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Alzheimer’s Disease and Prevention

Is there a connection with Sleep, Diet or Medication?


Currently affecting 11% of the population 65 years and older Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is up 71% and is the third cause of death.

Research from both Mary S Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Department of Neurology, UCLA & Buck Institute for research on Aging, Novata Calif. concur with Dale Bredesen, MD who was quoted at the Scripps Functional Medicine Seminar in San Diego saying “9 out of 10 display subjective or objective improvement in cognition beginning in 3-6 month.  With sustained improvement, 2.5 years after commencement of treatment.

What has been shown is that a Monotherapeutic approach is unsuccessful (including Alzheimer’s drugs or herbs).  What is needed is a multipronged approach.  Most successful are multitherapeutics including diet, organ system functions, multiple herbs and food based therapies.

There are several primary causes and initiating factors regarding AD.

Trauma such as automobile accidents, concussions from blunt trauma, as well as jarring forces such whiplash type trauma can result in an autoimmune response which leads to antibodies to brain tissue.  The immune response in the brain results in Amyloid Plaques.  These protect the brain from bacteria, biofilms and oxidative stress or free radicals.  However, when this system is overactive the defense becomes the attacker and compromises brain tissue.

Inflammation which can come about by gut dysfunction, bad teeth, obesity, toxicity, or infection.

Insulin resistance due to the inflammatory nature of insulin.

Bioaccumulation of toxicity.  In other words and accumulation of toxins in the body.  Which is also a driving force to inflammation.

Vascular Insufficiency as well as Atrophic changes from various imbalances as mentioned above.

Common symptoms used as early warning signs are:

Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks

Time / Place confusion

Visual image interpretation decline

Inability to retrace steps with misplaced items or when traveling.

Sever Alzheimer’s is NOT reversible that we know of so it is very important to use the early warning signs and intervene quickly.

There are many medications such as Klonopin which along with being addictive are known to cause permanent memory loss and increase AD.

Sleep has shown to play an important role in brain health.  A good night’s sleep conveys many benefits to a person, including boosts to memory, concentration and learning, creativity and ability to solve problems.  Studies are now revealing that lack of sleep can cause the premature onset of Alzheimer’s’ Disease.

Most importantly is the early detection.  If you know of someone who may be exhibiting these symptoms or you suspect a decrease in memory and problem solving ability the sooner you act the more likely it would be able to be turned around.  If you or someone you know would like more information such as a private consultation please feel free to contact my office.  Mention this article and you can arrange for a free consultation by phone.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


Non-Prescription Medications Linked to Dementia


Walk into any drugstore and you’ll see shelves and shelves lined with medications. Among those medications are non-prescription sleep medications such as Benadryl.


Researchers have found a significant link between the high use of these medications and an increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.   The class of drugs called anticholinergic medications work by blocking the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the body and brain. Some of the side effects of this are constipation, drowsiness, inability to urinate, dry mouth and eyes, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

“Older adults should be made aware that many medications- including some available without a prescription, such as over-the-counter sleep aids- have strong anticholinergic effects.” Says Shelly Gray, lead researcher of the study.

While the link between anticholinergic drugs and an increase in dementia has been observed before in other studies, this study was more rigorous and followed up with patients through seven years after the study to establish the strength of the findings. Researchers also accessed pharmacy records to correlate the use of non-prescription drugs in their data.

This is also the first study to demonstrate the dose-response effect. This means that more often the drug is taken and the more cumulative amount, the higher the risk is of developing dementia. Not only that, but the negative effects of taking the drugs can persist long after the person stops taking the medication.  The most commonly used medications for those patients that developed dementia were antidepressants, antihistamines, and antimuscarinics (for bladder control).

Researchers stress the importance of speaking with your primary care physician to find out how to reduce the dosages of any current medications. It’s important to do this as soon as possible since the negative effects from taking those drugs may already have set in.  Dr. Shapero has helped hundreds of people find natural and effective alternatives for better sleep and other problems.

SOURCE: Paddock, Catharine. “Over-the-counter sleep aids linked to dementia.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2015. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288546.php

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


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