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Old 01-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #31
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We do know for sure that stress affects the immune system. A lot of disease becomes illness when the exposure outweighs the system's ability to deal with it. I suspect there may well be something to stress and organic senile dementias like Alzheimer's. Sure, you have to live long enough to get it, and that no doubt accounts for cases. But a lot of neurological diseases get their starts from viruses very early and don't become symptomatic until much later. So stress (the bad kind - there is good stress) may be the factor that lets it get a foothold. And it's one thing that we know both is bad for you and that we can do something about, with the bonus that there's no downside - if it was no medical benefit at all, you'd still be happier. Which is good, because it won't necessarily prevent what you hope it will prevent. That reporter on Nightline just discovered during the "pretend" screening that his arteries were calcifying, and he had the gene that's behind it. So did "the iceman," the ancient guy that emerged from the Swiss glacier, a guy who got loads of exercise and ate whole grains, etc. (Don't know about stress. He was murdered, after all.) But he had the calcifying arteries and the gene to go with it.

People want real bad to know what's behind Alzheimer's, because it scares the heck out of them. But it's even possible we might never know. It might fade away one day, as other diseases have, before we could find the cause. It would be nice to think it was aluminum exposure, because we could do something about that. But it wasn't aluminum exposure back to the 1880's when there are classic described cases, well before Alzheimer made his name. Metallic aluminum then was more prized than gold. All of the studies that tried to find a cause found nothing or weak results. So if I have to pick among weak studies, I'll take the one that associated drinking red wine with a reduced incidence of Alzheimer's.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #32
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Well, I like the study that found a lot of folks who were heavy drinkers or alcoholics, had most of their brain wasted away. And since I don't drink, I will assume I am safe. And to date I have shown no signs of dementia. Though there are those who would question that statement.

Now if I could just find a study that states that having heart disease is beneficial to a long life, then I would be happy.
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #33
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I wouldn't be concerned either, but you can do what I do when I cover my tomato-based dishes with foil. First place a layer (barrier, if you will) of parchment paper between the food and the foil. If you want to cut a vent slit into the foil, the parchment can also be easily slit, too.

That's a good idea because the acid in the tomatoes will "eat" the foil.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:23 PM   #34
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Now if I could just find a study that states that having heart disease is beneficial to a long life, then I would be happy.
Studies agree - it will cause you to live for your entirrrrre life.

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Old 01-20-2012, 05:57 PM   #35
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So stress (the bad kind - there is good stress)
That was a very interesting post, GLC. I've not heard of "Good Stress". What are some examples of it?
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I may be off base, but statements such as, "No proven connection" are a way to suggest that there really is a connection but I can't say so (wink, wink). It plants the seed of doubt causing many folks to, "...minimize the aluminum in your life, just in case."

I see it as a way for people with an agenda to plant the seeds of doubt, causing consumers to avoid an item "just to be on the safe side".

For example, "Although there is no proven connection, older men who live in St. Augustine and eat hydroponically grown vegetables show a higher incidence of Alzheimer's Disease than the general population."

It can't be proven and it can't be disproved.
Who you callin an older man? Ha! I get your point Andy. Yer killin me!
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:13 PM   #37
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That was a very interesting post, GLC. I've not heard of "Good Stress". What are some examples of it?
I don't know how much this qualifies as all that "good" for you or if it's more a contrast with bad chronic stress. But the reference is to the kind of short burst thrill associated with good things, overcoming a challenge, sex, love, roller coaster, etc., things that end in positive feelings. I guess it might be said to be the kind of stress no one would try to drink away. The term is "eustress," as opposed to "distress." It is said to stimulate systems, heart, immune, etc. I think what they're really saying is that there's a positive side of stress and that it's not helpful to try to eliminate all stress from your life.

On the other hand, that kind of stress can get out of hand, and if it keeps pounding away at you, in a way you can't adapt to or resolve, it triggers all the bad responses.

I don't think it's real profound. We do seem to be programmed to seek out that kind of good stress, like the thrill ride.
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I scoff at the idea that aluminum foil is any particular health risk, except like always the basic rule is that aluminum should not contact acidic food. There are plenty of reasons why plastic wrap is better than aluminum foil anyway, primarily because it is cheaper. I'm sure a case could be made that plastic wrap could be a health risk too. In the mean time I'll use plastic wrap unless aluminum's primary benefit--heat resistance--makes it a better choice over plastic.

But if anybody believes aluminum foil is a risk then don't use it.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #40
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And now for a diversion: Tin foil has lots of other great uses... ;)

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For lessons on how to make a tin foil hat Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
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