Is this the real cause of the Dementia Crisis?
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
When you've been in the business of promoting good health for more than 40 years, you get a feel for trends. One most disturbing trend I can see is the association of diseases of cognitive decline with many popular medicines that are in widespread use nowadays and prescribed sometimes for decades without a break.
The medications that seem to be the most implicated are a wide range of blood pressure medications, cholesterol-lowering drugs, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, steroids, antihistamines, various pain medications and blood-thinners.
None of this is a medical mystery. It is just not talked about. It has always been acknowledged that most of these drugs do affect cognition but they are strangely not part of the conversation.
It blows me away that discussion about the Tsunami of dementia that is now upon us does not include frank discussion of the possibility that many, if not most cases of dementia have prescription drugs as a major factor in their genesis.
It would indeed be scandalous if the one health crisis that threatens to bankrupt our nation was, in fact, mostly medically induced.
For more information in support of what I am saying here, please read this newsletter from Dr Ronald Hoffman:
Dementia is like a mugger lurking in a dark alley. It creeps up on its victims from behind. By the time one realises that they are in trouble the damage is done. Do not wait until you have been floored from behind. Stop, turn around, shine a light and look carefully for the potential muggers in your life and do something about them - now!
Dementia is no great medical mystery. The causes are known, but the lights are turned off while all available resources are being sunk into finding the billion-dollar patent drug cure.
Drugs never cure ageing, nutrition and lifestyle-related diseases. They only serve to plaster over the symptoms, ultimately making matters far worse.
Should I stop taking my medications right away?
Of course not! Some medications, such as statins, can be stopped immediately with no side effects other than feeling great, but others, such as anti-depressants and steroids, may have potent negative side effects due to their addictive properties.
Drugs that addict are the perfect consumer product!
Consult your doctor and insist on not leaving until you have a plan that has you progressively relying less on prescription medication.
Get informed about what you are taking and why?
One of the most commonly prescribed drugs is for depression and anxiety. It can take as long as a year to overcome the symptoms of withdrawal (all the more reason for seeking effective and healthy alternatives to these drugs in the first place!). Expertly applied nutrition strategies, plus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counselling are effective interventions for addressing the Root Causes for cases of depression and anxiety.
Please read this article on the subject of antidepressant withdrawal, written by Dr Kelly Brogan:
And here is a followup article from Dr Brogan: