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Thank you to Nancy Miller for forwarding this.

On Saturday (Sept. 22, 2017) on Quirks and Quarks, a segment reported on research into whether jellyfish sleep or not.
Jellyfish were chosen because they are simpler organisms which would be easier to study. Apparently, these jelly fish react much more slowly to stimuli (e.g. being dropped into a tank of water) AT NIGHT.
After being disturbed at night, they are more sluggish in reactions for a couple of days.
The scientists theorize that jellyfish require ‘sleep’ to regenerate the chemicals to make their neurotransmitters function.
Years ago, I read a scientist who was doing research on sleep and he found that the flow of cerebral spinal fluid flooded in much more during the night. Cerebral spinal fluid could be removing toxins and brining nutrients.
Do you suppose that the reason we need sleep is to regenerate the neurotransmitter chemicals in our brains?
Do you suppose that deficiencies of nutrients to build neurotransmitters might cause ‘brain fog’ or other cognitive effects?
Do you suppose this is why the lack of sleep shortens life?
Check out this article.
There is a new book about sleep too that might be worth a look.
I know that I have always required more than the 8 hours a night and said so even when people boasted about needing very little sleep. According to these experts, there is no such thing as a person who NEEDS little sleep. There are lots of people who CANNOT sleep enough.
Check out your nutrients to make sure you have what you need to make neurotransmitters.


Finally someone has done a meta analysis of studies on antidepressants. Surprise! The results show that risk of death increases about a third over a decade with use of antidepressants. Link below.

Years ago, we read ‘The Schwartzbein Principle II” by psychiatrist Diane Schwartzbein. She had done work studying which nutrients would increase (or decrease) the supply of which neurotransmitter. That inspired us in our study of nutrients and the development of our test kit to monitor the balance for each of us.

For myself, I found that the more bioavailable form of B6, pyridoxal 5’phosphate made a huge difference, along with magnesium and other nutrients.

The article explains that supressing a neurotransmitter had an effect on other functions than the brain because they are used in various organs. It is not surprising that death from many causes increased because, if you mask a deficiency and suppress a vital neurotransmitter, the whole balance is going to be upset.

It is not simple. We could not have done it without the Nutrient Scent Test kit. When the book about our work is published in October, everyone, who wants, can read and be empowered. That will be amazing.


I am reading ‘The Gene’ by Siddhartha Mukerjee which contains accounts of the horrible eugenics experiments/programs in many countries. There is so much about racism/genetic ‘purity’ in the news these days that I thought you would like the support of this Health Pursuits experience.

The Scent Test kit contains 2 forms of each of the B vitamins; the regular form and the more bioavailable form. If a person needs a more bioavallableform, it may be because there is demand exceeding the ability of the body to convert the regular form into the more bioavailable form. It can be because a person’s GENETIC ENZYME VARIATION is slower at this particular task.

(We all have genetic enzyme variations with varying efficiencies with an astounding variety of tasks. Environmental conditions may favour one variation at one moment in history and another at a different time.)

To get to the crux of the story, a white person and a black person in our group have the same genetic enzyme variation affecting a B vitamin level in the same way. An indigenous person and a white person in our group have a variation affecting a B vitamin level in the same way. This is just a small sample but it serves to illustrate our common humanity.

We are all different AND all the same. We all have genetic enzyme variations but we are all unique combinations of these variations.

Go away divisive elements. Let’s get on with helping everyone. The Nutrient Scent Test is equal opportunity and colour blind.

It is hard to know what to trust on the Internet.
Here is a You Tube series recommended by Susan who is a knowledgeable member. I watched the one mentioned and found it reliable.
Check out this nutritionalist on YouTube. I’ve been following her for several years and am impressed 99% of the time.
As well you should know that you can check out archived articles from the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine which have been helpful in the past. You can also sign up for updates.
You will notice that this journal has not been listed on Medline and you can protest at the email address listed on the page.
(OMNS February 29, 2008) The archives of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine are now posted online. Past issues from 1967 through 2002 are available for downloading, at no charge, at
Our member near Peoria, Vilma, sent us an interesting article about hydration with some information and theories to consider. We have had people trying to sell us water forever but this has things you can do yourself. Please do comment as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
1. H302 water? What is it? What does it do? Ho do you get it?
2.Does H3O2 help produce energy? Does it help synthesize sulphates?
3. Does sunlight help produce H3O2 in skin?
Below is the link to the article.
Many of us know how hard it is to explain the environmental piece of good health. Nancy Miller has found an excellent resource for doing so.
Just go to the following:


Maybe I have commented on this before but I think it may be very important to do two different things — retrain the tastebuds and also reduce the number of carbohydrate-feeding bacteria in the intestines as these bacteria can drive the craving for sweet.

Dr. Abram Hoffer suggested that three days without the carbohydrates would reduce the bacteria significantly. Many of us have found we can achieve this although the die-off of the bacteria can be a bit unpleasant as the dead ones rot, pass through, and out.

Retraining the tastebuds by eating plain food until the flavours stand out may take quite a bit longer but only a couple of weeks or a month.

When a fresh organic carrot tastes sweet to you, you know you are getting somewhere.

Interestingly, the researcher speculated that the sweeteners might be changing the intestinal bacteria. The diversity of our flora does depend on what we put into our digestive systems. Sounds a bit creepy to think what bacteria might thrive on the artificial sweeteners. Hmm!

The daughter of one of our members was present at an autopsy of someone who was a long-time aspartame user and the brain was tinged blue. No idea if there was a correlation but food for thought.

It is human to seek out sweet foods for the sustenance they provide but the days when it was a positive were the days when food supply was precarious.

According to other recent news, high fructose corn syrup has increased since NAFTA began when tariffs on it were reduced and then eliminated, making it the cheapest sweetener. It is also apparently the most detrimental to the liver.

It seems the only way to ensure something close to a healthy diet is to eat 6-9 fruits and vegetables and sufficient protein with a little seeds and grains thrown in. Temptations are ALL around!

Have a raspberry and a blueberry! Enjoy!

Dr. Wayne Sossin of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University has been a part of research into memory involving variations of the PKM enzyme. An article has been published in Current Biology according to
They are just at the stage of studying how changing the enzyme using electrical current changes two different types of memory in molluscs
Our non-profit study group has been concerned for many years with enzyme variations which contribute to various health problems.
We have learned to deal with enzyme variations by figuring out the nutrient cofactors which have become deficient, either because the variation requires more than usual amounts, or for some other reason such as dietary insufficiency or environmental demand.
We have found that memories experienced as ‘videos’ rather than as ‘still photos’ are not fully processed – and likely to be troublesome.
Sometimes we have been able to change these ‘video’ memories into ‘still photos’ by targeting specific deficient nutrients which we have discovered by testing.
By extrapolation, PTSD, which involves ongoing reactions to memories, might possibly be helped by improving nutrient status.
Even better if someone would do DNA testing to find out which nutrients are cofactors of the PKM enzyme and which variations might require more of a particular nutrient.
Any potential researchers listening???