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Dr. Lane’s thoughts XII (special edition) Sarah “Huckster” Sanders

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Dr. Lane’s thoughts XII (special edition) Sarah “Huckster” Sanders

I know that the US President Trump is a nasty, rude, racist white supremist with only a fleeting relationship to integrity, honest, or patriotism.  I get it; I understand that people who share his views and using the odd system in the US called the electoral college.  The electoral college, with support from a Republican-controlled legislatures, created the weird-shaped districts through gerrymandering to create white-dominated areas that elected him.

OK, Trump is true to his elitist white-priviliged roots.  He is true to his upbringing by a racist father who lost his first son to alcoholism and reluctantly passed on his empire to a son he was so disappointed with that he sent him away to military school.

I understand that Trump hates anyone who speaks truth or honesty to him and he is riled by the press who he calls “fake news” when they point out the thousands of lies he has stated since his inaguration.

Like I have written – he is true to himself.

I can’t comprehend his cadre of people who repeat his lies and, especially, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (“Sarah HuckaSanders”) who has a special level of hell waiting for herself.

She uses the altering of language, the denial of comprehension, the outright reversal of statements to cover up, confuse, and alienate the American people without an iota of shame.

She is a combination of obstructing lawyer, priviliged white woman, and angry 7-year old on a daily basis with her false statements to the press, her denial of facts even when presented to her and her facetious surprise at routine questions. 

I admire her ability to speak the lies of her employer which would burn in the mouth of any other person or be hard to repeat without the blackest of hearts.

Being the spokesperson for a wannabe dictator deserves the greatest condemnation I can offer.

Shame, shame, shame.

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First Biomarker Evidence Autism Is Linked to DDT

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First Biomarker Evidence Autism Is Linked to DDT

Elevated levels of a dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) metabolite in pregnant women provide the first biomarker evidence that the banned insecticide is implicated in autism in children, new research shows.
“This study provides the first evidence, using a marker of an insecticide in the blood, that a pregnant mother’s exposure to this organic pollutant is related to an increased risk of autism in her offspring. Previous studies were based, for example, on proximity to sites that were contaminated with these pollutants,” lead investigator Alan S. Brown, MD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

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Three Eye Conditions Linked to Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

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Three Eye Conditions Linked to Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

Three eye diseases have been linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), results of a large, longitudinal, population-based study suggest.
Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy (DR) were associated with a 40% to 50% increased risk for AD.
Participants recently diagnosed with glaucoma had a 46% increased likelihood of developing AD. Similarly, the risk among those recently diagnosed with AMD or diabetic retinopathy had a 50% increased AD risk compared with their counterparts without these conditions.
Although the study evaluated individuals with degenerative eye conditions for subsequent risk for AD or all-cause dementia, there is a potential for the association to be bidirectional. When neurologists evaluate patients for possible dementia, they may also want to ask about eye health, she said.  
The study was published online August 8 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

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Dr. Lane’s Thoughts XI

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1) Please be aware that if your source of medical knowledge comes from commercials that market various products then you are truly uneducated and confused about the world.  This type of knowledge is exactly the same as using porn as your source to understand either men or women.

Commericals sell products and their only purpose is to give you the impression that you need their product to solve your issue.  They do not either claim to be honest or informative for the consumer and you should only use them as a base to find out more if you are curious.

2) The trouble with other people that you have relationships with — romantic is probably what I am referring to – is that we deeply feel that not making things right with them will lead to their rejection and our lives will be worse because of this.  The very reason that we seek out another person is to replace something missing in our lives – affection, acceptance, money, and so on – that we lacked before we met them.  We fear that loss more than the person who gives that to you.

3) Obese people have shorter lives and even those who are just overweight spend more years living with heart disease than individuals who are a healthy weight. For middle-aged men 40 to 59 years old, the odds of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure or death from cardiovascular causes was 21 percent higher for overweight individuals than for those at a normal weight. Overweight middle-aged women had 32 percent higher odds of having a heart condition or dying from it.  There is no such thing as “fat and fit”  – it is only a matter of time before this extra weight becomes the basis for diabetes and/or high blood pressure.

