You Can Train Your Body Into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

The results were part of a well-known and seemingly mundane phenomenon that has been driving a quiet revolution in immunology. Its proponents hope that by cutting drug doses, it will not only minimise harmful side-effects but also slash billions from healthcare costs, transforming treatment for conditions such as autoimmune disorders and cancer. The secret? Teaching your body how to respond to a particular medicine, so that in future it can trigger the same change on its own.

Source: You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine

This is at least a second cup kind of article, so I’ll be back because I’m curious if the effect is transferable.

Clinically, placebos been at least 50% as effective as real drugs.  But this is more than just a mere placebo effect. It’s a true form of conditioning the body’s response.  It creates a trigger based on sensations and memory whether the patient knows what they are taking is the real medicine or not. Placebos mimic medicine from the beginning and works more effectively if the patient is fooled into thinking it works. No deception is required here.

Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?

The most prominent sperm bank in the UK is under investigation after turning away donors with dyslexia and other questionable characteristics. This raises an important question: Should sperm banks be in the business of making “better” babies?

Source: Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?

Picking who you have children with can also be considered eugenics…

This is another of those weird new instances where there isn’t really a difference between what is going on here with the assistance of new technology and what has been going on for a while, but the new thing feels really disconcerting. I don’t know if that feeling is justified, but it is there, and I think we’d do well to talk about it openly, at the very least.

In addition, though, this is sort of different because this necessarily applies a scientific sheen to what are unscientific gut feelings a lot of the time (as we currently know it). The reality is that we don’t really know what genes cause what things in people, or whether they are entirely genetic. Narrowing the pool of sperm donors like this seems like a hasty reaction that might not end up being beneficial at all and only really serves to further stigmatize those diseases and disabilities.

Then there’s the part about assessment based on things that can be due to epigenetics…

Study: Creatine From Meat Seems to Help Us Think

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Besides vitamin B12, depending upon what you eat and the supplements you take, you can find your diet somewhat low in zinc, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and even some amino acids. One of these amino acids is called creatine, and the best source is meat.

Researchers who study cognition and athletic performance simply love giving vegetarians creatine supplements. This practice might seem curious until you look at the following facts…

Source: Your Brain on Creatine

Most people don’t understand about non-essential amino acids is that you don’t need them – your body can synthesize them.  Just not efficiently.  Unless you’re getting your non-essential aminos from your food or supplements – you’re probably non-essential amino acid deficient.