Health Is An Illusion

Alternate Title: Time Doesn’t Exist, Health is about right now

When you start looking at time differently, your perspective changes. If I pretend it’s my last day on earth, I’m frantic. If I imagine I have twenty years left, nothing matters. If I act like time does not exist, things get crazier.

Think about it. This is actually part of the recipe that helped me tie schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s. The brain does not perceive time. It perceives stress. It uses contextual clues to recall the length of time since a previous event occurred.

[Read Rethinking Sleep or You Control Your Sunburn for my take on how the brain’s stress-time mechanism works. I call it personal relativity]

If time doesn’t exist, what unhealthy loops are you stuck in? Are you living an Edge of Tomorrow life, but doing the same thing over and over again every day? If you’re not happy with the results, change something. It truly doesn’t matter how long you’ve been on this earth, or how long you have left, because time doesn’t exist.

If time doesn’t exist, what is health? Health is only defined by the amount of time you have on this planet if nothing takes you sooner. But if time doesn’t exist, health by this definition is only an illusion.

Health should be defined as a percentage of total body function. If all your major body systems are functioning at a high level, you are considered healthy. That takes time out of the equation. And the World Health Organization has echoed this in its definition of health being “the absence of disease” which it later changed to “complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”

Truth is what life is about. Being true to yourself, and aligning your truth with the great truths. It won’t guarantee that you’ll live any longer, but it will guarantee that you live a life with purpose. What’s it matter how long you live if you don’t feel like your life mattered?

Note: I’m not saying be unhealthy. I’m saying optimize your life right now. Because there is no difference in now and the day you die. And you don’t know how many days you have left. 

Evolution or Diversification?

I started reading Sapiens last week. I’m only one chapter in, and I need to interject.

The first chapter gives an in-depth look at how different pre-human ancestors lived, and homo sapiens eventually ruled them all.

Here’s my take on it. It’s much simpler. If you assume that we all came from the same DNA, could different species exist? Yes, sort of. You have these different people on different parts of the globe, with different DNA. Not all that different, but up to four percent, according to Harari. We know that DNA is not stationary, and that the diet, lifestyle, and particular stresses associated with these populations would have mutated their genes differently. So, of course, you have different populations with different physical characteristics, because they evolved based on their particular environment.

I’d compare it to remote jungle tribes with little or no communication with the outside world, and a very distinct culture, mindset, and diet. They may look, act, and appear different than us, but we still call them humans.

So how did all the other species ‘die off’?

They didn’t. Well there’s the flood, which was a sort of convergence. I see it more that as resources became more plentiful, and diversity of food, lifestyle, and religion seeped from culture to culture, the DNA began to converge as well. Not that we are all so similar, but we’re all so different that it’s hard to call them different species any more.

 

Dear Tiger Woods,

You aren’t trying to be the healthiest golfer in the world. Do not change your diet. Or if you do, keep in mind that your game may change as well. Lowering your weight does not necessarily lower your score. Look at Brooks Koepka or Jason Dufner. There are all sorts of examples.

You aren’t trying to be the strongest golfer in the world. Yes, extra yards off the tee are great, but they don’t mean anything if you can’t get the ball in the cup. Take it to the extreme and you have the Hulk Hogan wannabes hitting the balls half a mile, but they couldn’t hold a torch to the average pro player. Tiger and Rory are exceptions not the rule. And they have had to make major adjustments after they started really hitting the weight room. And they have had their struggles around the greens.

The sport is a very delicate balance of slow and fast switch, power and finesse, and mental endurance. And as we’ve demonstrated in our article about pitching, gaining fast twitch muscles comes at a price.

Your trainer is not a professional golfer. If he was, he wouldn’t be a trainer. He knows how to get you in better shape. If he knew how to make you the best golfer in the world, he would be the best golfer in the world.

Your nutritionist is not a professional golfer. He just isn’t. So start keto or slow carb or whatever so you look better at the beach, but it will come at a cost. Your brain is the most delicate organ of your body. And your nutritionist does not know how your brain works.

What matters is results. Your job is to shoot low. If your trainer or nutritionist takes you down a path that changes your golf game in a negative way, kick the diet. Kick the workout routine. Otherwise you give away your edge. You’re not trying to be the best golfer in the world with a six-pack. You’re trying to be the best golfer in the world.

