Can a prebiotic help you feel better?

This 2019 rodent study investigated an inulin-type fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS): “The microbiota-gut-brain axis was used to investigate anti-depressive properties of FOS at the interface of gut microbiota. FOS was introduced via gavage to rats exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress: FOS alleviated depression-like behaviors and repaired intestinal epithelia damages. FOS treatment lowered corticosterone level. FOS-induced modulation … Continue reading Can a prebiotic help you feel better?

How will you feel?

Consider this a partial repost of Moral Fiber: “We are all self-reproducing bioreactors. We provide an environment for trillions of microbes, most of which cannot survive for long without the food, shelter and a place to breed that we provide. They inhabit us so thoroughly that not a single tissue in our body is sterile. … Continue reading How will you feel?

Do early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

Reposted from five years ago. A 2015 worldwide human study Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects found that people’s current degree of hungriness affected their propensity to acquire nonfood items. The researchers admitted that they didn’t demonstrate cause and effect with the five experiments they performed, although the findings had merit. News articles poked good-natured … Continue reading Do early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

Fear of feeling?

Here’s a 2018 article from two researchers involved in the Dunedin (New Zealand) Longitudinal Study. They coauthored many studies, including People had the same personalities at age 26 that they had at age 3. The paper’s grand hypothesis was: “A single dimension is able to measure a person’s liability to mental disorder, comorbidity among disorders, … Continue reading Fear of feeling?

Your need to feel important will run your life, and you’ll never feel satisfied

Yesterday’s team meeting at work provided one display after another of a person’s need to feel important. These eye-openers were the reason the scheduled 30-minute meeting lasted 45 minutes. Although half of the forty or so attendees are under the age of 40, curiously, only two of them spoke during the meeting. I wasn’t among … Continue reading Your need to feel important will run your life, and you’ll never feel satisfied

What’s a good substitute for feeling loved?

A friend of mine sent a link to this TED talk yesterday. The speaker inspired my friend to change their life along the speaker’s guidelines: “The very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear. That feeling, you can’t help but strive for greatness at any cost. The more I work to … Continue reading What’s a good substitute for feeling loved?

Do the impacts of early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

This 2015 worldwide human study Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects found that people’s current degree of hungriness affected their propensity to acquire nonfood items. The researchers admitted that they didn’t demonstrate cause and effect with the five experiments they performed, although the findings had merit. News articles poked good-natured fun at the findings with … Continue reading Do the impacts of early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy

This 2014 UK study tried to show that empathetic actions were very context-dependent. It mainly studied causing overt pain to another person. The lead researcher stated: “We were interested in quantifying how much people care about others, relative to themselves. A lack of concern for others’ suffering lies at the heart of many psychiatric disorders … Continue reading If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy

Are you feeling kinda blue? Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride!

This 2014 rodent study found that fat cells released a certain hormone during exercise that produced two beneficial effects: the hormone increased hippocampal neurogenesis; it also reduced depression-like behaviors. So if you’re feeling kinda blue, Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride! http://www.pnas.org/content/111/44/15810.full “Physical exercise-induced hippocampal … Continue reading Are you feeling kinda blue? Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride!

Problematic research: If you don’t feel empathy for a patient, is the solution to fake it?

If you don’t experience empathy for another person, this 2014 Harvard study showed how to use your cerebrum to manipulate your limbic system into displaying a proxy of empathy. Is this what we want from our human interactions? To have a way to produce an emotion the same way that an actor would as they … Continue reading Problematic research: If you don’t feel empathy for a patient, is the solution to fake it?

We feel anxious even when making a choice from multiple good options

This 2014 Harvard/Princeton research studied brain areas as people made choices among multiple good options: “Our results show that choice conflict can at least lead to substantial short-term anxiety, that this anxiety increases with the number and value of one’s options (potentially enhanced by time pressure), and that it is not attenuated by awareness of … Continue reading We feel anxious even when making a choice from multiple good options

Unconscious act-outs all the way down

Haven’t curated a study for a while that actually detracted from science. This 2022 human clinical trial that polluted broccoli sprout compounds research provoked me into it: “Forty-nine participants enrolled, including 26 (53%) females with median use of 20 cigarettes/day. Low and higher-dose broccoli seed and sprout extracts (BSSE) showed a mean bioavailability of 11% … Continue reading Unconscious act-outs all the way down

Year Two of Changing to a youthful phenotype with sprouts

1. I’ve eaten clinically-relevant doses of sulforaphane every day for 104 weeks now with microwaved 3-day-old broccoli, red cabbage, and mustard sprouts. That’s 8+ times longer than any sulforaphane clinical trial. I continue to: Eat Avena nuda oats for breakfast; Eat 3-day-old hulled Avena sativa oat sprouts twice a day; Eat AGE-less chicken vegetable soup … Continue reading Year Two of Changing to a youthful phenotype with sprouts

Advanced glycation / lipoxidation end products

Three papers on what can be expected from AGEs, beginning with a 2022 review: “Carbonyl stress is a condition characterized by an increase in the steady-state levels of reactive carbonyl species (RCS) that leads to accumulation of their irreversible covalent adducts with biological molecules. In addition to causing damage directly, the RCS adducts advanced glycation … Continue reading Advanced glycation / lipoxidation end products