Dementia|Alzheimer’s|Food and Nutrition

I came across this research article on Arginine and it’s roll in the demise of the brain and the onset of Dementia\Alzheimer’s.  This is a study that is being conducted using mice that have been altered to have an immune system that resembles a human immune system.  So, as always, it is a new study but interesting.

Here is the link

Here is a couple of paragraphs from the short article:

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience by authors from Duke University, West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Washington found that certain immune system cells, which normally protect the brain, began to consume a key nutrient known as arginine during the early stages of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

In tests on mice, researchers were able use a small-molecule drug, known as difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), to block the arginine consumption process. That, in turn, prevented the development of brain plaques, which can damage and destroy brain cells. As such, it could curtail memory loss, the authors of the report believe.


Alzheimer’s Breakthrough – Queensland Scientists – Take a Look

This will be further tested and won’t be tested on human’s for 3 years, but take a look….A non invasive, non drug Alzheimer’s treatment.


Dementia Alzheimer’s and Nutrition – What’s the Connection?

Some of you may know that I read Dr. Mercola.  I think he is a very smart man and his web site shows the amount of research he and his staff have done.  An incredible amount of research regarding every health or disease issue that has become rampant within our society.

I am providing a link below so you can take a look at what he has to say about dementia/Alzheimer’s and nutrition.  I am not surprised by this information.  It is time to pay more attention to what you are eating.

Here is a little exert:   In one study3 from UCLA, researchers found that rats fed a fructose-rich and omega-3 fat deficient diet (similar to what is consumed by many Americans) developed both insulin resistance and impaired brain function in just six weeks….  Shocking?

It is not shocking to me.  What is shocking to me is that food and nutrition does not have a part in your health plan.  For most people, a health plan consists of; how much is the deductable, are regular office calls covered, what percentage is covered by insurance, what type of life support do I want in the case of catastrophic illness, etc., etc.  That is not a health plan nor is it health care.  It is sick care.

Before I get to high on my soap box….find the link to the article below.

And here is a link to the whole article.

Dementia Alzheimer’s Care and Compassion

When a person feels genuine care and compassion, his or her heart sends out harmonious and coherent signals to the brain/mind, replacing feelings of separateness and solitude with a sense of connectedness and oneness. The heart and brain are aligned and in sync. There is harmony.

This is not an article on dementia Alzheimer’s but it still applies at the least, on an individual basis.

I feel that this is an important passage with our loved ones who suffer with dementia Alzheimer’s.  If we feel genuine care and compassion we can lift them from some of their suffering.  Here is the link to the article.

I have found the above passage to be true with my mom.  Her improvement in how she feels about herself has changed dramatically.  The key….Genuine Care and Compassion.


A Little Update on Mom

I have not written a post here for some time so I thought it would be a nice thing to update now with a little more information on how mom is doing.

I hear from my brother and SIL in Seattle often regarding mom’s continued progress and outings they take her on.   Henry recently took mom for an entire day to visit my dad’s brother.  Uncle is 85 and is the last of the brothers.  It is so very good that Uncle and mom get to see each other.

Henry says that when mom visits with Uncle that she is so comfortable and herself and one would never know that she has dementia/alzheimer’s.  She had a wonderful long day which greatly contributes to mom’s well being and feeling of importance and relevance.

Otherwise mom continues to be excellent.  Henry is there everyday or almost everyday and he makes sure she gets out and about and that she knows she is loved.  It is good for mom to have loving care givers through Henry and Dorothy.

Thank you to Henry and Dorothy.

Here is a little peek at what I am working on:

Mom was born in 1928.  She along with her sister, brother and both parents lived through the great depression era.  When I was little, mom often reminded me that she remembers going to bed at night with only a piece of bread for dinner, hence the family rule of eating everything on your dinner plate before you could leave the table.  Funny, but that rule is so engraved into her head that even now at 86 she wants to clean her plate even if it means she will be uncomfortable.  Sometimes it is so difficult that she cries if she has too much food on her plate.  We have asked the nurses to cut her portions in half which makes it easier for mom to eat it all.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova!! It’s a Movie!!

Still Alice the novel – It’s a movie!!  I am so excited to see this come out as a movie.  You want to know about dementia, this is not only a great book but I hope that it is a great movie.

I cannot wait to see it!    Here is a link with a clip from the movie and the trailer, staring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and more, of course.

I am excited about this coming out.

Because My Thoughts Extend Beyond

I have just started writing a new blog.  The first post was this morning.

The reason for a different blog is because there is so much going on in my life which relates to my thoughts and I cannot write about them here in Dementia Mind.

My intention is to work through who I am in my personal growth and for me that means writing it out so I can open up room in my mind for new ideas and other ways of processing information.  Confusing?  Yeah, me too.

Anyhow, here is a link in case you want to take a look.