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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Feb 24

What is Akkermansia Good For?Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) is a bacterial species that inhabits the human gut. A. muciniphila lives in the mucus layer that covers the intestinal wall, where it specializes in degrading mucus and using it as its energy source, helping to stimulate mucus turnover, which is essential for gut health.A. muciniphila has key roles in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier, supporting a healthy gut microbiota composition, modulating immune responses, influencing metabolic pathways, and promoting healthy aging. In virtue of its many benefits to human physiology and its roles in supporting human health and the gut microbiota, A.

What is Akkermansia Good For?Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) is a bacterial species that inhabits the human gut. A. muciniphila lives in the mucus layer that covers the intestinal wall, where it specializes in degrading mucus and using it as its energy source, helping to stimulate mucus turnover, which is essential for gut health.A. muciniphila has key roles in maintaining the integrity of


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 6 Dec 23

Senescence is a term that derives from the Latin word senex, meaning senior or of old age. The word senescence is often used to refer to biological aging and the deterioration that comes with getting older. It takes this meaning when it is used to refer to a whole organism-organismal senescence. But senescence is also a process that occurs at the cellular level.Cellular senescence is a physiological process through which, in response to stress, cells stop dividing but don’t die. Instead, senescent cells linger indefinitely, interfering with normal tissue function. Cellular senescence is one of the main contributors to the aging

Senescence is a term that derives from the Latin word senex, meaning senior or of old age. The word senescence is often used to refer to biological aging and the deterioration that comes with getting older. It takes this meaning when it is used to refer to a whole organism-organismal senescence. But senescence is also a process that occurs at


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 4 Dec 23

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 131 Medical Lysenkoism is the application of ideological, specifically Communist, doctrine to medicine, and it will kill tens of millions, maybe more, if it continues being put into practice. We say “continues being put into practice” here because, unfortunately, it isn’t just hypothetical; it’s well underway. In fact, not only are all the obvious manifestations of Medical Lysenkoism apparent, but also the American Medical Association (among others) have taken up an explicit commitment to Medical Lysenkoism under the brand name “health equity.” In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 131 Medical Lysenkoism is the application of ideological, specifically Communist, doctrine to medicine, and it will kill tens of millions, maybe more, if it continues being put into practice. We say “continues being put into practice” here because, unfortunately, it isn’t just hypothetical; it’s well underway. In fact, not only are all


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 28 Nov 23

Do Brain Supplements Really Work?Cognitive performance is a dynamic aspect of brain function that relies on the efficiency of neurobiological processes and the structural integrity of the brain. Our mind performs at its best when every element of the cognitive machinery is working optimally.But we all know that’s not always the case. Our mental performance can be affected by all sorts of health and lifestyle factors such as stress, quality of sleep, physical activity, and diet. So we can easily find ourselves not being able to cope with the mental demands we’re faced with. That’s where brain supplements, or nootropics, come in.What

Do Brain Supplements Really Work?Cognitive performance is a dynamic aspect of brain function that relies on the efficiency of neurobiological processes and the structural integrity of the brain. Our mind performs at its best when every element of the cognitive machinery is working optimally.But we all know that’s not always the case. Our mental performance can be affected by all sorts


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Nov 23

As scientists, medical practitioners, biohackers, and health-conscious creators we are deeply passionate about the latest studies and techniques to help optimize the quality of your life. When we find research that excites us we love sharing it with you. Check out this 2023 study showing how overnight olfactory enrichment using an odorant diffuser supports memory in older adults.Olfactory Enrichment Supports Cognition with AgingKeeping our brain stimulated and exposed to novelty is one of the best ways to promote neuroplasticity and maintain healthy cognition as we age [1]. Environmental enrichment through sensory stimulation is one of the many ways to support neuroplasticity [2].

