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Peloton bringing its digital at-home workouts to Canada





If you’ve joined the cult of Soul Cycle, you know. If you’ve pledged your life to Lagree, you know. And if you’ve found divine intervention at CrossFit, you know that working out regularly can be a religious-like experience.

The proof comes from Casper ter Kuile, a researcher at Harvard Divinity School and executive director at On Being’s Impact Lab, who found a third of Americans under 30 with no religious affiliations still seek elements of the experience. His 2015 study, “How We Gather,” focuses in on open and spiritually-minded millennials who find meaning in the absence of religion. It just so happens, that one of the most surprising places they do that is at their exercise classes.

“People come because they want to lose weight or gain muscle strength, but they stay for the community,” ter Kuile told Vox. “It’s really the relationships that keep them coming back,” he says. But what if there was a way to get the health benefits from a class, and still feel like you’re part of something greater without ever leaving your home? Would that be enough to disrupt the industry? According to Peloton CEO and founder, John Foley, it is.

Like many top-performing businesses, Peloton started with a gap in the market. “My wife and I wanted the product,” says Foley. The need was specific: access to instructor-led group fitness like they had loved 10 years ago, before having kids and less time to hit up their favourite boutique classes. They were hardly the only ones. “People used to buy stationary bikes or treadmills or indoor skiing machines, and they just didn’t work,” says Foley. “It was lonely in your basement. There was no instructor, there was no community, there was no software, content or music.” And so, the idea was born.

“We thought, ‘Could you build a technology platform so that you could consume those classes at home on your schedule, at your location, at your convenience?’” says Foley, of the beginning. “Whether it’s boot camp, indoor cycling, any style of instructor-led group class, the things that make it fun weren’t available in the home offering — until Peloton.” Peloton bikes are the only at-home bike designed to stream live classes produced by Emmy Award-winning producers favoured by Ellen DeGeneres to Kate Hudson and Hugh Jackman, that effectively turns your space into a live spin studio. “This generation is time crunched, and we still want great fitness, but we want it in a more efficient manner,” says Foley of Peloton, which officially launches in Canada on Wednesday.

But as for that religious-like experience of being part of something bigger than ourselves ter Kuile says we’re seeking, that’s seemingly more difficult to build. To do so would require somehow building a strong social connection — and virtually. “People say, ‘You’re at home, you’re missing out on the energy of the other people,’” says Foley. “It’s actually the opposite.” We bring in the energy and the motivation of thousands of people doing the class at the same time with you. You can see them, interact with them, high-five them, video chat with them, you can race against them,” he says. “You don’t feel alone in your basement.”

Instructors also play a key part in engaging riders. In addition to calling out individual riders’ successes during class, the instructors also set the tone for making the classes feel like a safe space. “As an instructor, I allow myself to be vulnerable enough to share my story of struggle and success,” Cody Rigsby says. “The visibility allows our members to see that they are not alone. As they become more comfortable, they start to share their journey and find support along with accountability in one another by connecting through social media,” he says.

While Peloton may be the hottest digital workout on the market right now, it’s hardly the only one. Trainerize, which has been likened to the Tinder of the fitness world, is an online platform that connects trainers with clients. “I feel like it’s the new wave for online coaching,” says trainer Jon Vlahogiannakos. “Instead of just giving people a PDF or an excel sheet, Trainerize covers all the bases with calendars, scheduling, video and a messaging portal,” he says. Vlahogiannakos, who has 36 clients currently using Trainerize, stays in regular contact with all through the app. “If anyone ever has questions, I’m always available through the messaging portal. For those who have a tough time with their own schedules, I’ll input the workouts into their calendars for them.” The company has its own ideas for building community. “Trainerize has introduced a group section,” Vlahogiannakos says. “People can feed off each other,” he says of the new space that allows users to swap tips and recipes and encourage each other.

It comes as no surprise then that as the options for great fitness online have become more efficient, so has the ability to track and share goals, results and health data. Devices such as the Apple Watch provide holistic overviews of your health, and the latest Series 4 has the ability to monitor heart rate and even take an ECG. “As a trainer, for me it’s more than just a workout, I’m coaching and empowering my clients to manage their health to live their best life,” says Barry’s Boot camp and Nike master trainer Eva Redpath. “From activity sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, the watch helps my clients stay connected, be more active and manage their health in powerful new ways.”

