Cheerful Juice; the morning after

My late night serving of Cheerful Juice did help my mood after watching the presidential debate but I wasn’t able to go to sleep very easily afterwards. The full teaspoon dose of the free amino acids glycine and methionine left me not only with the cheerful mood and boost of energy but it also left me slightly jittery feeling with a more rapid heartbeat.

This morning I tried a half teaspoon dose and within just ten minutes I’m feeling more cheerful but without the jittery burst of increased energy.

So experimental results for my study group, size n=1, suggest that the 2 to 3 gram dose in a single serving may be safer than a dose of approximately 5 grams in one serving. When free amino acids can act as signaling messenger chemicals within the body or brain then they may also be able to act as excitotoxins in larger doses and overexcite cells possibly to the point of cell death.

Moderation is generally healthiest within biological systems. Many chemicals or nutrients can be safe within a moderate range but then be dangerous when there is either too little or too much. My needs for an external source of the free amino acids dimethylglycine (DMG) and methionine are not normal due to my genetic defect in the gene that is needed to make an enzyme involved in breaking down more complex forms of the free amino acids.

More on the gene defect involved in dimethyl glycine and methionine and a link to the genetic screening test I used is found in this post from March 30, 2016, . That post is a long list of notes rather than being an essay with a beginning and end, see #3, BHMT/1 (Call – T), Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT), for my notes regarding the specific defect and enzyme that prevents me from being able to fully digest protein foods — since birth — better late than never, I tend to say, but it would be nice for other infants and children to not have to suffer there entire lives due to underlying genetic defects that are now able to be screened for and managed with the use of dietary supplements.

Series on glycine:

  1. Glycine is an Amino Acid with Neurotransmitter Roles, 10/15/2016,
  2. Cheerful Juice Lives Up to its Name, 10/20/16,

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Cheerful Juice lives up to its name

Cheerful Juice lives up to it’s name as a post debate pick me up. ii had missed having some earlier in the day and was fairly cranky and tired after watching the Presidential debate Wednesday night. Even though it had gotten later, past midnight, I was cranky enough that I remembered forgetting my Cheerful Juice.

So positive mood within half a glass, within 20 minutes, boost of energy by the full cup, within 50 minutes (now typing this instead of sleeping)– suggesting that for my genetic structure I do need the two gram dose — ~half a teaspoon, half a glass. The five gram dose, full teaspoon, full glass, might be a little more than I need at one time. Having a glass in the morning and evening has been beneficial on the few days that I’ve tried that, so simply spitting the teaspoon serving into two half teaspoon servings might be effective without causing extra symptoms.

The burst of energy suggests overactivity might be occurring. Aspartic acid and glutamate are called excitotoxins because they can signal so much activity in a cell that it leads to death of the cell due to overwork. Glycine and methionine are more active as inhibitory messenger chemicals so they may not have the same risk as there would be with large doses of aspartic acid or glutamate, especially in combination with magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is an electrically active mineral that works from within the cell to provide energy for membrane channels that in normal health would control what is allowed into the cell – too much glutamate or aspartic acid or calcium simply wouldn’t be allowed in if enough magnesium was available to power the electric doorways in the cell membranes, (ie: magnesium selective ion channels).

I’m keeping notes because this is a new area of study, there isn’t a handbook for dietary advice for all the genetic defects in metabolism. Some more deadly ones are known and screened for at birth so the infant can be put on a protective diet as soon as possible. PKU, phenylketonuria is the most well known example of genetic defects that can be managed with dietary changes.

[See a previous post, Glycine is an amino acid with neurotransmitter roles, for more details.]

It’s past 1:00am now, I’ll try to go to sleep and have some cheerful dreams — about an Amendment to the Constitution overturning Citizens United — or some other cheerful topic.

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The herbicide Round-Up found more dangerous than glyphosate alone

The herbicide Round-Up contains glyphosate which is considered the active ingredient but research suggests that the supposedly inert ingredients in the mixed product make Round-Up as much as 125 times more dangerous to health than glyphosate alone. An international society for science has assembled a review of literature on the topic within the following article:

Round-Up ready crops have been found to require more water and do less well in drought situations than normal crops. Pigs fed GMO based foods were found to become significantly healthier when the farmer switched to non GMO based feed for them.

Glyphosate residues have been found to drop after individuals switched to a diet based on non GMO, organic foods and autism symptoms were found to improve for individuals who were switched to a non GMO organic food diet. Single case studies may be considered anecdotal and not worth considered but each and every patient is a single case study for themselves.

How many people need to get sick in the U.S. before we decide that we would rather not be experimented on by agribusiness and the processed food industry?

Excerpts from the article:

Glyphosate widespread in the environment and in our bodies

“Due to the official ‘safe’ status of glyphosate, data on how much we are being exposed have been scarce, forcing citizen activists and civil society organizations to find out for themselves. Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned an analysis of 182 volunteers across 18 EU countries and found detectable levels in 44 % of urine samples [13] with concentrations ranging from 0.16 ug/L average in Switzerland, to 1.82ug/L in Latvia. Of the UK citizens tested, 7 out of 10 were positive. In the US, urine samples show concentrations 8 times those in Europe [13]. The analysis, commissioned by Moms Across America, also tested 10 mother’s breast milk, which came up positive for glyphosate with levels ranging from 76 µg/L to 166 µg/L (76-166 ppb) (see [14]). These levels are 760 to 1600 times higher than the European Drinking Water Directive allows for individual pesticides, and raise obvious concerns as they fall within the range of concentrations at which developmental toxicity has been observed in animal studies (see below). This analysis is the only study on breast milk to date, as no government or public health body has found it necessary to carry out any study on bioaccumulation in internal organs and tissues or in breast milk fed to infants.”

Health of American citizens deteriorating

“One argument for the safety of GM food and their associated pesticides is that the US has been consuming them for years without ill effect. However, in the absence of labelling GM foods, it is illegitimate to make such a claim. On the contrary, there has been a drastic deterioration of public health in the US since GM crops were introduced. A new publication by Swanson and colleagues plots the rise of 20 chronic diseases using available US government data, all correlating closely with increasing glyphosate application to corn and soy crops, especially over the past several years. The diseases included cancers, Parkinson’s, autism, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, digestive disease and kidney failure [62]. Correlation does not prove causation, but such strong association certainly cannot be dismissed, especially in combination with the plethora of other evidence from laboratory studies, and the experiences of doctors in their clinics and farmers in the fields. For a detailed analysis of the study please see [67] Marked Deterioration of Public Health Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show ( SiS 65).”

