Archive for February, 2010

Biology: Sleep – Big Discoveries

February 28, 2010

Readers:  This is an ongoing hypothesis that has changed a lot over the past years. For many of the newest ideas that adjust some of these here, see

Biology Hypothesis

Or contact me with any questions or comments.

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By understanding why we sleep, we may resolve many chronic health and psychological problems. Many of these problems may be directly connected to the two transition points of a daily digestion cycle – wake to sleep, and  sleep to wake.

CONTENTS:

Introduction

Two sleep basics

Sleep as half of the daily digestion cycle.

Two major problem areas: wake to sleep and sleep to wake

Length of each transition phase.

Many underlying problems of sleep.

Sleep temperature needs to be adjusted.

Three main clues

Conscious awareness of how the body works, helps resolve the problems.

Two facts that support the overall hypothesis

Sleep pattern set up in childhood

Testing the Hypothesis

INTRODUCTION

Here is a hypothesis on why we sleep. There also seems to be a vast layer of health and psychological problems that come from sleep disorders, that until now, were not known.

By understanding why we sleep, we may resolve many chronic health and psychological problems, specifically problems of Deep Sleep. These problems may be resolved by adjusting body temperature.

This hypothesis is based on looking at life as evolved forms of catabolic type or anabolic type processes. (See my other discussions). This way of looking at biochemistry may give many insights.

TWO SLEEP BASICS

First there are two things everyone recognizes about sleep:

1. Sleep is VERY important. Whether its fruit flies, fish, cats or humans , whether its seals and dolphins that sleep with alternate hemispheres of their brains asleep, or bears hibernating during the winter. No matter the way the creature sleeps, we know that without sleep it can die. Sleep has got to be something very important.

2. There are two main parts to sleep:

NREM , not random eye movements, or slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, where the brain is less active. Most of sleep is in one aspect of the multiple stages of NREM sleep.  The other main part of sleep is REM, rapid eye movement sleep. REM sleep seems to have a lot of dreams. REM sleep makes up about 20% of total sleep time.

SLEEP AS HALF OF THE DAILY DIGESTION CYCLE

My hypothesis suggests that sleep is half of the daily digestion process for humans.  Here is a quick summary. The body has a daily digestion cycle that has two parts The first part is the wake phase. The second part is the sleep phase. Then the daily cycle repeats.

During the WAKE phase the person takes in food and breaks it down. This is mostly a phase of catabolic processes that digest the food for that day. This is followed by a SLEEP phase where the food is absorbed and used and the body prepares waste out. This is mostly anabolic processes.

During the first part of the SLEEP phase, the NREM phase, the person replenishes the body with nurturing and other anabolic processes. During the second part of the Sleep phase, the REM phase, the person prepares the body for waste out. Then the person wakes and the cycle repeats.

TWO MAJOR PROBLEM AREAS: WAKE TO SLEEP, AND SLEEP TO WAKE

There are two major problem areas: the transition from wake to sleep, and the transition from sleep to wake. The body makes a major adjustment at both of these times of the day. There may be a lot of unresolved health problems involved in the daily digestion cycle at these two points.

Both of these points have a history of  health and sleep problems. Night terrors in deep sleep for one example. This hypothesis suggests that there are many many more unconscious problems associated with these two transition phases that have not been uncovered.  These problems are somehow connected to a shift in the body temperature from one phase to the other. Note also that the first transition from wake to sleep, may have the most unconscious problems of the two.

LENGTH OF EACH  TRANSITION PHASE

Note that deep sleep has 3 stages. That suggests that the transition from wake to sleep is a major change that comes about in stages.  Also note that waking after sleep  can happen a number of times before the night’s sleep is completely done. Both of these suggest that the transition phases are evolved, complex, and somewhat difficult for the body to do.

MANY UNDERLYING  PROBLEMS OF SLEEP

The digestion cycle pattern is set up in early childhood, and is almost impossible to change from then on. The digestion cycle is most likely based on the breast feeding pattern between the child and the mother.  This sets up a food in and waste out pattern that becomes the digestion cycle.

The overall problem to solve then, is that of the digestion cycle with special emphasis on the two transition periods, from wake to sleep and sleep to wake. That problem is resolved by resetting  the daily digestion pattern into one that is more healthy.

