ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The following are a compilation of articles about Alzheimer’s Disease and various forms of dementia. We add new articles regularly, so please check back from time to time!

ALZHEIMER’S: PLAQUE BUILD-UP IN ARTERIES SUGGESTS GREATER CHANCE OF THIS AND OTHER FORMS OF DEMENTIA

By Vicki Yawn

A recent study published in “Neurology,” released the findings of a study of men in their 80’s who received scans to measure beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, two years apart. Beta-amyloid plaque in the brain is the most common sign of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Those with increased arterial stiffness due to plaque build-up in their arteries also tended to have higher blood pressure, as well as beta-amyloid plaque and lesions in the brain. “This is more evidence that cardiovascular health leads to a healthy brain,” study author Timothy Hughes, of the University of Pittsburgh, said. “This study adds to growing evidence that hardening of the arteries is associated with cerebrovascular disease that does not show symptoms. Now we can add Alzheimer’s-type lesions to the list.” Despite his finding, Hughes stated that the study did not determine the likely cause(s) of various forms of dementia.

SOURCE: Neurology, news release, Oct. 16, 2013

WHAT HEALTHTALKLIVE.COM THINKS

As yet, there are no prescription medications that dissolve amyloid plaque, yet, for decades, naturopathic doctors have successfully recommended the therapeutic use of Proteolytic Systemic Oral Enzymes to their patients to aid with dissolving amyloid plaque in veins and arteries, as well as on the brain. However, despite the fact that WobeMucos Pharma’s Wobenzym N, the first PSOE of its type, being listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), PSOEs are rarely recommended by MDs over prescription drugs, such as Cholinesterase Inhibitors, Anti-depressants and sleeping pills, which carry with them many harmful side-effects, not the least of which include dizziness, confusion, urinary incontinence, constipation or diarrhea, behavioral changes, hallucinations, anxiety and other symptoms that the medications are supposed to treat! In addition, such drugs are intended only to treat symptoms and merely slow down the dementia process. They do nothing to reverse or resolve them.

Just as Naturopathic doctors have recommended for years, we suggest using therapeutic amounts of PSOEs, such as NSC Immzymes, plus NSC-100 Extra Strength Beta Glucan, Fish Oils (must be free of soybean oil, which most manufacturers use as a filler and “source of Vitamin E,” so we recommend organic, soy-free Green Pasture fish oils) and probiotics, such as RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care.

Sugars, artificial sweeteners and starches increase inflammation and plaque build-up, which is why most people with plaque build-up in veins, arteries and the brain consume mostly carbohydrates and far too little non-soy proteins and non-starchy vegetables. This must change if a person is to improve. Dietary changes also are essential. It is imperative to consume organic, Non-GMO foods, following our Anti-fungal Food Choices list and consuming plenty of water.

We encourage those interested to post in the Live Chat Forum; create a new health topic (example: Alzhaimer’s, Dementia, etc.) and then provide as much information as possible for our healthcare professionals to make suggestions.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: FIGHT IT WITH COCONUT OIL

Submitted by Dr. Helen Pensanti Friday, January 6, 2012

Five million people have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to increase exponentially as baby boomers enter their golden years. If you have a loved one with this dreaded disease you should know that, in some people, coconut oil slows the progression of Alzheimer’s and may also prevent it. One of those people is Steve Newport. His Alzheimer’s has slowed considerably. Some of his symptoms even reversed, thanks to the unlikely treatment prescribed by his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, a physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Florida hospital.

Dr. Mary Newport became determined to help her husband after the severity of his disease was revealed upon taking an Alzheimer’s test in which the person being tested is asked to draw the face of a clock. “He drew circles and several numbers just in a very random pattern, didn’t really look anything like a clock,” she said, “And the doctor pulled me over to the side and said, ‘You know, he’s actually on the verge of severe Alzheimer’s at this point, he’s beyond moderate.’ So that was very, very devastating news.”

WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
Dr. Newport began learning everything she could about her husband’s disease, “It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it’s a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it’s very similar to type 1 or type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin.” In this case, insulin problems prevent brain cells from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventually die. But there is an alternative fuel: ketones, which cells easily accept. Ketones are metabolized in the liver after you eat medium chain triglycerides, like those found in coconut oil.

