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Definition : Alzheimer's disease is the most common and severe form of senile dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the brain, resulting in impaired memory, decreased intellectual and emotional functioning, and ultimately complete physical breakdown. In the United States, it affects approximately 10% of those over the age of 65 and almost 50% of those over the age of 85. Alzheimer's was first identified in 1907 by German neurologist Alois Alzheimer who, during postmortem examinations, discovered abnormal formations of plaque on nerve endings and tangles of nerve fibers in the brain tissue of individuals who had exhibited symptoms of senile dementia. The progression of Alzheimer's is characterized by a number of changes that take place in the brain's biochemistry, structure, and function. Nerves in the Alzheimer's patient's brain die, severing important links between the two sections of the brain (the forebrain and hippocampus) responsible for thinking and memory. Symptoms Patients affected by Alzheimer's disease may experience depression, fatigue, occasional forgetfulness to disorientation, and aggressive or paranoid behavior.
Typically, Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the following symptoms: progressive memory loss (both short-term and long-term), a decline in the ability to understand vocabulary and words, repetitive questions, problems understanding numbers, spatial and time disorientation, forgetfulness, and an impaired ability to speak fluently. It must be noted that doctors often misdiagnose Alzheimer's Disease with less pronounced forms of senile dementia. Some health experts estimate that as many as 40% of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's, do not, in fact, have the disease.
Cause of Senile Dementia, often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's Disease: Two treatable conditions capable of causing senile dementia are often confused with Alzheimer's—pernicious anemia (a blood disease marked by a progressive decrease in red blood cells, muscular weakness, and gastrointestinal and neural disturbances) and cerebral vascular insufficiency (a lack of blood supply to the brain due to constricted arteries). Other possible causes of senile dementia that can appear as Alzheimer's are: multiple strokes, Parkinson's disease (a disease in which the cells that normally produce the neurotransmitter dopamine die off, resulting in a loss of muscle control), Huntington's chorea (a hereditary disease of the central nervous system characterized by progressive dementia and rapid, jerky motions), thyroid disorders, brain tumors, and head injuries. Drug reactions, environmental toxins and heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, candidiasis, depression, alcoholism, and certain infections such as meningitis, syphilis, and AIDS can also mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Cause of Alzheimer's Disease: Factors likely to cause Alzheimer's include heavy metal poisoning, environmental influences, genetics, hormone imbalances, impaired blood flow, and nutritional deficiencies.
Aluminum: High levels of aluminum found in the brain cells of Alzheimer's victims may be a causal factor in the development of the disease. While the source of aluminum toxicity in the body has not yet been proven, aluminum can enter the body through inhalation (by factory workers in certain industries) and by oral ingestion. It has been suggested that aluminum ions may leach into the body from aluminum cooking utensils, cans, and foil, as well as underarm deodorants, antacid pills, and other common products, many of which contain traces of aluminum. In addition, Aluminum is commonly used by water treatment plants to brighten drinking water. This causes the excess aluminum in the water to flow from the treatment plants to the communities downstream of these plants, causing the populations there to receive a double dose of aluminum.
Environmental Influences: Toxins such as chemicals in food and tap water, carbon monoxide, solvents, aerosol sprays, and industrial chemicals can cause symptoms of brain dysfunction that may lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's or senile dementia.
Genetic Tendencies: Researchers have discovered a possible genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease. While genetics is probably not the sole cause, it may be a trigger in a significant number of cases. Scientists think that a genetic mutation may lead to the abnormal production of amyloid proteins or their precursors, which can eventually lead to the formation of plaques in the brain.
Hormone Imbalances: The hormone melatonin plays a role in the synchronization of brain cells and, as a potent antioxidant, helps protect brain tissue from free-radical damage. Daily concentrations of melatonin appear to decline in those who have Alzheimer's disease. Stress and the stress hormones, particularly cortisol, play a major role in Alzheimer's. Although some cortisol is needed for proper brain function, chronic exposure to toxic levels of cortisol can kills brain cells. Cortisol damages the nerve cells of the hippocampus and blocks their ability to absorb blood sugar (glucose), causing sluggish responses. Brain scans of Alzheimer's patients show that the temporal (site of the hippocampus) and frontal lobes have a decreased capacity to absorb glucose.