No one knows how you got to where you were. If they did, they would be there. If anyone asked you, you probably told them that it was all the hours you put in on the range growing up. I won’t argue with that. But I bet you didn’t make drastic diet changes during your teenage years while you were developing your swing and ironing out the kinks. So when you make these changes, be prepared to go back to the drawing board. And there is no one in the world that can get you back to where you were, except you.

We Are All Pit Vipers

Alternate Titles: Solving Slanted Pupils and The Seventh Sense

Last week we argued that the eyes produced radiation under some conditions. The question becomes, if this is true, what is the purpose of this sense in the animal kingdom? 

 

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Why do some animals have slit pupils?

The predator/prey model doesn’t explain all cases. It basically says that the predators have the slit [elliptical pupils] and the prey have round pupils. This works for most cases, but not all. Most cats have them, but not big cats like lions or tigers. Some foxes have slanted pupils as well.

So it seems like small animals, who eat meat, need extra depth perception. The theory is that the slits in their eyes give them an added sense of precision for their attacks.

The two slits cross at the point of focus, and that point would be direct back in to the nasal cavity, or whatever sensory organ receives the eye-transmitted signal. The smaller the slit, the more precise the attack.

Pit vipers are the tell all. I think it’s important to know that the pit is a sensory organ, but we don’t know exactly how it works. All I’m saying is that I agree that the pit is the sensor, but a sensor needs a probe. And in these cases, the probe comes from the eye slit. With the very precise infrared rays, the pit information is useful. For example, knowing that there is a creature nearby is useful, but knowing exactly where it is in relation to your eye and pit is crucial to attack. I’d argue that the nose or nasal cavity is a similar pit.

What about cats? 

Some breeds have slanted pupils. They have this sense too. Their vision is terrible, and yet they can take down birds, mid-flight, bugs, and all sorts of other little creatures. These types of attacks require something more than what cats possess. But, if you can assume for a moment that the eyes emit radiation, and now that there is some sort of pit on the face of the cat. The cat becomes an infrared warrior. More precise, and adapted for nighttime attacks.

Ocean-bottom sharks have oblique slant pupils. Because they attack upwards. Or so they can attack upwards, depending on the way you look at things. 

Sidebar solution: What do rays eat? Things that live just under the ocean floor. Why does that matter? Because I just read on Wikipedia that they have an “electric organ” that science did not know the purpose of. So here you go: The tail hangs down just slightly below the body of the animal so that the electrical pulses are focused on the wide body of the animal. So whatever pulses it’s sending with its tail, it’s receiving with its body.

What about the cuttlefish? 

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This is the strangest eye in the animal kingdom [and probably the strangest creature]. The “w” as it is commonly referred to essentially is two vertical slits connected by a horizontal slit. Furthermore, the curve of the vertical slits is similar to the curve of the middle hump. If we assume that the vertical slits emit infrared radiation, the focal point of these probes would be the center hump of the horizontal slit. It even has the look of an outline of a snake, because it handles the sending and receiving of these infrared rays.

Source:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttlefish
  2. https://www.livescience.com/51787-why-cats-have-vertical-pupils.html
  3. https://oceana.org/blog/5-incredible-ways-shark-and-ray-eyes-create-super-sensitive-vision
  4. https://www.petmd.com/cat/slideshows/ultimate-guide-cat-visionectric_ray
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroreception#Electrocommunication
  6. https://www.columbiatribune.com/c254f44a-a76e-11e2-87fb-10604b9f6eda.html
  7. https://www.quora.com/Why-do-cats%E2%80%99-eyes-get-big-before-they-attack-a-person
  8. http://jeb.biologists.org/content/209/1/18
  9. http://www.koryoswrites.com/nonfiction/the-functions-of-different-pupil-shapes/
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_vision
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skate_(fish)#Diet_/_Feeding
  12. http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/other-pets/snake-anatomy/
  13. https://clinicalgate.com/venomous-snakebites-in-north-america/
  14. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042698913000539
  15. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/08/07/430149677/eye-shapes-of-the-animal-world-hint-at-differences-in-our-lifestyles
  16. https://sharkuniversity.org/2017/02/07/pupils/

Hawking [Eye] Radiation

In 1974, Stephen Hawking made an argument that black holes emit radiation. How farfetched is the possibility that our eyes emit radiation of their own?  Sit tight and let me try to prove it to you. 

How can I tell someone is looking at me?

There was a study in 1898 that showed that people could somewhat sense someone staring at them. There have been numerous studies since then to try to validate or disprove these original tests. Some confirm the results. Some don’t.

