The Cure To Dementia – A Beverage?

For the pest few months, I have been keeping up with a couple of secular contributors on the web platform Patheos. Though the website is primarily inhabited by the theisticly inclined (primarily Christians, being it is hosted in the US), there are other voices in the mix as well (including some secular).

The ad network that the Patheos platform as a whole utilizes however, is interesting, and unlike any other that I have been tracked by elsewhere. Its obviously tailored to the majority user base of the platform (Christians).
But since it pays the bills, I don’t mind seeing pro Jesus this or that within contributor email newsletters, or within articles. Even this blog has some advertising in it (at least in my earlier posts. In later years they seem to have gone away, oddly enough).

Anyway, advertising is one thing. I just ignore it, like all the other white noise in life. However, there is typical advertising (which is increasingly becoming intertwined with legitimate content, but that is another matter altogether). And then there is this.

Again, I have never seen this ad ANYWHERE else before, aside from Patheos. I suspect it may be common on more Christian oriented platforms. But as you may have guessed, I rarely ever browse those.

My curiosity is peaked, however. Though I don’t normally click these things, I decided to investigate this one. I was brought here, and shown a video.

https://pro.nutritionandhealing.com/p/NAH170124A/LNAHT347/?h=true

And now, some digging.

 Lets start with Christine O’Brien, supposedly a researcher for “one of America’s top doctors”. Their bosses name? For them to know, and us to dig up, apparently.

Unfortunately, its a quite common name (if its a real one). From an obituary in a small town to high positions all over the map, there are many to find. However, we do know one thing from the video. Were not looking for someone of authority. Were looking for someone working for an authority. Makes things a bit murkier, but none the less a lead.

And we have a possible lead. She (or someone using the pseudonym, possibly the same person in both instances) has written a few articles on a website called Healthier Talk. Her short bio within the articles tells us this:

Christine O’Brien is an alternative health reporter dedicated to researching and writing about natural health.

Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.

Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.

Bingo.

Since the video I was directed to from the ad is hosted on the Nutrition & Healing (looks to be an alternative health publication. Naturally) website, it seems that I am on the right track. She is real, as is her mysterious boss . . . a Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld.

First off, her boss.

Here is a small snippet of what he says about himself, straight from the horses mouth.

For nearly 35 years Dr. Rothfeld has helped patients identify and conquer the true underlying causes of diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. His cutting-edge research into neurological diseases is creating exciting new avenues of treatment for seniors struggling with everything from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s disease.

http://nutritionandhealing.com/about/

I’m sure he has.

Either way, it looks like he has a practice in Waltham Massachusetts. He has few reviews, though he seems to have quite a web presence (in the alternative health scene). The books alone are quite something, boasting claims such as this:

The Atlas of Natural Cures is the incredible program that provides you the medicinal mushroom compound that can save you from 4 out of the 5 most common cancers, using the power of your immune system. This mushroom extract “switches on” the most powerful cancer-fighting system in nature…It’s blessedly free of side effects since it’s your immune system killing cancer instead of an external poison. It seems to work on any cancer, with research on cells from liver, colon, skin, breast, and lung cancers, multiple myelomas, leukemia, melanoma and more…This program is the proven method that works so well. This program will reverse your disease and also help you to live the healthy longer life are starting to emerge. Finally, you can get back your healthy brain function, the memories, quick thinking, intelligence, and the sense of humor.

https://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Natural-Cures-Glenn-Rothfeld/dp/B01NCJ65HW 

No doubt that this also comes with that pesky little bit of legalese also found on the N & H website.

Health Disclaimer! The information provided on this site should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this site. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided here are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors, but readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

Translation: If you end up getting cancer and croaking because you gave them money for a book of BS, you can’t sue!

Dr. Glenn Rothfeld is a fully-licensed MD and acupuncturist whose expertise spans conventional and non-traditional medicine.

*​We are not a primary care doctor’s office, although we provide services for general wellness, preventative care, and chronic conditions.

** (Mott0)
We believe that both health and disease are functions of physical, emotional and spiritual factors

http://www.rothfeldcenter.com/

It just gets better, doesn’t it.

Either way, he certainly has a lot going on in the alt med world. But that is enough background. Back on track.

It looks like this whole thing is based on something called the ICT protocol. It is part of a book called 81 Natural Cures For Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s And More, a book that Dr Rothfeld is generously giving away for free. However, they have a very limited number of copies, so you gotta get while the getting is good.

Read between the lines on this one.

That still leaves me wondering however . . . What is the ICT protocol?

First off, some medicine stuff. The common wisdom is that Alzheimer’s is caused by the build up of beta-amyloid plaque within the brain, which leads to the confusion, memory loss, disorientation and other symptoms of the disease. Most of the drugs (and research in this area) is aimed at tackling that build-up.
However, the ICT protocol (allegedly the product of a mysterious experiment funded by the US government) is based around the hypothesis that the buildup stage is essentially the final stage of the process. The claim is rooted in the fact that as we age, the body’s metabolism slows. As it slows, the body’s ability to extract proper nutrients for brain function begins to deteriorate.  Leading to a loss of nutrient values that directly affects brain function. An affect that (it seems) they feel outweighs the presence of the buildup.

And thus, the answer is the replacement of those nutrients.

Unfortunately, the list of ingredients that makes up the ICT protocol seems to be no where to be found. Yes, there is that book by Dr. Rothfeld. However, when evaluating a claim, using the claim is hardly honest.
No where can I find the list, the cited study, anything really. Well, anything outside of untrustworthy testimonials and so called reviews. They give away few ingredients in the ad, one being medium chain triglycerides (they allegedly are absorbed by the body better than other triglycerides).
I have no idea. That (like all other questions and inquiries into serious health related things) is a question for a medical professional. A REAL medical professional.

