Your Alzheimer's Is About To Change And For The Better
Hello, my name is Dr. Deborah Peterson and I am a Chief Medical Researcher at the National Brain Institute. Before I share with you the latest academic, medical and scientific breakthroughs in the world of Alzheimer's, let's define Alzheimer's from a medical perspective.
What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's,(1) also known as Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT) is a brain disorder named after German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer,(2) who first recognized the disease in 1906. Over the past century, scientists have studied a great deal about degenerative dementia - Alzheimer's is the most common form and it is a terminal disease.(3)
Generally, a term for memory loss and other cognitive disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease currently accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.(4) In the majority of patients, Alzheimer's is usually diagnosed among seniors or those over the age of 65; however, we are now seeing an earlier onset of Alzheimer's which may be due to poor diets.
Alzheimer's is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people worldwide by 2050. In the United States - as many as 5.3 million people are living with this progressive and fatal brain disorder.(5)
Alzheimer's dementia destroys brain cells, hampering the patient's ability to make critical judgments and carry out normal daily functions. As Alzheimer's dementia progresses, a patient may exhibit changes in personality as well as signs of anxiety, depression, agitation, delusion and
hallucinations.(6) Alzheimer's dementia is now the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.(7)
Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms(8), (9), (10)
The progression of Alzheimer's Disease varies among patients, but there are common symptoms. These include confusion, changes in personality, inability to retain information, irritability and aggression, language difficulties, mood swings and problems with attention and spatial orientation. During the early stages, Alzheimer's Disease symptoms may not be apparent to the patient, family, and even health professionals.
As Alzheimer's Disease advances, symptoms may include long-term memory loss and general withdrawal from social activities by the patient as their senses decline. Bodily functions are gradually lost so the patient becomes completely dependent and ultimately death will occur. The prognosis of Alzheimer's is difficult to assess because the duration of the disease differs among individuals. Alzheimer's develops for an indefinite period before symptoms become fully apparent.
The average life expectancy is eight to ten years after Alzheimer's diagnosis but in some cases, the disease can last up to twenty. However, less than three percent of patients live more than fourteen years after diagnosis.(11)
Three Stages Of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease can be divided into three stages, which shows how the patient's functioning deteriorates over time.
First, the predementia state shows the early symptoms of Alzheimer's.(12) Memory loss is the key symptom during this stage, and there are also some abstract thinking and attentiveness problems involved. Patients in the predementia state are observed to be apathetic.
When a patient enters the early dementia state, there is increased learning and memory impairment. This is usually the time when a person is officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Language problems and deterioration in performing fine motor tasks may also be present. However, those in the early dementia state can still perform tasks independently and may only need supervision in the most demanding tasks.
Second stage is moderate dementia, complete independence is already out of the question as the condition of the patient deteriorates.(13) Speech difficulties are already present, and there are problems involving reading and writing skills, complex motor activities, and performance of daily living activities. Long-term memory starts to get affected, and behavioral changes are apparent. Some people even develop delusions and urinary incontinence.
Third stage is advanced dementia,(14) the patient cannot function without caregivers. There can be a complete loss of speech although the patient can often understand emotional signals. All tasks need to be assisted, and the patient may even lose the ability to feed himself. Death comes as a result of being bedridden causing pneumonia or pressure sores.
Traditional Conventional Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
Once the presence of Alzheimer's Disease is suspected, the diagnosis is normally confirmed through cognitive tests and behavioral assessments. A CT scan or MRI can also be performed. To date, the exact cause and progression of Alzheimer's Disease remain vague but recent research and studies reveal that it is related to the development of plaques and tangles in the brain.(15)
Regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have approved four types of medications to treat the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.(16) Three are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors while the other is an NMDA receptor antagonist called memantine.
Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors(17) commonly prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease include Aricept (donezepil HCL), Exelon (rivastigmine), and Razadyne (galantamine). Memantine (brand names Akatinol, Axura, Ebixa/Abixa, Memox, and Namenda), was first used as an anti-influenza agent. It has been shown to be somewhat effective in the treatment of moderate to severe cases.(18)
Studies and research on the efficacy of such approaches are unavailable and are seldom specific to Alzheimer's Disease.
Breakthrough Medical Research Completed At The Institute Of Brain Health Sciences Have Revealed A Major Breakthrough Discovery About Alzheimer’s
Since the beginning of time, we have eaten basic, raw, unprocessed foods to fuel our bodies as you would fuel your car with gasoline. Fuel such as cereals, fruit, grasses, herbs, nuts, roots, seeds, vegetables, and water. However, in the last 100 years, we have introduced our bodies to biscuits, candy, chocolate, pop, chips, fats & oils, sugars, sweets, refined and processed fast foods, cigarettes, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives.
Corresponding with these changes in our diet, there has been an alarming acceleration of chronic conditions such as cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, in addition to Alzheimer's. These illnesses were not known to us just 100 years earlier. Academically, medically and scientifically, it has been demonstrated and documented that a large number of the diseases are directly related to the processed foods we consume.(19)