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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Amazing Voice of What's His Name?

The amazing voice of what's his name is on my mind today. I'm talking about what's his name, that writer who wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. What is it about that title, anyway? It has a ring to it, don't you think? The "L" sound in "loathing" and the "L" sound in "Las Vegas" resonate and work in an alliterative pattern. Of course I'm talking about the writer Hunter S. Thompson. His voice is, as I have written elsewhere, like the voice of a ventriloquist. It seems to emmanate from inside a machine, with intense rapidity, sarcasm, and aggression. But what a nice guy he was when he appeared on Charlie Rose. A magnificent interview, which you can find on YouTube. Makes you want to run out and read a new credit card blog.

Coffee and Its Advantages

This entry talks about the advantages of coffee. A later one will discuss its disadvantages. First, coffee, because of its caffeine, promotes alertness and sharper mental functioning. The coffee bean was a favorite of many writers, especially Balzac and Philip K. Dick. Some of the beneficial effects of coffee, summarized by Ray Peat, include:
  1. Improved thyroid health.
  2. Protecting the liver from alcohol damage.
  3. Protection against radiation-, chemical-, viral-, and estrogen-caused cancer.
  4. Maximizes the body's use of progesterone.
  5. Protects against breast cancer.
  6. Provides magnesium.
  7. Inhibits blood clotting.
  8. Protects against Parkinson's.
  9. Antioxidant function.
These very significant advantages are also associated with quicker mental functioning and the greater ability of writers to marshal their thoughts. I had two cups of coffee today as an experiment. I have not had coffee in more than ten years. I was able to write an entire 2,800-word chapter for a new book I'm writing, complete with research and footnotes and bibliographic entries. The chapter, by the way, is about Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. You can read it when the book comes out in 2009, published by Writer's Digest Books.

  1. Ray Peat. "Caffeine: A vitamin-like nutrient, or adaptogen." (Accessed 9/30/2008.)

The Genetic Promise Is Here Today

There is no greater promise than that of genetic engineering, and today that promise is coming into its own with new discoveries and the mapping of the entire human genome, a project that required years of work by hundreds of researchers. The implications of this completed project are myriad and stunning, for that accomplishment ushered in the age of genetic fixes for disease states as varied as Alzheimers, Huntington's disease, diabetes, and hundreds of others. In the next twenty years that list is expected to grow to thousands. What this means, to be sure, is not that we currently have cures for all those diseases, but that we can predict whether an individual is susceptible to them, more susceptible than the general population. With such predictive power comes the possibility of providing guidelines for the individual to take certain preventative steps and to access certain curative measures in the here and now to prevent the disease from manifesting or to blunt the expression of harmful genes before they can manifest the full fury of their destructive potential. In the near future the potential exists for the curing of many diseases through this genetic knowledge. But in order for these cures to take effect, one often needs some genetic "ur" material, or stem cells from the person. Today theough a site known as C'elle a woman can easily collect this genetic material and store it for the future use of herself or a blood relative. Order Now page shows how easy it is to take advantage of this technology. And the choice is yours to make and the insurance on your future is yours for the asking. Pricing page has all the answers to your questions. This is the future, here for you to enjoy today.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson shot himself on February 20, 2005, when he was 67. The suicide was planned; in fact, he had given his wife a suicide note four days prior to the event. He explained that he never wanted to live much past 50, that he had gone on for too long, that he was too cranky, and that he considered himself a problem for people. It sounds like he was suffering from depression, like Hemingway. His excessive use of drugs and alcohol combined with a terrible childhood, caught up with him. If he had started using something like a testosterone booster or some of the more sophisticated smart drugs, he could have turned his life around and might be alive today. His book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Gonzo Journalism at its best, fast-moving, funny, and full of lucid prose and crisp clean dialog.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Affordable Beach Cruiser Bicycles

I am sick of running on a treadmill. That's all I do: treadmill and elliptical machine. Sure, I lift weights, too. But for aerobic exercise I need a break. I'm seriously thinking of trying something new. I see these guys riding through our neighborhood on shiny new bikes, cruiser bikes, also known as beach cruisers. There aren't any beaches here, although we do live on the water. But their bikes are eye-catching and splashy-looking, they roll along at moderate speed, and they look comfy. That's what a want. A comfortable workout. But also I want to turn heads as I tool by on a nice red bike. There's a site,, that sells them at a terrific low price and ships worldwide. I want that Chuck Berry style without having to buy a 1950s Chrysler. I'm going to get my cruiser bike and ride it with one hand while eating a hamburger. Wait until you see this. I will post a photo of me doing it here, too.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hair Removal

The removal of hair is a practice almost all women in Western society follow. The unfortunate thing about the practice is that many women are trying to force nature to do their bidding by using lasers to remove hair. The fact is that hair under the arms functions to send pheromones to the opposite sex and its removal can limit a woman's ability to find a suitable mate. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) predicts whether a match is good genetically. Researchers know that "Mates with dissimilar MHC genes produce healthier offspring with broad immune systems." The way to tell if you and your potential dates have the right match is by the scent of your partner. Trimming, shaving and removing this underarm hair can limit your ability to find the right match.

  1. "Love special: How to pick a perfect mate." Martie G. Haselton. New Scientist, April 29, 2006. (Accessed 9/25/2008.)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cheese, Protein and Fat

I should not like to write about a subject as interesting as this one without having first had some practical experience in the matter; and by "matter" I refer to no less a delicacy than cheese. Specifically, I mean to talk about its nutritional components. It has come to my attention that cheese is composed 2/3 of fat, 1/3 of protein, and 0 percentage as carbohydrates, which means that cheese is the ideal Atkins food. The photo represents the fact that one slice of cheese (a wedge that could fit upon a tablespoon) is the equivalent of three cups of milk. Eat more cheese and you will reduce insulin levels, improve triglyceride levels and improve energy levels. The fact that it also tastes good is something to which this author can readily attest.

Win the Prize in Sportsvids Contest

Visit SportsVids. It is a Web site that lets you see "sports vids" and "sports videos." These "online sports videos" and "sports clips" are free. You do not have to pay any fees or sign any contracts. They have a prize for the people who join their site. You could win an XBox 360. You could also win tickets to Michigan vs. Penn State on Saturday, October 18, 2008. Or you could win a $100 gift certificate from Dick's Sporting Goods. They will show you sports clips and sports videos. You will see sports teams playing. You will see games and athletes. You will also see new clips. If you visit SportsVids you might win an XBox 360. Or you could copy and paste this URL: into your Internet browser. You will see the site and you will have an opportunity to win the prize. The site will allow you to see many different sports and many different games. You do not have to watch the entire game. The site saves you time. The site does not require you to sit through boring parts of games. It allows you to view part of a game. You can watch what you want when you want. You do not have to pay a fee or stay longer than you wish. The site also offers prizes that you might wish to win.

