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The author, Shuvendu Sen, is an M.D. who works in the U.S. and is a strong advocate of meditation and yoga. He cites multiple studies, along with personal experience, on how meditation can affect both the prevention and recovery from early onset alzheimer's. He brings up the very harrowing fact that alzheimer's is a disease that has been occurring more and more frequently in the world, and that it's not currently treatable, at least not effectively. The disease keeps stumping the best researchers the world over, and the costs of treating those affected, along with the number of sufferers, is skyrocketing.
The author goes on to include the equally amazing and beneficial practice of yoga, in its many forms, as also a prevention for alzheimer's and as an overall boost to the health of the individual, mentally, physically, and spiritually. He uses this to segue into the last section of the book to promote the benefits of human interaction, spirituality/religion, and the need for more medical institutions to be more interactive with their patients, especially the doctors.
Though the book got rather technical at times, it's absolutely fascinating and wonderful to hear from a medical doctor who is actively trying to include more "holistic" or "alternative" forms of treatment. Which is a funny point he brought up at the end, which is that these "alternative" treatments like meditation, yoga, or music therapy have been around thousands of years longer than the current "accepted" medical science. But it's also nice to see how modern medical science is really starting to meld with the old ways of treatment.
The ideas in this book confirm what I have come to understand: leading a healthier life and taking time to mindfully manage stress can prevent cognitive decline. What’s even more wonderful is that the author cites empirical evidence that those practices can also REVERSE cognitive decline. The world needs to know that salvation will not be found in a pill, but in taking greater responsibility and time for reflection in one’s life.
Dr. Sen has written an inspiring masterpiece based on scholarly research and profound experience in this discipline. His indispensable prescription for a contemporary perspective on Alzheimer's gives caregivers and practitioners renewed hope and optimism for a cure for a disease with fatal consequences. "Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer's" is my pick for 2017.