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Scientist proposes new plan to "resurrect" the dead with a Dyson Sphere, kind of – Boing Boing

Russian transhumanist Alexey Turchin has shared a new "roadmap to immortality," which proposes several different plans (with backup plans!) for extending human life through technology. Here's the gist, as he explains it:

Plan A. The most obvious way to reach immortality is to survive until the creation of Friendly AI; in that case if you are young enough and optimistic enough, you can simply do nothing or just fund MIRI. However, if you are older, you have to jump from one method of life extension to the next as they become available. So plan A is a relay race of life extension methods, until the problem of death is solved.

This plan includes actions to defeat aging, to grow and replace diseased organs with new bioengineered ones, to get a nanotech body and in the end to be scanned into a computer. It is an optimized sequence of events, and depends on two things your personal actions (such as regular medical checkups), and collective actions such as civil activism and scientific research funding.

Plan B.However, if Plan A fails, i.e. if you die before the creation of superintelligence, there is Plan B, which is cryonics. Some simple steps can be taken now, such as calling your nearest cryocompany about a contract.

Plan C.Unfortunately, cryonics could also fail, and in that case Plan C is invoked. Of course it is much worse less reliable and less proven. Plan C is so-called digital immortality, where one could be returned to life based on existing recorded information about that person. It is not a particularly good plan, because we are not sure how to solve the identity problem which will arise, and we don't know if the collected amount of information would be enough. But it is still better than nothing.

Plan D.Lastly, if Plan C fails, we have Plan D. It is not a plan in fact, it is just hope or a bet that immortality already exists somehow: perhaps there is quantum immortality, or perhaps future AI will bring us back to life.

The first three plans demand particular actions now: we need to prepare for all of them simultaneously. All of the plans will lead to the same result: our minds will be uploaded into a computer with help of highly developed AI.

Here's a visual summary of his "Immortality Roadmap."

Of course, as Turchin explained to Popular Mechanics [Paywalled], it would take a lot of energy to power a super intelligence of this scale, which is where the Dyson Sphere would come into play. Also, if we're being technical, this super intelligence wouldn't so much be resurrecting you as it would be making a copy of the data that is you. Tomayto, Tomahto.

A Dyson Sphere Could Bring Humans Back From the Dead, Researchers Say [Stav Dimitropoulos / Popular Mechanics]

Immortality Roadmap [Alexey Turchin]

Image: Public Domain via NASA

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Batman and Oracle Make Big Changes to the Bat-Signal –

After the fallout of Joker War and the Infinite Frontier beginning, Batman has found himself with an all-new status quo in Gotham City. Not only is the Dark Knight Detective without his riches, his traditional BatCave, and even a decent Batmobile, but his Bat-Signal is actually getting an upgrade, sort of. Batman doesn't have many friends in the GCPD anymore as Commissioner Gordon has retired (replaced by Renee Montoya) and Mayor Christopher Nakano has a very Anti-Batman policy. To that end the Bat-Signal won't be sitting at police headquarters, and Oracle has a big idea.

Revealed in the pages of Batman #107, Oracle tells Batman that she's developed a new version of the Bat-Signal to have around Gotham but this time there will be more than one. "It's not like the cops are going to put the old one back on the roof of the central precinct with Nakano in office," Barbara says. "But I think it's important to remind people that you're still out there. And I want a way to keep in touch when you turn off your radio."The plan includes developing twelve different Bat-Signals to put across rooftops around Gotham. These signals won't ever appear on the same roof twice and will be picked up and relocated by the members of the Bat-Family after just one use.

"Signal goes up, and you go to meet A Gordon on top of a weird old building, and find out about the crisis of the day," she adds.

The new signals aren't out yet by the issue's end but we can fully expect them to get some use as the problem with the Scarecrow is only heating up.

You can find the full cover art and solicitation for the next issue of Batman below.

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A Day in the Life of a Vegetarian – The Exponent

Mary Masterson and Emma Davis live their lives as vegetarians. Both are sophomores in college who live on campus. Masterson goes to Baldwin Wallace and Davis goes to Cleveland State University. And each one has a different story to tell about being vegetarian.

So what is a vegetarian? And how is it different from being vegan? Merriam-Webster defines vegetarian as a person who does not eat meat : someone whose diet consists wholly of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products.

It defines vegan as a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals, also : one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather).

Masterson defines being a vegetarian by not eating any fish or meat, but I still eat dairy products and eggs. I also choose not to use animal products like leather. Basically, I try to live as peacefully as I can, and for me that includes not causing any harm to animals.

