A Dementia Cure?

Dementia Cure ImageIs there such thing as a dementia cure?  If you ask the average person on the street, “Is dementia curable?”,  most would probably assume not.

Unfortunately, many doctors are very quick to say the same.

However, the fact is, not only is there a cure for dementia in many instances – there are many potential dementia cures.  There are also quite a number of effective treatments for dementia, in addition to the outright “cures”.

People tend to think of dementia as one disease or condition. But in fact there are many different types of dementia, with many different causes. Some are treatable or curable, some are not, based on what we know so far. Even some types of dementia which the mainstream medical community has labeled as not curable are becoming known for responding favorably to some naturopathic treatments, which is truly very exciting.

In fact, this website will discuss one such naturopathic supplement, available over the counter at most health food stores, which the FDA itself has acknowledged may indeed may have a very positive effect on the symptoms of dementia, which is quite extraordinary (the FDA typically does not make such statements about unpatentable naturopathic treatments).

Though there are an estimated 100+ types of dementia, with just as many different causes, the trouble is all the different types of dementia tend to present with very similar, identical or overlapping symptoms. This is why people tend to think of dementia as one disease when there are really many different types.

Sometimes dementia is not a disease in and of itself, but rather, it is a symptom of some other disease (when this is the case, the likelyhood that the dementia may be reversible often goes up dramatically).

This is what makes correctly  diagnosing dementia so tricky. Even when a doctor is emphatic about his or her diagnosis of dementia, there is always the possibility of error. Many such cases of dementia misdiagnosis exist.

Many types of dementia are confused with one another and therefore misdiagnosed. All too often a treatable and reversible dementia (cases where dementia is actually a symptom of another disease) is misdiagnosed for one where there is no treatment, and no hope. This is tragedy. People waste away in nursing homes needlessly when they could have been helped, could have been “cured”, could have gone on leading their lives.

With so  many different types of dementia, and so many different causes, dementia is by no means a one size fits all disease.

Dementia is a hideous end to even the most well lived life. If by chance it is reversible in the case of your loved one, you want to know that you’ve done everything possible to make that determination; you want to feel confident that you’ve done everything possible to determine that your loved one is not living out the rest of their years as a victim of dementia if by some miracle it was actually reversible or treatable.

I have spent the last 5 years researching dementia. Not by choice, but out of sheer necessity.In an all-out fight for my mom’s life.   And in the process, I have come to learn that in many cases, dementia is reversible. Sometimes partially reversible, in other instances fully reversible.  In numerous instances, there is such thing as a dementia cure.

Unfortunately, in many cases, patients who present with dementia symptoms are very quickly written off, particularly when they are elderly.

(We don’t hear about it often, but in fact, there are also younger people who present with dementia. Some as early as their twenties, thirties, forties and fifties. The medical community seems to be inclined to investigate more vigorously when a patient is younger than they do for an elderly patient).

Often times, in the case of older patients exhibiting symptoms of dementia, the conclusion is rather abruptly made that dementia is a rather expected and even “normal” part of old age, and that all involved must simply accept it and prepare for the worst.

Patients are told to “get their affairs in order”. Family and loved ones are told to begin looking at nursing homes, and hopeless conclusions are quickly drawn.

The fact is, dementia is not a “normal” part of aging. It shouldn’t be “expected”.  When you see the vast number of elderly people who have received a dementia diagnosis and are wasting away in  nursing homes, or you observe dementia sufferers who are still in the community, it seems overwhelmingly common. That makes it appear that it is indeed a “normal” and expected part of aging.

However, don’t let the high incidence of dementia persuade you that dementia is unavoidable in one’s senior years. The fact is, after five years of researching dementia causes, treatments and cures, I have come to learn that, sadly, there are many people living out the rest of their years in nursing homes, tragically wasting away – with a treatable but misdiagnosed form of dementia.

Only they don’t know it. And they’re families don’t know it. Even their doctor’s don’t know it.

While our brains do slow down as we grow older, and some moderate level of memory loss  – those “seniors moments” – is indeed normal, the type of memory loss that impedes normal functioning or enjoyment of life is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you love is suffering from dementia, or appears to be at risk of developing dementia based on present symptoms, you need to become aware  of the causes, treatments, and outright cures in some cases, for dementia symptoms.

I do not promise, nor am I making the claim, that every form of dementia, at this point in time, is curable, treatable, or reversible.

What I am stating is that many are. Yet sadly, because of lack of knowledge, and misdiagnoses, many patients with curable, treatable, or reversible forms of dementia never get the treatment that would potentially give them their lives back, or at least significantly enhance their quality of life and independence. Therefore their condition only continues to steadily decline.

