Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bigly

Our friend Gina has been interviewed for Sleep Review Magazine.

Food as Therapy for Narcolepsy Patients
“I hit ketosis in seven days and it was like a fire was lit inside of me,” says Dennis, referring to a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues. “I was awake, I was cognizant, and it was such a huge difference from what I’ve felt before.”

ICYMI:  This is the video of her presentation at the NN conference.
I was there.  It's my favorite memory.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Everywhere. Always.

1h1 hour ago
When the terrorist is Muslim we emphasize ideology and when he's white we emphasize psychology,

It's about biology.   Bacteriology.  Immunology.  Neurology.  
Fricken Fracken Infection.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Zombie Tourism

A Mexican Town Is Giving Americans Something Donald Trump Can’t: Affordable Dental Care
Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric doesn’t worry the 600 dentists in Los Algodones or the US “dental refugees” they treat, many of whom voted for Trump. “We’re helping the United States take care of the people they are not able to.”
Yeah, this shit is fractally annoying.
All the Olds who move down here at retirement do this.
They have put off dental care all their lives.  So they go to Mexico and get their entire mouths renovated.  And introduce lots of bacteria into their bloodstreams.   And then a few months later they have heart attacks and Medicare pays for a shitload of stents and a decade or two of follow up cardiac care.

See the Vortex.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is Why

Because all of history has been spent fighting against "Evil".

Endotoxin is the real enemy within all of us.

We need to fight Infection.

Exactly

Jun 12
The insurance lobby knows exactly what's in the bill, but you don't.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Various Sciencey Links

Why Food Smells So Good When it’s Browning
A complex chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction is responsible

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 

The brain detects disease in others even before it breaks out

Stress Induces Endotoxemia and Low-Grade Inflammation by Increasing Barrier Permeability

Type of sugar may treat atherosclerosis

Viral infections decrease muscle health, cause other collateral damage

Major flaws in US drugs with 'accelerated' approval, research suggests
Major flaws have been identified in the fast tracking of some drugs available to the American public without any stringent clinical evidence of their benefits.

edit, one more:
Autism risk linked to fever during pregnancy
Prenatal exposure to maternal fever during the second trimester raised odds of autism spectrum disorder by 40 percent.

Mmmmmm. More evidence of maternal infection....

This is Why

I have been contemplating suicide since 1977.
Not constantly, but you know, every time I got really sick.   Which sometimes lasted long stretches.

I have always had a plan.   How I was going to do it.
When I was young, it was drugs.  Overdosing.
When I was in Seattle, it was CO2.   Die in my garage.  Or jump off one of the many bridges.

When I moved here to Arizona I realized I could eat a bunch of Jack in the Box tacos and pass out in my car on a hot day.   Sleep to death.

These days I think I can just put on my "Nasty Woman" T-shirt and go down to the CircleK and wait for a Trumper to shoot me.

And So it Goes

Yeah, liberals buy guns and get infections and all righteous too.  

This man just shot at some senators playing baseball.
Everything is going to get really bad now.
All the sick, impulsive men in America have just found their excuse to do whatever the hell they please.

Wide-Faced Men More Aggressive

A swollen neck/face is a symptom of parotid gland infection.

He shows symptoms of tooth and nasal infections as well.  
Not to mention the insulin resistance.

A fine assortment of rage triggers.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shakespeare Knew

“Men willingly believe what they wish to believe.”
-Julius Ceasar

Science says so too.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Why Old Men Hate Science

The weaker sex? Science that shows women are stronger than men 
When it comes to longevity, surviving illness and coping with trauma, one gender comes out on top.

Yes, this is because women's immune systems react less to bacterial infection.

The Bottom Line

Sharia Law in America isn't real.

You know what is real?

Men with head infections and delusions and access to powerful weapons.




Update: Oh Good Grief... Mercy Mercy Mercy...
A neo-Nazi with explosives and a framed photo of Timothy McVeigh is not a threat, judge rules
Federal officials found out about Russell after his roommate, a former neo-Nazi who is believed to have converted to Islam, admitted killing two other roommates.
I'm just gonna guess there was a lot of empty chip bags and soda cans in that apartment too.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure one decent dentist could have prevented this bullshit.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

All I need to know

The GOP don't want mentally ill people to be able to get treatment.
But they do want them to be able to buy guns.

Speaking of Old White Men...

...with long term head infections (parotid gland, left cheek, has been swollen for years)-

Sen. John McCain’s bizarre questioning of Comey

Yeah, that's my Senior Senator.
Apparently the medical professionals in my state are finally concerned.

But of course...

Oh, this explains so much.
Can't believe I didn't think of it...

Low-level drinking during pregnancy influences babies' facial development 
"We know that alcohol use in pregnancy contributes to how the face is formed in the womb, said one of the study's lead authors, Evi Muggli. "We found when analysing the detailed images in our study, that any alcohol in pregnancy, even low amounts can subtly influence facial development."

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

State of the Insanity

My husband's company is laying off 1100 people.
There is a good chance he will be fired next week.
And there's a possibility the Obamacare repeal will get passed too.

He's a 49yo diabetic.  (Lost his pancreas function after a very powerful antibiotic regimen.)
He's the most obsessively responsible person I have ever met.
Nonetheless, we are fucked.