Read more:

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Glycine is an amino acid with neurotransmitter roles

Subtitle: Rebranding and the power of a name: “Essence of Meat-ade” or “Cheerful Juice.”

Sub-subtitle:  Genetic defects in metabolism can affect the entire body due to lack of essential nutrients.

Background: I was found to have eleven of thirty defects in the methylation cycle that were known to be more common in patients with autism spectrum disorder. The screening is not for diagnostic purposes at this stage but is available to consumers interested in the information for their own research purposes (which might include what to feed their child or themselves for better management of autism symptoms – but it is use at your own risk information rather than ‘evidence based’ medical treatment approved for a certain diagnosis).

One of my genetic defects affects my ability to break down betaine into the free amino acids glycine and methionine (roughly, I would have to review the chemistry for the specifics). So armed with this new information I ordered tablets of each amino acid and started taking them each day as supplements. They seemed to help but it wasn’t a dramatic change in how I felt.

A month or two later before reordering more bottles I considered the question of just how much glycine or methionine I might need each day if I had a defect that prevented me from digesting protein and releasing the essential amino acids. When I looked into how much glycine might be needed by the body each day, I didn’t find much research but there was some and the amount suggested was far greater than the amount I was taking in the form of a tablet — 200 milligram tablet compared to two grams of the essential amino acid as a minimum recommendation with up to ten grams being proposed as possibly beneficial. And no toxicity risks were mentioned. Two grams is equivalent to 2000 milligrams or ten of the tablets each day, which would be expensive and a lot of tablets.

Many things that are available as supplements are also available in bulk as a powder that companies might use to make capsules or tablets for the individual consumer to purchase. The amino acids glycine and methionine were available online in a package size that was designed for individual use, possibly being marketed to people interested in body building or weight lifting.

A teaspoon of a powder substance is roughly five grams, depending on the density of the powder. I decided to try one teaspoon of glycine and one teaspoon of methionine per day as that would easily provide two grams and might provide up to five grams per day.

Results: Free essential amino acids are acidic — like lemonade — but taste a little like protein aka meat, so two teaspoons of free amino acids in water tasted VERY BAD. My nickname for the concoction became “Essence of Meat-ade” for the first day or two, however almost immediately after drinking the vile drink my mood became incredibly cheerful and I was suddenly filled with energy. I was amazed — how could a horrible tasting glass of water change my mood? I started looking forward to the drink and while I had started taking it in the evening I gradually switched to taking it earlier in the day and even twice a day occasionally, which would provide about ten grams of the powder.

My mental nickname changed from “Essence of Meat-ade” to “Cheerful Juice,” it helped my mood so much that I loved the stuff no matter how silly my face looked while trying to gulp it down too quickly to taste. I was amazed, and a little sad to consider that I had been without “Cheerful Juice” for my first fifty years of life — but better late than never is a motto of mine. With a double genetic defect I wouldn’t have been able to release glycine or methionine from larger proteins for my entire life — and therefore wouldn’t have had the cheerful effects or boost in energy due to the incomplete digestion of my food.

Why would a bad tasting drink give me a good mood?

I knew the amino acids glutamine and aspartic acid can act as messenger chemicals within the brain so I looked up glycine and methionine and sure enough they both also can act as brain signaling chemicals.

The rest of this information is about glycine’s role as a brain neurotransmitter. It doesn’t cover methionine but it also has roles in brain chemistry.

Glycine is a Neurotransmitter: 

Glycine has inhibitory and excitatory roles in the brain as a neurotransmitter – a type of chemical that can serve as a messenger between brain cells which are called neurons.

“Interestingly, glycine receptors comprised of a1 subunits are efficiently gated by taurine and b-alanine, whereas a2-containing receptors are not (8). The a1 and a2 genes are expressed in the adult and neonatal brain, respectively.”

ie-the type of glycine receptor found within the baby brain is not as well protected as the type found within the adult brain, later in the next paragraph:

“Recently, the expression of a1 and a2 subunits has been shown to be developmentally regulated with a switch from the neonatal a2 subunit (strychnine-insensitive) to the adult a1 form (strychnine-sensitive) at about 2 weeks postnatally in the mouse (8). The timing of this “switch” corresponds with the development of spasticity in the mutant spastic mouse (5), prompting speculation that insufficient expression of the adult isoform may underlie some forms of spasticity.” [1]

Background: Glyphosate is chemically very similar to glycine in that it may be incorporated into proteins but is not functionally the same. A protein containing glyphosate instead of glycine would be dysfunctional. Glycine provides methyl groups which are important for turning strands of DNA on and off, (DNA is the genetic material that acts as recipe cards for making proteins).

If glyphosate is being physically incorporated within body tissues in place of the amino acid glycine, then the role of glycine within early fetal development discussed in the above excerpt might be part of the mechanism for how autism risk may be occurring during the prenatal stage of life.

From a Marketing Perspective: How to sell something that tastes horrible but makes certain people feel great?

From my experience working with special need infants and children I learned that sick children when given a formula they can tolerate will cheerfully start drinking the formula if it  isn’t making them feel sicker — no matter how bad the formula tastes — and some of them are like “Essence of Meat” because they are based on free amino acids that would be easy to digest and wouldn’t have the same allergy risk as the larger and more complex proteins.

So how to market a specialty product? Target the special needs market, and pitch having the genetic screening done first in order to find out who needs the special product — and put the bulk powder in capsules  😉 , I tried to add lemon flavoring to make it more like lemonade but that didn’t change the flavor enough — I’m working on acquiring a taste for it instead.

The genetic screening I had done is “For Research Purposes Only” but it was assembled by a specialist with a PhD and experience in genetics. She is not a medical doctor and no diagnoses are provided however some health information is provided I haven’t reviewed it yet and therefore can not provide any feedback regarding it.

