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Is Saturn about to give birth to a new moon called Peggy?

‘We have not seen anything like this before’ say scientists, as they spot a bulge in planet’s ring

LAST UPDATED AT 15:41 ON Wed 16 Apr 2014

SCIENTISTS believe they are witnessing the formation of a new moon in our solar system for the first time in the history of humanity.

Images from Nasa’s Cassini-Huygens space probe show a bulge in Saturn’s ‘A-ring’, the planet’s brightest and outermost ring, suggesting that a new moon is being formed there. Scientists say the new arrival, nicknamed ‘Peggy’, could soon join Saturn’s 62 other moons.

“We have not seen anything like this before,” said astronomer Carl Murray, lead author of a study in science journal Icarus, which outlined the findings. “We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is leaving the rings and heading off to be a moon in its own right.”

Scientists are hoping that the “birth” will shed light on how Saturn’s larger moons formed over the last few billion years.

Peggy is likely to be tiny in comparison to the largest of Saturn’s moons, Titan, which has a diameter of more than 3,100 miles and a mass nearly double that of Earth’s moon. Peggy would perhaps only be 0.5 miles in diameter – “really a moonlet”, says Slate.

Its tiny size suggests that Saturn’s satellite-bearing days may soon be over, says The Independent, with each successive moon appearing smaller than the last, as the supply of potentially moon-forming material is depleted.

“The theory holds that Saturn long ago had a much more massive ring system capable of giving birth to larger moons,” says Murray. “As the moons formed near the edge, they depleted the rings and evolved, so the ones that formed earliest are the largest and the farthest out.”

Saturn’s rings are made from individual fragments of ice, with a small amount of rocky material, ranging in size from tiny particles to boulder-like lumps. It is thought that material gradually clumped together in orbit to gather enough momentum to separate and become a moon.

According to Nasa, the Cassini space probe’s orbit will take it closer to the outer edge of the A ring in late 2016, providing an opportunity to study Peggy in more detail.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/health-science/58173/saturn-about-give-birth-new-moon-called-peggy

 

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Quantum Physics and Mysticism

by IMU Graduate and Doctoral Candidate Nanda Kumar

Quantum physics and Mysticism stand rubbing their shoulders today. The quantum theory is truly mind twisting. The following are some of the paradoxes in quantum mechanics.

  • Particles may be in two or more place at once.
  • The same object may appear to be a particle locatable in one place or may appear to be a wave spread out over space and time.
  • Einstein said that nothing can travel faster than light. But quantum physics demonstrated that subatomic particles seem to communicate instantaneously over any expanse of space.
  • Seemingly solid matter is not really solid, but at the core of its subatomic structure there remains huge expanse of ‘empty’ space, which is not really empty. This space is packed with enormous amount of energy. Implication: Solidity of the matter is an illusion.
  • Subatomic particles are not solid either. Depending on how we look at the sub atomic particles, they either behave as particle or as wave. As waves, electrons or photons (particles of light) have no precise location. They merely exist as probability fields. This wave collapses as particles when there is an observer to observe. Unobserved, particles behave as waves. Implication: Matter exists only when there is an observer. It is a mental construct. It is an illusion.
  • When electrons move from one orbit A to another orbit B, around the nucleus, they do not move like ordinary objects move in space and time. They disappear from orbit A and instantaneously appear in orbit B. This phenomenon is known in quantum physics as quantum jumping.
  • Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states that “no matter how hard you try, you cannot get a precise measurement of both velocity and position of an electron. The more we focus on one, the more lost in the uncertainty the measurement of the other becomes.”
  • Albert Einstein did not like Quantum Physics. This is because he believed that nothing can travel faster than light. In 1935, Einstein, Pedolsky and Rosen (EPR) devised a thought experiment to disprove Quantum entanglement theory. EPR suggested considering two particles being created at the same time and sending one particle to one side of the universe and the other to the opposite side of the universe. Since both particles are created together, they are entangled. In such a scenario, any changes made to one particle should instantaneously mimicked by the other particle, if quantum entanglement is to be true. EPR argued that this will not happen, since nothing travels faster than light and hence nothing will be instantaneous. In 1964 John Bell created a theory that effectively proved that the other particle in fact did mimic the changes instantaneously. At quantum level everything is non-local. All  particles are intimately linked at a level beyond time and space! Implication: ONENESS

The existence of an external objective reality is imperative for science for its very survival. Science is built on the   assumption where the universe is a mechanical system composed of solid, material, elementary building blocks. An external objective reality is, therefore, essential for science to thrive. It is understandable that science cannot digest the quantum assertion that an observer is required for particle or matter to manifest.

