Consider just a few of the most recent statistics:
- Alzheimer's disease is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.
- Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer's have risen by 89%, while deaths from heart disease have decreased by 14%.
- One in three seniors dies with (although apparently not necessary from) one form of dementia or another.
- Someone develops Alzheimer's every 66 seconds.
- Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's; by 2050, the experts expect the number to rise to as many as 16 million.
Yet just 50 years ago, this disease (along with others related to the brain) was almost unknown. What's going on?
In some cases, the disease can be genetic. (So much for evolutionary improvements due to positive, additive genetic changes. How can anyone be deluded enough to believe in evolution?) But otherwise, the experts appear to be stumped.
Could it be environmental? Aluminum has apparently been ruled out as a cause, but could it be something else that we're willingly ingesting? Could it be related to vaccines?
Until questions like these are answered, and Alzheimer's is on the wane, let's hope that our leaders are making plans for caring for the victims of this nasty disease. And let's hope that words like "euthanasia" and "Thailand" are nowhere to be found in their proposals.