Tag: Alzheimer’s

Is Alzheimer’s disease preventable?

thefog-featuredDid you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States? I expect it's very similar in Canada. And most people over fifty find their memories aren't as sharp as they used to be. That doesn't mean that you will develop Alzheimer’s, but one certainly wouldn't want to take any chances. It's said to be incurable, but is it preventable?

My father had it. It was very sad to watch a smart man succumb to it. In the last year or so, he didn't know any of us, although it did seem that once in a while he would get a flitting moment of clarity. The disease certainly seems to be more common these days. One would think after our families experience with it, that we would know the stages of progression. But, the short video below shows it perfectly, so you won't have to wonder about it after you watch this.

Dr. Melody Jemison's book ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION Protect Your Brain for Life - What Our Parents Didn't Know, is a great read for anyone over thirty. Yes, it's said that people as young as thirty can start developing it. Both Dr. Jemison and The National Institute on Aging, believe that a nutritious diet, physical activity, social engagement, and mentally stimulating exercises can all help  people stay healthy as they age. New  research suggests the possibility that  these and other factors also might help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. The NIA has a fact sheet you can freely download in pdf format here.

Dr. Jemison claims the disease is largely preventable. She wrote this book after seeing several close family members suffer from it. The information she discovered is amazing. She says her book will "show you how to protect your brain from the deterioration that leads to Alzheimer’s". Important topics discussed in detail are: Nutrition, Exercise, Supplements, Cognitive Reserve and Brain Training, Stress and Sleep, Social and Spiritual Aspects of Brain Health, Genetics of Alzheimer’s and How to Put it All Together. This book is fully referenced.

The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. So click here to download it now before you forget about it. (pun intended). You'll get a plan, and the knowledge you need to help protect you and your loved ones against this awful disease.

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From His Window: A song/video about Alzheimer’s

dad-featuredIf you're over fifty there is a good chance you know someone who has/had Alzheimer’s. My father had it, and although some of the things he came up with were kind of funny; they were funny, but sad at the same time.  He got to the point where he didn't recognize anyone, not even my mother.

There are a few posts relating to Alzheimer’s on this site. Most of them are tagged, so if you would like to review them the tagged posts on Alzheimer’s can be found here.

One of my friends had posted a YouTube Video titled From His Window - (song about Alzheimer's disease). I wanted to share it with you.

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Over Fifty and senior moments

coconuts-featuredAnyone over fifty could use a memory boost. We all get those "senior moments". Typically they just get laughed off. After-all it's a nonmedical term for mental glitches. You know... you go upstairs to get something. When you get there, you've forgotten what you went upstairs for. This could likely be defined as a mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This means deficits in memory that do not significantly impact daily functioning.

According to The UCSF Memory and Aging Center, it said "that typically, memory complaints include trouble remembering the names of people they met recently, trouble remembering the flow of a conversation and an increased tendency to misplace things or similar problems. In many cases, the individual will be quite aware of these difficulties and will compensate with increased reliance on notes and calendars. These problems are similar, but less severe, than the neuropsychological findings associated with Alzheimer’s disease".

If you're fifty and over, there is a good chance that you don't have Alzheimer’s disease. Note, that there are certain features that are associated with a higher likelihood of progression from MCI to Alzheimer's. There have been a number of links to articles on this topic posted on the Facebook page for 50alone, including, Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of Your 'Senior Moments' and Alzheimer's stages: How the disease progresses -- by the Mayo Clinic, which discusses, Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease. This report actually outlines the steps you will go through if your MCI turns into Alzheimer's, andexplains what you'll experience and what the symptoms are.

Would you like to have a memory tune-up? You know, you only have 325,000 miles on it right now, but since you can't change the oil, maybe a little additive would help. Coconut water can help you with this. An article from the Health Ticket Blog written by Dr. Mercola, says, " Coconut water is the richest dietary source of cytokinins, plant hormones that have anti-cancer, anti-aging, and anti-thrombolytic benefits in humans." There's more.... What the article doesn't discuss is the ability to restore brain power.

Yes, that's right! It doesn't matter if you have MCI, Alzheimer's or just plain 50s senior moments... coconut water will help boost your memory.

I ran across this information working for a client who publishes a newsletter about alternate treatments. It was an article I was converting to web format that I learned about Dr. Mary Newport. In 2008, Dr. Newport published a paper called: What If There Was A Cure For Alzheimer’S Disease And No One Knew?In the report she talks about the benefits of coconut oil and water and how she used it to improve her husband's memory after he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Watch the video below as she explained what she found:

mary-coverDr. Newport has found that the coconut ketones from coconut oil have been very beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's. But there is more to it than that.... Even if you don't have Alzheimer's, you can use it to boost your memory if you're over fifty.