  • The Methylation Cycle genetic screening test:
  • My results and my notes regarding the 11 defects, this is a list of notes rather than being in article format, see number three of the double defects for details about the gene BHMT/1 (Call – T), which is for the enzyme Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT):
  • An excerpt from that post regarding diagnoses that may be helped by use of dimethylglycine (DMG) and methionine as supplements : DMG has been found helpful in ADHD, autism, allergies, alcoholism, drug addiction, and chronic fatigue syndrome among other chronic issues. Methionine has been found helpful in treating depression, allergies, alcoholism and schizophrenia among other chronic issues.

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  1. Steven M. Paul, GABA and Glycine,

How many people in the U.S. are similar to me?

The too long; didn’t read answer is:  Grand (estimated) total:   468.6 million U.S. citizens have conditions similar to conditions which I either still have or which I had experienced symptoms of in the past and which I resolved with alternative treatment or lifestyle changes. (See below for the conditions, statistics and calculations.)

Yes, that number is more than the total number of citizens currently living in the United States, however many people have more than one chronic condition. So the number is an estimate of the number of people similar to me and the large size of the number suggests either that approximately every American citizen has at least one of the conditions that I mentioned having experienced and that some people may have two or more of the conditions in common with me — or it might mean that some people have several conditions in common with me and that others have none in common — statistics can be a representation of some aspect of reality rather than being facts.

Mark Twain said quoted it best, “There’s three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” (–lies that are so damnable that you can’t recognize them as lies — perhaps.) He attributed the quote to Benjamin Disraeli but fact checkers have since found a written source attributed to Leonard H. Courtney in 1895.

I don’t claim to be average or representative of the average U.S. citizen. But I do claim to have insider knowledge on coping with several chronic health conditions and in some cases successfully resolving the chronic symptoms. Which, having suffered through those symptoms, also leaves me motivated to try to help others resolve any similar negative health symptoms for themselves or for their loved ones.

Chronic illness impacts work productivity and the ability to care for oneself or for others. Chronic conditions reduces U.S. productivity and total costs add up when the price of direct care costs is considered in addition to the cost of lost productivity by the patient and possibly the lost productivity of family members of the patient.

So the more important part of statistics to consider might actually be which category the condition falls into — resolved with a possible cause and cure in hand, or a chronic unresolved condition with no known cause or cure and which might continue to occur at exponentially increasing rates.

–Resolved or unresolved are very important differences to keep in mind when considering statistics about the frequency of chronic health conditions.

I never claimed to be an experienced politician or celebrity spokesperson. I have claimed to be someone with experience in how health policies can negatively or positively impact one’s quality of life and to have professional experience speaking up for patients when they were faced with a medical system that wasn’t listening to their concerns as a patient or as a parent of a patient. I claim to be a nutritionist who is very concerned that our nation’s policies are hurting our ability to be productive healthy citizens and hurting our environment’s short and long-term ability to be a healthy productive environment.

We can not just buy Russia (they banned all GMOs – so likely the nation is using less RoundUp herbicide as well) or terraform Mars if we destroy the U.S. landscape with agribusiness chemicals and overuse of genetically modified seeds.

A number which I do not have in common with the average U.S citizen is zero- I am taking zero prescription medications on a daily basis, while nearly 60% of Americans are taking at least one prescription medication every day. [26]

Health is Wealth: How much is an healthy organ worth? If you could buy one?

Health is wealth because while money can help support health it can’t always buy it once it is gone. How much is an intact liver worth? The price of a surgery team and ongoing medications to prevent organ rejection — and happening to have a person with the corresponding blood type die at just the right time with an intact liver that they were willing to donate after death.

How much is an intact thyroid worth then? Priceless because we haven’t figured out how to replace one. I still have my thyroid even though I have a condition where it is typically irradiated or surgically removed — I just avoided gluten instead, annoying but so is not having a thyroid – I know because I’ve worked with many patients who were on thyroid hormone for various reasons having to do with malfunctioning or missing thyroid glands.

I may not be a billionaire or millionaire but I still have my thyroid and all of my other organs and body parts – at age 50 that may not be the average for U.S. citizens either but I don’t think there are statistics available for the number of people who still have their tonsils, thyroid glands and other original body parts.

How much is fertility worth? The cost of fertility treatments? What if they don’t work and cost a lot anyway? What if the fertility treatments do work but not as well as natural fertility works? Who is harmed then? The hopeful parents who give birth to an infant with health problems or the infant that was created with methods that nature didn’t provide?

Epidemiology is about numbers – the numbers representing different groups of people. Sometimes rates of the differences between groups are stable and stay somewhat the same in comparison to other groups. Sometimes rates drop or increase and finding out the reason why the rates changed for different groups can sometimes help lead us towards finding out the underlying reason for the differences.

The following statistics show approximately how many U.S. citizens there are with conditions similar to some that I have been diagnosed with or experienced symptoms of and managed to resolve with the aid of alternative treatments or other lifestyle and dietary changes. In my personal opinion – a resolved history of a condition is much better than having an ongoing unresolved chronic health condition.

Statistics on a variety of health conditions: 

In 2020 the following numbers, representing rates of the occurrence of chronic conditions in the U.S., are likely to be different, and will likely continue to be different into the future. It will be interesting to see if our country manages to work towards solutions to the underlying reasons for some of the following chronic conditions, hopefully there will be exciting and positive changes rather than sad worsening of the following statistics:

Fifty million people in the U.S. are estimated to have some type of autoimmune disease, and approximately 75% are female, or roughly 30 million Americans. [1,2]

A survey of adults in the U.S. between age 18 and 44 suggests that 4.4% may have ADD or ADHD which does fall within the 3-5% estimate seen elsewhere. [3,4] How many people is that — roughly? First I would need to know how many citizens there are within that age group: “The latest data out from the Census Bureau gives a sense of how large this … 18-24: 31.2 million (9.7%); 25-34: 44.1 million (13.7%); 35-44: 40.6 ” [5] So 4.4 % of 115.9 million people would equal approximately 5.1 million people in that age group. And there were an estimated 321,418,820 citizens in the U.S. in 2015. And according to the last census count in 2010 there were 308,745,538 citizens in 2010. [6] And so 4.4% of the 2015 total would suggest that there may be as many as 14.1 million citizens in the U.S. with ADD or ADHD.

