Archive for May, 2015

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Awakening

Posted in Philosopy on May 16, 2015 by betweentwopines

A post by Peeple at ATS.

Spiraling through time and space

what matters

  1. Matter a network of tiny quarks, living and dead matter
  2. Connection to the flow, embeded in motion
  3. Forces influencing mater

1. As Astrocyte wrote we are all made up from tiny particles, no just us humans, but everything is a more or less loose cluster of particles.
2. The planet is in motion, the galaxy is spiraling and traveling through the universe, so are our tiniest particles spinning through their layer of matter
3. Gravitation comes to mind, also the e- & p+ & n-/+ attraction of our atoms, forces hold us in our place, from the cell to the galaxy

just in time

  1. TimeWaveZero
  2. Milky way a Spiral
  3. time & matter

1. Terence McKenna was on to something, Time Wave Zero is software to show the circular progress of historical events and an attempt to make it scientifically forseeable. Problem is he assumes circles instead of spirals
2. The Milky Way is spinning the planet is spinning, both together create time, because time is related to speed and size of the mass.
3. Time dilation is the best prove that manipulation of time is possible and for the relation of time to the spin-speed of the observed object.

the will to know

  1. from experience to fact
  2. the danger of bias
  3. from bias to ideology

1. the most important item in our set of experiences is the gathering of knowledge, we learn through experiments, were we try to achieve repeatable outcomes, i.E. look for the recipe to make things happen.
2. especially in the research that concerns the mind, bias is your worst enemy. It is vital to be always aware how fast we assume something as fact, while it really only fits our own tiny perspective and is not applyable for the bigger crowd, or the “average experiences of the masses”.
3. when bias becomes ideology you build a wall that keeps you from gathering new information, because it is “forbidden” to think that way, or “crazy” to discuss it.

school of spirits

One of the biggeat threats we face in this period of the awakening is those feeling “enlightened”, you know the type, those which “just know” despite any valid arguments and completely disregarding everybody elses eperiences, because it doesn’t fit the narrative they swallowed. That goes not only for the self taught NewAgers, but also for the religious people, which just follow their culturally inherited doctrination. These are two theories and hardly a fact. True freedom can only be achieved, when you trust your own experience, while being aware yours is only one tiny part of the collective perception of reality and just as all mater is connected, so is all information, the material world is disfunctional without the imagination and vice versa. Every first step towards a true “enlightment” has to be the acceptance of being embeded in both, the time bound material world and the timeless aetherical sphere of pure information. You know you are on to something when synchronicity leads your steps from one “lesson” to the other.
It is a dangerous path though and the quote

99% of people are fools and the 1% is in constant danger of contamination

describes it pretty perfectly.

The fool is a two-sided metaphor for an approach to experience reality. He is embeded in the flow, doesn’t make plans and just has trust in life, love and the universe, that he is on his way, no matter what happens it will happen anyways. But he is also in constant danger of self extinction, if he fails to keep his sense of responsibility for his own actions, or his awareness for reality, or gives up his connection to the material world entirely.

Muad’Dib!

The history of our cultural evolution is leading us to an age of selfawareness and self-determination, the bigger connected mass can only function if we finally start to be honest to ourselfes and accept our imperfection, without blaming them on everything and everyone else. Reflection is the first and most important step, but the goal can’t be a surpression of the ego, or overcoming of the material world, it has to be a constructive integration of the imagination, or psychic experience into the material world.

“I make my weakness my strength”

The real challenge is to maintain the discipline to avoid falling for ideologies, to dare to find a unique path through our spiritual growth, while keeping an constant eye on our surroundings and what the very basic and core information of these experiences is.
I am one tiny cell, but I am also ruler of a whole universe.

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The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s

Posted in Diseases, Health on May 11, 2015 by betweentwopines

Human brain illustrated with millions of small nerves - Conceptu

by Dr. Stephanie Seneff
MIT

Note: The topic of this essay is unrelated to my research at MIT.

Abstract

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease whose incidence is clearly on the rise in America. Fortunately, a significant number of research dollars are currently being spent to try to understand what causes Alzheimer’s. ApoE-4, a particular allele of the apolipoprotein apoE, is a known risk factor. Since apoE plays a critical role in the transport of cholesterol and fats to the brain, it can be hypothesized that insufficient fat and cholesterol in the brain play a critical role in the disease process. In a remarkable recent study, it was found that Alzheimer’s patients have only 1/6 of the concentration of free fatty acids in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to individuals without Alzheimer’s. In parallel, it is becoming very clear that cholesterol is pervasive in the brain, and that it plays a critical role both in nerve transport in the synapse and in maintaining the health of the myelin sheath coating nerve fibers. An extremely high-fat (ketogenic) diet has been found to improve cognitive ability in Alzheimer’s patients. These and other observations described below lead me to conclude that both a low-fat diet and statin drug treatment increase susceptibility to Alzheimer’s.