With blind beliefs, we take many things for granted. Stanley Sabottka of the University of Virginia has brought forth an interesting analogy. When we leave our office every day after work at 5 PM, he said, we just assume that our office will still be there, with all its tables, chairs, computers, files etc, even if we are not there to observe it. According to quantum theory, the office would have collapsed into a wave and would have ceased to exist for us since we are not there to observe its presence. We have an absolute belief that the office is there, even though we have no means to verify this.  In quantum physics, the observer influences the object observed. However, there are no isolated observers of a mechanical universe. Everything participates in the universe.

Mystics did not have any trouble with any of the above. Bulk of the mysticism was before the time of quantum physics anyway. Vedanta is one of the six orthodox systems of Indian philosophy. Advaita Vedanta  is the teaching of nonduality, first formulated  by Sankara (C 788 -820), and is the monistic interpretation of Vedanata. Advaita Vedanta ascribes all reality to a single unitary source that  Sankara identified as “Brahaman”. Brahman is all that there is. He declared that plurality and differentiation as nothing but an illusion. The concept of an external world is not primary in Advaita Vedanta, unlike in science. Consciousness is primary and the external world is only a mental construct based on sense impressions. This resonates with the hermetic axiom “The universe is mental” of Kybalion.

Why the external physical reality looks the same for all?

Following is the Vedantic explanation for quantum physics.

  • When the wave collapses as particle, materials appear.  ( Quantum Physics )
  • When an “observer” (Consciousness) observes, wave collapses and matter appears.
  • When an “observer” goes to sleep, the external reality collapses back to wave form. Why? Because, for a sleeping “observer” (Consciousness), there is no observation and hence no wave is collapsing. When the “observer” wakes up, again the wave collapses and materials form for the wakeful “observer”.
  • Why then everyone observes the same physical reality, then?  Because it is the same ONE Consciousness that functions through every observer. (ONENESS – the Brahman of Advaita Vedanta)
  • But then why all “observers” do not perceive the same matter in the same way, even though they are all observing the same reality in the same manner?
  • Because the observing Consciousness, under an illusion,  perceives  differently depending on their intensity of illusion. Even though all observers are wakeful (not asleep), they are not fully wakened. They are at different levels of unconsciousness. Every one observes the same reality, but they do not perceive it the same way.
  • Just as the sleep state has different levels to itself (Delta wave – (0.1 – 3 Hz) / Theta wave – (4 – 7 Hz) /Alpha wave – (8 – 15 Hz). Zero is Death state), wakeful state also has different levels to itself, marked by levels of illusion.
  • As below, so above, As above, so below.

The work of quantum scientists like Bohm, Pribram, Wheeler is too important for the evolution of human understanding. Similarly, mysticism is too profound and life changing if understood in its full depth, as it already encompasses material sciences. Let scientists and mystics interact with each other for the highest good of the mankind. They are should be partners and not adversaries.

Now, watch this conversation among four of the finest minds of our times. They are Jiddu Krishnamurti  (Hindu Mystic, 1895 -1986), David Bohm (Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1917 – 1992), Rupert Sheldrake (Biologist), and John Hiddley (Psychiatrist)

Topic of their discussion is “Nature of the Mind”

NASA photo captures strange, bright light on Mars

http://www.sfgate.com/news/strange-weird/article/NASA-photo-captures-strange-bright-light-coming-5382677.php#photo-6131491

mars light

A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface.

The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.

Although the space agency hasn’t issued any official statement yet about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA enthusiasts have started chiming in.

RELATED: The biggest hoaxes ever exposed

Scott C. Waring, who maintains the websiteUFO Sightings Daily, posted the photo April 6.

Waring noted that the light shines upward, as if from the ground, and is very flat across the bottom.

