SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 7, 2012

Alzheimers on rise – know why?

Filed under: Alzheimer's disease,ANH-usa — Jan Turner @ 7:07 pm

ANH – usa  The Latest on Alzheimers

(Guess I’ve about worn this subject out – but its not good enough – – every year it gets worse and WORSE ! I struggled for over 18 years with my mother, bringing her to live in my home. We had extraordinary mutual love and respect for one another.  She accepted my word on food and routine care – but I could never ‘adjust’ her total belief in and obedience to the medical community who to her, were something akin to God   She did not see, as I did, that her care was not helping her; her pains mounted til she was immobilized and confined to a chair and taking all those meds – 18 daily during her last years.

She was a certified genius, highly creative, stunningly gorgeous and an incorrigible, type-A leader. No way I can tell you how we butted heads from time to time – – some of which I am definitely NOT proud.  I remained the ‘one’ good constant in her life to her last breath and she had always been- the dominant force in mine.  She had always been a powerful force; love her driving impulse.  Some of her remarkable qualities that others didn’t know about were her ability to travel anywhere she wanted to – subtly, without leaving the comfort of her room;  she ‘saw’ things that I and most others couldn’t and she could manipulate matter.  Any or all of this would be completely off-putting to me from another, but this was just part of who she was.  Her friends loved her and knew they could count on her.  Many would seek her out as they were passing and subtly, she aided them   In fact, she worked with others on subtle levels – among them Padre Pio.  She kept good company.  She loved me, but she loved God more.  Much fell away as her mind shut down. Her love and smile always remained.   

Readers of “smokinchoices” realize that I have struggled against Alzheimers and rightfully feel somewhat victorious in that I still function fairly well.  I will not now or at any time down the road consider BIG PhRMA and the bag of tricks it espouses.  There isn’t any med which doesn’t carry side-effects from somewhat to lethal.  Not a price I’m willing to pay.  The single best thing I’ve done regarding this is the taking of 3 to 4 spoons full of organic Coconut oil daily.  I used to try to get a spoon or two on toast, but not using grains any longer, so am now putting in a morning smoothie with frozen blueberries, a banana  and/or strawberries together with some flax seeds,  a pea-rice protein powder ( about5 gms or less) plus a small handful of chopped kale or spinach. I use distilled water, but can use coconut milk.  Dr Jonathan Wright speaks of the B vitamins in a post I did of his speaking about Alzheimers.  Omega 3 oils are a dominant factor, not only for Alzheimers, but cardio and bone health and all the joint  pains associated with arthritis. I buy the Puritan’s Pride capsules (BOGO) 1360 mg and take 4 a day (2 am and 2 with evening meal)  That’s a lot of oil!  But lets not forget my 10,000 Vit-D-3 I also take daily.  And Vit-C Gotta take some of these things, especially as we age. 

I could apologize – again, but you folks know how carried away I get – – if two words would do – 20 might be better.  Didn’t really plan all this big comment – – just wanted to alert people who may have a loved one you may be wondering about and perhaps have heard of the new testing going on. . . which will lead to the life time of medication – – all of which will greatly enhance that old bottom line by around $5B annually.  Go for it, or actually try to do something your loved one can profit from and get better  – – I did!  Remember, the body cannot assimilate pharmaceuticals – they are not recognized and are therefore toxins which need to be gotten rid of,  so the vital, limited resources of our body are spent trying to eliminate all this “unnatural” junk.  A further burden to the body.   Some of the best part of this post is the comments which follow as there is a bunch of excellent “good” reference points for you to check out.  . . . .just sayin’      Jan)

The Latest on Alzheimer’s

November 27, 2012

AlzheimersBehind a dangerous new test approved by the FDA is a new drug by the same company. Meanwhile, new research offers better natural solutions.

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test from Eli Lilly & Co that detects the presence of proteins in the brain that have been connected to Alzheimer’s disease.

