Your Ocean Within… Riding the Tide

water_healing_propertiesEver thought about water?   Water is the matrix of all life.  It carries oxygen, nutrients and wastes.  Remember that every living cell is surrounded by water, contains water and IS water! But who understands common simple H2O?

Water is the commonly ignored context of biology.  If you can make water happy you can rock biochemistry at its charge driven foundations.  It is the place no one looked, Continue reading

The Scientific Side of Steroid Use and Abuse

Leslie Henderson is concerned about steroid abuse, not necessarily by sports luminaries like Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, but rather by adolescents.

“There is this disconnect among young people that somehow your emotions, your thought processes—things that have to do with your brain—are separate and different from what steroids may be doing to your body—your muscles, your heart, or your liver, or anything like that,” says Henderson, a professor of physiology and neurobiology, and of biochemistry at the Geisel School of Medicine Continue reading

Cleansing the Skepticism Surrounding Detoxification Diets

A recent article published in The Science of Biology espouses the anti-detoxification views of Professor David Bender, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at University College London. In his article, titled The Detox Delusion, Professor Bender claims that detoxification is a “meaningless marketing term,” even potentially dangerous to your health and unnecessary as a dieting tool. He further states, “I am not sure what ‘self-healing’ is and the idea of ‘raised energy levels’ is nonsense.”

For many in the mainstream medical and scientific community, it is not pharmaceutical drugs (killing approximately 100,000 each year), or pollutants found in our food, air and water that are dangerous. Continue reading

When it Comes to Speaking out, Cells Wait their Turn

Cell communication is essential for the development of any organism. Scientists know that cells have the power to “talk” to one another, sending signals through their membranes in order to “discuss” what kind of cell they will ultimately become — whether a neuron or a hair, bone, or muscle. And because cells continuously multiply, it’s easy to imagine a cacophony of communication.

But according to Dr. David Sprinzak, a new faculty recruit of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, cells know when to transmit signals — and they know when it’s time to shut up and let other cells do the talking. In collaboration with a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Sprinzak has discovered the mechanism that allows cells to switch from sender to receiver mode or vice versa, inhibiting their own signals while allowing them to receive information from other cells — controlling their development like a well-run business meeting.

Dr. Sprinzak’s breakthrough Continue reading

Stress Erodes your Health and Depletes your Serotonin Levels.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees stress as qi stagnation: Your life force has stalled. To nudge back into the fast lane, up shift your lifestyle with a more balanced diet, improved sleep routine and exercise. That can steer your health back on track while restoring your vim and vigor.

Stress erodes your health and undermines your quality of life. Western medicine views stress as a psychological issue or a psychosomatic response to what is happening around you. That is to say, it’s a physical manifestation in the body of what the mind perceives and struggles with. The negative effects of stress, then, are to be managed in various ways while you learn new coping skills.

In the East, stress is looked at in different terms. In fact, according to the theories of TCM, stress leads to what is termed “qi stagnation.” Here, qi is described as life force, which is to say the “motive force” within the body. This motive force sustains life by pulling in oxygen, expelling carbon dioxide, moving the muscles, digesting food and, in fact, Continue reading

Zebra Fish Model Of Human Melanoma Reveals New Cancer Gene

Looking at the dark stripes on the tiny zebra fish you might not expect that they hold a potentially important clue for discovering a treatment for the deadly skin disease melanoma. Yet melanocytes, the same cells that are responsible for the pigmentation of zebra fish stripes and for human skin color, are also where melanoma originates. Craig Ceol, PhD, assistant professor of molecular medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and collaborators at several institutions, used zebra fish to identify a new gene responsible for promoting melanoma. In a paper featured on the cover of the March 24 issue of Nature, Dr. Ceol and colleagues describe the melanoma-promoting gene SETDB1. Continue reading