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December 6, 2000

The Danger of an Alzheimer's diagnosis
by Ila Swan


Alzheimer's diagnosis is dangerous and fatal, not just the disease, the diagnosis. Once sentenced to this diagnosis, the patient will be denied normal treatment of the symptoms of their daily ailments as the medical community enables the "progress" of the disease. Psychotropic are used on Alzheimer in quantities and in illogical and unscientific combinations of several. Where are the clinical studies where test groups are given three or four psychotropics at the same time? How many independent variables can be measured reliably under laboratory conditions? Yet in the field medical quacks willy nilly modify combinations of dangerous drugs with abandon and impunity. Why? Accept a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and you are expendable.

When they damage your nervous system with psychotropics, they will say it is the progress of the disease. When you see a patient corkscrewing an overactive and seemingly oversized tongue, you probably think that is part of the disease, right? Think again. Read about the side effects of psychotropics. When the Alzheimer can no longer swallow liquids and food, the unfortunate has suffered a case of Parkinson on top of the Alzheimer, right? You may read this in the chart, but think again. Read about the side effects of the psychotropic. And when you see the Alzheimer slobbering all over him/herself, just more symptoms right?

If you choke to death on a hot-dog you should never have been given in your drugged stupor, the medical director will certify with impunity that you died of Alzheimer and the County Coroner will certify that you died of a heart attack. Should you resist institutional dehumanization, rape and abuse, you are probably just in the violent stages of the disease and need more drugs so this phase of the disease will be easier on your "caregivers" and neighbors.

Dementia can be from many different causes, and Alzheimer cannot be proven conclusively while the patient is alive. Challenge the diagnosis while demanding the right of the disabled patient to medical treatment of the symptoms they suffer. Most of the patient's complaints may be valid, and are as simple as abuse, neglect, maltreatment, urine, feces, bedsores, and urinary infections. Never, never accept a diagnosis of Alzheimer for anyone you love. There's is absolutely no benefit and there is unimaginable danger as a hopeless medical and health care industry conveniently administer the sentence of Alzheimer.

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