The test uses a $1,600-per-dose radioactive chemical called Amyvid that tags clumps of a sticky substance called amyloid proteins. Some of these proteins may become prions, that is, misfolded proteins that become toxic, but other amyloid proteins are relatively harmless. The chemical is then detected using a PET scan, a brain imaging technique.

In the October 12 issue of his Second Opinion newsletter, Dr. Robert J. Rowen warns that people who do not show signs of dementia should avoid this test—it’s not reliable. Some 20% of cognitively healthy older adults have been found in autopsies to have large quantities of amyloid in the brain, according to Denise Park, director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas. So why inject radioactive chemicals into the brain (of all places) for an unreliable test?

The FDA initially rejected Amyvid after an advisory panel had concerns that doctors would not be able to read and interpret scans correctly. But rather than changing the technology itself, Eli Lilly just came up with better ways to train doctors to use the test. The test remained the same, and FDA rubber-stamped its approval. It joins a growing number of imaging agents for Alzheimer’s, which together are estimated to have a global market of between $1 and 5 billion.

The FDA does not seem concerned that misreading the test results—or the test itself being inaccurate one-fifth of the time, which is even worse—means more patients will be misdiagnosed, and even more people will be scared into taking Alzheimer’s drugs.

Not coincidentally, we think, Eli Lilly has developed a new drug to go along with their new test. It’s called solanezumab, and it’s currently undergoing clinical trials. The drug was a failure in two trials of late-stage Alzheimer’s, but new data suggests it may slow memory loss by 42% in patients with a mild form of Alzheimer’s, which is why their early-detection test is so important: it’s only on those patients that their new drug may help at all!

  • There are some pesky side effects from the drug—such as cases of chest pain (angina) caused by not enough oxygen-rich blood going to the heart. Apparently that’s considered a fair trade-off for a 42% chance that your memory loss will be slowed a bit. We wish we understood how the FDA can get away with thinking like this.
  • The great shame of it all is that there are many safe and effective natural treatments for Alzheimer’s that are being ignored by the mainstream medical establishment. For example, a new study from the University Medical Center in Amsterdam found superb results in patients with mild Alzheimer’s using a combination of supplement ingredients: fish oil high in DHA; PhosChol; and Uridine-300, a supplement that reduces abnormal nerve firing patterns in seizure, ADHD and ADD, autism and toxic CNS neuropathy, as well as organic brain syndrome. These primary ingredients were combined with small amounts of selenium, B vitamins, and alpha-tocopherol.

You may recall our article on the positive effects of coconut oil on the progression of Alzheimer’s, as well as our article on the power of nattokinase and niacinamide (a B vitamin) to halt and even reverse memory loss.

  • Last year, University of Kentucky researchers showed how important vitamin D is for the brain—they believe it may help brains stay “greased” during middle age. For cases where damage has already been done, fish oil shows tremendous ability to help rebuild the brain, though hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) remains the best treatment for brain injuries. Also avoid toxic chemicals such as BPA, which has been shown to impair memory and alter brain structure.

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Responses to “The Latest on Alzheimer’s”

Robert O’Connor says:
November 29, 2012 at 4:21 am

Here is a study that you might be interested in that directly addresses DNA regulation in Alzheimer disease as one of its components. On page 7 and 8 of the study it actually identifies the specific DNA that has been up regulated and down regulated and does a comparison to a pharmaceutical drug that was in phase lll clinical trial that was developed as a competing Nrf2 activator (the trial was recently discontinued due to adverse events including deaths). The study title is “Oxidative stress in health and disease: the therapeutic potential of Nrf2 activation.” The last line in that abstract states, “Pathway analysis of results shows significant modulation by Protandim of pathways involving not only antioxidant enzymes, but of those related to colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer disease.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=protandim%20alzheimers

Nrf2 activation is a key to overcoming the antioxidant issues that have risen in the last several years. The issues of marketing antioxidant products that simply do not support or promote health have been unnerving. Nrf2 activation and the stimulation of our body to produce its own antioxidant enzymes is proving to be one of the most effective ways in reducing oxidative stress – free radical damage.

