It's time to take a moment and forget the decade of relentless war, the slow erosion of our freedoms and the fact that you might get a blast of radiation followed by a cavity search before your next flight.
Forget all that -- and pause to remember the thousands of innocent victims murdered on that cruel September morning 10 years ago.
But don't pause too long.
The politicians want to turn September 11th into some kind of somber national holiday where they can all stand around and look important, and in many ways they already have. But the best way to honor those who died -- and show the terrorist SOBs who really won -- is to let life return to normal.
So with that in mind, I'm going to stop talking about September 11th -- there's plenty of that on TV right now if you want it anyway -- and stick to what I do best -- help you enjoy the (few) freedoms we have left and take control of your health into your own hands.
A closer look at sleep apnea
Resting easy? No such thing when you're battling the nightly airless misery of sleep apnea.
But let's not get carried away over a new study that links this breath-robbing condition to dementia, either -- because there's a lot more to this one than meets the eye.
First, some details: Researchers gave sleep tests to 298 dementia-free women with an average age of 82. Then, five years later, they gave the women a new round of cognitive tests.
They found that 45 percent of the women who had at least 15 apnea episodes per hour went on to develop either mild cognitive impairment or dementia, versus 31 percent of the women who didn't have the disorder.
So, sure... the risk is higher among women with some pretty severe apnea. But if you focus on that, you miss the most incredible part of the study: The researchers found nearly 300 80-somethings -- and they were all still around five years later to even take those cognitive tests.
Forget their sleep habits -- I want to know what else they're doing, because clearly, they're doing something right!
That's really the bottom line here. If you've made it to 82 in good health, you've done way better than most people -- and I wouldn't rush to change a thing no matter what some researcher half your age says.
Heck, as far as I can tell this study shows how resilient the body is: If you can make it to 82 gasping for air every single night, maybe you've learned to live with less oxygen -- like mountain people who adjust to the thinner air at high altitudes.
But if you're on the younger side, no excuses -- apnea is dangerous and downright deadly, and the risks go far beyond dementia. Take control of your condition now -- in most cases, you just need to drop a few pounds -- or you'll never see 82.