Alzheimer’s Disease Isn’t Yet Curable, But New Book Helps Treat It

    July 11, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Alzheimer’s Disease is one of my most hated enemies. I watched as it slowly chipped away at my grandmother’s life and sanity. It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about until it directly affects you. Thankfully, some intrepid doctors have found new ways to making life better for those who have just been diagnosed with the disease.

The new book is called “Alzheimer’s Treatment, Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide.” It’s written by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The book features tips on how to manage the disease and make it not as bad for family who suffer along with the afflicted during the course of Alzheimer’s.

“As a physician and someone who has several family members with Alzheimer’s, it’s important I provide as many resources possible to help patients and their families manage this condition,” said Dr. Isaacson. “After seeing success with my own patients, I wrote this book to educate those who I will not get a chance to see in my clinic and may not be aware of all their options.”

Dr. Isaacson found that changes to one’s diet can help offset the effects of the disease on the brain. There are many foods that are key to brain health and having a steady diet in things like fish can help fight off Alzheimer’s and other brain-related diseases. He also found that certain vitamins help improve memory in patients with mild cognitive impairments.

Other tips from the book include listening to music and being engaged with musical experiences throughout your life. The uplifting spirit of music can slow down brain aging and memory loss while also releasing chemicals in the brain that affect mood, behavior and sleep.

While we still haven’t found a cure for Alzheimer’s, there are some simple tips in the book that will help those currently with the disease and those at risk. Heck, it’s good to take care of your brain even when you’re in no such danger.

[Image Credit: Alzheimer’s Association]
  • http://alzuk.blogspot.co.uk/ Ted Hutchinson

    One of the main drugs for treating Alzheimer’s are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors these work by preventing the degradation of choline.
    Common sense should be sufficient to work out that one way of avoiding or reducing the use of drugs that work as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors is to include more sources of choline in the diet.
    Indeed there is a medical food that does precisely that going through the trials now.
    Nutrient Mixture Improves Memory in Patients with Early Alzheimer’s
    Do we need drugs to extend the availability of choline or should be make sure our diets have eggs yolks, liver and other natural choline foods sources?
    I’ve never been more disappointed by a book than this one.
    Anyone who knows anything about the human body knows that when our whole body skin surface is exposed to sunlight we generated 10,000 to 20,000iu of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 works best as an anti-inflammatory agent when 25(OH)D levels are around 50ng/ml and to get most people to that levels requires at least 5000iu/daily maybe as much as 10,000iu (the amount your skin would normally make given the chance.
    God help his patients and students if they take everything Dr Richard Isaacson MD Professor of Clinical Neurology for gospel. Get yourself a 25(OH)D blood spot test and some effective strength Vitamin D supplements and prove to yourself who actually knows what they are talking about.