Top Natural Remedies for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Apoaequorin
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 09/22/2012

Does anyone know anything about apoaequorin or where to get it? Its a natural protein that clears excess calcium from the brain. One of those nobel prize-winning discoveries that has been suppresed by the Alzheimers industry.

This is the best link I can find on it, apologies for any inherent bias. http://naturalhealthinsiders.com/AwakeningfromAlzheimers...


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Ahsaan (Fort Worth, Texas) on 07/28/2012

I also do not agree with the "domineered" theory as a cause for Alzheimers. My mom has it and was definitely THE domineering type, both in marriage (which ended in 2 divorces) and at work, where she was a tough manager. If anyone has anything else on the coconut oil remedy or anything else, please advise.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Heather (San Diego, Ca) on 06/26/2012

The two people I've known who died from Alzheimer's were very domineering (the "boss" in the family but not necessarily in a good way - both women) so I completely disagree with this idea.

I'm more inclined to beleive the aluminum/heavy metals theory (and therefore detox from those), and would also look into coconut oil/ ketones as a cure.


Vitamin E, Selenium
Posted by Had (White River Jct, Vermont) on 05/07/2012

Alzheimer's has been linked to iodine deficiency as well. Not negating anything you said, just w/o sufficient iodine, other stuff happens that shouldn't and you get all kinds of health issues.


Vitamin E, Selenium
Posted by Jon (Othello, Wa, Usa) on 05/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

It's been shown that alzheimer's is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid plaque, which are abnormally formed proteins. These plaques are in turn believed to be caused by small (also abnormal) fragments of amyloid precursor proteins (APP). These fragments result when a signaling protein on the cell's surface is cleaved incorrectly by various enzymes. It's been shown that vitamin E can reduce the presence of these APP fragments and protect brain neurons from glutamate toxicity. It's important to take a "natural" vitamin E source. It's been shown that the alpha, gamma, delta, etc.. forms all exert an effect.

Selenium is also an important factor, all alzheimer's patients tested had low levels of selenium.

Most noteworthy is that pigs get a "form" of alzheimer's called encephalomalacia and the historic vetrinary treatment was vitamin E and selenium. Encephalomalacia in pigs is generally associated with a virus, but that may be a result of deficient levels of selenium, an extremely important mineral for the immune system.

Dosage: Vitamin E 1500iu daily, Selenium 400mcg daily.

400mcg is approx 330% of the RDA, and 1500 IU is about 5000% of the RDA. They are both safe at these dosages. Megadosing with vitamin E was only found to be problematic when supplementing with just one form. When the various forms alpha, gamma, delta... of vitamin E are taken together in fairly large dosages there are only benefits.

Take a good multivitamin/mineral supplement (the best and most complete you can find) along with the vitamin E and selenium.

Cinnamon Extract
Posted by Jbub (East Coast, Usa) on 04/28/2012

A study published in 2011 describes success using water soluble cinnamon extract to reduce plaques and improve cognitive ability in animal models of Alzheimer's Disease. Has anyone tried water soluble cinnamon extract to address Alzheimer's disease?

Interested persons can read the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3030596/?tool=pmcentrez

Note: Do not confuse water soluble cinnamon extract with cinnamon oil. The researchers make this distinction in the last paragraph of the introduction.

I hope this helps someone...


Coconut Oil
Posted by Angela (Jacksonville, Fl) on 04/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We knew as far back as 10 years ago something was wrong. His sister just died of the disease a year ago. This is after my father followed the politically correct (lipid hypothosis) version of nutrition that forbade meat, eggs, animal fats... The very foods that nourish the brain. He also had a diet high in sugary snacks.

Once my father was "officially" diagnosed my parents began to finally listen to my diet advice. I have since put my father on coconut oil (building up to three TBS three times a day), phosphatidylserene and vitamin B3.

One theory of Alzheimer's Disease is that it is a type of diabetes. It has been discovered the brain makes is own insulin (sugar regulating factor, I'll call it). If there is a problem with the brain making it, or the cells of the brain not being senstive to it, then the sugar the brain needs for fuel will not be available. Cells begin to weaken and die. When enough cells have been affected symptoms appear, but the damage begins decades earlier.

The alternative fuel the brain can use (besides sugar) is ketones, produced by the body from coconut oil. (The other two supplements I listed with the coconut oil are important for strengthening aspects of the brain cells themselves, simply put.)

My dad also takes many other general nutritional supplements like liver (copper, vitamin A) and iodine (in the form of kelp, but I use Lugol's), eggs (minerals and choline, vital for the brain), meat, raw milk, limited whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits (limited) sea salt, vitamin D, B12, cod liver oil (vitamins A and D), magnesium, vitamin C. He is in otherwise very good health (other than weight being low due to Alzheimer's Disease). He haas good BP, heart rate, etc.

