Dementia, Alzheimer’s, call it what you want its all the same. For most people they are losing their mind. It is terrifying both to the patient and to the family. There really is not a whole lot of medical science seems to offer these people. Yes, there are some drugs out there like Aricept that can help slow the process by about 9 months and then the drugs stop working. So, is all hope gone? No! In the last few years we have discovered that there are 3 key proteins that in abundance in the brain they disrupt the functioning of the brain. The National Institute of Health has invested a lot of money into looking at the mitochondria in the brain cells. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of a cell. The average brain cell has about 2 million mitochondria or as I think of it 2 million batteries in a nerve cell. Amyloid protein and tau protein can accumulate in the cellular batteries and it slows the whole brain down. The research has shown that you can actually get the cell to get rid of these proteins so the cell can once again make energy. It is like flushing a toilet. You can flush out the amyloid and tau protein. In a study in Mexico of 120 patients in an Alzheimer’s unit 80 were discharged home as they lost their diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/ dementia. Just by getting the mitochondria to flush the protein out of the cell. You can really make a difference in dementia.

The 3rd type of protein in abundance in a patient with dementia is alpha-synuclein protein. It acts on a nerve cell to destroy the insulation that surrounds a nerve cell. The protein also effects the potassium channel in a cell.  The protein short circuits the nerve message so a garbled message is the result and you see dementia.  What is sad is that protein expands and grows and grows damaging the mylin sheath nerve insulator, destroying the actual nerve, disrupting the flow of electricity in the potassium channel. That is the bad news. The good news is that there are several ways to reduce alpha synuclein protein and reverse the damage done.  This protein is very involved in how fast the dementia increases, or any type of neurodegenerative disease. For example; ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, M.S., Small Fiber Neuropathy, Down Syndrome, Schizophrenia, severe depression, Autism, a number of autoimmune disease, Traumatic brain injury, Stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Talk to your doctor. There is so much you can do to reverse dementia in a patient then to take Aricept. Your neurologist or family practice doctor will be glad to help you get started on these treatments.