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

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

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

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

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

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