Some of you might already know that I lost my mom to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in 2005. She was diagnosed in the year 2000, but we knew something wasn’t’ right several years before that.
To try to help her, I threw myself into the research in brain science. I was already doing tons of research and health and exercise, so I was familiar with things that were good for the brain (which also happened to be things that are good for the heart), but I focused more on brain science to see if there was anything I could do to help her.
Back then, there wasn’t enough research to come up with the right kind of plan, so I really couldn’t help her much. Medical “wisdom” at the time concluded that AD was not fixable or reversible, but there were some drugs that could slow it down. These drugs had pretty nasty side effects though, so it really wasn’t a good solution.
After she passed, I kept studying the research because what I had already learned from 1999 to 2005 was that new discoveries were coming out every day, so I figured there was hope that somebody would come up with something better than what the current Western medical “wisdom” was telling us.
I’m glad I stayed buried in the research since 1999 (and I will never stop) because what I have learned through all those years is astonishing.
The knowledge we are gaining now about AD and the brain seems to be exponential because I have learned more in the last two years than I had in the previous 17 years. It was actually in 2016 that the conclusion about AD being reversible was made!
We also now know that AD can be prevented (even in those individuals who have the genetic predisposition for it) and that AD can be slowed down or even stopped in those individuals who have it.
If you are wondering what the signs of AD and other forms of dementia might be, see my article on that by clicking here.
I could fill a thousand-page book with what I’ve learned since throwing myself into the research, but I’ve boiled it down to my top five tips for preventing, slowing, stopping, or ever even reverse AD and other forms of dementia.
If you follow all five of the recommendations below carefully every day, it is my opinion that you will never get AD. If you already have it (or any other kind of dementia), you can reverse it, especially if you are in the early stages when you are more likely to be willing and able to follow them.*
If you follow only four of these recommendations carefully and closely every day, you might still be able to reverse it, but can almost surely prevent it, slow it down, or stop it.
If you follow just three of these recommendations carefully and closely every day, you will be doing better than most people, so your chances are better than theirs, but it might not be enough to prevent, slow or reverse AD and other forms of dementia.
Here are the live links listed in the graphic above:
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* I mention “willing and able to follow” these suggestions because most people with AD aren’t even willing to admit they have it, so they will probably also be resistant about following any steps to prevent, treat, or reverse it. This is one of the interesting characteristics of AD – that most victims vehemently deny they have it and don’t even want to discuss it, which makes working on it quite difficult since the first step that needs to happen before the work can start, is to accept it and then face it down through implementing strategies like these. Other forms of dementia don’t seem to include this characteristic of denial or defensiveness. In fact, when people have other forms of dementia, they sometimes even joke about having it. Those people also are usually more willing to start and maintain an aggressive program to fight dementia and even reverse it.
Final note: Oxygen to the brain is listed as #1 above for good reason. Plaques, tangles, and other correlations of AD hate oxygen, so get O2 in your brain! Exercise is the best way to do this and if you were to choose the best form of exercise, it would be high-intensity training – to your individual tolerance level – like X Gym because of it’s controlled nature and heavy nerve training emphasis (learning and games), along with the inherent oxygen uptake benefits. X Gym style training also helps with sleep because of the chemical changes in the body and stress release. Additionally, X Gym personal training and group training provides a social component, so 4 of the 5 points in the infographic above are covered with X Gym training. Finally, X Gym members get nutrition guidance, so if that is also followed, all five are covered!
It might sound like I’m trying to sell you on X Gym training here, but I’m not. I’m only explaining why it is so good for preventing and treating AD and the reason for all that is because the inventor (me) has extensive personal experience with AD, which has drastically affected the development of the X Gym program. For those who can’t go to an X Gym, the second-best form of exercise is dancing because it also increases oxygen uptake, but also involves a major social component as well as strong coordination/nerve learning. A close third place is Tai Chi because of its intensive nerve training benefits and if done with others, has social benefits as well.