Height Is Not Genetic

historical-median-male-heightHeight is a confusing trait genetically. … The study identifies three or four regions in our DNA that may be important for height. But it doesn’t find any specific gene or DNA change responsible for men being taller than women. Or any gene to explain why height can run in families.

Let’s take a quick second and explore some strange facts about height.

What if any conclusions can we draw from these? 

  • Height is not entirely genetic.
  • The same mechanism that ages the body also shrinks your height.
  • This mechanism also shrinks you throughout the day.

The only difference between you growing an inch and six inches is time. But time doesn’t exist in the brain. It exists on your body. So the longer your perception of time during these growth periods [the happier you are] the taller you will be.

That’s absurd.

So we control the time. We control the rate of growth. Your final height at least in part depends on how peaceful you are during your growth spurts.

Sources:

  1. https://uamshealth.com/healthlibrary2/medicalmyths/dopeopleshrinkastheyage/
  2. http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/why-you-shrink-you-age
  3. https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-the-body-shrink-in-height-throughout-the-day-Does-having-a-strong-core-reduce-or-eliminate-that-shrinkage
  4. https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19547705/do-tall-guys-die-younger/
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Baldness Prevents Strokes

 

You read that right. Now let me try to prove it.

Look at these heat maps for the hairiness and baldness.  I think it’s safe to say that there is a correlation with the two.

Wonder if it has anything to do with the Mediterranean diet? Probably so. But balding is a much broader problem than that. It’s really only a matter of time. Two thirds of men are bald by 60. And we know the aging mechanism. So we can call balding and hairiness part of the that.

We know that stress can cause balding. And we know that aging can cause stress. Therefore, aging can cause balding. But we already knew that.

So why don’t women go bald? I think it may be because they don’t change as much. I’m guessing the average woman’s head changes much less than the average man’s [in volume]. Unrelated fun fact: women are also more likely to have strokes.

Asians don’t go bald as much. And they are more likely to have severe strokes. 

Chemo causes people to go bald. You know this. We even have cooling caps designed to help people on chemo lose less hair. Why in the world would this work?

So if baldness is about time spent out of equilibrium, does it serve a purpose? You would go bald at the same time you get hairy, theoretically. Your brain shrinks and your brain entropy rises. The hotter your head gets, the more brain entropy you have, and the more likely you are to die of a stroke or a heart attack.

Baldness is a mechanism to prevent strokes. If you think about it, even thinning hair would help lower the head temperature, just not to the same extreme. So balding is your body quite literally adapting to a more stressful environment.

Edit: Looking back, this may be too big a logical leap. So what causes strokes? It happens when your brain pressure gets too high. Think about the correlation between glaucoma and strokes

So how could people just suddenly go bald? Some sort of stress. It could be caused by emotional distress, physical stress, mental strain, or any number of things. The real problem comes when you don’t have the mechanism in your life to combat whatever stress there is. So instead of restarting every day, you begin dying little by little.

What if my head didn’t shrink? It doesn’t matter. If you have more energy in the same black box, it’s the same as it getting smaller. [Boyle’s Law]

Sources: 

  1. https://www.belgraviacentre.com/blog/hair-loss-facts-figures-and-statistics/
  2. https://www.creditdonkey.com/hair-loss-statistics.html
  3. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/physical-side-effects/hair-loss/cold-caps.html
  4. https://www.forhims.com/blog/these-signs-of-balding-can-be-reversed-and-heres-how
  5. http://www.healthdata.org/sites/default/files/files/EMR%20Profile_final_4_0.pdf
  6. https://www.reddit.com/r/tressless/comments/8e057m/poor_diet_can_cause_hair_loss_but_what_does_it/
  7. https://newsroom.heart.org/news/asian-american-ethnicity-associated-with-severe-stroke-worse-outcomes

 

Rethinking DNA Acquittals

So every year you hear about people that are freed from prison because of DNA evidence. So here’s the question, if we know that DNA changes over time, is it possible that we are letting guilty people off the hook?

So, I’m not saying that we need to stop using DNA evidence. A match is still a match. But the person that’s been on death row for 20 years, who already admitted to the crime, I would say let’s hold on a second before letting him go. Unless you’re letting him go based on the fact that he’s changed so much in prison that the new individual is actually innocent. If your intent is to keep the guilty man locked up, you need to think critically about this test. We know about epigenetics, and your DNA definitely changes over time. So who is to say that your DNA now would match that of you 20 years ago?

This astronaut’s DNA changed 7% while he was in space. The company that did the testing was quick to explain by saying that his DNA didn’t change, just his gene expression. Which obviously begs the question, what is gene expression? I don’t have a business model based on this being true, so I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit. Like it or not, your genes are changing.

