Alzheimers Treatments – Scientific Breakthrough Discovers Root Cause

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disorder of the mind that gets progressively worse with time; other types of dementia include Parkinson's disease and Huntingdon's – which is not strictly restricted to the elderly. Alzheimer's is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 causing problems with the memory centers of the mind; although current diagnosis is not perfect, the accuracy levels are up to 94 percent at best, 87 percent at worst. The world started focusing on the disease only about thirty years ago although was first discovered in 1906 by Alois Alzheimer, a German physician; even though it has been scientifically studied for many years, knowledge surrounding this disease until very recently has been minimal.

Studies show that your greatest risk of acquiring Alzheimer's is advancing age. Many people experiencing the first signs of Alzheimer's are unwilling to admit to themselves or others that there is anything wrong.

While the mental abilities of an Alzheimer's disease sufferer can be improved anything up to six months with the use of prescribed medication like Donepezil, Tacrine, and Rivastigmine, no medication has been discovered that will reverse the debilitating life wasting disease.

Today's top medical scientists, doctors, microbiologists and nutritionists now believe that our human diet for the past 100 years has greatly contributed to the increase in this very modern disease.

They maintain that our two million year old genetically handed down bodies were made to run on water, seeds, nuts, grasses, herbs, roots, fruits, vegetables, and cereals

Only for the past 100 years have we humans been regularly consuming and running on: sugar, sweets, biscuits, crisps, chocolate, cola and soft-drinks, fats & oils, cigarettes and alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and chemicals, pesticides and preservatives ( loads of them).

It's no wonder that our bodies are Breaking Down. Yes, diet is the single biggest influence on the Alzheimer's condition.

The simple and overlooked truth about Alzheimer's – and many other modern diseases – is that it's infinitely more important to pay attention to what you put inside your body, than to have to deal with the symptoms that drugs can fight on the outside.

Scientists have now discovered … that Alzheimer's CAN be reversed with natural means! You see, in the West, we have an abnormal amount of these "modern diseases" … that practically do not exist in "undeveloped" parts of the world. This has been known for a long time, and for years, these scientists have wondered why.

Well they finally discovered why. They discovered that it is our modern lifestyle that is actively causing these diseases … and that … our modern western diet is having a major impact on our bodies wrecking havoc in the form of Alzheimer's and other modern diseases.

What scientists have now discovered is … that the "Root Cause" of Alzheimer's is the modern lifestyle, causing your body to become diseased by acids, sugars, carbohydrates, excess fats and uric acid (all very common in our modern diets) keep flowing through our bloodstream.

Because our body is a very delicately balanced organism, whatever you ingest can radically destroy that tender balance …

Here's what leading scientist, Dr Robert O. Young, has to say about the ROOT cause of Alzheimer's:

"There is only One Sickness and One Disease, and this one 'sickness' is the over-acidification of the body due primarily to an inverted way of living, thinking, and eating … there can only be one remedy and treatment, and that is to alkalise the body and break the cycle of imbalance, so allowing us to experience the energy, vitality and true health we're all mean to have. "

Dr. Young is an American microbiologist and nutrition scientist and known as one of the top research scientists in the world. His findings are currently sending shock waves through the scientific community.

Published in noted medical journals and having conducted tests in collaboration with the John Hopkins Medical School, his findings are irrefutable and indisputable.

Owing to an increase in the life expectancy of people living in the industrialized world, Alzheimer's disease has become a major health issue and is the fourth largest cause of death in the United States. It is not just the human cost of Alzheimer's that has to be taken into consideration; there are also the monetary costs. The cost of providing care and treating patients is already costing 40 billion dollars every year with this figure expected to increase. Last year the National Institute on Aging spent half of its annual budget on research into age related disease, they are now testing over three hundred compounds at any one time.

One of the few factors that you can change to alter your risk of developing dementia is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Begin now to alkalize the body. Think about what you are eating. Develop the habit of eating a healthy well-balanced diet.

For those of you who have already diagnosed with Alzheimer's, with this new scientific breakthrough there is now hope that a change to an alkaline diet can gradually bring balance to your body and can gradually reverse day-by-day the effects of Alzheimer's.

