MISSION 30B/365: zoobiquity

Book #10:

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. and Kathryn Bowers is an interesting blend of mind-blowing similarities between species and interesting storytelling.

Highlight points/comments/questions for me where:

  • Deep Homology – the genetic kernels we share with all creatures. This concept to me sheds light on the interspecies similarities. Can “coaching” other species shed light onto how to work with all species? (pg 19.)
  • Epigenetics – “…explains rapid evolutionary changes and highlights the role environments can play on genetic health.” Seems like this could be like prototyping the desired change by altering environment (physical, psychological, emotional, etc). (pg 20)
  • About animals passing out – Dizziness can occur from standing up too fat – Is there a  pause in blood flow after a block start in track & field? (pg 26)
  • Talking about drug addictions – “Behaviors are codes.” – If we act in accordance with evolution then we get a release of “natural narcotics”. Search for and consumption of food releases dopamine so drive isn’t to satisfy hunger its to get “reward” of dopamine release. You ever go out and get excited only to eat a shitty meal? It’s unrewarding! How can you coach based on chemical reward system? (pg. 127)
  • f(x)= x (effort+time)²    where x= some behavior

f(running) = running (effort + time)²

f(running) = Endorphins

If you run with a lot of effort over a longer period of time then the benefit is exponential (to a point). If you you run with little effort in a short period of time then you won’t have smaller, negligible reward.

Except, with drugs and pharmaceuticals, today its more like:

f(behavior) = Behavior/(Technology + Lack of understanding)², which means we bypass the system and attempt to go straight to the reward. (pg 128)

  • To hack the code maybe we can “activate” the addiction by doing something versus taking something (pg 130). I’ve personally seen “addictive” personalities (Drug addicts, alcoholics, OCD, etc) types involved with endurance activities (ultra-running, long-course triathlon, etc)
  • Talking about fat animals – “Antibiotic use can change the weight of farm animals.” This happens because of the alteration of gut flora (think acidophilus) (pg 193).
  • Talking about fear of feeding -“…when intimidation goes up, animals may restrict where, when, and what they eat.” Veterinarians call “encounter avoidance” and “enhanced vigilance” can create anxiety and have something to do with eating disorders. (pg 236) Figure out the “wolves” in the person’s life (pg 248), which refers to how elk changed their eating behavior when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone Park.
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