Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. About 4-5 million people in the United States have some degree of dementia, and that number is expected to increase over the next few decades with the aging of the population.
Dementia affects about 1% of people aged 60-64 years and as many as 30-50% of people older than 85 years. Dementia is a decline of reasoning, memory, and other mental abilities (the cognitive functions). This decline eventually impairs the ability to carry out everyday activities such as driving, household chores, and even personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding (often called activities of daily living, or ADLs).
Your licensed healthcare practitioner will be able to discuss the possible causes of memory loss with you, including dementia.
In the UK around 700,000 people are affected. Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.
An early diagnosis can help people with dementia get the right treatment and support, and help those close to them to prepare and plan for the future. With treatment and support, many people are able to lead active, fulfilled lives.
A person with dementia can suffer from the following:
- memory loss
- thinking speed
- mental agility
People with dementia can become apathetic or uninterested in their usual activities, and have problems controlling their emotions. They may also find social situations challenging, lose interest in socializing, and aspects of their personality may change.
A person with dementia may lose empathy (understanding and compassion), they may see or hear things that other people do not (hallucinations), or they may make false claims or statements. As dementia affects a person’s mental abilities, they may find planning and organizing difficult. Maintaining their independence may also become a problem. A person with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or relatives, including help with decision making.
Other symptoms can include:
- increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- changes in personality and mood
- periods of mental confusion
- difficulty saying the right words
There are different types of dementia:
Alzheimer’s disease –
This is the most common cause of dementia. During the course of the disease, the chemistry and structure of the brain changes, leading to the death of brain cells.
Vascular dementia –
If the oxygen supply to the brain fails, brain cells may die. The symptoms of vascular dementia can occur either suddenly, following a stroke, or over time, through a series of small strokes.
Dementia with Lewy bodies –
This form of dementia gets its name from tiny spherical structures that develop inside nerve cells. Their presence in the brain leads to the degeneration of brain tissue.
Fronto-temporal dementia –
In fronto-temporal dementia, damage is usually focused in the front part of the brain. Personality and behaviour are initially more affected than memory.
Korsakoff’s syndrome –
Korsakoff’s syndrome is a brain disorder that is usually associated with heavy drinking over a long period. Although it is not strictly speaking a dementia, people with the condition experience loss of short term memory.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease –
Prions are infectious agents that attack the central nervous system and then invade the brain, causing dementia. The best-known prion disease is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD.
HIV-related cognitive impairment –
People with HIV and AIDS sometimes develop cognitive impairment, particularly in the later stages of their illness.
Mild cognitive impairment –
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a relatively recent term, used to describe people who have some problems with their memory but do not actually have dementia.
Researchers have highlighted some important factors that affect our risk of developing different types of dementia. Most now believe that our risk of developing dementia depends upon a combination of genetic and environmental factors. We are all at some risk of developing dementia, but some of us are more at risk than others. However, a person who has some of the risk factors for dementia will not necessarily go on to develop the condition.
Age is the most significant known risk factor for dementia. It is possible to develop dementia early in life, but the chances of developing it increase significantly as we get older. One in 50 people between the ages of 65 and 70 has some form of dementia, compared to one in five people over the age of 80. This increased risk may be due to factors associated with ageing, such as:
- higher blood pressure
- an increased incidence of some diseases (for example, heart disease and stroke)
- changes to nerve cells, DNA and cell structure
- the weakening of natural repair systems.
Gender affects different types of dementia in different ways. Women are slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men, even if we discount the fact that women are more likely to live longer. One factor that has been suggested in the development of Alzheimer’s disease is a lack of the hormone oestrogen in women after the menopause. However, controlled studies have suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has no beneficial effect on the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and may even increase a person’s risk of developing the condition. It is not recommended that women take HRT as a way to reduce their risk of developing dementia.
Vascular dementia, on the other hand, seems to be more common in men than women. This may be because common risk factors for vascular dementia, such as heart problems and high blood pressure, are more common in men than women.
Scientists have been aware for some time that the genes we inherit from our parents may partly determine whether we will develop specific diseases. The role of genetics in the development of dementia is still not fully understood, but researchers have made some important advances in recent years.
