The causes of Alzheimers has eluded research focused on the physical level, but perhaps it can be found at the higher levels of our being.
I attended the annual Alzheimer's Association Conference in my area in 2011 and 2012. Hundreds of family members working with Alzheimer's patients attend this conference annually hoping to come home with news of a cure. Unfortunately, the Chief Program Officer for the Association had no new findings to report on research into the causes of Alzheimers.
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 root cause of the physical changes observed in the brain, of the person with Alzheimer's, has not been explained by research. This is despite the incredible amount of money poured into it. In fact, the same can be said about the root cause of the initial physical changes that begin any illness. Perhaps, the root cause does not start at the physical level?
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 why it has been hard with a metaphor, where the Amyloid Beta production that leads to plaque aggregation in the brain is like horses running loose: "You are a farmer. You leave the stable doors open. The horses get out and start running around. The horses trample your wheat. The horses scare your chickens. The chickens stop laying eggs. The horses also scare the cows. The cows stop giving 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 explored the possibilities for solving the "horses running wild" problem with what drugs offer: You close the stable doors, but its too late the horses have already gotten out; or you corral the horses; or you could sooth the chickens and cows and plant new crops and flowers, taking 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 which leads to tangle formation, inflammation, excitoxicity and oxidative stress and the brain is damaged; like the damaged crops, flowers, chickens and cows. This damage then leads to neuron dysfunction and death (damaged crops, loss of eggs and milk) which shows up as cognitive loss which is the reduced farm income and the farm goes into foreclosure (the brain function shuts down).
Research and drugs are looking for solutions to the damage in the brain which is equivalent to finding ways to close the door, restore the crops, flowers, chickens and cows. However, the question I have is, "Why do the doors get left open in the first place?" This is the root cause of the problem of Alzheimer's and it remains unanswered and not researched. Keeping the doors closed at night so the horses don't get out and run wild is what is considered healthy. So what we want to find out is, "Why do some people's brain allow the stable doors to be left open at night so the horses get out and run wild in the first place?
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, by looking beyond the physical level to the emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
Here is my idea which requires your participation. 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 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. You will find links at the bottom of the page to my mother's story and of other's stories who have also shared.
I believe that in these stories are the threads or clues as to the cause of Alzheimer's. 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.
Write what you know about your loved one's life here!
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