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Alternative Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Minkoff Reviewed

This article has been reviewed and fact checked by Dr. David Minkoff, M.D. who is a board-certified doctor, practicing medicine since 1974.

Summary

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and involves the areas of the brain that control memory, thoughts, and language.1
  • Alzheimer’s disease causes a range of cognitive symptoms depending on disease progression.
  • Changes in the brain can begin many years before symptoms appear therefore early steps to promote brain health are critical.
  • Alzheimer’s is most prevalent in those over the age of 65.1
  • Conventional treatment includes medication to manage symptoms as well as physical therapy, emotional support, and the development of routines.
  • LifeWorks Wellness Center offers a promising, alternative treatment approach for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disease that usually begins after age 65 and progressively worsens until sufferers may not be able to take care of themselves or even recognize their loved ones. It is a brain disorder that affects memory, language skills, and behavior.

The three main identifying factors for Alzheimer’s are2:

  • The formation of amyloid plaques which are abnormal clusters of cells in the brain
  • The formation of neurofibrillary tangles which are tangled fiber bundles that develop in the brain
  • The loss of nerve cell connections in the brain such that the brain has difficulty transmitting messages through the neurons

The disease commonly does damage to the hippocampus, the area of the brain vital to forming memories. As the disease progresses the damage moves to other areas of the brain, and in the latter stages much of the brain is affected.

What Causes Alzheimer’s?

Conventional medicine does not yet understand the cause of Alzheimer’s. There are various theories linking the disease to diet and lifestyle choices as well as genetic factors but the genetic link is weak at best.

But our genes are not our destiny and their expression is a great deal under our control if we know the right levers to pull.

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An Alternative View on Alzheimer’s

Instead of obsessing over the label of the disease and all the baggage it brings, we always seek to look deeper and think of the body as a symphony working together in a coordinated fashion. If one or more parts of the orchestra malfunctions, it can totally disrupt the entire performance.

Similarly, we do not look at Alzheimer’s as a fixed disease of the brain. It’s true that the brain is the organ that got affected. But what happened a few steps prior, that started this whole chain of events? And if we fix that, can we improve the condition? This seems like a logical way of approaching just about anything but unfortunately, it’s not how much of modern medicine is practiced anymore. They tend to focus on the endpoint or consequence and the symptoms.

What is Actually Happening in Alzheimer’s

We look at Alzheimer’s as a deterioration of one or more physiological systems and functions in the body. For example, we often find that when patients come to see us with a chronic ailment, they are often suffering from other, more basic (mostly undetected) issues and malfunctions. When we correct these, the ailment they came in complaining about often subsides on its own or is much more easily treated.

An Overwhelmed Body & Brain

It only makes sense that if the body is overwhelmed or suppressed because it has been chronically coping with one or more underlying factors (such as an undetected infection, heavy metal toxicity, pathogens, virus, an autoimmune condition, etc.) it will not be able to keep up with its normal maintenance and repair functions. Over time the body will start to develop multiple systemic dysfunctions and as these become chronic, it creates more disorder and malfunction in the body until it leads to a package of symptoms that can be neatly labeled as a frightful disease.

Think about what would happen if you didn’t realize your car had multiple issues such as an oil and refrigerant leak and some faulty belts and wires. One day you wake up and the car’s engine seizes up. Was the cause a bad motor or was it all these other little factors that contributed to the engine seizing?

Alternative Treatment for Alzheimer’s

Our approach to all chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, is based on locating and treating these hidden underlying factors. As each factor is addressed, more and more of the body’s energy and reserves are freed up. The elimination of the suppressor, combined with the restoration of physical energy, immune and neurological function releases the full miraculous healing power of the human body. The body will rapidly try to put things right and achieve a state of homeostasis (equilibrium). And that’s why we see amazing health progress with patients and even recoveries using this approach.

