Purposeful Foundations, Dependency Paradox, Calibration Orientation, Learned Helplessness vs. Learned Mastery

Having love and purposeful foundations that we can depend on allows us to venture out into the world with resilience, knowing that any failures occurring in the fray are not a measure of our inherent worth or unworth, since our love and foundations are already an assurance of our worthiness. This phenomenon—that we achieve independence … Continue reading Purposeful Foundations, Dependency Paradox, Calibration Orientation, Learned Helplessness vs. Learned Mastery

Harmful Effects of Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles, a Common Food and Supplement Excipient, on Gut Microbiota, Immunity, Inflammation, and Digestion

Nanoparticles are particles existing between 1–100 nm in diameter. If a particle is the Earth, a nanoparticle is a tennis ball (nano: one-billionth). Silicon dioxide (Si + O2 = SiO2) is a nanoparticle used in the food and supplement industries as an anticaking agent. It, along with other nanomaterials like titanium dioxide, is present in … Continue reading Harmful Effects of Silicon Dioxide Nanoparticles, a Common Food and Supplement Excipient, on Gut Microbiota, Immunity, Inflammation, and Digestion

How Regret Aids Growth: The Evolutionary and Philosophical Use of Regret

In a modest research study interviewing young adults on their emotional states, regret was found to be the second most common verbally-expressed human emotion, right underneath love (Shimanoff, 1984). Given regret's extrapolated prevalence, the intensity that we feel the “sensations” of regret, and therefore its untold influence on our decisions, it’s important to think about … Continue reading How Regret Aids Growth: The Evolutionary and Philosophical Use of Regret

Meditation as Mental Recalibration: Benefits and Neuropsychology

It’s staggeringly clear that unmanaged stress is a primary contributor to degenerative processes, hearkening back to the 20th century research of Dr. Walter Cannon on the sympathoadrenal system and Dr. Hans Selye's “general adaptation syndrome” theory of stress. Stress is physiological and psychological, and so are the problems it causes; not only aging and illness, … Continue reading Meditation as Mental Recalibration: Benefits and Neuropsychology

Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

New learning is rewarded with new paths becoming visible, because the more we learn, the more we're able to integrate previously unknown concepts into our field of understanding, and then the more material we have to reflect on and generate novel work from those reflections, transmuting what's been absorbed into innovation; any worthy concept or … Continue reading Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

Parkinson’s Disease: A Leaky Gut-Brain Toxicity Syndrome

In the 1800s and early 20th century, physicians observed the phenomenon of Parkinson’s patients improving, sometimes into full remission, when their bowel health was optimized (Parkinson, 1817). 19th century physician Dr. Hermann Senator, a Prussian internal medicine specialist, speculated that latent intestinal bacteria could cause “self-infection” and eventual disease, and Dr. Ludwig Brieger, a German … Continue reading Parkinson’s Disease: A Leaky Gut-Brain Toxicity Syndrome

Parkinson’s Disease as a Manifestation of Mercury Toxicity

Andrew Hall Cutler, a Princeton chemical engineer, emphasized the evidence linking mercury poisoning to Parkinson’s Disease, even citing the 9th ed. of Merritt’s Textbook of Neurology that, as clinical protocol, mercury toxicity should be considered as an alternative diagnosis for Parkinson’s patients. I wonder how many times that has ever actually occurred. “[The textbook authors] … Continue reading Parkinson’s Disease as a Manifestation of Mercury Toxicity

Self-Reliance in an Authoritarian Culture

Thinking for yourself is a continuous struggle, a quality that must be nourished and championed within the self because we're under constant coercion, even self-coercion that urges us to default to someone else's way of thinking. It's a great relief when we can trust and follow someone's advice because it provides security. Often this can … Continue reading Self-Reliance in an Authoritarian Culture

How to Cultivate Creativity & Confident Process In Your Work

Over the last year, I’ve done the most creating that I probably ever have, and it seems that maneuvering the hurdles of the creative process is a skill in itself. I think it’s important to talk about the possible mechanisms behind that, for myself and others, those looking to develop or enhance their creative potential. … Continue reading How to Cultivate Creativity & Confident Process In Your Work

Endotoxin’s Role in Degeneration and Disease; Protective Factors to Mitigate it

Lipopolysaccharides, also called endotoxins, are structural components of bacteria that are released in the intestine and safeguarded against by an optimal physiology and the integrity of the intestinal barrier, but unhealthy lifestyles, bad eating habits, genetic predispositions, or infections can increase endotoxin concentration to intolerable levels, or make us more sensitive to “normal” levels, for … Continue reading Endotoxin’s Role in Degeneration and Disease; Protective Factors to Mitigate it