Nutrition + Health (from a hacker's perspective)
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is based upon material gathered from a number of sources including the
internet. Therefore, use this material cautiously at your
own risk and only with the
advice of a physician
*** This is a work in progress ***
- Vaccines (why they are good for
- Memory Systems
- Going to School; Learning + Downloading
- "Egg Allergies" and "Herd Immunity"
- Inoculations do not cause Autism
- Miscellaneous Stuff (copied from
- 500 calories from carbohydrates (like sugar) will have a
completely different effect on your body than 500 calories from fat
- calories from simple carbs (like refined sugar) race into the bloodstream causing
a spike in serum (blood) glucose.
- The pancreas reacts to the spike by
releasing a large volume of insulin into the blood stream which then triggers fat-storage.
production does not terminate quickly which means that glucose removal
usually goes too far (causing hypoglycemia) which triggers new hunger
- calories from complex carbs move into the
bloodstream at a slower pace thus triggering a lower insulin
- calories from fat move into the bloodstream
very slowly causing almost no insulin response
- Replace simple carbs (white bread, white rice, white sugar) with
complex carbs (whole grain bread, wild rice, etc.)
- Replace most carbs with good fats (monounsaturated and
- We all need daily physical exercise (45 minutes minimum; five days out of seven). Good health comes from
"sensible nutrition" and "sensible exercise".
IntroductionThinking their bodies are like automobiles, many people incorrectly think that
food is only a fuel. In reality food is both "a fuel" and "raw material to
enable self repair and growth"
Overloading Man and Machine:
A wise biologist once said:
- If you put a 10 HP (horse
power) load on a 8 HP electrical motor, the overloaded motor will burn out.
- However, if motors were biological and behaved like the human body, then placing a
10 HP load on an 8 HP
motor would cause it to become (over time) a 10 HP motor.
||Motor will burn out
||Muscle and skeleton will grow (over time)
to support the new load
Under-loading Man and Machine:
Unlike gorillas, the human body is always engaging in resource conservation.
Since it takes a lot of energy to maintain muscle tissue, the human body will
dismantle (cannibalize) under-used muscle and supporting bone. This is an example of
the "use-it or lose-it" scenario which was first made apparent after
once-healthy long-duration cosmonauts returned to Earth only to
discover that they could not walk.
||Nothing. It is more efficient and safer to use
an overrated motor.
||Muscle will shrink (over time) to support the
Bone will shrink to match the weaker muscle.
But consider this extreme example which we see in human society:
||Nothing. But some oils may dry out
over time allowing oxidation
||Muscle will atrophy in a very short
time and function will be lost
- Non-exercising cosmonauts lost the ability to walk after
only 10 months
- Non-exercising astronauts lost 2% of their bone mass
Bone minerals were excreted in their urine.
Food as a Fuel
- Caloric measurement is performed in a device known as a
device burns test material (usually food) in an enclosed volume with a
constant supply of oxygen while measuring the amount
of heat released into a larger volume of water over the time of the complete
burn. Although this is a good starting point, a calorimeter is
nothing at all like the human body.
- In physics, one "calorie"
(lower-case or small "c"; also known as a "gram calorie") of thermal energy is required to raise
gram of water by one degree Celsius. This equates to 4.2
- In nutrition, a "Calorie"
(upper-case or capital "C") represents one kilocalorie which is one thousand times larger.
This is the amount of energy required to raise one kilogram of water by one
degree Celsius. This equates to 4.2 kilojoules.
- Since there is already great confusion by the common use of an
upper-case or lower-case starting letter, the calorie is not considered part
of the System International
which is why scientists use the term Joule.
- Don't like metric measurements? An alternate unit is the
BTU (British Thermal Unit)
which is the amount of thermal energy necessary to raise one pound of water
by one degree Fahrenheit. While BTU is often used for industrial heating
and cooling, I have never heard of it being used in human nutrition.
- Measuring the caloric content of food assumes that food is just fuel,
rather than a mixture of fuel and raw material to enable self repair and
- Carbohydrate (sugar, starch, etc.)
- these burn the easiest because they contain with their own
- dictionary definitions:
- noun (1869): from carbo- "carbon" + hydrate, denoting a compound
produced when certain substances combine with water.
- noun (current): Any of a group of organic compounds that
includes sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums and serves as a
major energy source in the diet of animals. These compounds are
produced by photosynthetic plants and contain only carbon, hydrogen,
and oxygen, usually in the ratio 1:2:1.