Bottom line, Dad experienced a recent more accelerated decline due to the Alzheimer's Disease. He was becoming withdrawn, more confused, glum, grumpy, non-conversational, etc. Upon starting the coconut oil he showed a marked improvement in mood, concentration, socializing with some improvement in memory (more progress may be made long-term in the memory areas we hope). He has stopped declining and that is key.

Please do research on ketones and coconut oil and Alzheimer's Disease for yourself on the Internet and then try this for your loved one. There is nothing to lose and lots to gain.

Other neurological diseases such as Parkinson's also respond to the coconut oil.

I'm writing this post to give back to the community for all the direction I've received in the past for other conditions... Including the idea for further researching coconut oil for Alzheimer's Disease. I'm so glad I did.

As an aside, elderly folks often feel cold (as do some younger folks like me). A nice side effect of the coconut oil (and iodine) is a general warming.

Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Skinnythia (Canton, Georgia) on 02/12/2012

I think you are seeing things here and trying to link things that are not linkable. My mother, aunt, and grandmother, and several great-aunts and uncles all have/had Alzheimers. It is very genetic. But for many years, no one knew what the symtoms where cumulative of, or called it something else, just like my ADHD. That is called Medical Progress. And it will continue. I am sure there may be a case or two where people just give up, and their symtoms over take them, I've seen that. But to link one set of symptoms only on one disease, and not conclude that there could be other factors or diseases at work is incorrect to do. It is misleading. It looks like Alzheimers can also be caused by our environmental factors of what our diets are, our nutrition, vitamins and suppliments. Even though Alzhemimer's has everything to do with memory and loss of, and there are great emotions, I don't think your conclusions hold water. I don't think dominate people won't get it vs. dominated people will get it. This is just not relevant in the world of Alzheminer's. What you are seeing is what you want to pick out and try to make work, but it isn't there. There are many domintate individuals who have gotten it. For example. My grandmother. Mother, Uncles, Father, and the lists go on for many. It, like ADHD, is not a one set of symptoms-fits-all diagnosis.


Soy
Posted by Ted (Bangkok)

There are two studies that seemed to link this to the fact that drinking soy milk can help Alzheimers that I think is remotely interesting.

One study showed that the brain of an alzheimer's patient is extremely low in hydrogen sulfide, while on the other hand, it was found that baby infants who drink soy milk had high levels of hydrogen sulfide.

Now I am not saying that hydrogen sulfide is good or bad, it is one of the three gaseous molecules the body uses to control, many biological functions. The other two is nitric oxide and carbon monoxide produced in very low amounts to control the body's physiology.

It is quite possible that by taking soy, Alzheimers might be helped, remotely anyway, through the increase in hydrogen sulfide through driking soy milk. The reason being is Alzheimer's brains are low in hydrogen sulfide while soy milk causes increase in hydrogen sulfide. Ted"

Here are the two research studies. By the way, neither soy nor cow's milk is recommended for infants.

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1: J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2001 May;32(5):534-41.

Gas production by feces of infants.

Jiang T, Suarez FL, Levitt MD, Nelson SE, Ziegler EE.

Fomon Infant Nutrition Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.

BACKGROUND: Intestinal gas is thought to be the cause abdominal discomfort in infants. Little is known about the type and amount of gas produced by the infant's colonic microflora and whether diet influences gas formation. METHODS: Fresh stool specimens were collected from 10 breast-fed infants, 5 infants fed a soy-based formula, and 3 infants fed a milk-based formula at approximately 1, 2, and 3 months of age. Feces were incubated anaerobically for 4 hours at 37 degrees C followed by quantitation of hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methanethiol (CH3SH), and dimethyl sulfide (CH3SCH3) in the head-space. RESULTS: H2 was produced in greater amounts by breast-fed infants than by infants in either formula group, presumably the consequence of incomplete absorption of breast milk oligosaccharides. CH4 was produced in greater amounts by infants fed soy formula than by infants on other diets. CO2 was produced in similar amounts by infants in all feeding groups. Production of CH3SH was conspicuously low by feces of breast-fed infants and production of H2S was high by soy-formula-fed infants. CH3SCH3 was not detected. Only modest changes with age were observed and there was no relation between gas production and stool consistency, although stools were more likely to be malodorous when concentrations of H2S and/or CH3SH were high. CONCLUSIONS: Gas release by infant feces is strongly influenced by an infant's diet. Of particular interest are differences in production of the highly toxic sulfur gases, H2S and CH3SH, because of the role that these gases may play in certain intestinal disorders of infants.

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Alzheimer is low in hydrogen sulfide: Brain hydrogen sulfide is severely decreased in Alzheimer's disease

Authors: Eto K.1; Asada T.2; Arima K.2; Makifuchi T.3; Kimura H.1

Source: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Volume 293, Number 5, May 2002, pp. 1485-1488(4)

Abstract:

Although hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is generally thought of in terms of a poisonous gas, it is endogenously produced in the brain from cysteine by cystathionine-synthase (CBS). H2S functions as a neuromodulator as well as a smooth muscle relaxant. Here we show that the levels of H2S are severely decreased in the brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients compared with the brains of the age matched normal individuals. In addition to H2S production CBS also catalyzes another metabolic pathway in which cystathionine is produced from the substrate homocysteine. Previous findings, which showed thatS-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM), a CBS activator, is much reduced in AD brain and that homocysteine accumulates in the serum of AD patients, were confirmed. These observations suggest that CBS activity is reduced in AD brains and the decrease in H2S may be involved in some aspects of the cognitive decline in AD.

