Dementia – An alternative approach

Today the papers are reporting that a dementia research charity say that there isn’t enough money being given to dementia research…no surprise there!

However dementia is being grossly misunderstood by a system obsessed with discovering ‘magic bullets’ that will cure all diseases. They have been stuck in this paradigm for the last century at least…despite overwhelming evidence that magic bullets always turn out to be less than magic.

I’m a simple man, lets have a look at what dementia actually is. The NHS website describes it as a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with a progressive decline in function of the brain. That’s it.

Next, what does a human brain need to function optimally? A well oxygenated healthy supply of blood free from toxins. That’s it.

The human body is an amazing machine…it is self-repairing, adaptable, resilient & has plenty of built-in redundancy.However our organs decline in efficiency with age…the average person’s kidney is operating at about 20% of it’s efficiency when they are 70 compared to when they were 20. Our hearts become weaker, or circulatory system becomes less elastic, our digestive tract becomes less able to absorb the nutrients our bodies need from food, our lungs become less effective at taking in oxygen & expelling carbon dioxide. Our livers become less able to detox the blood as it passes through. & on & on.

So…as we age our organs work less well so that the blood reaching the brain will be less oxygenated & contain more toxins, which will tend to result in reduced brain function. At some arbitrary point the medical profession will say ‘you now have dementia’…as if you caught it from a toilet seat, rather than it being an inevitable consequence of lifestyle choices!

So…now we know what dementia is & what causes it, what can we do about it? Well, like many of the ‘inevitable’ diseases of aging, dementia isn’t inevitable at all. Lets run through the list:

-Drink plenty of fresh water. Let’s flush those kidneys

-Eat your greens. It is important that older people have proper nutrition. Eating healthily is important, perhaps supplemented by multi-vitamins. In extreme cases were people obviously aren’t able to absorb the goodness in their food, I would suggest sub-lingual vitamins (vitamins that are absorbed directly into your bloodstream, bypassing the alimentary canal)

-Take regular gentle exercise. Work that heart & lungs.

-Drugs. Now we’re getting to the elephant in the room. Con-meds drugs are toxic by definition. Our bodies are getting hit from two directions here…while our organs become less efficient as we age, we tend to be prescribed more & more allopathic medication. So our poorly functioning kidneys & liver have to process more & more toxins. Result: More toxins in the blood. Can you see the crazy position we are in? Dementia is increasing, partly due to the medications…so lets spend billions trying to develop a medication to ‘cure’ it!

-Herbs. This is THE exciting area where we can have alot of benefit. For example perhaps the patient has a poorly functioning heart…. improve this & we’ll improve the blood supply to the brain. A few months of ‘organ therapy’ can yield miraculous results in dementia. If we can strengthen the organs that need help, we can improve the quality of the blood (whether this means better oxygenation, better flow, less toxins) & therefore address the cause of the dementia

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6 Responses to Dementia – An alternative approach

  1. Gavin Schofield February 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Regarding herbs – many herbs are drugs, and many other drugs are derived from herbs. Why do you dismiss medicinal drugs, yet embrace natural herbs when they often work on the body in the same way and put stress on the liver & kidney in the same way?

  2. homeopathyuk February 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Hi Gavin,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I’m not dismissing con-med, nor am I ’embracing’ herbs. May I recommend a few books that you might be interested in reading to explain my views on this subject?

    I think lumping pharmaceuticals & herbs in one big pile & saying ‘they’ve all got side-effects’ is incredibly simplistic.

    Crataegus (hawthorn berry) is a fantastic tonic for the heart. It even removes plaque deposits from arterial walls…incredible stuff, you can take it every day with no ill-effects for the rest of your life, and it costs about £7 a litre.

    Many other herbs have no known health properties and are very quickly toxic to your liver. Even Arnica, the favourite homeopathic remedy for injury is an irritant if used on broken skin.

    Con-med sometimes isolates a compound from a herbal source that is useful, then changes it’s structure enough to be patenable. Often these compounds, initially hailed as ‘magic-bullets’ turn out to have unintended consequences.

    I hope this isn’t the case, but your comment seems to be subverting one of my main points, which is that reducing toxic load should be a priority when dealing with dementia.

    Regards,

    Alan

  3. kevin morris February 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Dear Alan,

    As ever a pleasure to visit your humane and informative site, although I have little time nowadays to add a comment. I notice your friend Gavin has some comments about herbs and drugs and in his view their apparent similarity since many drugs have evolved from herbs.

    When I was supposedly dying of cancer, things started moving remarkably quickly after my homoeopath found the remedy that changed everything. The iceberg of my disease started breaking up very rapidly, but I used several herbs to help the process along. It is true that some herbs taken injudiciously might put a strain on liver and kidneys, but the wonderful thing about herbal lore is that herbs are available that are known to strengthen either or both of these organs.

