Scientific Study Linking Sleeping Pills to Alzheimer’s Now Missing From Collective Public Memory

Sleeping Pills-FNT-Small.pngWASHINGTON, D.C. – A study and report that once pointed toward evidence that sleeping pills can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s now appears to have slipped the collective consciousness of the scientific and medical professions, as well as the pill-taking public in general. Recent random polls taken of the population at large have turned up almost zero recollection that the report ever existed.

“You’re kidding!” scoffed Annabelle Clearmont, who admitted to being 26 when she was asked for a comment about the study while she was having a prescription filled for temazepam at her local pharmacy. “I’ve never heard that; and besides I need these little darlings to be able to get to sleep. Can’t think how my life would be without them.”

Sleeping pills, which are rarely called by that name anymore, are a class of drugs whose main function is to put people to sleep by doing a nasty little number on their brain functions. The pills are usually referred to now by quasi-medical terms such as hypnotics or soporifics to elevate them in status and their users in social self-importance, or, euphemistically as sleep aids or mild sedatives to give them the mistaken perception of benignity.

The results of the study, (which, ironically, has seemingly disappeared from public memory) of more than 3000 people indicated that the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s for people taking sleeping pills was increased by more than 50% (dementia) and 60% (Alzheimer’s), compared with non-users.

As with smokers however, who live in denial right up until the time they get lung cancer and die from it, sleeping pill users are also quick to find ready rationalization to pop hypnotics.

When asked for comment about the possible harm to brain functions for people taking sleeping pills, Ryan Cernian, who said he was “on the right side of twenty-eight” and was filling a prescription for oxybutynin stated, “Sure, I had heard about it (the study), but I’m not worried because it was done on really old people.” Source: FNT Staff  

Photo credit: Original images at: The Guardian , Polymer Solutions , The New Old Age

Ontario Premier Scolds Small Business Owners — Bully Tactics to be Sole Domain of Governments

Premier Wynne-FNT-SmallTORONTO – The premier of Ontario had harsh words on Thursday for the owners of a Tim Hortons’ coffee franchise. She accused them of bullying their staff by reducing employee benefits to cut costs, and wants them to reverse the decision.

As the head of the government of Canada’s wealthiest province, the premier apparently saw no irony in personally attacking the owners of a small-business who were taking steps to try and mitigate a 20% minimum wage hike imposed on Ontario businesses by the province.

The premier is apparently under the assumption that small-business franchise owners have the unlimited wherewithal of a government to fund their operations. The assumption is ostensibly being made because the owners in this case, who are being called “heirs” by the media, happen to be the children of the original Tim Horton franchise founders.

As one of the founders died in 1974, and the other one is still living, there is no evidence to suggest that the franchise owners are any wealthier than any other small business owner faced with a 20% wage hike, a cost that has been forced upon them by government.

The Ontario premier would seem to have it that tough, top-down decisions related to business, that might be considered bullying by some, are to remain the sole province of the Province. Source: FNT Staff  

Photo credit: Original images at: Financial Post, CBC News