Israeli gov’t issues GLOBAL TRAVEL WARNING to all its citizens amid ANTISEMITIC threats –

Israeli gov’t issues GLOBAL TRAVEL WARNING to all its citizens amid ANTISEMITIC threats

The Israeli government has urged its citizens to reconsider traveling abroad due to the increase in “violent and disturbing” antisemitic attacks worldwide. Those who are already overseas should exercise extra caution, it added.

Eylon Levy, a spokesman for the Israeli government, issued this warning in a speech. He remarked: “”Globally, I want to address this moment of peril for the Jewish people worldwide as we witness a disturbing spike in anti-Semitic hate speech and even instances of violence against Jews and Israelis following the Oct. 7 massacre.”

“The [Israeli] National Security Council (NSC) and the [Israeli] Ministry of Foreign Affairs put out an unusual global travel warning. The NSC is urging all Israelis to consider whether any foreign travel anywhere in the world is necessary at this dangerous moment. Citizens planning to travel to countries with specific travel plans are asked to postpone their visits.”

Levy continued that while all Israelis are exhorted to “exercise heightened caution when traveling anywhere abroad,” the travel advisory emphasizes “Arab and Middle Eastern states, the Northern Caucasus and countries bordering Iran as areas of particular concern.” He noted that “Jewish communities and their institutions, Israeli diplomatic missions and airports handling flights to and from Israel are key targets for anti-Semites and violent anti-Semites.”

The spokesman also shared several tips for Israelis already abroad:

  • Avoid displaying any outward signs of Israeli or Jewish identity
  • Ensure that the numbers of emergency services and local Israeli embassies on speed dial
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  • Keep away from anti-Israel, pro-Hamas protests
  • Remain alert and vigilant at all times

Antisemitic incidents increasing worldwide following Oct. 7 Hamas attack

The travel warning comes after Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hezbollah terrorist group based in Lebanon, stated that “all options are open” – adding that the battle has extended to “more than one front.” True enough, antisemitic attacks have not been confined to the Middle East alone, and have increased in other parts of the world.

In the U.S. alone, four different groups have reported a global increase in hate crimes against both Jews and Muslims. One such group is the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which reported a 388 percent increase in antisemitic incidents in the country. During the period between Oct. 7 and Oct. 23, the ADL documented approximately 312 such incidents – with 190 cases directly linked to the conflict in Israel. Only 64 incidents were recorded during the same timeframe in 2022. (Related: Pro-Palestinian man arrested and charged with hate crimes after calling for “curses upon the Jews,” but Israeli officials openly call for mass EXTERMINATION of all Palestinians and no one says or does a thing.)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also disclosed that hate crimes significantly increased in October and reached the highest levels since data collection began in 1991. Its records demonstrate a notable increase in anti-Muslim incidents starting in 2015, with more bias-driven assaults against Muslims in 2016 than in 2001.

However, antisemitic hate crimes had been on the rise even before Oct. 7, 2023 – the date when Hamas attacked the Nir Oz community in Israel. The number of antisemitic hate crimes increased by 36 percent to a total of 1,124 between 2021 and 2022, marking the highest figure ever recorded by the FBI.

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Watch Kash Patel and Steve Bannon talking about the failure of Israel’s intelligence amid the Hamas terror attack.

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Comer: Joe Biden received $40k in laundered Chinese funds from his brother –

A memo that was recently released by the House Oversight Committee indicates that President Joe Biden received $40,000 of laundered funds from a company linked to the Chinese government.

The company at the heart of the controversy is CEFC China Energy, which was part of China’s “Belt and Road” foreign influence campaign at the time and is linked to the CCP; it is now defunct.

The transfer in question could be the first verifiable instance of Joe receiving part of his family’s foreign income. The money came from Joe’s brother James and James’ wife Sara and was part of a complex financial transaction that took place within weeks of his son Hunter threatening a CEFC employee via text message.

On July 30, 2017, Hunter pressured businessman Henry Zhao via WhatsApp while negotiating a six-figure business deal, saying: “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled.”

