Monday, March 31, 2014

More Fruits and Vegetables Dammit!

The Jobs With the Highest Obesity Rates
Strangely, people who work in healthcare tend to be less healthy than others.
That's not strange at all.   They practice what they preach.  Reap what they sow.

It's the guts, stupid

Love hormone' oxytocin could provide new treatment for anorexia, study suggests
Oxytocin, also known as the 'love hormone,' could provide a new treatment for anorexia nervosa, according to new research. The study found that oxytocin alters anorexic patients' tendencies to fixate on images of high calorie foods, and larger body shape. The findings follow an earlier study by the same group showing that oxytocin changed patients' responses to angry and disgusted faces.
You know what else oxytocin does?   It counteracts infections.   In the intestines.
It inhibits colitis.  And  obesity.

Anorexia is a metabolic dysfunction, not a mental problem.
I do not understand why that possibility is never considered... it seems like an obvious option...

I Blame Freud.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Zombies Among Us

Hoarder Found Dead In His East Dallas Home
Because of all the trash in the home, located in the 6200 block of Martel Avenue, officers could not locate the man. Authorities ultimately had to cut a hole in the roof and crawl though the attic just to get inside the home, but they still could not find the man.
A search team with a cadaver dog was brought in to help. The team found a dead raccoon, but did not find the man.
Contractors called in to clear out the home found the body Thursday morning, two days after the cleaning process began.
Toxoplasmosis.  Black Mold.  Hoarding.   More rodents.  More mold.   More hoarding.
This circle of insanity exists somewhere in your neighborhood.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Zombie Awareness

Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales  (13 min video)
We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely.
Heh, I consider it every moment of every day.   My life revolves around keeping my microbes from hijacking my brain.
And this is the first time in my life I have had anything even resembling free will.

Inflammation is the New Black

Celiac disease linked to increased risk of coronary artery disease
Researchers found a significantly higher prevalence of coronary artery disease among patients with celiac disease compared to the control population (9.5 percent compared to 5.6 percent, respectively). Data showed a similar trend among younger patients, those under age 65, with celiac disease compared to those without celiac disease (4.5 percent compared to 2.4 percent).
They have decided that this is due to "systemic inflammation".  My pet peeve.
Here's an alternative explanation-  Gluten intolerance promotes Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Strep bacteria cause coronary heart disease.   That's a fact.
Not to mention, infection causes an immune response otherwise known as "systemic inflammation".

Inflammation Inhibitor Fails to Affect CV Outcomes
Uh huh.

Things that make me laugh

Cereal flake size influences calorie intake
People eat more breakfast cereal, by weight, when flake size is reduced, according to researchers, who showed that when flakes are reduced by crushing, people pour a smaller volume of cereal into their bowls, but still take a greater amount by weight and calories.
I think this is hilarious science.  But I am a sick and twisted individual...
It's not quite as good as my favorite though...

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Guinea Pig Generation

So apparently this played on NPR today.

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

It's fluffy and short, but gets the point across.   Hopefully a lot of America got the memo.
I would really like to have half as much bullshit to bitch about.   

Facts vs. Paranoia

No correlation between medical marijuana legalization, crime increase, study says
The study tracked crime rates across all 50 states between 1990 and 2006, when 11 states legalized marijuana for medical use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Since the time period the study covered, 20 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical use.
Using crime data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, the researchers studied rates for homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft, teasing out an effect for the passing of medical marijuana laws.
None of the seven crime types increased with the legalization of medical marijuana.
Have a nice weekend.

Impulse Intervention

Guns Far More Likely to Be Used in Suicide Than in Killing Bad Guys
"Removing all firearms from one's home is one of the most effective and straightforward steps that household decision-makers can take to reduce the risk of suicide," Harvard health policy professor Matthew Miller said in 2007. "Removing firearms may be especially effective in reducing the risk of suicide among adolescents and other potentially impulsive members of their home."
Yeah, the pistol in the headboard was a bad idea.  It's not there anymore.

Click through just to see the graph.  Then read the statistics at the end of the article.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Return Customers are the Very Very Best Kind

1 in 25 patients gets infection in hospital

Now maybe there should be some disincentive for that.. like having to treat them for free...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

As I was saying

Gut metabolism changes—not stomach size—linked to success of vertical sleeve gastrectomy
"Conventional thought is when you make the stomach smaller, patients lose more weight because they have less room to put more food and, therefore, eat fewer calories. But as it turns out, the reason why the surgery works is that you are changing the bile acids."
It's not about feeling full.  They have done hundreds of thousands of surgeries based on an erroneous assumption.  That's their standard operating procedure though....

