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Old 08-19-2015, 02:42 PM   #99
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Norm and Ginny,

Congratulations on emptying and selling your house! How lovely that it will stay in the family. I'm one week away from moving into my Casita, with still too much stuff to get rid of in my apartment. Enjoy your full-time home!
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:27 AM   #100
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Unintended Changes

In life it's possible for dramatic changes to occur as a result of your, lifestyle, job or simple activities. Sometimes you don't even realize that the changes are occurring until someone outside of your immediate circle comments.

RVing has been a marvelous vehicle for positive change. This weekend we attended a mostly relatives birthday party. One aspect of the party were poster boards of the birthday boy with friends. Two of my nieces helped create the boards. When it came to a picture of me and their grandfather, they did not recognize me though they are very frequent visitors to our house. The picture contained the pre-RV 'fat-Norm'. In our moving effort Ginny has in some measure rewritten history destroying many fat-Norm pictures.

As well numerous relatives, ones who see us only every 10 years or so commented on how thin Ginny and I were.

Extended RVing has had an effect on numerous parts of our person more me than Ginny I think, in addition to improved eating, . We are almost stress free people now. We are friendlier, I am kinder and more patient, I do more for my pleasure, I am more talented mechanically, a more patient, considerate slower driver. We are more conservative with our spending. We read and think more, at least in the sense of reading for the gaining of knowledge or pleasure compared to reading for employment.

We have dramatically more time to think, to think without stress, to think without producing a required result.

The thought of slavery is an ugly thought, but the normal life has some form of slavery within it that binds you to parts of life that are difficult to free yourself from that steal your time and add stress, not because of physical chains but rather the chains of job and family.

As we travel it's Ginny and I, free every minute to do as we please. This did not happen in the first day or month but gradually we have gotten better, smarter, thinner.... because of our travels.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:37 AM   #101
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The rest of the story.

"In the process of chat, we also tripped over how little humanity knows. We were discussing a UCLA study about Alzheimers where 9 of 10 people were cured by diet and lifestyle change, nearly a miracle if you know the disease."
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We passed on the UCLA information to the caregiver of a friend with Alzheimers; he forwarded it to their geriatric doctor. The Doctor's found the report interesting but did not recommend adoption because it required a significant lifestyle change. The caregiver said goodby and that was that. The patient continues taking the medication that at best only only can slow the worsening symptoms down.

Hopefully the specific case does not apply to us but as many of us are older and burdened with some 'getting older condition', it applies. So often modern medicine focus on medication rather than lifestyle change. Everyone should consider lifestyle change, at least as much as possible.

Our extended travels were a response to a death, thinking we must be near the head of the line. It resulted in a lifestyle change and so far 15 years of travel, now in our ever loyal Scamp.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:05 PM   #102
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Apology

Most of you know I'm spending time writing a book. I spend a few minutes reading through this thread and was appalled by all the errors. Now that I've got my writer's license from Ellpea I'll try not to crash so many times.

Hopefully the future will be better than the past.
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The editor and writing teacher instructs:

DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR INTERNAL EDITOR/CRITIC. Don't agonize over a sentence wondering if your verb tense is correct, or whether you've misspelled something.

The first job is to write, and write a lot. Some of what you write will be extraneous, extra, not needed. But write everything down that comes to you. Stream of consciousness takes you to a whole new level of insight.

When you are finished, when you have the *structure* the way you like it, and when you've said everything you'd like to say, then you've finished your *first* draft. Let it rest for a week or two, and then begin critiquing the editorial issues.

When Gayle finished her book (and this was the 3rd or 4th draft) and sent it off to the publisher, she wanted to celebrate that she was *done.* I didn't have the heart to tell her that there was more work coming (galleys, proofreading, etc). It is *work* getting this done, but it is the initial getting everything onto the page that is the biggest challenge.

Stick with it!

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PS, have you read Gayle's book yet? What do you think?
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[QUOTE=honda03842;544411]The rest of the story.

"In the process of chat, we also tripped over how little humanity knows. We were discussing a UCLA study about Alzheimers where 9 of 10 people were cured by diet and lifestyle change, nearly a miracle if you know the disease."
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Is that the UCLA & Buck Institute Study ?

It mentions 9 of 10 patients showing improvement in memory with a very aggressive, 36 point, approach that included Pharmaceuticals.

Yes, improvement, but hardly a cure....

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time | UCLA

I will verify this link and correct if necessary)

But, if you know of a different study, please let us all know.
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Australian researchers have achieved 75% memory recovery using ultrasound. No pharmaceuticals involved.

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function - ScienceAlert
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The editor and writing teacher instructs:

DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR INTERNAL EDITOR/CRITIC. Don't agonize over a sentence wondering if your verb tense is correct, or whether you've misspelled something.

The first job is to write, and write a lot. Some of what you write will be extraneous, extra, not needed. But write everything down that comes to you. Stream of consciousness takes you to a whole new level of insight.

