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Can't Stop Breathing | Alzheimer's Disease

Warning ~ Watch with Empathy An intense portrayal of a family of three women. A young girl, her mother who care-takes her mother with Alzheimer's disease. Over the course of one-day we learn the characterization and relationships of this trio. What incredible play on emotions, loss, determination, moments of recognition, life. I am presently reading "Dancing with Rose" finding life in the land of alzheimer's by Lauren Kessler. It is highly recommended reading to learn the inside story and what goes on in a residential care facility. Lauren goes "under cover" as an attendant and finds the beauty in these lost souls. She actually loves her work after a year of guilt from the loss and poor treatment of her own mother to this devastating disease. You can see the tenderness with which the daughter treats her mother. There is no allopathic treatment for Alzheimer's. In fact, medications used usually hastens the demise of the patient.
Homeopathy can help alleviate the symptoms and progression of A.D. in some patients. For some the pace is quicker than for others.

We always recommend not cooking with aluminum pots, pans and teapots, because these metals go directly to the brain.

There are three basic homeopathic remedies for loss of memory and identity. Alumina may help clear fogginess and confusion as well as reduce memory impairment.

Lycopodium personality likes to be alone, yet near others and can get angry with those around her.

Natrum Sulphuricum is well-known for depression, concussion and head-injury. I've read it is helpful for those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and are having a difficult time dealing with the diagnosis emotionally.

Hyoscyamus is in Black letters in Murphy's repertory. In fact, 50 remedies are listed there.

It is always best to seek the help of a qualified professional homeopath so that each person's case can be individualized for the best results; and managed throughout the disease to monitor improvement.
Two More Important Remedies:
Baryta Carb adapted for those who behave immaturely, and often called second childhood, as due to the posric or tubercular miasm. Children and adult may appear dwarfish. Besides dementia these people catch cold easily and have enlarged glands

Nux Vomica angry, quarrelsome, irritable, faultfinding and insensitive elderly. Click for a poemthat explains the character.
New York Times: Slide show of man's slow 40-year progression through Alzheimer's Disease William Utermohlen’s self-portraits reveal his descent into dememtia over the span of nearly four decades. Left, a self-portrait from 1967.Dir. Amy Neill / UK / 2004

A delicate portrait of a mother and daughter's strained existence together in the Scottish countryside.

Alzheimer's Disease Resource

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Comment by Dr. Girijadevi TK on August 26, 2010 at 1:45am
Really heartfelting video clip
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 28, 2010 at 9:56pm

The Latest News | Doctors have nothing to offer alzheimer's patients.

Did you hear the latest news? “Currently,” the panel wrote, “no evidence of even moderate scientific quality exists to support the association of any modifiable factor (such as nutritional supplements, herbal preparations, dietary factors, prescription or nonprescription drugs, social or economic factors, medical conditions, toxins or environmental exposures) with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

These are the types of ethical quandaries that doctors find themselves in because they must have absolute EVIDENCE for every little thing that they say, do and advise their patients. Now, who on this earth does not know that a healthy lifestyle will improve your health? Who does not believe and recognize that eating natural foods, fruits, vegetables etc and cutting out junk food, taking some exercise and getting a bit of sun, sleep, and reducing stress will improve your life and even extend your life? There may be no "absolute proof" that it will improve dementia or alzheimer's disease, but how can you question giving out good advice like "live a better life style" and "treat your body good!"?

This is what they have to say:

In the meantime, doctors are in a bind. Should they tell people to do things like walk briskly or eat vegetables — activities that might someday be shown to protect against Alzheimer’s and that certainly cannot hurt? Or should they wait for absolute proof, confirmation that a diet or a drug or an exercise regimen prevents Alzheimer’s?
The Alzheimer’s Association tells people to exercise, challenge themselves mentally, remain socially engaged and keep their hearts healthy. Such measures can only help, says Dr. Maria C. Carrillo, a senior director of the organization.

Their problem is tying good practices with reducing the symptoms of this disease. They wouldn't want to have a law suit on their hands, would they?

Of course, Dr. Hodes said, there are many reasons to follow practices to improve general health. But, he said, researchers have to be careful about implying that any measures will protect against this degenerative brain disease.

Even Ginko biloba did not improve outcome for Alzheimers.

Two Risk Factors: A gene, ApoE4, which, moderate evidence showed, increased risk about threefold, and menopause therapy with a combination of estrogens and progestins, which doubled risk.

Wow! Now there is some news. Start taking hormones and you could lose your mind.

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer's had no effect. [Cholinesterase inhibitors] Nope! But, it doesn't hurt to spend a little money and give it a try.

Does anyone want to look at homeopathy and removing the toxins in our environment, instead of looking at the gene pool and dumping toxic chemical drugs into the body?

Credits for film above includes Producer: Ravinder Basra Big Nose Films and Scottish Screen
Original Music: Ben Foster Cast: Jane Lapotaire - Daisy, Lynsey Baxter - Louise, Jake the Postie - Jake the Postie, Antoinette Sym - Geraldine (voice) | Scottish BAFTA winner - Best New Work
BAFTA Nomination - Best Short Film | BIFA Nomination - Best British Short


Comment by Debby Bruck on September 14, 2010 at 4:12pm
Comment by Debby Bruck on January 26, 2011 at 10:21am
Comment by Debby Bruck on July 25, 2012 at 8:56pm

Tuft's UniversityJuly 2012 | Head injury may initiate alzheimer's later in life. "A single event of a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can disrupt proteins that regulate an enzyme associated with Alzheimer’s. The paper, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, identifies the complex mechanisms that result in a rapid and robust post-injury elevation of the enzyme, BACE1, in the brain."


What about arnica immediately at the time of the event, or even given later in life?

Could this head injury be the key to which homeopathic remedy to choose for Alzheimer's?

Comment by Debby Bruck on May 21, 2013 at 10:30pm

ALZHEIMERS | Vitamins That Cost Pennies a Day Seen Delaying Dementia. 

Diet, exercise and socializing remain patients’ best hope, a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that vitamins B6 and B12 combined with folic acid slowed atrophy of gray matter in brain areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

— Johan Lokk, a professor and head physician in the geriatric department at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden

World Health Organization predicted would more than triple from 36 million worldwide in 2010 to
115 million in 2050, as well as the cost, estimated at $604 billion in 2010 by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Among people with elevated homocysteine, the study found that the amount of gray matter declined 5.2 percent in those taking a placebo, compared with 0.6 percent in those who took the B vitamin cocktail. The supplements cost about 30 cents a day in pharmacies and health-food stores

The Oxford group studied people in the Oxford, England, area who had mild cognitive impairment, also known as MCI, or some memory loss. One in six people over 70 have MCI and about half of those develop dementia within five years, A. David Smith said. Alzheimer’s accounts for 50 percent to 80 percent of all dementias, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Vitamin Cocktail

Study volunteers were given either a placebo or 0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid. Their brains were scanned using magnetic-resonance imaging and blood levels of the protein homocysteine were measured at the start of the trial and two years later. The MRI scans compared how much gray matter was lost in brain regions most affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The studies, known as Vitacog, were funded by seven charities and government agencies and vitamin maker Meda AB of Solna, Sweden. Smith is an inventor on three patents held by Oxford University for B vitamin formulations to treat Alzheimer’s disease or MCI.

Vitamin B12 is found in liver, fish and milk and folic acid in fruit and vegetables. Deficiency of folate and B vitamins is already linked to dementia. Researchers such as Smith are studying whether less-than-optimal levels of B vitamins and folic acid contribute to its development.


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