Happy Thursday to all! First of all, I found a new tool which rates blogs. If you notice, it’s on the right column. The star ratings go from 1 through 5 with 5 being the best. The higher the rating, the more people on the net will learn about dementias and LBD. By clicking on the link, it will take you to another website where you can vote anonymously. Consider doing your part to help spread the word about the aspects of dementia. I’m also posting a link to that page here.
Since starting this blog, I’ve learned more about dementia than I did during my entire medical career. I am astounded by what I read. There are so many hypotheses regarding the causes of dementia, how to prevent dementia and how to treat it.
Isn’t it funny that over the years, the do’s and don’ts of what we should and should not do, what we shoud and should not eat constantly change. One month, coffee is bad for you. The next month suddenly it’s OK to drink coffee. Now it’s been said that coffee and tea will prevent dementia. Of course, most of us wouldn’t balk about eating rich dark chocolate which is also claimed to help. So here are some of the latest “things” which I’ve read on the internet in the past 4 months.
Hypnosis now helps to prevent dementia. Well, hypnosis can help with a lot of problems. But some people are against hypnosis for personal reasons. And of course the coffee. No drinka da coffee. Oh, now’s there are new studies…….drinka da coffee. Hello~~~ There’s also the gingko stuff. For years, we were taught that gingko would help most anything including dementia. Oh now. Not now. Why waste your money on gingko—it doesn’t do anything to help to prevent dementia. Ah, yes. The wine. Drink wine, don’t drink wine, avoid alcohol. Now they’re saying a little bit of wine or alcohol is good for you.
Of course there are the standard positive ideas such as relaxation, exercise, music and weight loss. Socialization is also good. Lord, have mercy! Next month there will be an article saying, “Be by yourself more. Don’t be around so many people. It’s not good for you.” “Don’t take any vitamins especially B12.
Now for the real kickers! I just recently read that mild smoking can help prevent dementia. What??? Isn’t that kind of counter-intuitive? And the one that nearly made me orgiastic — smoke some marijuana. It’ll help to prevent dementia as well as to keep it controlled if you already have it. Bring it on! Let me go score some “good weed.” Now, I’m not Bill Clinton. I have tried smoking marijuana when I was much younger and I did inhale it. Personally speaking, I felt as though I was demented after I did it. And of course, the munchies, the red eyes and the dry mouth. Not to mention constipation. No, I didn’t continue to smoke marijuana. I just didn’t like it (and I still wonder how others crave it). I felt more demented after smoking that 1 joint than I do now when I actually have some dementia.
Where to go from here? I think we should just live a life of hedonism…eat, drink and be merry. Get drunk everyday, smoke a couple packs of cigarettes all day as you sip that java. Of couse, don’t exercise and don’t speak to anyone more than you have to. Remember, smiling and laughter can make you get Alzheimer’s disease. Eat cookes, cakes, pies, ice cream and all the candy you can. The sugar makes you feel good and happy. After all, we’re all taught that the brain needs a lot of glucose to function. Please, don’t take any vitamins. We get all we need in this day and age of processed food. Did I mention brain games, training and puzzles. Avoid these at all costs. They make you work your brain too much which causes it to wear out which then makes the brain start to rot and to degenerate. And isn’t dementia just a pretty name for rotting of the brain?
Oh, I’ve learned so much. I will not take any more daily showers. Eat plenty of maple leaves deep fried in rich trans fats covedred with plenty of uniodized salt. And I will avoid healthy fiber at any cost!
Oops! How did I forget the vitamin D?
Blogging to do list:
- Post on delusions and hallucinations
- Do book review on “Could it be Dementia“
- Do book review on “Behind the Mask“
- Do book review on “Living with Lewys“