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A supplement to Food and Society
A February 2012 update on my health

1 February 2012


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1) Why are thyroid problem so common?
2) How thyroid supplements have improved my life
3) Eliminating secrecy will help all of us
4) We need to study the human race


1) Why are thyroid problem so common?
 
I have been increasing my T3 dosage
Doctors are cautious when giving medicines, so when my doctor first gave me a prescription for the T-3 hormone in August 2011, he said to take one of the 5 microgram tablets, and then on another day, try two tablets, and see how that goes, and then try three tablets if two tablets doesn't seem to fix my problems. There is no way anyone can determine how much of the supplement a person needs, and so we have to use trial and error to see what feels good, and the process can take several months.

As I wrote in my October update, these supplements made a dramatic improvement, but during the following weeks it seemed as if they  were becoming less effective, so I increased the dosage. By January I was up to 25 mcg a day. I was wondering if my body was losing its ability to use this hormone properly, in which case the supplements would eventually become useless, and I would revert to being weak, tired, and cold. Or was my body reacting to the supplements by reducing its own production of T3? If so, I would have to occasionally increase the dosage until my body stabilized.


My January 2012 blood test

I had another blood test on 13 January 2012. The three green rows in the table below show the results of this test. The T3 supplements have raised my T3 levels up to the typical range for a man my age, but my T4 level has dropped to below the typical range:
 Hormone: Date and age:  Should be within:  Actual:
 Free T-3 August 2011, age 55  2.3 to 4.2 pg/ml  1.7  Low
 Free T-3 January 2012, age 56  2.3 to 4.2 pg/ml  3.7  OK
 Free T-4 August 2011, age 55  0.8 to 1.7 ng/dl  1.3  OK
 Free T-4 January 2012, age 56  0.8 to 1.7 ng/dl  0.5  Low
 HGH August 2011, age 55  87 to 238 ng/ml  83  Low
 HGH January 2012, age 56  81 to 225 ng/ml  146  OK

Why did my T4 level drop?

I suppose that the reason I felt a need to continually increase my dose of T3 was because my T4 level was dropping, but why was that dropping?

From what I have learned, the thyroid gland produces a lot of the T4 hormone, but T4 doesn't have a direct effect on our body. Rather, it just circulates in our bloodstream for about 7 days (or up to 10 days, depending on which website you look at), and our muscles and various organs convert it into T3 when they need it. The T3 hormone is the active molecule that directly affects metabolism. It has a lifetime of about 12 hours (up to 24 hours according to some websites). The thyroid produces about 20% of the T3 that our body needs, and the other 80% comes from the conversion of T4 to T3 by other organs and muscles.

I wonder if my body noticed that the T3 levels were rising, and it reacted by assuming it was producing too much T4, and so it reduced its production of T4. Or perhaps the T4 production has been going down simply because my thyroid gland is deteriorating due to genetic defects or some environmental problem.

Incidentally, can mercury cause damage to the thyroid or other organs of our body? Now that some mysterious group of people are forcing us to replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, we ought to put some effort into understanding the effect that mercury has on our health.


It is difficult to identify our true medical problems

Since I am taking thyroid hormones, I want to know more about their effects so that I can recognize and avoid an overdose. Furthermore, and more importantly, I want to verify that these hormone supplements are really the best solution to my problem. If you have trouble understanding this concept, take a look at my HGH levels for July and January. If I had reacted to my low HGH levels in July by taking injections of that hormone, I would have been taking them unnecessarily. That hormone has returned to its normal level simply by taking the T3 hormone. However, perhaps the T3 hormone is low because of some other problem that I have not yet identified. Therefore, there might be an even better solution to my problem than taking thyroid supplements.

I also wonder if the reason my DHEA levels were so low in 1997 was because my T3 level was going low. My T3 level was never checked until July 2011, so I have no idea what it was before that.

A lot of people are trying to improve their health with high levels of vitamin supplements, vegetarian diets, herbs, or medications. Everybody ought to consider the possibility that they and their doctors have made incorrect assumptions about their problem, and that if the human race were to put more effort into understanding human health, we might find that there is a much better treatment for many of us.

Living creatures are much more complex than automobiles or airplanes. There are lots of incredibly complex molecules in our body, and they are interacting with one another in very complex manners. Our body also reacts to the environment. For example, during prolonged shortages of food, our body changes slightly in order to help us survive the shortage.


Why don't doctors measure the T3 level?

