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{February 25, 2010}   Social Autism

This is mostly just a thought that occured to me.  Given that autism spectrum disorders could be considered disorders of hyperfocus, where the person becomes highly involved in one particular subject, would it not be possible to have autistic people interested in being social?  Would these people be social butterflies incapable of getting good grades?  They certainly wouldn’t show the main sign of autism, lack of any real social interaction, and would probably go undiagnosed.

This could mean that many, many, more people have autism than previously believed.  However, these people are probably written off as stupid socialites. 

Of course, it might not really be considerd autism.  To have a diagnosis as Autisitic, a person must display: 

(A) qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

    1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction
    2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
    3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people, (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
    4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity ( note: in the description, it gives the following as examples: not actively participating in simple social play or games, preferring solitary activities, or involving others in activities only as tools or “mechanical” aids )

(B) qualitative impairments in communication as manifested by at least one of the following:

    1. delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime)
    2. in individuals with adequate speech, marked impairment in the ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
    3. stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language
    4. lack of varied, spontaneous make-believe play or social imitative play appropriate to developmental level
    (according to autreat.com)
    So someone who has “social autism” would not be diagnosed as such.  Therefore, help couldn’t be available to them.  It is an interesting quandry for a problem that might not even exist.

That is the question is it not?  Do you choose what you do everyday or is your DNA?  Does it even matter?  In short, do we have free will?

People who argue that we do have free will point out that DNA is hardly sentient, has only four coded letters, and only changes over generations anyway and so can hardly explain how quickly behaviors and attidtudes can change over generations.  Further, they point out that our decesions, our thoughts, are handled in the brain.

Or are they?  What built the brain?  That would be the DNA.  Your brain, which is to say the decesions and emotions that result from the proper or improper function of the brain, is a mix of chemicals and nuerotransmissions.  Both of which are regulated by your genetic code.  So you could say that base reactions and emotions are pre-programmed by DNA. 

This explains your nature, which is undeniably the product of DNA, but what about nurture?  What if I fear fire because I was burned by it, not because I am just afraid of it?  This is still DNA.  You DNA provides this base equation, pain=fear, granted anger can come out of there too, but that is beside the point.  In short, if it hurt me, I will fear it.

Even complex decesions, like what book to read, are decided by you genetics.  Your bodies chemicals, whose portions are determined by DNA give you a mood, which makes you choose one thing over another.  DNA wins again.

As to DNA’s response over generations, while the chromosomes themselves change very slowly, the epigenome can change inside of a single generation.  The epigenome controls the expression of genes.  Think of it like an on/off switch and a brightness control, it can respond to stimuli in a generation and turn off, on, or adjust the intensity of genes accordingly.

So in other words, you are controlled by your DNA.  But that doesnt matter, because you are your DNA, or more accurately, it is you.  It is making the decesions you would have anyway, becuase it is the “you” in the situation.

So the walker has chosen the path, which happens to be the walker…

This is actually a really funny article to write.  Why?  Becuase there is only one way not to be fat, exercise.   If I cut out certain parts of my diet, I wont be able to complete that requirement. 

Actually, it doesnt matter how much you eat, or what you eat, so long as your exercise spends more energy than you intake.  However, simply cutting things out of your diet can have negative affects.  Take sugar for example.  Glucose is important in the production of the ATP molecule, which is the energy your body uses to function.  ATP is produced in bulk through the kreb cycle, but without glucose it cannot be produced.  Your cells mitochondria take a single glucose molecule and through a rather complex cycle produces 32 ATP molecules.

So, if I dont have glucose, I dont have energy, and if I dont have energy, I cant exercise.  Further, fat is more efectivly worked off by exercise than by dieting.  Fatty molecules, or lipids, are much more complex than simple sugars such as glucose.  Therefore, it takes more activation energy to break the molecules down to produce energy. 

Cutting out fat can be bad too.  Your organs need fat to cushion them, and lipids are part of our cells membrame.  You want to have more HDL’s (high density lipoproteins) and less LDL’s (low density lipoproteins).  LDL’s are the fats the build up in your arterties sometimes leading to heart attacks, strokes and the like.  If you want it to sound more scientific I can say, High levels of low density lipoproteins can lead to an increase in a subjects chance of experienceing myocardial infarction.

Next on my list of ways not to kill yourself, bulemia.  Simply put, throwing up is very bad.  Why is it bad?  Imagine your stomach and your throat, we’ve all seen commercials showcasing them.  Your stomach is a bag of acid, and acid is bad.  So if that acid comes up your throat, the H+ molecules in the acid will corode your throat.  Some symptoms are heartburn, bad teath, death, and bad breath. notice that you can live with three out four of those, but death is hard to live with.  That acid can burn through your throat, leaving you susceptiable to infection or poisoning.

Anorexia, you have to eat people!  Dont think you wont die, ’cause you so will!  And if you dont die you will be ugly as crap, and your brain will be starved, and you will be weak.  So why even bother?  You are better fat than anorexic!

Tapeworm.  Do i need to elaborate?  I will even if I dont have to.  Let me put it this way, tapeworms can end up in odd places.  First, they can have thousands of offspring and grow to over ten feet in length.  Also, the eggs of those offspring are very, very small.  Those eggs can get into the blood stream and end up, wherever.  Yes, that includes the brain.

Look its simple to lose wait, give up on “diets”  eat well and hearty!  And stop looking at internet blogs, get off your ass and go for a jog!

if you want some more information, check out: http://asiancutie93.wordpress.com/category/science-medicine/

{August 17, 2009}   Healthcare Reform

Do we really need Healthcare Reform?  The united states has the highest quality of care in the world, and i cant imagine why any price is to high against the cost of your life.

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