QOTD: On the Demise of the Boy Scouts (BSA or Boy Scouts of America)

One happy camper

I was a Boy Scout. My son was a Boy Scout. My grandsons, if I’m blessed with any, will not be Boy Scouts. Because the organization won’t exist then.

From the comment section at the Vox Popoli blog:

By Mister Excitement…The adult leadership actively betrayed the Scouts. The President of the Scouts that did the final surrender to this madness was none other than a member of the Bush Administration, Robert Gates.

The Boy Scouts allowed this man to become its President knowing what he had done as SECDEF.

“Gates announced in February 2010 that the Defense department would lift its ban on women serving on submarines.[62] Gates also prepared the

armed forces for the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy. Since the repeal in 2010, homosexuals are able to serve in the military openly.[63] In service of that goal, he announced in late March 2010 the approval of new regulations that would make it more difficult to kick gays out of the military. Gates called the guideline changes, which went into effect immediately, a matter of “common sense and common decency” that would be “an important improvement” allowing the Pentagon to apply current law in “a fairer and more appropriate”

“On May 21, 2015, Gates stated that the “status quo [ban on gay adult leaders] in [the BSA] movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained” and that he would no longer seek to revoke the charters of scout units that accept gay adult leaders.”

By The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey…

 

Ironically the main driver to all of their woes is money. That was always the lever used. The fight over the gays was driven by CEOs (including Rex Tillerson prominently) who threatened to withhold corporate contributions unless the scouts caved on the secular, progressive agenda. This was always, always cited as the strongest and most decisive explanation for why things ‘had to be done’.

Going to SCOTUS repeatedly and winning was not enough. Standing up against all the social pressure from the left was too hard, especially given the lure of all that money.

So they took the money and for what? Now they are looking at bankruptcy. Sad and foolish. Everybody in scouting leadership knew the wrong moves were made and many loudly said so and many picked up and left over it. They can’t say they didn’t know they were making a deal with the devil.

 

Google Trends: Ketogenic Diet and Mediterranean Diet are #1 and #5 in U.S.

See.

Why not combine the two? Hey, somebody did that in 2010!

Probably under $20 at Amazon.com

You CAN Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Lot’s of good ideas in this video. Additionally, I’ve see a couple studies supporting hibiscus tea as a natural remedy.

Dr Berry says only one in a million persons has blood pressure that is sensitive to dietary salt. That is, high salt intake increases blood pressure. On the other had, I’d say one in four of the hypertensive population is salt-sensitive.

QOTD: A Day Which Shall Live in Infamy…

“I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

– Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon learning of the success of the attack on

Effect of Aspirin on Disability-free Survival in the Healthy Elderly

“Aspirin use in healthy elderly persons did not prolong disability-free survival over a period of 5 years but led to a higher rate of major hemorrhage than placebo.”

Source: Effect of Aspirin on Disability-free Survival in the Healthy Elderly | NEJM

Jenna Jameson Loses 80 Pounds on Ketogenic Diet 

I hesitated to link to this story about a porn star, but decided to do it anyway. You judge her lifestyle for yourself.

Looks to me like she could use some weight training.

From Fox News:

“For dinner, Jameson, 44, says she prepares salmon in the oven with lemon, butter and dill around 5 p.m. and serves it with broccoli or asparagus.

Jameson also noted that she doesn’t mix meat and dairy because she eats Kosher, but says her followers should feel welcome to do so.The blonde bombshell, who welcomed daughter Batel Lu in April 2017, says that when she’s hungry, she eats, particularly because she’s breastfeeding — but that she makes it a point to avoid keto breads and snacks and focus solely on whole, organic foods.

The “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star” author has shared her weight loss progress for months.”

Source: Jenna Jameson shares keto diet tips after 80-pound weight loss | Fox News

Is this the diet she used?

Drug Therapy For Alzheimer’s Dementia Is Worse Than No Drug

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“Honey, let’s talk to doc about stopping those drugs.”

I commonly admit patients to the hospital who happen to be taking either Aricept or memantine (or both) in an effort to slow the cognitive decline of dementia. Aricept is a cholinesterase inhibitor, abbreviated ChEI below.

A meta-analysis published in November 2018 in JAMA Network suggests that folks taking those drugs have a more rapid cognitive decline compared to those who don’t. Moreover, the rate of decline for those taking memantine, with or without ChEIs, was faster than those receiving ChEIs only or receiving neither medication.

A typical dose of Aricept (donepezil) is 10 mg/day. The average wholesale price for that pill is $20.23 (USD). One brand of memantine is called Namenda, and the usual dose is 10 mg twice daily. Average wholesale dose for that is $17.80/day.  Take both those drugs daily for one month and it’s $1,140.90. Or $13,690.80 for a year. And that’s the wholesale price.

I can think of a few better uses of that money.

Admittedly, there must be individual patients that respond better than average to these drug, and some respond worse than average. You can’t tell in advance who those are.

Click the link below for the full study. From the Abstract:

Results

Across 10 studies, of 2714 participants, the mean (SD) age was 75.0 (8.2) years, 58% were female, and 9% were racial/ethnic minorities. There were 906 participants (33.4%) receiving ChEIs, 143 (5.3%) receiving memantine, 923 (34.0%) receiving both, and 742 (27.3%) receiving neither. Meta-analysis showed those receiving ChEIs or memantine were associated with significantly greater annual rate of decline on the ADAS-cog [a test of cognition] than those receiving neither medication (1.4 points/y; 95% CI, 0.1-2.7).

Conclusions and Relevance

Similar to observational studies, many participants in AD clinical trials receiving ChEIs or memantine experience greater cognitive decline. This difference is nearly as large as the hypothesized effect sizes of the treatments investigated in the trials. Concomitant use of ChEIs or memantine may be confounded with outcomes on the ADAS-cog and should be considered in design of clinical trials of potential therapeutic agents for AD. Post hoc analyses stratifying by ChEIs or memantine must be interpreted cautiously given the potential for confounding.

Source: Association of Concomitant Use of Cholinesterase Inhibitors or Memantine With Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Clinical Trials: A Meta-analysis | Dementia and Cognitive Impairment | JAMA Network Open | JAMA Network