Friday, July 15, 2005

Alzheimers: Beliefs Create Reality

Every once in a while the religion "science" is faced with new information challenging long held dogma. Today is one of those days.

In the journal Science (apt), researchers led by Karen Ashe of the University of Minnesota reported that mice whose genes had been "turned off" thus creating the dementia seen in Alzheimers recovered their memories when the genes were turned back on. This is good news for Alzheimers patients and their families since it implies that the same could happen in humans.

"I was astonished. I didn't believe [emphasis added] the results when I saw them," Ms. Ashe stated.

She couldn't believe it. Why? Because the accepted dogma is that Alzheimers is irreversible, that's why.

Cancer: irreversible. Diabetes: irreversible. Heart disease: irreversible (oops! not irreversible. Dr. Dean Ornish has loads of research reversing it, but you do it with diet, exercise, stress management and familial support. I know, it's just not nearly as sexy as an exotic potion like a drug or a dramatic intervention like surgery).

Yep, scientists are unbiased, blank papers looking for the answers, certainly not ministers preaching dogma looking for evidence to back up their beliefs. Link
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