I also have family members who died from Alzheimer's. I've followed
the research for years, but it doesn't seem we have made much progress. We
really don't even have a reliable test for detecting the disease until it
has already done a great deal of damage.
I have the APOE4 gene and my dad dies of Alzheimers so I would say I have a
higher risk. I am not going to wait for science because this is my problem and
if I want things to change then I will have to do uncomfortable and hard things
(sarcastically said as a first world problem) like getting my diet in check
(drastically reduce sugars for example) and exercise for body and mind. Dr
Breseden's protocol has the most logical answer which probably isn't
totally right but it beats all of the pharmaceutical failures, and everyone can
do it with minimal costs. With it, the worst thing that can happen is that you
will be more healthy. I don't think a magic pill will solve this one.
Regarding your question “what happened to the promising progress on
fighting Alzheimer’s,” one of the answers is, sadly, that an
inordinate (or at least disproportionate) amount of resources and funding have
gone into the more “glamorous” or politically correct effort to deal
with HIV/AIDS. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services recently
published that the U.S. Government is spending more than $28 billion per year on
HIV/AIDS, not to mention the fundraisers, concerts, etc. put on by Hollywood and
entertainers to combat AIDS. Compare that to the $2 billion per year for
Alzheimer’s which your article mentions. When you compare the cost of both
diseases and the number of people in the United States afflicted with each (1.1
million with AIDS and 5.8 million with Alzheimer’s), one must ask why our
government would spend more than 14 times as much every year on AIDS? To say the
least, the answer is disturbing.
I know I carry the gene but I feel confident science will prevail before I age
into the highest risk demographic. I’m much more concerned about my
parents who are only a few years away from when symptoms start manifesting. A
real solution can’t come fast enough.
From the op-ed: "Preventing Alzheimer's is not just about saving
yourself. The disease puts a huge burden on younger generations who must provide
care and also bear the cost of programs for the elderly. There are fewer and
fewer younger people to heft that load."But nobody can have any
children, because we must save the planet. Of course, if nobody has any
children, the Earth's population rate, which in many areas is below
replacement level already, eventually will die off, which prompts the question
"Who, or what, are we saving the planet for?" Cockroaches?