Friday, December 30, 2016

This is Why

Because if they shut down PubMed
I will not be able to speak for myself.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

End of the Year

I usually put up a lot of posts, but I am just not up to it.   I am ignoring the world and obsessing on home remodeling instead.

Zombies of the Year: Gina and Christina. Shining lights in the darkness.
( I love you guys, but I refuse to ever go back to Orlando again.   Never.   Hate that place.  Ha.)

Maniac of the Year: Mr. T.
Hands down. Second year in a row.  Legendary levels of pathology.

Researcher of the Year:  Lars Andersson
Who has done math for a few years and found data that indicates that the Pandemrix vaccine also increases Type 1 diabetes incidence in children. Yep.

I am exhausted by the cognitive dissonance. All I see is illness induced outrage.
I cannot listen to news anymore, and am now even more isolated than I was before.

If humanity and democracy survive, someday it will be taught in history classes that bacteria played a YUGE role in making 2016 the global nightmare that it was.

Do what you can to make it better.
I will try to help you.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Oh the Humanity

No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours Without Sleep
The American medical system requires dangerous feats of sleep deprivation.

Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors
New research estimates that if all physicians were female, 32,000 fewer Americans would die every year.

How the Drunken Monkey Hypothesis Explains Our Taste for Liquor
Early apes’ ability to metabolize alcohol increased about 20-fold due to a single-point mutation in their genes.

Tweet with flashing images sent to epileptic writer
Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald has claimed he suffered an epileptic seizure after receiving a malicious tweet containing flashing images.

Alabama inmate kills self after mental health testimony
An Alabama inmate found dead in his cell apparently killed himself just weeks after testifying in a trial accusing the state of denying proper mental health care to prisoners, officials said Tuesday.
The Department of Corrections said Jamie Wallace, 24, was found dead in an apparent suicide five days earlier. He was found hanged in his cell at the Bullock County prison, about 45 miles southeast of Montgomery.
On Dec. 5, at the opening of a federal trial over mental health treatment in state prisons, Wallace described having multiple psychiatric disorders and claimed a prison officer once offered him a razor to use to kill himself. He also testified he had tried to hang himself at least once before.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

For the Record

I cheated.
The election tweaked my brain so hard I ate gluten and drank alcohol over Thanksgiving.
And it didn't help at all.

I didn't have the ordinary gut and sleep reaction, though.  Noooooo-  I was way too wired for that.
Not even a screaming episode afterwards.

But my skin freaked out.   Holy Dehydrathion Batman.   Instant Atopic Dermatitis.
I have been itching ever since.   My skin just crisped and cracked everywhere.   I can't stand my clothes.   Collars are impossible.  This is crazymaking...

Yeah, this is the big lesson of this adventure:
If it ain't one thing, it's another. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Yo Laura

I know you think I'm crazy, but the reason your son is depressed and obsessed is because he works in a freakin Jiffy Lube!

You gave him your lung infection and now he's breathing toxic fumes all day.
-Breathing Aryl-Hydrocarbons (petroleum fumes) reduces the immune response to lung infection, insuring it will become chronic.
-And the iron in exhaust triggers endotoxemia and psychosis.
I'm not crazy and neither is he.  Your once cheerful boy is sick and being poisoned and needs to quit his job before he gets worse.

/end rant.

The Brilliance of the Cognitively Impaired

It's just fascinating how really sick narcos can come up with complicated excuses to continue the status quo.
One of the most common arguments comes from people who have had their orexin levels tested and show no measurable levels.   They claim there isn't any reason for them to restrict their diets because they won't produce more orexin anyway.

Yeah, not so much.

1, You probably do still have viable cells, and will produce more orexin if you don't suppress them via diet.   Please read my post on The Finer Points of Progressive Cell Loss

2. If you truly don't produce any orexin, that really messes up your glucose and insulin regulation- and that makes you tired and fat- so you should eat clean anyway to compensate for that effect.

3. Your pathology is showing.  Welcome to the club.  This is a Symptom. We'll come up with any reason to keep eating carbs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Drive-By

Study shows fasting kills cancer cells of common childhood leukemia
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that intermittent fasting inhibits the development and progression of the most common type of childhood leukemia.


How hearing loss can change the way nerve cells are wired

Oh Holy Hell.    This is why I could not think when my ears were ringing.   Why my sense of direction just disappeared...


Time-Travel Therapy
Can a faux 1950s downtown sharpen the minds of dementia patients?
Not unless it actually takes them back to a time before their doctors gave them antibiotics...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Checking In

Sorry I have been slacking off on the blog.  We bought a property and it is going to close before Christmas.  Got kind of busy around here all of a sudden... I will try to get to the Alzheimer's paper soon, but there will probably be light posting the next few weeks.

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.

Gridlock Guy: Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving

Lung function decline accelerates in menopausal women

A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Holy Toledo!

Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut and travel to the brain

Yep, it's triggered by intestinal permeability and endotoxin  too.
Exposure to endotoxin generates a distinct, clumpy form of  α-synuclein fibril.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Some for You

While I write up a new Alzheimer's hypothesis.   I knew the old one was wrong the moment I published it...

Sugar And Your Health: How The Sugar Industry Influenced Scientific Research
They  made you think eating fat makes you fat.

Pasteurised intestinal bacterium reduces effects of obesity and diabetes
Thanks Finland!

Aspirin regimen for older adults has long-term benefits
Aspirin is anti-microbial.   Salicylates improve your mucous membranes' infection fighting abilities.

Zika in fetal brain tissue responds to a popular antibiotic
The scientists screened 2,177 FDA-approved drugs for their ability to block Zika infection of brain cells cultured in the lab, and identified several that did, including azithromycin, a widely used antibiotic.

If high-school kids in Australia can replicate a $750 drug for $2, why is it still so expensive to buy?
For the record, Martin Shkreli did not research or develop a damn thing.  He's a soulless vampire.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Booyah!