Maniac of the Day

How far gone do you have to be not to realize this is batshit crazy?

All Men In North Korea Are Now Reportedly Required to Get the Same Haircut as Kim Jong Un

That guy scares me.

Zombie Life Support

Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death
Finding ways to cool the body until it reaches a state of suspended animation – where people are not alive but not yet dead – could give doctors more time in an emergency.
The technique was first demonstrated in pigs in 2002 by Hasan Alam at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, and his colleagues. The animals were sedated and a massive haemorrhage induced, to mimic the effect of multiple gunshot wounds. Their blood was drained and replaced by either a cold potassium or saline solution, rapidly cooling the body to around 10 °C. After the injuries were treated, the animals were gradually warmed up as the solution was replaced with blood.
The pig's heart usually started beating again by itself, although some pigs needed a jump-start. There was no effect on physical or cognitive function.
That solution will be put to the test in humans for the first time. A final meeting this week will ensure that a team of doctors is fully prepared to try it.
Interesting that they announced this in advance.  It has the potential to go terribly awry...

Eating for Two

Response of unborn children to glucose associated with mother's insulin sensitivity
In this new study, Preissl and colleagues aimed to show that the metabolism of a pregnant woman, following a meal, influences fetal brain activity. A total of 13 healthy pregnant women underwent an oral glucose tolerance test (75 g of glucose delivered orally, a standard method for determining insulin sensitivity). Insulin sensitivity was determined by glucose and insulin measurements at 0, 60 and 120 min. At each time point, the response of the fetus was examined by recording fetal brain responses elicited by sounds with a magnetoencephalographic device.

The researchers found that after 60 minutes, women who were more insulin resistant had fetuses that reacted more slowly to the sound test. When divided into two groups based on insulin sensitivity, the insulin-resistant mothers had fetuses that reacted to the sound at an average of 283 milliseconds, compared with 178 ms for the insulin-sensitive group.

They suggest that the findings support a hypothesis first made almost 50 years ago (1967) by scientist Jørgen Pedersen. The authors say: "It is possible that insulin-resistant mothers have higher glucose levels accompanied by increased insulin levels after a meal. As glucose passes the placenta, these increased glucose levels induce excess insulin (hyperinsulinaemeia) in the fetus. Therefore, high insulin levels in the mother may correspond to high insulin levels in the fetus."

Why it Matters

Because most people believe you should eat sugar to wake yourself up.

Chicago airport train driver admits she 'dozed off' moments before crash
Officials investigating crash at O'Hare airport say woman woke up only when train jumped off the tracks and climbed escalator.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Strike That, Reverse It

Better sleep may improve metabolic disorders
A pretty good rundown of research until they get to the conclusion-
“Ongoing and future studies will show whether interventions to improve sleep duration and quality can prevent or even reverse metabolic traits,” the review authors wrote. “Meanwhile … health care professionals can be safely recommended to motivate their patients to enjoy sufficient sleep at the right time of day.”     

They flat-out state the studies haven't been done, but they recommend it anyway...

And for the record, it works the other way- better metabolic control improves sleep.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Making some effort

Don't feel much like commenting today...  so here's what I've been reading.

Frozen Nightmares
I didn't watch the video, but some of you may want to.

The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous
If I had the motivation, these guys would be the Brain eating zombies of the day. They do a long involved takedown of the spiritual side of AA, but then have nothing but psychobabble to offer in it's place. It's so annoying I can't tolerate the thought of reading their book even to snark on it.

Der Fartenführer: The Story of Hitler’s Illnesses
Personally I find his dental problems interesting.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Phoning it in

Sorry, been working on the house, changing out all the shiny brass lighting for something less '80's.   Living on ladders most of the week.

Here, this lady actually put my thoughts into complete sentences...

Why almost everything you've been told about unhealthy foods is wrong

Her conclusion is a little milder than mine though-  now I just do the opposite of everything I am told by health professionals, works much better.

