Some Progress, but a Long Way to Go
Jul. 11, 2013 2:50 am
Updated: Jul. 11, 2013 4:31 pm
I want to thank everyone that has been so supportive, and also know that so many others have, or are, facing similar situations with loved ones. This is so hard for me because my mother has always been my mentor. She was the one person that I could talk
to throughout my life that understood and didn't judge me for poor decisions. Even as a teenager, when other kids couldn't talk to their parents, my mother always kept an open mind and helped me through with understanding and compassion. She has always been
an extremely smart person and excelled at anything she did. To see her in this condition hurts me so much, and it also makes me realize my vulnerability in the aging process. The more I research, the more it scares me.
A friend of mine recently recommended a book that I got the Amazon Kindle version. It's called
"The Better Brain Book". This book had made more sense to me than anything I have read so far. It has been written by a neurologist that believes that diet and sometimes supplements can preserve and even heal the brain. I haven't finished the whole book, but
so far, it makes a lot of sense. Everything is explained very logically, and all of it, so far, agrees with other research that I have done. For all of you that are facing similar problems that I am with a love one, this book may be very helpful for you. It
may also help you to help yourself to avoid dementia.
As an update for my mother, I started her on a supplement of coconut oil and MCT oil, and witnessed almost an immediate improvement of her alertness and time awake. This whole thing is a "hit and miss". Each thing that I find out about, there are no tests
to find out it this may be the solution.
Calcium mismanagement could be a part of the problem. This has nothing to do with calcium in the body or the amount of calcium consumed, but has to do with the way that calcium is used by the brain. If the calcium is mismanaged by the brain, it makes holes
in the neurons and leaks into them. This can kill the neurons.
The energy source of the brain is normally sucrose, but the sucrose receptors can become defective so that sucrose cannot be use as an energy source. In this case, brain cells die because they don't have an energy source. In this case, MCTs can be used as an
alternate energy source.
I have researched a number of so-called brain supplements. Many include the correct nutrients, but for the most part, the amounts of each nutrient falls short of the recommended dosage to get any benefit. In addition, each nutrient is specific to the particular
deficiency or problem of each individual. Since there are no test to determine the needs for each individual, we are limited to the trial and error routine,. At least in my mother's case, there isn't a lot of time to play around with all of this.
At this point, she still can't eat any solid foods. So getting nutritious foods into her with pureed foods that taste good is challenging, We have made some progress on her mobility, and she is starting to walk on her own again. She has become more continent,
and accidents are rare, even in the night. She is trying to talk more and getting out more words and phrases.