Handling Hangovers

Hangovers are still largely a mystery to science. Let’s use personal relativity and see if we can figure them out. 

You know the symptoms:

  • accelerated heartbeat
  • anxiety
  • bloodshot eyes
  • body and muscle aches
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • halitosis (bad breath)
  • headache
  • hypersalivation
  • flatulence
  • lethargy, tiredness, fatigue, listlessness
  • nausea
  • photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • problems focusing or concentrating
  • sensitivity to loud sounds
  • depression (dysphoria)
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • stomachache
  • thirst
  • trembling or shakiness, erratic motor functions
  • vomiting

Why would you have to pee more on a night out?

Obviously because you’ve been drinking. But that’s not the only reason. If the mind is stressed, and brain entropy is increased, time dilates, and you’d obviously need to urinate more.

How could alcohol effect sleep quality?

By creating brain entropy, it increases the amount of time that the drinker needs to sleep. So if they sleep their normal amount of time, they could feel tired.

Why do diabetics have worse hangovers?

In looking at my first post about diabetes, they have more starting brain entropy.  Because of this, they get hungry more often and have high blood pressure. Their bodies are far from equilibrium anyways, so adding alcohol to the picture is just going to make things worse.

Your body is completely capable of eliminating the alcohol from your system. It takes longer than it used to because your body is not as efficient as it used to be.

Is a food hangover different than a regular hangover? Maybe. Maybe not.

If you’re like me, you feel bad in the morning when you gorge right before bedtime. It literally feels just like a hangover to me.

It’s just like a bunch of the different topics we’ve covered. The purpose of non-REM sleep is to settle out your brain entropy, essentially. The more you eat or drink right before bed, the higher your brain entropy, and the longer it will take for your brain to “zero” out. Of course, longer in this since is in relative time. So let’s just say that you’ll probably need more sleep than you’re used to, and if you don’t get it, you’ll feel like crap.

As you know, it takes time for your body to process and digest the food and drinks in your system. What you may not be aware of, is that you control the time that it takes. Since we’ve proven that you control your own aging, metabolism, and even sunburn due to your perception of time, we can also say that you control your hangover recovery.

When your metabolism was faster when you were twenty, you probably didn’t even know what a hangover was. The speed of your metabolism paired with how much alcohol is in your system is what determines if and how long you’ll hurt.

Why don’t some people get hangovers?

Their body and mind is closer to it’s ground state, and removes alcohol from its system faster than yours or mind. If this is the case, they’d also likely need less sleep than you.

The other option is a little more depressing. It’s that they don’t actually feel any different than you do, but it’s just how they feel most days. So the alcohol doesn’t raise the stress in their lives. Their base entropy is similar to yours when or after you’ve been drinking. You call it a hangover. They call it a Tuesday.

Your body is fully capable of recovering from alcohol consumption.

The older you are, the longer it takes to recover. [Related, you are also more likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure.]

The more that you consume, the longer it takes you to recover. This is obvious. Whatever is left in your body at the end of the night, needs to be processed by the next day.

Where does blood sugar come into play?

Low blood sugar is one of the main causes of fatigue and weakness from your hangover.

Your blood sugar is typically very low the morning after your big night out. You know why. You stress your body and slow down time, you use more energy doing the same things. And chances are great you’re not eating a whole lot when you’re getting rowdy.

How do we speed up recovery?

First, raise your blood sugar. Drinking that Gatorade is a great place to start.

Then, slow down brain activity. What does that? Reading a book. Sleeping. Meditating. A light workout.  Water is not going to hurt, but it’s not going to solve all of your problems either. Tylenol may mask some of the symptoms, but if you have a headache because your blood sugar is 16, you’d rather deal with that headache until you can figure out what’s going on. 

So alcohol is just another factor that raises brain entropy. How fast your body processes it is up to you. 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/this-is-your-brain-on-alcohol-2017071412000
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3827719/
  3. http://alcohol.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-alcohol-stay-in-your-system/
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_(drug)
  5. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-your-hangovers-get-worse-as-you-get-older_us_58c02856e4b054a0ea66cedd
  6. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-complete-guide-to-the-science-of-hangovers-180948074/
  7. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/hangovers-worse-age-why-drinking-alcohol-recovery-body-fat-composition-liver-enzymes-a8196781.html
  8. https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/junk-food-hangover-explained
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  11. https://www.wired.com/2014/05/hangover-cure/
  12. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcoholism-treatment/mental-effects/
  13. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa63/aa63.htm
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangover
  15. https://www.medicaldaily.com/how-alcohol-abuse-affects-women-differently-men-greater-risk-anxiety-heart-415494
  16. https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/2117073/five-reasons-why-hangovers-get-worse-you-get-older-and-what
  17. http://www.mydr.com.au/addictions/hangovers-how-your-body-is-affected

Hyperhidrosis: Beyond the Sweat

Heavy sweating, if you’re an athlete, can be dangerous or even deadly. So what causes it and can it be prevented?

