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Clinic Use of TAVNS: Parameters and Best Practices

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Poses to help you sleep

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Benefits of Moderate Exercise

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Caffeine. The Invisible Addiction by Michael Pollan. Borrowing energy, wrecking sleep

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Bee venom acupuncture therapy ameliorates neuroinflammatory alterations in a pilocarpine-induced epilepticus model.

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Needleless Transcutaneous Acupuncture Gives Good Results for Constipation in Animal Studies

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Deep Resilience: Immunology

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California now the only state that’s advanced out of CDC’s ‘high’ COVID transmission category

California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited to broad vaccination uptake and public compliance with restrictions such as mask-wearing. Update: California moved back into the “high” transmission level on Wednesday,…

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San Francisco and Iceland: Success Stories for the Covid Vaccine

Both Iceland and San Francisco are seen as having had low Covid case rates and high vaccination rates.  But with the Delta variant, both places had a surge this summer in cases and hospitalizations. Iceland is 77% vaccinated, San Francisco 73%, the U.S. 53%. At the height of the surge in mid-August, the Washington Post reported…

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Ethics in Medicine

How Aduhelm Got FDA Approval

Quote: “This incident has shaken F.D.A. integrity quite significantly,” said Wayne Pines, a former F.D.A. senior official who has written histories about the agency. “The F.D.A. is obligated to be sure that all stones are turned over, that every avenue is pursued to make sure that this was a decision that was made on the…

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Clinic Use of TAVNS: Parameters and Best Practices

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6867597/ This is a good, general overview of best practices for administering TAVNS in the clinic.  I’m posting it here for reference. Badran BW, Yu AB, Adair D, et al. Laboratory Administration of Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS): Technique, Targeting, and Considerations. J Vis Exp. 2019;(143):10.3791/58984. Published 2019 Jan 7. doi:10.3791/58984

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Poses to help you sleep

Some of the poses below are “inversion poses” which have been shown to increase parasympathetic activity, or “rest and digest”.  Slight exercise, like these poses, unlike aerobic exercise, can actually help to relax and go to sleep afterwards. Cat/Cow Image Credit…Brown Bird Design Moving between cat and cow yoga poses releases upper-back and neck tension…

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Benefits of Moderate Exercise

This is good news.  Moderate exercise is easier to maintain, easier to look forward to, and less likely to lead to injury. “All exercise is good,” Dr. Burr says. But “there are nuances.” Frequent, almost-daily moderate exercise may be preferable for improving blood pressure and ongoing blood-sugar control, compared to infrequent intervals, he says, while…

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Caffeine. The Invisible Addiction by Michael Pollan. Borrowing energy, wrecking sleep

This is a fascinating article by Michael Pollan about the hidden side effects of caffeine. He goes through the history of coffee and caffeine, it’s a relatively new aspect of life.  He talks about the different studies showing that caffeine improves cognitive performance, focus and concentration.  But when it comes to creativity, the benefits may…

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Bee venom acupuncture therapy ameliorates neuroinflammatory alterations in a pilocarpine-induced epilepticus model.

I’m drawn to these studies using Bee venom.  Somehow it makes sense to me that by using bee venom you enhance the effect of acupuncture by giving a toxin that we evolved with over the millenia.  There is anecdotal success using bee stings for autoimmune conditions, which, again, makes some sense to me, in that…

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Needleless Transcutaneous Acupuncture Gives Good Results for Constipation in Animal Studies

A related article came up on my feed and I found this older article while researching.  Both Electroacupuncture and transcutaneous stimulation without needles improved transit times and parasympathetic activity.  I’m surprised at this, but, I suppose I shouldn’t be.  I’m surprised because I do think that acupuncture needle acupuncture is a more effective treatment than…

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Deep Resilience: Immunology

This is an extremely rough draft Outline for Immunology chapter 6.26.2021 of this very special chapter.  I’m submitting it here so that I can move onto the next chapter on Inflammation.  It needs more tightening, but I think with a bit of distance I will have an easier time with it. It has been an…

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