I see people who are obese in my office and I am amazed with their excellent blood pressure and their good diabetes readings.  I know that eventually they will get these conditions and since I see them every year or two years I see exactly what I just wrote about – they end up with these conditions and often severely.
Please take care of your weight – it is your destiny.

4) I want to comment on the issue of stupidity:  if you don’t read then you are stupid (“those who can read but don’t are just as illiterate as those who can’t read”), if you have not learned anything since high school or college then you are stupid, if you get all your information from TV or videos instead of a newspaper or magazines that can explore the topic in depth then you are being told your views and aren’t forming them on your own – so you are stupid, if you don’t know any people outside of the groups you are part of (black, latin, or white, college-educated or not college-educated, young or old, born in this country or not) then you are stupid – basically I declare you stupid if you have never explored another viewpoint to understand the world through a different set of eyes or opinions.  The world is close by and it is amazing – get out there are explore so that I don’t have to declare you stupid!

5) In every couple there is one person with a “tormented soul” – tormented about their life choices, their kids, the family that they grew up in, the family that they wish they had grown up in, their neighbors, their wants and desires, their appearance – whatever the basis, they are tormented by this topic (or more than one topic) and they make this their constant theme.  

Relationships cannot support two tormented souls so those tend to be short-lived. The “tormented one” has no patience or time to support the other tormented soul.  Like the true mentally ill, tormented people are short-term mentally ill and the issues have to play themselves out until either they calm down or a new crisis interrupts their current topic of torment (real or in their heads).

6) This morning (3/30/2018) I read about another DOT medical examiner being caught doing the exams wrong (try NOT doing the exams correctly – intentionally) and putting 2000 truck drivers in trouble with the DOT.  They all have to do their exams again.

I am a chiropractor.  I graduated UBCC in 2008.

Every time I read about an examiner who fails to do these exams correctly (AL, GA, and CA) it is always a chiropractor! Investigated by the federal government in each case! I am so mad I can only describe it as “white hot burning anger that almost blinds me” – how dare these doctors make my profession look so bad in the eyes of the public!!

Yes, I hold myself out as an especially conscientous doctor who does these exams absolutely correctly.  Safety Lane has standards and upholds these exams at the highest level of integrity.  I would feel great shame if I was found to be intentionally making errors to benefit myself.

So why am I so angry?  Take whatever group that you are part of – Equadorian, Polish, Jewish, black – and think about someone representing your group wearing some symbol that makes them “loud and proud” – a t-shirt, carrying your flag or a sign with your symbols, your national colors, or a message unique to your group – and see them doing something reprehensible and against the moral order: urinate or defecate in public, molest a child, abuse their spouse, and so on.  How do you feel about them now as they represent you?

It is not enough to walk around loudly proclaiming that this person doesn’t represent all of your group – they already have done just that and the public will see all of your group this way.  Now you understand my anger.

7) Under Trump the word “conservative” has taken on the additional deefinition of “racist”.  This should not be so.  One is a view of politics and the other is a view of people.

Conservatives should be working hard to separate these two words before the inevitable occurs and innocent people who adhere to a political philosophy become enmeshed with a worldview that should be abhorrent to all decent people.

8) Sometimes it seems that people live their lives in cliches – the nagging wife, the man who escapes from the home by going to a bar, the deceptive children trying to get away with something from their parents.  Do the cliches exist because that is what people do or do people do these things because they have seen the cliches and feel a need to repeat them?

9) I don’t know what to make of this next thought: am I writing it because this was not the world I grew up in or is it because I think it will lead to trouble for the people I am writing about down to road – the delayed adolescence and infantilization of young adults (those over 21).  

I see it every day – parents paying the bills, fines, expenses of their “children” as their children lead lives of dubious maturity.

I think we all wish that this had been our lives – support until we make it in the world and can pay our own way.  The problem is that what usually occurs is that the young “adult” uses their paycheck on fun and uses their parents’ money for “expenses” (e.g. the real expenses of life).  This goes on as long as the parents have the money or the willingness to foot the bill or the “child” decides to pay their own bills or grows resentful of the parents’ demands that are connected to receiving this monthly payment.

10) In the world of medicine today it is considered that in the developed world that more than 50% (some say 80% or more) of the medical problems of people are due to lifestyle choices.

