New research shows large segments of the population may be immune to COVID-19 and PLANDEMIC Part 1: Expert Virologist Speaks Out, The strange story behind the most notorious disinformation video of the coronavirus era and a dry socket (my tooth extraction)
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The Dry Socket--sounds pretty bad
The Dry Socket--sounds pretty bad
After we were shut down for about six weeks in Israel I was able to go to my dentist at Maccabi who was finally able to open up. I had taken Xrays in March as my hygienist was concerned about my gums. The Xrays were waiting, just for the dentist. With the grace of G-d, I had no pain during the lockdown but as soon as the Dr looked at the Xrays, he wasn't concerned about my gums, my bottom left molar (second from the end) had to go.
Usually, Dentists are very concerned about keeping your teeth, but he had no doubts. "The tooth is rotten, even if the root is good". The advantage of using Maccabi for your dental care is that you know they aren't trying to sell you something, they don't have the profit motive which is unfortunately true for some Dentists.
So I scheduled an extraction for Lag Bomer and it went pretty smoothly for two days with no pain. And then the pain started. I waited four days on ibuprofen for the pain and saw the dentist twice yesterday for two hours each (four hours total). The visit took 5 minutes, the wait was four hours when you go in for emergency with no appointment.
It turns out that I have something called:
Dry socket (alveolar osteitis) is a painful dental condition that sometimes happens after you have a permanent adult tooth extracted. Dry socket is when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed
Only a very small percentage -- about 2% to 5% of people -- develop dry socket after tooth extraction. In those who have it, though, dry socket can be uncomfortable. However, on a bottom molar like mine (because of gravity--the food and water get under the gum) the cases are 30% so it could happen to you easily.
What happens if a dry socket is left untreated?
If the blood clot doesn't form properly or becomes dislodged from your gums, it can create a dry socket. A dry socket can leave the nerves and bones in your gums exposed, so it's important to seek dental care. If left untreated, this can lead to infection and other complications.
In most cases, dry socket will heal on its own, but as the site heals patients will likely continue to experience discomfort. ... However, the dentist will provide a dressing that contains soothing ointments that will relieve pain and promote faster healing
How Long After Tooth Extraction Can You Get Dry Socket?
Dry socket is the most common complication following a tooth extraction. Tooth extraction involves removing your tooth from its socket in your jawbone. After a tooth extraction, you're at risk of developing dry socket. This risk is present until you're fully healed, which may take 7 to 10 days in many cases.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that should have formed in the socket after your extraction is either accidentally removed or never formed in the first place.
Dry socket is no longer a risk once the site is healed. Ask your dentist when they expect you to be fully healed. Based on your health history and how your surgery went, they can give you the best timeframe for reference.
These tips may improve your recovery and reduce your risk of dry socket:
Follow your body's signs and doctor's orders on recovery. You may need to wait until you're fully recovered before resuming normal activities.
Plan to take the whole day off from work or school following your extraction.
As your pain decreases, try slowly getting back into your routine. Stop any activity if you suddenly have more pain.
Pain, swelling, and bleeding should all decrease steadily in the first week. Read on to learn more about dry socket signs, prevention, and treatment.
Normally, a blood clot forms over your empty socket. This clot protects the wound while it heals and promotes new tissue growth.
Without a blood clot over your socket, raw tissue, nerve endings, and bone are exposed. This can be painful and over-the-counter pain relievers are sometimes not enough to help.
Symptoms of dry socket include:
severe pain that can't be controlled by over-the-counter medications
pain extending across the side of your face from where your tooth was pulled
lack of blood clot over your socket
visible bone in your socket
bad taste, smell, or the presence of pus in your mouth, which may be possible signs of infection
It's normal for you to feel sore and swollen the first day after surgery. You may also see small amounts of blood on your gauze dressing. If your pain increases, doesn't improve, or you notice any of the symptoms noted above, see your dentist right away.
So anyway, I am a survivor. But I am going to Mount Hermon for two days, so lets see how I am when I come back.
A Million Dollars
A man walked to the top of a hill to talk to God.
The man asked, "God, what's a million years to you?"
And God said "A minute."
Then the man asked:
"Well, what's a million dollars to you?"
and God said: "A penny"
Then the man asked:
"God.....can I have a penny?"
