Saying good-bye to Alzheimer's and dementia

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 8:45am

As a family physician who has spent over 30 years taking care of elderly patients, many of whom, like my Dad, suffered from Alzheimer's disease, I am excited about the latest research findings. The good news is not a breakthrough drug. In fact, there have been very few advances on the pharmaceutical front. But, the most definitive cutting edge research tells us that it is possible to slow the progression of Alzheimer's, to stop it in its tracks, and even, believe it or not, to reverse it!

For the past 12 months, here on the Boothbay peninsula, we've been engaged in cutting edge research with a stalwart group of 20 clients who have volunteered to change their lifestyles in order to slow the progression of vascular dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease. We're encouraged by the results to-date and are continuing the project and adding more people who are willing to make a major commitment to do what it takes to slow and/or reverse their cognitive decline.

You can do this too, without even joining our program. Here's how to get started:

Read the latest book by Dale E. Bredesen, M.D. entitled “The End of Alzheimer's Program.” Dr. Bredesen's published research makes it clear to me that he is really on to something. He has discovered 36 different causative factors in Alzheimer's, such as inflammation, insulin resistance, sub-optimal levels of nutrients, hormones and growth factors, exposure to toxins, and many more. Of course, genetic predisposition plays a role, but is not the only factor. It's merely one of many. Bredesen has identified six different sub-types of Alzheimer's disease. Most people have more than one. How do you treat this constellation of causative factors? Most of the cure is completely within your control. You need to change a few habits.

Commit to making the following lifestyle changes:

– Switch to a fat-burning, rather than carbohydrate-burning diet, usually referred to as a Keto diet. You also should ideally eliminate dairy and grains from your diet, and of course, sugar.

– Don't eat or drink three hours before bedtime. Fast for 12 to 14 hours between your last meal of the evening and breakfast.

– Exercise a lot — more than you're probably doing now.

– Get 8 hours of non-chemically-induced good, deep, sleep every night.

The important news is that we are now on the brink of a major breakthrough in curing one of the most devastating diseases on our planet. Dr. Bredesen predicts that within a few decades, Alzheimer's and most forms of dementia will be eradicated.

I'm grateful for the opportunity the Boothbay Region Health Center is giving me to be doing this cutting edge research right here in the Boothbay region.