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Northern (gustatory) pride…

Outrage Magazine drops by Vigan City to enjoy… empanada and okoy.

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Every region (if not every town) in the Philippines has their own gustatory offerings that sort of define them – e.g. Bicol Express in, obviously, Bicol; bagnet in Ilocos; guapple pie of Negros; and so on…

This is why – when one is just in Metro Manila – when seeing all those “original such-and-such” offerings of various restos, supposedly with their preparations learned from the regions these offerings originated from, one can only really… frown. Because how “original” can an offering be the moment you take them from the very contexts that made them thrive to begin with?

This is the thought that stays in the mind when thinking of Ilocos’ empanada and okoy, particularly after one has tried those offered in Vigan City’s Nanang Sion.




WHAT’S THERE

There are actually two branches of Nanang Sion (as per the apo or grandchild of Nanang Sion herself) – one is by the plaza/near the church in downtown Vigan City (this is the “main” branch), and another one in one of the streets parallel to Crisologo (that tourist trap portion of the city, where just about every tourist has his/her pic taken). The former is a more “formal” resto; but the latter – if I may say so – has more character, with the apo’s collections of everything old (vintage, if you must).

There are wooden tables, and chairs and benches scattered on two floors, and adding to that “being in an old place” vibe/feel.

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But – more apparent – are the owner’s collections of… just about everything, from rebulto (statues of holy people or saints) to scooters to bikes to kalesa (horse carriage) wheels, and so on. And while many are placed on pedestals, there are some that are made to be – literally – parts of the place, e.g. the bicycles that were cemented on the walls.

If it’s “character” you want, then this one’s worth a check, indeed.

WHY GO THERE

But – recognizing that ambiance is but part of the attraction – if there’s one thing that will make you come here, this can be summed in one word: FOOD.

Must try are:

  1. Empanada (super special, P65) – I’ve traveled to various parts of northern Philippines a lot of times, and while there, many always tell me to try the local empanada. But – considering the number of people who recommends empanada – I can’t fathom the fuss about it. In my mind (and from what I tasted) it’s nothing really special, just a combo of longganisa/chorizo with either scraped green papaya or thinly chopped cabbage, plus egg thrown in, and then wrapped in dough before being fried.
    And then I tried Nanang Sion’s empanada, and I now sorta get the hype. I’d say this: if done really well, empanada is really tasty. And this one (so far) has been the tastiest empanada from somewhere north of the Philippines for me.
  2. Okoy (with egg and longganisa, P55) – This one is also a surprise because okoy, as we know it, is nothing but fried: shrimps with veggies (some use carrots or kamote), and then coated in flour. Now be honest, how many times have you eaten okoy and actually complain with that hair-like strands from the shrimp heads? With Nanang Sion, though, the okoy is actually… succulent, with the shrimp juicy and (thanks to the longganisa) tasty.
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The servings are big, BTW. So if you end up unable to finish what was given you because you’re too full already, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you…

If hungrier and in search of “real” meals (not merienda or snacks), there are “silogs” – e.g. bagnet (P150) and longganisa (P120), and the “common” corned beef (P90), siomai (P90), hotdog (P90), et cetera.

If it’s just me, though, I’d say stick to the food that has been helping define Ilocos. That way, you avoid getting disappointed…

And so, yes, empanada and okoy are good starts…

WHY AVOID IT

To start, heading to Vigan isn’t in everybody’s list of to-do. And truth be told, even when driving (instead of commuting), going there takes a while. So for those who have… aversion to long trips, then this isn’t for you.

If- I suppose – you’re a local and already have had enough empanada and okoy to last you a lifetime, then…

IN THE END…

But – let me say this – the next time someone mentions “original such-and-such” to you, and you’re having that offering outside its original context, it’s always better to have them where they (first and originally really) made them. That way, you’d be able to tell how “real” or “fake” the offering has become.

