Overview

Center-For-Health-Science-AlzheimersAlzheimer’s and other dementias are common disorders in the elderly, usually involving symptoms of memory loss, confusion, personality changes, or physical issues including loss of balance or impaired movement.

Misdiagnosis of symptoms is very common in the elderly, and a number of medical issues must be ruled out. Many of these symptoms can be caused by treatable conditions including infections, prescription and over the counter drugs, nutritional deficiencies and hormone imbalances. If left untreated, these conditions may result in permanent brain damage.

At CHS we follow the guidelines of The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s and other dementias. They specify what tests are necessary to diagnose Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and what steps must be taken in assessing cognitive impairment.


Natural Treatment Approaches

There are no cures for dementia, either in Western or Eastern medicine. The dementing process involves damage and destruction of neurons (nerves) in the brain. Once these neurons are destroyed the functions, knowledge and memories stored within their connections are also destroyed.

According to Western Naturopathic thought, dementias are increasingly being accepted by scientists to be disorders of inflammation, leading to neuronal damage. Western naturopaths consider this inflammation to be a result of nutritional deficiencies of key vitamins, minerals and amino acids, invading pathogens and foreign proteins, and neuron-damaging ions and environmental chemicals penetrating the blood-brain barrier. All treatment approaches for dementia are aimed at preventing, slowing or stopping further neuron damage through management of these factors.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with dementia symptoms. Most current dementia drugs are based on molecules first extracted from plants, including Aricept. Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees many symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and most forms of dementia, such as loss of memory and irritability, to be associated with the Kidneys or the Heart. The Spleen is also considered important, as qi and blood decrease over time. As kidney and Spleen function declines, dampness and phlegm will be produced. Lack of movement may cause qi and blood stagnation. According to TCM theory, phlegm can produce symptoms such as disordered thinking; drooling; nausea; profuse sputum; somnolence; a stuck sensation in the throat (plum pit qi); a coated tongue; and a slippery pulse. Modern Chinese Formulas take into account the most recent phytonutrient research and share many ingredients with Western formulas.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to diagnosing and treating cognitive decline:

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this- see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. Only Neurologists and Neuropsychologists are adequately trained for this evaluation.
3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Older individuals often eat prepared meals that are notable for high levels of sodium and low levels of protein. Adequate protein intake is vital for maintaining health into old age. Exercise is vital to maintaining mobility.
4. CHOOSE a natural Cognitive Support Product.  Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

5. ASK your physician to give you Vitamin B12 injections, 1000 mcg. monthly, if over 75, or take sublingual B12 if you are over 65. We produce less “intrinsic factor” as we age, an enzyme needed for oral absorption of this important vitamin.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026,  for guidance.

Dr. Reinhardt is a Board Certified Medical Psychologist with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating dementia.     to book an appointment for an in-person discreet consultation telehealth consultation, or for a referral in your area.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Click to see Dr Reinhardt’s recommendations for care of dementia patients:Comprehensive Management of Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia

Symptoms

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. Dementias share many common symptoms. People with mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias often seem healthy, but they may be having trouble making sense of the world around them. It often takes time for an observer to realize that something is wrong because the initial symptoms of dementia are often confused with changes that take place in normal aging.  Typical Alzheimer’s and other dementia symptoms may include:

  • Recent memory loss. Everyone forgets things for awhile, but remembers them later. Dementia patients often forget things, and never remember them. They might ask the same question repeatedly, each time forgetting that you already answered it. They don’t remember they already asked the question.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks. Dementia patients might cook a meal but forget to serve it. They might even forget cooking it.
  • Problems with language. Dementia patients may forget simple words or use the wrong words, making it hard to understand what they want, causing an outburst of anger directed at the person they’re talking to.
  • Time and place disorientation. Dementia patients may get lost on their own street, forgetting how they got to a certain place and how to get back home.
  • Poor judgment. Anyone might get distracted and forget to watch a child closely for a short time. Dementia patients might forget about the child and just leave the house for the day.
  • Problems with abstract thinking. Anyone might have trouble balancing a checkbook from time to time; dementia patients can forget what numbers are and how to use them.
  • Misplacing things. Dementia patients may put things in the wrong places — an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl. Then they can’t find them later.
  • Changes in mood. Everyone is moody occasionally, but dementia patients may have fast mood swings, going from calm to tears to anger in just minutes.
  • Personality changes. Dementia patients may have drastic changes in personality, often becoming irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  • Loss of initiative. Dementia patients may become passive, not wanting to go places or see other people.

Natural Treatment Approaches

There are no cures for dementia, either in Western or Eastern medicine. The dementing process involves damage and destruction of neurons (nerves) in the brain. Once these neurons are destroyed the functions, knowledge and memories stored within their connections are also destroyed.