General Feedback
Posted by Grannie Gay (Lakeland, Fl) on 11/27/2011

I had read Dr Wright's article on Lithium Orotate several years ago. My husband has been treated for Alzheimer's for several years. I decided to try the treatment. He had an immediate decline, so we discontinued treatment immediately.

We do use several supplements: Hup A (Huperzine), Digestive enzimes, Lions Mane Mushroom tablets, DMAE and lecithin. We had run out of the Lions Mane last spring - his decline increased at that time, and although he's taking it again, he never recovered what he lost. Although decline continues, he gets along pretty well.

I find that changes - travel - even to visit family members for holidays, etc, are the greatest challenge to his functioning.

(His younger brother died just a couple of years after Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis. He didn't have early medications to delay disease progress. ) Their mother and maternal grandmother both had the condition, and the youngest brother, @76, is also taking Alzheimer's Disease medications now.


Essential Oils
Posted by Lane (Reno, Nevada, United States) on 11/20/2011
4 out of 5 stars

Various essential oils have improved cognitive function in human beings in clinical trials. Jimbo and colleagues used a diffuser to deliver rosemary and lemon essential oils in the morning and lavender and orange essential oils in the evening to 28 patients with dementia (including those with Alzheimer's disease). After 28 days, all 28 patients "showed significant improvement in personal orientation related to cognitive function. " Akhondzadeh and colleagues using tinctures of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and sage (Salvia officinalis) saw significant improvements in cognitive function over placebo in 84 patients with Alzheimer's disease over a four month period. Essential oils high in methoxyphenols (such as clove, cinnamon leaf, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, oregano, thyme, and laurel) appear to provide a particular effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease. These compounds scavenge peroxynitrites (convert them into a less dangerous form) and partially reverse the damage that they do to receptors involved in short-term memory, sleep, mood, smell, alertness, and awareness.

My sisters and I began to give our mother rosemary essential oil to smell four years ago (she has had Alzheimer's disease for seven years). This year we added many of the essential oil listed above. As a result of aromatherapy (she takes no medications), she can recognize her own home again, sleeps through the night, feels comfortable around relatives, has some short-term memory (can spell her own name, can sometimes remember the order of days and month, can complete sayings such as I scream, you scream, we all scream for... Ice cream, etc. ), and is much more alert and aware than before she began aromatherapy. Except for allergies or excessive use (my mother smells the oils for just a few seconds under each nostril every morning), there appears to be few side effects from aromatherapy. Essential oils are one of the few treatments for Alzheimer's disease that has worked both in animal models and in human beings.


Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Sura78 (Florence, Al) on 11/01/2011

In regards to the Lithium Oratate dosage and Vitamin E or Flaxseed oil to prevent Lithium toxicity, would Krill oil or Coconut oil suffice in this aspect as well, or does it strictly have to be the Vitamin E or Flaxseed oil? Thank you.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 10/21/2011

The theraputic dose for Coconut oil for Alzheimer's is five teaspoons a day.

Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Art (Tustin, California Usa) on 07/27/2011

If a herpes virus does turn out to be one cause of Alzheimer's Disease then the amino acid Lysine could be a useful addition to any treatment regimen as Lysine is quite effective at treating cold sores. Lysine has been shown to be safe at levels that will control cold sores and can cross the blood / brain barrier as can the antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and melatonin which have both shown benefits of varying degrees in Alzheimer's patients and rodent models. Of course the patient studies seem to be of more practical value for those that feel that rodent models of Alzheimer's diease are a poor substitute for the real thing.

Coconut oil also has the ability to inhibit some herpes viruses and there is increasing anecdotal evidence that it can improve the Alzheimer's disease state at doses that are reasonably practical.

In the case of melatonin, it is not only an antioxidant itself, but it also acts to activate the bodies own antioxidant system, something that not all antioxidants are capable of. Melatonin also acts in an anti-inflammatory role which is an important aspect of Alzheimer's disease progression. Melatonin has also shown the ability to protect the human brain from many of the known damaging effects to the brain caused by Alzheimer's disease. Melatonin also can help alleviate some of the sleeplessness symptoms associated with AD. Another benefit shown in human studies is melatonin's ability to alleviate the symptom refered to as "Sundowning".

The good news is that not only are these supplements generally considered safe, they are readilly available, relatively cheap and are purported to have many other health benefits also!

