Acute radiation poisoning happens when one is exposed to high amounts of ionizing radiation. 

But there is a period of time where the person seems very healthy. This can last for hours or even days. Shortly after, they die immediately. Hence the term “walking ghost”

Why does this happen? 

This is because what radiation poisoning does is it destroys the bone marrow. The bone marrow produces a lot of blood cells, so new blood cells can’t be made anymore.

However, the the blood cells that are already present in the body continues to circulate around and temporally work until they are “used up”

A similar effect happens in the intestinal tract. 


Auto-brewery syndrome is a case where your intestinal tract has an abundance of brewers yeast.  The result, your intestines turn into an internal brewery and you feel intoxicated after eating bread.


Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

“Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.

Susan Brink

for National Geographic


The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization’s first global report on antibiotic resistance.

Once-common treatments for everyday intestinal and urinary tract infections, for pneumonia, for infections in newborns, and for diseases like gonorrhea are no longer working in many people.

The new report on the global threat adds to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report last year showing that two million people in the United States are infected annually with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 of them die each year as a result.

To understand the dangers posed by superbugs, National Geographic spoke with Stuart Levy, chair of the board of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

What exactly are superbugs?

They are bacteria resistant to one or more antibiotics, and they make it difficult to treat or cure infections that once were easily treated. The antibiotic has lost its ability to control or kill bacterial growth. The bacteria can grow even in a sea of antibiotics because the antibiotic doesn’t touch them.

How are the bacteria able to circumvent the power of antibiotics?

The bacteria have acquired the ability to destroy the antibiotic in order to protect themselves. They’ve developed a gene for resistance to, say, penicillin, and that gene protects them. A genetic mutation might enable a bacteria to produce enzymes that inactivate antibiotics. Or [a mutation] might eliminate the target that the antibiotic is supposed to attack.

A bacteria may have developed resistance to five or six antibiotics, so in treatment, you don’t know which one to choose. And the bacteria accumulate resistance by developing new genes. Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story.

Why are these superbugs spreading and the threat growing?

We’re continuing to use antibiotics in a bad way. They’re supposed to be used to combat bacteria, not viruses. The common cold is a virus. Any time you use an antibiotic when it’s not needed, you’re pushing antibiotic resistance ahead. People are misusing them in their homes. They may have a stockpile they’ve saved, and think taking [an antibiotic] will help them with a cold. They’re not helping their cold, and they’re propagating resistance.

What about other uses, such as using antibiotics in animal feed by the meat industry?

This is a big issue. About 80 percent of antibiotics manufactured are given to beef cattle, chickens, and hogs to help them grow better and put on more weight. They excrete them, and the antibiotics largely are not broken down. They enter the environment—the ground and the water—and retain their ability to affect bacteria and promote antibiotic resistance.

The Food and Drug Administration has come out with a voluntary plan for industry to phase out antibiotic use. I’ve been championing this for 30 years.

How can we combat the further growth and spread of superbugs?

By using antibiotics only when we need them. And by eliminating their use in animals. There’s a paucity of new antibiotics to take care of these multiresistant superbugs, so we’re at the mercy of the bacteria.

Are there new antibiotics in development?

The journal Microbe did a report this month on wakening to the need for new antibiotics. There are a number of new antibiotics being studied. They’re not there yet, but at least they’re in the pipeline.

text and photo from Nat Geo

Health problems of each sign


  • Body part: Mars rules the head.
  • Conditions: headaches, tooth issues, jaw grinding, and even facial blemishes. 


  • Body part: Venus rules the lower jaw, the throat, and insulin production.
  • Conditions: throat infections, thyroid conditions, stiff necks, tonsillitis, and ear infections 


  • Body part: Mercury rules the dual body parts (arms, legs, and so on) and the respiratory system.
  • Conditions: chronic coughs and colds, bronchitis, sore shoulders, and tendonitis


  • Body part: Moon rules the stomach and digestive system.
  • Conditions: indigestion, intestinal maladies, and acid-reflux disease


  • Body part: Sun rules over hearts, circulation, and spine.
  • Conditions: back problems, heart ailments, and lethargy


  • Body part: Mercury-ruled as well, but the health focus is on the digestive tract and intestines.
  • Conditions: work stress, ulcers, constipation, and food allergies could result


  • Body part: Venus-ruled as well, but health focus is on kidney and bladder functions.
  • Conditions: Excretory problems


  • Body part: Pluto rules the reproductive system, kidneys and bladder.
  • Conditions: painful and/or irregular menstruation, bladder infections, and diabetes


  • Body part: Jupiter rules the thighs, hips, liver, and sciatic nerve.
  • Conditions:  spinal disorders, rheumatism to detoxification issues. 