- these burn less easily than carbohydrates because an external
oxidizer must be provided (usually by breathing). The human body can make
use of certain essential dietary fats so it is not always a good
idea to restrict dietary fat intake. It is a good idea reduce
saturated and trans fats. (see below for details)
- while it is true that human animals can burn protein as fuel, it
makes much more sense to use this material for tissue growth and
- All three food categories are capable of increasing serum (blood)
glucose levels after digestion.
- Most people know that nerve tissue will die quickly without access to glucose or oxygen.
people seem unaware of the fact that nerve tissue (brain, spinal cord, and
optic nerves) can burn out (die) when exposed to high
levels of serum glucose. To prevent this, the body has developed an
elaborate monitoring and control mechanism involving the release of
Insulin by the pancreas
which signals fat cells to begin removing glucose
from the blood. (there are also other mechanisms that involve the conversion
of glucose to glycogon for storage in the muscles)
- All foods ingested do not have the same bioavailability or bioactivity.
- Unlike cattle, humans cannot digest grass. Grass does contain
calories as measured in a calorimeter and yet almost none of those
calories will be absorbed by the human body. (even cattle cannot
directly digest grass; they employ bacteria in a special stomach
compartment to perform the conversion)
- Simple Carbohydrates
- Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar and starches, don't
need to be digested and therefore race into the body causing
a spike in blood glucose levels. This event is noticed by the
pancreas (note: both the "current level" as well as the "rate
of increase" are important) which releases the hormone
in response. Insulin signals other body parts, like
fat cells, to begin to "take up" the serum glucose.
It should be pointed out that a large release of insulin usually
causes an over reaction which can drive the blood glucose levels
from a state of hyperglycemia (too high) to a state of hypoglycemia
(too low). In healthy people this will trigger hunger pangs which
will cause the whole ingestion-digestion-compensation cycle to
- Starch is nature's stored form of sugar and comes in the form of
bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta. A starch digesting enzyme called
amylase can be found all through our digestive tracts starting
with the saliva in our mouths. To experience this digestive process,
place a small piece of white bread into your mouth and wait 10 to 30
seconds while the enzyme converts
some of the starch into sugar. It will begin to taste sweet, and
this one reason why some people refuse to give up white bread. This is
another reason why eating slowly is more satisfying. The conversion
from starch into sugar will continue inside your stomach but there
are no taste buds down there to enjoy it.
- Avoid refined sugar entirely
- it has only been available to modern man in large quantities
for the past few hundred years and humanity was not meant to consume
- many people don't know that jam is sweet because the high
sugar content is toxic to most bacteria and mold. In this case
sugar must only be thought of as a preservative.
- Avoid white bread entirely
- its popularity has fluctuated greatly over the past few
hundred years but the most recent round occurred when people
were convinced to purchase bread products rather than make it
- retail bakers discovered that white bread has a much
longer "shelf life" than whole grain bread. The problem here is that the bread now lasts longer because many
nutrients have been removed. The retail bakers then tried to
fix this problem by adding vitamins and minerals to "enrich"
- many commercial bread manufacturers scammed us for many years
by selling caramel colored white bread (simply labeled
"brown bread") as if it was the
healthy brown bread. If you eat bread you want course-ground
whole-grains. (due to larger surface area, fine-ground
particles are digested faster than
course-ground; you always want to digest slowly in order to
avoid spiking your serum glucose levels)
- Limit white pasta + white rice
- since fully cooked white pasta will quickly convert into
sugar, try preparing it al dente (under cooked). Undercooked
pasta will convert to sugar much more slowly.
- serving pasta covered with a light coating of olive oil
will slow the digestion rate which will produce the same
amount of sugar but over a much longer time period.
- replace pure white pasta with brown, green and red pasta
(provided the coloring is natural and not artifical)
- Avoid soft drinks entirely
- most soft drinks contain between 4 and 10 teaspoons of sugar
- Limit fruit drinks
- In the wild, you would never be able to eat more than two
apples or two oranges so why do people think it is good to serve
large glasses of apple juice or orange juice? Just because
something is natural doesn't mean it is good for you.