And God said:
"Sure.....In a minute."
Due to heat wave, Israel temporarily lifts mask requirement in schools, outdoors
Due to heat wave, Israel temporarily lifts mask requirement in schools, outdoors Waiver in place until end of week after widespread threats to close schools if no change made to mask laws amid soaring temperatures
Health Minister Yuli Edlestein has lifted the requirement for students to wear masks in schools and for all Israelis to wear them outdoors until the end of the week due to the severe heat wave affecting the country.
"We need to take coronavirus protections seriously. But the heat wave can be dangerous in itself," Edlestein said in a statement early Tuesday morning. "Following the advice of the medical authorities, I have decided to lift the requirements for masks as long as there are no large gatherings."
The Health Ministry said "there is no obligation to wear a mask for students in schools, and also those who are in open areas and buildings without air conditioning, except during gatherings."
The exemption applies until the end of the week, the ministry said.
Education Ministry Director-General Shmuel Abuav earlier sent a letter to the Health Ministry's outgoing director general, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, saying the mandatory face masks made studies impossible and demanding a cancellation of the policy.
"Over the last two days we have been contacted by hundreds of students, indicating that mandatory masks during the heatwave is a demand that can't be met. There may be air conditioning in class, but the heat is still unbearable and many students say it is impossible for them to concentrate," he wrote.
Shmuel Abuav of the Education Ministry speaks at the 16th annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group, on February 11, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
According to Health Ministry requirements, students in the fourth grade and up must cover their mouths and noses with masks during classes out of fear of spreading the novel coronavirus. Younger children must wear masks only while outside the classroom.
The series of blisteringly hot days that began Saturday was expected to last until Thursday. Meteorologists said it could end up being the longest such event on record in Israel.
In Tel Aviv and Eilat, temperatures reached 40.3° Celsius (104.5° Fahrenheit). North of the Dead Sea, temperatures hit 43°C (109°F) while the coolest places in the country, other than the Mount Hermon on the Golan Heights, were Ashdod at 27°C (80°F) and Ashkelon at 25°C (77°F), Channel 12 reported. In the capital, Jerusalem, the temperature reached 36°C (96.8°F).
Several cities canceled school classes Monday and Tuesday because of the high heat combined with the need for stifling face masks.
The renewed shutdowns came just as the country's schools reopened this week, following two months of closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In Rishon Lezion, some parents said they would keep their kids home for next few days to protest the mask requirement during the heat wave.
In other cities, including Herzliya, municipalities said classes would be canceled on Tuesday. Tel Aviv has told each school to decide on its own whether to scrap lessons.
School children wearing protective face masks preparing to go back to school, May 16, 2020. (Chen Leopold/ Flash90)
Ramat Gan Mayor Carmel Shama Hacohen told Channel 12 news that he had also decided to cancel classes for older students until Sunday.
Walla news quoted the Pediatricians Association calling for students to be exempt from the mask requirement.
"Kids wearing masks for long hours is not practical and borders on extremely difficult. Masks that become soaked with sweat are unsustainable," the organization was quoted as saying.
Ideas, that help explain how the world works
I hope they give us a two week notice before sending us back out into the real world. I think we'll all need the time to become ourselves again. And by "ourselves" I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair and get used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.
New monthly budget: Gas $0 Entertainment $0 Clothes $0 Groceries $2,799.
Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to stop COVID-19, but to stop eating.
When this quarantine is over, let's not tell some people.
I stepped on my scale this morning. It said: "Please practice social distancing. Only one person at a time on scale."
Not to brag, but I haven't been late to anything in over 6 weeks.
It may take a village to raise a child but I swear it's go…
New research shows large segments of the population may be immune to COVID-19
Research shows large segments of the population may be immune to COVID-19 - possibly due to exposure to other viruses.
New research published in the CELL journal on Friday showed that large segments of the population may be immune to COVID-19, and do not need either antibodies or exposure in order to develop immunity.
According to the research, which was quoted by journalist Nadav Eyal and written by well-known researchers, some people have cellular immunity to COVID-19, possibly as a result of exposure to other, milder, strains of coronavirus, which cause only cold-like symptoms.
