Archive for June 2013

PTSD – When war lasts a lifetime! (Jay H Berman)

By, Jay H. Berman, “Guest columnist.”

Publisher, Ron Tenin on twitter @rpt62960

 

Severe trauma in some form is experienced by significant numbers of individuals at least once in their lifetime, according to The American Psychological Association, The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health), & The PTSD-Alliance amongst many others. Mental healthcare providers agree that most rebound from the trauma fairly quickly. Not so for too many who were in combat.

PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is NOT a phenomenon that was born in Vietnam. In the aftermath of WWI & WWII American’s heard the names, “Shell-shock & Battle-fatigue.” Vets of war in Korea must be included in the discussion. Fast forward to S.E. Asia & the dreaded disease is now known as PTSD. The U.S. government refused to acknowledge this fact for a disgraceful period of time, (which for the afflicted is one day)!

Finally, too late for our brave warriors of that terrible time, the U.S. government eventually accepted what Vets & their loved ones already tragically knew. This is factual history, disheartening though it may be. But the result of prior refusal to acknowledge the plight of Vets suffering from war’s devastation in this manner continues. There are Vietnam Vets still residing on the streets of America!

It must be noted that most individuals after experiencing extreme trauma do not develop PTSD. These include horrific vehicular accidents, exposure to weather that culminates in tornados, hurricanes, flooding or worse, severe abuse, other acts of violence & the list goes on.

Although not every Vet develops PTSD, as a nation we have a moral obligation to familiarize ourselves with it. We have a duty as citizens to reach out to our Vets & help in any way possible. We must insist that our government does a better job of providing U.S. Vets with all they need.

I’m here speaking for myself & no one else. These are my values – they may or not be yours & I accept that. With proper respect for 1st. responders, teachers, dedicated healthcare providers & so very many other great American’s, – our military men & women are priority one in my opinion.

What is PTSD & why can it last for a lifetime? Symptomology is characterized by flashbacks – [reliving the experience accompanied by audio& /or visual application(s)], depression, acute anxiety, episodic uncontrollable rage, appearance in some cases of psychotic features, isolation, eating disorders, racing thoughts, & tragically for huge numbers of those so afflicted – results in homelessness, domestic violence, unhealthy sexual behaviors &/or addiction, (in any of its forms).

Small percentages of mental healthcare providers are specially trained to diagnose & treat PTSD. This contributes to a lack of care whose result is long term illness. Over-lapping symptoms may cause misdiagnosis & again, non-application of helpful treatment. These are two extremely important factors, because they are solvable with the will to do so. PTSD is treatable.

Unfortunately, the nature of this still misunderstood mental illness is that it may be arrested only to return later.

A buddy of mine who served honorably in Vietnam returned home in one piece & resumed civilian life. He married, pursued a respectable profession & contributed to his community. Nearly three decades later he became symptomatic. Today he is better. But, severe stress continues to trigger symptoms. He copes as best he can, sometimes requiring hospitalization. A courageous man, he gets back on his feet each time – fighting the good fight.

This is what I hope you consider today.

I thank Ron Tenin for graciously allowing me the opportunity to address his audience. This is his blog & an excellent one.

Jay is on twitter @BermanJ1





Obama Sheep Brigade gives life to the New Republican Party (NRP)

 

 

According to Time Magazine, Rand Paul had the “art of a political salesman, “and was able to market his ideas to his audience; then added that his ability to disagree with his party often helps him win an argument. In the hours after his filibuster, CNN noted that “Paul can shape the future of conservatism.”

 

Rand Paul is sitting pretty watching the POTUS slowly dismantle much of the progress of his first term. Beyond each action, for every reaction – there is a counter-reaction. This places him in a position to be the beneficiary of a political pendulum that will invariably swing the Republican’s way. An example of this process reflected itself when U.S.A Today declared, “The bull market’s continuation is a lock.” What happened? No sooner was their analysis reported that the bull’s wheels ground to a screeching halt. Similarly, a recent column about Rand Paul brought an overwhelming cry of, “NO CHANCE” – [from the mass detractors amongst opinion makers]. By a margin of 82 to 2, the columns readers dismissed Rand Paul’s chances. Decrying it impossible – his marching to the front of the line and threatening three Democrats for control of the White-House in 2016!