Caution: Studies conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University found, after conducting autopsies of Alzheimer patients, that between seven and eleven percent of all cases were due to Mad Cow Disease.
Impaired Blood Flow to the Brain: There may be a relationship between heart disease, reduced blood flow to the brain, and the onset of Alzheimer's. According to Dr. Khalsa, a medical doctor from Tucson, Arizona, 77% of Alzheimer's patients have cardiovascular disease. More than 85% of people 65 and older who suffer from coronary artery disease also exhibited brain tissue plaques similar to Alzheimer's. What's intriguing is that these Alzheimer's-like plaques seem to clear after coronary artery surgery, suggesting the possibility of a causal relationship, although it hasn't been conclusively confirmed.
Mercury: Postmortem examination of brain tissue from Alzheimer's victims has also indicated the presence of high levels of mercury. Reactions to high levels of mercury in the body can range from nervousness and depression to suicidal tendencies and severe neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease (a syndrome marked by muscular weakness and atrophy due to degeneration of motor neurons), and Alzheimer's. Mercury metal fillings also create low levels of constant electrical activity that is conducted directly to the brain, creating aberrant behavior. While the electrical charge created by metals in the mouth does not itself directly suppress the immune system, it enables metals to leave the fillings faster and to be absorbed into the blood.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Reduced levels of certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids have been tentatively linked with Alzheimer's, including folic acid, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamins B6, B12, C, D, and E, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and tryptophan. The brain functions through the transmission of chemical messenger molecules (neurotransmitters). These neurotransmitters can have far-reaching effects in distant areas of the body. Effective transmission of impulses is dependent upon proper pH (acid-alkaline balance) and the presence of a variety of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), hormones, and neurotransmitters. If any nutrients are lacking or present in imbalanced proportions, brain function will be adversely affected and a person will display various symptoms commonly associated with dementia.
Ayurvedic Medicine: The Ayurvedic herbs triphala and gotu kola, taken in combination, can help improve brain cell function. The herb macunabrure can also help improve circulation, thereby enabling the brain to receive an improved supply of oxygen and vital nutrients. Ayurvedic physicians also employ specific dietary regimens according to patients' specific doshas, or metabolic types.
Biological (Holistic) Dentistry: The goal of this treatment is to balance the chemistry of the body and improve oxygen blood flow. Removing amalgam fillings is the first step in this multidisciplinary approach to treating Alzheimer's and senile dementia. This process is supported by intravenous vitamin C and other solutions to protect the immune system from stress. Silver fillings are replaced with fillings made of materials that have been tested for biocompatibility. After the fillings are removed, detoxification is performed to remove residues of mercury and other poisons from the body. Mercury poisoning is recognized as a serious risk to the body, but only accounts for a small percentage of the process.
Diet: No GMOs! Improving the diet can help Alzheimer's patients and promote brain longevity. In general, maintain a diet that features a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates (not the simple sugars of the typical fast food diet), and healthy fats. The optimal brain diet reduces the intake of: processed food (monosodium glutamate or MSG and aspartame are two food additives that are proven neurotoxins), genetically engineered or refined substances (sugars and flour), while favoring plenty of organic fruits, vegetables and purified water. Alcohol and nicotine are also not recommended, since these substances measurably decrease brainpower. The amount of protein in the diet is important, since various brain chemical messengers, such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, are manufactured from amino acids and other substances found in the diet. A whole foods diet provides healthy amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients essential for optimal brain function. It helps to balance pH (an acidic environment inhibits neuron function), normalize blood sugar levels, and prevent insulin resistance. This is important since hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) triggers the body's stress response, causing the brain to be exposed to higher levels of a cortisol.
