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  1. Pea

    WBC: how low is too low?

    Thanks for your feedback, Karl. Not sure my blood work fits that pattern, but your information is helpful!
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    WBC: how low is too low?

    Hi Karl, Many thanks for providing your document. It's a great question and one for which I would also like better answers. An article you might add to your mix: http://www.aging-us.com/article/100994/text My WBC has been chronically low for years, varying from 2.3 - 3.8. As a result, I have been evaluated and tested multiple times looking for possible cause(s). Nothing has ever been found. I don't get sick or infections and have (mostly) stopped worrying about it. ;-) Thanks, - Pea
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    Way to go Dean! from WSJ.com: Google, Facebook take aim at fake-news sites http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-pulled-into-debate-over-fake-news-on-the-web-1479159867?emailToken=JRr8fvB4YHiVgtw9acwz01onaqRNE/KNQl7baXHMJk+JuHHfqP6sgqIrisHyr2qsSAN86s8fqmk5ACHRjS91UcXUwuIgwA75KikD8Q==
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    From The New York Times: Google Will Ban Websites That Host Fake News From Using Its Ad Service The search giant said the policy change was not a reaction to a growing debate about whether false news had influenced the presidential election. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/technology/google-will-ban-websites-that-host-fake-news-from-using-its-ad-service.html
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    Dysfunctional US Politics

    Ray Kurzweil makes his case: This is ‘by far the best time in human history’ — despite what you might read on Facebook
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    Cronometer results for october

    Ah yes, lol, that's the attitude! Sometimes what we do may even have a positive placebo effect.That would sure explain the phenomenon discussed in the other thread, completely different diets yielding similar benefits. Beliefs turning into reality. The placebo effect is pretty fascinating! My suggestion though, is to make small changes to your diet over time and gauge how well you do. ;-) Just as some folks can easily survive at very high altitudes while many can’t, people from different regions of the world have adapted to significantly different diets. For example, the Inuit population in Alaska and northern Canada traditionally ate far more fat than most populations. Their digestive systems adapted to the local environment and nutritional opportunities making them more capable of breaking down fats. American Indians in the southwest are thought to have “thrifty genes”. Their bodies are more efficient at utilizing calories and need to consume less that most people their size to maintain a stable healthy weight. Genetic differences allow some people to digest lactose and metabolize alcohol while many can’t. We see over and over again how people move to different regions changing their dietary habits to deleterious effect. We also know that gut bacteria likely influences our risk of disease and affects how we process foods. From what I have read, changing our diets cause changes to the bugs in our digestive system. Very cool how adaptable and versatile we humans are! -Pea
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    Longo Patents Intermittent Fasting

    Here is a recipe of mine that comes pretty close to the ratio of carbs, fats and proteins mentioned in previous post. ~500 Calorie: Green Pasta recipe (~34% Carbs, ~55% Fat, ~11% Protein) Directions: 1. Make the pesto by placing avocados, garlic, basil in a food processor. 2. Place frozen peas in a bowl filled with hot water and let sit for 1–2 minutes. 3. Use a vegetable peeler or spiralizer to make zucchini pasta. 4. Transfer the pasta into a large bowl filled with mixed greens. 5. Top with avocado pesto, peas and walnuts. Add pepper according to your taste. -Pea
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    Introducing myself [newbie alert]

    Love it! Beautiful shots. -Pea
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    Chemical castration and bone density?

    Perhaps the culprit affecting testosterone level is related to zinc deficiency? “With elimination of meat and increased intake of phytate-containing legumes and whole grains, the absorption of both iron and zinc is lower with vegetarian than with nonvegetarian, diets.” http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/3/633S.full “Dietary zinc restriction in normal young men was associated with a significant decrease in serum testosterone concentrations after 20 weeks of zinc restriction (baseline versus post-zinc restriction mean +/- SD, 39.9 +/- 7.1 versus 10.6 +/- 3.6 nmol/L, respectively; p = 0.005). Zinc supplementation of marginally zinc-deficient normal elderly men for six months resulted in an increase in serum testosterone from 8.3 +/- 6.3 to 16.0 +/- 4.4 nmol/L (p = 0.02). We conclude that zinc may play an important role in modulating serum testosterone levels in normal men.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8875519 -Pea
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    I wonder if our life expectancy might be similar to our height potential? As I understand it, researchers who have been studying twins, estimate that a person’s height is ~80% genetic and ~20% nutrition + environmental factors (i.e. disease). [Combined Genome Scans for Body Stature in 6,602 European Twins: Evidence for Common Caucasian Loci] Consider the Japanese: “Overall, they used to be much shorter than Northern Europeans. Now they are as tall. Why? Because they get more protein than their ancestors did. In other words, their new diet lets them live up to their genetic potential.” [A new study identifies potential height genes] On the other hand, the average height in the US is not significantly different than it was 50 years ago. Possibly suggesting there is an upper limit to height beyond which our genes cannot take us. Note: Shorter people may live longer, so full height potential may not be a good thing ....? [ Is height related to longevity? ] In any case, something similar may be true regarding our life span. We can only optimize our nutrition and environment up to a point. After that point, our genetics may rule the roost. If multiple long fasts improve the quality of your life, you win! Otherwise ……. -Pea
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    One apple a day...

