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Alzheimer’s, who said it cannot be prevented?

When talking about Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is considered to mostly be the degeneration of the central nervous system. It occurs more often in females than in males. When mentioning this disease, many people will think about old people on wheelchairs with absent-minded eyes. Sometimes, when relatives come to visit, they will be confused and cannot remember them. People might think it is not normal. When you get older, the brain cells will become old with age and you become forgetful, which is the nature of old people.

In fact, Alzheimer’s can happen to young people. There is a 60-year-old female patient who has serious Alzheimer symptoms. She will go to the toilet every five minutes throughout the night because she thinks she wants to urinate but forgets that she already has. This can create an impact to the husband and family life.

There is another case. The patient is 58 years old and always has a stomachache and flatulence because she does not remember whether she has eaten or not. She will ask for food every hour. Though her relatives tell her that she has already eaten, she will not believe them and feel hurt because she thinks they won’t allow her to eat food.

Signs that say you might have Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss, especially short-term memory or things that just happened. You will forget easily until becoming repetitive in behavior. In the first phase of symptoms, patients will start to slightly forget. For example: Forget where the car keys are, forget to take medicine, or drive out of the house and forget the destination. For these initial symptoms, the patient might not notice them themselves but close relatives can see the symptoms.

2. Planning and calculation problems

The efficiency of the brain for calculating and making assessments in this group of people can easily degenerate. Easy problem-solving skills in normal people might be difficult for this group of patients, such as untying shoelaces.

3. Placing things in a disorganized way. Confused with places and times.

4. Mood changes easily. Sometimes feeling depressed or aggressive. Even activities that you used to like might make you feel bored or you ignore them.

Why do Alzheimer patients have such symptoms?

The answer is the degeneration of brain cells, called Cerebral Cortex. These brain cells are clearly considered to be the most developed in humans. When compared with other animals, humans have the ability to memorize, plan, calculate, be rational, and have a conscience. It is sad because people with Alzheimer’s experience degeneration in this part of the brain.

“Degeneration of the brain”, a fear that no one wants to happen...How can it happen?

1. Genetic and genetic code disorder

The brain cells will lose its balance in the function of the metabolic system, including eliminating waste from defective cells and degenerating brain cells prematurely.

2. Hormonal factors It is found that gender hormones in both females and males are important to the function of brain cells. Therefore, females will enter the menopausal period faster than males. Therefore, the statistics for the cause of disease are often found in females. The statistics will increase if women enter the menopausal period prematurely, such as those who have had both ovaries taken out when they were young and did not receive replacement hormones.  

3. Toxins and other chemicals Studies have found that heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, and aluminum, directly affect the degeneration of this part of the brain.

4. Malnutrition, such as Vitamin B deficiency, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and minerals, like magnesium and zinc, will cause degeneration of the brain cells faster.

5. Diabetes is considered to be another cause of Alzheimer’s. There is a saying that Alzheimer’s is diabetes that occurs in the brain because the brain cells cannot burn the energy as normal. So, waste in the cells, whether beta-amyloid protein or tau protein, are the consequence from such disorder.

6. Degeneration of blood vessel that causes reduced blood circulation that flows to the brain.

7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and imbalance of microorganism species in the digestive tract. Microorganisms in the digestive tract is related with the synthesis of neurotransmitters and immune system.

8. Chronic inflammation and abnormal immunity

Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

At present, the doctor can perform diagnosis by asking for background information and examining the body and visible symptoms. Currently, there is technology that can diagnose the disease accurately and quickly, which are:

- Risk screening: Tests the Alzheimer gene; checks the thyroid hormone, adrenal gland, and gender hormones; measures the free radical levels and toxins in the body; and checks the vitamin and nutrient level in the body.

- Checking the congestion of beta-amyloid in the brain together with PET Scan

Normally, people with Alzheimer’s often pass away within 6-10 years, starting from having the symptoms due to gradually increasing degeneration of the brain until entering the period of disability and dependency with complications, such as infection.

The advancement of integrative medicine for Alzheimer treatment

With medical advancement and the combination of knowledge from various medical sciences, we can now perform the risk screening for Alzheimer before having the symptoms. Also, the treatment plan can be made to match the specific individual, which emphasizes solving the problem at its source and the cell degeneration together with repairing the degenerative cells in order to resume its function by using various methods, which are:

1. The use of medication to treat the symptoms or adjust the neurotransmitters. However, there is no medication to correct the degeneration of brain cells.

2. The use of nutrient therapy: The nutrients that are extracted from ginkgo leaves, ginseng, green tea, cordyceps, choline in peanuts, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, amino taurine, and magnesium can increase the efficiency of the neurotransmitters and brain.

3. The use of antioxidants to protect the brain cells, such as Vitamin E, Astaxanthin, Coenzyme Q10, or Alpha Lipoic Acid.  

4. Balance adjustments to correct the risk of dementia, such as the adjustment of hormone balance or the use of hormone replacement in menopausal females with risk of dementia or treatment by detoxifying the heavy metal toxins to reduce the accumulation of toxins, which is the cause of disease.

5. The use of cell therapy, biomolecules, or peptide therapy. For example: Cerebrolysin, which is a peptide that is extracted from pig brain. Comparative research regarding the use of these biomolecules have shown that they yield good results for Alzheimer treatment.

6. The use of low level near infrared laser therapy through acupuncture points around the skull to stimulate the function of nerve cells.

7. The use of the immunotherapy to adjust the balance of the immune system and reduce inflammation of brain cells.

In addition to medical treatment, Alzheimer patients should receive close care to prevent accidents. Occupational therapy should be done with patients, such as talking, playing music, or playing games together, in order to support the function of the body, brain, and mind. Also, patient identification cards should be made with contact number of the caretaker for patients to carry at all times in case of getting lost or disappearing from home.

The heart of the source of Alzheimer’s

In general, people often acknowledge that Alzheimer’s is a disease with no clear cause, which may be related to genetics. However, with integrative medicine, we always emphasize that the key factor for “Alzheimer’s” is not only the genetics because there are more important factors, such as food consumption, environmental factors, toxins, and our way of life. At the same time, if we can examine for the risk of Alzheimer’s before the occurrence of disease and before symptoms appear, why not choose prevention in order to plan for healthcare before having Alzheimer’s? Good health is something you can choose.

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