About 8% of the population has PTSD, [7], or roughly 25.7 million people based on the 2015 estimate. [6] [Additional information on PTSD and psychiatric medications and traumatic brain injury and increased suicide risk: Army-psychologist:-direct-correlation-between-military-suicides-and-psychiatric-drugs/ I have used psychiatric medications in the past, one of which caused significant negative symptoms that may also have caused lasting changes in my brain’s prefrontal cortex cannabinoid receptors which are overactivated by the medication and which can cause suicidal thoughts during withdrawal from the drug. Traumatic brain injury may also been in my past, I have had SPECT Scans which showed evidence of some trauma and I have been in a car accident where I lost concussion after hitting my head on the windshield. (The SPECT Scans also supported a diagnosis of ADHD and showed smaller than typical temporal lobes which would have been from childhood rather than an injury – I’m just different since birth perhaps. – or from three years or so if it is associated with autism and a normal sized head circumfrence per this article the search engine found when I looked for “temporal lobe small size from birth associated with” – While I don’t have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder I did have symptoms that were deemed not clinically significant by a psychiatric professional. I have since also had a genetic screening for defects in the methylation cycle that have been found to be more common in autism than in the average population and I had 11 of the 30 defects included in the screening test. But I don’t have a diagnosis so I’m not going to include the statistics for autism within my calculations for this post.)

About 5 million people age 18 or older (and 80-90% of the patients are women) in the U.S. are estimated to have a diagnosis of  fibromyalgia. [8] My symptoms were similar but I never allowed myself to get unhealthy enough to match the diagnostic criteria. I found avoiding gluten and a few other foods significantly helped relieve my symptoms without need for further treatment (at the time there wasn’t a pharmaceutical treatment available and the condition was not believed to exist outside of a diagnosis of hypochondria or psychosomatic symptoms.

About 4 million people in the U.S. are estimated to have frequent migraines, daily or at least 15 times per month. [9] Using several lifestyle strategies and dietary changes helped me stop having migraines at that level of frequency but I suffered from that severe a problem before I discovered a treatment protocol that helped resolve the problem for me. Migraines are still an occasional problem especially if I am exposed to mold and significant levels of cigarette smoke or other air pollutants or significant quantities of some food colorings and a few other food additives.

Over 66% of U.S. adults are considered to be at a weight that is over the recommended range, [10], or roughly 212 million people based on the 2015 estimated census. [6] I have been at a weight that would be considered obese for many years and managed to lose the excess weight due to other changes in my health and lifestyle. the severe migraines left with such a limited diet that I lost weight and then after regaining it when my migraine problem had improved I managed to lose the excess weight again when I used a high dose iodine supplement to get my hypothyroid symptoms under control.

An estimated 20 million U.S. citizens have hypothyroidism. [11]

An estimated 11% of the U.S. population may be deficient in iodine, [12], or roughly 35.4 million citizens based on the estimated 2015 census. [6] See excerpt:

Iodine deficiency is on the rise in the United States. Simple supplementation may not be the answer as the following issues also need to be addressed.

Recent national survey data suggest that just over 11 percent of the total U.S. population, and over 7 percent of pregnant women, and nearly 17 percent of all reproductive-aged women, are deficient in iodine.

The Total Diet Study, performed by the FDA, reported an iodine intake of 621 µg for 2 year-olds between 1974 and 1982, compared with 373 µg between 1982 and 1991. During this same time period, the baking industry replaced iodine-based anti-caking agents with bromine-based agents.

In addition to iodine’s disappearance from our food supply, exposure to toxic competing halogens (bromine, fluorine, chlorine and perchlorate) has dramatically increased. [12]

Two billion people worldwide may be iodine deficient according to estimates by the world Health Organization. [13]

*Background info: I resolved my hypothyroid symptoms and excess weight by taking a high dose iodine supplement – caution – it is also important to take 200 mcg of selenium (or the approximate equivalent from food sources such as two Brazil nuts per day) daily when using iodine supplements as selenium is essential for the enzyme that breaks down excess amounts of thyroid hormone.

Iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism may also place a person at risk for developing autism or for having a child who later goes on to develop autism. I have symptoms of autism spectrum disorder that were deemed “not clinically significant” enough for a diagnosis however I also have 11 of 30 genetic defects in the methylation cycle which are all somewhat commonly found in patients with autism spectrum disorder and I consider that clinically significant no matter what a psychologist might think.

The incidence of autism has been increasing in children in the U.S. current and has reached roughly a rate of 1 in 68 children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. The average prevalence within the population of Asia, Europe and North America suggest that one to two percent of people may have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, [14], or roughly 4.8 million U.S. citizens based on the 2015 estimated census. [6]

In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12, may have had a problem with addiction or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. [15]

There were 1,246,170 registered medical marijuana patients in the U.S. according to 2015 census data. [16]

Defects in the cannabinoid receptor system are known to exist which are also associated with increased risk for addiction and eating disorders. See excerpt:

Excerpt, [17,page 334]: “It is important to note that, as with alcohol, marijuana, and heroin, a human genetic variant of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor gene CNR1 has been associated with susceptibility to cocaine and amphetamine dependence (Ballon et al. 2006; Comings et al. 1997; Zhang et al. 2004). [and genetic defects in the system have also been associated with anorexia and binge eating disorders but I’ll have to go back to the reference for that quote.]

I have a defect in a gene that is required for phosphorylation which would be necessary for me to be able to make cannabinoids which are phospholipids — but I doubt there are reliable statistics available on the prevalence of the specific genetic defect.

Statistics for the prevalence of anorexia and eating disorders varies but thirty million U.S. citizens may have an eating disorder and 0.9% of them may have the more life threatening condition of anorexia nervosa. [18] Based on the 2015 estimated census [6] roughly 2.9 million U.S. citizens may have the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa.

