The United States Medicare system projects that it will cost over $52 trillion caring for the chronic diseases of the aging baby boomers … unless cost-effective preventative measures are taken, this will bankrupt the nation.
Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
Over 5.4 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The incidence doubles with every 5 years beyond age 65. An additional 1.5 million people are affected by Parkinson’s, along with nearly 1 million with other dementias. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that this has a huge financial cost on society for treatment and nursing home care, along with the emotional toll on the victim and his or her family. These tragic diseases threaten to bankrupt not only the family, but the nation itself.
There are many genetic and environmental risks that lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the other dementias, but early recognition and natural preventative measures have been shown to delay and even halt their progression. Following are 6 tips that can be used to reduce the risks of dementias based on research from the past few years.
1) Increase vitamin D
Macrophages need to remove amyloid-β protein from the brain to avoid tau entanglement formations according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Volume 29, Number 1. This process is dependant on an adequate supply of vitamin D. While the minimum recommended daily allotment has recently been increased to 400 IU, this should probably be increased to 1000 to 2000 IU daily to achieve this purpose.
2) Increase omega-3 consumption
The increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids not only reduced death by strokes and heart attacks by 19% to 45%, it reduced the risk of dementia by 40 to 50% according to research published in the December 2010 issue of Nutrition Reviews, Volume 68. In addition, the May 2, 2012 edition of Neurology reports that the consumption of omega-3s reduces the production of β-amyloid proteins of Alzheimer’s by 37%. The safest form of omega-3s is from molecularly distilled cold water fish oil as most fish have become contaminated with mercury and dioxins from pollution. Most adults need to consume 2000 to 3000 milligrams per day of combined EPA and DHA.
3) Take a quality, food-based multi-vitamin/mineral supplement
Many vital nutrients are missing due to food processing and growing food in depleted soils. A quality supplement can help replace these lost nutrients.
4) Keep active
There is truth in the old adage: move it or lose it. Keeping active has been shown to slow the progression of dementia. This often becomes difficult in the elderly because they “ache all over” or “just don’t feel good”. Chronic stress on spinal joints from poor posture and old injuries leads to chronic inflammation, which can result in arthritis. As the spinal joints become stiffer and misaligned, they can also irritate the spinal nerves, causing other problems depending on what body systems the nerves control. Spinal adjustments by a Doctor of Chiropractic can increase the spinal movement, decrease the aches and pains, and allow the nerves to work properly.
5) Cold laser
Brain aging is related to the accumulation of inflammation, oxidative damage to the cells, reduced metabolism, and possibly mitochondrial failure. Those with Alzheimer’s show decreased levels of the enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase in the plasma. This causes inadequate anti-oxidant enzymatic activity to counteract the production of free radicals in the cellular mitochondria. Research has shown that Low Level Laser Therapy(cold laser) increases the production of these critical enzymes.
6) Lose the extra weight
A study was published in Neurology on March 26, 2008 showing that central obesity (in the abdomen) during midlife increased the incidence of dementia by three times 30 years later. This dementia was independent of the increased cardiovascular and diabetes symptoms that also appeared. Obesity was defined as a caliper measurement from the front of the abdomen to the back exceeding 25 centimeters. Peripheral obesity (in the arms and legs) had no effect on the risk of dementia.
Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at http://www.all-about-wellness.com.
About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP
Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email jgmoellendorf (at) itol (dot) com, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.