How Targeted Drugs Fight Disease, and why Funding Research is Critical

Recently our family has been once again forced to deal with a diagnosis of cancer. I have avoided writing on this subject in the past but have decided to write a brief article on the advances in cancer treatments. I enlisted the help of my good friend and research molecular biologist, Vera Chang from Oregon …

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Climate Disruption and Changes in Infectious Disease Patterns: The Worst is Yet to Come.

  Most scientists will tell you that evolution does not favor the fastest, the strongest, or even the cleverest. Evolution favors the most adaptable. Humans, as a species (race is an antiquated and dishonest ideology), are highly adaptable, having populated, at least to some degree, every continent on planet earth regardless of how inhospitable. While …

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The Willow, the Tortoise, and The Master: The Use of Symbolism in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Help

As Desdemona is preparing for bed on the night she will be murdered, she sings a song about a willow tree. In Hamlet we learn that the prince’s love, Ophelia, falls from a willow tree into a brook where she drowns. Shakespeare may have understood the willow as a symbol of loss and grief, and …

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Autism: Can Computational Biology and Environmental Health Finally Provide Answers?

The Increasing Rate of Autism in America When I first studied psychology as an undergraduate student, the rate of autism in the United States was one in 10,000. Today it is about one in 55. And while some suspected that the rise in autism was due to changes in diagnostic standards, new findings point to …

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Water

"Cross the meadow and the stream and listen as the peaceful water brings peace upon your soul." ~ Maximillian Degenerez Recently I decided to get a new scale for the bathroom, and being easily impressed by technology, I selected one with several assessments aside from weight. This included measures for muscle weight, bone weight, BMI, …

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Prisoners of Childhood

While I try to respond to inquiries from readers, recent accounts in the press have prompted this month's post. It should be mentioned that the development of chronic conditions and the association with child abuse was the topic of my dissertation. That work reflects in this month's post. Childhood should be carefree, playing in the …

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How Cronyism, Nepotism, and Unqualified Providers are depriving you of the best in Health Care

Currently, there is a bill before Congress called the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2015 (HR 1726, S 1345) which is to amend title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to recognize only state-licensed or -registered certified diabetes educators or state-licensed or -registered healthcare professionals who specialize in teaching individuals with diabetes …

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You say Potato, I say.. Sponge Cake?

Since starting this blog a few years back, I have had some interesting feedback on the diagnostics and research of the odd ailments and conditions, and yet, I’ve gotten more than a few questions that really defied an easy answer. Not surprisingly, these were not health or medically related. Here is a short post that …

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Two Kirks, One Ship

I recall as a child watching an episode of Star Trek where a malfunction in the transporter created two Captain Kirks. Although I was very young at the time, I recall wondering, if the transporter disassembled and then reassembled matter how could there be two full-sized Captain Kirks? Wouldn’t the best possible outcome be two …

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How Leptin, Ghrelin, and other Hormones can Thwart your best efforts to get “thin.”

In 1950, researchers at Maine's Jackson Labs produced a strain of Mice labeled OB/OB, or Obese/Obese, as both parents carried a recessive mutation that was expressed in Obesity. This recessive mutation was found to cause the mice to become three times as large as normal mice, and their appetites were ravenous. They were inactive and …

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