Alzheimer’s Treatments Fail Consumers

AlzheimersThe medical community admits that drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease have never shown quality of life improvement for users. They do not improve chances for independent living or reduce the need for institutional help. The Drug Facts Box helps consumers learn if a drug is “effective”, “harmful” or just “does not work”. Most consumers think these drugs are worth a try, perhaps out of desperation, despite side effects such as loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and muscle cramps.

Dr. David Llewellyn from Britain’s University of Exeter Medical School has a better idea and good research to back it up. Researchers reported that people with low levels of Vitamin D had a 53 percent higher risk of developing dementia. This is good news/bad news.  The good news is that it’s an easy fix; the bad news is that increasingly, people suffer from this horrific disease.

Continuing research, Llewellyn’s team found that those with serious vitamin D deficiency were 120 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia! If a person’s blood levels are below 25 nanomoles per liter, they are at a much higher risk for dementia, and levels over 50 nanomoles of Vitamin D are enough to protect the brain.

Some doctors are now measuring Vitamin D levels with blood tests, and most people are found to be deficient. You can bet if people are Vitamin D deficient, they are probably deficient in other vitamins too.

Don’t wait for your doctor to suggest measuring your Vitamin D levels. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a report stating they just don’t “have enough evidence” to screen for Vitamin D levels that offer “health benefits.” Again, the authorities are behind the eight ball when it comes to making health recommendations, and consumers suffer.

Not only do Vitamin D levels play a major role in determining risks of Alzheimer’s disease, but show promise in clearing brain plaques found in patients with Alzheimer’s. Llewellyn says, “It seems to be that vitamin D was actually helping to break down and take away those protein abnormalities”.

Dr. Michael F. Holick, foremost authority on vitamin D, and professor of medicine, dermatology, biophysics and physiology at the Boston University School of Medicine is a proponent of Vitamin D too. In his book, The UV Advantage, he discusses the benefits of sunlight, which include promoting healthy bones, easing of depression, and a healthier heart. Based on epidemiological studies, he suggests that getting 20-30 minutes sun exposure daily could reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancers.

So where do we find Vitamin D? Sources include: wild salmon, egg yolks, and/or take at least 5,000 IU’s of a Vitamin D3 supplement daily; better yet, sit in the sun as Holick suggests.

Here are a few ideas worth exploring. If you or a loved one begin to experience memory loss, dementia and/or are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s symptoms, have your vitamin D levels checked. Be sure to get enough sunlight daily to satisfy your body’s need.  Visit http://preservion.com/nutritional-science/prevent-alzheimers-disease-ad/ for more preventive tips.

Evaluate ALL drugs and their side effects. More often than not, drugs are causing the symptoms people are trying to manage; for example, like Alzheimer’s drugs, many common prescribed medications such as statin drugs, high blood pressure medications, blood thinners, and diabetic drugs have known side effects that cause memory loss, malaise, nausea, diarrhea and heart arrhythmias. Couple these drugs with lack of sunlight, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise and you end up with dis-ease and suffering that often invites the use of more drugs.

Doesn’t it make more sense to evaluate a person’s health before trying to treat conditions that require medications?

Using an integrative, “functional” approach is the best way to optimize health outcomes that improve the quality of life.

Stay well and informed.

Sources:

  • “Alzheimer’s and low Vitamin D are linked, breakthrough study finds” Leah Zerbe, August 6, 2014, Rodale News, rodalenews.com
  • “Researchers say Vitamin D deficiency raises Alzheimer’s risk” Fredrick Kunkle, August 6, 2014, The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com
  • “How well does a drug work? Look beyond the fine print” NPR, July 25, 2014, npr.org

 

 

2 Responsesto “Alzheimer’s Treatments Fail Consumers”

  1. Margaret Roset says:

    Hi Cindy, Very interesting especially considering both my parents had Alzheimers/dementia. You’ve inspired me to get outside more days during lunch. I’d much rather go the drug free route. Thank you for all of your contributions to the Rotary newsletter! Margaret

    • Preservion says:

      You are welcome. A drug-free route to ALL disease and illness is a good place to begin. Enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of our beautiful weather. Sunshine is a gift!! Stay well.

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