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Episode · 1 year ago

Those calcium waves/ Wake the sleepy astrocytes/ Refresh perspective

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

  • Update on the real-life Emo Dojo nonprofit project
  • Calcium Waves and Lazy Astrocytes
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and the LiftID
  • JohnEmotions.com links to Brain Research on Flipboard
  • Renew your astrocytes
  • Cheaper drugs vs. cheapest electricity? 
  • Meditation > Electricity > Chemicals
  • Streaming Media Review: WandaVision, Palmer, The Little Things
  • What is Clubhouse good for?  

Yo, what's up? Hi, I'm John Emotions. Welcome to Emo dojoe. So when I was starting to sit down, or stand up, as it is, at my desk here, and record this, I remembered last episode I said I wasn't going to record, quote unquote, mental health type episodes. I want to clarify that, like this whole thing is about mental fitness. What I meant by that was I'm not going to whine and Moan and Groan about my own life. That's what I meant, because there are plenty of mental health podcast with people quote unquote, sharing their story. That just comes off as depressed people whining. So there's plenty of those elsewhere to choose from them. So I'm not going to do that kind of show here. I'm just primarily going to focus on the things that I've learned or research that have helped get me out of the funk and also the progress on the Emo Dojo in real life, which is going to be like a drum circle mental health studio. It's the best way I can describe it in five words or so. And on that end, I found out it's only about like seven hundred bucks to start a nonprofit and that's pretty much all inclusive. Like you gotta Pay Some state fees and some federal fees and, you know, a couple various things, file forms and things like that. But when you're all done, thank you can have a nonprofit for about seven hundred bucks. At this point it would probably be quicker and easier for me to save my own seven hundred dollars then to spend the time and effort to start a campaign to raise seven hundred dollars. So I guess on this part I'm on my own, but I do need help on the next part for emo Doo Joe,...

...and that is if you have any current contacts at music instrument companies. And it doesn't really matter what kind of instrument they manufacture, because a lot of those folks, a lot of those guys and gals know each other, be or even change jobs from company to company because they know how to sell or, you know, distribute instruments. So if you know anybody that works at an instrument company, let me know who they are and I will follow it myself and I'll figure out how to network that. As part of the big cost is going to be the drums, the drums themselves right so I can probably find a place that would give me a few months rent up front for free. I have much of the sign making equipment for the front of the storefront and that sort of thing. Probably need to raise a couple grand for a sign, a proper sign on the outside of a building, and then the construction on the inside is going to be quite a bit. That's probably the next biggest chunk, or the biggest, along with the drums. Anyway, those steps are a little bit further down the road. So I'm just going to focus on coming up with about seven hundred dollars us to start a nonprofit for EMO Dojo and we'll keep you posted on that. So anyway, sorry for the long intro there, but the rest of this episode I'm going to talk about the mind blowing things I've discovered this week about calcium waves, astro sites and the way our brains work. So stick around for that and at the very end I'll have my weekly media round up. I'll talk about a couple of the things I've seen on the various streaming services let you know if they're worth watching or if I like them or not, and see so you can save some time or definitely invest some time. That's all ahead. On emo Dojo. Stay tuned. All right. So you've got the...

...update on the real life Emo Dojo out of the way. This next thing is going to blow your mind. Well, hopefully you're smart, you listen, You keep up. In fact, once I put all of this together, I started to think, man, half of you guys, half of you like you, and you, and you, way back over there. I see you. You probably know this stuff, the I'm about to tell you, and you just didn't tell me for some reason. You just watching me flounder and learn it for myself anyway. You know, when you learn things for yourself or learn them the hard way, you remember them better, you kind of feel them. So you know the transcranial direct current stimulation headband I've been wearing, the lifted headband from get liftedcom. Not a sponsored by them or anything. It's it works so well I think you should check it out, and you might as well go look at it now while I'm talking about the thing right get lifted lft idcom. Get liftedcom. Like I said, I'm not a sponsor. I think it just works and it'll make more sense when you hear about the rest of the things I'm going to tell you. Okay, so it was really driving me crazy whether or not the lifted transcranial device thing worked. It seemed like it did. I'm like, what the fuck is going on? Like, how come I feel better, like better in the not like a manic sense. When you have bipolar sometimes you get this weird, uplifty, flighty feeling where you want to spend all the money in your bank account and just do stupid shit. It's not like that, not at all like that. I know that feeling and anytime I get in a good mood I I'm fearful of that feeling coming on. But I don't feel it at all. This is a way different, feeling like I haven't felt in many years. In fact, I haven't felt this feeling in...

