Ears & Yellow Fat Disease
Lipofuscin accumulates in the ears as well as many other parts of the body.
It’s the cause of Broad-Spectrum Yellow Fat Disease (cumulative lipofuscinosis).
Lipofuscin is often associated with “aging,” but I beg to differ.
It’s not the length of the journey that breaks us down — it’s the condition of the roadway.
Are we driving on a freshly-paved freeway or are we on the Highway to Hell full of potholes and cracks?
Aging is different than “forty miles of bad road.”
There’s a big difference between biological age and chronological age.
There’s a magnitude of difference between quantum time and linear time.
The following Wikipedia paragraph is about fish and shellfish, but it applies to land animals (including human beings) too.
My point about “aging” is verified in the last sentence.
According to Wikipedia (last edited Jan. 6, 2018) …
“Lipofuscin quantification is used for age determination in various crustaceans such as lobsters and spiny lobsters. Since these animals lack bony parts, they cannot be aged in the same way as bony fish, in which annual increments in the ear-bones or otoliths are commonly used. Age determination of fish and shellfish is a fundamental step in generating basic biological data such as growth curves, and is needed for many stock assessment methods. Several studies have indicated that quantifying the amount of lipofuscin present in the eye-stalks of various crustaceans can give an index of their age. This method has not yet been widely applied in fisheries management mainly due to problems in relating lipofuscin levels in wild-caught animals with accumulation curves derived from aquarium-reared animals.”
Why is there a difference between lipofuscin levels in wild-caught animals and aquarium-reared ones?
It’s what they’re EATING.
It’s close to the same in humans, except — because we have frontal lobes — it’s what we’re THINKING and EATING.
Foods that don’t serve us and non-task memories spell Double Trouble!
T. Ishii (“The fine structure of lipofuscin in the human inner ear,” Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, May 1977) wrote …
“Lipofuscin is morphologically an irregularly shaped, membrane-bound inclusion consisting of an electron-dense structure. The most common component was a fine, granular, osmiophilic substance which was always associated with a homogenous, spherical structure resembling a lipid droplet. The combination of these two components was frequently observed in the human inner ear. Distended inclusions containing lipofuscin components were also observed within the supporting cells, saccular, utricular and ampullar wall, the epithelial cells of the transitional zone and in the dark cells. Lipofuscin is closely associated with lysosome and is known to accumulate in the tissue as a result of aging. The high lysosomal activity possibly may result in lipofuscin formation in the human inner ears. Also some other unknown metabolic conditions may provide the deposits of lipofuscin.
P.S.: Did anyone notice something else mentioned in the Wikipedia article?
Otoliths — ear rocks.
Otoliths are in the pineal gland too — brain sand.
Otoliths are important for both our Third Eye and our Third Ear.
Don’t let them ferment.