Cellphones may protect against Alzheimer’s

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I don’t know whether or not cellphones give you brain tumors, but I do shudder just a little every time the thought crosses my mind while I’m on the phone. Well, even if cellphones are destroying our brains, it’s possible they may be fixing them at the same time.

University of South Florida researchers have found that long-term exposure to the electromagnetic waves associated with cellphone use may actually protect against Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, they may even work to reverse the condition.

So far, this has only been shown with lab mice. The scientists started with 96 mice, most of which were genetically engineered to develop beta amyloid protein deposits in the brain, which is one of the main things that happens to human who have Alzheimer’s. Some were “non-demented” — in other words, normal. For a period of seven to nine months, for two hours a day, all the mice were exposed to about the same level of cellphone waves you’d get if you held one up to your head.

The results were that old mice with the protein buildups saw a reduction in beta amyloids. Basically, they got better, and their memory function was restored. Young mice engineered to collect beta amyloids did not experience the build-ups. Among the normal mice, memory actually improved. Not sure how you test a mouse’s memory, but that’s why I’m not a scientist making potentially life-saving discoveries.

Don’t get too excited yet, though — William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, called the study “interesting,” but stressed that the results are very preliminary and that a lot more work needs to be done. Then there’s that whole thing about how the very same radiation might cause brain tumors — so best not to try to self-medicate on this one, especially if you’re driving.

via Technology News: Handheld Devices: Nexus One: You Can Look, You Can Buy, but You Can’t Touch.

Man blows up apartment spraying for bugs.

A New Jersey [of course, New Jersey] man trying to exterminate insects in his apartment blew it up instead, the New York Daily News reported on Monday.  Isias Vidal Maceda was unhurt in the incident, but 80 percent of his apartment was destroyed… More at Reuters

My guess.  The bugs survived.

Mitt Romney’s Faith Speech – What the commentators are missing

Mitt Romney Faith SpeechMy reactions. First, Romney looked presidential (or what I think the American people think a president should look like – why does that even matter). It was a great call to return to the framework the founding fathers had intended. There was/is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. But there is something even conservative and Christian commentators are missing.

Comparing his speech to JFK’s is apples to oranges. Primarily because while we (Catholics and Protestants) have some huge disagreements in our religion. Catholicism is neither a false religion or a cult. Mormonism is, by definition, a cult where you can obtain Godship for yourself. God (according to Mitt Romney’s faith) was once a man who through his own goodness has become a god. I realize calling Mormonism or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a cult may be offensive to those in “the church.” But see for yourself. Joseph Smith failed in his predictions of the return of Christ and many other “Thus says the Lord” prophesies. He was, by definition, a false prophet. Again, I am not trying to offend. Just pointing out what commentators are missing.

Along those same lines, Romney said, “There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked. What do I believe about Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.”

Don’t be fooled by Mormon word-theft and hair gel!

Here’s what he really means [my comments in brackets]:

There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked [but never answer]. What do I [ok – well, Mormons] believe about Jesus Christ? I [avoiding the term Mormons] believe that Jesus [first born spirit of Heaven and Satan’s older brother] Christ [not in the full atonement way] is the [physically conceived (iow: God and Mary had sex)] Son of God [also once a man from another planet, but now perfect and ruler of this universe, from the planet Kolob*] and the Savior [at least if you can’t do it yourself, or no one prays you in after you are dead] of mankind.

[PS: this speech should make me a shoe in toward becoming my own God].

Look Mitt, just be honest and say, “You bet I’ll make a good president, I’m working my way up to ruler of my own universe – so I got a lot riding on this!”

Seriously, I will not vote for someone who belongs to a cult. Does that make me a bigot? Of course not. We should not give credence and a platform to any false religion. I also wont be voting for Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda or any member of the Branch Davidians, either.

* I swear, I am not making that Kolob part up!!!