Such people would have cells that can recognize coronavirus and eliminate it before they become infected with the disease and develop COVID-19-specific antibodies.
The research, the first of its kind, is based on initial findings but opens up many possibilities regarding the development of a vaccine, as well as the possibility that some people will not be affected by COVID-19 due to prior immunity.
PLANDEMIC Part 1: Expert Virologist Speaks Out--a censored video
I can't the link to work as an attachment but if you copy and paste this link you can watch the 20 minute video that incorporates a lot of the Doctors comments who have been censored when they try to give another opinion
My doctor is a conservative. I sent the video to her and asked her to confirm what she was saying (medically) was truth or fiction or partial truth. She said everything she said, at least medically, was true, along with everything the doctors said at the end. Wearing a mask is folly. One MUST be exposed to bacterial, etc. in order to BUILD one's immunity. Wearing a mask and inhaling your own CO2 does nothing but LOWER your immunity.
The strange story behind the most notorious disinformation video of the coronavirus era Josh Rottenberg and Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times
When filmmaker Mikki Willis uploaded a 26-minute video called "Plandemic" to the internet on May 4, he knew it was likely to cause a stir.
But Willis didn't bank on becoming the poster boy for coronavirus disinformation. In his mind, he was just a dad in Ojai, California, making low-budget inspirational movies out of his house.
The closest he'd ever come to viral fame was when he posted a video in 2015 to his YouTube channel about how he'd bought his young son a "Little Mermaid" doll at the toy store — a moment of open-minded, nongender-conforming parenting that earned him more than 4 million views and a laudatory spot on the local news.
If you haven't seen "Plandemic," picture the sort of ominous conspiracy theory video that would pop up on your paranoid uncle's Facebook feed or in the darkest recesses of Reddit, then stir in the worst global health crisis in a century.
Slickly produced and shot through with brooding music and black-and-white shots of people walking in slow motion, "Plandemic" centers on Willis' interview with a former molecular biologist named Judy Mikovits, who alleges that a shadowy cabal of scientists and business interests, including the likes of Bill Gates and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, is leveraging the coronavirus crisis to boost their own power and profits.
Presented uncritically as a courageous whistleblower, Mikovits lobs a string of unsubstantiated claims, including that the virus was developed in laboratories in China and the U.S., that health officials are deliberately inflating COVID-19 statistics and, most dangerously, that wearing a mask could increase one's chances of "getting sick from your own reactivated coronavirus expression."
"Plandemic," which was billed as the first installment in a larger documentary to be released this summer, quickly racked up more than 8 million views.
On May 6, in an effort to tamp down the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, YouTube and Facebook pulled down Willis' video. "Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm so we've removed the video," a Facebook representative said.
"Plandemic" was lambasted as the latest manifestation of a toxic internet fever swamp that breeds irrational fantasies and rampant pseudoscience. But community spread had already set in.
In recent days, "Plandemic" has continued to circulate among a receptive group of vaccine skeptics, right-wing media and conspiracy theorists of every stripe, signal-boosting nefarious narratives about the pandemic among pro-Trump lockdown opponents and anti-Chinese-government outlets like the Epoch Times.
"We made the video to go viral," Willis said over FaceTime earlier this week from his home in the Ojai Valley, where he lives with his wife and business partner, Nadia Salamanca, and their two sons. "We knew the branding was conspiratorial and shocking. Unfortunately, in this age, you kind of have to be that to get people's attention. But that it would go viral to this degree, I don't think anyone could project."
An image from an electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists say this version of the coronavirus has mutated and become more contagious. (Photo: TNS)
Since the video's release, Mikovits' checkered history in the scientific community has been widely reported and her claims have been extensively debunked, while Willis himself has faced a barrage of intense criticism. But speaking to The Times, the 52-year-old filmmaker sounded unbowed.
"I have been out front enough and public enough to know that when you say anything controversial, especially on any of these hot-button subjects, you have to be willing to take the heat," he said. "And of course there's been tons of it. I've just been navigating all of that."
Following the controversy, Willis says he has been in contact with numerous doctors, some strongly disputing Mikovits' views and others lending them credence. He plans to release a response video to present a fuller picture of Mikovits and the science she presents.