  • Body part: Saturn rules the skeleton, teeth, and joints (specifically the knees).
  • Conditions:  arthritis, knee issues, and osteoporosis


  • Body part: Uranus rules circulation and nerve impulses.
  • Conditions: arthritis, heart problems, swollen limbs, varicose veins, asthma, and increased allergic reactions


  • Body part: Neptune rules the lymphatic system and feet
  • Conditions: foot problems (corns, bunions, etc.) and a weakened immune system
Winter is here

Do you know which vitamin you’re likely deficient in during the winter months?

Vitamin D! In the UK, winter sunlight (Nov-Mar) doesn’t produce enough ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation which is responsible for vit D synthesis within the skin.  

Here’s how vitamin D is synthesised and used:

1.   As the sun shines on you, UV rays strike your skin and trigger the synthesis of cholecalciferol (CCF) from cholesterol. However, CCF from dermal synthesis is inactive.

2.   CCF is then carried in the bloodstream to the liver, where a hydroxyl group is added to the 25th carbon of CCF, producing 25-hydroxylCCF - a prohormone.

3.    Following circulation, another hydroxyl (-OH) group is added to carbon 1 of the prohormone in the kidney, forming 1,25-dihydroxylCCF, the biologically active form of vitamin D.

4.   Vitamin D diffuses into cells in Gastro Intestinal Tract (GIT) and bind to its ligand, and act as a transcription factor that can modulate the gene expression of transport proteins involve in calcium absorption in the intestine.

5.   More transport proteins are synthesized and therefore cells are more permeable to calcium. More calcium is absorbed in GIT and we all know, calcium is essential for strong bones!

So does that mean winter leads to vitamin D deficiency? No, don’t panic! Sunlight isn’t the only vitamin D source. We can get it from different foods and supplements! Oily fish, eggs, fortified milk (also a calcium source) and cereals are a good source of vitamin D.


Dear pancakes,

Thank you.

Since birth, you held me down like US oppression. When I used to be broke (last week) all I had to do was add water and BAMN, I got meals for days.

When I didn’t have the culinary skills to impress a woman, you let me put two rinky dink ass strawberries on top of you to make a bomb ass pre coitus meal (although pancake farts ruined that experience).

And forget that light skin vs dark skin pancake debate. The only color that matters to me is brown. Or golden brown. Which kind of makes you light skinned. But whatever.

I like you however.

Pancake soup. Pancake smoothies. Pancakes with mini chunks of other pancakes in them (Cake-ception). Doesn’t matter. I’ll take em all to the Ball. The Ball being my intestinal tract.

Pancakes, on this day, I just want to say on this day that you are beautiful and sexy and your dreams are valid.

I love you.


Did you know that raw pancake dust is an aphrodisiac according to the scientists in my mind?

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Happy Digestion Smoothie

Oh She Glows writes:

This smoothie combines the power of many digestion-friendly and immune-boosting foods:

// Pineapple // Digestive and anti-inflammatory benefits, immune support. One cup gives you 105% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. I use frozen pineapple chunks in smoothies to save time.

// Fresh ginger // Soothes the intestinal tract and helps with digestion. Awesome for all kinds of gastrointestinal relief, such as morning sickness. Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.

// Fresh parsley // Rich in vitamins K, C, A, folate, and antioxidants. It’s a natural diuretic which can help release water retention. Opt for flat-leaf parsley as it’s less bitter than curly parsley. Cilantro would be a nice swap here too!

// Avocado // Major anti-inflammatory benefits + heart-healthy fats. High in fibre which aids with digestion.

