COVID-19 & Alzheimer’s Connection

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COVID-19 & Alzheimer’s Connection

A wide range of non-respiratory problems are being reported in connection to COVID-19.  CBN Health Reporter Lorie Johnson reports that up to 60% of COVID patients developed a neurological issue.  According to neurologist Dr. Dale Bredesen, these included stroke, loss of smell, loss of taste, and Guillain-Barre syndrome (a reversible paralysis syndrome).  Other issues are encephalitis, muscle pains and headaches.  Often these issues go away, but some like stroke have effects that can be permanent.  Could COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s have a connection?

Dr. Bredesen states there is a lot of ongoing speculation whether there will be post-COVID Alzheimer’s or post-COVID Parkinsonism or other phenomena.  COVID-19 is definitely different from other viruses and has even been called diabolical.  It doesn’t just affect the lungs.  Significantly, there are issues with the heart and the brain.  COVID’s long term  effects are yet to be seen.

COVID & Stroke

COVID often causes blood clotting.  Particularly, a stroke can happen when a blood clot blocks an artery supplying blood to the brain.  It’s important to note that young people may not realize they’re having a stroke.  Due to the blood clotting problem, many doctors are now giving low dose heparin or other blood thinners to those who test positive for COVID-19.

Be aware of stroke signs – face drooping, arm weakness, and garbled speech.  Obviously, if you notice any of these signs, get to a Level 1 stroke center as soon as possible.  Every minute millions of brain cells die when you’re having a stroke.  Before you are in an emergency situation, search online or call nearby hospitals to determine where Level 1 stroke centers are located in your area.

COVID & Nursing Home Residents

nursing home residentPeople in nursing homes make up 1% of the population, but nearly half of all coronavirus deaths.  For this reason, much attention is now being given to that population.  Particularly, nursing homes are being supplied with PPE (personal protection equipment) and the rapid tests needed for coronavirus.  Furthermore, nursing homes are required to report to the state if there are 3 or more cases.  Then, the state can intervene.

Additionally, Lorie Johnson says we really need to pray for people in nursing homes.  They haven’t had visitors in up to six months and are very isolated.  Also, Lorie suggests residents seek the Lord Jesus.  If they do, certainly they will find Him.  Without a doubt, He will give them the comfort, peace and joy needed during this pandemic.

Fight COVID – Keep Your Immune System Strong

Unfortunately, as we age, our immune system is not as robust as when we were younger.  Making it worse are underlying conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, COPD, asthma and congestive heart failure.  A strong immune system comes from good gut health.  Probiotics and a good diet promote a healthy gut.  In light of this, try to avoid antibiotics, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed food.  As Pat Robertson the host of CBN says, we need to take care of ourselves.  The government can only do what it can to help us.

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abbreviation for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
a type of dementia and a progressive disease of the brain that slowly causes impairment in memory and cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease happens when the brain tries to protect itself from three metabolic and toxic threats: 1 - Inflammation (from infection, diet or other causes) 2 - Decline and shortage of supportive nutrients, hormones and other brain-supporting molecules 3 - Toxic substances such as metals or biotoxins (poisons produced by microbes such as molds) The protective response causes APP (Amyloid Precursor Protein, the long molecule that protrudes from neurons) to be cut into four fragments, including amyloid-beta, that downsize the neural network and eventually destroy synapses and neurons. When the APP molecule is cut into those four pieces, it is not cut into the two pieces that nourish and maintain synapses. Alzheimer's disease is a state of the brain in which there is an imbalance between the reorganization of synapses that have outlived their usefulness (and which the brain can stand to lose - healthy destruction) and the maintenance or creation of existing and new synapses (which the brain needs to sustain old memories and form new ones, as well as perform other cognitive functions). That imbalance  comes from too many  of the synapse- and neuron-destroying quartet  of molecules snipped from APP and too few  of the synapse- and neuron-sustaining duo  of molecules snipped from APP.
abbreviation for apolipoprotein E, a gene variant (allele) which is a protein that carries lipids – i.e. fats. Carrying one ApoE4 (inherited from one parent) increases your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s to 30 percent. Carrying two copies (from both parents) increases it to 50 to 90 percent. That compares to a risk of only about 9 percent in those who carry zero copies of this allele.
abbreviation for Amyloid Precursor Protein, the long molecule that protrudes from neurons
metabolic and genetic testing that identifies cognitive decline or what may be putting you at risk for it
umbrella term for a group of symptoms (a syndrome) without a definitive diagnosis. Dementia is a group of symptoms that affect mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. (Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia.)
Early Alzheimer’s Disease
an early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and uncommon form of dementia that typically affects those under the age of 65
Functional Medicine
a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease
carrying 1 copy of the ApoE4 genetic variant
carrying 2 copies of the ApoE4 genetic variant
Integrative Medicine
healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
Ketoflex 12/3
anti-Alzheimer’s diet to include at least 12 hours of fasting, with the first 3 hours of that fast starting after dinner. It is largely plant based, but flexible as it does allow for small amounts of meat or fish.
Mild Cognitive Impairment
MCT oil
an abbreviation for medium chain triglyceride (a saturated fat) which is found in coconut oil.  Alzheimer's impairs the brain's ability to use sugar.  An MCT ketogenic diet offers an alternative energy source:  ketones.  This allows brain cells to survive better, blocking a receptor in the brain that causes memory loss.
Subjective Cognitive Impairment – a precursor to MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment)
The Bredesen ProtocolTM
treatment program developed by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen to prevent and reverse cognitive decline (also known as The ReCODE ProtocolTM)

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