I’ve written several times in recent months about my and Dr. Daley’s upcoming book: Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss and MCI: The Latest Science for Prevention and Treatment. We finally launched the book on Amazon.com and it is now available. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Alzheimers-Memory-Science-Prevention-Treatment/dp/1470030470/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343166651&sr=1-1&keywords=Alzheimer%27s%2C+Memory+Loss%2C+and+MCI+The+Latest+Science+for+Prevention+and+Treatment
We believe the program described in our book offers true hope for many of the 5.4 million Americans currently suffering from Alzheimer’s (AD) and millions more who would like to prevent it. Here’s why:
We spent an entire year researching the scientific literature for six prime components:
1. The mechanisms underlying the accumulation of beta amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles
2. The enzyme systems and other biochemistry behind both of these pathologic structures
3. What factors were instrumental in propelling these enzyme systems forward
4. What factors, alone or in combination, were shown effective at mitigating those processes
5. The role these two pathologic structures play in the destruction of brain cells
6. Other accompanying processes that also contribute to brain cell loss: oxidative stress, glycation and inflammation
We identified nine biochemical avenues, seven of which are destructive to brain cells and two of which are nurturing or protective.
We identified 33 elements among lifestyle change, nutritional supplements, crucial bioidentical hormone replacement and a few highly effective prescription medications (none of which are FDA approved for Alzheimer’s!), all of which influence one or more of these nine avenues – either to inhibit the destructive avenues or promote and support those nurturing avenues.
Each of these elements, by itself, has proven efficacy. Some, when used in combination, have demonstrated additive value. Yet, remarkably, no one has ever assembled all 33 elements into one comprehensive treatment program. In this book, we describe such a program and reduce it to six steps that can be taken by a motivated Alzheimer’s (AD) or MCI (mild cognitive impairment or pre-Alzheimer’s) patient or anyone who would like to prevent AD.
Our book describes in great detail exactly what to do to put these 33 elements to use for healing. This program puts the patient back in the driver’s seat – in control of the most effective modalities available today that we believe can slow, very possibly arrest and even possibly reverse Alzheimer’s, particularly if begun in the early stages of the disease.
What choice do AD victims and their families have today? They can rally around the cause, read books of touching stories and articles about the hope of new research and look to the community for palliative support. Or they can DO SOMETHING: apply themselves to a science-backed comprehensive program with a goal of actually impacting their disease and enhancing their lives. We feel very strongly about our book and implore you to use it, teach it and let others know about it. May you know success.David Leonardi, M.D. CNS, ABAAM