Alzheimer's Disease: CAM Therapies for
- A study of Alzheimer's patients indicated
that music therapy
enhanced memory of past events and improved mood.
- Human clinical studies of the antioxidant
enzyme SOD are still
at a very early stage, but some researchers claim it slows the aging process
and has potential in treating Alzheimer's disease. SOD supplements are sold
commercially in oral form, but consumers should be aware that oral SOD products
are completely destroyed in the gut.
- Claims for the steroid hormone DHEA include alleviating Alzheimer's disease.
- Ginkgo biloba has been promoted for some time as a
treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and recent studies indicate that it does
have potential benefit in slowing progression of the disease. There is a
reported cross-allergy with poison ivy.
- Evidence has been discovered of a
specific mutated gene,
a beta-amyloid precursor, that induces Alzheimer's disease in laboratory
animals and offers new insights into a potential intervention for this dreaded
and increasingly common disease.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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