Stimulants for Astronauts

Astronauts routinely take drugs, both hypnotics (sleep aids) and stimulants (usually dextroamphetamine). When a crucial mission task must be performed, astronauts are at liberty to take a stimulant to improve performance. This usually entails a subsequent letdown, which may make them less likely to want to use the drug if they will be in space for an extended time. The use of sleep aids is ironic since micro gravity has been demonstrated to improve sleep parameters. Typically astronauts get only six hours sleep, although NASA recommends eight hours. Sleep aids allow astronauts to get to sleep quickly and stay asleep for the six hours they will be asleep.

  1. Ann Page, Ann E. K. Page. Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses. National Academies Press, 2004. p. 415. (Accessed 9/24/2008).
  2. David F. Dinges. “Sleep in Space Flight.”’Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., Vol. 164, No. 3, August 2001, pp. 337-338.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Warning | Microwave Radiation

The problem is that microwaves are now all around us and you can't see them. If, like Philip K. Dick, you suspect that there might be a conspiracy to harm the world, then your paranoia might actually be on target. Or if, like most brain tumor specialists, you have to operate on people who get brain tumors, you might suspect that microwaves from cell phones are causing genetic damage to DNA and brain cells, especially near the side of the head where the person holds his cell phone. Using an iPhone is like switching on a microwave oven. Sure, the magnitude of the radiation is slightly less, but it's nonetheless cooking your brain every time you use it. And if you wear it on a belt or keep it in a pants pocket, it's also irradiating your gonads. That means your private parts. You don't want that. Just as you wouldn't put your head in a microwave, maybe you wouldn't want to carry that cellie too close to your body.

"Cell Phones and Risk of brain and acoustic nerve tumours: the French INTERPHONE case-control study." Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2007 Oct;55(5):321-32. Epub 2007 Sep 11. (Accessed 9/23/2008.)

Wanna Play Bingo Online?

Secondhand smoke is a problem even though it may not seem like a danger. And one of the largest problem smoky environments has to be bingo halls. Now, bingo is a terrific way to kick back and relax and get to meet new people, but what if you don't want to expose yourself to the dangers of secondhand smoke? The solution is, which offers an online bingo experience second to none. The ladies gather from around the world and sit down to a smoke free environment since they're in their own homes! I say 'ladies' advisedly since most players are gals and that's who you'll find online, too. (Wonder how we could get more men to play? Or maybe it's better we leave the bingo halls to the gals so they can have fun chatting away and making new girlfriends.) You can play bingo along with the best of them if you visit the site online, and you can even play free bingo, and what could be better than that? BingoHouse has chat rooms where you can converse with other players and meet people from your own neighborhood and around the world. This is really one of the most fun things about playing bingo online, the opportunity to meet other bingo players and make new friends. There is even what is called a "desperate lounge" at BingoHouse where you can engage is risque chat with other like-minded bingo players. But the fun never stops and there is another great bingo site you can navigate to, which is BingoSuite. Now the difference here is that BingoSuite has a hotel setting for its Web site and you'll feel like you're in five star luxury while you play. BingoSuite also has a free game, "Celebrity Date," allowing gals to be paired with a Hollywood hunk that would be their best match.

Atomic Structure

The atomic structure of the atom was explained to me in college during a lecture in a chemistry class. We were told that the electron, a particle, was traveling around the nucleus of the atom in an orbit but that there was no way to know where the electron was at any given moment. They called this lack of knowledge quantum physics. I instantly lost interest in chemistry and in quantum physics. The illogicality of it appalled me. If something is a particle it occupies a distinct spot in space. This is obvious from common experience. To say that it is hard to find is acceptable. To say that it is impossible to find is acceptable. But to say that it is not in a definite location is absurd nonsense. Many years later, reading the work of astronomer Tom Van Flandern, I learned that I was right and that quantum physicists were indeed wrong. That electron is in a definite spot and if we have enough patience and more advanced viewing techniques (perhaps using gravitons or very tiny particles) we'll be able to see just where it is.

Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets: Paradoxes Resolved, Origins Illuminated. Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books, 1993, 2nd ed. 1999.

The Metaphors for America

One of the metaphors for being an American is getting behind the wheels of a car and driving at speed down a superhighway. The radio is blaring; the big burgers are whizzing by; and the constant drone of traffic, surrounding you, is visible everywhere. You're reading Jack Kerouac and enjoying being On the Road. That's why you might even be headed for truck driving school.

Meditation 1-Minute Style

Nobody ever talks about this, but I'm bored by meditation. I can't stand it. It's dull, nothing happens, you're just supposed to sit there and try to erase your thoughts. Impossible! Confusing! Maddening! . . . And yet, I recently discovered a way to do what's called 60-second, or one-minute, meditation. Now, this is much less threatening and less daunting than having to sit quietly for 5 to 20 minutes. With this quickie version you can get all the benefits of being a Tibetan monk in only one minute. And you only have to do it three times a week. It's still boring and unusual and so different from everything we've been taught in Western culture. But it's supposed to lower cotrisol and do wonders for the brain and for stress reduction. Hard to believe that doing something for such a short span of time can have so many advantages. Plus, J.D. Salinger was big into meditation, and you know how eccentric he is! Anyway, I tried one-minute meditation and I feel I saved a lot of time. The first video is David Lynch, one of my favorite film directors, discussing how he meditates every day. The second is Russell Simmons, entrepreneur and hip-hop producer, who also is passionate about meditation. But before you watch this try to check Phentermine.

The Harm of Microwave Radiation

Microwave radiation is harmful in whatever form it comes; and these days that includes the iPhone. The iPhone is becoming more popular, and many students use them in the classroom and while walking, and while working in the library. This, in my opinion, is a serious mistake. The iPhone, like other wireless devices, uses microwaves to communicate, and those microwaves are damaging to human tissue, DNA, and brain cells. Malignant tumors are 240 times more prevalent in those using such phones, according to a new French study. My advice: do not use the iPhone, get rid of it, and use a regular desktop, staying as far from it as possible. (Source: Latest Cell Phone Brain Tumor Study. Accessed 9/20/08.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Ultimate 3-in-1 Workout

