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December 8, 2021

Impossible Question

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Fox News Christmas Tree lit on Fire 

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Alzheimer’s

Want to dramatically lower your risk of becoming a victim of Alzheimer’s disease? Try periodic fasting and regular exercise.  Quote from linked story: 

“Ryan Julian, a chemistry professor at UCR, said in a press release, “roughly 20% of people have the plaques, but no signs of dementia. This makes it seem as though the plaques themselves are not the cause.”  

The amino acids that make up proteins like tau can either be right-handed or left-handed isomers, and normally proteins in living things are made from all left-handed amino acids, explained Julian. 

However, most proteins only survive for less than 48 hours in the body, and if they hang around too long, certain amino acids can convert into the other-handed isomer. So that means a left-handed isomer could inadvertently convert into a right-handed isomer, which can lead to serious problems.  

“If you try to put a right-handed glove on your left hand, it doesn’t work too well. It’s a similar problem in biology; molecules don’t work the way they’re supposed to after a while because a left-handed glove can actually convert into a right-handed glove that doesn’t fit,” said Julian. 

However, the human body has a solution through a process called autophagy, which clears spent or defective proteins from cells. 

Unfortunately, as people age autophagy slows down, especially in people over the age of 65. It’s not clear exactly why, and Julian’s lab intends to study the phenomenon.  

Fortunately, there are drugs currently being tested to improve the process of autophagy, and some existing ones that are approved for cardiovascular disease and other conditions could speed up the approval process 

According to UCR, autophagy can be induced by fasting because when cells run short on proteins from a person’s diet, they fill the void by recycling proteins already present in cells. Exercise is also another way researchers say can increase autophagy.  

If there is a connection between autophagy and developing Alzheimer’s, Julian said, “if a slowdown in autophagy is the underlying cause, things that increase it should have the beneficial, opposite effect.”  Article here

https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/medical-advances/583830-scientists-say-they-might-have-discovered-the?fbclid=IwAR2IECrTRlGvBqAW26j9FKtLqnsqkgFHi1VbHMOUxEM2k7PECuyEe6GAAVI 

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Five ‘Healthy’ Foods That Can Ruin Your Diet

Nicolette M. Pace Dietician and Nutritionist 

Healthy food choices have an allure of well-being and vitality, and make unspoken promises of making you fit. What you may not realize is that these foods top the list of healthy myths that will knock you right out of the diet ballpark and disrupt your plans to be slim and trim. 

Granola:  

Granola grew its roots during the health food movement and started off as a simple mixture of whole grains without all of the added sugars and fats that are found in supermarket brands. Just one cup will deliver the equivalent carbohydrate load found in a jumbo bagel or a large plate of spaghetti! Studies also show that eating a breakfast that is super high in carbohydrates may not be the best choice, as it will lead to an increased appetite throughout the day. 

Hummus:  

While made from nourishing chickpeas, packaged hummus carries a calorie and fat profile that rivals some mayonnaise, with many varieties containing 60 percent of the calories from fat. Be wary of the appeal of a seemingly small, personal-size package and stay mindful of the recommended serving, because using this vegetarian spread liberally opens the calorie door to extra pounds. 

Smoothies:  

Today’s smoothies slide their way in with the appeal of wholesome fruit, dairy, and friendly probiotic bacteria. Unfortunately, they have become a venue for lots of added sugars and are a concentrated source of calories. Couple that with the enormous serving sizes found in chain restaurants and you’ve got a great recipe for weight gain. 

Peanut Butter:  

Even if it’s “reduced fat,” don’t be fooled by labeling. While peanut butter is naturally cholesterol free, low in sodium, and contains some protein and carbohydrates, it also contains ingredients that will undoubtedly set your diet back. Some products contain palm oil and added sugar, which are jam-packed into a ping-pong-ball-sized dollop, so gobbling up this fat will cause calorie chaos and may disrupt healthy blood fat levels. 

Wraps:  

These dense flatbread shells will roll up more calories than you bargained for, with some sizes having the equivalent carbohydrates and fat as three slices of bread with two pats of butter. Fiber may do little to redeem the value of using this starch due to a large surface area that can hold more stuffing and dressing than a regular sandwich. Be sure to wrap it upright by using healthy veggies and low-fat proteins, and ask for dressing on the side. 