Davis said they are a vegetarian, as well as a person who tries not to use anything that isnt cruelty free in regards to beauty products.

So even to vegetarians, the line between veganism and vegetarianism is blurred.

Masterson has been a vegetarian for 8 years, since she was 12. While Davis went vegetarian about six or seven years ago.

When asked how this affects her life Masterson said, I think being vegetarian really guides a lot of my moral and ethical decisions and has really changed my viewpoint about life and how I view animals and living things. For where it affects me, I would say that whenever I go somewhere to eat, I have to factor in whether or not I can eat there or if they will be able to make accommodations to the meal so I will be able to eat it.

Davis said, it doesnt affect me particularly on a day to day basis, other than having to be slightly picky whenever there is a group dinner of some kind. It also crops up when people wish to stop for fast food in the car, because salads are not really portable foods.

Masterson added that when I go out to eat with friends or go to a family party I am not always certain that I will have something to eat, and it is frustrating sometimes when my extended family doesnt have options for me to eat anything. It is also difficult because many foods can be easily made vegetarian, but people will still make them with chicken/beef broth or put meat in a sauce dish.

Davis concurs with Masterson, but only finds it difficult because I dont wish to be an inconvenience.

The reasons behind why Davis and Masterson went vegetarian were very similar.

Davis chose this because of my deep love for animals, and prior to going fully vegetarian I didnt eat pork for about five years. I watched and read Charlottes Web as a kid and couldnt fathom eating Wilbur, so I dropped the pork.

Masterson chose to be vegetarian mainly because of the ethics and animal rights component of the lifestyle. I have always cared a lot about animals, and I eventually realized that I no longer wanted to cause harm to them by eating meat because I believe animals are complex and emotional and that they deserve to have safe and happy lives. Additionally, I chose to become vegetarian because of the environmental damage that the meat industry has done, and I believe that being vegetarian is much more sustainable than the corporate meat industry, which has become dominant over many local farmers who do use sustainable practices.

Davis and Masterson then shared some stories about being vegetarian.

Davis said, a horror story of mine is when I stopped eating pork for several years and I was a pre-teen (Im not certain the exact age) and my friends mother who knew I didnt eat pork lied to me and tricked me into consuming pork. I was devastated, and promptly felt sick.

Masterson said, one story that stands out to me is when I was first telling my mom that I wanted to be vegetarian. I remember explaining to her that I was afraid that my dad would be upset that I was going to stop eating meat because when I was at his house he would always cook meat and I remember her saying that he wouldnt be upset that I wanted to take care of animals and couldnt understand why I was worried. After a few minutes of confusion, I eventually figured out that she thought I said I wanted to be a veterinarian instead of vegetarian. After everything was cleared up, it ended up working out fine and my dad actually wasnt upset about it after all.

Surprisingly being a vegetarian doesnt affect Mastersons and Daviss daily routine all that much.

For Masterson, being vegetarian really only affects what I do at meal times because I have to make sure I am getting enough protein and other nutrients, but its not that different than when I ate meat in regards to my daily routine.

Davis said that the only time it really affected them was when I was in high school my mom would text me when dinner was almost ready and then I would make my own vegetarian dish, if whatever she made couldnt have the meat removed easily.

As to how she is coping at BW, Masterson said, it can be difficult sometimes because my options in the dining hall are a lot more limited. Usually there is always a vegetarian option but a lot of times it doesnt have enough protein in it, so I will find myself having to eat other snacks. I really like when tofu is offered as a meal choice because it is more filling and has enough nutrients. In terms of finances, I think for some it may be difficult, especially if you have to buy extra snacks to get protein, and usually those tend to be healthier so they are more expensive, but I have found that it is possible to get cheap foods that are nutritious and filling, but it requires some research and budgeting.

Davis said, in regards to dining at CSU, that being vegetarian as a college student isnt terribly hard because the dining hall always has salad, and often has pasta or tacos as well.

Masterson said, I dont think its that difficult to be vegetarian, I think at the beginning it requires some patience and discipline to keep up with a plant-based diet and not eat meat, but once you get the hang of it, its not that much difficult than any other dietary choice. You also may need to be able to plan your meals in advance in order to make sure youre getting enough vitamins/nutrients and budgeting your shopping plan, but I think that can be said for any diet.

Davis added that you have to make sure to still consume some protein.

Masterson said the benefits [of being vegetarian] are that it makes me feel good that my diet and lifestyle is reflective of the morals I want to live by, and sometimes its a lot healthier than what I ate before being vegetarian. Becoming vegetarian has been one of the most meaningful choices Ive made in my life and Im glad I decided to do it.

