How to Reverse Alzheimer’s

Shiny_Brain“Eureka!” ancient Greek scholar, Archimedes

Alzheimer’s is fast becoming an epidemic in our society.  Researchers at UCLA successfully reversed Alzheimer’s  in 9 out of 10 patients, within 6 months.  Their memory improved and six people resumed their careers.  The program called “MEND” (Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration) includes changes to sleep, diet, plus regular exercise  to improve the critical balance necessary for brain plasticity.

An article by Denise Dador of ABC7.com reported that, ” It’s not a drug; it’s not a procedure; it is a novel, comprehensive and personal approach to treating memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s.  UCLA researchers spell out exactly what can be done to reverse what the disease does to the brain.”

Here’s a snap-shot of some quick and easy steps to reverse Alzheimer’s:

Avoid gluten and processed foods
Increase non-farmed fish intake
Do Yoga and exercise regularly to reduce stress
Meditation 20 minutes at a time, twice a day
Take Melatonin at night
Get more sleep at night
On a daily basis take the following:
Methylcobalamin (a form of vitamin B12)
Take daily doses of Vitamin D3
Consume Fish Oil daily
Avoid simple carbohydrates

Many people don’t realize what simple carbohydrates are and how dangerous they can be.  Simple carbohydrates are more refined than complex carbohydrates and are generally found in foods with fewer nutrients.  They are less satisfying and lead to cravings.  They are also more fattening, can be difficult to digest, and therefore contribute to deposits of belly fat.  Stress creates cortisol which also accumulates as belly fat.  Here are examples of some simple carbohydrates:
• Fruit juice
• All Baked Goods made with white flour or “wheat” flour
• Bread made with white flour or “wheat” flour
• Pasta made with white flour “wheat” flour
• Cake, Cookies, Doughnuts, and Deserts
• Most packaged cereals
• Table sugar
• Corn syrup
• Candy
• Soda pop, such as Coke®, Pepsi®, Mountain Dew®, etc.
• White rice
• Crackers
• French Fries
• Chips
• Soda

In greater detail, here is the MEND protocol followed by one female client aged 55:

(1) Fast for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime,
Fast for a min of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast;

(2) Eliminate simple carbohydrates and processed foods from diet;

(3) Increase consumption of vegetables and fruits,
limit consumption of fish to non-farmed, and eliminate meat;

(4) Exercise 4-5 times per week;

(5) Take melatonin 0.5mg po qhs, and sleep as close to 8 hours per night as schedule allows;

(6) Reduce stress with meditation and relaxation (20 minute twice a day);

(7)Take methylcobalamin 1mg 4x/wk and pyridoxine-5-phosphate 20mg each day;

(8) Take citicoline 200mg each day;

(9) Take vitamin D3 2000IU per day and CoQ10 200mg per day;

(10) Take DHA 700mg and EPA 500mg twice per day;

(11) The patient’s primary care provider also prescribed bioidentical estradiol with estriol (BIEST), and progesterone; and,
worked with her to reduce her bupropion from 150mg per day to 150mg 3x/wk.

“UCLA researchers say the findings suggest at least early on, changing a person’s metabolic processes can bring back memory and cognitive function.  Six of the patients of the patients in the study who had to discontinue working were all able to return to their jobs. Study authors say some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.”

Plans are underway to do larger studies on this therapeutic program.  Alzheimer’s is a harsh sentence for patients and loved ones.  If improved sleep, nutrition, and exercise are the cure, the MEND protocol could soon become the norm and be adopted by hospitals, special care and nursing homes as the standard protocol for all Alzheimer’s patients.  That being said, change starts with you.  Personally, I’m already incorporating the MEND guidelines into my daily routine and trusting that it will also find its way into  “the system.”

ref: abstract

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