SLEEP TEMPERATURE NEEDS TO BE CHANGED

My suggestion on how to resolve problems at both deep sleep and waking, are to adjust the body temperature. First we adjust the body temperature, then the body heals.

Preliminary results seem to suggest that there are two periods of body temperature and that these two are opposite, when there is a problem. Either deep sleep temperature is too high AND wake temperature is too low, or vice versa. To resolve, these problems resolve the temperature problems. Healthy adults have deep sleep temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold, AND wake/day temperatures that are neither too cold or too hot.

Further it seems that the deep sleep temperature is the one we are most consciously aware of.  That means that if we feel ‘hot’ too much of the time, our deep sleep temperature – not our waking one – is too hot and too high. That also means that if we feel ‘cold’ too much of the time, our deep sleep temperature – not our waking one – is too cool and too low.

THREE MAIN CLUES

We have three main  clues to help determine what the sleep problems are. Therefore when there are sleep problems OR any unresolved or hidden chronic problems, we should check these three things: sleep problems, body weight, and the overall dominant emotion.

1. Sleep Problems.

Check the two transition problem areas connected to sleep; where waking turns to sleep, and sleep turns to wake. Also any problems from lack of sleep or problems during sleep.

2. Weight .

Underweight –  deep sleep temperature is too low and wake/day temperature is too high. Person often feels too ‘cold’. To fix and resolve, raise deep sleep body temperature, and lower waking daytime temperature on the subconscious level.

Overweight –  deep sleep temperature is too high and wake/day temperature is too low. Person often feels too ‘hot’. To fix and resolve, lower deep sleep body temperature, and raise waking daytime temperature on the subconscious level.

3. Emotion.

There seems to be a basic emotion connected to the wake to sleep transition, and another to the sleep wake transition.

When ANGER is the dominant emotion or unresolved conflict – look at wake to sleep transition, and deep sleep issues.

When FEAR is the dominant emotion or unresolved conflict – look at sleep to wake transition.

By using these 3 clues the person should begin to open the door on understanding any chronic health and psychological problems they may have.

CONSCIOUS AWARENESS OF HOW THE BODY WORKS, HELPS RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS.

The process of understanding how the daily cycle works, may actually go a long way in resetting the body temperature and resolving the inner conflicts. When the person understands what is causing his problems, the body seems to be more able to adjust the body temperature and resolve the problems.

TWO FACTS THAT SUPPORT THE OVERALL HYPOTHESIS

1. IF sleep is a part of the metabolism cycle, and mainly concerned with processing that days food intake, then for those times when you have fasted, there should be less sleep. We know when we eat a big meal we feel sleepy – that suggests sleep helps process that food. But what about the other way? If we fast do we need less sleep? Doing a quick google of fasting and sleep, I found that that is exactly true. Those that fast need less sleep.

2. IF sleep is part of the metabolism cycle, and mainly concerned with processing that days food intake, then for those times when you eat more you should require more sleep to process that food.Note that after gorging themselves on a kill, lions will often sleep almost continuously for 2 or 3 days.

SLEEP PATTERN SET UP IN CHILDHOOD

The hypothesis suggests that in childhood, a pattern is set up that determines the temperature of each phase of sleep. And that this pattern is highly influenced by the breast-feeding pattern set up between the mother and child. The pattern is very hard to change.

TESTING THE HYPOTHESIS

Test the hypothesis by testing its claims connected to sleep problems, weight problems, and dominant emotions.

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Add On’s

1

Since Darwin’s major discovery, there has been a lot of emphasis on replication: genes, DNA, etc. What there has not been is an equal amount of emphasis on metabolism. This set of ideas opens up that side of the coin.

2

This quote from Paul Davies well sums up the importance of looking at life as either catabolic or anabolic processes: “There are two paths in investigating the world: the reductionist path and the synthetic path. I would add there are two paths to all life the reductionist path (catabolic) and the synthetic path (anabolic).

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The catabolic anabolic split hypothesis may also help explain Cope’s Rule about size increase in evolution.

4

There was mention above that the crossover points are difficult for the body to do and may cause the most stress. Note this quote “Most deaths, particularly of ill or aged individuals, happen early in the morning when body temperature is at its lowest and the likelihood of REM sleep is highest.” That would be in the sleep to wake phase.

