Art Solbrig's Memory Loss Protocol

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by Art Solbrig
Published: September 5, 2020

For the last 3 to 4 years, a close friend of mine seemed to be having more and more memory lapses where she would lose track of what she was talking about right in the middle of what she was talking to me about.

The condition seemed to be worsening with time, and my friend went from pausing and regaining her train of thought, to being unable to remember what she had just been talking about. She would often say, "I can't remember what I was thinking or going to say!"

I also noticed that if we watched a movie together and I were to ask her any specifics about the film a day or two later, she could not remember much if anything about the movie.

A couple of other issues she was having were when she was doing research online, she had to write down what she wanted to search for on Google. Otherwise, by the time she went to enter her search on Google, she would forget what she wanted to search for. This was happening with increasing frequency.

Another issue was going into another room to get something, only to forget what she was going to get. This is a common issue that you can have and not mean that your memory is declining, but in her case, these events were increasing to almost always.

This started occurring with greater frequency and I felt terrible for her and hesitated to ever mention it to her for the first 2 to 3 years or so because that can be an awkward conversation to have with a close friend or anyone for that matter! By the third year, I finally decided that I better throw caution to the wind because letting a memory deficit go for too long may get to the point of "no return," and I definitely didn't want that for my friend!

From what I have seen and learned, I think the best chance of reversing a situation like this is to attack the problem as early as possible, but easier said than done sometimes.

So I did eventually have that conversation with her, and it actually went reasonably well.

I asked her if she realized that her memory had been worsening for quite a while, and she told me, yes, that she realized she was having more and more "senior moments" and in remembering things in general and said she really didn't understand why. I asked her if she would be interested in seeing if she could improve the situation because once it starts like this, it generally continues to worsen. The available meds are not very effective for the purpose of improving memory longer term!

I asked her if her doctor had brought the subject up with her, and she told me no, her doctor had never mentioned it to her. She had never mentioned it to her doctor, which means she was never diagnosed with a possible cause for her memory issues.

I was very clear with her and reminded her that it had taken her over 75 years to get to this point, and any improvements would not happen overnight. She should figure on allowing at least a year to see any noticeable or significant benefits at best.

So we met again, and I suggested that since I was thinking of multiple supplements for her situation, it might be best to start with one at a time so she would be able to first make sure she could tolerate the supplement and to see if it was helpful for her or not. She had other health issues, so I started her with a supplement that might also be helpful for her other health issues and memory, had a good safety profile, and was readily available at a reasonable cost. I told her that this process may require more than the label suggested dosing in some cases, and I asked her if she would be comfortable doing that, and she said yes as long as it did not cause her any problems.

Amla Extract Capsules

So the first supplement I suggested she start with was Amla Extract capsules.

I chose this because Amla has shown potential in multiple studies to have a beneficial effect on many of her existing health issues such as pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and memory problems.

I explained that just because it has shown benefit for these common health issues, it may not work out that way for her because we are all different, and like the studies, some people got more benefits than others.

Amla Berry Studies for Memory Loss

Here are some studies regarding Amla and memory, dementia, other health issues, or AD:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32083581/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4719483/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6341673/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29206643/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31060549/

https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/10.1142/S0192415X09006680?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub++0pubmed&

She started on Amla Extract immediately at the lowest dose used in a couple of studies.

I told her that we would start by seeing if she tolerated Amla at that dose and that if she did, she could then consider increasing her dose toward the highest dosing used in the studies that I showed her, and everything went well.

Hence, she went up to the higher dosing, and I told her that as soon as she determined that she was tolerating the higher dose well, we could consider adding another supplement to her regimen. She settled on 1,150 mg/day.

My friend reported no problems with Amla Extract, and so we moved on to the next supplement, vitamin D-3.

I should mention here that although I had 15 supplements in mind for her particular situation, I was going to try and limit her to about 5 of the 15 possible supplements that I had picked for her to consider, taking 15 supplements every day can end up with compliance issues and side effects.

I wanted to try my best to make sure that compliance would not be an issue for her.

Another issue that can happen with 15 supplements is a negative interaction between supplements. The advantage of having 15 supplements to choose from is that if one is not tolerated well, you can substitute one of the 10 remaining supplements for the offending one.

