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Training Masks: The Popular New Physical Training Device

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“This piece originally comes from Fox News: Can elevation training masks improve your endurance?”

Bicyclists and long-distance runners have traditionally trained at greater elevations (in between 6,000 and 10,000 feet above water levels) then returned to sea level to enhance their athletic performance. But if you’re not into climbing Mt. Everest, could a high elevation masks use the same benefits?

We just recently got this question from an audience:

Dear Dr. Manny,
I was playing around Central Park in NYC and saw a bunch of runners wearing elevation training masks. I check out athletes utilize them to build up their lung capacity and improve endurance, however, do they work, and are they safe to use?
Thanks, Jack

At a higher elevation, the quantity of oxygen in the air is lowered, and your body makes up for this by producing more hemoglobin– the protein in the red cell that transports oxygen to tissues to produce energy for your body. In time, training at high elevations is believed to produce more hemoglobin in your body so that when you go back to water level, that additional red cell continue to bring more oxygen to your tissues and thus offer you more energy to push yourself harder for a short amount of time. However, research studies recommend this additional increase lasts only for about 15 days before it fades and normalizes.
Some elevation masks stimulate altitude training by making your body work harder to breathe. Theses masks utilize a valve system to lower the quantity of airflow to the lungs, which requires you to take deeper breaths. This is what’s referred to as “restricted-air training” or “inspiratory muscle training.”

When lungs are pressed to work harder, the area in the alveoli– the tiny air sacs where the lungs and the blood stream exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen, get stretched– making more space for blood and oxygen to circulation. But Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonologist a Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, is skeptical of its stretching ability.

” You cannot increase your lung capability past a certain point,” Horovitz told It’s not entirely flexible that you can keep stretching it like taffy. There is a limitation.”

The idea behind the mask’s effectiveness is that gradually your lungs will adapt to this kind of air resistance and use readily available oxygen more efficiently– and, as an outcome, increase your lung capability and aerobic thresholds, too.

“The Training Mask 2.0 improves physical fitness and athletic performance by applying peripheral air resistance to inhaled air using six various elevation-resistance flux valve settings. The included load from this air resistance strengthens the respiratory musculature. Simply puts, it’s like raising weights for your breathing muscles, which yields some advantages with continued usage,” Casey Danford, CEO of Training Mask, informed

While professional athletes like Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks applaud these training masks for providing an additional increase before video game time, not all experts support this type of training technique.

” Unfortunately the air you’re breathing when utilizing a resistance [elevation] mask is of the same density and would be unlikely to cause an adaptive change, such as an elevation of your hemoglobin or blood oxygen bring capability,” Dr. Teo Mendez, a New York-based sports medicine doctor and a runner himself, told “And there is no proof that resistance masks enhance the ability of your body to utilize oxygen or boost efficiency.”

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine reported the Training Mask 2.0 (ET mask) enhanced numerous areas of breathing performance. The report revealed: improved ventilatory limit (VT), an indirect measure of the anaerobic threshold; power output (PO), or workload at VT; respiratory settlement limit (RCT), the point late in exercise screening at really high work; and PO at RCT while wearing the ET mask.

In the research study, 24 moderately trained individuals ended up six weeks of high-intensity stationary cycling exercises two times a week for 30 minutes.

” It’s hard to know what to make of those findings. If an enhancement in aerobic capability had taken place, VT and VO2max (optimum oxygen intake) need to have been increased along with the increase in RCT, and although VT and VO2max averaged somewhat greater in ET mask than control subjects, the differences were not statistically significant,” Dr. Thomas Aldrich, a going to doctor of Pulmonary Medicine at Montefiore Health System, informed “By convention, scientists considered that to mean that we have neither proven nor disproven the hypothesis that the ET mask improved VT or VO2max better than the control mask.”

Although research on elevation training masks has stirred debate amongst scientists and advocates of the innovation, Aldrich, even more, alerted the devices include particular dangers that customers should understand.

“Inspiratory resistance breathing causes high intrathoracic unfavorable pressure swings. In dehydrated individuals, that can impair venous return into the chest and heart, lowering left ventricular output, potentially triggering syncope– or losing consciousness,” stated Aldrich, who is a professor of pulmonary medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Even in well-hydrated individuals, if they have uncontrolled hypertension or any cardiac issues that they’re not knowledgeable about, this kind of pressure could potentially have significant consequences, Aldrich included.

