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Scientists Find A New Treatment To Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists Find A New Treatment To Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most devastating mental deteriorations in our society with nearly 30 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

Scientists are continually researching ways to slow down the deterioration process or reversing it altogether in the effort to help those affected by the disease – both sufferers and their loved ones. One team of scientists may have found an effective way to minimise and even reverse the signs of severe memory loss. The treatment involved a 36-point therapeutic, personalised plan carried out in ten patients who suffered from signs of dementia and mainly concentrated on medication, dietary changes, vitamin supplements, brain stimulation, and exercise aimed at changing brain chemistry. The results from the study were astonishing with several patients actually showing signs of reversed dementia.

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What The Treatment Involved

Up until now there has been no real significant treatment for Alzheimer’s and the disease is commonly controlled using medications that help slow down the progression of memory loss and confusion – but only for a limited time.

The team from UCLA and the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, and led by Dr. Dale Bredesen, decided to see if they could focus on a small study looking at lifestyle changes. This kind of treatment had already been successfully used in other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and HIV suggesting that a broader-based therapeutic approach may be more effective in treating Alzheimer’s.

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They approached ten people who had been diagnosed with either Alzheimer’s or a precursor to the disease, such as various cognitive impairments, and enrolled them in an extensive 36-point programme aimed at diet, exercise, medication, sleep optimisation, and brain stimulation. Each participant had their own individually personalised plan that was followed for a 5 to 24 month period.

The Results

The results from this research were astounding. Not only did it reverse the dementia itself but the reversing process was able to be sustained leading to a major breakthrough in the potential diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.

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Despite the study being relatively small, the results are significant because the patients involved in the treatment carried at least one copy of a gene called APOE4 which is found in around 65 percent of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Up until now, doctors have avoided letting people know if they are likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease because there was no way of preventing it. However, with these new results it seems it is possible to treat and even prevent the disease from developing altogether.

Results In Individual Patients

To show how effective the treatment was, one participant – a man in his 60s – followed his personalised treatment for 10 months. He was suffering from severe effects of Alzheimer’s and part of his brain had shrunk to a volume at the 17th percentile for his age group. After his treatment, an MRI scan showed that this had increased to the 75th percentile – a major result that improved his cognitive abilities. In other words, his absolute brain volume increased by 12 percent.

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Another patient, also in his 60s, was at the point of giving up his business after 11 years of progressive memory loss and his ability to partake in sufficient daily routines was severely affected. In fact, his long-term memory was at the 3rd percentile for his age. However, after only 6 months on the new treatment, his memory improved so much that his ability to remember work schedules and people’s faces allowed him to carry on running his business. After continuing the treatment to 22 months, he had regained so much of his lost memory that he was now back to the 84th percentile for his age group.

Conclusion

This will be the news all those who’s loved ones suffer from this mind and soul-destroying disease have been waiting for. The results are so promising that larger studies are in place to research the effects even further – giving hope for millions of people around the world.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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