Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of Dementia.
Acceptance and Caring for a father or mother or a spouse with Alzheimer disease can be the hardest of life’s tasks and on ones heart, when faced with gradually losing someone you love to someone you once knew.
IHM extends compassion and can help not only in terms of healing, but also in providing for your loved one and you, what is important during this process, such as the importance of those afflicted finding happiness and contentment in positive daily living activities and that can be shared, impart restoring the connection that poses the constant threat of loss, instead, by focusing on positive gain.
There is a significant body of evidence that neurobiofeedback computerized brain training improves the memory of patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia which can help to avert some of the symptoms of cognitive decline.
IHM facilitates prescribed Holistic Medicine for decreasing the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, reducing biofilm, spirochetes, viruses, heavy metals, brain neurotoxins, calcium regulation, regulation of NGF reducing the excessive phosphorylation of tau protein that causes increased production of neurofibrillary tangles, epigenetic histone modification HDAC, hormonal regulation and neuroprotection with progesterone, improving working memory with vinpocetine and with Neuro-biofeedback for enhancing sleep dependent memory, which is responsible for memory processing, the consolidation of new information, and for promoting healthy sleep habits. Neuro-biofeedback also modulates the immune system and strengthens the brain and body’s defense system in the prevention of infection and disease. Pretreatment with gingipain inhibitors can protect neuron cell degradation caused by Gingipains known to degrade multiple signals of the host immune response in Alzheimer.
Dementia in the elderly is an epidemic of unprecedented proportion and crisis in modern medicine. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for the majority, followed by Vascular and Lewy body types of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease dementia,with mixed pathologies being more common than not. Primarily addressed at IHM through Holistic Medicine which includes the use of indole alkaloids helpful for Degenerative and Vascular dementia, including Peptide Medicine for restoring Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) ,Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF),Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), Chelation of Aluminum, Antioxidant protection and with a focus on Environmental Medicine for reducing EMF exposure which has been reported since 1994 to be a cause of Alzheimer Disease and with recent reports showing higher risks than those reported for leukemia and other types of cancers. Including prescribed Neuro-biophysical therapies.
In Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia, the hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage; short-term memory loss and disorientation are included among the early symptoms. Non-invasive Neurofeedback with Audio and Photonic technology promotes Neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons. Neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus also plays an important role in modulating symptoms of Depression.
Photonic stimulation increases endogenous galactose to the brain, which acts as a precursor compound to glucose, which promotes better blood flow in the brain, combined with supplemental Galactose helps in removing neurotoxic compounds from the brain. Dementia is associated with dysfunction of the insulin-receptor system and decreased glucose transport in the brain cells, this is balanced through Holistic Medicine. Treatment also includes intermittent facilitation of noninvasive Low level Laser treatments for promoting blood flow to specific area’s in the brain.
Photonic stimulation for an hour a day has shown a noticeable reduction in beta amyloid in parts of the neocortex and hippocampus. IHM offers computerized brain training to patients with Alzheimer disease which incorporates Gamma Photonic stimulation built into the training program. Studies have shown Gamma frequency to attenuate amyloid load modifying the microglia.
Numerous studies have been conducted specific to neuro-biofeedback for people with Dementia, and the results have all shown significant improvements in overall memory, as well as improvement in verbal memory, verbal fluency, behavioral inhibition and visual memory.
The computerized brain training program provides neuroscientific games that keep your loved one occupied and content immersed in fun activities and that can be shared in the comfort of your own home, while training the brain and improving biological markers with improvement in cognitive skills such as procedural memory, focus, decision-making, visual-spatial skills and responsiveness.
Computerized Brain Training (CBT) includes a brain training game and comes with a wearable Neurofeedback Sensor, that helps you keep track of the brain of the user so you can view how their mind is reacting and see their progress.
IHM facilitates the use of MMSE which is the most widely used test for assessing cognitive functioning.
MMSE scores from blind studies in Neurofeedback alone for Alzheimer Disease and Dementia shows an average 32% improvement. The effect is statistically significant.
The retina nerve fiber layer at the rear of the eye thins in patients with cognitive impairment and AD, detectable with optical coherence tomography (OCT) an emerging technology delivering a three-dimensional (3D) eye scan. IHM’s Referral process works with a local Ophthalmologist from Germany currently providing OCT. Retinal Aβ plaques in the eyes of AD patients shows correlation with brain Aβ levels.
In conclusion, Regular mental stimulation is important for reducing the risk of cognitive decline in seniors. Combined with neuro-markers promises to provide new hope for Alzheimer Disease, Dementia and Cognitive Ageing in the growing older population.