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)
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  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

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.

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.

Explaining Superhuman Strength

We’ve all heard the story of the pregnant woman lifting a car off someone. There are so many examples. Maybe you’ve even experienced one of these events. Here’s how it happens.

We’ve already proven over and over again how we control our own aging and our own perception of time. Stress makes our brain work harder, and makes us age faster. But when you break it down to individual moments, it get’s really interesting. The fight or flight instinct, when many people say that “time stands still.” It’s because it basically does. Their brains are so active, that time slows almost to a stop. They are the furthest things from relaxed.

Bear with me. 

  • Force=mass x acceleration
  • Acceleration= change in velocity/ change in time

Everything is the same as it would be in the gym, but because of the change in brain activity, the change in time shortens. So if you let the change in time approach zero, you can see that there is basically infinite potential for force. So this calculation makes it possible for you to do superhuman things when you’re under large amounts of stress.

Sources:

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/extreme-fear/201011/yes-you-really-can-lift-car-trapped-child
  2. https://abcnews.go.com/US/superhero-woman-lifts-car-off-dad/story?id=16907591

 

 

 

Genetics doesn’t explain everything

Nature vs. Nurture. The age old debate. In the past couple centuries,  geneticists came around and proved that our DNA has a lot to do with how we end up. Here’s my theory, we need to take it back a little bit. We control a lot more about our lives than you ever thought possible.

If we control our brains, and our brains control our vision, and our body, and how fast we age. Then we we play a huge role in our own development. I think it goes much deeper than that too. Think about all the mental disorders that aren’t genetic. They don’t just fall out of the sky. We need to stop forcing the genetic model on diseases when it doesn’t fit. “Potentially recessive genetic predisposition” or “partial genetic component” should cue you in. Perhaps if they aren’t pre-programmed into your being, then they are learned. Just because we don’t know how they are learned, doesn’t mean that they aren’t.

Nurture.

I’m not saying that if you top out at 150 pounds you could be an NFL running back, but I’m not ruling it out. Don’t let science get in the way of what you want to do. We have no clue how the brain works, so don’t base your life around it.

Dyslexia and ADHD

So if you’ve bought in to my only real assumption, which I’ve proven to myself and done my best to prove to you, you accept the fact that vision is in the mind, and we can reprogram the mind to operate completely differently.

If we can retrain our minds to process the visual signals properly, so we can see, what does that mean about dyslexia? Can we retrain their minds to learn properly? I think the answer is yes. I’m not saying that there is not a tangible thing that makes or made them this way, but what I’m saying is, I think it’s curable. And the fact that I can see proves that.

I plan on working with some dyslexic students with no background and seeing if I can help them at all. My thought is that their suffering is similar to mine, and I think the solution may be simple.

Some beginning hypotheses:

The material that they’re reading bores them. As we’ve talked about before [if not we should have], boredom is another quality that causes eye and mind strain. I’d guess that if reading is boring or the topic that they’re reading about is boring then they won’t be able to focus on it.

The act of reading or writing stresses them out. They’ve had little or no success reading or writing in the past, so they associate it with a negative past experience. Maybe they got a bad grade or embarrassed, and started to draw a mental block, and basically lock up at the thought of their native language.

But that can’t possibly be the whole story.

Here’s a fun correlation: my mom said that most of the kids at the dyslexia school where she teaches have ADHD. So I started looking into what medicines we give kids with ADHD. Here’s what I found. 

Since you probably aren’t going to click that, read this:

Drug Name
Generic
Duration
Dextroamphetamine Sulf-Saccharate
4-6 hours
Dextroamphetamine Sulfate
4-6 hours
Dexmethylphenidate HCL
4-6 hours
Methylphenidate HCL
3-4 hours
Methylphenidate HCL
3-4 hours

Intermediate and Long-Acting Stimulants

Side effects of these medications include loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, and tics. Long-acting medicines may have greater effects on appetite and sleep.The FDA has issued a warning about the risk of drug abuse with amphetamine stimulants. FDA safety advisors are also concerned about the possibility that all amphetamine and methylphenidate stimulants used for ADHD may increase the risk of heart and psychiatric problems.

In short, we have a litany of different drugs we can give you to screw up your kids mind before they even have a chance. So we are trapping kids in a new way to the same path of destruction, depression, and crazy.

So here’s what I’m saying, what if our treatment for ADHD alters the minds of our kids just enough to make it hard for them to learn. Call it what you want. But give it some thought. Your kid’s well being depends on it.

Heart Disease [Side effects matter]

Here’s a fun one. Think about this for a moment. You hear it all the time: heart disease is the number one killer in the country. Let’s assume that for a minute that it’s true. I have no idea one way or another. This “epidemic” causes us to go to the doctor where they begin to prescribe beta blockers, and a whole host of other meds to treat the heart, to make us live longer, and they are proven to work.

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Here’s the problem: the side effects of these “miracle” drugs that prolong the human life, is that almost all of them have a side effect that includes dizziness, anxiety, or blurred vision. So If you’re a doc, and you’re treating high blood pressure, and you give a pill that lowers the blood pressure, your job is done. What you don’t realize is that you may have started a downward cycle that unravels the patient’s very existence as he knows it.

So for the “minor side effect,” the patient goes and gets glasses so he can see, or other stimulants to help battle the anxiety. Regardless, as the doctor, you prescribed medication for his heart that may be the neurological end of your patient. And the worse part of it: it is all attributed to “the general aging process.” Even if it is singled out as a side effect of the drug that you’re on. No one realizes that poor vision is a problem in and of itself. And no, glasses, contacts, and Lasik are not the solutions.

So maybe my heart only makes it to 70. I’m good with that. Please do not give me medication to prolong the life of my heart that let’s me live to 90 miserable as I lose my mind.