New Information on Alzheimer’s
What Are the Most Promising Approaches to Curing Alzheimer’s?
As many of you know I previously wrote an article on dementia, but in light of some new information, I
thought it was time to write a sort of follow-up.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most dreaded and feared diseases worldwide. Affecting millions of people already, that number is expected to triple by 2050. At this point no really effective mainstream medical treatment exists, of course.
The current medications are ineffective in stopping the progress or eliminating this devastating and invasive disease.
However there are now a few glimmers of hope on the horizon. Firstly, since we are after all a health and wellness blog, putting the accent heavily on natural remedies, I will focus on the key factors linked to neurodegenerative disease. From there I will go into some lifestyle changes and other programs said to work.
The Best Ways to Prevent or Reverse Cognitive Decline Due to Aging
Dr. Dale Bredeson, who is a recognized neuroscientist and neurologist, has developed a program to help the brain to protect itself from metabolic and toxic threats which include inflammation and a shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones, and brain supporting molecules. He claims that reducing or even eliminating these threats will reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Bredeson’s main goal is to reverse cognitive decline and the following list of supplements to achieve that end are on the top of his list: Be warned that the list is extensive but if they work…
- MCT Oil
- Gotu Kola
- Magnesium threonate
- Probiotics and prebiotics
- Vitamins D and K
- Vitamin E
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Vitamin C
- Bioidentical HRT.
Oxygen and Nutrients
Bredeson concludes that a good diet, the above supplements, and avoidance of toxins will be more effective than any current prescription medication. Oh, and hope that a breakthrough will be achieved very soon.
Another excellent explanation of, or reason for, alzheimer’s developing is understandable and logical;
The brain needs oxygen and nutrients, which are delivered via blood flow. When that flow is being hindered in any way, the brain begins to perform inefficiently. It also causes the production of sticky
protein substances throughout the brain which leads to mental decline.
Proper breathing techniques are one way of assuring that the brain receives the right amount of oxygen. Otherwise the telltale dizziness, forgetfulness, loss of balance, and confusion will begin to creep up. The Brain Booster by Christian Goodman explains this in more depth.
Focused Ultrasound Therapy
A new kid on the block is being touted as a breakthrough, and is in final stages of study and trials at Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada, as well as additional studies in the US and other countries.
Called Focused Ultrasound Therapy, it is an early stage, noninvasive, therapeutic technology showing great potential to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s sufferers. It focuses beams of ultrasonic energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the brain and does not damage normal tissue.
One result is the temporary opening of the blood-brain barrier, which will remove beta amyloid or tau from the brain. Focused ultrasound will hopefully enhance the delivery of therapeutic drugs or antibodies to the brain. This would reduce the number of plaques, improving cognition.
There are several important advantages to focused ultrasound therapy. It involves no incisions, holes drilled in the skull, electrodes in the brain, reducing the risk of infection and/or blood clots. The precise targeting assures no damage to healthy brain tissues.
Focused ultrasound therapy is not new to medicine. It is currently being used to treat other neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. However this new procedure is somewhat different. Suffice it to say that this new therapy opens up a whole new opportunity for the defeat of Alzheimer’s and it is merely one of the numerous avenues scientists are exploring for the same purpose.
PET Scan for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
New and improved ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s are being studied as well. Currently the main diagnostic method is a PET scan (positron emission tomography). This measures the amounts of amyloid deposits in the brain. Unfortunately this is expensive, time consuming, and often painful if a spinal tap is required. Researchers therefore have a new mission. They are searching for a better, cheaper, and faster blood test to hunt for abnormal versions of tau proteins, enabling the diagnosing of the disease at earlier stages.
Hopefully with all of these new tests and trials a solid cure for this horrid disease will soon be found, and made public. At this time there are many, many clinical trials listed on the internet. Most of these are asking for volunteers to participate so if you are interested search online for a study near you.
There is our look at the most promising approaches to curing Alzheimer’s today, and they are looking promising, indeed.
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