But we have a new puppy.
So there's that.


Archer.  Sterling Archer.  LOL.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Freakin Out

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early

NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland

Antarctic ice loss 2002-2016


Massive crack in Antarctica ice shelf grows 11 miles in only 6 days

Aaaaand...

Trump just passed on the best deal the planet has ever seen

by David Suzuki (who just happens to be the person who made me decide to study biology way back in the day...)

Hi France

I seem to have a lot of readers from France lately.
Hi everyone!

I hope you find some useful information here and get better.
So you can go help your young, healthy President save the world...

Greetings from my kitchen.
Keep up the good fight.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Predictable

"He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be," says someone who speaks with the President. "I see him emotionally withdrawing. He's gained weight."
Yes, we are definitely in the downward portion of the metabolic and mental symptoms.
Anything is possible now.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This is Why

Because I think it would be beneficial if this young man were informed that this is exactly the kind of wound that can cause invasive chronic infection and neurological symptoms.

Zombie Tourism

Museum of Snoring

My peeps!  Archiving medical sleep devices!  Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Thoughts on Memorial Day




Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ahem

The brain starts to eat itself after chronic sleep deprivation

Sleep loss in mice sends the brain’s immune cells into overdrive. This might be helpful in the short term, but could increase the risk of dementia in the long run
One type of glial cell, called an astrocyte, prunes unnecessary synapses in the brain to remodel its wiring. Another type, called a microglial cell, prowls the brain for damaged cells and debris.
Bellisi’s team found that after an undisturbed sleep, astrocytes appeared to be active in around 6 per cent of the synapses in the brains of the well-rested mice. But astrocytes seemed to be more active in sleep-deprived mice – those that had lost eight hours of sleep showed astrocyte activity in around 8 per cent of their synapses, while the cells were active in 13.5 per cent of the synapses of the chronically sleep-deprived animals.
This suggests that sleep loss can trigger astrocytes to start breaking down more of the brain’s connections and their debris. “We show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss,” says Bellesi.
Similarly-

Century-old drug as potential new approach to autism

In a small, randomized Phase I/II clinical trial (SAT1), researchers say a 100-year-old drug called suramin, originally developed to treat African sleeping sickness, was safely administered to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who subsequently displayed measurable, but transient, improvement in core symptoms of autism.

Naviaux, who is co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UC San Diego, believes that ASD -- and several other chronic conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and some autoimmune disorders -- are caused by metabolic dysfunction or impaired communication between cells in the brain, gut and immune system.

Specifically, this dysfunction is caused by abnormal persistence of the cell danger response (CDR), a natural and universal cellular reaction to injury or stress. "The purpose of CDR is to help protect the cell and jump-start the healing process," said Naviaux, by essentially causing the cell to harden its membranes, cease interaction with neighbors and withdraw within itself until the danger has passed.

"But sometimes CDR gets stuck," Naviaux said. "This prevents completion of the natural healing cycle and can permanently alter the way the cell responds to the world. When this happens, cells behave as if they are still injured or in imminent danger, even though the original cause of the injury or threat has passed."

At the molecular level, cellular homeostasis or equilibrium is altered, creating an abnormal cellular response that leads to chronic disease. "When this happens during early child development," said Naviaux, "it causes autism and many other chronic childhood disorders."

Bonus Important Information:
ENDOTOXIN INDUCES BOTH OF THESE RESPONSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

State of the Insanity

The GOP are now threatening the lives of some in my family.
ISIS has not done that in any real way.

Expert Opinion

As a person with a lifetime of experience with multiple types of hallucinations...
I can verify this "reality" is much, much worse.

Crazy is WAY better than this.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Substance over Style

Frankie goes Boom.

That's a man who knows what's truly precious.

Mad Men Indeed

Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call
(Duterte's) administration has overseen a brutal extrajudicial campaign that has resulted in the killings of thousands of suspected drug dealers.
Trump has not spoken out against that strategy, and in their call he praised Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”
“Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that,” Trump said, according to the transcript.
The most urgent drug problem in this country is caused by DOCTORS and PHARMAS handing out opiates to unsuspecting sick people.
See the vortex.

(edit, fixed link.  oops.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deviously Cruel

I'm pretty sure the horrifying budget cuts are a bargaining gambit.   He's staking out the extreme position.
Then they can act all magnanimous and pious when they generously allow completely disabled people to keep their caretakers and medications...
...But can still slash lots of other important reality based stuff like the NIH, CDC, EPA.
Because that's what's important.  That's what the corporate donors want.
Less oversight.
Less accountability.

Not My Imagination

Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?
STAT reviewed decades of Trump’s on-air interviews and compared them to Q&A sessions since his inauguration. The differences are striking and unmistakable.
My Hypothesis-
Tooth and Nasal infections (go figure)

Since the campaign, however, he has been getting less and less sleep and more and more memory problems
His sinus infection is affecting his entire head now, and he really can't think too well anymore.

update: Plus I think they're drugging him. Something like Benedryl maybe. He's very sleepy.
That's why he was grabbing Melania on the airplane stairs...

