Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia with natural medicine and lifestyle modification

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What is the point in living a long life and not remembering it?

Stats

  • 3/10 people over 70 complain about poor memory, concentration problems and confusion
  • 1/10 is diagnosed with dementia and they normally move on to developing Alzheimer’s

There is hope, you can prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia

  • 90 % of Alzheimer’s disease is preventable
  • 1/100 Alzheimer’s patients are related to genes
  • A recent trail at the University of Oxford confirmed that 53% of brain shrinkage associated with dementia were reduced with B6/B12/Folic Acid
  • 90% of Alzheimer’s patients have Herpes Simplex virus
  • 88% of Alzheimer’s tested positive for Helicobacter pylori

Possible causes – Alzheimer’s is a multifactor disease – we know the following:

  • Heavy metals like aluminium, mercury and lead
  • Genetics 10%
  • Free radicals
  • Vitamin deficiencies: Vit B12, Vit E and Vit A
  • Low levels of education – an intellectual brain can tolerate neuron death better
  • Herpes simplex (new theory)
  • Diabetes 3 (new theory)
  • Helicobacter pylori (new theory)

Alzheimer’s and Herpes Simplex Virus

  • The latest scientific data on Alzheimer’s is that some of these patients have had chronic Herpes Simplex infections
  • The chronic Herpes infection causes a build up of beta amyloid protein
  • This protein protects the brain from viruses and bacteria
  • The FDA in America now officially recommends a diagnostic brain scan for Alzheimer’s
  • The scan imaging and quantifying the amount of Beta Protein in the brain
  • In 90% of Herpes simplex patients – the brain has been affected
  • The HSV1 virus causes brain inflammation
  • Where are we know – we can treat the condition with anti-virals and develop vaccines – the western medicine approach
  • Or – keep the viral load down with homeopathic remedies, take herbs with anti-viral properties and anti-oxidants
  • We new scientific data that becomes available helps us with an integrative approach

 Is Alzheimer’s really a new type of Diabetes?

  • No, because we know that Alzheimer’s is a multifactor disease
  • Patients with insulin resistance have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Insulin injected into the brains of rats suppresses lipolysis
  • Previously we thought that insulin affected lypolysis only through fat storage cells
  • Now we know that sympathetic nervous system also directs lipolysis

Alzheimer’s Preventative Plan Step 1

Click here to download your check list.

Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan Step 2 – Blood tests

  •  Insulin resistance
  • Homocysteine
  • Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Cortisol levels
  • CRP ultrasensitive – to check for vascular disease
  • Heavy metal test
  • Genetic Profiling (ApoE4 gene)
  • TSH test – sluggish thyroid can bring on Alzheimer’s
  • Vitamin D test
  • Helicobacter pylori (stool test is more accurate)

Alzheimer’s Preventative Plan Step 3

If you blood tests exceed the reference range then the following applies:

  • MemorAll (by Xymogen)memory specific supplement
  • If your homocysteine level is >6 – take a Homocysteine Supplement that contains Vit B6, B12, Folic Acid and TMG. In Alzheimer’s the width of the hippocampus shrinks and relate to homocysteine levels. If homocysteine levels are >14 – risk doubles
  • Diet – less meat, more fish, greens, eggs, lentils, nuts, olive oil and seeds to keep your Homocysteine level low. Also consume more cinnamon – it invigorates insulin.
  • Hydrogenated fats – avoid junk and fried food – check your cholesterol
  • Antioxidants – eat more fruit(apples can stimulate acetylcholine in the brain),dark chocolate and vegetables and take an antioxidant supplement like Resveratrol, Vit A,C,E and Selenium, Coenzyme Q10, curcumin, glutathione and N-acetyl cycteine
  • Omega 3 and 6 supplements
  • Follow low GL diet and keep blood sugar less than 5.5
  • Keep physically, socially and mentally active
  • Stop smoking – it raises Homocysteine
  • Coffee and alcohol – limit intake – it increases Homocysteine
  • Stress – manage stress to keep cortisol and homocysteine low
  • Regular blood pressure checks – keep in range 120/80
  • Check for celiac disease
  • Avoid exposure to heavy metals, herbicides and neurotoxins
  • Meditation
  • Sleep –sleep enough and treat sleep apnea
  • Weight – maintain a healthy weight
  • Dental care – bad teeth may poison the brain
  • Eradication of Helicobacter pylori if positive stooltest
  • Music – watch the movie “Alive Inside” and see how music combats memory loss and restores a deep sense of self

Future care for Alzheimer’s
Vaccination

A leading author on the study, Associate Professor Lars Ittner, from the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Laboratory says:

“Our study is the first to show that a vaccine targeting the tau protein can be effective once the disease has already set in.

“The vaccine appears to have a preventative effect: slowing the development of further tangles, rather than clearing existing ones, but the exact mechanism involved is not yet understood,” he said.

If you are concerned about your memory, check how serious it is by filling in the questionnaire and if your score is more than 10, you have to see your Integrated Healthcare Doctor for a solution.

References:

  1.   New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind – Patrick Holford
  2.   100 Simple things you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s – Jean Carper
  3.   www.wingsherbal.co.za/newsletter
  4.   www.yourhealthbase.com/Alzheimers.htm
  5.   www.breakingnews.ie
  6.   www.vrp.co.za
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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.

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