If you're interested in learning more, Dr. Newport has written a book available from Amazon titled Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?Dr. Newport's story of Steve's reprieve from Alzheimer's provides hope for caregivers eager to learn about readily available fatty acids in foods that may reverse the ravages of this dreaded disease. Changes in loved ones may take many forms, including improved memory, return of personality, resumption of activities and social interaction, and relief from certain physical symptoms. Because ketone esters, a synthesized form of these powerful fatty acids, work faster and more comprehensively than fatty acids in foods, Dr. Newport has become an ardent advocate for ketone ester research, with FDA approval her final goal.

zicoI tried it myself a couple of years ago. I found it boosted my memory after drinking a cup per day for 6 weeks. And it isn't hard to find. You can buy it from most health food stores, or if you can't find it locally it's available to order from Amazon, 14-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12).

There have been a lot of great review for Dr. Newport's book and coconut therapy. One review said:

A friend told me about this book when I told her I was worried about brain fog, memory loss and inability to remember people's faces. I wasn't sure if this was menopausal, or due to having cancer 3 years ago - but it certainly made me worried.

I cut back the carbs in my diet and added 4-7 tablespoons of coconut oil into my diet. After a week I noticed that using the Nintendo Brain Trainer my memory test score showed my highest score ever - a 20% improvement on previous measurements. My brain feels clearer and I feel less spaced out.

In a previous article titled, "Is it time for your Alzheimer’s test?" -- we give you a link where you can do a test to see if you may be starting to suffer from Alzheimer's. Even if you don’t do as well as you think you should in the tests, please keep in mind that symptoms can be caused by numerous factors, such as:

  • Metabolic and endocrine abnormalities too much or too little thyroid hormone or cortisol are examples);
  • Brain Lesions (tumors, collections of blood called subdural hematomas, and abscesses);
  • Infection (meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis, to name a few);
  • Impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow causing normal pressure hydrocephalus;
  • Radiation to the brain, or brain trauma;
  • Stroke;
  • and medication side-effects.

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Is it time for your Alzheimer’s test?

There is a website you can find online that will offer you free self-assessments to help you determine if you may be starting to develop Alzheimer's and related dementia. There are 5 tests you can take.

The first one is called "Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination" (SAGE), and shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test. Ninety-five percent of people who are normal thinking, will have normal SAGE scores. The test is provided by the The Ohio State University Medical Center.

No doubt, those of us over 50 have noticed that sometimes our memory doesn't seem to be as good as it is at other times. If you don't like the results you get from these tests, make sure you read one of my other posts titled Food for thought. If you follow the 10 strategies strategies outlined in that article, then you might consider re-taking the tests.

Note: the website that offers the tests says " If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis."

Some of you may find this test more frightening then you care to admit, so I'm not going to mention the others ones in this post. But if you want to take all five, just click here to go to the website now.

Even if you don't do as well as you think you should in the tests, please keep in mind that symptoms can be caused by numerous factors, such as:

  • Metabolic and endocrine abnormalities too much or too little thyroid hormone or cortisol are examples);
  • Brain Lesions (tumors, collections of blood called subdural hematomas, and abscesses);
  • Infection (meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis, to name a few);
  • Impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow causing normal pressure hydrocephalus;
  • Radiation to the brain, or brain trauma;
  • Stroke;
  • and medication side-effects.

Even severe depression can also cause dementia. This is why medical, neurologic, and psychiatric assessments are essential parts of the initial evaluation of dementia.

I've published other articles on Alzheimer's. If you would like to read them too, you can find them by clicking the Alzheimer’s tag here, or at the bottom of this post (under the Facebook comments)

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A gene called TREM2

A gene called TREM2 could play a significant role in helping researchers learn more about Alzheimer’s disease.  It's a rare mutation of a gene. It certainly isn't going to lead to any major breakthrough right now, but it will provide researches with more information on how Alzheimer’s affects the brain. An article on the CTV website this morning said less than 1 per cent of the population has the gene variant, although there is about 30 million people in the world with Alzheimer’s. But those with this rare gene have a significant increase in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The New England Journal of Medicine  an article yesterday titled TREM2 Variants in Alzheimer's Disease with a lot more technical description of their findings. Watch the video below as they show how by identifying the mutation, the research provides valuable new information about the potential causes of the disease and what it could mean to further research.


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