Wellness in the News for February 2019

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Extremely high blood pressure in African-Americans

According to a recent study by Rutgers University, those with extremely high blood pressure that leads to strokes, heart attacks and acute kidney damage, classified as hypertensive emergencies, is five times higher in inner-city African-American patients than the national average. They also report that the problem is worse in men than women.


Non-whites are in general under enormous pressure in many places to "measure up" to unreasonable standards. As a consequence many work and worry too much, creating excess heat. Heat is expansive and presses against the walls of blood vessels, raising the pressure on the heart and other organs and making them work too hard.


In an effort to calm the rising yang, many with high blood pressure sedate the yang by eating past their comfort levels, thus adding excessive amounts of yin/material to the blood itself. This naturally creates more pressure on the walls of the vessels and the organs.


For the full report, go to:       

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130133117.htm

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Exercising reduces unhealthy appetites

 University of Texas at Austin researchers have found that formerly sedentary young adults who were instructed to exercise regularly for several weeks started choosing healthier foods without being asked to. Of course what they mean by "healthy foods" is foods approved by the "experts."


I maintain that exercising the body relieves the mind of neediness and worry, and  when enjoyed on a regular basis can eliminate unhealthy physical habits such as smoking, drinking, fingernail-biting, or eating without hunger - essentially the activities that we know injure our health.


For the full article:     

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130112728.htm


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Autism prevalence growing at an unprecedented rate

The occurrence of autism has tripled over the last 15 years, according to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. One in 59 children now are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a disability typically characterized by brilliance in one or more areas combined with extreme rebelliousness that will develop poor or no social skills. Researchers hunt for biomedical explanations. For the full article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130133120.htm


Here's my theory on autism. Many or most serious health problems are the result of defective genes being activated. In the case of autism, an infant between 1 and 3 years of age is biologically driven to discover himself/herself largely by experimentation and rebellion. An over-controlling parent, what we now call "helicoptering," can flip that autism gene on, and create a rebellion that knows no boundaries.


As is usually the case, children's behavioral problems are also parents' behavioral problems.

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Vitamin D, sunlight, and diabetes 2

A recent Brazilian study found that vitamin D raises insulin sensitivity (that's a good thing), as well as strengthens bones. This all fits together wonderfully. Here's why.


We know that sunlight is our natural source of vitamin D, and that exercising outdoors builds bones while replenishing vitamin D. We also know that exercise moves nutrition into cells without the need for insulin and is therefore absolutely required for a diabetes 2 cure, when combined of course with a decrease in food consumption.


For the article, go to:       https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190130075731.htm

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Are lean people genetically lucky?

This sensationalist and misleading headline is splattered all over the media lately due to a study that found differences in the DNA of obese and lean people. For the full article, go to:      

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-46976031    


These researchers ought to know that environmental factors change DNA. For example, another recent study showed that heavy drinking changes the DNA and leads to an increased craving for alcohol.   

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190129081939.htm


The obesity/overweight epidemic is a mere half-century old. Did 80% of the US genome suddenly become "unlucky" and fat? 


Bears and  humans have always understood that the only way to put on winter fat is to eat past the comfort level on a regular basis.

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Engineers translate brain signals into speech

In a scientific first, neuro-engineers  at the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and machine intelligence, will lead to new ways for computers to interface with human and animal brains. 


Imagine thought that completely bypasses the vocal cords. We are getting closer to reverse-engineering the brain than ever before.


For the report, go to:      

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190129081919.htm