So Presidential

 “‘You can’t say what not to say,’ [a source close to H.R. McMaster] said of Trump, ‘because that will then be one of the first things he’ll say,” CNN reports.

Two days later
Trump says "I never mentioned the word or name Israel" to Russians

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Meanwhile in America

10 ways the GOP tried to sabotage Obamacare
Trump and Congressional Republicans have repeatedly said that the ACA is collapsing under its own weight, and that the exchanges are exploding. But while there is reason to be concerned about problems in the individual market, the story of Obamacare’s problems is not complete unless we take a look back over the last several years and look at all the ways Republican lawmakers, governors, and pundits – and now the Trump Administration – took steps to deliberately weaken the Affordable Care Act.

And now...
Trump reportedly wants to kill critical Obamacare subsidies, despite warnings health insurance premiums would spike

Extreme Antisocial Behavior

This qualifies for me.

$100 BILLION Arms Deal with SAUDI ARABIA.
(with $100 Million tip thrown in for bringing Veruca.)

The hypocrisy is staggering.
The spectacle is nauseating.

Friday, May 19, 2017

State of the Insanity

Thanks Rep Lieu.
Good Luck, World.





















Saudi Arabia isn't on the Ban List- they are going to give him the Royal Treatment.
Frankly, I hope Francis pope-slaps him upside the head.

This Seems to be the Goal

Thanks to Genetic Testing, Everyone Could Soon Have a Pre-Existing Condition

Oh Really...

Low cerebrospinal fluid Orexin levels in infants during SIDS risk period.

Hmmm, well-  low orexin levels are caused by infection and impaired breathing.
I suggest sucking the boogers out of kids noses before they sleep.
Oh, and SLEEPING ON AN INCLINE.

(this advice goes for adults with breathing problems too...)

No Divine Intervention Required

Scientists Propose New Theory for How Life on Earth Began

Glad I lived long enough to read this.  It's quite viable.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Over the Edge












Listen Donny, you didn't think you were going to win so you didn't cover your ass.
And you left piles of shit everywhere for us to find and throw in your face.
Your denials are no longer plausible.
Fuck You, and Rupert, and Jeff Sessions too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Speaking of the Redneck

Mmmmm.   I told you not to piss off the librarians...
We have a long history of being ordered about by smug white men.
We really like the black lady.

House Votes to Limit Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress

In a vote of 378 to 48, the House passed legislation to take power away from the current Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.
The legislation, H.R. 1695, was authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (D-Va.) and ranking member John Conyers (D-Mich.), would limit the powers of the librarian. It is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Trump.
The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Librarian of Congress to a ten-year term.
The previous Librarian of Congress, James Billington, served in the position for 28 years.
President Barack Obama appointed Hayden the 14th Librarian of Congress on February 24, 2016. She is the first African American to hold the position, as well as the first woman to be the Librarian of Congress, in the agency’s history. On March 23, legislation was introduced to block Hayden from appointing the next Register of Copyrights. That legislation passed the House on April 26.
Supporters of the bill argued that the legislation would help to modernize the Copyright Office and make it more accountable to Congress. Attempts to contact the office of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) for details on why he authored H.R. 1695, were not answered.
“This bill serves no purpose other than to take power away from the Librarian of Congress and give it to powerful lobbyists, who will have a major say in who runs the Copyright Office,” wrote Michael Masnick on TechDirt.com on April 26. “It’s a bad bill, and it’s a gift to Hollywood.”
The entertainment industry pushed hard for the passage of H.R. 1695. It’s likely that the selection of the Librarian of Congress will be the focus of attention of the power of the entertainment lobby moving forward now that senators will play a role in confirmation.

No, this is a ginormous gift to Rupert.   Kisses darling! 

All the News

All the news Trump and Murdoch want them to see:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mercy Me

I can't even comment on all the Science Shenanigans.  The prohibitions on research and publishing.  I can't read the articles.   The headlines alone give me full body tics...  I really don't want to weep on my computer....

Monday, May 15, 2017

We Are Now Here

The Sequence of Spiraling Symptoms:

Mania
Impulsiveness
Righteousness
Impulsiveness
Rage
Extreme Impulsiveness
Extreme Antisocial Behavior- We Are Now Here
Humiliation
Despair
Self-Destruction


It's Monday.
He goes to the Middle East on Friday.
Good Luck, World.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Symptoms of Impaired Glucose Metabolism

Trump thinks that exercising too much uses up the body’s ‘finite’ energy

Sound familiar?

The Cognitive Slot Machine goes KaChing

Inside the West Wing, it became a running joke among some staffers that the answer to every question would be “Rosenstein,” referring to the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who wrote a memo outlining a case for Comey’s ouster.

The Two Minutes Hate, from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, is a daily period in which Party members of the society of Oceania must watch a film depicting the Party's enemies (notably "Goldstein" and his followers) and express their hatred for them for exactly two minutes.

Happy Mother's Day

U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World

And the Senate plans to cut funding to the most vulnerable women.
Maybe next week.

Photo of the Week



WWJD

One small step on the long road to sanity-

Pope Francis opens free laundromat for homeless

The Crux of the Biscuit

The painful truth about teeth
You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor.

