“Evolution Turns The Unavoidable Into The Necessary”

Chew on that title for a second, in the context of survival pressure, selection, and rapid evolution in spurts.

Think back to a million years ago, with everyone sitting around wondering where the government and social services were: “how are we going to save and perpetuate genes that can’t manage a hominoid life?” Today, half of human productive income goes—in various ways—to ensure the survival of the ‘unfitest’ (and I must say: unproud). Now, cellular gene evolution and human social evolution are all muddled. It gets worse; because it’s not only about helping them survive, in spite of being touted as all and only about that. Certain folk, with official titles would actually prefer the genetic and socially unfit—lifelong dependents—to be the predominate genetic makeup of the newborn; but don’t worry: there will be schools for those who demonstrate “leadership qualities.” I digress.

Long story short: you are the engines of your own demise into cog-in-machine collectivism, where eventually, all truly creative producers will have been bread out of the genome, with nothing left but Queens and Worker Bees.

Or, you simply cannot escape your own laziness and embarrassing lack of basic pride, and you’re OK that your offspring can just sit on their ass and never find that they have to do something they themselves take pride in—at least once—in their one and only life…because all those other supernatural “lives” are just fantasy.

Human Evolution has jumped the shark.

Maybe its “become obvious” to our gut microbiome. Not in an intellectual way, of course, but they do communicate bi-lingually, via chemicals—both inter- and intra-species (different chemical languages). We assume that communication has only to do with their own raw survival and warfare against each other. Chemical warfare…some sense of colonial numbers based on chemical concentration, and so on.

…When you get a really bad case of the shits, are your 100 trillion microbes sending an overt message they’ve been trying to send via the brain-gut connection with its 100 million neurons, but you won’t listen?

Is it the case that food engineering has circumvented nature’s quiet voice, and so for the sake of its own survival, your gut biome has no recourse but to rough you up a bit? Or, maybe the good guys had a bad day against the bad guys, executing their own version of the nuclear option. After all, they go through about six generations per day and have been doing so for 3 billion years. Four hours is not a lot of time to get a lot of life experience.

Now get a load of this.

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Clue Number 1 – Infections Disease vs. Immune Disorders
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Clue Number 2: Biodiversity vs. Hay Fever and Asthma

Both of those slides are contained in the following presentation: Reshaping the immune system: Moises Velazquez-Manoff at TEDxCibeles. Moises Velazquez-Manoff is science writer and a lifelong sufferer of hay fever, asthma, and auto-immune disorders. It’s a compelling presentation.

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  1. Michael Tew on April 25, 2014 at 17:01

    I just finished Velazquez-Manoff’s book, Epidemic of Absence, and would highly recommend it. There’s also a good podcast where he does an hour long interview. Both links below. In addition to a lot of great science, there are a lot of really interesting anecdotes about the changes that happened to people as they deliberately introduced parasites into their bodies.

  2. TR on April 25, 2014 at 13:08

    “Nature’s quiet voice”
    Will be using that…..

  3. dr j on April 25, 2014 at 14:59

    Weell Richard, since its the end of the week and time for some fun, , how about bacterial revenge- antibiotic resistant genes miiight be passed from trojan horse “good” bacteria in “healthy” probiotics to “bad” bacteria in the gut.

    • dr j on April 25, 2014 at 20:44

      haha Gab!
      Its end of week and Grace has over the last 10 years has come to know I am a simple vector for a mutation from Göbekli Tepe.

      from my favorite geologist communicator- “There’s one last thing that I find intriguing. Our ancestors must have felt that they were the masters of this new crop, the same way that we still feel today about farming: that we are in control of the plants that we grow and harvest. But think of it for a minute from the wheat’s point of view. Now here’s a plant that has done something really clever. It’s attracted an animal that is prepared to sow it, to nurture it, to protect it from competitors and scavengers. It’s also prepared to disperse its seed by hand, without the plant having to do a single thing. So it begs a question: who’s using who?”

    • gabkad on April 25, 2014 at 17:21

      dr j, you ARE trying to give Dr. Grace a meltdown.

      Let’s hear it from Grace now.

      My view: shit happens.

      Seems to me there are people who, the more they know, the more paranoid and phobic they become. Life is what it is. None of us is bullet proof. None of us truly has a ‘cast iron stomach’. Eventually the curtain goes down on our life performance. Until then, we do what we can to live as well as we are able. Without going entirely bonkers.

