ALZHEIMER’S: UCLA’s Multiple Pathways of Healing Therapies
By Dr. Wes Youngberg, Clinical Nutritionist & Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Assistant Clinical Professor for both the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Health Promotion, Loma Linda University, and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
The journal Aging (Sept 2014, Vol. 6 No. 9) highlighted research completed at the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research (CADR), Univ. of Calif., Los Angeles (UCLA). Ten patients with Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline were treated using an innovative network approach. Nine patients made significant improvement (seven returned to work) and only one, who was in late Alzheimer’s, continued to decline. It has the most encouraging current information for you and for those you love.
Article author, Dale E. Bredesen, stated a multi-therapies approach favoring comprehensive lifestyle interventions was used. Instead of using drugs typically targeting only one phase of the problem, CADR employed multiple factors at the same time: diet, stress management, rest, exercise, detoxification, and appropriate supplementation based on laboratory tests.
One of the 10 UCLA patients who went through the healing therapies for Alzheimer’s was a 67-year-old traveling business analyst, we’ll call her Jane. Jane is a successful individual who is well known for her ability to memorize reports, data and numbers, communicating effectively to different organizational leaders and committees. Jane travels internationally providing expert advice to corporate leadership.
Over a period of years Jane noticed she was starting to forget her pet’s names. She was having difficulty organizing her schedule and travels. In an effort to juggle information and scheduling, Jane was having to write information down more and more often. Jane’s stress level increased rapidly because she keeps forgetting things. Even while driving on roads Jane was familiar with, she became disoriented and would wonder - do I turn here or do I turn there. Something is going on. The synapses connecting nerve cells in the brain were disconnecting.
Recent Alzheimer’s experiments have suggested memory is stored within brain neurons. In order for a message to communicate within the brain, information needs to move across the synaptic gap and connect with other nerve cells. If the synapse is disrupted, the memory information within the brain cell cannot be retrieved. The memory is still there, yet access does not occur. It’s like you may have seen in pictures of old-time telephone cables, where there’s a switchboard plugging and unplugging cables. That’s how the brain works, billions and billions of these interconnections are involved. Over time many of these interconnections are being unhooked and left unhooked; that’s why a memory cannot be accessed at times. The connection has been unhooked between communication nerve cells.
Jane is concerned; she thinks back to her mother who in her early 60s became very demented and had over 20 years of dysfunction before she passed away. Hoping for professional guidance, Jane’s anxiety leads her to seek medical advice. Her doctor basically does a thorough evaluation and says, “You have the same thing as your mother had. Not a thing we can do about it.” The doctor writes in Jane’s chart “memory problems."
The next week, Jane, realizing she must make preparations for her future, requests long-term care assistance. Her efforts are denied based on her doctor’s diagnosis of memory loss. Jane is confronted with the problem of having no way to afford long-term care. She doesn’t want to experience many years of mental dysfunction like her mother had. In the depths of despair, Jane, a brilliant woman who’s traveled the world counseling top executives, decides she will end her own life. Jane calls her best friend in California and tearfully explains what has happened. Her friend listens and says, “I understand. Why don’t you come and visit? For old time’s sake, come spend a week with me.”
Jane shows up in California the very next day. Her friend takes Jane to the UCLA Medical Center where they are now looking beyond the traditional paradigm “Alzheimer’s is incurable. Sorry. Go home.” Rather UCLA has a shifted perspective, “What can we do? Let’s try to figure this out. How can we personalize strategies to meet your needs?” Within three months of following the UCLA approach that included looking at 25 different lifestyle and nutritional medicine strategies, Jane is now functioning better then she has for many years. Once again Jane is working as a traveling business analyst with a memory keener than it has been for many years.
About a year later following ALZ treatment protocols, Jane suffers from an acute viral illness. Not feeling well, she inadvertently suspends her UCLA protocol. Within weeks Jane’s memory loss and brain dysfunction begins to reappear. The good news, Jane now knows what to do. She has the understanding and the proper guidance. Jane returns to the UCLA protocol for ALZ treatment. Today, two and a half years later, 70-year-old Jane is doing well.
The research findings are not suggesting everyone with memory loss, cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s, with treatment will be able to reverse impairments. What is suggested is a whole new way of understanding ALZ; we now personally have an ability to apply principles found in UCLA treatment protocols.
Some of the multiple lifestyle therapies employed at UCLA with some patients include:
- Moving toward a largely vegetable and fruit-based diet
- Getting rid of simple refined carbohydrates and eating more legumes
- Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime; fast at least 12 hours between the evening meal and breakfast
- Cutting back on excess calories
- Sleeping approximately 8 hours per night
- Reducing stress
- Exercise 30-60 minutes daily, up to 6 days a week
- Include several TBSP of virgin organic coconut flakes or one TBSP of its oil twice daily while adjusting total calories to optimize weight. This produces ketones specifically nourishing and supporting brain cell healing.
Many of the 25 healing strategies used by UCLA bear a remarkable similarity to the 21 factors suggested in the WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope & Health program. Dr. Wes Youngberg has over 50 healing strategies he suggests. Healing strategies are aligned with a balanced, synergistic lifestyle. The wholistic lifestyle approach is highlighted in the 29 chapters of the 3 Homes of Hope & Health—On the Path to Health & Healing books ($34.99. If you want to include the 1300 PowerPoint graphics for public presentation the total discounted price is $79.99 available from www.winwellness.org/store or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Treatable Genetic Mutations Affecting 30% of Population
Up to 30% of the Population Have A Genetic Anomaly with 2 Mutations predisposing them to Various Diseases.
The MTHFR (MethylTetraHydroFolate Redutase) enzyme is in every cell of your body.
It is key in Methylation which turns good genes ON and bad genes OFF.
Methylation is a biochemical process essential for proper function of almost all of your body’s systems. It occurs billions of times every second and repairs DNA.
The presence of two mutations (C677T and A1298C) can spell trouble: this includes heart disease, blood disorders, strokes, blood clots, high levels of homocysteine, pregnancy complication in women.
Those with these gene mutations have what we could liken to a huge bolder in the biochemical pathways to every cell of the body. These pathways are functioning at only 10-15% efficiency. The methylfolates so essential for every cell are not getting through. With this bolder in the way, folic acid (Vitamin B9) is toxic. To get around the bolder the individual needs to avoid any refined foods or supplements fortified with folic acid (man-made molecules) and needs to ingest nature-made folates found in foliage –dark green leafy vegetables (bok choy, collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach etc), berries (strawberries, blue berries, etc). Natural supplements such as Metagenics FolaPro and DaVinci chewable B12-MC with Folic Acid may help. Consult your health care professional. (See Huffpost Healthy Living, July 16, 2013, article by Mark Hyman, MD, “Nutrition Tips: Folic Acid: Killer or Cure-All?”) and Google the words mthfr mutation.