Quantum Nutrition, 1: Introduction

Note: The central thesis of quantum nutrition is that energy can just as easily be nutritients as particles can; the obvious example being the photon. Ultimate goals of Quantum Nutrition A good theory should coalesce both explained and unexplained phenomena, and nutrition, if it is as grand as argued here, must ultimately explain large swaths … Read more

More anti-vaxx COVID thoughts…

This is a response to some “educated” baby-boomer friends who have rejected the various COVID vaccines. Note: Names may have been changed. For a response to some concerns of some anti-vaxxer friends a month or so ago, see my post and tweet here: https://www.johnfial.com/2021/06/11/response-to-vaccine-concerns-for-any-anti-vaxx-friends/ .See the tweet at the very bottom, which is the essence … Read more

Berries in the NW

Before our record breaking heatwave this weekend… You must know that berry season is progressing nicely! Here’s an email I sent out last July 8th: Hi all! In addition to salmon berries (somewhat bland in their taste) and blackberries (with their lovely thorns) and clovers (which few people eat), these berries are now ripening, called … Read more

Personal response to COVID vaccine concerns for any anti-vaxx friends

What I did below (indented) was first to free write this once, and then loosely edit it ~2x. There are whole pages more I could say, dozens of links I could provide, and extra super-conspiratorial objections like those of some baby-boomers I could also respond to… stuff like A) the vaccines are made from aborted … Read more

A few fitness thoughts amidst our stay-at-home orders.

[Note: Since formatting on facebook is minimal, this post — for my fellow gym members — is reposted here. ] Hi all! In light of the situation, I wanted to share a few fitness thoughts. This post is ~1,400 words, or 6-min @ 250words/min, in five sections.¬† Here’s the outline: 1) Sun salutations 2) CrossFit … Read more

Quantum Nutrition: A Short Introduction

In 2013, in my first semester of graduate school, I had an idea: “What if we could trace the effects of a single nutrient from physics/chemistry/geology up through biology, past neuroscience and behavior, through all other areas of the university, from economics and art history to geopolitics and beyond?” Not until 2017 did I realize … Read more

Question: do you think lithium specifically affects athletic performance?

A few months ago, a member of my gym asked, “You recommend lithium for everyone, but do you think lithium specifically affects athletic performance?” Yes, yes I do. Like much about biology — and everything about lithium — we don’t understand the exact mechanisms very well. But here’s why¬†lithium affects athletic performance.   Table of … Read more

Letter to Servicemembers, Active and Inactive [09042017]

Note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources. Also available for online chat. Hi all, I’ve been working on this site seriously for the past few months, and on most days, I am more patient than others. Today, I … Read more