Art


Coconut Oil
Posted by Shirley (Durham, North Carolina, Usa) on 06/19/2011

My husband and I take 2 TSP of coconut oil everyday. There is also growing evidence of its efficacy in treating Alzhemier's. Dr. Newport couldn't get her husband recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease into a clinical trial using the MCTs from coconut oil, she put him on 2 TSP/day about 2-3 years ago. She saw improvement almost immediately, and he continues to improve. If it can't be completely cured, I believe it's quite possible to at least manage it better using coconut oil.

My mom died from Alzheimer's Disease about 11 years ago, and if I'm one of those with a predisposition (APOE4 ), I plan to continue taking it.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by John Catmull (Trang, Thailand) on 05/20/2011

I agree. I have begun my own Alzheimer's with the usual forgetting words and what I was planning to do as I went from one room to another. The silly thing is, when I wait a few minutes the word I was seeking, comes, so it was there, in my head all the time, but I chose not to access it. I don't know why.

Alzheimer's description. EG: I don't give a damn anymore & that includes having to remember every little thing. It illustrates the control we have. We already accept, selective memory.

Here are some of the quotes from EC's posts. Body-mind find relief from the toxic feeling of helplessness and escape by creating this condition, insecurity, hopelessness, powerlessness, boredom even boredom, bullied by their mate, are reasons why we make ourselves sick;

I was always attacked by my older brother, hence the programmed, being always ready for 'fight or flight'. 'Older Brother" is first born who gets all the love, cuddles, food, pretty clothes and everyone for miles around says, " Isn't he/she lovely - just like his/her blah, blah, blah", and this goes on for a year or so, getting all the love, pretty clothes, toys and attention. Then the sky falls. There's something else, 'younger brother/sister' getting all the love, etc, etc, etc and the first born is getting ignored and starts to hate the little brother/sister and gives him a push, a shove, a pinch when this little thing is in the cot and a year or so later, just pushes him aside when he's not really in the way. Bullies him/her.

When little brother/sister wants to do something, go somewhere, older brother says "No, you're not old enough yet", and so on and the bully grows to enjoy his power and hate and in school becomes a prefect or leader of something and later gravitates to a position of power where he can continue to bully and control.

Mindless bullying leads to mindless Government, administrators, local Government, police etc. and you know who all the rest are.

Little brother/sister resists older brother/sister and tries to beat the nasty older brother and excels at just about everything. Check it out. How many people you know are in positions of power, have a younger brother/sister?

One example of our control which I enjoy involves: "A women of 52 who had carcinoma of the uterus, originating near or in the cervix. It had spread to the intestine, and death was expected within weeks, but her much-hated drunken, bullying husband suddenly died. Today, a year and a half later, she is entirely well, the baseball size lump has disappeared. " Remission of cancer means, 'I did it myself'

With alzheimers the reason usually is, the person is in an intolerable situation which anyone who is just a bit of a thinker will feel, living on this planet of defective homosapiens. An intolerable situation might be: I see no answer to the retarded races who have controlled, dominated and killed and imposed ignorance, caused poisoned air, food and water and kill people who won't submit. So I don't want to live here. I will forget everything I can and eventually go belly up without the imposed fear, or stress and go 'being peace', not feeling peaceful but being peace. Alzheimers sounds OK to me.

Peer pressure, consensual opinion, consensual belief force us to have to remember all sorts of things, and behave as others want us to, we never had to before, when living in a much earlier time.

However if being here with all the nonsense is your desire, then I read 2 tbs coconut oil a day, mixed into your morning oatmeal helped to remember lots of little things. I will try it and if I don't like remembering, I'll stop.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Nimrod (Tel Aviv, Israel) on 05/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have just heard of the possible benifits of CO for Alzhiemers and only in reading more discovered thatn it seems to have a generally benifical effect on health in many aspects. As I do not frequent health stores I have yet to buy the oil. However as over the years I often use coconut water (milk) for cooking pseudo indian or Indonesian food I do consume this. I note that it contains 18% fats and wonder if this is a good source.

Yours Nimrod

Chronic Bacterial Infection
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 04/30/2011

If you were diagnosed with alzhiemers.. A few years ago a doctor would tell you to start smoking! He didnt know why nicotine halted or slowed the onset.. But it might be the antifungal properties of nicotine got through the the blood brain barrier.. And disrupted a possible fungal trigger?... The possibility that Parkinsons and altzhiemers are the same.. Is well worth considering as Parkinsons can progress on to alzhiemers. So perhaps methyl blue might be a consideration as for parkinsons.


Chronic Bacterial Infection
Posted by Tommy (North York, On, Canada) on 02/10/2011

Here some publshed articles about the implication of chronic bacterial infections in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jnr.21147/abstract

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2202/11/121

The funny things is the company Kenrico already patented Nattokinase for Alzheimer disease, because the enzyme digests the biofilms of Chlamydia pneumoniae and abviously the amyloid proteins are nothing but something related to Chlamydia biofilms in the brain in the second article.

