HEALTH: Neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s?

Monday, February 11, 2019

2019-Feb-11

🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer’s grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than the general population.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/?__s=12xy3otbpaqaeckpabvz

The Case for Transmissible Alzheimer’s Grows
What separates a lethal prion from dementia-inducing amyloid plaque? Maybe not much
By Jennifer Frazer on February 7, 2019

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Alzheimer’s is not the only neurodegenerative disease in which aggregating misfolded host proteins – a class referred to as amyloid — seem to propagate and wreak havoc either. In Parkinson’s Disease, misfolded alpha-synuclein proteins spread through the brain, and in Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), the misfolded, accumulating protein is TDP-43. We should investigate the transmission potential of these diseases as well.

The only thing that seemed to separate these conditions from classic prion diseases was transmissibility. But now that that barrier has been breached for at least one, I also wonder: What is the difference between amyloid and prions? Are they part of a spectrum? Are they one in the same? If not, what is the difference? Can what we’ve learned about the biology of prions help our efforts to fight amyloid dementias? Of course, since we still can’t cure prion diseases, it may not be much help even if so.

The realization that the peptides involved in some of the most common and feared dementias on Earth may be transmissible under even limited conditions is a sobering and humbling reminder of how very little we still understand about them. Given what we know about prions, I think we would be wise not to underestimate their abilities.

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This is really scary stuff to this old fart.  It isn’t the Walking Dead where a bite turns you into a zombie, but a “sticky infectious prion” can wipe out your mind, life, and wallet.  Hope a lot of someones are researching this.  If I was a neurosurgeon, I be really concerned.

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HEALTH: Plant-Based Diets for Diabetics

Thursday, April 19, 2018

https://nutritionfacts.org/2018/04/12/plant-based-diets-put-to-the-test-for-diabetes/

Plant-Based Diets Put to the Test for Diabetes
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on April 12th, 2018

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The bottom line is that the more plant-based diet “led to a greater improvement in quality of life and mood. Patients consuming a vegetarian diet also felt less constrained than those consuming the conventional diet.” People actually felt the conventional diabetic diet was more restrictive than the plant-based diet. Disinhibition decreased with a vegetarian diet, meaning those eating vegetarian were less likely to binge, and the subjects in the vegetarian group tended to feel less hungry. All of this helps with sustainability in the long term, which is, of course, critical for any dietary change. So, not only do plant-based diets appear to work better, but they may be easier to stick to. And, with the improvement in mood, patients may exhibit desired improvements not only in physical, but also in mental, health.

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I’d wish I had know this back in 1970.

Would it have made a difference, who can say?

But, upon reflection, I’d hope I’d have been smart enough to try it.

Argh!

Add it to my list of failures.

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HEALTH: What is the impact on health of cell phones?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-cell-phones-lower-sperm-counts/

Do Cell Phones Lower Sperm Counts?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  February 28th, 2018  Volume 40

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What is the effect of cell phone radiation on sperm motility and DNA damage?

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“Are men talking their reproductive health away?” There have been “unexplained declines in semen quality reported in several countries.” Might cell phones be playing a role, as “[r]adio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from these devices could potentially affect sperm development and function.” The cell phone industry bristles at the “r-word,” radiation, preferring the more innocuous sounding “RF-EMF”s. They do have a point, though, about it being used by snake-oil hucksters of “radiation protection” gadgets. Radiation need not be atomic-bomb gamma rays, but just the warm glow of sunshine on your face; that’s radiation, too. The question is: does the specific type of radiation emitted by cell phones affect male fertility?

After the “World Health Organization…declared that cell phones [could possibly] cause brain cancer,” many folks were like, no problem, I’ll just keep it in my pants and use Bluetooth or something. Away from the brain, but “close to the gonads.” Put all the studies together, including nearly 1,500 semen samples and: “Exposure to mobile phones was associated with reduced sperm motility…and viability…,” though not necessarily sperm concentration.”