Gram-negative bacteria may influence Alzheimer's disease pathology
For the first time, researchers have found higher levels of Gram-negative bacteria antigens in brain samples from late-onset Alzheimer's disease patients. Compared to controls, patients with Alzheimer's had much higher levels of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and E coli K99 pili protein. In addition, The UC Davis team also found LPS molecules congregated with amyloid plaques, which have been linked to Alzheimer's pathology and progression.
Dance-dance-dance!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good Info

What is glossopharyngeal neuralgia?
Neuralgia is severe pain caused by injury or damage to a nerve. The glossopharyngeal nerve is the ninth (IX) cranial nerve, which arises from the brainstem inside the skull. It supplies sensation to the back of the throat and tongue and portions of the ear (Fig. 1).

When the glossopharyngeal nerve becomes irritated, an attack of intense electric shock-like pain is felt in the back of the throat, tongue, tonsil or ear. You may initially experience short, mild attacks, with periods of remission. But neuralgia can progress, causing longer, frequent attacks of searing pain.

About 10% of people also have potentially life-threatening episodes of heart irregularities caused by involvement of the nearby Vagus nerve, the tenth (X) cranial nerve. These symptoms are:
  • slow pulse
  • sudden drop in blood pressure
  • fainting (syncope)
  • seizures
Sound familiar?
There are apparently all kinds of surgical procedures they will try on patients to alleviate this.
But I am guessing a whole lot of it is due to infectious activity in the mouth.

Brain Eating Zombie of the Day

Frank Bures

Is PMS Real?
Or is it just a figment of our menstruation-fearing culture?
Yeah Frank- STFU.   You're a freakin maniac.  What makes you think your obsessive search for aberrant behavior and bizarre customs is in any way relevant to this syndrome?

This phenomenon is easily explained by white women eating extremely high carb diets.

You are the definition of a Self-Unaware White Man.  You believe your own Bullshit.
Seek Reality.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Plug into the Matrix

Google’s DeepMind agrees new deal to share NHS patient data
Google’s DeepMind has announced a five-year agreement with a UK National Health Service (NHS) trust that will give it access to patient data to develop and deploy its healthcare app, Streams.
Yeah, Google has already teamed up with Glaxo-Smith-Klein to monitor your organs with implants.

Must See This

It's undeniable.

Watch Medical Marijuana's effect on Parkinson's
Aided by a fellow Parkinson's patient and marijuana advocate, Larry tries medical marijuana for the first time. With a few drops of cannabis oil under his tongue, Larry's severe dyskinesia (uncontrolled movements), loss of voice, and tremors are calmed within in minutes! We didn't even edit the footage because the results were so startling. Please share this to help educate the public. This isn't about politics, people need to see how medical marijuana works on very real patients with very real problems!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reality Based Trigger Alert

Why We're Living in the Age of Fear
This is the safest time in human history. So why are we all so afraid?
...
If someone opens fire at a concert you're attending, you experience fear. But if you're at a concert and you're worried that a shooting attack could occur there, that's anxiety.
The biological difference, says LeDoux, is the worry and nervousness that we label as anxiety originate not in the amygdala, but predominantly in a small area of the stria terminalis – the pathway connecting the amygdala to the hypothalamus – known as the bed nucleus. It is this area that researchers believe is hyperactivated during generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety.
This may seem like a small distinction. But in actuality, it is everything. Because where fear is about a danger that seems certain, anxiety is, in LeDoux's words, "an experience of uncertainty."

And guess what disinhibits your Stria Terminalis?   Systemic EndotoxinImpaired breathing.
Anxiety is a symptom of illness.
Which is common in the elderly.

Yeah, this guy probably could have used that information.
Author dies after diagnosing himself with ‘Post-Trump Stress Disorder’

(I have thought about this since I was a small child.
This is how I described my screamwalking nightmares:  "Nothing to fear.  Just fear itself.")

Friday, November 25, 2016

Oh My

Now that's some good data:

Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.
 Please note the crucial words:  "Followed By"

Mental symptoms can come BEFORE the epithelial symptoms.   Your nerves are affected at the same time as the rest of you.
It's a real phenomenon of a real illness.

Odds and Ends

Zika is no longer an emergency – it’s worse than that, says WHO
Zika virus no longer represents a public health emergency, the World Health Organisation announced on Friday. On the face of it, this sounds like good news. But this is not a downgrading of the threat of the virus – if anything, it’s an upgrading, says Christian Lindmeier of the WHO.
The emergency status was used when little was known about Zika virus, and an urgent response was required from funders and researchers to learn more. “Today, we are in a very different situation,” Peter Salama, head of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, told a press briefing on Tuesday. Now that we know that Zika causes brain damage in fetuses and newborns, and that it is spreading, we need a long term approach. “It’s critical that we recognise that Zika virus will continue to spread,” he says. “And we need to continue to be able to respond.”

Fracking Cause Earthquakes
Critics of fracking often cite increased earthquakes as one of the many dangers the natural gas extraction method poses to communities and regions. It’s a contentious issue — natural gas proponents and oil companies say it just ain’t true — but new research published Thursday finds that clusters of earthquakes in western Canada are indeed caused by fracking.

Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder

Key Alzheimer's drug fails memory test, Eli Lilly shares plunge
Twenty years of research shows clearly that breaking up amyloid plaques is not the answer.  You have to prevent them.

No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS
They contain maltodextrin-  an allergen.  go figure.

Baby’s White Streak in Hair Keeps Family’s 200-Year Heritage Alive

Students have trouble judging the credibility of information online, researchers find
Back in the day, librarians taught these skills to middle schoolers.
I guess that's so last-century.

Why diet drinks with aspartame may actually help make you fatter

Worrying traces of resistant bacteria in air
Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria. Researchers have shown that air samples from Beijing contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have.

It's Not Rocket Science

The enormous pop-up clinic trying to bridge America’s health divide
Dr Joe Smiddy, one of the long-time volunteer doctors on site, has seen similar scenarios play out for patients here, time and again: “Once they lose their teeth, or they have unsightly teeth, they lose part of their own marketability. They have trouble finding a job,” he says. “Course, when they lose their job, they lose any healthcare they might have had. And then you can have substance issues where people are self‑medicating with tobacco and street drugs for what is real pain and real anxiety.”

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Narcolepsy Day!

Argue.
Eat inappropriate things.
Nap.

