What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Sufferers of this disease are eventually unable to carry out even the simplest tasks. It is currently the 6th leading cause of death among Americans and affects 1 in 8 people over the age of 65. The total cost of treating AD in the US is even greater than the cost of treating cancer or heart disease!
The most common symptoms include:
- Memory loss that affects daily life
- Challenges in planning or problem solving
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- 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
Alzheimer’s is largely a result of the combination of advanced age combined with complex interactions among genes and other risk factors. Less than 1% of AD sufferers have inherited the condition, so researchers have had to look elsewhere for causes. Recent research has shown links to environmental toxins, nutrient deficiencies, excessive pesticide exposure, hormone depletion, and heavy metals as a contributing factor. The condition may also be influenced by general lifestyle choices, as well as other health conditions, including head trauma, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Traditionally, Alzheimer’s disease is treated with a cocktail of prescription medications to help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Side effects of these drugs may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, agitation, headache and dizziness. There is no cure for this disease, so the goal in treatment is to suppress the symptoms for as long as possible, while the disease progresses.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, we approach disease and imbalance by first determining all contributing factors and creating an individualized, patient-centered treatment plan. The latest research has shown that there are a host of factors that can cause and contribute to Alzheimer’s- from environmental toxins to nutrition to heavy metal toxicity and more. Every person has a unique biochemistry which reacts to pollutants and toxins differently, and requires an individualized course of treatment. While the disease may look similar from person to person, we are not treating the disease. We are healing the individual.
In order to determine the unique contributing factors of each individual, we utilize extremely thorough blood and urine tests, as well as a complete examination of every aspect of the body, from mitochondrial function to heavy metal toxicity and more. We then create a personalized care plan based on these findings,which may include treatments such as chelation therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, antioxidant nutritional supplements, intravenous vitamins, diet and nutrition.