I believe this supplement is unique and something that must be looked at and considered when determining health options – especially considering the research that is being conducted on the product and the adversity that is being created by the pharmaceutical companies.

This particular supplement carries 5 patents and is being studied by a host of universities at their own expense – without corporate funding (initially several studies were partially funded by the company). There are 11 other peer reviewed studies that are currently listed on Pubmed.gov. ABC did a Primetime report several years ago on the product that was compelling and seemed to give some validation. (www,theabcvideo.com)

I will give full disclosure here in that I do promote this product. I also own stock in the company. However it is my conviction, experience and the research that I did, that has lead me to those interests. I was lead to your newsletter by a remarkable nutritionist in Oregon and have enjoyed the articles, information and cause of this publication to educate.

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Robert O’Connor says:
November 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Correction on the ABC Primetime report link – it is http://www.theabcvideo.com

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Mich says:
December 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

I also, read about a new therapy producing Nrf2——a synergy of plant materials , that turn on a switch (messaging) in the DNA to prioduce antioxidant enzymes. The application , entailed specific %s of milk thistle, green tea extract, bacopa, ashwagagandha and turmeric.. Many plant foods, do fight free radical activity in the body, so this also makes the adjunct case for the benfits of a vegetarian diet!

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Lou says:
November 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

“Estimated to have a global market of between $1 and 5 billion.”

Did you ever wonder how this country can spend twice as much per capita as the average “developed country” on “health care” and come in at 37th in health systems? http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html

Did you ever wonder how this country can “vaccinate” our babies three or four times as much as the average “developed country” and come in at 43rd in childhood mortality and have an autism rate five to ten times worse? http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/24/nation/la-na-child-mortality-20100524

Folks our grandfathers back when I was a kid, 70 years ago, did not get high tech tests at all; they did not get “flu shots” every year or ever; they did not eat “processed food” garbage; they did not drink water with toxic amounts of flurosilicate garbage added to it and they, by and large, did not get Alzheimer’s.

You can think of Alzheimer’s as adult onset Autism. We inject trillions of atoms of neurodegenerative mercury, neurodegenerative aluminum and other neurodegenerative toxins into our babies brains and they get autism and the ASDs. We inject hundreds of billions of atoms of neurodegenerative mercury and other neurodegenerative toxins into our seniors brains and they get Alzheimer’s. This is not rocket science folks and the CDC is not NASA.

How to Produce Alzheimer’s

“The fluoride/aluminum association is of particular importance as it relates to Alzheimer’s Disease. Aluminum by itself is not readily absorbed by the body. However, in the presence of fluoride ions, the fluoride ions combine with the aluminum to form aluminum fluoride, which is absorbed by the body. In the body, the aluminum eventually combines with oxygen to form aluminum oxide or alumina (53). Alumina is the compound of aluminum that is found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease.” Ronsivalli, LJ, “Addenda to Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies”, Note I don’t think things can be clearer than this.

We have found that clinically normal individuals aged 60-65 who receive influenza vaccine three or four times during a five-year period, will five years later have an incidence of Alzheimer’s disease 10-fold greater than age-matched individuals who did not receive it.” Doctor H. Hugh Fudenburg, MD, Note and CDC cannot figure out where Alzheimer’s is coming from. Right! 90% of our seniors are getting the “flu vaccine” toxin.

So if you want to produce Alzheimer’s just…

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Lane Simonian says:
November 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

There are at least five natural products that have partially reversed Alzheimer’s disease in human clinical trials. They are rosemary (and lemon, orange, and lavender) essential oil via aromatherapy (Jimbo, et al.), a tincture of lemon balm (melissa officinalis) essential oil (Akhondzadeh, et al.), a tincture of sage (salvia officinalis) essential oil (Akhondzadeh), Bacopa monnieri, and heat-processed ginseng. Methoxyphenols such as eugenol in various essential oils (including rosemary, bay laurel, clove, nutmeg, and basil) and ferulic acid, coumaric acid, syringic acid, and vanillic acid in heat-processed ginseng inhibit, detoxify (scavenge), and repair part of the damage that peroxynitrites due to critical receptors in the brain. These include receptors involved in short-term memory, sleep, mood, social recognition, alertness, smell, and brain growth. Aromatherapy is much safer than tinctures. The down side is that essential oils that increase cognition also can increase anxiety and agitation in Alzheiemer’s patients with high levels of adrenaline. More relaxing oils such as rose, patchouli, lavender, and sweet orange may have to be used to offset these effects. Natural products such as these can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