And as far as some of the best northern gustatory delights are concerned, I’d say head to Vigan City. And give Nanang Sion a try while there; for less than P100, you’d understand why “eating local” continues to be the best way to appreciate delicacies…

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Nanang Sion is at Plaridel St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Vigan City isn’t THAT big of a place. Ask around NOT just for the location of Nanang Sion, but also where else you can grab what’s good there. I’ve encountered shy Ilocanos who demur when speaking with us outsiders; but almost always, they try as much as they can to help out and lead you where you wanna go or – for that matter – where they think you ought to head to best enjoy being there…



LIVING HISTORY

Rainbow’s beginning

You know why LGBTQIA Pride is observed in June? It’s all because of an uprising that happened in June 1969 in a somewhat nondescript bar in New York City, Stonewall Inn.

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You know why LGBTQIA Pride is observed in June? This is because of the uprising that started in a bar in 1969: the Stonewall Inn, which is located in the Greenwich Village of Manhattan, New York City.

That uprising is widely accepted to have helped in paving the way for the modern fight for LGBTQIA rights. And so it can be said that at Stonewall Inn, the rainbow started – well – rising.

Now, this is worth emphasizing: The struggle for human rights of the LGBTQIA community did not just start in 1969 in New York City.

In the Philippines, for instance, often-repeated is the claim that prior to the colonization of the country by the Spaniards in 1521, the natives already had “babaylans” (roughly: shamans/spiritual leaders) who, at times, were males who lived as females (not always; but some were). These people had positions of power, respected for traversing realms/realities. Not surprisingly, therefore, and even if the term re “LGBTQIA” still did not exist in those days, these people ave often been used as examples of how “accepted” gender-non-conforming people were in the past; until they were demonized by West-introduced dogmas (e.g. Christianity).

Now, this is worth emphasizing: The struggle for human rights of the LGBTQIA community did not just start in 1969 in New York City.

In the West, social reformer Jeremy Bentham is largely considered to have written the first known argument for homosexual law reform in England sometime around 1785, when the legal penalty for “buggery” (anal sex) was death by hanging. Too bas his essays were only published in… 1978 (!).

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Then there’s France, which – in 1791 – became the first nation to decriminalize homosexuality.

The LGBTQIA movement as we know it now is (very) anchored in the West – e.g. because of the anti-LGBTQIA sentiments in Victorian England (around 1890s), English socialist poet Edward Carpenter started a concerted effort to campaign against discrimination; and movements were also started in Germany at the turn of the 20th century. Heck, even one of the very first “homosexual organizations” in the US – called ONE Inc. – pre-dated the Stonewall uprising, having been founded in 1952; while the Mattachine Society was established in 1950. There was also a lesbian organization, Daughters of Bilitis, established in 1955. And still in the US, there was a 1962 gay march held in front of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, which some historians consider as the actual “beginning of the modern gay rights movement”.

Suffice to say, though, before the Stonewall uprising, LGBTQIA Americans already faced an anti-gay legal system. In fact, in the 1950s and 1960s, very few establishments welcomed gay people. And those that did were often bars, although bar owners and managers were rarely gay (at the time, the Stonewall Inn was supposedly owned by the Mafia).

Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s. And on June 28, 1969, a police raid was done at the Stonewall Inn.

But the officers lost control of the situation because the patrons fought back.

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The tensions between New York City police and LGBTQIA patrons and then residents of Greenwich Village erupted into more protests the next days as the abused eventually held a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against the police raids and, yes, State-sanctioned abuses.

Within months since the uprising, LGBTQIA organizations (to emphasize: THAT WERE MORE POLITICAL) were founded across the US. And a year after the uprising, in June 1970, the first pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s. And on June 28, 1969, a police raid was done at the Stonewall Inn.

The Stonewall National Monument was established at the site in 2016.

Today, LGBTQIA pride events are held annually throughout the world toward the end of June.

On June 26, 1994, ProGay Philippines and Metropolitan Community Church helmed a march in Quezon City. Dubbed as “Stonewall Manila” or as “Pride Revolution”, it was held in remembrance of the Stonewall Inn uprising, and coincided with a bigger march against the imposition of the Value Added Tax (VAT). With this, the Philippines gained the distinction of being the first country in Asia and the Pacific to host a Pride-related march.

Pride now marks that uprising that happened in a somewhat nondescript bar, Stonewall Inn.

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Young men unaware of risks of HPV infection and need for HPV vaccination

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the use of HPV vaccine to people between the ages of 27 to 45. Originally, it was prescribed for those between the ages of 9 to 26.

