Alzheimer's & Dementia: Prevention, Treatment & Misdiagnosis

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Nearly half of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, don't actually have it.
Air Date: 1/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 — A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.
  • Book Title: Real Cause, Real Cure
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrJTeitelbaum
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Prevention, Treatment & Misdiagnosis
Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from dementia, of which 5 million have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

But guess what? Of those 5 million, only 2.5 million actually have the disease.

In fact, 30-50 percent of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's receive a misdiagnosis, which has been proven by autopsy reports.

Are there ways to prevent dementia?

Awareness is key. Make sure you pay attention to your blood work. People with an under-active thyroid are at risk, as are those who are low in testosterone and low in folic acid.

One of the best things you do is to consume curcumin. Omega-3s are also essential.

In terms of your brain, the phrase "use it or lose it" is right on. You must constantly challenge your brain in order to ward off the effects of dementia.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, joins Andrea and Lisa to share more information about dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as ways to prevent (and treat) disorders of the mind.

He also discusses elements of his recent study, the M.I.N.D. Protocol.

For information on enrolling in Dr. Teitelbaum's study, please leave a voicemail at 410-573-5389.