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Edna Yates says:
November 29, 2012 at 7:39 am

Dr. Wallach has proven that Alzheimer’s is a mineral deficiency just like 900 of other epidemic diseases that are plaguing our people.

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Al Stein says:
November 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

The Alzheimers Assn. is a joke. Constantly soliciting funds while obtaining little results. They should be investigated by the appropriate agencies.

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Brad Pitman says:
November 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Theis the medical scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Association testified before congree in 2011, “the cause or causes of Alzheimer’s remain unknown”. try asking some of these experts how Alzheimer’s drugs treat unkown causes. Just maybe the public will begin to realize the legitamacy of the Alz Assoc.

The AD Assoc fulfills many services but accompanying those pluses is the appearance they are no more than a mouth piece for the drug industry, failed researchers, and that includes 106 years of failed research. None of the drugs have stopped reversed, or cured anyone.

The answer to AD is iin the behavior of the AD pateint. Something causes those positive moments that occur naturally without medical or pharmaceutical interference. Two bottles of one amino acid has sent the first patinet home form a nursing home. They followed what we started and others have followed for the last 16 plus years.

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Dr. Ronald L. Shuler says:
November 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

What about the artical that appeared in the journal of alzheimer Sept 2012 about polymanose effectiveness?

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Jim Illick says:
November 29, 2012 at 1:37 am

To see the above referenced study, go to:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=22976077

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Bruce Stewart says:
December 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

This is a very interesting article and where are the news headlines, stories, articles? Did I miss them? Probably not. Most doctors and/or researchers seem to be embarrassed when something natural works. All those “health nuts” will go around saying ” I told you so”. It’s just to easy. I can walk into a health food store and self medicate!

The aloe polymannoses or the eight mannose sugars in aloe are essential to intercellular communication. Some people do not have enough of these “essential sugars” in their diet.

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Catherine Gentile says:
November 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

Alzheimer’s is among the top ten monsters hiding beneath my bed. Thanks for providing us with information about big pharma’s latest machinations. As with most medical issues, it’s up to the consumer to stay informed. Your newsletter helps those attempting to ferret out hopeful promises from truth.

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Ze’ev Ben-Dror, C.C.N. says:
November 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

I’m the third generation in my family (my mother and her mother) with Alzheimer’s disease. My worst problem manifested itself by making it impossible for me to remember anything after an original thought, i.e. after the first thought I began to think about something else, but when I tried to
return to the original thought, it was always impossible. Thanks to Dr. Mary Newport I began to use a mixture (50:50) of organic coconut and MCT oils with a dose of 3 tablespoons with each meal and two tablespoons at bedtime. As a result, today I don’t have the specific problem anymore. In fact even if there are a number of thoughts between the original and last thoughts, I can remember all of the thoughts. In addition a friend gave me a test with lists. I repeated the lists
to him in exact order. Then he gave me a list of 13 things. Never in my life could I have remembered such a long list, but thanks to Dr. Newport’s treatment I remembered everything on the list in exact order. Ketones are marvelous things. Dr. Veech at the neurology lab at the NIH is working with ketones and attempting to raise funding for a study on Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Newport is in close contact with him and she attended several conferences with him in order to speak about the treatment and distribute her article. She has also written a wonderful book called
“WHAT IF THERE WAS A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. I feel as if I’ve been reborn and I
owe it all to Dr. Newport. After there have been several research studies which prove that the treatment works I believe that she is entitled to a share of a Nobel Prize in medicine.
Ze’ev Ben-Dror, C.C.N.
Anti-Aging Agora
member, Life Extension Foundation
member, British Longevity Society

