So, are you smart- or just motivated? When I was growing up, my elementary (K-9) school loved to test the heck out of us. I swear that I could have recited the test questions on the Stanford Binet Achievement test by heart, they tested us so often. This IQ test was actually used as a weapon by the school. Oh, no, they would never say that, but it was. You see, our grade was divided into two classes- the smart class and the dumb class. And, to be in the dumb class your IQ had to be 120. The smart class cut-off was a little less stringent, but it was somewhere around 140 or 150. (No, I am not making this up!)
I saw a play on Wednesday. The Moscows of Nantucket (run ends 12 June 2011). The actors were great. The play (by Sam Forman) had more than a few moments, but it tried too hard (in my opinion). But, it did provide food for thought. Here’s the plot, in a nutshell.
Been a funny week. First, some crazies promised us they would be raptured and we would be condemned. But, I knew better- the next day was a special one; my relatives (long, long ago) all survived in spite of the desire to kill us all. Then, not one- not two- not three- but four- folks considered chucking it all in (their businesses), feeling overwhelmed. After those talk downs, another dilemna- an impending divorce (over money, not love). [Before I forget, PLEASE read (or re-read) this post about family finances.] And, if that were not enough, we are preparing a new service offering. Continue reading Are you ready? Really, ready?
You know that expression, “Do as I say, not as I do?”. I am not a fan of it at all. But, there’s new preliminary research (much more work must be done before we can prognosticate with certainty) that may make this posting one of “Do as I say, I’ll be joining the ranks imminently!” Given that introduction, we can proceed.
We have a tremendous problem here in America (and the world). We are becoming fat and lazy. Invariably, that means diabetes is on the rise. Inevitably, that means kidney failure is imminent. (And, some of us are already on that fast track, just because of our genes!). I know we all need to lose weight (is this the pot calling the kettles black, or what?). But, isn’t there something else that can be done, too? (I don’t mean to develop another dialyzer; a stem-cell kidney replacement would be nice. But, I am hoping for a preventive measure, and…)
I ran across a fantastic article today (this was written almost a month ago, sorry) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Drs. Rockwood, Song, and Mitnitski, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, analyzed some long term data that obtains in the Canadian National Population Health Survey. The title of the article says it all: Changes in the relative fitness and frailty across the adult lifespan. They employed the data from seven 2 year cycles (starting in 1994-5, ending in 2008-9) of that study. The key performance indicators they examined were death, use of health services, and changes in health status. What made the report intriguing (to me, of course) was that the authors developed what they called the “frailty index”.
I recently talked about folic acid and cobalamin supplements for pregnant mothers. It turns out that vitamin B supplements may also work to slow down brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. If there is brain shrinkage, there is cognitive impairment (at least a mild case), and it often leads to the subject manifesting dementia.