Does dementia concern you?
My father died of early-onset Alzheimer’s at around 60. I have elevated homocysteine levels, which is a major contributor to Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as to osteoporosis and plaque in the arteries. My level was 16, and it should be less than 7, according to Dr. Bredesen. I’ve lowered it to 9.4 by taking the active form of folic acid, as well as 500 mg of trimethylglycine twice a day.
Are you against all medications?
In certain cases, people need a medicine. If they have pneumonia, they need an antibiotic. If a person has crippling rheumatoid arthritis, she needs a medication that’s going to turn down the inflammation so she doesn’t become deformed. But let’s get to the route of the problem. Let’ s put you on the right diet and avoid the inflammatory foods that are fueling your disease. And then let’s have you get the adequate rest and do the exercise, which is so important, especially if you want to prevent Alzheimer’s. Exercise is so important for the treatment or prevention of most any disease.
How long does it typically take for a patient to see improved health for a chronic condition if she eats right and exercises?
I recently had a patient who had Type 2 diabetes for five years and was on insulin. I suggested trying my diet, and within a week, he was off insulin and his sugars were normal. Next, we’re going to follow up and check his Hemoglobin A1C.
When a patient with high blood pressure or cholesterol goes on the diet I recommend, it should take about three months to see results. It’s critical to burn off the belly fat, which constricts the arteries and raises the blood pressure.
I saw a patient recently who was a police officer during 9/11 and was there, without a mask, from the time the buildings collapsed until the end of October. She started wheezing, and developed chronic bronchitis and COPD. I analyzed her diet and saw that she eats dairy every day, which is a mucous-producing food, especially in the sinuses and lungs. She was drinking lots of the milk and also was eating lots of chocolate chip cookies and eggs every day. I told her to get off the dairy foods and put her on a antioxidant nebulizer for the lungs twice a day. I also put her on a modified Mediterranean diet. We were able to turn her immune system back on. I’m pretty sure she’ll be improving dramatically.
Why do you say hope and faith are critical when we have health issues?
So many people become identified with diseases they’re had for many years. They give up and have no hope, and it’s really hard to turn them around. One patient’s mother had chronic leukemia for 25 years and advanced skin cancer that destroyed her nose. The doctor originally said she had only six months to live, but I watched that lady live and have hope. She wanted to live for her son and grandchildren. Doctors couldn’t believe she lived that long.
Any parting advice?
Your vitamin D level should be between 50 and 80 because it causes your body to produce natural antibiotics, and increases your resistance to colds, flus and sinus infections.. That’s one supplement I never leave home without. I take 5,000 units once a day.