Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr. Xavier Figueroa
“You know, people get frustrated because their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s, oh, he doesn’t recognize me anymore, how can I recognize this person, if they don’t recognize me? They’re not the same person. “ “Well, they are the same person, but they’ve got a brain disease. And it’s not their fault they’ve got this disease.” –Ron Reagan–
The disease that bears the name of Aloysius Alzheimer was first described in Munich, 1906. Prior to this discovery by Dr. Alzheimer, the loss of memory, forgetfulness, and the decline in mental acuity and competence were ascribed to old age. Since that time, the clinical symptoms and the changes that occur in the brain are known as a neurological disease and not the inevitable decline of the aging process.
These changes are well documented, with a variety of different types of dementia now understood to be part of a spectrum of disease. In the last 105 years, the biological mechanisms that kill the neurons of the brain have become defined (1-3), but the ultimate cause remains elusive. Recently, the role of the amyloid plaques (4-7) and neurofibrillary tangles (8-13), a hallmark of Alzheimer ’s disease (AD), have been redefined. Previous work assumed that plaques and tangles were the cause of AD, but it appears that these proteins are the brain’s response to the actual damaging agent of the disease: oxygen radical formation (14-18).
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Alzheimer’s and Dementia
by Rashmi Gulati, MD
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder affecting areas of the brain that control behavior, memory, and cognitive thinking skills. Alzheimer’s symptoms include loss of memory, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation to time and place, poor or declining judgment, difficulty with abstract thinking, and changes in personality. As the nervous system deteriorates there may be involuntary muscle reflexes. Some toxic metals like aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and nickel are taken into our bodies through the air, food, and water. The toxic effects of these metals can remain in our bodies for years, and have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, aluminum toxicity, and mercury poisoning. As little as 4 parts per million of aluminum in human blood can cause it to coagulate. This slows down or completely shuts off the flow of blood in smaller vessels. Brain cells will die without blood flow and oxygen.
Alzheimer’s and dementia are conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen by New Leaf Hyperbarics. However, New Leaf Hyperbarics makes no claims as to hyperbaric oxygen therapy efficacy for any indication, other than the indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.
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