“WHAT would Kate do?” is the new watch word phrase for women in Great Britain who are tempted to over-indulge. “Would the Duchess of Cambridge eat that?” might be the follow-up. Every time they are inclined to reach for another sweet or whatever, this is what they are saying.
Meanwhile, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour is hot to get the newly-wed Kate for her fashion magazine cover. And, as Anna is the Queen of American fashion, I have no doubt she will, in time, succeed.
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I WENT out to California with the CEO of wowOwow.com — the sainted Joni Evans — because wowOwow and Pfizer have joined together in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and AARP invited us to speak at their annual convention in Los Angeles. Pfizer’s renowned neurologist, Dr. Rachel Schindler, who has been writing on our site, joined me, comedic genius Lily Tomlin, and her gifted writer/partner Jane Wagner.
Lily, Jane and I knew nothing much about Alzheimer’s and general dementia and we figured we were part of the “comedy relief” for this effort. When Joni asked us onstage about our biggest fear when speaking of Alzheimer’s, we chorused: “Getting it and how to avoid it!”
We were one with the amazing audience that joined us in the Los Angeles Convention Center. There were so many heartbroken and worried people there who had intimate stories to tell and share and penetrating questions to ask us. It was quite an experience.
Lily told us about her uncle who had changed from being a somewhat pious moralist to becoming a randy sex addict. He didn’t realize what he was doing after he developed the disease. (She made us laugh in spite of it all when asked which personality she preferred. She quipped she feared it had to be the latter.)
Jane demanded to know what science and research were doing, and why they didn’t move forward into gene examination, female hormones and stem cell research full speed ahead?
I fear I was largely a disruptor and nitpicker in this crowd, but I was able to offer a research finding from Oxford’s British scientists, which says that vitamin B and folic acid have proved to reduce the perplexities of Alzheimer’s in a group of disturbed persons by 70%. In other words, we realized we should take our vitamins, keep busy, stay active, live to exercise.
We concluded and were told by Dr. Rachel that the research into this dread disease, which afflicts 36 million people and seems to prefer the female of the species, is forging ahead — although like AIDS awareness, Alzheimer’s and dementia may be years from solution. You can just bet, however, that the pharmaceutical companies are working on this night and day.
After that and some radio interviews and meeting a lot of nice people who had attended, we took ourselves to the downtown Ritz Carlton hotel where we sat in the LA Market bar and ordered quite a lot (for us) of margaritas, martinis and cosmos. So, I’d say our get-together was a big success, even if we didn’t solve anything.
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OH YES, and we were introduced for our symposium by a great guy, the author Steve Cone, who now works with AARP. (His official title is Executive Vice President of Integrated Value and Strategy.)
Steve has written several self-help books that aid one in making the most of oneself. His latest is called Steal These Ideas, and I can’t wait to do that very thing when it comes my way.
He told us a funny story about his parents, who had been big dog experts. They used to put together tasty hors d’oeuvres which were also chock full of items that were good for canines. They delighted in serving these tidbits with cocktails, then turning around and serving them, in front of guests, to their dogs.
Steve is already running with this idea, which he stole from his mother and father. He says he is going to call it Diet With Your Dogs.