In my October update, I wondered why doctors measure only the T4 level, rather than both T4 and T3. Now that I have learned that the T4 hormone is simply circulating in our bloodstream and waiting to be converted to T3, I suspect that the medical authorities assume that if the thyroid is maintaining proper T4 levels, then the conversion of T4 to T3 is occurring properly, also.

Unfortunately, this type of reasoning is invalid for both living creatures and chemical factories. We cannot assume that the final product of a complex chemical process is occurring correctly simply by verifying that the raw materials have been delivered.

Furthermore, we cannot even assume that everybody is using these hormones in the same manner. For example, the muscles of athletes are supposedly using oxygen more efficiently than the rest of us, and although this may be partly due to their intense training, it is ultimately due to their genetic blueprint. If a person doesn't have the genetic ability to use oxygen efficiently, it won't matter how much training he gets.

Likewise, two people may have identical levels of T4 hormone in their blood, but if one person's body does not use the hormone as efficiently, then he may benefit from T4 or T3 supplements even though doctors would insist that he has "normal" levels and should not take supplements.


Our medical knowledge is crude

We like to think of our era as technically advanced, but we still don't know very much about the thyroid gland, or any of our other organs or hormones. People in the future will be horrified at the thought of being given our medical treatments, just as we are horrified at the drawings of bloodletting and other medical treatments of the Middle Ages.

Websites disagree slightly on some of the technical details of thyroid hormones, and the message boards are full of people who are confused about dosages, symptoms, and solutions. Should our dosage change when we are doing strenuous physical activities? Do different races need different levels? Do we need more of it during winter, or if we work outdoors in cold climates? Should we reduce the dosage during summer, or if we work in warm offices? Do people who eat more food need more of the hormone than people who eat less? Should the dosage be altered when we are healing from accidents or surgeries?

Some medical authorities do not believe that any of us need to take both T3 and T4. Well, I am taking both T3 and T4, and I feel better than I ever remember. However, I am experimenting to see if I need both of them by slowly reducing the amount of T3 that I take each day, and raising the level of T4. It would be nice to reduce or eliminate the T3 because it's more expensive. However, so far it doesn't seem as if I'm going to be able to reduce the T3 by much.


Religion gives people a distorted view of life
 
  I think one of the reasons that medical doctors and researchers are so incompetent is because religion is promoting an unrealistic view of human beings. Religion teaches us that we are perfect creations of a loving God, and that humans do not follow the same genetic rules as animals and plants.

Religious people accept the fact that we must control reproduction in order to keep plants and animals healthy, but they insist that this concept does not apply to humans. Religious people promote the theory that all human children are equally wonderful angels.

Unfortunately, children are not equal to one another. The children of ugly, alcoholic, mentally ill criminals are - as a group - genetically inferior to the children of attractive, honest, responsible couples.

Life requires that every creature be unique

Evolution depends upon variety. All living creatures must produce a lot of babies, and the babies must be slightly different from one another. Then the babies must be put into a competitive battle to determine which of them has desirable traits. Evolution does not favor creatures that can reproduce with 100% perfection. Evolution favors creatures that produce variety.

One reason that living creatures must be slightly different from one another is because it allows that species to adapt to both temporary and permanent changes to their environment. For example, if a group of people thousands of years ago were experiencing a shortage of food due to a drought or a bad winter, then people with low thyroid levels might have a slight advantage in certain circumstances because they would not need as much food. They would have the disadvantage of having less physical energy and getting cold more easily, but during certain shortages of food, they could have a survival advantage. The "normal", healthy people would die of starvation, while the "defective" people with low thyroid levels would survive. 

When those survivors reproduced, the next generation would tend to have lower levels of thyroid hormones, but as soon as the weather and food supply returned to normal, then the people with the higher, (ie, the "normal") thyroid levels would once again have an advantage, and that particular group of people would eventually return to what they were originally. The end result is that having variety in the group would allow the group to survive changes in their environment.

Another reason that every creature needs to be unique is that there cannot be any evolution unless there is a variety to choose from. A species would remain exactly the same forever if it was producing offspring that were identical duplicates of itself. While it may appear as if honey bees, ants, and some other creatures are the same as they were millions of years ago, all creatures are providing variety when they reproduce, and all of them are slowly evolving.

All dogs are similar to other dogs, and all humans are similar to other humans, but there are - and there must be! -  subtle differences between each of us. The medical authorities who don't understand this concept are not going to be able to help us to maintain our health. At EndocrineWeb.com, for example, which boasts of having leaders of medical issues, this page claims that there are "two fairly common causes" of low thyroid levels: 1) inflammation of the thyroid gland, and 2) damage of the gland caused by medical treatments.

