June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Happy Summer Solstice and hope you're all keeping well considering this incredible heat wave that we've been experiencing in the west with seasonably atypical temperatures.
June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
June 21, 2023
Happy Summer Solstice and hope you're all keeping well considering this incredible heat wave that we've been experiencing in the west with seasonably atypical temperatures. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is frightening and can seem like a death sentence to both patients and loved ones. A staggering statistic is that about fifty percent of people age 85 or older are diagnosed with a cognitive impairment issue like dementia or Alzheimer's. It is the third leading cause of death next to cancer and heart disease. Worse, it's predicted that the number of people with dementia is expected to triple over the next couple of decades; according to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s is considered TYPE 3 DIABETES. To date, pharmaceutical drugs haven't altered the course of this disease and at best may minimize the symptoms for 4-12 months.
Even more devastating is news from the so called experts in this field that say there is nothing that can be done about it. This statement cannot be further from the truth! There are some approaches and lifestyle changes that can be implemented to prevent and even REVERSE the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. As someone who has experienced this diagnosis within their immediate family, this is great news! My radar is always looking for new research and preventative approaches to this condition because of my familial history. Encouraging prevention and treatment regimens are on the horizon and a couple of the research pioneers in this field of study include Dr. William J. Walsh and Dr. Dale Bredesen. There’s alot of new research coming down the pike regarding DNA Integrity…in fact our 7 future generations may not even know the words CANCER, MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTIONS according to Dr. Walsh who continues to do research in Brain Health at www.walshinstitute.org.
Dr. William J. Walsh discovered that most Alzheimer’s patients were severely depleted in zinc and autopsy studies reported a severe deficiency in Metallothionine proteins (MT). These MT proteins have many protective functions in the brain including:
- Preventing toxic metals from passing through the blood/brain barrier
- Regulation of copper levels
- Powerful antioxidant action against free radicals
MT Promotion therapy for Alzheimer’s disease is a patented formulation developed by Dr. Walsh that contains 22 nutrients. The protocol requires zinc loading of the patient followed by MT promotion therapy. For mild to moderate cases of Alzheimer’s disease, there has been promising results and I’ve seen these outcomes in my healing centres firsthand. Early intervention for cognitive decline is most important and a reliable caretaker is essential for compliance as Alzheimer patients may forget to take their prescribed capsules daily.
Our second pioneer, Dr. Dale Bredesen who wrote the book, “The End of Alzheimer’s” demonstrates that the biggest risk factor in developing this disease is whether or not you have any copies of the ApoE4 gene. Everyone has 2 copies of the ApoE gene (1 from mom, 1 from dad) and it’s either ApoE1, ApoE2, ApoE3 and ApoE4. Different combinations of these genes place you at different risk factors for Alzheimer’s, the worst being a double combo of ApoE4 This combination places you over 50% risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Sounds depressing, however in his book he outlines the lifestyle changes that can help you prevent this disease.
- Eat a low inflammatory diet, void of simple sugars (organic where possible).
- Fast for a minimum of 12 hours each night and consume the last meal at least 3 hours before bedtime.
- Diet should be plant rich and mildly ketogenic; eat fish that is wild, not farmed.
- Excercise daily.
- Sleep – avoid nocturnal hypoxia or sleep apnea (assess through a sleep clinic or use a pulse oximeter). Should read 96-99% oxygen saturation throughout the night. Sleeping 8 hours also assists in clearing away the amyloid plaques.
- Keep an eye on your copper and zinc levels.
- Limit your exposure to mold and other mycotoxins (approximately 2/3 of homes in North America have mold that is detrimental to our health)
- Limit exposure to mercury (traces can be found in adjuvants of flu vaccine).
- Curb infections especially from gum disease and cold sores (herpes simplex virus)
If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing cognitive decline, please reach out to DandiLion Healing for help. We have functionally trained Health Care Professionals & Coaches to assist you on your Self-Healing Journey!
Remember early intervention is key for success!
Wishing you all a Happy Canada Day and Independance Day! Have a wonderful summer!
Yours in Brain Health and Lifelong Mental Wellness,
Danné Mykietyn, BSc., D.H.
KETO RHUBARB CRISP
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup swerve brown sugar (erythritol)
- 3 T powdered erythritol
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp salt (1/4 tsp if using salted butter)
- 5 T melted butter
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans and walnuts (optional but adds a nice crunch)
- 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon/nutmeg
- 1T almond flour
- 1/2 cup powdered erythritol sweetener
- 1 1/2 cups finely sliced rhubarb
- 1/4 tsp xantham gum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all crust ingredients except butter. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. In another bowl, add all of your filling ingredients except xantham gum and rhubarb. Mix until smooth. Add rhubarb and xantham gum and mix until the rhubarb is well coated.
Grease an 8 x 8 dish with butter and pour half of crust mixture on bottom (even out but doesn’t have to be pressed into pan).
Pour filling over crust then top with rest of the crumble mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly browned.