...so many years I think the last time I felt like this, I probably felt different anyway because I was, you know, ten years younger than I am now, and since I could not really attribute it to anyone thing, there was plenty of drama in my life, you know, much of itself inflicted, and lots of just stuff happening, like stressful things, life changes, household changes, we moved, new job, new job, new job, a couple new jobs. It's been pretty wild. So all of the things that stress people out, on top of the pandemic and whatnot, I've experienced all that. But normally none of those things are going to help me feel better. Those things would all help me just they would just crush me, and so I'm kind of a skeptic anyway. So I really want to know what the fuck is this thing really work? If so, everybody needs to fucking know about this technology. Is it old as it knew? What? Look, what's really going on? So I started poking around right because I keep I save a lot of articles on flipboard. was a cool APP called flip board have been using for years and I think if you go to Johnny Emotionscom, there's a tab up on top of that says something like research. Go there and they're just a shit ton of articles all about emotions in brain research and things like that. So I go through this stuff daily, like several articles, and I'm always trying to sew together bits and pieces of different articles and connect dots that I haven't seen yet spoken in public, but I get the feeling that the things I'm going to connect the dots on now are already known and, like I said, you probably knew this and just wanted to hear me say it myself. I'm trying to synthesize all of my thoughts that I've read in the past few days so that I can say that in a way that makes sense, without so much scientific jargon, and also knowing that we can't see each other, so I have to kind of explain it in words that you will understand. So my research all ends up pointing...

...at these things called Astro sites. Now I will spell that so that my transcription service can at least help you a little bit. Astro sites are not something you'll see in star wars, although the word astro is named because of the way these brain structures look. They look like little starbursts, so they called astrocites, a stro O, C Y T es, astro sites and those of the Little Star shaped ends. They're that send off the communication to each other that help your brain function. Up till up several years ago, they were thought to just provide the primary kind of primitive functioning, the breathing, just to keeping everything going. But of course sciences determining more and more that we are fully integrated creatures and all of our systems really work together, including our astrocites. So if you look up the term astrocites, you'll see it in various independent studies where they've seen that it's affecting things like Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, depression, adhd, all of my favorite things. Right. So I'm like wow, what's really going on there? All right, so here's what happens in all of these situations, and they've done studies in mice that kind of validate this concept, is that our astrocites are just not working properly. They're not necessarily defective. They could be defective with might just be asleep, as a good way to say, or something. They just need some either perking up or we need new ones. So here's something that can actually perk them up. transcranial direct current stimulation. What do you know about that? So, okay, here's what we have to do, a little visualization,...

...imagining kind of thing, and I'll stick with me. I'll try to do my best. Like I said, I have a fantasia and I can't actually see anything when I close my eyes, but I'll I'll do my best to describe this. So inside of the star shaped, microscopic, almost nano size, star shape thing is made up of cells. I mean, technically the called nonnurroglial cells, but doesn't really matter. That's too Geeky. Let's just call them cells. Now Imagine, if you will, the cells like a real round thing. And now imagine looking at that round thing. Imagine dividing it up into five parts. Just imagine lines going across it. So what happens with an oscillation is you can affect the first part of the cell. That's great, okay, doesn't really do much. If you can repeat the Oscillation, well, now you've created a wave. It will trigger from the first to the second, third, four fifth part of that cell. Now we've got a little cell vibrating in unison with itself so far. However, whatever causing that cell to change, obviously is going to cause all of the cells around it to do the same thing. So, in the case of transcranial direct current stimulation, it's electricity evenly oscillating those cells. In the case of this headband, right there on your frontal lobe. Okay, so a way to differentiate an oscillation from a wave in the sense that we're talking about here imagine you have a bucket of water and just to drop a dropper, say dead center right above the bucket. You drop drop a water into the bucket and it creates a ring, a little wave, ring out to the edge of the bucket, it bounces back in towards the center, goes bloop and then it kind of repeats that back and forth. So in this context that would be one oscillation. Well, if you continue dropping the drops into that same bucket while it still oscillating from the previous drop, you then...

