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

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

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

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

Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

A sustained tolerance to stressors seems ever-expandable, as novel fears are confronted, explored, and conquered, although various factors and phenotypes maintain a baseline discomfort in certain situations, and it seems that no amount of exposure therapy will completely habituate them. In these people, I suspect a maladaptive psychology creates branching dysfunction, where cumulative pathological perceptions … Continue reading Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration