Scientists think they can get to know more about Alzheimer’s disease by studying a disease that causes similar symptoms in young people. They aren’t interested in these sick young people, for they are too few. But there are so many people with Alzheimer’s disease that there is a lot of prestige and a lot of work in that kind of research.
I find it interesting that Alzheimer’s is described as a disease “for which there is currently no cure”. First: conventional medicine doesn’t have a cure for even one chronic disease. That’s why there are so many people suffering from these diseases. Second, by stating this they suggest that their research might lead to a cure, but that’s not even true. The best they hope to find is a way to slow down the disease and possibly halt it.
The problem with this research is the same as with most medical research: the most important information is ignored and only far-fetched theories with a lot of difficult words and a lot of prestige are investigated. Alzheimer’s disease was first described in 1901 and 114 years later the world has a huge epidemic of this disease. So if scientists would dig into what has changed since, they would likely find the cause. Then they could try to reverse the cause and the problem would disappear. It’s really that simple. But scientists don’t like simple, for there is only work in making things complicated.
And no, the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease has nothing to do with age. The idea that 100 years ago people didn’t get old is completely wrong. The average age was indeed much lower than now, but that was mainly because of the high infant mortality. And the very heavy, mind numbing work in factories didn’t help either. But a person who survived the first years of life and lived a reasonably comfortable lifestyle had a high chance of living till 80, 90 or even 100. Still they didn’t get Alzheimer’s.
Scientists conveniently ignore that they don’t really know what Alzheimer’s is. Some years ago (I can’t remember the details) a study was done with nuns, who agreed to keep a diary and after their death their brains could be examined. It appeared that many of these nuns died with brains full of “typical Alzheimer holes”, but during their lives they hadn’t had any cognitive problems at all. So all the fancy scans that “prove” that someone has Alzheimer’s disease actually don’t prove anything. Neurologists should know about this study, but they prefer to ignore it. For else they have nothing to offer. They rather have the wrong tests with useless results than to say “I don’t know”.
Scientists routinely ignore studies that don’t match their theories. That’s why their research is usually more fiction than fact. For any medical research that is based on the “holes in the brain” theory is per definition flawed. Fact is that doctors and scientists actually know very, very little about our brains. They just make guesses and pretend the guesses are fact. And that usually leads to an awful lot of fiction.