We’ve already talked a bunch about epigenetics. Science knows that the environment effects people, it just really can’t explain why yet.

Here’s your smoking gun. Identical twins with different DNA. Why is that a big deal? Because we know that they start with the same DNA. Otherwise, why would they call them identical? On a cellular level, they start from the same cell.

So, if identical twins don’t have the same DNA, how could you expect me to have the same DNA as I did when I was 12. I don’t.

Logically following, the man that has been locked up for 20 years for a murder that he committed, likely changed a great deal in prison. So think twice before you set him free based solely on his new DNA test.

Sources:

  1. http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/dna/how.html
  2. https://mashable.com/2018/03/15/scott-kelly-dna-changed-nasa-year-space/#wUoe1WrIpgqw
  3. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-twins-study-investigators-to-release-integrated-paper-in-2018
  4. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00496613
  5. https://www.l2law.com/blog/2017/03/4-ways-paternity-test-results-can-be-wrong.shtml
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  7. https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/dna-is-constantly-changing-through-the-process-6524898

ED is a Brain Disease

You’ve heard the story of Viagra. It started out as a blood pressure drug, and doctors noticed that it was having consistent positive side effects in men.

The question is why. If high blood pressure starts in the brain, what did this drug do that helped men…perform?

If Viagra helps relax men and gets them closer to their ground state, why don’t we all just take it daily? Because it has side effects. And that is no way to function day in and day out.

Here are the causes of erectile dysfunction, according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Peyronie’s disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord

Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction

  • Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns

Whoa. We’ve posted about almost all of these disorders. What does it all mean? It means that the only obstacle between you and a great sex life is you. 

Most of these disorders originate in the brain, whether or not we know it yet. You may need to take a look at my archived posts.

Remember: There was a time when everything worked properly, and it’s not too late to get back there again…without medication. Your health and sanity depends on it. 

So what is the next step? 

Identify the root of your problems. Identify your stresses, and confront them head on. The solution is different for everyone, but the condition is reversible. The fact that your penis doesn’t work is not your main problem. It’s a symptom of the stress in your life keeping you from reaching your ground state, where you were meant to be.

You need more sleep than your kids

So stop putting them to bed so early.

If you look at the brain with the entropy model that we’ve proven, kids have the lowest amount of brain entropy [in general]. Because they have the lowest amount of brain entropy, they need less recovery time to zero out the stresses of their day. Read my post about sleep for more on how this works.

It’s why you can’t keep up with them. And Coffee is not going to help you, long term.

It’s why they have so much energy. Science has shown that they have greater energy levels than endurance athletes.

There is no set amount of time that anyone should sleep. Especially kids. What’s important is that they enjoy their days enough to not want to sleep, and that they can identify when they start getting tired and lay down.

 

Rethinking IQs

Your IQ doesn’t matter. Not in the way you’re thinking, at least. They are important to help determine the state of the mind, at least, but they shouldn’t determine who your friends are or what you think of yourself. 

IQs change over time. No one is going to argue with this statement. The question is why, and is it reversible?

What should your IQ mean to you?

It should show you how well your brain in optimized for your life, at the current moment. There are much easier ways to test this without wasting thirty minutes on a computer, but do what you need to do.

Your IQ is about as important as your blood pressure. If it’s low, you’re doing something wrong. But it’s only a snapshot of your state of mind at this moment.

You have the capability of being a genius. You probably don’t use your mind right. You can change that though. You decide how your mind operates.

So how can you optimize your brain?

  1. Learn how to see without glasses.
  2. Remove your filters.
  3. Question your fears.
  4. Debug your logic daily.

How do you know if it’s working?

Apart from eyesight, memory is the easiest way to test. Think about what you ate for breakfast yesterday. When I first started this, I’d really struggle. Now I can tell you exactly what I ate, who was there, what they were wearing, and what was on TV. It’s all about the details.

Test your memory a couple times per day. Try to hone in on what changed in between the tests. Why did I remember so much more clearly right before bed than I did at after lunch? We’re you stressed about something? Could it have been something you ate? Was your blood sugar high or low? Did you just get done working out?

Find your sweet spot and repeat the loop until you’re satisfied with the results. You deserve a brain that’s fully optimized for your life. Just be sure to send me a thank you note with some of your new free time. 

 

 

Is Left Handedness a Symptom?

Many of us are plagued with problems with scissors, spiral notebooks, chainsaws and guitars. Science has never answered the question of why people are left handed, and what it means. So here it goes…

Is being left handed nurture or nature?

It’s a result of how you’re wired, but that is something you control, and something you can change. It’s your nature that is defined by your environment and experiences. So it is nature and nurture.

What comes with being left handed?

