Earlier this year (20th Jan newsletter) I called your attention to the possible cause of ADD, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder as a result of acetaminophen (Tylenol in the USA; Paracetomol in the UK and elsewhere). This is not a new idea. Evidence has been gathering. We all want to blame vaccinations; but is that valid? In the USA at least, acetaminophen comes almost part and parcel with vaccination: the child gets a shot, turns feverish, and is administered Tylenol. It’s not easy to separate the two. One of the hardest pieces of evidence against vaccinations (or pollutants in the vaccine) being the cause of the problem is the case of Cuba. There, where vaccinations are compulsory, the vaccination uptake rate is over ...[click to continue]
Telomeres are protective “helmets” found at both ends of your chromosomes. It’s a pivotal part of your base DNA that offers protection from deterioration. Each time your cells divide and replicate, these tiny caps gradually shorten until they disappear entirely. They limit how many times a cell can divide. When the protective benefit of telomeres is lost, the cell itself is supposed stop replicating or succumb to apoptosis (cell suicide) because it is no longer protected from mutation, fusion, and abnormal replication. One example of this biological system going wrong is cancer cells that manage to avoid this universal coding of the human cell. They bypass the ingrained directive and do what they want.

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Last week I quoted a lady whose motto is “The purpose of life is living.” I’d like to add that the purpose of living is to learn. We could never stay as newborn babies; that would not suit the human temperament. Humans instinctively want to learn, to grow, to become wiser. It could be argued that’s a Darwinian survival trait—it doesn’t matter, the point is, we want to learn. One of my major mottoes in life is that knowing is Being. We are what we know, in other words. To be more, to own more, to create more and to do more, we need to acquire that precious commodityknowledge. You’ve also heard me say the opposite: that the commonest cause of death is ignorance. If you don’t k ...[click to continue]
Aging might be a natural part of the human experience but it isn’t always a happy part. Your attitude toward aging can affect the severity and speed of getting older. North Carolina State University found that being upbeat in the face of challenges faced when aging made their participants more resilient and better equipped to cope with whatever life threw at them. Some of the negative emotions experienced by the aging are no longer feeling useful, having less happiness than they had in their youth, and trepidation about the future. Lead author of the study, Jennifer Bellingtier, NC State PhD, explained their results. “People in the study who had more positive attitudes toward aging were more resilient in response to st ...[click to continue]
August is the time of the Edinburgh Festival, in Scotland, and a good time for me to catch up with my friend Hunter Walker (see photo, which was just before the cloudburst!). attitude-of-mind-hunter-ksm I have known Hunter for over 20 years. He is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, possibly the longest surviving in the world. Between us both we stack up 136 years and we both look great, I think. Now many of you know I do not scorn people who want to take the conventional route for cancer therapy. It’s the person’s own choice. Snotty “holistic” beli ...[click to continue]
In a world filled with those who suffer from chronic pain, pharmaceutical companies (and illegal drug suppliers) are making a killing. Prescribed drugs have a fairly short lifespan in the treatment of pain. The doses get ever stronger, the effects gradually lessen, and the potential for addiction is incredibly high. When patients no longer find relief in prescription drugs – or when they’re “cut off” due to suspicion of addiction by their doctors – many turn to illegal narcotics. These illegal drugs are even more dangerous to your body and your life but desperation can result in poor choices with devastating outcomes. ...[click to continue]
Do you ever stop to think much about your body? Apart from women who are fighting aging—and therefore pretty hostile towards their bodies—most of us take it quite for granted, I think. Well, you might have had a startling wake up a few nights ago on British television (Channel 4)! Vivien and I were surfing TV in the hotel bedroom and came across a program called “Naked Attraction”. It was a dating game in which contestants choose each other but with one special catch: they had to strip stark naked in front of the cameras. The launch program showed a girl reviewing each of six naked men. And I do mean naked… not a stitch of clothing. She had to eliminate four, after being dissatisfied with certain points. Then SHE h ...[click to continue]
We’ve all seen those couples in a restaurant who seem to argue over their meal. It’s almost always the wife telling her husband that he can’t have this because it’s bad for his heart or he can’t have that because of his blood sugar. I bet most of us feel sorry for the husband. Not anymore! It turns out that nagging is a good thing when it comes to living with diabetes. Michigan State University discovered that men who live with a spouse who “monitors” their diet are slower to develop the disease and if they do get it, they respond better to treatment! The bad news is that while the husband is healthier overall because of this perpetual harping, it breeds tension and negative discourse throughout the ...[click to continue]
We use the word holistic a lot, but what does it really me­­­an? As I wrote in my amazing book Medicine Beyond, holism (and thence holistic) is a word that was originally coined by Jan Christiaan Smuts, the South African soldier, statesman, and philosopher (1870-1950). He defined it in his 1926 book, Holism and Evolution, as "the tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution." Einstein himself studied Smuts’ book soon upon its publication and wrote that two mental constructs will direct human thinking in the 21st millennium: his own descript ...[click to continue]
In the pursuit of easier methods to quit smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) roared onto the scene ten years ago. These devices are hand-held and run on a battery. They heat the liquid (a combination of oils, flavors, water, and so forth) to a vapor so it can be inhaled. While countless studies have been done about the harms of cigarettes (after decades’ of unmonitored use), vaping was shockingly accepted without assessing possible long-term effects. The vaping industry billed their own products as “safer than tobacco” despite there being no studies conducted outside the industry in an unbiased environment. Instead, all the reports that claimed e-cigarettes were safe were put forth by the very manufac ...[click to continue]
human-Consciousness-Quote I’m reading from a copy of the New Scientist (journal) promotional email:

Quantum physics has always been a source of mystery and delight. It defies common sense yet we have learned to manipulate these strange phenomena.

Hey, is this even the right question? I think we should be saying that “common sense” defies physics. “Common sense” says that the mind is in the brain; aspirin kills pain; cancer is a consequence of genes; old age is a “disease” of wearing out par ...[click to continue]
profs-african-travels-namibia-21334484-1462808081-ImageGalleryLightbox I’m in a fascinating new world, south of the equator: Namibia, in Africa. It’s Africa as you probably picture it from the movies. But Namibia is modern, advanced and thriving in its way. Most of the problems now are between the blacks themselves, not whites vs. blacks. Namibia achieved independence from South Africa in 1990. Here are some of the most stunning and iconic landscapes in all of Africa, from the windswept desert along the south Atlant ...[click to continue]