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Young sexual minority men – including those who are gay, bisexual, queer or straight-identified men who have sex with men – do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers researchers.

A Rutgers study published in the Journal of Community Health, examined what young sexual minority men – a high-risk and high-need population – know about HPV and the HPV vaccine and how health care providers communicate information about the virus and vaccine.

About 79 million Americans alone are infected with HPV, with about 14 million becoming newly infected each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a sexually transmitted infection, HPV can lead to several types of cancer, including anal and penile cancer, and is particularly concerning for sexual minority men due to the high prevalence of HIV and smoking in this community and the low HPV vaccination rates overall among men.

“Particularly in light of the decades-long focus on gay men’s health care as HIV care, there is a missed opportunity for HPV prevention in the community,” said study co-author Caleb LoSchiavo, a doctoral student at the Rutgers School of Public Health.

The researchers, who are members of the Rutgers School of Public Heath’s Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), analyzed interviews with sexual minority men in their early 20s in New York City and determined they knew little about HPV infection — including transmission, signs, symptoms and cancer risk — and vaccination.

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They also found that the men did not prioritize HPV vaccination due to the incorrect perception that HPV is an issue that exclusively or primarily affected women.

“Everyone who is sexually active – regardless of gender, sexual orientation, partners’ genders, relationship or marital status – should talk to their doctor about receiving the HPV vaccine to prevent a future generation who may develop HPV-related cancers, such as cervical, oral and anal cancer, as we have seen emerging in Baby Boomers and Gen-Xer s,” said Perry N. Halkitis, Rutgers School of Public Health dean, CHIBPS director, and PI of the study.

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the use of HPV vaccine to people between the ages of 27 to 45. Originally, it was prescribed for those between the ages of 9 to 26.

In the study, researchers found that health care providers rarely discuss HPV and the HPV vaccine with patients who are young sexual minority men, and when they do, their communication is often inadequate in conveying potential risks of HPV and benefits of vaccination.

“Clinicians have a direct role in expanding the availability of LGBTQ-competent healthcare,” said lead author Jessica Jaiswal, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, and CHIBPS affiliate. “By learning about sexual minority men’s diverse health needs and routinely offering the HPV vaccine, we can move toward a health promotion model and not only a disease prevention model.”

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Gay and bisexual men have higher rate of skin cancer

Rates of skin cancer were higher among gay and bisexual men compared to heterosexual men, but lower among bisexual women than heterosexual women.

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In the largest study of skin cancer rates among gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital report important differences in skin cancer prevalence among sexual minorities. Rates of skin cancer were higher among gay and bisexual men compared to heterosexual men, but lower among bisexual women than heterosexual women.

These findings, which were possible because of the sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) module built into a national system of surveys, have implications for patient education and community outreach initiatives focused on reducing skin cancer risk. They also have implications for the design of future nationwide surveys. Results are published in JAMA Dermatology.

“It’s absolutely critical that we ask about sexual orientation and gender identity in national health surveys; if we never ask the question, we’d never know that these differences exist,” said corresponding author Arash Mostaghimi, MD, MPA, MPH, director of the Dermatology Inpatient Service at the Brigham. “This information helps inform the nation about how to allocate health resources and how to train providers and leaders. When we look at disparities, it may be uncomfortable, but we need to continue to ask these questions to see if we’re getting better or worse at addressing them. Historically, this kind of health variation was hidden, but we now recognize that it’s clinically meaningful.”

Mostaghimi and colleagues leveraged data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), using data collected from annual questionnaires from 2014 to 2018. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) uses the BRFSS to collect information about risk factors and behaviors among adults. About 450,000 adults are interviewed by telephone by the BRFSS each year. Beginning in 2014, the BRFSS began using the SOGI module to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. This module was administered in 37 states.

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Mostaghimi and colleagues compared skin cancer rates among heterosexual men to rates in gay or bisexual men and compared rates among heterosexual women to lesbian or bisexual women. Rates of skin cancer were 8.1 percent among gay men and 8.4 percent among bisexual men, statistically higher than the rate of 6.7 percent among heterosexual men. Skin cancer rates were 5.9 percent among lesbian women and 6.6 percent among heterosexual women, which was not a statistically significant difference. However, the rate of 4.7 percent among bisexual women was statistically significantly lower than heterosexual women.

