'Dementia test' falls short
Maybe you've heard about the new so-called blood test for dementia, which claims to predict who'll get Alzheimer's disease.
It's still in the testing phase, but already there's a clamor to make it part of the standard tests given to everyone as they get older (and not just seniors, either).
But before you submit to this test yourself, there's something important you need to know -- something that's been completely left out of the mainstream coverage: The test is about as accurate as a fortune cookie.
Scientifically speaking, a screening test is considered accurate if a positive result is correct 90 percent of the time.
In other words, just 10 percent will get what's known as a false positive.
But for this dementia test, the false positive rate is off the charts. A full two-thirds of the patients who test positive will never actually develop dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
This won't just lead to undo stress and worry. It will play right into Big Pharma's hands.
You see, the drug industry has failed to produce anything proven to reverse or cure dementia.
They've spent billions, but they've come up empty every time.
So their new approach is so-called early treatment. Target patients "at risk" for Alzheimer's disease, and maybe the same drugs that failed to cure the disease can help prevent it.
Not a bad idea, except there's no evidence that these drugs can prevent the disease, either. And if they start giving them to everyone "at risk" -- everyone who gets a positive result from this new test, for example -- millions of seniors will be drugged for a disease they never would have gotten anyway.
And many of them will suffer some of the terrible side effects that can come with those medications.
Until there's a truly accurate test for dementia, the best approach is to stick with the tried and true.
First, whether you're "at risk" or not, protect your brain with the nutrients proven to work -- including omega-3 fatty acids and high doses of B vitamins.
And second, recognize that many cases of dementia aren't dementia at all -- they're actually caused by drug side effects, exposure to toxins, poor nutrition, hormonal problems and more.
Read this free report from my House Calls archives to learn more.