You might ask what this article has to do with Numerology. Plenty! As we move into this millennium governed by the number 2, we are in danger of becoming blind followers. I can’t say this often enough. For our part we need to make sure that those who lead us have our health and wellbeing in focus. We need to make sure that those who lead have the best intentions for us. We need to maintain our thinking and questioning faculties for our good and the good of humanity. Question – not out of fear, but out of love! You owe yourself that much and more…
CHANGES IN THE TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Australian Neuroscientist, Prof Bryce Vissel, is a world leader in the current studies of Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Researchers have discovered a molecular switch in the brain that triggers memory loss, and in a study on mice, have been able to reverse the process.’
For forty or so years, scientists believed that amyloid plaque on the brain, caused Alzheimer’s. Drugs and therapy to rid the brain of the plaque proved unsuccessful. Given the lack of success, I wonder how many Alzheimer’s patients were on those drugs, regardless of their poor efficacy or lack of it? Of those whose symptoms did improve, I wonder if that came about from their belief in the drug rather than the drug itself?
The loss of nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients which store memory has been known, but their effect has not been studied – until now.
Prof Vissel states that recent studies on animals indicate that these nerve cell connections can be restored, thus restoring memory function to aid the making and retaining of new memories.
The plan now is to come up with new drugs and therapy to stop nerve cells from ‘switching down’ nerve cell connections.
When you hear this, especially if you have a loved one suffering from this disease, you think, ‘Wow, this is a life changer! And for sure it absolutely can be. But instead of making drugs to ‘restore those nerve cell connections’ why not also study and research what caused those nerve cell connections to ‘switch down,’ in some people in the first place? Why in some family members with a history of the disease and not in others? Surely this research would be worthwhile in helping prevent Alzheimer’s as well as treating it? Why not do both?
For this answer, we have to ask ourselves what is the nature of the business of drug making? If we look at the nature of business for a cancer surgeon, it’s clear that it’s to remove cancer and in so doing, enhance life. What is the nature of business for drug makers? Why is disease prevention not in the nature of the drug making business? Why is cancer on the increase? Why is Alzheimer’s on the increase? Why such an increase in disease with billions of dollars each year being given by governments and individual donations?
‘More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s (and this number) is growing fast. An estimated 6.7 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s in 2023. About 1 in 9 people aged 65 and older (10.7%) has Alzheimer’s.’ https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures#:~:text=More%20than%206%20million%20Americans%20of%20all%20ages%20have%20Alzheimer%27s,older%20(10.7%25)%20has%20Alzheimer%27s
It’s not enough to give of your money, I urge you to give responsibly. Ask what your money will fund – more drug trials based on previous drug trials? Disease prevention research? New drugs and preventative therapy?
May we all enjoy abundant good health and wellbeing!