Friday, November 16, 2018

Okay, I'll play

Chronic Nasal and Oropharyngeal Infections
#Zombies in 5 Words

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Excellent Documentation of the Obvious

Low-carb diets cause people to burn more calories
Over the 20 weeks, total energy expenditure was significantly greater on the low-carbohydrate diet versus the high-carbohydrate diet. At the same average body weight, participants who consumed the low-carb diet burned about 250 kilocalories a day more than those on the high-carb diet.

"If this difference persists—and we saw no drop-off during the 20 weeks of our study—the effect would translate into about a 20-pound weight loss after three years, with no change in calorie intake," says Ebbeling.

In people with the highest insulin secretion at baseline, the difference in calorie expenditure between the low- and high-carb diets was even greater, about 400 kilocalories per day, consistent with what the Carbohydrate-Insulin Model would predict. Ghrelin, a hormone thought to reduce calorie burning, was significantly lower on the low- versus high-carb diet.
Anyone who has done a ketogenic diet knows this intuitively.  You just feel like you have more energy being produced.

But that's different than documenting it.  

A big Thank You to this research team.

State of the Insanity

A man stood up and shouted, “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during a Baltimore performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” last night. Audience members started running. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go,’” one said.

This is what terrorists call Winning.

Monday, November 12, 2018


Dereliction of the most solemn duty.
Honoring the dead is one of the oldest human traditions.
Glorifying the sacrifice of those who died in battle is one thing men in every civilization have always agreed on.
That was flat out oppositional defiance.  

He is abjectly unfit to represent a great, brave, brilliant and generous society such as ours.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Congratulations Kyrsten Sinema! 
Thank You Kristin at Indivisible.

Here's a slow motion wave for you.

Another Historical Anniversary

It has been 100 years since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.
An epidemic spread worldwide by soldiers.
An infection that killed vast swaths of people, and changed the genetics of the world forever.

The 1918 flu changed human evolution.   Yes it did.

H1N1 flu is so deadly is because it creates a greater amount of lung damage and activates the immune system more.   It's like getting a horrible rash inside your throat and lungs and intestines.
The flu virus usually resolves in a few days.
But by then the bacterial infections have had a chance to get into the mix.
Especially strep and staph, because the immune system response to those is dampened by the flu virus and subsequent endotoxemia.

The people who died had the strongest immune systems, young men mostly.
They were overwhelmed by the immune molecules, went septic, and drowned in their own lungs.

The people who survived had less robust immune systems.
They were my generation's grandparents.

People with less acute immune reactions are more likely to harbor chronic non-fatal illnesses.
That is most of us.

The evolutionary arc of the microbe/immune interface tends to create chronic debilitating illnesses from acute and lethal germs.

That is the lesson of this story.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Hear the Echoes

It's the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
That's what we call it.  They called it the War to End All Wars.

It was a point in history when people with really bad teeth (read: alcoholic Northern Europeans) first got access to weapons of long range and mass destruction.

They moved fast and broke things.
They lost an entire generation of men in Europe.
They told us to Never Forget.

America is losing our young people to the same battle in slow motion.
Very sick people with insanely powerful weapons.
In our streets.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Girls will be Girls

A researcher friend of mine once sent me this comment in an email-
I still can't get over the difference in male and female mice. 
No joke, males will bite each other and you can't mix and match boys in cages unless they have been together their whole lives. Even then, they fight. 
Females you can mix and match til the cows come home and the worse thing that happens is you get one girl who grooms the others so much they're all naked. You can tell who she is cause she's the only one without bald patches.

Boys will be Boys

The Thousand Oaks shooter's high school track coach alleges that the killer sexually assaulted her. She also says school officials pressured her to keep quiet as not to ruin his career in the Marines.
... Colell says she doesn’t believe this is just a case of PTSD. She says Long had issues long before he was ever a Marine.
Throughout history, men have asserted that all they need is some discipline to control their impulsive behavior.

So they have made a number of institutions where they put those guys in close quarters with a bunch of other impulsive guys with respiratory infections and sleep and alcohol disorders, and feed them high carb food for a few years.  They create the perfect environment for breeding chronic non-fatal illnesses.

And then everyone wonders why their erratic behavior accelerates when they stop showering and brushing their teeth.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

See the Punkocracy

This Guy.
He has clearly been overproducing cortisol for decades.
Effin Ay.

He's so obsessed, he offered to be Trump's hatchet man.
And he thinks that's gonna work out well for him.
Impulsive men are easily manipulated.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sciency Stuff

Your Baby Might Not Have Enough of a Critical Gut Bacteria
Bifidobacteria is crucial for an infant's immune health. A new screening test might help identify the problem before it’s too late.

Neanderthals Breathed With Powerful Lungs, 3-D Reconstruction Shows
The new study has found that Neanderthals’ chests were not larger in volume than those of modern humans, contrary to popular belief

How Facial Botox Changes Your Brain—Literally
Unintended neurological consequences make the cosmetic procedure far from benign

The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains
The military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts. 

The House Science Committee Is Back in Democrat's Control: What That Means for Science

New device improves balance in veterans with Gulf War Illness

How a trippy 1980s video effect might help to explain consciousness

Current Experiments


I learned a new word: It's the study of the effect of skin on mood and behavior.
I think that's a greatly underappreciated topic, and I am going to study it more.

Anyhow, this is one thing I have found that is fascinating.
The area in back of your ears still contains a lot of vestigial nerves from back in our evolution when our ancestors could move their ears around to focus on the direction of a sound.
They still seem to have an effect on your state of attention.  And that area seems to be prone to and sensitive to dehydration.
Try this- put some water on your fingers and wet the back of your ears.   The back of the cartilage and also the hairless skin of your scalp that is adjacent to it.

I find that my environmental awareness sharpens immediately.    It's fascinating.

Dental Hack

I have never had a toothbrush that really fit my tiny mouth.  Even the small heads wouldn't navigate the inside surfaces of my lower teeth.
So I cut one in half, on an angle, and now I can get every crevice.
I just used some cuticle scissors.   It took a few minutes, but was totally worth it.
I have used it a few weeks, and although I have to hold it a bit differently, I am way happier.

Oh Yeah

I forgot to mention that the shitshow firehose was going to be turned up by an order of magnitude during the lame duck session...

Brace for Impact.

Thanks America

My district flipped blue. Congratulations Ann Kirkpatrick!

...and there are now two Native American women in congress. That made me cry.

I'm hoping the feeling of standing next to a cliff will go away now.
The rapid descent into fascism was making me dizzy.

Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
Now we can make some progress towards sanity by exposing the corruption of the current adminstration.   Stomp on some of the blatant lies and cheating.

But it's clear to me now that there is nothing that will make a sick old maniac admit they were wrong.
This will be a long term project- we have to teach our kids how not to participate in the common everyday habits that lead to cognitive debilitation and violent impulses.

Give me some time to get my balance.
I've got some ideas.   I've got a lot of notes.

Sunday, November 4, 2018