- Complex Carbohydrates
- Complex carbohydrates, like whole wheat bread and under cooked
pasta, require digestion. Blood glucose levels will rise more slowly
and the pancreas will be able to react in a more precise and
controlled fashion. The rule of thumb here is the more complex the
carbohydrate, the slower the digestion, absorption, and pancreas
- Despite the fact that blood glucose rates will rise much more
slowly, they will still rise. Overeating will still cause a larger
release of insulin with some of the negative side effects (like
triggering fat storage).
- Fats require just as much (if not more) digestion than complex
carbohydrates and will never cause a rapid increase in blood glucose
levels. But as previously mentioned, overeating will still cause a
larger release of insulin with some of the negative side effects
(like triggering fat storage).
- In the early 1990s marketing bozos used pretzel logic to
convince consumers that eating fat makes you fat. Before too long
almost everything purchased in a super market contained a "low fat"
label. However, fat gives food its taste, and low fat food tasted
bad, so they compensated by adding carbohydrates. In most cases the
"low fat" version of any food had the same number of calories as the
"normal fat" version, but the "low fat" version could actually
trigger more "fat storage".
- labeling caveat:
- low fat foods contain low fat but may be tweaked with
- low carb foods will help you restrict fat creation and
subsequent fat storage
- Proteins are the base material for all tissues as well as
enzymes and hormones.
- Although they can be burned, it is much more efficient to use
them for other purposes.
- Proteins are composed of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids
of which humans can make only 12 which means that the other 8 must
come from our diet. (Rats, on the other hand, can make all
20). If any one of the essential 8 amino acids is missing, protein
synthesis will stop.
- Errors in early dietary recommendations were based upon simple
interpretations of the
|One gram of this:
||Yields This Many Calories:
So at first glance, it looks like eating fats will make cause you to
take in more calories.
However, eating simple carbohydrates...
- will trigger the largest insulin release...
- which tells fat cells and muscles to remove too much glucose
from the bloodstream...
- which will causes new hunger pangs...
- which will cause you to to eat more food thus triggering a new
- low-fat foods
- In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some smaller food
manufacturers believed calorie
facts "as-is" then began to market "low-fat" snack food.
- Big companies
(who can, and do, employ nutritionists and scientists) should have
known better but decided it was better to sell the pubic what the
- It only took 10 years to see obesity as a problem.
- It only took 20 years to see obesity in epidemic proportions
- Reminder: Much Low-fat food
(which has been tweaked with sugar to improve the taste) will make you
fatter than food with a higher fat content. Always
inspect the labels
- soft drinks
- How many people remember the tiny 6.5 once (5 cent) soft-drink
bottles sold from 1960s vending machines?.
- Now every convenience store stacks 32-once torpedo bottles.
- The movement to much larger bottles was also due to a marketing
war between the soft-drink vendors (their cost between the contents
of small and large bottles is negligable)
- If you must consume soft-drinks then make sure it is either low-cal
or zero-cal. Although artificial sweeteners come with some risk,
being obese is also risky as well as undesirable.
- fruit drinks
- How many people remember ordering orange juice in a restaurant
then having it served in a 7 once "juice glass"? For some reason I
don't understand, many young people today have never heard the
phrase "juice glass".
- What is worse is this: No one can eat more than two apples or
two oranges due to the fiber content. And yet a children are often
handed a glass containing the equivalent of many more than two
pieces of fruit.
Food as a Building Material
- As stated earlier, all nutritional food falls into three (or four) major
- sugars, starches, etc.
- only used as a fuel source
- never used as a building block
- Fat (lipids)
- can be used as a fuel
- can be used as a component of building block material
- cell walls are composed of a water tight material known as
- myelin is a fatty substance used as an electrical insulator
Loosing Myelin is similar to allowing wires to short out.
- some are considered
essential fatty acids and only come from our diet
- dietary fat comes in four chemical categories (ranked in order
of good to bad)
- each molecule is one hydrogen atom away from being
- each molecule is many hydrogen atoms away from being
- each molecule is saturated (can't add any more hydrogen)
- in biology, the prefixes
signify chemical differences that can make a molecule twist
to the right or to the left. In chemistry, these prefixes
indicate which versions of the molecule are flexible verses
- although trans fats exist in nature, they are usually
produced during the manufacturing of processed foods and are
associated with coronary disease.
- these molecules are known to move from the digestive
tract into the body where they clump up
- some researchers believe these molecules get pass
the blood-brain barrier and play some kind of role in
- these molecules have been known to block the
cellular absorption of amino acids (components of
- In the 1950s people were convinced to switch from butter
to margarine. Butter tended to be naturally hard or soft
based upon temperature while margarine has been moved from a
liquid phase to a solid phase by industrial hydrogenation.
