. Even better, Enviva has been paying out regular dividends for the past 5 years.Covering this stock for Raymond James is analyst Pavel Molchanov, who rates EVA as Outperform (i.e. Buy) and sets a $44 price target. Recent share appreciation has brought the stock close to that target.Backing his stance, Molchanov writes, Enviva benefits from an increasingly broad customer base, and there is high-visibility growth via dropdowns. In the context of the power sector's massive coal retirements including (as of September 2020) 34 countries and 33 subnational jurisdictions with mandatory coal phase-outs (To watch Molchanovs track record, click here.)Envivas Strong Buy consensus rating is based on 4 Buys and 1 Hold. Its share price, which has gained in recent sessions, is $42.60, and as mentioned, it has closed in on the $44.80 average price target. (See EVA stock analysis at TipRanks)To find good ideas for dividend stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.
Milton internist and integrative medicine physician Dr. Uday Jani and Lewes chiropractor Dr. Krista Griffin invite the community to a follow-up online discussion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, about the award-winning documentary Is Your Story Making You Sick? Those interested can visit udayjanimd.com for the Zoom link to the discussion to further explore and understand the innovative approaches to healing compellingly portrayed in the movie.
We had the opportunity to hold three virtual screenings of this moving documentary with the community last week and thank the more than 100 viewers who asked numerous thoughtful questions about the alternative modalities highlighted, said Jani. In response, weve planned this follow-up event via Zoom to continue the vital dialogue inspired by the movie. Were so grateful for the opportunity to share our knowledge and resources, and help individuals work together on healing in this anxious, uncertain time of COVID.
Drs. Jani and Griffin, clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Todd and integrative health specialist Dr. Carolyn Trasko will explore more deeply healing techniques such as narrative therapy, integrative medicine, ceremony, and mindfulness healing, and share insights on how an individuals story can affect their health and life choices. In addition, the panel of experts will lead a series of illuminating exercises to help participants identify their shadow selves and find the present moment.
Well provide practical tools and information that people can apply to their lives now, said Griffin. Our intent is to illustrate firsthand how to take these initial, important steps toward positive, meaningful change.
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Maryland University of Integrative Health announces educational partnership with the American Public Health Association Wall Street Call – Reported…
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Laurel, Md. Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA). MUIH and APHA have entered an educational collaboration with the shared goal of promoting the use of holistic and natural approaches to promote well-being. This collaboration expands MUIHs role in supporting the health and wellness of public health professionals throughout the U.S.
MUIHs health promotion program faculty and students are collaborating with APHAs Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practice (ICTHP) group to develop and deliver well-inars for APHA members. These well-inars are designed to promote the wellbeing of APHA members through mindfulness exercises designed to promote relaxation and relieve stress. They also provide MUIH health promotion students with the opportunity to apply the program development, delivery, and assessment skills and knowledge learned in their program.
Claudia Joy Wingo, chair of MUIHs health promotion program and a member of the ICTHP group says Were pleased to be able to share our expertise in the field of complementary and integrative medicine with members of APHA as it is the foundation of MUIHs educational purpose. By providing a virtual walk in nature using guided imagery, we endeavor to provide members with a relaxing respite for the stresses of daily life.
Health promotion faculty member Katherine Smith says We are combining two evidence-based integrative approaches, guided imagery and nature therapy, that can have significant positive health effects. Its an exciting opportunity to be able to offer these relaxation practices to APHAs 30,000 members during a stressful global pandemic.
MUIH has offered an online Master of Science in Health Promotion with a focus on integrative health practices since 2014, and in 2018 added a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Workplace Wellness. MUIH also offers masters and doctoral degrees and graduate certificates in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, Ayurveda, health and wellness coaching, herbal medicine, integrative health studies, narrative health, nutrition, and yoga therapy.
About Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is a leading academic institution focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices. Deeply rooted in a holistic philosophy, its model for integrative health and wellness is grounded in whole-person, relationship-centered, evidence-informed care.
Since 1974, MUIH has been a values-driven community educating practitioners and professionals to become future health and wellness leaders through transformative programs grounded in traditional wisdom and contemporary science.
MUIH has more than 20 progressive, graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, offered on-campus and online. In the on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, MUIH provides compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, which delivers more than 20,000 clinical treatments and consultations each year.
For more information visit http://www.muih.edu.
About American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community, and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the publics health.
For more information visit http://www.apha.org.