// Banana // Rich in B6, manganese, Vitamin C, fibre, and potassium. Interesting to note – while bananas are high in sugar, they have a low glycemic index score which means that they won’t spike blood sugar levels. It’s soothing to the digestive track and thought to regulate the bowels and enhance friendly gut bacteria.

// Lemon // Rich in vitamin C. Aids digestion and helps flush out toxins.

I also add some coconut water and probiotic powder for an extra boost! Feel free to add a handful of spinach or kale too.

Find the recipe here.

The worm has turned

Schistosomes belong to the class Trematoda. They are parasitic flatworms with complex life cycles that involve infecting at least two hosts. The primary host, where the flatworms or flukes sexually reproduce, are vertebrates, including humans. The intermediate host, which is employed to disperse the parasite, is usually a snail.

In the image above by Bo Wang and Phillip A. Newmark of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (which won a 2013 BioArt award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology), developing Schistosoma mansoni larvae (center) are shown developing inside the muscular, fibrous tentacle of a snail host.

Eventually these larvae are released into water. If the contaminated water comes into contact with human skin, the larvae penetrate and ultimately develop into adult worms residing in veins of the urinary tract and intestines, causing a condition known as schistosomiasis, which affects almost 240 million people worldwide.

The infection is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions, in poor communities without potable water and adequate sanitation. There are many potential complications of schistosomiasis, including gastrointestinal bleeding, renal failure, infertility, pulmonary hypertension and sepsis. Typical treatment involves the drug Praziquantel, an anthelmintic that causes the flukes to be expelled from the body. The disease can become chronic, and in some regions, acute schistosomiasis is associated with a mortality rate of up to 25 percent.

Food as Medicine


11 plant based foods that help the smooth functioning of gastrointestinal tracts. This leads to efficient nutrient absorption, quick processing and disposal of waste helping flush out impurities and toxins, ease constipation, help detoxification, and rejuvenate the entire digestive system.

Senna Leaves- increase fluid activity, softening elimination for ease of movement

Buckthorn Bark- eases constipation

Triphala- detoxification


(Triphala is a commonly used Ayurvedic formula made of the dried powder of three different fruits, hence its name: tri (Three) and phala (Fruit). Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) are mixed in equal parts to make a proper Triphala. Triphala is used in India and by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for a variety of ailments and as a general tonic. It is considered especially beneficial for the digestive system.)


Peppermint Leaves- curbs gas and fights spasms in your intestinal tract

Psyillium Husk- detox, cleanses and refreshes your total digestive system

Acacia Gum- loose bowels and refreshes the digestive tract

Papaya- breaks down food so your digestive system doesn’t have to struggle

Aloe Vera- alkalize digestive juices and help the colon flushing out impurities and mucus

Fennel Seed- gas relief, gastrointestinal calming and cramps

Slippery Elm- coats irritated digestive system lining

Ginger Root- prevents indigestion. It can help prevent muscle spasms in the colon.

High-Fat Diet Alters Behavior and Produces Signs of Brain Inflammation

Can the consumption of fatty foods change your behavior and your brain?

High-fat diets have long been known toincrease the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also increase the riskfor depression and other psychiatric disorders.

A new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry raises the possibility that a high-fat diet produces changes in health and behavior, in part, by changing the mix of bacteria in the gut, also known as the gut microbiome.

The human microbiome consists of trillions of microorganisms, many of which reside in the intestinal tract. These microbiota are essential for normal physiological functioning. However, research has suggested that alterations in the microbiome may underlie the host’s susceptibility to illness, including neuropsychiatric impairment.

This led researchers at Louisiana State University to test whether an obesity-related microbiome alters behavior and cognition even in the absence of obesity.

Non-obese adult mice were conventionally housed and maintained on a normal diet, but received a transplant of gut microbiota from donor mice that had been fed either a high-fat diet or control diet. The recipient mice were then evaluated for changes in behavior and cognition.

The animals who received the microbiota shaped by a high-fat diet showed multiple disruptions in behavior, including increased anxiety, impaired memory, and repetitive behaviors. Further, they showed many detrimental effects in the body, including increased intestinal permeability and markers of inflammation. Signs of inflammation in the brain were also evident and may have contributed to the behavioral changes.

