“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.” …Tibetan Proverb
Today’s News About:
- New Blood Test Predicts Heart Attacks
- Why We Stop Paying Attention
- Test Program Reverses Early Alzheimer’s Disease Memory Loss
- Setting The Record Straight: Cell Phone Usage; GMO; Probiotics; Gluten Free Diets
- Rarely Seen Marily Monroe Black & White Pictures
And, we’ll begin with the following:
New Blood Test Predicts Heart Attacks:
Some type of heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. (Most other post-industrial countries too)
We’ve all gotta story about someone, in seemingly ‘decent’ health, suddenly clutching their chests as they sink to the floor gasping for air, and heart exploding before help can arrive…
i.e. The classic Heart-Attack scare story.
This happened to my brother-in-law on Christmas eve – in front of my sister and their 3 children.
He was in his mid 40’s, hadn’t been to a doctor since, probably the Army. No known health problems…
Buried inside us is a stab of fear that we could suffer a similar fate.
To allay such a fear, what if a simple blood test could predict if we’re in heart attack danger?
Would you have the test run?
Yeah, me too…
Well, researchers in the UK have recently announced their discovery (and testing) of a blood test that measures the level of IgG antibodies in our immune system, could predict heart attacks up to 5 years before they occur.
In a 5 year test, on 1700 people, the researchers found that people with lover levels of the IgG antibodies, were more likely to suffer a heart attack.
A heart attack ‘heads-up’ can give us time for preventive treatment.
The researchers hope the blood test will become a routine part of health exams.
Hey, I want one!
Read more about this research when you click on the following blue link: New Blood Test Predicts Heart Attacks
Want the ‘official’ version? Click: Here
Why We Stop Paying Attention:
To some degree, we’re all meandering through our lives, oblivious to a good portion of it.
In Florida, I got so used to cruising past the beautiful, exciting and ever-changing Gulf of Mexico, that I rarely even ‘looked’ at it…
Much less stopped and walked the surf, or watched the sun set.
And, it wasn’t only because I’d grown accustomed to the one-time novelty of ‘being there’…
There’s more to it than that, according to the author of an interesting article I read this week: Think Less, Think Better
The author, Moshe Bar, argues the main reason I was no longer in awe of this natural beauty, was the result of a cluttered mind.
He also blames ‘the cluttered mind syndrome’, as one of the reasons why we aren’t as creative and original a culture as we once were.
From the article:
…the capacity for original and creative thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of ‘mental load’…”
OK, I kinda buy that.
To prove his point, he and a student researcher ran tests on honest to goodness, uh…’humans!
Get the test results when you click on the following blue link: Why We Stop Paying Attention
Test Program Reverses Early Alzheimer’s Disease Memory Loss:
A 4 year long test, of the program MEND (metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration), done by researchers at UCLA, has reversed memory loss and cognitive impairment in patients treated.
Only 10 people were treated in the initial test. Each of them had signs of cognitive problems, or memory loss.
The treatment, according to a team member:
“…is based on 36 different factors, including changes in diet, exercise, and sleeping habits, plus the integration of certain drugs, vitamins, and brain stimulation therapy to their regular routine…”
Although based on the 36 focal points, treatment was personalized for each patient. And, “many of the patients showed real, life-altering improvements as a result.”
The researchers said their’s is the 1st study to objectively show that memory loss in patients can not only be reversed, but sustained.
OK. A 10 person test isn’t proof enough to herald it as a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia…
Yet, it excites the heck outta me!
And, plans are moving forward for conducting similar tests on larger groups.
Learn more about this trial test and what the ramifications could be when you click on the following blue link: Test Program Reverses Early Alzheimer’s Disease Memory Loss
Setting The Record Straight...
Cell Phone Usage While Driving; GMO Foods; Probiotic Supplements; Gluten Free Diets:
Cell Phone Use Is Only # 2 Cause Of Auto Accidents:
Yep, it’s true. Drivers grappling with their cell phones is only the 2nd cause of auto accidents!
And, you’ll never ‘guess’ what’s # 1…
Find out when you click on the following blue link: Cell Phone Use Is Only # 2 Cause Of Auto Accidents
GMO Foods Aren’t Poisoning Us:
A new report from The National Academy of Science, again states that there’s no scientific evidence that GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) are a health risks.
Long-time readers of The Far Side Of 55, will remember I’d concluded the same thing way back in October, 2014, with the post: Is Genetically Modified Food Making Us Sick
But, don’t ever listen to me. I don’t profess to know anything useful.
Instead get the skinny about GMO’s at Forbes
Probiotics Supplements Are A Waste Of Money:
Yeah, I know. In May of this year, I said the same thing here
Again, what do I know? Not much. So don’t follow my lead…
Instead check out what Bio Med Central has to say about why we should spend our health funds on other things, like kale, sour kraut or a glass of red wine.
Gluten Free Diets:
Statistically, only a few people suffer from harmful reactions to gluten…
If you don’t have: CD (celiac disease), a wheat allergy, or NCGS ( non-celiac gluten sensitivity), you’ve no scientific, or health, reason to avoid foods with gluten.
As I said here, back in January, 2015: What Makes You Think You’re Allergic To Gluten
Yet…Don’t listen to me!
Instead, check out what The Journal of Pediatrics has to say about our health and gluten.
Rare Black & White Pictures Of Marilyn Monroe
I have special affinity for Marilyn. But, the era she ruled fascinates the romantic in me.
Could be why I check out these kinda things…
Heard This Love Song Playing In A Movie Last Night:
Hadn’t heard a Roy Orbison song in many years. Growing up, he was to me what Elvis was to my much older sisters…
That’s it for now.
Talk to you next time…
Until then, I’d love to hear your Living On The Far Side Of 55 story!