Why Has The Truth About Dementia Been Suppressed?

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

‘No one survives a diagnosis of dementia.’

The quote is attributed to Hilary Evans, the chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Did she really say that?

I suppose she must have done.

But it is NOT true.

I repeat: it is NOT true.

The Alzheimer Industry (a convenient mixture of drug companies and charities) seems determined to ignore the facts.

But there is a type of dementia which can be cured.

And cured permanently.

And yet time and time again people who really should know better – doctors, charity workers and journalists – fail to tell the full facts about dementia.

Over the last month we have sent out over 600 review copies of my latest book called Millions of Alzheimer’s Patients Have Been Misdiagnosed (And Could Be Cured).

No one has reviewed it, talked about it or even noticed it.


Because there is, I fear, a conspiracy of silence among those in the Alzheimer Industry.

No one wants to discuss the one cause of dementia which can be cured: idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

And yet this disorder is the commonest cause of dementia other than Alzheimer’s. It affects millions. And the diagnosis is missed more than 80% of the time. Between 5% and 10% of patients diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are in fact suffering from the curable disease idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus.

The fact is that millions of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia have been wrongly diagnosed. They have idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus and can be treated and cured. The evidence for this claim appears in my short book.

The three symptoms of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus are:

• A tendency to fall a good deal. If an elderly patient falls a lot then a diagnosis of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus must be considered.
• Dementia.
• Urinary incontinence.

Why does the Alzheimer Industry refuse to publicise the truth? Why do doctors continue to suppress the evidence?

There are two reasons.

First, idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus can be treated and cured with a simple surgical operation. But drug companies make millions out of selling drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. If patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus were properly diagnosed the demand for their drugs would plummet. And profits would fall. Sadly, many charities now work hand in glove with drug companies. So, for example, Alzheimers Research UK (which I quoted at the start of this piece) works closely with several pharmaceutical companies.

Second, doctors in the UK are now paid when they make a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. But they do not get paid when they make a diagnosis of normal pressure hydrocephalus. Doctors have a financial interest in over-diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease.

And so the tragedy, and the scandal, continues.

I could weep. I could really weep.

Countless millions of patients with idiopathic normal pressure disease have been diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. They have been given drugs and abandoned – left to die.

They could have been treated and cured.

Tell the truth to everyone you know.

You could save someone’s life.

Copyright Vernon Coleman

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