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By Alan Richman
The most elegant of human or- gans, the brain also is the most essential. Unlike the heart, liver
and kidneys, it cannot yet be replaced
with either a transplant or an arti;cial
unit. When the brain goes, we go.
Although it is protected from external
shock to some extent by the hard, bony
cranium, it is at least as vulnerable, and
possibly more so, to insidious, systemic
disease and deterioration.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), other dementia,
stroke, anxiety, depression, mood swings,
stress, sleep issues, ADHD and PTSD are
10 of the most serious threats to brain
health. Any one of these alone could cause
havoc not only for individuals themselves,
but also for their families, co-workers and
the nation as a whole.
More than five million Americans are
now living with Alzheimer’s; one in three
seniors dies with Alzheimer’s, the sixth
leading cause of death in the U.S. Every
66 seconds a new case is detected. It kills
more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Family caregivers spend more than
$5,000 per year caring for someone with
Alzheimer’s. Along with other dementias,
AD will also cost the U.S. an estimated
$236 billion per year.
“Alzheimer’s already is the world’s most
costly disease per patient, and among the
most feared,” said Mark Thurston, presi-
dent of AIDP, Inc., City of Industry, CA.
Mr. Thurston also cited these statistics
from the National Institute of Mental
Health: 18.1% of U.S. adults have an anxiety disorder, and of these, 22.8% are classified as severe.
In addition, the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) reported that 50-70 million
Americans are affected by sleep problems.
The Nielsen Company estimated U.S.
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