This year, I am giving thanks for Gina and Christina.   My Heroes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is Why

Woman dies in jail after not having $500 to pay court
New details have emerged in the Defenders investigation of a woman who died while serving a 30-day sentence in the Macomb County Jail.
Jennifer Meyers, 37, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for being behind on her child-support payments. The Defenders have learned Meyers was being held behind bars as part of a policy called "pay or stay" that puts people who can't afford to pay court fines in jail until they can....
Meyers' 30-day sentence ended up being a life sentence after she was escorted into the Macomb County Jail and died from sepsis 12 days later.

Because sickness creates poverty.
There are large amounts of actively bacteremic people who are barely surviving as it is.
If you don't know that,  shit like this happens.

(But if you're rich and chronically infected, you can fly around in a gold plated airplane and get elected to "lead" the free world...)

Silliness

Sorry, I am cleaning the house...  here, have some holiday fun.

Irish People Taste Test Thanksgiving Food


Behold the Stomach-Bursting Glory of the 20-Pound Gummi Turkey

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Strike That, Reverse It

Sexism may be harmful to men's mental health
Men who see themselves as playboys or as having power over women are more likely to have psychological problems than men who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
... "The masculine norms of playboy and power over women are the norms most closely associated with sexist attitudes," said Wong. "The robust association between conformity to these two norms and negative mental health-related outcomes underscores the idea that sexism is not merely a social injustice, but may also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of those who embrace such attitudes."
Honestly, can nobody think logically anymore?
This works the other way around.  Mental illness is a symptom of physical dysfunction.   People who are sick get stressed and cranky.   And want to avoid people.

More specifically:  An active immune response creates Panic Induced Outsider Aggression.

A lot of men just choose women as the enemy.   Others use skin color and religion, etc.

See Also:  Trump Administration

Monday, November 21, 2016

Plausible Deniability is the Refuge of Sociopaths

“President-elect Trump has continued to denounce racism of any kind and he [got] elected because he will be a leader for every American,” Bryan Lanza, a spokesman for the Trump-Pence Transition said in a statement, according to CNN.
“To think otherwise is a complete misrepresentation of the movement that united Americans from all backgrounds.”

Having other people cover your ass is a sign of a Second-Rate Sociopath.

Here's a racist with some cognitive integrity:
The white flight of Derek Black

Saturday, November 19, 2016

ThisClose

Another Quote for Today:
"The virus of polarization and animosity permeates our way of thinking, feeling and acting."
 -Pope Francis
It's probably mostly bacterial, but yes, it's very much affecting our thinking.  Making us panic and retaliate.   It's so tragic.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

“Darkness is good.  “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”   -Steve Bannon 
 Ummmmm No.  That's Sociopathy.

You can be sure they will come for the "addicts"

Since Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines, in May, more than three thousand people have been killed in a vicious drug war.

Ironic, huh?

Update:  How this Starts.
Donald Trump’s attorney general could terminate the rule that protects state-legalized marijuana

You angry.sick young men have no fucking clue what you have done...

As I Was Saying

The Oxy Electorate
In fact, Trump’s “oxy electorate” is swimming in a sea of correlations, not just to high rates of drug overdoses, but, as demographer Shannon Monnat has found, to suicide and deaths from alcohol as well, not to mention dramatic reductions in economic mobility.
Drug and alcohol usage are symptoms of untreated illnesses.
And being sick ruins your employment opportunities.

It's This Simple

A team of cognitively impaired and neurally inflamed, white-supremacist kleptocrats is going to be one terror attack away from emergency powers in the United States.

I'm guessing Russia already has a devious operation all wrapped up.   An inauguration gift, shall we say...

If you're not terrified, you're not paying attention.

A Few for You

My sleep schedule is all messed up.   I crash for a few hours, get up to pee, and then remember the world has gone batshit insane...
I'm trying to do research, but it's almost all about insanity and doesn't seem to be calming me.
Here's some new articles.

Last-line antibiotics are failing
On the occasion of the 9th European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is releasing its latest EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic consumption. In 2015, antibiotic resistance continued to increase for most bacteria and antibiotics under surveillance

Fish oil supplements may improve muscle function in older women

High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating colon's lining, protects against infection

Pessimism associated with risk of death from coronary heart disease
Crankiness is a symptom of systemic infection.  Sheesh.

Sleep apnea may make lung cancer more deadly
This is interesting data, but I believe that low level infections in hypoxic conditions is actually what
triggers tumor growth in the first place.

Sleep apnea immediately compromises blood pressure 

High blood pressure affects 1.13 billion people around the world

Congenital virus in children with cerebral palsy more common than thought
That makes sense.

Early evidence of dairying discovered
The study uncovered evidence that humans have been utilizing milk and dairy products across the northern Mediterranean region from the onset of agriculture - some 9,000 years ago.
Autism and human evolutionary success
Very interesting hypothesis about the benefit of extraordinary memory abilities. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yo Doctors

There's a lot of things that need to change in Health Care, but for right now, you just need to Step Up...
or there won't be any sick people sitting in your waiting rooms.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another Wave of Tears

oh holy crap I just remembered the Zika Virus...

And the impending wave of zombie babies....

Dear researchers, please work your ass off while you still have some funding.

State of the Science

After decades of research, science is no better able to predict suicidal behaviors
You're better off flipping a coin than asking a psych.

New JAMA/Harvard Medical School study on gun laws finds shocking result: they work to lower homicides

America's Nightmare

Paul Ryan is determined to gut Medicare. This time he might succeed 

He's going to give it to insurance companies.  Who are now hostages of the pharmas.
Yeah, this Matrix Thing is gonna be GREAT.

Quote of the Day

"I’ve got a cure for mental health issues,” Steve Bannon wrote. “Spank your children more.”

Are we surprised a Nazi feels this way?

(Laura, Libby, Caleb - he's talking about you.  Uh huh.  Say buh-bye to your Xanax.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Zombie Shopping

The Vexed Man

See the trigeminal neuralgia.

This and That

Pneumonia rates linked to hospital ventilators have not dropped
The study found that about 10 percent of critically ill patients placed on a ventilator develop Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia.
Study finds large decrease in coronary heart disease in US 
Yes, but the statins that produced this effect have induced an equal amount of diabetes... thanks doctors!

Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism
There we go.