(by the way, I have been thinking that if I took the many wall size mirrors in this house and put them all in the small bedroom, I could cover every surface and maybe create a worm hole to that decade...)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Correlation Games

Cognitive function and oral perception in independently-living octogenarians
In this study, researchers hypothesized that the decline of cognitive impairment is involved in oral perceptions since its preclinical stage. The aim of this study was to examine association of cognitive function with tactile and taste perceptions in independently-living 80 years-old elderly.
...The OSA score was positively associated with number of teeth. On the other hand, taste thresholds of sour, salty and bitter were significantly lower in female than males. The multiple regression analysis showed that MoCA-J score had significant positive relations to both the OSA score and taste perceptions except for sweet after controlling for other variables.
These results suggest that the decline of cognitive function was related to tactile and taste perceptions in independently-living octogenarians without dementia.
Um, maybe it works the other way... maybe mouth dysfunction impairs the brain?   Maybe one infection affects them both?   Just sayin,  maybe...

And on it goes

New evidence raises questions about the link between fatty acids and heart disease
An international research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge analysed existing cohort studies and randomised trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake. They showed that current evidence does not support guidelines which restrict the consumption of saturated fats in order to prevent heart disease. The researchers also found insufficient support for guidelines which advocate the high consumption of polyunsaturated fats (such as omega 3 and omega 6) to reduce the risk of coronary disease.
This research has been done again and again by different researchers for twenty years.
The original "low fat" doctor still hasn't changed his mind though.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Some Good Stuff

Study shows gluten and dairy cause brain autoimmunity

They gave healthy people gluten and dairy and then checked them for known antibodies that bind to the brain.   They only checked a few though, didn't look for basal ganglia or hypothalamus reactive antibodies.
Interesting site but I am not advocating his book as I haven't read it.  He seems to like the Stress theory of disease, which as you probably know- annoys me.  I prefer the Disease theory of stress.


Those Pesky Details

A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say
But as obesity specialists take a closer look at the data, some are questioning the 43 percent claim, suggesting that it may be a statistical fluke and pointing out that similar studies find no such decrease in obesity among preschoolers.
In fact, based on the researchers' own data, the obesity rate may have even risen rather than declined.

...The 13.9 percent obesity rate among preschoolers reported for 2003-2004 had a large enough margin of error that the actual rate could range between 10.8 percent and 17.6 percent, the CDC authors acknowledged. The 8.4 percent rate in 2011-2012 reported could range from 5.9 percent and 11.6 percent.
the range for 2003-2004 overlaps with that of 2011-2012, Kabat said, "that's another way of saying there might have been no change" in preschoolers' obesity rate. Even an increase is a statistical possibility.
Yeah, I was skeptical of that conclusion.   Since no other groups showed any changes...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Too much internet shopping

I gotta get up and go to the hardware store or something.

Cross Stitch Microbes
Collect Them All!

ht to PourMeCoffee

Making it worse

One in five older Americans take medications that work against each other
About three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic health conditions, and more than 20 percent of them are being treated with drugs that work at odds with each other -- the medication being used for one condition can actually make the other condition worse.
Yes, that's because when patients have side effects or don't improve, they just add another drug.   

Doctor Assisted Dieting

Weight Loss Pill, Obalon, Inflates Like Balloon To Help You Feel Full
An “easily swallowable capsule,” Obalon comprises a deflated balloon attached to a long, thin tube. Once it's swallowed, the gastric balloon inflates with gas and the tube is quickly removed, all in 15 minutes, with no anesthesia. From there, the 250cc balloon, about the size of an apple, stays inflated at the top of the stomach to make its user feel full sooner. The Obalon maker says up to three balloons, rather than one large one which could be uncomfortable, could be added over a 12-week treatment program to help “consume less food at each sitting.” The balloons do not affect regular activity and are removed in a short endoscopic procedure at the end of the treatment period.
Obalon, billed as “the biggest advancement in obesity treatment,” is intended for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher. 
But feeling full isn't the problem- hypoglycemia is.
If I ate an entire pot of pasta, I would be full to the point of discomfort, and still hungry...
Been there, done that.  Over and over.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Oh Very Nice

Where have you been all my life?