 

But if Progressives continue their blind allegiance to President Obama, this looms as danger, via a G.O.P. resurgence that continues to build. The odds on Democratic victory in 2014, has given way to scandal, ineptitude and significant uneasiness over “war fatigue” – in Iraq and Afghanistan. Public opinion against U.S. growing involvement in the Syrian civil war is strong. For the first time ever, I find myself in general agreement with Sarah Palin, who just today suggested, “let Allah settle the civil war; declaring we should keep our American soldiers and bullion out of harm’s way.” We can’t be the policeman of the world. We’re collectivelyaghast at the use of chemical weapons, [which reportedly killed 150 people]. Yet in relation, we were silent by comparison; if our gauge is public outrageof American drones killing some 800 civilians. Let’s cut the crap!

 

Americans have given up all semblance of privacy in order to, “fight the war on terror.” Many individuals of both political parties seem resigned to allow governmental vaginal probing of our privacy. It no longer matters what is between our legs. Now we are arming the rebels who essentially are Al-Qaida, the same people we are giving up all our privacy to fight! Are you fucking kidding?! This Bi-polar governmental policy will not sit well with the American public.

 

If the Democrats continue to act like little Bo peep, following our President with blind allegiance, the Republican resurgence will take on a new life of its own. Senator Rand Paul and his maverick style, often critical of both Republicans and Democrats, will play very well in Peoria. It is time for thoughtful Americans to make their concerns clear. Otherwise, we open the barn door to the end of Democratic control of the White-House. Rand Paul can’t do it alone, but he is getting lots of help. The duality is palatable. Obama is armingthe enemy,” both abroad and at home. Now is the time for our silence to end or we will own the results of complacency and blind allegiance.

 

It helps no one when partisanship, (in any direction), trumps looking into the mirror of refection!

 

Sources:

 

– Time Magazine

– CNN

– USA Today

– Wikipedia





Good News for America’s finest….U.S. Military Vets…Jay H Berman

 

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, is directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated.”

 

~George Washington

 
. . . There certainly is good news to report. But, before I do there is something that MUST be said. It is as follows:
“I don’t know about you, but for me those who wore & are wearing the uniform deserve a helluva lot more than merely paying lip service!”
It’s despicable & should not be tolerated. There are many sins one may be guilty of. This transgression trumps not all, but most. Whether or not it’s a public official, or an individual or group of civilians, actions speak loudly & are well remembered.

“Let us give thanks to all of our men & women in uniform; & pray for the families& the memory of our fallen heroes.”

Boy, that sure sounds nice. It is, when sincere.

“It means nothing & is worse still when not accompanied by a real demonatration of gratitude!”

For the last several months I’ve sought to express some of my views that shed light on the horrific effects of war. Finding factual documentation of our governments failures is commonplace. If you don’t know at least some of these details, stop reading right now. Anyone turning a blind-eye to the plight of your fellow American’s returning from combat will NEVER be someone I speak to.

Okay, now I wish to employ a respectful tone instead; & speak to the people who care. If you are amongst this group, know that your actions deserve praise. The U.S. government fails to fully take care of it’s own. The key word in that sentence is fully. Declaring that all governmental services provided are of no use is blantantly false. Acknowledgement of the positives & negatives in this regard is fair.

Because too many Vets still “fall through the cracks,” scores remain bereft of essential services. These are those still among us who so bravely served in WWII &/or Korea. These are the poor souls who sleep on the streets of America. These are the Vietnam Vets who decades later continue to suffer from horrific injustices. These are the Desert Storm Vets who are struggling. These are the Vets of the two wars of this millenium; men & women unable to readjust to civilain life. If you’re still on this page you know the gory details & they need not be reiterated.

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS . . .

A well-spring of grass-roots organizations has sprung up & grown. Many were begun by Veterans. Some continue to be led by Veterans. Others, equally worthy of great praise – are those private organizations created by civilians; aka – “We the people . . .”