About Nicolette M. Pace MS, RDN, CDE, CBC,CDN, CFCS ,FAND 

Nicolette founded NutriSource Inc. ( www.nutrisource.org )  in 2002 to provide high-quality education, counseling, and nutrition services for a diverse community population. Prior to founding NutriSource Inc, she served as Director of Clinical Nutrition at the NYHQ/Silvercrest Center where she provided both administrative and direct care for sub-acute and chronically ill patients. Nicolette was a key member of performance improvement projects and as Chair of the Nutrition Committee; significant positive changes were made in the standard of care. She is also a contributing writer for Minerva Place, as well as an adjunct professor of Nutrition at CUNY and Touro Colleges. She believes in emphasizing a holistic approach toward food, nutrition, and preventative healthcare. 

 

Nicolette Pace Demo Reel 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwoVzGu1Ic 

 

 

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When Did Leadership Turn into Organizing, and What Does it Mean? 

Richard Battle

I’m old enough to remember when people respected leaders for their accomplishments despite their shortcomings. I remember when we celebrated individuals for taking responsibility for leading groups and achieving goals. As former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry defined, “leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to, do to achieve what they want to achieve.” 

Good leaders 

  1. Rewarded and given increased responsibility 
  2. Learned from mistakes and achieved additional success 
  3. Received respect 
  4. Studied leadership via speeches, books and development courses from years of experience. 

 

Today, an active campaign is underway in media, academia, and politics to erase “leader” and all its various forms from our vocabulary. 

Organizer 

  1. Being used in place of leader 
  2. Historically was tied in labor union organizing 

 

My first experience –            1987 city bond election 

  1. Faced Alinsky protégé in Obama mold 
  2. Preparing for campaign combat, I read Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals, and every magazine article about Alinsky I could locate. 
  3. They published their strategy and tactics, making it easier to frame the debate and win the election. 
  4. Most of the United States learned of Alinsky via Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who exercised the organizer playbook. 

 

Psichologyanswers.comoffers an article titled, What are the duties of an organizer?   

  1. Building “social organizations.” 
  2. Developing, assessing, and changing social policy. 
  3. Developing social organizing strategies. 
  4. Six strategies of community change: mass mobilization, social action, citizen participation, public advocacy, popular education, and local services development. 
  5. Community development is fundamentally based on the values of human rights, social justice, equality, and respect for diversity. 

 

Organizers work within our social system and activities to change it into a socialist system utilizing “equity,” “fairness,” “social justice,” and other terms to avoid alarming the public of the scope of change desired. 

Americans declared independence against England in 1776, it wasn’t to overturn the social order but to change government’s form, location, and representation to its citizens.  

French citizens stormed the Bastille in 1789 to overthrow the monarchy and establish a new social order and a monumental political shift. According to  https://franceglobalissues.weebly.com, France has had 11 government regimes since 1789 compared to one for the United States and The United Kingdom. 

Lesson is equity, and social justice movements usually result in more government and less individual freedom despite their idealistic objectives. 

Seven Principles Successful Leaders Employ toReinforce Social Norms and Positively Impact the Present and Future 

  1. Leaders accept responsibility for measurable action by election or appointment. They are identifiable to their team as the leader. 
  2. Successful leaders visualize where they want to take an organization and communicate it to their followers or constituents. 
  3. Successful leaders realize long-term success beyond their tenure is best for the organization and team members. 
  4. Leaders inspire others to follow them, sacrifice other time, talent, and treasure opportunities, and commit themselves to give whatever is necessary to achieve the common goal. 
  5. Leaders motivate their team to persevere through adversity and overcome all challenges. 
  6. Successful leaders train their teams for increased responsibility and leadership opportunities. They also prepare their successors, ensuring the continuity of organizational success. 
  7. Exceptional leaders cherish the opportunity to reward team members whose valiant efforts contribute to team success. 

 

The next time you hear the word “organizer,” see if there is more to the organization than achieving its stated objectives. An additional consideration is especially true if you are considering joining its efforts. 

© 2021 – Richard V. Battle 

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