See also Syndrome X , Memory

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease, which shows up as common dementia, or progressive decline in intellectual function. It is considered to effect 10% of people over 65 and 50% over the age of eighty-five. Since there has been a 10-fold increase in AD since 1900, it is often considered a 20th century disease. Alzheimer’s was once considered a psychological phenomenon but is now known to be a degenerative disorder characterized by a specific set of physiological changes in the brain. Usually short-term memory is affected first, often with the inability to find the right word showing up earliest, followed with mood swings, confusion and disorientation. Depression and restlessness are often accompanying states. Alzheimer’s is much more than just simple forgetfulness. If you can’t remember where you put your keys, that is forgetfulness. If you don’t remember you drive a car, that is probably Alzheimer’s.

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The precise cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown. Many feel that it is either a nutritional deficiency and/or an accumulation of toxic chemicals. These are both environmental factors that have increased within the last century. It is well known that Alzheimer’s sufferers have low levels of B12 and Zinc. People with Alzheimer’s have also been shown to be quite low in antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamin A, Beta-carotene and Vitamin E. There has been a lot of attention on aluminum toxicity, since autopsies have shown high concentrations of aluminum in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. High aluminum levels have also been found in both blood and hair analyses of Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies have shown higher rates of dementia in communities with elevated levels of aluminum in the drinking water. Aluminum can be found in cookware, water supply, food, antacids, and deodorants. Despite these findings, scientists have not been able to find the actual mechanism linking aluminum and dementia. High concentrations of mercury have also been indicated. The primary source of mercury is dental amalgam.

Genetics appear to play a role, as this issue often follows family lines and specific proteins created by specific genes have been linked to the condition. Even though genetics might play a significant role, it appears environmental stressors, such as nutrient deficiencies and toxic metals seem to be the factor that activates the characteristic destruction of brain neurons in Alzheimer’s. The most recent research shows that middle-aged individuals with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Clearly, the best treatment here is prevention. Start working at the first suspected stage of the disease, as it is next to impossible to reverse advanced Alzheimer’s. Eat a well balanced diet, along with a good set of nutritional supplements. Have a hair analysis to determine possible toxic minerals. Often the consumption of Zinc and Chlorella can chelate the mineral out. B12 injections can be quite beneficial. Smoking has been shown to more than double the risk for Alzheimer’s. Using the brain has been shown to reduce the speed at which this disorder will advance. Keep the brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things.

Single Herbs: Ginkgo Biloba, Gota Kola, Rhodiola, Ginseng, Cordyceps, Lemon Balm, Blue Vervain, Fo-ti-teng, Blessed Thistle (specifics for the brain), Periwinkle (viopocetine), Sage, Cat’s Claw, Qian ceng ta (Chinese herb), Butcher’s Broom.

Combinations: Ginkgo Plus, Four Ginsengs, Phosphatidyl serine with Ginkgo.

Nutritional Supplements: B complex (two tablets, twice daily),  B6, B12, Folic acid, Vitamin C (500 mg, three times daily), Glutamine, Tyrosine, Coenzyme Q10, Lecithin (1200 mg, twice daily), Zinc (50 mg daily), Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg ; twice daily), Phosphatidyl choline, Phosphatidyl serine (300 mg daily), Acetylcholine, Manganese, Boron (3 – 6 mg daily), Huperzine A.