What do we know about hyperhidrosis?

Some people sweat a lot. This is what we call it. Here’s what Wikipedia says:

Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. Although primarily a physical burden, hyperhidrosis can deteriorate quality of life from a psychological, emotional, and social perspective. It has been called by some ‘the silent handicap’.

Both the words diaphoresis and hidrosis can mean either perspiration (in which sense they are synonymous with sweating) or excessive perspiration, in which case they refer to a specific, narrowly defined, clinical disorder.

So using our crazy concept of time, can we make any progress? Yes.

Those with hyperhidrosis may have greater stress levels and more frequent depression.

Here is why that shouldn’t surprise you: these people sweat more because they stress more. Time is slower for them, so they are literally in the heat for longer than you. Think about what you’d look like if ran four miles instead of one. They are going to burn more calories, sweat more, cramp more often, and be more fatigued.

So if that is true, how do you prevent cramps?

Relax. Relax your mind, and your body. Once you start straining, time dilates. If you must push yourself beyond relaxed exertion, remember what you’re doing. Refuel accordingly. You’re going to burn a whole lot more calories under constant stress than you would relaxing, so prepare accordingly. As your blood sugar depletes, your body will circulate the remainder faster to keep levels up in your brain. This stresses the body even more, so keep your blood sugar in check. Find a routine that works for you. Take the rest that is given to you in whatever you’re doing. And most importantly, listen to your body. If you can’t focus and are constantly overheated, more exertion is not going to level you out.

What about salt?

It seems like there are a bunch of minerals lost to sweat. The current belief is, that if we replace those minerals, you don’t dehydrate, or at least don’t cramp. I don’t disagree with this. Replace whatever you lose. But know that if you can’t relax and control your perception of time, you won’t be able to eat enough bananas to counteract the strain.

Sources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/muscle-cramp/symptoms-causes/syc-20350820
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperhidrosis

 

Decrypting Diabetes [Part I]

What is diabetes?

High blood sugar. We test for it by monitoring blood sugar after a fasting period. If your blood sugar is over a certain amount, we call you diabetic.

Symptoms:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, though it often appears during childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, can develop at any age, though it’s more common in people older than 40. 

But let’s think about this for a second with our other theories in mind. We’ve shown how your brain perceives time, and proven personal relativity. So we know that diabetes is a negative thing, and it’s closely correlated to high blood pressure and heart disease. So people with diabetes have more brain entropy and experience time more slowly, and age faster. But everyone generally eats about the same. If we’re talking meal times. The diabetic mind, seems to store blood sugar. Almost being designed for closer to a fasting environment.

How does blood sugar look over time?

blood-sugar-level-chart

Why would the body release sugars more slowly in people who experience time so slowly? It seems to be counter intuitive.

It’s the same reason that you say old people’s metabolisms slow down. When your body is under stress, time is dilating, and your hunger may be uncontrollable. Think about it, if every hour is an eternity, it’s really not that crazy to be eating that often. The truth is not that drastic, but that’s the idea.

Here’s what it is: blood sugar is external stress. We know that those individuals that age faster heal slower. And those that sunburn faster, recover slower. So naturally, if blood sugar is a stress, the further you are from your ground state, the longer it takes for your body to recover or, in this case, process it.

Why are diabetics so hungry and thirsty, and pee so often? 

That’s simple. They perceive time differently. Their time is shortened because of the stress on their bodies and their brains. Just imagine twice the amount of time passing in between meals for you. That’s what it feels like for them.

Can you explain why diabetics would lose weight? 

Yes. Here’s how that works: the diabetic continues their eating habits even though their perception of time has changed. Essentially, he or she could be experiencing three days of personal time in a single day, depending on their level of entropy. So if this is true, it all makes sense. The weight loss is explainable.

Why do old people develop it so often? 

The entropy of their brains is higher. They are furthest from their ground state. This is why they recover slower, and why they lose their vision.

Is it not just a disease for fat people? 

No. It’s way more complicated than that. Plenty of skinny people have it, and plenty of overweight and obese people don’t. I wish it was that simple. It’s just not.

So is it reversible? I think so. I need to dig in to case studies. I know that you can change your perception of time. I guess it depends on how open minded you are. We know the ground state is attainable. The question is ‘what are you willing to do to get there?’