I have found so many articles about MS and lyme disease. I will post the articles when I have more time. But it's interesting to know that the so called chronic disease can be treatable if the medical community and the pharmaceutical companies focused in the causes rather than symptoms. These pharmaceutical companies hire brilliant talented young scientists and I'm pretty sure they know all about this. But Money comes before health and it's up to us THE HUMANS to stop this and tell people the truth for a better world for all of us.

Money is not happiness. Maybe a means. Helping others is the true happiness.

Tommy.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Thenewguyintown (Westwood, New Jersey, Usa) on 12/17/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I recently came across something that seems to revive the brains of those suffering from this horrible affliction [Alzheimer's Disease]. Some of you may be familiar with Doctor Mercola, anyway he sent out an video link in his last email update about VCO & Alzeimers. I highly recommend that anyone dealing with this affliction on any level take the time to view it. I was SO impressed that I upped my personal intake of VCO as a preventive. Apparently the medium chain fatty acids are the perfect brain food. When combined with ALL the other good that VCO provides, its a no brainer (no pun intended).


Essential Oils
Posted by Anon (City, State) on 12/16/2010

Maybe a lavender sachet in his clothes drawer, or a lavender candle or room diffuser. I wonder if vanilla would work. I get depression, and eating bananas helps tremendously. It feels like morning all day. I have to stay away from gluten, if I have to eat it such as at a party, I have milk/kefir or psyllium before leaving for the party. A Chamomile/Lavender/Lemon balm tea is good, too. Things that help my liver and kidneys help my mood tremendously, too. You might try those things with your poor Dad. My heart goes out to you both. Try Kefir, goat milk, fresh fruit (lots of it oranges, strawberries, kiwi, cherries, blackberries, peaches), fresh green salads (spinach, romaine, red pepper, tomatoes, boiled egg, sardines, a little salt, no pepper, olive oil, amen. ), Cat's Claw, ginger, fresh garlic (no milk with or before it, only an hour or so later), basil/chamomile/catnip tea (no milk till hour later). Failing that chocolate and coffee work. And if all else fails, ice cream... Make a smoothie with frozen orange segments, frozen strawberries, and fresh baby spinach. These heal the body and thereby heal the mind.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 12/16/2010

Pam - It is only normal that she would have resentment towards her "once abusive" husband! For petes sake, until you have walked a mile in her shoes... Please do not be so quick to place judgement.

My father in law is in the same condition, and my mother in law is also having a very hard time of it. People in their predicament need day to day help.... They are being totally overwhelmed. Just saying. Maybe she needs some outlet or some help with him? ?Best to you.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Pam (Brooklyn, Ny) on 12/16/2010

I absolutly agree with your Alzheimer's Disease comment towards the end of your feedback. My father-in-law is very "diabeticly sick". Everything bad they could have, he has it. For starters I have countless of times tried giving his wife remedies, she would try it once and say its not working or come up with her own ideas! I feel sorry for them because I know he could better himself, but there ignorance wont allow them. Her patience with him is very low and talks to him as if he were a child and not to mention he was not a very good husband, so she now has resentment towards him, is very angry that she now has to care for her once abusive and now helpless husband. AND if they just listen a little, he could be taking care of himself. Love all you earth clinic-ers! =)


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Nuri Leigh (Tacoma, Wa) on 12/16/2010

I am very inclined to agree with your post regarding Alzheimer's disease. I am not sure how the disease is diagnosed because that has not been my field of study. My study is holistic health, nutrition, psychology, addiction, family dynamics and the mind body connection. I have come to the conclusion through my work with families that there is a very strong long standing "passive-aggressive" sickness going on with many couples. This sickness is so widespread because it is almost impossible for normal people to correct it or cope with it in their relationship. It leads to "crazy-making. " I worked in group settings with many women who had what was labeled Alzheimer's. In all cases the care givers and nurses in control of these people were dominant players and definitely passive aggressive which I found the mates of the "Alzheimer's" patients to be also. I am just a mellow, easy-does-it, empathetic type of volunteer and my experience with these patients was remarkably different from the experience of the busy impatient caregivers who "tried" to act patient.

There is an atmosphere of thick palpable emotions that radiates from the "well" people who deal with "Alzheimer's" patients; an atmosphere that sensitive people can cut with a knife. But most of the "well" people have turned off their sensitivity valve because it is expedient to do so. People mentally fall apart for a variety of reasons; and people who hold on to their mental faculties do so for their own reasons.

In my observations of couples over the past 30 years some of them had a real history of being bullied by their mate and when they reached a certain age or crisis incident in their life the tables were turned and the docile partner began to drive the more dominating person crazy through a ton of passive aggressive games. Many games being unconscious. Frankly I think all forms of mental disorder start early in life because of a lot of unfair, untreated, unresolved family matters.


Essential Oils
Posted by Beth (Hamilton, Ohio) on 12/03/2010

My father has early Alzheimer's. People with this disease often have problems with sun downing and getting to sleep. We have a little bottle of lavender oil he rolls on his wrists in the evening and before he goes to bed. I was pretty surprised, it really seems to help! Also, he can be a real cranky pants in the morning. For the heck of it, I had him use his lavender oil then, too. It helped tremendously! I've heard other aromas help, too, but have only just started with this. If anyone has any tips, please let me know! Anything to avoid his being over-medicated is a blessing!

