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Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts by Shuvendu Sen, MD

Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts by Shuvendu Sen, MD


Shuvendu Sen, MD, is a nationally and internationally recognized physician, author, speaker, and a humanitarian for over twenty years. He is director and associate program director of the internal medicine residency program at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Meridian Hackensack University. Dr. Sen is the author of the book A Doctor’s Diary and serves in advisory capacities in many leadership committees for the American College of Physicians and the Alzheimer’s Association, among others. His newest book, Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga, and the Arts, bridges the gaps between ancient healing arts and novel scientific paradigms to teach readers how to strengthen their minds and their bodies. 

Dr. Sen’s expressive and easy-to-read prose is sure to engage and be informative to readers of all professions and experiences. He explains Alzheimer’s disease in a visual and striking manner:

In Alzheimer’s disease, the medical world is facing its hardest hour. Of all the diseases that continue to harass humanity, Alzheimer’s holds hostage the very fulcrum of human existence: its mind. Far more surreptitious than a stroke or tumor that grows, flares, or strikes with characteristic visibility and grandiosity, by turning the brain into a bloody battlefield Alzheimer’s is that serpent in the grass that doesn’t give a hint of its existence in the air. Its deceptive presence evokes virtually no resistance, as it spews its venom virtually unchallenged. When the serpent finally decides to announce itself, the human brain has already turned into jelly, helpless as it yields to the serpent’s sinking teeth. 

Furthermore, in this new book, Dr. Sen presents staggering statistics about Alzheimer’s disease and its progression in the United States alone:

Current research from the National Institute on Aging estimates that between 2010 and 2050 the number of people age sixty-five and older will more than double to 88.5 million, or 20 percent of the population. In the United States alone, by 2025, the number of people age sixty-five and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million. By 2050, that number may reach 13.8 million. Between 2016 and 2025, every state and region across the country is expected to experience an increase of at least 14 percent in the number of people with Alzheimer’s, due to increases in the population who are age sixty-five and older.

Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s goes over everything from studies conducted on Alzheimer’s patients and the symptoms of the disease to caregiver burnout and the overuse of prescription drugs. Dr. Sen expertly weaves personal stories of patients and colleagues with thorough history and research that patients an all-inclusive and extensive portrait of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, Dr. Sen states that there have been studies on the benefits of meditation dating back to the 1980s, and that there are different forms of meditation and yoga—among other alternative medicine practices—that are beneficial to various conditions of the mind. Studies from Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic have even proved these effects. 

Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s is a must-read for those interested in the healing offered by alternative medicine as well as caregivers and others working with Alzheimer’s patients and patients affected by stress, anxiety, and depression.

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