I’d say that whether or not you can feel that someone is looking at you depends on who is looking at you, and what their state of mind is when they are looking. 

What the science is clear on is gaze detection. We can tell when someone in our peripheral vision is looking at us, and typically where it is coming from.

Some autistic people feel electric shocks when they make eye contact with people. Some non-Autistic people do tooThis is not an illusion or the placebo effect. Autistic people have very sensitive brains under high pressure, so it’s not surprising that they feel this better than anyone else.

What conditions constrict the pupils? Opiates and high blood pressure, among other things. So in what ways are these things related. Opiates actually lower blood pressure and yet constrict the pupils. So if we view the pupil as a source of some radiation, the body would be constricting the pupils to increase blood and brain pressure, in an attempt to keep you alive.

Pupil size decreases with age. Blood pressure goes up. If the eyes do in fact release some sort of radiation, the pupil may be the only release point. So as the pupil size diminishes, the amount of radiation expelled decreases. Brain pressure and blood pressure increase. As does brain entropy. This makes strokes more likely.

 

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Pupil size by age
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Blood pressure by age

What medications  and conditions dilate the pupils?

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Motion sickness medicines
  • Anti-nausea medicines
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Medications for Parkinson’s disease
  • Botox and other medications containing botulinum toxin
  • Atropine (used for myopia control and other medical purposes)

What could this mean? It could mean that brain pressure may be tied to allergies, motion sickness, nausea, seizures, Parkinson’s, and myopia.

Tesla on Helmholtz: He could see in complete darkness by only using the light of his own eyes.  This is the father of modern optometry. He invented the ophthalmoscope. He’s not just some random quack. So here are two of the biggest thinkers of the 20th century saying this happened.

Animal pupil shapes. If the purpose of the pupil is only to let light in? Why do animals have pupils of so many varying shapes? The surface area of the pupil would make sense for animals who live in different conditions, but different shapes? Is it possible that these shapes serve some other purpose, like that of an electromagnetic emission? 265_e56954b4f6347e897f954495eab16a88

In summary, here are your reasons that the eye’s emit some sort of radiation:

  1. Psychic staring effect
  2. Pupil Size decreases with Age
  3. Autistic eye contact
  4. Pinpoint pupils and high blood pressure
  5. Eyedrops effect blood pressure
  6. Helmholtz
  7. Animal Pupil shapes

So if the mind has a certain state that sends electromagnetic waves through the eyes, what if any applications does this conclusion have in modern medicine, namely high blood pressure and drug overdoses?

Sources:

  1. https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-examples-of-medical-drugs-that-are-currently-used-for-something-other-than-their-originally-intended-purposes
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/why-would-opiate-medications-cause-fainting-1298844
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695747/
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Ask_the_doctor_Can_eye_drops_for_glaucoma_affect_the_heart
  5. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-narcissus-in-all-us/201102/how-you-know-eyes-are-watching-you%3Famp
  6. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_staring_effect
  7. https://www.reddit.com/r/infp/comments/4ynnfj/eye_contact_electricity/
  8. https://www.quora.com/What-causes-the-electric-jolt-feeling-I-sometimes-get-when-locking-eyes-with-a-stranger

 

 

Colorblindness Is Curable

There’s a case where a colorblind man regained his color vision at age 70. Sure, he had a traumatic head injury, but how is that possible? It’s generally accepted that there is no cure for color blindness. But if this man was cured, is it possible for everyone to be? The answer is yes.

What do we know?

  • Guys get it way more often.
  • Some people get it with age
  • White boys get it the most.
  • It may worsen over time.
  • It’s a spectrum disorder. [physically and literally]

Risk Factors:

  • Having an eye disorder, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration
  • Taking a medication called plaquenil, for arthritis
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease
  • Certain cancers, such as leukemia

So using our logic from the human brain model and showing that the brain is an entropy engine, we’ve theorized about main vision and brain conditions being reversible. If the brain heals itself, which we know it does on a regular basis. If these things are true, what is colorblindness? And if myopia is reversible, why shouldn’t colorblindness be as well? 

Bates saw a correlation in amblyopia and color blindness. Meaning, basically those people that couldn’t see, couldn’t see colors either. Not a revolutionary thought. But as he worked with them in his techniques, not only did their vision get better, but their color blindness saw improvements as well.

So if your brain can’t interpret light well, it may just not be able to interpret light well [the quality of the image or colors may suffer]. As always, though, this comes with a ray of hope. Why? If we can tie general vision to color vision, and low vision to low color vision. And we can improve low vision and see improvements in low color vision. We know that eyesight is correctable. That means that color vision is correctable. 