He added: “Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction.”

His pressure worked; Zhao responded that “CEFC is willing to cooperate with the family,” and a wire transfer of $5 million was sent to a joint venture set up by Hunter and a CEFC associate on August 8. The entity, known as Hudson West III, sent $400,000 on the same day to an entity controlled by Hunter.


Then, on August 14, Hunter wired $150,000 to a company owned by James and Sara known as Lion Hall Group. On August 28, Sara withdrew $50,000 in cash from the account, which she then deposited into a personal checking account belonging to her and James. On September 3, the money made its way to Joe’s bank account in a check from James, who partnered with Hunter in the deal, labeled “loan repayment.” Bank records show that CEFC paid James and Hunter more than $6.1 million in 2017 and 2018.

According to the memo, this shows that the money flowed directly from CEFC to Joe Biden. Moreover, Joe had allegedly met with James and Hunter’s CEFC associates in May 2017 and was referred to in emails as “the big guy” who would need a 10 percent cut.

Democrats claim the money was loan repayment but can’t provide proof

The House Oversight Committee’s top Democrat, Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) claimed that James had been repaying a loan of $200,000 that he had received from Joe, but he was unable to provide proof that such a loan existed.

However, Comer maintains that even if that is the case, James was repaying the loan by cashing in on Joe’s influence. If Hunter hadn’t threatened the CEFC associate and used his father’s name as leverage, James wouldn’t have had the money to repay a loan, if it existed in the first place.

In a video posted on X, Comer said: “Remember when Joe Biden told the American people that his son didn’t make money in China? Well, not only did he lie about his son Hunter making money in China, but it also turns out that $40,000 in laundered China money landed in Joe Biden’s bank account in the form of a personal check.”

The House Oversight Committee has vowed to keep investigating and hold Biden accountable for his corrupt business dealings.

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All of a sudden RFK Jr. is totally on board with censorship –

All of a sudden RFK Jr. is totally on board with censorship

I didn’t want to have to write this article.

(Article by Ben Bartee republished from

The older I get, the truer the adage “if you live long enough, your heroes always disappoint you” becomes.

RFK Jr., to be clear, was never a hero of mine — I don’t have many of those and very few are politicians — but he was a rare one whom I respected.

Talking to a friend of mine a few months back, when RFK Jr. was still running as a Democrat, about the value of his dissident candidacy, he broached the topic of RFK Jr.’s peculiar statements of unconditional political support for Israel, as if he were running for Prime Minister of a Middle Eastern ethnostate rather than the United States of America. What was always most peculiar about his sycophantic position on Israel was its stark juxtaposition against his otherwise non-interventionist foreign policy.

My answer at the time was to shrug my shoulders: “It’s not a dealbreaker to me.” To me, his stance on draining the administrative state of its pernicious influences was much more important. We had bigger fish to fry, in my view, so I was willing to overlook his bizarre devotion to Israel.

But recent events have shone a brighter light on the unsettling extent to which RFK Jr. is willing to compromise his professed core values for the sake of the Israeli political project.

Some un-American censorious hack billionaire hedge fund manager called Bill Ackman recently wrote an open letter to the president of Harvard demanding censorship of speech on campus because it hurt his fee-fees so he wanted some speech suppression relief:


“I am writing this letter to you regretfully. Never did I think I would have to write a letter to the president of my alma mater about the impact of her actions and inactions on the health and safety of its student body in order to help catalyze necessary change. For the past four weeks since the horrors of October 7th, I have been in dialogue with members of the corporation board, other alumni, as well as students and faculty sharing and comparing our concerns about the growing number of antisemitic incidents on campus, as we wait for you and the University to act. Four weeks after the barbaric terrorist acts of October 7th, I have lost confidence that you and the University will do what is required…

Slack message boards are replete with antisemitic statements, memes, and images. On-campus protesters on the Widener Library steps and elsewhere shout “Intifada! Intifada! Intifada! From the River to the Sea, Palestine Shall Be Free!” as they knowingly call for violent insurrection and use eliminationist language seeking the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

So, let’s be very clear: this petty tyrant is not complaining merely about physical assaults or threats of violence against Jewish students, which is already clearly illegal. Rather, his demand — with the threat being that no more of his filthy banker money will be funneled to Harvard if it’s not met — is that speech on applications like Slack policed by Harvard administrators under the guise of fighting “hate speech.”

