DEMENTIA OR SOMETHING ELSE?
There are many conditions masquerading as something different. When you think about how a doctor makes a clinical diagnosis, it is easier to understand that diseases are often wrongly diagnosed.
Most diseases fall into a category, a category consisting of specific symptoms. Hit all or most of these symptoms, you have your diagnosis. But the human body must be more complicated than to fall into the criteria within a box.
I mean, doctors make mistakes, patients are not always 100% honest, and it can be quite difficult to express everything that is going on within a 10-minute GP appointment.
In a study, 41% of dementia diagnoses were incorrect in patients under 65. These medical errors occurred most frequently in people with depression or alcohol abuse (1).
Here are some areas you should investigate:
Heavy Metal Poisoning
Silver filling contains up to 50% mercury. This toxin is released from the tooth, crosses the blood-brain barrier, and destroys brain cells. Getting these fillings removed is crucial, but it must be done with the right safety protocols.
Flu shots are often pushed on older people. It is important to know that the accumulation of mercury and aluminum in these vaccines over the years can cause high toxicity.
Just as the disease scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency, other nutrient deficiencies can cause symptoms that look like Alzheimer's. Vitamin B12, Omega's, Vitamin C and mineral deficiencies can cause symptoms that look like dementia.
Vitamin D and B9 deficiencies are associated with Alzheimer's disease.
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Check out this blog from last month - Why You Might be Sick.
Stress and Inactivity
Stress at any age causes inflammation throughout the body and causes problems in many physical systems. These include the endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems.
When we combine stress with a lack of movement, our body struggles to flush the by-products of an inflamed body. The lymphatic system usually addresses these inflammatory problems, which eliminates toxicity. But when we become stagnant, these pathways do not work as well. In fact, we are more likely to create blockages from the build-up.
Drug Side Effects
Most people aged 65 are prescribed some kind of prescription medication. I am sure most of us know that pharmaceutical drugs have risks, usually 2 or 3 pages of them.
We see most of the problems coming from pain and psychotropic medications, which cause cognitive problems.
Statin drugs, which are cholesterol-lowering drugs, can cause huge mental health problems. A California study showed 90% of patients who came off statins reported better cognitive function within weeks (2).
What else can we do?
Remarkable studies by neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen have shown how treating the multiple factors that cause neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's, can give patients their minds back (3). His research uses a "systems approach," which includes a 36-point program focusing on diet, exercise, sleep, pharmaceuticals, vitamins and brain stimulation.
This approach enables holistic comprehensive treatment, rather than trying to heal a complex multi-factor problem with just one drug.
Dr. Bredesen admits the only downside of this treatment approach is its complexity, but the side effects of following the plan are "improved health and an optimal body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs."
If you know anything about holistic health, you need to know that this type of treatment plan has the potential to treat and cure. Pharmaceutical drugs are not designed to do this.
All the best.
Simon Brazier. Dip HN, NNCP
Salem LC, Andersen BB, Nielsen TR, Stokholm J, Jørgensen MB, Rasmussen MH, Waldemar G. Overdiagnosis of dementia in young patients - a nationwide register-based study. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2012;34(5-6):292-9. doi: 10.1159/000345485. Epub 2012 Nov 30. PMID: 23208125.
Evans MA, Golomb BA. Statin-associated adverse cognitive effects: survey results from 171 patients. Pharmacotherapy. 2009 Jul;29(7):800-11. doi: 10.1592/phco.29.7.800. PMID: 19558254.
Bredesen DE. Reversal of cognitive decline: a novel therapeutic program. Aging (Albany NY). 2014 Sep;6(9):707-17. doi: 10.18632/aging.100690. PMID: 25324467; PMCID: PMC4221920.