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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.
 
Comments
Jul. 11, 2013 6:12 am
Prayers coming your way at this difficult time. Thank you for sharing the results of your research.
 
Jul. 11, 2013 2:05 pm
I'm so happy you are exploring alternate health care. When you find reputable sources the information is priceless. I believe there is a time and place for traditional medicine but traditional medicine also causes other problems. So hard the journey of ageing gracefully and taking care of the body and mind. I hope you find the strength you need through all this. I believe taking care of our parents is more challenging emotionally so take care of yourself as well.
 
Jul. 11, 2013 4:31 pm
I am glad you are able to investigate better methods of caring for your mother. I live in a community with four large nursing homes and it is so sad to see the dementia patients decline. They are clean and well tended but as their minds wither so do their bodies.
 
 
 
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I breed large parrots, like to write, raise most of our veggies, completed my AS degree at 65, enjoy cooking specialty dishes and baking bread. I have done extensive study of cooking and eating healthy. A few years ago, I started researching healthy eating for my parrots, and it has since changed focus to the diet of my family. At this point, I make all of our bread using fresh milled flour that I make. We eat primarily pastures fed meats and eggs, and I make many of our condiments. We also avoid GMO foods and ingredients as much as possible. Since my 93 year old mother has moved in with us, we have eliminated the 10 medications she was on, and her physical and mental condition has improved considerably. I totally believe that we are what we eat. What is really best for us is a constant learning experience.
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I get bored with cooking daily meals, but enjoy making specialty and new dishes. I also enjoy baking breads from scratch using freshly ground flour made from various grains that I buy in bulk.
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One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
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My latest cooking tragedy was recovered with some effort. I made the Navy Bean and Ham soup that I posted and after the cooking time, much of the liquid had evaporated. I was tired when it finished and put it into containers and froze it as it was. The next day we had it for dinner and it was way too thick. As much as I didn't feel like it, I thawed 8 containers of the soup, added more broth, and repackaged it for freezing. It was really a pain, but I'm glad I did it. The finished soup was so much better.
 
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