Herbal Medicine: Ginkgo biloba can improve circulation and increase mental capacity. The herb has been effective for treating problems associated with cerebral circulation, neurotransmission (the energetic impulse of nerve cells), neuron membrane lesions caused by free radicals, and neuronal metabolism threatened by lack of oxygen. It is a safe herb to use and can offer improvements for vascular disorders and help to improve mood for those experiencing early signs of cognitive loss.
Mental and Physical Exercise: Just as exercise physiologists discovered decades ago that the muscles waste away with disuse, so too have neuroscientists found that brain function erodes with idle neglect The period from ages 60 to 80 is most critical in determining the level of mental degeneration. While most 60-year-olds show little cognitive decline, by age 80 it is rare to find individuals functioning at the same level as they were 20 years earlier. This decline is far from inevitable—continually learning and solving problems stimulates the mind and prevents it from getting "rusty." Mental stimulation that can help maintain brain function includes: sharing ideas, discussing news headlines, doing crossword puzzles, playing music, engaging in some artistic endeavor, or even going to movies. Crossword puzzles can help exercise the mind when a person begins to feel information and words are no longer at their fingertips. Jigsaw puzzles help a person's spatial sense. Even square dancing can help, since it requires a person figure out how to work through a complex movement. Physical exercise can also decrease the rate of memory loss. Aerobic conditioning has been found to improve mental function by 20%-30%, while increasing blood flow and generating the production of nerve growth factors. While it cannot prevent Alzheimer's, exercise appears to be able to delay it, possibly by reducing other risk factors that lead to the onset of Alzheimer's, such as toxin accumulation, high blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. It may also prevent the deposition of amyloid plaques around nerve cells in the brain, thought to be a factor in Alzheimer's.
Nutritional Supplementation: Important nutrients for helping to deal with Alzheimer's disease include:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC): This amino acid (protein building block) enhances brain energy, helping to improve mood and reduce the effects of age-associated memory impairment. Typical dose: two divided doses of 1,000-2,000 mg each day.
B-Complex Vitamins: The B-complex vitamins are important for healthy nerve function. Women using oral contraceptives increase their utilization of the B vitamins and need to supplement their diet with B complex, as should individuals under high stress. Since the B vitamins are water-soluble, they are not stored in the body. These vitamins must be taken when you have food in the stomach; if taken on an empty stomach, pain and nausea may result.
Vitamin C: Concentrations are 15 times higher in the brain than in any other body tissue, which means this nutrient is vital for brainpower. Vitamin C extends the life of vitamin E and is needed for the production of several key brain chemicals, including acetylcholine and dopamine. It is important to take vitamin C in staggered doses throughout the day, as the body can fully absorb only 500 mg at a time. Typical dose: 1,000-5,000 mg daily or up to bowel tolerance (just short of producing diarrhea).
Coenzyme Q10: CoQ10 is necessary for the generation of energy in all cells and has been found to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer's in some patients. CoQ10 improves cardiovascular fitness and blood circulation to the brain. As a potent antioxidant, it helps to keep the nerve cells free of brainpower-damaging substances. Typical dose: 100 mg daily. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): DHA is a long-chain fatty acid found in fish, egg yolks, and marine algae, and is the predominant omega-3 fatty acid in brain tissue. As the brain is dependent on dietary fatty acids, reductions in DHA content of the diet may contribute to degenerative changes in the nervous system. Dietary sources include fish (tuna, salmon, sardines), red meats, organ meats, and eggs. Typical dose: 500-1,500 mg daily.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant that promotes stable cell membranes and reduces damage to the mitochondria, the cell's energy producer. Vitamin E traps free radicals, interrupting the chain reaction that damages brain cells. Typical dose: 400-800 IU daily.
Phosphatidyl Choline: Phosphatidyl choline is the major structural and functional component of brain-cell membranes. Without this chemical, brain cells undergo degenerative changes. The brain requires choline to produce acetylcholine, a chemical that plays a vital role in memory. Phosphatidyl choline is derived from choline and lecithin; natural sources include eggs, soybeans, cabbage, cauliflower, organ meats, spinach, nuts, and wheat germ. Typical dose: one tablespoon of lecithin provides 250 mg of choline or supplement with 1,200 mg of phosphatidyl choline, 2-3 times daily.