According to Western Naturopathic thought, dementias are increasingly being accepted by scientists to be disorders of inflammation, leading to neuronal damage. Western naturopaths consider this inflammation to be a result of nutritional deficiencies of key vitamins, minerals and amino acids, invading pathogens and foreign proteins, and neuron-damaging ions and environmental chemicals penetrating the blood-brain barrier. All treatment approaches for dementia are aimed at preventing, slowing or stopping further neuron damage through management of these factors.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with dementia symptoms. Most current dementia drugs are based on molecules first extracted from plants, including Aricept.  Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees many symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and most forms of dementia, such as loss of memory and irritability,  to be associated with the Kidneys or the Heart. The Spleen is also considered important, as qi and blood decrease over time. As kidney and Spleen function declines, dampness and phlegm will be produced. Lack of movement may cause qi and blood stagnation. According to TCM theory, phlegm can produce symptoms such as disordered thinking; drooling; nausea; profuse sputum; somnolence; a stuck sensation in the throat (plum pit qi); a coated tongue; and a slippery pulse. Modern Chinese Formulas take into account the most recent phytonutrient research and share many ingredients with Western formulas.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to diagnosing and treating cognitive decline:

1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this- see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. Only Neurologists and Neuropsychologists are adequately trained for this evaluation.
3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Older individuals often eat prepared meals that are notable for high levels of sodium and low levels of protein. Adequate protein intake is vital for maintaining health into old age. Exercise is vital to maintaining mobility.
4. CHOOSE a natural Cognitive Support Product.  Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

5. ASK your physician to give you Vitamin B12 injections, 1000 mcg. monthly, if over 75, or take sublingual B12 if you are over 65. We produce less “intrinsic factor” as we age, an enzyme needed for oral absorption of this important vitamin.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026,  for guidance.

Dr. Reinhardt is a Board Certified Medical Psychologist with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating dementia.     to book an appointment for an in-person discreet consultation telehealth consultation, or for a referral in your area.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Click to see Dr Reinhardt’s recommendations for care of dementia patients:Comprehensive Management of Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia

Symptoms Checklist

Symptom Checklist

Name: _________________________________   Date: ___________________

Print out, complete, take to your healthcare professional

Click Here for Printer Friendly Version

Frequency: 1- occasionally, 2- nearly every day, 3 most of the day, nearly every day

Severity- 1- mild 2- disrupts normal activities 3- Debilitating

How long:  1- one or 2 weeks 2- one to 3 months 3- One or more years

Symptom Frequency (1-3) Severity (1-3) How Long (1-3)
Cognitive:
Fatigue
Anxiety, Fearfulness, Irritability
Sleeping Difficulty
Sleeping Excess
Brain Fog, Slowed Thinking
Anger, Aggressive Behavior
Behavior or Personality Changes
Mood Swings, Lability
Apathy, Reduced Interests
Hallucinations, Delusions
Frequent Sadness, Crying
Easily Distracted
Memory Loss
Changes in Appetite
Unplanned Weight Changes
Confusion
Immune Process:
Asthma, Cough, Breathing Trouble
Frequent Yeast Infections
Allergies
Frequent Flu Symptoms
Immunity Depressed, Frequent Illness
Heart, Blood, Circulation:
Blood Pressure High/Low
High Cholesterol
Heart Palpitation, Rhythm Abnormality
Nervous System:
Carpal Tunnell Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Numbness or Tingling Extremities
Difficulty Walking, Poor Balance
Spasm, Muscle Tics, Trembling
Senses:
Dizziness
Vision Changes, Blurred Vision
Light Sensitivity
Tinnitus, Ringing, Ear Sounds
Cold Sensitivity, Cold Extremities
Excessive Sweating, Night Sweats
GI System:
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Swelling
Colic
Frequent Constipation or Diarrhea
Excessive Thirst
Indigestion, Heartburn, Gas
Weight Gain
Nausea
Weight Loss or Poor Appetite
Ulcers
Frequent or Decreased Urination
Reproductive System:
Absence of Menstruation
Irregular Periods
Breast Pain, Tenderness
Infertility
Painful Intercourse, Dryness
Hot Flashes
Loss of Libido
Erectile Dysfunction
Pain:
Migraines, Headaches
Bone, Back or Leg Pain (skeletal)
Joint Pain
Muscle Pain
Achiness
Muscle Cramps
Muscle Weakness
Skin, Hair, Nails:
Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores
Sores in Corners of Mouth
Dry, Brittle Hair
Hair Loss
Dry or Itchy Skin
Tender or Bleeding Gums
Acne
Eczema
Pale Skin
Skin Rash
Edema, Swelling
Please List Any Additional Symptoms:
Diagnoses received in past 2 years (include chronic conditions): 
List all medications used in last 2 years
List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)
How did the medication affect you? (good and bad)
List all supplements used in last 2 years
List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)
How did the supplements affect you? (good and bad)
Family: List illnesses experienced by family members in last 2 years, or if deceased, in last 2 years of life