There are many conditions that are given the labels “irreversible” or “incurable”. When looking through the lens of the Western medical approach, these conditions are indeed irreversible and incurable: conditions such as diabetes, degenerative arthritis, multiple sclerosis, many of the worst cancers, Parkinson’s Disease, and one of my personal “favourites” – Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) – because of the way it has hit my own family so many times.
The trouble with looking at things through a particular lens is that if your lens is too restrictive, you may miss the source of the problem or even a cure staring you in the face. An article in the September 2014 issue of Aging detailing a small scale study to test a novel therapeutic programme for treating AD and other cognitive impairments points to just such a problem. In this study, researchers from UCLA’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research took ten patients suffering from varying degrees of memory loss and other cognitive impairment, six of whom had either had to quit working or were struggling with their work because of their impairments.
The team enrolled them into a non-pharmaceutical therapeutic programme that included nutritional, sleep restoration and lifestyle interventions. These are the kind of interventions that I talk about in my book Reboot Yourself! A Non-Geek’s Guide to Reversing Chronic Illness and Early Ageing and that I have applied to myself to reverse my own cognitive impairments. They based the programme not on addressing any one component of this complex multi-dimensional disease, as is the case with genetic and pharmaceutical strategies, but on restoring the body’s natural metabolic processes, hormone balance, and repair and restoration programmes.
Fixing what is in the way of the body healing itself seems a very logical approach, but does it work? In this case, 9 out of 10 participants showed marked and sustained improvements beginning within 3 to 6 months of programme initiation. All of those who had to quit working were able to return to work, and those who were struggling with their performance stopped struggling. The only person who did not improve had very late stage AD. That’s 9 out of 10 or 90% who reversed their neurodegeneration.
Two things strike me about this study. Firstly, there is nothing even approaching this kind of result in the interventions that Western medicine is offering us. I know this because I have experienced AD first-hand, up close and personal, along with the failure of pharmaceutical drugs to have any significant or lasting effect, and the pronouncements of ‘progressive’ and ‘incurable’. Secondly, but for stumbling on this study in my ongoing research, I would never have known about it and its remarkable result. Why is that? The study will no doubt have been dismissed by many as not large enough, not long enough (2.5 years as of its publication), and not rigorous enough to pass the Randomised Controlled Trial gold standard test. But tell that to one of those 90% who are now back to living productive lives – or to those of us who are still being told the incomplete bad news story.
While the Western medical system continues to restrict its focus through the narrow lens of chemical or genetic solutions, we don’t have to accept the pronouncements. Instead, let’s take charge of our own health by using an evolutionary lens to look at the environment around us, and fixing those parts of our environment and lifestyle that are interfering with our body’s innate ability to heal itself. Reboot Yourself! will show you how.