Soy
Posted by Sarah (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 07/07/2010
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

There is a statement someone posted on Earth Clinic that soy milk may help Alzheimer's, or help prevent it, is untrue, and could be terribly damaging if people follow it. There is very overwhelming evidence that eating unfermented soy, such as soy protein or tofu, can help TRIGGER Alzheimers, not prevent it! The recommendation to drink it "in case it may help" is sheer nonsense, and sheer suicide for those trying to avoid getting Alzheimers!

Two foods that appear to help PREVENT Alzheimers are coconut oil (unhydrogenated) and Turmeric (the spice)


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskchewan) on 05/05/2010

Hi Raquel: I think you are really onto something here! It takes a lot of energy to suppress negative emotions. If she spent her life with an emotionally abusive/neglectful partner, maybe she did want to check out. Her moment of clarity is a snapshot of her marriage of all thoes years. Wow so sad!


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Shining Star (Gainesville, Fl) on 05/04/2010

I do not think the body-mind connection for Alzheimer's Disease that I spoke about is something that is seen. It is felt. The feelings are never seen but they are out-pictured in the body. Feelings of insecurity, hopelessness, powerlessness, boredom even boredom. Who can see a feeling? Each of us wears a mask do we not? But knowing how this observation would not be received in the spirit it is intended, I posted it anyway. It is leading edge and you will see more and more people beginning to explore this as science and medicine fails them. One can not explore someone else's insides or feelings but the results are out pictured in the body and mind. One lady I took care of had not spoken in 5 yrs and had a feeding tube in her stomach. I worked with her and observed. One day she stood up (been on a walker shuffling) and started talking. I called her husband who was golfing and asked hime to come home and witness this miracle. He refused. She took the phone and told him he had done her wrong. They talked for a few minutes and then it was over. She passed a yr later and then him a year later. He never spoke of that day to me. They were married for 52 yrs. He told me that when he quit smoking her took a cigarette from her mouth and told her she was quitting and she never said a word and quit smoking. He was amazed at this even though it had happened over 20 yrs earlier. This is a perfect example of what my point is. This lady worked all of her life, appeared at social functions and retired with plenty of money. Outside she appeared to have it all.But see what I mean? I have had 3 more cases that with close observation though looking different produced the same Alzheimer's Disease which means lack of ease.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Tricia (Ireland, Ireland, Ireland) on 04/29/2010 85 posts

I'd have to disagree as well. I have worked with the aged and seen patients from pre to post alzheimers and could't see a definite trend in dominence. I have seen couples get it and hit a point where they didn't know each other.
There was one couple, very gentle people, who didn't know each other. If you asked him who she was, he would say he "didn't know her at all but from everything he heard she was a very nice woman altogether." Posing the same question to her she thought he might be a new neighbour. But if she saw any of the nurses or doctors or helpers going too close to him she would violently attack them and tell them to leave him alone. Walking away she would keep shouting that they fancied him. She couldn't tell us why she did it. And it never happened with anyone other than her husband.

The original attraction was still there.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Sara (The Beach, Canada) on 04/28/2010

i'm sorry but i completely disagree with this assessment. i'm sure you have seen many cases of Alzheimer's Disease, but i have seen only two up close and personal. my mother and my aunt. these women ran their household with a strong hand. every aspect of there lives were their responsiblility and i would have to say they were the dominent one in their marriage. if anything i think that maybe an emotional burn out of handling everything took it's toll on these ladies.


Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Shiningstar (Gainesville, Fl) on 04/28/2010

Alzheimer Disease. The body-mind connection.I have worked with people who have been diagnosed with this condition on a personal level in health care setting. What I have witnessed is that the dominent one, in a marriage or relationship, never has this Alzheimer's Disease condition.It is always the one that is the dominated one. I have seen them come out of the condition for short periods of time when they are removed from their mates company. People who stay in relationships because they feel like they have to stay for religious reasons (keep the family together;don't ever leave, ect) find relief from the toxic feeling of helplessness and escape by creating this condition. A warning to all of us to be equals in our relationships with friend and family. If anyone is interested I will be happy to give exact casees and what I learned more completely.

Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 09/06/2009

Do silver plated utensils contribute to Alzheimer's? Three old ladies I know with memory impairment/Alzheimer's have that old fancy silver plated silverware, and use it.


Turmeric
Posted by Ruma (Calcutta, India) on 08/19/2009

Hi Connie. I am afraid that I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer the technicalities of your questions!

The Indian diet has changed but it's a complicated point because diet is entirely determined by one's social and economic class. Rich people tend to eat too much and do too little exercise, as a result of which they are plagued by many of the lifestyle diseases of the West (such as type-2 diabetes).

Poorer people don't have the money to eat properly - too little protein and vitamins in their diet - and just carbohydrates to fill themselves up. Even lentils, traditionally the protein for the poor, are becoming very expensive for the very poor in India.