    Hi McCoy, Though I think Dr. Gregor is often biased in his selection of evidence, I do find him interesting and worth reviewing. You might find his comparison of 11 common fruits interesting: - Pea
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    Longo Patents Intermittent Fasting

    Cell Metabolism " The human FMD diet consists of a 5 day regimen: day 1 of the diet supplies 1,090 kcal (10% protein, 56% fat, 34% carbohydrate), days 2–5 are identical in formulation and provide 725 kcal (9% protein, 44% fat, 47% carbohydrate)" How about just eating a 2+ avocados/day & a few greens for 5 days? -Pea
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    Self Driving Cars

    Very cool, Dean. Are you looking for the AI's mental image within the black box? Is the problem similar to the AI language problem where instead of the same word having different meanings depending on context, the next driving action required can depend on context? -Pea
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    Trying to find ways to eat more turmeric

    Haha! Good point. I will edit the above to reflect what I used today. Thanks, Gordon. Does black pepper help activate the bio-availability of turmeric? Sounds like it would be a better option than the cayenne. http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/02/05/why-pepper-boosts-turmeric-blood-levels/ -Pea
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    Trying to find ways to eat more turmeric

    Ginger turmeric elixir 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 5 grams ginger 10 grams turmeric 1/4 tsp cardamom Pinch cayenne 3 cups filtered water Fresh mint Combine first 6 ingredients in Vitamixer and blend Add fresh mint sprigs to glass. Enjoy! -Pea
  16. Thanks for the info on cinnamon. I had no idea. I drink a couple of cups of Harney and Son's cinnamon spiced tea everyday. (Usually their decaf version) I wrote to them to find out what type of cinnamon they use. Thanks! -Pea
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    air travel with supplements & food

    I always carry on my supplements in a weekly pill box like what you described and I also carry on food. Usually a large tub of salad greens and other veggies nuts etc plus fruit. I've never had a problem when flying in the US. Can't do this for international travel but seems to be fine domestically. Worst case, they will ask you to remove the things unapproved before you board. I don't think food stands out on their X-ray machines as a threat. XP -Pea
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    Chilled Vegan Sweet Bean Macarons

    Don't know if this is true for aquafaba, but a copper bowl is supposed to be the best for whipping egg whites. The copper reacts chemically with egg whites to form the fluffy, high peaks. If you use a stainless steel or glass bowl, add cream of tartar or lemon juice to achieve the same result as with a copper bowl. I am looking forward to trying the vegan recipe! -Pea
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    Dean, Thank you so much for revealing your thoughts during unimaginably difficult times. My heart goes out to you and my admiration runs deep. You are not only brilliant, but you are brave and kind and good. I lost my father to a brain tumor when I was young. I was 12 years old when he was diagnosed. The doctors gave him one year to live. He lived 7 torturous years. He became the child and I the parent. I could not bear the idea of his suffering and so I prayed the gods should let me suffer in his place. I sought ways to suffer and shunned anything that might feel good. Why do we do this? Does it make any sense from a biological or evolutionary perspective? -Pea “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. Only There is shadow under this red rock, (Come in under the shadow of this red rock), And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you; I will show you fear in a handful of dust. ” ― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
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    Sthira – I am new here. I have wandered around these boards reading various posts and getting to know a little bit about those who post here. I love reading what you write. Your thought processes are unique and interesting and fun. I am so sorry to hear you are suffering now. I too have fallen into dark places at various times in my life. Often there seems no way out. Yet experience has taught me that the passage of time somehow magically helps. Slowly, imperceptibly, vague moments arise that seem less oppressive. I don’t know of any quick or easy solutions. Try not to spend too much time alone. Be patient with yourself. Occupy your mind with simple distractions. Get lost in a book. Dance, move your body around and go through the motions of life until life and joy return to you. From personal experience and things I have read, I think the roots of depression are due to our way of processing thoughts; our “ruminations”. The dark side of rumination is probably something we can all relate to. We get caught in a trap of pessimism, an endless loop of misery that feels purposeless and leaves us feeling helpless. Why does it seem the most creative, artistic and interesting people suffer the most with depression? Its tendency to afflict artists and creatives, coupled with its inheritability, seem contradictory to Darwin’s evolutionary theory, “only the strongest survive”. Yet according to some theories, depressive disorders come with a net benefit that has a long intellectual history. Michelangelo, Mozart, Beethoven, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Van Gogh, Lincoln, Asimov, John Adams, Kurt Godel, Tolstoy…. And the list goes on and on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adKEqin5SoI -Pea
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    The Singularity May be Closer than It Appears

