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Deep Resilience: Pain and Acupuncture

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Andrew Huberman: Toolkit for sleep

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation augments postprandial inhibition of ghrelin

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Exercises for Back Pain

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Matthew Walker: Science of Sleep Podcast episode

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Astragalus and Longevity Astragalus membranaceus Injection Suppresses Production of Interleukin-6 by Activating Autophagy through the AMPK-mTOR Pathway in Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Macrophages.

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Neural Control of Energy Balance: Biochemistry behind Glucose Metabolism and Obesity

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For Better Sleep Fix Your Day

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Oura Ring for Sleep Analysis: Longer Sleep Longer Life

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Acupuncture and Long Covid

In this interview with Kevin Tracey, a neurobiologist interested in using surgically implanted electrodes to stimulate the vagus nerve, he  and his interviewer postulate that Long Covid has autonomic dysfunction as part of the problem.  Vagal dysfunction could be from direct infection of the vagus nerve, but it could also be a side effect of…

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Deep Resilience: Pain and Acupuncture

Pain Chapter 3.25.2022 for sharing “The easiest pain to bear is someone else’s.”  Francois de la Rochefoucauld. We might be inclined to think that pain is unlike any of the other conditions discussed in Deep Resilience and not subject to the laws of Dr. One.  Pain is real!  Pain is urgent and serious!  But even…

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Andrew Huberman: Toolkit for sleep

I have heard Dr. Huberman on a few podcasts.   This particular segment is about sleep, an evergreen topic on this blog.  He stresses the roles of light (when to get it and how) and temperature. He is not a fan of melatonin.  I will most likely stop recommending that patients take it.  What he says…

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation augments postprandial inhibition of ghrelin

I will be watching this ghrelin research carefully.  I’m a bit skeptical of this research that promises effortless weight loss.  On the other hand, I do believe that there are some powerful homeostatic mechanisms at play when the autonomic nervous system is stimulated.  As of now, the effects are muted but with the correct stimulation…

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Exercises for Back Pain

This article is from the New York Times.  Back pain is so common that anything we can do to control it is well worth the time and effort. “If holding a regular plank is uncomfortable, start with your knees on the ground, then progress to balancing on your toes. Dr. Shah also suggested squats, push-ups and bridges. To build…

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Matthew Walker: Science of Sleep Podcast episode

I have reported on Walker’s work here.  For those who like to listen, rather than read a podcast with hose Shane Parrish from the Knowledge Project with Dr. Walker can be found here. I learned that Walker is an advisor for the Oura ring which I discussed here. Renowned sleep scientist Matthew Walker discusses everything…

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Astragalus and Longevity Astragalus membranaceus Injection Suppresses Production of Interleukin-6 by Activating Autophagy through the AMPK-mTOR Pathway in Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Macrophages.

This is a companion article to the previous astragalus article.  Though herbal therapy is not my focus, I have been taking an Astragulus compound for over a decade (when I remember, ha ha.)  It is a traditional anti-aging herb thought to have immune boosting properties as well.  I take Astra Essence from Health Concerns. My…

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Neural Control of Energy Balance: Biochemistry behind Glucose Metabolism and Obesity

This article has background material on circuits involved in metabolism and homeostatic mechanisms involved in glucose metabolism with possible applications for obesity. This is not my particular area of expertise, but I do follow the biochemisty of the effects of acupuncture, so I’m filing it away. Gautron L, Elmquist JK, Williams KW. Neural control of…

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For Better Sleep Fix Your Day

Lots of good tips in this article on an ever popular topic of better sleep. Excerpt below. Readers of my blog and newsletters know that this is a topic that comes up constantly in the clinic, and I’m interested in it myself.  A focus of mine is longevity and the longer you sleep, the longer…

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Oura Ring for Sleep Analysis: Longer Sleep Longer Life

According to Professor Matthew Walker, the more and better your sleep, the longer your life.  Lack of sleep contributes to a long list of health problems. I’ve been using the Oura ring mainly to analyze my sleep.  I am not at all sure how reliable it is!  But for those who are interested in seeing…

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