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A French city announced it would serve meatless school lunches. The backlash was swift. –

The push to end meat consumption has become one of the more urgent causes of our time and one of the most politically fraught. As advocacy against meat-eating has ramped up, with activists and consumers citing its harm to animals, workers, and consumers, so has the backlash. It is the latest flashpoint in what seems to be an all-encompassing culture war.

That wars most recent front: Lyon, Frances third-largest city and the countrys gastronomic capital.

In February, Grgory Doucet, the mayor of Lyon, announced that the citys school cafeterias would temporarily stop serving meat every day. That edict sparked a local backlash. Farmers rolled out tractors to occupy city hall, and government ministers accused the mayor of harming children.

In March, Lyons administrative court dismissed a petition by meat producers, right-wing politicians, and some parents to ban the meatless menu, saying that it doesnt create risks for children. The schools will be serving non-meat dishes (though fish is allowed) until Easter, or even longer.

Those who took issue with the change accused Lyons mayor of pushing his environmental agenda onto kids plates, but he actually had a practical reason to get meat out of the citys 206 schools: to speed up food service and make it easier to comply with social distancing rules during the pandemic. A single meatless dish, the thinking went, would be a compromise to the tastes and beliefs of all be it picky eaters, vegetarians, Muslims, or Hindus.

Despite that rationale, the mayors foray into meatless policy ended up getting sucked into a broader culture war around meat and vegetarianism. This may seem like a very French story, but meat both in France and around the globe is not just food; it is also a powerful cultural force and, as such, can be very divisive.

Last month, when Colorados governor simply suggested residents cut out meat one day in March, state legislators and neighboring governors urged their constituents to eat even more meat. That was just the latest skirmish in a long-running battle in the US over an issue that has become deeply polarized and polarizing.

And now the culture war over meat has broken out in Europe. The Lyon controversy underscores the challenge facing the movement to reform our food system: How do you change hearts and minds when something feels so entrenched in ones cultural identity?

To understand whats happening in Lyon, its important to grasp the role that food and meat plays in French culture.

Food is central to Frances conception of itself, and in Lyon especially, which is home to 17 Michelin-starred restaurants. School cafeterias are thought to have a larger mission than to simply nourish bodies; they exist to create French citizens.

That is the republican dream: the idea that wherever you come from, we can give you the conditions to succeed and the cantine is part of it. Its a place to create equal opportunities, says Romain Espinosa, an economist at the University of Rennes who researches plant-based diets.

The traditionalist viewpoint is that to become truly French, children should learn French food culture at school. Thats why pupils lunchtime is something of a ritual here: a full hour of appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and, yes, cheese platters a far cry from the United States pizzas, burgers, and fries.

In France, children as young as 3 years old participate in cafeteria events where local cheese producers present their various artisanal fromages. They learn about terroir (unique environmental factors influencing the taste of foods) and are introduced to dishes from various parts of France, from Normandy mussels to the bouillabaisse, a fish stew from Provence.

In general, Espinosa says, France, just like Italy and Spain, has a very strong food culture. This is a country where you can find butcher stores that date back to before the American Constitution, a country that awards golden medals, with great fanfare, to not just wines but also baguettes, butters, and sour creams.

Such traditionalism and the culinary habits it breeds has its benefits. The French snack far less between meals than Americans, have lower rates of obesity, and consume far less sugar.

Yet it also has downsides, none more so than a powerful reluctance to any change regarding nutrition meaning reluctance to reducing meat consumption and giving up on traditional meat dishes.

That reluctance was on full display when Lyons mayor announced his plan to make the citys school meals temporarily vegetarian; livestock producers brought along with their tractors cows and goats to city hall, and protested with banners claiming that eating meat is the basis of humanity.

French media exploded with disputes among top government officials: The minister of the interior called the decision an unacceptable insult to French farmers. The minister for ecological transition said the conservative politicians arguments were prehistoric.

The minister of agriculture, Julien Denormandie, called for everyone to stop putting ideology on our kids plates and, instead, feed them meat that they need to grow well. For what its worth, Frances food and environmental agency, ANSES, has stated that eating vegetarian once per week is perfectly fine for children, while the American Dietetic Association says that well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including childhood.