Now everyone today knows the value of exercise; not so much for weight loss, since that's not what exercise accomplishes (read Good Caloried, Bad Calories to see why this is so); but for heart health and cardio fitness. XFLOWSION is the newest exercise method to jump into this game and offer a set of DVDs that will help any amateur (or experienced athlete) get started on a training routine that is both fun and fitness oriented. The plan is organized around the integration of music with movement in a manner that is guaranteed to set your limbs moving and your heart working overtime and in overdrive, just what's needed to keep the blood flowing and the calories burning. Muhammad Ali, my hero from the greatest days of boxing, could not have said it better than when he wrote that "I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and the same could be said for the XFLOWSION™ system, which is to say that you'll float on your feet and your hands will sting the air with the speed and rapidity of a bee; and the final result, of course, will be the burning of calories and the workout you know you'd love to enjoy.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Another Explanation for the French Paradox

If Gary Taubes is right (and all the good money says he is) when he says that heart disease, stroke, diabetes and possibly even cancer are caused by excess carbohydrates, which causes insulin to rise and packs fat into body tissue as well as artery walls,—well, if he's right about that, then maybe there's another explanation for the French Paradox. The French Paradox arises because the French eat plenty of fat yet have a low incidence of heart disease. It was thought that wine was the protective factor; but it may not be wine after all. Maybe it's the fats themselves that are protective! Dietary fat, contrary to popular misconception, does not raise serum (blood) cholesterol levels. In fact, increasing dietary sources of fat improves triglyceride levels, reducing the risk of heart disease. For this insight, my Novel Prize may be sent to me at my home address in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Summer and Vitamin D

In the summer you need less vitamin D supplements, esepecially if you live in the north. What I mean is that in the summer, in the north, you can cut back on your vitamin D supplementation. In the winter, if you live in the north, you might want to take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily. In the summer you can cut this back to 1,000 IU daily.
Calls to increase vitamin D intake have been growing. Indeed, only recently fifteen experts from universities, research institutes, and university hospitals around the world called for international agencies to "reassess as a matter of high priority" dietary recommendations for vitamin D because current advice is outdated and puts the public at risk of deficiency (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 85, pp. 860-868). (Source: Accessed 9/20.2008.)
The point is that vitamin D is vital to health and in the summer we get more of it because of exposure to the sun. But come winter and perhaps even fall, you'll want to up your intake. Most people don't get enough vitamin D. Plus adverse reactions don't usually occur except with megadoses. Many physicians recommend 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day. (See, e.g.. Accessed 9/20/08.)

My Health Motto

My motto is "A day without broccoli is a wasted day." For ten years or more I have lived by that motto. I truly do not like broccoli but I eat it religiously for the health benefits it confers. The lowly broccoli is a potent anticancer agent and has other health benefits. I steam my broccoli and that's why I was looking recently at the Ladybug steam cleaners.


Picamilon is supposed to be good for headaches. But I tried it and it gave me a headache. This isn't to say that the experience of one person is the be all and end all of a supplement. But I don't know what to say about it except that it has had a lot of good Russian research. The thing about it is that it is not supposed to make an athlete feel sluggish. I'm not exactly Muhammad Ali but I do go to the gym regularly and I would not take it before going to the gym. It did not give me any additional energy; in fact it seemed to make me sleepy. Maybe it was a placebo effect, but I am still uncertain about what to say about this supplement based on my own limited experience. The research, however, is uniformly terrific and positive.

Fabulous Mechanic for Health

There is nothing I would not do to be a mechanic. I have no technical experience, however, and do not know what to do when I open the hood of a car. I don't care to know, either. I would much prefer to leave it to my mechanic. Fabrizio, my mechanic, is an expert, and he uses Ferrari parts even when working on my Saab. My main concern is to have a car that helps me maintain my tiptop health, that is, a car that runs well and gets me where I'm going. Usually I'm going to get health food or to get my ears checked, my eyes checked, or to any number of other doctors for their advice and opinions.

Dermatological Wisdom

When I was twenty years old I read a book about acne that said there was a way to fight acne that was quite simple: stop eating dairy products and cheese because the milk solids clog pores. Also washing with salicylic acid soap (there's a great one from Aveene) helps clear pores. Or just research about acne treatment products in the news. I always do research before I use anything.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Melatonin Magic

The uses of melatonin are rather narrow. The drug is actually a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. Adoption of a melatonin schedule of pills has been reported anecdotally to me by an 82-year-old who has reportedly used it for the past 20 years. He reports it facilitates falling asleep. There appear to be no side effects from the drug. The liver excretes melatonin in a four-hour cycle. If taken at midnight it is gone from the body by four a.m., which is why some prefer time-release melatonin, which will keep an individual sedated and asleep longer during the night. But for those who simply need a little help falling asleep, melatonin in a straight dose works wonders. It is Morpheus in a capsule. Morpheus, god of sleep! Fear not that man will ever lose respect for your powers. Melatonin is your cousin, not your enemy. Together you work to keep man rested and ready to face the next day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I recently came across some intriguing into about sleep that probably no one but the most advanced researchers knows. First of all, when you sleep you pass through two stages: the first four hours consists of deep sleep, and this is the most crucial sleep period time because during this phase the body produces growth hormone and repairs muscles and cells. The last three to four hours is lighter sleep and the body, during this last phase, produces sex hormones, including testosterone. To get your fix of good sleep, you might want to try melatonin, a natural hormone (and, incidentally, a powerful antioxidant) that's very inexpensive. Remember, the less sleep you get, the less of these vital hormones you'll produce — so aim to get 7 to 10 hours of sleep each night. If you miss a night, try to make up the sleep loss asap.

References: 1. Decreased serum levels of oestradiol, testosterone and prolactin during prolonged physical strain and sleep deprivation, and the influence of a high calory diet. European Journal of Applied Physiology. Volume 49, Number 3, September, 1982.
2. Relationship Between Rapid Eye Movement Sleep and Testosterone Secretion in Normal Men.
Journal of Andrology. Volume 20, Issue 6 (November 1999).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eating Fat does not Raise Blood Cholesterol Levels

The following is part of an an abstract of a landmark study by Ancel Keys showing that you can eat all the fat you want, including saturated fat, and it won't raise your blood cholesterol levels: "It is concluded that in adult men the serum cholesterol level is essentially independent of the cholesterol intake over the whole range of natural human diets. It is probable that infants, children and women are similar." (Emphasis supplied.) Gary Taubes refers to this study in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories. The study is ironic in a way because Keys later went on to proclaim the value of a low fat diet. The reason why is explained in Taubes' excellent book. Keys made a serious mistake by supporting a low-fat diet, according to Taubes.

Diet and Serum Cholesterol in Man: Lack of Effect of Dietary Cholesterol. Ancel Keys, J. T. Anderson, Olaf Mickelsen, Sadye F. Adelson and Flaminio Fidanza. Journal of Nutrition Vol. 59 No. 1 May 1956, pp. 39-56.

