Dementia is a devastating condition affecting upwards
of 10,000,000 Americans, with—5 million having
Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Dementia can be triggered
by numerous causes including Alzheimer's, multi infarct dementia,
and nutritional deficiencies. Treatment currently is geared towards
giving the two barely helpful (but very profitable) medications,
Aricept and Namenda, and beyond this; little is usually done.
Not because other treatments are not very helpful. But
rather because they are so low cost that no one shows the data
to your doctor. Well meaning as your doctor is. Wondering if this
is so? Ask yours if they've seen the studies we discuss below. If
not, they may want to explore why, as it will blow their minds
to realize just how much Big Pharma controls their education!
Fortunately, A LOT can be done to prevent or slow Alzheimer's
and dementia. In fact, repeated autopsy studies have shown that
30–50 percent of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's NEVER has
the slightest bit of the illness. Instead, they had other potentially
reversible causes of their dementia!
SO in addition to using your brain, here are my top 7 tips! I
have organized them using the pneumonic "DEMENTIA." The
good news? These can also help optimize and maintain brain
power in most people.
1. DRUGS—Get people off unneeded ones. Anticholinergic
(AC) Meds (benadryl, tricyclic antidepressants, incontinence
meds) are especially problematic. Risk for cognitive impairment
was increased by 50 percent in adults receiving at least three
mild ACs for more than 90 days and by 100 percent in those
receiving one or more severe ACs for more than 60 days.
Acid Blockers like omeprazole are also associated with a 44
percent increased risk of dementia. Blood pressure pills can be
protective however, especially Beta Blockers (like Inderal) and
2. EMOTIONS—Depression, Anxiety and Sleep. Natural
remedies can be especially helpful here, without the worsening
often caused by the medications. For example, a special form of
Curcumin (called Curamed 500 mg 2 x day) was more effective
for depression that antidepressants in two six week head on
studies (and see nutrition below). For both anxiety and sleep,
a special component of Echinacea (called AnxioCalm by Terry
Naturally) can be very helpful with no side effects. Terrific ZZZZ,
Revitalizing Sleep Formula, and a special melatonin (Dual
Spectrum 5 mg by Natures Bounty) can also be very helpful.
3. METABOLIC—This means optimizing bioidentical hormone
levels. For example:
A. Low normal thyroid levels were associated with a 240 percent
higher risk of dementia in women. Borderline elevated thyroid
had as much as a 800 percent higher risk in men.
B.–Every 50 percent increase in free testosterone in the
bloodstream was associated with a 26 percent decrease in the
risk of developing Alzheimer's.
C.–Men who went on to develop Alzheimer's disease had about
half the free testosterone in their bloodstreams as men who
4. EARS AND EYES—Have vision and eye exams to optimize
5. NUTRITION—Optimize key areas of nutrition. Begin with
good common sense and a whole food diet, low in gluten:
A. Optimize folate, B12 and B Vitamins. Check a Vitamin B12
level (keep over 540) and homocysteine level (keep under nine).
Better yet, simply take a high potency vitamin powder (I use
the Energy Revitalization System), which supplies virtually all
the needed nutrients in optimal amounts in one low cost drink.
Research in the recent issue of JAMA Psychiatrysupports this.
“The recent VITACOG study, in which 271 individuals older
than 70 years who had mild cognitive impairment received
supplementation with high-dose folic acid and vitamins B6
and B12, confirmed what other studies showed. They lost less
brain compared to people who had normal homocysteine and
normal vitamin levels, meaning that those with high levels of
homocysteine or with clinical or biochemical vitamin deficiency
can benefit from supplementation.”
B. Take a special highly absorbed form of Curcumin called
CuraMed. Take 750 mg 2 x day (it would take 14–600 caps a
day of other forms to get the same effect, so brand matters).
The prevalence of Alzheimer's in India is 70 percent lower than
in the US, and this has been traced to the curcumin in the diet,
which shows promise in many neurodegenerative conditions,
including also Parkinson's.
C. Explore ketogenic diets, coconut oil, etc.
6. TUMORS AND OTHER BRAIN ISSUES—Dementia is a very
good reason to get a CT scan or head MRI.
7. INFECTIONS & ANEMIA and other overt medical problems.
Dementia means it's time to get a thorough checkup from both
the neurologist and your holistic physician (see www.ABIHM.
org to find one).
With these common sense research proven tips, you can often
prevent, and even reverse, dementia!