Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Reversed?
A study of 10 Californians with early onset Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment suggests that the cognitive decline can be reversed with a personalized, comprehensive treatment targeting as many as 36 different health issues, deficiencies and treatments.
The 36-point program included medication, dietary changes, vitamin supplements, brain stimulation and exercise.
Some notes from the study:
“Patients who had had to discontinue work were able to return to work, and those struggling at work were able to improve their performance. The patients, their spouses, and their co-workers all reported clear improvements.”
“The magnitude of the improvement is unprecedented…these results have far-reaching implications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.”
Among the 10 case studies:
1. Over a period of two years, a 66-year-old man was having what he described as “senior moments” (for example, forgetting where his keys were or forgetting appointments) and difficulty performing his work. There was a family history of dementia in both parents. An MRI showed his hippocampus had been shrinking and was now at only 17th percentile for his age. He was diagnosed with MCI.
He began the program, lost 18 pounds, and after three months his wife reported that his memory had improved. He noted that his work came more easily to him. However, after five months, he discontinued the majority of the program for approximately three weeks. His wife came home to find his car in the driveway, idling with the keys in the ignition, while he was inside the house, working and unaware that he had left the car idling in the driveway. He re-initiated the program, and had no further such episodes.
After 10 months on the program, he returned for a follow-up MRI. It showed an increase in hippocampal volume from 17th percentile to 75th percentile.
2. A man in his late 60s, whose long-term memory was at the third percentile for his age, was on the verge of closing down his business at the start of the study as he could no longer function sufficiently. However, after six months of treatment, he was able to memorize his work schedule and recognize the faces of co-workers. After 22 months, his long-term memory had improved to the 84th percentile and he was able to continue his business.
3. A woman late in her fifth decade began to note episodes of forgetfulness, such as returning home from shopping without the items she had purchased. She also placed household items in the wrong locations repeatedly, and frequently failed to recognize previously familiar faces. She had difficulty remembering which side of the road to drive on. A cousin had also developed Alzheimer’s disease in his fifth decade. On-line cognitive evaluation showed her to be at the 35th percentile for her age, despite her having been an excellent student earlier in her life.