This same process resulted in margarine containing much more
- Although it can be burned, it is more efficient to use it for
- Proteins are the base material for all tissues as well as
enzymes, neurotransmitters, and hormones.
- Proteins are composed of amino acids (the amino acid order
determines the function). Think of protein as a necklace and the
amino acids as pearls.
- There are 20 amino acids of which humans can make only 12 which
means the other 8
essential amino acids must come from our diet. (Rats, on
the other hand, can make all 20 which is one reason they are so
successful at survival). Whenever any of the essential 8 are
missing, protein synthesis stops.
- Eating too little protein...
- can hinder certain kinds of chemical processing including
digestion. (protein is the substrate for all hormones)
- will have a degenerative effect on the endocrine system
(including signaling via protein messages)
- can result in certain kinds of nutrition-deficient nerve and
- It is my personal belief that dietary protein is one
component necessary for good mental health.
- can result in a weakening of the immune system (B-cells,
CD8-cells etc. are all built from protein)
- Unlike fat, protein is not stored in a long term fashion for
future use so our bodies will preferentially cannibalize internal
protein structures as required (thus treating them like storage
containers). These include:
- breaking down immune system cells (ever wonder why you
sometimes get a cold sore after a few days of too much exercise
combined with too little nutrition?)
- breaking down muscles in the extremities (arms and legs) to
save muscles in the core (heart)
- Vitamins, Minerals, etc.
- When they were first discovered, scientists where looking
for amino-acids and mislabeled these substances "vital amines"
which was later shortened to vit-a-mins. In fact, these
substances really fall under the category of coenzymes (except
vitamin-D which is a steroid) and act as a catalyst in enzyme
- Vitamins are classed as water soluble (all the B and C
vitamins) or fat soluble (all the rest). Ingest too many water
soluble vitamins and you'll urinate away the excess. Ingest too
many fat soluble vitamins and their storage in your body may
approach toxic concentrations.
- Certain vitamins like vitamin-C
are necessary for normal life. English sailors several hundred
years ago endured gum disease and premature tooth loss until
they were given a daily ration of limes to stop this disease.
Ever since then they were known as "limeys".
- Scientists have known for quite some time that
human cancer rates increase in proportion to the distance from
the equator. It was always believed that this was due to
industrial pollution which tends to be greater in
the north. Around 1980, some American doctors believed that this
might have something to do with vitamin-D
which is normally produced when human skin is exposure to
sunlight (which is much lower in higher latitudes -OR- non-existent if you
wear a sunscreen with SPF-8 or higher). Since that time there has been quite a
bit of evidence that human cancer rates are much lower in in
higher latitudes when a daily vitamin-D supplement is
consumed. Supplementation is even more important today since
fewer adults eat fish or drink milk (which is usually fortified
- I'm am 53 years old (in 2005) and have been been
consuming a single 1000 IU tablet of vitamin-D3
daily for the past 3 months. This stuff is really cheap ($7
per bottle of 100 tablets) but has completely changed my
physical health for the better.
- Previously I had chronic tooth aches with no tooth
decay but X-rays by my dentist revealed nothing. After
one month of vitamin-d supplementation the chronic pain
has totally stopped.
- I always suspected that some teeth were getting
loose (I thought I could feel movement whenever I chewed
my food). All my teeth now feel rock solid and this is
not surprising since bone and tooth growth are not
possible without Vitamin-D. BTW, I still have all 28 of
my original adult teeth (wisdom teeth were extracted due
to lack of space).
- I was becoming intolerant to coffee. So much so that
I could enjoy a cup in the morning but a cup in the
middle of the afternoon would interrupt my sleep at
night. I'm now back to 2 cups a day with no coffee
- Even after I totally gave up coffee a few years
back, I would wake once or twice per night to urinate.
This has stopped and I always get 7-8 hours even though
I'm drinking coffee again.
- For the past 10 years I've been suffering from a
mild form of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which
starts near Halloween and doesn't seem to go away until
Christmas. My emotional state was a mixture of dread and
depression but I am only able to endure it because
logically I know it is related to the loss of sunlight.