There are some families in which there seems to be a very clear inheritance of dementia from one generation to the next. This is usually in families where the disease appears relatively early in life. Dementia-causing diseases that may be hereditary in some cases include Huntington’s disease, Familial Alzheimer’s disease (a very rare form of Alzheimer’s) and Niemann-Pick Type C disease.
Certain genes can affect a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and scientists are learning more about these. For example, a gene called apolipoprotein E (ApoE) has been shown to play a part in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. However, having a parent or other relative with later onset Alzheimer’s disease only makes your own chances of developing it a little higher than if there were no cases of dementia in the family at all.
Specific medical conditions can increase a person’s chances of developing dementia. These include multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Down’s syndrome and HIV. Conditions that affect the heart, arteries or blood circulation can particularly affect a person’s chances of developing vascular dementia. These conditions include mid-life high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels, stroke, diabetes, and heart problems such as a heart attack or irregular heart rhythms. Mid-life obesity can also increase a person’s risk of developing dementia in later life.
People who suffer severe or repeated head injuries are at a three-to-four-fold increased risk of developing dementia. It is possible that deposits that form in the brain as a result of the injury may be linked to the onset of dementia. Professional boxers sometimes develop a form of dementia known as ‘dementia pugilistica’.
Diet − Diet can affect a person’s risk of developing many types of illness, including dementia. A healthy and balanced diet that enables a person to maintain a normal body weight is likely to reduce the likelihood of developing high blood pressure or heart disease, both of which put a person at greater risk of developing dementia.
Too much saturated fat can cause narrowing of the arteries, making heart attack or stroke more likely − and heart attacks, stroke and vascular disease increase a person’s risk of developing vascular dementia.
Smoking − Smoking has an extremely harmful effect on the heart, lungs and vascular system, including the blood vessels in the brain. This increases the risk of developing vascular dementia. Despite early studies which suggested that smoking might cause a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease, more recent epidemiological research has shown that smoking is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, with smokers almost twice as likely to develop the disease as non-smokers.
Alcohol − People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period of time increase their risk of developing a form of dementia. However, some research has suggested that moderate amounts of red wine, which contains antioxidants, might help to protect the brain against dementia and keep the heart and vascular system healthy.
Aluminium and other metals − Trace levels of many metals are present in the brain. Aluminium is the metal that has been most often studied in this context, and that has received the most publicity. Aluminium is extremely common within the environment, and exists in many different chemical forms, so exposure is very difficult to measure. However, the majority of scientists do not believe that there is a causal link between aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease. Other metals, such as copper and zinc, may be important in the way that key proteins are processed in the brain.
While the source of aluminium toxicity in the body has not yet been proven, aluminium can enter the body through inhalation (by factory workers in certain industries) and by oral ingestion. It has been suggested that aluminium ions may leach into the body from aluminium cooking utensils, cans, and foil, as well as underarm deodorants, antacid pills, and other common products, many of which contain traces of aluminium. In addition, Aluminium is commonly used by water treatment plants to brighten drinking water. This causes the excess aluminium in the water to flow from the treatment plants to the communities downstream of these plants, causing the populations there to receive a double dose of aluminium.
Mercury Post mortem examination of brain tissue from Alzheimer’s victims has also indicated the presence of high levels of mercury. Reactions to high levels of mercury in the body can range from nervousness and depression to suicidal tendencies and severe neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (a syndrome marked by muscular weakness and atrophy due to degeneration of motor neurons), and Alzheimer’s. Mercury metal fillings also create low levels of constant electrical activity that is conducted directly to the brain, creating aberrant behavior. While the electrical charge created by metals in the mouth does not itself directly suppress the immune system, it enables metals to leave the fillings faster and to be absorbed into the blood.
Environmental Influences: Toxins such as chemicals in food and tap water, carbon monoxide, solvents, aerosol sprays, and industrial chemicals can cause symptoms of brain dysfunction that may lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or senile dementia.
Hormone Imbalances: The hormone melatonin plays a role in the synchronization of brain cells and, as a potent antioxidant, helps protect brain tissue from free-radical damage. Daily concentrations of melatonin appear to decline in those who have Alzheimer’s disease.
Stress and the stress hormones, particularly cortisol, play a major role in Alzheimer’s. Although some cortisol is needed for proper brain function, chronic exposure to toxic levels of cortisol can kills brain cells. Cortisol damages the nerve cells of the hippocampus and blocks their ability to absorb blood sugar (glucose), causing sluggish responses. Brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients show that the temporal (site of the hippocampus) and frontal lobes have a decreased capacity to absorb glucose.