Nimbus Toothbrushes

Big Thank You to LC.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fun with Zombies

My new favorite thing.  He lives on my desk.
He looks so happy.
And he rocks.

update:  reminds me of this

Now this is interesting

Commonly used pain relievers have added benefit of fighting bacterial infection
Some commonly used drugs that combat aches and pains, fever, and inflammation are also thought to have the ability to kill bacteria. New research reveals that these drugs, better known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, act on bacteria in a way that is fundamentally different from current antibiotics. The discovery could open up new strategies for fighting drug-resistant infections and 'superbugs.'
The positive effects of aspirin for rheumatism and arthritis have been documented since the 1850''s.  It was always assumed there was more than the anti-inflammatory effect, but nobody found it until now.

Virtual Pie is Gluten Free

Happy Pi Day.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Sugar more harmful than pot? Americans say so in new poll
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Americans agree with that view and take it a step further: It's less harmful than sugar.
Americans say tobacco is most harmful (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent), then sugar (15 percent) and then marijuana (8 percent).

Zombie Alert

Evangelical group that claims to resurrect the dead hunts for more corpses
A Washington-based evangelical ministry is seeking corpses to pray over to test their ability to raise the dead.

Dead Raising Team is the subject of a new documentary, Deadraisers, that chronicles their efforts to follow the admonition in Matthew 10:8: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
Founder Tyler Johnson claims his ministry has successfully resurrected 11 dead people, although he’s unwilling to provide case studies.

End of the Line

CDC: The rise of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea “appears imminent”

Sorry kids, the sexual revolution was fun while it lasted.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

From the mouth of a Righteous Maniac

Is Skinny-Fat an Actual Health Problem?

Um yes.   You can have insulin resistance and be hyperinsulinemic and not fat at the same time.
You can be prone to gaining weight and yet avoid it.
It usually involves starving, although a low carb diet accomplishes the same thing.

But cellulite is probably a skin problem, not a fat problem.
My cellulite disappeared overnight after five days on Acyclovir.   Not kidding.  It was so unbelievable I rarely talk about it.
I did not lose any weight, my thighs were still large, but smooth instead of bumpy.
I think it's a cutaneous nerve dysfunction.

related post

Cause and Effect

Cosmetic treatment can open door to bacteria
Many people have 'fillers' injected into their facial tissue to give them 'bee-stung lips' or to smooth out their wrinkles. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic treatment customers experience unpleasant side effects in the form of tender subcutaneous lumps that are difficult to treat and which -- in isolated cases -- have led to lesions that simply will not heal. Research recently published now supports that, despite the highest levels of hygiene, this unwanted side effect is caused by bacterial infection.
If you have the desire to poke holes in your face-  you probably already have an infection there and it's affecting your thinking.

Duh Science

Dropped your toast? Five-second food rule exists, new research suggests
Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, according to new research. The findings suggest there may be some scientific basis to the '5 second rule' -- the urban myth about it being fine to eat food that has only had contact with the floor for five seconds or less.
The validity of the "safe to eat" assumption depends more on the state of the floor than the time factor though, huh?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Brain Eating Zombie of the Day

Matt McFarland

Why you should be proud to sleep on the job

Um no, that's a symptom of eating too much crap for lunch.

Got it? Good.

Birth control 'does not result in more promiscuous women'
Overall, the percentage of women who stated they had multiple partners declined during the study.
Now I never want to hear any more bullshit arguments about slut control.   Reality wins this one.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Quote of the Day

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bwa ha ha ha ha

Zombie Shopping

My Two Cents

On Oscar Pistorius.

I don't know if he was so wired he shot his girlfriend in anger or by accident- but either way the man had some major stress hormones circulating for many years- demonstrated by a history of  self-righteous, impulsive aggression.

There's just no way that a double amputee becomes a world class runner without a boatload of dopamine in his system...
Just putting on those legs surely caused tissue trauma.
And I'm sure he fell on a regular basis while training.

Injury seeking is a hallmark behavior of autoimmune OCD.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Feel like you're dead anyway

Increased mortality in narcolepsy.
Mortality rates were also compared with the general US population (Centers for Disease Control data). SMRs of the narcolepsy population were consistent over the 3-year period and showed an approximate 1.5-fold excess mortality relative to those without narcolepsy. The narcolepsy population had consistently higher mortality rates relative to those without narcolepsy across all age groups, stratified by age decile, from 25-34 years to 75+ years of age. The SMR for females with narcolepsy was lower than for males with narcolepsy.
I haven't read the whole study yet.  I do not know if they break out the causes of death.  That would be interesting.   I'm guessing more cardiac problems and "self inflicted" injuries.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Not the Antioxidants

Why dark chocolate is good for your heart
It might seem too good to be true, but dark chocolate is good for you and scientists now know why. Dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis. What's more, the scientists also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect.
Interesting.  Do you know what has the opposite effects?  Makes blood vessels stiff and sticky?
Copious Amounts of Sugar.