    • Richard Nikoley on April 26, 2014 at 08:09

      Dr J

      Ha, I was just writing and editing in the book about gene transfer the other day.

      Given they have together 100 times our genome, I’m with Gabs. Shit happens, double edged sword and all that stuff. To me, all the more reason to have as much biodiversity as possible, trust in 3 billion years of microbe evolution at 6 generations per day.

      Or, in the words of Ayn Rand, “the universe is not malevolent.” IOW, it just is and that we’re here is testament that stuff usually works out OK, no guarantees, though. The universe isn’t benevolent, either.

    • dr j on April 28, 2014 at 16:09

      Here is a little example that might be intersting of gene hopping written for the Britsh masses. Gene expression of metallo (NDM) enzyme is found in Klebsiella, etc.

    • gabkad on April 28, 2014 at 18:23

      dr. j, I beg to differ with your favourite geologist. I highly doubt that the ancestors ever felt that they were masters of any crop. There were (and are) just too many variables starting with the weather. That’s why there is ‘Thanksgiving’.

  4. tatertot on April 25, 2014 at 21:22

    You know that MRSA stuff? The stuff confined mostly to hospitals? Looks like it’s turning up in people’s homes now:

    • gabkad on April 28, 2014 at 18:29

      tatertot, in the ‘olden’ days, nurses uniforms were white and laundered at the hospital. In order to save money, nurses were told to wash their hospital garbs (now mostly scrubs) at home.

      What’s happened is pathogens from the workplace are being mixed in with home laundry and ecofriendly cool water temperatures. MRSA has not only jumped into homes. It’s all over gym equipment, the floor at yoga studios, change room benches…. all over the damn place. So is VRE.

      One of my patients was admitted to hospital with a Coxsackie infection that caused myocarditis. As routine procedure he was swabbed on admission. This guy goes to the gym, works in a restaurant: positive for MRSA.

  5. Denis on April 25, 2014 at 23:15

    Tater, since you brought it up, a little anecdote regarding MRSA. I got a nasty stomach bug about 2 years ago. After 5 days of liquid shit and dehydration, I went to see the doc, who prescribed a round of Cipro. I promptly got a MRSA infection ( maybe from a Bikram class?) the following week. MRSA sucks to say the least, and I tried more antibiotics from the doc; the damn boils kept coming back. Enter turmeric. I began slathering Manuka honey on the wounds and ingesting around 4 tablespoons of turmeric with black pepper and whole milk, twice daily. After ONE DAY, the wounds would begin to dissipate. I still take my turmeric concoction anytime a MRSA blemish appears anywhere on my skin (you will know when they start to show up; I often feel them before I can actually see anything.) Hope this provides some help to anyone dealing with MRSA. It’s nasty shit.

    • gabkad on April 28, 2014 at 18:31

      Denis, you could also use Phisohex. But if you do, you must never use soap or shampoo for a couple of months. It’s an old product but it works for these skin things. Needs a prescription.

    • Denis on April 28, 2014 at 20:28

      Thanks for the tip Dr. Kadar. That’s a nice segue into a no shampoo/ no soap experiment.

  6. LeonRover on April 26, 2014 at 23:44

    Well now, no Adaptation is required for Turning the Voidable in to the Necessary – only a simple squatting motion is needed.

    When Nature needs assistance, the Unvoidable is made Voidable by a good dose of Red Mills’ Potato Starch.

    Sláinte an thóin dhuit.

  7. Boundless on April 27, 2014 at 11:52

    Those inversely correlated charts are fascinating, but do fall into the category of “correlation is not proof”. However, when correlation is all we’ve got, and dire consequences are on the line, we ignore it at out peril.

    The rising charts also positively correlate with a number of other suspect adverse agents, including hy-gly diet generally, mutant gluten-bearing grains, simple sugar consumption (esp. HFCS), PUFA seed oils, glyphosate use, GMOs, etc.

    Is one of the above the main problem?
    Probably not.

    Are all of the above the problem?
    Possibly not.

    Are several of the above the problem?
    That’s my bet, and how my family is acting to rule them out. All of the adverse suspects are worth avoiding until we know more. On the biome front that means avoiding antibiotics and dialing down hyper-hygiene (having chickens and goats tends to move that dial a lot).

  8. Doug on April 28, 2014 at 10:14

    I think the first part of your post describes the movie Idiocracy…very funny.

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