Re: A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 00:17:50 MDT

Gina Miller wrote:

> Actually, I was just thinking about your post, perhaps you are referring to
> the fact, that with Alzheimer's, we do not know if those memories are
> retrievable due to irreparable damage?

Well, Im really uptight about this right now. My mother is a retired CPA
and software developer from back before it was cool. Now I am scared
shitless that she may be showing the early signs of Alzheimers. This was
a bad week, but it might be because of a sudden stoppage of paxil. She
was taking 40 mg a day for 5 years, stopped cold turkey. Im hoping to
hell that is what was causing the problem. Anybody who wants to can
jump in with encouraging words here, any time, offlist is fine, or otherwise.

After watching my grandfather fade away with Alzheimers, I think that
the brain must have redundant circuits that somehow store memories
even after they cannot be retrieved. In his late stages, he occasionally
had a good day, and was almost like his old self. The next day he
wouldnt know his name. Evidently that information was still in that
damaged mind, somewhere. Had I known of cryonics at the time, I
would have tried to preserve that brain, hoping that all was not lost.

> Emphysema? I imagine once we have gotten to the point of repairing that
> externally of cryo, we could do the same in that situation.

I think emphysema might be even worse than Alzheimers, since the
brain would suffer long term oxygen deprivation, not to mention the
horrifying last few weeks of the patient. To force a person
thru that is simply outright cruelty, the worst evil that is being
forced upon us by the political establishment. Fortunately, with
the decline in the number of smokers, emphysema is not as
big a risk as it once was.

But Alzheimers is actually increasing. Im hearing some encouraging
news coming from the medical community. Please, medics, do hurry. spike

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