Vitamin D3

She added vitamin D-3 at high dosing of 5,000 IU per day, and she gave it a month to make sure she could tolerate that dose, which she did. I told her it would be a good idea to have her doctor check her 25 OH d level regularly as I told her to shoot for the upper half of the reference range ( 30~ 100 ng/ml) and she could adjust her dose as needed to get there in conjunction with regular testing by her doctor.

Research Studies

Here are a few links suggesting that vitamin D may be useful for memory, AD, and dementia:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27116242/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5237198/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28984598/

Lithium Orotate

Next, I told her about possibly adding another supplement with little science behind it in terms of memory improvement. Still, it has fairly significant anecdotal evidence, and that supplement is Lithium Orotate at a very low dose of less than 21 mg/day.

Again, a good safety profile at this very low dose range compared to prescription-strength Lithium, which doesn't have a very good safety profile.

After discussing it with her, she agreed to start a very low dose lithium orotate immediately at 5 mg/day.

As with the other supplements, she tolerated it well with no apparent problems. She agreed that if it appeared that she needed to do more to improve her memory, she would consider going as high as 20 mg/day if needed, but she has remained at the 5 mg dose/day.

Vinpocetine

After about another month of testing to see if she would tolerate these three supplements together, she said she was open to the next supplements now as she had not observed any issues with the three supplements she was taking.

Based on her input and her desire to get to the next supplement, she started on the popular supplement Vinpocetine which studies suggest may be of benefit for dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and is used for this purpose in other countries.

Studies show 30 mg/day as a good dose, and she started at 30 mg/day. Here is a link to two studies suggesting that Vinpocetine may be useful for the purpose :

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766389/

http://www.if-pan.krakow.pl/pjp/pdf/2011/3_618.pdf

The following Vinpocetine human study is interesting because, to me, it highlights that there is a possible "point of no return" in dementia patients as I alluded to earlier in this post :

https://www.amhsr.org/articles/effect-of-vinpocetine-cognitol-on-cognitive-performances-of-a-nigerian-population.pdf

She encountered no problems with Vinpocetine's addition, so she said she was ready to consider the fifth supplement at that time.

Melatonin

So we met again and discussed adding Melatonin to the mix at 10 to 20 mg/night one hour before bedtime.

In studies, Melatonin has shown benefit for AD and PD, has a very good safety profile, is readily available, and is very reasonably priced.

I would like to say that at this point, it was becoming clear that her memory was definitely improving before the addition of Melatonin and though she still had these senior moments/memory lapses, they were becoming far and few between.

For example, before she started this regimen, whenever she would visit, it was common for her to have at least 6 of these memory issues where she would just give up trying to remember what she had wanted to say. Now she might have one episode per visit, and with a little mental effort, she could get herself back on track and continue the conversation!

She started at 10mg of Melatonin per night one hour before bed with the idea that she could go up to 20 mg/night or more if she felt she needed more memory improvement.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27355332/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5652010/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31209782/

Lecithin

Although I had told her 5 supplements, I ended up telling her about Lecithin for one of her other health issues, which she added to her regimen with no problems and is taking the 6 supplements with no side effects other than improved memory and health!

It would have been 5 supplements for the memory issue alone, though, so I am not counting Lecithin as part of the regimen. While a study or two has suggested that Lecithin may offer benefit for dementia, the majority of studies do not, so I consider the evidence for this use of Lecithin to be too weak to consider it for this purpose.

Memory Loss Issue Gone After 1 Year

About a month later, and just over a year since she first started with the Amla Extract, her memory is what I would consider "normal" and better than some at her current age of 78!

She is now rid of all of her memory deficits and related issues that were readily apparent before and is very happy with all of the improvements she has seen with the addition of these supplements. I am very happy for her as I have seen enough people succumb to dementia / AD or memory issues who only wanted to use what their doctors gave them for their memory issues!

She has been able to get off of Metformin for her pre-diabetes, off of Lisinopril, for her high blood pressure, and she was able to avoid statins which her doctor wanted to put her on.

Yes, she is quite happy now and said she can clearly see the improvement in her memory!

