New Treatments for Alzheimer’s Shown to Improve Memory

Restore Memory, Halt the Progression of Alzheimer’s, and See Improvements in as Little as 10 Minutes

There are 3 new healing discoveries that have been shown to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, bring back brain function, restore memory — and produce cognitive and behavioral improvements in as little as 10 minutes.

Alzheimer’s is a heartbreaking and devastating disease — a grueling deterioration of mental function that’s widely feared, and for good reason. The consequences of Alzheimer’s are harrowing. Loss of cognitive and social functioning leads to inability to perform at work and to participate meaningfully and safely in other activities.

In the final stages of the disease, Alzheimer’s patients lose the capacity to dress or feed themselves. They may see things that are not really there, or have uncontrollable emotions. It’s common for end-stage Alzheimer’s patients to be robbed of their ability to recognize the people they love and care most about.

Tragically, this cruel disease strikes all too frequently. According to the latest data from the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.3 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. One out of 8 — or 13% — of people aged 65 or more are stricken with this dreaded condition.

And it’s important to remember that the trauma of Alzheimer’s affects not only those diagnosed with the disease, but also their families and caregivers. treatments for Alzheimer'sAs of 2010, nearly 15 million Americans were in the position of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Researchers Study Hard to Find Treatments for Alzheimer’s

Considering these overwhelming statistics, is it any wonder that research into new ways to treat Alzheimer’s is an increasingly urgent and popular topic? Fortunately, progress is underway — but most people in the United States aren’t hearing about the latest developments.

Since 2008, British newspapers have been reporting on an exciting advancement in the treatment for Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the University of Sunderland are testing an infrared helmet that has been shown to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and even restore memory — in as little as 30 days.

According to Dr. Gordon Dougal and Dr. Abdel Ennaceur, who conducted the studies, the helmet has the potential to reverse — at least in part — some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including memory loss and anxiety. The helmet works by using “light beam technology,” which has the unique capacity to penetrate the skull and stimulate the brain.

This, in turn, encourages cell repair and growth. In fact, research has confirmed that an amazing 90% of humans with dementia show improvement when treated with infrared lasers such as those produced by the 700 LED bulbs contained in the helmet.

When asked about the impact of these advancements and the ongoing research on effective Alzheimer’s treatments, Dr. Dougal said, “The implications of this research at Sunderland are enormous.”

An Enzyme That Brings Back Brain Function

Another exciting and unconventional treatment for Alzheimer’s was recently discovered at the University of Graz in Austria. Dr. Georg Birkmayer, head of the Department of Neuroscience at Graz, has identified a new enzyme that can bring back brain function — even for patients with severe end-stage Alzheimer’s.

The enzyme, Nicotinamide Adenine Diucleotide (Hydrogen) — abbreviated as NADH — is one of the most important coenzymes in the human brain and body. In tests performed by Dr. Birkmayer, NADH not only halted the progression of Alzheimer’s, but also reversed both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. These results occurred for patients at all different stages on the spectrum of the disease.

An Arthritis Drug That Produces Startling Effects on Alzheimer’s Patients

According to an article published in The Journal of Neuroinflammation, when the arthritis drug etanercept (sold under the name Enbrel) was injected into the neck of an 81-year-old with Alzheimer’s, the patient showed rapid, marked and long-lasting improvement.

The journal article on etanercept reported on a study performed by Dr. Edward Tobinick and Dr. Hyman Gross of the University of California. Dr. Gross and Dr. Tobinick were following up on a 2006 study of 15 Alzheimer’s patients that indicated substantial improvements in cognitive function over the 6 months of the study. In their tests, the researchers saw distinct and documentable improvements in their patients within 10 minutes of giving the injections — a truly rare occurrence.

Dr. Sue Griffin, Ph.D. and editor-in-chief at the Journal of Neuroinflammation, visited Dr. Tobinick’s clinic to see the treatment in action. “It is unprecedented that we can see cognitive and behavioral improvement in a patient with established dementia within minutes of therapeutic intervention.

Even though [the article] discusses a single patient, it is of significant interest because of the potential insight it may give us into the processes involved in the brain dysfunction of Alzheimer’s.”

Doctors noted in the article that the patient, following the injection, was…

  • less frustrated
  • more attentive
  • more able to identify pictures
  • more able to list words
  • more able to name animals
  • calmer

The patient also showed improvement on cognitive and memory tests, such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test (MOCA). 

Researchers believe the use of etanercept — or Enbrel — as a treatment for Alzheimer’s is a very promising topic for future research, and in fact follow-up studies are already being designed.

Despite a lack of significant publicity in the U.S., more information about these cutting-edge treatments for Alzheimer’s is available online. If you have specific concerns about Alzheimer’s and its treatment advances, more details can be found on the light-beam technology helmet and the drug etanercept via many sites, including the University of Sunderland and the original article in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.