You can read the whole screed if you like. It’s full of vague references to “antisemitic” “hate speech” and similar bullsh#t, amorphous terms like that with the widest possible interpretation so as to maximize the justification for silencing speech.

“It’s time to hold college administrations responsible for the epidemic of campus antisemitism by insisting on zero-tolerance policies.,” RFK Jr. wrote in reply, endorsing the banker’s call to censorship.

“Zero tolerance policies” for unapproved speech — the RFK position on speech.

Bravo @BillAckman. It’s time to hold college administrations responsible for the epidemic of campus antisemitism by insisting on zero-tolerance policies.

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) November 6, 2023

RelatedThe U.S. Government Censorship Regime Accelerates Under Guise of Rising ‘Islamophobia,’ ‘Antisemitism’

This is really sick stuff — rank un-American trash of intolerable scale.

Of course, it’s ironic that RFK Jr. is so willing to go to bat against free speech on behalf of the state of Israel to quash “antisemitism” given that he himself has been the target of cynical weaponized accusations of the same by Social Justice™ retards based on the concurrent appearance of the numbers 14 and 88 in a Tweet.

I’ve tolerated a lot of questionable stances from RFK Jr., and have until now been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. But this is a bridge too far.

In a painful internal about-face as I grapple with human cognitive dissonance, I am forced to concede that the criticism of RFK Jr. as a trojan horse appears to have been right all along. He has outed himself as nothing less than a total enemy of the sacred right to free expression and, as a result, my political enemy. I wish him nothing but failure and, moving forward, I will do nothing to promote his candidacy, no matter how satisfying the consternation that he causes the duopoly might be.

He simply cannot be trusted.

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House passes resolution aiming to block Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons –

The House of Representatives on November 1 passed a resolution that suggested the United States would use force against Iran, by “all means necessary,” just to prevent the country from acquiring nuclear weapons because the Middle Eastern country “could be a threat to worldwide security.”

“Whereas an Islamic Republic of Iran that possesses a nuclear weapon would be an unacceptable threat to regional and global security,” the resolution sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tx) read. Resolution 559 passed with broad bipartisan support in a vote of 354-53, with 50 Democrats and three Republicans voting against the measure.

“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. … I introduced this resolution with a bipartisan group of cosponsors to make a clear, simple and vital statement, that it is the official policy of the United States that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable,” said McCaul.

Meanwhile, an intelligence report affirmed that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons, but reality does not stop Iran hawks in the U.S. and Israel from constantly hyping up the threat of a non-existent Iranian nuclear weapons program. The same officials do not officially recognize that Israel possesses a nuclear arsenal.

“Yesterday, Congress passed a resolution (354 to 53) that claims Iran possesses all it needs for a nuclear weapon,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) wrote on X. “The same resolution says the US should ‘use all means necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.’ Seems like a call for war on Iran. I voted No.” (Related: Iran Nuclear Deal’s UN Security Council Res. 2231 banning missile transfers to Iran EXPIRES – Iran now free to send and receive missiles, drones and hypersonic weapons.)


Yesterday Congress passed a resolution (354 to 53) that claims Iran possesses all it needs for a nuclear weapon.

The same resolution says the U.S. should “use all means necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Seems like a call for war on Iran. I voted No.

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 2, 2023

Another opposed, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said the resolution could lead to the U.S. invading Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program, and “the language we are voting on today goes too far” in that direction.

Iran’s uranium stockpiles could make a nuclear bomb

The resolution also pointed to Iran’s uranium enrichment at 60 percent and its stockpiles of enriched uranium as evidence it could make a bomb. But to make a nuclear weapon, uranium needs to be enriched at 90 percent, and there is no sign Tehran is considering taking that step.