Conservative voices were quick to declare that for children from impoverished families, school lunch is the only chance to eat meat and get enough protein. That might have been correct several decades ago, but today such claims are entirely false, says Laurent Bgue-Shankland, a social psychologist at the University of Grenoble, pointing out that in France low-income households consume more meat than the wealthy. If anything, 98 percent of French kids dont get enough fiber, something that eating more vegetarian foods would help achieve.

The outcry from farmers over Lyons meatless school meals is also, in large part, about social identity, a battle of the city versus the countryside somewhat similar to the urban/rural, liberal/conservative divide in the United States.

In France, vegetarianism and veganism are often portrayed as lifestyle choices of bobos (bourgeois and bohemian): left-voting, well-off urbanites who are thought to misunderstand the realities of rural life. The bobos promotion of vegetarian diets, the thinking goes, isnt just a social and cultural affront it could have material consequences as well, leading French farmers to financial ruin.

This discourse has similar undertones to the 2019 yellow vest protests in France, which started with a proposed fuel tax, seen as particularly unfair to struggling countryside dwellers who rely on cars for commuting, while rich Parisians dont even need cars to get around their city of 302 metro stations.

But these disputes over food arent just happening in France. In Denmark, an initiative to establish two vegetarian days per week in state canteens was scrapped soon after its introduction. In the UK, parents in farming communities destroyed a meat-free Mondays idea in schools.

The US has seen even more of these skirmishes break out, often in explicitly political settings.

In 2018, Sen. Ted Cruz quipped that if Texans elected Beto ORourke, a Democrat, to the Senate, hed ban barbecue. In 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Trump sparred over hamburgers amid arguments over the Green New Deal. During Georgias Senate runoff campaign, Republican David Perdue mocked his opponent (and now senator) Jon Ossoff for eating a plant-based burger, saying hed be having Waffle Houses all-star special (two eggs, toast, waffles, grits or hash browns, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or ham), and directly asked Georgians to pick your side.

And last month, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared March 20 MeatOut Day, intended to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of eating less meat and more plant-based foods. In response, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared March 20 Meat on the Menu Day, and Wyomings governor made a similar declaration.

These battles in the larger culture war show that policymakers and advocates should be intentional about how they frame the discussion around meat. While vegetarians and climate activists might be eager to enact broad policies to curb meat consumption, such moves might only backfire and inspire greater opposition given how enmeshed meat is in cultural identity.

An example from a couple of years back is instructive. When in 2019 France introduced an experiment (which ends in October 2021) to offer children a vegetarian option at all school cafeterias, the outcry was not as heated as it is now in Lyon. It was likely because the vegetarian meals were often offered as a choice, and called the green menu to avoid terms like vegetarian or meatless. It worked well: Now, when a vegetarian option is offered, its picked on average by 30 percent of students.

Espinosa suggests that other small nudges along these lines could also be effective, such as offering the vegetarian option before the meat option.

Offering a genuine choice also seems to matter. When the 2019 law was introduced, it was met with opposition in some places because the choices given to children were bland and not particularly healthy omelets with cheese, highly processed soy burgers a poor substitute for Frances usually elaborate lunch dishes. The reason? School cooks didnt know how to prepare meals without meat.

That is now changing. The government started providing recipes to cafeteria chefs and offering training.

Whats working in France aligns with what researchers at the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental nonprofit, recommend in order to nudge diners to choose more plant-based foods. WRI has conducted several studies and has concluded that, to no ones surprise, just making the food really delicious is key to getting diners to eat more plant-based foods.

But WRI also recommends creating appetizing dish names, spotlighting the flavor and provenance of a meal, and not labeling it as vegetarian or even as healthy. Think Cuban Black Bean Soup instead of Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup.

Nudging our way to a more rational food system may not feel ambitious enough, especially when we consider how big of a role a shift to plant-based foods can play in countering climate change. But heavy-handed policies in that direction also threaten to activate identities around meat-eating, potentially sabotaging those efforts.

That presents a real challenge for climate, animal welfare, and public health advocates, who need to think more about how to sidestep diet-as-identity, rather than stoke it. The recent squabbles in Colorado and Nebraska demonstrate the consequences of failing to account for the role meat plays in culture, especially in such ag-heavy states.

As for Lyon, its unclear whether vegetarian food has survived the culture war, but it has at least survived this recent skirmish.

After the courts decision to uphold Mayor Doucets meatless menu, protests in Lyon fizzled out. The farmers packed up their tractors, goats, and cows and went home, while the media turned their attention elsewhere.

But the children of Lyon are still eating meatless dishes in school every day. This weeks menu includes quenelle, a typical Lyonnaise dumpling with Provenal sauce, with oyster plant au gratin on the side, and honey cake for dessert.

