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

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

Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

Since writing my article praising coffee in February during a honeymoon phase, I spent much of this year learning about coffee and caffeine as it exists in reality, and not through a lens of confirmation bias or wishful thinking. Like almost any plant, there are potentially positive benefits, some poisonous and detrimental effects, and some … Continue reading Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

Glycine’s Myriad Health Benefits: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Stress

The amino acid and neurotransmitter glycine has interested me for awhile, especially due to its high presence in gelatinous foods and its ability to excite or inhibit neurons depending on the surrounding physiological conditions. For example, in the forebrain, it is an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor coagonist, promoting the excitatory actions of glutamate, while also being … Continue reading Glycine’s Myriad Health Benefits: Anti-Aging, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Stress

David Lynch’s Tuna Diet: Artist Automation & Troubleshooting Life’s Problems

Something that David Lynch revealed in 2000 on the Charlie Rose show always stuck out to me. Barring vacations, he eats the same meals everyday: tuna with tomatoes, feta cheese, and olive oil for lunch, and chicken and broccoli with soy sauce for dinner. This way, he never has to think about that aspect of … Continue reading David Lynch’s Tuna Diet: Artist Automation & Troubleshooting Life’s Problems

Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Life arose spontaneously when given sufficient energy, and has always been defined by continuous exploration and expansion. Situational inhibition, the restriction of avenues to discovery, atrophies the organism. Stasis is antithetical to life, and embedded mechanisms maintain this law by gradually shutting down dormant organismal components--holistic rigor mortis. For some perspective: 10-15% of muscle strength … Continue reading Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Delicious, Destructive: Gluten’s Toxicity & How to Heal the Gut

Gluten is one of the prime issues discussed when exploring holistic health, and it’s become a marketing trend to proudly display “gluten-free” on health-conscious brands, raising awareness and “representation”. Conversely, there has been much ridicule and dismissal of gluten intolerance as a “rich person’s illness”, likening it to a spoiled, hypochondriac, sheltered lifestyle, or some … Continue reading Delicious, Destructive: Gluten’s Toxicity & How to Heal the Gut

Vitamin B6’s Benefits: Disease Prevention & Neurotransmission

Vitamin B6, pyridoxine, is a peculiar vitamin among the B-family. Whilst necessary for over 100 enzymatic reactions in the body, it seems to be the only B-vitamin that we hear warnings about having a toxicity risk, the primary symptom of which is nerve damage involving paresthesia (tingling and burning), although it's usually reversible upon prompt … Continue reading Vitamin B6’s Benefits: Disease Prevention & Neurotransmission

Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

When existential pain reaches a threshold no longer bearable, and if you’re equipped with sufficient will-to-curiosity, the adequate intellectual humility to seek what’s necessary, you have created a chance for a meaningful, justifiable existence to transmutes the pain into a worthwhile facet of your journey: “If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not … Continue reading Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

Taurine: Inhibitor & Stabilizer

Taurine is a chemical compound found ubiquitously in the body. It is tentatively being considered for additional categorization as a neurotransmitter since, whilst functioning as an antioxidant, and to make digestive bile acids, regulate fluid balance and mineral retention, it is also a natural sedative by its activation of the GABA-A and glycine receptors (Jia et al., 2008; Zhang & … Continue reading Taurine: Inhibitor & Stabilizer