I have already done a number of posts focusing on natural ways of preventing and treating Alzheimer’s, but this one mentions a few things not featured before, and since this disease affects just about everyone, either directly or indirectly, I want as many people as possible to know there are number of ways the condition can be addressed. My mother passed away last year after enduring 8 years with dementia, and I just spent last week moving my father, who has been declining rather rapidly mentally, to assisted living. If some of the things listed here and in my other posts had been incorporated into their lives earlier, who knows how much difference it could have made.
What’s nice about the approach used here is, as the last statement says “It is noteworthy that the major side effects of this therapeutic system are improved health and an improved body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs,” so it’s really the kind of advice/guidelines everyone could benefit from.
(TRFW News) Alzheimer’s currently affects 5.4 million Americans and 30 million people around the world. In a small study, nine out of ten patients displayed improvements in memory within three to six months of treatment. The tenth patient was reported to be in late stages of the disease. For the nine patients, improvements have been sustained and they have returned to work with increased performance. (1,2)
Nine out of ten patients in small study show memory improvement.
The study provides three symptom case studies to give readers an idea of severity:
“Patient 1 had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and she mixed up the names of her pets.” (1)
“Patient 2 kept forgetting once-familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination and had to have his assistants constantly remind him of his work schedule.” (1)
“Patient 3’s memory was so bad that she used an iPad to record everything, then forgot her password. Her children noticed she commonly lost her train of thought in mid-sentence, and often asked them if they had carried out the tasks that she mistakenly thought she had asked them to do.” (1)
Diet changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, pharmaceuticals, and vitamins are part of the treatment approach.
Dr. Dale Bredesen, UCLA professor and paper’s author, noticed that comprehensive treatment approaches work for many other illnesses. This was the beginning of developing a 36-point therapeutic program that includes diet and lifestyle changes. (1,3)
Bredesen explains, “The existing Alzheimer’s drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer’s disease is more complex. Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well.” He continues, “The drug may have worked, and a single hole may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much.” (1,2)
Bredesen’s treatment approach is personalized to each patient. In the case of one patient, Bredesen’s treatment approaches included:
- Eliminating all simple carbohydrates, gluten and processed food from her diet, and eating more vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish
- Meditating twice a day and beginning yoga to reduce stress
- Sleeping seven to eight hours per night, up from four to five
- Taking melatonin, methylcobalamin, vitamin D3, fish oil and coenzyme Q10 each day
- Optimizing oral hygiene by using floss and an electric toothbrush
- Reinstating hormone replacement therapy, which had previously been discontinued
- Fasting for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime
- Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes, four to six days per week (1)
He reports the downside of this treatment is that it is heavily reliant on the patient and caregiver. In the study, none of the patients were able to stick to the prescribed treatment 100%. (1)
“It is noteworthy that the major side effects of this therapeutic system are improved health and an improved body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs, explained Bredesen.” (1)
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.