The Training Mask 2.0 costs $79.99 and can be acquired online, as well as at some sports merchants including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports and Dunham’s.

Keep in mind; you should regularly talk to your physician before making any significant changes to your physical fitness program.

SHOCKING: U.S Pentagon Caught Paying PR Company $500+ Million Dollars to Make Terrorist Videos

Any serious person still living on this planet knows that the majority of the news items in the mainstream media is nothing but government and corporate propaganda.

Particularly for government, the situation is worse in Western nations, especially in the United States. When the United States illegally invaded Iraq after 9/11, the country’s government used clandestine tactics to get the media under its control.

In fact, after the invasion, numerous stories emerged from both known and anonymous sources, revealing that the United States government had secretly embedded journalists within the military, who were responsible for dictating how the news of the war was reported back home to the public.


Now, 13 years after the unlawful invasion of Iraq by the United States, more sickening and messy details are emerging. To what end will the United States continue to aggressively invade countries, plundering their resources and leaving behind chaos and bloodshed?

In the latest news, a joint investigation by the Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalismhas revealed that the United States defense headquarters, the Pentagon, paid a Public Relations (PR) firm based in the United Kingdom over half a billion dollars to make fake terrorist videos in Iraq, as part of an enormous propaganda campaign.

The PR firm was identified as Bell Pottinger. According to the investigation, Bell Pottinger fabricated short Television segments designed to imitate Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos, which could be used to track the people who watched them. In fact, it was a former employee of Bell Pottinger who confirmed this damming act by the Pentagon, to the investigators.

High-ranking military officials from the Pentagon worked with employees of Bell Pottinger in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, at a location known as Camp Victory, creating anti-terrorism propaganda to imitate the real thing.

A central figure in the diabolical plan of the Pentagon was Bell Pottinger’s former chairman, Lord Tim Bell. Lord Bell confirmed to the investigators that he collaborated on a “covert” military operation covered by various secrecy agencies, and reported to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council, all of whom were very instrumental during the invasion.

According to the investigation, Bell Pottinger was brought to Iraq, and began working shortly after the United States first invaded the country. The task given to Bell Pottinger was simple: It should portray Al Qaeda negativly in the videos, and when the videos are distributed, it should track people who watched the propaganda videos.

The investigation revealed how the White House and General David Petraeus, then commander of coalition forces in Iraq, signed off on the program. This means the then president, George W. Bush was well aware of the diabolical program.

“In the first media interview any Bell Pottinger employee has given about the work for the US military in Iraq, video editor Martin Wells – who no longer works for the company – told the Bureau his time in Camp Victory was ‘shocking, eye-opening, life-changing’,” the investigation said.


Investigators tracked the United States Army contracts, records of federal procurement transactions, reports for the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General, corporate records from Bell Pottinger, and more. This enabled investigators to discover the extent of the program.

One anonymous military contractor told investigators that there were three types of labels given to media operations, or Ops, used in Iraq during that time.  The anonymous military official said: “White is attributed, it says who produced it on the label. Grey is unattributed and black is falsely attributed. These types of black ops, used for tracking who is watching a certain thing, were a pretty standard part of the industry toolkit.”

According to the investigators’ records it reviewed, the operation involving Bell Pottinger cost well over $100 million each year.  In total, the investigators identified transactions worth $540 million between the Pentagon and Bell Pottinger for information operations and psychological operations on a series of contracts issued from May 2007 to December 2011.

A former Bell Pottinger employee, Martin Wells told investigators he had no idea what the job was about when he came on board in 2006. He said he was only working under strict instructions from his agent.

“I thought ‘That sounds interesting,’” Wells recalled. “So I go along and go into this building, get escorted up to the sixth floor in a lift, come out and there’s guards up there. I thought what on earth is going on here? And it turns out it was a Navy post, basically. So from what I could work out it was a media intelligence gathering unit.”

For the ‘grey ops’ portion of the work, the employees crafted television commercials showing Al Qaeda in a negative, and others involved making segments designed to look as if they were created by Arabic TV, Wells revealed.

Bell Pottinger film crews went on location to tape low definition bombings by Al Qaeda, which would then be edited appropriately for believability, voiced over in Arabic, and distributed to TV stations in the region – though the outlets weren’t always made aware of the American involvement in such segments.