The following organizations are not alone in supplying that which the U.S. government does not for a myriad of reasons. They are representative of many who aren’t mentioned. This is only because of limited space – which does not mean that those not listed are not worthy. Many are. The four listed consistently receive the highest ratings by independent analysts of non-profit entities. They also provide pathways to medical services, educational needs, general information, available employment opportunities, housing needs, special family needs, counseling & therapeutic support, along with a plethora of additonal support & services.

– Operation Home Front www.operationhomefront.net/

 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors / TAPS www.taps.org/
 
Hope for the Warriors www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
 
– Operation Support Our Troopswww.operation-support-our-troops.org/
 
* Authors note: Thank you all who are helping the bravest of our nation.
 
 




Iraqi Oil nets great results…for a U.S. Banker named China. By Jay H Berman

 

By, Jay H. Berman – Feature Guest Columnist for ronrambles.com

Creator & Publisher, Ron Tenin On twitter: @rpt62960

 

China is now the biggest buyer of Iraqi oil. Wal-Fart reaps the benefits of Chinese manufacturing. Iraq’s oil production is currently at its peak since the U.S. invasion. The loser in all of this is, once again – the American people. Who the hell do you think footed the bill in blood & taxpayer rip-offs?!

Before the invasion, Iraq’s oil industry was subject to sanctions & unable to compete in world markets. The Bush “Crime-syndicate” promised renewed access to its enormous reserves. But, somebody out-snookered the D.C. crooks. More than $2 billion a year & hundreds of workers appeared into the sandy ‘Black Gold.”

Where did this money & labor originate? Nope, not in Crawford . . . in CHINA! How has this happened? China has no problem with lower profit margins, because in the process it gains contracts. Not convinced? Ask former “DoD Bush oil dude” Mike Makovsky who told the N.Y. Times, “It was our war, but they benefit from it, & we lost out.” Even worse, the U.S. Naval Fifth Fleet & U.S.A.F. – act as security for the supply chain!

Western oil giant Exxon Mobil whines while the Chinese are very happy. One Iraqi Oil Ministry spokesman said, “Chinese companies are state-owned & do not answer to shareholders, pay dividends or incur costs of outrageous executive pay. China only cares about securing its huge energy needs; Exxon or BP or Shell only care about profits.“Whew, good thing the I.R.S. understands & helps Exxon & their buddies get by!

But the Wall St. gang tells us this isn’t a problem. These energy “experts” explain that Chinese demand helps keep world prices low. Adding to this the fact that U.S. domestic production has spiked, thereby supposedly lessening our needs for foreign oil. Sounds great, but these are the same folks who drain the U.S. treasury via our nation’s largest “private” bank, the Federal Reserve. Reality is that there is NOTHING federal about this cash cow, opened for business back in 1913. It is a private enterprise that regulates, [i.e.: dictates], both monetary policy & interest rates.

While The Federal Bank of the U.S. is mistakenly believed by many Americans to be part of our Federal government, it is not. Further, despite Congressional hearings that on C-Span make it appear as though our elected legislators do more than play golf, it is not subject scrutiny or transparency requirements. Why has the Federal Reserve Bank never been audited? Well, they run the show folks. In bed with the largest Wall St. investment banks, brokerage firms, commodity exchanges & insurance companies – who’s kidding who? Sure, Iraqi oil is irrelevant to all of these interests. After all, it was not their son’s & daughter’s who gave their lives in the desert. Plus, it was & is Americans who can ill afford gas prices & their tax bills that take it on the chin!

Don’t worry, because Wall St. says all is well. True, for them, Iraqi Oil Ministers, Wal-Fart . . . & CHINA!

* Jay is on twitter @BermanJ1

Sources:

-The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States

-OPEC

-The U.S. Dept. of Defense

-The U.S. State Dept.

-The N.Y. Times

– The Associated Press

– Economist & former Fed. Chairman, Alan Greenspan

– Former U.S. Sec. of State & Nat’l. Security Advisor, Dr. Henry Kissenger

-Broward County Public Library System

-Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Syrians Dying & the Mideast is on fire! By, Jay H Berman

Syrians Dying & the Mideast is on fire!

. . .”In the US we’re talking about the new Star Trek.”

By, Jay H. Berman, Feature Guest Columnist for ronrambles.com

Creator & Publisher Ron Tenin

On twitter: @ rpt62960

 

Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

 

In fairness to millions of Americans who work hard gathering information that really matters – this wordsmith salutes you. Even more so, without reservation, my eternal respect & gratitude for all who are or have been in harm’s way! But for the millions who daily are most concerned with frivolity you deserve scorn. Only this nation, with all of its innumerable problems, still represents the greatest hopes for mankind. Yes, I blast the invaders of equality & justice daily, that is true. Yet, I likewise hold fast to the determination that the United States can do better. “No, I am not running office.”

But I do enjoy writing for dumbass pols lacking wit, savvy & smarts. I do not compose for the faint of heart or the mind of the dullard.

Okay, so what am I ranting about today you wonder? I’m so glad you asked, because pontificating accomplishes little, so here are some hard facts. “This isn’t pretty folks.” Across the pond our fellow humans are dying, starving, maimed & scared shitless. In Iraq, according to the N.Y. Times, the people are dying from warring faction at its worst in no less than the past 5 years! Our “leaders” tell us we won, are out & democracy rules that country.

“Uh huh, RIGHT – & Dubya told the truth about mass destruction weapons.”

This here is some serious shit! We must never forget that U.S. government officials have a history of loving civil wars, especially in places like Korea, Vietnam, throughout Central America, in the Balkans, (which was justifiable on humanitarian grounds), Iraq, Afghanistan, & the places where they’ve love to instigate violence – Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Gaza, Somalia & several other star systems. This is according to former C.I.A. covert operatives whose identities cannot be revealed. Unless of course it is Mrs. Valerie Plame-Wilson!

A brave anti-Assad activist inside Syria named Malik, (pronounced by gringos as Ma’Leak), was quoted by reporters. “People lost brothers, sons, and they’re angry; Sunnis & Shiites vie for power.” Additionally, Hezbollah proved it couldn’t resist the blood thirsty taste of violence. Experts on the Middle-East explain that the region is imploding in its worst cumulative reign of terror since the Ottoman Empire collapsed!    

Syria’s bloodbath has killed over 80, 000 & spilled across its borders. Rockets land in neighboring countries. Fighting ensues in regional territories. It has incited Sunnis and Shiites in other countries to attack one another. What of Iran? It exports war by supporting Assad, Hezbollah & militant Palestinians in Gaza.

For the U.S., the dilemma continues to exist on multiple fronts. Geo-political machinations create an impossible balancing act. While we guarantee Israel’s safety, we likewise support corrupt Arab regimes, Monarchs, & generally any Arab or Muslim state that represents “viable U.S. interests; [read, greenbacks].” The sands of Black Gold, tactical nukes, (aka Pakistan), or anyone not bought off by China or the Russians. Oh, BTW: One more thing, the Cold War is alive & well, vis-à-vis “hot wars!”

Since Armed-Drone proliferation is certain, it may get much worse before it gets better. Qatar & Turkey, allied with the U.S., support the overthrow of Assad. Iran & now Hezbollah support Assad & all three are all fervently bent on the annihilation of Israel. A fierce & ever growing regional antagonism exists between Saudi Arabia & Iran, as both seek to dominate.

Nobody seems to know what to make of The Muslim Brotherhoods motivations in an Egypt they now control, much less their intentions elsewhere. Will Libyans prosper minus their deposed crazed Colonial? The U.S. helped “run him out of Dodge,” replaced by what? In Lebanon, perennial clashes between Alawite & Sunni militias reached their worst level in years.

Back in Iraq, the Sunni minority dreams of over-throwing the majority Shiites, installed by whom? Yes, you guessed it, hello Dubya! The former “Prez-pretender”loved the new Star Trek movie – how about you?!  

Sources:

The U.S. Department of Defense news publication, Stars & Stripes

The U.S. State Department, (records available under the Freedom of Information Act).

The N.Y. Times

Confidential covert intelligence operatives

The Washington Post

One.org

UNWFP

 

 





Will the IRS Scandal help Rand Paul…lead the New Republican party (NRP) to the Whitehouse?

So far, Obama’s second term has been a gift that keeps on giving. Benefiting the most so far is Rand Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky. With appearances this week on ABC, CNBC, and FOX, Senator Paul clearly and rightly senses opportunity. Most notable this week, Rand Paul’s non-partisan smack-down of his fellow lawmaker’s inability to manage governmental responsibility will surely play well in “Peoria!”

