Hi. My Mother has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and is currently being sought a home to go into. She is only 79 and was of perfect sound of mind until she had a bad back and started to take paracetomol about 2 years ago which got out of hand as she was forgetting that she'd already had one and was taking too many. I have read a few accounts on this website of a close to 811 diet helping such cases and having recently swithced to 811 rv myself and experienced the benefits am keen to help my mother out. I want to spend time with her and look after her nutrition for maybe a month or so and if some improvement is shown but the moment she is put in a home will become too late to help.
UPDATE 11/6/12.. I have just got back from spending a week with my mother and it was obvious at an early stage that I wasn't going to be able to persuade her to eat healthily AT ALL. She is stubborn at the best of times but the illness has made her cantankerous on top and it was even difficult to get her to eat any reasonable portions of what she actually liked. I'm afraid I have had to abandon my quest to help her as she is unwilling to help herself. Thanks to everyone for their advice and input and all I can do is keep on following 811 myself to hopefully avoid a third generation case of dementia when i am her age as her father suffered dementia when he was in his latter years.
thanks Esperanza, is that the regular parsley or flat leaved parsley that looks like coriander but has pointed edges to the leaves?
Both work well. I tend to use flat leaved as that's what i have available round here, but curly parsley would also be good :)
Thanks Grapenut, i'll try that and see what its like, if i gave her a green smoothie in the morning and she ate some of her usual food later on in the day how much would her food compromise the detoxing .... she likes toast and honey in the morning for breakfast as well as coffee (which is now decaf unbeknown to her) ... i'm hoping the smoothies will quash her cravings.
Kale is high in cellulose and hard to digest, lots of people still eat it but tender leafy greens are much easier and tastier.
Bok choy (greens)
All are disqualified as optimal or even appropriate due to high cellulose content. Our bodies have limited ability to access the nutrients encased in the cellulose structure, so most of what we eat of them must only be eliminated from the body, which unnecessarily taxes our eliminative processes. These vegetables also contain irritating and indigestible oxalic acid and are bland or unpleasant to eat in their raw state. The exception in this category is young or baby spinach, which has what most people describe as a pleasant flavor and is relatively easy to digest in moderate quantities since its oxalic acid content is low at this point in its growth.
Definitely have her serum B12, homocysteine and urine MMA levels checked. Many cases of dementia have been due to undiagnosed B12 deficiency.
Thanks Mark, I was speaking to my sister this morning who deals more with the doctor than i do and she said that mother was low in folic acid, probably due to her extremely poor diet that doesn't have hardly any fruit, vegetables or brown bread ... i assume that her b12 levels were normal or high if not mentioned but i've got my sister to ask the doctor about b12.
Low folic acid would cause problems too. Don't assume anything about B12. Doctors do that all the time.
Yep, B12 deficiency is very common, yet most Docs don't know and do not test routinely for it, the book Could It Be B12 is really good.
Iodine is another thing to try. Dr. Brownstein tells of a couple of patients with dementia symptoms recovering very quickly. Lugol's iodine solution is made of a combination of iodine and iodide, in the correct amounts determined long ago. Dr. Brownstein explains both these ingredients are necessary because different body tissues utilize one in preference to the other so the combination is required. The minimum threshold of ingestion must be reached before the body will begin to replace poisonous halides with the iodine it hungers for. When replacement is made, the body begins healing. What iodine is not used is excreted from the body, just like potassium in bananas... http://www.bbc5.tv/eyeplayer/video/iodine-misunderstood-nutrient
Thanks grapenut, very helpful
I'm so sorry Stuart. I know how you feel. My Mother had a mini stroke and surgery soon after that. She switched to a vegetarian diet and I see improvement in her speech and the ability to walk.
My mother hasn't had a stroke but on her current eating habits that might not be too far away, she was a smoker (roll ups) until about a month ago when we replaced her tobacco with herbal tobacco, also her coffee is replaced with decaffeinated, neither of which she is aware of. She still takes paracetomol for her bad back which i couldn't really take her off of but i can make sure she doesn't take too much, I saw her empty her pot of paracetomol when i last saw her and count the amount she had, i don't know whether that was meant for self regulating or stocktaking to see if she needed more but to see her aware of the amount in the pot is encouraging.
I hope your Mother gets better. :o)