“This could indicate there there is intelligent life below the ground and uses light as we do,” Waring wrote on his website. “This is not a glare from the sun, nor is it an artifact of the photo process.”

On Tuesday, Slate.com’s Bad Astronomy blog suggested that a UFO conspiracy site might not be the best source of information for exploring serious planetary phenomena. A more serious source of this light, said blogger Phil Plait, is that “a subatomic particle smacked into the camera, leaving behind its trail of energy.”

HoustonChronicle.com: Vast ocean found on Saturn – could it sustain life?

Earlier this month, NASA announced that on April 2, the Curiosity rover drove the last 98 feet needed to arrive at “the Kimberley,” a spot where it can study rock clues about ancient environments that might have been favorable for life, according to a news release.

The Kimberley, where four different types of rock intersect, is named for a region of western Australia. The rover’s stay there has been planned since early last year, the release said.

“This is the spot on the map we’ve been headed for, on a little rise that gives us a great view for context imaging of the outcrops at the Kimberley,” Melissa Rice of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said in the release.

Rice is the scientist in charge of planning several weeks of observations, sample-drilling and on-site laboratory analysis of the area’s rocks.

Arrival at this location means Curiosity has driven 3.8 miles since August 2012, when it landed inside Mars’ Gale Crater.

HoustonChronicle.com: Space station sidesteps space junk again

The Kimberley investigations are to be the most extensive since Curiosity spent the first half of 2013 in an area called Yellowknife Bay, the release said.

At Yellowknife Bay, the one-ton rover examined the first samples ever drilled from rocks on Mars. These samples showed signs of an ancient lakebed environment that provided the chemical ingredients and energy necessary for life, the release said.

At the Kimberley and, later, at outcrops on the slope of Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater, researchers plan to use Curiosity’s science instruments to learn more about habitable past conditions and environmental changes.

What does the “Global Mind” Mean?

by IMU Instructor Carl Johan Calleman

March 17, 2014

www.calleman.com

The first volume of “The Paradigm Shift Trilogy” is called The Global Mind and the Rise of Civilization, and if we are now truly part of a paradigm shift it seems we should not be thinking exactly in the same terms or using the same kinds of concepts that we have been doing in the past. While “the Rise of Civilization” seems clear enough and means pretty much the same as it always has, the “Global Mind” is a new concept that has never been used in this sense before.

“The Global Mind” in the sense it is used in The Paradigm Shift Trilogy is not the sum of all the minds of the human individuals, nor is it necessarily the same as “collective consciousness,” which sometimes is used to mean exactly such a sum. Instead, the “Global Mind” is a name for a global holographic structure that every human being is in resonance with and shapes the kind of mental abilities and thoughts that we have. Ancient sources describing it as it first appeared show that this hologram indeed exists. No humans (or extraterrestrials) rule the Global Mind. The Global Mind rules us and sets the limit to what we can think and do at any given point in time. This does not mean that some of us cannot be happy about life, but it does mean that as long as we are unaware of the existence of this Global Mind our consciousness, and our view of who we are will be limited and constrained. We will not be able to fully grasp the purpose of the human species.

Seeing through the Global Mind and understanding what it is, I believe is the key meaning of the paradigm shift that is now beginning and was prepared for by the significant mental shift in the Mayan calendar. Our minds have been very helpful and led us to the creation of the civilization in which we are now living, but if we are truly to become free as a species we will have to be able to understand what the “Global Mind” is. A paradigm shift always carries some fundamentally new concepts that were never used in the past. The Global Mind is such a concept, which is of critical importance for those that at the current time want to take the next step.

LETTERS AT 3AM – TO SIT ON A PARK BENCH

 Monday
Ventura/3 a.m.: Toast on a Park Bench

 

MICHAEL VENTURA

Austin Chronicle – April 4, 2014

Every generation is like a ship casting off under sealed orders, on a mission fraught with dangers, and only the captain knows the truth: There will be no survivors.

That’s the thing about getting old: One day you look around at your contemporaries and it dawns on you that there were will be no survivors. One by one, you’re all going down.

Why the only certainty in the world comes as sort of a surprise is a mystery beyond my powers to penetrate.

