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01:35  19 september  2021
01:35  19 september  2021 Source:   tribunecontentagency.com

Afghan allies in hiding, executed in the street — Jewish people know this haunting story

  Afghan allies in hiding, executed in the street — Jewish people know this haunting story In a terrified call from a family, we were told the Taliban dragged all males aged 10 to 65 from their homes and executed them in the street. Children as young as 10 years old murdered just for existing. Their blood is on our hands. 'Never forget' is a call to action As Jews, we know this story all too well. We know what it's like to fear for the death of our children. These families are in danger because of their work with the United States government and our military. Our staff feels helpless. They’ve been working tirelessly to save 123 people, many of whom are family members of our team.

a man smiling for the camera © Courtesy Dennis Legori

The tools for treating high cholesterol

High cholesterol may arrive without symptoms, but that doesn't make it any less dangerous to your health. It's a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. There are many ways to manage high cholesterol, including prescription medications and lifestyle changes, like losing weight, quitting smoking, eating a heart-healthy diet, and exercising more. But managing your cholesterol doesn't have to be an either-or decision between medication or lifestyle changes. Nor does it have to be an all-or-nothing approach. Dennis Legori, 49, a cybersecurity expert in Florida, shares how he went to both extremes to manage his high cholesterol—and how he found a healthy balance.

California recall election is disaster for democratic values, threatens nation

  California recall election is disaster for democratic values, threatens nation Far-right radio host Larry Elder could win, harkening back to Trumpist scheming rooted in a process that too easily ignores the will of the people.It is time to sound the alarm. Voters who rejected President Donald Trump by massive margins must now turn out to vote no on the recall to keep Team Trump from taking over.

High cholesterol wasn't my priority

I was just 29 years old when I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol. And when I say "high," I mean my total cholesterol was in the upper 300s, putting me in the extreme risk category. To put it in perspective, a healthy cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dl.

Worrying? For sure. But I was a little too busy to get hung up on the number.

My wife and I had just moved to the United States from India, and I was starting grad school. I had very little time or money to do much about my cholesterol level. I tried adding some exercise and maybe eating a little healthier, but I didn't try that hard.

Honestly, I mostly just forgot about it. It can be very difficult to find a healthy life balance in graduate school!

A few years later, I graduated and got a professional job in manufacturing. That came with a lot of stress and long days, but it did have one big perk: health insurance.

The enemy is us: After 9/11, we turned on each other. And missed the true danger.

  The enemy is us: After 9/11, we turned on each other. And missed the true danger. If it’s enemies we need, let me suggest better choices: Climate change. Current and future pandemics. Political hate and the violence it breeds. Wars on truth and accurate information. You get the idea. To fight the real enemies, we need as many hands on deck as possible; we need to transform as many human “enemies” as we can into real or prospective allies. And for sure, we must close the curtain on a 9/11 period of history that has led to a surfeit of enmity and a deficit of hope.

I was finally able to see a doctor about my high cholesterol again. He found that my numbers were down a little bit. Yet my total cholesterol level of about 270 mg/dl was still too high. So he prescribed a common statin medication.

I asked him about trying to change my lifestyle to manage my cholesterol, but he brushed it off. Exercise would have little effect compared with the medication, he told me. His advice: just stick with the statin.

The meds worked, so I accepted his answer. I figured that, like the few extra pounds I was carrying, this was just part of aging.

Then I was diagnosed with cancer

My life was completely upended in June 2013, when I was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had to have surgery and then go through six months of chemotherapy.

The type of chemo I needed used a drug nicknamed "the red devil." You can probably imagine how awful the side effects are. One of those is liver damage.

I was shot 12 times. I own a gun. I know we can find common ground to end gun violence.

  I was shot 12 times. I own a gun. I know we can find common ground to end gun violence. I grew up in and still live in the South. I know that preserving the Second Amendment and reducing gun violence are not mutually exclusive goals. We also know Americans, of both political parties, are highly motivated to see this issue addressed and the trends of death and injury reversed. USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Mass shootings turn America's gun culture into a killing culture We knew then in theory what we know now in practice. Ending gun violence will only come about when Americans seek common ground with evidence-based solutions focused on responsible gun ownership.

With that nasty side effect in mind, one of the first things my doctor did was take me off the statin. The cancer was a much bigger threat to my health, and they didn't want any unnecessary medical strain on my body.

