natural cures for dementia

  1. Vitamin D can keep Alzheimer's away

    Prevent dementia with this essential vitamin

    It's natural to slow down a little as you get older -- but there's one place where you don't have to lose a step at all, and that's your brain. Take action today, and you can prevent cognitive decline tomorrow.

    No matter how old you are, it's not too late. Even if you're feeling the first warning signs of dementia, you can slow, stop or reverse it -- and it starts by making sure your brain has plenty of the one nutrient most people miss out on.

    Ordinary vitamin D.

    You know it as the sunshine vitamin. But many people today have barely heard of it -- which is why it's quietly become one of the leading nutritional deficiencies in the industrialized world.

    Don't let yourself fall into that category, because studies have shown that high levels of D can lower the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease -- and two new studies make that link again.

    In one, American researchers found that blood levels of below 20 nanograms per milliliter upped the odds of cognitive decline in older women. In a second study out of France, researchers found that weekly D intake of less than 50.3 micrograms increased the risk of Alzheimer's disease, also in older women.

    It's not just women, by the way. Studies have consistently linked low blood levels of D to cognitive decline and dementia in men and women alike.

    The only problem with D is getting it. There's not enough in your diet, and it's too dangerous to get what you need from sunlight alone -- so you'll need a supplement.

    The new studies used micrograms and nanograms as measurements, but the one you need to concern yourself with at the moment is international units, or IUs. That's what you'll find listed on supplements -- and you want one that contains between 2,000 and 5,000 IUs each day.

    And along with vitamin D, add some of the other brain-saving essentials backed by science -- including curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound found in the spice turmeric, but also widely available as a supplement. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can also protect the brain and keep dementia at bay.

    I've got more on that coming up next. Keep reading!

  2. Dementia might not be dementia at all

    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.

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