Posts Tagged ‘Hendricks Health Theory’

Pre Puberty Trauma?

July 16, 2013

Could pre puberty be a time of great trauma for the child?
We are biological creatures. Reproduction is perhaps our main biological reason for being. With that in mind, I’m looking at that period for males up to the first ejaculations in puberty. I now think there may have been a lot of pre-puberty trauma. Until puberty is finished, there may well be a lot of pent up trauma that unconsciously drives the pre pubescent boy.

I have suggested that the main traumas of infants are either not enough nurturing trauma, or infection trauma. Now I add the pre puberty trauma in male children (And most likely something similar in females during puberty).

“It appears that a majority of all hormonal imbalances that lead to cancers of the reproductive system, …, sleep cycle disturbances, clinical depression, skin cell health problems, body image imbalances and body weight imbalances originate in trauma that happened in the years around puberty.” KC Avnayt.

Beyond the documented problems with puberty, I would suggest these: sleep disorders (almost all are worse during puberty), depression, moodiness, fears that cause withdrawals, teen violence, etc etc. Food problems, allergies (most happen during puberty years), etc. During puberty, your body grows faster than at any other time in your life, except when you were a baby.

Testosterone production happens in night with a high point reached in early morning when we wake up. Getting up and early morning may be a traumatic time. Testosterone also peaks in a 7 day cycle, so once a week when testosterone is at it’s highest, and the prepub child cannot yet ejaculate, should be traumatic. Testosterone 7 day chart.

I also think that smell plays a much more important part to sex than we acknowledge. So with all the usual problems of sexual tension, first attractions, and sexual frustration, I would add that any major meeting place (stores, theaters, schools, etc.) would have the smell of women that should make pre puberty for boys even more frustrating. Also puberty most likely triggers any infant traumas too (fear of separation, or stranger anxiety)

This part of a person’s life, would be like total sexual constipation. We males are built to ejaculate and reproduce. Until we can it would be a biological trauma. like a child wanting to grow up but can’t or has to wait.

My contention is that this pre puberty pressure of growing up, is a trauma no one knows about. We only know the symptoms, and those symptoms are usually dismissed as problems of growing up or being a teen.



The Colon as the First Water Treatment Plant?!? (bio post)

June 20, 2013

Why would the body take water from the colon, of all places. That’s water with feces in it. But it does. At night the colon contractions reverse to keep in the contents, and then water is absorbed from the colon to keep water levels right, and for the next days digestion needs.

Then it dawned on me that for our ancestors, no water on earth would be more healthy than colon water. Here are some reasons I found.
1. Water in the colon has gone through all the gastrointestinal tract filters including the acid in the stomach.
2. There is a world of gut biota in the colon. Good bacteria that the body supports would help clean the water from pathogens.
3. When we wake up we can excrete out all the waste in the colon in a bowel movement.
4. Surprisingly, about 70% of the immune system is in the colon.

We need water. Regulating water is a key aspect of health. What better water tank for us is there than the colon?

Cortisol, The Wake Up Clock in your body from 6-8 AM

May 28, 2013

Your body has a wake up clock that rings from 6-8 AM every morning.

While exploring sleep, I found this body alarm clock, that evolution has set up for us. We are biologically set up to wake up between 6-8 AM due to the circadian cycle of cortisol.

Cortisol cycle charts



Cortisol is highest from 6-8 AM. Then it drops between 8-11 AM. Then there is a gradual decline throughout the day till 2 AM. Cortisol is lowest at 12-2 AM.


What does cortisol do? (some quotes from online)

Cortisol plays a number of important roles in health. It turns on the light switches in your body so you can get moving in the morning. It elevates when you exercise so you can perform at a higher level without friction, assisting you to get a refreshing response to exercise. It buffers the stress you are under, and like oil in a car engine it enables you to operate at a higher pace with proper lubrication so you don’t overheat.

Cortisone, a glucocorticoid, and adrenaline are the main hormones released by the body as a reaction to stress. They elevate blood pressure and prepare the body for a fight or flight response.
Cortisol is released in response to stress, sparing available glucose for the brain, generating new energy from stored reserves, and diverting energy from low-priority activities (such as the immune system) in order to survive immediate threats or prepare for the exertion of rising to a new day.
Cortisol also has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties – both of which are important in regulating normal responses of the immune system.


My suggestion is that for optimum health, we recognize this circadian cycle, and adjust our sleep time to fit it as best as we can. Also I find it interesting that there is a little cortisol increase at our typical mealtimes of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why would that be?

Wake up clock.

Catabolic and Anabolic evolved, but they did not blend.

Bio Post: REM Sleep is a Very Very Big Deal – you are literally shaking all over!

August 6, 2012

Most of my blog posts are about arts – all the arts – and the art revolution in music, painting, lit, film, fashion, and all the rest. But this one is another in the long line connected to new biology ideas.  For those interested this one specifically is about REM sleep and how incredibly traumatic it can be (and conceivably the key source of most chronic health and psychological trauma in our lives).

