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Our Forgotten Disease: Finding an Alzheimer's Cure

Paul Terkeltaub, who has Alzhiemer's, and his wife Marcy are facing life with as much courage as they can muster. But with so little spent on Alzheimer's research, hope for the future is hard to find. Read Transcript


NOVEMBER IS ALZHEIMER'S'

AWARENESS MONTH AND TODAY AS

AMERICA DEVELOPS THIS TERRIBLE

ILLNESS EVERY 68 SECONDS. LORI

JOHNSON SHOWS THE VICTIMS ARE

OFTEN YOUNGER THAN YOU MIGHT

THINK.

AT THE AGE OF 53 PAUL

LEARNED

HE HAD ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.

NOW

HE'S BEGINNING HIS LONG GOOD

BYE.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS IS

LIKE JUST HAVING TO DEAL WITH

THIS WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF

FLIPPING EVERYDAY. AND THAT'S

THE HARDEST THING TO DEAL WITH.

HE SEES IT AS MUCH MORE

LOSING YOUR KEYS OR MISSING AN

EXIT. IT'S VISITING SOMEONE'S

HOME FOR THE HUNDREDTH TIME AND

NOT RECOGNIZING A THING.

AND IT MAY TAKE YOU FIVE OR

SEVEN SECONDS TO GET BACK ON

TRACK AND STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT

IN YOUR MIND, BUT THAT FIVE OR

SEVEN SECONDS IS ABSOLUTELY

TERRORIZING.

PAUL RETIRED EARLY TO ENJOY

HIS REMAINING YEARS WITH WIFE

MARCY, HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEAT

HEART.

I HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO TAKE

CARE OF HIM AND IT'S HARD TO

FACE THAT I CAN'T DO THAT AT

SOME TIME.

WE ARE LIVING DAY TO DAY.

THEY HOPE A CURE IS

DISCOVERED BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

FOR THEM BUT THEY'RE

DISCOURAGED

SO LITTLE IS SPENT ON

ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH. ONLY

$500 MILLION COMPARED TO

6 BILLION FOR CANCER, 4 BILLION

FOR HEART DISEASE AND 3 BILLION

FOR AIDS. DR. DAVE MORGAN

HEADS

UP A LEADING RESEARCH FACILITY.

HE CALLS THE REASON THAT

CONGRESS ALLOWS SO LITTLE FOR

ALZHEIMER'S IS FLAT OUGHT AGE

DISCRIMINATION.

THEY SAY IT'S OLD TIMERS

DISEASE. WHO REALLY CARES

ABOUT

THESE OLD FOLKS?

PLUS CELEBRITIES WITH OTHER

DISEASES BRING ATTENTION AND

SUPPORT FOR WHAT THEY'RE GOING

THROUGH BUT YOU DON'T REALLY

SEE

THAT WITH ALZHEIMER'S.

THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE

CANCER

SURVIVORS AND GOING OUT AND

TALKING TO PEOPLE AND THEY'RE

TELLING FOLKS HOW THE RESEARCH

IS SO IMPORTANT TO THEM, AND

ALZHEIMER'S WE DON'T HAVE

SURVIVORS.

EVEN THOUGH ALZHEIMER'S HITS

THE VICTIMS AND CAREGIVERS THE

HARDEST THE COST HITS US ALL

AND

IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE.

THIS YEAR MORE THAN

$200 BILLION WILL BE SPENT

TREATING OUR 5 MILLION

PATIENTS AND

EXPECTED TO HIT 16 BILLION BY

2050 AND A TRILLION DOLLARS A

YEAR IN MEDICAL COSTS.

WE NEED TO SPEND MORE MONEY

AT FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL ON

RESEARCH. THAT'S THE

REASONABLE

WAY WE WILL AVOID HAVING THIS

DISEASE COMPLETELY DECIMATE

MEDICARE. I MEAN IT WON'T

SURVIVE UNTIL 2030.

EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO CURE

OR EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR

ALZHEIMER'S SCIENTISTS SAY THE

EVERYDAY LIFESTYLE CHOICES CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

STUDIES SHOW DIETS HIGH IN

SUGAR RAISE THE RISK AND

SENIORS

THAT ATE LOTS OF TRANS FATS HAD

SMALLER BRAINS ONE OF THE

HALLMARKS OF THE DISEASE

ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS AT

OREGON HEALTH AND SCIENCE

UNIVERSITY.

WE KNOW THAT THE BRAIN

GETS SMALLER WITH

THIS.

AND THE STUDY FOUND SENIORS

THAT ATE HIGH VITAMINS ARE

LOWER

INCIDENTS AND COCONUT OIL MAY

ALSO PREVENT ALZHEIMER'S AND

REVERSED THE SYMPTOMS IN

HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS TO THE

DEGREE THAT THE BYRD'S

ALZHEIMER'S INSTITUTE IS

CONDUCTING THE FIRST STUDY ON

COCONUT OIL.

UP TO THIS TIME WE CAN SAY

THERE IS ANECDOTAL INFORMATION

IT'S BENEFICIAL. THERE HASN'T

BEEN A RESEARCH STUDY DONE SO

WE

CAN'T KNOW FOR CERTAIN.

SO WHILE NOURISHING YOUR

BRAIN MAY HELP CHALLENGING IT

CAN TOO. FOR INSTANCE PEOPLE

THAT SPEAK MORE THAN ONE

LANGUAGE HAVE LOWER RATES OF

ALZHEIMER'S. DOCTORS RECOMMEND

DOING PUZZLES AND MENTALLY

ENGAGED IN LIFELIKE WORKING. A

STUDY FOUND THOSE THAT DELAYED

THEIR RETIREMENT DECREASED

THEIR

RISK 4% EACH YEAR THEY STAY ON

THE JOB. PHYSICAL EXERCISE

HELP

TOO AND MOUNDING EVIDENCE SAYS

THAT RAISING THE HEART RATE

SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK CAN MAKE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE. BUT EVEN WITH

THIS KNOWLEDGE THE REAL HOPE IN

BEATING ALZHEIMER'S IS FIND A

SECURE OR A TREATMENT.

LORI JOHNSON IS HERE WITH

US.

LORI THIS IS LIKE DEATH. THE

MOST AWFUL THING TO HAVE A

LOVED

ONE AND THEY'RE DEAD.

IT IS. IT IS TRAGIC AND

WHAT'S EVEN MORE TRAGIC IS HOW

LITTLE IS SPENT ON ALZHEIMER'S

RESEARCH AND WE HAVE TO FIND A

CURE OR EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AND

WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT

WITHOUT THE BIG BUCKS.

200 BILLION IN TREATMENT TO

TREAT THE PEOPLE.

TO TREAT THE PEOPLE BUT WHAT

IS SAD ONLY 500 MILLION IS

SPENT

ON RESEARCH. THAT IS WHAT IS

SPENT ON RESEARCH AND WHEN YOU

COMPARE THAT TO DISEASES LIKE

AIDS 1 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE

AIDS.

2 BILLION IS SPENT ON RESEARCH,

SO WE REALLY NEED TO PUT

PRESSURE ON OUR LEGISLATORS TO

SPEND MORE MONEY ON ALZHEIMER'S

AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL,

AND PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY NEED

TO GET BEHIND THIS TOO. WE

NEED

TO GET ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT.

TOO MANY PEOPLE FEEL WHY SHOULD

WE SPEND ALL THE MONEY ON

ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AND THE

PEOPLE LIVED LONG HAPPY LIVES

ALREADY AND THEY'RE GOING TO

DIE

SOON ANYWAY SO LET'S GO AHEAD

AND FIND A CURE FOR BREAST

CANCER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

WHAT'S THE YOUNGER YOU HAVE

SEEN HAVE HAD CONTRACTED

ALZHEIMER'S?

THE MAN I FEATURED AND 53

WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED SO THIS

ISN'T ALWAYS AN OLD TIMERS

DISEASE AND COULD HAVE ANOTHER

50 YEARS.

AND WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM?

