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There Is a Solution to Alzheimer’s

—Amy Berger, MS, NTP

The fact that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) manifests later in life doesn’t mean the causative storm doesn’t begin decades earlier. Like other “diseases of civilization,” AD builds slowly over time, often with no overt symptoms until damage is widespread and, in some cases, irreversible. What we consider the normal forgetfulness of growing older could be a warning that the brain is struggling to fuel itself. Unfortunately, in the absence of obvious signs of glucose dysregulation (hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, obesity, energy crashes, etc.), people have no reason to suspect something metabolically insidious is brewing. Therefore, regular monitoring of pertinent markers, such as fasting blood glucose, fasting insulin, HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin), and triglycerides, might be the only strategy for early detection.

In cases of AD detected only after cognitive function has deteriorated to the point of interfering with daily life, drastic interventions such as ketogenic diets and therapeutic doses of helpful nutrients might be warranted. These are avenues calling for more research. Lifelong reduction of risk, however, should start early and include the following dietary and lifestyle factors:

• Emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods

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This is our 25th anniversary year, and with our new January/February 2016 issue we present a seminal piece by Amy Berger, MS, NTP, that presents clear research showing how Alzheimer’s disease starts with consumption of too many sugars; this impairs glucose metabolism and leads to plaque in the brain. Next Katrina Blair extols the virtues of the edible “weed” purslane. Bruce Weinstein, PhD, in “Patience,” shows the remarkable benefits patience reaps. Mike Dow’s feature, “Digital Distraction & Mindfulness,” suggests that constant connection to digital devices has an overall deleterious impact, and he offers delicious mindfulness practices to help improve quality of life. Ann and Ross Rosen discuss the importance of moderate exercise in daily life, and Shannon McRae explains how energy medicine as nature’s assistant is much more powerful when the receiver’s intention is in alignment with that of the healer’s. Finally, Laura Coffey tells the story of a special nursing home companion, a loving golden retriever named Rocky, and his positive impact on the residents. We present all of this in our first issue of the year, and more than we can mention, including a plethora of scintillating research notes.

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