Caution: Studies conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University found, after conducting autopsies of Alzheimer patients, that between seven and eleven per cent of all cases were due to Mad Cow Disease.
Impaired Blood Flow to the Brain: There may be a relationship between heart disease, reduced blood flow to the brain, and the onset of Alzheimer’s. According to Dr. Khalsa, a medical doctor from Tucson, Arizona, 77% of Alzheimer’s patients have cardiovascular disease. More than 85% of people 65 and older who suffer from coronary artery disease also exhibited brain tissue plaques similar to Alzheimer’s.
Nutritional Deficiencies: Reduced levels of certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids have been tentatively linked with Alzheimer’s, including folic acid, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamins B6, B12, C, D, and E, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and tryptophan.
The brain functions through the transmission of chemical messenger molecules (neurotransmitters). These neurotransmitters can have far-reaching effects in distant areas of the body. Effective transmission of impulses is dependent upon proper pH (acid-alkaline balance) and the presence of a variety of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), hormones, and neurotransmitters. If any nutrients are lacking or present in imbalanced proportions, brain function will be adversely affected and a person will display various symptoms commonly associated with dementia.
Dementia is caused by changes in the brain. Damage to the brain cells that gets worse over time causes the symptoms of dementia. This leads to a decline in a person’s mental and, sometimes, physical abilities.
In most cases, dementia is not inherited directly from family members. However, a small number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia run in families.
Dementia is often caused by diseases that damage the brain. These are known as neurodegenerative diseases. The gradual changes and damage to brain cells are caused by a build-up of proteins in the brain. These proteins are different in each type of dementia. Vascular dementia is caused when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted. If the blood supply is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die, resulting in brain damage.
The causes of the different types of dementia are listed below.
Causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. In most cases of Alzheimer’s disease the brain shrinks, which damages the brain’s structure and how it works. The medical name for this is atrophy.
An area of the brain known as the cerebral cortex is particularly affected by atrophy. The cerebral cortex is the layer of grey matter covering the brain. Grey matter is responsible for processing thoughts.
Clumps of protein, known as ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’, also start to form in the brain. The plaques and tangles start to destroy more brain cells, which makes the condition worse. They also affect the chemicals that carry messages from one brain cell to another. These chemicals are known as neurotransmitters.
Causes of vascular dementia
Vascular dementia is caused when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted.
Like all organs, the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients provided by the blood to work properly. If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, the brain cells will begin to die, resulting in brain damage.
If the blood vessels inside the brain narrow and harden the brain’s blood supply can gradually become interrupted. The blood vessels usually narrow and become hard when fatty deposits build up on the blood vessel walls, restricting the flow of blood. This is called atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis in the smaller blood vessels in the brain will also cause them to clog up gradually, depriving the brain of blood. This is known as small vessel disease.
If the brain’s blood supply is interrupted rapidly during a stroke, this can also damage the brain cells.
Not everyone who has had a stroke will go on to develop vascular dementia. However, if you have had a stroke, or you have been diagnosed with small vessel disease, you may have an increased risk of developing vascular dementia.
Causes of dementia with Lewy bodies
Lewy bodies are small, circular lumps of protein that develop inside the brain. It is not known what causes them. It is also unclear how they damage the brain and cause dementia.
One theory is that Lewy bodies interfere with the effects of two of the messenger chemicals in the brain – dopamine and acetylcholine. These messenger chemicals, which send information from one brain cell to another, are called neurotransmitters.
Dopamine and acetylcholine are thought to play an important role in regulating brain functions, such as memory, learning, mood and attention.
Dementia with Lewy bodies is closely related to Parkinson’s disease. This is a condition in which part of the brain becomes more and more damaged over a number of years, leading to physical symptoms, such as involuntary shaking (tremor), muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. A person with dementia with Lewy bodies may also develop these symptoms.
Causes of frontotemporal dementia
Frontotemporal dementia is caused by damage and then shrinking in two areas of the brain. The areas of the brain affected are called the temporal lobe and the frontal lobe. This type of dementia usually affects younger people who are under 65 years of age.
