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Help for Alzheimer

Posted by
Antonio on August 29, 1999 at 22:01:48:

Dear Dr. Stoll:

My wife is continuing to have short term memory loss problems and we are concerned about this being the beginning of Alzheimer. She is the 66-year old "relative of mine" I wrote to you about a couple of months ago about Vitamin E and Fibrocistic breast decease (she is taking the 800 IU/day per your book recommendation). Other than these two items she is in good health.

She has already been referred to a neurologist who requested an MRI of the brain, some type of special blood test and a pneuropsychological test. The MRI was already done and apparently doesn't look too good. We do not have yet the results of the blood test and the pneuropsychological test will not be done until Sept 10. She is already on Aricept (sent by the neurologist) at 5 mgr/day.

I looked in the archives and didn't find anything about Alzheimer.

She will probably go back to the neurologist around mid Sept. to discuss all results. We would like to get more educated ahead of this visit. My questions are:

1. Is there anything else she can do to stop or slow down this decease (in case she has Alzheimer) by natural means (exercises, vitamins, minerals or any other medication). Talking to a Yoga teacher, she claims that the Yoga positions standing on her head (or shoulders with her feet up) for 5 minutes/day will be great to improve the blood circulation to her brain. A Tai-Chi teacher claims that doing different things (as opposed to a daily routine) will be great for her mind.

2. About 10 years ago she got a hit on the right side of her head, in the temple about 2-inches from the eye (getting out of a car she got hit by the car door). This left a slight bump on the place (about 3/8-inch diameter and very slightly raised, maybe about 1/32-inch). Occasionally this bump itches and gets scaly, then she scratches it. Also occasionally there is a slight pain from the bump toward the eye. Do you have any ideas about this?. What type of doctor do you think should take a look at it (maybe a skin specialist?) She is concerned that this may be causing part of the memory problems. She has mentioned this to her GP and the neurologist and neither one thinks there was much to worry about, however, I think that something that itches and is scaly is not OK.

Can you (or others) give us any other suggestions. She is not into skilled relaxation yet.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Antonio

PS. My knees (the subject of my first contact w/you and Dr. Ferguson about a year ago) are much better. I would say they are 85 to 90% improved.



Re: Help for Alzheimer

Posted by
trish on August 30, 1999 at 00:10:58:

In Reply to: Help for Alzheimer posted by Antonio on August 29, 1999 at 22:01:48:

Antonio,

Hola. No great ideas, just want to tell you that I wish you the best of luck with the situation. I hope you will keep us posted.

Is your wife interested in starting SR? That can't hurt, as we all know here!

I'm sure Dr. Stoll will have some ideas!

best wishes,
trish



Re: Help for Alzheimer

Posted by Mike-S on August 30, 1999 at 01:55:11:

In Reply to: Help for Alzheimer posted by Antonio on August 29, 1999 at 22:01:48:


Antonio: My webpages have extensive information on Alzheimer's; just click on the link below. Page 1 is both alternative medicine info and allopathic info; page 2 has additional allopathic info. Mike-S



Re: Help for Alzheimer (Balanced B, essential oils and Tai Chi)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 30, 1999 at 11:37:19:

In Reply to: Help for Alzheimer posted by Antonio on August 29, 1999 at 22:01:48:

Thanks, Antonio.

Your testimonial about your knees will help others with similar problems know that there ARE alternatives they can consider.

So far as the Alzheimer's is concerned, both the Yoga or the Tai Chi would help a lot IF you can get her to do them at least twice a day. Both of you would be surprised how quickly and how much that would help.

If I had known about the Alzheimer's before I would have also recommended at least a 100 milligram balanced B vitamin twice a day and essential oils (as described in the articles on the homepage.

Let us know how she does.

Walt



Head Bump - Essential Oils

Posted by
Antonio on August 30, 1999 at 21:22:46:

In Reply to: Re: Help for Alzheimer (Balanced B, essential oils and Tai Chi) posted by Walt Stoll on August 30, 1999 at 11:37:19:

Dear Dr. Stoll:

Thank you for your quick reply.

My wife was taking one 50 mg/day of balanced B (a formula that has 50 mg or 50 microgr of most B Vitamins). Today we increased it to 100 mg/day (2 tablets/day). Will increased it to 3 and 4 tablets after 1 and 2 weeks.

How about the head bump?. Do you have any thoughts on it? Although 2 doctors told us not to worry about it I think they are not taking it too serious.

The essential oils are a jungle. I read your article in the archives and I don't quite understand how many tablets or capsules of each she should be taking so I will treat this in a separate posting. In a mail order catalog I have the oils are quoted using a nominal mg plus the mgs of the individual active ingredients of the omega 3 & 6. Let me do a little research and I will ask you some specific questions in a couple of days or so. Maybe your reply will also help others.

Thank you, again, for your help.

Antonio



Skilled Relaxation Yoga Style

Posted by
Antonio on August 30, 1999 at 21:36:19:

In Reply to: Re: Help for Alzheimer posted by trish on August 30, 1999 at 00:10:58:

Buenas Noches trish:

Thank you for your reply and wishes. Yes, I had been trying to get her to do some skilled relaxation without much success. However, about 10 days ago, we attended a lecture called "Meditation or Medication", given by an MD and sponsored by our HMO. I think this lecture impressed her and she will probably start SR soon.

BTW this meditation is Indian-Style, a derivative from Yoga, and stresses a sitting posture (with your back and neck straight up) and no music. I used to do it lying down on the floor, flat on my back, and using the Brain-Sync tapes for Delta frequencies. I just started last week doing it in a sitting position and w/o music. It is too early to tell if it is or is not better. It will be interesting to hear if you or others had tried the SR w and w/o music.

Also if they can get 10 interested people our local community college is planning to offer an SR class (1-3hr class/week for 10 weeks). They tried to offer it early this summer but they only got 4 people (yours truly one of them). This will also be an Indian style class (it is called Meditation Yoga).

Well, trish, that is all for now.

Take care,

Antonio



Good Links

Posted by
Antonio on August 30, 1999 at 21:41:12:

In Reply to: Re: Help for Alzheimer posted by Mike-S on August 30, 1999 at 01:55:11:

Mike:

Thank you for the link. I got some good articles from it.

Antonio



Re: Delta is wrong brainwavelength for SR, but you probably already know that!

Posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on August 31, 1999 at 07:41:13:

In Reply to: Skilled Relaxation Yoga Style posted by Antonio on August 30, 1999 at 21:36:19:

I'm sure that You know it, but Delta is the wrong brainwavelength to use during SR.

I would not want someone new here buying the wrong tape and wondering what happened to him/her when he thought it would be relaxing.

You want tapes/whatever that promote Alpha/Theta brainwaves for SR.



Re: Head Bump - Essential Oils

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 31, 1999 at 13:06:41:

In Reply to: Head Bump - Essential Oils posted by Antonio on August 30, 1999 at 21:22:46:

Hi, Antonio,

Look on the home page articles about essential oils.

I don't thing the head bump is anything either. She certainly has more important thing s to deal with anyhow.

Walt



Delta is brainwavelength for healing

Posted by
Antonio on August 31, 1999 at 15:03:17:

In Reply to: Re: Delta is wrong brainwavelength for SR, but you probably already know that! posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on August 31, 1999 at 07:41:13:

RH Jim:

My reason for SR was to promote healing of bad knees. I had a torn cartilage in one of them and sympathy pains on the other. The literature from Brain-Sync said that Delta Waves "....are associated with sleep, healing and regeneration."

BTW in the lecture of Meditation or Medication (see my prior message) the speaker said that Delta Waves were not audible due to their low frequency and was he was skeptical about any benefit coming from them. He was very much against any type of music or noise during meditation.