We Look for the Underlying Factors

We use both conventional and alternative methods to locate these contributory factors. Our testing may include one or more of the following:

  • Testing for hidden sources of inflammation
  • Testing for autoimmune conditions
  • Testing for Lyme disease
  • Testing for heavy metal toxicity
  • Testing for food allergies
  • Nutritional & dietary deficiency testing
  • Testing of neurotransmitters, hormones, minerals, essential fatty acids, and other nutritional markers
  • A CNS neurocognitive test assesses the neurocognitive status of the patient including motor skills and performance, memory, attention, and executive functioning.
  • An MRI with volumetrics assesses neurodegeneration even at the early stages.
  • A MoCA cognitive assessment reveals information on cognitive functioning.
  • A vascular health assessment shows symptoms of heart and vascular disease and the status of the patient’s blood circulation and blood pressure

Once all the necessary diagnostics are completed, our team of doctors will formulate a treatment program tailor-made for the patient.

Natural Treatment Interventions for Alzheimer’s

We believe that patients with Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases can make significant improvements using a holistic approach.

To accomplish this, we use a variety of alternative treatments and therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Our alternative treatment options seek to address the underlying contributory factors that lead the body into cognitive decline.

Following is a list of the therapies we may use in the natural treatment of Alzheimer’s:

  • Autoimmune Treatment – This therapy works to restore a properly functioning immune system that may be attacking the patient’s own body.
  • Repairing Gut Issues –  Addressing Leaky Gut Syndrome which is a common trigger for autoimmunity and inflammation.
  • Peptide Therapy – This therapy utilizes specific chains of amino acids called peptides to signal cells to turn on or turn off certain functions. This works to help regulate and rejuvenate neuroendocrine-immune function.
  • Exosome Therapy – As in peptide therapy, these cell-derived nanoparticles play a vital role in cell-to-cell communication. They help regulate physiological processes and regenerate older cells.
  • Plasmapheresis – This process separates the plasma from the blood where it is treated and returned to the body.
  • Addressing Inflammation – We test and treat systemic inflammation, infections, gut issues, other causes of inflammation.
  • Food Allergy Treatment – Food allergies can trigger autoimmune conditions. In the case of neurological conditions, the body attacks the parts of the central nervous system, thereby diminishing its proper function and leading to conditions like MS and other neurological disorders.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – Delivers pure oxygen to the patient in a pressurized chamber. Has been shown effective for neurological conditions.
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Technology – Emission of electromagnetic waves to stimulate the body’s own healing properties
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation – Increases blood flow, allowing more oxygen to flow and alleviate symptoms of poor circulation.
  • Vielight NeURO – Delivers photons to a light-sensitive enzyme in the mitochondria which is known to trigger self-repair mechanisms in the cells, enhance cognition, and protect cell neurons.
  • BrainHQ – Brain training exercises that improve brain health.
  • Health Coaching – This intervention helps patients keep track of their nutrition, exercise, supplements, and other suggested changes.
  • BrainTap – Tapping into specific brainwave states, BrainTap helps to reboot and revitalize the brain, promotes relaxation, and reduces stress on the body and mind.
  • Dietary and Nutritional Deficiencies – Clearing up nutritional deficiencies, supporting the body with the right nutraceuticals to improve brain health including macro/micronutrients, minerals, hormones, neurotransmitters, essential fatty acids, etc.
  • Intermittent Fasting – Through intermittent fasting, the body is able to heal instead of always processing food. LifeWorks utilizes the KetoFlex 12/3 way of eating which means that patients eat their food during a 10-12-hour window and not eating within three hours of going to bed.
  • Celergen – This is an anti-aging cell therapy supplement that promotes cell renewal and stimulation.

Contact Us About Natural Alzheimer’s Treatment

We help patients from all around the world who are looking for natural treatment options for cognitive and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

If you are in search of an alternative treatment approach, we can help. We offer more cutting-edge natural treatments under one roof than any other natural health facility. Our individualized treatments are tailored to your specific situation and needs.

Our highly trained doctors are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones live a healthier life.

To discuss your symptoms or to schedule an appointment, call us at our Clearwater clinic at (727) 466-6789 or submit an online patient inquiry.

References

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?, May 2017.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, What Are the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?, May 2017.
  4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?, May 2017.
Dr. Minkoff

About Dr. Minkoff

In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.