In an estimated 20% of cases, people who develop frontotemporal dementia have inherited a genetic mutation (an altered gene) from their parents.
Motor neurone disease is also sometimes associated with frontotemporal dementia. It is a rare condition that progressively damages the nervous system, causing the muscles to waste away.
Less common causes of dementia
Dementia or dementia-like symptoms can have a number of less common causes. These include:
infections of the brain, such as brain inflammation (encephalitis)
Huntington’s disease – a rare genetic condition that causes progressive brain damage
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) – a rare and fatal condition that causes damage to the brain and nervous system
a lack of vitamin B in the diet
having a brain tumour
rarer degenerative conditions, such as progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration
long-term alcohol misuse
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
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- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
Improving the diet can help dementia patients and promote brain longevity. In general, maintain a diet that features a balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates (not the simple sugars of the typical fast food diet), and healthy fats. The optimal brain diet reduces the intake of: processed food (monosodium glutamate or MSG and aspartame are two food additives that are proven neurotoxins), genetically engineered or refined substances (sugars and flour), while favoring plenty of organic fruits, vegetables and purified water. Alcohol and nicotine are also not recommended, since these substances measurably decrease brainpower.
The amount of protein in the diet is important, since various brain chemical messengers, such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins, are manufactured from amino acids and other substances found in the diet.
A whole foods diet provides healthy amounts of fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients essential for optimal brain function. It helps to balance pH (an acidic environment inhibits neuron function), normalize blood sugar levels, and prevent insulin resistance. This is important since hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) triggers the body’s stress response, causing the brain to be exposed to higher levels of a cortisol.
Fresh fruit and vegetables contain many vitamins and antioxidants, which may prevent heart disease and protect the brain. A number of research studies have shown that the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in oily fish might also help to protect the heart and blood vessels and lower the risk of developing dementia.
Some research has suggested that caffeine, and various spices and herbs including curcumin, sage and lemon balm, might have a protective effect on the brain.
A Mediterranean style diet may help reduce risk and is relatively easy to follow. This will help to manage your cholesterol and blood pressure. Drink alcohol, especially red wine, in moderation, if you wish.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages
- Avoid all fast food restaurants
- Avoid all canned food
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenized dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day nc.vitaminstrength.com for periods of 4 weeks at a time
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC): This amino acid (protein building block) enhances brain energy, helping to improve mood and reduce the effects of age-associated memory impairment. Typical dose: two divided doses of 1,000-2,000 mg each day.
B-Complex Vitamins: The B-complex vitamins are important for healthy nerve function. Women using oral contraceptives increase their utilization of the B vitamins and need to supplement their diet with B complex, as should individuals under high stress. Since the B vitamins are water-soluble, they are not stored in the body. These vitamins must be taken when you have food in the stomach; if taken on an empty stomach, pain and nausea may result.
Vitamin C: Concentrations are 15 times higher in the brain than in any other body tissue, which means this nutrient is vital for brainpower. Vitamin C extends the life of vitamin E and is needed for the production of several key brain chemicals, including acetylcholine and dopamine. It is important to take vitamin C in staggered doses throughout the day, as the body can fully absorb only 500 mg at a time. Typical dose: 1,000-5,000 mg daily or up to bowel tolerance (just short of producing diarreah).
Coenzyme Q10: CoQ10 is necessary for the generation of energy in all cells and has been found to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in some patients. CoQ10 improves cardiovascular fitness and blood circulation to the brain. As a potent antioxidant, it helps to keep the nerve cells free of brainpower-damaging substances. Typical dose: 100 mg daily.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): DHA is a long-chain fatty acid found in fish, egg yolks, and marine algae, and is the predominant omega-3 fatty acid in brain tissue. As the brain is dependent on dietary fatty acids, reductions in DHA content of the diet may contribute to degenerative changes in the nervous system. Dietary sources include fish (tuna, salmon, sardines), red meats, organ meats, and eggs. Typical dose: 500-1,500 mg daily.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant that promotes stable cell membranes and reduces damage to the mitochondria, the cell’s energy producer. Vitamin E traps free radicals, interrupting the chain reaction that damages brain cells. Typical dose: 400-800 IU daily.