If its as appetizing as it sounds, children can learn that vegetarian food can be delicious, and that a less meat-centric diet need not spell the end of the culture in which they grow up.

Marta Zaraska is the author of Meathooked: The History and Science of Our 2.5-Million-Year Obsession With Meat and Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100.

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified the current mayor of Lyon. Grard Collomb left office in 2020; the mayor is now Grgory Doucet.

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France Is Having an Existential Crisis About Giving Up Meat to Save the Planet – VICE UK

French President Emmanuel Macron inspects a cow at an exhibition centre in Paris in February 2020. Photo:LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

PARIS, France Five years on from the Paris Agreement, the first legally binding international treaty on climate change, France has made grand gestures to avert impending ecological disaster.

The French government has recently proposed a ban on short-haul domestic flights, outlawed the heated terraces beloved in Paris, launched a high-profile citizens convention on the climate and is currently debating an amendment to the constitution that would guarantee the preservation of the environment.

But last month when Grgory Doucet, the progressive Green Party mayor of Lyon, announced that school lunch menus offered to some 29,000 Lyonnais children each day would no longer include meat, for many it was a step too far.

Grald Darmanin, the right-leaning French interior minister, said that dropping meat was scandalous and an unacceptable insult to French farmers and butchers that was part of an elitist and moralist policy.

Julien Denormandie, the agriculture minister, called the Lyon mayors introduction of meat-free lunches aberrational from a nutritional point of view and shameful from a social point of view.

Adding to the cacophony of criticism, Bruno Retailleau, president of the right-wing Les Republicains party in the French Senate, described the move as the totalitarian temptation of a current of thought which wants to impose its options on all by force.

Farmers feed cows on the square facing the city hall of Lyon in protest at the mayor's decision to feed kids from vegetarian-only menus. Photo: OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE/AFP via Getty Images)

But not all have been critical of Lyons meat-free policy. Instead fierce political factions have emerged on both sides, underlining the existential crisis that France faces as it attempts to uproot age-old traditions to avoid climatic catastrophe.

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, was one of those to hit back. We have fallen into a prehistoric debate, she said. I regret these worn out clichs, such as vegetarian food provides an unbalanced diet, when we know that meat can be replaced by fish, eggs, and vegetables which provide all the necessary proteins. It prevents us having a real debate on why we want to implement vegetarian menus.

That debate, added Pompili, should focus on the fact that livestock is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. Frances own Ecological Transition Agency (ADEME) estimates that a meat dish on average requires 137g of CO2 emissions nearly ten times the 15g emitted in producing a vegetarian equivalent.

Leading global authorities have come to a similar conclusion. In a special report published in 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN climate body, found that plant-based diets are a major opportunity for mitigating climate change, and recommended that countries reduce meat consumption.

For Benoit Granier, food expert for the French Climate Action Network, an environmental campaign group, a reduction in eating meat in France will be key to preventing the destruction of the planet.

Its a qualitative and quantitative problem, says Granier. We eat too much meat and too much bad quality meat. Its led to huge deforestation in Latin America. We need to massively reduce consumption of animal products, especially those made with intensive farming practices.

However, Lyon City Hall has played down the climate aspect and insists the decision to drop meat was made to speed up the service in the citys 206 schools to better comply with the pandemics health protocol requirements under COVID-19, which is now entering a deadly third wave across Europe.

We only took the decision to allow the public service to continue, a spokesperson told VICE World News. Children eat more quickly if theres only one choice and thats needed to allow social distancing to be maintained between students.

But critics are doubtful of this explanation and point to the fact that Mayor Doucet pledged in his election campaign last year to offer the choice of a vegetarian menu every day of the week in schools.

A photo shows the aftermath of a protest by farmers in Puy-de-Dome prefecture in Clermont-Ferrand. Photo: BART MAAT/Thierry Zoccolan AFP/AFP via Getty Images

Mlanie Hamon, a lawyer for the Admys-avocats firm, is representing the Departmental Federation of Farmers' Unions (FDSEA) and parents from Lyon in a legal appeal against the decision to temporarily stop serving meat.

The mayor says the reason for not serving meat is because of COVID but he clearly has a political motive, says Hamon, whose emergency appeal was submitted last month. But in any case, we consider it illegal.

The city's administrative court rejected those initial appeals earlier this month, noting that the non-meat menus do not create a health risk for children in terms of an emergency, allowing municipal canteens to continue not serving meat.