HE

WENT OUT -- I MEAN WAS IT SLOW?

THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

HE'S BEEN HIDING FOR THE LAST

FEW YEARS BECAUSE HE WAS

NOTICING THE SYMPTOMS AND

RETIRED BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT

TO CAUSE A PROBLEM AT HIS WORK.

BUT HE KNEW HE HAD HAD?

OH YEAH HE KNEW. THE SIGNS

ARE UNMISTAKABLE. PEOPLE THINK

IF I LOSE MY KEYS AND I AM

GETTING ALZHEIMER'S -- NO, HE

WOULD SAY HE'S GETTING AN EMAIL

FROM ME LORI JOHNSON CBN NEWS

AND KNOWS WHO I AM AND READ

ANOTHER EMAIL FROM HIS SON

TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE

DOING ON THANKSGIVING AND HOW

ON

EARTH DOES LORI JOHNSON KNOW

WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR

THANKSGIVING AND MAJOR THINGS

AND THE IRON IN THE FREEZER AND

HUGE MOOD SWINGS AND

PERSONALITY

DIFFERENCES. THESE ARE THE

SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S.

I HAVE A FRIEND, A DEAR

FRIEND AND HIS WIFE AND WE

LOVED

HER AND TO SEE HER GO INTO THIS

THING AND SHE GOT VIOLENT AND

THEY HAD TO PUT HER IN THE

HOSPITAL. IS THAT WHAT HAPPENS?

YES PERSONALITY CHANGES AND

MOOD CHANGES AND THESE ARE THE

HALLMARKS OF THE DISEASE. ON A

LIGHTER NOTE THERE THERE HAS

BEEN RESEARCH ON WAYS TO

PREVENT

GETTING ALZHEIMER'S AND THE

LATEST THINKING IS THAT

ALZHEIMER'S IS TYPE THREE

DIABETES OR DIABETES OF THE

BRAIN. HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT

THAT?

NO, JUST READING YOUR STUFF.

I HADN'T HEARD BEFORE.

RIGHT. AND THE PROBLEM IS

ICE LYNN RESISTANCE AND OUR

BRAIN CELLS NEED GLUCOSE AND

IT'S LIKE GASOLINE TO THE CARS

AND GETS TO OUR BLOODSTREAM

WITH

THE HELP OF INSULIN AND THE

IDEA

IS THERE IS A PROBLEM FROM

PREVENTING IT GETTING INTO THE

BRAIN CELLS AND THEY DIE.

AND THE INSULIN -- WE GO

BACK

TO THIS DIET THING --

RIGHT.

TRANS FATS ET CETERA.

RIGHT. YOU'RE ONE STEP

AHEAD

OF ME SO THE WAY THAT WE

DEVELOP

THIS RESISTANCE IS BY EATING

TOO

MUCH SUGAR AND CARBOHYDRATES

THAT TURN INTO SUGAR AND THE

WHITE BREADS AND FLOUR.

THE AMERICAN DIET IS

INTENDED

-- BUT THE CONSEQUENCE IS BRING

ABOUT DIABETES AND TYPE TWO.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND ADULT ON SET AND ALSO

BRING ABOUT THE OTHER

PATHOLOGYS.

WE CALL THE STANDARD

AMERICAN

DIET AND IT'S SAD AND YOU'RE

RIGHT DIABETES IN THE LAST 40

YEARS HAS TRIPLED AND IT'S

BECAUSE OF THE SUGAR AND THE

CARBOHYDRATES THAT TURN INTO

SUGAR INSTANTLY AND THE NEW

THINKING -- THAT'S A BEST

SELLING BOOK OUT RIGHT NOW

"GRAIN BRAIN" AND TALKING

ABOUT

IF YOU STOP EATING SUGAR AND

THE

REFINED CARBS, THE WHITE BREADS

AND REDUCE THE RISK OF

ALZHEIMER'S AND THE TRANS FATS

WHICH ARE COMPLETELY UNNATURAL

AND PROVEN TO INTERFERE WITH

THE

CELL'S COMMUNICATION WITH EACH

OTHER SO IF YOU STOP EATING THE

SUGARS, THE REFINED CARBON --

CARBS AND YOU'RE REDUCING YOUR

RISK AND I TALKED ABOUT GLUCOSE

AND THE ALTERNATE FUEL SOIS AND

THERE ARE OTHERS AND YOU CAN

GET

IT BY EATING ONE FOOD --

[INAUDIBLE]

