Brain: Why do many voters vote against their economic interests? Today I went for my monthly blood test and this is precisely what the woman who drew my blood asked me. Why does the middleclass and poor Whites vote for Republicans and why are Republicans favored to win the Congressional House even the Senate in California even though they caused all the misery all of us are experiencing?
I told her that Americans are strongly influenced by what they see on television and the Republicans are much better at using fear in their attempts and they are willing to keep repeating the same words written by Think Tanks established by billionaires such as the Heritage Foundation.
Secondly, we are a country of peoples who fled Europe for religious persecution so their brains changed epigenetically to not trust those outside the group and are easily prone to fear tactics especially after bad economic times. Because of the constant eroding of the salaries of the Middleclass to provide riches for the Top One Percent who make over $450,000 a year. From 2002-2006, this group made 70 percent of the economic gains in wealth while the bottom 99 percent either stood still or dropped according to the Wall Street Journal.
Many Republicans are Scots-Irish including the Mormons who suffered through one war after another for a thousand Pagan years in Southwest Scotland from Roman invasions to British invasions. Becoming paranoid and very tough and cohesive group allowed they to survive.
Many started to emigrate to American in 1700s either by force or by choice. The Scots-Irish inhabited Northern Ireland. Although their behavior looks racist, we can see by the election of an Indians as governor of several states that as long as they have the same group-think as the population, they are accepted.
In chapter 2 of the book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, Carr surveys all the latest brain research which has proven unequivocally that our environment strongly influences our synaptic connections to neurons.
The connections used the most form more stable and long-lasting effects. Combine this with our ability to turn genes off and on from environmental effects in the relatively new field of Epigenetics. These changes can be transferred through generations as has been demonstrated from Scandinavian studies where superb records of each individual and families have been kept for many generations.
Everything we see, hear, and experience affects on these connections.
The constant repetition by corporate television and the major newspapers have affected how we think and even vote. That is one reason why money has such a great effect on who wins elections and repetitive advertising has such a large effect on our brains.
Jim Kawakami, July 13, 2010, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
Vitamins D and E May Affect Dementia Risk
Studies Show Blood Levels of Vitamins D and E Are Linked to Risk of Cognitive Decline
By Denise Mann
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
July 12, 2010 -- Two new studies help clarify the role that certain vitamins may play in the onset of cognitive decline, including risk of Alzheimer's disease.
One study suggests that low blood levels of vitamin D may increase risk for cognitive decline, while another study shows that consuming a diet rich in the antioxidant powerhouse vitamin E may help reduce the risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
But experts, including the study researchers, caution that it is still too early to make any blanket recommendations about what individuals should eat and what supplements they should take to reduce their risks for age-related cognitive decline and dementia.
In the vitamin D study of 858 adults aged 65 and older, those with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D -- less than 25 nanomoles per liter of blood -- were 60% more likely to show signs of general cognitive decline during the six-year study and 31% more likely to show declines in their ability to plan, organize, and prioritize (so-called executive function), than their counterparts who had sufficient blood levels of vitamin D.
The findings appear in the July 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Vitamin D is often called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it in response to sunlight. Vitamin D has become the "it" vitamin in recent years, as growing research links its deficiency to a host of health problems including heart disease, certain cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes, schizophrenia, and some autoimmune disorders.
Anywhere from 40% to 100% of older adults in the U.S. and Europe may be vitamin D-deficient, according to information cited in the new study. ... http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20100712/vitamins-d-and-e-may-affect-dementia-risk?page=2