So, how would those "leaders" of the medical community at endocrineweb explain my low thyroid hormone levels? I never had any medical treatments that could damage my thyroid gland, and I don't remember having an inflammation of my thyroid gland, although my tonsils have been infected many times. Is it possible for an infection in our tonsils to damage our thyroid gland? If so, then that could be the cause of my thyroid problems.

However, there are millions of people in America with thyroid problems. I doubt that all of us are victims of some mysterious inflammation of the thyroid gland. I suspect that most of us simply have a thyroid gland that was designed to produce too much or too little of the hormone, and the reason is either because of genetic defects, or because of the natural variations that occur between living creatures.


Why do so many people have thyroid problems?

According to EndocrineWeb.com, about 10% of the women in America have low thyroid levels, and millions of men have this problem, also. There are also lots of people with excessively high thyroid levels. Why would so many people have such serious problems with the thyroid gland? Why didn't evolution favor the humans with a higher quality thyroid that does a better job of regulating these incredibly important hormones? And why are women 10 times more likely than men to have low thyroid levels?

Perhaps the wide variations in thyroid hormone levels have been a survival advantage, and perhaps women are much more likely than men to suffer from low levels because it has been an especially important survival advantage for women. Since women did less physically demanding activities than men, and since they have more fat than men (which helps them survive both cold temperatures and food shortages), a woman with low thyroid hormones would have been able to survive food shortages that would have killed the "normal" men and women.

Now that humans have control of our environment, we don't have to worry about adapting to food shortages or changes in climate. We can now restrict reproduction in order to produce people with higher-quality thyroid glands.


If something can go wrong with DNA, it will
 
 
The human body and brain is designed according to a genetic blueprint, and every aspect of that blueprint is subject to defects and variations. Our genetic blueprint is just a collection of mindless chemicals, and those chemicals cannot think or follow sensible rules.

For example, the rule that genetic traits are either recessive are dominant doesn't make sense. How could mindless chemicals possibly come to agreements on which of them will be recessive and which will be dominant? I suspect that genetic traits from both mother and father are often expressed together, but if the result is harmful or unnecessary, then eventually one of those traits either vanishes from the gene pool, or it evolves into what we regard as "recessive". 

The medical authorities need to abandon the fantasy that there is some intelligent force guiding DNA and evolution. The authorities need to realize that each of us has been designed by a "stupid" process that is equivalent to throwing thousands of genetic paintballs at a wall, and the random pattern that results becomes the blueprint for your brain and body.

Our genetic blueprint was created by a process that is as "stupid" as throwing paint balls against a wall.
You can visualize the difference between a dog and a human as genetic paintballs of different colors and textures, and you can visualize the difference between two humans as a difference in the quality of the paint that their parents provided to create them.

The human mind has a tendency to hide from unpleasant aspects of life, so we push retarded people into hospitals where we don't have to see them, and most people withdraw into a fantasy world in which they convince themselves that we are beautiful creations of a loving God. However, a loving God would not make so many people suffer with cleft palates, mental illness, faulty kidneys, and immune disorders.

Our modern society needs leaders who can face reality, and who are interested in understanding and reducing our medical and social problems.

Each of us is a chaotic jumble of genetic data.

How could my T4 level be adequate, but not my T3?

The medical authorities believe that if our thyroid is producing adequate levels of T4, then our body will convert the T4 into T3 at the proper rate and to the proper levels. However, each of us is just a random collection of genetic traits, so some of us are certain to acquire defects related to that conversion, and some of us will acquire defects in regards to the use of the T3 hormone.

Before I took the thyroid supplements, I had only a few minutes of physical energy before I would feel pain. I had to stop and rest. Then I would have a few more minutes of energy, and then I would have to rest again. My assumption was that the waste products from the muscles were not being removed fast enough. When I was at my weakest of all, around July 2011, I had to rest after eating a meal. I now wonder if strenuous exercise and digestion requires our body to convert T4 into T3, and if so, perhaps my body is not making the conversion quickly enough, or at the proper levels.

2) How thyroid supplements have improved my life
 
I now experience tiredness from physical activity, not pain
I began taking the T3 hormone supplements in August 2011. Although I felt a bit better during the first few days of treatment, it took a couple weeks before the supplements had made a truly significant improvement to my health. The most important improvement is that I can now exert a lot of physical energy without pain. As I wrote years ago (in this article), each week in 9th grade we were expected to run about 2.5 km, but by the end of 9th grade, I could not even run half the distance. After a few minutes of intense physical activity, it felt as if my lungs and throat were on fire. My muscles felt pain, not tiredness. From the 9th grade onward, I never did any physically demanding tasks.
  A couple years ago I occasionally ran along a street near my house to see how far I could run.

