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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia - Integrative Medicine

Patrick Massey MD, PhD, Integrative medicine, ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy
Elk Grove Village, IL and serving the Chicago area.

The incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is increasing. The stress and expense of Alzheimer's disease and dementia on the patient and family is severe, Delaying the onset of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease even for a few years can dramatically improve quality of life and reduce overall medical expenses.  Unfortunately, medications are rarely effective in the short term and are totally ineffective in the long term.

There are many theories as to the cause of Alzheimer's disease and adult onset dementia. Recent research is suggesting that Alzheimer's disease may be strongly related to nutrition, lifestyle, overall health, stress and even medication use.
Long term nutritional insufficiency seems to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.  Data is accumulating on the benefits of aggressive nutrient therapy in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Massey has a series of unpublished case studies showing that intravenous vitamin therapy not only slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease but may reverse the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. Currently, Dr. Massey’s protocol for Alzheimer’s disease often includes intravenous nutrient therapy...and with good success.

Select dietary supplements may inhibit the formation of "plaque" in the brain. The formation of plaque is associated with the severity of Alzheimer's disease. Select supplements beneficial for Alzheimer's disease include fish oil, high dose vitamin C and gingko biloba.

Given the medical crisis that is forming with Alzheimer's disease and the complete lack of effective medications...non-traditional (integrative medicine) medicine seems to be a safe and effective alternative for Alzheimer's disease.

ALT-MED approach to Alzheimer's Disease
  • Intravenous vitamin therapy (more information - click here)
  • Vitamin D
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Exercise
  • Medication review to minimize medication use (if possible)
  • Dementia-specific acupuncture (more information click here)
  • Supplement recommendations
  • Review of potential supplement-medication interactions
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