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 →

I heard about this on the radio a year or two ago. Blew my mind. We are 90% made up of tiny organisms. 90% of what I call “me is actually a collection of bacteria and microbes. Read the article in Scientific American. Wow! The headline is a little misleading. Its not so much that we have bacteria in our bodies, it’s more that our bacteria constitute most of our body. I also have to say, that from a Buddhist perspective this is very helpful information. Saying that there is no self doesn’t mean we don’t exist in a relative way. it means that 90%Read More →