So Dr. Newport added coconut oil to her husband Steve’s diet. Just two weeks later, he took the clock test again and demonstrated stunning improvement. Newport said, “I thought at the time, was it just good luck? Was it a lot of prayer? Was it the coconut oil? And I thought, well, we’re going to keep the coconut oil going,” she said.

Three weeks later Steve took the clock test a third time and continued to perform better on it. And it wasn’t just intellectually; he also improved emotionally and physically. “He was not able to run, he was able to run again,” she recalled, “He could not read for about a year and a half but after two or three months he was able to read. Instead of being very sluggish, not talking very much in the morning, he would come out in the morning with energy, talkative and joking, and he could find his water and his utensils.”

WHAT HEALTHTALKLIVE THINKS
For nearly ten years, working with many suffering from various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, we learned that amyloid plaque build-up (much like cholesterol in the arteries) congests the brain and prevents proper function. We have also learned that it is not animal fats, but rather, sugar, chemical sugar substitutes and simple carbohydrates (which convert quickly to sugar) that are likely the cause of plaque build-up anywhere in the body. Therefore, it stands to reason that following our Raw Diet Two Week Cleanse, followed by (and incorporated into) our Anti-fungal Diet, while performing our Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen, would help in improving this disease. It should be noted that, Coconut and coconut oil are high in lauric and caprylic acid, which are known anti-fungals, which is no doubt why this supplement worked so well from Steve Newport. However, our good friend Doug Kaufmann also suggested years ago that the best way to take anti-fungals is by rotating them each month, hence our Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen. Also, if the person is taking no Alzheimer’s or blood thinning drugs, the addition of PSOE’s (read about them here in the Reference Center), has been found to aid in dissolving plaque throughout the body, including the brain, while a minimum of 6000 mg fish oils aids with neurological protection and nutrition. While high-lignan flax, borage, black currant and other non-soy nut and seed oils are also helpful, none of these appear to be as strong as fish oils. Again, make sure there is NO soybean oil in the product you take! Soybean oil is cheap and often used as filler with a bonus of “vitamin E” in various supplements; however, soybean oil prevents proper absorption of the nutrients in its base, so please avoid it at all cost. If you cannot absorb the nutrients in your supplement, what is the point of taking it at all?

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: WHY WE SHOULDN’T FOCUS ON DEVELOPING TREATMENTS

from David Perlmutter, MD

Recently, The New York Times announced the creation of a partnership between the National Institutes of Health, 10 pharmaceutical companies and seven nonprofit organizations dedicated to the development of drugs to treat, among other things, Alzheimer’s disease. While at first blush, this five-year, $230 million effort may seem noble, the ultimate motivation for this seemingly ecumenical event is suspect.

Alzheimer’s disease affects some 5.4 million Americans, and according to a recent report from the RAND Corporation, costs Americans in the neighborhood of $200 billion each year to care for those afflicted. To contextualize this figure, it represents about twice what is spent on caring for heart disease patients. But it doesn’t factor in the emotional expense borne by the family members of Alzheimer’s patients whose lives are irreparably compromised by this disease.

Drug companies, as the Times article reported, “… have invested staggering amounts of money in developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease, for example, but again and again the medications have failed in testing.” Just last month the “New England Journal of Medicine,” reported that two of the latest candidates for treating Alzheimer’s disease had failed, miserably, to provide any meaningful benefit.

Even more disturbing was the recent report in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” demonstrating that the Alzheimer’s drug, Memantine, currently FDA approved for the “treatment” of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease was not only ineffective, but actually was associated with more decline in Alzheimer’s patient’s functionality when compared to a placebo. Interestingly, those receiving synthetic vitamin E actually showed a positive response.

The reason we should temper our support for this announcement is because it represents a profound perversion of priority. Those who would be most enthusiastic about these seemingly forthright liaisons and monetary expenditures may be focused on the development of a blockbuster magic bullet for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease for reasons that are less invested in alleviating suffering and more invested in financial outcome.

We need to focus today not on developing future treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, but on raising public awareness of the fact that preventive efforts, well-documented in current peer-reviewed scientific literature, can have a dramatic impact, right now, in terms of reducing its incidence. Medical researchers already have the knowledge base that, if implemented, could cut the number of new Alzheimer’s patients here in America by more than half. And when considering the projection that the number of Alzheimer’s patients in America is predicted to double by the year 2030, public dissemination of this information should be top priority.

