Pfizer recently announced that it would no longer be investing in research to develop medications for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. This is sad and disheartening news when you consider that current pharmaceutical treatments fall far short of curative. Some of the most common medications are only slightly better than a placebo and can carry much worse side effects.
What is the skilled nursing and long term care industry going to do about these rapidly growing conditions in aging populations?
Naturopathic and functional medicine has been working hard to find answers. In 2014, Dr. Dale Bredesen of UCLA conducted the first-ever research study to show the reversal of Alzheimer’s symptoms and physiologic markers in 9 out of 10 participants. Dr. Bredesen released a NYT bestselling book last summer outlining the simple protocol of exercise, diet, stress reduction, and supplements that he used. This example among many others in the alternative medicine field brings hope for additional tools in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Cooperation’s own Naturopathic Doctor, Andrea McBeth, ND wrote an article covering support for people Alzheimer's Disease. Its the first of a series wherein she will outline basic lifestyle, supplement, and nutritional tools to support aging populations with diseases that affect Quality Metrics.