Alzheimer’s disease -Symptoms, causes and treatment
Disoriented perceptions of space and time, inability to concentrate or communicate, and memory loss. This produces depression, agitation, withdrawal, insomnia, irritability, memory loss, personality changes, severe mood swings, and senility.
An intriguing early warning sign has been discovered at the San Diego Medical Center: As much as 2 years before mental decline, those with Alzheimer’s begin to lose their sense of smell. The rate at which the ability to distinguish strong odors diminishes is an indicator of how rapidly an individual will lose mental functioning. (But smokers have already lost part of this sense, so the diagnostic test does not work as well when applied to them.)
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental deterioration. Memory and thought processes are weakened and disoriented.
Nerve fibers, leading into, and out of, the hippocampus in the brain become tangled and short circuited. As a result, information is no longer carried to, and from, the brain. New memories cannot be gained, and old memories cannot be retrieved.
In addition, plaques of a certain protein (beta-amyloid) build up in the brain, damaging nerve cells. One form of Alzheimer’s occurs between 36 and 45, and is quite rapid. The more gradual form develops in those who are 65 or 70.
Simple forgetfulness is not Alzheimer’s. If you do not remember your wife’s name, that is forgetfulness; if you forget you have a wife, that is dementia (of which Alzheimer’s is a form).
There are other disorders which produce similar symptoms: Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which slowly reduces blood flow to the brain; a series of minor strokes; hypothyroidism; advanced syphilis.
Many elderly people are taking 8 or 10 medicinal drugs. This drugging will surely affect the brain. You can see the effects in nursing homes across the continent. Add to this a devitalized diet of fried, processed, and junk food.
Other causes include heavy metals in the body. One in particular stands out: When you hear the words, “Alzheimer’s disease,” think of it as “aluminum disease,” for this is what it often is. Autopsies on persons who died with Alzheimer’s reveal accumulations of up to 4 times the normal amount of aluminum in the nerve cells of the brain. Significantly, especially high concentrations are in, and around, the hippocampus.
But those with Alzheimer’s also have high levels of mercury in their brain. Beware of amalgam dental fillings. Mercury from the fillings gradually passes into the body and, over a period of time, accumulates in the brain.
Obtaining an adequate supply of minerals in the diet helps keep heavy metals from accumulating in the body.
Women with Alzheimer’s have lower estrogen levels than normal.
Free radicals are another factor. Avoid foods which contain them. Those with Alzheimer’s have low levels of vitamin B12 and zinc in their bodies. All the B complex vitamins are important.
Vitamins A and E, important antioxidant vitamins, are also important. Levels of choline and ethanolamine are lower in those with Alzheimer’s.
Undergo a trial of intensive nutritional therapy, especially B12 injections. This may ward off the developing problem.
Those with Alzheimer’s tend to have a strong craving for sweets. But such a craving is frequently an indication of a food hunger for vitamins and minerals.
Some people with Down’s syndrome (which see) live to be in their 30s or 40s; they usually develop Alzheimer’s.
• The above data is full of suggestions for treatment and prevention.
• If a person is developing Alzheimer’s, he should be told, so he can prepare for the future and settle his affairs.