(“I never expected to be this age,” I said to Carlene.

“I expected to be this age,” she replied, “but I didn’t expect to be old.”)

Some take comfort in their kids and grandkids, and that’s lovely, but the same goes for offspring, no matter what their circumstances: No survivors.

It’s a very democratic arrangement: Everybody dies.

What’s lousy about dying of old age is that you’ve got to grow old, which is a little bit of dying every day.

Anthony Powell said it: “Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven’t committed.”

In a society that tends to disregard and/or discard the old, you may wonder what you’re still here for – especially when something always hurts, mental and physical agility decrease by the year (so do your looks), and people you care about – people who care about you – die and die and die.

What then, old woman in the mirror? What are you here for, old man in the mirror? What use are you?

Oh, boohoo, boohoo, boohoo. If those questions are coated with self-pity, to hell with it. It’s bad enough to be decrepit, but being decrepit and feeling sorry for oneself on top of it? That’s too messy a heap to deal with.

However, when those questions are asked in a spirit of practicality, they become immediate and important. As in:

Mayer Vishner took his cat to Texas last August and brought those questions with him. He and his documentarian, Justin Schein, came on a Monday, gave me Mayer’s cat, and flew back to New York on Wednesday. Around 3am Thursday, Mayer ended his life.

But Tuesday … Tuesday was quite a day. Justin piled himself and his gear into my old Chevy’s back seat. Mayer rode shotgun. We drove on and on, over terrain as horizontal as Manhattan is vertical: the High Plains. I pulled off on a dirt road – horizon to horizon of cultivated fields, prairie grass, dozens of oil wells, and an old-timey windmill.

I believed my friend Mayer would do what he said he’d do, so I felt I was talking to a dead man. That was hard to get used to.

I said something like, “Look, I understand what you’re doing, and I even sort of bless it, it’s your right, but I fucking hate it.”

“It’s too late for a do-over,” Mayer said.

To New Yorkers of our generation, “do-over” has a special ring: You’re playing stoop-ball and a passing pedestrian makes you miss your catch through no fault of your own – so you call out “Do-over!” That play doesn’t count. You get to do it over.

“It’s too late for do-overs,” Mayer repeated. And repeated again.

Mayer was 64 – or, as my generation is fond of saying, “only 64.” We qualify pretty much any age under 80 with “only.” A chickenshit usage.

Anyway, he was 64, and alone, alcoholic, nutty, ill, and all but disabled; also brilliant, accomplished (back in the day), incredibly funny (even at his most depressed), and a pain in the ass. Don’t argue with him, because Mayer could talk rings around anyone except our esteemed and late colleague, Bob LaBrasca. (Like I said: People you love die and die and die.)

So Mayer, in constant existential and physical pain, asked, “Who do I owe it to to go on suffering? And what use am I? What good can I do now? I can’t do a damn thing, I can’t concentrate, even. I’m useless.”

It sounds self-pitying but, as far as it went, it was factual.

I took a deep breath, and said something – because I had to, though I knew Mayer wouldn’t agree or care. It went like this:

“There’s a way of thought – a construct – a way of life – that would say: If you walked the few blocks from your apartment to Washington Square Park and you sat on a park bench for a while – and looked upon your fellow sharers of the day, especially the young – looked upon them with generosity, with benevolence, beholding their beauty, wishing them well, yes, especially the young – there is a way of thought that says you’d be doing something – doing something concrete and useful – giving energy and a kind of power to those around you and to the day itself. Jaz calls it ‘the power of beholding.’”

Mayer didn’t blast my speech with sarcasm or scorn – which, in itself, was, for Mayer, unusually polite. But he looked at me emptily. Let me have my say and that was that.

I said it because I used to think that the end of my ability to write would be the end of my life. If age dried up my capacities, why outlive my purpose? Then slowly I came to believe something that I wrote in a long-ago column when I was “only” 55, which tonight I reconstruct like this:

Beauty cannot exist on its own. Beauty cannot do its work unless we meet it and absorb it and carry it. Take responsibility for it. Make it our responsibility, individually, our very own. When we perceive and value beauty we make beauty stronger, we become a node of the network through which beauty fulfills its function, and that function is to hallow and transmute everyday experience so as to redeem ourselves from the catastrophe we call “history.”

