Saturday, January 12, 2019

Helping Dementia Patients


A while ago, I wrote about some fascinating research in The Teplitz Report that was conducted by the Langer Mindfulness Institute where they took a group of 80-year-olds and tested them for vision and hearing, grip strength, memory and dexterity before being taken to a monastery that was decorated to replicate life in 1959. The decor also included photos of the participants when they were that age.

Everyone wore 1950s fashions and entertainment was all 1950s - TV shows, movies, books and music. They were also instructed to discuss sports and events that did happen during that era, but to talk about them in the present tense. They were told to think of themselves as actually being younger.

After five days, the participants did look younger and their scores on everything, including eyesight had improved. To me, the eyesight improvement in five days was a powerful outcome.

Well, there’s a company that’s putting this research into a real-world environment that is quite exciting. The company as created a dementia daycare facility called Glenner Town Square that is a replica of small-town USA when Eisenhower was President (for Millennials that’s 1953 to 1961). This was a time when these patients were between 10 and 30 years old. They have music from the that era playing over the PA system. They are showing popular movies from the times in 15-minute clips. They have Rosie’s dinner with a 1959 Ford Thunderbird parked outside. There are pictures of famous people like Elvis, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean on the walls.

There are also 14 store fronts on the property – a library, the bar, the barbershop and even the opera house. The patients are guided in groups of 5 from one store to the next for 45 minutes. The aides play cards with them, help them paint, tell stories and even have them write inspiring messages for sick children at a nearby hospital.

What the research is showing is that reminiscence therapy can help those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive disease feel better plus it often calms their agitation. It may also bolster their cognitive ability and reduce depression. In addition, the benefits seem to extend long beyond the hours a patient spends inside the center.

The company is looking to open 100 facilities across the country, which is exciting!

So..the notion of taking a trip down memory lane now has more power to help elders in ways we’ve never thought possible. I also think it’s exciting to have the Langer Mindfulness Institute’s research put to such practical use. Now, what if someone set up a facility that was not just daycare, but the full facility was designed for the earlier time period which might improve the positive changes in the resident’s abilities even further.
(Reported AARP Bulletin December 2019)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Docs are catching up with my recommendations for preventing Alzheimer's Disease


Welcome to my blog. I’ll be posting blurbs once or twice a week similar to what I was publishing in my monthly Teplitz Report.

For years, I’ve been writing about the benefits of exercise, nutrition, relationships, sleep and mental activities including meditation to keep us healthier, living longer, being more productive and having enjoyable lives. It’s been fun for me to see the medical profession as its been catching up with what I’ve been recommending.

The latest “catch-up” is Alzheimer’s disease. In the December 2018 issue of Discover Magazine, the featured article was reporting on researchers using lifestyle changes to fight Alzheimer’s. What are the lifestyle changes that they are recommending? How about reducing chronic stress, getting more exercise and restorative sleep, eliminating toxins from molds, eliminating fast foods that are fat-laden and reducing sugar.

By using Big Data, the researchers are now able to validate how powerful these lifestyle changes can be. Years ago, I wrote how beta amyloids might not be the key to solving Alzheimer’s disease, which is what recent research is now confirming. As a matter of fact, 99% of the drugs targeting the reduction of amyloids have failed to stop Alzheimer’s even if they reduced the amount of amyloids in the brain
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There is an approach called The Bredesen Protocol that is a comprehensive personalized program aimed to reverse Alzheimer’s by doing a lot of testing which includes blood tests, genetic evaluations, cognitive assessments and an MRI. All this is crunched in a computer which comes up with a plan to reverse inflammation, insulin resistance and the destruction of vital brain functions. The recommendations are where healthy living is recommended rather than drugs. The results border on miraculous!

So…having the medical profession catching up to my recommendations is a very rewarding feeling. I’m looking forward to other catch-ups happening.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Wow...this past year sure went fast - welcome to 2019!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year! Thanks for reading by blog over this past year. I look forward to sharing more healthy tips that I find with you throughout 1019!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

What's The Major Source Of Stress - It's Work Pressures!

A study published in the American Institute of Health found that 44% of US employees were overworked "often" or "very often". Those who rated in the high overworked category were more likely to make mistakes at work, feel angry at their employers for expecting them to do too much, resent their coworkers who didn't work as hard as they did, have higher stress levels, be depressed, have health problems or be neglectful with respect to caring for themselves.

Women are more likely to be overworked than men. Even though men tend to work longer hours, multi-tasking creates more stress for women.

All of this means that we are now experiencing the effects of downsizing in organizations. Employees have too much work to do with fewer people to do it.

This also means that stress management techniques, time management methods, nutritional approaches and exercise become even more important for you to include in your life.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Increase Survival Rates After CPR with Cold and Coenzyme Q10

While Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can bring people who have a heart attack back to life, 88% of them will die before they are able to leave the hospital. Of those who survive, more than 90% will have permanent brain or nerve damage that leaves them partially or completely disabled.

A study of 49 people published in Circulation offers a way to change these results. The study found that people had a greater survival rate who were given mild hypothermia therapy for 24 hours (they were placed on a cooling mattress) and also received an initial dose of 250 mg of Coenzyme Q10. They were then given 150 mg of CoQ10 three times per day for an additional 90 days. Sixty-eight percent were alive at the end of the study verses 29% who received a placebo. Their neurological function also improved. So... if you know people who receive CPR following a severe heart attack they are not necessarily out of the woods. Suggest that they be put on a cooling mattress and that they take Coenzyme Q10.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Loosen Your Tie and Stop Glaucoma

It turns out that a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology was found that tight neckties may increase the risk of glaucoma by constricting neck veins and boosting the fluid pressure inside the eye to dangerous levels. So... the answer is to make sure you can easily get your finger between your neck and your collar. If you can't do that then get a larger shirt or loosen your tie.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Autism Can Be Treated

Dr. Whitaker of Whitaker Wellness has found that there are natural things that can be done to treat a child with autism. Here's a summary of what he recommends.

1. Test the child for mercury and other heavy metals. If found, then do chelation therapy on the child. Transdermal and oral DMPS has been found to remove mercury. One study of chelation's results on 152 autistic patients found that 36% had a marked improvement, 39% had a moderate improvement, 15% had a slight improvement and only 10% had no improvement.

2. Autistic children tend to have dietary allergies to dairy products and gluten. Also get them off sugar, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes and hydrogenated oils.

Use good multivitamin and mineral supplements since more than half the kids were found deficient in Vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, biotin, selenium, zinc, magnesium, essential amino acids and omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.

3. Glutathione is an antioxidant and detoxifier that is depleted in most autistic children. It can be given to the child either intravenously or orally.

4. Finally, investigate having the child experience a pressurized chamber to breathe 100% oxygen. This is highly effective for treating brain and neurological disorders.

For more information and to locate a doctor experienced in treating autism, go to www.autismwebsite.com .