I would start at the red arrow, and I would have to stop at the area that is shaded in blue.

On 15 January 2012 I tried once again, and this time I ran beyond the end of the street and along the grass (red path). I also ran faster, and without any pain, and I could have gone even farther, but I didn't want to push myself too far.

I can also do work in my yard without pain. I actually get tired now. Prior to the 9th grade, I must have experienced "getting tired", but I cannot remember it. For most of my life I have felt pain after a few minutes of intense physical activity. These thyroid supplements are like starting a new life.


The palms of my hands are now pink

After a few weeks of the thyroid supplements, I noticed that the palms of my hands and the bottoms of my feet are pink. Ever since I can remember, those areas had a slight yellowish tint. Sometimes I could even see a slight yellowish tint in some areas of my face. Some people (not doctors) told me that I had jaundice, and some people told me that I had a digestive problem, but now I suspect that it was related to my low T3 hormone. Perhaps the low hormone level was interfering with digestion or my liver.

I never went to a doctor to ask about the yellowish tint in my hands, but ordinary people were diagnosing it as jaundice or as a digestive problem. What would a doctor say about that yellowish tint? There are so many variations in human skin color that I'm not certain any doctor would suspect that it could be a symptom of a thyroid problem.


I regained my weight

By July 2011 I had lost perhaps 20 or 25 pounds. I weighed about 117 pounds. The thyroid supplements made a dramatic improvement. I started to regain my weight, and on 9 September it occurred to me that I should get some photographs of my body so that I will have some "before and after" pictures. So I took a photo of myself on September 9 from different angles, and I was shocked to see my back side because it looked like my butt had deflated like a balloon.

As with fat people who lose weight quickly, my skin remained the same size, so the end result is that I had loose folds of skin. The loose skin at the end of my backbone created the illusion that there was a vertical slit in my back. Compare that to the photo that I took on 26 January 2012.

Click the image... if you can cope with partial nudity.
9 Sep 2011
11 Sep 2011
26 Jan 2012
Since the photographs from September show me after I had regained some of my weight, I wish I had taken a photo of myself in July when I was at my lowest weight level. I could have played a Holocaust victim in a Spielberg propaganda movie without any makeup!


I don't gasp for air any longer

When I was 21 years old I started noticing that I occasionally yawn, but not in the normal manner. It could happen at any time of the day or evening, and it had nothing to do with whether I was tired or sleepy. It would even happen while I was taking a casual walk through a park in the middle of the day. My assumption was that my body was not getting enough oxygen and forcing me to yawn, but how could I have a shortage of oxygen?

Now that I'm taking thyroid hormones, I haven't been feeling a need to take those deep breaths. Therefore, I wonder if gasping for air is a symptom of something related to thyroid problems.


Are my teeth better at resisting stains now?

During 2011, it seemed as if my teeth were becoming discolored much more extensively from tea, coffee, and especially from red wine. Since I drink red wine only occasionally when I'm having dinner with other people, I only noticed it a couple times, but once during the summer of 2011 the discoloration was so extreme that my mother asked me why my teeth were so dark.

I just recently noticed that my teeth seem to be resisting stains much better. However, I'm not sure if it's because the thyroid supplements have directly or indirectly improved the health of my teeth, or if it's due to something else, such as the surface of my teeth have become more polished, thereby reducing the tiny crevices for holding stains. Or maybe the chemical composition of my saliva has improved and is now doing a better job of keeping my teeth clean.

If you wonder how I can be so unsure of the changes to my body, it is partly because I never realized that I was having thyroid problems, so I was not paying close attention to what was happening to me. I assumed I was simply growing old faster than other people.


Why is my chest so small?

I now wonder if the reason my chest never grew much after ninth grade is because I never did any physically demanding activities from that point onward. There was no reason for my lungs to grow larger, and therefore, there was no reason for my rib cage to grow larger.

Now that I am taking the thyroid supplements, I can do yard work faster and for longer periods of time. At first, in August, I was still stopping every few minutes to rest, but not because of pain. Rather, I was breathing rapidly and my heart was pounding, and I had to wait until I had enough oxygen. Then I could continue. I suppose my lungs and heart were too small for the amount of physical work that I was doing. I have never been able to do so much physical work.