Traumatic stress changes brains of boys, girls differently

Depression on the rise among US teens, especially girls
Oh yay.  This trend continues...

Study shows how problem behaviors spread in siblings
Yeah.  It spreads like an infection.   Go figure.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Charred Black Linings

I am just hoping the Pharma companies are so greedy they won't allow the ACA to be dismantled.

Let's Go Here Too

Fun with Medical History













related post

All Animals Are Equal

But some head infections are more virulent than others.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Smoke and Mirrors

Teens with asthma almost twice as likely to smoke as their healthy counterparts
"The study found 22 percent of the kids with asthma smoked, while only 12 percent of kids without asthma smoked," said allergist Bradley Chipps, MD, ACAAI Fellow, and asthma expert. "The researchers discovered that curiosity about cigarette smoking is the main reason why kids with asthma start smoking. They then develop a greater dependence (22 percent) to nicotine compared to kids the same age who don't have asthma (12 percent)." Dr. Chipps was not involved with the study.
The study examined more than 3,300 questionnaires from adolescents between 13-19 years of age. Two groups were formed -- those with asthma and those without. The data from the questionnaires revealed teens with asthma who began smoking before 11 years of age continue smoking because they believe the habit lessens their anxiety and stress.
Yes, well that's because it does.
Nicotine is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and  reduces the symptoms of mild respiratory infections, especially anxiety.
First hand smoke does not have the same deleterious effects as second hand smoke.  The particles in smoke trigger asthma, but the nicotine suppresses it.

I grew up with a smoker, had pretty severe asthma as a child- and it went away when I started smoking at 13.   It truly did.
Smoking eventually destroyed my mouth... but that's another topic for another day.


For the record:  Narcoleptics are also almost twice as likely to smoke.

Related Post

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Excellent Documentation of the Obvious

High Rates of Psychiatric Comorbidity in Narcolepsy

RESULTS:
The final population included 9,312 narcolepsy subjects and 46,559 controls . All categories of mental illness were significantly more prevalent in patients with narcolepsy versus controls, with the highest excess prevalence noted for Mood disorders, Depressive disorders, and Anxiety disorders. Excess prevalence of anxiety and mood disorders (narcolepsy vs controls) was higher in younger age groups versus older age groups. Psychiatric medication usage was higher in the narcolepsy group versus controls in the following categories: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (36% vs 17%), anxiolytic benzodiazepines (34% vs 19%), hypnotics (29% vs 13%), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (21% vs 6%), and tricyclic antidepressants (13% vs 4%).

CONCLUSIONS:
Narcolepsy is associated with significant comorbid psychiatric illness burden and higher psychiatric medication usage compared with the non-narcolepsy population.

Update-  don't forget Narcolespy is also comorbid with lots of "Physical" illnesses.

How to make a Maniac

See the Microbes, Fructose, Sleep deprivation and Vitamin D deficiency...

See the vicious circles.
See the pathology

Friday, November 11, 2016

State of the Insanity

White supremacists urge trolling Clinton supporters to suicide


Oh yeah, this is really starting off Great.

Patriots

On this Veteran's Day, I think of my father who was an Air Force fighter pilot.   He was an obsessively dedicated and talented hotshot.
In 1962, he spent about a week in an airplane on a tarmac in Florida, waiting to see if he would have to bomb Cuba.
"I lived in that machine with an atomic bomb strapped to my ass."
That's how he put it.

He was lucky that John F. Kennedy was president.   Because my father was a good soldier.

Yo Millennials

Baby Boomers did this.   Blew up your future.

There's a reason for that.
My generation has been chronically infected and drinking alcohol, bingeing on carbs, and taking antibiotics and steroids for half a century.  We're the first cohort of Pharmaceutical Americans.

Trust me on this- their brains are toasted.   They're. Fucking. Suicidal.
They're going to burn the place down.

You need to comprehend the enormity of that.  Right the Hell Now.

Update:  Yoo Hoo UK Readers.  Ummm, yeah, Brexit.  See the vortex.

Microbarama

'First flu' affects lifetime risk
A person's chance of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests.
This is really interesting.  There was a shift from H1 viruses to H3 viruses in the 1960's.  

Constipation Linked to Risk of Kidney Disease, New Study Finds
They suggest the microbiome.  And inflammation.   Which is a pretty vague guess.
One hundred dollars says this is evidence of Strep B which colonizes both the intestines and urinary tract.

Multi-drug resistant infection spreading globally among cystic fibrosis patients

Zombiespotting

Heh, I have been assuming he was one of us...
If I wasn't so great at sleeping this election would be keeping me up at night.

Nov 9
I picked the wrong time to be off bread, sugar and booze.

NO.  That is an illusion.  Now is the time we must all detox our guts and avoid organically induced despair. 
More Sativa, Doug. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Old Song of the Day

Oh yeah, I remember this.   Post Trauma Recovery Protocol
Honestly, I was hoping to never listen to this again.

Drinking Doesn't Help

Start back at the beginning.

Take a shower.  Rehydrate.  Clean out your entire head and neck.
Have some chicken broth and white tea.
Do some mild exercise.  Clean your house.  Walk your dog.

Do the next thing.  All day.
Get up and do it again.

I can't drink anymore, but I still need to get off the damn computer and take my own advice.   
Hang in there.

Correlation Games

These States prescribe the most Opioid Painkillers

Everything old is new again

I lived through the 1960's.  I remember the vibe pretty well.   I really did not feel any nostalgia for that tacky, uncivilized, bigoted, violent decade.

It's a freaking VietNam era flashback out there.
The threats and intimidation and bullying have already begun.
Mad Men indeed.

More Than Ever

Never underestimate the power of a woman who feels a need to rearrange the furniture.


Warren/Knowles 2020

Moving On

I finally slept.  Time to get back to work.
Some reading for you.

Researchers affirm diet can impact migraines

Alzheimer's disease found to be a diabetic disorder of the brain

Study finds acupuncture lowers hypertension by activating natural opioids

Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High
Yeah, just wait to see what happens now.

