Posted 2/15/19 b
wives’ tales and home remedies. My ancestry had more than a few of them that
went way back. Examples? When I would get swimmer’s ear, the plan of the day
was to blow cigarette smoke in my ear to help it heal and stop the pain. My
Grandma Applegate had me cut a bean in half, long-wise, and rub this bean lump
on the warts I had on my hand as a kid, then throw said bean in a can and throw
the can away. When the bean rotted away the wart would fall off or disappear.
We rubbed aloe on this, baking soda on that, put bleach on cuts/ticks, used gas
(!!) to wash the tar off of our feet… Either things worked or they didn’t.
Nothing magical, just a result. Placebo effect? Don’t you dare tell my Grandma
Applegate that if/when you meet her in heaven. She will sinlessly correct
you… with a perfect and snow white tree limb.
So oddball things help, or don’t help conditions…the Aloe helped my sunburn. The warts, somehow, took off a few of my warts and the doc froze off the rest. But what of Alzheimer’s? I have spent a few years now looking at home remedies for loved ones with mental illness and other brain ailments including more than my share of time investigating Alzheimer’s treatments. It has been a passionate hobby of mine to try to understand the incomprehensible brain for nearly a decade.
I am not necessarily talking about your particular cure/treatment here, so
don’t hate me for saying the rest of this article. OK? We good? Are you sure?
You can turn back if you need to.
memes are everywhere here…you can still escape. OK… so, my thought is that
Alzheimer’s home remedies are hooey. Crapola. Clouds without rain. Better
suited for washing a hog. Worse, they are snake oil. Snake oil salesmen types
have sold various mostly harmless concoctions to desperate folks for centuries
to cure everything!!! Google the claims of the old time snake oil salesmen.
Cure deafness with a liquid? Really? That liquid will navigate to a ruptured
drum and seal it up like ear Elmers?? Sure..
If rubbing aloe on my mom’s temples would fix her Alzheimer’s, I would cover her whole head in the stuff. If weed/dope/pot/Rasta Weed/Marijuana and its seedy little friends CBD oil and the like fixed the disease, I would braid mom’s hair like Bob Marley and deliver the bong myself!! How can I casually discard these “cures”? It is pretty easy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a cure for this stinkin’ disease would be worth over $1T. For the math challenged, one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) is a lot of cash. (See this link for a picture: http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html ). Say what you want about the medical industry, but they understand and seek/find money extremely well. If the rare three-horned yak’s ground up toe jam cured Alzheimer’s, the company selling said jam would be doing Super Bowl ads pitching it. Heck, they would be singing the yak jam boogie and Maroon 5 would be doing the backup.
Keep the cure options coming. I am willing to look at cures and treatment…I really am. I do not mean this as an insult to anyone who has sent a cure…unless you are selling it as a pyramid scheme. I do like holistic meds sometimes. I appreciate the thoughts. 🙁 I hate to see more of the Sweet 17 die if the cure is right under our nose. I am willing, but I am extremely skeptical and want to see scientific proof. “Show Me” the proof and explain the reason why big pharma is hiding said cure and losing money by the trillions. Don a tin foil hat if necessary.
Mom has been quite well again the last few days. I couldn’t dog sled there today, but will attempt to trod there tomorrow for a better update on her and the ladies. 🙂
Thanks for putting up with a rant. I love you even if you try to sell me a cure. Hopefully we are on the same side, caring for this multitude of brain bandit victims.
(Alz link on valuation: https://www.alz.org/…/resou…/publications/trajectory_report…)
(BTW…speaking of big numbers, I have now posted over 30,000 words on my mom’s journey through this terrible illness. I am likely going to republish these posts and pictures into a blog soon and will just share links to social media. Much easier. 🙂 )