In medicine, not all memory loss is Alzheimer’s, and not all Alzheimer’s is Alzheimer’s. When I was in training, what I was taught was that Alzheimer’s disease is very rare. By definition, it cannot occur in anybody over the age of 55. That’s what Louie Alzheimer said when he first described the disease. It could also be called pre-senile dementia or dementia precox. All those names were used in the medical literature. Then over 55, you had to use the term senile dementia, not pre-senile dementia.
A lot of what is called Alzheimer’s disease today is actually what scientifically should be referred to as Alzheimer’s senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. It’s not real Alzheimer’s. Today the terms are used interchangeably.
There are other memory losses, such as mild cognitive impairment, age-related cognitive decline – I’m still trying to figure out what that is. In my practice today, which is a very eclectic practice of integrative medicine, memory issues and brain fog are the third commonest complaint that I hear past fatigue, aches and pains. And we’re now hearing it in teenagers.
Recently, we’ve had individuals in their 20’s come into our clinic who have experienced strokes. Of course, when you have a stroke, you go right to the emergency room and the machine jumps all over you. What they’re doing is looking for something to operate on. They didn’t find anything. When we ran circulation testing on them they both had advanced microvascular disease in their brains. We recently had a 15 year old we did circulation testing on, and she had microvascular disease in her brain. This is an epidemic problem. The system is not dealing with it. They’re not understanding what’s going on. There are other syndromes – Pick’s syndrome, Louie body dementia, Huntington’s disease, supranuclear palsy – there’s a whole bunch of them. There is no treatment specifically for them.
When I was in research, you could pretty much divide all scientists into two groups. They’re either lumpers or they’re splitters – they’re either looking for the final common denominator or they’re dividing everything up into so many things that nobody can make sense out of anything. That’s what is happening here. If you go to these folks with Pick’s, or Louie Body, or Huntington’s, how can they treat it? They can’t do anything. What difference does it make what you call it?
People who come to see me – are they having cognitive or memory problems? I don’t care about the label that’s being put on them. Potential causes of memory loss. This is going to come back to how I treat them. Again, we are back to a language problem. What do you mean by cause? You go back to Aristotle, who was the Macedonian genius who defined what “cause” means in Western thinking. Aristotle said, “There are four causes to anything.” There is a material cause, a formal cause, a final cause, and an occasional cause; so, what kind of cause are we talking about? We’re back to language. Specific causes that lead to noetic memory loss today are neurotransmitter loss. This is mainly what the establishment is looking at with the drugs they use.
There are other causes. There are structural causes. For instance, you can have the neurofibrillatory tangles that supposedly are specific for Alzheimer’s, but have now been described in heart patients who have no memory loss. That’s supposed to be specific for Alzheimer’s disease. You can have a subdural hematoma. You can have all kinds of structural problems. You can have a brain tumor.
There are also genetic problems. A gene for something is a potential. The environment has to act on the gene for it to manifest. So when someone says it’s genetic, to me, it’s like a scientific copout, because something in the environment has to activate the gene. Otherwise, it doesn’t manifest. So you can say people have genetic tendencies to Alzheimer’s. This is a big field in research, which is about money. There are no treatments. That’s what they’re doing – they’re looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They’re looking for the patent, or the drug, or the procedure that they can patent.
Other causes of memory loss:
• Toxic causes. For instance, gluten sensitivity, lead, and mercury.
• Nutritional causes. The lack of vitamin B-12, folic acid and vitamin D
• Hormonal causes. Ask any woman who goes through menopause about the brain fog that they experience. Males go through andropause. Testosterone has shown that.
• There are individuals who have hypothyroid issues; they have memory problems.
• There are immune problems, which can cross over to the infectious problems.
These causes were poo-pooed by the establishment until they ran into prions, which is a new form of life that doesn’t contain DNA. There are other infectious and immune problems – AIDS patients get dementia, as well as people who are put on immunosuppressive drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease. In the TV ads, the rapid talking about how this drug can kill you, bankrupt you – these pharmaceuticals can activate viruses in your body and can compromise your health.