The following is a draft research proposal to investigate the scientific perception and reality of the efficacy and efficiency of B. pertussis vaccines and the prevalence of asymptomatic infections. I have written extensively, both on The Spiritual Anthropologist, and over at Politicoid, on the topics of vaccine efficacy and science, especially concerning issues with the way vaccine efficacy is researched and on the potential threat of asymptomatic infections, and have been striving to publish new research, rather than just summarizing existing research.« Continue »
Over the last couple of decades, we have learned a lot about the human gut microbiome. Rather than simply being a collection of commensal organisms, the gut microbiome (GMB) is now thought to be involved in a number of important metabolic roles, including nutrient extraction, immunity, and possibly even the regulation of sleep and mood. The degree with which negative health outcomes have been associated with a dysbiosis, or the dysfunctional GMB, and the degree with which different organ systems interact with the GMB, suggest that we should consider it to be as important as an organ, if not actually an organ itself. Dysbiosis is therefore not a minor inconvenience that may cause discomfort, but a syndrome or disease that must be treated to maintain proper health. Further research on gut microbiome dysbiosis should be undertaken, including research into new diagnostic tools. The first half of the paper will summarize part of the discoveries made in the field of research on the GMB. The second half of the paper will use those findings to suggest further research.« Continue »
Omiai is the tradition of arranged marriages in Japan, and it was a very large component of finding relationships in Japan, up until the 60s. Indeed, according to Typing the Knot, just half a century ago, around 70% of all marriages were arranged marriages, but by 1998, that number fell to less than 10%. Now, whether arranged marriages are “good” or not is beyond the scope of this article. There are benefits and there are negatives.
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While little has been done to estimate the actual prevalence of B. pertussis (Whooping Cough) in America, there is data available which could give us some insight.« Continue »
A very rough draft (essentially scrap) of a discussion on evolution and its direction.« Continue »
A draft of a paper addressing the extension of the concept of gender to more general cultural phenomena.« Continue »