Food, pheromones, and EEDs (epigenetically effected diseases)

The epigenetic effects of nutrients and pheromones contribute to epistasis and to diseases.

A psychiatry-research yahoo group participant asked if there is a term for diseases related to lifestyle: “lifestyle diseases” – and how individuals can lead lives that harm them. He noted that these diseases “…are the the stuff of psychiatry– to better identify them is to identify a huge chunk of psychiatry’s field.” He asked:  “What do we call these lifestyle diseases?”

See for example: All In Your Head? by Robert C. Bransfield, M.D.

Excerpt: “Complex, poorly understood diseases are often considered to predominately have a psychological basis until proven otherwise. Tuberculosis, hypertension, and stomach ulcers were once considered to be psychosomatic.”

My comment: Rather than continue to use vague terms like psychosomatic or somatopsychic that do not address cause and effect, I proposed that lifestyle diseases be categorized as epigenetically effected diseases (EEDs). Specific designations under this broad based categorization would include disorders involving nutrient stress (e.g., the absence of nutrients or excess) and social stress (e.g., the absence of conspecifics or presence of potentially harmful conspecifics).

Consumption of too many or too few calories falls under nutrient stress. Lack of social interactions or negative interactions with others fall under social stress.

Physical stress due to bad diet, drugs and lack or occasionally excess of exercise is easier for doctors to understand. Social stress associated with “troubled lives/lifestyles”  –  styles of work, love, and family life can cause major psychological stress and simultaneously cause physical stress that may even result in cancer and other autoimmune diseases.

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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