Abstract: White children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than children with low levels, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research is the first to link the chemical to obesity in children; previous studies reported links in adults and animals. It is unclear why BPA levels were so strongly associated with obesity in white children but not blacks or Hispanics. “It is possible that there is some genetic interaction that may be specific to the [white] population … but we don’t know,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande ofRead More →

Wow this is the first time I have heard of Diabetes type 3… that’s an hypothesis for Alzheimers that has been around since 2005 apparently. Read the whole article! And NB the reference to nitrates (in processed meats) in the quote.   What’s new is the thought that while diabetes doesn’t “cause” Alzheimer’s, they have the same root: an over consumption of those “foods” that mess with insulin’s many roles. Genetics have an effect on susceptibility, as they appear to with all environmental diseases. “Sugar is clearly implicated,” says Dr. de la Monte, “but there could be other factors as well, including nitrates in food.”Read More →

Ideally, your immune system should operate like an enlightened action hero, meting out inflammation precisely, accurately and with deadly force when necessary, but then quickly returning to a Zen-like calm. Doing so requires an optimal balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory muscle. via Immune Disorders and Autism – NYTimes.com. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

“Tucked away in the acknowledgements at the back of her new novel NW, along with the names of friends, family, editors and publishers who have helped her, Zadie Smith thanks freedom and self-control “for creating the time”. Every writer needs the freedom to be creative and the self-control to stick with a project until completion, but Smith has something rather more 21st century in mind: Freedom © and SelfControl© are computer applications that can be downloaded and configured to increase productivity by blocking access to the internet.” read the whole article here: Shutting out a world of digital distraction – Telegraph. PS no I haveRead More →

Excerpt: One thing to remember about research is it is just a method of answering questions. It gets fetishized–people turn it into an end in itself, which it shouldn’t be. So, the question really is, “What is your question?” If your question is, “Can homeopathic dilutions really do anything?” then actually the randomized controlled trial is an expensive, difficult way of answering it. I’ve done many of them, and there is an awful lot that can go wrong. If your question is, “Is this stuff placebo or not?” then there is a strong argument that randomized trials are actually an expensive way of answering thatRead More →

Consider the following: we are all 99.9% identical in terms of our human genome, but can be 90% different in terms of our gut microbes. despite the billions of dollars spent in human genome research, it is difficult to impossible to figure out who will get a disease from the genome. however, we can tell whether someone is lean or obese with 90% accuracy from their microbiome (all of our gut bacteria and their genes). we know that the microbiome provides a large number of metabolic capabilities we would otherwise lack, educates our immune system, and causes us to metabolize some foods and drugs differently.Read More →

NEW research is demonstrating that some common chemicals all around us may be even more harmful than previously thought. It seems that they may damage us in ways that are transmitted generation after generation, imperiling not only us but also our descendants. Yet following the script of Big Tobacco a generation ago, Big Chem has, so far, blocked any serious regulation of these endocrine disruptors, so called because they play havoc with hormones in the body’s endocrine system. via Big Chem, Big Harm? – NYTimes.com. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

From Huff Post. There is alot of good info here. The quote is from towards the end of the article (which starts out talking about addiction). For me, its great news to hear all the listed ways (click the link) to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (think rest and digest), to stimulate oxytocin and GABA. And its great to see that the simplest way is to just breathe in and out slowly, 3-6 breaths a minute (approx). That can be done any place, any time by just about anybody. if you practice it when you are not stressed then it will be easier to accessRead More →

Friends of a Certain Age Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? Here is a snippet of a 3 page article in the NYT on making friends over 30. Those 3 conditions, especially the first 2 are things I miss. Local friends, I call them. They fill a very particular need in this life where I have close friends, BFFs even, all over the world. As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guardRead More →