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Did You Know – 05/08/2017

1. What Brassica vegetables are:

These vegetables rank among the top 10 healthiest and give you the most folate which is a B vitamin which is naturally present in these vegetables and an important vitamin for pregnant woman. However a study of 1391 women released in May 2016 revealed that excessive amounts of folate may increase the risk for autism.
So the old saying “Everything in moderation” is very relevant with this vitamin.
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2. In a study of 512,891 adults, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, those who ate fresh fruit daily had a 40 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

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3. If you stop eating by 6pm till 8am the next day you will help to reduce the risk of  Alzheimer’s dramatically plus lose a bit of weight around the waist as well.
That 14 hours of fasting will put the brain in resting mode and reduce the brain from aging.
Another benefit is to be drinking green tea and increase your consumption of eggs which helps to build a healthy brain.
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4. Japan’s population  consumes up to 5 million kit Kat bars every day.
Not the original chocolate variety, they have a choice of strawberry, cheese Cake, green tea, sweet potato , red bean sandwich and sake and there is more:- 300 flavors in fact.
In my opinion a great way to ruin a Kit Kat bar.
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5. Lyndon B Johnson had a car that could go in and out of the water. He would scare his passengers by driving into the lake shouting”The brakes won’t hold we are going to go under”.  The Amphicar had a  Texas REG. Number TX1919-AZ

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Did You Know – 06/20/2016

 

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1. Turmeric can help protect against Aluminum Toxicity.

Aluminum can destroy the endocrine system and lead to widespread hormonal imbalance (especially when it’s absorbed through the lymph system) if it accumulates beyond a certain level. It’s even been linked with breast cancer, prostate cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities are well-known. By neutralizing both chronic inflammation and oxidative stress—two of the greatest inhibitors of the body’s natural detoxification functions—turmeric helps protect against the negative effects of aluminum and other heavy metals.

 

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2. To figure out how much water you should drink daily.  Halve your body weight – If you are 54 kilos you should drink 2.7 liters a day.

 

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3. Legend has it that tea was discovered accidentally. About  5,000 years ago when the Chinese Emperor witnessed leaves blow from a near by bush into a pot of  boiling water.

Anyway both Black and Green tea prevent the breakdown of Acetylcholine a chemical found to be lacking in the brain of those with Alzhiemer’s disease. Green tea is found to contain l-theanine an amino acid which increases the activity of dopamine and the alpha waves of the brain.

 

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4. Warm feet.   They say that 30% of woman’s likelihood of achieving orgasm will be if her feet are warm. This is information from researchers from the Netherlands. So go buy some fancy bedsocks guys .

 

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5. Keep a potted ‘Peace Lily’ on your desk. A NASA study showed this plant was the most effective at removing airborne toxins especially in the office to ward of all those office place germs. Interesting I thought.

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The Healing Power Of Music

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I read this article in the AARP Bulletin and of course I thought of my Mom, who has Dementia.

This form of therapy of course is of benefit to both Dementia and Alzheimer patients.

New research is confirming and expanding an idea long held by those who work with dementia patients that music can not only improve the mood of people with neurological diseases it can boost cognitive skills and reduce the need for antipsychotic drugs.
Music therapists who work with Alzheimer patients describe seeing patients “Wake up” when the sounds of loved and familiar music fill their heads.

They have found that some patients after years of not speaking, they begin to talk again and become more social. Often they actually remember who they are which is one of the things they seem to be unable to do as the Alzheimers worsens. The video below is a great example of that.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks has written a book called Musicophilia which explains that for Alzheimers patients music can be like medicine. He says that “Music is no luxury to them, but a necessity, and it can have power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves and to others for at least a while”.

While this is not a cure it becomes a road to communication between family and the loved one that has this heartbreaking disease. According to estimates One in 8 Boomers will get this disease.  Most of us will know someone who will be affected by this and if music will ease the pain of watching your loved one become a vegetable and maybe even spark some sign of life in their brain, it would be worth getting a headset and an iPod full of their favorite music for them.

A Music therapist Connie Tomaino  told the story in this article how she walked into a room of totally overmedicated, catatonic patients guitar in hand and started to sing “Let me call you Sweetheart”. Many of the patients considered to be catatonic lifted their heads and looked at her, the ones that were agitated calmed down and many of them sang the words to the song. Now this is bringing tears to my eyes as I know exactly what she is talking about. These songs can trigger an association with family members bring back memories. Some who have not spoken in years say things like “I have to get home cause the kids are coming”.

There is another story about how music was used in the afternoons when what is called “sundowning” when patients get anxious and angry to calm them down. Music like Diana Krall’s “I get along without you very well”.

I personally know how heart breaking this is. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my Mom who for me is alone in a place she is unfamilar and me being so far away. 

I do not want to be in this place as I get older so one hopes there is some solution to this. At 95 my Mom has had a great life and now it is over it is hard for me to accept and for her to live it. She only wants her life to end and on that note I wish I could help.