Unfortunately, marketplace realities stand in the way. There is no opportunity for monetizing such nonproprietary interventions like diet and exercise, which among other lifestyle interventions, are quite well established as playing important roles in paving the way for brain degeneration – or preservation.

Our best medical journals are replete with citations relating such straightforward metrics as blood sugar elevation to risk for dementia, and, as recently reported in the “New Englad Journal of Medicine,” even mild elevations of blood sugar, well below the diabetes range, show significant relationship to increased risk for the development of untreatable dementia. Blood sugar directly reflects dietary choices. This provides a meaningful leverage point that can tip the balance in favor of cognitive preservation.

Just last month researchers publishing in the “Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry,” demonstrated that elderly individuals who added more fat to their diets in the form of olive oil experienced a dramatic preservation of cognitive function over a 6 year period when compared to subjects eating a more typical Western diet.

The potential implications of these and so many other heretofore unrecognized studies is profound. But disease prevention lacks the heroism and brass ring potential of bold intervention. It’s clearly time that we take a step back and validate preventive medicine as it relates to compelling brain issues. We can afford to do no less.

Grain Brain and the Seven Super Supplements

A brain-healthy, Alzheimer’s-fighting diet has properties that extend far beyond just decreasing your daily carb load. To truly provide your body with brain-boosting nutrients and vitamins that help stave off brain disease and other illnesses, you should consider a regular regimen of supplements. These seven supplements will go a long way towards helping you with prevention:

DHA: An omega-3 fatty acid that represents more than 50% of the omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Numerous studies link high levels of DHA with a decreased risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. Look to take in about 1,000mg/day.

RESVERATROL: If you like that red wine is permissible in the Grain Brain lifestyle, then you can thank this natural compound which slows down the aging process, boosts blood flow to the brain, and promotes heart health. In addition to the role it plays in stimulating brain function, resveratrol is also a key ally of our body’s immune system. Target 100mg twice daily.

TURMERIC is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We can thank turmeric for protecting our mitochondria (thanks to its role in stimulating antioxidant properties), and it also improves glucose metabolism — both of which are essential for reducing one’s risk for brain disease. Try to get 350 mg twice daily.

PROBIOTICS: Research conducted in just the last few years has started to conclude that eating food rich in probiotics can influence brain behavior, and may modulate the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. In my book, “Grain Brain,” I dive deeper into the relationship between probiotics and brain health, and today’s researchers are further exploring the role gut bacteria may play in maladies ranging from chronic pain to autism. Ideally, get your probiotics through a supplement that contains at least 10 billion active cultures from at least ten different strains, including lactobaccilus acidophilus and bifidobacterium.

COCONUT OIL: I am a big fan of coconut oil and probably know why it’s an important part of our diet. Go for at least 1-2 teaspoons of an organic variety daily.

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID is a powerful antioxidant that works to protect brain and nerve tissue. Look to get 600 mg/day.

VITAMIN D: I can’t say enough about the importance of Vitamin D, and that’s why I devote five pages to it in Grain Brain. It’s ideal to start with 5,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily, get tested after three months, and adjust accordingly.

As with any dietary/health changes, these are suggested guidelines only, and you should consult with your physician before making any changes to, or beginning, a supplement plan. ~ from David Perlmutter, MD. / read entire Perlmutter ARTICLE:

WHAT HEALTHTALKLIVE.COM THINKS

By Vicki Yawn

Just as Dr. Perlmutter’s article suggests, the problem with those who develop Alzheimer’s Disease is an issue of improper diet and lack of exercise. This leads to improper nutrient absorption and dysfunctioning organs. Changing diet is essential, as sugars and grains cause plaque build-up and degradation of brain tissue, creating the perfect environment for bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infestation. Becoming a Platinum Member of HealthTalkLive.com and following our Anti-fungal Food Choices List, along with our Anti-Fungal Rotation Regimen OR our Anti-parasitic / Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen (depending upon symptoms displayed), supplements Dr. Perlmutter lists above, as well as NSC-100 to enhance proper immune system function and PSOEs (Proteolytic Systemic Oral Enzymes – read more about these in the Reference Center for FREE), aids with resolving the root cause of the cause of plaque formation and other dysfunctions that may lead to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We also agree completely that probiotics are important and have found that most people are so lacking in sufficient beneficial flora for the gastrointestinal / genitourinary tracts that most people need to begin with 100-200 CFU for 1-3 months before decreasing to 10-20 billion CFU daily, and there is no harm in taking 50-80 billion CFU daily, as these flora are necessary for proper health from head to toe.

