My Dad asked the same question over and over. He was supposed to go to the grocery store. Dad phoned me from his eye doctor’s office and had no idea what was going on. He insisted he had an appointment to get his eyes checked, but the receptionist didn’t find his name in the appointment book. At that point, I couldn’t ignore the signs. So, I took him to the doctor, and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Is there anything I can do to help him?
Do you recognize this scene? Are you, too, worried that your Mom/Dad/Loved One has Alzheimer’s Disease? Let’s pull back the curtain on Alzheimer’s Disease and talk about aging, brain health, and magnesium.
As promised, my simple suggestion for anyone who has a parent or loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease is for you to help them saturate with ReMag. Click here for my guidance on how to use ReMag. Additionally, if your loved one has challenges using ReMag Liquid, ReMag Lotion is an excellent substitute. If you are interested in why I make this recommendation, here are my reasons.
Here are three things you need to know about aging:
- Aging itself is a risk factor for magnesium deficiency; as we get older, we become more deficient in magnesium and therefore require more in our diet and in supplement form.
- Magnesium is deficient in people who have Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
- Telomeres, the deciding factor in aging, are protected by magnesium.
If you are interested in finding out more about Alzheimer’s and how to improve brain health with ReMag, please feel free to read the sections below, “For Intermediates” and “For Advanced Readers.”
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
The Alzheimer’s Association says that:
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
This list comes from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 warning signs worksheet:
- Memory loss that disrupts life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
Is There a Cure?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
[w]hile there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or a way to stop or slow its progression, there are drug and non-drug options that may help treat symptoms. Understanding available options can help individuals living with the disease and their caregivers to cope with symptoms and improve quality of life.
Alternative Information and Options
There are alternative information and options out there for you to consider. This information comes from my Future Health Now Encyclopedia:
Alzheimer’s disease, a cause of senile dementia, is becoming epidemic in our aging population. A recent report found that Alzheimer’s disease has become the fastest-growing medical condition in America. The symptoms can mimic other diseases and include fatigue, depression, disorientation, memory impairment, paranoia and aggressive behavior.
Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed. Half the people diagnosed with it may, in fact, not have this condition but suffer from brain toxicity due to a lifelong accumulation of toxins, chemicals, poisons and nutrient deficiencies that prevents normal detoxification. While allopathic medicine tries to find the “one cause” for Alzheimer’s and the “one drug” that will cure it, alternative medicine practices detoxification and supplementation to effectively treat this condition.
Other possible causes of Alzheimer-like symptoms and ones that need to be ruled out and/or treated include: mercury and aluminum poisoning from annual flu shots, Thyroid Deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia), mini strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Allergies, Yeast Overgrowth, polypharmacy, drug reactions, environmental allergies, heavy metal toxicity and nutritional imbalances.
A Toxin-Free Life
It’s best to avoid heavy metals, chemicals, toxins and poisons as much as possible. Our bodies have a great deal of resilience and try to protect us from toxins. However, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis and our detoxification pathways are being overloaded. See the section on Cleansing for more details. See a complete list of what to avoid in the Cancer section.
Aluminum and mercury are the two major heavy metals cited as prime suspects in Alzheimer’s. Men and women should not have flu shots (containing mercury and aluminum) or use antiperspirants containing aluminum hydroxide, which blocks the lymphatic system around the breasts and is implicated in breast cancer as well as Alzheimer’s.
Visit the Safe Minds website for a 2014 listing of over 200 medical consumer products that still contain mercury. Years ago, I counted 100 mercury-containing drugs and was very disappointed to see more not less poisonous drugs on the market.
Avoid all aluminum pots and pans and aluminum foil, antiperspirants and antacids. Aluminum sulfate is added in the water treatment process to help eliminate bacteria, however, this means aluminum contaminates our water supply.