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Carmela Courtney says:
November 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hi, thank you for writing your letter. Would you send me the information on coconut oil and MIT? (I cannot remember the acrinim for the second product you mentioned.) I would like to begin a preventative program for memory loss, dementia…Sincerely, C. Courtney

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Oma says:
November 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

I also read that article by Dr. Newport! Coconut oil is a wonderful substance. It can be rubbed (and absorbed) on the skin, put in coffee, tea, oatmeal (anything warm) and can give people back their health. Why wouldn’t you try something that won’t hurt and is so good for you? I put in on burns, use it as a moisturizer and use it in a homemade deodorant with cornstarch and oils, and use it whenever a recipe calls for vegetable oil.

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Joan McDaniel says:
November 30, 2012 at 4:33 am

I agree with you about the coconut oil. I am an LPN Nurse and recuperating from being very sick, this is how I ate myself back to health. I am now well, off all meds my hypertension is gone my blood sugar is normal and I feel great. I started a web-site to show others my research results with short articles.
This is the one that started the whole idea.
And What do you do with Coconut Oil?
June 26, 2012
http://coconutcreamcare.com/2012/06/26/and-what-do-you-do-with-coconut-oil-2/

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Sherry Moore says:
November 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

What about mercury detoxing? If you will recall, Alzheimer’s popped up at the same time that autism and hyperactivity popped up, in the 1970s. What caused alot of problems was the removal of iodine from bread supplementation after the WHO fear mongered iodine throughout the 1960s. The WHO is a Rockefeller institution and a Rockefeller initiated the fear mongering.

I believe heavy metals over-stimulate proteins and enzymes (a type of protein). The enzymes will damage healthy tissue when over stimulated. Iodine fulfillment therapy was the method of mercury detoxing that I used for my son on the advice of a natural health counselor (with a mail order degree). If it were up to his neurologist, he would still have autism.

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Lane Simonian says:
November 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

The enzyme that mercury stimulates is called phospholipase C and this enzyme triggers both Alzheimer’s disease and autism. The difference is that individuals with autism cannot easily breakdown polyphenols and polyphenols are peroxynitrite scavengers. Thus, the memory deficits are generally less severe in autism, but the behavioral problems greater (as polyphenols can increase adrenaline). Social withdrawal is often a feature of both diseases.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9092586
http://www.jneurosci.org/content/30/15/5346/reply

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Steve says:
November 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

The Chinese herb Club Moss (Huperzinia – sp?) has been used for more than 2000 years to combat dementia, with great results.

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Jim Illick says:
November 28, 2012 at 2:02 am

For a study published in September 2012 in the Journal Of Alzheimer’s Disease on a natural alternative, or rather an integrative approach which improved the patients’ quality of life over a year’s time, go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=22976077.

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Stephen M says:
November 28, 2012 at 1:55 am

Prions cause Prion Disease, also known as MAD COW DISEASE!!!

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Brad Roon says:
November 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

How can the FDA make these decisions? Easily. The management of the FDA is either corporate executives running this fiefdom for their benefit, or govt employees looking for a job when they get out of govt “service”.

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thomas campbell says:
November 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

MDs should be ashamed of what they enable through their improper use of pharma, vax and their ignorance on food and supplements. They should be holding the line against corruption of their profession and revealing who the cheaters are. instead, they are aligned with them. Very poor

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Robert Cruder says:
November 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Readers can see the brain-series hosted by Charlie Rose, broadcast on PBS, moderated and commented by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel and presented by actual researchers. They will often invite a patient who failed the simple lifestyle treatments as well as the commonly-used drugs and then benefitted from cutting-edge research. Previous shows relating to MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS are at http://www.charlierose.com/view/collection/10702 .

Tests to locate and measure defective proteins in the brain are essential for research but have no clinical value. Every such test poses a threat to the patient but the patient rarely cares. They are typically terminal and volunteer not in expectation of a cure but to participate in a search for that cure.