Sources

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/dawn-effect/faq-20057937
  2. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
  3. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes.html
  4. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths
  5. http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/basics/cdc-statistics-report-2017.pdf
  6. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371444

Let them play

So think for a moment about the most drastic influences of single careers over the course of the NBA history: Jordan, James, Bryant, McGrady, Garnett. Kemp.  I could go on. You have to be 19 to enter the league nowadays. Kobe Bryant was drafted at 17. Lebron went at 18. Here’s the question: with so many greats coming straight out of high school at such a high percentage, do we really know what we’re doing by restricting the minimum age?

There have only been 44 guys to get drafted straight out of high school. Not only do you have Hall of Famers on the list, but you also have some serious longevity, and lots of all stars.

So here’s the question: did scouts just spot the talent at an early age? Were these kids destined for stardom anyways? Or was there another reason this list reached super-stardom at such a higher percentage than the norm?

We do not understand the development of the human body. What I mean by that is we develop at different rates. [We’ve shown theorized about how and why this happens, but for the sake of this article, you just have to agree to the premise] The number 19 is completely arbitrary since you have some kids that are grown men at 17. Is anyone going to make the argument that Kobe or Lebron should’ve gone to college?  No. They were ready. They found their calling and went the right direction.

Michael Jordan went to college. You’re right. He did. And he was the greatest player in the history of the game. I can’t argue with that. What if he didn’t go to college? 

If age is just a number, who cares when these kids enter the league. Why are we stopping them? It seems like whatever they are learning in college, it is not helping their skill or longevity.

Because everyone develops at different rates, everyone peaks at different rates. So what this rule is doing is rewarding those who bloom later. I’m not saying ten-year-olds should be able to drive or drink alcohol, but if we have a system in place to reward athletes based on talent and merits, let’s not punish the kids that develop early.

Rethinking HIV

HIV is not an sexually-transmitted disease. It’s just not.

How did I come to this conclusion? The better question is how science came to the conclusion that it was.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you get HIV, you have it for life.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last stage of HIV infection. 

How do we diagnose it?

We look at your blood and test for antigens or antibodies. There are all sorts of tests, but my main takeaways: just because you tested negative doesn’t mean you don’t have HIV. Also just because you tested positive doesn’t mean that you have HIV.

Who gets HIV?

  • Prisoners. In 2010, over 20,000 prisoners had HIV.
  • Drug Addicts. People who inject drugs are 28 times more likely to get HIV. 
  • Heterosexual Females. The made up 19% of the new cases in 2016.
  • Gay males. Gay men account for 70% of the new infections in the US.
  • People in southern Africa. Far and away the most prevalent place for HIV.

Ok. So all of these people either have anal sex or drug addictions? Maybe you can buy into that. I’m going to keep asking questions. 

Are there any other things that all these groups have in common? 

Yes. Malnourishment. These groups all have different reasons for being malnourished, but they all are. Or can be.

How would you explain the disparity between the black people getting HIV so disproportionally compared to other races? 

A couple of different things. First off, they have lower body fat percentages than these other races. You know this already, but this study spells it out. That’s really it. I was going to say socio-economic disparities would be the other thing, but in this day and age it has to be drastic to cause malnourishment. Like in Africa.

What is so unique about Africa that people get HIV so often? 

HIV_world_map
HIV Prevalence Map

It’s a perfect storm of black people with low body fat and malnourishment. The economic and agricultural climate make it much more difficult to get and stay healthy, whatever that means.


So how do you explain the newborns with HIV in Africa? 

They’re born to HIV positive mothers. Those mothers are obviously passing along their nourishment to the child. I don’t think there’s a logical leap here. If the mother is malnourished, the children are likely to be malnourished. Here’s a study looking at the weights of these new borns.

What about drug addicts? 

You’ve seen these people. They do not look well. Many of these drugs are appetite suppressants, and they are often forced to choose between their next meal and their next fix.

But straight females get it too, right? 

Think about it. Straight females are most likely to have a negative body image or suffer from anorexia or bulimia. People with anorexia may develop immune deficiencies that may alter T-cell populations. That’s essentially what we call HIV.

Why do gay black guys get it so often way more often than any other subset?

A couple different reasons here: they start off with lower body fat percentages. They have malnourishment and/or body image problems. The gay culture is typically one of chiseled jawlines and thin waists. Maybe that’s a stereotype. [Here’s an article that digs into that part of gay culture.] Also worth noting, the receivers are much more likely to get HIV.

Why do old people get it more often? 

