Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. -Ecc 5:10
Hi all! Happy Tuesday to each and every one of you this fine morning. Today I am booked to the gills at work, but I have an important topic that I need to weigh in on. To accommodate the need to get work done and the need to share this with you, I am going to repeat a Facebook post from Friday.
Here is an article that was forwarded to me, in case you haven’t seen it:
Here is my official response, which, when added to $6.75 will buy you a gallon of gas and a Slurpee:
1. A cure is worth an estimate of somewhere between nearly $1T and well over $2T. That is a lot of zeros. Here is an explanation of this much money: LINK. Research facilities are under tremendous pressure to deliver treatments and cures, and do it quickly so that they can be over-tested for a decade before release. With that much at stake, fudging numbers research can and does happen. This doesn’t excuse their activity even a tiny bit.
2. The Beta Amyloid hypothesis issue as discussed in the article above shows the damage to any science of echo chambers (re: global warming, rigged elections, x# of days to flatten the curve, flat Earth…I hope I equally offended everyone. 😉 ). When we assume a scientific issue is 100% sure, the danger begins. Science is sometimes a moving target and we get better and better at finding out stuff…that disproves other stuff. Remember, we were 100% sure for hundreds of years of the need to bleed people to help them cure of a disease. We were sure that the Earth was the center.
3. BA has to play a role based on how commonly these biomarkers show up in AD patients , but I am in the minority in always guessing it to be more of the scab than the wound. Not bragging…it is always easier to be skeptical.
5. There are lots of for-profit research organizations, included a large one 6 blocks from Fort. They are especially susceptible to faking things for $.
6. Alzheimer’s is very hard to figure out. Not many want brain biopsies. Even lumbar punctures, a key in finding any treatment or cure, are hard to come by. This will hurt that.
7. Sad. People who are hurt will lose hope because this research has been pushed back a decade because of a focus on what may be a false narrative, if the Beta Amyloid does indeed end up disproved. We have spent billions on a rabbit trail, if so. I hope it was not in vain…and it may still be the issue….
8. I am glad they caught it.
9. I am still fully committed to research and am still extremely adamant as a supporter for others to join me in the work. Don’t believe me? I will be at Wash U Friday burning another vacay day participating in 2 different brain studies. I will be in KU again in 3 months and at Vanderbilt again in 17 months. I still believe a cure is coming…
10. The treatment and the cure, if they come, will be done so at the will of God, “who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will“. I believe He is sovereign and directs everything, whether we perceive it good or bad, for our good somehow and for His Glory. Anything less gives the devil power to override God’s will, and I believe that to never be the case. He is in control and He ordains the means things happen with and the ends. That is why I don’t throw up my hands and pull a King Solomon and say “(Research) is meaningless. There is joy for us and Glory for Him in the process. Will there be a cure? I hope so. I really do. But if not, Glory to His Name anyway…
Update: Very challenging times and 100+ degree weather driving a car with broken AC has left me unable to visit for a week, but I am heading there today after work. I check in daily and have a care plan meeting next Wednesday. Her O2 is doing much better and no seizures lately that we are aware of, so just sleepy time, eating, and sleeping some more, awaiting her heavenly home.
Last note: I volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, and probably always will until I am in heaven myself. The above statements, while likely approved by many, are not spoken on their behalf, but are from me. They are also a victim of these frauds and are very diligent. They are undoubtedly as discouraged as I am…
OK….really the last note: Please share my posts on social media. I am having issues with my subscription program since the site has gotten so popular and getting the word out is too expensive to do it through Mail Chimp. I don’t sell things nor really accept donations on my site…just on research and for SeniorAge and the Alzheimer’s Association. Sharing the site and individual articles helps. I meet people all the time by phone or email that I am able to help because of it. 🙂 Thank you thank you thank you thank you 🙂