I am not a doctor, and I do not purport to give medical advice. In fact, I explicitly state that the information on this website should not be construed as medical advice.

I am, however, the daughter of a patient who has struggled with dementia symptoms, and rather than stand by helplessly and watch my mother’s life be stolen from her when she should have been enjoying “golden” years after a life of hard work, I made the commitment to do everything in my power to help her, and that meant 5 years of continuous research as a consumer of medical and health-related information.

When you make the commitment to help a loved one who is battling a debilitating medical condition like dementia, it essentially becomes a full time job.  I have over these last 5 years invested literally thousands of hours in researching every lead I could find. At times I allowed my business responsibilities to be pushed aside in order to do this. Many a time I fell short in other personal responsibilties in my life because to do this type of research is so demanding, draining and time consuming.

But she’s my mom.  I love her more than words can say and I would do anything for her.  She has been an amazing human being, an outstanding parent, and “the best mother in the world” (as I’ve told her my entire life). She gave up much for me, she made a lifetime of sacrifices for me, and I wouldn’t be who I am without that.  She put her life on hold to raise me through much of my childhood as a single parent, through very difficult circumstances to give me the best upbringing possible – one filled with love and nurturing and support.  She gave up so much for me. How could I not put my life on hold to fight for hers now in her time of need?

I realize, not everyone is able to do this. Not everyone has the research skills necessary to find locate, compile and interpret the information (research has been a part of what I’ve done for a living for nearly a decade and a half, so I was fortunate to have those skills). Similarly, not everyone will be able to invest over a thousand hours into research over a 5 year period.  And certainly, not everyone will have that 5 year period – in a lot of cases, time is of the absolute essence. In five years it will be much too late.

So I offer up what I have learned over these past 5 years of near continuous research to you.

I present a large portion of what I have learned here on this website, so that it may potentially benefit others.

Please note that I am not peddling pills or remedies. I have no ulterior motives. No where on this website will I try to sell you anything. No where on this website will I ask you for money or request that you pull out your credit card.

Note also that unlike individuals who are offering information on the topic of a cure for dementia, I am not requiring you pay me  hundreds of dollars for a book chronicling what I know. That looks very much to me like capitalizing on the desperation of people who are feeling hopeless and helpless, and cannibalizing those people at their weakest moment when they’re worlds are falling apart.

I never set out to become a dementia researcher or patient advocate, that’s for certain. This is not a vocation for me. Believe me when I say there are a million ways I’d have preferred to have been spending my time and efforts if personal circumstances had not propelled me into this. It was out of necessity and personal circumstances that I came to acquire the body of knowledge that I share with you here. Now that I have done the research and have the knowledge, I’m hopeful that it will help someone else. So I am publishing it here to share with anyone who is interested, so that is has the potential to be life changing for someone else.

Not everything you read here is going to apply to you or your loved one. It couldn’t possibly. There were many things I’ve learned about over the last 5 years that couldn’t possibly help my mom. Because remember dementia isn’t one disease or syndrome – it is a series of very similar symptoms behind which are many different causes. So what helps person A is not necessarily going to help person B. And what helps person B won’t necessarily help person C….  Even though they all have dementia, and their symptoms may appear very much the same, it is very likely that the causes behind their symptoms are very different.

But if you are willing to do some detective work – to look for the matches, correlations and possibilities.. To try different treatments as long as it is safe to do so and won’t interfere with any other medical treatment you are on; you may encounter the “cure” or treatment for the dementia you or your loved one is suffering from.

You are going to need to remain patient, committed and determined. You are going to have to be willing to keep reading looking, remain open, and keep trying things even when everything you tried before did not work. You may have to turn over a lot of rocks in order to find that nugget of gold. And of course, there is no guarantee that you will find the gold.  But going forward, even when you know there are no guarantees, is the only way. Without that, you can not possibly find the dementia cure for your particular situation.

I have found that faith will take you a long way in that regard. Keep the faith. Miracles do happen.

If you are the one suffering from dementia, I’d recommend that you enlist the help of someone to assist you with reading everything there is to read, considering it all, talking to doctors where applicable, and trying treatments, again, where applicable. There may come a time when you are no longer able to do these things for yourself and you want to know that you have someone you can count on advocating for you – a friend, spouse, sibling, relative, one of your children, grandchildren… whomever.

It is my sincere hope that within the pages of this website may be an answer that will greatly improve your life or that of someone you love.  Be open and never let go of hope. You might just find a miracle.

Please feel free to contact me if you know additional information which should be included on this site. And certainly, if you or someone you love has been helped by information on this website, it would be deeply gratifying to me if you would let me know about it.  Be well.

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