During the past couple months, my chest has grown larger, although I don't know if it's because my rib cage is larger, or my muscles are larger. My chest had always been about 34 inches around, and now it's over 35 inches.

A few decades ago I met a carpenter who told me that when he was a teenager, he was just as thin as I was, but after joining the Marine Corps, his chest grew much larger from all of the exercise. I looked at some photographs of my father when he was a teenager, and he was also much thinner before he went into the military. I suppose the military was forcing a lot of young men to get some intense exercise that they never would have experienced otherwise.

During prehistoric times, boys probably got plenty of exercise, but today a lot of boys are becoming adults without doing much strenuous physical activity. Today we need to alter our society so that it's easy for people to get exercise. (As I described in this article, I suggest the city provide free recreational centers, and I also suggest that we redesign sports so that we have fewer "spectator" sports in which people watch professionals compete for profit and trophies, and more recreational sports to provide socializing and exercise for "ordinary" people.)


How many people are suffering needlessly?

I suppose I have been suffering from a low T3 level for most of my life. This would explain why I never had much physical energy from the 9th grade onward. I am sure that if I had been taking thyroid supplements starting from the 9th grade, it would have changed my life since I would have had a lot more energy.

The fact that I had a serious thyroid problem that doctors have been able to easily identify and fix for many decades makes me wonder how many other people are suffering from a medical disorder that we can easily deal with right now, but which they and their doctors are either oblivious to, or misdiagnosing.

Many Americans complain that their children are becoming fat and sickly, and they assume the reason is because their children are spending too much time sitting in front of a television or video game, but it's possible that some of these children are sedentary because of minor defects with their kidneys, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, thyroid, liver, or digestive system. Parents are not going to help their children if they misdiagnose the problem. For example, if a child is sedentary because of a thyroid or liver problem, then his parents will not solve his problem by taking away his video games or forcing him to become a vegetarian.

Our kidneys are constantly filtering our blood, and I doubt that all of us have kidneys that work perfectly. I suspect that if we had the technology to analyze the performance of kidneys, we would find that a lot of people have subtle problems with their kidneys, and that this in turn is causing them to suffer from minor health problems that are being overlooked, or misdiagnosed.

In order to improve our lives, we have to accurately diagnose our problems. Unfortunately, this requires that we redesign society for our modern era, such as developing an economic system that allows businesses and schools to concentrate on improving life for us rather than competing for profit and the attention of the hordes of mindless sheeple. We also need to get the religious sheeple out of leadership positions.


There have been other improvements

I've noticed some other changes to my body since I've been taking the thyroid hormones, but I am not certain which of these changes are due to the thyroid hormones and which due to something else. It's sad to think that we have the technology to understand and fix a lot of our health problems, but businesses are interested only in profiting from our problems; our schools and governments don't care about health; and the leaders of our medical community are still following crude religions. As a result, we are forced to look on the Internet, read the remarks from people who know as little as we do, and make wild guesses about our health!
3) Eliminating secrecy will help all of us
 
Need more examples of why secrecy is detrimental?
Was that yellowish tint in the palm of my hands due to low T3 levels? I don't know. If we could study humans as thoroughly as we study animals, then we could create a database that has information about all of us, and eventually we might start figuring out how to identify and treat some of the problems that we suffer from. However, studying humans requires that we control our stupid emotional craving for secrecy. We need to analyze the human race. Not only will this help us resolve some health mysteries, it will also help us eliminate crime. So I will once again go over this issue.


Don't behave like a frightened animal!

Animals are always looking out for potential dangers, and they do not want to be watched by potential predators. Likewise, humans are always looking for dangers, and we don't want to be watched by any person or animal that we don't trust. We don't even want people to look through our school records, job history, or medical records. We want to hide ourselves from other people. We are especially concerned about being seen when we are in the process of pooping, because that is when we are at our most vulnerable.

Our craving for secrecy and our paranoia that somebody is watching us is necessary for animals and primitive humans, but it is detrimental in our modern world. We have to control our emotions rather than behave like stupid animals. Secrecy is beneficial only to criminals and people who want to deceive us.

For example, consider the rape case of the French official, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. If there had been surveillance cameras in all of the rooms, elevators, and hallways, then we would be able to determine exactly what he did with that maid. Honest people would be protected from false accusations if we were living in a city that was completely covered in surveillance cameras.

I suppose that most people would be afraid to live in such a city, but this fear is ridiculous. If any city was covered with surveillance cameras, the cameras would be producing so much video that nobody would be able to look at it. Instead, the video would go into storage, and eventually it would be deleted. The video would be useful only to resolve accusations of crime, or to provide data for historical analyses or scientific studies.

