Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Researchers: Mini-Fast Prevents Alzheimer's

A question for your doctor. Should you be doing something like this in order to reduce the possibility of increased risk of Alzheimers from your stroke event.? You do expect your doctor to know the answer? Don't you?
http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Headline/mini-fast-Alzheimers-ketones-brain-health/2013/02/07/id/489390?s=al&promo_code=125F3-1#close=1
An easy, relatively painless 12-hour fast several times a week may be a key to preventing Alzheimer's disease — or at least delaying the onset of symptoms.

Several studies have suggested that fasting can have health benefits. A recent study from the National Institute on Aging found that fasting one or two days a week eases the symptoms of those suffering from Alzheimer's, and other studies have shown that fasting increases life span as well as being protective of the brain.
But most formal fasts usually last 24 hours. That's too long for most people, who don't want to deprive themselves of food or experience hunger pains for an entire day once a week or once a month.
Neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of "The Alzheimer's Diet," says that fasting can be much easier — a 12 or 14 hour period that takes place mainly when you are asleep. He suggests that you use the "early bird" technique to modify your diet.
"Some restaurants offer an 'early bird' special, where they offer special pricing early in the evening," he said. "But saving money isn't the only benefit. There may also be a brain-boosting effect associated with early dinners."
SPECIAL: Improving Memory Can Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

When the brain is deprived of carbohydrates, which are an important source
 of energy, the body produces substances called ketones, which can be used as an alternative energy source. Several studies have shown that ketones have a protective effect on brain cells and can actually improve memory in patients with mild cognitive disorder (MCI) or Alzheimer's disease.
When the body has no carbohydrates to burn for fuel, it produces substances called ketone bodies (causing a state called ketosis). Not eating for 12 hours can cause a mild state of ketosis in many people.
If you normally wake up at 6 in the morning, try to eat your last meal at 6 p.m. the night before, says Dr. Isaacson. "This means no late-night snacking!"
"Since there's evidence that ketosis may have anti-aging effects on the brain, trying this approach several days a week may be a reasonable option, as long as your physician approves," says Dr. Isaacson.
"The ketone bodies that are produced while having this mini-fast can actually be protective of the brain," he said. Basically, for two or three hours a night, the brain isn't aging.
"You're doing something protective to slow aging," he said, adding that if a person is in good health, a mini-fast is something anyone can do to lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's. 

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