This year I still seem to be enduring a bout of SAD but
the mental load seems 50% to 75% lower than in previous
years. Since natural vitamin-D is associated with
sunlight, and SAD is associated with a loss of sunlight,
I wonder if I've stumbled onto something here.
Vitamin D found to influence more than 200 genes
- In 2006 I increased my daily dose to 2000 IU and
have continued this into 2013. Never ingest a Vitamin-D
supplement without also consuming a calcium supplement.
- Caveat: higher does of Vitamin-D
may deplete your magnesium levels (which can cause
constipation) as well as deplete Vitamin-K (which will
reduce the clotting of blood). As with all nutrients, too
much can be worse than too little.
- It has long been known that some vitamins can have an
anti-oxidizing effect in the body which will result in the
reduction of "one of the risk factors" associated with certain
kinds of cancer. That said, preventing cancer and eliminating
cancer are two completely different things. No nutrient therapy
has ever been known to cure cancer. If you suspect cancer
then see a
doctor immediately AND read all you can on the subject (but
beware of anything that sounds like somebody's
"get-rich-quick scheme" because snake-oil salesmen
have always preyed on the gullible public and no one will be
more desperate than someone who has just been told they have
- Coenzyme Q10
- Every cell in your body contains an energy-producing
organelle called a mitochondria or
mitochondrion. Some body organs never sleep which means
their cells host more of them. Heart cells may have several
while liver cells often contain many more. The problem with
mitochondria is they get tired as they get age -AND- they
require a better supply of Coenzyme Q10. There
is not much you can do for a worn out mitochondria other than
hoping your body will kill the host cell then cause a
neighboring cell to replicate. But you can improve things by
consuming an Coenzyme Q10 supplement.
- Speaking of tired (lazy?) mitochondria, they host a chemical
process known as the
which involves Citric Acid. Therefore,
you should not attempt to get through life living on
Vitamin-C supplements but no citric-acid containing
- undo the error of the early 1990s
- decrease dietary carbohydrates (if at all possible, eliminate simple
carbs like refined sugar).
On a microscopic level, cell division (specifically, DNA duplication) is
one of the most energy intensive operations in the world of biology. On
a macroscopic level, the human brain requires more energy than any other
organ. Reducing carbohydrates will adversely affect these two examples.
- increase dietary fat (in this order: monounsaturated,
polyunsaturated, trans, saturated)
- undo the error of the early 1950s
- switch from white bread back to whole grain bread.
- This will have the additional benefit of increasing dietary
fiber which will have a cleansing effect on the lower digestive
- switch from margarine back to butter (or cream cheese)
- switch from butter to cream cheese
- eat more protein. Every system in your body will benefit from this.
- give up sugared soft drinks entirely. All meals should be consumed with
- milk - preferred since it acts as a natural emulsifier allowing oil
and water to mix in the stomach.
- beer or wine (never more than 2 servings of alcohol per day)
- reduce or eliminate fruit juice. The sugar may be all natural but it is
still too much, too soon.
- It is much better to eat an orange than drink the equivalent amount
of orange juice
- It is much better to eat an apple than drink the equivalent amount
or apple juice.
- Apples are also an excellent source of dietary fiber which means
you will be unable to eat many of them (everybody can eat one but
very few can eat three). Now consider how much apple sugar you
ingest when you drink apple juice (it's way more than you could eat
directly from the source).
- Magic Ratios
- some nutritionists have said that the best diet consists of:
- 3 parts carbohydrate, 2 parts fat, 1 part protein
- some sports medicine people have stated that the best diet consists
- 2 parts carbohydrate, 2 parts fat, 2 parts protein
- The diet that's correct for you is probably somewhere between these
You Need Physical Exercise!
- In the very early 1900's, approximately 90% of North Americas were
involved in agriculture and food distribution. Much of this was manual labor
associated with farming.
- One hundred years later this figure has dropped to 2% leaving the
remaining 98% of our population mostly sedentary.
- This is the first 100 years of
mankind's existence where a strenuous lifestyle is not required in order to
live. We were not designed to operate in this environment. We all
need physical exercise.
- Biology is "Demand Driven":
- SKELETON: While attempting to prevent osteoporosis, you could eat
huge quantities of calcium but very little will be utilized by
osteogenesis (bone growth processes) until a physical load is placed upon
your skeleton. Whether we're talking about bones, muscle or brain, we must
always remember the biological truism: "use-it
- METABOLISM: If you've never exercised but then decide to go for a
short jog or run, you will quickly loose your breath. As you repeat this
on a daily basis, you will gradually increase your endurance to the
point that you will no longer loose your breath. The reason for this
change is that your body noticed you were out of breath and so
compensated by manufacturing additional red blood cells which will
enable more oxygen to be transported from the lungs to your muscles.
