Tag: scientific american

Thinking ability and cortisol, the stress hormone.

Thinking ability and cortisol, the stress hormone. If you have ever been stressed out for a while, after a while, it may seem that you just cannot think straight. In a normal functioning person, cortisol levels should be high in the morning and low when you are ready for bed which allows for a sound sleep. People who are constantly stressed out may have problems with sleep and are likely emotionally drained. Their cortisol levels are likely higher than they should be at night which can affect the ability to fall asleep and then experience a deep REM sleep which Read More »

The double threat of Flu and Covid19 during 2021, here we go again.

The double threat of Flu and Covid19 during 2021, here we go again. Fear-mongering about the flu for 2021 has again begun.  As with last year’s prediction, it is highly unlikely we will again have a flu season this year based on southern hemisphere reports referenced in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) August 25th, 2021 report.  The report essentially states there are almost zero cases reported by Australia in the Fall and winter of 2021 which is highly predictive of what we should expect. Covid-19 also seems to be on a downtrend in the USA at this Read More »

Cortisol, the stress hormone may affect your thinking ability in your middle age years according to this article.

Cortisol, the stress hormone may affect your thinking ability in your middle-age years according to this article. If you are stressed out all the time, especially in your earlier years, you can be affecting your ability to think as you approach middle age. A  study of more than 2,000 people, most of them in their 40s, found those with the highest levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol performed worse on tests of memory, organization, visual perception, and attention. The study was published in the October 2018 Journal of Neurology Many people worry about things they cannot control which for many Read More »

The cancer industrial complex; The hype vs. the facts.

The cancer industrial complex; The hype vs. the facts. Being told you have cancer by your physician is one of the scariest things a person can hear. Images of tests, surgeries, and treatments that will make you feel ill and lose your hair go through your head.   Will you survive this and will cancer go into remission allowing you to live a normal life.   Will your insurance allow you to see the best healthcare providers and cover the cost? Then there is the periodic testing and monitoring for years after to make sure cancer does not return. What about alternatives Read More »