Alzheimer's is a progressive disorder that is characterized by the decline in intellectual abilities, eventually leading to dementia in elderly patients. The cause it not known, although it has been estimated 40% of people over 85 years old suffer from this condition.
Closer examination of the brains of people who have died from Alzheimer's has shown a loss of cells that release a chemical called acetylcholine ~ those cells that are used for thinking.
The first signs of Alzheimer's are loss of short-term memory for names and recent events. This then progresses to a difficulty learning new information, possibly eccentric behavior, depression and loss of spontaneity.
As Alzheimer's continues to affect the sufferer, they will lose the ability to carry out everyday activities, questions will be asked repeatedly, and they may lose the ability to recognize friends and family.
Eventually nearly all mental functions will fail, a similar symptom to those suffering from multiple small strokes and severe alcoholism.
Natural Remedies for Alzheimer's:
• Phosphatidyl Serine:: Phosphatidyl Serine is one of the many substances involved in the structure and maintenance of cell membranes. It was asserted by the US Food and Drug Administration in May 2003 that "consumption of Phosphatidyl Serine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly" and further, "consumption of Phosphatidyl Serine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly". Numerous studies back this up with evidence showing patients who took Phosphatidyl Serine orally showed significant improvement in their symptoms.
• Ginkgo Biloba:
Ginkgo Biloba is an extract from the Maidenhair Tree that only grows in a small part of China. It contains a special extract called EGb 761 that has been shown at the Psychiatry Department at the National Medical University, Kyiv in the Ukraine to have demonstrated significant improvements in cognitive functioning and behavioral symptoms in patients suffering from Alzheimer's. Further studies have also concluded that the Ginkgo Biloba special extract EGb 761 seems to produce neuro-protective effects in neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. • Choline: A naturally occurring compound, Choline is part of the B Vitamin group and has been shown to consistently help slow the progress of Alzheimer's and improve neurol functioning of suffers.
** Always check with your Doctor or Practitioner before taking supplements. Ginkgo is contraindicated in some antidepressants including SSRI's. Source: Elements4Healthci Cenacchi T, Bertoldin T, Farina C, Fiori MG, Crepaldi G. Cognitive decline in the elderly: a double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study on efficacy of phosphatidylserine administration. Aging (Milano). 1993 Apr;5(2):123-33. PMID: 8323999.
Today I'm going to vent about a pet peeve of mine. I've tried to control myself for years, but now we are facing serious viruses and bacteria and I can no longer be quiet. Yesterday I had an appointment and as I was standing at the office window the receptionist coughed into her hand ~ I started to say "Hey ~ Cough into your elbow"~ it is all over the news so she must have heard this. I restrained myself. Then she put her index finger in her mouth to moisten it and started to go through papers contaminating each page with her sputum. When she finally found the page she was looking for she pulled it out of the pile with the same hand she coughed into and the same finger she sucked on. She put the paper in a clipboard with that hand and then again with that same hand she thrust a pen at me. To say that I was repulsed would be an understatement ~ trying not to reveal my revulsion I took the clipboard trying not to put my hand where hers had been but knowing it was a lost cause.I found the strength to refuse the pen ~ she looked offended so I lied that I had carpel tunnel and needed to use a special pen.
I proceeded to try to fill out the form without touching the paper or the clipboard. Then I went in for my interview and cringed every time the person touched that Paper of Germs. As I left, the interviewer handed my papers to his assistant and the unknowing woman walked off with the germs. I'm sure that this scenario was repeated all day long. Eventually people in that office will get sick but it will be blamed on the visitors ~ like me.
I've thrown out books borrowed by those Finger Suckers ~ Often I've spoken up trying to get them to see how they were endangering their own health ~ what do they think that they are putting in their mouths when they do this?
If they won't consider other people ~ I wish that they would realize that this is very risky behavior ~ germs can live a long time on those surfaces. So please join me ~ call people on this behavior or give them an old #2 pencil with an eraser like my teachers used. I have decided than I'm going to buy a box of finger sleeves like proctologists use and when I see this behavior again I will hand them out to the offenders.