...create overlapping waves and those can be really interruptive, let's say, or disruptive. There are lots of videos on the Internet where you can see where small amounts of wind hit and improperly engineered bridge and even though the winds were small, it starts to create this mechanical resonance where the it just the vibrations of the bridge just keep amplifying on themselves until the bridge collapses. It's just hanging there with roadway hanging from cables. It's crazy, but it does show the power of waves. So in the case of our astro sites, we've now got this electricity in there causing oscillations that turn into waves. On a cellular level. That cause all of the cells in that area to then perpetuate these waves, not just in the region that you're using the electricity on, but they apparently, according to this research, perpetuate throughout the whole brain. So in a way, wherever you drop the transcranial stimulator, it is like dropping a drip of water into the bucket of your brain. I guess it will resonate throughout your brain and back and forth. I'm sure you understanding the technology and you can probably tell that it's not so much technology. It's really analog. It's really just I mean, electricity is provable and seeable and all of that stuff, so it's not even the highest tech thing. Is here our ability to finally see it in action. Other than that, using an electrical current to stimulate an electrical thing like a brain is not rocket science at all. We've known how to do that for a while. We finally known what the specific mechanism is and it's those calcium waves. Calcium waves? What? Here's the crazy part, right. So your astrocytes, through the electrical stimulation, start creating these calcium waves. The called calcium waves because calcium is one of the primary ingredients in the let's call it the fluid that your brain uses...

...up there to communicate everything through. And a good way to think of it is these waves are now able to wash across the sands of the beaches of your mind. So all of those tire tracks from those past parties and the fucking bonfire pit, sewage dump pipe coming out people's foot brands and Sandcal hustles dug on your beach, all those memories and all that stuff. Well, if you think about that every night when you go to sleep or, in the case of calcium waves here, through electrical stimulation or even meditation, what they're doing. It's kind of a great metaphor for washing over all of those things. So then you can reset and choose which memories you want to kind of put on top of there. It sounds unbelievable and SCI FI. I'm a skeptic and I might not even be describing it in an effective way, but I'm pretty sure this shit works. So here's here's some more ideas I'm thinking about. But just to recap, what causes, or seems to be causing, depression and affects schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, adhd is damaged or inactive astro sites. So you got to repair your astro sites. Here's where I get to throw in my little bit of conspiracy and controversy. Not on purpose, but it's a valid point. I saw again the shark tank with this lifted ID thing in it right and I saw how they shit on the creators. And then I realize why, because I just before I came on the air today, I did a little research. So it turns out Mark Cuban, chief Shitter and charge, has a big investment in drugs, their generic drugs, and most of them are set to cure noble things like hook worm and such, but there's a list of a hundred that I don't know. So...

I'm sure somewhere in that hundred list of drugs, somewhere in that list of a hundred drugs that Mark Cuban wants to make generic and profit from, I'm sure there are some mental health drugs in there. So it's a bit disingenuous in hindsight to see that he's shitting on it such a simple and cheap way to do the same thing that his drugs would do. Even those drugs are cheaper than the existing drugs they're still drugs and you don't need them if something else, much more primitive and simple and cheap works. So the primary goal of any of these things, any of these solutions to depression, involves repairing your astro sites. Are you going to repair it with drugs or you want to try to repair it with electricity? It sounds scary, but it's fucking not scary at all. For example, this lifted one. On a scale of say zero to twenty. The government will allow devices to go up to twenty. Well, this one maxes out at twelve, so you don't don't have to worry about it. Like it doesn't go to the Max. It's just enough to get, I hate to say, a consumer into it, but it's safe for everybody. Is a way I was that's probably they made it a twelve out of twenty. I would like personally to get my hands on a twenty because I think I could take the irritation and I would like to see what more or stimulation can do. That said, you know this lifted one is safe. I don't know about the others or how much voltage they got or what the deal is. I'm not an electrician. Okay, so here's the part where I was connecting the dots again. That kind of blew me away. I'm like, Oh, fucking Duh. Right, I know friends who are into Kundalini and I raveda things like that, and they're both talking about meditating in the third eye and whatnot. Some people I know into the Kundalini world are onto this kick that the government puts fluoride in the water and that Shit Ruins our third eye. It calcifies it or some shit.

...anyways, they use the term calcification of the third eye pretty frequently. Just Google that. Calcification of the third eye, calcified third eye, you know, look up that kind of stuff. Well, one of the MANTRAS I used to listen to would have you ah like that. It was all meditation, basically. But you say that as loud as you can, you know, yell at and I think you can't really yell that the tone Ah, but you can be very intentional about it. It's where it starts to vibrate your whole cage, right in your head. Well, the thought in there is you supposed to close your eyes while you're doing the odd meditation and kind of like vision from fucking superhero movies, that guy with that diamond in his head. You're supposed to kind of envision a bright light rushing out of your forehead and while you're doing the ad meditation. Well, in hindsight, what you're really doing is you're trying to fest just through noise, through audio, the power of sound vibrations. It sounds like the way that that all meditation works is because the vibration stimulates the astrocytes in the same way that electricity does. So in my mind, now, before you jump to the drugs, at least try Kondalini, try just sitting in a room quietly, with nobody around to listen, going and imagining a fucking bright light coming out of the middle of your forehead. Try that. That's not very powerful to me. That's just just weak. fucking plug me in, put this thing on my head and Zap me with some electricity. fucking a. It worked, it works, it's working. I don't know how to state it. I'm not going to keep dwelling on it over and again. I just wanted to share with you that. But I found out about Goddamn astrocites and calcium waves. All right, so if you think Kondalini and flushing out the flooride of your third eye or whatever. Through all meditation works. Highly suggest trying a...