But the absolutely gobsmacking truths about teeth are:
  1. If they are bad, the nerves are dead and there usually isn't any pain.   So you ignore them until you are septic.
  2. Too Much invasive dental treatment does just about as much damage to the immune system and brain as complete neglect.  It directly introduces oral microbes into the bloodstream.
Ultimately, this is the fundamental problem in medicine:  Separation of Dental and Body protocols.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Not Even Possible

Trump to TIME    "In a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care"

Feel the Gravity

See the Petards.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

See the Symptoms

Mania. Causes. Obsession.  

More thinking about Fewer things.  

Donald Trump After Hours

Zombie Shopping

Here are some Tee Shirts for the Resistance.
Wear you favorite Trump Tweet.

Created and sold by one of our favorite Gluten Free Narcos.

I am a big fan of this newfangled form of Petard Hoisting.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some Good News


Can Cannabis Combat Age-Related Cognitive Decline?
The long-term administration of low-doses of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, ameliorates age-related learning and memory deficits in mice, researchers have observed.
On the basis of this observation, the investigators plan to conduct a clinical trial to determine whether the finding applies to elderly individuals with and those without cognitive impairment, Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, PhD, of the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry, the University of Bonn, Germany, told Medscape Medical News.
Dr Bilkei-Gorzo and colleagues examined the effects of long-term, low-dose THC administration in young (2 months old), mature (12 months old), and old (18 months old) mice.
They found that THC treatment was associated with impaired behavioral performance on learning and memory tasks in young mice, but was associated with improved learning and memory in mature and old mice.
"THC treatment has practically the opposite effect in young and old animals," Dr Bilkei-Gorzo told Medscape Medical News.
"The same treatment rejuvenated old brains, whereas it made the young brains old. The reason of this phenomenon is that the activity of cannabinoid system declines in aging. In old animals, THC treatment restored the failing cannabinoid system activity, whereas it overactivated the normally functioning cannabinoid system in young animals," the researchers write.
Sounds like my kind of research...

We Are Here

The Sequence of Spiraling Symptoms:

Mania
Impulsiveness
Righteousness
Impulsiveness 
Rage 
Extreme Impulsiveness  -We Are Here
Extreme Antisocial Behavior
Humiliation
Despair
Self-Destruction

He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.
 Unless of course, the Republicans prop him up. Then we're all in the Mirror, forever.

Mission Accomplished Moment



















"'Oh, shut up, silly woman,' said the reptile with a grin. 'You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.'"

"Recursive Irony" Update

Why Ask Why Now?

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation
Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

THIS IS WHY

Because suicide isn't unpredictable-  Mania and Righteousness are symptoms that come before Despair and Death.

Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound
Bob Owens, editor of the popular pro-gun blog BearingArms.com, died Monday in an apparent suicide, authorities say.
Owens was found around 11 a.m. near a stop sign outside his subdivision in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., a town southwest of Raleigh. A gun was located nearby, according to the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death is still pending, but police said the gunshot wound was “possibly … self-inflicted.”
Shortly before Owens’s death, he apparently wrote a chilling message on Facebook: “In the end, it turns out that I’m not strong. I’m a coward, and selfish son of a b‑‑‑‑. I’m sorry.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

For the Record

I would be willing to let men write ALL the laws-

If the Supreme Court was ONLY women.

Devil's Advocate

Maybe the people who don't believe in Evolution should be the ones denied health care.

I mean really, if you don't believe in the basic facts of biological science, why do you use the products and services?

Revenge of the Microbes

There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Long-dormant bacteria and viruses, trapped in ice and permafrost for centuries, are reviving as Earth's climate warms

Buckle Up, Gen X

It's going to get real advantageous for companies to start laying off people over fifty.
You know, the ones who have all those documented medical conditions.

Fascinating

Erectile Dysfunction is not considered a pre-existing condition, although it is clearly caused by long-term progressive pathology from an unhealthy lifestyle....like drinking alcohol (or fructose) and sitting on your ass a lot...





Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dear Elderly People

Congratulations.  You are halfway to destroying what's left of my decimated generation.
And everyone younger than us too.

Please, do enjoy your Medicare and Social Security and Righteous Certainty.  While you can.

(While you still receive your benefits, do consider that the AHCA strips out the Medicaid funding that pays for in-home nursing care or a nursing home.  If it passes the Senate, I hope you have alternate plans for someone to feed your face and wipe your ass.  Don't count on us to still be around.)

This will haunt Her

Martha McSally stood up in GOP conference meeting and said "Let's get this fucking thing done". Yes, direct quote — per members and aides.

This is my Representative. She's unwavering in her desire to kill sick people in Tucson.


There is no CBO score. These people are hypocritical lying cheaters. Period.

Vicious Circles

All his teeth are fake.
And he drinks Coca-Cola all day long.

As Cruel As It Gets

Ladies and Gentlemen- Republican Squad Goals:
Under the GOP's health plan, Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse could be considered preexisting conditions.

And not just for Obamacare.   Private and Employer insurance too.

Sheer Unmitigated Evil.    Codified by Congress.