Regular intake of sugary beverages, but not diet soda, is associated with prediabetes

Study links shorter sleep and sugar-sweetened drink consumption

Can you smell through your lungs?
It was always thought that olfactory receptors' sole bodily function was to smell, and could only be found inside a nose. But now a new study, published in Frontiers in Physiology, has found two olfactory receptors in human lung tissue.
And when the researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany activated these receptors, they found that they regulated the way in which the airways smooth muscle cells contracted.
These types of receptors explain the metabolic effects of nicotine and other inhalants...

Penn program trains librarians to improve public health and welfare

Amelia Earhart's last chapter was as a heroic castaway
More assumptions by 20th century white men.  Geez Louise.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Then Again

If this is the effed up bizarro world I have to live in-
Who really needs brain cells and sanity?

The possibilities are mind boggling.
Joe Arpaio for Director of Homeland Security?
Martin Shkreli for FDA Chairman?

I've got a real urge to eat some Jack in the Box tacos...
And sink into the predictable swirly dreams about Idris Elba.
I really miss my semi-conscious life.   It's way better than this nightmare.
Even the hangover migraines are more tolerable.

It's a bad day for the future of sanity.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Maniacs Win

I was really optimistic that we would have another four years to turn back this epidemic.
But it's clear now that more than 50% of the electorate is actively sick in the head.
Blinded by pain and panic.  Unable to discern truth from lies.  Capable of nothing but rage.

Yeah- been there, done that.   Over and over.
But I always wanted to destroy myself, not everyone else.

I do not know if it is possible to heal a sickness this pervasive.
I do not know how I will live in a world more dissonant than my mind already is.

I will do what I can.
Bartender, Brawndo for everyone!

Election Day

I have spent the last couple weeks obsessively reading Twitter.

Here is the tweet I think sums up the whole Year-
It's as if the 2016 election script was written by the South Park guys and the only network note was "needs more dick stuff." Tim Siedell ‏@badbanana
Yeah, I'm going to move rocks and gravel around my yard all day, and when I come in tonight, this all should be over.

Go Vote if you haven't already.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Piping Fresh Hypothesis, right off the griddle

A Vagal Infection Mechanism of Cataplexy

If you are familiar with my writing, you know that I think strep infections are a big cause of Narcolepsy.  My main thesis is that chronic long-term infection causes less orexin production, orexin cell destruction and drastic metabolic changes that we experience as sleep, eating and mood disorders.
But I haven't really had a good explanation for how a systemic infection could cause cataplexy. A constant low level of orexin doesn't really account for the sudden onset of cataplexy.

I read something that flipped a switch in my brain though.
Look at this:

The Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Location, Location, Location.
VanElzakker proposes that an infection triggers CFS, but if his theory is right the most important thing about that infection is not what it is but where it is. That ‘where’ is the biggest nerve in the body; the vagus nerve – a ‘wandering nerve’ that stretches over much of our torso and sends its roots into most of the organs of the body.
The vagus nerve isn’t just any nerve; it’s the nervous system’s immune conduit to the brain. VE believes that an infection there doesn’t need to be large to cause havoc in the brain; it just needs to be present.

This may be what is going on with cataplexy.
Strep infections result in chronic throat biofilms from either nasal or tonsillar ulcers.  Pathogenic bacteria create mucous coverings in the throat near the ear canals.   And these persistent colonies are antibiotic resistant.

The branches of the vagus nerve run down both sides of your neck,    They run right next to the ears and down the front of your chest and all through your abdomen.
The vagus nerve controls a lot of things.  Your heart rhythm, your digestion, all the way down to your reproductive organs.   Not to mention it is wired to the Locus Ceruleus in the brain- which triggers cataplexy.

I am pretty convinced that if you have a chronic biofilm near the ears, the bacteria can infiltrate and affect the nerve-  and when you stimulate the the nerve via stress, you trigger a neurological short-circuit.

Orexin cells also directly control heart rhythm by direct contact with the Vagus.   I would guess this causes that feeling that someone is sitting on your chest during panic attacks.   And maybe some of the heart fluttering that happens when we're hypoglycemic.

Anyhow-  the Vagus nerve is in the throat.   It seems to cause the panic problems.
Trigeminal nerve is in the nose and mouth.  Infections in those places seem to cause the headaches and hallucinations.

(For the record, a good portion of my certainty comes from attending Narcolepsy conferences.   I watch the audience.  In one afternoon session, at least 80% of the zombies were rubbing their necks behind the ear, the others were asleep.  We also tend to pierce our ears and faces a lot.)

Vagal Stimulating Devices are all the rage these days.   I think that might be promising.  
But you should probably try this first.

This is Why

Because Chelsea Manning attempted suicide again.
Which is so predictable it makes my head screech.

The military hierarchy that control her autonomy, and the medical, psychiatric and dietary protocols that affect her thinking insure that she will never be able to escape the vortex.

It causes me unbearable anguish to think about this.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I Have Faith

Rise, sisters, rise. Defeat Donald Trump
by Eve Ensler
You don’t have to trust Hillary Clinton. You don’t have to like her. You need to help get her elected and then trust us – trust this covenant of women and loving men, this new army which will have the power joined in our newfound numbers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Beauty and Joy

THIS IS WHY.  THIS. THIS. THIS!

Gina's Video is Online  (Get some tissues.)

I would gush over it, but she speaks better for herself.
I do agree with the commenter who wishes she had more time...

And if you have the means, please go over and donate to her GoFundMe drive, she has worked for years studying and organizing and getting this ready- and we really need her to take this show on the road!

Big Thanks to Glenn who did all the audio modulation and merged in the graphics.   He totally rocks.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Zombie Day

See the transfer to the next generation.
Watch the children accept brain numbing poison from grownups...

Sorry I don't have any fun pics.   I am suffering from some wicked irony fatigue.

Update:  Here you go, even dead people want sugar.
The sweet side of Mexico's Day of the Dead

Fun with Anxiety

My kind of research:

Very British Problems (on Netflix)

See the respiratory infections
See the dental problems.
See the vortex.
While laughing your ass off.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trump Nervous Breakdown Watch Starts Now

It is becoming pretty clear that He is not going to win the election.
And it is also pretty obvious that he is acutely infected and septic.

