The ‘business’ of dementia

Treating those afflicted by  dementia costs a lot of money. Is this cost necessary? Examining this treatment cost as you would examine a business cost can help to put this cost of treatment in perspective.

Where goes the money involved in this treatment? Untold millions go to the doctors who treat patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the family doctors, internists, neurologists and all the other medical specialists who are so necessary to treat these unfortunate patients. Add in the nurses, therapists and other medical care workers participating in their care, plus the chronic care institutions housing them, including hospitals and hospice care organizations: These treatment costs are huge.

Add to these expenses the cost incurred by the loved ones who guard and care for dementia sufferers, including the cost of the salaries they must miss in providing this care. These costs cannot be tabulated but I know they are significant, often overwhelming, and drain the savings of the caregivers.  Now add in what it costs the wonderful volunteers who freely give of their time to help care for the demented.  Further, add the cost of the organizations who collect charity dollars to fund patient care and and to fund research into diseases of damaged nerves, dollars that could be channelled to other illnesses if dementia was less expensive to treat

Treating the sufferers of dementia is ultra-expensive, both to society which must help pay these bills and to the involved people, both the sufferers and the caregivers. Please understand, I am not arguing against spending this money: These costs must be paid or we and our society are unjust and uncaring. We would be a society without a heart.

However, we can emulate businesses. When they encounter expenses that can lead to bankruptcy, they ask; “Can we continue our business in a less costly manner and with no loss in the quality of our work?” With these diseases of damaged nerves we can ask ourselves, “Can we care for these sufferers in a less costly manner and with no loss in the quality of our treatment?’ I firmly believe there is a way and I authored Retaining the Mind to advance it. We need to place the treatment  in the hands of the sufferers. Let them treat themselves. It costs far less and there is no loss in the quality of their treatment.

I had these thoughts in mind as I reviewed the work of medical practitioners including medical doctors, chiropractors and others  who are in businesses treating people with dementia. Each claims great success in slowing the onset or even reversing dementia. I cannot evaluate the success or failure in this worthy pursuit but let’s assume they are successful. Among the many treatment modalities they provide is, changing the diet. Perhaps, this diet change is the most important treatment they provide, leading to the success they claim. Actually, I think this diet change is the major reason they are seeing their clients’ improvements .

In my medical practice, in my hundreds of patients suffering nerve damage,  I suggested the diet changes that reduced consumption of the foods and beverages that damage and kill nerves. The results were outstanding. My patients’ improvement was superb. This same diet reversed and now controls my Alzheimer’s dementia. Its power can convert horrendous diseases, costing horrendous amounts of money, into a self-help disease that the sufferer can control simply by choosing what foods and beverages she or he eats and drinks. Thats why I authored Retaining the Mind, to tell people how to change their diets.

I know this diet change will not work for everyone but I firmly believe it will provide relief for most people afflicted by nerve damage, wherever the damage occurs in the body, including the brain.  It can convert diseases costing society billions of dollars into diseases that are controlled by the afflicted with the aid of a book. It can lower the expense of each sufferer from the many thousands of dollars required for diagnosis and treatment to just the price of this book, Retaining the Mind.

For yourself, if you suspect that you suffer dementia, before launching into far more complicated and expensive treatment, first try the book!

Dementia affects all nerves

One unified system

The best known of the diseases that damage nerves in the brain is Alzheimer’s disease. But,  it is not the only dementia. Among other nerve-damaging diseases are vascular and frontotemporal dementias and the dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. They can all degrade speech, thinking and purposeful activity. They are all horrendous and disabling,

 

We possess other nerves that are not in the brain: They also are susceptible to damage and death. They include nerves of the arms and legs with the nerves in the arms leading to muscle weakness in the muscles of the upper extremity.  The nerves to the legs are particularly susceptible to damage, resulting in the numbness and weakness of the feet and lower legs that destroys the sense of balance that these nerves provide, forcing the use of canes, walkers and wheelchairs. This nerve destruction in the legs is especially marked in people with pre-diabetes and diabetes and is considered a reason for diabetic lower extremity infections that sometimes lead to amputation.

 

The above list of nerve destruction in various body parts is nowhere near complete. However, I hope they give you the idea that when we discuss any particular disease, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s dementias—or numb feet or stumbling—we are really discussing a wide-spread damage of the nervous system. I strongly believe that when a nerve disease, like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, or vascular or frontotemporal dementia, afflicts one part of our nervous system, in this case the brain, it is also affecting every other nerve in the body.

 

Comparing our nervous system to a tree may help you understand my point. The trunk of the tree is attached to all the leaves on the tree through the branches, even the smallest leaf on the branch at the greatest distance from the trunk. The tree is all one unit, an integrated whole. Our nervous system is like this tree, one unit, an integrated whole, with the brain attached to every nerve in the body, even the nerves furthest from it such as the nerves of the feet. Although we may notice disease in only one part of the nervous system, the whole nervous system is involved in disease.

 

My next blog and a request for help

In my next blog, I will return to this subject and discuss the reason for regarding the nervous system as a unified, integrated whole. In the meantime, help me spread the good news that dementia can be controlled and reversed. I know it can be reversed as I have experienced this reversal and want to help others to recover thought, speech and purposeful activity. If you are aware of a group that would profit from this news, please have them contact me through my website, www.drwwalsh.com.

This website also contains several other blogs and my speech that supplements the information in my book, Retaining the Mind. 

Fighting Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease destroys the mind and then steals away life. This is a dread disease but it can be controlled and reversed. I did it and, with my help, you may be able to do the same.

 

The National Institute on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls Alzheimer’s disease “irreversible” and “progressive” and always deadly. If the NIH describes Alzheimer’s disease as progressive, irreversible and deadly, why am I telling you that you can resist this bleak fate and even recover? Much of the damage to in dementia arises from the foods and beverages we eat and drink. Changing our diet gives us a magnificent chance of recovery.It may allow you to recover your ability to think, talk and care for yourself.

 

As an allergist I diagnosed and treated hundreds of patients who suffered from the foods they ate and the beverages they drank. From them I learned which foods contribute to the brain destruction called dementia. I also have personal experience with this horrible disease because I suffer from Alzheimer’s and I have learned to fight it. I changed my diet and it worked. In Retaining the Mind, I tell you about my battle with Alzheimer’s disease and the diet that helped me fight this battle.

 

If you suffer diseases of nerve deterioration such as Alzheimer’s, or any of the other dementias including the dementia accompanying Parkinson’s diseases, you have choices. You can deteriorate gracefully, surrounded by family and friends as your thinking, conversation and self-care slowly wither away. And die bravely. Or, you can follow the treatment I describe in Retaining the Mind, the treatment I used to find my path to recovery from this nerve-destroying monster.