...transcranial direct stimulation device. The only one I've used is the lifted one. You know, pig one. Try One. Just read the ratings, make sure you're not getting a cheap one that doesn't have any anybody responsible for it, but you can't sue if the fries your brain. Now, I'm just kidding. There aren't anything like that, but I think there are some that are little Lucy Goosey with the voltage that might prick your skin a little bit, and I think those come from overseas. Not to diminish that, there's just different standards, you know. So in this case I'm just saying buy one from a company that you can sue like whatever. That's not going to happen if you buy one from somebody in America because, like I said, they keep the transcranial stimulation devices governor down to a rate lower than the government allows. So it's already safe by twenty thirty percent right. Yeah, and if those don't work, sure, try the drugs. Why not? Like I'm not against drugs, I'm just I'm into efficiency and one thing that humans have that we can be efficient about is our money. So if, instead of spending money on expensive drugs that are, you know, nominally working, they might make you feel better. The might be a placebo effect, who knows. But I know that this works in ways that no medicine has ever worked, and I have a long list of meds I've tried for both depression, Adhd and bipolar. Magical Cure? Nah, it's not magic, it's just science, Scientific Cure. Sure, if you want to call it that. As a cure, I don't know. Am I was a trying to was it a disease? He's ever, is overthinking and being sad and showing your emotions a disease that needs to be cured? Or is are they just feelings that could be better off if they were controlled through the use of signs like electricity, something so simple? It's been around for a hundred years. So anyway, that vision reference reminds me we should move on. Getting long...

...in the tooth there, but I just want to so if you checked out one division. If you have not, this is a good weekend to finally start. So I got the Disney plus trial like seven dollars for a month because I wanted to watch Pixar's soul. That was good. I like that. off seeing that twice, I think I got it, and then I started poking around and watching the other things on there, including catching up on all the mandalorians. That was good. I like that. I'm not super like, Whooa, did you see the Mandalorian? I'm like, I liked it. Got It and one division, though. So here's the fucking thing that, okay, just drives me crazy when they do this, and they do it on many like they do it on Netflix, sometimes they do it on Amazon, is they'll start a series so slowly that you got to really commit to like at least three episodes before you even know if you going to like it or not. And the kind of did this with Wan Division. They almost, I think, really killed it for a lot of viewers because the entire first episode is in black and white. As each episode unfolds, you start to get it and by the fifth one you like yes, pretty fucking genius. I kind of like it. So I would, for seven dollars for a month, definitely get Disney plus, watch yourself soul and check out one division. Now, now that it's up to episode five, if finally is cool, but knowing that episodes one, two and three are like, uh, what's I guess. Yeah, it was tough. It's tough for me to get into even three. All right, then, over on Apple Plus Apple TV, whatever apple TV plus the one you get for free when you get like a new iphone, whatever that one is. There's a new movie called Palmer, starting Justin Timber Lake, and pretty good it is.

Here's the story. It's the basic story of x con runs into awkward situation, meets Awkward Kid and they both learned from each other for the better. It's a heartwarming tail of struggle and overcoming. Yeah, it's okay. I mean you've seen the story before. What stood out, though, here is how well Justin Timber Lake played in x Con. I. I've known plenty of x cons and he nailed the silent I don't trust you vibe, but he did not have a lot of dialog and most of it was kind of Sullen. You didn't say much. There's not a lot to give away either way. We kind of imagine how these movies go, but Heah, yeah, need kind of nailed the x Con vibe. Kudos to that dude. He did not break out in song a at all. Ever. Great. And then the last thing that stood out to me that I watched this past week two things, kind of on HBO Max. The first one is a new crime drama called the little things with Denzel Washington, Jared Letto, MMM, I don't want to fuck his name up, Robbi Molick, it's Mr robot that guy. So Denzel and Freddie Mercury play cops, pure fiction story. It's not based on anything real, which is cool because then they can cann i. just do whatever they want with the story. And Jared letto plays the creepy, greasy bad guy. So that's all you need to know really. And then it's kind of typical crime drama. The the question at the end is, you know, when you catch the person that we all knows the killer and is admitted to being the killer, but you don't think he's going to be served justice, what you do the do you become...

