Men’s Brains and Women’s Brains

There is an ongoing debate about whether or not there are actual differences between men and women’s brains. Here is an interesting look at a recent study showing that there are, in fact, measurable differences between the sexes:

A fascinating paper about sex differences in the human brain was published last week in the scientific journal Cerebral Cortex. It’s the largest single-sample study of structural and functional sex differences in the human brain ever undertaken, involving over 5,000 participants (2,466 male and 2,750 female). The study has been attracting attention for more than a year (see this preview in Science, for instance), but only now has it been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

For those who believe that gender is a social construct, and there are no differences between men and women’s brains, this paper is something of a reality check. The team of researchers from Edinburgh University, led by Stuart Ritchie, author of Intelligence: All That Matters, found that men’s brains are generally larger in volume and surface area, while women’s brains, on average, have thicker cortices.

Read more: https://www.sott.net/article/386527-Why-women-arent-more-like-men-Sciences-reality-check-on-the-social-construct-theory-of-gender

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Can Cabbage Juice Regrow Limbs?

A family member told me about a recent Dr. Phil show featuring a woman claiming a cabbage juice concoction could do all sorts of miraculous things.  Here is an article about the situation:

An Ohio woman’s bizarre claim that fermented cabbage juice can “reverse the aging process,” ward away illness of all kinds, and even reverse homosexual behavior, has drawn scrutiny from the state’s attorney general’s office.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhisubbaraman/poop-cult-jillian-epperly-ohio-ag?utm_term=.lavZ1DjLee#.jsmm1woaZZ

Neither Genes Nor Choice

Here is an interesting 2011 study on the causes of sexual attraction and specifically same-sex attraction. The study concludes:

Same-sex attraction is not biologically caused:

Because of the calculated low genetic fraction, we are safe in saying that people are predominantly not “born that way”; in fact, SSA is a good example of relative lack of prenatal preprogramming. (page 19 of pdf file, marked page 99)

Same-sex attraction is not simply environmentally caused:

Shared environment fractions are very low, consistent with zero—but, as mentioned, this paper suggests that varying reactions to shared environment are, in fact, very important to individuals. (page 13 of pdf file, marked page 93)

Same-sex attraction is not a choice:

The universal experience of those with SSA is that they neither deliberately chose it nor initially welcomed it; indeed, SSA is a significant factor in early suicide attempts. Similarly, the experience of those with OSA is that they did not deliberately choose it, in any common-sense use of the term choice, but merely reacted to life’s circumstances in ways that seemed best at the time. (page 16 of pdf file, marked page 96)

Same-sex attraction is the result of how an individual responds to his environment:

However , another important resolution of the conflict was the discovery that children reacted to shared family factors in differing ways rather than in similar ways (Plomin & Daniels, 1987). Overwhelmingly, there is individualized reaction, so the observations of the clinicians are valid for those they are studying. But this also means that responses to shared experiences (in a family, for example) are mostly not shared. In other words, sometimes two children in the same family respond differently to the same environment. Individual perceptions of experiences and subsequent responses to those experiences seem to be the key factor in the development of same-sex attractions. (page 7-8 of pdf file, marked pages 87-88)

~”Neither Genes nor Choice: Same-Sex Attraction Is Mostly a Unique Reaction to Environmental Factors”[Journal of Human Sexuality 3:81-114 (2011)] by Neil E. Whitehead, Research Institute of Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University , Kasumi 1-2-3, Hiroshima 723-8553, Japan. Address for Correspondence: N. E. Whitehead, 54 Redvers Drive, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 5010. E-mail: whiteh@paradise.net.nz

Read more: http://www.mygenes.co.nz/whitehead_twinjhs.pdf

Cleanliness and Leukemia

Keeping children cocooned in ultra-clean homes away from other youngsters could trigger childhood leukaemia, a landmark study suggests…

Simple steps such as allowing children to attend a day nursery so they come into contact with germ-laden youngsters, breastfeeding, outdoor play and not overly cleaning the house could all help boost immunity, the study suggests.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/05/21/ultra-clean-homes-could-trigger-childhood-leukaemia-major-review/

Selective Studies and Manipulated Findings

Gary S. Goldman:

The CDC mainly published selective studies and manipulated findings to support universal varicella vaccination and aggressively blocked the Research Analyst’s attempt to publish deleterious trends or outcomes (e.g., declining vaccine efficacy, increasing HZ incidence rates, etc.), prompting his resignation in protest against what he perceived was research fraud. His letter of resignation stated, ”When research data concerning a vaccine used in human populations is being suppressed and/or misrepresented, this is very disturbing and goes against all scientific norms and compromises professional ethics.

~Goldman GS (2018) The US Universal Varicella Vaccination Program: CDC Censorship of Adverse Public Health Consequences. Ann Clin Pathol 6(2): 1133.

Source: https://www.jscimedcentral.com/Pathology/pathology-6-1133.pdf

Related:

“Collusion” is the word du jour, and the practice’s very characteristics—deception, fraud, misrepresentation and secrecy—often prevent collusive acts from coming to light. In the scientific research community, would-be deceivers draw on a variety of tricks to slant their message, including manipulating data, employing other questionable research practices, not disclosing conflicts of interestharassing whistleblowers and engaging in outright censorship.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no stranger to any of these tactics, but eventually, as Shakespeare once predicted, the “truth will out.” Critics and senior scientists, in growing numbers, have been pulling back the veil on the CDC’s unethical modus operandi, arguing that questionable practices have become “the norm and not the rare exception.” Adding to this emerging picture of a public agency captive to “rogue interests,” a March 2018 article in the Annals of Clinical Pathology describes CDC’s suppression of inconvenient research findings pertaining to its Universal Varicella Vaccination Program. The author, an independent computer scientist, outlines in morbidly fascinating detail the “collusion” between CDC and its local public health partner to conceal unwanted chickenpox vaccine outcomes from the public…

Read more: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/05/09/the-varicella-vaccine-skyrocketing-shingles-and-cdc-chicanery/

Actual Fraud a Growing Problem

On a new report from the National Association of Scholars and the reproducibility crisis:

The report hypothesized that there are a number of different reasons for irreproducibility that include such things as “flawed statistics, faulty data, deliberate exclusion of data, and political groupthink,” among other reasons. “Actual fraud on the part of researchers appears to be a growing problem,” the report also states.

Read more: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/44834/

The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Waking Times:

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3), popularized by Arm & Hammer more than 150 years ago, is a staple in many homes for baking and cleaning purposes, but this inexpensive ingredient also has a number of medicinal uses and benefits. It rates right up there with hydrogen peroxide as one of the most inexpensive and safe health tools around, so it makes sense to learn all you can about the many uses of baking soda.

It’s commonly known to have alkalinizing, antacid and electrolyte replacement properties.1 When taken internally, baking soda is thought to raise the pH of your blood. This appears to be the basic premise behind its recommended use against colds and influenza symptoms, recounted in a 1924 Arm & Hammer booklet on the medical uses of baking soda.2,3

Taking one-half to 1 teaspoon or so of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water is also an inexpensive way to ease heartburn…

Read more: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/05/07/baking-soda-an-inexpensive-treatment-aid-for-autoimmune-diseases-like-arthritis/