Tricky Stats on #STDs

STDThe CDC estimates that at lesst 75% of reproductive age people have HPV. Most types of cervical cancer have resulted from a strain of HPV. And the men aren’t impervious to the dangers of HPV, either. A new survey finds that 1 in 9 men have oral HPV. Here’s a scary statistic from the CDC – nearly all men and women will be infected with at least 1 type of HPV during their lifetime. HPV is more common among men and this may be due to the fact it has more staying power in guys because it takes longer to clear their system. Women are hypothesized to build a sense of resistance in their immune systems to contracting it, but as the numbers show – nobody is immune to HPV. Yes, we have a vaccine for it. Yes, we’re encouraged to use condoms. Yes, we’re advised to not get busy at a young age.  With all the red-tape warnings behind us, the best we can do is limit our sexual partners and hope for the best. Here’s an interesting tidbit about Listerine: it kills a significant amount of the STD gonorrhea . It’s not really applicable here but it’s still interesting to know that the brand hasn’t been selling snake oil all these years. Totally worth it for dental health, white teeth, and avoiding the wrath of gonorrhea.

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#PeerPressure Influence #BrainSize For All

WhaleBrainsIn a dog-eat-dog world, the struggle transcends beyond the terrestrial environment. Humans have evolved with bigger brains for this reason and research is showing that dolphins and whales are in the same boat. The trick to survival in life is not dying. However the art of surviving well is communicating, cooperating, empathizing, and socializing. This is where the size of our brain has come in-handy over the last few minutes for adaptation and evolution. Researchers are seeing that this may be true for whales and dolphins, too. Leaning on the “Social Brain Hypothesis” and “Cultural Brain Hypothesis”, researchers noticed how these intelligent and social creatures have experienced a growth in their brains.They exist in underwater societies. The complexities of these sea creatures survival is impressive. Many human beings pale in comparison to the capabilities of whales and dolphins to communicate, socialize, and enjoy the experience. Perhaps the crab was right – it’s better down where it’s wetter, under the sea. Maybe we can take a page from the whales and dolphins? This may not be well-received by a lot of people but you can carry around a spritz bottle filled with water. When you encounter a roadblock in communication, add some flow to the breakdown. Spray some water in the atmosphere and see if it releases the tension of peer pressure. Hopefully you can run fast, if you need it. Adapt and evolve.

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#Truth About #Breastfeeding and #Immunity

Vladirir Putin should be a reminder to *all* mother's who can do it -- breastfeed as long as possible for you and your baby.

Vladirir Putin should be a reminder to *all* mother’s who can do it — breastfeed as long as possible for you and your baby.

Vladimir Putin makes me realize how vitally important it is for new mother’s to breast feed. I’ll explain in a few. According to biology’s rules, the preferred source of food for a newborn baby is the milk from his or her mother. It has benefits to both the mother and the baby. First of all, certain times of breastfeeding are instrumental in helping the immune system of the baby identify self from non-self. Like it or not, around month 2-3 in a baby’s life, this is when a baby’s immune system becomes more vulnerable to autoimmune disease (Type 1, anybody?). Mom was in Russia. I was in South Carolina with my grandparents. Go figure?! Nowadays, doctors can test to identify if a newborn is more prone to developing autoimmune conditions. If that’s the case, do your best to keep breastfeeding through month 2-3 of life, just a suggestion. Let’s hop to the breastfeeding/cancer question: for the mother, the older a woman is when she gives birth, the more it increases her risk of breast cancer. But those mothers who breastfeed are cutting their risk of breast cancer at any age. Here’s the catch: black women don’t experience the same reprieve than white women from pregnancy decreasing breast cancer earlier in life. Black women have aggressive-onset breast cancer during their child-bearing years. As they hit menopause, breast cancer is less likely to interrupt life like it does for white folks. Is there a pill we can take to evaporate bad stress from life for everybody? I have a strong feeling, breastfed or not, that the bad stress (not the kind that helps us grow) is a trigger for cancer. The National Cancer Institute say nay. They also say that people who have suppressed immune systems are more vulnerable to cancer. According to the American Psychological Association, stress weakens our immune systems. I’m not confused but I am wondering why two well-respected organizations have conflicting opinions on it. What does this mean? Tweet me, please!

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#SocialMedia Is Obsessed With #IngrownHair Removal

IngrownHairFew people will fess up to the struggle…but it’s real. An ingrown hair can be the object of laser focus and it’s a dickens to extract. Stress no more, people. Social media has been dishing-out boatloads of videos  on it. Now is the era of the ingrown hair extraction, like a boss. Honestly? As I’m typing up this post, I’m mesmerized by what I’m viewing on @tweezist Instagram. I can’t look away. Maybe it’s the magnification of the video but these ingrown hairs look like they’re 3 feet long! Side note: pulling them out looks like the most satisfying experience I’ve ever known. Not my problem but I get a strange sense of fulfillment watching those hairs sniped out of their underground (subcutaneous) hiding. Don’t judge me too hard. Isn’t this addictive to watch? Yes the interest in watching high def, close-up procedures is beyond captivating. The ultra-magnified delicate extraction of an ingrown hair is like watching a sunset, but what it lacks in beauty it compensates for in obscure fulfillment.