The authors note that the data are based on self-reported skin cancer diagnoses, which have not been confirmed by a physician. The SOGI module was also only implemented in 37 states, so may not be generalizable to all states.

The BRFSS survey did not collect information about risk factors for skin cancer, such as UV exposure, Fitzpatrick skin type (a measure of skin color and susceptibility to sun burn), HIV status and more. However, smaller studies have reported higher usage of indoor tanning beds among sexual minority men, a known risk factor for skin cancer.

The CDC recently considered stopping implementation of the SOGI module for future BRFSS surveys, a move Mostaghimi feels would hinder efforts to support this population.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to look nationally at data about skin cancer rates among sexual minorities. Eliminating SOGI would prevent us from better studying this vulnerable population over time to see how rates may change from year to year,” said Mostaghimi. “As a next step, we want to connect with sexual minority communities to help identify the cause of these differences in skin cancer rates. This is work that will need to be done thoughtfully but may help not just sexual minorities but everyone.”

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5 Slot games based on movies that are simply awesome

Today, slots have only gotten more appealing and exciting over time. There is practically every type of slot machine under the sun available today but some of the most common and most used slot machines are those that are based on movies.

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Gamblers love slots- and it’s evident! You may or may not know this, but approximately 70 percent of all casino revenue is acquired from slot machines. The slot machine boom began in the early 20th century with the ever famous Liberty Bell. After this, slot machines could be found practically everywhere from saloons and bars to all the well-to-do entertainment hotspots.

Today, slots have only gotten more appealing and exciting over time. There is practically every type of slot machine under the sun available today but some of the most common and most used slot machines are those that are based on movies. 

These slots are exceedingly fun to play because they incorporate components from the movies into the game. As such, with these machines, you can expect to interact with your favorite characters, plots, props and even specific scenes from these movies. Movie-themed slots also contain an array of prizes and bonus games that ensure that you are fully entertained right up to the last whistle. 

Today, slots have only gotten more appealing and exciting over time. There is practically every type of slot machine under the sun available today but some of the most common and most used slot machines are those that are based on movies. 

If you are a lover of slots, here are five slot games based on movies that are simply awesome.

The Terminator 2 slot machine

The Terminator movies have been a staple in pop culture years. As such, to say that the Terminator 2 slot machine holds up well would be a bit of an underestimation. Owing in part to the pristine and detailed 3D graphics, this is one of the most exciting and satisfying slot machines that you will ever play.

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The original Terminator movie, released in 1984 was a smash hit in its heyday and with actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, the sequel (Terminator 2) did the unimaginable by expanding and improving on the original. In Terminator 2, Schwarzenegger stars as a T-800 robot programmed by the opposition to defend a 10-year-old John from the threat of the T-1000, a much more advanced terminator machine.

As was the norm with movies made in the 90s, you can expect a huge range of special effects that make the slot game even more eye-popping. Terminator 2 was regarded as one of the best action and sci-fi movies ever made, and the slot machine named after it is no different. With the slot’s 243 pay lines, the Terminator 2 slot is easily one of the easiest to play in the market.

The Dark Knight slot machine

There are countless die-hard Batman lovers out there, so it made sense to create a slot game based on one of the most epic Batman movies, The Dark Night. The symbols in the slots are based on some of your favorite characters from the movie including Batman and of course, the Joker. Best of all, this five-reel slot game provides players with a progressive jackpot feature.

The Dark Night slot machine offers punters with excellent graphics and sound ensuring that everyone has a gripping and enthralling gaming experience. Though this slot machine does not have any pay lines, it provides the standard 243 ways to win. Because of the limited betting options, this is one of the most unique movie-themed slots out there.

The Scarface slot machine

Just like the movie, the Scarface slot machine has a cult following. With big characters such as Chi-Chi,Manny, Elvira, and of course, Tony Montana serving as symbols, the slot is almost as popular as the movie. Not only does the Scarface slot machine take you back on a journey of some of your favorite scenes from the classic film, but it also allows players to win the jackpot, which stands at 10,000 coins.