Expected Behavior

Herbal cannabis not recommended for rheumatology patients
"At this time, we cannot recommend herbal cannabis for arthritis pain management given the lack of efficacy data, potential harm from the drug, and availability of other therapies for managing pain," concludes Dr. Fitzcharles. "Physicians should discourage rheumatology patients from using medical marijuana as a therapy."
Rheumatological diseases are autoimmune diseases, mostly to strep bacteria. 
The cannabinoid system affects digestion and metabolism. 

Smoking weed probably doesn't really affect inflammatory symptoms that much.  Dental care and infection control work better.
Cannabis affects energy balance and mood issues.   Heals guts, reduces insulin resistance.

So I wouldn't recommend it as rheumatology therapy-  but it is better than feeling like crap while doctors continue to give you useless steroids.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Riffing on this post...
  1.  When The zombie apocalypse occurs, do you think the government would have any control on it and stop it?
    Um, no dear. The government is owned by the food and drug companies that make the zombies.
    Cereal and ritalin, the All American Breakfast-  brought to you by the USDA and FDA.

  2. For the viewers watching The Talking Dead, do you think they think the survival tips are effective?
    I don't know, I stay out of the room when my husband watches it. My brain is too tired for all that blood and moaning. As I said, my site is about Narcolepsy.

  3. Should people be worried about this epidemic in the future?
    Well, there are plenty of present zombie epidemics we could work on. Today.

  4. Can you say that the show, The Walking Dead is really fictional?
    This question doesn't even make sense. Of course it's fictional. It has writers and everything.
    I think the word you are looking for is metaphorical. Allegorical. And yes, I'm sure it is.  That's the annoying thing about fiction...  lots of symbolism and moralizing, very few facts. (kind of like psychology...)
    I don't know what specific dystopian themes there are though, as I said, I don't watch it.  I have enough dystopian thoughts in my head already.

  5. Do you think scientifically it's possible for there to be a zombie apocalypse?
    I believe it has already taken place numerous times. We carry the footprints of past epidemics in our genes. Most diseases that were common in the past had significant neurological effects. That's how they hide among us- after a while they evolve to produce symptoms that make us tolerate them, less virulence, more beneficial behavior.

    Try some real epidemiology. See toxoplasmosis.
    And look up cat worship in Ancient Egypt. There's a reason the internet is all about kitties... They control the people who sit on the internet all day.
Oh and by the way. while you are actually wasting brain cells on shit like this, I am animating a Zombie Army.

Brain Eating Zombies of the Day

Kerry Banks, Ann Bevan

Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children
Many children are admitted to general acute wards with mental health problems mistaken for physical disease. Somatic symptoms, such as abdominal pain, headaches, limb pain and tiredness, often mask underlying problems and result in the NHS spending money on investigations to eliminate wrongly diagnosed disease.
It identified that somatic complaints are linked to children's upbringing and their home environments, including unstable home lives, a chaotic upbringing and parental over-protectiveness.The article concludes that somatic disorders can, to some extent, be predicted when nurses take into consideration issues such as poor family situations and parental influences, psychosocial stress, and poor emotional functioning.
Yes, you are misdiagnosing a lot of people- BUT, I really cannot say this enough-
Somatization Disorder Does Not Exist.
Just because you haven't found a biological cause, does not mean there isn't one.

You may want to look up a psychological concept called "Experimenter Bias".
It predicts that if you assume that "chaotic environments" cause "mental illnesses"- you will stop looking for physical causes for those symptoms.

Did you check those disadvantaged kids for food allergies?  Or vitamin D deficiency?  Did you treat their certain dental disease or dismiss it as inconsequential? 

You're mistaking physical symptoms for an imaginary construct.
This is the opposite of medicine. Or science.  STFU.

The Circle of Insanity

Hospitalization increases risk of depression and dementia for seniors
"There appears to be a bidirectional relationship between adverse mental health and bad medical outcomes," said lead study author Dimitry Davydow, M.D., a psychiatrist at the University of Washington. Among older people, dementia and depression appears to increase the risk of hospitalization, which might lead to further cognitive decline or depression and subsequent risk for re-hospitalization, perpetuating a vicious cycle, Davydow explained.
Yes, maybe because that's where all the germs are.