But that ruling has not halted the wave of criticism, with some decrying an assault on Frances sacrosanct individual liberty. Pierre Perrin, president of the Rhne regions Butchers Union, told VICE World News the decision to stop serving meat in Lyons cantines is an attack of freedom and that the environmental argument for reducing meat eating was not proven scientifically.

Its more an ideology, he adds. And its wrong. Eating meat is indispensable. Its very worrying. Good food, good living and good eating is part of Lyons culture. Lyon is the capital of French gastronomy.

Analysts say the furore is being framed by some as the latest Anglophone attack on French society and values: from culture wars to culinary wars.

Vegetarianism is seen as an Anglo-American import, says Renan Larue, a French professor at the University of California. Some are trying to make this a question of French identity and ecologists are being accused of betraying French heritage. Its an explosive cocktail.

Larue believes that the framing is down to the fact that France is increasingly being forced to face something of an existential crisis.

Its a particular moment of malaise, because theres a growing feeling of culpability regarding meat-eating in France but many are still attached to this past, he adds. Thats why theres been such a strong reaction.

Others see different factors behind the backlash. lodie Vieille-Blanchard, president of the vegetarian association of France, says that the very influential meat and dairy lobby in France has also played a role in the size of the debacle.

Theres been a historical support for these industries because of it, she says. Lies have been told, a cacophony of them.

But Vieille-Blanchard says that Frances meat consumption has been on the decline for years as attitudes evolve. In 1998, some 93.6kg of meat was consumed on average a year by every French person but that has since fallen to 86.2kg.

Vieille-Blanchard says that Mad cow disease a fatal condition for cattle that led to health problems in adults who consumed affected meat in the 1990s, and a more recent scandal over horse meat discovered in frozen beef lasagnas, have also led to dips in meat consumption.

I believe the decision by Lyon is common sense, she adds. A sustainable diet for the planet is one largely based on vegetable protein.

But while in January, a vegan restaurant near Bordeaux became the first to earn a prestigious Michelin star, only around 2% of French people say they are vegetarian and 0.5% vegan (although 30% say they are flexitarian).

For now, as French parliament this week debates a climate law that could require canteens to serve a vegetarian meal option every day, Lyon City Hall will continue to serve meatless meals. It remains an unpalatable reality for some.

The Interior Ministry and Ecological Transition Ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

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Men Infected With COVID-19 Have 3 Times Higher Risk of ED – KMJ Now

Doctors at the University of Rome found that 28% of men with an average age of 33 who had COVID-19 said they were experiencing erectile dysfunction.

According to the Daily Mail, only 9 of the 100 men surveyed who did not have COVID-19 reported problems with sexual function. The researchers said that ED likely occurs because of inflammation caused by the virus that narrows the blood vessels leading to the genitals. This obstructs the blood flow and hinders sexual response.

Another reason why men experience ED from COVID-19 is that the virus responsible for the illness binds to ACE2 receptors in the body. That is how it gains entry to our cells.

One of the devious ways the virus gets into the body is by its spike protein binding to a receptor found at quite high concentrations not only in the lungs but also in the reproductive organs,said Dr. Channa Jayasena, a consultant in reproductive endocrinology and andrology at Hammersmith and St. Marys hospitals in London. When COVID-19 binds to these receptors, they can no longer perform in their normal function.

According to the Daily Mail, ACE2 receptors are found abundantly in the testes. Dr. Jayasena suggested that COVID-19 may also lower the testosterone levels in men who become infected. While this can present sexual issues, lower T levels also affects overall general health.

Last November, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine said that some men with COVID-19 sufferedfrom impaired spermatogenesis,or the production of sperm, which could result in lower sperm count, according to a study they published in the World Journal of Mens Health.

According to the New York Post, the scientists examined tissue from the autopsies of 6 men who died from the COVID-19 infection and found the virus was still in their testicles. Further research found that men who had COVID-19 and went on to test negative for the virus, still had the pathogen in their testes. According to the National Library of Medicine, Chinese researchers published a study that had similar findings.

So, the patient tested negative and was asymptomatic after having COVID-19 but still showed the presence of the virus inside the testes. The finding is novel, remarkable, and certainly worthy of further exploration,said Dr. Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, a urologist and one of the authors of the study, according to the Post. Im fairly certain, just like mumps, about 20 to 30% of men are going to have some sort of affected fertility in their future.

Another study published in The Aging Male found that men with lower testosterone levels could be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and that the virus itself could cause lower T levels. Mike Kirby, a former professor at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K., and the editor of The Aging Male, said that doctors should test the testosterone levels of their male patients with COVID-19 and supplement if needed.