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This slot machine features 5reels with 20 pay lines and Tony Montana is at the helm of it all. The coin values of the slot range from $0.01 to $0.50 while the betting range starts from $0.20 to $100.00. The bonus games are one of the reasons that this slot machine is so popular with gamblers.

As well as allowing you to walk away with easy money, the slot machine also allows players to unlock bonus levels that task players with the responsibility of helping Tony Montana fight off rival drug dealers, just like he did in the famous scenes. The machine also has an autoplay feature that allows punters to pick between line bets and coin values.

Man of Steel slot machine

If you are obsessed with super heroes, then you will love the Man of Steel slot machine. Based on the 2013 box office hit by the same name, the game boasts comprehensive, vivid and attention-grabbing graphics and music. You will encounter all the primary beloved characters from the movie in the slot including Superman, Perry white, as well as Martha and Jonathan Kent.

This 25 to 50 payline slot comes with 4 bonus features that consist of shifting wilds, the World Engines bonus, Battle for Earth free games and Krypton free features. With this slot machine, any spin can trigger the jackpot game, which increases your chances of winning any one out of the 4 progressive jackpots.

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The Jurassic Park slot machine

The Jurassic Park slot machine has been a fan favorite since its release in the 90s and even today, it continues to thrive. There are many reasons why the Jurassic Park movie made such an impact. Its appealing storyline, lovable characters and remarkable graphics and stunts are just a few of these reasons.

Like numerous Jurassic Park fans out there, Kate Huber, chief editor at NJGamblingFun states, “although Jurassic Park debuted back in 1993, the truth is that it has never been far from my memories. For me, Jurassic Park is the type of film that stays with you for a lifetime, no matter how much you watch it. The fact that I can sit down and play the Jurassic Park slot machine is something I never tire of. To be honest, playing this slot makes me feel like a kid again!”

With the Jurassic Park slot, you get to relive the excitement of this dinosaur filled film all over again. The graphics in the slot are second to none and the parallax scrolling ability helps to create an even more immersive experience for punters. The game has a five-round free spin component based on various dinosaurs from the movie.

Movies and slots machines make an excellent combo.

Final Thoughts

There are many different types of slot machines that you can play but some of the best ones are the ones based on movies. Movies and slots machines make an excellent combo. Movie-themed slot machines were created to cash in on the immense popularity of some of the world’s biggest and best movies.

It doesn’t matter what your favorite genre is, whether science fiction, action, drama or family movies. If you love it, there is probably a slot machine out there themed after your favorite movie.

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Why CBD will help you burn more fat

It’s important to note here that CBD should not be used as a treatment for weight loss. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with your eating and exercise.

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There are plenty of benefits to using CBD but will help you with weight loss and burn more fat?

Today’s world is full of different methods to lose weight and, unfortunately, not all of them are very healthy options.

The best way to lose weight is through the tried and tested methods: eating right, drinking lots of water and having regular exercise. 

Of course, there are certain factors that you can’t control that have an impact such as genetics. This is why some people find it tougher to burn fat than others.

It’s important to note here that CBD should not be used as a treatment for weight loss. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with your eating and exercise. That said, it can really help you shed that extra bit of weight and see you achieve your goals.

Some research suggests that the brain works at its best when it’s fueled by foods high in fat. Most of what we eat is used to power the brain.

Now, CBD is a hydrophilic compound. This means that it dissolves in fatty oils as opposed to water. Cells in the body have a lipid bilayer meaning that they can easily interact with CBD.

So with all this in mind, here is why CBD can help you to burn more fat.

It’s important to note here that CBD should not be used as a treatment for weight loss. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with your eating and exercise.

How CBD Affects Weight

Taking CBD is not the same as swapping that fast-food cheeseburger for a lean chicken breast, or going for a run after work rather than getting comfy on the sofa and binging on the latest box set. 

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CBD acts as a vehicle to compliment the fat burning process developed from healthy eating and good, regular exercise. Too many people assume that just by taking CBD they will automatically start to lose weight but that’s not how it works.

