Can Alzheimer’s be prevented or even reversed?

Unfortunately, many people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are given little or no hope by their doctor... they are advised there is no treatment for Alzheimer’s. But is this true?

A new and novel therapeutic approach has been developed by Professor Dale Bredesen who has reversed Alzheimer’s in more than 90% of his 1,000 patients. Bredesen has specialised in Alzheimer’s research within the medical and scientific community for over 28 years.

Alzheimer’s takes decades to develop; with a poor diet and lifestyle choices often to blame. Eating too much sugar and refined carbs, not enough essential fats, exposure to ongoing toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, plastics), leading a sedentary lifestyle, experiencing too much stress and not enough sleep can create cognitive decline.

Dale Bredesen explains the good news is that although “It is a metabolic disorder that is making your brain sick, at least in the early stages, and it is nutrition and lifestyle that will mend it.”

If we don’t take charge of our health, Alzheimer’s will become an even bigger problem. It is already placing a huge emotional and financial burden on our society. The statistics are grim. Alzheimer is the most frequent cause of age-related cognitive decline with over 50 million people affected globally, and it is predicted to grow 3-fold to more than 160 million in the next 30 years. Furthermore, it is the leading cause of death in the UK, with more women affected than men. Worryingly, a woman in the western world has a greater chance of getting Alzheimer’s than breast cancer.

My interest in Alzheimer’s stems back to 2005 when my Dad was diagnosed. As it turned out my grandmother, uncle and father all died from the disease. My dad, Geoff, died in 2012 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for 7 years. He went through all the stages from being angry that he could not remember, to being unaware that he could not remember. He then needed 24/7 care because he was a threat to himself and others, leaving the gas on, and racking up enormous international phone bills, simply by not hanging up the phone. It was horrible to watch dad die, waste away, a ghost of his former self… it was truly heart-breaking! And my family’s story is just one of millions…

 Stages of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease staring with mild memory issues, which indicate the beginning of nerve degeneration. It is then followed by 3 years of non-specific symptoms before there is a diagnosis. After this people deteriorate quickly, and within 3 to 6 years most people are in nursing homes. According to Professor Bredesen, “Alzheimer’s is wholly preventable and modifiable through nutrition and lifestyle factors up until the late stages of the disease.”

Simple steps you can do now to prevent and reverse cognitive decline

  1. Balance your blood sugar. Overconsumption of sugar can lead to systemic inflammation. Eating fruits and vegetables low in sugar and eliminating/ reducing processed foods, refined carbs, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and dairy is vital.
  2. Feed your brain. Include foods with essential fats that will help your brain thrive, like avocados, wild fatty fish, raw almonds, walnuts, organic eggs, extra virgin olive oil and raw coconut oil.
  3. Supplement wisely. Even with a fantastic diet there is a need to supplement as people can be deficient in vitamins and minerals for decades prior to showing symptoms. Alzheimer progression has been linked to deficiencies in vitamin A, B6, B12, D, folate and omega-3. Taking a good quality food-state multi-vitamin and an omega-3 supplement is essential.
  4. Feed your gut with beneficial bacteria. Inflammation is directly affected by our beneficial gut bacteria, and can determine your brain’s health. Eat probiotics rich foods such as organic kefir and sauerkraut. 
  5. Detox from mercury and other heavy metals. Heavy metals can be found in fish (particularly tuna and swordfish), food and cookware, vaccinations and medications. They can cause brain fog and fatigue and may require a supervised detox program.
  6. Get 8 hours of high-quality sleep every night. Research studies demonstrate poor sleep is a major risk factor for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.
  7. Manage stress with your lifestyle. Stress negatively affects your body and brain. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or even a 30-minute walk daily can help reduce stress and anxiety and prevent cognitive decline.
  8. Get the right support. Everyone is biochemically unique and getting to the root cause of any disease is critical. Programmes based on Professor Bredesen’s findings can see cognition improvements within 4 to 12 weeks.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.

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