Hey Peanuts Fans! Check Out The Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center

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*I’d been in Santa Rosa the night before for Johnny Mathis’ show, and couldn’t resist checking out the Charles M Schulz Museum & Research Center before heading home. Fans of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, or any of the Peanuts gang will love the center, while learning something they didn’t know about the revered comic strip.

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“It Was A Dark And Stormy Night” is the name of the Center’s newest exhibit, outlining the history behind Snoopy’s hysterical writing career.  Other attractions included Snoopy’s presentation of famous United States presidential pets — did you know that long before we met the Obama’s dogs, a pet alligator lived in the White House?? — and an exhibit that details the Peanuts gang’s devotion to health and fitness (Peppermint Patty was ahead of her time in trying to eat a healthy lunch). Continue reading

Study Finds Lack of Exercise Increases Risk of Dementia

Dementia is a serious mental disorder that affects more than 5.4 million Americans. Sadly, in addition to aging, physical conditions like hair loss and obesity could also be related to this debilitating disease.

According to a new study, lack of exercise could also have a direct relation to dementia.

“Being inactive may completely negate the protective effects of a healthy set of genes,” said Jennifer Heisz, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at McMaster University and a lead researcher on a new Canadian study.

The five-year study looked at more than 1,600 adults aged 65 and older and found that individuals who spend too much time on the couch have the same risk of developing dementia as those genetically predisposed to the condition. The predisposed people carry the apolipoprotein (APOE) gene mutation, which significantly increases the chance of developing dementia later in life. In fact, it’s the strongest genetic risk factor for dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The type of exercise needed to fight off dementia isn’t known; however, the study suggests that even rudimentary physical activity could help, as the physically active study participants reported walking at least three times a week.

“Which means you don’t have to train like an Olympian to get the brain health benefits of being physically active,” Heisz added.

Problems with hair loss are often related to dementia as well, but it’s important to keep in mind that hair loss doesn’t always lead to mental health issues. Hair loss is becoming more and more common in younger people, who are far from showing any signs of dementia and other mental health-related problems. Roughly 40% of men experience noticeable hair loss before they turn 35 years old.

Unfortunately for the prematurely hairless, eHealthMe does report that hair loss is commonly found among people with dementia. The most common factors of dementia patients who also experience hair loss are being female, being over the age of 60, and having high cholesterol levels.

The increasing number of Americans with dementia has also taken a toll on the nation’s health care system. Pharmacy Times reports people with dementia — along with younger men, people with lower income, and people of color — are more likely to seek emergency care for non-emergency conditions like common eye problems.

A University of Michigan study looked at roughly 377,000 eye-related emergency room visits over a 14-year period and found that nearly 86,500 of those visits were for issues that did not require emergency treatment.

Of course, people who are experiencing serious dementia symptoms should consult a medical professional. In addition to primary care physicians, patients can get medical attention at urgent care clinics. About 60% of urgent care centers have wait times less than 15 minutes and 65% have an on-site physician at all times. Instead, many older Americans with dementia end up in emergency rooms.

To limit the risks of dementia, there are steps young people can take. Monitoring physical activity, keeping track of potential symptoms, and seeking professional medical attention are all important aspects of fighting off dementia.

“I tell all my patients that if they leave with one, and only one, piece of advice,” said Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health ant Mount Sinai Hospital, “one thing that they can do to reduce their risk of dementia or slow the progression of dementia is to exercise.”

Coleman Young II Wants To Follow In Legendary Father’s Footsteps, Announces Bid For Mayor of Detroit

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*A term-limited Michigan state senator says he wants to become the next mayor of the city of Detroit, following in his legendary father’s footsteps.

Coleman Young was Detroit’s first black mayor, and its longest running, serving from 1974 to 1994.  He was a hero in metro Detroit’s African American community when I was growing up there.  Young was renowned — or infamous, depending on who described him — for not shying away from public debates, be it on the air with prominent television news anchors like the late Bill Bonds, or at town halls with prominent Republican politicians from neighboring counties, like L. Brooks Patterson.

Boy, we could use a “Coleman Young” on the national stage right now, huh? 