“This paper suggests that high-fat diets impair brain health, in part, by disrupting the symbiotic relationship between humans and the microorganisms that occupy our gastrointestinal tracks,” commented Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry.

Indeed, these findings provide evidence that diet-induced changes to the gut microbiome are sufficient to alter brain function even in the absence of obesity. This is consistent with prior research, which has established an association between numerous psychiatric conditions and gastrointestinal symptoms, but unfortunately, the mechanisms by which gut microbiota affect behavior are still not well understood.

Further research is necessary, but these findings suggest that the gut microbiome has the eventual potential to serve as a therapeutic target for neuropsychiatric disorders.

There goes the neighborhood

The human body contains 10 times more microbial cells than human cells, though the total combined weight of the latter is estimated to range from a mere 7 ounces and three pounds. (No blaming those extra pounds on unwanted bacteria.)

In fact, most of the microbes that make up you are very much wanted. They do good work or at least take up space and prevent nasty bugs from doing bad work. The vast majority of these beneficial microbes reside in your gut. Think intestinal tract homes.

They make your gut a busy and crowded place – and a good place as long as all of the neighbors get along. Throw in a few bad residents, however, and things can become quite unsettled, perhaps even diseased.

A new paper in the journal Cell, Host and Microbe by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and elsewhere makes that point. The scientists looked at the numbers and varieties of microbes living in the digestive tracts of healthy people and in people with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that afflicts more than 1 million Americans.

They found that the intestines of Crohn’s patients had fewer microbial numbers and less diversity. Of the various bacteria in residence, a greater proportion of species were associated with increased inflammation.

The findings could eventually prompt doctors to rethink how Crohn’s disease is treated. Some patients are prescribed antibiotics which, it may turn out, are killing as many or more good intestinal bacteria as bad, knocking the neighborhood’s microbial mix out of whack.

Photo: Scanning electron micrograph of intestinal bacteria, false colored. Image courtesy of Martin Oggerli

Gut Feeling: Research Examines Link Between Gut Bacteria, PTSD

Could bacteria in your gut be used to cure or prevent neurological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or even depression? Two researchers sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) think that’s a strong possibility.

Dr. John Bienenstock and Dr. Paul Forsythe—who work in The Brain-Body Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada—are investigating intestinal bacteria and their effect on the human brain and mood.

“This is extremely important work for U.S. warfighters because it suggests that gut microbes play a strong role in the body’s response to stressful situations, as well as in who might be susceptible to conditions like PTSD,” said Dr. Linda Chrisey, a program officer in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department, which sponsors the research.

The trillions of microbes in the intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome, profoundly impact human biology—digesting food, regulating the immune system and even transmitting signals to the brain that alter mood and behavior. ONR is supporting research that’s anticipated to increase warfighters’ mental and physical resilience in situations involving dietary changes, sleep loss or disrupted circadian rhythms from shifting time zones or living in submarines.

Through research on laboratory mice, Bienenstock and Forsythe have shown that gut bacteria seriously affect mood and demeanor. They also were able to control the moods of anxious mice by feeding them healthy microbes from fecal material collected from calm mice.

Bienenstock and Forsythe used a “social defeat” scenario in which smaller mice were exposed to larger, more aggressive ones for a couple of minutes daily for 10 consecutive days. The smaller mice showed signs of heightened anxiety and stress—nervous shaking, diminished appetite and less social interaction with other mice. The researchers then collected fecal samples from the stressed mice and compared them to those from calm mice.

“What we found was an imbalance in the gut microbiota of the stressed mice,” said Forsythe. “There was less diversity in the types of bacteria present. The gut and bowels are a very complex ecology. The less diversity, the greater disruption to the body.”

Bienenstock and Forsythe then fed the stressed mice the same probiotics (live bacteria) found in the calm mice and examined the new fecal samples. Through magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), a non-invasive analytical technique using powerful MRI technology, they also studied changes in brain chemistry.

“Not only did the behavior of the mice improve dramatically with the probiotic treatment,” said Bienenstock, “but it continued to get better for several weeks afterward. Also, the MRS technology enabled us to see certain chemical biomarkers in the brain when the mice were stressed and when they were taking the probiotics.”

