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 Posted 7/19/2014 5:00:50 AM
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In the August 2014 issue of LEF Magazine there is an article showing how green tea helps prevent Alzheimer's.   I drink Honest Green Tea throughout the day and keep a bottle in my SUV.  I also use the Alpha Stim SCS--this should prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well.


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Hello Tom, Would you want to know is the question and the problem.  Weather we want to know 'outloud' or not, our bodies know, therefore, we know.  In Dominic O'Brien's book, Learn to Remember!, the chapter titled "Memory and Aging" gives insite about letting go of the ability to remember.  In my work with Alzheimer diagonosed patients, many of them do not have Alzheimer, only Alzheimer's type dementia.  Is there a difference?  You bet!  If people who have Alzheimer type dementia symptoms do not want to know if they really have specific markers for a specific disease, then how can the accuracy of cause be determined?  When Alzheimer of any degree is suspected and diagonosed an individual begins to lose their rights to make decisions about their life and quality of their life.  This should never happen to anyone if it can be avoided.  Take responsibliity for yourself.  Know what is and isn't true in actuality to the best of your ability.  To not know what is happening to your body is not responsible.  Weather or not I would want to know would not be an opt out for me.  I would find out what the scientists believed to be Alzheimer's in my system and use education and proactive measures to keep my quality of life at optimim as long as I could.  I am responsible for me. 
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There are a number of therapies that could slow it down if that's what you are asking about, but if you want to know which are less effective at later stages it would be necessary to go through the studies more thoroughly to answer. If there's a lot of damage that's already occurred it is more difficult to retard its progression.

http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=22568&Section=AGING This article has a lot of the things you are doing anyway.

Below are a few ideas that may work on some people, alone or in combination with other things. Some have only limited benefit.

Anthony JC et al. 2000. Reduced prevalence of AD in users of NSAIDs and H2 receptor antagonists: the Cache County study. Neurology 54:2066-71.

Carta, A., et al. Acetyl-L-carnitine: a drug able to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (USA. 640:228-232, 1991.

Broe GA et al. Anti-inflammatory drugs protect against Alzheimer [sic] disease at low doses. Arch Neurol. 2000;57:1586-91.

Cheng F et al. Suppression of amyloid beta A11 antibody immunoreactivity by vitamin C: possible role of heparan sulfate oligosaccharides derived from glypican-1 by ascorbate-induced, nitric oxide (NO)-catalyzed degradation. 2011 Aug 5;286(31):27559-72.

Gasper MC et al. 2005 Mar;3(1):1-7.

Gutzmann H et al. Safety and efficacy of idebenone versus tacrine in patients with Alzheimer's disease: results of a randomized, double-blind, parallel-group multicenter study.  2002 Jan;35(1):12-8.

Newman PE. Could diet be one of the causal factors of Alzheimer's disease? Med Hypotheses 1992 Oct;39(2):123-6.

Sjögren M et al. Tacrine and rate of progression in Alzheimer's disease--relation to ApoE allele genotype.   2001;108(4):451-8.

Stewart WF et al. 1997. Risk of Alzheimer's disease and duration of NSAID use. Neurology 48:626-32.

Sobow T et al. Short-term treatment with rivastigmine and plasma levels of Abeta peptides in Alzheimer's disease.  2005;43(4):340-4.

Sugaya K et al. 2000. New anti-inflammatory treatment strategy in Alzheimer's disease. Jpn J Pharmacol 82:85-94.

Evans RM et al. Cholesterol and APOE genotype interact to influence Alzheimer disease progression. 2004 May 25;62(10):1869-71.

Wong WJ et al. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of tacrine in Chinese patients with Alzheimer's disease.  1999 Jul-Aug;10(4):289-94.

Wilkinson D et al. A review of the effects of memantine on clinical progression in Alzheimer's disease. 2012 Aug;27(8):769-76.

Wang X et al. Resolution of inflammation is altered in Alzheimer's disease. 2014 Feb 12.

 


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I learned as a very young boy from my mother that my great aunt had Alzheimer's.  The symptoms of her disease, and that it could be inherited, was explained to me in such vivid, storybook fashion that it literally scared me then, and has always been on my mind ever since.  

As I got older and wiser I learned there are many factors involved in developing the disease than just a distant relative who had it.  

My point being is and was that perhaps a less-than-definitive clinical diagnosis predicting one's future of having an incurable disease can be far more terrifying and traumatizing than never knowing---Especially when such a prediction may never come true!

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Many people carry genes that never become activated. Many also carry a significant amount of amyloid beta who have never been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Maybe you would not be such a proactive person health-wise if you hadn't known about your great aunt . . . could have been a blessing in disguise.
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There are different therapies are being investigated and some things are just in the conceptual stage. This is one that comes to mind:

http://www.lef.org/whatshot/2013_08.htm#Copper-implicated-in-Alzheimers-disease


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