Full Story: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/the-clue-to-why-low-fat-diet-and-statins-may-cause-alzheimers/

Strong statin-diabetes link seen in large study

Posted in Diseases, Health on May 8, 2015 by betweentwopines

Source:
Veterans Affairs Research Communications
Summary:
In a study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, those taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol were 87 percent more likely to develop diabetes. The research confirms past findings on the link between the widely prescribed drugs and diabetes risk. But it is among the first to show the connection in a relatively healthy group of people. The study included only people who at baseline were free of heart disease, diabetes, and other severe chronic disease.
A pharmacist scans a prescription at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst pharmacy, serving Tricare customers. New VA research based on the records of nearly 26,000 Tricare patients shows a link between statin drugs and increased diabetes risk.
Credit: Airman 1st Class Lauren Pitts

In a database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, those taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol were 87 percent more likely to develop diabetes.

The study, reported online April 28, 2015, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, confirms past findings on the link between the widely prescribed drugs and diabetes risk. But it is among the first to show the connection in a relatively healthy group of people. The study included only people who at baseline were free of heart disease, diabetes, and other severe chronic disease.

“In our study, statin use was associated with a significantly higher risk of new-onset diabetes, even in a very healthy population,” says lead author Dr. Ishak Mansi. “The risk of diabetes with statins has been known, but up until now it was thought that this might be due to the fact that people who were prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with.”

Mansi is a physician-researcher with the VA North Texas Health System and the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.

In the study, statin use was also associated with a “very high risk of diabetes complications,” says Mansi. “This was never shown before.” Among 3,351 pairs of similar patients–part of the overall study group–those patients on statins were 250 percent more likely than their non-statin-using counterparts to develop diabetes with complications.

Statin users were also 14 percent more likely to become overweight or obese after being on the drugs.

Mansi points out that other studies have arrived at a similar finding through different research methods.

The study also found that the higher the dose of any of the statins, the greater the risk of diabetes, diabetes complications, and obesity.

A key strength of Mansi’s study was the use of a research method known as propensity score matching. Out of the total study population, the researchers chose 3,351 statin users and paired them with non-users who were very similar, at baseline, based on array of 42 health and demographic factors. The only substantial difference, from a research standpoint, was the use of statins. This helped the researchers isolate the effects of the drugs.

“This approach helps us to make comparisons that are fair and balanced,” says Mansi.

On a wider scale, looking at the overall comparison between the study’s roughly 22,000 nonusers and 4,000 users, and statistically adjusting for certain factors, the researchers found a similar outcome: Users of statins were more than twice as likely to develop diabetes.

The researchers examined patient records for the period between October 2003 and March 2012.

About three-quarters of the statin prescriptions in Mansi’s data were for simvastatin, sold as Zocor.

Mansi stresses that the study doesn’t definitively show that statins cause diabetes, nor does it mean people should stop using the drugs, which are widely prescribed to help people lower their cardiac risk factors.

“No patient should stop taking their statins based on our study, since statin therapy is a cornerstone in treatment of cardiovascular diseases and has been clearly shown to lower mortality and disease progression,” he says. “Rather, this study should alert researchers, [clinical] guideline writers, and policymakers that short-term clinical trials might not fully describe the risks and benefits of long-term statin use for primary prevention.”

Primary prevention refers to warding off disease in the first place.

Full story : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150507145328.htm

Future volcanism at Yellowstone caldera: Insights from geochemistry of young volcanic units and monitoring of volcanic unrest

Posted in Nature on May 2, 2015 by betweentwopines

Guillaume Girard*, John Stix

Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, 3450 University St., Montreal QC H3A 2A7, Canada

Abstract

In order to understand possible future scenarios of intracaldera volcanism at Yellowstone, we provide new insights on the generation and eruption of the youngest intracaldera rhyolitic magmas using quartz petrography, geochemistry, and geobarometry. We propose that magma ascent occurred rapidly from the source regions at 8–10 km to the surface along major regional faults, without storage at shallower depths. These source regions coincide with the upper parts of the present-day imaged magma chamber, while the faults focus much of the present-day caldera unrest. Based on these combined observations, we propose that volcanism has a higher probability to resume in three fault-controlled NNW-trending lineaments, the first coinciding with the western caldera rim, the second lying across the central region of the caldera, and the third extending across the northeastern caldera. The first two lineaments focused recent intracaldera volcanism (174–70 ka), while the latter is the most active in terms of current caldera unrest. Future volcanism could include large-volume lava flows and phreato-magmatic rhyolitic eruptions. The identification of these three regions together with potentially rapid eruptive mechanisms may help to better define future monitoring efforts necessary to improve eruption forecasting in this vast area of volcanic unrest.

Full story : http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/22/9/abstract/i1052-5173-22-9-4.htm