Not body positive: Obesity a cause of Bell’s Palsy?

Pushing a narrative that is a lie.

Progessives and the media today, in an effort to find more “victims,” like to promote “body positivity,” aka obesity. You can find “fat influencers” all over social media and there are plenty of reality-based tv shows about overweight people.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, “positive” about obesity. The consequences of being overweight include diabetes and high blood pressure, among many other diseases.

Do you know what else you may be subject to if you are obese ? Bell’s palsy. Studies have shown that being overweight and obesity are also associated with increased risk of Bell´s palsy in children.

Although there is no known cause of Bell’s Palsy, you have greater chance of having it if you have the following:

  • Diabetes
  • A respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
  • An autoimmune disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

In an effort to follow the victimhood trend, an advocate for “body positivity” who recently developed Bell’s Palsy is blaming the stress and anxiety of her national attention as the cause of her infliction.

From The Daily Mail:

Plus-sized Miss Alabama reveals shock health update caused by ‘stress and anxiety’ from vicious trolls

“A plus-size beauty queen has revealed she’s got Bell’s Palsy due to the stress inflicted by trolls who attacked her appearance.  Sara Milliken, 23, was harassed by online bullies who mocked her weight and said she did not deserve the title of Miss National American Alabama.

She gave an update on Sunday night, sharing how the national attention has taken a toll on her health and left her afraid to be seen in public.

Sara wrote: ‘With my story blowing up the way it did I felt an immense amount of stress and anxiety. I didn’t even want to walk into a store or pump my gas because it just felt like the entire was talking about me.

‘Between that and preparing for a national pageant while just trying to be Sara… I ended up with a case of Bell’s Palsy. While there is no way to know for sure what caused it we feel certain that it was caused by the stress I have been experiencing.

Sara, who made national headlines with her win, added that not being able to fully smile has added to her mental plight‘My smile is something I’ve always been proud of. I love smiling at people because you never know if your smile is the only one they see today. Overall, I’m a very smiley person. I’ve even joked that I have a resting smile face.

‘Having this taken away from me has been a bit of a mental battle. But I’m happy to report mentally I have been feeling better and coming to terms with things!”

Read the whole article here.

If you are going to put yourself on the national platform (such as a national beauty contest) and be active on social media as an “advocate for body positivity,” you’d best put on your big girl panties. And for the sake of your life, work to make them little girl panties.

And for the sake of little girls and young women, stop the false narrative of body positivity through obesity! Ask any doctor and they’ll tell you that there is nothing positive about obesity.

DCG

Friday animal funnies!

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Identity politics doesn’t guarantee a “better representative of everybody”

The left are big into identity politics. For some reason, they’ll tell you that the color of their skin and sexual orientation makes them better able to govern. Case in point: Crystal Hudson, who represents the 35th District of the New York City Council.

When Crystal ran she outlined her “Black Agenda” for her district. She mentioned numerous times on her web page that she is “unapologetically pro-Black, pro-queer, pro-justice.”

Her page also states that she was elected in 2021 and made history as the first out gay Black woman ever elected in New York City. How did that turn out for the residents who voted for her? They aren’t too happy:

Furious residents erupt at NYC town hall meeting over crime outside gargantuan migrant shelter that houses 3,000 men

From The Daily Mail:

“A community meeting in Brooklyn devolved into a shouting match when concerned residents from several family-friendly neighborhoods expressed their extreme dissatisfaction with their councilmember over a huge migrant shelter in the area.

City councilmember Crystal Hudson was met with ire from her constituents as she attempted to speak at the community meeting on Monday night.

Residents in the family-oriented neighborhood of Clinton Hill remain uneasy about the migrant shelter that opened last summer right next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The shelter currently accommodates more than 3,000 single men who  crossed the southern border illegally before being transported to New York City. Residents fear the massive shelter puts their children and the area in danger.

Hudson did not help her case when she stood up in the middle of the meeting to announce a stabbing had occurred earlier in the day right by the shelter. ‘There was an incident earlier today – it’s not the first incident, I hope it will be the last – there was a stabbing that was at the park,’ said Hudson.

But Hudson’s comments nonetheless further ignited intense frustration among the crowd at the Boys and Girls Navy Yard Clubhouse.

The news prompted several already angered constituents to stand up and begin shouting. ‘You are avoiding the issue,’ said one man into a microphone, speaking about the shelter. ‘Is there a universe where the city can safely house 3,200 single men together?’

‘It can’t!’ shouted some people in the crowd in response. ‘It is unsafe! It is unsafe!’ cried others.

During the meeting, Hudson – who had City Speaker Adrienne Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander by her side – encouraged angry attendees to save their wrath for City Hall.

She went on to blame the mayor for a lack of support in dealing with the migrant crisis. ‘We have literally said exactly what you just said … I understand the frustration. I get it … But my office has done everything we can,’ she said, according to local reporter Arya Sundaram.

Alejandro Gonzalez, a spokesperson for Councilwoman Hudson, said in a statement to the New York Post that her office confirmed its commitment to ‘caring for’ undocumented migrants.”

Read the whole story here.

When, oh when, are voters going to learn:

DCG

Biden, Senile-in-Chief, is deteriorating before our eyes

Joe Biden wanders off at 2024 G7 Summit

That Democrats, including Hollyweirdos like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Barbra Streisand who raised $28 million to reelect Biden in a recent fundraiser, still support and fund this obviously senile man, goes to show that Democrats will vote for the Devil himself rather than for a Republican.