We’ve covered my opinion on aging, so almost by definition now, the aging population is underweight or malnourished [see How to age like white people]. Because of this they are more vulnerable to immunity problems. 45% of Americans living with HIV were 50 or older. 27% were 55+, and 6% were 65+. In general, older people are more likely to get it. Here’s an article that discusses it in more detail.

 

 

Before you call total bullshit, I didn’t invent anything here. I used the data already collected over years of scientific research, and questioned the logic behind it. I am not saying that HIV/AIDS is not real. I am just saying that the cause of the lowered immune response should be questioned. It’s hard to cure a disease when you don’t know what causes it. 

 

Sources:  

  1. https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/fund/hiv-and-aids-wasting-syndrome-and-anorexia-due-to-hiv-or-aids-medicare-access/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/news/20021211/eating-disorders-linked-to-immune-system
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html
  4. https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/data-and-trends/statistics
  5. https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-social-issues/key-affected-populations/prisoners
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4968570/ -lower body fat article
  7. https://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/islandora/object/fsu:183280/datastream/PDF/view
  8. https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/seniors-boost-immunity
  9. http://discovermagazine.com/2004/feb/why-aids-worse-in-africa
  10. https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/42/6/836/286703
  11. http://www.aho.afro.who.int/profiles_information/index.php/Swaziland:Food_safety_and_nutrition
  12. https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/42/6/836/286703
  13. https://www.healthline.com/health/false-positive-hiv-test#prevention
  14. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/women/index.html
  15. https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/about-hiv-and-aids/symptoms-of-hiv
  16. https://www.avert.org/hiv-testing/whats-involved
  17. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/07/10/330217262/why-hiv-spreads-less-easily-in-heterosexual-couples

A brief critique of science

Science is a very useful tool that has lead us to some wonderful discoveries. Here’s how it can lead us astray:

Just because the data collected in the experiment is as predicted, doesn’t make the theory in question right. The scientific theory is simple and powerful, and it’s been used correctly for thousands of years to help us discover some amazing things. But consider for a moment that the hypothesis is wrong, and the experiment verifies it. Other scientists check the logic by repeating the experiment, and if it checks out, it must be correct. Then the next guy comes along and expands on that theory with a new idea, and a new experiment to verify it. 

Before long, there’s so much information that could be a left turn from the truth. The craziest part of all of it, no one will ever believe me. Science is written as truth, [and in most fields it is] so anyone that questions it must be wrong.

The idea that all the science leading up to this point is right, makes it where we can’t really have any more big discoveries. Spoiler alert: it’s not.

Science fills in gaps with theories, without saying they’re theories. “I don’t know” are the most powerful three words for new developments. Speculation masked as fact just muddies the waters for new research.

Science is not clear on what is still a mystery. The unknowns in medicine would terrify you, so we pretend like the aren’t unknowns.

So how did I come up with my theories? I looked at only data. I wasn’t trying to prove anything. I didn’t have any major background that made my theories fit with ten other ones. I was only looking for the truth. Not something that sounded good when your doctor said it.

How can I question science?

I have a background in hard science, so I know how it works. The science of vision is not hard science. Psychiatry is not hard science. Genetics is not hard science. That lead me to one more question: why? The answer to that is that we don’t understand how the human brain works.

Really smart people can conduct really interesting studies and completely miss the point if they have the wrong assumptions, and it happens more often than you would think.

So why do I think I’m right? Because all I did was use the data already gathered in other studies, I just made the right assumptions, and things started to fall into place.

I don’t ignore case studies that don’t fit the model. I try to explain them. My theories are not bigger than the truth. I made a model to fit the facts, instead of cherry picking facts to fit a theory.

Cancer is a brain disease

How can I possibly come to this conclusion? It’s pretty straightforward if you’ve read my other stuff. [I’ll link some important source articles below]

Entropy increases in the brain as we age.

Entropy causes aging.

Cancer is the last stage of cellular life. Therefore aging causes cancer.

Aging starts in the brain.

Thus, cancer starts in the brain.

Before you call bullshit, think about the entire field of epigenetics, the study of how your genetic code mutates over time. We know that you weren’t born with cancer. We know that your genetic code changes over time. And we also know that the chances of getting cancer greatly increases as you age.

So, in my opinion, there’s never going to be a magic pill or vaccination to cure cancer. We have to fight the disease at it’s source: the brain. How do we do that? We combat the aging process best we can: Sleep better, see better, and get in that cardio. We measure our personal time dilation, and think critically about the medicines we’re taking, because side effects matter. Take matters into your own hands, because you’ve been controlling things all along anyways, without even knowing it.