Travels with a Winnebago for Vacation Fun

Readers of my health blog know that one of the ways to improve health is to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone. Relaxation techniques like meditation achieve this effect, but there are other ways to accomplish the same goal, one of which is to relax by taking a vacation. And there's a wonderful site that I'd like to share with you that can help you increase your vacation fun: Altmans. The site offers a wide selection of terrific recreational vehicles. Their Winnebago selection is tops. In Travels with Charley John Steinbeck traveled across America in his Winnebago and wrote about his experience seeing the various parts of the country. You may be asking yourself what that might have to do with your own vacation. The point is he had the time of his life and if you get into an RV you'll have the time of your life. You don't even have to buy it to start with, you can rent or lease it to start and then see if you like it. You will! There are many people who swear by them. A friend of ours lives in one! California RV Dealers can help you find the RV of your choice. Who knows, you may turn out to be the next Steinbeck and write a memoir of your travels.

Monday, September 15, 2008


The old-fashioned idea that caloric reduction will lead to weight loss is entirely contradicted by Taubes who argues that we do not lose weight by cutting calories; instead we lose weight by changing the type of calories we consume. Caloric reduction is described by Taubes as a generally mechanistic view of the human that has failed to account for the dynamics of weight gain and loss. True, if you stop feeding a man he will lose weight. But if you feed him 2,000 calories of carbs vs. 2,000 of fats and proteins, he will gain weight on the first and lose it on the second diet. So I think people have failed to understand Taubes' important point about caloric restriction: it does not generally cause weight loss when used in diets. The whole point of his book Good Calories, Bad Calories is that it’s not the amount of calories you eat that matters, it’s the type of calories you consume that counts. Eat carbs and you'll boost insulin levels and risk higher rates of fat deposition in body tissue and arteries; you'll also find yourself hungry soon after a high-carb meal, and you'll gain weight. Eat fats and protein and your triglyceride levels (a marker of heart disease and stroke) improve and you are less hungry. You also tend to lose weight.

Golf Lovers

Good news for golf lovers everywhere. Because Las Vegas Golf has a great offer for you. In fact, there is a package for everyone, and just in case 'everyone' wants to come with you, you can even get a package deal that includes a house rental that sleeps 8. Anyway, if I have a chance to go there I would like to take the 4 Days 3 Nights & 3 Rounds Silver Package. Because I'm very interested to know about their golf courses like, Painted Desert, Boulder Creek, and Silverstone Golf Club. I'm sure I can have a nice time there enjoying the whole package. Maybe I will invite one of my friends who really loves to play golf. I know that he will be ecstatic to hear about this nice offer from Las Vegas Golf. Besides, it's one of the best ways to relax, too, and also good for health. See you there on the links!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cocoa (pronounced "KO-ko")

Lots of people like chocolate, that goes without saying. But why is this? and what is it about chocolate that makes us love it? Is it just because it tastes great? because it's sweet? or because it's flavorful? The body often craves what is harmful (like sugar) but sometimes it also craves what is good. In the case of chocolate, the coco polyphenols have been shown in numerous studies to protect endothelial function (the inside of blood vessels) and to help the brain and heart. Life Extension reports "consuming polyphenols from wine, cocoa, or tea during the meal.... [has] endothelial-protecting properties."1

  1. A Novel Method to Protect Your Aging Arteries. William Faloon. (Accessed Sept. 13, 2008.)


The health of any individual, psychological health, that is, depends upon understanding the psychological concept known in the industry as projection. When we project we attribute qualities (usually negative, but also sometimes positive) to other people which are, in actuality, qualities or traits that we ourselves possess. The other person may possess these qualities, too; but the important point about projection is that the individual doing the projecting is the one who possesses these qualities, and he is too afraid (unconsciously) to recognize these qualities in himself. To achieve maximal health, on a psychological level, it's is necessary to reintegrate these projections into the ego. In the accompanying video we see John Lennon admitting that when he wrote the song "How Do You Sleep?" about Paul McCartney he was in fact projecting and criticizing things that he didn't like about himself. The fact that he realized this, and had the hutzpah to admit it on national television, is a sign of his deep insight, not surprising in one so artistic.

Eye Health

Nothing is more important for eye health than eating blueberries and tomato sauce, high in lutein and anthocyanins. But eye health can also be promoted by using a monitor that is clear and that does not make you squint. That's why I recommend Viewsonic monitors. They are bright, colorful and most of all have the kind of high resolution that is easy on the eyes.

Power Sleep | The Book, The Concept

Sleep pretty wantons,1 do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.
Thomas Dekker (1572–1632) • "Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes"
1. An obsolete term for a pampered child.

Sleep, indeed! sleep, that harbinger of better days! of daisy-decked dreams! you wayward psychopomp and conductor of the ego into realms of egolessness and dreams! Nightmare of the soul when scrunched up into tidbits of tadpole-like tenpennies all atwitter with nonsense and nonsensicality. The power of sleep to slough off a bad mood, a terrible day, or a mental disequibrium has been noted for ages, and like a miracle drug that restores vitality and mental alertness, that refreshes the mind and the body alike, that ushers all who partake of its sweet surcease into a heavenly state, sleep deserves its name as the restorer of the soul and the motivator of the mind. That James B. Mass, Cornell psychopomp of the freshman brigade, has written a book entitled Power Sleep is no surprise, that it recommends 10 hours per night is. And yet the research seems to suggest that most people are sleep deprived and are wrecking their adrenal system by continuing in this course of persnickety procrastination.

Top Form Secrets

Nothing says health like a good selection of health plans. All frippery aside, health cannot be health unless it is good health, and good health must be watered like a chrysanthemum. Your health is your greatest treasure and when it is good you are at the top of your form. Top Form Secrets exists to get you there and keep you there.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Triage for Optimal Health

There are countless supplements and vitamins available, so sometimes it's confusing even for a professional nutritionist. But if you adopt my philosophy you'll wade through the mass of information and come out with a clear understanding of just what you need. There are two parts to my philosophy. First, you must realize that there will never be an end to the research on what nutrients are necessary. Scientists will continue to discover new vitality factors (vitamins, minerals, and the like) and will never stop this research. As I have written elsewhere ("Why are there so many supplements?") there will always be new discoveries. The second point in my philosophy is that you should use the concept of triage, that is, the idea that you must take care of the most important things first. For example, as Life Extension Foundation points out, the ten most important supplements list is updated yearly based on the latest research. Currently their top three include:
  1. A Multivitamin
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil)
  3. CoQ10
In my opinion they are right on the money. Their article on the top ten nutrients is well worth a read, and the advice is good, as good as it gets these days. The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit organization (based in Florida) that exists to find ways to extend the quality and length of human life. They do impressive research and publish a magazine that is my bible: Life Extension Magazine. (Hint: write to their subscription department and request a complimentary subscription.) The information they publish, much of which is available on their Web site, Life Extension, is literally life-saving.

