Category: Neurological Conditions

Neurologic Conditions

Diseases of the nervous system are some of the most serious and crippling diseases that afflict mankind. Like many other serious health problems, an approach that combines the technology of medicine and the common sense of holistic health care is best. A Model for Holistic Health Care The term “alternative health care” is not really Read More …

Vitamin Intake and Cognitive Function

Recent research [appearing in J Nutr Health Aging. 2004; 8(4):226-32 (ISSN: 1279-7707)]looked at vitamin intake and its relation to cognitive function and psychological well-being in over 1000 middle-aged Australian men and women. Specifically dietary intake of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 were beneficial. The subjects filled out questionnaires to determine dietary intake of these Read More …

Vitamin C and E protect against dementia

In a study 3,385 Japanese American men ages 71-93 were surveyed and tested for dementia over a nine year period. Forty-seven of the men were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Thirty-five of the participants were diagnosed with vascular dementia. Another 50 of the men were diagnosed with other types of dementia. Low cognitive test scores (without Read More …

The Immune System May be Involved in Autism

Researchers at JohnsHopkinsUniversityhave found that the brains of some people with autism have signs of inflammation. In research published in the November 15, 2004 issue of the journal Annals of Neurology, brain tissue was examined in 11 subjects with autism. The subjects were deceased—killed by accident or injuries (as opposed to some disease process). Tissue Read More …

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease are Seen Early

Swedish researchers reviewed 47 studies, involving over 10,000 people. The studies, published between 1983 and 2003; 1200 of the subjects had preclinical Alzheimer’s disease and eventually developed the disease and 9,000 of the subject s were healthy. The research appeared in the July 2005 issue of the journal Neuropsychology. The researchers noticed that cognitive problems in Read More …

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder causing restlessness and the urge to move the legs. A recent study, published in the January 1, 2008 issue of Neurology suggests that people with RLS have an increased risk for stroke or heart disease. The subjects of the study were 3,433 men and women, with an Read More …

Parkinson’s and Green Tea

The nervous system may be protected by polyphenols found in green tea. Research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry (Vol. 62, Issue 12; Dec. 15, 2007), rats given a toxic substance (6-OHDA) were protected by substances found in green tea. There are antioxidant substances (chemicals called polyphenols) found in green tea. Four such substances are Read More …

Omega three essential fatty acids protect the brain

According to a new study, omega-3 fatty acids, the type found in fish oil, may help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. A team of researchers at UCLA studied mice that were genetically predisposed to get an Alzheimer-like disease. The mice had a tendency to form plaques in the brain, similar to those seen in Read More …

MS and Vitamin D

Research appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2006 Dec 20;296(23):2832-8) found that higher vitamin D levels in the serum is associated with a decreased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers identified 257 subjects who were diagnosed with MS between 1992 and 2004. The subjects with the MS were then compared to Read More …

Mental Activity Slows Alzheimer’s Disease Progressio

Research appearing in the March, 2005 issue of the journal Cell shows that mice kept in a stimulating environment were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than mice kept in an environment that is not stimulation. Mice that had access to toys, running wheels, tunnels and other activities to keep mind and body active had Read More …