Big Pharma fumbles with toxic dementia drugs while ignoring natural remedies

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 by: PF Louis
Tags: dementia drugs, side effects, health news

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(NaturalNews) Alzheimer's disease is becoming an epidemic among baby boomers. But mainstream medicine cannot reverse Alzheimer's. They do offer medications intended to make dementia more bearable, but with unbearable side effects. Meanwhile, Big Pharma's quest for patents ignores evidence of a few safe natural substances that reduce Alzheimer's.

Pharmaceuticals don't work well and create adverse effects

According to Say Ji's report on, Big Pharma's "blockbuster $4 billion Alzheimer's drug" Donepezil (trade name Aricept) has side effects that cannot be tolerated by 26% of those using it. Keep in mind that a very low percentage of adverse effects actually get reported.

Donepezil inhibitors do keep the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down completely, rendering a temporary boost in memory and cognitive function. But Donepezil products only offer temporary relief. It does not reverse or even slow the progress of Alzheimer's.

Their is another similar drug on the market, Namenda. This drug has a host of similar side effects, and it too offers only short term release with no hope for reversing or stopping Alzheimer's. Both drugs have to be taken continually for any temporary relief, but the adverse side effects make that difficult.

Side effects actually reported from both Alzheimer's disease drugs include: arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), high blood pressure, dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, reduced hearing, blurred vision, cataracts, kidney disease, heart attacks, and seizures or convulsions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) adverse drug reaction (ADR) data base was scanned for drugs causing seizure or convulsion from 1968 to 2006. Donepezil came in seventh out of ten with 8.5% of the ADR convulsions. The highest percentage was 14.5% with Maprotilene. Big Pharma's Alzheimer's solutions put one between a rock and a hard place.

Better ways to handle dementia and Alzheimer's

Obviously, the more natural courses eliminate side effects. But are they effective with something as "incurable" as Alzheimer's? The most dramatic recovery discovery came from Dr. Mary Newport, whose husband was in his late stages of Alzheimer's.

Dr. Newport had tried to get her husband, who couldn't even draw a clock from memory, into a new Alzheimer's drug trial. But she missed the cutoff date for subject volunteers. So Dr. Newport researched this new drug being tested and discovered it contained synthetic medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.

It had been determined that metabolizing MCTs produced ketones, and ketones reduced the amyloid plaque and neurofibrillary tangles found in Alzheimer's victims brains.

That's when Dr. Newport discovered coconut oil was a high source of MCTs that remained in the body longer than synthetic MCT oil. She started feeding her husband Steve coconut oil, and his changes for the better were rapid and dramatic.

Dr. Mary Newport had a book published about her experience: Alzheimer's Disease: What if There Was a Cure? Mary's experience motivated Ian and Cassie to try coconut oil for Ian's early stage of Alzheimer's. See and hear them here:

In addition to coconut oil, niacin seems to show some hope for helping dementia victims. Ian used niacin along with the coconut oil. Niacin has been used by orthomolecular (high dose supplement therapy) practitioners for a wide variety of mental disorders.

There has been considerable research done on gingko biloba to prove that it is as least as efficacious as Donepezil, but without side effects. There has also been even more research on curcuminoids (from curcumin) that have demonstrated an ability to halt Alzheimer's degenerative process without serious side effects. (Greenmedinfo, source below)

Maintaining a high omega-3 intake with B vitamins works a preventative measure and can be considered as an adjunct for treating Alzheimer's. Natural News, source below)

It's often considered wise to use more than one alternative remedy for tackling "incurable" diseases.

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