Be a Personal Trainer

My life changed the day I walked into the gym. In fact, if I had to do it all over again I would do the exact same thing, only I would have started earlier in my life. The truth is that training in a gym is the next best thing to being the complete natural athlete. In the past, in prehistoric times, men were rugged by dint of having to lift, run, and work. Today with the advent of cars and machinery, the only way to get fit is in the gym. A new article points out that fitness certification will help you get fit while simultaneously preparing you for a potential new career. This career offers the kind of flexibility many working mothers desire. As a personal trainer you can set your own hours, work for your $22 to $45 (or more) per hour, and even go out on your own and be self-employed as a personal trainer. My personal trainer certification story involves one of my friends who went on to become a personal trainer. She enjoys working with muscular men and also likes the idea of working out herself. There is a lot of freedom that a personal trainer enjoys, and the possibility exists to transition into other lines of work, such as teaching or writing. The time investment in becoming a trainer is 4 to 6 months (but it can be done sooner) and the cost is about $600, which is considerably less than with almost all other health-care jobs. You will enjoy the experience and the fact that you have achieved a level of certified professionalism that entitles you to be a trainer in a gym or to work on your own.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Meditation | New England Style

Transcendentalism is an American philosophy. It grew out of the soil of the harsh Main woods, the rocky sedge fields of Massachusetts and the wild blueberry patches around Vermont lakes and streams. The cold, the harsh weather, and the short summers contributed to a philosophy that turned to the other world, away from reality, to inner so-called spiritual truths. In a way Transcendentalism was a perversion of Buddhism; or an offshoot of it. For Buddhism, which influenced numerous American authors, and the Vedantic tradition (which grew from the same Asian roots) also looked to another realm. Yet the Buddhists used meditation as a means of approaching this other world. The Transcendentalists use a hodgepodge of spirituality, self-reliance (Emerson's big theme), and Nature worship. In fact, Transcendentalism could be seen as meditation, New England style. But without the routines that made Eastern meditation so effective, Transcendentalism never had a chance of reaching deep into the psyche of most people. It remained an intellectual movement more than a widespread cultural and artistic force as it is often mistakenly portrayed.

Tennis is My Sport of Choice

As anyone who reads this blog regularly is well aware, health is our main concern and there are three pillars of health.
  1. Diet
  2. Sleep, and
  3. Exercise
Of the three, exercise deserve some special consideration here because one of the chief distractions of many health discussions is the general exhortation to do aerobic exercise without any specific sport mentioned. Tennis, it should be known, is one exercise that has been neglected in the sports pages of health magazines primarily because those in the health field are either ignorant of the value of the sport or, which is more likely, they are simply not tennis players themselves and therefore have no special fondness for the sport. In my case, however, I am glad to report that one of my favorite aerobic sports is tennis, and that is why I was delighted to find a wonderful tennis equipment Web site that has everything under the sun related to tennis. One of my favorites is their selection of babolat rackets. Another wonderful aspect of their site is the quality tennis racquets they carry. can help a tennis aficionado like myself become a better player by outfitting him with the best equipment and the best accessories. By the way, for those of you who simply like leisure clothes, the tennis look can't be beat: white shorts or tennis pants for men, white skirts for women, and a t-shirt and cap, plus the obligatory tennis shoes. There is no better place to get the tennis look than

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Magnetic Therapy | Does It Work?

I was surprised when I first heard about magnetic therapy and I thought it must be a hoax or a false hope snake oil idea which had no effect, but when I visited Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D.'s Web site and found that he endorsed it and, in fact, was mentioning that he has begun sleeping on a magnetic bed which gave him relief from some conditions he was experiencing,—well, when I read that it changed my mind; and I now have an open mind about the whole subject. In fact, I have to admit I'm intrigued by the idea. First of all, no one knows how magnets work. The greatest scientists in the world cannot really tell you how they work. So perhaps they do have some effect that is beneficial on human tissue and the human body.

There is a growing consensus that magnet therapy and magnetic therapy products might play a role in the treatment of illness. According to some reports, you need to obtain a magnet which has sufficient strength. Dr. Mercola recommends this test: If the magnet can hold a paper clip through a sock, it's strong enough. If not, look for a stronger magnet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Internet Safety Tools

When it comes to images on the Internet there are those, such as SurfRecon, Inc., an Orem, Utah-based company, who can help you censor what you and your children and others in your household may view on your computer. Their Web site offers what they refer to as "internet safety." They also outline what they call the ABCs of Internet Safety, which they suggest will help you understand what they describe as the dangers from exposure to crass material and images.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Head Injuries | Protect Yourself

Muhammad Ali. Joe Frazer. Joe Louis. All boxers who won terrific fights and who went on to become heavyweight champion of the world. But unfortunately, also boxers who suffered brain damage as a result of the head trauma they suffered not only in the ring during fights but also sparring in the gym. The boxer's greatest nightmare is a fine career as a young man but then devceloping brain disease as a middle aged and older man. The only way to prevent such injuries is to get out of boxing as soon as possible. Retire with dignity. That's what Bob Hope did. That's what Lou Costello did. And that's what numerous other intelligent boxers do. Boxers are often very intelligent, but if they stay in the ring they risk losing their brain power. For those not in the ring the message is clear: protect your cranium. Even those playing other sports, like football, should be wary of head injuries.

Reverse Phone Look Up has a reverse phone lookup that will let you find out who just called you. You can use this service to protect your fragile privacy. Everyone and his brother are calling you these days, it seems. At five in the morning you'll get calls. At night. In the daytime. It's one telemarketer after another. But this new service is great because you can find out who called you from the U.S. and Canada. Plus no one knows you're looking up the number. Try it today and maybe you'll find out someone has a crush on you. The reverse phone search is a 21st-century sophisticaled technique you owe it to yourself to use.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

America Drinks

Thoreau lived for a time on Staten Island, tutoring the nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Transcendentalism was a philosophy Thoreau picked up from Emerson and he ran with it, making it his own and becoming strict in his beliefs that society was an anathema. He rejected all forms of authority. This is in line with birth order research, which indicates that lastborns are the most rebellious. The fact is, however, that his ideas have fallen by the wayside. Americans accept authority with a devotion that rises to the level of religious fanaticism. They buy into whatever they're spoon fed by multinational corporations, which haven't got the least bit of care about them. They drink sugar as if it were manna from heaven; in their coffee, soda, and juices. They are marching to the beat of another man's drum and they will blithely march off the cliff to their doom because the taste is sweet, they've bought in to a failed philosophy, and they are blind.