Signs of Progress

I went with her a few months ago as she was going to lease a new car, and it required her to keep up with the fast-talking salesperson who was preparing the lease agreement and trying to sell her upgrade options.

They got to a place where the salesman wanted her to agree to a clause in the contract where she would waive her rights to using her own attorney and instead use an arbitrator if any problems arose with the lease agreement or the car.

She asked the salesman, who pays for the arbitrator, and he said that the dealership would as though that was an expense she wouldn't have to incur. I didn't know why she had asked that question, but it soon became apparent as their conversation progressed.

She asked him to remove that clause from the contract, and he told her he couldn't do it because it is pre-printed in the agreement, and there was no way to remove it. He then said that all customers sign and agree to that clause with no problems.

She answered by saying that she was not going to sign her legal rights away to use her attorney, and she told him that all he had to do was cross that clause out, and they both could then sign as agreement to the removal of the clause.

He said his manager would not allow him to do that, and if she insisted, he would not be able to lease the car to her. I guess he thought she was bluffing and would back down, but she just looked at me and asked if I had time to take her to another dealer who had already agreed to lease her the car that she wanted.

Before I could even say yes, the salesman said, hold on, I think I might know a way to do it, and he simply deleted the clause from the lease agreement! This is not something she would likely have been able to do just a year earlier and was just further proof to me that she was definitely back on track with a very improved memory and all that comes with it! She didn't stumble once in that meeting!

We watched a movie the other night, and I had to keep getting up to take care of other things, so I was missing a lot of the movie, and I had to keep asking her what I missed, and her recall was impeccable whereas before she would just say, I don't remember. She was even telling me about movies we had seen months earlier, and she was remembering them better than I was! I may have to give this regimen a test myself!

Finally, I noticed that her skin looks healthier and younger than it did 2 years ago!

Summary

Remember, I am not a doctor and can not give dosage recommendations, I can only relate the dosing my friend used to good effect in her specific situation.

I am not recommending that anyone try this regimen, just telling my friend's experience with it.

It is also worth noting that the only supplement of these 5 that is listed on Earth Clinic for Dementia or Alzheimer's disease is vitamin D. It is also important to mention that there are multiple causes for memory issues such as B12 deficiency or multiple forms of dementia, having a diagnosis by your doctor would be very useful in trying to determine a path forward.

If you or someone you know is considering this protocol because you are having memory issues, it is always best to discuss it with your doctor to be sure it will be compatible with any medications you are taking and that it is safe for you!

Art 


Where to Buy Art's Supplements & Dosage Summary

1. Amla Berry Extract

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Amla Extract Capsules- 600 mg Amla Extract Formula - High in Natural Vitamin C - Immune Support - Amalaki Gooseberry, by JIVA BOTANICALS

 

 

Amla Dosage for Memory Loss

1,200 mg/per day

2. Vitamin D3

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B001UZPY1O

NOW Supplements, Vitamin D-3 2,000 IU, High Potency, Structural Support, 240 Softgels

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin D3 Dosage for Memory Loss

5,000 IU per Day

3. Lithium Orotate

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B07TWQB8LG

 

Lithium Oratate Dosage for Memory Loss

5 mg per day.

 

4. Vinpocetine

*Not Available on Amazon

Amazon does not allow vendors to sell Vinpocetine. However, you can easily find it at most health food stores in the brain enhancement section and online. iherb.com, Vitacost, and Life Extension carry it.  Prices range from $7 on up.

Vinpocetine Dosage for Memory Loss

30 mg per day.

5. Melatonin

Buy on Amazon

NOW Supplements, Melatonin, 10 mg, 100 Veg Capsules

Natrol Fast Dissolve - 10 mg - 100 Count - $12.99

Puritan's Pride Melatonin 10 mg 120 Capsules (3-Pack)- $23.00

Dosage

10 mg of Melatonin per night.

Related Links:

Alzheimer's Disease
Vitamin D


Art's Memory Remedies Q&A

Posted by Helen (Nc) on 09/20/2020

My husband is experiencing loss of memory, he is 70 years old. Very forgetful, confused, sudden state of being defensive, sleeps a lot. Can you help?

