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February 11, 2012

Mass Extinctions: Nature’s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection

In “Mass Extinctions: Nature´s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection” Julian Lieb, M.D  provides evidence that “die-offs” or mass deaths are episodes of natural selection, caused by activation of enzymes of the arachidonic acid cascade.

In prior publications, Dr Lieb showed that products of the arachidonic acid cascade are the agents of natural selection and evolution, differentiating between infertility and reproduction, and between health and longevity, illness and death. Mass deaths in nature have occurred chronically, but seem to have accelerated since December 2010, in among many others fish, birds, bats, honey bees, crabs, buffalo, cows, frogs, dolphins, whales, ducks, seals, forests, squid, grassland butterflies, chicks and countless other species. Invariably, a mass death has conjured up a wild guess as to its cause. Upon reading about the mass deaths of red -winged blackbirds, Lieb noted the presence in them of blood and blood clots. Drawing on his knowledge of the arachidonic acid cascade, he concluded that an environmental stimulus had activated thromboxane synthase, an enzyme in the cascade critical to regulation of clotting. Other mass deaths, he reasoned, might be caused by activation of enzymes involved in heart, respiratory, and mood regulation, and explain the conformity in time and space. As for the excitant, movement of the magnetic north pole towards Siberia is the most likely, especially as electromagnetic fields paradoxically activate and inhibit enzymes directly and indirectly by acting on cell membranes.

Prostaglandins are among the end products of the arachidonic acid cascade, infinitesimal, ephemeral, paradoxical, electrified, carboxylic acid signalers. They self-regulate the physiology of every cell. Cells were incapable of natural selection and life until able to self-replicate, which required an outer cell membrane. These membranes are composed of phospholipids, which developed prostaglandins, enzymes, proteins, and the cell nucleus and genes.

Natural selection determines who becomes ill, the severity of the illness, and the outcome, the HIV pandemic an example of a chronic mass death. "It may metaphorically be said," Darwin wrote, "that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinizing, throughout the world, the slightest variations; rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers....”In Western Vermont, 15 colonies of bats are surviving and appear to be healthy; elsewhere, baby right whales perished en masse, while Pacific gray whales are flourishing. Bee colonies have collapsed in the countryside, but appear to be thriving in cities, snowy owls once rare are returning, and albatross´s heavier, and flying longer distances.

Excessive synthesis of prostaglandin E2 depresses mood, thus the beaching dolphins could be depressed and suicidal ,and require  treatment with antidepressants.

Lieb´s latest will alter the way we view natural selection and evolution, along with evolutionary medicine, the origins of life, and possibly seismic events and cosmic ancestry. He paints a picture of a fork in the road wrongly taken: with the biomedical communities´ premise that DNA and RNA in the nucleus, and enzymes and proteins in the cell, are of overwhelming importance in disease, rather than focusing on membrane lipids and the arachidonic acid cascade.

A fascinating, absorbing, and altogether revelatory treatise on the nature of life, evolution and disease, Dr. Lieb´s latest is a tremendous leap forward. Accessible and easy to understand, “Mass Extinctions: Nature´s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection” is a groundbreaking look at the essence of life, and the future of medicine.

“Mass Extinctions: Nature´s Spectacular Staging of Natural Selection” is available for sale online at,, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

Julian Lieb M.D. is a retired, former Yale medical school professor, and author or co-author of forty-eight articles and thirteen books.

Additional Lieb titles at Amazon:

- “Killing Cancer.” 2010
- “Stimulating immune function to defeat viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi (2011) “A Medical Revolution for the Ages.” (2011)