I’ve been an avid traveler -- mostly solo -- for years, and I've always loved the planning part. In the 1980s, though, I didn't do much advance prep. I'd get my 15-day Eurail Pass, check in at the "travelers' aid" desk at each new railroad station, and find accommodations that fit Frommer's Europe on $25 a Day budget.
- In Europe this summer, I was eager to show my son and his companion a town I liked in the south of France: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. So I made a reservation at the hotel I’d enjoyed there years before. When we arrived, I discovered I'd booked the wrong hotel AND the wrong dates! We lucked out, and ended up staying at the Hotel Gounod, a charming hotel in the town center.
- On a trip to Montreal earlier this month, I planned a stop in my hometown of Ithaca, NY, and booked rooms for myself and my travel partner at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University campus. When we arrived at the hotel’s reception desk, "it" happened again: I'd booked the wrong night, and the hotel was full. We made a quick walking tour of the campus, then drove to another, perfectly acceptable hotel downtown.
- Last week I was scheduled to participate in a workshop -- “Assessing Health Professional Education" -- sponsored by the Global Forum of the Institute of Medicine (affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences) here in Washington. I was looking forward to it. I arrived at 11:30am for what I thought was a noon event, and learned the session had started at 10:30 and was now over. Bummer!
I've regularly discussed curcumin -- the active ingredient in the Indian curry spice turmeric -- on this blog. Many studies -- most with mice -- have confirmed its efficacy as a powerful antioxidant in reducing inflammation found in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Especially encouraging is "Curcumin BCM-95," which has been shown effective in crossing the body's sometimes tricky blood-brain barrier. For additional info on this compound, just enter "BCM-95” into the search box at right.
I’ve been taking BCM-95 for over a year, hoping it might slow the progress of my Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer. It'd be an extra bonus if it also wards off Alzheimer’s.