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#CellMemory or #Transplant #Drugs?

GIFTHORSEMany people have asked me after my transplant if my tastes have changed or I’ve noticed any new capabilities. Truth be told I have noticed that it’s harder for me to learn new things. What’s this about? Of course I had to look into it and share it with YouTube. Cellular memory is a real thing that’s been documented and studied among transplant patients. However it’s more likely in my case it’s a result of the effect of being on immunosuppression medication. Our immune system and our nervous system work hand-in-hand when it comes to the learning process. When our immune system is suppressed, our ability to generate new neurons is limited, making the learning process harder. These neurons give rise to new pathways, which is how our thoughts are formed. So mom, it’s not your kidney. You saved my life. You inspired me to be a better version of myself than I ever knew. I am alive because of you. Love always and forever.

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Study Finds #Bathroom Bad for Your #Cell

CellBathroomUsing your cell phone in the bathroom is bad for two reasons. The first reason it’s a bad idea is obviously the water damage. Beyond that, checking your cell while you’re in the bathroom could grossly contaminate your cell. A study finds that touching your cell phone while in the process of bathroom time is a great way to turn your cell into a petri dish. Most of us will wash our hands sometime before we leave the bathroom. At what point does your cell get ‘sanitized’? No worries about it, especially if you carry an antibacterial spray. Spray is down, wipe it off, and you’re free-and-clear. Asking somebody to quit the habit of checking the Gram and Facebook while you’re on a bathroom break is unrealistic. Problem solved.

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Smart #StemCells in #WisdomTeeth!

WsdomSometimes we find the mother lode of gold in the most unsuspecting places. Those teeth many of us have removed and tossed away like garbage have a jackpot of stem cells, according to a new finding from researchers at the University of Las Vegas. This new procedure enables researchers to extract up to four times the amount of stem cells from the human body. Getting your wisdom teeth polled has just turned into winning mega millions in stem cells! Here’s how: the challenging part of it is harvesting stem cells undamaged. This is where UNLV shines. They’ve developed an instrument that perfectly slices the tooth in half allowing for a more refined way to extract stem cells, undamaged. Both types of stem cells, the pluripurpose and the multiipurpose, are located in the wisdom teeth. This is good because The good news about this is that we no longer need to tap fat stores to yield stem cells that could become the type of stem cells already existing in our wisdom teeth. Celebrate the human body in every gift is has given us and continues to keep gifting!

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#Consciousness the Controlled #Hallucination

HallucinationsConsciousness and intelligence are two different things. Let’s be clear about that fact before we slide down the rabbit hole to answer the question  is consciousness a controlled hallucination? First we must understand what science has come to deem consciousness. Consciousness is a two-fold answer with one being the sensory experiences in the world (like interactions and events) and the other being the experience of being you (like thoughts and emotions). A heavy influence in the self experience is past experiences, right or wrong, good or bad. Here’s where it gets trippy. Our inner self likes to color our reality based on perceived experiences. Using Google Deep Dream (see 7:35 in TED Talk), we can see how our brains can alter reality to a controlled hallucination. So this video showed us what it looks like to be an algorithm-adjusted reality and because most of us agree on what we see in the video, it’s considered reality. The hand experiment is wild (see 10:11 in TED Talk). Our biological feedback is what keeps us alive, it’s our mechanism for survival. The brain is an integral force in our survival and our reality needs to be minimal in pain and abundant in pleasure. This is where controlled hallucinations come into play. They don’t make us bad people – they make us survivors.

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@bigthink Asks Should #AnimalAbuses Register Like #SexOffenders?

AnimalAbuserPeople who abuse animals are predatory and hurt innocent victims. How is this different than people who are registered sex offenders? It’s not. Here’s what mental health professionals say and here’s what the country is doing about it: people who have a history of hurting vulnerable animals have a propensity to be abusive and/or violent criminals. States like Tennessee, Connecticut, Washing, and specified counties in various states already have  or are considering passing laws to so that people convicted of animal abuse must register like sex offenders. The Humane Society acknowledges that the most common type of abuse is neglect. Why don’t we have a registered list for something like that crime? Oh yeah, no list necessary – special parents like that go to the big house.

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@YouTube Diagnosis #Diabetes Now Figure It Out?!?

WhatTypeA few weeks ago I asked people to tell me their diagnosis stories. More alarming than anything was the fact that a number of people told me they were told they have diabetes but not what type of diabetes. Let me catch my breath. Not only am I infuriated by the flippant delivery of a condition like diabetes but also disappointed by the lack of pertinent information to go along with it. In my video, I explain that Type 1 diabetes is caused by autoantibodies. When your doctor sees you have high blood sugar, an antibody panel can identify if the high blood sugar is caused by an autoimmune attack. Type 2 diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar caused by excess c-peptide. When the body produces insulin is produces c-peptide. C-peptide causes insulin resistance.  A blood test showing normal to high levels of c-peptide with high blood sugar means it’s likely Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes will have high blood sugar with low or non-existent c-peptide levels. If your doctor does not distinguish this on day 1 of diagnosis, ask for a follow-up ASAP. Ask your doctor to get these results so you can get your answer: is it Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Now I can breathe.

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