by GMI Reporter
40% of dementia diagnoses
have been shown
to be wrong.
Here's what may
really be going on...
Imagine this nightmare.
For the last few years
your mother has had serious memory problems. She gets lost driving.
She repeats the same question to you over and over again. She can't
process new information. She loses her train of thought in
A CT scan comes back with
a diagnosis of early Alzheimer's disease. The doctors offer a
prescription with little encouragement it will work.
Do you despair...?
A new program from UCLA and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging
offers new hope.
In the first study of its kind, researchers have
proved that natural therapies can not only slow the
progress of dementia but can actually reverse it.
In a paper titled "Reversal
of Cognitive Decline - A Novel Therapeutic Program" Dr. Dale Bredesen showed how 9 out of
the 10 subjects diagnosed with dementia got their minds back.
Dr. Bredesen is a professor of neurology at The Mary S. Easton
Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA, as well as a
professor at the Buck Institute. The study was supported by multiple
entities including the National Institutes of Health.
Cognitive decline is a major fear as we age.
According to the
"dementia is a
general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities
severe enough to interfere with daily life."
Alzheimer's disease -
just one of many forms of dementia - accounts for 60 to 80 percent
of dementia cases.
million Americans and 30 million people around the world
it's expected to grow to 160 million people globally, including 13
There is no effective treatment for Alzheimer's
and it is already the third leading cause of death in the United
Dr. Bredesen believes that multiple factors influence the
development of dementia and Alzheimer's. In a small study, he and
his colleagues designed personalized and comprehensive protocols to
reverse memory loss in 10 patients.
The results were remarkable.
Nine of the 10 participants showed
improvement in their memories within three to six months of starting
Six patients had had to discontinue working or were struggling with
their jobs at the time they joined the study.
ALL were able to
return to work or continue working with improved performance.
The subjects included five patients with memory loss associated with
Alzheimer's disease. The others had amnestic mild cognitive
impairment, and subjective cognitive impairment.
Only one patient, diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer's, did not
Doctors used a "systems approach" in treating the patients.
developed a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that includes,
comprehensive changes in diet
optimization of sleep
specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins
additional steps that affect brain chemistry
In a press release Dr. Bredesen stated:
Alzheimer's drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer's
disease is more complex.
Imagine having a roof
with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well -
the drug may have worked, a single "hole" may have been fixed,
but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process
may not be affected much.
Dr. Bredesen's approach
is based on extensive testing of each patient to determine what is
affecting the signaling network in his or her brain.
The protocol is then
personalized for the patient.
A sample protocol for one
of his patients in the study included:
gluten and processed food
vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish
with yoga and meditation
from 4-5 hours per night to 7-8 hours per night
methylcobalamin (vitamin B12), vitamin D, CoQ10, and fish
oil each day
hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush
fasting for a
minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast
fasting for a
minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime
exercising for a
minimum of 30 minutes, 4-6 days per week
Although the downside to
the program is the complexity and the number of lifestyle changes
required, Dr. Bredesen noted that the only side effect of the
"improved health and
an optimal body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects
of many drugs."
What can you do when
faced with a diagnosis of cognitive decline, dementia, or
The UCLA protocol recognizes that dementia can have many causes and
those causes are often reversible.
Sharp Again Naturally is a
non-profit organization formed in 2012 to educate the public and the
medical community about the reversible causes of dementia.
Here are seven areas Sharp Again Naturally suggests you investigate
before accepting a dementia or Alzheimer's diagnosis.
conditions that may cause memory loss and dementia but can be
Nutritional imbalances and
vitamin B12, vitamin C, magnesium, selenium,
probiotics, and other nutrients frequently cause symptoms of
Alzheimer's and dementia.
Adhering to a
Mediterranean-style diet is associated with slower cognitive
decline. It's also linked to a reduced risk of
low vitamin D levels are linked to Alzheimer's. Low
folate (vitamin B9) may also lead to cognitive
coconut oil may rescue a brain from Alzheimer's.
turmeric is known to boost working memory in just
2. Artificial food colors,
flavors, and sweeteners
additives of all kinds may cause dementia symptoms. Studies show
impairs cognitive function and leads to memory loss.
3. Prescription medication side
especially pain medications, and psychotropic drugs can severely
particularly harmful. In one
study from the University of California - San Diego,
90 percent of patients who stopped taking statin drugs reported
improvement in cognitive problems in a matter of weeks.
of the patients a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's was
showed that the sleep drug
Ambien increased the risk of dementia in elderly
4. Inflammation from low-level
infections, mold, food allergies, and Lyme Disease
the body's attempt to get rid of a toxic element or organism,
and so it occurs in many different situations, even root canals
and urinary tract infections.
mental disorders result from neuro-inflammation.
5. Stress and
cortisol levels, leading to inflammation, and in turn to hormone
imbalances, cognitive impairment, heightened blood sugar levels,
hypertension, delayed healing time, and susceptibility to
The body's self
healing mechanisms depend on unimpeded flow of lymph, blood, and
other fluids, all of which are promoted by exercise.
contrast, allows cellular shutdown and blockages, taxing the
whole system and interfering with healing on every level. One study
showed that in patients younger than 65 years-old,
41% of dementia diagnoses were incorrect.
occurred most frequently in patients with depression or alcohol
6. Thyroid and other hormonal
diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia simply have low levels of
T3 thyroid hormone.
standard thyroid tests completely miss T3 levels, and Synthroid
(T4) doesn't help. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of all nursing
home residents may be there because of low T3.
7. Mercury and other heavy metal
silver amalgam fillings contain 50 percent mercury, and that
mercury is neither stable nor inert. It off-gasses, crosses the
blood-brain barrier, and destroys neurons even without contact.
fillings is hazardous unless done with mercury-safe protocols.
Annual flu shots
are another source of these toxins.
Research shows that
people who took
the flu shot for five consecutive years had
10 times or 1000 percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer's
Disease than people who only had one or two flu shots
due to the accumulation of mercury and aluminum in the vaccines.
Most doctors are
not expert in these causes of dementia or how to treat them.
Naturally is building a medical advisory board and a database to
get the word out. It also offers help finding
functional medicine specialists, naturopaths, or
practice integrative medicine who are familiar with