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Bomb Blasts Alter Brain Lipid Levels

nido Re:progesterone and traumatic brain injuries (105 comments)

testosterone promotes agression in the male brain by being converted to estrogen. Women usually feel really good when they're on a progesterone-high, and only get cranky when the progesterone goes away (triggering menstruation/childbirth).

about a year ago

Bomb Blasts Alter Brain Lipid Levels

nido progesterone and traumatic brain injuries (105 comments)

one of the neatest recent developments in treating traumatic brain injuries is the finding that the human hormone progesterone dramatically improves the survival chances and outcomes of humans who sustain a traumatic brain injury. As someone who doesn't remember a 2-week period following a concussion/near drowning at the lake some 13 years ago, I wonder what my experience would have been like had my doctors known about this use for Progesterone USP.

Progesterone is the body's most important steroid hormone, because the body transforms it into the other steroids (cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, estrogen) through the process of steroidogenesis. Birth control uses fake progesterone to help shut down women's hormonal cycling (and ovulation), which always results in progesterone deficiency (the chemicals in birth control do NOT fit into the steroid cycle).

about a year and a half ago

Tour the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum (Video)

nido Re:where there's smoke, there's fire (29 comments)

I thought that the article should have an on-topic comment, so that interested people could have some points to look up if they were so inclined. I prefaced my comment with the bit about 'vitalism haters' to acknowledge that most slashdot users won't be interested.

..., but when my opinions veer away from the provable...

People tend to be wedded to their belief systems, thus it is very challenging to 'prove' anything to their satisfaction.

about 2 years ago

Tour the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum (Video)

nido Re:where there's smoke, there's fire (29 comments)

Someone like yourself once asked Mr. Cayce how he could prove he was real. Cayce responded that it wasn't his job to prove anything, and asked the questioner how he could convince himself.

Similarly, I have NO need to "show[] a statistically significant event" to you - you'd just find a reason to explain it away. I simply offer my experience in the hopes that maybe someone will find it useful.

about 2 years ago

Tour the Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum (Video)

nido where there's smoke, there's fire (29 comments)

I'm a little cautious to be posting this, because strict materialism is strong with users here, and vitalism-haters always pop up to spout their beliefs. I was once a materialist too, but then the medical establishment left me out in the cold.

Materialism was seemingly supported by science. But in the past few decades non-dogmatic scientists have made great progress in giving names to phenomenon which existed before anyone knew how to describe them, or had tools to measure them. A few examples:

Action potential: In physiology, an action potential is a short-lasting event in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls, A nerve conduction study (NCS) is a test commonly used to evaluate the function, especially the ability of electrical conduction, of the motor and sensory nerves of the human body. The Goldman–Hodgkin–Katz flux equation (or GHK flux equation) describes the ionic flux carried by an ionic species across a cell membrane as a function of the transmembrane potential and the concentrations of the ion inside and outside of the cell. Since both the voltage and the concentration gradients influence the movement of ions, this process is a simplified version of electrodiffusion. Electrodiffusion is most accurately defined by the Nernst-Planck equation and the GHK flux equation is a solution to the Nernst-Planck equation with the assumptions listed below.

My journey back to health started with nearly losing it completely. I knocked myself out and nearly drowned at the lake when I was 17 years old. While the emergency medicine was great - I didn't need a hole drilled to relieve pressure from intra-cranial bleeding, but it was nice of the doctors at the hospital to watch my condition long enough to make sure. I have Retrograde amnesia starting an hour or two before I sustained the injury, and Anterograde amnesia for the next two weeks (first 10 days were at the hospital). My memory started to recover at about the 2-week mark, and had mostly recovered by 6 months.

The neurologist who'd followed my case at the hospital sent me for neuro-psychological evaluation, and said I'd probably get better without interventions. Indeed, the double vision had mostly resolved after 4 or 5 months. But my everyday experience wasn't like before. I got headaches from running, wearing birkenstocks, and certain foods, so I stopped running and wearing birkenstocks, and paid close attention to what I eat.

When I started at college, things went rapidly downhill. It was an entirely miserable 3.5 year experience, and after I graduated with my CS degree I spent the next several years trying to figure myself out.

At one point I found a really neat email list. The owner of said list said that "if you have a health condition, the best place to start is with what Edgar Cayce said about it." He also said that the best current source of information about the body's subtle energies is Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine (actually written by husband David Feinstein, based on interviews with Donna). Edgar Cayce was known as "the sleeping prophet" because he had no conscious memory of the health readings he gave. They followed up on the recipients of the readings, and people who implemented the suggestions usually got the benefits they were told to expect.

My reason for sharing all this now, in this slashdot story about an Electrotherapy Museum, is that Edgar Cayce sometimes recommended electro-therapeutic devices. These included the violet ray (which is mentioned at the electrotherapymuseum's website), a weak battery called the "wet cell", and a subtle battery now known as the Radial-Appliance.

