Friday, September 30, 2016

Think it's Alzheimer's? May be time to think again... (Excerpted From The List 4280)

Thanks to Carl
 Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D. 



Being told that you or someone you love has Alzheimer's can be a hopeless feeling. 

You'll hear that it can't be cured... that it's irreversible... and that it's practically a death sentence. 

It's like bad news followed by more bad news. 

But it looks like there may finally be some hope on the horizon for countless people who have been diagnosed with this dreaded disease. 

Because according to a new study, many patients who are told they have Alzheimer's may NOT actually have Alzheimer's at all. 

You see, it's hard to know for sure if you DEFINITELY have Alzheimer's while you're still alive. There's no blood test. If the symptoms seem to fit, doctors can take their best guess -- but the only way they really know is once they can look at your brain during an autopsy.

So, in an attempt to determine how accurate doctors have been, Canadian researchers compared diagnoses and autopsy results for 1,000 patients who'd been told they had Alzheimer's. 

In the end, only 78 percent of them were correctly diagnosed.

And it's not just the false positives, either. It turns out that the signs of Alzheimer's were also missed in some patients -- because another 11 percent actually did have AD, but had never been diagnosed. 

A second study out of the Mayo Clinic supports these results, saying that not only do these misdiagnoses happen more often than you'd expect, they also seem to affect men more than women. 

Kris Kristofferson is living proof of this. As I shared with you earlier this year, the musician and actor lived in the fog of AD meds for YEARS... until he found out he instead had Lyme disease.

Within WEEKS of changing treatments, Kristofferson got his mind back. 

If you've started experiencing those dreaded "senior moments," ask a lot of questions... and get a second or even third opinion. 

Your memory loss might actually be a bacterial infection (like Lyme)... a virus (like herpes simplex 1)... or something truly weird like an overgrowth of yeast! 

You could even be suffering from a metabolic disorder, since blood sugar crashes can damage your brain. That's why Alzheimer's is often nicknamed "Type 3 diabetes."

And none of those issues are cause for being hopeless -- because there are plenty of safe and even natural treatments (or cures!) for each of them.

On a final note, always check the warning labels on any drug you're taking. There's a number of common meds (including stomach acid drugs) that could be responsible for brain fog and other problems that mimic dementia. 

To Your Health, 

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D. 

 

Sources: 
1 in 5 Alzheimer's cases may be misdiagnosed
cbsnews.com

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