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Where Did The Flu Go?

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on August 2, 2021 by andelino

I don’t know, it just disappeared, like “poof.”

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

Experts say that measures put in place to fend off the coronavirus — mask wearing, social distancing and virtual schooling. I read that “virtue signaling” which makes more sense — were a big factor in preventing a “twindemic” of flu and COVID-19. A push to get more people vaccinated against flu probably helped, too, as did fewer people traveling, they say.

Another possible explanation: The coronavirus has essentially muscled aside flu and other bugs that are more common in the fall and winter. Scientists don’t fully understand the mechanism behind that. Of course not, scientists these days don’t understand a lot of things that don’t fit the coronavirus narrative.

The numbers are astonishing considering flu has long been the nation’s biggest infectious disease threat. In recent years, it has been blamed for 600,000 to 800,000 annual hospitalizations and 50,000 to 60,000 deaths flu-related hospitalizations, however, are a small fraction of where they would stand during even a very mild season, said Brammer, who oversees the CDC’s tracking of the virus. – ABC News

As we “non-scientists” suspected all along, it appears the “flu” may well have been conflated with the “Covid” all last year. According to Legal Insurrection even the CDC doesn’t trust the CDC testing/tracking anymore :

At the end of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a concerning laboratory alert. The agency announced that after December 31, 2021, it will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. The test came out in February 2020 to detect the SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., the coronavirus causing COVID019 only.)

CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season. Laboratories and testing sites should validate and verify their selected assay within their facility before beginning clinical testing.

Since they had no flu to track last year the “scientists” don’t know what to put in this year’s flu vaccine – but what do you want to bet they encourage everyone to get a flu shot this year anyway?

And the Covid “vaccine” which isn’t really a vaccine still allows it’s recipients to infect others with Covid that they themselves can’t get because…they are vaxxed!

 My head is swimming in circles.

Female Orgasm

Posted in sex with tags , , , , , , , on May 16, 2011 by andelino

It’s a mystery to many men and a source of frustration to many women. Now a study of the brain is helping scientists to unlock the secrets of the female orgasm. By using scanners to observe which parts of a woman’s brain become active when they are aroused, researchers have discovered there are at least two “pathways to pleasure”. One of them activates when a woman is alone and fantasizing with the help of imagination.

The other kicks into action when she is being physically stimulated by a lover. The findings, revealed in the New Scientist, have come from two research studies. A U.S. study of solo female volunteers, led by Dr Barry Komisaruk at Rutgers University in New Jersey, analyzed MRI scans of women reaching  climax to investigate the role  of imagination and “top-down  control” in triggering a physiological response.

It found heightened activity in more than 30 parts of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, an area which controls functions such as decision-making, controlling urges and imagination. In contrast, when Janniko Georgiadis and colleagues at the University of Groningen in Holland performed similar experiments observing women being stimulated by a partner, they found that the same brain region “switched off” during orgasm.

This suggests that an orgasm is achieved with a partner when the woman “let’s go” and reaches an “altered state of consciousness”.

An inability to do this may prevent women from reaching climax. Mr Georgiadis said: “I don’t think orgasm turns off consciousness  but it changes it. When you ask people how they perceive their orgasm, they describe a feeling of a loss of control.” The studies together indicate women’s brains have alternative pathways for experiencing sexual pleasure according to whether they are alone or with a lover.

Mr Georgiadis added: “It is possible there is a difference between someone trying to metalize sexual stimulation as opposed to receiving it from a partner.” Scientists believe that further study of the orgasm – and the role of the prefrontal cortex – could help women who have difficulty reaching climax. And Dr Komisaruk hopes more research will offer a valuable insight into how we might use thought to control other physical sensations, such as pain.

Attempts have been made to carry out similar studies on men, but have been hampered by technical problems. Male orgasms are much shorter and few women will be surprised to discover that “men use their brain less during sex.”

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