What if it's not dementia?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or even Alzheimer's disease, be aware that the real source of the problem might be in your medicine chest.

There are more than 100 drugs with side effects that can mimic dementia, including some of the drugs most commonly used by seniors for Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and more.

Sleeping pills, painkillers, and antihistamines can also do the trick -- and even over-the-counter versions of these and other drugs can have you doing such a perfect impersonation of a dementia patient that your own doctor will be fooled.

And it's not just the drugs.

There are literally dozens of diseases and conditions that can mimic dementia -- and many of them are 100 percent treatable and curable. So are the nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances that can also look just like dementia.

But they can't be treated or cured if your doctor can't recognize them -- and that's the real problem here.

“Every Alzheimer's expert living today has been fooled,” admitted P. Murali Doraiswamy, chief of biological psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

If anything, that's an understatement -- because up to a third of all supposed Alzheimer's patients don't actually have the disease, according to autopsies on patients.

Autopsies are the only way to know for sure whether a patient really has the disease, because it's the only way doctors can examine the brain closely enough to find the telltale signs of Alzheimer's, such as the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque.

But if you have to wait for an autopsy to get the diagnosis right, you've waited too long.

While you still have a fighting chance, consult with a holistic doctor who can figure out which drugs might be causing your dementia-like symptoms... and what safe and natural alternatives you can use instead.

In addition, holistic doctors can also diagnose conditions that mainstream docs often miss -- and they're far better at catching and treating nutritional and hormonal deficiencies.

And in many cases, whether it's getting off the wrong med or simply getting treated for the right condition, the dementia will simply vanish like a bad dream.