Chlorine, fluoride and arsenic are other contaminants that need to be filtered out of drinking water. Distilled water and reverse osmosis are said to offer the most complete removal of contaminants; however, you must take full mineral replacement if you use these forms of water purification and those minerals should be picometer-sized. I recommend ReMag and ReMyte and sea salt in water.
If you have mercury fillings replaced, the safest substance is gold. Otherwise, make sure your dentist uses the white composite fillings but performs a compatibility test to make sure you will not react to the white plastic. Removing all your mercury dental fillings is a big undertaking. It is important to consult a dentist who is very knowledgeable about mercury amalgam removal. Such a dentist will use a mercury vapor analyzer that measures the amount of mercury vapor that is created by your chewing a piece of gum to see if you really do need to consider mercury amalgam removal. Proper removal of amalgams includes using low-speed drills that remove the mercury filling intact and, as quickly as possible; oxygen and supplements that help detoxify the mercury that is being released. Mercury-free dentists are listed in the Resources section.
Flu vaccines, which are urged on the elderly population, are preserved with mercury and also contain aluminum. The aluminum is introduced specifically to irritate the immune system enough to mount a response to the vaccine. According to a review paper by Jefferson in the Lancet (Oct 2005), a systematic review of all flu vaccine trials showed that they are not effective in preventing the flu or “influenza-like illness” or pneumonia in the elderly population. An overall effectiveness rate of only 8% was found for flu vaccinations.
Flu vaccines are not only ineffective, they are harmful. This is the conclusion reached by Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a biologist and immunogeneticist who has published 850 papers in peer review journals. In a speech before the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) international conference, in Arlington, VA, September 1997, Dr. Fudenberg reported from his research that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease was ten times higher than if the if the individual had zero, one, or two shots.
Since it appears to be the total toxic load that creates some brain diseases, preventive measures can be taken to lower your chemical exposure. Avoid gas heating and cooking in homes that are poorly ventilated. Industry needs to use more efficient air filters to remove chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury from coal burning plants and crematoriums and lead in the air from leaded gas and industry. Organophosphate pesticides found in your own garage or shed or on your lawn are associated with Parkinson’s disease and brain syndromes.
You can avoid pesticides, herbicides and GMOs in your diet by choosing organic foods. Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where people buy memberships in a farm and the farmer delivers produce weekly to a central pick-up site.
Avoid “Diet” products that contain aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), which are found in over 9,000 diet products. Aspartame has a list of ninety-two side effects. A 2005 Italian study shows that aspartame is associated with several forms of cancer in test animals. It is a neurotoxin that causes headaches, seizures, and, in spite of being marketed as a diet product, promotes obesity and diabetes.
Those with a family history of Alzheimer’s or who already have the condition should not eat most commercial fish because they may be contaminated with mercury. Wild Alaska salmon with very low levels of mercury may be one of the safest sources of fish.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies and toxicity have been implicated in Alzheimer’s. Nutrients are necessary to support normal brain function and detoxify the body. Even if you are on an organic diet, there could be some nutrients missing as soils are depleted and there is insufficient remineralization of the soil.
Taking supplements is the best way to ensure a balanced nutrient load. However, many of the supplements on the market today are synthesized from coal tar and inappropriate for an already toxic body. I recommend food-based, organic supplements from Grown by Nature and Premier Greens from Radiant Life.
* ReMag, a 100% absorbed, bioavailable, non-laxative magnesium. Dosage: ½-1 tsp twice per day. This mineral drives 1000 enzyme systems and is responsible for the production of energy in the body. Click on the Books link at Dr. Carolyn Dean Live to download the free eBook, ReMag: Invisible Minerals Part I. Make sure to take enough magnesium to maintain an optimum level of Magnesium RBC at 6.0-6.5mg/dL.
* ReMyte multiple mineral, which contains 12 complementary minerals. Dosage: ½ tsp three times per day. Click on the Books link at Dr. Carolyn Dean Live to download the free eBook ReMyte & ReCalcia: Invisible Minerals Part II.
