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Alzheimer’s Can Devastate Healthcare in the U.S., says AMAC

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WASHINGTON, DC – A cure for Alzheimer’s disease does not exist and treatments are hit and miss.  However, researchers are working overtime to find new ways to deal with the menace of dementia, according to senior advocate Dan Weber.

Dementia, most notably Alzheimer’s, is a leading cause of death among the elderly.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association it kills one out of three seniors.  In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association says that between 2000 and 2015, deaths from heart disease decreased 11% while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 123%.

Weber, who is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], says that the statistics paint a bleak picture.  But, he says, researchers are making progress in finding ways of dealing with the illness.  He cites recent news that Temple University scientists successfully used a 22-year-old asthma drug to reverse some of the most damaging effects of dementia in mice.

Dr. Domenico Praticò, Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple and the study’s lead investigator, told the Philadelphia Inquirer “for the first time, we are showing that we can do something after the disease is established.”

It will take some time to determine whether such a treatment could be effective in humans, says Weber.  “But, it provides a modicum of hope as do other such research reports, including work being done by researchers at Colorado University’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver.  Researchers there have been testing two drugs that hold promise—Aducanumab and Leukine.”

Aducanumab appears to be effective in eliminating plaque that builds up in the brain, which is a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s.  The Aducanumab study has been ongoing for years and remarkably is currently undergoing field trials in some 360 locations.  Leukine, meanwhile, is clinical trials to see if it can be effective in “slowing or even stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” according to CU Anschutz.

Weber says that “it is imperative that scientists to find an efficient way to deal with Alzheimer’s because of the speed with which this particularly damaging form of dementia is claiming new victims.  Left unchecked, the scourge of Alzheimer’s will have devastating consequences on healthcare in the U.S.”

He cites these additional statistics courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • There are more than 5.7 million Americans who are currently afflicted with the disease and that number will grow to 14 million by the year 2050
  • Every 65 second a new case of the disease is diagnosed
  • The disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • 1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • These caregivers provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of care valued at over $232 billion
  • This year, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $277 billion and by 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion

“While we might worry about the prospect of a loved one falling victim to the disease, we need to accept the fact that any of us might need to assume the role of principal caregiver to a mother, father or other relative or friend in their later years.  And so, it is important to remember that you are not alone.  Friends and relations might not understand the nightmare of looking after an Alzheimer’s patient 24/7.  But, it is comforting to know that there are people who understand your plight.  And, they can provide comforting answer answers that can ease your frustrations as the illness progresses and imposes new, unthinkable burdens on you.  They may not have all the answers, but they can let you know what to expect and provide ways of dealing with day-to-day situations,” concludes Weber.

Here’s a link to practical advice from individuals who have first hand knowledge of the consequences of the disease and stories about how they dealt with them: the Alzheimer’s Reading Room.

 

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Karen Carpinelli

I believe I beat it in my mom. It can be slowed or beaten with the right steps. My grandmother and my 2 aunts had it.. but not my mom.. proper elimination of certain things and the right supplements did it.

Rik

Why is it that the US Medical Community thinks that every disease should be treated by chemical drugs? … Every drug has some kind of side effects and many times it’s those side effects that become even more dangerous than the disease they are prescribed to heal. I have found that PEMT Pulse Electro Magnetic Therapy can help ward off and even reverse the effects of many diseases. PEMT doesn’t actually “heal” any disease but by having full body circulation your immune system gets stronger and helps your body to heal itself. Check it out people!

Cyd Notter

FOOD is a greater factor in this disease than even our genetics. The unbiased evidence is out there (oxidized cholesterol, saturated fat, metal toxins, etc) and yet it’s greatly ignored by the powers that be as they promote more and more drugs. Let’s turn off the faucet instead of continually trying to mop up the water.
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-prevent-alzheimers-with-diet/

Arlene Candy

My father died after battling Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for over 14 years. I believe the supplement that I was providing him helped him not only survive for that time, but actually slowed the progression of the diseases. He was 94 when he passed.

Marie

If you take cholesterol lowering drugs prescribed by most doctors who don’t know what a healthy cholesterol level is, you will get Alzheimer’s. As we age, our cholesterol levels rise, yet most ignorant doctors use a scale which makes our normal levels look high. Anything over 200 is considered high. That’s bunk! Our bodies produce cholesterol, our brain is mostly fat – cholesterol – and when you take statin drugs, you’re removing your brain matter. Then you get dementia and Alzheimer’s. Artificial sweeteners are poison for your brain. God made our bodies to heal themselves with nutritious foods and spices. But man thinks he is smarter than God. Man has poisoned our food supply along with the planet by altering what God created with all types of chemicals that have in turn poisoned our bodies. Everything from our water supply to our wheat has been altered negatively and detrimentally to… Read more »

Bob Ross

The best cure for Alzheimer’s is preventative care of our bodies and brains. Much has been written on the prevention of Alzheimer’s but some are not aware of the positive effects on the disease of exercise, diet, and social activities. Many older citizens languish at home without proper instruction and assistance. Keep publishing articles about the prevention of Alzheimer’s in AMAC.

Betty Garber

Why don’t scientists dig into why there has been such a jump in the number of cases. Doctors should always treat the root cause, not just the symptoms. Is it our GMO food and other adulteration in the food we buy?

Kim

Cyd Notter mentioned one of my favorite sources for nutritional information–nutritionfacts.org. Even though we tweak our diets, walk more, and take up new new hobbies, some of us will still fall prey to AD. We’re living longer, so it’s bound to happen to some. It’s been said, “What’s good for the heart is good for the brain.” Although it’s never too late to start eating well, AD is a cumulative disease, just like heart disease. Preferably, an appropriate regimen should start when we begin consuming solid food! For the last 30 years, as I’ve watched relatives develop cardiac illnesses, I’ve made changes that, hopefully, will prevent or delay the same thing from happening to me. When my parents were diagnosed with high LDL cholesterol, and then went on to develop symptoms (like angina and mild heart attacks…), I had my blood tested. Shocker! I thought I ate well, and was… Read more »

TheUglyTruth

Seems to me that one of the main reasons Alzheimer’s is more prevalent today is that we are all living longer. It’s a function of age on our brains. Man can now keep the body alive (though vegetated in most cases) much longer than we can maintain normal health of the brain. I don’t see that improving much as the brain is much more complicated than keeping a heart operational.

Pat

Not true that there is nothing you can do about Alzheimer’s. Dr. Daniel Amen has a lot of patients with Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders who have shown marked improvement with his protocols. Another pharmaceutical is not the answer!

TheUglyTruth

In the future, say 20 years, our Millennials and the foreign invaders that will re-populate America will be looking for ways to dispose of we “useless” old white people. It’s already happened and is on video of careless health care workers ignoring and even allowing the elderly in their care to die.

Kitty Corbett

If everyone would follow the clear instructions found in Leviticus I do believe that there would be a marked decrease in cancer and dementia. I have followed a biblical kosher diet for about 18 years, after having been reared in Virginia on ham, shoulder meat, pork chops, etc. and moving to South Carolina where I innocently indulged in shrimp, clams, crabs, oysters, scallops, etc. I eat only clean meats now, fish and fowl; and organic when possible. Now at age 80 I am and have been for years, disease free and fit, taking no prescription meds but only some food supplements as approved by my holistic medical doctor. I think it also helps to keep the Sabbath, in obedience to the Word of God and in defiance of the Roman Catholic Church which invented Christianity and then presumed to overturn the Commandments at the whim of the pope.