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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Prepare to Be Blown Away by the Snapping Shirmp

Albert Stern

I was blown away listening to RadioLab today. The latest story was about the Snapping Shrimp. This shrimp has an amazingly powerful claw. Truly. Amazingly powerful. 

When this shrimp 'snaps' its claw it has the following properties.

1. It is so loud it kills fish

The snapping shrimp competes with much larger animals such as the sperm whale and beluga whale for the title of loudest animal in the sea. The animal snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation bubble that generates acoustic pressures of up to 80 kPa at a distance of 4 cm from the claw. The pressure is strong enough to kill small fish. - Wikipedia

2. It generates tremendous heat

The snap can also produce sonoluminescence from the collapsing cavitation bubble. As it collapses, the cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (4,700 °C). In comparison, the surface temperature of the sun is estimated to be around 5,800 K (5,500 °C) - Wikipedia

This two-minute video demonstrates the power of the snap! (Including killing a small fish.) 

RadioLab is a great program. It is absolutely worth the time to listen to the episode below (or download it and listen later). 

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Antibiotics damage gut bacteria for months

Albert Stern

The bacteria in our gut (aka the microbiome) keeps us healthy in a myriad of ways. This community of microbes affects our digestion, mood, sleep, and levels of inflammation in the body. 

Two recent studies demonstrate how a routine dose of antibiotics damage this important bacteria in our gut. It can take months and in some cases up to a year for our microbiome to recover!  

There is absolutely a time and place for antibiotics. However, overuse is a huge problem as drug resistance microbes evolve. Add to that this new research about how long it takes the rest of our body to recover - and it is easy to see that these drugs ought to be used sparingly. 

This article from Ars Technica reports on the new studies outlining how long it takes our bodies to recover from antibiotics: http://bit.ly/1lleRUG

The audio below is a great story from WNYC's RadioLab. It describes how quickly bacteria mutates and becomes resistant to antibiotics. It goes on to tell the story of a possible solution from a very unexpected source.