The most interesting book I read in 2016 is The End of Alzheimer’s: A Differential Diagnosis Toward a Cure, which you can get from Real Health Clinics, by Thomas J. Lewis, PhD and Clement L. Trempe, MD.
Note: Another book that was published in 2017 is The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. It is very worth the read.
The rest of this post provides a very high-level summary of the message in this 482 page book that is packed with research studies, advice, and other information. The real point is that there really is something you can do to keep yourself from getting Alzheimer’s, and if you already have it, there is plenty you can do to stop, reverse, or slow down the progression.
The tips for AD also apply to other similar diseases such as Parkinson’s, vascular dementia, and other forms of dementia.
- When someone shows signs of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), it is very important to understand the person’s overall health.
- Some disease frequently occur at the same time or before AD, such as type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cardiovascular disease.
- Many conditions have the same symptoms as AD, but can be treated and cured such as head injury, acute infections, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, toxic exposure, metabolic disorders, and others.
- Many diseases are related to AD or appear with it due to common risk factors and root causes.
- Every AD patient has a different set of underlying health issues that can show up as an AD diagnosis.
- Differential diagnosis is key to getting to the root cause of an individual’s symptoms. A differential diagnosis is the process used by doctors to differentiate between two or more conditions that share the same or similar signs or symptoms.
- Treatments aimed at the underlying disease conditions can make the patient healthier and reduce or remove the symptoms of AD.
The current thinking is that the accumulation of Beta Amyloids in the brain cause AD. However, drugs aimed at removing Beta Amyloids do not help patients with AD in any meaningful way.
More likely the presence of Beta Amyloids indicates that a deeper underlying health problem exists. Some researchers have concluded that our bodies produce Beta Amyloids as an immune response to hostile microorganisms.
In all likelihood, Beta Amyloids are one biomarker for AD among others.
Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections, and injuries. Chronic inflammation is when the body’s inflammatory response goes on too long and causes damage to the heart, brain, and other organs and cause diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease. smoking, obesity, chronic stress and drinking alcohol excessively can cause chronic inflammation.
Lifestyle imbalances create chronic inflammation, which causes diseases, and in turn more disease. Chronic inflammation weakens our immune systems. New research points to inflammation as playing a major role in AD, and suggests that targeting inflammation can help to prevent and even cure AD.
Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
— The Mayo Clinic
Cardiovascular disease reduces cerebral blood flow (CBF), which worsens the vascular stability of the brain. This can cause or worsen cognitive problems. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes are also risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
Type 2Diabetes is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Diabetes is a type of metabolic disorder that is now believed to be caused by inflammation. Insulin resistance in the brain triggers AD.
Many researchers have started referring to Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 diabetes because insulin deficiency and insulin resistance lead to a type of neurodegeneration that is common to AD.
The retina is an extension of the brain, and examining the eye can uncover the very early signs of changes in the brain – changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s Disease. Early diagnosis can lead to making appropriate lifestyle changes early enough to prevent or stop the progression of, or reverse the disease.
The following list of eye diseases shows how they are associated with chronic disease. This list is reproduced from The End of Alzheimer’s: A Differential Diagnosis Toward a Cure:
Nuclear cataract: Associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cortical cataract: Associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Glaucoma: Now considered Alzheimer’s disease of the eye.
Macular degeneration: Those with this disease are at increased risk of both cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.
Loss of visual acuity: Sudden or steady vision loss is associated with increased risk of all cause mortality.
You can start right away with the lifestyle changes listed below that can get chronic inflammation under control. Through diet and exercise, you can start to build up your immune system so you cure, reduce, or never get chronic inflammation.
!! You can also get in touch with RealHealth Clinics for testing and individually targeted advice for your particular situation.
- Avoid high carbohydrate diets and increase essential fatty acids. See Top Ten Foods Highest in Carbohydrates. high carbohydrate foods are sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks. Healthy high carbohydrate foods include vegetables, legumes (beans), whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt.
- Reduce high glycemic food intake: avoid sugar, and increase fat
- Get anti-oxidents from green leafy vegetables, don’t supplement
- Eat diverse foods that are fresh and have a lot of minerals and vitamins
- Eat cheeses, cold water fish, fermented foods, yogurt, and a reasonable amount of salt (for iodine)
- Make sure you are not Magnesium deficient
- Make sure you get enough Vitamin D.
- Increase essential fatty acids (EFA), which are the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in plant foods. Omega-3’s reduce inflammation and Omega 6’s promote inflammation when eaten excessively. You need both, just be care not to eat an excess of the Omega -6’s. See Top 10 Foods Highest in Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
- Get periodontal disease under control.
- Keep your gut bacteria in balance
- Exercise regularly.
- If you smoke, stop.
- If you have high blood pressure, get it under control
- Blood pressure lowering drugs reduce blood flow to brain, find out why you have high blood pressure and deal with the problem
- Many studies indicate that elderly people with calcified and stiff vessels that a blood pressure of 150/95 is not a risk for AD, but probably helps get blood flow to the brain.
- Don’t take proton-pump inhibitors
- Don’t take statins — your brain needs cholesterol