So they may have found a cure for Alzheimers, Dementia, Parkinsons... well, in mice at any rate and the drug they used also produces a myriad of harmful side-effects. I guess the scientists and the people they get to peddle this predictable nonsense must hope that we are all in a developed state of one of these memory-robbing diseases in order that we don’t challenge them and say ‘Wait a minute, haven’t we heard this one before?’ A cure for cancer was something that one of the biggest and richest charities boasted a few years ago – and when that started to look unlikely they changed their tack and made ‘living with cancer’ their slogan. Another reason was because back in the day they could say pretty much what they wanted about the ‘Big C’ and people would accept it – such was its taboo status. It was something that ‘other people’ got. Nowadays it’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer. Now that can’t just be down to more widespread diagnosis or a more open attitude to the disease. Levels of cancer have gone up and there are cancers which were so rare a few years ago they didn’t even register as a statistic. Bowel cancer has been irrefutably linked to a modern refined diet. Incidents of cancer rocket in areas where there is heavy environmental pollution. And of course – the big forgetful elephant in the room – more people are living longer so they are more than likely to succumb to cancer unless one of the dementia-type diseases gets to them first. And we’re back to square one.
What’s the answer, then? Well, instead of throwing your money into the big bottomless pit that the main medical research charities have created – don’t worry, most of the work they do will be carried out with government funding anyway, so we all contribute already whether we like it or not – support the smaller, ethical guys who carry out research that is relevant to human beings (seems like a no-brainer, that one) or concentrate on promoting prevention rather than finding a ‘cure’. And of course there are the countless charities who give support and advice – like Macmillan Nurses.
Finally, it is hugely ironic that in a week when ‘care’ of the elderly and disabled in this country has been exposed as criminally lacking and underfunded we are meant to applaud the efforts of a bunch of ‘Beakers’ for producing something that might or might not be of use in a time when most of us will be past caring one way or another. I just wonder how many care workers could have been paid properly and been allowed to devote enough time to their clients with the money that particular research cost?