“Brain Pacemaker” Could Become
a Widespread, Drug-Free
Treatment for Alzheimer’s
August 1st, 2014 by NHI
A creative team of scientists has developed a “brain pacemaker” in hopes of slowing or reversing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Interestingly, the treatment was first developed to treat Parkinson’s disease, but a pilot study from Germany recently reported it could be used to treat Alzheimer’s successfully, without the use of drugs or steroids. Let’s see if this is a realistic option…
The Ancient Memory-Boosting
A note from Lee Euler
Our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s featured an ancient Chinese secret for boosting memory. Now I’m happy to tell you we have a recommended source for this supplement if you wish to try it.
I’ve been taking it myself, and I can feel the results. I’m thinking faster and more clearly than I have in years. This is definitely not one of the supplements where you take it and “nothing happens.”
So, what is this stuff? In ancient China, the emperor was believed to be the son of heaven. One of the perks of the job was that he was the only one allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”
Now modern science has confirmed this mushroom’s remarkable benefits. If you’d like to reap the benefits for yourself click here now…
Electrotherapy: time-tested therapy
sees modern day success
What if you could increase cognitive function, repair damage, and build new connections in your brain, simply by using a 9-volt battery?
Scientists are doing just that … and finding great success with it.
They’ve found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) might be effective in treating a variety of neurological diseases including Parkinson’s disease, chronic depression, and epilepsy.(1)
DBS consists of continuous stimulation of the brain with gentle electric pulses—nothing like the teeth-clenching “electro-shock therapies” from psychology’s dark past.
The more advanced (and humane) approach is already a medical reality. Patients with advanced Parkinson’s have regained control of their movements and many have experienced fewer symptoms after being treated with DBS.
And now, German scientists have turned their sights on Alzheimer’s.
Small study turns local results
into worldwide hope
Researchers at the University of Cologne conducted an initial pilot experiment involving just six people who suffered from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Each patient had small electrodes surgically implanted in their nucleus basalis of Meynert, an area near the brainstem important to mental capacity and learning.
The nucleus basalis is also linked to a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is involved in the brain’s electrical function. Both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients experience degeneration of the nucleus basalis.
The scientists hypothesized that pulses aimed directly at the nucleus basalis would give the circuitry a jump-start, helping it work again. They hope it will also cause new neural networks to develop.
Each patient underwent brain stimulation two weeks on, two weeks off, for 11 months. The electrode delivered four- to eight-volt electrical pulses via ultra-thin wires.
Over the year, the memory skills of four patients improved (or remained stable), while only two patients saw a decline in memory skills.
The future of Alzheimer’s:
a drug-free cure?
Today, 42 Alzheimer’s patients have volunteered for a new Johns Hopkins study designed to confirm the German team’s initial findings on a larger scale.
The results of this new investigation have the potential to lead to an important new treatment.
Hopkins’ Dr. Paul Rosenberg, an Associate Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences says, “Recent failures in Alzheimer’s disease trials [have] sharpened the need for alternative strategies. We are trying to enhance the function of the brain mechanically.” (2)
As this new study unfolds, I will keep you updated on its progress and success.
Lee Euler, Publisher
(1) Deep Brain Stimulation:
(2) Clinical Trial Underway for Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Disease
(3) Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer’s