The goal, Redpath says, is to close daily activity rings, specifically tailored to users’ activities. “Now, I can actually see and track clients’ work as opposed to their interpretation of what they actually did. This information helps me truly customize their training program, and modify based on their progress and goals,” she explains. “I love that I get notifications in real time that they’ve completed a workout, so that I can cheer them on or push them harder,” Redpath says. “We’re on a health and fitness journey together every step of the way,” she says. “It’s not a quick fix; it’s a long-term tool.”

Correction — Oct. 16, 2018: This article was edited from a previous version that mistakenly said the Peloton bike live stream classes were produced by Emmy Award-winning NBC sports producers. In fact, the producers came from different television networks.


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Bill Gates: Third Shot May Be Needed to Combat Coronavirus Variants





With more than 40 million Americans having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a third dose may be needed to prevent the spread of new variants of the disease, Bill Gates told CBS News Tuesday.

Gates’ comments come amid growing concern that the current vaccines are not effective against the more contagious Brazilian and South African variants.

Pfizer and Moderna have stated that their vaccines are 95% and 99% effective, respectively, against the initial strain of COVID. However, some scientists have questioned those statements. Additionally, the World Health Organization and vaccine companies have conceded that the vaccines do not prevent people from being infected with COVID or from transmitting it, but are only effective at reducing symptoms.

Gates told CBS Evening News:

“The discussion now is do we just need to get a super high coverage of the current vaccine, or do we need a third dose that’s just the same, or do we need a modified vaccine?”

U.S. vaccine companies are looking at making modifications, which Gates refers to as “tuning.”

People who have had two shots may need to get a third shot and people who have not yet been vaccinated would need the modified vaccine, explained Gates. When asked whether the coronavirus vaccine would be similar to the flu vaccine, which requires yearly boosters, Gates couldn’t rule that out. Until the virus is eradicated from all humans, Gates said, additional shots may be needed in the future.

AstraZeneca in particular has a challenge with the variant,” Gates explained. “And the other two, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, are slightly less effective, but still effective enough that we absolutely should get them out as fast as we can while we study this idea of tuning the vaccine.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the studies being conducted in Brazil and South Africa, CBS News said. The foundation has also invested in the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Novavax vaccines, which are being tested against new variants. Once the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved, the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative or GAVI, founded by Gates, will distribute it globally.

“Gates continues to move the goalposts,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense. “Meanwhile the strategies he and others have promoted are obliterating the global economy, demolishing the middle class, making the rich richer and censoring vaccine safety advocates, like me.”

Kennedy said that the exclusive focus on vaccines has prevented the kind of progress required to actually address and recover from the pandemic:

“From the pandemic’s outset, clear-headed people familiar with the challenges inherent in the vaccine model have understood that the path out of crisis would require multiple steps. Those steps would need to include the development and/or identification of therapeutic drugs, the sharing of information among doctors to hone improved treatment models that reduce infection mortality rates below those for flu, and the kind of broad-spectrum long-term herd immunity that protects against mutant strains and that only derives from natural infection.”

Instead, Gates and vaccine makers are proposing a lifetime of boosters, supporting insufficient testing to determine safety and failing to address the inadequate monitoring of vaccine injuries, Kennedy said.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.

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Young nurse suffers from hemorrhage and brain swelling after second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine





(Natural News) A 28-year-old healthcare worker from the Swedish American Hospital, in Beloit, Wisconsin was recently admitted to the ICU just five days after receiving a second dose of Pfizer’s experimental mRNA vaccine. The previously healthy young woman was pronounced brain dead after cerebral angiography confirmed a severe hemorrhage stroke in her brain stem.

Her family members confirmed that she was “breaking out in rashes” after the vaccine. She also suffered from sudden migraine headaches, and got “sick” after taking the second dose of the vaccine. At the very end, she lost the ability to speak and went unconscious. The migraines, nausea, and loss of speech were all symptoms of a brain bleed and brain swelling, something her family did not understand at the time, and something nobody would expect after vaccination.

While on life support, neurologists used angiography to image the damage inside the brain. They found a subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas a bulging blood vessel burst in the brain, bleeding out in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain. The ensuing swelling cut off oxygen to the brain and caused brain death. On February 10, 2021, Sarah reportedly had “no brain activity.” Some of the woman’s organs are now being procured, so they can be donated to other people around the world.

