Many of you will remember the terrible catastrophe that befell the astronauts of Apollo I. On January 27, 1967, while still training for the first space expedition that would eventually lead to a manned mission to the Moon, all three crew members were killed in a fire that engulfed the cabin. There were several reasons
1. Rheingold: Interactive Interactions Who among us has not had a client or a friend that was currently on a bouillabaisse of 3-4 pharmaceuticals and perhaps 5-6 (or more) dietary supplements? Ever wonder what exactly was going in there? Perhaps a nifty little app I recently coded might be just what the doctor orders. Rheingold
Here are three training videos for the Opus23 suite of bioinformatic software apps I’ve coded. They’re kinda technical, but constitute almost a short course in genomics and the microbiome in and of themselves. Enjoy!
Starting with the February 28th Training Session, we’ve implemented several exciting new changes and improvements to the Opus23 Basic Certification Training, the day-long training that certifies the student (upon successful completion of the requirements) and permits them to begin using the Opus23 platform on their own clients.
Working to find the cause, the root of the trouble, is what Dr. D’Adamo’s shift of five students at the University of Bridgeport Naturopathic Medicine Clinic do every Wednesday for patients of the community.
In another installment of Science by Agenda™, a group headed by super-vegan diet doctor Neal Barnard claims to have ‘debunked’ the blood type diet. The results? Surprise! The researchers discovered all blood types do best on vegan diets. Well, that settles that. The investigators published their objective scientific results in an ultra low-impact journal article
I’m sorry at I’ve not been more diligent and consistent in my Covid-19 reporting. The situation since my last post has been ever-evolving and fluid, and quite frankly I haven’t felt that I had the necessary expertise to comment in anywhere near an authoritative manner. I’ve opted instead to moderate a science-based Facebook Group, ‘Journal
Chloroquine is a malarial drug first discovered in 1934. It’s still in use for malaria management, although the most common species of malaria-causing organisms are long resistant to it. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) also has anti-malarial activity, but is much more commonly used to treat certain auto-immune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Both of
A rush is on to understand what underpins the progression of Covid-19 from a mild flu-like presentation, to out-of-control pneumonia, and ultimately, system-wide collapse. We know some factors (comorbidities) that tend to increase the risk of severe consequences of Covid-19, such as age, gender, high blood pressure, and even ABO blood type. In addition, severe
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), a protein on the surface of the cell membrane, is now at center-stage in this outbreak as the key receptor for the spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2. ACE2 is part of renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system (RAAS) is an elegant cascade of protein linkages that orchestrate key processes in human physiology by affecting the diameter
Most of us have heard of, or even occasionally used the supplement melatonin. It is the most popular over-the-counter sleep remedy in the US, resulting in sales in excess of US $400 million during 2017. Melatonin is a hormone that is primarily released by the pineal gland in the brain and helps to regulate the
A close friend, who was also a patient, once told me (after he was diagnosed with melanoma) that, when a child, his father, a physician, was also diagnosed with a terminal illness, but was strangely calm and collected about it. When my friend asked him about it, he replied that ‘a frightened person dies a
“Out of this nettle – danger – we pluck this flower – safety.” — William Shakespeare When I think of nettles, I remember an observation one of my student classmates at John Bastyr College shared with me that he had learned in an undergraduate botany class. Stinging nettles (Urtica spp.) have fine hairs on the
A few caveats. There are helpful people and communities with trustworthy suggestions and advice. And then are other ‘experts’ who just have to tell the audience inside a theatre that’s on fire exactly where they think the exit doors are, even though they don’t actually know where the exit doors are. No need to be
The media was awash with reports of a preprint (not-peer reviewed) report that individuals who are blood type A might be at more risk of Covid19 infection than those who are type O. The study was conducted by scientists and doctors from cities across China including Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Medical researchers in
On a recent thread a practitioner on my Facebook Group wrote about their anxiety and frustration in attempting to help an elderly friend from a distance. They wrote of their own fear and uncertainty and the overall lack of any guidance whatsoever with regard to just how to take care of this person should they
Covid19: 03/19/2020 No. We need to stop worrying about an herb or vitamin triggering a ‘cytokine storm,’ (CS) a massive immunologic overreaction that is seen at the end stage of certain viral infections. Most of the time CS is not triggered by the virus but rather another end-stage consequence, septic shock, and with it, multiple
I’ve heard again and again about how the reason that older people are more impacted by Covid19 is due to their diminished immune system capacity. This seemed from the start to make little sense to me. I mean, if their immune systems were degraded, they’d have less acute inflammation as a result of infection, not
People have asked me about the risk of using NSAIDS like ibuprofen (Advil), for inflammation and fever, in situations such as Covid19. There is really two sides to the answer. NSAIDs like ibuprofen could increase levels of ACE2 (shown in animal models, but not in patients.) Most medical professional societies have not gone so far
Covid19: 03/10/2020 Not for nothing, but by my calculations the chaos in the US and other secondary countries will hit in about 9-14 days. Use the next few days to get prepared for your own distancing, and make sure the sick and old geezers you look after are in at least semi-isolation by beginning of