Posted by adianutrition on January 18, 2012
So last Christmas, I was talking to Jonathan (Wen’s son) and I asked him what he wanted from Santa. He said he loved to play video games, but he kept losing the cord for his PS3, so could he get a couple of extras. I think Jonathan is a great kid so I got him a couple.
Yesterday I figured out why. Wen takes the cord from the PS3 when she leaves home every morning in an (unsuccessful) attempt to limit video game playing. And Jonathan is going to do something amazing with his life, because that kid’s a visionary.
That’s a great story. However, only part of it is true. Wen does bring in the cord every morning. I assume Jonathan has spares, I just don’t know it for a fact (but I do know that I sit within 4 feet of Wen and I have to work with her – draw your own conclusions).
Our probiotics experiment succeeded yesterday. Wen drank three stick packs of probiotics. Two of the Sport in the morning and one in the afternoon. Today, she’s all better. We need to get that in Science magazine.
Today, April is up at Whole Foods in Torrance. She’ll be up there from 10am to 2pm. She’ll be working the Whole Foods areas the rest of this week and in to this weekend. I’ll post more about her locations tomorrow.
My friend Carl sent me a link to this video:
Carl knows just slightly less than I do about 80s music. This is a video from 1988 and it has everything that made the 80s the peak of American music. This isn’t a music video, it’s art. There are mullets, roosters, people dressed in white, berets and random birds blinking slowly. You’re welcome.
Today’s article is here:
I’m posting this because it’s from the Wall Street Journal. A paper not known for discussing new ideas in medicine. I think it’s a good sign of how mainstream the probiotics movement has become.
The article doesn’t have anything earthshaking, but it does discuss an experiment with baby rats. Scientists irritated the stomachs of newborn rats. The irritation healed, but the animals were more depressed and anxious than the rats whose stomachs weren’t irritated, and they gave up more quickly in a swimming test (drowning).
Additionally, there’s a nerve that runs from the stomach to the brain called the Vagus nerve, which is probably an important nerve, but it makes me feel dirty whenever I type it.
Anyway, if you stimulate someone’s Vagus, it reduces the symptoms of epilepsy. And I’ll just leave it at that.
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Posted by adianutrition on August 31, 2011
We got some new brochures in today. In addition, we also got a car magnet, which Nicole is holding up in the picture. If you’re driving around Newport, look for the AdiaMobile and honk if you love your colon.
We had a tasting yesterday at the Newport Beach Tennis Club which went amazing. It went so amazing, in fact, that we didn’t get any pictures, which is why I’m posting a picture of someone holding a car magnet. We have another event there on Thursday, and if you’re in the area, stop by for a free taste.
We only have three days left until the end of summer, which is making me sad. My son started soccer practice, and we sat on the field once it ended and talked about how great this break has been. The weather’s been amazing, and I think everyone on the Adia team has had a chance to relax and spend some time with friends and family.
Given my sadness over the end of summer, I thought it was only right that I post this article:
The research is from University College, in Cork Ireland. Which is ironic, because I find when I pull a cork, I generally feel happier. And now a University in Cork is doing research into depression. All they have to do is pull their own cork.
Anyway, the research shows how bacteria can cross the blood/brain barrier and regular ingestion of Lactobacillus caused changes in the receptors for GABA in the brain, which is significant, since this receptor makes mice happy. Keep in mind, this is not the bacteria that makes rats excited to get eaten.
There’s also a discussion of how the intestines communicate with the brain through nerves, and how probiotic organisms may prove to be useful therapies in stress-related psychiatric disorders.
All this to say that if you’re a depressed mouse, our probiotics will make you happy, as long as you take them every day.
Enjoy the next two days!
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