The same is true for early drug research. If one offered a terminal patient a research drug with a 1% chance of cure and a 99% chance of death, many would consider either outcome a boon. That 1% vs. 99% leads to the 80% vs. 20% drugs that physicians expect.

Researchers are not stupid or greedy as this article might imply. Search a site like medscape.com. Early studies of alternative or nutritional interventions, often with limited budget and few participants yield wildly successful or depressing results by mere chance. The industry will publicize the former and call the latter a conspiracy. In larger follow-up studies or in meta-analysis, the effects, positive and negative typically disappear.

Some nutrients such as fish oil that reduce disease frequency don’t slow progression. Others like CDP choline offer temporary improvement that regresses. Even low-dose aspirin which statistically extends life for those who have had an MI or an occlusive stroke also statistically shortens life for those who have not experienced one of those events. There do not appear to be any “magic” nutrients.

For every disease, there are a multitude of simple, obvious, even trendy interventions that are useless. Each cure will come from a pure, synthetic chemical that targets a metabolic defect. The early version of that chemical will be expensive, barely tolerable and marginally effective. If it targeted my condition rather than offering some more ambiguous health benefit I would gladly buy the chemical.

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Lane Simonian says:
November 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The only way to find out if a small study is misleading is to do a larger study. Almost every study on natural products to treat Alzheimer’s disease have been done outside of the United States and almost no one in the United States has followed up on this research. The right natural compounds in the right concentrations can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. All you need is a compound that effectively scavenges peroxynitrites and repair part of their damage. In the case of certain essential oils, those compounds (carvacrol, thymol, geraniol, and especially eugenol) can be easily inhaled into the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s disease (the hippocampus). The idea that only synthetic drugs can be used to treat disease is a myth.

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Bruce Stewart says:
December 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

“Each cure will come from a pure, synthetic chemical that targets a metabolic defect.” Are you serious? Who do you work for? The aloe polymannose and the coconut medium chain triglycerides work without the very dangerous side effects of the synthetic chemicals that will eventually fail or lose their effectiveness such as paxil. It’s even dangerous to stop using it without very careful monitoring.

Let your food be your medicine.

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Rachael Rocamora says:
November 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Your articles like this are so informative. They give many of us hope and confidence in the gentle things that we can afford to have access to that really make the difference in our quality of life and health. Also appreciated are the warning information such as the things to avoid.

Thank you!!!

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Angelica says:
November 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Healthy brains are the result of healthy diets. Diets w/o added sugars are excellent for good brain function. When fried foods, processed foods and alcohol are also removed from the diet it’s even better for the brain. We don’t need costly, toxic testing and toxic remedies. We need good food. Very basic, Very simple; but not much money for big pharm.

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lisa says:
November 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

good data, however Fish is no longer good to eat nor is fish oil. U can get the same Omega 3’s in Blue green algae. If U read the book Killer Fish, you will see that you will never eat fish or shellfish again.

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Emily Dale says:
November 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

It is a sad commentary on our government and major businesses that natural remedies are being so roundly suppressed in favor of synthetic ones with sometimes disastrous side effects. I am glad that I had some farsighted Integrative Physicians who knew the value of balancing the vitamin/mineral/elemental content of the body, and I am now into my 87th year in good health, not having had an illness for the past 30 years, aside from a severe case of eczema from chemical allergies which was corrected with natural antihistamines. I eat totally organic foods, aside from rare occasions when I dine out, and am in process of establishing an organic raised container garden for the senior complex where I live which has 500+/- residents, most of whom are in poor health or structural condition due to improper diets filled with GMOs, sugar and pesticide/herbicide-laden foods, and an assortment of pharmaceuticals, which, at best, keeps them in a state of barely being alive but living long enough to enrich their prescribing physicians and the drug companies.

