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.