Operation Electrosmog Reduction, Part 2

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  For the past five years, since reading Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman, I have tried to control my exposure to electromagnetic fields aka EMF as much as I can without going batty. Such is the glacial progress of EMF awareness in the general public that I can post this record of my EMF experiment from five years ago and not worry about it being outdated. I have definitely sensed EMF's effects. I wrote about a few of those experiences in part one of this experiment. In another episode I spent a week suffering from mysterious waves of fatigue, similar to blood-sugar drops, after I moved my TV-binge-watching spot from one side of my couch to the other (because adventure). When I realized I was sitting 18 inches from the…
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Discussion forum misinformation

Discussion forum misinformation

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Last updated July 2022 Some of us still remember when "regular" people were dressed, coached, prompted and edited before they were allowed to appear on any wide-reaching media -- on TV or in newspapers or magazines. Almost everyone on TV looked and sounded exactly alike and were probably clones of each other kept in a basement at CBS Studios and rented out to ABC and NBC. But they were polite and proper and gave you the idea that Americans were good people and that our educational system worked, darnit. Now we know better. Now we have the internet. Somehow Americans got the idea that if they can type, their opinions matter. (Let me be clear here -- except for one obnoxious industry shill, I have no complaints about MY commenters.)…
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Ten links for May 2013

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A selection of articles I’ve recently posted on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. If anyone can demonstrate to me that Google+ is of any use to anyone whatsoever anywhere, please let me know. Brian Eno designs stress-reduction room for UK hospital Watch out for counterfeit medical journals online. Even scientists are being fooled. Animation of the gut's immune system and how it can go wrong Make your own probiotics! 10 fermented foods that kids love Are supplements really necessary? (Chris Kesser) 4-part blog series on Weston Price's scientific approach Another non-invasive brain stimulation treatment for mood problems Calcium supplements ineffective for bone health and might harm heart (Chris Kesser) Niacin doesn't help heart, may cause harm, study says Doctors/surgeons with revoked licenses can legally begin a new practice in another state
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Wake therapy (staying up all night) for depression

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After a reader pointed me to a New York Times article on chronotherapy -- using light exposure and waking times to affect mood -- I ordered one of the publications it referred to: Chronotherapeutics for Affective Disorders: A Clinician's Manual for Light and Wake Therapy. The manual's authors, three clinical researchers/professors in psychiatric neuro-stuff in Italy, Switzerland, and New York, have been experimenting with chronotherapy on hospitalized bipolar and depressive patients. They themselves do not use prescription drugs in their treatment, but their patients' other psychiatrists and doctors often do, so the manual includes guidelines on how to incorporate meds into each treatment. Among the many topics the authors cover -- bright light therapy, melatonin, and generally futzing with a person's circadian rhythms in multiple ways -- they mention that…
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Weird niacin deficiency symptom: perceptual changes

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Recently I came across a discussion forum referring to the use of niacin for social anxiety at multi-gram doses. One commenter mentioned that based on her experience, either niacin has to be repleted in much larger amounts than commonly believed, or plays a much more important role in the diet. Or both. This intrigued me. I’ve never experimented with niacin in any big way, because I never found any mention of big doses used for anything but heart disease or schizophrenia, the latter application made famous in the 60s by Dr. Abram Hoffer. Another issue was the annoying and unpredictable flushing. Somehow I had mistakenly concluded that niacinamide, a form that does not cause flushing, and no-flush niacin were the same thing, and since no-flush niacin definitely gives me flushes,…
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Look up and report Rx drug side effects online

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In the past few years several consumer-driven databases have sprung up that allow you to look up and report side effects to prescription drugs. The FDA's method of collecting and reporting side effects is slow and inefficient and relies mostly on doctors' reports of patient complaints. Apparently doctors tend to report only "medically serious" complaints like nausea or abdominal pain, and consider things like sexual dysfunction to be not worth mentioning. On top of that, many people don't even bother sharing side effects with their doctors, probably because they know the exchange will go like this: Doctor: Any problem with the flurextrothimstim? Patient: Yeah, my eyelashes started to fall out. Doctor: Really? I've never heard of that! Give me a call in a few months and tell me if it's…
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