This added oxygen will have the effect of raising your
resting metabolism. When
you stop exercising it only takes 14-21 days for the body to get rid of
the (now unneeded) excess red blood cells. This will slow your resting
metabolism which will cause you to gain fat and loose muscle. Scientists
tell us the oxidative damage is caused by metabolic body processes with
insufficient oxygen (partial burning). I have always wondered if extra
red blood cells would reduce this since much more oxygen is available
- EYE DISEASE: One type of macular degeneration is caused by an excessive growth of
blood vessels in the eye. Normally, angiogenesis (the growth of new
blood vessels) is caused by a lack of oxygen. Rather than growing new
blood vessels, it might make more sense to get some daily exercise. In
the short term, this will oxygenate more of the body while you are
exercising. In the long term your body will increase the number of red
blood cells which will allow more more oxygen to be delivered to various
parts of the body whether you are exercising or at rest.
- Isaac Asimov
- Died in 1992 at age 72 from complications related to AIDS.
- He contracted this disease (AIDS) during a blood transfusion in 1984 after
a triple bypass.
- If he would have exercised moderately and monitored his diet, he would
not have needed the bypass surgery or the blood transfusion which
resulted in his infection. Had he lived 10 more years he probably would
have published a few dozen more books. (link:
Asimov's 15 most popular sci-fi books). All mankind has been robbed of 10
years of his presence.
- My Father
- Died in 1988 at the age of 63
- Had a physically demanding job as a butcher appearing strong and
vigorous while working
- He smoked cigars all his adult life but only drank alcohol
occasionally and never to excess
- He retired at age 62 and seemed to lose his biceps in 3-4 months
- After 10 months of retirement he died of a massive heart attack (the
coronary artery splits into 3 branches; the lowest branch was totally
occluded while the middle branch was only blocked to the 50% mark)
- Although many people believe that it's the sudden stop that gets you
in the end, the truth of the matter is that you can get away with a few
of life's vices provided you have a physically demanding life. But
you will live longer if you exercise daily and skip these same
for one thing: for some unknown reason people who drink no alcohol have
a similar mortality rate as alcoholics. People
in the middle who only drink 1-2 ounces of alcohol per day seem to live longer.
Perhaps alcohol thins the blood; perhaps it is human social contact of a bar
room. For more information try Googling for the phrase
alcohol. Also check out the book
"The Healthy Barmaid" by
Doctor W. Gifford-Jones
pregnant women must never consume alcohol since
the baby's underdeveloped body is incapable of filtering and removing
the associated poisons.
Stress + Inflammation
Biology can be best described
as the merger of two related process: anabolic and catabolic. The anabolic
process builds while the catabolic process destroys.
Metabolic = Anabolic + Catabolic
A short time after we are born anabolism (building) is running high while
catabolism (destroying) is running low. As we age anabolism starts to drop while
catabolism starts to rise. Once catabolism rises above anabolism, natural death
is not far behind.
The hormone symphony that controls our lives is nothing short of a miracle
and yet some hormones have a much greater effect than others. Anabolic hormones
like testosterone (which exists in both men and women by the way) help us grow
and maintain muscle mass but catabolic hormones like
cortisol make sure we won't
keep that mass unless we exercise.
One of the more negative aspects of cortisol is that it is released during
times of injury or stress. One of the more diabolical facts associated with
aging is that the body's sensitivity to stress increases with age which only
results in more production of cortisol. So although it is not a good idea to try
to eliminate cortisol from the body, it is probably a good idea to control your
stress so cortisol is not released too often or too long.
For some reason that medicine does not yet understand, this age-related
sensitivity to stress can be reduced with moderate daily
Your car might last much longer if you didn't use it but it is just the
opposite for your body. It doesn't make sense but it is true.
Inflammation is a
related form of bodily self damage which can also be controlled by diet.
Oils such as Omega 3 have all
of the anti-inflammatory characteristics of aspirin with none of aspirin's side
For example, Omega-3 has been known to reduce inflammation-based hemorrhoids
(warning: other diseases, including bowel cancer, must
been ruled out first; don't take a chance, talk to your doctor ASAP).