The principles of the Indian diet are excellent and many can and do follow these principles, so it is not as if we have lost our traditions entirely!


Turmeric
Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 08/15/2009

Thank you for your input, Ruma!! Could you tell us, is the water fluoridated and/or chlorinated there? What do you know about excitotoxins and free glutamic acid consumption in India? Has diet changed there like it did here in the USA from mostly homegrown, home-cooked food mostly free of pesticides and preservatives, to a lot of store-bought premade processed food? What would you say might be the cause of the rise in Alzheimer's disease in India?


Turmeric
Posted by Kasturi (Mountain View, California, USA) on 07/04/2009
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Warning

All "research" that claims a low incidence of Alzheimer's in India is ERRONEOUS! Especially, it is amusing when westerners make this claim based on whatever "research" they managed to do. Let me clarify a few facts about India:

1) Majority of the doctors (not to mention the layman) in India are woefully unaware of Alzheimer's. Only in the last decade has awareness been introduced through campaigning.

2) Statistics in India about Alzheimer's is very skewed because of non-diagnosis and mis-diagnosis. Not surprising if even doctors are unaware of this ailment.

3) Longevity in India is around 60 years for men and 65 years for women. Put simply, they don't live long enough to get dementia or Alzheimer's.

4) In India, parents live with their sons as a rule. So, even the real Alzheimer cases are "kept under wraps" by the family and not really admitted to a nursing care facility. It would be tantamount to "abandoning" your parents or "exposing" their dementia to the world. Just not the Indian culture.

I am currently caring for my mother who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's after I brought her with me to the US. Prior to that, my father and relatives were complaining that she is acting crazy and is really difficult to get along with. But nobody even thought of it as a possible mental condition, they just attributed it to her "evil" nature. Sounds horrible, but that is the sad truth in India. Mental illness is often brushed off or ridiculed as if it is a personality trait. That is also why India is not very advanced in Psychiatry. Not because Indians don't magically have depression or other psychiatric issues. It is just that the society is not tuned in that well to these ailments.


Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Fico (NY, NY) on 02/10/2009

thank you so much for your imput, I'm really looking for personal experiences before use it and your comment is of great help. nevertheless i'd like to deep more into this issue.

lithium carbonate is more toxic, it needs high levels in order to cross the brain barrier.

if lithium aspartate has that toxic effect, what is your experience with lithium orotate?

Low dosages of lithium have been found to be safe.[9] Dr. Jonathan Wright suggests 20 to 30 mg. of lithium aspartate or lithium orotate daily as an appropriate dose to stop brain aging. This is 1/3 to 1/6 the dosage of lithium carbonate used to treat manic depressive disorder. Dr. Hans Nieper of Germany has learned that lithium orotate or lithium aspartate penetrate cells more effectively than lithium carbonate so smaller doses can be used. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily along with 400 I.U. of vitamin E ensures that no lithium toxicity can develop

HOW TO ENLARGE YOUR BRAIN AND IMPROVE BRAIN PERFORMANCE
By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
May 5, 2004
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james11.htm

recent research has shown that low doses of lithium preserve and renew[1] brain cells. Eight of ten persons given lithium showed an increase in brain grey matter of 3 % after only 4 weeks. By promoting brain cell regeneration and increasing brain size lithium can function as an anti-aging nutrient for the brain.

Lithium also accomplishes the following benefits for brain cells:

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Lithium enhances DNA replication which is the first step to formation of new cells.
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The damaging effects of excitotoxins. (monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutrasweet) etc. can be blocked by lithium.[2]
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Animal research shows that lithium can decrease the areas of cell death after induced strokes by 56 %.
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Lithium protects rat brain cells from the. increased levels of brain cell death caused by anti-convulsant drugs (Dilantin phenytoin , Tegretol, carbamazepine etc.)
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Lithium may protect against adverse effects from mood altering drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, 'uppers"and "downers", and marihuana all of which cause brain damage with long term use.
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Abnormally functioning signaling pathways may become repaired by lithium.
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The aluminum felt to be a possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). is chelated[3] by lithium so it can be more easily removed from the body.

Research has suggested that lithium blocks the secretion of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease and prevents damage from pre-existing beta amyloid. Overactivity of the brain cell protein tau contributes to death of neurones in Alzheimer's Disease. Lithium inhibits this tau protein damage and the formation of the neurofibrillary tangles seen in AD.

I'm looking for natural neurogenesis boosters, like THC from hemp, but it is illegal in US.


