Dementia is the loss of mental functions that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. Processes of thinking, memory, and reasoning become extraordinarily challenged. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for more than 60% of all cases of dementia. Other types of dementia are brought on by substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and prescription drug abuse). Psychological conditions like severe depression can also be mislabeled as dementia.
Dementia is considered a late-life disease due to the prevalence among people 65 years and older. Almost 50% of all people over 80 years old suffer from some form of dementia. In Alzheimer’s disease, beta amyloid plaque is the hallmarks of the disease that set it apart from other forms of dementia. You see the picture below with the beta amyloid plaque laying where healthy neurons should be. This creates breaks in cell-to-cell communication.
Look below at how much the Alzheimer’s brain shrinks compared to a normal brain – the mass of the brain has shrunk, diminishing the mental capacity of such an individual.
Currently, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease with one person being diagnosed every 69 seconds. By the year 2050, sixteen million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease with one person being diagnosed every 33 seconds. Let’s look at some common contributing causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Low Cholesterol: The Framingham Study examined the relationship between total cholesterol and cognitive performance. The study group consisted of 1900 people (slightly more women than men). As the study began, not one participant had dementia. This long-term observational study measured both cholesterol and cognitive tests every 5 years. Results of this study showed those with cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl had consistently less verbal fluency, attention, concentration, and abstract reasoning than those with a total cholesterol above 240 mg/dl. In Henry Lorin’s book, Alzheimer’s Solved<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>Continue Reading >
Homeopathy is a type of medicine used today which originated in the 1700’s by Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. Homeopathy is energy medicine in that each remedy is the energetic equivalent of the element, having the opposite effect than the element on the being. For example we use coffea (homeopathic coffee) to treat insomnia. The element coffee is a stimulant and the energetic form is a calming agent.Continue Reading
Osteoporosis is a tragedy. I say this for two reasons: (1) it is 100% preventable in people who are candidates for hormone therapy, and (2) it is the #1 cause of disability in our country. A disease that is preventable is the main cause of disability in the elderly in our country. Unbelievable but true.Continue Reading
All protein foods contain amino acids. When you eat animal or plant proteins it takes a while for your body to digest the food into its individual components and to absorb all of the amino acids. This is the same fact for taking protein powders.Continue Reading
Turmeric – active ingredient Curcumin studied for the prevention of: Alzheimer’s Disease, Arthritis, Cancer. Ginger Aides in Digestion and Immune Support Cold and flu remedy, clears sinuses, sore throat, nasal congestion. Digestive support – absorption, calming, inflammation, nausea, decreases gas, cramps. Lemon – helps with many aspects of wellbeing – in particular the bioflavonoids stabilize mast cells preventing histamine release into the body. Juice together and dose to taste!Continue Reading
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