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Alzheimer’s Disease the New Epidemic

Alzheimer’s disease- In the US there are 5.3 million sufferers!

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia and comprises 60% of all cases of dementia.  It is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, and neurons, resulting in a loss of memory, thinking, language skills, behavioral changes and emotional stability.  On the cellular level, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the finding of unusual helical protein filaments in the nerve cells of the brain; it involves degeneration of cortical regions especially the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.  Although it can strike at any age, it is most common among the elderly and two thirds of its victims and women.  Currently in the US, there are 5.3 million suffers; 5.1 million are over the age of 65.  In 2015, the direct cost to American society of caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients will total 226 billion dollars with half the cost being born by Medicare.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Some of the early stage symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • Getting lost on familiar routes.
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed.
  • Trouble finding names for familiar objects.
  • Losing or misplacing keys, glasses, shoes, wallets etc.
  • Repeating statements frequently and inappropriately.
  • Personality changes e.g. suspicious, fearful, confused, angry and easily irritated.
  • Decreased fine motor skills as in writing.

Some of the advanced stage symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • Forgetting events in personal history.
  • Hallucinations, arguments, striking out and violent behavior.
  • Markedly decreased knowledge of recent events.
  • Confusion with time and place.
  • Problems choosing proper clothing.
  • Delusions, depression and agitation.
  • Trouble speaking: they often mimic a child trying to participate in an adult conversation.

Medical Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

The medical treatment consists almost exclusively of social support strategies, and managing the symptoms using 5 or 6 different pharmaceutical drugs.  The most commonly prescribed drugs are:

  • Aricept.
  • Razadyne.
  • Exelon.
  • Memantine.
  • Namzaric.
  • Tacrine.

Even though Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and most people only live 8 to 10 years after diagnosis, nevertheless orthodox medicine claims that they do not have a cure for this disease nor are they sure of its cause.

Prevention rather than cure

The holistic approach maintains that some cases of Alzheimer’s disease can be reversed or greatly improved by handling two underlying components in the brain.

  • Inflammation of the microglia of the brain.
  • Free radical damage.

To reduce brain inflammation and associated free radical damage there are some vital and practical steps that can be taken to remove the inflammatory triggers and consequent damage to the brain cells:

  • Reduce expose to herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and insecticides and detoxify yourself from these and other destructive chemicals that have accumulated in your brain and fat cells.
  • Stop using anything containing aluminum and fluoride even in small amounts.
  • Eliminate all excitotoxins from the diet especially aspartame and MSG.  Excitotoxicity is a pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged or killed by excessive stimulation of neuro transmitters in the cell.
  • Detoxify yourself from all heavy metals in your body.  Use a hair mineral analysis to determine the full diversity and extent of heavy metal toxicity.
  • Stop using all white sugar and sugar substitutes except stevia.
  • Stop getting unnecessary and potentially toxic vaccinations and booster shots.
  • If needed lose weight and exercise moderately but do not overexercise.
  • Reduce consumption of all white foods,for example:
    • Potatoes.
    • White rice.
    • Bread.
    • Pastries.
    • White flour products.
  • Eliminate all bad fats from your diet such as:
    • Trans fats.
    • Trans fatty acids.
    • Avoid products containing partially hydrogenated oil.
  • Increase the amount of:
    • High antioxidant foods like organic blueberries or take the supplement “Seanol”.
    • Omega 3s with DHA and EPA.  Use high grade organic oils like flax or Krill oil.
    • Glutathione using naturopathic methods or highly absorbable supplementation.

Dr. A. I. Cushing D.C.,D.Ch.,C.N.C.,F.S.A.C