JUST IN: ObamaCare repeal bill contains exemption for members of Congress and their staffs

State of the Insanity

@StephenKing

That this guy has his finger on the nuclear trigger is worse than any horror story I ever wrote.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pre-Existing Conditions

EVERYONE is either born with some kind of genetic anomaly or is infected with a pervasive chronic illness shortly after birth.   Everyone.  Period.
They may not manifest debilitating symptoms for years or decades, but they are there. 

Donald Trump has presented with Adenoid Hypertrophy and Adenoid Facies since he was a small child.
He's got a 70 year old bacterial colony up his nose.
And it adversely affects his brain every single day.

Of Course

Antibiotics counteract the beneficial effect of whole grain

Plausible Deniability is the Refuge of Sociopaths

Trump: "China is possibly....probably...helping us with the North Korean situation".....

EVERY SINGLE STATEMENT he makes has at least one disqualifying adjective in it.
He can always deny having said anything definitive.

And he will always be able to say "I told you so"

"'Oh, shut up, silly woman,' said the reptile with a grin. 'You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in.'"

 He just loves saying that particular line out loud.

Update, new one.
“I don't stand by anything. I just -- you can take it the way you want."

Friday, April 28, 2017

There It Is

The tipping point.
The downward slide. 
You know the feeling.


Monday, April 24, 2017

The AP Interview

Yeah, he's not sleeping.
He's getting sicker.
His memory is failing more often.
His speech is much more rambling, repetitive and slurred.
He's disintegrating.   Spiraling.  And very dangerous.















Now will someone please admit that Veruca's job is to babysit him and keep him from nuking Mexico or Hawaii...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scary Symptoms

Trump remembers what he ate (chocolate cake) - but not where he sent missiles (Syria, not Iraq as he says until corrected)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Paging Robert Koch

Seemingly innocuous virus can trigger celiac disease
The current study, a collaboration with Terence Dermody, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, shows that intestinal viruses can induce the immune system to overreact to gluten and trigger the development of celiac disease. Using two different reovirus strains, the researchers showed how genetic differences between viruses can change how they interact with the immune system. Both reovirus strains induced protective immunity and did not cause overt disease. However, when given to mice, one common human reovirus triggered an inflammatory immune response and the loss of oral tolerance to gluten, while another closely related but genetically different strain did not.

Vintage Zombie Shopping

I think I need one of these.

The Isolator

ht @pourmecoffee

Thursday, April 6, 2017

As I was Saying

In a landmark study, researchers at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University have found that providing clinical (low) doses of penicillin to pregnant mice and their offspring results in long-term behavioral changes.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Just Thinking

45 probably shouldn't fly around in airplanes so much.
His sinuses are much worse than mine and I get raging sick and cranky when I experience extreme altitude changes...

Come to think of it, that penthouse probably doesn't help either.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ummm Republicans...

Plausible deniability is no longer an option. The BEST MULTILATERAL DEAL EVER is now laid bare. You now have to decide if you're on the side of Goldman Sachs, the Russian Mob and the KKK- or not.
Are those tax cuts for millionaires and that stolen Supreme Court seat worth it?

Monday, February 27, 2017

This Also Happened

President Obama: Obamacare Speech at Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, Thurs. Oct. 20, 2016
And as I said, part of this is just — you know, health care is complicated. Think about this speech — it’s been pretty long, and you’re just — you’re thinking, wow, I just want to take a picture with the President or something. (Laughter.) So it’s hard to get people focused on the facts.

This Actually Happened

The President of the United States said: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated"

Old Librarian Says

There is not enough order in the New World Order.   Too much Chaos.
I can't keep track of all my new responsibilities.
I would really appreciate it if we could all adhere to the following schedule:

Monday: Disenfranchise some Black people.
Tuesday: Go to Taco Trucks and hassle Mexicans.
Wednesday: Monitor the bathrooms in public schools.
Thursday: Uninsure Sick People.
Friday: Go to the MiniMart and scare Muslims.
Saturday: Get some exercise and topple Jewish gravestones.
Sunday is reserved for Church.

You don't have to shame your own identity group, you will be targeted that day instead.
And don't forget to Blame the Media and Nasty Women every single day.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This


The Trump phenomenon is an exercise in what you can accomplish if you simply don't care about what you're saying is true.

Friday, February 24, 2017

See the Pathology


I saw this picture on the internet yesterday and can't stop thinking about it.
This is not a sweetly sleeping baby.     This baby is in the middle of a narcoleptic sleep attack.
He has infected and swollen adenoids. He can't breathe through his nose.
And his tear ducts are clogged. That's why his eyelids and brows are swollen.
That hand under his face is to hold his mouth open and soothe the the pain in his cheeks.

He's oxygen deprived and mouth breathing because he's been laid down flat.
The resulting orexin deficiency has made his muscles slack and locked him in sleep.
Look at the furrowed brow, he's trying to move but can't.

He's already insulin resistant.   Chubby, smooth and pink...
I'm guessing somebody just fed him some cereal.

It's the stuff like this that gets me the most-  the things that everyone else thinks are cute and funny and make me feel like I've been gut punched.

What I See

I am assuming most everyone has seen this already-
This Danish video is giving everyone the feels

I am a professionally trained cataloging librarian. I think about classifying humans all the time.
And after a couple of decades spent ruminating on it-  I have decided they fall into a few categories....

