Notes on Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases: Testing & Treatment

The bulk of the information on this page is from Lee Euler of Awakening From Alzheimer’s, via email. If the item doesn’t list a different source, it is from Lee.

I’ve reorganized this list into categories; this posting is: 1. Testing & Treatment; See also: 2. Diet & Lifestyle; 3. Foods and Supplements; 4. Symptoms & Causes; 5. Related Diseases/Disorders.

Testing & Treatment

Testing for Dementia & Alzheimer’s 

The following table is from Mercola, 3/8/18 (5N); I saved graphic as Testing-Alzheimers_Mercola2018.png

Treatment

M9 (MEND or Metabolic Enhancement for Neuro Degeneration) Protocol, involving diet, lifestyle, supplements and minimal prescribed meds.

Dr Dale Bredesen did a study at UCLA regarding the theory that a toxin from the aluminum industry (AID3) is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, and achieved the first true reversal of Alzheimer’s with the MEND protocol.  (See ABC News video/article (38) also UCLA Newsroom article (39)). See article on implementing the Bredesen Protocol (40) that has been “clinically shown to benefit Alzheimer’s patients.”

The protocol includes dietary and lifestyle changes; these changes may be different for each patient (see an article on a small study at UCLA and Buck Institute (41). These studies indicate the protocol works best for early-stage; those who were late-stage did not improve.

Bredesen’s approach is personalized to the patient, based on extensive testing to determine what is affecting the brain’s plasticity signaling network. In the case of the patient with the demanding job who was forgetting her way home, her therapy consisted of some, but not all, of the components of Bredesen’s program, including:

      • eliminating all simple carbohydrates, gluten and processed food from her diet, and eating more vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish
      • meditating twice a day and beginning yoga to reduce stress
      • sleeping seven to eight hours per night, up from four to five
      • taking melatonin, methylcobalamin [methyl B12], vitamin D3, fish oil and coenzyme Q10 each day
      • optimizing oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush
      • reinstating hormone replacement therapy, which had previously been discontinued
      • fasting for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime
      • exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes, four to six days per week”

See also related article by Dr Perlmutter (42) and an ABC News video (43) about brain-healthy fats (grass-fed meats, avocados and coconut oil).

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L-Carnitine

from a Lee Euler sales pitch (3I). This amino acid is important to recharge brain’s batteries. The article provides many references that include scientific studies in support of Acetyl L-Carnitine. “According to a study conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School, one third of your brain’s energy goes toward cell maintenance. This is vital for keeping your brain tissue alive, healthy and functioning properly1 – so you can think and remember things quickly and easily.” The fuel includes glucose, but also fatty acids (fats), which are escorted across the blood-brain barrier by acetyl-L-carnitine (the simple amino acid L-carnitine is not enough, it needs the acetyl escort. Also it is a potent antioxidant that helps keep the brain from “rusting.

My thoughts: If you eat good quality meat daily, you may be getting enough L-carnitine (provided you chew it enough so that it gets digested). But inflammation in the brain may be an impediment.

Cerefolin-NAC, a prescription supplement

From Dr Glenn S Rothfeld’s Nutrition & Healing newsletter, 2018, pgs 6-7. Some insurance companies do not cover it, and it is not inexpensive. It is a prescription medication that is used to treat people with early memory loss and attention difficulties (43A). See also another supplement (43B)

Ingredients (43A):

  • 5.6 mg L-methylfolate (Metafolin) which is a biological form of folate
  • 2 mg Methylcobalamin (vitamin B12)
  • 600 mg N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), which is part of glutathione (an antioxidant).

My Mercola whole food multi (8 tabs daily dose) has much less of these, but I tend to have a food sensitivity to NAC in larger doses:

  • 665 mcg Metafolin
  • 100 mcg Methylcobalamin
  • 150 mg NAC

Cognitive training – it this the answer for Alzheimers?

(from Mercola (5o), 12/7/17) includes section on Mitochondrial Dysfunction being at the Heart of Alzheimer’s.

Essential oils: using them to support the brain and parasympathetic nervous system

A podcast with Jodi Sternoff Cohen and Wellness Mama (5);  I’ve saved copies of podcast and transcript to: HEALTH-NUTRITION > 1-DOCU-SERIES > AWAKENINGfmALZHEIMERS > PODCASTS & OTHER / essentialOils-Brain-ParasympatheticNervSyst_wellnessmama.mp3 and pdf

Inclined Bed (6 degrees)

2/16/18:  You Tube video (46A) and Mercola article: (5P). This is not the same as raising the torso portion of your mattress; the entire mattress is tilted by 6 degrees. The video shows how to adjust your bed. The article provides the benefits of doing this.

Stimulate the glymphatic system.

7/2/18. This is the system that clears debris from the brain, and also distributes non-waste compounds like fats, sugars and neurotransmitters through the brain’s extracellular and cerebrospinal fluids. So it’s important on two fronts. But glymphatic activity declines as we age, so we need to step it up. Three ways to do this:

  • Improve sleep, which improves the brain’s ability to clean itself. This means getting a good 8 hours of sleep each night (especially if doing intermittent fasting). 
  • Active exercise like walking/running, to create a rise in the heart rate (while exercising).
  • Low, daily alcohol consumption: works only with wine, and then only if 25 ml (about 3/4 ounce), which is 1/3 of a unit each day. Drinking a regular glass of wine causes glymphatic activity to plunge. Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to cancer and other issues. 