“Whereas Iran continues to enrich and stockpile uranium far more than the limits set under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015); Whereas the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed in May 2023 that Iran continues to enrich uranium to 60 percent purity,” the bill included.

It also said that at a press conference in January this year, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said “One thing is true: They have amassed enough nuclear material for several nuclear weapons,” referring to Iran. Also, in March 2023, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley testified that “Iran could produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon in less than two weeks and would only take several more months to produce an actual nuclear weapon.”

The resolution also stated that it is sure that Iran is now in possession of irreversible and dangerous nuclear knowledge and the nation’s ongoing nuclear escalation poses a serious threat to the United States and its partners and allies including Israel.

Meanwhile, during the same week, the House also approved the Hamas and Other Palestinian Terrorist Groups International Financing Prevention Act (H.R. 340), which was sponsored by Rep. Brian J. Mast (R-Fl). The bill will impose sanctions on people affiliated with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and similar groups found to be taking terrorist actions against Israel. As per Mast, sanctions were needed to “cut off the material support, whether that is money or equipment or something that we might label here in Washington as a dual-use item, from making it to the Gaza Strip or the West Bank or into the hands of Hezbollah or somewhere else.”

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The Benefits of Fever

benefits of fever

  • In most cases, there’s no reason to fear a fever; using fever-reducing medications may prolong the illness

  • Increasing research supports the “let it ride” philosophy, which states that fever is protective and should be allowed to run its course

  • When critically ill patients were aggressively treated to reduce fever, the study had to be stopped early because so many people in the aggressive treatment group died compared to the group whose fevers weren’t treated

  • Several hours of mild fever is beneficial for COVID-19 patients, as it raises cellular levels of beneficial heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), which is protective in cases of sepsis-induced ARDS

  • In people with influenza, using fever-reducing drugs is linked to a 5% increase in mortality; in most cases, rest and plenty of fluids are all that’s needed when a fever strikes

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I originally wrote this article 12 years ago. But the topic is so important that I wanted to publish an update spreading the word that, in most cases, there’s no reason to fear a fever. Reaching for fever-reducing medications right away is also typically counterproductive and may make it take longer for you to get better.1 2

Fever is a sign that your, or your child’s, immune system is working at its best. Virtually all animals — and even fish3 — naturally develop a fever when they’re fighting a bacterial or viral illness. This response occurs because it improves your body’s ability to get rid of infection.

When an organism invades your body, it triggers the release of pyrogen, a substance that signals your brain’s hypothalamus to raise your body’s temperature. This is done through a number of different mechanisms, including:

  • Shivering

  • Release of the hormone TRH

  • Increasing your metabolic rate

  • Restricting blood flow to the skin to minimize heat loss

  • Piloerection (raising the small hairs), which suppresses sweating, a cooling mechanism

The fever, in turn, launches a number of beneficial body processes, including immune-protective mechanisms, that either directly or indirectly help ward off the invading bacteria or virus. For instance, temperatures from 104 to 105.8 degrees F (40 to 41 degrees C) reduce the replication rate of poliovirus in cells by 200-fold, while increasing the susceptibility of Gram-negative bacteria to antibody destruction.4

“Given the complexity of these immune mechanisms, it is remarkable that fever-range temperatures stimulate almost every step involved in this process, promoting both innate and adaptive immunity,” researchers wrote in Nature Reviews Immunology.5

“Febrile temperatures serve as a systemic alert system that broadly promotes immune surveillance during challenge by invading pathogens.”6 Some of these wide-reaching benefits include:

  • Increase in antibodies — cells trained to attack the exact type of invader that your body is suffering from

  • More white blood cells are produced to help fight off the invading bugs

  • More interferon, a natural antiviral and anticancer substance, is produced, which helps block the spread of viruses to healthy cells

  • Walling off of iron, which bacteria feed on

  • Increased temperature, which directly kills microbes (most bacteria and viruses grow better at temperatures lower than the human body)

  • Improved ability of certain white blood cells to destroy bacteria and infected cells

  • Fever also impairs the replication of many bacteria and viruses

“The fever response is a hallmark of infection and inflammatory disease and has been shaped through hundreds of millions of years of natural selection,”7 yet many health care providers still consider it dangerous and worthy of treating because it causes discomfort.

