Transceiver

What is it about, me getting into the kitchen very early in the morning?

This morning, I notice that it is partly about having a kitchen routine that I can rely on so that I know I can be fed if I need to be fed.

If I skip the early morning part of the kitchen routine, and something happens to interrupt other food routines, maybe I won’t get to eat in time.

If I engage the early morning part of the kitchen routine when I have eaten too much food, that is a different misfortune I have been taught by trauma to avoid.

I must have a quiet, relaxed brain.

Quiet, relaxed.

That is how we hear the signals, how we receive and learn to understand them, how we respond with the greatest patience and love.

Changing signals

‘ Chemical, physical, and microbial changes that surround all multicellular life on Earth are translated into changes in mitochondrial structure and function.
  These changes in mitochondria are used to signal safety or danger in the cell, alter gene expression, trigger the healing response, and adjust fitness and susceptibility to chronic illness.
  These changes even help to adjust the rate of aging in response to environmental stress.
  The term CDR was originally coined to include all levels of the organismal response to stress, including inflammation, immunity, metabolism, microbiome, epigenetics, behavior and memory.
  Some aspects of the CDR are studied independently and called the integrated stress response (ISR) and the mitochondrial ISR. ‘
Perspective: Cell danger response Biology—The new science that connects environmental health with mitochondria and the rising tide of chronic illness
Robert K.Naviaux
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567724919302922

Sounds and being

Sounds and being are always traveling, especially when we seem otherwise to be perfectly still. Meaningful experience, moving.

Thich Nhat Hanh over the IPR. Bits and bytes, multitudinous nourishing transmissions. N. K. Jemisin is describing the entanglement of fear and racism in the personage of H. P. Lovecraft. Media Indigena has a weekly Indigenous current affairs program going out over the airwaves now, part 2 of “The Power Was With Us: Idle No More.” Akilah S. Richards produces the Fare of the Free Child podcast. I’m listening to 156: Resources for Liberation Work. 

How did we find those? We don’t remember, but we can hear them and they catch something inside us that needs the connection.. Listen intuitively; what’s listening intuitively? Listen to the smallest or the most unlikely thing. Listen to the thing that moves you. Listen to the thing that separates you from the crowd, your unique perceptive inclinations, your unmatchable expressions.

The dream you had last night, over the IPR. A bit of “the radio” — the thing people usually mean when they say radio — in the car on your way to an appointment, and who knows what program it was, but the words stuck with you. The song. The idea. The energy. The connection.

You floated away (or flew) but the remnants of nourishment traveled with you.

You stayed connected, spooky action-at-a-distance, because something mattered to you or resonated with you, and even when that snippet of radio drifting across the parking lot is not still, technically, echoing in your ears, you can still hear it. Your intuition told you it was important. Transmission received — you can’t forget it. There was something different about it.

There is something different about you, now that you’ve met with it.

What is sound? What is communication?

Are we vibrating?

Sine and wave

It has been a very weird back and forth, to and fro, a kind of terrible rocking motion…

Trying to grasp at kitchen usage. 

Being unable to bear kitchen exposure.

All parts must be heard and considered caringly. The part that has been starved. The part that has been force-fed into physical presence and, dare I say, a kind of artificial immanence. (You are not allowed to die. Starve, but you are not allowed to die. Be here with us and stop talking about being tortured to death…)

For us to talk together and come to understand one another is for us to mend and heal our relationships with food, eating, aliveness, survival, social nourishment, and somatic coherence.

Artificial immanence, wedged into a strange cosmic corner.

Somatic coherence, pieces able to act together.

Material intelligence regained, re-emerging.

Intuitive Social Kitchen

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We are building inclusive, accessible, intuitive, community-serving medicinal kitchens based on the emergent specifications shared by members of our communities.

With the help of Intuitive Public Radio, we are bringing this resource to your neighborhood — asking you and the people you care about what makes your lives better, what foods heal your family, and what you need in your kitchens.

(Hungry? Feel like you need to say something? You’re invited.)

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Toxicity

‘ Over 7,000 chemicals are now made or imported to the US for industrial, agricultural, and personal care use in amounts ranging from 25,000 to over 1 million pounds each year, and plastic waste now exceeds 83 billion pounds/year. This chemical load creates a rising tide of manmade pollutants in the oceans, air, water, and food chain. 
  Fewer than 5% of these chemicals have been tested for developmental toxicity. 
  In the 1980s, 5–10% of children lived with a chronic illness. 
  As of 2018, 40% of children, 50% of teens, 60% of adults under age 65, and 90% of adults over 65 live with a chronic illness. 
  Several studies now report the presence of dozens to hundreds of manmade chemicals and pollutants in placenta, umbilical cord blood, and newborn blood spots. 
  New methods in metabolomics and exposomics allow scientists to measure thousands of chemicals in blood, air, water, soil, and the food chain. 
  Systematic measurements of environmental chemicals can now be correlated with annual and regional patterns of childhood illness. ‘
Perspective: Cell danger response Biology—The new science that connects environmental health with mitochondria and the rising tide of chronic illness
Robert K. Naviaux
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567724919302922 

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Forgetting (comma) Starvation

I’ll go into the kitchen soon and make food.

If I don’t know what I want to eat… considering my detailed and exhaustive notes… it’s probably not time yet for me to eat. 

Strangely dangerous assumption.

I don’t want to think constantly in depth of detail about food. 

I don’t want to narrowly skirt the word “obsessive” when I think about food or eating, even in the context of having been forced into the extremity of repeated starvation circumstances.

I like the idea of eating something very simple and then forgetting the kitchen exists.

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Cell Danger Response

This paper is written for non-specialists in mitochondrial biology to provide access to an important area of science that has broad implications for all people.
  The cell danger response (CDR) is a universal response to environmental threat or injury.
  Once triggered, healing cannot be completed until the choreographed stages of the CDR are returned to an updated state of readiness. ‘
 . . . ‘ Although the CDR is a cellular response, it has the power to change human thought and behavior, child development, physical fitness and resilience, fertility, and the susceptibility of entire populations to disease. ‘
 . . . ‘ Mitochondria regulate the CDR by monitoring and responding to the physical, chemical, and microbial conditions within and around the cell. In this way, mitochondria connect cellular health to environmental health. ‘
Perspective: Cell danger response Biology—The new science that connects environmental health with mitochondria and the rising tide of chronic illness
Robert K. Naviaux
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567724919302922

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All Radios

Over the IPR comes the science fiction of our lives that we know as fact, intermittent impossible broadcasts detailing (and peopling) the apocalypse.

A person keeping logs doesn’t want to write too fancy.

What we hear when we tune our tuners is any kind of thing; there are so many different kinds of radios now.

IPR broadcasts never come from just one place; the Intuitive Public Radio is about how we tune and what we tune to — more than any central broadcasting source or particular content.

If we are the Intuitive Public, we are listening intuitively.

Our radio goes out over all radios (including the radios we don’t usually think of as radios). Any minute, we can say something meaningful to one another.

Every platform might be the one, tonight, syndicating our IPR.

Where did our tuner land most lately? This last week, I listened to Medicine for the Resistance and Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration with Aisha Francis. It was precise, important nourishment. Books we read as kids pop into our heads; if we choose to share the experience, that’s our radio, too. This one thought has been gracing you over and over, saving your life, and you keep thinking about telling it to someone. You walked past a painting on the wall, and it moved you. You had a brief exchange with a stranger on the street. I was stilled and awoken by The Outsiders podcast, about homelessness on the West Coast United States, produced by KNKX Public Radio and The Seattle Times’ Project Homeless. (I listened from beginning to end, unable to tune away.)

How did you tune your radios last?

(How will you tune them next?)

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“Who is our food, and who are we food for?”

“I was a science fiction writer…” is the echo through the space that the person exists in, if that’s what we are — people? People, I think. “Imagine what you think you might be looking at,” she (or he or they continues). “It feels like a story someone’s telling you to entertain you, and then it turns out to be true. You don’t know how deep the truth of it goes — it seems dangerous to assume — and at the same time, you can’t help but assume. Knowing that you are making assumptions that steer you zig-zag and awry — that’s how you must navigate. Upside-down, inside out, sidewise.” 

There are spectacles, long on a nose, and a longer gaze across them. “Writing science fiction,” the voice repeats. “But specifically, food. I seemed to notice, more and more, and in this decidedly science fiction world… I needed to write about food.

“Not food only, and not food in the usual way, but digestion and the nature of food.

“Who is our food, and who are we food for?”

The voice has paused, now.

You’re not sure what to do, but you realize there is something going on. If you wait it out, perhaps it will reveal itself?

That’s our suggestion.

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