Improving Memory With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's really takes a toll on its victims and their family members. Marked with various symptoms, Alzheimer's is a brain disorder. Among those symptoms as memory loss. Not only do people with Alzheimer's forget people and events, but they can also forget to do the daily routines of life such as common hygiene. People with Alzheimer's get progressively worse.

Do you suffer from Alzheimer's disease, or does someone you know suffer from it? If so, then you or they could benefit greatly from the various techniques that can be used to improve brain memory.

Making your memory stronger

If you are wondering how to improve brain memory, you'll be happy to know that there are numerous fantastic ideas to do just that. One great strategy is to start doing jigsaw puzzles. One of the great benefits of jigsaw puzzles is you can do as little or as much as you want at any given time. Work on it for a few minutes a day or a few hours a day. You finish it when you finish it. More importantly solving puzzles is fun.

Just when you thought that improving your brain function could not be anymore enjoyable then doing jigsaw puzzles, here comes an even more enjoyable way to tackle memory loss. Card games are another powerful remedy that you can start using today. Any card game will do. If you can not find anyone to play card games with you, you should be able to find a few already installed on your computer. Games such as solitaire or a spider solitaire will be very effective at improving your memory skills. You can even play hearts and spades against the computer.

If you are reading up on Alzheimer's disease because your parents or some other family member is suffering from it, then you should start engaging in these mind boosting activities as well. Alzheimer's is genetic. Therefore if your parents or another family member has to, then there is a good chance that you could get it yourself as you get older. Studies have shown that Alzheimer's is easier to prevent if you take action before its sunset.

If you already have Alzheimer's, then hang in there. Do not put too much pressure on yourself to improve your memory. Simply keep your brain active each day and enjoy the process of enjoying fun games. Also be sure to consult with your doctor about what else you can do to minimize the effects of your condition.

Diagnosing Alzheimer's

Memory loss can happen at any age and can have many causes. It is certainly not possible to diagnose the cause yourself.

Confusion can also have other causes surrounding dementia, such as poor sight or hearing; emotional changes and upsets, such as moving or bereavement; or the side-effects of certain drugs or combinations of drugs.

Memory loss does not necessarily mean that you or someone you know has Alzheimer's. Stress, depression and heavy drinking can all contribute to memory loss, as can a number of other medical conditions.

Talk to your physician if you feel that you, or someone you care for, may be showing the early symptoms of Alzheimer's. Early diagnosis will allow treatable conditions which may have symptoms similar to dementia to be rolled out. The sooner a person is assessed and can be treated, the better.

Early symptoms:

Difficulty remembering recent events, poor judgment and decision making, inability to manage a budget, losing track of the date or the season, difficulty having a conversation, repeating the same stories over and over again, misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them, changes in mood and personality, inappropriate social behavior, withdrawal from work or social activities, new problems with spoken and written words, trouble understanding visual images, difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

The time it takes to make a diagnosis associated with memory loss can vary. If surveys and other investigations are required, these may take 4-12 weeks, depending on waiting lists.

If the person is in the early stages of dementia, a 6-12 month period of monitoring may be required before a diagnosis can be made, and this may vary from country to country. New technologies and novel applications of imaging techniques are rapidly evolving, offering promise for enhanced diagnosis in the future.

Our understanding of Alzheimer's is rapidly growing. 35 years ago it was considered as a hopelessly untreated condition which attracted little interest or support from researchers. 25 years ago ideas about prevention or cure were unthinkable, and 20 years ago the knowledge of biological underpinnings and the genes associated with the disease had not been identified.

15 years ago, animal models of Alzheimer's were not available, whilst ten years ago doctors were unable to identify a person's risk factor of developing Alzheimer's. Nine years ago one of the hallmarks of the disease – beta-amyloid protein, could not be directly visualized in patients, while today the field is on the brink of major breakthroughs that may lead to more effective treatment, and, it's hoped, to protection.

A biomarker (also known as a biological marker) is something that helps measure a normal biological process, a disease or response to a treatment.