Scientists also continue to debate fevers’ merits. One side favors the idea that fever should be suppressed because of its high metabolic costs. Every 1.8 degree F rise in body temperature requires a 10% to 12.5% increase in metabolic rate,8 which is significant.

This is one of the reasons why you frequently lose weight when you have a fever. However, increasing research supports the “let it ride” philosophy, which contends that fever is protective.9 Writing in the Journal of Thoracic Disease, researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine described a classic 1975 study10 on fever and survival in iguanas infected with bacteria:11

“He gave them the opportunity to seek heat via sunlamps and all but one sought the warmth to raise their temperature. The one who did not was the only one who died. Next, he injected the iguanas with bacteria and gave them antipyretics [fever-reducing drugs]. The iguanas that were able to mount a fever despite the antipyretic were the only ones that survived.”

A 1987 study on rabbits also found that administering fever-reducing drugs caused more harm than good. The team found fever suppression in the animals “had a markedly deleterious effect on the course of infection, resulting in an increased content of infectious virus in the mesenteric lymph nodes, increased mortality, and retarded recovery in animals that survived the infection.”12

Similarly striking findings have been found in people, specifically critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. One group of patients was treated aggressively for fever, receiving acetaminophen every six hours if their temperature rose above 101.3 degrees F (38.5 degrees C).

The other group only received treatment if their fever reached 104 degrees F (40 degrees C), which consisted of acetaminophen and cooling blankets until their temperature went below 104 degrees F.

The study had to be stopped early because so many people in the aggressive treatment group died compared to the other group — seven deaths versus one, respectively. “Aggressively treating fever in critically ill patients may lead to a higher mortality rate,” the team concluded.13

Another study, this time on fish, showed allowing fever to run its course cleared infection in about half the time it took for animals without a fever to heal.14 15 In addition to rapidly clearing infection, fever helped control inflammation and repair tissue damage.

“We let nature do what nature does, and in this case, it was very much a positive thing,” study author and immunologist Daniel Barreda, with the University of Alberta, said in a news release.16 “Every animal examined has this biological response to infection,” she says, suggesting that fever provides a strong evolutionary survival advantage.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which involves programed cell death in the lungs’ alveolar cells, is a primary cause of death in COVID-19 patients. The natural rise in body temperature that occurs during mild or moderate fever, however, may raise cellular levels of beneficial heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), which is protective in cases of sepsis-induced ARDS.

Writing in Frontiers in Medicine, researchers suggested that several hours of mild fever, defined as less than 101.8 degrees F (38.8 degrees C), is advantageous for COVID-19 patients, “allowing lung cells to accumulate protective HSP70 against damages from the inflammatory response to the virus SARS-CoV-2.”17 Again, simply allowing a mild or moderate fever to take its course helps increase HSP70, offering you a survival advantage:18

“HSP70s can use the energy from ATP hydrolysis to forcefully unfold and dismantle different types of aggregated and functional protein oligomers in the cell. Hence, it can drive conformational changes in various large cytotoxic protein aggregates and convert them into soluble, harmless, functional proteins.

… Conversely, degenerative neuronal and muscular tissues in aging nematodes and humans that systematically express lower cellular levels of HSP70s than young individuals are particularly fragile and stress-sensitive. Cells with low HSP70 levels tend to spontaneously undergo apoptosis, and consequent tissue losses in aging humans lead to progressive degenerative diseases.”

Because the ability to develop fever and accumulate HSP70 decreases with age, the team even suggested using thermotherapies or physical training to raise body temperature in these cases. Scientists writing in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health also suggested letting fever do its job, particularly in the pandemic era:19

“For COVID-19, many public health organizations have advised treating fever with medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Even though this is a common practice, lowering body temperature has not improved survival in laboratory animals or in patients with infections.