Either way, it seems that the jury is out on the dementia reversing ICT protocol. Well, not really. Like the other 80 cures to almost every illness that our personal temple can throw at us, remember the disclaimer:

Health Disclaimer! The information provided on this site should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this site. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided here are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors, but readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

If you think it wise to put your health in those hands . . . I won’t stop you. Don’t say you were not warned however. Considering that were dealing with very serious illnesses here.

Interestingly, there were other findings in this journey. There already is a drink that allegedly serves this purpose on the market (at least in Europe and in some other nations). Its called Sovenaid, and it apparently slows the progression of early stage Alzheimers disease with regular consumption.
A more recent European study came up with this:

Overall, Souvenaid made no difference on the NTB composite. The treatment group did not perform differently from the placebo group. This is the primary result of the trial.

But it is not all bad.

The drink affected hippocampal volume. After two years, this brain structure had atrophied 39 percent more in the placebo than the treatment group. Hartmann interpreted this to be a good thing, saying that AD patients have more shrinkage than age-matched controls early in disease, and this may parallel disease progression (Oct 2009 conference newsHennemen et al., 2009; Barnes et al., 2009). He commented, however, that whether atrophy changes translate into cognitive and clinical benefit remains to be seen. Other studies are less clear about how hippocampal volume loss relates to age, disease, and treatment  (Jun 2013 news; Jul 2004 conference news).

http://www.alzforum.org/news/conference-coverage/souvenaid-trial-missed-primary-partially-met-secondary-endpoints

This study has at least 2 more years to go, so we will see where it goes from here. If you live in a market where this is not yet available (such as North America), don’t expect to be picking this stuff up anytime soon (if ever).

And speaking of related studies, UCLA also had a hand in a small study that got a lot of coverage recently.

In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.

Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One patient, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, did not show improvement.

UCLA researchers say the findings suggest at least early on, changing a person’s metabolic processes can bring back memory and cognitive function.

Six of the patients of the patients in the study who had to discontinue working were all able to return to their jobs. Study authors say some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.

http://abc7news.com/health/non-drug-treatment-may-reverse-alzheimers/336963/

But as with everything else, there is more to it.

But he admitted there are some limitations to the study. It is complex and the burden falls on patients and caregivers to follow it.

In this study, no patients were able to stick to the entire protocol, their most common complaints being the diet and lifestyle changes and having to take multiple pills each day.

Dr Bredesen added: ‘It is noteworthy that the major side effects of this therapeutic system are improved health and an improved body mass index, a stark contrast to the side effects of many drugs.’

Furthermore, he said while the findings suggest memory loss can be reversed and improvements sustained, the results need to be replicated.

The size of the sample is also a factor. 10 participants is far to small of a pool to garner a reliable result from. As, it seems, is noted.

I guess the close to this is . . . though it would be great to have a quick fix to these problems, at least at this time, it is not possible.
As well, it seems that a note of precaution is in order. Though dealing with (even thinking about!) diseases like cancer and alzheimers is scary, you have to be careful. Scared people are also vulnerable people.

Though taking advantage of the vulnerable is as despicable as it sounds, one has to play it safe. Where there is a dollar to be earned . . . you can bet that someone won’t bat an eyelash in swooping in for that money. No matter the cost.

Its a good rule of thumb to use EVERYWHERE in life. But its certainly a must where ones (or ones loved ones!) health is concerned.

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4 Responses to The Cure To Dementia – A Beverage?

  1. Renie says:

    There are so many lying, deceiving, scamming devils* on the internet, mostly in the interest of putting some of your money into their pocket, that when someone finally comes up with a cure
    for cancer, Alzheimer’s or some other dread disease, I’ll probably miss it unless it’s being shouting from the four corners of the earth because that all important element of TRUST is lacking and I’m not even against certain forms of alternative and integrative medicine and the avoidance of invasive surgeries if at all possible and I’ve never been interested in taking any drug, even for medicinal purposes unless it’s absolutely necessary so I certainly don’t want to ingest harsh drugs.
    But when it comes to these so called internet “cures” or “fixes”, most of these guys use the same MO, always in an attempt to SELL you their book or magic potions…an appeal to the emotions, testimonials that could have been written by the same person as a marketing ploy for all I know, use of “terminology” and intricate explanations of how these things work that sounds professional
    but that the average person wouldn’t understand…and they go on and on and repetively and endlessly on. When you try to leave the page, you get the equivalent of the same thing you hear on certain TV commercials…BUT WAIT!….don’t go…..there’s more! LOL. I don’t know who
    concocted the formula but so many follow it and if they’re not scams, they sound like they are.
    * For those of you who may not know, the word, DEVIL means such things as: a liar, deceiver, scammer, con-artist, a “slick”, a pretender, counterfeiter, a snake, a snake oil salesman, a foe,
    a sinner, wrongdoer or evildoer, the very essence of EVIL, a demon, a spiritually corrupt person, Satan (one who opposes absolute TRUTH; the adversary and enemy of God and man)

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  2. Richard Hargis says:

    I’m a full-time caregiver for my wife of 40 years who suffers from Dementia, Arthritis, and heart problems (At-Fib, Irregular heartbeat). I know we’re not alone in our fight, and it’s oh so tempting to jump for these be all, cure all schemes. As a caregiver, I must stay focused on day-to-day care; as a husband, I must support her in her fear, confusion and doubt about death; and for myself, I must prepare for the inevitable: no one makes it out alive. Blessings, for this article and opportunity to share my plight, my grief and my joy.

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