Statins Associated with Less Cognitive Decline

Dementia I take my simvastatin every night before I go to bed and my mind is like a steel trap and I'm 62. Is it the simvastatin or am I just a sharp guy? I have a little CRS (can't remember shit) though. My colleague and friend, Garry, says its "nominal aphasia". While I can't remember the person's name I always remember what my problem is called.

The study appeared in the July 28,2008 issue of the journal, Neurology, and the summary appears on Physician First Watch on July 28, 2008. Here is what the Physician Watch article says:

Elderly people on statins showed a lower rate of cognitive decline than those not taking them, according to a prospective observational study in Neurology.

Researchers followed a population-based cohort over 5 years, examining the participants' medicine cabinets for prescription drug use and measuring their cognitive status annually. The cohort comprised nearly 1700 Mexican American subjects, all over age 60, roughly a quarter of whom took statins at some time during the study.

By the end of the study, those who'd taken statins were about half as likely to have developed either dementia or cognitive impairment without dementia as others in the cohort.

The authors point out that there have been no primary prevention trials of statins for dementia. Writing in Journal Watch Cardiology, Joel M. Gore says that such studies are needed "before statins are routinely deployed

I wonder if John McCain takes Statins? Watching him speak has left me with the impression that he has come cognitive difficulties.

Statins Associated with Less Cognitive Decline - Physician's First Watch.


Capitalism out of control leads to the deterioration of the American soul

Golden calf Most Americans are ignorant about foreign affairs. They believe in the myth that their country is pure, holy, always right and never wrong, advocates for freedom and democracy around the world. This, of course, is not true, is far from the truth, and is contradicted by the facts.

The United States is greedy, materialistic, and has advocated for and operated on its economic interests in foreign affairs since the second world war. The United States is run by a bunch of plutocrats who are in bed with the corporations, and the politicians do the corporations bidding for the corporations support in elections, and then the politicians are expected to support the corporate interests and not the welfare of the people the politicians were elected to serve.

The quote of the day today gives a brief history of the U.S. activities in fucking with Iran. It goes on to this day and is about oil.

Perhaps, even if Americans were knowledgeable and not ignorant, still the American public would support its government's colonial manipulations in the service of capitalism trampling on the rights of others around the world. Americans are a pretty greedy bunch who serve Mammon diligently with Black Friday being one of the highest holy days of the year. When terror and anxiety fill the public after 9/11, the President of the United States does not tell his subjects to turn to God, but rather he tells them to go shopping.

Greed and materialism fuel the American psyche and the daily report of the stock market performance has taken the place of daily prayer.

Considering capitalism out of control and the required trampling of human rights and human dignity in the process, it pains me to witness the deterioration of the American soul dissipating while worshiping at the altar of the golden calf.


Quote of the day

"1953 - At the behest of the British government, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower approves a covert operation to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq, Iran's democratically elected leader. Mosaddeq had been a driving force behind the nationalization of British oil holdings in Iran. With the help of British and American funds, along with direct CIA assistance, his government was replaced by the dictatorship of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlav, whose rule would last until the Islamic revolution of 1979."

Adbusters magazine, #79


The collective unconscious and net neutrality- the connection

Netneu Andrew Boyd in his book, Daily Afflictions, defines "The Collective Unconscious"  this way: "An unspoken, consensual hallucination of social order that permits the individual to mask any responsibility he or she might feel for government wrongdoing or social ills in a web of numbed-out apathy and mass denial." p.91

Having read Rick Shenkman's book, Just How Stupid Are We?, I have thought a great deal about what is wrong with "We, The People". I am coming to the conclusion that we are not stupid in the intellectual sense although there is plenty of evidence that we are, but rather than we are unaware as a people and that, in this age, is causing great problems.

The problem that The People face is not an intellectual one but rather a psychological and spiritual one.

