Alzheimer's and Memory Supplements
Summary: Use an alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine combo supplement. Follow the General Maintenance Regimen, and practice Toxin Avoidance for Metals and Solvents. Ensure adequate levels of protein and good oils by using the Zone Diet and adequate hydration with the Water Cure.
One of the therapeutic actions of alpha lipoic acid may be that it helps remove toxic metals from the body in addition to its antioxidant effect on the nervous system and brain. Avoiding neurotoxic chemicals like aspartame and MSG are also necessary for any progress to be made.
For the General Maintenance regimen, use a multivitamin that contains a good bit of gingko biloba, strong antioxidants, and vitamin E in mixed tocopherol form, such as Synergy Version 10 (formerly known as version 9) or Synergy Energy Version 2, or use them separately along with a multivitamin that does not contain them. However, it is likely that the essential fatty acid supplement and the multimineral are as important than the multivitamin. The Synergy 10 does contain enough calcium, magnesium, and other minerals such that no additional mineral supplement may be necessary plus contains other useful ingredients such as silymarin, and a little acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid. The Synergy Energy 2 contains even more acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid (but no silymarin and very little calcium).
In some cases, mental acuity is affected by liver or kidney function. When their functions are compromised by deposits of metals, petrochemicals, or mineral deposits, it allows toxic chemicals, and even normal metabolic wastes from cells, to circulate in the blood which can cause mental problems. If this is suspected, consider adding a liver cleanse regimen using the Futurebiotics Silymarin Plus or Planetary Formulas Stone Free, both of which provide action to clean the liver and kidneys.
Over the course of a small study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin uncovered strong links between low levels of vitamin D in Alzheimer's patients and poor outcomes on cognitive tests.Scientists launched the study after family members of Alzheimer's patients who were treated with large doses of prescription vitamin D reported that they were acting and performing better than before. Researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels may enhance the amount of important chemicals in the brain and protect brain cells. Other recent studies have indicated that vitamin D and sunlight exposure can substantially reduce the risk of cancer, the flu, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders. Vitamin D plays a role in the activation of at least 100 genes, many of which are involved in disease prevention. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics January 8, 2007
If money was short and the lowest cost regimen was needed, I would get the NSI alpha lipoic acid and A-L-carnitine combination product along with Nutribiotic Hypo-Aller-C as the mineral (and vitamin C) supplement. Then use raw nuts and fish as the EFA source, and still eat adequate protein and good oils and follow theWater Cure.
An anecdote from the Rife list from the late 1990s:
We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to control or reduce the effects of alzheimer's with any of our Rife/ Bare protocols. Others may have enjoyed different results. One promising protocol we have utilized is a combination of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine (administered simultaneously). Our researches seemed to confirm the results obtained by the Linus Pauling Institute.....there does seem to result a synergistic effect not evident when either is ingested alone. Both substances have yielded measurable positive effects alone......but almost an order of magnitude less than that achieved when taken in concert. Variations of this protocol yielded parallel results for higher mammals, also. Do be advised, our results are experimental RESEARCH evaluations only. They do not constitute any form of medical advice or prescription. We postulate no recommendations to anyone....for any specific condition. Sincerely, Brooks Bradley.
Some people think that the excitotoxin MSG (monosodium glutamate) may play a role in some nervous system disorders such as ALS. It is best to avoid it as much as possible. Read labels on foods to ensure that it is not contained. Note that whey protein is included in the regimen above since it is helpful to rebuild nerve (and muscle) damage, although if you see "whey protein" listed in the ingredients for a non-protein food, such as crackers, it may be a code name for MSG.