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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, September 7, 2012

7 September - Soldier, Ask Not

Survival kit, Gulf War,Tel Aviv, Israel, Janua...Survival kit, Gulf War,Tel Aviv, Israel, January 1991 (Photo credit: rahuldlucca)
Parkinson's LawParkinson's Law (Photo credit: Denna Jones)
U.S. Military - Dog Tags ...U.S. Military Suic...U.S. Military - Dog Tags ...U.S. Military Suicides in 2012: 155 Days, 154 Dead (June 8, 2012) ... (Photo credit: marsmet511)
Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Auguste Deter. Alois Alzheimer's patient in No...Auguste Deter. Alois Alzheimer's patient in November 1901, first described patient with Alzheimer's Disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

War might be making young bodies old

The tragic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or battlefield concussion are all too evident. Even more alarming for researchers is emerging evidence that these newest American combat veterans — former GIs and Marines in their 20s and 30s — appear to be growing old before their time. Scientists see early signs of heart disease and diabetes, slowed metabolisms and obesity — maladies more common to middle age or later. The research is in its early stages, and scientists with theDepartment of Veterans Affairs are rushing to understand it. If what they're seeing is a form of early aging, it seems most common to those with both blast-related concussion and PTSD— about 30% of the veterans being studied in a long-term research effort. There is even imaging evidence of diminished gray matter in high-functioning areas of the brain, changes that shouldn't happen for decades, if at all.

Did you know that many of the chemicals known as excitotoxins that are added to your food to enhance the flavor also aggravate or precipitate many neurological disorders: disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease? What if you discovered that the food you were feeding your children could cause irreversible brain damage? What would you do?

Aspartame, MSG, and Excitotoxins
[Posted 12 October 2004] 
Aspartame (often called Nutrasweet) is a controversial food additive used to sweeten "diet" products artificially. The product has a long history of causing severe health problems. Along with MSG (monosodium glutamate) and MSG-like food additives, aspartame is in a class of compounds known as "excitotoxins". These excitotoxins basically excite brain cells until they die. In other words, each serving of MSG or aspartame has the potential to cause a little bit of brain damage, which becomes cumulative and could eventually lead to Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's, or other neurological diseases.
Aspartame is especially controversial, as laboratory tests BEFORE it was approved showed that it caused brain lesions, cancer, death, and a number of other serious health problems.
 I was appalled one day while listening to an NPR radio talk show host, an MD, tell a pregnant woman that it was OK to drink aspartame. This was after her family doctor had told her to avoid aspartame/Nutrasweet while pregnant. He mentioned that a lot of internet web sites claimed aspartame was bad, but that he didn't "think" there were any problems.

For those who think that aspartame, MSG, and other excitotoxins are only exposed on the internet by conspiracy theorists, I recommend a book by a respected neurosurgeon: Excitotoxins; The Taste that Kills by Russell Blaylock, MD. Blaylock's book is excellent, not only explaining basic brain physiology and how excitotoxins destroy brain cells, but also how one can protect oneself from some of the damage by excitotoxins. He also informs the reader of "code words" manufacturers use on food labels that really mean MSG or MSG-like compounds. 

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Jake Beason on children and boredom

Joyful Aging

The expensive, rapid decline in the health of our sedentary society in recent years cannot possibly be due to inherited genetics, but they are often passed from parents to their innocent children through injurious unhealthy lifestyle training examples.

Food intake has increased, while the level of healthy exercise has decreased. 

1. Nutrition - Simple Choices Make ASignificant Difference

The Skeptic's Dictionary

The available scientific data show that simultaneous vaccination with multiple vaccines has no adverse effect on the normal childhood immune system....

( Not surprising since it's not something with a track record...until the current science experiment. However, you might check for the immunization of vaccine vendors from liability for consequential damages.
Soldier, ask not for whom the Bell tolls. It tolls for thee. )

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