In a sense, Americans have been brainwashed and we are in denial because of the soporific effect of our materialism and greed. Because of materialism and greed we are willing to allow Wal Mart to come into our communities and destroy our local economies, we are willing to destroy the planet driving gas gussling vehicles, we are willing to discard tons of plastics and garbage that pollute our lands and seas, we are willing to let our children become obese and narcissistic in ways that would leave their grandparents and great grandparents horrified, we are willing to elect leaders who promise us the moon and then wreak havoc on the world for spurious reasons while forcing us and future generations to pay for their exploitive policies.

The collective unconscious allows us to continue to live in a delusional world that becomes increasingly dysfunctional because of the collusion of political and corporate power used to keep Americans anesthetized on cheap material goods, fast food, and entertainment.

There are pockets of awareness but no social institutions which nurture it except perhaps blogs on the Internet. Net neutrality is a huge issue upon which the future of the soul of America is based. Without the Internet, the information, encouragement, and inspiration for we The People to become conscious is severely constrained.

One of the most important campaign issues for 2008 is net neutrality. Let's bring this issue to the fore for once and for all. The soul of America depends on the net staying free. It is the hope of awakening the slumbering masses who have been sedated by shopping.

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Capitalism out of control

I have started reading Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine, and it is one of those epiphany experiences where the light bulb goes on and I think to myself, "Holy Shit, that explains it."

Shock doctrine is a very exciting book for me because Klein brings a lot of events together with government policies which finally make sense for me. My initial impression is that the title of the book could also have been, "Capitalism out of control: How greed destroyed America and wreaked havoc in the rest of the world."

In the name of capitalism, the U.S. govenment has been increasingly privatizing previous government functions by outsourcing these services to private companies making political supporters rich on the public's dollar. It is a neat scheme to keep the politicians in power giving the public's money away to their cronies crowing about less government while they rob the public coffers and turn power over to the corporations to run the country.

It is time that Americans became aware of the new paradigm since they are ones paying for it and suffering under it.

I will be writing more about this topic in coming weeks and will tag these posts "Capitalism out of control".


Suicidal soliders is not so much a mental health problem as a spiritual crisis

Suicidal soldiers Reading about the increased incidence of sucides in the military and the huge numbers of soldiers with PTSD has gotten me interested in something which very few people in American society talk about and that is what Dr. Rachel MacNair calls "Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress", PITS.

PITS is the anguish and guilt which one human being feels when he/she kills another human being. This has been increasinly labeled as a mental health problem which it surely is, but even more, it is a spiritual problem in my view. All the mental health treatment in the world, and all the medications cannot absolve the guilt induced by the willful, deliberate killing of another human being.

There is a good article that attempts to describe this problem which was published in the Seattle Times 4 years ago on July 21, 2004. Here is a snippet:

Tucked behind a gleaming machine gun, Sgt. Joseph Hall grins at his two companions in the Humvee.

"I want to know if I killed that guy yesterday," Hall says. "I saw blood spurt from his leg, but I want to be sure I killed him."

The vehicle goes silent as the driver, Spc. Joshua Dubois, swerves around asphalt previously uprooted by a blast.

"I'm confused about how I should feel about killing," says Dubois, who has a toddler back home. "The first time I shot someone, it was the most exhilarating thing I'd ever felt."

Dubois turns back to the road. "We talk about killing all the time," he says. "I never used to talk this way. I'm not proud of it, but it's like I can't stop. I'm worried what I will be like when I get home."

The men aren't Special Forces soldiers. They're troops with the Army's 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment serving their 14th month in Iraq, much of it in daily battles. In 20 minutes, they will come under attack again.

Many soldiers and Army psychiatrists say these constant conversations about death help troops come to grips with the trauma of combat. But mental-health professionals within and outside the military point to the chatter as evidence of preventable anguish.

It is very difficult for us as a nation to face up to the immoral and illegal war which we have perpetrated and are paying for which was based on lies and deceit by our government, let alone for our soldiers who have actually killed other human beings, civilians, women, children, for reasons that are not clear at behest of psychopathic and irresponsible leaders. What does this killing do to a person's soul other than lead to anguish, revulsion, self-recrimination, and too often self destruction in one form or another.

Families of these suffering souls have wanted to be proud of their relative's service and to believe it was for a good cause, but the truth does not match the delusion. The inability of people back home to "understand", let alone accept, the truth, leaves the suffering soldier even more isolated and tormented.

What is the answer to the spiritual suffering? The truth and repentence. Will McCain or Obama lead us there? I doubt it very much unless we as a country are willing to face our demons and admit that what has been done in our name is wrong. Witnessing the suicides and PTSD of our returning soldiers fortunately or unfortunately won't let us ignore or forget the heinous acts they have been asked and compelled to do in our name. The guilt belongs to us all not just to the perpetrators, but they are the more active participants while we just watch, cheer them on, and lie to them telling them they are doing grand, honroable, and glorious things when deep in their souls they know better.

I intend to write more on this topic so I am adding a new category to my blog today called Perpetration induced stress.

Nation & World | Soldiers trained to kill, not to cope | Seattle Times Newspaper.

 

Suicide of troops only one symptom of National spiritual dysfunction in the U.S.A.

I passed a car this morning that had a yellow ribbon on it which said "Support The Troops", and a decal on it which said, "Thank them for their service protecting our country." And I wondered to myself how do you thank people who are engaged in immoral and illegal activity of waging a pre-emptive war for a corrupt government than has waged war based on lies?

The Nurmeburg trials after World War II developed the principle that "just following orders" does not absolve a person from legal and moral guilt. The fact is that many of our troops are engaged in illegal and immoral activities, activities which they cannot justify to themselves or to others and so when they return home "from duty", from engaging in these activities they are killing themselves in greater and greater numbers.

Our chauvanistic and patriotic jingoism does not help these soldiers at all because they know what they did, and they are not proud, and they cannot say anything when they are being falsely adulated, and continued to be lied to that they have done brave and noble things.

What our soldiers and our country needs more than anything is the truth, because it is the truth that sets people free not lies in spite of what the current administration tells us.

When American soldiers choose suicide over life back in the U.S.A. that should tell us something. They know something we don't know and that is that our spirit is seriously broken and corrupted as a nation.

Truth, honesty, repentence, forgiveness, exoneration, reconciliation are badly needed in our national soul and the prophetic leadership is sadly lacking. Until it emerges our returning troops will continue to suffer and kill themselves.

It is a mistake to view the suicide and psychiatric crises in our returning veterans as mental health problems alone. At the core they are spiritual problems, and Americans as a whole share a spiritual responsibility for the state of our nation's soul. The suicide of our soldiers is only one symptom of serious spiritual dysfunction of our country.

James Jenkins was a Marine who served two rotations in Iraq. He became increasingly agitated and dispairing over the 212 people he states he killed and he told his mother he didn't understand why he was there. It seems that a very promising, bright, hard working, intelligent young man joined the service "for college money" and "to serve his country" only to find out that the "service" involved unspeakable activities that he would rather kill himself for than have to live with. It is a very sad commentary on how the current administration and our country has exploited its youth and their potential for very dishonorable , deceiftul, and destructive policies.

The blood of James Jenkins, the 212 people he killed, and the thousands and millions who have suffered because of this tragic policy falls on George Bush and his ilk and all the idiots in this country who voted for them.

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Psychologists engage in torture and war crimes

On Friday, July 18, 2008, Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, interviewed Jane Mayer, the author of the new book, The Dark Side, about the role that psychologists, and the APA played in torturing prisoners in the so-called "War On Terror".

It seems that America has lost its way under the Bush administration and has engaged in war crimes. Americans have lost their ideals under this administration as they have watched their leaders justify and engage in policies and behaviors that  disregard human rights, dignity, and justice.

It seems ironic that a President who engaged in illicit sex in the White House is impeached, while a President who is an international war criminal is ignored. What has happened to the American people?

Amy Goodman's interview is well worth listening to or watching. You can do so by clicking on the link below which will take you to the show on the Democracy Now web site.

Here is part of the interview. It lasts 8:29


Democracy Now! | July 18, 2008.