Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
March 4, 2015
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that according to a study in Food and Chemical Toxicology, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) rich plants were found to bind to the channel at the surface of toxin responsible for the second-most commonly reported type of food poisoning, Staphylococcus aureus? You may have heard of EGCG. It is a polyphenol made famous by its high concentration in green tea.
Memory Loss From Alzheimer's Reversed for the First Time
Stunning Results Simply a Blip on the Radar

The chunks in quotes are directly from a journalAging press release:

"In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants, displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months after the program's start. Of the six patients who had to discontinue working or were struggling with their jobs at the time they joined the study, all were able to return to work or continue working with improved performance. Improvements have been sustained, and as of this writing the longest patient follow-up is two and one-half years from initial treatment. These first ten included patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI; when a patient reports cognitive problems). One patient, diagnosed with late stage Alzheimer's, did not improve."


"The study, which comes jointly from the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, is the first to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive changes in diet, brain stimulation, exercise, optimization of sleep, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry."


Bonnie: The findings were published late last year in the the journal Aging. This is extremely exciting because there is not one drug that has been developed that stops or even slows Alzheimer's progression, and drugs have only had modest effects on symptoms. Of course, diet and lifestyle therapies have not been explored until recently. The brilliance of this study is that it focused on the approach taken with other chronic illnesses -- a multiple-component system, as explained below.


"The existing Alzheimer's drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer's disease is more complex. Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well -- the drug may have worked, a single "hole" may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much."


"The approach is personalized to the patient, based on extensive testing to determine what is affecting the plasticity signaling network of the brain. As one example, in the case of the patient with the demanding job who was forgetting her way home, her therapeutic program consisted of some, but not all of the components involved with the therapeutic program, and included:

  1. eliminating all simple carbohydrates, leading to a weight loss of 20 pounds;
  2. eliminating gluten and processed food from her diet, with increased vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish;
  3. to reduce stress, she began yoga;
  4. as a second measure to reduce the stress of her job, she began to meditate for 20 minutes twice per day;
  5. she took melatonin each night;
  6. she increased her sleep from 4-5 hours per night to 7-8 hours per night;
  7. she took methylcobalamin each day;
  8. she took vitamin D3 each day;
  9. fish oil each day;
  10. CoQ10 each day;
  11. she optimized her oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush;
  12. following discussion with her primary care provider, she reinstated hormone replacement therapy that had been discontinued;
  13. she fasted for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime;
  14. she exercised for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-6 days per week.

The results for nine of the 10 patients reported in the paper suggest that memory loss may be reversed, and improvement sustained with this therapeutic program"


"It is noteworthy that the major side effect of this therapeutic system is improved health and an optimal body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs."


Steve: How exciting! Where have you read some of these suggestions before? Personalization? What a novel idea! Unfortunately, I only came across this study because I look through hundreds of journals and media each month. If an Alzheimer's drug reversed memory loss in nine of 10 patients, the study would be worldwide news.

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How to Find Deals at Whole Foods
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Services Update
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