- Hello Jeff - Food, especially meat, is a big
culprit in the Alzheimer's Disease epidemic. In addition, the severe pollution
of our environment and our water supply with heavy metals is another factor.
Pesticide and fertilizer run-off from corporate farms into our streams,
ponds and reservoirs is also involved.
- Health authorities simply say that the cause of increased
Alzheimer's Disease cases is due to an aging population living longer.
Ridiculous...Alzheimer's wasn't a factor 50 years ago. The above factors
are crucial. In my opinion, future populations will not have the longevity
of our parents' generation.
- Another question is, of course, how many of these Alzheimer
Disease cases are actually CJD/Mad Cow? According to the national Alzheimer's
- Association, 10% of Alzheimer's cases are actually CJD.
It wouldn't surprise me if that figure turns out to be quite conservative.
- More Than 5 Million Have Alzheimer's In The
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 5 million people in
the United States have Alzheimer's disease and an aging population is likely
to fuel a steady rise in new cases, a report released by the Alzheimer's
Association said on Tuesday.
- The association's figure of 5 million is up about 10
percent from its previous estimate in 2000, and it said there are about
400,000 new cases a year.
- The group predicts that the number of Alzheimer's cases
will rise to 7.7 million people by 2030 as the U.S. baby boom population
ages, unless a cure or a way to prevent the disease is found.
- Alzheimer's is the seventh leading cause of death in
the United States, and it is the leading cause of dementia. It is marked
by a steady loss of memory that soon takes away a person's ability to cope
and care from himself or herself, and there is no cure.
- Drugs can help slow its progression but they eventually
stop working. Patients die of pneumonia or other causes as their bodily
- "In 2005, Medicare spent $91 billion on beneficiaries
with Alzheimer's and other dementias and that number is projected to more
than double to $189 billion by 2015," the association said in its
- "However, there is hope. There are currently nine
drugs in Phase III clinical trials for Alzheimer's, several of which show
great promise to slow or stop the progression of the disease," Harry
Johns, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Association,
said in a statement.
- "This, combined with advancements in diagnostic
tools, has the potential to change the landscape of Alzheimer's."
- Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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