“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

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

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

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

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

Solutions for Dissociation, Trauma, and Related Disease

Stressors, mental and physical, are an everyday encounter necessary for growth and change but trauma inhibits these. Think of your muscles: stress is a strain, it can wear you out; extreme or inescapable stress is trauma; it is an injury, a wound causing long-term or permanent damage. You are changed after trauma. Most people will … Continue reading Solutions for Dissociation, Trauma, and Related Disease