Who among us is not affected by issues such as stress, depression, personality and behavioral changes, agitation, hypertension or high cholesterol—to name a few? Did you know that these are some of the cognitive and biological deficiencies that are associated with Alzheimer's?
It is estimated that 5.4 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. In its capacity to completely destroy personalities, relationships and daily living, we cannot afford to continue thinking of it as a private disease. Alzheimer's is a family problem—ruthless in its scope and spread. And despite relentless trials and research studies, scientists have not found a drug to control it. Even worse, there isn't even a fully reliable diagnostic test for it. Alzheimer's disease has become a gigantic specter that looms before all of us as we age, and it is advancing unimpeded.
Today we know that contributing factors and symptoms (such as stress and hypertension) can be alleviated with holistic, alternate management approaches—like meditation, yoga, music therapy and virtual reality therapy. Research studies from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and Mayo Clinic, among many others, have demonstrated the comprehensive benefits of yoga and meditation on various aspects of the human mind—and when you think about it, that's where Alzheimer's disease develops—in the mind.
But, how can meditation and yoga stop or even reverse the course of Alzheimer's? They set the mind on an inward journey where the risk factors that precipitate the disease are formed. This bridging of the old and new creates an imperative paradigm shift in our perspective toward Alzheimer's disease management. Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer's is precisely what is needed to cause a drastic and necessary revolution in medical care.
"An important work on the holistic principles of medical management involving Alzheimer's disease. A comprehensive guide for caregivers and anyone involved with this devastating disease." —Ronald Brenner, MDChief of Behavioral Health Service Line, Catholic Health Services, New York
"Dr. Sen's work is an important, provocative contribution to the field of neurology. I commend his book to any who are interested in Alzheimer's disease." —Benjamin Doolittle, MDDirector, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Yale School of Medicine
"In this thoughtful and far-ranging book,Dr. Sen has raised the intriguing question of whether meditation, yoga, and spirituality could contribute to protecting the brains of our aging population from the ravages of illnesses like Alzheimer's disease. Weaving together history, interviews, the latest scientific literature, and vignettes from his own clinical practice—none more touching than the story of his patient with Alzheimer's disease calmed by his simple act of making her hospital room like home—Dr. Sen suggests that these holistic approaches could help to heal, in the broadest sense, the ills we all may confront. Excellent work!" —John W. Denninger, MD, PhDDirector of Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Associate Director of the MGH-McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program/Harvard Medical School
Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer's has been selected as a 2017 Nautilus Silver Award Winner in the category Religion/Spirituality on Eastern Thought.