Since I didn’t see anybody else from our little community at this event I thought I would send in a report.
This was a talk presented to the Commonwealth Club, located right downtown on the Embarcadero.
For some reason I had assumed/expected that this would be a presentation of new information, but that did not turn out to be the case. Most of the actual information I had seen many times before, both in the book, and on the many YouTube recordings of other presentations and interviews by Dr. Bredesen. Some of the case histories I have heard so many times I feel like I know those people.
Most of the graphics were likewise familiar, but one was new to me. It was a pair of bar graphs contrasting the old-school, 19th and 20th century medical landscape to the 21st century challenge presented by Alzheimer’s and other complex degenerative diseases. The old-school graph showed five or six factors that contribute to, or are associated with, pneumococcal pneumonia. The extremely short, one or two percent bars were things like alcohol use, diabetes and other factors, and then the extremely tall, 94 % bar represented the pneumococcus bacteria…..clearly the overwhelmingly most significant factor in causing the disease. In that case it was appropriate and successful to develop a single drug to combat that single factor and produce a cure for that disease.
The new-school, 21st century graph representing Alzheimer’s suggested no single bar that was much taller than the other bars, but instead suggested a series of 36 bars with slight variations in height, but generally speaking more or less equal. This was, to me, a powerful visual representation of the idea that no single drug is going to be a magic bullet, but instead each individual contributing factor needs to be recognized and addressed appropriately.
Another tidbit that felt new to me, though it has been hinted at previously, was Dr. Bredesen’s statement that both Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration have a strong correlation to low oxygen saturation during the overnight hours.
To sum it up, I am very glad I went to that talk, even though most of it was already familiar to me based on the book, participation in this APOE4 forum, and viewing of other presentations and interviews. It was very interesting to see Dr. Bredesen in person…I was seated front row center and it was kind of an eerie feeling because most of the audience seemed to be hearing this information for the first time, and I have been steeped in it for many months, maybe even a year now. It also gave me kind of a kick in the pants to get back to work on this stuff…I had been slacking off because I have addressed the top 4 or 5 factors, but there are many more elements to the “cognoscopy” that I still have sort of pending, and I need to get back to that.