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Monday, September 15, 2008
Eating veggies shrinks the brain
I could have told you this... I see them all the time at Whole Foods. Of course, this may have given me a false sense of mental ability?
MELBOURNE: Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.
Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.
The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.
When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.
Brain scans of more than 1,800 people found that people who downed 14 drinks or more a week had 1.6% more brain shrinkage than teetotallers. Women in their seventies were the most at risk......
Socrates said if you find "a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher." Being a decent philosopher aside AND having an awesome wife, I have been blessed with two very cool boys!
My youngest child has a closeness to Gracie Allen when she said, “when I was born, I was so surprised I couldn't talk for a year and a half." And my oldest son taught me that the difference between couplehood and babyhood in a word, is, moisture. Paul Reiser said “everything in my life is now more moist. Between your spittle, your diapers, your spit-up and drool, you got your baby food, your wipes, your formula, your leaky bottles, sweaty baby backs, and numerous other untraceable sources – all creating an ever-present moistness in [our] life, which heretofore was mainly dry".
I was born in 1970, a perfect time to catch the re-runs of Felix the Cat and Lassie, as well as catching the new Justice League and S.W.A.T. We are the generation of arcade games and classic 80’s movies. I wouldn’t want to be in any other time in history than the one I was born into.