Free Energy

One of the most fascinating articles I’ve read in a while pertaining to Karl Friston and his idea of “Free Energy.” Also pretty awesome that there is a Twitter parody account called @FarlKriston which essentially lives to mock the opacity if the theory. Heck, I’ve been so intrigued I really want to read his papers! Can anyone lead me in the right direction?

Free energy is the difference between the states you expect to be in and the states your sensors tell you that you are in. Or, to put it another way, when you are minimizing free energy, you are minimizing surprise.

According to Friston, any biological system that resists a tendency to disorder and dissolution will adhere to the free energy principle—whether it’s a protozoan or a pro basketball team.

The DEA Needs to Wake Up

America faces an opioid crisis: 78 people die daily of overdoses, which is four times as many as in 1999. That means that alternatives for pain that don’t have the same risks are urgently needed. And the possibility that kratom might help people leave their addictions behind makes it seem even more promising as a target for research. So many researchers are wondering why the DEA has chosen Schedule I, instead of a less-restrictive classification. "By restricting our research really you’re restricting the potential for discovery of compounds which could benefit patients who are severely ill," Mehta says.

On September 30, the plant, Kratom, which has been consumed in Southeast Asia as a tea or powder to remedy pain is going to be listed as a Schedule 1 drug because they (DEA) has linked 14 deaths related to it since 2014. Do you see the hypocrisy there? More people have died from pharmaceutical sponsored Schedule 1 drugs on a daily basis but since they're probably being paid off, let's make this plant illegal. The DEA or this administration needs to do what it promised years ago and wake up to alternative medicines.

More Sex, Better Sleep

Is more sex before bed the answer to getting a good night's sleep? "Not only do I generally agree with that, but there is some good data to support it," says Nicole Prause, Ph.D., a top sex researcher at UCLA. "But, in all of the literature and research, we don’t know if it helps improve the quality of sleep. It's never been looked at. We just know that sex can get you to sleep and to get your brain off what it's ruminating about and that can lead to better sleep."

"There is one good study done in Germany that says when you have an orgasm, oxytocin and vasopressin both go high and they stay high for at least an hour. They did an experiment where they injected male rats with vasopressin and the rats immediately started yawning like crazy. It was actually really cute. This does show that orgasms—whether it's via sex with a partner or masturbation—can help you fall asleep faster."

Filing it under future reference. ^_^

Nurses Now have a 99.9% of Getting the Right Vein

Growing up around an amazing nurse, I remember stories my mother telling me of patients who were a "hard stick" but most of them were about how she had special skills (rigorous training in the Philippines) to get it done in one poke. When we would find ourselves at the doctors' office or hospital, she would be angered and mostly aggravated if the nurses would end up poking us multiple times causing severe bruising and inducing pain. Now with Evena Medical's new "Eyes-On" smart medical glasses, "x-ray vision" will help with just that. No more multiple stabs when getting blood drawn or an IV inserted which I'm sure some of you will be more than relieved. I know that my mom will have less of an issue when she watches her kids get poked multiple times by newbies. No offense to new nurses of course. =)

Here's a picture of the output of the x-ray vision along with the EMT/EMS goggles which also provide similar enhancements.

The Evena Medical device will allow the emergency personnel to see the vein and begin IV fluid administration even in the toughest of patients - the critically ill, the dehydrated, young children, and people that are obese and dark skinned.

Veins xray Emt ems goggles