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A Need-to-Know Basis: Secrets of Your Favorite Foods and Stimulants By Brendan Bombaci
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This purely academic reference text was inspired by the somewhat dated "PDR for Herbal Medicines." There are plenty of natural medicine guides out there that target people who frequently... More > shop at health food or specialty food markets, but this one is different. The majority of people in this world find their food at markets that carry staple food items, and so I have created a book that allows the average individual to understand far more about the foods and stimulants that they already enjoy. This guide is divided up into sections -- one for liver health, relative to detoxification, obesity, and diabetes; one regarding the foods that fight & foods that exacerbate cancers; one for the rather awesome and odd effects of herbs and spices; and one for foods which interact with or are Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (a common class of drugs prescribed for depression). These particulars focus on the most prevalent diseases of the Western world which, with study and application, you just may avoid.< Less
Susto: Fright and Soul Loss in the Spanish Speaking World By Brendan Bombaci
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Susto is a both a culture bound syndrome and an idiom of distress with many variations around a consensus fundamental core set of symptoms – mostly somatic but some psychological – caused... More > mostly by fright and stress. It is found mostly in Central and South America, but also among Mexican American populations, and to a lesser degree in Spain; it does not occur throughout the whole Spanish-speaking world. The DSM IV only lists susto in Appendix I and relates it to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and lastly to Somatoform Disorders (SD) which have no apparent medical cause. Anthropologically, it has been studied for associations to physiological symptoms via biomarker analyses, with positive correlations, but also reported by some populations to be a causal factor in major debilitating illness (mostly diabetes, but also cancer) and even death, where research has provided tentative evidence that neither is the case. Herein: causes, treatments, and cultural descriptions.< Less
The Others Within: What the Judgmental Entities in Westerners’ Experiences of Psychosis Inform Us About Cultural Programming and the Collective Unconscious By Brendan Bombaci
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This brief theory article reveals a correlation between the particular auditory hallucinations experienced by Western sufferers of psychosis (generally negative as they are), and the consequences of... More > associatively particular millennia-enduring cultural programming of religious idolatry and moral persecution as well as surveillance society; and it also brings to light the fact that such programming affects psychiatrically normal people in the same fashion, but subconsciously and terminably - a notion whose widespread dissemination could help to dramatically reduce the stigma of mental health problems.< Less
Bipolar Disorder: Biopsychosocial Etiology and Treatments, and Its Place On a Cognitive Spectrum By Brendan Bombaci
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This succinct and resourceful research paper is a synthesis and analysis of the conclusions of myriad academic and journalistic research projects seeking to (1) elucidate the factors that manifest,... More > exacerbate, and relieve Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), and (2) determine where it exists in relation to the cognitive spectrum of scientific/technical artistry and the revelations of the deeply religious. It concludes with a caring set of suggestions from the author, who is a remediated sufferer himself.< Less
Empathy as the Basis of Delusion, and Yage as a Potential Treatment By Brendan Bombaci
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This brief theory paper is suggestive of a plant-based medicinal method to help bipolar and schizophrenic sufferers of untreatable psychoses. The argument is founded on scientific research in... More > psychology, psychopharmacology, origins of religion.< Less
Symbolic Thought in Neandertals: A Preponderance of Evidence By Brendan Bombaci
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There has long been a debate as to whether Neandertals have had modern human culture, and thereby symbolic thought. This article demonstrates with the most current evidence from physical... More > anthropology, genetics, and archaeological remains, that they did indeed.< Less
The Sothic Cycle, Corrected By Brendan Bombaci
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“Sothic Cycle” is the name given to the astrophysical discrepancy between the 365-day ancient Egyptian solar year and the heliacal rising of Sirius. An estimated duration of the cycle... More > (1,461 years) has been used to more accurately date events in ancient Egyptian historical records, but fails to account for (1) the 400-year leap cycles which subtract extra leap days that accumulate as an artifact of leap years being useful only for a solar year of 365.25 days rather than the actual 365.2422 days, as well as (2) the precession of equinoxes, a cycle so-called because it desynchronizes any given constellation on the ecliptic from the spring equinox sunrise by one degree every 72 years (coming full circle in nearly 26,000 years). In this brief article I describe these complications and the mathematics that must be used to correct for the multi-decade error in the Sothic Cycle caused thereby.< Less
Sonic Empathy: The Role of Vocal Tone In Transcultural Psychiatry By Brendan Bombaci
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This academic article, written at Colorado State University in the fall of 2013 for an Ethnopsychiatry course, reveals how vocal tone - "prosody" - is affected by acculturation to... More > particular musical scales, and how a lack of exposure to or affinity for foreign music can crucially affect intercultural interaction and even psychiatric health of immigrants and international students. It concludes with suggestions for psychiatric practitioners, regarding treatment of multinational or multilingual people, that they perform host-country prosody recognition tests (using the dominant regional language) before diagnosing patients with Adjustment Disorder, let alone Major Depression or Anxiety Disorder.< Less
Ananias, the Triple Agent with Intent to Martyr the Apostle Paul and Undermine Messianic Judaism By Brendan Bombaci
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“Paul the Apostle,” whose name before Christian conversion was Saul of Tarsus, has been considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age.  He was a high council... More > Pharisee Jew who fatally persecuted Christians before a day that he himself had a vision of Jesus that made him blind for days and led him to preach Christianity after being commanded by a man in Damascus.  That man may well have been a triple agent for the Pharisees and the already-standing apostles, and, ultimately, for the conquering Roman empire. There is some evidence to this in the Bible itself.< Less
Of Jesus the "Messiah" (Anointed One), and "Melchizedek" (Prince of Righteousness) By Brendan Bombaci
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This short but thoroughly exegetic argument details how Jesus Christ may have actually been in the bloodline of David and Aaron both, and inducted into the priesthood called the Order of Melchizedek,... More > to whom both bloodlines owed worshipful allegiance. It also alludes to mythic astrology written into the Bible and standardized by the calendar system instituted by the Roman Catholic Church, seemingly hidden in cryptic verse, that may reveal how Jesus' widely purported immortality is actually a folkloric metaphor for the generationally enduring power of the Order of Melchizedek.< Less

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