Great Selection of Custom Valances Online

No matter how many times I go to Dublin I always come back inspired to redo my windows with beautiful Irish lace and Euro shutters and, of course, the most important thing of all, the custom valances, which is one of the chief reasons I go overseas in the first place. I'm a firm believer in interior design, and that means nice window dressings; the best I can find, the most lavish and luxurious, the classiest and most aristocratic. In Europe everything is very nicely done; in the States you have to look high and low to find some decent custom window treatments, which is why I was pleased to find them at last. When I say custom valances I'm not talking about a few designs, I'm talking about over 450 fabrics to select from, close to 200 trims to browse for the perfect fit for your home, plus a semi-custom department for even bigger savings. This is their biggest sale of the year and everything is marked down.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pregnenolone Helps the Brain

Some elderly people are senile while others maintain alert mental function and memory. Why the difference? Recent research indicates that pregnenolone levels are higher in those with good memory and mental function but depleted in those who are senile. Researchers pointed out, "Some old individuals exhibit performances similar to those of young subjects while others are severely impaired. In senescent animals, we have previously demonstrated a significant correlation between the cognitive performance and the cerebral concentration of a neurosteroid, the pregnenolone sulfate (PREG-S)."1 The pregnenolone works, in part, it is believed, by upregulating "acetylcholine (ACh) release in basolateral amygdala, cortex and hippocampus."1 It was concluded, "Taken together these data suggest that neurosteroids can influence cognitive processes, particularly in senescent subjects, through a modulation of ACh neurotransmission."1

It is now well established that brain levels of pregnenolone decrease with age, although this decrease varies from individual to individual, with some people losing the neurotransmitter at a more alarming rate. Researchers said, "PREG S is both a γ-aminobutyric acid antagonist and a positive allosteric modulator at the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor, and may reinforce neurotransmitter system(s) that decline with age."2 This means pregnenolone exerts a powerful beneficial effect on congnition through two separate mechanisms, first by reducing GABA (GABA causes brain fog), and second by stimulating NMDA receptors, which leads to improved alertness, creativity, and memory.3
In conclusion, it is proposed that the hippocampal content of PREG S plays a physiological role in preserving and/or enhancing cognitive abilities in old animals, possibly via an interaction with central cholinergic systems. Thus, neurosteroids should be further studied in the context of prevention and/or treatment of age-related memory disorders.3
This research holds out the intriguing possibility that pregnenolone supplementation could upregulate the major neurotransmitter involved in memory, creativity and alertness, while also boosting mood and physical and mental stamina.4

In a comprehensive and exceptional summary of the research, International Antiaging Magazine reports that pregnenolone is not limited to the two above-described methods of action. Amazingly, this wonder hormone has two additional mind boosting methods of action:
Pregnenolone also acts as sigma-1 receptor agonist, resulting in the increased release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory and learning. Acetylcholine typically declines in normal aging and is severely altered in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Preg-S infused into the brains of rats was shown to augment acetylcholine release by more than 50% while improving recognition of a familiar environment. In addition, stimulation of acetylcholine release induces an increase in paradoxical, or REM, sleep, which has been shown to influence memory processes.

Besides its function as a regulator of neurotransmitter function, pregnenolone has been shown to stimulate growth of new nerve tissue (known as neurogenesis). Previously, scientists believed that brain damage was irreversible and that neural repair was impossible; but recently researchers discovered that the brain is, in fact, capable of generating new neurons — good news for those with neurodegenerative diseases and declining cognitive function. In a fascinating study, researchers demonstrated that infusion of Preg-S into the brains of both young (3 months) and old (20 months) rats stimulated neurogenesis.5 [Citations omitted. Emphasis supplied.]
Our review of these studies indicates that pregnenolone operate by five separate methods of action, all of which boost brain function and capability:
  1. It decreases GABA (a brain fog creator) thus improving alertness;
  2. It stimulates NMDA receptors, improving memory;
  3. It is a sigma-1 receptor agonist, increasing acetylcholine, a major neurotransmitter;
  4. It stimulates neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells); and
  5. It improves parameters of REM sleep, which in turn improves mental functioning.
By all accounts this is a rather remarkable hormone, with a good safety profile and a low cost. Since pregnenolone is not well absorbed orally, the best way to take it is with sublingual 10 mg. tablets (up to 5 per day).

Statement of conflict of interest: The author of this article, Michael Christian, has no affiliation with any of the sources listed.


  1. Progress in Neurobiology; Volume 71, Issue 1, September 2003, Pages 43-48; The Role of Neuroactive Steroids in Healthy Ageing Therapeutical Perspectives. Individual differences in cognitive aging: implication of pregnenolone sulfate. Willy Mayo, Olivier Georgea, Sonia Darbrab, Jean-Jacques Bouyera, Monique Valléea, Muriel Darnaudéryc, Marc Pallarèsb, Valérie Lemaire-Mayoa, Michel Le Moala, Pier-Vincenzo Piazzaa and Nora Abrousa. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2003.09.006. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
  2. Neurosteroids: Deficient cognitive performance in aged rats depends on low pregnenolone sulfate levels in the hippocampus. Monique Vallée, Willy Mayo, Muriel Darnaudéry, Colette Corpéchot, Jacques Young, Muriel Koehl, Michel Le Moal, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, Paul Robel, and Hervé Simon. Proceedings of the The National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) December 23, 1997 vol. 94 no. 26 14865-14870. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
  3. Pregnenolone and Mental Function. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
  4. Ray Sahelian. Pregnenolone. Avery, 1997.
  5. Pregnenolone: A potent memory enhancer and cognitive rejuvenator.
  6. International Antiuaging Magazine. Pregnenolone — A potent memory enhancer and cognitive rejuvenator. (19 References.) (Accessed 9/5/2008.)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Getting Ready to Travel This Summer