 

Whatever you think about Rand Paul he is a force to be reckoned with. His Libertarian views fit surprisingly well into certain “Middle American” mindsets. He is an articulate, well-educated maverick poised to also grab the somewhat more radical middle ground in his quest for the White-house in 2016. He pledges with sincerity to turn the New Republican Party (NRP) into a more diversified larger tent. Will he, and can he?

 

Paul objects to the apparent politicized polarizing courtesy of the IRS. Many Americans share Paul’s’ unease with IRS intimidation. No political orientation should be subject to uneven scrutiny, for it is truly NOT the American way. Yet, many of Paul’s beliefs appeal not only to anarchists, but to an increasing number of Independents and reportedly Moderates, even some Democrats. He has been an out-spoken critic of America’s lawlessness in regard to our drone wars. He is an advocate of reform of our drug laws, noting recently that our last 3 presidents could have been busted and careers ruined. What if they were caught with illegal drugs that they allegedly dabbled with in their younger years?

 

The Ky. Senator is outspoken in his caution to engage in wars; insisting on Congressional approval of any future forays. Liberals generally agree, reminding us that our President isn’t a monarch! Senator Paul believes in term limits for Congress, stating his support in limiting any Senator to 12 years, or 2 terms. He is positioning himself as an environmental advocate and a true believer in helping community farming. He additionally speaks of safeguards against governmental overreach in aiding and abetting corporate “farm whores.” Liberals and Moderates like that idea too. But what of the Tea Party you ask? Read on. . .

 

Paul also is one of the few that question the Federal Reserve Board’s secretive manipulation of monetary policy. He is a free-market advocate that believes government should interfere less, spend less and tax less. Now that sounds like a true Conservative. Yet, dollars in your own pocket empowers each individual; whereas more money flowing to government often means less than a dollars worth of value. He is critical of the head official from the IRS taking the 5th, wishing to keep secret what really happened. Senator Paul feels top IRS  officials should be put on leave until we figure out if anyone broke the law. The IRS is not allowed to play fast and loose with the rules. Nobody should condone partisan politics at the IRS! Things are unfair enough already for the average American taxpayer.

 

While the mainstream press sleeps at the wheel, Rand Paul is asserting his control over the New Republicans. His grassroots appeal is undeniable, and his timing may prove to be perfect. Don’t look now, but this newly branded “N.R.P.” (New Republican Party) is gaining stream. America’s disdain for current leadership in Washington may deliver a [non-McCain like] “true maverick” to the White-house in 2016. We’re 3 years away. Who expected in 2005 a certain junior Senator from Illinois would succeed G.W. Bush?

 

 





Military Sexual Assaults Reflect a U.S. Societal Cancer? By, Jay H Berman

Military Sexual Assaults Reflect a U.S. Societal Cancer?

By, Jay H. Berman – Feature Guest Columnist for www.ronrambles.com

Creator/Publisher Ron Tenin

On twitter: Ron Tenin@rpt62960

 

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon reports, 12,100 of the 203,000 women & 13,900 of the 1.2 million men on active duty had experienced sexual assault in 2012. Our government would never lie to the American public – so these figures are accurate, right?

“Is this observer of over 5 decades of US politics cynical? Damned right I am!”

The failures of the systemic military culture created & fostered by top leaders, both in uniform & civilian are at fault! Our courageous warriors, the best & bravest among us bar none, deserve our undying gratitude & respect. The greatest percentages of men & woman wearing the uniform serve with honor & dignity. Those who tarnish this reputation should face severe penalty. But, I lay blame at a societal culture that has infected our military & nearly all walks of life.

With sincere respect for the abused & their loved ones – this clearly is no laughing matter. I am not ashamed or afraid to admit that I possess personal first-hand knowledge. So my snide opening remark is aimed at authorities whose irresponsibility has led over decades to a reprehensible culture being allowed to fester. The cancerous growth grows ever larger, as millions never report these heinous crimes. As a survivor & the former editor & Board Member of the ptsd-alliance, I don’t speak as a voice of authority or professional expertise – rather, a voice of concern & painful experience.

Curiously, military & government officials alike admitted that the aforementioned number of assaults was a marked increase from such reports in 2010. POTUS publicly displayed an image of anger, declaring Congress must take immediate action! Of course, he is right, we should all be very angry.

But, this disease must be confronted with a commitment that justice be served. Top brass have been negligent in this duty. Reportedly, Defense Sec. Hagel is stridently addressing the matter.

Additionally, & in the longer term more importantly, a nation-wide effort has to be made to open our hearts & minds with great compassion for the abused! This is imperative & absolute if healing is to take place. Additionally, we must remake our culture . . . both civilian & military, gender or sexual orientation, all ethnicities & religious beliefs, all value systems & political persuasions, from every demographic profile both personal & professional.

Here is why . . .

It is pointless citing endless studies & statistics I’ve pored over regarding this awful subject. My point is that harsh brutal truth-telling is our one primary missing ingredient. People who are abused are afraid to report the crime. The criminal justice system fails to provide protection for the innocent. They are blamed as “willing participants.” Parents, teachers, & clergy disallow the victim to feel empowered to come forward. They are faced with rejection, scorn or worse.

I had a dear friend – a woman whose uncle lived next door & sexually assaulted her repeatedly when she just a child. Her mother, upon hearing her daughter accuse him, was physically slapped & punished for telling such a horrific lie. She was made to suffer in silence until well into adulthood, when a complete mental breakdown finally culminated in the truth coming to light. No one but the abused woman herself was punished – emotionally scarred for life.

Insofar as my own story, I never came forward until too many decades passed. Instead, I lived with nightmares & turned to drugs & alcohol to dull the pain. No one could have convinced me that I’d have been believed & protected. This is true for children, adolescents & adults, (including seniors) – both male & female.

“No, I have NOT watched too many episodes of Law & Order S.V.U.”

When survivors are no longer afraid to come forward, when they no longer face retribution for doing so, when offenders are properly brought to justice, then, & only then will we as a nation be in the process of changing the decades long culture of burying our collective heads in the sand!

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

– Author Unknown

“This famous quote I learned in Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m eternally grateful, Jay – on twitter @ BermanJ1

 

Resources:

– Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics

– F.B.I. Bureau of Crime Statistics

– S.N.A.P. – Survivors Network of Abused Persons by Clergy

– Ptsd-alliance.org

– Document: Pentagon Report on Sexual Assault in the Military in 2012





 

By, Jay H. Berman
Alzheimer’s and other dementia related disease cost this country as much as $215 billion a year. The past week witnessed a report showing these findings. But a study involving some new drugs show we might prevent Alzheimer’s. 100 families worldwide are taking part in a daring experiment.

Each member of these families has a 50%-50% chance of getting a rare genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s in the mid 40s, 50s and 60’s age brackets. Scientists have chosen three drugs that could stop some of them from having the disease. In the drug trials which started last month, family members are receiving either active drugs or a placebo.

Brian scans and other biomarkers will let researchers decide which drugs look best. From there they continue with those to see if they can prevent Alzheimer’s, or slow its progression. These drugs target a protein that some scientists think is the cause of Alzheimer’s. However, not only in families with a rare mutation, also when it strikes later in life.

Other drugs have failed to halt Alzheimer’s, & scientists believe they may have been given too late. Studying families, researchers learned that the brain decay of Alzheimer’s disease begins decades before symptoms begin to appear. Scientists see this as a possibility to prevent brain cells from dying and preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia.

As the most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s has always been thought of as age related brain disease. Scientists may have to revisit that perception based upon these new findings. However, it cannot be stressed strongly enough that not only does ongoing research provide information it is likewise succeeding in producing new breakthroughs. Loss of cognitive functioning created by the disease is known to become so severe it interferes with normal everyday activities. Although there is no known cure – scientific medical research is bringing hope formally absent.

As we learn more about the disease, the role of genetic factors has become more & more evident. Genetic links have been recognized in early & late onset of Alzheimer’s. Although early onset is uncommon compared to late age, it is significant & symptoms showing up in individuals in their 30’s & 40’s is now known to be caused by mutations in one of three genes inherited from one parent or the other.