Dr Klinghardt on The Mechanics of Brain Detox (training session video, July 6, 2018 1:00 PM, Pacific or 2 PM Mtn) Webinar ID 967-133-310; register at link; view at Zoom link (original play), replay link, or on Facebook. Video is 86 min (1 hr, 26 min); it is mostly audio with powerpoint pages displayed along the way. Glymphatic system is major player in detoxing the brain; tonsils and sinuses also play a role, as do “binders.” When have tooth extraction, they secrete toxic inflammatory compounds 24/7 (how long do they continue to do this?

  • See also:

References

Lee Euler’s references:

These reference numbers are prefaced by “LE” in article above; for example, the first in the following list is LE1.

Other References:

  1. (2) American Academy of Neurology:eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/aaon-cyb091014.php; and Prevention: prevention.com/health/health-concerns/ab-blood-type-and-memory-problems
  2. (5) businesswire.com/news/home/20171101006063/en/Actor-Chuck-Norris-Wife-Gena-Norris-Announce
  3. Green Valley Natural Solutions:
    1. (15) greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/TJR18/Triple_Joint_Relief-2.php
    2. (21) greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/BVP/bvp-l-2-alt.php
    3. (22) greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/ABP/abp-e-C.php
    4. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/ABP18/Advanced_Brain_Power-1.php
    5. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/TheraFlex/TheraFlexACN-A.php
    6. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/GEN/Genesis-B.php
    7. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/ALC/BE-ALC.php
    8. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/MMS/mms-trial-JPredo.php
    9. greenvalleynaturalsolutions.com/ALC/BE-ALC.php
  4. (13) Journal of Neuroscience: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4524974/
  5. Mercola:
    1. (17) articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/12/beets-may-help-prevent-alzheimers.aspx
    2. (18) articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/08/idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus.aspx
    3. (19a) articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/15/pqq-berberine-mitochondrial-enhancers.aspx;
    4. (19b) articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/05/berberine-anxiety-depression.aspx;
    5. (19c) articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/05/05/extended-youth-extreme-longevity.aspx;
    6. (19d) articles.mercola.com/ketogenic-diet.aspx
    7. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/05/24/how-excess-iron-raises-alzheimers-risk.aspx
    8. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/05/03/lifestyle-factors-linked-to-alzheimers.aspx
    9. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/01/24/nutrients-for-brain-health.aspx
    10. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/06/18/green-tea-boosts-heart-brain-health.aspx
    11. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/26/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-dementia.aspx
    12. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/28/vitamin-d-deficiency-signs-symptoms.aspx
    13. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/04/60-ng-ml-vitamin-d-level-for-optimal-health.aspx
    14. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/03/08/idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus.aspx
    15. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/12/07/cognitive-training-dementia.aspx
    16. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/15/inclined-bed-therapy.aspx
  6. NCBI (Pub Med):
    1. (3) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10782126/
    2. (4) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12076218/
    3. (6) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28653860
    4. (9) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17167099
    5. (10) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15212849
    6. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25621434/
    7. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926646/
    8. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4697050/
    9. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4314337/
    10. Hearing loss and incident dementia (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21320988)
    11. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153866/
    12. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5928071/
  7. (1) MIND Protocol article: newsmax.com/Health/Headline/MIND-protocol-lifestyle-plan/2015/04/06/id/636763/
  8. (11) Neurology Reviews (mdedge.com/neurologyreviews/article/114150/alzheimers-cognition/glymphatic-system-may-play-key-role-removing
  9. (16) Oregon State: lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/l-carnitine
  10. (8) Research Gate: researchgate.net/publication/283857212_Dose-dependent_hemorheological_effects_and_microcirculatory_modifications_following
    _intravenous_administration_of_Ginkgo_biloba_special_extract_EGb_761
  11. (7) Springer Link: link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10534-016-9931-7
  12. (14) Stony Brook Medicine: americangeriatrics.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/Helene_Benveniste_MD_PhD.pdf
  13. (12) Stony Brook Newsroom: stonybrook.edu/newsroom/general/150804sleeping.php
  14. (20) superfoodly.com/health-benefits-of-high-pqq-foods-vs-supplement-sources/
  15. The following (15 and on) are new: TTAC (The Truth About Cancer) article links:
