For this month’s blog, I have decided to focus upon the topic of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) which is currently affecting approximately 6 million people in the United States and 44 million people worldwide. This disease is rapidly growing and there is a good chance that someone in your family or circle of friends has been impacted by this disease.
Right now, I can think of seven people whom I know personally who currently have dementia or did have AD before they passed away. This disease is heartbreaking for it robs people of their very essence. And from my own experience with family members, in the beginning stages, the affected person is typically aware that something is not quite right with his or her mind but cannot put their finger on why. This is frustration at its finest for both the person suffering from the disease and the caregiver witnessing their loved one struggling to be the person they once were before the disease took hold.
The Cost of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are many costs involved with the individual person and the families who are impacted by the presence of AD or other dementias. These costs are physical, emotional, mental, and financial.
In 2019, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion, including $195 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments. Unless a treatment to slow, stop or prevent the disease is developed, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1.1 trillion (in 2019 dollars). – Alzheimer’s Association
Compared with the majority of the population, people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias typically have twice as many hospital stays per year. Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s are also more likely to have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease. And people with AD usually have more skilled nursing visits and are more likely to need adult day services and nursing home care.
Help & Support
The scientific community has much to learn about this mysterious ailment and the cure of AD is still unknown.
But there are ways to support the people you know who have begun to show signs of dementia or have full blown AD. For most of us, our support will be shared with family and loved ones, unless you are a professional performing research or interacting directly with the patients in a healthcare facility.
The first and most critical way to offer your support is on an emotional level. It is vitally important to have compassion and understanding. Being an empathetic caregiver can help you through the challenging moments. It is also important that you seek help and support as a caregiver in order to replenish your own emotional needs.
The other way to support a loved one is on a physical level by adjusting their nutrition intake and integrating research-proven complimentary therapies into their daily living. This blog will focus on the physical support but you can find more information about caring for someone with dementia here.
Scientific research has shown that Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy can have a positive impact on patients with AD since this therapy increases overall blood circulation. And taking the right type of supplements can also encourage optimal brain function.
Read on for more details…
The Gut-Brain Connection
Science has begun to show a direct correlation between the health of our gut and the health of our brain. As much as 90 percent of serotonin is made in our gut and around 50 percent of dopamine. These neurotransmitters partially determine how you feel on a daily basis, so it stands to reason that when the microbiome is out of balance and the neurotransmitters aren’t being produced effectively, your mental health could suffer.
Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, creates high quality nutrition products that help to connect our gut and brain so they can function at an optimal level. I will be focusing on two products from Amare Global which have been shown to have a positive impact upon gut health and brain functionality: (1) MentaBiotics, and (2) OmMEGA Fish Oil.
MENTABIOTICS: The Most Comprehensive Probiotic
I have been taking MentaBiotics for a year now and my stomach has never felt better. MentaBiotics is a comprehensive nutritional system that contains specific strains of healthy bacteria (probiotics), specialized fibers (prebiotics), and phytobiotics which protect the healthy bacteria. This supplement has been scientifically proven to enhance your overall physical and mental well-being.
MentaBiotics also contains Suntheanine which has been shown to improve learning performance, heighten mental acuity, and promote concentration.
OmMEGA: High Quality Fish Oil
I have been taking OmMEGA for a few months now and I can tell you that this is the first fish oil does not give me the ‘fishy burps’ or leave an unpleasant taste in my mouth. OmMEGA is so clean that there is NONE of the fishy smell or aftertaste. In fact, before Amare, I had stopped taking fish oil supplements for these reasons so I am VERY PLEASED that I can finally take a fish oil without experiencing the annoying side effects.
PURE: OmMEGA has NO environmental toxins such as PCBs, heavy metals, mercury, or lead.
POTENT: OmMEGA Has a 5:1 ratio of EPA to DHA and contains a 70% extract of EPA and DHA. The standard fish oil on the market is a 30% extract.
BENEFIT: OmMEGA helps to support the building blocks for neurons and nerve growth throughout the body, especially in the brain.
PEMF Therapy & Alzheimer’s
There are many research studies documented in PubMed which have examined the possible impact that low-frequency magnetic field stimulation can have upon people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
I will highlight two of those studies here.
1. Patient Blood Samples exposed to PEMF
Low-Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Is Able to Modulate miRNAs in an Experimental Cell Model of Alzheimer’s Disease
Samples of blood were taken from patients with AD. For each patient, blood cultures were exposed to a Low Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (LF-PEMF). Non-treated blood cultures were evaluated as controls. The study found that LF-PEMF exposure stimulated both tissue regeneration and brain signaling capacity in the patients’ blood samples with AD.
2. Patients Directly exposed to PEMF
Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease with Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Combined with Cognitive Training: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26365021
This study researched the synergistic effect of magnetic field exposure combined with cognitive training on patients with AD. This combined therapy approach had a remarkable impact upon the memory and language domains in the patients affected by AD.
Are you curious about PEMF Therapy but don’t know where to start?
Please contact me and I will be happy to assist you!
Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder and owner of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy.