Part 2 of Eat broccoli sprouts for your hearing

Went to a free hearing test at Costco this week. Results weren’t significantly different than those from a doctor’s office 2.5 years ago:


Didn’t have many expectations, other than I’d be given a hard sell to buy hearing aids by a technician on commission. A young woman used several sales techniques which I was prepared for, and doubled down when I didn’t answer leading questions to her satisfaction.

The second study of Part 1 offered evidence that “The antioxidant pathway was difficult to be activated in the context of accumulation of ROS.” Other studies I’ve read but haven’t curated indicated that there weren’t effective treatments once hearing damage had occurred.

When you get exposed to loud noises, do your best to immediately mitigate that by enhancing your overall Nrf2 gene expression. Timely Nrf2 activation can fix hearing damage.

A curious deficiency of reactive oxygen species accumulated in the inner ear to sufficiently activate Nrf2 doesn’t happen in other parts of our bodies. I’ll guess that hearing loss may exist to turn old mammals into prey, as part of evolutionarily-determined limits on lifespan that protect against population overshoot. Take responsibility for your own one precious life.

Are you prepared?

“There is one type of inflation that the Fed has never had control over – as covered in the previous analysis – inflation caused by shortages and supply side shocks. To fix that kind of inflation requires fixing the physical shortage problem. We’re seeing this right now with the 12 month increase in prices of imports going up by 10.6%.

This isn’t just theory. It is our collective history. Persistent and difficult to overcome inflation was what happened in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It seems almost like lost knowledge for many today, who are focused on the easier to understand concept of inflation created by excess money creation. What happened in practice was a different source of rising prices. The last time this happened it took decades to fully break the inflationary cycle.” “Climate Change & Court-Ordered Inflation”

“A display of extremely high food prices during hyperinflation” from Rare Historical Photos.

Hooray for the People of Texas!

One anecdote from “vacationing” in the Dallas area last week:

I waited until temperatures were above 15° F to forage for food. The closest grocery store had the same situation as my hotel: no electricity all morning. It somehow had electricity for cash registers, but not for overhead lighting. People walked around using their phone’s flashlight feature for illumination.

A lady offered me her cart as I entered and she left. Many bare shelves. I got items to satisfy my gut microbiota (canned artichokes, canned hearts of palm, store-recipe grain bars, standard rolled oats). And Pinot Noir.

I stood in line with ~200 other shoppers in Grand Prairie, Texas for forty-five minutes. While the store manager verified that I was at least 21 years old, store-wide electricity came back on! I hadn’t heard squeals and sighs of delight like that for a while. 🙂

Reflected on respect for people and property as I drove back to my hotel, I didn’t see any:

  • Police;
  • Grocery store security; or
  • Stealing.

I had a civilization experience instead. Not like Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, DC, Kenosha…

For those who care about such things, I’ll guess that grocery store’s customers’ racial mix was 25% Hispanic, 30% Black, 35% White, 10% Asian.

An aftershock anecdote from this morning: I saw three people drop out of an airport terminal’s Starbucks line when the barista announced it was cash-only.

My coffee cost $3, rounded up at the tip jar. Please be prepared.

Happy 265th Birthday

So many good performances of a piece written at age 16!

This one best showed what I was looking for: starting at the 8:30 mark, Mozart torquing out the 2nd violin player with Presto. And her loving it, two-and-a-half centuries later. 🙂

Here’s the viola player looking to the 2nd violin player, who’s looking to the 1st violin player:

looking at you

No idea of the 2nd violin player Kyujung Choi‘s age, but I’m certain that older people couldn’t play as well at the tempo 16-year-old Mozart intended. Must be nice to know and feel professionally that you aren’t the limiting factor in performing Mozart.

Reducing insoluble fiber

Been thinking about measurements made in Switch on your Nrf2 signaling pathway where a maximum beneficial dietary intake was 800 grams non-starchy plant foods, whereas my intake was 1,279.5 grams. That led to analysis of top non-starchy fiber constituents:

Informed by It’s the fiber, not the fat findings that dietary soluble fiber had large effects, it seems that I could remove ≈ 450 grams (1 lb.) of celery and summer squash that makes only a 1.6 gram contribution toward soluble fiber.

I’m not concerned about other contributions of celery and summer squash, because I get their nutrients elsewhere anyway. I may add celery seed to my twice-daily AGE-less Chicken Vegetable Soup meal for taste.

I plan to replace this 1.6 g soluble fiber / 450 g total fiber with prebiotic chicory root inulin of ~ 3 g soluble fiber / 10 g total fiber. Will update in two weeks. See Increasing soluble fiber intake with inulin.

Continue sleepwalking, young people

A few months ago I had a series of interactions with a late-twenties person who’d escaped from Manhattan. They were well-off enough to work remotely from anywhere, but they chose to move into their mother’s house.

I tried to see them as an individual. I presented Wake up, young people!! arguments:

“Your future lives are being destroyed by this worldwide political power grab.

Unless you were / are already seriously ill with some other disease, you have had / will have very little chance of becoming a COVID-19 fatality.

Young people have been forced into receiving no benefits to their present lives in order to receive less than nothing in their future lives!

  • People who are herding you couldn’t care less about you.
  • Their control over you has no current or future benefit to you. They’ve demonstrated that your present and future lives mean nothing to them.
  • Sitting around, doing nothing, is interpreted as you consenting to their actions.”

None of these had any obvious penetration to the shields they had. They tried to stereotype me for my efforts.

I presented “taking responsibility for your own one precious life” evidence. They knew I’d been in Milan, Italy, February 22-23, 2020, the weekend during which ten towns were closed south of the city.

They tried to ridicule me for saying that anything I’d done to prepare for an aging life stage – since they’d been in elementary school – had any effect on me not becoming infected. Their behavioral contagion was that strong, as if their survival depended on not hearing anything I had to say.

Take a look at I’m kind of asleep right now while it’s still up on YouTube. The young people I work with aren’t like that, but this phenotype is apparently in the majority.

Does running with the herd feel safe? For now?