With this in mind, there has been a study that shows how rats had a “significant decrease in body weight gain” after 14 consecutive days of CBD injections. In this study, the researchers gave the rats 2.5mg and 5mg of CBD per kg of their respective body weights. The results showed that rats with 2.5mg of CBD per kg of body weight had “more pronounced” results compared to those injected with 5mg of CBD per kg of body weight.

The researchers concluded from this study that CBD  “has the ability to alter body weight gain, possibly via the CB2 receptor”, supporting the claim by Marina Turea at CBD Kyro that CBD can help with weight loss.

CBD also has some other effects that can help with weight loss and help you burn more fat..

CBD Suppresses Appetite

People that consume medical marijuana report that they have increased appetite. This because THC, the compound that gets you high from consuming marijuana, also acts as an appetite stimulator. 

CBD and THC are different compounds.

As a result, CBD will not increase your appetite. However, as mentioned by CoolThingsChicago, some of the noted side effects of taking CBD are that it can suppress your appetite. Even so, this should not be the main reason why you take CBD as it’s still important that you eat right.

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Interestingly, there are also reports that CBD can help to activate an internal bodily process known as “browning”. This process is when white fat stores accumulate to create a bigger, bulkier physique. People with a higher muscle content will have more “brown fat”, a leaner, less dense type of fat.

A study on CBD on browning supports this claim. It shows how CBD encourages white fat to store leaner brown fat, while also supporting the breakdown of fat and lipids in the body. The study also suggested that CBD may initiate thermogenesis. This is when the body metabolizes food faster due to increased temperature.

CBD acts as a vehicle to compliment the fat burning process developed from healthy eating and good, regular exercise.

CBD Helps To Regulate Metabolism

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is key to how the body uses energy. Studies suggest that the ECS modulates eating and the use of energy based on our environment. For example, in a scenario where there is little access to food, the ECS will promote appetite and fat storage.

Researchers also suggest that drugs that can block CB1 receptors may be able to help with weight loss and burn more fat among other metabolic conditions.

Since CBD inhibits CB1 receptors, experts believe that it can regulate the ECS and so fight against obesity.

In fact, researchers suggest that one of the ECS’s primary responsibilities is regulating how much energy the body uses, metabolizes and stores. A study from the journal Cell Metabolism supports this theory; it showed that the ECS controls the metabolism of lipids and glucose in different peripheral organs.

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As such, CBD stands to function as a great product to use for anyone looking to burn extra calories and naturally boost their metabolism.

CBD Melts Fat

There is a theory that CBD melts fat in the body by breaking it down and removing it as a waste product. This is because the browning process requires energy and thus burns calories which translates to burning fat.

Further, CBD prevents the creation of fat cells and boosts the number of mitochondria (cells responsible for turning ATP into energy) in brown fat cells. This has a greater impact on burning fat.

Conclusion

CBD has had a huge impact on the medical sector over recent years. The benefits have been well documented and its success has burst into the mainstream. It wasn’t that long ago when CBD was full of mystery and misinformation. Today, it can be found in retail stores across the country and online.

CBD can be used for weight loss and to burn more fat when it’s used alongside healthy lifestyle choices. There is also evidence that suggests that CVD supports weight loss by disrupting the over-accumulation of fat stores. 

Of course, if you do decide to start using CBD to help burn more fat, it’s best that you seek the advice of a doctor first. This goes especially for anyone using existing medication as it could easily interact with the CBD.

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5 Reasons why gambling vloggers are on the rise

In this article, we will explore the reasons why the number of gambling vloggers continues to grow and introduce you to a handful of them well worth subscribing to.

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Several poker and casino players have turned their hobby of gambling into a more creative – and sometimes somewhat profitable – venture. What they have done is turned to YouTube and created video content that outlines their gambling adventures. What has happened is an explosion of video bloggers, known as vloggers, on the do-it-yourself video channel.

In this article, we will explore the reasons why the number of gambling vloggers continues to grow and introduce you to a handful of them well worth subscribing to.

Here are the reasons why gambling vloggers are on the rise.

1 – They Share Personal Experience

This is the most important factor that supports the ongoing popularity of YouTube. It is a video platform where ordinary people can share their personal experience on any topic. With gambling vloggers, this is key to better engagement. By showing both the ups and downs of the casino games, the vlogger earns credibility and this leads to trust. Once viewers start to turn to a vlogger because they trust and believe that person, subscription numbers increase as does their reputation.

