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!

Eat inappropriate things.

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...)


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


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

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

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%).

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.


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.


'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


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.

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


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.