Phosphatidyl Choline: Phosphatidyl choline is the major structural and functional component of brain-cell membranes. Without this chemical, brain cells undergo degenerative changes. The brain requires choline to produce acetylcholine, a chemical that plays a vital role in memory. Phosphatidyl choline is derived from choline and lecithin; natural sources include eggs, soybeans, cabbage, cauliflower, organ meats, spinach, nuts, and wheat germ. Typical dose: one tablespoon of lecithin provides 250 mg of choline or supplement with 1,200 mg of phosphatidyl choline, 2-3 times daily.
Phosphatidyl Serine (PS): Phosphatidyl serine is a large fat molecule found in trace amounts in lecithin and derived from soybeans. Although the brain normally produces PS, if the diet is deficient in essential fatty acids, folic acid, or vitamin B12, PS production may be blocked. PS plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of brain-cell membranes. Perhaps most significant is its ability to lower the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, which damage brain cells and lead to the accumulation of calcified plaques in the brain. Typical dose: 100 mg three times daily.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription drugs are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – http://ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The ayurvedic herbs triphala and gotu kola, which taken in combination, can help improve brain cell function. The herb macunabrure can also help improve circulation, thereby enabling the brain to receive an improved supply of oxygen and vital nutrients. Ayurvedic physicians also employ specific dietary regimens according to patients’ specific doshas, or metabolic types.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
To halt the advance of the disease in the early stages, a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, and an exercise program, can help to offset symptoms of the disease.
Scalp acupuncture can actually clear pathways through the plaque that has accumulated in the brain and therefore alleviate many of the problems associated with Alzheimer’s. Other treatments included the herbs ginseng, dong quai, and ho-shou-wu to enhance vitality and mobility.
Beneficial oils to begin with are lavender, bergamot and Ylang ylang .
These can bring about calm. Restlessness and interrupted sleep can usually be remedied by using lavender , especially at bedtime. Other helpful oils include rose, neroli, geranium , jasmine and Roman chamomile.
Other oils than may be helpful for dementia and Alzheimer’s include basil, ginger, rosemary,
black pepper and cardamom. These oils should be tried during waking hours as they can evoke memories and in some cases cause too much stimulation to the brain for later in the day use.
We all know that Alzheimer ’s and Dementia patients also have poor appetites. Oils that may
help to stimulate appetites and help with memory include lemon, lime, nutmeg, clove, coriander,
orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
- Nux Vom – disposition to find fault with everything and everybody; extreme sensitiveness to the words and attention of others, suicidal tendencies, irritable, quarrelsome, vindictive.
- Mercurius – complete loss of all sense of decency; poor personal hygiene, poor memory, impaired vision; foul breath; heavy coated tongue.
- Ignatia – extreme mental sensitiveness due to grief, disappointment in love affairs.
- Calcaria Carb – complete lack of development of brain and other organs with forgetfulness. Slowness and inability to acquire knowledge.
- Lycopodium – great depression of spirits; despondent; worried about being able to perform duties; about passing in examination, fretful, irritable, morose, very vehement and angry. Constipation.
- Staphisagria – sleeplessness. Coward with shamefulness, disgust, humiliation, despair, shyness with desire for solitude.
- Chamomilla – sensitiveness; irritability, peevishness; very easily angered and suffers profoundly as a result.
- Terentula His – rages over something and throws whatever is at hand. On slightest contradiction or objection will hit out at someone.
- Alumina — for dullness of mind, vagueness, slow answers to questions
- Argentum nitricum — for dementia with irritability, especially with lack of control over impulses
- Cicuta — for dementia after head injuries, especially with convulsions
- Helleborus — for stupefaction, when a person answers questions slowly and stares vacantly
- Silica — for mental deterioration with anxiety over small details
Ginkgo biloba can improve circulation and increase mental capacity. The herb has been effective for treating problems associated with cerebral circulation, neurotransmission (the energetic impulse of nerve cells), neuron membrane lesions caused by free radicals, and neuronal metabolism threatened by lack of oxygen.
It is a safe herb to use and can offer improvements for vascular disorders and help to improve mood for those experiencing early signs of cognitive loss. Ginkgo shows the best evidence for treating dementia, and it may be taken in a standardized extract of 40 – 50 mg 3 times per day. If you are taking blood thinning medication, use ginkgo only under the supervision of your licensed practitioner.
One study showed that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) helped improve cognitive function in people with dementia and mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. The dose used was 60 drops per day.
Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) leaf extract, called Brahmi, is used in Ayurvedic or Indian medicine to improve brain function and learning. However, no scientific studies have looked at bacopa to see whether it might help lessen symptoms of dementia. One study found that taking 300 mg of bacopa per day for 12 weeks seemed to improve cognition in healthy people.
Lavender may be effective in terms of alleviating agitation associated with dementia. Lavender is not used internally but rather as an aromatherapy agent.
Mental and Physical Exercise: Just as exercise physiologists discovered decades ago that the muscles waste away with disuse, so too have neuroscientists found that brain function erodes with idle neglect The period from ages 60 to 80 is most critical in determining the level of mental degeneration. While most 60-year-olds show little cognitive decline, by age 80 it is rare to find individuals functioning at the same level as they were 20 years earlier. This decline is far from inevitable—continually learning and solving problems stimulates the mind and prevents it from getting “rusty.” Mental stimulation that can help maintain brain function includes: sharing ideas, discussing news headlines, doing crossword puzzles, playing music, engaging in some artistic endeavour, or even going to movies.
Crossword puzzles can help exercise the mind when a person begins to feel information and words are no longer at their fingertips. Jigsaw puzzles help a person’s spatial sense. Even square dancing can help, since it requires a person figure out how to work through a complex movement.
Physical exercise can also decrease the rate of memory loss. Aerobic conditioning has been found to improve mental function by 20%-30%, while increasing blood flow and generating the production of nerve growth factors. While it cannot prevent Alzheimer’s, exercise appears to be able to delay it, possibly by reducing other risk factors that lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s, such as toxin accumulation, high blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. It may also prevent the deposition of amyloid plaques around nerve cells in the brain, thought to be a factor in Alzheimer’s.
Stress Reduction: In the short term, high stress levels impair a person’s ability to pay attention, focus, and easily recall information. However, the long-term effects of stress are more severe, since they accelerate the aging process and cause brain degeneration.
Meditation provides substantial benefits by inhibiting the release of cortisol and lipid peroxidase (a marker for free-radical activity) and increasing levels of DHEA. Lowered cortisol levels and improved memory function can be documented in subjects who are taught to meditate.
Relaxation techniques alone may not be able to reverse Alzheimer’s disease, but some methods of stress reduction have been found to improve symptoms. Any stress reduction method that effectively disengages the body’s fight-or-flight reaction and therefore inhibits excessive cortisol production is useful to ensure optimal brain longevity. Diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, exercise, guided imagery, and the use of essential oils are just a few examples of the ways available to soothe the body and calm the emotions.
Biological (Holistic) Dentistry: The goal of this treatment is to balance the chemistry of the body and improve oxygen blood flow. Removing amalgam fillings is the first step in this multidisciplinary approach to treating Alzheimer’s and senile dementia. This process is supported by intravenous vitamin C and other solutions to protect the immune system from stress. Silver fillings are replaced with fillings made of materials that have been tested for biocompatibility. After the fillings are removed, detoxification is performed to remove residues of mercury and other poisons from the body. Mercury poisoning is recognized as a serious risk to the body, but only accounts for a small percentage of the process.
Smoking: If you smoke, you should stop – this will be of huge benefit to your health in a number of ways as well as reducing your risk of dementia.
Yoga: The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong: Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing: www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body: www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters: naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health: NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation): www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong: NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT: NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress: NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout: NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective: www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease: www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Kundalini yoga and Dementia/Alzheimer’s: www.kundalini-yoga-info.com/alzheimers-and-kundalini-yoga.html
Natural cure for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: video.foxnews.com/v/4337733/natural-cure-for-alzheimers-disease/
Ayurvedic home remedy for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sayjxtR4gDw
Natural treatments for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGwgR6AtK1M
Huperzine A and dementia: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684515/
Fish oils for brain health: www.naturalnews.com/016353_omega-3_fatty_acids_mental_health.html
The power of beetroot/beets: www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/get_with_the_beet_and_get_brainy.php
Further Information (links and books)
The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s, and Other Diseases – Michelle Schoffro Cook; Stop Alzheimer’s Now!: How to Prevent & Reverse Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Other Neurodegenerative Disorders – Russell L. Blaylock; Anti-Aging – Natural Ways to a Better You – Lambert Klein; The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life – Gary Small
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner