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And now that book will never be written. My personal tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

Posted 12-Mar-2015 at 08:58 PM (20:58) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

I first met Terry Pratchett around twenty years ago, at a SF/fantasy convention in the Netherlands. I had not read any of his books, and I had thought they must be silly because of the book-cover design. This was not the only huge mistake I was to make. A year later, and a neurology research colleague at Duesseldorf university recommended his books to me. Eventually I actually read one, and I was blown away, hooked for evermore. Once I actually read his books, the book-cover design made perfect...
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More on nosology - when the mind goes wrong, sometimes the cause is only a germ, sometimes not.

Posted 13-Nov-2010 at 07:34 AM (07:34) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Nov-2010 at 07:41 AM (07:41) by Gurdur

For those that work in counselling, the care of the body may come right behind the care of the mind or soul. For example, imagine the following situation:

Imagine you are a counsellor of whatever sort, or even just a good friend, and someone, a client or friend, walks in on you, and looks quite intent, maybe a little flashing of the eyes, not too much, otherwise seemingly in control, and just straightaway explains to you, reasonably calmly, that he's thinking of ways to kill his...
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Alzheimer's Disease - just what is it? The dangers of over-medicalization and over-diagnosis

Posted 10-Aug-2010 at 04:19 PM (16:19) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-Aug-2010 at 04:26 PM (16:26) by Gurdur

Continuing on the subject of Alzheimer's from my last blog post: The whole model of Alzheimer's as a separate disease entity is under debate; some go so far to deny it exists at all, e.g. Peter Whitehouse and Daniel George in their book The Myth of Alzheimer’s (USA edition, British edition). Denying it exists at all seems to me to be taking things a fair bit too far, though it's undeniable...
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If you don't want to be told you have Alzheimer's, eat fruit, and use it or lose it; the diabetes link

Posted 10-Aug-2010 at 03:57 PM (15:57) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-Aug-2010 at 04:37 PM (16:37) by Gurdur

There's a new study (citation below) out , reported about in the Guardian, that shows that almost 40% of those at risk for developing Wikipedia link for Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's Disease could undertake actions to avoid falling prey to Alzheimer's, the main actions discussed in the new study being:
  1. Use your brain or lose it - research consistantly shows that those who simply read more, or who do other intelligence-improving pastimes, are at much lower risk for developing Alzheimer's (more on this below).
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  2. Eat more fruit
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