Text and Photography by Harvey Lloyd www.harveylloyd.com
This blog is part of a series entitled
Secrets of Eternal Youth
Ads come to our e-mail boxes promoting “instant” cures for Alzheimer’s in which the deadly disease of the brain is, according to their ads, cured in weeks or months. Here’s part of one online:
“Recently, a . . . university educator unveiled an Alzheimer’s-Reversing “Cocktail” recipe and, after watching dramatic transformations of the patients who used it…Some researchers are calling it THE ANSWER to Alzheimer’s. If you ever worry that your memory is getting worse, or have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia… this “cocktail” could be life-changing.”
Here’s another: “Commonly, positive changes are seen between three to six months post treatment in Alzheimer’s patients.”
Christ of the Andes, Rio
Alz.Org, posts this online: “Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Researchers are looking for new treatments to alter the course of the disease and improve.” Let us do everything humanly possible for those we care about, that is our truest duty and our love. Let us be careful about scams that hurt us.
Those ads provide hope to millions whose loved ones are suffering from various stages of Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. When they don’t work, and the people who pay for these “cures” keep getting offers to continue the “cure” for more money, it is a very sad, often desperate situation. Please everyone, do all the research you can to see where medical science is moving towards the hoped for cures.
Prevention, of course, is vital early in life. In my book SECRETS OF ETERNAL YOUTH, we study the newest information about brain plasticity. In 1995 it was discovered that our brains, contrary to previous beliefs, can grow new neurons all of our lives. The major factors that keep are brains young and even make them younger are diet, exercise, curiosity, learning and attitude. (Editor’s Note: SECRETS OF ETERNAL YOUTH will be available in the summer of 2016)
First and foremost, we must feed our brains with new information every day to grow millions of new neurons. Read a lot of new things, travel, study and learn new things and ideas every day,. Do not repeat what you do, as that shrinks parts of the brain.
Bali, Barong Dance, Indonesia
Eat good, preferably organic foods, lots of veggies, low fat and low cholesterol of all kinds, fish and meat for protein along with other protein rich foods, and so on. Exercise every day from walking to weight bearing and gymn exercises.
Weight bearing exercises will prevent or greatly slow down signs of osteoporosis in men and women. Following these rules, with a chronological age well, well along, I fall, have fallen, and never break anything.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
A good attitude, love of life, seeking work and other activities you love, these are the ingredients. In Helen Keller’s word, “Life is a great adventure, or it is nothing.”
Our true age is not chronological, it is a result of proper and enthusiastic life style giving us the gift of eternal youth, long and strong.
Grand Canyon, Winter