Let’s break these words down:

Lifestyle – the way you live your life and make decisions about where to live, eat, move, and what you wear.

Choices – you decide between many options and find the one that you like.

I see this every day: people eat the wrong foods and gain weight.  They could choose other foods but they don’t because it may involve tangible issues such as cost, preparation, comfort (the food choice makes them feel less stress), or easy of access.

Poor lifestyle choices also include living in a polluted or unsafe location, failure to get adequate exercise and the most dangerous choices: smoking and drinking alcohol.  

No good can come from smoking anything.  Your lungs must be pristine to work properly.  Don’t pollute your lungs.

Alcohol has some redeeming values but excess is a one-way street to organ failure.

If you have people who care about you, if you have people who would miss you if you die, if you have people who you take care of then please choose your lifestyle better.

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High Blood Pressure May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

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High Blood Pressure May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers say hypertension in older adults can cause tangles and plaques to form in the brain. Both are common markers of Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s well-documented that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease.

Now, new research suggests that hypertension can also seriously affect your brain — perhaps to the point of developing some of the primary markers of Alzheimer’s disease.

High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood pushing against the inside of our blood vessels is too high.

High blood pressure causes harm by stressing the heart and blood vessels. They have to work harder, and they become less efficient.

According to the Mayo Clinic, over time this stress damages the delicate tissues inside your arteries.

Eventually, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, sometimes called bad cholesterol, collects along tiny tears in the artery walls. This causes the arteries to narrow, a condition called atherosclerosis. This increases blood pressure.

As this damage increases, the arteries become narrower.

This raises blood pressure even further, starting a process that can lead to problems ranging from irregular heartbeat to heart attack to stroke.

New research recently published in the journal Neurology now indicates that older people with higher average blood pressure compared to their peers are also more likely to develop tangles and plaques in their brain.

Both are markers of Alzheimer’s disease.

What the study showed
The study included 1,288 participants age 65 or older. About two-thirds were women.

The participants received annual blood pressure checks and cognitive testing.

Researchers also kept track of the participants’ medical histories and the medications they took.

Participants were required to allow a brain autopsy after death to look for signs of brain aging, such as tangles and plaques.

Researchers found that people who had higher than average blood pressure showed more dead brain tissue caused by strokes (blocked blood flow) as well as plaques and tangles.

“Tangles and plaques can happen when proteins that are normally produced in the body, break down to toxic forms that affect neurons in the brain,” explained Dr. Claudia Padilla, a neurologist affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center and an assistant professor of neurology at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

James Hendrix, PhD, director of global science initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, notes that the damage caused by toxic proteins is only part of the problem.

“A lack of proper blood flow to the brain can make the brain less able to work around damaged tissue,” Hendrix told Healthline.

He says this can make any symptoms of brain tissue damage significantly worse.

Not necessarily proof
Padilla notes that because this recent research was an observational study, the findings don’t actually prove that high blood pressure caused the signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

“How higher average late-life blood pressure may increase tangles and plaques in the brain wasn’t determined by this study,” she said.

However, Padilla agrees that “This study did find a clear association between higher blood pressure in later life and the presence of protein tangles and plaques symptomatic of Alzheimer’s.”

Hendrix says it’s important to recognize the relationship between high blood pressure and cognitive functioning. “While this study doesn’t prove that hypertension causes Alzheimer’s, it will increase the risk of vascular dementia, which impacts cognitive ability in large numbers of people.”

Regardless, Padilla considers controlling blood pressure an important strategy to prevent cognitive decline.

“Recent research suggests that hypertension in midlife can increase the risk of dementia, specifically vascular dementia, if high blood pressure is not well-controlled with antihypertensive medications,” she said.

Higher pressure, more damage
The study participants had an average systolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart beats) of 134 and an average diastolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart relaxes) of 71.

However, over half had a history of high blood pressure and roughly 90 percent of them had been prescribed drugs for hypertension.

Researchers found that as systolic blood pressure rises, so does the risk of tissue damage.

For example, having a systolic reading of 147 was found to increase the risk of developing brain lesions by 46 percent.

Hendrix says that this type of damage can “seriously impact brain function.”

“Brain lesions, caused by stroke or other factors, may significantly affect memory, thinking, and behavior. Many people can develop depression and anxiety,” said Padilla.

