Preserving your Mind in the Age of Hyperstimuli

We are living through a pandemic of psychiatric illness—depression, ADHD, personality disorders, and resulting psychosocial carnage and suicide, are on the rise; directly linked to electronic devices and social media, the severity of symptoms is seen to increase in proportion to the amount of a person’s screen time.  These maladies have especially increased since the … Continue reading Preserving your Mind in the Age of Hyperstimuli

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: 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

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

Academic Elitism, Working-Class Stress, Hope for the Future

New scientific research in the age of social media follows a pattern of rapid streamlining onto every major news source, where the headline presents the information in the most sensationalist, alarmist, or controversial framing they possibly can. Thus, the dilution of usually very complex, sometimes ambiguous, scientific research is used dishonestly, to further ideological prejudices … Continue reading Academic Elitism, Working-Class Stress, Hope for the Future

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

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