"We're working very hard right now to validate the majority of the claims that were made," he said. "Instead of just defending all of the haters that are out there, I think it's just better to reach back out with some valid information. ... Because of the delicacy and importance of the situation, I really wanted to talk with doctors on all sides first — not just the doctors that Judy recommends, but I'm going to seek out the ones who disagree and get them on the phone and find out why."
Despite what many assume, Willis insists he is not a member of "the anti-vaccine crowd" — a group that over the years has included a number of prominent Hollywood celebrities. "I have a profound love and respect of doctors despite how many doctors are mad at me now," he said.
Though many have speculated about the forces behind "Plandemic," Willis says he paid for the film himself and was motivated by his own worries about vaccine safety and what he sees as the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry, concerns he traces back to the deaths of his brother from AIDS and his mother from cancer when he was in his 20s, which he believes were hastened by harmful medical treatments.
Willis says he met Mikovits, who has a high profile in the anti-vaccine movement, a year ago through mutual friends and was impressed by her. When news surrounding the pandemic began to grow increasingly alarming, he felt "there were just so many things that didn't add up." He reached out to Mikovits to get her scientific opinion and ended up asking her if she would do a sit-down interview. (Mikovits did not respond to a request for comment for this story.)
"There was zero funding," Willis said. "I paid for a camera operator, and I paid for a researcher to find some of the videos that validated her story. And I just put it together myself." The total cost of the film, he says, came to less than $2,000. Willis polled his Facebook followers on what the title should be. (The runners-up were "The Invisible Enemy" and "The Oath.")
After speaking with Mikovits, Willis says he ran some of her views past other medical experts. "I did do my best to reach out to people to say, 'She's making some claims here, and can you validate this?'" he said. "And the ones that they couldn't validate, or at least were left with 'that could be true, but science hasn't proven it yet,' I left it in. Because I figured, perhaps this starts the conversation that does actually get to the bottom of this point."
Willis' path to internet notoriety has been an unlikely one. A former model and actor, he says his life was changed by 9/11, when he helped first responders in downtown New York.
"I had a profound experience on the rubble of the World Trade Center that led me to leave my traditional work in Hollywood and to do the best I could to film events and people and ideas that make the world a better place," he said.
Inspired to remake his career, he founded the production company Elevate Films with Salamanca, specializing in projects with an uplifting New Age bent.
Willis' own filmography has been all over the map. He made his feature debut in 2000 with the low-budget indie comedy "Shoe Shine Boys," which the LA Times praised as "an acid comment on the all-American hunger for fame." He said he worked as a videographer in support of Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and performed a similar role last year for Tulsi Gabbard. He has worked on yoga and meditation videos and, according to IMDB, co-directed a concert movie for DJ Steve Aoki.
The website of Elevate Films showcases a documentary about the healing power of psychedelics, a commercial for the Nevada Board of Tourism and a PSA about composting featuring Rosario Dawson, as well as a trailer for a yet-to-be-released crowdfunded documentary about a man who found a supposedly cursed bone in an ancient Mayan burial chamber and was diagnosed months later with bone cancer.
Some of Willis' own claims are difficult to corroborate. In 2006, he and Salamanca co-founded the nonprofit Elevate Foundation to help boost filmmakers making a positive impact on the world, and under its auspices the two mounted a series of film festivals.
On publicly available financial documents, the foundation listed among its unpaid board of directors spiritual leader Michael Beckwith, who heads the nondenominational Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and prominent yoga teacher and author Shiva Rea.
But reached by The Times, Rea said that while she considers Willis and Salamanca friends and served as an emcee at the 2008 Elevate Film Festival, she was unaware her name had been used in connection with their foundation. Asked about "Plandemic," she said she heard about the film on social media and found it "very disturbing."
Beckwith, with whom Willis made the 2009 self-help DVD "Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential," did not respond to a request for comment. Willis says he and Salamanca are in the process of closing down the Elevate Foundation.
WILL ROGERS (not Roy Rogers, Alexa) William Penn Adair Rogers was a stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.
As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 films (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. QUOTES
I never met a man I didn't like.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.
Never let yesterday use up too much of today.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.
Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like.
See you tomorrow bli neder--hope I have given you some food for thought! We need Masiach now