(NaturalHealth365) Alzheimer’s disease patients (and their families) know this is true – cognitive functions don’t improve by taking pharmaceutical medications. In reality, prescription drugs have failed to prevent or halt the progression of this dreaded condition. Billions of dollars have been spent on ineffective drug therapies, while the real answer is in your local farmers market or health food store.
Numbers don’t lie – task force admits failure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not cleared any new drugs for memory loss in, at least, a decade.
Approved medicines such as Eisai’s Aricept eased some symptoms – without slowing or stopping dementia. In fact, a joint United States – European Union task force, in 2011, found that all the treatments in the previous decade failed to do their job.
Experimental treatments have also failed. For example, avagacestat from Bristol-Myers; solanezumab from Lilly, and bexarotene, a cancer drug, have all failed miserably. The side effects of bexarotene are, major blood-lipid abnormalities; pancreatitis; liver function test abnormalities; thyroid alterations; fatigue; weight gain; depression; nausea; rashes and constipation.
Do these horrific side effects sound like what Alzheimer’s disease patients really need?
By the way, bexarotene was tried, without much testing in humans, and no one even knew the dosage or dilatation needed to get results plus it failed to help slow down the disease.
Then, big pharma tried to pass off statins as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. But, a recent pilot study found that taking statins worsens brain function for Alzheimer’s disease patients as well.
Never forget – the human brain craves proper nutrition
To know what works – you have to understand that Alzheimer’s disease is, in part, brought about by a nutritional deficiency. It is a known fact that nutrients markedly enhance cognitive function.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that will respond to lifestyle changes just like weight management issues; cardiovascular disease; type-2 diabetes and cancer. Nutrients have been shown to normalize insulin levels and prevent metabolic syndrome – which contribute to memory problems.
With vitamin supplementation, older mice showed a level of learning just about identical to that of young mice. Brain mitochondrial activity improved and they became better learners.
Scientist have now isolated the vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and lifestyle factors that are becoming the best hope of patients. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that vitamins B6 and B12 combined with folic acid slowed brain atrophy that follows Alzheimer’s disease. Older adults are usually deficient in B 12 and this may account for their memory problems.
There are many whole foods with B6 such as, grass-fed beef, potatoes, beans and some cereal grains. Folic acid is found in leafy greens such as spinach, fenugreek, turnip greens, asparagus along with many other fruits and vegetables.
Novel nutritional interventions include magnesium, which plays a role in protecting the brain’s structure and function. The absorbable form of magnesium called magnesium-L-threonate has been shown to rebuild ruptured synapses and restore neuron connections.
Half of all aging individuals are magnesium deficient. Scientists have proven that magnesium is important to the central nervous system and promotes synaptic density and plasticity – which are essential for optimal learning and memory.
Looking for more magnesium in your diet? Be sure to eat plenty of (organic) green leafy vegetables such as, spinach, kale, collard greens and Swiss chard. In addition, eat some nuts and seeds such as, soaked almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower, sesame seeds and avocados which are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Finally, don’t forget, eat coconut oil – which the latest research indicates not only protects against the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, but can reverse the condition. Pure virgin, cold pressed coconut oil is easy to find and less expensive than a prescription drug.
Talk about wasteful spending – when will they learn?
In 2012, the Obama administration announced new efforts to fight Alzheimer’s disease by immediately making an additional $50 million available for research. In addition, the administration announced, in the fiscal year 2013, it will boost funding for Alzheimer’s disease research by $80 million. Gee, I wonder where all that money goes?
To rejuvenate human brain function, we don’t need more drugs – just a better food supply which includes whole foods along with daily mental and physical exercise.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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