...a killer yourself to take the killer out and then become that which you hunted, or do you bring him in and turn them into the hands of justice? So I mean that's the ending of so many movies all the way back to cowboy movies. Right. So this one just the that kind of movie, with Denzel and Jared Letto and Rommy as the decorations on the structure. Not Bad and worth, you know, ninety minutes of your time. If you're into crime dramas, I guess. I guess it's much better when all of the actors can act. There is good actors can, you know, do wonders with crappy lines or no lines at all, you know, just acting in silence. So yeah, those are three interesting things. Check it out. So, finally, I wanted to mention this clubhouse thing. Man, I'm not going to start promoting it yet, but when it's on all of the platforms you're going to dig it. If people are just going to go ape shit about it. It's a lot like live line or those chatln the s they had chat lines where you call up on your regular house line phone and you somehow get, you know, plugged into a hot line where you could hear everybody chatting at the same time, like literally talking. Sounds like a shit show right. Well, clubhouse fixed a few of those problems in that in this case you have to push a little button and raise your hand to speak, and the people moderating the conversation and let people up to speak in an orderly fashion. And if you don't want to speak, don't raise your hand. You can sit in the audience forever and listen to the whole thing, which I love. I am a fly on the wall and I love listening way more than I love speaking. So I just consume knowledge all the time and it's funny because the more you listen, the more you realize, wow, I got a relief. fucking get it right before I say something. Anyway, I think that comes from just being a shy person. Yep, I'm a shy person. So when clubhouse comes to android will...

...get way more involved because we can literally have like like groups like we have in used to have it depression, bipolar support lines, DBSA groups where anybody that's feeling like sharing sits in a circle. Will in this case we could sit in a clubhouse room. Everyone who wants to talk. Raise your hand, you can share, get replies on your share like people could literally support you in real time from all around the world and empathize with you. Man, if you've never been to a support group for emotional disorders. They're pretty awesome and most of them are attended by and run by patients or sufferers or whatever. No doctors. But the structure is really simple. There's like some moderators that are, you know, experienced moderators, very cool with people and you know they know how to diffuse harsh situations, let's say. But the clubhouse environment would be perfect for that, because that you get ten people in a room and then you know five people want to share and everybody looks how it works, as normally somebody will share, like I had a hard week, my boss really didn't like my work and then I got home and my partner was mad at me for something I didn't even think I did. And when you say these things out loud at first, gets them off your chest. When you hear other people reply and say, Oh my God, that exact same thing happened to me and here's how it made me feel and here's how I resolved it. When you hear three or four people say that, you really start to feel uplifted and it almost feels like a spiritual church like experience. So I credit the DBSA meetings in person for saving my life a couple times when I was really, really down, feeling suicidal, and if it was a shorter walk to the Golden Gate Bridge, I would have went there first. But you know, dbs a meeting was in between my apartment and the bridge, so I dbsa saved my life and now I will always...

...remember the format of those kind of meetings, those groups where you can just share in a private situation and with the clubhouse APP you know, the moderators can kick out people who are being an assholes. That was always kind of tricky in a real life meeting seeing it happen, and no, it was not me. So we'll do that as well, because I think that's a great platform for Emo Dojo where we can just thrive and help each other, you know, share feelings and show each other how to let it out. Like there's no right way to share your feelings, but there's a good way to open up and let whatever those feelings are come out and just get them out of your heart and your soul and let them dissipate into the universe while getting like support from other people. Holy Shit, why didn't you say I've been talking for like forty minutes. I appreciate your time. Thanks for sticking around and I'll keep you posted on this. transcranial direct current stimulation. I'm serious. If you have depression that you haven't been able to shake or adhd problems that cause you to be agitated because you can't focus, I will vouch for those for as long as you've been listening to me. No Bullshit. I would say this one works for me for sure. I can't say it would work for you or whatever, but try that fucking brains aber. Serious. The most recent studies show it works on rats. worked on rats and also they just the one. The one story that brought this to mind most recently was, I think yesterday, with they showed that corpses dead people. They studied dead people's brains and depressed people compared to healthy people. Depressed people had fewer astrocites. So since dead people that were depressed had fewer astrocites and...

...we can increase our astrosites and their effectiveness through electricity, we could not end up dead, especially because a lot of those people in that steady were dead by suicide. So all of that research aside, it's relatively cheap to try. Yeah, man, let's get out of here. Speaking of rats in a cage. Here's a great song from the s that will probably muted on some platforms, but anyway, on this platform you can enjoy it. Take care. Just ding a case. Despite all my rage, I am still just rady a case. Someone say what is loud. Despite all my rage, I'm still just the ready enough. And now back to the wall.

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