Kionne S. Johnson Communications Manager [emailprotected]
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Mark Hyman, the ‘Dr. Oz’ of Nutrition, Says Food Is Killing People Like the Holocaust – American Council on Science and Health
It's difficult to out-Oz Dr. Oz, America's Quack, who has raked in giant piles of money by promoting pseudoscience on his TV show. But at least one person comes perilously close: Dr. Mark Hyman.
Hyman is the "Dr. Oz" of nutrition. He embraces legitimate science if and only if it suits his bottom line. Otherwise, he's promoting junk science and magical thinking. To get an idea of the sort of nonsense that he spews, his website features an interview with the Food Babe, as well as his infuriatingly stupid quote, "Food isn't like medicine, it is medicine." The comma splice just makes me that much angrier.
The Many Lies of Dr. Mark Hyman
Hyman made a recent appearance on the Rubin Report, which is hosted by conservative commentator Dave Rubin. Hyman took the inadvisable step of taking a cheap shot at ACSH, so we thought we would reciprocate by fact-checking some of the interview. (Note: The interview is 55 minutes long, and my head would explode if I actually listened to all of it.) Buckle up.
"I became a doctor and kind of got indoctrinated, literally, and became very focused on traditional, good medicine, but I realized the limits of it. And then I got sick myself and ended up having to fix myself using functional medicine.
Wow, the bullsh** is strong with this one. He claims that doctors are being force-fed lies in medical school and that the real truth is what he calls "functional medicine" -- which is just a different term for alternative medicine, holistic medicine, integrative medicine, or whatever rainbow-and-unicorn term these quacks prefer. I generally frown upon Wikipedia, but the first sentence in its entry on Functional Medicine is too good to pass up: "Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine that encompasses a number of unproven and disproven methods and treatments."
Six out of ten Americans have a chronic disease. It kills 11 million people a year from food.
Huh?! His first statistic is true, but the second is a gigantic, whopping lie. (See figure taken from the CDC.) Considering that chronic disease includes everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's, there's a lot of territory to cover. Poor nutrition is simply one risk factor among many. Other risk factors are genetic or environmental. So, to single out food as the primary cause of chronic illness is just plain wrong.
Also, I have no idea where he gets his statistic that 11 million people die from food every year. Each year, about 2.8 million Americans die from all causes. Globally, there are about 56 million deaths from all causes. Hyman just fabricated the 11 million number, which he then refers to as "like a Holocaust" (at the 6:00 mark). Twinkies, Nazis? Basically the same thing.
"If I really want to cure my patients, I have to step back and look at the big picture of what's wrong with our food system, the impact it's causing on disease, on our economy, on social justice issues, poverty, mental health, kids' academic performance, national security, environment, climate. It's all one problem that is predominantly driven by our food."
Food is not the root cause of national security problems, let alone every other problem on the planet. Hyman sounds like that guy from The History Channel who blames everything on aliens. Anytime somebody fingersa singleboogeyman for causing every disease and problem known to mankind, this is a giant red flag indicating quackery.
"Most states have obesity rates over 40%."
Obesity is a substantial problem in this country, but this is another made-up statistic. Only one state (Mississippi) has an obesity rate over 40%, according to the CDC.
"We have one in three federal dollars that are spent on Medicare."
Yet another made-up statistic. Here are the federal outlays for 2019:
Medicare cost $644 billion. With $4.4 trillion in spending, that means the federal government spent about 15% of its budget (roughly 1 in 7 dollars) on Medicare. If we're generous and include Medicaid, that is 24% of the budget (about 1 in 4 dollars). Again, Hyman just fabricates numbers out of thin air. To add yet more absurdity, Hyman claimed a moment later that 80% of the spending is unnecessary because it's caused by food. Right, if only everybody ate broccoli everyday, nobody would have cancer or dementia.
(I'm now merely 7 minutes and 25 seconds into the video, and I simply can't take anymore of this. So let's fast forward to the point where he takes a swipe at ACSH. It begins at 13:00.)
"They create front groups... to confuse consumers saying, for example, that pesticides and high fructose corn syrup and trans fats and smoking are not bad for you, like the American Council on Science and Health."
By "they," I think Hyman is referring to aliens food companies. Anyway, Hyman is lying again. ACSH has always been anti-smoking. Always. In regard to trans fats, we're sort of ambivalent on the issue. Dr. Chuck Dinerstein wrote in 2018 that the FDA has largely eliminated trans fats from the American diet, but there doesn't seem to be much of an impact on cardiovascular disease. Pesticides are safe if used at appropriate doses (which they are). (Besides, plants make 99.99% of the pesticides we consume.) And when analyzed chemically, high fructose corn syrup is basically honey.