Another reason we resist the concept of security cameras in elevators, bedrooms, and bathrooms is because we do things in those locations that we are embarrassed of, such as picking our nose, or adjusting our underwear. However, instead of hiding from these issues like a stupid animal, we should try to understand why people are doing so many things that they are embarrassed of. We are not going to help ourselves by pretending these problems don't exist. We should look for solutions to our problems, not hide from them.

Animals do not pick their nose because if any animal had a nose that didn't keep itself clean, it would tend to die, or be less successful at reproducing. As humans evolved from animals, there was a point at which humans developed the intelligence to figure out that when their nose became blocked, they could use their finger to clean it. This allowed the people with this particular defect to survive and reproduce, thereby contaminating the human gene pool.

If we had surveillance cameras everywhere, then scientists would eventually get a better understanding of this issue. They would be able to figure out how much of this problem is environmental, such as allergies to certain foods or pollens, and how much of it is genetic. We need to understand and reduce the problem, not hide from it like a stupid animal.


How often do people adjust their underwear?

The same concept applies to the adjusting of underwear. It seems that everybody does this every day. With billions of people in the world, this activity could be occurring billions of times each day. We are fools to ignore an annoying activity that is occurring so often. Instead, we should analyze our clothing and try to figure out if there is a way to redesign clothing and underwear so that we don't need to do it so often.
We have a lot of concern that the parts of an airplane engine fit properly, but there is almost no concern for whether our clothing is designed to be functional and practical. Most people are more concerned with what other people will think of their clothing. Women's shoes are an especially good example of a product that people are purchasing with no regard to whether it is functional or even comfortable.

There was a time during the 4th grade when I did not want to wear underpants, but my mother would tell me to do so. I remember several times when I would put on my underpants to please my mother, and then as I walked out of the house and down to the bus stop, I would stop in the garage, take the underpants off, hide it somewhere, and then go to school without the underpants. I didn't like wearing underpants because they were constantly climbing up my waist, and I would frequently have to push them back down. At that age, I didn't see any point in wearing them. They seemed unnecessary.

Doesn't the human mind have the intelligence to create underwear that functions better than what we currently have? Is our current underwear really the best we can do?

I suspect that we can design better underwear, but we need to alter society in order to do it. Our current economic system puts all of the emphasis on profit, and so businesses are trying to please the consumers. This would be acceptable if consumers were intelligent and making wise decisions, but most people do not select underwear, political candidates, or anything else according to intelligent reasoning. Rather, most people select items according to visual appearance, Hollywood star endorsements, and other emotional criteria. In order to make a better society, we have to prevent the sheeple from being the dominant influence in product development, government leaders, city design, transportation systems, school curriculum, and everything else.

I'm sure the human mind has the ability to design more useful underwear, but I don't think many people can control their emotions well enough to discuss this issue without giggling like a child. We need to discuss such issues as, what is the purpose of underwear? I think underwear should be designed for these purposes:

1) Underpants could absorb droplets of pee.
They could have some additional absorbent material to deal with the drops of pee that dribble out of both men and women because of our poorly designed urethra tube. This requires that the underpants be provided with absorbent material in the area where the drips come out, and they also have to be designed to catch the droplets. The boxer shorts for men, for example, don't have any additional material for absorbing the pee, and they are so loose fitting that they don't do a good job of catching the droplets anyway. The end result is that the pee can dribble down our legs.

2) Underwear could absorb perspiration and oils.
One of the reasons that nudity is undesirable in our modern world is because our skin is constantly producing oils, perspiration, hairs, and dead skin cells, and these materials will accumulate on furniture. It can also get onto clothing. Therefore, undershirts and underpants could be designed to absorb this material so that our clothing remains clean.

Since we produce a lot of perspiration under our arms, I've wondered for decades why the people who make undershirts don't offer at least a few styles of undershirts with additional absorbent material under the arms. Or have people already experimented with this and decided that it is impractical because it causes overheating? If so, what about using strands of some material to act as a wick to draw the perspiration away and spread it out? If we can fake a man on the moon, why can't we design an undershirt that absorbs the perspiration under our arms?

