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Why the Obesity Epidemic?

June 2, 2018

Why is there an obesity epidemic?

The answer, if my ideas are correct, is very very simple:

Eating excessively is NOT connected to wanting more nurturing, but instead it is a strategy of the immune system to flush out germs in your colon – a major problem for all infants and a key to health for everyone. *

Remember when the alimentary tract is attacked by germs the best two strategies of the body is to throw up (block out) , or diarrhea ( flush out).

Know too that a newborn is very vulnerable to infection before his own immune system is fully developed. *

The key clue to my idea is this: YOUR BODY IS SET UP FOR HIGH FIBER DIETS.

That was the only choice through history, until recently. That means that for most of our history, eating more would be eating more FIBER and flushing out your colon – thus getting rid of bad bacteria.

So eating more during trauma is the normal, natural, safe, response that humans have to gut infections. This started in infancy when the danger is the worst and the immune system is being set up. That pattern of a diet high in fiber is good for adults too.

But now our diet has changed, it is not mostly fiber, and the obesity epidemic followed. Now the natural and healthy drive of our bodies to flush the colon, leads to eating food that adds pounds, not fiber.

Why does our hunger for excess food continue when we are no longer infants and the danger of getting infections is less?

First of all a high fiber diet is always healthy.
Next the body is not set up for any other type of diet.
Next when a person is under stress his body will play it safe and revert to infant immune strategies which means hunger for more food/fiber to flush out the colon.

When is the immune system set up? My suggestion is that the period of infancy around 1-3 years old may be the most important time. This pattern, once set, seems to be very difficult to change.

This also seems to match other aspects of infant development in those years that include:
The child’s first hard foods, loss of breast milk, terrible twos, temper tantrums, separation anxiety, stranger anxiety, being a fussy eater, toilet training, and infant sleep problems. These infant problems may be reactions to setting up the immune system. This development phase may be a tough, but necessary stage for all infants.

Some facts:
*”In humans the gut flora is established at one to two years after birth.”

The gut is the body’s largest immune organ. 70-80% of the immune systems cells are found within the gut.

The newborn and infant are at their most vulnerable in the first years.

Diarrhea is the fourth leading cause of death for children and responsible for 8.6% of all deaths of children aged under 5.
Dysentery, diarrhea, and other infections disease have always killed many newborns.
“In the ancient world dysentery killed about a third of all babies born before they got to be a year old.”

According to the World Health Organization, about one quarter of the world’s population — over 1.5 billion people — is infected with parasitic worms called helminths. These worm infections are most common in tropical and subtropical areas with poor sanitation.

So that’s it – that’s why we have an obesity epidemic.

Comments welcome.
Tom.

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The Origin of Life – chemical selection and the heat cycle

May 22, 2018

Here are some ideas on the origin of life and first reproduction.
The suggestion is that the day and night heat cycle was the force that produced chemical selection that led to life.

First Reproduction

Suggestion that some how the heat cycle of day/sun/UV then night and cooler temperatures on Earth, generated bases and protocells.

Suggestion that the heat cycle also generated more accurate base pairings, and longer linked bases.

Suggestion that protocells somehow began partially opening and later closing as a reaction to the daily heat cycle such that the most stable protocells in that environment survived.

Suggestion that somehow the heat cycle annealed and denatured bases such that the most stable base connections in that environment, survived.

Suggestion that protocells that opened and closed somehow contained bases, and that bases within the protocells were more stable than bases not in the protocells.

Suggestion that none of this was a single chemical fluke event in which a one time chemical reaction survived, unprotected and in a hostile environment.

Stable here would mean two things.
1. continue to exist in that environment.
2. allow to change to more stable versions in that environment.

This rough scenario gets rid of all fluke events, and replaces them with systematic chemical selection over millions of years.

When cell reproduction is set up, the division of a cell into two parts allows not only a daughter cell to come into existence, but it allows the father cell to grow in size until it reaches the maximum size for a cell and must divide again to continue to exist.

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
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Two Problems with most Origin of Life Scenarios

April 8, 2018

Two problems with most origin of life scenarios:

1. Life magically pops up completely formed.

2. Life magically survives a hostile environment without any evolved protection.

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My 6 Books

February 27, 2018

These 6 books of mine are all on all the streaming sites, Amazon, I- books, Barnes and Nobel, etc.
Lots of variety! Try one and see.

MY SIX BOOKS have been published on all the streaming sites. Here are some review blurbs. (Read excerpts on the Amazon, Tom Hendricks, author page.)

1. LIBRARY PLANET. Tom Hendricks’ Library Planet is an explosion of imagination and wonderful cultures from all the diverse planets… This is a story for those who want to get lost in a planet sized library without spending too much time away from real life. – Maria Stoica

2. CENDRILLON, the True Story of Cinderella. Tom Hendricks uses a unique historical perspective to bring new life to the tale of Cinderella…. Hidden within the story are lessons about love, loss and acceptable behavior, not to mention the definition of true beauty … Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella is a delightful version of a favorite fairy tale. – Melinda Hills

3. PORTRAITS, a novel of Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution. Tom Hendricks’ contemporary fiction novel, Portraits: A Novel about Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution, is an art lover’s delight. The author’s story captures the essence of the lifestyle and struggles of artists, especially those who’ve not been discovered or found by the gatekeepers of the art world. – Jack Magnus

4. TEN SHORT AND SHORT-SHORT PLAYS. Hendricks obviously is a good writer and also knows the theater well, since his plays can easily be produced by small theater companies without the aid of elaborate scenery, large casts, etc. He also knows how to make things concise and easily understood. – Raanan Geberer. Playwright Tom Hendricks must have an incessantly creative mind, and this comes through in each of his unique and playful works. Each of these plays would be fun to act out for novice actors or for ones much more skilled. I recommend Ten Short and Short-Short Plays to readers who enjoy short works of fiction, those interested in fun short plays, or actors looking for new work. Tom Hendricks’ work is definitely worth watching out for. – Chris Fischer.