You needn’t be mystic to see the obvious fact that every human being radiates being. Or the lack of it.

So you’re old and maybe there’s nothing left but to go sit on a park bench. Doing nothing special. Observing. Beholding. Hey: Looking at children matters, if there is a blessing in your heart, in your look. Sounds corny, but it’s real life. Beholding what’s around you matters, if you behold with your whole heart. Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson knew this; they were great teachers and celebrants of what it means to behold, anywhere, anytime, in a backyard, on a ferry, even in the dark.

Some time before he died Mayer became a ghost. A being that was and was not there. Not there enough. That’s what he died of.

I shall always thank him for making clear to me the great choices of aging:

Shall we become as ghosts or shall we be like the angels in Wings of Desire,beholding without judgment and offering the energy of our wonder at the immediate beauty of the everyday? The beauty that doesn’t require achievement and that you don’t have to deserve.

Even a little is a lot to the starved. I promise, so many who pass your park bench, no matter how fat they seem, are in truth curled up clutching themselves and howling with starvation.

John Donne: “I am involved in mankind.” That’s what a park bench is all about. It’s not my parade but it’s still a parade.

I suppose the park bench is not for people who get bored. (A hypothesis: People who get bored are afraid of their own minds.) But for those who don’t, the park bench is a fine and honorable place to end up. Useful, too. I look forward to it. Now and again someone young or old, fat or skinny, turned out or turned down, will look back at me and their eyes will brighten as though to say, “Oh, I get it! This is the only day in the world. Every day is the only day in the world.”

Maybe you on your park bench, me on mine – perhaps, coming or going, we’ll nod to one another, with a little glint, because we share that secret.

 

 

IMU Servers will go down for Maintenance

We just wanted to let everyone know that our servers are going through an upgrade. Yep, we’re getting more memory to help manage the many new students entering the system at IMU.

The system will likely only be down for 30 minutes but can be down for as much as three hours.

The servers will go quiet at some point between 12:00am-3:00am CDT (GMT-5) on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales Rants at Holistic Healers Petitioning Site

By Barry Collins

Posted on 25 Mar 2014 at 10:42

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/387790/jimmy-wales-rants-at-holistic-healers-petitioning-wikipedia

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has issued a sharp response to petitioners calling for his site to “allow for true scientific discourse” on holistic healing.

The petition, currently running on theChange.org site, claims that much of the information on Wikipedia relating to holistic approaches to healing is “biased, misleading, out of date, or just plain wrong”.  It has attracted almost 8,000 supporters at the time of publication.

 

‘What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of ‘true scientific discourse’

 

“For five years, repeated efforts to correct this misinformation have been blocked and the Wikipedia organisation has not addressed these issues,” the petition claims.

“As a result, people who are interested in the benefits of Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and specific approaches such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Thought Field Therapy and the Tapas Acupressure Technique turn to your pages, trust what they read, and do not pursue getting help from these approaches which research has, in fact, proven to be of great benefit to many.”

Wales’s response to the petition, posted on the same page, is far from conciliatory: “No, you have to be kidding me,” he writes. “Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful.”

“Wikipedia’s policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals – that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately.

“What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of ‘true scientific discourse’. It isn’t.”

Edit wars

Wikipedia has been caught in many so-called edit wars over the years, on a variety of controversial topics, and has frequently been accused of granting disproportionate control to a small cabal of editors.

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger left the organisation in 2002, claiming it had been “taken over by trolls to a great extent”, and set up the rival Citizendium, which offered bylined articles that had been reviewed by experts in their respective fields.

Although Sanger left Citizendium in 2010, the site continues to this day, with around 16,700 articles.

Chemist says omitting MSG cured daughter’s autism

Chemist says omitting MSG cured daughter’s autism

http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Chemist-says-omitting-MSG-cured-daughter-s-autism-5329126.php-#

Stacy Finz
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

autism

Katherine Reid, a Bay Area biochemist with a daughter who was autistic, believes she may have found an antidote to the neurodevelopment disorder – and it’s as simple as changing a person’s diet.

Well, actually, more like blowing it up.