The numbers of U.S. citizens receiving disability payments and considered not able to work has risen substantially in the last thirty years. There were 14 million working age citizens receiving disability payments in 2015. (Quotable Quote of the Day: “How come you didn’t consider becoming an astronaut?” ie – now that your body is destroyed, why didn’t you seek a desk job in the first place? duh, because maybe the person didn’t have the ability to train for those skills in the first place.) [19]

A grand total of just those categories that Ii currently fall within or have experienced in my past but have managed to resolve with lifestyle changes or alternative treatments:

  • Autoimmune disease ~ 50 million U.S. citizens
  • ADD/ADHD ~                       14.1 million
  • PTSD ~                                  25.7 million
  • Fibromyalgia ~                    5  million
  • Migraines ~                           4  million
  • Overweight/obese ~     212 million
  • Hypothyroidism ~            20 million
  • Iodine deficient ~            35.4 million
  • Autism ~                               4.8 million
  • Addiction ~                         24.6 million
  • Anorexia nervosa ~            2.9 million
  • Eating disorders ~            30 million
  • Disability payments ~     14 million
  • Grand (estimated) total:   468.6 million U.S. citizens have conditions similar to conditions which I either have or which I have experienced symptoms of in the past and have resolved with alternative treatment or lifestyle changes. That total is larger than the total number of U.S. citizens based on the estimated 2015 census [6] but there are many people besides myself who have more than one health problem or diagnosis at a time.

Disabled people in the U.S. are not counted within the statistic for unemployed people seeking work but I have applied for jobs and could feasibly handle employment so a look at that statistic reveals a few different numbers. The largest number does include retired people and those on disability [20] and all other non-institutionalized citizens over the age 16 which was roughly 92.5 million people of the 2015 estimated census. Breaking down the groups to only those people still actively seeking employment might leave just 8.3 million Americans.  [20]

And why did I include statistics for hypothyroidism and iodine deficiency instead of statistics for hyperthyroidism? — because my hypothyroid and iodine deficiency symptoms were first. It was my use of a high dose iodine supplement that resolved my hypothyroidism symptoms and helped me lose excess weight however I stayed on the high dose supplement too long without using selenium and it was that which led to my hyperthyroid symptoms. The statistics for that condition are less available. Thyroid disorders are frequently grouped together as symptoms can go back and forth between low and high levels of thyroid hormone being produced. Thirteen million Americans may have a thyroid disorder or 27 million altogether may have a thyroid disorder with up to half being undiagnosed and unaware of the problem. [21]

Now that I can believe as I was never diagnosed with hypothyroidism as my thyroid hormone levels were always normal and I was encouraged to seek psychiatric care for my hypochondria or psychosomatic symptoms but it turned out that my autoimmune thyroid antibody numbers had never been checked, just the thyroid hormone levels were checked. However if the thyroid hormone is being made with chloride, fluoride or bromide instead of iodine then the chemical might be present in a lab test but would be not be functional within the body. My use of a high dose iodine supplement also resolved my symptoms of fibrocystic breast pain.

That condition, fibrocystic breast pain, is considered so normal that it isn’t even really considered a condition but as many as “half of all women” may experience it at some point in their lives — [22] — and maybe avoiding caffeine would help but otherwise hey don’t worry about it, it’s common and only women have the problem and pain for women is just something women are expected to have to cope with because Eve ate an apple or something like that. If you would rather consider what is causing the pain as pain is nature’s way of signaling that something is wrong then consider taking a high dose iodine supplement and selenium if you have extremely painful breasts throughout the month and especially during a monthly menstrual cycle.

And/or if you are a man with this problem [23] then realize that both males and females need iodine in every gland of their bodies, just females have larger endocrine glands on average than men and therefore need more iodine on average than men, but men also need it so consider taking a high dose iodine supplement along with selenium rather than listening to doctors say that fibrocystic breast pain is a really common problem that women needn’t worry about as only women have breasts – false — fibrocystic breast pain is a common problem that may be associated with breast cancer in a few cases (so biopsies to rule out cancer are sometimes performed) [22] , and it can occur in men and women. So people besides myself should worry about fibrocystic breast pain. [See Dr. Brownstein for  his protocol for cleansing the body of excess bromide, chloride and fluoride with the use of high dose iodine and selenium supplements.]

So neverminding the question of fibrocystic breast pain and hyperthyroidism, roughly, I represent 468.6 million U.S. citizens or roughly 145.7% — or in other words — I am as American as apple pie – which would have been a source of iodine until the iodine containing anticaking agent was replaced with a bromide containing anticaking agent.

A few other stats, approximately 46.4% of U.S. citizens who marry end up getting divorced. [24] Roughly 30 to 60% of married partners have an affair during their marriage, more men than women are likely to have had an affair but the high divorce rate suggests that lifelong monogamy is not a biological standard for our species. [25]

If at some point the services of a nutritionist are needed by our country, either instead of or in addition to a politician or celebrity spokesperson, then I’ll try to keep on keeping on no matter what other labels life attaches and be available to help in whatever capacity might be needed;

however bipolar disorder and/or PTSD may actually represent a chronic change having occurred in my calcium/magnesium brain metabolism which can cause my emotions to be unpredictable and hard for me to control at times (Approximately 5.7 million Americans over age 18 years old experience bipolar disorder each year, [27].);

and secondary hyperparathyroidism due to calcium/magnesium imbalance or deficiency can be managed but also can be difficult to cope with (especially when the condition is unidentified as a reason for the significant physical and mental symptoms it causes). (Statistics for secondary hyperparathyroidism would be meaningless in comparison to my case because the problem is only common in patients on dialysis for chronic kidney failure so the statistics about the condition are mostly available as a percentage of dialysis patients who develop secondary hyperparathyroidism and I am not on dialysis, I was just on too restricted of a diet with inadequate use of calcium supplements (I don’t use dairy products because it makes me congested.) However I have seen an article regarding the successful use of calcium supplements in a patient with autism who kept trying to self injure — the symptoms include negative thoughts of self injury which are hard to control — ie hard to not stop yourself from hurting yourself — really pretty unpleasant to have to cope with while being told that your mental health symptoms are just your imagined hypochondria or psychosomatic symptoms.

A different article regarding an animal based study on calcium channel drugs and self-biting behavior in the lab animals, the opening lines:

Self-biting (SB) and other self-injurious behavior (SIB) may occur in a number of different human disorders (1, 2). They are most commonly seen in developmentally disabled individuals with severe mental retardation or autism. These behaviors also occur in specific neurogenetic diseases such as Lesch–Nyhan syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Rett’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, and neuroacanthocytosis. The neurobiology of these peculiar behaviors is incompletely understood, and several animal models have been developed to study pathophysiology and potential treatments (3).