If you go to AARP.ORG/Mobile you can download the iPad app that has a mountain of information.

This video is a fine example of what happens to the brain when music is played to a patient whose love of music is evident in his former life and he is now struck with the heartbreaking illness of Alzheimers

Books of interest on the subject

Measure Of The Heart

A Life Stolen

Measure Of The Heart

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Did You Know – 05/18/2015

1. How to Prevent Running Shoe Blisters With a “Heel Lock” or “Lace Lock”

2.Little known fact about the Titanic that might surprise you!

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The swimming pool on the Titanic is still full.

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3. A new study finds a man’s memory fades faster with age than a woman’s. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, found that everyone’s memory skills and brain volume begin to deteriorate after age 30 but memory worsens faster in men than it des in women after age 40.
These changes are NOT linked to the brain-plaque build up typical of Alzheimer’s disease but is simply part of normal aging the researchers said.

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4. In Quebec, there is an old law that states margarine must be a different color than butter.
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5. Arnold Schoenberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. suffered from triskaidecphobia, the fear of the number 13. He died 13 minutes from midnight on Friday the 13th.

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6.James Dean died when his Porsche Spyder sports car crashed in 1955. The car was taken to a garage, where the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
The engine was then bought by a doctor who put it in his car and died in a car crash. Another driver in that same race was killed in his car,which had Dean’s driveshaft fitted into it. When the shell of Dean’s Porsche was later repaired and put on display, the showroom burned down.
Exhibited again in Sacramento, it fell of the stand on to a visitor, breaking his hip. Finally the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces sitting on steel supports.

Source; The Cursed car

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Ohio Man Buried Riding His Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

This is a wonderful story written in the Dayton Daily News. What a great effort for the family they should be proud of themselves.

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Billy Standley started planning to be buried astride his 1967 motorcycle about 18 years ago. His family carried out his wish Friday with a large Plexiglas casket.

As far back as his family can remember, Standley said he was going to be buried astride his Harley Davidson Electra Glide. They said the motorcycle helped him retain his sense of adventure after he settled down to raise four children in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, — quite a compromise for the man who made his start at the tender age of 13 as a ranch hand and rodeo rider.

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Standley began making the burial plans because when he died he didn’t just want to ride to heaven, he wanted the whole world to see him do it in a see-through coffin. This required a lot of preparation, and even more gumption.

He was a quirky man,” Brown said. “But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”

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He started by buying three extra burial plots at the Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, Ohio, next to his wife, Lorna. The land was big enough for the 9-by-11-foot cement septic tank able to accommodate his bike. His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. For five years, it sat in Standley’s garage and “if you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket,” Roy Standley said.

He was proud of it
His forethought proved advantageous after Standley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. Even as his mind wandered, his children or friends couldn’t forget his final wishes. When Standley succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 82, his plan rolled into action.

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The burial might have been bizarre, and a bit shocking, to those in Mechanicsburg, his family agreed. But they also know it’s only natural that Standley would want to make an entrance when he meets his maker.

He’d done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to,” Pete Standley said.

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Did You Know – 11/18/2013

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1. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first senses to be adversely affected by cognitive decline.
In patients with Alzheimer’s, the ability to smell peanut butter through the left nostril was found to be significantly impaired
“Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

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2. Men watch porn more than Woman. (You don’t say)
(source – University of Copenhagen)

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3. Reading a book is better for the brain than watching TV
Source – American Academy of Neurology

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4. There are three reasons a dog’s urine burns grass: an alkaline pH, concentrated (vs. dilute) urine, and nitrogen load. The most important factor of the three is urine pH.
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5. Walking 14.5km or 10 miles a week is linked to a 22% lower death rate among men. So there you are guys just take that little step and your health improves
Source- Harvard University

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Did You Know – 10/17/2013

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I am now Down Under and will be for a few months so here goes with a few Aussie and NZ ‘Did You Know’ Tip bits.

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  1. Most people eat 40% extra food after being given bad news, according to a US study.

images2 .That cinnamon may help ward off the Alzheimers disease due to two potentially desease fighting compound cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin. Source: University of California.

images3. According to the Australian Prevention magazine, Women cry 5.3 times a month and men tear up on an average 1.4 times a month.

30-happy-people-traits4. Dalai Lama said “choose to be optimistic, it feels better” and according to Harvard School of Public Health he is right. Cheerful people have fewer heart attacks and strokes higher levels of good HDL cholesterol and lover levels of triglycerides than the gloomiers. Another plus is that the more upbeat you are the more cancer-fighting carotenoids you have in your bloodstream. So Be Happy.

Unknown-25. 17% of Australian women who suffer from migraines compared to 6% of men. the reason is thought to be hormonal factors for women. Source: Prevention australia

Unknown-36. This is a good one, will have to try it next time. Oh let me think, yes have tried it and does ease the pain.

You can increase the time you are able to submerge your hands in ice – cold water if you swear at the same time. That is a UK study. Strange but true.

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