Because there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved medical treatment for the core symptoms of autism, people have turned to homeopathic remedies, probiotics, invasive therapies and alternative diets.

It has become increasingly popular for parents of children with autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to turn to gluten- and casein-free, or dairy-free, diets in hopes that it will make a difference.

But Reid’s diet is different. She thinks what it comes down to, at least for some people with autism, is permanently eliminating just a single chemical compound known as monosodium glutamate, or MSG – an ingredient many people associate with Chinese food.

Actually, Reid said, the chemical is in nearly every processed food imaginable, but it only appears on food labels as MSG about 1 percent of the time. Instead, MSG is sometimes labeled as flavor or flavoring, soy protein, barley malt, pectin, corn starch or yeast extract, Reid said.

“We’re getting an abundance of MSG,” she said. “It’s in 95 percent of processed food. And we don’t need it in our diet - ever.”

While there is no science to back up many of her claims, Reid said the most convincing evidence to her is the results she saw in her daughter. At age 7, Brooke is completely cured, Reid said. And from all outward appearances that seems to be true.

Research is sparse

Dr. Robin Hansen, professor of pediatrics at UC Davis and a developmental behavior pediatrician who recently led a study for the university’s Mind Institute, said it’s fairly common for parents to seek out alternative treatments for their children with autism. Nearly 7 percent of the children with autism they studied were on gluten- and casein-free diets.

“We don’t have a lot of diet research to look at, because these studies are difficult to do,” she said, describing the trickiness of monitoring a child’s food intake in a double-blind study. “And no one has done an MSG study. But what we do have doesn’t show a marked difference even with children with gastrointestinal problems.”

Still, she wouldn’t dissuade parents from trying as long as they make sure the diet is balanced and to keep in mind that it’s a big undertaking.

For Reid, the journey was long, difficult and often heartbreaking, but ultimately a victory that persuaded her to quit her high-paying job and help other parents with what she learned, establishing the Fremont nonprofit foundation Unblind My Mind.

It started when Brooke was 2. Reid and her husband noticed that their daughter, the youngest of five, couldn’t make human connections, had severe communication problems and threw tantrums that lasted for hours. She also had digestive issues and constipation – all hallmark signs of autism.

Reid told herself Brooke would grow out of it. Her husband, Paul Sauer, wasn’t so sure. A cellular biologist, he began plugging Brooke’s issues into search engines and perusing websites. One night he came home with information he had printed off the Internet about autism.

“Brooke displayed every characteristic on the list,” Reid said. “I could check every box.”

Looking for answers

They went through all the traditional channels, starting with their pediatrician. Their doctor agreed that something was wrong but didn’t know where to direct them. So they hired a psychologist to test Brooke, and the results showed that she was moderately autistic with some severe learning disabilities, Reid said.

“She was in her own world,” Reid said. “Her actions were repetitive, like doing a puzzle over and over again for hours. And she exhibited signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She couldn’t stand going home in the stroller on a different route without having a screaming tantrum.”

They enrolled her in a special-education preschool and tried to come to terms with the fact that their daughter would probably never function normally.

Reid began reading autism blogs and going onto online bulletin boards, gathering as much information as possible on what more she could do. What she found was that some parents were having success with diet, specifically cutting out gluten and dairy.

The MSG factor

She tried it with her daughter for six months and Brooke improved – a little. Then she saw something about how one parent was cutting out foods with MSG. It seemed odd to Reid.

“I remember thinking, MSG?” she said. “Who uses that anymore?”

Quickly she determined that it was in more foods than she could count. Desperate for results, she told her husband she wanted to try the diet. He was dubious. Already their household had been divided on the gluten-free, dairy-free diet – with most of the family opting to eat more conventionally.

But the more Reid researched, the more it made sense. She said she found plenty of studies that showed that many Americans suffer from glutamate imbalance. Glutamate is a chemical messenger that transmits signals between neurons and other cells in the body. Glutamate is needed for learning and functioning.

Reid believes that when there is too much glutamate in the body, it causes neurological disfunction. This theory is shared by many scientists. But Reid takes it a step further, believing that a diet filled with MSG can add to the imbalance, or make it much worse.