Biomarkers may be used to identify people who are at risk years or even decades before symptoms appear. One of the most important goals of neuroscience research is to develop and validate biomarkers that can detect and identify disorders early.

Today, progress is being made in developing biomarkers relevant to Alzheimer's drug development, especially those that characterize disease progression.

Drug Companies Expand Their Prescription Drug Help

The current economic recession has affected many patient’s ability to pay for their prescription medicine. Some drug companies are responding with improved prescription drug help. Merck, which makes Singulair for asthma, Januvia for diabetes and Fosamax for osteoporosis, increased the amount of total annual income a family can make and still qualify for free medication in March. Individuals making less than $43,000 and families of four making less than $88,000 now can qualify for help with prescriptions. Merck says it has helped 1.7 million patients with $1.9 billion of medicine over the last seven years.

“We are committed to helping patients, and that commitment is evident in the $140 million of financial assistance we provided in 2008,” spokesperson Shannon Altimari from drug maker Biogen says. Biogen Idec provides help for prescription Avonex and Tysabri which is used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Pfizer announced a program earlier this year called Maintain that provides free medicine to unemployed patients who need prescription drug help. Maintain is just one of several patient assistance programs that the company offers.

AstraZeneca just announced that it was changing its medication assistance program to provide assistance sooner to certain patients. The company’s program offers free medicine or low-cost medicine to uninsured, low-income patients. AstraZeneca said in a statement that it “would immediately extend assistance to qualifying patients who have lost their jobs, had their incomes reduced or had a change in marital status or family size”. The company said these types of patients had been having problems qualifying for prescription drug help because their tax returns showed too high an income. Qualifying patients can now enroll by providing documentation of their current income and family size, AstraZeneca said.

Jason Richards is a patient that has experienced such problems. The 46-year-old plumber was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005. His income from social security and a small disability policy barely covers his mortgage, medical bills, and other living expenses. “I have tried all sorts of things to see if I can get prescription drug help,” he says. He called the drug companies, Social Security, and his doctor’s office. He has also followed several leads on the Internet and finally found a company that would process all of the paperwork for him.

Richards’ prescription medicine cost over $600 a month and his medical expenses are more than $300 per month. “There were times when I have had to skip taking my medicine for a day or two,” he admits. Jason is not sure what the future holds for him but at least now he is getting the help with prescriptions that he needs.

Pot’s CBD Has Health Benefits

Dec. 15, 2017 — A compound found in the cannabis plant is not harmful, has health benefits, and does not have abuse potential, experts at the World Health Organization say.

The WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence focused on cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.

After reviewing evidence from animal and human studies, the committee concludes that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

The experts also say that CBD might be able to treat epilepsy (where most research has focused), although results are mixed. Other conditions it might treat are Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety, depression, and other maladies. CBD may ease inflammation, provide antioxidants, and relieve pain.

Based on its research, the committee concluded that current information does not call for scheduling of the drug. In the U.S., CBD is a Schedule 1 controlled substance. These are defined as drugs with no medical use and likely to be abused.

Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes. Other states, including Georgia, have legalized the possession of CBD to treat specific disorders. 

It remains a federal crime, however, to have or sell any form of marijuana, including CBD. Despite those federal regulations, CBD is an ingredient in popular products sold over the counter as oils, extracts, supplements, and gum to treat many ailments.

CBD usually is given as a capsule or dissolved in liquid to be taken orally, under the tongue, or as a nasal spray. CBD does not produce the high that another cannabinoid — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — does, experts say. In fact, CBD appears to have effects opposite of THC.

The WHO announcement drew a positive response from marijuana advocates and criticism from those who don’t want it to be legal.

The experts produced the report in November, while the WHO announced its conclusions this week. In May, the committee will study cannabis and cannabis-related substances more fully.

Other major studies have shown marijuana and its products can relieve pain, nausea related to cancer treatment, and multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms. But using cannabis has well-known short-term and long-term health effects, such as learning and coordination problems.

Because federal law makes it a crime to have marijuana and CBD, researchers must pass strict government scrutiny just to study its usefulness.