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Drought Reduction * Glider powered windmill * Folded Newtonian Design * The secret of Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)


Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT)

LA County Coroner Dr. Yamaguchi deserves credit for the discovery 35 years ago, of the link between brown adipose tissue and obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It is a sad fact that his insight was not well received in the medical community. Today, brown fat is being rediscovered by a new generation of researchers. And while an enormous number of papers are being written, the many insights of the great doctor have yet to be applied to public health or communicated to the general populace.

Brown adipose tissue cells are unusual for their very large number of mitochondrial organelles. These organelles differ from other mitochondria, which produce chemical energy. They instead produce a large amount of heat, much more in fact than any other cell line.

These cells are usually found in small clumps in fat layers near veins carrying oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs. By burning residual oxygen to warm this blood, BAT can compensate for heat lost in the lungs without putting any additional load on the heart or requiring transport of fat in the blood. So it is easy to see why people who have BAT tend not to have difficulty controlling their weight and have a high basal (resting) metabolism.

In a time of famine, BAT is disadvantageous, so there is also a mechanism for turning it off. Thus, binge dieting may result in reduced metabolism and weight gain.

I believe the best way for an obese person to lose weight is to increase his basal metabolism, over a period of years. A good way to do this is to use a ceiling fan over the bed, year round, gradually increasing the speed, maintaining a comfortable range over time.

This form of sleeping exercise will gradually increase basal metabolism while making physical exercise less stressful and increasing BAT function.

Dr. Yamaguchi wondered why it was that young American soldiers seem to have poorer heart condition that older Vietnamese Nationals. When these Vietnamese came to America, a number of them died from overheating in their sleep. These deaths were investigated as posible assinations. Yamaguchi determined they were caused by American style houses and beds. The Vietnamese had lots of BAT, while the American soldiers had almost none. Dr. Yamaguchi found that few Americans over 15 had any BAT..

Restoring BAT function to most Americans would reduce obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and stress so much that medical costs in this country could be reduced by half.

The American home is very tight with almost no air motion, which allows very little heat dissipation from the body. Americans have adapted to them by losing their BAT as they grow up. The older Vienamese did not have time to adapt. This slur on modern housing was neither credible nor acceptable to most homeowners, so the science has been ignored. For many years, Dr. Yamaguchi.s work was dismissed by academics as a passing fad.


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