Investigators said: “The third and most sensitive programme described by Wells was the production of fake al Qaeda propaganda films. He told the Bureau how the videos were made. He was given precise instructions: ‘We need to make this style of video and we’ve got to use al Qaeda’s footage,’ he was told. ‘We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner.’ US marines would take the CDs on patrol and drop them in the chaos when they raided targets. Wells said: ‘If they’re raiding a house and they’re going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they’d just drop an odd CD there.’”

Those CDs were made to play using Real Player, which connects to the Internet to operate, and, as Wells told investigators, the team embedded a code into the CDs , linking to a Google Analytics account, giving a list of IP addresses where the CDs had been played. He explained that only three people had access to who was tracked.

Investigators said when they contacted the Pentagon about the videos, it confirmed that Bell Pottinger did work for the DoD under the Information Operations Task Force, insisting that the videos it distributed were “truthful.”

But of course, the Pentagon will never admit to what it has done. That is how the Pentagon wastes America’s tax payers’ money. The Pentagon is indeed, living the American dream on the world’s behalf!


Politics of Hate in the Church

So I’m just going to come out of the closet and say it. I’m a Jesus freak who supports gay marriage. Not just doesn’t care, but supports it. No, I’m not a Methodist or liberal. Yes, I am conservative. I believe women should stay home to raise their kids, and the man should work. I believe women should not be leaders in the church, and I think the whole feminist movement in the 60’s and 70’s is the main reason for many sociological problems. I also do not believe I’m anti-women for believing that. I just think God made us women for specific purposes, so to ignore those or deny them makes no sense and is the opposite of oppressive. I digress, anyhow- gay marriage.

Christians…people who claim Christ: stop the hate. Stop the boycotting business that supports gay marriage. Stop the holier-then-thou mentality and check yourself. Take a look in the mirror. After you do that, read the bible. Then recheck yourself.
So you think that gays will desecrate marriage? Really? My folks are of the straight kind and let’s just say there have been more then five divorces between the two of them. And we all know the divorce rate in the USA is above 50 percent. Gays and lesbians getting married won’t desecrate marriage- human beings who don’t take their vows seriously and leave when it gets broken desecrate marriage. And that’s already happening.
Ok, so you don’t think marriage should be redefined? Sure. I get that. But let’s say our government DOES redefine marriage. God isn’t up to their freaking everything changes for Him. Dude, He’s still King! He is King of this everything! King of it all. Ruler. Mighty one. Is the King you worship so small that an insignificant political move will cause Him to shiver?

Please stop the hate. Instead of waiting in line at a fast food restaurant (for hours) because they spoke against gay marriage- make friends with someone different then yourself. Serve those you apparently hate. Wash the feet of the people you judge. Show love, and peace.
Now, I know I’ll likely loose some friends over this. But I can’t hide it anymore. My friends, who are part of the gay and lesbian community…ad who are also incredible people, they don’t want to redefine our God. They aren’t trying to take away our happy place. They honestly do not at all care. All they want is to be able to be in the hospital room with someone they devoted their entire life to.

So you say it’s a sin? Ok. Your point? When was the last time you looked at porn? When was the last time you lied? When was the last time you hated? I do agree it goes against the very nature of God, but so does all the divorce in the church. Plank in the own eye, k?
As a Christian, and someone who passionately loves The Lord I’m appalled at how we have treated those we are commanded to love. I’ve tried my best whenever possible to apologize to anyone gay or lesbian on behalf of all of us, but I probably look like a nut bag.
Stop trying to save the world one political move at a time. Let God save the world. Stop giving people a reason to put up the stolen wall whenever they see a Christian and give them a reason to soften their hearts. Serve the very people you don’t understand. Get to know them. Ask them questions.

I’m sure everything I’ve written can be critiqued, and some theology buff could offer a compelling argument for the political fight and how it’s biblical, but I’m such a broken, lost person that I can’t join that fight. I won’t join your fight. I won’t join your hate. I’m struggling daily with my sin and find I don’t have a place to throw the stones at you.

Joss Whedon rounds up a ton of famous actors’ for anti-Trump propagnada video

Writer-director Joss Whedon has assembled his Avengers cast — and a bevy of other Hollywoods stars — for an anti-Donald Trump campaign ad released Wednesday timed to the launch of his Save the Day PAC, which encourages Americans to vote on Election Day.