    1. Otto Warburg – Biographical (nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1931/warburg-bio.html)
    2. Otto Warburg – Award Ceremony Speech (nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1931/press.html)
    3. The Role of Oxygen, Antioxidants and Toxins in the Cancer Process (nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1931/press.html)
    4. A Rational Theory of Cancer (tbyil.com/Rational_Cancer_Theory.htm
  16. TTAC (The Truth About Cancer) general links:
    1. thetruthaboutcancer.com/solving-the-alzheimers-puzzle
  17. Neurology: Midlife cardiovascular fitness and dementia
    (n.neurology.org/content/early/2018/03/14/WNL.0000000000005290)
  18. Homocysteine imbalance connected to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease (naturalhealth365.com/homocysteine-science-news-2598.html)
  19. Dr Glen Rothfeld on HSV virus and Dementia:
    1. video transcript (This Deadly Sleeper Virus Triggers Alzheimers): pro.nutritionandhealing.com/p/NAH171211A/E640U963/Full or pro.nutritionandhealing.com/p/NAH181105A/E640UCCS/Full
    2. book: The Complete Guide to Reversing Alzheimer’s; see the purchase site (secure.nutritionandhealing.com/NAH171211A/E640U963/index.htm) or alternate purchase site (secure.nutritionandhealing.com/NAH181105A/E640UCCS/index.htm?pageNumber=2).
    3. See also: healthline.com/health-news/evidence-of-link-between-herpes-and-dementia#4); and (sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181019100702.htm)————-Symptoms/Causes references ends at 19C; any I add after this need to be added to Symptoms/Causes if I want all pages to have same list.
  20. Green Med Info (Sayer Ji):
    1.  greenmedinfo.com/blog/7-proven-ways-keep-your-brain-young
    2. greenmedinfo.com/disease/aging-brain
    3. greenmedinfo.com/blog/natural-approach-preventing-and-overcoming-dementia
    4. foods, spices and the brain: greenmedinfo.com/blog/research-foodsspices-slow-perhaps-reverse-alzheimers
    5. greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-shows-promise-anti-alzheimers-agent
    6. greenmedinfo.com/substance/saffron
    7. greenmedinfo.com/blog/canola-oil-increases-memory-loss
    8. greenmedinfo.com/blog/brain-regeneration-why-its-real-how-do-it
    9. greenmedinfo.com/blog/daily-dose-turmeric-boosts-your-memory-and-improves-mood
    10. greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-turmeric-can-save-aging-brain-dementia-and-premature-death
  21. Examine on bacopa-monnieriexamine.com/supplements/bacopa-monnieri
  22. Wikipedia:
    1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycogen
  23. Scicuious: scicurious.scientopia.org/2012/02/29/whats-fuel-for-the-body-is-fuel-for-the-brain-a-story-of-glycogen
  24. medicinenet.com/phenylketonuria/article.htm
  25. metabolicfactor.com/p/aff/quiz/42362 (or My link-to reference my info)
  26. Science Daily:
    1. sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180416101403.htm
    2. sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131115111524.htm
  27. frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00487/full
  28. Mother Earth Living article:
    1. motherearthliving.com/gardening/plant-profile/healing-gotu-kola-zm0z18mazols includes among its references:
    2. (22b) cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/104/review41815.html;
    3. (22c) umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/gotu-kola;
    4. (22d) search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=141015308096078;res=IELHEA ;
    5. (22e) cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/362/review050281-362.html ;
    6. (22f)ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=centella+asiatica+startle
  29. Life Extension: lifeextension.com/Magazine/2008/4/New-Research-On-The-Health-Benefits-Of-Green-Tea/Page-01
  30. My food data: myfooddata.com/articles/high-choline-foods.php
  31. Web MD: webmd.com/balance/news/20030828/herb-sage-improves-memory
  32. Natural News:
    1. Improve Your Memory and Prevent Alzheimer’s with Sage (naturalnews.com/029693_memory_sage.html)
    2. Elderberry Trumps Tamiflu for Flu Remedy (naturalnews.com/026354_elderberry_Tamiflu_immune_system.html
  33. About “Genesis:” supplementpolice.com/genesis-green-valley-natural-solutions/
  34. nulogicnutritionals.com/brainlogic.html
  35. Dr Axe:
    1. draxe.com/what-is-choline/
    2. draxe.com/glycine/
    3. draxe.com/l-glutamine-benefits-side-effects-dosage/
    4. draxe.com/folate-deficiency/
    5. draxe.com/lutein/
    6. draxe.com/pqq-supplement/
  36. Gold Leaf Nutritionals:
    1. pro.goldleafnutritionals.com/p/GLN_cognigoldreboot_1018/MGLNUA76/Full
    2. goldleafnutritionals.com/products/cognigold/
  37. Alliance for Health: pro.allianceforadvancedhealth.com/p/AAH_alzaccidentfoureight_0618/EAAHV104/Full
  38. abc7news.com/health/non-drug-treatment-may-reverse-alzheimers/336963/
  39. newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/memory-loss-associated-with-alzheimers-reversed-for-first-time
  40. whitneyerd.com/2018/03/alzheimers-diet-bredesen-protocol.html
  41. newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/memory-loss-associated-with-alzheimers-reversed-for-first-time
  42. drperlmutter.com/anti-alzheimers-trio/
  43. abc7news.com/health/non-drug-treatment-may-reverse-alzheimers/336963/
  44. Brain Power:
    1. brainpower.org/reviews/cerefolin-nac.html
    2. brainpower.org/memory-loss/memory-loss-normal.html
  45. wellnessmama.com/podcast/essential-oil-blends/
  46. YouTube videos:
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhg6L-2qT5A

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