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Frances in California says:
November 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

While not an MD myself, I have worked for 12 years with Neurologists who are, and specialize in Alzheimer’s. At UCLA we are not at present doing a trial with Lilly, but treatments of this type are discussed and considered; no one knows better than our docs what is best to try – likewise to avoid – in treating their patients. Potential research participants are excrutiatingly screened; perhaps you need to provide a little more background on the rigors of obtaining FDA approval for the prescribing of a drug or the ordering of a test. When they’re not seeing patients and analyzing data, our docs apply their genius to writing Grant Proposals. UCLA has an entire Department dedicated to protection of Research Subjects. The difficulty with Drug Discovery, is not that patients will go around the advise of their doctors to make a drug company give them medications, but the heartbreaking reality of where Alzheimer’s research stands right now. No, we don’t have a cure yet. It takes as long as it takes – if you do good research! – but we’re vigilant after potential medications to enhance the quality of life of patients whose great misfortune is that they already have AD while we continue to search for a cure. Ease up! We’d love nothing better than to be put out of business by someone finding the Cure.

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ACurtis says:
November 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I disagree. No one wants anyone to find “a cure.” If a cure were found, then those doctors, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies would be out of money and a job. The Western allopathic medical system is set up as a revolving doctor patient/CUSTOMER type system. Natural/alternative medicine has, for thousands and thousands of years, had cures for various dis-eases. Most recently, there are various cures for all sorts of cancers. The allopathic community calls all of the natural cancer cures “quakery” and tries to run those doctors out of the country/out of practice/broke. Why? Because they are protecting their own monopoly of MAKING MONEY.

Susan B. Komen, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association–all of these organizations have had so much money over the years “donated” to them that all of these issues/dis-eases should have been eradicated by now. They haven’t. Why? Because these organizations LIKE the money that comes into them. The head honchos at the top make huge, huge salaries. The researchers makes lots and lots of money, always “searching” for the cure.

The cures are there, right in front of their faces. But if they acknowledged the fact that there actually IS a cure, then they would have to dismantle their organizations and admit they’ve “cured” the dis-ease. And they won’t do that, because they like the money too much.

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Diane Kress, RD CDE says:
November 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

The link between Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes has been in the news lately. Based on the results of research studies, including a large fifteen year Japanese study published in the journal NEUROLOGY (September, 2012), the two diseases are certainly linked. The question is….just how are these two devastating diseases related? The answer does not seem to be the obvious one….high blood sugar.

The American population is aging. The risk of developing dementia as well as the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age.

Over 100 million Americans have either pre diabetes or diabetes and millions more have metabolic syndrome (a precursor to type 2 diabetes). If diabetes and dementia are indeed linked, our population is aging, and aging increases the risk for diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)..we are headed for a crisis situation that will escalate over the next decades.

What is the impending crisis?

Dementia is the loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking and reasoning, language, judgment, and behavior. Is the US headed for a nation of older adults who can’t remember or take care of themselves? Is there anything that can be done to prevent this unimaginable situation?

For years, there has been a fairly straightforward link between having uncontrolled diabetes and increasing the risk of developing vascular dementia. (Dementia involving blood vessels). Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia.
After all, the high blood sugar of uncontrolled diabetes damages blood vessels and causes decreased functioning in the kidneys, retina of the eyes, can cause strokes and heart attacks, lessening of circulation. It stands to reason that high blood sugar could damage the blood vessels that deliver nutrients to the brain
But, the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Between 60-80% of people who suffer from dementia have Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is marked by progressive loss of memory, decreased ability to reason, think, speak, make decisions, care for oneself and is ultimately fatal. A common feature of those with Alzheimer’s is the formation of abnormal protein plaques and nerve tangles in the brain.

To date, the precise link between Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes is not known…but studies do indicate that those with metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, and type 2 diabetes ARE at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

In fact, a growing number of…

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R. L. Glaser says:
November 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

There is abundant evidence that testosterone is neuroprotective. In clinical practice, testosterone, delivered by subcutaneous pellet implant improves memory and cognition in men and women.

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Glaser R, York AE, Dimitrakakis C. Beneficial effects of testosterone therapy in women measured by the validated Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Maturitas. 2011;68:355-361.

