Hi All who are watching this thread. Here is the update:
My Dad is now 2 1/2 months on raw food. We went through some pretty major cleansing I think, he still has a lot of mucous clearing, but - he does not sleep as much as he used to. He did sleep pretty much the whole day before, only getting up for food when I got him up (about 4 times waking him up before he would finally drag himself out of bed in mid afternoon. Now he gets himself up about 10 -11, and stays up till after dinner at night.
He went through the period where it got worse, where he pretty much did not even know where his room was and how many children he had. I thought - Oh, dear, I finished off my father, and was really scared. That lasted about 2 weeks, but then he started improving and now he says himself - " I was a total zombie, but now I am only half a zombie".
I used to have to take him down to the bathroom and supervise him brushing his teeth and them had to make sure that he would get into his pyjamas, but now I can give him instructions "Go downstairs, brush your teeth first and then change into your pyjamas" and he will do it!
He still gets it wrong sometimes, I send him downstairs with instructions to vacuum his room and he will steam mop it instead, but that is a far cry from previous situation of him forgetting half way down the stairs what he was going downstairs for.
He is beginning to take initiative like getting dressed before he comes up and shaving. I took him to the doctor and he gave him an OK to start going to the gym and also the doctor thought that Dad is of sound enough mind to sign his own will! He was also OK with me taking him off all the medication, so I am very relieved that I must be doing something right.
My father inquired couple of days ago if I think that he might improve enough so that he might get to drive again :-) With cataracts in both eyes it probably might not be a good idea though LOL.
So, raw food definitely works for Dementia!
I come from a long line of Alzheimers and have been looking for ways to ward off the decline. Thank you for your post. It gives me hope.
Yes, it was on my mind as well. My Grandma died of it and I was really scared that I am already developing symptoms. Now I don't have to just sit and wait for it to happen, I can take responsibility for my own mind into my own hands.
Boshena, this is so fantastic to read. What a strong, brave and loving daughter you are.
Thank you so much for sharing and keep us posted!
I'm so pleased that your father is making excellent progress on the healthy diet.
I just wanted to let you know that there was a headline in one of the UK newspapers last week, which suggested that scientists may have developed a possible cure for Alzheimer's.
I didn't buy the newspaper but just noticed the headline, when filling up with petrol.
It may have been the Daily Mail in the UK and if so, you should be able to find a link on their website, for free.
Hopefully, if your father continues to improve, he won't need any medication at all but I just thought that I'd let you know, having noticed the story, last week...
I saw it on the news today as well. They are looking for funding, but nobody wants to come up with it because the cure is natural and pharmaceutical companies cannot make any money of it - or something like that, which seems very plausable.
I saw a headline too...but it was this....sigh....http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/01/new-clue-may-lead-to-possi...
Ah yes, lets have more drugs, less life...
That's awesome, thanks for sharing. Both my great-grands have it, I have wanted to go in and help but there are so many who think they are more knowledgeable.
Wow, this is so interesting and inspiring - thanks for posting! I look forward to hearing more.
My father (69) is about 50% raw for two years now. He was diagnosed with beginning cataract some years ago, but it completely went away (together with other scary diseases). He's still quite overweight and still is quite stubborn about this lifestyle and diet (he calls it a monkey diet haha), so he doesn't want to commit to it further. I always wonder what would happen to him when he would go 80 or 90 or 100% raw....
See if you can introduce him to green smoothies first thing in the morning. They are so easy to make and even easier to drink. Just throw some fruit into the blender, add some green leaves (spinach, parsley, lettuce etc) and a bit of water, blend and drink.
My father loves them and now his varicose veins are almost gone and he wants to buy a campervan and go around Australia in 6 months time. I am not quite sure if he will be well enough in 6 months, but I am aiming for a year.
I just signed him up to go to the gym. The trainer says that he is in amazing condition for his age. She did not know where he came from hehe. 3 months ago he would have to stop after every 10 steps to catch his breath, but now he completed an hour's training session in 45 minutes.
Your father is completely right though. It is a monkey diet. We share something like 99% of DNA with chimps and they eat half fruit half green leaves with a tiny dose of insects.