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Ignoring the “cell phone” accidents where the User falls into a fountain or walks into a pole, which are funny. And ignoring the “cell phone” fatalities from their use in cars. What are the “health implications” of using them?

Anytime I’ve seen a woman stuff her cell phone in her bra, I’ve mused about that and breast cancer. I’ve nagged my fiancé about it so much, she doesn’t do it around me.

WRT to men, is it the radiation or the heat that causes the damage? And, what if you use a lap desk — does that provide a sufficient space or barrier to EMF?

And does the wifi cause other problems (i.e., pancreatic or liver cancer)?

Questions beget more and better questions?

I no longer sleep with my cellphone anywhere near my head and it’s usually at least yard away.

In the absence of “fact”, caution is warranted?

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HEALTH: Healthy eating has the potential to not only prevent, but reverse some of our leading causes of death

Friday, March 2, 2018

https://youtu.be/xnKaOL2IBPY

Food as Medicine | Michael Greger, M.D. | TEDxSedona
Published on Feb 28, 2018

According to the Global Burden of Disease study (the largest study of disease risk factors in history; funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) the #1 cause of both death and disability in the United States is our diet. Cigarettes now only kill about a half million Americans every year, whereas our diet appears to kill hundreds of thousands more. The good news is that means we have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity. Healthy eating has the potential to not only prevent, but reverse some of our leading causes of death including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Why, then, is nutrition not the #1 thing taught in medical school? American physician, author, and speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan and the creator of NutritionFacts.org. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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I follow Doc Greger’s advice as best I can. It’s very hard to retain yourself after a lifetime of bad eating. Hopefully, the readers will save themselves a lot of pain and heartache (literally) and try it.

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HEALTH: A salad a day keeps dementia away?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

http://www.newsweek.com/eating-salad-every-day-keeps-brains-11-years-younger-and-prevents-dementia-754256

EATING SALAD EVERY DAY KEEPS BRAINS 11 YEARS YOUNGER AND PREVENTS DEMENTIA, STUDY SHOWS
BY MELISSA MATTHEWS ON 12/20/17 AT 4:33 PM

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The study included 960 people, all between 58 and 99 years old and all without dementia. Everyone enrolled in the study was part of the Memory and Aging Project, which has been ongoing since 1979 at the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University. As part of their involvement in that project, participants completed questionnaires about their dietary habits over the course of nearly five years. Questions included assessments of how often people consumed spinach, salad, and kale, collards, or other greens. Participants also took yearly thinking and memory skill tests to gauge cognitive ability.

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That’s a prescription that’s easy to follow. Cheap insurance. And if their wrong, no side effects! My kind of medicine.

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HEALTH: Berries and nuts to reverse aging?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

http://www.impactlab.net/2017/11/16/breakthrough-scientists-reverse-aging-in-human-cells/

November 16th, 2017 at 1:30 am
Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

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Seniors may soon be able to live disease-free for their entire lives.

New research published in the journal BMC Cell Biology shows that old human cells can be rejuvenated using chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is a substance found in red wine and dark chocolate.

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Resveratrol is a compound found in peanuts, grapes, red wine, dark chocolate, and some berries.

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Easy enough to add these to one’s diet.

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HEALTH: I have to give up trans fats!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

https://nutritionfacts.org/audio/the-skinny-on-trans-fats/

OCTOBER 12TH, 2017
The Skinny on Trans Fats
Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, founder of NutritionFacts.org 

A lot of junk food comes loaded with trans fats which may raise our bad “LDL” cholesterol when consumed in nearly any quantity. In today’s episode, I talk about trans fat oil bans, as well as our primary sources of this substance.

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I’ve given up putting sugar in my coffee after listening to Doc Greger.

Now I have to do the same for trans fats. That’s going to be much harder.

The death toll is very scary; all those lives could be saved.

Argh!

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