  • shorter life expectancy
  • greater risk of dyslexia
  • greater risk of autoimmune disease
  • strong link to ADHD
  • a variety of neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and alcoholism 
  • lower-birth-weight and complications at birth
  • more likely to become alcholic
  • higher risk of psychosis
  • more affected by fear

Those are some terrible things. Why would these things all happen to the same group of people? 

So being left handed is a brain disease? No, but it is a symptom. It’s a symptom of flawed logic. It’s a symptom of being out of the flow and ground state. It’s symptom of how you view the world based on your mindset and your experiences.

Is it curable? Yes.

What about the whole left brain/right brain theory?

Complete bullshit. Yes, the brain will learn to operate with the restrictions you place on it. But that doesn’t mean that it’s optimized.

What about left handed athletes?

  • Phil Mickelson [otherwise right handed]
  • Lionel Messi
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Rafael Nadal [otherwise right handed]
  • Barry Bonds
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Bill Russell
  • Babe Ruth

Being left handed definitely doesn’t mean that you can’t play professional sports. It won’t even keep you out of the hall of fame. Some people succeed in spite of themselves. And some use their different mindset as an advantage.

You can change your handedness. You can change your brain.

For decades, we forced people to learn to write or eat with their right hands. I’m not saying that. Your dominant hand is a symptom of the state of your mind, so forcing yourself to write with the other hand is not going to change anything. [It actually will just stress you out.]

It’s about a different perspective of the world. And that perspective sets your mind. And your mind controls your body, and in this case what hand you’re going to pick up a fork with.

The real question is: how do you change your perspective? I would start with our brain model that views the human mind as a perfect computer. To change your perspective, you need to rewrite some of the logic in your brain. Doubt some of your fears. Challenge your own mindset. 

What about all the brilliant and talented left-handers?

I’m definitely not saying that you can’t be talented as a lefty. Some of the most famous, brilliant, and talented people in history have been left handed. It’s just correlated with some negative health risks, so this is about tackling the unanswered question of why.

Sources

  1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_55d39e97e4b0ab468d9ec794/amp
  2. http://www.dailyinfographic.com/left-handed-facts-and-statistics-infographic
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Lie Detectors and Graphology: Incomplete Sciences

What are lie detector tests? I know that they have a history of being wrong or at very least inaccurate, but do they tell us anything useful?

There are a bunch of different kinds of tests, but I don’t think they are going to find the golden solution. Namely for this reason: lying adds stress to the brain, but you can’t zero in on that stress unless you know all the other stresses effecting the subjects mind at that time. Without an absolute zero, there’s almost no point in the test at all.

We can measure stress, and identify the point in the test when the subject was stressed. We can look at the question that prompted the stress. But we don’t know why that question caused the stress. For instance “Did you murder this person?” can be a stressful question even if you didn’t murder the person. If you over-analyze like me, you may freak out because you know that your answer to this question may determine your guilt or innocence. You stress over not stressing, even if you did nothing wrong. Their equipment says you’re freaking out, and it’s right, but it cannot tell them why.

Graphology is a similar science. If you’re not familiar, it’s the study of handwriting as it relates to someone’s personality. Here’s how it ties in to my theories about the human concept of time:

The more stressed your mind and body, the slower your perception of time. The more time in each pen stroke. The smoother the writing, the better the concept of time. Here’s a glimpse of what I’m talking about.

1200px-Writing_by_a_Parkinson's_disease_patient

They say that shaky handwriting such as this could be an indicator of Alzheimer’s, but they just don’t know why. Imagine having ten separate thoughts in the time that it takes to write the letter “C”. That is absolutely terrifying.

So what should our takeaway from graphology be? A change in handwriting could and probably does signify a change in the state of mind of the subject.

If you’re curious, take note [horrific pun] on your own handwriting and as it changes throughout the day and day-to-day. Think about your current mood and stresses, and see if that has any effects on your writing. Spoiler alert: it does. 

 

 

Handling Hangovers

Hangovers are still largely a mystery to science. Let’s use personal relativity and see if we can figure them out. 

You know the symptoms:

  • accelerated heartbeat
  • anxiety
  • bloodshot eyes
  • body and muscle aches
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • halitosis (bad breath)
  • headache
  • hypersalivation
  • flatulence
  • lethargy, tiredness, fatigue, listlessness
  • nausea
  • photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • problems focusing or concentrating
  • sensitivity to loud sounds
  • depression (dysphoria)
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • stomachache
  • thirst
  • trembling or shakiness, erratic motor functions
  • vomiting

Why would you have to pee more on a night out?

Obviously because you’ve been drinking. But that’s not the only reason. If the mind is stressed, and brain entropy is increased, time dilates, and you’d obviously need to urinate more.

