The (remarkable) intelligence of plants

I made a few posts in the past about the altruism of plants, as well as their apparent consciousness (affected by anesthesia) despite the fact that they do not have a nervous system. The article below describes additional experiments demonstrating that plants are apparently capable of a number of stunning feats that make them look … Read more The (remarkable) intelligence of plants

The Linguistic Genius of Prairie Dogs

A nice article showing that the one of the most uniquely human aspect of our existence – language – is actually a capacity that much “lower” animals possess as well, and may be even more adept than us at using. Apparently, prairie dogs are not only capable of verbalizing sentences with just about the same … Read more The Linguistic Genius of Prairie Dogs

Lack of light exposure may be the main cause of the myopia boom

As the study says, there has been a drastic increase in myopia cases over the last century. Early research pointed at excessive indoor book reading and studying as a cause of the epidemic. Unsurprisingly, these initial claims were quickly drowned by fake research denying that such a link exists. Modern society depends for its survival … Read more Lack of light exposure may be the main cause of the myopia boom

Drop in androgen levels causes Parkinson Disease (PD), DHT reverses it

Yet another study demonstrating that many of the so-called chronic, degenerative and above all “mysterious” conditions often have quite a simple cause and, potentially, treatment. There is no need for mutated genes or complex interactions of genes with environment that nobody can decipher. Chronic stress leads to metabolic and endocrine changes that alone are sufficient … Read more Drop in androgen levels causes Parkinson Disease (PD), DHT reverses it

Cutting down on red / processed meat does NOT benefit health

The crusade against meat is one of the most vibrant topics on the blogosphere. It used to be a small subset of the population who objected to eating meat mostly out of moral reasons (e.g. concern for animal welfare) or due to health concerns. At the same time, the meatless movement conveniently ignores studies that … Read more Cutting down on red / processed meat does NOT benefit health

Arginine / glutamine depletion may treat cancer by blocking the Warburg “Effect”

As my readers have noticed, I started putting quotes around the “effect” part of the infamous observation made by Otto Warburg himself. Over the last 3-4 years, even mainstream medicine has started to publish studies acknowledging that the “effect” is very much a cause as well. In other words, acidosis is not benign and is … Read more Arginine / glutamine depletion may treat cancer by blocking the Warburg “Effect”

Fish feel pain just like other animals and humans

Yet another piece of evidence that there is no such thing as a “lower animal” and pretty much anything with consciousness experiences pain much the same way we do. Yet despite these advances in our understanding of how similar we are to any other living creature, we still have surgeons performing surgery on babies without … Read more Fish feel pain just like other animals and humans

Poverty makes people dumb and prematurely old

A common debate in public policy is whether people slide into poverty because they are stupid or being poor makes people stupid and unable to cope with life. The study below adds some evidence to the latter claim and found that extended poverty (20 years or longer) exposure also causes premature aging. Perhaps one of … Read more Poverty makes people dumb and prematurely old

Energy deficiency due to stress causes anxiety, panic disorders, and subbordination

This is a great study on so many levels. First, it directly demonstrates that chronic stress leads to mitochondrial dysfunction and reduced oxidative phosphorylation. Second, it demonstrates that glucocorticoids (cortisol) are a direct cause of this energy production downregulation. Third, it demonstrates a direct parallel between animal models and human mood/mental disorders by comparing the … Read more Energy deficiency due to stress causes anxiety, panic disorders, and subbordination

Aspirin may protect lungs from air pollution

It seems that there is nothing mighty aspirin cannot do. Just recently, I posted about its ability to treat (and, more importantly, potentially have curative effect) erectile dysfunction (ED) at least as effectively as established drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, etc. yet with much fewer side effects. Aspirin as effective as Viagra for ED, … Read more Aspirin may protect lungs from air pollution