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Dementia and Alzheimers’ Disease – How Can It Be Treated?
The Latin word “De-mentia”, literally means, the removal of a person from their own mind. It stands for a significant decrease in brain function, including memory, goal-directed thinking, orientation in space and time, and language ability.
Most dementias are progressive. They cannot be cured and will gradually cause more severe problems for the patient, and for the patient’s caretakers. As the population ages, Alzheimer’s disease is on its way to becoming the third most common fatal disease.
Prescription medications on the market starting in the 1990s to treat dementia have been a disappointment to patients and doctors alike.
The frustration caused by this situation prompted me to make the development of an anti-dementia treatment protocol a major focus of my clinical work.
As always, we start with a thorough neuropsychiatric assessment, looking for potentially reversible causes of cognitive decline such as a thyroid condition, vitamin deficiency, a sleep disorder, elevated blood sugar and diabetes. Importantly, untreated depression and chronic high stress and anxiety levels are associated with a higher risk for dementia. Most of the time, psychotherapy is a far better alternative to the all-too-common multiple prescription drugs.
The protocol uses a number of carefully evaluated novel interventions and components based on sound neuroscientific principles, sourced from both functional medicine and traditional medical systems, such as Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.
The protocol stabilizes many of my patients, and improves their functioning and quality of life. It has shown promising results not only for dementia, but also for traumatic brain injury. Continue reading
Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level, and APOE ε4 Status With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adults
Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level, and APOE ε4 Status With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adults Martha Clare Morris, ScD1; John Brockman, PhD2; Julie A. Schneider, MD, MPH3,4,5; Yamin Wang, PhD1; David A. Bennett, MD3,4; Christy C. Tangney, PhD6; Ondine van de Rest, PhD7 [+] Author Affiliations JAMA. 2016;315(5):489-497. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.19451. Importance Seafood consumption is promoted for its many health benefits even though its contamination by mercury, a known neurotoxin, is a growing concern. Objective To determine whether seafood consumption is correlated with increased brain mercury levels and also whether seafood consumption or brain mercury levels … Continue reading
Overprescribing Anticholinergics May Hurt Recovery in Elderly http://news.psu.edu/story/389729/2016/01/28/research/anticholinergics-may-not-be-best-choice-rehab-patients-dementia UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During rehabilitation following an acute hospital stay, medications that block neurotransmitters may be overprescribed to older patients suffering from delirium superimposed on dementia, according to health researchers. Specifically, strong anticholinergic medications may be prescribed to older adults when there are other suitable options. An anticholinergic medication blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the nervous system. These drugs are prescribed for a variety of symptoms, including incontinence, depression and insomnia. While their use can be … Continue reading
Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet Behav Pharmacol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2008 May 5. Published in final edited form as: Behav Pharmacol. 2006 Sep; 17(5-6): 431–439. Reading it again.. Well worth it. Abstract The ketogenic diet has been in clinical use for over 80 years, primarily for the symptomatic treatment of epilepsy. A recent clinical study has raised the possibility that exposure to the ketogenic diet may confer long-lasting therapeutic benefits for patients with epilepsy. Moreover, there is evidence from uncontrolled … Continue reading
The NIH is recruiting for a randomized study to determine the efficacy of coconut oil as a possible treatment for older adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading
Neurology. 2005 May 24;64(10):1704-11. Risk factors for progression of brain atrophy in aging: six-year follow-up of normal subjects. Enzinger C1, Fazekas F, Matthews PM, Ropele S, Schmidt H, Smith S, Schmidt R. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the rate of brain atrophy in neurologically asymptomatic elderly and to investigate the impact of baseline variables including conventional cerebrovascular risk factors, APOE epsilon4, and white matter hyperintensity (WMH) on its progression. METHODS: We assessed the brain parenchymal fraction at baseline and subsequent annual brain volume changes over 6 years for 201 participants (F/M … Continue reading