Controlling hypertension
High blood pressure can cause an array of serious health problems, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

For people already living with hypertension, “Previous studies have already shown that patients on blood pressure medication had less cognitive decline than untreated individuals with hypertension,” says Padilla.

For everyone else, Padilla recommends “exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, cutting back on salt, and not smoking” as some of the lifestyle approaches that will help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.

According to Hendrix, people should keep in mind that “what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.”

However, Hendrix cautions that the current blood pressure recommendations are intended for people in middle age.

He says lower blood pressure in older adults can cause other issues.

Low blood pressure can cause dizziness, leading to falls or other accidents,” he says.

Hendrix concludes, “What we really need is more specific research on blood pressure in older populations.”

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Happy birthday COLOMBIA!!


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An Orange a day may prevent age-related vision loss

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If you want to prevent losing your vision as you age and keep your eyes healthy, eat oranges daily, says a study led by an Indian origin researcher.

Macular degeneration is a condition associated with old age that causes vision loss at the centre of the field of vision. 

The results showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than 60 per cent reduced the risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later, probably due to flavonoids present in oranges that help prevent vision loss. 

Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.

“Essentially we found that people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” said lead researcher Bamini Gopinath from the University of Sydney.

“Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits,” she added.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the team interviewed more than 2,000 people aged over 50 and followed them over a period of 15 years.

Gopinath explained that previously most of the researches had focused on the effects of common nutrients such as Vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.

The team also looked at other flavonoid-containing foods like tea, apple, red wine. However, they did not find any relation between other sources and protection of eyes against the disease.

Age is the strongest known risk factor and the disease is more likely to occur after the age of 50. There is currently no cure for the disease.

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More Than 90 Percent Of Smokers Using E-cigarettes Still Smoking A Year Later

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More Than 90 Percent Of Smokers Using E-cigarettes Still Smoking A Year Later

Users of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States are no more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than people who don’t use such devices, according to a study by a group of tobacco researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.
The researchers found “no evidence” that ENDS as they have been marketed and used in the U.S. are effective at helping smokers quit at a population level, despite anecdotal reports that some smokers have found them useful.
“Absent any meaningful changes, ENDS use among adult smokers is unlikely to be a sufficient solution to obtaining a meaningful increase in population quit rates,” the authors wrote in a newly released article in the journal PLOS ONE. “We observed no instance where ENDS users were more likely to quit (smoking cigarettes) than non-ENDS users.”
At the end of the one-year study, the researchers found 90 percent of “dual users” (people who used ENDS and traditional cigarettes at the start of the study) were still smoking. Among the dual users, nearly 54 percent were smoking cigarettes as well as using ENDS after a year, and more than 37 percent were still smoking cigarettes but had stopped using ENDS.
The researchers also found that users of e-cigarettes and related products were more likely to try to quit smoking, but those attempts did not translate into greater success. Even study participants who said they were using ENDS to help them stop smoking (a majority of ENDS users) were less likely to manage to quit than those who did not use the devices.
Results of the study are published in an article titled “Are Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Helping Cigarette Smokers Quit? Evidence from a Prospective Cohort Study of U.S. Adult Smokers, 2015-2016.” Dr. Scott Weaver, assistant professor of epidemiology & biostatistics, is the lead author.”
“Many smokers are using ENDS in their smoking quit attempts, but these devices may not be providing a sufficiently satisfying nicotine delivery and overall user experience to completely supplant their smoking,” Weaver said. “Coordinated regulation aimed at improving the appeal and satisfaction of ENDS available to smokers, while reducing the nicotine levels in combustible tobacco products to non-addictive levels may be necessary for ENDS to have a meaningful role in reducing the staggering public health burden of smoking.”
The study analyzed the responses of 858 smokers who participated in an initial survey in late 2015 and a follow-up a year later as part of a national, online panel conducted by marketing research institute GfK.

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Smoke exposure during pregnancy and infancy tied to hearing loss

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Smoke exposure during pregnancy and infancy tied to hearing loss
Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health) – Kids exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb and early in infancy could have double the odds of developing hearing loss compared with children who were not exposed to tobacco at all, a Japanese study suggests.