And an article written to the layperson who might be a parent of child with autism with self injurious symptoms.

It’s a problem in the ion channels and the balance of magnesium within the cell and calcium in the blood — it is critically important for the body to have the two electrically active ions in balance as they are both also messenger chemicals that can activate other functions within the cell or bodypart. The problem is that some people may have intestines that are no longer absorbing magnesium as well and which preferentially absorb calcium. Food aversions and cravings are common in patients with autism.

What I have found helpful for my own health is to take calcium supplements every day since my diet is still fairly low in calcium rich food and to also take Epson salt baths every few days to increase my magnesium levels by skin absorption rather than depending on my unhealthy intestines to absorb enough magnesium. Too much calcium can make me very, very irritable and which can then be resolved with adequate magnesium absorption from the Epsom salt bath which can leave me feeling like singing in the bath within about 10-20 minutes of soaking.

More on Epsom salt baths, how to’s and safety precautions — magnesium is a messenger chemical within the body and too much all at once can cause the heart and other smooth muscles to over relax and cause too slow a heart rate and possibly eventual coma and even death — don’t fall asleep in a Epsom salt bath:

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  17. D. Kendall and S. Alexander (eds.), Behavioral Neurobiology of the Endocannabinoid System, Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 1, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-88955-7_13, (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009) Z. Justinova, L.V. Panlilio and S.R. Goldberg, “Drug Addiction” pp 309-346, [Amazon]

Other references on the topic of the cannabinoid receptor system and addiction and multiple sclerosis:

  1. D. Kendall and S. Alexander (eds.), Behavioral Neurobiology of the Endocannabinoid System, Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 1, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-88955-7_13, (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009) Z. Justinova, L.V. Panlilio and S.R. Goldberg, “Drug Addiction” pp 309-346, [Amazon]
  2. Ballon N, Leroy S, Roy C et al. (2006) (AAT)n repeat in the cannabinoid receptor gene (CNR1): association with cocaine addiction in an African-Caribbean population. Pharmacogenomics J 6:126-130 [] Table 2: []
  3. Comings DE, Muhleman D, Gade R et al. (1997) Cannabinoid receptor gene (CNR1): association with I.V. drug use. Mol Psychiatry 2:161-168 []
  4. Zhang PW, Ishiguro H, Ohtsuki T et al. (2004) Human cannabinoid receptor 1:5′ exons, candidate regulatory regions, polymorphisms, haplotypes and association with polysubstance abuse. Mol Psychiatry 9:916-931 []
  5. Benyamina A, Kebir O, Bleche L, Reynaud M, Krebs MO,  CNR1 gene polymorphisms in addictive disorders: a systemic review and meta-analysis. Addict Biol. 2011 Jan;16(1): 1-6. doi: 10.1111/j. 1369-1600.2009.00198.x. []
  6. Kringelbach ML, Berridge KC, “Towards a functional neuroanatomy of pleasure and happiness,”  Trends Cogn Sci. 2009 Nov;13(11):479-87. Epub 2009 Sep 24. [ ]
  7. Podbielska M, Krotkiewski H, Hogan EL., “Signaling and regulatory functions of bioactive sphingolipids as therapeutic targets in multiple sclerosis.” Neurochem Res. 2012 Jun;37(6):1154-69.Epub 2012 Mar 27. [] *Two important lipids in the myelin sheath include “ceramide and sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P)”but their presence in food is not discussed in this abstract.
  8. Ho PP, et. al., “Identification of naturally occurring fatty acids of the myelin sheath that resolve neuroinflammation.”  Sci Transl Med. 2012 Jun 6;4(137):137ra73. [] *Phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine are mentioned as targets of the autoimmune deterioration and some phospholipids were used therapeutically in this study.

Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism are not the same

Anti-Semitism is different from anti-Zionism. Zionism refers historically to the goal to turn the nation of Palestine into the nation of Israel and allow Jewish families to settle there, which did occur. Many Jewish people were against the Zionism movement at the time because the movement used harsh tactics and also possibly because many Jewish people preferred to live where-ever they were already living at the time and they didn’t want to move to Palestine. Some Jewish people at the time also preferred to continue working towards coexisting with other ethnic groups; as many Jewish people were being comfortably accepted within mixed communities at the time. These anti-Zionist Jewish people didn’t want the Jewish people as a group to be seen to be working towards becoming more exclusionary  by seeking a separate nation for a religious group – as that is the opposite of becoming more accepted and fitting in within a culturally mixed nation.

Anti-Semitism refers to discrimination and hate crimes aimed at all people of Jewish background which became more prolific during World War II.

Currently in the United States there has been increased interest and support of the anti-Zionist movement to Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) Israel for the maltreatment of Palestinian people. But there has also been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks of Jewish reporters and other Jewish people and Jewish topics in general which seems to have been brought out by the negative tone of the 2016 Presidential campaign.

This link discusses anti-semitism and anti-zionism:

And this link takes a closer look at the changes that have been seen during the 2016 political season:

I have a few posts on this website about anti-Zionism and the maltreatment of Palestinian people but It is not in support of anti-Semitism or in support of mistreatment of Jewish people simply because they are Jewish. That would be no better than mistreating Palestinian people just because they live in Palestine.

Here’s a link about a different group of people who have experienced both discrimination and the 2016 political season and they have some common sense to share with younger generations — no one, no candidate is perfect, and turning the clock backwards on civil rights would be worse than voting for someone who is just not perfect:

This is 2016 rather than 1945, we need to accept that people have differences and work together to share our planet’s resources instead of destroying the planet’s dwindling resources with bombs and pollutants. We as a species seem to be excelling at causing the extinction of other species; it would seem sensible to start worrying more about the longterm viability of our species and the planet and less about blowing each other up in the name of loving God. I don’t remember ever hearing that God said go forth and bomb but I do remember a line about going forth and procreating. Pouring poisonous chemicals on our planet is ruining the ability of many species to go forth and procreate — including our own. Eventually the policy writers will realize that money can’t really buy health or fertility — but will they discover it in time to save our species or other species from becoming extinct?