Phosphatidyl Serine (PS): Phosphatidyl serine is a large fat molecule found in trace amounts in lecithin and derived from soybeans. Although the brain normally produces PS, if the diet is deficient in essential fatty acids, folic acid, or vitamin B12, PS production may be blocked. PS plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of brain-cell membranes. Perhaps most significant is its ability to lower the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, which damage brain cells and lead to the accumulation of calcified plaques in the brain. Typical dose: 100 mg three times daily.
Stress Reduction: In the short term, high stress levels impair a person's ability to pay attention, focus, and easily recall information. However, the long-term effects of stress are more severe, since they accelerate the aging process and cause brain degeneration. Meditation provides substantial benefits by inhibiting the release of cortisol and lipid peroxidase (a marker for free-radical activity) and increasing levels of DHEA. Lowered cortisol levels and improved memory function can be documented in subjects who are taught to meditate. Relaxation techniques alone may not be able to reverse Alzheimer's disease, but some methods of stress reduction have been found to improve symptoms. Any stress reduction method that effectively disengages the body's fight-or-flight reaction and therefore inhibits excessive cortisol production is useful to ensure optimal brain longevity. Diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, exercise, guided imagery, and the use of essential oils are just a few examples of the ways available to soothe the body and calm the emotions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: To halt the advance of the disease in the early stages, a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, and an exercise program, can help to offset symptoms of the disease. Scalp acupuncture can actually clear pathways through the plaque that has accumulated in the brain and therefore alleviate many of the problems associated with Alzheimer's. Other treatments included the herbs ginseng, dong quai, and ho-shou-wu to enhance vitality and mobility.
Alternative Professional Care: The following therapies are recommended for treating Alzheimer's Disease and senile dementia: Ayurvedic Medicine, Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Biological (Holistic) Dentistry, Chelation Therapy, Cleansing, Environmental Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Guided Imagery, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapies, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Quick Action Plan for Alzheimer's Disease
1. If you suspect Alzheimer's, screen for heavy metal and environmental poisoning, genetic predisposition, hormone imbalances, impaired blood flow, and nutritional deficiencies.
2. Be aware that doctors often misdiagnose Alzheimer's disease with other treatable forms of senile dementia such as pernicious anemia, cerebral vascular insufficiency, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea, nutritional deficiencies, candidiasis, brain tumors, and multiple strokes.
3. See a holistic dentist who can replace your silver amalgam fillings with materials tested for biocompatibility. Consult an alternative practitioner regarding a detox plan to remove residues of mercury and other poisons from the body.
4. Eat an organic, whole foods diet of fresh veggies, fruit and proteins, along with complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Do not eat processed food or use MSG, aspartame, sugars, flours, alcohol, or nicotine.
5. Mental and physical exercises are essential. Continually learning and solving problems to help maintain brain function can take the form of sharing ideas, discussing news headlines, crossword puzzles, playing music, engaging in an artistic endeavor, playing cards, and even going to movies.
6. Physical exercise like square dancing helps to figure out how to work through a complex movement and decreases the rate of memory loss.
7. Nutritional supplements include Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALC), B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), Vitamin E, Phosphatidyl Choline, and Phosphatidyl Serine (PS).
8. Meditation and relaxation techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing and guided imagery are important. Lavender essential oil is useful to soothe the body and calm the emotions.
9. Acupuncture, especially on the scalp, can clear pathways in the brain.
10. Chinese herbs such as ginseng, dong quai, and ho-shou-wu enhance vitality and mobility.
11. Ginkgo biloba is a safe and effective herb to improve circulation and increase mental capacity.
Useful alternative therapies are Biofeedback Training and Neurotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen therapies, Magnetic Field Therapy, and Ayurvedic Medicine.