Replied by Orh
Ten Mile, Tn
09/20/2020

HELEN, ORH here, studies show that nicianamide at 3500 mg a day will reverse dementia. You must start off slow and work up to that number. All this is in EC archives. It was proved at the U of CA, Irvine with mice.

==ORH==

Replied by Cindy
Illinois, Usa
09/20/2020
154 posts

This is a tough one but I seem to be talking about it a lot lately as I've been exploring a new theory I'm formulating about dehydration so, I have to say, Alzheimer's, seems to me, to be an effect of long term, chronic dehydration. Basically, years of the body being in "emergency mode". I suspect one way it deals with that is with adrenaline which would definitely keep one alive in an acute situation but can't be good in a chronic situation. Or, at least, it seems so to me.

Ordinarily, I'd say a timer set to go off every two hours during waking hours, at which time I'd drink 8 oz of water but at 70, I'd say it's up to him and he's earned the right to make the decision for himself.

There isn't much we can do to it that the body can't manage or repair but to do that, it needs hydration. It needs to get out of emergency mode but the sleeping might put him off the idea.

I would also add neither "correcting" nor ignoring him when he gets things wrong because his state of being is probably the only thing that will get him off the sleeping and taking the water. Laying down is one way the body gets someone who is "too" dehydrated to take a load off their heart so, no nagging.

Replied by Art
California
09/21/2020
640 posts

Hi Helen,

I very recently posted about a friend of mine who is 78 years old and was having memory problems and was able to reverse it using 5 supplements and is now back to normal. Here is a link to how she did it:

https://www.earthclinic.com/art-solbrig-protocol-for-memory-loss.html

Good luck!

Art


Posted by Syd (New Mexico) on 09/09/2020

Thanks for this great post, Art! I am experiencing the very thing your friend was, and also finding myself getting a bit confused. (I'm only 58.)

QUESTION: I'm wondering what constituent in the Amla berry you think makes it so helpful? Does it have polyphenols in it? (I have an oxalate issue and if I take things that are too high in Vit C., I get cystitis. Trying to find a work around if possible, like taking something else that is similar or finding a way to tolerate the amla.)

Replied by Art
California
09/09/2020
640 posts

Syd,

Amla has many active components that have individually proven their worth in terms of overall health improvement and this is the reason I mentioned it to my friend first before the other 4 supplements as I wanted to also try and get her off of her medications and also just in case her meds were contributing to her memory issues.

Amla is essentially in a class by itself and I am not aware of another supplement that has as many positive health effects as amla. Here is a quote from an article on amla that I will link to below.

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' The fruit is rich in quercetin, phyllaemblic compounds, gallic acid, tannins, flavonoids, pectin and vitamin C and also contains various polyphenolic compounds. A wide range of phytochemical components including terpenoids, alkaloids, flavonoids, and tannins have been shown to possess' useful biological activities. Many pharmacological studies have demonstrated the ability of the fruit to show antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antitumour, antigenotoxic, antiinflammatory activities, supporting its traditional uses. In this review, we have focused our interest on phytochemistry, traditional uses, cancer chemopreventive activity of Phyllanthus emblica both in vivo and in vitro. In view of its reported pharmacological properties and relative safety, P. emblica could be a source of therapeutically useful products. '

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As you can see from that quote, amla is loaded with health beneficial components of which vitamin C is one.

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8491/6ffd45e77dc33c267f4665b0a55dad8b4650.pdf

Amla is noted as having a relatively high vitamin c content, but amla is also noted as a home remedy for UTIs and bladder infections. Vitamin C has been reported to trigger cystitis in some people, but this is normally vitamin c supplements and not so much from plant based sources. Have you found this to be true for you? If so, then maybe it will be worth trying amla. If not, then you will either need to select a replacement for amla or deal with the cystitis issue if it arises.