* Whole C ReSet is a food-based, organic Vitamin C and one of our Completement Formulas. It supports the structure and function of connective tissue and helps repair worn out adrenal glands. Dosage: One tablet, once or twice daily.
* Vitamin B complex: Use ReAline. Contains several methylated and food-based B vitamins along with L-methionine and L-taurine from natural sources. It is a safe, natural detoxifier that assists any condition. Dosage: 1 capsule twice per day.
* Blue Ice Royal: Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Oil provide balanced doses of Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K2. Dosage: 1 capsule twice per day or ½ tsp per day.
* RnA ReSet Drops: A unique product made from barley sprouts that produces a unique cell called the iCell, which helps make perfect cells and balances body, mind, and spirit. I describe them on page 14 of this book and you can also go to RnA ReSet for dosage instructions and more information.
NOTE: Over the 9 years of making RnA ReSet Drops, 142of 144 RnA ReSet batches did not show gluten, however, because of those 2 positive tests, we choose to declare that we are not gluten free on our label.
Chinese medicine provides a comprehensive treatment program for conditions such as Alzheimer’s by combining herbal formulas that both detoxify and nutritionally support the body, along with acupuncture that treats energy blockages. Individual herbs that have been studied for their ability to support brain function include the following:
* Ginkgo biloba: a powerful herb that increases blood flow to the brain and improves memory
* Gotu kola: an important herb that improves cerebral function used widely in Asia as an anti-aging remedy
For Advanced Readers
So far, we have talked about improving brain health with magnesium, what Alzheimer’s Disease is and how to recognize it, the traditional symptom management approach to this disease, and alternative information and options. I encourage my Advanced Readers to read Chapter 15 of The Magnesium Miracle, “Aging, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia.” I also suggest you pay specific attention to the information about aging, calcification, and magnesium deficiency. This information can support you helping your older loved ones make more-informed health choices.
Finally, let me give you a preview of the section on telomeres, as the study by Drs. Burton and Bella Altura, who wrote the introduction to The Magnesium Miracle, is quite exciting:
What’s a telomere? A telomere is an essential part of chromosomes that affects how our cells age. Telomeres are the caps at the ends of chromosomes that protect them from unraveling or getting attached to another chromosome. They are like the plastic cap at the end of a shoelace or the knot at the end of a string to keep it from unraveling. Here’s another analogy: it’s like the many extra stitches you put at the end of a line of sewing to prevent the thread from pulling free. Those extra stitches represent redundant sequences of nucleotides—the building blocks of DNA. They don’t have a function other than protecting chromosomes.
The current research on aging is firmly tied up with telomeres. As we baby boomers age, we’re desperately trying to find ways to stay younger. Anti-aging research is a multibillion-dollar industry. And besides facelifts and Botox, finding a way to protect our telomeres has become the holy grail of longevity research.
It should come as no surprise that magnesium is closely associated with telomeres. But the real shock is how few researchers are focusing on the miracle of magnesium in keeping telomeres from unraveling. Instead they are looking for drugs or formulating expensive supplements to save the telomeres—ignoring the solution that’s right before their eyes.
Aging is documented in our DNA: year by year, greater numbers of redundant telomere segments at the end of our chromosomes are nibbled away, eventually leaving the chromosome exposed. Telomere segments keep genes stable but shorten over time as cell division becomes less efficient, especially if the enzyme telomerase reverse transcriptase is deficient or not working properly. You don’t have to guess at what mineral this enzyme depends upon—magnesium, of course.
What a journey! We began with a simple suggestion, “anyone who has a parent or loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease should help them saturate with ReMag.” We then moved through traditional information about Alzheimer’s Disease into exploring an alternative approach. Finally, we took a huge leap into current research about calcium, magnesium deficiency and aging and aging, telomeres, and magnesium. Using this information as a foundation, you should be able to continue researching and help your older loved ones make better health choices. Yay!
Dr. Carolyn Dean