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Before, I’ve suggested that a positive mutation on the Catabolic side might spur the Anabolic side to catch up  – or vice versa – a positive mutation on the Anabolic side might spur the Catabolic side to catchup. Thus for every positive mutation you have two improvements, and a sort of motor to push natural selection. We have the term ‘arms race’ , this would be a personal ‘arms race’  between the two metabolic processes. But in this arms race, both would be positive changes.

But what about the other way. If there was a negative mutation on the Catabolic side might the Anabolic side be able to sometimes fix or repair or lessen the damage. This should also be true if the mutation was on the anabolic side. Thus one side can help protect the other in cases of a negative mutation. Therefore we have two ways the anabolic catabolic split can help. Positive mutation on one side will help foster a positive mutation on the other. Negative mutation on one side will be lessened by the processes of the other.


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Musea E-mail Club #502: Ten Plus Tips for Musicians

February 24, 2010

TEN Plus TIPS FOR MUSICIANS

1 Try to stand out, not fit in. Your goal should not be to sound like everyone else. If you are not doing something that is the world’s first in music – then ask yourself, “Why not? Show some courage. Do something new. Find your own voice.”

2. Don’t write your own songs. Better to have a hit record that you didn’t write, than publishing rights on an embarrassment.

3. Musicians, if you are here just to promote yourselves and not to also help other talented musicians; then I can’t help you either.There needs to be a little less ME, and a little more cooperation.

4. Sing like you talk. Sing honestly. Not overly melodramatic with false emotion – it sounds fake. If you can’t sing, learn – don’t use auto tune to fake it.

5. Jimi Hendrix used more guitar sounds in one record, All Along The Watch Tower” than the last 1,000 new groups I heard. Why is being a clone considered good?

6. Selling out IS selling out!

7. Fame will eat you alive if you really don’t have any developed talent or skill.

8. Join the art revolution – stick up for independent artists and oppose the consolidation of the music industry into 4 companies.

9. If you are beautiful and look like a model, you probably aren’t a good musician.

10. Innovation is never weird – its a new way of doing things that challenges and excites.

11. Show some range in your singing, sometimes happy and lite, sometimes serious with a depth of emotion.

12. Write lyrics about what you know, about your real life, – name names, give specifics.

13. You can’t hide bad music with guest musicians.

14. Don’t over produce. Get the clutter out. Back to basics is best.

15. Don’t mix styles of music, if you can’t play any of them very well.

Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

Musea Art Contest 2/22/10

February 22, 2010

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

This English fair began in 1133, and it was such fun, and such a big hit that they kept it going each year for, oh, say, 722 years! Name it.

IS Bartholomew Fair, held in West Smithfield, London. Fo/mo/info http://www.pepysdiary.com/p/1285.php Sounds like a party!

I had no correct answers. Seems the question was FAIR-ly difficult for you!

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” ‘08 or my Just RELEASED MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH’(Nov.’09) Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net (remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question*

This artist spent just about 50 years on two DOORS! (or two sets of doors). Name the artist.

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos) Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

Black Holes, Dragons, and more

February 19, 2010

Do black holes

have shadows?

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Dragons have no natural enemies

except fiction writers.

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Hyde and Jekyll

were beside themselves

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Now the Kangaroo

is in your court.

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The last straw

was a needle

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Was that a dragon

or am I seeing things?

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I was working on chaos theory

but my mind began to wander.

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I asked my instructor, the great trapeze artist,

if I could start on the ground floor and work my way up.

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Build your house on rocks

but sleep on pillows!

Musea Art Contest 2/17/10

February 17, 2010

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

This record features both the Father of Country Music and the Father of Jazz. Name it.

IS Blue Yodel #9, one of the pioneering records by the Father of Country Music Jimmie Rodgers, with horn by the Father of Jazz, Satchmo Armstrong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixOpXVp0AXs&feature=related

I had no correct answers. Seems the turntables of your mind – don’t. I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(’06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” ’08 or my Just RELEASED MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH'(Nov.’09) Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net (remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question*

This English fair began in 1133, and it was such fun, and such a big hit that they kept it going each year for, oh, say, 722 years! Name it.

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com http://www.Myspace.com/Musead (New Friends welcome) http://www.youtube.com/TomHendricksMusea (all my videos) Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)



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