commentary: An Incurable Disease
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 13-Jan-18; Sermon #1414c; 14 minutes
John Ritenbaugh mentions an article in which the author reports that everybody has known somebody who has recovered from cancer, but nobody has known anybody who has recovered from Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have failed to find a "cure" for this ailment because they have failed to understand that it is not a single disease, but a complex of seven, each one requiring discrete treatments. Relatives who have contracted Alzheimer's develop erratic, sometimes violent, behavior, making it difficult—if not impossible—for family members to provide adequate care. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are not the same. Evelyn Ritenbaugh does not have Alzheimer's, but instead a form of Dementia, caused by two successive traumas to the head. Since that time, involuntary and voluntary cerebral responses have returned at a slow, but steady, pace. Evelyn has regained the ability to walk, and though still having difficulty with forming sentences, she can read, sing songs, and recognize people. She cannot answer the phone nor remember the date of her birth without coaching. On the other hand, God has given her a sunny and calm disposition. No one should fear conversing with Evelyn, realizing that continuous exercise may retrigger some sleeping neural circuits. It is instructive to realize that the diagnosis of Alzheimer's is a death sentence, just as the diagnosis of carnality without the antidote of God's Holy Spirit is also a death sentence.