While previous research suggests that adult smokers are at greater risk of hearing loss than nonsmokers, less is known about how much smoke exposure during infancy or pregnancy might impact hearing.

For the current study, researchers examined data on 50,734 children born between 2004 and 2010 in Kobe City, Japan. Overall, about 4 percent of these kids were exposed to smoking during pregnancy or infancy, and roughly 1 percent had tobacco exposure during both periods.

Hearing tests done when kids were 3 years old found that 4.6 percent of the children had hearing loss.

They were 68 percent more likely to have hearing loss if they were exposed to tobacco during pregnancy, and 30 percent more likely if they inhaled second-hand smoke during infancy, the study found.

When kids had smoke exposure during both periods, they were 2.4 times more likely than unexposed kids to have hearing loss.

Patients with the greatest risk of hearing impairment are those who are directly exposed to maternal smoking in the womb,” said Dr. Matteo Pezzoli, a hearing specialist at San Lazzaro Hospital in Alba, Italy.

Interestingly, the exposure to tobacco in early life seems to further strengthen the prenatal toxic effect,” Pezzoli, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

When pregnant women smoke, it may harm fetal brain development and lead to auditory cognitive dysfunction, Pezzoli added. Tobacco smoke may also damage sensory receptors in the ear that relay messages to the brain based on sound vibration.

Globally, about 68 million people have a hearing impairment that is thought to have originated in childhood, Koji Kawakami of Kyoto University in Japan and colleagues note in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Kawakami didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Researchers assessed children’s hearing using what’s known as a whisper test. For these tests, mothers stood behind their kids to prevent lip reading, then whispered a word while kids’ had one ear covered.

While this test is simple and considered an accurate way to assess hearing in adults and older children, there’s some concern about how reliable the results may be in young kids.

It’s considered more reliable when it’s done by trained clinicians and specialists and less reliable when it’s done by primary care providers, researchers note. It’s unclear how accurate study results based on tests administered by the children’s parents would be, researchers acknowledge.

The study also wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how tobacco exposure during pregnancy or infancy might directly cause hearing loss in kids.

“There was no standardized medical evaluation of hearing or examination of the ears by ear specialists,” said Dr. Michael Weitzman, a pediatrician and hearing researcher at New York University who wasn’t involved in the study.

“Moreover, the severity of hearing loss could not be ascertained in this study, and it did not follow up the children throughout their childhood so we do not know if what they found attenuated or got worse over time,” Weitzman said by email.

Still, the results add to the evidence linking tobacco exposure to hearing problems in kids, Weitzman said.

To protect children against hearing problems caused by cigarette smoke, it’s important for women to quit before they become pregnant or as soon as they discover they’re pregnant, said Huanhuan Hu, a researcher at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan who wasn’t involved in the study.

“To minimize the chance that their baby will be exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb, other family members should also quit, or at least not smoke at home or nearby the pregnant women,” Hu said by email.

SOURCE: bit.ly/2IAPU2W Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, online June 5, 2018.

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Chemical Triggers Breast Cancer

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S

A study reveals that chemicals found in cleaning materials, textiles, plastics, paper and some personal-care products can trigger breast cancer.
According to the senior author of the study, William Baldwin, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, the chemical called 4-nonylphenol binds to estrogen receptors in breast tissue which increases the risk for breast cancer.
Part of the problem is that the chemical, which mimics estrogen, may last longer in the body than natural estrogen.
How the Study was Conducted
Baldwin and his team compared the effects of giving differing doses of the chemical, 4-nonylphenol and estrogen to mice. When they followed mice genetically engineered to readily develop breast cancer over 32 weeks, many of those given 4-NP developed breast cancer while those given equivalent doses of estrogen did not.
Baldwin and other experts estimate that established risk factors such as aging, early onset of periods, late menopause, delayed childbearing and genetics explain only about 25 percent to 50 percent of breast cancers, and that environmental exposure plays a big role
Acevedo R, Parnell PG, Villanueva H, Chapman LM, Gimenez T, Gray SL, Baldwin WS. The contribution of hepatic steroid metabolism to serum estradiol and estriol concentrations in nonylphenol treated MMTVneu mice and its potential effects on breast cancer incidence and latency. J Appl Toxicol. 2005 Jul 12

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