$18 Billion Dollar Disappointment

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By now you’ve probably heard about the latest failed Alzheimer’s drug. Biogen Inc. and their partners have ended not one, but two late-stage trials of their experimental Alzheimer’s medication. Biogen lost $18 Billion in one day, but beyond that, what about the precious time that was wasted? And lives lost?

To put it in perspective, there have been 146 drug failures in the last few years. To be honest, if your ARPF had $5 Million of those wasted Billions, we could make incredible strides in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

The prevention and even the reversal of cognitive decline is not hopeless.

For starters, please realize that losing your memory is not a normal part of aging. Oftentimes we hear someone say he/she has normal memory loss for his/her age, but it’s not standard. I mean, there is some decline in function like every other part of your body as you grow older, but having severe or progressive memory loss is not normal any more than it would be normal for a person to walk up a flight of stairs and have chest pain and shortness of breath. That’s a sign of heart disease, just like memory loss is a sign of an ongoing process that needs to be investigated and then treated to keep it from progressing, using a lifestyle approach.

Instead of these super targeted drugs, the focus should be on what our research reveals already works: lifestyle.

As George Perry, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer of ARPF has said, “The greatest breakthrough for Alzheimer’s disease is the realization that lifestyle is critical to the quality of life and brain health as we age.” Indeed, prevention is the only way forward and our work on lifestyle, including yoga meditation for Alzheimer’s prevention, is where more research should be directed.

If you are wondering when is the optimal time to begin your brain-health lifestyle, the answer is right now. Even if you or your loved one has already experienced symptoms of memory loss or dementia, depending on your level of awareness and cognitive ability, there are still measures that can be taken to likely slow the progression of the disease and improve your current condition and quality of life.

I encourage you to begin your Alzheimer’s Prevention Program today. We have many resources for you at www.alzheimersprevention.org and a growing list of Certified Brain Longevity Specialists who can share their knowledge in your community. Please look them up at www.arpf.com.

Yours In Brain Health,

Dr. Dharma

PS: Please remember ARPF in your will and continue to support this work– it’s essential to keep our families together. And we request your donation to help keep it all going. Thank you.

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