My Wife and Dementia

My wife has Dementia. Our Doctor is an idiot. She was on Lexapro for 6 years for depression. Didn’t work. She was left on Lexapro and was given Aricept and Plavix when dementia was diagnosed in Febuary 2011. She became a zombie, just sat, starred and drooled. I weaned her off these and have been using coconut oil and MCT’s as well as other natural supplements. There has been little improvement. I believe she possibly has vascular or mixed dementia. CAN YOU HELP ME HELP HER????

PRESTON, Clementon NJ

Dear Preston,

First, good job in adding the MCT and coconut oil. They have helped many people with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most common dementing illness, and is very difficult to treat. I think the best results are gained with a multi-pronged approach.

EDTA chelation therapy is essential, and helps by improving blood flow to the brain, and eliminating heavy metals—especially aluminum—which may be involved in the characteristic “neurofibrillary tangles.” Intravenous chelation is faster-acting, but may be replaced or supplemented by oral chelation, using a product such as an oral EDTA chelator preferably with malic acid (malic acid is a preferential chelator of aluminum).

Vinpocetine, in doses of 20–40 mg acts by increasing blood flow and glucose uptake in the brain.

Phosphatidylserine, in doses of 300 mg per day, helps with any possible problems with the neuronal myelin sheaths. Acetyl-L-Carnitine has also shown cognitive-enhancing effects (1,000–2,000 mg per day).

I recommend Galantamine, titrated up to doses of 16–24 mg/day, for its cholinergic neurotransmitter-enhancing effects, as well as its less-well-known action as a neurotransmitter receptor sensitizer.

Alternatively, to “simplify” her supplement cocktail, you might consider a multi-ingredient combination of potential brain boosters, which includes CDP-choline, DMAE, phosphatidylserine, choline, vinpocetine, plus the neuroprotector pregnenolone, and the neuron-nourishing docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), as well as the time-honored herbal products Ginkgo biloba, Asian ginseng, and guarana. You may also want to consider a powerful anti-inflammatory substance like Boswellia or Turmeric.

Of course, with all of these approaches, don’t expect instantaneous results. Her condition did not come on overnight, and it will not be resolved in a short time.

Let me know how she does.

Ward Dean, M.D.

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