Monthly Archives: December 2009

Can You Change the Path of an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it appears to be a “sentence.”  I’m doing a lot of research in this arena recently.  Of course,  from a holistic perspective – not from a conventional medicine perspective.  I think there’s reason to think the problem can often be reversed.

In fact, there’s a lot of research (go search Pubmed from NIH that lists most published research) that there are several key factors that may play a role, such as excessive homocysteine levels,  heavy metals that contribute to brain protein problems, and excessive inflammation affecting the brain and many of the brain processes.

I don’t see any conventional medicine that has done a good job of targeting those underlying mechanisms.  These are usually multi-system problems. Why not offer chelation for metals accumulation?  Chelation is not practiced by conventional medicine, though it’s available through alternative doctors.  But who’s going to do it – until the rest of the doctors say it’s OK?  Perhaps that is coming to the research arena, but it’s available from alternative medicine now. Continue reading

Creativity is Key

The professional creativity used to help a patient recovering from a stroke, described by Professor Susan R. Barry in her Eyes on the Brain blog post, is a breath of fresh air.  When a therapist’s patient, recovering from a stroke, was unable to speak, the therapist was successful in getting the patient to sing instead using a method Barry calls “Melodic Intonation Therapy”.  Barry includes a link to a You Tube video of the patient.

Increasing Sustained Attention and Brain Function with Mental Training

A study from the University of Wisconsin, published in the Journal of Neuroscience,  shows that  mental training can significantly affect sustained attention and brain function.

Is it possible there’s a faster and more powerful way to improve sustained attention?  Neurofeedback seems to fit the bill.   It’s simply a powerful a way to teach an individual to create a state of sustained attention.

Give the Brain Time to Heal After a Stroke

Brain Mysteries’ blog post reminds us that neuroplasticity is assisted by treatment even well after a stroke has occurred.  Continuing treatment well over six months after a stroke can continue to heal the brain.  Unfortunately, the post notes a University of Missouri article that finds the “current health system is still not giving patients enough time to recover and underestimating what the human brain can do given the right conditions.”

Those involved with neurofeedback understand the brain’s potential for change.  In fact, neurofeedback has great potential for healing the brain after stroke.  (see http://www.aboutneurofeedback.com/stroke.htm).

Want successful treatment for the brain? Personalize!

Jennifer Gibson, on brainblogger.com, has a new compelling post “One Size Does Not Fit All” in which she reports, “[u]p to half of drug therapy is ineffective, according to recent statistics.”  Gibson traces this ineffectiveness to issues, such as “individual differences in enzymes that metabolize drugs, variations in drug transporters, ethnic differences, and environmental changes.”

Making recommendations for the future, Gibson comments, “The advent of personalized medicine and the departure from the current one-size-fits-all health care model requires a paradigm shift for patients and providers. New standards will emerge for the management of genetic information and education will be paramount for clinicians and patients. There are still more questions than answers regarding personalized medicine and tailoring therapy to each individual, but, hopefully, personalized medicine will be a large piece of the future health care puzzle, allowing more preventive medicine and evidence-based treatment selection.”

I agree wholeheartedly; personalized treatment for brain issues, including looking for solutions beyond medications,  creates far more successful outcomes.