I am writing this for the over 6 million people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the many more that suffer from age-related memory impairment. My father suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years and finally died from this devastating disease. Alzheimer’s disease is multifactorial and results from the interaction of genes and our environment. I am now convinced that Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented and in many cases the cognitive decline can be slowed and even reversed. The anti-Alzheimer’s protocol that I have been practicing for decades if the strongest weapon that we have against mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. For 75 million Americans who carry the ApoE4 gene which increases the risk of Alzheimer’s dramatically there is now hope.
Alzheimer’s disease occurs when the brain is trying to protect itself from metabolic and toxic threats. These include inflammation from infection, diet, or other causes. A decline and shortage of important nutrients, hormones, and other brain supporting molecules as well as toxic substances such as metals or bio toxins from poisons such as from mold and other infections. In order to reverse mental decline and cognitive impairment is necessary to remove the factors that are causing her brains to defend themselves by producing the protective amyloid response.
We Need to First Prevent and Reduce Inflammation and Infection.
Recent studies have shown that periodontal bacteria have been found in the blood of Alzheimer’s abrasions. The same patients have increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine name tumor necrosis factor which affects the permeability of the blood brain barrier allowing harmful molecules to attack brain. Periodontitis has been associated with a 6-fold increase in cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. I also believe that mercury fillings along with root canals and poor dental hygiene are causative factors In addition the gut microbiology also plays a role and a healthy balance of good intestinal flora if absolutely essential. Infection such as Lyme disease, mold, chlamydia pneumoniae, cytomegalovirus, Helicobacter pylori, herpes simplex virus type I have all been linked to the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Recent studies have now shown that the higher the infectious burden the higher the level of amyloid B in the lower the cognition.
The recent medical literature suggests that these infections need to the production of reactive antibodies, inflammation and immune complexes which further advance this vicious cycle. Other infections include salmonella, Giardia, Epstein-Barr virus, and E. coli. These all cause significant plaque formation and amyloid reduction resulting in dementia. In addition to this mold and parasites have been found to be causative factors.
Repeated Reactivation of Latent Infection is Very Dangerous
New studies have shown that by the age of 3, 100% of small children has positive for another type of latent herpes virus called HHV–6. This virus also may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Children age 6-16 who test positive for this infection have been shown to have lower reading and spatial reasoning scores. Both HSV 1 and cytomegalovirus infections in middle-age are associated with impaired learning and recall. The more often a person has reactivation of the sleeping viruses, the greater or his or her risk for getting Alzheimer’s dementia and also social problems and educational problems. These viral reactivation obviously depend directly on the health of our immune system. Other factors include poor diet, diabetes, chronic stress, exposure to industrial chemicals, exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides as well as excessive vaccinations.
Higher levels of cytomegalic virus are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Interestingly another study showed a more rapid decline in mental function of Alzheimer’s patients with cytomegalic virus infection.
To prevent a reverse cognitive decline, we all need to eradicate these potential infections and optimize her immune system and reduce the chronic inflammation. In addition to this food can trigger inflammation without infection eating gluten or dairy or trans-fats can result in “leaky gut” which triggers more inflammation.
Toxic Chemicals and Alzheimer’s Disease
Toxic metals such as aluminum, mercury and lead as well as many others have been extensively studied and are shown to cause toxicity of the brain and other organs. They have been linked to Alzheimer’s. Recent evidence of shown that they cause a chemical-induced autoimmune reaction against the brain. Aluminum compounds have been added to products such as cheese, candies, coffee white nurse and even drinking water. It is also in many deodorants as well as some vaccines. The accumulation of aluminum affects memory, cognition, and activity and promotes the aggregation of amyloid the protein causing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mercury and lead have a strong association with Alzheimer’s. Autopsy studies found increased levels of mercury in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s disease, but not other blood urine or hair. Mercury causes increased formation of amyloid aggregates. The world is being contaminated by the burning of call in the polluted environment. I had my amalgam fillings which are 50% mercury removed. The chemicals in plastics have also shown to be detrimental to brain health. If you have had chemotherapy it can be toxic to the brain and this protocol can be extremely helpful.
Foods and Alzheimer’s Disease
Unfortunately, many of the foods we cross-react with brain protein and activate us strong immune response activating dementia and Alzheimer’s not only the typical gluten but also many other foods cross-react with her brain. Many foods have been associated with autoimmune disease and the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These need to be tested for in each patient. I myself have sensitivity to gluten and for that reason after being tested my diet is quite limited. There are many foods that cause any great harm.
Hormone and Nutrient Optimization
To function best your brain needs supporting factors which include certain hormones, trophic factors and nutrients. Certain hormones such as pregnenolone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, melatonin, testosterone and oxytocin are important to maintain optimal brain health. These hormones canning grief brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) as well as exercise and a ketone plant-based diet are exceedingly important.
Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Excitotoxicity
The medical to her the energy power Plant in the cells and generate ATP which is needed for cellular function dysfunctional mitochondria are important mediators have amyloid beta toxicity in the brain this along with free radicals and oxidative stress drive the formation of additional amyloid plaque and lead to neuronal death. Glutamate is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain and is necessary for normal brain function. However too much glutamate is known as excitotoxcity. This also can be extremely detrimental to the neurons and brain cells. The glutamate is the result of over activation of NMDA receptors leading to more neuronal loss.
Other Risk Factors
These include a history of head trauma, high homocysteine levels, silent strokes, central obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and advancing age.
Integrative Alzheimer’s treatments
These protocols have been formulated after complete evaluation of every person and testing is absolutely essential. Therapies are based on removing infections, eliminating inflammation, eliminating toxins as well as hormonal and nutrient supplementation as necessitated by testing. I believe that everyone should maintain optimum and brain health for years and I am an example I believe that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable, but testing is essential. I also believe that gene testing is extremely important in knowing your complete genome and how better to kill or make therapies to have the best possible outcomes. I have had several injections of stem cells and I also find them to be valuable.
Unfortunately the prescription drugs do not work. My father was on them for years and they did nothing. Traditional medicine offers nothing in my opinion.
If you would like more information on the prevention and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s please call my office for further information. We are in Scottsdale and can be reached at 480-860-2030.