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alzheimers, need more info

Posted by CD on December 29, 2000 at 05:50:55:

Dear Dr. Stoll,
I have read the archives on alzheimer's disease, and need more info. Recently a friend's mother has been possibly diagnosed with this disease because of loss of balance, and short term memory problems. She is about 60. Also a brain scan showed some "brain shrinkage". I was under the impression that a certain amount of "brain shrinkage" comes with age, but also exposure to environmental toxins, as well as alcohol, and some medications. While I am sure that the family is not pleased with the possibilities of Alzheimer's, it seems as if they are accepting this perhaps because some "very knowledgible Dr. " said so. What I am looking for are other possibilities. 1st i thought of an inner ear infection, but i suppose they ruled this out. What factors can result in "brain shrinkage"? And are there any specific tests to rule out Alzheimer's, or to infact diagnose this??? I think it would be wise not to look to the worst case 1st, especially while she is still happy and healthy, and there is enough time. Some vitamins and herbs can help memory, such as ginko, are there others? COQ 10??? Thanks much!!!
CD



Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 31, 2000 at 07:37:58:

In Reply to: alzheimers, need more info posted by CD on December 29, 2000 at 05:50:55:

Hi, CD.

Only about 50% of Alzheimer's diagnoses are confirmed at autopsy (the only way to be sure about the diagnosis). That means that the other 50% have corectable causes not discovered by the docs until the autopsy tells them: "whoops"!

It is known that environmental toxins, for genetically susceptible individuals; relative deficiency of B vitamins for YEARS; "couch potato" syndrome: "use it or lose it"; ALL have something to do with Alzheimer's--to name a few.

SO, just giving at least 100 milligrams of a "balanced vitamin B" formulation twice or 3 times a day, has a prety good chance of showing benefits in a few weeks and more in a few months. Since this is totally harmless, why conventional docs do not routinely do this in the beginning is beyond comprehension.

A good Clinical Ecologist could help with the environmental toxins as could a Certified Chelation Practioner. The book: "Brain Allergies" by Phillpott would give you another cause of the non-Alzheimer's conditions.

Many times it is prescribed drugs that are the "environmental toxins".

Go to the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and how to find these practioners.

Let us know how she does.

Walt




Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive)

Posted by kmd on December 31, 2000 at 13:16:14:

In Reply to: Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive) posted by Walt Stoll on December 31, 2000 at 07:37:58:

You said "Only about 50% of Alzheimer's diagnoses are confirmed at autopsy (the only way to be sure about the diagnosis). That means that the other 50% have corectable causes not discovered by the docs until the autopsy tells them: "whoops"!"

Not the entire other 50% has correctable causes however. My mother's mother was thought to have Alzheimer's for 17 years until her death. It was ruled out at autopsy and no other explanation was found... UNTIL last year when my mother became ill and was diagnosed with Huntington's. Of course now we know what my mother's mom really had (not a "correctable" condition).

I wonder how many other non-correctable conditions there are than can be mistaken for Alzheimer's disease?




Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 02, 2001 at 07:11:31:

In Reply to: Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive) posted by kmd on December 31, 2000 at 13:16:14:

Hi, kmd.

Until we know everything about everything no one will know. Until the conventional medical paradigm's monopoly (based on the "fact" that they already know all that is worth knowing) is broken no one will ever find out how to treat these diagnoses.

For example, Huntington's is a pretty rare diagnosis. Much more common are relative B complex deficiencies, environmental toxins (including mercury and aluminum, for starters), long term complications of prescription drugs, etc., etc. These make up the majority of what we already know and they are all preventable and mostly reversable.

Walt




Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive) addendum

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 02, 2001 at 07:14:16:

In Reply to: Re: alzheimers, need more info (Archive) posted by kmd on December 31, 2000 at 13:16:14:

Hi, kmd.

Until we know everything about everything no one will know. Until the conventional medical paradigm's monopoly (based on the "fact" that they already know all that is worth knowing) is broken no one will ever find out how to treat these diagnoses.

For example, Huntington's is a pretty rare diagnosis. Much more common are relative B complex deficiencies, environmental toxins (including mercury and aluminum, for starters), long term complications of prescription drugs, etc., etc. These make up the majority of what we already know and they are all preventable and mostly reversable.

Walt

Addendum: It already is beginning to look like Alzeihemer's is just a genetically susceptible outcome from those same causes and, in the end, they will ALL fit into the same catagory.




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