Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The Myth of Alzheimer's Disease- Peter Whitehouse
Today at the Dementia Congress I heard Peter Whitehouse a pioneering research scientist, medic and neurologist with over 25 years work in the field say that in relation to Alzheimer's it is a complete myth that it should be called a disease; reason being that the big dementia agencies, the medics and the drug companies have all helped create this myth to keep up the fear and stigma in the general population; in order that politically and generally, there remains a consciousness that this is a 'deadly disease' rather than a condition, (a normal part of the ageing process) meaning that the fear and stigma generated help create the climate to draw in the funds. He is not currently a popular man with the big agencies and pharmaceuticals; however as he also said, they are in deep financial trouble. Together they have spent millions of pounds on 'the magic bullet' or pill, people can take and there will never be such a thing, in part because science ( real science) is being skewed to fit the agreed agenda; in part because the latest thinking is that AD is not one disease alone but a number of them acting in concert. It is very Orwellian of course, however in my opinion it makes a lot of sense ..And of course there is a huge place in the dementia care field for the much more cost-effective and embodied practices ( including dance and movement) that we offer. We have to start finding the people, working together, developing the strategies and enabling opportunities for it to happen on a much larger scale andf far less piecemeal than to date. Here comes the 1st National Conference on Dance and Dementia - hooray, please see below for booking ( click on the image to be taken directly to the site).