Doctors warn FDA about COVID vaccines causing autoimmune attacks in the heart and brain

Experimental COVID-19 vaccines may cause inflammation along the cardiovascular system, leading to heart attack and/or stroke. This serious issue was brought forth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D. and further confirmed by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. The two doctors warned that a recently-infected patient who is subject to COVID-19 vaccination is likely to suffer from autoimmune attacks along the ACE-2 receptors present in the heart, and in the microvasculature of the brain, liver and kidney. If viral antigens are present in the tissues of recipients at the time of vaccination, the vaccine-augmented immune response will turn the immune system against those tissues, causing inflammation that can lead to blood clot formation.

This severe adverse event is likely cause of death for the elderly who are vaccinated despite recently being infected. There is no adequate screening process to ensure that this autoimmune attack doesn’t occur. The elderly are not the only people vulnerable to vaccine injury and death. Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine could be the main cause behind the sudden death of Sarah Sickles, a 28-year-old nurse from Wisconsin. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has captured five permanent disabilities in Wisconsin, 58 ER visits, and eleven deaths in just one month. This is the first case in Wisconsin of someone under 44 years of age suffering from severe COVID-19 vaccine side effects and death. There are now more than 1,170 deaths recorded in the U.S. related to the experimental mRNA vaccines, a reality that the FDA and CDC continue to ignore.

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Powering hypersonic weapons: US armed forces eyeing dangerous 5G tech





(Natural News) Much of the conversation surrounding the benefits of 5G is geared toward the consumer side of the technology. People will be able to download videos at lightning speed and will be more connected than ever, proponents claim, although there are serious questions regarding its safety. However, some of the most important 5G applications are not civil at all – the technology will be used extensively in the military domain.

Some of its military uses are outlined in the Defense Applications of 5G Network Technology report, which was published by the Defense Science Board. This federal committee gives scientific advice to the Pentagon. Their report states: “The emergence of 5G technology, now commercially available, offers the Department of Defense the opportunity to take advantage, at minimal cost, of the benefits of this system for its own operational requirements.”

The 5G commercial network that is being built by private companies right now can be used by the American military for a much lower cost than if the network had been set up exclusively for military purposes.

Military experts expect the 5G system to play a pivotal role in using hypersonic weapons. For example, it can be used for new missiles that bear nuclear warheads and travel at speeds superior to Mach 5. These hypersonic weapons, which travel at five times the speed of sound and move a mile per second, will be flying at high altitudes on unpredictable flight paths, making them as hard to guide as they will be to intercept.

Huge quantities of data need to be gathered and transmitted in a very short period in order to maneuver these warheads on variable trajectories and allow them to change direction in milliseconds to avoid interceptor missiles.

5G for defense

This type of technology is also needed to activate defenses should we be attacked by a weapon of this type; 5G automatic systems could theoretically handle decisions that humans won’t have enough time to make on their own. Military bases and even cities will have less than a minute to react to incoming hypersonic missiles, and 5G will make it easier to process real time data on trajectories for decision-making.

There are also important uses of this technology in combat. 5G’s ability to simultaneously link millions of transceivers will undoubtedly facilitate communication among military personnel and allow them to transmit photos, maps and other vital information about operations in progress at dizzying speeds to improve situational awareness.

The military can also take advantage of the high-frequency and short-wavelength millimeter wave spectrum used by 5G. Its short range means that it is well suited for smart military bases and command posts because the signal will not propagate too far, making it less likely that enemies will be able to detect it.

When it comes to special forces and secret services, the benefits of 5G are numerous. Its speed and connectivity will allow espionage systems to reach unprecedented levels of efficiency. It will also make drones more dangerous by allowing them to identify and target people using facial recognition and other methods.

Like all technology, 5G will also make us highly vulnerable. The network itself could become an attractive target for cyber-attacks and other acts of war being carried out with cutting-edge weaponry. In fact, the 5G network is already viewed as critical infrastructure and is being carefully protected before it is even fully built.

While the focus on 5G’s dangers to human health and the environment is absolutely warranted, it is also important not to lose sight of the military implications of 5G. After all, it is not just the United States that is developing this technology for military purposes; our enemies, like China and other countries, are also making great strides in this realm.

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