He has planned for a year to be successful on Nov 8.    His brain has set that deadline.   It knows exactly when the reward is due.
He has been riding and enduring the manic symptoms in anticipation of that moment.   His body thinks it's going to be able to rest then.   It's been quietly enduring the accumulating damage until things get better.
Unfortunately for him, that is not going to happen.   Trump TV probably won't even happen.  He apparently doesn't have enough money to subsidize it.
His world will be worse than when he started- he now has all kinds of fires to put out in his businesses and personal life, and his metabolism will just not continue.
It will just shut down and try to recover whether he wants to or not.

It might be something drastic like a heart attack or stroke, but major depression and suicidal tendencies are more likely.
This will be reported as "Hospitalized for Exhaustion".    Think "Wailing on the Floor".

World-Class Snotty Toddler Tantrum in 10-9-8...

Just Sayin

Dear Young Men:
While you are deciding who to vote for, please realize that in the future women will use your choice to determine if you are a viable romantic partner or a predator.

It's a mental shortcut, but we tend to err on the side of caution in those matters.  We don't ignore big red flags.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

From the Archives Again

How to Make a Zombie
Take ordinary person.
Cut into them with a scalpel for some reason.  Introduce some bacteria into their bloodstream.
Then prescribe antibiotics and opiates and a low fat/high carb diet, and tell them to stay out of the sun- all of which will reduce their immune system response.

Wallah.  You have just created a chronically ill perma-patient.

Friday, October 28, 2016

This is Why

These two articles describe the same study.   I think it's fascinating how the titles differ.

Hospital rooms and patients equally likely to transmit pathogens

Study: Dangerous bacteria can end up on nurses' scrubs

Either way, hospitals are saturated with drug resistant microbes and everyone in them has been spreading them around for decades without even realizing it.

Article Roundup

The transition from daylight saving time to standard time leads to depressions
Yes it does.   Dumped me into a funk for a week every year in Seattle.
We don't have it in Arizona, it was one of my reasons to move here. 

EpiPen Rival is Back to Provide a Cheaper Option for Patients Faced with Skyrocketing Costs

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, 

Vitamin D supplements for pregnant women should be customised to the individual to ensure benefits are felt
Vitamin D supplements are less effective at raising vitamin D levels in pregnant women if they deliver their babies in the winter, have low levels of vitamin D early in pregnancy or gain more weight during pregnancy, a new Southampton study has shown

Vaccination of newborn mice with bacteria suppresses asthma as adults
"It's pretty amazing," said Kearney, a Distinguished Professor in Microbiology in the UAB School of Medicine. "We started doing neonatal immunizations in all three asthma models, and we found that all three were protected against asthma-like symptoms."
The window to achieve protection remains open for only a short time after birth.
"We do not see protection if we immunize the adults," Kearney said. "The exposure has to happen early—in human equivalents, probably within the first two years. The kinds of immune cells that appear early in life appear to change later in life."

Impulsive personality linked to greater risk for early onset of meth use

Sloths aren’t lazy – their slowness is a survival skill

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Not our Imagination

When Gut Bacteria Changes Brain Function
Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.
Yes, so do a lot of narcoleptics.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Conference Recap

Okay, I'm home.   Didn't realize how much flying would mess with my ears.   Should have, I guess...

I can't really tell you much about the conference, I didn't staff the table, as I had a wicked headache from the flights, and didn't want to snap at anyone (like the Jazz rep, heh).
I didn't attend any of the sessions, except Gina's.  There's always at least one thing in every lecture that makes me want to scream, and I didn't have a wing-man to stop me.

Gina was a shining star though.   Her whole presentation was exquisite.
She had a vendor table that was bright and inviting, and she gave out her Madcap Miss website information and greeted everyone who came through.   (And remembered most of their names!   I wish I could do that.)  By the time Sunday rolled around she had made friends with nearly everyone and convinced a ton of them to come hear her talk about Diet, even though as we know, zombies are addicted to food.   The room was full, and the 200 pamphlets she made flew off the table like they were donuts.

Her presentation was better than I ever could have imagined.  She was so confident and natural, her delightful personality made everyone feel at ease.  She told the story of her family- her mom, herself, and her son-  how they were diagnosed, how they were before gluten/carb restriction, and how they are now.   (with a sprinkling of science thrown in to convince them this is real.)  It was breathtaking.   Literal gasps and tears in the audience.   Including me, and I've lived through it with her...

It was glorious.   She definitely made an impression. The people who were there will never again be able to eat without thinking about orexin.   Cha Ching!

I did meet a couple of zombies I have only known via internet.
Gina's son Glenn, who is just freakin remarkable.  A genius with a heart of gold.
He assisted his mom with the booth and all the AV stuff too.    He's processing the video and when I get the link you can all watch it yourself.

And we went for ketogenic dinner with our friend Sarah, who started the Gluten Free PWN group on Facebook.  I have wanted to meet her and hug her for years.  I couldn't deal with social media.  She changed everything for us.  Exponentially.   I can never thank her enough.


There's really nothing in the world that gives me more anxiety than a narcolepsy conference. 
It kills me to see all the sick people and not be able to help them all personally.   I didn't want to ever attend another one.  I am much better at research and writing and helping us that way, I know that.
But I wanted to see Gina do her thing.  I knew she had what it takes to deal with scary zombies and get the message out there.
And Holy Firecracker Batman-  boy does she.  I'm so glad I was there to see it.

Another dream come true...

Some Pics

Video link soon.



 








Saturday, October 22, 2016

Not Ignoring You

Gina and I are at the Narcolepsy Network conference with her son Glenn.
She's got a vendor table for Madcap Miss, and will be giving her presentation on a Gluten-free/Low-carb diet tomorrow.
Will try to post more later, if the internet is still working.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ZOMG

The infection in his right nasal sinus is taking over his face.
And look at those eyes.
No wonder he's raving like a lunatic.
He's a sick, sick puppy.

Update:   The people who obsess on such things observed he wasn't sniffing as much this time.
So they went back and noticed it was because he was mouth breathing instead.
Uh huh.  Go figure.

That is not "one weird trick".  That's a symptom of respiratory distress...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Silliness

A rerun from the archives
Sugar makes you sleepy. sugar makes you sad.
Sugar makes you crazy. sugar makes you mad.
Sugar makes you stupid. sugar makes you fat.
But sugar is addictive- so you just ignore all that.
 Ha, I don't remember writing it...