2 – They Know Their Stuff

Sure, you sometimes take a chance when you view any DIY video online. There are some very bad examples out there of people posting how-to type content and are doing so just to gain a following or to qualify for some online advertising revenue. The difference with gambling vloggers, and the reputable ones, in particular, is that many use their vlog to teach you the basics, tricks and share their knowledge on how to avoid becoming a big loser at the hands of a casino. 

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3 – They Use It As A Teaching Tool

Some of the best gambling vloggers know that viewers watch and subscribe to their YouTube channels to learn how to become a better gambler. The video format is a perfect tool to utilize as a teaching tutorial. A number of the gambling vloggers online have gone this route and use a tutorial style to help guide any level of player – from beginner to expert – on the finer parts of your chosen casino game. Gambling vloggers have an insight you won’t find in a how-to book.

4 – They Give You Hope

This may sound a bit odd but in reality, several gambling vloggers are just hobbyists who just happen to make a few extra bucks hanging around casinos. Other gambling vloggers have turned casino games into a full-time job. Regardless of which type of vlogger you watch the most, both show you that it is possible to succeed at gambling. You just need to hone your skills and apply some of the tips offered by these successful gamblers.

5 – They Are Noticed In The Industry

Who knew that vlogging about poker or any other casino game would put someone on the radar in the gambling industry? Well, that has happened and is going to continue to take place. The Global Poker Awards, sponsored by Global Poker Index (GPI) recently included a new award category – Vlogger of the Year. There were just five nominees this last time but that doesn’t reflect the number of great gambling vloggers out there by any means.

By showing both the ups and downs of the casino games, the vlogger earns credibility and this leads to trust.

Some of the Gambling Vloggers You Should Get To Know

1 – Brian Christopher

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Brian Christopher is considered to be the top influencer for both slot machines and casinos on YouTube. His channel has over 180,000 subscribers and he uploads gambling videos daily. In just three years his Brian Christopher Slots YouTube channel had over 100-million views. His style is casual and he exudes a positive attitude throughout. In addition to sharing all kinds of insight into various slot machine games, Christopher will also feature a guest from time to time. His main focus is on the promotion of responsible gambling and shows him doing just that.

2 – Andrew Neeme

Andrew Neeme is a poker player who lives full-time in Las Vegas. His YouTube channel has recently topped the 100,000 subscriber mark in just two years of vlogging. He posts a new vlog weekly and focuses mostly on the poker sessions he has participated in around Vegas.

3 – Brad Owen

Brad Owen started vlogging in December 2016. He also lives in Las Vegas and shares a lot in his regular posts about his many adventures in and out of the casinos in his hometown. Owen and Neeme are Meet-Up Game (MUG) partners and Owen will soon reach the 100,000 sub mark.

4 – Marle Cordeiro

Marle Cordeiro is a recent vlogger having launched her YouTube channel last year. Her style is unique in that she uses comedy and storytelling to share details on her gambling exploits. Her early vlogs were controversial, which gained her exposure and followers. 

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5 – Kristy Arnett

If you recognize the name Kristy Arnett it may be from her former gig as a presenter at PokerNews. She is a professional poker player and uses her YouTube channel to vlog about her experiences. She lives in Las Vegas and quit her PokerNews job to gamble full-time.

6 – Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross has one of the longest-running poker vlogs on YouTube. He is known for his consistent content which follows his poker and real-life adventures. His vlogs also feature many cameos by big names in and out of the casino world. 

If you are seeking some simple and easy to understand tips on how to improve your skills in a casino, you would likely turn to a tutorial of some kind.

Will Watching A Gambling Vlogger Help Your Game?

According to Lucian Marinescu at OnlineCasinoGems.com ”Any tips you can get from a reliable source can’t hurt. There are some very good vloggers out there who share valuable information that all gamblers can learn from.”

In Conclusion

The main reason why the number of gambling vloggers continues to grow is that the things they post on their YouTube channels are interesting and educational. If you are seeking some simple and easy to understand tips on how to improve your skills in a casino, you would likely turn to a tutorial of some kind. That is exactly what vloggers are doing and they are doing it well.

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