The Older Brother wrote a good post on his blog about the failure of drugs that remove amyloid plaques in the brain to actually prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s.  Those plaques, like cholesterol in coronary arteries, may be a defense against damage, not the cause of the damage itself.

You can read his post here.

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10 Responses to “Diet, Drugs and Alzheimer’s”
  1. David G says:

    Here is an excellent paper on the probable cause of AD. “Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet” Full PDF http://www.lizscript.co.uk/Glyn/EJIM01.pdf

  2. charles grashow says:

    http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/EJIM_PUBLISHED.pdf

    Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet

  3. David and Charles both did what I should’ve and didn’t — cite the source of my editorial. The post on my blog was a submission I did to the local paper, whose 300 word limit precluded using valuable word count for a correct citation.

    I’ve added the link now in my post. Also, Bob Johnston commented with a link to a paper Ms. Seneff wrote that covers the same ground geared towards the general public instead of the scientific community. Same info, much more readable for us non-PhD types:

    http://coconutoil.com/the-clue-to-why-low-fat-diet-and-statins-may-cause-alzheimers/

    Cheers

  4. JM says:

    My father passed away 2 years ago. He had alzheimers for about 12 years and I was his caregiver for the last 3 years of his life. It was a hardship for both of us and my family. No one, his doctors, hospitals, or support groups never told me about the link between the disease and diet. I only found out about 5 months ago the benefits of coconut oil. If I had known this I would have tried. To give him another 6 months or more or even to have improved his quality of life in those last years would have been priceless.

    Instead he took all the medications prescribed. I have a very bitter taste in my mouth because of this. In a way I feel that I failed him.

    I know exactly how that feels. If I’d known 10 years ago what I know now, I might have saved my dad from fading so quickly. At this point I can only take comfort in knowing that I won’t put my daughters through the trauma of watching their father slide into dementia at such an early age — my dad starting fading mentally in his late 60s.

  5. Janknitz says:

    My mother and my grandmother had dementia–both Alzheimers and “multi-infarct” dementia. My mom had diabetes II and (I think) PCOS as I do with it’s concomitant insulin resistance. I feel like I’m looking down the barrel of the most awful gun imaginable.

    I think diet is my only hope. Seneff’s article has made me so grateful that I resisted statins and adopted a low carb lifestyle. She lays it out so well, and gives me some hope that at least part of the medical science community is on the right path. A little light at the end of the tunnel.

    Thanks for posting this, both of you.

    Heredity loads the gun, but diet pulls the trigger. The Older Brother’s renewed interest in diet and health was sparked when we had a conversation about my dad in which he opined that we’re doomed … my grandmother developed Alzheimer’s in her 80s, but my dad started showing signs of it in his 60s. He figured it could hit us even earlier. So I gave him my speech about how Alzheimer’s is probably a form of diabetes and we can avoid that by what we choose to eat.

  6. Marilyn says:

    Isn’t there some suspicion that statins pulled the trigger in your dad’s case? Tragic, no matter the cause.

    I think that definitely contributed.

  7. Walter B says:

    You could buy a lot of bacon for 2.5 Kilobucks a week.

  8. Ailu says:

    I have a theory… I admit it’s only based on observation…but ever notice most of those who have Alzheimer’s are exceptionally thin? It makes me think, people are either predisposed to insulin resistance of the muscles, or the brain. If they mostly become insulin resistant in the muscles, they get fat. If it’s mostly in the brain, they get Alzheimer’s. I could be way off… but I’ve honestly never seen an obese person with Alzheimer’s. If someone has, please let me know, and I will lay my theory to rest.

    My dad was quite portly when he started developing Alzheimer’s.

  9. Ailu says:

    Okay then, theory deservedly laid to rest. But it is likely caused by insulin resistance in the brain, it that correct?

    I believe that’s a strong possibility, yes.

  10. Ailu says:

    Happened upon this tonight. Interesting, that fake butter smell… always made me nauseous. Maybe my body was warning me… anyhows, for what it’s worth…

    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/08/08/Popcorn-ingredient-linked-to-Alzheimers/UPI-65661344400751/

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