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We highly recommend reading two of Dr. Perlmutter’s books:

“BrainRecovery.com” and “Grain Brain” AVAILABLE THROUGH DR. PERLMUTTER’S WEBSITE: www.drperlmutter.com

ALZHEIMER’S PLAQUE; WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS

AKA: Monster Mash: Protein Folding Gone Wrong

Joseph Piergrossi Posted October 31, 2013

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In this image, globs of misfolded proteins called amyloid plaques (blobs) are found outside neurons (triangular structures). Amyloid plaques are associated with many chronic and debilitating diseases. Credit: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health.

 

Imagine a 1950s horror movie monster—a creeping, gelatinous, gluey tangle of gunk that strangles everything around it. That’s what amyloid plaques are like when they form in body tissues. These gooey protein clumps are associated with many chronic and debilitating disorders, including type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Amyloid plaques were a mystery for many years. The German physician Alois Alzheimer first noticed them in the early 1900s in the brain of a deceased patient who had experienced a peculiar form of memory loss and mood swings—symptoms of the disease that now bears his name. A few decades ago, scientists determined the basic structure of the plaques. Since then, researchers, many funded by the National Institutes of Health, have made enormous strides in understanding how these structures play roles in disease.

Misshapen Mess

In most healthy proteins, a chain of small molecules called amino acids folds up in a precise way. Proteins are built from combinations of long, straight coils; hinges; and wide, flat sections called beta sheets. All of these pieces have to be in the right places for a protein to carry out its unique function and avoid sticking to itself or to other proteins.

Amyloid plaques begin to form outside cells when a protein unfolds in response to a mutation or cellular stress like heat. While many proteins will refold into their healthy shapes, some will misfold. In amyloid-forming proteins, sections of amino acid chains that don’t normally form beta sheets may rearrange themselves into this flat structure. When this happens, the beta sheets can pile on top of each other and stick together. Even only a few stacked beta sheets can be toxic: Like a vampire, they can pierce holes in cell membranes, causing the cells to die. Amyloid beta sheets can accumulate on one another almost endlessly, becoming long, cell-entangling threads called fibrils. Globs of many fibrils make the plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.

Keeping Away the Monsters

The endless formation of amyloid plaques is like a school dance gone very much awry.

Imagine a cell “prom.” Most of the time, protein molecules swirl about in specific steps. Cells even have special proteins called chaperones that try to keep order. Chaperones perform various roles in helping proteins fold into and maintain their normal forms. One large chaperone complex, for example, can completely surround a protein that’s unfolding, shield it from other proteins that might stick to it, and help it to properly refold.

All’s well at the molecular dance until a grisly, amyloid-forming protein shows up.

Scientists have learned that even one molecule of these proteins can cause healthy copies of the same protein to misfold and build gluey plaques. The misfolded proteins can spread by ingestion and even blood transfusions. Such infectious proteins, called prions, lead to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (also known as “mad cow” disease).

Too many amyloid proteins can overwhelm the chaperones, causing plaque formation to outpace the protective activities. Further research may reveal how to ward off this nightmare, potentially helping people who have or may develop amyloid-related diseases. Some possibilities being studied include using drugs to keep at-risk proteins properly folded or to increase the power or number of the cell’s chaperone molecules.

National Institutes for Health (NIH) Government Website: http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insidelifescience/protein-folding-gone-wrong.html

WHAT HEALTHTALKLIVE THINKS

Analogies and stories for effect aside, it is likely that these sticky proteins are created by a life of consuming processed foods, sugars (including alcohol), artificial sweeteners and most grains, particularly GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) grains and starches. Plaque may also include environmental exposure(s) and also likely involves fungal overgrowth and possibly parasites. It becomes essential to change the diet (Platinum Members may obtain our Raw Cleanse and Anti-fungal Food Choices, as well as our Anti-fungal Rotation Regimen, in the Reference Center here at HealthTalkLive.com).

Therapeutic amounts of Proteolytic Systemic Oral Enzymes (PSOEs), such as NSC Immzymes or WobeMucos WobenzymN, have been shown in clinical trials to aid with dissolving amyloid plaque on the brain, as determined through PT-scans and other radiological testing, typically within 3-6 months of using PSOEs. For well over 3 decades, PSOEs have been used through naturopathic and other doctors to dissolve plaque build-up in veins and arteries. There are no known prescription medications that can do this as well as PSOEs. There are side-effects, for some, in using PSOEs. Symptoms include a loose stool (diarrhea), or a short-term rash from a healing crisis (see HERXHEIMER DIE-OFF), usually in those who are severely constipated and unable to detoxify through the bowel, as is normal, so they detoxify through the skin (as in, a rash).