-People with teeth infections.
-People with respiratory infections.
-People with both.

I rarely find anyone who can't fit in one of those buckets.

Article Roundup

Sorry it's been so erratic around here.  I haven't been able to even think about science due to the flaming shitshow coming from the White House and resulting Cognitive Denial of Service Attack on my brain ...
The Alzheimer's paper is still in the docket.   And I have decided to start doing lessons on facial symptoms soon.  We all need to take a good look in the mirror.

In the meantime-
Some medical science:

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes
Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy
Women with signs of active genital herpes had twice the odds of giving birth to offspring with autism spectrum disorder.  Go figure.

Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance
The amount of effort required to do something influences what we think we see, finds a new study, suggesting we're biased towards perceiving anything challenging to be less appealing.

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study
Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study. The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health.

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
Small intestinal cells hindered by chronic exposure to common food additive

Some political science-

Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals Than the Native-Born

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists

Knee-jerk disgust is holding humans back
And this response is easily caused by digestive tract infection..

Why these librarians are protesting Trump’s executive orders
Don't piss off the librarians. They'll fuck you over quietly, document it, and archive it too.

And a little medical history-

Here’s to George Washington, afflicted with so many killer diseases it’s miraculous he survived to become father of our nation

Students Seek To Re-Create Ancient Beer Recipe Discovered In Pottery Vessels

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Mirror

This is my all time favorite picture.
It's from Hurricane Katrina. I think it was a cover on a Psych magazine, but I can't find it online anymore.
Anyhow, I hope the photographer takes pride in how very perfect it is.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

So. Dizzy.

My future suddenly revolves around a needy baby.
And I want to vomit all the time....

This is how I imagined pregnancy, not the presidency.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Oh Dude

You're. Flippin. Wacko.

Trump: "[Obama] likes me.”
O'Reilly: “How do you know?”
Trump: "I can feel it. That’s what I do in life. It’s called, like, I understand.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Emperor's New Wall

Damn I hate living in this mirror.

Homeland Security chief: Parts of border wall will be transparent
“Kelly said the wall will take a multi-layered approach,” Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said. “There will be the physical wall and then parts of the wall that you can actually see through because it will rely on sensors and other technology.”

Seriously?   
1. That's not a "big beautiful wall".   Walls are things  Words Matter.
2. And we already have surveillance towers and sensors.    Down the road from me...


Similarly-
1.  Yes it is as much of a Muslim Ban as you though you might get away with.
2.  Obama already increased vetting on those exact countries.   And didn't make a fuss or fuck it up.


"It's like being awake through brain surgery."

NO BAN.
NO WALL.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Orwell Calling

We have always been at war with Australia.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

While You Were Distracted.

Meanwhile Russian proxies increase attacks in Ukraine...

 I wagered it would take two weeks.   Not even Close.

Damn, Veruca must really want that playhouse.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

And so it goes

Trump Basically Just Admitted He’s Ditching His Promise to Renegotiate Prescription Drug Prices

I'm guessing it went something more like this:
45 screamed at them and told them to bring down prices.
They pulled out a paper copy of Patents for Dummies and handed it to one of his aides.
Then they laughed, gave him the finger, and walked out of the room.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Scotland Gets It

Hahahahahahahaha!

Just Thinking

I think a really huge dose of beta-lactam antibiotics might completely incapacitate those saggy sick geezers.
Some doctor should merely recommend the standard protocol.

The World's Most Dangerous Infections

Are in Steve Bannon's Head. 

This is what a suicidal person looks like.
 #StopPresidentBannon



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dear NLM Librarians

Please make a mirror of PubMed somewhere safe.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

To My "Relations"

IF you voted for 45 thinking you would actually get Pence instead-
Then YOU don't care who you hurt to get what you want.

THAT is the definition of a Sociopath.

Keep Up the Good Fight


Friday, January 27, 2017

Believe your Eyes

Bannon is much sicker than the Predator in Chief.  His glucose metabolism is clearly shot from a lifetime of alcohol abuse.   His nerves are so dead his face is practically falling off his skull,  You can see the damage to his nose from across a very large room.  And that bright red cheekbone is a septic upper tooth infection.  There is no portion of his nervous system that isn't toxic.

And he's a nazi collaborator.
And admires Satan.
And wants to burn the whole thing down.

In case you missed it-  He wrote most of  the Executive Orders Donny signed this week.

Update Two Days Later:
Steve Bannon is now on the National Security Council Principals Committee, equal status to the Secretaries of State and Defense.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Double Edged Sword


If you are infected and don't get much sleep, you will become manic and hypoglycemic and PRODUCE MORE BETA-AMYLOID IN YOUR BRAIN.

Hyperactive Cognitive Impairment.
It's the first stage of Alzheimer's.

All of his facial sinuses are inflamed now.   He needs a good cry.


Rerun

I got this slightly wrong (ha)-
but the underlying truth is still valid.  He can't handle rejection.
And he's a very sick man.

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...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wecome to the Matrix

Donald Trump wants to poison you without your knowledge.   Let the food and drug companies operate without regulations or transparency.
Starting immediately and until further notice” (the FDA’s) main research division “will not release any public-facing documents,” according to an internal memo.
And the Republicans want to make sure you can't afford health care.

