Are You Afraid of Alzheimers?

Good morning!

As promised, I've gathered the most important snippets of the three day International Congress of Natural Medicine in the area of  mood disorders and neuro/mental decline, to deliver to you an easy to read, info-taining piece of literary brilliance.  I figure I should capitalize on using my brain as much as I can in creative ways to keep the mental fog from creeping in.

The congress was packed full of revelations, research and current data from all over the world including Australia, to unravel the tangles of aged related deficits in health.  To say it was inspirational is an understatement - especially in the area of Alzheimer's management.

Of the most exciting revelations from Dr Dale Bredesen in his presentation - Current Understanding of the Pathophysiology of Dementia and Sub Typing of Patients - Alzheimer's disease is not necessarily a definitive end of the road for all patients. In fact, his findings are that the amyloid plaque found in the brains of Alzheimer patients, is actually something quite common to all of us - its a protective measure your body employs to buffer the effects of trauma, inflammation (from infection or injury), stress and nutrient irregularities.

His video recordings of patients diagnosed with this debilitating condition found that with correct management, their symptoms abated within 6 months and some had their diagnoses turned around.  The change on screen was astonishing - and encouraging to say the least.

He also found there are some genetic tests - APOE4/MTHFR - that can be done to determine genetic risk factors (costs about $200 to do the two) and that a simple ratio between albumin/globulin on your usual blood tests your doctor does - will reveal a potential problem on its way to affecting you. Markers of inflammation and heavy metal testing are important too - and together formulates a great starting point for care.

This means that unlike usual prognosis given - we can do something about prevention and there is much to do for management too!

Our arsenal of anti-inflammatory herbs, stress reducing nutrients and good old sound dietary advice can go a long way in stemming decline and even turning around prognoses.  To list them here would make your eggs go cold - so if you are interested in following up with some individualized approach to preventing mental decline - let's get together.

Remember - we are all too keen (well maybe not all) to get a colonoscopy in our 40's - perhaps we should be lining up for cognoscopy (not a real thing but  our version of a mental panel check) for prevention.