Pneumonia patients nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression, impairments
Pneumonia is the second most common hospital-acquired infection

Cognitive and Functional Decline Often Follow Severe Sepsis
Sepsis accounts for approximately 15% of hospital acquired infections.

Joseph Lister is Weeping

Physician Clean Thy Stethoscope
Stethoscopes carried more methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria after a physical exam than most areas of the physician's hand, a study showed.
MRSA contamination on the stethoscope diaphragm after a single physical exam was higher than that of all areas of the hand except the fingertips. Fingertips were by far the dirtiest, with a median of 467 total aerobic bacterial colony forming units/25 cm2, they reported in the March issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
But the diaphragm of the stethoscope was more contaminated overall than other areas of the hand, averaging 89 colony forming units/25 cm2 versus 37 at the base of the thumb, 34 at the base of the pinkie finger, and 8 on the back of the hand .
Most stethoscopes don't get cleaned even once a month, if at all, Pittet's group noted.
That's appalling  Disgusting.  Sickening...

and while I'm at it-
Unique multi-resistant bacterium difficult to eradicate
A previously unknown multi-resistant bacterium has been sticking around at a Swedish University Hospital for ten years. The reason for this is deficient hygiene routines among the staff, a doctoral thesis at Linköping University shows.
"The reason for this is that staff are careless with their hygiene routines. They do not disinfect their hands carefully enough, they use long-sleeved work clothes, or wear watches or jewellery," says Ms Lindqvist.
 And one more.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Exhibit A

Hello, I'm a student at a Florida high school and I have a research paper about zombies that's due in like 3 days and one of my requirements is to have an interview and emailing for that is fine. I wanted to ask you some questions about that
1. When The zombie apocalypse occurs, do you think the government would have any control on it and stop it?
2. For the viewers watching The Talking Dead, do you think they think the survival tips are effective?
3. Should people be worried about this epidemic in the future?
4. Can you say that the show, The Walking Dead is really fictional?
5. Do you think scientifically it's possible for there to be a zombie apocalypse
Thank you for your time. Have a great day!

You clearly did not even bother to read my site. It's about Narcolepsy.
But since you asked- the Zombie Apocalypse has already occurred. It involved sugar destroying the brains of American schoolchildren such as yourself. 

(oh my, she replied!)

I'm so sorry! I would love to! It's just I'm working on this research paper for English.
Sent from my iPhone

A matter of degree

Up late.  Heh.

Researchers identify brain differences linked to insomnia
Salas and her team, reporting in the March issue of the journal Sleep, found that the motor cortex in those with chronic insomnia was more adaptable to change—more plastic—than in a group of good sleepers. They also found more "excitability" among neurons in the same region of the brain among those with chronic insomnia, adding evidence to the notion that insomniacs are in a constant state of heightened information processing that may interfere with sleep.
Hmmmm, I wonder what it could be?

Why does the brain remember dreams?
High dream recallers, both while awake and while asleep, showed stronger spontaneous brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and in the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ), an area of the brain involved in attention orienting toward external stimuli.
Guess what.

A little or a lot. Either you think in your sleep, or your brain is so active you can't sleep.

See previous post.

Brain Eating Zombie of the Day

Childhood nightmares may point to looming health issues
Regular nightmares in childhood may be an early warning sign of psychotic disorders, researchers in the UK warn.

The relationship between sleep problems and psychosis is not clear.
One theory is that bullying or other traumatic events early in life can cause both symptoms.
Seriously? Please offer a reality based explanation for that.
Prof Wolke said a regular routine and quality sleep were key to tackling nightmares: "Sleep hygiene is very important, they should have more regular sleep, avoid anxiety-promoting films before bed and not have a computer at night."
Did you try that? Where's your data?
"Early intervention is crucial to help avoid children suffering entrenched mental illness when they reach adulthood."
Yes, early intervention would help, IF you had any frakking idea what the cause or proper treatment was.  Otherwise it's just self serving bullshit and wasting those kids' time and brain cells.

I had night terrors and scream-walked almost every night between 5 and 12 years of age   The entire time I had recurrent, chronic oropharyngeal infections.
I now know I have dental problems if I start having dreams again, REM and sleep fragmentation manifest a few days before my teeth start hurting...