As scientists, medical practitioners, biohackers, and health-conscious creators we are deeply passionate about the latest studies and techniques to help optimize the quality of your life. When we find research that excites us we love sharing it with you. Check out this 2023 study showing how overnight olfactory enrichment using an odorant diffuser supports memory in older adults.Olfactory Enrichment Supports Cognition


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 10 Nov 23

Cellular senescence is one of the twelve Hallmarks of Aging [1]; it is a characteristic of getting older in most organisms (including humans). Fisetin is one of a small group of compounds called senolytics that researchers are studying for countering cellular senescence.Senescence is a cellular stress response characterized by a permanent state of growth arrest (i.e., cells stop dividing but don’t die) and the production of chemical mediators that influence tissue health. With aging, senescent cells can linger in tissues and gradually accumulate, promoting tissue dysfunction, unhealthy aging, and age-related health decline [2,3].Senescent cells can be selectively eliminated with senolytics. Senolytics

Cellular senescence is one of the twelve Hallmarks of Aging [1]; it is a characteristic of getting older in most organisms (including humans). Fisetin is one of a small group of compounds called senolytics that researchers are studying for countering cellular senescence.Senescence is a cellular stress response characterized by a permanent state of growth arrest (i.e., cells stop dividing but


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 3 Oct 23

What are Zombie Cells?Zombie cells are damaged cells that have stopped dividing but refuse to die, also known as senescent cells. Senescence is a stress response characterized by the production of chemical mediators that influence tissue health. Senescent cells that resist elimination by the immune system linger in tissues and gradually accumulate, promoting tissue dysfunction, unhealthy aging, and age-related health decline [1,2].Cells become senescent in response to different types of stress, ranging from environmental insults to mitochondrial dysfunction, DNA damage, oxidative stress, or telomere shortening, among others. Despite accumulating damage, they linger (akin to how Zombies refuse to die in books, TV

What are Zombie Cells?Zombie cells are damaged cells that have stopped dividing but refuse to die, also known as senescent cells. Senescence is a stress response characterized by the production of chemical mediators that influence tissue health. Senescent cells that resist elimination by the immune system linger in tissues and gradually accumulate, promoting tissue dysfunction, unhealthy aging, and age-related health decline [1,2].Cells


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 9 Jun 23

This morning I am sitting with the emotions of what it will truly take to regenerate entire continents…Systems of globalized extraction are so pervasive and destructive. They will need to collapse as part of the process. This implies a great deal of suffering and loss that is far from over.Yet in the same process there will be a growing wave of humanity seeking harmony with the Earth. Communities rallying together in service to life. How can the turbulence of such a blend be survived?I sit with this deeply because I know so much about what is happening at the planetary scale.

This morning I am sitting with the emotions of what it will truly take to regenerate entire continents…Systems of globalized extraction are so pervasive and destructive. They will need to collapse as part of the process. This implies a great deal of suffering and loss that is far from over.Yet in the same process there will be a growing wave of


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Jun 23

Our sacred journey through the Colorado River Basin has brought us all the way to Hoover Dam — and soon we will arrive at the Sea of Cortez in Mexicali. Along the way, we have held meetings with many people who care deeply for the rivers that flow into the Colorado.We passed through Cortez and met with a group of amazing regenerative practitioners who have devoted themselves to various parts of the San Juan River. It was inspiring to learn about their ecological knowledge, educational activities with children, and deep connections with local landscapes.Every time this happens, we explore how a local

Our sacred journey through the Colorado River Basin has brought us all the way to Hoover Dam — and soon we will arrive at the Sea of Cortez in Mexicali. Along the way, we have held meetings with many people who care deeply for the rivers that flow into the Colorado.We passed through Cortez and met with a group of amazing regenerative


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 21 Apr 23

What Are Psychobiotics?Psychobiotics are health-promoting microorganisms (probiotics) or compounds that support such microorganisms (prebiotics) which, when ingested, confer cognitive and mental health benefits to the host through their interaction with the gut microbiota [1]. To put it simply: they’re probiotics and prebiotics for the brain.Psychobiotics are probiotics and prebiotics for the brain.Psychobiotics are able to influence brain function because the brain and the gut microbiota are in constant crosstalk through the gut-brain axis. By modulating the composition or the metabolism of the gut microbiota, psychobiotics change signaling from the gut to the brain. And because this signaling impacts brain activity, it is

What Are Psychobiotics?Psychobiotics are health-promoting microorganisms (probiotics) or compounds that support such microorganisms (prebiotics) which, when ingested, confer cognitive and mental health benefits to the host through their interaction with the gut microbiota [1]. To put it simply: they’re probiotics and prebiotics for the brain.Psychobiotics are probiotics and prebiotics for the brain.Psychobiotics are able to influence brain function because the brain and


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