Kirby said that low T levels are associated with increased cardiovascular risks, type 2 diabetes, muscular weakness and depression, loss of sexual desire and fertility, according to the Daily Mail.

Dr. Jayasena suggested that the lower sex hormone levels may be temporary.

If you had severe flu, then it might take at least another several weeks for your testes to start working properly,he said, according to the Daily Mail. A mans sperm count can drop to zero during flu and it can take three months to recover fully. So I think its reasonable to suggest a similarly severe illness such as COVID-19 would do at least that.

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Healthy Living: Stop pain early with physical therapy – KEZI TV

EUGENE, Ore.-- As counties in Oregon lift pandemic restrictions, some may notice new aches and pains as they return to a more active lifestyle, and experts say addressing that pain head-on with physical therapy can save you a lot of trouble.

According to Oregon Medical Group physical therapist Ryan Embly, it's not just athletes who need physical therapy. If pain is getting in the way of any of your daily activities from going to bed, to workplace responsibilities and even workouts, then making an appointment can help.The process of overcoming pain and can be a rewarding one.

"It's a huge sense of accomplishment. And it's not just athletes. I can't even tell you how good it feels to just help someone accomplish whatever goal it is. Just being able to get dressed in the morning to get to work," said Embley.

When you walk in the door to your appointment, a physical therapist can help you identify where the pain is coming from and what other muscles and body parts may be contributing to pain.

According to Embly, physical therapists try to begin the healing process by reducing inflammation, increasing range of motion and improving posture, among other actions. While a patient's instinct may be to take it easy when they experience pain, recovery lays in the balance of activity and rest.

"Oftentimes we think of this as, 'I don't want to do too much. I don't want to aggravate my pain.' Sometimes actually doing too little can be just as detrimental," said Embly.

From diagnosis to recovery, Embly said that engaging patients with manual therapy and a hands-on approach can help them reach their goals.

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Solid Rock Community School Hosts First Ever Community Veg Fest and Healthy Living Expo – PRNewswire

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., April 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Solid Rock Community School in Tarpon Springs was the place to be this past weekend for those interested in celebrating healthy living through a plant-based lifestyle, or in learning more about it. The free first-time festival was attended by approximately 1000 people and had something for everyone. Events during the day included guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, complimentary food samples, food vendors, shopping, yoga, meditation, and a kids' zone. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Klaper (seen in the documentaries Cowspiracy and What the Health) spoke about the health of the planet, and other speakers covered relevant topics such as personal health, bodybuilding, and eating vegan on a budget.

Vegan health coach Naomi Green demonstrated how to prepare Pad Thai Zoodles & Noodles with Ginger Goddess Peanut Sauce. One festival attendee said, "I love watching the food demos. I'm always afraid to try something new until I see how easy it is." School parentShawn Coryell, who attended Veg Fest as a school volunteer said,"As a non-vegan, I tried a lot of the different food.I truly was amazed at how good the food was."

As the world becomes more and more aware of the effects that a plant-based lifestyle can have on personal health and on the health of the planet, the organizers of Veg Fest were inspired to bring information and fellowship to those who want to be a part of this growing movement. "As a school that has a focus on plant-based health, fitness, environmentalism, and sustainability, we are happy to use our school grounds for activities in our community that can raise awareness of the benefits of plant-based living," said Michele Fasnacht, founder of Solid Rock Community School.

Veg Fest will be an annual event. Solid Rock Community School will be holding several community events throughout the year to encourage healthy, plant-based living.

Festival attendee Geralyn Hucker said, "This was my first Veg Fest and I enjoyed everything.The event was awesome, from the keynote speakers to the shopping to the great food. The school is extremely impressive."

Solid Rock Community School, founded in 2004, is a K-12 private school located in Tarpon Springs, FL. Solid Rock is making the world a greener place, starting in its own school community.With a seed-to-table garden and lunch program, daily fitness classes, and a focus on environmental stewardship, they are teaching their students to become healthy, involved citizens who can contribute to the greater good of society and be good stewards of the world in which they live.

Media Contact:Michele Fasnacht727-656-2920[emailprotected]

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Mikki Reilly: In Fight Against COVID-19, Dont Ignore Exercise, Diet and a Healthy Lifestyle – Noozhawk

Last month marked the one-year anniversary of Gov. Gavin Newsoms first stay-at-home order to try to thwart the coronavirus as it took hold in California.

