Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reducing / delaying Risk of Dementias:

Reducing / delaying risk of dementias:

Homocysteine blood levels. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine — a type of amino acid produced by your body — may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. When working properly, your body breaks down homocysteine using vitamins B-6, B-12 and folic acid (B-9). If this isn't happening properly, it may be because you don't metabolize these vitamins well, or you don't have enough of them in your diet. Blood tests can determine whether you have elevated homocysteine levels.

Lower your homocysteine levels. Early research has shown that high doses of three B vitamins — B-9 folic acid, B-6 and B-12 — help lower homocysteine levels and appear to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Reduce Homocysteine levels:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Godfather of Hindu Nationalism: Thackeray

Bal Thackeray, right-wing nationalist of the Shiv Sena party and champion of Hindutva (Hindu facism) recently died. Mumbai's native people, ethnic Marathi (original inhabitants of Mumbai's state of Maharashtra) turned out in force to mourn the death of the 86-year old admirer of Hitler's theories of ethnic cleansing.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Boys & Girls Are Growing UP Too Fast

Boys and girls in the USA are hitting puberty almost 2 years younger than they did in the 1970s!  Obesity and estrogen-mimicking chemicals  are two of the main causes. Though long-term medical effects are of concern, perhaps even more significant is the fact that the brain still matures at the same old rate and life experience accumulates only so fast. This means that pre-teens are feeling impulses and urges earlier and enduring the consequences of risky behaviors longer.