The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Health Notes

Here is research about the mechanism that might cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Is it safe to give antipsychotic medication to Alzheimer’s patients?

A vaccine against Alzheimer’s disease is said to have possibly cleared plaque from the brains of mice. The vaccine was delivered in a patch. This is one reason I like to blog about health: often there is good news like this that tends to give one hope.

Apparently Gisele Bundchen blames anorexia on family influences, not the fashion industry. A group of researchers says she is wrong, at least, I guess, about the family part. I wouldn’t necessarily blame families, but I do know that some mothers can be very supportive, and some mothers can make things worse. Maybe Gisele is not right in her position, but she may not be all wrong.

Judith Wurtman and Nina Frusztajer Marquisin their book The Serotonin Power Diet say that we need carbohydrates for a variety of reasons, but especially to help make serotonin and to give the body energy.

Some supplements may harm the eyes, including chamomile, ginkgo biloba, licorice, vitamin A and Echinacea.

Here is an article about how the body deals with fat intake and exercise.

Taking calcium supplements may help people who have had noncancerous colorectal tumors, called adenomas. And if you are a woman who is dieting to lose weight, taking calcium and vitamin D may have a beneficial effect on your cholesterol. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Do some SSRI antidepressants increase the risk of bone fractures in older adults?

Zonisamide has been mentioned lately, mainly because it is a component of the anti-obesity drug Excalia. Now they are saying that Zonisamide (Zonegran), an anticonvulsant, might help treat binge eating.

Do you want to keep your child healthy in winter? Don’t wash his or her hair just before bedtime.





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