Other genes may increase the risk for late onset & further study seeks to assess what role these play. In searching for added risk factors, understanding more about these genes helps scientists test for enhanced treatment & strategies for prevention, before symptoms appear. This has not yet been accomplished to the degree to which we wish – but at this time more is known & there has been unprecedented success in evaluation& overall comprehension going forward.

Researchers know that clinical trials shall determine our ability to establish what prevents or delays cognitive decline. The N.I.H. [National Institute of Health] with more than 50 research projects – support early drug discovery & early clinical development on new treatment compounds.

Although there is still no all inclusive fail safe proven method of preventing the disease, the research is encouraging & ongoing. Prevention strategy now includes the strong evidence that reduction to risk of heart disease may also lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The most important factors in the prevention of both diseases are the same. They include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight & morbid obesity, & diabetes.

Targeting people at high risk of dementia are being addressed with new programs. These include a multidimensional approach that incorporates physical activity, social activity, healthy diet & cognitive stimulation. Simply meaning, it’s recommended to exercise one’s brain.

Let’s keep active, in all the manners described above, & very possibly reduce the risk of developing this disease!

 





By, Jay H. Berman

The Constitution of the United States of America includes The Bill of Rights. The following is the First Amendment, quoted verbatim:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

Most American’s are familiar with those words, but too often it appears our elected officials are not. McShame frequently chastises those whose views differ from his own. Yet, I wish I’d seen him smile on rare occasions when a voice of reason rather than rhetoric is agreeable to him. Unfortunately, I really cannot recall such an instance. You see in my world, the Senator is entitled to speak his mind & vote accordingly. But, the reason I refer to him disparagingly as “McShame” is because of his record, which I shall cite as documented factual information!!!

It’s 2008 & newly elected Pres. Barack Obama is sworn in as Oval Office resident & Commander-In-Chief of all U.S. military forces, along with just about every Federal initiative. At that very moment, the U.S. economy was teetering on the verge of collapse, major industries had died or seemed destined to, we were bogged down by two wars, (quagmires), our public education system that had been the envy of the world now lagged behind more than fifteen other nations, our roads, tunnels and bridges were crumbling, high unemployment helped define our financial crisis, State & local governments couldn’t meet their obligations, and health care costs had skyrocketed out of control.

To all of this dire scenario spelling a possible end to the glory of America’s greatness, (R) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had this to say, “My number one priority as Minority Leader of the United States Senate is to make certain that Obama is a one-term President!”

For the next four years of POTUS first term, McShame used his power to block legislative actions as long as they were formulated by Democrats, or even a Republican working with a Democrat. He was smug, caustic and cynical in his remarks regarding both POTUS & Democratic Party initiatives.

It is vital to understand the rules of the U.S. Senate. To pass legislation in the Senate, a bill must have the support of no less than two-thirds of the total votes registered. No member is more keenly aware that (R) votes are thus required to pass anything, than Mr. No! The Senate also has a rule called a filibuster. This is simply when even a single member takes the floor & speaks endlessly on any topic whatsoever, for as long as they may remain physically capable of doing so. It is within the legal rules of the U.S. Senate for any member to block a vote on any pending legislation in this way.

McShame & his cohorts have employed this strategy more often than ever before in the entire history of the U.S. Senate and this great nation! Today, it has gone so far as the mere, “threat” of an impending filibuster brings any possible progress in the Senate to a screeching halt. Mr. No to everything has in effect elevated himself to the status of a one-man Senate. Again, & again, & yet again blocking a vote from taking place on any legislation he deems unwarranted – which basically is, everything.

Fact, the U.S. Senate until 2013 had not passed a single budget in four years. Fact, McShame blocked renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban. Another Fact, he is anti-gay marriage which defines him as against equality for all, believes more guns make us safer, is against providing needed resources for education. He is pro-life, which means he is in favor of victims of incest & rape being forced by government to ultimately giving birth to that, (which by accurate scientific & medical definition of a fetus), was not even yet human, but totally contradicts himself by insisting that this same government should not intrude into the personal private lives of U.S. citizens.

All of this information is part of the public record, period. That is why I call him – Mr. No, no, no, McShame!

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