As we struggled with Jim’s disease, medicine became a key ingredient in the battle. Jim’s doctors have aggressively pursued trying new & different medicine combinations to improve the quality of Jim’s life. There was even a 17 day hospital stay in a specialized senior medicine unit. But with all of this, Jim was continuing to decline at a rapid rate – including losing over 50 lbs and non-stop drooling.
Last summer things seemed to be totally falling apart. In addition to the problems mentioned above, Jim could no longer walk up steps without assistance and totally stopped talking. About this time, I heard a radio show with Dr. Sarah and Dr. Aaron Ernst on the connection between dementia and inflammation. Dr. Sarah explained that “research links chronic low grade inflammation with changes in the brain structure that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease”. And what causes inflammation? She went on to say the leading culprit is sugar. Even a slight elevation in blood sugar can increase the production of inflammatory chemicals, Research also indicates a strong relationship between inflammation outside of the brain (in your body) and the risk of developing dementia. I had to admit the sugar connection to Jim’s dementia made sense, given the huge amount he ate.
After about a month [with Dr. Sarah], I noticed subtle changes. Jim would occasionally say a word or two and his natural color was starting to come back. Then 2 months later, Jim’s dementia doctor reduced the daily dosage of his controlled substances 60%. The combination of reduced controlled substances and diet changes created an almost instantaneous transformation. Jim’s appetite roared back and the drooling stopped in addition to a vastly improved physical condition.
We went to see Jim’s doctor and he was astonished at Jim’s improvement. He called it extremely “atypical” and something he does not see in his practice. To me, it seems like a tangible victory after 2 hard years of a heavy battle against dementia. I am so grateful to have my husband back in a much more recognizable condition. Jim is not healed from dementia, but he has definitely defied its progress. That is an incredible gift from God.