It is important to know that PSOEs should not be taken with certain prescription drugs, such as prescription blood thinners, blood lubricators and other blood pressure, steroidal or auto-immune drugs that alter the blood in any way.

If you are considering the use of PSOEs, we encourage you to post in the Live Chat Forum, by becoming a Free Trial, Silver or Platinum MEMBER and including all medications, health issues and other information that would help those who make suggestions to you. You should also discuss any change to your current regimen with your medical doctor.

ALZHEIMER’S: CAREGIVERS, GEOGRAPHICAL CHALLENGES & NATURAL REMEDIES

From The Alzheimer’s Organization & Vicki Yawn

In today’s world, many families are geographically spread apart. And we are not always able to provide the hands-on care we would like. While living at a distance can complicate caregiving, there are resources to help.

Quick tips and resources

Taking care of concerns, such as a family member’s safety, nutrition and health, can be difficult when you live in another city, state or country. But getting organized and being prepared can go a long way in helping coordinate care from a distance.

Identify resources and use them. Learn about what is available in your community by contacting your local Alzheimer’s Associationat 1-800-272-3900.

Reassess care needs during each visit. Dementia is a progressive disease, and care will need to be adjusted over time. While someone in early-stage Alzheimer’s may live independently, by the middle stage, 24-hour supervision will be required. Each time you visit, assess the situation to make sure care needs are being met.

Keep communication going. As a long-distance caregiver, you may coordinate many moving parts. Whether it is with family, neighbors or home health aides, set aside time to regularly discuss the needs of the person with dementia. If the person with dementia lives at a residential care facility, set up a regular time with the managing nurse or physician to get updates, and maintain ongoing communication with care staff and friends who visit regularly.

Gather pertinent information and keep it handy. Make sure you have contact information for physicians, pharmacies, care providers and neighbors, as well as important financial and legal documents easily accessible in case they are unexpectedly needed.

Be kind to yourself. Living out of town does not mean you aren’t involved or that you don’t care. Get support by connecting with others who are long-distance caregivers through the Alzheimer’s Association’s website http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-long-distance-caregiving.asp.

Find a Clinical Trial

More than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer’s and dementias are underway. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. Find a trial.

Early-stage care If the person with dementia is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and lives independently, you will need to reassess care needs at each visit.

Ask yourself:

  • Is there food in the refrigerator? Is it spoiled? Is the person eating regular meals?
  • What is the condition of the inside and the outside of the home? Has it changed?
  • Are the bills paid? Are there piles of unopened mail?
  • Do friends and relatives visit regularly?
  • What is the person’s personal appearance? Is the person bathing and grooming?
  • Is the person still able to drive safely?

Middle-stage and late-stage care Early in the middle stages, it will become too difficult or dangerous for a person with Alzheimer’s to be left alone. The person will need supervision around the clock. During the late-stages, around-the-clock care needs will become more intensive. There are several care options, including having a caregiver provide care in the home, moving the person into the home of a relative, or moving the person to a residential care facility. Regardless of which care arrangement you use, periodically assess the situation to make sure the needs of the person with dementia are being met. Ask yourself:

Is the person getting the help he or she needs with daily personal care, such as dressing, bathing and grooming?

Have safety precautions been taken throughout the living environment? Do additional precautions needs to be taken?

Does the person have safe transportation to doctor’s appointments and other events?

Is the person engaged in meaningful activities during the day?

Moving the person into your own home If you are considering moving the person into your home, here are some things to think about:

  • Does he or she want to move? What about his or  her spouse?
  • Is your home adapted to support the person?
  • Will someone be at home to care for the person?
  • How does the rest of the family feel about the move?
  • How will this move affect your job, family and finances?
  • What respite services are available in your community to assist you?
  • How will providing direct care for a person with dementia impact your own health?
  • Moving a person with Alzheimer’s disease from familiar surroundings may cause increased agitation and confusion. Make sure to talk with your loved one’s physician or a social worker and call the Alzheimer’s Association for assistance before making a decision.

