Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia

Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease - Illustration by Bruce Blaus
Alzheimer’s Disease – Illustration by Bruce Blaus

More than 10% of the population over 65 years and 50% over the age of 85 years suffer from Alzheimer’s. It has been estimated that nearly half of people are mis-diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,  this information is gained at autopsy.  Those assumed to have the disease may actually have other forms of dementias caused by simple treatable conditions like dehydration, intoxication from prescription drugs, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies and depression.  Mercury and aluminium excess in the brain is associated strongly with Alzheimers. Magnesium (Mg) will help detoxify the effects of heavy metals, even ones as poisonous as mercury. If Mg is deficient in the brain, aluminium is able to replace it, mimicking its function and causing harm. This leaves calcium channels open in the brain nerve cells, allowing it to flood in causing cell death.

Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

From my personal experience, my late Mum was thought to have some type of dementia. After losing Dad, she went downhill fast and started exhibiting all kinds of worrying traits. She was always very astute, intelligent and sharp. She was a member of Mensa being one of only 3% who had the highest IQs.  Her forgetfulness, confusion and strange behaviour worried the whole family and we came to the conclusion Mum was suffering from some kind of dementia or even Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pseudodementia Symptoms

What we didn’t realise was that she had stopped taking her medication of thyroxin whilst Dad was ill. She was so determined to do the best for him that all her own welfare went out the window and thinking back we realised that she had started losing her memory before Dad actually died.

My Mum during the war years.
My Mum during the war years.

If you are on thyroid medication, it is one of those meds. you have to keep taking. If you stop, you are likely to feel OK for a while, then slowly start getting tired and wanting to sleep all the time, losing mental facalties and eventually you could fall into a coma. Once on this drug, you are probably on it for life.

I’ve put this little story in about Mum because there must be many worried relatives who are stressing over a loved one showing signs of dementia, which could instead be what’s known as ‘Pseudodementia’ or even just dehydration and nutrient deficiency.  Pseudodementia is where a person gets depressed like my Mum obviously was after losing Dad.  After all, she had been with him for over 70 years!  Her cognitive impairment was mistaken for dementia.  Symptoms include, loss of interest in everything, including hobbies and pastimes, suicidal feelings, withdrawal socially, loss or change of appetite and sleep disorders.  Also there will be a difficulty making decisions and thinking clearly, confusion and trouble concentrating.

This condition is not permanent if treated for the depression that it is and Mum brightened up when she was lightly medicated for the condition. I do regret, though, not knowing about the benefits of Mg at the time.  This would have helped her greatly if we had supplemented her diet. She always complained of aching legs and back ache, typical Mg deficiency symptoms.  She often had head-aches and was always lacking in energy, typical again.  The anti-depressant she was prescribed helped her become a happier person but still she suffered with these aches and pains which could have been alleviated with Mg and made her later years more comfortable and enjoyable.

And Finally…

If you have an elderly parent showing symptoms of dementia, please consider helping them with a supplementation of Mg.  Using Mg Chloride is IMHO the most efficient way of getting Mg into the body because it is immediately bio-available.  Mg Chloride can be taken orally or applied topically.  If your loved one would prefer, a foot bath with Mg Chloride can be suggested (1 cup of Mg Chloride flakes to approx 5 litres of water, enough to cover the feet and soak for 20 minutes).  This should be done as often as possible, once a day would be great but at least 3 times a week would help.  By far the most convenient method of supplentation is taking Mg Chloride orally.  Start by taken 1/2 teaspoon of Mg Chloride such as ReMag (there are a few others on the market) in a glass of 250ml (1 cup) of water and add a dash of cordial – blackcurrant, lime or strawberry works well but don’t use ‘light’ cordials, no aspartame please!  Twice a day is the recommended dose.  Why the cordial?  Mg Chloride has a salty taste rather like seawater and cordial takes it away nicely.  I myself don’t mind the taste but it depends on your palate.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, try Mg Chloride, it is innocuous and you may find the symptoms will subside.  If you suspect Pseudodementia then Mg could even be the start of alleviating the symptoms altogether.

The following paragraph is from Dr Carolyn Dean’s book ‘The Magnesium Miracle’ –

“Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness and rapid pulse.

Alzheimer's Disease vs Dementia
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Alzheimer's Disease vs Dementia
Gives the reader an inside into the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia and Pseudodementia. The author tells of her own experience with her Mum's pseudodementia which was due to depression not dementia.

6 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia

  1. Hi Brittany and thanks so much for reading the post. It is very traumatic when a loved-one comes down with a serious disease but dementia of any sort can take your relative’s personality and this is the most upsetting symptom of all. The trouble is with prescription drugs, most of them actually bind to Mg and strip it from the body, for want of a better term. If you are under any stress, have to take medication and/or are suffering from an illness, then your Mg levels will suffer and once depleted have trouble repleting. The majority of the population is thought to be deficient to some degree and it’s insidious how it creeps up, most people thinking it’s just old age! It doesn’t have to be the case. All the best to you, Ches

  2. Hi Steph, I’m so sad to hear your Mum’s not very well. It does seem she could be suffering from depression, she has a lot of the symptoms. If that’s the case, her well-being can definately be improved with Mg Chloride. I really feel for you Steph and know what you’re going through. As we get older, we tend to not absorb vitamins and minerals as we did in our younger days. Consequently, it’s nigh on a certainty your Mum has not got enough Mg in her body. The first thing it will do is help her sleep. Mg is the relaxation mineral, it counteracts Ca which is a the contracting mineral. Has your Mum got any back-ache, leg-ache or sciatica symptoms. She may not tell you unless you ask. Trouble is, the older generation are so stalwart, they don’t tend to tell us everything! I would suggest you start off slow with a 1/2 teaspoon dose in a bottle of say 500ml mineral water laced with some cordial and get Mum to drink it during a day. Do that for a couple of days then up the dose to twice a day. She may not notice the salty taste, some older people lose their sense of taste, my Mum had none at all. By the way, one of the best Mg supplements is ReMag. It is expensive, about $30 last time I looked, but well worth it. Best of luck Steph, Ches

  3. I have an aging Mum and I really appreciate this article. I am having my Mum take many vitamins and supplements to include Fish Oil but I never knew the real benefits of Magnesium. I will have to add that to your supplement regimen.

    I love the beautiful picture of your Mum by the way. She was gorgeous. I never heard of the term ‘Pseudodementia’ – my Mum recently lost my Dad too – they were married for 46 years. I moved in with my Mum after Dad passed away because it was the right thing to do. And now I am working online so I can be home to help her with everyday things. She does not sleep, even minor things are impossible for her to do, so here I am. Happily taking care of her.

    Do you recommend a certain dose of Magnesium for certain age ranges or emotional ups and downs – like if someone is depressed over the loss of a loved one, should they be taking more Mg?

  4. Hey there Ches, great info here. I have never heard this explained like that. The picture of the neurons itself is worth a thousand words. It is always good to hear the facts from people who themselves or close family were touched by these circumstances

  5. This was a very interesting read. I was unaware that dementia symptoms could be caused by dehydration or too many prescription pills. A friend’s mother had dementia and they always thought it was brought on by too much medication, because she went into the hospital and when she was released she was never the same. I’m sorry you and your family went through this with your mother. I know it can be a devastating disease. I really enjoyed reading your article.

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