At the same time.

We are all officially livestock now.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thank You World

Seeing all your beautiful faces and hats in Australia and Europe this morning gave me strength.
And the actual desire to leave the house and join my neighbors in the cold and rain.

Women's March in Tucson draws 15,000

So proud of all of you.

Now, I'm too old to be doing too much of that, but I do plan to spend the next four years discrediting the notion of white male superiority.  With medical studies.

Peace.  Love.  Obsession.

Friday, January 20, 2017

One For The Ages


https://www.instagram.com/p/BPaudxfj_ZJ/

















A naturally preserved Inca mummy (c.1500 A.D.) discovered on a remote cliff in Northern Peru. Lindsey Fitzharris

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Charles Pierce Speaks for Me

If You Think Chelsea Manning Got Off Easy, You're Out of Your Mind
At the end of his term, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby, who had been convicted of misleading Congress as to the outing (purely out of political vengeance) of a covert CIA operative named Valerie Plame. At the end of his term, President George H.W. Bush pardoned everyone convicted of engaging in the criminal act of selling missiles to a state-sponsor of terrorism and diverting the profits to a private war in Central America. Libby never served a day in jail. Neither did any of the Iran-Contra characters who skated.
In 2013, Chelsea Manning was convicted of the massive leak of government documents that she orchestrated in 2009. On Tuesday, the president commuted most of the rest of Manning's sentence, and she will be released next May, instead of in 2045. Since her conviction, she has been incarcerated at Leavenworth, including long stretches of solitary confinement. She has attempted suicide twice. If you think she got off easy, you're out of your mind.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thank You John Lewis


Resistance is Crucial

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

The Art of the Deal

It's this Simple:
Hillary Clinton stood between Vladimir Putin and $1.2 Trillion.   She had to go.

Ivanka and Wendi worked it out.
They will probably get this as a token of appreciation.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Number One

This is now my Very Favorite Article.

Vikings, Worms, and Emphysema
The woeful state of Viking bathrooms could be a factor behind smokers’ coughs in Scandinavia. Sometimes in human evolution, populations adapt in ways that aren’t always beneficial in the long run. For example, the sickle-cell trait evolved in humans because it provides some protection against malaria, but people who inherit the trait from both parents develop sickle-cell disease, a serious blood disorder. In this new case, molecular biologists have connected intestinal parasites in the Viking Age to modern lung disease.
Last year, Danish scientists studying the remains of a Viking privy found that the ancient Norse and their domestic animals were infested with a variety of intestinal parasites. These parasites release enzymes called proteases that cause disease. The immune system also creates proteases that can cause inflammation and damage, but the body has natural defenses against those, including a molecule called alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT). Because they were more or less constantly infected, Vikings evolved to produce “deviant” forms of A1AT that were specifically useful against worm-related proteases instead of the body’s own. In the absence of normal A1AT, the immune system’s own proteases are free to damage tissue, including in the lungs and liver. At the time, the benefits of this genetic mutation outweighed the risks. Not so today.
Today, this deficiency of normal A1AT is the only known genetic risk factor for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. People also live longer and smoke tobacco, which allows the damage caused by the deficiency to accumulate. “It is only in the last century that modern medicine has allowed human populations to be treated for disease-causing worms,” says Richard J. Pleass of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. “Consequently, these deviant forms of A1AT that once protected people from parasites are now at liberty to cause emphysema and COPD.”
Oh yes, this is exactly what I have been looking for.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dreaming

Can't we let this guy run things for a while?
Manu Prakesh

He seems quite clever and sane. 

The More You Know

What's Medicaid Called in YOUR State?
Medicaid itself operate under more than 100 different names (some states have several separate or overlapping Medicaid programs), but that when you include CHIP and "other" state-funded healthcare programs the total number swells to over 200.

Going back to my main point: Of the 106 different Medicaid programs, only 15 of them (from just 12 states) have the word "Medicaid" in their actual publicly-branded name.

Verbal Vomit Remix

All talk and No action is the Republican plan for Health Care.

Sorry

I spent the first week of this year in a septic crisis and was suicidal for two days.

But the little bits of news I have gleaned lately makes me more and more glad I am not spending any time on the internet or TV.

The latter is much worse than the former.  It's unbearable insanity.  

I'm going back to my paint and plaster.  Peace.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Generation

Carrie Fisher's Ashes Placed in Giant Prozac Pill Urn

And Eli Lilly Smiles.

Fun with Medical History

The medical history of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) has been pieced together from his letters and from anecdotes, but his dental health is one aspect which has been somewhat overlooked. It is known that, from an early age, he suffered from toothache and tooth abscesses, problems that may even have had other medical repercussions.

(A different) analysis is consistent with Mozart's last illness and death being due to a streptococcal infection leading to an acute nephritic syndrome caused by poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Correlation Games

Study reveals what happens when depression, anxiety coincide with minor injury
Their work, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, revealed that someone who arrives in the emergency department needing help for a minor injury and who also expresses symptoms of depression and anxiety at that time will likely experience poorer work performance and increased health-related time in bed 12 months out.

Risk of long-term disability in older adults who visit the ED

Older adults who go to the emergency department (ED) for an illness or injury are at increased risk for disability and decline in physical abilities up to six months later, according to a study by Yale researchers.

