Alzheimer’s disease and Dementias


Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Many causes of dementia symptoms exist. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia. This condition is also very depressing and frustrating for the family of the one so affected and other loved ones.The incidence of dementias is also expected to increase drastically in the next 10-20 years.


Memory loss generally occurs in dementia, but memory loss alone doesn't mean you have dementia. Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and impaired judgment or language. Dementia can make you confused and unable to remember people and names. You also may experience changes in personality and social behavior. However, some causes of dementia are treatable and even reversible.




Dementia symptoms vary depending on the cause, but common signs and symptoms include: memory loss, difficulty communicating, inability to learn or remember new information, difficulty with planning and organizing, difficulty with coordination and motor functions, personality changes, inability to reason, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation, hallucinations.

The medical profession often does not know the cause for dementia. Biochemical causes include nutrient deficiencies, especially magnesium and zinc, impaired circulation to the brain due to arteriosclerosis in most cases, toxic metals such as aluminum, mercury and others, and perhaps the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs.


Simple steps can often reduce the progression of dementias and, in many cases, prevent the condition completely.  For those already affected, nutritional balancing programs may be very helpful in some cases.  Let us begin by examining common causes of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease.




1. A common cause of brain fog and dementia, especially in older people, but at all ages, is the buildup of yeast in the brain.  Not only is the yeast toxic, but it secretes alcohol, which is also toxic for the brain.  Normally, the brain is protected from the ravages of alcohol to some extent by the so-called blood-brain barrier.


While this barrier does not prevent one from becoming inebriated, it does protect the brain to a degree from other toxins in alcohol and other effects of alcohol.  However, there is no protection when the alcohol is actually made in the brain by yeast organisms.


To correct this type of dementia and brain fog, the first order of business is always to reduce all sugars and in fact all simple and complex carbohydrates to an absolute minimum. Eliminating all sugars or simple carbohydrates, including all fruit and all juices, is most essential. Then, slowly, the body chemistry can be balanced and this can stop this horrendous problem.


2. Pharmaceutical (or recreational) drug usage. Toxicity from medications of all sorts, even over-the-counter remedies, can have important effects on the nervous system. For example, drugs can reduce vitamin levels. Others interfere with digestion and elimination. Others damage the liver or kidneys, impairing general health. Others slow the circulation of the blood and this can affect circulation to the brain.

High blood pressure drugs, for example, reduce the force of the heart. This successfully reduces blood pressure and may prevent a stroke. However, it can reduce blood flow to the brain as well.  Some heart medications, glaucoma drugs and others may do the same as high blood pressure medication. Any drug that reduces blood flow or heart stress may reduce circulation to the brain. This affects memory and other cognitive functions in most cases, to some degree.

Anesthesia used in many operations and other procedures is another type of drug that may affect the brain over a longer period of time. For example, bypass surgery often causes some degree of memory loss or cognitive loss because it is a long surgery requiring a lot of anesthesia. Many other classes of drugs may have side subtle side effects that alter brain function to a degree. Contrary to popular opinion, all drugs remain in the body and the brain to some degree for years, and perhaps forever unless one makes a definite effort to remove them. Here are some steps to help reduce your drug usage. 

a) Stop any drug that you really don’t have to take. Surprisingly, many doctors prescribe drugs just for “comfort” or other reasons that are not too important. Yet they all have side effects, one of which may be dementia.

b) Reduce your dosages as much as possible.

c) Read the side effects of all drugs you use, even over-the-counter drugs.  Note if dementia, memory loss or some other brain abnormality is one of the side effects. If so, talk with your doctor about changing drugs to one that does not have this side effect.

Note that if you are taking combinations of drugs, the side effects cannot even be predicted, as there are so many possible combinations. we think it would be rare that anyone really needs to be taking more than several drugs, even though many people are taking half a dozen or more. Many times, natural products will work as well or even better, and are often less costly as well.


3. Nutrient deficiencies. This is another very common cause of some dementias. This is extremely common in older people today. 


Deficiency of B-complex vitamins. can lead to dementia. This is well-known in the medical literature.  However, most doctors do not insist on tests or B-vitamin shots, though they are very inexpensive and simple to give. These alone can cure an early case of dementia if this is the cause.


