Monday, 20 November 2017 02:58

Prelude to Fas´ Health Change-Processes

In September 2012 a very common sigma carcinoma was removed from my colon with laparoscopic surgery by very capable hands in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The diagnosis of that thing being somewhere in my belly, I only received three weeks earlier and in between those two time points I visited the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum in Heidelberg where I was included in a diagnostic PET-CT study, which ruled out any metastasis to the liver and other organs. 
Those things went all so fast, that I hardly had any time to think, why this is happening and why is this happening to me and what am I going to do about it.  That time to think became available straight after being discharged from the hospital after a 10 days stay and after which I started a 3 weeks rehabilitation period in a specialized centre in a healthy forestry area in South-Germany (see article image). At that centre I could be often found in the fitness centre, walking around in the forest and at instruction meetings provided by dieticians and specialized excercise experts. I think I came home pretty much motivated to keep my weight at the than weight of 87 kg (192 lbs), thanks to my lost tumor and a week of starvation and live healthy from than on and  avoid discomfort related to health issues.
 
Published in Fas Actions
Sunday, 29 January 2017 15:57

What is...Leptin?

How Your Hunger-Satiety System Affects Your Physical Shape
Your hunger-satiety system consists of multiple neuro-peptides that act to initiate or terminate your food intake. These are your hunger-satiety hormones. Their signals are integrated by centers in your brain to modulate how you consume, spend or store energy. The balance between these signals dictates whether your body is in a fat-burning or a fat-storing mode.
In order to maintain a healthy body weight, your hunger and satiety signals must continually adjust your food feeding quantities to your energy expenditure. Any imbalance between these two will affect your fat stores and physical shape.  The consequence of obesity, obviously is the result of a energy balance, gone astray, in which a surplus of accumulated food energy is stored as body fat.
The most important and well-known satiety hormones are insulin and leptin, but there are several others. In respect of hunger hormones, reported first in 1999,  ghrelin has also drawn attention in recent years.  Surely over the course of the next few years a lot of attention will be paid on important hormones and their impact on your health. Like it or not, those little things govern and rule the rest of our body (mainly) from our brain. It is really not your genes or DNA which simply are there and are rather "stable and immovable" except for some methylation processes as described in the preceding article "Epigenetics".  
 
Published in What is..?
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:11

Anamnesis

There are several meanings of "anamnesis". It has a meaning in the Christian faith, which I will ignore here, but there are two more- one as a philosophical meaning and the last one as the more well-known medical one.  The introducing image on the side, is an example of an anamnesis experience in the philosophical terms , where Tom Hanks as Joe Banks has his "insight" in the wonderful movie, Joe and the Volcano.
Some more background on the philosophical meaning
According to Plato, the most important forms of knowledge come not from instruction, but by a re-awakening of already existing dormant or latent knowledge. This is called anamnesis and it is the idea that humans possess knowledge from past incarnations and that learning consists of re-discovering that knowledge within us.
Anamnesis comes in the form of "deja-vu" or "aha!" experiences -- insights, moments of unusual clarity, peak experiences, etc.  It involves only certain forms of knowledge: moral- (e.g., what is goodness?), existential- (e.g., what is the authentic 'me'?),spiritual - and mathematical.
 
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