When you are finished, when you have the *structure* the way you like it, and when you've said everything you'd like to say, then you've finished your *first* draft. Let it rest for a week or two, and then begin critiquing the editorial issues.

When Gayle finished her book (and this was the 3rd or 4th draft) and sent it off to the publisher, she wanted to celebrate that she was *done.* I didn't have the heart to tell her that there was more work coming (galleys, proofreading, etc). It is *work* getting this done, but it is the initial getting everything onto the page that is the biggest challenge.

Stick with it!

Best,
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PS, have you read Gayle's book yet? What do you think?
Gayle's book arrived today and it's in the mail box. I'll start it after I finish Yankee, the life of the present chairman.

I'm writing free style, not with a particular structure though I have a general outline. Really writing like crazy. I look forward to it every day. I'm usually insane about new-ness, writing is no different. I'm hopeful that by the end of September I have a first draft and can begin to add structure

I have helped edit a couple of books with Jeannette Hopkins, now dead. She formerly ran Beacon Press, Wesleyan Press and worked in a number of NYC publishing houses for a number of years. I've seen the effort required recalling a number of young writers delivering what they considered a finished book only to be put in touch with the reality of a professional, accomplished editor.

I was apologizing for the sloppiness of my posts.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm really having fun, so far it's not work, I write every day for a couple of hours.
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That's certainly promising research (especially if you are a mouse).


Plaque reduction certainly has some promise, lets see how soon they try it in humans. But wait... you can't Dx Alzheimers in a live person, only post mortem.

While medical breakthroughs have happened, the "Cure" suggested hasn't.

For those in need, false information only breeds false hope. I dealt with this very issue with parents of autistic children (including moi for over 20 years). There, hardly a week went by, and never a month went by, without someone hearing about a new cure or treatment, most of which had no basis in fact.
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Bob Miller,

There's no doubt that doctors are a pressured group these days. The doctor we forwarded the actual study to had no previous knowledge of the study.

Here's one of the many links on the 10 person study.

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time | UCLA

The proper word should probably been 'reversed' instead of 'cure'.

To me a reversal is very significant. We have someone close to us going through this relatively rapid decline. If it were me I would consider a lifestyle change or any other possible solution.

It's as heart breaking a situation as I've ever seen.

Though neither of us have any sign of Alzheimers we've taken the approach that nothing in the study will hurt us so we've made changes.

Most of the elements are reasonable and make sense to us. Being more active, eating better and exercising more can do nothing but help us.

Now what was my point??????

The pills taken are not prescription, I now own most of them.

By the way I have nothing against prescription medications, I take some. My point is that very often merely changes to your lifestyle can make a dramatic difference.
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Ellpea,

I was a little short in my last response. I truly appreciate your small comment that encouraged me to write. So often in life little things set you on a course. AS an RVer this is often the case. So many interesting places we have visited resulted from a passing call and patient travels.

I'm religiously writing every day. I'm a little surprised how habitual/routine our mornings have become. Now that we're doing the UCLA lifestyle change, some of which we already did, we have a morning filling routine. Exercise, coffee, writing, breakfast, writing, long morning walk.

An Imperfect Life, will be my third book this week following The Death of Money and Yankee. I hope to be done with Imperfect by Monday.

Fortunately I'm a fast reader. It's a topic I write about in the book: Magic Eyes...Seeing but not Seeing.

Initially I saw a difference how Ginny and I see extending to how we read. Though we're both heavy readers, I read 3 or 4 times as fast. Grammar schools friends of Ginny told me everyone in her class reads slowly. (Ginny went to a Catholic school where the virtually the same kids were together for 9 years. No science here just individual comments.)

Life is marvelous. I spend my time writing, reading and planning the Newfoundland Caravan. Spending a little time worrying about the state of the world and nation (Death of Money), doing a little Mormonesque preparing (Ginny bought 3 cans of SPAM today).

Ginny is chomping at the bit to read what I've written...
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Ellpea,

I was a little short in my last response. I truly appreciate your small comment that encouraged me to write. So often in life little things set you on a course.
Norm, truly, no harm no foul! Too many years of encouraging online students via email and forums sometimes affects my online correspondence. I do remember now your work on editing (which was another reason why I thought you should WRITE). It sounds like you're going great, and I can't wait to BUY your book when it's finished.

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Quote: "In the process of chat, we also tripped over how little humanity knows. We were discussing a UCLA study about Alzheimers where 9 of 10 people were cured by diet and lifestyle change, nearly a miracle if you know the disease."

There was absolutely no mention of a "Cure" and the process was very complex and difficult to follow.

From the article about the study:
"The study was conducted Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. It is the first to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed — and improvement sustained — using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive diet changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry."
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Bob, Are you whipping a dead horse? I agreed I should have written 'reversed' mot 'cured'.

Lifestyle change is difficult. The lifestyle change with an Alzheimers patient shockingly difficult and expensive but worse saddening. 9 of 10 reversals is enough for me to take notice.
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