What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s is a disease characterized by dementia—the loss of cognitive processes. Generally, it occurs in people over 60, but occasionally it can occur in people much younger. At first, you might observe that your loved one has occasional forgetfulness and disorientation. These symptoms are easily confused with other forms of dementia. But Alzheimer’s is progressive and degenerative. The symptoms worsen over time. As it advances, you will notice other symptoms including irritability, mood swings, aggression and long-term memory loss. Eventually, the person with Alzheimer’s will withdraw from the world and loved ones. The average life expectancy of someone with Alzheimer’s is approximately seven years after diagnosis.
Why did it happen?
Although the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, recent evidence points to both genetic and environmental factors. In particular, current research indicates that Alzheimer’s may be the response of a person who is genetically predisposed to oxidative stress at the biochemical level, in which the body’s cells produce highly toxic “free radicals”. These react in the presence of metals such as copper and iron, causing damage and destruction of brain tissue.
What can be done for my loved one in the early stages of Alzheimer’s?
There is no cure. But a revolutionary nutrient-based therapy may help to limit occasional memory loss in the early stage of the disease. The patented approach was developed by the Pfeiffer Treatment Center to target and improve impaired cognitive functioning of children with autism. Because Alzheimer’s and autism share common characteristics of oxidative stress and imbalanced metal metabolism, Pfeiffer has begun to use this therapy to aid the improvement of early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Results have been extremely promising
Will this therapy help my loved one in the later stages of the disease?
Unfortunately it will not. This therapy appears to stabilize only mild, early-stage symptoms including occasional forgetfulness and disorientation.
Does this therapy replace the need for medication?
Bio-nutrient therapy may not replace the need for medication. However, because this type of therapy specifically targets improving neurotransmitter function, often it enables patients to reduce the dosage of their medications with their doctor’s supervision.
How do I get started?
Take the first step toward helping your loved one who is demonstrating the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Call the Pfeiffer Center for Alzheimer’s Care for an appointment with one of our medical practitioners.