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Health & Fitness

Brief Self-Compassion Training Alters Neural Responses to Evoked Pain for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study,

Brief Self-Compassion Training Alters Neural Responses to Evoked Pain for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study, Michael P Berry, Jacqueline Lutz, PhD, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Christopher Germer, PhD, Susan Pollak, PhD, Robert R Edwards, PhD, Paula Gardiner, MD, Gaelle Desbordes, PhD, Vitaly Napadow, PhD, Pain Medicine, , pnaa178, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnaa178 Abstract Objective Self-compassion meditation, which…

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Ethics in Medicine

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: A Review Article

Background research for my writing project.  Back surgery is one of the most expensive surgeries that have a troubled past and current state of affairs.  It is one of those “biologically plausible” procedures that can wreak havoc. Asian Spine J. 2018 Apr; 12(2): 372–379. Published online 2018 Apr 16. doi: 10.4184/asj.2018.12.2.372 PMCID: PMC5913031 PMID: 29713421 Failed…

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Ethics in Medicine

Numbers Needed to Treat

Numbers needed to treat.  This is a crucial concept.  It illustrates brilliantly the concept of First, Do No Harm, which also happens to be the title of the first chapter of my writing project “Deep Resilience”.  This graphic comes from this excellent article  with the even more excellent title when evidence says no but doctors…

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Health & Fitness

David Sinclair on Anti-Aging

This is more on David Sinclair.  I covered him in the longevity chapter, here. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/this-scientist-believes-aging-is-optional?utm_source=pocket-newtab ” His 2019 book, Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To ($28, Atria Books), out this fall, details the cutting-edge science that’s taking place in the field of longevity right now. The quick takeaway from this not-so-quick read: scientists…

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Health & Fitness

Deep Resilience. First Drafts of Introduction and Longevity Chapter

I am posting first drafts of two chapters from my writing project called Deep Resilience. The references haven’t been completed and there is plenty of polishing to do.  I may add my own story to the Introduction, but for the sake of brevity left it out on this iteration. Introduction here Introduction-Deep Resilience-8.3.2020 Longevity Chapter for…

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Health & Fitness

How This Anti-Aging Scientist Turns His Findings Into a Lifestyle

This article looks at the longevity scientist David Sinclair. How This Anti-Aging Scientist Turns His Findings Into a Lifestyle ‘I practice what I discover.’

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Medical Research

Acupuncture promotes mTOR-independent autophagic clearance of aggregation-prone proteins in mouse brain

This study is a bit complicated.  They look at acupuncture at GB 34 and its effect on autophagy, dopamine and motor function in a mouse model of Parkinson’s condition. Though acupuncture increases autophagy of α-synuclein romoted the autophagic clearance of α-synuclein (α-syn), a well known aggregation-prone protein closely related to Parkinson’s disease (PD), in the…

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Health & Fitness

Electroacupuncture Enhances Number of Mature Oocytes and Fertility Rates for In Vitro Fertilization

Studies showing improved blood flow to the uterus with acupuncture are well known.  This study shows improvement in number of mature ooctyes with electroacupuncture versus sham acupuncture. Med Acupunct. 2019 Oct 1; 31(5): 289–297. Published online 2019 Oct 17. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1368 PMCID: PMC6795274 PMID: 31624528 Electroacupuncture Enhances Number of Mature Oocytes and Fertility Rates for In Vitro Fertilization Ayu Cintani Kusuma,1 Nadia…

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Health & Fitness

Effects of Moxibustion on the Levels of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1: A Pilot Study

I like this study especially because moxibustion can be applied by patients at home and via Insulin-Like Protein Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) can improve insulin uptake and help longevity.  Win win.  Easy and safe. Effects of Moxibustion on the Levels of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1: A Pilot Study Jaung-Geng Lin 1, Shinn-Zong Lin 2, Lih-Hwa Lin 3 4, Chun-Chang Wu 5, Wan-Ting Tsai 5, Horng-Jyh Harn 6, Li-Hui…

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Health & Fitness

Electro-acupuncture-induced neuroprotection is associated with activation of the IGF-1/PI3K/Akt pathway following adjacent dorsal root ganglionectomies in rats

This paper shows that acupuncture triggers IGF-1, a gene linked with longevity.  Here it is involved in neuroplasticity following dorsal root ganglionectomies.  Difficult to know if we can extrapolate to longevity genes in humans. Int J Mol Med. 2019 Feb; 43(2): 807–820. Published online 2018 Dec 18. doi: 10.3892/ijmm.2018.4035 PMCID: PMC6317683 PMID: 30569108 Electro-acupuncture-induced neuroprotection is…

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