How could alcohol effect sleep quality?

By creating brain entropy, it increases the amount of time that the drinker needs to sleep. So if they sleep their normal amount of time, they could feel tired.

Why do diabetics have worse hangovers?

In looking at my first post about diabetes, they have more starting brain entropy.  Because of this, they get hungry more often and have high blood pressure. Their bodies are far from equilibrium anyways, so adding alcohol to the picture is just going to make things worse.

Your body is completely capable of eliminating the alcohol from your system. It takes longer than it used to because your body is not as efficient as it used to be.

Is a food hangover different than a regular hangover? Maybe. Maybe not.

If you’re like me, you feel bad in the morning when you gorge right before bedtime. It literally feels just like a hangover to me.

It’s just like a bunch of the different topics we’ve covered. The purpose of non-REM sleep is to settle out your brain entropy, essentially. The more you eat or drink right before bed, the higher your brain entropy, and the longer it will take for your brain to “zero” out. Of course, longer in this since is in relative time. So let’s just say that you’ll probably need more sleep than you’re used to, and if you don’t get it, you’ll feel like crap.

As you know, it takes time for your body to process and digest the food and drinks in your system. What you may not be aware of, is that you control the time that it takes. Since we’ve proven that you control your own aging, metabolism, and even sunburn due to your perception of time, we can also say that you control your hangover recovery.

When your metabolism was faster when you were twenty, you probably didn’t even know what a hangover was. The speed of your metabolism paired with how much alcohol is in your system is what determines if and how long you’ll hurt.

Why don’t some people get hangovers?

Their body and mind is closer to it’s ground state, and removes alcohol from its system faster than yours or mind. If this is the case, they’d also likely need less sleep than you.

The other option is a little more depressing. It’s that they don’t actually feel any different than you do, but it’s just how they feel most days. So the alcohol doesn’t raise the stress in their lives. Their base entropy is similar to yours when or after you’ve been drinking. You call it a hangover. They call it a Tuesday.

Your body is fully capable of recovering from alcohol consumption.

The older you are, the longer it takes to recover. [Related, you are also more likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure.]

The more that you consume, the longer it takes you to recover. This is obvious. Whatever is left in your body at the end of the night, needs to be processed by the next day.

Where does blood sugar come into play?

Low blood sugar is one of the main causes of fatigue and weakness from your hangover.

Your blood sugar is typically very low the morning after your big night out. You know why. You stress your body and slow down time, you use more energy doing the same things. And chances are great you’re not eating a whole lot when you’re getting rowdy.

How do we speed up recovery?

First, raise your blood sugar. Drinking that Gatorade is a great place to start.

Then, slow down brain activity. What does that? Reading a book. Sleeping. Meditating. A light workout.  Water is not going to hurt, but it’s not going to solve all of your problems either. Tylenol may mask some of the symptoms, but if you have a headache because your blood sugar is 16, you’d rather deal with that headache until you can figure out what’s going on. 

So alcohol is just another factor that raises brain entropy. How fast your body processes it is up to you. 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/this-is-your-brain-on-alcohol-2017071412000
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Let them play

So think for a moment about the most drastic influences of single careers over the course of the NBA history: Jordan, James, Bryant, McGrady, Garnett. Kemp.  I could go on. You have to be 19 to enter the league nowadays. Kobe Bryant was drafted at 17. Lebron went at 18. Here’s the question: with so many greats coming straight out of high school at such a high percentage, do we really know what we’re doing by restricting the minimum age?

There have only been 44 guys to get drafted straight out of high school. Not only do you have Hall of Famers on the list, but you also have some serious longevity, and lots of all stars.

So here’s the question: did scouts just spot the talent at an early age? Were these kids destined for stardom anyways? Or was there another reason this list reached super-stardom at such a higher percentage than the norm?

We do not understand the development of the human body. What I mean by that is we develop at different rates. [We’ve shown theorized about how and why this happens, but for the sake of this article, you just have to agree to the premise] The number 19 is completely arbitrary since you have some kids that are grown men at 17. Is anyone going to make the argument that Kobe or Lebron should’ve gone to college?  No. They were ready. They found their calling and went the right direction.

Michael Jordan went to college. You’re right. He did. And he was the greatest player in the history of the game. I can’t argue with that. What if he didn’t go to college? 

If age is just a number, who cares when these kids enter the league. Why are we stopping them? It seems like whatever they are learning in college, it is not helping their skill or longevity.

Because everyone develops at different rates, everyone peaks at different rates. So what this rule is doing is rewarding those who bloom later. I’m not saying ten-year-olds should be able to drive or drink alcohol, but if we have a system in place to reward athletes based on talent and merits, let’s not punish the kids that develop early.