    Dean, Perhaps you could use a counterpoint; someone to act as doubter to help hone your arguments. XD I will offer 2: 1) Consider the story about the spherical cow: A physicist, an engineer, and a psychologist are called in as consultants to a dairy farm whose output has fallen. They each inspect the operation and make a report. The engineer states: “Efficiency could be improved if the diameter of the milking tubes is increased by 4 percent to allow for a greater average flow rate during the milking periods”. Next, the psychologist proposes: “The inside of the barn should be painted green. This is a more mellow color than brown and should help induce greater milk flow. Also, more trees should be planted in the fields to add diversity to the scenery for the cattle during grazing.” Finally, the physicist comes forward. He asks for a blackboard and then draws a circle. He begins: “Assume the cow is a sphere....”. Many important features of consciousness are the results of unpredictable, nonlinear interactions among billions of cells. Just as we will never be able to predict/compute the behavior of the stock market, how can consciousness be simulated even if we had enough virtual processing power? Non-linear systems are notoriously difficult to work with. What seems remarkable is that we can sometimes approximate the solutions to nonlinear equations by modeling them with solvable linear equations. They can work well up to some specified level of accuracy and within some specified range of input values, but interesting phenomena like singularities, solitons and chaos get hidden by the linearization. 2) David Tong from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge asks ”Could the Known Laws of Physics be Fundamentally Discrete ?" and then goes on to argue that “the presence of discrete structures in nature is either emergent or illusory”. The argument is that certain asymmetries in particle physics can't be discretized - they are irreducibly continuous. At least according to our current understanding. -Pea
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    The Singularity May be Closer than It Appears

    Very cool Dean! I really like your exchange with Dr Dennett. I’m no expert, but your analogy sounds like it would fall under Cramer’s Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics which I mentioned in a previous post, and is an interpretation I favor. Cramer’s explanation is consistent with the mathematics of QM but seems to defy our concepts of space-time. In TIQM, a source emits the usual retarded wave forward in time, and also emits an advanced wave back in time. A quantum event is a "handshake" taking place through an exchange of advanced and retarded waves. The emitter sends an "offer" wave to the absorber forward in time. The absorber then returns a "confirmation" wave to the emitter backwards in time. The transaction is completed with a "handshake" across space-time, which leads to the transfer of energy from emitter to absorber. Cramer's "transaction" is therefore non-local, because the future is affecting the past. Here's a video where Cramer talks informally about TIQM. -Pea
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    Motivation for Practicing CR?

    Conflicting results in these types of low volume studies are common place. I'm way behind you guys, but it seems like we don't have enough numbers to determine life span conclusively, one way or the other. On the other hand, the results of these studies do seem to suggest the monkeys who ate less were healthier and suffered less from age related disease, regardless of how long they lived. Satan gathered his advisors and asked them how to destroy the meaning in people's lives. One said, "Tell them there is no god". Another, "Tell them their actions have no consequences." A third, "Tell them they can't improve their situation." Satan responded, "No, Those things won't matter to them. All we need to do is tell them .... There is plenty of time." -Pea
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    New Interview with Aubrey de Grey

    Interesting guy, this Aubrey! I’m an engineer, so I thought I would share an engineering story of mine as a counter to Dean’s Intel example. Hope you don't mind. I worked at Bell Labs right out of graduate school (late 80’s – 90’s before it went bust). My work was in multi-dimensional adaptive signal processing and control systems. I’m not a biologist, but I’m thinking maybe adaptive non-linear systems with multi-feedback loops might be a better model for human systems. ;-) As was not uncommon, we were working around the clock to prepare for a first proof-of-concept demo for a government contract. With less than 48 hours to go, our very expensive demo system was still not performing correctly. We were getting good control for the first several minutes but some sort of small error was causing our control to drift away from the desired solution. Not only were millions of research dollars on the line, but more significant to us, our reputations! We were not yet certain what was causing it. Fortunately, we were able to engineer a “fix” based on experience, some insights, and a lot of luck. We added a small perturbation term to our mathematical equations that we could tweak during testing. It worked! It worked perfectly! We secretly called it our “fudge factor”. It was only after we had a very successful demonstration for our “customer / the government” that we were able to go back and determine exactly why our fudge factor worked. In R&D engineering, I don’t think this is especially unusually. Seem to me, the human system has built in mechanisms for repair. Maybe we can stumble on a few fudge factors to keep it healthy a bit longer than it otherwise might on its own. Dollars for research in this area are likely to be a real problem. Where are $ most likely to come from? Not pharmacology, whose best interests are in treating diseases, not preventing them. -Pea