Re: [GRG] New Study Links White Matter Decay to Micro-Infarcts

Okay Mike, You have sold me on the value/cost of getting a brain MRI
every few years.
Note that I and Kitty already do an enormous amount of testing and
checking of our health by getting a very comprehensive set of blood
and urine tests via LEF at least yearly, a yearly dental exam, an
every other year DEXA from Tucson Medical Center and an
Echocardiogram Ultrasound, EKG, Carotid Artery Ultrasound, Abdominal
Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound, Peripheral Artery Disease screening (by
ankle/brachial BP differences) and Arterial Stiffness Index from
Health Fair. We also take home basal BP/HR, temperature and FBG
readings frequently, and BP/HR readings often in relationship to
high intensity physical activity. I am also looking for a place to
get yearly cardiopulmonary basal and stress testing (without a big
health analysis and counseling package deal) in the Phoenix area.
However having now decided to include a periodic brain MRI in our
test set after having found a nationwide place that will do these
things reasonably inexpensively (, I still
have no idea precisely what to ask for and to get my doctor (a PA
friend who gives us subscriptions for anything we need) to write a
prescription for. Will you please give more precise information on
exactly what brain MRI we should be getting, where you have found
this available at a reasonable price (actual prices, please) and how
a prescription for this should be worded? (Where you got yours done
and its cost was, would be good for a start.)
On 15-03-06 03:09 PM, Mike Darwin

Apparently, as Paul points out, many of the graphs did not
make it through in the post. I don’t why this happens, but in
this case, I have a solution that is much better than simply re
supplying the original graphs. Those graphs, and much of the
accompanying text, are from a multi-part article which I wrote
in May of 2011, about a year after I began active efforts to
pharmacologically remediate brain atrophy in myself. There was
zero interest in this article at the time. The article contains
the graphs in the GRG post, along with extensive references and
other resources related to this topic:

Since the only comment this article elicited at the time was
an argument over the cause of presbyopia (it appears to be
multifactorial, quite complex in its pathophysiology and may
represent a pre-cataract state) I’d be very interested to see
any comments here. Chronosphere is no longer active, so comments
cannot be posted there.


Mike Darwin


About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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