Blocking fever can be harmful because fever, along with other sickness symptoms, evolved as a defense against infection. Fever works by causing more damage to pathogens and infected cells than it does to healthy cells in the body. During pandemic COVID-19, the benefits of allowing fever to occur probably outweigh its harms, for individuals and for the public at large.”

In most cases, fever-reducing medications should be avoided, as they typically only suppress the natural healing mechanisms of the fever and prolong the illness. For example, in people with influenza, using fever-reducing drugs is linked to a 5% increase in mortality.20 Even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned against “fever phobia” and overuse of fever-reducing drugs:21

“Appropriate counseling on the management of fever begins by helping parents understand that fever, in and of itself, is not known to endanger a generally healthy child. In contrast, fever may actually be of benefit …

When counseling a family on the management of fever in a child, pediatricians and other health care providers should minimize fever phobia and emphasize that antipyretic use does not prevent febrile seizures.”

Further, in their advice for parents wondering if they should treat their child’s fever, AAP states, “The key is to watch your child’s behavior. If they are drinking, eating, sleeping normally, and are able to play, you do not need to treat the fever. Instead, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself.”22

Remember, the point of the fever is to stimulate the immune system and create an inhospitable environment for invading organisms, essentially turning up the heat high enough that the invading microbes cannot live. So, anytime you lower a fever artificially you’re making your body more hospitable to the invading pathogens.

Lowering a fever with medications also masks your symptoms, which may lead you to return to your normal activities too soon, when your body could still benefit from extra rest. The drugs may also prolong illness. In a study of acetaminophen for children with chickenpox, the drug led to prolonged itching and time to scabbing compared to placebo treatment.23

Further, a study of adults with colds found that aspirin and acetaminophen suppressed production of antibodies and increased cold symptoms, with a trend toward longer infectiousness.24

These medications also carry risks of side effects, including liver damage with acetaminophen, stomach upset with Ibuprofen and Reye’s syndrome with aspirin. It’s recommended that children under 19 not be given aspirin when they have a fever, due to the link to Reye’s syndrome.

It’s rare for a fever to rise higher than 104 or 105 degrees F, and as long as your child isn’t distressed, there is no harm in letting a fever run its course. Keep in mind also that fevers tend to spike in the late afternoon and evening, so a slight increase in fever during this time is not necessarily cause for alarm.

In most cases, rest and plenty of fluids is all that’s needed when a fever strikes. Fever does increase fluid loss, so it’s important to give your child plenty of fluids, even if they don’t feel thirsty, to prevent dehydration. There are some instances, however, when a fever does require medical attention. This includes:

  • Fever in an infant younger than 3 months (at any temperature)

  • Fever above 102.2 degrees F (39 degrees C) in children between 3 months and 36 months, if they appear ill

  • Anytime a fever rises over 104.5 degrees F (40 degrees C)

  • In some cases of sepsis or neurological injuries, uncontrolled fever may lead to worse outcomes25

In children 5 years and under, fever can also lead to a seizure, known as a febrile seizure. Though this can be frightening, it typically will cause no lasting effects. During a febrile seizure, lay your child on his side or stomach on the ground, loosen any tight clothing and support the child to prevent injury.

When the seizure stops, you should seek medical attention right away to be sure the seizure was not caused by something other than the fever, such as meningitis or bacteria in the blood.

However, remember that letting a fever run its course is typically the best choice to fight off a viral or bacterial infection. You can further bolster your immune system’s ability to ward off pathogens, and reduce the likelihood of developing a fever in the first place, by eating right, getting plenty of daily movement, using sound methods for stress relief and sleeping well.

