I’m a reasonable guy, most of the time, but every now and then, I just need to rant. And today is one of those days. So hold on to your hat.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing of GoCogno.com, the website for people with mild cognitive impairment.
What set me off is a viral video that’s been making its way around the Internet. You may have seen it, or at least heard about it. It’s these Front Line Doctors talking about coronavirus.
Supposedly, this video has been banned, but of course, nothing can be banned on the Internet. Saying it’s been banned just makes even more people watch it —about 1.2 million so far, just on one of the many “banned” sites.
The doctors are practicing, credentialed medical professionals. They have a clear political agenda, but this is America. People are allowed to have political views and they’re allowed to express them.
But it was one statement, made by one doctor, that just set me off. Dr. Stella Immanuel, a physician and minister in Houston, is talking about a combination of three medicines — hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax — which she says can cure coronavirus.
But then she opens her mouth one more time, and she says this:
“I know you people want to talk about a mask. Hello? You don’t need a mask. There is a cure.”
And when I heard her say that, it made me want to scream and throw my laptop against the wall.
Now I’m not singling her out, or picking on her. That is the mentality of mainstream medicine and it represents everything that is wrong with the way health care is delivered in this country.
It is the reason why millions of people have MCI who did not need to get MCI, and why millions of people have Alzheimer’s who didn’t need to get Alzheimer’s.
The message is: Don’t pay any attention to prevention. Don’t try to stay well. Go ahead and get sick. We’ve got a pill.
That is traditional health care in a capsule — pun intended. They’re trained to give you a pill, and they’ve trained you to want one.
Ok, well, my concern is cognitive health, and if you’re watching this video, I’m guessing it’s your concern too. And when it comes to your brain, there are two reasons why that is profoundly bad advice.
The first has to do specifically with coronavirus. There are now more than 5 million Americans who have contracted this virus, and survived. Which is good, that so many have survived, but not better than if the virus had been prevented in the first place.
We are now finding out that coronavirus patients are experiencing serious cognitive problems, including headaches, dizziness, agitation, or confusion, and according to a paper that was just published, those who survive the virus are at “high risk for subsequent development of neurological disease and in particular Alzheimer’s disease.”
So much for “You don’t need a mask. There is a cure.” This so-called cure is sending people home with a greater future prospect of Alzheimer’s.
Now on top of that, from a cognitive perspective, there is one other really big problem with the medical mentality that says, “Don’t worry about staying well. If you get sick, we’ll give you a pill.”
What if there’s no pill to give you?
There is no medicine that can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-doctor and I’m not anti-drug. There are medical conditions that can be treated very effectively with drugs.
And someday, hopefully sooner than later, we’ll have treatments for MCI and Alzheimer’s.
But today, we don’t. What we have right now is prevention. And prevention works. Just a couple of weeks ago, The Lancet Commission said 40 percent of all dementia cases could be avoided by using prevention techniques we have available to us right now.
Prevention. Wellness. Healthy habits. That’s available to you right now.
So commit to that. Defend your cognition. How? Well, in all the ways I’m here every week talking about. And I’ll be back next Sunday to talk about more. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind.