Tag: hormesis

Health & Fitness

David Sinclair on the Potential for Reversing Aging: Hormesis Revisited

The Biochemistry of Longevity is Discussed in this video For any readers who are interested in some of the biochemistry behind the latest science on strategies to age more slowly.  Many of the strategies we’ve discussed before, as well as the concept of hormesis.  Basically, the current thinking is that we are too comfortable.  Never…

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Health & Fitness

Tom Cruise and the Aging Conundrum

This New Yorker tackles the phenomenon that is Tom Cruise and his apparent resistance to the aging process.  The author attributes this to Cruise’s physical athleticism and makes oblique references to younger women.  Who knows, though genetics is on Cruise’s side in that he’s retained his hair, which unfortunately still remains a sign of youth…

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Hormesis Health

Friend of blog, Zach Haigney has a fascinating new website called hormesis health.  We’ve discussed hormesis before on the blog, but not recently. The concept of hormesis quoting Zach is “The idea is that low level stressors have a beneficial or stimulatory effect while the higher levels or doses of the same stressor have detrimental…

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Health & Fitness

Hormesis and Sepsis

I link to this article not because it even mentions acupuncture, but because hormesis is mentioned more and more.  Hormesis is the phenomenon of a slight stressor conferring some protection to the organism.  A classic example is exercise.  In exercise you stress yourself to a point, but not to the point of actual damage.  In…

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Health & Fitness

Saunas for Longevity: Patrick Podcast

I was convinced by Rhonda Patrick’s research that saunas were beneficial for healthy aging in her Ferriss podcast.  In this podcast, she interviews a Finnish expert on the topic.  I’ve been incorporating saunas into my routine, and though I don’t find them “blissful” as everyone else seems to, I can see why they might have…

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Case Studies

Adaptive Homeostasis: Beyond Hormesis: Acupuncture as Illustration

I maintain that acupuncture is a form of hormesis.  After listening to the latest Ferriss podcast about raptomycin and metformin for life extension, I just shake my head.  Risk/benefit not defined if you’re going to use them for life extension.  Acupuncture is self regulating, urging the body to heal itself.  The most elegant of remedies. …

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Health & Fitness

Vitamins are not the Value of Fruits and Vegetables

A very provocative take on why fruits and vegetables make you more resilient.  Hint: it’s not the vitamins.  They contain various “anti grazing” substances to keep them from being eaten and when we consume them, it is a form of hormesis, a mild stressor, that makes us stronger.  Vitamins actually block that stressor reaction and…

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Ethics in Medicine

Old Friends, Hygiene Hypothesis and Autoimmune Disease

  This whole concept of “old friends” and hormesis fascinates me because of what I see every day in the clinic with patients’ resilience to stress, physical challenges and immune function.  The microbiota of the gut is complex and seems to be related to everything.  Besides avoiding antibiotics and factory produced fish, chicken and beef,…

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Health & Fitness

Acupuncture: A type of hormesis?

  In working on the poster and exploring alternative models for acupuncture effectiveness for the “Discussion” section, I came across this article as cited in “Getting Stronger,” a blog devoted to hormesis. Interesting stuff. “External stressor-induced initial changes in the level of controlled variables are first detected by these molecular sensors. The signal is then…

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Medical Research

Moxibustion and Immune Function

What follows are two studies on moxibustion and immune function.  I have become particularly interested in moxibustion because 1) Moxibustion may operate on a different biological model instead of electrical activity. 2) Moxibustion is a therapy that patients can do on their own at home. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2013 May;33(5):415-8. [Impacts of moxibustion on erythrocyte…

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