Yesterday, when I heard on the news that 5 million baby boomers currently have Alzheimer’s disease, I was immediately fearful. But not because I’m a baby boomer myself. No, it’s much worse. I’m more than old enough to have Alzheimer’s right now. I am fearful because my three children are baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1963. One in 8 baby boomers is expected to have Alzheimer’s. How is this possible and what can be done to prevent it?
Alzheimer’s disease is named after the German doctor who discovered it and first wrote about it in 1906. Why was it a GERMAN doctor, and not a Chinese doctor or a doctor from India, who first discovered the disease? Was it because the German doctors were the most advanced, or was it because this is a disease of white people, specifically German people? I’m guessing that the disease was first noticed in Germany because it was related to the diet of the German people back in the early 1900s. (more…)