Antonio




Re: Delta is brainwavelength for healing (archive under SR)

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 01, 1999 at 10:26:18:

In Reply to: Delta is brainwavelength for healing posted by Antonio on August 31, 1999 at 15:03:17:

Hi, Antonio.

This is a case of "a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing".

First: Delta IS a very healing rhythm and everything that can be accomplished in alpha/theta can be accomplished in delta. However, maintaining delta while still being conscious is a VERY advanced thing to do. In MY experience only far advanced Zen Masters have been able to do it.

Finally, the "speaker" who is "very much against any music or noise during meditation" simply is not aware of the wide variance of effective approaches for humans. Sometimes that is exactly what the person needs. I would agree, however, that it is a minority of people. To be skeptical about Delta, without explaining that that skepticism is only because of its difficulty, tells me that the speaker was not very knowledgable. Further, downgrading delta because it is below the threshold of human hearing is nonsensical. The brain responds to delta rhythm subconsciously and hearing i snot involved.

You know that those glasses that flash at different rhythms work just as well if the person is blind.

Read "The Awakened Mind" by Maxwell Cade and Nona Coxhead and then share with us what you have learned about the "mind mirror".

Walt



Delta is brainwavelength for healing

Posted by
Antonio on September 02, 1999 at 13:59:25:

In Reply to: Re: Delta is brainwavelength for healing (archive under SR) posted by Walt Stoll on September 01, 1999 at 10:26:18:

Dear Dr. Stoll:

Thank you for your comments on the Delta wavelength. Although I am very, very far away from being a Zen Master, I thought I was not doing too bad with the Delta tapes. My only problem or observation is a small difficulty keeping awake (out of 30 minutes I probably snooze 2 to 6 minutes). Maybe this was also due to doing the SR flat on my back. In the last 2 weeks I tried no music and sitting on the floor. I will continue this way another 2 or 3 weeks and then maybe go back to my delta tapes in a sitting position. Will let you know what works best.

I used the Delta music tapes because I tried an alpha tape called Guided Relaxation and it did not work too well for me.

I will order "The Awakened Mind" from my local library. It is shown on their in line catalog.

BTW this Indian/Yoga meditation is much more structured than the SR I have been reading in this BB. In the next few days I will try to collect all "requirements" for a good meditation according to them and will put them in a separate post. I am sure this will generate some good discusions.

Best regards,

Antonio



Music for SR

Posted by
trish on September 03, 1999 at 09:59:00:

In Reply to: Delta is brainwavelength for healing posted by Antonio on September 02, 1999 at 13:59:25:

Hola again Antonio -

I am looking forward to your "report"! I am like you and found it much better to relax using cds without the voice. I have not tried the Delta cds yet, but one that I have goes through all three waves during the session.

I also lie flat on my back - I find it too distracting to try to hold myself up in a sitting position. I would love to hear how you do with this new approach!

be well,
trish



Preference on Delta Tapes

Posted by
Antonio on September 03, 1999 at 13:35:00:

In Reply to: Music for SR posted by trish on September 03, 1999 at 09:59:00:

Hello trish:

I tried 2 delta frequency tapes from Brain Sync. These were the 60 min. Healing Meditation and the 90 min. Sound Healing. One side of the Healing Meditation is "guided" with words and music. Like you, I don't like the guided portion either.

I personally like the Sound Healing tape much better Healing Meditation, but it is just a matter of preference. Sound Healing is 100% music on both sides and it is quite different music from Healing Meditation. To give you a comparison with Clasical Music, Healing Meditation could be compared to a heavy duty classical symphony, while Sound Healing is more like a Boston Pops classical concert.

If you don't feel like going for the whole 45 minutes of one side of Sound Healing you can split one side in 2 sessions. Around the 20 to 30 min. times there are a few slight changes of tune where you can stop and continue the next time.

I hope this helps you in deciding which tape to get, if you or others decide to get a delta frequency tape.

Good luck and take care.

Antonio



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