Don't ever listen to Mark Hyman.
Why risk your health or waste your time and money?
People are anxious about the coronavirus and eager to do whatever it takes to reduce their risk of infection or to treat potential symptoms. In this uncertain atmosphere, it's easy for false or unproven claims about so-called treatments or cures for COVID-19 to flourish.
Some do-it-yourself treatments are largely harmless but ineffective against COVID-19. However, other touted remedies -- like UV light to skin or silver solution products -- can be dangerous. Safeguard your health by taking a pass on ineffective and potentially harmful home "remedies."
UV light on your skin
Some medical facilities use high-intensity UVC devices, which use the highest-energy type of ultraviolet rays to disinfect surfaces against a variety of germs, including the novel coronavirus. UV sanitation devices, which are operated by trained professionals, work by damaging RNA and DNA in microbes -- not the kind of damage you want your body exposed to.
"UV light, in particular UVC light, can inactivate viruses in the air, water and on nonporous surfaces," says Dr. Yufang Lin, an integrative medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic. "However, direct application to the skin and eyes can cause damage contributing to flash burns." Eye pain, soreness, tearing, light sensitivity and possible vision loss -- similar to staring directly at the sun for too long -- can occur, Lin warns.
Drinking hand sanitizer
It's called "hand" sanitizer for a reason. Taking any antiseptic skin product by mouth is dangerous. Unfortunately, poison control centers nationwide are seeing spikes in episodes of hand sanitizer ingestion.
Drinking hand sanitizer that contains methanol, in particular, can be deadly. The U.S. has seen an increase in hospitalizations from ingesting methanol-containing products, cases of blindness and several deaths since the pandemic began.
Check labels on hand sanitizer products before buying and keep any type of hand sanitizer out of small children's reach.
Overdoing it with liquor, wine or beer may be tempting in this dreary pandemic. However, alcoholic beverages are not home remedies for preventing or treating COVID-19 -- despite whatever you've heard about "quarantinis."
If anything, rising alcohol use during these challenging times is putting people's health at risk. Compared to this time last year, women have increased their heavy drinking episodes -- four or more drinks within two hours -- by 41%, according to a study published Sept. 29 in the journal JAMA Network Open.
Overall, alcohol consumption increased 14% among adults over 30 years old, compared with the same time period last year, according to the study by the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing solutions to public policy challenges.
Skin spraying with bleach
Bleach is meant to sanitize inanimate objects, not for inhaling or spraying on skin. However, in a national survey of nonrecommended, high-risk practices used to prevent COVID-19 infection, 18% of U.S. adults said they had used household cleaning products or disinfectants like bleach on their hands or skin. In addition, 10% tried misting their bodies with these products, according to the June 12 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bleach is corrosive and can irritate your skin. Accidentally getting bleach in your eyes can cause burning and permanent damage. Immediately rinse bleach-exposed skin areas or eyes with water and seek medical evaluation for possible bleach injuries to your eyes.
Chlorine dioxide products
AKA "Miracle Mineral Solution," "Master Mineral Solution" and other brands, chlorine dioxide-containing products are among those targeted in the Food and Drug Administration's Operation Quack Hack. Chlorine dioxide is a bleach-like cleaning agent formed by mixing sodium chlorite solution with a citric acid like lemon juice.
Drinking chlorine dioxide products has caused serious adverse events like these reported to the FDA:
-- Respiratory failure.
-- Abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia.
-- Life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.
-- Acute liver failure.
-- Low red blood cell counts requiring transfusion.
-- Severe vomiting and diarrhea.
So far, the FDA has identified more than 700 fraudulent and unproven medical products related to COVID-19, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, Judy McMeekin, revealed in an agency podcast.
Eating plenty of garlic makes social distancing easier, for sure. However, the bulb in itself has not been shown to protect against COVID-19.
"Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties," according to public advice messaging from the World Health Organization. "However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people against the new coronavirus."
Lin notes that garlic (like ginger) has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and can help support a healthy immune response. "However, it important to pay attention to how much you are consuming," she adds. "In excess, garlic and ginger can increase a person's risk of bleeding -- particularly for those who are on blood thinners."