REM is a big deal. REM sleep seems to be the period of the greatest trauma in our day to day lives.

Here is just a partial list of the stress and trauma occurring in the body during every REM phase in sleep – they happen about every 90 minutes and make up about 20% of sleep.

1. All testosterone production after puberty.
2. ‘During REM sleep, most brain areas show greatly increased blood flow, almost uniformly greater than 50% above the waking level, and as great as nearly 200%.’
3. The Right Hemisphere seems to be activated during REM sleep (left – NREM)
4. Dreams happen mostly inREM sleep (visual side of brain is right hemisphere and seems to be activated during REM – see above)
5. ‘ Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is characterized by periods of profound cardiac autonomic activation evident in heart rate surges in humans…’
6. ‘Brain activity increases in motor and sensory areas.’
7. Muscle paralysis, atonia, sleep paralysis happens, as a person moves into or out of REM
8. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – and to a lesser amount there is even a rapid inside ear movement.
9. Blood pressure increases 30% , blood flow to brain increases by 50-200% from NREM
10. Respiration – increases and varies from NREM
11. Body temp is not regulated – drifts towards local environment.
12. Sexual arousal – increases from NREM.
13. ‘During REM sleep, intense activity is also observed in the limbic system, a set of structures heavily involved in emotions. Two of these structures are especially active: the hippocampal region and, in particular, the amygdala. Once again, it is interesting to note that this intense limbic activity does not occur during the phases of non-REM sleep , when the dreams that people have are far less emotional.”
14. During sleep the brain in the gut produces ninety minutes of slow muscle contractions followed by short periods of rapid muscle movements, cycles that correspond to the cycles of deep sleep and REM. When the brain is in deep sleep, the gut quiets down (there is ‘decreased small intestinal motility”), whereas REM has “immediate stimulatory effects on colonic motility”

What is obvious to me is that if there is trauma in a person’s life, the bulk of it must be in sleep in the REM period. But why – what is all this for? I tend to think that because there is such a direct link with immunity and the amount of sleep, that it has to do with the body’s defense system. Two things may be key here – the colonic push that empties the intestines during REM and the role of fat that seems to play such a big part in the immune system

Tom Hendricks

UV PAPER (Catabolic and Anabolic evolved, but they did not blend.

These posts are built on the premise of the evolution of catabolic and anabolic processes to other separate deconstructive and constructive processes.
Catabolic and anabolic processes do not blend (bio summary)

NREM Sleep Pattern, may be key to health

September 1, 2010
READERS PLEASE NOTE;  This is an ongoing hypothesis that is quickly going through many changes.
Much is new. And many of the ideas in this post are out of date as of 2012.  Please see

Biology Hypothesis

For more up to date version. – Tom Hendricks  January 2011.

We have evolved a basic NREM sleep temperature pattern that may be much much more important than anyone knew.
This post  is about my ideas of health problems due to body temperature in NREM sleep.
Sleep seems to be the second half of a daily food digestion and processing cycle. During the day we eat and begin digestion. During sleep the body stops eating, and uses the food to repair and replenish the body.
Background. Body temperature rises all day. Then begins to drop during sleep. It reaches its low point a little before waking. There are two phases of sleep NREM (Not REM sleep, or Deep Wave sleep) and REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement). They alternate during the sleep period with more
NREM at the start of sleep period, and less towards the end of sleep period.
1. Body temperature drops about 2 degrees in sleep. For example body temperature drops from a normal 98.5 to 96.5 degrees.
2. BUT body temperature is regulated during NREM sleep, not at REM. For example there is shivering and sweating during NREM but not during REM.
Therefore if there is a body temperature problem in sleep it is in NREM sleep.
3. Newborn infants sleep in REM sleep. It takes about 6 months to develop the NREM sleep.  I suggest a pattern of NREM sleep develops during this time. Note this is not before birth, but six months or so after.  Note this is also the time of breast feeding. This food-in period, should be a major part of this NREM sleep pattern. I suggest this NREM sleep temperature pattern is key to good health when it is set right.  But when this pattern is too low or too high it causes specific sets of chronic problems.
4. This NREM body temperature in sleep, pattern; set in childhood, is virtually impossible to change. If there is a problem in this sleep pattern, it is made worse by puberty, and/or it is made worse by outside trauma of any kind. But it is not CAUSED by those things. It is caused because an unhealthy sleep pattern was set up in the early months after birth.
5.  Too HIGH NREM body temperature pattern, set up in infancy, has these clue words : Overweight. Repressed and unresolved  ANGER problems Anger of not having enough food in, and too much waste out. Wants to take in more, and hold in more.
6. Too LOW NREM body temperature pattern , set up in infancy, has these clue words. Underweight. Repressed and unresolved FEAR problems Fear of having too much food in, and too little waste out. Wants to block out more, and excrete out more. For more on sleep and body temperature see 3.2 , and 3.5 illustration – figure 9, at.

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