New research on Alzheimer's may change everything doctors know about the disease

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 27th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are so researchers who feel that the current research on alzheimer's is being led down the wrong path.

Introduction

Dr. Lorne Brandes of CTV New gives his personal opinion on being asked what illness he would rather not contract. His answer may be quite shocking to some. He believes that most people would say cancer. But Dr. Brandes’s personal dreaded disease is Alzheimer’s. His rational is that if cancer is discovered early on it can be cured; but Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease which only gets worse with time.

Many Montrealers who have had loved ones who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease will concur with the doctor’s opinion. However, I have had family members pass away from both diseases and finds that cancer is still worse.

Dr. Brandes

Dr. Brandes reports that Alzheimer’s disease is pretty much the same much misunderstood disease that it was in the 1960’s when it was discovered by the German Dr. Alois Alzheimer. There are a few drugs such as donepezil (Aricept) to treat the disease but nothing has been found to arrest the progression or cure the disease at this time.

Dr. Brandes cannot think of anything worse than the blank stare of a person whose mind has been totally erased from all the sweet memories of a lifetime. What could be worse than not knowing who you are or any of the people around you including your love ones? What could be worse than not knowing where you are and being so afraid of this big bad strange world?

Changing the direction of research

Research into Alzheimer’s is based on fatty plaque found in and around the nerve cells leading to the disease. The cells are deprived vital nutrients and toxins build up. Dr. Rudy Castellani believes that this longstanding hypothesis is erroneous and research into the disease must begin from scratch. Apparently two new studies are challenging the traditional views about the disease.

Please refer to the reference source for the complete discussion. In a nut shell, the toxins seem to be due to a contagion which was not suspected before.

There are currently 120, 000 individuals in Montreal and the rest of Canada who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Many Montrealers have family member or know families afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Like families of Alzheimer patients all over North America, Montrealers long for the day that a cure for Alzheimer’s or even a drastic slowing down of the disease can be found.



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Alzheimers, Alzheimers Disease, Alzheimers Illness, Alzheimers Research

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
27th Sep 2015 (#)

Is the contention that you can "catch" Alzheimer's in a similar way to a cold or flu? If so, that suggests that a vaccine might be developed one day to prevent it.

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author avatar Carol Roach
27th Sep 2015 (#)

yep it might be, but I am no expert on that. If it turns out to be then our current research really is off the mark.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th Sep 2015 (#)

It is a concerning problem for seniors, any help is good!

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author avatar M G Singh
27th Sep 2015 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Sep 2015 (#)

great article

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Sep 2015 (#)

I'm hoping for a cure. Blessings.

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