~E

How to test if you have CKM syndrome

CKM: cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome

From AARP, June 13, 2024:

The American Heart Association says 1 in 3 U.S. adults have three or more risk factors for CKM syndrome, and it appears most adults are affected to some degree. In fact, a recent study published in the journal JAMA suggests nearly 90 percent of U.S. adults have some stage of CKM syndrome — a reflection of risk factors from being overweight to having chronic conditions like diabetes.

Chiadi Ndumele, an associate professor of medicine and director of obesity and cardiometabolic research at Johns Hopkins University, says CKM syndrome is “a really potent driver” of premature deaths, including from heart disease. Cardiovascular deaths — once on the decline — are now increasing, evidence suggests. “This is thought to be all secondary to CKM syndrome,” says Ndumele, who coauthored the AHA advisory.

The causes and effects of CKM syndrome are wide-ranging. It’s not a simple flowchart but more of a spiraling storm — such as when obesity, a major cause of kidney disease, leads to a cascade of metabolic issues.

“When a kidney is damaged, by diabetes per se, or hypertension in particular, it produces a number of other abnormalities that affect the whole body — particularly the cardiovascular system,” says Katherine Tuttle, , professor of medicine in the division of nephrology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and a coauthor of the AHA advisory. “It causes inflammation, it raises blood pressure, it makes people more resistant to insulin, it makes the lipid disorders worse.”

In turn, already high cholesterol levels can rise further; increasing insulin resistance inhibits the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar; and other changes take place — like kidney-disease-related calcium buildup in arteries\. Taken together, all these factors make circulation problems worse, which Tuttle says accelerates atherosclerosis, involving hardening and narrowing of the arteries, and heart failure….

For people who have some risk factors but don’t yet have heart or kidney disease, one of the biggest things is incorporating lifestyle changes, Aggarwal says, like exercising 150 minutes a week. That can help with losing weight and managing or preventing chronic conditions like diabetes.

For those who do have more advanced risks related to everything from diabetes to high cholesterol, experts recommend talking to your doctor about whether medications could help, in addition to lifestyle changes.

The American Heart Assocation has an online calculator to predict your risk of cardiovascular disease. Click here.

Note: You will need the numbers for your total cholesterol, HDL, SBP (systolic blood pressure), BMI, and eGFR (overall index of kidney function). To calculate your eGFR, go here.

~E

Step outside to witness new life and relief

The world today can just be too crazy. With the US economy and politics, “wokeness” shoved down your throat in every issue, tensions in the Middle East and with Russia, and reading the news — it can just about drive you crazy.

How do I escape from it all? I enjoy reading and cooking. I also step outside to my backyard and enjoy nature.

For the second year in a row, we had two Goldfinch (I believe that is the species) nest in a backyard tree and have witnessed the birth of their babies. This could be the same pair from last year as they tend to be monogamous.

On Saturday the mama was sitting on our fence and we approached it as I thought it had a claw stuck in the wire around one of the posts. It managed to flutter a bit as we got closer and moved just a bit down the fence line. But I knew it was not okay. Then the Goldfinch ended up on the ground. We figured it must have flown into something and was “stunned” for a bit. We left a plate of water nearby, retreated, and prayed that the bird would recover.

And recover she did!

On Monday I saw two babies pop their heads up from the nest and in the afternoon they had managed to leave the nest for a nearby branch. From a good distance I was able to capture some photos:

Mama Goldfinch on the right, two babies to the left.

Closeup of the babies.

Both parents have been very protective of the babies, chirping whenever we (or our cats) get too close to the nest. The parents have even been “dive bombing” our cats on the back patio. Once I noticed this I’d go outside with the cats to deter the birds from coming too close to a cat and avoid being caught by one of them.

Baby Goldfinch, day two out of the nest.

As of today, the babies are still staying close to the nest. From what I’ve read, they’ll be around for another week or so before the family moves on.

It’s been a great distraction from the craziness in our world to be able to step out into the backyard and watch the new bird life. A much-needed and stress-relieving break!

DCG

Joe Biden, sadist-in-chief

Not only is Joe Biden senile, he is sadistic as well.

From the New York Post, June 13, 2024:

Joe Biden repeatedly watched his German shepherd Commander attack Secret Service members, who wished each other a “safe shift” as the number of incidents mounted – with one exasperated workplace safety professional urging the use of a muzzle, agency records show.

The number of dog attacks involving Commander, who the White House said in February was given away after more than two years terrorizing professionals assigned to protect Biden; and former first dog Major, who was re-homed in 2021 after also attacking personnel; could top three dozen, the newly surfaced records suggest.

The 81-year-old Biden, who reportedly accused a Secret Service member of lying about being attacked by Major during his first year in office, was present for at least three separate attacks involving Commander, files released to Judicial Watch under Freedom of Information Act litigation show.

Despite his senility and sadism, Hollyweirdos like George Clooney and Julia Roberts still support and fund the reelection of the bastard. (See “George Clooney, Julia Roberts help Biden raise record $30 million-plus at star-studded Hollywood gala“)

~E

Dog runs four miles to get help for owner who crashed into a ravine

Good boy, Blue!

You can read all the details about the rescue here.

DCG

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