Cabin Cuddler is a new way to stay warm in cool offices and freezing rooms. The unique dsign of the product doubles as a travel blanket for when you're on a jet and the cabin is cold. Did you know they don't supply blankets and pillows anymore? Frequent fliers will enjoy having this with them when they take off into the icy blue ether. The blanket part of the item folds out to cover you in a cold office or room and the design allows it to be folded into an inconspicuous size. The Cabin Cuddler also has a built-in pillow for when you can't find one handy. Most important, it has a patented pocket which will keep your toes snug and warm on the bitterest cold night. My friends, even if you rent a cabin this winter in Maine and are snowed in, this device will keep you warm and comfy while the snow falls around you and you sit there reading in comfort and warmth. The nice thing about it is that you can toss it into the trunk of your car before you start anywhere and know that you're prepared for the worst. Along with a first aid kit it is essential.
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You want to avoid food additives that will kill you or cause tumors or upset your brain chemistry, so when you open that wrapper of gum you scrutinize the powder-covered label carefully in the sun, almost unable to read the faint dusty print, until at last you discern, shimmering through the haze, the list of ingredients: . . . . . . . . xylitol . . . . . . . Some of the names of ingredients are large and strange enough to scare you off and xylitol is one of them and it sends you scurrying to the Internet to research its effects where you find the frightening news that it was found in some 1970s animal studies to lead to carcinogenesis (tumor formation), which is enough to make you spit out the gum and look helplessly at the security guard who is eyeing you with a disgruntled grimmace. And then you chance upon one last Web site which relieves your fears:
In 1996, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), a prestigious scientific advisory body to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, confirmed that adverse findings in animal studies conducted in the 1970s are "not relevant to the toxicological evaluation of these substances (e.g., xylitol) in humans."1
In plain English this means that xylitol is generally recognized as safe. In addition, numerous studies have concluded that the substance is not tumor forming and in fact may prevent tumors. It also has been shown to prevent dental decay by interfering with bacterial adhestion to mucosa, which is one reason it is added to gum. "Xylitol has been documented to be noncarcinogenic and anticarcinogenic as a sweetener in chewing gum, other functional foods, and candies. Recent studies have indicated that xylitol may have prebiotic properties and other effects on health."2 Prebiotics increase good bacteria and aid digestion.

I have also heard Dr. Alan Woods, M.D. extol the virtues of xylitol. For my money, these authorities, who I trust and respect, have convinced me that xylitol is good and I intend to buy soom as soon as possible.

  1. Safety of Xylitol. Joseph Mercola, M.D. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)
  2. Mary K. Schmidl, Theodore P. Labuza. 2000. Essentials Of Functional Foods. Springer, 324. (Accessed 9/5/2008.)

Thursday, September 4, 2008


A few people asked about pregnenolone and in response to their questions I'd like to clarify that oral preg is not the best route of administration because it's much too difficult to get the substance into the brain through the stomach and the first pass filter of the liver. Much better is sublingual tablets, readily available on the Internet. For those over 40, for whom preg levels are declining, this is a viable option. The substance is not proven to delay or prevent neurodegenerative disease, although the research is very suggestive of such an outcome. More research is needed, to be sure. But for those who wish to take advantage of its potential advantages and its known benefits (increased energy, mental aledrtness, heightened creativity, better visual acuity, and more) it may be with a try.

To find all I've written about this hormone enter the term in the search box at the top of the page.

How Furniture Impacts Health

Then I was going to have a hamburger and some tea but I decided that I would take a walk around the block and when I saw the new furniture, the seats with their chrome and the molten orange tables, I thought Why not go in here, and Why not try this place for a change. Restaurant furniture can make or break a deal. It can be the difference between a customer staying or going. The way an interior looks is often more important than the food they serve. Of course the food is important too, but to get the customer for the initial visit the decor is more important. In a night club it's even more relevant to have outstanding and appropriate furniture. Event organizers, especially those who like fashion and a good interior, will be pleased to find that they can find what they're looking for in a Web site that is designed with their needs in mind. Delivery is fast, that is, within four to six days anywhere in the United States. I cannot emphasize too strongly how important good furniture is to your health and the health and vitality of your business. In fact those who live in more pleasant surroundings have better health, statistically, than those who live in dreary environs. I will get the reference to this statistic in my next post.

Flannery O'Connor and Symbolism

Because I was reading Flannery O'Connor I decided to think about her themes and it occurred to me that she was so involved with symbolism that she wrapped up her fictional world in a kind of cocoon of meaning where every action had a significance and every major character has a symbolic meaning. The Violent Bear It Away is my favorite novel of hers, and it's always a relaxing experience to read it. There's so much good fun in the book, and also serious and significant undercurrents of spiritual life. I wish I could have met her. I don't think she ever worked at any Philadelphia jobs.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pregnenolone Protects Brain against Excitoxins

Pregnenolone has been found by a number of different clinical studies to protect the brain against excitotoxins. In one study it was discovered that pregnenolone achieved its protective effect by being converted by the enzyme aromatase into estridol, which protect neurons.1 Another study found that "(i) pregnenolone has neuroprotective effects against both glutamate and amyloid beta protein neuropathology and (ii) prevention of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) localization to the nucleus may be involved in the observed neuroprotective effects of pregnenolone against glutamate neurotoxicity."2 In plain English this means that the hormone pregnenolone may protect against the development of age-related mental deterioration and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinson's.

  1. Veiga S, Garcia-Segura LM, Azcoitia I.Neurobiol. 2003. Neuroprotection by the steroids pregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone is mediated by the enzyme aromatase. J Neurobiol. Sep 15;56(4):398-406. Instituto Cajal, C.S.I.C., E-28002 Madrid, Spain. (Accessed Sept. 2, 2008.)
  2. Gursoy, Erdal; Arturo Cardounel and Mohammed Kalimi. 2001. Pregnenolone Protects Mouse Hippocampal (HT-22) Cells against Glutamate and Amyloid Beta Protein Toxicity. Neurochemical Research, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 15–21. (Accessed Sept. 2, 2008.)

Sproutwells New Episode

Of course freshfunds is the way to go if you're as health conscious as I am. The Sproutwells can help you understand all about this wonderful way to help yourself to better health and at the same time help others too. But first let me tell you about my neighbor, Tad. Now Tad is a friendly guy but he's very anxious and his hands are always clasped together and he tried to find out everything I'm doing. He's a nosy person, and he also is a bit unusual in that he never reveals anything about himself. I told him I would talk to him later becaue I was busy and I asked him to wait outside. I wanted to order a salad, and that is what I told him. You, too, can visit and join and get all the advantages too. You can bid on prizes. And if that's not enough you'll also be helping a worthy cause. I want to close this note by asking everyone to join in with a terrific cause and enter to win those fabulous prizes.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Flannery O'Conner

I'm sure this will sound like a shot out of left field for a health blog, but when you see where I'm going with this post, it's right on point. Flannery O'Connor lived in Georgia most of her adult life and wrote southern gothic fiction that has been compared with Faulkner and Teilhard de Chardin. The latter never really got me jumping up and down with excitement but he's the guy who discovered the Omega Point, his name for the enlightened state of spiritual understanding toward which all evolution is being drawn. In other words God. Not that I'm a big fan of religious writing, but O'Connor's stories are darkly humorous and beautifully written. She revised The Violent Bear It Away during eight years while she lived on her mother's cow farm. How can reading her help your health?

It can't.

