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    Prevention is the best way of tackling Alzheimer's. So why is it being ignored and dis-credited?


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    Prevention is the best way of tackling Alzheimer's. So why is it being ignored and dis-credited?

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Feb 12 2016, 19:17

    Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease, and if like me you have seen at close hand a loved one experience this most awful disease you may find this article of interest - it is by Jerome Burne. I have shown the first part and the last part. So please use the link below to the full article he has recently published, and read for yourself the points and questions raised.

    "We all agree that Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease and something has to be done about it because there’s no treatment and it’s costing billions. So prevention would be a good idea, wouldn’t it, especially since if it works it would both cut your risk and save vast amounts of money.

    However a severe case of cognitive dissonance (believing in two contradictory ideas simultaneously) is gripping Alzheimer’s charities and experts as to the best way to tackle this epidemic. They declare their allegiance to prevention and extol the benefits of the likes of exercise and healthy eating (without specifying exactly what that involves) along with stopping smoking and keeping your brain busy.

    But it seems largely for public show, like the obligatory affirmations of religious faith by American politicians on the campaign trail. The amount spent studying prevention is a few percent of the research budget which is heavily drug based. Not content with outsourcing the search for treatments to drug companies the charities and Department of Health actively seek to discredit and disprove any plausible and serious non-drug lifestyle therapy.

    Anger at what the Alzheimer’s charities are doing:

    Non-drug strategies top prevention chart:

    A remarkable result with B vitamins:

    Drug with lowest predicted benefit gets £2 million funding:

    Combining non-drug therapies doesn’t raise risks:
    This however is not a problem that happens with non-drug prevention approaches – exercise, diet, B vitamins and omega 3 and the like. In fact a combination is highly likely to be more effective than any single change. Better diet and more exercise combined do not generate side effects.

    But we are not going to find out what improvements such combinations could produce while the charities and the government refuse to fund them and instead subject them to biased trials apparently designed to produce negative results.

    Changing this commercially driven bias is obviously a huge challenge and the topic for another blog but it will involve doctors becoming much more informed about nutrition and making lifestyle treatments for chronic disease a public health issue and so less vulnerable to being side-lined by commercial values.

    A starting place for such a change could be with the patients and carers themselves. It’s already happening in other specialities; diabetes patients are increasingly questioning the benefits of a low fat diet and reporting much greater benefits by going low carb.

    So what about a donation strike by those who give time and money to Alzheimer’s charities until prevention becomes a guiding principle rather than a broken promise?"

    Full article is here

    Jerome Burne is the editor of HealthInsightUK.

    I did also put this post on the low carb diabetic blog

    All the best Jan

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