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Comment by RayTaylor on Some blindspots in rationality and effective altruism · 2021-06-11T22:23:15.979Z · LW · GW

EAs invented neither effectiveness nor altruism, as Buddha, Quakers, Gandhi, Elizabeth Fry, Equiano and many others can attest!

EAs tend to be slow/behind the curve on coms and behavioural science and Implementation Science, and social science/realpolitik in general. But they do learn over time.

Comment by RayTaylor on Coronavirus Justified Practical Advice Summary · 2020-10-16T09:03:34.592Z · LW · GW

selenium may be more important than zinc:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q5IH2hGjjdPi-vcs4zOBlArgFJ9iSDdZVoceevUPI9c/

Comment by RayTaylor on Coronavirus Justified Practical Advice Summary · 2020-10-16T09:01:15.489Z · LW · GW

Himalayan salt is somewhat radioactive.

Comment by RayTaylor on Coronavirus Justified Practical Advice Summary · 2020-10-16T09:00:14.225Z · LW · GW

find others in your area who have similar sun exposure to you, and see if any of them were tested

ask a local doctor about local levels

see the maps/prevalences here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q5IH2hGjjdPi-vcs4zOBlArgFJ9iSDdZVoceevUPI9c

Comment by RayTaylor on Coronavirus Justified Practical Advice Summary · 2020-10-16T08:57:20.454Z · LW · GW

More on supplements (especially vitamin D and selenium) here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q5IH2hGjjdPi-vcs4zOBlArgFJ9iSDdZVoceevUPI9c/
and humidity by beds and desks here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1olkOb6IMxE1zYBqvv5XAI2gREbg2O-0QUq0EfUr5_tM 

 

Comment by RayTaylor on Covid-19: Comorbidity · 2020-05-13T06:07:31.453Z · LW · GW

What about male vs female?

Might be important in whatever the mechanism is, in relation to hormones / steroids / cholesterol / SiRT-one pathway and D3.

Comment by RayTaylor on Covid-19: Comorbidity · 2020-05-13T05:56:54.794Z · LW · GW

Could someone look at whether the underlying explanation for this could be SIRT-1 pathway, which involves zinc, nicotinic acid/niacin/B3 and D

Here is a list of studies* I collated which seem to support that possibility and point to effective low-cost actions.

BMI does have an impact on D3 requirement. More sunlight exposure is required to get adequate B3 serum levels in older people, and of course this exposure is down due to skin cancer advice, lockdowns and urbanisation.

Re Diabetes: it appears that covid infection may profoundly impact ketone levels in diabetes, so some endocrinologists are advising people to monitor ketone levels more than usual, and this might be part of what's going on.

*NB please ignore all the studies and reviews which focus on osteoporosis, which is a rather different issue - here we're looking at prophylaxis of respiratory viruses