Sources:

  1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness
  2. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/color-blindness-cured-by-head-injury-man-claims/
  3. https://www.color-blindness.com/2006/06/08/tritanopic-after-head-injury/
  4. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/race-gender-color-blindness-risk/
  5. https://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-aging-news-10/color-vision-tends-to-fade-with-age-study-685767.html
  6. https://consumer.healthday.com/eye-care-information-13/color-blindness-141/caucasian-boys-most-prone-to-color-blindness-study-finds-686437.html
  7. https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/color-blindness
  8. https://books.google.com/books?id=rBfTYaQFpLcC&pg=PA509&lpg=PA509&dq=what+did+bates+say+about+color+blindness&source=bl&ots=HCZc7vkMnE&sig=ACfU3U3A8YAOi6Ns9IVUHk6ubh-6kFC2Lw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjN6e_16ePgAhUSbK0KHfIeAywQ6AEwAHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=what%20did%20bates%20say%20about%20color%20blindness&f=false

Curing the Common Cold

You need to read my posts about sleep and brain entropy before diving into this. 

So here’s the theory: that colds could be a symptom of low brain entropy. Think about it, how do you increase the entropy of a system? If you restrict air flow, pressure would increase. So what if the sniffles or your inflamed throat is only your body trying to raise it’s pressure naturally.

If the brain has an equilibrium state, and you’re there, but you just eat and do basically the same thing every day. The fall temperature change will affect two things: the temperature will go down so you will burn more calories doing the same tasks. And because the temperature goes down, your brain entropy goes down. Let’s say you were at equilibrium before the temperature change. After the temperature change, your brain entropy will be low, if nothing else changes. So as always, the body adjusts. In this case, it restricts air flow. By closing the nasal passages and throat, the brain has less airway, and the entropy in nearer is equilibrium state.

Everyone knows that a warm shower and soup work wonders when you have a cold. This would explain why. 

What is the common cold?

Well, we basically call it an upper respiratory tract infection, caused by any number of viruses. It’s best defined by it’s symptoms:

  • stuffy nose or nasal drainage,
  • sore or scratchy throat,
  • sneezing,
  • hoarseness,
  • cough,
  • low-grade fever,
  • headache,
  • earache,
  • body aches,
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue.

If all this is true, what is the theoretical cause of the cold?

1. Your head grows, but your brain entropy stays the same. The gap created by the change of volume causes a need for heat. The need for heat is the basis of the cold. [I can’t think of a practical application of this reason.]

2. Your brain entropy goes down. The best way I can think of it is that sleep cools your brain. If sleep cools your brain, and you hibernate in the winter, your brain will be much colder. As before, the lack of heat would be the basis for your cold.

So how can low brain entropy explain these symptoms? Pretty simple: if the brain strives for equilibrium, when it gets too cold [low entropy] there are only a couple of ways to combat it.

  1. Restrict air flow. If you restrict air flow, you raise the temperature. So your nose is clogged, throat is sore, and you’re coughing and sneezing is a result of that.
  2. Fever. If you don’t take any action, your body will heat the brain from the inside.
  3. Add humidity. Humidifiers help mitigate cold symptoms. Humidity raises the entropy of the system. So if you breathe in the more humid air, it would ease some of the work your brain/body has to do to equalize the pressure.
  4. Sleep less. If sleep cools the brain. Too much sleep [without a fever], will keep your brain entropy too low. The sun sets earlier in the winter, so people may start going to sleep earlier. If you go to sleep earlier and wake at the same time, and do the same things during the day, your brain has more time to cool. And this pattern of hibernation produces lower and lower entropy over time.

Quick sidebar: Did you know that older people sleep less than younger people? Did you know that your body temperature decreases as you get older? Think about it: if sleep cools the brain, and when the body is hot the brain is hot. People with cooler brains would need less sleep. 

So why does colder weather make us sick?

The cooler weather does some of the work normally done by sleep to cool the brain. So essentially, we need less sleep in cooler weather. Sleeping longer than necessary for a season, and your brain may get too cold, and take it’s own action to heat back up.

Sources:

  1. https://www.medicinenet.com/common_cold/article.htm#does_it_have_anything_to_do_with_exposure_to_cold_weather
  2. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/12-tips-prevent-colds-flu-1#3
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343
  4. https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/cold-remedies/art-20046403