3) Underpants could absorb "liquid farts" and poop.
As I pointed out in this file, Daryl Smith got drunk in 2010 and called me on the phone, and he tried to insult me by telling me that he has never experienced any liquid farts, thereby implying that there is something wrong with me, or that I am lying about them. It's possible that only some people have this problem, or perhaps it tends to occur only when we eat certain types of food, or perhaps it is most likely to occur with people who go long periods of time between meals. For most of my life I was eating only one or two meals a day. Perhaps when our intestines are empty for long periods of time, some digestive fluids, or whatever it is, manage to pass through. Or maybe it is a symptom of thyroid problems! The only way we will understand these issues is if we can control our emotions and study this problem.

Incidentally, it might be useful to study how foods affect the consistency, cleanliness, and smell of poop. For example, from my casual, non-scientific observations, asparagus creates large amouts of soft poop (at least the way I eat them, which is either raw or lightly cooked.) At the other extreme, large amounts of millet create incredibly dense, strong, and long pieces of poop. If we knew how different foods affect poop, people with hemorrhoids or digestive problems might be able to improve their situation by adjusting their meals. It might even be possible to figure out how to provide meals for babies to create less messy diapers. Furthermore, if we knew how different foods affect the poop of a "typical" healthy person, then people who have slightly different poop might be able to more rapidly identify their particular digestive problems. Our waste products are an indication of the performance of our kidneys and digestive system, so we ought to look for ways to take advantage of this feedback.

When I was younger I would sometimes fantasize about a future society in which the fruits and vegetables had been bred into varieties that digest better, and we would have special foods or pills that we would eat with each meal and which contained whatever fiber, absorbent materials, and binding materials are necessary to cause the food to end up as neat, clean, odorless packages. While this is science fiction right now, and most people don't seem interested in this issue, I suspect that as the human race evolves into a more intelligent and less animal-like creature, they will eventually become tired of farts and messy poop. That type of technology would be especially nice for mothers since it would make changing diapers much more pleasant.

Former New Jersey Mayor, Chris Myers
4) Underpants for men might be able to isolate testicles
I don't know if this is practical, but I have been fantasizing about this for decades. On warm days, a man's testicles dangle like loose folds of skin, and as we sit down, the skin can get caught in the folds of our pants or between our legs. I wonder if it's possible to design underpants so that the material grabs our testicles like a glove to separate them from our legs, and to prevent them from getting caught in the folds of our pants. The only potential problem that I can see is that our testicles might get overheated if they are held too firmly against our body.

The style of underpants that Chris Myers is modeling in the photo does a fairly good job, but after I have spent a few hours in this type of underwear, the material and the elastic have stretched and loosened. Myers is wearing very tight-fitting underpants, which may compensate for that stretching problem, but I find tight-fitting underpants to be uncomfortable. Perhaps fat people can wear tight underwear, but it annoys me. Isn't there a way to make underpants that firmly hold our testicles, but without being so tight that it leaves deep indentations in our skin?

In that photo of me on 9 September 2011, which I took in the morning after I got out of bed, you can see an indentation around my waist that was caused by the elastic in my pajama bottoms, even though the elastic is loose and comfortable. Does everybody get these indentations as easily as me? Or is this a sign that something is wrong? Does it have anything to do with our age?


So, why not develop better underwear?

Developing better underwear would take a lot of trial and error experiments and a lot of creativity, but it doesn't require tremendous scientific experience or math abilities. Therefore, if we were to alter society in a manner that I've suggested in other files, then this could be a project that we set aside for students, women, and retired people.


Only criminals benefit from secrecy

The people who promote secrecy should be considered as paranoid savages who are interfering with the study of the human race, and who are inadvertently helping criminals and crime networks. If we had more surveillance cameras, then crime would be much more difficult; honest people would easily be able to prove their innocence; and we would start learning a lot more about the health and medical problems of the human race. For example, by observing people as they picked their nose, we might discover that this problem occurs more often after people eat certain types of foods, or during certain weather conditions, or in certain areas of the world. We would also be able to figure out how much of the problem is genetic, and whose families are more likely to have this problem.

The people who want to hide medical and other information, and who oppose surveillance cameras, should be described as selfish savages who are interfering with progress and assisting crime networks. We should not design society to appease savages, criminals, or people who are trying to deceive us about what they truly are. We should design society for what we want the human race to become. Our goal should be to improve the human race so that nobody is ashamed of themselves. Ideally, everybody would be happy, healthy, nice-looking, nice smelling, cooperative, and honest. 

4) We need to study all human races
 
How does interbreeding affect us?
The races that evolved for cold climates need to produce more heat than the races that evolved for the tropics. Neanderthals supposedly evolved for extremely cold climates. What happens when these different races interbreed? If an Eskimo were to interbreed with an African from the Sahara desert, their children will inherit a random mix of genetic traits that are not completely compatible. What will be the result?