Dr. Sanford Newmark, who practices integrative medicine at UCSF’s Osher Center and specializes in treating autistic children, says there are no scientific studies to back up her hypothesis. But he would be willing to try it because he has seen results from gluten- and casein-free diets.

“There is so much we don’t know about autism,” he said. “And there is no way to know who will respond and who won’t.”

Results from diet

Newmark said that a third of his patients respond significantly to diet and another third see mild improvement. For some reason some people can’t break down gluten or casein in the gut and it winds up going into the bloodstream, he said.

“There’s a huge connection between the gut and the brain,” he said, adding that autistic children who suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, often see the best results from the diet.

As far as the MSG-free diet, other than Reid’s experience Newmark said he has seen no evidence that it works.

“While it’s not normal for kids with moderate autism to be cured by 7, it’s not unheard of,” he said.

But there is no harm in trying, he said. “If you actually ate just fruit, meat, vegetables, beans and whole grains and not processed food, it’s a more healthful diet.”

Dr. Antonio Hardan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and an expert on the neurology of autism, said, “I believe that we have to be open-minded about new approaches to treating autism.”

But he too echoes Newmark’s words that Reid’s diet is not scientifically tested and warns that changing an autistic child’s diet could have serious consequences. One of the traits of autism is picky eating, he said. Doctors believe it may be related to sensory issues such as texture, smell and taste.

“By limiting something they like, you could be making life in that household impossible,” he said.

Just timing?

He also wonders if Brooke Reid’s recovery might have been a coincidence to the diet.

“For 100 years we didn’t have processed food, but we did have autism,” he said. “But despite the lack of scientific support, it might be worth considering in light of the good response of some types of seizures to the ketogenic diet.”

The ketogenic diet – a high-fat, low-carbohydrate regime – has successfully been used to treat epilepsy in children.

But Reid said she has her own proof. She sees it every day with her Unblind My Mind foundation.

“Out of the 75 cases of diagnosed autism I’ve worked on, 74 drastically improved within five weeks,” she said.

And then there is Brooke.

“She was in her own world,” Reid said. “Her actions were repetitive, like doing a puzzle over and over again for hours. And she exhibited signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She couldn’t stand going home in the stroller on a different route without having a screaming tantrum.”

They enrolled her in a special-education preschool and tried to come to terms with the fact that their daughter would probably never function normally.

Reid began reading autism blogs and going onto online bulletin boards, gathering as much information as possible on what more she could do. What she found was that some parents were having success with diet, specifically cutting out gluten and dairy.

The MSG factor

She tried it with her daughter for six months and Brooke improved – a little. Then she saw something about how one parent was cutting out foods with MSG. It seemed odd to Reid.

“I remember thinking, MSG?” she said. “Who uses that anymore?”

Quickly she determined that it was in more foods than she could count. Desperate for results, she told her husband she wanted to try the diet. He was dubious. Already their household had been divided on the gluten-free, dairy-free diet – with most of the family opting to eat more conventionally.

But the more Reid researched, the more it made sense. She said she found plenty of studies that showed that many Americans suffer from glutamate imbalance. Glutamate is a chemical messenger that transmits signals between neurons and other cells in the body. Glutamate is needed for learning and functioning.

Reid believes that when there is too much glutamate in the body, it causes neurological disfunction. This theory is shared by many scientists. But Reid takes it a step further, believing that a diet filled with MSG can add to the imbalance, or make it much worse.

Dr. Sanford Newmark, who practices integrative medicine at UCSF’s Osher Center and specializes in treating autistic children, says there are no scientific studies to back up her hypothesis. But he would be willing to try it because he has seen results from gluten- and casein-free diets.

“There is so much we don’t know about autism,” he said. “And there is no way to know who will respond and who won’t.”

Results from diet

Newmark said that a third of his patients respond significantly to diet and another third see mild improvement. For some reason some people can’t break down gluten or casein in the gut and it winds up going into the bloodstream, he said.

“There’s a huge connection between the gut and the brain,” he said, adding that autistic children who suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, often see the best results from the diet.

As far as the MSG-free diet, other than Reid’s experience Newmark said he has seen no evidence that it works.