As I look back over the past year I realize that, while there has been a strong focus on mask wearing, social distancing and getting vaccinated, we have not received any information or health education on how to stay healthy and fit.

Perhaps this would be understandable at the beginning of the pandemic, since we did not know how lifestyle-based approaches would affect outcomes for this pathogen. However, now there is plenty of research to support the premise that exercise, real food and a healthy lifestyle are critically important in reducing our susceptibility.

Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study that found almost 80 percent of those who died from COVID-19 were overweight or obese. And according to the latest statistics, 42 percent of the U.S. population is considered obese!

For decades, health-care professionals have cautioned people about the dangers of obesity. But those warnings have been largely ignored.

There could not be a better time than right now for public health to step up and educate the masses on what a healthy lifestyle looks like. COVID-19 is a much needed wakeup call for an overweight and out-of-shape America!

Everyone knows that exercise promotes good health. Countless studies have shown that people who work out are less likely than sedentary people to develop numerous health problems, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension, the most prevalent comorbiditiesassociated with COVID-19.

One of the greatest benefits of exercise is how it affects metabolism. Metabolism is the set of cellular mechanisms that generate energy from the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe in order to power every cell in the body, including the immune system. When these energy-producing pathways are running smoothly we have optimal metabolic health.

Beyond exercise, the Paleo diet has been shown to be effective in providing long-term weight loss, reductions in blood pressure and even reversal of type-2 diabetes.

The Paleo diet is primarily anti-inflammatory; it is naturally low in carbohydrates, high in omega-3s and low in omega-6s, which makes it very effective for reducing inflammation. This diet consists of a variety of nutrient dense foods such as grass-fed meats, wild seafood and shellfish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds.

Others may benefit from the low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. With a keto diet, you drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake and replace it with healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and the fats from fish, eggs and grass-fed meat.

Reducing your carbohydrates puts your body into ketosis, a metabolic state where your energy comes from ketone bodies instead of glucose.

The ketogenic diet is a natural way to recalibrate your bodys metabolism and dramatically improve its overall ability to function. In following the diet, your body will reward you by feeling and performing better, while dropping unnecessary body fat fast.

Time-restricted eating is another dietary approach that aims to help you lose weight and boost metabolic health. Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting in which you compress your food intake into a certain number of hours each day. People who practice time-restricted eating typically eat during an 8-12-hour window and fast the remaining 12-16 hours.

From an evolutionary perspective, time-restricted eating makes sense because early humans did not have access to food all day long as we do today in our modern world. Thus, eating without periods of fasting, which occurred naturally when food was scarce, may lead to disruption of the circadian rhythm and contribute to obesity and metabolic disease, over time.

Santa Barbara fitness professional Mikki Reilly is the owner of Fitness Transform and the author of Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living, Lean, Fit and Healthy at Any Age. She can be contacted at [emailprotected]. The opinions expressed are her own.

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Foundation Advocates Healthy Living as World Health Day Holds – THISDAY Newspapers

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In a bid to increase the knowledge of healthy living among Nigerians, Founder and Project Director, Regalo Hope Foundation, Chinenye Onuorah is planning a health talk in commemoration of the World Health billed to take place on April 7.

Onuorah who said the event will be held at Abaranje Ikotun, Lagos, noted that many people do not know that there is a direct relationship between what they eat and how they live. She also noted that people need to know the importance of regular monitoring of blood pressure and sugar level.

Addressing the press in Lagos, she said that the health talk will afford Nigerians the opportunity to know more about what the need to do to improve their health and general wellbeing.

The health talk is also put in place to educate participants about negative habits that endanger sound health and longevity.

With the youths forming about 45 percent of our population we need to work harder to educate our people especially the youths and aged, she said.

The NGO will also give out gifts like mosquito nets, clothes, food and free haircut. There will also be, on the same day and same venue, free glucose check, blood pressure test and free weight check, all of which will be carried out by registered nurses who are members of the NGO.

About 500 persons have been invited to come and enjoy the free medical tests which will cost about 2.5 million naira to be paid by the NGO and its sponsors at home and abroad.

Last year, the NGO held free health talk and free medical in three local government areas in Lagos State. About 1,500 people participated and it cost the NGO about 4.5 mill naira.

Regalo plans to use this years World Health Day to outline its future plans and call on potential sponsors to support its laudable objectives. Side attractions of the day include drama, music presentation and indoor games.

Regalo Hope Foundation was registered in 2017 and since inception, it has carried out over 250 projects in 327 communities in Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Cross River, Imo and Anambra States.

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