Just relying on drugs won’t beat Alzheimer’s

Is putting all our eggs in the drug basket really the best way to beat Alzheimer’s? Just as we can’t rely on drug companies alone to beat antibiotic resistance, so we can’t rely on a pharmaceutical silver bullet for Alzheimer’s. Tackling antibiotic resistance needs heavy investment in drugs that will be used sparingly for a short time. The pharma model prefers drugs for as many people as possible for as long as possible.

An equally unbridgeable strategic mismatch hampers drugs for Alzheimer’s. We need a way to reduce risk right now, preferably cheaply. Drugs can only offer promissory prevention in five to ten years at high cost. But evidence is mounting that taking lifestyle change and high dose vitamin seriously could have an immediate effect. Here’s some evidence why we need a rethink.Read on

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