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Journalist, author, and CNN medical contributor, Jean Carper, joins us to talk about her documentary film, “Monster In The Mind,” about the myths surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, how dementia is actually on the decline, and how your genes are not necessarily your destiny. Plus, Ralph takes a big bite out of Apple and their trillion-dollar valuation.

Jean Carper is a best-selling author, columnist, radio talk show host and leading authority on health and nutrition. She is the author of 24 books, including the award-winning “Stop Aging Now!” Her latest book is “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss.”And on that same theme, she has directed a documentary entitled “Monster in the Mind,”which Ralph called “A brilliant deconstruction of the Alzheimer’s myth.”

“The surprising fact that has only come out in the last few years is that dementia among elderly people in affluent countries around the world has been dropping precipitously. There’s a recent analysis by the Framingham Heart Study that found that the incidence of dementia is going down at 20% per decade.” Jean Carper, former CNN medical correspondent and director of “Monster in the Mind.”

“Basically what we have is a business model by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, that is fundamentally relying on serf labor… then the other part of the business model is high-priced iPhones… and the third leg of this three-legged stool is massive use of profits to buy back Apple’s stock.”  Ralph Nader on the news of the one trillion dollar valuation of Apple.


  1. Marc says:

    Toward the end, Steve said that economic issues are “harder to grasp” than social issues. Very true. But that’s because the American worker does not, nor really ever has, educate him/herself with important materials that are (and historically have been) crucial to their work AND lives. Books like Karl Marx’ Capital (all 4 volumes – yes 4, including ‘Theories of Surplus Value’ which Marx himself called “Book IV”, not read just the first one). Even much of what we’re doing here in America conflicts with what Adam Smith, the most historically revered advocate of capitalism, calls for in his revolutionary book “Wealth of Nations”. If you consider yourself left or just a working person yet refuse to read Marx, then read Smith. You’ll see.

    Furthermore, virtually no one in the middle class understands money (I count myself in that group) as much as they need to; they don’t read nor listen to today’s experts. Like economics professors Michael Hudson & Richard Wolff. Or Max Keiser, a former stockbroker who, while a bit nutty, explains things in simple enough terms and is a huge advocate of cryptocurrency if for no other reason than to undermine our fiat system. Scottish political scientist Mark Blyth is another one worth listening to, David Harvey, Thomas Piketty, the list is there albeit hard to dig up.

    The British website PositiveMoney.org is a great resource, and their “Banking 101” video course is highly critical to just how banks work. Yes they’re British but if one thinks that means that nothing they say applies to how American finance works, well that’s just full-on pig-ignorance. Incredibly eye-opening, and the British financial world is not exactly the opposite of ours.

    We might have the most obscene level of capitalism in world history (slavery being our crown jewel) and Americans either don’t understand what’s going on around them or they’re just comfortable enough to where they just don’t give a flying carp. What a force to be reckoned with, the American people, if they’d just drop their soldier-worshipping and iGadgetry and wake up. But we’re just too sleepy.

    “When you meet these candidates running for office in November, listeners, throw some of these issues at them.” (Ralph)

    I’d rather throw something else at them.

  2. NooN says:


  3. elisabeth solomon says:

    While listening to the RNRH this evening (Aug 11, 2018), I took Nader’s advice to sign up for his weekly column at nader.org.
    However, i was unable to ACCESS the sign up page when “not secure” popped up on my screen. and would not allow access.
    Perhaps Ralph was referencing his BLOG. If not, perhaps an incomplete web address was provided. Please inform. Thank you.

  4. NooN says:

    I love your Argument re:
    Food, Exercise and Depression and the approach
    where Communities R Built so the Persons can familiarize themselves with Continuous In~Common “Homelike~+~Natural” Surroundings.

  5. Bruce K. says:

    Really great show, as usual, It is on the one hand a relief to know that the trends or
    at this one thing on this planet today is positive, and a worry that now it seems that
    there is a human pattern that has gone on for hundreds or thousands of years where
    we believe lots of stuff that is totally untrue, that then might become true again and
    even flip a few times back and forth. Maybe that uncertainty principle should be
    how we design our social and political systems?



    Please, do not take this the wrong way, but I’ve noticed on the odd occasion, which
    is not infrequent, some issue will come up that is somehow either related, marginally
    related or “made to relate” with the situation in the Middle East, and Israel.

    In the interests of full disclosure, as I am sure Ralph, a major hero of mine on
    a majority of social and economic issues, values and appreciates; … in these shows
    without exception that I can recall, and I could be wrong, never included any analysis
    of or examined the dynamics of the use of force or the negotiating process of the
    Palestinian people ( other sides ), or their political representatives and systems..

    I note that Ralph is Lebanese, a Lebanese Arab American, an American to be sure.
    My question would be, what ties does Ralph have to the political Arab community
    and would he be willing to express clearly how he feels and relates to the
    situation in the Middle East in a way that would explain how he approaches
    commenting on the shows I have noticed and mentioned?

    I don’t know … is that a fair question. Not a fair question. A fair question not asked
    right, or a fair question asked fairly? Is it reasonable to want to hear an answer
    considering that on this show Ralph basically uses his expertise and honorifics,
    national “treasure” status, that trust capital to always present just one side of any
    issue that even barely glances on the Middle East. I can understand criticism of
    Israel, but not the total absence of any stray photons that might bounce out of
    Israel to other side to see what is really going on there, i.e. Palestine, Lebanon,
    Syria, Jordan etc.

    The only thing the Left ( which I’ve always considered my sympathies with, except
    on one or two issues, this being one ) emits about the Middle East is to characterize
    all of Israel ( and the US government ) by the far right-wing, talk, people, rhetoric and
    actions, and then the actions they take and the damage done – but never once have
    I see an story done about the ignition of these escalating riots. Why are these stories
    not important, and non-existent, or done from the point of view of the extreme left and
    emphasizing only 1 and 2 above.

    Even as a Leftist, the Leftists are not doing good stories on this issue because they
    do not go anywhere or lead to any insights or understandings because constantly one
    fake side is put out there and attacked, with never a mention of the other side? Is that
    because we know how touchy they can be?

  6. Steve Skrovan says:

    Bruce, could you do me a favor and include your last name. Ralph is less inclined to respond to questions from people who don’t give their full name. I know that we don’t specify that here, but it would help. Thanks, Steve

  7. Ben Leet says:

    Apple’s labor expense for an iPhone is 2012 was 2% ($15) of the final cost ($630), and its profit is 51% ($319) of total cost. — See article at EPI.org by Ross Eisenbrey — https://www.epi.org/blog/apple-iphone-profits-dwarf-labor-costs/ — And buybacks — William Lazonick, professor U/Mass, found that 93% of profits of the S&P 500 corporations over a ten year period went to dividends and buybacks, about half and half. And the total U.S. Household net worth increased by 100% nominally between 2009 and 2018, from $48 Trillion to over $100 Trillion, see Fed’s Flow of Funds report, page 2. The federal government will spend $4.2 trillion in 2018. Stock gains are not taxable until converted into $$. We could legislate a financial property tax, similar to the real estate property tax, or just a financial transaction tax. The government can use the money better than Apple. In fact we should run all the government expenses off a financial asset tax, about $7 trillion a year. I know, too radical.

  8. Peter Stema says:

    is there some where I can by miss Carpers book as a book not as a kindle file. All that should up on amazon was a kindle file NO other formats were listed I would love to buy several copies as gifts
    Keep the great work, this was another GREAT show

  9. Peter says:

    Your link near the top of the page has info on buy the book version as well as the kindle version