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
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