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Electroacupuncture regulates inflammatory cytokines by activating the vagus nerve to enhance antitumor immunity in mice with breast tumors, Life Sciences,

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Dr. Kariko, Hero of the Covid mRNA vaccine

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Network, degeneracy and bow tie. Integrating paradigms and architectures to grasp the complexity of the immune system

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Depression can lead to shortened life span

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Getting Past “Disease” to a Science of Wellness: Institute for Systems Biology

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A new model for the HPA axis explains dysregulation of stress hormones on the timescale of weeks.

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Effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on serum contents of hematopoietic growth factor in mice with marrow inhibition

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Somato-Autonomic Effects of Acupuncture

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How the Corona Virus Hacks the Immune System: the New Yorker

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A guide to Chemokines and Their Receptors

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A guide to Chemokines and Their Receptors

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Electroacupuncture regulates inflammatory cytokines by activating the vagus nerve to enhance antitumor immunity in mice with breast tumors, Life Sciences,

This should be a big deal?  These animal experiments that look at different immune factors could be irrelevant to humans, but when it comes to cancer, perhaps we should be taking a closer look. Also gratifying that they were able to link it to the vagus nerve and the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus…

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Dr. Kariko, Hero of the Covid mRNA vaccine

An absolutely incredible story of a dogged, persistent scientist in the face of huge obstacles who persevered and was key in the effort to produce the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna alike.  I encourage you to read the whole thing. Inspiring!  And it underscores the importance of basic science but also of following hunches…

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Network, degeneracy and bow tie. Integrating paradigms and architectures to grasp the complexity of the immune system

Fascinating background material for my chapter on the Immune System Tieri P, Grignolio A, Zaikin A, et al. Network, degeneracy and bow tie. Integrating paradigms and architectures to grasp the complexity of the immune system. Theor Biol Med Model. 2010;7:32. Published 2010 Aug 11. doi:10.1186/1742-4682-7-32 Abstract Recently, the network paradigm, an application of graph theory to…

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Depression can lead to shortened life span

When I read this title I immediately thought, “well sure, you don’t work out as much, don’t engage in healthy activities”.  But in this study they controlled for other illness and lifestyle choices.  So the take away, as they state, is that depression affects the whole body.  Of course in Chinese Medicine there has never…

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Getting Past “Disease” to a Science of Wellness: Institute for Systems Biology

This article appeared in the Sunday Chronicle.  And though Hood’s area of interest is different than mine, his goal is the same.  To detect and treat preventatively before illness can become established.  This is his Institute for Systems Biology. In a system focused on wellness, physicians would spend as much or more time helping patients…

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A new model for the HPA axis explains dysregulation of stress hormones on the timescale of weeks.

This study seeks to understand how the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA, can become so dysregulated. What they found is that the actual size or mass of the affected organs can change.  Stress and its sequelae is so important to all aspects of health, that any insights into its workings can be key. Acupuncture lowers stress…

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Effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on serum contents of hematopoietic growth factor in mice with marrow inhibition

This acupuncture approach to bolstering  deficient blood cell counts with chemotherapy, something that limits how much treatment a patient can get, may be promising.  I’ve typically said that acupuncture probably doesn’t have a role in fighting cancer per se, but helps in optimizing during treatment.  This may be further evidence that this could be true….

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Somato-Autonomic Effects of Acupuncture

Reading this article makes me extremely motivated to get back to my writing project!!  This is part of what it’s all about and why I’ve been suspicious of non-penetrating needles as a control for a long time. Introduction Modern randomized clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture for treating a range of conditions, including…

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How the Corona Virus Hacks the Immune System: the New Yorker

This is such a terrific article.  Not only does it do a creditable job of explaining the basics of the immune system, but also how Covid 19 acts to disrupt cells and highjacks the immune system.  Since I’m unsure if the article will be accessible if you’re lacking a subscription, I’ll quote some pertinent parts…

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A guide to Chemokines and Their Receptors

I’m posting this here to have as a reference for the immune system-acupuncture link. A guide to chemokines and their receptors Catherine E Hughes 1, Robert J B Nibbs 1 Affiliations expand Free PMC article Abstract The chemokines (or chemotactic cytokines) are a large family of small, secreted proteins that signal through cell surface G protein-coupled heptahelical chemokine receptors….

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