How to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease By Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ND How do Alzheimerís drugs work? Alzheimerís
is a type of brain dementia thatís usually terminal and the rate of progression from
one person to the next is actually quite variable. Unfortunately, the average survival is only
about seven years. In the early stages of Alzheimerís there
is short-term memory loss, and the person may have difficulty attaining and hanging
on to new information. They often show a decrease in thinking and mental flexibility, and their
planning abilities begin to diminish, losing whatís referred to as ëexecutive functionsí.
In the early signs of Alzheimerís youíll also notice a decline in fine motor skills.
You can see it in their handwriting or notice an inability to dress themselves as they once
could; these are early clues. As the disease progresses youíll see more
obvious signs manifest ñ confusion, disorientation, personally changes (in general), possible
aggression, irritability and uncharacteristic mood swings. They may also have problems with
language. Next, long-term memory may begin to fade, leaving them unable to recognize
close family members. Weíre all familiar with these heartbreaking symptoms. As they
progress, bodily functions begin to shutdown, ultimately leading to death.
To date, in modern medicine, the management of Alzheimerís has not been highly successful.
The average Alzheimerís patient only lives on the average of seven years, and only 3
percent are surviving 14 years after diagnosis. This is of great concern because Alzheimerís
is the 6th leading cause of death in our society today, and 1 in every 8 people 65 years of
age and older have the condition, with nearly 50 percent of all people over the age of 85
having the condition, as well. When you look at the age range for people
who have Alzheimerís disease, about 4 percent of the population is under the age of 65,
6 percent of all people between the ages of 65 and 74 will develop Alzheimerís, and out
of the total number of Alzheimerís cases, 45 percent of suffers are between the ages
of 75 and 84. This is where the big jump comes in. Finally, 45 percent of all Alzheimerís
cases occur in people over the age of 85. Also once youíre over the age of 60, the
brain begins to undergo atrophy at a rate of 1 to 2 percent per year, and 10 to 20 percent
of all people who are over the age of 60 already have some form of mild cognitive impairment,
so weíre losing our mental capacity to some degree, even when we donít have whatís labeled
as Alzheimerís disease. There are three types of dementia:
ï Classic Alzheimerís ñ The brain stops making optimal amounts of the memory chemical,
acetylcholine, and the brain builds-up whatís called amyloid plaque which sort of strangles
the nerve cells from the outside-in. Then on the inside of the nerve cells, a breakdown
of the architecture within the nerve cells occurs where proteins collect and form what
are called ëneurofibrillary tanglesí. This is the more advanced stage ñ at the point
of nerve cell death and then eventual, actual physical death.
ï Vascular dementia ñ The arteries are clogged ñ typically due to faulty lifestyle behaviors
ñ and the blood is not able to circulate properly through the blood vessels, leaving
the cells unable to absorb the valuable nutrients they need.
ï Mixed dementia ñ This is a combination of classic Alzheimerís and vascular dementia.
A microscopic look at whatís happening in Alzheimerís disease will help you to understand
just how the drugs work. One of the main features of Alzheimerís is that the brain cells canít
make optimal amounts of the memory chemical, acetylcholine, and as a result, amyloid plaque
builds-up and there are neurofibrillary tangles. In recent years weíve seen that people who
are overweight, diabetics, out of shape and have blood sugar irregularities (high-blood
sugar or high-insulin levels) have a tendency to develop damage the brain through different
pathways. This damage is called glycosylation. For those who are overweight, out of shape
and have a sugar imbalance also tend to have a higher risk of developing diabetes, which
is now actually recognized as a form of diabetes ñ Type III diabetes.
How do the medical drugs we are prescribing for Alzheimerís work? They primarily stop
the breakdown ñ or at least slow down the breakdown ñ of the memory chemical, acetylcholine.
Thatís the best they can do. For all the other complications of Alzheimerís and memory
loss, they really canít influence or reverse, and this is why the drugs donít really work
as well as they should; drugs like Aricept and Exelon.
Traditional medical drugs prescribed for Alzheimerís and memory lost may perform their duty, but
they donít really address the complications that remain:
ï Free radical damage ï A synthesis of more acetylcholine
ï Encouraging the circulation of nutrients to brain cells
ï Slowing of the atrophy of the brain that occurs in the aging process or the shrinking
of the brain ï Brain inflammation
ï Glycosylation of the brain from too much sugar and insulin
Studies show that using supplements in conjunction with Alzheimerís prescribed medications can
yield a better result for the patient, and that the marriage between certain supplements,
lifestyle factors and prescribed Alzheimerís medications has shown to slow the progression
of the disease much more effectively than prescribed medical drugs alone. Yet, the typical
medical doctor has not seen this research, nor have they been trained in nutrition and
natural medicine. As a result, many Alzheimerís patients donít receive the benefit of natural
interventions. Proactive strategies should be part of your
overall management of Alzheimerís disease. You need a comprehensive program for the patient
thatís beyond just taking prescribed drugs alone. Itís important that the blood vessels
in the brain arenít clogged and to keep as much blood flowing through the blood vessels
as possible. Diet, lifestyle and supplementation fall into this category of treatment. Also,
you can try to increase the amounts of acetylcholine that the brain makes. Drugs alone canít do
this, but certain dietary factors and supplements can.
You need to stop free radical damage to the brain cells and only anti-oxidant supplements
have been shown to do this, but itís important that you understand which ones they are and
which doses to take. You also want to improve nerve transmission to your brain; the electrical
conduction to the brain thatís vital for the nerve cells to speak to one another.
Itís very important to slow down the rate at which the brain shrinks. Only supplements
can do this. In fact, certain supplements have been shown to stop the build-up of amyloid
plaque to some degree, so this should be included in your list of things necessary actions to
take. There are also physical and mental activities that are important to implement in order to
maintain optimal brain health and normal nerve circuits.
Because a lot of medical doctors donít focus on this ñ and itís vitally important ñ
Iíve put all this together
in an eBook thatís available for download here. Itís called, The Nutritional Guide
to the Prevention of Memory Loss and Alzheimerís Disease. Even if a person already has Alzheimerís
or memory loss, the information in this eBook is useful as a part of a complimentary management
of these conditions. If this is the case, you should take this information to your attending
physician if you, a family member or a close friend has Alzheimerís or dementia. Go through
these findings and begin implementing the regime that will best compliment the drug
therapy the person is already undergoing for Alzheimerís or dementia. This booklet is
very important to download and put into practice in order to help prevent dementia and Alzheimerís
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