This is not rocket science ~ people are screaming about not enough vaccines being available but please remember that we have some responsibility for our own health and don't be selfish.
This is a warning to all those Finger Lickers in the produce department ~ Stop putting your fingers in your mouth, to moisten them, in order to separate those plastic bags ~ you are being watched.
The following is taken from The Dr. Oz show: "The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a Global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection; in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps can be practiced...
1. Frequent hand-washing.
2. Resist all temptations to touch any part of the face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (you may also use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat / nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide... Not everybody may be good at cleaning nasal cavities, but blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down the viral population.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C ~ Amla and other citrus fruits. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C and Vitamin D tablets make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm." -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
**Please check out these earlier posts for additional information
A recent study determined that ingestion of only 30 grams of protein per sitting was much more effective and efficient at building lean muscle mass than consuming a 90 gram portion.
It appears that our bodies can only use the first 30 grams of protein to build muscle and the remaining protein is converted to glucose and fat.
Ingestion of sufficient dietary protein is a fundamental prerequisite for muscle protein synthesis and maintenance of muscle mass and function. Elderly people are often at increased risk for protein-energy malnutrition, sarcopenia, and a diminished quality of life. In a recent study ~ despite a threefold increase in protein and energy content, there was no further increase in protein synthesis after ingestion of 340g lean beef in either age group. Ingestion of more than 30g protein in a single meal does not further enhance the stimulation of muscle protein synthesis in the young or the elderly.**
Shortcut: An ounce of meat or fish has approximately 7 grams of protein.
Beef * Hamburger patty, 4 oz - 28 grams protein * Steak, 6 oz - 42 grams * Most cuts of beef - 7 grams of protein per ounce Chicken * Chicken breast, 3.5 oz - 30 grams protein * Chicken thigh - 10 grams (for average size) * Drumstick - 11 grams * Wing - 6 grams * Chicken meat, cooked, 4 oz - 35 grams Fish * Most fish fillets or steaks are about 22 grams of protein for 3 ½ oz (100 grams) of cooked fish, or 6 grams per ounce * Tuna, 6 oz can - 40 grams of protein Pork * Pork chop, average - 22 grams protein * Pork loin or tenderloin, 4 oz - 29 grams * Ham, 3 oz serving - 19 grams * Ground pork, 1 oz raw - 5 grams; 3 oz cooked - 22 grams * Bacon, 1 slice - 3 grams * Canadian-style bacon (back bacon), slice - 5 - 6 grams Eggs and Dairy * Egg, large - 6 grams protein * Milk, 1 cup - 8 grams * Cottage cheese, ½ cup - 15 grams * Yogurt, 1 cup - usually 8-12 grams, check label * Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) - 6 grams per oz * Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) - 7 or 8 grams per oz * Hard cheeses (Parmesan) - 10 grams per oz Beans * Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc) about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans * Split peas, ½ cup cooked - 8 grams Nuts and Seeds * Peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons - 8 grams protein * Almonds, ¼ cup - 8 grams * Peanuts, ¼ cup - 9 grams * Cashews, ¼ cup - 5 grams * Pecans, ¼ cup - 2.5 grams * Sunflower seeds, ¼ cup - 6 grams * Pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup - 8 grams * Flax seeds - ¼ cup - 8 grams
* * Courtesy of The Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Do you need a morning cup of Joe to wake up and need sodas or energy drinks to power through the afternoon? Have you ever wondered what all that caffeine is doing to your brain? In his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Dr. Amen covers the subject of caffeine in great detail. Caffeine works in the brain by messing with a natural process involving a chemical called adenosine, which is involved in sleep, and adenosine receptors. When adenosine is produced in the brain; it attaches to adenosine receptors, andthis causes the brain's blood vessels to dilate, causes neurons to slow down, and induces drowsiness.
