Causation here?

Mindfulness and meditation could stave off dementia, research suggests.

They’re both methods of thinking about things., dementia is not being able to think about things. Are we certain that we’ve causation the right way around here?

8 comments on “Causation here?

  1. The brain is like a muscle: fail to exercise it, and it will atrophy. Insofar as mindfulness is exercise for the brain, then yes, the causation is the right way around.

  2. It shows how tenuous it is that they use the phrase “research suggests”. Usually even utter bollocks is confidently presented as “experts say”.

    “Research suggests” is the phrase used when everyone at the paper knows it is balls but they need to fill space.

  3. “Researchers said responses to ‘stress’ may speed up brain cell ageing and degenerative changes in the central nervous system, increasing vulnerability to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.”

    I guess the lads at air traffic control are buggered.

  4. That is what is wrong with the Tellie these days. It is by run and for post-teenage girls who know nothing. They buried the actual main story there:

    Study author Dr Natalie Marchant, from UCL’s division of psychiatry, said: “Clinically significant anxiety in midlife was associated with an increased risk of dementia over an interval of at least 10 years.

    So let’s rephrase that – stressful work gives women dementia? That doesn’t sound Girl Power-ish enough. How about divorce is likely to cause dementia? No, that won’t sell to their audience of empowered middle aged women.

    So they make it frothy and cheerful and upbeat by suggesting their audience can avoid dementia by taking up meditation. Frankly I am waiting for the ground breaking research that proves Thia hookers and beer staves off Parkinson’s. I mean, it might.

  5. Thia hookers and beer staves off Parkinson’s. I mean, it might.

    At great personal expense and for the good of all mankind I have done a considerable amount of research on just this. So far, so good.

  6. Roué le Jour – “At great personal expense and for the good of all mankind I have done a considerable amount of research on just this. So far, so good.”

    Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability, and I want you to know that we are with you, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-nasr, hatta al-Closing Time.

    Although could you try it with tequila rather than beer? I have rather gone off a pint in favour of the Mexican rot gut.

  7. @SMFS – v good post re the Terriblegraph.

    Re: Thai hookers and beer, the research cited in the T’graph suggests that both will help prevent dementia as they relieve stress and anxiety.

  8. Can we please cut out the “stress” is bad for you Bollocks.

    A life without stress is horribly boring and bland. It’s why people hate boring routine jobs, even when well paid.

    An active life requires a balance of tension and relaxation.

    Stress and anxiety only kill if they cannot be escaped. That is about your home life, not your work (unless you are one of those people that cannot leave work at work).

    Air traffic controllers, police, teachers etc have good jobs that have stress at work that you can leave behind when you knock off.

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