Pandemic Preparedness

I don’t know how we weren’t more prepared for this pandemic. Just before the Covid pandemic, in 2019 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, hosted “Event 201” which simulated a global pandemic in which a new SARS-based coronavirus originated in bats, ultimately spread to humans, and then spread around the globe. The exercise explored the economic and societal consequences and after 18 months slowed down once 80-90% of the population had been exposed. Here’s my question: Did nobody take notes?! Why does this remind me of the beginning of a disaster movie where nobody listened to the scientists?

Why Tubes Sound Good in Audio Systems

Tubes or solid state transistors in audio playback systems? There’s been a decades-long debate over this in the audio world. Solid state measures better. Tubes usually measure worse and yet many people will tell you that tubes sound better. Personally, I prefer to use tubes at the preamp level in my otherwise all digital audio system. Ken Rockwell has written a good article on this very subject. Link here: Link

A tubed headphone amplifier. Image Credit: Parts Express

How to Promote Blood-Brain Barrier Health

The spike protein found on the outside of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can damage the blood brain barrier and lead to what’s been called “leaky brain syndrome” which can cause neurological problems. I wondered if there are lifestyle changes that could help promote the health of the blood brain barrier. I spent some time researching this and here are my findings and what I’ll be targeting. (Sources to scientific journal articles available upon request)

1) Reduce stress

2) Get better sleep

3) Vitamin D

4) Exercise

5) Broccoli sprouts (sulforaphane)

6) Wild caught salmon (fish oil)

7) Curcumin supplements

8) Drink less alcohol

9) Magnesium

10) Resveratrol

11) Promote gut health

Bee Colonies Growing in Michigan

The number of bee colonies in Michigan are up 50% since 2018. This is significant because for the last 20 years, the number of bee colonies in Michigan were in decline. The pollination that bees provide are necessary in order to grow many types of fruits and other foods for human consumption. “The leading cause in declining populations is believed to be exposure to pesticides, insecticides, parasites, and pathogens, as well as limited sources of nectar and pollen.” (Link)

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