Make up blog assignment for the discussion on Memory.
Every year, Americans spend millions of dollars on "smart pills" in hopes of improving their memory. But do these pills really work? Can they help you remember where you put your misplaced cell phone or car keys? One of the most popular memory-enhancing pills on the market today is Ginkgo, an ancient Chinese medicine extracted from the Gingko tree. Because this medicine has been around for hundreds of years, people immediately assume that it must work, that it must improve their memory. If it didn't work, then why would it still be available today? Well, according to numerous studies, Ginkgo, as compared to a placebo, has little to no effect on the memory of normal individuals. Furthermore, studies show that Ginkgo does not have an effect on Alzheimer's either and does not reverse memory loss. In fact, Ginkgo can actually be harmful under certain circumstances. For example, Gingko interferes with blood-thinning medicines and can actually cause a person excessive bleeding. Yikes!
Perhaps in the future, scientists will be able to create a drug that improves memory, but, as it stands today, no such "smart pill" exists.