Drunks and Monkeys: Pseudoscientific nonsense

Drunks and Monkeys

Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.
By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

Excerpt: “…if the right kinds of bacteria are also present, fermentation will stabilize certain foodstuffs (think cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi, for example).”

My comment:  Epigenetic changes induced by ethanol in astrocytes link histone acetylation, DNA methylation, and non-coding microRNAs in the developing and adult brain from frugivory to the nutrient-dependent de novo creation of olfactory receptor genes in bats. The link from the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genome of humans also appears to involve classically conditioned hormone-organized and hormone-activated affects on morphological and behavioral phenotypes, which are associated with the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheromonal input on luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone (T) in other mammals. For example, only the smell of ethanol was required to elicit the change in these hormones. Cause and effect was not established in 1990 because individual responses varied.

I am reminded that the clear link from human pheromones to the LH and T response via the conserved molecular mechanisms that result in sex differences in cell type differentiation also has not been established. Thus, although nutrient-dependent alternative splicings of pre-mRNA and amino acid substitutions are typically responsible for all cell type differentiation in all individuals of all species, only recently did others begin to acknowledge the concept of late-emerging epigenetic effects on hormone-organized and hormone-activated behavior in mammals.

With few exceptions social scientists have heretofore proclaimed that human pheromones do not exist because they seemingly expected our response to pheromones to be unvarying and immediate — like the response to food odors and pheromones in insects. Serious scientists have since provided details that link the conserved molecular mechanisms of cell type differentiation in species from microbes to man to the epigenetic effects of olfactory/pheormonal input on receptor-mediated differences in behaviors that social scientists portray in the context of mutation-initiated natural selection and the evolution of biodiversity.

Thus, the ongoing problem with alcoholism and with some — if not all other — addictions can be attributed to the pseudoscientific nonsense of population geneticists who invented neo-Darwinian theories. See for review: Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society