I’m pleased to have this opportunity to visit with you today.
Subject for discussion today is memory. We forget a few things, and we start worrying about Alzheimer’s, which strikes fear in the hearts of us older seniors.
Last week I had an appointment with Dr. Susan Cislo. You may remember, a couple of years ago when I shared with you the amazing relief from arthritic pain she was able to give me with her osteopathic body manipulations. I’ve been going in every month to six weeks ever since. As I was rather concerned about my memory, lately, I shared with her my concerns.
She told me that a colleague of hers, Dr. Bredesen, was studying the subject of Alzheimer’s, and he would be a speaker at a conference she would be attending in June, The Dynamic Brain, Revealing the Potential of Neuroplasticity to Reverse Neurodegeneration. It’s the annual international conference on the latest about the study of the brain.
Dr. Cislo gave me some wonderful written information from Dr. Bredesen’s Research Paper, which I am delighted to share with you.
First, a little more information on Dr. Bredesen’s Research Paper: His study is on file with Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer ’s Disease Research, Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., and with Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, Calif. It was published on Sept. 27, 2014.
The introduction to Dr. Bredesen’s paper begins: “Magnitude of the problem: Cognitive decline is a major concern of the aging population, and Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of age-related cognitive decline, with approximately 5.4 million American patients and 30 million affected globally.
“In the absence of effective prevention and treatment, the prospects for the future are of great concern, with 13 million Americans and 160 million globally projected for 2050, leading to potential bankruptcy of the Medicare system.
“Unlike several other chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease prevalence is on the rise, which makes the need to develop effective prevention and treatment increasingly pressing. Recent estimates suggest that AD has become the third leading cause of death in the United States.”
Depressing, yes? Let’s continue with Dr. Bredesen’s case studies. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.
He did a study on a total of 10 people and presented his work Sept. 15, 2014. Yes, you are right. Why is this work moving so slowly?
His first case study was a 67-year-old woman presented with two years of progressive memory loss. She held a demanding job that involved preparing analytical reports and traveling widely, but found herself no longer able to analyze data or prepare the reports, and therefore was forced to consider quitting her job. She noted that when she would read, by the time she reached the bottom of a page she would have to start at the top once again, since she was unable to remember the material she had just read.
She began the system that Dr. Bredesen was using for his case studies, and was able to adhere to some but not all of the protocol components.
Her therapeutic program:
1. She eliminated all simple carbohydrates from her diet.
2. She eliminated gluten and processed food from her diet, and increased vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish.
3. To reduce stress, she began yoga, and ultimately became an instructor.
4. As a second measure to reduce stress, she began to meditate for 20 minutes twice per day.
5. She increased her sleep from 4-5 hours a night to 7-8 hours per night.
6. She took melatonin 0.5mg;
7. She took methylcobalamin 1 mg each day;
8. She took vitamin D3 2000IU each day;
9. She took fish oil 2000mg each day;
10. She took CoQ10 200mg each day;
11. She optimized her oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush;
12. Following discussion with her primary care provider, she reinstated HRT (hormone replacement therapy) that had been discontinued following the WHI report in 2002;
13. She fasted for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime;
14. She exercised for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-6 days per week.
After three months she noted that all of her symptoms had abated. She was able to navigate without problems, remember telephone numbers without difficulty, prepare reports and do all of her work without difficulty, and, overall, she became asymptomatic. She noted that her memory was now better than it had been in many years. Two and a half years later, now age 70, she remains asymptomatic and continues to work full-time.
Well, that’s the story. Dr Cislo will come back with additional information, I would imagine.
All in all, I believe we’re fine. A little loss of memory is something I can live with; however, I am going to follow along with this patient’s therapeutic program. It sounds, generally, like a very healthy thing to do.
I loved our visit. See you next time. Let’s make a vow to take good care of our minds and our bodies by getting lots of exercise. If walking is what you do, let’s keep on walking!