5. DOWNTOWN WITH THE BOOK OF RENOWN. (Also titled “?”) The synopsis for Downtown with the Book of Renown by Tom Hendricks goes like this: “Two boys have one big adventure, when Bradley finds a treasure map and two keys in a memo book from the hand of a dead gangster. He names it the ‘Book of Renown.’ The map in the Book of
Renown leads him and his friend Tom downtown to the Clarks Hotel. But how will they get inside, and what treasure will they find if they do?” Though I thought this blurb intriguing, I also felt it a little meager. As it turned out, it was perfect and the answer to the question was not close to anything I imagined. – Lex Allen.

6. WRITINGS IN SCIENCE. Writings in Science, a history of the future in stories, essays, poems and plays.
Writings in Science: A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a dazzling portrait of the world millions of years from now, as seen through the eyes of the character called “I.” It is the kind of sci-fi that can be characterized as visionary. – Divien Zape.
A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a beautiful collection of stories, dialogues, essays, and many things in between, depicting the world millions of years in the future.
Readers will enjoy the drama that features in the stories, the tight prose in the essays, and the compelling, somewhat symbolic characters. Tom Hendricks exhibits a very rich imagination in this entertaining work.
The author covers a variety of themes in a variety of styles, including ethical issues, scientific inventions, culture and politics.
The Setting is captivating. I was drawn in by the images the author conjured through the beautiful writing. It’s a work that will be adored by fans of sci-fi, short stories, futuristic essays and fantasy. – Arya Fomonyuy.
Writings in Science: A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a collection of poems, essays and stories all compiled into a novel, written in two parts. The reader is taken to a world where the earth is no longer viable and is, in fact, dying because of the sun. People are leaving the blue planet in droves and one man with the name of “I” works to gather his favorite science writings to preserve them as a legacy for the future. Follow the history in this book and all of the changes that have happened to the planet before it began its death throes. – Kathryn Bennett.

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Hard Science in WIS Sci-fi Novel

February 19, 2018

Science Hypotheses from the Sci-fi novel, “Writings in Science, a History of the Future”

This sci-fi novel is big with not only lots of adventure stories, but hard science ideas. Here are some of the key ones.

1 The origin of life. Suggestion that the daily cycle of UV forced chemical selection with life the most stable reaction. (Also a daily wet, dry cycle too). Genetic coding was first for ” Double Stability”. That is stability that keeps what works, and adjusts what needs work in that environment. That is the main reason for coding and for our genomes.

2. Carrying the Baby concept. Hominids being bipedal allowed mothers to carry, caress, and soothe the baby. This mother child bounding may have led to the faster evolution of language and intelligence.

3. Why do we sleep? The main reason, besides resetting the digestive system, and building memory, is for the bodies immune system to attack any infection, mostly in the gut (73%), the mouth (23%) and the skin.

4. The Stream of Consciousness method of teaching is a way to educated many times faster than the current systems. SOC.

5. People Power, a low tech power source anywhere there are people, such that there is never an emergency where there is not power.

6. New type of selection, the transfer of gut bacteria from mother to newborn child.

7. The emotions of fear and anger evolved out of the defense system against infection in the gastrointestinal tract. Anger from gut infection. Fear from mouth infection. This ties directly to why we have overweight or underweight problems.

8. The idea that the nervous system is made up of separate parts that are often in conflict, lead to an internal civil war of conflicting unconscious drives, and that solving this inner trauma resolves many outer social problems. The idea that there is a somewhat separate nervous system for each of the 3 germ layers in bilateria.

9. Thermal regulation decreases mutations.

10. There is a direction in evolution, and it is toward better catabolic and anabolic processes. Catabolic and anabolic chemical processes evolved, but did not blend. Negative mutation on one side may be minimized by a positive aspect on the other. A positive mutation on one side may support a positive change on the other.

11. Selection Pressure Model:
The greater the selection pressure – directional or diversifying selection – the greater the speed of evolution in the area of the selection pressure, AND
the lower the selection pressure – stabilizing selection – the lower the speed of evolution in the area of the selected pressure. Or in simple terms, nothing changes until it’s forced to.

12. Separation anxiety or stranger anxiety, may be the reflection of the biological loss of breast milk in the infant. Separation anxiety may be the infant’s separation from breast milk to ‘stranger’ first foods and liquids. Stranger anxiety may be the reflection of the infants immune system’s response to first solids or first infection.

13.There may be selection pressure within the body itself. Kwashiorkor, a disease caused by lack of protein, where the body competes for what protein is left, seems to support this.

14.The reason for our sweet tooth may be connected to the fact that sugar brings quick energy, and it is the easiest and fastest food to digest.


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