When animals or plants of different types interbreed, they produce a lot of variety, but the variety is not always beneficial. Since humans follow the same genetic rules, then interbreeding different human races is going to create children with a wide variety of characteristics, but they're not always going to be good characteristics. For example, perhaps the reason so many people have teeth that don't fit properly in their mouth is because of the interbreeding of Neanderthals with humans.


Becoming one race will not help us

Some people promote the philosophy that all human races should interbreed into one race, but I don't see any advantage to becoming one race. Furthermore, the process of interbreeding us into one race will cause a tremendous amount of suffering because a lot of the children will inherit inappropriate combinations of genes.

Some people think that becoming one race will prevent racial fights and other problems, but there are fights even among people of the same race. It doesn't make any difference whether there is only one race of humans or 50 races. What matters is the quality of the human minds, and I would say that most human minds are inadequate for this modern era.

The majority of people of every race are behaving like intelligent monkeys. Their crude minds are the reason that every race has tremendous problems with crime, corruption, pedophilia, drugs, gambling, and alcoholism. None of our problems are coming from the devil, poverty, or shortages of energy. The only way we can improve the world is to start improving the mental qualities of every human race.


We are not racists when we study the races

We could make comedy routines about the interbreeding of people. For example, an alcoholic Irishman marries a Native American, and one of his children inherits his father's tendency to drink, but his mother's inability to break down alcohol. Actually, this is a serious issue that may be occuring in both North and South America. The Mexicans, for example, are not a "race" of humans. They are a mixture of Europeans, who have a high tolerance for alcohol, with Native Americans, who have a low tolerance. How many Mexicans like to get drunk, but have trouble breaking down alcohol? There are also some Asian races that have trouble breaking down alcohol.

For most Europeans, one beer is almost meaningless in regards to its effect on our ability to drive an automobile, but is it safe to let Native Americans, Mexicans, and certain other people drink a beer and then drive an automobile? Societies that encourage alcohol consumption ought to consider offering their citizens a test to help them determine their ability to handle alcohol so that they have some idea of how much they can safely drink.

If a bar posted a sign on their door that read, "Mexicans and Native Americans are not allowed inside", or if a restaurant refused to sell alcoholic beverages to certain races, I'm sure a lot of people would complain that those races were being discriminated against, and that those policies were racist.  But if certain races cannot break down alcohol very well, then I would respond that we are not discriminating against that race by restricting their alcohol consumption. Rather, we are protecting them and society with a sensible policy.

If the owner of a bar did not want to serve pregnant women, and so he posted a sign on his door that read, "Pregnant Women Are Not Allowed Inside", would you accuse him of discrimination or sexism?

When I was a teenager there was a restaurant in my city that offered free peanuts to its customers. There were wood shavings on the floor, and we would throw the peanut shells on the floor. What if that restaurant had a sign on their door that read, "People With Peanut Allergies Are Not Allowed Inside"? Would you consider that to be discrimination? Would you tell the restaurant to remove the peanuts and let everybody inside?

As I've mentioned in other files, such as this, I think most of the accusations of discrimination, racism, and sexism are directly or indirectly coming from Jews who are trying to start fights. They are not trying to help us understand our social problems or make a better world.

There is supposedly a difference in the ability of different races to digest milk. What will children be like when their mother is of a race that can digest milk, but their father is of a race that has problems with it? All of us would benefit if we could study the differences between races, men and women, and children and adults. The people who whine about racism and sexism should be told to shut up.


The only sensible solution is restricting reproduction

Our medical technology is capable of correcting some problems, such as nearsightedness and low thyroid hormone levels, but technology is not the solution to medical disorders that are genetic. Likewise, jail, religious sermons, rewards and punishments, and prayer are not the solution to social problems and mental disorders that are due to genetics. The only sensible way to deal with genetic problems is to restrict reproduction so that each generation becomes both physically and mentally healthier than the previous generation.

If we continue to follow the philosophy that everybody should be allowed to reproduce as often as they please, then eventually everybody - without exception! -  will be suffering from thyroid problems, allergies, bad eyesight, crooked teeth, cleft palette, migraine headaches, and faulty joints. And everybody will have so many mental disorders that everybody will be in and out of jail several times during their life, and they will be on various mental health drugs, and their friendships and marriages will be incredibly unstable.


We have a choice, what will yours be?

We don't have to continue following the same path. We can alter the future of the human race as soon as we find enough people who are willing to discuss our multitude of options, explore the unknown, and experiment with changes to society.