Sunday, July 24, 2016


Yes, there's pill -- a possible new approach to Alzheimer's  that may be a way of curing the disease before you get it.

Hey, one third of Americans over 85 are already affected  by Alzheimer's. Globally, 50 million are living with dementia. Since 2000 more than 200 Alzheimer's drugs have been tested; only a handful of drugs can  relieve some of the worst problems of memory loss and confusion.

In this issue of Time Magazine, we are told about Dr. Frank Longo, top neurologist at Stanford University -- his very impressive background, and the drug Longo created -- LM11A-31, that he calls C31. It's currently in Phase two of testing; the first Phase proved it was safe for humans to take. Right now, it is being tested on people with the disease to see if it ameliorates their symptoms. After Phase two, it will be on its way to being approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr Longo's drug can treat the disease before "amyloid"  (waxy sticky protein) appears in the brain.
Amyloid appears sometimes decades before there are any symptoms. If treatment begins before there is too much damage to various cognitive processes, the damage can be reversed. Therefore, Longo wants all adults to be tested for amyloids when they're relatively young.

Huh? What age does the Doc mean -- age 65, age 50, or younger -- 30 or 40? This sticky stuff -- what causes sticky protein to form -- diet, genes -- is it related to diabetes, sedentary existence? I waded through this six page cover story, without finding specific answers, just more about Longo's approach and other doctors' strategies. If you want to read it, click Alzheimer's From a New Angle.

I read the other sections in this issue about fear of dying, and what other things you can do to live longer, like getting your 23 chromosomes analyzed by 23AND ME, a DNA testing website that tells you what you can expect to go wrong with you as you grow older.

Hurray for the sciences that give us information about the dangers for us as we travel down the road. NO, I wouldn't enroll in 23AND ME, but gee, yes, oh YES, I would take Dr. Longo's test.

I want my brain to keep functioning, growing, getting wiser, and keep on being busy -- busier than ever -- working and learning and creating every single-wingle day of my life.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


John Cullum explains why and how he became a penny-pincher.

Emily Frankel reveals that John Cullum is utterly extravagant when it comes to buying anything for her. She teases him about being an HUGE over-tipper.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Are you stressed? I AM. The news stresses me -- the troubles everywhere in the world, and what's happening in our country. 
Would Ayurveda help? (It's alternative medicine, traditional in India, that seeks to treat body, mind, and spirit using diet,  herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy.)

Wolfgang Preuss spent two decades in Germany installing phones, faxes, outfitting TV and radio studios. When he realized that he was chain-smoking, fixated on caffeine and alcohol, he visited an Ayurvedic Center.

Emerging from a ten day stay, the newly calm, convert Preuss refocused his life in order to set up a Ayurvedic clinic in Germany. After an exhaustive search, he bought a very old building outside Frankfurt, and went to work on renovating it, paying meticulous attention to Ayurvedic principles -- using "natural" material, even for walls and floors, as well as plumbing, piping in drinking water from a spring a few miles away in a suburban parkland.

In 1993 he opened "Parkschlosschen" with a resident staff of specialists -- doctors and therapists trained in Ayurvedic meditation, massage, skin brushing, herbal inhalations, as well as cooks expertly able to provide vegetarian meals (no coffee, tea, alcohol, sugar, meat or any animal products), except the one essential that is used in Ayurvedic medicine for detoxification -- clarified butter, that's called "ghee." (pronounced the way we say "gee" when surprised.) It's butter that's been boiled, strained. It helps brain functions, sleep disorders, and alertness.

Being an enterprising cook myself, with sleep problems and a big desire to improve brain functions, I searched and found a recipe.
1 pound butter
Place butter in saucepan
Medium-high heat, bring to a boil for 2 to 3minutes, reduce heat,
Butter forms a foam that disappears; second foam forms on top of butter.
Butter turns  golden.
After 7 to 8 minutes, brown milk solids will be in  bottom of pan.
Pour and strain residue (use strainer or cheesecloth)
Store in airtight container.

All the Ayurvedic routines sound like something to try if you are an insomniac, depressed, and stressed. The Parkschlosschen Clinic, which has been successfully treating older people since it opened, now has many guests their thirties. 

If you, like me, would like to know more about how you might utilize this alternative medicine by yourself where you live, here's the link: WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH.

Gee, it might be fun to clarify some butter ... Gee, I can buy it on line -- 7.5 oz.  $6.95!! We'll try Ghee on our bagels in the morning!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


The Washington Post blared perturbing news, scary news, about NUKES AND FLOPPY DISKS!! 

The "Nukes and Floppy Disks" article was quoted, repeated, in -- wow -- all the major U.S. and UK  newspapers. It was a news alert on CNN, CBS-TV, ABC-TV,  FOX TV, and BBC. I heard well-known anchors, columnists, and reporters express grave concern.

Apparently, old IBM computers that use 8-inch floppy disks, are currently being used to coordinate key strategic forces such as nuclear bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Pentagon confirms this. The U.S Government Accountability Office confirms this. They are also saying that those IBM computers which were manufactured in the early seventies will continue to be used until the end of 2017.

Why?  Because updating government computers, memory banks, data, history, files, reports will be a massive job -- aside from installing new equipment and renovating thousands of offices, everything that the government is using now will need to be replaced and re-located as well as re-checked, and updated.  

Summing up the decision not to change what's working now, the US Government says "Using old systems disconnected from digital networks is a buffer against hackers. Low tech is safer tech."

My reaction to this news is

So, I'm including this sort of down-to-earth, unemotional video.