Another Reason to Avoid It

New study links protein in wheat to the inflammation of chronic health conditions
Scientists have discovered that a protein in wheat triggers the inflammation of chronic health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and also contributes towards the development of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
With past studies commonly focusing on gluten and its impact on digestive health, this new research turns the spotlight onto a different family of proteins found in wheat called amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs). The study shows that the consumption of ATIs can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Evidence suggests that ATIs can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lupus and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as inflammatory bowel disease.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Voted

For the Presidential Candidate who understands and believes in our democratic form of government.

And for Legal Weed...  duh.

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

As I was Saying

The shocking pain of American men
In a recently released draft of his paper, which he will present at a Federal Reserve conference in Boston on Friday, Krueger finds that 44 percent of male, prime-age labor force dropouts say they took pain medication the day prior — which is more than twice the rate reported by employed men.
Go figure.
Opioid Pain pills cause spinal nerve damage.

Stop blaming these guys problems on economic displacement- they are are being permanently disabled by their doctors!

So Envious

As an old lady who has had verbal dysfunction since I was a small child-

I would actually give up the rest of my life for one day of the ability to speak clearly and naturally like Barack and Michelle Obama.
To breathe properly, to move my mouth comfortably, to not have tunnel vision, to not hear my words feedbacking in my head, to stay on track.
I would stand in front of a video camera the whole 24 hours and explain all this stuff I have been ruminating on for so long.
And I would die happy for the chance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Obsessing on Obsession

It's hard not to...

Anyhow, if Trump is such a germophobe that he refuses to shake hands and freaked out when being miked for TV-

Why does he feel compelled to stick his tongue in stranger's mouths?

And for the record- EWWWWW.    I would never want him close enough to breathe on me.     Whatever microbe that is up in his head, it's clearly virulent.  (Made his kids into rat faced monsters.)

See...that's halfway on topic...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This and That

DEA drastically cutting Opioid production for 2017
That should solve the problem.   Yep.

Marijuana prison venture is Damian Marley's vision for economic growth
Bob Marley’s youngest son wants to transform a decaying California prison into a medical marijuana manufacturing plant – and revitalize a depressed rural town
Wow.  There's lots of unimaginable headlines these days, but that is a story I never expected.

How human genes affect the microbiome
One particularly interesting finding was the association between genetic variants that determine the presence of lactase in adults and the presence of Bifidobacterium in the gut. Lactase deficiency causes lactose intolerance. 'Surprisingly enough, we found no difference in overall milk intake by individuals with or without the hypolactasia predisposing genotype', says principal investigator Dr. Alexandra Zhernakova. But, for individuals without the functional lactase gene, the numbers of Bifidobacterium increased with a higher consumption of dairy products.
A possible explanation for these results is that Bifidobacterium, which can break down lactose, rescues lactase-deficient individuals from lactose intolerance. 'As the bacterium is ingested through milk, it appears that these individuals can actually continue drinking milk if it causes no complaints', says Zhernakova.
Now that is fascinating.   

Mammograms may not need that painful 'squish'. Should I be relieved or appalled?
It’s hard to believe it took this long for someone to look at whether making mammograms less painful would also make them less useful.
No, it's really not.   

Back to our Regularly Scheduled Insanity

This is the kind of sexism women who want to be doctors deal with in med school

Medical school can be brutal, and it’s making many of us suicidal
Research has found that students may arrive at medical school feeling less burnout and depression than other people of their age. Yet once in medical school, they go on to have greater risk of mental-health problems and suicidal thoughts. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, medical students suffer from depression at rates 15 to 30 percent greater than the general population.
Yo Doctors:
One would think that you would be the people to recognize the fact that tormenting and sleep depriving your very obsessive disciples is unhealthy for them...
Not to mention that this process is self-sustaining because it selects for not the smartest, but the most manic and obedient individuals. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

It's a Feature, not a Bug

Donald Trump Sniff Count:  84

And a fine display of the oppositionally defiant behavior of a snotty toddler.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Missing My Orexin Cells

It sure would be nice to have a functioning metabolism-

Because today I have a real urge for some popcorn and champagne.

Maybe I'll make some Lemonade instead...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday Cat Blogging

Is that still a thing?
Because I finally got a picture of her...















She lives in the clump of trees in the wash in my side yard. She had a big, fat kitten with her, but wouldn't let it come out when I was visible.

I put an Arizona Wildcats spinner on one of the branches, I hope she likes it.

Brain Eating Zombie of the Day

Olga Khazan, again.

How Back Pain Took Over the World
Even when you include poor and middle-income countries, low back and neck pain went from ranking 12th as a cause of disability globally in 1990 to ranking fourth in 2015, the most recent year. In most countries, it was the leading cause of disability. DALYs from low back and neck pain increased by more than 17 percent from 2005.
She blames obesity.
I blame Doctors.

Opioid Pain Relievers INCREASE back pain over time by destroying neurons in the spinal cord.
And they promote obesity.
And constipation.   Which causes back pain too.

Every time they prescribe pain pills... people get worse.
And they've been handing out those highly addictive versions like candy for a while now.
It's not at all surprising that this incidence is shooting skyward.

Neck pain comes from bad teeth.
And if you take pain pills for that instead of fixing them, it will get worse too.

Brain Saving Zombies of the Day

Our world is awash in bullshit health claims. These scientists want to train kids to spot them.
Its mission, according to Sir Iain Chalmers, the Cochrane Collaboration co-founder who’s co-leading it, is to teach children to "detect bullshit when bullshit is being presented to them."
Too bad it's in Uganda.
I know a lot of kids who believe a lot of bullshit.
Because doctors tell them to...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yo Sleep Doctors

Recent reports of  Steroid therapy ameliorated cataplexy should not be assumed to be evidence of an Autoimmune reaction... this result could also occur in the event of an active Infection.

This therapy obscures the source of the symptoms..
I suggest you check those kids for chronic Strep Throat before you put them on immunosuppressants.