When you drink caffeine, however, the adenosine receptors mistake the caffeine for adenosine and bind to it.When caffeine is attached to the adenosine receptors, it does just the opposite of adenosine. It constricts the brain's blood vessels, speeds up neuronal activity, and signals your body to go on high alert by producing adrenaline.
This gives you that Java Jolt, which makes your heart beat faster, your breathing become more shallow, and your muscles tense up. It also boosts dopamine levels, which activates the pleasure centers in your brain.
The bad news is that when the effects of the caffeine wear off, you feel sluggish. So you consume more caffeine to re-energize. Soon enough, you are hooked on the stuff. And it may take more and more caffeine to achieve that same feeling.
What happens to the adenosine receptor system when you consume large amounts of caffeine on a regular basis? For years, scientists have assumed that the adenosine receptor system could learn to compensate for the vasoconstrictive effects of the caffeine. Not so, according to a new study from a team of researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
The Wake Forest researchers used brain imaging to test the effect of low, moderate, and high caffeine intake on cerebral blood flow. What they found is that habitually high caffeine intake (about 950mg a day) results in diminished blood flow to the brain, showing that the adenosine receptor system, in fact, does NOT learn to compensate for the effects of caffeine.
After years of studying brain scans, Dr. Amen assures us that reduced cerebral blood flow leads to brain drain. It lowers cognitive function and can exacerbate emotional and mental health problems. It can also wreak havoc with your sleep system and reduce the amount of deep sleep you get at night, leaving you feeling even more fatigued.
If you're addicted to caffeine, try to wean yourself off it. If you want to avoid the fatigue and headaches that come from caffeine withdrawal, do it slowly by reducing your intake each week.
Try boosting dopamine with natural treatments ~ such as intense aerobic exercise. Green tea or supplements like Rhodiola can also help. Other supplements, such as NeuroRest, that promote relaxation and sleep, can help reset your sleep cycle.
Once Upon a Time ~ With the H1N1 Flu scare, a lot of my colleagues have been sharing Folk Remedies which they have used or heard about over the years ~ I'd like to share some of these with you.
One man told a story about how when he was a kid and in the hospital
near dying ~ his Italian grandmother came to the hospital and told a
family member to go buy her a large onion and a new pair of white
cotton socks. She sliced open the onion ~ put a slice on the bottom of each of his feet and then put the white cotton socks on him. In the morning when he awoke they removed the socks. The slices of onion were black and his fever was gone. The
following story might have some truth to it and I am going to try it
this winter. In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, supposedly
there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help
them. Many of the farmers and their families had contracted the Flu and
many had died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his
surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the
farmer was doing that was different ~ the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in every room of the home.
The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the
onions. He took the onion and placed it under the microscope ~ as the
story goes, he did find the flu virus in the onion. Perhaps it absorbed the virus, therefore keeping the family healthy.
heard similar stories from many practitioners. One said that a
hairdresser in Arizona told her that several years ago many of her
employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her
customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. The
moral of the story is;buy some onions and place them in bowls around
your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office and
on your desk. Try it and see what happens ~ many practitioners swear that they did it in the past and never got the flu.
last anecdote from Oregon: "I contacted pneumonia and needless to say
I was very ill...I came across an article that said to cut both
ends off an onion ~ put one end on a fork and then place the forked end
into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better."
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case...what have you got to lose?
* Onions are very toxic to dogs and cats so be sure that your pets cannot get at them.
Germs are everywhere and if you should forget for a minute, then the media will remind you ~ yet many of the anti-bacterial products are expensive and many are toxic ~ so I'd like to share some tips for the many uses of that old standby ~ 3% Peroxide ~ courtesy of Becky Ransey of Indiana.
1. Take one capful and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily ~ then spit it out - Becky suggests doing this while taking your shower. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash. Actually the small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the bottle.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of Peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe or spray it on the counters.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
5. For Toe Fungus ~ spray a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on your toes and then let air dry ~ you should do this at least twice a day.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. Becky's husband ~ a doctor ~ has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.
8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue. You could also use a 50/50 mixture in your Netti Pot ~ check my April 30, 2009 post on Nasal irrigation.
