Methylene Blue Resource Page

I’m dumping resources for methylene blue here

Methylene Blue in Treatment of Cancer, Aging & Dementia – Bernd Friedlander (Feb 2015)


Methylene Blue: Upgrade Your Brain For Pennies

Research literature

Google Scholar search

For shits and giggles, here’s a song entitled “Methylene Blue“. Not too shabby.

Methylene Blue Resource Page

Doubling up

Peter Diamandis recently answered questions for Tim Ferriss’ podcast. One nugget I want to pull from his answers is the idea of “doubling up”. He doesn’t explicitly say “doubling up”, but instead describes a numerical sequence (power of 2) where each number is doubled in the next step: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc. I love this idea, because it gives a concrete method for how small beginnings can lead to very large happenings over time.
He then goes on to point out that you can extend this to a billion.
2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288, 1048576, 2097152, 4194304, 8388608, 16777216, 33554432, 67108864, 134217728, 268435456, 536870912, 1073741824, …
It’s 20 steps to reach 1 million. Thirty steps to reach 1 billion. Time to get started, right?
When you dream big, it helps to establish a framework of steps to get you there. This is a big picture way to do that. In my case, I see
2 = learning about nutrition on the internet
4 = act on my learned knowledge
8 = buy books about nutrition
16 = test biomarkers
32 = start participating in communities
64 = start a website devoted to nutritional pursuits
Later steps include: giving a talk about what I know, taking on a client, community activism/leadership, having 20k words on my blog, taking legitimate courses, writing an ebook, gaining 10k followers, etc. Some of the earlier steps seem really insignificant, but they quickly snowball into bigger things. You have to decide what each step correlates to, how it’s quantified. Chances are that you’re already several steps in by the time you decide to make something of it.
Doubling up

Float tank, second experience

Yesterday I used a float tank. It was my second time.

I’m still figuring out how it can be useful. The magnesium salts are a huge plus for me, and relaxation is nice, but as of yet, floating doesn’t have any effects that I think would be worthy of the evangelization it gets from Evan Brand and Joe Rogan. It’s mostly a ‘cool thing to do’.

Perhaps the answer will be in cumulative and continued use. That is how anything works after all — you don’t see an improvement unless you make a continued effort. Unfortunately, very few things one does for personal enhancement cost $40 each time you do them. The soap required for floating also strips all the oils off your skin and hair. Not a good thing when I’m trying to engender a more natural relationship between my skin and the sun.

I did get a monthly payment package — I get two floats per month. It’s cheaper and will help make floating a continued practice.

As for the experience itself, it took me quite a while to settle in. One thing I found that helped is putting my hands behind my head. This position relaxed both my arms and neck, which felt uncomfortable and tense. It allows both my arms and neck to push against each other a little, thus removing the tension from trying to get used to a new position (floating in water as opposed to standing in air as usual). After a period of time I didn’t need to be in this position to be comfortable.

(As an aside, I think human bodies are most comfortable when existing in motion, or with their weight pressed against a solid object like a floor. Maintaining complete stillness in a fluid environment, like water or air, is uncomfortable — ie, standing or sitting.)

The first time I floated I seemed to spend at least half the session coming up with different ways to accentuate the experience. I think it would be really cool to have a circular tank so that you could move around and be completely unaware as to how you’re oriented in the world. With a rectangular tank, I know if I’m oriented another direction. I believe this would help take your mind out of your body, as your mind would no longer be tethered by a concrete idea of where it exists in space.

Another cool idea I had was lights that would create a sense of motion by turning off and on in succession (think of runway lights at an airport). Lights could also be used in learning applications, but that’s an entirely different beast.

Float tank, second experience

The promise of HTMA

I sent in my “hair tissue” for “mineral analysis” today. I’m excited to see the results.

Of course, I’m excited to see the results from any test, but HTMA holds special promise. Ever since I first decided to put some money into quantifying biological trends I’ve been wanting something that provides a breadth of insight with a cost that I can accommodate on a quarterly basis.

If you’re trying to get a broad perspective, blood testing quickly gets expensive. It ultimately is a lot more targeted than hair testing, but if you only rely on blood markers for feedback on your health you will have a lot of blindspots unless you order dozens of panels. To get an idea of how you’re doing in all the areas that a hair analysis covers, you’d have to order a smorgasboard of mineral, heavy metal, and hormone tests that would end up costing well over half a grand all together. By comparison, a hair analysis can be had for under $100 (mine was $70).

The affordability of HTMA is something I plan to exploit. With blood tests, I’ve been erratic in the choice of measured markers and inconsistent in the timing. I can do HTMA quarterly, even monthly. Since I change things in my routine and diet frequently, having a regular measurement interval will provide more responsive feedback that I can hopefully trace to specific changes. Doing blood tests twice a year is only useful for plotting long-term trends or highlighting problem areas to act on. At the rate of twice a year, it’s not a feedback mechanism one can experiment with.

HTMA also represents a change in my focus. The first two years that I’ve been digging into this health stuff, I was largely preoccupied with macronutrients, inflammation markers, insulin, cholesterol, and cutting out kyptonite foods. Now I’m gaining a lot of knowledge about micronutrients and I’ve uncovered that I have some hormone issues. As it happens, minerals have a strong interaction with the body’s hormone system. Finally, thanks to this article, my eyes have been opened to the impact of heavy metals and other toxins. So it’s the perfect time for me to start looking at HTMA.

The promise of HTMA