Larger amounts like 1.2 grams (1200 mg) per day have been known to eliminate
inflammation-based hemorrhoids but please be aware of the fact there have been
government warnings about exceeding 2 grams per day. In any case you must
also ingest a calcium supplement with does over 400 mg per day. If you don't,
the excess vitamin-D will just force your body to move calcium from point-A to
point-B and you don't ever want to do this because point-A could be your hip or
- Read the book "Good
Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes
- Health and Exercise Links
- Guaranteed Human Life Extension
- quantity as well as quality. This is not a joke or scam but it will cost
you $6.00 per month.
- many people in the west think this is due to wine and Resveratrol
- many Europeans think this is due to life-style (fast-food in the
west vs. the slow-food
cultural movement in Europe)
- it may even be due to higher levels of trans-fats in the west vs. low
levels in Europe
- Diabetes comes in two major categories and here are some very simple
1 Diabetes is caused by the pancreas producing insufficient amounts
of insulin. The only treatment here is injecting insulin because you
can't live without it.
2 Diabetes is caused by a life-time of consuming too much sugar.
Your pancreas is releasing insulin but insulin receptors (special cells
that listen for, and react to, the insulin message) throughout your body
have become so tired from a lifetime of use that they have become deaf
to the signal. If you don't ever what to find
yourself in this situation then you need to reduce your consumption of
simple carbs, especially sugar, immediately.
- A third type has the unofficial name of
Type 3 Diabetes and this only involves insulin receptors in
the brain. Think about all those people with, what appears to be,
dementia (probably slapped with an Alzheimer's label). Many of these
people are eating (or are being force fed, perhaps intravenously),
but their brains are unable to pick-up glucose from the blood stream
because their brains are unable to process the insulin signal (or
are unable to directly detect the presence of serum glucose). This
is one reason why some appear to be in a sleepy stupor while others
appear like sleepy drunks.
Because this affliction involves
the brain, I prefer my own label of Type 2b Diabetes
(b for brain)
(why they are good for humanity)
- long term memory of the genetic subroutines of our ancestors
- short term copies of DNA segments (messages) sent throughout a cell
to accomplish some task
- short term memory including stuff like "what I ate for dinner
yesterday" or "where did I park my car?"
- long term data including everything from "how to catch a frog" to
"the knowledge of math and science"
- Spinal Column
- reflexes, like "how to retract from a hot object without thinking
- Immune System
- memory of all the diseases encountered by the host body
- Stone Inscriptions
- carvings on the surfaces of ancient pyramids (Egypt, Mexico,
Cambodia, to only name three of many)
- Wood Inscriptions
- human-written records (fictional and factual)
- VHS tape, Laser-disc, DVD, Blu-ray
- wax cylinders, plastic discs, magnetic tape (open reel, 8-track
cassette, compact cassette, CD-ROM)
- human records (everything including: books, audio, video, games,
programs, accounting records, etc.)
- human initiated machine-collected data (everything from seismometers
and storm monitors to space probes)
Going to School; Learning + Downloading
While it is possible for every human brain to redevelop everything (like math
and science) from first principles, it is much more efficient to attend a school
where the factual information is passed from instructor to student. This way,
all students can avoid the failures and dead-end paths taken by others.
Likewise, an immune system can learn about diseases it
has not (yet) encountered by only being exposed to the protein coats associated
with viruses collected by scientists. The substance is known as a
vaccine and the information
download process is known as an
inoculation. In most
cases a vaccine is a collection of multiple viruses that have been
sliced-and-diced by enzymes during the manufacturing process. The resulting
protein segments of these viruses are then injected into the body where the
immune system notices something foreign then begins manufacturing protein
anti-bodies for an attack which never materializes but is remembered.
Caveat: some viral diseases are so dangerous that it
is unlikely you will survive your first natural contact. Or if you do survive,
you will never be fully returned to a pre-diseased state. One example is
Polio (Poliomyelitis) which was
rampant during my childhood in the 1950s but another example is
hepatitis which is rampant
in human society today. Benjamin Franklin said it best: An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the case of inoculations this
might be rephrased: A nanogram of vaccine is worth a kilogram of cure.