Lithium Aspartate
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 02/10/2009 383 posts
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Warning

I don't like lithium aspartate it's an excitotoxin much like aspartame. It may reverse, but only temporarily. Therefore the preferred lithium needs to be lithium carbonate, lithium citrate being the safest one. Long term use does more harm in aspartate form then good. Aspartate, MSG and aspartame are all excitotoxin. The beta amyloid is a toxicity of high level exposure of metal zinc, and hence 1000 mg of L carnosine and some small amounts of EDTA to remove zinc, as well as other metals is the cause of the alzheimer. Scientist found beta amyloid removes heavy metals, but in excess, beta amyloid becomes a problem. Therefore it makes more sense to use those that gives energy to the brain without the excitotoxins such as drops of methylene blue which is protective of the cell's mitochrondria systems, and the removal of heavy metals such as cilantro and carnosine and perhaps drops of sodium thiosulfate, or even chlorella to help remove the heavy metals. Potassium citrate will further alkalize the brain so the brain can heal. i don't believe in lithium aspartate because I have received several years ago that while initially it helped alzheimer, the condition later on became progressively much worse. It was from the excitotoxin of the aspartate.

Ted


Supplements
Posted by Fico (New York, NY) on 02/09/2009

Cure of cognitive impairment of down syndrome may help Alzheimer's sufferers.
Changing minds is a protocol to treat the cognitive impairment seen in down syndrome. After only 13 weeks of treatment the IQ start to rise. Here you can find the protocol, a documentary trailer, testimonies and research:
www.changingmindsfoundation.com

and here you can see other fragments. Watch nichole who has a dual diagnostic of down syndrome + alzheimer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_vHGmPUhQ0

keep in mind that The connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease is complex. Studies of the brains of people with Down syndrome reveal that, by the age of 40, almost all develop the brain changes characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

I know the protocol use 2 prescription drugs, but one is no necessary, the other one is prosac, and its main use is for neurogenesis= creation of new neurons with strong synapses. so there is possible cure for the cognitive impairment, and the article about the lithium is very interesting, looks like it does the same as prosac. exercise stimulate neurogenesis and THC also.

changingminds's protocol

Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba - In 2003, Stanford University discovered the main culprit, GABA receptor, an inhibitor, was ON continuously in individuals with Down syndrome. (View details) The result was- it did not allow the nerves in the memory area of the brain to fire. To get the proper level of GABA, a GABA antagonist was used to turn it down. (View details) Ginkgo Biloba is a GABA antagonist which has been used for over 4000 years (View details)

Prozac (Fluoxetine)
Prozac - The University Of Maryland School Of Medicine treated Down syndrome mice with prozac for 24 days (2006). It increased neurogenesis (the formation of new nerves) to a normal level (View details). This is like increasing the hardware on your computer. It allows you to run more complicated software. In fetuses with Down syndrome, neurons fail to show normal dendritic development, yielding a "tree in winter" appearance. This developmental failure is thought to result in mental retardation (View details)

Focalin XR
Focalin XR is an ADHD medicine that increases focus and decreases impulsiveness and hyperactivity. It is a mild stimulant. As our children improved, we became increasingly aware of their inability to attend to the tasks at hand.

Phosphatidylcholine
Phosphatidylcholine is a phospholipid that makes up 50% of the cell membrane. The membrane is the lining of every nerve cell that carries our signals. We are trying to heal the brain by growing new neurons and allowing them to fire. Giving PC is like bringing the bricks to the construction site when building a house. (View details)

Formulated with a 4:1 Ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in Liquid form or Softgel pills.

Of the tens of thousands of molecules that make up the life of a cell, Phosphatidylcholine (PC) stands apart; probably the most important one of all. BodyBio PC is made of only pure phospholipids which automatically form liposomes in the watery environment of the body, but it goes one important step further.... it is also formulated with the essential lipids at a 4:1 ratio. Most PC currently available has an EFA ratio of ~12:1. BodyBio PC not only has a higher concentration of PC, up to 66% but also maintains EFA concentration at the preferred 4:1 ratio, a BodyBio exclusive.

Body Bio Balanced Oil
Body Bio Oil - There is a growing body of evidence that inflammation and degeneration go hand in hand. This oil provides the body with the building blocks to reduce inflammation and improve health. Link to references

4:1 Ratio of Organic Sunflower and Flax Seed Oil Blend in its Virgin State. Fatty acids are not only good for you -- they are ESSENTIAL! One of the very best supplement programs includes additional Essential Fatty Acids of Omega 6 to Omega 3 at a 4:1 ratio. This special formulation of organic sunflower and flax is now available as BODYBIO BALANCE!

Folinic Acid/ B 12 (methylcobalamin)
Folinic Acid/ B 12 (methylcobalamin) - Dr. Jill James has a detailed study looking at methylation and the need for these nutrients in the patient with Down syndrome. (View Details)

Dosage:

  • Ginkgo Biloba - The dose is approximately 2.5 mg/lb for the dry herb but must be adjusted on the basis of clinical response and tolerability.
  • Prozac - The dose needs to be adjusted in the range of 5 mg to 20mg/day on the basis of clinical response and tolerability.
  • Focalin XR - dosage should be individualized according to the needs and responses of the patient
  • Phosphatidylcholine - depends on age, check table below
  • Body Bio Oil - depends on age, check table below
  • Folinic Acid/ B 12 depends on age, check table below

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