No, I'm just kidding. Of course it can. By reading O'Connor you can get entre into the entire spectrum of religious good feeling without having to become religious. Like meditation, which can be done without any belief in ethereal beings, reading O'Connor is fun. And it also comes along with a spiritual message that is similar to the Transcendentalists and to Buddhism. Not bad for an old Georgia gal who liked to chew the hay and tear up modern twentieth-century commercialized man.

Football Superstars Online

What would you do if you injured both feet but were a physically active kind of person and wanted to stay fit? The answer is you could play sports in your mind or online and through mental rehearsal of sports activity you could maintain and improve your physical performance even when not on the field or in the gym. Now you can become like hundreds of other football superstars and learn the game, the rules, and the strategies that win. Football Superstars can help you do this and to accomplish what your friends will find difficult to believe. You can learn the game and practice skills on a virtual football field. What could be more fun! Plus you will never break your leg or twist an ankle! How's that for safety. Even your family can't complain about your participation in this sport. This is a MMOG (massively multiplayer online game), in case you are familiar with that kind of game. You can download the game and jump right in. You won't feel like Adam Sandler. You'll be better than the water boy. You'll be another Doug Flutie Joe Namath, Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, and Troy Aikman combined. The future of sports and gaming is here. Don't let this opportunity to be one of the first to register for this game and play it pass you by. Try it today . . . you'll be light years ahead of all the other fans who are just watching from the sidelines.
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Pregnenolone and NMDA Receptors

Research indicates that pregnenolone has two different, but complementary, effects on the brain. First it increases the activity of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, "which weaken with age, are involved in learning, memory, and alertness."1 Second, it reduces GABA, which inhibits nerve impulses. So preg revs up learning, memory and alertness while simultaneously increaseing nerve impulse activity. The result: a significant nootropic, or smart drug.2 Researchers found that: "The ability of the neuroactive steroid pregnenolone sulfate to alter N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated elevations in intracellular Ca2+ . . . was studied in . . . rat hippocampal neurons. . . . Pregnenolone sulfate . . . caused a concentration-dependent and reversible potentiation of the rise . . . in [Ca2+]i induced by NMDA."2 This indicates that the consumption of preg can significantly alter the parameters of intelligence. That's why it's referred to as a smart drug or nootropic.

  1. Pregnenolone and Mental Function. (Accessed Sept 2, 2008.)
  2. Irwin R. P.; Maragakis N. J.; Rogawski M. A.; Purdy R. H.; Farb D. H.; Paul S. M. 1992. “Pregnenolone sulfate augments NMDA receptor mediated increases in intracellular Ca2+ in cultured rat hippocampal neurons.” Neuroscience letters., vol. 141, no1, pp. 30-34.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Are You Ready to Live Debt free?

Let me tell you a funny stody about one of the most famous French writers, Balzac, who lived most of his adult life in debt. It wasn't because he didn't earn great sums of money;— he did; it was because he spent more than he earned. Like Michael Jackson, the profligate millionaire, Balzac had a taste for things (gloves, perfume, women) that he couldn't consume. If only he had the services of NetDebt perhaps his life would have been easier; he certainly would not have been so afraid of creditors. The pressures of living in debt made Balzac vacate the first floor of his two-story mansion in Paris, moving to the first floor and putting black shades and curtains in the windows of the first floor in hopes of fooling his creditors into thinking he had abandoned the property. He never left the house by day, afraid of being slapped with a summons to appear in court. He worked at night and slipped out under cover of darkness to run errands and meet friends and lovers. In this way, the pressures of debt virtually ruined his life. And he was a wealthy man, earning millions of francs every year for his work. Visit the site listed above and get out of debt in a matter of days or weeks. Don't become another Balzac, running from the law and from life.
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Picamilon Increases Mental Component of Sports Performance

Russian research indicates that picamilon increases athletic performance. The drug has this effect by calming the athlete's mind without affecting motor coordination, tone, or activity. The athlete's mind is calmer and therefore performance is enhanced. Research (translated from the Russian) indicates that "the native original drug pycamilon can be used in sport medicine for increasing the sportsmen psychical stability, optimization of psychical activity, especially before start under conditions of competitions. Pycamilon doesn't cause myorelaxation and sedative action; it is recommended for increasing the efficiency of the regulation system of complex-coordinative activity of sportsmen." This basically says that picamilon relaxes an athlete mentally, not physically. (Note the unusual spelling of the word picamilon in the translated quotation.)

  1. EFFECT OF PYCAMILON ON SPORTSMEN PSYCHICAL STABILITY. Central scientific-reaearch institute of medico-biologica1 problems of sport, 10, Elizavetinsky per., Moscow 103064, USSR.
  2. Life Extension Foundation, list of research on picamilon.

Banzai DVD Game

The only game I play on my on my computer is chess, but there are other games available on the Internet, many others, to be sure, including a somewhat humorous one, Screenlife Games' Banzai DVD game. This is a rather complex game with rules and regulations and graphics attempting to explain it to the uninitiated. Unlike chess, it is not played on a standard eight by eight board and unlike checkers it is not a game where pieces advance until they become kings when they reach the final square. Instead it is a game that is based on a now canceled television show which sparked some controversy (probably the same way Amos 'n' Andy did during an earlier era) for depicting Asians in a stereotypical manner. There is a Web site that has a video which contains more information about the game. The game makers are now hoping to sell the Banzai DVD game online and toward this end have created a Myspace page for the game at Apparently designed by gaming wunderkind Chip Stewart of Screenlife Games, LLC, it is based upon an idea by Gary MacGrew and Nick Saad. Probably the most unique feature of the game is the wealth of video clips from the television show, many of which contained humorous spoofs of existing television game shows. ScreenLife Games is at it again. They launched a new Banzai game. Check it out:
BANZAI - Gone in Sixty Seconds - Money

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Picamilon | Miracle Compound

The Russians have come up with a winner. The scientists behind the Iron Curtain wanted to develop a drug that could go into the brain, but most drugs do not. So they hooked the drug up with niacin, a B-vitamin that passes the blood-brain barrier. The drug they hooked up was gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is a neurotransmitter that inhibits nerve impulses. Taking picamilon does not cause lethargy or impede muscle tone; however, it does calm an individual and lead to increased brain efficiency and increased cerebral vasodilation and blood flow. The investigators said:
Picamilon . . . was shown to induce a significant increase of cerebral blood flow in conscious cats.
Basically this is good news. Apparently the substance also prevents and alleviated headaches.

  1. Site with information about Picamilon research.
  2. Farmakol Toksikol. 1989 Jan-Feb; 52(1):23-6. The new cerebrovascular preparation pikamilon. [Translated from the Russian.] Mirzoian RS, Gan'shina TS.