Dementia, Altzheimer's, and Hope

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Dr. Mensink on the Jaz McKay Radio Show Bakersfield

On this episode of the Jaz McKay Radio show, Dr. Jan Mensink M.D., the senior physician at The Practice in Bakersfield, discusses the common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and also reveals to listeners several things that can be done naturally to help protect against getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia and accounts for between 60-80 percent of the cases. After age 65, 1 in 8 people will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.

Listen to the mp3 of the program below…

Some common symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s are:

  • memory loss that is disrupting your daily life
  • problems with solving problems or planning things
  • difficulty completing a familiar task
  • getting confused with time or with where you are
  • trouble understanding spatial relationships
  • trouble identifying things
  • visual or auditory hallucinations
  • speaking or writing new concepts
  • misplacing things and you cannot go back and retrace your steps
  • poor judgment
  • withdrawing from work or social activities
  • personality changes

But Dr. Mensink also discusses some things that you can do today to protect yourself against dementia or Altzheimer’s in the future. Nothing is guaranteed, but they are easy and worthwhile things to try.

  • Certain kinds of mushrooms can increase acetylcholine 10-40%
  • Flavinoids and Camomille can also increase acetylcholine
  • Avoid Nutrasweet and other artificial sweeteners
  • Lithium can protect the brain (30mg/day)
  • Treat all serotonin and dopamine deficiencies such as depression, and addictions
  • Sleep well and Exercise a bit each day
  • Stop smoking and lower cholesterol
  • Take Essential Fatty Acids such as fish oils
  • Optimize Thyroid performance
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Increase folic acid levels
  • Selenium – eat a Brazil nut daily
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