Simple Gifts

At the beginning of this post, let’s take a listen and a look at Dr. Rudy Tanzi and actor and recording artist Chris Mann at a TEDxNatick meeting where he talks about curing Alzheimer’s Disease with Science and Songs. Alzheimer’s is growing alarmingly as our “lifespan” is rapidly outpacing our “brainspan”.

Let’s face it. In the U.S. only, there are almost 5.5 million Alzheimer’s patients as more than 70 million baby boomers are heading straight toward high-risk ages. So Alzheimer’s Disease alone could easily and singlehandedly crush the U.S. healthcare system completely.

But there’s also some good news. Dozens of our genes related to Alzheimer’s have now been identified, meaning the chances of stopping this terrible disease have never been any greater. Dr. Rudy Tanzi works at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and is world renown for his groundbreaking work and on Alzheimer’s disease.

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Enjoying an Active Lifestyle

In the following video, Alan M. Cohen gives us a complete summary of his supplementary diet that has really helped him stop Alzheimer’s Disease and even reverse the symptoms. Alan says he took a cocktail 2-3 times per week of Razadyne, Omega 3 Fish Oil, Curry, organic flax seed cereal, Vitamin B12 (Chicken heart, liver, and gizzards for Vitamin B12 augmentation, multivitamin without iron, and Vflaxseed. He says to take the vitamin supplements and Razadyne regularly every day or you’ll regress and that it may take a few months for the cocktail to be effective.

I overheard a nurse saying that what Alan did makes complete sense and that had been hearing the same sounds for many years. And let’s be honest, when you’re in doubt, you should open your mind to reading and hearing about inflammation and our brain. Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrible condition so if some dietary changes will improve one’s life, just give it a go, wouldn’t you think?

Many people will get desperate and try anything to improve the condition their loved ones are in. I’ll tell you, both my parents are suffering from Alzheimer’s and turmeric and coconut oil have really made an enormous difference. Sure. it won’t make my parents 20 years old again, but this diet made them regained their laughter and personality again. Fortunately, some of the fog is lifted and let’s face it, all individuals are different and our medical world has definitely failed humanity regarding dementia.

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Breaking through the Barriers of Silence

In the following video, Dr. Robert Moir, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology of Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard Medical School, is sharing his views on the question “Are Infections Causing Alzheimer’s Disease?” at a TEDxCambridgeSalon meeting in October 2018.

Worldwide, more than 50 million individuals are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is basically incurable and fatal. Dr. Robert Moir is sharing new and groundbreaking research results that suggest that suggests that infection may play a crucial role in Alzheimer’s and this may help to point us in the direction of urgently needed new strategies for treatment.

Now let’s take a look at what we here wanted to do something to make a difference. We wanted to help those faced with a similar situation to somehow share our knowledge. As authors and educators, the answer was simple…a book written from two very different perspectives.

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Donation box for the Alzheimer Society

Alzheimer’s Disease and Power Foods for the Brain. Let’s first listen to Dr. Neal Barnard at a recent TEDxBismarck meeting where he speaks about his groundbreaking study and research on dietary interventions in diabetes type 2 funded mainly by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

Neil Barnard has conducted a great number of research studies on the effects of nutritious diets on body weight, chronic pain, and diabetes. Dr. Barnard wrote 17 books as well as more than 70 scientific publications on, among others, these subjects. He is chair of the U.S. Physicians Committee and has led many programs to advocate good nutrition, preventive medicine, and a higher ethical standard in our research.

Now let’s take a look at the story of the people who run Julien’s Pastry Shops in Halifax. My wife June and I run a busy service center and gift shop on the Trans Canada Highway near Sault Ste. Marie. One day a young woman asked us if we would display a donation box for the Alzheimer Society. It was on a day like today with Christmas rapidly approaching so I decided to give her all the help I could to collect the so-much-needed funds.

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Excuses for Memory Slips

In the following video, science and health journalist Max Lugavere talks at a TEDxVeniceBeach meeting about how Dementia is preventable if people change their lifestyles. In this talk, Max talks about lifestyle changes and fascinating diets that may lead to a significant reduction in risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Max was always pretty close with his mom and when she started to show the first signs of dementia when she was only in her 50s, Max was shocked to the core. Dementia was an old people’s disease, wasn’t it? Well, Max knew that drug trials had a near one hundred percent failure rate, so he started out looking what to so.

