Cognitive decline is a major concern of the ageing population with Alzheimer’s disease being the major cause of age-related cognitive decline. Scientists have now found that Alzheimer’s can be reversible.
Facts about Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia and the most common
- Around 850,000 people suffer with dementia in the UK and this number looks set to soar
- 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK
- 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia
- Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding
- Dementia research is desperately underfunded
- No drug has been found to stop or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s
The stats above are startling but there is some good news. Reversal of cognitive decline is possible. Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research has carried out a study and found that memory loss in patents may be reversed with sustained improvement.
Dr Dale Bredesen used a complex 36-point therapeutic program which involved diet changes, brain stimulation, exercise, sleep optimization, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins as well as multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry.
This program was used on 10 patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s. Only 1 out of the 10 patients did not improve and that patient has the later stage of Alzheimer’s. 6 of the patients were able to return or continue with their jobs due to the improvement. The programme is pretty complex and its all down to the patients and carers to follow it.
This is a form of self healing which is gaining more momentum at the moment. When addressing the cause of disease the symptoms diminish or slowly reverse. It makes common sense really. When taking a pill to take pain away, all it is doing is masking the pain, telling your brain there is no brain. But what is causing the pain is untreated. This just leads to being reliant on the drug. Who benefits from this? The pharmaceutical industry.
Many doctors are now leaving the industry as they believe they are only helping the symptoms of diseases and not addressing the cause. This is true and the reason I rarely visit the Doctor. Doctors are taught very little science and very little nutrition which is complete madness really.
Dr Bruce Lipton is an American biologist who began his scientific career as a cell biologist. After carrying out his own experiments he realised that what he was teaching medical students was wrong. So he left the profession and now teaches new age ideas about spirituality and medicine. What he talks about makes sense. He has shown we are not victims of our genes, we have full control of our lives, our thoughts, beliefs, mind and behavior govern the life we experience. Our genes are better described as a blueprint. The placebo effect is where you are given a sugar pill without prior knowledge, but told this pill would cure you. It has proven to work, which means our belief in something can create a certain outcome. We are creators, not victims.
Every single thing in the world is the way it is because of its environment. We are no different. We have the choice to change our environment, the environment being everything from the food we eat, the exercise we do, the way we feel, the thoughts we have and our beliefs. All these things shape our outcome.
More research and money needs to go into the research of the cause of all disease and the placebo effect, not into creating drugs to cure so called diseases. If more and more studies prove that disease and illness can be reversed by changing its environment and belief, then taking pills and drugs will be a thing of the past. The biggest obstacle of course is the pharmaceutical industry. They will be the biggest losers if more evidence supports this. According to Bruce, the pharmaceutical industries have a lot of input into what is taught to medical students. The sooner people’s work like Bruce’s and other doctors and scientists is taken seriously the better.
If you know someone suffering Alzheimer’s, call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.