"Egg Allergies" and "Herd Immunity"
A very simple explanation
During the creation of a
vaccine, live viruses are evolutionarily adapted to non-human hosts by being
transferred into three-to-four generations of chicken eggs. During the transfer,
the virus becomes more bird-like which means it becomes virtually harmless
(before slicing-and-dicing) to humans. It also means that people with allergies
to egg protein will not be able to utilize a vaccine prepared in this way.
But it is not necessary for everyone in society to be inoculated (although
those who are not are in greater danger than those who have). If a significant
majority of the population is inoculated then
herd immunity will
prevent the disease in question from becoming an epidemic (thus protecting
un-inoculated people in the herd)
Inoculations do not cause Autism
- Males experience Autism
at rates ~4 times greater than females and this magic ratio reminds me of
other sex-linked diseases like
- By law, 100% of the health records of the citizens of Denmark must be sent to
the government which are then made available to researchers (personal data is
not disclosed). These records contain information about who has, and who has
not, received childhood inoculations. By analyzing this data it can be seen that
autism rates are virtually identical for the inoculated group vs. the
- To learn more:
The medical community published this information in 2001-2002 but
internet-based conspiracy theorists and weirdoes have kept the Autism scare
alive. I worry about parents who lose a child to a disease which could have been
prevented with a vaccine. But in the end it is all up to choice: do you want to
live in the modern scientific world or live like the Amish?
Miscellaneous Stuff (copied from elsewhere)
Tattoo inks may be toxic.
BRUSSELS - Fans of tattooing are putting
poisonous chemicals into their skin because of widespread ignorance
about the substances used in tattooing dyes, the European Commission
warned yesterday. "Would you inject car paint into your skin?" the
commission asked in a statement accompanying its report on the health
risks of tattooing and body-piercing. It said most chemicals used
in tattoos were industrial pigments originally used for other purposes,
such as automobile paints or writing inks, and there was little or no
safety data to support their use in tattoos. In addition, laws
demanding tattoo artists use gloves and sterile needles did not include
rules about the dyes, meaning they could be impure and dirty without
breaking the law. The report said that as well as the risk of catching
diseases such as HIV or hepatitis from dirty needles, tattooing could
cause skin cancer, psoriasis, toxic shock syndrome or even behavioral
(Toronto Star - July-20, 2003)
Aspartame (a.k.a. NutraSweet)
- Personal Note:
I personally experienced massive headaches and memory loss associated with
the consumption of Aspartame (NutraSweet) in the form of Diet Coke during
1980's. After seeing an episode of Nova which stated "almost 1/3 of North
Americans experience unwanted side effects from the consumption of
Aspartame", I stopped consuming Aspartame entirely. The head aches went away
with in a few weeks and my memory slowly returned (to 95%, I think) within a
- These links seem to think that
consumers should proceed cautiously:
www.howstuffworks.com/question536.htm the digestion of Aspartame
produces "Methyl Alcohol" (a.k.a. Methanol or Wood Alcohol) which is
then converted into Formaldehyde by enzymes in the liver. Formaldehyde
can cause some damage to proteins until it is converted into Formic Acid
which then interferes with mitochondria
Dr. Gabe Mirkin/nutrition/N238.html
- Aspartame and saccharin continue to be blamed for a wide variety of
ills, even though research has shown them to be safe if eaten in
reasonable amounts (question: what is the definition of a safe amount?
This may apply to maintaining your current weight but probably doesn't
apply to correcting an over-weight situation
- Aspartame breaks down into two chemicals,
- Formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing
- Phenylalanine is an essential (to human nutrition) amino acid
but will cause problems in humans diagnosed with PKU also known as
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (you will need to search from
www.medscape.com (you will need to search from
www.medbroadcast.com (you will need to search from
- Post Script
- The Aspartame molecule exists in two major forms,
Alpha and Beta, with the
Beta form causing more problems in humans
- The Alpha form converts to the
Beta form when exposed to acids over time, which can happen to any
brand of soft drink sitting on the shelf for a while.
- Since the speed of chemical reactions is faster with heat, soft
drinks stored at room temperature may be more dangerous than those
stored in a cooler or a chilled vending machine.
- The Alpha form (in dry products like gum, Jell-O,
vitamins, etc.) isn't known to convert to the Beta form. It was the dry form
which was originally submitted to the government for safety testing and
- www.nih.gov - National Institute of
is a neat online medical + drug resource. You need a user name and password
to get in, but these are free if you go through the registration process.
They have links to MedLine
- Nutrition (my 2 cents worth)
Kitchener - Waterloo - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.