BELIEVE IN WITCHCRAFT A SERIOUS RISK FACTOR FOR DEMENTIA IN AFRICA

Introduction:

In Sub-Saharan Africa there is no data, or in some countries [ South Africa/Nigeria/Kenya] only inadequate data about Dementia. Before anyone/organization can even start to think about research, early diagnosis, prevention, awareness, caring or even which disease is prevalent in Africa as the cause of Dementia, Dementia needs to be understood in the context of Witchcraft as one of the cultural pillars of African cultures.

The link between prevention of Dementia/breaking down the walls of stigma/human rights/the role of western influence/western medicine on the one hand, and the Cultural believe in Witchcraft on the other hand, can neither be denied in research nor in any care approach.

People living with dementia are mostly perceived as Witches and will die not because of dementia but because they are isolated/chained with very little food and water and even been killed.

Different scientific studies and my personal experience proofs to me that the superstition/believe in the reality of witchcraft, does and must have a very negative impact on the human brain and can be regarded as a serious risk factor for Dementia.

There is a link between understanding Dementia/preventing Dementia and the common cultural believe in Witchcraft in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although there is a commonality about Dementia all over the globe, there is also a uniqueness regarding demystifying Dementia and preventing Dementia in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Pathological anxiety and chronic stress lead to structural degeneration and impaired functioning   of the hippocampus and the PFC, which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.

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