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Talking with Five Time Bestselling Author Mark Donahue

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It is a simple fact that all five of Mark Donahue’s books have hit the bestseller list this year. His latest book ‘Answer Man’ has created a stir in the Science Fiction world, giving readers a very human, intergalactic adventure, with a thrilling plotline and intriguing characters.

For centuries this inter-galactic alliance has been protecting us when meteors have headed our way. But the guys from the other planets have decided they are not going to save us this time–they are going to let us get smashed to dust and give Earth a fresh start.

David pleads with his bosses for a last chance for the Big Blue Marble, and if you want to find out what happens next we suggest picking up this thrilling read, which is destined to be a classic for years to come. We had questions for this brilliant writer, and recently Donahue agreed to chat with us about aliens, his work, and what’s next.

‘Answer Man’ is a fabulous book which is about the earth heading for annihilation, and a lone alien, and seven strangers trying to save the world. What is the backstory for the writing of this epic and gripping tale?

I wrote ‘Answer Man’ not as a simple “end of the world” story, but rather a story about all the things man does not know about the universe, afterlife, and even the gods we worship on Earth.

David, your protagonist, wants to help save humanity, and the earth. Who or what was the inspiration for this character.

David is very much like us, except he is from another planet. He also knows many things we would like to know. Many of the things he knows as truth we can’t or won’t accept. That leads to problems. Big problems, especially when an asteroid threatens all life on Earth.

Is this is your first experience writing in the Sci-Fi genre? Have you always been a Sci-Fi fan?

I like Rod Serling (Twilight Zone type) sci-fi I like it subtle, understated, and thoughtful. I enjoy sci-fi but ascribe to a less is more approach. I will write more. 

If it really was the end of the world, what would you want to do before disaster struck?

Have dinner with my family and closest friends. End of the world dinners should be mandatory…and fattening.

Has writing this book changed your worldview at all?

Not changed my worldview but provided me a platform to present some possible answers to questions we all have.

To check out ‘Answer Man’ and find out more about Mark Donahue head over to Amazon.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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