Saline nasal irrigation
If done properly, using a squeeze bottle or neti pot filled with a saline-and-water solution can help clear nasal passages of mucus, dust particles and allergens. But the jury's still out on whether saline irrigation has any protective effects against the coronavirus.
A few small studies on viruses other than the coronavirus purport that doing saline nose rinses decreases the amount of measureable virus, says Dr. Joseph Bocchini Jr., director of Willis-Knighton Children's Health Services in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a member of the pediatric faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans.
"But whether the saline washes just wash some of the virus away but really doesn't change the course of the infection is unclear," says Bocchini, who is also a former president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "So, it would not be routinely recommended to use saline washes for management of a viral respiratory infection. Certainly there's no data on whether that would change the course of COVID-19."
If done incorrectly, saline rinses may cause inflammation, Bocchini adds. And if irrigation equipment isn't effectively cleaned and becomes contaminated, it could be associated with bacterial or fungal infections.
Gargling with household disinfectants
Do not poison yourself by gargling with household disinfectants like bleach, whether pure or diluted.
Gargling with safe solutions like salt water may be fine in general, although unproven against COVID-19. However, for a respiratory virus like COVID-19 that spreads from person to person through airborne droplets, it makes sense to avoid gargling when other people are nearby, like in a shared restroom.
"Gargling with antiseptic agents -- such as chlorohexidine or alcohol-based mouth rinse -- can help control gingivitis," Lin says. "However, long-term use can negatively impact gut microbiome, which is critical to your overall health. I do not suggest doing this as routine but only at the recommendation of your medical or dental provider."
Colloidal silver -- small silver particles in liquid form -- is among the fraudulent products included in a warning letter from the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission to offending companies.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health warns that colloidal silver can cause serious side effects:
-- Bluish-gray skin discoloration, usually permanent.
-- Poor drug absorption for certain antibiotics and thyroid medications.
"The FDA is particularly concerned that products that claim to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent serious diseases like COVID-19 may cause consumers to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm," the FDA website notes.
Essential oils, tinctures and herbal teas
Essential oils like lavender or peppermint smell nice but they don't cure COVID-19. Although many find it calming, aromatherapy with herbal essential oils or tinctures is ineffective against the novel coronavirus. Herbal teas may also be soothing -- but not protective against COVID-19 as promoted by certain brands.
Essential oils, tinctures and herbal teas are among fraudulent COVID-19 products targeted by the FDA. These are just a few of the misleading claims to consumers highlighted in FDA warning letters to certain aromatherapy manufacturers:
-- A wide range of essential oils have been clinically proven to possess antiviral properties. (FALSE)
-- Essential oils can boost your immune system naturally to fight coronavirus. (FALSE)
-- Branded blends of essential oils can treat pneumonia-like symptoms caused by the coronavirus. (FALSE)
If you're having respiratory symptoms such as persistent cough or shortness of breath, seek medical attention, doctors advise.
Vitamin C supplements
Although vitamin C is an important nutrient with anti-inflammatory action, there's little data that vitamin C supplements can help prevent or treat a cold, much less COVID-19.
"Vitamin C is certainly something that has been controversial for a number of years in terms of its ability to modify a viral respiratory infection," Bocchini says. "We still do not have confirmatory evidence that vitamin C in any dosing range has that outcome."
Vitamin D mega-doses
While having enough vitamin D in your body is healthy, overdoing it is counterproductive.
"COVID-19 affects individuals differently. Some people have severe (aftereffects) whereas others appear to have minimal symptoms," Lin says. "The strength of a person's immune system may play a role here. Vitamin D is a hormone that not only impacts your mood and bone health, it also has direct impact on your immune response."
Having low levels of vitamin D has been associated with increased risk of acute respiratory infections, Lin continues: "If someone is at risk for low vitamin D, or known to have low vitamin D, taking a supplement to support a healthy level can help. However, taking it in excess can cause a toxic level of vitamin D which can contribute to high calcium levels. These high levels can lead to kidney stones, confusion, muscle weakness and irregular heart rate."
Use common sense and follow standard guidelines for vitamin D, by getting the appropriate amount of sunshine and following a healthy diet, Bocchini advises. "If people have any questions about vitamin D, they should really speak to their physician to determine if there's any reason to evaluate their vitamin D level," he says.
Waiting for cold weather
Relying on seasonal changes to protect you from COVID-19 is only wishful thinking. Brisk fall weather or an approaching cold winter, in themselves, are unlikely to turn the pandemic around.