Both researchers said stress biomarkers could potentially indicate if someone is suffering from PTSD or risks developing it, allowing for treatment or prevention with probiotics and antibiotics.

Later this year, Bienenstock and Forsythe will perform experiments involving fecal transplants from calm mice to stressed mice. They also hope to secure funding to conduct clinical trials to administer probiotics to human volunteers and use MRS to monitor brain reactions to different stress levels.

Gut microbiology is part of ONR’s program in warfighter performance. ONR also is looking at the use of synthetic biology to enhance the gut microbiome. Synthetic biology creates or re-engineers microbes or other organisms to perform specific tasks like improving health and physical performance. The field was identified as a top ONR priority because of its potential far-ranging impact on warfighter performance and fleet capabilities.

Repeated courses of antibiotics may profoundly alter children’s development

A new animal study by NYU Langone Medical Center researchers adds to growing evidence that multiple courses of commonly used antibiotics may have a significant impact on children’s development.

In the study, to be published online June 30 by the journal Nature Communications, female mice treated with two classes of widely used childhood antibiotics gained more weight and developed larger bones than untreated mice. Both of the antibiotics also disrupted the gut microbiome, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the intestinal tract.

Yael R. Nobel, Laura M. Cox, Francis F. Kirigin, Nicholas A. Bokulich, Shingo Yamanishi, Isabel Teitler, Jennifer Chung, Jiho Sohn, Cecily M. Barber, David S. Goldfarb, Kartik Raju, Sahar Abubucker, Yanjiao Zhou, Victoria E. Ruiz, Huilin Li, Makedonka Mitreva, Alexander V. Alekseyenko, George M. Weinstock, Erica Sodergren, Martin J. Blaser. Metabolic and metagenomic outcomes from early-life pulsed antibiotic treatment. Nature Communications, 2015; 6: 7486 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8486

Scientists have knows that antibiotic exposure during a critical window of early development disrupts the bacterial landscape of the gut and permanently reprograms the body’s metabolism, setting up a predisposition for obesity. A new study found that short, high-dose pulses of tylosin had the most pronounced and long-lasting effect on weight gain, while amoxicillin had the biggest effect on bone growth–a prerequisite for increased height. Credit: © svetamart / Fotolia




The 3rd chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is the power center of emotions and positive self control. If this chakra is blocked we tend to feel unworthy and have a low self-esteem. Our emotional state is one of depression and anxiety. We tend to be doubtful and mistrusting toward others. This can lead to a plethora of physical problems: poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, and even intestinal tumors. To unblock the energy flow, one can use lavender, bergamot or rosemary oil. Bergamot is great for the digestive system as it quickens the procedure of digestion causing less strain to the intestinal tract. In the Mediterranean region, people consider rosemary as an essential herb for the stomach and intestines. One can put rosemary leaves in several dishes or you can use rosemary oil to cook dishes. Marshmallow too relaxes the Solar Plexus Chakra and softens our efforts to control life. It helps you to relax your diaphragm and reconnect to our breath. Other useful herbs & spices are Anise, celery, cinnamon, lily of the valley, mints, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, fennel.



Okay guys, you know I needed help earlier this month and thanks to you all I managed to get back on track, and for that I am eternally grateful to you and to Boss for making the post since I have a really hard time bringing myself to ask for assistance.

But now it’s my turn to ask for help on Boss’s behalf. As some as you know they have been suffering with a chronic and devastating illness called Crohn’s Disease. They’ve had to have surgery twice already in order to remove parts of their intestinal tract that had become inflamed and they are currently on a variety of medications and are receiving shots in order to keep the disease somewhat controlled. Unfortunately these medications and shots are very expensive and as great as health coverage is in Canada only half of the medications are covered. This means that Boss has to pay for the other half out of pocket. 

Boss has not only my partner romantically and for running this blog but also one of the greatest friends a person could ask for. They’ve been there for me for my struggles even though they have so many struggles of their own. I’m going to be reopening my soap shop in order to help them and I am asking for your help as well. Please consider sending some funds to Boss’s paypal at:

If you can’t donate, that’s okay! Please just boost and spread this around. Thank you so much guys <3