My Wednesday blogs are about foods, eating and lifestyle issues.  But I’m doing that today, Tuesday, because of this following event, which is purely informational:  (NOTE Time:  6:30pm CST = 4:30pm PST)

When: Tue May 26, 2020 6:30pm – 8:30pm Central Time – Chicago
Joining info: Copy and paste the link below into your browser if you cannot click on it.
Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/qdj-vjda-ski.

‘You’re Vegan?’ 10 Most Common Responses to Plant-Based Eating was written by Teresa Groton for Medium/Tenderly, 9 February 2020.  Trust me, I’ve heard all of these!  Have you heard yourself ask these:

    1.  Where do you get your protein?
    2. You are missing [blank] vital nutrient
    3. Vegans only eat salads – my favorite:  Oreos are vegan, I’ll take an Oreo salad please!
    4. Soy products make men grow boobs and cause breast cancer
    5. I only eat grass-fed beef
    6. We are supposed to eat meat
    7. You’re going to waste away
    8. I could never eat plant-based: I love meat/cheese too much
    9. [Some feeble attempt at a joke about masculinity’
    10. You need milk for strong bones

Here is the author’s protein breakdown for one day:

You are a vegan


Obesity in mice prevented by disabling gene was reported by Timothy Huzar for MedicalNewsToday.com, 24 May 2020.  A study has found that disabling a gene in the myeloid cells of mice prevents them from developing obesity.  I WANT THIS GENE DISABLED!!!

New research has found that inhibiting an immune cell gene in mice prevented them from developing obesity, even when they consumed a diet high in fat.

The study’s findings, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, may one day help scientists develop therapies that can help people with obesity burn calories more easily.

In the present study, the researchers inhibited a gene in immune cells in mice. They did this because of an association between obesity and increased inflammation, and immune cells play a key role in controlling inflammation.

The researchers had wanted to find out what part the immune cells play in the metabolic complications of obesity. To their surprise, they found that the cells have a central role in regulating obesity and weight gain. For the study’s principal investigator, Prof. Steven L. Teitelbaum, of the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, MO, “We’ve developed a proof of concept, here, that you can regulate weight gain by modulating the activity of these inflammatory cells.  “It might work in a number of ways, but we believe it may be possible to control obesity and the complications of obesity by better regulating inflammation.”

Read more:  Obesity in mice prevented by disabling gene

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