No one is perfect and that includes the policy writers — It’s time to rewrite how we’re doing things before the future arrives and we find out that it has been damaged in ways that we won’t be able to repair but will have to cope with anyway. Seven species of wild bees in Hawaii have been declared endangered. Hawaii has been used extensively for development of genetically modified crops that are resistant to herbicides. Citizens have been sickened by the large amounts of agribusiness chemicals that have been used on Hawaiian islands. Bees are a major group of pollinator’s for many types of wild plants and commercial crops. Rumor suggests that the agribusiness Monsanto has been working on creating genetically modified flying ants to become a replacement pollinator for the dying bees — wouldn’t not poisoning the original pollinator’s make more sense – especially as their health affects the health of the entire food chain — which we also depend on for our survival as a species.

Albert Einstein was Jewish and he was anti-Zionist and he cared about bees.

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein []

Quotes of letters Albert Einstein wrote regarding the goals of Zionism to create a nation for Jewish people are available here: [] He supported working with the Arab people rather than making a separate nation for people of the Jewish faith and he condemned the mass murders that were committed by Jewish terrorist groups during the formation of Israel from the nation of Palestine.

I am strongly in support of equal rights for all people and against discrimination and unequal treatment of some groups by other groups. The United States is borrowing money and blowing it up in the form of drone bombs and/or giving it to Israel for them to blow up in the pursuit of taking other people’s homeland in the name of religion.

God didn’t say go forth and bomb — he said go forth and procreate – if I remember correctly. The search engine suggests that the phrase has been translated in two ways, “Be fruitful and multiply” or “Go forth and multiply.” (Genesis 1:28) The following discussion suggests that the word “multiply” is not referring to a math term but is instead referring to increasing family or community size or amount of agricultural cropland, as the study of mathematics was not as valued during early Christianity as it was valued and advanced during the history of Islam:

Going forth and multiplying is a nice idea but at some point reality has to set in regarding the size of the planet and its supply of non-renewable resources — all living things can only grow as long as nutrients are available and toxins are removed. Humans are not above reality – if we don’t take care of our waste we will poison the ecosystem for all species trying to live within it not just our own. If the bees all become extinct and we are dependent on genetically modified flying ants that have to be purchased from Monsanto will we be obeying the command to “go forth and multiply” because we created GMO flying ants or will we have just killed off all the bees and put our own species and the rest of the food chain at great risk of also becoming extinct?

Is endangering all of the species of the planet worth allowing one ethnic group (European Jewish ancestry) to take the land of other people and to harass and murder them whether they are of Muslim, Christian, or non-European (the actual Semites are the people who were native to the area where Palestine is located and some of them are Jewish and others are Muslim or Christian) Jewish background? This is a he said/she said type of story with different versions of history being emphasized by different groups — Jewish version suggests the increased economy created by the settlement of Palestine by Jewish settlers brought more Muslim immigrants to the area who hadn’t been native. See this link for more information:

History is as clear as mud but the future is ours to write — let’s write one that has fewer bombs and more cooperation (and hopefully that future will end up having more wild bees and fewer genetically modified flying ants – that part is likely as the GMO flying ant story was a fake news story that got picked as real [link].)

Never fear – some Harvard researchers have been working on robotic bees to take over pollination if we do manage to kill off all the natural bee species. [link] — I still fear the loss of our planet’s natural species.

I would rather have an ecosystem that supports life rather than have an agricultural industry that supports mini robots and kills life (the purpose of food is to support life of living creatures, not robots, so a food supply that is deadly to small organisms seems like a food supply that might not be ideal for the supporting the health of larger organisms either. An industry funded study that looks at the health consequences of a food used for a few months in an animal based study is not really proof that it is safe for the health of someone who might be eating the food throughout an eighty year life span.).

Anti-Semitism is a term that generally refers to hate crimes and discrimination of Jewish people in general while anti-Zionism refers to a political movement that was against the takeover of Palestine by Israel.

Hate crimes are wrong. Genocide is wrong. Genocide of bees is not conducive to the health of most other species living on the planet including the human race. Religion does not make it right to kill other species or ethnic groups. Fear of people who are not the same as yourself does not make it right to harass or kill people who are different from yourself.

Fear of change is not a good excuse to continue ignoring the fact that human practices are killing many other species and poisoning the long term health or our planet’s oceans, soil and air. We only have one planet, if we poison it then we are not only poisoning ourselves we are poisoning every other living thins as well — and that is not just or right — The Bible does not say that God said  go forth and multiply exponentially. Species including humans have instincts to live sustainably within the environment and to not harvest all of a species so that it will continue to flourish in future seasons.

Sharks are an example of a natural predator that tends to only take the older, weaker members of group leaving the other species as a healthier group with greater odds of survival.

By allowing groups of humans the right to pollute for profit or to bomb for territory disputes we are also providing ourselves and all the species on the planet with the right to increased rates of cancer, chronic and acute illness, and increased amounts of birth defects and infertility.

Bombing other people or building a wall will not prevent pollutants from vaporizing in warm regions and drifting on the breeze and condensing out over cooler regions. Bombing the Middle East adds pollution to the whole planet not just the Middle East. Is Zionism really worth poisoning our planet’s future?

The United States gives more money to Israel than any other nation and has pledged even more over the next ten years — is supporting Zionism more important than our own country’s or our own children’s future?

–Not to the 81% of Americans surveyed who opposed the $38 billion dollar promise to Israel:

It’s time to try some new strategies instead of continuing to blow up money in the pursuit of increased global pollution (and support of Zionism). All Jewish people are not to blame for the crimes that some caused anymore than all Americans are to blame for the drone bombing of civilians throughout many areas of the Middle East — but if we aren’t to blame than who is? It is our military industrial complex and our tax dollars and borrowed debt that is being blown up and causing an increased rate of birth defects — so as someone who has paid a fair amount of taxes over the course of my working life I do feel that we are all to blame for how our nation is spending that money — poisoning children and poisoning bees is not something I’m proud of, it’s not humane or sensible or sustainable — it costs a lot of money to build a bomb and blow it up — ignoring the cost of  lost lives, clean up and repair — because that doesn’t seem to be important to anyone but the survivors.