Titled “Important,” the ad features Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle as well as Julianne Moore, Jesse Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Cobie Smulders, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Martin Sheen and Leslie Odom Jr., among others.

“You might think it’s not important. You might think you’re not important,” Ruffalo says in the three-minute clip, before Key adds, “but that’s not true.”

“And the only way we can prove that to you is by having lots of famous people” appear in the video, Downey Jr. jokes.

“A sh*t-ton of famous people,” Moore adds.

While the ad doesn’t mention Trump directly or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton  directly by name, it is clear the video is an effort to stop him; Cheadle, a vocal critic of the Republican candidate, asks if America wants to elect a “racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society,” while Hamilton star Odom Jr. pleads: “Do we want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things?”

The ad comes as Whedon launched his Save the Day PAC on Wednesday. On its website, the outfit describes itself as a “short-form digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act.”

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon said the company had already shot seven videos and were planning to shoot an additional five that will all be released before Election Day.

“It’s about targeting people who either aren’t going to vote or have been anesthetized out of voting — fighting the sort of apathy and cynicism that says, ‘It doesn’t matter if I vote,’” Whedon told the outlet.

On how he was able to get the group together for the first advertisement, Whedon said he pitched celebrities with the idea they’d be doing a PSA to “help get out the vote and stop orange Muppet Hitler.”

“We’re going to anger a lot of people, I’m sure,” he said. “And we’ll miss the mark, you know? The point is to throw up as much against the wall as possible, so that we can reach some people, so we can see if something sticks — an image, a phrase, a humorous short, or a not-at-all humorous short, whatever it is that just gets some people to reconsider the idea they’re busy on Nov. 8.”

Whedon has previously weighed in on presidential politics with an online video — in 2012, he cut a mock campaign ad claiming that voting for Republican Mitt Romney would lead to a “zombie apocalypse.”

Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

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‘Computers accessing the internet can — and eventually will — be hacked,’ says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr.

The FBI did not need the warrant to hack a United States resident’s computer system, according to a judgment handed down on Tuesday by Senior United States District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is supported, it may have causal sequences that essentially enable government companies to search remotely and seize info from any computer system in the United States without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF says.

The judgment associates with an around the world FBI sting referred to as Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography websites on anonymity networks such as Tor. The FBI released hacking tools across computers in the United States, Chile, Denmark and Greece, and caught 1,500 pedophiles on the Dark Web. As part of Operation Pacifier, authorities quickly seized and continued running a server that hosted the kid porn website Playpen, meanwhile deploying a hacking tool known internally as a network investigative technique. The NIT gathered roughly 1,500 IP addresses of visitors to the site.

Judge Morgan, Jr. composed on Tuesday that the FBI’s actions did not break the Fourth Amendment, which secures United States people from unreasonable search and seizure. “The Court discovers that no Fourth Amendment infraction occurred here since the government did not need the warrant to catch Defendant’s IP address” and other details from the suspect’s computer system, he wrote.

” Generally, one has no affordable expectation of privacy in an IP address when utilizing the internet,” Morgan, Jr. stated. “Even an internet user who uses the Tor network in an effort to mask his/her IP address does not have a reasonable expectation of personal privacy in his or her IP address.”

The judge said computer systems are hacked every day and no one ought to anticipate personal privacy while operating online.

” The increase of computer hacking utilizing the internet has changed the general public’s reasonable expectations of personal privacy,” he composed. “Now, it seems unreasonable to think that a computer system linked to the web is immune from intrusion. Undoubtedly, the opposite is true: In today’s digital world, it seems a virtual certainty that computer systems accessing the internet can– and ultimately will– be hacked.”

A Massachusetts court previously threw away proof gathered by the FBI in one Playpen case, ruling that the operation depended on an invalid warrant. The bureau has moved to keep its NIT software categorized, pointing out national security issues if it were made public.

In April, the Supreme Court promoted the FBI’s proposed modifications to Rule 41, permitting judges to approve remote access to suspects’ computer systems that fall outside their territory. Under the new guidelines, a judge in New York can authorize hacking a computer system in Alaska, for instance. A bipartisan Senate expense called the Stop Mass Hacking Act aims to block these broadened powers. There’s a comparable bill making its way through your house of Representatives, too, according to Reuters. Congress has up until December 1st to reject or change the Supreme Court’s ruling– if it doesn’t, the changes to Rule 41 will take effect as planned.