Vitamin B-12, in particular, is required for proper mental function. Deficiency symptoms include confusion, memory loss and other brain-related symptoms. It is a crime that this is not recognized more in the medical field, now totally dominated by drug use.


Prevention with B-12. we recommend a vitamin B-12 shot for everyone over the age of about 65 or 70, at least one per year or preferably more.  This might prevent the worst type of dementia from lack of B-12, which is often irreversible. All seniors should also take extra vitamin B-12 in tablets or better, in sublingual lozenges, to offset the normal decline in the ability to absorb this vital vitamin. This would actually prevent most early cases of dementia completely.


Deficiency of Manganese and Magnesium:


Zinc deficiency and copper toxicity: This is very common today, due to zinc deficiency, copper in the environment, vegetarian diets, the use of steroid drugs and birth control pills, and due to exhausted adrenal glands.


The overall effect of copper appears to be to enhance all emotional states in a human being. copper stimulates the diencephalons or old brain.  Zinc is needed for the new brain or cortex.This brain is associated with the “higher emotions” such as reasoning, compassion and love. When an imbalance between these exists, the person tends to revert to the use of the old brain, also called the animal brain or emotional brain. This can lead to a tendency for every possible emotional condition affecting human beings.


We have seen improvement in 30 different mental and emotional conditions ranging from moderate to suicidal depression and anxiety to violence, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, phobias, Memory loss, brain fog, Tourette’s syndrome and schizophrenia. Others that respond amazingly well to balancing copper include epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, autism, delayed mental or emotional development and many others. To read more about copper toxicity syndrome, click here!


Stress. Stress always depletes one’s nutrients, impairs digestion and elimination, and damages one’s health in other ways, as well. all types of stress can do this, from too much exercise, or none at all, to chiropractic misalignments, to social, financial, family, school or work stress. For more on this topic, read How Does Stress Affect Health.


4. Toxic metals and toxic chemicals. This is another common cause of dementias. Everyone’s body accumulates more toxic substances as they age. This is due to:

a) Much more sluggish metabolism, and with age most people’s kidneys, liver and bowel do not work as well. This causes toxins to back up into the blood stream and be deposited throughout the body, including in the brain.  Often some toxins are produced in the digestive tract due to impaired digestion.


One type of chemical buildup is called glycation, in which sugars infiltrate and change the structures of certain cells and cell membranes of the body.

b) Drug use. Many pharmaceutical items contain a little toxic metals such as mercury in flu shots and blood pressure drugs, aluminum in antiacids and so forth.

c) Food and other environmental exposure. The worst offender here is aluminum, which is directly associated in some studies with memory loss and perhaps other dementia symptoms. Aluminum is added to drinking water. In addition to drinking it, it is found in all prepared foods made with water such as beverages, breads, and cooked items of all types. Aluminum is also added to table salt and is found in anti-perspirants, anti-acids (except Tums) and other common products we touch or ingest.  For example, it is added to buffered Aspirin and other over-the-counter products.


5. Impaired circulation to the brain. This is a very important cause of dementias of all kinds. It cannot be overestimated. Reasons for this include inactivity, which reduces general circulation to some degree.  However, the most important reason is some degree of arteriosclerosis affecting the arteries leading to the brain.


This, in turn, is due to many factors such as slow oxidation, the accumulation of toxic metals that affect the lining of the arteries, inflammation of the arteries for various reasons, and others. Nutrient deficiencies, of course, also contribute to arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.




6. Heart and lung problems. Your brain can't survive without oxygen. Symptoms may occur in people with chronic lung problems or a heart condition that deprives the brain of the oxygen it needs.


7. Infections and immune disorders. Dementia can result from fever or other side effects of your body's attempt to fight off an infection. Examples of such infections include brain infections like meningitis and encephalitis, untreated syphilis, Lyme disease, and conditions that cause a completely compromised immune system, such as leukemia. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis that arise from the body's immune system attacking nerve cells also can cause dementia.


8. Inactivity, both mental and physical at times.  As mentioned above, less exercise reduces circulation to the brain to some degree.  Reduced mental activity also impairs circulation to the brain, strange as it sounds. If one’s activity is mental, the brain requires more calories and must have better circulation to keep functioning properly. So even mental activity, such as doing crossword puzzles or even watching television, improves brain circulation to some degree. Problems tend to be worse in seniors who just sit all day staring out the window, however.


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