The Radial Appliance was said to help balance the body's "subtle electric charge", to help improve a person's ability to relax. I had trouble sleeping, and decided that I needed a Cayce Radial Appliance... But all I could find was the device made by the Cayce Association's "Official Supplier", and there was also a website detailing the difference between the Baar Radiac and the Radial Appliance described by Edgar Cayce (the original website was taken offline when Baar threatened to sue his dissatisfied customer for trademark infringement).

So I decided to build my own. I had trouble falling asleep from childhood until I started using my device regularly. It's a rather niche product, but the people who buy my version tend to love them.

I don't have any Radial Appliances left to sell right now because I've been concentrating on a new project related to natural approaches to health. The Birth Control situation is rather tragic. Over the course of the 20th century various scientists described the hormone system, and figured out how to use human-identical hormone supplements to help women balance their hormones. Safe bioidentical hormones are not profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, so they sell women various xeno-hormone-based drugs instead. This is why birth control is so good at helping women gain weight, for example.

Progesterone USP is non-prescription for physiologically-appropriate amounts (women make 15-20mg/day during the luteal phase of their cycle) because it was available before the 1938 Food & Drug act was passed.

And interestingly enough, researchers have recently found that giving progesterone USP injections to humans who sustain a traumatic brain injury doubles their survival chances. I wonder what my experience would have been if they'd known to give a useful form progesterone right away, way-back-when.

Since the users here are mostly men, I guess I should say that Perfect Progesterone can buffer high levels of testosterone, and might help your hair grow back. I use Amazon's fulfillment service, so if you don't like what you get just send it back.

about 2 years ago

Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science

nido the adjuvants are a problem too (858 comments)

If there is a problem with vaccines, it is most likely related to the Adjuvants. These chemicals are included in the shot to irritate the body, hopefully getting it to take action against the targeted virus.

Personally, I think sewers, garbage service, and iodized salt have done much more for public health than vaccinations.

A tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine, for example, contains minute quantities of toxins produced by each of the target bacteria, but also contains some aluminium hydroxide.[4] Such aluminium salts are common adjuvants in vaccines sold in the United States and have been used in vaccines for over 70 years.

- Adjuvant (emphasis added)

There is also a full article here: Immunologic adjuvant

Mercury injected into a muscle is much more of a problem than environmental/dietary mercury exposure.

about 2 years ago

Seaweed is Good for You and Can Be Tasty, Too (Video)

nido Re:Good source of iodine, but. (109 comments)

This is the most important comment in this story. If I had points I'd give you a +1. :)

about 2 years ago

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

nido oceans drive the climate (398 comments)

If only it was easy to measure hot things (volcanoes, rifts, etc) at the depths of the oceans. Baring that, maybe the u.s. navy could release the temperature data that has been collected by its submarines for the past 50+ years.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Contractors, How's Your Health Insurance?

nido good points; statins are a crime against science (468 comments)

Years ago scientists figured out that the body's stress and sex hormones are made from LDL cholesterol. If the conversion from LDL to Pregnenolone isn't working as well as it should (vitamin deficiency, or other cause), the body ramps up production of the steroid prohormone precursor, LDL.

But science doesn't make Pfizer et al $billions, so it gets stuffed in a burlap sack and kicked to the side. There is good health advice out there, for people who choose to search for themselves, and who have a bit of luck. Just be careful when talking to medical professionals, as their training has been excessively influenced by those profiteers...

about 2 years ago

$900,000 Raised For Buying Tesla's Lab

nido Re:I hope they reinstate the tower (123 comments)

There's no way Tesla would have known anything about it.

Tesla grokked physics like no one else before or (perhaps) since. One of his visions revealed to him how light, magnetism and gravity all interact. The understanding came in an instant, but much development was required to turn the vision/insight into something practical. R&D requires capital, and JP Morgan et al only provided capital so long as it could offer a return. Remember that Tesla tore up his licensing agreement with Westinghouse so the electric system would be built out with alternating current.

Modern physics has nothing on Nikola Tesla.

more than 2 years ago

$900,000 Raised For Buying Tesla's Lab

nido Re:I hope they reinstate the tower (123 comments)

The heirs to JP Morgan's energy industry would NOT be very happy about the revival of Tesla's vision of free wireless power for all.