9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.
12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry ~ whites only ~ this will whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot ~ let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
13. You can use peroxide to clean mirrors, and there is no smearing. This is especially important in bathrooms where the mirrors seem to collect germs. * Please note that there is an expiration date on the bottle ~ replace if expired.
** Note ~ The bottle pictured has expired
***Please write in and let me know if you have other uses for Peroxide.
What Is Resveratrol ~ Resveratrol is a natural, superior antioxidant compound found in red grapes (mainly the skins), Grape seed extract, Red wine, Japanese Knotweed, peanuts and some berries. A new study has also discovered that significant levels of Resveratrol can also be found in cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Resveratrol ~ Health Benefits: While Resveratrol has recently been subjected to extensive research and experiments, it will take some time yet to definitely confirm that all the positive long term health benefits of Resveratrol will also affect humans in the same manner as it has in the mice being tested. For years many scientists have been attempting to find out what was responsible for the great French heart disease statistics, when their diets were often much worse than the diets in other countries. They often smoked, drank a lot of coffee, ate a lot of pastries and generally had a diet that was very high in fat. But what else did they do and much more so than other countries? They consumed a very high quantity of dark red wine! So was it the benefits of Red Wine that caused this medical paradox? The initial results of trials would suggest that it was.
Resveratrol has also been reported to inhibit the formation of fat,
and in vitro studies show that Resveratrol could have applications for
the treatment of obesity through the suppression of adipogenesis
(production of fat).
According to a study in mice, Resveratrol reduces the number of fat cells and could one day be used to treat or prevent obesity.
has anti-obesity properties by exerting its effects directly on the fat
cells," says Fischer-Posovszky, the lead study author. "Thus,
Resveratrol might help to prevent development of obesity or might be
suited to treating obesity."
Previous research found that
Resveratrol protected laboratory mice, that were fed a high-calorie diet,
from the health problems of obesity by mimicking the effects of calorie
restriction. The researchers used a strain of human fat cell
precursors, called preadipocytes that develop into mature fat cells in
They found that Resveratrol inhibitedthe pre-fat
cells from increasing and prevented them from converting into mature
fat cells, and that Resveratrol also hindered fat storage. Resveratrol
reduced production of certain cytokines (interleukins 6 and 8);
substances that may be linked to the development of obesity related
disorders, such as diabetes and clogged coronary arteries. Resveratrol
also stimulated formation of a protein called adiponectin that is
reduced in obesity. Adiponectin is also known to decrease the risk of heart
attack. Resveratrol may be the next health wonder drug ~ It also may be the long awaited and best anti-aging product on the market today.
For years we've been reading that Wine has lots of health benefits ~ and just when westarted to relax and feel comfortable promoting health with each glass of wine served and shared ~ along comes Mark Stengler, ND to throw a wet blanket over the party. He writes about a newly identified concern for Wine Lovers. A recent British study points out that there are high levels of heavy metal contaminants in many wines ~ and they are definitely not good for your health. Excess intake of metal contaminants is associated with an increased risk for Neurological problems, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Oxidative stress associated with the consumption of metals is known to raise the risk for Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer.
The Answer may be in the Grapes and Not in Our Stars ~
In a review of data published in scientific journals, scientists at Kingston University, in the United Kingdom, looked at the concentrations of hazardous metal ions (including copper, vanadium, manganese, nickel and lead) in Red and White Wines from 16 countries in Europe, the Middle East and South America. They evaluated them according to a formula devised by the US Environmental Protection Agency called the Target Hazard Quotient (THQ), which measures risk based upon established upper safety limits for toxic chemicals. The researchers found that the majority of wines (both red and white) placed well above the EPA's level of acceptable risk, based on what an individual would take in from an average daily consumption of one glass of wine (which they measured at 8.5 ounces). Not surprisingly, levels of contaminants were closely linked with geography.For instance, metal ions in several Hungarian and Slovakian bottles were more than 300 times higher than accepted safety standards. On the other hand, Wines from Argentina, Brazil and Italy consistently contained low metal levels, therefore posing no metal-related safety concerns. Scientists don't know yet exactly how it happens that metal ions work their way into wine and why this varies from country to country, but contributing factors may range from soil and vineyard sprays to yeast, processing and packaging. * These results appeared in the October 29, 2008, issue of Chemistry Central Journal.
