Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lakeside 2019, Week 4, Dr. Roizen and Dr. Dillon

Dr. Kelly Dillon of Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH)  was our speaker at Lakeside Monday and Tuesday on children and guns, cyberbullying and media literacy. My major question is why Hollywood and TV celebs are so critical of the 2nd amendment when in fact they fuel the violence with their films and shows. Seems awfully hypocritical. It's an industry--not just actors, but screen writers, agents, producers, directors, lighting, costuming, make-up, drivers, camera jockeys, set designers, film editors, it's all in a days job. They all play a role in the violence.  She presented some compelling research done at OSU using edited movies, some with violence some without then following children who were playing with nerf guns and a real gun.

In terms of her media lecture, I believe educated people have too much faith in  “knowledge,” and “information.”  Especially parents of adolescents.  They seem to think that if “we have that conversation” with our children about sex, alcohol, drugs, or on-line safety or cyberbullying, then like magic, they will make the right decisions.

Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic drew a large crowd for an evening lecture.  He went through his slides so quickly I knew I’d have to search the internet for his YouTube and summaries of his books. But I did have a few takeaways to investigate.  He thinks that even at my age, I can make a difference in my genes by actively pursuing the right nutrition, exercise and few modifications.  He is still in favor of  older adults using a multi-vitamin and  baby aspirin. He likes breathing exercises for lowering blood pressure.  Interestingly, he recommends jumping for strengthening bones.  Not sure I’ve seen that before—I’ll have to find an explanation.  Dr. Roizen is a HUGE fan of coffee—like it’s a magic elixir.  Like most people knowledgeable about nutrition, he’s not fond of sugar.

He’s written many books, and there was a table of autographed books for sale.

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