Alzheimer’s Disease: Natural Treatments Or Traditional Medicine?

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by disturbances in reasoning and impairment of memory. Those afflicted with this disease regress mentally until they eventually reach a point at which their behavior becomes similar to that of a helpless infant. Numerous doctors and scientists believe that Alzheimer's disease results from increased accumulation or production of the protein beta-amyloid, which leads to brain cell death. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal factor in the aging process, and should not be regarded as something that is sure to happen if one reaches a certain age. Many individuals live to be 100 years old and do not develop Alzheimer's disease. The Medical World's Consensus Medical institutions such as the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health promote conventional treatments such as the use of cholinesterase inhibitors, anti-anxiety and mood stabilizing medications, and even antidepressants. Additionally, in patient's who exhibit severe symptoms, psychotropic or anti-psychotic medications may be used. One will notice that when these medications are recommended by a doctor or other health care practitioner, he or she will state that the goal is to slow the progression of the disease, but little or nothing is said with regard to stopping or reversing its progression. The majority of those in the medical community adhere to a belief that Alzheimer's disease is irreversible and absolute, and even if medications help to alleviate the...

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