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Alzheimer's Reversed: Non-Drug Regimen Works in Medical Study

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A woman hands a button to another woman seated across the table from her as they work together during an art therapy program for people with Alzheimer's disease at the Chelmsford Senior Center. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images, file)

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 07:15 AM

Alzheimer's disease was reversed with a non-drug regimen during a medical study recently published in the journal Aging.

According to CBS News, the new study focused on a comprehensive, 36-point therapeutic program that involves diet changes, exercise, brain stimulation, sleep optimization, vitamins, and more.

"The existing Alzheimer’s drugs affect a single target, but Alzheimer’s disease is more complex," said Dale Bredesen, the Augustus Rose Professor of Neurology and Director of the Easton Center at UCLA, which conducted the study in conjunction with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

"Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well — the drug may have worked, a single 'hole' may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much."

By using the comprehensive regimen, 9 out of 10 study participants experienced improved memory within three to six months after beginning the program. The only participants who didn't see any improvement were those with diagnoses of late-stage Alzheimer's.

Some who participated in the study had amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), and they too saw improvement in memory retention.

According to ABC News, patients volunteering for the UCLA program "avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods . . . increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil."

The research team aims to expand their study to more subjects soon, and remain cautiously optimistic moving forward.

"At the current time the results are anecdotal, and therefore a more extensive, controlled clinical trial is warranted," Bredesen added



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