Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is not the same. Dementia is a term that is used as a category for many memory and communication related diseases.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects over five million Americans. Most of them are 65 and older. This adds up to 10 percent of the people over 65 having this disease.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most known form of dementia and when getting older increases the change of getting it.
Statistics show that Alzheimer’s will get worse with time and there are no cures available. Many people see this a a normal part of getting older.
In the medical field however it is not considered a normal decline in functioning and that is why it is called a disease.
Alzheimer’s versus Dementia and the differences
Although many people think that both are the same this is not true.
Dementia is a syndrome. This means that it is a group of symptoms that affect the mental tasks like memory and reasoning.
Alzheimer is one of the diseases that is in the dementia category.
With dementia progressing it can have a huge impact on how someone can function. Many times it is hard to stay independent and family has to help out.
There are some early signs of dementia, but medically spoken you must have at-least two of the symptoms before you will be diagnosed as having dementia. Although there are more signs here is a short list.
Short list of signals for dementia
- Short memory changes
- Problems finding words
- Mood swings
- Apathetic behavior
- Repetition of words or tasks
What causes dementia and Alzheimer’s?
There are medical studies that claim that dementia like symptoms are treatable and even reversible if they are caught in an early stage.
Some causes of dementia are:
- Nutrition deficiency
- Thryroid problems
This can leas to apathy and other depression symptoms.
Not enough Vitamin B-1 and B-6 and B-12 intake are mentioned as a possible cause.
Heavy metals in our system can damage our brain functions.
Not only illegal drugs but also some prescribed medication are linked to dementia.
Including some OTC pain medicine.
Infections have an impact on our neurological system including our brain.
Of course there are things like brain injuries and strokes or brain tumors that can have a huge effect. This can affect the protein in your brain to mail function.
A collision to or hitting your head can cause a five time higher risk of developing dementia.
I just remembered Mohamed Ali and many other boxers that developed Alzheimer’s and a recent study in football players with the same outcome.
Natural remedies for Alzheimer’s
Although there is a lot we still don’t know about this disease there have been some theories that include the following tips and maybe one day will lead to a cure for this disease that affects so many people around the world.
Food is medicine
A Mediterranean diet seems to be helpful and here are some things you should eat anyway. Just kill two birds with one stone by eating right and using herbs and spices.
- Fresh fruit and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Red meat
You should avoid processed food, alcohol, sugar and other sources of not natural food and sugar intake.
There are studies that show that more physical activity can have an impact on developing Alzheimer’s.
There has to be done more research but it makes sense that this will help.
Supplements for Alzheimer’s
Supplements are something we will rely on more and more now our food is becoming less nutritional because of the used growing methods and the use of many pesticides.
Some supplements that health experts recommend are:
- Fish oil
- Vitamin D3
- Frankincense oil
- Rosemary oil
Marijuana for Alzheimer’s?
There are more and more studies that show Marijuana to be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
A study from the Salk institute shows that the main component of cannabis can block the progress of Alzheimer’s.
This was done in a lab and although it shows good results more research and clinical trial need to be done.
My take on Alzheimer’s and dementia
I am interested in Alzheimer’s disease because my mother in law is suffering from this disease and it is hard to see a strong woman slowly get worse when it comes to remembering and recognizing.
I am a strong believer that many of the modern diseases are (partially?) caused by our changing food choices and our changing life style. More processed food in combination with less physical activity, a busy life and stress will in my opinion automatically lead to more health problems. Dementia and Alzheimer’s in particular are just two of the examples.
since our gut as part of immune system and is a responsible for a lot more than just digesting our food, I believe that wrong food choices and the use of antibiotics change our gut bacteria. This must have an effect on our brain since we have to look at our body in a holistic way and not separate parts.
I am not a health expert but although there is no treatment for it prevention and slowing down the progress by the right food choices and lifestyle changing might be one of the best options we have at this moment in time.