“While it’s not normal for kids with moderate autism to be cured by 7, it’s not unheard of,” he said.

But there is no harm in trying, he said. “If you actually ate just fruit, meat, vegetables, beans and whole grains and not processed food, it’s a more healthful diet.”

Dr. Antonio Hardan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and an expert on the neurology of autism, said, “I believe that we have to be open-minded about new approaches to treating autism.”

But he too echoes Newmark’s words that Reid’s diet is not scientifically tested and warns that changing an autistic child’s diet could have serious consequences. One of the traits of autism is picky eating, he said. Doctors believe it may be related to sensory issues such as texture, smell and taste.

“By limiting something they like, you could be making life in that household impossible,” he said.

Just timing?

He also wonders if Brooke Reid’s recovery might have been a coincidence to the diet.

“For 100 years we didn’t have processed food, but we did have autism,” he said. “But despite the lack of scientific support, it might be worth considering in light of the good response of some types of seizures to the ketogenic diet.”

The ketogenic diet – a high-fat, low-carbohydrate regime – has successfully been used to treat epilepsy in children.

But Reid said she has her own proof. She sees it every day with her Unblind My Mind foundation.

“Out of the 75 cases of diagnosed autism I’ve worked on, 74 drastically improved within five weeks,” she said.

And then there is Brooke.

 

 

 

Stacy Finz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: sfinz@sfchronicle.comTwitter: @sfinz

 

Victory of Light Expo, April 4 & 5, Columbus, Ohio

I always loved this conference and thought I’d pass it on for others to go if they can.

 

“The Victory of Light Expo is the region’s most exciting and affordable way to experience the psychic arts and sciences. If you have even a casual interest, you will love this show!”
Victory of Light starts its 23rd year with a record number of exhibitors at its April 5 & 6 expo, making this its largest expo ever!
Now with nearly 250 exhibitors, 65 free seminars, many of the country’s best psychics and healers, and fantastic shopping, the expo has something for everyone.
Featured Guests:
  • Legendary Cincinnati psychic Mary Lou Ackermann makes a rare public appearance to share wisdom gleaned from over a half century of spiritual consulting. (Saturday, 1-2pm)
  • Kenn Day, Shaman and best-selling author of the new book Post Tribal Shaman: A New Look at the Old Ways presents on Post Tribal Shamanism Sunday at 1pm.
  • Psychic Medium Rick Hayes, who has appeared on the Travel Channel and SyFy Channel, presents “Connections: Gallery Readings for the Audience” Saturday at 2pm. (2 hours, $20.)
  •  Paranormal authors Patti Starr and Jeff Morris return with two new presentations. Patti presents “Collecting Paranormal Evidence” Saturday at 11am, and Jeff presents “What is a Ghost?” Sunday at 1pm.
Learn about Astrology, Holistic Healing, Past Lives and more. Free readings in seven seminars.
Win a Door Prize! Over 150 will be given away over the weekend. Win a reading, healing, or gifts from our vendors. Double Door Prizes on Sunday!
Live Music, Face Painting and Henna Tattoos for kids of all ages.
Expo hours are 10am-7pm. Admission is only $14 for one-day, $20 for two-days. Children 12 and under FREE, Seniors (60+), Students & Active Duty Mil itary (with ID), $2 off. FREE Parking.
Experience the Energy!
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Work Study Update

I want to thank everyone who applied for the Work Study program. I have to say that I was completely overwhelmed by the response and have not had time to reply to everyone at this time.

Just know that I am reviewing each application and will contact you as I can. I obviously can’t accommodate most of the people who asked, which is a complete surprise to me. I expected we would have a few applicants but nothing like the response we have had.

Here’s the great news about that… it seems that people are  very interested in getting a degree from IMU and people are very interested in being a part of this exciting school and being a part of this community.

We only need to find a way to harness all of that energy and, well, you can only imagine what we could do!

If you submitted a request for consideration and I have not responded to you by April 1, please send it again. I fear it is possible that some of them were lost in the shuffle. It’s jut a reality of modern day technology, eh?

Thanks everyone for submitting and for your support. Now I just have to figure out a criteria by which to choose. Everyone seems so blessed qualified!

 

 

 

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