Ep. 11/16/2022 – The Jiggy Jaguar Show: Beyond Drugs: Doctor’s Holistic Approach Can Thwart Cognitive Decline


“Nowhere is the cry for answers more poignant than with Alzheimer’s disease,” writes Dr. Sen in the introduction to his book, Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts. “Of all the diseases that continue to harass humanity, Alzheimer’s holds hostage the very fulcrum of human existence: its mind.”

According to research from the National Institute on Aging, by 2025, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is expected to reach 7.1 million. With modern medicine seemingly stumped for answers, Dr. Sen offers a ray of hope.

In Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s, Dr. Sen discusses the challenges of diagnosing Alzheimer’s, the shortcomings of pharmaceutical treatments, and shares fascinating scientific discoveries into meditation’s power to rewire brain circuits and protect the areas of the mind most impacted by chronic stress — a “point of entry” for major health conditions like heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Alzheimer’s disease has become a gigantic specter that looms before all of us as we age, and it is advancing unimpeded,” said Dr. Sen. “Today we know that contributing factors and symptoms (such as stress and hypertension) can be alleviated with holistic, alternate management approaches.”

Pointing to research from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University and Mayo Clinic, among others, Dr. Sen explains that meditation and yoga can halt or even reverse the course of Alzheimer’s because “they set the mind on an inward journey where the risk factors that precipitate the disease are formed,” he said. “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.”

About the Author

Shuvendu Sen, MD, is a globally recognized physician, author, speaker and humanitarian. He received the 2018 Nautilus Silver Award, bestowed previously to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Pe

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