He learned that in 2017, one of America’s leading Alzheimer’s organizations had discovered that some 35 percent of all dementia cases might have been prevented through lifestyle changes. So Max made the decision to devote much of his time to discovering how people can best prevent the disease.

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What other People with Dementia Say

Just let’s listen to this rather unconventional video about a highly unconventional But at the same time highly effective therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease patients. It’s so great to listen to Dr. Mary Newport speak at this TEDxUSF meeting:

Steven Newport, Dr. Mary Newport’s husband, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Mary explored various available routine treatment options. However, when Steven’s symptoms became more severe and he couldn’t participate in clinical trials any longer. That’s when Dr. Newport’s scientific deductions were leading her to coconut oil and this application ed to the most amazing results.

Now let’s look at Jim’s story: “My computer is one of my best friends,” says Jim from his home near Guelph, Ontario. When he started using a computer for his work 15 years ago, Jim never thought he would be relying on it as much as he does now. But then again, he never thought about being diagnosed with dementia.

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Could It Be Alzheimer’s Disease?

After the age of 65, one in ten adults is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, for a few years, there are some new revolutionary technologies developed to detect and prevent the disease. Today, the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease can be detected in an early stage thanks to a PET-scan. New research is possible, accompanied by hopes of developing new preventive therapies.

In the following TEDxUCLouvain video, Dr. Bernard Hanseeuw talks about brain imaging of early-diagnosed Alzheimer patients. Bernard Hanseeuw graduated as Medical Doctor from UCLouvain in 2007 and in 2011 defended his Ph.D. thesis on early Alzheimer’s brain imaging.

Well, let’s look at the following story: Twenty-five years with the same company. Eight years to go before retirement. And they were saying, Sorry we have to let you go. There are just too many problems affecting your work. Perhaps you should see a doctor. You might have a medical problem.

What Mike Crowe and his wife, Nona, of Penticton, B.C. didn’t realize was that Mike was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease

To know that the inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease is very rare means little in the village of Harvey, New Brunswick. While only about 7 percent of all Alzheimer’s disease is associated with familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD), in this small community, roughly one-third of the population has this form of the disease. But listen to Dr. Lisa Genova:

In the video, neuroscientist Lisa Genova (also the author of “Still Alice) explains that Alzheimer’s doesn’t necessarily need to be the destiny of your brain. She talks about the latest research on the disease and some promising practices that all of us can do to make our brain more Alzheimer’s-resistant.

“It’s on your mind constantly,” says Cathy whose father, aunt and several cousins have all been affected by the disease. “It’s always right there and you wonder, am I next?”

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People with Dementia are Speaking Out and Why Not?

People with dementia are speaking out and why not? Many people with dementia have this rich reservoir of experiences to share with others. I would encourage others like me to get out there and become a face of dementia that members of the public don’t get to see very often. In this video, people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s are telling memories they don’t ever want to forget:

Right now, while I can, it is my responsibility to make the most of my life. It is a blessing for me to feel part of an Alzheimer team that educates the public and reminds them that there are real people with dynamic personalities behind this illness.

My early stage support group wanted to educate the public so we put an invitation in the newspaper inviting them to a panel discussion by people with the disease. What a hit! We shone that day and the public saw a whole new face of Alzheimer’s disease. Each panel member shared from their heart. What an eye-opener! People were amazed that we all appeared articulate and moreover intelligent. We were seen as competent people anxious to share things that mattered to us. (more…)

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Alzheimer’s Disease, a Family Affair

Across the world, over 40 million individuals suffer from what we call “Alzheimer’s Disease”. Expectations are that this number will increase drastically over the next few decades. Unfortunately, no progress of any significance has been made to fight the disease since it first was classified more than a century ago. Just listen to Dr. Samuel Cohen speaking about Alzheimer’s Disease in the TED Talks video:

Check out also the following conversation:
I try not to feel bad when he says things that sound mean,” says Jylelle. “I really try to remember that he doesn’t mean it.”
“He recognizes Grandma, but he doesn’t know who you are,” reminds Virginia. “You would likely act the same way if you thought strangers were in your house eating your food,” she explains. Explaining the disease in a way that the girls can relate to improves their understanding and empathy for their grandfather.

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