Use an alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine combo supplement such as the one made by NSI, follow the General Maintenance Regimen, and practice Toxin Avoidance for Metals and Solvents. Ensure adequate levels of protein and good oils by using the Zone Diet and adequate hydration with the Water Cure.
One of the therapeutic actions of alpha lipoic acid may be that it helps remove
toxic metals from the body in addition to its antioxidant effect on the nervous system and brain. Avoiding
neurotoxic chemicals like aspartame and MSG are also necessary for any
progress to be made.
For the General Maintenance regimen, use a multivitamin that contains a good bit of gingko biloba, strong antioxidants, and vitamin E in mixed tocopherol form, such as Synergy Version 10 (formerly known as version 9) or Synergy Energy Version 2, or use them separately along with a multivitamin that does not contain them. However, it is likely that the essential fatty acid supplement and the multimineral are as important than the multivitamin. The Synergy 10 does contain enough calcium, magnesium, and other minerals such that no additional mineral supplement may be necessary plus contains other useful ingredients such as silymarin, and a little acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid. The Synergy Energy 2 contains even more acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid (but no silymarin and very little calcium).
In some cases, mental acuity is affected by liver or kidney function. When their functions are compromised by deposits of metals, petrochemicals, or mineral deposits, it allows toxic chemicals, and even normal metabolic wastes from cells, to circulate in the blood which can cause mental problems. If this is suspected, consider adding a liver cleanse regimen using the Futurebiotics Silymarin Plus or Planetary Formulas Stone Free, both of which provide action to clean the liver and kidneys.
Over the course of a small study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin uncovered strong links between low levels of vitamin D in Alzheimer's patients and poor outcomes on cognitive tests.Scientists launched the study after family members of Alzheimer's patients who were treated with large doses of prescription vitamin D reported that they were acting and performing better than before. Researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels may enhance the amount of important chemicals in the brain and protect brain cells. Other recent studies have indicated that vitamin D and sunlight exposure can substantially reduce the risk of cancer, the flu, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders. Vitamin D plays a role in the activation of at least 100 genes, many of which are involved in disease prevention. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics January 8, 2007
If money was short and the lowest cost regimen was needed, I would get the NSI alpha lipoic acid and A-L-carnitine combination product along with Nutribiotic Hypo-Aller-C as the mineral (and vitamin C) supplement. Then use raw nuts and fish as the EFA source, and still eat adequate protein and good oils and follow the Water Cure.
An anecdote from the Rife list from the late 1990s:
We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to control or reduce the effects of alzheimer's with any of our Rife/ Bare protocols. Others may have enjoyed different results. One promising protocol we have utilized is a combination of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine (administered simultaneously). Our researches seemed to confirm the results obtained by the Linus Pauling Institute.....there does seem to result a synergistic effect not evident when either is ingested alone. Both substances have yielded measurable positive effects alone......but almost an order of magnitude less than that achieved when taken in concert. Variations of this protocol yielded parallel results for higher mammals, also. Do be advised, our results are experimental RESEARCH evaluations only. They do not constitute any form of medical advice or prescription. We postulate no recommendations to anyone....for any specific condition. Sincerely, Brooks Bradley.
Some people think that the excitotoxin MSG (monosodium glutamate) may play a role in some nervous system disorders such as ALS. It is best to avoid it as much as possible. Read labels on foods to ensure that it is not contained. Note that whey protein is included in the regimen above since it is helpful to rebuild nerve (and muscle) damage, although if you see "whey protein" listed in the ingredients for a non-protein food, such as crackers, it may be a code name for MSG.
|Definite Sources of MSG
Possible Sources of MSG
whey protein isolate
whey protein concentrate
soy protein isolate
soy protein concentrate
Flu Shots Increase Chances of Alzheimer's
Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots. http://curezone.com/forums/m.asp?f=621&i=139
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This Alzheimer's regimen is incomplete.
The site mentions ALA, a glutathione recycler, but ALA does not provide any precursors for fresh glutathione manufacture; low glutathione has been well studied as a requisite for disease, especially in oxidative stress (lipid peroxidation) diseases such as Alzheimer's. Here's some of the science:
Glutathione is also used to physically escort heavy metals such as aluminum, iron and mercury from the body. It is THE natural mechanism that copes with casual heavy metal exposure.
Again, the rate-limiting factor for glutathione production is not ALA but cysteine-containing peptides; these are in short supply in the modern diet, and short supply has been identified as an aggravating factor for, and even a cause of, much disease. These factors are found in raw food at very low concentrations; low concentrations are inadequate to address existing disease conditions and one can use undenatured whey for the balance.
Also, the the essential fatty acid advice given on the page, "EPA and DHA supplements (like salmon oil) or omega 3 flax oil supplements can be helpful", is partially incorrect. Flax oil supplements are so barely "helpful" that one may as well skip them.
This passage, taken from my Budwig diet revision, will serve to illuminate this common misconception:
"The flaxseed oil in the original plan provides the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is thought to be a 'good' omega-3 oil; however, more recent science has revealed that it's a common but faulty assumption that ALA is physiologically equivalent to omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, and that there is no known need for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) independent of its conversion to EPA/DHA. And in adults the conversion rate is tiny; the US Environmental Protection Agency has posted this powerpoint presentation (slide 5) that explains less than 1% conversion of ALA to EPA (some sources say somewhat higher), and <0.01% to DHA.
Though these details have traditionally escaped the followers of Joanna Budwig and Udo Erasmus, fatty acids expert Dr. Floyd Chilton fully explains them in his book Inflammation Nation.
Chilton says (page 97),
"I wish I could tell you that the (ALA) in flaxseed oil could replace wild fish as a rich source of EPA and DHA but the scientific literature simply does not support this contention. ...We do the conversion but very slowly, and we also eat a lot of fatty acids such as LA that 'compete' for enzymes that convert ALA to EPA and DHA, further limiting its conversion."
Budwig and her followers including Udo Erasmus also purport to supply the needed fatty acids to rebuild cell walls so they can carry more oxygen and etc., by supplying ALA; however, cell walls actually contain negligible ALA and are high EPA and DHA. "
I take these basic factors into account in my neurodegenerative illnesses protocol. I think you'll find that attention to these basics better promotes healing and recovery, particularly in the elderly, in addition to stopping the oxidative damage.
This regimen is also featured on the website http://alzheimerssupplements.com/