Family, friends and neighbors Make a list of phone numbers and addresses. Ask if you can check in with them to find out how your family member is doing. They may be willing to stop by your loved one’s home for regular visits.

The doctor Keep in contact with the physician overseeing care, and make sure he or she has your contact information in case there are concerns about your family member’s mental or physical well-being. Have the person with dementia sign a release of information so the doctor is free to communicate with you.

Community organizations Check with local churches, temples, neighborhood groups and volunteer organizations. They may provide meal delivery, transportation or companion services.

Aging agencies You may be able to access services to help with meals, chores and transportation through your local area agency on aging.

Home care services Home health care workers can help the person with bathing, personal care activities, preparing meals and taking medications.

Geriatric care managers These elder care experts specialize in assessing and monitoring the needs of the elderly. To find out more about their services, visit the Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers website or call 520-881-8008.

Trusted professionals Elder law attorneys work with older clients and their families to get legal documents in place for making health care, legal and financial decisions.

Making the most of visits

Few long-distance caregivers are able to spend as much time with their loved one as they would like. The key is to use your time effectively:

  • Make appointments with your loved one’s physician, lawyer and financial adviser during your visit to participate in decision-making.
  • Meet with neighbors, friends and other relatives to hear how they think the person is doing. Ask if there have been any behavioral changes, health problems or safety issues.
  • Take time to reconnect with your loved one by talking, listening to music, going for a walk or participating in activities you enjoy together.
  • Check the person’s cupboards and refrigerator  to make sure there is enough appropriate food.
  • Review medications to make sure they are being taken as prescribed.

Read more: http://www.alz.org

WHAT HEALTHTALKLIVE.COM THINKS

It is difficult enough when a son, daughter, nephew or niece…or even a spouse, realizes that a loved-one is not thinking and doing as always before…a time of concern that a form of dementia may be at hand. When there is any distance, or obligation, between us and the loved-one that prevents us from being the care-giver of this revered family member or friend, we feel guilty about the time we are  unable to spend with them. We encourage the consideration of all avenues provided by the Alzheimer’s Organization to make everyone’s lives, who are associated, have meaning in the loved-one life.

We also believe there are many precautions that may be taken in advance of a person being diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other neurological brain disorder. In earlier stages, before the doctor prescribes medication, there are many supplements that can be used that have been show to delay, or in many cases even eliminate, various forms of dementia. First, have a heart-to-heart discussion with the doctor and pharmacist about medications taken currently that may be causing spaciness, loss of memory, moodiness, anxiety and other signs of “dementia,” that may simply be side-effects of the drugs a person takes. These include most blood pressure medications, steroids, HRT, anti-depressants, Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs, prolonged antibiotic therapy and even OTC drugs, such as antihistamines and aspirin.

Natural Remedies used for decades and some for centuries:

Diet may be the most important component to fighting off neurological brain disorders. Sugar, processed foods (which are loaded with toxic chemicals), GMO grains, etc., harm the brain and central nervous system. We suggest following our Anti-fungal Food Choices and our Raw Cleanse.

Ginkgo biloba – this herb thins blood and may increase clarity of thought by increasing blood flow. NOTE: Anyone taking medications that alter blood viscosity should never use this herb!

Proteolytic Systemic Oral Enzymes (PSOEs) – Enzymes are the building blocks of life; without enzymes, there are no living things. PSOEs are completely different from digestive enzymes. They are enterically-coated and taken on an empty stomach to work systemically in the body; they are shown in clinical studies to aid with dissolving the amyloid plaque believed to cause Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurological brain disorders.

Phosphatidyl Serine (LECI-PS), Phosphatidyl Choline, Phosphatidyl Inositol and Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine (most are from soy, but they do not contain the soy proteins that cause gastrointestinal and hormonal disorders) – shown to provide nutrition to the brain for focus and clarity of thought. This is also used as a natural option for those with autism and ADD/ADHD.

Huperzine-A – this herbal remedy has been used for decades to aid with focus, attention to details and comprehension.

Fish oils – Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil provide needed nutrients and protection for the entire neurological system.

Coconut Oil – Medium branch-chain fatty acids have been found to destroy oxidizing toxins in the brain. Coconut oil is a strong natural source of caprylic acid, a known anti-fungal remedy that aids with mental clarity.

There are many others, but these are our favorites. For more ideas, please post in the Live Chat Forum and let’s chat! ~ Vicki Yawn

 

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