Published in the September issue of Aging, "Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program", a new study at UCLA shows exactly how a personalized "Systems Approach" helped Alzheimer's patients recover memory and health.
Dr. Dale Bredesen, Professor of Neurology at UCLA, authored the new paper. Dr. Bredesen is one of many researchers who has questioned the pharmaceutical model of inhibiting beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's.
(1) eliminating all simple carbohydrates (breads, pastas, baked goods)
(2) eliminating gluten and processed food, with increased vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish
(3) reducing stress with yoga
(4) as a second measure to reduce the stress, meditation for 20 minutes twice per day
(5) melatonin each night
(6) increasing sleep from 4-5 hours per night to 7-8 hours per night
(7) methylcobalamin (vitamin B12)
(8) vitamin D3
(11) Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-6 days per week.
The results for 9 patients was better overall health, better body mass index, and a reversal of memory loss. That's Alzheimer's Disease reversal! Something no one drug has been able to achieve.
I've written about the difficulty in conducting double-blind, placebo control trials for lifestyle. As Dr. Roy Swank, Dr. George Jelinek and Dr. Terry Wahls could all attest, the "gold standard" trial approach works best for drugs. But that doesn't mean a holistic approach to healing is invalid, or cannot be trialled. It just means it takes more work for both patient and researcher.
There is no way to patent or monetize a new lifestyle, so drug companies won't be paying for these studies. However, a holistic approach addresses many different aspects of health.
What does this Alzheimer's research have to do with MS? When we consider the link of the heart to the brain and the importance of cardiovascular health to cerebral perfusion, we can understand the need for endothelial health. An oxygenated, perfused, cleansed and fed brain is a happy and healthy brain.
Where are the MS specialists ready to take on this challenge?