The November 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online! In this issue:
- JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Nostalgia Connects
There are a couple of quotes I’ve seen bouncing around online, both attributed to Doug Larson and both defining nostalgia. One calls it “a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days;” the other, “a device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.” But nostalgia also keeps us aware of meaningful memories that help us make sense of the present.
- Dr. Verigin’s Comment: Biological Medicine in These Transformative Times, Part 1
Thinking of [the Occupy movement] and the earlier Arab Spring and other demonstrations around the world, you can’t help but sense we are in a transformative time – one in which old systems and old ways of knowing are dying out as new possibilities come into being. We see this in medicine, too, as new research solves conventional Western medicine’s mysteries – mysteries that German biological medicine has long since solved with its synthesis of Eastern, traditional and Western concepts. In fact, we can see this research as validating the biological model. Such is the case with the work that’s been done on senescent cells.
- From Our Blog: Why Doesn’t Everyone Exposed to the Virus Get the Flu?
As the authors of a recent study in PLoS Genetics put it, “Exposure to influenza viruses is necessary, but not sufficient, for healthy human hosts to develop symptomatic illness”….When [the biological terrain is] healthy, clean and well-ordered, a person resists disease with a robust immune response. When it’s not, the body can’t self-regulate as it evolved to do but still tries to recover from injury or the assault of toxins, be they natural (like a flu virus) or human-made (like chemical residues). We experience this failure as illness. In either case, the body responds. There’s always a reaction. The question mark is what kind of reaction it will be. Illness is one response; fending off illness is another.
Read Biosis #35 now.