How I Restored My Sleeping Habits by Spending a Weekend Without Clocks

I’ve tried nearly every trick imaginable to get more restful sleep. For a long time, nothing worked: not a regular bedtime, herbal supplements, turning computers off before bed, or even a weekend away from work.

Source: How I Restored My Sleeping Habits by Spending a Weekend Without Clocks

Try ear plugs and a sleeping mask on the weekends. With no outside stimulus, you sleep until you body is ready to get up.  Or go camping…

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Liver hormone may be the off-switch for sweet-tooth, cocktail cravings

Gimmicky diets, flavor fakery, and sham sweets all try to bamboozle the brain out of wanting sugary treats and calorie-packed happy hour drinks. But scientists may have found an all-natural way to simply switch off those corrupting cravings.

Source: Liver hormone may be the off-switch for sweet-tooth, cocktail cravings

I am always nervous about hormone treatments, as we usually do not know all the side effects of the hormone treatments, as the body is a series of complex chemical interactions driven in part by hormones.  I am even more nervous about chemical treatments than hormone treatments, as they are not usually natural to the body and can throw things out of whack leaving the body no natural way to overcome the chemical imbalance.  So I am cautiously optimistic that this is a better treatment path than existing medicines, as the hormone occurs naturally in the body, appears to be directly involved in doing what they want it to do already, and hopefully the body has some built in methods to handle additional amounts of the hormone with fewer serious side effects.

How Hormones Make You Feel Hungry and Full

The need to find fuel to generate energy is a profound drive within the biology of all living organisms: we all need food to survive. So it’s not surprising that our bodies have such a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones.

Source: How Hormones Make You Feel Hungry and Full

Interesting to learn that the food cravings after/during weight loss are hormonal.

You Can Raise Your Testosterone Levels Just By Acting Aggressive

We’ve known for a while that testosterone is associated with aggressive behavior. But a fascinating new experiment reveals that these hormones are a two-way street: Simply acting aggressive can also raise levels of testosterone, in both women and men.

Source: You Can Raise Your Testosterone Levels Just By Acting Aggressive

There’s confirmation that testosterone is detrimental to mens’ health…  But there are other ways to raise the testosterone level without resorting to abuse.  Here’s 5 reasons to get your testosterone levels checked.

Here’s the Weird Reason You Get Tartar On Your Teeth

Your body isn’t a finely-tuned machine. It’s a reinforced pile of goo that spends its day trading off costs and benefits. One of those costs is the tartar building up on your teeth because of the surprising source of your saliva.

Source: Here’s the Weird Reason You Get Tartar On Your Teeth

I haven’t turned anything up yet, but the note about calcium coming from blood makes me wonder what or if there’s anything related to blood thinners on this.  I happen to cycle with two dentists regularly, so I’ll see if I can remember to ask.  But little to nothing on the internet suggests there’s no link or concern.

Court: Female Athlete With Male Hormone Levels Has a Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.

Source: Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

Yesterday that I posted news about people with special genetic conditions

I like that the findings present that gender is not as “black & white” as we generally perceive it to be.  Consider transgender, which is quickly becoming an issue in other competitive sports.  Particularly male-to-female (M2F) competing as the gender they identify as.  Female crossfit competitors were contesting against M2F competitors being allowed in their category, as M2F would have a physiological advantage for muscle.  There’s been some news about M2F MMA competitors who hit/etc harder/different than female competitors – to this, I’ve understood it to be a matter of technique rather than physical strength.

Competing against peers has always been the primary goal.  Otherwise, if there was no gender distinction – some events, no female would ever win.  Which wouldn’t encourage women to compete…  There are also para-olympic games, for those with physical disability.  And I know a few who’ve represented my country in the transplant games, where competitors are transplant recipients.  With enough community support, I could see transgender games in the same fashion as para or transplant.  Or maybe we’ll see a leveling of the field via the testosterone/etc testing to determine which category a competitor falls into?

Another issue to consider is that the Olympics are motivated by business – viewership determines what coverage will occur, and what events will happen at all.  The winter Olympics including curling had a tremendous impact on people coming out for curling, so it’s important for advertising ones sport.

Yes, Oxytocin Makes You More Trusting and Generous. So Does Booze.

“The Moral Molecule.” “The Cuddle Hormone.” If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve heard about many of the near-magical effects of the hormone oxytocin on the brain. It makes people more altruistic. It reduces anxiety and increases trust. But it’s not the only chemical that affects the brain that way.

Source: Yes, Oxytocin Makes You More Trusting and Generous. So Does Booze.

Fairly similar.  One day, we’ll actually understand what’s actually happening.

The US Is Finally Getting Access to a Promising Cancer Drug From Cuba

Tourism isn’t the only industry eager to benefit from the relaxing of the decades-long trade embargo against Cuba. Medical researchers on both of sides of the Straits of Florida now have the chance to collaborate with previously off-limits colleagues. Of particular interest to the U.S. is a Cuban lung cancer drug that took 25 years to develop.

Source: The US Is Finally Getting Access to a Promising Cancer Drug From Cuba

Some People Are Protected From Type 2 Diabetes — What We Can Learn From Them

Diabetes is one of the top public health concerns in the United States, with no cure — 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Only 1.25 million of those cases are type 1 diabetes, the type you’re born with. The rest suffer from type 2 — the seventh-leading cause of death in the country.

Researchers are beginning to dive into genetics to determine better treatment and prevention tactics. The latest finding? According to a new study, a specific gene mutation appears to protect people from developing type 2 diabetes — a finding that may help experts develop new interventions.

Source: Some People Are Protected From Type 2 Diabetes — What We Can Learn From Them

Please do not use this information to believe you are protected from type 2 diabetes.