Empathy exercise — think about the 9/11 bombing of the Twin Towers — now multiply that by bombings going on for many years in many cities — seems kind of a lot worse when you go forth and multiply the terror over decades, over an entire region.

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Dr. Seneff wrote a book about autism for parents and general readers

“The Autism Revolution” is available in paperback form on Amazon and more information is also available at the website . I haven’t read the book yet but it was recommended by a neuroscientist who has attended a conference held by Dr Herbert which was for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. He said it was quiet the entire time as the audience paid such close attention.

Children with more severe symptoms can hurt themselves banging their heads on the wall or by tearing the curtain rods off the wall or by wandering away and getting lost outdoors. Having a child with autism can mean that society loses the productive work of at least one parent if not both – someone needs to sleep some of the time. Improving nutrition and changing lifestyle routines can sometimes make an enormous difference in the severity of symptoms – normal is likely not possible but less severe symptoms may be possible — with guidance.

The metabolic issues that can be due to genetic defects underlying autism symptoms can be complex to try to cope with through changes in diet and supplements – but with guidance, symptoms can improve with better nutrition and health of the gastro intestine tract (and our good guy bacteria which help protect us against the more harmful microbes in our microbiome).

  • The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be, by Dr Martha Herbert, MD, PhD and Karen Weintraub, Paperback – March 12, 2013 [link]

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Glyphosate, a consensus statement; a link

The following link is to a long but very thorough paper regarding the herbicide glyphosate and what has been discovered about its potential risks to health:

In my last post I described glyphosate and glycine as being similarly shaped puzzle pieces on one side but not the same on the other side. Another way to visualize the possible way glyphosate may be substituting for glycine would be to consider a lock and key. If the lock is being built with glyphosate instead of with glycine then the shape of the keyhole changes and the normal ‘keys’ will no longer fit in the lock in order to activate the desired function of the protein (a protein that normally contains glycine would be the lock in this example, an enzyme or other type of messenger chemical that activates it might be the key).

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Updates regarding glycine, health, and glyphosate

9/20/2016 Updates to a couple previous posts [1, 2]: See the following post on my other website,  for more about use of dimethylglycine as a supplement and the gene defect that can affect its metabolism:

A recent post included details from Professor Seneff’s talk on dietary and lifestyle tips for reducing exposure to glyphosate and which nutrients might be affected by the chemical and food sources. Increasing intake of a substance that is being inhibited can sometimes help overcome the inhibitory effect. Roughly, the theory being suggested is that glyphosate acts as a puzzle piece that can fit in one side of the puzzle but won’t fit with the other pieces, as it is partially filling the remaining open spot on the piece. Glyphosate also does not provide methyl groups as glycine would. Methyl groups help protect against cancer among other important functions such as re-methylating molecules of vitamin B12 and  folate.

The presence of glyphosate in vaccines almost confirms that theory being presented by Professor Seneff. If it was being built right into the animal collagen  that was used in the Petri dishes for culturing the vaccine microbes, then they would be building their own growing microbe bodies out of glyphosate too.

A building block is a building block, a puzzle piece is a puzzle piece —  whether they fit well together or not, is an important question to ask before strewing them all over the landscape and food supply, and injecting them straight into tiny infants and pregnant women.

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Looking up an itch found a synthetic cannabinoid in clinical trial for four diagnoses; Resunab

Cannabinoids are the active phytochemicals found in marijuana which include the euphoric THC and many, many non-euphoric types. A synthetic version of one of them has reached trial stages for autoimmune and skin related diagnoses and for the life shortening genetic condition Cystic fibrosis.

I stumbled across the information while looking up whether marijuana has been found helpful for preventing or treating eczema or the autoimmune skin condition psoriasis, [link] – yes was potential answer and a specific synthetic cannabinoid was mentioned: Ajulemic acid.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science found that Cannabinoids, having anti-inflammatory properties, work to inhibit the proliferation of skin cells called keratinocytes, which play a role in causing psoriasis. [link]

Its Wikipedia page led me to the company and the clinical trials. The synthetic molecule is being purified and called Resunab by the company Corbus Pharmaceuticals. They have already been approved for Phase Two trials for the drug for four different serious diagnoses: Cystic Fibrosis, Systemic Sclerosis, Dermatomyositis, Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus. The synthetic cannabinoid activates the CB2 receptors and does not cause symptoms of euphoria as does THC, the euphoria promoting chemical found in marijuana. [Read more regarding Resunab and the clinical trials by Corbus Pharmaceuticals]

And why was I looking up eczema and psoriasis and cannabinoids? – the incredible itchiness I’ve been experiencing since only a few days off of my medical marijuana. Some autoimmune symptoms are worse and a previously tiny itchy spot is now raised scabby patches over a large area of my back – arrgh. (It’s talk like a pirate day.) My genetic study and personal life experience has proven to my satisfaction that my body needs an external source of cannabinoids — and a non-euphoric source would be nice but a euphoric source in the meantime is less itchy than having no source – for me at least and maybe for the other psoriasis patients who participated in previous research studies.

Take home point for patients with one of the four diagnoses in Stage 2 trials – contact the company for more information regarding whether they are still looking for patients to participate.

Take home point for me – I’m not 100% sure but my back is itchy, and I think the take home point is that my body needs an external source of cannabinoids and I should just accept that and adapt my life to the current realities of limited legality, limited access, difficulty traveling legally, etc. Marijuana has been found to help promote brain cell growth, prevent cancer, and help reduce inflammatory symptoms associated with autoimmune disease. And previous reading had suggested that I have a genetic problem in my keratinocytes that may be associated with, drum roll,  migraines, TMJ, IBS, and eczema. I have had all of those problems for many years of my life, decades of discomfort, hours of lost time with my children, hours of reduced productivity at work.

But marijuana is a powerful drug and the strains and quality of what is available to medical patients varies greatly. It is safest when the strain has a good balance of euphoric and non-euphoric cannabinoids — both types have medical properties and affect the neurotransmitters in the brain and throughout the nervous system.

Previous (very messy collections of notes) posts on keratinocytes:

  1. Substance P, neuropathic pain, migraines, and the cannabinoid system
  2. An article on Morgellons; a link, and a comment I added re keratinocytes

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