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It sure was nice to read the first three paragraphs of that Alzheimer's article.

Concerning the Fox attacks video, showing kids berating O'Reilly is supposed to display how simple it is to see through his tactics. However, I can't help but consider the possibility that the kids derive their ideas not from watching him, but from instruction from adults with the specific purpose of berating O'Reilly. This throws the integrity of the whole thing in question.

It sure was nice to read the first three paragraphs of that Alzheimer's article.

Yeah, damn.

Norm, what is the new treatment? my grandmother had Alzheimer's and I would really be interested to know if there is real progress. Not enough that I would sign up for a subscription.

The celebrity-endorsement gig is, of course, one of the oldest games in marketing. So it comes down to common sense: if I were having a heart attack, would I take a micro-dose of Foxglove from a homeopath? Duh...(and real homeopaths don't go there anyway). But I can tell you from experience that a few of these meds have benefit. When my kid was a baby, she went through her entire infancy with only a single case of diaper rash -- during a time we were traveling and had run out of the Calendula homeopathic stuff that we always used on her. On that occasion, the only ointment locally available was Vaseline.

By the way, the "inactive ingredient" in the homeopathic med that worked so beautifully for us was...petrolatum.

By the way, the "inactive ingredient" in the homeopathic med that worked so beautifully for us was...petrolatum.

At a .00000000000001 solution?

I think you have discovered that drinking water and using Vaseline reduces rashes.

I've used calendula cream for a rash for my dog (private parts) - my vet told me to use it. I've also taken valerian to sleep - it's no Ambien but it does seem to work - insomnia is such a weird thing maybe there's some placebo effect but it feels like it's relaxing me and I don't really care at that point. I also took arnica after knee surgery at the suggestion of my surgeon (from UCLA) to help the swelling go down. I don't know how fast it would've gone down without (I seem to bruise forever though) but he was really pleased with my fast progress...that's my empirical info.

I think medicine's number one rule is to first do no harm so I'd think there would be a lot less trouble with homeopathy than pharmaceuticals. I have empirical evidence of problems from pharmaceuticals but let's just say thalidomide and be done with it.

For those of you without a subscription to "New Scientist" here is a press release from Aberdeen University regarding their work on Rember.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mediareleases/release.php?id=1444

Hey- I was actually at the ISOT (International Symposium for Olfaction and Taste) meeting in San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago! Great to see the NY times write up about olfaction. Olfaction is just cool (though I study the peripheral sensory system rather than the central processing)!

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