If you decide on an alternative to amla, obviously you will not get the other health benefits that amla is likely to provide, but if memory improvement is your main objective I can suggest another proven option that has shown benefit on its own. To give you a good idea of what it can do by itself, I will link you to an article that discusses this option, but if you are not interested in that option, let me know and I can give you another!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161110162840.htm

Compared to other probiotic studies, what is unique about this one is the very high dosing of four very common bacteria that showed improvement in just 12 weeks! This study makes you wonder what would have happened had they gone 24 weeks instead of 12 weeks? Would the improvements have continued to increase or would they stay the same? What if they had doubled the dose? In any case this is a viable alternative to amla that is likely to offer other health benefits aside from improving your memory!

Art

Replied by Art
California
09/09/2020
640 posts

Syd,

I forgot to mention that the dose of amla that my friend used will likely deliver less than 20 mg of vitamin C per day.

Art

Syd
New Mexico
09/12/2020

Thanks very much for the super helpful, informative response, Art. You rock! I can do 20mg of Vit C/day. In general, how much amla berry delivers 20mg of Vit C?

And yes, I'm using this for memory. (It's more like mild cognitive impairment, as I'm also doing things like putting tissue I've just used to blow my nose in a drawer rather than the trash can and can get very confused. There's much more to it than that, but I'll spare you!! I'm in conversations with my doc about it, but want to go as natural as possible.)

I'll also explore the probiotics! Thanks for that great info, too! My understanding is that some now think that probiotics only help in the short term and don't colonize long term.


Posted by Dick (Zwolle) on 09/09/2020

Vergeetachtigheid:

Graag advies. Bij mij is enige tijd geleden beginnende Alzheimer geconstateerd. Krijg geen medicatie, maar ben wel hele delen kwijt, vooral van onlangs. Bijna 70 nu.


Google Translation from Dutch

Forgetfulness:

Please advice. Some time ago, I was diagnosed with starting Alzheimer's. Do not receive medication, but have lost whole parts, especially from recently. Almost 70 now.

Replied by Art
Cakifornia
09/09/2020
640 posts

Dick,

De combinatie van supplementen werkte heel goed voor mijn vriendin, maar ze had geen diagnose van de ziekte van Alzheimer. Als haar dokter de diagnose dementie had gesteld, zou ze precies dezelfde supplementen hebben geprobeerd uit wat ze me vertelt.

Art

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Dick,

The combination of supplements is what worked very well for my friend, but she did not have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. If her doctor had diagnosed her with dementia, she would have tried the exact same supplements from what she tells me.

Art


Memory Loss Supplement Contraindications

Posted by Marianne (Ontario) on 09/08/2020

Dear Art,

I have Hypothyroidism, high B/Pressure - can I safely use the recommended 5 supplements for improving Memory Loss??

Your answer is very much appreciated.

Thank you,

Marianne.

Replied by Art
California
09/08/2020
640 posts

Marianne,

Given your other health conditions, you definitely need to include your doctor in a decision to try this protocol, especially with high blood pressure! You need a doctor to monitor you under those conditions as the supplements may interact with whatever medications you are on or could possibly have a negative impact on your other health conditions. This is well beyond the scope of what anyone can do for you on a health forum and why I specifically said the following in the original post:

"If you or someone you know is considering this protocol because you are having memory issues, it is always best to discuss it with your doctor to be sure it will be compatible with any medications you are taking and that it is safe for you!"

Art

Marianne
Ontario
09/12/2020

Hello Art - thanks for your reply - but there is a big "BUT" - consulting my Doctor sounds almost like a joke. Doctors are NOT available in person but over the phone only - and most do not know anything about the "alternative Healing" - only how to dispense "Pills". I told my Doctor that he is a "Salesman" for BIG PHARMA - did not go over very well.

Therefore I will be on my own - thank you for your advise.

Marianne.

Replied by Art
California
09/12/2020
640 posts

Hello Marianne,

I understand what you are saying about doctors. Some are not helpful when it comes to things that they are not prescribing for you themselves, but at a bare minimum they need to have the supplements you are taking on file so they will know what to do in case you have a problem.

As far as interfering or reacting to any drugs, your pharmacist may be more knowledgeable than many doctors and are usually willing to go over your list of drugs and supplements to check for contraindications. My doctor asks about all that I am taking other than prescription meds and puts that information in my file.

It is our health that doctors are dealing with so if they are not helpful to your needs, perhaps it is time to consider another one.

Art