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Clinical Trial Shows Hot Yoga Can Improve Depression Symptoms

hot yoga and depression

  • Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in October 2023, revealed that heated yoga significantly reduces symptoms of depression. In an intervention group, 44% had scores that indicated the depression was in remission

  • This study confirmed results from a similar study in which people taking yoga classes had significant improvements in symptoms of depression. Depression is among the most prevalent mental health conditions and is the leading cause of disability throughout the world

  • Antidepressants are a commonly prescribed pharmaceutical intervention, which are taken by 11% of all people in the U.S. age 12 years and older. Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to take antidepressants; 60% of people have taken the medications for two years or more

  • Antidepressant side effects include an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, weight gain and an increased risk of suicide. There is also very little evidence to suggest the medications benefit those taking them

  • Other safer and often better alternatives include dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction, addressing unresolved emotional conflict, balancing your gut microbiome and optimizing your omega-3 and vitamin D levels

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Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in October 2023, revealed that heated yoga significantly reduces symptoms of depression.1 Yoga is a physical and spiritual discipline that seeks to bring harmony between the mind and body.

Yoga was rooted in Indian philosophy and has since become popular throughout the world as a means of promoting mental and physical health.2 Yoga that is practiced in the U.S. typically emphasizes physical postures, breathing, and meditation.

There are different styles of yoga that range from the gentle to those that are physically demanding and challenging. Research has suggested that yoga can help people quit smoking, relieve menopausal symptoms, help people lose weight, and relieve migraines or tension-type headaches.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,3 studies have demonstrated that yoga improves stress management and mental and emotional health, and can help promote healthy eating habits. Additionally, yoga improves sleep quality and improves balance in community-dwelling older adults.

In addition to depression, yoga has helped reduce some symptoms of anxiety and is at least as effective as other types of exercise in relieving menopausal symptoms. A 2017 national survey4 showed that one out of every seven adults in the U.S. had practiced yoga in the last 12 months. The newest study found one session of heated yoga each week could effectively reduce symptoms of depression.5

The researchers sought to evaluate the preliminary efficacy of heated yoga to treat moderate to severe depression.6 They designed an eight-week randomized control trial in which 65 participants were randomly selected to participate in one of two groups. There were 33 who participated in sessions of heated yoga prescribed twice weekly over eight weeks and 32 who were placed on the waitlist.

The primary outcome measurement was a change in the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Clinician Rated (IDS-CR) score between the baseline measurement to post-intervention. At baseline, the mean score was 35.6 for the combined groups and 36.9 for those in the yoga group and 34.4 for those on the waitlist.

Over a total of eight weeks, the average participant in the intervention group attended 10.3 classes. The data showed that 59.3% of those in the yoga group had a greater than or equal to 50% decrease in IDS-CR scores. Additionally, those who participated in the intervention also rated heated yoga and the aftereffects positively during their exit interviews.

As reported in a press release from Massachusetts General Hospital,7 the researchers also found that 44% of those who participated in heated yoga had such low IDS-CR scores that their depression could be considered in remission. Even participants who received just half of the prescribed heated yoga sessions had demonstrably reduced depressive symptoms.

“Yoga and heat-based interventions could potentially change the course for treatment for patients with depression by providing a non-medication–based approach with additional physical benefits as a bonus,” said lead author Maren Nyer, Ph.D., director of Yoga Studies at the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.8

“We are currently developing new studies with the goal of determining the specific contributions of each element — heat and yoga — to the clinical effects we have observed in depression.”

The results of this study supported the data from a 2017 study,9 which was a collaborative effort between researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and New York Medical College. Researchers sought to assess the effects that Iyengar Yoga and coherent breathing could have on symptoms of depression.

In this study, the subjects underwent a 12-week intervention during which one group received two classes per week and the other three classes per week. All had major depressive disorder with baseline Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) scores of 14 or greater. The outcome measures were a change in BDI-II scores and compliance with the intervention.

Fifteen people took three classes per week and 15 took two classes per week. At the completion of the intervention, the researchers found a significant decline in scores from baseline to week 12 in both groups. The researchers concluded that both groups had comparable compliance and improvements but those completing yoga three times weekly had a greater drop in BDI-II scores at week 12.10

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,11 depression is among the most prevalent mental health conditions and is the leading cause of disability throughout the world. In 2020, there were an estimated 14.8 million adults and 4.1 million adolescents who had had at least one major depressive episode.