YOU KNOW I COULDN'T COME ON

THE SHOW WITHOUT PLUGGING IT.

5 MILLION.

YEAH.

OH BOY.

YEAH THAT'S RIGHT SO NOW THE

ALZHEIMER'S INSTITUTE IS DOING

A

SCIENTIFIC STUDY AND COCONUT

WASN'T STUDIED UNTIL NOW SO

HOPEFULLY IN A YEAR IT'S PROVEN

BUT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF

ANECDOTAL CASES.

I TAKE A TEASPOON OF FISH

OIL. I EAT NUTS, A LOT OF NUTS.

GOOD.

I TAKE OTHER THINGS AND

REMEDIES.

VITAMIN D, GREEN TEA EXTRACT.

I HAVE TRIPLE STRENGTH GREEN

TEA EXTRACT EVERYDAY AND IT

MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

I THINK SO TOO AND A LOT OF

THOSE THINGS ARE FATS AND OUR

BRAIN IS MADE UP MOSTLY FATS SO

IF SOMEONE CALLS YOU A "FAT

HEAD" THAT'S A GOOD THING.

YOU WANT THAT KIND OF BRAIN.

NOT THE TRANS FATS. THOSE

ARE BADS BUT THE OTHER ONES AND

FISH OIL AND NUTS AND SALMON

AND

COCONUT OIL IT'S GREAT FOR THE

BRAIN.

WHERE DO YOU GET IT?

IN THE OIL SECTION AT THE

STORE AND IT'S THE SAME

CONSISTENCY OF BUTTER AND GET

IT

ANYWAY AT THE STORE.

YOU CAN MELT IT DOWN OR TAKE

IT --

EITHER WAY. IT'S LIKE

BUTTER

AND MELT IT AND TAKE IT OR EAT

IT LIKE IT IS AND 2-TABLESPOONS

AND ONE IN THE MORNING AND ONE

AT NIGHT.

I TAKE SEVERAL OF THESE

OTHER

BRAIN -- ONE IS A BRAIN FOOD

AND

HELPS --

RIGHT. IT WOULD TAKE THE

WHOLE HOUR OF "THE 700 CLUB" TO

TALK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU TAKE.

I'M THE SAME WAY AND LAYOUT THE

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS IN THE

MORNING AND IT'S WORTH IT AND

WE'RE NOT GETTING IT IN THE

FOOD

SUPPLY AND THE THING ABOUT

ALZHEIMER'S AND THEY'RE

SUGGESTING THIS WOULD BE VERY

MUCH DIET RELATED AND STAY AWAY

FROM THE SUGAR AND THE WHITE

CARBOHYDRATES AND THE TRANS

FATS

AND GRAVITATE TOWARD THE

HEALTHY

OILS AND EXERCISE FOR YOUR BODY

AND EXERCISE YOUR MIND WITH THE

PUZZLES AND WORKING.

AND GOING ON THE "THE 700

CLUB" AND TALKING ABOUT THE

NEWS

OF THE DAY.

THERE YOU GO.

LORI, YOU'RE TERRIFIC.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN LISTEN TO

WHAT THIS LADY IS TELLING AND

YOU WE DON'T WANT YOU GETTING

ALZHEIMER'S AND NO REASON YOU

SHOULD AND WE DON'T WANT YOU TO

GET TYPE TWO DIABETES AND STAY

WITH IT. GOD BLESS YOU. LORI

JOHNSON OUR HEALTH REPORTER.

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