The causes of Alzheimers has eluded research at the physical level, but perhaps we need to look at the higher levels of our being.
I attended the annual Alzheimer's Association Conference in my area in 2011 and 2012. The Chief Program Officer for the Alzheimer's Association had no new findings to report on research into the causes of Alzheimers.
Hundreds of family members, caregivers and professionals working with Alzheimer's patients attend this conference annually hoping to come home with better news around the causes of Alzheimers and their cure.
With such a grim picture, many of us turn to alternatives suggested on the internet. I have found many articles promoting vitamin supplements and other natural products like coconut oil. While these can help, they are not reversing the illness, which would indicate that they are not addressing the causes of Alzheimers.
Having helped care for my mother for over 10 years now, I am wondering whether we are looking for the causes of
Alzheimers in the right place. We can see this
with the once believed notion that there was an
aluminum Alzheimer's connection.
This connection has now been disproved.
The cause of the physical changes observed in the brain of the person with Alzheimer's has not been explained despite the incredible amount of money poured into research. In fact, the same can be said about finding the cause, or start of the process for the changes that occur at the physical level for other major diseases like cancer. Their root causes, beyond the physical level, remains a mystery to the medical profession.
At the May, 2012 Alzheimer's Conference in Sonoma County, California, Owen Carmichael, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California Davis gave a talk titled, "The Pathological Course of Alzheimer's Disease: Why Finding a Cure has Been so Hard."
He explained the difficulty with a metaphor: "You are a farmer. You leave the stable doors open. The horses get out and start running around. The horses trample your crops. The horses scare your chickens. They stop laying eggs. The horses also scare the cows. They stop providing milk. The horses eat all the flowers you are growing for sale. You no longer sell wheat, eggs, milk, or flowers. Farm income goes down. You fail to pay the mortgage. The bank forecloses."
He then explores possibilities for solving the problem: You close the stable doors, but its too late the horses have already gotten out. You corral the horses. You could plant new crops and flowers, and sooth the chickens and cows. You could take out a loan to do this.
Closing the stable doors is like looking for drugs that can stop Amyloid Beta production in the Alzheimer's brain. The Amyloid Beta production leads to plaque aggregation which is like the horses running loose. The tangle formation, inflammation, excitoxicity and oxidative stress are the damage seen in the brain, like the damaged crops, flowers, chickens and cows. This damage then leads to neuron dysfunction and death, which is the reduced farm income and this shows up as cognitive loss, which is the farm foreclosure.
Research and drugs are looking for solutions to the damage in the brain which is equivalent to finding ways to restore the crops, flowers, chickens and cows; or to closing the stable doors and stop Amyloid Beta production. However, the question of the cause of Alzheimers remains unanswered and not researched. What is normal is for the stable doors to be closed and locked so the horses don't get loose. Why do the stable doors open in the first place and allow the horses out?
With this question in mind and having watched my own mother go through the Alzheimers stages, I have decided to follow my intuition and do a little informal "research" here on the causes of Alzheimers, but not by looking at the physical level.
Here is my idea which requires your participation. Let's explore the problem from a different angle. Let's look at the mind (emotions included) and body connection. I work daily with this connection as an EFT Certified Practitioner. What I would like to test is the idea that the cause of Alzheimers is at the emotional/mind/spiritual level.
I saw first hand how difficult it was for my mother to express her emotions, and noticed that her "strategy" for dealing with painful events in her life was to "bury them" and do her best to forget them. She also held strong disempowering beliefs. I am proposing we share the emotional, mental and spiritual belief patterns of our loved ones with Alzheimer's .
As an EFT Practitioner, I have a great tool for releasing negative emotions. This tool, in fact helped my mother with some of her fears and anxiety (and mine in caring for her). However by the time I had learned it, my mother was in the "middle stages" of her disease and could not follow what I was saying. I was able to do some EFT tapping on her, but I had to use myself or my sister as the surrogate.
I want to share my mother's life story here, in hope that you will also share your stories. I believe that in these stories are the threads or clues as to the cause of Alzheimers. I know it is not scientific research, but it is my intuition I am following. What if the answer is buried in these life patterns and waiting for us to discover?
This is NOT "official" research, but let's see what similarities or clues we find in each of the stories we share of those we know/knew with Alzheimer's disease.
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