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It's a free, online, educational event about how to interpret and act on your own genotypes.  There will be some fascinating lectures here, and some very basic ones.  I definitely want to hear the one about ketogenic diet.  You can sign up here.

EDIT: I did listen to one lecture per day, or at least part of each one.  Genetics and Epigenetics since it became a thing have been an interest of mine.  The programs were oriented at the general public, and I garnered no new information.  I was hoping that it would go a little deeper and nerdier for me.  Would be very useful for folks who are just getting introduced to the significance of modern science with regard to their genetic makeup and health.  Lots of correlates.  Very interesting.

The funny thing is that the clinicians all say the same thing, that your SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) for the most part won't do you harm if you keep your general level of physical health strong.  There's a lot of redundancy build into human genetics and systems.  If someone forgets to cross a T somewhere in your genetics, you'll probably be fine, long as you don't wear yourself to a frazzle, skip sleep, and consider trips to the refrigerator to be adequate exercise.
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Becca Zacchari on Treatment Outcomes of Alternative Therapies
OHSU Psychiatry grand rounds 10.18.16
Her interest: Trauma and substance abuse
Conventional and alternative treatment is merging-->integrative health
My notes... )
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He's a relatively new (2 years) massage therapist located in Oak Ridge TN 37830, but I must say he did right by me.  He's recently married and his wife Stefanie Cooke is also a LMT.  Bill does deep tissue massage without fancy tricks, no trigger points or talk of fixing your energy.  He joked in fact that he just puts all his energy into giving a good massage.  And he does.  He works mostly with the athletes at the University of TN (my alma mater).  My terminally knotted right shoulder has been un-knotted since he worked it into submission.  I did not expect that.  My shoulder has been bunched for over 30 years, and through countless massages and other therapies.  I did have a couple of days of recovery but it was worth it.  Thank you Bill for going for the gusto.  You can get an appointment with him or his wife at Oak Ridge Sports & Therapeutic Massage, 865-4six6-0six95.  Worth every dollar.
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  • This epidemiologic analysis revealed that mortality rates are increasing in the middle-aged white male population, largely due to preventable conditions like poisonings and overdoses.

  • Reductions in mortality were seen in other racial groups.

ARTICLE from Medpage, primary care )

liveonearth: (moon)

He who has health, has hope;

he who has hope, has everything.

--Thomas Carlysle

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One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It's a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poison trying to correct the reactions of starvation. You all know how ridiculous that is, but you all know how widely it's being done.
--Dr. Royal Lee, January 12, 1951
liveonearth: (TommyLeeJones_skeptical)
The National Institutes of Health, 10 large drug companies and seven nonprofit organizations announced an unconventional partnership on Tuesday intended to speed up development of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

During the course of a five-year, $230 million effort, the participants will share data in regular conference calls and meetings, working together to determine which findings are likely to lead to effective treatments. They will make their findings and data publicly available.

...What concerns me about this is the emphasis on drugs. There are better ways to adjust physiology than taking in foreign substances. And there are more useful things we could study. Like food, and exercise, and how to they affect our biochemical and electrical mileau. Sex, we should throw more money at studying sex and how it affects neurotransmitters. On the effects of chewing gum and on understanding the endocrinology of sexual preference. And on why our hearts slow down as we age, and a million other questions. I'm just curious: I really want to know the answers. I wish that the money spent on medical research was directed more by altruism and less by profit motive.

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Or in other words, they are a natural part of our immune defense! New science suggests that mucus in our body is full of viruses that attack bacteria! Those viruses don't hurt us, in fact, they protect us. Commensal viruses....
the article from Life )
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If Americans snacked only occasionally, and in small amounts, this would not present the enormous problem that it does. But because so much money and effort has been invested over decades in engineering and then relentlessly selling these products, the effects are seemingly impossible to unwind. More than 30 years have passed since Robert Lin first tangled with Frito-Lay on the imperative of the company to deal with the formulation of its snacks, but as we sat at his dining-room table, sifting through his records, the feelings of regret still played on his face. In his view, three decades had been lost, time that he and a lot of other smart scientists could have spent searching for ways to ease the addiction to salt, sugar and fat. “I couldn’t do much about it,” he told me. “I feel so sorry for the public.”

NY Times article on the science behind Addictive Food. For sure, the objective is profits, not health.
liveonearth: (tiger approaching)
Medical researchers have discovered a new disease that has no symptoms. It is impossible to detect, and there is no known cure. Fortunately, no cases have been reported thus far.
--George Carlin
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Symptoms, then,
are in reality
nothing but a cry
from suffering organs.

--Jean-Martin Charcot
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The Cochrane folks have determined that mammography is no longer indicated as cancer screening for women of any age! Here's the brochure: You can get them in any language at:
liveonearth: (bright river)
1) Avoid TRICLOSAN. It's toxic to nearly everything in our waterways. It must be listed among the active ingredients if it is present in a soap or cleanser. Often it is found in antibacterial soaps.
2) Only buy green cleaning products. Here's a resource.
3) Make your own cleaning products out of vinegar, lemon, etc. Here's their recipe. Ingredients: ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 tsp. baking soda, 3 ½ cups hot water, 20 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, lemon, or peppermint work great), ¼ cup liquid castile soap.
Mix ingredients in a 32 oz. spray bottle, add castile soap last. More recipes here.

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I resolve to increase my core strength. On all levels. And maintain the increase.
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Somebody has to do something.
It's just incredibly pathetic
that it has to be us.

--Jerry Garcia

Walking is a man's best medicine

Both quotes swiped from this vid, entitled 23 and 1/2 hours. The author is a doctor who'd like to convince you that the best thing you can do for your health is limit your sitting and sleeping to 23.5 hours/day.


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