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Glad You Threw that Bacon Away? Why it’s Important to Adhere to ‘Use By this Date’ Warnings

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*As hungry as I was, am, I just threw out a few slices of bacon that had a use by date of a week ago. So glad I paid attention this time. I generally stick with my Lowfat Berry Cereal in the red box — which I get from Trader Joe’s; but I was out and was about to opt for my second standby: turkey bacon. As good as those remaining two pieces looked (well, how good could they look raw, but still, I was hungry so I imagined them cooked…something told me, throw it away!).

Here’s why…

  • Harvard University scientists have found mice fed older meat had a 13% shorter lifespan than those fed younger meat
  • They claim it is because the set-in damage of the meat damaged the mice’s cells
  • Cellular damage is the reason we age, become weary and eventually die 

You might want to pay attention to this new study done by researchers at Harvard University. It sounds overly dramatic, but that doesn’t make their findings any less true. According to a Daily Mail article, their study shows there is no question that old ingredients could shorten our lifespan, and that old food is one of the factors contributing to this. Continue reading

Original Star Trekker, George Takei, Says He Lost Virginity to an ‘Attractive’ Man at 13 (Listen)

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*Well, you can look at this a couple of ways, I guess. TMI (too much information); or should we be feeling some kind of way because this was an obvious crime of pedophelia? It’s weird, seeing as the “victim” is what, like, 80 years old now? Well…79.

Damn, George. What are we suppose to think?

The new Taco Bell spokesman, hey, a brother’s gotta do what a brother’s gotta do, right? The new Taco Bell spokesman is defending the stance of mutually agreed upon sex with a 19-year-old “pretty attractive” blonde camp counselor when he was only 13.

“I was kind of uh … I thought he was attractive,” Takei, who came out as gay decades ago, admits. Continue reading

We Suspected Angelina Jolie Was ‘Different’…Now Watch Her ‘N the Kids Eat Tarantulas and Scorpions!

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*A ‘difficult’ split from Brad Pitt doesn’t seem to have dampened Angelina Jolie’s sense of adventure. Recently she was captured in Cambodia with her children enjoying the delicacies of outdoor life by way of insects.

Yes. She actually gave her children lessons in the fine art of frying and then eating spiders and scorpions. If that has your mouth agape, listen to this: They seemed to really enjoy the taste.  Continue reading

‘Style Your Hair Like a White Officer’ Was Last Straw, Black Female Sgt. Files Civil Lawsuit

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*We smile through it, don’t we? I remember being so happy when I was once hired to work at a prominent Los Angeles radio station more than a decade ago. But from day one, (and subsequently two years later), the Caucasian GM walked by my desk each morning; where I sat right next to a white woman who held the same position as I, and spoke to her — yet ignored me. The story you are about to read took me right back to that time. Sgt. Qiana Brown was obviously being a “good sport” in the picture above even though she has continued to endure years of harassment, including racial and gender discrimination. It’s crap like THIS that makes the blood of Black folk and other well-meaning individuals just boil! To hear that a female veteran-turned-police officer-turned-sergeant and now mom has been through hell just because of her skin color makes me tremble with rage as I type this.

Ignorant heartless, souless, bastards!!!

Now Sgt. Qiana Brown of Hillside, New Jersey has been forced to file a civil law suit that spells out the treatment she has endured in detail. She has been denied promotions even though her test scores were among the highest; she was denied the right to express breast milk as she requested after having her baby; her hours were revised so that she could not spend time with her infant, and on and on and on. Continue reading

‘Sick Selfies’ … What Have We Come To? Oh People, We Have Got to Do Better (Pictures)

I mean really, why would posing for a selfie with a homeless person be on your To Do list, dude. Get a f**king life!
I mean really, why would posing for a selfie with an unconscious homeless person be on your To Do list, dude. Get a f**king life!

*Hey, I like a good selfie of moi as much as the next person. Especially if its on a day where I’m “feeling myself.” You know, a woman feeling her beauty kind of day! That’s one thing. But dang, you’ve got to scratch your head and wonder what the phuck were some of these folks thinking when they decided to snap these pictures. Continue reading

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