"Cold weather and snow cannot kill the COVID-19 virus," the WHO emphasizes. "The normal human body temperature remains around (97.7 degrees to 98.6 degrees) regardless of the external temperature or weather," according to the WHO website. "The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water."
Asking your doctor for a prescription for hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19 won't help. Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug, which patients with lupus also use to manage the chronic disease. Despite early hype about hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure, on June 15, the FDA revoked its emergency approval of the drug as a COVID-19 treatment.
The FDA previously issued a warning that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, a similar drug, might cause dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. Several studies have concluded that the drugs were ineffective in terms of treating COVID-19.
"We have adequate evidence that hydroxychloroquine has no role in the management of COVID-19 infection," Bocchini says. "There's ample data for us to not recommend it for outpatient therapy."
Antibiotics treat bacterial infections -- they're useless against viruses like the novel coronavirus. That's why primary care providers wouldn't prescribe antibiotics to treat COVID-19 at home.
Antibiotics are powerful drugs that come with potential side effects including severe diarrhea and allergic reactions. The overuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." And don't be tempted to take unused antibiotics from a previous prescription -- never a good idea -- as a possible COVID-19 remedy.
Methods that work
Until an effective COVID-19 vaccine is available, taking these proven measures is the best way to protecting against the spread of the novel coronavirus:
-- Physical distancing.
Unhelpful COVID-19 remedies
Unproven -- and in some cases harmful -- remedies promoted for COVID-19 include:
-- UV light on your skin.
-- Drinking hand sanitizer.
-- Alcohol overuse.
-- Skin spraying with bleach.
-- Chlorine dioxide products.
-- Saline nasal irrigation.
-- Gargling with household disinfectants.
-- Silver solution.
-- Essential oils, tinctures and herbal teas.
-- Garlic overload.
-- Vitamin C supplements.
-- Vitamin-D mega-doses.
-- Waiting for cold weather.
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Green tea is a type of tea made from steaming, pan-frying, and drying the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It's one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide and has been used for thousands of years.
In fact, green tea is thought to have many health benefits for those who drink it regularly. Here are five possible benefits of green tea and how to incorporate it into your diet.
The amount of caffeine in green tea is much lower than in coffee, so you can get some of the benefits of caffeine without the unpleasant side effects, like jitteriness.
A small 2019 study observed the effects of drinking green tea on brain function, concluding that regular tea drinkers have higher cognitive functions and better-organized brain regions, as compared to non-tea drinkers. A 2017 review of 21 studies on the benefits of green tea also determined that drinking green tea is beneficial to cognition and brain function.
A large 2006 study also showed that people who consumed six or more cups of green tea day, compared to those who consumed less than one a week, were 33% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
"Green tea may address multiple classic heart risk factors, like lipids, blood pressure, and diabetes," says Melinda Ring, MD, Executive Director of The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University.
Catechin is a major component of green tea. Catechins are natural antioxidants that have antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hypertensive effects. They lower cholesterol levels by decreasing the absorption of cholesterol into the body.
An 2011 analysis of 14 studies showed that drinking an average of two cups of green tea per day for 10 years resulted in significant reductions in LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is also known as bad cholesterol, because it can cause plaque buildup in your arteries, which increases your risk of getting a heart attack or a stroke.
"Tea leaves contain fluoride, which might slow osteoporosis, as well as beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and phytoestrogens," Ring says. Flavonoids are and phytoestrogens are plant chemicals that can strengthen bone formation and prevent the breakdown of bone tissue.
A 2009 study also concluded that green tea may benefit bone health, after examining bone-forming cells. The researchers exposed the cells to epigallocatechin (EGC), gallocatechin (GC), and gallocatechin gallate (GCG), which are all main components of green tea. After several days, they observed that EGC promoted bone growth by up to 79%. They also observed that high concentrations of EGC disrupted the activity of osteoclast, a cell that weakens bones.
Green tea has also been shown to have anti-aging properties. A small 2005 study studied the effects of using oral supplements and applying green tea topically on aging skin for 8 weeks. Researchers found that the combination of using green tea topically and orally in the participants caused an improvement in the skin's elasticity.
Catechin, a polyphenol in green tea, also helps to soothe inflamed skin when used topically.
It's important to note that green tea contains caffeine, so if you have a caffeine sensitivity, you might want to consume it in smaller amounts.