Breakfast of Champions

Caffeine-based compounds show promise against Parkinson's disease

Caffeine consumption in older women seems to reduce risk of dementia

The surprising beauty benefits of caffeine
“Researchers have found that the topical use caffeine has numerous benefits to skin including helping to increase circulation and stimulate hair growth. Additionally, caffeine appears to protect skin damage from exposure to sun,” says Shabir Daya, the health expert at Victoriahealth.com.
Time for a refill...

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Few More for You

Outrageous EpiPen prices lead some people to make their own
The EpiPencil, which costs less than $35, requires just a few parts which someone can easily get themselves, including an auto injector and a syringe. 

Japan's Cliffside Suicide Vigilante
How one man patrols the notorious Tojinbo Cliffs to stop people from jumping to their deaths.

The Breast Has Its Own Microbiome--and the Mix of Bacteria Could Prevent or Encourage Cancer

The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it 
I am including this article because it details another egregious example of doctors telling women they are imagining things.
Personally though, progestin contraceptives alleviated my cyclical moodiness.  It's one of my favorite drugs...
I am guessing it was because my blood sugar metabolism didn't fluctuate weekly.

The Families That Launch Their Own Autism Studies
Historically, science has scorned single-subject trials, but parents’ at-home experiments with their kids may drive autism research forward.

Thanks to Jamie for this-

Fungus identified as key cause in Crohn's disease
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found the fungus works with two types of bacteria to cause symptoms of the disease.

I'm telling ya, interactions between infections are going to explain almost everything...

Friday, September 30, 2016

Maniacs Running the Asylum

Rodrigo Duterte vows to kill 3 million drug addicts and likens himself to Hitler
Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, appears to have compared himself to Hitler, saying he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in his bloody war on crime.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
 Holy Shit.

Sane people do not say such things out loud.
It's as simple as that.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A few for you

US drug company hiked price of acne cream by 3,900% in less than 18 months

Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water
Used Coffee Grounds Can Store Methane

A Health Benefit of Roller Coasters
In a unique, home-spun experiment, researchers found that centripetal force could help people pass kidney stones—before they become a serious health-care cost.

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science
A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results.

I am surely hallucinating again

Arizona Rebublic Endorses Clinton

I cannot believe what I just read.   That was brutal.
This old desert rat needs to go lie down for a minute...

Why Alicia Machado Really Matters

Because she represents the entire predicament men have historically imposed on women.

They reward the first stage of a metabolic illness-  anorexia and mania.
They literally give girls jeweled crowns for that.
(And see nothing wrong with it.)

But they humiliate women who then progress to the next stage of metabolic dysfunction-  obesity and depression.
And coerce them into behaviors that actually accelerate the underlying illness.
(And claim it's a public service.)

Contrary to current wisdom, the cruelty doesn't cause the eating disorders, that is usually microbes. 
But men have always exploited the symptoms to control women.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fun with Respiratory Infections

Retta @unfoRETTAble
 
THE SNIFFING! I thought it was HRC who had pneumonia. #MoneyCantBuyAnInsurmountableImmuneSystem

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This is Why

Because I spent most of my (waking and sleeping) life trying to keep from crying and screaming.
And now that I know why-
It just makes me want to scream and cry some more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This and That

Can long naps cause diabetes?
People who slept more than an hour each day were 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a debilitating condition associated with overweight and a sedentary lifestyle, the study found.

Can nicotine protect the aging brain?
Everyone knows that tobacco products are bad for your health. However, according to research, it turns out the nicotine itself--when given independently from tobacco--could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.

Activity trackers are ineffective at sustaining weight loss
Wearable devices that monitor physical activity are not reliable tools for weight loss, says a new study. The study specifically investigated whether regular use of commercially available activity trackers is effective for producing and sustaining weight loss. Participants without physical activity trackers showed nearly twice the weight loss benefits at the end of the 24 months.
Now that's funny.

Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.
...
The industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015 — more than 200 times what those advocating for stricter policies spent and eight times more than the influential gun lobby recorded for similar activities during that same period, the AP and Center for Public Integrity found.
See the Matrix.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

This is Why

Because a symptomatic Alzheimer's patient was able to "perform" the duties of President of the United States, and while in office he closed all the VA psychiatric out-patient clinics making thousands of demented old men like himself sicker and hastening their deaths.

And set into motion the insanity crisis we now see all around us.
The one that is heavily armed...

The medical establishment is an utter failure
And they are doing it again.  They have no clue how sick Trump really is.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Just a Suggestion

Here's an experimental protocol for someone:
Document the correlation between the incidence of pathogenic oropharyngeal biofilms and neckbeards.

Listen, Lady

I understand you were sick and didn't realize it at first and that makes one prone to risky behavior-
but you're in my territory now and this isn't negotiable:

You cannot go to work with an active pulmonary pneumonia diagnosis.   I don't care if you're running for President, and it's 9-11. You cannot go out in public with Pneumonia.   Especially if your job is MEETING AND GREETING PEOPLE.

Seriously, WTF?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Funny, that.

I do think it's worth noticing that Hillary Clinton lost her discipline and got righteous and nasty when she came down with a respiratory infection.

Uh huh. Sounds familiar.
Pretty sure if I stuck a swab up Trump's nose I'd find a 65 year old colony of Strep pneumoniae.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Everything Old is New Again

Opposing Effects of Fasting Metabolism on Tissue Tolerance in Bacterial and Viral Inflammation
•Fasting metabolism is protective in bacterial, but not viral, inflammation
•Ketone bodies limit neuronal damage during bacterial inflammation
•Glucose utilization prevents neuronal damage during viral inflammation
Time to update the old saying:
It's now "Feed a Virus, Starve a Bacterium".
Heh.

Update: Here's a much better article.
What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better
The findings may help explain the ancient adage that it’s best to feed a cold, but starve a fever. Colds are usually caused by viruses, while fevers would traditionally have been more likely to be down to a bacterial infection. Most diets were historically heavy on carbohydrates, which release glucose in our bodies.
The discovery may also save lives. Sepsis – a severe systemic inflammation of the body that often occurs in response to an infection – kills around a third of those who develop it. Efforts to fight sepsis with fasting or feeding have yielded no clear results. That could be because so far, none of these studies distinguished or recorded whether patients had bacterial or viral sepsis.

Uh huh.  Go figure.  You don't say.