blog index

These are some links to my blogs.  Some I write just to amuse myself and keep my website updated.   They can’t be short to out of control.  If you like the scientific style and would like a short or long blog for your site, contact me.  We can negotiate between $20 to $30 per hour depending on the difficulty of the subject matter.

Natural Medicine

 What is moringa? addresses some of the local buzz about moringa.  It turns out that both the seeds and the leaves have food value.  Consuming the leaves comes with the same caveats as consuming grapefruit: moringa leaves may interfere with drug metabolism.

China berry powder for mosquito control  Another blog inspired by mosquitoes where I live.  It was also inspired by chinaberry trees where I live.  South Africans actually use china berry tree extracts for mosquito control.
A brew for appetite control ?

NDGA and diet induced obesity  describes a compound found in the creosote bush in Tucson.  A Tucson based company sells the extract.  I thought consumers might want to understand the science.

Natural mosquito repellent is a run down on scientific studies of essential oils in Aunt Fannie’s mosquito repellent.
Terpenes in Now_n’_Later strain of cannabis is a run down on scientific studies of terpenes.  Do these studies support the claims of Now n’ Later?  They do, sort of.

Stevia serratia for pain?  This was inspired by refugees coming to the U.S. from Guatemala.  Our opioid issues are giving some of them reason to flee their homeland.  Could they also have some local herb alternative?  Stevia serratia grows in Arizona too.
Pecan Nut Shell Extract  This blog was inspired by many Brazilian papers.  I’ve tried this stuff.  It is pretty good.  There’s a company in Georgia that sells it too.

Elevacity Coffee  Mood enhancing coffee sounds like a good idea.  I just want them to be more honest about what is in it for those allergic to tree nuts.

Wheat and rye alkylresorcinols  I did some consulting work that introduced me to compounds called alkyl resorcinols.  Perhaps an extract would make a good dietary supplement for those with type 2 diabetes.
peppermint oil for bowel syndromes  This blog was inspired by a massage therapist who claimed that peppermint alleviates pain. I hit the scientific literature and learned some more things it does.
CB1 receptors and hair growth  This blog was inspired by some consulting work I did on CB1 receptor partial agonists,  inverse agonists, antagonists, etc.

Ganaderma lucidium polysaccharides is a follow up on the first blog.
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Ganoderma lucidium tea was inspired by some local mushroomers who recommended this tea for me to drink for medicinal purposes.  Not until I know what is in it!

A brew for appetite control?  We need the right bacteria in our guts producing short chain fatty acids.  Couldn’t we just drink such a brew for moments of need?

Biotech stuff

Some of these blogs came from my consulting work for, a Tucson based company.

unwanted membrane particles in filtration  This is another blog written for

Filtering of therapeutic antibodies  This is something I wrote for a company I did consulting work for.  I think it would look nicer as a blog on’s website.

novel pancreatic cancer treatment is something I wrote describing a compound that binds to cancer related sequences in DNA.  A University of Arizona professor caome up with compound.

FGF21 and NASH  describes an antibody therapy undergoing clinical trials in Tucson and Phoenix to treat non alcoholic Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.  This blog relived by days of writing content for Ignyta clinical trials.

Inorganic Chemistry

These blogs were inspired by a local Tucson company.

Aluminum metaphosphate has been used in scintillation glass to detect ionizing X-ray radiation.

Barium metaphosphate describes use of barium metaphosphate to favor glass versus crystal formation n fluoride glasses.

F doped ZnO is an exploration of doping zinc oxide thin films with floride anions as a way of replacing ITO printed on glass surfaces.

Dysprosium (III) oxide may be used as doping agents in permanent magnets,  as  a way to magnetized TMV (tobacco mosaic virus) particles in MRI imaging, and as a way of making white LEDs.

Argyrodite is about a lithium germanium sulfide that is being explored as a solid electrolyte in lithium ion batteries.


Elementary Algebra  was written in response to the way that simple algebra was being introduced to some antsy 5th graders right after lunch.  Special education high school kids are also being introduced to very simple algebra as I learned from my substitute work with Express Professionals.

matrix multiplication  was written for a student was having issues understanding matrix multiplication.     What amazed me was how hard it was to find information on how to do matrix multiplication in the adult world, i.e. spread sheets.