“Good bacteria” as armor for navigating the world

Seeing science through a philosophical-artistic lens leads to useful allegories for understanding life. If we think of ourselves as beings working interdependently with the environment, we can emphasize biological relationships inside our own bodies to see how they contribute to wellbeing, which enhances the wellbeing of those we interact with.  The beneficial bacteria in our … Continue reading “Good bacteria” as armor for navigating the world

Ideology in Politics, the Nutritional Sciences, & Beyond

N.C. Wyeth - The Unwrit Dogma (1917) Increasingly into adulthood, I notice how often people will cling to their ideological convictions at the expense of the wellbeing of themselves and others. Probably this is unconscious in the majority of people: their reflexive, deflective neural pathways for shutting down cognitive dissonance are so strong that they … Continue reading Ideology in Politics, the Nutritional Sciences, & Beyond

Cinnamon as Economic Medicine & Nootropic

With the rise of autodidactic biohacking and the public accessibility of science, dietary supplements and nootropics have come under more (justifiable) scrutiny; not the usual faux scrutiny by charlatans who worship doctors and pharmaceuticals, but instead reasonable and empirically-based concern. Meanwhile, marketing of overpriced health products and blends composed of various otherwise inexpensive compounds has … Continue reading Cinnamon as Economic Medicine & Nootropic

Nietzsche’s Gut-Brain Philosophy and What it Means For Us

Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), (1894) by Curt Stoeving “What is known of the moral effects of different foods? Is there any philosophy of nutrition?” —Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science James T. Hong, in his 2017 lecture “On Nietzsche’s Second Brain”, embodies the vital philosopher-scientist perspective, conflating Nietzsche’s philosophical ideas to his dietary experiments and … Continue reading Nietzsche’s Gut-Brain Philosophy and What it Means For Us

Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

Moonlight Sorrow (ca. 1856) by Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa One factor in creative block is that the threshold of self-consciousness about the desired manifestation of your ideas overrides your ability to take action and create those ideas. In other words, your idiosyncrasies are not embraced within, and so are implicitly suppressed by your superego, and … Continue reading Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

A Review of Coconut’s Health Benefits, 2020: on Cancer, Dementia, Metabolism, Mitochondria (or: The Coconut Oil Conundrum)

The intermittent reminder of just how misled and unaware the public is of basic nutritional principles that can save their lives is an encouragement to continue writing about them.  I spoke to an elderly woman whose husband’s Alzheimer's has progressed to hallucinations and childlike cognition. She and her family are wealthy and have come together … Continue reading A Review of Coconut’s Health Benefits, 2020: on Cancer, Dementia, Metabolism, Mitochondria (or: The Coconut Oil Conundrum)

Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

Coffee and the Endocannabinoid and Endorphin Systems Our endogenous opioid system communicates via endorphins released from the pituitary gland, blocking pain and contributing to our ability to experience pleasure, relaxation, and euphoria. Endocannabinoids confer similar effects, but are released throughout the nervous system.  One endocannabinoid, the omega-6 arachidonic acid-metabolite anandamide, etymologically means bliss-amide, and is … Continue reading Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

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

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

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