So, you think maybe Hospitals cause long term disability?


Maybe by addressing acute problems and never even acknowledging existing chronic illnesses?

Maybe?

Article Roundup

Another organ has been hiding in your belly all along

Higher Dementia Risk Linked to Living Near Heavy Traffic
Air pollutants may get into the blood stream and brain.   Yep.

Sex hormone-sensitive gene complex linked to premenstrual mood disorder
"This is a big moment for women's health, because it establishes that women with PMDD have an intrinsic difference in their molecular apparatus for response to sex hormones - not just emotional behaviors they should be able to voluntarily control," said Goldman.


Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent

Unpublished research calls into question efficacy of common morning sickness drug
Special thanks to this researcher.   Good work.

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection
Yeah, I have had this since the Keflex.   Before that I listened to music in headphones constantly.   Then my ears shrieked so bad I couldn't.   That shit surely trashed my ears.
Which were obviously not so great in the first place...

Stuttering linked to reduced blood flow in area of brain associated with language
I am beginning to think this is caused by auditory nerve infiltration by microbes. That goes to Broca's area.  That would explain why I have never been able to speak under stress.
 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Maniacs Running the Asylum

An Adorable Swedish Tradition Has Its Roots in Human Experimentation

I am not exactly sure if Adorable is the right adjective.
Anyhow, this particular human experiment involved feeding mental patients caramel four times a day and determining if it gave them cavities.

Sugar and Cavities. Yep.
Together they lower immune response and create a bacterial tunnel to the Brain. An excellent way to cause insanity.

HeadDesk.  HeadDesk.  HeadDesk.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

JUST IN: Jupiter woman with dagger threatens brother who ate dumplings

If you know you are going to eat soon, your pancreas starts producing insulin in anticipation.
If you do not eat at the expected time, you will become hypoglycemic and panicky.
And maybe homicidal.
Yeah, been there, done that.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Plausible Deniability is the Refuge of Sociopaths

House Republicans voted 119-74 Monday night in favor of a proposal that would gut Congress' outside ethics watchdog and remove its independence.
 If you aren't terrified, you're not paying attention.

Update:  well it seems quite a few people are paying attention.
Inside the House GOP ethics debacle
Good Work, America.

CHA CHING!!

Peripherally administered orexin improves survival of mice with endotoxin shock.

Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response to infection, accounting for the most common cause of death in intensive care units. Here, we report that peripheral administration of the hypothalamic neuropeptide orexin improves the survival of mice with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced endotoxin shock, a well-studied septic shock model. The effect is accompanied by a suppression of excessive cytokine production and an increase of catecholamines and corticosterone. We found that peripherally administered orexin penetrates the blood-brain barrier under endotoxin shock, and that central administration of orexin also suppresses the cytokine production and improves the survival, indicating orexin's direct action in the central nervous system (CNS). Orexin helps restore body temperature and potentiates cardiovascular function in LPS-injected mice. Pleiotropic modulation of inflammatory response by orexin through the CNS may constitute a novel therapeutic approach for septic shock.

Required Reading

Inconvenient truths of mental illness: More people take medication, but progress has stalled The mental health of the nation may have even declined in the past 20 years 

MAY HAVE?????
All the statistics show drastic increases in depression and anxiety and suicide since 1980.

You people don't seem to know and certainly aren't addressing the fact that mental illness is sickness behavior. 
There is no evidence any of your drugs improve the immune response and very many of them that make it worse.

Fuck You Sideways.

This and That


Inactivity in obese mice linked to a decreased motivation to move
The investigators looked at six different components in the dopamine signaling pathway and found that the obese, inactive mice had deficits in the D2 dopamine receptor.
 
The Japanese Art of Inemuri- Sleeping in Public

Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia, Finnish study suggests

Sunlight offers surprise benefit: It energizes infection fighting T cells

Using 'fire to fight fire' to combat disease could make it worse
Ground-breaking research has found that introducing 'friendlier' less-potent strains into a population of disease-causing microbes can lead to increased disease severity.

Treating cancer with drugs for diabetes and hypertension
The antihypertensive drug syrosingopine potentiates the anti-cancer efficacy of metformin. Apparently, this drug combination drives cancer cells to programmed "suicide."


Novel diet therapy helps children with crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis reach remission
In the small, prospective study, patients were put on a special diet called the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) for 12 weeks as the sole intervention to treat their Crohn's or UC. SCD is a nutritionally balanced diet that removes grains, dairy, processed foods and sugars, except for honey. The diet promotes only natural, nutrient-rich foods, which includes vegetables, fruits, meats and nuts.
At the end of the 12 weeks, eight out of the 10 patients who finished the study showed significant improvement and achieved remission from the dietary treatment alone.
Thinking with our hands can help find new ways of solving problems, research reveals

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Let's Start Off Here

The Buried Story of Male Hysteria

When men actually began to be diagnosed as “hysterics,” doctors searched for a cause. They found a chemical that may be on the rise again today.

Viruses may have evolved to hit men hard but go easy on women


Yeah, you guyz assumptions of superiority just has to go.   Buckle up, boyz.