    It is arguable that the liver is the most important organ of the body. Indeed, the Chinese refer to it as ‘the general’, underlining its importance in maintaining the body’s function. For several years, my herb of choice was milk thistle, a herb of high repute for cleansing and rejuvenating the liver. This herb has remarkable healing properties. As you have already pointed out Alan, herbs have many constituents, and even those that do not act directly upon the organ targeted often help the active constituents work better and safer. For this reason, it is impossible to compare a drug that is synthesised chemically to mimic the chosen ‘active constuent’ of the herb selected with the herb itself. By removing all other constituents from their patent drugs, the companies generally produce a product that is usually inferior to the herb they steal from. They certainly have nothing that could compare milk thistle.

    It is a remarkable herb and whilst I wouldn’t recommend its indiscriminate use, so many people have livers of indifferent efficiency that it is oftenproves useful, preferably taken in hot water.

    A good friend of mine is a medical herbalist and very gifted in therapeautic techniques. He is fond of taking groups of people onto the marshy edges of the River Wyre on the Fylde coast to show them the remarkable healing properties of the plants that surround us all. They are God’s bounty to us and deserve better to be known by the public at large.

    He recommends that everyone take three herbs: dandelion, crataegus and yarrow. These are like Redex is for cars. They keep all the body’s organs working optimally and everything flowing. In this age when there is so much talk of the increasing burden on the NHS, herbs like these should be playing a much wider part and people should be being shown how to take care of their own health.

    The days of ‘Keep a hold on nurse for fear of finding something worse’ should be long in the past

  4. Gavin Schofield February 7, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Sorry for the short reply, in a bit of a rush. I’m only going to talk about one or two points right now, hopefully I can get back to you later.

    Kevin,

    “I notice your friend Gavin has some comments about herbs and drugs and in his view their apparent similarity since many drugs have evolved from herbs.”

    A drug is simply a chemical substance used in the treatment/cure/prevention of a disease. As herbs are chemical substances and often used in the treatment/cure/prevention of diseases, that means herbs are drugs – they fit the definition perfectly.

    I’m not denying that many herbs are useful, but like any drug there are often potential side effects – for instance Yarrow can sometimes cause drowsiness and possibly miscarriage so it should definitely be avoided by long distance drivers and pregnant women, or the consequences could be disastrous.

    Alan,

    “Crataegus (hawthorn berry) is a fantastic tonic for the heart. It even removes plaque deposits from arterial walls…incredible stuff, you can take it every day with no ill-effects for the rest of your life”

    From what little I know of the berry it does indeed have several benefits for the heart, but it does have side effects – nausea, fatigue, and sweating are common adverse effects and an overdose can cause hypo-tension and/or arrhythmia. It is also known to interfere with several other drugs.

    What I’m saying (in an extremely long winded way), is that I feel it is important for people to know the safe dosage and any potential side effects of any herb they are taking. A lot of people seem to marketing herbs as an all-natural side-effect free alternative to drugs, when they are actually just naturally occurring drugs that can be just as toxic as a manufactured drug.

    I’ll have to leave it there, I could type for hours!

    Take care,
    Gavin

  5. homeopathyuk February 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi Gavin,

    I’m glad you didn’t feel the need to type for hours. I was intrigued about why you have focused on one aspect of my above piece on Dementia. Then I realised you are one of those ‘Denialists Down The Pub’ folk & not interested in saying anything constructive…or in fact anything that might threaten the current (extremely profitable) medical status quo.

    For anyone of an open mind reading this blog, Gavin is not engaging with my main point above that dementia in older people can be treated successfully without medication…and in fact the con-med medication may be excaserbating the condition! Many con-med drugs are toxic & cumulative …& older people are not as good at removing toxins. Many herbs have been used successfully for millenia to gently tone & assist the kidneys & liver function, to suggest ALL herbs are toxic is laughably ill-informed.

    The facile argument that con-med drugs & herbs both have chemical effects on the body & so are toxic is nonsense. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of herbs would know this.
    Herbs range from the thoroughly innocuous to the deadly poisonous…anyone who occasionally eats a salad consumes harmless herbs, anyone who accidentally eats deadly nightshade doesn’t!
    However the same cannot be said of con-med drugs, even those developed from natural sources. The whole medical paradigm con-med exists in is SUPPRESSION OF SYMPTOMS. Almost by definition this is doing the body harm. A further problem is the fact that con-meds are new substances…they have to be to get patent protection. So… when we introduce a substance unknown in nature into our bodies…it doesn’t take an expert to realise there may be unintended consequences!

    With regard to crataegus Gavin, something you admit you know ‘very little about’, yes very occasionally there have been mild nausea, fatigue & sweating. This in no way undermines my argument. The herb is fantastic…it is amphoteric – it relaxes or stimulates the heart according to the patients requirement! How fantastic is that?! Cheap, grows abundantly in our hedgerows, non-toxic & very effective.
    Big-Pharma must hate it 😉

    I’ll leave it there, as I said Gavin it is obvious you have no interest in learning about something outside your comfort zone. You stick to your expensive poisons & I’ll choose life.

    Best regards,

    Alan

  6. backdoorlogic February 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Natural remedies like herbs, spices and organic foods helped heal my mom of diabetes. Pharmaceutical drugs, from what I’ve seen don’t heal, they just keep you sick and returning for more drugs. Pharamceuticals are in the profit business, they want people sick.

    I’m all for the natural way… homeopathy is amazing. Mind – Body and Spirit, all three need balance for good health.

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