Former justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced she has dementia.  I lost both of my parents to Alzheimer’s Disease.  I read a lot of information about the disease.

I’ve mentioned before that I grew up eating garbage. I believe it affected my behavior, ie: sliding down the stairwell over and over. Bumpity, bump, bump, bump. Back up and bumpity, bump, bump, bump.

If my mother called the Early Intervention hotline: “Yes, hi, my child is sliding down the stairwell around five hundred times consecutively. What has she eaten today? Frosted Wheaties, Pop Tarts and maybe two or five glasses of Tang. Why do you ask?”

My parents ate junk food every day throughout their life. Hamburger Helper, deviled ham, flimsy orange things posed as cheese, Twinkies. Mom made potatoes from a box. Who thought of that weird concept?

Today’s headline predicts that by 2060 the rate of Alzheimer’s will double. There is no cure. Pfizer announced it will stop research into developing drugs after many failed and costly attempts.

In 2017 Science Daily published this article:

Lund University


New research has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease.

Unsolicited advice:  Do not bring up gut bacteria at a party. People walk away and find someone else to talk to.

The diet connection to disease is a heated topic. One reason is because it would mean having to give up Chick-fil-A, french fries and Breyers mint chocolate chip ice cream.  It would mean spending time cooking instead of zoning out to CNN to catch up on how fucked up the world is.

In 1972 scientist John Ludkin published Pure, White and Deadly. “Lustig is one of a growing number of scientists who don’t just believe sugar makes you fat and rots teeth. They’re convinced it’s the cause of several chronic and very common illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It’s also addictive, since it interferes with our appetites and creates an irresistible urge to eat.” Add in mental health issues as well.

This cracks me up: Coca-Cola came out with a marketing campaign to increase sales after many consumers have cut down on soda consumption.  “Taste the Feeling” is an attempt by the world’s fourth-largest advertiser to return to more straightforward “story telling” that explains the “benefits” of Coke’s various brands. Coke says the campaign focuses on “the simple pleasure of drinking a Coca-Cola, any Coca-Cola”.

Because how do you tout the benefit of high fructose corn syrup, caramel color and caffeine?


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