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The Trouble With Alzheimer’s.

There is a campaign running in the United Kingdom that is to bring a better understanding of Alzheimer’s to the general public. The video is only 90 seconds long – one and a half minutes – and shows the tenor of research into the disease.

I want to state in clear contradiction to what is spoken of in this video that Alzheimer’s is not a disease like any other. The promulgation of such illusions as these is part and parcel of the problem ordinary people face: if a person with Alzheimer’s is to be helped, they need the respect that the truth brings. And health professionals stating that it is a disease is only going to undermine this.

If you do not wish to read any more, because it offends you, do at least scroll down and read the last paragraph. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

The problem is that in our day and age, the truth is usually bitter. It was on account of speaking the truth as I saw it that a friend on Facebook unfriended and blocked me. Nice friend, eh? You see, she is a counsellor in Switzerland who (amongst other things) tries to help a people who suffer the effects of a dear one who has succumbed to a degenerative disease. The manner in which this counsellor helps these people is the standard model for today, and it takes the same line as the video: they tell the person what they want to hear. The counselled wants the consolation that it is a disease, something that attacks a person from outside. Most importantly, it is nobody’s fault.

Well, that’s modern life all over, isn’t it? And that is the challenge. Because if you are going to deal with Alzheimer’s and have any real effect, it means you are going to have to look under some stones where some rather slimy creatures live. Of course, if a person – like my former friend – doesn’t want to do this because she might upset someone, and thereby lose her income, this kind of thinking is going to come as a threat.

Imagining threats is actually what Alzheimer’s is all about: treating it as a disease is to push the problem away. Alzheimer’s, or any of the plethora of degenerative diseases that can be ‘diagnosed’, only obscures the fact of their all having a common ‘process’ underlying them. I have described this and its provenance in half a dozen other posts (I will link to some of them, below).

But then, modern scientists push their understanding of thinking away, by imagining it to be the result of ‘electrical’ stimuli developed by the neurons of the brain. Sadly, this leaves them at the mercy of such conditions of Alzheimer’s, because they haven’t a clue how it comes about – for the simple reason that they have not thought things through to the bitter and hard-to-digest end. As mentioned, the easiest thing to say is that it is a disease, which means everybody’s happy and the drugs companies can peddle more of their tranquilizers to the psychiatrists who are as baffled by the problem as the scientists in the drugs companies.

In such situations, the hardest thing to accept is the truth. In a society dedicated to the easy option, that should come as no surprise. The only problem is that it leaves the entire society – scientists, psychiatrists, train drivers and housewives – at the mercy of these diseases. After all, if you only know the illusions that have been peddled, it leaves you with no defence against the reality.

Which is something of a problem with a condition as insidious and as expensive to treat as Alzheimer’s. I say ‘expensive to treat’ because it involves lots of people – and when things are cheaper, it means people are paid less. To overcome the problem in the UK, the family is called in to deal with the early stages.

But then, the family were there with their loved one in the early stages of its development. The problem was (and remains) that none of them could see it. The doctor could only see the problem when the condition was advanced enough to display the symptoms. The doctor, scientist and psychiatrist can only deal with the problem when it is actually too late.

They make it worse by calling it a ‘disease’ and so pushing the problem outside the patient (as it were), and thus compound the problem. It is always thus with illusions that are commonly accepted as being the truth – after all, how could things be different? Especially when the breaking of these treasured illusions means looking into why you, yourself believed the illusions in the first place. That is when the overturned stones in your own mind reveal the slimy little things that live under them. The illusions are preferred – that is to say, the problem is pushed outside oneself and (in this case) is termed a disease. In short, illusions a defence against the very things that live within you!

The only trouble is that this kind of defence against oneself is actually the very process that leads directly to Alzheimer’s.

Dementia as a progressive conditionIf a person has worked through the outward signs of the condition and understood it to the point where they can begin to see the process underlying it, they will then have the ability to turn their skills around. The problem here is that it will leave them feeling very lonely when their counsellor friends won’t talk to them any more. It is all part and parcel of the problem: just because a person knows what leads to Alzheimer’s does not mean that this will be accepted by those who prefer the illusion.

At least you know why people prefer illusions to the truth, and wherever you see groups of people huddled together, from anthroposophists to zoologists – you will see people who prefer illusions to the truth. Because if they preferred the truth, they would speak it, and thus lose the friends they had who found the truth too bitter to accept.

Devastating Dementia.

Let us get one thing straight, and it was spoken of in the video: the effects of dementia – Alzhemer’s – are utterly devastating for all concerned.

But ignoring the truth leaves one with no possibility of either coming to terms with another member of your family should they develop the condition – and it leaves one entirely at the mercy of the condition should it develop within you.

Would you prefer your comfortable life, surrounded by illusion – or one where you actively engage with your life and all its inconsistencies, and so work consciously to deal with the very thing that can lead to Alzheimer’s while you can?

 

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