Book Review: The End of Alzheimer’s

“The first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline”

I won’t bore you with the statistics about Alzheimer’s disease, suffice to say the numbers are growing and as the baby boomer generation approaches the age when Alzheimer’s begins to emerge, the numbers will be horrifyingly large.

From a personal point of view, I am within that baby boomer generation and to make matters worse, Alzheimer’s runs on one side of my family. As you might imagine, this has sharpened my focus on the disease and the prevention of it. So when I saw this book pop up on Amazon, there was no question that I was going to buy it. And, I am delighted that I did.

A very quick summary would be that Dr. Bredesen, in his lab at UCLA, has identified 36 molecular variables that can, when combined, create Alzheimer’s in any individual. Those of us with a genetic predisposition will be more likely to have some of these variables go active.

The important thing about this book is that it is scientifically, testable, and all 36 variables can be measured.

And once measured, solutions to all of these can be found.

Table Of Contents

Part One: The Alzheimer’s Solution

1: Disrupting dementia
2: Patient zero
3: How does it feel to come back from dementia?
4: How to give your self Alzheimer’s: a primer

Part Two: Deconstructing Alzheimer’s

5: Wit’s End: from bedside to bench and back
6: The God Gene: three types of Alzheimer’s disease.

Part Three: Evaluation and Personalized Therapeutics

7: The Cognoscopy: where do you stand?
8: ReCode: reversing cognitive decline
9: Success and the social network: to people’s daily routines.

Part Four: Maximizing Success

10: Putting it all together: you can do it
11: This is not easy — workarounds and crutches
12: Resistance to change

And not to put too fine a point on it, there are a great many other things that Radisson agrees with traditional medicine when he says that controlling variables such as stress, and a regular exercise program are critical in pushing back against Alzheimer’s.

Personal Note re Alzheimer’s:

Having all of the tests done is expensive. ($C 4K in 2018) But, given my family history, I took the money and on a recent trip to the US, I worked with a functional medicine physician and had the tests done. Note while I went “all in” my physician indicated there were some that “might’ be avoided because of the cost.

I am not able to describe the feeling of relief when the tests came back with few problem areas.

To be sure, there were some things that needed improvement but I was under the number of variables that indicated the disease was well established. And, by adding three supplements to my daily list, I could drive the test results to almost zero.

But what this means is that I have to maintain my fitness regime, my meditating, and have this testing done every few years to ensure I’m still on track to avoid mental degradation.

You can read the reviews and find the book here on Amazon

I note that fitness and meditation are recommended for a wide variety of anti-aging medical conditions.

From my point of view, the $4K was money well spent. And I know my mom would approve. (at 91, she’s had Alzheimer’s of increasing severity for over 16 years now and is in a nursing home) I do not want to go down that road and if you’ve ever had one of your loved ones take this journey, you too will recognize what level of commitment you’d make to avoid it for yourself.

The bottom line is that I would recommend this book highly to both potential patients and their families.

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If This Was My Last Day

What five things would I do on my last day?

If this were my last day, what five things would earn a place in those precious hours.

  • I’d take a walk along the road leading to the woods where owls hang out.
  • I’d play with my grandchildren and tell them stories either in person or over the Net.
  • I’d sit on the dock in the afternoon to reflect and record notes about my life.
  • I’d go for a swim and watch the sun go down while sitting on the dock.
  • I would eat unlimited amounts of butterscotch ice cream.

And you? What would you do?

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I Think My Brain Took A Holiday

It’s been 10 months now since we took a speed-run north to shelter against Covid in our Canadian home.

And it’s been a spectacularly unproductive time for me as a writer. I’ve had lots of ideas and lots of time but the motivation to sit for hours and crank out the words just wasn’t there. One peek at the headlines and I was done for the day.

As an aside, I’m a compulsive reader and news junkie and I’m really working to stop “doomscrolling.” Given the worldwide headlines, and the fodder that gave me for stories, I was overwhelmed.

Two weeks ago, my brain “apparently” went into gear and redesigned my writing life. I say “apparently” because warning bells started going off yesterday as I was reviewing some of my book stats. There was something not quite right in my writing universe.

(Ever get that tingling in your back/neck that says, “somethings wrong!” Well, I often have my creative muse do that – but this time it was screaming and banging at the back of my head to get my attention.)

Update: OK – the small child won.

This is now a full bore writer’s blog with every fiction genre included as well as my personal blog. There are some times when I should really listen to my inner child and after trying to “fix” some stuff – I realized it was right.

I can spend my life coding or I can spend it sharing stories and thoughts as simply as possible. One site to rule them all… hmm, nice line – I wonder where I got that idea? 🙂

I Did What?

Seriously, I reorganized my writing life? And I did it when?

Who Was In Charge Last Week?

Turns out the inner-child in me was in charge and decided things needed shaking up. An impish grin filled my mind and all I could do was shake my head, rein in that curious lad and investigate what he’d done in my adult-absence.

  • He’d left my gardening sites and ebooks alone. (Thank goodness for small mercies!)
  • He’d taken this site intending to make it a fiction site.
  • And he started an entirely new site for this blog
  • He started a new website for fantasy fiction but did leave the old one for other fiction.

So while some of his ideas were interesting and had some merit, the adult in me is back in charge.

This is my blog.

I’ll be writing about a wide range of things – from issues for writers, for seniors, and for sharing about whatever happens to get through my new filters. (I had to install new info-filters to weed out all the crap that’s out there.)

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