Monthly Archives: January 2016

Can Meditation Gadgets Really Help?

Meditation Gadgets

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article in the Technology section about meditation gadgets last month.  The author who is a technology editor describes his experience with trying to aid his meditation with biofeedback devices.

He writes briefly about the NeuroSky MindWave device ($99) and the Emotiv Insight device ($659), but settles on the Muse Headband ($249) which he says offers the ‘most pleasant experience.’

Incidentally, this is the same headband that I have (check out my review here).

It took him a while to get used to it but one he did:

…it didn’t take long for me to notice a greater sense of awareness spilling over into everyday life.

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Fish Oil Helps Burn Fat

Fish oil burns fat1

Ben Greenfield tweeted out a link to the the press release for this study, where they state:

Researchers have found that fish oil transforms fat-storage cells into fat-burning cells, which may reduce weight gain in middle age.

Since I’m currently stuck in the middle of the storm of the century here in Northern Virginia (why did I ever leave California), I figure I have the time to hunker down and read through the actual paper itself.

VA snow

All of this accumulated overnight…

Press releases are notorious for misrepresenting what is actually stated in the paper.  Luckily this paper is free!… Read More

Successful Treatment of Osteoarthritis with Curcumin

Curcumin and Arthritis1

I honestly didn’t expect to be writing so much about curcumin but when I came across this study I couldn’t help but read through it.  I recently wrote about a study demonstrating how curcumin can help tendon healing, but because the test subjects were rats, my enthusiasm was somewhat tempered.

Once I saw that this study done in humans, my curiosity was piqued.

This was published in the Alternative Medicine Review journal in 2010 and is titled:

Efficacy and Safety of Meriva, a Curcumin-phosphatidylcholine Complex, during Extended Administration in Osteoarthritis Patients

I actually learned a lot more about curcumin, after reading through this paper.  For instance:

  • Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric
  • There are almost 3000 studies investigating the properties of curcumin
  • Curcumin by itself is unstable and poorly absorbed in the GI tract, but once its absorbed it becomes stable and can even permeate tissues like the brain.
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Jocko Podcast: My New Favorite Podcast


I first came across the name Jocko Willink through the Tim Ferriss Podcast.

To read through his resume is to understand what a true badass he is.  Pulled directly from his bio on Echelon Front, his consulting company:

Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the US Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city.

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The Importance of Blue Light Reduction

bluelight ios

*Image found here

I was pretty excited when I saw the blue light reduction feature being added in to the next iOS (9.3).  For those new to the scene, blue light at night has been found to be extremely detrimental to our sleep cycles.

Modern humans are now surrounded by screens everywhere.  TVs, tablets, smartphones, computer screens etc.  These screens have even wormed their way into our bedrooms.

In the natural world, blue light = day time.

The more we stare at these screens at night, the more we’re telling our brain that it’s day time.… Read More

Cholesterol Update After Stopping Bionic Fiber

Bionic Fiber and Cholesterol 1

Brief Summary

I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.… Read More

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