Psychedelics interact with the immune system

The abrupt prohibition of psychedelic research lasted decades. What did we miss? Are there direct pharmacological effects of psychedelics on autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, chronic low-grade infections?

The recent paper originated from the University of Oslo, Norway, and published in Immunology Letters Journal discussed the validity of adding psychedelics to…


Empathy as a genetic variable

Narcissist, Narcissism, Empathy, Prosocial, Brain, Genetics

Scientists now understand how empathy works. Can you talk someone out of narcissism? Does elusive childhood trauma cause a lack of empathy? Most probably, the answer is no. Narcissist. Will. Never. Change.

Why? Genetics.

Empathy is a reaction of an individual to the observed experience of others. Empathy can be…


A single dose of psilocybin “couples” “uncoupled” brain networks

If consciousness is a state of being awake and aware, does it mean you are unconscious in your sleep?

For many years the majority of researchers considered dreamless sleep being equal to an unconscious state. Consciousness, however, is not a binary…


Psilocybin may soon be legally available for young and old

Did you know that psychedelics acceptance is just around the corner? Robust and durable beneficial mind-altering properties of single or few-doses psilocybin can be used respectfully by carefully selected young and old individuals.

Let's be clear. Some botanicals including cannabis are currently still listed on Schedule 1 of the United…


Science is one step closer to reverse the damage of chronic stress

Stress is inevitable and suffering is universal, but victimhood is optional. The choice is yours, says Dr.Eger, who survived a concentration camp during World War II and reflected on life in her book. However, it is not easy to change the brain by using the brain itself. Stress causes maladaptive…


Causes permanent brain damage

This story is not about The Virus. John Cunningham (JC) virus is usually asymptomatic. But chances if you have been exposed to this invisible enemy in your youth, you still carry it dormant inside your body. This virus may provoke life-threatening irreversible brain damage.

JC virus is one of nine…


I have known her for a very long time. Until her eighties, she would go to bed hungry almost every night to preserve the slimmer younger-looking figure. An avid swimmer, she firmly believed that one needs to move daily and leave the table hungry. I could see a constant obsession…


Origin and gender bias of narcissistic personality disorder

A neurotypical person falls prey to a narcissist. Why? It’s evolution. A narcissistic personality disorder is an evolutionary adaptation that serves some humans.

Historically, a tendency prevailed to underemphasize feminine narcissism and describe narcissism as a male syndrome. A constant search for…


The dictionary of change

Psychedelics may be the oldest class of pharmacological agents known to man that was neglected in the last fifty years. Are you ready for the psychedelic-assisted therapy renaissance? The FDA did not yet approve hallucinogens for treating mood disorders, but a broader acceptance is soon expected…


Real-life aristocrats

Viruses and bacterias are at the top of the worry list. The tiny invaders are hiding in plain sight. Biomedical research centered around irradicating human diseases needs many crabs and, to be more precise, blue crabs. Horseshoe crabs’ blood is essential for vaccine production. The blood is rich in copper…

Anna Deveaux, M.Sc.

learner, writer, biotech investor, research translation, drug development, genetics. 4-lingual.

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