Remember that JP Morgan pulled his funding when Tesla didn't know how to incorporate an electric meter into his system for extracting energy from the aether ("higgs field" is the latest term, I think).

more than 2 years ago

Huge Pumice Rock 'Island' Seen Floating In South Pacific

nido mother earth is changing her own climate? (104 comments)

The pumice in these islands was created by underwater volcanos. How much heat are these conspirators against humanity putting into our oceans? Maybe THEY are to blame for the melting ice caps?

more than 2 years ago

Are Indian High Schoolers Manning Your IBM Help Desk?

nido reading is easy to teach (237 comments)

John Gatto says (paraphrased) that some children learn to read when they're two, others at 8, and that by the time they're 10 you can't tell the difference. The important thing is to wait until the child is ready, and supply appropriate instruction at that time.

Good post, though. The shop teacher complained to me (years ago) about the students who'd rather be taking "baking", but had to be in his class for whatever reason...

more than 2 years ago

Are Indian High Schoolers Manning Your IBM Help Desk?

nido What if college is a distraction? (237 comments)

They don't want us to realize that the reason college is so important is because children in the U.S. are deliberately prevented from learning anything valuable in their first 13 years of "education".

My dad had a friend in high school who taught shop class. He helped me about 6 years ago with his shop tools. He was forcibly retired a few years later because the administrators decided that woodworking and metal working aren't important to people who are going to college, which is all that matters in a globalized society.

Apparently that's the feedback loop: Grade school gets you ready for middle school, middle school for high school, high school for college, college for graduate school, graduate school for unemployment.

  According to a book from the 1970's I found at a thrift shop years ago ("The Screwing of the Average Man"), College used to be something that the upper class sent their children to, so they'd have a leg up on the un-credentialed proletariat. After WWII Congress passed the GI Bill to pacify all those ex-soldiers, and college became affordable for everyone. I was going to say that college is a waste of money, but the real waste is in K-12 - at least in College you mostly take only the classes you care about.

more than 2 years ago

Natural Fluorine Does Exist ... In Smelly Rocks

nido didn't the NIH lower recommended fluoride levels? (80 comments)

And what about the guy who says that fluoride cuts up the enzymes that re-enamalize teeth?

Healthy teeth are made of calcium and phosphate, according to Gerard Judd's old site ( iirc - check Cavities are caused by acids which dissolve tooth enamel - these are either in foods (soda, etc), or produced by bacteria. Instead of dumping a highly reactive molecule in the water, one that contributes to osteoporosis in old women, wouldn't it be better to give kids the proper supplements in their school lunches?

Incidentally, I am totally disillusioned about oral hygiene products. Plain baking soda and salt works better for me than almost every brand of toothpaste I've ever purchased, except for one. Gerard Judd recommended bar soap on his site, and that was generally okay, but I'd have to double-brush (soap followed with baking soda) to get rid of the taste.

more than 2 years ago

California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

nido farmers ate real food (842 comments)

... Things like butter and bacon.

Poor people eat imitation foods (usually made with "vegetable" oil), not because it's healthy, but because fake foods are the only possible way for Wall Street to get its share of all the money people spend on food.

Soda is immitation food too, but vegetable oil is much more fattening than sugar, or even mercury-contaminated hfcs.

more than 2 years ago

What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

nido Re:Why coffee is bitter (Starbucks, etc) (209 comments)

salt kills bitternes, eh? That's a nice tip. Glad I came back to check this comment... :)

more than 2 years ago



Improving Disaster Response With Dedicated Ships

nido nido writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nido writes "When the Deepwater Horizon blew last summer I posted a couple comments here about my idea for helping the Gulf of Mexico clean itself. To Save the Gulf, Send the Enterprise called for using the U.S. Navy's portable nuclear power plants to oxygenate ocean water, thereby feeding the bacteria that consume crude oil.

After BP's Macondo Prospect well was plugged, I generalized my proposal to dedicate the almost-retired USS Enterprise to disaster relief.

You know an idea's time has come when you read it somewhere else. This is sort of like how multiple people have independently discover scientific principles at about the same time. A new article on The American Spectator, A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century, advocates converting the Navy's retired aircraft carriers to disaster relief ships, just like my piece from last summer. It seems like I should get credit, but the idea is what's important.

Last night I read out that the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Nassau is being decommissioned on March 31st. Rather than letting the ship rust in a Ghost fleet, this would be the perfect first ship to dedicate to disaster response.

My idea was birthed on, and encouraged by visitors from slashdot. Thanks for all the clicks!"

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Preparing for future disasters

nido nido writes  |  about 4 years ago

nido writes "University of Georgia marine sciences professor Samantha Joye and others are in the Gulf of Mexico looking for plumes of oil. When they find them, what will the people in charge of cleaning up the Gulf be able to do?

The only practical way to accelerate decomposition of the oil is to send oxygenated water into the plumes, using compressors and pumps powered by the U.S. Navy's portable nuclear reactors. The Navy's first nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, isn't currently available, but perhaps they could send a submarine or two.

It would be helpful to have retired aircraft carriers serve as stand-by disaster response ships, as advocated at What else can we do to better prepare for the future?"

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