Roughly 39% of those adults with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment. Major depressive disorders (MDD) are more prevalent in women than men, nearly 20% of all adults in America will develop MDD at some point in their lives.

According to the CDC,12 15 million Americans visit their physician each year and receive a depressive disorder as the primary diagnosis. The percentage of emergency department visits each year for individuals with depression is 12.5%.

The facts about suicide are just as disturbing. The CDC13 considers suicide a serious public health risk with 48,183 people who died by suicide in 2021. This means there was one death by suicide every 11 minutes; 1.7 million people in the U.S. attempted suicide, 3.5 million made a plan and 12.3 million seriously thought about suicide.

These numbers have far-reaching physical and economic impacts on society. It’s estimated that suicide and nonfatal self-harm cost the U.S. over $500 billion in medical costs, quality of life and work loss costs in 2020.14 And yet, depression is not the only reason people commit suicide. According to the CDC,15 suicide is rarely the result of a single circumstance or event. Multiple circumstances can increase risk, including but not limited to:

  • Past suicide attempt

  • Serious illness

  • Criminal or legal problems

  • Job or financial problems

  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies

  • Substance use

  • Bullying

  • Loss of an important relationship

  • Social isolation

  • Unsafe media portrayals of suicide

Antidepressants are a commonly prescribed pharmaceutical intervention to treat the symptoms of depression. According to the CDC,16 11% of all U.S. people aged 12 years and older take at least one antidepressant medication. Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to take antidepressants and more than 60% taking the prescription medications have taken them for two years or more and 14% have taken them for 10 years or more.

Antidepressants have significant side effects including drowsiness, fatigue, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and risk of suicide.17 Antidepressants can also significantly raise your risk of Type 2 diabetes in a dose-dependent manner and with a long-term prescription.18

These side effects are not balanced by a positive risk-reward as there is very little evidence to suggest antidepressants benefit people with mild to moderate depression. In fact, researchers19 have found “minimal or nonexistent” benefits in patients with mild to moderate depression and the benefits are “relatively small” for severely depressed patients.20

Fortunately, there are safer, and in many cases better, alternatives including effective lifestyle strategies and nutritional interventions, which I have written about before, including dietary considerations such as avoiding processed and junk foods, going gluten-free to reduce the inflammatory response if you are sensitive to gluten, optimizing your omega-3 and vitamin D levels, and balancing your gut microbiome.

Over-the-counter supplements that have been effective in reducing symptoms of depression include St John’s wort, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), 5-hydroxytryptophan (5- HTP) and multiple B vitamins that play a role as neurotransmitters, which is powerful in individuals that are deficient in these vitamins.

Lifestyle strategies that help include exercise, reducing stress and addressing unresolved emotional conflict. Take care to minimize EMF exposure as it has been linked to anxiety and depression and consider yoga, which is an ancient system of exercise and relaxation that has effectively helped to reduce symptoms of depression in scientific study, including the featured study.

Yoga also helps to improve balance and stability, which ultimately helps reduce your risk of falls. Research21 published in August 2022 confirms that the ability to perform a 10-second one-leg stand is independently linked to all-cause mortality. The study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and sought to evaluate if completing a 10-second one-legged stance was a relevant prognostic indicator for mortality.

The researchers assessed 1,702 individuals, 68% of whom were men between 51 and 75 years of age. The assessments took place between 2008 and 2020. In this cohort, 20.4% of the individuals were unable to complete the test. The median follow-up was seven years, at which time the researchers found 7.2% of the group had died.

Of the number of participants who had died, 4.6% had been able to perform the single-leg stance and 17.5% had not. Even after adjusting for body mass index, age, sex and other comorbidities. The increased risk of all-cause mortality was higher in those who were unable to perform a single-leg stance.

Depression is a significant public health issue for which there are several strategies you can use to help alleviate the symptoms. Before accepting the inevitable list of side effects from pharmaceutical intervention, consider trying other effective approaches to reducing your symptoms and improving your overall health.

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