I am posting two articles on my Archive today.
1. NIH Panel Finds Insufficient Evidence to Support Preventive Measures for Alzheimer's Disease
2. Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Research
Click on their hypertext titles to go there and read them.
Both of them piqued my interest for the same reason. They both made me think of Medicine in America.
The first by Bob DeMarco is on Alzheimer’s Reading Room. It speaks of a report by a panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The panel finds insufficient evidence of anything preventing or prolonging the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) from happening. Nothing at all has touched it the report says. It just keeps trucking along taking our minds and our bodies and the life blood of love in our families.
This verdict is second only to the diagnosis in its devastating consequence.
“What’s the Use, Huh?”
The second article appearing on the Huffington Post this morning is about modern medicine, the scientific kind and the homeopathic kind. It is by a homeopathy specialist. It has the bias of the writer of course. Over and above that bias it is not altogether untenable as the medical profession claims it is.
Our culture is too dedicated in conducting medicine as a science and not practicing it as an art. Our practitioners rely on tests, objective findings, to diagnose illness. They rely on administering medicine to cure illness. This is all good if it works. It is not good if it doesn’t work.
Dealing with (AD) it would appear from the NIH report medicine is not working. They conclude nothing else is either. This leaves us no option but to continue spending money for research to find a cure.
Finding a cure depends on identifying the mechanism responsible to causing AD. Once identified the cause can than be targeted with something capable of correcting it, redirecting it or obliterating it.
For the past twenty years we are no closer to determining the cause nor finding a cure than they were at the start. Not even the medications that seem to help us along are working. I take Namenda and Aricept. Apparently this is a costly exercise in futility.
I Eat Right, Socialize, Exercise and Participate in Creative and Intellectually Stimulating Activity. Apparently I am wasting my time. I might just as well withdraw, stay in bed take my fetal position and wait until it is time to go to the “Home.”
That’s scientific method for you! No hope, but keep spending, maybe those drug companies will come through in the end. Ya’ never know Heh!
Where does Care enter this picture? It doesn’t! We are left swinging in the wind while the men in suits continue to garner profit from Drugs, Building Infrastructure for Care, Organizing large systems for Providing Care, Writing Health and Medical Insurance for care, and any other available activity capable of producing profit from our plight.
A huge plant exists to provide care which it does inadequately. After all the costs are paid investment income extracted there is not enough left to care for the patient.
It is not true whatever science concludes about the current state of care as it relates to prolonging the progress of this disease. Positive activity will keep folks out of the “Home” functioning longer. I sincerely believe it can stem the debilitating process. If it does not, it does enhance quality of life for the functioning AD Afflicted. This alone will prolong life at this level. The converse is the hopelessness engendered by a scientific study draws its conclusion on limited evidence.
There is insufficient evidence to say it does they say. Therefore it does not they say. That is their final conclusion.
All of the foregoing underscores the reason we have to somehow break out of the current paralysis our culture is following dealing with AD. AD will not go away; the numbers afflicted will exponentially increase. It is not likely to be found curable soon.
We need to deal with the fact that it is here to stay. Those having it need the help they are not now getting. Rather than concentrate on trying to make it go away, we need to find ways of making it more tolerable for those who have it.