January 20, 2017

Dr. Saunders’ Personal Alzheimer’s Protection Plan

5 Prevention Techniques to Protect Your Brain Tissue

“I think he has Alzheimer’s disease…” the wife of a man in his seventies began.  Larry was having difficulty concentrating, had problems with memory and wasn’t able to work anymore.  He seemed depressed all the time.  We did some testing and found that all those years of welding had built up a large amount of heavy metals in his body – including lead.  After a series of chelation treatments to “get the lead out” his wife said, “He’s like a teenager!  He smiles again. He’s working, laughing, playing with the grandchildren and…” she leans forward and whispers, “We have sex again.”

Alzheimer’s is a decline in memory and cognition, which means the ability to think. There are many causes of declining mental function, as we noted above. The loss of brain function is not always Alzheimer’s disease.  Unfortunately, most doctors will “diagnose” every old person with dementia as “Alzheimer’s” and not look for any other cause.  It’s important for family members to know that there are many other ways to lose memory and anyone — at any age — with thinking problems needs proper testing to find out why.

This topic is personally important to me because my family moved into the home of my grandparents to take care of my grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  It was a very difficult job for four adults to manage his care because he didn’t recognize us, or even his wife of over fifty years.  Now, I’m told I am at an increased risk of having this disease, so I have tried to find how to avoid and prevent it.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

Avoid Inflammation

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Green Tea is a natural anti-inflammatory. Drink a cup a day — or brew it like sun tea, refrigerate and serve. My favorite is Jasmine Green Tea.


Inflammation comes from our food.  When we eat high-calorie and low-nutrient foods we create inflammation.  These include all processed foods, sweets, starchy foods, and fatty foods. In short, all the things your mom told you to avoid!  Instead, eat high-nutrient, low-calorie foods, such as fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

Moreover, we can turn off the genes that produce inflammation by fasting.  One to three days per month of fasting will keep most inflammation at bay.  I know of one patient who was bent over with a genetic arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis.  He went to Russia and went on a twenty-day fast that put his disease into complete remission. He is still doing well — as long as he fasts for several days per month.

Detoxify Continually

We can find all sorts of “Detox” or “colon cleanse” programs on the internet, but the best way to keep toxins out is

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Memory Supplements Review

Supplements for Memory & Cognition Enhancement: Ginkgo, Huperzine-A, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Several supplements are commonly known to sharpen memory and improve cognitive function. Even if you don’t suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, people with age-related memory relapse can benefit from these promising approaches.

Ginkgo:

People who reliably take this supplement can have 68 percent lower risk of developing mild memory problems. Made from the dried powdered leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree with a variety of phytochemicals. However, it’s beneficial use for Alzheimer’s patients is not tested proven.

Unfortunately, Ginkgo is one of the most adulterated herbs and testing show “spiked” chemical compounds in samples.  Only half of the Ginkgo products tested passed inspection. For Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia the total daily dose is 120 to 240 mg. Those safe for consumption are:

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