Fargo KN, Foecking EM, Jones KJ, Sengelaub DR. Neuroprotective actions of androgens on motoneurons. Frontiers in neuroendocrinology. 2009;30:130-141.

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  1. Hi Jan
    Some time ago I was wondering about the aspartame in Lithium aspartate and I couldn’t seem to get any answers. Recently I was commenting on this on one of Dr Mercola’s forums and I have copied his answer below:

    re: Artificial Sweeteners Cause Greater Weight Gain than Sugar, Yet Another Study Reveals. by Dr. Mercola :

    Lithium aspartate is fine. It is called aspartate NOT because it is a derivative of aspartame but because it has aspartic acid which is a natural normally occurring amino acid as does aspartame. The primary reason aspartame is a problem is the high concentration of both amino acids asparatic acid and phenylalanine, which is not at all the case with lithium aspartate. Additionally, the MAJOR toxicity of aspartame is related to the methyl group on phehnylalanine that is added to make it sweet. This methyl group easily dissociates into methanol which is the MAIN toxicity of aspartame as it converts via Trojan Horse mechanism to sensitive areas like your brain into formaldehyde. Although asparatic acid has some limited excitotoxicity as high concentrations, this is NOT the case with the lithium supplement.

    Comment by Mary — December 13, 2012 @ 12:22 am | Reply

    • Mary, good to hear from you – I’ve missed you. I remember us speaking about this once before a year or so back. Lithium comes in aspartate form as well as Orotate – either will do just fine per Dr Jonathan Wright who is the one who suggested this in the first place. He says that his patients have been taking it for years and there are no problems with either.

      I was glad to try this and have been taking this for over a year or so ( ? ? ) I never really noticed any difference either yea or nay. Have just completed my last bottle and was thinking that I don’t think I’m going to continue with it. Why take something if it doesn’t seem to be doing anything? Whereas the COCONUT OIL is a flat out winner and will continue to take it for life. The article you are responding to is one of my favorites regarding Alzheimers with special emphasis in all those interesting comments. Some real good stuff there. Did you happen to notice the one where they are citing Dr Mary Newhart formula in treating her husband. I had not read that before or seen it in the videos I have up here and there.

      She is mixing the Coconut Oil 50/50 with MCT Oil (can go online or get in health-food store) and then dosing her husband with three (3) teaspoons with each meal and 2 at bedtime. Her husband who had been a sparkling, intelligent, humorous life companion had dwindled into almost a total incompetent, unable to help himself at all. With her efforts, he came back to almost full function (gradually of course), is active, does stuff, gardens, converses, takes messages – is her companion again. To me, this is remarkable. Works for me.

      But back to your query or comment – – you left me in the dust. Don’t know what point you are making. The two are NOT the same – they are related perhaps in that both have asparatic acid in their family makeup. There is no aspartame in Lithium aspartate. Nothing to worry about. Artificial sweeteners are by and large a bunch of toxic crap which shouldn’t be used. The studies DO SAY that people will gain more weight when ingesting this – interferes chemically in the body with certain systems. We’ve all heard it – “you can’t fool mother nature”. Take care Mary

      Comment by Jan Turner — December 13, 2012 @ 1:07 am | Reply

  2. Wow, superb blog structure! How long have you been running a blog for?
    you made blogging glance easy. The full look of your
    site is great, as smartly as the content material!

    Comment by natural remedy for gallstones — January 3, 2013 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

    • Keira, thank you for your glowing words. Glad you like the post – have done many on the subject of Alzheimer’s, but this one really struts it stuff, doesn’t it? Did you read all the comments which followed the story as presented? So much helpful information there from all those people.

      To answer your question, I started blogging in 2008. Took me around three months to set the blog up the way I wanted it, even tho the format was there to begin with which is one of the reasons I chose this theme. I am essentially, very happy with my blog and my home here at WordPress. There probably isn’t a better place for an inexperienced person to go and set up with ease. They have been very good to me. Come back and see me anytime, Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — January 4, 2013 @ 12:58 am | Reply


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