Alzheimer’s Disease – What Options Do I Have?

Alzheimers Disease - Can You Do Something?

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The Basics:  A quick summary of this article.

Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms can be treated.

There are dietary choices to reduce/eliminate symptomsavoid certain types of foodssugar, in particular; and, any processed or packaged foods. Eat organic fruits, vegetables and meats. Avoid alcohol. MSG, chlorinated and fluoridated water.

Super-charge your immune system through quality food selections and balanced nutrition.  There are many supplements that can directly improve your immune system or significantly reduce the beta-amyloid plaques.

Exercise is extremely beneficial.

An alkaline and restricted calories lifestyle are also extremely beneficial for superior health.

The Details:  If you want to know more about Alzheirmers Disease and what you can do, please continue reading.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Beta Amyloid Plaques

Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s are similar in the cause beta amyloid plaque deposits.  What causes the plaque?  Unknown for certain, but many scientists think it is a combination of factors.  Most of my research has been on Alzheimer’s Disease rather than Parkinson’s, but I’m certain that treatments for would be beneficial for the other. I have had some family members with Alzheimer’s Disease. I was uneducated as to what I could do to help at that time. If I were assisting my wife, son or daughter for early stage Alzheimer’s Disease, the following is what I would tell them tonight (based on what I have recommended to others with Alzheimer’s Disease).

Foods to Avoid for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Completely avoid of sugar, sugar substitutes, gluten, wheat and most fats (polyunsaturated).  Stay away from any processed or packaged foods.  Your choices should be organic (to avoid toxins – common to most neurodegenerative diseases) fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.  Avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), chlorinated and fluoridated water (I use a Zero Water filter to remove 100% of all contaminants).  Avoid alcohol, but a small amount of red wine is permissible. My wife doesn’t drink wine, so this is not an option.  Avoid microwaved foods when possible.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Your Immune System

You want to choose foods (fruits/vegetables) that have color (red, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, etc.) because they have lots of polyphenols and related bioflavonoids.  You want to increase (super turbo-charge) your immune system.  Let your body treat its own problems.  Vitamin D3 is critical for a strong immune system.  I take 10,000-20,000 IUs a day of vitamin D3 when I don’t get enough daily sun exposure (between 1000-1400).  My body’s absorption rate is about 1,000 IUs/minute in direct summer time sunshine.

I base my daily consumption of vitamin D3 on the 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 blood test. I want my levels to be above and remain above 50 nanograms/milliliter (ng/ml). Ideally, I would want it closer to 80 ng/ml to super-charge my immune system. Note: some of the literature indicates that the ‘normal’ range for 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 test should be between 30 and 74 ng/ml. This information is out-dated based on more recent studies.  The minimum level of vitamin D3 is 50 ng/ml.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Supplements

I would increase antioxidants of all types (most come from the colored fruits and veggies). Take a quality (non-synthetic) vitamin E (which is made up of eight different chemicals, but you usually find only one sold in stores – try Whole Foods and talk to someone knowledgeable of the eight different types of chemicals comprising Vitamin E.  Curcumin (but it has to have piperine – black pepper oil extract) to make it effective.

I also recommend whole fruit mangosteen juice (I have several clients using it for peripheral neuropathy and Alzheimer’s Disease – it has a proven track record on both. Glutathione and L-carnitine are essential for cellular health.  Co-enzyme Q-10 (ubiquinol, not unbiquinone).  Creatine is a great cellular food.  Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) and phosphatidylserine (PS) have excellent results with beta amyloid plaques.  PQQ is considered to be a super-antioxidant. PS has shown remarkable results with regressing Alzheimer’s Disease in my family who have recently had Alzheimer’s Disease.

DHEA is another anti-inflammatory that can cross the blood-brain barrier and provide direct anti-inflammatory effect to the brain. Another option for consideration is to increase methylation in your body. Choline and trimethylglycine are two potent methylators. SAMe lowers homocysteine, along with B vitamins (specifically folic acid, B6 and B12 (B12 should be taken as methylcobalamine – not cyanocobalamine). Selenium helps significantly in the methylation process, as does zinc and inositol.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Exercise

Weight bearing exercises increase your body’s testosterone levels which helps with increasing dopamine levels in your brain (loss of dopamine results in Parkinson-like symptoms).  Exercise is extremely important also – one way to increase testosterone. Why increase testosterone? Because it reduces the secretion of beta-amyolid and increases the secretion of sbetaAPPalpha (neuroprotective agent). Too much testosterone converts to estrogen through an aromatization process. Chrysin, nettle and Muira Puama are good natural inhibitors of the aromatase.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Coconut Oil

I use (cook, bake, personal skin care) coconut oil. Get unrefined, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil.  The whiter the better.  I take a jigger morning and night to build my immune system when I start getting a tickle in my throat or feel really lethargic.  Red palm oil is also very good to use (hard to find – need to find an African/Indian market) for cooking.  Both of super immune system boosters.

I am a researcher, author and speaker. I do not recommend dosages to people regarding levels of supplements to take. I tell that what works and allow them to do their research or talk to their physicians about it. I did find some ‘dosage’ levels from a book by Gary Null that might be insightful for some.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Restricted Calorie Lifestyle

Overall, a restricted calorie lifestyle30% reduction from what nutritionists recommend (15 cal/lb of body weight) – plus, a balanced nutrition encompassed in those dietary selections.

Foods should be more alkaline than acid. I use pH paper to monitor my body’s pH. You can buy it at Whole Foods. Fruits and veggies are primarily alkaline (there are a few that aren’t, but the majority are). Meats, dairy, grains and fats are all acidic. It’s difficult, but not impossible to design a dietary plan with primarily fruits and veggies with a small portion of protein/dairy. Fruits and veggies provide a lot of antioxidants to fight inflammation. I buy more organic (fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, etc) when I can – it costs more, but I use less with each meal – it balances more in my favor in the long run.

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Alzheimer’s Daily Supplement Treatments (Gary Null)

Acetylcholine   1-3 gm

Coenzyme Q10   400 mg – 1 gm

Boron     3 mg

DL phenylalanine     500 mg

Glutamine     1-3 gm

L-taurine     500 mg

L-glutathione     1-3 gm

Acetyl-L-carnitine     1 gm

Phosphatitylserine     1 gm

Caprilic acid     25 mg

Essential fatty acids     2 gm

Melatonin     2-5 gm

Alpha lipoic acid     1 gm

B complex     100 mg

Vitamin C     5-15 gm

Vitamin E     400-800 IU

Ginkgo biloba     125 mg 3X day

5-hydroxy tryptophan

Look for supplements that remove toxins from the body – specifically heavy metals (aluminum, mercury, lead, etc).

Red O’Laughlin aka The Prosperity Professor



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