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Medscape recently published a report that suggested dementia diagnoses more than doubled across the world between 1990 and 2016, citing an increasingly ageing population as one of the main factors. You can view some of the statistics from this report in the infographic attachment to this post.
The report was published in an issue of Lancet Neurology from January 2019 and included data collected from 195 global countries and regions.
On Dr. Carolyn Dean’s blog, she had previously written that 40% of dementia diagnoses were incorrect (published in May 2018). Dr. Carolyn Dean goes on to talk about a variety of ways in which dementia can be warded off by reversing a variety of triggers and risks, thereby decreasing the number of misdiagnoses.
There are seven key areas that have been identified on Dr. Carolyn Dean’s blog, backed by a study conducted by Dr. Dale Bredesen, a professor of neurology specializing in Alzheimer’s research at UCLA.
Nutritional Imbalances and Deficiencies
Deficiencies in certain nutrients and vitamins have been shown to cause symptoms that are similar to those displayed in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. These include vitamins B9, B12, C and D, magnesium, omega 3, probiotics and selenium.
It has been shown that changing to a Mediterranean-style diet, which is high in many of these vitamins and nutrients, is associated with a reduced rate of cognitive decline. Turmeric and coconut oil are known as natural remedies for boosting memory and rescuing the brain from the decline associated with Alzheimer’s respectively.
Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends adding the ReMag supplement to boost the body’s intake of these vital nutrients and vitamins.
Artificial additives in foods and drinks such as sweeteners, colorings and flavors have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. A study of aspartame, for example, showed that consumption could lead to memory loss and impaired cognitive function. Dr. Dean recommends using ReStructure before thinking about eating processed foods.
Side Effects of Prescription Medications
The side effects of certain prescription medications can disrupt cognition severely, in particular statins. One study showed that 90% of patients analyzed reported cognitive improvement within just weeks of stopping statin-based medication.
The sleep medication Ambien has also been linked to dementia in older patients. You can learn more about the potential links between certain sleep medications and Alzheimer’s in the embedded PDF.
Neuroinflammation can be caused by food allergies, mold, low-level infections and Lyme disease. Studies suggest that this type of inflammation can result in mental disorders. The short video attachment explains neuroinflammation.
Stress and Inactivity
Cortisol levels in the body are increased with stress, which can lead to inflammation causing a variety of problems including hypertension, cognitive impairment, hormone imbalances and susceptibility to disease. Inactivity can tax the system by allowing cellular blockages or shutdown. One study identified 41% of dementia diagnoses in patients aged under 65 as incorrect. ReMag contains magnesium which can help boost energy levels and treat inflammation and stress.
Certain hormonal imbalances, particularly those concerning the T3 thyroid hormone, can be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or dementia, yet standard tests do not cover T3 levels. ReMyte contains minerals to support the body in making natural thyroid hormones.
Heavy Metal Poisoning
Heavy metal poisoning, particularly from mercury, can cross the blood-brain barrier and destroy neurons in the brain. RnA Drops, ReAline and ReMag supplements all help detoxify the effects of heavy metal poisoning.