Jelly Mind

Now… we are all getting older.  By the minute.

If you are exempt, please send me a private message.  I want some of the Elixer.

For the rest of us, we are slowly decomposing.  Essentially.  One of the things that often suffers as a result of aging, is memory and brain function.

To give you the lowdown…  the brain’s volume peaks in our early 20s and gradually declines for the rest of our lives.  When we hit our 40s,  many of us start to notice subtle changes.  Like we start lacking in our ability to remember new names or do more than one thing at a time.

Here’s the cold hard truth.  Our cortexes starts to shrink. Neurons start to shrink.  The blood flow to our brain slows down.  Some I am told.

But we live in the new medications.   If you don’t believe me, turn on the TV and you can here the list yourself.

As far as our brains go, we’ve heard all the rounds on staying sharp.  Ginko Balboa.  Super Foods, like Blueberries.  Garlic.  Hot Coffee.  Plenty of Rest.  Exercise.  Blah.   Blah.  And Blah.

But new to the drug scene is Prevagen.  If you’ve ever heard the commercial, it sort of goes like this.

Prevagen has been clinically shown to help with mild memory problems associated with aging…..  Prevagen contains a unique ingredient called apoaequorin, which was previously only found in jellyfish.   Blah.  Blah.  Blah. Blah.

Okay, to me… this is not a strong selling point.  The part about the “unique ingredient previously only found in jellyfish.”  Now… here is a fairly well-known scientific fact.  Jellyfish don’t have brains.  Period.  Instead, they have these ‘nerve nets’.  Those are the things which sense changes in the environment and coordinate the animal’s responses.

Does this smell fishy to anyone else but me?

It would be like taking Jellyfish for stronger bones, or something.  It just seems counter-intuitive.

Now, I am a believer in modern medicine.  And, I think it is even better, when East meets West on the scene of healing.  But every once in a while, I just have a feeling that they are pulling a fast one on us.  The wool over our eyes.  This one here…. the jellyfish deal….. seems like they are snowing us? Ever so slightly?

I can hear the guys in the lab now.  “Boys….  Here’s the bet.  Let’s pick something totally unbelievable… like a brain supplement made from jellyfish.  How long do you think it will take until someone catches on?  Who wants in on the pool?”  And then all the geeks in the lab-coats begin laughing uncontrollably.

Here’s the what-for.  If they come up with an ingredient previously only found in Albert Einstein’s Brain… I’m IN.  And for the jellyfish?  Even that is SO wrong.

I eat my jelly on toast, and my fish on a bun with tartar sauce.    Now that’s Rocket Science.



“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
― Bertrand Russell


“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”
― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report


“It’s like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”
― Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia