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Integrated Alzheimer’s Research Group (IARG) presents
By Katherine Picoulin and Therese Johnson
Two decades ago one in two people developed Alzheimer’s by the time they reached 85 years of age. Today that statistic is more than doubling. According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Every seventy-two seconds someone else develops Alzheimer’s. Researchers expect the number to skyrocket by 350% within the next two decades. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias amount to more than $148 billion annually.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the death rates for most major diseases such as heart disease, breast and prostate cancer and stroke have decreased while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 33 %. California has the largest number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s followed by Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In spite of the many drugs available for use against Alzheimer’s, studies show they not only have little effect on the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, they also have harmful side effects.
The purpose of the Integrated Alzheimer’s Research Group (IARG) is to provide early intervention and educate prevention by developing an innovative one-on-one approach helping Alzheimer’s residents in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) who are between the stages two and five of Alzheimer’s disease. The strategies of the IARG program are designed to help Alzheimer’s patients become higher functioning and productive in their activities of daily living instead of being in a state of dependence on caregivers by holding the disease in remission and even reversing it.
The IARG program takes an alternative approach that has been successful in small office settings with the fundamental goal to develop and disseminate the successful model to communities creating step-by-step solutions to caregivers.
Alzheimer’s disease is most known for its attack on specific structures in the brain that deal with memory, comprehension, behavior, communication, orientation and judgment. As damage spreads, brain cells lose their ability to function and eventually die causing intellectual slowing and a decline in the ability to perform regular daily activities.
Research studies have long indicated that a poor diet deficient in nutrients, rich in pesticide sprays, flavor enhanced processed foods, environmental toxins, heavy metals, excessive alcohol intake and nutrient deficiencies readily influence the development of Alzheimer’s. Some studies have actually shown reversals in Alzheimer’s symptoms when implementing healthier diets with specific supplementation.
The IARG program involves homeopathic remedies and herbal combinations used to detoxify the body and brain of heavy metals, such as aluminum, nickel and mercury, petrochemical residue, microorganisms, such as parasites and fungi and to clean up the blood vessels of plaque and debris.
Whole food supplements are used to correct nutritional deficiencies that must be available to feed brain cells and create collateral sprouting of new cells. Neurotransmitters (acetylcholine), the chemical substances that are required for cognitive function and memory, are significantly lacking in the Alzheimer’s brain and are given in supplement form. Ginkgo Biloba is used to open up the smaller blood vessels in the brain to improve circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
Dietary improvements are made for each patient with consideration to individual health issues as well. All food provided is fresh organic produce and a high-end protein such as organic poultry or wild caught seafood. Dairy products are organic without antibiotics, steroids or hormones. All frozen, canned, boxed and processed food is omitted and prohibited. Starch food is limited to complex carbohydrates found in sprouted grains. Food allergies are tested and omitted from diet to reduce cerebral allergy impact. Only water filtered of all municipal water waste and additives is allowed.
Dr. Picoulin the IARG program Director has over 30 years in the medical profession, both traditional and alternative. She has been implementing the Alzheimer’s program effectively for the last sixteen years in local areas, giving talks and lectures both to practitioners and lay people around the US.
Dr. Kathryn Picoulin runs a highly successful naturopathic practice serving patients throughout the US, Canada, Austria, Norway, Australia, Japan, India, and Poland and provides consultation services to colleagues around the US.
Her book REVERSING ALZHEIMER'S NATURALLY, is an in-depth discussion of her work reversing Alzheimer’s in her father sixteen years ago. Today at 82 years of age, he drives, plays golf, landscapes his yard and plays bridge.
Therese Johnson the IARG Executive Director has fifteen years experience, working as a degree certified gerontologist specializing in behaviors of Alzheimer’s disease, and as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator/Owner. She is working to obtain funding to implement IARG’s Program nationwide. She is a Senior Care Consultant and provides Care Plans for seniors as well as Reiki treatments and classes to the public.
She has implemented the behavioral components of the Integrated Alzheimer’s Research Group program effectively using the behavioral techniques of Reiki and Validation therapy, while the residents were under her care as the Administrator/Owner of her California State Licensed RCFE in Auburn California from 1995 to 2001.
The difficult behaviors she has been able to reduce and or eliminate using Reiki and Validation therapy are wandering, paranoia, and pacing. In addition the Reiki improved her residents lucidity or “ moments of clarity” when they received Reiki on a regular basis.
To read her complete article “Treating Alzheimer’s Disease with Reiki” and for more information visit her website at www.reikimastertherese.com.
The Alzheimer's Association has just released its 2008 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report. According to new statistics 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease in their lifetime, that’s you and me. We need people to champion the Alzheimer’s cause by spreading awareness, education, support and concern right now.
In doing so we can create an effective template that can be used in individual households, care homes and nursing home facilities. Productive individuals struck down with Alzheimer’s as they begin to retire and placed in nursing homes can gradually relearn their self-care so that they can return to their homes with minimal assistance. Caregivers can have a resource to turn to as to how to help their loved ones. Individuals can learn to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. Eventually the death rate from Alzheimer’s can begin to decline like the other major diseases.
If you are interested in helping fund IARG’s Program please make tax-deductible donations to IARG an affiliate of the International Humanities Center a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 [C] (3) of the Internal Revenue Code by going to www.IHCenter.org or contacting the authors about this article or their IARG program by email at email@example.com by phone at 530-305-8872 or firstname.lastname@example.org at 530-823-5903.
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