Imbibe at Your Own Risk ~ If you consume Wine regularly, Dr. Stengler recommendsthat you get your blood levels tested by a holistic doctor for toxicity. Some people filter out metals from blood more effectively than others. He suggests that you choose Organic Wines or sip vintages from the countries where metal contaminant levels are clearly documented as low. As previously mentioned, Argentina, Brazil and Italy have low levels. Data on metal content of US wines is not yet available.
My friends are surely going to shoot this messenger ~
I recently came across an article by author Clyde Crumpacker citing studies stating that a common viral infection,affecting between 60 and 99 percent of adults worldwide, could be a cause of high blood pressure.
One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, and because there are no known symptoms, nearly one-third of these individuals are unaware of their condition. Often dubbed "the silent killer,"uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.
The researchers found that the viral infection alone led to an increase in high blood pressure,and when combined with a high cholesterol diet, the infection actually induced atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in a mouse aorta.
A member of the Herpes virus family, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) affects all age groups and is the source of Congenital Infection, Mononucleosis, and severe infection in transplant patients.By the age of 40, most adults will have contracted this virus, though many will never exhibit symptoms. Once it has entered the body, CMV is usually there to stay, remaining latent until the immune system is compromised, when it then reemerges.
In the first portion of the study, the scientists examined four groups of laboratory mice. Two groups of animals were fed a standard diet and two groups were fed a high cholesterol diet. After a period of four weeks, one standard diet mouse group and one high cholesterol diet mouse group were infected with the CMV virus.
Six weeks later, blood pressure was measured and among the mice fed a standard diet, the CMV-infected mice had increased blood pressure compared with the uninfected group. But even more dramatically, 30 percent of the CMV-infected mice that were fed a high cholesterol diet ~ not only exhibited increased blood pressure, but also showed signs of having developed atherosclerosis.
"This strongly suggests that the CMV infection and the high cholesterol diet might be working together to cause atherosclerosis," says study author Clyde Crumpacker. In order to find out how and why this was occurring, the investigators went on to conduct a series of cell culture experiments.
Their first analysis demonstrated that CMV stimulated production of three different inflammatory cytokines: IL6, TNF, and MCP1 in the infected mice, indication that the virus was causing inflammation to vascular cells and other tissues. CMV led to an increase in expression of the renin enzyme, which has been known to activate the renin-angiotensin system and lead to high blood pressure.
"Viruses have the ability to turn on human genes and, in this case, the CMV virus is enhancing expression of renin, an enzyme directly involved in causing high blood pressure," says Crumpacker. When the scientists inactivated the virus through the use of ultraviolet light, renin expression did not increase, suggesting that actively replicating virus was causing the increase in renin. "What our study seems to indicate is that a persistent viral infection in the vessels' endothelial cells is leading to increased expression of inflammatory cytokines, , which are leading to increased blood pressure."
We are back to the subject of inflammation ~ we need to decrease inflammation in our bodies and to work on preventing viruses when we can and taking supplements that help to keep certain viruses dormant ~ more on that ~
*Clyde Crumpacker, et al. Cytomegalovirus Infection Causes an Increase of Arterial Blood Pressure. PLoS Pathogens. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000427.
I started out in New York City as an actress. Eventually I went behind the camera as a television producer and traveled the world producing commercials and staging large events like Avonâ€™s 100th Birthday. Through my travels I developed a love for all things Asian especially the art and science of Feng Shui. When I worked for NBC on the Olympics in Seoul, Korea I decided then that I would study Acupuncture. I went back to school to earn my Masters in Oriental Medicine and become a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. From Oriental Medicine to Feng Shui there is so much ancient wisdom to share - where better than in the city of the Healing Springs.