Eat processed meat daily – increase your risk of dementia!


Man, I love bacon – I eat it about 8 times a year!

Scientists from the University of Leeds’s Nutritional Epidemiology Group used data from 500,000 people, discovering that consuming a 25g serving of processed meat a day, the equivalent to one rasher of bacon, is associated with a 44% increased risk of developing dementia.

But their findings also show eating some unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork, or veal, could be protective, as people who consumed 50g a day were 19% less likely to develop dementia.

The researchers were exploring a potential link between consumption of meat and the development of dementia, a health condition that affects 5%-8% of over 60s worldwide.

Their results, titled “Meat consumption and risk of incident dementia: cohort study of 493888 UK Biobank participants,” are published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

RTFA. Learn something new. Switch on your little gray cells…and respond consciously, thoughtfully, to live your life a bit healthier.

Up to 200,000 prison inmates with dementia in the next decade — many won’t know why they’re there!

Like the rest of the United States population, the prison population is aging fast. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, people over the age of 55 will account for almost one-third of all incarcerated people. That means that American prisons will house upward of 400,000 older prisoners, about the same population of New Orleans, representing a near doubling of the number of older prisoners currently behind bars.

Caring for these elderly prisoners suffering from physical and mental frailty will create significant challenges for prisons…

As an expert in human rights law and a former commissioner on Pennsylvania’s Sentencing Commission, I am concerned about the burden this places on already overstretched prisons, but also the cost to human dignity. Furthermore, my research suggests that indefinitely detaining someone who does not understand why may violate the United States Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Rachel Lopez is more than well-qualified to address the topic. I praise her forethought in addressing yet another topic critical to criminal justice, her courage in trying to get Americans to care about one more tough subject demanding attention and focus. Good luck!

Trump’s dementia and racism have no limits

❝ On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States described the impeachment investigation against him as a “lynching.” This is not by accident.

Throughout his life — and especially in his latest turn as a politician — Trump has shown a willingness to weaponize race for his own gain.

❝ He has also shown that he possesses a deep and abiding victim complex, convinced he has been persecuted in ways that few, if any, people have ever endured in the history of the country.

❝ By comparing his current situation to lynching, Trump is engaging in both the weaponizing of race and his sense of victimhood. He is purposely dredging up some of the darkest images of our country to vent his anger and rally his supporters to his cause.

It is, in a word, gross.

I second that emotion. RTFA!

Time for Trump’s mental checkup


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❝ Two years after organizing a conference at Yale about how mental health professionals could warn the public ethically and effectively, our predictions have borne out to be true: Donald Trump in the office of the presidency has proven more dangerous than people suspected, has grown more dangerous by the day, and, without proper treatment, is becoming increasingly uncontainable.

People feel overwhelmed and helpless, and I wish now to say that there are things we can do. To know when to embark on a journey, we need meteorologists to tell us when a storm is coming and when it is safe to travel. To ensure that the captain is sharp and able, we need mental health professionals to examine signs that are in need of a check-up. What feels daunting to the general public is routine for the experts.

❝ So why would we not call upon mental health professionals now, especially when many of us are saying that avoiding an evaluation is itself a sign of mental impairment?

And it is only one of many signs.

I’ll second that emotion!

Is Alzheimer’s Caused By Germs?

❝ Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ?…

It’s an idea that just a few years ago would’ve seemed to many an easy way to drain your research budget on bunk science. Money has poured into Alzheimer’s research for years, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia…

❝ For instance, would we see a day when dementia is prevented with a vaccine, or treated with antibiotics and antiviral medications? Norins thinks it’s worth looking into.

RTFA for more details and significant indicators, as well.

Donald Trump’s early-onset dementia inspires memes, e.g., #localmilkpeople

❝ Of all the strange things in a very unusual conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull, the internet has crowned just one to be the day’s meme-in-chief.

A newly published transcript of the phone call between the US president and the Australian prime minister shows the pair discussing a deal made under the Obama administration to resettle to the US more than 1,000 refugees currently held in Australia’s offshore detention centres.

It’s a deal that Trump is not happy with and he made it clear during what was an awkward and combative phone conversation back in January. Trump said the refugees – who are mostly from Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan and Pakistan – would go on to be the next Boston bombers, which Turnbull pointed out was unlikely since the Boston bombers came from Russia. No matter, Trump was still very displeased.

❝ “I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.”

Lots more examples in this GUARDIAN article.