For my part, I decided to do whatever I could to fight the cancer, and that included overhauling my lifestyle. I switched to a less-stressful job, I started eating healthier, and then I added exercise once I'd recovered enough from the chemo.

A year later, I was cancer free. I'd lost 50 pounds. And as an added bonus, my cholesterol was fine—without the statins.

Without intending to, I'd proven to myself that it was possible to manage my high cholesterol simply through lifestyle changes.

My lifestyle swung to a different extreme

A cancer scare will make anyone rethink their life choices. I'll admit, I became a little obsessive with my health.

I had no control over the cancer, so I decided to get in the best shape possible to try to avoid a relapse. For several years, I tracked everything I ate in a calorie-counting app and exercised nearly every day.

I would do two to three long runs each week on top of regular gym workouts. I even trained for, and ran, a marathon.

Donna Brazile: COVID-19 doesn't care about your politics. So why are we fighting?

  Donna Brazile: COVID-19 doesn't care about your politics. So why are we fighting? I learned from Hurricane Katrina that preventing and meeting disasters require values like excellence, resilience, civility and unity. Unity flows from civility. In a column I wrote 16 years ago after Hurricane Katrina, I said: “Unity springs from mutual respect, from setting aside the blame game and working, in good faith and trust, with one another.” Those words remain just as true today. Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors, an ABC News contributor, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard University.

Then the pandemic hit

Covid-19 hit and upended my life again. During the pandemic, my gym closed, and I switched to working from home. Without gym equipment, my workouts became fewer and shorter.

With my daily schedule thrown off, I started skipping my morning green smoothie. Instead, I was relying more on takeout or fast foods, which are loaded with cholesterol-raising saturated fats.

As the pandemic dragged on, my weight and cholesterol started to creep back up. I told myself that I'd get back to my strict diet and workout schedule when things settled down.

But that was further from a reality than I realized. Early this year, my wife and I decided to move to Florida, which meant upending our lives all over again. I recognized that with all the changes that come with trying to sell a house, build a new one, and move halfway across the country, things were not going to settle down any time soon.

Then it hit me: That's okay! That's how life is. And this probably wouldn't be the last time I would experience my life getting upended. If I was going to wait for everything to be ideal before making healthy changes, I'd be waiting forever.

I found a happy medium

I needed balance. My previous lifestyle wasn't sustainable, so I decided to adjust my priorities and expectations. The new focus became the small, healthy changes I could make immediately.

Substance use disorder took my son. When will we treat people with this horrific disease?

  Substance use disorder took my son. When will we treat people with this horrific disease? In the past 20 years, more than 900,000 people have died of substance use disorder. My son was one of them. How did it get to this point?I always wanted to be a parent. Growing up, I knew I wanted to one day care for, nurture and love children of my own. I wanted to build a family. And I did. My husband and I made a home with five beautiful children in Cape May County, New Jersey. We own a construction business in town. We’re friendly with our neighbors and active in our community. But no one prepares parents for a child suffering from substance use disorder.

I stocked the fridge with healthy-but-simple options like yogurt, and we tried to eat out less. Daily walks or swims became the new norm. I began to listen to my body, eliminating stress and prioritizing a good night's sleep.

Things that were causing more stress than benefits—weighing myself daily, counting calories, and doing long workouts—also had to go. This meant that I gained a few pounds, and my cholesterol was a little higher than I or my doctor liked. That's when I went back on the statin, this time at the lowest dose.

Twenty years ago, I would have accepted that and used it as an excuse to avoid making necessary changes. Five years ago, I would have seen this as a serious backslide. Now I see it as part of maintaining a healthy balance between protecting my health and living my life.

Taking cholesterol medication isn't a cure-all or a failure. It's just one tool of many at my disposal.

As of today, I am cancer free, surrounded by people I love, living in a beautiful new place, working a job I love, and enjoying my free time. And if that means I need to take a low-dose medication to help manage my cholesterol, then I'll add "good medical care" to my long list of blessings and be grateful for it.

I'm not perfect, but I'm happy. And that's even better.

—As told to Charlotte Hilton Andersen

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Preventing war: Why Gen. Mark Milley's secret calls to China deserves a medal .
The Joint Chiefs chairman may well have saved American lives by thwarting a Chinese miscalculation in the closing weeks of the Trump administration. © SAUL LOEB, AFP via Getty Images Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2021. Milley spoke twice with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, during this period, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post. Both times it was to caution Li not to make a terrible mistake.Start the day smarter.

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