Monthly Archives: June 2013

Back in a “Jiffy”

I hear a lot of seniors use the term, “jiffy.” “I’ll be back in a jiffy” “It’ll only take a jiffy” You probably didn’t know that the term “jiffy” is actually a scientific term for time measurement.  The odd thing is, the term is defined differently for different fields of science. Originally, it was the…

How To Treat Heart Disease?

A 2009 issue of The Lancet reported on a meta-analysis which reviewed 61 trials involving over 25,000 patients.  They compared angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment at all or just medication.  What was the finding? The findings of the analysis indicated that  angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease “did not produce detectable…

Save A Life (Maybe Your Own!)

How many of you Upgrading Seniors are aware that there is a “new and improved” CPR technique that is: Easier to learn than the old CPR More effective than the old CPR Doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Doubles the chances of survival for someone suffering from cardiac arrest Doesn’t that sound like something all of us…

Are You Taking a Statin Drug?

First, remember – I am not a physician.  Don’t do anything related to your prescription drugs based on my rants!  That said, Dr. Mercola is a physician.  In this post I’m going to direct you to a very interesting discussion of statin drugs prepared by Dr. Mercola.  If you are taking statins (1 in 4…

Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death! (Really?)

OK, Upgraders.  Time for a little rant.  That was the headline on a prominent health/science related website I was reading this morning.  Let’s look at that again: “Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death.” Holy Upgrading Senior, Martha! Pass the Broccoli! I have toyed around with a vegetarian diet.  In fact, I was one…