Magnesium is a critical nutrient for humans. We need more every day because we lose it in sweat and urine. We all should take some magnesium every day.

As a chemist I know the value of water soluble forms of magnesium. Magnesium oxide and magnesium carbonate have very low solubility in water which means it's very difficult for our bodies to absorb the ions we need. My preference is for magnesium citrate which has very high solubility in water and is much easier to absorb.

Electric Medicine

Continuing with the theme of electronic manipulation of the human body, here is an article by Eliza Strickland at IEEE Spectrum on the push by big pharma into electronic treatment of disease and chronic conditions.  Here's a quote from the article:

Slaoui has led GSK’s major research effort in “electroceuticals,” in which devices treat diseases by sending electric pulses through the body’s nerves. As nerve cells communicate naturally via electric pulses, this technique tries to speak the native language of the nervous system. In an interview with Spectrum before his talk at SXSW Interactive on Friday, Slaoui said he’s convinced that doctors will soon be prescribing such treatments: “The only question is, how many different disease will be treated with bioelectric medicine?”

I wonder if someday people will wear a VR helmet at the doctor's office which inserts nano-electrodes into the spinal column to heal a variety of diseases.  Or maybe they have the helmet at home and the doctor simply sends some code to deliver the appropriate signals.

Then the next logical step is hacking the nervous system.  I'm sure people will soon begin experimenting with a variety of electromagnetic sequences to deliver pleasure, stimulate learning, accelerate athletic ability, and begin our evolution to a posthuman world.

How to get a better night's sleep

Steve Gibson of has used a portable EEG monitor to diagnose his sleep disorder, and he has tested a variety of natural supplements to give a better night's sleep.  His webpage tells us details of his Healthy Sleep Formula.   All the ingredients are natural body products except for theanine which is one of the active ingredients in green tea.

And here is an interesting article about an amino acid taurine and life extension. Steve will evaluate taurine to see whether it aids in getting a good night's sleep.